Book Preview: Circulus de Potentia by Jim West

Circulus de PotentiaThis past February, I had the pleasure of welcoming author, Jim West, to my blog where he talked about his best-seller, Libellus de Numeros (read A Visit With Best-Selling Author, Jim West). Now Jim has a second book out, Circulus de Potentia, and it’s climbing the Amazon charts as quickly as the first.

Jim’s books are perfect for your middle grade reader, fantasy readers, lovers of Harry Potter, girl empowerment story readers, or for anyone who simply enjoys a well-told story. Two additional books are planned for this Magicae Mathematica series.

About Circulus de Potentia~

A festival in Nosaj’s honor has been interrupted by a mysterious challenger wearing the Circulus de Potentia, a band of gold that gives him unstoppable strength and power. One by one the Guardians fall and a race is on for Alex to go find the wizard with a secret regarding the curious symbol on the golden band. Finding this peculiar wizard named Pythagoras wouldn’t be such a daunting task if it wasn’t for the packs of wolves that roam the forest and a maze she and her friends will have to solve as well as a riddle fashioned by Circulus de Potentia back coverDaedalus himself. What awaits Alex in the Forest of Factors? Can Archimedes solve the equation in time? Can the Guardians stop this invincible challenger?

A symbol unknown, a riddle unsolved, a maze guarded by a monster, a race against time to find the secrets of the Circulus de Potentia and the most precious thing in the world.


Purchase Circulus de Potentia~

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Jim WestAbout Jim West~

Jim West was born in Killeen, TX in 1977 and grew up mostly in central Louisiana. For over 18 years he has worked in the Cyber Security field and came up with the ideas and concept for the Magicae Mathematica series about a decade ago. His first book of the series, Libellus de Numeros, is one he hopes will resonate with its young readers. Jim is a father of two SMART and beautiful girls whom he loves dearly and when he himself is not away ‘saving the world’ they live in Dubai, UAE with his wonderful wife Eman.

Connect with Jim~

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Happy Book Birthday, Sharon Hinck!

Sharon HinckAnyone who’s walked the I-wanna-be-published path, knows that path is an an extremely difficult one to travel, and you can’t go it alone. You need family, friends, peers, and mentors to walk alongside you, guiding you, holding your hand, lifting you up when you get knocked down. I’ve been blessed with a great crowd walking with me, one of whom is the amazingly talented, award-winning author Sharon Hinck.

But Sharon is so much more than that. She’s a mentor, teacher, encourager, and best of all, friend, and I’m blessed to know her. So with The Deliver, book four in her The Sword of Lyric series, coming out today, we have to celebrate with her!

The DelivererShe stopped by to answer a few questions and tell us about her new release. But first, here’s the back cover blurb for The Deliverer:

A lost songkeeper must lead her people to a long awaited Deliverer

Eager to serve the One, a young songkeeper travels to the dark and foreign nation of Hazor, but her confusing, rough-edged companion has lost his Restorer gifts. As danger rises against them both, she loses her freedom, her memories, and her hope. Now even the very music of her soul is threatened.

In our world, Susan Mitchell no longer feels at home in the carpool lane. Burdened by the unhealed scars from her trips through the portal, she fights to suppress her worry about her son, who remains out of contact in Lyric. But when a mysterious message hints Jake is in danger, she and her husband are swept away—to the place they least expect.

Clan rebellions. Lost Restorers. Has the One turned away, or will the face of the Deliverer bring light to the darkness?

The RestorerSharon also wants you to know that The Restorer, book one in The Sword of Lyric series is free for Kindle right now (purchase >here<). Once you pick up The Restorer, I’m certain you’ll devour the entire Lyric series.

Before you start reading though, let me introduce you to Sharon~

Happy Book Birthday, Sharon! I’m so excited for you, and can’t wait to get my copy of The Deliverer. :) Can you tell my readers about this book? What inspired it?

I fell in love with the characters of Kieran and Linette, and wanted to know more about how their story unfolded after they went to Hazor to share the Verses. I realized that with Jake being the new Restorer, Kieran would be in an awkward position. After all, he prevented a war by offering himself (a Restorer) to serve the Hazorite people. I wondered what King Zarek would do when he found out that Kieran no longer had Restorer gifts. I also had noticed the awkward and shy appreciation that Linette and Kieran had for each other, and wondered what it would take for them to acknowledge their feelings. This book ended up with more of a romantic thread than most of my stories—and it was great fun to watch that unfold.

Sword of Lyric seriesNow I’m even more eager to read it! The Deliverer is book four in your The Sword of Lyric series. Can you briefly tell us about the first three books?

The Restorer (currently FREE on Kindle!!! purchase >here<) introduces us to Susan, a middle-American mom who longs to serve God, but feels very ordinary and flawed. She’s pulled into another world waiting for a promised Restorer—and she has the signs that mark her as their promised heroine. I feel like the story is a metaphor for all of us who feel inadequate and are called into “other worlds” we didn’t expect. Perhaps a child struggles with a learning disability and we find ourselves making heroic efforts to support him. Or a friend battles cancer and we join her in this new universe with new vocabulary and new rules. Or a spouse loses a job, and we embark on a difficult journey of support and trust that we never expected to take. We all feel ill-equipped at times, yet God can use us to bless and support others, as He used Susan in her adventures.

For those new to the series, you shouldn’t have trouble jumping in to The Deliverer, but if you have time, you could certainly read the first book (FREE on Kindle!) as an introduction to the world.

The Restorer’s Son follows a new and very reluctant Restorer who would rather cross swords with the One than follow Him. The Restorer’s Journey shares the experience of Susan’s son, Jake, as well as Susan’s very difficult experiences in captivity in Rhus.

I’ve read the first three books in the series, and I highly endorse the entire series for any reader! Sharon, when you’re not writing, what do you enjoy doing?

I adore the times when a friend stops by to visit. A cup of tea, great conversation, sometimes praying together. I also love to dig around in my vegetable garden, make handmade cards, and Facetime with my granddaughter (and my kids, too). I love music, so playing piano, singing, or playing guitar are favorite activities. When we’re able, my husband and I love to hike. Many of the scenes in the Sword of Lyric books were inspired by hiking trips.

Thanks again, Sharon, for stopping by! Hope you have a fantastic book birthday!

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About Sharon~

Award-winning author Sharon Hinck writes “stories for the hero in all of us,” about ordinary women on extraordinary faith journeys. She has been honored with a Christy finalist medal, and three Carol awards for her previous books.

Sharon’s undergrad degree is in education, and she earned an M.A. in Communication from Regent University. She spent ten years as the artistic director of a Christian performing arts group, CrossCurrent. That ministry included three short-term mission trips to Hong Kong. She has been a church youth worker, a choreographer and ballet teacher, a home-school mom, a church organist, and a bookstore clerk. One day she’ll figure out what to be when she grows up, but in the meantime she’s pouring her imagination into writing.

Information about her novels as well as her devotional writing can be found at her sharonhinck.com website.

Connect with Sharon~

Blog | Facebook | Goodreads | Twitter | Book Buddy Newsletter

Purchase Sharon’s books~

Website | Amazon | B&N | CBD

Winners of Rodeo Reunion

Carlene Ford
Melissa Henderson
Deana Dick
Britney Adams

Rodeo ReunionCongratulations, ladies! And thank you from Shannon Taylor Vannatter for participating in her blog tour for Rodeo Reunion!

Note: Ten winners total were chose from Shannon’s blog tour. The four readers listed above visited my blog on:
http://brendaandersonbooks.com/2015/06/23/more-with-shannon-taylor-vannatter/
or
http://brendaandersonbooks.com/2015/06/25/meet-the-hero-heroine-from-rodeo-reunion/

Either/Or with Nicole Petrino-Salter

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DestinationI’m happy to welcome Nicole Petrino-Salter back today, and she gets to be the first guest ever in my Either/Or segment. It’s always fun trying something new, don’t you think?

(BTW – If you missed Nicole’s interview on Tuesday, you can find it >here<. And don’t forget to check out Nicole’s new release, Destination. Don’t you love the cover?!)

And Readers, I’d love to know your Either/Or preferences too! Just mention them in the comments below.

Loud or Quiet: Quiet

Milk chocolate or Dark chocolate: Milk Chocolate

City or Country: Country

Cat or Dog: I love animals, but at heart, I ‘m a horse and dog person.

Country or Rock ‘n Roll: Rock ‘n’ Roll – I don’t do Country.

Book or Movie: Both, but mostly books because movies in recent times have an agenda.

Introvert or Extrovert: Somewhere in between most of the time.

Northern states or Southern states: How ‘bout the Northwest? 😉

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Nicole Petrino-SalterAbout Nicole~

Nicole Petrino-Salter writes love stories with a passion. After spending over 30 years in Thoroughbred horse racing, she wrote her first novel Hope of Glory about racing and life on the track. Since then she has written several books. Nicole lives just south of Seattle, Washington, and is devoted to the Lord Jesus Christ, her family, friends, and writing novels for His glory.

Nicole writes Love Stories and Romance.

Connect with Nicole~

Website | Twitter | Novel Rocket

About Destination~

Life leads us to and from many places, but when it comes to eternity there are only two choices for our destinations . . .

An unlikely felon returns to his roots and the friendship of a fiery old widow.  The last things he expects to find are true love, a ministry to youth, and the unusual burden for his new love’s ex-fiancé.

Purchase Destination~

Amazon | B&N

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Destination>>>eBook Giveaway<<<

Nicole has graciously offered to give away one ebook copy of Destination. To enter, leave a comment on today’s post (July 16, 2015) and/or Tuesday’s post (July 14, 2015).

This contest ends Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 11:59 pm CST. I will post the winner on Monday, July 20, 2015. Winner will be chosen via Random.org.

Chatting with Nicole Petrino-Salter

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Nicole Petrino-SalterA few years back I ran across a blogger who shared my affinity for Vince Flynn novels and gritty, Christian fiction. Since then, Nicole Petrino-Salter has become the best of cyber-friends. While we don’t always agree when it comes to books, I don’t think there’s anyone whose literary tastes are more similar to mine.

I’m so thrilled for Nicole as she’s just released another novel, Destination. Nicole writes romance, but it is not your ordinary romance. And with her new release, I just had to invite Nicole to visit my blog this week: today and Thursday.

Thanks, Nicole, for coming by today! And congratulations on your new release! (Another gorgeous cover, BTW.) Can you tell my readers about DESTINATION?

DestinationThe best way to do this is to give you the complete back cover copy which you don’t see on my ebook:

Life leads us to and from many places, but when it comes to eternity there are only two choices for our destinations . . .

An unlikely felon returns to his roots and the friendship of a fiery old widow.  The last things he expects to find are true love, a ministry to youth, and the unusual burden for his new love’s ex-fiancé.

Do you see yourself in any of your characters?

I see myself in all of my characters injecting pieces of my humanity into most and some of my spirituality into others. We all carry with us the human stain, and although we don’t all think or act the same, or become enraged, joyful, or ambivalent to the same issues, our capabilities to act badly or perform well and kindly can intersect.

Well said, Nicole. What are you working on right now?

Right now I have three novels in various places of their development. One of them is a huge stretch for me because it’s my first attempt at a mystery with a thread of romance. Another is a contemporary sort of Redeeming Love, and the third is just beginning to reveal itself to me but was begun/inspired by the lyrics to a song by the Marshall Tucker Band called “Heard It in A Love Song.” My title is . . . in a love song.

Love that title! And I’m very eager to read your contemporary Redeeming Love Which authors do you enjoy reading? Have any influenced your writing?

I enjoy too many to name, but I can say they haven’t influenced my writing so much as they have inspired me to write deeper.

Thanks again, Nicole, for dropping by!

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About Nicole~

Nicole Petrino-Salter writes love stories with a passion. After spending over 30 years in Thoroughbred horse racing, she wrote her first novel Hope of Glory about racing and life on the track. Since then she has written several books. Nicole lives just south of Seattle, Washington, and is devoted to the Lord Jesus Christ, her family, friends, and writing novels for His glory.

Nicole writes Love Stories and Romance.

Connect with Nicole~

Website | Twitter | Novel Rocket

Purchase Destination~

Amazon | B&N

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Destination>>>eBook Giveaway<<<
Nicole has graciously offered to give away one ebook copy of Destination. To enter, leave a comment on today’s post (July 14, 2015) and/or Thursday’s post (July 16, 2015).

This contest ends Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 11:59 pm CST. I will post the winner on Monday, July 20, 2015. Winner will be chosen via Random.org.

Novel Anticipation – July 2015

Novel Anticipation

Nothing sounds better than bringing a book lake or poolside to wile away a summer afternoon, does it? If your to-read pile is running low, here are books by three authors I highly recommend:

Gone Without a TraceGONE WITHOUT A TRACE
(Logan Point Series #3)
by Patricia Bradley
Revell

It’s been more than two years since homicide detective Livy Reynolds’s cousin disappeared from Logan Point. Unlike most people in her hometown, Livy has never believed that Robyn left voluntarily. When Dallas private investigator Alex Jennings contacts Livy concerning a missing senator’s daughter who was last seen in Logan Point, she notices eerie similarities between the two disappearances. But with self-doubt plaguing her and an almost instant dislike of Jennings, Livy is finding this investigation an uphill battle. With her future in law enforcement on the line, can she find a way to work with a man who is her polar opposite?

Lady MaybeLADY MAYBE
by Julie Klassen
Berkley

A woman’s startling secrets lead her into unexpected danger and romance in Regency England…

One final cry…“God almighty, help us!” and suddenly her world shifted violently, until a blinding collision scattered her mind and shook her bones. Then, the pain. The freezing water. And as all sensation drifted away, a hand reached for hers, before all faded into darkness…

Now she has awakened as though from some strange, suffocating dream in a warm and welcoming room she has never seen before, and tended to by kind, unfamiliar faces. But not all has been swept away. She recalls fragments of the accident. She remembers a baby. And a ring on her finger reminds her of a lie.

But most of all, there is a secret. And in this house of strangers she can trust no one but herself to keep it.

DestinationDESTINATION
by Nicole Petrino-Salter
Redemption Press

An unlikely felon returns to friendship with a fiery old widow, real love, ministry to youth, and the unusual burden for his new love’s ex-fiancé.

HUNGRY FOR HOME Cover Reveal

My amazing cover designer has done it again! I think this is my favorite!

Hungry for HomeAnd here’s the entire cover. Don’t you love the contrast between the despairing young man on the front cover and the happy toddler on the back?

hungryforhome (600 x 440)

(Tweaks need to be made to the barcode yet, but otherwise, it’s perfect!)

About Hungry for Home (Coming Home Series #3)~
(Coming September 2015)

After a troubling encounter with a pregnant teen, Sheila Peterson-Brooks hurries from the crisis pregnancy center into the frigid Minnesota winter where she is mugged and left for dead. After a frantic search, Richard, her husband, finds her, and the police quickly nab the mugger …

A hungry, homeless teen.
The brother of the pregnant girl Sheila had just counseled.

The girl pleads for her brother, and Sheila and Richard choose not to press charges. Instead, they open their home to the boy, a move that could cost them their possessions, and their hearts.

And, in the process, teach them the true meaning of home.

Thank you, Think Cap Design Studios, for designing this entire series. I couldn’t be prouder to display my books!

 

Book Award Day

There are so many book award announcements flying around today, I just had to take a moment to tell you about them.

While Love StirsFirst–and most exciting to me–is the announcement of the ACFW Carol Awards Finalists, because WHILE LOVE STIRS by my friend and critique partner, LORNA SEILSTAD, is a finalist!!! I haven’t stopped Snoopy Dancing since Lorna told me. :) Congratulations Lorna and all the other Carol Award Finalists! (See the list >here<)

Second, the INSPY Award Winners were announced today. Congratulations to all the winners! (See winner list >here<)

Failstate: NemesisAnd finally, tonight the Christy Award winners will be announced, and I’m rooting for friend and fellow Minnesotan, John Otte, for FAILSTATE: NEMESIS. Go John! (See nominee list >here<)

Tomorrow, I’ll have a different kind of book announcement. I’ve recently received the cover for HUNGRY FOR HOME, the final book in my Coming Home Series, and my Street Team tells me it’s the best cover yet–I agree. I revealed it to my newsletter subscribers today and tomorrow I’ll reveal it here on my blog. :) (You can subscribe to my e-newsletter >here<)

Meet the Hero & Heroine from RODEO REUNION

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Rodeo ReunionOn Tuesday you got to know author Shannon Taylor Vannatter‘s Favorite Things, and today you get to meet Slade Walker and Raquel Marris, the hero and heroine from Shannon’s latest release, Rodeo Reunion. I’m certain this interview will compel you to hurry over to your bookstore and pick up Shannon’s books.

Raquel and Slade, are you open to your own romance?

Raquel: I know my deceased husband wanted me to marry again and I know my son needs a father figure, but knowing and acting on it are two different things. I figure if God wants me to marry again, he’ll lead me in the right direction.

Slade: I used to love the travel involved in being a rodeo chaplain on the Texas circuit. But lately, I’ll admit I’ve been lonely. I’d love to settle down, get married, have a family. But I can’t settle down and travel the circuit, so I’m waiting on God to help me figure it out.

What’s the number one quality you’d require in a mate?

Raquel: He’d have to be a committed Christian.

Slade: She’d have to be a committed Christian.

What’s the number two quality you’d require in a mate?

Raquel: He’d have to be home every night, have a safe job, and love my son as much as I do. Since my first husband, a Texas Ranger, died three years ago, I’m ready for safe.

Slade: She’d have to support my ministry. And my ministry includes riding broncs. Getting dirty right along with the cowboys helps me to get on the same page with them and gives me the opportunity to witness to them.

Where is the best place you can think of to find a mate?

Raquel: Church

Slade: Church

Where is the worst place you can think of to find a mate?

Raquel: Anywhere dangerous.

Slade: A bar.

What type of character traits are you attracted to?

Raquel: Stability, loyalty, and good with kids.

Slade: Someone loyal since I never knew my dad and my mom split when I was young.

What’s the one habit or lifestyle that would make you run the other way?

Raquel: Anything dangerous.

Slade: A woman focused on everything other than her child.


RODEO REUNION blurb~

RAQUEL MARRIS NEEDS A MAN WHO’LL STAY PUT 

And Slade Walker’s not a likely candidate. Even if the former major league pitcher just agreed to coach her son’s little league team. The single mom can’t risk everything on a bronc-riding chaplain who’s only passing through Raquel’s small Texas town. 

Slade is taking a hiatus from the rodeo circuit to meet the sister he never knew he had. But the pretty widowed nurse next door is making him think twice about hitting the road again. He can’t turn his back on the cowboys who need him, but Raquel and her boy need him, too. Can Slade fulfill his calling and finally find a place to hang his hat?

Purchase RODEO REUNION~

Amazon | CBD | B&N | Harlequin

Shannon Taylor VannatterAbout Shannon~

Award winning, central Arkansas author, Shannon Taylor Vannatter is a stay-at-home mom/pastor’s wife. She lives in a town with a population of around 100, if you count a few cows and once climbed a mountain wearing gold wedge-heeled sandals which became known as her hiking boots.

She has eleven published titles and is contracted for four more. Her books are available at Christianbook.com, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Harlequin, and Barbour. Learn more about Shannon and her books at http://shannonvannatter.com and check out her real life romance blog at http://shannonvannatter.com/blog/.

Connect with Shannon~

Website | Inkslinker Blog | Facebook | Goodreads | Pinterest | Twitter


Rodeo ReunionGiveaway Details:

Here’s something special to commemorate the Heartsong Presents line since it’s ending this month. Comment below to enter the drawing for a copy of Rodeo Reunion. Ten copies will be split among names drawn during the blog tour listed below from June 1 – July 1, 2015. One winner will receive a baseball-themed memory board personally crafted by Shannon. Winners will be revealed on Shannon’s blog on July 22, 2015.

Baseball Memory Board

Shannon’s Blog Tour:
June 1: http://www.gailkittleson.com/blog/
June 4: http://susannedietze.blogspot.com
June 5: http://lindarondeau.blogspot.com/
June 9: http://workingwritersandbloggers.com
June 11: http://capturingtheidea.blogspot.com/
June 12: http://lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com
June 13: http://writingpromptsthoughtsideas.wordpress.com
June 17: http://sarahruut.com/
June 18: http://www.maryhamiltonbooks.com/blog/
June 19: http://junefoster.com/
June 23: http://gailpallotta.blogspot.com/
June 23 & 25: http://brendaandersonbooks.com
June 25: http://jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com/
June 26: http://writersonreading.blogspot.com
July 1: http://seriouslywrite.blogspot.com/
More info at: http://shannonvannatter.com/shannon-taylor-vannatter-romantic-excerpt-part-3-of-3-8/