Archive for October, 2012


Becoming a mom for the first time is one of the most exciting experiences you’ll ever have. It can also be one of the most confusing, especially if you have no family or friends with parenting experience nearby. Thankfully, the global village created by the Internet and supported by the vast network of mommy bloggers does offer a significant amount of information and food for thought for new moms. These thirty blog entries cover a variety of parenting topics, both controversial and widely accepted, from feeding to sleep training and vaccinations.

To read the remainder of this post, click the link below!

30 of the Best Blogs for New Moms | Newborn Care.

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Welcome to my weekly guest post for The Door Is Open by Andrew Cort, hosted by Innovative Online Book Tours! I hope you enjoy, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

 

 

BLURB:

The door is always open. The light is always ready to receive us. But we have to learn how to tread the path.

Fortunately for us, all of the wonderful myths and legends of ancient Greece, as well as all the sacred and beautiful stories of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, have the common aim of showing us, through symbols and allegories, a practical method for reaching spiritual enlightenment, for returning ‘home’.

THE DOOR IS OPEN describes the seven precise steps that are revealed in all great mythology and scripture, along with enjoyable and effective spiritual exercises and activities that are suitable for individual seekers or groups of friends working together.

This is a story that has been lost and forgotten, even though the entire tale has been right before our eyes the whole time.

 

 

Author: Andrew Cort

 A native of Boston (and life-long Red Sox fan) who came of age in the turbulent 1960’s, Dr. Andrew Cort has followed a uniquely versatile path through life. He received his Bachelor’s Degree (in English) and Master’s in Teaching (Science Education) from Colgate University. He then went on to receive a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from New York Chiropractic College (he practiced in New York City for ten years, focusing on nutrition, exercise, applied kinesiology, and the mind’s impact on physical health), as well as a Law Degree from Boston College Law School (he is a member of the Massachusetts Bar). During his years in New York, Dr. Cort served on the Executive Board of H.E.A.L., Inc. (“Health Education AIDS Liaison”) and wrote his first book, on issues of health care and the environment,Our Healing Birthright: Taking Responsibility for Ourselves and Our Planet (Inner Traditions, 1990, currently out of Deeply committed to education, spirituality, and activism, Dr. Cort has taught in a variety of colleges and schools, private and public, including The State University of New York in Morrisville, NY; Bay State College, in Boston, MA; The Desisto School, in Stockbridge, MA (a private school for troubled youth); Berkshire Community College, in Pittsfield, MA; and the Springfield Public School System, in Springfield, MA. Dr. Cort has taught courses in Mathematics, Physics, English, Mythology, Business Law, General Science, and English.

In addition to academic studies in literature, science, law and mathematics, he has studied the work of many spiritual traditions — from the Bible, Plato, the Qur’an, Dante, etc., to contemporary teachers including G.I. Gurdjieff, P.D. Ouspensky, Rudolf Steiner, Paul Brunton, Anthony Damiani, Sri Aurobindo, Mme. Blavatsky, Oscar Ichazo, and others.

Dr. Cort is the author of numerous books and articles on religion, spirituality, mythology, politics, history, science, education and healing, and how these all relate to contemporary American culture. Following in the tradition of Socrates, he considers himself a student, and not a teacher, of these extraordinary thinkers, philosophers, mystics, and writers. His work invites readers to study along with him.

He is also the Host of Spirit of the Berkshires on CTSB-TV, and available worldwide on Vimeo.com and on www.andrewcort.com. Also on there (and on YouTube) is his series of short videos on The Sacred

Feminine: Women in the Bible.

Andrew Cort lives in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, and can be reached at Andrew@AndrewCort.com. He is an accomplished, energetic, and articulate public speaker, and is available for interviews and speaking engagements.

Andrew Cort is an expert on the inner message of Spiritual Awakening that is always ready to be found in the wonderful stories of the Bible and Greek Mythology. To receive several FREE GIFTS from Dr. Cort (a copy of Chapter One, ‘Making the Decision’, from his new book, THE DOOR IS OPEN; a copy of his article on RECONCILING SCIENCE AND RELIGION; and a complete version of the Bible’s erotic masterpiece, SONG OF SONGS , adapted as a Poetic Dialogue to be read out loud by lovers; as well as a subscription to his SPIRITUAL GROWTH NEWSLETTER) click here. You can also learn more on his blog, Spirituality and Religion.

 

 

WHY DID GOD BOTHER?

Spiritual teachings say that we are supposed to “find our way home again” – that is, we must seek spiritual Truth and become enlightened. But if we started at “home”, what was the point of sending us “down here” just so we can find our way back to where we started?? Perhaps one of the best explanations was given by Christ in his Parable of the Prodigal Son:  A father had two sons. The elder of these remained always at home, never disobedient or unruly, faithfully working in his father’s fields and vineyards. The younger son, however, took his inheritance early and went far away from his father’s home, where he squandered all he had and wasted his life with riotous living. Eventually he hit bottom, and awoke to find himself penniless, hungry, a hired hand who fed another man’s pigs for a living. He saw that he had sinned against his father and against heaven, and he immediately determined to return home, admit his failures and shortcomings, and beg his father to take him on as a lowly servant, rather than remaining where he was and perishing of hunger. So he headed home. But while still far off his father saw him, was filled with joy and compassion, and ran to him and kissed him. When the young son admitted his unworthiness, his father ordered servants to bring him the finest robes and to prepare a great feast, “For this my son was dead, and is alive again! He was lost, and is found.” But when the elder son returned home from the fields and saw what was happening, he was very angry and complained bitterly to his father, “This boy, who now returns, wasted everything you gave him on harlots and debauchery. But all these years I have worked for you faithfully, never transgressing, and you have never celebrated with a feast for me!”
The ‘father’ in this parable represents God. The elder son represents a child of God who never ventures out into the difficulties of material life. As a result, he has never experienced struggle, failure or sorrow, and he has never experienced triumph, passion or joy. He is ‘good’, he is innocent, but he can never change or learn or evolve. He has no future, he has no potential, his soul was finished as soon as it began, and as such he is of limited interest and limited use to his father. The younger son goes off into life and falls asleep to his father’s world. He is ‘bad’ and he quickly loses his innocence, he squanders everything and cavorts with harlots, he drinks in all the diverse experiences of earthly life, he feels and laughs and suffers and cries. In the end he realizes he is in a pigsty and makes the decision to begin the journey home. “Time to let go and let God”, he might have said.By the time he gets back, he has evolutionary possibilities that his innocent brother will never know – qualities that are highly treasured by his father. This son was ‘dead’: his soul, like ours, had descended into the world of illusion. But now, grown wise with the wisdom of experience, grown strong with the grit that only comes from enduring difficulties and overcoming obstacles, his soul has returned home to God and is ‘alive’ again. There is far greater joy in heaven for this accomplishment than for the bland, static existence of his older brother.Refusing the full experience of this world of sense, pain, and pleasure, is to reject the plan of God! Spiritual evolution cannot take place until involution is complete and every bit of life has been experienced. Only then can a real choice be made, and we have to make that choice from our own selves.

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 Check out the other stops coming up..

10/24  My Devotional Thoughts
10/24  My Cozie Corner  
10/25 Simply Infatuated 
10/25 Reading, Writing and More
10/26  The Bunnies Review   
10/29  A Night’s Dream of Books 
10/29  My World
10/31  My Devotional Thoughts 
10/31  My Cozie Corner  
11/1 Simply Infatuated  
11/1 Reading, Writing and More
11/2  Fighting Monkey Press 
11/2  The Bunnies Review 
11/5  A Night’s Dream of Books  
11/5  My World  
11/7  My Devotional Thoughts 
11/7  My Cozie Corner  
11/8 Simply Infatuated 
11/8 Reading, Writing and More  
11/9  The Bunnies Review 
11/10  Fighting Monkey Press  
11/10  The Bunnies Review 

Welcome to my weekly guest post for The Door Is Open by Andrew Cort, hosted by Innovative Online Book Tours! I hope you enjoy, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

 

 

BLURB:

The door is always open. The light is always ready to receive us. But we have to learn how to tread the path.

Fortunately for us, all of the wonderful myths and legends of ancient Greece, as well as all the sacred and beautiful stories of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, have the common aim of showing us, through symbols and allegories, a practical method for reaching spiritual enlightenment, for returning ‘home’.

THE DOOR IS OPEN describes the seven precise steps that are revealed in all great mythology and scripture, along with enjoyable and effective spiritual exercises and activities that are suitable for individual seekers or groups of friends working together.

This is a story that has been lost and forgotten, even though the entire tale has been right before our eyes the whole time.

 

 

Author: Andrew Cort

 

A native of Boston (and life-long Red Sox fan) who came of age in the turbulent 1960’s, Dr. Andrew

Cort has followed a uniquely versatile path through life. He received his Bachelor’s Degree (in English) and Master’s in Teaching (Science Education) from Colgate University. He then went on to receive a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from New York Chiropractic College (he practiced in New York City for ten years, focusing on nutrition, exercise, applied kinesiology, and the mind’s impact on physical health), as well as a Law Degree from Boston College Law School (he is a member of the Massachusetts Bar). During his years in New York, Dr. Cort served on the Executive Board of H.E.A.L., Inc. (“Health Education AIDS Liaison”) and wrote his first book, on issues of health care and the environment,Our Healing Birthright: Taking Responsibility for Ourselves and Our Planet (Inner Traditions, 1990, currently out of Deeply committed to education, spirituality, and activism, Dr. Cort has taught in a variety of colleges and schools, private and public, including The State University of New York in Morrisville, NY; Bay State College, in Boston, MA; The Desisto School, in Stockbridge, MA (a private school for troubled youth); Berkshire Community College, in Pittsfield, MA; and the Springfield Public School System, in Springfield, MA. Dr. Cort has taught courses in Mathematics, Physics, English, Mythology, Business Law, General Science, and English.

In addition to academic studies in literature, science, law and mathematics, he has studied the work of many spiritual traditions — from the Bible, Plato, the Qur’an, Dante, etc., to contemporary teachers including G.I. Gurdjieff, P.D. Ouspensky, Rudolf Steiner, Paul Brunton, Anthony Damiani, Sri Aurobindo, Mme. Blavatsky, Oscar Ichazo, and others.

Dr. Cort is the author of numerous books and articles on religion, spirituality, mythology, politics, history, science, education and healing, and how these all relate to contemporary American culture. Following in the tradition of Socrates, he considers himself a student, and not a teacher, of these extraordinary thinkers, philosophers, mystics, and writers. His work invites readers to study along with him.

He is also the Host of Spirit of the Berkshires on CTSB-TV, and available worldwide on Vimeo.com and on www.andrewcort.com. Also on there (and on YouTube) is his series of short videos on The Sacred

Feminine: Women in the Bible.

Andrew Cort lives in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, and can be reached at Andrew@AndrewCort.com. He is an accomplished, energetic, and articulate public speaker, and is available for interviews and speaking engagements.

Andrew Cort is an expert on the inner message of Spiritual Awakening that is always ready to be found in the wonderful stories of the Bible and Greek Mythology. To receive several FREE GIFTS from Dr. Cort (a copy of Chapter One, ‘Making the Decision’, from his new book, THE DOOR IS OPEN; a copy of his article on RECONCILING SCIENCE AND RELIGION; and a complete version of the Bible’s erotic masterpiece, SONG OF SONGS , adapted as a Poetic Dialogue to be read out loud by lovers; as well as a subscription to his SPIRITUAL GROWTH NEWSLETTER) click here. You can also learn more on his blog, Spirituality and Religion.

 

 WHAT DOES ‘REPENTANCE’ REALLY MEAN?


Jesus ministry begins at the Jordan River, where John is preaching Repentance. This also signifies that our own journey of spiritual awakening must begin right here with Repentance. But what exactly is Repentance?‘Repentance’ is generally understood to mean a sincere feeling of regret and sorrow (not merely a hypocritical claim of regret and sorrow) for a sin against God, as a result of which we hope to procure His forgiveness and avoid punishment for our evil acts.But actually, the Greek word that is translated in the Gospels as ‘Repentance’ is Metanoia, which really means to change one’s mind, to think in a new way. It implies a manner of thinking that is beyond our usual state of mind.The Bible consistently teaches that all spiritual attainment begins with thinking in a different way. Unless the Mind changes, unless our attitudes change, nothing in the world will ever change, for we will remain forever exactly as we are.At an early point in the New Testament, Jesus’ disciples bring up a recent story of some Galileans whom Pilate had viciously murdered. Jesus asks them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all the other Galileans?” He then reminds them of a recent disaster in which a tower had collapsed and killed a number of bystanders. “Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them – do you think they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem?” On the contrary, he says, none of this happened to these people because they were evil. They did not ‘deserve’ it.Then Jesus concluded by telling the disciples, “Unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.”
What are we to make of this strange warning!? It cannot mean that all the disciples will be murdered by Pontius Pilate or crushed by a falling tower. Nor can it mean that they will all necessarily be punished with a painful death if they do not feel the appropriate amount of guilt for all the dreadful things they have done in life: plenty of sinful people die peacefully in their sleep without ever seeking forgiveness.What this means is, ‘unless you change the way you think and awaken, you will die in a state of unconscious, meaningless, sleep, exactly as they did, and that means you will disappear forever, just as everyone does who dies unawakened.’This is what Jesus wants his disciples to concern themselves with. For him, religion is not about social morality – and certainly not a vindictive self-righteous morality or a sentimental need to be ‘good’. Religion is about the perfection and ascension of the soul, and this begins with Metanoia.

 

BUY NOW LINKS:
Amazon paper book
Amazon Kindle copy

 

ONLINE LINKS:

Website & Blog http://www.spirituality-and-religion.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/andrew.cort.3

Twitter www.twitter.com/andrewcort

Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1409094.Andrew_C

 

 

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Kidd’s Kids Day 2012

 

Kidd’s Kids Day is here! We hope you can help! Wednesday is the ONE day a year that we ask for your support to fund the Kidd’s Kids Trip to Walt Disney World. Over 50 families with a terminally or chronically ill child have been selected.

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11 years ago today, I gave birth to my first son..  

Kylar..  I was so proud of him then, as I am today.  He loves to read just like me!  Today, in honor of his birthday, I am sharing a story he wrote for school.  I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did!

 

You’ll never believe who was in the limo…

 I was in my classroom one morning and Mr. Harned comes on the intercom asking for me to come to the office.  When I got to the office I saw my parents standing up smiling.  Mr. Harned pointed to the parking lot where a long white limousine is parked and he said that someone was here to see me.  So I walked outside and wondered who could be in the limo.  Slowly the dark tinted window rolled down as I got closer.  Finally I saw them, it was Harry Potter and some man.  While I was wondering who the man could be they jerked me into the limo and sped off.  Soon whirling colors were all around us then it finally stopped.

When the colors stopped the first thought through my mind was get out.  So despite my dizzying head-ache I opened the door and got out.  The man said “Do you know who I am?”  “No.” I said awkwardly   “I am you.”  I felt heavy and collapsed.

When I woke up I saw Brandon Lee and Dumbledore sitting beside me.  I heard screams outside the hi-tech room we were in.  I guessed I was in the future just then a little robot came up to me and that was correct.  The ground trembled and I heard more screams so I jumped up and bolted out the door.  I was shocked at what I saw.  

It was a 30  foot tall giant!  Without thinking I bent down picked up a gold sword and ran toward the beast. When I got there I slashed open his leg, gold blood squirted out.  He tried to hit me with his club but I dodged it and cut him again.  The giant screamed in pain, I felt unstoppable until he smacked.

I went flying through the air and landed on the cold hard ground.  I could barely breathe.  I thought I would die but then I felt something shaking my shoulder.  It was my mom, and that was just a dream.

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Welcome to my weekly guest post for The Door Is Open by Andrew Cort, hosted by Innovative Online Book Tours! I hope you enjoy, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

BLURB: The door is always open. The light is always ready to receive us. But we have to learn how to tread the path. Fortunately for us, all of the wonderful myths and legends of ancient Greece, as well as all the sacred and beautiful stories of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, have the common aim of showing us, through symbols and allegories, a practical method for reaching spiritual enlightenment, for returning ‘home’. THE DOOR IS OPEN describes the seven precise steps that are revealed in all great mythology and scripture, along with enjoyable and effective spiritual exercises and activities that are suitable for individual seekers or groups of friends working together. This is a story that has been lost and forgotten, even though the entire tale has been right before our eyes the whole time.

  

Author: Andrew Cort

A native of Boston (and life-long Red Sox fan) who came of age in the turbulent 1960’s, Dr. Andrew Cort has followed a uniquely versatile path through life. He received his Bachelor’s Degree (in English) and Master’s in Teaching (Science Education) from Colgate University. He then went on to receive a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from New York Chiropractic College (he practiced in New York City for ten years, focusing on nutrition, exercise, applied kinesiology, and the mind’s impact on physical health), as well as a Law Degree from Boston College Law School (he is a member of the Massachusetts Bar). During his years in New York, Dr. Cort served on the Executive Board of H.E.A.L., Inc. (“Health Education AIDS Liaison”) and wrote his first book, on issues of health care and the environment,Our Healing Birthright: Taking Responsibility for Ourselves and Our Planet (Inner Traditions, 1990, currently out of Deeply committed to education, spirituality, and activism, Dr. Cort has taught in a variety of colleges and schools, private and public, including The State University of New York in Morrisville, NY; Bay State College, in Boston, MA; The Desisto School, in Stockbridge, MA (a private school for troubled youth); Berkshire Community College, in Pittsfield, MA; and the Springfield Public School System, in Springfield, MA. Dr. Cort has taught courses in Mathematics, Physics, English, Mythology, Business Law, General Science, and English. In addition to academic studies in literature, science, law and mathematics, he has studied the work of many spiritual traditions — from the Bible, Plato, the Qur’an, Dante, etc., to contemporary teachers including G.I. Gurdjieff, P.D. Ouspensky, Rudolf Steiner, Paul Brunton, Anthony Damiani, Sri Aurobindo, Mme. Blavatsky, Oscar Ichazo, and others. Dr. Cort is the author of numerous books and articles on religion, spirituality, mythology, politics, history, science, education and healing, and how these all relate to contemporary American culture. Following in the tradition of Socrates, he considers himself a student, and not a teacher, of these extraordinary thinkers, philosophers, mystics, and writers. His work invites readers to study along with him. He is also the Host of Spirit of the Berkshires on CTSB-TV, and available worldwide on Vimeo.com and on www.andrewcort.com. Also on there (and on YouTube) is his series of short videos on The Sacred Feminine: Women in the Bible. Andrew Cort lives in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, and can be reached at Andrew@AndrewCort.com. He is an accomplished, energetic, and articulate public speaker, and is available for interviews and speaking engagements. Andrew Cort is an expert on the inner message of Spiritual Awakening that is always ready to be found in the wonderful stories of the Bible and Greek Mythology. To receive several FREE GIFTS from Dr. Cort (a copy of Chapter One, ‘Making the Decision’, from his new book, THE DOOR IS OPEN; a copy of his article on RECONCILING SCIENCE AND RELIGION; and a complete version of the Bible’s erotic masterpiece, SONG OF SONGS , adapted as a Poetic Dialogue to be read out loud by lovers; as well as a subscription to his SPIRITUAL GROWTH NEWSLETTER) click here. You can also learn more on his blog, Spirituality and Religion.

NOUS – “THE EYE OF THE SOUL”

Just as we all have many different appetites and emotions (which are usually in conflict, and which can be interested in all sorts of healthy or unhealthy objects), we also have many different, and often confusing, mental functions: we have random thoughts, images, and memories; we have stored facts and data; we have logical processes; we have practical knowledge about how to do various things; we have theories and beliefs and opinions and all kinds of prejudices, etc.Where, in the midst of all this mental clutter, is the True Ruler of the human soul? Socrates believed that no one does evil consciously. Our thoughts and notions may certainly be irrational or even foolish, but we always believe that what we are doing in any given moment is the right and proper thing to do: if we knew that what we were doing was ‘evil’ we could not keep doing it. So the ‘True Ruler’ of the soul, that ought to be making decisions, would have to be that part of the mind which absolutely knows, beyond any mere opinion, the difference between good and evil − the part of our soul that is capable of unerringly discerning ‘the Good’. Does such a place exist? Plato thought so. He called this part of the soul Nous. Nous is that special place in our intellect – beyond the confines of imagination, belief, and even reason – that arrives at knowledge by sudden, uncontradictable, insight. Such an insight (we have all had them) may follow in the wake of a long and painstaking period of questioning and pondering, or it may appear inexplicably out of the blue, but when it arrives it arrives in a flash. In general, these are rare and involuntary events, for this is a potential human faculty that usually lies dormant. But Socrates believed that it is possible for this faculty to become conscious and deliberate. In  fact, he said that ‘awakening Nous’− not merely studying or thinking − is the highest task of anyone who wishes to perfect his or her soul. It is possible, even easy, to have a keen and clever mind, to know a great many facts, and to be filled with practical and theoretical knowledge, and yet to have no authentic Wisdom because one’s Nous has never awakened. Such a soul is always like that ship whose captain has been narcotized, a ship which is either in a state of endless anarchy, or which has been taken over by one or another tyrannical usurper: some harsh or foolish passion, appetite, belief or prejudice, which ‘rules’ and ruins one’s life.For Socrates, then, Wisdom is not about knowing many things or understanding difficult ideas. It is always and only about awakening one’s soul to wonder and insight.

BUY NOW LINKS:
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ONLINE LINKS:

Website & Blog http://www.spirituality-and-religion.com 
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/andrew.cort.3
Twitter www.twitter.com/andrewcort
Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1409094.Andrew_C

 Welcome to the Prowl Trilogy tour hosted by I Luv Tours. Today we are featuring an excerpt from the second book, Entice.  Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

From Goodreads:  Mackenzie is looking forward to her eighteenth birthday and upcoming high school graduation. Until an unwelcome visitor from her past appears, threatening her future plans.
Will she ever be free?
Armed with a new weapon and the boy she loves by her side, Mackenzie prepares to fight. She doesn’t realize that she is about to step into the ultimate battle between good and evil, where the stakes are higher than ever before.

To see my review of the first book, Prowl, click here.
For my review of the second book, Entice, click here.

Excerpt From Unveil

Tears filled my eyes. “I love you, Isaac. I do. That hasn’t changed.  It’s just that Tanner and I have spent a lot of time together and we’ve been through a lot.”  I looked back at Tanner who was watching me with an expectant look on his face.  “I care about him.”  I faced Isaac again.  “I care about both of you.”
Isaac sighed. “You can’t have us both.”
“He’s right,” Tanner chimed in. “You have to choose.”
I bit my lip and stared into Isaac’s eyes. I knew I loved him, but did I love Tanner too?  I wasn’t sure. How could I choose between them?
“Kenzie?”  Tanner asked.  I looked at my friend, my protector, the boy who had spent the last few months looking out for me.  He had just professed his love for me and all I wanted to do was run into his arms and tell him I loved him back.
“Kenzie?” Isaac asked.  Glancing at my boyfriend, my heart tugged.  Before tonight I had been convinced he was my soul mate.  I had wanted to spend the rest of my life with him. He was the first boy I had truly loved.  I’d missed him for so long that I wanted so badly to hold him and kiss him and tell him how much I loved him.
Why did this have to be so hard?  No matter what I chose, I couldn’t win.  By choosing one, I would hurt the other.  The thought was more than I could bear.  And yet, I knew they were right. I had to choose.  It was time to make a decision.
I glanced up. The minute our eyes locked, I knew.  It was him.  He held my heart.  He was the one I truly loved.
I opened my mouth, ready to share my decision.

The Giveaway

What you can win: One (1) e-book from the Prowl Trilogy (Prowl or Entice or Unveil). Open internationally. There will be only one winner from this blog throughout the tour, although I will have a post for each book in the trilogy. Giveaway ends October 25th.

How you win:  Comment on this and/or one of the other posts I have for this tour.  Extra points given for:  following the author’s blog, http://www.ambergarza.wordpress.com/ and following this blog.

Please leave your email in the comment, along with details for any of the extra points.

There will also be a tour-wide giveaway. All three (3) e-books of The Prowl Trilogy + Surprise to one winner. Open INTERNATIONAL, ENDS October 30, 2012. To enter this giveaway and find the tour schedule, click here.

 You can buy the books via the following links:
Prowl in paperback
Prowl on Kindle
Entice in paperback
Entice on Kindle
Unveil in paperback
Unveil on Kindle

Welcome to my stop on the Whispers in the Woods book tour hosted by Virtual Book Tour Cafe!  I hope you enjoy the information I give here, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

 

 

Vol. I
When Evie Parker meets Lucas Spencer she begins to feel hope again.  Lately she’s been going through life in a fog and Lucas is all about teaching her how to have fun again.   For the first time since the accident she knows what it means to have fun again.  So who cares if Lucas is a little odd.  It isn’t that strange that she’s never met his parents, or that teachers never seem to notice when he’s late for class. 
Evie tries not to care, but on top of all his peculiar behavior she’s been feeling kind of sick lately–
ever since she met Lucas actually.  When Lucas decides it is time to come clean with all his secrets Evie has to make some hard decisions.

Vol. II
All Evie wants is a little bit of normal in her life– is that really too much to ask?  
Lucas isn’t normal, but he makes her happy. That should count for something.  Evie thinks she can find a balance that will let her be normal and also be with him.  Of course she hadn’t counted on adding his family into the mix, or his ex-girlfriend.  Life with an elf is never boring.

Vol III
Lucas and Evie were finally at a place where Evie was comfortable with her mix of normal human teenager and fantastical elf boyfriend.  Then she went and got herself crushed by a tree. 
Evie wakes up with a whole lot of extra issues to deal with. Not the least of which is a trip inside the Veil to see Lucas’s home.   She never would have agreed to go if she’d known she was going to have her own secret to hide.

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Independently published
Release Date: May 21, 2012
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 My Review:This book sounded quite good when I read the blurb.  I’ve always love stories of any of the fey.  I was definitely happy to have all 3 volumes at once, so I could just continue reading as if it were one.  
I found the story enthralling and very easy to blaze right through.  I didn’t want to put it down.
We get to know Evie and her sad little world, where she has only one friend.  Losing her parents, moving in with a grandmother she had never met (and whom didn’t want her around) being the new kid in school, she’s had quite a tough year!

Then, she meets Lucas while hiking in the woods.  She immediately starts to notice “odd” things about him, but pushes the feeling to the back of her mind; she’s way too happy with him to even want to know what these oddities could mean. 
Then he comes clean…
So she’s dating an elf, so what, right?  She can still have her “normal”, even with the unbelievable news of their relationship.  
We tag along as Evie comes to terms with her new life and just as things seem to be falling into place, a brand new, and perhaps dangerous, issue becomes quite apparent.
I loved this book, although, it is titled the “complete series”.  I am writing this hoping that is not entirely true..  There is plenty more to the story to be told, Volume III ended with a bit of a “whoa, what’s next” feeling.  I desperately hope to be reading the rest of the story very soon.
I give this book 4 stars!
The Interview
1)  What inspires you to write the stories you write? 
Usually my stories start with a character.  One minute I’ll be doing the dishes or eating dinner and the next minute I’ll be having a nice little mental chat with a new character.  Once I’ve made friends with a new character i can’t not write their story. 
2)  You’re an “Indie author”… now that you have a few books under your belt, do you think you’ll become more commercialized?  
I’ve seen many do this.  Independently publishing my books has really been a life changing experience for me.   Not only have I been able to realize the dream of seeing my imagination come alive in print, but I have met a lot of amazing people and learned a ton about the publishing industry.  I am certainly proud when I look back and see how far I’ve come from that first blinking cursor on a blank computer screen.  
That being said… Being an Indie is HARD!  You aren’t just an author.  You’re also an editor, and a publicist, and a graphic designer, and a publisher, and an accountant, and a legal department.  Phew!  It is exhausting.  Not to mention that, despite the experience I’ve gained, I am still bumbling around with a lot of the particulars.  Traditional authors still have the edge on resources.   
I am very excited to be able to tell you that I have recently signed a deal for representation with Trident Media Group.  Hopefully this relationship will see me safely and successfully changing lanes into the traditionally published world. 
3)  Do you feel a specific connection with any of your characters?  
I wouldn’t say that any of my characters are ever modeled after me.  Honestly I don’t think that would be very interesting.  But I am not ashamed to tell you that some of my best friends are the fictional characters in my books.  Carter from Whispers in the Woods is always around when I’m having a rough day.  He tells me jokes and then I laugh out loud and the people around me all stare and wonder if I’m insane.  It’s awesome.  
4)  Who are some of your favorite authors?  
So many.  So many.  I am currently a huge fan of Jennifer Armentrout she of course writes the Lux series and I am such a fangirl when it comes to Daemon Black.  I very recently finished reading Would be Witch by Kimberly Frost and I believe I have found a new favorite in Frost.  I laughed the whole time and I am simply itching to get my hands on the sequel.  
5)  Have you always wanted to be an author?  
I never really know how to answer that.  Because I have always loved to read and I have always thought that writing books would be an awesome career.  But I didn’t actually think it was a real possibility until last year.  I had recently left my job to stay home with my two awesome kids and I read an article about how easy Amazon made publishing and the rest is history. 
6)  What advise can you give to us aspiring authors? 
Just keep writing.  Ebooks have really opened a ton of windows in the publishing world and that is an awesome place to get your feet wet, but first you need something to publish! 
7)  What’s next for you?  
I am very excited about the sequel to Whispers in the Woods.  You will be able to get Whispers in the Dark in late December.  
8)  Where can we find you?
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For more information
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Email: tjdellbooks@gmail.com

 

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