Friday, April 24, 2015

Freebie Friday!! What's on Amazon today?

The Stubby Pencil's Library has not reviewed these books,
but they all have 4 **** or more.
They are spotlighted because the Kindle edition is FREE today.
Be Switched
by Molly Snow
December 31, 2013
A paranormal romantic comedy for ages 12+, brought to you by award-winning author Molly Snow...

Surla and Cathy have a HUGE secret!

After spending hundreds of years as a familiar to an abusive witch, Surla runs away to find freedom. But there's one catch! The Black Cats' Curse states she will have to switch bodies with the first lonesome soul to cross her path.

Painfully shy Cathy Phillips can't muster the courage to ask hot water polo player, Craig Nelson, on a date. Neither can she stand up to the three biggest snobs at Washington High. What's a girl to do? Could switching lives with a sassy cat be the answer to her wishes?

The curse of being "BeSwitched" may just be the most purr-fect secret these new best friends could ever have!
He's hiding out because someone wants him dead...
Cameron Rafferty is keeping secrets. Dangerous secrets that could endanger the lives of everyone around him. His plan was simple...keep a low profile until the would-be-killer was found. And it was working - until an accident changed everything. Before he knows it, he finds himself becoming more involved with the family next door, and wishing for things he shouldn't. Things that will put their lives in jeopardy, too.

Her summer plans didn't include secrets and danger...
Spending summers on Bois Blanc Island was a tradition for author Laura Keane and her young son. Filled with special memories of the husband she'd lost to war, she looked forward to days of reminiscing, playing, and working on her newest novel. She didn't expect this year to be any different - but that was before their sexy neighbor came to her rescue like a knight in shining armor. Will that armor be tarnished when she finds out what he is and why he's living next door?
Hazardous Duty
by Christy Barritt
January 5, 2014
Buying a gun to kill your wife: $3,000
Hiring Trauma Care to clean afterward: $1,500
Having that same cleaner uncover evidence that frames you: Priceless

On her way to completing a degree in forensic science, Gabby St. Claire drops out of school and starts her own crime scene cleaning business. When a routine cleaning job uncovers a murder weapon the police overlooked, she realizes that the wrong person is in jail. But the owner of the weapon is a powerful foe . . . and willing to do anything to keep Gabby quiet.

With the help of her new neighbor, Riley Thomas, a man whose life and faith fascinate her, Gabby plays the detective to make sure the right person is put behind bars. Can Riley help her before another murder occurs?

Free Kindle mystery for a limited time!  

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Amy's Review of Stranded by Nathan Huffaker and GIVEAWAY

Kazakhstan is on the brink of civil war, and Elders Schofield and Johnson need to get out ASAP. But when their train explodes, all the evidence points to the missionaries! With terrorists on their trail and the whole country against them, the elders' only refuge is the US Embassy in Astana-800 miles away. Fans of The Saratov Approach will love this jaw-dropping thriller.
by Nathan Huffaker
Genre:  LDS Fiction
Content: Some violence and intense sequences
Publisher: Bonneville Books
Release Date:  April 2015
Number of Pages:  272

My Opinion:

This book reminded me a bit of the Saratov Approach, but it actually ends up being very different.  I liked it from the beginning, I can see it being turned into a movie.  There were a couple parts that I found to be a little predictable, but there were also several parts that had some unexpected twists and turns.  The author does a good job from the religious aspect and ties in points of the gospel throughout the story.  It gets you thinking about what you would do and how you would react if you were in a similar situation.  Try it out!
Rating: ****

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

FREE Today! Fields of Elysium by A. B. Whelan

Fields of Elysium
by A.B. Whelan
Best seller in Teen & Young Adult Fantasy
4.3 stars on 86 reviews
Price: $0.00 Save $14.35

Award-Winning Author
Small town girl, Molly Bennett, moves to Los Angeles where she becomes an outsider while attending Beverly Hills High School. It seems life cannot be any more dreadful.
Then one day after school, something magical happens. On a secluded hike in the Hollywood Hills, Molly chases her disobedient mutt and only friend into a hidden cavern. She stumbles upon a strange glimmering gateway that transports her to Arkana, a planet that is the cradle of an advanced human race. There, teenagers navigate amazing flying vehicles, compete in perilous games for glory, and possess supernatural powers.
While Molly tries to wrap her mind around this unbelievable discovery, she meets the alluring and mysterious Victor Sorren. He is a Sentinel Apprentice, whose hatred toward people from Earth is beyond understanding. Yet every time Victor unpredictably saves Molly’s life, his heart draws closer to hers, no matter how much he tries to fight against it. It further complicates things that their growing friendship is strictly forbidden. Earth people are prohibited in Arkana, yet Molly continues to cross through the portal to Arkana to see Victor.
Torn between their double lives, they go down a dangerous path, from where there is no return and multiple endings.
Would you fight to be with the one you truly love? What cost would you be willing to sacrifice for that love?

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After reading this story you will find your heart racing whenever you enter a cave.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Monday Morning Motivation

Today's Writing Prompt:

Select any scene from your current WIP and write the same scene from each of your character's points of view.

You may discover something one of them wanted to hide or motivation behind someone else's behavior.

Enjoy the journey!

Friday, April 17, 2015

It's Freebie Friday--Let's see what's FREE on Amazon today!

Remember these books are not reviewed by The Stubby Pencil
but they are all rated 4 **** stars or more.
Free refers to the Kindle edition and not print editions.
It's Freebie Friday!
Here's what is on Amazon today:
The Adventures of Seamus Tripp and the North Star Witch
by Jon Garett and Richard Walsh
May 16, 2013
Old and New Worlds clash in a farming community on the frozen Minnesota prairie. Can Seamus Tripp and the kids break a Norse witch's enchantment over the town? He's Seamus Tripp. Loremaster.

When Seamus Tripp, world traveler extraordinaire, is delayed by a blizzard during a business trip across the Minnesota prairie, he reunites with an old friend and together they make a chilling discovery: an Old World witch is in the country, enchanting local politicians!

But when Seamus, aided by his charge Elie Doolittle and his nephew Gordon, attempts to break the spell of the witch, she turns her powers on them, unleashing ancient curses and a legion of Norse zombies.

Bundle up for a showdown that pits Seamus Tripp against the elemental cold of the northland winter and the ferocious power of a Viking witch!

Seamus Tripp & the North Star Witch is an introductory short story to the world of Seamus Tripp. Many more full length novellas of The Adventures of Seamus Tripp are also available.
The Souls of Beasts
by Permdeep Singh
November 23, 2014 9 - 12  
Slithers the snake has had enough. Enough of Animal City, and enough of being an animal altogether. What he wants is peace and solitude, and there's only one way he's going to get it. By transforming himself into a Human Being. Slithers isn't alone. Mane the lion's cub, Trunkie the elephant, and Fury the ferocious border collie, all want to be transformed into humans too, but it isn't as simple as that.

First the four must travel through the dangerous Animal World and get to the Human World, but if there's one thing natives of the Animal World don't like – it’s animals that want to transform into Human Beings. Conniving pigs, fearsome wolves, zealous crocodiles, mad apes, and one very sly bear, are just some of the dangers that await, and to succeed the four travellers must use all their wits, courage, and willpower, and ultimately decide; is the freedom they crave found in the Human World, or is it found within themselves?

The Souls of Beasts is a wholesome, funny adventure story that's perfect for middle school students and adults.

* Contains one chapter of The Animal World Volume Two, DEATH IN ANIMAL CITY.
by Holly Hook
January 12, 2014 12 - 16  
Sixteen-year-old Janelle knows something's not right with her father when they move to their new home in Florida. He refuses to evacuate them from the coast when a hurricane bears down on them, despite the fact that all their neighbors have gone. Even worse, it seems like there's something he wants to tell her, something terrifying, but he won't say a word about it.

Then Janelle's life flips upside down when a teenage boy, Gary, materializes out of the storm right in front of her. He bears a strange marking on his arm, a gray spiral that matches the one she was born with. Perhaps her strange birthmark means something after all. But when she points out Gary's mark to her father, he refuses to speak more about it.

It's up to Janelle to find the truth about the connection she and Gary share. When she tracks Gary down again and discovers it, it's terrifying. Janelle and Gary aren't regular, mortal teenagers. In fact, they're far closer to the destructive power of nature than she ever imagined. As her attraction and love for Gary grows, Janelle finds herself sucked into a nightmare: she might become the instrument needed start a terrible war.

Tempest is the first book of the Destroyers Series. It's a free read for teens and young adults who are interested in the paranormal and fantasy genres. The other four novels of this series are also available.