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Book Blast featuring Once Upon a Lie by Michael French w/a rafflecopter #Giveaway! @mfrenchauthor

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Once Upon A Lie

by Michael French

 

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GENRE: Fiction / Murder Mystery

 

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BLURB:

 

Once Upon a Lie  is about a smart, ambitious sixteen year old, Alexandra, who chooses to keep silent when she learns terrible secrets about both her father and her mother, whom she grew up adoring. The price of keeping her “perfect” family together soon unravels her well-planned future, and puts in jeopardy the life of a young stranger whom she befriends and ultimately falls in love with.  We learn how your life can end at any time, and it can end more than once.  And then it can be saved.

 

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Excerpt Two:

 

Mom hurried to put in a load of wash and organize dinner. Her focus was usually like a laser beam, but on this afternoon, she had spaced out that I was in the house. When I picked up the kitchen phone to call Joyce, I overheard her talking from her bedroom extension.

 

“No, no, you’re not listening,” the man said in an upset voice.  I recognized the voice of Charlie Diggs.

 

“I am listening,” my mother insisted.

 

“Julia nags me, day and night, about her biological clock.”

 

“I thought you two agreed you weren’t having children.”

 

“We did agree. Isn’t that the point? She doesn’t even realize when she changes her mind.”

 

“I’m sorry she makes you miserable.”

 

“Louis doesn’t know how lucky he is,” Charlie added. “Jesus, what you have to go through with him. He should treat you better, Gloria.  Does he know how much I love you? Why can’t you get up the courage and tell him?”

 

“Oh, Charlie, poor Charlie,” my mother responded whenever his voice fell silent.

 

Mom was still on the phone when I burst into her room. She knew instantly that I’d heard everything. Charlie was still talking as she hung up.

 

“Mom, what are you doing?! What’s going on?!” My face was hot and cold at the same time.

 

All she could do was stare back helplessly, like a ghost haunting her own life.

 

 

 

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Michael R. French graduated from Stanford University where he was an English major, focusing on creative writing, and studied under Wallace Stegner.  He received a Master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.  He later served in the United States Army before marrying Patricia Goodkind, an educator and entrepreneur, and starting a family.  In addition to publishing over twenty titles, including award-winning young adult fiction, adult fiction, biographies ad self-help books, he has written or co-written a half-dozen screenplays, including Intersection, which has won awards in over twenty film festivals.  He has also had a long business career in real estate, living in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  His passions include travel, collecting rare books, and hanging with friends and family.   He describes his worst traits as impatience and saying “no” too quickly; his best are curiosity, taking risks, and learning from failure.

 

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Michael French Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/MichaelRFrenchAuthor

 

Michael French Twitter:

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

Michael will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Spotlight featuring Woodland Creek Series by various authors! w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @indiesagepromo

A collaborative, fictional collection of Shifter stories set in one town.

Woodland Creek, Indiana is a quaint college town full of old-world charm – with plenty to tantalize shifter, wizard, and human residents alike. Your days will be filled with the indulgent pleasures of our popular downtown, with your nights rejuvenated by the sporadic screams of the damned. Here in Woodland Creek, the supernatural townsfolk protect their secrets with firepower, claws, or spells. And the humans live mostly oblivious (unless they’re eaten).

Welcome to Woodland Creek.

Our fair town.

Please visit the picturesque forest! The locals in the woods enjoy the occasional lost soul. Just make sure to bring a shovel–our tools disappear far too often.

We hope you have a wonderful stay!

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Guest Post & Excerpt from From the Mountain (Mark of Powers #1) by L.L. Crane

From the Mountain

 

Title: From the Mountain

Author: L.L. Crane

Series: Mark of Powers (Book 1)

Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Fiction

Publisher: Self Published

Release Date: February 14 2015

Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print

Blurb/Synopsis:

What would you do if you were one of the last of your kind on earth? Sixteen year old Teak’s Mark of Power has kept her alive, but will it last?  Although she is a trained killing machine, it isn’t by choice. Slated to be one of Siv Gareth’s elite soldiers, her life seems to be on course, but she has a decision to make.  Does she follow her father’s wishes and become a soldier, or chase after her own dreams of training dragons?  Persecuted, shunned, and tortured because of her skin color, Teak is mad, and somebody is going to pay for it.  Siv Gareth’s race war has just begun, and now that the Purity Law has passed, the Destroyers are out in hordes to kill her and any others with light skin.  When she shoots an arrow at Siv Gareth, a chain of events unwinds that ultimately threatens her very existence.  Accustomed to going it alone, Teak finds herself on a long journey with a group of inept teens, and she must learn to depend on them…or die.  When two boys enter the scene, one irritating and the other mesmerizing, Teak wonders if she has a shot at a normal life. But will her lack of Power and skin color ruin it? This dystopian society novel, Book 1 in the Mark of Power Series, is riveting with suspense, action, betrayal, and the brimming hope of romance.

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Excerpt 3

The other boy seems sullen, his arms crossed over his chest.  He is leaner than the Light Skinned boy with an olive complexion and coppery curls that frame his face.  His jaw is firm, solid, and his eyes are a vivid green, like emeralds or green diamonds…if such a thing existed.

“Geez, what happened to you?” the Light Skinned boy asks.  I blink my eyes a few times, trying to understand what he is talking about.

“What?” I manage to say as I turn to close the still opened door.

“You’re covered with blood.”  I glance down at my healing robe.  When I woke up this morning it was white…but it would be difficult to tell that now.

“Emergency,” I squeak out, swallowing to clear my throat.

“What, did someone get his head chopped off?”  It is the Light Skinned boy, and his golden eyes are twinkling, as if he is enjoying this.

“Yes…well, actually it was a woman.”

 

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 Describe yourself, your favorite character and your book, each in 5 words or less.

 

Myself: wacky, loving, responsible, animal lover

 

Teak:  insecure, serious, vulnerable, determined, smart

 

Thann:  gregarious, fun, secure, loyal, bold

 

Koree:  serious, analytical, intelligent, guarded, dogged

 

Siv Gareth:  crafty, selfish, mysterious, evil, maniacal

 

Echo:  amusing, good-natured, friendly, non-judgmental

 

Gunther:  sincere, helpful, intelligent, silly, goofy

 

Entho:  guarded, fair, dedicated, absent-minded, shrewd

 

 

 

 

Author InformationL

 

 

L.L. Crane lives in a remote area of Northern California with her two horses, six goats, three dogs and two cats.  When she was a child, L.L. Crane dreamed of being a writer. She used the name, “Katie Bush” as a pen name for the famous writer she hoped to become, cranking out book after book on her mom’s old blue typewriter.

As life often has twists and turns, L.L. Crane found herself becoming anything but a writer.  She graduated with a B.A. in Education, even though she was honored to begin her college career with the aid of writing scholarships.

After becoming a teacher, raising three children primarily on her own, as well as owning and operating a business, L.L. Crane finally pursued her dreams and began writing novels.  She brings her own experiences from teaching and her love of animals to her stories.

L.L. Crane is an avid reader and writer and loves children, animals, reading, riding horses, and gnomes.

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