Writerly Wednesday #9: NEW BOOK RELEASE! It’s all about charity today!

Hello everyone, and welcome to another Writerly Wednesday, a meme hosted by my “twin”, Erin Danzer.  This is the meme where I discuss all things writerly related.

This week, I am VERY excited to announce the release of the charity anthology that I have been putting together for over a year!  Yes, today is release day for Writings From the Heart: Stories and Poetry From Around the World.  30 short stories and poems make up this unique anthology. Authors and poets from around the world joined together for one cause; to raise  awareness of congenital heart disease in children. All proceeds from this collection will go to the  Adult Congenital Heart Program in the Pediatric Cardiology unit at the Cohen  Children’s Medical Center of NY for education and research in this area.

I chose this charity, because I personally was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect, and am a part of this new program.  The purpose of this program, is to help transition children in the pediatric part, into the adult congenital heart program.  Where I live, it is very difficult to find an adult cardiologist who truly understands the world of pediatric cardiology.  That’s where Dr. Scott Pilgrim, my cardiologist and the coordinator of the program comes in.  He takes the time to explain to the kids and their families the next steps into adult cardiology.  I’ve only met him a few times, but have been very impressed with his knowledge and compassion.

All proceeds made from this collection of stories and poems, will go towards research and education for this program.

I am currently working on getting into all sales channels, but it will take a few days to complete the process.  However, you can purchase the anthology in paperback and in ebook through createspace and smashwords.  Don’t worry, you WILL be able to purchase ebooks directly through barnes and noble and amazon kindle over the next 48 hours.  I will post those links when they become available 🙂

Here are the links:

For paperback (priced at $13.00): https://www.createspace.com/3705329

For Smashwords e-copies (all formats) (priced at $4.99): https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/169183

Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Writings-From-Heart-Stories-ebook/dp/B008962MUI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1338996835&sr=8-1

Amazon Europe: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1466427914/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=103612307&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=023020208X&pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_r=1WPN8FRGS853MFC2RBST

And I will leave you guys with the trailer for some more info:

New Release: Writings From the Heart anthology

So, for those of you who have been following my facebook posts lately, you all know that I have been working on this international anthology project.  The anthology is called: Writings From the Heart: Stories and Poetry from Around the World.  It is composed of 30 different authors and has many different sub-genres.  By the subtitle, you can bet that there are both poems AND short stories in it.  All literature in the anthology is geared toward Young Adults and children.  All proceeds from this book, will go to the Adult Congenital Heart Disease program at the Cohen Children’s Medical Center of NY.  It is a new program that was recently started by my cardiologist, Dr. Scott Pilgrim.  The purpose of the program is to help transition kids into the adult congenital heart program. As a patient myself, I can personally attest to how great this program and Dr. Pilgrim are.

The proceeds will be going towards research and education for this new project.

I am happy to say that the anthology is FINALLY COMPLETE, and will be released on Wednesday, June 6 (this week).  It will be available in paperback and all ebook formats.  The price of the paperback is $13.00, and the price for the ebook is $4.99.

I hope you will support this worthy cause, and will help me get this book onto the best sellers list!

Writerly Wednesday #6: cover reveal and BIG NEWS!

Hello everyone! And welcome to this weeks version of Writerly Wednesday. WW for short, was started by the lovely Erin Danzer at http://www.erindanzer.blogspot.com.

Today, I am VERY excited to reveal the cover and book trailer for an anthology that I single handedly coordinated and put together. But first, let me tell you a little bit about it.

About a year ago, I put out a call for submissions for YA short stories and poetry to be put into an anthology, where all proceeds would benefit a charity. This charity is called the pediatric cardiology department of the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of NY. Why this particular place?

Because 28 years ago I was diagnosed with a congenital heart disease and operated on successfully. This book is my way of showing my thanks to a community of excellent doctors who have treated me and cared for me over the years.

I am happy to announce, that I received an overwhelming response to my call for submissions. This group of authors is a wonderfully talented bunch. It is an international and eclectic group of writers who have come together for one thing…to support our children.

As someone who does a lot of work with the youth in my own community, I have been truly touched and humbled by everyone’s passion to help the young ones in today’s world.

The anthology is called Writings From the Heart: Stories and Poetry From Around the World, and will be released in both paperback and ebook format.

I hope you all will join me on Erin Danzer’s blog http://www.erindanzer.blogspot.com for the cover and trailer reveal. The book will be $15 in paperback and $1.99 USD. Please help us climb the bookstore charts on release day! Release day is June 6.

Thanks for reading, and remember to hop on over to Erin’s blog and look at the pretty picture and trailer 🙂

You will also be able view these at http://www.indiesupporter.com and http://www.closeencounterswiththenightkind.blogspot.com

Thanks for reading!

New title suggestions for Luney Writers anthology

As most of you know, I have been putting together an anthology where I am going to be donating all the proceeds to the pediatric cardiology office in the Cohen Children’s Medical Center of NY (formerly LIJ).

Presently, the anthology is called Luney Writers. However, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, and have come to realize that this title just does not flow well with what the anthology is about.  It contains 30 poems and short stories, and should be available in ebook and paperback come the beginning of June.

I have created a poll after discussing the potential title changes with the participating members.  Now it is up to you to help us decide which title you like better!  Remember to say the title with “An Anthology” at the end of it.

Thanks for your help!

Newsletter Sign Up!

Hey everyone! Thanks to the suggestion of Mailchimp by my friend Mindy, I now have a newsletter sign up form on my website, http://www.bethannmasarik.com! It’s a new monthly newsletter of mine called The Monthly Gazette.  In this newsletter, you’ll find updates on my writing projects and latest publications.  There will also be fun games in each issue, so why not sign up and get the latest? Plus, I may also have an author spotlight and feature one of my favorite authors each month 🙂

Once again, the url to sign up for my newsletter is http://www.bethannmasarik.com/newsletter/

Thanks in advance if you do sign up 🙂

Book Review: Blind Sight Series

Hey everyone! How’s your weekend going so far? I can’t believe that tomorrow is Sunday already!  Anyway, I just wanted to let you all know that I posted up a dual review on my Literary Lunes Publications blog that I think you should check out 🙂 It is a blog dedicated strictly to authors and their books and my reviews of them.

The books that I reviewed were:

Blind Sight: Through the Eyes of Leocardo Reyes

and

Blind Sight: Through the Eyes of Aniela Dawson.

I gave Leocardo’s book 4 stars and Aniela’s book 4 1/2.  Hop on over to http://www.literarylunespublications.com to find out why! Oh, and I also reviewed the series as a whole in addition to the individual books.  Enjoy!

Masquerade Read-along Week #2

Welcome to the second week of the Masquerade Read-Along, a book by the lovely and talented Cambria Hebert.  For the official rules, guidelines, and tour schedule, please click the picture above, or visit Cambria’s website at http://www.cambriahebert.com.  Now, let me tell you a little bit about the book Masquerade for those of you who missed last weeks post, my answers can be found by clicking here.

About Masquerade (taken from Goodreads)

Before. Everything was so much better Before. I wasn’t haunted by nightmares, my place at school was secure and my face was flawless. Now, I’m a freak and everything has changed. The worst part is that I can’t remember the night I was sentenced to the shadows. The memory has been stolen from me and I just can’t shake the feeling that someone, something is out there -watching. 

Just when I think I have my life handled, Sam, with his intimidating golden stare and shiver inducing voice, makes me realize that I don’t know anything. He makes me see that my scars don’t matter. That they never mattered. I can’t help but fall for him, completely unknowing that he knows exactly how I got this way. Not knowing he was involved. 

*** 

Heven has no idea how closely death stalks her. She has no idea what I have done to keep her alive. I fear the day she learns my secrets, finds out what I really am. But even then I cannot stop, I vow to make things right. Finally her hunter will be hunted, Heaven and Hell, faith and sin will battle, and we will be victorious. But first, Heven must learn to be what she never imagined. I know her strength is there – I feel it. If we are to overcome all odds, she must push past her flaws – her frailties – to become much more.

Now, onto this week’s questions!  This week’s host is Candace, over at http://www.candacesbookblog.com/.  If you want to join in on the fun, pick up a copy of Masquerade (You won’t regret it…TRUST ME!), and hop on over to either Cambria’s site or Candace’s and link up!. Now, onto the questions.

1. Sam is admittedly drawn to Heven before they even meet. Why do think this is?

I had to give this one some thought. OK, A LOT of thought. I think that Sam is initially drawn to Heven, because of the whole soul-mate thing.  After having read the entire book in 3 days, there is definitely something that we do not know about their relationship. BUT, I honestly think that it has something to do with the power of God, and something “Great” that the Universe has in store for them. Yes, I could argue and say that Heven represents all the things that Sam had to leave behind when he first went through The Change, but I don’t think that is entirely it.  I think there is something much, much bigger out there than we are capable of seeing just yet.

2. In an earlier chapter The Hope states that Sam must prove himself. During these chapters Sam does some things – bad things – (covering up murder, fighting, hiding a body, etc.) all to protect Heven and his true identity. Do you think he was right to do these things?

When is it EVER right to cover up murder, etc?  It never, EVER is.  HOWEVER, Sam is a special and unique case.  I’m not saying that it was right, but I understand why he did what he did.  If I was in his case, I probably would have done the same thing.

3. In chapter twelve Kimber says some thing’s to Heven that make the reader wonder about their friendship. Do you think there is any truth Kimber’s drunken confessions? If so where do you think Heven and Kimber’s friendship goes from here?

OK, I’ll be perfectly honest, I wanted to toss my book at Kimber and beat the living CRAP out of her for saying that shit. She knew that Heven couldn’t swim, right? Why on earth would she even think about bringing her out to the dock? I mean, come on! HOW STUPID can one person be? Thank GOD Sam was there!  I have absolutely NO DOUBT that there was truth in Kimber’s confessions.  Alcohol consumption tends to bring out people’s true selves, especially when they are drunk/tipsy.  I can personally attest to this. I tend to be an honest drunk when I’ve had a little too much to drink. I’ve said some things that I regret, but you can’t take them back once you say them.  Knowing what I know about the book (I’m trying not to spoil anything here), I honestly think that Heven should just drop Kimber as a friend. If you ask me, I think Kimber is a selfish bitch who needs to put in her place. But, that’s just my opinion lol.

4. Heven is changing, becoming more confident. Do you think that after something like this (her accident and disfigurement) happens to someone that she can ever go back to the person she was before? Do you think she will want to?

No, and no. I personally like how Heven is changing. As the question stated, she IS becoming more confident, and I like reading about heroines that grow and change. I think in the beginning, maybe Heven will want to go back to how things were, BUT, I think Sam will help her realize that she can’t and shouldn’t.  She has a path, a dangerous path to follow, and I think going back will make things worse.

5. Toward the end of these set of chapters, Heven finds out Sam’s secret, who he really is. She has a strong reaction. Do you think you would react the same way? Why or why not?

Hmm. This is honestly a tough one.  I guess it all depends on the situation and the type of person they are.  I mean, yeah, I would probably freak out at first (who wouldn’t?), but then after coming back down to “reality”, I’d probably be all “Oh, really? You can do xyz? That’s cool.” I’d probably be a little jealous of said person’s special abilities and powers, but I’d want them as an ally (especially if it’s someone like Sam or my Damien from TWAU.). I honestly don’t think there isn’t a person out there who WOULDN’T freak out at first.

Tour Stop: Blind Sight Guest Post

I am very happy to have on the blog today two very lovely new, debut authors, Ermisenda and Eliabeth Hawthorne.  They are the authors of the Blind Sight series, and I have to say this is a very promising new, Young Adult/Fantasy saga.  Unfortunately, I am still in the process of reading the first book, so there is no book review today, but I should have one ready by the 20th on my other blog over at http://www.literarylunespublications.com. I am currently reading Blind Sight: Through the Eyes of Leocardo Reyes. I have to say, I am very much intrigued by this new world of Edaion.  But, I am not going to bore you with a review today. No, today we have a guest post from these lovely ladies, so, let’s give it up for Elia and Ermi 🙂

 

Learn more about Blind Sight: A blind girl drawing is abnormal even on the magical island of Edaion where leaves brush themselves into piles in the middle of the night. So when Odette Reyes, a girl blind from birth, begins to experience ominous side effects of the island’s “gift,” her brother Leocardo and best friend Aniela must figure out what the doctors cannot. As an immigrant, Leocardo is not biased by accepted rules of magic and determines that Odette’s drawings are premonitions. Aniela grew up with magic and knows premonitions are impossible. She determines Odette is a medium channeling voiceless spirits.

Who is right? Whose eyes will you read through?

Both books are “volume one” you can read one without the other and still get a complete story, but you won’t see how the characters interpret the same situation differently.

Buy the book! Both volumes are available as an e-book for Kindle (Aniela’s vol. / Leocardo’s vol.) and Nook (Aniela’s vol. / Leocardo’s vol.) Don’t have an e-reader, pick up a PDF on Smashwords (Aniela’s vol. / Leocardo’s vol.)

The paperback special edition will be available in the fall (northern hemisphere).

The authors:

Eliabeth wrote her first mini-series in second grade when the teacher told her she was not old enough to write a chapter book. Regrettably, for fear of turning into a starving artist, Eliabeth played it safe in college and is now a recent William Jewell graduate with a BA in International Business and Japanese. She now returns to what she truly loves, creating worlds for people to escape to and characters for them to fall in love with. Ermisenda began writing Harry Potter fan-fiction at the age of twelve and started developing her own writing at fourteen when she joined play sites and completed her first crime novel at fifteen. Although her favorite genres were crime and fantasy, she reads a bit of everything. Driven by the desire to evoke the kaleidoscope of emotions her favorite authors are able to, she kept writing. Growing up bilingual amongst her Spanish family in Australia, she found a love and deep appreciation for language and the power it wielded. She is now a Psychology major at the University of Newcastle. Together, they write as Ermilia.

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Dusty Books Thursdays #1

Dusty Books Thursdays, is a new Meme that I started where I will feature a book from my dusty bookshelves.  More information about Dusty Books Thursdays can be found here.

This week I am going to feature a book by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes.  I’ve had this book on my shelf since high school. It was given to me by a dear friend one year for Christmas I believe, and I just haven’t had a chance to read it yet.  I’ll be honest, it’s so small, that I almost forgot that I had the book to begin with.  Without further ado, I give you this weeks book.

In The Forests Of The Night by Amelia Atwater Rhodes

  • Reading level: Ages 12 and up
  • Mass Market Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf (May 9, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440228166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440228165

By day, Risika sleeps in a shaded room in Concord, Massachusetts. By night, she hunts the streets of New York City. She is used to being alone. But someone is following Risika. He has left her a black rose, the same sort of rose that sealed her fate 300 years ago. Three hundred years ago she was human. Now she is a vampire, a powerful one, and her past has come back to torment her.