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Be kind to multitaskers – we are really doing our best

Well, I was going to write a post about feeling guilty over multitasking all the time, about feeling that I am not good enough at anything I do (home, family, you name it), about autumn not being my season. And then I thought – who on Earth wants to read or hear about that?! This too shall pass. I will multitask to survive, and when I can no longer multitask, I will relax. Right?

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CARVED WOODEN HEART by E. H. Newton & Starla Hartless – my review no.65

Having already enjoyed some of Elizabeth Horton-Newton’s writing (the intense thriller Riddle and her fascinating short story Old Habits in Twisted Tales), I was rather intrigued to see how she would handle the genre of romance (with elements of erotica). Starla Hartless remains a mystery to me, but this partnership might prove quite successful in this genre.

Not usually an avid reader of romance/erotica, I read the book with curiosity, comparing at first with other works by E. Horton-Newton. The writing is easy to follow and has a steady flow to it. The timeline and subplots all fit nicely as we follow Dani through her love life and professional growth, sometimes going topsy-turvy in comparison to the traditional romance ways (she both meets and loses the passionate lover in the first part of the book, but read on for more surprises). You will enjoy reading about how she grows as a person, about her friendships and family ties, and of course, the steamy bedroom scenes, if you are a fan (quite hot, though never vulgar). There is passion, lust, skin, heat, but also emotion and tenderness.

However, what I find the greatest value in this book are the characters who evolve over time, following the romance stereotype to a certain point, yet preserving a believable feel to them, which makes you root for them or against them. The contrast between the men in Dani’s life is really interesting to observe, and your preconceptions of them change throughout the book as the subplots entangle and resolve. Dani, the heroine, grows through the story, from the naive young journalist who falls head over heels for a hunk, to the responsible, strong and decisive woman. Jesse is intriguing, too, and I bet romance fans will go crazy over the wild artist that he is. Doug is such a promising man who genuinely loves Dani and saves her in her hardship (not liking the mistakes he made out of that love though;). Brandon will keep the readers’ interest in suspense (avoiding spoilers) and Dylan – he is just a treasure. My absolute favourites are the side characters – Dani’s gynaecologist, Kelly, Milagro, Kathryn, and Dani’s parents who made me smile, chuckle and even tear up by the end of the story. The authors must have had so much fun weaving their scenes into the mix.

I am absolutely certain Carved Wooden Heart will provide romance fans with all the elements they expect, and then some, including the wonderful scenery and amazing dream houses in the wilderness. Your very own jacuzzi house in the mountains, to share with the love of your life? Oh come on, who’d say no to that!?

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When a review makes you gulp:)

Getting a review like this, in such fine company as this, from an author I really admire is just… well, no pressure at all, right;)? But it only inspires me to write more and better! Wow!

Read short stories! They are gems.

More “Crooked Tales” – http://wp.me/p4h9JT-2iN

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Elizabeth H.Newton talks of Crooked Tales

It has been a great joy and honour to have been invited into the Readers Circle of Avenue Park with another story for an anthology, a sequel for the Twisted Tales. Here to tell you more about it is the fantastic author, Elizabeth Horton Newton, who also has her own new romance coming out soon, Carved Wooden Heart.

CROOKED TALES: Deception & Revenge in 15 Short Stories (Short Story Tales Book 2) – http://wp.me/p4h9JT-2hn

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Party anyone?

​Are you ready for the #childrensbook #party today? I am (and nervous too;)

Karina Kantas has lots of authors and surprises lined up for children, teachers, parents… Back2School can be fun!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1781083468794793/?ti=cl

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THANK YOU♡

​Thank you to everyone who voted – there is still some time left to vote! Thank you, Metamorph Publishing! As funny as it may seem – it is NOT about winning. It’s about support!

The voting for the #SIBA #book #awards goes on till September 10.

 

WINKY’S COLOURS

THE GOOD PIRATE

Children’s: http://goo.gl/s7LbDT

You can win these children’s e-books today at the Facebook children’s book event Back 2 School organized by Karina Kantas.

THE THRESHOLD

Horror: http://goo.gl/tIBe9M

Novella: http://goo.gl/6zVg5y

Paranormal: http://goo.gl/pJP0qc

Thriller: http://goo.gl/PvY6oq

Contemporary: http://goo.gl/f649ff

AVERAGE DAYDREAMER

Romance: http://goo.gl/xHGf3r

Contact me via direct message for an advanced review copy of Average Daydreamer on my Facebook blog Anita’s Haven.

And there is one of my short stories in each of these anthologies:

AWETHOLOGY LIGHT

DECEMBER AWETHOLOGY LIGHT

TWISTED TALES

Anthology: http://goo.gl/50ivBw

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Little Birdie Grows Up – celebrate #children’s books

Just in case you missed my review of this lovely picture for little kids, here is some more information about the book. Do check it out – it sends out a positive message and the illustrations are adorable.
(All the materials are used here with permission from the author.)

Join us in celebrating the release of Little Birdie Grows Up!

Little Birdie Grows Up is a picture book about a fuzzy little blue bird that yearns to fly up in the big blue sky. His Mama encourages him and he tries his best. He is charming and sweet and the illustrations are delightful.

About the author

Wanda published her first children’s book, The Lilac Princess, in 2014. Next came her wonderful tale of Tad, in A Turtles Magical Adventure published, March 2016. 

Wanda Luthman has her Masters of Arts in both Mental Health Counseling and Guidance Counseling from Rollins College located in beautiful Winter Park, Florida. She worked at a local Community Mental Health Center for 10 years before transferring to the Public School System as a Guidance Counselor. She’s worked at a High School for the past 18 years. She has also been an Adjunct Professor at the local Community College and worked with teens who had lost a loved one through Hospice. She has always loved reading and writing and wrote many books and poems as a child growing up in Missouri. She presently resides in Brevard County Florida with her husband of 21 years and 2 dogs. Her daughter is away at college, like Little Birdie, she has left the nest.

From the Author

“I want to inspire young children to be the best people they can be. If I can capture children’s imaginations and entertain them, they’ll catch the underlying positive character message in each of my books.”

Website/blog  

Facebook fan page  

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Quotes from reviews

“Wanda Luthman does a very good job with this book. Lots of colorful pictures. Lots of rhyming that small children could quickly learn. Highly recommend this book for children ages one to five.”

“Although “Little Birdie grows up” is written for very young children, who cannot fail to be immediately and deeply attracted to Bryce Westervelt’s vivid pictorial narrative, it is a book which most likely will also engage genuine adult interest.”

“This was the first picture rhyming book I have read and the first time a book has made me cry – but a good cry. Little Birdie Grows up is such a beautiful story.”

Where to find Little Birdie Grows Up

Ebook        

Hardback  

Paperback 

Audiobook – Listen to a sample here.  

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Back 2 School in a fun way!

​Back to School – online event:)

September 10, 2016 

Let me invite you to an online fb event organized by Karina Kantas. It is all about children’s books, and we are inviting readers, educators, children, parents and grandparents. There will even be rewards in the form of children’s books and many more surprises. Meet some of the authors of children’s books, myself included, ask questions, comment, play games and have some fun. 

This is the link https://www.facebook.com/events/1781083468794793/?ti=cl and it would give me such joy to see you there. It will be my first author guest appearance so you might help me get rid of some stage fright.

Here is the guest list and times.
(All times are EST)

10am – 10.15 Welcome from your host

10.15 – 11am Wanda Mital Luthman

11.00 – 11.30 Jenny Burke

11.30 – 12.00 Ashley Marie Uzzell

12.00 – 12.30 Claire Plaisted

12.30 – 13.00 Anita Kovacevic (18.30 CEST – my time zone)

13.30 – 14.00 Andrew Fairchild

14.00 – 14.30 Traci Sanders

Looking forward to meeting you there!

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Awards for books? Wooohooo!

Dear all, the voting for the #SIBA #book #awards has begun.

A huge thanks to all of you who have sent me messages of encouragement and asked me to put all my voting book links into one post – so here it is. It feels wonderful to know that some of you have actually even read my books:). 

Every genre has its own link, and you can vote for more books in each genre. You can even vote several times. Pls, give a chance to wonderful authors who pour their time and dreams onto paper simply for the love of books. Click on one, more or all, as you wish, and thank you all so much! Naturally, feel free to share the news.


WINKY’S COLOURS

THE GOOD PIRATE

Children’s: http://goo.gl/s7LbDT

THE THRESHOLD

Horror: http://goo.gl/tIBe9M

Novella: http://goo.gl/6zVg5y

Paranormal: http://goo.gl/pJP0qc

Thriller: http://goo.gl/PvY6oq

Contemporary: http://goo.gl/f649ff

AVERAGE DAYDREAMER

Romance: http://goo.gl/xHGf3r

And there is one of my short stories in each of these anthologies:

AWETHOLOGY LIGHT

DECEMBER AWETHOLOGY LIGHT

TWISTED TALES

Anthology: http://goo.gl/50ivBw

Thank you very much for fostering creativity!

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Readers get to vote! (For books, not politicians:)

You may have noticed posts going around about the SIBA – Summer Indie Book Awards. 

​All readers and fans can vote for their favourite authors at #SIBA #book #awards as of September 1, central US time, on the links available here.

No need to mention your votes would be greatly appreciated. My books are lucky to have been nominated in the following categories: 

The Average Daydreamer – romance

The Threshold – novella, paranormal, thriller, horror

The Good Pirate & Winky’s Colours – children’s books

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