Weather Report, August 29

Daffodil, Flower, Spring, Yellow, Colorful

OUR CURRENTLY FEATURED BOOKS, “THE MOTEL OF THE STARS,” BY KAREN SALYER McELMURRAY, “A DIFFERENT JESUS,” BY JAN LINN AND “THE END OF MIRACLES,” BY MONICA STARKMAN, CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST, OR BY CLICKING THE AUTHOR’S NAME ON THE “AUTHOR” PAGE.

This week, we will offer you a literary mystery (“True Stories at the Smoky View,” by Jill McCroskey Coupe),  a relationship/romance (“Daffodils and Fireflies,” by Claudia Taller) and a fantasy novel (“Ariel: The First Guardian,” by Sydney Scrogham).

Two of these writers, Claudia and Sydney, have been featured before on Snowflakes in a Blizzard. One of the goals here is to develop long-term relationships, because most writers this days are constantly putting out new work.

Let me also say that being featured for a week on this site is only the beginning. I’m noticing that more and more people are clicking on previously featured books, and the “Books by Subject” page has also gotten some traffic.

The bottom line, though, is that more than 1,600 people will see the initial posts. This may not translate into immediate sales, but it will certainly imprint a book on the mind of everyone who reads about it, and that’s never a bad thing.

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UPCOMING ON SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD, AUGUST 30-SEPTEMBER 5.

“TRUE STORIES AT THE SMOKY VIEW,” BY JILL McCROSKEY COUPE

After attending the funeral of her estranged friend Skip in Knoxville, Tennessee, Vrai (short for Vraiment), a forty-something art history librarian with sons of her own, rescues ten-year-old Jonathan, who has been abandoned in the funeral home parking lot. The Blizzard of 1993 strands this unlikely duo at the Smoky View Motel, where they join forces in a very personal search for justice, eventually confronting the tyrant responsible for two deaths.

DAFFODILS AND FIREFLIES,” BY CLAUDIA TALLER

When her mother is dying, Betsy Kramer makes the uncharacteristic decision to return to her home at Windy Hill. At her mother’s funeral, Tom, the only man Betsy ever loved, returns and reminds her that daffodils were once her favorite flower. Lingering at Windy Hill, Betsy finds letters from her estranged father hidden in a hatbox and realizes the enormity of the lie perpetrated by her mother. As Betsy and Tom start spending time together, picking peaches and antiquing, Betsy faces her biggest demon, and even the fireflies hovering over the Magical Pond can’t help her. With vivid imagery and deep feeling, Daffodils and Fireflies chronicles one woman’s journey home again while rediscovering love. Although considered literary fiction, the book has a strong romance element to it.

“ARIEL: THE FIRST GUARDIAN,” BY SYDNEY SCROGHAM.A BONUS:

(A BONUS: FROM SEPT. 1-5, THIS BOOK WILL BE FREE IN THE KINDLE STORE).

Abuse survivor Ariel Harte doesn’t need anyone. Ever. But her companion animal is infected with a dark, magical force. Only an ancient purification ritual, the mind link, performed with another human can cure this infection.

Ariel must ask her ex-boyfriend, Ryan Tracey, for help.

But she’s racing time. She’s infected, too. All the walls will have to come down so Ariel can heal or she will lose herself to the darkness forever.

Ariel: The First Guardian is a story of true love that wins over time, the power of second chances, and redemption from abuse. This is a prequel to Chase in the Guardians of Agalrae series but can be enjoyed as a standalone novel.

 

 

 

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