North Iowa Book Bash #NIBB2018

Yesterday Ivana, Percy and I went to the North Iowa Book Bash.  I will tell you one thing about this event.  This event was soooo good it outshined the Kansas City event that Ruby Lee and I went to last weekend and that was put on by a publisher. Seriously, Indie is the way to go, people.  This was mostly a romance heavy book con, but there Fantasy, LGBTQ, Erotica, Young Adult, and Mystery.

This book bash was sponsored and put together by BF Bookies. This bunch of folks went all out and worked their tails off to give the fans and readers a fun day of books, swag and author love.

There were prizes to be had, lunch was served, books to be bought and 50 authors to meet and greet.  Some authors came from quite a distance where some were Iowa and Minnesota authors that came together for some good old Midwest hospitality.

 

 

The main author I went to see was Terry Maggert.  I had preordered #3 and #4 of the Halfway Witchy series and I had to go pick them up. I bought:

Titles:  Halfway Hunted, Halfway Witchy #3
Halfway Drowned, Halfway Witchy #4

News has it that there will soon be a book #5 in the Halfway Witchy series that will be titled *covertly looking each way for those that are eavesdropping*

Halfway Wrapped, Halfway Witchy #5

 

 

 

 

Along with his newly written and released book:

Title:  A Touch of Frost
Author: Terry Maggert
Release date: April 7, 2018
Publisher’s descriptionGideon Frost is the last survivor of Ravenwood, an orphanage scheduled for destruction at the hands of a vicious politician. Over the past century, hundreds of children have vanished, lost forever to witches who use their souls as fuel for life everlasting.

On the run and alone, he’ll find help in an unlikely place, when the missing children reach out to him from the land of the dead, asking him for the one thing he can deliver.

Justice.

But Gideon won’t fight alone. Samira Alexander is a sorceress who can bridge the worlds between life and death, and she’ll stand beside him as they fight against the killers who want far more than just Gideon’s silence.

They want his power. They want his soul. But Gideon won’t give up either without a fight, and the witches of Ravenwood are about to learn a painful lesson.

Let me tell you, I am ready for the current ice and snow storm going on today.  All I have to do is settle in and I’m all over this book.  Did you read the description?  Sounds good, doesn’t it?  Yeah, I thought so too.  Well, what you might not know about Terry is he’s kind of into history and he found his inspiration from this true life story from Tuam, Ireland.  Please don’t read about that place unless you have a strong constitution.  Anyway, Terry took this story and wove it into a fantasy world with ruthless witches and a mystery that has been covered up by a villainous politician. Be sure to pick up yours when it’s released.

The rest of the authors at the NIBB were bonus.  The Indie authors that were there were awesome.  They were warm, friendly and anxious to tell about their works of art.  It was incredibly fun.  Needless to say, I ran out of money before I ran out of books I wanted to buy.  Here are a sample of the awesome people I saw.

This author is a super lady and a devoted grandmother. The book I bought from her was a corroboration between her and her grandchildren.  The kids named the characters, came up with the idea of the Soul Mate Tree which, in my opinion, is awesomely cool, figured out how to kill the villain and it’s still not quite readable for kids.  Yep, it’s adult oriented, if you get my drift.  I bought the book and I will be sure to review it soon.

Title:  A Trail To Love
Author: Tina Susedik
Series: Soul Mate Tree #4
Released: April 7, 2017
Publisher’s Description: Jack Billabard, mourning the loss of his wife and baby in childbirth, vows to never to love again. After their funeral at Fort Laramie, he rides into the Wyoming hills beyond the ranch he built for his wife. Through his grieving tears, an ancient tree appears, giving him the hope he doesn’t believe is possible. For the next four years, he acts as a guide on the Oregon Trail, taking families to a new life while his looms lonely and stagnant.

The night before her abusive husband’s death, an ancient tree appears in Sarah Nickelson’s yard as she agonizes over how to survive her marriage. The tree gives her hope she can’t help but reject. After all, a tree doesn’t just appear out of nowhere. After her husband ‘s death, and with no options as a widow in Independence, Missouri, Sarah decides to travel to Oregon City as a Mail Order Bride.

During their trek west on the Oregon Trail, Jack and Sarah encounter one another, each afraid of being hurt again. Can they survive dogs and puppies, wind and rainstorms, Indians and unfavorable fellow passengers, while their love blossoms? Will the tree fulfill its promise?

I have a few more authors to spotlight, but I will post their stories a little later.  Here’s a picture of the new TBR pile I acquired to be placed upon my already burgeoning TBR pile.

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As Good As True by Cheryl Reid

A powerful and haunting novel of a woman’s broken past and the painful choices she must make to keep her family and her home.

Title: As Good As True
Author: Cheryl Reid
Publish Date: February 1, 2018, Lake Union
Genre: Historical fiction
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s Description: August 1956. After a night of rage and terror, Anna Nassad wakes to find her abusive husband dead and instinctively hides her bruises and her relief. As the daughter of Syrian immigrants living in segregated Alabama, Anna has never belonged, and now her world is about to erupt.

Days before, Anna set in motion an explosive chain of events by allowing the first black postman to deliver the mail to her house. But it’s her impulsive act of inviting him inside for a glass of water that raises doubts about Anna’s role in her husband’s death.

As threats and suspicions arise in the angry community, Anna must confront her secrets in the face of devastating turmoil and reconcile her anguished relationship with her daughter. Will she discover the strength to fight for those she loves most, even if it means losing all she’s ever known?

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Agent Annie says…

I enjoyed this story since it offered a glimpse into a little-known part of US history. I’ve never thought about how Arab immigrants would have fit into the Jim Crow South and the unique struggles the families would have as to their status in society.

I was drawn to the main character, Anna, who struggled with being different her whole life. I also thought the author did a great job explaining what caused Anna to make certain choices and why those choices had so much impact on those around her. The loss of her mother at an early age affected Anna and created far-reaching implications that will still be felt in the generations yet to be born.

I give this book 4 stars. I wanted to give it 5 stars, but there were just a few editing errors that were noticeable enough to cause me to “fall out of the story” and take notice, but not enough to keep me from recommending it to others.

Other recommendations…

If you liked this book, I recommend The House of Hidden Mothers by Meera Syal, or Mudbound by Hilary Jordan.

Upcoming: A Fistful of Frost by Rebecca Chastain

Back in 2015, I reviewed A Fistful of Evil and A Fistful of Fire by Rebecca Chastain and loved them so much that they won Standout Award for that year. Now, I’m excited to announce that the Madison Fox series is continuing with A Fistful of Frost, due out May 8th! Check out the blurb below and the TWO GIVEAWAYS being hosted by the author!

Title: A Fistful of Frost
Author: Rebecca Chastain
Series: Madison Fox, #3
Publish Date: May 8, 2018
Genre: Urban fantasy
Cover: Yocla Designs

Publisher’s DescriptionMadison’s job—and soul—are on thin ice.

Madison Fox is determined to reform Jamie, her half-evil pooka, but the bond linking her to Jamie works both ways. Already, it has manipulated her into bending the rules. If she continues down this path, she could doom her soul. Since her judgment can’t be trusted, a high-ranking inspector now dictates Madison’s every interaction with Jamie, and each directive drives them further apart.

Unfortunately, Madison has bigger issues than the potential degradation of her soul. Winter has struck with a vengeance. Frost moths plague the entire state, reinforcing the artificially frigid temperature. Worse, cold-blooded, soul-stealing enemies are flocking into her region from the north—creatures Madison has little defense against.

With the inspector scrutinizing her every misstep, Madison is in for the battle of her life. If she hopes to survive, she must make an impossible choice: save herself and her region or save Jamie.

An imaginative urban fantasy filled with heart, humor, and plenty of butt-kicking action—A Fistful of Frost is a book you won’t want to miss!

Buy now to continue the suspenseful adventure today!

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BD3QWXM
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07BD3QWXM
Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07BD3QWXM
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07BD3QWXM

Giveaway 1 (Now until May 8):

Order your copy of A Fistful of Frost between now and the release date on May 8, and you can receive a copy of the Madison Fox novelette, A Fistful of Flirtation.

Madison finally gets her date with Dr. Love—and if they had picked any other restaurant, she might have had a chance to enjoy it, too…

Receive your free gift with purchase here: https://www.rebeccachastain.com/current-giveaways/

Giveaway 2 (May 8-30):

Enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card or the complete Madison Fox trilogy!
https://www.rebeccachastain.com/current-giveaways/

About the Author

REBECCA CHASTAIN is the USA Today bestselling author of the Madison Fox urban fantasy series and the Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles fantasy trilogy, among other works. Inside her novels, you’ll find spellbinding adventures packed with supernatural creatures, thrilling action, heartwarming characters (human and otherwise), and more than a little humor. Rebecca lives in Northern California with her charming husband and bossy cats.

Visit Rebecca online:

Website: http://www.rebeccachastain.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rebeccachastainnovels
Twitter: @Author_Rebecca or https://twitter.com/Author_Rebecca
Instagram: @chastain.rebecca or https://www.instagram.com/chastain.rebecca/
BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/rebecca-chastain

Recap of KISSCON, Kansas City

Join me for a recap of the activities at KISSCon sponsored by Rainy Day Books, Avon Books and Harper Collins publishers.

This was an amazing experience. I’d never been to an intimate setting and book signing like this before. Woodneath Library in Kansas City, Mo, was the location of this event. Chairs and a stage were prepared for 9 authors and about 300 people. This was a free event.

Ok…let me start at the beginning of the day. Ruby and I decided it would be a great idea to support the bookstore that was sponsoring this event. They are called Rainy Day Books and they are a small book store that isn’t a corporate conglomeration.  This was a true floor to ceiling-books everywhere-all genres represented bookstore. They had very nice staff that wanted to help, point out their favorite books and explain up-coming events they have planned. These ladies knew their stuff and were happy and helpful with a heaping bit of make-you-smile. I enjoyed myself immensely.

Next thing on the agenda was the meet and greet of these 9 lovely authors.  Marie Tremayne is the author of Lady in Waiting (watch for the upcoming review here on One Book Two) was the newest member of the panel having only one book pubished at the moment. She also has one in edits and one she’s currently working on.

Lenora Bell and Cathy Maxwell are also historical romance writers except they have lots of books out there waiting to be read. Currently, I’m in the middle of reading What a Difference a Duke Makes (watch for the review here coming soon). While I read Cathy Maxwell in the anthology, Four Dukes and a Devil, I picked up her latest A Match Made in Bed.

The authors that Ruby Lee went to see were Jill Shalvis, Lori Foster and Jodi Thomas.  These ladies all write contemporary romance. Along with these contemporary artists are Lori Wilde, Linda Howard and Alisha Rai.  Granted,  I have never read the works of the contemporary artists, but there were 300+ people sitting in the audience that obviously were huge fans.

After a couple of introductory rounds, the panel were subjected to rapid fire questions.  Some put the authors on the spot by asking them to reveal their secrets if they answered yes to questions that started with “Never, have I ever…”. Audience members laughed at the panelist answers because along with the characteristic of great story teller was the fact they all are great entertainers.

When the speaking part was finished, everyone that wanted a book signed waited patiently in line for their chance to speak with their favorite author.

The final part of the event was the ticketed portion. Ruby and I splurged on VIP tickets to see what that would entail.  We each got a goodie bag (pictured above) and a glass of wine with a side of cheese, crackers and the best darn cupcakes I have ever ate.

All in all, it was a great experience and definitely worth driving 5 hours to attend.  Thank You to all those great authors for making our day memorable.

 

KISS con in Kansas City, baby!

I am so very tickled to report that One Book Two is going to Avon Romance Books Kiss Con in Kansas City, MO.  Don’t know what KISS con is?  Well, read on!!

 

Avon Books is a subsidiary of Harper/Collins publishing house.  Avon Books represents works in the romance genre with a ton of authors, but TODAY there is an event in Kansas City, Missouri put on by Rainy Day Books.  This event will showcase 9 romance authors and all of them are superstars AND WE GET TO GO!!!  It will be a treat to visit with:

 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis writes warm, funny, sexy contemporary romances and women’s fiction. An Amazon, BN & iBooks bestseller, she’s also a two-time RITA winner and has more than 10 million copies of her books sold worldwide.

 

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Lenora Bell is a USA Today bestselling author of historical romance novels with Avon Romance/HarperCollins. Her writing has won numerous awards including the 2014 Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® Award for Historical Romance and the 2016 RT Book Reviews Best First Historical Romance award. She recently found out that she’s a finalist in the 2018 RWA RITA contest for published authors in the Historical Short category!

A teacher with an MFA in Creative Writing who has lived on five continents, Lenora currently shares an old farmhouse in the Pacific Northwest with her carpenter husband and two tiger-striped rescue kitties named Dorian Gray and Percy Shelley. She loves hearing from readers! Sign up for her mailing list to hear about new books, sales, and giveaways!. She loves to hear from readers!

 

Lori Foster first published with Harlequin in January 1996. Her second book launched Temptation Blaze and her 25th book launched Temptation Heat. Since those early days, Lori has routinely had 6 to 10 releases a year. She’s a Waldenbooks, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author with over 100 titles published through a variety of houses, including Berkley/Jove, Kensington, St. Martins, Harlequin and Silhouette.

Lori also writes as L.L. Foster publishing books written as Urban Fantasy with a little bit of romance.

 

Linda S. Howington is an American best-selling romance author writing under the pseudonym Linda Howard. After 21 years of penning stories for her own enjoyment, she submitted a novel for publication which was very successful. Her first work was published by Silhouette in 1982. She is a charter member of Romance Writers of America and in 2005 Howard was awarded their Career Achievement Award.

Bestselling novelist Cathy Maxwell, a storyteller since childhood, embraces her writing romance as a way to express her belief that “loving well is the greatest adventure of all,” and to explore her fascination with the Regency period.

The author of twenty-five historical romance novels and four novellas Cathy’s latest THE SEDUCTION OF SCANDAL, the fifth of her Scandal and Seduction novels, has just been published. The others, also set in the Regency period, are quintessential Cathy Maxwell—traditional historicals with a contemporary sensibility and a touch of humor. They are A Seduction at Christmas, The Marriage Ring, The Earl Claims His Wife, and His Christmas Pleasure. Each has appeared for multiple weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list.

 

Alisha Rai writes award-winning emotionally complex contemporary romance novels and is frequently sought as a speaker on a range of topics covering romance and media.
She is the first author to have an indie-published book appear on Washington Post’s annual Best Books list. Her books have also been named Best Books of the Year by NPR, Vulture, Entertainment Weekly, Amazon, Kirkus, Bustle, and Cosmopolitan Magazine and her novels have won the RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for erotic and contemporary romance. When she’s not writing, Alisha is traveling and tweeting.

 

With millions of books in print, Jodi Thomas is both a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 40 novels and 13 short story collections. Her stories travel through the past and present days of Texas and draw readers from around the world.

In July 2006, Jodi was the 11th writer to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. With five RITA’s to her credit, along with National Readers’ Choice Awards and Booksellers’ Best Awards, Thomas has proven her skill as a master storyteller.

Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, Thomas enjoys interacting with students at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, where she currently serves as Writer in Residence.

Marie Tremayne graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in English Language and Literature. While there, a copy of Pride and Prejudice ended up changing her life, and she decided to study the great books of the Regency and Victorian eras. Now she enjoys writing her own tales set in the historical period she loves.

Lady in Waiting is Marie Tremayne’s debut romance novel and was a finalist in the GSRWA’s 2014 Emerald City Opener Contest. Its sequel, The Viscount Can Wait, was a finalist in the 2015 ECO Contest. Marie lives with her family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

New York Times and USA Today best selling author, Lori Wilde has sold seventy-eight works of fiction to four major New York Publishing houses. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Christian University and a certificate in forensic nursing from Kaplan University. She is a member of the Internal Association of Forensic Nurses.
Her first NYT bestseller, the third book in her Twilight, Texas series, The First Love Cookie Club has been optioned for a television movie.
A popular writing instructor, Lori is a three time RITA finalist and has four times been nominated for Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. She’s won the Colorado Award of Excellence, the Wisconsin Write Touch Award, The Golden Quill, the Lories, and The More than Magic. Her books have been translated into 26 languages and excerpted in Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Complete Woman, and Quick and Simple magazines. She lives in Texas with her husband, Bill.

 

One Book Two staff that will be in attendance.

Ruby Lee and Nervous Nellie Justice

 

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