International Author’s Day Blog Hop & Giveaway

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Welcome to my little nook in this great world of ours. Thank you for stopping by and celebrating with me. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a free story by my favorite author, Michael J. Sullivan. Michael has graciously offered everyone their choice of a short story!

First, a little about me. I’ve always been a huge bookworm with a huge heart for words. When I was very young, prior to school age, I used to enjoy extended visits with my grandparents. My grandma taught second grade during one visit I remember fondly. She would bring me with her and I would “attend” school like the big kids. During one morning she wrote the spelling words on the chalkboard then asked if any of the children could read them and tell her what they meant. My hand shot up and wriggled eagerly. Nobody raised their hand so she called on me. I stood up, my chest out proudly, and read all ten words and gave brief definitions to the class. When we got home she gave me a stack of books to read that didn’t have pictures. We sat on the couch together, reading our books. When my grandpa got home from work he laughed so hard at seeing his two favorite bookworms like this.

My mother and I also enjoy writing although she’s a lot further along in getting a book finished. I remember my grandparents visiting us in Germany. We would drive all over Europe to see the wonderful sites. Some of these car rides were rather long and boring for a child about 8 years of age. My grandpa solved my boredom by handing me 3X5 cards he always kept in his shirt pocket and a pen. I went to work creating a mini newspaper with reports about an adventurous mouse and his friends. He kept those cards for years.

My favorite genre is Fantasy. My first taste was playing games based on Dungeons & Dragons and I fell in love. I’ve read quite a lot in this genre, with several series or authors I really like. My favorite author has to be Michael J. Sullivan. His writing always feels like you are right there with the characters. You can feel what they are going through and you connect with them on so many levels. You find yourself caring what happens and experiencing emotions as though they were your closest friends. The descriptions are perfect. Never too much, never too little. You can visualize what he describes like it is being painted right before your eyes. I love how he can take so many plot threads along with the main plot and weave them expertly through more than just one book. You can’t help but stay up late just to read another chapter.
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The fantasy series by Michael is the The Riyria Revelations. He added a couple Riyria Chronicles for his adoring fans who can’t seem to get enough of Hadrian and Royce. The Chronicles don’t have to be read prior the the Revelations series. If you like fantasy or you’re not sure if you do, I highly recommend his books. There’s no filter needed so they are safe for all readers!
You can read samples of the books before you buy. Check out the awards and read up on various posts on his blog. If you prefer to listen to your books, all of the Riyria books are available as audiobooks. Listen to a short story from one of the books free.
When you are ready to purchase, just stop by his store.
This makes sure he gets all the money without the other stores taking a cut. This is also a great way to have your book signed by the author!

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If you prefer making your purchases through Amazon, here are the buy links.
The Riyria Revelations: Theft of Swords, Rise of Empire, Heir of Novron
The Riyria Chronicles: The Crown Tower, The Rose and the Thorn
Hollow World (Standalone novel unrelated to the Riyria world, but still a great read)

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Enter here to select your choice of stories with Hadrian and Royce and more!

16 responses to “International Author’s Day Blog Hop & Giveaway

  1. Ooh, this series sounds really cool! I’ll have to check it out:)

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  2. Thank you for Joining in the celebrations!

    The series sounds interesting… will check it out!

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  3. Great post! The books are intriguing and your blog look great! :)

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  4. I love Royce and Hadrian!!!

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  5. You’re a testament to the importance of kid-loving, word-loving family members! No wonder you write so well.
    My site got left off Debdatta’s first list, so please give KarlSchonborn.com a visit. Cleft Heart is loaded with romance, mystery, and travel, even tho it’s creative nonfiction.

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  6. I’ve never heard of this series but it sounds awesome. adding to my TBR to give it a try

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  7. Great post! These are definitely making it into my TBR pile (although it’s more like a dumpster at this point, oh no!). xx

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