Celebrate the Small Things! And Cover Reveal and Giveaway for Crystal Collier’s Timeless!

Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly celebration created by VikLit and now hosted by Lexa Cain to celebrate the happenings of the week, however small or large. You can learn all about it and sign up for it here. CelebrateSmallThings_Badge

The air is crisp, the leaves are turning, and it’s time to start thinking about Autumn and Halloween! This week I’m celebrating:

  1. I gave my daughter her first driving lesson, and she and I and the car emerged unscathed.
  2. That same daughter received an invitation to join the National Honor Society!
  3. I made my annual trip to IHOP to celebrate the kids going back to school!
  4. Tonight we’ll be going on a Ghost Walk Tour of the city of Burlington, VT. We’ll get to hear all about the ghostly history and spookiness of the city.


And now take a look at this gorgeous cover —







Author: Crystal Collier

Publisher: Raybourne Publishing

Series: Maiden of Time, #3

Publication: November 1, 2016

Category: Young Adult (YA)

Genre: Paranormal Historical

Time is the enemy.

In 1771, Alexia had everything: the man of her dreams, reconciliation with her father, even a child on the way. But she was never meant to stay. It broke her heart, but Alexia heeded destiny and traveled five hundred years back to stop the Soulless from becoming.

In the thirteenth century, the Holy Roman Church has ordered the Knights Templar to exterminate the Passionate, her bloodline. As Alexia fights this new threat—along with an unfathomable evil, and her own heart—the Soulless genesis nears. But none of her hard-won battles may matter if she dies in childbirth before completing her mission.

Can Alexia escape her own clock?


Buy link     Amazon Preorder Link     ARC requests


a Rafflecopter giveaway


Crystal Collier



Unleashing the dream world, one book at a time

  Blog | Twitter | Goodreads | Facebook | Website




What other celebrations are going on out there?





© Lori L. MacLaughlin and Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams, 2016. All rights reserved.

Welcome, L.G. Keltner with Dani’s Survival Tips for Crazy Sci-Fi Scenarios!

Today I’m welcoming L.G. Keltner and her MC Dani as they celebrate their new book release, Self-Help 101 or: How to Survive a Bombardment With Minimal Injury.

Dani’s here to share her Survival Tips for Crazy Sci-Fi Scenarios! Take it away, Dani —

Hey! Dani Finklemeier here! I write self-help books about how to get by in various scenarios, many of them disastrous and awkward, and while the masses may not yet find them useful, a small number of people have gained something from them. Mostly laughter, yes, but I’m fine with that. If people don’t find your writing entertaining, you aren’t going to get far.

I’m a fan of TV shows and movies across various genres, especially if they’re cheesy. I enjoy poking fun of them while eating too much junk food. It may not be the healthiest pastime, but oh well.

Anyway, sci-fi has offered the world a lot of fun and outlandish scenarios over the years. You may think such things could never happen in real life, but who knows? In either case, it never hurts to be prepared. Today I’d like to give you some survival tips so that you might come out unscathed should you find yourself in a sci-fi style scenario.

1.) If something strange falls from the sky, never poke it with a stick.

2.) If you’re in a group of people who all know each other but they don’t know you, give them your name. Nameless characters always die so the others involved know the situation is serious.

3.) Do not wear a red shirt.

4.) If the teachers at your school act like they’ve been taken over by aliens, they probably have been. It may be time to start your summer vacation a bit early.

5.) If the dead are reanimated in any way, run away ASAP. That’s the sort of thing you really don’t want to mess with if at all possible.

6.) If you’re in a group hunting for some unknown threat, never bring up the rear. That’s the person who gets picked off first. If you’re the second to last in the group, keep your eye on the person behind you. If they go missing, you’re next.

7.) If you come across someone experimenting with a device that looks like it could do a lot of damage, steer clear.

8.) If aliens land in a first contact scenario, try to avoid being the one sent in first. They may be hostile, but more importantly, even if they aren’t initially hostile, you don’t want to be the person who makes a mistake and ends up starting an interstellar war. That sort of thing will weigh heavily on your conscience.

9.) Do not be the jerk who acts so overconfident no one likes them. That person tends to die in bad ways.

10.) Learn how to work together with people you don’t know while not fully trusting them. You never know if they’re a double agent, only out for their own self-interests, or a shape-shifting alien who is luring you into some kind of trap. You may not be able to make it on your own, but trusting too fully in a bad situation can get you killed.

That’s all for now! I’m sure there are a lot more survival tips to be found. Next time you’re reading or watching science fiction, be sure to take your own notes. You never know when survival tips like these may come in handy!

*   *   *




Title: Self-Help 101 or: How to Survive a Bombardment With Minimal Injury

Author: L.G. Keltner

Genre: YA/holiday/humor

Length: 25,000 words

Cover Art: L.G. Keltner and Jamon Walker

Release Date: June 28, 2016



Book 2 in the Self-Help 101 series

Dani Finklemeier has self-published her guide to taking over the world, but she still isn’t rich. Now she’s eighteen, still babysitting for money, and looking forward to starting college in the fall.

Of course, she has to survive a 4th of July outing with her family first. That’s a challenging prospect considering she has to be in close proximity with a group of cousins known as The Fallible Four. As if that weren’t enough, she also has to deal with the fallout of her parents learning more about her relationship with her boyfriend Seth than she ever wanted them to know.

The good news is that, if she survives this holiday, she’ll have plenty of material for another self-help book.


Purchase Links:



Barnes & Noble








photoL.G. Keltner spends most of her time trying to write while also cleaning up after her crazy but wonderful kids and hanging out with her husband. Her favorite genre of all time is science fiction, and she’s been trying to write novels since the age of six. Needless to say, those earliest attempts weren’t all that good.

Her non-writing hobbies include astronomy and playing Trivial Pursuit.

You can typically find L.G. lurking around her blog, on Twitter, or on her Facebook page.







Kristin Smith’s Catalyst — Cover Reveal and $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Catalyst Cover



(The Deception Game, Book One)

By Kristin Smith

Release Date: November 21, 2016

Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

Genre: YA near-future thriller


Book Synopsis:

Too pretty.

Too smart.

Too perfect.

 In a crumbling, futuristic Las Vegas where the wealthy choose the characteristics of their children like ordering off a drive-thru menu, seventeen-year-old Sienna Preston doesn’t fit in. As a normal girl surrounded by genetically modified teens, all of her imperfections are on display. But after the death of her father, everything she’s ever known and loved changes in an instant.

With little skills to help provide for her family, Sienna clings to the two things that come easily—lying and stealing. But not all thief-for-hire assignments go as planned. When a covert exchange of a stolen computer chip is intercepted, she becomes entangled with a corrupt government official who uses her thieving past as leverage, her mother as collateral, and the genetically modified poster boy she’s falling for as bait.

In order to rescue her mother, there may only be one option—joining forces with the Fringe, an extremist group, and their young leader who’s too hot to be bad. Problem is, these revolutionaries aren’t what they seem, and the secrets they’re hiding could be more dangerous than Sienna is prepared for. In the end, she must be willing to risk everything to save the one thing that matters most.


About the Author:

Kristin Pic Kristin Smith writes young adult contemporary and science fiction novels. When she’s not writing, you can find her dreaming about the beach, beating her boys at Just Dance, or belting out karaoke (from the comfort of her own home). Kristin currently resides in the middle-of-nowhere North Carolina with her husband and five incredibly loud but extremely cute boys. To read more about her obsession with YA novels or her addiction to chocolate, you can visit her at kristinsmithbooks.com.

Author Website: kristinsmithbooks.com

Author Blog: http://swordsandstilettos.blogspot.com

Author Twitter: @SwordsStilettos

Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/swordsandstilettos2/

Author Instagram: instagram.com/kristinsmithwrites


Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway to win a $25 Amazon gift card!