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The votes are in …

So, the votes are in and the results are …

1) Cedar Woman … Debra Shiveley Welch ( 8 votes)

2) The Dark Side of the Moon … Terri Main (5)

3) The Killer Valentine Ball … Christine Verstraete (4)

4) Highland Blessings … Jennifer Hudson Taylor (3)
Dead Witness … Joylene Nowell Butler (3)
The Traveler’s Tale … Teel James Glenn (3)
An Axe To Grind … Marilyn Meredith (3)

5) Shadow Path … P L Blair (2)
Of Swords & Sorcery … Teel James Glenn (2)
Shelter From The Storm … Dianne G Sagan (2)
Guardian … Katie Hines (2)
Seraphym War Series: Odessa … Rebecca Ryals Russell (2)

These are the top 12 choices. For those that have the same amount of votes, we will check with the authors at to which month will be the best for them to be hosted. For those not chosen, their book titles will be held in case one of the authors can not be hosted for unforeseen circumstances.

Thank you all for your participation and submission. We look forward to reading your books and getting to know each of you personally.

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2011 in encouragement

 

Voting for our 2011 selections

Below you will find the poll for the 2011 Book Selections. Please be sure to view the blurbs of each book if you haven’t already. This is a members only vote. If you’d like to become a member of Kat Logic Book Clubs, please do so now, make an introduction, and then place your vote.

There were a couple of books I decided were not good book club selection reads (after reviewing them). The authors of these books will be interviewed on Kat Logic and a review for the book will be placed both on our blog and on Amazon.com. If your book is not on the list and you submitted a book for consideration, I will be in touch with you soon.

View the list. Choose THREE books you’d like to read.

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2011 in encouragement

 

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Vote To Read … part 3

Vote to Read … part 1

Vote to Read … part 2

I know it’s a lot of information to take in, but please review all the submissions before placing your vote.

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Rebecca Ryals Russell

Seraphym Wars Series: Odessa

Available April 1, 2011

MuseItUp Publishing: https://museituppublishing.com

Purchase Page: http://bit.ly/igaNXF

Website: http://rryalsrussell.com

Blog: http://rryalsrussell.com/blog and http://teenwordfactory.com

Odessa

Myrna Ashlin Watts graduated from High School in Jacksonville, Fl just in time to find herself transported to a bizarre and primal planet corrupted by demon-dragons. And they want her DEAD. Her problem is, she has been recruited to kill them, too.

18-year-old Myrna is drawn into the middle of an epic battle between Seraphym and Demons. An average High School student from Florida, she wakes one morning on the Steampunk planet of Dracwald, home of the demon-dragons responsible for her sexual attack two years earlier, her brother’s recent murder as well as many other atrocities in the news. She meets Michael, her guide, who explains that according to prophecy, Myrna must gather the remaining six Vigorios (teen warriors with special talents) then train with the Majikals on a protected island.

Reluctantly, but knowing it is her only way to get back home, she agrees to lead – battling dragons and monsters while crossing swamps and mountains, forests and seas. She wrangles with inner demons from the sexual attack, when three very different men join her quest—a seasoned demon/dragon-slayer who irritates but beguiles her, a tender and sweet mentor in whom she trusts completely and a roguishly handsome Scientist who sets her senses aflame. How is she expected to lead the others and keep everyone safe with so much inner turmoil? Whom can she trust, if anyone, even herself? How can anyone expect her to be a leader? Much less one who leads an army in a Holy battle?

Will love and lust, jealousy, greed, deceit and distrust break the delicate tie that binds these teen warriors called The Vigorios? Can a troupe of teens help the Seraphym finally defeat the massive empire of evil dominated for eons by the demon-dragons of Dracwald?

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Title: Time Traveler’s Tale

Author: Teel James Glen

Blurb: When Korvan Orm decided to live among the Pyrrans he was not prepared for the hatred so many felt for his people The Travelers. Nor was he prepared to fall in love but when two thugs try to beat the Gypsy out of him he is saved by the timely arrival of Avorra, Princess of the Realm.

Suddenly he finds himself smitten with feelings he has no right to feel in a society that considers him an outcast. They are feelings that could get him killed.

Later during a hunt when her horse falls and traps her he risks his life to save her from the deadly attack of a Clazbear.

The visiting Prince Gregor of Vasulia has no love for the upstart Traveler but he does have plans for an alliance between his royal house and the house of Pyrran.

Can the Traveler find a way to court the intriguing Princess and avoid the black arts of the Prince or is this Traveler’s Tale going have a lonely ending?

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Posted by on January 24, 2011 in encouragement

 

Vote to Read … part 2

The second set of books submitted for consideration. Please review them as well as the ones from Vote To Read .. Part 1

Some of the submissions did not include photos or blurbs. If I receive them, I will add them with an updated link.

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Full Name: Jennifer Hudson Taylor
Title: Highland Blessings
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Release Date: May 2010
Genre: Historical Romance
Short Bio/Description: Highland Blessings, Scotland, 1473
Highland warrior Bryce MacPhearson kidnaps Akira MacKenzie on her wedding day to honor a promise he made to his dying father. When he forces Akira to wed him, hoping to end a half-century feud between their clans, she struggles to overcome her anger and resentment. . .Yet her strength in the Lord becomes a witness to Bryce. But there is a traitor in their midst . . . and murder is the ultimate weapon.

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Name: Terri Main

Title:  Dark Side of the Moon

Publisher:  Ebooks, Kindle

Release Date: February 2011

Blurb: History professor and former FBI profiler Carolyn Masters moved to the moon to take a job at Armstrong University. She isn’t there long, though, before Juan Mcalister, Astromechanics professor and lunar independence activist, is found murdered in his office. Now, Carolyn along with Michael Cheravik, a former Dallas homicide detective, must solve the crime, stop a terrorist plot against earth, exorcise their own demons and, possibly, find love among the stars.

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Name: Joylene Nowell Butler, member since 2008
Province: BC, Canada
Titles: Dead Witness, self-published
Broken But Not Dead
Publisher: I self-published Dead Witness which contributed to Theytus Books accepting Broken But Not Dead, due for release this summer.
WIPs: Omatiwak,Woman Who Cries, Kiss of the Assassin, Dead Wrong, Spirit Eagle
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Name: Dianne G Sagan
Title:Shelter from the Storm
Published by WordWright.biz, Inc., Alpine, TX
Women’s Fiction
Released December 2009, copyright 2010
Synopsis: Brittany Camp flees to a short-term shelter for battered women as the worst snow storm in 50 years hits Seattle. She uses the judicial system to fight for her family’s safety but finds herself only one step ahead of her volatile husband who is bent on killing her. This story focuses on courage and hope for a better life rather than the actual violence. Brittany’s journey shows the development of her emotions and personality as she learns how to face the fear and navigate the courts. Can she survive and save her children?  Will the authorities believe her? How can she win when her husband, Abel Camp, is so charismatic? What if she loses her children?
A work of fiction, it is based on my own experiences. Its purpose is not only to capture the reader with the suspense, but to help raise awareness about the plight of the thousands of women who are abused every day. It helps those who never experience the terror to understand the victims, and shows victims that there is a way out that does not include taking personal revenge on their abusers. The underlying message is overcoming life struggles and moving on with forgiveness rather than focused on revenge. 

Includes a group of questions at the back for discussion and evaluation of relationships and their risks.

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Title - A Different Hunger

Author – Lila Richards

Publisher - Bluewood Publishing Limited

Genre – Dark fantasy vampires

Release Date - e-book, May 2010; paperback, October 2010

Brief Description – In 1875, after an ill-advised love affair sees Rufus de Hunte challenged to an illegal duel, his father, to avoid scandal, banishes him to New Zealand. During the voyage, he meets the intriguing Serafina Radzinskaya and finds himself falling in love with her, only to discover she is a vampire. Torn between love and horror, Rufus becomes embroiled in an ancient vendetta in an attempt to save the love of his life.

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Book title: Guardian

Author:  Katie Hines
Publisher: 4RV Publishing
Genre: Middle Grade Urban Fantasy
Date of publication. January, 2010

Imagine you have made a secret promise that can lead you to an incredible treasure and an ancient power. But in order to fulfill that promise, you must defeat an age-old sect determined to claim the treasure and power themselves.

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1) Book title – Twenty-Five Years Ago Today
2) Author – Stacy Juba
3) Publisher – Mainly Murder Press
4) Genre – Mystery/Romantic Suspense
5) Date of publication – October 2009 (paperback) August 2010 (ebook)

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1) Book title – Sink or Swim
2) Author – Stacy Juba
3) Publisher – Mainly Murder Press
4) Genre – Mystery
5) Date of publication – Jan. 2011 (paperback and ebook)

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1) Book title:  First Degree Innocence
2) Author:  Ginger Simpson
3) Publisher: Books We Love Publishing Partners  (http://www.bwlpp.com
4) Genre: Romantic Mystery/Women’s Fiction
5) Date of publication.  November 1, 2010 (ebook) Dec 2010 (Print)


 
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Posted by on January 24, 2011 in encouragement

 

Vote To Read (part 1)

Monday, we will be voting on our book selections to read for this year.

Today, Saturday and Sunday I will post 7 book selections each day. Take a look over them. Read the blurbs. If you’d like to vote, you must be an active member of Kat Logic Book Clubs, so head on over and introduce yourself. Be sure to be back Saturday and Sunday to view the rest of the selections:

Title: Shadow Path

Author: P L Blair

Publisher: Studio See Publishing, LLC

Release Date: March 2008

Genre: Fantasy / Detective

Blurb: - -- Corpus Christi police detectives Kat Morales (human) and her partner Tevis (elf) find a trail of murders leads to Tevis’ past – a former lover who now wants him dead. To stop her, Tevis must do what he swore he would never do again: call on the magic he abandoned thousands of years ago. If he fails, he too will die.


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Title: Cedar Woman

Author: Debra Shiveley Welch

Publisher: Saga Books

Release Date: Dec 9, 2010

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Blurb: Lena Cedar Woman Young Bear, a daughter of the Lakota Sioux, opens the first high-end Native American restaurant in Central Ohio.

This is her story.

Born in May Hill, Ohio, Lena Cedar Woman travels to Columbus at age 12 after tragedy befalls her family. Here, in the capital city, a chance encounter leads her to her destiny.

Walk with her as she changes the lives and fortunes of those she loves. Follow her to powwow where she meets her half-side. Rejoice with her at the grand opening of her restaurant.

Cedar Woman allows the reader to learn the ways, and some of the language of The People, while also offering romance and discovery.

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Name: Christine Verstraete
Title Searching for a Starry Night, A Miniature Art Mystery
Publisher Kindle, print and eBook
Release Date Sept 2010
Genre children’s mystery, age 9 and up
Blurb Sam and her bff Lita, along with a mischievous Dachshund named Petey face an angry housekeeper, a dog-hating gardener and an ancient family curse as they search for a missing replica of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.”
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Name C. A. Verstraete
Title The Killer Valentine Ball
Publisher MuseItUp Publishing
Release Date Oct 2010
Genre light horror with a touch of humor
Blurb Jess reluctantly agrees to her mother’s request to go on a blind date – on Valentine’s Day yet. Can you say loser? The Killer Valentine Ball turns out to be one of the most memorable parties she’ll ever attend… and not for the reasons she’d expected…
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Name: Viviane Brentanos
Title:   Fragile Dreams
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Genre: Mainstream contemporary romance
Release Date : 14/01/2011
Blurb:
Elysiana Rouva and the young Michael are drawn together by an inexplicable bond. They share so much more than mere physical attraction. Ellie is at the point where she is questioning her life. Recently overcoming a long, hard battle with breast cancer, she is vulnerable and depressed. Her husband, Pavlos, although outwardly supportive, provides her with no real comfort. 

Their marriage is a farce. She no longer loves him and is not threatened by his numerous affairs or his obsession with his work. Her friends say all the right words but she cannot make them understand.

Enter Michael. Michael becomes Ellie’s salvation. The young man Pavlos sends to tend their garden turns Ellie’s world on its head. As for Michael, Ellie provides escape from a past clouded with bad memories.

Can she rid his heart of so much betrayal?

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Title: Of Swords and Sorcery

Author: Teel James Glen

Publisher:  Gypsy Shadow Publishing

Release Date: August 16, 2010

Blurb: Journey to worlds of heroes and monsters, of swashbuckling women and magical villains in short stories by a master of action and adventure!   In Of Swords and Sorcery Teel James Glenn presents a collection of tales of magic and swordplay that range from the frontier forests of colonial America to the fare flung world of Altiva. From pirate women on the bounding Main to the shadowed alleys of New Orleans to the movie magic of Hollywood in the 1950s!   There are quests for love, and fights against fire breathing dragons, mystical dictators, alchemist summoned demons and deadly female assassins along the way. These are classic tales of damsels and do-gooders, in the pulp style adventure tradition of Conan, Zorro and Captain Blood!

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Posted by on January 21, 2011 in encouragement

 

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Writing for Middle Grade … outside the comfort zone

This is a first for me.

I usually write novels. Long novels. Ones with love, anger, pain, and freedom filling the pages. Inspirational fiction novels meant for women like me. Moms. Banging on the door of middle age (dare I admit). Married, divorced, single … you name it. Women. Mothers, daughters, sisters, wives. That’s my target audience.

But I’m changing direction. Of course I am still working on my novels … as you read the unedited and shameful beginning of “For Emma’s Sake” yesterday morning. But I in case anyone was unaware, I am also working a series of books, not for the middle-aged audience, but this time for middle-grade. Fourth to eighth graders. Girls, none the less. It is a series called “Note To Self”.

Now this is an experience. So where do you go when you’re writing outside your genre? Where do you turn when you’re outside your comfort zone? I turned to none other than my all time favorite author when I was that age. The famous Judy Blume.

Now I’d like to say I interviewed her and picked her brain. No such luck. But what I did was bought every book of hers I could find at our local book store. Among my favorite is “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing”. That and “Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret” are the books I remember most from that time in my life.

I scoured the pages. Studying her way with words. Her mannerisms. Her talent. Has it helped me? Well, I suppose that remains to be seen but I am almost done with the first book of the series and will be sending it to critique groups to leave painful red designs throughout the pages.

I’m enjoying this genre and I must admit, I couldn’t have done it without her.

What’s your favorite/least favorite genre? What do you do when you are forced to cross over? Share some tips with stepping outside the zone and finding a new direction.

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2011 in encouragement

 

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For Emma’s Sake

As a single mom, I’ve known the struggles of making ends meet, finding happy moments in times where there seemed to be none, and looking for a brighter day around the corner.

Just the other day, I found my daughter putting miniature marshmallows on uncooked spaghetti noodles and roasting them over a candle. Inventive, creative … I would say so. When I asked what made her do that, she said “the poor are creative”. All I could do was laugh.

But it stirred up a few characters in my already crowded mind. After watching my daughter, little Emma was born in my thoughts and soon found her way to paper.

Though being a single mom is by far the toughest of all things I’ve done, I find moments of hope in each day … reminding me that no matter how things may seem to me, my children are happy and well … and that is all that counts.

Below are the first few (unedited) paragraphs to “For Emma’s Sake.” I welcome your comments and your own experiences of raising children in tough economic times.

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~ For Emma’s Sake ~

Shelby’s stomach churned with an easiness painful enough to rob her of last night’s microwaved television dinner. She dazed out the small kitchen window over-looking the apartment’s green dumpsters. Countless sleepless nights had brought her to this moment.

She sucked in a long deep breath, forcing her lungs against her ribs. After a moment, she exhaled. With as much pretense of excitement as she could manage, she said “Hurry, Hun. Breakfast is ready.”

Shelby twirled the spoonful of soft brown sugar around in perfect circles through Emma’s piping hot oatmeal. “You don’t want to be late,” she assured Emma. With a pat of butter and a tablespoon of milk to smother the steam, their breakfast of champions was ready. Still no Emma.

“Emma.” Shelby buried the curled knuckles of her fingers in the palm of her hands and rested a fist on each hip. In her best maternal fire-burning glare, she stared down the tip of her nose.

The resentful six year-old refused to meet her mother’s glare. Emma pressed her pointed chin against her chest and tucked her top lip deep into her quivering bottom lip. Her tearful eyes scrunched together until several lines hovered above her nose.

“No. I don’t want to,” she insisted. She shook her head left, then right, tossing her pig tails from front to back. “No.”

“Now young lady.” Shelby spoke with a quiet but firm voice. Their one room apartment left little need for anything beyond that.

Water stained circles covered most of the ceiling in their living room turned bedroom. The soiled shag carpet carried obvious stains from many generations removed. The close quarters encouraged snuggling, movie nights, and pajama parties for no more than the two of them. It also meant a tone just beyond a whisper was sufficient for any conversation between the mother-daughter team. Even this one.

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2011 in encouragement

 
 
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