NACREOUS ~ Release Day Blitz ~

About the Book:
After two members of The Freedom Front are arrested and interrogated by the UZTA’s tyrannical President Nicks, Rain Hawkins and her friends face the alarming reality that their plans to liberate the mixed zones across the United Zones of The Authority might not come to fruition. While the resistance movement is growing outside the walls of the zones, the president’s forces are strengthening and putting citizens everywhere in more peril than ever. When Rain receives warnings that her cousin, Calista, has agreed to support plans to kill the mixed zones, and that her life could be on the line at the upcoming pure zone initiation ceremony, she must decide where her loyalties lie and if all of her allies can be trusted. As The Freedom Front use their abilities to unravel the mystery of the ceremony, The Authority captures some of their friends, forcing TFF to either go into hiding, or plan a rescue mission that could jeopardize everything they’ve been fighting for.

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Hooray, it is finally release day for Nacreous! Thanks for stopping by the fabulous Release Day Blitz, organized by b00k r3vi3w Tours. To kick off the blitz, here are a couple of “Fun Facts” about my writing process… I hope you enjoy!

Writing Playlist:

So…Music. Some authors swear by it. They have their playlist set in the background while they pen their latest manuscript. Me? Not exactly. Music is very important to me. I believe in dance parties, and by dance parties I mean cranking up my I-pod to the music fitting my mood, be this salsa, classic rock, blues, country, classical, whatever, and dancing alone in my room or kitchen. (Yes, I said classical and country in the same list). My kids may or may not be in attendance. They like to watch and laugh. Sometimes, they join in. But as far as my writing process goes, the music is sort of my warm up. So I might turn on some music that fits my mood for parts of the story and listen to it in my car or at my desk before I write, but not while I am actually writing. I need it to be quiet in the room, so I can tell the story…(Ahem, hear what my characters are trying to tell me). 😉 While I wrote Nacreous, and the other books in the Harmony Run Series, my favorite music warm-up to set the mood was Lorde. Specifically, the songs Team and A World Alone. In fact, if any of the books from my series could be made for film, I would beg producers to include one of those songs in the movies.

My Writing Process:

I can’t sit down and force myself to write everyday because it begins to feel too mechanical, but I am definitely one of those people who thinks about writing, story ideas, characters, scenarios all of the time, awake or asleep. I love using my dreams in my writing and have written a few of them into scenes in the Harmony Run Series. Back in college, the good ol’ stone ages, I had one of the most terrifying dreams of my life about a man with a triangular-shaped eye chasing me down a corridor, one door after the other, with this woman’s voice echoing all around us, telling him to kill me. When I got to the end of the corridor, I opened the last door, and he was standing there facing me. I woke up sobbing…About a year later, a psychology professor at my university asked some of us to share dreams with him so he could demonstrate dream analysis. I bravely raised my hand, (this was huge for me, since I am very shy in person), and shared my dream in vivid detail. After I finished talking, the entire class got eerily quiet and the professor told me I was dealing with issues beyond his realm of help, and went on to the next student’s dream. That student shared a dream about not being able to make a goal in a soccer match, and the professor dissected his dream in depth for fifteen minutes. Years later, I incorporated that dream, adding on some twists and turns of course, into book one from the Harmony Run Series, Prismatic. 

I also come up with ideas when I’m looking out of the kitchen window, when I’m walking, driving, cooking, gardening, taking my kids to martial arts, helping with their homework, basically, every waking moment. I take heaps of notes. I jot notes down for days. And when I’m ready, I sit down and type everything I can. I woke up the other night, and grabbed the notebook and pen beside my bed and wrote down an idea for another story. So my writing process is sort of a twenty-four hour thing. Oh, and probably the most important part of the process…How could I forget? My dog, Shorty, has to harass me to sit in my lap throughout the day. She eventually gives up and sleeps at my feet or nearby. She spares me the occasional glance or sighs every so often when I talk too much. Yes, I like to talk aloud to myself more often than not. If that dog could talk…Well, thankfully that’s not an issue. Here’s a photo of my writing pal…

Isn’t she cute? I hope you stick around to read about Nacreous. I’m going to look up that old psychology professor to see if he wants to read my latest book… 😉

Previous Books in the Series:

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About the Author:

Sarah Elle Emm is the author of the HARMONY RUN SERIES, a young-adult fantasy and dystopian series, released in May 2012 by Winter Goose Publishing. (PRISMATIC, May 2012, OPALESCENT, February 2013, CHATOYANT, September 2014, NACREOUS, August 2015) Her debut fiction novel, MARRYING MISSY, was published by Bird Brain Publishing in October 2011. Sarah is a graduate of The University of Evansville, she has lived and worked in Mexico, Germany, England, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and has traveled extensively beyond. Sarah lives in Naples, Florida with her family. When she’s not walking the plank of her daughters’ imaginary pirate ship or snapping photos of Southwest Florida scenery, she is writing.

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To Live Out LoudTo Live Out Loud by Paulette Mahurin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

To Live Out Loud by Paulette Mahurin grips the reader with Emile Zola’s quotes as much as it does by Paulette Mahurin’s brilliant writing. The First voice narration of Charles Mandonette was an ingenious way to relate the story; a way to give it deep feelings and lure the reader into the same emotions, of anger and frustration at the bigotry and corruption.
I was familiar with the Dreyfus affair and “J’accuse…!” the open letter published on 13 January 1898 in the newspaper L’Aurore by the influential writer Émile Zola. I lived in France two years and by all accounts the French see it as a shameful part of their history.
I never doubted that the historical data was right, but curiosity got the better of me, I researched a little hereand there and everything I looked up was spot on.
Whether readers are interested in the historical period or not, the book is farmore than historical. Today as we witness prejudices of our modern era,this book is a good place to start, pause and THINK.
I have always enjoyed Paulette’s writing, To Live Out Loud may well be my very favorite. A five star BRAVO!

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J. J. Anderson


Amusing, engaging and moving – just some of what readers say

People are already asking for the next slice of English village life

It is New Year and a father and son visit a disused aerodrome, where they find a mysterious link to their past. In Spring a young boy becomes entranced by nature, he is growing up as he chases a hare. A marriage enters its death throes, with a terrifying drive. May-time sees a gardening competition re-kindle an old rivalry amid mourning and bereavement. There are dastardly deeds at the Summer Fete. Real violence erupts with an influx of transient newcomers at harvest time. Later, in the rain, a new arrival to the village learns the importance of first impressions.

Twelve inter-linked stories portray a year in the life of the village and its wide cast of characters, as four generations of the Marshall family negotiate their own family saga, while, around them babies are born, plots are hatched, romance blooms and marriages founder and death, both anticipated and unlooked for, pays a call.


Readers say

  • ‘The prose is clear and crisp, and the build towards the last story is subtly done, with many threads coming together for an exciting climax.’ Stuart Wakefield, Kindle best-seling author
  • ‘Anderson cleverly interlinks all the characters and …you end up becoming extremely attached to the village and the people who reside in it. I look forward to many more titles.’ A Cheeky Booklover (Goodreads book reviewer)
  • ‘This is a tour de force….. I shall look out for the next publication from this talented writer.’ JPG ( review)
  • ‘This book is good – really good.’ review
  • ‘A gem of interwoven tales – I was totally absorbed in this book from page one. I hope very much that there will be further publications telling more about the people I felt I was getting to know so well.’ review
  • ‘Totally absorbing, this book will delight anyone who is interested in people and their emotions, motivations and relationships.’ review
  • ‘I would recommend this captivating account as a companion for a winter’s evening or on a Mediterranean beach.’ review.

J.J. AndersonAfter a fulfilling and successful career in the British Civil Service, Julie Anderson took early retirement and, deciding that the fun mustn’t end, became a writer and publisher, writing under the name J.J.Anderson.
Julie was born in the English midlands, spending much of her childhood in a semi-rural village and has close links with the south west of England. Yet she has lived in South London with her husband and cats for most of her adult life. There they enjoy the cultural life of the city and eating out with their friends. Occasionally they visit their Andalucian retreat.
Julie blogs under the name ‘JulieJ’, at . She reports on current cultural events and exhibitions in London, places and people of historical interest, life and events in southern Spain and writing and publishing.
Julie set up The Story Bazaar publishing imprint, in January 2015, so as to publish her own writing and take advantage of the freedom offered by digital technology, print on demand and the access to market via numerous online retailers and booksellers. But she found lots of other people, just waiting for the opportunity to share their writing, be it fiction, memoir or other forms, with a wider audience. So the Bazaar has grown in conception and will grow in actuality as others books appear under the imprint. Its first publication is ‘The Village; A Year in Twelve Tales’ which is J.J.Anderson’s first collection of short stories.
J.J.Anderson’s next book is ‘On the Frontier’, an adventure story for children of all ages and the first in the Al Andalus series.

Summer to Autumn: The Village e-shorts Vol 2 (The Village; A Year in Twelve Tales)Autumn to Winter: The Village e-shorts Vol 3 (The Village; A Year in Twelve Tales)Winter to Spring: The Village e-shorts Vol 1 (The Village; A Year in Twelve Tales)

An Unexpected Adventure BOOKS 1 and 2

An Unexpected Adventure – Book 1

In the 17th century, 68 men enter the Amazon jungle to search for a lost gold mine. Ten years later a lone survivor emerges from the jungle and tells a fantastic tale about strange city built of stone they stumbled upon. Before his death, he records it all in a manuscript now known as Manuscript 512.

Many years later, Colonel Fawcett reads Manuscript 512. To him, it is evidence a Lost City exists in the remote areas of the Amazon Jungle. He means to find it.

The date is 1925 – The location is the Amazon Jungle. Colonel Percy Fawcett, his son Jack and close friend Raleigh Rimmell, are looking for a lost City rumoured to be hidden in the unexplored regions of the cannibal inhabited jungle.

Dead Horse Camp is situated at the boundary of unexplored territory. Ahead lay the unknown, danger, and perhaps a Lost Civilization. The three explorers enter the jungle never to be seen or heard from again.

In the following years, over 100 explorers lost their lives searching for the missing Fawcett expedition; those that did return found no trace of Fawcett. It was as if he had disappeared.

Present day – New information that reveals what befell the Fawcett expedition reaches the civilized world. A team is put together to travel to the Amazon jungle. Their task is to unravel the mystery and find the Lost City of Z. But the journey to the Lost City is just the beginning. Inside lurks danger and a secret those guarding it will kill to protect. Survival will not be easy: escape almost impossible.

An Unexpected Adventure Book 1 & 2 will take you inside the Lost City to learn of its many secrets and dangers. A thrilling story of adventure and discovery that weaves together an exciting blend of fact and fiction linked to the legends surrounding the lost Fawcett expedition and the mysterious Amazonian Jungle.

By following the map found in Fawcett’s retrieved journal, after a thrilling danger packed journey through the Amazon Jungle, the expedition team arrive at Colonel Fawcett’s Lost City of Z.

They enter the trap filled city to realize the dangers they had faced so far on the journey, were just a taster for those they were about to encounter. Inside the city lurks danger and a secret those guarding it will kill to protect. Survival will not be easy: escape almost impossible. Not all will survive.
An Unexpected Adventure – Book 2

An Unexpected Adventure Book 2 takes you inside the Lost City to learn of its many secrets and dangers. A thrilling story of adventure and discovery that weaves together an exciting blend of fact and fiction linked to the legends surrounding the lost Fawcett expedition and the mysterious Amazonian Jungle.


Symbiosis is the story of a mentally unstable individual living in a totalitarian regime, in the future, where a single company has taken control of the world. He is secluded to his personal life, and stays away from people, partly by design, and partly because he is socially unfit to have friends–due to his condition.

The story talks about how companies in today’s world are constantly growing into multi-million (billion) dollar enterprises, and how the middle class has entirely diminished. It talks about the new extreme heights of wealth, and ever increasing amounts of poverty. It is unstable–the system–and this novella is a political dystopian, which plays on that fact.

It is often when individuals are consumed with their daily lives, that they miss the camouflaged world beneath their feet. Ohm, a mentally unstable lower-class worker, has always considered himself ‘normal’, yet he always feels as if he lacks a purpose in life. Unlike the others, Ohm is unsatisfied with his life, and sees himself as a small cog in the totalitarian machine overseeing his life. His curious nature leads him to The Brotherhood, a secret organization dedicated to changing the regime. Ohm is caught in the middle of a war he was previously unaware of, and his life now depends on his ability to keep a secret. Symbiosis’ pages practically turn themselves, leaving the readers questioning their own sanity.

Tevis Shkodra was born on July, 6th 1994 in the small town of Elbasan, in the Eastern-European mediterranean country of Albania. He currently lives in Oakville, ON with his family, and is currently undertaking his Undergraduate Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Business Administration. The inspiration for his first novella Symbiosis arose from his humanitarian travels in Costa Rica, where he worked at an orphanage, and as an English teacher. Other inspirations were his love of dystopian stories, and his family’s past, under a communist regime.

YOUR CHAKRAS and YOU by John Capello


New Age / Self Help
Date Published: July 2015
This recording is a meditation to cleanse the Chakras. The relaxing narration guides the listener to gently dwell on each Chakra area and visualize each of them. Focusing and sending healing energy to each Chakra allows them to function normally.
This meditation was developed because there is a need to understand the Chakras and the importance of the energy they control in each person. These energy center can become under or over emphasized in life due to stress and tension. When they are not functioning in a normal manner they can cause emotional, spiritual and physical discomfort. The narration in this meditation is designed to assist in relaxing and creating an atmosphere for healing.
About the Author

John Cappello is an internationally renowned psychic medium from the North Texas area. He has been working in the area of evidential mediumship since 1997 and gives comfort and validation to those suffering from the loss of a loved one. He has demonstrated his work on many radio and television programs and has appeared on America’s Spookiest Homes on the HGTV Network. John travels around the country appearing at various metaphysical outlets providing workshops, public demonstrations and private readings.
He is certified as an “authentic” psychic medium by the American Federation of Certified Psychics and Mediums. He is an internet radio talk show host for the program Beyond Metaphysics on the Inception Radio Network and author of the award winning book, Open the Mind Exercise the Soul. The book has been recognized as a finalist in the adult non-fiction category at the North Texas Book Festival in 2013, the winner of the New Age category for the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, a finalist in the New Age category at the International Book Awards in 2013 and was a finalist in the New Age category at the USA Best Books Awards in 2013. It was the most awarded psychic development book in 2013 in the United States.
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