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Book Tour : The Secret Slipper

One of the things that I loved when I started my first old book blog was meeting  authors. Indie authors were particularly friendly.   And there’s quite a lot of talent in the pool.  I really enjoy getting to read books, and to talk books.   This book is on my Books To Read list.  And here at Roxbury Books I like to keep my focus on clean books that leave you with a feeling of hope.

When I agreed to host a spotlight, I was able to ask Amanda a question about this book. And since I like to know what inspired a book, my question was easy. I loved Amanda’s answer too.

Roxbury Books: What was the inspiration behind this book?

Amanda: I had finished “Befriending the Beast” (a spin-off of Beauty and the Beast) as a stand-alone when an author friend asked, “Hey, have you ever considered a father/daughter Cinderella story?” And that is exactly where the inspiration started. I prayed about it, and the Lord supplied the full story.

Amanda Tero has graciously provided the graphics, and giveaway. (And because you may find it interesting, I’m also including the blog tour list of blogs. Find reviews, giveaways, and more.)

About the Book

Being a cripple is only the beginning of Lia’s troubles. It seems as if Bioti’s goal in life is to make Lia as miserable as possible. If Lia’s purpose is to be a slave, then why did God make her a cripple? How can He make something beautiful out of her deformity?

Raoul never questioned the death of his daughter until someone reports her whereabouts. If Ellia is still alive, how has she survived these ten years with her deformity? When Raoul doesn’t know who to trust, can he trust God to keep Ellia safe when evidence reveals Bioti’s dangerous character?

As time brings more hindrances, will Raoul find Ellia, or will she forever be lost to the father she doesn’t even know is searching for her?

Purchase Link

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071R5859Y

Get “Befriending the Beast”

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01L2IDEUQ

About the Author

Amanda Tero is a homeschool graduate who desires to provide God-honoring, family-friendly reading material. She has enjoyed writing since before ten years old, but it has only been since 2013 that she began seriously pursuing writing again – starting with some short stories that she wrote for her sisters as a gift. Her mom encouraged her to try selling the stories she published, and since then, she has begun actively writing short stories, novellas, and novels. If something she has written draws an individual into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, it is worth it!

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)

Connect with Amanda

Email: amandaterobooks@gmail.com

Website: http://amandatero.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/amandaterobooks

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amandateroauthor/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/amandaruthtero/

Blog: http://www.withajoyfulnoise.blogspot.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/AmandaTero

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/amandatero

Also Touring with “The Secret Slipper”

May 25, 2017

Amanda @ With a Joyful Noise | Release Day, Giveaway

Leila @ Leila Tualla’s Bookshelf | Spotlight

Faith @ Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections | Review, Giveaway

Leona @ Great Books for God’s Girls | Review, Interview

May 26

Emily @ Zerina Blossom’s Books | Interview

Kendra @ Knitted By God’s Plan (Spotlight) and O’Scarlett Reviews (Review) | Spotlight, Review

Alicia @ A Brighter Destiny | Review, Giveaway

May 27

Anika @ This Journey Called Life | Spotlight, Review, Giveaway

Katie @ His Princess Warrior | Review, Giveaway

Sarah @ The Destiny of One | Spotlight

Heather @ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen | Spotlight, Interview, Giveaway

May 29

Kate @ Once Upon an Ordinary | Review, Interview

Sarah @ Penumbra Reviews | Review

Dary @ Peculiar Miss Darcy | Character Interview

Julia @ My Joyful Journey with Jesus | Interview

May 30

Kenzi @ Honey Rock Hills | Review, Giveaway

Anita @ Christian Author: A.M. Heath  | Review

Judith @ JudithWNicholson  | Interview

May 31

Jesseca @ Whimsical Writings for His glory  | Spotlight, Review

Raechel @ God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae  | Spotlight, Review

Esther @ Purposeful Learning | Review, Interview, Giveaway

June 1

Kellyn @ Reveries Reviews  | Review

Victoria @ Victoria Minks Blog  | Spotlight, Review

Kelsey @ Kelsey’s Notebook | Spotlight

June 2

Hanne @ RockandMinerals4Him | Spotlight, Review, Giveaway

Erica @ Roxbury Books Blog | Spotlight

Janell @ Views from the Window Friend  | Review

Crystal @ Crystal’s Adventures for Christ  | Spotlight, Review, Interview

June 3

Alexa @ Verbosity Reviews  | Spotlight

Faith @ Chosen Vessels  | Review

Melissa @ Clothed with Scarlet | Review, Interview, Giveaway

Giveaway

New Release- Evangeline

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The dragon stars are falling, and the land of Joseon is in crisis, but that’s not Beom’s problem. Beom’s problem is what he should do with a sleeping maiden who shimmered into existence and floated to the ground at his feet.


Available Now. Limited time for 99 cents.

Buy in ebook: http://books2read.com/evangeline

Universal Amazon link: getBook.at/evangeline

Paperback Also Available.

The Roxbury Showcase: May 2017

May is one of my favorite months.

It is the month my husband was born. And because he was born, was daring enough to meet me in person, was daring enough to marry me, we have some pretty amazing blessings. (Also called kids.)

May is also that month we married. In fact, this month we will celebrate our 15th Wedding Anniversary.  It’s also  our Family-versary, because it’s the date we started our own family. Just the two of us.

So for this month, I wanted to share some books about falling in love, or that has a wedding in it.


 

edenbrooke

Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson is one of my favorite romances.   It really started my interest in Regency Romances, and I just love how Shadow Mountain has a line of Proper Romances.

 

 

 


I asked my Clean Indie group for some suggestions fitting this theme. (Of course, if you browse the Friends of the Roxbury section, you’ll uncover a lovely grouping of Romance books and authors. So don’t hesitate to poke your nose around the site.)

lisa shea

 

Sweetly Romantic Short Story / 11 pages

Hank was late again for dinner, but Ruth didn’t mind. His job as a fireman meant life was always a bit chaotic. As long as he came home to her at the end of the day, she was blissfully content.

FREE on AMAZON

 


 

scoundrelFor five years, Jameson Rex has harbored a startling secret. When his uncle uncovers the truth and threatens to expose him, the disinherited Rex removes to London in search of a wealthy wife. But rumors of his disgrace have already rippled through the ranks of society, marking Rex as a scoundrel, a rake, and worst of all: an ineligible bachelor. The rumors flying through town are not all about Rex, however. Charming, vivacious, and completely unaffected, Sarah Mendenhall has quickly become the most sought-after débutante in London. Despite the masses vying for her affections, Sarah is resolved to enjoy her first season in town, and vows not to accept a single proposal, no matter how handsome or wealthy the gentleman offering may be. Desperate for funds, Rex accepts a wager to woo the unconquerable Miss Mendenhall, embarking on a whirlwind courtship that puts both of their reputations on the line. But will his triumph be worth the price he must pay? Bound to secrecy, driven by duty, and forced to choose between saving her innocence and saving himself, Rex is determined that nothing will stop him from winning her heart – even if it makes him a scoundrel.

BUY 


 

When Dreaming Ends copy.jpegThis is the end. All my dreams lie broken like so many memories… Just when Ash thought her life was perfect, things have begun to fall apart. If Wyn wants to become King, he will have to give up on a life with Ash. A new threat comes from across the ocean, the Onvyr Elves have never held to the honour code. After years of wanting to rule Alora, will they finally gain a foothold and destroy the hard won peace Ash and Wyn have fought so hard for? Wyn will have to face the ultimate challenge if he wants to become King. Will he have the strength he needs to fight for the throne again? Things have never looked darker in Alora. This is the end, the final battle begins now.e

 

BUY


 

new cover Journeys of the Heart NEW BLUEKatherine Greenwood is desperate to escape the confines of 19th century London and her wretched life on the streets. Seeking refuge in India, she finds herself an unwelcome guest on a tiny indigo plantation, and at the mercy of its handsome but brooding master, Charles Mendenhall. Intrigued by the broken man to whom she is now indebted, she slowly begins to unravel the truth behind his bitterness, and in the process, makes a place for herself in his heart. But a beautiful young Englishwoman is a rare sight in Calcutta, and Katherine soon draws the attention of the dashing Lieutenant Marcus Bradford as well. Drawn to the elusive Mr. Mendenhall, flattered by the handsome lieutenant, Katherine’s heart is pulled in opposite directions – entangled in a web of love and loss from which she will not emerge unscathed. India was her refuge, but unless Katherine can rein in her traitorous heart, she will leave the land of her dreams more broken than ever before.

BUY 


 

how she rolls

Tessa, a self-conscious introvert, attempts to avoid a party and everything goes wrong. When a handsome stranger offers to lend a helping hand, she isn’t sure things will ever be right again.

 

BUY

 

 


 

healing touch

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT…

He walks through the door, flashes a heart-stopping smile, his voice smooth as velvet as he says hello. When your hands touch, the Earth stands still…

No. Love doesn’t happen that way, does it? Here’s a collection of sweet stories of people unexpectedly meeting The One.

BUY


Tell me about somem of your favorite romance books.

 

Book Tour: Lord of the Flies: Fitness for Writers

 

~ About the Book ~

 

Title: Lord of the Flies: Fitness for Writers

Author: Ace Antonio Hall

Published: April 25th, 2017

Publisher: Omnium Gatherum

Genre: Non-Fiction

 

~ Synopsis ~

 

I’m not letting age change me, I’m changing the way I age.

Lord of the Flies: Fitness for Writers will show you how to take a day-by-day approach to living a healthier lifestyle. You’ll learn how to unleash hidden energies that can alleviate stress and disease in your life and improve concentration. Finding time to be more active can help you overcome writer’s block and procrastination caused by fatigue. Starting today, you are on your way to doing just that! By adding just fifteen to thirty minutes of physical activities to your day, you not only add years to your life and lower the risk of many common health problems, you’ll improve your focus and concentration and make your mind sharper.

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~ About the Author ~

 

Ace Antonio Hall (born July 4th, 1966) is an American urban fantasy and horror writer. He is best known as the creator of Sylva Slasher, a teenage zombie slasher who also raises the dead for police investigations, which includes novels and short story collections. He was born in New York, but grew up in Jacksonville, Florida with his grandmother, Sula G. Wells. He is the youngest son of artist and jazz songwriter, Christopher Hall and RN Alice Hall (Thomas). A former Director of Education for NYC schools and the Sylvan Learning Center, Hall earned a BFA from Long Island University. While teaching English, he studied to be a certified ACE personal trainer with the Equinox Fitness Club one summer, but never pursued it professionally. Hall currently lives in Los Angeles with his bonsai named Bonnie.

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2017 Upcoming Signings, Panels and Appearances:

April 22nd, Sisters in Crime’s Capitol Crimes Writer’s workshop, Sacramento, CA

April 23rd, LATFOB, USC campus, CA

April 25th book release of Lord of the Flies: Fitness for Writers, Worldwide Release

April 25th World Premiere of 24 Cali Fitness music video featuring Shanti Lowry and Ace Antonio Hall

April 25th Launch of the Fitness4Writers fitness website

April 27th, 28th, 29th Horror Writer’s Association’s StokerCon, Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA

See the schedules of the particular writing conferences for times of Ace Antonio Hall’s panels, signing and appearances.

 

~ Excerpt ~

 

You want to feel better, and everything you’ve tried has not had the results you expect. Perhaps, you want to look better as you age or, while you’re young, you want to be the best that you can be. This book can help you. If you’re an author or you work at a computer, you may sit for half of your day only getting up to make another pot of coffee, grab something to snack on, or to use the bathroom. In other words, you spend most of your time being inactive. Heck, it’s no wonder after you’re done, all you want to do is sleep or veg out in front of the TV.

I went from a pot-bellied two hundred ten pound, thirty-eight-inch waist semislob to a fit-bodied one hundred sixty-four pound, twenty-nine inch waist semistud, but it wasn’t easy. It wasn’t hard, either. It was a process, a slow one. I didn’t rush; I just stayed persistent and created a new lifestyle that was focused on feeling better and dealing with stress more easily.

Talk about late bloomer. I can’t believe it. At fifty, I’ve never felt and looked better! The purpose of this book is to show you how to take a day-by-day approach to living a healthier lifestyle. How amazing will it be to unleash hidden energies that can alleviate stress and disease in your life? You will even have more energy to write! Literally, being more active can help you overcome writer’s block and procrastination caused by fatigue.

 

~ Giveaways ~

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Review: Dance: Cinderella Retold

 Dance: Cinderella Retold (Romance a Medieval Fairytale Book 3)

Synopsis (from GoodReads)

A dutiful daughter. A prince forced to find a bride. If the shoe fits…

Once upon a time… When the Emperor’s army comes recruiting, Mai signs up, seeing it as the perfect escape from her stepmother and a lifetime of drudgery. Armed with her mother’s armour and a pair of magic shoes, Mai marches off to war…only to find herself sharing a tent with the General’s arrogant nephew, Prince Yi. The best swordsman in the Empire, Prince Yi wants to make war, not love, but the Emperor insists this will be Yi’s last campaign before he must marry. Prince Yi has never met his match…until now. Can one woman win the war and the prince’s heart?


Review:

I was happy to see another Asian infused title. And a Cinderella inspired book, with a bit of Mulan thrown in.  It sounded awesome. I started this book picturing the beauty of a Chinese, or even Taiwanese TV drama, as I decided that Taiwanese actor Jiro Wang would be perfect for the role of Prince Yi.

There were some typos. Writers, Editors, and Proofreaders are human, so that wasn’t a big deal. (I actually like seeing that the people behind the books are human.) Some of the dialogue was stilted. I was actually disappointed that it was always “dutiful” daughter, or “dutiful” son. Why not use filial?  The story though was entertaining. I liked Mai/Mao. I liked Prince Yi.

My issues with the book are with the sexual content. I’m of the notion that a YA novel shouldn’t describe sex. Alluding is one thing, and this book alluded to it early on when the Emperor told Prince Yi he had to get married and produce an heir. (It was a bit crass.)  The scene of the women following the soldiers after the battle was ill done. It didn’t make us a party to the act, but it was still ill done. I could have over looked that. But I draw the line with the last chapter. That chapter takes the book from PG13 to R.  Thankfully it was short, and with a few lines deleted, the story would have been much improved.

I truly wish that authors wouldn’t feel the need to stoop to putting smut (adult content/erotic scenes) into a book. Allusion is okay. It’s enough.

Should you wish to read this book, be warned. If you want flinch free books, don’t read the last chapter beyond Prince Yi letting Mai’s hair down.

 

Ruler Master of The Mask Releases OTP Focused 4th Teaser

I’m looking forward to this drama.

Dramas With A Side of Kimchi

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I am so excited for upcoming drama Ruler: Master of the Mask.  You literally could not have filled it with better sageuk actors.  Both Kim So Hyun and Yoo Seung Ho are sageuk veterans, having acted in some of the biggest historical dramas practically from birth…. OK, maybe 6ish or so …. but it is close to birth.  Thankfully, these teasers do not disappoint and you can tell from the latest that they will have oodles of chemistry.

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