Hello, blog hoppers! Welcome to our Back To School Charity Raffle and Blog Hop! We’ll be hopping this week to support a generous cause! Indie Authors Care and Amanda’s Book Nook For All Audiences is sponsoring this Charity event, and all proceeds will be going directly to The Internation Rescue Committee, specifically the education department!
We’ll be raffling off an 8” Kindle Fire HD, a $50 Amazon gift card, and an ebook library filled with over thirty books! Raffle winners will be drawn September 6th at 3 PM EST.
For a chance to win any of these prizes, all you have to do is purchase at least one raffle ticket. Of course, your odds of winning do go up exponentially with each ticket you purchase!
Good news for you, raffle tickets are being sold at a discount all week long during the blog hop!
During the blog hop, tickets will be $1 each. After the blog hop, tickets will increase to $3 each.
We also have some bulk discounts.
During the blog hop, you may pay $10 and get 11 tickets, $20 and get 22 tickets, or $50 and get 60 tickets.
After the blog hop, you may pay $15 and get 6 tickets, $30 and get 12 tickets, or $60 and get 25 tickets.
What are we hoping to do with these donations?
We are hoping to raise at least $800. There are many ways we can spend this money. Option one is to spend it to purchase school supplies for 40 children. Option 2 is to use the money to send 14 kids to school for a year. Option 3 is to use it for one donation package each which would amount to sending 3 kids to school for a year, one school supply kit, one teddy bear and creativity kit, pay for one new classroom, pay for school clothes for a child, teaching supplies, and a safe environment.
So, you see, we can change the world together and ensure that these students around the world have all the tools they need to get a quality education in a safe environment with qualified teachers.
Tickets will be sold via Google Form to keep accurate records of all transactions.
No purchase necessary to participate, though odds of winning are greater when multiple tickets are purchased. If you would like to submit one free entry, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Raffle Mail Entry.”
PURCHASE YOUR TICKET HERE
In addition to all the lovely prizes you can win in the raffle, I am also doing my own giveaway! I’m giving away not ONE but three signed copies each of BOTH The Empress of Ventra and War of the Gypsy (pint version USA only. All other countries, ebooks only)! All you need to do to be entered to win my signed books is:
1) Sign up for my newsletter (you’ll receive Flight of the Raven for FREE just for signing up).
2) Comment on this post.
3) Send me an email (MelissaEBeckwith@gmail.com) letting me know you’ve done both of these things.
I’ll choose three lucky winners on September 7th, 2017. You’ll be notified by email and I’ll ship out your signed books immediately. Good luck! Thanks for participating in the Blog Hop and please share/Tweet this event!!
Here’s the next stop on your Blog Hop journey! http://aekirk.com/blog/
I have recently had the honor to be interviewed by Scottish poet and interviewer, Fiona McVie. I’m always excited to do an interview because it reinforces my professional author mindset. All of us authors are continually growing in our craft and it is nice to be noticed for our hard work. Thank you, Fiona and I hope to one day visit your beautiful country. I’ve always wanted to go to Scotland and I know someday I’ll make it!!
You can read my interview here:
You can find Fiona here:
Here’s an excerpt from book three in the Sword of Rhiannon series, “Sword of Stone”. I’m hoping it will be done by the end of summer.
Time seemed to stand still here in this primeval clearing located in this ancient forest. The birds were quiet as if to show reverence to the King of the Forest that stood in front of her. It lay dormant now, innocent and blameless, though Rhiannon knew that was a lie. The shell’s smooth surface warmed Rhiannon’s hand as her mind fought the calm wanting to race with disquieting thoughts.
Through the dim, dwindling light Rhiannon peered at where her long, sad odyssey had first begun: she stood before the Tree of Jur. Its huge, gnarled truck held up massive branches still full of dark leaves, shimmering in a dry breeze that dared to blow through the forest clearing. She edged a little closer mesmerized by the gaping opening in the tree, its inky darkness so deep the brightest light would not penetrate it. She could feel its draw on her soul calling her home.
She peered up at the living monolith standing before her. Hundreds of human bones hung eerily from the dark branches of the tree gently swaying in the breeze in a macabre dance of death. Flashes of white drew her eyes and gave the tree of bone and mist an otherworldly appearance. The Priests of Jur had hung the bones of their dead upon the tree many years ago in an act of reverence and worship. What they left was a ghoulish spectacle which most people avoided. But Rhiannon had been drawn to the tree’s sheltering arms and promise of home.
Rhiannon stopped before the tree and hesitantly held out her hand. The bark was rough and warm under her fingers. It would still be hours before the tree’s portal opened but she could feel a current running through the tree and the air as if it siphoned power from the forest in preparation. She mindlessly rubbed the rough bark wondering how it would be to walk back into her life in Montana. Matthew and Daniel would be shocked but she knew she would still be welcome. Could she do it? Could she leave Màrrach for good?
She edged closer to the tree as she counted everything she had lost since coming through the tree: her father, Tim, Flath and now Shih ‘Ni. The loss was too great to bare—she could stand to lose no more.
Unaware of time passing, Rhiannon stood before the Tree of Jur as the full moon traveled across a black sky. She felt no hunger or thirst or even a need to rest. She was not aware of Zellan as he grazed and ever so often looked up at her to make sure she was still alright. Her ears were deaf to the night insects or the hoot of a nearby owl. Enthralled by the tree she stood by its side all night like a sentry at her post.
Finally, the moon dipped behind tall pines and the cold stars gave up their twinkling as night turned to dawn and then the sun started to rise turning the sky from pink to blue. Rhiannon felt the humming of the tree before she heard it. Under her caress, the already warm bark turned hot and she pulled her hand away. A thick mist started to poor from the tree and roll across the clearing. The smell of pine was replaced by the aroma of dirt and blood and the tree started to glow an amber color.
This was it. This was her chance to right the wrong that had been done her when she was brought here. The pull of the tree was hard to resist and then she wondered why she was resisting at all. She moved closer to the opening that was now aglow in amber light.
Ever so slowly something started to eat away at her haunted thoughts. A nagging that became louder and could not be ignored any longer. She was being watched! Her pulse quickened as she squeezed the shell in one hand and pulled her sword free with the other. Slowly she turned around ready to face what she was sure was an attack.
Peering through the mist, though, was not the face of an enemy at all. “Rhiannon, don’t,” Kyia pleaded, tears running down her cheeks—Rhiannon dropped her sword to the ground and the amber mist swallowed it whole.
Hope you guys enjoyed this little peek into Sword of Stone. Check back for updates on its book launch.
This beautiful art is from: http://feelgrafix.com/799833-fantasy-art-wallpaper.html
I would love to thank Ivy Logan for taking the time to read The Empress of Ventra and for leaving such a great review on her book blog. I highly recommend you check out her site. As always, reviews are like gold to Indie Authors and we covet all that we are lucky enough to receive. Again, thank you, Ivy!
You can read her review of The Empress of Ventra here:
Launch week for War of the Gypsy was a huge success! Many heartfelt thanks to my editor/cover designer/ launch party runner, Courtney Cannon over at Fiction-Atlas.com. I could not have done it without her expertise and skill. Thank you, Courtney!! If you are in need of anything book related (including website design), do yourself a favor and go to her website and check out her suite of author services.
I am happy to announce that I’ve started a Street Team Facebook group! If you’d like to join my Facebook group, please click on the link below.
As a member of my Street Team, you will receive all my future books for FREE. That’s right. You will receive an Advanced Reader Copy of my books before they are even available to buy. You will also receive any future swag that I might make up for future books. In the Facebook group, from time to time, I’ll ask for opinions on works in progress, characters, or cover design. Your idea could end up in one of my books! All that I ask in return is that you read your ARCs when you get them and leave an honest review on Amazon and Goodreads the week of book launches. Also, during book launch week that you promote my new book, at your leasure, on your social media platforms. That’s not tough, right? I hope to see you over at the group!
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far and has been able to get lost in a few good books!
My husband, Richard, and I on Pensacola Beach, Florida during our 30th wedding anniversary trip in April.
War of the Gypsy is finally here!!
On sale for a limited time for only .99! Pick up your copy today!
Can Rhiannon give up everything she’s always wanted for a destiny she never asked for?
Rhiannon is facing insurmountable challenges. In addition to gaining the trust of her mighty nation to accept her as their new empress, she must also convince them to get involved in a civil war they care nothing about.
Baobh will not be dissuaded from seeking Rhiannon’s blood. She might be cloistered within the marble walls of Màrrach, but that won’t stop her. She will end the new empress’s life and prove the prophecy false. The throne of Beaynid is hers by right and no one will take it from her!
Flath is besieged with self-doubt. The rebellion is all but wiped out and he cannot count on the Archigos aid in their war. When a long-kept family secret is finally revealed, it changes everything!
In book two of The Sword of Rhiannon Series Rhiannon and Flath are forced to make decisions that will change their destinies forever. Baobh must be stopped, but is the cost too high?
In honor of the launch of War of the Gypsy this week, my series starter, The Empress of Ventra: The Sword of Rhiannon: Book One is FREE for a limited time. If you haven’t already, pick up your FREE copy now. Get lost in Rhiannon’s world and go along with her and Flath on a dangerous journey to find answers to her past, that is, if she can stay alive!
Pick up your FREE copy now!
As always, reviews are extremely important to authors so please take the time and leave me a review at the above link. Thank you in advance for your kindness in the regard.
Here we go again!! Launch time for book two in the Sword of Rhiannon series is coming up quick!
Please join us at the launch party on FaceBook on May 23rd and May 24th. We will be giving away a Kindle Fire, Amazon gift cards and signed copies of War of the Gypsy. Participating authors will also be doing their own giveaways, so stop on by! I hope to see you there!
I’ve finally finished Flight of the Raven!! Yay! This is an epic fantasy novella that tells the tragic love story of Queen Baobh’s parents, Raven and Eric.
Click here for your FREE copy of Flight of the Raven:
Raven Darkwater leaves the comfort and protection of the hidden village of Ghroc deep within the Alba Forest. Seeking excitement in her life she travels to the capitol city of Sona Tuath and takes a job in the castle’s kitchen. Soon she is noticed by the handsome, young man, Eric and they fall deeply in love. When Eric’s secret comes out the lovers are torn from each other’s lives and Raven is forced to survive on her own.
This is the prequel to the stunning epic fantasy series: The Sword of Rhiannon.
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Please feel free to let me know what you think of Raven and Eric’s story. I hope you’ll pick up a copy of The Sword of Rhiannon after reading this exciting prequel to the Sword of Rhiannon Series.
This week I am so excited to announce that both my Author Interview and my Character Interviews were published on Meeting With The Muse. I had so much fun being interviewed by Kelly Blanchard. I was so nervous for my very first ever interview but Kelly calmed me down and after a while, I was able to relax.
Kelly takes an interesting and very creative approach to her interviews. They read like little stories. I highly recommend you go and check them out.
You can find Kelly here:
You can read my Author Interview here:
You can read my Character Interview with my main character, Rhiannon Kossi, here:
Many thanks to Kelly Blanchard for inviting me to be interviewed by The Muse. I had a wonderful time.
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