What are we teaching our children about love?

A thought occurred to me the other day, about our idea of what love is as a culture, and how potentially harmful it is. We seem to associate true love with true drama. Think about it: all the classic stories of the good girl falling for the bad boy, or relationships going through problem after problem before they make it to the finish line… this is the stuff of movies. Even if the problems are inflicted on the couple from outside forces, it still reinforces it in our collective brains that love is made sweeter by drama.

I call bullshit on that.

Real love is when your husband picks all the red gummy bears out of the bag for you because he knows they’re your favorite.

Real love is when he lets you cry on his shoulder even when there’s snot and drool running down your face.

Real love is changing a poopy diaper after you’ve been working all day so your wife doesn’t have to change her seventh.

Notice how there was no mention of fights, familial warfare or thwarting enemies in any of those statements? Unfortunately, no one makes movies about quiet Sunday mornings where the only conflict between the characters is whether they drive to Fred Meyer or the grocery store first. But isn’t that really what we want for our kids? Love isn’t supposed to be the stuff netflix is made of. Love is supposed to be comfortable. Love is supposed to be something you can depend on to get you through even the darkest days.

That is what I wish for my daughter.

Sale Time

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Book Review: Empath by S. Usher Evans- 4 Stars

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I picked up this book because I am a fan of the author’s other writing. I usually am not excited by dragons and such but I trusted this author to wow me again.

And I was right.

I could talk about the fabulousness of the writing, the wit of the main character, and the well-fleshed-out minor characters, but this book has such deep and important element to it that I am going to focus on it instead. This book reminded me of the amazing book 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, a book that will stick with me forever. It is one of the highest compliments I can give, trust me on that. Both authors took the horrors and realities of depression and gave them a face and a name. I thought it was smart that she took a problem that, unless you happen to meet the love of your life when you’re eight or something, everyone faces at some point: a breakup. The main character is afraid to tell anyone that she is not, in fact, doing ok after realizing the person she had devoted 5 years of her life to is not the one she is going to eventually call “husband.” She is afraid to give voice to the fact that her heart is broken and, at least until the end of the book, she doesn’t think it will ever be whole again. I wish I could remember something that a secondary character said verbatim, but I’ll paraphrase. Lauren basically said that she didn’t think her problems mattered/were important in the light of other things going on/etc, to which the secondary character replied “but they are important to you, so they are important to me.” There may be bigger problems in the world as a whole, but it’s important to remember that doesn’t make the problem any less devastating for the person going through it. So in the spirit of this amazing book, ask your friends how their doing…and then ask again. They might not tell you the first time. But eventually, knowing you are there when it counts can make all the difference in the world.

Beneath the Cape- The Super Hero Anthology to Benefit the Wounded Warrior Project

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I am so excited to be a part of the book blitz for this book. I have been told that all author proceeds are going to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, something that is a cause we can all get behind. Check it out to learn more about the book and where you can purchase it!

Book & Author Details:

Beneath the Cape: The Superhero Anthology by Angela McPherson, Cheryl McIntyre, Christine Zolendz, D. Nichole King, Laura Thalassa, Lynn Vroman, Megan Vernon, and Sunniva Dee
Created with the sole purpose of benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.
Publication date: July 1st, 2015.
Only available through September 30th.
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Superheroes, Military, Anthologies

Synopsis:

Superheroes. Save the world and protect mankind.

But what’s beneath the cape? Behind the mask? Under the steel-plated façade?

Eight bestselling New Adult romance authors have come together to bring you seven stories about superheroes and what it takes to win their hearts. From the skies, to the cities, to the ocean, our superheroes face death, fight villains, conquer evil and—

Find love.

The world is full of heroes. Every-day men and women who risk their lives for the sake of others—for life, liberty, freedom, and justice. Often these men and women are wounded—physically or mentally—in the line of duty. Therefore, we have created this anthology with the sole purpose of benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project.

Because heroes should never be forgotten.

The stories:

Reaping Angels by Laura Thalassa:
The Executioner’s touch can kill.
Angel’s can heal.
A villain and a hero. One who stood for death, and the other for life. Mortal enemies until the impossible happened.
A touch.
A kiss.
And now, a manhunt.

Cat Love by Sunniva Dee:
A sexy thriller about the animal in all of us.
Aidan uses his superpower to stabilize minds at the Hollyreed Specialist Hospital. Ulani uses hers to chase rats on rooftops. Until she’s caught and deposited in Aidan’s care.
At the hospital, Aidan finds Ulani’s room empty—save for a cat, whose fur retracts in favor of silky skin and a vamp-gorgeous femme fatale.
Aidan’s obsession with Ulani grows, while patients go missing.
Making the couple use their powers to bring criminals to justice.

Gypsy Love by Angela McPherson & Lynn Vroman:
For two hundred years, Adrian vowed to seek revenge against the Gypsy woman who bound his spirit for eternity.
Until her.
The one man Mia wants only exists in dreams.
Until he doesn’t.
The curse may be broken, but not without a price.
One love must end for another to begin.

The Only Difference by Magan Vernon:
The Only Difference between a hero and a villain is what they do with their power.
Leonel “Short Stack” Garcia-Shapiro’s life changed the night he decided to stop one of his fraternity brothers from taking advantage of a girl. Now he can’t stop thinking of that girl and how he can save her.

Heroes by Christine Zolendz:
Kelly Black can’t believe she’ll be the new teaching assistant to Alexander Masters. The Alexander Masters—the head of the entire biology department. As soon as they begin to work together sparks fly and danger swirls around them.

Breaking Through by D. Nichole King:
Two years after her brother Nate died during a Navy operation, aquator Nautia Olson’s nightmares began, and her ability to manipulate water became erratic. Anger, fear, joy, desire—they all trigger disaster.
Now, the Navy wants her for a top-secret mission, but Captain Riley Barton has his reservations. He’s read her file. He knows the damage she’s capable of, and yet—
If he can harness her ability—break through her walls—
She’ll be unstoppable.

Villain by Cheryl McIntyre:
How can you tell a hero from a villain?
If you’re Ember Willis and the villain is Lanely Frost, you can’t.
How can you tell a superhero from a delusional young woman?
If you’re Lanely Frost and the woman is Ember Willis, you don’t care.
For both, finding the balance between right and wrong and love and lust are not the only battles they’ll face.

Purchase:

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Beneath-Cape-Superhero-Anthology-Benefiting-ebook/dp/B00ZM3RSN2/

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Beneath-Cape-Superhero-Anthology-Benefiting-ebook/dp/B00ZM3RSN2/

Amazon CA: http://www.amazon.ca/Beneath-Cape-Superhero-Anthology-Benefiting-ebook/dp/B00ZM3RSN2/

Amazon AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/Beneath-Cape-Superhero-Anthology-Benefiting-ebook/dp/B00ZM3RSN2/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25650677-beneath-the-cape-the-superhero-anthology

AUTHORS:

Angela McPherson: author of the new adult Distraction series and the paranormal Hope’s Decree.

Cheryl McIntyre: author of the new adult Sometimes Never series, Dirty, Infinitely, the paranormal Dark Calling, and the erotica Hard.

Christine Zolendz: author of the paranormal Mad World series, the new adult Beautiful series, and Triple X.

D Nichole King: author of the paranormal Spirit trilogy, and the new adult Love Always series.

Laura Thalassa: author of the paranormal The Unearthly series, the sci-fi new adult The Vanishing Girl series, and the dystopian new adult The Queen of All that Dies series.

Lynn Vroman: author of the young adult fantasy The Energies series, the young adult lesbian Summer Confessions

Magan Vernon: author of the new adult short series Forever Wild, the young adult The Only series, the new adult My Paper Heart series, and the sci-fi My Alien Romance series, and the contemporary Life, Love, and Lemons.

Sunniva Dee: author of the paranormal Halos series and the new adult/erotica Deepsilver series.

Authors’ contact info:

Angela McPherson:

Website: http://angelamcphersonblog.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YAAuthorAngelaMcPherson

Twitter: @abt3mcpherson

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7074174.Angela_McPherson

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Angela-McPherson/e/B00EJ4535K

Instagram: https://instagram.com/angela.mcpherson/

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

TSU: http://www.tsu.co/Angela_McPherson

Cheryl McIntyre:

Website: http://cherylmcintyrebooks.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CherylMcIntyreauthor?ref=hl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CherylHMcIntyre

Christine Zolendz:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChristineZol?ref=hl

Website: http://www.christinezolendz.com

Blog: http://christinezolendz.blogspot.com

D Nichole King:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dNicholeKing
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authordnicholeking

Amazon:http://www.amazon.com/D.NicholeKing/e/B00JHOR7WO/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1433361413&sr=8-2-ent

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7762889.D_Nichole_King

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

Website: http://www.dnicholeking.com/

Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/-CsJD

Laura Thalassa:

Website: laurathalassa.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LauraThalassa

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LauraThalassa

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7152490.Laura_Thalassa

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

Lynn Vroman:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lynnvromanauthor

Website: http://lynnvroman.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lynn_vroman

Magan Vernon:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Magan-Vernon/215620155165079

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaganVernon

GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5237606.Magan_Vernon

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/authormagan/
Blog : http://www.thepunchingbagfightsback.blogspot.com/

Sunniva Dee:

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/SunnivaGR

Facebook: http://bit.ly/SunnivaFB

Twitter: http://bit.ly/SunnivaTW

Pinterest: http://bit.ly/SunnivaP

Instagram: http://bit.ly/SunnivaInst

Spotify: http://bit.ly/SunnivasSpotify

Tsu.co: http://www.tsu.co/SunnivaD

Author Interview: Kendell Penington

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Meet Kendell Penington, author of The Lost Realm Series. Read on to learn more about her books, her favorite quote, and the awesomeness that is her hypothetical t-shirt.

1) Tell us a little about your book.
The Lost Realm series is a 7 book series (with 3 finished thus far) and is about teenager twins, Emma and Evin LeFay, who discover they’re part of a supernatural race. Along the way, they’ll discover new abilities and fight mystical creatures. My books contain fighting, magic, and hot men—basically everything that’s great about YA fiction.

2) What is your favorite part about writing? Least favorite?
My favorite part about writing is that I get to call the shots. I have the ability to create characters in put them in a world I’ve created, something that’s always been amazing to me. My least favorite part about writing is that sometimes it’s not always as easy as I would like.

3) A director tells you that you have complete control over casting the movie version of your book. Who plays whom?I always saw a young Henry Cavill or Tom Welling in the part of Evin. They’ve both got that whole strong and silent and sexy thing going on for them, and I just melt every time I see them. For Emma, I could easily someone like Cara Delevigne or Grace Phipps take on the role, simply because they’re each so fabulous.

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4) If your house was burning down and you could save one thing, what would it be (don’t say photo albums, everyone says photo albums)?
My toy poodle, Lily. The next thing would be my notebooks containing the original rough drafts for The Lost Realm Series.

5) If you could choose what one message that a reader takes away from reading your book, what would it be?
I just want those who read my books to know that it’s ok to be different. I feel like a lot of the times, we live in a world where we’re encouraged to assimilate into the normativity of society, but I disagree with that. To be different is to be special.

6) Imagine a world where everyone wears a t-shirt that says something about who they are as a human being, i.e. “Doesn’t play well with others” or “Don’t talk to me until I’ve had coffee.” What would yours say?“I’m not actually funny. I’m just really mean and people think I’m joking.”

7) Who has been your biggest supporter in your writing?
Growing up, before I was published, my aunt was always very supportive of my writing. She was always very reciprocating of the things I would give her to read, even when I was eleven years old and my writing was crap. From the eyes of an eleven-year-old, it was always very cool that an adult was able to treat my writing and me as an equal.

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8) What writer do you admire the most and why?I’ve always been a huge fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald. No one writes like Fitzgerald.
J.K. Rowling is also an idol of mine, simply because she made the most out of her circumstances and inspired me to write in a way that no one else could do.

9) If you had only one book to read for the rest of your life what would it be?
Definitely The Great Gatsby.

10) Favorite quote about writing, life or otherwise:
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Kendell Penington
INFO:
Book title: The Lost Realm Series. (The Guardians, The Secret Society, and The Apprentice.)
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/K.L.-Penington/e/B00EW4PVZE/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/KL-Penington/541739525889863?ref=hl
Twitter: @KLPenington
Website: https://klpenington.wordpress.com
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7201902.K_L_Penington

Author Interview: Amy Reece

I am starting a new series of author interviews on this blog, and am so excited to be featuring Amy Reece, author of the Seeker Series, as my first victim…I mean interviewee. Read on and learn more about this amazing author!

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1) Tell us a little about your book.
a. Seeker is the first in a 4-book series about a girl named Ally who discovers she is psychic. The story opens as she has her first-ever psychic vision in the middle of her English class and she nearly passes out. Thank goodness the gorgeous guy who sits behind her helps her out. Thus begins a friendship and possibly a romance. Ally’s visions start her down a path she’s really not ready for, but has to follow.
2) What is your favorite part about writing? Least favorite?
a. My favorite part is creating the characters. I get to create, from scratch, these amazing people who become real to me. My least favorite part is anything having to do with formatting. Yuck! I’m so bad at it! I don’t mind editing—it’s a chance to make my story stronger and I get a kind of sick thrill out of it.
3) A director tells you that you have complete control over casting the movie version of your book. Who plays who?
a. Well, they’ll be too old by the time anyone has the good sense to make The Seeker Series into a movie (actually they’re probably too old now). But I would have Bella Thorne play Ally, Diego Bonita would play Jack, and Gaspard Ulliel would play Rémy. Yeah, they’re all too old, but I would cast their younger selves. I can do that, can’t I? Actually, if I ever had any say in the casting decisions, I would want Ally to be a real redhead, Jack would have to be truly Hispanic, and Rémy needs to be really French. No fake accents in my movie!!! Oh, and all the Irish characters would need to be authentic Irish. So, we’re gonna need a pretty big budget to get all these international actors.
4) If your house was burning down and you could save one thing, what would it be (don’t say photo albums, everyone says photo albums)?
a. I would save my dogs! I don’t know how I would carry them all out, but they’re going with me! If dogs don’t count, I would save my flute. I have a really nice one and I’d hate to try to replace it. There’s a little bit of author trivia for you: I play the flute. Pretty well, too. Not symphony quality, mind you, but I’m not bad.
5) If you could choose what one message that a reader takes away from reading your book, what would it be?
a. The message I hope everyone takes away from my book is that teens are real people with real emotions and complications. I’m tired of YA books that go for the stereotype.
6) Imagine a world where everyone wears a t-shirt that says something about who they are as a human being, i.e. “Doesn’t play well with others” or “Don’t talk to me until I’ve had coffee.” What would yours say?
a. “So many dogs, so little time!”
7) Who has been your biggest supporter in your writing?
a. First place has to go to my BFF, Carol. We’ve been friends since high school (which was a LONG time ago—yes, I’m a old geezer mom writing teen fiction). She beta reads EVERYTHING! Then she reads it again when it comes out. Way beyond the call of duty! She has been right there, every step along the way of this crazy journey I’m on and just acts like it’s perfectly normal. My husband, kids, mom, etc. come in a very close second.
8) What writer do you admire the most and why?
a. Nora Roberts comes to mind. She’s written over 200 novels and has such an amazing work ethic!
9) If you had only one book to read for the rest of your life what would it be?
a. Yikes! Tough question. If I could get the Lord of the Rings trilogy, I’d probably be happy.
10) Favorite quote about writing, life or otherwise:
“If a nation loses its storytellers, it loses its childhood.”
—Peter Handke

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Amazon Link:
http://www.amazon.com/Seeker-Book-1-Amy-Reece-ebook/dp/B00W8UEL5K/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/areeceauthor
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/AReeceAuthor
Website:
https://amyreece.wordpress.com/
Goodreads link:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/13884337.Amy_Reece