02 December 2014

Blog Tour Sign-Up!

Hi, Lovelies!

My Family's Heart is arranging a January blog tour for ‪#‎Monarch‬!

Here's your chance to sign up!  

Click this lovely banner to go to the sign-up form.  And feel free to post the banner on your blog and other social networking sites.

I hope you'll sign up and join us for all the fun and festivities!

I've got the best readers and fans in the universe!


25 November 2014

The Coolest Thing Ever!

Hello, Lovelies!

I'd love your help and support in my venture ... after all, I've got the best readers and fans in the universe.  Together, we can accomplish anything.  I truly believe that!

How can you help?  My plan is to get as many of my Lovelies to help me get attention for my books on The IF List.  Many reviews for my books commented that they'd make good movies.  I'd love the chance to see that happen!

If you have a moment, or two, or three, would you click on each image below and then click the "Support" button?

And what's so cool about it?  YOU can recommend actors, directors, and composers of your choice to play the characters!

Support Cicada on The If List!

Support Firefly on The If List!

Support Monarch on The If List!

Thank you so much, my Lovelies!  I can't express enough gratitude to each of you for sticking with me on my journey to finishing this trilogy.  I hope you continue to stick with me as we plow forward onto new heights!

XOXO and Lots of Love!


13 November 2014

Enter to Win an E-Copy of Monarch

How about a chance to win an e-copy of Monarch?  Now's your chance!

Here's the rafflecopter form.

Good luck, Lovelies!

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06 November 2014

Street Teams & Books to Movies

The Trilogy is Complete!

Long Live the Queen

It feels so good knowing my readers will now discover why everything happened the way it did in my books.  Who knew there was an alien queen living in a small, inconsequential South East Texas town?  I've been doing a lot of celebrating since MONARCH spread its wings and flew the coop. And there still much more fun to come!

Sweet 'n' Sassy Bookaholics is currently creating a street team for me.  It's called Belle's Shooting Stars.  Also, there's an opportunity for lovers of CICADA to put your vote in for getting my book turned into a movie!

In the next few weeks, be on the look-out for an upcoming book blog tour, which is being arranged by My Family's Heart Book Tours & Reviews.

I have the best readers and fans in the universe!  If you've read MONARCH, you know I love y'all so much I dedicated my book to y'all!  <3

This is your invite to join my Street Team.  I'm really looking forward to communicating with my Lovelies in our own closed group.  There are lots of fun things in the works right now.  Don't miss out! Click HERE and join now!  I'm looking forward to seeing you there!

URMEGUR, Y'all!  Have you ever heard of The Imagine Film List?  CICADA has been added and is open for your votes. It's really a neat service, which allows you to see my choice of actors, composers, screenwriters, & directors. However, if you pictured a different actor, etc., in the part, you can propose them instead!  GO HERE and VOTE FOR CICADA, please and thank you!

For Your Listening Pleasure ~ 

Monarch's Official Theme Song

Visit KylerEngland.com to find out how to purchase her music! <3

23 October 2014

17 October 2014

Interview With "Momsician" Kyler England and Other Fun Stuffs!

Hi, Kyler!  I’m so excited … and a bit nervous … to have the opportunity to interview you.  Actually, I’m having a totally geek-out fan-girl moment, because you’re my fave music artist!  Thank you so much for taking a few moments to chat with me today.  I know my readers and fans will love your music as much as I do.  So, let’s get started!

You’re sweet J

·         When did you know you wanted to be a musician and vocalist?

There’s never been a time in my life that I didn’t sing, it’s always been a very natural part of my life.  As far as when I knew for sure I wanted to be a professional musician, that would be during my sophomore year in college after a summer internship in chemical engineering that I loathed, and after having been dumped by my first college boyfriend shortly after said internship.  For the first time I really stared my future in the face and saw the potential for happiness and also regret.  There’s nothing like the fear of being miserable to give you the courage you need to make a great leap!

·         Is there a musician who inspires you?

Many!  These days my friends that I work with inspire me the most.  As far as well known artists, I’ve loved listening to Ellie Goulding’s evolution over the last few years.  Joni Mitchell is a long time hero.  And I love what indie artist Katie Herzig is doing, her last two albums have been gorgeous and she’s making quite the career for herself with film and TV licensing.

·         What is a normal day like for you?

Now that I’m a mom (I like to call myself a “momsician”), there’s no such thing as normal anymore.  All bets are off!  Some days I have childcare so I can work on writing and recording.  A lot of days I work when my daughter is napping and after bedtime.  I grab time where I can.  It’s a tight rope balancing act between music and motherhood but I love it and wouldn’t have it any other way.

·         What is the most exciting thing to happen to you as a musician and vocalist?

A song I wrote and collaborated on with legendary DJ, Tiesto, called “Take Me” was released last year and has gotten a lot of attention.  It gets played in clubs and at festivals all over the world by DJs while I’m home in LA doing more songwriting and being a mom.  I love that I don’t have to be away from my home and my family and the song is still out there being heard by tons of people.  I want to do more of that!

·         What was the most difficult thing to happen to you as a musician and vocalist?

I can’t think of one specific thing.  In general, there’s a need for constant reevaluation of goals and priorities and that’s hard.  There have been various disappointments along the way.  But equal numbers of pleasant surprises to be grateful for.  At the end of the day if I get to keep making music for a living and for a life, that to me is success.

·         What advice would you give to someone who wishes to be a musician or vocalist one day?

Work really really hard.  Harder than everyone else.  Both at your craft and at learning the music business. If you know in your heart of hearts that you want to be a professional musician and you have the talent and stomach for it, don’t give up!  And don’t put all your eggs in one basket.  Have lots of eggs in multiple baskets.  That could mean writing songs for various different projects.  Being an artist in more than one genre.  Doing session work etc. 

·         What was your inspiration for 'When the World Stops Spinning'?

When I sat down at the piano that day, I had an urge to write something epic.  The image of some recent fires in the hills in LA was on my mind.  The air had been smokey and you could see them burning along the ridge lines at night.  It all felt a bit apocalyptic.  So that's where the opening verse comes from.  That collided with the realization that one of my greatest hopes in life is to be lucky enough to grow old with the man I love.  To be together until the end of the world.  And that's how my apocalyptic love song "When The World Stops Spinning" came to be.

  • Do you have time to watch TV?  If so, what is your favorite show?

Thanks to Hulu I watch far more TV than I ever did before the advent of streaming.  I never watch live TV anymore!  I’ve been pretty caught up in The Good Wife as of late.  I’m in the middle of Season 5 and am shocked by the turn of events with the characters.  I also love Reign…sexy people in gorgeous period costumes with soap opera story lines= fun.  And I keep up with a couple comedies, The Mindy Project and Modern Family, both of which make me guffaw.

·         Is there a specific place where you feel the most creative when you’re writing music?

Ironically it’s usually when I’m away from my piano or guitar.  Sometimes it’s driving, sometimes it’s when I’m out for a walk.  Inspiration hits when the part of my brain that wants to wander is occupied.  I’ve written whole songs in my head while walking for exercise.

·         Of the three of my books, CICADA is my favorite, because of how free I felt while writing it.  Which of your albums is your favorite?  Why?

I think like a lot of artists, my favorite recording of mine is always my most recent.  Probably because the lyrics are most reflective of my current world.  So right now my favorite recording of mine is my new EP, Golden.

·         When it comes to reading, what is your favorite genre?  What are you top three favorite books?

I like fiction and more specifically emotional dramas.  I don’t think that’s an official genre J, but I love books about families and the layers of history that define and either tether or tear apart generations.  I’m the worst at all time top favorite lists.  Recently one of my favorite books was History of Love by Nicole Krauss.  Gorgeous prose and surprising story arc.  I also loved Wonder by R. J. Palacio.  An all time favorite is East of Eden by John Steinbeck.

Thank you, Kyler, for the chance to introduce you to my lovely readers and fans and for offering a copy of your CD, Electric Hum, as part of the Grand Prize for my blog tour giveaway. :-)

Lovelies, here's your chance to check out Kyler's music.  I know you'll love it as much as I do.  In fact, her beautiful song, "When the World Stops Spinning" is the official song for Monarch.

Isn't that the most beautiful song you've ever heard?  I bet I've listened to it a gazillion times!

By now, I know you're wanting the link to where you can purchase Kyler's music.  I just so happen to have it in my trusty bag of goodies!

I've been perusing the interwebs this week, and I happened upon a very interesting thing called Thunderclap.  So, I thought I'd sign up and see if I can make a Thuderclap heard around the world.  Joining my Thunderclap is FREE for you, and it helps spread the word about Monarch.  Won't you join my Thunderclap and help me brew up a storm?

I love my readers and fans! <3

01 October 2014

~MONARCH Release Day and Book Blog Tour Schedule~

It's release day, and I couldn't be prouder. MONARCH has been a long time coming. It was the most difficult of my books to write, and there's more than one reason for that. I think the most important reason is that quality takes time.

So, I listened to some really great music and allowed the story to unfold in my imagination.  I've got a great inspiration playlist for MONARCH on Spotify.  But this one song encapsulates not only MONARCH, but the whole trilogy.  In fact, this song is the official theme song for MONARCH.  The awesomely talented Kyler England gave me permission to use this song for the book trailer, which is still in production.

Check out Kyler's music here.  I know you'll love all her music as much as I do!

My characters wanted this book to be the best it could be for my readers. They wanted their story to be told correctly. So I took the time and listened to my characters while following them from Texas to deep in the jungles of Brazil. Judging from the feedback of my beta readers and a couple of fellow authors, I think my effort paid off. I hope all my readers will agree!

 Since today is MONARCH's Birthday, we're celebrating with 3 1/2 weeks of reviews, guest posts, MONARCH excerpts, and interviews! Oh! And there's a grand prize, too!

Here's what you can win: 

A Copy of Kyler England's AWESOME CD!

Here's How You Can Win:

Get 10 extra chances to win by joining my Thunderclap!

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Let's pause a moment and look upon MONARCH's gorgeousness. *Sigh* Isn't it lovely?
LB certainly outdid herself on this one!

Alright, enough of my sighing and staring at the precious.  I know you're eager to find out more deets about the blog tour.

Here's the MONARCH Blog Tour Schedule.  Just look at all these lovely blogs!
Follow along for all kinds of stuffs!




All for the Love of the Word Blog:  Review of MONARCH







Author Alexia Purdy’s Blog: Review of MONARCH


    Author Michelle Pickett’s Blog:  Guest Post




Bex ‘n’ Books Blog:  Guest Post






Endless Reading Book Blog: Review of MONARCH


Books Complete Me Blog:  Guest Post & Review of MONARCH


The YA Lit Chick Blog:  Review of MONARCH



Between the Lines Book Blog: Review of MONARCH







Nerdy Dino Book Blog: Review of MONARCH


What’s Beyond Forks Book Blog: Guest Post & Review of MONARCH



Author H. A. Lamb’s Blog:  Review of MONARCH








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I Love My Readers and Fans!

27 September 2014

MONARCH Release Date

The story ends. Will you be there to see how it all unfolds?
#MONARCH releases on October 1, 2014!

Book Boost PR is arranging a blog tour.
Bloggers who want to participate are urged to sign up here ASAP!  YAY!

And here it is.  The beautiful cover of MONARCH!


24 September 2014

MONARCH Book Blog Tour Sign Up!

Howdy, Lovelies!

Book Boost PR is putting together a book blog tour for MONARCH!  Wanna sign up?
Here's your opportunity!  It's gonna be super-fun, and participating bloggers are welcome to enter to win the grand prize, too!

More info to follow.  Until then, go here to sign up!

16 August 2014

COVER REVEAL! "Finding Willow" by Michelle K. Pickett

I have another great cover reveal from my author friend, Michelle K. Pickett, to share today! The novella "Finding Willow" by Michelle K. Pickett is a prequel to "Unspeakable." The story is told from Brody's point of view, and did he ever get one rockin', steamy cover...
Finding Willow” is the prequel to “Unspeakable,” the touching romance between Brody and Willow that explores one girl’s quiet strength to survive the unbearable weight of a family secret alone, and the love and resolve of a boy determined to help her.
   Brody Victor lives life on the fringes. Moving from school to school with each transfer his mother’s job requires has taught Brody well: If there’s one thing harder than making friends, it’s saying goodbye to them. So he’s learned to close himself off. He’s a loner, and that’s how he likes it.
When his mother accepts a permanent position in Wisconsin, Brody begins to slowly open up. But old habits die hard and, for Brody, making friends doesn’t come easily. That is, until he meets Annabelle. Brody loses himself in her. Their connection runs deep and, for the first time, Brody truly lets someone inside. But life can be cruel. An unexpected job transfer uproots Brody from his home in Wisconsin, and Annabelle.
 Vowing not to get involved with another girl after the heartbreak of losing Annabelle, Brody returns to life on the outside looking in. A loner by choice. Until he finds Willow. Friendly and beautiful, a guy can’t help but notice her, but Brody notices more than her beauty. When she flashes her full smile, a spark is missing from her hazel eyes and for reasons unknown to him, Brody needs to find the reason.
Along the way, he stumbles across a secret bigger than both of them.
Don't forget to check out "Unspeakable" for more of Willow and Brody's story. 
Happy Reading!

31 July 2014

Today's Stop on the 2014 Summer Author Promo Blitz Features Author Ali Cross!

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Y'all, I'm totally having a geek-out fangirl moment! My dear friend and awesome author, Ali Cross, is featured on today's stop of the 2014 Summer Author Promo Blitz hosted by Book Boost PR ... and SHE'S ON MY BLOG!  URMEGUR!  I've just finished reading her FANTASTIC sci-fi book, Blood Crown, which I'm reviewing today.  It's an honor to have Ali here on Books and Broomsticks.  I know you'll enjoy getting to know her as much as I have.

But today's stop isn't just an ordinary blog hop stop.  To mix things up a little, I've interviewed one of Ali's characters from Blood Crown.  And that's not all!  I'm also sharing my thought's on this awesomely unique book.  And Ali's offering up a signed copy of Blood Crown to one lucky winner (US only)!!!!!

About Ali

Ali Cross grew up watching Bruce Lee movies and dreamed of being a kick-butt martial artist like Cynthia Rothrock. Well, she never became the kind of ninja she envisioned, but she does hold a hold a black belt in awesome. She lives in Utah with her kickin' husband, two sparring sons, one ninja cat, one sumo dog and four zen turtles. And a cache of nunchucks, staffs, kamas and other dangerous ninja-weapons.

Ali moonlights as Alex Banks when she can write wild middle grade adventures set in the faraway places of her imagination.

Where to Find Ali


Today's Featured Book

Androids have claimed power over what remains of the human race. They rule without remorse. They are the Mind and humans exist only to serve them. But it wasn't always so. Before the android uprising, select droids, called Servants, were pivotal in engineering a new human race with nanotechnology enhanced DNA. The Blood Crown theorem was to be humanity's crowning glory and the key to their survival in deep space. But Serantha, Daughter of the West, was the last female to receive Gifts from her Servant and when the Mind mutinied, she was hidden away, and presumed dead. Without Serantha there is no hope of the Blood Crown being realized so Nicolai, Son of the East, abandons his crown to join the rebel forces. He might not provide the future for his people he had once dreamed of, but he will not go down without a fight. When Nicolai discovers Sera among a small compliment of kitchen staff, everything changes--but Sera's Gifts were never completed and she is ill-equipped to face a legion of androids determined to wipe her, and every other human, out of existence. Their only hope is the Blood Crown--but even if Serantha and Nicolai can realize their potential it may be too late to save mankind

Character Interview

Hi, Archibald!  Thanks so much for stopping by for a cappuccino and a chat.  Oh, wait, do androids drink coffee?  I enjoy a good coffee, Belle. Please, and thank you. Oh, great!  Well, have a seat and let’s get to it.  Ali’s fans are as eager to get to know you as I am.

  • I’m so curious about life as an android.  What is your earliest memory?  Your happiest memory?  Your saddest?

My earliest memory is not technically my own. My Creator gave it to me upon my birth—as he has done with all my brothers and sisters. It’s a memory of his love for us, so that we will always remember his purpose in creating us, so that we might always stay true to that purpose.

My happiest memory—well, that’s a little harder to define. I suppose the first time I held Serantha in my arms and she looked up at me and recognized me. I’d been joined with her since her creation, my programming had prepared me for this moment. And yet . . . it hadn’t. The reality of it, the truth of it, was so much more. Yes, becoming Serantha’s Servant was the happiest moment of my life.

As for my saddest . . . I suppose you’ll be able to figure it out when you read Serantha’s sad tale.

  • What was your relationship to the traitor, Galen, before the uprising?
Galen was my first friend. We were born on the same day—released from our stasis to begin training for our roles as Servants. Even though he was created to be a commander of the King’s ships, and I to raise the King’s child, we found we had much in common and enjoyed one another’s company. We both enjoyed games of wit—though he was much snappier than I. I always appreciated that about him. He could make me laugh, help me to “loosen up” as he called it. I was grateful for his tutelage in this because Serantha was not a sober child and Galen’s influence helped me to be a better Servant to Sera.

  • What’s it like being in service to the royal family of the West?
Serving the royal family was my greatest privilege. The king and queen, while engrossed in their respective responsibilities, were kind and thoughtful toward their daughter, and to me. It was an honor living among them while I prepared Serantha for her role as queen over both the West and the East.

  • Before the andie uprising, what were the political relations like between the East and the West?
It was my hope that Serantha and Nicolai would breach the divide that had grown wider during the reign of their parents. Relations between the East and West had always been . . . tenuous . . . but Nicolai’s father was particularly obtuse and unlikely to be swayed from whatever course he set his mind to—even when he was wrong. Forgive me, it is not my place to pass judgment, but . . . I had confidence that Serantha and Nicolai would repair whatever damage their parents might have caused.

  •  At what point did you know your purpose in life was to guard and rear princess Sarantha?
From the moment I awoke, I knew. And I was overjoyed to be of service in such a way.

  • What was she like when you first met her?  How old was she?  How did it feel for you when you first saw her?  Held her?

I became Serantha’s Servant before she was born—before she was conceived. My nanos were already a part of her mother, the queen, in anticipation of her conception. So the moment the proper cells were aligned to create her life, I was there, nurturing her, encouraging her to grow.

As I said, when I first held her, I began the first of many Transfers, sharing my symbiants with her so that we could be joined at a molecular level. When she opened her eyes and her gaze met mine . . . at that moment I comprehended what wouldn’t be possible for any other android but a Servant—the value of human life. Not just Serantha’s but all life.

  • What’s it like when your symbiants communicate with Sarantha?  What did it feel like during those years you had no connection with her?
My words are inadequate to truly convey how it feels to be a part of her, to know her needs and wants intimately in a way no human can truly be. It feels . . . like magic.

When I was cut off from her—those long years were the darkest of my existence. I felt like only part of myself. Like I was missing a limb—but more so. Like I was missing my heart.

When we were reunited, and our symbiants once again began sharing their communication, it was like I could breathe again, like my heart beat again. It matters not that I possess no actual heart—what matters was that Serantha was my heart and she gave me purpose.

  • Before the uprising, what sorts of recreational activities did the humans enjoy aboard ship?
Dancing. Always dancing. The king and queen enjoyed lavish parties and partook of them quite frequently. Many humans enjoyed physical activities and the ship was equipped to meet their various desires from long running tracks that could give the runner the feeling of being in whatever environ they chose, to rock-climbing structures that mimicked the most challenging of mountains on Earth.

The art of storytelling had enjoyed a resurgence, and Serantha particularly enjoyed it. I have to say I had become rather good at it, myself, mastering the art of impersonating several individuals on the ship that brought particular joy to Sera and the other children.

  • What is your greatest hope for Sarantha’s future?  Your greatest fear?
My greatest hope is, as all parents wish for their child, that she will find happiness. That she will find joy in the simple things of life—friendship, companionship, love. That she will learn to laugh and find many opportunities to do so.

My greatest fear—well, I suppose it would be that she should forget me. But that is selfish of me, I suppose. I fear that the East will not allow her and Nicolai the happiness they so deserve. I fear that war may come to them far sooner than they might wish. I fear she’ll experience sorrow and loss—and if I had any true magic, I would save her from such heartache.

  • Is there anything you have on your mind you’d like to discuss?
I would like to thank you for your interest—it is a joy to speak of Sera and my calling to be her Servant. It was too long that I was forced to pretend to have forgotten her that I feel I have all these memories clamoring to be shared. Also, I wish that the humans could know that Galen and his Mind do not speak for the whole of the android population. There is goodness in us, yet. There is the capacity, the desire, to serve. I hope you and your people will remember.

Thank you, Archibald.  That was a very informative interview, and I'm glad that I finally got to meet you.  Don't tell the other characters this, but you are my favorite!

My Review of Blood Crown

Oh, how I relished every word of this smartly-written science fiction novel!  I don't want to give any spoilers, but I will say that my favorite things about this wonderful book are:

  • I loved the alternating points of view in this book.  It's very unique and gives the reader the ability to see a fuller picture of what's going on.  In each chapter, we get the opportunity to see things from each of the main characters.
  • Without giving too many spoilers, I'll just say that Ali had a unique idea in that the nations of the world are represented by different ships in outer space.  I loved experiencing the political dynamics between those nations from that vantage point.
  • The characters are believable and easy to care about.
  • I adored getting to know the characters within the confines of a space ship.  I must be careful here that I don't give spoilers, but the ship is a very special character in this story.
  • The antagonists in this book are fabulously evil, and there were a few times I gasped while reading Blood Crown.
  • Ali Cross's ability to weave a story that draws you in and keeps you spellbound is my favorite thing about Blood Crown.  This is a story I won't quickly forget.  The characters stayed with me for days ... especially Archibald.  When you read this book, you'll discover the scene that actually made me cry.
  • There was enough of a cliff-hanger that made me want more.

What my least favorite thing about this book was:

I didn't have the next book in this series immediately to read!

My favorite quote from Blood Crown is:

"It only takes a brief inquiry, sent through secure channels, to determine the android crew has mutinied."  ~Archibald, Blood Crown by Ali Cross
That quote is in the first chapter of this book, and once I read it, I was hooked!

I loved this book to the moon and back!
That's why I give BLOOD CROWN:

Oh!  I forgot to tell y'all!  Request a snazzy Authorgraph like this one for all of her books here.


Ali is offering up one signed copy of BLOOD CROWN to one lucky winner in the US!!!!  Woohoo!


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