Tuesday, July 17, 2018

A Thought on Summer Reading

Summer is great. It's warm enough for swimming. The kids are out of school. Life seems hectic, but still fun. One of my favorite things to do during the summer is read outside. Whether its in a hammock, a lounge chair or carefully floating in the water, summer reading is just awesome. Of course, kids don't see it that way all the time.

Children are the future and I'm a firm believer that a child that loves to read is a child that loves to learn. Local libraries across the country have summer reading programs that encourage and reward reading. My daughter has taken part in this program for years. She hasn't always completed the challenge, but she always tries.

Last year was the first year we had a real loss of interest. I get it. I do. It's summer. She doesn't want to have to read. She wants to play and be lazy when she can. There are still chores and lots of extra stuff to help keep her mind active. Reading just didn't seem to be interesting anymore.
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This year I've tried something different. While traditional chapter books are available for her, I've added a number of other reads. Starting with Stan Lee's graphic novel set, The Zodiac Legacy. This series does have a traditional novel counterpart, but Lil Miss really got into the graphic novels. Those were added to her shelf over the school year. She ate them up.

Wild Kratts— MEGA-zineNext I added a few magazines. Wild Kratts was a big win. She loves animals and learning more about them without having to worry about a thick book made it easier for her to pick up on her own. I also let her pick out a few magazines on her own.

Last, I added a manga. Manga is a lot like comics and graphic novels, but they are Asian and have a much broader range of genres. I added Vol. 1 of an anime that she and I enjoyed watching together. It took her having to wait for me to finish the Vol. before she really grabbed it up, but she did and it's earned her points towards her summer reading. She's currently waiting for Vol. 2.

The school has put out a list of summer reading books that Lil Miss is welcome to choose from as well, but this year she's refused to even look at the list. So, my intention is to just keep her reading. As long as she is reading I'm happy.

Its important to let a child find their own interests and give them a path to learn about those things. As they get older we don't have to hold their hands through learning. I've found if we offer the right incentives and pathways they'll happily skip along.

Peace and Love!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Midweek Tease: July 4th

It's a Midweek Tease and I'm back with another tease from Caught by Nightfall. The sexy magical tracker, Malcolme Blackwood, just keeps begging for attention and his lovely Meredith is willing to play a little cat and mouse. Enjoy and remember to hop over to the other great blogs on the list!


Malcolm asked, Would you be more comfortable on the bed?”

Smirking, Meredith glanced down at the carpeted floor. It might save me from rug burn.”

Nodding, Malcolm gave her a knowing look, and loosened his arms. Giving her one last quick kiss, he said, Then you best hurry, little mouse, or I might pounce on you no matter where I catch you.”

Meredith pulled away from his arms and flashed him a come and get me” look over her shoulder before hurrying for the door. She tugged her shirt off as she made her way through her apartment and knew that Malcolm was close behind when he tossed his own shirt ahead to the couch.  

The light touch of Malcolm’s fingers on her side made Meredith turn and side step to avoid him. Smiling back at him, she quickened her pace and hurried to the bedroom. Letting out a joyful laugh, he teased, I almost caught you, Babe.”

This the tease for this week. If you loved it you can find it in print of digital at Amazon!



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Monday, July 2, 2018

Camp NaNoWriMo: July Round Up

It's time for camp again. This month I'm going rouge and working on three short stories instead of one longer piece. I've tried this once before... kinda, but it didn't work out so much. So, this time I'm focusing on short stories instead of a bigger project. Ready to hear about them?

Of course!

To celebrate the release of The Saving Grace Saga coming to print I've been working on a few short stories to give readers a peek into the world after the end of the trilogy. Last summer I wrote Smoke Hunt and this Fall it'll be released. Hopefully I'll also be releasing two additional stories to go along with it. Blood Hunt and Wild Hunt are currently in the works and just like the original trilogy, these stories will each feature a different couple.

In Smoke Hunt Dilly's sister, Lizzy and a former trail angel, Rodney, come together to save a native tribe of skinwalkers.

With Blood Hunt readers get to meet two new witches and find out how their lives have changed after the Saving Grace Act was abolished.

Finally, in Wild Hunt a lost child comes home to roost. Vera, the estranged granddaughter of the late pack shaman, shows up on pack lands and Cullen gets the job of keeping an eye on her.

The last short story I'm working on this month is a surprise. It's a super short one though. With a word count limit of just 5k, I'm hoping it'll go smoothly and not run away with me.


So that's the round up!
Peace and Love!


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Saturday, June 9, 2018

WekWriWa: #8Sunday Sentances from Just Beyond Daybreak

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  It's not just release day, it's also #8Sunday! While I'd love to share some more from Caught by Nightfall, I feel a little break might be in order. So instead I'm going to tempt everyone with 10 sentences from Just Beyond Daybreak, the first book in the Star Crossed Series.

Enjoy and remember to hop on over to the other great blogs!



Just Beyond Daybreak:


Instead of repeating herself, Meredith crossed her arms over her chest and waited. His lack of a response only stood as a reminder of why she couldn’t stand him. She was convinced that Malcolm Blackwood was incapable of rational thought. Instead he shoved aside conventional courtesies and handled everything with an air of lazy negligence.
“I’m not interested,” he said, breaking eye contact and launching himself up to his feet. His shirt hung open, exposing a long line of his chest and well-toned abs. Meredith’s gaze trailed downward just beyond his belly button to the natural v-shape of his hips. Snapping her eyes back up, Meredith watched him start buttoning the shirt.
“Enjoying the view, Sweetheart?” he said with a light chuckle.
“I need your help, Malcolm,” she answered, ignoring the urge to retrace the path down the front of his shirt.


Tempting? Hope so! Read on to find out more about Just Beyond Daybreak and the squeal, Caught by Nightfall.



When the source of her family’s magical energy and life force is stolen, Meredith Blackburn is left with little choice, but to search out the best magical tracker she knows. Unfortunately Malcolm Blackwood is more than just a tracker, he is also a man who captivates Meredith’s thoughts.

She strolled into Malcolm’s life with a job that he didn’t want, but instantly he regretted turning her away. Now, with his own family relics in danger, Malcolm finds himself unable to leave Meredith behind.

Can they save the Blackburn bloodline? Or will family ties tear them apart?


Find it in ebook or print on Amazon




Meredith Blackburn finds herself between a rock and a hard place now that her relationship with Malcolm has led her to magical breaking and entering. Someone is playing around with the rivers of magic that flow over the planet and the oldest library around expects her to figure out who.

All Malcolm Blackwood wanted was a handful of new tracking spells. What he got was an angry lover, a conflicting revelation from his brother and some old kook trying to start a war. Now it’s up to him and Meredith to set things right.

Will they save the day? Or will family get in the way?


Released today on Amazon!




That's it for now. Have a great day everyone and make sure to visit Weekend Writing Warriors for a list of the other blogs and authors sharing some great teases today!

Peace and Love!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Saving Grace Saga Coming to Print!

From paranormal romance author, J.R. White (that's me, YAY!), the Saving Grace Saga is going to print. The long wait is over for the diehard print copy fans. Witch Hunt, the first book of the trilogy, will be gracing the shelves in June and Fox Hunt and Fire Hunt will follow close behind.

Follow along in the Saving Grace Saga as the witches and werewolves struggle to overcome oppression and find love along the way. The hunt starts with Rei and Aidan in Witch Hunt as a witch and werewolf discover their differences could tear them apart or bind them closer together. In Fox Hunt, two alphas, Mike and Dilly, find themselves on the run and in need of each other more than they ever dreamed. The Saga ends with Julia and Edmund, two witches on different sides of the fight, struggling to put the world to rights.


Here’s what reviewers had to say:

“It's all you could need in a werewolf/witches story.” 
~(ShootingStarReviews) 

“Ms. Whites writing style draws the reader into the story.” 
~(RomanceBookWorm) 


The books will be available at Cobblestone Press and Amazon this Summer!

Can’t wait? You can still buy a digital copy for your eReading device.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Midweek Tease: Caught by Nightfall

MidWeekTease5 It's time for another Midweek Tease and this week I'm sharing a bit from my upcoming paranormal romance novella, Caught by Nightfall. Set to release this weekend, the story picks up where Just Beyond Daybreak left off. Meredith and Malcolm are new in their relationship and things are starting to get a little rough.


The Tease:

That morning, however, it had only taken Malcolm Blackwood five minutes to convince her to break in and disregard all of that red tape. Holding up the magical orb of light and walking her fingers over the spines of countless books, Meredith chided herself for giving into temptation. To think that a map of the ancient dragon lines would drive her to breaking and entering.

It agitated Meredith now that she was standing in the silent and dark hall. Glancing over at Malcolm, she asked, What the hell are you looking for, anyway?”

Leaving his fingers on the aged spine of a thick book, Malcolm looked back at her through his own magical light and smiled. A set of tracking spells.” 

Stopping, Meredith lifted her hand to her hip and stared at him. Really? All of this for a few tracking spells? You’re already one of the best magical trackers,” she pointed out. Still, that crooked smile and the light that sparked in his crystal blue eyes was enough to put her at ease.

Shrugging, Malcolm turned back to looking over the various labels. These are special.”

Why?"
His finger sliding down the spine of another leather bound book, Malcolm countered, Why are you looking for a map of the ley lines when you already have them memorized?”

Clamping her mouth shut, Meredith bit her tongue. Malcolm had a point in his own way. The ley lines were a widely-known set of magical pathways. Even he, slacker in his studies that he was, knew most of them. She didn’t really want to share why she wanted to compare the current lines to ancient ones. She’d much rather work on that project on her own. Throwing up her hands, she gave in and said, Okay. Look for whatever you’re after. I’m going to go find that map.”


That's the tease for this week. Stop back by this weekend for the release and remember to hop on over to the other great blogs for more MidWeek Teases!


 Caught by Nightfall

Meredith Blackburn finds herself between a rock and a hard place now that her relationship with Malcolm has led her to magical breaking and entering. Someone is playing around with the rivers of magic that flow over the planet and the oldest library around expects her to figure out who.

All Malcolm Blackwood wanted was a handful of new tracking spells. What he got was an angry lover, a conflicting revelation from his brother and some old kook trying to start a war. Now it’s up to him and Meredith to set things right.

Will they save the day? Or will family get in the way?


Available for PreOrder now on Amazon
Or you can order it in print today!