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Another Stab

Did I scare you?

I’ve been working on cover designs to update Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic. This is the winner of this round. What do you think? Any suggestions?

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Is it an improvement over the original cover? (I love this cover but I’m told it looks too Middle Grade instead of New Adult)

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New Review: Restoration by Elaine D. Walsh

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Restoration

by Elaine D. Walsh

Genre: Women, Contemporary Fiction, Drama

Read my review here: http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/2013/09/22/restoration-by-elaine-d-walsh/

Synopsis:

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarterfinalist

With a signed death warrant and final appeals running out, Tess Olsen anticipates the execution of the man her mother deserted her family for thirteen years ago. Randall Wright s death will expel his disturbing legacy and return her mother to her; it s as simple as that, or so she believes. But Wright robbed her life of more than just her mother and like a splinter slowly and painfully working its way to the surface, those stolen pieces begin emerging.

Working as an art conservator in New York City, Tess keeps an emotional distance from co-workers. She has no close ties since isolating herself during her teen years when the tale of Wright s crimes, trial, and marriage to her mother was published in a Pulitzer Prize winning article. She yearns for the family she had and is unable to accept who they are now.

Tess is dating Ben Elliot, an art critic for the New York Times. The relationship both intrigues and unnerves her. Unlike men she s dated in the past, he is more interested in her than her physical attributes and any sex she can offer. Although drawn to Ben, she is more comfortable with men like Kenyon LeMere, a brazen artist Ben introduces her to who has a reputation for translating his sexual liaisons into art.

Restoration chronicles Tess Olsen s challenge to restore her life, relationships, and dreams back to the promise they held before Randall Wright.

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About the Author:

Amazon Breakthrough Award Contest – Quarter finalist, Honorable Mention at the 2012 Southern California Book Festival and Winner of the Chairman’s Award for Excellence,

Nimitz Highway and River Street is an intersection on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. This is where she impatiently came out of the womb ready to start on her personal history.

She grew up in upstate New York against the backdrop of the flowering women’s rights movement with different ideas from her mother as to what her life as a woman should be. In college, she majored in psychology with the intent of being a “death & dying” counselor. This would be her paying job while she wrote the next great American novel. Plan B kicked in and she graduated with a B.A. in English, packed her car, and upset her parents by moving to Florida in search of her destiny.

Without ever having taken one business course, she created her own brand and became a successful business executive by day and women’s fiction writer by night. So far, she has lived a Lifetime Movie Network life, a mixture of extraordinary, ordinary, mundane, and terrifying, providing her great inspiration and fanning her creative flame.

Her father imbued in her a strong sense of family. He brought to life the words unconditional love.

From her mother, she gained an appreciation for the complexities of relationships and richness in life one finds exploring and experiencing everything from a recipe, to a historical site, to lunch with friends, or a glass of wine. Her mother was a collector of experiences. They journeyed together and grew as individuals and as mother-daughter. Elaine shared her mother’s journeys battling cancer, as her mother survived one and succumbed to another. In one of their last soulful conversations before her mother died, she told Elaine she was glad Elaine also had a daughter and hoped she would enjoy her own daughter as much as her mother enjoyed Elaine.

The most powerful influences in her life and her stories come from being a daughter, mother, friend, and soul mate. But as a successful women’s fiction writer, does this surprise anyone?

Twitter: @ElaineDWalsh

Facebook: @ElaineDWalsh

Website: http://www.elainedwalsh.com

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6423738.Elaine_D_Walsh

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New Review: Incubus

Incubus

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Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult

Read my review here: http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/incubus-by-jennifer-quintenz/

Synopsis:

Braedyn Murphy used to think nothing important ever happened in her sleepy town of Puerto Escondido. But that was before she learned she was a descendent of Lilith, the mother of all demons. Now Braedyn fights to protect humanity from the Lilitu – the beautiful, souls-stealing daughters of Lilith.

As she fights the Lilitu, Braedyn must also fight her growing love for her boyfriend Lucas – because even a simple kiss could end his life. Their only ray of hope is an angel’s offer to make Braedyn human, but it’s an offer she can’t accept until the world is safe from the Lilitu.

Braedyn knows she’s a key player in this ancient war… but she’s not ready to believe she just might be humanity’s best hope of surviving the final battle for Earth

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About the author:

Jennifer Quintenz is a film and television writer, author, and graphic novelist. She has written for Twentieth Television, Intrepid Pictures, and Archaia Studios Press. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.

Jennifer’s website: http://jenniferquintenz.com/

Jennifer on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JenniferQuintenz

Jennifer on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jennq

Jennifer on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5926932

Jennifer on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B0084929JO

 

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Discovery 4: Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic

Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic

(Book 1 of The Convergence series)

By Kate Policani

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal

Win one of three copies of Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic! Click here => a Rafflecopter giveaway

Buy on Createspace: https://www.createspace.com/3910971

Buy for Kindle and in Paperback on Amazon

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Links to all the wonderful reviews of my book can be found here: http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/2012/10/27/dont-judge-a-book-by-its-magic/

Read an excerpt at the book page.

Synopsis:

I’m a normal girl. I am. I love shoes, fragranced body care, and hair products. I love all the chick flicks that have come out in the theaters in the last 2 years (and a lot of the old ones) and I obsess about my wardrobe.  I respond positively to most of the marketing directed at females in my age group.

My name is Colleen Underhill, and the only abnormal thing about me is that I just discovered I am, or I transformed into, a magician; not the disappearing bunny kind, but the power-shooting-out-of-your-hands kind of magician.

My problem now is that I do NOT believe in magic. Well, I believe in it. I have seen it shoot out of my own hands, but I oppose it in a moral sense; no hexes, no spells, no incantations, no potions, no amulets, no tomes, no casting circles, no eye of newt, none of that. I have to be very clear because people pressure me about it. Whatever they say about “how it’s done,” this is a morality issue for me and I will not cave in to their pressure.

But what do I do now?

Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16045564-don-t-judge-a-book-by-its-magic

Book 2, Sorcery Loves Company is started!
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New Review: Silent Symmetry by J.B. Dutton

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Silent Symmetry

by J.B. Dutton

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance

Read my review here: http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/silent-symmetry-by-j-b-dutton/

Silent Symmetry is my first pick for my Summer Shake-up, the title that interested me most in my List of Upcoming Reviews.

Synopsis:
The Embodied glide through the busy streets of New York, uttering barely a sound.

Their eerie beauty comes from their perfect symmetry. Male, female, old, young… their faces are always absolutely symmetrical. Are they flawless humans, the epitome of evolution? Are they a genetically modified super-race? Are they extra-terrestrials? Once prep school student Kari Marriner becomes aware of their existence, she is driven to find the answer and finds herself ensnared in a web that reaches further than she could possibly have imagined.

Kari’s earliest memory is her father’s death in a car crash back in small-town Wisconsin. Now, 12 years later, her mother has been hired by a pseudo-religious organization in Manhattan called the Temple of Truth (a.k.a. the ToT). At Chelsea Prep, Kari develops a crush on classmate Cruz. But when she realizes that Noon, another attractive guy at school, is involved with the ToT, her curiosity gets the better of her.

Kari stumbles upon a secret tunnel leading from her apartment to another in the building, where an ancient book holds images she can scarcely believe, and a cavernous room contains… something inexplicable. As Kari pieces together the incredible evidence, she discovers that the ToT is run by other-worldly beings called The Embodied who influence human behavior and have established a global long-term human breeding program. But why? And what is her role in all this?

Just as she starts wondering whether the love she feels for Cruz is genuine or if her emotions are being controlled by The Embodied, her mother is kidnapped and Kari has to figure out who is human, who is Embodied, and who she can count on to help rescue her mother.

Silent Symmetry is the exciting first novel in JB Dutton’s EMBODIED trilogy. The second installment, Starley’s Rust, will be published in late 2013.

J.B.’s Blog:
JohnBDutton.wordpress.com

Silent Symmetry is available as an ebook here:
bit.ly/SilentSymmetry (Amazon.com)
bit.ly/SilentSymmetryUK (Amazon.co.uk)

Available in paperback here:
bit.ly/SilentSymmetryPB (Amazon.com)
bit.ly/SilentSymmetryPBUK (Amazon.co.uk)

J.B.’s Goodreads author page is:
www.goodreads.com/author/show/6949191.J_B__Dutton

J.B.’s Facebook page is:
www.facebook.com/JohnBDuttonAuthor

J.B. is on Twitter here: @JohnBDutton

And on Tumblr at: http://JohnBDutton.tumblr.com

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BTSeMag Feature!

For the month of April, Gaele Hince  has featured  Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic in the BTSeMag, along with The Lustre and Compulsively Writing  Fiction:My experiences in Self-publishing in 2011Please visit the BTSeMag to see! (It’s on page 43.)

In honor of this feature I’m giving away a print copy of Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic on Goodreads!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Don't Judge a Book By Its Magic by Kate Policani

Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic

by Kate Policani

Giveaway ends May 01, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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A new book!

This week I churned out a new 350000 word book! I can’t believe it, but here is my latest novel:

Talk and Cry

By Kate POlicani

Activia is a vibrant 42-year-old romance writer from upper Poop Creek Oregon. On her dream vacation to Bali she just wants to relax in the sun and write bestselling novels. Her peace is cruelly shattered when an archery club hijacks her exotic lunch cruise and invades her tranquility.

The darkly handsome captain of the team, Arto Jala, has Activia intrigued despite his moody cruelty and violent obsession with shellfish. His gritty sexuality is at odds with her pampered lifestyle, but he, too, finds her to be irresistible. Can she resist his smoldering advances?

In secluded Abalone cove by an artesian spring, as the coconuts sway in the breeze, he woos her. Drawn into his thrilling world, she soon is to discover his painful, haunting secret. Activia decides to use her vast knowledge of forensic psychology to uncover the mystery of his long, lost,  missing baby sister and punish those who kidnapped her from their beach side chalet. If Activia brings back Arum, will it calm Arto’s angry soul and allow him to abandon his barnacled past and grisly lifestyle of archery and truly love her forever? Can an Indonesian archer and an Oregonian novelist find true love together in a tropical paradise? Or can they only talk and cry?

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Happy Valentines Day!

I love readers!

Instead of some fattening chocolates or one of the standard cheesy, sappy cards, I’m going to give away five Smashwords coupons for all ebook formats of Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic to random commenters on this post! If five or less post, you all get one!

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Surprise reviews!

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While looking for something completely different today, I noticed that Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic had 17 ratings and 10 reviews up on Goodreads! Several of these reviews were unexpected and they made my day. Some were even up on other sites, including an online magazine. Big thanks to the reviewers! Please drop by and see what they said.

The Goodreads review page

http://www.indtale.com/reviews/don%E2%80%99t-judge-book-its-magic

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Author Spotlight: Bess McBride

Bess McBride is the latest Author Spotlight on my Examiner column! I’ve started an exciting new interview format.

http://www.examiner.com/article/seattle-author-spotlight-bess-mcbride

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Author Blog-in: Home to Stay by June McCullough

This week I am participating in Kate Policani’s Author Blog-In. Over the next week I will publish different posts about other author’s novels. If you are looking for your next read, or perhaps a gift for someone, make sure you visit this site throughout the week to see if something catches your interest. Something like

Home to Stay

With the weather getting colder and the busy season about to descend upon us, don’t forget to put an evening aside just for you. Get yourself a cup of hot chocolate, or a glass of wine and escape with this contemporary romance that will take you to a ranch just outside Calgary, Canada.

Synopsis

Although she has never stopped referring to Aces Corral as her home, it has been two years since Diana Crawford has stepped foot on the ranch. Her decision to return home was made just as abruptly as her decision to leave, but as Diana’s car pulls into the long driveway, she knows it is time once again to build the family ranch into a successful business. Little does she know that waiting for her return is a man determined to change everything.

Coming home is emotional for Diana. She is thrilled to reunite with her elderly next-door neighbours, Len and Dot Mackenzie, who are the closest thing to family she has left. But when she meets their nephew for the first time, his captivating eyes and quiet strength hypnotize her. There is no mistaking the attraction, and it is not long before Barry Daniels lassoes her heart. As Diana works on reconciling her past, she knows she has a lot to learn about running a business and when Diana finds evidence of a betrayal that could destroy everything she has worked for; she is desperate to find a way to expose the scheme.

In this contemporary cowboy romance, a woman on the fringes of finding her own inner strength must expose a web of deceit before she loses everything she has ever loved.

Excerpt

“I better go. Think about what I said. There’s something between us and I don’t think we should deny it. I’m willing to take a chance and I want to know if you are, too, but I don’t want you to answer right now.”

He walked over to the door, opened it, and turned back to face her. “It would be sad if we never took a chance and ended up missing out on one of the best things to happen to either of us. You can let me know tomorrow at the barbeque.”

With that, he shut the door and was gone. Diana stood at the counter for a long time after. The feelings he stirred in her both excited her and scared her. Her mind was swimming as she slid her back down the cupboard, until she was sitting on the kitchen floor.

What am I going to do? Should I back off and play it safe, so I won’t be sorry? Or will I be sorry if I play it safe?

Reader’s Comments
You feel like you are right in the tale with the way she describes the characters and their way of life. S.O.
You need to do a sequel to this. C.M.
A “feel good” book that we could use more of! M.H.

Grab a Copy Now!

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Don’t Judge a Book by its Magic by Kate Policani : Review, Author Specials and Giveaway

Don’t Judge a Book by its Magic by Kate Policani : Review, Author Specials and Giveaway.

Big thanks to Gaele for her great review! Drop on by her blog to win a copy.

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Seattle author spotlight: Lynnette Bonner

Seattle author spotlight: Lynnette Bonner. An Examiner article featuring a Seattle author friend.

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Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic is up on Kobo!

Visit my book on Kobo!

http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Dont-Judge-Book-By-Its/book-Et-hvpGWIk6982S9_T7yOQ/page1.html?s=BBzlXwqjK0y2hxB6HZupsA&r=1

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Thank You!

Thank you for celebrating my book release with me! You have all helped make this book a success and your support is priceless!

My posts are at an end for the party. I’ll reveal the contest results in the morning!

Please be sure to visit my feature tomorrow at  http://speculativesalon.blogspot.com/

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