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The Lustre Virtual Launch Party Guest Book: The Queen and the Handyman

Guest book: The Queen and the Handyman

by Maria Tatham

Far away in the Eastern Wilds, where there was a power that sought to unmake the will and feed on the mind of a man, a king fell in single combat with a powerful sorcerer. Angels descended to claim the king’s soul. The sorcerer despised them, the heaven from which they came, and God himself. The king’s wife, the mother of his small daughter, though far from him in the west of the kingdom, felt his pangs and knew he had died. She and the child lived on as if in a happy lie…

Marta Happstein has been lied to her entire life. She thought her father, the king of Zuphof, died a hero. When she finds out that he disappeared in the untamed kingdom ruled by Alexander Drugen, she is consumed with the desire to seek the truth. In the dark of night, unbeknownst to family or friends, Marta sets out on her quest—accompanied only by the castle’s handyman, Trimble. As the two face daunting challenges, Marta begins to wonder if Trimble is really more than he seems to be.

Amid fairies, dragons, and dark magic, will Marta learn the truth? Or will the evil Drugen end her life and Trimble’s before she gets the chance?

Read my brand new review of The Queen and the Handyman at

Or you can just buy it!

Maria’s Blog:

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The Lustre Virtual Launch Party Artist Feature : Megan Michaelis

Guest Artist: Megan Michaelis

It was a sunny, balmy, breezy August day when my family and I met Megan Michaelis. The Ballard Locks was the location of our family portrait session, with a few author photos slipped in! She blended right into the crazy, party attitude that my three monkeys…er…children always have, especially in parks and in front of cameras. She took no offence that Mira wouldn’t make any nice faces, only silly ones. She got Caius-the-serious to smile naturally a few times! It didn’t phase her when Corbin suddenly decided his portion of the photo session was OVER. She captured my handsome hubby’s nurturing side and also managed to make me look good! The beautiful pictures she took were an amazing value for a family with a crazy novelist mother paying for editing and stuff!

Megan is an engineer by day and a photographer nights and weekends. She started taking pictures when she got a good camera so she could take better photos while hiking, backpacking and traveling. Over the past two years that has evolved into a love for photographing PEOPLE. Everything she knows is self-taught. When people ask her how she learned about photography, she tells them “I read a few books and took a LOT of pictures!!”

Want to know more? Visit her site!

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The Lustre Virtual Launch Party Host Blog: CynnerJane

Host Blog: CynnerJane

My Bestest Buddy, Cynthia, who left my house an hour ago, just posted her host post!

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The Lustre Virtual Launch Party Editor Feature: Kathleen Firstenberg

Editor Feature: Kathleen Firstenberg

Kathleen Firstenberg is the illustrious editor of The Lustre! I met her long ago when our kids were teeny and running around getting in trouble at Mom’s group. She has since moved away from Seattle to California, but thanks to the glorious internet it made almost no difference where editing was concerned.

Kathleen has been editing for 8 years and earned a University of Washington Extension Editing Certificate in 2009. She has written and edited accreditation documents and manuals, and edited content for and the Mars Hill Ballard blog. She has beautified writing of all kinds from  term papers, resumes, a policy and procedure manual to the parenting book Inspiring Childhood, Inspiring Life  in addition to her fabulous work on The Lustre.

Her thoughts on her career: “I like to edit all kinds of writing, from instruction manuals to novels. I love that I learn a little bit about a wide variety of subjects, such as education, theology, sociology, the medical industry, parenting, mythical creatures, etc. (This is one of the best things about being a freelancer…I know a little about a lot, haha!)”

Kathleen enjoys reading, traveling, relaxing on the beach, and spending time with friends and family. She lives with her husband and two children in Newport Beach, California. (I can also always get her to forward snarky photos on Facebook about grammar and the English language!)

For more information and to hire her (hypnotic suggestion), visit her site!

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The Lustre Virtual Launch Party Host Blog and Review: Kateschannel

Host Blog and Review: kateschannel

Visit Kate’s post with review, comment and win!

Thank you, Kate, for your super-awesome review!!!

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The Lustre Virtual Launch Party Host Blog: Kathleen Firstenberg

Host Blog

Visit Kathleen’s blog, comment, and win!

Also here in her wonderful review!

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The Lustre Virtual Launch Party: Host Blogs

Host Blogs

Come visit these blogs for more party fun! Remember, I’m giving away a free copy of my book to one lucky Human who comments on these blogs!

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Virtual Launch Party for The Lustre

Come on in! Welcome to the Virtual Launch Party for my newest book, The Lustre! I’ll be posting all day for the Virtual Launch Party, so watch for lots of great book promotion fun.

Info on all the participants and prizes can be found here:

Don’t miss out on my free ebooks and print book giveaways!

  1. One winner will come from new followers today and current followers who comment on any post today with “The Lustre Virtual Launch Party” banner before March 17th.
  2. One winner will come from comments on other blog hosts’ posts.
  3. One winner will come from new “Likes” for The Lustre on Facebook:
  4. One winner will be the person with my favorite comment on any blog post with “The Lustre Virtual Launch Party” banner.
  5. One winner will come from new fans on Goodreads March 15th-17th.
  6. One winner will come from all new adds on LibraryThing March 15th-17th.
  7. One winner will come from all new twitter followers March 15th-17th. @KPtwitrnovel
  8. One winner will be my random surprise pick of my choosing.

These 8 will win a free ebook on Smashwords and of these eight, three will be randomly chosen to receive a free print copy!

One fortunate blogger will win a copy of The Queen and the Handyman by Maria Tatham. She gets to pick that winner!

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The Lustre Virtual Launch Party: First Pre-review!

First Review! by Laura Pfundt

Because it is already the 15th in Melbourne, Australia, I have my first review and the first post for The Lustre Virtual Launch Party!

Thank you oodles, Laura, The Quillwielder, for your wonderful review:

Be sure to keep your web browsers peeled for more wonderful reviews and more!

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One Week Until Launch! The Proof Is Not in the Pudding!

None of the proofs are in the pudding. That would make them all sticky! One week till launch and here they are!

Wait! What is that? That first book isn’t yours!

Why yes, that is one of my guest books and one of the prizes you could win during my Virtual Book Launch! In fact, you could win one of these four copies! Just don’t get too excited. I don’t want anyone having health issues because of elevated blood pressure.

Take a deep breath and relax for just one more week, OK?

(Yes I get really silly when I get a new proof delivered!)

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Party Decorations Are Ready!

I’ve completed and sent out all the tools for my blogger pals to join the party! I have a banner, a party badge, and a book cover picture. For content, I have synopses of the book, an author bio, and some interview questions I’ve answered. I have been thinking about providing a special excerpt too.

If you are participating haven’t gotten your email for the blog postings, please let me know so I be sure they get to you!

If you want to participate, email me or reply to this post to join in!

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Some ‘Splainin To Do

So what is this Virtual Launch Party thing, Kate?

Why, I’m glad you asked! I’ll get into detail:

If you have hosted a blog tour before, it is very similar to that only a shorter time frame and not as wide a range (because I can’t afford to pay to have that done right now.)

I will be posting all day with lots of juicy things: Of course, I’ll be advertising my new book. The Pre-reviewers will all be featured when they post their reviews. I’m also posting “Guest Books” by authors I know in person or online. This means I just introduce another book in a post during the party. I’ll have posts linking reviews of the “Guest Books” too. I have a few “Guest Artist” features where I’ll tell about an artist and post some images of their work–So far I have my author image photographer and my cover artists for The Disenchanted Pet. I’ll post about the editor of the book, and some others. I’ll also be having giveaways. I’ll give away several ebooks and some print books, including one print copy of a “Guest Book”.

If you are interested in participating, what I ask from you is for you to post on your site about the book, whatever you’d like be it a review or one of the post materials I supply, along with the pretty party banner. I also provide a “Party Badge” to put up too if you like that kind of thing. If you’d like to be featured, I need the pictures and descriptive content about what you’d like to share. For artists, etc. I need a little bio information and a sample of your work to feature. For “Guest Books” I need all the info you would provide for me to advertise your book on my site. That includes links and pictures and stuff. If you have a giveaway such as a coupon or freebies, I’ll need to know that too. I understand that giveaways give you lots of attention for your services or books.

If any of this appeals to you, please let me know because there is plenty of room on the internet for any size of party we want!

All the people involved so far and the giveaways are listed on the Party Construction Page here:

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You’re Invited!

This is your official invitation! Be sure to drop by the site on these dates for lots of great book release fun! I still have room for guest bloggers, guest books, pre-reviews (you’ll have to be a fast reader) and guest artists.

Please reply to the email or this post to get listed! The current list of participants can be seen on the post site!

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New Review: Disposable People by Ezekel Alan

Disposable People

by Ezekel Alan

Ten year old Kenneth Lovelace often went to bed without dinner. Instead of feeling hunger, however, what he mostly felt was fear and shame, knowing that his family’s poverty was the reason he had no food. Kenneth also recalls his bitterness whenever his parents locked him out of their tiny, one-room house to act on their ‘urge’. This was in the 1970s, when Jamaica’s socialist regime was dragging the country into bankruptcy, and when an Old Timer had told him that he was cursed since birth.

Beginning with his earliest memories, “Disposable People” traces the life of Kenneth Lovelace, now a consultant living in the USA. After a string of failed marriages, bad relationships and other misfortunes, Kenneth looks back at his life in his old, hateful village with hopes of finding the roots of his latest tragedy. What comes out is a story of mischief and adventures, sex, prejudice, evil spirits, adversities and, progressively, violence.

Read my review of Disposable People here:

Or just buy it on Amazon!

To learn more about the author go to

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Cover Noodling

I have been messing around with CreateSpace Cover Creator, seeing what I might make into my cover! My photos are generously supplied by my Dad, who I hope will let me feature some of his other photographs for my Virtual Launch Party. What do you think? Which is your favorite?



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