Welcome to BOWS – The Book Owl Word Search

Hi folks, I’m excited to announce that I’m participating in the Book Owl Word Search (BOWS) and I’m part
of the PURPLE team. To find out more about the Word Search and how to
play visit
https://www.snowywingspublishing.com/book-owl-word-search/bows-how-to-play/.
See if you can find my secret word in this post. Hint it’s something I love. Then continue the search to the other
authors on my team and find their words as well.

So, for those of you who are visiting you’re probably wondering what P.A.W.S. stands for. Well, P.A.W.S. is the Partnership of Animagi, Werewolves and Shapeshifters. The organization has a network of supernatural academies around the globe were would-be shifters train in their own particular magic.

So would you like to go to P.A.W.S.? The first thing you’d need to do is decide what animal form would fit your personality best. To find out take my handy dandy quiz here and post your answers in the comments on this post. One commenter will pick up a special prize from me, a signed P.A.W.S. bookmark.

Take my Quiz here!

I wonder how many CATS there will be?! Because of course CATS is my secret word!

Jump into the P.A.W.S. Saga here for a special introductory price of $4.99 for the first three books in the saga.

4.99 for a limited time or FREE on Kindle Unlimited

Also pick up a free copy of Tales from P.A.W.S. (a set of 4 short stories) by joining my newsletter P.A.W.S. Post.

Or come over and join my group on Facebook, PAWS People.

Thanks for visiting. Continue BOWS at the next stop on Suzanne ‘Xan’ van Rooyen’s site http://suzannevanrooyen.com/

YASH is coming!

Hey folks! It’s that time again. The YA Scavenger Hunt will start on September 29th on this blog, or to make sure you don’t miss out, you can head over to the YA Scavenger Hunt page, scroll down, and sign up for notifications with your email on the right.

Sadly this is the last YASH as the awesome hunt is being retired, so be sure you visit all the participating blogs for a chance to win oodles of prizes. I’m going to be on the purple team. Look at all those awesome books!

New to the YA Scavenger Hunt?

That’s totally fine. We have a YouTube video that explains the process and we will be checking in on the YASH website during the hunt to answer any and all questions you might have.

Need something fun to read in the meantime? Check out these awesome promos over at Story Origin:

OWS CyCon Fantasy Blog Tour -D.L. Gardner

About The OWSCyCon Fantasy Blog Tour

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As part of the OWS CyCon 2019, we asked our fantasy authors to write about what makes their world, or the world of another author unique. Each of them has come up with very different answers which reflect their writing processes, their research methods, and their views on world building.

We hope you find these insights interesting, and that they maybe give you some new things to think about when you pick up a new book, or even start writing your own.

 

After reading this interview, be sure to check out the responses from our other fantastic writers: https://owscycon.ourwriteside.com/fantasy-events-at-cycon/fantasy-blog-tour-what-makes-an-authors-world-unique/

What makes the world of Ian’s Realm unique?

By D.L. Gardner

The story begins with Ian and his father creating a game engine on their computer and soon discover that the environment they are creating is an alternate reality which they can step into a click of the controller.

I think access to the Realm is one of the dynamics which makes this fantasy world unique. That and because the pristine countryside is inhabited by a variety of civilizations. Primitive tribes populate the northern forests and seaside. The Menek tribe is a society whose patriarch was a young wizard that fought a wicked queen’s serpent by manifesting his own dragon.

These people, out of fear, developed a dragon worshiping religion. Citizens were banished into the wilderness for failing to adhere to strict canons, a fate worse than death. After an extremely devastating attack by the dragon, the Meneks accused the hunters of the village of angering the dragon. They were sent away to forage for themselves. These hunters gathered in the forests and developed their own community. They named their nation Kaempern after the young wizard Kaempie who was said to have relinquished his magic to the Northern Winds, which in return for his power, offers the Songs of Wisdom – a guide toward righteousness for those who will listen.

Taikus is an island ruled by the wicked queen, a sorceress, who has a never-ending thirst for power. Hacatine was the reason the four young wizards fled their homeland (Tales of the Four Wizards available free at  https://www.gardnersart.com/vip-storytime). She rules with an army consisting of women only, all who have unique magical powers. More as slaves, these women warriors build ships and sail the seas on a quest to conquer the people of the world. Taikan weapons and sea-slaves (serpents) are unmatched saved by one nation only. The Crown of Alisubbo.

Cassie, Ian’s daughter, discovers this more civilized nation, located much nearer to Taikus, and which has been battling the queen for centuries.

Silvio is a leading patriarch, being the youngest of the four wizards who fled Hacatine. Having spent his youth hiding in an old oak tree in the forest of Alcove (near the original portal) Silvio eventually became the king of the little people. The Xylonites.

And who are the Xylonites? When Ian and his father were making the game engine, Ian, an artist at heart, developed a computer character. A little man with a baseball cap, a furry beard and a mole under his left eye. Little did Ian expect this character would come to life. Eventually the icon is given a name. Xylon. And when Xylon requests a wife be generated from his computer, the entire Alcove Forest comes alive with little people. Now these people prove to be very excitable little things. If anyone needs a leader, or a king, it’s the Xylonites. Silvio, when he’s finally released from the old tree, takes it upon himself to care for them.

There are other characters unique to Ian’s Realm that we see throughout the series. Whomticker, the magic thief is the most recent.

In essence I think you’ll find Ian’s Realm a whole new fantasy world unlike any other with inimitable and distinguishing cultures and characters. It just might make you want to step through that portal yourself!

About D.L. Gardner

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With a passion for a good wholesome story D.L. Gardner also (Dianne Lynn Gardner) dives into the adult and young adult fantasy genres. She is both a best selling author and an award winning illustrator who lives in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Dianne loves a book that ignites imaginations, strengthens friendships, spurs courage and applauds honor. Though she targets her stories for young adults, her books are enjoyed by all ages.

Dianne was born in Ohio and raised in southern CA. She attended Northern AZ University and later continued her education in the Pacific Northwest. She’s an oil painter, book illustrator, screenwriter and filmmaker. She writes under the names of D. L. Gardner and Dianne Lynn Gardner. Her novels have hit the Amazon best sellers list and she has won numerous awards for her screenplays..

Meet Dianne Online

OWSCyCon2019 Author Booth: https://owscycon.ourwriteside.com/forums/topic/d-l-gardner/

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/DianneGardner

Author Website: http://gardnersart.com

Author Blog: https://diendrial.wordpress.com/

Get the Latest News by Joining Dianne’s Newsletter

http://gardnersart.com

Learn More About the OWS CyCon 2019 Event

CyCon is the biggest online book event of the year, bringing together authors and readers from all over the world for an entire weekend of book-related fun. Between the organizers, and 230+ writers, you’ll be able to:

  • view live (and recorded discussions),
  • listen to samples of their stories,
  • vote in the various genre tournaments,
  • browse the author booths, and
  • discover some amazing books and writers.

We hope you enjoy this event as much as we enjoy bringing it to you. For more information, and links to all of the activities, visit us at: https://owscycon.ourwriteside.com/about-ows-cycon/

You never know, you may just find your next best read!

 

YASH – YA Scavenger Hunt – Spring 2019

Yay! YASH is here and once again I’m on Purple Team!

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Look at all those awesome books! Keep scrolling for a change to win ALL of them in paperback. Plus on the very bottom are some special freebies AND a giveaway from me!

So here we go!

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

Team Purple

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are FIVE contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the PURPLE TEAM–but there is also a red team, a gold team, an green team, and a blue team, for a chance to win a whole different set of books!

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
 
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the PURPLE TEAM, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).
 
Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by Sunday April 7th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
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Today, I am hosting McCall Hoyle on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

McCall Hoyle is a high school teacher who writes stories about friendship, first love, and girls finding the strength to overcome great challenges. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s spending time with her family and their odd assortment of pets—a food-obsessed beagle, a grumpy rescue cat, and a three-and-a-half-legged kitten. She lives in a cottage in the woods in North Georgia where she reads and writes every day.
EXCLUSIVE CONTENT
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Meet the Sky, is about Sophie, a girl struggling to keep her fractured family together. Sophie’s all about sticking to the plan—keep the family business running, save money for college one day, and make sure her mom and sister don’t endure another tragedy—but when a hurricane forms off the coast of the Outer Banks, Sophie realizes nature is one thing she can’t control. She ends up stranded in the middle of the storm with Finn, the boy who broke her heart freshman year.
 
McCall shares with us a special recipe that features in her book.
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April is the perfect month to start basking in the sun and preparing for summer. To get you in the mood, I’m sharing a book-themed menu to pair with a summer reading of Meet the Sky, which takes place on the beautifully rugged coast of North Carolina.

Bon voyage, bon appetite and all that fun stuff!

Outer Bank Boiled Shrimp:

2 lbs. raw shrimp in shell

8 c. water

12 oz. beer (optional)

2 Tbsp. Old Bay Seasoning

1-2 Bay leaves

*lemon wedges for garnish

Bring water, beer, and other ingredients to a boil. Boil shrimp three minutes or until nice and pink. Drain shrimp and transfer to a bowl of cold water to stop the cooking process. Cool and serve with cocktail sauce and lemon wedges. Fresh corn, hush puppies, and sweet tea round out a perfect Outer Banks meal to enjoy while soaking up the sun and savoring a good book—hopefully Meet the Sky.

Sounds yummy!


Now don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Debbie Manber Kupfer, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is. Well anyone who knows me knows I’m a huge Douglas Adams fan. So of course my favorite number is

42

Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the purple team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author!
And now a few bonus thingies from me, Debbie Manber Kupfer.
First up in honor of YASH I decided to release a new short story this week in my ongoing Tales from P.A.W.S. series. This is the story of Jenny, a young girl who likes to draw, but does her drawing hold magic and will it help her defy the bird man who holds her captive. Find out in Jenny on sale everywhere for just 99 cents.
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Next up – pick up another Tale from P.A.W.S. set in the village of Manus Wu. Ramora wishes to be free from an arranged marriage and so makes a bargain with a fairy. But sometimes you should be careful what you wish for.
Pick up your free copy of RAMORA here and while you’re at it sign up for my newsletter.
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And last by not least I have a giveaway!
Over on Amazon I’m giving away TWO COPIES of the box set of THE P.A.W.S. SAGA – books  1-3. This set normally sells at $8.99.
Note: as this is an Amazon giveaway it is sadly only open to US residents. However, if you are in a different country leave a comment on this post and tell me where you are and I’ll enter you into a separate giveaway to win another set of P.A.W.S. ebooks.
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Halloween Hop!

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Happy Halloween everyone! In honor of the holiday I’m participating in a special Trick or Treat Hop over in my Facebook group, P.A.W.S. People.

Hop over to my group to join in. There you’ll find a contest from me for a chance to win and P.A.W.S. audio or ebook bundle and a link to the next group in the hop. Visit every group and leave a comment for a chance to win a $130 Amazon gift card.

So what are you waiting for, go hop!

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YA Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

Team Purple

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SEVEN contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the PURPLE TEAM–but there is also a red team, a gold team, an orange team, a blue team, a pink team and a green team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
 
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the purple team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).
 
Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by October 7th, 2018, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
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Today, I am hosting A.G. HOWARD on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

A.G. Howard is the #1 NYT & International Bestselling author of several young adult retellings and spinoff novels, including her gothic Alice in Wonderland Splintered Series, and RoseBlood, a Phantom of the Opera inspired adaptation. Stain, A.G. Howard’s latest gothic fairy tale fantasy inspired by The Princess and the Pea, hits shelves Jan 15, 2019.
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After Lyra—a princess incapable of speech or sound—is cast out of her kingdom of daylight by her wicked aunt, a witch saves her life, steals her memories, and raises her in an enchanted forest . . . disguised as a boy known only as Stain.

Meanwhile, in Lyra’s rival kingdom, the prince of thorns and night is dying, and the only way for him to break his curse is to wed the princess of daylight—for she is his true equal.

As Lyra finds her way back to her identity, an impostor princess prepares to steal her betrothed prince and her crown. To win back her kingdom, save the prince, and make peace with the land of the night, Lyra must be loud enough to be heard without a voice, and strong enough to pass a series of tests—ultimately proving she’s everything a traditional princess is not.

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

Ever want to know what inspires a writer to get into the right mood to write fantasy. Well, A.G. uses music and as a treat is sharing her exclusive playlist with you. Here’s what she says:

My Stain playlist contains instrumental ballads, dark fantasy tributes, and fairytale titles, along with ethereal and gritty vocals. Each song was chosen for its emotional impact and the ability to set an enchanting or gripping fantasy mood.

Here’s a screenshot of the first ten titles:

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To check out the 70+ song playlist via spotify: follow this link. If you can’t access spotify, a list of the songs linked up to YouTube is also available there. I hope you enjoy my audible inspirations!

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And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by authors in the purple team. To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is the meaning of life –

42

. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the purple team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

But wait there’s more! To celebrate YASH I got together with some of my favorite authors to offer a giveaway. Click on the rafflecopter for a chance to win oodles of prizes including ebooks, audio books and signed bookmarks from me, an ebook from D.R. Perry and a signed paperback from Rebecca Jaycox.

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CONTINUE THE HUNT
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author! CHANDA STAFFORD
And one more thing — here’s a freebie for everyone! Grab a free copy of my story of a young girl and an evil green fairy, RAMORA,
from Book Cave.
Plus for this week only grab a copy of P.A.W.S. on Kindle for just 99 cents.
99 cents PAWS
Team Purple