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Real Books

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Jody Harvey

While reading will never go out of style, ebooks are fast replacing tried and true real books. I have mixed feelings about this since I love the weight of a real book, the sound of the pages turning, the smell of the paper. I love seeing the cover on my bedside table, and I love a wall covered with bookcases. I especially enjoy seeing my four novels there. Holding your own book in your hand gives new meaning to the concept of delight. My Flying Horse Trilogy (On a Wing and a Dare, In the Winds of Danger, Under a Wild and Darkening Sky) and my historical fiction novel (Under the Almond Trees) are accomplishments I am proud of.

Thomas Wightman
Thomas Wightman

On the other hand, I love that my Kindle will carry hundreds of books everywhere I go. Never will I be without reading material! Ebooks save paper, so they are better for the environment. That doesn’t change the fact, though, that thousands of books have already been printed. After they’ve been loved and read, what should be done with them?

Artists have a way of repurposing old things, and I’m thrilled to share several artists who are repurposing real books, you know, the kind with pages. These beautiful works of art ease a used book’s pain of abandonment a bit. They inspire in me the same sort of wonder that a new book does. An ebook may be more convenient, but I’ve never felt wonder looking at a

Justin Rowe
Justin Rowe

title in a list of titles. These book sculptures are filled with creativity and whimsy. They inspire awe. Someday maybe I’ll see one of these sculptors create a winged horse out of one of my books. I would be thrilled, as long as they had the ebook version on their Kindles.

Since I appreciate when people give me credit for my creations, I’ve listed the artist’s name below each picture. Search them for more examples of breathtaking book sculpture. And if you still enjoy curling up with a real book, grab one of mine! The Flying Horse books are set in Medieval Wales, in a remote town hidden in the mountains. The town is home to people who care for a herd of flying horses—the only flying horses in the world. Every year the Aerial

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Sue BlackwellAnd the next time you read an ebook, don’t feel bad. Somewhere one of these artists is creating a masterpiece from the paperback version.

Games is held, pitting one barn of horses against another in aerial feats of racing and dancing. ON A WING AND A DARE center around characters like Davyd, who dreads following his family tradition and becoming a rider of the winged horses. And Emma, torn between her love two brothers, one the bad boy and one the dependable kind. IN THE WINDS OF DANGER begins with a Barn Leader trying something new—aerial jousting. Nia is disgusted with the idea and looks for something else to try. UNDER A WILD AND DARKENING SKY follows siblings Ralf and Alyna as they move into the town. Alyna tries to fit into barn life while her brother is more interested in the beautiful and dangerous Branwen.

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Favorite Children

threecovers0I am often asked which of my books is my favorite, yet I’ve never had anyone ask which of my sons is my favorite. My books are like my children: they took a lot of effort to ‘raise.’ If I am distracted from them sales decrease, like children acting out to get attention. I’m proud of them, books and children, but I see their faults. Each book has its own personality and strengths.

My first book, ON A WING AND A DARE, has a love triangle. Emma loves both Davyd and Evan, who are brothers. I admire Emma’s strength, and enjoy reviews on Amazon or Goodreads where readers say they are rooting for Evan…or Davyd.

The middle child, IN THE WINDS OF DANGER, has a young but fiercely strong female character. Nia absolutely will not let anyone push her around, and it’s not always obvious who is trying to do so. Any parent would be proud of her independent fire.

The last in the Flying Horse trilogy is UNDER A WILD AND DARKENING SKY, which has a wonderful brother/sister relationship. Alyna and Ralf support each other even as they make choices that set

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them in opposition to each other.

My most recent book is UNDER THE ALMOND TREES, which is not about flying horses. The three main characters here are strong women who helped settle California and happen to be related to me. Ellen fights for women’s right to vote, Emily wants to be an architect, and Eva opens her own photography studio. All of this is taken for granted today, but for them it was a difficult road.

So each of my books are loved for different reasons. You can see my favorite love triangle, favorite strong female character, favorite siblings, and favorite inspirational women. But a favorite overall book? I can’t pick. Summer is under way now, so why don’t you read them all and tell me which is your favorite? Don’t forget to leave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. Thanks!

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Back to School Blog Hop

Microsoft Word - Document4Happy September! If your local school district is like mine, you’ve already been in school for two weeks. Nonetheless, I’ve always thought of September as Back to School month. This September, my books will be featured all month on a blog hop. Listed below are the bloggers who will be participating. Links to their blogs will be live once their Blog Hop post goes live. So put away those math books and click over to some interviews, book excerpts, guest posts, and other goodies.

Welcome to my Back to School Blog Hop!

 

September 2: Charles Ray  **  Charlie Ray’s Ramblings         
September 3: Apryl Baker  **  My Crazy Corner
September 4: Victoriya Aliferchyk  **  Vik Tory Arch           
September 5: Connie Peck  **  Connie Peck       
September 6: Angela Fristoe  **  Turning the Pages
September 7: Karin Rita Gastreich  ** Eolyn Chronicles
September 8: Courtney Vail  ** Gotta Have YA                     
September 9: Keeley  ** Keeley Reads                               
September 10: Evelyn Ralph  **  Evelyn’s Blog    
September 11: Cheryl  ** Gwyneira’s Book Blog    
September 12: Vanessa Aere  **  Book Butterfly Reviews          
September 13: Tiana Lemons  **  Ethereal Book Reviews    
September 14: Linda Ulleseit ** Chicks Writing Rockin’ YA          
September 15: DelSheree Gladden  **  The Edible Bookshelf          
September 16: Judy Goodwin  **  My Writerly World       
September 17: Emily Thompson  **  Clockwork Twist            
September 18: Charles Ray  **  Charlie Ray’s Ramblings   
September 19: Mary Collins ** Good Books Never Die     
September 20: Lauralee  **  History From a Woman’s Perspective
September 21: Kira Tregoning  **  Fantastical Reads     
September 22: Susan Stec  **  The Grateful Undead
September 23: Cathy Dougherty  **  Catherine Dougherty                          
September 25:  Dianne Bylo  **  Tome Tender
September 26: Jeanne Bannon Repole ** Beyond Words  
September 27: J.L. Campbell ** Reader’s Suite
September 28: Audra Middleton  **  Audra Writes
September 29: Jonel  **  Pure Jonel Confessions of a Bibliophile                    
September 30: Linda Ulleseit  **  Books, Books, Books
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Book Signing Tomorrow!

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is located at 4075 Evergreen Village Square, Suite #150. It’s a great place to get a cup of coffee and something to eat, and I will be there tomorrow selling and signing books. It’s a particularly good time to come out to see me–I will have my entire flying horse trilogy as well as my new historical fiction book. If you are anywhere near San Jose tomorrow, Evergreen Coffee Company is the place to be!

 

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Meet the Characters Blogfest

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Welcome to the Meet the Characters Blogfest!

Readers, get ready for a whole month of some of the most interesting, hottest, attention grabbing characters in today’s YA, NA, Romance, Horror, and Paranormal fiction!
All month long DelSheree Gladden will be introducing readers to amazing characters through character bios, artwork, interviews, and contests. Check out the schedule below from what you’ll find each day this month–and check to see when my own books will be featured!

That’s Not All…

We’ll be having some fabulous contests, each of which has its own giveaway. Readers will get to vote on the characters, and one lucky voter in each contest will win a copy of the book the Winning Character comes from. The character giveaways will include:
Feistiest Girl Contest (10/11)
Cutest Couple Contest (10/18)
Steamiest Couple Contest (10/25)
There will also be one MAIN GIVEAWAY starting today where 1 LUCKY WINNER will win a prize pack of 40 books from some of today’s hottest new authors. Additional winners will be chosen to receive runner-up prize packs as well. Scroll down and enter below!

SO, WHAT CAN YOU FIND EACH DAY?

10/2 — Character interviews with:
             Zadie Stonebrook (My Sister’s Reaper – Dorothy Dreyer),
            Tizzy Donovan (Laid out and Candle Lit – Ann Everett),
            Kristi Becker (A Plain Wish – Cyndi Lord),
            Zander Roth (Wicked Hunger – DelSheree Gladden)
10/3 — Character Bios from:
              Kristi Becker (A Plain Wish – Cyndi Lord),
              Bryan Sullivan (Arcadia’s Gift – Jesi Lea Ryan),
              Brandon James (Love and Other Games – Aria Kane
10/4 — Hottest Guy Contest (Stop by DelSheree’s blog and vote for your favorite!)
10/7 — Character Surprise Posts from authors RH Ramsey and DelSheree Gladden
10/8 — Character Artwork from:
             The Other F Word (Susan Stec)
              Wicked Hunger  (DelSheree Gladden)
10/9 — Character interviews with:
               Kate Everett (A Slight Change of Plan – Dee Ernst),
               Jean (In Polester Pajamas – Catherine Dougherty),
              Ben (Twenty-Five – Rachel Hamm),
              Vanessa Roth (Wicked Hunger – DelSheree Gladden)
10/10 — Character Bios from:
               Kassia (Ice Magic),
              Maze (The Ballerina and the Fighter – Ursula Sinclair),
              Lucien (Smoke, Wings, and Stone – Marijon Bradley)
10/11 — Feistiest Girl Contest (Stop by DelSheree’s blog and vote for your favorite!)
10/14 — Character Surprise Posts from authors Kara Leigh MillerSharon KleveLinda Budzinski
10/15 — Character Artwork from:
               On a Wing and a Dare (Linda Ulleseit),
                Invisible (DelSheree Gladden)
10/16 — Character interviews with:
                David Corbin and Jon Reyes (Sign of the Throne – Melissa Eskue Ousley),
                Rosie (In Polyester Pajamas – Catherine Dougherty),
               Ketchup (Wicked Hunger – DelSheree Gladden)
10/17 — Character Bios from:
                Nadia (Love and Other Games – Melinda Dozier),
                (Karen Rita Gastreich),
                (HL Carpenter)
10/18 — Cutest Couple Contest (Stop by DelSheree’s blog and vote for your favorite!)
10/21 — Character Surprise Posts from authors Stephanie WardropLucy CroweAna Blaze
10/22 — Character Artwork from:
                Haunting Joy (Lena Goldfinch) and
               The Destroyer  Trilogy (DelSheree Gladden)
10/23 — Character interviews with:
                Rachel Blackstone (The Relcutant Medium – GG Collins),
                Nell (The King Series – Tawdra Kandle),
                Arcadia ( Arcadia’s Gift – Jesi Lea Ryan),
                 Olivia & Mason (Invisible – DelSheree Gladden)
10/24 — Character Bios from
                (Karin Rita Gastreich),
                Sam and Cole (Fate War: Alliance – EM Havens)
10/25 — Steamiest Couple Contest (Stop by DelSheree’s blog and vote for your favorite!)
10/28 — Character Surprise Posts from authors Susan StecShauna RobertsLisa Cresswell
10/29 — Character Artwork from:
                My Sister’s Reaper (Dorothy Deryer),
                Twin Souls  (DelSheree Gladden)
10/30 — Character interviews with:
                Nathan Shaw (Reflection – Kim Cresswell),
               Nia (In the  Winds of Danger – Linda Ulleseit),
               Jayden or Merch (Dark Night of the Soul – EM  Havens)
10/31 — Winner’s Announcements!!!
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A New Review For My Book!

cover2In the Winds of Danger has been ignored a bit while I spend the summer writing something new. Here is a review from J.A. Campbell, a horse lover and author of books about horses who time travel. She hasn’t read On a Wing and a Dare yet, so it’s interesting to see what she thinks of book two. Meanwhile, I’m working on Wings Over Tremeirchson, which is a novella (short novel) telling the story of Hoel and Neste, Emma’s parents. Click on the link below and read Campbell’s review. It will help pass the time until my new one is released!

J. A. Campbell’s review

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My Blog Tour!

InTheWindsOfDanger_BannerBeginning today, my new book, In the Winds of Danger, will be featured all over the blogosphere. Check back here each day as these links go live to reviews, interviews, and guest posts.

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