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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Cover Reveal for Lyrical Muse



Music Heals the Spirit as the Words Give Life.’


 Ronda L. Caudill PhD, Jamie White, C. P. Bialois and Michelle Cornwell-Jordan

Set to release
August 05th, 2013
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The cover was created by the amazing Joy Stroube

Dreamscape Covers

Thanks to the Beta Reader Who Rocks!
Author Emma Meade

Big Hug and Much Gratitude to the very awesome hosts of today’s cover reveal!
Listed in no particular orderJ
Lyrical Muse Hosts

Shay West: 

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Xuanire Javed:
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Lyrical Muse Anthology
Publisher: Michelle Cornwell-Jordan (3CM Media)

Lyrical Muse is a collection of stories that reflects life's rhythms through everyday people. Each story is an example of the best and the worst of the Human soul. Every life lived has its own melody, and within these pages, the reader is taken on a journey to the blackest depths of a daughter's murderous soul to the prickly minefield of a jealous woman's heart and so much more.

So enter of your own free will and allow our whimsical Muse to lead you on an odyssey which just might help redefine your own reality.


I was born and raised in Virginia. Writing has always been a passion
of mine.  I earned Ph.D. in Education from Capella University. The
two writers who inspired me the most are Edgar Allan Poe and H.P.
Lovecraft. My discovery of Mr. Poe when I was eleven years old opened
up an entirely new world to me. It is a world that I have shared with
my daughters. I am blessed with a wonderful husband and two beautiful
daughters who both inspire me and support me. I am thankful to them
for their love, encouragement, and support (and many new ideas).

Jamie White
JamieBMusings is a music addict, book lover, pet servant & NaNoWriMo survivor. When she's not busy writing posts for Culture Shock, she's taking pictures for her new obsession (That Photo Blog) and spending time with her husband and pets. Her first book, The Life and Times of No One in Particular, was released in May 2012.

C.P. Bialois
CP Bialois completed his first full-length novel, Call of Poseidon, in 2007. Armed with a finished product, Bialois began working on another book, The Sword and the Flame: The Forging, unsure of what he would ultimately be doing with either. As with many others in the later part of the first decade of the 2000’s, he found himself out of work and looking into new options. Over the next two years, he would spend most days at the library, completing an additional half-dozen works.
With five books currently out, Bialois is planning for the release of many more and enjoying the feedback he receives. The up-and-coming author takes inspiration from favorites such as Steven King, Tom Clancy and Sue Grafton. His love of history, fantasy and old monster movies has also served as a muse.

Michelle Cornwell-Jordan

Michelle Cornwell-Jordan is a New Adult/Young Adult-Paranormal Author. Her titles include a YA Novella series Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy and upcoming novel Chrysalis. 
She is also the producer of the online radio segment IndieReview Behind The Scenes, where she and her co-host Jamie B Musings interviews Indie Authors and Musicians.
Michelle has been married for 18 years and has a 15 year old daughter. A book lover, her favorite genre has always been paranormal adventures.
Another love is writing. Michelle has been writing about as long as she has been a bibliophile! Losing herself in a fantasy world that she is creating on paper is how she loves spending her spare time.
Oh, and one final secret about Michelle is that she believes that she also has a secret power, but if she told, she would have to zap ya!

Thanks so much!:)
Michelle Cornwell-Jordan( 3CM Media)

Monday, July 15, 2013

Review of Dark Connections by Rebecca Graf

Please welcome Rebecca Graf to the Willow Tree. She is the very talented author of Deep Connections and the newly released Dark Connections. Both books are part of the Connections trilogy. Following is a brief bio and my review of Dark Connections.

Rebecca Graf spent over twenty years in the accounting field with no way to release her creative juices. To do so in accounting, could get you life. So she began writing online. From there, she ventured into fiction. Dark Connections is her fifth published book with many more in the works. Rebecca is the mother of three children and lives with them and her husband of twenty years in Wisconsin.

Publication Date: April 2013
Publisher: Silver Tongue Press
Genre: Paranormal/Suspense

The story continues from its start in Deep Connections. Brenna has given her heart to Slaton, but Creeper just won't die. Death cannot stop him from possessing the one to fulfill the prophesy. Now Brenna and Slaton have to fight not only for their own lives but for all those they love. As they do, they discover who Creeper really is and why he wants Brenna so badly. Be prepared for more mystery, suspense, and sweet love.

My Review of Dark Connections:

Dark Connections is the riveting second book in the Connection’s trilogy by Rebecca Graf. Ms. Graf picks up the story where Deep Connections ended. Although it is a sequel, it is a good standalone read.

Brenna has fallen in love with Slaton. Slaton, already in love with Brenna, is thrilled as is his family. The family that has welcomed her as a close friend embraces her as their future daughter-in-law. Unfortunately for the family, not everyone is happy about Brenna and Slaton’s relationship.

Life would be blissful for them if not for the Creeper. He is still stalking Brenna. Creeper has decided she will be his regardless of her love for Slaton. He will stop at nothing to make her his. Possessing her will fulfill a great prophecy and Creeper has decided he will have Brenna at any cost. Creeper will see to it that his enemies pay with their lives if necessary.   

Will Slaton and his family survive? Does Creeper win and possess Brenna? What will happen if Creeper is able to make Brenna his? What if the prophecy is fulfilled?  For those answers you’ll have to read Dark Connections.

If you have read Deep Connections, you are aware of the writing ability of Ms. Graf. Her character descriptions are well-rounded and believable. When she describes a scene, the reader feels as if they are there in the midst of the forest or in Brenna’s apartment. New characters and places are given the same detail as the others in the book. Ms. Graf is able to portray the goodness in her characters as well as the evil in Creeper. Character interaction flows naturally as they move along through the story.

Plot twist and turns are one of Ms. Graf’s best writing abilities. When the reader is sure they know what is going to happen, Ms. Graf turns and pulls them in a direction they never knew existed. The same can be said for trying to figure out what will happen next. Ms. Graf twists her plot lines while keeping the reader well informed and never confused.

This book is definitely a page turner. It kept me reading late into the night and enjoying every minute. I highly recommend Dark Connections. Well done Rebecca, those of us that read Dark Connections will be waiting for the final book in the trilogy.

I give Dark Connections a solid 5 star rating.

Purchase Link for Dark Connections: Silver Tongue Press

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Six Sentence Sunday

The following six sentences are from Chapter One of my current WIP, Lena. The story of Lena and her destiny is the third book in the Gypsy Spirit's trilogy.

Magdalena walked up to Annamarie and touched her cheek, “I have always told you not to fear my child. Do not begin now. We will keep all of you safe. Lena will lead us if we need to battle again. Her magic grows more powerful each day.”

Lena should be out winter 2013/14.