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Etherea Magazine interview with Laurie Bell

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Here is a little interview I did with Etherea Magazine

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Read it now. It’s also in their 2nd edition.

Undercover (Friday Fictioneers)

PHOTO PROMPT © Brenda Cox

The big blue concrete blocks were a reminder of a forgotten time. “They’re in the way,” the woman said, her voice right on that pitch of nagging and complaining that brought a shiver to the entire walking group.

“Protection against terrorist attacks, dear.”

“That was decades ago.”

I heard several in the tour group sigh softly. Ah, so this was not an unexpected reaction to her questions. I raised my hand. “Earth had domestic terrorists?”

“Indeed.” The tour guide nodded. “No sky network like you have back home keeping them safe.”

Safe from whom? I wondered, keeping my hand covered.

This is a Friday Fictioneers prompt.

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Enter if you dare (Friday Fictioneers)

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

It was a place of secrets. A dangerous place. Items from all over the world were kept inside. Magical items. Items of myth and legend. Items from other planets. A shop of wonders. A shop the locals didn’t dare to enter.

All but one.

Shanah picked the lock on the door in less than 10 seconds. Her best effort yet. Popping open the door she slipped inside and flicked her phone flashlight around. Something was worth money here.

Green smoke told her she’d tripped an alarm.

The smoke cleared. The store was empty. The door locked tightly shut once more.

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What’s on the agenda? (Friday Fictioneers)

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

“Whatsit thing on top?”

“The avian statue? Perhaps a God of some sort. Fertility? Apparently, they worship weekly.”

“Shhhhhh, don’t speak too loud, remember what the tour guide said. They don’t know we’re here. If they find out, they’ll react in violence. That’s how they deal with the unexplained.”

“I still can’t believe we got tickets. One in a zillion chance. You have to take as many holosnaps as you can for the children.”

“I am dear, I am. Ohhh that sign. My translation earwig says Farmers Market.”

“Ohhh, do you think they have fried Farmer legs? I’m rather peckish.”

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What do you value (Friday Fictioneers)

PHOTO PROMPT© Liz Young

The world was made with gold. At least that’s what the folk here seem to think. I mean, look at the waste! The people left to die on Earth could have used even a smidgeon of this to power the rockets and escape. Alas, very few made it off before the asteroids hit. As for the rest of us. We came to what was supposed to be an uninhabited Earth-like planet.

Key word: Uninhabited.

Seems there are more humanoid creatures in this universe than we realized. And they are rich… mega rich. So rich this gold means nothing to them.

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Review: The Emporium of Imagination by Tabitha Bird

About the book:

Welcome to The Emporium of Imagination, a most unusual shop that travels the world offering vintage gifts to repair broken dreams and extraordinary phones to contact lost loved ones.

But, on arrival in the tiny township of Boonah, the store’s long-time custodian, Earlatidge Hubert Umbray, makes a shocking realisation. He is dying . . .

The clock is now ticking to find his replacement, because the people of Boonah are clearly in need of some restorative magic.

Like Enoch Rayne – a heartbroken ten-year-old boy mourning the loss of his father, while nurturing a guilty secret.

Like Ann Harlow, who has come to the town to be close to her dying grandmother. Though it’s Enoch’s father who dominates her thoughts – and regrets . . .

Even Earlatidge in his final days will experience the store as never before – and have the chance to face up to his own tragedy . . .

My thoughts:

Wow. Well when the review notes say that you will laugh and cry this is not an exaggeration. This book is a glorious, emotional festival of fantasy, whimsy and magic. I loved reading it and I recommend it to everyone.

Three characters are at the heart of this story, but really there are four. The Emporium itself is at the heart of this tale. It is a magical shop that travels to where it is most needed and stays for as long as it takes for a town to experience its magic and be healed. Earlatidge is the custodian and he travels with the Emporium. He is linked to the Emporium in more ways than are immediately obvious. He is the one to find the Shopkeeper and the Key to open the shop and bring magic to each new town. Ann and Enoch are both keeping secrets… secrets that are tearing them apart from the inside out. Earlatidge discovers a shocking truth and terrible things are starting to happen to the Emporium. Earlatidge must hurry to find the Shopkeeper and the new custodian quickly or the Emporium’s magic will be lost. Unless they can all come to terms with their heartbreaking grief, the magic will be lost forever.

Grief comes in many forms. Grief over the loss of loved ones, grief over lost love, grief over what we give up to grow up and grief over lost dreams. Grief becomes regret becomes a pain that will never heal. The magic and whimsy and love experienced as children slips away as we grow up and grow old. We forget. The Emporium is a magical place where you are gifted a chance for a final conversation with those you have lost. It is also a chance to remember what dreams you may have forgotten that you once had and provides a little spark of magic (in food, clothing, pictures and hobbies) that can bring those dreams back to life. Everyone in this novel, everyone in life, has a story to tell. A story they are hiding from. Everyone has a secret they are keeping that is tearing them apart, have loved ones they have lost, and are experiencing unimaginable pain in dealing with untold regrets. The Emporium brings all of this grief out into the light of day to be seen and recognized and accepted. Grief is not undone but is given a chance to heal.

I wish the Emporium was a real place. In my dreams perhaps it is. This book will catch you right in the feels and emotions you thought dead and buried will resurface to be reviewed in the light of this tale. Beware – the Emporium is a magical place and visiting will change your life.

Review: An Alien Lore: (Soldiers of Saedo Book 5) by Calla Zae

About the Book:

“I like this disheveled look on you. It makes me want to get messy with you.

Scarred from a painful past, Rita is an artist embracing a new life on a vibrant planet where she’s captivated by a mysterious lore that links her to love. When an attractive star-being—who she’s been secretly sketching from memory—appears in front of her, she struggles between walking toward love and running away from it.

Jarzell, an impatient soldier who thrives on urgency is fascinated by Rita’s unique ability to slow him down, urging him into the unfamiliar. As he tangles with his emotions, danger surfaces, creating disorder in himself and those around him.

Is their love a masterpiece in its beginning stages? Or is this romance creating an inconceivable mess that they can’t disentangle from?

My Thoughts:

Another fabulous alien romance from Calla Zae. This one is number five in the series.

Human woman, Rita, is making a good life on Saedo since she (and her sisters) were rescued from kidnapping at the hands of the evil Ulkrins. Rita and her sisters chose to stay and make their new homes on their adoptive alien world and four of Rita’s sisters have even found love on Saedo. Rita is not looking for love, she has demons of her own. She is an artist without the will to paint. To refocus her energy, Rita works in the local library, watching over one of the sacred texts of Saedo. She is coming to terms with her past and learning to overcome her previous heartbreak. Her memories of one of the soldiers who rescued her and her sisters is tempting her to draw again. Is this new muse what she needs to finally heal and move on from her past?

Darkness is lurking beneath the tranquil surface of Saedo. The Ulkrins want Saedo for themselves, and that is not the only darkness tainting this peaceful world. Strange portals keep opening on the surface ejecting terrible monsters who attack without warning. When the sacred text disappears from the library, Rita is reunited with her solider muse, Jarzell.

Together they must find the missing sacred text and find a way to stop the Ulkrins and the portals from destroying Saedo. Rita’s attraction to Jarzell as a muse explodes into real life at their close proximity. Jarzell’s attraction to Rita ignites a flame that he cannot ignore. Together their love becomes magical. Indeed their energy is magical, and may be what finally saves Saedo from the monsters.

A fabulously fun scifi romance and a highly enjoyable series.

The search (Friday Fictioneers)

PHOTO PROMPT © Krista Strutz

The men searched high and low, on water and on land. Fools. They didn’t think to look up. I perched on my branch with my siblings, our wings fluttering in the late afternoon summer breeze.

“Rest easy. They will not capture us.”

“Why do they want us?” The low-pitched question came from my littlest sister.

“It is not really us they want. It is our magic.”

“But our magic is a part of us.”

“It is. But they can only see what is on the outside. Our glorious wings. We must stay out of reach. We will fly out tonight.”

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Indie author spotlight Laurie Bell – Etherea Magazine #2

Hi All

I have an indie interview in the #2 edition of Etherea Magazine where I’m talking about my sci fi books White Fire and The Good, the Bad and the Undecided!

Read it now 🙂

White Fire is a Readers Favorite Finalist for New Adult Fiction

For immediate release:

Readers’ Favorite recognizes “White Fire” by Laurie Bell in its annual international book award contest, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1925579786.

The Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest featured thousands of contestants from over a dozen countries, ranging from new independent authors to NYT best-sellers and celebrities.

Readers’ Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

We receive thousands of entries from all over the world. Because of these large submission numbers, we are able to break down our contest into 140+ genres, and each genre is judged separately, ensuring that books only compete against books of their same genre for a fairer and more accurate competition. We receive submissions from independent authors, small publishers, and publishing giants such as Random House, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, with contestants that range from the first-time, self-published author to New York Times bestsellers like J.A. Jance, James Rollins, and #1 best-selling author Daniel Silva, as well as celebrity authors like Jim Carrey (Bruce Almighty), Henry Winkler (Happy Days), and Eriq La Salle (E.R., Coming to America).

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Readers’ Favorite is proud to announce that “White Fire” by Laurie Bell won the Finalist Award in the Fiction – New Adult category.

You can learn more about Laurie Bell and “White Fire” at https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/white-fire/1 where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages.

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