“Between” By Cambria Hebert

Spring is in the air…somewhere. Here, in Michigan, in my neck of the woods it is still a bit too chilly for me. It snowed last week! However, that means drinking lots of scorching hot tea, munching on Twizzlers, writing, and, of course…reading is a must do since I refuse to weed while it is snowing. So, I finished up “Between” by Cambria Hebert, and I loved it. Take a look at what is soon coming your way…

Between by Cambria Hebert

Between (Heven and Hell #1.5)

Between is a Heven and Hell novella available in Ebook only. It details the life of Logan, Sam’s little brother, and what life was like after Sam left the place he grew up.

Release Date: April 20, 2012

Publisher: Otherworld Publications

Format: Ebook Only

Synopsis…

I grew up in a comfortable house with two parents and a white-picket fence. My brother, Sam, and I used to play with sticks in the backyard and pretend they were swords. There were always cookies on the table and milk in the fridge. Then, one day, things changed.

Sam changed.

Life was never the same again. Sam left. My parents abandoned him when he needed them most, and I was left to survive in a house that was merely a shell of what it used to be. Mom cried all the time and Dad expected me to fill the void my brother left behind. But mostly, all we did was pretend. We pretended that things weren’t messed up. We pretended that Sam never existed.

Until I changed, too.

Now, everything’s a mess and I’m so confused. It’s like there are two different people trapped inside one body—my body—and one of them wants out. I do things. Bad things and I don’t know how to stop. I’m not sure I want to. The only way I can be normal again is if I find Sam. He’ll know what to do.

He has too.

Here’s my review…

 “Between,” the new teaser to “Charade” by Cambria Hebert, allows Logan, (Sam’s younger brother) to add his frightful experiences to the “Heven and Hell Series,” which also includes “Before” and “Masquerade.” This novella transports readers to Logan’s hellish world where supernatural events lead to murder, and a beautiful—but deadly creature, pits Logan against Sam’s beloved Heven. A peek into Logan’s past makes it possible to understand why he sees the world as he does and why Sam’s sad departure from his family changed them all. A sense of doom found in Logan’s dark dreams, that are all too real, tell the tale of a boy who cannot stay home, but has nowhere to go…except to find Sam.

Although some questions are answered in this novella, more arise as I wonder how Logan will react to the lovely Heven, and will Sam be able to tell that Logan’s been poisoned by jealousy? Will Logan be smart enough to see Sam will not exist without Heven, or will Logan merely compete for Sam’s affection not realizing enough love dwells within Sam for them all? I’m hoping Heven is ready for a fight, because it will not only be Logan who is gearing up to destroy her.

Yes! “Between” is an exciting, fast-paced teaser that certainly fuels my curiosity about all of the characters involved in Hebert’s “Heven and Hell Series.” In “Before” and “Masquerade,” Sam was the character who most intrigued me, but Logan is a determined character to watch as well. I’m looking forward to reading “Charade,” and now that I’m acquainted with this series, I expect lots of excitement from dangerous situations, plus Sam and Heven’s romance will (hopefully!) explode in a realm of fantasy that manages to stay hidden in the world as we know it. 5/5 Stars

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If it must snow in April, so be it. My TBR list and hot tea are awaiting me! Off I go to choose another literary treasure. 🙂

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Isadora Daystar GIVEAWAY!

I’m so glad you’re visiting the Noracast today, because P.I. Barrington is offering up her dark, science fiction adventure “Isadora Daystar.” If you can handle a wild ride into the future where Isadora, a female assassin, comes head to head with her troubled past…and creepy aliens, plus close calls with death few would survive, then enter this GIVEAWAY! This is an action packed, often harrowing tale that pulls you in to Isadora’s world without mercy and will not release you until her secrets are revealed. Giveaway runs April 9th-16th, so leave a comment and contact info to enter!

When drug addled assassin Isadora DayStar finally snags a major interplanetary killing job, she thinks it will both support her habit and revise her status as the laughingstock of her profession. Instead, she embarks on a journey that brings her face to face with her tortured past.

Now, here’s my review!

Isadora Daystar by P. I. Barrington

Surprises abound in P.I. Barrington’s “Isadora Daystar”—a science fiction adventure that allows a truly flawed heroine to shine as bright as a star even though she succumbs to prostitution, thievery, drug addiction, massive amounts of guilt, and the job related tribulations that come from being an unlucky assassin get her into plenty of danger too. Isadora is far from being an angel, she’s a handful to be sure, with a past no one would want to claim, yet deep…very deep inside there lies a woman aching for a second chance at everything.

Barrington transports the reader into a future where aliens and humans co-exist and interplanetary travel is the norm. Religion was outlawed in 2080, so imagine Isadora’s shock when she saves Iphedea…a young girl on a doomed spaceship and ends up in a monastery with supposedly religious fanatics who’ve managed to evade the Directorate of Worlds authority. For me, this is the point in “Isadora Daystar” where the story really takes off, and I thoroughly enjoyed the relationship between Isadora and Iphedea. These two are strong-minded, stubborn women who exist in this futuristic world that seems unfriendly and harsh, especially to Isadora who survives by practically selling her soul. It is amazing she survives at all.

Isadora is a character who reveals herself more and more as the story continues, and I cheered her on hoping so much good things would come to her. Barrington makes sure this soldier/assassin suffers through hard times with her drug addiction to Ingentin and past decisions, yet I believe it all sets the stage for Isadora to find her heart once again. “Isadora Daystar” embraces the power of forgiveness and highlights what some people will do to save another. I definitely want to know where Isadora’s next adventure takes her. It’s a great read! 4/5

P.I. Barrington Bio: 

After a long detour through the entertainment industry, P.I. Barrington has returned to her roots as a fiction author. Among her careers she counts journalism and radio air talent. She lives in Southern California where she watches the (semi-wild) horses grazing in the hills behind her house.

Her work includes:

Future Imperfect Trilogy (Crucifying Angel, Miraculous Deception, Final Deceit)

Isadora DayStar

Independence Day (Zippered Flesh: Tales of Body Enhancements Gone Bad anthology)

She can be contacted via email: pibarrington@dslextreme.com and loves to hear from readers. Her websites:

http://thewordmistresses.com

http://www.pibarrington.wordpress.com

http://thewriterlimitsauthors.blogspot.com/

http://curiosityquills.com/

Simply leave a comment and make sure to note your contact info to enter this giveaway. Please invite all of your dark, science fiction lover friends to come and enter as well.

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Just Nonsense by Melynda Fleury

Jenn, from The Blog Starts Here, is spreading the word about a wonderful book called “Just Nonsense” by Melynda Fleury. Melynda sounds like an amazing woman, who embraces all life has to offer, despite medical issues with diabetes, which has stolen away most of her eyesight.

To be sure, Melynda has overcome a lot, like financial stress and surgeries that were very costly, plus she lost her home. Did this stop Melynda? No. Her best friend Elisa took the liberty of taking some of her best blog posts and put them in a book, because Melynda always dreamed about having a book published.

The e book is 2.99 and paperback 8.99. I’m reading “Just Nonsense” now…and it is hilarious!

Below is Elisa’s post, that I received from Jenn. Take a moment and read about this determined woman. Then please visit the links to Melynda’s book!

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Melynda from Crazy World lost her eyesight.  We’re very good friends and her loss broke my heart. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, please go here:

This may be goodbye for now

She’s gone legally blind in BOTH eyes, had surgery after surgery, gotten depressed, the list goes on.  To top things off, a few weeks ago, Melynda lost her house. Then, Meaghan (her daughter) almost died from a cyst that attached itself to an artery and leaked! Now this. Melynda is obviously sad about losing her driver’s license and independence. She WILL conquer this and diabetes, though; she’s a survivor.

Her strength and resolve astound me. I’ll never forget when someone tried breaking into my house. Melynda stayed up all night guarding my house from across the street.  She couldn’t see, but still said she’d ‘watch’ AND listen. I laughed thinking she was joking, but come to find out, she was serious. That woman stayed in her driveway ready to fight Lucifer if she had to.

I asked her about it later. “Why did you stay up? I know you couldn’t see.”

“So what if I couldn’t see them! THEY could see me. I can’t imagine someone trying to break in, when someone else seems to be sitting there watching.”

That’s just Mel, classy and brilliant all the time.  Any time I was sick, she’d make me food. I swear I’d sneeze and she’d make me a lasagna. Sneezing led to a good time! The point is, she’s really been there for me–and she’s epic–but right now it’s my turn to be there for her!

Months ago I begged her to find her favorite blog posts she wrote last year. We put a book together, planned on editing it. I created a cover and formatted it. Here’s what we came up with:

It was getting closer, but her eyesight went downhill fast after that and she never got to really “SEE” her book.  Instead of her book getting published, Melynda forgot about it and thought another dream just shattered. . . .

   So, why am I here, telling you this sad story?  Because it has a happy ending!

Melynda’s first book has been released!!!  And just between the internet and me . . . I think she’s pretty thrilled with the surprise.  Joshua (fromVive le Nerd), Fishducky (the goddess of awesomeness) and I edited Melynda’s book. We’ve surprised her with it, but the excitement doesn’t stop there. You can buy her work onAmazon, for kindle, and on Smashwords!

Thanks to all of your support and generosity, Melynda’s book, “Just Nonsense” made it to the 5th best selling book for family humor on Amazon last weekend! She made some money to buy supplies she needs.  But more than that, her book is spreading like wild fire–so many people love it.

Isn’t it amazing how helping someone can bring so much joy, so much peace?!  We started this hoping to cheer her up and now she’s a best seller. The battle isn’t over and she’s still trying to learn how to live life without her sight, but she’s getting there and I’m so proud to call her my friend.  Please check out “Just Nonsense.”  She can still use all the support she can get.  I hope you’ll love her book as much as I do.

If you’d like to add this to your to-read list, please go here: Goodreads/Just Nonsense

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Accidental Hero/GIVEAWAY!

Danger—pain and suffering, mixed with excitement and enough adrenaline to kill an elephant is calling upon your sense of adventure. Let’s say, Jessie desperately needs your help, and if you fail to answer the calling…death will come her way. Are you ready to embrace this challenge and rush to sacrifice your life for another? Well, my all-time favorite heroes are the ones who’d do just that.

Ah, but things are never so simple. I love accidental heroes. These so-called ordinary men and women exist in their worlds doing what they are supposed to do, until a threat is unleashed that prompts a reaction from these people. Some folks reject the notion they could ever affect the outcome of a situation, others eagerly accept the new, completely risky endeavor dropped upon them.

Take a look at Jake Cottrell, the protagonist (and an accidental hero) in my latest release, The Twelfth Paladin. He’s a prime example of a person living a selfish existence, one who seeks out mischief and absolutely lives for adrenalines rushes, or as he calls them…smackdowns. Yes, Jake is a reckless character with a shady past and a family you would not desire, but he does have something special. Jake has courage and honor, yet they’ve been long ignored. After a death-defying Motocross accident, Jake is physically and mentally tested to see if he can rise above the wickedness around him and become the twelfth paladin in Micah’s (an angel) unit of supernatural warriors. He doesn’t seek out glory. No matter, it finds him anyway.

Another accidental hero I really like is Sam Deed (Vincent D’Onofrio) from the movie Happy Accidents (2000), which also stars Marisa Tomei. Sam is brave, determined, and a guy who never planned on having to endure such an adventure to find love. Although Happy Accidents is a science fiction movie, it’s actually more about the power each of us possess to change things.

From Moviefone: Is Ruby Weaver’s Mr. Right really an emissary from the year 2,470, or is he just a complete loon ball? This question is at the heart of Brad Anderson’s whimsical romantic comedy. The story opens with Ruby (Marisa Tomei) lamenting over her boyfriend Sam (Vincent D’Onofrio) to her shrink (Holland Taylor). In a series of flashbacks, the film quickly sketches Ruby as a neurotic with an unhappy track record concerning men and Sam as an oddball who is afraid of small dogs and has a barcode tattooed to his arm. But he’s nuts over Ruby, and at least initially, that is enough for her. Slowly, Sam begins to reveal his “past.” He tells her that he is from the Dubuque of the future and that he hails from a rare “anachronistic” family who believe that reproduction should occur the old-fashioned, fun way as opposed to the more popular cloning method. At first, Ruby is amused, until she realizes that he’s not kidding. After a series of arguments, he agrees to visit Ruby’s analyst, which yields unexpected results. This film premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.

Great news—GIVEAWAY! Ends March 27, 2012

Win a copy (e-book, print, or Kindle) of The Twelfth Paladin AND the movie Happy Accidents. Simply answer this question: Are you the type of person who’d become an accidental hero? Since I spend way too much time in the laundry room and grocery shopping…I’d definitely go for it. A little adventure can entice me anytime!

Still not sure if this giveaway is for you? Here’s the latest review of The Twelfth Paladin from Michelle. Her blog is A Lil of Dis A Lil of Dat Chelle Style.

“In all of my years of reading, I can’t say I’ve ever read a book about Angels and Demons. I tend to stick more towards suspense and horror books. Therefore, I was very excited to review The Twelfth Paladin and give myself the opportunity to break out of my reading comfort zone.

We start with the main character, Jake Cottrell, who is a rebel of sorts, if you will. Abandoned by his mom at a young age, living with an angry alcoholic father, it’s no wonder Jake takes to drinking, wild women, and motorcycle racing. However, during one of his races, he becomes injured and things will never be quite the way they were before his accident.

Have you ever had the sensation that things weren’t right? That there was an unseen force working behind the curtains, responsible for strange things or events? Jake deals with these very things as he is reconnecting with a “friend”, Davis Travers, now a successful heart surgeon. Davis, by any standards isn’t a very likable person. It’s a mystery to Jake how Davis managed to become engaged to the beautiful and mysterious Angie Helms as well as the tremendous success Davis obviously enjoys.

In the meantime, as Jake is skirting dangerously along the depths of evil, Micah, an angel, who is not on God’s good side, is sent to help Jake from losing his soul to the darkness. Micah is a likable character who has lost his faith in mankind after thousands of years. He’s witnessed the decline of human kindness and goodness towards each other. He is less than thrilled to be helping Jake and does little to conceal this fact.

I found myself mentally willing Jake to stop his actions as he stepped further and further into the darkness ruled by evil. At the same time, I found myself as curious as Jake as he begins to realize Davis isn’t playing an imaginary game. I became caught up in the action as Jake finds himself being pulled in by temptations which would appear to be too delightful to resist.

Nora Weston captures her characters with a vivid imagination. As you read, you can visualize the scene exactly how she describes it. You will find yourself rooting for the good guys, holding your breath, your heart beating just bit quicker during some of the more intense scenes, and completely caught up in this book!

I can say after reading The Twelfth Paladin, Nora has a new fan. I will definitely be paying attention to when Nora has a new book in the works. Don’t just take my word. Visit Nora and let me know what you think!”

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I appreciate the review Michelle! Okay, ready for a supernatural adventure with Jake Cottrell and a science fiction mission with Sam Deed? Enter the GIVEAWAY!

Thanks for visiting the Noracast.

 

 

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Color Them Gray

“It’s an art to live with pain… mix the light into gray.” Eddie Vedder

Edmond Dantès from Alexandre Dumas,’ The Count of Monte Cristo is a successful merchant sailor living in Marseille, France (in 1815) who is wrongly accused of being a Bonapartist traitor. Edmond is imprisoned for fourteen years in the Château d’If. Pain and suffering ruin his colorful outlook on life…he transforms into a protagonist determined to seek revenge upon the men who imprisoned him, and he does this, so beautifully. Once Edmond becomes the Count of Monte Cristo, anything and everything he has is used to manipulate the wickedness in his life for the sake of vengeance.

Edmond feels justified; his motives for becoming a “gray” character…one whose thoughts and actions are not entirely right or wrong, whose morals have blurred into the gray area, adds danger and excitement to Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo.

I love characters smothered in gray—who are torn between right and wrong, who ache to do what’s right, but have lost their way. In my science fiction adventure, Guardian 2632, Zane Grayson fights with his conscience about betraying the time monitoring facility he’s in charge of, called Guardian TMF, because a pastian from 1998 needs his help, or she will perish. He is forbidden to assist pastians without clearance from the Elite Guardians, yet Zane is drawn to this pastian, named Julia Emerson, like never before. His desire for Julia becomes incessant, secrets are revealed. Zane’s sense of belonging in 2632 is stolen by Julia, so he dives into the gray area where chaos rules. A murky, dark shade of gray envelopes Zane, while he plans the most important mission of his life, however, if caught…merciless Time Mercs will execute him. Yeah, Time Mercs are big, bad, and ugly.

Adding gray is good for character building! Why? Do you know anyone who is perfect? I do not, and that’s okay because the imperfections found in us all make us unique. Spicing up your characters with moral dilemmas where they will either rise to the occasion and do the right thing, or fall into an abyss of misery are ways to push a story forward. Perfect characters would always decide to do the safe and logical thing, which doesn’t make for much of a story. Oh, but when a character, like Edmond Dantès goes to the pits and back to finally see the light…ah, now there’s sweet satisfaction found in that!

Going Gray

Think about your characters. Are their personalities, desires, and goals so lovely…and absolutely dreamy that they come across as unbelievable people?

For example, Zane Grayson (protagonist in Guardian 263) is a mastermind in charge of fixing paradoxes throughout time. I even used his last name as a hint to show he’s a character splattered with gray traits. It would’ve been easy to make him a super techie with a personality similar to a robot. His looks, temperament, dialogue, and habits could’ve been the typical, calm genius who wears glasses, always has a white lab coat on, has no desire for anything other than knowledge, and his only hobby would have to be building computers. B-o-r-i-n-g!

Zane left that nonsense behind. Going gray meant this character had to…

  • Be at odds with his conscience-Zane is a good man, but flaws exist. He time surfs (looks for paradoxes throughout time in unauthorized time zones), refuses to follow Guardian TMF’s dress code for executives, is an adrenaline junkie…needs danger and risk too often, he’s stubborn to the point some would say he’s insane, has quite a temper, and Zane is willing to risk everything he has in 2632 to help a pastian (Julia Emerson) in 1998. His ancestry is a mix of Japanese and European, and he is quite sarcastic. Going gray made him more interesting!
  • Understand his definitions of right and wrong are not written on white paper with black ink-Zane comes to realize laws must be written to serve people…all people, and not be written as a means to justify helping only the history makers. The gray area is an uncomfortable one to be in, but it forces characters to do something…Zane decides to fight for change.
  • Finally make decisions about what he believes is right and wrong-Once Zane becomes aware of things that needed altered, his grayness fades a bit as he steps back toward the light. He chooses to set things right.

What characters come to mind who are painted with gray? Riddick, from The Chronicles of Riddick is one of my favorites! He has a whole lot of gray going on… If you’re an author, what have you done to your characters to make them a bit on the gray side?

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Beautiful by Design

The Noracast has been awarded the Liebster Blog Award! Who took the time to give the Noracast a shout out? None other than Jenn from The Blog Starts Here. If you’re up for a good time, then make sure to visit her outstanding blog!

It’s the dead of winter, a chilly February day, so to celebrate this award—I’ve indulged in scorching hot chocolate accompanied by my favorite things in the entire world…Dunkin’ Donuts!

Thank you, Jenn, for the lovely award. Now, before I devour my decadent donut, I must think of five blogs that rock this crazy world. Hum, let’s see…we know The Blog Starts Here is a rock star…

Hold up! Here are the rules: Background The Liebster Blog Award originated in Germany. Liebster means dearest or beloved, and Liebe is love. In accepting the Liebster Blog Award from Jenn, the recipient agrees to:

  •  Thank the person who gave them the award and link back to that person’s blog
  •  Copy and paste the award to their blog with these instructions
  •  Reveal the 5 blogs they have chosen to award, by posting on their blog to break the news (and/or tweet it!)

Hope those people in turn pay it forward by accepting and awarding “The Liebster Blog Award” to others they would like to honor.

Okay, the donut is dead. Time to announce who has been awarded The Liebster Blog Award!

Mysti Parker Unwritten

Cambria Hebert

C.S. Splitter

Nikki: Close Encounters With the Night Kind

Michelle: A Lil of Dis, A Lil of Dat Chelle Style

BEAUTIFUL BY DESIGN

I get it. A book cover does not make the words within any book better or worse—but, a striking book cover can attract readers. Color, or the lack of it, unique fonts, or maybe fonts that are arranged perfectly on that rectangle, and intriguing subject matter on book covers pulls me in. I love looking at book designs, especially since I’m writing the sequel to Guardian 2632. Cover ideas are constantly on my mind.

Hum…shall I use large or small fonts? Blasts of supernova spirals may be an option, or the subdued and elegant splatters of black and white could be utilized too since Guardian 2632 is science fiction. If I include the main characters in this sequel, Lindsay and Zane Grayson, I also must decide if I want them to look stylized or completely realistic. See? So many questions arise when book cover design takes place.

Have a look at these book covers. Do you think they are beautiful by design? I sure do! I need inspiration, so feel free to suggest a book cover that you feel is gorgeous. Are you planning on providing input for your next book cover? Consider the size and style of the font(s), colors used, how the background (negative space) is manipulated, subject matter of your book, if the cover looks too busy, your tagline, and if possible, get some opinions on various options before a “final” is approved.

As you can see, I like various designs, some of which have lots of color…others do not. I like bold fonts and ones which are sleek with bright color. It all depends how the designer puts everything together. Millions of book covers show themselves when this topic is researched, so be sure to enjoy all of the hard work that’s been done to get great ideas for your next cover.

Did one book cover catch your interest more than another? I’m really stuck between Black Numbers and The Language of Flowers as my favorite from this group.

I appreciate that you stopped by the Noracast. Come back soon!

No intent to violate copyrighted images. All images used to illustrate the beauty found in book covers.

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Black Numbers by Dean Frank

The Castings Trilogy by Pamela Freeman

Dust by Allison M. Dickson

The Heir of Night by Helen Lowe

hold still by Nina Lacour

The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman   

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Prince of Tanith by Terry Mancour

The Runes of the Earth by Stephen Donaldson

Walking The Tree by Karron Warren

what the night knows by Dean Koontz

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TYPE-OHs! Kill Them One by One

Books? Love them! Typos found in my books? HATE them.

Maybe hate is not the correct word. Despise, loathe…well, I can’t think of a strong enough word to describe the feeling of seeing those wicked, little syllables that are misplaced, misspelled, and/or repeated too many times. Who knew I’d feel the need to use the word sublime, eleven times in one manuscript! Once those sneaky, extra sublime(s) were found, I murdered them with glee.

Funny thing? If I run across typos in other books, they don’t bother me! That may be because I realize many books have them, and if they are not excessive, I still enjoy the story. The story matters more to me, and I know how easy it is to miss these annoying tidbits of literature. However, writers want to avoid typos like the Black Plague, so a typo check list can help. In addition, remember—a good editor is worth his/her weight in gold.

Let’s get this typo seeking rampage on! Be sure to check your novel and make sure the plot has enough conflict, memorable characters, and a good story arc. Is there a nice balance between dialogue and narrative? Look for plot holes. Is the sequencing of events correct? If so, then gear up with your favorite caffeinated drink, and make sure it is strong, because hunting for typos is a challenge.

Catch Typos

  • Slow down! One reason typos are missed is that all-important deadline. Is the world going to end if your book goes to print one day, or one week late? NO. It is definitely preferable to make the deadline, but not if the price to pay is allowing those pesky typos to live. I say—read, breathe…hunt for typos, eat chocolate and Twizzlers, plus drink lots of hot tea. Repeat; and I mean repeat those actions 100 times. Yes, it does seem like the editing process never ends!
  • After your masterpiece is finished, acquire not only a marvelous editor, but other readers who will help find typos too. Here’s a thought…have a contest to see who can find the most typos in your manuscript! Hard work deserves a reward, so make it fun for your volunteer proofreaders.
  • Words used too often are disappointing to find, but keep track of them while working on your manuscript, and kill them when you feel the need. Since it seems I have a special attachment for some words, I must do this typo check often, like every six to ten chapters. Words to look for: about, amazing, and, beautiful, because, big, enjoy, even, funny, good, great, happy, just, kind, oh, okay, small, that, very (Google commonly overused words and sift through the lists. They are quite handy!)
  • Find/Replace Tool: Distracted by your character’s plight, it’s super easy to quickly mix up homophones like, they’re, their, and there. (Also check one, won, board, bored, hair, hare, it’s its, pore, pour, sea, see, to, two, too, wood, would) Use the Find/Replace tool to locate these words and correct them. Check out this page to confuse you a bit more! HOMONYMS, HOMOPHONES, HOMOGRAPHS, and HETERONYMS
  • Commonly misspelled words are never desired, but these little monsters living within the world of words must be banished! Here is a wonderful list to get you started. Acreage, entrepreneur, fiery, gauge, guarantee, memento, rhythm, and vacuum all made this list.
  • Spacing/Bold/Italicized Words: Have you checked your print and digital books for formatting issues? For instance, are all of your chapter headings the same, and have you looked for any big gaps with spacing or letters crunched together? Also remember to check the words you want italicized.
  • Keeping your characters’ names consistent is important. If Jacob has the nickname Jake every other page, that might get confusing. The spelling of a name can cause problems too. Are you going to use Rachael or Rachel?  See! Typos are easy to unleash.

The above tips will get you started. Please feel free to leave a typo check tip for us all to use. Better yet…brighten the day with the funniest typo you’ve had to correct.

Have a typo free day, and thanks for visiting the Noracast!

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Giveaway! Masquerade by Cambria Hebert

Holiday greetings to all! Today will be a joyful day, indeed…because Cambria Hebert is visiting the Noracast. Her debut novel, “Masquerade,” has received outstanding reviews, and I’m thrilled to say, it is a fascinating read you will not forget. Take a minute and read my review here! Leave a comment to enter her GIVEAWAY for one e-book copy. Giveaway ENDS January 4th! CONGRATS, Margot! You’ve won “Masquerade!”

“Masquerade” by Cambria Hebert         

What if you sensed you were being watched….

But whenever you looked no one was ever there.

What if you knew you looked hideous….

But someone called you beautiful.

What if you surrendered your heart….

Only to have it betrayed.

Before. Everything was so much better Before. I wasn’t haunted by nightmares, my place at school was secure and my face was flawless. Now, I’m a freak and everything has changed. The worst part is that I can’t remember the night I was sentenced to the shadows. The memory has been stolen from me and I just can’t shake the feeling that someone, something is out there -watching.

Just when I think I have my life handled, Sam, with his intimidating golden stare and shiver inducing voice, makes me realize that I don’t know anything. He makes me see that my scars don’t matter. That they never mattered. I can’t help but fall for him, completely unknowing that he knows exactly how I got this way. Not knowing he was involved.

Heven has no idea how closely death stalks her. She has no idea what I have done to keep her alive. I fear the day she learns my secrets, finds out what I really am. But even then I cannot stop, I vow to make things right. Finally her hunter will be hunted, Heaven and Hell, faith and sin will battle, and we will be victorious. But first, Heven must learn to be what she never imagined.  I know her strength is there – I feel it. If we are to overcome all odds, she must push past her flaws – her frailties – to become much more.

Nora: So, Cambria, Heven gets super tired of her mother cooking chicken for dinner. (So funny!) I know you have a great fear of chickens, but do you cook them for your family? You’re not afraid of the packaged ones, right? LOL

Cambria: LOL!! I do cook them for my family. They don’t scare me without their feathers!! LOL. I will say that the whole chickens? (Turkeys too) I hate to touch those, and putting my hand in them to get out that bag of – er – parts is NOT happening. My husband opens it up, puts it in the pan and I literally throw an onion and lemon and stuff inside it. EW!

Nora:  Sam and Heven enjoy Bubble Tea, and the video on your website that shows you making it is AWESOME! Check that out HERE.  Did you like Bubble Tea enough to make it again? If so, what flavor will be your favorite? Also…what is the most unusual food or drink you’ve ever tried?

Cambria: Sure, I will make Bubble Tea again! I would love to try a flavored one. I haven’t had a chance to try that yet. I can’t say for sure which flavor I would like the best but I usually like caramel and chocolate stuff the best! Most unusual food or drink? I have to admit I am not very adventurous. I get grossed out easily. LOL. The grossest thing I have eaten is escargot I guess. Which is snails. Nasty, nasty little things. I didn’t even swallow it. Yuck.

Nora: I loved the suspense and truly terrifying moments in Masquerade. I wondered how it would all play out, and I must say, I was totally shocked by Sam’s identity. What is something (other than those chickens!) that has chilled you to your bones? Would it be snakes, spiders….the dark?

Cambria: Hmmm. There are lots if things I don’t like – like crickets- but chill me to the bone? Not much really – stuff that has that strong effect on me is more reality based – like someone breaking into my house, being kidnapped, etc….. Also, I think an experience with a ghost would be very chilling but I haven’t experienced one of those (yet).

Nora: Another aspect of Masquerade is the constant presence of Hope. I loved this aspect of your book. Are you generally an optimistic person? If so, what is something you hoped for and it finally came true?

Cambria: I like to think I am optimistic. Lol. I try to be. I am a stress monster though. I worry about stuff a lot. All kinds of stuff – even stuff I can’t control. Lol. But I always try to quell my worry with positive thinking. I try and tell myself that there is always hope – a constant presence of it. One thing I hoped for was this book in print. I hoped and dreamed of seeing this book published for soo long and it finally came true. It’s been fantastic.

Nora: Are you most like Sam, Heven, Cole, or Kimber? Why?

Cambria: I think I am most like Heven. I relate to her most, I think. I have never been scarred or disfigured on my face but there have been times in my life when I didn’t like what I saw in the mirror. There were times as a young kid that I got made fun of at school and wanted to blend in and be left alone. I also like to think that I bounced back from those things and found my inner strength. There’s also a side of me that liked to have fun like Heven. 😉 And if I am being honest I have some Kimber in me too…. I love clothes. LOL.

 Quickies!

 Favorite book? This year its Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Two movies you could watch over and over: Transformers and How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days (frickin hilarious!)

Favorite food & drink? Coffee and cereal

Camping/hiking, an exotic beach location, a cruise, or stay at home and relax vacation? An exotic Beach location! Camping and hiking? – uh, unless it comes with a 5 star hotel and a shower – forget it!

Cats or dogs? Both.

Favorite holiday? Halloween and Christmas

Thank you for visiting the Noracast, Cambria! I thoroughly enjoyed “Masquerade,” so I can hardly wait to see where you’ll take Sam and Heven next.

Thank you so much for having me! I had so much fun with your interview and your review was so wonderful and such an honor to receive. 😉

 GIVEAWAY: One Ebook copy of Masquerade (from smashwords) Please leave a comment to enter and your contact info!

About Cambria 

Author. Blogger. Latte Sipper.

Cambria Hebert is an author who wrote her first book at the age of fifteen. It was terrible. But the passion for writing never went away so years later when she opened her laptop and started typing she worked until she wrote a book – Masquerade – that she hopes everyone will be as excited about as she is.

Cambria is obsessed with werewolves and is terrified of chickens (they are creepy!) She is an animal lover that would choose coffee over food and her favorite TV show is the Vampire Diaries (Hell-O Damon!)

When she isn’t writing you can find her stalking the young adult aisles at Barnes and Noble.

Website: Cambria Hebert

Goodreads: Cambria Hebert

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 Thanks to all who came to visit Cambria and enter her giveaway! 

  

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SHINING STARS GIVEAWAY

The Noracast just wrapped up a horror giveaway with The Twelfth Paladin, so on to a science fiction and fantasy giveaway that sparkles with starlight. STAR TREK is well…you know, one of the shows I watched as a child that helped to warp my mind, so it had to be featured! Keep in mind, this movie is light years ahead of what I viewed, so do enjoy! STARDUST is a fantasy-filled, fun movie for the family.

Star Trek and Stardust have action/adventure, magical settings, and magnificent heroes who will stop at nothing to succeed. Both movies take you away into another place and time…like the scenario that plays out in my science fiction adventure, Guardian 2632. If you’re in the mood for some high-tech gadgets, time travel, Time Mercs, and Zane Grayson…a man on a mission to save the life of his beloved, Julia Emerson, then enter the giveaway!

SHINING STARS GIVEAWAY/US/International/December 2-December 15)

The winner receives…both movies and a copy of Guardian 2632!

Print, e-book, or Kindle versions available. To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment and your contact info. Happy Holidays!

 GUARDIAN 2632 

Dr. Zane Grayson, the most accomplished executive director Guardian TMF has ever seen, is breaking the law…his law against time surfing. Zane has the supreme power, in 2632, to decide which paradoxes in time need altered, or deleted, but he’s frustrated. Something, or someone, is missing from his life.

Time surfing in illegal time zones is the rush Zane can’t live without. As addictive as the Martian dust called kilred, time surfing becomes Zane’s obsession. And knowing full well if caught by the Elite Guardians, he’ll suffer an unwelcome death by Time Mercs, Zane still dives deep into trouble. Soon, he discovers a mission in 2035 left him trapped in a timehole. This timehole places him in Pittsburgh, PA in 1998, instead of home. In Pittsburgh, Zane strolls into a coffee shop to see the bewitching Julia Emerson. From that point on, his life spirals out of control as he fights to protect what he loves most.

STARDUST

Escape into the enchanted world of chivalry and romance in Stardust, an epic tale starring Claire Danes with Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro. In hopes of wooing a beautiful girl (Sienna Miller), Tristan (Charlie Cox) promises to bring her a falling star. But he’s in for the adventure of his life when he discovers the star is actually a celestial beauty named Yvaine (Danes). When an old witch Lamia (Pfeiffer) attempts to steal Yvaine’s youth, Tristan must protect her at all costs, in this magical family adventure that will make you fall in love over and over again. (Amazon Product Description)

 

STAR TREK 

The greatest adventure of all time begins with Star Trek, the incredible story of a young crew’s maiden voyage onboard the most advanced starship ever created: the U.S.S. Enterprise. On a journey filled with action, comedy and cosmic peril, the new recruits must find a way to stop an evil being whose mission of vengeance threatens all of mankind. The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals. One, James Kirk (Chris Pine), is a delinquent, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy. The other, Spock (Zachary Quinto), was raised in a logic-based society that rejects all emotion. As fiery instinct clashes with calm reason, their unlikely but powerful partnership is the only thing capable of leading their crew through unimaginable danger, boldly going where no one has gone before. (Amazon Product Description)

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Twice is Nice in November

November. This is the month I must fight like the chickens, um…dickens, (although chickens can really fight) to keep a good sense of humor while trying to locate any sanity still left in my numb brain as I prepare for the holidays. Even though I simply cannot get warm enough November through March, I must still acknowledge the holiday season should always be filled with goodhearted activities that bring friends and families closer. Being thankful is easier to remember to do in November because of the Thanksgiving holiday, which brings to mind our freedom, and loved ones, yet the simple things in life…like hanging out with your kids or helping a neighbor are also highly valued. Below, you’ll see what I’m thankful for today, but I really could write a book about the blessings I’ve received throughout my life.

Family and Friends: I have six kids, a hubby who is one of the funniest people I’ve ever known, and two unbelievably mischievous dogs (Mushu and Tashi) who keep my life running at a marathon pace. My parents, siblings, and friends are kind plus entertaining, and thank heavens…tolerable of chaos, which comes with a clan like mine!

Electricity: Oh, I know, this may seem like a crazy one since electricity is nothing new, but without electricity, I’d have migrated to the south, because my electric blanket would be useless. Sad to say, my bedroom (in every house we’ve lived in) seems haunted, or…as I’ve said before, I’m actually a vampire! My bedroom is always the coldest room in the house no matter what the thermostat says.

Hot Tea: I will never disclose how much hot tea I drink in a day, but it is a lot. I’m not saying I’d kill for a good cup of tea, but…well, maybe I would. It does not matter to me if it is spring, summer, autumn, or winter—I must have it, and I’m so thankful there is something as simple as hot tea to help kill a bit of the cold.

Books! Well, of course, I’m thankful for books. “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas is my favorite. It has adventure, lust, murder…revenge, just everything that makes a great book. I almost always read paranormal romance, science fiction, horror, or fantasy, although history books are something I can get lost in quite easily too.

Now, on to the fun! The Twice is Nice in November contest (November 8-30) has begun. Leave a comment about something you are thankful for. It can be serious or humorous because I’m sure all comments will bring a smile to someone’s face. The winner of this contest (US/Canada) will win a print copy of “The Twelfth Paladin,” PLUS that same winner will also WIN a print copy for a friend because it’s time to get ready for the holiday season.

If you’re an International visitor, feel free to enter! The International winner will receive the e-book, as will that winner’s friend. I’d love to have both a US/Canada winner and an International winner. Questions? noraweston.nw@gmail.com

If you enjoy books about good versus evil, angels and demons, and all things supernatural…please enter!

The Twelfth Paladin 

Good against evil battles as angels, demons, and a temptress extraordinaire, named Rachel Darnell, vie for the soul of Jake Cottrell. Jake foolishly dares Hell to burn him. Hell agrees.

Scarred with angelfire by a rebellious angel, named Micah, Jake Cottrell is sanctioned to become the twelfth paladin in Micah’s supernatural unit of slayers. However, regret abounds as Micah is banished and ordered to protect what he now despises…a human he believes is unworthy of such an honor. Never fear, Jake is a seeker of mischief who soars on a blistering blacktop to escape the wrath of Hell while he transforms into the twelfth paladin.

Check out the book trailer! The Twelfth Paladin

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