Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thanks for Great Books Blog Hop/Fall Release Event

Hello! If you're in the US, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. If you're outside the US and don't celebrate the holiday, I still hope you had a wonderful weekend.

The theme for this new WG2E Street Team blog hop is "Giving Thanks for Great Books"...hmmm...I don't have one specific book that I'm thankful for, it's more like all books in general. See, I grew up painfully shy and reading was my escape to far-off places and sometimes even other worlds. Books stimulated my imagination and I met all kinds of 'friends' that I didn't have living out in the country.

 

Some of the books on my keeper shelf back then: The Black Stallion Series, by Walter Farley; Dragon's Blood, by Jane Yolen; Where The Red Fern Grows (though you couldn't pay me to read it now knowing I'd bawl at the end), Outsiders, and as I got a bit older, I became addicted to Jack Higgins' books for awhile (I loved the intrigue).

 
Then I discovered ROMANCE and had tunnel vision for years. It's only just recently that I started to branch out again into other genres with Indie books by my online writing friends. Here are two I normally wouldn't have read but ended up LOVING. Aren't those covers gorgeous??

 


In addition to being thankful for all the wonderful books out there, I'm extra grateful for my mom's encouragement of reading, and two wonderful reading teachers while I was growing up. Mrs. Hutchins (who is no longer with us), and Mrs. Sherman. THANK YOU!

My individual prize** for the blog hop is:
(see below for entry rules)

 2 Wine Bottle Stoppers

I've had a few releases this fall, including the re-releases of 3 Romancing Wisconsin holiday stories (see books on left side of blog), the short paranormal ghost story Beneath Still Waters (Part One) in the TALES FROM THE MIST anthology, and most recently, Rising Above (Still Waters Part Two).


RISING ABOVE
(Still Waters Part Two)

Imagine you’ve lived before, but don’t remember or believe it’s even possible. Therein lies the danger. For in not believing and learning from your pasts, the power shifts to the one who would see you dead. Again.

Ryan James never gave much thought to ghosts or the idea of reincarnation—until the appearance of the beautiful Ali Whitman triggers terrifying visions that feel like real life. As he pieces together their past lives, he discovers they aren’t the only players. Worse, if he can’t convince Ali to believe before their past adversary makes the next move, he’ll lose her all over again.

EXCERPT:

   When the second chime of the doorbell went unanswered, Ryan cursed under his breath and stepped off the porch to return to his vehicle. He’d wait. Not only did he want to explain his absence from class, but he needed to know if she knew of her mother’s link to the Still Waters legend. If she didn’t, something inside him insisted it was imperative she be made aware now.

   His step faltered as the hairs on the back of his neck suddenly stood on end. He spun around to see if Ali had appeared, but saw no figure silhouetted in the window by the closed door, or in the others on that side of the house.
   The feeling of being watched persisted, and he lifted a hand to rub at the disturbing sensation while glancing over his shoulder. The only place that made sense was the main house. Backing toward her parents’ place, he did one more visual sweep of the guesthouse in the gathering dusk. Just past the corner of the brick structure, he caught a glimpse of the pond.
   Without conscious thought, he reversed direction. Her fear of the water made it highly unlikely she was there, but it didn’t stop him from moving forward with an unexplainable urgency.
   The uneven circle of water came into sight. Cat-o-nine tails bent to the will of the wind, and the pond’s surface rippled with each gust. Ice ringed the edge, but it was being eaten away by the constant movements of the disturbed water.
   His heart rate picked up speed when thoughts of last night’s discoveries whirled through his mind. Snippets of countless dreams he’d recorded over the years coalesced into a common theme he’d never before recognized until this moment.
   Water and death forever intertwined.
   Like James and Alianna.
   And Elizabeth.
   He halted. He’d quit creative writing in a sleep-deprived, paranoid panic, and then spent the rest of the day second-guessing his decision. Common sense told him the Still Waters ghost was nothing more than a well-preserved legend. Any similarities to happenings and tragedies over the past century and more were purely coincidence.
   And yet…how did one overlook the repetition in the newspaper clippings of the drownings in the Rocky Mountain National Park? Including the original legend, the death count totaled eight. James and Alianna—the ill-fated hero and heroine of the story, and two of the men who’d persecuted Alianna. In the nineteen twenties a couple teenaged kids, William and Anna, had drowned Romeo and Juliet-style, and most recently, two more deaths, three years apart. Only this time, they were connected by both location, and by way of a common friend in one Professor Elizabeth Fielding.
   Friend…or foe?
   Another gust of wind sent a blast of cold air under the hem of his jacket and snuck under his shirt. The freeze seemed to clear his mind, and he saw the full scope of his thoughts. He glared toward the water, hugging his coat tighter while he acknowledged the sheer insanity of thinking the professor was an evil witch reincarnated.
   Annoyance and determination carried him forward, onto the small, rectangle shaped dock. Right now, he’d prove to himself the whole damn f***ing thing was nothing more than his overactive, paranoid imagination.
Staring down at the dark water, he took a deep breath, and spoke.
   “Alianna.”
   Something moved beneath the surface.
   His heart thumped hard in his chest. Through the wind ripples, it was hard to tell if it was a fish, or weeds—or something else. He glanced around self-consciously, squatted down and squinted into the murky depths.
   Weeds.
   He breathed again and repeated, “Alianna.”
   The wind continued to blow.
   “Alianna.”
   Reeds rustled on either side of him. Ice cracked between the swaying stalks, but as the seconds passed, that was the extent of anything out of the ordinary. His shoulders relaxed as he smiled in self-conscious relief. See? Nothing but a myth. Thank God he’d come to his senses before talking to Ali. Too bad he hadn’t done this before dropping his class.
   All of a sudden the air stilled, as if the world had drawn a breath and held it. As the water calmed, a face rose up from the gloom below. Ryan fell back with a startled curse. In the next moment, horrified recognition registered.
   “Ali.”
   The force of his forward lunge threw off his balance. The smooth, weathered wood offered no purchase as momentum carried him over the edge. He thought he heard his name on the wind a split second before plunging into the pond.

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To continue reading...


Rising Above
(Still Waters Part Two)

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TALES FROM THE MIST
Beneath Still Waters, by Stacey Joy Netzel
(Part One)


(Note: While not absolutely essential, it is recommended to read Part One first in order to get the overall scope of the story.)



To enter for my individual prize, leave a comment and your email address below telling me a book you're thankful for.
(**Prize shipped in USA and Canada only. If winner is international other than Canada, they will receive their pick of two ebooks from my backlist.)

To enter the for the overall Blog Hop GRAND PRIZES, go to the
1 $25.00 Olive Garden gift card for dinner out with someone special
1 $10 Olive Garden gift card for drinks with someone special (or dessert? *grin*)

And don't forget to check out the other authors in the hop:


Tamara Ward @ http://www.authortamaraward.blogspot.com/

Thanks so much for hopping by and best of luck with all the prizes!

Stacey Joy Netzel

29 comments:

  1. Very nice excerpt. Thankful for Pride and prejudice.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, BN. And Pride and Prejudice is a great one! :)

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  2. I don't know that I can choose just one, I love reading and have lots of books and authors I am thankful for:) Happy Holidays! Congratulations on your new releases, I am patiently waiting for Hold on to Me:) Enjoy your day!
    allyson brann06 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thankful for lots of books is perfect! :) And fingers crossed, Hold On To Me should be out January 2013, or maybe earlier.

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  3. I read so much, I can't really pick one. If forced to, I would have to say recently I read Just Evil and the rest of the Evil trilogy from Vickie Mckeehan. I fell in love with the characters and Vickie's writing is outstanding. Thanks for the giveaway.

    sherryfundin69(at)netscape(dot)net

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    1. The title Just Evil has me totally intrigued. I'm going to have to look that one up. Thanks, Sherry!

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    2. And I just read the blurbs for all three...going on my wishlist--they sound as good as you say they are!

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  4. The Great Lenore by J.M. Tohline!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    GFC: BookAttict

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    1. You're welcome, Elizabeth! Based on your comments on a few other of the blogs, I checked out the Elantra series--it sounds really good. My list of books will continue to be never-ending.

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  5. Great post, Stacey. Love reading about others inspirations.

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    1. Thanks, Stacy! I enjoyed your post as well. :)

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  6. Great post, Stacey! I have read so much that it is hard for me to chose just one. I will say that when growing up the Nancy Drew series got me hook on mysteries. Now days I am Thankful for all of the great authors out there that provides me plenty of reading material. Thanks for the giveaway!
    beckyqward@gmail.com

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    1. I was a Hardy Boys fan. :) Thanks for coming by, Becky!

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  7. Captive in the Dark is a book I'm thankful for. Thx for the great giveaway.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

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    1. The covers for that series are quite evocative and haunting. Thanks for joining the hop!

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  8. I have just re-read THE HOBBIT. I am indeed thankful for this wonderful story.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. I tried reading The Hobbit when I was younger; would probably enjoy it more now. :)

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  9. Good Morning,
    I love to read. I read everything! I do not think I could pick just one. I am thankful for books, and truly thankful they are part of my everyday life.
    How lucky are we that we have the freedom to read, to educate ourselves.
    I enjoy you books, I like a series (its like keeping up with family)
    I am looking foward to the latest "Welcome to Redemption".
    I am starting Mistletoe Mischief this afternoon.
    Best wishes for a Happy Holiday Season.
    Barbara
    bkg0605@aol.com

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    1. I'm with you on the not being able to pick just one, Barbara! Hope you're enjoying Mistletoe Mischief, and I hope you have a great holiday season as well!

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  10. Your writing is very lyrical and descriptive. I will have to check out Lost in Italy because I'm wishing I could visit there again.

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    1. Thanks, Janice. I'll 'be there' real soon as I start Lost In Italy's sequel.

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  11. That's tough as there are just so many books I love. After some thought, I think I'm most thankful for Harry Potter. In addition to being a series I grew up with, it introduced so many people to the joy of reading. And since nothing's better than sharing my favorite books and talking about them, I'm really grateful for the series that made people into readers.

    dancingcelt at gmail dot com

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    1. Mer, this is SO true! Bringing more people to the pleasure of reading is definitely something to be thankful for!

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  12. Hi Stacey,
    So sweet of you to thank your teachers for helping you learn to love reading, too. We tend to forget their influence.

    I can see you loving the Black Stallion series. It explains a lot, your love of horses, and the Chasin Mason story. I can honestly say that your books have been ones that I automatically buy as they always give a satisfying romantic read.

    Thanks for sharing! I'm not entering the contest, just dropping by to say hi.
    Lily

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    1. Thanks so much, Lily! Yeah, the Black Stallion, and growing up with horses, has definitely influenced me. :)

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    Congratulations! I'll be in contact with you for your address. :)

    Thanks to everyone who came by and shared their favorite books to be thankful for.

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