Cover Reveal: IN EVERY WAY by Amy Sparling

This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours for whom I am a Tour Host.


In Every Way

By Amy Sparling

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age category: Young Adult

Release Date: 13 September, 2016



It’s the start of summer and Josh Graham will be working at his parent’s surf shop. When his best friend Colby goes on vacation, Josh is stuck working with Bryce—and all of Bryce’s terrible ideas for summer. They make a list of what the “perfect girlfriend” would be like, and now they plan to find her. It shouldn’t be too hard, since Josh is one of the hottest, most popular guys in school. Right?


Bess Navarre would rather read a book than go outside. She’s chubby, dorky, and a self-proclaimed loser. But when her grandmother volunteers her to work at a jewelry kiosk on the beach, Bess has to comply, no matter how humiliating it is. Bikinis and Bess do not go together, and now she feels even dorkier than ever.


When Bess and Josh’s paths collide, sparks fly. But it won’t be that easy. Bryce wants Josh to date a supermodel. And although Bess might just fit all of the things on Josh’s list, she won’t give herself a chance to figure it out.


You can find In Every Way on Goodreads:

About the Author:

Amy Sparling is the author of The Summer Unplugged Series, Deadbeat & other awesome books for younger teens. She lives in Texas and has an addiction to sparkly nail polish, taking photos of her cute dog, and swooning over book boyfriends.

You can find and contact Amy here: – Website:  – Facebook:  – Twitter:  – Instagram:  – Goodreads:


There is a cover reveal wide giveaway for the cover reveal of In Every Way. These are the prizes you can win:

– a signed paperback of In Every Way by Amy Sparling (US only)

– a 10$ amazon gift card (International)

For a chance to win, click on this link-

Thank you!



Elves & Aliens & Mythology

“Bianca, what’s…wait, a male elf?” Ophelia, my sister, piped in at my elbow. “I thought they went extinct with Grandpa!” In fact, she’d concluded the day before that she and me and Grandma were the last elves on earth. “Well, he’s not a Vulcan.” -Ophelia, the Sci-Fi geek twin of the Heroine of An American Elf.


Sandro Boticelli’s ‘The Birth of Venus.’

Aliens are the techn0geek offspring of Elves.  Okay, that’s an exaggeration.  Or a metaphor.  What I mean to say is Science Fiction was born out of Fantasy which was born out of mythology which represents the greatest stories of humanity.

This new blogging topic is called Elves, Martians, and Brass Goggles because I’m also including Alternate History which I would put Steampunk under, for which brass goggles are famous.  Also included under Alternate History is Time Travel.


Time Travel combines Science Fiction OR Fantasy with my other favorite genre, Historicals.  Did I mention I love a buffet?

Happy Tuesday, Buds.

The Mother of Science Fiction

I’ve heard Mary Shelley called that.


She wrote Frankenstein back when women often used male pseudonyms to disguise their gender.  The irony of it is for most of the 20th century, Science Fiction was regarded as almost entirely male oriented.  You can learn a lot about storytelling by reading about the lives of great storytellers.  Here’s a good place to start-

I’ve never actually been a fan of Mary Shelley’s or Frankenstein, but there is still much to be learned from her life and the story.  So, I read about it anyway.


Frankenstein was first adapted for film in 1910.

Did you know she wrote that novel during what is ‘the year without a summer?’  Seems that summer was awful gloomy and she was stuck indoors a lot.  Go figure.  Some say it was all set off by a super-volcano going off on the other side of the world.


ALMOST AMISH by Nancy Sleeth

A showcase, not a review.


You do realize, of course, that authors are rarely anything like their characters and their stories are nothing like their real lives, right?  Oh, sure, we stick little bits and pieces of ourselves into them, but our stories have lives of their own.

For example, my present work-in-progress is set in Montana and I lived in Montana, but that is where our similarities end.   The heroine, Angel, owns her ranch and raises Jersey milk cows.  I raise chickens named Elsa and Anna and such in my backyard.


St. Mary’s Lake, Glacier National Park

I’ve read Almost Amish many times.  It speaks to me because of the ideals it lives, not necessarily a particular religion.  Family, friends, hospitality, generosity, these are the things important to a Vintage Heart.  The author took a look at the Amish way of life and gleaned wisdom from it, which she incorporated into her daily life.  She is not Amish at all.  But, you see, pearls of wisdom can be found anywhere.  I can’t say I live exactly like the lifestyle in this book, but I do try.

We are all a work-in-progress, you know.  Some of us just go about it more deliberately.

Have a lovely Sunday.

Twitter Treats

Just wait ’til you see the nummies I have for you this morning!  I’ll start with the prettiest one.




Oh, a cowgirl!


And a cowboy with babies at Christmas, ’cause you do realize I can’t help myself, right?


Speaking of Christmas, it may come as no surprise that I set up the tree before Halloween one year.










Makin’ out in the car in the snow.  I like snow.


You know how I feel about Time Travel.


More Historicals that are not Christmas, ’cause you know I love those kind too.



Wow!  The cover art fairies blessed a lot of lucky authors this week.

Imagination to Polished Manuscript, Part Four

This is what is commonly called the Revision Stage.  I call it the Slow Crawl.  Not quite as tedious as Editing, there are fun spots in it.  Nevertheless, not as much fun as initial story creation.  Each storyteller has their own strengths and weaknesses and so mileage may vary.  I am still learning, so I make no claims at knowing it all.


A great place to start your journey at developing your own way of polishing up manuscripts for publication is Fantasy author Holly Lisle’s website.  She has an article on how to Revise in One Pass.  I’ve been gleaning wisdom from it for years!  And still, I’m thinking it will take four passes through my present novella before its Revision is complete.  So, you know, Holly’s waaaay ahead of me!  Here’s the link-

One thing you may notice in Holly’s article is that she must cut words.  A lot of writers need to do that.  I am not one of them.  I am a writer who finishes the First Draft waaaay under my word count goal.  In fact, I increase my wordcount by at least a third in the Revision Stage.  This is because my 2nd Biggest Weakness (the first is structure which I fix in the first stage) is writing Descriptions.  So, basically, the first draft is a skeleton of the final draft.

I start this stage by writing a list in big letters of what I need to pay attention to and why and then I put it right in front of me while I’m working.  Yeah, I know these things in my head, but I am so Visual I need a list to look at while I’m working.  I can go through a whole novel and completely forget to name a major secondary character because of this.  I can see her in my visual imagination, so I just don’t think about the word.  I think in pictures.  I list the plot threads that need to be supported and concluded throughout the story.  Little things like, ‘Angel needs to fix her Uncle Fred’s truck by the end of this chapter.’  Did I name the dog?

It’s ridiculous, but I imagine we all feel ridiculous about our weaknesses.  That’s what this stage is about.  Fixing the mistakes and filling in the holes left by my weaknesses as a writer.  For me, it’s not more humiliating than battling dangling modifiers in the final stage, Editing, however.

Hey, it’s Friday!