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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Pistachio the Tyrant (Tales of Pistachio) by Elvis Deane

Pistachio the Tyrant

Things aren’t going well for Prince Pistachio. Just as his grandpapa dies and revolution sweeps the kingdom, the bratty young lad is betrayed by his most loyal servant and sent into exile.

Lost in the woods with only an adventurous rabbit to accompany him, Pistachio’s courage is tested time and again. While his only goal is to find a way home,along the way he might discover a thing or two about himself.

Pistachio the Tyrant is written by Elvis Deane, with cover art and illustrations by Samantha Turnbull.

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Genre - Children’s Fantasy

Rating – PG

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Orangeberry Free Alert - Transcender: First Time by Vicky Savage


Transcender: First Time - Vicky Savage

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Genre - Fantasy

Rating - PG

4.6 (68 reviews)

Free until 25 July 2013

When a freak lightning storm turns terrifying, seventeen-year-old Jaden Beckett leaps for her life only to be glitched into an alternate universe. The destiny police want her out. Jaden's got other plans.
Ripped away from her quiet Connecticut life and dumped into a post-apocalyptic version of earth, Jaden lands smack in the middle of a kidnapping--her own!
Agent Ralston of the Inter-Universal Guidance Agency (IUGA) rescues her and helps her to assume a new identity. And what an amazing identity it is ...
In this world, she's Princess Jaden a member of the royal family of one of the three surviving nations. Plus, her mother's alive here--a miracle she never dreamed possible. If that weren't enough, she finds herself falling hard for Ryder Blackthorn, the half-Cherokee half-Irish outlaw who kidnapped her in the first place.
So, when IUGA finally gets its act together and is ready to send her home, Jaden's not budging. She's pretty sure Agent Ralston's been lying to her, and this whole thing isn't really a cosmic accident after all.
Can the powerful IUGA force her to leave? Or is Jaden what some in this strange land believe her to be--a Transcender with the ability to travel among alternate dimensions at will?

Orangeberry Book of the Day – Redwood Violet by Robin Mahle


KATIE MADE HER way to the back of the plane. Lightheaded, heart still racing, she stood in the galley and spotted a tray of water set out for the passengers. A nagging thirst that was brought on by the intense dream from which she had just awakened consumed her. After three cupfuls, her tongue no longer felt like cotton still clinging to its boll. However, the water could not satiate the vivid images that were still swirling in her head. A dream, more like a nightmare, had been the cause of many sleepless nights of late. The best she could recall, it had been about two months since they first started.

“Excuse me,” Katie said, returning to her seat.

“You okay?” Spencer stood up to allow her to squeeze back into the middle seat.

Flying home, or at least close to it, was not something she relished or did frequently. Her current destination was as close to home as she had gotten in the last three years. However, the upcoming nuptials of her dearest friend was the reason this time. It just happened to be that Sam lived near her childhood home.

“I’m okay; I just needed some water,” Katie replied.

The flight was packed when they had boarded in Sacramento this morning. And that was after the sold-out flight from San Diego. Traveling from southern to northern California could sometimes be as difficult as a cross-country flight. Then, there was the forty-five minute drive to the suburbs outside of town, where Sam and her fiancé called home.

“Another dream?” Spencer asked.

She only nodded and shrugged her shoulders. Her post-nightmare routine—leaping out of bed, eyes, full of terror—was becoming something of a habit with which Spencer was growing accustomed. However, its occurrence during a brief nap was something new. Her fatigue was crossing into new levels of desperation.

The plane began its descent, the left wing tilting up towards the blue sky, high above the clouds to make the turn into Eureka. The jet engine groaned and a swift drop in elevation sent a shot of adrenalin through Katie’s body. Landing wasn’t as bad as the taking off; nevertheless, her tolerance for flight had decreased significantly over the past several years.

“I’m glad your parents will be at the wedding. It’s important for you to see them,” Spencer said.

Katie only tightened her seatbelt and prepared for the landing.

Rio Dell was a small town and was even smaller when Katie and Sam were growing up. Everyone knew each other, as was often the case in rural communities. So, when Sam mentioned she had sent an invitation to Katie’s parents, she was not surprised. Slightly disappointed, but not surprised. She knew it was Sam’s plan to get the three of them in the same room. A plan she might regret.

The wheels made contact with the runway in a rough fashion, forcing the plane to bounce up and down. As it slowed down, the drag pulled the plane forward. Relieved that she had touched ground, Katie opened her eyes and released the death grip she had on the arms of her seat.

“Come on, this’ll be fun!” Spencer patted her shoulder.

His sardonic wit was a quality she only mildly appreciated and this wasn’t one of those times.

“Sure! I’m looking forward to it.” She returned an equally ironic smile as they deplaned.

They were a good match for each other.

In the baggage claim area, Katie saw Sam in the distance and headed her way. Arms open and flashing her sparkling smile, Sam seemed thrilled at the sight of her old friend. Katie’s eyes brightened in response as she was both genuinely happy to see her friend and grateful the journey was over.

“How was your flight?” Sam asked. “It’s so good to see you!”

“You too, Sam; you look beautiful. The flight was all right. You know me, not much of a flyer.”

Spencer collected the bags from the conveyor and approached the two of them. “Hi, Sam, long time no see.” He leaned in for a hug from the waist up; appropriate physical contact for his girlfriend’s female friends.

“It has been a while. I’m so glad the both of you could come,” Sam said.

“Are you kidding? You know we wouldn’t miss your wedding.” Katie glanced around. “By the way, where’s Jarrod?”

“Oh, he’s driving around the airport, waiting for us to go to the curb. He didn’t want to pay for parking.”

Katie raised her eyebrows at Spencer as they followed Sam out of the terminal.


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Genre – Mystery  / Thriller / Suspense

Rating – PG

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Debbie A. Heaton

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Debbie A. Heaton

It doesn’t matter how many conversations you have with an individual or how many questions you ask, there are always things you don’t know about someone.  Anyone who has visited my website knows that I’m a professional therapist specializing in behavior modification and currently working with families and children; I live in Southeastern Arizona; I love animals; I’m a fan of classic movies (the late-great Susan Hayward and Jessica Tandy are two of my all-time favorite actresses); I write a parenting column for the Eastern Arizona Courier; and I love children and will do anything for them.  Some things that most people don’t know about me include:

  1. My love of reading and writing began when my parents encouraged me to get out into the community and discover what they had to offer.  I discovered the public library and my love for reading was born.  To me, every row of books represented opportunities for adventure.  According to my mother, whenever she couldn’t find me all she had to do was call the local librarian and there I was.  My mother labeled me her “rebel child” in the first grade as I was unable to follow the rules and check out “only one book at a time.”  Now I serve on my local library advisory board working to help preserve this necessary institution while promoting the importance of early childhood literacy.
  2. My mother always told me, “One day I will read a book written by you.”  I’m happy to say that my mother lived to see “The Haunting of Wolfe Haven” published.
  3. I am descended from a long line of firefighters.
  4. I am terrified of basements and attics probably because as a child, my firefighter grandfather repeatedly told the tale of “Katie the Gorilla” who was reported to make her home in dark places.  I’m living proof that such stories really do keep children out of dangerous places.
  5. I love New Orleans.
  6. If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would choose to visit Ireland and Scotland.
  7. I am a die-hard fan of “Longmire” and never miss an episode.
  8. My favorite author is Heather Graham and while I have read everything she has written I truly enjoy her “Krewe of Hunters” series.
  9. I find time to write everyday regardless of my work schedule.
  10. I read Wuthering Heights as a young girl and found myself so fascinated by the characters that I’ve read it more times than I can count.  This is the book that inspired me to be a writer myself.

And there you have it—just a short list of “odds and ends” about this author.  Who am I?  I am many things including a writer.


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Genre – Romance (Gothic)

Rating – R for graphic sex and language

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