Blog Tour – Mountain of Love and Danger by Gail Pallotta

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TITLE – Mountain of Love and Danger
SERIES – Fairwilde Fairy Tale Reflections
AUTHOR – Gail Pallotta
GENRE – Mystery and Romance
LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 32, 440
PUBLISHER – Mountain Laurel Publishing / Create Space
COVER ARTIST – Vanessa Riley


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Jack Greenthumb finds romance in Fairwilde Kingdom—a different day—a different girl. Then a cruel mystery begins. Dad’s beaten, the family farm destroyed and Jack’s true love, Gwendolyn Bante, kidnapped. Jack’s undercover operation reveals Gwenie’s a captive atop a mountain accessible only by helicopter. Reaching her is a dangerous expedition even for a champion rock climber like Jack. However, a Greenthumb Acres employee plants a miraculous seed from Heaven for the rescue. Suspense mounts as Jack scales the perilous cliff to face a brute and a treacherous descent in this retelling of the fairy tale, Jack and the Beanstalk.





Lonely darkness fell around Jack as he slipped into his harness and put on his climbing shoes. He crept in and out of the moon’s shadows to the base of the alp and took hold of the strong plant, the itchy touch of it not a problem, the strength of it boosting his confidence. Fueled by the fire burning in his heart to find Gwenie, he stepped on the first node and glanced back. Just one quick look. He didn’t know why. Maybe something in his psyche wanted to see the ground from whence he’d come one last time in case he never set foot on it again.

He climbed up the next nodule and the next as fast as his feet and arms would take him. A sense of leaving the everyday world overwhelmed him as it always did when he climbed, but this time it wasn’t freeing. An eerie sensation sent shivers through his bones with every foot he scaled. The breaking of twigs, crunching of leaves, and howling noises below grew fainter and fainter as he ascended higher and higher.

“Whooo-whoo.” Halfway up he met an owl that turned its head in a circle as it sat on the highest limb of a towering oak. He pulled upward while pushing with his lower body as he passed boulders and scraggly bushes lit by the stars and moon. He searched with his right hand for the next node, found it, moved up and placed his foot on the spot where it had been. The jagged surface on this mountain could rip open a person in an instant, but it was Jack’s fear for Gwenie that gripped him. The yearning to hold her safe in his arms seeped deeper into his pores each time he forged upward.

His body ached as he pulled with nerves wound as tight as a corkscrew for wanting to hurry to the top. Soon his leg muscles cramped. A gray piece of granite jutting out like the seat of a chair with a slab for a back tempted him. How could he rest after what he’d done to Gwenie? He had to keep moving, but what if his arms and legs gave out, and he never reached her? His head throbbed with decision making.

Just for a second he let go of the living pole. His foot slipped, and he slid down the precipice, debris rolling, crashing beneath him until the belay caught the rope and stopped his fall. His head swam as he thrust the spring-loaded camming device into a crack and anchored the cable. He swung to his right and sank to the rocky seat. The stones settled below him and silence filled the darkness where he sat tucked out of the light from Heaven.

Two days ago he was a slap-happy player in love with Gwenie since childhood, but content to drink life’s single pleasures a while longer. Now the need to take hold of a more profound passion that seemed as fragile as one of Dad’s orchids burned in his soul. The breeze whipping around him blew away images of fast rides through Fairwilde with a blond or a brunette laughing beside him. He needed Gwenie. Please Lord, let her be alright waiting for me.

He stretched out his legs then rubbed his palms together. Upward.

He swung out, grabbed hold of the beanstalk, pulled up with his hand and pushed with his foot as a blast of strong wind swayed the sturdy stem. The stars grew dim then disappeared as clouds rolled over them. Raindrops hit his head while lightning flashed, lighting up the sky—nothing but dark space as far as he could see. Then the flash.

He pulled up with his hand and pushed with his right foot—pulled up with his hand and pushed with his right foot again and again through the black void cut by occasional lightning. The tiny glow from the lamp on his helmet did little good in this storm. Another burst of air whipped around him, and the plant quivered. He touched a flat spot. The one Fernando told him to look for? He moved his fingers around it.

Yes. Relief as strong as the gust that bent the trees swept over him. The top. He wanted to shout I’m here Gwenie! into the stormy night over and over, but instead he leaned forward trying to see a way into the cabin.


Jack Greenthumb’s a great guy. He’s young and comes from a well-to-do family, so he’s been having fun riding girls around in his new car. However, when his dad’s attacked and his true love kidnapped, one quickly sees he’s courageous, determined and devoted to his family and girlfriend. Fortunately, he’s also a champion rock and mountain climber.



Award-winning author Gail Pallotta’s a wife, Mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. A former regional writer of the year for American Christian Writers Association, she won Clash of the Titles in 2010. Her teen book, Stopped Cold, finished fourth in the 16th Annual Preditors and Editors readers’ poll and was a finalist for the 2013 Grace Awards. She’s published short stories in “Splickety” magazine and Sweet Freedom with a Slice of Peach Cobbler. Some of her published articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums. Visit her web site at

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World Blog Tour – The Writing Process

My fellow Pelican Book Group author LoRee Peery asked me to participate in this blog tour, and of course I had to say yes. What other answer could I give to the chance to talk about my writing?

For those of you who may not be familiar with me, I mostly write sweet and inspirational romance. My first YA novel comes out at the end of this month (yay!).

The writing process is what this blog hop is all about. Each person who participates answers the same four questions, giving readers a glimpse into the minds of writers. Here are my answers to the questions:

1. What am I working on?

I’m always working on multiple projects, but the one I’m spending the most time on these days is a currently untitled inspirational romance. The hero is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, and even though I’ve written several romances with vets for heroes, this one is unlike any I’ve ever written.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

My writing isn’t always what you might expect for sweet or inspirational romance. Difficult topics regularly pop up in my stories, including PTSD and autism. The plots don’t always go in the expected direction, but that’s half the fun. It can also make writing the stories an interesting experience as the characters take unexpected turns and throw new obstacles in the path to a happy ending. And despite always having a happy ending, the problems faced by the characters aren’t magically cured by the end of the story. Autism and PTSD don’t go away just because you fall in love. I write to reflect that reality while also giving the characters hope for a happy future in spite of the challenges ahead.

3. Why do I write what I do?

Honestly, that’s something I wonder from time to time. No matter how many times I might wish I wrote lighthearted, humorous stories, I always end up writing stories with a more serious tone. I can only assume that the reason I write what I do is because that’s what I’m meant to write. It’s difficult writing some of the situations my characters end up in, but that just makes writing their happy endings that much sweeter.

4. How does my writing process work?

I’m a diehard pantser, which means I never outline. I write by the seat of my pants. An idea for a character or a situation will pop into my head, and then I start down the path of “What if…?” Then I start writing. Sometimes I’ll have a vague idea of where the story is going before I write the first chapter, but I usually just follow along and watch the story unfold as I write it. There’s nothing quite like learning about my characters the same way readers will, one page at a time.

Thanks for taking the time to read about my writing process! Check out these blogs next week (July 15, 2014) to learn more about three more authors’ writing:

Therese Gilardi

Cindy K. Green

Therese Travis


Here’s an example of a book I didn’t know where it was going when I started writing. I learned a lot about Josh Teague (the hero) through writing Trust of the Heart (Veteran Hearts, Book 2), and I love him even more now. Readers apparently love him as well. Trust of the Heart is a finalist for the 2014 Readers’ Crown Award.

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Josh Teague has dark memories from his time in Iraq. While he longs to share the burden of those memories with someone, he is afraid they will scare his girlfriend. Unwilling to risk losing her, he keeps the memories to himself and tries to keep a cheerful attitude despite the holiday season threatening to bring his mood down.

Leann Robak has her own set of memories causing trouble. Abandoned by her father when she was ten, she is devastated when her mother announces she’s taking a month-long trip to Europe over Christmas. Although Josh’s invitation to spend Christmas with him at his parents’ house holds exciting prospects, Leann can tell he’s hiding something from her. That knowledge leaves her wondering how well she truly knows him and whether he even wants to be in a relationship with her.

Can Josh and Leann learn to trust each other fully, or will their insecurities drive them apart?

You can purchase a copy of Trust of the Heart from Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, and other online retailers.

New Release – Authorpreneurship: Build a Successful Business as an Author by Sharon C. Jenkins

Take control of your writing career!

What does it take to become a successful author in today’s publishing world?  It’s not enough to write a powerful book – today’s author must understand and leverage the business side of writing.  Authorpreneurship by Sharon Jenkins takes the aspiring writer from curiosity to career, combining both sides of publishing – author and entrepreneur – to empower writers with direction, publishing options, marketing solutions and business savvy to grow their career.

You’ll learn:

  • What publishing model is right for you
  • Branding and how it sells your book
  • Your publishing personality, and how to leverage it
  • A business plan for a successful book launch
  • How to manage your time
  • How to create a powerful product
  • Winning traits of a personal support team
  • How to financially support your dream
  • Strategic and easy marketing secrets – online and off!

And resources to help you apply what you learn!

See what others are saying about this book:

The book I wish I had when I started my writing journey.  Authorpreneurship is a practical, thorough, empowering tool for writers at every level to that will equip them to create a thriving career.  Best-selling, award-winning novelist and founder of My Book Therapy, Susan May Warren

I want thank Sharon for her dedication in supporting aspiring writers and authors like myself! In writing my first ever published book, Stories of An Entrepreneur in August, 2012, I dedicated it to Sharon Jenkins for providing me the tools and resources to write and share my book with my audience of start-up entrepreneurs of Women Entrepreneurs of America. Yolanda Lamar Wilder, Founder of Women Entrepreneurs of America

Sharon has been working with authors for years, giving us opportunities to learn from one another and benefit from her wealth of knowledge. Finally, she has gathered her resources and put them in an easy-to-read guide that will help authors follow their dreams! Best Selling Author Michelle Stimpson

Sharon Jenkins’ book, Authorpreneurship: Build a successful business as an Author , is a must read for anyone aspiring to master the art of writing, while at the same time learning what it takes to market and publish a book in today’s competitive landscape. You won’t be disappointed! – Cynthia O’Neal, TM3, LLC, Founder

Where to Buy

My Book Therapy Marketplace **special: Buy Authorpreneurship between now and February 6th, and get 2 free video classes with your order!

Amazon (Softcover)

Amazon (Kindle)

NOOK to come!

About the Author

Sharon C. Jenkins is a literary project manager, author, motivational speaker and visionary who serves as the Inspirational Principal for The Master Communicator’s Writing Services.  Formerly the managing editor of four electronic and print journals (business, community, health and wellness, faith-based) for one of the largest African American marketing and communications companies in Houston, she has also written articles in various national and local publications. These include Yahoo Shine, Diva Toolbox, Beauty Come Forth Magazine, Gospel Truth,, Houston Black Book and Small Business Today.

Jenkins is also the best-selling Amazon author of Beyond the Closet Door and has co-authored two other books, Songs of Three Sisters and Ready, Set, Succeed: Making Your Dream Come True.

Known as the Master Communicator, because she is proficient in communicating in multiple forms of media: radio, newspapers, magazines, and spoken word, her prevailing mission is to equip authors to live their literary dreams without emptying their bank accounts. She started this undertaking four years ago with the Desire to Inspire Workshops, which progressed to the 2010 – 2013 Authors Networking Summit, which were hosted in Houston and Detroit.

Sharon can be found at:

“Warm Your Heart” Christmas Blog Tour from Astraea Press

“Warm Your Heart” Christmas Blog Tour from Astraea Press🙂

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Astraea Press! We have lots of Christmas/holiday/winter books we’d love for you guys to check out. It is one of our favorite times of the year!

Is it the cooler weather? The fires in the fireplace? Family gatherings? Or our sweethearts under the mistletoe… My guess is the mistletoe if I know our authors😉

Whatever the cause, we want to celebrate Christmas and this holiday season with you. This is the fifth stop on a two week tour. Check out the rafflecopter for a chance to win a free Astraea Press Christmas book of YOUR choice (eep!). There is also a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card!

I want to thank E.A. and all the other blogs who have offered to help. All of their facebook pages and/or twitter are on the rafflecopter. I hope you get a chance to visit them all.

So… MERRY CHRISTMAS from Astraea Press and our authors. We love our readers! Thanks for a great year.

~Kelly from AP

We have two books for you guys today. Check out the others and stay up to date on all things Astraea Press on our facebook page:

From Stephy Smith
Gentry's Gallery of Angels by Stephy Smith
Amanda Gentry is engaged to Nicolas Tandy Harper.  They’re set to marry on Christmas Eve. When her Grandmother Izella Sanders fades into a coma, everything spirals out of control. Amanda takes on the responsibility to ensure all the holiday celebrations are met, even if it’s at the expense of her own wedding.
From Jennifer Robins
To Christmas With Love by Jennifer Robins
Losing a loved one can be devastating to the point of evading life, ignoring another’s love, and waiting for something to help her go on.
Christmas Eve meant only one thing to Nadine, the death of her husband whom she was married to for only a few short weeks.  For two years, the holiday has come and gone without her celebrating.
But someone comes along, who finds her so wonderful, so special that Nadine is forced to come to terms with her past.  Could she love again? Would she find a sign, a message to let her go on?
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Blog Tour

Thanks to M.M. over at Feeling Nosey? for inviting me to join this blog tour. Be sure to hop over there to find out what she and I.B. Nosey are up to now!

Now on to the questions I’ve been invited to answer.

1. What are you working on right now?

I’m in the process of revising an upper middle grade/YA novel.

2. How does it differ from other works in its genre?

Well, for one thing the protagonist is an autistic girl. The story gives an inside glimpse of how an autistic experiences the world and the challenges and misunderstandings it can create.

3. Why do you write what you do?

I love to give readers a look into issues they may not experience otherwise. Nearly everyone has heard of things like autism and PTSD, but most people don’t know what that means to the person who has those diagnoses or their families and friends. Through my writing, I try to help readers understand what it means while giving them an entertaining read.

4. How does your writing process work?

I think of a situation or a vague idea for a character and then start on a journey of “What if…?” As the ideas coalesce and evolve in my mind, the characters also grow. Sometimes they’ll take over the story and it goes in a direction I hadn’t originally imagined. It can be difficult to write as the ideas come, but it’s a lot of fun to watch the story unfold the same way a reader does.


The blog tour continues next week, December 2. Look for a post from my fellow Astraea Press author Kelly Martin.

The Key to Charlotte — Blog Tour and Giveaway

Cover image for The Key to CharlotteMy newest inspirational romance The Key to Charlotte will be released this Friday, October 28, from White Rose Publishing! To celebrate, I’m touring the blogosphere with guest posts, interviews, and plenty of information about the book. I’m also giving away two copies of The Key to Charlotte.

The rules of the giveaway are simple. Between October 28 and November 6, leave a comment on any of my blog tour stops (including this post) with your name and email address letting me know you want to be entered into the drawing. You can find a complete list of the blog tour stops below. I will draw two names at random from all of the entries and announce the winners on November 7 (winners will also be contacted by email). The two winners will each receive a free PDF of The Key to Charlotte. Good luck to you all!

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Blog Tour: Reflecting Him by Carla McDougal

Today at The West Corner I’m participating in Carla McDougal’s blog tour with a brief interview to help her promote her new book Reflecting Him, a Bible study that can be done individually or in a small group. In fact, as part of the tour, there is a giveaway of a Reflective Life Ministries Instant Leader Kit, valued at over $125! So, if you are a small group leader or you know someone who is, be sure to read the giveaway details at the bottom of this post for a chance to win.

And now, without further ado, may I introduce Carla McDougal.

Photo of Carla McDougal and Reflective Life Ministries logoCARLA MCDOUGAL is founder of Reflective Life Ministries headquartered in the Houston, Texas area. Her true passion for her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, shines brightly, whether she is speaking or writing. She shares experiences from her own life to encourage women to live every day for Him. God is sending Carla around the world to speak to women from all walks of life—those living in the best of circumstances to those who have hit rock bottom.

Carla’s book, Reflecting Him: Living for Jesus and Loving It, is a 10-week study that encourages you to open your eyes to God’s daily life lessons. The more you ask God to be in your life, the more you will recognize His hand on everything you do. For more information on a growing number of products from Reflective Life Ministries, and to see about booking Carla for an event or interview, go to

Q. What practical steps can believers take to be less self-focused and more God-focused?

A. Life is not about me, but all about Him. This phrase changed my life. Prayer is the key to keeping your eyes on Jesus. The more we pray, the more God moves us to do His will and not our will!

Q. You say it’s important for believers to discover how to pray everyday prayers.  What does this mean? I heard a speaker say she would never bother God to help her find her lost keys or a good parking spot—how do you feel about that statement?

A. I pray about everything! Jesus tells us in Luke 16:10, “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much.” We categorize prayers, God recognizes prayers. God wants us to bring everything to Him. Nothing is too small or too big for God! Prayer builds our faith and trust in Jesus!

Q. What are some of the blessings of having an intimate life with Jesus, and how does one develop that intimacy?

A. Humbleness abounds as I realize there is nothing I can do to earn an intimate relationship with Jesus. I can only obtain it through His grace and mercy, which He gives so freely. Jesus is my all in all.

Thank you, Carla, for your honest and inspiring answers! Now, for the giveaway. The rules to enter are simple. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post before October 3 to let me know you want to be entered. I’ll announce the winner no later than October 11, so be sure to check back! Here are the prize details:

Grand Prize Giveaway:

photo of Video Teaching Series, Bible Study Book, Leader Guide, and Music CDReflective Life Ministries Instant Leader Kit:

Video Teaching Series
Bible Study Book
Leader Guide
Music CD

Product Descriptions:

product descriptions of Reflective Life Ministries Instant Leader KitRemember, all you need to do to enter for a chance to win this awesome Bible study kit is leave a comment before October 3!