New Heartwarming Contemporary Romance Contest!

dance-of-grace-promo-photoThere’s a fun contest going on right now that could put 40 ebooks in your brand new Kindle Fire!

I’ve teamed up with 40 Heartwarming Contemporary Romance authors to give away a fabulous collection of novels, PLUS a Kindle Fire to one lucky winner! The runner-up will receive all 40 books, as well!

You can win my 2nd novel, “Dance of Grace,” plus books from authors like Brenda Anderson (her newest release “Risking Love”), Stacy Claflin (“Seaside Heartbeats”), and Melissa Storm (“Love’s Prayer”). And you just may discover some new favorite authors!

Only 3 days left (ends on 2/20) to enter the giveaway! Good luck!

Enter HERE

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Do You Live in a Cave?

mybookcave_footerSometimes I think that sounds like a lovely idea. Hidden away, a cheerful fire going in the center of my spacious cave (that someone else keeps going), shelves of books along the way, a cozy chair, and a book-you-can’t-put-down in hand. Sounds fabulous, doesn’t it? And just a bit unrealistic.  🙂

But wait! There really is a book cave – it’s just not one with a crackling fire and hand-dipped strawberries on hand. But it’s filled with books, with more being added daily. I’m delighted to be a featured author at My Book Cave from FebruaryShatteredImage Cover for poster 11-17. Shattered Image, book 1 of the Chain of Lakes Series, is on sale for only $.99!

Have you picked up a book that had great back cover copy only to find out they didn’t mention the high level of violence? Or you were looking for a real thriller but ended up with a cozy mystery? At My Book Cave, “readers choose their level of comfort, so they waste less time with books that don’t match their preferences, and they find greater satisfaction. Satisfied readers means happy readers—and that’s great for authors. Think of our content ratings like movie ratings, only a bit more detailed. Everybody wins!”

My Book Cave is a place to find free and discounted books, but it’s not like other places. In My Book Cave, YOU decide the genre and the content rating of the books you want. YOU pick the level of sex, violence, swearing and other content. Then, when you subscribe, My Book Cave will send daily emails about books that match YOUR choices!

Here’s the link to Shattered Image at My Book Cave. Please share it with friends, family, coworkers, your hairstylist, manicurist, and massage therapist (or any other therapist), neighbors, Facebook friends and acquaintances, your mail carrier, the librarian at your church…

I love discovering new readers and am thrilled when I hear they’ve enjoyed one of my books. And now we can celebrate a site where readers can find books that fit exactly what they enjoy reading. It’s definitely a win for everyone!

See you at My Book Cave!

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Cover Reveal!

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I’m excited to share news of Angela Carling’s newest book, In the Dying Light, and be part of the cover reveal of this March release. It’s a beauty!

Here’s a bit about In the Dying Light, book 2 in her YA series:
Winter Merrill knew it would be difficult when she took on an ancient curse to save her family, but couldn’t have imagined the isolated existence she would inherit.
When her long-time boyfriend’s demanding college schedule competes with her needs, Winter is left completely alone to fight the dark secrets she bares. At her breaking point a stranger enters Winter’s life, one who understands how she feels and more importantly knows how to eliminate the curse.
Will his friendship be a new beginning for Winter or will it prove to be her demise?

Angela will stop by Land of 10000 Words when In the Dying Light releases, so watch for that interview in the coming month. If you haven’t read Book 1, The Secret Keeper, we’ve included an excerpt below, along with purchase links. You’ll want to read the whole story before In the Dying Light hits the bookshelves in March!

Learn more about Angela and how to contact her after the excerpt.

Purchase The Secret Keeper at any of these locations:
Barnes & Noble

The Secret Keeper:
Over and over in my head I repeated, “She can make my secret goAngela Carling - The Secret Keeper
away.” I’m not sure if I was trying to convince myself, or trying to keep myself from going nuts, but the phrase calmed me as I drove.

I found Lejo Street and began the steep climb to the top. The houses in this neighborhood were small. Most were weathered if not completely forgotten. Pines grew too close together. Piles of rusted tools and long-forgotten bathroom fixtures littered the landscape, hidden only by overgrown grasses and neglected Quakies. No wonder everyone thought it was creepy.

My heart rate quickened with the ascent, and my palms left sticky
sweat on my steering wheel. I wiped them on my jeans only to have the
moisture build up again immediately. Soon there was nothing but dense
forest; a blur of green, broken only by the ashen skies above. The rain
came down in unyielding sheets and I turned up the windshield wipers.
Back and forth they went like a giant metronome, keeping in step with
my nervous heartbeat.

I strained to see out the windows until all at once there was nothing
in front me but a large rusted metal gate and a cracked wood sign, painted
long ago, that declared, “No trespassing.” Beyond the gate, through the
trees and the rain, I saw the pale blue house that the girl in the park had described.

One more time I said out loud, “She can make my secret disappear.”
I’d almost convinced myself now. I had to be convinced, what with the
dilapidated house in the middle of nowhere and the stormy weather.
Everything screamed “Don’t go in!” but I was driven to try something,
anything, not to lose my best friend and boyfriend.

I climbed from the car and ran until I reached the porch, slipping and
having to catch myself as I tried to take the stairs too fast. Light spilled
out through a crack in the curtains, letting me know someone was there.
I lifted my hand to knock on the old splintered door and froze. I didn’t
know the secret keeper’s name. How would I address her? Before I could
decide what to do, the heavily scratched door handle turned and the door
opened a crack. My mouth fell open. The eyes that peered through the
opening were surprisingly young.

My throat felt tight as I swallowed and it sounded loud to me. I
could turn and run. Everything in my gut told me to go, but I stood like
a marble statue frozen by my anguish.

Who are you looking for?” she asked.

Her melodic voice made me think of dozens of wind chimes all
tinkling at once. Still, I felt uneasy.

I made myself spit out the words. “The Secret Keeper.”

An excruciatingly long minute passed and I thought she might tell
me that I had the wrong house or that I should get off her property.
Finally, in a voice no louder than a whisper she said, “Come in. I’m the
Secret Keeper.”

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Angela Carling was raised in Palm Springs California, but lives in Arizona with her husband, three kids and five felines.  After years of denial, she finally admitted that she is a hopeless romantic which led her to write her first Young Adult book Unbreakable Love. Since then she’s published three more books, Shackled, Becoming Bryn and The Secret Keeper. Shackled won the silver IPGA award in 2012 and has been optioned as a screenplay.

She always eats the frosting off her cake and leaves the rest, and can be caught singing in public bathrooms.  When she’s not writing YA novels, she’s mentoring teen writers, making pizza with her family or dreaming of taking a nap, not necessarily in that order.  

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Cozy Up to Reading Sale!

Clean Indie Reads is having a Mid-Winter Sale! Home of Flinch-Free Fiction, you’ll find lots of wonderful books on sale and FREE! Sale runs through the 30th. Share the fun!

Both Shattered Image and Dance of Grace are on sale. Pick up a copy for a friend!

CIR Mid-Winter sale 2016

Note: This sale runs from January 24-30, but some of the books are only discounted for a portion of the sale, not the whole time, so please double check the price before you purchase. Thank you! To learn more about the book and to view the price, please click on the cover.

Please check out the second page for other Clean Indie Reads that are not discounted.

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Shattered Image ~ Stacy Monson

Shattered Image (Chain of Lakes #1)Shattered Image by Stacy Monson
Review by Kari Trumbo on The Editor’s Note

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure at first what to expect from Shattered Image. It isn’t a title you would normally think of with romance, but that doesn’t make it any less of one. Both Keira and Peter had different lime-lights.

Keira is running from an embarrassing investigation, her ex-boyfriend is charged with money laundering and her employer throws her under the bus to save face. Keira wants no part of the spotlight, or camera flash, anymore.

Peter has always thought of himself as a nerd, the one no one thought would ever make it. He’s got a lot to prove. When he meets a record producer (who happens to be a relative of Keira) it seems like he’s finally situated to make it big. He is rushing pell-mell to success and leaves Keira far behind.

This book was sweet and emotional, parts cut so deep I had to stop reading to collect myself. Stacy has written the emotion in this book so expertly that I think it would be difficult not to get drawn in. Though we understand what the ending will be (because, this is, in fact, a romance) there is a point when you wonder if it is even possible for these two to repair the damage.

**My thanks to Kari for her review. One of the best gifts you can give an author is to write a review. A few simple sentences, on whatever site you purchased the book, stating why you liked it is just the encouragement a solitary writer needs to continue spending hours writing that next book. And if you received the book as a gift, or purchased it at a launch party, you can still leave a review on Amazon. It’s a simple act that will make an author’s day!**

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What’s the Use?



Chariots of Fire

Don’t you envy those people who seem to know exactly what their purpose is? They  march through life with laser focus, knowing who they are, why they’re here, and what to do about it. It’s a bit annoying at times, especially when we’re floundering in our own decision-making, when we can’t figure out which fork to take in the road.

A quote that has come repeatedly to mind in the past week is from Chariots of Fire, the story of Olympic runner Eric Liddell. He said, “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel his pleasure.”

LOVE that! And it’s made me wonder – what if his purpose WAS to run fast? Why should there be a distinction? (You’ll need to watch the movie to see it in context.) What if our purpose is to be who God made us to be – ever-evolving, growing, learning beings doing that thing we love doing? Maybe it’s running fast. Or cleaning office buildings. Or raising children. Baking cookies. Serving as room mother for our child’s classroom.

What if our purpose is as unique as our fingerprints? Perhaps our purposeFingerprints.png isn’t to find a way to stop Alzheimer’s (although that would be amazing!) or develop a drug to cure cancer. Perhaps it’s as simple as caring for our neighbors, teaching children to read, using our gifts to paint/sculpt/ build for the enjoyment of others.

Living out that purpose will, I’m sure, make the world (from our block to our community to the world) a better place. And even better than that? It will give God pleasure.

So today – live your purpose. Be a beacon of hope to those around you. Make someone smile. Share a laugh. Do simple things that will bring someone joy. Give money to the homeless guy on the corner – along with a smile. That’s where you’ll find your purpose.

I’d love to hear your story. What’s your purpose?

PicMonkey Collage - Shattered Image & Dance of GraceSALE AND GIVEAWAY END TOMORROW!  I have a Goodreads Giveaway happening today through the 12th that could go right on top of your TBR pile. After all, who doesn’t like to win something, especially a free book? I’m giving away 3 copies of Dance of Grace, Book 2 in the Chain of Lakes Series. See below to enter.

And to keep the celebration going, I’ve put book 1, Shattered Image ON SALE HERE for only $.99! These events last only through January 12th so tell your friends!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Dance of Grace by Stacy Monson

Dance of Grace

by Stacy Monson

Giveaway ends January 12, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Shattered Image on Sale!

Yesterday marked the start of my Dance of Grace giveaway on Goodreads. Click HERE to get the details.

ShatteredImage Cover for posterToday, to keep the celebration going, I’ve put book 1, Shattered Image ON SALE for only $.99! The sales last through January 12th so tell your friends!

Here’s what people are saying about book 1:

Stacy Monson’s Shattered Image is a book that caught my attention immediately and held my attention until the last word on the last page. It is a story that had meaning, humor and true to life situations that touched my heart.

Thank you for this book and the story it is so easy to put God aside and follow your own way but thank you Lord that You will bring us back! I find it inspiring and enjoyed it so much could not wait to find a good ending as the Bible tells us all work together for those who trust in the Lord!

And here’s a bit about Shattered Image:
Kiera Simmons’ career as a high-profile fashion model ends abruptly when a failed relationship nearly lands her in jail. Now she forges a quiet life helping teens understand their eternal value in a world saturated with the distorted messages of society.
Peter Theisen is on the fast track to everything the celebrity life promises with every step of his meteoric rise in the music world orchestrated by his ambitious manager.
Their sweet, unexpected romance is threatened by her past and his future, a life-changing diagnosis, and financial devastation. As they struggle to find their way back to each other, and to the One who matters most, the allure of wealth and fame may jeopardize everything.

While all three books of the Chain of Lakes series are set in the Uptown area of Minneapolis, and characters from each book interact throughout, each book stands alone with its own unique story. Book 3 will release this spring.

Grab Shattered Image while it’s only $.99 HERE!


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