Guest Post and Giveaway for Salem VI: Rebecca’s Rising by Jack Heath and John Thompson

I want to welcome Jack Heath to my blog today.  This is part two today of my Salem VI: Rebecca’s Rising blog tour stop.  I am so glad Jack could stop by today to share of background with the book.  Also, we are having a give away today.  So check out the bottom of the post  for details.  I will now hand the reigns over to Jack.

Salem Witch Bloodline

by Jack Heath

It’s no secret I feel fortunate to be aware of the fact that my ancestral bloodline is pretty rare, historically speaking in America.  I wouldn’t have been so passionate about writing my first novel Salem VI: Rebecca’s Rising, along with author John Thompson if I wasn’t so passionate about my heritage.  As a boy, I was told by my grandparents and later my father that I was a direct descendant to Rebecca Nurse and her family as well as to the Putnam’s.  Even along the bloodline path to the Nurse family (who were known at the Towne family when they lived in England) and the Putnam clan, there are some fascinating ancestors I am aware of such as Judge Thomas Bancroft Newhall.  Newhall was a major force in early Lynn, Massachusetts and quite famous for his legal and judicial career.  A painted portrait of the good Judge Newhall hangs in my living room to this day.  Israel Putnam was a famous revolutionary war General.  His photo is also in our living room.  But the bloodline going directly back to the both the Putnam line and Rebecca Nurse line is most fascinating to me.

I was born John Andrew Heath III, and was told I was the 9th direct John Andrew Heath.  My great-grandfather, John Andrew Heath was born October 27, 1850 in NY and married Caroline Putnam Newhall.  There is the first direct cross of the bloodline with the Newhall’s and Putnam’s.  Thomas Bancroft Newhall, Caroline’s father, married the well-known Susanna Silver Putnam.  Judge Newhall died in 1893 and Susanna Putnam died in 1895.

As I go back another generation, my bloodline crosses the Tarbell family line when Sarah Tarbell (born

Jack Heath

February 15, 1744) married Asa Newhall (born 1732 and died in 1814.)  The Tarbell bloodline is significant in that it runs directly back to the Nurse family, when John Tarbell (born 1652 and died March 3, 1715 in Salem) married Mary Nurse of Salem (born 1659 and died June 28, 1749) in Salem.  Mary Nurse was the daughter of Francis and Rebecca Nurse.  Rebecca was named Rebecca Towne when she was born in Norfolk, England in 1621, while Francis (Nourse) later Nurse, was also born in Norfolk, England on January 16, 1618 and died on November 22, 1695 in Salem.  It was on July 19, 1692, when Rebecca was hanged as a witch in Salem Town.

It really hits me today, almost 320 years to the day when old Rebecca was tried, found innocent of witchcraft but then convicted and hanged at Gallows Hill.  I wonder what she really thought; being arrested in her farm house in nearby Danvers, dragged from her home and locked up in what must have been a dreadful, dark and smelly jail cell.  I am sure she probably thought just surviving the voyage from England to Salem was enough hell to live through.  Raising a family and surviving on a farm in those harsh days of the Salem area must have been challenging enough.  But to be arrested in her 70’s of witchcraft and then hanged, surely is something no one could ever imagine happening then or today.  But Rebecca along with her sister Mary Eastey and 17 others were hanged at a place that today shows not one sign, memorial or monument for the men and women who were executed at that godforsaken place.  What makes matters worse, at the site of the real Gallows Hill, stands a Salem water tower with a big, black pained witch flying on a broomstick.  More shame on Rebecca and the others.

So, I live with a bloodline that crosses the accused witches and the accusers, which is a strange but a real force I respect and bear.

Giveaway: Ebook of Salem VI: Rebecca’s Rising.  It will run until August 2nd at 11:59pm

Just leave a comment below about whether you think witches are real or not and why.  Please be sure to leave your email for contacting the winner.  Good Luck to all who enter.  Be sure to check the post before this one to read my review of Salem VI: Rebecca’s Rising.

Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Colonization: Paradise 21 by Aubrie Dionne

I am extremely excited today to bring to you the cover of Aubrie Dionne’s new Young Adult book, Colonization: Paradise 21.  The cover is gorgeous and the blurb makes me very excited for this to come out on November 7th, 2012.  Be sure to check out the awesome giveaway too.  It is a very phenomenal key ring with the depiction of the cover on it.

So…drumroll please….Here is the cover of Colonization: Paradise 21:

Finding a new home has never been so dangerous.

Andromeda has spent all seventeen years of her life aboard a deep space transport vessel destined for a paradise planet. Her safe cocoon is about to break open as Paradise 21 looms only one month away, and she must take the aptitude tests to determine her role on the new world and her computer assigned lifemate. As a great-granddaughter of the Commander of the ship, she wants to live up to her family name. But, her forbidden love for her childhood friend, Sirius, distracts her and she fails the tests. The results place her in a menial role in the new colony and pair her with Corvus, “the oaf”.

But when Andromeda steps foot on Paradise 21, her predestined future is the least of her worries. Alien ghosts from a failed colonization warn her of a deadly threat to her colony. And when Sirius’s ship crashes on the far ridge in an attempt to investigate, she journeys to rescue him with Corvus.

Andromeda now must convince the authorities of the imminent danger to keep her protect her new home. What she didn’t expect was a battle of her own feelings for Sirius and Corvus.

Can she save the colony and discover her true love?

Just a little bit about Aubrie Dionne.  Aubrie Dionne writes science fiction fantasy with romantic elements. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Inkspell Publishing, Entangled Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. She’s also a professional flutist in New England. For more information about Aubrie Dionne and her books please click on the links below.  And, don’t forget about our giveaway.   See the details below.

Please visit her website: www.authoraubrie.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2964057.Aubrie_Dionne

Twitter: @authoraubrie

Blog: http://authoraubrie.blogspot.com

Giveaway:  Specialized Colonization: Paradise 21 Keyring (US & UK only)

Click on the link to enter the giveaway for this awesome key ring!

http://www.inkspellpublishing.com/1/post/2012/07/colonization-paradise-21-cover-reveal.html

A big thanks to Inkspell publishing and  Aubrie Dionne for allowing me to share with you her brand new book, Colonization: Paradise 21, hitting stores November 7, 2012.

Promo and Giveaway: Syrenka Series (Books 1,2 and 3) by Amber Garr

I’d like to welcome Amber Garr today.  She is stopping by to promote her Young Adult series, The Syrenka Series.  There is also a wonderful giveaway.  The details about the giveaway are at the end of the post.  But, first let’s get to Amber’s first book, Promises.  

Promises

Book One of The Syrenka Series

By Amber Garr

Sometimes following your heart can end up destroying the ones you love.

When seventeen-year-old Eviana Dumahl is faced with the responsibility of an arranged marriage and clan leadership, she is forced to choose between the life required of a mermaid and one of a teenage girl simply infatuated with the wrong guy. Kain, her devoted fiancé, would make a wonderful husband except that she’s been in love with Brendan, a shape-shifting selkie, ever since they were kids. Choosing to abandon her family, her clan, and her life with Kain will have dire consequences far beyond anything she could have imagined.

A war is brewing amongst the clans and Eviana unwittingly becomes a pawn in the intricate schemes of a twisted mastermind. With Brendan’s life on the line, she has no choice but to involve those she once considered friends. Amidst encountering senseless tragedies and immense loss, Eviana discovers that she is more valuable as a clan leader than anyone ever suspected. Her survival is not only dependent upon the loyalty of her friends, but also on her acceptance of a life she so adamantly tried to escape.

Here is an Excerpt from Promises.

I barely heard her parting words as the screen door slammed shut.  My head spun in desperation as the anger coursed through my bones.  “Get back in here Eviana!” she continued to scream at me.  “We are not finished with this conversation!”

I was already racing down the deck stairs toward the sandy beach, kicking off my shoes and unbuttoning my blouse.  We are for now, I thought as my blood boiled with rage and resentment.  I was going to be trapped!  How dare they?  This was not the eighteenth century anymore!  I had rights!

I stumbled onto the sand, taking just a brief moment to savor the warmth and the feeling of the grains massaging my toes.  My shirt came off and I started to unzip my jeans.  No one was around.  But I wouldn’t care anyway.  The water was calling me and it was the only voice that I could hear now.  With one pant leg off, I hopped along in my forward progression until the other one was free.  My oasis was so close now that I could taste the salt in the air.  The sun broke free of a cloud, stopping me for a moment.  It was late afternoon with sunset still a few hours away, but the sky had already turning multiple shades of pink and orange.  The coloration reminded me of the inside of a brilliant conch shell.

I closed my eyes and took a deep breath.  I knew there would be hell to pay when I returned to the house.  Marguerite, my mother, had tolerated my rebellious behavior when I was younger, giving me more freedom and second chances than anyone in our clan.  But apparently now, at seventeen, I was an adult.  Adult enough to bear children.  Adult enough to participate in clan gatherings.  Adult enough to navigate our youth through their transition period.  But not adult enough to choose who to love.

A slight breeze wafted off the ocean, bringing with it scents that filled my gut with longing.  The freedom of the ocean.  Why couldn’t I just stay there forever?  A gull called overhead, beckoning me to join him.  The splashing waves calmed my inner rage as they ebbed and flowed in a hypnotic pattern.  A distant moan of a shipping vessel reminded me of our history.  I opened my eyes to see that I was standing alone along miles of sandy beach interlaced with large rocks and cliffs emblematic of the northern California coast.  So beautiful.  I stripped off the rest of my clothes and ran into the ocean.

As soon as I was under the water, I could feel the transition begin.  My lower body ached as the bones adjusted from a life on land to one at sea.  Both legs began to fuse together and work as one.  My foot bones elongated while I prepared for the agony.  I was accustomed to the changes now, but it was still a struggle of mind over matter.  Breaking through the surface of the water, I grabbed one last breath before the final jolt of pain ravaged through my body.  I bit my bottom lip and squeezed my eyes shut, willing the moment to be over.  At last I felt an electric tingle move from my hips to my toes as the hardened iridescent, scales appeared on my tail.  I opened my eyes to find that the internal transformation was complete as well.  My vision cleared.  My lungs expanded.  I could hear for miles.  I was free.

So I swam.  I swam away from the shore and the house that I lived in.  I swam away from my fears and obligations as though they could disappear with the distance.  I would temporarily forget my responsibilities, my duties, and the argument with my mother.  In here, I wasn’t trapped.  The sea was my true home.  I was a mermaid and this was my world.

The next book in the Syrenka Series is Betrayal.

Betrayal

Book Two of The Syrenka Series

By Amber Garr

Life as a mermaid can be suffocating.

Eviana Dumahl has returned home as a clan leader, an orphan, and a heartbroken teenage girl.  Her parents are dead and her boyfriend, Brendan, has decided that he needs some time away.  While battling her inner turmoil, Eviana is forced into the war that Lucian Sutherland has incited amongst her own kind.  With the help of Kain, her friend and formally betrothed, the two work together to prove that they deserve their birthrights as young merfolk leaders.

When The Council requests a demonstration of Eviana’s mermaid powers, she finds herself with an opportunity to win back Brendan’s heart.  But her orders to train with a repulsive merman and the presence of an attractive new suitor challenges Eviana to embrace her leadership and resist temptation. Lucian is after her, and no one seems to understand why.  Loyalties are tested as the casualties increase, showing Eviana that sometimes it is impossible to delineate between friends and enemies.

Here is an excerpt from Betrayal.

I wanted to punch him in the face.

For at least the hundredth time today, I swung my fist towards his infuriating smirk.  He easily dodged it, of course, and proceeded to look down at me like a child.  “You’re getting closer,” he teased.

Throwing my arms down in frustration, I shook my head.  “How am I supposed to learn if you won’t even let me get a hit in?”

He laughed and resumed a fighter’s stance.  “How are you supposed to learn if I just stand still and let you pummel me?  That’s not ever going to happen in the real world.  Now, try with your legs.”

I rolled my eyes and shifted my feet so that my stronger right leg was in front.  Ideally, I’d be having this battle underwater where my legs were not an issue.

“Protect your face,” he yelled at me and I lifted my fists up to nose level.  I could do this.  He’d taught me how to incapacitate my enemies.  Just go for the knee.

I faked a few smaller kicks, pretending to hesitate.  Then, like a ninja, I struck.  The underside of my right foot was directly on target and I expected it to land a perfect hit to the side of his left knee.  Only it didn’t happen.

Out of nowhere, he grabbed my ankle and I was suddenly airborne.  The world spun around me once before I landed with a thud on my back, effectively knocking the air from my lungs.  I even saw some stars floating by.  My training sessions were getting harder every day, and after this debacle, I decided that it was time to quit.

A shadow moved above me and I used my hand to block out the rest of the sun.  Looking up at his ominous figure I said, “I’m done.”

I heard another laugh rumble through my trainer’s chest as he reached down and grabbed my arm.  In one swift motion, he pulled me up off the ground.

“You would have broken my knee with that kick, Eviana.  I had to stop you.”  I glared at him.  “What?” he continued.  “I’m not going to let you hurt me.  But you did well.  I knew that you’d learn eventually.”

I jumped towards him as fast as I could, intending to get him in a choke hold.  My arms slipped around his neck, but my body kept rolling over him as he bent forward and used my momentum to toss me towards the ground.  In less than two seconds, I was on my back again with a forearm pressing against my throat and my pride seeping away into the dirt.

“Ahh!” I screamed in frustration.  The annoying grin on his face told me that I would never beat him in a fair fight.  Palmer was my cousin, my trainer, and also one of the numerous protectors now living at my house.  We’d been practicing for the past two weeks and although I couldn’t hurt him yet, Palmer reassured me that I was improving.

The third and final book in the Syrenka Series is Arise.

Arise

Book Three of The Syrenka Series

By Amber Garr

With power comes the responsibility to accept its consequences.

After the betrayal of those closest to her, Eviana Dumahl struggles to cope with her new reality. Kidnapped, broken, and confused, she is forced to engage in a war that will alter merfolk politics forever. With her estranged father leading the charge, Eviana has no choice but to stand by his side. Her continued existence hinges on the acceptance of the power growing inside her, even when that means embracing the family’s dark lineage.

Kain Matthew will sacrifice the world for Eviana. And he is not alone. As time runs out, her friends fight to save her life and theirs. An unlikely alliance gives them the edge they need to take a stand, although it keeps Eviana’s heart trapped in the past. A new discovery explains some of her previous mistakes, but it may not be enough to stop her father’s plans. Merfolk, selkies, and water sprites work together to save their kind, only in this final battle, not everyone will survive.

In the striking series conclusion, Eviana will learn the true meaning of power, sacrifice, and love.

Here is an excerpt from Arise.

Eviana

When Graham and I surfaced back inside our coral-walled prison, we noticed that someone had brought us two plates of food.  Without speaking to him, I pulled myself out of the water and willed my legs to come back to me.  Considering our history, I might have had some concern over Graham seeing me naked, but once again, I couldn’t muster up the energy to care.

“I see they’ve improved the food,” he commented.

“Doesn’t matter, I’m not eating,” I said without even looking at the plates.  Now that we had the light from underwater, it made it easier to move about the room and identify what Lucian’s cronies were feeding us.

“No?”

“Nope,” I said as I finished pulling my shirt over my head.  When I turned around, I saw Graham chewing on a piece of pineapple and sifting through the rest of the items.  Much to my dismay, my stomach growled.  It was so loud that Graham chuckled.

“Perhaps your body wants some nourishment.”

“I don’t care.”

“Suit yourself, tart.”

I rolled my eyes and walked over to him.  The smell of the food was overwhelming and I couldn’t help but look down at it.  “Don’t call me that,” I said but spoke more to the plate.  There was some type of fish wrapped in a banana leaf and it smelled delicious.

“You’re drooling,” he teased.

“It’s probably poisoned.”

He bit into another piece of fruit.  “Well, I haven’t eaten anything solid in days, so I’ll take my chances.”  Grabbing his plate, he sat down cross-legged on the floor and proceeded to stuff his face.

Tempted, I fought the urge to give in.  I didn’t really know what the purpose of my hunger strike was and how it would help get me out of here.  I guess I just wanted to be difficult.

I’d like to thank Amber Garr for stopping by to promote this wonderful YA series.  I would also like to thank Bewitching tours for allowing me to be a stop.  To purchase any of the Syrenka Series you can go to Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.  For information about Amber Garr you can go to any of her sites listed below.  Don’t forget to enter the giveaway.  The details are below.

Website: http://www.ambergarr.com

Blog: http://ambergarr.blogspot.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Amber-Garr/232359720165110?sk=wall

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5374297.Amber_Garr

Email: amber@ambergarr.com

GIVEAWAY :

Amber is giving away the following:

One paperback package: All three signed books plus SWAG (US only)

Three ebook packages: All three books in series via coupons (US and international)

Visit the following link to enter: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/YmExMTJmZmM0NTczY2U4Y2JhMWU1MGJkZGZiMWE4Ojc0/

Cover Reveal: Star Child by Stephanie Keyes

Check out the cover of Stephanie Keyes debut novel and enter to win an antiqued Celtic bookmark. Star Child hits bookstores on September 21st, 2012.

The world is about to be cloaked in darkness. Only one can stop the night.

Kellen St. James has spent his entire life being overlooked as an unwanted, ordinary, slightly geeky kid. That is until a beautiful girl, one who has haunted his dreams for the past eleven years of his life, shows up spinning tales of a prophecy. Not just any old prophecy either, but one in which Kellen plays a key role. 

 Suddenly, Kellen finds himself on the run through a Celtic underworld of faeries and demons, angels and gods, not to mention a really ticked off pack of hellhounds, all in order to save the world from darkness. But will they make it in time?

Enter to win a beautiful antiqued Celtic bookmark.  Click the link below to enter. Giveaway available for US and International entries.  Good Luck!

http://www.inkspellpublishing.com/1/post/2012/07/star-child-cover-reveal.html

About The Author:

Stephanie Keyes was born in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania and has worked for the past twelve years as a corporate educator and curriculum designer in the Telecommunications industry. She holds a Master’s degree in Education with a specialization in Instructional Technology from Duquesne University and a B.S. in Management Information Systems from Robert Morris University. She is a classically trained clarinetist, but also plays the saxophone and sings. When she’s not writing, she is a wife to a wonderfully supportive husband and mother to two little boys whom she cites as her inspiration for all things writing. The Star Child is Mrs. Keyes’ debut novel.

Website: http://www.stephaniekeyes.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/stephaniekeyes

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stephanie-Keyes/150860604966160

Thank you Inkspell Publishing and Stephanie Keyes for allowing me to host Star Child’s cover reveal.


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