Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Darkness Before Dawn - PROMO Blitz
By Kellie Wallace

Historical Fiction
Date Published: 7/17/2013

In June 1940, Germany bombed the Island of Guernsey, bringing World War II to the Channel Islands. With her home in the midst of war, jazz singer Catherine La Mar must
adapt to change. Within days, the island is overun. Resistance cells start to emerge, hindering the German forces. Catherine’s life is inevitably changed when childhood friend Thomas Potter is linked as the ringleader to one of the Island’s biggest cells.

The people she once knew are no longer who they seem to be. But nothing could prepare her for when she meets Nazi officer Captain Max Engel. Her view on the war forever changes when she is given a chance for love and new beginnings. For once in her mundane life she unveils her true self, as Max teaches her how to truly live. Their love puts a strain on Catherine’s family, risking the lives her sisters and friends. As the war intensifies and
divides the people on Guernsey, Max and Catherine must decide if their love is really worth risking it all?

Plush greenery cushioned Catherine’s as she trudged

through the knee-length grass towards the cliff face. A violent wind came up from the sea whipping at her dress and hair. Brightly colored daisies and narcissi flowers dotted the swaying plain.

A sense of ease and sovereignty came over her as she stood in the wind, moving gently against its brunt. German tankers tarnished the vast ocean in front of her. Seagulls and kestrels sang in the air, catching the passing wind like dancers.
She always loved coming here to revel in nature’s beauty, believing nothing will ever change it. With the occupation taking force, it seems inevitable the world she knew will never be the same again.

Visiting the cliff tops on her own was risk, but as headstrong as she might be, Catherine wanted a release, to see a part of Guernsey not yet touched by the Reich. She slunk past German patrols on her way, blending into the environment like a chameleon.

As she stared out into blue azure of the ocean, movement in the corner of her eye caught her attention. A young man teetered on the edge of the cliff, peering over the brink.

Without a second thought, she ran towards him, slowing her pace when he saw her approach. His eyes wide with fear.“I’ll do it,” he warned, his body stiff as though he was still deciding to jump. The wind grew stronger and the man appeared to be using all of his strength to stay upright.
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“Are you alright, sir?” she asked calmly.</ div>

His hair was blown high on top of his head and the wind already made its mark upon his skin. “No . . .”

“Did you lose something?” Catherine said carefully.

“Has someone fallen off the cliff?”

“I don’t want . . . I don’t want this,” he cried.</ span>

“Don’t want what?”

The man stole a quick glance towards the tankers dotting the ocean horizon and turned back to Catherine. “I don’t want them,” he yelled, pointing towards the sea. “I don’t want to be ruled by those murderers!”

Catherine now understood the catalyst to the man’s distress. No one on Guernsey wanted an occupation by the Germans. Half the population had fled in terror.

Catherine took another step closer, wary of the fear in his brown eyes as she did so. She reached out her hand until they were inches apart. “What’s your name?”


“Ben, what about you with come with me and grab a nice piece of cake at the cake shop? How does that sound?”

The young man shook his head furiously. “No, they will be there! They have taken over everything!”

“No, they won’t be,” Catherine said slowly. “It will only be you and me.”

Ben looked behind him to the crashing waves below, his body limp in defeat. He let out a sigh and turned towards her. “Okay,I will come with you.” He reached for her hand, when another voice broke through the defiant wind.

"What’s going on here?”

Catherine glanced over her should to see a young German officer standing behind them, bracing against the wind.

Ben’s eyes widened at the sight and he started to back up towards the edge of the cliff. “No, no, no,” he mumbled, slipping on the lip of the cliff.

Heart pounding, Catherine stretched out her hand to the distressed youth. “Ben! Please, come with me,” she ordered, ignoring the figure behind her.

Ben shook his head, his hands outstretched as though seeking redemption from above. “I’m sorry. I cannot do it,” he said. “Not with him around.” Ben’s swollen eyes glanced at</ span>Catherine once more, before turning into the wind, and jumping off the cliff.

“Nooo!” Her body flashed hot then cold as she fell to her knees in the damp grass, her hand stretched outright, grasping nothing but thin air. She felt the officer brush past her as he poked his head over the cliff.

The man’s body lay crucified on the rocks, blood speckling the blue ocean water.

Catherine ignored the tugging on her arm as the German officer hauled her to her feet. Violently, she pushed him away.

“Get off me!” she screamed, regaining her footing.

He was close now, close enough she could see the lines of youth etched in his face.

“What is your name?” he asked calmly.</ div>

“Catherine La Mar.” She almost spat her name at him.

The officer dipped his head in a polite greeting as if what happened meant nothing to him. “May I see your papers?” he asked, bringing out his hand.

Catherine sucked in a breath of indignation and pulled her papers, which consisted of an identity card and birth certificate from a pocket in her dress. She watched him as he scanned them over. It was the first time she managed to have a good look at him.

It was his eyes that caught her breath, standing out in contrast to his dull uniform. They were the same shade of the sea, crashing and spitting below them. His straw-coloured hair was slicked under his visor cap. He was the perfect example of Hitler’s Aryan race.

The officer handed her papers back to her. She wanted a fight; wanted anything to contest him. “Why didn’t you stop him?” she asked.

About the Author Kellie Wallace.

Born in Sydney, Australia Kellie Wallace developed a love for the written word early in life, recalling her earliest memory when she was three years old.
Her father used to read to her when she was a child, establishing a deep love and respect for books. Kellie wrote a bit in high school, most memorably her first fantasy book called Giblin the Conquer, an X Files fan fiction and a military fiction.

After finishing high school, Kellie moved to the sunny Northern Beaches from the Central Coast and carved a successful career in the media/advertising industry writing for numerous Sydney based publications.
An aspiring novelist, Kellie fulfilled a dream in 2008 having her first book All She Ever Wanted published by Zeus Publications at the age of 22 years old.
In 2013, Kellie released her newest catalog of books, Darkness before Dawn and Skylark. In her spare time she loves to write, game and draw. Her first crime fiction novel To
lean of falling men will be out in April 2014, along with Earth Walker (out now!) and dystopian Edge of Tomorrow (August 2014).

She currently resides in Sydney with her husband.

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Friday, April 18, 2014



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Tuesday, April 15, 2014


I want to welcome Michael Stewart to Books R Us. Michael is the author of The
Terminals (Spark) as well as several other interesting works of art that includes graphic stories, novels, software and non fiction titles. Please visit Michael's Amazon page to learn more about his other works. Thanks for stopping by.

About the Book:

Sometimes the dead don’t want to talk.
You need Terminals to make them.

Terminals solve crimes in this realm by investigating them in the next.

Lt. Col. Christine Kurzow, fresh from a failed suicide attempt after she cost 11 of her soldiers their lives, is recruited into the covert unit of Terminals as a handler. It's an easy sell. If she's really determined to die, it’s a chance to give her death meaning.

But her first case—convincing a monk to chase Hillar the Killer into the afterlife to find the location of a missing bus and the children it carried—has her wondering how to make a dead psychopath talk.

Christine must follow the clues sent back by the shotgun-toting monk, who tracks Hillar through the seven deeps of hell, so she can find eleven kids before it’s too late.

Maybe this time killing a man will give Christine a reason to live.
About the Author:

Michael F. Stewart is the author of the Assured Destruction series, which sprawls across 3 books, 2 websites, 1 blog, 7 Twitter accounts, tumblr, Facebook, and 6 graphic origin stories. He likes to combine storytelling with technology and pioneered interactive storytelling with Scholastic Canada, Australia and New Zealand’s, anti-cyberbullying program Bully For You. He has authored four graphic novels with Oxford University Press Canada’s award winning Boldprint series. Publications of nonfiction titles on Corruption and Children’s Rights published by Rubicon Publishing as well as early readers with Pearson are all forthcoming in 2014 and 2015.

For adults, Michael has written THE SAND DRAGON a horror about a revenant prehistoric vampire set in the tar sands, HURAKAN a Mayan themed thriller which pits the Maya against the MS-13 with a New York family stuck in the middle, 24 BONES an urban fantasy which draws from Egyptian myth, and THE TERMINALS—a covert government unit which solves crimes in this realm by investigating them in the next. This series has already been optioned for film and television.

Herder of four daughters, Michael lives to write in Ottawa where he runs free writing workshops for teens and adults. Please come find me on Goodreads.

My Thoughts.

 I have always been a fan of the ghosts and the supernatural. I found the book to be intense, well written, and horrifying. I was hooked from the first page and finished the book rather quickly but it was emotionally draining when I was finished. If you are squeamish and dislike horror movies then this is not the book for you. All of the scenes were extremely graphic and takes you to hell and back but the author is able to bring you back to reality with his excellent writing skills. I have never read a book like this one and I wonder what he has in store for us in book two of the series. Bravo Michael for writing such a twisted and original novel! So if you think you can handle it then pick up a copy for yourself or enter Michael's contest.

Connect with Michael:

Amazon | BarnesNoble
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Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of the book for my honest review and I was not compensated for my review.

Friday, April 11, 2014


I am so happy that you stopped by for a visit. My name is Melissa and I have been blogging with my mom, Eileen since 2009. I originally started Books R Us to promote my book Ginger High. Although the book never became a bestseller, I have learned a lot about publishing and writing.

I have a passion for American Sign Language. I am presently attending Suffolk County Community College NY and I am planning to transfer to Gallaudet University in Washington DC to obtain my BA in American Sign Language Interpreting. I plan to continue writing and I hope to finish the sequel to Ginger High Soon.

Growing up my mom encouraged me to read as much as I could and boy did that pay off in school. When I am busy with schoolwork my mom runs the blog and keeps the posts active. We hope you enjoy Books R Us. 

Books R Us is also participating in the Ultimate Blog Party door prize by offering A $35.00 Gift Card to Amazon.com So  head on over to UBP and check out all of the great prizes that are up for grabs. 


Wednesday, April 9, 2014



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Tuesday, March 25, 2014


 I want to welcome Christina Dymock to Books R Us. Christine is the author of The Hungry Family Slow Cooker Cookbook as well as numerous other cook books. Thanks for stopping by.

About the Book:

 It is every busy mother's dream-come-true: dinner that makes itself! With the help of your trusty slow cooker and these healthy, easy recipes like Peppery Cilantro Salmon, Sausage Stew, and Dark Chocolate Mini Cakes, you can put dinner on the table even on the craziest of days. Don t let the whirlwind of life
stop you from feeding your family the food they deserve -- delicious, home-cooked meals straight from your slow cooker.

 About the Author:

Christina Dymock was once at a dinner party where her husband was teasing her about the frosting-to-cupcake ratio on her dessert. The woman sitting across from them sniffed her delicate nose and said, "If my husband gave me a hard time about my frosting I'd quit baking. That'd show him." To which Christina's husband replied while pointing at his speechless wife, "Try to stop her!"

Christina divides her time between the kitchen and her computer and books and her family of six. (Naturally, the family gets the biggest share.) Because she reads everything, she also feels compelled to write in several genres.

Connect with the Author: 

Authors Website

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My Thoughts:

I love cooking with my slow cooker and I am always looking for new recipes to try.  Christina's book was easy to read and loaded with fantastic pictures and tips. I never knew you could put in frozen chicken or beef in a slow cooker. I always defrosted the meat ahead of time. I made the Turkey Joes before I left for work and unfortunately I was not able to get a picture of the finished meal because my family devoured it before I got home from work ( I worked later than usual). They left me a portion to try. We all loved the Turkey Joes and they asked me to try another recipe from the book. The Turkey Joes were seasoned and were cooked just right. We needed some extra napkins that night. So if you are looking to save some time and money then get a copy of the book.


Monday, March 24, 2014


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