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Book Spotlight: An Enemy Like Me by Teri M. Brown

Hey everyone! I’d just like to take a moment to let you know about an upcoming book available for pre-order: An Enemy Like Me by Teri M Brown. Her previous book, Sunflowers Beneath the Snow, has already won numerous awards and recognition. You can pre-order An Enemy Like Me on Amazon or through Teri’s website.

About the Book:

How does a man show his love – for country, for heritage, for family – during a war that sets the three at odds? What sets in motion the necessity to choose one over the other? How will this choice change everything and everyone he loves?

Jacob Miller, a first-generation American, grew up in New Berlin, a small German immigrant town in Ohio where he endured the Great Depression, met his wife, and started a family. Though his early years were not easy, Jacob believes he is headed toward his ‘happily ever after’ until a friend is sent to an internment camp for enemy combatants, and the war lands resolutely on his doorstep.

In An Enemy Like Me, Teri M. Brown uses the backdrop of World War II to show the angst experienced by Jacob, his wife, and his four-year-old son as he leaves for and fights in a war he did not create. She explores the concepts of xenophobia, intrafamily dynamics, and the recognition that war is not won and lost by nations, but by ordinary men and women and the families who support them.

About the Author:

Born in Athens, Greece as an Air Force brat, Teri M Brown graduated from UNC Greensboro. She began her writing career helping small businesses with content creation and published five nonfiction self-help books dealing with real estate and finance, receiving “First Runner Up” in the Eric Hoffman Book Awards for 301 Simple Things You Can Do To Sell Your Home Now, finalist in the USA Best Books Awards for How To Open and Operate a Financially Successful Redesign, Redecorate, and Real Estate Staging Business and for 301 Simple Things You Can Do To Sell Your Home Now, and Honorable Mention in Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award for Private Mortgage Investing. In 2017, after winning the First Annual Anita Bloom Ornoff Award for Inspirational Short Story, she began writing fiction in earnest, and published Sunflowers Beneath the Snow in January 2022. Her second novel, An Enemy Like Me, launches in January 2023. Teri is a wife, mother, grandmother, and author who loves word games, reading, bumming on the beach, taking photos, singing in the shower, hunting for bargains, ballroom dancing, playing bridge, and mentoring others. Learn more at www.terimbrown.com.

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Giveaway Alert! Remembering Calix by Ashley O’Melia

This month’s giveaway is for a Kindle copy of Remembering Calix. It’s a short sci-fi romance that I hope you’ll enjoy!

Calix wakes up in the wildlands of Alcor, unsure of exactly where she is. More importantly, she doesn’t really know who she is. Pairing up with a wanted criminal who insists on helping her, she journeys through the wildlands and into the city to discover her past and change her future.

Entering is easy! Each action earns you an entry:

-leave a comment here on this post

-leave a comment on the giveaway post on my Facebook page

-share the giveaway post from my Facebook page

-join my mailing list

Not sure what to say? Any comment will do, or you can tell me what your favorite planet is!

The contest will stay open through the end of February! There will be another one coming soon, so be sure to check back!

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Giveaway Alert! A Writer’s Guide to Medicine by Natalie Dale

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Let’s kick the weekend off with a giveaway! I recently had the chance to interview Natalie Dale, author of newly released A Writer’s Guide to Medicine. She was generous enough to offer a free Kindle copy of her book to one lucky reader!

Entering is easy! Each action earns you an entry:

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Not sure what to say? Any comment will do, or you can tell me what your favorite animal is!

The contest will stay open for one week! There will be another one coming soon, so be sure to check back!

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Giveaway Alert! Autographed Copy of Once a Wanderer

Hi and Happy Monday! It’s time to do another giveaway! This week it’s an autographed copy of Once a Wanderer, written by yours truly! This is the second book in the series, and you can find the first one here.

Entering is easy! Each action earns you an entry:

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Not sure what to say? Any comment will do, or you can tell me what your favorite animal is!

Congratulations to Keith W., winner of last week’s giveaway!

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Giveaway Alert! Autographed Copy of The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keeping

Hi and Happy Monday! It’s time to do another giveaway! This week it’s an autographed copy of The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keeping, written by yours truly!

Entering is easy! Each action earns you an entry:

-leave a comment here on this post

-leave a comment on the giveaway post on my Facebook page

-share the giveaway post from my Facebook page

-join my mailing list

Not sure what to say? Tell me what your favorite Christmas move is! This giveaway will run through December 12th.

Congratulations to Jennifer G., winner of last week’s giveaway of Dragon Oracle Cards by Diana Cooper.

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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A Class Coveted is now Available!

Have you been anxiously waiting for the fourth installment of Susie Murphy‘s A Matter of Class series like I have? Well, today is your lucky day! This series has been one of my absolute favorite historical fiction reads. Romance, action, and such amazing detail that you’d think you bought a time machine instead of a book!

A Class Coveted is now available on Amazon! It’s a great way to wrap up your Cyber Monday shopping (along with the other books in the series if you haven’t already read them, available in a boxed set here). Keep an eye on my blog for the official review of A Class Coveted, coming soon!

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside Detective.  Her short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Signed Book: Always Darkest by Jess and Keith Flaherty

What’s better than buying a signed book? Winning one!

I was fortunate enough to win a signed copy of Always Darkest at a release party on Facebook way back in 2017. That was kind of a terrible year for me, so a free book wasn’t unwelcome!

I have a special shelf for all my signed books, so it was a delight to add such a good one to it! You can find my review of it here.

Do you have any signed books? I have more I’ll be sharing in the coming months, but I’d love to hear about yours!

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Signed Book: Soun Tetoken by Ken Thomasma

I’m working through my shelves and getting rid of the books that don’t mean much to me. That makes me appreciate the part of my collection that I’m keeping so much more!

Soun Tetoken is a book that found me instead of the other way around.

Way back in grade school, when I was a kid at Running Creek Elementary in Elizabeth, Colorado, the author Ken Thomasma came to speak to us. I don’t remember all of what he said, but I do know I was absolutely fascinated by having a real author in our school. He knew how to take the story in his head and actually get it into a book, and I was on the moon.

Mr. Thomasma asked us each to write a short story. The winners would receive a print of one of the illustrations from his book, Naya Nuki. To my sheer delight, my story was selected!

So as not to take up time at the assembly, we were told that we could come see Mr. Thomasma after school and he would sign the print. I was absolutely terrified that I’d miss the bus, and so I went straight home instead. It’s a decision I’ve often regretted.

Fast forward a few decades to the closeout of our local used book store here in Illinois. The owners were retiring, and they’d finally reached the point of giving everything away for free. Of course, I went! I brought my girls into the kids’ room and happened to spot Soun Tetoken. I was immediately thrown back to that sad memory of never getting my print signed, but I was rewarded when I opened the front cover and found this.

I might not have made the right decision way back in second grade or so, but Ken’s signature came to me anyway. I don’t even have the print anymore, but this book fits very nicely on my shelf with my other signed books.

Do you have any signed books? I have more I’ll be sharing in the coming months, but I’d love to hear about yours!

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Signed Book: Soul Catcher by Frank Herbert

Even though I’m still working through my Bookshelf Cleanout, there are some books that simply won’t be leaving my shelves anytime soon. Some of my favorites are those that’ve been signed by the author, of course! While I don’t have any amazing stories about meeting a famous writer, these books still mean a lot to me.

Soul Catcher came to me completely by accident. I was in a used bookstore, and I’d recently read the Dune series. I didn’t know a thing about this book, but being by the same author and only $1.55 was enough for me. In fact, I might’ve paid even less than that if I was trading books in that day.

I didn’t even realize it was signed until I got home, and I absolutely hit the ceiling with excitement! I couldn’t believe anyone would get rid of a book like this. I even love that he struck out the print version of his name before signing it. This all happened when I was a teenager, and I’ve managed to hold onto this book ever since.

Do you have any signed books? I have more I’ll be sharing in the coming months, but I’d love to hear about yours!

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Signed Book: True Jaguar by Warren Norwood

Even though I’m still working through my Bookshelf Cleanout, there are some books that simply won’t be leaving my shelves anytime soon. Some of my favorites are those that’ve been signed by the author, of course! While I don’t have any amazing stories about meeting a famous writer, these books still mean a lot to me.

You may have seen my recent post about building my Warren Norwood collection with The Windhover Tapes. I’m currently obsessed with old sci-fi, and bonus points if it’s out of print! I scored this signed book on eBay for only six bucks.

I particularly love the way it was signed. I don’t know if this was for some sort of giveaway or if perhaps the author had a feeling this book would wander around until it got to me, but I love it!

Do you have any signed books? I have more I’ll be sharing in the coming months, but I’d love to hear about yours!

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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