Saturday, April 15, 2017

Book Feature of WHEN PLANETS FALL by: Abby J. Reed

Carly's View welcomes writer, Abby J. Reed. We spoke with Abby back in December when we did an author interview. Abby is back today focusing on her newest release, WHEN PLANETS FALL, a young adult sci-fi book with many twists and turns. This is book one in the Stars Fall Circle series. The book is published with Soul Mate Publishing and is available in e-book and paperback on Amazon.

Read on for the blurb of WHEN PLANETS FALL:

Breaker's home is cleaved by blood. The three tribes on the planet Scarlatti, whose only difference is their blood color, each want to exploit Breaker's valley for themselves. The feudal tension has already claimed red-blood Breaker's leg and his older brother. Now all this 18-year old wants is to maintain the tenuous peace in order to keep his little 'stroid of a brother alive. Malani, a red-blood raised blue, is a kidnapped POW and only wants to return to her adoptive home with her dangerous blue secrets. Luka, a red-blood stewing for trouble, wants to right wrongs done to his family and bath his home in justice.

All three intersect when Breaker discovers a wrecked starship and is given seven days by the green-bloods to fix and hand it over as a weapon. Breaker must decide if aiding his enemies is worth the home he knows and his family's life. War is coming. And war respects no boundaries. And war leaves no survivors.

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Abby J. Reed writes young adult science fiction and fantasy novels that ask what if.She has a degree in English Writing and is drawn to characters with physical limitations due to her own neurological disorder called Chronic Migraine. Her debut novel, When Planets Fall, will be published in April 2017 by Soul Mate Publishing.
Abby lives in Colorado with her husband and two fluffy pups. If her hands aren’t on the keyboard, they are stained purple and blue with paint.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Interview with author Stacy Renee Keywell

Today Carly's View welcomes author Stacy Keywell. April is Autism Awareness month and Stacy's new book runs along that theme. Read on to learn more about Stacy and her newest book, POPPIES FOR CHRISTMAS.

·         What made you decide to become a writer?
The passion to tell a good story always lived inside of me. Starting from when I was very young I would tell my little brother stories. As I grew older, I kept stacks of notebooks to record my life, and my stories. Even in college I wrote fun tales to relay my thoughts instead of boring essays. It has been a life goal to be well-read, and to share as many story ideas as humanly possible that live inside the depths of my imagination.

·         Who are some of your favorite authors and why?
I am a sucker for Jane Austin. I love that the characters she introduced us to so many years ago still have relevance today. Plus I am ever wishing to meet the charming Mr. Knightly. Perhaps he and I could take a long walk in a garden somewhere.

I adore Marissa Meyers. Her fairy tale characters come to life on the pages of her books. I couldn’t get enough of her cyborg Cinder princess taking on the evil Queen with the rough and tough Riding Hood, and the sweet and smart Rapunzel. I wanted to hang out on the moon with all of the overindulgent royalty.

 When it comes to reading, I have a wide range of interest, from the classics to contemporary authors, reading has been an important part of my life.

·         If you could be any character in any book, who would it be and why?
I want to jump into The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and become the magical, incredible Celia. She possesses such fantastical powers. Just to live a day in that world, and meander around the Cirque des Reves, would be incredible. I was mesmerized by the detail of the atmosphere of the circus. I wanted to eat, drink, and inhale every experience that book offered. I fell in love with the dashing Marco and the world he helped create. That was a story where all dreams could come true, if only for a night. It was almost Seussical in its whimsy.

·         Do you have any hobbies you would like to share?
Besides reading and writing, I have so many things I love to do. I am not sure they are considered hobbies, but I love to travel. Even when I am at home I take road trips around Michigan. We have so much to offer; beaches, botanical gardens, museums. I love to cook and bake, especially with my girls. I frequently try new restaurants. I love learning about new cultures, so I not only eat different foods, I love shopping in unique stores. TV and movies are a big part of my life, I am crazy about IMDB trivia. I am a pro binge-watcher. I ice skate and take long walks, I’m always moving, always going somewhere. I like to sing and dance, awkwardly. I also love learning, taking classes, and applying my new knowledge to my life. I try to soak up what life has to offer as much as I can.

·         Tell me about your first kiss? Was it magical or not so magical?
Oh my goodness! When I was five, there was a boy in Kindergarten that had a crush on me. He would stand next to me in line against the wall before school started, and scoot too close to me during circle time. He would try to kiss me, like, all of the time! He got a few in as well. Any hoo, as a matter of fact, it was not magical! At all! Plus, the teacher did not do a thing about it, even when I complained. Besides, I liked the boy who had the Star Wars T-shirt. I would make plans with him to dress in Star Wars gear, until that one day he disappointed me because he forgot to wear his Luke Skywalker shirt. So, I moved on, and took my magic with me!

·         Do you have another career besides writing? If so, what is it?
Yes, I am a teacher. I have been an educator for over two decades. I love working with all ages, and have done so since I was old enough to be a classroom assistant in Sunday school in upper elementary. I grew up in a teaching household. I would use my father’s lesson plan books and teach my stuffed animals.

·         What’s an item on your bucket list that you haven’t done yet?
I dream of traveling to Italy. I want to stuff myself with gelato, bread, pizza, and pasta while drinking rich cups of espresso. The canals of Venice are calling my name. The marble statues and beautiful figures in the fresco paintings are wiggling their fingers at me inviting me to gaze upon them. I will reach them someday.

·         Tell us the best vacation you have ever been on.
That is tough. All of my vacations have been the best. I climbed the great Pyramid and hung out in front of the Sphinx. I explored the colorful rock city of Petra. I swam with sharks, and landed on the Marlon Brando’s beach in French Polynesia. I visited Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. I saw Cats in New York. I ate scones at Harrods of London. I celebrated Christmas at Disney. I got engage in Nice, France. I swam with Dolphins in Grand Cayman. I hung out on the deck of several cruise ships with a tropical drink in my hand. I stayed home and made a tea party on a blanket on the family room floor with my two daughters while watching Alice in Wonderland over winter break from school. Well, I guess the last one was the best.

·         Where do you find the inspiration for your books?
Is it too cliché to say life? Well, I love clichés, so life gives me book ideas. I am a daydreamer. I live in my mind most of the time. There I compose many ideas. I record a lot of them in my notebooks, then try to find time to cultivate them into books. Some work out, and some don’t, but I love the process. As I am writing I see the characters in their world, like a movie happening all around me. It is a trance-like state. Writing brings as much happiness as reading or watching a movie. I love the magic that happens inside the mind.

·         Is there anything else you would like to share with your fans?
Yes. April is Autism Awareness month. Even though Poppies for Christmas has a holiday theme, it is a year-round book that brings characters of all abilities to life. In the story, the sweet and peppy Poppy strives to love all without labels, but I felt compelled to include more characters that face challenges with ASD in the literary world. Statistically 1 percent of the world population has autism spectrum disorder, and 1 in 68 births in the US. But most people want to enter the dating world and experience that happily ever after we all chase. So I baked up a story to deliver those real life circumstances and topped it off with sweet and delicious frosting. I hope when people read this interview or my story they feel compassion for those who live with differences, and think twice about passing judgement. I also hope when they read about my character, they realize nothing is impossible, no job, no friendship, no dream is impossible. Individuals in the ASD and disabled community face that all of the time from the critics in the world; you won’t be able to walk, talk, function in society, have the life you desire. But that is wrong! People are not their disability, their labels, they are lovers and dreamers who deserve respect. Get to know someone and love without labels.

Thank you so very much!

Author Stacy Renée Keywell lives a life of fabulous clichés. She enjoys asking rhetorical questions, and speaking redundantly. Stacy works hard at telling bad jokes, dancing oddly yet awesomely, and making up amazing new words in hopes that they will one day find their way into the dictionary. She strives to love without labels. She vows to bravely stand by the sides of those who need her, especially her two daughters. Stacy, her husband, and her children live in Michigan in a quaint house in the woods.

A celebration of love without labels. It’s easy to be brave with you by my side!
Popular DJ Dexx finds himself positively smitten by the precociously pristine Poppy Paris. Too bad she’s already taken by an older boy, Declan Davies, a beautiful model with a thriving career, and a perfect family. By a dreamful stroke of chance, Dexx finds himself invited to spend Christmas at the Davies home by a gorgeous girl, granting him the opportunity to pursue the precious Poppy. But in his quest to win her over, he unlocks a world of imperfection and insecurity, where people are picked on for their disabilities, speech, appearance, and eccentricities. For Poppy and her friends, love trumps labels, and everyone deserves a brave friend to stand by their side. What gifts will Dexx discover this Christmas? Will he ultimately find true love, or will he discover something even greater?
You are invited to read a powerful story about living with autism, but not letting it define you, about being bullied, but carrying on with determination and grit, and about having dreams, but not giving up in the face of adversity. Come celebrate something beautiful with Poppies for Christmas.
 “Dexx!” Denver ran across the floor to greet me. “You clean up nice.” She playfully punched me in the arm.
            She looked even more stunning than before, as if that was possible for anyone outside the Davies family. She had changed into a black, silky blouse, and some tight, sequined black leggings. A simple diamond necklace replaced the pearls. Her freshly flat-ironed hair glistened, and hung long down her dainty back.
            “Hey, beautiful,” I greeted her, throwing a bit of swagger her way, as my confidence slowly crept back in once the food charged up my system.
            Denver jumped, a delicate finch, excited by my compliment.
            “Follow me. We’re going to hang out in the family room, eat some appetizers before dinner, and the rest of the festivities.” Her eyes sparkled as she spoke. “Tonight it’s totes casual, just the few of us doing a little decorating, eating a bunch of goodies,” her voice sang out every word.
            “Sounds fantastic.”
            Denver gripped my hand. I let her guide me across the smooth floor. Dropping my fingers, she ran ahead to the entryway of the family room. I walked in and stood under the mistletoe. I took another bite of sausage when… I saw…her!
             I inhaled deep. A flake from the pastry got caught in my throat. I let out a harsh cough. My eyes watered. The crust popped out, and dangled from my lip. Through my tears, I cast my eyes on my lovely muse, the magnificent Poppy.
            Using my arm, I wiped the gooey dough off my lip, and brushed off the crumbs. How could I have forgotten about Poppy? With all of the excitement geared around Denver, my mind lapsed. It drifted away from my Poppy. But, as fast as a roller coaster screeches to a halt, my neck whiplashed. My brain bounced back to my main mission at the first sight of her.
            Poppy wore a cream sweater accented with a red bow covered in red flowers. Her pouty lips matched the red ribbon. Her thick hair was tied back in a red band, and cascaded down her shoulder.
            An extremely handsome boy gripped both of her small hands in his. He caressed her knuckles with his thumbs. As his head turned, his features dazzled. He looked like he had sprung off a polished poster. An unreal creature from a print ad which came to life in the middle of the room, an anomaly in an otherwise ordinary world. I recognized Declan right away. Flawless skin, dark hair, and a smolder that would knock most girls dead.
            My heart thumped loudly in my ears. Denver grabbed some snacks. She exchanged words with her brother, but I didn’t understand anything they said. The blood pumped through my body, banging around with too much cacophony. Denver garbled something in my ear and laughed.
            “What?” I asked.
            Noise echoed around the room. I was still too shocked by Poppy’s presence to move or make sense of her words.
            Poppy beamed at Declan. She patted his hand affectingly, and rose off a nearby chair. She moved toward me. My body stiffened. The world moved in slow motion. She crept closer and closer. She got a few steps away from me. Her smile melted into a pinched frown. Her eyes narrowed. She didn’t look as happy to see me as I was to see her. She finally reached me under the mistletoe, and whispered in my ear.
            “What are you doing here?” She sounded pissed off, opposite of her normally chipper disposition.
            “Why, I was invited, just like you,” I responded sweetly, ignoring her obvious annoyance with me.
            “Are you following me or something? I don’t get it. Why did you come here for Christmas?”
            “I thought it might be a nice surprise. So, are you surprised, Poppy? Are you surprised to see me?” I asked eagerly.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Character Interview with Jon Riche' from The Jordan James P.I. Series

Today Carly welcomes Jon Riche', a character in the Jordan James P.I. series by: Rachel Sharpe. Thank you for joining us Jon.

The pleasure is all mine, Carly.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Well, I was born and raised in Glocester, Rhode Island (boring town. Don’t waste the airfare) by my dad. I have two overachieving older brothers, Ted and Harvey, who both work for my dad’s company as financial planners (there’s a reason I moved to Boston).
I’m a Leo, which tells you more than you need to know about my personality. I tried college for a while, but it wasn’t my thing. I’ve learned more outside of the classroom than I ever did inside one.
 I’m an actor who also happens to work with Jordan James, PI, the most successful private investigator in Boston. I’m the main reason for her success, but sometimes Jordan forgets that so I have to remind her.
How would you describe yourself?
In a word? Amazing. I am constantly amazed by myself. I’m smart, funny, charming, handsome and clever. And famous. You probably recognize me from my most recent guest starring roles in Breakdown Lane and Brooklyn Times.
 I just shot the pilot for a new drama being shopped to Netflix. It’s about a family of cops in Boston. I play the middle son, Joey. Great story. Can’t wait to see it. I’m in SAG, by the way. I’m also pretty big on Instagram and Twitter. I’ve got over twenty-five hundred followers now (sorry; I don’t follow followers).  
Who is your hero?
Besides myself? I guess I would have to say my mom. She was an amazing, strong woman. She was compassionate, funny and always thinking about others. She loved life. She could drive me insane sometimes  but she always brought out the best in me. Don’t tell her I said this, but I guess Jordan is kind of like that, too. Maybe that’s why we work so well together.
What would you say is your biggest accomplishment in life?
Besides acting? Helping Jordan achieve her dreams as a PI. Before I came along, she didn’t think she could make it. She was scared to try. I convinced her to believe in herself and she’s never looked back.  I never would have imagined how much my life could change after she ran out in front of my bike. Acting is my passion, but working with Jordan is real. And it’s a wild ride. I always look forward to our next case. 
Tell us about your favorite case with Jordan James.
Wow. That’s a tough one. We’ve had so many and they’ve all been interesting in their own right, but I guess the one that resonated the most with me was when we solved that murder in Colorado. The idea that anyone would want to shoot an actor is beyond me. 
What would you say is your greatest strength?
There are so many, it’s hard to pinpoint just one. If I had to choose, I guess I would go with my ability to think outside the box. It’s one of the main reasons I’m so successful in both my fields.
What would you say is your greatest weakness?
I can’t think of any off hand. I’m pretty amazing.
What haunts you?
Next question.
What are your thoughts on the current political climate in America right now?
I have way too much going on in my own life to be worried about that. 
Anything you would like to add?
Follow me on Instagram and Twitter and if you’re ever in need of a private eye, give us a call. We’re the best. Seriously.
Jon, you are a fascinating character and I'm happy you spent some time with us on Carly's View. Shall I introduce the books you co-star in with Jordan?
Yes Carly. I think that would be fabulous.

"What started out as a star-studded vacation has turned into a sensational avalanche..."

When private investigator Jordan James decided to join her best friend on the set of her hit television series in the Rocky Mountains, she had no idea she would become a key player in a murder mystery more suited for the big screen than the slopes. With one actor dead and a killer on the loose, can Jordan uncover the culprit before another victim makes headlines on Hollywood Minute?

"BITTER RETRIBUTION" Available Now on Amazon!!!

Also Available in the Jordan James, PI Series - COLD AMBITION and LOST DISTINCTION!!!


“Maybe it’ll be okay?” he repeated, his green eyes widening. “Have you decided to eighty-six common sense? Jordan, you watched somebody die today! You yourself said he was murdered. What makes you think everything’s gonna be all sunshine and lollipops with a killer on the loose?"


"It was my life-long dream to become a private eye. Little did I know that with my very first case, that dream would become a life-threatening nightmare..."

When Jordan James decided to embark on a career as a private investigator, she never could have imagined that a chance encounter would lead to her staring down the barrel of a gun on the roof’s edge of a high-rise building. As she begins to investigate her first case, the puzzling murder of a prominent businessman that has left Boston’s finest mystified for more than two decades, she finds herself suddenly immersed in a treacherous underworld brimming with betrayal, raw greed, and political subterfuge of international proportions. In the midst of this, she discovers she is falling for her mysterious client despite the hints of his dark past. Can this feisty Southern girl with a penchant for trouble solve this baffling case or is she doomed to become another tragic chapter in an international conspiracy?

"COLD AMBITION" Available Now on Amazon!


“It all started with a favor…”

When private investigator Jordan James agreed to search for the missing son of a U.S. Ambassador, she didn’t realize she was walking into a case one hundred years in the making. The deeper she delves into this unusual assignment, the more shocking, and the more dangerous, it becomes. With time running out and lives at stake, Jordan must race to identify the culprit of an elaborate plot while also uncovering a far more personal truth too intimate to ignore...

"LOST DISTINCTION" Available Now on Amazon!


Rachel Sharpe is the author of Cold Ambition, Lost Distinction, and Bitter Retribution, all part of the Jordan James, PI series. Although born and raised in the South, "Yankee" relatives first led Rachel to historic New England, which she has come to consider her second home and is the setting for the series. 

After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in English, Rachel began dedicating her free time to her childhood passion, writing, and in the fall of 2013, she signed with Soul Mate Publishing. An active member of Sisters In Crime, Rachel currently resides with her husband and children in the Greater New Orleans area.

Check Out Rachel's Sites to Keep Up with Jordan James!!!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: Sublime Karma by Peyton Garver

Carly's View welcomes writer Peyton Garver, author of SUBLIME KARMA. Peyton gave me an ARC copy of her book for an honest review. Read on for my review and for other news regarding her book.


When Brie's stepfather moves the family for what he calls a new beginning, it's not the new beginning the beautiful, yet guarded, senior would have hoped for. Brie is instantly targeted by jealous girls at her new school, and the only available seat on her bus is next to the school’s star wide receiver, Jake, who for some reason, finds her offensive. After a humiliating article and picture of Brie is posted in the online school journal, a demon she thought she'd overcome resurfaces, and her life unravels. A newly compassionate Jake has finally taken an interest in her, but can Brie learn to trust her heart, or will she miss out on the best thing that ever happened to her?

Jake has his own secrets and has built his own walls, but eventually his curiosity about the new girl gets the best of him. Unfortunately, now there is competition: the captain of her cross country team. Jake's romantic histories with the girl next door and the school's queen bee, adds tension to a simmering tempest when all he wants is Brie. Is he strong enough to help the one he loves weave sense into her crumbling new reality while overcoming his own tainted past?


I read through this book rather quickly as it caught my interest and then held on to it. I enjoy young adult fiction and this book does not disappoint. The book centers around Brie, the new girl in town. She is beautiful which makes her a target right away with the "mean girls." Their jealousy and desire to hurt in order to make them feel better about themselves is something I think every teenage girl can relate to. It doesn't help that Brie has attracted the attention of popular Jake, a football player and band member of Sublime Karma. 

Jake has his own battles he is dealing with and now he has competition in Ryan, the captain of the cross-country team, for Brie's affections.  It's refreshing to see how Jake supports Brie and her battles. He shows that even though he is popular, he doesn't have to be mean or intimidate in order to be liked. He is genuine.

The book also deals with cutting. This is something that a lot of teens are struggling with. I never understood the concept because self inflicted pain just seemed strange to me. I mentioned this to a teen girl a few years ago and that is when I discovered she was a cutter. She explained that with all the things she had gone through and had no control over, that cutting was something she could control. She could control how deep she cut or how many times. The sting of the blade reminded her she was alive and could still feel things. She said it was a release of everything she kept pent up inside. It's sad. Just sad.

My only issue with this book is that there is a lot going on in it. I got pulled out of the story a couple of times just checking to make sure I was getting everything. All in all, this is a good read. I would rate it at 4 stars.


The bus snaked its way through the country roads and then to the lavish development that backed up to the woods behind his house. Upperclassmen from this neighborhood had their own cars. This bus collected the underclassmen: those few who weren’t chauffeured, as minions of the privileged.
Jake leaned back in his seat and folded his arms across his chest, not looking at the kids coming down the aisle. None dared to ask if they could sit in the empty space next to him. They’d sit three to a seat rather than make that request. Just the way he wanted it.
The over-filled bus pulled to a stop midway down Belmont Circle. New stop? Jake looked out his window at the estate with a circular drive. Huh. It finally sold. He watched as a single figure headed toward the bus. What, so now they get door-to-door service? He rolled his eyes.
Seconds later, she stood in the aisle waiting. From his seat, his eyes skimmed up passed her faded jeans and plain, loose sweater, and his breath caught in his throat. Her long blond hair was pulled to the side in a loose braid. Her face? Ethereal. But then, his flustered gaze became an annoyed glare.
Her bleak gray eyes seemed to look right through him before they darted to the space next to him. Did she even register his indignation? She must have. Yet, she stood there in the aisle twisting the loose adjustment strap on her backpack tightly around her fingers.
“May I sit here?” her meek voice broke the silence that had fallen around them.
Noticing the hush of conversation, Jake’s eyes skimmed the crowded bus. There was no doubt he and this new girl had an audience. Not something he relished.
His eyes swept back to her. He could tell she was nervous. He heard it in her quavering voice and saw it in the way she avoided his eyes. He could just say no. But, as long as she was standing, the bus wouldn’t budge. Becca looked at him from her seat across the aisle then whipped her phone out and started her eager texting. He narrowed his eyes at her, and then with a smirk, he stood.
“Really?” he bit out at her under his breath, leaning close so only she could hear. He grabbed his backpack from the seat and football bag off the wheel well and then moved his six-foot-one frame into the aisle. With a jerk of his head, he directed her to the space by the window.
She slipped by him with lithesome poise, maneuvering in the small space without so much as brushing against him. He watched her settle into the seat with perfect posture, even though her feet were raised up on the wheel well. Her vacant eyes never returned to his. So, why was his heart suddenly beating faster? Was it because of his rudeness and the fact that she ignored it? Could it be remorse? She didn’t seem to have that presumptuous, stuck-up attitude that so annoyed him. She looked almost . . . empty.


As a child, Peyton called places like Livorno, Italy; Orléans, France; and Augsburg, Germany home. She has since settled in Maryland, where she earned her degree in education at Towson State University, married her sweetheart of two years, and became an instant mother to three spirited young boys before adding another son to the brood. And, with their yellow lab George, it's no stretch to say she's outnumbered.

When not writing, Peyton is a full time teacher. Inspired by the individual spirits, heartaches, and triumphs of her students, Peyton has developed characters who resemble real world teens dealing with real issues: relationships, jealousy, bullying, and depression. Her newest novel, Sublime Karma, is a contemporary story filled with emotion, depth, wit, and suspense. Sublime Karma will be published in the fall of 2016 by Soulmate Publishing.

When asked if she actually involves her students in her stories, Peyton answered that her stories are completely fictional, but then admitted to an activity in which she does involve them. "One quirky, fun thing I like to do with students who have read my book is develop a dream cast for my characters. That all started when a group of girls were arguing over which actor they thought best fit the character Four in Veronica Roth's novel Divergent. They then turned their efforts to my manuscript.  I've since added those dream casts to my website."

When she's not teaching or writing, Peyton enjoys traveling. The Caribbean Islands have become a favorite vacation getaway for Peyton and her husband. "Nothing is better than sitting on a beach, in front of the crystal clear sea, enveloped in the warmth of the tropical sun with a frosty piña colada and a good book that I just can't put down."


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