The Royal Magician of Oz Trilogy is a 3 volume tale of magic and wonder that recalls the cherished values of friendship, loyalty and courage. This timeless tale of Oz reminds us of the value of overcoming our deepest fears and conquering the challenges that might otherwise defeat us.

Volume One; Magician of Oz, Volume Two; Shadow Demon of Oz and Volume Three; Family of Oz are now available for your reading enjoyment, as well as The Ozian Adventure of Pickleless & Blu.

The Emerald Slippers of Oz
, featuring an Introduction by Roger S. Baum; great grandson of L. Frank Baum, as well as Tails of Oz are also
available for your reading enjoyment.

The newest adventure in Oz, entitled: Nomes of Oz is now available and fast becoming a best-seller in the Land of Oz.

All are available in both paperback and Kindle.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Howl Yea! For Child Safety in the Wabash Valley‏!

A Guinness Book of World Records Attempt for the Most Number of People Simultaneously Howling at the Full Moon.


The Center for Public Service and Community Engagement at Indiana State University, in conjunction with C.H.A.N.C.E.S. for Youth of Terre Haute, Ryves Youth Center at Etling Hall and the Terre Haute Children’s Museum are co-sponsoring Howl Yea! For Child Safety in the Wabash Valley on July 26th, 2010 from 8:30-10:00pm at the Indiana State University Fountain area of Dede Plaza located next to the Hulman Memorial Student Union in the center of campus.

This event is designed to promote the local non-profit organizations which serve the youth of the Wabash Valley and bring about further awareness of their programs and facilities, as well as highlighting issues related to child safety and awareness throughout the Wabash Valley.

The centerpiece of this event features a Guinness Book of World Records Sanctioned Attempt for the Most Number of People Simultaneously Howling at the Full Moon.

The current record stands at 250 people and the goal of the Howl Yea! For Child Safety in the Wabash Valley is to break this record and be officially recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records Organization.

The record-breaking event is free of charge and the public is highly encouraged to attend and be a part of an official world record.

Registration for the event begins promptly at 8:30pm and is a required part of the official program. Registration will occur on sight at the ISU Fountain area of Dede Plaza located next to the Hulman Memorial Student Union in the center of campus. In order to be considered as an official participant in the Guinness Book of World Records Sanctioned Attempt for the Most Number of People Simultaneously Howling at the Full Moon, all participants must be registered prior to the attempt.

The Guinness Book of World Records Sanctioned Attempt for the Most Number of People Simultaneously Howling at the Full Moon will begin at10:00pm and will last only a few minutes.

C.H.A.N.C.E.S. for Youth of Terre Haute, Ryves Youth Center at Etling Hall and the Terre Haute Children’s Museum, along with the Center for Public Service and Community Engagement at Indiana State University will have representatives available to discuss their programs and mission of service for the youth of the Wabash Valley.

For more information regarding the Howl Yea! For Child Safety in the Wabash Valley event, including the Guinness Book of World Records Sanctioned Attempt for the Most Number of People Simultaneously Howling at the Full Moon, please contact James C. Wallace II, Event Organizer at howlyea2010@yahoo.com or 812.841.0886.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Scene 5; Act 2: Guest Author Trish Silver; Author of When I Remember Love


The Virtual Book Tour approaches its next stop, which just so happens to be located adjacent to the oven that appears to be set on 450 degrees. So make sure the rack is on the center pins, the timer is set and the book is totally basted.

I present our next author; Trish Silver;


Author of When I Remember Love



I was born and raised in Whitefish Bay, WI. I went to college at the University of Cincinnati. I moved to Los Angeles in the turbulent 1960's and met my husband Ed. We have been happily married for 41 years and have two sons, Matthew and David. We also have two grandchildren, Jack and Sarah.

Book Info: When I Remember Love is my first book. It is a contemporary romance novel about a rock superstar, Aidan, who realized fame by winning an American Idol type of television reality competition. He falls in love at first sight with the beautiful Jenna and together they navigate through the rocky road fame presented them.


You can learn all about it on my website: http://trishsilver.com.


It can be purchased on my site, Amazon.com, and BarnesandNoble.com, and SmashWords.com.


There is a Kindle version.

Who would have thought that I would ever write a romance novel? I am a big fan of American Idol and after watching the show one night, my story unfolded in a dream. It was like watching a movie; at that moment, I knew that someday my book would become a film. I could see the look on the face of my handsome pop star, Aidan, as he saw his beautiful Jenna for the first time. Jenna, star struck whispered in my ear," He’s the one!" As the story came to me vividly scene by scene, I became a fan of my characters.

Personally, I wanted to help Jenna build Jenna's House, a home for the homeless. Also, I wanted my characters to overcome the many obstacles that sudden fame bestowed upon them. It’s not like the usual romance novel; I took a chance and wrote outside the box. It was my intention that my readers look upon married love in its purest form without cheating or abuse of any kind.

I wanted my readers to hear the music that Aidan sang to his audience and to Jenna and was lucky enough to become part of a brilliant songwriting team. You may hear it on my website: http://trishsilver.com. And you can get a preview of the story by watching the book trailer video on my site and hear one of our original songs sung in the background too. If you like a good love story like I do, you will adore this book.

Thursday, July 15, 2010


Renowned Wabash Valley author James C. Wallace II will be appearing at the Rockville Farmer's Market in downtown Rockville, Indiana to discuss and autograph his latest children's book, Shadow Demon of Oz.



Mr. Wallace has been commissioned by Princess Ozma, Ruler and Royal Sovereign of Oz to tell her story of her newest Royal Magician of Oz, young Jamie Diggs, the great grandson of the original Wizard of Oz, O.Z. Diggs.


The Royal Magician of Oz Trilogy features Magician of Oz and Shadow Demon of Oz, both of which are currently available through Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com.


Family of Oz, the third and final volume of the trilogy is due out in early 2011.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Scene 3; Act 4: Guest Author April Blanding; Author of Diamonds in the Rough

The heat is less oppressive, but not by much! Good thing I sits in front of a fan, thumbing through the Virtual Book Tour and wondering who our next guest is.

Turns out its: April Blanding; Author of Diamonds in the Rough.




Now, somebody pass me a cold soda and turn the fan up higher.




“Jumping In”

Although I am only a first time author, I have gotten a slew of questions about the publishing industry and process. I don’t consider myself an expert, but I do have some knowledge about the business. However, I am still learning. Since this is my first guest blog post, I figured I would use the space to discuss some of the things I’ve learned and give some tips to those who are looking to “jump into” this business. As you read, please remember that some of this is fact and some is a matter of opinion. Also, no two authors will have the same experience in this business so their views will be different.


Research Publishing Companies

I consider this as my first rule of thumb. It is also the first thing I tell people who show interest in joining this business. It is very important that you research the company that you want to join. If you don’t, you may go in expecting more than what you are going to get in return. It helps to ask other authors what they like or dislike about the company so you can get an idea of what you’re getting yourself into. You still have to keep in mind though that everyone’s experience is different. Whereas one author may be content with the company, another author may be marking off the days when his/her contract is up. You may not even know what is considered a “good” publishing company until you have something to compare it to.


Another suggestion that I give is to submit your manuscript to a company that specializes in your genre. For example, you do not want to submit a science fiction novel to a company that only publishes romance. More than likely, the company is not going to be interested since it is not their focus. If you review the submission guidelines, most companies state specifically what they are looking for (sometimes even down to the page count!). Make sure to follow the guidelines! It is your first step to getting your manuscript reviewed!


Know Your Budget

I would highly suggest that you choose your publishing company based off your budget. Even if your company does not charge you a fee for their services, you will still need money for marketing purposes and travel. Be prepared for it!


If you want to self-publish, be prepared to handle almost all of the expenses. Yes, you keep creative control over your work, but you are also responsible for the costs. This can include cover design, editing, etc, depending on the package that you purchase.


Remember this: it takes money to make money!


Keep it One Hundred

Since it is your work and your dream, you are naturally going to put in one hundred percent. You want everything to be perfect even down to the period at the end of the sentence. Going into the business, you expect to get the same thing in return. Well, the truth is, it doesn’t always happen. I have met a slew of authors and have heard some horror stories. Your vision for your work may be to inspire while someone else’s is to simply make money. Some companies do not care if your book has errors. They will publish it in a heartbeat without a second thought.


Out of all the tips I’ve given, the most important one is this: Do not ever give up. If you have a dream, take control to make it a reality. The only person who can stop you is YOU!

Diamond is the Rough can be purchased form the following retailers:

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Howl Yea! For Child Safety in the Wabash Valley‏

A Guinness Book of World Records Attempt for the Most Number of People Simultaneously Howling at the Full Moon.

The Center for Public Service and Community Engagement at Indiana State University, in conjunction with C.H.A.N.C.E.S. for Youth of Terre Haute, Ryves Youth Center at Etling Hall and the Terre Haute Children’s Museum are co-sponsoring Howl Yea! For Child Safety in the Wabash Valley on July 26th, 2010 from 8:30-10:30pm at the Indiana State University Fountain area of Dede Plaza located next to the Hulman Memorial Student Union in the center of campus.

This event is designed to promote the local non-profit organizations which serve the youth of the Wabash Valley and bring about further awareness of their programs and facilities, as well as highlighting issues related to child safety and awareness throughout the Wabash Valley.

The centerpiece of this event features a Guinness Book of World Records Sanctioned Attempt for the Most Number of People Simultaneously Howling at the Full Moon.

The current record stands at 250 people and the goal of the Howl Yea! For Child Safety in the Wabash Valley is to break this record and be officially recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records Organization.

The record-breaking event is free of charge and the public is highly encouraged to attend and be a part of an official world record.

Registration for the event begins promptly at 8:30pm and is a required part of the official program. Registration will occur on sight at the ISU Fountain area of Dede Plaza located next to the Hulman Memorial Student Union in the center of campus. In order to be considered as an official participant in the Guinness Book of World Records Sanctioned Attempt for the Most Number of People Simultaneously Howling at the Full Moon, all participants must be registered prior to the attempt.

The Guinness Book of World Records Sanctioned Attempt for the Most Number of People Simultaneously Howling at the Full Moon will begin between 10:15-10:30pm and will last only a few minutes.

C.H.A.N.C.E.S. for Youth of Terre Haute, Ryves Youth Center at Etling Hall and the Terre Haute Children’s Museum, along with the Center for Public Service and Community Engagement at Indiana State University will have representatives available to discuss their programs and mission of service for the youth of the Wabash Valley.

For more information regarding the Howl Yea! For Child Safety in the Wabash Valley event, including the Guinness Book of World Records Sanctioned Attempt for the Most Number of People Simultaneously Howling at the Full Moon, please contact James C. Wallace II, Event Organizer at howlyea2010@yahoo.com or 812.841.0886.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Scene 2; Act 1: Guest Author Susan Hanniford Crowley; Author of

Two days later and it's still HOT!!! So hot that you could melt a vampire, or so I've heard.

Our next guest author on the Virtual Book Tour just might have a thing or two to say about that.

So, without further ado, (and who needs more ados?), I present Guest Author Susan Hanniford Crowley; Author of:
WHEN LOVE SURVIVES
THE STORMY LOVE LIFE OF LAURA CORDELAIS
A VAMPIRE FOR CHRISTMAS
&VAMPIRE IN THE BASEMENT - Coming Soon!


Summer Nights, Vampire Bites

By Susan Hanniford Crowley (totally fang in cheek)


Tall, dark-haired, dark-eyed vampire David Hilliard walks in and takes a seat. A minute later, blonde Laura Cordelais comes in and sits in his lap.

"I apologize for Susan's tardiness. I hope you don't mind that she sent Laura and me ahead. So this is Oz."

"At least it's not scorching hot, like Manhattan," said Laura.

"I didn't think vampires were affected by the heat?" Susan walks in and sits in a chair.

"We're not."

Laura winced. "It's just when it's hot, all the New Yorkers are out doing things more than normally. There are humans everywhere."

"That's true. It's very hard to do what we do, when there are human everywhere," explained David.

"What do you do?"

The two just grinned.
Susan enjoyed prodding a little. "Let's talk about the Arnhem Knights."

When David shows fangs, it's more than a little frightening. Laura gets up and waves her hand, an arc of lightning shimmering around her.

"David's in a mood. When there are so many humans out and about, the uncivilized vampires go on a spree. The goal of the Arnhem Society is to civilize the vampires of the city. The purpose of the Arnhem Knights is to protect humans from death at the hands of vampires."

"We also give aid to supernaturals in trouble," he added.

"So this week's been bad?"

"Oh, God, yes. But not as bad as when that vampire movie came out. People were standing in lines outside of theaters, around the building, and vampires were si

zing them up for a late night snack." Laura sighed.

Susan shivered. She was in one of those lines.

"So any advice for the readers of Oz?"

"Yes," said David, "Stay inside. Watch tv. Read books."

"Like the Vampires in Manhattan series," added Laura.


WHEN LOVE SURVIVES is about Regina, a half leprechaun/half elf who discovers her magic on the day the World Trade Center is attacked. Gregor (shapeshifer) saves her by pulling her into a coffee shop minutes before the calamity, and they fall in love during their efforts as rescue workers. This story is also a sneak peak into the supernatural diversity of the city.


It’s available at http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-w

henlovesurvives-362921-143.html

and at fine ebooks stores everywhere.


For a review, see: http://wickedreadingsbytawania.blogspot.com/2010/05/review-when-love-survives-by-susan.html



THE STORMY LOVE LIFE OF LAURA CORDELAIS is about Laura, a Telkhine, a rare race of supernaturals who control storms, and the tall, handsome, dark-haired, and mysterious vampire David Hilliard. While Laura is falling from the Brooklyn Bridge, David is begging God to take pity on his loneliness. He gets a vision of a woman falling. What he doesn’t know is that saving Laura plunges them both into an underworld of voodoo and sorcery, from which no one escapes. Does he love her enough to die for her? This book is filled with strange supernaturals the world has forgotten and a hot passion between two lovers who are fighting to keep together. A vampire is not worthy of a Telkhine. Does Laura really believe that?


http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thestormylovelifeo

flauracordelais-374695-139.html


It’s also available in Kindle at Amazon Books. http://www.amazon.com/Stormy-Love-Laura-Cordelais-ebook/dp/B00318D5VY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2&s=digital-text&qid=1278215109&sr=1-1


We’re also waiting for the date of its print release.



A VAMPIRE FOR CHRISTMAS is about dashing vampire and Arnhem Knight Trevor Stenwood. He’s found the woman of his dreams but she’s marked for death by demons. She has him so awestruck that he can’t find the words to talk to Georgia Blake. Georgia thinks he is a stalker. How can he protect her life if she’s afraid of him? A warm, sizzling tale reminding us that love comes in the most unexpected way.


Georgia and Trevor’s ebook can be purchased at http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-avampireforchristmas-387184-139.html


Coming soon from Tease Publishing LLC: A new ebook in the series, one with a humorous tone—VAMPIRE IN THE BASEMENT.


I will be participating in the Authors After Dark Romance Unlimited Convention in Secaucus, New Jersey, September 16-19. There's still time to register. There will be tons of fun events, panels, workshops, parties, a charity auction, and giveaways. Here's the link:

http://authorsafterdark.blogspot.com/p/aad-confrence-info.html

For those that are attending Authors After Dark Romance Unlimited Convention, come up to me and say “I saw you on the Magician of Oz blog” and I will give you a small gift, while my supply lasts.


For more information about Susan Hanniford Crowley, her vampires and other supernaturals, visit:


Website: http://www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal!
Romance Blog: http://nightsofpassion.wordpress.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/SHCrowley

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/people/Susan-Hanniford-Crowley/629298868

Tease Publishing: http://www.teasepublishingllc.com/authors.htm


Thank you.




Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Scene 1; Act 5: Guest Author Mike Dolan;;Author of A Pecunious Life - How to Have a Life Abounding in True Wealth


Man, is it HOT!!!


But not nearly as hot as our next

guest on the Virtual Book Tour.

Rather than sit here in a pool of my own sweat, I present to you, Mike Dolan;;Author of A

Pecunious Life - How to Have a Life Abounding in True Wealth


Now, pardon me while I go stand in front of the open freezer door!

A Pecunious Life - How to Have

a Life Abounding in True

Wealth

Genre: Self-Help

Publisher: Infinity Publishing
ISBN:0741458195


Mike was born in the mile-high city of Denver, Colorado 43 years ago. He has lived all around this beautiful world of ours, from Europe to Alaska, to his current home in the Middle East. His education is that of the experiences life gives and school is far from being out for him. He is a lover of life, a life adventurist. He loves to travel, meet new people, and experience new cultures. He has been given a great opportunity to see life in a different light and wishes to share this with you.

Here is Mike in his own words:

This is a challenge for me to write. I’m not accustomed to writing about myself. I am a newly published author who believes in the best this life has. I’m a positive energy that is always willing to help those that seek out my help. I am an enabler, a catalyst that’s willing to set the bonfire of your soul aflame. I am nobody.. and yet I am everyone. I have the same feeling, the same hopes, the same desires, and the same dreams you do. Perhaps the one difference is my burning desire to help others come alive to find the dreams once held in my heart. My intent is to help as many people as I possibly can, to bring joy to as many lives as I can, and to empower as many people as I can to find the life of dreams again… My life has been comprised of experience, experiences that have lead me to this point in my life. I wish to share what it is that I have learned along the way so tthat we all will enjoy the time we have.

Today is a new day as is everyday of your life if you so choose. What do I mean by this? It’s simple really… New experiences in our lives always seem to be more exciting, more moving, more beautiful, more of everything. Each day has that energy within it, more specifically your experience of this life as that energy in it. You get to choose how you experience the days of your life. You don’t always get to choose what is within the experience, but you do get to control the way you experience it. Take everyday as a new day, as a new challenge, as a fresh start… Many may balk at this idea due to the nature of how they perceive their own lives, but I would challenge them to try it. If you work in an office where you life is dull, where all you do is sit in a cubicle and push paper. I challenge you to experience it for the first time as if it was your first day. Go in with a smile, say Hi to someone that doesn’t expect it… Experience your day as a new day…

Review

The book A Pecunious Life written by Author Mike Dolan has great advice for improving ones life, not only does the author write details of how to become more wealthy, but he incorporates his own experiences which are woven into lessons of life quality. Learning from the past, learning from mistakes, learning from beliefs or mis-beliefs, life-altering events, and exercises where the author asks you to sit in a quiet place and reflect on the lessons given.

The book is not really about becoming wealthy in the money sense, but wealthy in the spiritual and happiness sense. Could we be happy with less? Happiness is a state of mind-

I found this educational and easy to read and recommend it to adults in need of self-hep, spiritual guides, and for people who need a better life than they have right now.

Reviewed by Ami Blackwelder

A Pecunious Life can be purchased on Mike's website or at Amazon:

http://www.mike-dolan.com

http://www.amazon.com/Pecunious-Life-M-L-Dolan/dp/0741458195/ref=pd_rhf_p_t_1


Friday, July 2, 2010

Scene 1; Act 4: Guest Author Patti Hultstrand; Author of the Time Chaser Series

With the holidays nearly upon us, I am happy to present our next guest on the Virtual Book Tour.

Her name is Patti Hultstrand and she is the author of the Time Chaser Series.

The sound you hear in the distance are the firecrackers of the fourth proudly announcing the VBT guest of the day.

Patti Hultstrand, the stage is yours!


FINDING INSPIRATION


Inspiration in writing ...


One doesn't get up in the morning and say, "Think I'll write today." A person becomes inspired by those around them or by what has been done to them.

· The teenager with too many emotions to handle, becomes inspired to put these thoughts on paper to get them out of their head before they explode.

· The mother writes something in between the potatoes and the pot roast on her organized grocery list because that inspiration is overflowing in her creative mind, spilling into this world in a need to get free.

· The tire&auto repair station attendant sits in the restroom stealing whatever moments he can to write just a few more lines on that short story he's been working on for months.

· And a lonely woman writes about a man; the man that never came to take her away from her lonely life.


I know when I haven't been writing enough, when I write an email note to someone and it winds up being a page long, with anecdotal tidbits and just plain good stuff being said. The shame of it is, only the email recipient will ever get anything out of my inspirational moment.


It's said that everyone has at least ONE story inside them. As it happens to be, I have over twelve planned for this Time Chaser series alone, with "Time Conquers All" being the first book out in 2009 and its follow up second book, "Rescue in Time" coming out in about two weeks.


If you have that ONE story inside, you may want to let that story get out and onto paper. You'll know its name...call it YOUR inspiration!



Chapter One:

The low rumble from behind startled her, just as the foreign surroundings put her senses on full alert. With a dagger already in her hand, Tamea quickly turned to meet this new threat while the sound grew in intensity. As the ground beneath her growled in anticipation, she noticed a bend in the road, next to a building clearly marked “GAS.” These vibrations, in the form of forty or more machines with people riding singly and in pairs, invaded onto the property.

Since Tamea harbored a general curiosity for all machines, she did not fight the compulsion to follow the direction her instincts dictated. She squinted to get a better look at the metallic apparitions as the sunlight bounced off the surfaces. Even though she had no first-hand experience with these machines, she did not seem to fear them. Something had called to her from her past, back to this building and these machines.

Tamea sheathed her dagger at the small of her back, as she made her way across the street. Some of the riders remained outside attending to their machines, while others had gone inside the building. She examined the machines, wanting to touch their smooth and glistening forms. They were different shapes and sizes, but most seemed to bear the same name and symbol, a shield with a banner across the middle. She wondered if this symbol signified their country, bearing its name, much like a military unit.


She scanned the machines, each in turn, gliding through their presence. Tamea felt a prickle on the back of her neck as she passed one particular machine. Moving back to it, the compulsion grew to an intense desire to touch its deep burgundy finish. Her pulse quickened and her instincts grew more aware. She could not explain why a machine would make her giddy with excitement. She was devouring the machine as she would a man, taking in its features with her eyes and feeling its textures with her fingers in a form of communication as old as time. There had been only one man she had ever scrutinized in this manner, getting to know his intimate details and communicating with her fingertips in place of words.

Then her heart skipped several beats when she came upon more identifiable markings on this machine. Under the national symbol of HARLEY-DAVIDSON was a name in light gray lettering, “PARKER”. Her fingers followed each letter as if they were embossed on her heart.

“You know, it’s considered rude to touch someone’s bike without permission,” a man said in an even tone, not giving away how he really felt about the implied offense.

Tamea swung around in surprise as her hand moved quickly to the dagger stashed at the middle of her back. She found him standing behind her with a glass bottle in his hand. Her lips parted slightly at the familiar sight of his face, with those endless blue eyes that could look deep into her soul. Even though she knew every crevice of his body, she had not been prepared for the attack on her senses. His blue pants seemed glued to his muscular thighs. He allowed her the pleasure of following his lines up his backside as he walked past her to throw out the empty bottle.

The dangling fringe attached to the edges of his black jacket moved freely as he turned and moved back to his bike. Wavy, sandy-blond hair softly touched the nape of his neck. His hips were lean and his body flared up into an expansive chest.

Tamea’s hand had been frozen on the partially extracted dagger in the hidden sheath at her lower back. She secured the weapon as she moved out of his way so he could swing one of his muscular legs over the bike, straddling it possessively between his thighs. At that moment, Tamea craved to be that bike.



For ordering information, please consider the following:
Order direct from the publisher for FREE SHIPPING http://www.azpublishingservices.com/BookStore.php 

Order from Amazon and you will pay for shipping here. http://www.amazon.com/shops/azpublishingservices

Also available on Kindle

For a longer list of eBook and print distribution points go to: http://www.timeconquersall.com/

There is a character blog on timeconquersall.com website.