Sunday, January 22, 2017

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Misfortune Annie and the Locomotive Reaper by "Gusto" Dave Jackson and Janet "The Kid" Fogg


When Annabelle Fortune, the fastest gunslinger in the wild west, inadvertently stops a stranger from attacking a train -- and he wears a suit that enables him to fly! -- the government believes she's the only one to have witnessed the Locomotive Reaper and survived to tell the tale.

Promising to find out what he can about her missing father, the Director of the Secret Service persuades Annie to swear in. Too soon, her detested nickname re-stakes its claim.

Partnered with Beau Slokam, whose penchant for gambling leads them straight to the Doom Gang, Misfortune Annie guides the smooth-talking Southerner in a chase through the Rockies, with her Cheyenne friend, Wontoa, rounding out their unlikely trio.

When Annie again meets the Locomotive Reaper, his gadgetry proves far more advanced -- and deadly -- than even top scientists could have imagined.

A sequel is already underway! Visit Annie at for updates on release, as well as announcements regarding future books in the series!

Janet Fogg’s focus on writing began when she was CFO and Managing Principal of OZ Architecture, one of Colorado’s largest architectural firms. Fifteen writing awards later, she resigned from the firm to follow the yellow brick road. Ten months after that, she signed a contract with The Wild Rose Press for her historical romance Soliloquy a HOLT Medallion Award of Merit winner.

With husband Richard, Janet co-wrote Fogg in the Cockpit (Casemate), one of five books nominated in 2012 by the Air Force Historical Foundation for best World War II book reviewed in Air Power History.

Keeping her historical knowledge sharp, Janet manages the 359th Fighter Group’s Facebook page, sharing WWII stories and photos about the Fighter Group.  She is also a proud member and 2015/16 Vice President of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. She previously served as Published Author Liaison in 2010.

Not your typical author, Dave Jackson started writing in his constant pursuit to become a renaissance man, but later fell in love with the art form. He performs stand-up and skits regularly, as Comedy remains one of his many passions and he writes and performs skits, as well as stand-up. Also a songwriter and guitarist, Dave has composed over 300 musical titles.

A country boy, Dave was raised in Oklahoma and taught 6th grade English for two years. He enjoys sharing the tale about when he climbed high into a towering black jack tree and grabbed a dead branch. Snap! He hurtled toward his death, but he held tight to the branch and it slowed his fall, saving his life.

In 2013, Dave enjoyed the release of Tattoo Rampage by Curiosity Quills Press. The novel follows Evangelina Marquez-James, a strong female heroine, who gets her first tattoo as a symbol of courage to carry on after her police officer husband dies in the line of duty.


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Our villain, the Locomotive Reaper, has a suit that enables him to fly, fueled by hydrogen (the gas used in blimps at that time). He also wields a magnetic glove that can disarm his assailants. In this scene, he humbles our heroes in a brawl on top of a stagecoach.

Metal face frozen in an evil grin, the Reaper swooped down to the roof. He landed with a drumming thud and shoved Slokam sideways. The agent grabbed the edge of the roof to hang on, dropping the red stick of dynamite. Annie raised her .45.

With his right hand in a red glove—she noticed that the one on his south paw matched the rest of his outfit—the Reaper extended his fingers at her and made a sweeping motion again. Annie’s revolver leaped from her hand and tumbled onto the road. It felt as if her revolver had betrayed her, had run away from the fight.

The horses slowed to a stop. The fuse on the dynamite sizzled.

Wontoa growled and leaped at the Reaper.

Sparks gulped the dynamite fuse. Crawling on his belly, Slokam reached for the explosive, but the stick slithered away like a snake.

The Locomotive Reaper punched the blood stain on Wontoa’s shoulder. He stiffened and fell back, shuddering as he struggled to breathe.

Slokam abandoned his quest for the dynamite and kicked the flying man in the knee.

The Reaper clutched his leg and howled as he slipped sideways.

“Enough!” he shouted as he shoved Wontoa off the stagecoach. “You’re out of time!” he continued as he stepped off the roof to hover over the ravine.

In one smooth motion Slokam snatched up the stick of dynamite and threw it at the Reaper.

A now familiar gust of wind slapped Annie’s back. The coach bucked, trying its hardest to throw her.
She whispered, “Won...toa.”

The Reaper swooped back down.

Half dazed, she turned to look.

He and Slokam were grappling, the agent held in a choke hold, trembling as if the red glove had some kind of power.

Stomach churning, Annie clenched her fists around the reins and slapped the horses forward. Guns didn’t work. Hand-to-hand fighting didn’t either.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

National Hug Day Book Giveaway & Guest Post

Book Info:
Title: I’ll Hug You More
Author: Laura Duksta
Release Date: January 3, 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Praise for I’ll Hug You More

“Cheery, multi-textured illustrations highlight the sheer versatility of hugs one can give  a small hippo offers a one-handed, behind-the-back number as it eats cereal at the breakfast table, a ladybug uses all six limbs to cling to its parent, and two snakes entwine in a cozy, circular embrace....[Duksta’s] reassuring message comes through loud and clear.” Publishers Weekly

“A menagerie of lovable beasts from rhinos to raccoons and ladybugs to lemurs snuggle up to mom and dad, in Laura Duksta’s I’ll Hug You More. Feathers, fur, and scales embrace in a rainbow of hues from illustrator Melissa Iwai as heartwarming rhymes told from the child’s perspective make way for the parents’ point of view by flipping the book and beginning again. Sweetly affectionate no matter which way it’s turned, cuddles are sure to ensue.” –Foreword Reviews

“A beautiful story about those profound emotions families feel in the midst of the ultra affectionate, “young family” stage of life. The sense of wanting to share how much we need our family and their comfort—physical and emotional—is gorgeously illustrated in this story” –Story Monsters


I'll hug you as we swing together in the old oak tree
I'll hug you on a stormy night and keep you safe with me

Hugs can say a lot of things like “hello,” “thank you,” and “I’m sorry.” But underneath it all, every hug says “I love you.” Share I’ll Hug You More with someone you care about and remind them that every hug is a special message of love!


Laura Duksta and Melissa Iwai have created an absolutely adorable book with I'll Hug You More.  Being a fan of hugs myself, I was definitely interested in having a look at this book.  I wasn't aware at first that it's a flip book, but it is, which means that one side looks at hugs from a parent's perspective, and the other (flip) side looks at hugs from the child's perspective.  I loved seeing all the different animals hugging and showing love for each other.  This book would be great for bedtime, or any time really that parent and child need to cuddle or share love with each other.  I can't imagine reading this book without hugging someone afterwords.



Laura Duksta believes that when people know they are loved, anything is possible. Laura lost all of her hair to alopecia areata at the age of 11. It took her many years to love herself and to allow others to love her. Laura knew from a young age that she was meant to travel the world, meet her brothers and sisters, and spread the message of love. She is now fulfilling this mission through her book, school programs, and inspirational talks. Laura resides between Nashville, TN, and Fort Lauderdale, FL. Visit Laura at


Melissa Iwai is an illustrator and author of children’s books.

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Where are My Huggers At? 12 Ideas to Help Harness the Power and Magic of HUGS

  1. HUGS... wondering what you can do to foster healthy self-esteem in your children, HUG THEM, it creates a sense of connection and belonging which they’ll take with them into the classroom and out into the world.
  2. HUGS allow us to love and to be loved, and to feel connected, some say these are the reasons for our existence.
  3.  HUGS can shift our energy. An upset child can often be comforted by taking a few deep breaths, meeting them at their height and offering a hug until their upset subsides. This works the other way too, a child often senses when you’re upset, let them come in and give you a hug. Hugs can remind us what’s important and help us regain perspective.
  4. HUGS can express empathy, by saying “I’m with you,” “I understand what you’re going through,” “We’re in this together,” “You matter,” “I’m here for you.”
  5.  HUGS heal. Researchers have only scratched the surface in studying the heart’s electromagnetic waves. When we connect in a heart to heart hug there’s a chance were harnessing the most powerful ‘medicine’ of all.
  6. HUGS can help put a smile on our face as well as our heart. As a friend shared, “Hugs make me smile on the inside and out.”
  7. HUGS help generate oxytocin which reduces stress producing hormones. Hugs also release dopamine which give us a feel good feeling and helps to motivate us.
  8. HUGS ... a healthy dose, says family therapist Virginia Satir, “We need four hugs a day for survival, eight hugs a day for maintenance, and twelve hugs a day for growth.”
  9. HUGS are a one powerful way to experience the healing and nurturing power of touch, but there are others, consider a mani/pedi or a massage. Not quite ready for human touch, test out the power and magic found in hugging a tree!
  10. HUGS are perfect by design. We live in a universe of duality where we have support and challenge, happiness and sadness, health and sickness, winning and losing, though experiencing these things at different times often knocks us off balance. A HUG is the perfect gift where we share the power of giving and receiving simultaneously.
  11. HUGS connect us soul to soul. They’re a universal language we all can understand.
  12. HUGS can say “Hello” and “Good-Bye,” “I’ll Miss You,” “Thank You,” “I’m Sorry,” and more, and underneath it all every hug says “I love you.”
  13. HUGS BONUS .... your biggest benefits will come from 20 second HUGS, so extend your heart and your arms, take your time and make it count! 


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