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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Announcing LITTLE ORPHAN ANVIL at the Debutante Ball!


Debutante Ball, A Feast of Debut Authors

Announces ~ LITTLE ORPHAN ANVIL ~









A Tale of Magic and Metal... The tale of an orphaned robot and its journey to help save a realm from the rule of an evil witch. When the Land of Iron and Anvil is brought to ruin by a wicked storm, the robot becomes lost in the wilds of the lands. But after being discovered by a little boy and his dog, the robot is reunited with its creator and together they set off to the Land of Shadows to free a group of orphans from the dark magic of the witch…and save an entire realm from her rule!                                         


"A Dark and Imaginative ride....
,"

October 29, 2011
By 
Alexia E. Purdy "Alexia" (Las Vegas, NV) amazon kindle




5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! December 10, 2011
By Author Kim Faulks "If you haven't read Little Orphan Anvil, then you are truly missing out. Packed with magical mystery this story will transport you from the first word, on the very first page. Well done Joseph Beekman for a spectacular story, that will apeal to everyone regardless of age. I for one, will be watching this author very closely indeed!" http://www.amazon.com/Little-Orphan-Anvil-Joseph-Beekman/product-reviews/1937593592/ref=cm_cr_dp_all_summary?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending


Author Khloe Kamalis said:
" I have the book and was quite surprised at the childlike quality of content, yet as an adult, I too found it extremely entertaining. Think of it as Steam-punk meets Grim maybe? Beautifully written Joseph. I would recommend this book to anyone. I can't wait for the sequel." via the Vampire Scribe interview ~ http://vampirescribe.blogspot.com/2011/12/monday-authors-spotlight-joseph-beekman.html?spref=fb
         
"Absolutely riveting. Joseph Beekman has forged a story that should galvanize anyone's reading time." ~ Author, George Lasher

~ Experience the magical mystery tale of the fantasy adventure in paperback and ebook!! ~
nOW A MystIc PrESs publication release!! Jan - Feb 2012

Read A "Little" snippet from the tale! >>


Through the dense underlying fog, Kelsey and Sonny moved silently through the thick vines of the pumpkin orchards. Careful not to disturb any of the orphans they might encounter along their path, they kept low to the ground so they would be able to see any movement before them under the blanket of fog. Every now and again, crunching noises were heard, as well as the shuffled steps of orphans that tended to the vines and very large pumpkins. 
Rounding a great pumpkin, the two almost collided with an orphan’s muddy boots. Kelsey, the front leader of the two, froze. She stopped Sonny’s movement when he bumped into her backside.
“Stay still!” she whispered over her shoulder. They slowly looked upwards through the mist, and in the damp tangle of vines, saw the pale face of an orphan girl. The little girl hummed as she plucked centipedes off the side of the big pumpkin. Taking notice of the hollowed, ghostly gaze in her dark eyes, Kelsey - with a look of determination - waved Sonny to the left and away from the helpless orphan. 
Crawling again towards what she believed would be the surest way to the mansion, Kelsey stopped a moment and carefully stood up. Parting a few vines from her view, she saw the dim lights of the mansion’s back porch. She ducked back down and turned to face Sonny. 
“Okay,” Kelsey said, still whispering, “I can see the back porch of the mansion. You have to take to the right of me now, and go around to the front.” She gave Sonny a kiss on the cheek. “Good luck!” 
Surprised by the kiss, Sonny just blinked; smitten and speechless. 
“Okay, snap out of it and get going! We don’t have a lot of time!” Kelsey blurted out.
“Right!” Sonny said, blushing. “Good luck to you, too!” he whispered to her. Then he moved out of her sight, under the vines and towards the front of the mansion. 
After checking to be sure the firefly jar was still safely tucked inside her cover-alls, Kelsey continued forward.
*******
As the front door of the mansion parted open with a loud and terrible creaking noise, Sonny stepped back a few feet. Paralyzed with fear, he stood frozen as an old lady, dressed in a long, white flowing gown, and silver hair that dangled down her back and shoulders, peered down at him. 
“Um…hell - hello, there…” Sonny said, his voice quavering. “I - I am lost and with - without shelter…” 
The lady blinked her narrow, dark eyes at him and opened the door all the way. She motioned him forward.
“Come in!” she said in a raspy voice. “Don’t get sick standing there all night; come in and get some warmth. You sound like you’re frozen stiff!”
Sonny nodded. “Yes, miss, I surely am,” he lied, shading his fright. “Thank - thank you!”
He stepped forward, ducking under her arm that held the door open. She poked her head out into the night and quickly looked about with suspicion. Then, huffing to herself, closed the door to the night.
*******
As Kelsey made her way down into the cellar, she felt the strange sensation of being back in the deadwoods again. It was very dark, and she could hardly breathe from the old and musty air in the place.
Taking out the firefly jar, she then held it up and could see around her surroundings. The firefly buzzed about inside the glass jar, creating funny shadows across the brick and stone walls. A clutter of chairs and bed-springs lay strewn about, and off towards one wall, she could see an old doorway covered with cobwebs. 
Wiping at her nose, and sniffling, she made her way to the doorway. Suddenly, she heard the shuffle of feet behind her, and spun quickly around. The light reflected a wiry and pale orphan moving towards her, as if asleep. She froze with fright. The orphan, a boy with long stringy hair, seemed to look right through her as he approached.
“Hey there!” she whispered loudly, waving the jar-light at him. “Can you see me here!” 
The boy kept moving with no sign of him hearing or seeing her. She immediately turned for the door and pushed it open into a dark stairwell. Slamming the door shut, she darted her gaze about and found another chair nearby. She braced it up against the doorknob, preventing the orphan boy from leaving.
I’ll get you out as soon as the spell is broken and we’re all safe, she said to herself. Then she sprang up the stairwell.    
*photo property of Lice Mussa Arte*


!!>>For your chance at winning: Just leave a comment on this blog post and share this post on fb, twitter and wherever else you haunt! (one entry per day) Let me know where you've shared in the comment...the more shares, the Greater the chances!! Super EASY !!


FIRST PRIZE: I'll be giving away a signed copy of my book in paperback as the first prize along with the paperback copies of my first book, A TAIL SPUN, and Shades of Fate~  Second prize is a signed paperback copy of Little Orphan Anvil


Dance over to the main floor of the Debutante Ball for more info on all the other great debut authors and the 20 plus prizes and swag being given away!! 

All WINNERS will be announced on January 2nd, on respective author blogs. (Unless otherwise noted.)

Want to win some more? Please follow the author names and dates below! Happy Holidays and Have Fun!

12 Elizabeth Mueller elizabethmueller.blogspot.com

13 Regan Guerra reganguerra.blogspot.com

14 Melissa Pearl melissapearl.blogspot.com

15 Claudia Lefeve claudialefeve.com


17 Pendragon Innmen PendragonWrites.com 

19 Alex J. Cavanaugh alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com


21 Fiauna Lund formyfour.blogspot.com

22 Anastasia V. Pergakis labotomyofawriter.com

23 H. Linn Murphy murph4slaw.blogspot.com


27 Patti Larsen pattilarsen.blogspot.com

28 Red Tash RedTash.com

29 Annetta Ribken wordwebbing.com



Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Holiday Hop Blog contest!



Contest!!   The first three people that come up with the most creative subtitle for the upcoming sequel to "LITTLE ORPHAN ANVIL" will win a free copy of the the first book!  That simple! :)  BUT WAIT!! - those winners will also be in the draw for a free KINDLE FIRE as the Grand Prize over at the Holiday Hop hosted by Cheryl Bradshaw!! http://holidaybloghop.blogspot.com/   So do a "Little" research over at the Little Orphan Anvil's facebook fan page,  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Little-Orphan-Anvil/213455242000232 and see what you can come up with for a subtitle!!  

How the Holiday Hop works >>  The hop runs from December 15th to December 25th.  Winners will be chosen after the contest has ended and the results will be posted on their websites/blogs between December 26th-December 31st.

New to blog hopping?  No problem.

To begin, go to the HOLIDAY BLOG HOP page http://holidaybloghop.blogspot.com/p/holiday-blog-hop.html     Start with the first author and work your way through everyone.  Click on the name of the author to be directed to their site.  Once there, check out their contest and enter to win.   Yes...it's that easy!!!

Each author will post the details of their contest on their site.  There are some amazing prizes being given away from these authors including: holiday mystery bag, signed books, gift cards!!!
Have fun! ~ Joseph

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Monday, December 5, 2011

Vampire Scribe: Monday Author's Spotlight - Joseph Beekman

Vampire Scribe: Monday Author's Spotlight - Joseph Beekman: Today, in the Author’s Spotlight, I am pleased to have author Joseph Beekman. Joseph has a new book, Little Orphan Anvil, published by and...

Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Real Janet Jay - Spotlighted!

Welcome JANET JAY!   model/actress http://www.TheRealJanetJay.com


Janet Jay

Female
28 years old
Medina, Ohio, US
Janet's site, for full resume and blogs
Mayhem #1273376
Model

MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/JanetJay

About me
www.TheRealJanetJay.com


"Hey, I'm Janet Jay, and I'm an experienced model and actress. For most of my photos, I do all my own makeup,hair,and outfits. 

When I'm not working or not at a film shoot, I love photo shoots! I like working locally, but can travel if expenses are covered. I'm not afraid to get messy and try different styles.

* hope to get involved with advertising,calenders,or catalogs,books,websites,etc.

**E-MAIL**
You can E-Mail me if you like if it's easier for you: TheRealJanetJay@yahoo.com"




Interview as well as a brief clip from the film: "Brutal Justice"


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

La Magia oltre la Storia: Da un'amica.

La Magia oltre la Storia: Da un'amica.:
In un momento buio della mia vita, un regalo inaspettato che mi ha regalato gioia. Viola Cadice, bravissima fotografa e animo sensibile, mi... http://elisabettabricca.altervista.org/


Fantastic Interview with Author Elisabetta Bricca at: http://polvereallapolvere.blogspot.com/2011/10/intervista-elisabetta-bricca.html?spref=fb




Sunday, November 20, 2011

Inside the Mind of Wenona: Works by Author Joseph Beekman

Inside the Mind of Wenona: Works by Author Joseph Beekman: Author Joseph Beekman A graduate in fine arts from the University of Arizona (1994), Joseph writes books and screenplays, and is an...

Saturday, November 19, 2011

rutecanhoto: Livros | Books

rutecanhoto: Livros | Books: Eis os Ășltimos livros a juntarem-se Ă  minha lista para ler e criticar. Here are the last books to join my list to read and review.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Shades of Fate - a fleeting wisp of dark haunted musings!

A 30 page collection of poems touching upon the dark and haunting, medieval and mythical, ancient and classic...



















ebook amazon link:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0063OCOQU/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_GdDTob0FWQ4KD
Released November 8th, paperback!

From the author of "A Tail Spun" and "Little Orphan Anvil"

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The hero of "A Tail Spun!"

My cat, Jack...the hero character of the story, A Tail Spun!  He was 4 weeks old when he moved in with me, given to me by a friend 12 years ago, Halloween night!  A great cat, dear friend, loyal companion, and a true creature of God's spirit :)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

"A TAIL SPUN" 5 Star Review!

Lindsay and Jane's Views and Reviews ~ Author, Lindsay Anne Kendal~
5 stars.
OK, erm, I don’t really know what to say about this little story. When I first started reading it I thought “eh, what the... what am I reading here?” but I was so... weirded out, that I had to carry on. 
This is definitely different and most certainly original. I’m not telling anything about the storyline, other than this, I don’t think I will ever look at a spider the same way again! (and that’s a really good thing.) I want my very own Muin! And, if you have a love of cats, you will adore this book and want your very own Jack!
A tail spun needs to be read by all. This author’s imagination is amazing, to be able to write something like this, and make it so intriguing – is bloody brilliant. The writing style is good, everything flows and makes this book a fascinating, but a quick and easy read.
A truly brilliant little adventure.    



Review Link: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=175151149239423&set=a.168600393227832.44961.168569586564246&type=1&theater

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Christmas Book Giveaway/Author-Book promotion!!

I and the creator of this, Wanda Hart, are contacting as many as we can with this idea. Please do the same - in process and ongoing
We ask these authors to donate two e books - in process and ongoing.
One of the e books donated by each of the authors will go to the winner of the giveaway.
The second of these books will go to a randomly drawn contestant/s.
If authors should have more than two copies of e books available the same idea as before but the second book will then go to yet another randomly drawn contestant.
If authors have free e books on Smashwords or some such to share, we will make this known on the day of the drawing while we are announcing the winner / winners. 
The aim:
Create an awareness of Authors and their books.
To make one lucky person very happy.
To make as many other people as happy as we can by giving them a book.


Monday, October 24, 2011

Halloween giveaway! Free LOA ebook!!

http://www.amazon.com/dp/1937593592/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_o66Mob0S801PX ~ amazon book link


Only on the day of Halloween, anyone that copies and pastes the book link and this>> "Little Orphan Anvil" book title cover (displayed here) on their profile wall,  will win an ebook copy of the story!!   

Thursday, October 20, 2011

5/5 stars! Little Orphan Anvil

Read the wonderful review by Alchemy of Anne's Anomalies! https://www.facebook.com/notes/alchemy-of-annes-anomalies/reviews-by-anne/217247891674945 My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Hi y'all Anne here I have just finished reading Little Orphan Anvil by Joseph Beekman and what a perfect little story. This story is brought to life in a land where Iron work is a magic and robot droids are a thing of legend. I loved the story from page one it captured me in the description of a time far from now and the struggle good people will always have no matter what has happened to the world. The characters are so sweet and lovable and truly endearing to the story and its base of good will prevail. The little robot is so cute a true beacon in a time of darkness for little Sonny and his pal Ranger. Bringing together Will and thus embarking on the adventure that will change the lives of so many little orphans caught in the clutches of an evil dark witch bent on destroying the land of Iron and Anvil. I loved this book it's a sweet little story written in a good light and can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. In fact I'll be getting my son a copy of this cause I know he will just love it. 5 out of 5 stars for Little Orphan Anvil by Joseph Beekman what a lovely story I can't wait for more from this author.
~amazon BOOK LINK~  http://www.amazon.com/Little-Orphan-Anvil-Joseph-Beekman/dp/1937593592/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1318489710&sr=1-3

Friday, October 14, 2011

All things are connected...

‎"If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth."

~ Chief Seattle of the Suquamish Tribe,
letter to President Franklin Pierce

Friday, October 7, 2011

Moral compass lost...

"The human species is driving itself full speed into an evolutionary dead-end. We are destroying the planet and everything we do kills animals. We have lost our moral compass. We think in terms of profit and power rather than ethics and compassion. We no longer have any reverence for life or any sense of connection with the natural world. We think we are made in the image of God and that God made everything for us. We see ourselves as conquerors of nature rather than citizens of a vast bio community. We are technologically sophisticated and morally retarded. We have no conception of the importance of nonhuman life forms in sustaining ecosystems. We fail to realize that what we do to the animals we do to ourselves. And all the while, we live in the fantasy land of entertainment and distractions whereby we focus more on the sex lives and surgical make-overs of movie stars than the greatest challenge our species has ever faced. I believe that [..] by promoting respect for nonhuman animals, we are advancing human moral evolution."

~ Dr Steve Best

Monday, October 3, 2011

a haunted poem...

This Ghost Insane
~ a poem by Joseph Beekman ~

I came upon,
a graveyard at dawn.
A new world?
Perhaps….

A lonely apparition approached,
gazed on us,
and gasped

Muttering a bloodshot word,
I asked, “What struck fear,
into one so lifeless and clear?”

It sat upon a stone,
sighed and groaned…
“You’re mistaken, you see…
I’m full of life and free!
Free to wander and probe,
alive to surprise and to know!
But you - you’re dead,
draped in flesh you’ll shed.
That wretched shrine that traps your soul,
that drains your dream,
chews it whole!
The thing I’m not,
but what within:
A released pocket of life -
A fleshless hymn!”

I sat amazed by one so crazed!
This ghost insane -
Believing it free,
undaunted by pain!
“Tell me spirit…
how can this be?
I, like you, will die -
No longer wild, no longer free…
But to travel back to the garden womb -
A finality to existence - ”

“ - Only to your flesh,
the spirit’s tomb!” roared the ghost.
“Yes, I was in your state of thought,
avoiding the dark reminders
of which way I’ll rot!
Yet, you will see -
Because like I was you,
you’ll be like me!
You’re soul will fly,
when the body does die…
Then you’ll be born -
Those, the dead you are now,
will remember and mourn!”

The spirit shifted its place -
Laughed at my silence,
The frown on my face…

“I was surprised to see,” the ghost resumed,
“the dead wandering this dawn -
So unaware of the thousands that await,
after the flesh is gone!”

I had to speak -
I had to express,
What haunts I’ve seen,
so like this guest…

“Oh, I’ve seen many of your kind!
Never without a tale,
riddle, or rhyme…
You’re trapped here by the urge to live -
Always struggling to forgive.
To find a reason for your demise -
A true horror, shock, and surprise!
Floating the earth,
from which came your birth -
A spirit dweller in the gardens;
The gardens of graveyard song…
Poking the molds of darkness,
seeking an answer to why you were wronged…
Am I right?”

The ghost sat silent in ponder -
Though I thought it wanting to wander.
Finally it spoke -
It’s voice a creak and a croak:
“One day you will see,
if you spoke the truth,
Or truly was I free!”

And spying a breeze arriving our way,
it took to leave -
Darkness falling,
to bury the light of day.
Copyright: Joseph Beekman, 1997
*first published at Dawn Hagan's Haunted Halloween Bash, October 3rd/2011 at:
http://dawn-hagan.blogspot.com/2011/10/haunted-halloween-bash-day-3-guest-post.html

Friday, September 23, 2011

Author Eveli Acosta!

Books by Eveli Acosta: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/EveliAcosta

Author Elita Daniels "Tree of Life"!


Author Elita Daniels "Tree of Life" Book Link:  http://elitadaniels.com/treeoflife

Samantha C Ross and 'the Emmerson Witches'!

A magical journey alongside three supernatural sisters...

Author Samantha C. Ross

~ A Tail Spun ~ Book Trailer!

Middle Earth Cooking! Author Vanessa Kittle

The Lord of the Rings Cookbook lovingly and meticulously traces the culinary adventures of Frodo and his companions as they travel to Mount Doom to destroy the Ring.  Author Vanessa Kittle
http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/the-lord-of-the-rings-cookbook/12464407?productTrackingContext=author_spotlight_38990_

"THE END" - Author Jerry Robb!


Apocalyptic thriller/love story
Record tornados and tornado deaths, record floods, record fires, record heat, record hailstorms, wars all over the Middle East, food prices sky rocketing, record tsunamis, record earthquakes.

Some people have their heads in the proverbial sand
This book could save your life!

http://www.theendthebook.com

~AUTHORS 'N ARTISTS~