Have you heard of Kindlescout? Some of you may be familiar with it already, but for those who aren't let me roll it up in into a tight little nugget of simplicity (since we all know Amazon doesn't make much simplistic, but this time they did!). Kindlescout is a program where READERS get to pick the BOOKS that get published by Amazon! Sound too good to be true? It's not, this is the real deal. This is how it works. If you have an Amazon US account you click the link that says KindleScout nomination and it takes you to the book's nomination page. It will go on your nominations bar and as long as you leave it on there until the nomination period is over if Liberty Belle wins, you get an early reader's copy before Amazon publishes it! Simple AND cool, right?
Below I share with you a little bit from the author about Liberty Belle and if you click the nomination link you can read an excerpt and a Q&A with the author.
Kindlescout Nomination Link
Photographer Bram Alexander has his viewfinder focused on the only sweet thing in Snowberry, Minnesota - the beautiful Liberty Belle. Handed the reins to her family’s bakery early in life, Liberty works nonstop to protect their legacy. When Bram finds her on the bakery floor injured and alone, Liberty must decide if her tattered heart can trust him with her secret. Armed with small town determination, and a heart of gold, Bram shows Liberty frame-by-frame how falling for him is as easy as pie.
As a fan of the Snowberry Series I asked Katie if we got to see any of the characters from the other books in Liberty Belle. This is what she told me.
"Because Liberty Belle is about Bram Alexander, you get to see all of the Alexander gang again! Dully, Bram's older brother and the main character from Snow Daze, has a new baby and Bram stops in to pick up the baptism cake from the Liberty Belle. That is the first time you get to see Bram and Liberty interact. You also get to see Noel and Savannah (from Noel's Hart), Jay and December (From December Kiss) and April and Crow (From April Melody). Dully's wife, Snow, helps Liberty through a particularly difficult time in this book, and you can't help but love her, Sunny and their new little girl Lila Jo. Of course, if you know the Alexanders, then you would except them to be a big part of this book. Who you might not expect to see again is Adam McGregory.
Excerpt from Snow Daze:
“Hi Adam! We missed you in class again yesterday,” I said enthusiastically, setting my bag down.
“Mr. Dully!” Adam exclaimed, happy to see me.
“Hi Dully, it was nice of you to come,” Adam’s mother said from her perch in the recliner, next to his bed.
I reached out and patted her shoulder gently, “I miss Adam every day he’s not in class, Ms. McGregory. I thought I’d stop over and see how he’s doing. I also brought….” I drew out the sentence waiting for Adam to answer.
“UNO!” he shouted exuberantly.
“You guessed it Adam, how do you do that?” I asked feigning surprise.
“Mr. Dully, you always bring Uno when I’m sick,” he pointed out very maturely.
“That’s ‘cause I know it’s your favorite game Adam, and...” I reached in my bag and pulled out a bag of fruit flavored Tootsie Rolls.
“Tootsie Rolls!” he said excitedly, and I winked at him.
“One now, and the rest you gotta earn.” I handed him the bag, so he could pick out his favorite flavor. I looked over to see tears in his mother’s eyes. The stress of raising Adam alone must be overwhelming sometimes. Born with Down syndrome, he was often in the hospital because of his heart, and I know how hard it is for her to juggle all her responsibilities. Thankfully, she works here at Providence and can still do her job, and be close to Adam.
“Why don’t you go ahead home get a shower and a break, Ms. McGregory, I’ll stay with Adam. I’ve got the whole day free,” I explained, and she looked to Adam, then back to me.“It’s okay momma, you deserve a break. I’ll be okay with Mr. Dully,” Adam assured her.
Dully is a special education teacher and Adam was one of his students. He's mentioned in the above scene in Snow Daze and he settled into a special place in my heart. My husband is a teacher, and though he doesn't teach special education, he does teach in a district where there are kids with many social problems. This year has been an extremely tough year for him, and much like Dully, there have been nights when he doesn't sleep because he's worried about a particular student. I think that's why when I started writing Liberty Belle Adam kept trying to come out again. I knew readers would love to find out more about him. Liberty Belle was the perfect place to tell more of Adam's story. In Liberty Belle, Bram has an encounter with Dully one Sunday night at a family dinner and this is what he says.
Excerpt from Liberty Belle:
I laid my hand on his shoulder, “Dully are you okay? You seem very, very down.”
He rocked a little on the bench as though that was supposed to be him nodding. He swiped at his nose and I realized my big brother was crying. “Dully, my God, what’s going on?” I asked, and dropped to one knee next to him.
He rested his head in his palm and closed his eyes. “I think I’m having a mental breakdown or something,” he tried to joke. “I can’t get this student out of my mind, or my heart, and it’s killing me slowly. I can’t sleep, and I can’t even look at my babies without wanting to cry. I come to Sunday dinner and look around the table at my wonderful family, and I can’t stop the tears. All I can think about is how sad he must be right now. I don’t know why this is happening to me. I’ve never been this way with my students.”
The student he is worried about is Adam McGregory. As the book goes on we learn more about the place Adam is in, no longer a 10 year old boy, he's now 16 and he's facing a very lonely life. Well, anyone who knows the Alexanders knows that's just not going to happen. I love Adam and the positivity he brings to the book. He is always high-fiving someone for their awesomeness, he loves being Swiper to Sunny's Dora, and he adores Snow and little Jo-Jo. More than that though, for the first time in his life, he gets to experience having a dad, and I defy anyone to tell me that Adam doesn't add depth and enjoyment to the town of Snowberry. There is SO much more to Adam's story, and you will see him again in the next book for Halloween, but I will let the reader discover how that will come about when they read Liberty Belle. :)
Liberty Belle Trailer
About The Author
of Wisconsin. She's the author of the four part epic family saga, The Sugar Series, Sugar's Song being runner up for sweet romance in the eFestival of Words contest. Her other romance series, The Northern Lights Series and the Snowberry Holiday Series, are both set in Minnesota and are a mix of new adult and romantic suspense. Katie lives with her soulmate, whom she met online at Thanksgiving and married in April. Together they share their lives with their three children and two leopard geckos. After suffering an especially bad spill on the bunny hill in 1989, Katie became an amputee in 2011, giving her the much needed time to pen her first novel, Sugar's Dance. With the release of Sugar's story, Katie discovered the unfilled need for disabled heroes and heroines! Her stories are about empowering people with special circumstances to find the one person who will love them because of their abilities, not their inabilities. Katie has a slight addiction to Twitter and blogging, with a lessening aversion to Pinterest now that she quit trying to make the things she pinned.