Blog Tour with Review – Secrets & Doors Anthology

First, let’s introduce you to all these fantastic authors!

ANGELA HARTLEY spent much of her childhood being shuffled from house to house with only books for companionship. The magic she found in the written word saved her in many ways, transporting her into worlds far more enjoyable than the one she resided in. Literature became a passion and the idea of writing carried her through years of uncertainty. Following her father’s tragic death in 2005, she decided it was time to let go of the past and pursue her dreams. With the love and support of her family, she’s built worlds of her own full of procreating angels and demon rock stars. Her debut New Adult horror novel, Copper Descent, was released through Fox Hollow Publications in May 2014. Angela currently resides in Midway, Utah with her three children and husband.

www.angelahartley.blogspot.com

TERRA LUFT is a speculative fiction writer and prolific blogger. An overachiever by nature, she tackles every project with coffee and sarcasm and believes all rules exist to be broken. She works full-time by day and writes by night, always searching for that ever elusive work/life balance people tell her exists. She lives in Utah with her husband and two daughters, their naughty dog, and a cat who stole her heart.

www.terraluft.com   



CHRISTINE HAGGERTY, author of The Plague Legacy series, grew up in rural Utah with three brothers, a sister, several chickens, a goat, and an outhouse. She always loved the escape of fantasy and the art of writing, and her life’s passion is to craft stories of strength and survival. As a former high school language arts teacher and a black belt in karate, Christine has found a niche
combining both skills to help authors write effective fight scenes.

www.christinehaggertyauthor.com

 

MERIANN BOXALL resides in the mountains of Northern Utah with her husband and two children. A work-at-home mom she has a Master’s degree in Business Administration. She finds herself teaching college courses online and writing grants for nonprofit organizations. Growing up in a small town rich with culture she developed a love for the art of storytelling. She is an avid reader who loves being outdoors, boating, and trail-running in the mountains that surround her home.

C. R. ASAY joined the Utah National Guard at the age of seventeen. After spending time in the 625th Military Police Corp she transferred to the 19th Special Forces group as a counterintelligence agent. She retired from the military after marrying her best friend, and graduated from college so that she could embark on the most exciting adventure of all; being a mom. The short story version of her first novel, Heart of Annihilation, earned an honorable mention from the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest. C. R. Asay currently resides in West Jordan, Utah, with her husband, four children, and a dog. There is always a dog.
MICHAEL DARLING has been a butcher, a cartoonist, and an award-winning magician. He fell in love with science-fiction after reading Madeleine L’Engles’ A Wrinkle in Time. The synergistic mingling of words, art, theater, and magic have led to many projects in the years since. Michael’s fiction was first published in college and his non-fiction has appeared in the book Teach by Magic and MAGIC Magazine. Death by Magic and The Mystery of Dr. D’Arq have been produced for the stage along with radio scripts for The Faith and Families Report that aired in more than 80 markets worldwide. As an actor and singer, Michael has appeared in more than 15 plays and musicals. As Michelangelo, he has entertained audiences with his own brand of magic and illusion in hundreds of shows and has appeared with the Utah Symphony and toured with Odyssey Dance Theatre’s Thriller production. Michael is currently working magic with an urban fantasy novel as well as an epic fantasy series for young adults. His short stories have been accepted for publication in 2015.

JOHNNY WORTHEN is the tie-dye wearing author of the nationally acclaimed young
adult paranormal Eleanor, the Unseen, and the adult occult thriller, Beatrysel, and Dr. Stuart’s Heart. His short story, The Point, appears in the Dark Fiction anthology Little Visible
Delight, and look for his genre-bending comedy noire, The Finger Trap in 2015. Trained in modern literary criticism and cultural studies, Johnny writes upmarket multi-genre fiction. “I write what I like to read,” he says. “That guarantees me at least one fan.” Johnny lives in
Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife and sons.

SAM MCCLENDON is a world championship martial artist and Science Fiction/Fantasy
enthusiast. Having survived cancer, he now pursues his dream of becoming a
published writer, and works to help build a community of support for aspiring writers in Utah. Currently living in Salt Lake City, Utah, he works in the IT field for a local software company.
 LEHUA PARKER is the award-winning author of the MG/YA series the Niuhi Shark Saga: One Boy, No Water; One Shark, No Swim; and One Truth, No Lie. Originally from Hawaii and a graduate of The Kamehameha Schools, Lehua is currently an author, book doctor, public speaker, soccer mom, and playwright. An advocate of
literacy and indigenous cultural narratives, you can find her at www.LehuaParker.com, lurking on Facebook when she should be finishing her next novel, or folding laundry.
JESSICA PARKER is a fantasy author currently working on a fairytale series. Her
adventures in the written word have occurred as long as she can remember; reading stories of dragons, magic, romance, and the power of one person inspired Jessica to write stories of her own. Aside from reading and writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, camping, swimming, movies and cooking.


ADRIENNE MONSON is the award winning author of the Blood Inheritance trilogy and a paranormal Regency novella, Eyes of Persuasion. She resides in Utah with her husband and
two children where she works on more stories to share with the world. She also enjoys reading, kickboxing, and cooking.

The Editor

CALLIE STOKER gained a love for stories early in life. Her first favorite series was The Indian in the Cupboard. The idea of a boy’s toy coming alive in a magic cupboard gripped her imagination and never let go. In the past decade, Callie has honed her editing skills by studying the writing craft and defining the elements that make a story work. She can read any story, any rocky first draft, and provide the first aid it needs to live off the page, and resonate in the minds of readers. She works with new writers and published authors by treated editing as an opportunity to teach and encourage, instead of just correct. Her business, The Manuscript Doctor, offers several services dedicated to help stories at every stage reach their potential and change their readers forever.

The Cover Designer

FAUN JACKSON began her career in photography when her four children were young.
She has been involved in multiple art forms for 21 years, and her extensive
training and experience as an artist has allowed her to transform her
photographs into works of art. She and her husband enjoy living in a beautiful
Southern Utah town, and are the grandparents of four children. Faun continues
to develop her talents and establish her career in fine art photography.

The Publisher
JOSHUA ROBERTSON, CRIMSON EDGE PUBLISHING COMPANY, is a small publisher specializing in Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopian Fiction, Horror, and Tabletop Game Guides. It is our mission to publish quality, progressive fiction to meet the literary needs of the book community. It is our goal to adapt and evolve with market trends and competition, pursue effective communication with our authors, and provide exceptional service that will ensure our clients and readers are satisfied. Please check out our website to learn more and to check out our other publications.

www.crimsonedgepublishing.com

Awesome, right? Now for the book:

Synopsis:
Open the door and unlock the secrets in eleven short stories from The Secret Door Society, an organization of fantasy and science fiction authors dedicated to charitable work. All proceeds from this anthology benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in their quest to cure Type One Diabetes (T1D).
In these pages you’ll discover a modern woman trapped in an old fashioned dreamscape, a futuristic temp worker who fights against her programming, a beautiful vampire’s secret mission disrupted by betrayal, a sorcerer’s epic battle against a water dragon, the source of magical mirrors—and more. There are tales for every science fiction and fantasy taste, including new works from award-winning authors Johnny Worthen, Lehua Parker, Christine Haggerty, and Adrienne Monson.

Join us in the fight against T1D as you peek into a world of magical and mysterious doorways—if you dare.


Room 517 
By: Angela Hartley
Head strong, quirky Eliseis always leaping before she looks. This time she’s landed on an accidental time-travel adventure. Running from her controlling ex (who also happens to be a wizard), she discovers what put the ‘evil’ in medieval, and that snakes are always better as handbags. Join Elise on this wacky journey of self-realization, and you too will unlock her secret.
Reflection 
By: Terra Luft
Jadayell is devoted to abolishing the ban on reflections, but her family is responsible for upholding it and protecting the real reasons behind it. In her quest to satisfy her personal desires, she uncovers a secret with the power to destroy the world. Will she choose the greater good of the people, or her own selfish needs?
Simple Magic 
By: Christine Haggerty
After Soria and her companion are sent by one of the Five Elders to the earth’s surface to kill a human family, Soria discovers that a deeper secret lies beneath the command.
The Red Portal 
By: MeriAnn Boxall
Isabelle is tired of hiding what makes her unique. She is ready to stand out and stand up. As the Princess of Aylan it is her duty to lead her people by exposing the biggest lie of all. In order to do so, she must face her past and her mother’s abandonment head on. What she discovers may be more than her kingdom can handle.
Good Enough to Die For 
By: C.R. Asay
Molly, an unwanted shelter dog, is given a second chance when she bonds with a lady, carrying the tangy scents of otherworldly fear.
Temp 
By: Michael Darling

A futuristic temp worker finds romance and a terrible secret in her new crew. To preserve the truth that could change her life, she’ll have to overcome the programming used by the UP corporation to control her. But the price may be more costly, and personal, than she bargained for. True Sight


~ Review by Kelly ~

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
Good stories for a great cause. Plus 12 year old girls perspective.

Secrets and Doors is an anthology to raise money to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in their quest to cure Type One Diabetes (T1D). Each story contains contains secrets and types of doors. The stories range from contemporary, sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal. There is something for everyone. I read these stories to my 12 year old daughter over her nail art obsession for another perspective. She’s really into reading books and several of these stories she was in love with. Many of the stories could be read by younger audiences. Seed and Soul probably wouldn’t be good for audiences younger than 16.

A Thousand Secret Doors by Johnny Worthen
It is a touching story of a man who is remembering conversations with his deceased Uncle Fuzzy, to try to find the thousands of doors he left to him upon his death. Uncle Fuzzy was unconventional but wise. It’s not the days in your life but the life in your days. A book lovers story, which ends with a huge smile and warm and fuzzies. 5 books

Good Enough To Die For by C.R. Asay
A humorous and eerie story told from Molly’s point of view. It is how she met April, and decided that she would protect her. I enjoyed this story. My daughter read this and she loved it. She wanted to her more of Molly’s story and how she helped April. 5 books

Seed and Soul by Sam McClendon
Andrew stalks the beautiful Kory. With her caramel and purple striped hair, lavender eyes and dark grey skin, he cannot stop himself from taking it too far. But will his past come to ruin his future? I want to read all about the Sworn Brothers, Order of Moirai and Inner Circle. This seems like it could be a really interesting book series or movie. Again, I’d suggest ages 16 and older for this story. 5 books

Temp by Michael Darling
It is a sci-fi story about a woman who works to manage the atmosphere. The story didn’t work for me or my daughter. 3 books

Campfire by Lehua Parkers
Shae has the ability to choose her future. But can she use her ability to help the one she loves. A lot of emotion is packed in this story. This story got my daughter thinking. 4 books

Reflection by Terra Luft
Jadayell believes she needs to know her true self, her reflection. She has been told it is forbidden to see ones reflection. Will she go against her family and her peoples tradition to truly see herself? Jadayell is a curious character. She’s not one to believe things without information to back it up. This story is a good reminder of why we have rules. My daughter laughed at the end of this story. I looked at her like she was crazy. But she told me she saw herself in Jadayell, always curious, pushing rules. She’s too aware for a 12 yr old. I gave 4 books but my daughter gave it 5 books

Simple Magic by Christine Haggerty
Soria and Vyn have been ordered to kill a human family, but with a simple touch changes Soria’s life forever. The story is an interesting look on following orders without asking questions. I thought this story had a great ending. 4 nooks

True Sight by Jessica Parker
True Sight is a fantasy tale with dragons, kings and queens and sorcerers. Be careful what you ask for, you might just get it. 4 books

The Red Portal by Meriann Boxall
Isabelle stumbles into her past and future. Can one girl unite two kingdoms? I thought it was a great story of a strong girl. My daughter is into strong female characters, as am I, and Isabelle fits into that list. My daughter loved it and wished for a longer tale. 5 books

The Monster Within by Adrienne Monson
Sent undercover to find out Baron Chadwick’s secrets, Leisha finds him to be less than honorable. It might just kill her to find the truth. I did read this story to my daughter. While there is nothing graphic or inappropriate, it might not sit well with some young readers. My daughter liked the end of the story. We appreciated Leish’s character. 4 books

Room 517 by Angela Hartley
A FAST paced story about taking chances and learning who you are. It was my daughter’s and my least favorite story in the whole anthology. We tried to figure out what we didn’t like. We think it was rushed. There were too many things happening at once, without flow. I understand that this is a short story and the author was trying to tell her story in limited time. I understand it was to have a dreamscape feel but it didn’t work in my opinion. It might be for you though. 2 books

There is a story for everyone in this anthology. Overall, we liked the book. My daughter, being a math dork (I love her), she figured out me the average of the books. 4.14 books

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