A Review by the Avid Reader

Of course I love reviews! What author wouldn’t like it when someone reads their book and walks away with a good experience! Makes me feel like I did a good job.

Here is the review by the Avid Reader. This nice lady hosted me on her blog, did an interview and gave me a review. Stop by her site for the rest of the story and a play along with the blog tour for your chance at a $50, $30 or $20 amazon gift card. You can find the contest instructions on our Facebook Event page, The Color Blind Blog Tour Party!

My Review-

I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.

Harmony Phillips has grown up in a paranormal community with her adoptive parents, Charlie a Were-Lion and Sarah a Witch, a world filled with magikal abilities. Humans have no clue that they live among Were-Lions, Witches, Faes, Sirens along with other paranormals and that is just the way paranormals would like to keep it. If humans found out they exist it would probably scare them so bad that their survival instinct would kick in and they would start to hunt and kill anyone whom they thought had magikal abilities. Their fear of the unknown would take them down paths that they have never traveled before.

Harmony has never had any friends well except for this one guy Tesch, a siren, has been her best friend since elementary school. Harmony is colorblind with no magikal abilities and so therefor no one wants to be her friend just because she is different. Tesch has never treated her like she is a piece of trash like everyone else. He has always cared for and taken up for her practically their whole lives. He would do whatever needed to be done to keep her safe. No matter what that entailed.

Charlie and Sarah have never treated her any different either. They have always loved and cared for as if she was their biological daughter. They raised her with love and tried to teach her about the paranormal world and the world outside of theirs. Charlie and Sarah have tried to be as honest as they could about everything and everyone. They taught her to always see the good in everyone but with some people you may have to look a little deeper to find the goodness. And still there is a possibility that you can look as deep as you want and never find a smidgen of goodness. But even then if it is a possibility you still try to be there friend if they will let you. You just might be that one friend that could change their lives forever.

Harmony has not quiet reached that point in her life where she can trust anyone except her best friend Tesch and her parents. None of the kids at school want to be her friend but she tries to stay out of their way and get along with them. She doesn’t want any trouble. But when Harmony gets really angry at another student and lashes out at him she starts to see colors and unlocks her magikal power. When the other students find out that she has powers then Harmony’s life begins to change. Everyone see her in a different light now and some even want to be her friend but Harmony doesn’t know who to trust or who not to trust. She is very afraid of being stabbed in the back.

Now that Harmony can see some colors she starts to see the world in a whole different way. She is so happy and fascinated with the colors that she doesn’t see what is coming for her. Harmony is so naïve and so into seeing color now that she is not actually ready for it when she is blindsided by someone who she thought was her friend. Now I am not trying to say that Harmony is not a good and brave heroine she is. She is one of the bravest heroines I have seen in a long time. The way I am using the word naïve is a good thing in my opinion. Being naïve is this case just means that Harmony is not like the other kids in her life. She would not treat people differently just because they are different.  I see Harmony as someone who cares about all life and thinks that it is precious and that is not a bad thing that is a good thing. She would never treat anyone the way she has been treated by her peers. She would be their friend and even give them a second chance if that person would allow it.

If you love a good book that will pull at your heart strings and have all different kinds of emotions coming to the surface then you will love Color Blind. Warning: a few tidbits to get you through Color Blind. Things you made need before starting to read it. First you may want to grab a box of tissue just in case you may need them to wipe all your sad tears away or you may need them for the happy tears. Oh and you might just want to grab something to punch and have it ready in case you need that too when you get upset at some of the characters and what to hit someone or something. There are characters that you want hug and squeeze and then there are character you would love to punch in the face. So grab your copy of Color Blind, a box of tissue and something to hit and commence to reading!

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Stacked, Packed and ready to ROLL!

Color Blind TourJust three days and counting. My blog tour will kick off March 7. First stop is the Shadow Portal with Kyra Dune! http://theshadowportal.blogspot.com/

Sounds like a thrill ride to me. Cue the adventure music!

I’ll be giving an interview there and the next question answer for the $50 Amazon gift card will be in the interview. You’ll have to email me the answer this time. So if you haven’t yet answered the first question go to our Facebook Events page,  and start there. Good luck and hope to see you there.

A little about me; Prepping for the Blog Tour

Color Blind TourHello All! Thanks for tuning in and turning the page again. I’ve been getting ready for my up and coming blog tour. Answering questions and listing my Top 5 favorites on books, foods and things people might find interesting about me, or not. LOL. But it put me in mind to answer some questions that weren’t asked by the tour bloggers.

  1. I’m an only child. But I wasn’t a lonely child. My mom was one of 14 children and I have lots and LOTS of cousins. We could populate our own town. There were so many of us and our family is very close, that some of my best friends growing up were related to me. Closest too me was Rita, we are only 22 days apart in age.
  2. In addition to being an author, I am also a registered nurse, but I’ve had several different careers in my life. Cook, waitress, my first job was working in a movie theater. I also went to school to be a Nanny and I worked for Walmart for eight years as a professional cake decorator.
  3. I’m inked. I have a tattoo on my right shoulder blade, about 6-8 inches big, of an Egyptian ankh for eternity, and a blue lotus for wisdom.  I’d like to get another tat on my left side of an enchanted stair case made of books leading to a magical arch to the world of Krynn. (Dragonlance fans will know.)
  4. I’m terribly accident prone. I’ve had multiple stitches and broken bones. My ankles seem to be particularly fragile. I’ve broken my right one four times and my left three times. OUCH!
  5. When I was a little girl my idol was Dolly Parton. I used to dress up in my mom’s 1960’s graduation dress, stuff the top with at least two rolls of Charmin toilet paper and sing along to her records into the mirror with a round hair brush for a microphone. The brush was was blue, the dress was plum colored satin.
  6. I’ve had 3 best friends in my life; Sunnie Browing (now Flood), Erin Johnson and Kellie Whitefield.

There ya go. 6 obscure, random things about me that only my family and close friends have known. Hope to see you on the tour!

P.S. There will be prizes for those that follow along with the tour and respond to the questions; One $50 gift card to Amazon and one $50 card to B&N.

Happy Reading.

WTFS!

Write the Freaking Story! That’s my mantra.

I’m stoked about the blog tour. Hoping for a good turn out, spreading the word and getting Color Blind out there to a wider audience.

But mostly, I have been trying to write the next book; Color Full. I have had death threats from certain individuals if I don’t continue Harmony’s tale. (Mainly from my daughter and her friends, ha ha ha.) So, for those that are hanging in there with me, I’m offering a teaser.

Harmony has been through some rough times since the end of Color Blind. She’s met some interesting characters and she has been finding her strength and self-confidence. She has decided the best way to dismantle the Paranormal Council’s power is to destroy the basis of that power; secrecy.  Having said that…..

Chapter Eighteen

“I’m sorry, did you sahands of magic 2y ‘Youtube’?”

Lord Cre looked absolutely incredulous. He stood from behind his desk, the same one I thought could double as a Volkswagen, and eyeballed me as if I were an alien species.

I don’t think I’d ever seen someone’s eyes actually bug out like that before, unless they were gagging on a piece of food. The master of the castle simply stared and turned a peculiar shade of reddish purple.

“Um, should we like, give him the Heimlich maneuver or something?” I asked Tesch.

“Just give it a second.” He assured me quietly.

“Of all the idiotic, simple-minded, naïve…” Lord Cre presumed to begin name calling.

“Don’t call me naïve, you over-bearing, self-righteous son of a bi….”

“Whoa!” Tesch stepped in, placing his body between us like the referee at a prize fight. “Let’s not get too carried away here, Harmony. You wanted his help… remember?”

Over Tesch’s shoulder I could see Lord Cre pacing behind his desk. His strides were short and angry. Balled fists were posted on his hips, arms akimbo. His suit jacket flapped behind him as he marched. “Haaku ud! Nuuta jukketi botuu!”

            “What did he say? I demanded.

“You don’t want to know.”

My arms crossed over my chest in my best stubborn attitude. “What did he say, Tesch?”

My long suffering boyfriend sighed heavily. “Basically?”

“No, I want the ‘edited for TV’ version.” I spit sarcastically.

“He called you a dumb ass.”

“What!” I moved around Tesch to do battle. Lord Cre stopped his pacing to meet me eye to eye. “Listen up Lord High and Mighty! I’ve been doing the math and the way I figure it is with you coming up short.”

“You impudent child! How dare you speak to me like that?” Lord Cre’s nostrils flared heavily as he yelled in my face.

“I dare because the fact is, you need me a hell of a lot more than I need you! If I walk… then you got nothing! You hear me! Nothing. No prize dragon to slay the Paranormal Council with. No trick pony for you to ride.”

“And without me, you have no place to hide from the Grey Cloaks. No base from which to launch this asinine proposal. And no funds with which to pay for your grand scheme.”

“We’ve been on the run before. Tesch and I know how to hide in plain sight, my Lord. And all I need to start my campaign of truth is a cell phone and an internet connection. That’s fifty dollars at Walmart for a Go-phone and five dollars at a Starbucks for a cup of coffee. So who needs who here?” There it was, plain and simple.

Lord Cre scoffed. “Then why are you asking for my help? You’ve thought it all out. What is stopping you?”

“I may not need you to try and make this work, but I won’t deny that I could use you.”

“And I should consent to let myself be used because why?”

“Because I want to end those Council bastards as bad as you do.”

Staring Lord Cre down, I put all the steel and guts I could manage into my gaze. I prayed Gaia that Lord Cre wouldn’t guess how much I wanted him to give in to my ideas.

What I told him had been truthful. I could and would begin my crusade to bring paranormals out of the dark and into the mainstream light by whatever means available. But no one would deny that Lord Cre’s immense fortune and resources would make my self-appointed task a lot easier.

“And if I should decide not to play your game, dear Harmony? What if I should insist that you remain my guest until I can persuade you to eliminate the Council by means I have designed? What would you say then?” Lord Cre suggested slyly.

Tesch had mentioned this in his rambling confessions. He had wondered aloud if we would be permitted to leave. But I had one more ace to play, a theory I had yet to test.

Looked like now was as good of time as any.

Taking a deep breath, I allowed my vision to fracture into the kaleidoscope of white magik where the colors separated and merged simultaneously. I felt the tug in my chest, the energy sapping ward that sucked the life and power out of the paranormal soul. The weight of the spell staggered me but I held on, determined.

As Mr. Bellfwigg had taught me in the art room, I called a ball of magik to my fingertips. But this power wasn’t red or yellow or green or any other single color. This energy came from my core and it radiated pure white light.

Drawing from all the colors around me I expanded the sphere in my hands, and then again, and again and again. My bubble of magik spread to cover me, the awful pull of the warding spell diminished, dissipated, disappeared. The magik spread farther and wider until Tesch and then Lord Cre stood inside my circle as well.

The look of surprise on Lord Cre’s face was worth the beads of sweat running down the back of my neck. I stood with my arms spread wide holding the magik ball around us and smiled. “Your wards can’t hold me now, Lord Cre.”

The look of wonder vanished from Cre’s face, slowly morphing into a grim smile of admiration. “You’ve grown up I see.”

“Just recently.” I agreed. Perhaps in more ways than either of us could measure.

Hope you enjoyed the glimpse into Harmony’s future adventures. I’m working hard to get the story completed.

Wish me luck and Happy Reading!

 

Five Star Review!!!!!

Five Star Review!!!!!

I got a five star review from a Reader’s Favorite reviewer. I had tears in my eyes after reading it. Made me feel so good, I’m sharing it here. The actual review can be found at this address: https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/color-blind . This was so freaking great!Colorblind 2

Book Review

Reviewed by April Gilly for Readers’ Favorite

Color Blind by Penny Miller is the story of Harmony Phillips. Born color blind into a world where color tells what your “magik” abilities are and what race you are, she is an outcast. High school and love are tough for any teenager, but add in that you are the outcast because of something you can’t help and life just gets even harder. With her best friend, Tesch, and her loving parents, Sarah and Charlie, by her side, Harmony begins to conquer everything life throws at her when she starts to see color. Her dreams are coming true, she is seeing color and gaining “magik” abilities, but what price must she pay? Will Harmony be in control of her destiny or has Gaia given her one she can’t fathom?

Color Blind by Penny Miller is an amazing and one of a kind book. Penny Miller perfectly captures what it’s like to be an outcast teen in today’s world while throwing in the paranormal world and making it all believable. The characters in Color Blind are realistic, even if they are shape shifters and other creatures of lore. The descriptions of the colors and changes that Harmony goes through as she gains color vision and powers put you right there with her, even making you feel as if you were Harmony. I have never read a book so unique, realistic, and believable and I sincerely hope that there is more to Harmony’s story. Five stars isn’t enough for Color Blind by Penny Miller; it needs about ten! Color Blind is difficult to put down and I don’t think anybody would regret reading this amazing book.