Thursday, December 12, 2013

I'm Still Here!

I must sincerely apologize for my prolonged absence on my blog.  Between school breaks, snow days, book signings and birthday's my life has been a roller coaster.  I really have had another good excuse for being Oscar
Oscar is now a 14 week old Havanese puppy, (with a permanent case of bed head) and he has been keeping me very very busy!  Now that he is "mostly" housebroken, I might be able to get some writing in. (knock on wood)

My newest novel is coming along quite nicely, although I'm struggling with a title, I plan on hopefully posting a little sneak peak when I've traveled a little more into the life of Amelia! ;)

In case I don't have the opportunity to write again before the holiday's, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tween the Weekends Author Interview!

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This author interview is with Charity Bradford

Welcome Charity thanks for talking to us today and letting us have a little insight into you and your books.

Q: Tell us about your books, Magic Wakes and Stellar Cloud.
The Magic Wakes is a mix of light science fiction, fantasy, and adventure with a touch of romance. Talia continually dreams of the invasion of her planet and her death at the hands of a species of half human half dragons. As the nightmares increase in frequency, she knows the annihilation of her world is drawing near. On her planet Sendek, magic is dead and science rules, forcing Talia to keep another secret, one that could cost her everything if it were known. Now, in order to save her planet, Talia must awaken the powers within her and rely at last on the magic that is her true inheritance.

Stellar Cloud is a collection of short stories. A soldier struggles with the emptiness left behind by amnesia until he learns he is more than the world would have him remember. The earth is desolate, and only one ship of humans remains. An assassin plays god, dealing out justice and mercy as he sees fit. Explore the outer reaches of the imagination through these and other short stories. From brainwashed clones to winged aliens of destruction, the stories in Stellar Cloud will pull in any lover of science fiction and fantasy.

Q: What’s your genre and why did you choose it?
I’ve always loved science fiction and fantasy so when I started writing I naturally drifted that way. The ability to lose myself in fictional worlds makes me happy, and I hope to share that with others.

Q: What’s the biggest obstacle you faced with your writing journey?
Time. It’s hard to balance the time needed to write with everything else in my life. My muse rarely shows up at convenient times and sometimes I fear my family suffered for it. Now I’m trying harder to keep a better balance.

Q: Where do you get your ideas and inspiration from?
Most of my ideas come from crazy dreams. The others come from everyday events around me. I’m always asking, “what if...”

Q: Who or what are your influences?
This is a hard one. I believe that all my life experiences, as well as every book I’ve ever read, combine to influence my imagination and thus my writing. Growing up I read a lot of the classic science fiction authors—Asimov, Bova, Card, Nivens, Nagata...

Q: Are you self-published, legacy or a combination?
The Magic Wakes was with a small publisher, but I self-published Stellar Wakes. It has been interesting to see how things work on both of those fronts.

Q: What was the hardest part of your self-pub / publishing journey?
I have a list for this one!
  • I didn’t realize how important it would be for me to learn to be patient with myself.
  • Allowing myself to write horrible first drafts so I have something to revise.
  • Learning that not every idea is worth a full length novel.
  • Learning to trust my instincts in spite of what others were saying.

Q: What format are your books available in?
The Magic Wakes is available in print and for Kindle. Stellar Cloud is currently just kindle, but I’m working on the print formatting now.

Q: How many books have you published so far?
These are the only two so far.

Q: What things did you outsource, if any at all?
With Stellar Cloud I was lucky enough to have my brother-in-law do the cover art. He did an AMAZING job! I did everything else.

Q: What’s the best bit of advice you received when starting out?
We’ve all heard it—write what you know. I took this to mean write about the emotions and internal conflicts that I understand. Obviously I’ve never drank the sunsrise to heal myself, but I love sitting in my back yard with the sun warming my face. It offers a little emotional medicine to my soul. I took that and ran with it in The Magic Wakes.

Q: What advice would you offer to the future Authors out there?
Don’t give up! Put in the time to get better and better, learn to use criticism to your advantage, and keep dreaming.

Q: What’s next for you? Any projects in the pipeline for us to look forward to?
I’m nearing the end of a YA Fantasy as well as digging into the sequel for The Magic Wakes.

Q: Give us one of your favourite quotes……………….
It's easy to believe in magic when you're young. Anything you couldn't explain was magic then. It didn't matter if it was science or a fairy tale. Electricity and elves were both infinitely mysterious and equally possible - elves probably more so.” 
 Charles de Lint

Q: And finally tell us something random about yourself to make us chuckle………………………….
This one is hard! I don’t think I do many funny things, but I do a lot of stupid things. Because my head is so full of other worlds and strange characters, I often have a hard time paying attention to the real world. One time I placed a pot of chilli on top of my car while loading my kids to go to a church pot luck. I forgot about that chilli until I pulled onto the street and it went flying across the road. Another time we were at a neighbourhood picnic and I left my husband and baby sitting on a blanket to run inside for a minute. When I came back I sat down and snuggled up really close to who/what should have been my husband. Unfortunately, my hubby had gotten up as well and a neighbour had sat down with his baby. So embarrassing! I couldn’t look at the poor man for a week!

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

IBD Award!

Mere Enchantment has won the IBD Award! Get your copy today!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Encourage Reading

This article is sponsored by Tween the Weekends.

Leaves are changing colors, the temperatures are falling, and the smell of fall is in the air.  It is that time of year again where I just want to curl up in a warm blanket with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate.  However, I have noticed this isn't typical of today's younger generation.  With two boys of my own I am realizing that all they want to do is play video games.  So it made me wonder, how can I get my boys, and other kids as well, more interested in books?  I have been doing some research, and this is what I have found.

* Read Aloud to your children!  This is a fun way to get children of any age to enjoy stories.  Try and do voices, or read with accents.  Help them visualize the story by showing pictures, or having them draw their own.  This is also just a great way to spend time with your children. They grow up fast, enjoy it while you can.

* Provide an ample supply of books, magazines, comic books, newspapers, etc...  Anything they enjoy is always better then whatever is playing on TV, or the video game console they want to play.  If they are watching TV consider turning on the Closed Caption so they can read as well as watch.

* Use reading as a "reward system".  I did this during the summer.  My children had to earn video game time by reading or doing chores around the house.  It helped them learn responsibility and got them to read more as well.

* Set an example.  If your children sees you reading, and enjoying it, chances are they will follow suit and love to read as much as you do.

* Visit your local library!  Participate in story time for younger ones, or encourage your older children to get involved in book groups. Let them choose books on their own.  Remember if they are interested in the topic, they will have a better chance of reading it.

* Play a word game in the car. Have each person take a turn reading as many words as he can from
street signs, billboards, store names, garage sale signs, etc. The player reads the words aloud as quickly as he can. It's a fun exercise and even though it's not a book, it gets kids reading.

* If your child likes video games or some other activity, maybe try subscribing to a magazine that goes along with that topic.

* Sometimes kids find it more exciting to read a series, rather than just a single book.  Help them find one that fits their reading level, and interest level.

I know I have only skimmed the surface of this topic, so let me know what has worked for you.  Leave me a comment, and I'll choose a couple to go on my Facebook Page.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

How to Write for Kids

Tween the Weekends is a monthly feature sponsored by: Emblazon

I love writing for kids!  There is something very rewarding about having a child give you a compliment on your story.  They way their eyes light up as they discuss their favorite character, or my favorite, having someone tell you that their kids started pretending to play a game they made up, using the characters from your books.

However, writing for children isn't easy.  There are certain things you need to make sure you are doing if you choose to write for children.

1.  Decide what age you are targeting.  Sometimes I find that authors have listed their books as a Children's Book, but it's 70K words, and 25 chapters long.  This would more likely be considered a Middle Grade or Young Adult novel.

2.  Watch your language!  Children's books and Middle Grade books are targeting children under 12 years of age.  I can't tell you how many times I have put a book back on the shelf because of foul language.  Just because today's society tells us it's okay to put in a few bad words, doesn't mean you should.  A lot of parents are pre-reading books before they allow their children to read them, myself included, because authors seem to forget the age they are writing for.

3.  Content!  Children love to use their imaginations.  If you are writing a fantasy or fiction book, give them something to try and figure out.  I have found the younger children can imagine the scenery better than older children if you paint a bigger picture. Don't be afraid to be descriptive, as long as you can keep the story flowing.  Don't put in unnecessary information.  Kids get bored quickly.  DO NOT ever put "romantic scenes" in a children or middle grade book! Even when writing Young Adult, less is more!

4.  Artwork is an essential part of writing for children.  The more colorful the better.  If it's a children's book, make sure your artist knows the story. Don't be afraid to tell the artist you don't like something.  If they don't know, how can they fix it.  If you are writing a Middle Grade Novel, it will almost always be judged purely by the cover.  I have watched so many kids, look at the cover of the book, and if it doesn't catch their attention immediately, they put it back on the shelf without ever flipping it over and reading the description on the back.  The spine font is also important.  It needs to stand out among the other hundred books it's sitting next to on the shelf.

5.  If writing non-fiction, make sure you use words that kids can understand.  I find that even ten to twelve year olds are having a difficult time with larger words that they don't hear frequently.  Sometimes it might be necessary to incorporate a definition in the paragraph.

6.  Remember who you are writing for.  You are writing for a child that probably still likes his/her parents to read them a bed time story, or tuck them in at night.

7.  And last but not least...ENJOY your writing!  If you don't like it, neither will your target audience.

I hope that I have helped.  I would love to know what you have discovered in your own writing.  What do you think are the best tips for others writing in this genre?

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Monday, July 8, 2013


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Tuesday, July 2, 2013


A few weeks ago I did a feature post on Jessica Tornese's website, which I wanted to share on my own blog as well. (See below). Jessica Tornese is the author of Linked Through Time, Lost Through Time, as well as the M&M Twins-Lost in Bowser Cave. To visit her website
Writing seemed like a simple idea. I had the story, & the ability to type, so what could possibly make it a challenge?

This question has plagued me for the last 8 years. What started out as a dream that I decided to write down has turned into a wonderful battle. Writing is anything but simple. Having an idea is just the beginning. Getting it to come to life for others to enjoy is something else entirely. After finishing Mere Enchantment and realizing that having it published traditionally was just not in the cards, my husband came up with the plan to try self publishing. For a long time I didn't like the idea, thinking it would destroy my chances of being published "for real". After a while I agreed, and it has been a fantastic journey.

Self publishing is definitely not for the faint at heart. It is extremely difficult and requires hours and hours of your personal time and funds. Between marketing, publicity, and getting the book ready for the public, it is a full time job. Even with all this work, I've discovered my complete love for sharing my stories with the world. Thanks to social media, and big name companies offering "self-publishing" deals, my dream has been brought to life.

As I finished the final book of The Enchantment Series, I am understanding that the last 8 years I have spent among the land of Mere with all the wonderful characters have been some of my best. As I'm getting ready to say goodbye to those characters and move on to the next adventure I'm finding it bittersweet. Chloe, Preston, Megan, Jason and Zach have been a constant thought, always in the back of my mind, always moving forward.

The final pages of Rings of Enchantment were extremely challenging for me to write as I knew it was goodbye. With each click on the keyboard, my heart swelled with joy, but also with despair as I closed the chapter of my life that I've known for so long. I express my sincere gratitude too all the people that have enjoyed the journey with me, including all the readers and fans.

Thursday, June 13, 2013


Mere Enchantment is now FREE for Nook!  Click HERE  to get your copy today from Barnes and Noble!  This is for a limited time!

Thursday, June 6, 2013


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Saturday, May 25, 2013

A Readers Review

A few weeks ago I was asked to do a guest post on the blog A Readers Review. You can now read that post by clicking the link below.

New Review Posted

Check out this great review of The Enchantment Series that was posted by A Readers Review. Thanks Caroline!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Just One Cup---Cover Reveal!!

*******NOTE: Book has had a name change, and is now called "Love Exactly"*******

Hey Everyone!
  I have the wonderful opportunity to share with you a new and exciting book by Author Cassandra Giovanni.  Just One Cup will be available June 20th, 2013 and is a New Adult Contemporary Romance!   Here is the cover and book description.

Emma Walker was a writer who'd lost herself to someone else's anger--who had given up on ever feeling like herself again.
Evan Levesque was a rock-god--the one all the woman wanted, but he'd never gotten used to the loneliness between the stage and real life. With just one cup of coffee they'll begin a journey of self-discovery at each others sides, but can Emma handle Evan's fame while dealing with her own demons? Emma's checkered personal past, a bad relationship that haunts the edges of her memories, threatens to make everything implode on them
when Evan takes matters into his own hands. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but your words...they'll destroy my soul--Can Emma handle being put back together and facing who she's become because of it?

What do you all think?

For an excerpt of Just One Cup, and more details about Cassandra and her other books, please visit her website at

Saturday, April 27, 2013


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Paperback on Amazon

Rings of Enchantment is finally available on for paperback.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Now available on iBooks...

Rings of Enchantment can now be downloaded on Apple's iBooks store for iPhone, iPod, and iPad users.

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Paperback Available

Rings of Enchantment is now available in paperback!!

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Thursday, April 4, 2013


Rings of Enchantment is now available on Nook from Barnes and Noble.


Rings of Enchantment is now available at for Kindle users.


Rings of Enchantment is NOW AVAILABLE from  It is available in digital format.

It will also be for sale on and within 24-48 hours!!!

Paperbacks will be available in about a week and a half!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013


Do you write a book blog?  Do you love to review books?  I am currently seeking book reviewers to Read and Review Rings of Enchantment, book 2 in The Enchantment Series. Send me an email with your blog or website or post it below. If your reviews are compatible with my work, I'll get you a FREE digital copy.  I would like reviews to be posted on,, and

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Release date changes...

Due to complications beyond my control, the release date for Rings of Enchantment will now be postponed. I still have plans on an April release date so keep checking back for further details. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


Rings of Enchantment has a projected release date of April 5th, 2013.  It will be the final book in The Enchantment Series!
©Alicia Rivoli 2013

Saturday, January 19, 2013

New Year...New Book!!

For the last 8 months I have been working very hard to get book 2 of The Enchantment Series finished. My writing time is very limited, because I am first and foremost a mother and wife. However this last week I hit a new milestone! I am pleased to announce that book 2 is FINALLY complete and I am now in editing mode, and will be sending it out for a couple of Beta reads very soon. I would like to have it released early Spring, so keep checking back or follow me on Facebook for more information. I hope to do a cover release next month.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Facebook updates...

Just a reminder to go like my Facebook page, Alicia Rivoli Books, for updates on my writing journey.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Book Review: The Magic Wakes

The Magic Wakes by Charity Bradford
Expected Publication: February 19th 2013
Pages: 300
Publisher: WiDo Publishing

Goodreads Synopsis
Talia has a secret, one that will save her world and yet rip it apart. Only she can decide if the price is worth it.

Scientist Talia Zaryn has always had visions of an alien invasion and of her own death. She has kept it a secret, hoping they are nothing more than childish nightmares. But when her face in the mirror matches that of her dreams, she fears the dreams are prophetic. Talia must prove that life exists beyond their planet, Sendek; perhaps then people will prepare to fight.

Talia's work at the Space Exploration Foundation leaves no time for personal relationships, but Major Landry Sutton is not looking for a friend. He is looking for a traitor. His ability to sense emotions convinces him Talia is that traitor until a touch sizzles between them. In an instant their minds are connected. Just as the two begin to trust each other, the invading force arrives.

Talia and Landry must uncover the secrets of Sendek’s past if they hope to defeat these terrifying creatures. And Talia is the key—if only she can learn to trust the magic coursing through her veins.

My Thoughts
I am constantly on the look out for a great book to read, and I had the opportunity to read an ARC of The Magic Wakes, by Charity Bradford, and took the chance. The Magic Wakes is AMAZING! The story draws you in from the very first page.  I found myself constantly trying to find the time I needed to just sit and read.  With each page I turned, I found myself more and more excited, to discover what lay ahead for Talia and Landry.  I also base a good book on my ability to dream about it at night, which may sound silly, but it helps me really understand the characters and their location.  I wasn't disappointed, as I drifted off to sleep, I found myself in Sendek, surrounded by Dragumon, fighting for my life, although unlike Talia, I was unharmed when I woke.  Charity offers something that I have never read before, a very good mixture of Science Fiction, meets Fantasy, meets Romance, and it was blended beautifully.  Sendek offered it all, the flying cars, technology that made my imagination go wild, and characters only found in my dreams.  I give the book 5 stars, as well as the author.  Look out New York Times Best Sellers List, Charity Bradford will soon find herself on your pages.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Busy month ahead!

December was a great month for my writing, I was able to write several chapters, and also do a couple of re-writes of things that didn't make sense.  I was really on a roll, then someone hit the breaks as the holiday's came and I had both of my children at home. My writing came to a complete stand still.  Trying to write with two children at home is very difficult, as you have one in each ear asking for your undivided attention. :-)  It was a great holiday, and I do have to say I'm very sad that it has come to an end so quickly.  I will be picking back up on my writing this next week, and hopefully have a release date for you all, as well as the name of the second book very soon.  I'm designing the cover (seems to be ever changing in my head), getting it my ideas ready for the cover artist, and doing the final touches to my manuscript before I turn in over to my editor, so hang in there.  I do have to say that while my children were home, I was able to start reading a wonderful book by a dear friend of mine called The Magic Wakes by Charity Bradford.  It is an ARC (Advanced Reading Copy) and has an expected publication of February 18th!  The book is amazing, and I hope to have a review posted very soon, with her permission of course. The new year has definitely come in like a lion, and January will be a very busy month for me.  I hope the New Year brings great blessing to you all!