Friday, February 22, 2013


Book 1 – Manipulating the List (2012)
ISBN-10: 1478190027

Book 2 – Executing the List (2012)
ISBN-10: 1480122149

Book 3 – Legacy of the List (TBR 2013)
ISBN-10: 1481183656

The Immortal Companion is a YA Paranormal Fantasy series that consists of
three  novels: Manipulating  the  List (2012), Executing  the  List (2012), and
Legacy of the List (TBR July 2013). 

This series follows a young girl, Katherine, who finds herself in an unlikely
relationship with an entity similar to the Grim Reaper. The two meet for the
first  time  at  Katherine’s  tender  age  of  six,  when  she  unknowingly  watches
him collect the soul of her aunt at a local park.

The Collector then begins to make it like a bedtime routine to show up just
before  Katherine’s  fallen  asleep  and  fills  her  in  on  the  life  and  times  of  his
next victims - like a series of mini biographies - told only to her, each night.

Upon  turning  twenty-two,  Katherine  quickly  finds  that  her  name  is  on  the
Collector’s list and that she has been marked to be collected. A deadly race
ensues  where  the  two  must  work  together  to  manipulate  the  list  so  that  she
can bypass her scheduled death.

Join our characters as they begin an adventurous and thrilling challenge that
involves  breaking  the  law,  traveling  to  exotic  locations,  murder,  romance,
and  a  constant  game  of  cat  and  mouse  that  doesn’t  stop from  beginning  to
end. This series has an ever-changing storyline that guarantees you won’t be
able to put it down.


I grew up in Simpsonville, South Carolina and moved to Charlotte, North Carolina
upon the age of twelve. Until then, my life simply revolved around softball, writing,
and cheering on the N.C. State Wolfpack by my father’s side.

A true desire to write began once I reached my high school years. Poems and Short
stories filled my notebooks for Science, History, and Math. But by graduation, a
second passion would prove to be far too great for me to ignore – the desire to help

My career path led me into the field of emergency services. I became a professional
firefighter, which after a few years led to the promotion of Fire Lieutenant.
Concurrently, I expanded my studies to become an Emergency Medical Technician. I
have since resigned from the fire department and chose to advance my career in the
medical field to become a Paramedic Crew Chief. It has thus far been a rewarding
career that has brought me a life full of happiness, constant rewards, and getting to
help the public in a most drastic time of need.

After the birth of Ava, my daughter, I decided that I needed to write her story. For the
first time in years, I picked up a pen and began writing. It was a small, leather bound
journal that allowed me to write all of her accomplishments, life experiences, and

memoriesthat wouldn’t be able to fit into a baby album. It unknowingly lit a fire
within me that I wouldn’t be able to shake.

From that point on, I spent every minute of my free time writing; sometimes staying
up into the wee hours of the next morning. The Immortal Companion series is the
result of my relit desire. 

Welcome to the world of my imagination. 
I hope you enjoy the tales.
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Amazon reviews (27) for Manipulating the List – 4.6 out of 5 stars:

Amazon review (1) for Executing the List – 5 out of 5 stars:

Barnes and Noble reviews (24) for Manipulating the List – 4.5 out of 5 stars:

Barnes and Noble reviews (2) for Executing the List – 5 out of 5 stars:

Goodreads reviews (17) and ratings (24) – 4.62 out of 5 stars:

Available for Purchase at the Following Locations – 

Autographed copies of Manipulating the List and Executing the List in
Paperback – (at the store page)

Amazon Paperback –

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Barnes and Noble Paperback and Nook -

*Note – Both Barnes and Noble provide sample chapters or inside looks at
the books. 
** - Author is currently available for interviews and book signings.

 K. B. Lever
The Immortal Companion Series

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Blog Swap With J. Q. Rose

Hi, Kay. Thanks for hosting me today so I can tell your readers about the awesome women profiled in my new interactive e-book for girls, Girls Succeed: Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women.

Hello Readers. I’m excited to visit with you today and look forward to your comments.

 Role Models by J.Q. Rose

When I was a kid my role models were the older girls who were funny, classy, friendly, and smart. They were the trend setters and pretty gals. I wanted to be just like them. About the time of puberty is the ugliest time in a girl’s life. Remember being 11, 12, and 13? Oh those school pictures….!!! All arms and legs and funny hair-dos, and let’s not go there with the fashion statements and attempts at make-up. I seem to recall using powder from a compact that colored my pale face into a strange orange.

The best example of trying to be like the cool girls was my attempt at getting a sun tan. My startlingly white skin would never tan so I relied on getting my tan from a bottle. The results were streaky orange legs. I think the new sunless tanning products have come a long way in both color and fragrance.

As I grew older, I still looked to other girls to be my role model, but then I also chose women who I admired such as teachers and ladies in my church. When I was a scared, shy freshman in college, I admired the girl who was the resident assistant on our floor. She always had time to talk and share. She was the one who I mimicked when removing a tea bag from the cup. I had never seen anyone remove a tea bag from the cup with a teaspoon, then wrap the string around the bag and squeeze out all the liquid. No drips at all from cup to saucer. To this day I do this and remember her every time.

Even at my mature age I have role models. You would think I would know it all by now, but I still meet women who make me wish I had their qualities of warmth, kindness, knowledge, and can actually make a tasty pie crust!

A few days ago, I met a new role model in the library. She was checking the large print books because she needed to read them to accommodate her worsening macular degeneration. She was determined the disease would not keep her from reading for as long as she could. She told me her favorite books were the James Herriot’s classic series, All Creatures Great and Small. She traveled to England last summer and visited the places in the book. She had such a wonderful time, she is planning to return this summer. This adventurous woman is 82 years old, but determined to live her life to the fullest and squeeze all the joy she can into this lifetime.

My non-fiction e-book, Girls Succeed: Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women, is filled with role models for middle grade girls. The stories of these successful women inspire and empower girls to dream big dreams and to equip them with ways to make their dreams come true.

It was my privilege to interview fifteen contemporary women who have distinguished careers. These role models are in business, technology, health care, sports, science, education, the arts, and even in transportation (a semi-truck driver.) My heartfelt thanks to them for trusting me to tell their inspiring stories and for allowing me to share them with young girls.

BOOK LINKS: To download a sample which includes the Table of Contents or purchase Girls Succeed, please use these links.

A Study Guide to accompany the book is now available at and

Connect with J.Q. Rose online at

J.Q. Rose blog

J. Q.  Rose Amazon Author Page 

TAG LINE: Inspiring and empowering girls to achieve success in their dream careers.

BIO: After writing feature articles in magazines, newspapers, and online magazines for over fifteen years, J.Q. Rose entered the world of fiction writing with her first published novella, Sunshine Boulevard, released by MuseItUp Publishing in 2011. With Girls Succeed: Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women she returns to her first love, writing about real people.  Blogging, photography, Pegs and Jokers board games, and travel are the things that keep her out of trouble. Spending winters in Florida with her husband allows Janet the opportunity to enjoy the life of a snowbird. Summer finds her camping and hunting toads, frogs, and salamanders with her four grandsons and granddaughter.

Thank you J. Q. Rose for visiting my blog today.

Readers, this is a blog swap so stop over at J. Q. blog
I'm visiting her blog today.


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Beverly Stowe McClure

Today on my blog I have Beverly Stowe McClure author of A Pirate, A Blockade Runner, and A Cat.
1.   Tell us about A Pirate, A Blockade Runner, and A Cat, and how the story came to be. Interesting title by the way.
 Thanks, Kay. I'm glad you like the title. I became interested in ghost stories several years ago on a visit with our son and daughter-in-law in Charleston, SC. They took us on a twilight ghost tour of the old district where the houses dated back to the 1700 and 1800 hundreds. According to our tour guide many of the houses had a resident ghost, and she told us some of their stories. I was intrigued. So I did what every writer does: I read books about ghost legends, attended a conference in my home town where "real" ghost hunters talked to us and showed pictures they'd taken that had suspicious looking images  they believed to be ghosts. They played tapes where muffled voices sounded spooky and could very well have been from another dimension. My head filled with ghosts, I started telling some of their stories. Listen to the Ghost, for young adults, was published in 2005. A Pirate, a Blockade Runner, and a Cat, my tween paranormal story came out January, 2013. There may be more spirits in my future. Only they know.
2.   What three words best describe your main character?
Angry, disappointed, skeptical
3.   What are three things your main character would never have in his pocket?
 a lace bra, a cat, a magic comb
4.   Do you have a method for creating your characters, their names and what do you think makes them believable?
I don’t have a particular method for creating characters. They appear to me in various ways. Sometimes a little voice whispers in my ear, telling me something about him or her. Other times, I might read an article in a magazine or newspaper about a teen or child that appeals to me and I start wondering what their story is. For names, I sometimes consult my book of names. They’re separated into countries and give a meaning for each name, which is nice. Other times I just try out different names until I find one that fits the vision of the character that’s in my mind. To make them believable I give my characters bad points, as well as good, like real teens and children have. I let them make mistakes, have tantrums, do things they shouldn’t. I hope this makes them more “real” to young readers, when they see the characters perhaps doing the same things they’re doing, right or wrong.
5.   Have you ever suffered from writer’s block? If so, how did you over come it?
Not really writer’s block. Sometimes I get stumped on a scene, so I take a walk and try to forget the story by looking at clouds and nature. Often, the solution to a problem just pops up when I’m not thinking about it. I believe freeing the mind allows the characters to solve their problems themselves. I also like to play the piano, maybe play a song the character likes or one that fits the mood of the story: happy or sad.
6.   What types of books do you like to read?
Anything young adult and middle grade. Sweet romances of the Nicholas Sparks kind. Historical fiction and nonfiction.
7.   What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
When I'm not writing I enjoy playing the piano and taking pictures of birds, butterflies, and other wildlife as well as clouds and flowers. People too. Genealogy is another of my hobbies, and I've made photo albums for my sons and grandkids. Of course, I read, also around 50 books a year.
8.   What’s next for your writing? Are you working on a new story?
Currently I'm in the final revisions of a YA contemporary novel, Survivors' Club, about     four teens that form a club to survive their parents and school. A couple other ideas are patiently waiting in my brain for their turn.
9.   What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve received?
 I know it’s a cliche, but "never give up." It's true. Many times I’m tempted to find something to do with my life that’s less stressful than writing, but then I hate being a quitter. If I start a project, I want to finish it. Besides, I enjoy creating characters and families.
10. Where can readers find you and your books?
            Good Reads:
            Library Thing:
Thirteen-year-old Erik Burks’ life is falling apart. When he discovers a lace bra in the glove compartment of his dad’s car, his mom leaves his father and drags Erik from being king of the hill in Texas to the bottom of the pits in South Carolina. No Dad, no baseball, no friends, just Starry Knight (a girl who reads minds) and her equally weird brother, Stormy, the twins that live down the block.
Just when Erik thinks life can’t get any worse, while hanging out at the beach one evening, he and the twins notice lights radiating from the lighthouse. The only problem is the lighthouse was deactivated years ago. Stranger still, a ship materializes in the moonlit harbor. Curious, the twins and a reluctant Erik investigate and discover the ghost of a blockade runner, a phantom cat, and a pirate who prowls Charleston Harbor, all searching for rest.
A former nonbeliever in the existence of ghosts, Erik cannot deny the proof before him. And he has a revelation: The ghosts may be the answer to his desire to return home. Erik soon makes a deal with the ghosts. He’ll help them find what they’re looking for so their spirits can rest in peace. In return, the ghosts will scare Erik’s mother so she’ll be on the next flight back to Texas. Star thinks his plan stinks, but Erik wants his life back, even at the cost of his mother’s sanity

Now for my review of the book. Erik doesn't believe in ghosts until he sees an illusion in the mist at the lighthouse. The illusion touches him and says "I mean you no harm, Erik." That would be scary. How did this ghost know his name? Star had told the ghost Erik's name.Star can read mind dreams and she doesn't have a fear of talking to ghost. From there Erik and the twins, Star and Storm, go on a wild adventure to help these ghosts James Farhill (the blockade runner) Dixie (the ghost cat) and Bonnet (the pirate). I love ghost stories so this book was a great read. I enjoyed experiencing these ghosts through Erik's eyes. It was a wild ghostly adventure I would read again.