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Blog Tour: Forged by Greed by Angela Orlowski Peart - Guest Post

Hey guys! Welcome to today's post! Sorry its late, I was out the whole day! Enjoy:)

 Forged by Greed
by Angela Orlowski Peart

Their choice had been taken away long before they were born.


Two Seattle 16-year-old Shape Shifters, Jatred and Jasmira, are torn between following their hearts and protecting the order of the world. The path of the star-crossed lovers leads only to destruction.

The ancient Shape Shifter Races—the Winter wolves and the Summer leopards— live among humans and fit perfectly into modern life, while keeping secret societies with their own laws and traditions.

Two Goddesses, Crystal and Amber command their respective Races. One is on a quest to tilt the scale of power to her side. The other will never let it happen, even if it means sacrificing Jatred and Jasmira’s love.

The Amulet commissioned to bring stability into the world remains hidden and concealed with the help of advanced technology. Jatred is the guardian of the Amulet and key to the Goddesses’ conflict.

When the forces of nature are disrupted, earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions rake the world.  The Goddesses go to war and summon all their Shifters to join in the conflict. Jatred and Jasmira must fight not only for their love but to protect the future of both Races and humankind.

About the Author:

Angela Orlowski-Peart was born and raised in Poland. She describes herself as “European born, American by choice”. She was just seven-years-old when she decided to learn English to translate her favorite Polish fairytales.

Angela is a Young Adult fiction writer. She completed her first YA paranormal romance novel, Forged by Greed, which is scheduled for publication on September 20, 2012. It is the first book in The Forged Series. Angela writes in multiple genres, including paranormal, fantasy, urban fiction, sci-fi, and short stories. She is a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Western Washington Chapter (, and several authors’ and readers’ networking groups on Linkedin and Goodreads. 

Angela loves reading good books almost as much as writing them. She can’t decide which is her favorite season—summer or fall. She speaks with Polish accent, but loves listening to the Southern drawl.

She is passionate about watercolor painting, fashion—especially stilettos, rock climbing, environment, and organic food and gardening. She lives in the Seattle area with her husband, two children, and a very independent and chronically curious cat.

Angela can be found on her website, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Linkedin and Goodreads.

And now, let's welcome Angela to the blog!

A Good Book Makes a Wonderful Gift

Although Christmas is a few weeks away, I know plenty of people who already make their holiday shopping lists and decide on what gifts to buy for their friends and relatives. After all, it’s never too early to start planning!
Books make great gifts and not only for the holiday season, but for the occasions like birthdays, graduation, or when we want to express a special “thank you” to someone.

Books have always been an important part of my life. I appreciate a good book as a gift. My bookcases house many genres in fiction and nonfiction. There are new and old books; hardcovers and paperbacks; thin and thick volumes. I also download a lot of books to my Kindle—my faithful travel companion.

About a year ago I have read Jody Hedlund’s post about the idea of a free book. She asked a curious question, “Does giving away all those free books really work {for authors}? Does it help an author’s sales on their current release?” Visit Jody’s blog to read more—her reasoning is logical and also ties with the subject of this post. Book-giving is a great answer to such question. Supporting your favorite authors and, at the same time, introducing their books to your family and friends really makes a lot of sense. And what would make a better gift than an interesting book?

Fiesta del Libro
About the same time as Jody Hedlund’s post mentioned above, Rachelle Gardner wrote a blog post, encouraging us to consider books or book gift certificates for the friends and family as Christmas gifts. I think coworkers would appreciate a great book much more than that white elephant gift. Another great idea for the Holidays is to donate books to a favorite charity, church, or a local school. My children’s school has a great donation program—a child celebrating birthday is encouraged to donate a book to the school library. This simple act of giving (and not just receiving) teaches children to share and give, even on their own birthdays.

I volunteer in my parish library and often see a lot of books donated there. Most of them are used, but there are some brand new ones too.

Your local public library might also be a great place to donate new books. The library might even have a list of suggested books for a donation.

There are still plenty of places in our world where a book, especially a new one, is a real luxury. I have a list of a few non-profit organizations that distribute books to underserved communities:

Illumination Publishers International—sends Christian literature to missionaries, as well as Christians in third world countries.

Judith’s Reading Room—creates mobile libraries for VA hospitals, war zone areas for active military, pediatric emergency rooms, and underserved communities.

Christian Library International—supplies Christian literature to prisoners.

Christian Resources International—sends donated books to missionaries and pastors worldwide.

Another possibility is to check Donation Town—an online directory for local charities accepting book donations for adult literacy programs, hospice reading to patients programs, and small libraries with a limited budget.

Not sure what book to give to your family member, friend, or a coworker this holiday season? Get them a gift certificate instead. Barnes and Noble or Amazon are really easy to find something interesting for every, even most sophisticated, taste.

Below are a few of my favorite book quotes:

“Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.”-Mark Twain

“Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.”
Groucho Marx

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
Jorge Luis Borges

“You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.”
Paul Sweeney

“When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.”
― Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus

“I cannot live without books.”
Thomas Jefferson

“There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.”
Bertrand Russell

“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”
William Styron

And my absolutely favorite one: “If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.”
Toni Morrison

What are your favorite books of all times? What book would you like to receive this Holiday season? Do you like receiving and/or giving books and/or book gift certificates as gifts?


I love receiving Amazon gift cards for Christmas. They let me load up my Kindle for a long time into the year :)

Happy Weekend!


ITunes gift cards! The more the better.
And Angela rocks!


Thank you for hosting me, Victoria.

Carol and Alex - so nice to see you both here. I agree - Amazon and iTunes gift cards make awesome gifts.


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