Thursday, June 22, 2017

Blog Tour: Grappling for Position by @MelyndaPrice1 #review #giveaway




Sports Romance
Date Published: 3/2/17
Publisher: Kindle Press

This battle of wills is about to go below the belt…
Willow Scott is sweet, innocent, and untouchable. She’s the epitome of everything MMA fighter Regan “Rapscallion” Matthews has always wanted but will never have. She deserves more than a scrapper from the wrong side of the tracks—the Scott’s charity case.
Unfortunately, Regan’s best friend’s little sister is all grown up and she’s tired of playing by the rules. With a shot at the Welterweight title finally within his grasp, Willow is a distraction Regan can’t afford. But this willful woman is determined to make him tap-out.
Willow has loved Regan since she was in pigtails and braces. She’s all but given up hope of her brother’s friend returning her affection, but she never stopped praying he would see her as more than Kyle’s annoying little sister. If Willow has her way, that’s about to change. Regan must decide if he’s willing to lose his best friend and the Welterweight title for a woman he doesn’t deserve but cannot live without.



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I truly loved everything about this book. It’s flirty and sexy and fun. I'm a sucker for a Brothers Best Friend kind of story.  The chemistry between Willow and Regan is smokin’ hot and a rewarding balance to their easy, fun banter.  Everything about this book just felt good – and it just might have been enough to make a MMA groupie out of me. 



About the Author

Melynda Price a two-time RONE finalist, a USA Today, National Readers’ Choice, and New England Readers’ Choice Award-Winning finalist for her Against the Cage series. A multi-published author of contemporary and paranormal romance, what Price enjoys most about writing is the chance to make her readers fall in love, over and over again. She cites the greatest challenge of writing is making the unbelievable believable, while taking her characters to the limit with stories full of passion and unique twists and turns. Salting stories with undertones of history whenever possible, Price adds immeasurable depth to amazingly well-crafted books. She currently lives in Northern Minnesota with her husband and two children where she has plenty of snow-filled days to curl up in front of the fireplace with her Chihuahua and a hot cup of coffee to write.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Release Blitz: Your crossroads. Your life. #nonfiction #releaseday @ejapicello


Non Fiction / Self-Help
Date Published: June 2017 
Publisher: Page Publishing

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Welcome to my diary, my journey, as I tripped and crawled through the darkest time in my life- when I witnessed  people that I held incredibly close to me shatter my very existence with their words and actions. The things within this book spine are extremely raw and exceptionally real. You and I are going to get very close, the details in this book, although oddly general, are incredibly specific. Yes, I realize what I just said and as you read my words you will see what I mean. As you silently gasp and mentally bitch slap me, please be kind because my story is just that - my story. It is not any more or less special than yours. In fact the only difference between our stories are the choices we made at each of the crossroads in our lives. For most of my life the choices I made were not based on my happiness but on everyone else’s. This book describes what I have experienced in my journey to finding my happiness and hopefully never letting it go. Sadly, it took me thirty six years to find the strength I need to detoxify my life and self-view and find someone who is worthy of my awesomeness. Thirty six years to shatter the negative foundation I had built shatter the ultimate representative I created to hide behind and begin the process of building a new foundation. Only this foundation will be built on strength, confidence and above all, happiness. So take a minute or thirty and sit with my story for a while. You never know what you might find out.


About the Author


Welcome to my real, crazy, emotional, probably too honest journey. I am an everyday girl in this everyday world trying to keep my head above water and within the pages of this book you will learn about the things that have broken me down and the steps I am taking to build back up. You will see, my new friends, this story is written in a unique, general, conversational voice, which was my choice. I want you to be able to picture yourself in my shoes, relate my trials and tribulations to yours and see that you too can find your happiness. Even if you don’t realize this yet, every single one of us possesses things inside of ourselves that we didn't know were there. It took my life taking a crazy right turn and dumping me at the lowest possible point before I could see the strength within myself. We are not defined by what we do, we are defined by the choices we make. I decided when I put pen to paper that I want my choices to start defining me as strong, confident, secure and above all else, happy. So, who am I? How about I tell you who I was. A self-loathing shell of myself who put everyone else’s happiness before my own. Herein lies my story to find that happiness and all of the ups and downs along the way. See who I was and who I am trying to become and maybe, somewhere in there, you will find out a little about yourself too.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Blog Tour: Deity's Soulmate by @kernerangelina #interview

YA Fantasy and Adventure
Date Published: April 1, 2017

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From author Angelina Kerner (Seven Hours: Challenge Accepted) comes an all-new fantasy series about Gardenia, a daughter of Athena, and her 100 years of coursework on how to create whole new worlds and subjects of her own.

A sheltered schoolchild in a realm of condescending gods and goddesses, Gardenia goes to Earth on a dare to  witness the unsavory side of mankind for herself.  Believing she can do better, she undertakes the formation of an entire galaxy, but without permission from Zeus.   

Zeus disciplines her by assigning an epic 13-fold creational lesson destined to take her a century to complete.  But he is taken aback once more when she makes an odd choice.  She vows to fulfill this knowledge quest by tracking down a lost race of dragons, and discovering the secrets they’ve kept since time began.

Searching the universe to meet even one dragon may be a fool’s errand, but that’s the least of her worries.  For ancient wartime resentments linger between the nations of dragons and deities, and some dragons would attack Gardenia on sight!  

Yet she ventures out undaunted, learning unexpected things about nomadic life, tender love, and mortal peril along the way.  The biggest surprise of all, though, goes by the name of Ri.  Ri may be the man of her dreams, the voice in her head, the dragon she’s seeking, or all these things and more...
Meanwhile, the Fates brew sordid plans of their own and Hera jealously sets traps and trials for Gardenia at every chance.  What’s a young goddess to do?  Flight or fight?


Interview

Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?

It takes time to excel in something. It doesn’t matter if you’re a human or a deity.  

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Descriptions take time. I see scenes clearly in mind, but knowing when I’ve described enough in writing can be difficult. I guess that’s one of the reasons why I wanted to explore the disability of blindness in my novella. However, this interview is about Deity’s Soulmate, my fantasy/adventure/romance novel.

How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

 I’ve published one novel (Deity’s Soulmate) and one novella (Seven Hours: Challenge Accepted). I also have three more novels in the works. Two of them are new adult fantasy and one is crime fiction. One is the sequel to Deity's Soulmate, one is a tie-in story about the heiress to the throne of Phoenixes, and one is crime fiction. The crime fiction novel explores the Cosa Nostra and how one doesn’t get out after getting accepted.


If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?

Nina Dobrev as Gardenia. I like her acting skills and I think she’s really pretty. Could pull off the role of a young goddess.

Dana Delany as Hera. Love her in Body of Proof. She looks good in expensive clothing and could carry the head goddess role for sure.

Amy Adams as Aunt Aphrodite. She’s an easygoing type of actress so playing the part of a love goddess could really work for her.

Lucas Till fro play both twins…




When did you begin writing?

In high school, after I was told by a teacher that I would never be a writer. I just had to prove her wrong. ^_^


How long did it take to complete your first book?

Two years. Deity’s Soulmate went through many drafts and is now on the 2nd and final edition.  

Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?

James Clemens. He wrote the The Banned and the Banished series about a young girl, her magick, and a journey. He was amazing! I remember buying his first novel in passing from a bookstore. It was one of those businesses that would rent a place for a while and then disappear. It was only $5 and I didn’t read it right away, but when I did I was hooked. I went to Barnes and Noble and bought all of his book in that series.

It was the first time I got the full feeling I’d been transported to a fantasy realm and of wanting to reread a series. Until the very end, I was enraptured by everything about it!


What is your favorite part of the writing process?

 When the characters take over. That’s when the story becomes real in my mind.

Describe your latest book in 4 words.

Gardenia’s destiny awaits her.

Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?


Deity’s Soulmate is a story of Gardenia, an 18-year-old goddess-in-training.  After witnessing the savage side of human nature, she goes and does something stupid that gets her punished by Zeus. Her punishment is to learn about 13 days of creation from 13 different teachers. But she’s allowed her choice of teachers she goes with Zeus’s nemeses, the dragons. Along the way, she learns what it takes to create life, to love, and that the truth is far more complicated than she imagined.

I won’t say anymore for fear of spoiling the plot.

Hmm. The future. I’m thinking that I’ll be publishing more works in different genres.



About the Author


Angelina Kerner, a Pisces, was born during the Chinese astrological year of the Snake, which she absolutely adores. Angelina loves snakes, and was once allowed to feed one a rat. That was an experience of a lifetime.

She moved around during her young years from Novosibirsk to Kaluga in Russia. Finally settling in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, her teenage years were spent dancing in troupes and performing on stage. The dances ranged from waltz to tango, from Jewish to Russian, and finally belly dance. She was accepted into six out of seven universities, and decided to stay close to her family. Angelina pursued a psychology degree until she saw graduates working for Starbucks and then decided to pursue another career path in the department of Social Sciences. The difficult coursework, her job, and finding her life partner inspired her to turn to writing which, at the time, wasn't so much a hobby as a way to escape daily routine.

She worked on countless stories, never really finishing them, but came to understand that flash fiction wasn't for her. After finding an online community where she met her best friend, her writing flourished, making publication a possible next step. She is now the author of one published novel for both young adults and adults, and aspires to publish her other fantasy and crime fiction works soon. Her next project involves a competition for a beautiful phoenix. That novel will, hopefully, make its debut in 2017 or 2018. Angelina currently divides her time between her family, work, writing, and a lot of cats.

Visit her website at www.kernerangelina.live

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Sale Blitz: The Bridge of the Golden Wood by @PremioBooks #free #giveaway


Children’s Book
Date Published: February 2017

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Careers, entrepreneurship

“Masterful … An immensely appealing book because of its readable style … and its realistic but soft Asian-style illustrations.” – Crystie Cook, poet.

A child with a knack for solving problems helps some hungry fish and finds a treasure. Illustrated folk tale teaches how to spot opportunities to help others and make money; comes with ideas for businesses; money-making activities; and online resources on finding customers, managing money, job ideas, and moving up in an organization (for kids ages 4 and up). Young children will be captivated by the story; older ones will want to apply the things they learn about business. Teach someone to fish. This how-to book on work bridges the gap between what kids learn in school about jobs, careers, small business, finance, economics, and what they should know (how to serve others).


About the Author


Karl Beckstrand is the bestselling and award-winning author of 19 multicultural/multilingual books and more than 50 ebook titles (reviews by Kirkus, School Library Journal, The Horn Book blog, ForeWord Reviews). Raised in San Jose, CA, he has a B.A. in journalism from BYU, an M.A. in international relations from APU, and a broadcast & film certificate from Film A. Academy. Since 2004 he has run Premio Publishing. His survival western, To Swallow the Earth won a 2016 International Book Award. A college media instructor, Beckstrand has presented to Taiwan’s Global Leadership for Youth, city and state governments, festivals, and schools. Beckstrand's nationally lauded Y.A. stories, e-book mysteries, ESL/ELL Spanish/bilingual books, nonfiction, and wordless books feature ethnically diverse characters—and usually end with a twist. His work has appeared in: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Border’s Books, Costco, Deseret Book, iBooks, The Children’s Miracle Network, LDS Film Festival, the U.S. Congressional Record, Papercrafts Magazine, and various broadcasts. FB, Twitter, http://KarlBeckstrand.com

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Blog Tour: Split Second by Kelli J Miller #nonfiction #interview


Biographies and Memoirs
Date Published: April 4, 2017

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When does the American Dream turn into a trap?
What does it mean to succeed?
What really gives meaning to our lives?
 Kelli Miller never had to worry about it – she had it all: a family, a career, a sprawling home, even an executive title.  She thought she’d escaped her Midwestern roots and was sailing towards a golden future.  Then, in a pivotal moment, confronted with the shadow of death, she found herself suddenly awake to the grim reality:  the dream had consumed her life, and left her lost and alone.

In Split Second, Kelli tells the story of how she set herself free, and recommitted herself to the most important pieces of her life:  family, community, and a new openness to experience.  It is the story of one woman’s journey to find out what really matters and where her happiness ultimately lay.

Interview

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

So many of us are going through life doing what society deems important or doing what circumstances require us to do.  I hope my readers will be confronted with the importance of living an authentic life – a life true to their personal values.  I hope they will also find the inspiration to take their next steps to live an even fuller life –  to live the life of the dreams.



Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

One of the hardest parts of writing is allowing myself the time to capture the words when they are ready to come out (the inspiration to write does not come on a schedule).   Another challenge is allowing the words to get down on paper without judgment.  I am at my best when I let the words flow out unrestrained. 


How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

I have stacks of notebooks full of my writing.  This is the first book I’ve written, so Split Second is my favorite.


If you had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?

Split Second is a memoir, so the main character is me.  It’s a little awkward to cast myself in movie, but I would choose Sandra Bullock. Sandra portrays likeable characters with determination, tenacity, and grit.  These are the characteristics readers say they see in me.


When did you begin writing?

I started writing in my early teens to find my way through a complex web of emotions surrounding my brother’s untimely death.  I kept writing through high school and college, but instead of taking the time to publish my writing, I focused on raising a family and my technology career. When my father passed away, I found the will to publish my writing.  You could say I have been writing my whole life!






How long did it take to complete your first book?

Split second was completed over the course of six and a half years.  In addition to writing, I was raising a family, working in technology, and farming with my husband.  Persistence was key. 


Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?

I was inspired by my English teachers, long before I was inspired by an author.  My Creative Writing teacher in particular, encouraged me to write.


What is your favorite part of the writing process?

I love this question – thank you for asking it!  My favorite part of the writing process is the “ah ha” moments.  These are those precious moments in time when I learn something about myself or about life as the words come flowing out. This is why I write – to uncover those revelations and to share them.


Describe your latest book in 4 words.

Breaking Through Self-imposed Limits


Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?

I have an abundance of ideas – family history, a love story, social issues, and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to name a few.  I’m committed to exploring the world, personal growth, and writing to inspire others to do the same.  I’m sure the next release, whatever it is, will surprise everyone, including me!





About the Author


Kelli Miller is a business executive specializing in Information Technology.  Her career includes thirty years working for some of the largest, most successful companies in America.  Kelli recently returned to her roots, farming her family’s farm with her husband, while continuing her technology career with a local mid-size manufacturing firm. Kelli is the mother of three. She loves to travel, hike and spend time in the simplicity and raw beauty of nature. 

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Blog Tour: Redemption Lake by @SusanCGoldner with an #interview & #giveaway



Mystery
Date Published: May 17, 2017
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing

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Tucson, Arizona – Eighteen-year-old Matt Garrison is harboring two terrible secrets: his involvement in the drowning death of his 12-year-old cousin, and a night of drunken sex with his best friend’s mother, Crystal, whom he finds dead the following morning. Guilt forces Matt to act on impulse and hide his involvement with Crystal. 

Detective Winston Radhauser knows Matt is hiding something. But as the investigation progresses, Radhauser’s attention is focused on Matt’s father. Matt’s world closes in when his dad is arrested for Crystal’s murder and Travis breaks off their friendship. Despite his father’s guilty plea, Matt knows his dad is innocent and only trying to protect his son. Devastated and bent on self-destruction, Matt heads for the lake where his cousin died—the only place he believes can truly free him. Are some secrets better left buried?

            Redemption Lake is a novel of love and betrayal. It’s about truth and lies, friendship and redemption, about assuming responsibility, and the risks a father and son will take to protect each other. 


Interview

Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?
Redemption Lake is about an eighteen-year-old boy who is unable to forgive himself for the death of his 12-year-old cousin. He holds himself responsible for the drowning, even though he, too, was only twelve. After making a scene at his mother’s remarriage, he gets drunk with his best friend’s mother and they end up in bed together. They are both shocked and stunned by what they’ve done. She won’t let him drive until he has slept off some of the beer. When he awakens, she is dead. It is a book about truth and lies, betrayal and forgiveness. And how sometimes the most important person we must forgive is our self.
In Redemption Lake, I’d like my readers to see that Matt is human, that he’s made some terrible mistakes, but that forgiveness and redemption are possible if he is willing to take responsibility and face up to the truth.
I’ll also like to say that I’m so grateful to my readers. I had no idea how much it would mean to me to have a reader write a review or send me an e-mail about how much they enjoyed the book. It means so much more to me than money—just to know someone enjoyed and was moved by my story.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Writing is hard work. It takes dedication and a willingness to spend long hours in isolation. There are times when family issues get in my way. Balancing can be difficult. And I’m often torn. I want to be the best possible wife, mother and grandmother. But I’m also driven to be the best storyteller I can be.  

How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

I’ve written 8 novels so far. I’d say my favorite is A Bend In The Willow because, more than any other of my books, this one draws from my life, what I’ve learned, what I’ve loved and what I regret.  


If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?

I would choose Timothy Olyphant (from the Elmore Leonard Netflix series, Justified) to play Winston Radhauser because of his rugged good looks and the way he fills out a pair of jeans and a Stetson.
When did you begin writing?

I don’t think I decided to become a writer. I believe I was born a writer. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing. Let’s face it, writing is isolating and doesn’t pay very well. I’m not sure many people would choose to write if they could avoid it or were of sane mind.  When I was a little girl, my father won a Smith Corona portable typewriter in a poker game. He gave it me. It came with 45 rpm records guaranteed to have you typing. It was the beginning of my life as a writer. I taught myself how to type with the help of those records and starting writing poems and stories. I’ve never stopped. I went back to college after my children started school. This time I majored in creative writing.


How long did it take to complete your first book?

It generally takes me about a year to complete a novel. I’m trying to work faster these days because I now have a publisher and that has changed everything. I recently read a book about a woman who’d taken her productivity from 2,000 to 10,000 words per day. She gave some very helpful hints about writing faster. And I strive to get 2,000 words a day now. It doesn’t always happen, but I am writing faster than in the past.


Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?

I believe the first book I ever read that inspired me to be a writer was To Kill A Mockingbird. I was a child when I read it, but it remains my favorite book. Atticus Finch was such a wonderful character. He fought hard for what was right, for what he believed in, even though he knew victory was impossible. He was a man you never forget. He touched my life. I wanted to touch the lives of others by creating my own memorable characters.


What is your favorite part of the writing process?

The best part of the writing process for me is when I get totally immersed in the fictive dream and all concepts of time disappear. People ask me if it is lonely being a writer and sitting in front of a computer screen for hours on end. Yes, it can be. But once the dream has captured you, it is thrilling, filled with excitement and adventure, and there is absolutely nothing I’d rather be doing.


Describe your latest book in 4 words.
Mysterious, heart-wrenching and human.


Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?


I have just completed the edits and handed off my 3rd manuscript to Tirgearr Publishing. It is the second in the Detective Winston Radhauser series. Detective Radhauser (whose first wife and son were killed by a drunk driver) has remarried a woman he met in Redemption Lake. They moved to Ashland, Oregon and now have a 4-year-old daughter. The second book in the series is entitled, When Time Is A River. I’m currently working on the third (River of Silence) which we hope to release in early 2018. 



About the Author

Susan Clayton-Goldner was born in New Castle, Delaware and grew up with four brothers along the banks of the Delaware River. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona's Creative Writing Program and has been writing most of her life. Her novels have been finalists for The Hemingway Award, the Heeken Foundation Fellowship, the Writers Foundation and the Publishing On-line Contest. Susan won the National Writers' Association Novel Award twice for her novels and her poetry was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies including Animals as Teachers and Healers, published by Ballantine Books, Our Mothers/Ourselves, by the Greenwood Publishing Group, The Hawaii Pacific Review-Best of a Decade, and New Millennium Writings. A collection of her poems, A Question of Mortality was released in 2014 by Wellstone Press. Her novel, A Bend In The Willow, was published in January 2017. Redemption Lake, the first in a 3-book detective series, will be released May 17, 2017. Prior to writing full time, Susan worked as the Director of Corporate Relations for University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona. 

Susan shares a life in Grants Pass, Oregon with her husband, Andreas, her fictional characters, and more books than one person could count. In her spare time, Susan likes to make quilts and stained glass windows. She says it is a little bit like writing, telling stories with fabric and glass.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Blog Tour: Hero High: Figure in the Flames by @authorminachara #yafantasy #review #giveaway




YA Fantasy
Date Published: October 2016
Publisher: Byzantion Books


Hero TV is a world of fortune, fame and designer dresses open only to those with superpowers.

Friday Fitzsimmons comes to Hero High determined to be part of that world, but as soon as her power is tested, things start to go wrong.

In a world where heroes and villains are not always what they seem, where romance and rescue are frequently scripted, Friday is torn between duty and growing feelings for Dr Dangerous, but when she sees her favorite hero brought down, Friday goes to war, and with the help of her team mates, Aya, David and Ashley she sets out to fight the corruption at the heart of Hero TV and unmask the figure in the flames.


Review

This is a solid fantasy tale about an unusual girl who is more than she appears. I liked Friday. Even though she didn't really know anything about herself, she was strong, and still followed her instincts. 

I could emotionally relate to Friday and her desire to be a part of the world. This isn't a complicated book, but it's cute and well-written for its target audience. 

I was so compelled to find out what would happen next. The anticipation is real.

Gorgeous cover, am I right??!!


Author Bio
Mina Chara likes superheroes, Chinese food and spending time with her dog. She dislikes dark, gritty superhero movies and tales of the dystopian future. Generally optimistic she writes stories that reflect her love of color (especially blue) as well as her sense of humor. Her ambition is to find a job that won’t suck out her soul, help her parents to retire and one day buy her mum a car. So please buy her book. Please!

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