Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Blog Tour: Race For Love by @nanamalone with #review and #giveaway



New Adult Contemporary Romance
Date PublishedJuly 27, 2015


Up and coming racecar driver, Kisima Jennings, is all alone in the world and that’s just how she likes it. After all, she has her career, who needs family? But when a near-fatal crash jeopardizes her future, she’s forced to lean on someone for the first time in her life.
As an athletic trainer, Derek Donovan is driven and has always kept his eyes on the prize, never letting personal entanglements come between him and his dream of becoming a head trainer for the New Orleans Jaguars. That is, until one misstep costs him everything. Now he’s starting over, but with a client as tempting as Kisima, is he destined to repeat the mistakes of his past? Or will letting someone close bring him everything he’s ever wanted?
Will the Race for Love trump the race for her future or can Kisima really have the best of both worlds?



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Review 

Vroom Vroom. Nana Malone has whipped up a very steamy Contemporary Romance that has perfectly flawed characters after redemption, both for different reasons. I think that their chemistry was perfectly done and I loved how it came to pass. They had their issues, but I enjoyed watching their journey.  


USA Today Best Seller, Nana Malone's love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she "borrowed" from her cousin.
It was a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana, and Nana was a precocious thirteen. She's been in love with kick butt heroines ever since. With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters.
While she waits for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, in the meantime Nana works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is.
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Release Blitz: Cutting Loose by Charity Hillis #excerpt #giveaway



Romance
Date Published: 8/4/2015

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Once Upon a Time never felt like this…
Amy is committed to her career, but when her old college roommate gets in touch, Amy realizes her success has come with a price: she gave up more than her dreams of being an artist when she graduated from college.
Sean hasn’t written his own music since he saw the power his lyrics could have, but that doesn’t stop him from playing covers and trying to have a little fun with every woman he meets. When Amy gets under his skin, however, Sean starts to wonder if a random hook up could become something more.
CUTTING LOOSE is a contemporary romance inspired by Rapunzel, and it's the second book in the Once Upon a Desire series.
Once Upon a Desire: contemporary fairy tales with a pinch of spice.



Excerpt

Amy wandered away from the crowd and stared at the placid waters of the lake. Stooping down, she found a small, oval pinecone on the ground at her feet, and giving into instinct, she pulled her arm back and flicked the cone into the water, trying to make it skip.
“Need a stone for that,” Sean said from behind her. Amy repressed a delicious shiver at the sound of his voice.
“I figured. It just seemed like the thing to do.” She gestured out at the water. “It’s beautiful up here.”
He raised an eyebrow at her. “Even though it’s the back end of beyond?”
“Your words, not mine.” She paused. “And I’m not judging anyone,” she finally added, glancing up at him. “Well, except maybe you.”
He grinned at her. “I guess I deserved that.”
She nodded. “Just because I’m from the city—“ she took a deep breath. “I don’t want to spoil this.” She gestured out to the lake, hoping he’d understand that she was done bantering. “Any of it,” she added, risking a glance at his face, but his expression was unreadable.
After a beat, Sean started to walk along the lakeshore, further away from the party guests, and after a moment, Amy fell into step beside him. “It is pretty, I guess,” he admitted. “You forget how beautiful things are when you see them every day.” He glanced at her with a wide smile. “Although I doubt any guy would be able to forget you.”
Amy laughed, but her heart sped up. “Smooth.”
Sean tipped his head. “I try.”
They lapsed into easy silence as they moved along the lakeshore, and after a few minutes, Sean reached for her hand. Waiting for the flirty banter that Amy had started to expect from him, she hesitated, but Sean didn’t say anything, and Amy couldn’t shake the feeling as she laced her fingers through his that something had shifted somehow, without her being aware of it.
Walking hand in hand with him, Amy searched for something to say. “I can’t figure you out,” she finally offered.
Sean lifted his shoulders in a gentle shrug. “What’s to figure?”
“Are you really as full of yourself as you seem?” The words sounded harsh, and Amy tried to soften them. “I mean, one minute, you’re coming onto me, and the next, you’re—well, you’re confusing.”
A smile tugged at his lips. “So you’ve been thinking about me?” He tightened his fingers around hers.
Amy flushed. “Maybe a little,” she admitted, “but that’s just because I don’t know what’s going to come out of your mouth next.”
“I’ll take that as a compliment. Ladies love a mystery man, right?” He grazed his thumb against her palm, and she shivered.
“I guess what I’m saying is, I’m trying to figure out who the real Sean is.”
He looked down at her, his eyes sharp. “Maybe that doesn’t matter. Can’t we just be two strangers who can’t keep their hands off each other?”
Amy’s pulse started to pound. “That isn’t what I had in mind,” she said.


About the Author
Charity Hillis has always had a thing for fairy tales…there’s just something magical about all those happily ever afters! She writes contemporary romance, and is the author of the ONCE UPON A DESIRE series, including MIDNIGHT RUN, CUTTING LOOSE , and PRINCESS SUITE (coming winter 2015).

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3 sets of ONCE UPON A DESIRE ebooks 
(Midnight Run and Cutting Loose)



Monday, August 3, 2015

Blog Tour: Life's Too Short for Leftovers: 9 Lessons From a Third World Kitchen with #review



Non Fiction
Date Published: July 23, 2015


Part inspirational rallying call, part first-person, autobiographical narrative, part eulogy for a treasured friend and mentor, “Life’s Too Short for Leftovers” takes the reader on a highly personal journey of self-discovery. Best-selling author Michael Ditchfield’s  “9 Lessons from a Third World Kitchen” – cleverly presented as courses on a menu – conveys a singular perspective on what it means to be human, and what is required of us as individuals to be active, engaged participants in humanity.

With delightfully dry wit and profound understanding, Ditchfield introduces us to Chef Noel Cunningham – his guide and teacher – along with a kitchen-full of congenial and extraordinarily noble real-life protagonists that have served as both lightning rods and light posts in the author’s relentless (albeit sometimes reluctant) pathway toward personal transformation. 

Ditchfield is a master storyteller, and his conversational style skillfully relates timeless philosophies to contemporary challenges and opportunities that face Third World countries today. Based on his extensive experience in Africa, Ditchfield brings a generous portion of lucid insights and aha moments to the table, leading the charge toward improved, positive outcomes – in our own lives, and in the lives of others. “Life’s Too Short for Leftovers” is a stimulating and memorable must-read for students of Life.




Review

This is powerful novel. It deals with real issues in a way that is easy for the civilian who has never been in the situation to understand. Michael Ditchfield has a way with words and really draws the reader in with his comparisons. He has a wonderful story to tell and does it is a very unique manner. 

You hear about the struggles of Third World countries, but this is just a great way to put it in laymen terms. 

This one will definitely sit with you long after you are done reading it. 



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Humanitarian Michael Ditchfield—bestselling author, sought-after speaker, entrepreneur, and former professional athlete, is committed to addressing the humanitarian plight of developing countries. Ditchfield speaks widely on how to inspire change and promote empowerment among cultures and individuals. 

He has worked extensively with children in Africa using sports and culture in furthering the peace process. He remains dedicated to transforming lives by advocating for human dignity across the globe.


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Friday, July 31, 2015

Blog Tour: Of Gods and Madness by @justindherd #review #giveaway



Fantasy Noir
Date Published: 7/21/2015


A mobster learns he's becoming a god, only to discover they die too. 
The right hand of the dominant mob family, Raine Morgan is tasked with hunting down two miscreants messing with the bottom line. He finds them on the docks, but, in the confusion of the fight, accidentally kills their victim and lets them escape. Horrified at what he's done, Raine seeks redemption as well as revenge. 

Things spiral out of control when a greedy middleman overthrows Raine's mob organization. It's only with the help of a friend inside the crumbling mob as well as a streetwise artist that Raine remains undetected as he searches for the men who started this all. Raine doesn’t realize, however, he has caught the attention of a disparate conclave of gods in the process. 

As the pantheon returns to the city they'd abandoned, old conflicts re-emerge, causing divine civil war. Both sides try to pull Raine to their side, expecting to find a naive god for them to manipulate. Instead, they find a man stripped of everything, intent on playing both sides as they learn an awful reality - even gods can die.



Review

This novel has a little of everything. The main character is a Mobster and a pretty powerful one at that. His morals are definitely questionable and through things that happen you see him deal with guilt and look to exact revenge as well as try to redeem himself from his actions, even though they were not intentional. I liked that I could feel his remorse yet his darker tendencies still prevailed.

The fantasy aspect was well done and a great addition to the story. It gave the story another layer of depth.

Be prepared for a wild ride with a lot of action and twists and turns throughout. 




Justin D. Herd is a Fantasy Noir author who has been writing novels for ten years. He absolutely loves dark, twisted stories that take readers into unexpected places. Horror movies are his passion and he often takes stories to task for not logically thinking out their concepts. His home has been invaded by two eccentric children as well as a cat which is obsessed with all things digital.


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Blog Tour: Purified #interview



Thriller / Noir
Date Published: November 27, 2014


When a mutilated body of an African American girl is found in a park sandbox, the media shows no interest. Instead, their attention is riveted on the disappearance of Olivia Safra, a college student and only child of the powerful and dangerous Richard Safra. Suspended ADA, Beck Oldman, demoted to a rookie PI is assigned her first cases to find a missing teenager and Olivia Safra.

Leads connect the murders to the Safra case. The investigation into her client's private life reveals a dark side in the relationship between a father and daughter and exacts his wrath against Beck. More girls are found murdered, putting Beck in a race to stop a serial killer and stop her own client from destroying her.

PURIFIED is a thrilling story that explores many dark subjects, including what it does to those who have to live in the world of killers in order to stop them.





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Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?
Purified is a book that deals with many social justice issues while never losing sight of storytelling. I don’t have one overreaching message in the book but certainly equality of race and gender is a theme that is explored. I attempt do this without preaching but by revealing organically through plot and character the injustice that exists. I have try to create a female PI who acts as a woman and not a Marlowe in high heels. Women have a different set of issues than men; they behave differently in all things, including when they are chasing down killers.


Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I find getting myself into a daily routine to write very difficult.


How many books have you written and which is your favorite?
I have written only the one book, but I have written five screenplays. Purified is in script form as well. If I have a favorite story of mine it would be my first because it showed I write could do it.


If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?
Jessica Chastain would be my first choice to portray Beck because she would do justice to the intelligence and toughness of Beck. She would convey the vulnerably of the character sympathetically without diminishing her edges.


When did you begin writing?
I have never not written. I was always placed in accelerated reading or English classes in school. The one homework assignment I would always complete would be reading and writing.  I cannot remember a time where I did not write stories, poems, or letters. Letter writing is a lost art and I think it was instrumental in my love of writing. Pen on paper, full sentences, not truncated, techno speak as I put it.


Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?
I do not have one author who inspired me. I have been inspired by all the writers who gave me a portal to examine and live in a world of their making and a world translated by my imagination.


What is your favorite part of the writing process?
  Tense, surprising, provocative, frightening



Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?
  I am writing the sequel to Purified. Beck once again is entangled in series of killings that will ensnare her into the dangerous world of her nemesis, Richard Safra.


Elizabeth S. Sullivan was born in Chicago and grew up in the LA area. Impassioned by social justice issues, inspired by her parents, she pursued teaching and earned a law degree. She has written five screenplays, one short. Her screenplays have placed or won such as: Nicholl, Austin, Page, and American Zoetrope. These recognitions garnered her a manager, Alexia Melocchi, Little Studio Films. Her first novel, PURIFIED, portrays a strong female protagonist in the genre of a noir thriller.  Sullivan explores issues of race, gender, privacy in the cyber age. She has written several blogs on of women in fiction featured on Venture Galleries.  She is busy working on the sequel to PURIFIED and a new screenplay.



Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Cover Reveal: Outside, Inside




Children's Book (4-8)
Date Published: August 25, 2015


Have you ever felt like all of your friends had forgotten about you?  Have you ever felt left out?  This is exactly what happens to Birdie in Outside, Inside.  When Birdie does not see his friends around, he decides to go out and look for them.  He quickly finds that something strange is going on.  Birdie’s friends are really planning a super fun surprise that gives Birdie a change of heart.  Outside, Inside is a simple story about the joy of friendship and giving.  Using 35 easy words and vivid, colorful characters, this story is enchanting for the youngest of readers.





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About the Author


Cindy Helms is a visual artist, author and illustrator known for designing unusual projects. For Cindy, art is created from curious and whimsical combinations of shapes, textures and colors.  In her unique and simple children’s books, Cindy’s art work comes to life in characters that enchant children and adults alike. Cindy lives in the Denver, CO area with two artistic boys and two fat black cats.  She loves road trips, camping and discovering new places.






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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Blog Tour: Alawahea by @saraldaigle @Alawahea #review



Fantasy/Sci-Fi Romance
Date Published: 7/16/2015


Tamara Carrington always felt different. One event in high school left her wondering if maybe she really was a freak, although she’d managed to leave that experience in the past—buried deep in her psyche. With the arrival of the exchange students from the planet of Azelle to her college, Tamara’s long buried memories threaten to erupt. As Tamara’s emotions build and her friendship with the Azellians grows, so does the knowledge of secrets within her own family.
With the deterioration of her mother’s health, Tamara doesn’t know where to turn for answers or solace. What has her family been hiding? Why does she feel inexplicably drawn to the Azellians? What will happen if she unleashes her long-suppressed passion? Will she survive or even recognize herself afterwards? Wanting answers, yet being afraid of what she might find, Tamara wonders if it would be better to remain asleep.




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I liked the diversity and originality of this novel. I felt it did a great job of pulling together Sci-Fi and Fantasy along with Romance. 

Believeable and Relatable characters really help to captivate the reader and get them invested in the happenings of this story. 

This was a great start to the series, a lot of backstory needed and had to understand a lot as with a lot of first in series, but I am excited to see where it goes next.




Sara L Daigle has been creating stories since she first forayed into the world of writing at the age of eight. As an avid reader, growing up in a small town without much access to a library, and before the birth of the Internet, Sara devoured her mother’s extensive stack of science fiction and romance novels to keep her literary thirst quenched. Soon afterwards, she began writing her own stories and entertaining her friends by composing plays for them to act out.
A passionate interest in astronomy, anthropology, and linguistics, coupled with this early background in science fiction and romance, led Sara to merge the two fields and create a series of interlinked stories built around a fictional planet’s culture and its interaction with ours.
Sara currently lives in Denver, Colorado, with her husband and three very loving but energetic dogs.

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