Saturday, November 18, 2017

Virtual Book Tour: Hayden the Perfect Hedgehog





Children's Book
Date Published: 6/5/17
Publisher: Christian Faith Publishing

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Hayden has always lived in Tiny Yard with his mom. He has never met anyone different. Come along with Hayden the Perfect Hedgehog on this first adventure away from home and witness how differences should be handled.



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Arla worked in corporate America for over 30 years. Her favorite responsibility was diversity training. This experience, combined with her love of children drove her to create this series with the intent to bring diversity and acceptance understanding to the youngest readers. Arla is married to her wonderful husband, Ron. She had one sonwhich this book honors. Marriage have her 4 beautiful young ladies. Being a mom to these wonderful people is her favorite job!

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Virtual Book Tour: Hacienda Moon by @kasonndraleigh #gothic #romance



Gothic Romance
Date Published: 10/31/17

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Centuries ago, his ancestor fell in love with a woman cursed by a jealous witch. No one believed him until it was too late. Eric Fontalvo was determined to prove one thing... that a family curse didn't cause his father's death.

The plan was working until the day he found her...again. Suddenly his life changes forever, and he is forced to question everything he believes.

Moving into an old plantation house was just what Tandie Harrison needed to recover from tragedy. So she writes a book, a story based on a man in her dreams. There's only one problem though... the characters from her novel keep showing up on her doorstep.

And then she finds a diary written hundreds of years ago.

As if that isn't strange enough, she meets him...the man from her dream, someone who reawakens her psychic power along with something else from long ago.

Can Eric and Tandie's love destroy the force keeping them apart? Or will darkness win again?

Hacienda Moon is a new classic tale of two lovers crossing time. A seductive tale of one woman's journey to confront the demons of her past and to find the courage to face her future. It is a mesmerizing novel that explores the deepest depths of human nature, and the characters will hold and haunt you long after you have read the final chapter.


About the Author


Author of the Bestelling Lost Immortals Saga, Pathseekers and Musical Interlude Series, KaSonndra Leigh is also a mother, blogazine owner, reader, gardener, home renovator, and a slayer of undead Egyptian mummies in Tomb Raider. She believes in karma, coffee, and seriously wish that the producers of Xena would bring her favorite show ever back.

Strange things about KaSonndra: Everything. She’s weird, odd, unusual, and generally tends to make people think she swooped down from another planet. Maybe she did. Who knows? She’s also a member of the #zombiesurvivalcrew on twitter. So if you need protection from the upcoming apocalypse, don’t hesitate to call on KayLeigh and crew!

KaSonndra was born in the race-car city of Charlotte, NC, and now live in the City of Alchemy and Medicine, NC, when she’s not hanging out in Bardonia (Lost Immortals Saga setting). Most of her characters are based on people that she has met throughout her travels and adventures. People tend to stop and start conversations with KaSonndra as if she has known them her entire life. Does this freak her out? Not really. Her mom says that one day she’ll get kidnapped by one of these folks. KaSonndra’s response? She told her mom that if it weren’t for these lovely people, then she wouldn’t be able to create such fabulously romantic stories.

A few other tidbits about KaSonndra… She has watched the movie Under the Tuscan Sun almost 200 times. This is her explanation regarding her obsession. She figures that if she keeps watching the film enough times, then suddenly the house that Diane Lane lives in will magically appear in her backyard. Yes! KaSonndra has a huge imagination!


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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Virtual Book Tour: Greco's Game by @rubyrockfilms #interview


Thriller / Suspense / Action / Romance
Date Published: November 1, 2017
Publisher: Regis Books

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Colonel Aleksandr Talanov – the “ice man” – is married to a woman he wishes he could love. But he can’t, and it’s an ugly consequence of his training with the KGB. Even so, no one should have to experience what Talanov experiences: the brutal murder of his wife in front of his eyes.

Wracked with guilt and suspected of plotting her death, Talanov spirals downward on a path of self-destruction. He should have been killed, not her. He was the one whose violent past would not leave them alone. Months tick by and Talanov hits rock bottom on the mean streets of Los Angeles, where he meets a hooker named Larisa, who drugs and robs him.

But in the seedy world of human trafficking ruled by the Russian mafia, Larisa made the mistake of stealing the ice man’s wallet. In it was Talanov’s sole possession of value: his wedding photo. Talanov tracks Larisa down to get that photo because it reminds him of everything that should have been but never was, and never would be because an assassin’s bullet had mistakenly killed his wife. Or was it a mistake?


The answer lies in Greco’s Game, a chess match played in 1619 that is famous for its queen sacrifice and checkmate in only eight moves. In an unusual alliance, Talanov and Larisa team up to begin unraveling the mystery of what Talanov’s old KGB chess instructor regarded as the most brilliant example of how to trap and kill an opponent. The question is: who was the target?

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Interview

What is the hardest part of writing your books?
I don’t find concepts especially difficult. Nor is outlining a story, which I always do, so that I know my beginning and my end. That ending, which I write first, is like my north star. It keeps me on track so that I don’t wander too far off the beaten path. Nor is character development particularly hard, because I am writing a series with the same characters and I often find myself thinking like Talanov thinks. What I find hard is perfecting the subtleties that I think readers deserve in a good story, namely, those expressions and nuances we find in life, which comes from visiting a place or observing an expression and then trying to communicate it in words without making it sound forced. Nuances need to flow naturally as part of the narrative, and that is what often takes me the longest. I want it right because readers deserve to have it right.

What songs are most played on your Ipod?
None. I do not own an Ipod or an MP3 player. In truth, I do not listen to music very much. When I’m in the car or take walks or go for bike rides, I prefer the quiet of my own thoughts. That’s because I’m usually turning story scenes over in my mind. I liken it to a lapidary drum, where raw ingredients are dumped in and tumbled about, and eventually, a polished gemstone emerges. For me, figuring out the puzzle of a good scene take quiet moments of little or no distraction, and I’ve just gotten used to doing it the “sans music” way.

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
No. I work on a story alone until it is done, then I edit it a few times, then read it out loud to myself, then hire a freelance editor to critique it for me and make suggestions. I’ve had unpleasant experiences with critique groups in the past. Some members took great pleasure knocking writers back for trivial, pedantic reasons. I found that more frustrating than useful.

What book are you reading now?
I recently finished a Vince Flynn novel. It was written by one of the take-over writers hired by his publisher after Vince’s untimely death. I read it to compare writing styles and overall story development with the books Vince himself wrote. I read most books 2-3 times. First for enjoyment, then for analysis. Which includes making myself finish books I sometimes do not like in order to identify what dynamics made me react a certain way. I like good writing that is seamless and effortless, and I like identifying those dynamics.



How did you start your writing career?
It began in grade school, which is where I developed my love of doing research and writing stories. I grew up in a family of storytellers and listened to my parents and grandparents telling yarns about their lives. That love of hearing (and telling) a good story stuck! Years later, I read about a guy who self-published a book on how to cook hamburger, and I thought, I can do that. So I wrote a cookbook on 101 ways to cook potatoes, which I self-published, took onto some morning TV shows, then got picked up by St. Martin’s Press in New York, who republished the book, then found myself touring the United States cooking potatoes for television audiences and their hosts, including Regis Philbin and Pat Boone. How I got from potatoes to spy novels is another story entirely, but that crazy potato cookbook
was my first big break.

My Talanov series began with November Echo. Every spy has a beginning and November Echo takes you back to when it all began for Talanov on the Costa del Sol, Spain. In Department Thirteen, we find Talanov retired from the KGB and living happily in Australia. Suddenly, killers break into his home and gun down everyone attending a party he is hosting. The reason is a deadly puzzle that forces him from Australia to Vanuatu to the snowy mountains of Switzerland, where the puzzle mysteriously evaporates, only to resurface in my upcoming new thriller, DRAGON HEAD, which occurs after a stop in Los Angeles for Greco’s Game, where Talanov teams up with two young women to bring down a human trafficking ring being run by his old colleagues in the KGB. I’m excited about Dragon Head, because we again meet Talanov’s old nemesis from November Echo, who is hell-bent on revenge. What I like about this story is that it continues to reveal Talanov’s character as someone who sticks up for the proverbial “little guy,” who in this case is an orphaned eleven year-old girl who is kidnapped from a shelter in San Francisco that is being run by an old friend of his. It’s a love story, although not a romantic one, but one of loyalty and the bond between old friends and new, who in this case involves the girl’s teenage brother and sister, who stow away on an airplane when Talanov flies to Hong Kong to rescue their sister, which of course is a trap that Talanov’s old nemesis has engineered. Dragon Head, like all of my thrillers, couches a love story in the midst of an action thriller. To me, action thrillers need more than action. They need heart and emotion, which comes from relationships being put at risk. And that’s exactly what I do here, just as I did in Greco’s Game.

I hope you enjoy the ride.

About the Author


James Houston Turner is the bestselling author of the Aleksandr Talanov thriller series, as well as numerous other books and articles. Talanov the fictional character was inspired by the actual KGB agent who once leaked word out of Moscow that James was on a KGB watch-list for his smuggling activities behind the old Iron Curtain. James Houston Turner’s debut thriller, Department Thirteen, was voted “Best Thriller” by USA Book News, after which it won gold medals in the Independent Publisher (“IPPY”) Book Awards and the Indie Book Awards. His novel, Greco’s Game, has just been optioned for film. A cancer survivor of more than twenty-five years, he holds a bachelor’s degree from Baker University and a master’s degree from the University of Houston (Clear Lake). After twenty years in Australia, he and his wife, Wendy, author of The Recipe Gal Cookbook, now live in Austin, Texas.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Virtual Book Tour: Temptation Trials Part II by @BrandyTruly #review

Adult, Dystopian Romance & Post-Apocalyptic
Date Published: September 26, 2017

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        Lust, one of the seven deadly sins, is sweeping the nation into its seductive web. In this dystopian society, Cali and Stefani have to comply by the Regime’s strict rule of arranged marriage. But Eminence, the world dictator, doesn’t play fair.

     Against all odds, they both decide to put their relationships through the ultimate test on The Temptation Trials—a reality TV show where every temptation of the flesh is set before them.

     As participants on the show, they soon learn that losing may cost them more than the men they love. Cali’s torn, unsure of what her future holds with Cade. Stefani worries whether her relationship with Tobias can be salvaged. 

     Love can be blind. The betrayal they face from the Trials burden them. Will love be their redemption, or will it destroy them? A million questions torment their minds.  

     Can you love two people at once? If a person is chosen for you, can those feelings be real? 

     Cali and Stefani must overcome heartbreak and pull together with their loved ones before it’s too late. The abominable truth is unveiled, which sends them on a journey that will jeopardize their lives. 
     The will of the weak is his for the taking. Can love save their souls?



My Review

B. Truly doesn't waste anytime getting her readers hooked back into this world. 

I truly loved everything about this book. It’s flirty and sexy and fun, with drama and action woven in.

Everything about this book just felt good!


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     B. Truly has wanted to be an author since she was fifteen years old and is grateful to have accomplished this dream. She has very vivid dreams and a wild imagination. She likes to read, watch tons of TV shows, and movies. She’s addicted to romance and gets a thrill out of action and sci-fi. She writes New Adult and Adult, Romance. Sci-fi, Dystopian, and Paranormal genres.
      B. Truly likes to explore different elements of sci-fi romance, and create various realms of reality. She also loves creating impossible situations for her characters to grow from and try to overcome.
     B. Truly has three wonderful children and a husband who defines the person that she is today. She works full-time as an Ultrasound technologist in Houston, Texas.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Virtual Book Tour: Polio and Me by Ken Dalton



Non-Fiction - Memoir
Date Published: November, 2016
Publisher: Different Drummer Press

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Polio and Me provides a view of the past, present, and future—the saga of one boy’s pain, fear, and loneliness—the long struggle to develop a vaccine and effective treatments—the world-wide goal to eradicate the polio virus, and in some twenty-first century cancer research trials, the polio virus eliminated cancerous tumors.



About the Author


Ken Dalton was born in Los Angeles in 1938. In 1943 he contracted polio and spent the next eleven years of his childhood in and out of hospitals.

Fifty-nine years ago he married his childhood sweetheart and is a father of three, a grandfather of four, and the great-grandfather of nine.
After a thirty-eight year management career with Pacific Telephone Company, Ken retired to write golf and travel articles for Golf Digest, Golf Illustrated, Fairways and Greens, and Golf.com.

During two NBC-TV Celebrity Golf Tournaments at Lake Tahoe, he interviewed Olympic Decathlon Champion, Bruce Jenner when he was Bruce, not Caitlyn, the mischievous Chicago Bears quarterback, Jim McMahon, the iconic Vice-President Dan Quail, and NBC Today show anchor, Matt Lauer.
Ken has published six mystery novels. Polio and Me marks his initial foray into the world of non-fiction.

Presently, Ken is working on his seventh mystery, The Heretics Hymnal, and a comedy of manners novel, Casper Potts and the Ladies Casserole club.

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Virtual Book Tour: The Club: Box Set by @karenmbryson #review #romance



Contemporary Romance
Date Published: 9/2/2017
Publisher: Short on Time Books

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The complete spicy hot CLUB series. Six sexy novels in one big box set!

THE CLUB SERIES includes:

BLACK DOG NIGHTS
Would you agree to be someone's mistress if he promised to pay your student loans?

SAPPHIRE BEAUTIFUL
She's a professor at a prestigious university, and he's one of her department's new graduate students.

MAD DOG DAYS
She wants to be with her roommate, the guy who she has been in love with forever, but he's still in love with her best friend.

GOLD DUST WOMAN
What happens when a world-renowned artist starts to have feelings for the man she's paying to be with?

YELLOW DOG BLUES
Washed up rock star, Maverick, is no prince and he has some work to do on his charming.

GREY CLOUDY LIES
What's a girl supposed to do when she gets pregnant and the father of the child doesn't want anything to do with the baby? How about seducing the nerdy next-door neighbor and making him believe the baby is his?


Review

Karen M. Bryson doesn't waste anytime getting her readers hooked into this group of characters and their lives. 

Each Novel and HEA really invests us more and more. I like the novels later in series like this because I feel like I've already gotten to know the characters and seen their ups and downs before we get to their HEA. 

We get to know them and are rooting for them even more by the time they are the stars of a novel. I loved this set and was so glad to be able to read about all of the characters in one place.

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KAREN M. BRYSON writes new adult, love in midlife, and romantic suspense with a little spice and lots of heart. She is a winner of the prestigious RONE Award for Excellence in the Indie and Small Publishing Industry.

Karen is also an award-winning/optioned screenwriter.

When she's not at her computer creating new stories, Karen enjoys spending time with her husband and their bloodhounds.

Karen previously wrote under the pen names SAVANNAH YOUNG, SIERRA AVALON, REN MONTERREY and USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR DAKOTA MADISON.


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Saturday, November 4, 2017

The Frenemy Series




The Frenemy Series
by Kate Benson
Romantic Comedy


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Kate Benson was raised in Texas and currently resides in central Florida with her husband and their growing army of fur minions.
She learned to read at the age of four and has been hooked ever since. She credits her passion for literature to her mother, her love of story-telling to her father and her unwavering faith in happily-ever-after’s to her husband, Sean.
Some of her favorite things include rainy days, loud music, superhero movies, hot tea and of course, lazy afternoons with a great book.
To find out more about Kate, her work or to just say hello, she loves hearing from her readers and can be found on social media.


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**This book contains adult content intended for mature readers**

DASH
Evie King.
God, even her name leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
I’ve put up with her for years for my best friend, her overprotective older brother, Mason.
I’d grown comfortable in my distaste, reliant on my hatred. But when a favor goes too far and I wake up naked next to my sworn nemesis in a hotel room in Dallas?
That’s when my life begins spiraling out of control.
We swore we’d keep it between us. We vowed to never let it happen again.
Until…
Can you crave and loathe someone at the same time?
I’m about to find out.
It only takes one snowflake to start an avalanche.
Welcome to the avalanche.

EVIE
Have you ever met one of those people who just dry humps your last nerve?
Enter Dash Hunter. Humper of my nerves.
Leave it to this jackass to ruin my life.
I’d had it all, but one drunken mistake with this asshole has it all crashing down.
They say everything happens for a reason, but I see no rhyme or reason to this disaster.
This was never what we wanted, not at all what we planned.
We were supposed to do our respective walks of shame and move on, but then…
We were blindsided. We never saw it coming.
All we want is to go back to what made sense, back to hating each other, but there’s a problem.
How do you defeat your enemy when you’re no longer frigid?
  




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EVIE
Boy meets girl, they spend a decade at each other’s throats, seething with hatred until fate lands them wasted together in an airport hotel, waking naked and hungover to find they’d done the unthinkable.
Tale as old as time, right?
Dash and I both thought that’d be the happy ending of our dysfunctional fairy tale, but months of bad decisions have somehow led us to where we are now-crazy in love, despite how hard we fought it.
I guess we’d be alright if we hadn’t forgotten one minor detail: We still had to tell my insanely overprotective brother and Dash’s best friend, Mason, the truth about us.
We thought the feelings we had for each other would fade out as quickly as the alcohol, that we could fight fate.
We were wrong.

DASH
Secrets, lies, deception… we should have known from the jump we weren’t smart enough to pull any of it off.
I’m not sure what me and Evie were thinking. Hell, we were so blindsided by all of this, I think it’s safe to say we weren’t thinking at all.
If we had been, we would have moved on before everything went to hell. I should have turned around and ran before I fell for her wicked vagina voodoo, but I didn’t.
What started as the most awkward walk of shame in history with my nemesis shifted into something neither of us saw coming.
We were powerless… hooked… it came for us, slamming into us like a cinder block.
By the time we looked up and saw what was happening, it was too late.
We were already sprung.


 





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