Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Blog Tour: Killer Lawyer by Mark Nolan @marknolan #giveaway #thriller @RABTBookTours


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Thriller
Date Published: 12/10/2018

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No rest for the wicked.

Trained as an assassin by the CIA, Jake Wolfe now wants a new life of peace and quiet, living on a boat and practicing law. But when his city is shocked by a serial killer and he’s framed for the murder of a friend, Jake must race against time to find the killer before he strikes again.

Drawn into a deadly game of cat and mouse; at every step, Jake and his loved ones are being hunted by the clever, twisted madman. As the city is gripped in fear of the seemingly random shootings that could strike anybody, Jake investigates and uncovers ominous clues until a shocking reversal of fortune changes everything.

With the clock ticking and lives at stake, will Jake be able to find and stop the killer in time, or will he become the next victim?

Buckle up for a wild ride as Jake Wolfe and his exceptionally intelligent dog, Cody, return to action in this page-turning thriller in Mark Nolan’s bestselling series that has earned thousands of 5-star ratings on Amazon and Goodreads.


About the Author

Mark Nolan is the author of Dead Lawyers Don't Lie, an Amazon top 20 bestsellers, along with Jake Wolfe book two titled Vigilante Assassin and book three titled Killer Lawyer. He tries to make time every day to answer emails from readers. You can reach him and subscribe to his newsletter at marknolan.com.



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Monday, January 14, 2019

Blog Tour: Christmas in Prague by Rick Pryll @rickpryll #interview #giveaway #psychological #romance @RABTBookTours



Psychological Romance
Date Published: November 24, 2018
Publisher: Foolishness Press

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Christmas in Prague is the story of Joseph, a divorced American twenty-something living as an expat in Prague. He's obsessed with Karina, a Czech waitress-turned-supermodel. She's freshly back from a trip to Italy with her English teacher, and she's ready to give Joseph the attention for which he's been longing. Will his Christmas wish come true?



Interview

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

“Christmas in Prague” is about discovering your own self worth. Thousands of miles from home, in a jewel of romantic old Europe, at the height of the holiday season, Joseph decides to spend Christmas morning alone. Why? Because his obsession with Karina, a tall slender waitress-turned-supermodel, isn’t working for him anymore. She’s ready to see what could be in their future together -- is it already too late, before it even gets started?

 Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

The most challenging thing about writing is knowing what to work on next. So many good ideas, so little time.

I gravitate to the pieces that seem to be niggling my brain the most. Then I check with my alpha reader, my wife, 2018 ArtPop Charlotte artist, Holly Spruck. If she doesn’t shoot me down (rare, but it happens) I send a draft to small group of trusted beta readers. I thrive on strong, constructive feedback.

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

“Christmas in Prague” is my fourth book. They are all my favorites, obviously, but I think “The Chimera of Prague” is my Magnum Opus. It has been my greatest achievement so far. It will not be my last. :) 
  
If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?

 Cameron Monaghan from “Shameless” -- he’s got the right looks but he’d have to lose the accent (us Western New Yorkers don’t have any accent do we? Until we hit that flat vowel sounds in ‘bagel’ or ‘vague’ then maybe) and he’d have to look good in a pair of tortoiseshell glasses.

When did you begin writing?

I wrote a book in the third grade called “My First Hunting Trip.” To be fair, it was a school assignment -- all my classmates wrote a book. The difference is I still have mine.



How long did it take to complete your first book?

My first book, if you are willing to skip over the third grade was a chapbook of poetry 

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

Richard Bach. First it was Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Then Illusions. I wanted to write a book like that. But later it was the movie, The World According to Garp, based on the book by John Irving. So John Irving too.

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

 The moment when you touch divinity. It happens when there is serendipity, when there is synchronicity. Something comes out of you and you just know it is right. That part doesn’t even have to survive the editing process -- just to have had the experience is enough.

Describe your latest book in 4 words.

 Change. Actualization. Readiness. Future.

Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?
Once Part II of “The Chimera of Prague” gets out into the wild, I am thinking I might go back to a poetry project I have been working on since 2005. I have 70 poems collected that would be fun to finish. In addition, I am shopping a Middle Grade book about the strength of weaknesses and the weaknesses of strengths -- a story where a disability unifies a classroom. And who knows, maybe there is more to Joseph’s story someday.





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Rick Pryll is an award-winning author and poet. His book, "The Chimera of Prague" was selected as the winner of the 2018 New York Book Festival for Romance. A graduate of MIT, Rick wrote a novella as the thesis for his Mechanical Engineering degree. Having grown up in Western New York State, Rick and his wife, ArtPop Charlotte 2018 artist Holly Spruck, live in Charlotte.  They have two children, two cats and a dog.

First published to the web in 1994, his hyperfiction short story “LIES” has garnered praise from the Wall Street Journal, SHIFT magazine, and several other publications in print and online.  It is cited in more than seven books, has been translated into Spanish and Chinese.

From 1996 to 2002 Rick lived in Prague, in the Czech Republic.  While there he published two books including Displaced (Foolishness Press, 1998) and Wallow (Foolishness Press, 1999).  His stories and poems have been featured on the pages of THINK and OPTIMISM.


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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

PROMO Blitz: Live to Thrive by Amir Rad @RABTBookTours #giveaway #nonfiction #selfhelp #motivational


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Success, motivational, inspirational, self-help, entrepreneurship, health/wellness, personal development
Date Published: November 26th, 2018.

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Amir Rad has moved to the top of the fitness industry with an approach that’s about much more than muscle. In Live to Thrive, he delivers his methods of attaining success from an entrepreneurial perspective, as a master personal trainer, and a competitive athlete. What is success? How is it related to health and fitness? How does a powerful mindset lead to success? Most important, Amir teaches readers HOW to get ready to succeed physically and mentally, and then maintain that level. Using stories and examples from his own life and those of his clients, Amir picks out the elements of a thriving life and spells just what it will take to get there yourself. Amir Rad is an entrepreneur, health and fitness expert, and a motivator. He started his first business, Thrive Fitness, in Ann Arbor, MI when he was 22 years old. As a competitor and personal trainer, Rad is most passionate about helping people reach their full potential and conquering their goals. He says, “Every individual, regardless of their athletic ability, age, or skill level, deserves to obtain the highest quality of life.” In other words, they deserve to thrive. Rad lives to thrive, and his goal is to help as many people as possible to learn to do the same.


Amazon Reviews

Drew - Amazing book. I trained with Amir for a year and I can promise you he walks the walk! I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in becoming their best self! Not another self-help book, 5 star

Tony - A very good, easy and well-written read. Amir Rad is a young entrepreneur who practices what he preaches about the mind/body connection for success. Without getting lost in details, his book effectively discusses topics such as proper nutrition, exercise regimens, surrounding yourself with the right people, and developing and maintaining good, positive attitudes. Testimonials from clients of Amir are incorporated throughout the book demonstrating how "Thrive" ideas have worked positively in their own lives. "Live To Thrive" is a book I highly recommend!
Thank you!

Arjun -  As my personal trainer who has helped me lose and keep off a significant amount of weight, it is amazing to see Amir expand into writing.

Simply put - a wonderful read.

Holly - Just ordered and can't wait to read it! Amir is an amazing trainer. He's beyond inspiring, he will help you achieve your goals and then some!!


Excerpt

Before you read this book, I want you to imagine being the best possible version of yourself that you can be. What if you could believe that your mind and your body never stop progressing unless you limit yourself? Picture your dream life, and then picture it again. Think about what it means to you. Think about what drives you. Is it money, power or fame? Aspirations to help and inspire others? Being the best at what you do? Passion? Are you willing to do whatever it takes, and I mean whatever it takes, to reach your full potential? Not someone else’s potential, not someone else’s idea of who you should be, but your full potential. Are you willing to let go of what other people think of you, and let go of the doubts about yourself and others? Are you willing to let go of self-created fears, and then let go of what’s going on in other people’s lives, to focus on bettering your life and becoming the best you can possibly be?  That is how you Thrive. When you have left behind all of your pre-conceptions and doubts about your abilities, when you have stopped comparing yourself and your progress to others, where you have carved out a space and time to endeavor, where the only option you have left is building your dream life. That’s living to Thrive.


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Amir Rad is an entrepreneur, health and fitness expert, and a motivator. He started his first business, Thrive Fitness, in Ann Arbor, MI when he was 22 years old. As a competitor and personal trainer, Rad is most passionate about helping people reach their full potential and conquering their goals. He says, “Every individual, regardless of their athletic ability, age, or skill level, deserves to obtain the highest quality of life.” In other words, they deserve to thrive. Rad lives to thrive, and his goal is to help as many people as possible to learn to do the same.


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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Blog Tour: The Crucible's Fire by Matt Parker @cruciblesfire #interview #nonfiction #christian @RABTBookTours


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Christian, Inspirational
Date Published: Nov. 30, 2018
Publisher: Lucid Books

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After having several children, parents often feel well-equipped to take on the challenges of another child. When Matt and Tammy Parker decided to add a child to their family, they had little idea of the blessings and struggles God had in store for them. The Crucible's Fire paints a picture of God's steadfast love through trials as he holds one family in the loving and protective crucible of his faithfulness. Readers will learn:

·         The raw emotion of unexpected hardship

·         How to rely on God for strength

·         The beauty of God's faithfulness when it seems all hope is lost

·         How to trust in God through their own dark night of the soul

·         The sanctification that comes only through the refining fire of trials

·        Strengthen your own trust in God's refining faithfulness as you join this family through the joys and pains of raising a special needs child.



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

Yes. I want the reader to understand that trial and hardship is not only a ubiquitous part of human experience, but it is also uniquely a tool used by God to refine and transform us into a clearer reflection of the Son. It isn’t to be feared, but as Paul instructs us, to be met with joy and praise, even in the darkest nights of the soul.  

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Finishing! I always think of more details, more events, more stories, more something. I have to force myself to stop working on the piece sometimes and work for completion. I constantly rewrite and rewrite, which can impede progress sometimes.


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

 Just the one, so far. So, I guess this is my favorite, but I have a couple more in the works, so I’ll revisit this when they are finished.


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

 That’s a tough one. Since Brynna is the main character, I really am not sure. Probably Sophia Lillis. She looks alot like my daughter. If I could cast my wife and I, I would choose Sean Penn and Sandra Bullock.

When did you begin writing?

 I started writing as a young boy. I remember writing a story about three boys, like me and my brothers, on a scary adventure in the dark forest. I friend of the family titled it “Three Dog Night.” I had no idea what that meant at the time. :)

How long did it take to complete your first book?

The book was a complilation of ten years of journal entries, emails, and blog posts, but once I started putting it all together, I was ready for print in about 3 months. 

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

Yes. I love reading CS Lewis. His command of the English language inspires me.





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Matt Parker serves as a high school teacher in rural East Texas and has served as a bi-vocational minister for almost 25 years. He has recently retired from pastoral ministry to develop discipleship materials to encourage the saints and help deepen their walk with the Lord. He is married to Tammy, his high school sweetheart, and together they have four biological children, three adopted children, one granddaughter, and serve as foster parents.


Their youngest daughter, Brynna, was born with severe physical and developmental delays. Over the past decade, Matt has kept friends and family updated on her condition, progress, and their sanctification through email and his ministry blog at The Crucible's Fire.


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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Blog Tour: Lizzy's Kiss by @KTjebbenAuthor #giveaway #psychological #romanticsuspense #blogtour @RABTBookTours


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Psychological Romantic Suspense
Date Published: November 21, 2018

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Lizzy Adams spent the summer pining for Tyson Smith, the sexy security agent whose instruction at a safety seminar saved her life. Now, every man she meets is measured against the absolute awesomeness of the brawny black man with the soulful eyes, the baritone voice that whispers over her like a velvet caress, and a smile that turns her knees to jelly. Now she just had to get him to notice her.



Tyson Smith had a lot of respect for Lizzy Adams, the spunky teacher who freed herself from the clutches of a deranged miscreant who’d wanted to take her hostage. But his concept of her wholesome ‘girl-next-door’ image was challenged the night she showed up at a company barbeque dressed as a flirty cowgirl. Always the gentleman, he managed to keep his eyes off her assets as she strolled around the farm. His mother had raised him better, but there was no denying that she was every man’s ‘American Beauty’ fantasy. But the night he’d shown up at her doorstep to help her out altered their relationship forever. Between the fear in her eyes and the baseball bat perched on her shoulder, his protective side surfaced, and he handed her a piece of his heart.



Their whirlwind romance is threatened when a man from Lizzy’s past attacks her. Sam Clark wants vengeance for his son. He blames the jurors from Jason’s trial for Jason’s death and crafts a hit list. But killing Lizzy, the scrappy survivor, is harder than he thought. After Sam fails at his first attempt on Lizzy’s life, he resolves to kill her before he’s forced into hiding. He just has to get past the big, black man who appointed himself Lizzy’s protector.



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Karen Tjebben lives in central North Carolina with her wonderful husband, twin daughters, and two hamsters. When her girls left for kindergarten, Karen discovered that she needed to fill her days with something, and that was the beginning of her new career in writing. She loves to create worlds filled with unique characters that she hopes will delight and raise goose bumps on her readers. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband and seeing the world through her daughters' eyes.


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Thursday, December 20, 2018

PROMO Blitz: Retrieve - Sarah Adison Fox @saddisonfox #giveaway


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YA action adventure
Date Published: 26 December 2018
Publisher: Double Edged Sword Publishing

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What if the job you took to stay alive might be what kills you?

Kade knows what it is to suffer. He knows what it's like to lose everything and everyone around him.

His job in a Stormer Unit guarantees not just his survival in the decimated country of Azetaria, but his sister Meg's. Even if it means facing the Numachi warriors baying for his blood, he'll do what it takes to keep her safe.

Hadley is alone and surviving the only way she knows how. By hiding where predators won't find her and scavenging enough just to keep her alive.

When desperation drives Hadley to search for her missing brother, she mistakenly accepts the offer of recruitment into the Stormer's camp, only to be partnered with Kade and sent as a scout into Numachi territory.

The intimidating young Stormer may just know where her brother has gone. But can they stay alive long enough to find him?



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Kade’s footsteps were heavy as he approached and stared down at her. “This isn’t going to work. You need to be wearing something lighter, or we’ll never make it to Lazen.”

Hadley tried for a weak shrug but could barely muster the energy. “What do you suggest?”

Kade raised an eyebrow, and a deep frown appeared on his face as he considered her.  He continued to stare at her as she sat, legs sprawled out on the ground. “The best I can come up with is cutting your clothing.”

His eyes narrowed as he searched the length of her. A bolt of alarm jostled her into thinking. “How much are you cutting off?”

Kade dipped his chin, his voice low as he spoke. “Enough, so you don’t keep fainting, enough, so you still pass for a boy.”

He reached for a knife and wore the slightest of smiles as he unsheathed it. “Let’s hope you have hairy legs then eh?”

Hadley’s lips split into a smile before she remembered she was annoyed with him for being so smug.




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Sarah Addison-Fox is a New Zealand-born misfit who writes action-packed fantasy with a smattering of punch-ups, mega amounts of romance and a dash of family values. She has an astonishing amount of nail polish, has all her creative writing credentials shoved in a drawer somewhere, and has a husband who, after 28 years, can still make her blush. When she’s not working on her multiple YA fantasy romance series' she can be found binge watching Mission Impossible movies, drinking lager and eating curry.


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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Blog Tour: Death By Payback by Gary Evans @GaryEvansBooks #interview #giveaway #thriller


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Thriller
Date Published: November 2018
Publisher: AuthorSource

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After confessing to killing fourteen young men in La Crosse, Wisconsin, sultry serial killer Genevieve Wangen escapes custody for the second time. Aided by her Mafia contacts, she settles in at a remote cabin in the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana. Now, safely hidden behind her new identity as Samantha Walters, she happily continues her deadly work for the Carbones. But Detective Al Rouse and Deputy Charlie Berzinski are bent on locking her away for good. When they finally catch up to her, as she is about to wed her latest debonair lover, Genevieve finds that she must escape more than just the law!



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Thriller
Date Published: July 2017

When Shawn Sorenson drowned in 1987, no one in La Crosse, Wisconsin, took much notice. They thought it was simply another drunken accident. When another student, Tad Schwartz, drowned a year later, the residents began to suspect foul play. Why else would a healthy young man drown? Even so, the police had no leads or clues to suggest anything other than a tragic accident. Were these truly accidental deaths? Suspicion became reality one fateful morning in 2011 when Police Detective Allan Rouse, Sheriff's Deputy Charlie Berzinski, and pathologist Rick Olson pulled the 15th victim from the river. The body had a tale to tell.

Dr. Olson, physician Patricia Grebin, and researcher Sarah Giles discover an obscure piece of evidence. It leads Berzinski and Rouse down a tangled trail of clues before reaching a mind-boggling conclusion. Will Berzinski and Rouse catch the killer before it's too late? Filled with intrigue, betrayal, and gut-twisting suspense, Death by Drowning will draw readers into a Midwestern town full of secrets and clues as breathtaking as the Mississippi River.




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Thriller
Date Published: Spring 2018


Beautiful assassin Genevieve Wangen continues to work on her deadly concoctions from her secret lab in the woods, far from the prying eyes of the law. But just as soon as she has love and a new life in her sights, Genevieve is pulled into a far more dangerous high-stakes game of cat and mouse. She already upended her life and identity once. How far will she need to go this time to stay alive?

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Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Not a message so much as a thought. Eleven very similar drowning deaths occurred over the same number of years in La Crosse, Wisconsin, each of them labeled accidental as the result of a young adult male over-imbibing. I just think the deaths were worthy of another look. Just seemed like too big a coincidence.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
When you are contemplating a new book and developing the idea, it seems a process that will be never-ending. But when you get at it and get the first chapter written, things begin to fall into place. I love developing a mystery.

How many books have you written and which is your favorite?
I have written four books. Three of them have been published and the fourth, Death by Explosion, is ready to be edited. The period between books two and three was a rather breathless time, and it seems prudent to be a bit more relaxed about the pace of the fourth.

If you had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?
It’s great fun to dream, and if I dreamed about any of my books being turned into a movie, if I had actor approval, I would hope that Meryl Streep might play Genevieve Wangen, even if it is a bit out of character for her. I like George Clooney for Alan Rouse and maybe someone like John Candy for Charlie Berzinski.

When did you begin writing?
I can remember writing sports stories for my hometown weekly newspaper when I was a junior in high school. I wrote several sports stories for the daily that circulated in our area when I was a senior in high school. I was writing for that daily as an employee when I started college.

How long did it take to complete your first book?
I started in August of 2013 and finished it in time to give computer generated copies to my family (wife and two children) for Christmas that year.
Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?
No, I just always thought writing was a magical way to make a living. No one told me that reporters, editors, and writers are not likely to get rich without a whole lot of luck coming into focus.

What is your favorite part of the writing process?
Developing the plot. I love to see how improbably plausible I can make things . . . you know the kind of plot that has everyone saying when it ended, “Gosh, I never saw that coming.”

Describe your latest book in 4 words.
Interesting life, sad ending.

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

Book number 4 is written. Titled Death by Explosion, it uses stories told by my father and father-in-law as the basis for a mystery that features cattle rustlers and moonshiners. 


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Gary Evans has turned his passion for novel writing into a post-retirement career, with book four soon to be released, and book five already in the works. Evans spent 30 years in Midwest newsrooms as an award-winning writer, editor, and publisher. He spent 12 years as vice president at Winona State University. He ended his career as the president and CEO of Hiawatha Broadband Communication, one of the nation’s first alternative entrant telecommunications firms, after 15 years. Married to Ellen, they have two grown children, Gregory and Natalie.


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