Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Blog Tour: Change of Heart by @daniel_side with an #interview



Suspense
Date Published: Release date: February 6, 2017


 Patrick Corman, loner, ex muscle for a call girl service, struggles to stay alive and care for his institutionalized daughter. But now the danger isn’t coming from the streets. He needs a heart transplant. Shocked when, with only months to live, a mysterious benefactor offers him ‘the deal of a lifetime’, he sees it as a solution, even after reading the fine print.
When his former crime boss suspects that he is revealing information about her, and a young newspaper reporter sees him as her chance to get her own by-line, Patrick’s life and death struggle escalates. For her part, reporter Katherine Alderson keeps secret what she knows about his transplant, unaware that Patrick has his own secret, hidden in the fine print of the deal he agreed to.
Patrick’s new heart draws them together and into a conflict neither could have imagined when they discover someone has delved into their lives, using them as pawns in his own political game.  Fighting to stay alive, one shocking revelation follows another, exposing the best and worst in both of them.

Interview



Where do you get your inspiration for your stories?
I will try to be specific.
The inspiration for my first story, written at the tender age of eighteen with my cousin, was money. An English mystery novel, he wrote one chapter, I wrote the next. It was a sure fire scheme (one of many) to make us a lot of money. Surprisingly, the offers didn’t roll in and to this day you won’t find it on a shelf. But I guess it was the first feeble start of my writing career. 
The motivation for book two was a long time in development. As a youngster, I was a fan of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Andre Norton, Tolkien and later Terry Brooks. Twenty years later, unable to find a science fantasy adventure I liked, to the encouragement of my wife, I wrote my own. I had tired of gnomes and dwarfs and was never a big ‘magic’ fan. By now I had family, and the theme of family, caring and protecting it, became central for The Reedsmith of Zendar, an adventure fantasy quest. It turned out, as many first books do, to be very much a personal novel.
The inspiration for the next novel, A Lesson in Revenge, was about wanting to write something more mainstream. Everyone was familiar with schooling and I was a teacher. I had taught in two old schools that had excellent architecture and they were large enough to develop a cat and mouse scenario – much like the original Die Hard
Change of Heart was inspired to a great extent by my family’s health history. Six of my mother’s brothers and sisters died of heart attacks or heart related illnesses, my mother as well. It was a starting point into which I mixed my passion for suspense that culminates in a thriller ending. A romantic relation always seems to wend its way into the fray of things.

How did you do research for your books?
Even before the research, when I get that germ idea, I usually spend a year or two (while I am working on the present book) developing the idea in a notebook. The story and characters constantly change (Change of Heart was much darker when I first envisioned it) but, when I am ready to tackle it, the research starts with the computer. So much easier than scouring the library (which I did for my earliest books). Obviously, depending on the nature of the book, some require more research than others. In the case of Change of Heart much research was needed because of the central issue of heart transplants. Again most information was culled from the internet but a retired doctor friend was instrumental in finding those final details from a heart surgeon that was difficult to find by myself.

Do you have another profession besides writing?
At present I do not, nor am I looking for one. Between looking after my darling wife Lynda, my three sons and four grandchildren, I sometimes have a difficult time getting the time to write. Hence it takes a while to produce that next book. Just for interest sake, besides teaching at the elementary level, as a youngster I worked in a department and liquor store. After building our log house I formed a Log House building company with another fellow whose house I helped build. I taught a course on log house construction at a local college and also ran the office of a manufacturing company.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?
Interesting question. When I was younger I would have answered much differently, but age and experience has a habit of tempering our decisions. The first time I went canoe tripping in northern Ontario with a friend, I think it was 1974, we took what we could carry on our back and portaged from lake to lake. I have been camping in Algonquin most summers since then. Went through taking the guys up one at a time as they grew until all five of us were going. Then as they dropped off, just Lynda and I continued. The point? I’m getting to it. Now Lynda and I take pads – for the sleeping cots, fold up chairs, a two burner little stove – well you get the point.  The medieval era, the wild west, to name two, can be very romantic – on film and in books, but just like the reality of the hard ground on a rainy day up north can be brutal – so can the past. I quite happy right here right now, thank you very much.

What is your next project?
I currently have three project ideas that are in the development stage. (ie. The notebook stage) One has to do with using the north as a setting for a suspense novel involving some historical events. Another is a dual story, present and past, involving the old west (the past) and present day. The third is a modern day, brutal thriller –which I think I probably won’t write because it would have to be just too dark. But I could change my mind, you never know.






Daniel is a retired school teacher who has written and produced many school plays, built his log home, restored a classic car, and spent many summers canoeing with his family in northern Ontario. Daniel’s other novels are A Lesson in Revenge and The Reedsmith of Zendar.  All three novels are available on Amazon.


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For February, heart month, the money raised through the sale of CHANGE OF HEART will go to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

  “We are delighted that Daniel has chosen the Heart and Stroke Foundation as the charity ofchoice,” says Avril Goffredo, VP, Community Engagement, Heart and Stroke Foundation. The funds raised from this event will help us invest in research and continue our programs in prevention and survivor support, allowing us to save lives and create more survivors.”

Visit Daniel’s personal fundraising page.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Blog Tour: The Little Voice by @JossSheldon with a #review



Psychological Realism / Contemporary / Literary Fiction
Date Published23rd November 2016


“Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?”


Dear reader,

My character has been shaped by two opposing forces; the pressure to conform to social norms, and the pressure to be true to myself. To be honest with you, these forces have really torn me apart. They’ve pulled me one way and then the other. At times, they’ve left me questioning my whole entire existence.

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But please don’t think that I’m angry or morose. I’m not. Because through adversity comes knowledge. I’ve suffered, it’s true. But I’ve learnt from my pain. I’ve become a better person.

Now, for the first time, I’m ready to tell my story. Perhaps it will inspire you. Perhaps it will encourage you to think in a whole new way. Perhaps it won’t. There’s only one way to find out…

Enjoy the book,

Yew Shodkin


My Review

This book really stayed true to the genre. Psychological indeed, it will make you think quite hard at times. Number 1 you are trying to figure out Yew's motives and thought process for a lot of this as some of the things he does are out of left field, thanks to "egot". 

I liked the way that this novel proves that you are not always stuck in a box. Yew was raised one way but has quite a different outcome in his life. Ultimately because the way he was raised and what he "should" be doing doesn't satisfy him. 

The writing in this novel is concise and to the point. I liked that there was enough detail to keep me on track without bogging me down with information. 

A character that, while not exactly likable, really is true to himself and is a great example of the ups and downs in life. 




Joss Sheldon is a scruffy nomad, unshaven layabout, and good for nothing hobo. Born in 1982, he was brought up in one of the anonymous suburbs which wrap themselves around London's beating heart. And then he escaped!

With a degree from the London School of Economics to his name, Sheldon had spells selling falafel at music festivals, being a ski-bum, and failing to turn the English Midlands into a haven of rugby league.
Then, in 2013, he went to McLeod Ganj in India; a village which plays home to thousands of angry monkeys, hundreds of Tibetan refugees, and the Dalai Lama himself. It was there that Sheldon wrote his first novel, 'Involution & Evolution'.
With several positive reviews to his name, Sheldon had caught the writing bug. So he travelled around Palestine and Kurdistan before writing his second novel, 'Occupied'; a dystopian 'masterpiece' unlike any other story you've ever read!
Now Joss has returned with his third, and most radical novel yet. 'The Little Voice' takes a swipe at the external forces which come to shape our personalities. It's psychological. And it will make you think about the world in a whole new way. As the Huffington Post put it, The Little Voice is probably "The most thought-provoking novel of 2016"...

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Release Day Blitz: The Grizzly's Tale by @nara_malone #newrelease


Paranormal Romance
Date Published:  1/13/2017

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Are they strong enough to be her men?
Cunning. Everyone uses the word to describe Katy. In Quarterz, the virtual reality world where men and women compete as hunter or prey, Katy has never been captured. At least, not until the bear clan arrived in the game. Powerful, smart, and straight out of her fantasies, Katy can't always outmaneuver the tests they create.

When the clan challenges her to take their team on in a real game of hunters and prey, she can’t resist the lure.

Is she strong enough to be their woman?

Grizz, Oso, and Kodie are Pantherian bear shifters, born into a culture where men have learned to share and protect their species’ most limited resource—females. They’ve accepted they will never have a Pantherian female as their shared mate. But can a human female handle a Pantherian, mating trio. If so, will she still want them when she knows what they are?

Are any of them strong enough to outsmart fate?

When the game puts hearts and lives on the line, taking a loss is the only way to win.


Other Books in the Pantherian Tales Series:

Pantherian Tales, Book 1
Published: December 2015

Winner of Stroke of Midnight award for best paranormal romance

Orphaned at birth and raised by humans, practical Marie has no idea of her dual heritage as tiger and woman. Or the role she must play to save her species.

When Adam discovers his alluring girlfriend is not only a Pantherian tiger but carries unique genetic traits that could save their species, he asks Ean to join them as the third partner in the traditional Pantherian mating triad.

Ean wishes he could soothe away Marie’s fears. But she should be afraid, as much of herself as of them. Waking her up, unleashing that primitive untrained power, should scare them all.

With a seven-year wait for the next fertile cycle. With a Pantherian female requiring two males to conceive. With the survival of the species at stake, the sexy shifters have only one week to convince Marie she is a tiger. And that she must mate with both men to save the Pantherians from extinction.

When the truth is so unbelievable, what’s left?


Pantherian Tales, Book 2
Published: July 2016

Allie is determined to build an ordinary life. To survive, she needs to be the sort of woman no one notices. She has a generic job, lives in a generic apartment, and thinks maybe one day she’ll find an ordinary Joe who wants an average Jane sort of woman.

Marcus is anything but an ordinary Joe. Even if humans can't perceive that he’s a shifter and millennial being, he’s the sort of man women notice. A night of passion laced with Marcus' sex magick is a night any female, human or Pantherian, won’t forget.

But Allie does forget. She repeatedly fails to recognize him even after an intense sexual encounter. Marcus discovers the source of her problem—face blindness, a genetic disorder with no cure. So he decides to use erotic rituals to teach her to see with more than her eyes. What he doesn’t count on is Allie seeing past the man—and recognizing the beast within.


About the Author

Whether it's shapeshifter, BDSM, or cyber romance, Nara Malone believes romance should push lovers into a new dimension: sexually, emotionally, and sometimes physically.

Her writing awards include: Passionate Ink’s Best Paranormal for TheTiger’s Tale, Pocket Gamer’s Silver Award for Spirit Walkers, and Winner of Summer Madness Poetry Competition for Blue Harbor.

Nara lives on a small farm in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

When she's not writing, she loves to run, hike, bike, and kayak.

Every story she tells incorporates her love of animals, nature, and dventure. The Grizzly’s Tale is Nara’s newest novel. Find out more about Nara and her books at www.naramalone.com

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Blog Tour: The First Few Steps by @hackett_writes



Non-fiction, Self-Improvement
Date PublishedOctober 27, 2016


In her debut non-fiction title, Kelli Hackett delivers a simple, no-nonsense guide to nourishing the soul. The First Few Steps: A Beginner's Guide to Practical Soul Care describes the action steps she took in her own life to revive a spirit illness she didn't even know she had... until it became too painful to ignore.

This guide aggregates several major recovery tools and principles into a quick, easy-to-read, how-to manual in healing the spirit. Offering a fresh perspective on how to prevent death of the spirit, this book includes techniques in NLP and meditation, borrows from 12-step recovery principles, incorporates the work of leading healers, and draws from the author's personal experience.

After practicing each Action Step, you will know how to:
* Put yourself and your health first
* Keep moving forward, no matter what
* Remove negativity from your life
* Find a mentor
* Enjoy the present moment
* Discover the lesson in everything
* Start healing your inner child
* Depend on your inner spiritual strength
* Begin a meditation practice
* Live and let live

Using the tools laid out neatly in this guide, you can tap into an internal source of power that will enliven your spirit and give you a life of wisdom, purpose, and peace.






Kelli Hackett is the author of the suspense novel Defending Wellton and the contemporary fiction trilogy Something PerfectThe First Few Steps: A Beginner's Guide to Practical Soul Care is her first self-improvement publication. Kelli holds a BA in Psychology and is a certified Spiritual Life Coach. She is also a certified practitioner of Reiki, meditation, and neurolinguistic programming (NLP). Her passion is helping others see their own potential and grow to radical levels of self-love, while reminding them of their connection to Spirit. For more information about spiritual coaching, meditation classes, Reiki and NLP services, or workshops, visit kellihackett.com.

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Friday, January 6, 2017

PROMO Blitz: Happily Ever Alpha by @Billionairesexy with a #giveaway

Contemporary Romance
Date Published: February 13, 2017

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20 Billionaires. 20 Sizzling Ways to Fall in Love. Whether your fantasy is a prince or a self-made man, this set has all the hard-bodied, Alpha billionaires you can handle. Let our award-winning, best-selling authors take you on a trip filled with exotic locales, dizzying privilege and heart-warming happily ever after.

Secret Crush: Can a handsome billionaire on a vendetta truly fall for a small town girl?

Come Fly with Me: Why spend New Year's alone when you can fly first class with a sexy billionaire?

Played by the Master: A story of Domination and submission, where breaking the rules of the game is where the fun begins, when Jacqueline crashes a billionaire's exclusive poker game in order to seduce him into granting a favor to save her sister, but instead finds herself Played by the Master.

Something like This: Devastatingly handsome & rich Reece Carter's mission is to win Jadie's heart. Will she surrender herself to him or push him away? 

The Billionaire Cowboy’s Speech: Leta knew the new cowboy in her life wasn’t much of a talker, but Tor Edwards’ billion-dollar secret might really leave her speechless.

Risking it All: What happens when a billionaire real estate mogul falls for the archeologist that wants to stop his next project?

His Fill In Fiancé: Cameron needs a fake fiancée. Enter ex-girlfriend Maddie. Then the past catches up.

Valentine’s Vengeance: What's love got to do with it? Nothing as far as billionaire Joe Diaz is concerned. Bitter hearts and sweet revenge are a Valentine's recipe that is best served cold.

Noelle’s Wish: Noelle who was abused and not looking for love meets Roman, a CEO who thought he had everything he wanted.

Royal Trade: He fell for her first. And he’s going to prove to her that she fell for the wrong prince.

A Teacher for the Billionaire: One sexy single-dad billionaire plus one beautiful kindergarten teacher equals one scorching summer fling.

Falling for the Billionaire: When Vicky trips and lands in billionaire and media superstar Zan’s lap, her face is hot. But soon that’s not the only thing heating up.

Songbird: One beautiful bridesmaid. One billionaire groomsman. One wedding hookup that will change their lives forever.

Winter’s Gift: He's a steely tycoon. She's an elite call girl. Both have sworn off love..

To Trust a Wicked Billionaire:  One wicked sexy billionaire will do everything it takes to win his woman's trust.

Nothing but Trouble: The wealthy Brady Marino is a hot guy who has it all. But it's his dirty little secret that threatens to take away the girlfriend who makes his life complete.

Arrangement with a Billionaire: Arturo is holding all the cards and incredibly happy about it, and if Isla wants the family business back, she's going to have to agree to a little arrangement.

So Much More: Markus offers Hannah $500M to be his wife for 1 year. She agrees, on one condition. But it’s the one thing he can’t resist.

Finding Mrs. Right: One handsome billionaire searching for Mrs. Right. Three women vying for his attention.  Who’ll win his heart?

About the Authors

20 New York Times, USA Today and International Bestselling Authors teamed up for one Billionaire bundle.

Victoria Pinder, Jina Bacarr, Opal Carew, Eileen Cruz Coleman, Margo Bond Collins, Rossie Cortes, Tara Crescent, Michele De Winton, Blaire Edens, Nicole Garcia, Erin Hayes, Courtney Hunt, Mary Hughes, Sydney Logan, Alix Nichols, Tierney O’Malley, Peter Presley, Mandy Rusko, Cristiane Serruya, Debbie White

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Blog Tour: Rulers of Darkness by @AmandaJGreene1



Paranormal Romance
Date Published: 12/29/2015


Read 3 sizzling, dark, paranormal romance novels and fall in love with the Rulers of Darkness. 

Passion can be lethal...


Caressed by Moonlight
Dorian Vlakhos is no ordinary aristocrat. He is a vampire king, who will do anything to save his clan from complete annihilation, before an ancient curse can claim his immortal life.
Penniless and orphaned, Victoria Kingston has nothing to bring to a marriage, yet she must shackle an unsuspecting gentleman into marriage by the end of the month or forfeit her rights as guardian of her younger sister. With the help of her dearest friend, Victoria begins her hunt, and vows to stay far away from the dark, mysterious, Dorian Vlakhos.
After meeting the beautifully innocent Miss Kingston, Dorian had to have her. He would do absolutely anything to make Victoria his. One sweet stolen kiss would bring them together while a force, more powerful than any vampire, would bind them for all eternity, but treachery, war, and death rule Dorian’s dark world and Victoria would be fortunate to survive.

Caressed by Night
Dimitri Arsov, the last remaining pure vampire, was thought to be dead for the past four hundred years. Now, he is back and has a score to settle with the traitor that had tried to kill him centuries ago. But as he waits for his prey to blindly step into his carefully laid trap, his overwhelming hunger for blood is triggered when he saves a beautiful art historian.
Kerstyn Ingmar’s life was normal and straight up boring until the night she is rescued by the dangerously sexy, powerfully mesmerizing, Dimitri. Unable to resist his diamond blue eyes and intense kisses, she is drawn into his world of darkness and closer to her impending doom.
While their desire consumes them, Dimitri is haunted by images of a bloody and deadly future. As his enemies draw near, he must find a way to save his mate from her destiny before fate destroys them both.

Caressed by a Crimson Moon
Consumed by madness and tormented by dark memories of blood and death, Hadrian Lucretius, King of the Validus Clan, has returned after living in self-imposed exile for nearly three hundred and fifty years.
To maintain peace with the vampires, Eva Maldonado is offered as a sacrifice to the crazed vampire king by her father, the alpha of the Silveria Shifter Pack. Hadrian’s reputation is both legendary and lethal; he is ruthless, bloodthirsty, lusty, and soulless. When Eva arrives at the ancient fortress high in the Carpathian Mountains, she is shocked to find a ravaged man with dark burning eyes filled with loneliness and dangerous desire.
Would she be his lover…or his prey? His savior…or his victim? Would Hadrian lure her into madness or would their perilous passion be their redemption?









Amanda J. Greene creates paranormal romance for ravenous readers. She lives in Southern California, where she enjoys escaping the rewarding but hectic world of writing by spending time in the sun and sand with her military husband and their two dogs.


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Monday, December 26, 2016

PROMO Blitz: The Sightseers Agency by @terrytumbler


Science Fiction
Date Published:  August 2016

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The first recruit to the new Sightseers Agency is a remote viewer who actively seeks the resolution of events threatening world security.

Both his fledgling agency and that of The Deaduction Agency are members of The Dreadnought Collective.

The term ‘Dreadnought’ is based on a type of battleship introduced in the early 20th century, larger and faster than ever before and equipped entirely with large-caliber guns.

It applies in this instance because the cerebrally talented agents who enter its portals are expected to fear nobody and be scared by nothing in the performance of their duties.

They pursue those who indulge in criminal and seditious activities in the modern meritocracy using unorthodox techniques.

The Collective will embrace several types of Black Arts as it grows and faces unusual challenges. These once belonged to the realms of Science Fiction but are fast becoming a reality in the emerging new world.

This is a series of Whodunits set in the future.

About the Author


The author, writing under the pseudonym Terry Tumbler, was born in the 1940s in the small province of Wales, in not-as-'Great'-as-it-once-was Britain. The adjoining photo of the real author has been air-brushed, so that the possibility of anyone stumbling upon his true identity will not disturb him, also believing that no one who reads his first book can possibly recognize him from the long gone days of his childhood. The first book, The Rough and Tumbles of Early Life, as you may be aware, is an accurate recollection of key events that occurred in his early life.  Others of a similar, warped humor and semi-fictional nature have been produced and are being published.

The author left full-time education with a higher level certificate in Business Studies, had a Commercial Apprenticeship in the Titanium Industry, and subsequently gained professional qualifications in Personnel Management and as a Company Secretary. He worked in all aspects of computing for over thirty years, during which time many reports of dubious value and two technical manuals were well-written and printed.

Now retired, and a few months after moving abroad, the author was bemused to find his dear wife sitting alone on her tilting armchair weeping; the reason she gave was shock and horror at the prospect of spending her remaining years with him. Since then, he has done his best to behave himself, but she has still taken out a funeral plan on him. They have three grandchildren, none of whom much like to be with him for more than two weeks.

Those who may wish to inflict retribution for his innocently evil behavior as a child, may well see through the flimsy disguise, but should know that the author now lives on alien shores and cares not one jot for their intentions.

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