Thursday, November 15, 2018

Blog Tour: Don't Expect Me to Cry by @JanetBentley #nonfiction #memoir #giveaway

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Non-Fiction / Memoir
Date Published: October 24, 2018
Publisher: MBK Enterprises LLC / Spotlight Publishing

Don’t Expect Me To Cry is a powerful story of the horrors Janet experienced at the hands of multiple abusers, including her father, and her courageous journey to a life that is inspirational to other survivors.

Janet’s resilience is evident as she tells her story in three parts, reflecting her thoughts and experiences at critical stages of her life.

Don’t Expect Me To Cry - Starting with a child’s view of shocking abuse, Janet shares how she had to build defenses to survive the impact of the horrors of her childhood.

Don’t Expect Me To Lie – Continuing with her journey through early therapy, Janet describes the pain and fear she experienced as she started to share the ‘secret’.

Don’t Expect Me To Die - The final part tells how Janet hit ‘rock bottom’ and tried to end her life. From that place of despair, she learned that it is possible to heal from the dark shame and trauma.


About the Author

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Janet Bentley was raised in Southern California. She currently lives in Arizona where she founded the non-profits Courageous Survivors and Show Up For Children. Janet is a member of RAINN’s (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) Speakers’ Bureau, a facilitator of Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children training, and a co-author of the international best-seller, We Choose To Thrive. She also started and facilitates a support group for survivors of Child Sexual Abuse. Janet loves living in the beauty of the desert.



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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Blog Tour: Firsts Coming of Age Stories by People with Disabilities #interview @beloism #giveaway




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Memoir/Creative nonfiction/anthology
Date Published: October 1st, 2018
Publisher: Oleb Books

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Take a step back in time with some of the best writers with disabilities as they recount their first adventure, their first heartbreak, and the first time the unexpected treaded into their life. From body transformations to social setbacks, to love affairs and family trauma, Firsts collects the most thought-provoking and exciting stories of our time by people with disabilities. Contributors include Nigel David Kelly, Kimberly Gerry-Tucker, Caitlin Hernandez, Andrew Gurza, and David-Elijah Nahmod



Interview

Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?
Well, the anthology compiles stories about disability and I hope that able-bodied readers are able to get a glimpse into a world unknown to them. While several of the story touch on tragedy, I think the authors do a great job in showing that having a disability does not mean that one has a life that is less rich.


Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Because I am blind and use adaptive tech to write, some aspects of writing are challenging to me. For instance, my computer reads my work out loud in a robotic voice; however, this makes it tough to edit dialogue because the software does not read it as a person would.  

How many books have you written and which is your favorite?
I have written 3 and I don’t have a favorite. I do, though, feel really close to the characters in the novel I am working on now. I am sure that once I start working with a book editor, I will have a tough time changing things around.



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

 My first book, Blind: A Memoir is about my experience of losing my sight in my late twenties. If it ever got turned into a movie, I would like to have a blind actor play me.

When did you begin writing?
I began writing after I lost my vision. I took classes but did not feel like a real writer until I went to get my Master’s degree in creative writing.


How long did it take to complete your first book?
My first book took about a year to write and a year to edit.


Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?
I didn’t know too many blind writers so when I met Susan Krieger; I was inspired to tell my own story. Susan was not only a motivator, but also a great mentor.




What is your favorite part of the writing process?
I like doing research and have been known to spend hours at the library. I also like to interview people and apply my findings to my fiction.


Describe your latest book in 4 words.
Authentic stories about disability


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


 I started a new press that will publish the work of writers with disabilities. Its called Oleb Books www.olebbooks.com and we have several great projects coming up in the next few months. We have also pulled three stories from Firsts: Coming of Age Stories by People With Disabilities and produced a mini documentary series, which people can find in the Oleb Media Youtube channel. 


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Belo Miguel Cipriani is a columnist with the Bay Area Reporter. In 2017, his column on disability issues was recognized by the National Center on Disability and Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.

He is the author of Blind: A Memoir (2011), which received an Honorable Mention for Best Nonfiction Book by the 2011 Rainbow Awards, and an Honorable Mention for Best Culture Book by the 2012 Eric Hoffer Awards.

He has received fellowships from Lambda Literary and Yaddo, and was the first blind writer to attend the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Cipriani has guest lectured at Yale University, University of San Francisco, and University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, and was the Writer-in-Residence at Holy Names University from 2012 to 2016.

His writing has appeared in several publications, including the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News, Business Insider, and HuffPost. He was a contributor to the Ed Baxter Morning Show on iHeart Radio, and was also a frequent commentator on San Francisco’s KGO Radio, as well as on several NPR shows.

Cipriani has received numerous awards for his disability advocacy work, including being named “Best Disability Advocate” by SF Weekly (2015), an “Agent of Change” by HuffPost (2015), and an “ABC7 Star” by KGO-TV (2016). He was also honored as the first blind Grand Marshal at San Francisco’s 45th Annual Gay Pride Parade.

He currently works at the Center for Academic Excellence at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, MN, where he helps students improve their writing skills.


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Monday, November 12, 2018

Blog Tour: Death O Death by @AuthorEllie #interview #giveaway #horror


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Horror
Date Published: 31st October



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A collection of ten horror short stories, everything from the macabre to the down right disgusting.



Short Stories Include:

Why aren’t you scared

Infest

Don’t look under the bed

Trick or Treat.

Bogeyman

Siphon

Junkyard

Grounders

Can you Imagine

Point of no return



Each of the stories are unique and filled with terrifying, gruesome tales that are sure to rise your blood pressure. Lovers of monsters, the unexplained, serial killing maniacs and much more. Sink your teeth in and be in for a treat this Halloween.



Interview

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

No, not in this one.



Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Not really. I can’t think of any.


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

I’ve written 7 books and my favorite would be my ‘Hounded series’  


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

 Given that I have so many books, this is a lot harder a question that one would think. I’ll go with my book ‘Hounded’ and say that the Hollywood actor for my main protagonist, Bellamy would have to be played by Scott Eastwood.

When did you begin writing?

 I started writing in the 80’s but stopped and then picked it back up in 2014

How long did it take to complete your first book?
A year.


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

Yes, Stephen King

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

 The excitement of finishing a book or short story.

Describe your latest book in 4 words.

I don’t have a book in the works right now, but if I did, it would be another horror. So the four words would be: Scary, gory, horror, thriller



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

 I will in the future have another novel out and another short story collection as well. Both will be written and more than likely published sometime time mid to late 2019, possibly 2020.





About the Author

Born and raised in New Zealand, a mother and wife who donates what spare time she has into volunteer work with Autistic children.

Ellie Douglas is addicted to horror, everything about it she loves. She enjoys creating strong characters that rise to the top from ordinary lives.

Her love affair with horror has seen her produce three award winning horror books.

Ellie is creative in all aspects with several adult coloring books and an online casino slot game under her belt. She is constantly striving to do more. Ellie also makes professional book covers for authors and has helped people with making them a websites, banners, and logos.

Ellie’s ultimate aim is to give back, paying it forward and to constantly better herself. To give the audience amazing entertaining stories that she herself would read.

She would love to scare you…


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Friday, November 2, 2018

Blog Tour: In the Key of Be by Lena Hubin #interview #giveaway @RABTBookTours


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Non-Fiction / Memoir
Date Published: April 2, 2018
Publisher:  Chatnoir Press

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Lena Hubin is a straight-A college senior when she lands in a psych ward. After her release, psychotherapy, illicit drugs, and sex distract her from her chronic anxiety--but none yields lasting relief. Despite teaching abroad, marrying, earning a masters and adopting two children, she remains haunted by anxiety. In her fifties, Lena returns with her family to the U.S., anticipating peace of mind. But when her son struggles with alcoholism, she feels her sanity swirling down the drain like the liquor she would dump--if she could find it. In a quest to help him, the author starts a journey that will change her life for good.

Interview

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
“There is no unhappiness to great to be lessened.” Serenity can be learned—given the constant practice of acceptance, gratitude, and love.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Deciding how much of critiquers’ advice to take and leave, then revising, and then knowing when to stop revising.

How many books have you written and which is your favorite?
I’ve written just one, In the Key of Be, and it’s my favorite.

If you had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?
I’m the main character, and I was dark-haired. I’d pick Sandra Bullock. My son Tim’s a major character also; he’s adopted from India.
Dev Patel could play him.

When did you begin writing?
My grandma saved an inspired letter I wrote at age 5: “We have kittens.” I’ve been writing ever since.

How long did it take to complete your first book?
It took 8-1/2 years to complete my only book (so far), because I have other creative lives.

Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?
I’m in awe of Mary Karr’s memoirs, particularly Lit, which I’ve read three times for inspiration.
What is your favorite part of the writing process?
Plunging in and doing it—whether journaling, or beginning something new, or continuing something I’ve begun.

Describe your latest book in 4 words.
“Fresh, candid, raw, inspired.”

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

I’m shaping chapters and other short writings for submission to various venues.

 About the Author

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Lena Hubin has been writing since she was a young kid growing up on a small Wisconsin dairy farm. She has had essays and articles published in ISS Newslinks, The International Educator, Midwest Living, and The Sun. For four years she wrote quarterly book reviews for In Recovery Magazine. She has a masters degree in Creative Writing from California State University, Fresno. Lena writes, plays piano, teaches, and works for social justice in Prescott, Arizona, where she lives with her husband, dog, and cat.



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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Release Day: The Winter Riddle by @SamHooker #fantasy #humor #giveaway @RABTBookTours


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Fantasy (Humorous)
Date Published: 1 November 2018

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Publisher: Black Spot Books (https://blackspotbooks.com)


When destiny calls on the Winter Witch to save the North Pole, will she pretend she’s not in?

Once upon a time, the North Pole was a very noisy place. A kingdom cowered under the maniacal rule of the White Queen, The Vikings raided and pillaged as they were wont to do, and the Winter Witch avoided talking to any of them.

When her peace and quiet are obliterated by threats of war and Ragnarok, she’ll try anything to get them back. When casting spells to become nearly invisible and dealing with otherworldly powers fail, the Winter Witch needs to forge an alliance with Santa—a retired warrior who’s anything but jolly—to save the North Pole from calamity.

Will the Vikings take up arms against the frost giants? Will an evil necromancer keep the kingdom in the grip of fear? And for the love of Christmas, will everyone who isn’t the Winter Witch please stop meddling with dark forces beyond mortal comprehension for a bit?

Deck the halls and bar the doors! We’re in for a long winter’s night.

Excerpt

Santa’s Detritus


Santa’s Village was always giving off some sort of minor nuisance that she could overlook. The occasional thunderous boom, the erstwhile blinding flashes in the sky, and the rare fluctuation in the Northern Lights were all easy enough to forgive and forget, but the wreckage of some infernal machine gone clog dancing over her herb garden was just the sort of thing to land an insolent neighbor at the top of the revenge list.

Oh, yes! The spirits were simply philanthropic with cause for revenge of late. There must have been a surplus. It was shaping up to be a very busy winter.

Adding insult to injury, Santa probably had no idea that his detritus had inconvenienced anyone. If she did nothing about it, he’d most likely go on with his life as if nothing had happened. Not a chance! Walking away from this would require legs! Functional ones, with knees intact!

Volgha stood there, fuming. She wasn’t very handy in dealing with people. Plants, yes. Animals, to be sure. The occasional Viking was fine, as long as they were full of mead and beef and you toasted Valhalla with them once or twice. However, your standard, run-of-the-mill person came with all sorts of things. Feelings, needs, complications. It was disgusting, really.


About the Author

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Sam Hooker writes darkly humorous fantasy. He is an entirely serious person, regardless of what you may have heard. Originally from Texas, he now resides in southern California with his wife, son, and dog.





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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

@RABTBookTours Presents Halloween Book Blast & Giveaway #giveaway #halloween


WELCOME TO THE HALLOWEEN BOOK BLAST!


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