Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Blog Tour: Nowhere is Home Since You Left from Madeleine Zeldin with my #interview

Death, Grief, Bereavement
Date Published: 1-6-2017
Publisher: Cygnet Publications, Cygnet Media Group Inc.

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When her beloved soul friend husband, Gerald, passed away a few years ago, and her friends and sons moved to distant cities, she found herself alone for the first time in her life.

Gerald, a professional artist, had his studio in their home. Their home was always filled with family life, art, music, joy and playfulness in the garden.
After his passing, the silence was loud. The joy was gone — her paradise — a lost paradise.

She had two choices, either to fall apart or to get on with life.  She chose the latter and traveled to find a home, a community — however - nowhere was home - since he left.
In writing Nowhere Is Home … Since You Left, Madeleine Zeldin shares her insights, emotions, and true life experiences as she journeys solo throughout the years following the sorrowful death of her soul mate, internationally renowned artist, Gerald Zeldin. She presents years of storytelling based on travel journals she wrote while traveling to countries such as Mexico, Philippines, Ecuador, France, Spain, and California, U.S.A.  Zeldin also reveals the intensity of the pain and sorrow experienced in her grief, along with the fulfillment, satisfaction and logistics of international travel. In her travels she volunteered in the medical field and gave help where help was needed. She brings inspiration to those of her generation, the 60’s, who find themselves alone.

Through her evocative tales of adventure, Zeldin reveals this life-changing knowledge to the world!

But ultimately where is Home?


    Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?

I would like readers, especially of my generation, the baby boomers, 
to realize there is life after big loss ... to bring inspiration to those who
find themselves alone and feeling lost.  Through my evocative tales of 
adventure, I reveal life-changing knowledge to my readers.

     Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

      Since this story is my journey, I find the memories that creep in
                         sometimes freeze me in my tracks.  

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

I have written three books for publication. They are all my favourite 
for their own messages. My first, Our Last Dance ... A Love Story,
was extremely important in the process of making many much needed
changes in our medical system.
 Nowhere Is Home ... Since You Left, is instrumental in 
inspiring those of my generation to realize there is life after loss.
Along with tales of great adventure, it gives practical advice, not only 
for travel, but for life in general.
My children's book ... Fiona, The Fat, Fluffy Feline, hopefully 
will help children through their grief, of whatever kind.

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

 Since this is my journey, I think I would have to play myself. I don't know 
 of any actor who could be me.  However, I am open to suggestions.
The actor would have to be of my generation.

                          When did you begin writing?

I began my writing for publication in 2010 after my beloved, late husband, my soul friend, Gerry, passed away. However, I feel there was never really a beginning to my real writing. As far back as I can remember, I was telling stories, which often amused people.  I guess I consider myself a 'story-teller' rather than a writer.  As an artist, I often write 'sketches' of my experiences ... in free-form style.
My first published book, Our Last Dance ... A Love Story, written in 2010, 
was inspired by my late husband's desire 'to have his story told ... so that others may be helped'.  It is a portrait of our soul friend relationship ... along with insight into our medical journey of battling cancer for 7 years.

                    How long did it take you to write your first book?

It took me the first year after Gerry's death ... one of the most difficult tasks
I have ever performed.   Reliving his pain and death and our journey
of this big battle ... battling cancer ... was emotional torture.  Some say writing 
is therapeutic ... I did not find that ... however, I knew it had to be done, for Gerry's sake.  I could never have done it without the emotional support of my sons.

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

No author inspired me to become a writer ... I was always a story teller ...
but my late husband's wish inspired me to write our story.
However, Isabel Allende is one of my favourite authors ... I love her books that 
are full of historical events and yet personal experiences at the same time ...
containing both myth and realism.

             What is your favourite part of the writing process?

Firstly, the telling of the stories ... is my favourite part of the 'writing' process,
along with just sitting down to my writing pad or computer to see my fingers 
just start writing.  I don't know where it comes from.

                         Describe your latest book in 4 words.

         I consider my latest book, Nowhere Is Home ... Since You Left.
       A salad of emotions  ...  OR  ...  love, hope, courage, adventure ...
                                ...  whichever you like best ...

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

              The future of my work ... is in the hands of the gods!
      And whatever happens, I feel confident that it will be for the best.

About the Author

Professionally, Ms. Zeldin has been engaged in nursing and teaching. She has successfully advocated for changes in the medical field, along with homebirth and Midwifery. In her travels to out of the way places, she has been a keen observer of people and distant cultures, often writing a 'sketch' of her experience.

Madeleine is an advocate of advocacy.

Madeleine believes we can all make a difference.

Throughout her adult life she has successfully advocated for change. When she felt change was needed, she rallied. She lobbied. She started a group or joined a group.

In the late '70's, when her town council was considering tearing down old heritage properties in the name of 'Progress', she helped start a group of interested citizens in order to save these heritage properties. 'Progress' was stopped and many heritage buildings were saved due to the group's diligence.

Again in the early '80's, Madeleine herself changed local hospital policy to allow midwives to accompany couples in the birthing room, after the hospital refused to allow her midwife to enter.

She belonged to a group of informed parents who advocated for changes in the policies for vaccinations.

Madeleine volunteered at the local Health Center and advocated for improved health care for refugees. Improvements were made.

She successfully advocated for her soul-friend, late husband Gerald's medical care throughout their six year battle with cancer. Many important changes were implemented in our medical system due to her persistence.

Madeleine has been ahead of her time in her generation. She had many professions throughout her life including social worker, teacher, registered nurse. She also joined a group of midwives and again successfully advocated for choices in childbirth.

However, she considers her most important achievement as being a mother and grandmother. She has instilled in her family a sense of love and empathy and has taught them to love the earth and its people.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Blog Tour: Coveted Kiss by @KTjebbenAuthor #interview #giveaway

Psychological Romantic/Suspense
Date Published: June 2017

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Bella Chan is a good girl surrounded by alpha-males who aren’t afraid of danger. Unfortunately, that danger comes back to bite her. She can still feel the deadly grip of Hazeem’s hands wrapped around her neck. If Jack hadn’t shown up at Savage Security, she’d be dead. Then, in pure alpha-male fashion, Jack appoints himself her personal bodyguard, but Bella soon realizes that Jack isn’t there to protect her. He’s there to win her heart.

And now, in the aftermath of the attack, the men of Savage Security band together to hunt down the terrorists living on American soil. As they navigate through the intrigue and deception that camouflages their assailants, they also confront the treason that threatens the Nation’s defenses.  


Hi! Would you tell us a little bit about yourself? 
I live in central North Carolina with my wonderful husband, twin daughters, and two hamsters. When my girls left for kindergarten, I discovered that I needed to fill my days with something, or I’d be stuck dusting the floorboards or innumerable knickknacks that decorate my bookshelves. So, basically, dislike of housework propelled me into my writing career. I love to create worlds filled with unique creatures and interesting characters that will delight and raise goose bumps on my readers. In my free time, I enjoy traveling with my husband and seeing the world through my daughters’ eyes.

Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?
Thank you! Thank you for choosing to read one of my books. Everyone’s time is precious and fleeting, and I want my readers to know that I appreciate them sharing their time with me.

I know authors get asked this a lot but do you have any advice that you would give to aspiring writers?
Perseverance and dedication are key ingredients to success. You must read daily and write even when you’re not inspired. Find a trusted friend to read your books and give you their honest opinion. Be open to their suggestions, but most importantly, fall in love with your characters. If you don’t love them, your readers won’t either.

When did you realize that you would like to write and publish a book?
I’ve always thought it would be cool to write a book. In college, (while studying elementary education) in my literacy courses, I’d peruse the picture books and nonfiction children’s books and dream about writing my own book. At the time, it seemed impossible, but as the internet expanded and companies like Amazon grew, the dream started to take shape and become a reality. When my twin daughters went to kindergarten, I set aside time each day to dedicate to writing. Surprisingly, the story that unfolded in my head was not for elementary students, but it was better suited for young adults who enjoy supernatural thrillers. When I finished the first series, The Scintillate Series, I transitioned to adult romantic suspense and began The Savage Security Series.

Can you tell us, in your own words not the book description, a little about your book?
My Savage Security books are a mixture of romance and suspense infused with a healthy dose of creep factor.
Blood Kiss is about a woman who is threatened by a stalker. Alisha is pro-active. She isn’t waiting around to see what her stalker will do. She decides that she will protect herself. While gun shopping, she meets Mike, a man with the skills and the heart to help her. I love Alisha and Mike. They are both smart, assertive, and have big hearts.
Avenging Kiss is about revenge. Summing up this book is more difficult. There isn’t one main character or hero. Instead, Avenging Kiss explores the reality that one’s actions don’t just affect that one person, but rather the truth that actions have unintended consequences that can negatively affect others. The problem/solution is resolved in Avenging Kiss, but some threads are left dangling.
Coveted Kiss deals with the fallout from Avenging Kiss. It can be read independently of Avenging Kiss, but it would be most enjoyed after reading Avenging Kiss. Jack is in full alpha-male mode as he protects Bella in the aftermath of Hazeem’s murder attempt. Logan discovers the history behind Aditya’s actions and learns how to forgive. Hazeem realizes that he’s not as brave as he thought he was. And the men of Savage Security must hunt down the terrorists living within their community.

Are you working on anything at the moment?
 I am working on the rough draft for the fourth book in the Savage Security Series. Stolen Kiss is about a serial killer who unintentionally crosses the paths of the men from Savage Security.

What is the easiest part of writing in your opinion?
Hitting publish and crossing my fingers that readers will enjoy my stories. Oh, wait… that’s when the real stress begins. J

What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” Jane Austin’s wit and wisdom are evident in this quote from Pride and Prejudice. In a time when a woman’s social standing and standard of living depended on a husband, every man was considered eligible, but the wealthy man was the ultimate prize.

Pepsi or coke? Pepsi, but right now I’m going through a Dr. Pepper stage.

Favorite kind of chocolate? See’s truffles. I fell in love with See’s Candy when I lived in California.

Favorite movie? Pride & Prejudice - the one with Colin Firth. If you haven’t seen it, stop whatever you’re doing and settle in for the best 5 ½ hours of your life.

Favorite book to movie? Pride and Prejudice. The British mini-series released in 1995. Colin Firth is Mr. Darcy.

Favorite book or author?
I can’t just say one. I love Stephen King, Anne Rice, and Dean Koontz. I love thrillers with a hint of the supernatural. For the romantic in me, I love Elle Casey, Elise Sax, and Trish McCallen. Their books fall into the romantic comedy or romantic suspense category.

Hardback/Paperback or eReader?
My iPhone. I love the flexibility of reading on my iPhone or iPad. I can take my books with me wherever I go and read a few pages while in waiting in the carpool line or at appointments. Plus, there’s no easier way to read a book in the dark of night under your sheets.

Have you ever been out of the state where you live?

I’m a southern girl with a bit of an identity crisis. I grew up in Virginia and then moved north to New Hampshire to complete high school. I went to college in California and then taught for several years in a school district outside of Los Angeles. Growing weary of perfect year-round weather, the idyllic beauty of nature, and romantic sunsets on the beach, I traded in my California life for life in central North Carolina, where I met my own Mr. Darcy.   

About the Author

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 writing career. 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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Friday, July 21, 2017

Blog Tour: Temptation Trials by @BrandyTruly #review

Adult, Dystopian Romance & Post-Apocalyptic
Date Published: June 3, 2017

Will You Be Tempted? Will Love Save Your Soul?

     One nation under his reign.
     Cardinal sins of man caused humanity to pay the price. Cali Nasser grew up in a world succeeding World War III. The aftermath forced the world dictatorship that she must now live in. A new Regime arose from the ashes. They demanded obedience and cooperation from every citizen, even in matters of the heart.
     One domain ... One accord … One nation. That is the moral code. In Cali’s eyes, it all revolves around a twisted plot for control.
    It used to sicken Cali how people would allow the Regime to test their love through the Temptation Trials. That is, until she met Kincade. Cali’s entire point of view changes when she falls for him. She struggles with herself, debating if she should challenge the government’s law of arranged marriage.
     Cali’s childhood friend, Stefani, always kept a positive perspective about their lives until she was threatened with the same dilemma, at odds over the man she loves.
     Now Cali and Stefani face a desperate choice—submit to the Regime’s will, or fight for what they value most—love. Although lust, mistaken for love, could lead to damnation. Do they give up on love or sign up for the Temptation Trials, a reality TV show where every temptation is laid before them?
     The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Can love save their souls?


The story really grabs the readers attention from the get-go. B. Truly does a great job being descriptive and allowing the reader to feel like they are immersed in the story. 

 I was surprised at how fresh and how many surprises there were in this story once it got going. What a wonderful job of keeping the reader invested in the story and its characters! 

Characterization is key in any novel and I felt like Cali was a great main character with real problems that the reader can relate to. She was easy to get behind and root for through the novel.I loved the way that she opened up and grew throughout the novel. 

About the Author

     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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Blog Tour: Rising Tide: Dark Innocence by @Bella623 #interview #giveaway

Young Adult/Paranormal Romance/Mystery
Date Published: Feb 18, 2014
Publisher: Ingramspark

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2015 Readers' Favorite Gold Medal Winner for YA Mystery
2015 RONE Award Finalist for YA Paranormal

2015 New Apple Top Medalist for Young Adult Ebook

Chosen as one of 400 for the second round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for 2014!!!
Rising Tide will sink its fangs into you, keeping you awake into the wee hours of the night

Could Maura's life get any worse? ...turns out it most certainly can.

Isolated and sheltered by her lonely mother, Maura's never been able to make friends. She seems to drive her classmates away—except for the odd times they pay enough attention to torture her—but she doesn’t understand why. Maura considers herself to be a freak of nature, with her unusually pale skin and an aversion to the sun that renders her violently nauseous. Her belief is only worsened by the fact that almost everyone around her keeps their distance.

Even her own father deserted her before she was born, leaving Maura alone with her emotionally distant mother, Caelyn. Even though Maura is desperate for answers about her unknown parent, Caelyn remains heartbroken and her daughter can’t bring herself to reopen her mother’s wounds. Or is there a more sinister reason Caelyn refuses to utter a word about her long-lost love?

When a cruel prank nearly claims Maura’s life, one of her classmates, Ron, rushes to her rescue. Darkly handsome & mysteriously accepting, Ron doesn’t seem to want to stay away, but Maura is reluctant to get too close, since her mother has announced she’s moving the two of them to Vancouver…nearly 3,000 miles away from their hometown of Indiana, Pennsylvania.

If life wasn’t already challenging enough, Maura begins to experience bizarre, physical changes her mother seems hell bent on ignoring, compelling Maura to fear for her own life. Vicious nightmares, blood cravings, failing health and the heart-shattering loss of Ron—as well as the discovery of a tangled web of her own mother's lies—become obstacles in Maura's desperate quest for the unfathomable truth she was never prepared to uncover.


Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?
Yes! In Rising Tide, Maura is the ‘other.’ She is a creature outside the norm. At times she is treated very poorly because of her differences, but my depiction of her becoming ‘perfect’ is a statement that different is good, outside the norm is a positive place to be. So, there is a huge anti-bullying element. There is also the message that we all make mistakes when we are young. This part of growing up is only natural…and largely unavoidable. Like Maura, there is life after making those mistakes, better life if you choose to learn from them.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Time is always my enemy. What with doing my own marketing and PR, travelling for signings and everyday life, finding time to write is always a challenge. I’m hoping I can make writing my permanent full-time job in the future.

How many books have you written and which is your favorite?
Three full-length YA Vampire novels, one children’s book, and three short stories. Riptide was the most fun to work and is definitely my favorite book.

If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?
Alix Elizabeth Gitter…with brown contacts. She looks almost exactly the way I picture Maura in my head.

When did you begin writing?
I was writing stories as early as age five. I used to narrate everything around me inside my head, haha.

How long did it take to complete your first book?
Six years! I obsessed over it waaaaay too much!

Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?
Stephenie Meyer, Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe and Ernest Hemingway.

What is your favorite part of the writing process?
Just writing. Getting the build up out of my head and onto the page. That sense of accomplishing something you feel is vitally important at the end of a day. It’s also nice to have a drink occasionally while writing just to crack the creativity and worry about what you’re writing a little less…lessened inhibitions are good for writing occasionally.

Describe your latest book in 4 words.
Utter horrific holiday terror

Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?
 I’m finishing up a Christmas anthology, The 12 Terrors of Christmas, with eleven original works by me included. There will also be a bonus story by author, Lynn Lamb. One of the stories will be a bonus peek at Maura’s family during the skipped over Christmas in the third book Riptide. Readers will learn a secret there that was not disclosed in the first trilogy ;)
I also have my second children’s book being illustrated right now. This will also be a Christmas book and both will be released in early November if all goes as planned.
The first book in the next Maura trilogy is about halfway written, but will probably come out early in 2018. I’m also working on a light contemporary romance series. It would be nice to get the first couple of books out at the end of the year, but I’ll have to see how fast the writing goes J

About the Author

Claudette Melanson writes dark fantasy in Kitchener, Ontario with four bun babies: Tegan, Pepper, Butters & Beckett. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BA in English, BS in English Education and an MA in Literature. Harboring a deep admiration of vampires since the age of five left her with the desire to eventually become one, and now fuels the creation of her favorite paranormal characters. She hopes to one day work full time as an author, since there are many, many stories playing out inside her head.

In her very scant spare time, she enjoys watching Japanese Anime and reading vampire stories...along with other genres of great fiction, as well as riding every roller coaster she encounters in both her hometown and away at signings. An advocate for good health and ketogenic eating, her favorite foods are bulletproof coffee, cashew-flour crust pizza and treats made with xylitol and almond, coconut or cashew flours.

Future dreams include a cabin boasting a roaring fire, isolated inside a snow-filled wood in the Yukon—the perfect writing spot—and the completion of dozens of future novels and stories. A Rabbit Rescue fanatic and loving bunmom, she also hopes to help rescues all over the world save many innocent lives.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Blog Tour: The Compendium by @chris_a_hart #bookreview #scifi

New Adult / Sci-Fi Romance / Paranormal
Date Published: July 13, 2016
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing

Irina and her renegade variant friends are scrambling to pick up the trail of their former employer, Ivan, and his globally catastrophic scheme.

Their attention develops a laser focus on an engineered earthquake mere days ahead of them in San Francisco. While they fight to stop the earthquake, Irina pushes the love of her life Jonah as far away as she can, trying to keep his unstable genetic degradation in check.

Irina’s friends think they’ve seen the worst that Innoviro could bring forth by the time they reach a secret facility in the Mojave Desert. As they near the property, the group uncovers a horror none of them had ever imagined.


Another great installment in Christine Hart's New Adult Sci-Fi series.

I was particularly happy that everything was taken up another notch in this novel, Christine Hart wasn't messing around when she wrote this.

At the beginning we are are inundated with information to get us caught up, but being that it was a continuation of a series, I didn't feel the amount of detail used was necessary, a refresher is always nice, but I don't want to feel like I'm entering the world for the first time again.

Overall a great addition to the Sci-Fi series world. I look forward to seeing where she takes the characters next.

Located on BC’s beautiful West Coast, Christine writes speculative fiction for YA & NA readers.  She has an undergraduate degree in writing and literature, a corporate background in communications and design, and an Etsy alter-ego named Sleepless Storyteller. Christine shares her eclectic home and lifestyle with her metal working husband, dancing daughter and rocket enthusiast son.

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