Friday, November 17, 2017

Blog Tour: Thicker Than Blood by @AnneMarieCitro with an #interview and #giveaway



Contemporary Romance
Date Published: May 1, 2017

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Every paramedic’s worst nightmare is to arrive at the scene of a horrific accident and find out that the victim is someone they love. Or, in Caden Ross’s case, the woman he used to love. It took two years to finally get over Dakota and move on with his life, or so Caden believed, until he has to face the thought of a world without her. Nothing could have prepared the handsome, headstrong off-duty paramedic for the emotional upheaval of keeping the woman he once thought would be his forever alive.

Dakota Martineau appeared to have the world in the palm of her hand. She is beautiful, kind, has an adoring family, including her best friend and identical twin sister. She has a passion for incorporating her love of life, family, and her cultural background into her dream job with special needs kids. Then, in a life-altering crash, she discovers just how fragile life is. Thankful to be surrounded by an incredible group of friends who will help heal, not just her body, but also her soul, she knows she should be happy she is alive and on the mend, but Dakota is still tormented by the loss of her one true love.

How can you feel safe with the one person who hurt you the most? What road will Caden and Dakota take when they discover fate wreaked havoc on everything they thought was true?



Interview


1)  Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?
Yes, that sometimes family doesn’t have to be the one we are born into. It can be the people that become the family of our heart. Sibling rivalry can destroy families and there are more than just two victims. Parents can’t choose between children and shouldn’t have to even if one of their children is wrong or done horrible things. The love of a child is unconditional.

2)  Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Yes, trying to balance my work and the rest of my life. I raised four sons, worked and have a very active social life. When I am writing, I lose all sense of time and can write for fourteen hours straight. I work six days a week and it consumes my every thought. I even dream about my characters. Can you say obsessive-compulsive? So many words and so little time!

3)  How many books have you written and which is your favorite?
I am currently wrapping up my fifth book. My fourth will hit the shelves in a couple of weeks. I have my research and written all my notes for my sixth. My favourite will always be my second book Lyrics Heart & Soul. The book is about a man who soul is so tortured and it takes one incredible spit fire of a woman and a bunch of special needs teenagers to teach him the value of human life. Some people hated him so much they refused to finish the book. I think that is truly an injustice because finding the good in someone is often the most rewarding thing we can do. I am in love with Ryder and he will always be my most beloved character.

4)  If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?
Chace Crawford would be my choice simply because he looks just like the description of my character Caden and I love his smile. I have to be honest I don’t watch TV and rarely go to the movies. I love reading and read three books a week. So, I’m not very Hollywood savvy. 

5)  When did you begin writing?
I began writing on my computer about two years ago but in my head for my whole life. I love to people watch and make stories up about them. I love to travel to different places in the world and I want the reader to travel with me.


6)  How long did it take to complete your first book?
I wrote it in secret because I didn’t have a lot of faith in myself. I already had a career, a husband, four sons and a lot of friends. But it was something I needed to do for myself. To prove I could do it and do it well. So, it took me over a year. But once it was done I haven’t stopped or looked back. My mind is a disorganized messy busy place but somehow it works for me. When I write, I get to escape and be someone for a while. Therefore, I feel like I’m living many different lives. I love the research and learning about different subjects. Writing is my drug of choice.

7)  What is your favorite part of the writing process?
I love when the characters take over. Once their personality is developed they become real to me. I fight the direction of chapters with them all the time. Sometimes I sit down to write and I am going in one direction and then I read reread the chapter and it isn’t what I intended to write. One time I had to write a chapter twice. The first time, the way I wanted and the next the way the character wanted. I’m embarrassed to say the character won. If you read any of my books you will know Edward. He is the bane of my existence. He also is trying to convince me it is because he is my favourite but he’s wrong. It is Ryder and will always be Ryder. Not ever Edward sorry!

8)  Describe your latest book in 4 words.
Heartbreaking, beautiful, tragic, survival.

9)  Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?
I am writing My Beloved Past. It is about a girl who falls in love at fifteen and gets pregnant. She loses her boyfriend, her baby, and the father she adored. Ten years later a kidney transplant changes her past, present and future. The final book in this series, book six is about a subject near and dear to my heart, eating disorders. Someone I love very much suffers with anorexia. She is allowing me to use her diaries for research and I am truly honoured and wish to give credence to her struggles and ongoing recovery. My next series will be about four brothers and their mother. Like I said before so many words and not enough time.



About the Author


Anne Marie Citro grew born and raised in the greater Toronto area of Ontario, Canada. She grew up in a large, loving family. Anne Marie is married to a very patient man. He is the love of her life. They have four very cool sons, and the girls they brought into their family that have become daughters of her heart. She has been blessed enough to finally have a beautiful granddaughter after four sons. She has her own personal gaggle of girlfriends, who enrich her life on a daily basis and make her laugh. Caesar Friday is her favourite day of the week. Caesars with the girls and date night with her hubby. She works with special-needs teenagers, that have taught her how to appreciate life and see it through gentler eyes. Anne Marie was encouraged by her husband to follow her lifelong dream to write. She loves the characters that take over imagination and haunts her dreams. She loves the arts and she has tried her hand at painting, wood sculpting, chainsaw carving, wood burning, metal and wire sculptures. Yes, her husband is a very patient man! Anne Marie is an avid reader and enjoys about three books per week. But nothing makes her happier then riding on the back of her husband's Harley and throwing her arms out and feeling the wind race by. Anne Marie and her husband take a few weeks every year to travel to spectacular destination around the world. Anne Marie is excited and can't wait to see what the next chapter holds for her life.


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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Blog Tour: Polio and Me by Ken Dalton



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

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



About the Author


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

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

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

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

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Blog Tour: Hacienda Moon by @kasonndraleigh



Gothic Romance
Date Published: 10/31/17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


About the Author


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

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

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

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


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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Blog Tour: The Club: Box Set by @karenmbryson #booktour #bookreview



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

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

THE CLUB SERIES includes:

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

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

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

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

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

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


Review

This is a series that really picks up and continues from novel to novel while being fresh and unique with each one. 

I enjoyed the characters immensely. I felt like each of the the Romances were well balanced in their own ways.  

I liked that Karen M. Bryson does not shy away from real topics. She takes the issues head on and brings them  to life for the reader. 


These are each emotional novels. There are ups and downs for these characters individually and as a couple. You will find yourself right in the rollercoaster of emotions with them.

About the Author


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

Karen is also an award-winning/optioned screenwriter.

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

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


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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Blog Tour with my Book Review: Hidden in Harmony by @AuthorPreacher #review



Christian Mystery
Date Published: October 14, 2017

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A devout Christian family faces threats, stalkings, kidnappings, and even murder when they attempt to help a man formerly accused, but never found guilty of committing terrible acts. The Russells refuse to allow intimidation to stop them from standing up for what they believe in. They must rely on God to keep their family safe.



Review


There were parts that moved very fast and then other parts that slowed down, just enough to let us catch our breaths. A Great Mystery that is light and not too bogged down with gruesome detail! 


The setting was very clear and I liked that JR Thompson was able to transport us to where the characters were experiencing the story and the time as well. 

 I was very impressed with Thompson's way with words and how he was able to keep the characters fresh and compelling.

About the Author


JR Thompson was born and raised in the outskirts of Charleston, WV. He, and his lovely wife, Hannah, now reside in a small ghost town in Montana. In addition to being an author, Thompson also keeps himself busy as the assistant pastor, youth director, and music director for a local church.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Blog Tour: The Innkeeper's Husband by @gordonlong #review #fantasy



Epic Fantasy
Date Published: January, 2007
Publisher: Airborn Press

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Jahnes, an experienced mercenary at the peak of his profession, encounters an unstoppable foe, and his defeat leads him to question his life’s path. Holing up at a country inn to recover from his injuries, he becomes intrigued by the landlady, a woman of strength and compassion. As the months go by their relationship develops, and he begins to dream of a new life as an innkeeper.
But his unique talents and experience are needed to save the kingdom from attack by fierce savages from the high southern plains. Just when he is getting used to his new life, his old life reaches for him and offers him challenge and success such as he never dreamed of.
Of course, in order to satisfy the needs of his kingdom and his new family, he first has to stay alive.
The Innkeeper’s Husband is a standalone novel, part of the Petrellan Saga.


Review

What do you do when you choose the life you want, but life has another plan for you? That was what I really got as an underlying theme for this novel. Torn between the life he has chosen and the duty he feels and his past. 

I liked the unpredictability of this novel. We were led on an adventure that was exciting the entire way through. 

I'm interested to read more in this Saga.


About the Author


Brought up in a logging camp with no electricity, Gordon Long learned his storytelling in the traditional way: at his father’s knee. He now spends his time editing, publishing, travelling, blogging and writing fantasy and social commentary, although sometimes the boundaries blur.
Gordon lives in Tsawwassen, British Columbia, with his wife, Linda, and their Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Josh. When he is not writing and publishing, he works on projects with the Surrey Seniors’ Planning Table, and is a staff writer for indiesunlimited.com

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Blog Tour: Dennis & Greer by @mollymgould #interview #historicalromance



Historical Romance
Date Published: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Belle Reve Press

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Dennis and Greer is a nonfiction love story in letters and journals between 2 college students during the Vietnam era. (This is nonfiction that reads like fiction)

A true story that encapsulates the horrors of war and the innocence of young love.

Buried in a trunk for fifty years, this long-forgotten tale, told through letters and journals from the war-torn Vietnam era, has been resurrected.

College students, Dennis and Greer, met and felt a spark just before moving to different states. Their witty correspondence through letters conjured a desire to meet again, but Dennis tried to keep his distance; duty is more important than love.

As the two embarked on their journey into adulthood and navigated their relationship against the backdrop of war, they were writing a love story that will span the test of time.


Interview

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

Yes! To enjoy the beauties in life and keep your relationships sweet.



Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Following all of the “rules” for writing.


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

 Dennis and Greer is my 1st published work and I love it!


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

Dennis King: Nick Robibnson
Greer DeWitt: Alexa Davalos (she’s too old to play Greer but she looks just like her!)


When did you begin writing?

When I was 4. My mother would bind books together with yarn—I would recite stories to her while she transcribed.

How long did it take to complete your first book?

2 years.

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

I would say that my love for reading books inspired me.


 What is your favorite part of the writing process?

When you know you’ve written the concept your brain imagined.


Describe your latest book in 4 words.

A nonfiction historical romance



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

Right now I am working on writing a true love story from the 1800s of a rough cowboy and a singing, guitar playing, sassy girl.



About the Author


ASU graduate, Molly Gould, lived in the wilderness for 28 days when she was 16 years old (she’s your go-to-girl in the zombie apocalypse). She now confines herself indoors with the AC full-blast in her sunny sate of AZ. Occasionally, she’ll brave the scorching heat with her husband and four children.

When Molly inherited a treasure of vintage journals and letters, she was swept away by the love story contained within those writings. She couldn’t keep Dennis and Greer to herself, so she began transcribing and Dennis and Greer was born.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Blog Tour: Appetite of Envy by @amabel_daniels #review #giveaway



Romantic Suspense
Date Published: July 8, 2016

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You can’t always get what you want.

Shy and sweet Lia Gardella has only wished to make her father proud. Dropping plates, spilling drinks, and missing orders, she’s never fit in at the family business. And after nearly incinerating the whole building, she ran from the stressful environment.

Want not.

As head chef of one of the city’s best eateries, Finn Newland seems to have it all. He enjoyed a youthful career in the MMA. Women worship him. After years of hard work, he finally has an opportunity to take over the restaurant he’s always considered his own.

Be careful what you wish for.

When Lia’s father summons her to supervise Gardella’s, instead of handing the reins to Finn, no one is happy. They don’t know how to collaborate on running the restaurant. Nor are they confident they can continue to deny their attraction to one another. But before they can attempt a partnership of any kind, they’ll need to find the culprit behind a trend of spiteful sabotage aimed at Gardella’s.

Review

I liked the diversity of the novel. It pulls together Romance and Suspense which are executed well and come together seamlessly. 

It did take a while for the action to begin and the story to unfold, but once it got going, I couldn't put it down. I really enjoyed the fact that Amabel Daniels was able to surprise me a couple of times. I always like a novel that keeps me guessing.


About the Author


Amabel Daniels lives in Northwest Ohio with her patient husband, adventurous toddlers, smiley baby, and a collection of too many cats and dogs. Although she holds a Master’s degree in Ecology, her true love is finding a good book. When she isn’t spending time outdoors, or wondering how to negotiate with her mightily independent two-year-old daughter, she’s busy brewing up her next novel, usually as she lets her mind run off with the addictive words of “what if…”

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