Saturday, December 14, 2019

Release Blitz: Snardler by James B. Caruthers #promo #releaseday #giveaway #yahumor #youngadult


The Catalogues of Epicness, Book 1
Young Adult Humor
Date Published: 12/14/2019
Publisher: INtense Publications LLC

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Xavier Crenshaw discovers his life’s calling when he devises an elaborate prank that goes badly wrong. Enlightened by this experience, Xavier creates “snardling,” which is subtly but crucially different from ordinary pranks. For starters, snardlers never get caught. Crisis comes when Xavier and his two partners snardle the whole school, and the wrong person gets blamed. The team falls apart in the aftermath, until a despondent Xavier receives a secret note requesting a snardle of extraordinary proportions to occur at the unveiling of long-dead poet’s secret diary. Despite his careful planning, Xavier wasn’t ready for the terrifying surprise awaiting him, and no one in Penceleton is prepared for what comes next.

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About the Author


Bearded, sluggish, treacherous, delightfully aromatic-- these are but a few of the adjectives that employers, friends, fans, and law enforcement have used when struggling to describe Houston-based novelist James B. Caruthers. He is a dad, a public-interest attorney, and proud author of his frankly dangerous debut novel Snardler.

James has dreamed of being a writer since the second grade. Now that this has been accomplished, he’s pretty darn full of himself. He loves his kids, loved being a kid, and is crazy about writing for kids. His writing philosophy is simple: never patronize. His snardling philosophy is equally as simple: never get caught.

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Blog Tour: Power Lies by J.L. Phillips #blogtour #mystery #thriller #giveaway #interview @RABTBookTours

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Mystery / Thriller
Publisher: Elite Online Publishing
Date Published: 12-10-2019

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Power Lies is a captivating thriller about power lines that kill and a corrupt industry that knows it. Follow Sterling Barrington, Public Relations Vice President for The Franklin Energy Institute, as she investigates this cover-up from within the bowels of the beast. The Institute’s archives lead Barrington to a retiree ready to reveal the industry’s lies. But he ends up dead before confessing. Sterling’s continued hunt for proof results in her being accused of murder, arrested, threatened, assaulted, and nearly assassinated. Despite these tribulations, she remains determined to expose the corruption and reveal the truth.



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Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?
Stand up for what you believe in


Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
No. I enjoy writing


How many books have you written and which is your favorite?
This is my first novel. I have written numerous published essays, short stories, technical papers, Energy industry articles, and my ezine 


If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?
Great question! I believe Power Lies would be a fantastic movie as a beginning of my Sterling Barrington series.
I would Bryce Dallas Howard to play my heroine because, she’s a strong, intelligent, attractive redhead and great actress.


When did you begin writing?
In elementary school.


How long did it take to complete your first book?
Approximately a year 


Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?
Sydney Sheldon, Robert Ludlum, Dominic Dunne


What is your favorite part of the writing process?
Waking up in the middle of the night with just the right part I had been working on


Describe your latest book in 4 words.
Cover-up, Intrigue, Murders, Justice

Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?
I write my magazine for distribution every two weeks. I have started the second in the Sterling Barrington series.



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Jana Laird Phillips is a native Texan, who has lived and worked in Dallas, Washington DC and Houston. She is a BBA graduate of Baylor University with a double major in Marketing and Journalism. Ms. Phillips worked in the Energy Industry for several years, and has numerous articles published in Energy trade journals. She is currently the publisher/owner of an online magazine, www.houstonhipandhaute.com

Ms. Phillips enjoys travel and resides with her husband in Houston, TX.



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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Release Blitz: Life Mapping by Monika Moss-Gransberry #giveaway #releaseday #nonfiction @MonikaMoss @RABTBookTours


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Non Fiction / Personal & Spiritual Development
Release Date: December 12, 2019
Publisher: Keys for Life Publishing

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For 20 years, master mapper and business consultant, Monika K. Moss has dedicated her talents to helping organizations and individuals create powerful road maps to their vision. In this book, Monika shares her Life Mapping process which has helped hundreds of individuals chart a map to their ideal lifestyle, enrich their lives and bring added value to their family, organizations, and community. 

As founder and president of MKM Management Consulting, Monika is committed to partnering with others to make a difference by supporting the transformation of individuals and organizations. A scholar and practitioner, Monika is a regular presenter and trainer at regional and national conferences on issues of organizational development, strategic planning, leadership development, nonprofit management.

Life Mapping has guided Monika in overcoming life’s obstacles and creating a road to success, happiness, and joy.


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My name is Monika Moss-Gransberry.  I started a company over 30 years ago called MKM Management Consulting. My intention was to change the world, one leader, one organization and one community at a time.  I have helped thousands of people around the world to transform their lives, their organizations and their communities. And I owe all of my personal and professional successes to life mapping.  On my life long journey to wholeness, I have used many methods to get there none more important than Life Mapping. I have used Life Mapping to cultivate and act on my purpose and spiritual gifts.  It led me to write the book, Life Mapping: A Journey of Self Discovery and Path Finding.

Life Mapping is a life enhancing system that leads you to start living the life you always dreamed of but never thought possible. I am living my dream and I am happy and I am at peace. And everyday, I get to help others do the same.  But, it wasn’t long ago that I was a struggling single mom, working night and day to make ends meet and challenged by the trauma’s I’d experienced in my life.  As I worked through my personal healing and embraced my purpose using the practice of Life Mapping and the tools to support me, I found myself prospering with a growing business, a beautiful family, having leisure time, being able to travel, and living and working with the love of my life.  I know that Life Mapping and its underlying spiritual practices work.  I am a living example of what you can create for yourself with your own Life Map.

I don’t want it to take you 20 or 30 years to evolve and prosper.  I have created Life Mapping so you can speed up your manifestation process and begin living your ideal lifestyle right now with each decision you make.  And as you create a life that you love living and become your best self, together we can change the world to one that is more loving and humane for all of us.

I am clear that the world is going through a transformation. It is messy and difficult. Things are pretty bad in many places and for millions of people.  We are living in a world of dualities and distractions. Staying focused and working through the traumas, challenges, and obstacles to our vision is even more important if we are going to make a world that is more humane and more suited for us all.  Life Mapping can support you maintaining your focus, keeping moving as the last vestiges of the old regimes wreak havoc on our world in a futile attempt to stay in power.  Life Mapping can help you add your positive energy to that of others by transforming your thinking, your actions and your being. And soon the bright light of our spirits and the love we share in our daily interactions with ourselves and others will overwhelmingly consume the darkness and make our world a place where all people are loved, cared for and the planet is sustained. And for each of us to be a part of the solution, we must do our inner work and transform our own lives. Take the first step and join me in using Life Mapping to transform yourself and create a life you will love living.


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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Blog Tour: The Enigma Dragon by Breakfield & Burkey #blogtour #interview #thriller #technothriller @EnigmaSeries @RABTBookTours


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TechnoThriller
Book 9 in The Enigma Series
Date Published:
September 2017 (Paperback and eBook)
Jun 10 2019 (Audio Formats on Audible and iTunes)
Publisher: ICABOD Press

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Mike and Marge control ePETRO, an oil shipping business with offices in London and New York, but they don't have the same business goals in mind. Marge intends to sell the North Koreans uranium in addition to oil obtained illegally from the government sanctioned Middle East. But Mike may have other plans, mainly, keeping the profits of these sales for himself.

Then there is the shadowy Steven Christopher, who oversees the information runners who are charged with staying off the grid, is working several angles behind the scenes. Steven is the only one trusted by both Marge and Mike, but why?

Do the vast amounts of information and technology available hold humans’ hostage? Do analog communications sidestep your vulnerability in a digital world?

As Juan and Julie Rodríguez send their operatives, Ernesto, Tyler, Summit, Mercedes, Brayson, and George out across the globe to track down these foot soldiers also known as Analog Information Mules, they'll discover the horrible potential treats, and learn about each other along the way.

Julie heads to London to fill the gap undercover inside ePetro, when she finds herself in the center of all the trouble. When Julie disappears, Juan drops everything to find her.

Even with all their information gathering sources and machinery, the R-Group fears she is lost.

Award winning authors, Breakfield and Burkey, take readers on a new techno thriller adventure with their 9th book in The Enigma Series. The Enigma Dragon is chilling journey across four continents, and twelve cities that uncovers terrifying possibilities of what is to become of our world if the CATS team cannot defeat our enemies.



What are Readers saying

Kirkus “Astute prose and an unwavering pace energized by first-rate characters and subplots.”

“The action could be considered exciting and visceral, but the antagonists are the selling points for this book, lifting the plot out of multiple perspectives and scene-shifting (the action takes place across four continents).”

“Any lover of thrillers or techno-thrillers will enjoy this book a lot.”

“The clever ingenuity in this book astounds me (the holy man... so quickly creative!)”


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Interview

Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?
Breakfield and Burkey want to illustrate that not all technology is created equal, nor to cyber thugs play fair. The Enigma Dragon also has a message to maintain situational awareness.



Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Breakfield and Burkey write as co-authors so making certain the story has a single voice is one big challenge. We also sometimes have differences of opinion which are quickly resolved with rock, paper, scissors best 3 our of 5.  We won’t tell you who wins.


How many books have you written and which is your favorite?
The Enigma Series includes 10 books and book 11 is scheduled for release in January 2020 The Enigma Beyond. They are all favorites because they are all different and, for us, familiar, like children. The one we are working on now if the favorite because it is the focus.



If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?
Rob Lowe as Quip because he is a compelling actor who would be able to bring the humor side sarcasm of the character perfectly.


When did you begin writing?
We actually each wrote in school and enjoyed it, but after school went onto life. In the life arena we met doing technical writing for a major technology manufacturer. We decided later that fictional writing using technology would be a lot more fun and we had so many people we could write about. 


How long did it take to complete your first book?
We had the content done in about 9 months. It was the publishing effort that took it to a year. The first book, The Enigma Factor, was recently released as a 2nd edition to provide a more concise story forced on identity theft.


Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?
 No single author inspired us, but we were certainly influenced by Tolkien and Bradbury for their creative minds.


What is your favorite part of the writing process?
Finishing a solid chapter that we both agree on.  It means we reached our goal. Right behind that would be the finished book and winning an award. Awesome feeling knowing we delivered something amazing to readers.


Describe your latest book in 4 words.
Distinctive TechnoThriller series continuation


Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?
 Our next story, The Enigma Beyond is in pre-order in December 2019 and available January 2020. The Amazon preorder will be a one-time offer of the Ebook version for only $.99. The focus of the book is Who will win the AI wars!

We are also working on book 12, working title, The Enigma Combat. Follow our social media as we ramp in the summer to talking about the evolving story.





About the Authors

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Breakfield – A renowned technology solutions architect with 25+ years of experience in security, hybrid data/telecom environments, unified communications, enjoys leveraging his professional skills in creating these contemporary TechnoThriller stories. He likes studying World War II history, travel, and cultural exchanges everywhere he can. Charles’ love of wine tastings, cooking, and Harley riding has found ways into The Enigma Series. He is convinced that being a part of his father’s military career in various outposts, has positively contributed to his many characters and the various character perspectives he brings into the series. He has accepted the challenge to try to teach Burkey humor and has added this to the stories in an unexpected manner.

Burkey – A renowned customer experience, business architect optimizes customer solutions on their technology foundation. She has been a featured speaker, subject matter expert, interviewer, instructor, and author of technology documents, as well as co-author of The Enigma Series. It was revealed a few years ago that writing fiction is a lot more fun than white papers or documentation and Rox took it to heart. As a child she helped to lead the other kids with exciting new adventures built on make believe characters. As a Girl Scout until high school she also contributed to the community in the Head Start program. Rox enjoys family, learning, listening to people, any kind of travel, outdoors, sewing, cooking, and imagining the possibilities.

Breakfield & Burkey – Combine their professional expertise, knowledge of the world from both business and personal travels, many characters whom have crossed their paths are a part of the series character universe. They find it interesting to use the aspects of technology people are actually incorporating into their daily lives and make it one aspect a primary theme for each story. Breakfield & Burkey claim this is a perfect way to create stories that pit the cyber good guys versus the cyber bad guys. The books in this award-winning series can be thoroughly enjoyed alone or in sequence.

You can invite them to talk about their stories in private or public book readings. Burkey also enjoys interviewing authors through the Indie Beacon/iHeart Radio programs with dates of interviews showing inside the calendar page of their website www.EnigmaSeries.com. Followers can see them at various book fairs, book Stores, Comic Book events, libraries and other fun venues.




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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Release Blitz: Power Lies by J.L. Phillips #promo #releaseday #giveaway #mystery #thriller #excerpt @RABTBookTours

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Mystery / Thriller
Publisher: Elite Online Publishing
Date Published: 12-10-2019

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Power Lies is a captivating thriller about power lines that kill and a corrupt industry that knows it. Follow Sterling Barrington, Public Relations Vice President for The Franklin Energy Institute, as she investigates this cover-up from within the bowels of the beast. The Institute’s archives lead Barrington to a retiree ready to reveal the industry’s lies. But he ends up dead before confessing. Sterling’s continued hunt for proof results in her being accused of murder, arrested, threatened, assaulted, and nearly assassinated. Despite these tribulations, she remains determined to expose the corruption and reveal the truth.

Excerpt

"The balcony door blew shut startling the young woman as she zipped up her black silk cocktail dress. Strong winds signaled oncoming storms. Tall and slender, Sterling Barrington, was getting ready for a date with Congressman Trevor Reese. She slipped on red leather heels and clicked across the dark wood floor, reopening the door. Lightning illuminated the skies. The enemy of power lines. Across from her apartment building, twilight settled over the  glistening headstones of Arlington Cemetery. She heard Taps being played at the Iwo Jima Memorial nearby.

Sterling never tired of these sights and sounds. It reminded  her that she wasn’t alone in tragically losing a loved one. A young boy’s smile flashed through her mind. She smoothed her long red hair and wiped tears away from her blue eyes.

While touching up her makeup, Sterling recalled how disappointing her trip to Baltimore had been. She wanted Harry Brown to have all the answers about electromagnetic fields (also known as EMFs), their tie to cancer, and the denial of said tie by the electric industry. Her industry.

 She needed the truth."


About the Author

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Jana Laird Phillips is a native Texan, who has lived and worked in Dallas, Washington DC and Houston. She is a BBA graduate of Baylor University with a double major in Marketing and Journalism. Ms. Phillips worked in the Energy Industry for several years, and has numerous articles published in Energy trade journals. She is currently the publisher/owner of an online magazine, www.houstonhipandhaute.com

Ms. Phillips enjoys travel and resides with her husband in Houston, TX.



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Monday, December 9, 2019

Blog Tour: A Greek Cat by Moshe Karasso #blogtour #giveaway #excerpt #novel #biography @RABTBookTours


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Novel, life story
Date Published: September 18, 2019

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“A Greek Cat,” by Moshe Karasso, artfully unfurls the incredible story of the son of a once wealthy, now impoverished Jewish family living on one of the Greek Islands.

In a spectacular feat of juggling, time is diverted forwards and backwards, between childhood and old age, presenting readers with a wide spectrum of events, people, and island vistas.

Karasso offers readers a glimpse into the lives of fishermen and their families, and, later in the novel, into the everyday culture of German Nazis both inside and outside their homes. All of these are recounted in the first person by a remarkably resourceful narrator who eventually loses his sanity.

Looking at this book in the broader context of Existentialist literature, one cannot help but compare it with the works of French writer Albert Camus, whose grasp of the absurdity of existence liberates man from the hope of a perfect human morality that demands life at any cost.


Excerpt

Childhood


On the island where I was born, there was a long pier that bisected the small and enchanting port into two. On either side, the fishing boats would drop anchor in the protected harbor, its green brackish water spotted with gasoline stains. The sunbeams that struck the water fractured into a thousand hues, and the seaweed and fish carcasses that floated on the surface rocked languidly with the waves. Sometime the smell of fish was so sharp that the island’s cats would rest on their haunches like sphinxes, inhaling the scent and waiting.
When the sun started to set and the boats were preparing for their evening fishing expeditions, the decks would light up with dozens of bright lanterns, and the hum of the motors would mingle with the fishermen’s shouted goodbyes. On stormy days, the drunken masts would sway this way and that, almost crossing each other. Sometimes a breathless boy would burst out of a side street and scan the twilight for his father’s boat. He would identify it almost immediately by its silhouette, and if the boat he was looking for was already on its way out of the harbor, he would run down the pier alongside the boat and call out to the fisherman. Then the boat would slow down and edge up to the pier, and the fisherman would scold the child for his tardiness. The sack of food would be expertly thrown from the boy’s hand towards the boat, and, after flying over the water for a second that seemed to me an eternity, land in the fisherman’s sure hands.






About the Author

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Born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1933. Married with three children. Lives in the Tel Aviv area of Israel.
Writes primarily essays and poems.
This is his first work of fiction.


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PROMO Blitz: Mine the Valley by Vivian Adler #romanticsuspense #romance #suspense #excerpt #giveaway @RABTBookTours


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Mountain Valley Book 1
Romance Suspense
Date Published: July 16, 2019

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Widow, Lillian Reid lives with her 21 yr old son as she struggles to make a new life for herself. When tragedy strikes and she winds up back in her hometown, she discovers she is part owner of a Silver Mine. Owning a direct sales copy write company gives her many talents, but running a working mine isn’t one of them.

Ex-military, Nate Collins wants nothing more than to sell his mine and take the foreman position the purchaser is offering. This new life he has created in Mountain Valley offers him the peace he didn’t get in the Army. In a tragic twist of fate his partner passes away before the sale of the mine leaving his share to his daughter. Nate doesn’t know what to expect in his newly acquired partner. It sure isn’t the constant electricity flowing between the two of them.

When they discover the purchase of the mine had never been recorded they scramble to find the proper paperwork. They must prove they own the mine and the mining rights before it goes up for auction. With the clock ticking down the two must overcome a nasty competitor who will not stop short of a hostile takeover. Will they be able to rely on each other to save not only their mine but their lives as well?

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Lily

    Another week filled of mourning and roaming around the property goes by in a blink of an eye. This morning I find myself sitting in the uncomfortable office of my father’s lawyer. I hope he will have the answers to all my questions.

    He’s an older man and his office is small and musty causing a sense of claustrophobia. He explains my father had likely hidden the missing addendum, and that I will need to find it by June 30. “Without that addendum neither you nor your father’s business partner can claim the mining rights. Therefore, causing the rights to go up for auction on July 1. That leaves you around ninety days to find the addendum before the property becomes worthless.

    There is already an active running mine on the property and if another company buys the rights, you will have to cease the mining because you will no longer have the right to. Furthermore, the new company can mine on your property without paying you a dime or owning the land.” The lawyer explains in a long winded statement the sets my nerves on end. “Is it Smith & Collin’s Mine?” I ask feeling my chest begin to tighten as the stress keeps piling on. “Yes, mam.” He answers looking at me with worry.

    My head is spinning with details as my breath comes fast and my chest now feels as if an elephant is sitting on it. I wonder what my father was mining? And it’s mind-boggling that someone could do what he or she wants with your property as long as they own the mining rights.

    Wait a minute did he just say business partner? Trying to compose my increasing anxiety I ask about the partner. “Yes, your father has a business partner. His name is Nathan Collins, and he lives here in Mountain Valley.” The lawyer stares at me with that fatherly look of sympathy. Gathering my courage I utter, “Maybe this Mr. Collins has the addendum?” I ask feeling the weight of this mystery settling in.

    The lawyer’s shoulders fall and he gently shakes his head. “I have spoken with Mr. Collins and he assures me your father had the paperwork on the mining rights. I am afraid that leaves it up to you to save your father’s and Mr. Collin’s business.” He sits back in his chair with a worried look on his brow and slowly cleans his horn-rimmed glasses. “I feel I must warn you, the mining business can be… risky.” “Of course it’s risky, it’s mining.” I grab the envelope from the man and storm out of his office thinking he had really wanted to say the business is dangerous.

    On my way back to the house, I find myself puzzled over this mystery and wonder what Jackson will have to say when I tell him about the predicament his grandfather left for me. I guess the best thing I can do is start with what I know. I know I have already found one addendum that my father had hidden. I need to get back to the house and look for the last missing addendum.


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Vivian Adler grew up in a small mining community nestled in the Northern Idaho Panhandle with mountainous regions, tall evergreen trees, and an ever-changing river. She left a teen mom and moved to Southeastern Washington. She had a sixteen-year long career as a Lighting Specialist. In 2018, Vivian and her husband took that “deliberate leap in the opposite direction” and moved across the country to Tennessee. With her son grown and out of the nest she dedicates her time to her passion of writing fiction.


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Blog Tour: The Devil and Dayna Dalton by Brit Lunden #paranormalromance #pnr #blogtour #giveaway @RABTBookTours @BritLunden


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Book 9: A Bulwark Anthology
Paranormal Romance
Date Published: September 30, 2019
Publisher: Chelshire, Inc.

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Reporter Dayna Dalton’s reputation has been ruined since birth. The daughter of wild child, Becky Dalton, is expected to follow her mother’s footsteps; never given a chance to prove she’s different. Dayna’s been in love with Clay Finnes since she was a teenager. Her unrequited love for Sheriff Finnes leaves her empty.  He’s happily married and unavailable. Instead, Dayna finds herself stuck in the revolving door of bad relationships. But this is Bulwark, Georgia, a town where strange things are always happening.  Dayna is doomed to this loveless life until she can find someone who will appreciate the depth of her character. Can she overcome her fears and look beyond her own perceptions to accept a greater love?

*Contains Sexual Content*



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Brit Lunden is a prolific author who’s written over 50 books in assorted genres under different pen names. Bulwark was her first effort in adult fiction and was chosen by several of her fellow authors as the basis for a new series, A Bulwark Anthology.  Using her characters, they are creating new denizens in spin-off stories to this bizarre town. Brit Lunden lives on Long Island in a house full of helpful ghosts.





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