Saturday, February 15, 2020

Blog Tour: Deadly Roses by Scott Stevens with an Author #interview - #thriller #booktour #rabtbooktours #giveaway @ScottStevens125 @RABTBookTours



Thriller
Date Published: 2/14/20
Publisher: Sunbury Press


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Love isn't always champagne and roses and it's certainly not the case in this love triangle thriller with a twist. A dominating, abusive boyfriend is being ousted for a romantic hero, but there are deadly consequences. Step into the gang life and witness the savagery as they stop at nothing to seek revenge. You've heard the old saying: "Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love with girl."  Now you can add: "Girl's gang-leader boyfriend doesn’t like the new addition."





Interview

What are your hobbies?

Attending sports events and concerts, playing video games. I’m a highly ranked player on Grand Theft Auto Online. Over the last year I’ve become pretty good at bowling, too.

What are you passionate about?

One of the things is The Stanley Cup. I once waited in line for almost thirteen hours to have my picture taken with it.

What social media do you use to contact with your fans?

I use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I have a solid following on Facebook so I do most of my interactions on there. The other two are harder to gain any traction on. I do a lot of giveaways on Facebook and love interacting with my fans.

What did you do before you became a published author?

I was a sportscaster for many years before moving over to sports writing. I announced and then covered games in the NHL, NFL and NCAA. Then I started working for several online sports magazines and it was an editor at one of those who told me I should take a story idea that I had and try to make it into a novel. About a year later, On Ice came out and to my surprise it was very well received.

Do you have another job other than writing?

No

How long have you been writing for?

If you take into account my sports writing... I’ve probably been writing off and on for about twenty-five years now. I’ve only been doing novels though for about five years now.

What's your favorite genre to write/read in and why?

I love thrillers because they keep you on the edge of your seat. Watching a good thriller movie, if it’s done right, can quickly pass two or three hours without you even realizing it, because it keeps you totally engaged. I love writing them because I get to create the entire storyline, the backdrop, the characters, their flaws, strengths and weaknesses. I challenge myself to try to keep everything as real and current as possible, so people can easily relate to the characters in the books and the stories themselves.

What's your least favorite genre to write/read in and why?

I’m not a big fan of sci-fi or any type of fantasy stuff. That’s just not how I’m wired. I like reality stuff so if I don’t think it could really happen in real life – I can’t really get into it. I don’t have anything against them though because everyone has different likes and dislikes, it’s just not the genre for me.

Some writers have something playing in the background, do you and what

Actually, when I’m writing, I prefer complete silence so I can concentrate and transport myself into the scenes. It allows me to see and feel what the characters are going through. Sometimes I can hold that focus for several hours and get a lot done in a single session. Once that concentration is broken though, that session is over because it’s hard to get back to that state right away.

What's the inspiration behind your books?

I get inspiration from many things in everyday life. For instance, On Ice, was a story I saw on the news about a cop who had been arrested. I didn’t know all of the details, but it gave me the great idea for my story.

Twister Town was a combination of a dream I had and a town I visited many years ago in Illinois. This town had never been hit directly by a tornado and the residents paid no mind when the warning sirens went off. That was crazy to me how they didn’t pay attention to them. Several years later I had a dream of the storyline in the book and started writing it the very next day.

The idea for On the Run came to me while at an outdoor art show. The randomness of all these strangers walking in and out of the artist’s tents, and the interaction between them... I started thinking what if someone did this or that? Again, the story could really happen in that type of scenario. It certainly wouldn’t be farfetched for something to play out as it did in the book.

The thoughts for Deadly Roses came from watching strangers. I’m a people watcher. I try to imagine what their conversation is based on their body language. I was watching a couple argue one day and as I was innocently acting out their conversation to myself, the storyline was born, without even putting much thought into it.

If you could do it all over again, would you change anything about your books?

That’s an interesting question because I’m one of those people who always think about what might have been better, as far as my books are concerned.

Twister Town could have played out a little differently. I don’t want to give away the story, but that one could have gone in a lot of different directions. I’m very happy with the way it turned out, but there are several places where the story could have gone a different way.

Is there anything you found particularly challenging about writing?

Getting a story to be entertaining, thrilling, with spots of humor and most of all realistic. That’s a very hard combination to accomplish, but I think I have a pretty good handle on it. When we go through dramatic events in life there is always something funny that we laugh at. Maybe not hysterically, but a small laugh here and there. I try to incorporate that into my characters so they can be related to and it gives them a sense of realism.

It’s also very challenging to come up with scenes of a thrilling event that could actually happen. I’m one of those people who watch a movie and am quick to say something like, “No way! That could never happen!” Because of that, it’s a challenge for me to write a story that will not bring that reaction out of a reader.

what authors are your inspiration?

I’m a huge fan of John Grisham. I also like Tom Clancy novels and early James Patterson when he wrote his books by himself. I don’t really like his newer stuff because you can tell a difference from those early books to the ones now, where others are writing them with him.

I’m also a fan of Clive Cussler. Clive does something in every Dirk Pitt book that I incorporated into my books. I love what he does and I took that idea and expanded on it just a bit. Fans of his know what happens in every single Dirk Pitt story and fans of mine know what happens in every single one of mine. It’s nothing major and it really doesn’t have anything to do with the main storyline, but fans know it’s coming at some point and they can look forward to it, guessing where they might find it.

What advice would you give any newbie author or anyone that wants to pick up writing?

Work hard and don’t expect to see results quickly. It takes a very long time to gain a following and become established. There is a lot of frustration as a new writer. My advice would be to just do what you love and keep pushing. Nobody hits the jackpot on the first try. You have to face failure, sometimes countless times, before you can taste success.

What are your fondest childhood memories?

The summers... playing baseball. I’d wake up every morning and listen to the radio to get the previous night’s baseball scores, and then head over to the field for practice or a game. The summer league I played in had morning games and when the freshly cut grass was still damp from the morning dew... and the sun was just taking its place in the morning sky... around nine or ten o’clock... simple times. I was so much fun. I loved playing ball every day and I’d purposely go to the field an hour early, so I could sit there alone and enjoy it before everyone else arrived.

If you Don’t mind tell us a little about your personal life?

I live about an hour north of Tampa, Florida, on the Gulf Coast. I like life to be slow and quiet, although sometimes that’s harder to come by in the city. I have a small, but loving family, who would do anything for you in their power.

 Do you have any causes, charities, foundations that you are passionate about and donate to? if so why? how did you get involved??

I like to get involved with any kind of organizations that benefit animals or military veterans.

Do you have any pets?

I had a dog for about eleven years and she was my best friend. I don’t think I really want to get another one. However, we do have a cat that lives the good life and probably weighs more than he should!





About the Author

Scott grew up in New York and is an avid sports fan. He was a sportscaster and then a sportswriter for many years. He loves writing thrillers to entertain readers across the globe. Scott also loves attending events to meet new fans whenever possible.



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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Blog Tour: A Man Devoured by Stuart McRobert #blogtour #nonfiction #selfhelp #giveaway #rabtbooktours #interview @RABTBooktours


Non-Fiction / Self-Help / Eating Disorders & Body Image
Date Published: January 15, 2020
Publisher: CS Publishing Ltd.

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For 40-plus years the author battled with attitudes, beliefs and behaviors that are commonly labeled as symptoms of three psychological disorders: muscle dysmorphia, orthorexia, and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD). The consequences were grave. This book explains Stuart’s struggles and self-inquiry, and then describes the five elements of his psychological healing. Each element helped him, but their synergism profoundly improved his mental health, his relationships, his physical health, and his overall life. 

 This book isn't targeted only at male bodybuilders and other exercise enthusiasts. The great difficulties Stuart dealt with are experienced by millions of men and women who struggle with their body-image and/or eating, and/or who are tormented by perfectionism or workaholism. His success story may inspire any of those people to start their own self-inquiries that lead to their own success stories.




Interview

What was your main drive to write this book?
It was twofold: (1) to help me with my own therapy and (2) to help others with mental health problems find the processes of therapy and healing that work for them.
Writing this book was self-therapy—or writing therapy, or expressive therapy, or writing cure—and was one of the five elements of my overall therapy and healing. But writing this book yielded another great benefit for me: my self-inquiry, research, self-knowledge and self-understanding wouldn’t have developed so extensively had I not written this book.
In September 2015 I started to keep notes on my initial investigation into my mental health problems. And in 2016 my progress from personal therapy motivated me to become more and more involved with my self-care. Then I thought I may eventually have a story that other people would appreciate. So I wrote a detailed account of my journey.
My eventual success with my mental health justified putting my story in book form: A Man Devoured by His Body, Food & Work. I used the same criteria of honesty, painstaking effort, and so forth that I applied when I wrote my other books. This book’s topics are much more complex, though.

What do you hope readers will learn by reading this book?
My journey may especially resonate with readers who have problems related to body-image issues, their eating behaviors, or “perfectionism” and/or “workaholism.” Of course, each reader has travelled a unique path with a particular background I can never know. But perhaps through reading my story, readers may be inspired to start their own self-inquiries that bring about their own realizations, self-awareness, self-knowledge, self-understanding, healing, and mental health success stories.

Did you do much research when planning this book?
Not initially. The book evolved out of the success I had with my own therapy. As my therapy progressed I did ever more research into mental health related to my own particular problems. By the time I finished the book, I’d done extensive research. I started out knowing next to nothing about the mental health topics covered in this book, but by the end of the writing process I’d become very knowledgeable about those topics.

How long did this book take you to go from initial thought to hitting publish?
Four years and two months: September 2015 to November 2019.

Did you have any main people who helped you in the process of this book or influenced you to write it?
I was self-motivated while writing the book, just as I was self-motivated to do something about my mental health problems in the first place, which led me to start therapy. The first major impediment to therapy for my mental torment was my reluctance to admit having problems. The second major impediment was my unwillingness to take action to help myself. I required 40-plus years before I overcame those impediments. I should have taken action decades earlier, but I ignored the warning signs.
Three main people helped me with the process of writing this book: my therapist, my wife, and a friend who has dealt with some of the same problems I grappled with for most of my life.

Do you have plans to write more about this topic or new topics?
At the moment I don’t have plans to write more about mental health, but that may change later. I’ll keep an open mind. In the fall of this year I’ll return to working on a book on physical training, which is the genre of my other books.



About the Author

Stuart has had around 1,000 articles published in print magazines. He wrote a monthly column for the UK’s leading bodybuilding magazine for 22 consecutive years. He also authored several acclaimed books including BEYOND BRAWN and BUILD MUSCLE LOSE FAT LOOK GREAT, and published his own magazine for 15 years. But his success as a writer was born out of his efforts to survive the profound struggles he had because of his psychological challenges, which resulted in suffocating distress.



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Blog Tour: Amber Hollow by Edgar Swamp #blogtour #horror #giveaway #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours


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Horror
(with elements of suspense, mystery, and fantasy)

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On July 15, 1991, an isolated village in Northern Wisconsin is ground zero for an unprecedented, fiery tragedy. Of the community's 600 residents, there are only five survivors. Detailed accounts by the victims contradict each other; the only link is a man named Anthony Guntram, but because he is presumed to be dead, this claim can't be verified. Further investigations reveal a culture enshrouded in mystery. What are the survivors hiding? Only the villagers know the secret of Amber Hollow, a place where sanity is checked at the town line and the parameters of reality become blurred. An unconventional horror story by design, Edgar Swamp delivers an action-driven page-turner that will keep readers guessing until the calamitous ending.


About the Author

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Edgar Swamp is the author of the “Gyre Mission,” “Glitch in the Machine,” and “Blackout.” His short stories have appeared in Alienskin, Macabre Cadaver, and Urban Reinventors. When he isn’t holed up in his office playing online poker, he likes to dig up the recently deceased and make furniture out of their skin. He lives and works in San Diego, California.


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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Blog Tour: Claiming His Charge by Susan Horsnell #blogtour #interview #mmromance #rockstarromance #giveaway #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours


M/M Rockstar Romance
Date Published: January 24, 2020

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Jordan Phillips, ex-military,he now co-owns a security company with his ex-team leader.
He works covert operations, removing marks from foreign countries where government forces cannot go.
The last thing he wants to do is babysit an opinionated rock star.

Dallas Munroe is the opinionated rock star.
After a death threat, his manager beefs up security, by hiring Jordan's  company.
Dallas is not impressed. He feels the threat is a hoax and the last thing he wants is a guard shadowing his every move.

Will these two ever get along?

Who is behind the death threat, and is it for real?

Travel the cities of Australia as the band tours. Meet up with the stars from the Outback Australia Series when the band performs at a charity concert in Bourke and learn what part they play in events as they unfold.




Interview

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

Not really, although it does hint as some of the prejudices the LGBT community face.



Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I tend to get stuck at the 10,000 word mark in my books. Every. Single Time. I have no idea why this seems to be the case and once I get past it, the words flow once more.


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

Fifty – Sweet Western Historical Romance, Steamy Western Romance, Outback Australia Romance, Contemporary Romance, M/M Romance, a ménage and a Shapeshifter PNR.
My favorite would have to be Born to Sin – Book 1 in The Born Series. It used a lot of my background experience.



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

Jensen Ackles and Adam Brody for the two characters as they exactly as I picture my characters.

When did you begin writing?

In 1979 but first published in 2013 

How long did it take to complete your first book?

About 3 months 

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

No, I just always love to write and tell stories

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

I think the character development. Seeing my story come to life through their eyes.


Describe your latest book in 4 words.

Sexy. Mysterious. Emotional. Romantic.

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

 I am currently working on a Sweet Western in a Multi Author Series. My book is called Mail Order Georgina and will release on May 29. I have written several books in several Sweet Western Series and will have another 5 coming out this year beginning with Western Wishes on 3 February.

I also have another M/M which will be a book incorporating characters from Samantha Coles Trident Series in her Suspenseful World.

Hopefully I will have Cameron’s Outback Love – the third in the Outback Australia Series out and a New Series book I am beginning. I also have a heart wrenching book called 28 Days which Aleisha Maree and I are co-writing.

It is to be a very busy year!

Thank you for spotlighting my book and for having me.

Sue


About the Author

I live in sunny Queensland, Australia and retired after 37 years of Nursing.

My husband of 45 years, together with our elderly Jack Russell Terrier and extremely opinionated 26-year-old Cockatiel, enjoy exploring the country with our caravan.

When we are at home, which is a small rural village, we spend our time renovating our home.

I write a variety of stories including Western Historical Romance, Contemporary Romance, Male/Male, Ménage and Shapeshifter.

Each book has a strong focus on the storyline with romantic interest building throughout.

I explore real-life issues from kids on the streets to motorcycle war and put my own twist on each one.


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Saturday, February 1, 2020

PROMO Blitz: Cannabis for Seniors


Self-Help
Publisher: Ronin Publishing

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CANNABIS FOR SENIORS is for seniors who are curious about cannabis and how they might use it to better their lives.

CANNABIS FOR SENIORS reviews research regarding the health effects of cannabis and the effectiveness of various strains for managing specific health conditions and improving quality of life.

CANNABIS FOR SENIORS debunks myths and discusses concerns that seniors may have about cannabis use. Docpotter describes methods of using cannabis, explaining how smoking, eating, and topicals users.

CANNABIS FOR SENIORS discusses ways seniors can use cannabis to manage various health concerns, one of which is the widespread use of powerful, potentially dangerous, addictive pharmaceutical medications. Docpotter explains how cannabis can help reduce, even avoid the use of opioids, while ameliorating health conditions commonly experience including, insomnia, depression, Alzheimer’s Disease, pain, stress and anxiety, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and others. CANNABIS FOR SENIORS explains the research and anecdotal evidence supporting the use of medical cannabis to enable seniors to better decide if they want to try using cannabis to soothe ailments.

CANNABIS FOR SENIORS discusses how using cannabis enlivens mood and encourages conviviality to facilitate socializing. Research shows that seniors who have positive interactions with friends, family members, and communities live longer, happier and healthier lives.

Seniors new to cannabis or an experienced user, both, will find much useful information in CANNABIS FOR SENIORS. Friends and relatives of seniors as well as caretakers and practitioners working with seniors will find it a valuable resource and interesting read.




About the Author

Docpotter—Beverly A Potter, PhD, earned her doctorate from Stanford University. She was an early Silicon Valley corporate trainer and has authored numerous books on health and workplace issues. Docpotter is located in Oakland Ca. Her site, docpotter.com is packed with useful information.


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