Thursday, February 27, 2020

Release Blitz: The Rescuer by Kari Veenstra @KariVeenstra_ #youngadult #newrelease #yascifi #outnow #rabtbooktours @INtensePub @RABTBookTours



The Krador Kronicles
YA Science Fiction
Published Date: February  27, 2020
Publisher: INtense Publications LLC

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Prok Zandin has two chances to qualify for advanced cadet training and he just lost one.

Stuck at the bottom of the class system on the underwater planet Krador, fifteen-year-old Prok needs this training to become a Sea Warrior, a position with automatic social advancement into Krador’s upper class plus a hefty paycheck to fund his disabled sister’s medical procedure.

Prok is determined to win his final qualification fight until his best friend Makky disappears. With time running out for both his future and his friend, Prok embarks on a dangerous deep-sea rescue and discovers Makky’s life isn’t the only thing at stake. It’s up to Prok to prevent disaster, but action will cost and the price may be everything.





 About the Author

KARI VEENSTRA grew up climbing trees in the remote jungles of Papua New Guinea until the day she stuffed all her belongings in a suitcase and traveled to America for college. In the process of studying to become a crack defense attorney, Kari discovered writing was her true passion. This led to a journalism internship and a career in copywriting until Kari switched to writing fiction so she could spend more time with her family. Kari now lives in the deserts of El Paso, Texas, with her husband and two children, and is always on the lookout for a good tree to climb. To connect with Kari online, visit www.kariveenstra.com.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Blog Tour: The Wrath of Leviathan by T.C. Weber @savethereefs #blogtour #giveaway #interview #scifi #thriller #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours



BetterWorld, Book 2
Science Fiction (Cyberpunk) / Thriller
Date Published: September 1, 2018
Publisher: See Sharp Press

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In Wrath of Leviathan, the second book of the BetterWorld trilogy, Waylee faces life in prison for daring to expose MediaCorp's schemes to control the world. Exiled in São Paulo, her sister Kiyoko and their hacker friends continue the fight, seeking to end the conglomerate's stranglehold on virtual reality, information, and politics. But MediaCorp and their government allies may quash the rebellion before it takes off. And unknown to Kiyoko and her friends, a team of ruthless mercenaries is after them and is closing in fast.




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

First, I’ve always been worried about the concentration of media and the decline of journalism, and the threats those trends pose to independent, critical thought and democracy. I’ve also been worried by the ever-increasing power of governments and corporations to record and manipulate every facet of our lives. But things could get worse—much worse.

Imagine an Internet where you could only access sites affiliated with Verizon, Comcast, or AT&T. Imagine that you could only watch Verizon-owned shows or movies, and this choice was limited to those deemed most profitable. Imagine if there was only one source of news, and that “news” was sophisticated propaganda. Imagine political opinions having to be approved by a corporate censor board.

This is what could happen now that the Federal Communications Commission, headed by a former Verizon lawyer, has overturned net neutrality. Instead of all data being transmitted equally, Internet service providers can act as gatekeepers, intentionally favoring some websites and content over others.

Sleep State Interrupt and Wrath of Leviathan explore a possible outcome of these trends. In the books, a huge corporation (MediaCorp) works with governments to upgrade the Internet with ultra-fast fiber optic lines, more efficient switching, and better security. In the process, MediaCorp spreads money to the right people, and gains control of the Internet backbone. They use that to prioritize their own data flows or those companies that pay them a premium. Their stock goes through the roof, they crush or buy out their competitors, and MediaCorp gains control of nearly all information. Politicians do their bidding if they want to win elections. Most people are kept in the dark or misled. Everything they do is recorded and analyzed. MediaCorp also creates an addictive virtual reality called BetterWorld, which becomes so popular, it overtakes the physical economy.

I also learned a lot about the U.S. and Brazilian justice systems while performing research for Wrath of Leviathan. Here are some interesting facts about the U.S. federal justice system:
             Defendants do not have a right to a preliminary hearing. The government opts for a grand jury indictment instead.
             The defense is excluded from grand jury proceedings, and grand juries indict almost 100% of the time. (Unless it’s a police officer being indicted, in which case the percentages are reversed). 
             The federal government has a 99% conviction rate.
             The federal system has mandatory minimum sentences and no parole.
             The judge sets the rules in the courtroom and these can be harsh depending on the judge.
             So you can see, the deck is stacked against the defendant.
             There’s a concept called jury nullification. Jurors have the power to acquit defendants if they disagree with the law, even if they believed the defendant committed the crime. The Constitution gives you the right to vote your conscience. If a law isn’t just, or is being used unjustly, you can reject it. Juries rejected the return of slaves in the 19th century and have acquitted peace activists. Prosecutors and judges have no power to retaliate against the jurors. The problem is, judges will not allow anyone to mention this power to the jury.
             A necessity defense is a similar concept. It argues that the defendant had to break the law in an emergency situation, to avoid a greater harm from occurring. For example, driving with a suspended license to take someone to a hospital. Very occasionally, a judge will allow it. In 2018, a Boston judge acquitted 13 pipeline protesters on the grounds that the climate crisis made it necessary for them to commit civil disobedience.  

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
  
How many books have you written and which is your favorite?
I’ve completed five novels so far, of which two have been published at the time of this questionnaire. I like them all for different reasons, since they are each different in many ways.
  
If you had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?
I would pick Shailene Woodley to play Waylee, since (1) they are approximately the same height and age; (2) Shailene played an outcast rebel in the Divergent series, which Waylee is; (3) Shailene is a great actress and would play the role perfectly, despite it being a challenging character; (4) Shailene is an activist in real life, like Waylee.
The other main character in the series is Kiyoko. I was stumped finding a young Asian-American actress who might fit the part, but a friend suggested Calhoun Koenig.

When did you begin writing?

How long did it take to complete your first book?
It typically takes me 6-9 months to write a first draft, plus another year to edit (although over half of this time is waiting on comments). I think they’ve all followed this schedule.

Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?
All books I’ve read, whether good or bad, have inspired me to write. For the BetterWorld trilogy, of which Wrath of Leviathan is the middle book, I wanted to write in the cyberpunk genre. William Gibson and Neal Stephenson were my role models there (plus the myriad of other cyberpunk books, movies, games, and anime series).

What is your favorite part of the writing process?
I like coming up with interesting, quirky characters and giving them internal problems that they have to overcome. Even better is when these characters take on a life of their own and do unexpected things instead of following the initial outline.

Describe your latest book in 4 words.
Hacking, gunfights, and love.

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




About the Author

T. C. Weber has pursued writing and music since childhood, and learned filmmaking and screenwriting in college, along with a little bit of physics. Trapped at home during the "Snowmageddon" of 2010, he transformed those interests into novel writing. His first published book, Sleep State Interrupt, was a Compton Crook Finalist for best debut speculative fiction novel. By day, Mr. Weber works as an ecologist and has had a number of scientific papers and book chapters published. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife Karen. He enjoys traveling and has visited all seven continents.


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Friday, February 21, 2020

PROMO Blitz: Deadline by Jessica James #promo #romanticsuspense #giveaway #excerpt #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours


Book 1 Phantom Force Tactical Series
Romantic Suspense
Date Published: April 2016

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"Engaging read. Hard to put down." -- Billy Allmon, U.S. Navy SEAL (Ret)


He’s a relentless homicide detective. She’s an uncompromising journalist.

Neither desires to work together—but they’ll never uncover the truth alone.



Landing a front page headline isn’t why reporter Caitlin Sparks is investigating a string of suspicious deaths connected to the U.S. State Department. She has a personal stake in finding the killer.

Detective Blake Madison has a connection to the murders too, and will risk anything to uncover the truth. But a journalist is the last person he’d rely on to help him solve a crime—especially one whose trail of evidence leads back to him.

Joining forces becomes essential as the body count continues to grow. Someone powerful doesn't want the truth to come out—and will stop at nothing to make sure no one talks.

On the run with nowhere to turn, the couple devises a plan to expose the killer. The risk is great and the chance of success small, but the ultimate outcome is something neither one of them envisioned.


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Blake stroked her hair. “It’s okay, baby. Just a nightmare.”

“It seemed so real.” Caitlin felt his arms tighten around her, felt the power in them, and appreciated the comforting peace they provided. She had never felt so exposed, and yet so safe and secure. She turned her head and strained to see into the darkness again. “It felt like he was really here.”

“Dreams have a way of doing that.” He rocked her for a few more minutes in his soothing embrace, and then whispered in her ear. “Better?”

Caitlin took a few more deep breaths, and then tried to draw away, embarrassed. “Yes. I’m all right.” Again, she peered over her shoulder into the darkness to see if the figure would reappear. “Sorry if I woke you.”

Blake did not release his grasp. “Don’t worry. You didn’t wake me.”

Caitlin knew it was useless to struggle so she rested her head against his chest again and tried to relax. Her mind drifted back to a time when she had been intimidated by this man. Now his mere presence was reassuring. His touch, his voice, brought security and a sense of peace.

“That’s better.” He cleared his throat, but it still sounded hoarse when he talked. “I wish you would put the past behind you.”

Caitlin’s breath caught in her throat. That’s what Vince had just told her. She pulled away and regarded Blake with a troubled look. Had Vince been trying to tell her something from the other side that was merely being echoed by Blake? Was it time to move on with her life? Was she ready for that?

She lay her head down again before answering. “I’m not sure I want to yet.”

Blake’s chest rose against her cheek as he sucked in a deep, slow breath, but he didn’t speak and his grasp was unrelenting. She savored the sensation of being held by him with her head against his heart, keenly aware of the solidness of his arms and the warmth of his skin. His embrace was powerful and tender, strong and gentle.

She allowed herself to bask briefly in the peaceful, shared moment, but then feared she was being selfish. He’s probably uncomfortable and wants to go back to bed. “I’m okay,” she murmured into his chest, trying to reassure him. “You can let me go now, Blake.” She opened her eyes when he finally answered.

“I’m not sure I want to yet.”








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Jessica James’ award-winning novels are inspired by her love of the land, her belief in everlasting love, and her curiosity about the past. Her novels run the gamut from military suspense and thrillers to historical fiction, Christian fiction, and small-town Southern women's fiction.

She enjoys transporting readers to another world with complex characters and stories that stir deep emotion. Her novels appeal to both men and women and are featured in library collections all over the United States including Harvard and the U.S. Naval Academy. She resides in a 200-year-old house in Gettysburg, Pa.

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PROMO Blitz: A Truth About... by Cécile Correa #promo #nonfiction #giveaway #selfhelp #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @_cecilecorrea

Non Fiction / Self-Help / Motivational / Personal Development
Date Published: 19th of January 2020 (ebook) – Paperback

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“A Truth About…” is a composition of 52 poems for nurturing your ever -growing soul. Exploring topic from mind, body and intuition to love, parenting and life goals, the book embraces the broad and wondrous spectrum of the human experience. Covering 52 keys areas of our life, this book provides one insight per week. A year of inspiring poetry.





          


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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Release Blitz: The Lost Train by Seth Crossman #promo #action #adventure #thriller #giveaway #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @sethcrossman


Action Adventure Thriller
Date Published: 2/20/20
Publisher: Golden Acorn Press

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A former MP, Will Stattin, is called to Europe to investigate the theft of several paintings. He learns that the paintings are part of a series of nine pieces of art, all with a clue that ultimately leads to a train that disappeared from Konigsberg, Germany in late 1944 full of gold, art, and priceless artifacts. He quickly learns that he is not the only one after the paintings. Now it is a race across Europe to find the paintings and the lost train with the help of the beautiful and savvy museum agent, Giovanna Rossi, before the hunt turns even more deadly than it already has.

About the Author

Seth Crossman is a minister, speaker, and writer who lives in Upstate New York. His own adventures have taken him across the globe and stirred his desire to write fast-paced, provocative thrillers that keep readers turning the page. He has three boys that he wants to inspire with a sense of adventure and courage to overcome whatever obstacles get in their way.


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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Release Blitz: The Legacy Series: Book One by Brandyn Cross #promo #drama #releaseday #giveaway #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @brandywhine


Drama
Date Published: February 18, 2020

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Brandyn (Brandy) Harris, a lonely, abused, and terminally ill twelve-year-old boy builds his private virtual world outside the knowledge of his strict and abusive parents. Denied the ability to interact with other kids in his everyday life, Brandy finds refuge within the confines of the Internet in his early stages, where it appealed primarily to the outcasts, and a close group of virtual teen friends.

The Legacy offers a unique, unparalleled glimpse into the mind of abused children while this abuse is taking place amid the hysteria surrounding the Satanic Ritual Abuse Panic of the early 1990s. An outstanding page-turner, it gives you an unprecedented, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience, through first-hand, day-to-day accounts as they occur, a real-world of childhood desperation and painful secrets, a world-known by millions of children, but never openly shared with adults.

You'll feel Brandy's feelings, cry his tears and laugh with him on the good days as you'll journey through the candid and honest secrets of an abusive childhood, as Brandy's correspondences are written by kids, for kids. Thus, you'll learn the truths kids only tell their friends, outside the inherent inhibitions derived from adult interference.

This book is the first volume in an epic book series based on real events and the writings and correspondences of a terminally ill young boy who is also enduring a life of physical, emotional and sexual abuse.


About the Author

Brandyn Cross is a multi-media artist, as an accomplished writer, recording artist, songwriter, filmmaker, and actor. 

Brandyn is the writer/producer of the major live event Jackie Evancho & Friends: We are Hope, which was also filmed for television broadcast as multiple concert specials. 

As a singer/songwriter Brandyn scored the international top 10 hits Dear Mr. Jesus and If Money Talks (It Ain’t on Speakin’ Terms With Me), and the top10 music video I Will Always Love You. He won BEST SONG at the prestigious Utah Film Festival & Awards for his composition and recording of Love Again, as featured in the television series Proper Manors.

As an actor and filmmaker, Brandyn has worked on numerous projects such as Unicorn City and The Wayshower, as well as Alienate and Being Charlie with Rob Reiner. He is presently in post-production on his feature directorial debut with the dark Emo drama, The Legacy.

Among his body of written work is the Feature Film The Legacy, currently in post-production and the recently completed Gary Coleman biography, As if I Never Existed, with Gary’s widow Shannon Price. Brandyn has optioned and produced multiple feature screenplays and has written over 100 episodes for various TV series and specials. Brandyn is presently releasing the first volumes in an epic book series, The Legacy.

Brandyn started exploring his creative gifts following a serious industrial accident that turned him into a wheelchair-bound amputee in addition to already being "high functioning" autistic. Determined to show the world that even severe obstacles can be overcome, Brandyn began developing his innate creative abilities, studying and honing his craft, until ultimately turning this ambition into a professional reality. Today, he continues this mission in earnest. 

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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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