Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Blog Tour: Jungle Beauty Goddesses: Dirty Ball by C.G. Sturges #fantasy #fiction #mythology #erotica #giveaway @georgesturges


Jungle Beauty Goddesses Book Series 3 of 7
Fantasy, Fiction, Mythology, Erotica
Date Published: November 9, 2019

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Dirty Ball by Cassandra George Sturges is the third book in the fantasy fiction mythological series Jungle Beauty Goddesses, preceded by book one, Pretty Blue Ball, and book two, Aquatic Ball. In this installment, the Jungle Beauty Goddess Afar is the star as her journey goes from youth through her evolution as an independent and dynamic deity—Goddess of Earth—and how she wields such an extraordinary responsibility and uninhibited power. As she sculpts and molds and creates, she finds that the one thing she cannot control is the free will of her creations...not their emotions, not their hearts. She also steps back and lets her children (the people of Earth) rule themselves, watching as they rise and fall by color and continent alongside her reluctant partner, Mada.



About the Author

Cassandra George Sturges is the author of “A Woman’s Soul on Paper,” “Success & Beauty is an Attitude,” “The Illusion of Beauty: Why Women Hate Themselves & Envy Other Women,” and “Why Racism is a Mental Illness.” For many years, she was an advice columnist for Today’s Black Woman Magazine and is currently a full-time psychology and sociology professor at a college in the mid-west. She is a high school dropout who graduated with her General Education Diploma and eventually earned five college degrees including two masters and a doctorate degree. In her late forties, she began making life-size fabric sculpture, cloth dolls that turned out to be the main characters in her Jungle Beauty Goddesses coming of age, modern creation Nubian Mythology fantasy fiction, sensuous, romantic series. She is the mother of two adult children, a grandmother, and for over 20-years has shared her life with her twin flame.

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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Release Blitz: Eating the Forbidden Fruit by Roland Sato Page #promo #releaseday #crimefiction #familydrama #womensfiction #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @reppin_bpent



Crime Fiction / Family Drama / Women's Fiction
Date Published: March 30, 2020

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Eating the Forbidden Fruit is a gritty fiction novel loosely based on true events in author Roland Sato Page’s life. The newcomer author delivers a personal journey into his rise and demise as a St. Louis City Police Officer. He takes the readers on a roller coaster ride of good ole family memories to the nightmarish reality of being a police officer indicted on federal drug charges. During his trial, he wrote memoirs as a testimonial of redemption. Roland’s case stems from the conflict of his childhood affiliation and his oath to uphold the law. What is certain is one can't run from sin for karma is much faster.


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Roland Sato Page was born in Brooklyn New York in a military household with a mother from Osaka Japan and a combat trainer father with three war tours under his belt. He grew up in a well-disciplined home with five other siblings. As he got older his family relocated to St. Louis where the author planted his roots and also pursued a military life in the Army Reserves.
Roland married his high school sweetheart and started a family of four. Roland joined the St. Louis police department were his career was cut short when he was convicted of federal crimes due to his childhood affiliation.
After enduring his demise he rebounded becoming a famed a tattoo artist opening Pearl Gallery Tattoos in downtown St. Louis Mo. The company grew into a family business yet another unfortunate incident tested his fate. He was diagnosed with Lupus which halted his body art career. However, with tragedy comes blessings. Roland’s sons took over the business and propelled the shop to a higher level. Roland consumed with depression began writing to occupy the time. With a newfound passion, he traded visual art for literary art. 


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Friday, March 27, 2020

Blog Tour: Venom! by Thomas A. Burns, Jr. #blogtour #mystery #interview #giveaway #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @3Mdetective



Mystery
Publisher: Tekrighter, LLC
Date Published: 1 March, 2020

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A spooky mansion in the Georgia mountains with an outrageous cast of characters. Spiders, snakes, meth-heads and serial killers, oh my! Venom! ain’t your average gothic mystery, folks.

But who would expect it to be when Natalie McMasters is involved? She’s fallen madly in love with two people—her wife, Lupe, and Danny, her partner at the 3M Detective Agency. Rather than choose one of them as her life partner, she’s decided to have them both, and roped them into a relationship retreat in rural Georgia to learn how to live as a polyamorous family.

But Nattie finds more than she bargained for in the sleepy town of Greypeak. A methamphetamine operation. A snake-handling preacher. A retired FBI agent hunting a serial killer. And a charismatic psychologist who just might have his own agenda for his clients.

Nattie ultimately finds herself in the most dangerous situation she’s ever faced, which may well solve her relationship problems by costing her life. Is this really the last book in the Natalie McMasters series?






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

The underlying message in Venom! is that Love is Love. It doesn’t come in different flavors. No one has the right to judge another in regard to whom they love, or how they choose to express that love. Love is simply the most important facet of human life.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

 I like complex, interwoven plots, and it’s very challenging to weave all of the threads together into a coherent whole. I also love plot twists, but they must be logical—I don’t want the reader to see the twist coming, but after it happens, I do want the reader to agree that the outcome was logical. That means that I must create multiple resolutions for all of my subplots, pick the one I find most appealing, then review everything that’s gone before to ensure that the narrative supports that conclusion.

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

I have written five books, published four, and am working on a sixth. Of the Natalie McMasters Mysteries, my favorite is Trafficked!, because it is set in New York City. I went to high school in Manhattan and grew to love the city. Writing Trafficked! was a virtual vacation in New York City for me, where Nattie go to do many things that I wish I had done while I was there.


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

I’d have to choose Lili Reinhart, who plays Betty Cooper in the CW’s hit show Riverdale. Lili looks a lot like Nattie and is about the right age. The way she plays Betty in Riverdale reminds me of Nattie—she’s inquisitive, feisty and doesn’t always make the best choices, but she lives with the choices she makes and doesn’t try to blame others when things don’t work out so well. She’s also courageous and intensely loyal to her friends—courage and loyalty are perhaps Nattie’s most outstanding character traits. Lili, if you’re reading this, how about it?

When did you begin writing?

I began writing as a kid, probably at seven or eight years old. I tried to create stories about my fave characters from books and TV. I wrote a couple novella length Man From U.N.C.L.E. stories in marble-backed copy books and a story about a hero who was a combination of Doc Savage and Jonny Quest.

How long did it take to complete your first book?

I wrote the first Natalie McMasters short story, Stakeout!, in about a week. I tried to sell it to the mystery mags, but it was probably too sexy and too violent for them, I wrote another short story, Stripper!, chronicling events that occurred shortly after Stakeout! took another couple of weeks, and guess what?—it didn’t sell, either. So I turned it into the novel, novel, Stripper! in about six months. I spent a year chasing agents before I realized that my work was just too far out there for mainstream publishing to take a gamble, so I decided to independently publish Stripper! with KDP. That was the best decision of my writing life. I haven’t looked back since.

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

As a kid, I read all of the great storytellers—Edgar Rice Burroughs, Louis L’Amour, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Lester Dent and Harold L. Goodwin. It was these guys who instilled a love of writing in me.

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

Writing.

Describe your latest book in 4 words.

Outrageous, spooky, terrifying, romantic.

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

Venom! is the culmination of a story that’s been building since Stripper! It’s about Nattie’s discovery and acceptance of her sexuality, and her decision not to live by other people’s rules. Of course, my primary objective in any Natalie McMasters book is to provide my reader with an intriguing, thrilling and sexy mystery, and I’m sure you’ll find that Venom! delivers that in spades. I’ve also incorporated some horror elements into the story, which is in keeping with the dark, spooky atmosphere.



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Thomas A. Burns, Jr. is the author of the Natalie McMasters Mysteries. He was born and grew up in New Jersey, attended Xavier High School in Manhattan, earned B.S degrees in Zoology and Microbiology at Michigan State University and a M.S. in Microbiology at North Carolina State University. He currently resides in Wendell, North Carolina. As a kid, Tom started reading mysteries with the Hardy Boys, Ken Holt and Rick Brant, and graduated to the classic stories by authors such as A. Conan Doyle, Dorothy Sayers, John Dickson Carr, Erle Stanley Gardner and Rex Stout, to name a few. Tom has written fiction as a hobby all of his life, starting with Man from U.N.C.L.E. stories in marble-backed copybooks in grade school. He built a career as technical, science and medical writer and editor for nearly thirty years in industry and government. Now that he's truly on his own as a novelist, he's excited to publish his own mystery series, as well as to contribute stories about his second most favorite detective to the MX anthology of New Sherlock Holmes Stories.

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Release Blitz: Please Return To: Toby Solano by Frank Morelli #promo #releaseday #middlegrade #mgfiction #rabtbooktours @frankmoewriter @INtensePub @RABTBookTours



PLEASE RETURN TO: Book #2
Middle Grade Fiction; Humor; Action; Adventure; Epistolary; Middle Grade
Publisher: INtense Publications LLC
Published Date: March 27, 2020

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Toby Solano is the new kid in town. No one in Mapleton knows he exists, which is tough to swallow for a boy who descends from Lucha Libre wrestling royalty. Back in El Paso, Toby could snap his fingers and the seas would part as he walked the hallways at his old school.

But when his dad gets body slammed into submission and his career goes into a tailspin, Toby decides to take his anger out on his classmates, which gets him kicked out of school and shipped off to Mapleton with his mom.

Toby hates his new town, he hates his classmates and, most of all, he hates Mr. Finkelstein. But when he finds his teacher’s missing journal under the tires of a moving truck, the drama of the famed Mapleton Wrestling Federation opens wide for him. Armed with a journal’s-worth of wrestling lore, will Toby be able to build friendships and help the Mort-tician regain his title? Or, will he fall back on his old ways and bully himself right out of Mapleton Middle School? Find out on the slightly-wrinkled pages of Please Return To: Toby Solano.

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Frank Morelli is the author of No Sad Songs, a 2019 YALSA Quick Picks nominee and winner of an American Fiction Award for best coming of age story. The first book in his debut middle grade series, Please Return To: Norbert M. Finkelstein, was released in September 2019. His fiction and essays have appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, Cobalt Review, Philadelphia Stories, and Jersey Devil Press. A Philadelphia native, Morelli now lives in High Point, NC where he has been a classroom teacher for almost twenty years. He holds an MFA in Fiction from National University and thinks dogs are the most respectable beings on the planet. Connect with him on Twitter @frankmoewriter or on his website frankmorelliwrites.com.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Release Week: Like Fire and Powder by Shannon A. Hiner #promo #newrelease #paranormalromance #pnr #rabtbooktours #excerpt #giveaway @ShannonAHiner @RABTBookTours



Prequel novella to The Immortal World series (release #5.5)
Paranormal Romance
Date Published: 3/20/20

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She’s Risqueen.

Celeste was never meant to be a vampire. She never wanted to die, or be undead, or drink blood. And the vampire who turned her, Angela Estrada, certainly didn’t want her either. Celeste has never been a fan of Angela’s cynical overly religious ways and she’s spent two whole centuries asking the same question: Why her?

He’s Fraccas.

Tanner is in a bind. Even as Second in Command to the Fraccas clan, he’s never been completely on board with the leader’s view of the world and their place in it. Now there’s a strong likelihood that Ignatius is looking for a way to replace Tanner. Permanently.

Sworn Enemies. Until . . .

Eyes meet across a crowded ballroom. The world stops. And then starts spinning again…in the opposite direction. Moving them toward each other when everything about who—and whose— they are is designed to keep them apart.

When your world won’t let you have the one thing you desire most, what other choice is there than to burn it down and build a new one?


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Celeste didn’t know what she’d been expecting. Clearly, she hadn’t been thinking. Just reacting. Moving on instinct. She’d never had an instinct so strong as the one that had pulled her across the room to that man.
She hadn’t bothered to ask herself what she would do once she stood in front of him.
Seeing the leggy brunette in a skin tight red dress had been a serious wake up call.
Celeste slipped out the back door and into the cool night air with a sigh. Autumn was nearing its second half, where the trees were barren and the cold mornings were slow to relinquish their hold, returning with a vengeance as soon as the sun turned its back again.
Celeste didn’t feel the chill. No gooseflesh rose on her arms, she didn’t shiver or pace about to keep warm. Instead, she took a deep breath of fallen leaves and impending dew and leaned her back against the wall of the building.
It was quiet outside. Quiet and deserted. Above, music and conversation escaped the hall through the open balcony doors. Couples who thought no one could hear them rendezvoused on those balconies. Their whispers floated down almost incoherent to where Celeste stood. She closed her eyes and listened without really paying attention.
When she opened her eyes again, she already knew she wasn’t alone. The breeze moved past another before reaching her.
He stood only a few feet from her. Silent and imposing as a gravestone. His eyes rested on her with a curious sort of ease, as if he was able to relax for the first time in ages.
Celeste didn’t move from where she leaned against the building. She stared back at him and waited. He hadn’t thought it through either. The “what came next” part. The side of her mouth lifted. What a pair they were.
He took in her smile, eyes lingering on her mouth, flicking back to her eyes, then spanning the curve of her cheeks and jaw.
Celeste had never felt so seen in all of her life . . . or death, for that matter. He took in every aspect of her and kept on looking. She swallowed back the jumble of words that rose in her throat. Nothing she attempted to say would make any sense. Jibberish, all of it. And the first person who spoke might break the moment. Dispel the magic.
And it was magic.
Celeste stared back at him just as intently. Admired the breadth of his shoulders and the straight line of his nose. The unforgiving slant of his jaw and the steady warmth of his light eyes. What color were they? Impossible to tell in the starlight.
He opened his mouth, but only a small sigh of air escaped before Celeste moved forward, cutting him off with a shake of her head. She stopped barely a foot from him. The space between them wavered, pulled like a magnet to its mate.
Celeste took a deep breath. Cotton and pine and bourbon whiskey. Clean and warm and welcoming. She closed her eyes with a smile, opening them again when his hand touched her hair, smoothing over her curls so lightly, it was as if a butterfly had landed against them.
They were closer somehow.
Time and space vanished until only their senses ruled them.
His hand curved around the back of her neck, tangling in her hair. Celeste’s fingers found their way into his coat, curling around the lapels.
Nothing in her life had made sense for so long. Nothing had fit. Nothing felt right. There was always a “but.”
Until him. Until this. Until . . .



About the Author


SHANNON A. HINER lives in far Northern California with her feline roommate, Pangur Ban. She attended and graduated from Butte College in Oroville, CA. Having believed in faeries, vampires & all sorts of immortal creatures her entire life, it came as no surprise to her family and friends when she started writing down her stories in a grossly exaggerated fashion.

After finishing her first book in 2009, Submerged In Darkness, she realized she had written not the first book of many, but the last in an epic series. Since that time, she has been laboring to write & publish all prior books.

She wishes you would follow her on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram where you can enjoy quotes from works in progress, grammar puns, music that inspires and irregular updates on future works. @ShannonAHiner

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Blog Tour: The Wingless Angel by Fabrice Wilfong #darkfantasy #fantasy #blogtour #rabtbooktours #giveaway @RABTBookTours


Dark Fantasy
Date Published: 2/22/20
Publisher: Acorn Publishing

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The Wingless Angel

Ex-Army Medic, Silton, has had a rough go of late. Soon after being discharged from the military his wife suffered a tragic accident, then slipped into a coma and died. Now alone, drinking fills his days, and restless sleep plagues his nights.

He feels that God is finished with him, that he has no purpose in life, so he ends it all.

He falls. Naked and confused, he falls.

Silton awakens on a taught expanse of warm Skin Land. Acrid air stings his lungs, tiny hairs jut up like grass under his feet, and the pale blue eye of Heaven stares down on him.

In the distance he hears a scream, and as he bounds towards it, finds a fetid swamp of others who have fallen, sinking into the soupy flesh. Quick to his training Silton pulls a woman out of the mess, only to find her legs ravaged with breaks. Using his medical skills and the flesh around him, he binds her injuries, easing her pain.

Far off in the distance, on their huge moving home called the Sled, a group of demons set off on a journey out into the Skin Land to harvest those lucky enough to survive the fall. Those like Silton.

Silton drags his newfound friend to a distant shelter of bone as they share the reflections of life that have brought them here. With each step the mystery of this place unfolds revealing its true beauty, and its terrifying reality.

As the demons draw near, and the pale blue eye of Heaven watches above, it becomes clear that God is not finished with Silton. God has a new purpose for him, a purpose for him in Hell.



“Sin follows the sinner, it does not lead them.”


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Fabrice Wilfong has been writing fiction since he was 15 years old. His works have consistently leaned towards the dark side of human experience, where he uses characters and philosophy to challenge our shared interpretations of life.  

For most of his professional career Fabrice has been in the Healthcare Industry where he’s learned to love human anatomy and the systems of the body. He feels the body remains a frontier that we are all forced to explore with little understanding of how things will unfold.

His works consistently push the reader to a deeper knowledge of themselves both mentally and physically, while daring into the fantastical and bizarre.     


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Friday, March 20, 2020

Release Blitz: Bobby Robot by Michael Hilton #promo #youngadult #yascifi #sciencefiction #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @INtensePub @mhiltonbooks



Young Adult Science Fiction
Release Date: 3-20-20
Publisher: INtense Publications LLC

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Sixteen-year-old Bobby is the only human on a robot-inhabited planet. Aided by LINC, his cybernetic haywire task assistant, he must prove to the bots that the human race is worth restarting by passing his Programming, the training he receives to think and act in perfect precision—and without emotion. Failure will force him to upload his mind into the Tether, a robotic host, stripping him of his humanity and terminating his species’ last chance for survival. As he repeatedly falls short of the bots’ rigorous standards, he begins to question if the human race is even worth reviving. But when a beautiful girl named Jen crash-lands on his planet, she makes him question everything the bots have told him, including what it means to be human.

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Michael Hilton is a time traveler from the future who’s come back to warn us of the impending literary apocalypse. An avid reader of Young Adult science fiction and fantasy, he writes to stave off the coming wasteland of soulless fiction. One day his Wikipedia page will describe his warnings as “mildly prophetic” and “wildly exaggerated.” He lives in Irving, Texas, working as a chiropractor by day, a vigilante by night, and a writer all of the time.
Michael Hilton is a nerd. Like, a big one. Using a right brain filled with stories of adventure, mystery, and romance and a left brain stocked with experience in the fields of biology, neurology, and engineering, he writes science fiction and fantasy worlds worth geeking out over. When he’s imagining battles in a far-off galaxy, he’s usually treating patients as a chiropractor, working out, writing music, or watching too much TV. He currently lives on Earth but is thinking about moving soon.

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Blog Tour: El Gringo by Edmond Salus #blogtour #fiction #rabtbooktours #interview @RABTBookTours


Fiction
Date Published: January 2018

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Sonny Galas is an only child being raised by his mother-a widow---and the loving help of his grandfather, also widowed. Living in a Santa Monica apartment complex owned by 'Grandpa' all is well and average for this close-knit family until a certain French family come into the picture, in need of a place to rent. They soon show their colors in various ways, topping it off by slapping a suit on their patient, kind landlord. Sonny's family sees no better option than selling their only asset-the apartments-and getting far away from their Lawyer-packing tenants. Far, as in 'leaving the country', and this is where their true adventure begins. South of the border becomes their new home. 



From their journey through third-world narrow roads, small towns where no English is spoken, to long, hot unending desert roads and through humid coastal towns they continue toward their big city destination, Guadalajara, where their life begins and they encounter everything and everyone from kind helpers to con-artists and crazies and from strangers to good friends, both Mexican and American. From young boy to teenager, as the years pass, Sonny sees it all: his family's ups and downs, the country's ups and downs with its own political third-world corruption, and his own transformation from a simple boy in a new country to a growing youth, fully fluent in Spanish; a devilish yet fun-loving teenager now with roots firmly planted and sprouting happily in his new home, his new country. From the adventures and joys of boyhood with his friends and pals to the wild days through grade school, junior high and high school with the opportunities given him as a bi-lingual kid to living through the set-backs that could trouble any family-Mexican or American-even scare of the faint of heart, he takes it all in; after all, now he's Mexican. The fiestas, the friends, the awesome busy modern streets of Guadalajara in the early Seventies to the early Eighties, Guadalajara, the country's capital of Mariachis.





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1-Message from EL GRINGO for readers?
  A boy, born in the U.S. moves with his family, and finds his true home in a place he never expected. 

2-Challenges in my writing?
  Up to this point, fortunately not many. Once I've got a good idea, there seems to be for me little writer's block. 

3-How many books have I written?
  Two completed novels. Previously, I wrote many short stories, and a collection of poetry I cannot call 'complete' yet. 

4-If I could cast my character with someone from Hollywood, who would it be?
  The actor that always came to my mind, for my main character in EL GRINGO, would definitely be a very young Ricky Schroeder. Physically he resembled the main character as a boy, and had the energetic yet innocent enthusiasm to boot.  It wouldn't work with an Al Pacino or a Robert DeNiro on this one 

5-When did I begin writing?
--discovered my love of writing around 12 years of age, but really did it regularly since i was 33, about 20 years now regularly. 

6-How long did it take to complete my first book?
  EL GRINGO really took me about 10 years, with a few starts and stops. 

7-Do I have a favorite author inspiring me to initially start writing?
  A mix of a few writers but among my favorites there are two-- Henry Miller for his brilliance, and Orhan Pamuk, for is total devotion and discipline in writing up to ten hours per day!

8-Favorite part of the writing process?
  The writing itself! developing characters after I've had the initial ideas of a theme and few characters, plots; then carving them out into something cool.

9-My absolute latest book in 4 words:
  My roommate the drunk! (to be published soon)

10-My latest published novel El Gringo, is based on a boy that transitions from American to Mexican when he's re-located from the U.S.
to Mexico. But my current book I'm about to finish is about two single guys that shared an apartment, and one was an alcoholic. Their friendship was based on their love of writing, but the story becomes explosive due to one roommate's addiction to the bottle. 
And what do I see in the future for my writing? 
I'm a traveler and a Gemini, with interests in more than one thing such as music, cultures, and a fascination with friends also in the arts, and
their circle, so a few very different themes could come from these. 




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