Wednesday, December 8, 2021

PROMO Blitz: Shared Sorrows by Vincent Panettiere #promo #fiction #literary #rabtbooktours @kidbklyn @BookBuzznet @RABTBookTours

 

 

Literary Fiction

Release Date: December 8, 2021

Publisher: ‎BookBaby



Frank DioGuardia, a New Jersey college professor always feared the onset of autumn.

A chill in the air and rainy skies took him back to the day his father died decades ago. It was a memory that each year caused Frank to start counting the days until he reached the milestone of having spent more time on earth than his dad.

This year would be no different, bringing about the realization that after thirty years of marriage and three children he had been inhabiting the earth for all the wrong reasons.

This realization came to Frank after he committed a violent act on a stranger during New York's Columbus Day parade. It also brought into his life Dr. Laurie McDevitt, the emergency room physician who had treated his injuries after the incident. When she revealed that her father died on the same night as his those many years before, Frank had a comrade in grief.

Will their shared sorrows be enough to survive the media frenzy that follows?

Shared Sorrows --- a story of love and redemption.



About the Author

Vincent Panettiere is the author of five other books.

In addition to Shared Sorrows, he has written the award-winning and critically-acclaimed These Thy Gifts; the Mike Hegan mysteries A Woman to Blame and The Scopas Factor as well as The Music of Women - an Erotic Stream of Unconsciousness. His only nonfiction work is The Internet Financing Illusion, a cautionary tale about the dark side of the internet.


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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Blog Tour: Eryinath-5: The Dancer Nebula by D.B. Sayers #blogtour #interview #giveaway #scifi #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @DirkSayers

 


Knolan Cycle, Book II

Science Fiction

Date Published 11-01-2021

Publisher: PhoenixPhyre Publishing


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After returning from a successful mission with the Knolan Shock Forces, Hāthar needs a break. With Arra his mate pregnant and he still recovering from his last mission, Hāthar has compelling reasons for sticking close to home. But newly developed stealth technology has enabled Knola’s enemies the Valdrōsians to ambush one of Knola’s Deep Space Fleets, inflicting heavy losses.

Intelligence has identified the facility from which the new technology originated. Developing countermeasures, however, will require a raid to steal the technology and abduct the stealth project managers. Having recently defeated just such a raid, Hāthar is asked to evaluate the feasability of the Knolan plan.

The plan is insanely risky, but Hāthar senses he is the best choice to lead it. With the fate of his adoptive home hinging on the success of the mission, he sets aside his personal preferences in favor of duty. Eryinath-5, The Dancer Nebula continues the chronicle of Knola’s thousand-year war with the Valdrōsians—and the coming climactic clash that will determine the fate of Earth and our corner of the galaxy.



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Eryinath-5 is your fifth book, isn’t it? I’m always curious about what author’s works reveal about themselves. Is there a common thread in all of your novels?

Yes. Whether it’s contemporary fiction, science fiction or my short stories, the lei motif in all of them is change, how it affects us and what informs our coping strategies in dealing with change. I like to think every novel tells an entertaining and engaging story, but I’ve always wanted the stories I tell to also reveal deeper truths about us as humans.

 

What do you find most challenging as a writer?

I think each book confronts us as authors with new challenges. For me, it’s a kind of two-fold, almost nested challenge. The first is the craft of writing—of telling an engaging story with believeable characters in situations that make the book worth reading. Nested within the craftsmanship challenge is the implied task of helping readers see a little more of themselves, or the world around them, or life and what it means to be human.

 

When did you begin writing?

Oh God! I think I wrote my first “story” as in fiction, when I was in first grade. And I’ve been writing all my life. As a Marine officer, then master’s candidate and finally a corporate trainer, I had occasion to write a lot of non-fiction. I also wrote fiction over those same years, but most of it I either never finished or never tried to publish for one reason or another. During the financial collapse in 2008, the company I worked for went into Chapter 11, and I was one of many they cordially invited to leave and not return. At that point, I got serious about finishing West of Tomorrow, a novel I had been working on for a couple years. I haven’t stopped since and am currently working on my sixth book.

 

How long did it take to complete your first book?

Close to five, I think. Longer than it should have taken, probably. I published my first novel, West of Tomorrow, in 2015. In common with many debut authors, I wickered my writing around everything else I was doing at the time, and “everything else” often pushed my writing to the background. I probably re-wrote and edited my first novel a dozen times at least before I was satisfied with it.

 

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

Technically, no. My grandfather had a Byline with the Associated Press, and it was he who sensitized me to the potential impact of an elegantly turned phrase. That said, there are many authors whose writings have influenced me. Heinlein, Assimov and John Scalzi (of Old Man’s War fame) for science fiction. For literary fiction, Dickens, Steinbeck, Conrad and Michener come to mind. And in historical fiction, Charles E. Israel’s Rizpah, set in biblical Israel during the time of Saul and Frank Yerby’s An Odor of Sanctity. I’ve read and re-read both several times and always wring a little more insight from each time through.


 

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

As perverse as this sounds, it’s the editing and refinement part. My unfiltered first-draft writing leaves a lot on the table. It isn’t until I start editing and refining that some of the hidden meaning in the stories bubbles to the surface. Maybe I’m too busy trying to make the story work that I don’t focus enough on the characters to fully develop the nuanced and mixed feelings that is the human condition.

 

I think most stories derive their impact and meaning from the characters that populate it. The editing process helps me recognize who they are at their core. For me, it’s the iterative process of rewriting that both weeds out all the extraneous fluff and reveals the characters beneath—their hunger, pain, and joy along with all the internal conflicts most of us drag around with us through life.

 

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

I’m nearly finished with the first draft of my sixth book, entitled The Year of Maybe, Act II of Nyra’s Journey. It’s the sequel to Best-Case Scenario, in which Nyra Westensee a recent college graduate wrestles with identity issues, personal and professional. I’m also in the process of plotting Volume III of the Knolan Cycle, title to be determined. Concurrent with working on my long form fiction I blog on my own website and publish regularly on Medium.

 

If you were to suggest a book you’ve written as a place to start for new readers, which of your books currently in print would you recommend?

I’d go with Through the Windshield, Drive-by Lives. It’s a collection of short stories you could read in an afternoon, and it gives readers a sensing of how I write.

 

About the Author

Dirk’s path to authorship wasn’t quite an accident, but almost. It’s not that he didn’t write. He did. Still, through two previous careers, first as a Marine officer and subsequently as a corporate trainer, Dirk started way more stories than he finished. But in the backwash of the 2008 financial meltdown, his employer filed for Chapter 11. Cordially invited to leave and not return, Dirk found himself out of work and excuses.

Since then, Dirk has published West of Tomorrow, Best-Case Scenario, Act I of Nyra’s Journey, a collection of short fiction entitled, Through the Windshield and Tier Zero, Vol I of the Knolan Cycle. All are available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle. His latest work in progress is The Year of Maybe, Act II of Nyra’s Journey, due out in 2022.


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Release Blitz: My Name is Mary Magdalene by JC Miller #promo #releaseday #giveaway #womensfiction #christian #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

 

African American Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Women’s Mental Health

Date Published: December 7, 2021

Publisher: Jess, Mo’ Books LLC



Stepping away from her comfort zone, author JC Miller orchestrates a written tapestry chronicling the fragile state of a woman on the edge of insanity.

Plagued by a lifelong curse of mental illness, Mary Magdalene finds herself spending her golden years in a mental asylum. Her once zealous life becomes minimized to an endless routine of over-stimulating antipsychotic drugs. That is until Salmone Abrams, a hidden jewel from her past, resurfaces and helps her remember who she once was—The Queen of Harlem. Madame Mary Mags.

Inspired by her jazz playlist, JC Miller's current novella, My Name is Mary Magdalene, shakes the family tree while exploring the often-stigmatized topic of mental health. This fictional spin on the biblical account of Mary Magdalene and her seven demons travels from the late 1940s into the mid-1990s as Mary recalls the battles that tore her life apart. Fear, Lust, Entitlement, Greed, Misery, Dependency, Guilt—emotional baggage that once achingly held her down propels her to victory.


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JC Miller lives in the scenic Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania with her husband, children, and floppy-eared Bassador pup.

Raised by a single mother in the Bronx, JC pulls from early experiences to showcase the soul of urban survival through faith-based novels. She also dedicates much of her time uplifting women via her blog and creating content with partner and friend, MR Spain, through their publishing company, Jess, Mo’ Books LLC.

On her days off, you can find JC whipping up her famous Red Velvet cake and listening to songs from her impressive vinyl record collection.


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PROMO Blitz: The Navigator III: Repossession by Steve Coleman #promo #giveaway #action #adventure #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @BookBuzznet

 

 

Action/Adventure

Release Date: December 1, 2021



Sometime CIA agent and former naval officer, Joe Anderson, is tasked to confiscate (steal back) an NSA-equipped spy ship from Havana, Cuba. Joe’s engineer and the smuggler who brought them to Cuba are arrested, which dangerously compromises Joe’s mission. His significant other, Mary, angry at him for accepting another CIA mission, goes to Cuba as a tourist with her zany friend, Frances; and the pair accidentally fall into trouble in Havana. Joe then not only has to repossess the ship, he also must rescue the women before the police find them. The dangerously impossible adventure becomes both dire and humorous. This is the third novel in THE NAVIGATOR series.




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A resident of Birmingham, Stephen B. Coleman, Jr. (Steve), a graduate of Indian Springs School, earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from Duke University and a Master of Arts in English from University of Alabama. He is married to the former Dr. Sumter M. Carmichael, a psychiatrist. Steve has been a naval officer, a high school teacher, a businessman, and commercial real estate broker. After retiring in 2009, he now enjoys sailing, writing and landscape painting. He has authored biographies and histories of local interest, magazine articles, novels and poetry. His story, “The Meanest Man in Pickens County,” was the first place (state) winner in the 2013 Hackney Literary Awards for short stories. He has published three novels: The Navigator: A Perilous Passage, Evasion at Sea and The Navigator II: Irish Revenge. André’s Reboot: Striving to Save Humanity has won Honorable Mention from Writer’s Digest; a Silver Medal from Independent Publisher Book Awards 2020; and was awarded Distinguished Favorite by NYC Big Book Award 2021. For more, see www.andretherobot.com and www.captstevestories.com.


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Monday, December 6, 2021

PROMO Blitz: Remembering Rosie by Nadine A. Block #promo #memoir #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @BookBuzznet

 

 

Memories of a Wisconsin Farm Girl

Memoir

Date Published: June 2021

Publisher: Page Publishing



In Remembering Rosie: Memories of a Wisconsin Farm Girl, the author looks back fondly on growing up in the mid-twentieth-century on her family's Wisconsin dairy farm. She shares vivid and heartwarming stories of attending a one-room school, the dangers and hard work of dairy farming, and lessons learned that built a foundation for her long life. She reveals the turning point when she vowed never to be a farmer or a farmer's wife.

Despite having an often idyllic childhood, by the 1950s, the post-war optimism fed teenage Block's hope of going to college to escape her barricaded and often small-minded world of farm, small community, and church. Though her desire to go to college was not encouraged by her family and teachers, and there was no money to help, as the oldest of five children, she knew she had to lead the way. Take a trip through the good, bad, and ugly of dairy farm living in the 1950s as the author looks back with nostalgia on the childhood she wished to escape.




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Nadine A. Block has ceaselessly and successfully fought for children’s rights for three decades. She was a teacher, a school psychologist, and the founder and director of a nonprofit organization that fought to end school corporal punishment. Block previously published This Hurts Me More Than It Hurts You: Children Share in Words and Pictures How Spanking Hurts and What to Do Instead (2011) and Breaking the Paddle: Ending School Corporal Punishment (2013). During her retirement, she privately published Our Family: Wisconsin Pioneers, Stories for My Grandchildren and other stories for her grandchildren, using personal travel photos and illustrations, including “Casey the Cat in Kathmandu” and “Corey the Camel in Timbuktu.”


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Saturday, December 4, 2021

PROMO Blitz: Merry Christmas, Eve! by Adam Wallace #promo #childrensbook #giveaway #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 


 

Children's Picture Book

Date Published: December 4, 2020

Publisher: Krueger Wallace Press & Riven Rock Projects



Christmas is coming and the Christmas spirit is nowhere to be found. There’s only one little elf with the get-up-and-go to find it. Meet Eve . . .


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New York Times, Amazon and USA Today Bestselling author who loves writing stories that make children laugh and get excited about reading and drawing and writing . I also love taking naps and listening to music. Not at the same time.

I have over 80 books published and out in the world, and love each one as if it were my child ... except if that child is like really naughty and always breaks my favourite things and writes bad words on the walls of our house.

None of my books are like that.

From How to Catch books to How to Draw books. From gross books to action and adventure books. From inspirational to just plain funny, there's something here for kids of all reading abilities, and all ranges of interests.


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Release Blitz: Embrace the Moon by Vicki Crum #promo #releaseday #paranormalromance #rabtbooktours @BookBuzznet @RABTBookTours

 

 

Eternal Moon Series, Book 4

Paranormal Romance

Date Published: December 4, 2021



A tragedy from the past won’t keep country star, Ethan Sawyer, from claiming the woman he loves.

When Ethan Sawyer’s intense attraction to the enchanting Skyler turns into a whole lot more, the popular country music star is ready to leave his wild bachelor days behind. But a serious relationship with a musician could be a bridge too far for the daughter of a famous rock and roll icon, cut down by a drug overdose in his prime.

Skyler has broken every promise she ever made to herself by falling in love with the last person on earth she should be with, a man who makes his living on the stage. When the media frenzy over them as a couple gets too hot for Skyler to handle, she has to take a step back and reevaluate her choices. Ethan’s willing to fight for the woman he loves, but how can he compete with a ghost and the heartache left in the wake of his tragic death?

Even if Ethan can convince Skyler that they can successfully navigate the pitfalls of his very public career to find their own happily ever, how will he explain the secret he’s been keeping about what’s buried in his DNA? A sizzling romance that will make you laugh, make you cry, and leave you wanting more.




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Vicki Crum is the award-winning author of the Eternal Moon series - Once in a Blue Moon, Moonspell, Blood Moon and Embrace the Moon. Blood Moon was voted Best Paranormal Romance of 2021 by Book Buyer’s Best Award. Vicki resides with her husband in a charming seaside community in Southern California. She has two grown daughters and two adorable grandchildren who light up her world. Vicki loves readers!


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