Monday, April 6, 2020

Book Blitz: Savory Sabastian by Anne Marie Citro #adultromance #romance #giveaway #promo #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @AnneMarieCitro


Savages Buck & Doe #1
Adult Romance
Date Published: October 27, 2018

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The music festival turned from a night of singing, laughter, and fun into a nightmare when a monster took the lives of fifty-eight innocent people in the form of an automatic weapon. Within fifteen minutes, the shooter irrevocably changed the lives of the families and friends left behind.

Disillusioned and angered, Sabastian Savage stood at his father and older brother’s gravesite, holding his inconsolable mamma, when he noticed an adorable blonde crying as hard as his mamma. Who was she? And why was she so distraught? Sabastian wished he could find out, but a funeral was not the time.

Evangeline Rossi, or Emmy for short, was painfully shy, and with good reason—too many people had hurt her. So, when she met someone who sincerely cared, she held on with both hands. Shawn Savage had been one of those people, having been a father figure for her while she struggled to support her granddad and herself, and his death truly gutted her.

Months after the funeral, Emmy ran into the sexy, handsome Sabastian, Shawn’s own son and a man she had seen often yet in no way had the confidence to speak to. So, of course she was flattered when he directed his attention her way . . . until he opened his mouth.

Now Emmy was stuck between a rock and hard spot. The remaining Savage brothers had banded together to fill their father’s shoes by helping their mamma’s dream become a reality, which in turn extended to offering Emmy the opportunity of a lifetime. But, could she accept if the jerk was part of it? Did Emmy have the courage to stand up for herself and sweeten Savory Sabastian?


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Anne Marie Citro grew born and raised in the greater Toronto area of Ontario, Canada. She grew up in a large, loving family. Anne Marie is married to a very patient man. He is the love of her life. They have four very cool sons, and the girls they brought into their family that have become daughters of her heart. She has been blessed enough to finally have two beautiful granddaughters after four sons. She has her own personal gaggle of girlfriends, who enrich her life on a daily basis and make her laugh. Caesar Friday is her favorite day of the week. Caesars with the girls and date night with her hubby. She worked with special-needs teenagers, that taught her how to appreciate life and see it through gentler eyes. Anne Marie was encouraged by her husband to follow her lifelong dream to write. She loves the characters that take over imagination and haunts her dreams. She loves the arts and she has tried her hand at painting, wood sculpting, chainsaw carving, wood burning, metal and wire sculptures. Yes, her husband is a very patient man! Anne Marie is an avid reader and enjoys about three books per week. But nothing makes her happier than riding on the back of her husband's Harley and throwing her arms out and feeling the wind race by. Anne Marie and her husband take a few weeks every year to travel to spectacular destination around the world. Anne Marie is excited and can't wait to see what the next chapter holds for her life.


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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Blog Tour: Once in a Black Moon by D. Lieber #blogtour #giveaway #paranormal #fantasy #timetravel #romance #interview @AuthorDLieber



Paranormal/Fantasy Time-Travel Romance
Date Published: March 3, 2020
Publisher: Ink & Magick

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Chicago journalist Erin Nichols isn’t about to give up when she’s fired for writing an exposé. But when a combination of murder, magic, and celestial events transports her through time and space to 1900 western Canada, city hall corruption becomes the least of her worries.

But the past isn’t any safer. Awaking to learn she may be the victim of some unknown crime, Erin takes shelter with the local Mountie—the picture of upright Canadian fortitude. As tragedy stalks the nearby First Nation reserve, Erin learns from a Romanian mystic that magic is dying, and the fae are turning to their darker natures to survive.

While the reserved and sexy Mountie helps her navigate a time in which she doesn’t belong, the mysterious and seductive conjurer helps her try to find a way home. As they alight feelings and desires Erin never knew she was capable of, she begins to wonder where she truly belongs.



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Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?
Telling readers outright sort of takes away from the journey. Let’s just say, I present certain situations that I want readers to think about on their own. It helps them learn more about themselves as well as presents them with a perspective to which they may not have been exposed.


Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I find writing descriptions taxing. Being visually impaired, I just don’t see the world the same way sighted people do. So, it takes a lot of effort to write as if I’m seeing what I’ve just never seen before. Lucky for me, I have an editor who pushes me.


How many books have you written and which is your favorite?
I have written eight books (two of which are not published yet). Which is my favorite? Hmm whichever one I’m thinking about at the time usually. I love them all for different reasons. Right now, I’d say it’s my 2021 release called The Treason of Robyn Hood.



If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?
Honestly, she likely wouldn’t be anyone known. I would choose an unknown actress if she better expressed the character I wrote.


When did you begin writing?
I always find this question interesting. Most writers begin writing very early on in life. I was more a poet than anything else for most of my life. I didn’t start writing novels until 2015, which is when I wrote Conjuring Zephyr.


How long did it take to complete your first book?
About four months for the writing. That doesn’t include editing.


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

 I’ve always been a huge reader (as most writers are). As such, everything I’ve ever read has influenced my work one way or another. Anne Bishop really brought out my love of fantasy. But it was an author at a convention who quoted Toni Morrison that made me take the plunge. Toni said, “If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.”


What is your favorite part of the writing process?
*laughs* When it’s over. I vaguely recall a time in my life when I thought being an author was a glamorous career. Will you be convinced if I tell you it isn’t? It’s an exhausting, emotional process, and you’re never really off the clock. Even when you aren’t writing, you’re thinking about writing. Your mind is teasing out details even while you sleep. So when I get to write those last words, there is a huge sense of relief and accomplishment. Of course, it isn’t really over. I still have to go through beta and editing, but there are a few days where I’m at peace (before my mind starts coming up with more stories to be told).  

Describe your latest book in 4 words.
Mounties, dragons, wizards, ohmy! (hehe I cheated a little there at the end)


Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?
 I am in the unfortunate situation where I’m editing two of my finished works at once. (I don’t recommend it.) The next book readers will see is called A Very Witchy Yuletide, set to release November 2020. It is a contemporary holiday romance where a disbanded coven of Pagans reunites to celebrate the winter solstice. Two of them have to face their first loves. The other, The Treason of Robyn Hood, is a dieselpunk Robin Hood story best summed up with the question: what if Robin Hood was an American woman during a dieselpunk WWII?




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D. writes stories she wants to read. Her love of the worlds of fiction led her to earn a Bachelor’s in English from Wright State University.
When she isn’t reading or writing, she’s probably hiking, crafting, watching anime, Korean television, Bollywood, or old movies. She may also be getting her geek on while planning her next steampunk cosplay with friends.

She lives in Wisconsin with her husband (John) and cats (Yin and Nox).

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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.



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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.



About the Author

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 . . .



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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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