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Literary LGBTQ

Date Published: 5/29/21

Publisher: Blue Fortune Enterprises, LLC



Three friends, one life-changing summer.

Vana, the math prodigy with a voice that is 85% Sarah Vaughan, 10% Billie Holiday, and 5% Aretha Franklin and an attitude to match. Desperate to leave her chaotic family and become the independent woman of her imagination, she lands a summer job on an aging Greek cruise ship as a member of the house band.

Marko, who failed his university entrance exams, is on the trail of bouzouki god Markos Vamvakaris, in hopes of claiming his own artistic identity.

Stepan, agronomist, accordionist, occasional mystic, has spent the last ten years hopelessly, secretly in love with his only friend.

Stranded in the surreal microcosm of a cruise ship, the three friends stumble across a series of dark and dissolving frontiers: between love and friendship, memory and forgetfulness, sacrifice and redemption. On this voyage to the heart of an ancient world, can the bonds of a friendship forged in childhood survive the tests of tragedy and self-discovery?


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Lori Frey Ranner is a New Orleans native and Oxford-trained Byzantinist. For the past twenty years she has taught history, theology, and Classics in various New Orleans institutions. Married and mother to three children, Sailing to Byzantium is her first novel.


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Friday, June 11, 2021

Blog Tour: Darkness Hides by JC Gatlin #blogtour #giveaway #mystery #suspense #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 


Mystery-Suspense

Date Published: Apr 27, 2021

Publisher: Milford House Press, Inc.


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A former Fish & Wildlife Officer conducts an off-the-book investigation when a murder appears to have a connection to her deceased nephew, just as a hurricane hits her Florida beach town.

 

 



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JC Gatlin is a Mystery Suspense author living in Tampa, Florida. He self-published three mystery novels, including 21 DARES--which topped Amazon's Mystery-Suspense chart in 2016. Milford House Press published his next mystery, H_NGM_N: MURDER IS THE WORD, and it won the Royal Palm Literary Award for Best Mystery-Crime Fiction in 2019. His new mystery, Darkness Hides, is scheduled for release on April 27, 2021.

 

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Blog Tour: The Reunion by SJ Slagle #blogtour #murdermystery #mystery #giveaway #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @jeanne_harrell

 

 


Murder Mystery

Date Published: 2017



Chris Singer, former homecoming queen, stumbles in the dark in front of the high school where her reunion is taking place. She is brutally murdered. A fire breaks out in the gym and the ensuing chaos leads to the discovery of Chris’ bloodied body. Since David Wilson, her boyfriend from high school, is one of the last people to be seen with Chris, he is arrested for the crime. Detectives are sure they have their man, but his wife isn’t so sure. Her questioning leads her into secrets and lies from long ago. The danger she meets is real and deadly.




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SJ SLAGLE started her writing career as a language arts teacher. Her initial interest was children’s stories, but she moved on to western romance, mysteries and historical fiction. She has published 24 novels, both independent and contract. SJ contributes regularly to guest blogs and her website is www.sjslagle.com. SJ has established Twitter and Facebook fan bases, a quarterly author newsletter and a website under her pseudonym: JEANNE HARRELL at www.jeanneharrell.com.


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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Blog Tour: Mystic Invisible by Ryder Hunte Clancy #blogtour #youngadult #yafantasy #giveaway #interview #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @ryderhclancy

 



YA Fantasy

Date Published: 3/17/21

Publisher: Winter Goose Publishing



Fifteen-year-old Monte moves to the mystically jeopardized Highlands of Scotland and discovers that life as a Celtic wizard is anything but easy. Whisperings of abnormal enchantments and vicious cat siths grip the small town he now calls home. Fear is at the helm and the instigator is unknown. An indefinite moratorium on magic is enforced. In a race against darkness, Monte and his friends must choose who to trust before time runs out, even if it means breaking some rules and facing danger head on.






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

On the surface, Mystic Invisible is full of adventure, mystery, and angst but a deeper dive reveals that beneath all the banter and the fun are strong undertones of trust, family relationships, unlikely friendships, and self-discovery. It truly is a coming of age tale that’s meant to show readers young and old that no matter the circumstance, you can always find your own kind of magic. 

 

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I’m a mom of three very young kids so wrangling my writing time is always at the top of the list. In terms of actual writing construction though, I often have a really hard time with first drafts. I sometimes get myself got in a compulsive editing loop where all of my time is spent reading and re-reading what I’ve already written instead of plowing forward and plunging in to drafting that initial story.

  

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

Mystic Invisible is my debut novel. Aside from that, I’ve written a number of stories/books in creative writing classes throughout the years but most of my current projects are still in various stages of drafting. I’m really excited for what’s to come, though!

 

  

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

 

I’ve actually been asked this a few times and I still don’t know! I initially wrote Mystic Invisible as a middle grade fantasy, which means my main character, Monte Darrow, was a bit younger than he is now. During those earlier stages I always pictured Owen Vaccaro as a good Monte. Those of you who have read the book may be scratching your heads at that choice because Vaccaro’s hair color and hair type don’t match Monte’s at all. However, there’s something about his facial expressions and mannerisms that really “speak:” Monte Darrow. 

 

When did you begin writing?

 

My writing career actually came about in quite a random way. Or it least it felt that way at the time. I never really intended to be an author. I love reading and I always enjoy a good story, but the thought of actually writing and publishing a book never crossed my

mind, at least not consciously. Here’s how it all unfolded: I was in a church meeting,

trying to keep my baby entertained, and this name came to me. I could see the character pretty clearly in my mind and within seconds, details started to form around him (funny thing is it wasn’t even my main character, it was Uncle Jarus). You can imagine the shock and excitement I felt as I dug through my diaper bag in search of paper and something to write this flood of ideas down with. The book would be my favorite genre, middle grade or YA fantasy, and would be set in Scotland, where my husband was born and raised; a land that I love dearly. While the original story changed and developed over time, it was that initial surge of inspiration that started me down the path of writing.

 

 

How long did it take to complete your first book?

 

About nine months of drafting, nine months of editing, and eighteen months of subs with my agent, during which I did a complete re-write to shift the genre from middle grade to young adult.

 

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

 

It’s probably cliché and even a bit sappy but I’ve always looked up to the big dogs like J.K. Rowling and Suzanne Collins (particularly The Hunger Games). Harry Potter was a huge part of my childhood and then Suzanne Collins’ ability to blend some of humanity’s harshest topics with eerily beautiful narrative is truly superb. I’ve always been fascinated with how both authors managed to create such a massive impact on the world with a single book or series.

 

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

 

I actually really enjoy revisions and watching the manuscript blossom into the finished project.

 

 

Describe your latest book in 4 words.

 

An adventure in Scotland. 

 

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

 

 

I’m actually juggling three projects right now and they’re all still in the drafting stages. I have book two of Mystic Invisible which has been surprisingly stubborn (who knew sophomore books could be so hard?), and then a completely new YA dystopian series that I can’t wait to develop more. I also have a nonfiction collaboration in the works which I hope to share more about soon.

 


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Ryder Hunte Clancy has lived most of her life in the desert but her heart belongs to the sea; her happy place, where brine and mist abound and allusive waves caress expansive stretches of compacted sand. A tried and true stay-at-home mom, she is often found scribbling notes between diaper changes or connecting plot points while everyone else sleeps. She survives off of toddler snacks like apple slices and cheese, and has just as much trouble keeping up with her fictional, teenage characters as she does her three small children. Mystic Invisible is her debut novel, the inspiration of which was gleaned from her husband’s homeland of Scotland, where fantasy, mystery, and folklore are rich and hits of adventure linger around every corner.


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Women’s Fiction

Date Published: September 16, 2020

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing



Angelica Delfino takes a special interest in the lives of her three nieces, whom she affectionately calls the daughters of her heart. Sensing that each woman is harboring a troubling, possibly even toxic secret, Angelica decides to share her secrets—secrets she had planned to take to the grave. Spellbound, the nieces listen as Angelica travels back six decades to reveal an incredulous tale of forbidden love, tragic loss, and reinvention. It is the classic immigrant story upended: an Italian widow’s transformative journey amid the most unlikely of circumstances.

Inspired by Angelica’s example, the younger women share their “First World” problems and, in the process, set themselves free.

But one heartbreaking secret remains untold...


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Tupperware in all the pastel shades. Head-to-toe clothing and accessories in the same hues. Who does that? Bellastrega shook her head at the avalanche of plastic that accompanied Velia Russo into the kitchen. She was already on her third trip back from the car, puffing and panting as she placed her food gifts on the kitchen table. Bellastrega could feel her jaw clenching at the thought of all those white devils—heavy sauces and creams and pounds of sugar—contaminating the kitchen.

Velia held one finger. “One more trip,” and then she was gone.

Bellastrega turned her attention back to the hearty vegetable stew that had been simmering on the stove. She sighed contentedly as she breathed in the aroma of the rosemary and Italian seasonings. Angelica’s favorite. As she glanced at the appetizing array of vegetables, she mentally calculated how long it would take to finish cooking. Everything was on schedule, and dinner would be on the table at six o’clock. Why had Velia decided to arrive three hours early?

From the start, Bellastrega had her misgivings about this all-girls weekend. She had listened while Angelica lovingly described each niece and shared her concerns regarding their unhappy lives. At first, Bellastrega had humored her, not realizing Angelica was intending to help her nieces get back on track. Her duty as aunt, she had explained.

Bellastrega had formed her own judgments regarding the three younger women. Usually right on target, Bellastrega had been surprised when this particular incarnation of Velia Russo arrived, laden with her food gifts. From Angelica’s descriptions, Bellastrega had expected a younger version of her mother, Rosetta, a heavy-set hausfrau and gossip, not this glamour-puss who could pass for a younger Martha Stewart. But first impressions could be deceiving.

Help. I need your help.” The whiny voice interrupted Bellastrega’s thoughts. Sighing, she lowered the heat and made her way to the living room.

Bellastrega resisted the urge to laugh as she took in the comical sight before her. To save herself another trip, Velia had decided to lug in a large Pullman using her left hand, carry a pastry box in her right hand, and use her teeth to hold on to her purse.

All this for a weekend get-together? What would she have packed for a longer trip? Bellastrega forced a smile as she took the pastry box from Velia.


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In 2008, Joanne Guidoccio took advantage of early retirement and launched a second act as a writer. Her articles and book reviews have been published in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories. A member of Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime, and Women’s Fiction Writers Association, Joanne writes paranormal romances, cozy mysteries, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.


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Contemporary M/M Romance, M/M Romance, New Adult M/M Romance

Date Published: May 2021

Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group



Five YA/NA stories about the lives and loves of incredible young men


David – M. Tasia

Dumped and depressed, David flees town to work on remodeling a lake house for the summer without telling his best friend, Jacob. But best friends don’t leave each other hanging, and Jacob’s been missing David. Uninvited, but welcome at the lake house, Jacob engineers a hat-trick of surprises that just might change both their futures.


No Bunny Like You – Susan Mac Nicol

Colin’s neighbor is so freakin’ delicious, he positions himself on his balcony to get a glimpse of Dashiell dancing in his room, his sexy body twisting and turning to the music. Which would’ve made Dash saving Colin from nearly drowning in a bunny suit mortifying in the extreme, except Dash seems to have been spying on Colin as much as he’s been checking out Dash.


Homecoming – Emily Mims

The new guy in Clay’s acting class had way more going from him than swoony singing techniques. Justin clocked Clay the minute he walked into the practice room, and knew they were going to be more than friends. Complicated family dynamics almost scuttle their plans to go to Homecoming, but both guys man up and learn whose people will stand by them no matter what.


Hold The Line - Kitty Bardot

A big defensive lineman in a town where high school football is everything, Terry is harboring a secret that’d ostracize him even more than he already is. His best friend Chris is his saving grace in all the ways that matter, and in ways Terry can’t share with anyone. But when push comes to more than a shove, Chris gives Terry the greatest gift of all.


Shake Me Down – Elle Wright

Everett’s senior year in a new school proves to yield more than he could’ve ever expected. The nerdy genius he’s been secretly crushing on asks him out and their chemistry is so combustible, they have to slow things down or they’ll never get to know each other. And Everett wants to know Zach, inside and out, like no one else ever will.



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M. Tasia is a M/M romance author who lives in Ontario, Canada. She’s is a dedicated people watcher, lover of romance novels, 80’s rock, and happily-ever-afters (once the MCs are put through their paces, of course), who grew up with a love of reading. She’s a firm believer that everyone deserves to have love, excitement, and crazy hot romance in their lives. Love should be celebrated and shared.

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Susan writes steamy, sexy, and fun contemporary romance stories, some suspenseful, some gritty and dark, and she hopes, always entertaining. She’s also Editor-in-Chief at Divine Magazine, an online LGBTQ e-zine, and a member of The Society of Authors, the Writers Guild of Great Britain, and the Authors Guild in the U.S.

Susan is also an award-winning screenplay writer, with scripts based on two of her own published works. Sight Unseenhas garnered no less than five awards to date, and her TV pilot, Reel Life, based on her debut novel, Cassandra by Starlight, was also a winner at the Oaxaca Film Fest.

The ‘Unofficial’ stuff

Susan loves going to the theatre, live music concerts (especially if it’s her man-crush Adam Lambert), walks in the countryside, a good G and T, lazing away afternoons reading a good book, and watching re-runs of Silent Witness.

Her chequered past includes stories like being mistaken for a prostitute in the city of Johannesburg, being chased by a rhino on a dusty Kenyan road, getting kicked out of a youth club for being a bad influence (she encouraged free thinking), and having an aunt who was engaged to Cliff Richard.

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The author of over forty romance novels, Emily Mims combined her writing career with a career in public education until leaving the classroom to write full time. The mother of two sons, she and her husband split their time between central Texas, eastern Tennessee, and overseas visiting their kids and grandchildren. For relaxation Emily plays the piano, organ, dulcimer, and ukulele for two different performing groups, and even sings a little. She says, “I love to write romances because I believe in them. Romance happened to me and it can happen to any woman—if she’ll just let it.”

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Kitty Bardot juggles a life full of excitement and love. By day, she’s a chef with her own catering company, by night she puts ten years of burlesque experience to use in various venues in the Quad Cities. She writes from her country home not far from the Mississippi River, enjoying every moment with her husband and their three children. Currently, she is working on her next Burlesque River story.

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Elle Wright has been writing stories since she was a child, which led her to a career in journalism. She enjoys reporting life as much as making up a world she can control. She lives on the east coast of the United States where most of her large, noisy family resides. When she isn't in front of her computer, she loves to travel, garden, hang out with her dogs, and take in the brisk sea air that she's told is supposed to help calm her. She's been testing that theory for a while now.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Blog Tour: The Heavy Side by Ben Rogers #blogtour #interview #thriller #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

 


Techno-thriller

Date Published: 11-16-2019



Silicon Valley Tech meets The Cocaine Trade.


Can you program yourself into a winner?

In the San Francisco Bay Area, tech innovation is King, and money is God.

Vik Singh watched his immigrant parents work their fingers to the bone chasing the American Dream. But standing at his father's funeral, he realizes one thing - hustling will get you nowhere. All you need to get rich is one big idea.

And when he meets Los, a small-time drug lord with visions of grandeur, Vik makes a plan worthy of Jobs and Zuckerberg:

Design a drug sale app.

After all, market disruption is everything.

From his comfortable cottage in Lake Tahoe, Vik writes the code that builds a cocaine empire. When his app attracts an infamous drug cartel leader, it seems like a natural expansion move. And for a while, life is Swiss bank accounts, luxe coke parties, and falling in love with Remi, a beautiful and ballsy woman with secrets of her own.

Then he discovers he is being watched.

The DEA is closing in, the cartel is getting suspicious, and he can trust no one. As things heat up, Vik discovers the real price of easy money.

And that price could be his life.


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Interview

First off—thanks for having me! 

 

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

 

I wouldn’t call it a message, necessarily—more of an appreciation, maybe, for the art and craft of writing code (software), and how it can be analogous to other forms of writing.

 

 

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

 

 Some readers complain that, at least initially, they have a hard time with the utter lack of quotation marks.  J But, most times, most people tell me they get used to it after a few pages.

 

Or, maybe you’re asking about the challenge of writing itself?  In which case, I’ll say that it’s challenging to write without using quotation marks.  J

 

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

 

 I have written 4 novels (2 published so far), a collection of short stories, a textbook and a general audience non-fiction book, so I guess that’s seven.  You don’t ask a parent to pick a favorite child!

 

 

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

 

 I’d cast Dev Patel.  He looks like Vik, my Indian-American protagonist, first of all, but he also has a great sense of drama and humor, and comes off as highly intelligent.  I’ve been binge-watching Aaron Sorkin’s brilliant show on HBO, The Newsroom, and Dev is in that, and he’s wonderful.

 

When did you begin writing?

 

 Well, writing: grade school, like everyone else.  But really writing writing, that kicked off toward the end of high school, when I was about 17.  That’s when I decided to take it seriously. 

 

How long did it take to complete your first book?

 

 About 3 years.  Novels tend to take me 3-5 years.

 

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

 

If I had to pick one, it would be two.  J There’s Robert Laxalt and Walter Van Tilburg Clark.  Both of whom wrote from, and occasionally about, my hometown of Reno, Nevada.  Specifically, Clark’s City of Trembling Leaves—the foreword of which is written by Laxalt—is about a boy growing up in Reno.  It’s absolutely beautiful.  And when I read it in high school, I was blown away and inspired to find out that a book like that could actually be about the kinds of things Little Ol’ Me did, and set in the kind of place Little Ol’ Me lived! In Laxalt’s foreword, he describes meeting his Clark, and the dozen or so titles of books Clark wrote on a napkin for Laxalt to read if he wanted to become a better writer.  When I was about 17, I took it upon myself to read those books too (see prior answer about taking writing seriously).

 

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

 

 Probably the re-writing process!  Writing—that first draft, that act of just getting something out, working from whole cloth, filling blank pages—is wonderful in its own way.  I think of it the way I once heard Hugh Grant describe acting (and how I think about running): something along the lines of: I don’t like acting; I like having acted.  So…the rewriting process is when you finally have some clay in a rough shape in front of you, and you can look for the shape of your story in it, and you can remold and reshape it and take away what isn’t the story and amplify the things that are, and it’s fun!

 

Describe your latest book in 4 words.

 

 For The Heavy Side, I’d say, maybe: coding, writing, California, Mexico. 

 

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

 

 Love to!  Here’s a synopsis about my forthcoming short story collection, The Mayfly:

The life of a mayfly is that of a man, writ small. So, too, the short story.

Fans of the form will relish the inventive and humorous specimens on display in Rogers’ first collection, The Mayfly, highlighting a decade of published work as well as new stories. There’s a rollicking road trip in the form of a scientific journal article, a Pushcart-nominated bike ride with a pro cyclist learning the cost of greatness, and a glimpse through resentful eyes at the Manhattan Project’s first-ever nuclear chain reaction. Anchoring the collection is Man of Letters, a series of letters penned by a young writer during his deadly visit home to Virginia City, Nevada, in 1869.



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Ben Rogers is the author of the novels The Flamer and The Heavy Side. His work has been published in The Rumpus, PANK, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The Portland Review, Arroyo Literary Review, The Nevada Review, and Wag's Revue, and has earned the Nevada Arts Council Fellowship and the Sierra Arts Foundation grant. He is also the lead author of Nanotechnology: Understanding Small Systems, the first-ever comprehensive textbook on nanotechnology, and Nanotechnology: The Whole Story, both of which earned the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award from the American Library Association. He studied engineering and journalism in college and has worked as a business analyst, a newspaper reporter, a teacher, and a scientist at various labs, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is currently the Director of Engineering at NevadaNano. He lives in Reno with his family.


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