Monday, February 28, 2022

Blog Tour: Reality Testing by Grant Price #blogtour #interview #cyberpunk #giveaway #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

 

Cyberpunk

Date Published: 01-27-2022

Publisher: Black Rose


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Welcome to Berlin. Population: desperate. In the throes of the climate crisis the green tech pioneers are king, and if you aren't willing to be their serf then you're surplus to requirements.

Carbon credit for sleeping on the job. That's the offer a dreamtech puts to Mara Kinzig, and she jumps on it. After all, the city ain't getting any cheaper.

Then somebody changes the deal while she's dreaming in the tank.

Now Mara has a body on her hands, an extra voice in her head, and the law on her tail. Only the Vanguard, a Foreign Legion of outcasts seeking an alternative path in the dust between the city states, might be able to help her figure out what went wrong. First, though, she'll have to escape the seething streets of Berlin alive.




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

 

I suppose there’s a warning in there not to rely on a magic bullet to solve the climate crisis. Digital technology, clean fuels, carbon capture: no one thing is going to save us from our own collective sense of greed and entitlement. Believe in them all you like, but don’t mistake optimism for complacency, and don’t assume this gives you carte blanche to keep pursuing destructive behaviours at individual level (fast fashion, flying, meat consumption, investing in cryptocurrencies, etc.). Besides, any green technologies that might have a chance at saving the world will probably be coopted by corporations and exploited to the point where any promise they once held is irrevocably lost. I’m available for kids’ parties, by the way.

 

 

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

 

With each book, I find it more and more difficult to care about the promotional aspect. You spend a year and a half writing, then you take it to a publisher where it is either accepted or rejected. Then it takes another year to appear. And then you’re supposed to pretend like the ideas are new and the characters are still close to your heart, all for the sake of selling a few paperbacks and digital copies. Let’s say you hit it big with some novel, for whatever reason: it’s the same cycle, only on a far larger scale and with more pressure to deliver. That’s what I find a challenge: Knowing that the end point of writing is promotion within a rigged capitalist system. Man, I’m grumpy today.

 

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

 

I’ve written six books, two of which have been published, two of which haven’t, and two of which are at various stages of completion. My favourite is the one I’m polishing now, a novel about an Afghan refugee who flees to Berlin from Iran and becomes a boxer. It is based on a friend of mine; much of it is his story, and I’m just putting it to paper for him. I haven’t had any success with publication outside of sci fi so far, but I hope this one will turn the tide.

 

 

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

 

I’d hope Mara would be played by Evan Rachel Wood because a. She’s a badass, and b. Her character of Dolores in Westworld (the half season I watched) is Mara to a T.

 

When did you begin writing?

 

I started writing stories when I was a kid, but I began doing it in earnest from 2015 after I grandly quit my job to become a respected, modestly successful, financially independent author. Six years in and it’s going swimmingly (it isn’t – I do translations to pay the rent). But you know: that hot new cyberpunk genre I’ve been hearing about should be a goldmine.

 

 

How long did it take to complete your first book?

 

Like, writing it? Maybe five months. Revisions took another year. And then no agent wanted it, so I threw it out on Kindle, where it remains, unloved and mostly unread, to this day. I often think about taking it down, but it’s a reminder for me not to become Mr. Hubris again.

 

 

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

 

Oh boy do I, and it’s only the most obvious White Boy choice ever: Jack Kerouac. Here’s a tip for parents: If you don’t want your cisgender hetero son to scupper their career in order to move to Berlin to take drugs and sleep around and entertain lofty aspirations of becoming a serious writer, don’t let him read On the Road and definitely don’t let him come into contact with The Dharma Bums. Recipe for insufferability.

 

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

 

 Finishing the first draft, I think. Once I get that last line down, my entire being is gilded by satisfaction and I float from one room to the next believing anything is possible. For 20 minutes.

 

Describe your latest book in 4 words.

 

 Help, it’s the future.

 

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

 

So my boxing book is in the bag, and I have a first draft of the loose sequel to Reality Testing. I’ve just started a new novel about a guy whose dad dies, and he (classic) goes on a kind of journey of self-discovery, during which he realises he suffered quite a lot of violent abuse as a child – and this abuse, along with the wider relationship he had with his father, has informed who he is in the present. Coming soon to a Kindle self-publishing platform near you, probably.

 

 


About the Author

 Grant Price is the author of three novels: Static Age (2016), By the Feet of Men (2019) and Reality Testing (2022).

He has lived in Berlin, Germany, for too long.

 

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Poetry

Date Published: December 2021



A collection of lyrical poetry that savours the myriad of emotions that life gifts us.

Wild Child of the Monsoons sprinkles water on core emotions that will make the reader realize who they truly are. The author will take readers on a hope filled nostalgic journey on a canoe of vibrant emotions to help them connect with their true self. It is a raw poetic record of pain, love, loss, grief and gratitude that will ultimately lead one to their higher self and self-love. It will help one to look within and own all the beautiful and painful emotions with an inner sense of knowing that one is not alone in this journey. It will elevate one to that sacred space within oneself where you know that you are loved and your divine self is always celebrated.

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A word from the Author

I was a lass about age six when I started writing the songs of my soul with a semi-sharpened pencil without an eraser. I found torn papers discarded from perfect two-lined books to pen my thoughts. Not grasping how my ideas aligned with my words, I wrote verses and songs sitting on a narrow wooden bridge over the stream winding the paddy fields in my ancestral home.


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Saturday, February 26, 2022

PROMO Blitz: Swipe Write by Lindsay Taylor Dellinger #promo #nonfiction #memoir #rabtbooktours @Leend_Sigh @RABTBookTours

 

 

A sometimes hilarious, sometimes sad, always brutally honest account of 20 online dates with 20 different men

Memoir, Pop Culture, Relationships, Humor, Dating

Date Published: January 2022



"...I was sixteen years old when I became familiar with heartbreak, when I developed a disdain for whoever made up the whole sticks and stones bullshit..."

Live vicariously through Lindsay Taylor Dellinger's 20 online dates with 20 different men as she recounts the sweet to the downright absurd. From charming one-night stands to grown men genuinely spooked by skeletal art, come for the laughs and stay for the drama!

"...I teetered dangerously somewhere between a four-legged furry friend and a one-way flight to a Mediterranean country where the fine men were just as abundant as the fine wine..."

The thirty-three-year-old divorcée weaves her dating tales through a contrasting lens of therapy, wine, and an unforgiving past. Will she or won't she find her "Ride or Die" online?


*This publication is unsuitable for children under the age of 18*



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Lindsay is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and graphic artist and former fashion industry Art Director, currently traveling the United States in the “WOW WAGON,” a 30-year-old Bluebird International school bus. She resides in this converted tiny home with the two most important men in her life, her love and talented artist, JazEfx, and her thirteen-year-old feline, Sir Benson Brunello the First and Only (Benson, for short).

Lindsay completed her first memoir, which was on January 25, 2022. She also maintains her five-year-old blog, The Road Linds Travels, which covers everything from her travels, both near and far, the tragic losses of her life, wine, and everything in between.


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Friday, February 25, 2022

Blog Tour: Called by Kira Saito #blogtour #interview #giveaway #paranormal #suspense #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @KiraSaito

 


Spirits of Savannah Book #1

Paranormal/Romantic Suspense

Date Published: 01-28-2022



Sophie seems to have it all, a thriving career at the MET, a handsome soon-to-be fiancé, and an eccentric father who is the toast of the academic world. Yet, fate has other plans for her. After the death of her father, she starts to see visions of a beautiful woman who claims that Sophie needs to return home and take care of some unfinished business.

But where is home? And what business? Unexpectedly, she receives a strange invitation from a mysterious organization in Savannah, Georgia. Determined to find out more about the circumstances surrounding her father’s death and her sudden ability to see the dead, she accepts.

Welcome to Savannah, Georgia, a city so beautiful that it was spared from the wrath of Union General William T. Sherman. In this city filled with the spirits of the dead, arching live oaks draped in picturesque Spanish moss, luxurious looming mansions, and men who have impeccable manners and voices as smooth as butter Sophie is an outsider. Yet, she begins to discover that maybe the answers that she has been searching for are closer than she expected… Step into the haunting yet beautiful world of Sophie and Savannah where the dead walk among the living and every nook and cranny has a mystery that demands to be solved.



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Kira Saito is the author of the Arelia LaRue Series and The Girl on Prytania Street. She loves writing twisty books with soul, suspense, and magic.


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Release Blitz: Tentacle Temptation by Eva DeMoan #promo #releaseday #fantasy #erotica #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @EvaDeMoan

 

 

Naughty Films Inc #1

Fantasy Erotica

Date Published: February 25, 2022

Publisher: Razor’s Edge



WARNING: Tentacle Temptation is part of the monster erotica series Naughty Films Inc. There is little to no plot, not much in the way of character development, but there is lots of super hot sex of the taboo variety with seven kraken males and one human female. If you want a happily-ever-after, with romance and a strong storyline, this is NOT what you’re looking for. Please leave all concepts of reality here before proceeding…


I worked my way up the ladder in the Adult Entertainment industry, taking any jobs I could. Now my producer has come to me with an offer I can’t refuse -- mostly because he didn’t give me a choice -- a series of “monster” films with actors in elaborate costumes. But I’d never say no to the amount cash involved…

Except he lied. Those aren’t costumes!

I’m not only about to be claimed by the Alpha Kraken, but by his pod, too!



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I didn’t have a fucking clue what I was supposed to be doing, so I turned to face the counter and looked at the glass tubes set up. I lifted one and “accidentally” dropped it.

Oops! I’m so clumsy today,” I said, bending down to pick it up. The camera man zoomed in on my boobs, which nearly spilled from my shirt.

Doctor, your patient is ready,” a voice called out from off-set.

I turned to face the fake door, and my breath stalled when the most beautiful man I’d ever seen entered – propelled by tentacles! Oh, shit! When Carl said they’d spared no expense, he wasn’t kidding. This guy looked like he’d just come straight from the sea.

He approached, not even slowing, until he’d pinned me against the counter. “I’m finished being your experiment.”

I swallowed hard, my heart racing as he pressed his hard body against me. “What are you going to do about it?”

He grinned, exposing a mouthful of sharp, needle-like teeth. I nearly shuddered, but repressed my reaction. Barely.

You’ve poked and prodded me for months. I think it’s my turn.”

A tentacle slithered up my thigh. Oh, crap!


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Eva loves erotica, both writing and reading -- the filthier and the kinkier, the better. While Eva has always loved monster books and movies, when she saw the World of Warcraft movie she fell head over heels for Durotan, the Orc Chieftan. That's when Eva decided to start writing some monster stories of her own.

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Thursday, February 24, 2022

Release Blitz: Kiss or Dare by Charlie Lane #promo #releaseday #historicalromance #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @BookBuzznet

 

The Debutante Dares Series, Book 3

 

Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Steamy Romance

Date Published: February 24, 2022

Publisher: WOLF Publishing


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This enemies-to-lovers Regency romance by Charlie Lane, shows what happens when sparks fly between a flirty second son of a duke and an inventor’s daughter.

 

She’s risen like a Cinderella.

He’s more charming than any prince.

They shouldn’t be together, but fate can’t resist.

 

A new year and a new Season means a new Lillian Clarke. She’s transformed herself from wallflower to incomparable. But she’s no Cinderella. She’s washed her hands of love and of Lord Devon, her own charming prince who barely knew she existed. She’d rather be the fairy godmother, helping invisible debutantes gain the attention they deserve on the marriage mart. But even though she’s booted Lord Devon from her heart, he’s not done with her. His sudden appearance at her home and inexplicable teasing threaten to distract her from her debutante dreams.

 

Lord Devon, the second son of duke, has put self-pity and scandal behind him and found a new purpose. He’ll invent a machine that improves coffee, buy a coffeehouse, and be a self-made man. He’s determined to be more than the heir’s spare, privileged but kept in case of emergency. Unfortunately, he needs the assistance of Miss Clarke’s brilliant father. And he hates Lillian Clarke for speaking the truth about him. The delectable woman thinks she’s better than him. He’ll teach her she’s not. If he can ignore the way her courage makes him smile.

 

When sparks in the workshop fly, Lillian and Devon invent a passion that’s more than they bargained for and complicate their paths to happily ever after.



 

 

Other Books in The Debutante Dares Series

 

Daring the Duke

The Debutante Dares Series, Book 1


In this Regency Romance by Charlie Lane, a London season of scandalous dares forces a lady and her duke to see that perfect isn’t as perfect as it seems.

 


A Dare too Far

The Debutante Dares Series, Book 2


In this friends-to-lovers Regency romance by Charlie Lane, an independent lady and a cautious earl must do the most daring thing of all—fall in love.


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Don't You Dare, My Dear

The Debutante Dares Series, Book4


Only Rakes Would Dare

The Debutante Dares Series, Book 5


Daring Done Right

The Debutante Dares Series, Book 6


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Charlie Lane traded in academic databases and scholarly journals for writing steamy Regency romcoms like the ones she’s always loved to read. Her favorite authors are Jane Austen (who else?), Toni Morrison, William Blake, Julia Quinn, and Maya Rodale.

Charlie writes unique stories with unconventional characters who push against the rigid restrictions of their society. Officially, Charlie has a Ph.D. in literature with a focus on the nineteenth-century novel and children’s literature and answers to Professor. Unofficially, she’s a high-flying circus-obsessed acrobat, with an emphasis on two-tail silks and answers to Muscles Magee. She lives with her own Colonel Brandon, two little dudes, and a furry fella in East Tennessee.


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Wednesday, February 23, 2022

PROMO Blitz: The Empire's Bladesmen by Clay Vagrant #promo #fantasy #historical #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @BookBuzznet

 

 

War of the Dragon Throne, Book One

Military Historical Fantasy/ Dark Fantasy

Date Published November 2021

Publisher: Armored History



A military historical fantasy set in the late medieval era--15th century Ming Dynasty.

Follow the story of Captain Shao Lian, a battle-hardened veteran of the Ming Dynasty’s imperial army, had become a respected officer in the emperor’s elite bodyguards.

This notorious and politically-powerful secret service organization, known as the Jinyiwei (brocade-clad guards), also functioned as the emperor’s premiere intelligence agency and as an extension of his iron fist. They were the empire's bladesmen.

After Shao Lian was assigned to eliminate a ruthless crime lord after he had seized power over several frontier towns, he discovers that the Blood Foot Syndicate had awakened a powerful and terrifying adversary from a bygone era.

Shao Lian and the soldiers in his command suddenly find themselves waging a harrowing war of survival against allied criminal gangs and an ancient being who commands hordes of monstrous man-eaters.

Shao Lian later discovers the secrets of prehistory and unravels a conspiracy that set ancient mechanisms into motion that now threaten the Ming Empire and the rest of the 15th century world.



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Clay Vagrant is an Asian American millennial who loves martial arts, military history and civilizations, and then reading and writing about them. He helped start the Armored History brand dedicatAmazoned to students and fans of the study of world military history and historical fantasy genres. Clay also does all of his own artwork, design, and illustrations for his books' covers and promotional materials. Visit the website www.armoredhistory.net for his personal updates and what's coming in future books!


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Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Release Week: Song of the Adoël by Kevin King #promo #releaseweek #newbooks #giveaway #yafantasy #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @kevinkingauthor

 

 

YA Fantasy

Date Published: 2/22/2022

Publisher: Brimstone Fiction



The Adoël keep their past a secret, speaking only of some great sin for which they pay penance by living as servants to the royal family. The curse that haunts them, that turns their skin pale and their hair white, is a shame too deep to even speak of.

Raendel resents being told he must pay for the guilt of others. Why should he have to suffer? Their actions had nothing to do with him. Or so he thinks.

When creatures out of the darkest legends attack the king in his own castle, and the prince runs off on a suicidal quest for vengeance, the 'sins of the past' suddenly become a very present reality. And very personal.


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Urgent shouts of “Protect the king!” echoed in Raendel’s head while flashbacks of the vision from Master Othniel’s chamber pricked his conscience. He covered his ears with his hands, but he couldn’t block out Othniel’s voice that spoke inside his own mind. We failed our master. We must never fail him again.

Raendel argued back against his conscience. What can I do? I don’t know how to fight! The king has Master Lenore and Master Deborah to protect him. I would only get in the way.

The shadow creature knocked aside nobles and soldiers alike, advancing to within a few yards of the high table. Lenore and Deborah pulled the king through a door that opened into a passage ending at the king's chambers. He considered the advancing enemy and then the door where the king had gone. He didn’t know what he could do, but his conscience wouldn't let him just lie there and do nothing. With one last glance at the attackers, he leaped up and ran after the king.


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Kevin King grew up in south Louisiana, raised on a steady diet of gumbo and fiction novels. His hobbies include Renaissance Fairs, bookstores, fencing, and daydreaming. He lives outside of Seattle with his wife, his dog Frodo, and their combined book collection.


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