Sunday, September 30, 2012

Storytellers Giveaway

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The Storytellers Series books "Anterria" and "Atlantis", written by 20 yr old Rebecca McKinsey, weave a fantasy tale you won't be able to put down! This series follows 16 yr old Hannah Merchant. Hannah is what the author describes as a "storyteller", just learning about her creative abilities. Hannah loves books and has amassed many notebooks which she has filled with her own stories, poems and pictures. While attending a rather fancy formal party with her parent's, Hannah escapes off to spend time writing once again in her newest notebook. It is while writing in this notebook, that the Author leads us into a fantasy tale where Hannah meets the mysterious Aaron McKay. Together, Hannah and Aaron, take a train in the first book, through the multicolored stars to the tree top village of Anterria.

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In her second book, Rebecca weaves another tale for Hannah and Aaron in which they take the train to the underwater city of Atlantis. Throughout both books these young "storytellers" search for the Keys to open the Door of Exile, so that the counselors of the ancient realm can be released, all while trying to stay one step ahead of the "Shadow" who is also looking for the keys.



This author is most definitely a wonderful storyteller herself! The Storytellers Series is an adventure series based on creativity and imagination, created as an encouragement toward reading for both children and parents. Although the books start slowly, I found that I enjoyed both books immensely! This is a series that must be read in the order written, as book one builds the scene for book two. One can see the subtle influences throughout the series of other great novel's such as Lord of the Rings, Avatar, and Dr. Who. This book however is quite able to stand on it's own! Written for teens this book would be well suited for those over 14 yrs of age as well as adults.

About the Author: Rebecca McKinsey is a 20 yr old novelist from the United States. As Rebecca learned to read, she found it opened new worlds and characters, along with their experiences. This discovery eventually led her to try her own hand at creating more defined stories. Rebecca wrote her first novel, Anterria in 2009, completing and self publishing it in 2010. The sequel "Atlantis" was written and self published in January 2012. About the same time Rebecca was writing Atlantis, she began an entirely new book, "Sydney West", publishing it in February 2012.

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In the author's Third Book "Sydney West":


Sydney West meets a tall pale stranger who collapses in the middle of a busy college towns coffee shop, waking in the hospital as an amnesiac with impressive observation and memory skills, with an eccentricity to match. Inconsistencies and mystery build all around him as he tries to piece together his history, learning more about those around him on the way. Sydney West is a tale of mystery, suspicion, sarcasm, used books and Earl Grey tea. Sydney definitely marches to a different drummer than most with his feet taking him consistently to where he doesn't know he wants to be! It was written for an older audience (15+) and interest level than the Storytellers series, especially because of the college setting, but has also been enjoyed by younger readers that prefer mystery books. Sydney West would be a great addition to any high schooler or college students bookshelf.

*Parga's Junkyard received one copy of each book for the purposes of this review. Our thoughts are ours and ours alone. Our ideas may or may not be the same as yours. Identity Discovery has not read these books, but they look interesting and therefore I decided it was a good series to share with all of you.

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Saturday Cinema: Frankenweenie Recipes

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Batty Cupcakes
Funny Bones
Pizza Mummies
Salty Bones
Sweet Skulls
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FRANKENWEENIE arrives in theatres everywhere on October 5th!

Saturday Satire: The Super Spud Trilogy Excerpt #LightningBookPromos

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Title: The Super Spud Trilogy
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Author: Michael Diack
Publisher: Pen Press; First edition
Desription: Genetic engineering has accomplished many things, one of which has been to create the Super Spud! The humble potato elevated to new heights, creating the most flavoursome crisps ever known to humankind! But that's not all - A magical transformation occurs to all Super Spud crisps not eaten before their use-by date. They take on a life of their own. And so long as they remain undetected by humans, they enjoy life in their own Super Spud cities, take part in major Super Spud sporting events and even start the odd Super Spud war or two. Join Colin, Cougar, Hannibal Vector, Generals Rock, Jock and Strap and all the others in their rollicking adventures. You'll never look at a packet of crisps in the same way again! Fun, quirky and totally original, Michael Diack's debut is strictly for those who are still big kids at heart.

Excerpt::
It had been two months since General Pistachio had heroically rescued and safely transported King Martin, G-James and Flash home. Mt Hiba was once again a thriving city and had recently been declared the third best city for a Super Spud to live in by Spud Life magazine. King Martin, G-James and Flash were playing poker by the fireplace.

“I can’t believe Mt Hiba only came in third place. Which two cities beat us?” asked King Martin.

“Mt Runner-Up came second and Mt Top came first,” said G-James.

“No doubt their names influenced the judges.”

“Or a heavy bribe. Anyway, I’m all in.”

G-James was the master of poker and had never lost a game in his life. King Martin folded, but Flash had a confident look about him and went all in as well.

“Four aces,” said a smug G-James.

“Five of a kind,” replied Flash, who was clearly pleased with his hand.

“You idiot Flash, having five reds doesn’t mean anything. All you have is ten high. I thought we explained the rules before we started? Oh well, you’re out and I’m chip leader.”

King Martin also retired from the poker game.

“I wish so many of our friends hadn’t died in our last adventure; life is beginning to get dull with just the three of us. It’s a good job it’s Christmas Day in a week. I get to open all my presents,” said King Martin.

Since their creation, every Christmas a special and mysterious Super Spud had delivered presents to all the good Super Spud kings and queens. As for the bad kings and queens, they had all their possessions stolen from them and woke up to find their packaging had been branded ‘naughty’. Yes, you’ve guessed it by now, his name was Santa Smith and he was a mince pie and turkey flavour Super Spud. There was a knock at the door of the Royal Palace. Flash opened it to find some mini-edition Super Spuds singing Christmas carols. Being drunk, Flash thought their singing was great and began to dance. King Martin on the other hand was not impressed and threw a bucket of ice cold water over them to shut them up. Some of the mini-editions began to cry, while others had collapsed from the shock of the cold.

“That’s really mean. I guess someone will be branded naughty this Christmas,” said G-James.

“Bugger, I forgot I have to be nice at this time of the year.”

King Martin went to his vault and returned to hand each of the kids £1 million. The kids ran away happy and King Martin was pleased with himself.

A general approached the drawbridge and shouted to the king.

“My Lord, I have terrible news to tell you,” said General Michael.

“Then don’t, I’m going back in to enjoy Christmas songs on the television.”

“It’s about Christmas though.”

“Speak then.”

“Our intelligence suggests a group of Brussels sprouts flavours intend to kidnap Santa Smith and hold him to ransom. We need to travel to the North Pole immediately and protect him from evil.”

“If Santa is kidnapped I won’t get my presents! They must be stopped. General Michael, go back to the army base and recruit four more generals and meet back here in one hour, fully armed and ready to kill at my command.”

General Michael saluted King Martin and then ran off to the army base. King Martin, Flash and G-James went to get ready as well.

“Is it cold where Santa Smith lives?” asked Flash.

“Just put a thermal top on, you will be fine,” said G-James.

“Better take a scarf as well, the wind could be a bit nippy,” said King Martin.

“I wonder if there are any women up at the North Pole. There should be – I imagine Santa is a real player, what with his giant sack and all,” said G-James.

“Not to mention his huge sledge.”

The hour passed and the three of them left the Royal Palace to assemble on the drawbridge. The five generals were there and ready for action. They were only wearing wife-beaters and combat trousers. General Michael was in charge and he was joined by Generals Rudolph, Comet, Vixen and Dasher.

“Why is General Rudolph’s nose red? Is he ill?” asked G-James.

“I’m not ill. I’m Rudolph the red-nosed general, but don’t touch my nose, or else.”

“Or else, what?” replied an intrigued Flash.

“It will glow and give away our position to the enemy.”

“Enough of the useless banter, we have a Santa to save. We’re booked on the next package to Norway. Once there, we will stowaway on a boat to the Arctic ice sheet and walk to the North Pole. The weather forecast up there is for sunshine and showers, with a 50% chance of rainbows and a 10% chance of a snowy-death storm,” said General Michael.

“I don’t like the sound of those rainbows,” said King Martin.

“Remember generals: don’t be a fool, wrap up your tool!” said General Vixen.

The generals wrapped up their machine guns in insulated covers to prevent them freezing and becoming useless in the cold air of the North Pole. The eight of them walked to the post office and got in their box. Two hours later, they were on a plane and on their way to Norway.

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Tour Stops:
21st  Marcie @ To Read or Not To Read (review)
22nd Gina @ Gina's Library (guest post)
23rd Andrea @ Andi's Young Adult Books (review)
23rd Chaye @ The Book Reaper (review)
24th Delphina @ Delphina Reads Too Much (guest post)
24th Melissa @ There for You (excerpt)
25th Allizabeth @ The Paperback Pursuer (review)
26th Amy @ The Girl That Reads (review)
27th Ruth @ My Devotional Thought (review)
28th Lauren @ A Little Bit of R &R (interview)
29th Phaedra @ Identity Discovery (review)
30th Joy @ Joie de Lire (review)
30th Mariam @ Book-a-holic

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Roots of Insight Book Tour Starts Today! #LightningBookPromos

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Roots of Insight (Dusk Gate Chronicles) by Breeana Puttroff


Quinn Robbins has just returned from spending ten days in Eirentheos, a world she had never known existed. Trying to settle back into her familiar life and establish a relationship with her new boyfriend, Zander, is more of a challenge than she ever dreamed it would be.

Things are just beginning to feel normal again when the charming Prince Thomas shows up in her world, and invites her back to Eirentheos for a royal wedding. She's excited at the chance to reconnect with the people and places she had begun to fall in love with.

What she doesn't realize is just how deeply connected with this new world she might become ... and just what old secrets might be beginning to unravel.

The second book in the beloved Dusk Gate series reconnects Quinn with the charming princes, and the pristine world of Eirentheos. From a beautiful royal wedding to a dangerous rescue mission, Quinn's adventures are about to take her life on a course that will change it forever.

About the Author, Breeana Puttroff
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After eleven years as an elementary school teacher, I have decided to reinvent myself (whatever that means).

Now I run my own business, play with and educate my beautiful little girl, Little Goose, and write books for young adults that can be enjoyed by everyone.

The first three books in my original fantasy series, The Dusk Gate Chronicles, are now for sale in Kindle format at Amazon.com, and in paperback at a number of online retailers.

Book Four, currently titled Blooms of Consequence, is scheduled for release sometime this fall.

I am also working on a stand-alone book, which will be a “retelling” of a fairy tale, also told from a young adult viewpoint. I am contemplating a 2012 release for this book as well. Stay tuned for more details.

It’s a brave, new adventure for sure, and I am happier than I have been in a long time. Thanks for being a part of it with me!

Social Media Connect with author: Check her out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DuskGate, on twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/BPuttroff, on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/102548032480501711195/posts, on Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/breeanaputtroff/, and finally on her blog at http://www.breeanaputtroff.net/.

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Sept. 28th Rola @ XO reads (review)
Sept. 29th Jessica @ Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile (review)
Sept. 30th Kate @ Literary R&R (review)
Sept. 30th Kristy @ Kristy K. James (guest post only)
Sept. 30th Kristin @ Better Read Than Dead
Oct. 1st Paula @ Community Bookstop
Oct. 2nd Phaedra @ Identity Discovery
Oct. 2nd Lisa @ Just Another Rabid Reader
Oct. 3rd Angelya @ The Oaken Bookcase 
Oct. 4th Megan @ Paperbook Princess
Oct. 5th McKenna @ Young at Heart
Oct. 6th Sheila @ Sheila Deeth

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Dragon's Call Book Release & Giveaway #ReleaseDayDiva

In a thoughtless final act of destruction, humans awaken the one creature of legend they have no protection against. Years after the complete subjugation of the human race, Derek, heir of the Dragon Queen, and Cecily, create a tentative friendship. But something or someone is stalking the human enclave. Cecily and Derek must find out who and why before she's next.





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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Social Media Party Hop 9/26 #CharismaMedia

Welcome to the Social Media Party Hop brought to you by Charisma Media!

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Are you ready to party?! This party does not require an invitation because everyone is invited! Are you looking to improve your social media reach? Looking to make new friends and fans? Why not link up to our 4 way social media hop!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Cassandra by Starlight Book Tour Starts Today! #IOTours

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Cassandra by Starlight (Book Series) by Susan Mac Nicol


A London woman is swept off her feet into the glamorous yet surprisingly dangerous world of an up-and-coming star of stage and screen.

TO CATCH A RISING STAR

Unconventional though she may be, Cassandra Wallace leads the life of an average Londoner, from blind dates to rush hour traffic. Then, along comes Bennett Saville. Charming, erudite, the up-and-coming actor is like the hero of a romantic movie. He sets Cassie afire like he has the stage and screen, and defies the tragedy that brought them together. From the tips of his Armani loafers to their scorching hot first kiss, he’s perfect. Only, he’s ten years younger and from the upper class, and those emerald eyes invite dangerous secrets. The world is full of hungry leading ladies, and every show must have its villain. Yet a true romance will always find its happy ending.

About the Author, Susan Mac Nicol
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Susan Mac Nicol was born in Leeds, UK, and left for South Africa when she was eight. She returned to the UK thirty years later and now lives in Essex. Her debut novel "Cassandra by Starlight", the first in a trilogy, has recently been published by Boroughs Group Publishing in the US.

Sue has written since she was very young, and never thought she would see herself being a Romance writer, being a horror/psychological thriller reader all her life. But the Romance genre is now something very close to her heart and she intends continuing the trend.

Some of the more interesting times in her life? Being kicked out of the local Church Youth Chapter when she was just sixteen, for being 'a bad influence' (she maintains it was called freedom of speech), a bad car accident in 1986 which almost cost her her life, life in a commune in the cosmopolitan suburb of Hillbrow in Johannesburg with guys who were - well, let's say not the everyday boys next door, and being picked up by a punter as a prostitute (again in Hillbrow) when she got lost on her first day at a new job and was looking for the place she worked at by walking up and down the streets in search of the office....

What she thinks you need to be a be a writer? Imagination, tenacity (for the constant re-edits) a sense of humour and most of all, PASSION.

Social Media Connect with Susan Mac Nicol: You can connect with her via her blog, Facebook, twitter, and LinkedIn.

Buy the book:
All Romance - https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-cassandrabystarlight-910696-149.html
Amazon.com - Cassandra by Starlight
Smashwords - http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/214637


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9/24 - My Cozie Corner - Review - http://coziecorner.blogspot.com
9/24 - Storm Goddess Book Reviews & More - Review - http://www.stormgoddessbookreviews.blogspot.com/
9/24 - Musings From An Addicted Reader - Review - http://musingsfromanaddictedreader.blogspot.com/
9/24 - Talk Supe - Review - http://www.talkingsupe.com
9/24 - The Bunny's Review - Review - http://bunnysreview.com
9/24 - Mallory Heart Reviews - Review - http://archiestandwoodsreviewsandwritings.blogspot.com/
9/24 - Queen of All She Reads - Review - http://queenofallshereads.blogspot.com/
9/24 - Harlie's Books - Review - http://harliebooks.blogspot.com 
9/25 - M-N's Amazing Book Reviews - First Chapter - http://mnsamazingbookreviews.blogspot.com
9/25 - Queen of All She Reads - Guest Blog, and Giveaway - http://queenofallshereads.blogspot.com/
9/28 - Harlie's Books - First Chapter and Giveaway - http://harliebooks.blogspot.com/?zx=a0b736b0528daf99
10/3 - Identity Discovery - Guest Blog - http://identitydiscovery.net
10/4 - Books, Books, and More Books - Review, Interview,and Giveaway - http://dream-reader-dreamer2229.blogspot.com/
10/4 - The Bunny's Review - First Chapter and Giveaway - http://bunnysreview.com
10/5 - Steamy Reading - First Chapter - http://www.steamyreading.com/
10/9 - Kaisy Daisy's Corner - Review and Giveaway - http://kswederski.blogspot.com/
10/10 - Book Lovin Mamas - Review, Interview, and Giveaway - http://www.booklovinmamas.blogspot.com
10/10 - Storm Goddess Book Reviews & More - Interview and Giveaway - http://www.stormgoddessbookreviews.blogspot.com/
10/11 - smartmouthtexan - Guest Blog, First Chapter, and Giveaway - http://smartmouthtexan.wordpress.com/
10/15 - I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read! - Guest Blog, First Chapter,and Giveaway - http://www.sithereandread.com/

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The Accidental Siren Book Tour Starts Today! #PromoBookTours

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Mara Lynn is the most beautiful girl in the world. James Parker is the ordinary boy who discovers her power.

The year is 1994. James, a pudgy twelve-year-old, responds to an ad for a used camcorder at a mysterious suburban home. Before he can knock on the door, he notices boys–a dozen at least–frozen amongst the trees behind the house. Their faces are blank. One boy presses “record” on a walkman and holds it above his head… and then James hears it, the voice of a little girl. Sweet; high like a songbird without the shrill. It was a church song. It came from inside the house.

James doesn’t know it yet, but the girl he’s about to meet is a modern-day siren.

The Accidental Siren depicts the joys and consequences of young love as Mara and James meet, shoot a movie, fend off bullies, and explore the potential of infinite beauty.

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“What I really want to do is direct.”

Yeah, I was that kid.

I spent my high-school career as the ghost of the art room, passionately constructing a portfolio that would provide the first step toward a creative occupation. Luckily, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago didn’t consider GPA when selecting applicants, so I was immediately accepted into one of the most prestigious art programs in the country.

Unfortunately, the only thing I learned in art school was how much I hated art.

But I found myself! And that’s important, right?

I graduated with a BFA in 2006 and moved to Los Angeles to harness my dream of becoming the next Ingmar Bergman (thanks a lot, art school).

In LA, I began writing screenplays as a means to direct. I found a job reading screenplays for the same reason. I read a lot of crap. I wrote a lot of crap. But little did I know… I was learning.

In the three-year process of creating short films and pursuing funding for features, I learned that directing came naturally to me, but producing did not.

I wasn’t able to get a project off the ground. When my father was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009, I moved back to my hometown of Grand Haven, Michigan with nothing to show but three screenplays.

One day, while working as a stage manager for a national dance competition, I had an epiphany that only a repressed, depressed, living-with-his-parents artist could have: what if I wrote books? Unlike screenplays, a book is finished when it’s finished. When the final draft is complete, a book becomes a marketable product. If I work my butt off, maybe I could actually make money doing what I love!

I’m not a millionaire yet… but I did write four novels in three years and I’m proud of the accomplishment. Currently, I’m engaged to my soul-mate, self-publishing all four books, and developing a sequel to The Accidental Siren.

Dreams, here I come.

The Accidental Siren is FREE until October 16th on Smashwords HERE Download and Leave a review on Amazon for EXTRA points

*The Accidental Siren* is one of four books in the "Blank Canvas Series." They're all very different books, but all related thematically. The other books are *Lighthouse Nights*, *The Brandywine Prophet*, and *The Day I Wore Purple*. The first three are all available on Smashwords and Amazon.

Tour starts September 25 The author is having a contest -
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2* pairs of Mara Lynn's purple earrings from jewelry designer Allison Perkins
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2* signed and numbered paperbacks of The Accidental Siren
1 Skype date with the author. One-on-one video, audio, or text chat with Jake
4 paperbacks of The Accidental Siren

All above winners will also receive an mp3 CD with music that inspired all four of Jake VanderArk's books, as well as the music he listens to as he writes.


2 ebooks of Lighthouse Nights ( http://jakevanderark.com/novels/lighthouse-nights/)
2 ebooks of The Brandywine Prophet ( http://jakevanderark.com/novels/the-brandywine-prophet/)



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3-Tier Chocolate Fondue Fountain Giveaway

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The elegant 3-Tier Chocolate Fondue Fountain is the ultimate accessory for all special occasions! Simply pour melted white or dark chocolate into the base and turn it on. It will carry chocolate to the top of the tower where it flows down each tier, creating a beautiful display. Any event will have the feeling of a "catered affair" where guests can dip fresh strawberries, marshmallows, pretzels, cookies and other goodies into the delicious chocolate. The entire unit disassembles for easy cleaning and its plastic auger and tower are dishwasher safe.

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The Bookish Blog Hop Party 9/25 #CharismaMedia


The Bookish Blog Hop


Make sure to leave your bookish link below in the appropriate area! We have linkies for book posts (ie book reviews, author interviews, etc), your goodreads account (or any other book website), and a link to your book giveaway or a friend's book giveaway.
This is open for one week! 9/25 - 10/1

For instance, I will be adding links to the many books tours I am taking part in. You might see it duplicated in the giveaway linky because some of the book tours have giveaways as well!

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Forged By Greed Release Day Party! #ReleaseDayDiva

Forged by Greed
Two Seattle 16-year-old Shape Shifters, Jatred and Jasmira, are torn between following their hearts and protecting the order of the world. The path of the star-crossed lovers leads only to destruction.

The ancient Shape Shifter Races—the Winter wolves and the Summer leopards— live among humans and fit perfectly into modern life, while keeping secret societies with their own laws and traditions.

Two Goddesses, Crystal and Amber command their respective Races. One is on a quest to tilt the scale of power to her side. The other will never let it happen, even if it means sacrificing Jatred and Jasmira’s love.

The Amulet commissioned to bring stability into the world remains hidden and concealed with the help of advanced technology. Jatred is the guardian of the Amulet and key to the Goddesses’ conflict.

The forces of nature are disrupted. Earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions rake the world. The Goddesses go to war and summon all their Shifters to join in the conflict. Jatred and Jasmira must fight not only for their love but to protect the future of both Races and humankind.


Come and celebrate with author Angela Orlowski-Peart as she releases her book Forged by Greed!!! We'll be playing some fun games. The party runs from 10-2 pst on Friday September 28th!! Join in the fun here!

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Raging Blue Book Tour Starts Today! #IOTours

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Raging Blue by Renee Daniel Flagler


Blue Holiday has decided to call foul and leave her destructive marriage. But her cheating husband, Jaylin, decides he needs her money to survive and insists on a rematch. Usually, Blue would be game, but after discovering the depths of his depravity, she drops him from her roster of eligible’s. Unaccustomed to rejection, especially from his wife, Jaylin decides to take what he feels is rightfully his. Problem is, he forgot a woman in love will put up with a lot. But a woman enraged, she’ll let you think you’re winning, just before she snatches it all. Raging Blue a contemporary romance author, Renee Daniel Flagler.

About the Author, Renee Daniel Flagler
Renee Daniel Flagler


Renee Daniel Flagler is an award-winning freelance writer, award-nominated author, and a seasoned marketing professional. Under the divisions of Aspicomm Media, Renee has married the things she enjoys the most; writing, marketing, and events, into one fulfilling personal career.

Renee treasured the art of writing since she was a young girl and in 2004 she took her love of creative writing seriously and self-published her first novel, Mountain High, Valley Low. She later released Miss-Guided, and the highly-anticipated sequel to her first book entitled, In Her Mind. Renee’s latest novel is Raging Blue. She is currently working on her next releases, Still Raging and The Relationship Survival Guide, her first non-fiction endeavor.

Renee is the founder of The Self-Publishing Symposium, a business conference for self and independent publishers, The S’Indie Awards, which honors the works and accomplishments of self and independent publishers and the Divas of Literature Tour, a multi-city book tour. Renee is also the founder of SheBiz.net (www.shebiz.net) a lifestyle blog for women pursuing their passions.

Renee is the recipient of an Excellence in Journalism award by the New York Association of Black Journalists and also was honored by Black Star News for her accomplishments in business for starting the Self-Publishing Symposium, and the Unlock Your Dreams conference.

Renee has been featured in The Network Journal, Ebony Magazine, The New York Amsterdam News, Our Times, Caribbean Life, Jolie Magazine, Booking Matters, and Black Star News to name a few. She has also appeared on The Angie Le Mar Show on Choice FM, the UK’s leading Hip Hop and R&B station, WAOK Talk Radio in Atlanta and WHCR in New York City.

Renee teaches creative writing in the Arts in Education programs of the New York City and Nassau County Departments of Education. She’s also dedicated to mentoring at-risk teens and impacting literacy in inner city communities through mentoring.

Renee is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing and is a graduate of New School University with a Masters in Media Arts, and St. John’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. She is a member of the New York Association of Black Journalists and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Long Island Chapter Inc.

Renee Daniel Flagler is on Twitter and Facebook. Check out her website at http://reneedanielflagler.com.

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Amazon - Raging Blue
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Tour Stops:
9/25 - Books, Books and More Books - Review
9/26 - Free Book Dude - Guest Blog
9/27 - My Cozie Corner - Review
9/27 - Book Lovin' Mamas - Guest Blog and First Chapter
9/28 - T B R - Review and First Chapter

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A Practical Arrangement by Nadja Notariani


Practical plans go awry when prim sensibilities unwittingly capture the heart of a scandalous seducer.

Miss Evangeline Grey, intelligent and sensible, has no desire to marry, her reluctance born from the dire warnings of her overly emotional mother. Her father has other ideas, however, and decrees that unless she weds by the spring, he will choose a husband for her.

Prim and proper Evangeline accepts her father's issue with little more than mild alarm. Knowing herself plain of face and sharp of tongue, she believes herself capable of warding off any perspective suitor. Her plan goes awry when the scandalous seducer, Mr. Thomas Masterson, visits her family's home, for Thomas has learned that he must procure a wife to receive his full inheritance.

When he discovers Evangeline's predicament matches his own, Thomas determines to orchestrate a practical arrangement. A war of wit and word results, and Thomas finds himself ever more beguiled by the soft heart he discovers under Miss Grey's stern, inhibited exterior. Patiently, he endeavors to gain her respect and awaken her passions. As tenuous trust blooms between the rake and the reluctant, unfortunate events – and Thomas' past reputation – threaten to destroy the peace and happiness he has found within the bonds of his Practical Arrangement.

About the Author, Nadja Notariani
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Nadja Notariani was born in Rochester, Pennsylvania. Her upbringing included very diverse environments, affording wide and varied richness of ethnic and religious tradition. Raised in both an Italian/Mediterranean American home and a traditional German household, Nadja gleaned the unique benefits of viewing the world through two widely different lenses.

Nadja resides in Northeastern Pennsylvania, ever embracing new adventures with her husband, three sons and faithful German Shepherd. She also boasts two grown daughters, who have flown the nest to pursue their own adventures.

Within her titles, readers can find romance and adventure, from contemporary to paranormal to historical, always with a happily-ever-after. Nadja enjoys hearing from readers and can be found at her website, on Facebook, Goodreads, and at Romance Novel Center. Readers are welcome to contact her via email. nadja.notariani@gmail.com

Social Media Connect with Nadja Notariani: Check out her website and her Facebook page.

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Amazon - A Practical Arrangement
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Tour Stops:
9/24 - Arianne Cruz - Guest Blog and Giveaway - http://ariannecruz07.blogspot.com/
9/25 - My Devotional Thoughts - Guest Blog and Giveaway - http://www.mydevotionalthoughts.com/
9/26 - All Things Writing - Guest Post - http://www.allthingswriting.blogspot.com/
9/26 - Reading Romances - Review and Giveaway - http://reading-romances.com/
9/27 - T B R - Review and Giveaway - http://tbr-io.blogspot.com/
10/1 - Queen of the Night Reviews - Review, Guest Blog, and Giveaway - http://queenofthenightreviews.blogspot.com/
10/4 - I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read! - Guest Blog and Giveaway - http://www.sithereandread.com/
10/4 - Harlie's Books - Review and Giveaway - http://harliebooks.blogspot.com/
10/8 - Identiy Discovery - Guest post - http://www.identitydiscovery.net/
10/9 - The Insane Writings of a Crazed Writer - Guest Blog and Giveaway - http://www.jessekimmelfreeman.com/blog.html
10/9 - The Bunny's Review - Review, Interview, and Giveaway - http://bunnysreview.com
10/10 - Just Another Rabid Reader - Review, Guest Blog, and Giveaway - http://justanotherrabidreader.info
10/10 - My Cozie Corner - Review - http://coziecorner.blogspot.com/
10/10 - Reviews By Molly - Review - http://reviewsbymolly.com/
10/11 - Mademoiselle Le Sphinx - Review - http://aliaaelnashar.blogspot.com/
10/12 - Reading on the Wild Side - Guest Blog and Giveaway - http://readingonthewildside.blogspot.com/?zx=1013a8f156087770

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Beautiful Man and Other Stories by Jack Mauro


Twelve short stories, all set in modern-day Knoxville, Tennessee, and each exploring the rhythms and currents of relationships, encounters, and the conflicts within characters themselves. From the reality beneath the surface of a hotel manager's charm, to the sadly funny and complex clashes between a family on a holiday carriage ride, Beautiful Man and Other Stories probes the fascination of lives as shaped by Southern, and all too human, forces.

A young father struggles to shield his adopted child from the calculated, measured care of his wife. Two brothers and their wives combine feuding energies to provide an unforgettable holiday treat for the family matriarch. And a hotel manager eclipses the life of a girl captured by his beauty. The twelve tales of Beautiful Man and Other Stories open doors to the sadness, the flashes of humor, and the implacable reality of the Southern city he loves so much.

About the Author, Jack Mauro
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Jack has been writing professionally for fifteen years, with work ranging from a guide to Internet dating (from Simon & Schuster) to liner notes for Oscar and Grammy winner Carly Simon. His first love, however, remains fiction, and of a very Southern kind. Beautiful Man and Other Stories marks Jack's return to the form after ten years.

Social Media Connect with Jack Mauro: Check out the author's Facebook Page.

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Amazon - Beautiful Man and Other Stories
Barnes and Noble - http://bit.ly/Ri48DM


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9/24 - Stuffed Shelves - Review, Guest Blog, and Interview
9/25 - The Insane Writings of a Crazed Writer - Guest Post and Interview 
9/27 - I am, Indeed - Review and Interview
10/2 - My Cozie Corner - Review
10/3 - All Things Writing - Guest Post
10/4 - Identity Discovery - Guest Post
10/5 - The Self-Taught Cook - Review

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A Diary's House: Where True Love Endures

A Diary’s House is about adventure, lost love, and the hope that dreams, even those in the final years of life, can at last prevail. It is of a young boy’s attempt to become a man, the once-lost secrets of a diary, a sweeping romance which transcends time and place. It is more than a boy’s journey into manhood, but the mysteries of so many lives unknowingly intertwined, now brought together in a climatic ending; all from the engrossing world embedded in a forgotten diary; a diary of a woman.

Born in the vast and looming mountains of North Carolina during the 1870’s, Landon Hampshire always remembered the folklore and legendary tales his father told him during his early childhood; about the people of the Kituhwa (Cherokee) and the birth of this tribal nation – an enchanting story he could never forget. Incorporating the aid of an eccentric old French trapper (old man Montague), Landon and his friends set out on an adventure, their initial intention is to discover treasure and become men. But what Landon will eventually come to discover is more than he ever bargained for.

Landon didn't realize his boyhood adventure would yield the incredible journey he ultimately experiences - going down the mysterious and mystical Randola River. At the base of the river is an island even more mysterious than the Randola itself.

The island releases many of its mysterious, yet even many more are created when Landon discovers, on the island, a diary of a young woman who lived forty years prior during the 1830’s (Trail of Tears). The diary entries are hopeful, though haunting. It reveals, in intimate detail, the life and dreams of this very special young girl who is turning into a woman of beauty and adventure, her love for a Cherokee boy, and the trials she will ultimately face. Her story unfolds through the reading of her diary, and Landon suddenly finds himself caught up in a sweeping, empowering world of re-invention and ultimate redemption.

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C. David Murphy

I am a writer; first and foremost. Anyone who reads my works will instantly know this. I have found no greater joy on this earth than to be close to God and nature; exploring the serenity of landscapes, waterfalls, epic mountains, meadows and grasslands. To sit on those spots of earth and write to where my imagination will take me yields a tremendous amount of peace and serenity.. To create characters with true and genuine emotions, feel their heartbeat thru every word I write; their trails, their hopes and ambitions; to breathe life into their eyes and see their soul become one with me and the reader is absolutely amazing. I simply love to create on that venue and canvas; to affect change in the lives of others. It is my hope, when someone picks up my stories and reads the full weight of them, that somehow I have affected change in their lives, brought them to places they could never have imagined before, and moved them to believe in humanity again – to go out into the world and create ‘goodwill towards all’.

The Diary’s House is C David Murphy’s first digitally published novel. He is also the author of two Shakespearean-style genre plays In the Years of the Ages and Hildengrass. He is currently finalizing his next novel, When Tomorrow Never Comes and The Chronicles of Good and Evil – Dracula’s Lair / The Darkest Tower, both due out later this year. Also, the sequel to A Diary’s House is in the works – The Long Journey Home due out the first part of 2013.

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Monday Motif: The Marriage Bargain Review & Interview #PromoBookTours

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Title: The Marriage Bargain
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Author: Sandra Edwards
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Desription: Camille Chandler is a tabloid journalist whose career is right on track–until her boss sees a curious ad in the L.A. Trades.

Wanted: Single actress for an extended gig abroad.

France’s mega-rich playboy Julian de Laurent is up to something and Camille’s boss expects her to find out what. Who knew the eccentric gazillionaire was looking to hire a temporary wife?

When Camille refuses to accept Julian’s proposal–and secretly write a juicy tell-all about the de Laurent family–she’s fired and left financially destitute, forcing her to entertain Julian’s proposal for real. But what’ll happen at the end of the contract period, after Camille has spent six months as the wife of a man she learns is capable of stealing her heart?

Review: What would you do if you had the opportunity to marry a rich and famous person with the agreement that in six months the marriage would be dissolved AND you would become a multimillionaire? Me personally, if I had no other relationship ties, I would so do it. Camille Chandler is put in this exact situation with only one other stipulation. She answers to the wife-seeking ad in order to get a scoop for her magazine. Her dream is to write a column for some prestigious magazine. The problem came when her boss told her to accept the marriage proposal only to get the story and to back out of the arrangement the day before the wedding. Camille has way too much heart to do something so cruel just for a story. However, her boss sees that as an unforgivable flaw for a reporter. Camille quits her job as she is being fired and finds herself blacklisted. Now what should she do?

Camille finds herself agreeing to a marriage of convenience just to keep herself off the streets and to pay her bills. She doesn't expect to actually enjoy having the extra money. She doesn't expect to be attracted to Julian with a fever she doesn't know if she can deny. She also doesn't expect to be competing for his affection with the woman his father intended him to marry. What will happen over the next six months is a mystery. It's a unique story that will have you questioning what you would do to survive. It's very well written with great character development that will leave you wanting to read more of Sandra Edwards's works.

Interview with the author, Sandra Edwards:
  1. Why was Julian so against marrying Madeleine? What history did they have together?

    Julian and Madeleine shared a “casual” relationship. When Julian concocted his scheme, he wasn’t interested in marrying anyone. Madeleine was just a casualty of that determination.

  2. Why did Julian's dad feel that it was ok to arrange a marriage for his sons?

    Maurice is a very wealthy man who’s used to getting what he wants, and now that he’s retired from the family business he has a little too much time on his hands. Plus, he’s old school. He comes from a time when arranged marriages are the norm among the very wealthy.

  3. Camille really had nothing to lose by marrying Julian, but what gave her the courage to actually do it? How was she able to act so well under all the pressure?

    Camille’s motivation is simple. She’s afraid of being homeless. How does she handle the pressure so well? Desperation. lol.

  4. What happened between Tasha and Andre? Why did Tasha leave?

    While it's clear in THE MARRIAGE BARGAIN that Tasha and Andre like each other, Tasha left simply because the storyline dictated it. But, because readers have expressed an interest in them, I'm happy to report that Tasha and Andre's story will continue in THE MARRIAGE CAPER.

  5. What would have happened to Julian and Camille's arrangement if she had gotten pregnant?

    That would’ve really complicated the situation, and it would’ve been very hard, if not impossible, to wrap the book up in less than 60K words and have the reader feeling satisfied that they were together at the end because they were in love and not because of the baby. 60K words maximum was important because I'd intended this book to be a quick romantic read.

  6. (Shameless plug time!) Tell us what we can expect to see from you in the future!

    THE MARRIAGE CAPER will be my next release. Hopefully in time for Christmas!

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