Friday, December 15, 2017

The One Apart by Justine Avery - Virtual Tour and Giveaway



The One Apart
by Justine Avery

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GENRE: Paranormal

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BLURB:

Only one obstacle stands in his way of enjoying a normal life. He remembers—every life he's lived before.

Tres is about to be born... with the biggest burden any has ever had to bear. He is beginning again—as an ageless adult trapped in an infant body.

He and his teenage mother face life filled with extraordinary challenges as they strive to protect, nurture, and hide how truly different he is. But Tres alone must solve the greatest mystery of all: who is he? The answer is linked to the one question he's too afraid to ask: why am I?

In his quest, Tres discovers that all is considerably more interconnected and dynamic than he could ever imagine—and fraught with far more danger. He cannot hide from the unseen threat stalking him since his birth.

Life as he knows it—as all know it—is in peril. And Tres is the only one aware.

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EXCERPT

A casual knock pre-empted the arrival of an attending nurse. Sancha heard the sounds of a metal cart rolled in, its wheels locked in place at her bedside. She took a quick puff of air and released it as the knuckles of her fists began to turn white.

She heard a rustling of linens, then Maria leaning toward her from her chair on the opposite side of the bed.

Something heavy and warm was laid against Sancha’s arm.

“Sancha...” Maria pleaded this time. “Please.”

Sancha squirmed against the uncomfortable pressure on her arm.

“I can’t let you live the rest of your life,” Maria whispered, “knowing you never even saw him.”

Sancha swallowed. Her breathing quickened. She rolled her lips between her teeth. And she opened her eyes—as slowly as humanly possible.

The brightest pair of crystalline blue eyes stared back at her.

They blinked tenderly, giving away how new to blinking they actually were. Their steady gaze pierced straight through to something rooted within Sancha.

The eyes blinked again, temporarily cutting off the intense connection before opening again to resume it. Sancha rested on her bed in silence, mesmerized by the novice rhythm of blinking resembling Morse code.

Every muscle in her body relaxed. Her mouth began to form an unthinkable smile. She couldn’t help herself.

The baby—her baby—beamed at her with his big, round eyes and flooded her with the total contentment and perfect peace that wafts only from brand-new life.

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I asked Justine:  How do you do your world building?  Here is her answer:

My process is very simple: start with a tiny story idea, the simpler and less-detailed, the better.  Then, I start writing the story from the beginning. I never know how my stories are going to end up—and for me, that's the whole fun of it. That's why I write! Every story's an adventure, a mystery, an experience waiting to unfold. That's the whole appeal for me.

And that is how each unique world for each unique story is created.  My story idea may start in a place, and I see it, all around me, perfectly vividly, like viewing your surroundings in a dream.  Or, I might begin with a character or a situation and similarly, the world appears around them, in as much detail as the story requires.  It’s as simple as “seeing” it.  I guess I can thank a very vivid imagination… probably built, itself, upon decades of global travel, adventures, and reading!

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Justine Avery is an award-winning author of stories large and small for all. Born in the American Midwest and raised all over the world, she is inherently an explorer, duly fascinated by everything around her and excitedly noting the stories that abound all around. As an avid reader of all genres, she weaves her own stories among them all. She has a predilection for writing speculative fiction and story twists and surprises she can’t even predict herself.

Avery has either lived in or explored all 50 states of the union, over 36 countries, and all but one continent; she lost count after moving 30-some times before the age of 20. She’s intentionally jumped out of airplanes and off the highest bungee jump in New Zealand, scuba dived unintentionally with sharks, designed websites, intranets, and technical manuals, bartered with indigenous Panamanians, welded automobile frames, observed at the Bujinkan Hombu Dojo in Noba, Japan, and masterminded prosperous internet businesses—to name a few adventures. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree that life has never required, and at age 28, she sold everything she owned and quit corporate life—and her final “job”—to freelance and travel the world as she always dreamed of. And she’s never looked back.

 Aside from her native English, Avery speaks a bit of Japanese and a bit more Spanish, her accent is an ever-evolving mixture of Midwestern American with notes of the Deep South and indiscriminate British vocabulary and rhythm, and she says “eh”—like the Kiwis, not the Canadians. She currently lives near Los Angeles with her husband, British film director Devon Avery, and their three adopted children: Becks, Sam, and Lia. She writes from wherever her curiosity takes her.

Avery loves to connect with fellow readers and creatives, explorers and imaginers, and cordially invites you to say “hello”—or konnichiwa.

Twitter: @Justine_Avery

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION 

Justine Avery will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 166 - Mesmerized by Candace Camp, Wolf Hunger by Paige Tyler, All Systems Red by Martha Wells

Mesmerized (The Mad Morelands, #1)Mesmerized by Candace Camp
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Paranormal is all the rage today and Mesmerized is a mix of historical romance and the paranormal. Olivia Moreland thinks of herself as a small brown wren who is set to discredit the current rage of mediums. Lord Stephen St. Leger needs her help. Both are interesting characters who share a link with the past. It was fun watching the two come to terms with both a medium who is a fake and the very real ghosts who are visiting both their dreams and theirs waking hours. I loved the ending to the ghost story and of course seeing Stephen and Olivia get their HEA.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.


Wolf Hunger (SWAT, #7)Wolf Hunger by Paige Tyler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is book seven in the SWAT series but it read fine as a standalone. Lana Mason is an interesting character. She knows that she is attracted to SWAT Officer Max Lowry but does not realize that he is THE ONE. Max does know that Lana is his ONE but he realizes that Lana does not know she is a werewolf and does not really understand why her attraction to Max is so strong. That keeps the plot in the first part of the book moving. The danger Lana is in fuels the second part. This is another interesting take on what a werewolf is and how a werwolf is made.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.


All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)All Systems Red by Martha Wells
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have had this since it came out in May and just got around to reading it. Murderbot is the name the that a security android or a self-aware SecUnit has given to itself. This is told in the first person by Murderbot. All Systems Red is a novella that introduces both the SecUnit and the world where he functions. The reason for his name and for his actions after getting the name are at the heart of the story. What happens when he is assigned to a group of scientists on a planet where things start to go wrong fuels the action and the conquests for Murderbot. I loved the world building, the back story and how Murderbot choices his own fate. Great set up for future stories.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

You Taste Like Whiskey and Sunshine by Kimberly Love




You Taste Like Whiskey and Sunshine
by Kimberly Love

I asked Kimberly where she went to find inspiration.  Be sure to read her answer below.
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GENRE:   Non-Fiction/Memoir

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BLURB:

There's an evil queen, a demented father, some amateur boxing and a trailer park story. Even a silver fox makes an appearance. Why wouldn't that entice you?

If you are looking for something different from the rest of the books out there, something that might make you question your sanity then you will love this book.


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EXCERPTS 

Mom? Are you reading this? Maybe you should have a drink first. Can we get a rum and coke over here? She’s gonna need it...

A lot of people have asked me throughout this process, why I would want to write this book. There are a few reasons why I decided to completely expose myself for the world to see, but certainly one particular moment comes to mind. During a heated argument with my ex-husband, post-divorce, he blurted out that he thought I was incapable of loving another human being. It’s one of those things you hear that is so shocking to you that the argument just ceases. I was speechless, I didn’t know what to say. Normally I would have chalked it up to the fact that he was in fact a disgruntled ex because it wouldn’t be the first time we got down and dirty in an argument, but this time I didn’t. I never forgot that comment, mainly because I wondered for years if it was true. There was just something about the way he said it that made me wonder if I was really that irrevocably screwed up. So, I decided to delve into my past, for my sake as well as my daughters, to find out why I walked out on a relationship that everyone thought was perfect.

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The Perfect Places That I Find Inspiration

Inspiration is a funny thing and sometimes the places where you find inspiration are unusual as well. I do a lot of writing at home so it’s probably the last place that I find inspiration but there are times where even home will spark something inside. If I were to pick four places that I could visit to find some inspiration, they would be:

My Daughter’s Room

This is probably the only place in my home where inspiration lies. I spend so much time writing, editing and researching at home that I have to leave it sometimes or I will go crazy. However, there are times if I’m having a hard day that I can walk into my daughter room crawl into bed with her and read a book and that’s inspiring. Currently, we are reading Charlie and the Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl and there is nothing like stepping into a world where there are vermicious Knids chasing Mr. Wonka to inspire me to create my own unusual worlds.

Paris
I have always dreamed of traveling to Paris and writing my next novel in a café in the city. Paris to me is a romantic dream and I would love to create something magical there.

The Beach

Basically, anywhere that there is sand and water, I would be in heaven. There is just something about being by the water that I find very inspiring and my creative juices just flow so easily there. I think there is a part of me that becomes very in tuned with myself when I’m by the water so it’s only natural that I would find creativity there.

A Champagne Bar

No, seriously, you have to try it out. Go to a champagne bar, saddle up to the bar, order some champagne and then just sit there and watch. People watching is one of my favorite things to do and after one night of drinking champagne and feeling glamorous you will have so much to write about.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Kimberly spend her days writing about serial killers and playing on her blog while trying not to get sucked in by her Facebook notifications or get into the whiskey decanter (just kidding...kinda). Check out her blog www.kimmilove.com
Book Description:
WHAT MAKES THIS BOOK AWESOME?
There's an evil queen, a demented father, some amateur boxing and a trailer park story. Even a silver fox makes an appearance. Why wouldn't that entice you?
If you are looking for something different from the rest of the books out there, something that might make you question your sanity then you will love this book.
Seriously! The comedic and sassy perspective will make you see things differently, and you may even find yourself laughing out loud. It's a good story and one that I truly believe needs to be told. Period.
It’s dark, raw and takes you to a door that keeps all my innermost secrets. I hope that the book makes you laugh, makes you cry, and inspires you to be the best version of yourself.
Website/Blog: www.kimmilove.com
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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION 

Kimberly Love will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Be sure to visit the other blogs on the tour!

November 20Edgar's Books
November 21Rogue's Angels 
November 22Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews
November 22Sharing Links and Wisdom
November 24This and That Book Blog
November 27It's Raining Books
November 28The Avid Reader
November 29Mello and June, It's a Book Thang! 
November 30BooksChatter
December 1Fabulous and Brunette
December 4Books Direct - review
December 5Readeropolis
December 6Deal Sharing Aunt
December 7Independent Authors
December 8The Reading Addict
December 11Mixed Book Bag
December 12Books, Dreams,Life
December 13Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer
December 14T's Stuff
December 15Straight From the Library

Friday, December 8, 2017

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 165 - Not HIs Vampire by Annie Nicholas, A Cowboy's Heart by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Not His Vampire (Not This, #3)Not His Vampire by Annie Nicholas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Things that you think cannot exist do and Trixie Russell has just found out that vampires do exist. Soon after she is in an accident about to die when Victor Petrov, an ancient vampire, changes her. Victor has problems and now Trixie is added to the mix. This starts a fun romp as Victor tries to provide the guidance that Trixie needs to adjust to her new status. I loved how Victor is trying very hard to be a good sire to Trixie and how Trixie seems to bring the best out in Victor. Then those nasty werewolves interfere. That leads to tension and danger for both Victor and Trixie. A fun romp in this interesting world where the Not This series takes place.


A Cowboy's Heart (McGavin Brothers Book 4)A Cowboy's Heart by Vicki Lewis Thompson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The latest McGavin Brothers is about to bite the dust. After being left at the alter Bryce McGavin gave up his music. That is about to change. Nicole Williams comes to his bar with her fiancee and ends hes engagement while there. Seems she loves to play and sing and asks to perform two nights a week. Both are recovering from past relationships. Neither think they are ready for a new romance but music brings the two together and romance blooms. I loved how the two supported each other. That support helped replace old tapes that were holding both back from doing what they loved. Great story and a change to visit with the couples from the previous three stories.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Man and Horse by John Egenes - Blurb Blitz and Giveaway





Man & Horse: The Long Ride Across America
by John Egenes

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GENRE:   Memoir

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BLURB:

In 1974 a disenfranchised young man from a broken home set out to do the impossible. With a hundred dollars in his pocket, a beat up cavalry saddle, and a faraway look in his eye, John Egenes saddled his horse Gizmo and started down the trail on an adventure across the North American continent. Their seven month journey took them across 11 states from California to Virginia, ocean to ocean.. As they left the pressing confinement of the city behind them, the pair experienced the isolation and loneliness of the southwestern deserts, the vastness of the prairie, and the great landscapes that make up America. Across hundreds of miles of empty land they slept with coyotes and wild horses under the stars, and in urban areas they camped alone in graveyards and abandoned shacks. Along the way John and Gizmo were transformed from inexperienced horse and rider to veterans of the trail. With his young horse as his spiritual guide John slowly began to comprehend his own place in the world and to find peace within himself. Full of heart and humor, Egenes serves up a tale that's as big as the America he witnessed, an America that no longer exists. It was a journey that could only have been experienced step by step, mile by mile, from the view between a horse's ears.


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EXCERPT

The young horse stands in the pale light of a gibbous moon, his hindquarters positioned so they block the cold northwest wind. Spring has remained cool and dry here in the high desert of the southwest, and the nightly winds have steadily robbed the place of its water. A heavy toll has been taken this year on the plants and animals who live here, and the horse can sense the corpse of one of his kind close by, though the man who travels with him is unaware of it.

The moon is bright, but not quite bright enough, and the man labors to read a beat-up paperback novel. He wishes the moon was full, and as it moves lower across the sky, the man finally gives up his struggle and stuffs the book into his saddlebags. He gets to his feet, walks over to the horse, and scratches the animal's ears, one by one. The horse enjoys this. The man says goodnight and retires to his sleeping bag, leaving the horse to gaze at the night sky.

Coyotes bark their high, shrill cries as the moon begins to set behind the mountains to the west. Finally, the horse turns into the wind and walks the short distance to where the man is sleeping. The horse allows his legs to buckle and slowly settles to the ground next to the man. He tucks his legs beneath him and closes his eyes to dream the dreams that horses dream.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

John Egenes has been a musician, a saddlemaker, a dog catcher, and a hobo, among other things. He only learns by making mistakes and he views his life through a windshield full of squashed bugs. He makes his home in New Zealand.


Online Sites for “Man & Horse”

Amazon:


Barnes & Noble:

AbeBooks:

Book Depository:

Alibris:

John Egenes Blog: http://www.johnegenes.com/wp

John & Gizmo Blog: http://www.johnandgizmo.com/wp




Twitter: @jegenes

The book will be on sale for only $0.99.

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION 

John Egenes will be awarding 4 digital copies of the book to 4 randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.


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Be sure to visit the other blogs on the tour:


November 27This and That Book Blog
November 28Sea's Nod
November 29Rogue's Angels 
November 30Books, Dreams,Life
December 1Sharing Links and Wisdom
December 4Regan Black
December 5Queen of All She Reads
December 6Straight From the Library
December 7Mixed Book Bag
December 8Jennifer Macaire, Tell me a Story