Friday, May 18, 2018

Book Tour & Book Review: Echoes of the Past by Daniel Gibbs #scifi #review #military



Military Sci Fi
Published Date: 5/10/2018

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A republic under attack. A reluctant soldier. An all-out fight for the galaxy’s soul.

David Cohen prays he’ll live to see the other side of his first deployment. His people thought they had left war behind when they fled Earth centuries ago. Time, though, has not dulled the hatred and intolerance of their erstwhile oppressors. To defend his homeland’s freedom, David abandons his dream of becoming a rabbi for the battlefield… and discovers a side of himself he is not sure he can live with.

David's focus is clear when the bullets are flying. In the long hours after, he must reckon with the toll that blood and blame bring upon his mind. Can he square the tenets of his faith against his responsibility to crew and country? Nothing has prepared him to make decisions that could cause ruin or an end to generations of conflict... except for trust in God, himself, and those who serve under him.

If David Cohen survives it all, who will he be?



Review

I loved how fast this novel was in its pacing, I thought that it kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. I loved how much action there was throughout and how the author didn't shy away from making sure everything was detailed. 

David was such a strong and compelling lead character. He goes through a lot of ups and downs throughout the course of the novel and makes a large amount of decisions and as a reader I honestly felt like I agreed with him most of the time. 

I liked the fact that we got backstory and plenty of descriptions of the world we were in, I could picture it in my head. 


About the Author

Ever since watching Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back at the age of five, with his father, Daniel has loved science fiction. Reading hundreds of sci-fi novels, during his teenage years, Daniel came up with the EOTP (Echoes of the Past) universe. Twenty years later, its finally becoming a reality!

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Book Tour & Book Review: Dark Water by @BellTwlbell58 #thriller #mystery #bookreview #giveaway



Thriller/ Mystery
Date Published: 15th March 2018

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Peter Clancy is back. Back in Queensland's Far North, that is - the place he's spent a lifetime trying to leave. Clancy couldn't refuse his 'uncle' Sam's insistence he 'do something' about the destruction of the family graveyard and the threat to the sacred sites of Sam's ancestors from the new mine operations at Clarkes Flat.

And when Clancy discovers his old nemesis Max Hillard is in deep with the mining company, he's more than keen to use his journalism skills to stir up bad publicity for the mine.

But two grisly deaths at the local crocodile farm are followed by murder at the protest camp, and Clancy realises something else is at play. Soon Clancy and Sam are running for their lives ...


Review

Get your thinking cap ready and make sure you don't have any pets that can make sudden noises while reading, this one may make you a bit jumpy. 

I really enjoyed the individuality Lawless brought to this novel. It manages to set itsself apart from other Mystery novels I've read recently.

Australia, Crocodiles, and so many other aspects that I am not familiar with, but thoroughly enjoyed getting lost in and learning about. 

A wonderful cast of characters and a mystery that will keep you on your toes. 


About the Author


I was born in the Australian outback and raised on family cattle stations ( ranches). I was a Registered Nurse for many years before writing my first book in 2011. The book was about a hard-living Aussie reporter, Peter Clancy, who does nearly anything to get a story. The book, Homecountry was an Amazon best seller as was the follow-up, Thornydevils, which again featured Peter Clancy. I have since written a further two books featuring Peter Clancy. The latest is Dark Water which is set in the outback.


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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Book Tour & Book Review: A Different Kind of Reunion by @joanneguidoccio #review #mystery #giveaway



Cozy Mystery
Date Published: Spring 2018 (will send exact day later)
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

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While not usually a big deal, one overlooked email would haunt teacher Gilda Greco. Had she read it, former student Sarah McHenry might still be alive.

Suspecting foul play, Constable Leo Mulligan plays on Gilda’s guilt and persuades her to participate in a séance facilitated by one of Canada’s best-known psychics. Six former students also agree to participate. At first co-operative and willing, the camaraderie is short-lived as old grudges and rivalries emerge. The séance is a bust.

Determined to solve Sarah’s murder, Gilda launches her own investigation and uncovers shocking revelations that could put several lives—including her own—in danger. Can Gilda and the psychic solve this case before the killer strikes again?


Review

This is a cozy mystery at its best. It will make you want to cuddle up for a while and get lost in the story and world Joanne Guidoccio has created. 

Gilda is such a fun main character, I feel like I connected with her right off the bat and that really helped me get invested in the story. 

Psychics are something that I think everyone knows about, but has never really thought twice about. I liked the insight we got into that. Senace's and so much more. 

Don't miss this Mystery! 


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In 2008, Joanne Guidoccio retired from a 31-year teaching career and launched a second act that tapped into her creative side. Slowly, a writing practice emerged. Her articles and book reviews were 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 Romance Writers of America, Joanne writes cozy mysteries, paranormal romance, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.


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Book Tour & Book Review: Building Your Empowered Steps by @LM_Preston #giveaway



Self Help / Non Fiction
Date Published: May 1st, 2018

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Building Your Empowered Steps is your guide and personal mentor in making your life into the experience you desire. A tool to use to redirect your way of thinking about your ability to change and your worth in reaching for it through active exercises and simple bites that when taken can guide you in building your dreams and aspirations, one step at a time.


Review

Sometimes you need a kick in the butt, metaphorically of course. : ) I really feel like what this book can be is a jump start to changing your perspective and going after your dreams. It's empowering and motivating and really gives you a positive outlook on how to accomplish your goals. 

About the Author

LM Preston is an author, an engineer, a professor, a mother and a wife. Her passion for writing and helping others to see their potential through her stories and encouragement has been her life’s greatest adventures.



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Release Day: Flick by @author_lola #erotic #releaseday



Erotica, African American Erotica
Date Published:  May 15, 2018
Publisher: BookBaby

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A Create Your Own Erotic Adventure


A collection of short erotic stories where the reader selects how each kinky story ends.

This book is based on that split decision moment when you decide to refrain or give in to something definitively; whether it's cheating, or revenge, or sexual experimentation. Each story builds up to a decision, then allows the reader to select the direction. It's an opportunity to explore kinky realms without real consequences. The word "flick" by definition means a sudden movement or to propel as such. In this instance, the reader is propelled into fetish.


About the Author


Lola LePaon was born and raised in Bayonne, NJ, and considers the island of Oahu her second home. She's a self-proclaimed pancake aficionado, Jay-Z's biggest fan, and blend of fictional characters Carrie Bradshaw and Harleen Quinzel. As a gemini who relishes duality, she believes variety is not just the spice of her life, but the main ingredient. She hopes that her stories reflect her various interests and multifaceted nature. Her second published effort, FLICK, aspires to shine a light on underserved kinks and honor playful escapades.



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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Release Blitz: Divine Grace




Title: Divine Grace
Series: Divine #2
Author: Virginia Cantrell
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Release Date: May 12, 2018



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Fallen angels and reawakened desire, promises and grudges—a stunning novel in Virginia Cantrell’s Divine series continues, featuring Inaya and Trevin as they race to save the world of the Nephilim from a deadly enemy.

Adopted into the royal family, Inaya has never felt like she belonged, but when the kingdom is overthrown, the Nephilim look to her for guidance. In order to save all she holds dear, she must join forces with the soldier who broke her heart and destroyed her belief in love.

Driven by duty and haunted by the past, Trevin doesn’t make mistakes… until Inaya. His misguided honor cost him the courageous, impulsive beauty he swore to protect. With Inaya needing him now more than ever, he has the chance to prove his worth. But it may be too late to earn back her trust.

An unearthly enemy, the fallen angel Lahash, has vowed to destroy the Nephilim to right the sins of his past. With his plan set in motion and his fate tied to Inaya’s, the world of the Nephilim will never be the same.







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Virginia's greatest passion has always been fiction, particularly romance.  The innocent in her loves the idea of a happily ever after, but she has a massive soft spot for the bad boys.  If you ask her, she'll tell you she's living her dream—getting paid to read and helping indie authors to create beauty by working as an editor for Hot Tree Editing. She's inspired by the many amazing indie authors she has met and has (finally) found the courage to follow her other dream by becoming a published author.


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Friday, May 11, 2018

Book Tour & Book Review: My Headdress is on Fire...stories from a White girl growing up on & off Indian land. by @writerjacks #review #humor #giveaway




Humor/Memoir
Date Published: March 16, 2018
Publisher: The Noise Beneath the Apple®

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My Headdress Is On Fire...stories from a White Girl growing up on & off Indian Land...is a series of deliciously skewed essays, that travel the world from Indian Land to the Australian Outback; single parenting to the Empty Nest. Unearthing stories about an Indian Chief and Bozo the Clown or Kupa Piti and David the Camel, with heart and candor; Jacks' "full powers of smart wit are engaged".... (And, it's a perfect size for the plane or train.)



My Review

Sometimes it's really great to be able to take a step away from yourself and be able to take in real life stories from others. It helps you understand how different the world is and how different other lives can be. 

Heather Jacks does a wonderful job of telling her tale in a way that really becomes all encompassing for the reader. She draws them in and wraps them in her memories. 

The Native world is one that is often discussed or referred to, but I will be honest, I've never really delved deeper into it. I think that this was eyeopening for me as a person. We are given an inside look into some of their ways of life.

Jacks manages to do all of this while keeping the laughs comings. Its a funny and fun work throughout! 


About the Author


I was raised on Indian Land in southeastern Oregon, until age fifteen, when I went to Australia as an ‘experimental exchange student’, for a year.  When I returned, I attended college, and received my FCC license, followed by a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies & Journalism from CSU Sacramento and a Masters Degree in Rhetoric & Communication from UC Davis.
I have traveled extensively, worked in the music industry; radio, production, A&R, booking, concert production and glorified babysitter.  All of this, as a single mother.

I worked as a music journalist for musicians, a major independent record label and several online publications. My last book, The Noise Beneath the Apple®; A Celebration of Busking in New York City, won several awards. My current book, My Headdress Is On Fire...stories from a White girl growing up on & off Indian land, is a series of essays that has been described as 'humor with heart' and a 'rock your mind, snapshot of life.'

I have been working with Starbucks Coffee Company opening stores, building teams and creating inspired moments, (on and off), for the past 20 years.

I was Sainted by The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence as Saint Gregarious Dionysus, and continue to work and serve with this group of Drag Nuns or Sacred Clowns or whatever they are to you; but, they are fabulous.

An avid TV Junkie, Disco Loving Wine Ninja, die-hard SF Giants fiend and unapologetic Twitter practitioner, I currently hang my hat in San Francisco.



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