Monday, August 20, 2018

COVER REVEAL - The Forgotten Child by Melissa Erin Jackson

The Forgotten Child
by Melissa Erin Jackson
Publication date: October 10th 2018
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Paranormal

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Ever since Riley Thomas, reluctant medium extraordinaire, accidentally released a malevolent spirit from a Ouija board when she was thirteen, she’s taken a hard pass on scary movies, haunted houses, and cemeteries. So when her best friend pressures her into spending a paranormal investigation weekend at the infamous Jordanville Ranch—former home of deceased serial killer Orin Jacobs—Riley is one-hundred-percent not ready.

Shortly after their arrival at the ranch, the spirit of a little boy contacts Riley; a child who went missing—and was never found—in 1973.

In order to put the young boy’s spirit to rest, she has to come to grips with her ability. But how can she solve a mystery that happened a decade before she was born? Especially when someone who knows Orin’s secrets wants to keep the truth buried—no matter the cost.


Author Info
Melissa has had a love of stories for as long as she can remember, but only started penning her own during her freshman year of college. She majored in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology at UCDavis. Yet, while she was neck-deep in organic chemistry and physics, she kept finding herself writing stories in the back of the classroom about fairies and trolls and magic. She finished her degree, but it never captured her heart the way writing did. 
Now she owns her own dog walking business (that’s sort of wildlife related, right?) by day…and afternoon and night…and writes whenever she gets a spare moment. The Microsoft Word app is a gift from the gods! 
She alternates mostly between fantasy and mystery (often with a paranormal twist). All her books have some element of “other” to them…witches, ghosts, UFOs. There’s no better way to escape the real world than getting lost in a fictional one. 
She lives in Northern California with her very patient boyfriend and way too many pets. 
The Forgotten Child is her debut, the first in a paranormal mystery series.
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BOOK BLITZ w/GIVEAWAY - A Shameless Little Con (Shameless #1) by Meli Raine

A Shameless Little Con
Shameless #1
by Meli Raine 
Publication date: January 30th 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense


BLITZ

I didn’t do it.

I never betrayed my friend.

Last year, I was kidnapped along with presidential candidate’s daughter Lindsay Bosworth, forced to help her assailants, my mother implicated in one of the biggest political scandals in American history.

I’ve been cleared of any wrongdoing, but that doesn’t matter. Once you’re tried by the media, you’re guilty as sin. The truth doesn’t get the public’s attention.

But shame? Shame sells.

And everyone assumes you’re tainted.

Now I have my own personal security team, courtesy of the United States government. Not the one you learned about in civics class, though.

I’m being tracked by the deep state. The shadow government. They’ve assigned Silas Gentian to be with me twenty-four seven. He thinks he knows everything about me – all of it bad — and he does.

On paper.

Like everyone else, he assumes I’m a traitor. A backstabber. A betrayer. Someone who helped a group of violent psychopaths, puppets of powerful men in Washington who made me into a tool.

Yet I see how he looks at me. True desire can’t be faked.

Or hidden.

And that goes both ways.

He assumes I’m trying to fool him.

And he might be right.

But not for the reasons he thinks.

A Shameless Little Con is the first book in the Shameless trilogy by USA Today bestselling author Meli Raine.

EXCERPT:
Life is about blending in now, an impossible task for someone who has more notoriety than Monica Lewinsky. Shame is a booming industry, one with capital and debt, profit and loss sheets, one that trades in the hard currency of humiliation and intrigue. My ringing phone would be a constant reminder of my ongoing debasement, so I turn it off. Pretend there is no sound.
Pretend in order to function, because if I let myself receive a notification every time someone mentioned me, I’d be buried in cacophony, shattered by so much noise I would dissipate, particles of Jane Borokov in the air everyone breathes, and we can’t have that.
If I did that, I wouldn’t exist, and right now my best defense is just existing.
I’m innocent.
No one believes me.
And as time passes, I see that what people actually believe doesn’t matter.
It’s what you can manipulate them into feeling that counts. Media reports about my so-called heinous actions last year are all about stoking the furious fire of public anger. Get them outraged. Get them frothing. Pitchforks and torches are so twentieth century.
Now you tar and feather people with a Share button and a Like. It’s so easy. Read the words, feel something, then tap. Click.
Move on to the next scandal.
It’s all part of your life, right?
Until you are the shame sacrifice of the day. Week. Month.
Year.
We’re trained to seek high rewards, but the internet lets us do it with low effort. Got to get that dopamine fix somewhere, right?
“Jane.”
I start, spilling a bit of the crema from my latte on my hand. The perfect heart at the center of the foamy milk on the surface of my coffee turns into a mangled, jagged mess.
“Jesus! You scared me.” I keep my voice to a low hiss, mortified by all of the layers this interruption is breaching. I refuse to look at him, because if I look at Silas Gentian, my newly assigned bodyguard and babysitter, I’ll see disgust.
And while I’ve gotten used to it from everyone else, I still can’t stomach seeing it reflected back at me from him.





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Meli Raine writes romantic suspense with hot bikers, intense undercover DEA agents, bad boys turned good, and Special Ops heroes — and the women who love them. 
Meli rode her first motorcycle when she was five years old, but she played in the ocean long before that. She lives in New England with her family.
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BOOK BLITZ w/GIVEAWAY - Mute & Haze Box Set by Christine Bernard

Mute & Haze Box Set
by Christine Bernard 
Publication date: July 20th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary

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This box set includes Mute and Haze.

Mute – Book one:
Can you get by for an hour without talking? A day even? What about a month? Or nine?

Rebecca Marley sets herself a nine-month challenge with only one rule: She isn’t allowed to communicate with anyone. She is to become mute. How hard could it be? Yet, what starts as a challenge, soon becomes a journey of self-discovery as Rebecca has only herself for company. Will this time be the peaceful respite she so desperately seeks? Or will she confront aspects of herself that a noisy world hides so well?

Faced with love and heartache, she soon learns to find solace in silence.

Haze – Book two:
Not all problems can be solved with a mute button.

Everyone knows Rebecca Marley. She’s the crazy, brave and introspective woman who spent nine months without talking. Everyone loves her. She’s raw, honest and relatable. She’s also rich and famous, although I’m sure you knew that already. You’ve probably read her articles, or her book, or seen one of her many interviews. She’s also socially anxious, self-conscious and self-degrading, but she tries to keep that to herself. Her once-silent world has changed, and the noise has engulfed her. It’s also about to get noisier, as Rebecca agrees to a new challenge, perhaps even crazier than before. This story picks up from Mute, and follows Rebecca on a new journey, one which we all face today. It begs the question, ‘how do we find quiet in a deafening world?’
EXCERPT:
Excerpt from Mute
The ideas were rushing through me almost too fast to comprehend them myself. I needed to keep talking to keep the momentum going. “Why don’t I take a year off? But not from work. From life.”
“You want to take a year off from life? I don’t get it, Rebecca.”
“Yeah. Yeah. I mean, okay, so what if I create a challenge for myself? The magazine is big on challenges. We’re always giving people challenges to do in order to improve themselves. Why don’t I do one myself? Oh, and why don’t I write about it? That way, you still get articles from me each month.”
“But what would the articles be about? What’s the challenge?”
“To not talk to anyone for a year.” My smile grew wider. Given the current circumstances, it possibly made me look more maniacal than happy, but I couldn’t help myself. The more I thought about my new idea, the happier I became.
“What? Rebecca, you’re losing it. Why would you want to do that?”
“Why not? Think about it, it’ll be great. I’ll work from home for the next year. I’ll still do whatever you need done, but I’ll also provide you with an article each month, or each week—whichever you prefer—detailing my progress. Come on, wouldn’t it be interesting to see if a human being can go from living a normal life in society, to suddenly not speaking to anyone for a full year? I think the readers would love it too.” I needed her to think about the readers.
“But how can you not talk to anyone? How will you go shopping? How will you get by? Surely you have to talk to someone? What about emails? How can I give you work if I’m not talking to you?”
“You email me what you want done and I send it to you. But we don’t interact over email other than for work. And shopping? Why do I need to talk to anyone? I just buy and pay. I’ll spend my year writing and getting to know myself. I’ll come out of it a whole new person. I’m sure of it. I think I need this. I know it sounds crazy. But maybe a bit of crazy is what I need.”
Bubbles was staring at me now. She clearly thought I was mental, but there was also a glint in her eyes. Perhaps there was a part of her that thought I was being serious. She sat like that for a while, just staring at me and trying to make sense of it all. This was not the direction the meeting was supposed to take.
“Nine months,” she finally said.
“What?”
“Nine months. A year is too long. Do it for nine months. But you have to commit to this, Rebecca. If we are going to put it in the magazine I can’t have you changing your mind in a month and making us look like idiots. If you really want to do this, then you have to do it properly. I’ll support you, because I think you’re a great writer. And I also think you’re just the right amount of crazy to pull this off.”
The reality was sinking in. “Really? You’re going to let me do this?”
“I am, but, Becs—” Her voice softened. “It’s not going to be easy, you know.”
“I know.”
That was nine months ago.
Today marks the day the whole project comes to an end.
I have dreamed about this moment. I’ve wondered how I would react when I finally finished what I had started. I thought I’d scream. Jump for joy. Run out and talk to the first person on the street. Instead, I just sat there by myself. I knew I’d be different—it was impossible not to change after something this drastic—I hadn’t known I’d be this different. I sat there for a while, taking it all in.
Silent.
Mute.




Author Info
Christine Bernard is a South African author, with an obsession for good coffee (or wine), books and guinea pigs. She's also a graphic and layout designer who illustrates on the side, but she's happiest when writing. She enjoys writing mystery/suspense and contemporary fiction. 
If you want to know when Christine's next book will come out, please visit her website on www.christinebernard.com and sign up to her newsletter.
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Sunday, August 19, 2018

SPOTLIGHT w/GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY - Liberty Landing by Gail Vida Hamburg Narrator: Colleen MacMahon


Liberty Landing
by Gail Vida Hamburg
Narrator: Colleen MacMahon
Length: 11 hours and 30 minutes
Publisher: Mirare Press
Released: June 25th 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction

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Liberty Landing - A Love Letter to the American Experiment by Gail Vida Hamburg

At this moment in American life, hyperpartisan politics has all but riven the country in two, identity politics and racism have found comfort and embrace, the article of faith, “America is a nation of immigrants,” has been erased from immigration services, and the only binding narrative we appear to have is a love of granite countertops and stainless steel appliances Add to this, a recent study which found that 75% of Americans don’t have friends of other races. How will we ever know our fellow Americans, or view them as fully human with hopes, dreams, and fears of their own? How will we identify with their longing for love and home, or recognize their dreams for their children, or understand their vision for a safe future? While most immigrant fiction is about a particular ethnic group, the one an author hails from, my novel, Liberty Landing, is about a multiracial, polycultural American community. Its protagonist, Gabriel Khoury is a Palestinian American, a Christian with ancestral roots in the biblical Galilee, where Jesus once walked. Angeline Lalande, a descendant of the first slaves brought to French Louisiana in the 1700s, is Black and French, a Creole. Bruce Halliday is a master beer brewer from Geelong Australia who comes to an America that had resonated with him through country songs. Tina Trang is a Vietnamese American, who found a haven in America after the fall of Saigon.Liberty Landing is about the American Experiment and American Experience, about who we once were, who we used to be, and who we really are. There is great beauty in the founding of America and in its tapestry. We are individual yarns, warp and weft indispensable to the whole arras. The audiobook of Liberty Landing is read by the English actress and voice talent, Colleen McMahon. She adds an essential dimension to the written novel by presenting America to Americans in a foreigner’s voice, to offer an oblique look at what is familiar, to make the commonplace interesting, to remind readers of the remarkable in what is often taken for granted.



Liberty Landing -- a 2016 Finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction -- narrates the American Experience of the 21st century through the story of a polycultural group of natives, immigrants, and refugees in Azyl Park—a town in the Midwest, the Heartland. After Angeline Lalande, a journalist and historian, unearths the real meaning of the name, “Azyl,” conferred on the town in the 1800s by immigrant-hating politicians, the town elders begin the act of renaming it. During the course of the renaming, we meet the intriguing denizens of the town--survivors, strugglers, and strivers of every race and nationality; see the intersection of their lives, and the ways they find home, heaven, and hell in each other. We learn about the singular journeys that brought them to Azyl Park—a place that both transforms them and is transformed by them. The larger story of the American Experiment is told through the personal story of Alexander Hamilton, the essential immigrant among the Founding Fathers, as Angeline writes a book about him. By the end of the novel, after Azyl Park is renamed, each of the characters has lost or found something essential. Liberty Landing is about the personal and the political, family and loss, memory and migration, finding new love and a new home, and about history and the American Experiment. Seminal moments of the American Experience figure in this literary and historical fiction. Inspired by John Dos Passos’ USA Trilogy about early 20th century Americans, Liberty Landing is a sweeping, lush, layered saga, set in a vibrant community, with characters marked by neuroses, flaws, secrets, unthinkable pasts, warmth, humor, vulnerability, and humanity. Liberty Landing is Gail Vida Hamburg's love letter to the American Experiment--the first in a trilogy. 


Gail Vida Hamburg is an award-winning American journalist, author, and museum storyist. She is the author of The Edge of the World (Mirare Press, 2007), a novel about the impact of American foreign policy on individual lives. A nominee for the 2008 James Fenimore Cooper Prize, it is a frequent text in undergraduate post- colonial studies, war studies, and creative writing programs. Born in Malaysia, she spent her teens and twenties in England before migrating to the United States. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Literature and Creative Writing from Bennington Writers Seminars at Bennington College, Vermont. Liberty Landing, a finalist for the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, is the first volume in her trilogy about the American Experience and her love letter to the great American Experiment. She lives in Chicago—the setting for Liberty Landing

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Colleen MacMahon is an actress, writer and painter. She trained at Arts Educational School (Hertfordshire) and subsequently qualified as a Speech and Drama teacher, following which she has combined her performing career with directing, writing and mentoring. She has won awards for her short story writing and is currently working on her debut novel. Colleen does much of her Narration and Voiceover work from her home studio in the beautiful south west of England, where she lives with her partner and their two dogs.

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Music Playlist for Liberty Landing by Gail Vida Hamburg

Throughout the writing of my novel, Liberty Landing, over a period of seven years, I listened to music for inspiration. The songs I listened to most, and consistently, while writing Liberty Landing were the two gorgeous albums of Clara May, the indie prog-rock studio band from Chicago. The beautiful songs from Hush and American Desi became songs that I associated with characters in my novel. The songs, like my novel, speak of migration, memory, loss, grief, finding new love and a new home, and about America. Music is a recurring theme in the novel. American country music transports Bruce Halliday to a world beyond Australia, and ultimately to an America already familiar to him. His favorite song, a personal anthem about finding peace and freedom from pain, is Waylon Jennings’ song, Luckenbach, Texas. He is able to find common ground with other characters in the novel through music. The salonni√®re, Andrea Cristos, is a repressed woman who loves French torch songs and ballads. One particular song, √Čblouie par la nuit' (Dazzled by the Night) by Zaz breaks her completely open. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDcgOpUp2nc More on Clara May: www.claramay.com/ More on Liberty Landing, the novel: www.goodreads.com/book/show/382171…-liberty-landing
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Saturday, August 18, 2018

TOUR Audio - w/GIVEAWAY - Soul of Stone (Ice and Stone, #1) by Traci McDonald Narrator Amanda Stribling



Soul of Stone
Ice and Stone, #1
by Traci McDonald
Narrator: Amanda Stribling
Length: 9 hours and 49 minutes
Publisher: TraciMcdonaldAuthor.com
Released: June 20th 2018
Genre: Romance

   The Book Junkie Reads . . . Review of . . . SOUL OF STONE (Ice and Stone, #1) . . . Deeper meanings are laying just below the surface but sufficient evidence provides you with that string and the line to follow all the way to the end of the what lies on the surface. Someone had decided to take girls. The question becomes where, why, and who. To solve this mystery we are taken on a suspense filled ride of magic and much more than meet the eyes. Danielle and Aaron find that they are pulled in to a world they have no real knowledge of but they also find that they have the skills/weapons to face what appears before them. 

The characters presented here were rich with depth and substance. The plot and sub-plot held focus on the mystery, adventure, and the twist and turns gave a good story all the way through. There was closure in a sense to the sub-plot but the overall or underlying plotline left you with a cliffhanger. But this in no way took away from the richness of the story. You get an excellent story and wanting more just added and additional layer. 

Narrator Amanda Stribling did the job of keeping me well captivated and entranced. The audio was clear and clean of hiccups and background noises. This was the type of audio that you took the time to listen to at normal or as close to normal speed as possible. You don't want to miss a thing.  The feel of Amanda' voice give you more to enjoy. You almost feel like you are seeing things unfold right before your eyes.  
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Traci McDonald. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.




Danielle Lyndon, owner of a 200-year-old bookstore in Greenville, Alabama, has built a fortress of suspicion around her heart. A tragic fire has taken the lives of her beloved Grandmother and mother, leaving her with nothing but an ancient collection of magical books. 

Facing what seems like an eternity of loneliness and abandonment, her life is inexorably altered late one night when a runaway teenage girl breaks into her store and Danielle receives a mysterious text message…from her dead mother. 

The only person who can help her is Aaron Donnell, a reckless, tormented drifter with haunting silver-blue eyes who is searching for the burglar, his younger sister. Aaron somehow holds the answers to the mysterious texts, but he’s arrogant, dangerous, and is clearly no good for her. The problem is . . . . she’s falling in love with him. 

Consumed with Aaron’s mysterious darkness and the prospect of locating the source of the texts, Danielle allows him to unwittingly drag her into an insane, mystical world where human trafficking is the usual, black magic reigns supreme, and inhuman power lasts forever. 

Are the dark chasms of magic and eternity too wide and deep for love to cross? Is the collateral damage in their battle too high of a price to pay if it leaves someone with their soul encased in stone?

Traci McDonald is a blind author of clean romance novels, including Burning Bridger (Muse It Up, 2015), Killing Casanova (Crimson Romance, 2012) and the forthcoming Soul of Stone. She believes that falling in-love is the greatest risk of all, and her non-explicit romances are about hurting, healing and finding true love. Traci has been blind for 20 years. When she isn’t writing she is an editor for Ink and Quill Press and the co-host for a blogtalk radio show on The World of Ink Network. Traci is an active member of the National Federation of the Blind, on the board of her local writer’s guild, and a speaker for various writing conferences and book fairs. She is a full time wife and mother of three boys, an avid reader, and loves living in a small town on the fringes of Nevada's Mojave Desert.

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