Monday, June 26, 2017

Virtual Book Tour: Sanctuary by @authorlaurie #giveaway #interview


Inspirational romance
Date Published: June 20, 2017
Publisher: Random Moon Books (indie)

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Hardworking, successful lawyer Nora Ramsey, was at the height of her career. Now, she's questioning everything in Murrell's Inlet, South Carolina.

When she accepts her aunt's dilapidated estate as her inheritance, Nora is plagued with misgivings and doubt. When one of her newly inherited horses takes ill, she prays for guidance and receives it in the form of veterinarian Shaw Flynn. 

Dedicated and rugged, he assists Nora through the trying time. In Shaw, she sees someone gentle, caring and deeply devoted to God. The more she’s with him, the more he inspires her to embrace her own faith. And as their relationship blossoms into a something real and beautiful—like the coastal sunsets of Murrell’s Inlet—Nora stumbles upon Shaw’s deepest secret. Her trust is destroyed and the wisdom of her life-changing decision shaken as the future she envisioned is threatened.

As the truth becomes clear, can she find forgiveness within the sanctuary of her heart or will his betrayal destroy her faith in him once and for all? 


Interview

Hello!  I'm so happy to join you today to celebrate the release of my new book, Sanctuary.  It's Book 1 of my new series of inspirational romance, Murrells Inlet Miracles.


What is the hardest part of writing your books?
I would have to say, it's finding the time to do all the writing that I'd like to do!  You see, I have a full-time "big job" that takes up probably 80% of my waking hours.  I'm blessed to have it, and it's been a great career over the span of close to 35 years.  But I've also fit my writing career into the nooks and crannies of my free time for 17 years, and I'm rapidly approaching the time where I want to pull my writing into the forefront!



What songs are most played on your Ipod?
I discovered country music in the last 7 years or so, and now that's all I listen to.  My favorite artist is Brad Paisley, and I also enjoy Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan and Kenny Chesney.


Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
Yes, I have both.  They're all fellow writers and we help each other make our books the best they can be, by reciprocating these services.  It's so helpful to get a fresh eye on my books because by the time my beta readers get it in their hands, I've literally been through it 5 times.  By that time, if something obvious is staring me in the face, I'd probably miss it!


What book are you reading now?
I just finished, The Way Home, by fellow inspirational romance author Belle Calhoune.  Next up on my Kindle is Pawleys Island by Dorothea Benton Frank.


How did you start your writing career?
It was 1999.  I was on a business trip to Atlanta, Georgia.  I had the weekend free and decided to do some sightseeing, so I went to the Margaret Mitchell House.  This was the tiny apartment within a boarding house where she wrote the majority of Gone with the Wind.  She typed her masterpiece on an old manual typewriter on a TV tray in her living room, and threw a beach towel over it when she wasn't writing.  It took her ten years to finish, while she got married, worked at a newspaper, broke her leg, convalesced, etc.  You know, while she lived her life. But she kept writing, even though she had no idea what an American literary treasure she was creating.  Something about that inspired me.  I went right back to my hotel room and plotted out a novel that had been in my mind for weeks.  The next day I started writing and I never stopped.  I finished that book and published it as Whispers of the Heart, my first published novel.


I'm excited to be starting a new series, following the completion of my first series, Pawleys Island Paradise.  Sanctuary is Book 1 in my new Murrells Inlet Miracles series of inspirational romance.  It features Nora Ramsey, a smart, hardworking lawyer whose life is successful and busy and productive.  Then, she's thrown for a loop when two things happen:  her law partner is investigated for a crime that she may or may not have been involved in, and her favorite childhood aunt dies, leaving her the chance of a new life, a new home, and a new purpose.


Along the way, she meets handsome veterinarian Shaw Flynn.  In him, she visualizes what this new lifestyle could be like, away from the stress and strain of the big city.  In the peaceful beauty of the Low Country of South Carolina. In the gaze of his eyes, and the easiness of his smile.  She likes what she sees.  Until a secret comes to light which shakes the very foundation of her dreams.

About the Author


Award-winning author Laurie Larsen leads a double life.  During the day she's a respected Project Manager in the fast-paced world of Information Technology.  After dinner and a glass of wine, she becomes a multi-published author of Christian fiction grounded in today's modern world.
Laurie's been published for 17 years, but feels she finally found her writing "niche" in 2009 when her first inspirational romance, Preacher Man was published.  It won fans, accolades, and the prestigious EPIC Award for the Best Spiritual Romance of 2010.  From then on, her path was clear.  She was put on this earth (in part) to tell love stories combined with a strong message of faith.  Her Pawleys Island Paradise series is a much beloved, at times best-selling series of six books following Leslie and Hank, and the Harrison clan, as they face the daily challenges of life while trying to include prayer and praise.  Reviewers say the books are heartwarming, life-changing and an example to follow for including God in your life.

Laurie loves the beach (obvious to anyone who's read the Pawleys Island Paradise series) and she's fondly looking forward to a day (not too far away) where she can retire from the demanding day job, and spend her days living at the beach and writing novels.  Until then, she travels back and forth between Illinois and South Carolina just as often as possible. 

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Friday, June 23, 2017

PROMO Blitz: Chatur the Laundry Man by @KommuruBooks


Children’s Book
Date Published: October 2016

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What can a business man, a lazy donkey, and an elephant teach kids about success and friendship? Read along to find out in this playful romp by the award-winning author of The Magic of Friendship!
Chatur the Laundry Man is a funny, lighthearted story with a subtle lesson. Chatur thinks of nothing but growing his business, but his friend Gadhu the donkey keeps telling him to take it easy. When Chatur has a bright idea to get more business, things seem to be going his way but take an unexpected turn. Will Chatur learn that sometimes success takes a little time and patience?

Praise for Chatur the Laundry Man:
"5 Star ... a humorous tale.. illustrations are comical.. highly recommended.." - Readers Favorite Review

".. kids will receive 3 fine messages the value of hard work, what happens when a push for profit supersedes quality of life, and how different approaches to work and play yield very singular results." - Midwest Book Review


About the Authors


Subhash and Sujata Kommuru are a husband and wife team, known for their award-winning range of children’s books. They aim to introduce the vibrant culture of India to the children of the United States, the country which has been their home for several years.

Subhash began writing when he became a father. He created stories for his young son about his own childhood in India, to help his son understand the culture and values of his heritage.

Subhash’s wife, Sujata, is an illustrator, who soon began creating pictures to accompany her husband’s words. Her illustrations bring to life the colorful images of her own Indian childhood, giving children a vivid insight into a diverse culture.

Together, Subhash and Sujata offer children the chance to experience the life of an Indian child, and understand a culture vastly different from their own, while enjoying the simple similarities shared by children all over the world.

Their books are entertaining at the same time as being educational, and they have been honored for excellence by the prestigious Mom’s Choice Awards.

With universal themes including friendship and the importance of self-expression, Subhash and Sujata’s books provide children with an all-important introduction to the diversity of the world they live in. Read them together and they’ll become firm favorites that your child will enjoy again and again.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Virtual Book Tour: The Buddha Made Me Do It by @marlamartenson #interview




Spiritual Memoir
Date Published: 5-25-16
Publisher: Cupid’s Press

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What starts as a search for a decorative Buddha statuette leads one woman on a spiritual journey that will change everything.

Marla lives the good life in Los Angeles—house, pool, her own business helping Cupid find love for LA’s most discriminating singles. Her handsome and ardent hubby Adolfo performs at an exclusive steak house in Beverly Hills. He tends to scoff at Marla’s green juice, vegan diet, yoga, and daily affirmations and can be a teensy bit of a control freak.

A discarded Buddha statuette that Adolfo suddenly can’t live without sends Marla searching through New Age boutiques along with her skeptical friend Julie. They are soon schooled by a charismatic “Goddess,” delving ever deeper into self-realization, conversations with angels, pendulums, candle “Magick,” Reiki, crystal healing, and more. Attend a Hindu Bajan? Sure. Orgasmic Meditation? (Wait, what…?) Maybe not that one. 

Growing in her spirituality, yet exceedingly frustrated with some of her persnickety clientele—aging men who see themselves as Dorian Grays, worthy of exquisite young women—Marla’s world is shifting. She achieves certifications as an energy healer and encourages Julie to sample the concoction Julie calls “green gunk” and other healthy practices to help her conquer an addiction to unavailable men. Marla deepens her communication with the Beyond while Adolfo, always so practical, asks, “Have you lost your mind? Are you hearing voices? Angels aren’t real, come on!” Matters grow worse when certain psychics warn of “dangerous low-vibrational entities” and rabidly disagree with each other. 

Her alternating universes give Marla spiritual whiplash, yet she discovers the LITE way to balance the human carnival with a transformational spiritual journey.


Interview

What is the hardest part of writing your books? The hardest part is being able to carve out big chunks of writing time. I’m a business owner (boutique matchmaker) and that has to come first. So, I steal as much time as I can away and get in some good writing. It feels so good when I can actually take a half a day to do that.

What songs are most played on your ipod? Well, I don’t have an ipod, but I have some music on my iphone. I rarely listen to it. When I write, I write in silence.

Do you have critique partners or Beta readers? My only critique partner is my editor Peggy. She is amazing, and between the two of us, we manage to get to where I want to go with the story.

What book are you reading now? I’m reading a VERY unique novel called, The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson. It was made into a film starring Nicole Kidman.

How did you start your writing career? In 2006 I decided to write a dating advice book. I got lucky and the publisher, Hampton Roads picked up the book. It was called, Excuse Me, Your Soul Mate Is Waiting. From that day on, I got the writing bug. I was hooked, it was so much fun.

Tell us about your next release: I have the first chapter written on a Cozy (murder mystery) I got a great idea while up in Seattle, so I’m giving it a shot. It’s a genre I’ve never tried before, but I’m up to the challenge!

Love, Marla


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About the Author


Born in Tacoma, Washington, “The City of Destiny,” Marla was destined to move to Los Angeles where she shoots her arrow of love on a daily basis as a professional matchmaker, helping countless couples connect with their soul mates.

She is the author of three memoirs, Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker, Hearts on the Line and The Buddha Made Me Do It.

Marla has been interviewed on the Today Show, WGN Chicago Morning News, San Diego Living, Urban Rush, CTV Calgary, Better TV, KUSI San Diego Morning Show, and over 100 radio shows including Coast to Coast AM with George Noory.

Her husband Adolfo has asked her, “Marlita, do you want to go to the moon too?” referring to her many interests—a true Gemini. Yet nothing has fascinated her like her profound adventure far beyond the moon and into the vastness of cosmic spirituality.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Release Blitz: Your crossroads. Your choice. by @ejapicello


Non Fiction / Self-Help
Date Published: June 2017 
Publisher: Page Publishing

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Welcome to my diary, my journey, as I tripped and crawled through the darkest time in my life- when I witnessed  people that I held incredibly close to me shatter my very existence with their words and actions. The things within this book spine are extremely raw and exceptionally real. You and I are going to get very close, the details in this book, although oddly general, are incredibly specific. Yes, I realize what I just said and as you read my words you will see what I mean. As you silently gasp and mentally bitch slap me, please be kind because my story is just that - my story. It is not any more or less special than yours. In fact the only difference between our stories are the choices we made at each of the crossroads in our lives. For most of my life the choices I made were not based on my happiness but on everyone else’s. This book describes what I have experienced in my journey to finding my happiness and hopefully never letting it go. Sadly, it took me thirty six years to find the strength I need to detoxify my life and self-view and find someone who is worthy of my awesomeness. Thirty six years to shatter the negative foundation I had built shatter the ultimate representative I created to hide behind and begin the process of building a new foundation. Only this foundation will be built on strength, confidence and above all, happiness. So take a minute or thirty and sit with my story for a while. You never know what you might find out.


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Welcome to my real, crazy, emotional, probably too honest journey. I am an everyday girl in this everyday world trying to keep my head above water and within the pages of this book you will learn about the things that have broken me down and the steps I am taking to build back up. You will see, my new friends, this story is written in a unique, general, conversational voice, which was my choice. I want you to be able to picture yourself in my shoes, relate my trials and tribulations to yours and see that you too can find your happiness. Even if you don’t realize this yet, every single one of us possesses things inside of ourselves that we didn't know were there. It took my life taking a crazy right turn and dumping me at the lowest possible point before I could see the strength within myself. We are not defined by what we do, we are defined by the choices we make. I decided when I put pen to paper that I want my choices to start defining me as strong, confident, secure and above all else, happy. So, who am I? How about I tell you who I was. A self-loathing shell of myself who put everyone else’s happiness before my own. Herein lies my story to find that happiness and all of the ups and downs along the way. See who I was and who I am trying to become and maybe, somewhere in there, you will find out a little about yourself too.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Virtual Book Tour - Split Second by Kelli J Miller #interview #nonfiction


Biographies and Memoirs
Date Published: April 4, 2017

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When does the American Dream turn into a trap?
What does it mean to succeed?
What really gives meaning to our lives?
 Kelli Miller never had to worry about it – she had it all: a family, a career, a sprawling home, even an executive title.  She thought she’d escaped her Midwestern roots and was sailing towards a golden future.  Then, in a pivotal moment, confronted with the shadow of death, she found herself suddenly awake to the grim reality:  the dream had consumed her life, and left her lost and alone.

In Split Second, Kelli tells the story of how she set herself free, and recommitted herself to the most important pieces of her life:  family, community, and a new openness to experience.  It is the story of one woman’s journey to find out what really matters and where her happiness ultimately lay.


Interview

What is the hardest part of writing your books?

One of the hardest parts of writing my books is allowing myself the time to capture the words when they are ready to come out (the inspiration to write does not come on a schedule).   Another challenge is allowing the words to get down on paper without judgment.  I am at my best when I let the words flow out unrestrained.  


What songs are most played on your Ipod?

When I am in the gym training to climb mountains, you will find me listening to Flo Rida or Eminem.  When I’m enjoying time with my husband, we’ll be listening to Jason Aldean or U2.  When I am writing, I love listening to Parijat. Suffice it to say, I have an eclectic mix of music interests!


Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

I’m pretty sure my family would feel some relief if I would find a critique partner!  My husband and kids are my beta readers.  A few friends are published writers – they are usually eager to read my work too.


What book are you reading now?

My interest in books is an eclectic mix too.  My husband and I are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in October, so I am reading “One Step at a Time: A climb up Mount Kilimanjaro”.  I just started reading Mike Dooley’s latest book “From Deep Space With Love” which is challenging my beliefs.   And I’m thinking about taking a Machu Picchu adventure, so I’m reading and loving “Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time”.


How did you start your writing career?

I started writing in my early teens to find my way through a complex web of emotions surrounding my brother’s untimely death.  I kept writing through high school and college, but instead of taking the time to publish my writing, I focused on raising a family and my technology career. When my father passed away, I found the will to publish my writing.  You could say I have been writing my whole life!




I have an abundance of ideas – family history, a love story, social issues, and climbing Kilimanjaro to name a few.  I’m sure the next release, whatever it is, will surprise everyone, including me!


About the Author


Kelli Miller is a business executive specializing in Information Technology.  Her career includes thirty years working for some of the largest, most successful companies in America.  Kelli recently returned to her roots, farming her family’s farm with her husband, while continuing her technology career with a local mid-size manufacturing firm. Kelli is the mother of three. She loves to travel, hike and spend time in the simplicity and raw beauty of nature. 

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Virtual Book Tour: Guy's Odyssey by Seth Bleuer with an #interview and #giveaway



Psychological Military Thriller
Date Published:  June 23, 2017

It’s just another day in Iraq for Guy, a young American soldier. But when he suffers a head wound in a car bomb attack in Baghdad his real journey begins. 
As the blast sends him on a deadly odyssey through the very fabric of time, he finds the beautiful yet mysterious disappearing sand. But Guy quickly realizes things aren’t what they seem and he may be witnessing his own destruction. With the reality warp tearing him apart, he has only his fading mind and a mysterious journal to help him solve the puzzle before time runs out.
His desperate search for an answer leads him to a single moment where everything hangs in the balance. Does this mysterious journal hold the clues to his salvation, or is it the ramblings of a madman? Can he figure out the mystery and save himself, or is the end of his odyssey written before his journey even begins?


Interview

What is the hardest part of writing your books?

There are so many challenges when it comes to writing. Finding the time to write can be hard sometimes. It is also difficult to kill a character that you really don’t want to, but know that you have to.


What songs are most played on your Ipod?

Right now it is everything Chris Cornell. I grew up on his music and he inspired me in so many ways throughout my life. He was a great musician and human being. His passing is a huge loss for the world.


Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

I have three very amazing critique partners that helped me through the entire process of writing Guy’s Odyssey. I don’t know what I would do without them.


What book are you reading now?

I’m currently reading the John Carter of Mars series. The writing is phenomenal. Edgar Rice Burroughs was a true visionary and a master of his craft.


How did you start your writing career?

I initially started writing after my deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan as a way for me to say the things I couldn’t say and work through some of the really hard things I experienced. After a while I realized I could do that through Fiction, which I very much enjoyed writing, and the rest, well here we are!


Tell us about your next release.


Guy’s Odyssey is a psychological military thriller inspired by some of my own experiences in the Middle East. It’s about a young soldier, Guy, who gets blown up in Baghdad and is sent on a deadly odyssey through the very fabric of time where he finds the beautiful and mysterious sands of time. Guy wakes up in the future and finds himself in some serious trouble. He has only his fading mind and a mysterious journal to aid him in solving the mystery of how he got there before time runs out.



Seth Bleuer is an author and veteran who served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He currently lives near Seattle, Washington with his wife and kids, by way of the Midwest. When he’s not reading or writing he can be found playing in the mud at obstacle races with his wife, Amanda. To see what Seth is up to check out his very originally named website https://sethbleuer.wordpress.com/or find him on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SethBleuerAuthor/


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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Virtual Book Tour: A Bride, A Groom, and Happily Never After by @klongauthor with an #interview



COZY MYSTERY
Date Published: APRIL 18, 2017

It’s wedding bell blues and disaster when murder comes to the Paulmona Winery and Villa. Mystery author and part time snoop, Lilly Millenovanovich is the unlucky bride-to-be, but she gladly exchanges her wedding dress for gumshoes and brushes off her bag of spy tricks to solve the crime. After all, family obligation takes priority. Lilly and her zany trio of elderly aunties, must do their part to prove Cousin Mona didn’t kill groomsman Lenny Brioli with a corkscrew wine opener. Trouble is, the evidence keeps pointing in one direction with Mona as murder suspect number one. Detective Grezzo has his sleuthing hands full while handling the case on his own. Jake Kline, Lilly’s fiancĂ©, obviously can’t work the case since Lenny is his best friend. That is, until Lilly convinces him to join her and snoop on the sly. Mona’s life and happiness depends on it. Will it be happily never after for the unlucky couple? Or can Lilly save the date and her wedding dress for another day? It’s a murderous and crazy adventure in this fourth and final episode of the Lilly M Mysteries.



Interview
What is the hardest part of writing your books?

One of those is momentum. I often find that when I come back to the MS I need to gear back up – like warm-ups or stretches you do before a workout. And it’s so easy to find excuses to keep from digging in, like check email, Facebook, take the dog for a walk, rearrange my office … ANYTHING but write! LOL. Eventually, I get to it, back in the zone, and then I don’t want to quit! It’s how I work.


What songs are most played on your Ipod?

I can tell you my favorite artists… Zero 7 (FYI – Sia was a former member of this group, you know the one who sang Chandelier?), Coldplay, Vaults, Alabama Shakes to name a few. And when I’m feeling nostalgic I play the Stones or some Motown greats like Otis Redding or the Temptations. I’m pretty eclectic when it comes to music genres.



Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

One of my besties and also SinC sister is a sharp lady who can catch most any plot glitches or grammar/punctuation errors. And she’s killer when it comes to writing query letters. I told her she should do this for a living, but she’s already a star when it comes to her novels. Love my friend and partner in crime, Julie Lindsey, aka Julie Chase. You all should check out her cozy mysteries!


What book are you reading now?

I just finished Rachel Caine’s latest, STILLHOUSE LAKE. I’m still feeling the adrenaline rush – fantastic thriller. Before that, I read THE HATE YOU GIVE by Angie Thomas. Trust me, it’s an eye opener, very real and a must read. Now, for the cozy, humorous side, I’m starting CURIOUS MINDS by Evanovich and Sutton. I love all her S. Plum mysteries and the Fox and O’Hare series with her and Lee Goldberg teaming up. Lots of great reads out there!


How did you start your writing career?

Like most writers, I’ve always loved writing… stories, poems, song lyrics were my beginning. It wasn’t until decades later when I decided to tackle a novel-length work. It was messy and really not very good, but I got through it and kept going. Escaping into a world where I control what happens is the best part of writing for me. Anyway, when self-publishing became such an easy endeavor, I decided to try my hand at it and see what would happen. The next step: I sent other work to small presses and managed to snag a couple contracts. I keep upping the game, taking it to the next level.


Tell us about your next release.


I’m in the midst of getting a new agent for a contemporary con artist series (think: Fox and O’Hare or the Heist Society Series by Ally Carter), and for another mystery series, I’ve been submitting to independent presses on my own. I wait, and wait, but hopefully something will happen soon. 


Kathryn Long’s passion is writing mysteries, creating the intricate details and weaving them together into the clues which the reader will enjoy collecting to solve the crime. Many of her works include Native American elements and hints of the paranormal. She loves a scary ghost story!
Her writing inspiration began with reading about Nancy Drew and the heroines of romantic suspense authors such as Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart. Her first creations were short stories meant to entertain anyone who’d listen or read. Playing the guitar led to song lyrics, which she insists taught her the rhythm and pace of writing prose.
Writing took a serious turn several years ago when she had her first book published. To date readers can find her self-published cozy Lilly M Mysteries, and her traditionally published work: paranormal mystery, Dying to Dream, and latest, a romantic suspense, A Deadly Deed Grows at online retailers and in bookstores.
When writing and the creative muse take a break, this author loves to travel, watch Castle, and of course, read mysteries. Oh, and there’s always an author event or two she will attend in order to – you got it – talk about mystery. Kathryn lives in the City of Green located in northeast Ohio with her husband and little pooch, Max. 


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