Thursday, December 3, 2020

Book Blitz: Snowflake by Arthur Jeon #promo #giveaway #youngadult #politicalthriller #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

 


YA. Political thriller. Climate thriller. Coming of age.

Date Published: May 18, 2020

Publisher: Global Animal (Indie publisher)



EDITOR'S CHOICE,

Booklife ★ NOTABLE BOOK, Blue Ink Review

A scholarship student at a private high school decides he must kill the president as an act of environmental protection.

18-year-old Ben Wallace didn’t set out to become an environmental activist, let alone a presidential assassin. But after a mind-altering experience and two near tragedies, Ben discovers some facts about earth’s rapid global warming and none of it is good news:

◆ “A Species Goes Extinct Every 20 Minutes, 26,000 A Year”–

NY Times

◆ “Worldwide, 7 Million People A Year Die from Air Pollution” –

Science Daily

◆ “Humankind Has Wiped Out 60% of All Animals Since 1970” –

The Guardian

Ben becomes outraged by the president’s climate change lies, attacks on climate science, and destruction of the natural world. He decides there is only one solution—a desperate, but necessary act of environmental activism and social justice to protect his generation—Ben must kill POTUS.

At his exclusive private school, Ben becomes a loner, self-isolated from the other students who appear—on Instagram anyway—not to have a care in the world. Not a single student seems to notice the planet is burning. It's all too much denial and lies—he's got to act! Skipping his meds and therapist to prepare for his mission, the actions of this teenage vegan stress-tests the line between madness and morality.

During the six weeks leading up to his assassination of the President of the United States, Ben realizes he’ll never get close enough to kill the president with a gun. Instead, he hatches a realistic hi-tech strategy, meticulously prepping for the daunting challenge he faces to assassinate a president.

Throughout this controversial climate change novel, Ben grapples with the philosophical, practical, and moral reasons that make his radical actions necessary. Mr. Hale, Ben's STEM teacher, and a former Navy Seal sees that his best student is struggling and attempts to take Ben under his wing. But Hale makes a fateful mistake by ignoring the signs of Ben's unraveling.

With a narrative structure that springs from Ben's brief journal entries, a ritual that helps him process his overactive mind into a singular confessional voice, the events tighten into a gripping suspense thriller racing to a shocking conclusion. For those who feel like its young protagonist, angry and helpless as we blow past irreversible tipping points, the novel is an urgent battle cry—if not to take up arms, then to become a climate change activist fighting against humankind’s extinction.

WARNING: Snowflake, a Cli-Fi novel and political thriller, is a work of contemporary historical fiction—it swims the current of America's craziest cultural waters and terrifying global warming facts. But the climate science Ben cites is real, the politics are true, and the president’s attacks against the environment are accurate. So, as it promotes the truth about climate change, some may find Snowflake a dark and disturbing novel.⚠


Excerpt

I’m trying not to bug out, downloading this horrible day in a damn Kimpton Boutique Hotel in Westwood because Dad had some points on a credit card. The hotel advertises “Wilshire Chic,” and I’m up on the roof deck with a tiny pool, watching fires rim the distant hills under a nuclear bomb of smoke. Couples drink twenty-dollar “craft cocktails,” like somebody spent a year woodworking them into existence. Like nothing is wrong. And for now, for them, I guess nothing is.


About the Author

Working in Hollywood as a WGA writer, Arthur Jeon sold many scripts, including thrillers to Warner Bros, before becoming an author. Random House published two of his non-fiction books: City Dharma: Keeping Your Cool in the Chaos; and Sex, Love & Dharma: Finding Love Without Losing Your Way. Both books apply mindfulness to the stresses of modern life.

Arthur's love of animals led him to co-creating the non-profit Global Animal Foundation (globalanimal.org). This animal welfare work exposed him to the alarming habitat destruction and extinction rates that generated the idea for Snowflake, his debut novel. Arthur Jeon has a BA in Humanities from Harvard Extension and an MFA in screenwriting from USC Film School.


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Virtual Book Tour: Death's Legacy by Dennis K. Crosby #blogtour #giveaway #urbanfantasy #interview #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @PublishingAcorn @denniskcrosby


 Urban Fantasy

Date Published: November 17

Publisher: Acorn Publishing


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Twenty years ago, Reaper of Souls Kassidy Simmons battled Azra-El, the Angel of Death and won—or so she thought.

Now, a number of strange and unexplained deaths are afflicting Kassidy’s quiet New York town. She wishes she didn’t care. But she does.

Her empathic abilities are expanding beyond her control, and the intense emotions are tearing apart her relationships. They’re also degrading the magical wards put in place to protect her from other Reapers and the even deadlier Wraiths—onyx-eyed henchmen of Azra-El.

 Allied with her longtime mentor and a college professor with ties to her past, Kassidy learns that the untimely deaths are regenerating Azra-El, and that the only way to stop him is with the Scythe of Cronus, the legendary weapon of the God of Death.

To save her loved ones and reset the natural order, Kassidy must journey home and confront a past she’s been running from for two decades. She’ll face-off with enemies, old and new, and through a haze of fear and addiction, Kassidy will learn the secrets of her heritage, and challenge head on the one being she fears most—herself.





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What is the hardest part of writing your books?

 

This is my first published novel, but the second book I’ve finished, and I’d say the hardest part for me was remaining patient and not getting so excited that I’d jump to the end and skip over important pieces of the story. I had to regroup at times and force myself to slow down instead of getting lost in my own excitement.

 

What songs are most played on your Ipod?

 

I actually don’t listen to it much. There’s a ton of jazz on there, though. But I have SiriusXM in my car and the app on my phone, so I typically listen to Jazz, R&B, Acoustic, and Howard Stern.

 

 

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

 

I don’t have regular critique partners. I do have friends that I may bounce ideas off of from time to time, but it’s not a regular occurrence. In terms of beta readers, there are a few “go to” folks I’ll tap. Not because they’re friends, but because I know their love of the genre and I trust that I’ll get good, honest, and constructive feedback.

 

 

What book are you reading now?

 

I am wrapping up Battle Ground, by Jim Butcher and Blacktop Wasteland, by S.A. Crosby (no relation). After that I’m going to dive into Ink, by Jonathan Maberry.

 

 

How did you start your writing career?

 

Slowly. Writing was always something I’d enjoyed. Always something I did “on the side”. I didn’t get really serious with it until 2012. I started by attending a workshop in Chicago called, The Writer’s Loft. I joined a writer’s group while there, and once I moved to San Diego I got further involved in the writing community and absorbed as much as I could before finally getting to a point where I was ready to publish something.

 

 

Tell us about your next release.

 

My current WIP is a follow up to DEATH’S LEGACY. It’s tentatively titled, THE LAST TITAN, though that may change as the result of the latest Dresden novel. Kassidy and others will return, and a new villain will be revealed. In this new story we’ll learn about Jaxon Burke, a man with near perfect recall. He’s got some challenges, too. Principle among them is that despite his near perfect memory, he can recall nothing about his life before awakening alone and naked in a field outside of Rome…500 years


About the Author

 

Dennis Crosby grew up in Oak Park, IL and completed his undergraduate work at the University of Illinois in Chicago. With a degree in Criminal Justice, he spent six years working as a Private Investigator and during that time developed an affinity for writing poetry. While working on a master’s degree in Forensic Psychology, Dennis transitioned into social service. Dennis has spent the last twelve years working with men and women experiencing challenges with mental health and addiction. He currently serves as Clinic Director for an Opioid Treatment Program.

With a lifelong passion for writing, Dennis wrote dozens of short stories, tapping into his creative side, but did not pursue the finer points of the craft until later in life. After leaving Chicago and moving to San Diego, Dennis had the opportunity to get more involved in the writing community where he strengthened his skills. To further augment his writing skills, Dennis completed an MFA program at National University.

A self-proclaimed geek and lover of pop culture, Dennis still lives and writes in San Diego, CA.


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Book Blitz: Putting on Christ by Steven Anthony Bishop #promo #relgion #nonfiction #giveaway #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @BookWriting1

 

 

A Road Map for Our Heroic Journey to Spiritual Rebirth and Beyond

Religious Nonfiction

Date Published: November 17, 2020

Publisher: Elite Online Publishing



Putting on Christ is a roadmap of our heroic journey to Spiritual Rebirth, also referenced in the holy writ as “the gate” that leads to eternal life. This gate is the First Comforter which is received and initiated through a “baptism of fire” and manifestation of the Lord’s Spirit. The Savior said, “Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able” (Luke 13:24).

For the true seeker and truth seeker, Putting On Christ may prove a valuable guide for the journey along this straight and narrow path which leads to obtaining the knowledge of God on the level as if we had seen Him. When we receive this knowledge, we will have been healed and cleansed by Christ Himself of our sins, vices, and spiritual wounds . This knowledge then opens the door to "obtain all other things pertaining to life and godliness" (Lectures On Faith 7:18). Putting On Christ includes the stories of nine people who were born of the Spirit or born of God in our latter day—six of whom are personally known to me. These nine have obtained the same knowledge—even the perfect knowledge as to God’s reality. This experiential knowledge obtained is on par with many who have entered God's Presence through a near-death experience. In either scenario, one can never be the same thereafter. Each will have received "a mighty change" or conversion of the heart towards God.

This same knowledge is available to all who have come under heavenly contract with God through the ordinances by proper authority. The Lectures on Faith teach that "whatsoever constitutes the salvation of one will constitute the salvation of every creature which will be saved" (Lectures on Faith, 7:9).

Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:5). Being born of the Spirit is much more than receiving the Father’s promise through “confirmation” after being baptized by water. There is a broken-hearted covenant and cry of the soul we must each make in the depths of repentance, performed in complete surrender, having a committed willingness to do His will in all things thereafter. Once these and other conditions are met, the fulfillment of the Father’s promise can then be made experientially “real” for us in our lives—unto the praise and glory of God. This is when we transition from the knowledge about God to the actual, perfect knowledge of God. Indeed, this is salvation.

The path is real and He is coming. Waste no time.

-Steven Anthony Bishop




About the Author

Steven Bishop was born on the seventh day of the seventh month in Southern California yet considers Utah as his “home base” while growing up. He has worked as an entrepreneur most of his professional life, including as a seasoned real estate investor. Steven is best known for having obtained the first ever granted exclusive worldwide license to replicate Michelangelo’s incomparable “La Pieta” sculpture from the Vatican Observatory Foundation. His company, "Vescovo Buonarroti Art", has made the viewing of its replicas available to Catholic Churches throughout the United States, as well as internationally (see www.LaPieta.com).

Steven has served in many callings in his Church, beginning as a young missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Seville, Spain (now Malaga) Mission. Since his mission, Steven has worked in various callings including that of serving as a Priest Quorum Advisor, Elders Quorum President, in a Bishopric, and as Director of Public Affairs for Tempe and Chandler, Arizona. Steven Bishop joyfully welcomes opportunities to promote building faith in Jesus Christ, including volunteering to speak at firesides or other faith promoting events.

When not serving in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Steven can be found doing missionary work and finding the Lord’s elect. Steven’s favorite thing to do is to witness to the reality of our risen Savior, Jesus Christ, to all who will listen. Steven and his wife Rebecca recently moved from Chandler, Arizona to Utah, and have raised four daughters along with a little yorkie dog named “Gracie”, who they all swear is an actual person.


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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Virtual Book Tour: The Empathy Advantage by Lynne Azarchi #blogtour #giveaway #nonfiction #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @LynneAzarchi

 

 

Non-Fiction (Parenting/Education)

Date Published:  November 4, 2020

Publisher:  Rowman & Littlefield


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Bullying and cyberbullying is on the rise.  Face-to-face interpersonal skills are declining.  Narcissism is increasing.  Not only do studies show these distressing facts to be true, but we see them in the news and in our own lives.  Lynne Azarchi, Executive Director of Kidsbridge Tolerance Center, has the answer to these growing problems:  teaching our children empathy.  In her new book, THE EMPATHY ADVANTAGE:  Coaching Children To Be Kind, Respectful and Successful (Rowman & Littlefield; November 4, 2020), Azarchi provides the tools and strategies families can use to give their kids the gift of empathy – simultaneously setting them on the road for a more successful future and changing the world for the better.

 


About the Author

LYNNE AZARCHI, author of THE EMPATHY ADVANTAGE, is Executive Director of Kidsbridge Tolerance Center outside of Trenton, New Jersey—a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering bullying prevention, anti-bias, diversity appreciation, empathy, and empowerment strategies for youth.  She is a tireless advocate for improving the lives of at-risk youth in communities across New Jersey. Kidsbridge helps more than 2,500 preschool, elementary, and middle school students and educators improve their social-emotional skills each year.  Azarchi has won many awards and her articles have been published both in newspapers and academic journals.  She is a frequent speaker to parent and teacher groups, corporations and major educational conferences.

 

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Virtual Book Tour: They Call Me Gomer... by JC Miller #blogtour #interview #giveaway #urbanfiction #rabtbooktours @authorJCMiller @RABTBookTours

 




NA Urban Christian Fiction

 Date Published: Release day Nov. 5th 2020

Publisher: Jess, Mo’ Books LLC


 


"Dear Diary, On September 3, 1982, two things happened that I'll never forget: I acquired an older sister, and I fell in real love. But tell me, what does an eight-year-old know about love?"

 

For nearly a decade, Hosea Felix and Gomer Williams were inseparable. She loved him from the moment she laid eyes on him. Their friendship was iron-clad until temptation rocked Gomer to her core. Somewhere along the way, she fell for another guy and traded young love for instant pleasure. Not only is Jeri Cole fine—he is a bonafide gangsta, unattainable, and off-limits. Jeri was all Gomer could think about, and the only thing she thought she wanted. Despite her big sister already laying claim to him, not much could stop Gomer from clawing at the possibility of love and diva status. Getting with Jeri felt right...but at what cost?

 

Gomer never backed down. She is the original bad girl—ratchet, bougie, and insatiable. Feel like you wanna dislike her? Well, get in line.

 

They Call me Gomer… JC Miller's sophomore spin-off novel enthralls readers with a deeply woven, emotionally heart-tugging take on the Book of Hosea. By examining rape culture, drug addiction, family secrets, and the vulnerabilities of young Black girls in pursuit of fortune and fame, this contemporary tale gives those in search of a good dra-mance all the feelings!

 

She will chase after her lovers but not catch them; she will look for them but not find them. Then she will say, "I will go back to my husband as at first, for then I was better off than now.  Hosea 2:7

   




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What is the hardest part of writing your books?

The hardest part of writing for me is getting started. I procrastinate out of fear of not having anything to say and worrying about if what I do say is good enough. I put off writing as long as possible. For me, it’s a mind game. As many writers do, I guess composing outlines would help with the anxiety, but I write by the seat of my pants with an initial idea in mind. When I build up the courage and inspiration to sit down and begin a manuscript, that’s when the magic starts. My stories take on a life of their own. Telling myself to relax and enjoy the process allows my spirit to transfer my thoughts.


What songs are most played on your iPod?

I write to music. Music has the same type of effect as books. Through the mind’s eyes, they both create escapes from reality. My titles take place in the 80s and 90s era, South Bronx, and the songs that I listen to reflect that time. If there were a theme song for my latest title, it would be--Street Life, by Randy Crawford.


Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

Absolutely! My business partner and friend, M.R. Spain, is always the first person I call on when completing a manuscript. She is an honest critiquer, but I feel our taste in books is similar, so I seek out the neutral impressions of beta readers.


What book are you reading now?

When I am writing or promoting my work, I barely have time to read. I have recently found time during daily exercise to dive into the "God Don't Like Ugly series" by Mary Monroe.


How did you start your writing career?

During a dark time in my life, while caring for my ailing mother, I started writing again to help cope. When she passed on in 2017, I realized I had written a three-part series. My friend, M.R. Spain, and I had been messing around with the notion of publishing our books. We seized the opportunity, started Jess, Mo’ Books LLC, and published the series under our own company.

Tell us about your next release.

Currently, I am working on a modernized spin on the story of Mary Magdalene. Sex worker, saint, sinner, witness, wife, and entrepreneur, Magdalene had an extraordinary life. She also suffered from mental health issues, which I would like to explore in the upcoming novel--the stigma attached to mental illness and why women suffer in silence.


About The Author


JC Miller lives in the scenic Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania with her husband, children, and floppy-eared Bassador pup.

Raised by a single-mother in the Bronx, JC pulls from early experiences to showcase the soul of the ghetto through faith-based novels. She also dedicates much of her time uplifting women via her blog and creating content with partner MR Spain, through their publishing company, Jess, Mo’ Books LLC. 

On her days off, you can find JC whipping up her famous Red Velvet Cake and listening to songs from her impressive vinyl record collection.

 

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Book Blitz: Colorful Tales: The Memoirs of Buz the Bear by Don Hansen #promo #childrensbook @Colorful_Tales @RABTBookTours

 


Children's 
Grade Level: 2 - 3 
Age Level: 4 - 8

Date Published: March 20, 2018

Publisher: WestBow Press



In Colorful Tales, lessons of love, acceptance, wonder, humility, joy, and courage are tenderly revealed through the adventures of life-loving Buz the Bear. No ordinary bear cub, Buz surprises and delights as he finds meaning in living everyday bear life. Through his stories, young readers find their own unique experiences given shape and purpose while celebrating their love of fun and adventure, the natural world, and the realness of the spirit.


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Father, teacher, athlete, humorist, and humanist, Don Hansen writes short stories, poetry and novels that uplift and enlighten. His work is inspired by an abiding faith; his love of son Eric, daughter Tiffany, and his grandchildren; and the young people he taught and coached for decades. In Colorful Tales, Don celebrates the lessons of life that shaped him most, lessons that resonate with parents and children alike. A natural storyteller, his is the voice of the timeless sage around whom people of all ages want to sit and listen. A retired educator with countless interests, Don divides his time between Arizonas central valley and her northern forests.


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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Virtual Book Tour: Flawed but Fabulous by Michelle Best #blogtour #interview #christian #nonfiction #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

 

Embracing a Better You

Christian, Spiritual Growth, Christian Mentorship

Date Published: Nov 24, 2020

Publisher: Clay Bridges Press

 

Have you ever noticed that you are a greater cheerleader for others than yourself?

Imagine what you could accomplish if that same energy you applied to others' success was used on you. In our Christian walk, sometimes we need a reminder of our internal tools. One of our greatest tools is to allow faith to conquer fear. This book is meant to challenge all the negative images and thoughts we often have about ourselves.

It will encourage readers to envision and take advantage of opportunities to promote a different outcome. In this book, the reader will be challenged to participate in self-reflection and deal with the hard issues, because avoidance is never deliverance. Know what you can handle and how to deal with it in a positive way. No matter how many bruises, scars, or flaws, there is a "fabulous" within you waiting to come forth.


 

 

 



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What was your main drive to write this book? Journaling is not a new thing to me but finishing something is.  I was horrible about starting and not finishing so I planned at the end of 2019 to get a journal completed that would end up being this project. It was a personal goal of mine and a promise to my late grandma.

 

What do you hope readers will learn by reading this book?  The goal is to encourage readers wherever they are to never quit. Just because time has elapsed it’s not too late to complete that goal. I want them to use my experiences as an illustration that they can too accomplish it.

Did you do much research when planning this book? No not really journaling was about my personal experiences so I did not have to research anything.

 

 

Did you have any main people who helped you in the process of this book or influenced you to write it? Yes, my influencers are really my circle and my family who I dedicate the book to.  My stepmother who passed due to stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Her words are a memorial to me as she often did. She loved to write, and she encouraged me often even as her health declined.  The love of my life in the person of my grandmother is my heartbeat.

 

How long did this book take you to write from initial thought to hitting publish? This is journaling excerpts from over a couple of years. Once I conquered my fear about doing it. I emailed the publisher to send my draft. That process wasn’t long at all but remember that was also during the COVID shut down so I think things moved faster than normal because we did not have a choice but to sit at home and write and edit. So total time I would estimate 18 months at max.

 

Do you have plans to write more about this topic or new topics?  My supporters are excited and so far, encouraging me to do so. Honestly, the jury is still out on it. Do I have more material?  Absolutely, I am just embracing the moment for the first one and then I will go from there.

 

 

About the Author

Michelle Best grew up in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, under the leadership of her grandfather, the late Bishop F. C. Barnes. She has worked in the healthcare industry for more than 19 years and holds an MBA in project management. Currently, Michelle is a faithful member of Monument of Praise Ministries in High Point, North Carolina, under the leadership of Bishop Kevin A. Williams. She serves on the minister's staff as well as praise & worship leader and a member of the choir. She enjoys any activity she can find to do.

 

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