Monday, August 3, 2020

Release Blitz: Mrs. P., Your Hair's On Fire by Thornton Cline #promo #releaseday #middlegrade #rabtbooktours #intensepub @INtensePub @RABTBookTours @thorntoncline


Middle-Grade Book
Published Date: August 3, 2020
Publisher: INtense Publications LLC


Jang consistently bullies his eighth grade science teacher, Mrs. P with mean and annoying pranks; but some of his classmates have had enough. They give Jang a dose of his own medicine with a prank of their own.  Unexpectedly, Jang becomes a hero after he saves Mrs. P’s life, extinguishing a fire in her hair from a chemistry experiment gone wrong. While recovering from her accident, Mrs. P experiences a stroke of good fortune in her life because of an ancient Korean traditional belief that says a person will have good luck if he or she dreams or sees someone with their hair on fire.



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Ever since his mother signed him up for piano lessons at age five, Thornton Cline has been writing non-stop. With over 1,000 published songs, 150 recorded songs, 32 traditionally published adult, children’s and YA books published, Thornton Cline has been nominated multiple times for Grammy and Dove Awards. In 2017, Cline won a first-place Maxy Literary Award for “Best Children’s Young Adult Book”. Thornton Cline’s books have appeared at the top of the Amazon bestselling charts. Cline has been honored with “Songwriter of the Year” twice-in-a row and has received a platinum award for certified sales of over one million units in Europe.

Cline continues to mentor, speak, teach, and inspire aspiring authors and songwriters around the world. He resides in Hendersonville, Tennessee with his wife, Audrey and their cat, Kiki.. You can follow all the latest updates on his books and songs at his website, ThorntonCline.com; Thornton Douglas Cline on Facebook, @ClineThornton on Twitter, and @ThorntonCline on Instragram. Mrs P: Your Hair’s On Fire is Thornton Cline’s debut book with INtense Publishing.

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Virtual Book Tour: Dear Lyme Disease by @LindenmuthWendi #blogtour #giveaway #interview #nonfiction #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours



Non-Fiction, Self-Help, Chronic Pain
Date Published: 4/21/20

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This book is a must-read for anyone who lives with Lyme Disease, chronic pain, and illness and is still seeking answers and support.
In 2015, Wendi’s life drastically changed when she was diagnosed with Lyme disease and other life-threatening infections. She was once a competitive athlete, enjoyed the flexibility and freedom of her life to being bedridden. She shares her struggles along with her celebrations of living with Lyme disease and chronic pain.
As you read this book, Wendi guides you through each chapter taking you from theory to practice learning alternative healing tools and engaging in experiential exercises to start implementing a new way of thinking, living and finding your “new normal” and hope again.
If you are struggling with Lyme Disease, chronic illness, and pain, you will learn to forge a new relationship with your body, mind, and soul and learn new tools to optimize your life despite your limitations.



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What was your main drive to write this book?
After being diagnosed with Lyme Disease and other life-threatening diseases from 2015 to current, I wanted to share my experience, valuable lessons, and tools I learned to help me navigate my emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual well-being with other people who are living with chronic pain/illness/symptoms.

What do you hope readers will learn by reading this book?
I hope the readers will learn to look beyond western medicine to help them heal. I hope that the readers will learn to trust and believe in themselves that they are worthy and important of feeling, thinking and living their best life and with learning new alternative healing tools, they can start doing this.

Did you do much research when planning this book?
Since the book is mostly about my personal journey with Lyme Disease and chronic pain, I didn’t have to do too much research, but I included a lot of resources in my book about Lyme Disease and other healing modalities.

Did you have any main people who helped you in the process of this book or influenced you to write it?
My family and friends encouraged me to write my book and share my story to help others who are going through similar experiences. My mom was my go-to person to help me continue writing the book when I doubted myself.

How long did this book take you to write from initial thought to hitting publish?
Overall, it took about a year from concept to publishing.

Do you have plans to write more about this topic or new topics?
I do have more plans to continue writing and becoming a full-time author. My next book is about combining two powerful healing modalities, chakras and Ho’Oponopono (an ancient Hawaiian philosophy/technique) to help guide you to heal from within and positively transform your life.
Thank you.



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Wendi M. Lindenmuth BS, MPH, is an Author, Energy Medicine and Alternative Healing Specialist and an Intuitive Healing Artist. With over 25 years of experience in teaching, medical and public health, and healing, she helps people suffering from Lyme Disease, chronic illness and pain find relief from their symptoms and limitations and start creating a life of hope, strength and purpose again. She lives in Dresser, Wisconsin with her husband and 2 dogs surrounded in the tranquility of Wisconsin Interstate park.

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Book Blitz: Savoring the World by Michael Meyer #promo #worldtravel #memoir #nonfiction #kindleunlimited #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours




World Travel Memoir
Date Published: July 17, 2020
Publisher: Pacific Books

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I am an avid world traveler. I have lived in a variety of international locations, and I have both studied abroad and taught abroad. I have backpacked, camped out, stayed at youth hostels, and now, in my senior years, I have stayed in topnotch hotels and resorts. I have flown standby, and I have flown first class. I have hitchhiked, and I have taken public transportation, slow trains, fast trains, boats, and ships. I cherish my memories. They are solid, like granite, and they remind me of what I have been through and of how they have made me into a better person. World travel has taken me out of my comfort zone, has freed me from ever living a cocoon like life, has taught me to reach for the stars, and has provided me with an education that far surpasses any level that I could have achieved in any other way.

“Thank you, world!” I can shout from the greatest heights and from the lowest depths, from Germany’s Zugspitze to California’s Death Valley. I’ve been in the burning sands of Saudi Arabia, and I have been in the Arctic freeze of Lapland in Finland. I’ve been there and I am a better person for it.

Everything and everybody in this book is factual. All details are true to life. This is exactly how it all happened. It is as if yesterday is today, and, in a way, that’s the way it really is. These glimpses of my world journeys are poignant, funny, comical, inspiring, and sometimes frightening, but one thing is for certain: every word details precisely and truthfully how it all happened.



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At the time of writing this, my world has been reduced from billions of people of quite varying cultures, religions, and ways of viewing the world to one human, Kitty, and two adorable rescue cats, Coco, who was recently diagnosed with diabetes and whose treatment has been a real challenge, and Pom Pom, his three-legged brother who lost a leg to a sarcoma eight years ago. My life at home has its challenges, but then whose doesn’t? What I can say, and I say it loudly, shouting it out at the top of my lungs for all to hear, is that I am a very lucky man. I am fortunate. I have a wonderful family in Kitty, Coco, and Pom Pom, and I have all the wonderful, life-changing memories I have made from savoring the world in my many travels abroad. In fact, I would have to say that I am about the luckiest person alive – not just because I have made such a wide variety of rich memories, but, most important of all, because I can still recollect and relive them in such vivid detail.

I sincerely hope to travel again, but only time will tell. But no matter what, the many travels abroad that I have had will be relived over and over in my mind, bringing love, happiness, and hope to me in a world that desperately needs all three.



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Michael Meyer is the author of mysteries, thrillers, humorous fiction, and non-fiction: Love and romance, laughter and tears, thrills and fears. As a recent retiree from a forty-year career as a professor of writing, he now lives in Southern California wine country with his wife, Kitty, and their two adorable rescue cats.


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Book Blitz: Star Chaser by Mark Scheel #promo #poetry #newrelease #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours



Poetry
Date Published: 29 July 2020
Publisher: Anamcara Press


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Mark Scheel's Star Chaser is "a creative burst exploring the relationships among ancient legend, the life cycle, the autobiographical and modern day angst." Divided into three sections: "Yesterday," "Today" and "Tomorrow," this division signifies the reality all of us must confront living our lives. In the first section, the poem "Merging" might be seen as symbolizing conception as well as foreshadowing both young adulthood and growth.

“Scheel transports readers to a place where ‘yesterday and tomorrow are one.’ These poems evoke time, timelessness, and human mortality with aching poignancy—leaves underfoot in Kansas City's Loose Park, creases forming in garden gloves, one man's numb-standing new respect for his Harley-Davidson, the wistful sounds of a distant night train. Scheel's elegant and evocative images ignite memories and wishes not only within the voice of the poems themselves but also within the heart of the reader.”

—Ben Furnish
editor BkMk Press


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SAMHAIN



Pumpkins by corn shock,

Straw-gold moon.  Listen by door—

Small footsteps in night.



Tombstones cast shadows,

Owl calls in dark.  Soul shivers—

Age-old lure of fright.



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Mark Scheel grew up in east-Kansas farm country.  Prior to writing full time he served overseas with the American Red Cross, taught at Emporia State University, was an information specialist with the Johnson County Library in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, and a prose editor for Kansas City Voices magazine.  He co-authored the book Of Youth and the River: the Mississippi Adventure of Raymond Kurtz, Sr. and his collection of stories and poems, A Backward View, was awarded the 1998 J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award from the Kansas Authors Club.  His blog series, The Pebble: Life, Love, Politics and Geezer Wisdom, was published in book form in 2015, and his fiction collection, titled And Eve Said Yes: Seven Stories and a Novella, appeared from Waldorf Publishing in 2019.


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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Release Blitz: First Second Coming by Jeff Pollak #promo #releaseday #supernatural #suspense #romanticsuspense #rabtbooktours @PublishingAcorn @RABTBookTours


Book One In The New God Series
Supernatural Suspense, Romantic Suspense
Date Published: August 1
Publisher: Acorn Publishing

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In 2027 the deity known as NTG – short for New Testament God – retires after more than two thousand years of minding the store for his employer, Milky Way Galaxy, Inc. The new god, a planetary turnaround specialist, must decide whether Earth’s dominant species should or should not be included in his plan to bring the planet back into full compliance with Milky Way Galaxy, Inc.’s planetary operation standards.

Earth’s new God introduces himself to humanity by unexpectedly appearing on the Ram Forrester Hour talk show. Ram, an atheist, and co-host Brendali Santamaria, a devout Catholic, are stunned. God's interview, beamed worldwide, shocks and infuriates viewers. They learn that a sixty-day conference will take place in Los Angeles to determine whether humans are capable of helping him implement his planetary turnaround plan. All mankind must do to earn a coveted spot in this God’s good graces is eliminate religious violence forever, without his heavenly help. Failure means extinction.

God designates Ram and Bren as the conference’s only authorized media reporters. This assignment, fraught with peril, ignites their romance. Not only must the harried couple attend the conference meetings by day and do their show at night, they must also outwit a fanatical religious group bent on killing them. When rising conflicts within the conference intensify, it’s up to Ram and Bren to do whatever it takes to protect their budding romance and mankind’s very survival.


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Thirteen hours late, my cross-galaxy voyage to the All-Souls Transit Center ends in a puff of soft lunar dirt on Mare Tranquillitatis. I expect to meet the legendary God of planet Earth in his office but as I deplane he’s shuffling down the concourse toward his departure gate. He’s easy to spot – inside this small, sparse four gate terminal we are the only life forms in sight.
With his stooped posture and unkempt shoulder length gray hair, God reminds me of the mythical Atlas. His tremors underscore the physical and emotional toll he has had to bear. Did his mental state also degrade? He spent two millennia managing a planet populated by quarrelsome headstrong terrestrials. Over that much time any deity posted to such a world would succumb to the effects of prolonged stress.
I quicken my pace, catch up to him and extend a hand. “Good day, Lord.”
“This is how you address your superiors?” The decibel level of his gruff voice implies impaired hearing. “Where are your manners? A bow is in order.”
Though I have not yet fully adapted to the musculature of this adult male body I inhabit, my flawless execution of a deep obeisance brings a quick smile to my face.
God gives me a brusque signal to rise. “You’re my replacement, are you?”
“Correct, Lord. I am humbled and honored to take your place.” I bow again, less fully.
“Call me NTG if you wish. I prefer answering to that nickname.”
So the rumor is true. That he calls himself the New Testament God instead of his given name means he has indeed gone native. This explains a lot.
We sink into a ‘maximum comfort’ couch – or so the attached tag boasts – stuffed full of condensed nimbostratus cloud threads imported from Earth. An ugly green tarp spread over the cushions prevents our clothes from getting soaked by residual moisture.
God adjusts his overcoat and leans toward me. “I trust you had an enjoyable flight?”
“I would like to say yes, but what a hellacious trip.” That’s an understatement. “We flew through several cosmic storms, circumvented an unmapped black hole and limped here on back-up power after the anti-matter fuel engine failed. I will never fly by chartered spaceship again.”
“Now that you’ve arrived, what makes you think you can take on a tough job like this?”
“This is my fourth assignment, though the first for Milky Way Galaxy, Inc.” I place my carry-on bag on the tan moonrock table and open a side pocket. “I have a résumé, if you want to peruse it. In each previous posting, the planets I shepherded returned to optimal status. Whilst this assignment is more complex, I assure you my record shall remain unsullied.”
“Humph.” He spits into the thin puddle created by the leaky couch and waves off my résumé. “I thought those spineless MWGI decision-makers would send a rank amateur. After only three postings, you expect to fix this mess? You’re still wet around the ears, sonny. Have you even hung your precious university degrees on a wall yet?” He points at the nearby picture window. “On Earth they say you learn more through failure than success.”
“Elder, I did not travel here to fail. MWGI reached out because of my extensive training as a planetary turnaround specialist. They are confident I am the best available deity for this job.”
“And you agree with that assessment, do you?” He fidgets, as though trying to stand and walk away, but can’t get off the couch. 
“I would not otherwise have taken the job, Lord. Once I did, I undertook considerable research. The travel delays afforded me extra preparation time. I have learned everything a new deity should know about Earth and its inhabitants. I am ready to take the reins.”
“Your extensive reading helped you form opinions regarding the humans, did it?”
I disregard the sarcasm implicit in the question. If I ever reach his wizened old age, young deities will receive better treatment from me than this. His attitude is understandable, though. Forced retirement is a difficult pill for anyone to swallow, supreme beings included.
“Lord, these sentient beings do have many laudable qualities. However, whilst I prefer not to focus on the negative, on the whole humans strike me as a rather unpredictable species.”
NTG spits again and rummages through the pockets of his black overcoat, pants and vest. “Where’s the damn thing? Did I forget it? Ah, here. Since you’re not dead, you’ll need this to get into heaven.”
He hands me a Holyday Inn card key with “NTG” stenciled on the back side. I stare at the card whilst mulling over my research, which characterized heaven as an imaginary afterlife sanctuary. With a shrug, I deposit the card in the pocket of my blue denim shirt.
“Many humans call it heaven, but I consider it home.” God’s melancholic smile comes and goes in seconds. “Souls get over the false advertising once they adjust to their newly deceased status. Follow the overhead signs to the tram that’ll take you to the complex. My office is by the main gate so I can greet arrivals on St. Peter’s days off. Ask for Angie, my chief of staff. She’s a real angel in every sense of the word.”


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Jeff Pollak grew up in Riverdale – not the one in the Archie comics and movies, the one in the Bronx. After graduating college in Buffalo’s often frozen tundra, he moved to Los Angeles to thaw out and learn to play golf without losing the ball in snow drifts. While there, a law school accepted him into their night program. Now retired from life as a civil trial litigator, Jeff lives in the Crescenta Valley where the closest Jeff comes to winter is his sporadic attendance at hockey games.

FIRST SECOND COMING, Jeff’s debut novel, was inspired by 9/11. Like everyone else, Jeff was transfixed by the unfolding tragedy. Unlike everyone else, Jeff had clients in the World Trade Center, his law firm had given annual seminars at Windows of the World, at the top of the building, and he’d become familiar with some of the staff. While watching the WTC collapse, the thought “earth needs a new God who’s a planetary turnaround specialist,” came to mind. Over the ensuing decade, this odd idea germinated in the deeper recessions of Jeff’s overactive brain until this story hatched in 2015. Jeff’s been writing it ever since.

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Book Blitz: Pursuing a Better Tomorrow by Blanca De La Rosa #promo #memoir #nonfiction #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @authordelarosa



Memoir
Published: September 2019
Publisher: Angels Fortune Editions

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Although her origins are in Nocedo del Valle, an agricultural village in Orense, a province of Galicia, Spain, Blanca De La Rosa was born in the Dominican Republic in the bosom of a humble family. But fate had something else in store for her. 
Pursuing a Better Tomorrow is not just a novel that portrays the history of three generations, but rather an inspiring cross-generational journey from Spain to the United States. The novel details a historical overview and the ideologies of each era where the characters portray the strength of character required to achieve a better tomorrow given the twists, turns, and synchronistic events that shaped their lives.
De La Rosa candidly shares her coming-of-age story of self-discovery as she transitioned from New York City’s projects to corporate America, detailing her personal and professional journey.
This great novel will inspire you to believe in your abilities, dare to dream, and reach for your goals as you pursue a better tomorrow.
Are you ready to embark on this journey?

 

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Blanca De La Rosa was born in the Dominican Republic. She grew up in the Projects of the upper west side of Manhattan in New York, during the time before the Hispanic population developed the supportive Latino community which exists today. Although she struggled without support in her cultural and linguistic transition, De La Rosa was able to graduate from Pace University with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business Management and to establish a successful 34-year career rising through the ranks of Mobil/ExxonMobil Oil Corporation.
During her career, she held numerous positions both domestic and international in nature with increasing responsibility. These assignments took her around the United States, Europe, Central / South America, and Nigeria.
De La Rosa retired from ExxonMobil after 34 years of service. As a Business Development Manager and President of the company’s Employee Resource Group she often represented her company as lead presenter at the Regional and National Scholarship Awards hosted by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. In addition, she represented her company as host, keynote speaker, and panelist of various events with organizations supported by the company's charity foundation. After all her time in the industry, she says her most rewarding role was serving as mentor to the young employees in her company – guiding them through the corporate maze.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Book Blitz: Realms of Edenocht: The War Wizard by DS Johnson #promo #giveaway #action #adventure #fantasy #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours



Action Adventure Fantasy
Date Published: March 2020
Publisher: Rosecrest Publishing

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In a time of desperate measures, the Queen of the most powerful city in Edenocht threw the world into a fallen and broken state in an attempt to destroy the most powerful Necromancer the world has ever seen.  The once magically enhanced world is no more and the elemental beings that once inhabited it are gone. The only thing strong enough to bring it back is the ancient artifacts of the Sev-Rin-Ac-Lavah and the only one strong enough to use them is The War Wizard.
Edenochts only hope is a War Wizard, but none have been born in a millennium, until now. Hidden from the Necromancer in a time realm not his own, the future of the world resides in a barely grown man’s destiny. The War Wizards protectors did the best they could to prepare him without the use and teaching of his magic and Shaz must now quickly learn his true potential and battle the evils of the shadow world.
As a being which hold all the elements and the dreaded shadow magic, Shaz must find the descendants of the ancient magical races and the artifacts before the Necromancer does and the world of Edenocht’s future succumbs to the evil Shadow. 

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DS Johnson is an artist, illustrator, entrepreneur, and author of the Realms of Edenocht series for Young Adults. With over a decade of writing Young Adult novels and graphic design and an avid online role-playing gamer, DS Johnson has years of experience in the art of fantasy make believe and a love for the genre of role playing games and has endeavored to bring to life in action adventure novel form the love of the game. With quotes like ‘WOW, now that was pleasantly unexpected!’ With the natural sense of leveling up your character and developing your skills, DS Johnson has successfully combined the art of fantasy and role playing in a remarkable series for young and old readers. Even if you’re not a role-playing gamer, you will find the books Realms of Edenocht utilizes the traditional, but exciting story telling techniques with skill and flare all readers will love. DS Johnson works from home and enjoys family life and the creative process.
 
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