Friday, December 3, 2021

Book Blitz: Merry Christmas, Eve! by Adam Wallace #promo #childrensbook #giveaway #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 


 

Children's Picture Book

Date Published: December 4, 2020

Publisher: Krueger Wallace Press & Riven Rock Projects



Christmas is coming and the Christmas spirit is nowhere to be found. There’s only one little elf with the get-up-and-go to find it. Meet Eve . . .


About the Author

New York Times, Amazon and USA Today Bestselling author who loves writing stories that make children laugh and get excited about reading and drawing and writing . I also love taking naps and listening to music. Not at the same time.

I have over 80 books published and out in the world, and love each one as if it were my child ... except if that child is like really naughty and always breaks my favourite things and writes bad words on the walls of our house.

None of my books are like that.

From How to Catch books to How to Draw books. From gross books to action and adventure books. From inspirational to just plain funny, there's something here for kids of all reading abilities, and all ranges of interests.


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Blog Tour: The Genes of Isis by Justin Newland #blogtour #interview #giveaway #epic #fantasy #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @Matador

 

 

Epic/Mythological Fantasy

Date Published: 08-28-2018

Publisher: Troubador


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Akasha is a precocious young woman who lives in a world where oceans circulate in the aquamarine sky waters.

Before she was born, the Helios, a tribe of angels from the sun, came to Earth to deliver the Surge, the next step in the evolution of an embryonic human race. Instead, they left humanity on the brink of extinction and spawned a race of monstrous hybrids.

Horque is a Solarii, another tribe of angels, sent to Earth to rescue the genetic mix-up and release the Surge.

When Akasha has a premonition that a great flood is imminent and falls in love with Horque, her life becomes an instrument for apocalyptic change. But will it save the three races - humans, hybrids and Solarii – from the killing waters?

 



Interview

What is the hardest part of writing your books?

 

For me, the best writing environment is one that provides continuity. In other words, a place and a time where there are as few interruptions as possible, so, no cooking, cleaning, and minimal time for eating. So, this speaks of a retreat, and the best place I have found to write, where at the end of the day my hands are tired from typing and writing, is a monastery. The place I go to now is Buckfast Abbey in Devon, England. It’s a Benedictine Monastery, and I’ve been there a couple of times a year for the last six or seven years. The retreat is so quiet, you can hear your own thoughts winging their way across the plasma of your mind.

That’s the easiest part of writing.

The hardest part is not being in that environment.

What songs are most played on your iPod?

 

These days I don’t listen to music like that. I listen to the radio, and enjoy classical, jazz and pop music. The last piece of music I deliberately listened to was some Benedictine Monks (them again) from St. Michel singing their beautiful Gregorian chants. The quiet pace of music slows you down, and brings peace and harmony to the faculties. Before that, I reckon the last piece of music I set out to listen to was Beethoven’s late piano concertos. Sublime music by an unparalleled genius.

 

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

 

I do. I use them a lot. Over the years, I’ve written six novels, and published four, and I’m working on another one. Once I’ve written a first draft, I’ll edit it, and create a list of changes I want to make. First drafts are always interesting because you are never quite sure what you have written about, and whether there are themes and plot-lines that need expanding, or characters that can be merged. Once I’ve got a draft that I’m happy with, I’ll look for beta-readers and critique partners in my chosen genre, and offer to critique their novel in exchange for critiquing mine.

I use up to six beta readers and always like to formally acknowledge their input to the formation of the finished product. The feedback is often useful, compelling, and offers views on the story and characters that I wouldn’t have come to myself. So, in that sense, they are quite invaluable.

And reading and critiquing other people’s works is also stimulating, and you learn so much from how other writers approach their work, and weave their stories.  

 

What book are you reading now?

 

I am reading “We Borrow the Earth,” by Patrick jasper Lee. The front cover blurb says it’s ‘An intimate portrait of the Gypsy Folk Tradition and Culture.’ I’m about half way through, and it’s well-written, and explores many ideas about respect for the Earth, respect for each other, and naturally bemoans the loss of a once-great and significant colourful and passionate people.

 

How did you start your writing career?

 

I’ve always read literature since I was a young child, of seven or eight. I’ve written short stories when I was a student, and even wrote a novel about Ancient Greek gods and goddesses. So, whether that’s when my writing career started, I don’t know.

Then I spent many years researching and studying all sorts of areas, from literature, philosophy, plays, the arts science as well as history. Then about fifteen years ago, I decided I wanted to start writing fiction.

The advice you get is to write about what you know about, so I write about history and different historical periods, and give the plots a supernatural twist. In that way, I’m able to offer a different interpretation of the history we think we know.

 

Tell us about your next release.

 

My next book is set during Elizabethan times.

Nelan is a young man and a Dutch émigré who becomes a master of conjuring the four elements. But in 1588, Spain is by far the richest and most powerful nation in Europe, and its Catholic King is sending a huge fleet of warships to invade England – the legendary Land of Angels – and burn all its heretical Protestants at the stake.

Nelan knows that a battle is won before it’s been fought, so can he rescue England from the existential threat of the Armada?

 


About the Author

Justin Newland is an author of historical fantasy and secret history thrillers - that’s history with a supernatural twist. His stories feature known events and real people from history which are re-told and examined through the lens of the supernatural. He gives author talks and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio Bristol’s Thought for the Day. He lives with his partner in plain sight of the Mendip Hills in Somerset, England.

His Books...

The Genes of Isis is a tale of love, destruction and ephemeral power set under the skies of Ancient Egypt. A re-telling of the Biblical story of the flood, it reveals the mystery of the genes of Isis – or genesis – of mankind. ISBN 9781789014860.

“The novel is creative, sophisticated, and downright brilliant! I couldn’t ask more of an Egyptian-esque book!” – Lauren, Books Beyond the Story.

The Old Dragon’s Head is a historical fantasy and supernatural thriller set during the Ming Dynasty and played out in the shadows the Great Wall of China. It explores the secret history of the influences that shaped the beginnings of modern times.  ISBN 9781789015829.

‘The author is an excellent storyteller.” – British Fantasy Society.

Set during the Great Enlightenment, The Coronation reveals the secret history of the Industrial Revolution. ISBN 9781838591885.

“The novel explores the themes of belonging, outsiders… religion and war…  filtered through the lens of the other-worldly.” – A. Deane, Page Farer Book Blog.

His latest, The Abdication (July, 2021), is a suspense thriller, a journey of destiny, wisdom and self-discovery. ISBN 9781800463950.

“In Topeth, Tula confronts the truth, her faith in herself, faith in a higher purpose, and ultimately, what it means to abdicate that faith.”

V. Triola, Coast to Coast.


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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Book Blitz: Fouling in Business and College Athletics by Gonzalo Gernandez #promo #giveaway #nonfiction #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @BookBuzznet

 

 

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Sports, Business

Publisher: GFA Consulting


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Using a business mindset, the author lays out a compensation method for fair and manageable to college athletics.

A review of business wrongdoings over a large time spam highlight how far the wrongdoings went and how, when responsible executives were caught, their price in terns of the prison terms and fines were painfully paid.

Organized in two parts, Part A explores the greed of business executives who blatantly break the rules in pursuit of profit and explores the improvements made through regulation and changes to the law.

Part B explains how the greed around college athletics in basketball and football. expand to coaches, the university staffs, staffs at NCAA, practically to every one except the players themselves, who are creators of huge revenues in attendance tickets, TV and radio programing, and sponsoring from sport shoes and apparel manufacturers.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR AFTER THE BOOK WAS PUBLISHED:

The NCAA president and Board of Governors appointed a working group to examine issues highlighted in recently proposed federal and state legislation related to student-athlete name, image and likeness, but the group’s work will not result in paying students as employees.

The book author advocates pay-for-play, and recommends a method to calculate compensation for playing time for basketball and football players.



About the Author

Gonzalo Fernandez was a financial and accounting executive in both Fortune sized companies as well as growth businesses. He spent 17 years at ITT Corporation, overseas in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile, and in New York, and Raleigh, NC, where he vas VP and Comptroller of their telecom businesses for several years.

After early retirement from ITT in 1983, he worked in management consulting with High Rock Partners Inc, as a partner, until retirement.

Fernandez worked for Procter and Gamble of Cuba for ten years in auditing and other fields.

He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Havana University.


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Virtual Book Tour: BECOME, an inspirational journal by Hope Mueller #blogtour #giveaway #selfhelp #nonfiction #interview #rabtbooktours @hpmueller242 @RABTBookTours

 



Self-Help Journal

Date Published: August 24, 2021

Publisher: Hunter Street Press


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Goal setting is not the answer to all life’s complications and hardships. It is a process to define what you want your life to look like, to be. Goal setting allows you to reflect, to be conscious about your choices, and helps prioritize your time and attention. The beauty is you do not have to wait for New Year’s Eve to begin! You can start any day, anywhere, any time. Become is a 24-week inspirational, goal setting, journal, which reminds you of your awesomeness and helps you focus on the good things in your life.




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Can you tell us a little about the process of getting this book published? How did you come up with the idea and how did you start?

Become, a guided inspirational journal, is my third published work. The first two, Hopey and Counting Hope, were much different endeavors. The idea for the journal came to me while I was doing a career development and goal setting session with a mentee in late October 2020. I had used goal setting and journaling in my own life for some time and created a journal in a format that fit those practices best.

What surprised you most about getting your book published?

The journal formatting was the most challenging part of composing and publishing this work. We had a pretty large hiccup with the Advanced Reader Copy (ARC). The piece was too small, too thin, and the space to write for journalist was limited. We had to re-format mostly pages of lines and blank spaces, which is a different practice than formatting a traditional book.

Tell us a little about what you do when you aren’t writing

I am a pharmaceutical executive. I run my own consulting firm and I have launched a charity.  I have four beautiful daughters, who as they grow continue to amaze me and I wonder how they turned out so awesome. I enjoy an incredible partnership with my husband, achieving a relationship I did not know was possible.

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?

Launching my first memoir, Hopey, from commune to corner office, was a major milestone that still surprises me. However, the impact from both memoirs, and now the journal is the most pivotal.  Inspiring people, letting them know they are valued and here to be loved, and are not alone is an unparalleled gift.

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?

When I sit down to write, I just write. It simply flows in a way that I do not fully understand, nor control. Ideas percolate in my mind for weeks, months, and in my partial sleep, then when it comes time to write it just happens. I think it is sitting there in my subconscious waiting to be unleashed.

What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author?

“Hot Trash” A reader gave my first memoir a one-star review and labeled it “Hot Trash” on Amazon. This reader went on to purchase my second book and write a second one-star review for that work. This person, whom I know, hated the first work so much they felt compelled to buy the second simply to write a review. Who knows if they even read either book? I think that says more about the reviewer than me as an author, but is stings, and I think about it more than I would care to admit.

What has been your best accomplishment as a writer?

Reaching readers. Letting them know they are not alone, they are loved, amazing, and powerful human beings that deserve all the goodness and success the world has to offer. My favorite response I have received from several readers is: “Thank you for this book.”

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Hunter Street Press is working with two authors right now. One is an exciting anthology temporarilty titled Brave Women at Work, Lessons in Perseverance. The second is too early to share. Personally I have three additional works in various stages of composition 1) an international spy thriller with a female protagonist 2) a career development workbook and 3) my fathers work who I committed to on his death bed that I would compose and publish for him.

 

 


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Hope Mueller leads a consulting firm, Hunter Street Press, and is studying for her mBA. Hope is passionate about making a difference and founded Hunter Street Charity (www.hunterstreetcharity.com) and the Mueller Family Scholarship. She is an author, motivational speaker, and coach. Hope splits her time between Northern Illinois and Nevada with her f=husband, four daughters, and delightful grandson.


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Release Blitz: The Dragon and the Girl: True North by Laura Findley Evans #promo #middleschool #mgfantasy #releaseday #giveaway #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @PublishingAcorn @LauraFindley

 

 

Middle School Grade Fantasy

Date Published: December 2, 2021

Publisher: Acorn Publishing



THE LAST DRAGONS IN THE KINGDOM WERE KILLED A HALF CENTURY AGO.

At least that's what twelve-year-old Eliana has grown up hearing. Imagine her surprise when one morning in the forest she finds herself eye to eye with a young dragon. When she learns the dragon's father has been missing since the last full moon, she vows to help.

Together, they seek the King for guidance, but upon reaching the castle they realize the short, frazzled King has problems of his own. The kingdom's treasure is missing and the tribute to the Overking is due in a few short weeks. If the King doesn't pay, he will lose his kingdom to the Overking's feckless nephew.

The dragon and the girl must discover courage—sprinkled with magic—to find what is lost before the kingdom falls into the wrong hands and people and dragons perish forever.


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At six years old, Laura Findley Evans wrote her first story about a man named Brill who flew to the moon. When her teacher asked her to stand up and read it to the class, she learned just how powerful a story can be. A creative writing major in college, she has written many more short stories, some of which were published, and one that won an award. The Dragon and the Girl: Due North is her first novel. It began when her grandchildren said one night (when they were supposed to be sleeping), “Tell us a story.” And so she did. Laura would like you to know that whatever she writes must be true, whether it is real or not. She hopes you will discover the truth in this story. You can visit her online at www.LauraFindleyEvans.com.


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Release Blitz: At the Heart of the Matter by Dr. Eboni Ivory Green #promo #releaseday #nonfiction #selfhelp #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @BookBuzznet @dreboni

 

 

A Self-Help Workbook for Caregivers

 

Nonfiction / Self-Help

Date Published: December 1, 2021

 

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Rediscover your inner strength and embrace your role as a caregiver with this heartfelt self-help workbook.

 

Artfully blending inspiring quotes, personal reflections, and touching prose, this deeply authentic self-help guide for caregivers seeks to provide readers with an honest and open place to navigate the complex and sometimes overwhelming emotions that come with caring for a loved one or client.


Designed with handy prompts for self-reflection as you embark on your journey to wellbeing, At the Heart of The Matter encourages caregivers to be open about their feelings and find their inner faith in the face of grief, hardship, burnout, and pain.


Standing as a testament to the power of resilience, this profound guide will speak to your soul, sharing the strength of faith and providing you with an enduring source of light in your darkest times. With a mix of meaningful advice and Dr. Eboni Ivory Green’s personal experiences, At the Heart of The Matter will help caregivers tap into their natural resilience and find new ways to serve the needs of their loved one or client.


In a time where so many caregivers find themselves neglecting their personal wellbeing to focus on the demands of caring for a loved one or client, it’s never been more important to learn to take a step back and focus inwards. With suggestions for self-improvement, heartfelt advice to help you change your mindset, and enlightening insights about faith and belief, this book is an ideal companion for any caregiver who is struggling to maintain their passion and deal with the raw emotions of caregiving.


 

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Dr. Eboni Ivory Green is an author, speaker, educator, and experienced caregiver with a passion for helping caregiver manage stress, prevent burnout, deal with family conflicts, and safeguard their wellbeing. Armed with an extensive skillset focused on training, assessing, and supporting front-line direct caregivers, Dr. Green provides the tools and resources that her readers need to navigate the demands of their jobs and the complex emotions that come from their line of work. Dr. Green is the cofounder of Caregiver Support Services with her husband, where they help train caregivers and support their mental health. For more information visit: www.caregiversupportservices.com


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Week Blitz: Haelend's Ballad by Ian V. Conrey #promo #giveaway #darkfantasy #fantasy #steampunk #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @IanConrey

 

 

Dark Fantasy / Steampunk

Date Published: November 30, 2021



Some call me Murderer, others call me Lord. I've been called Savior and Enslaver. But no one has ever called me Child.”


A young man signs his own death warrant when he joins an already failing militia. A teenage girl is haunted by her childhood abuse and begins to crave the very things she hates. A childless mother finds herself on the run as a convicted murderer. Yet they are all unaware that their own fates are tied to a young orphan who has drowned and come back to life in a foreign land where he will be the death of everyone he meets.

Hælend’s Ballad is a tale about what happens when men and women from two colliding cultures realize they may not be on the right side. Heroes are villains. The persecuted are oppressors. And when rumors begin to spread that the world is dying, the darkness of their own hearts betrays them.


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Ian Conrey is both a teacher and student of history and theology, who actively fights against human trafficking and is working toward an M.A. in Religion. In his free time, he enjoys reading biographies and ancient mythology, discovering early American folk songs, and exploring the Cohutta Wilderness. He lives with his wife and three children in the North Georgia mountains.


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