Friday, October 28, 2016

Blog Tour: Single Chicas by Sandra Lopez #interview and #giveaway

Women's Fiction / Humor
Date Published:8/19/16

Perfection is a Barbie doll, and, unless you're looking for a guy with a fake smile, a hard head, and no genitalia, then you're better off NOT being perfect―Single Chicas 

Single Chicas is a collection of stories about modern Latinas being in, out, and around the zany hurdles of relationships. One woman receives strange calls from a lonely soul, another seeks advice on how to love herself, and another wakes up in a parallel universe to a man she's never met. These chicas will make painstaking effort to survive the complexities with humor and grace. Once again, López dazzles audiences with her brilliantly candid craft. Smart, witty, and funny, these stories will explore the true endurance of singlehood.

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What is the hardest part of writing your books?
A: Finding the muse and the time

What songs are most played on your Ipod?
A: I didn’t really listen to any music, but I did have Shania Twain’s “Man, I feel like a woman” in my head.

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
A: Yes, my fellow author buddies.

What book are you reading now?
A: I’m ashamed to say that I’m not currently reading anything as I’ve been busy promoting my latest book.

How did you start your writing career?
A: It kinda started when I wasn’t looking. I wrote my first novel right after high school and was published four years later while I still in college. From then on, I’ve been moving around, doing gigs and marketing myself.

A: Single Chicas is the first installment in the Single Chicas series. It’s a series about young, modern Latinas going through the hurdles of family, love, and life. I am currently working on the second in the series called Holiday Chicas. In this next book, these chicas’ lives will revolve around the calendar holidays of the year (i.e. New Year’s, Valentines, Halloween, Christmas, etc.) For more details on release date and events, please visit

Sandra C. López is one of today's influential Latina authors in Young Adult literature. Her first novel, Esperanza: A Latina Story, was published in March 2008 WHILE she was still in college. Since then she has published several other books, including the Single Chicas series. She was named as one of "2011 Top Ten New Latino Authors to Watch" by Latino Stories, and her book, Beyond the Gardens, was a Silver Medal winner of the 2016 Global Ebook Awards in Multicultural Fiction and a finalist in the Int'l Latino Book Awards. Art, literature, and travel are her passions, and she aims to keep doing them as long as she can.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Blog Tour: A Light Beyond the Darkness #giveaway

Date Published: August 16th 2016

In a land not far from your imagination is a clan of Hybrids. This clan will show you great wonders, love beyond time and great adventure. To read about this clan will make you believe in the unknown and open your mind to wonders of your imagination.

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Two people from different backgrounds meet and became instant friends. They realized that they were like minded. Others never understood the mind trappings of these two individuals. One day, playing around, they came up with the Hybrid Clan. Henceforth, a stronger friendship and a new book. Hope you all enjoy this book as much as they enjoyed creating it.

Here's a funny fact for you reader's out there, Mikel and Sherry meet about 7 years ago and they have been friends every since. They are both very unique individuals and everyone that meets them can plainly see that they have made a lifelong friendship. Mikel, or Kel as a few people like to call him, is a young man from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He now makes his home in Sweet Water, Alabama.  Sherry is a lady from a small town known as Meeker, Oklahoma. She calls Crossville, Alabama home now. They are both family oriented. They have lots in common and yet they are different. These two will dazzle and boggle the mind. Together they hope to bring your imagination alive in a whole new way.

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PROMO Blitz: Play For Me by @celinekeating

Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction
Date Published:  April 2015

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It happens without warning: At a folk-rock show at her son’s college, Lily becomes transfixed by the guitarist’s unassuming onstage presence and beautiful playing—and with his final note, something within her breaks loose.

After the concert, Lily returns to her comfortable life—an Upper West Side apartment, a job as a videographer, and a kind if distracted husband—but she can’t stop thinking about the music, or about the duo’s guitarist, JJ. Unable to resist the pull of either one, she rashly offers to make a film about the band in order to gain a place with them on tour. But when Lily dares to step out from behind her camera, she falls deep into JJ’s world—upsetting the tenuous balance between him and his bandmate, and filling a chasm of need she didn’t know she had.

Captivating and provocative, Play for Me captures the thrill and heartbreak of deciding to leave behind what you love to follow what you desire.

Céline Keating is the author of two novels, Layla and Play for Me. Play for Me was a finalist in the International Book Awards, the Indie Excellence awards, and the USA Book awards. Her short fiction has been published in many literary journals, and she was the first-place winner in the Hackney Literary Awards for short fiction for 2014. Keating is also a music journalist and plays classical guitar.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Blog Tour: Vacation to Graceland by @Phillipthedeal #interview

Non-Fiction / Vacation
Date Published: 05/18/2015
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing

A man, his mother, his sister, his granny, his niece, and his nephew make a trip to Memphis Tennessee for a family reunion. During the course of the trip, the family encounter a series of circumstances that mold the trip into an unforgettable experience. Through the arguing and internal bickering within the group, they come together and strengthen the blood bond they share with each other. Reflecting on each and every situation encountered, the man realizes the trip is an overall social, emotional, and educational journey.   


What is the hardest part of writing your books?
The hardest part of writing my books, is keeping the momentum of my creativity from day to day. Once I get an idea, I have to almost immediately lay it down, before it is gone. Writing an outline does help, but filling in that outline with creative literature is a very tedious and time consuming task. There are literally days, where my mind is going strong, but my writing hand cannot go any further. I just have to find a stopping point, and continue the creative process another day. But once the first draft is complete, it is smooth sailing from there.

What songs are most played on your Ipod?
I have a variety of songs played on my Ipod
DJ Khaled: Nas Album Done, Holy Key
Rick Ross: The Devil is a Lie, War Ready, Sanctified
Kevin Gates: Perfect Imperfection, Out the Mud, Really Really
Young Thug: Harambe, Check
50 Cent: I’m the Man
Future: March Madness, Stick Talk

Do you have critique partner or beta readers?
The closes thing I have to any of this, is my sister. She reads most my writings before they go out, and she gives me an honest opinion on how good they are. Other than that, I write what I feel, and I unapologetically put it out once it is up to my standard of literature.

What book ate you reading now?
I am reading a poetry book called, I Will Never Kill a Black Man by Mike Woods

How did you start your writing career?
I started my writing career, by being completely disappointed with myself. I already possessed the writing skills, I just felt I did not have anything to write about. I did not know what direction my life was going in, and I found myself being slightly depressed. I read a tweet about writing on a piece of paper to relieve your stress, and started writing a story about an event, in my life, that currently had just passed. Through writing about it, I felt better and realized I had a talent. From there I kept writing, and pushing the limits of my gift. Now I have 2 published works, and I have my sight set on one more by the beginning of next year.   

Tell us about your next release?
My next release is nowhere near ready to talk about. It is about a boy who becomes a man through terrible life decisions. The best way I can describe it, is it is a melting pot of random event after random event. I will say I am excited to see you it will twist and turn, but I am concerned about whether the structure of the writing will be good enough to publish. I am just letting the process be organic, and I am positive it will come together in the end.

Phillip Cornell is a college graduate. He gained his degree in Biological Sciences, and currently works at a local pharmacy.  He is the only son of Harron and Connie Cornell, and the youngest of 3 children. In 2006 his father passed away due to colon cancer, and his mom became an inspiration to him and his family in the way she supported everyone. He has a passion for all types of competitive activity, with sports being the favorite. Overall he lives for different experiences to stimulate the mind, and firmly believes that life is something that has to be lived, read about, and dissected. His biggest weakness is beautiful women, and the thought of being a failure. Firmly believing everyone deserves their moment no matter how long or short it is, Phillip listens to anyone who has something to say. The more he writes. The more he realizes what he creates, is something that needs to be shared with someone other than himself. 

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Blog Tour: Dragon's Soul


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Book Title: Dragon's Soul (The Dragon's Fay Saga, #2) 
Author: Michelle Rabe 
Genre: Fantasy Romance 
Release Date: October 22, 2016 
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Crown Prince Killian Rhys's life has been defined by duty for as long as he can recall.

Duty ties him to a wife he does not love.

Duty separates him from the woman he loves, a woman once believed to be beneath him.

Duty holds him to the people he will one day rule.

Can Killian break free of duty's chains before his wife binds him with more than vows?

Will he find a path to his true love, or will duty wrap him in inescapable shackles?




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A lifelong California girl, Michelle Rabe tried the Hollywood thing but decided she preferred an author's den to the actor's trailer. She now lives in the Phoenix Arizona area with her unhelpful author cat. Michelle is the author of the Morgan Blackstone Vampires series and The Dragon Fey Saga.
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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Blog Tour: The Grove by @E_Guizzetti with a #review and #giveaway

Date Published: E-book to be published July 12, 2016 / Paperback to be published September 13, 2016
Publisher: ZB Publications

Trail Rule #5: Let Sleeping Gods lie…

Sitka’s Quay appears to be like every other coastal tourist town on Highway 101, but lurking below its southern grove of ancient spruce are three sleeping primordial gods. For an eon, their bloodthirsty dreams have radiated into the ground and restore anyone who walks within the Grove. The Keeper, Dayla Fischer, must remain in control of her magical abilities or fall into sickening madness, but lives a relatively quiet life with her husband, Oliver. That is, until the delusional, but charming Jonah Leifson comes to town with a plan to awaken the Three. Soon, children begin disappearing. With powerful suggestion spells and mind reading abilities, Jonah wins over other sorcerers, meth users, the police, and eventually even her husband. Though no one believes her and she doubts her own sanity, she must stop Jonah, before he wakes the Three and brings about the end of the world.


I love the way that Elizabeth Guizetti's mind worked in this novel. She had a great balance of thrill and creepiness. 

Dayla is a great lead, though she is alone in most of the novel as far as what she believes she needs to do, she proves to be a strong female lead. 

There was a great use of imagination in this novel. I liked the way that I was surprised by what the writing was able to make me picture in my head. 

Much to her chagrin, Elizabeth Guizzetti discovered she was not a cyborg and growing up to be an otter would be impractical, so she began writing stories. Guizzetti currently lives in Seattle with her husband and two dogs. When not writing, she loves hiking and birdwatching.

She is the author and illustrator of independent comics: Faminelands and Lure and a comic book series Out for Souls& Cookies! Her debut novel, Other Systems, was a 2015 Finalist for the Canopus Award. She continues to write science fiction, horror, and fantasy. The Grove is her third novel.

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