Friday, November 9, 2018

Virtual Book Tour: In the Key of Be by Lena Hubin #interview @RABTBookTours #giveaway


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Non-Fiction / Memoir
Date Published: April 2, 2018
Publisher:  Chatnoir Press

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Lena Hubin is a straight-A college senior when she lands in a psych ward. After her release, psychotherapy, illicit drugs, and sex distract her from her chronic anxiety--but none yields lasting relief. Despite teaching abroad, marrying, earning a masters and adopting two children, she remains haunted by anxiety. In her fifties, Lena returns with her family to the U.S., anticipating peace of mind. But when her son struggles with alcoholism, she feels her sanity swirling down the drain like the liquor she would dump--if she could find it. In a quest to help him, the author starts a journey that will change her life for good.



Interview

What is the hardest part of writing your books?
Deciding what critiquers’ advice to take and leave, then revising,
and then knowing when to stop revising.

What songs are most played on your iPod?
I have no iPod, but I like listening to international music:
Latin, African, Indian.

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
I have two skilled and faithful critique partners,
and a few beta readers as well.

What book are you reading now?
I’m reading a dark, droll little novel called The 100-Year-Old Man who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared,
by Swedish author Jonas Jonasson.

How did you start your writing career?
Writing is one of several creative avocations for me. I’ve written since I was very young, winning a contest in 8th grade, then publishing letters and articles in newspapers, journals, and magazines.

Tell us about your next release.
I’m shaping chapters and other short writings

to submit to various venues.


 About the Author

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Lena Hubin has been writing since she was a young kid growing up on a small Wisconsin dairy farm. She has had essays and articles published in ISS Newslinks, The International Educator, Midwest Living, and The Sun. For four years she wrote quarterly book reviews for In Recovery Magazine. She has a masters degree in Creative Writing from California State University, Fresno. Lena writes, plays piano, teaches, and works for social justice in Prescott, Arizona, where she lives with her husband, dog, and cat.



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Monday, November 5, 2018

Virtual Book Tour: Silent Whispers by @tamiurbanek #review #giveaway #nonfiction


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Non-Fiction
Date Published: January 7, 2018

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When Tami Urbanek began working with the public as a medium, she never envisioned how her path would change. Moving beyond working with people's spirit guides, deceased children began arriving to share their own shocking experiences. These children revealed the horrific torture and government scientific experiments that ultimately led to their death. With a heavy heart, Tami listened to their stories and helped them to feel loved and safe in order to cross over to the other side. Tami, along with two other women, began traveling to different locations, within the United States, to assist deceased children who were caught in a cycle of pain. Little did they know they would eventually begin attracting the attention of extraterrestrials. It became obvious the ETs were also invested in the experiments and they would attempt to thwart the efforts of these three women. Silent Whispers will challenge readers' belief system and perhaps lead them to question the reality that surrounds them.



Review

I didn't know what to expect going into this one. The most information I had on the subject going was just what I've seen on tv, which as you know, isn't always the most reliable. I will say that I was pleasantly surprised with how much I felt like I learned and understood just from reading Urbanek's words.  This is a subject that is a bit tricky because your belief system is often times set about the subject one way or another, but I think that reading this will help you open your mind to the realm of possibilities out there. Powerful writing that really came through the pages for me. I loved the way she used her words and experiences and highlighted them in a way that I felt like I could picture. 


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Tami works with the public as a medium. She connects people with their spirit guides for life guidance and deep healing. On the side, she has many different paranormal experiences about which she writes and is working on her third book, a follow-up to Silent Whispers. For fun, Tami enjoys traveling, good food, and good wine. She and her family have lived in Colorado for most of her life.






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Virtual Book Tour: Death O Death by @AuthorEllie #interview #giveaway #horror


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Horror
Date Published: 31st October



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A collection of ten horror short stories, everything from the macabre to the down right disgusting.



Short Stories Include:

Why aren’t you scared

Infest

Don’t look under the bed

Trick or Treat.

Bogeyman

Siphon

Junkyard

Grounders

Can you Imagine

Point of no return



Each of the stories are unique and filled with terrifying, gruesome tales that are sure to rise your blood pressure. Lovers of monsters, the unexplained, serial killing maniacs and much more. Sink your teeth in and be in for a treat this Halloween.



Interview

What is the hardest part of writing your books?
Time, finding time. Peace and quiet. That for me is the hardest part of writing.


What songs are most played on your Ipod?
Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Sia, Rihanna, Pink, David Guetta, Lindsey Stirling, Dua Lipa, Eminem, Queen, Michael Jackson,


Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
I have beta readers


What book are you reading now?
I’m reading Stephen King’s ‘Outsider’


How did you start your writing career?
It started when I was a very young girl, I had a passion for horror and wanted to write horror stories. I had this need to write stories that held a lot of the great 80’s movie horrors, so I did just that :)



I haven’t got a new one just yet, but I have many ideas for another book.




About the Author

Born and raised in New Zealand, a mother and wife who donates what spare time she has into volunteer work with Autistic children.

Ellie Douglas is addicted to horror, everything about it she loves. She enjoys creating strong characters that rise to the top from ordinary lives.

Her love affair with horror has seen her produce three award winning horror books.

Ellie is creative in all aspects with several adult coloring books and an online casino slot game under her belt. She is constantly striving to do more. Ellie also makes professional book covers for authors and has helped people with making them a websites, banners, and logos.

Ellie’s ultimate aim is to give back, paying it forward and to constantly better herself. To give the audience amazing entertaining stories that she herself would read.

She would love to scare you…


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Virtual Book Tour: Chance for Rain by @redefiningable #giveaway #fiction #womensfiction #romance


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Fiction—Romance, Women’s Fiction
Date Published: August 2018
Publisher: Front Street Press

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Elite athlete Rainey Abbott is an intense competitor on the outside, but inside, she feels a daunting apprehension about her chances of finding true love. Her life as a downhill skier and race car driver keeps her on the edge, but her love life is stuck in neutral. A tragedy from her past has left her feeling insecure and unlovable.

Now that she’s in her thirties, Rainey’s best friend Natalie insists she take a leap and try online dating. Rainey connects with brian85 and becomes cautiously hopeful as a natural attraction grows between them. Fearful a face to face meeting could ruin the magic, Rainey enlists Natalie to scheme up an encounter between the two where Brian is unaware he is meeting his online mystery woman. Rainey is left feeling both guilty about the deception and disappointed by something Brian says.

When they finally meet in earnest, Rainey’s insecurities threaten to derail the blossoming romance. As she struggles with self-acceptance, she reveals the risks we all must take to have a chance for love.


About the Author


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Tricia Downing is recognized as a pioneer in the sport of women’s paratriathlon, as the first female paraplegic to finish an Iron distance triathlon. She has competed in that sport both nationally and internationally, in addition to competing in road racing and other endurance events. She has represented the United States in international competition in five different sport disciplines—cycling (as a tandem pilot prior to her 2000 accident), triathlon, duathlon, rowing and Olympic style shooting, in which she was a member of Team USA at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
She was featured in the Warren Miller documentary Superior Beings and on the lifestyle TV magazine show Life Moments. She has been featured in Muscle and Fitness Hers, Mile High Sports and Rocky Mountain Sports magazines.

Additionally, she is founder of The Cycle of Hope (www.thecycleofhope.org), a non-profit organization designed for female wheelchair users to promote health and healing on all levels—mind, body and spirit.

Tricia studied Journalism as an undergraduate at the University of Maryland and holds Masters degrees in both Sports Management (Eastern Illinois University) and Disability Studies (Regis University).

She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband Steve and two cats, Jack and Charlie. Visit Tricia at triciadowning.com


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Friday, November 2, 2018

Virtual Book Tour: Citadel from Author @jackremick #interview with the Author of the #womensfiction #literary novel @RABTBookTours #giveaway


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Women’s literary fiction
Publisher: Quartet Global Books

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Irven DeVore, an evolutionary biologist, writes that "Males are a breeding experiment run by females."  What if, in fact, women ran everything?  What if women rejected the culture of rape and violence to take control of their lives in the safety of the Citadels? What if women could exist without males? CITADEL is a metafictional, apocalyptic story braided into a contemporary post-lesbian novel built on genetics.




Advance Praise

"I loved the book and I'm suggesting it to all the writers, editors and women I know as a must read. You blew me away... the book drew me in completely... great experience! 
 I'm not sure how you managed to come up with this... let alone research it... a story usually follows one or two Characters... I found myself following the writer, the editor, the publisher, not to mention the Characters in the book... and never got lost, never ended up wondering who someone was or why they did that? I read the book in short spurts and longer chunks depending on opportunity... but never had a problem of falling back into the story... you had me from page one to the end. Great job"  -- Wally Lane, filmmaker, screenwriter.



Interview

What is the hardest part of writing your books?
My thinking is that writers have only three problems: how to start, how to keep going, how to finish. For some people, finishing is the hard part; for others, it’s how to keep going; still others get lost and tangled up in the beginning. I have not had much trouble with any of the three because I write using a timer/stop watch and start lines. Before I ever write a scene in a novel, I do a lot of what I call “Writing about the Writing.” This is a technique similar to what the screenwriters call a “treatment,” but without the focus. Using the writing about the writing, using the timer, and the start line (I talk about this later) I get going. Sometimes I have no idea who or what the novel is about. For example, Citadel. When I started Citadel I had a character, but a character with no name. She was holed up in a motel in the California desert. I didn’t know why she was there or what she was doing. But I kept writing. After a month or so of writing about the writing, I had a name for the character, I had her backstory, I had the objects she had brought to the motel—a cell phone, a computer, a manuscript—and a gang of personal problems. The next questions were: what’s on the computer? and who does she talk to? why has she run to the motel? As you can see, I had started. To keep going I connected Trisha to other characters while I worked out their story arcs in the same way. Once I had the characters in place, once I had their backstories written out, I thought about writing scenes. But where to start the scene writing? Turns out that Tricia likes to go to the beach, so I opened there:

“As far back as I can remember, I’ve had a sense of dread. I dream, and when I wake, I am sure it will be the day the world ends. Rose, my therapist, tells me more of her clients have apocalyptic dreams like mine. She doesn’t know what it means.
Yesterday at the beach as I watched the beach meat in their combat ritual, I had one of my visions of annihilation.”
At that point, I used another technique borrowed from the screenwriters called “Cut To.” It’s simple. It goes like this:
Citadel opens in a scene called Beach Meat.
Cut to: Trisha drives Daiva back to the condo.
Cut to: Trisha gets Daiva’s manuscript, Citadel.
Cut to: at Pinnacle Books, Trisha sends a copy of Citadel to the cloud.
Once I have all the scenes worked out in the cut-to sequence, I’m ready to write any scene at any time. That’s to keep going.
To finish sometimes requires a couple shots at the ending. But to finish, you have to have an ending. I worked with a woman who had written dialogue for The Pink Panther movies. She said that Blake Edwards, director of that series, always worked from the ending back to the beginning using this technique: Okay, here I am, how did I get here? As you can see, this is the Cut-to technique in reverse. So, all writers need to answer one of two questions: What comes next (cut to) or what happened just before. How did I get here?
Once you have an ending, you are free then to think about rewriting the opening—and you will because rewriting is the neglected stepchild of the novelist. There is a complete difference between “rewriting” and “editing.” Most writers think rewriting means start on page one and make changes until you get to the ending. Mostly what produces is a mess you hire a professional to clean up.
To go back to the three problems, you can see that there is a complete process that keeps you involved in the novel from the first word to the last. In that process, the problems disappear. Advice? Write about the writing before you ever tackle a scene.

What songs are most played on your Ipod?
I’m one of the troglodytes who doesn’t own an Ipod. My music listening is still CD based and aimed at the classics. Having been, in my early life, a pianist, I’m very fond of piano so spend time searching out new, technically based pianists who are bringing fresh interpretations of the standards to light.

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
I work with other writers two days a week. Our process is to write scenes or sections longhand, work them up on a word processor the work the pieces aloud together. Most of my writing is done longhand in sessions Natalie Goldberg calls “writing practice.” I find that this is the most efficient way for me to write—using this generic “start line—”Today I’m writing about. If I’m in the middle of work, I know that what will come will be related to the work but not always. The freedom to work this way lets your hand follow your mind without focus. Far from “free-form” or “free writing”, the generic line lets your character talk and dictate to you so that they control you rather than you controlling them. Sometimes the results are astounding, sometimes just plain flat writing, but always of interest. In the partnered group, we read the pieces. This is the best way to break out of writer’s solitude—hearing your work for the first time makes you not just the writer but part of a greater audience.

What books are you reading now?
I just finished “Hers to Protect,” a novel by Nicole Disney. Nicole is an inspired and inspiring young novelist who says that she writes novels with lesbians in them but she doesn’t write lesbian novels. “Hers to Protect” is a powerhouse, a tour de force in genre writing which does in fact have lesbian characters, but it’s a police/crime novel focused on gangs, drugs, and, of course, the lesbian relationship. I recently read and reviewed Eleanor Parker Sapia’s “A Decent Woman.” This is a terrific novel set in Puerto Rico at the turn of the Twentieth Century. I’m about to dig into “Sex at Dawn” a 2010 release subtitled ‘How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for modern relationships.’ I like to move around through the writing universe—sometimes focusing on anthropology, then genetics before moving on to history and essays.

How did you start your writing career?
I was young, lost, and living in South America. I wanted to be a pianist, so had enrolled at the Conservatorio Nacional de Musica in Quito. I composed a few pieces for piano, but then started reading Spanish/Ecuadorian poetry and from there launched into the English poets. I then met a couple of poets, David Bartine, Jack Moody, and Jorge Bravo Munoz who encouraged my poetry but also suggested that I break out and write fiction. Breaking into fiction took a lot longer than I thought it would. My first short story, “Frogs” came out in Carolina Quarterly. I was writing, but had no technique, didn’t know what I was doing. I wrote a short novel called “The Stolen House,” which Jim Villani, the publisher of Pig Iron Magazine out of Youngstown, Ohio liked and published. Because he liked the novel, Jim suggested that I write for Pig Iron. For eight years I wrote a fifty page novella every four months for Pig Iron. A few years later, I met Robert J. Ray and Natalie Goldberg. I wrote The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery with Ray and under Natalie’s influence wrote eight novels, six of which were published by Catherine Treadgold at Coffeetown Press in Seattle.

Tell us about your next release.

I am working on a set of essays titled “What Do I Know?” ‘Wisdom in the Twenty-first Century.’


About the Author


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Jack Remick is the author of twenty books—novels, poetry, short stories, screenplays. He co-authored The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery with Robert J. Ray. His novel Gabriela and The Widow was a finalist for the Montaigne Medal as well as a finalist in Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award. He reviews for the New York Journal of Books. He is a frequent guest and co-host on Michigan Avenue Media with Marsha Casper Cook. His novel Citadel, was featured in the July issue of the Australian magazine eYs.


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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Release Day: The Winter Riddle


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Fantasy (Humorous)
Date Published: 1 November 2018

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Publisher: Black Spot Books (https://blackspotbooks.com)


When destiny calls on the Winter Witch to save the North Pole, will she pretend she’s not in?

Once upon a time, the North Pole was a very noisy place. A kingdom cowered under the maniacal rule of the White Queen, The Vikings raided and pillaged as they were wont to do, and the Winter Witch avoided talking to any of them.

When her peace and quiet are obliterated by threats of war and Ragnarok, she’ll try anything to get them back. When casting spells to become nearly invisible and dealing with otherworldly powers fail, the Winter Witch needs to forge an alliance with Santa—a retired warrior who’s anything but jolly—to save the North Pole from calamity.

Will the Vikings take up arms against the frost giants? Will an evil necromancer keep the kingdom in the grip of fear? And for the love of Christmas, will everyone who isn’t the Winter Witch please stop meddling with dark forces beyond mortal comprehension for a bit?

Deck the halls and bar the doors! We’re in for a long winter’s night.

Excerpt

Santa’s Detritus


Santa’s Village was always giving off some sort of minor nuisance that she could overlook. The occasional thunderous boom, the erstwhile blinding flashes in the sky, and the rare fluctuation in the Northern Lights were all easy enough to forgive and forget, but the wreckage of some infernal machine gone clog dancing over her herb garden was just the sort of thing to land an insolent neighbor at the top of the revenge list.

Oh, yes! The spirits were simply philanthropic with cause for revenge of late. There must have been a surplus. It was shaping up to be a very busy winter.

Adding insult to injury, Santa probably had no idea that his detritus had inconvenienced anyone. If she did nothing about it, he’d most likely go on with his life as if nothing had happened. Not a chance! Walking away from this would require legs! Functional ones, with knees intact!

Volgha stood there, fuming. She wasn’t very handy in dealing with people. Plants, yes. Animals, to be sure. The occasional Viking was fine, as long as they were full of mead and beef and you toasted Valhalla with them once or twice. However, your standard, run-of-the-mill person came with all sorts of things. Feelings, needs, complications. It was disgusting, really.


About the Author

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Sam Hooker writes darkly humorous fantasy. He is an entirely serious person, regardless of what you may have heard. Originally from Texas, he now resides in southern California with his wife, son, and dog.





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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Halloween Book Blast & Giveaway hosted by @RABTBookTours #giveaway #happyhalloween #win #spookyreads


WELCOME TO THE HALLOWEEN BOOK BLAST!


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