Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Release Blitz: Daring Done Right by Charlie Lane #promo #releaseday #historicalromance #regencyromance #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @BookBuzznet

 

Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Steamy Romance

Date Published: November 24, 2022

 

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In this enemies-to-lovers Regency romance by USA Today bestselling author Charlie Lane, a lady who dares too much and a brute who dares too little engage in a battle of wits.


Lady Sarah Hampton would rather sew up a wound than tend to her own heart. Or matrimonial prospects. When the small hospital she’s been volunteering at faces financial peril, she seeks to save them the best way she knows how—one dare, one wager, and one foolish rake at a time. No matter the risk to herself. If her friend’s irritatingly handsome and brutish brother doesn’t stand in her way.

Xavier Evans, Viscount Flint may be known as the Dare King to his old chums, but to Lady Sarah, he’s the King of Brutes. He’d take offense if he weren’t so busy trying to be a better man, the type who rises above insult, never gives it, and protects his family. But when his sister’s happiness hinges on her friend’s safety, he’ll have to figure out how to keep the sharp-tongued and beautiful Lady Sarah—who hates him—safe, too.

Sarah is willing to risk it all, and Xavier will do what it takes to stop her. As the game of dares draws them closer, it reveals a hidden threat, and these enemies must work together or hurt those they love… including each other.


The Debutante Dares Series

#1 Daring the Duke

#2 A Dare too Far

#3 Kiss or Dare

#4 Don't You Dare, My Dear

#5 Only Rakes Would Dare

#6 Daring Done Right


About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Charlie Lane traded in academic databases and scholarly journals for writing steamy Regency romcoms like the ones she’s always loved to read. Her favorite authors are Jane Austen (who else?), Toni Morrison, William Blake, Julia Quinn, and Maya Rodale.

Charlie writes unique stories with unconventional characters who push against the rigid restrictions of their society. Officially, Charlie has a Ph.D. in literature with a focus on the nineteenth-century novel and children’s literature and answers to Professor. Unofficially, she’s a high-flying circus-obsessed acrobat, with an emphasis on two-tail silks and answers to Muscles Magee. She lives with her own Colonel Brandon, two little dudes, and a furry fella in East Tennessee.


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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Book Blitz: Hiroshima Twins by Fumiko Takahashi #promo #history #nonfiction #rabtbooktours @BookBuzznet @RABTBookTours

 

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HISTORY

Date Published: November 1, 2022


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When the atomic bomb detonated over Hiroshima, the Nakamura family lived at ground zero. Miraculously, the entire family of ten survived. The father stopped at a friend’s house for tea before going to work. … That saved him. One daughter was late for work hanging laundry. … That saved her. One son was working in the hull of a ship. … That saved him.


You’ll read how the others were saved, often told by the twins and other family members in their own words.


And remember this … Even the most impossible parts of the story, really happened.




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Blog Tour: Storm & Shadow by Valerie Storm #blogtour #interview #yafantasy #giveaway #fantasy #rabtbooktours @Valerie_Storm @RABTBookTours

 



Demon Storm, Book Two


YA Fantasy

Release Date: 11/13/2022

Publisher: Shadow Spark Publishing

 

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Kari was dead—and then, she wasn’t.

But for the wolf-demon with lightning in her fists, resurrection is no reprieve from exile. After old witch Zina revives her, Kari must conceal her true nature better than ever before, lest her slayers find her breathing and put her down for good. And since she can no longer return to what she once knew, Kari finds herself adrift—in search of purpose.

She gets it when Zina entrusts her with the Lapis Anima, a gem imprisoning the soul of wicked woman, Raven. This brings her into conflict with Raven herself, who’s still very much a threat without her soul… and has devious plans in mind for Kari’s destructive abilities.

Will the wolf-demon succumb to Raven’s cruel temptations?

Or will Kari turn to an unlikely ally for help—the very man who killed her, one year ago?




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What is the hardest part of writing your books?
The hardest part for me when writing is the drafting! Most of my books now are past that (fortunately), but recently when I wrote the final book of Demon Storm (Kari’s series) I struggled soooo hard. Especially when you’re working with a series—there’s so much ground to cover, various dots to connect. You have to think of the emotion of the setting, it’s all fresh. To be honest, I question my imagination and creativity the most when it comes to drafting!

 

What songs are most played on your Ipod?

Tons of anime song remakes and originals. Lately Core Pride from Blue Exorcist, Melissa and Rain from FMA (all sung by Amalee!) are top on my list. These ones, strangely, come together well to harmonize Book 6!

 

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

A little of both? I have a few close friends on Twitter, and we all sort of share with each other when we can. It’s thanks to them that I feel as much confidence with my books as I do!

 

What book are you reading now?

A lot. A bit outside of my wheelhouse is Tokyo Ever After, a Japanese version of Princess Diaries. I’m also flipping through a handful of Kindle books from some indie- and self-pubbed authors! Dark Dark Heart (Kaitlin Corvus) and Fantastic World (AD Wills) have most of my attention. I’m also betareading a bit…It’s a busy season over here, lol.

 

How did you start your writing career?

I think my interest in writing began with wanting to create characters (a very early Pokemon idea that became more “oh, no, these people just have stories”). When I was 10, I finished the very first draft of Kari’s first story.

 

Tell us about your next release.

So my release right now is Storm & Shadow, the sequel to Birth of the Storm! It still has a focus on Kari (may be a little surprising to those who finished Birth), but introduces a much more formidable foe in Raven, Queen of Shadows~ Raven is easily one of my favorite characters I’ve ever written, and I am soooo, sososo excited for people to meet her. 

 




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Valerie Storm was raised in Tucson, Arizona. Growing up, she fell in love with everything fantasy. When she wasn’t playing video games, she was writing. By age ten, she began to write her own stories as a way to escape reality. When these stories became a full-length series, she considered the path to sharing with other children & children-at/heart looking for a place to call home.


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Monday, November 21, 2022

Release Blitz: Dead Winner by Kevin G. Chapman #promo #releaseday #giveaway #mystery #thriller #romance #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @KGChapman

 

Mystery / Thriller / Romance

Date Published: 11-22-2022

Publisher: First Legacy Publishing (Independent)


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Be careful what you wish for . . .

Rory McEntyre is a lonely trusts & estates attorney who plays the hero inside video games. Then, his old flame, Monica, walks into his office with a $60 million winning lottery ticket and a world of trouble.

Monica’s husband, Tom, is dead, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot. A homicide detective considers Monica a suspect, so Rory must be her criminal lawyer. Thugs from Tom’s shady business think Monica has incriminating evidence Tom stole from the company, so Rory must be her protector. Most importantly, Rory must be Monica’s private detective, because the winning lottery ticket is missing. As Monica and Rory search for the ticket, their relationship heats up well beyond attorney and client. Rory has the chance to win the girl of his dreams, but does he have what it takes to be a real hero? And is Monica everything he wants to believe she is? If he’s not careful, Rory could end up like Tom – a Dead Winner.


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Kevin G. Chapman is an attorney specializing in labor and employment law and an independent author. In 2021, Kevin finished the first five books in the Mike Stoneman Thriller series. Righteous Assassin (Mike Stoneman Thriller #1), was named one of the top 20 Mystery/Thrillers of 2019 by the Kindle Book Review and was a finalist for the Chanticleer Book Review CLUE award. Deadly Enterprise (Mike Stoneman Thriller #2) was also named a top-20 Mystery/Thriller of 2020 by the Kindle Book Review and made the Short-List for the 2020 CLUE Award. Book #3, Lethal Voyage, was the winner of the 2021 Kindle Book Award and a Finalist for the CLUE and for the InD’Tale Magazine RONE Award. Book #4 in the series, Fatal Infraction, was named Best Police Procedural of the year by the Chanticleer Book Review, and book #5 (Perilous Gambit) was published November 24, 2021. Kevin has also written a serious political drama, A Legacy of One, originally published in 2016, which was short-listed for the Chanticleer Somerset Award for literary fiction. A Legacy of One was re-published in a newly re-edited and revised second edition in 2021. Currently, Kevin is working on a stand-alone mystery/thriller titled Dead Winner, expected out in late 2022, and a romantic thriller titled A Good Girl. Kevin is a resident of Central New Jersey and is a graduate of Columbia College and Boston University School of Law. Readers can contact Kevin via his website at www.KevinGChapman.com.


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Teaser Tuesday: Maid for the Mermen by Ashlynn Monroe #promo #teaser #comingsoon #paranormalromance #reverseharem #rabtbooktours @ChangelingPress @RABTBookTours @ashlynn_monroe

 

Fantasy Romance, Paranormal Romance, Shapeshifters, Reverse Harem

Date Published: 11/25/2022

 

 Couch surfing and temp jobs were a way of life for Daisy Daniels after she aged out of the foster care system. She’s always taken life one day at a time and gone with the flow. What she never expected is that flow would lead her down a raging current of uncertainty about her life and the world she knows.

River, Ocean, and Bayou Waterson need someone to keep their island home neat and tidy, but they have a problem. They can’t trust any old cleaning service. They need to find someone who will be willing to overlook their differences. What they never expected was to find a live-in maid they would all love.

When Daisy discovers the celebrity treasure hunters are really mermen, will she be able to keep her head above water? An ancient prophecy brings danger to their doorstep. Forces she never imagined are conspiring to destroy everything that matters to her. The only thing that can save her is a bond she can’t break. Saving the world definitely wasn’t in the job description.



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Daisy had slept -- more like tossed and turned -- at Sally’s the previous night. It felt weird leaving her vehicle behind at the harbor, the rusty hunk of junk being her most valuable possession. She’d been told to bring a bag in case this worked out and she could spend the night settling in. Everything she owned fit into a large suitcase and overnight bag, so she decided to bring it all. After grabbing her pillow, she looked at the small pile on the ground. So little to show for twenty-one years of life. It caused a wave of melancholy to wash over her while locking the car.

She’d looked for the boat called Siren. It didn’t take long. The huge thing was no boat. This was a yacht. “Wow,” she muttered to herself.

“Do you like her?” a male said from behind her.

Daisy jumped, but she didn’t look to see who’d asked. “It’s pretty. I’ve never been on a boat before.”

“Are you Daisy Daniels?”

When she heard her name, she turned. Her mouth went dry. She’d seen an episode of his TV show with Sally here and there, but she’d always been more interested in playing with her phone than the program. She vaguely recognized this guy as one of the hotties Sally drooled over. He wasn’t just TV pretty. This guy was hot. A total hunk. His long black hair, casually tied back in a ponytail, made her a bit envious. He had a black goatee and eyes so brown they could have been black. His skin, tanned, and his upper body, powerful. His arms looked like they belonged to a body builder. She opened her mouth, at a loss for words.

He grinned, as if amused. “You do realize this job is on an island. The only way off and on is by boat. Are you sure you’re up for it?”

Mort’s had already replaced her with another temp. She needed this job. Nodding, Daisy dropped her overnight bag and stuck out her hand. “I’m up for it.”

“River Waterson.” He shook her hand firmly.

Daisy picked up her bag. She couldn’t help wondering if it was actually his name or a stage name for his reality show.

“Let me take something for you,” River offered. He gave her a tight smile.

“You don’t have to do that, Mr. Waterson. It’s not heavy.” Years of having things stolen made Daisy nervous to hand off her belongings.

“Don’t worry, I won’t run off with it.” He held out his hand. “And please, it’s River. Three Mr. Watersons could get a bit confusing.”

Daisy nodded. Wanting to seem cooperative and make a good impression, she reluctantly let him take the handle of her suitcase. He rolled it behind him as they approached the boat.

They walked to the dock and then up a wobbly metal ramp. Daisy took hold of the railing, feeling a little woozy.

“Careful. You’ll need to get those sea legs if we all agree you’re a good fit,” River said.

Worry nibbled at the back of her mind. His words reminded her this wasn’t a sure thing, but an interview. Whatever happened, she’d just have to figure things out. Silently, she cursed Sally’s idea. It wasn’t as if Daisy qualified as maid material. These guys would probably see that. At least Sally would be obligated to let Daisy crash at her place.

“Do you have time left on a lease somewhere?” River asked.

Daisy mentally cursed. She still wasn’t totally sure how to frame her lack of permanent address, so she didn’t sound flighty. And was this guy some kind of mind reader or just super perceptive?


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Release Blitz: Mr. Clarke's Deepest Desire by Sophie Barnes #promo #releaseday #historicalromance #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @BookBuzznet @BarnesSophie

 

Historical romance - Victorian

Date Published: November 22nd

 

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How can he build a future with a woman whose father ruined his life?

Having recently suffered the death of her father, Rosamund Parker faces an uncertain future. Intent on retaining her independence, she plans to invest her modest inheritance. But the man whose help she seeks is as infuriating as he is handsome. For reasons she can't comprehend, he's set on thwarting her at every turn, even as he tempts her with kisses she ought not want.

Matthew Clarke needs funding for his locomotive business, but he'll not accept it from the Earl of Stoneburrow's daughter. As far as Matthew's concerned, that entire family can go hang. Unfortunately, Lady Rosamund seems to pop up wherever he goes. Ignoring the fire she stirs in him becomes an increasing challenge. But surrendering to it could prove disastrous. It could in fact ruin both their lives...


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USA TODAY bestselling author Sophie Barnes spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She’s lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish, and Romanian with varying degrees of fluency. But, most impressive of all, she’s been married to the same man three times—in three different countries and in three different dresses.

When she’s not busy dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading.


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Sharer Mystery, Book 2


Historical Mystery

Date Published: April 12, 2022

Publisher: MindStir Media


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Grant Sharer just solved the mystery of great entertainment

Hollywood, 1948

The Supreme Court is forcing Major Hollywood Studios to sell their movie palaces marking the final curtain for filmdom's Golden Age.  The Department of Justice is threatening criminal prosecution for the Tinsel Town´s most powerful Moguls.  Backstage an international Egyptian heroin ring threatens the future of the U.S.

Grant Sharer, the Studio system´s number one scandal fixer, fighting to help a struggling actor battle discrimination, is caught in an undertow of corruption that leads from the highest court in the land to the lowliest studios on Poverty Row.

Take a thrill ride from Cairo to California.  From a secret New York Subway Station to the heights of LA´s iconic Planetarium. 

For Grantland Sharer, pitted against the most powerful men in America, there´s only one way out.

Exit Clause

The greatest scandal is not reading it.




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What is the PRIMARY benefit, above all others, that your potential reader will gain from reading this book? (Be very specific. Please do not answer with 'good read' or 'page turner' or some other worn-out, overused phrase. Be concise and avoid generalization.)

 

Learning  the history of Hollywood and the Major Studios, I think, is fascinating.  It´s the stuff of legends.  My books spring boards from factual golden age Hollywood events.  McCarty grandstanding to receive Hollywood style publicity in Morals Clause.  And the Supreme Court, forcing the Major Studios to divest themselves of their theaters (they owned almost 45% of all the movie seats in 1948) in Exit Clause.  All along the way readers learn about the inner workings of the film industry and the film making process during that legendary era. 

 

If you had to compare this book to any other book out there, which book would it be?

(Remember: The audience does not yet know you. It is very important that you reference something they might be familiar with to effectively and powerfully communicate what your work is about. You are NOT saying you are 'better than' or 'just like' this comparative, but are somewhat the same in a very general sense, to give the listener a point of reference.)

 

My books share a commonality with the Bosch series.  The lead character, Grantland Sharer is a Hollywood fixer in the 1950´s who uses guile to overcome his adversary.  He has to be smarter than the crop of the gossip columnists  (Hedda Hopper, Louella Parons, etc.) who sniff out the scandals that can ruin his movie star clients´careers.  The other aspect the Clause books share with the Bosch series is love of Los Angeles, particularly LA in the late 40´s and early 50´s when it really was a company town.  The industry being the Movies.

 

Hundreds of thousands of books come out every year. Why should someone buy THIS book? (What is it that sets THIS book apart from ALL those other books in the same genre or category? What will the buyer get from you and ONLY you that simply cannot be found elsewhere?)

 

Exit Clause is for people who love movies. Particularly movies from the golden age of tinsel town.  It provides a great insight into the inner workings or the studios and the Moguls who ran them.  One reviewer said It´s Hollywood history wrapped in a mystery. There are insights into how films are made.  What a studio back lot looks like.  How  publicists contort the truth to make stars appear larger than life.  The assembly line aspect of production.  All the tricks of the trade are revealed.   Fascinating reading for those enthralled by the magic of the silver screen.

 

Who is your target audience? (Be very specific. Gender? Age range? Geographic area? Primary interests? What benefits does the reader hope to gain from buying a book like this book?)

 

Readers for Exit Clause are not defined by demographics but by their interests.  Love of movies and all that entails.  The star system.  The promise of being transported.  The scandals that go on behind the scenes.  The romances that titillate us all.  Exit Clause is for people who like sexy, sinful, cinematic fact based fiction at it´s very best.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage?

 

I was a television producer for Disney.  I wrote and occasionally directed. In that role I worked with many golden age stars.  Jimmy Steward, Helen Hayes, Betty Davis, Gregory Peck and many others.  While we were waiting for camera set ups or make up, I´d ask them about their careers and listen attentively as they told me their stories.  I also filmed at every studio in Hollywood at one time or another, so I have a working knowledge of Fox, Paramount, Disney, Universal; MGM even RKO.

 

After I retired I taught film at the college level and developed class subjects ranging from Film Noir to McCarty and the Media to Hitler Vs. Hollywood: The Propaganda Wars.

 

Every bit or research I did in creating these classes, has gone into the construction of my novels.  Readers well sense and share the passion I have for the historical and sociological window that film represents to the World.  

 

Tell us your most rewarding experience since publishing your work?

 

An author I deeply respect excerpted these words from my book and quoted them back to me in an email:

                LA itself is like an optical illusion—a paradise that swallowed up a dream factory and                 created an empire built on flickering light and mystical imagery that transports motion    picture audiences to a place of altered reality.

"This sticks with me," he said.  I consider that a true complimentEqually, when people tell me they loved it, read in three days, couldn´t put it down.  That makes me happy.  Coming from the entertainment industry, my first order of business is to entertain.

 

How would you describe your writing style?

 

Empathetic.  I consider the reader at every turn.  It´s my job, as an author, to keep the reader engaged and anxious to move forward.  I write cinematically.  Hopefully you can see the scene you're reading.  Fast paced, short chapters, humorous dialogue and punchy chapter conclusions that leave the reader with a chuckle or a sense of dread.

 

Are your characters pure fiction, or did you draw from people you know?

 

Some of my characters are taken from reality.  The Moguls all make an appearance in Exit Clause, including Louis B. Mayer, Howard Hughes, and others  The main character Grantland Sharer is fictional.  Having known a lot of people in the business many of the characters are composites of real power players who shall remain anonymous.

 

Are you more of a character artist or a plot-driven writer?

 

Strong characters make for good fiction.  But the story is why people tune in.  I develop intriguing plots with lots of surprises, populated by, hopefully, multi-dimensional characters whom you mostly like once you comprehend their motives.  Even a controversial guy like Joseph McCarty must have shown some redeeming qualities. 

 

What do you hope to accomplish with your book other than selling it?

 

I would like to share knowledge about the Golden Age of Hollywood, the star system and way studios operated during that era.  I would like to engender a reverence for that time and place and the industry which helped to shape so many of my generation by giving us role models, a sense of fair play and the impetus to dream big.   I also, as much as anything else, want to entertain people using the magic of movies as my launch pad.

 

How can our readers get in touch with you? (List your Website URL, Social Media links, and Email)

 

Philmayproductions.com is my website which delves into a lot of detail about Exit Clause.  One will find historical back ground, a bio, and buy the book buttons for both Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  I can also be reached at Philipaxtellmay@gmail.com.

 

Where can our readers purchase your book? (List different outlets with the link to your book)

 

Readers can buy the book(s) in both eBook and paperback format at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.  I strongly urge you to do so.

 


About the Author

As primetime Emmy nominated television producer, writer and director at Walt Disney Studios, Phil May filmed on every major studio back lot in Hollywood.  He directed such Golden Era stars as Bette Davis, Helen Hayes, Gregory Peck, Jimmie Stewart, many more and avidly garnered their stories.

In retirement Phil  teaches College level film classes of his own design; ¨The Moguls¨,¨ McCarthy in the Media¨,” Film Noir¨, ¨America´s Great Mid-Century Directors¨  ¨Film Language¨  ¨The Hollywood Style¨ ¨Hitler Vs. Hollywood¨,  and many others. 

As a film historian, teacher and a former insider, Phil devised this novel to appeal to classic film lovers.  "My audience, he says,  is the avid TCM fan,  people who love movies and who read."

Every chapter is infused with obscure insights into the history of studios, movie making and the inner workings of the Hollywood Golden Age.

And the lead character, Grantland Sharer,  is nuanced and likeable enough to generate a lot of encores. 


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