Thursday, September 21, 2023

Release Blitz: Mom Wombat Says Make War No More! by Phyllis Schwartz #promo #childrensbook #releaseday #giveaway #rabtbooktours @PublishingAcorn @RABTBookTours

 

Children’s Fiction

Date Published: Sep 22, 2023

Publisher: Acorn Publishing


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Mom Wombat says, “Make friends, not war!”

“Try to get along and don't keep score… It doesn't matter who has more toys, just have fun, my girls and boys. Don’t YOU be a bully, not even now and then, not even to a foe or friend.”

Known as Mombat to her kids, she has plenty of ideas on how everyone can learn to get along with others and have fun. Using her wit and insightful wisdom, Mombat aims to make the world a better place by teaching positive communication skills and the importance of friendship.

 

About the Author

Phyllis Schwartz is a married mother of two, who, after a highly successful career in the TV news business, finally has the time to indulge in and focus on her “civilian” writing. Even as a kid, she kept a diary and wrote little stories and poems, a creative release that continued well into adulthood.

She wrote news by day and poetry by night. And despite battling three different types of cancer over more than three decades, she is still filled with energy, joy, and optimism, and she looks forward to writing much more poetry and children’s books in the future. Her writing often centers on what she observes daily: including her friends, husband, and two children, as well as her garden and her beautiful beach town residence in dreamy Encinitas, all providing continued inspiration for her verse.

 

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Book Blitz: Maggie the Cat Who Came Home for Christmas by Julia Russo #promo #childrensbook #rabtbooktours @jancarolbooks @RABTBookTours

 

Children’s Book

Date Published: Sept. 14th 2023

Publisher: Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc.


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Delightful illustrations bring you inside Grandpa Charlie Green’s mountainside farmhouse. Join Maggie the cat, Pip the goat, Grandpa Charlie Green, Daddy, and of course, little Wilhelmina Olive Blessing, as she tells us this sweet wintertime story. What do they do to get little Maggie home? Join the fun. Read out loud yourself or read along with others! You will love the story of Maggie, the cat who comes home for Christmas.

 

About the Author

Julia spent many winters in the mountains along with her little dog, Chloe, and her sweet husband, Kent. She continues to live in Atlanta, but her heart is really in those woods. 

One of her favorite things ever was hearing her first graders read aloud. She sometimes wrote for the government and companies, and later wrote descriptions of homes. She even spent time as what is called a roustabout!

Today, she presents her first ever storybook! She hopes many children will read the story aloud! She continues to visit her mountainside cabin often. She lives in Atlanta along with Kent and two sweet cats named Rigby and Linus. One of these days, she’s hoping to get a little goat.

 

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Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Virtual Book Tour: Shaken, Yet Here I Stand by Shanee Dennis-Morgan #blogtour #nonfiction #memoir #youngadult #interview #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 



Teen and Young Adult Nonfiction / Memoir

Date Published: June 23, 2023

 

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Shattered but not broken, Shaneé Morgan, shares the raw and uncut story of her journey through childhood trauma, tragedy, resilience, and healing. This shocking yet powerful memoir recalls the author’s childhood growing-up in 5th Ward Houston, Texas also known as “The Nickel,” in the midst of the crack epidemic. From the crack house to the school house, Shaneé recounts the tragic events that could’ve claimed her life, or the lives of her family if not for the grace and mercy of God. Later, realizing there was a greater purpose for her life, she set out to change the trajectory of the family cycle, by breaking generational curses and strongholds, in an effort to provide herself and her family a better life. Having to confront her past through extensive therapy allowed the author to share her tragic story to inspire and motivate other survivors to believe in their ability to succeed through healing, growth, hard work, dedication, and a desire to be their best selves, despite the tragedies and adversity they may have faced.



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Tell me more about your journey as an author, including the writing process?

 

I’ve shared my story of overcoming childhood trauma with many individuals and groups, and the impact that drug addiction can have on families; detailing my journey being raised in a home with a single-parent, addicted to crack cocaine, and how resilience, hard-work, dedication, and a desire to break generational curses led me to become a successful adult. In response, I’ve received overwhelmingly positive feedback by many people, and was often asked if I planned to write a book, or told that I should write a book. After undergoing therapy to address suppressed trauma, in preparation to prepare me to share my story with the world, I finally decided to write the book.

 

I set a goal of one year, to complete the written portion of the book. I began writing in early February 2022, and completed the book in late March 2023. It took about two months for editing, as I read over the book several times to make needed corrections. I then sent the book to an editor; making it very clear that I wanted to maintain my voice in the book. I explained that my book was written from the prospective of the teenager who was experiencing the trauma at that time, so the book does contain some profanity and slang. However, the book was to be a well-written, quality book. After receiving the book back from the editor, I read over it a few more times; still finding and correcting errors. I then submitted the book to another professional, who specializes in book design and formatting. We went back and forth until the book was as perfect as we could get it.

 

Writing the book was not an easy task, and gave me a whole new respect for authors and the process they go through to perfect a book. I discovered that it can be nearly impossible to compose a 100% error free book, because each time I read the book, I’d find something that needed to be corrected. Eventually, I had to move past my obsession with perfection and move forward with finalizing the project. During the process, I conducted research on the best publishing method, and determined that self-publishing was best for me. Though that was a process in itself, it was actually the easiest part, since I had a very good book designer, who is knowledgeable about the formatting guidelines.

 

 

 

 Tell me about your Book

 

The book provides detailed information about events that occurred from my childhood to early adulthood. It begins with background information on my grandparents, parents, and then myself and siblings and how we came to be. It goes on to explain the events that led to my mother packing her children up and relocating from San Bernardino California to Houston Texas. The book describes how my mother went from being an amazing, responsible, nurturing mother, to her falling victim to drug addiction, and how that severely impacted her life and the lives of her children. I provide detailed accounts of observing domestic violence, drug and alcohol use, as well as other traumatic things I witnessed and experienced at such a young, vulnerable age. I talk about my experience living from home to home, in an effort to escape the turmoil, and how my greatest desire was to obtain an education, and place myself in a position to give myself and my future children a better life than the life I was given as a child. I also talk about the importance of therapy, as one method to overcoming past adversity and trauma.

 

The purpose of the book is to inspire and motivate others, who have been or may currently be dealing with similar situations. I want to be the example that if one understands their inner strength, and realizes, despite what they are going through or what they have been through, they can still overcome and pursue their dreams and goals, thus becoming a result of their decisions, versus a product of their past environment.


 

 

Any message for our readers

 

The following is from the book:

Author’s Note

 

I attempted to recreate events, locales, and conversations from my memories of them. In order to maintain their anonymity in some instances, some names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals. In some portions, names were not used, and individuals are referred to by their relationship to the author (i.e., aunt, uncle, friend, neighbor, etc.). Additionally, this book was not written from the perspective of a professional. The language and attitude expressed in the content of this book are derived from the real-life experiences and feelings of the author at the time that events occurred. This memoir is written from a personal perspective and is for anyone who has been a victim of adverse childhood experiences as a result of the devastating effects of the crack epidemic.

 

The book details some events that may be triggering for the reader, such as death, domestic violence and stories about drug-overdose, attempted suicide, etc. However, there is no sexually explicit material in the book.


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Monday, September 18, 2023

Release Blitz: I Smile at the Sun by Judith Barrett Lawson #promo #releaseday #childrensbook #poetry #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

 


Verse for Children and Misidentified Grownups


Children's Poetry

Date Published: September 19, 2023

 

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Each poem is a celebration of life.

Between Judith Barrett Lawson's clever wordplay, and the delightful illustrations by Netta Jones, I Smile at the Sun will transport readers on a whimsical journey through childhood -- it's joys, silly mishaps, and small everyday wonders. Yet you don't have to be a child to smile at I Smile at the Sun.

In the Tradition of Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky, but in her own unique voice, Lawson brings together lighthearted humor with heartfelt insights, offering friendly wisdom on growing up, loss, and the importance of dreams.

If you grew up reading Dr. Seuss and love fun tongue-twisting rhymes, then you've come to the right place. Judith Barrett Lawson has written an amazing poem book that is not only just for kids but also Misidentified Grown-ups.

Immerse yourself in I Smile at the Sun and relive treasured memories, share its magic, and let Judith Barrett Lawson's poetic enchantment illuminate your day.


About the Author

Writer, screenwriter, playwright, and lyricist Judith Lawson worked in film and television casting for 10 years. She is co-author of screenplay based on award-winning author Kaye Gibbon’s novel Sights Unseen. She has had more than 35 song cuts recorded, and her play of I Smile at the Sun has been produced four times to stellar reviews.


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Virtual Book Tour: Sprinkle Drifter by Elaine Medline #blogtour #youngadult #fantasy #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 



A Beautiful Fantasy Adventure (Trials of Tweed Book 1)

 

Middle Grade / Young Adult Fantasy

Date Published: May 5, 2023

Publisher: Granite Wings Inc.


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Two continents. Two opposing cultures. And a girl trying to find her place in a divided world.

 

Tweed Resin-Nor is restless. She’s desperate to experience life beyond her farmhouse. When given a chance to leave behind her dreary existence, the sixteen-year-old boards a schooner to a foreboding wall in the middle of the ocean. Will Tweed’s voyage grant her the knowledge and excitement she craves, or will it lead to her capture?

Traveling to faraway places, Tweed discovers ominous secrets and forgotten injustices. She forges deep friendship bonds, but some regard her as a threat. In her words, she’s “the star and the scourge, the entertainment, and a monstrous surprise.”

Her father was born in the rural landmass of Myot. Her mother hails from the modern continent known as Serrel. As Tweed attempts to forge an identity of her own, she’s forced by the authorities to choose between being Myota or Serrelin. It’s an impossible decision. Should she honor her dad or follow her mom? Which side of her is more her?

 

If you like riveting exploits in the face of unfair odds, hints of magic, and eye-opening plot twists, then you’ll love Elaine Medline’s emotional adventure. Join Tweed on her travels and buy Sprinkle Drifter today!

 

Sprinkle Drifter is the first book in the Trials of Tweed coming-of-age fantasy series. Book Two will be available in early 2024.


 

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Elaine Medline grew up in Toronto, Canada and now lives in the province of Québec with her husband and their dog named Zara. She has three wonderful adult children and three fantastic grandchildren. Her favorite hobbies are downhill skiing, swimming in lakes, and going on canoe trips. Elaine’s love of nature is weaved into all her writing. Retired from her career in health care, she has just released a Young Adult Fantasy novel entitled Sprinkle Drifter.

 

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Virtual Book Tour: Marcus Romanzo's Book of Life Long Short Stories by Marcus Romanzo #blogtour #fiction #nonfiction #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 


Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction

Date Published: September 2022

Publisher: Authors Innovation


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I Marcus Romanzo , hope my mix of different  stories will be something to be enjoyed. I would encourage those who read my stories to say.  You know, I could write short stories too.  And I will, so please go ahead and do it Marcus Romanzo.



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Adult male 74 years old, retired, gardener, short story writer

  

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Friday, September 15, 2023

Book Blitz: All Manner of Beast & Man by Damien Kane Rigden #promo #thriller #horror #rabtbooktours @theartofkane @RABTBooktours


Thriller/Horror

 

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Following a stay in an inpatient psychiatric facility, Olivia is enrolled in a luxurious mental health recovery center to regain control of her mind and get her life back on track. With seemingly endless amenities and a new best friend as her roommate, has Olivia found a new personal heaven? Or is there something more sinister lurking behind the glossy exterior?

 

 

About the Author

I am a New England based author and artist. I have written in a few different genres, however, all of my stories have common elements of suspense and dread. My background is a mix of engineering, architecture and studio art classes. I have been fortunate enough to find a balance in my life where I can keep exploring the line between my technical and creative interests.

I have a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. After WPI, I spent some time studying architecture at the BAC in Boston. I have taken classes at the Currier Museum and New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, NH. I also studied reduction woodcut printmaking for a year and a half at Piscataqua Fine Arts in Portsmouth, NH.

In 2019 I took my first foray into literature by writing a Sci-Fi thriller novelette based around global warming called 'Swan Song'.

My pandemic project, from early 2020 to August 2021 was a pair of books. The first one, Bell's Codex is an action adventure novel about solving a book which has been encrypted in a secret code. The second one, my magnum opus, is the ACTUAL encrypted book from the story. The puzzle is real and you can solve it yourself.

In April of 2022 I released a suspense/thriller/horror novella entitled "All Manner of Beast & Man."


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