Friday, June 25, 2021

Virtual Book Tour: An Unwitting Trickster by Kai Strand #blogtour #youngadult #fantasy #giveaway #interview #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @KaiStrand

 

 


Young Adult Fantasy / Mythology

Date Published: 06-08-2021



Immortal Trickster, Luke, is starting a fresh life in a new-to-him seventeen-year-old body. With yet another lifespan stretched out in front of him, he’s questioning what purpose his endless compulsion to play tricks serves.

Agnar, a Thor look-alike claiming to be his adoptive brother from the planet Asperian, appears to declare Luke has been away from home too long. One problem. Luke doesn’t remember Agnar or living on another planet.

With more questions than answers, Luke cautiously agrees to accompany his “brother” back to Asperian, but the travel portal rejects him, leaving him behind to continue his mundane life of trickery. When interplanetary soldiers show up intent on killing him, he’s forced into hiding and his list of unanswered questions grows.

Will Luke remain trapped on Earth forever, pulling meaningless pranks? Or will he finally figure out his true purpose?




Interview

What is the hardest part of writing your books?

There are so many hard parts. The sloggy middle, editing, deciding what idea to write next. But I’d say the hardest part is finding time. Like many authors, I work full time and it’s hard to carve out the time or drum up the discipline to sit down and get it done. Luckily, once I sit down and get started, I’m always swept away into my fictional world, so I never have to force myself to stay in the chair!

 

What songs are most played on your Ipod?

 

When I’m writing? Mozart. I can’t listen to words with lyrics, because I’ll sing along without realizing it and that totally derails my creative flow. I love the lushness of Mozart, the varying pace of the music, the drama, and the lift. His music just resonates directly in my heart.

 

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

 

I have critique partners, Katie and Mary. We’ve been working together for years. They help me flesh out characters, reword awkward sentences. Recently, I sent out a 911 and got a call from Mary, who talked me off of the writing ledge. I literally wouldn’t still be doing this without their moral support and deep understanding of the ups and downs. The three of us met when we had books at the same publisher, which established a strong commonality from the get-go. Their input to my stories is as invaluable as their friendship.

 

 

What book are you reading now?

 

I just finished listening to The Marvelous Mirza Girls by Sheba Karim. I really enjoyed it. I love when books give me a peek into other cultures (real or imagined cultures à I’m looking at you Girl of Fire and Thorns!) It was nice to discover Delhi, India along with the main character.

 

 

How did you start your writing career?

 

As is common with writers, I’ve always written. I never considered pursuing it as a career until my third child started Kindergarten. For the first time in years, I was left at home with only one child, and it felt like I had all the time in the world. My oldest and I had just binge-read the first four books in the Harry Potter series, but the fifth wouldn’t be released for months. I missed Hogwarts and thought, “Wait, I can create my own fantasy world.” Making up an entirely new world is really empowering. Almost as empowering as having and raising four kids. Anyway, after I completed that first novel, I realized I couldn’t just let it sit around and do nothing, so I decided to look into publication. It wasn’t my first book to be published, but it was the book that started my career, and it was the book that found my critique partners!

 

 

Tell us about your next release.

 

My next release will be the second book in my Trickstering series. I’m having so much fun writing this one. Speaking of making up worlds, I have two worlds to flesh out in this book. First Luke goes home to Asperian – where he grew up with his adopted family – and then he goes to the world of Rime – where he was born. I’m dedicating a lot of time to writing this summer, so if things play out right, I should be able to release for the holidays. But at this point that is still a moving target. 



About the Author

Award winning Kai Strand, author of the action packed Super Villain Academy series, is often found exploring hiking trails and snapping pictures of waterfalls in her Oregon hometown. Mother of four, Kai uses her life experiences to connect with young readers. With middle grade works such as Save the Lemmings, The Weaver Tale series, and The Concord Chronicles series, and emotional YA adventures like Finding Thor, I Am Me, and Worth the Effort, Kai has written compelling stories that tweens, teens, and their parents love.

Kai has given numerous presentations in classrooms, to writer groups, and at workshops about her work and the writing process. She loves interacting with teens and gaining their insight on their latest reads as well as what they would like to see in future stories.

To find out more about Kai, please visit Kaistrand.com.


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Thursday, June 24, 2021

Virtual Book Tour: The Illustrated Boatman's Daughter by Tom Durwood #blogtour #interview #giveaway #historicalfiction #youngadult #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

 “The Navigators” series of historical adventures


Historical fiction, young adult fiction

 Date Published: October 27, 2020

Publisher: Empire Studies Press


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An Egyptian girl fights amid intrigue and corruption for the completion of the world’s greatest man-made waterway.

Recent events have placed the Suez Canal in the global spotlight. One of the world’s most vital waterways, the Canal was originally hailed as a link between civilizations, between Western science and Eastern mystery.  This adventure is set against the epic creation of the Canal.

Heroes coming of age... and changing history.

 

"Tom Durwood is the real thing."

-- Joe Weber, Honorable Enemies, Rules of Engagement

 



Interview

What is the hardest part of writing your books?

Honesty!! in particular, honesty on behalf of my characters. The easiest thing is dreaming up big ideas; the hardest part is constructing a concise story with real inner life, with integrity. If my characters do not make their own decisions, and help independently to shape the story, then it’s all pointless. It’s just me spooling out words.

 

 

What songs are most played on your Ipod?

Hah!! A hypnotic song called by ‘Only You’ by Yazoo and the ‘Johnny Appleseed Suite’ by Mark O’Connor.  

 

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

My faculty colleagues are good enough to tell me where I go off-track.

In the new work, “The Colonials,” my friend Maria asked if the Russian character could play a bigger part in the closing action. That one comment ended up re-working the entire fourth (and current) draft.

It changed everything.

 

 

What book are you reading now?

“The New York Times Book of Mathematics” and “The New York Times Book of Science.” These are compilations of 100 years of their reporters’ writings. Great stuff!!

 

How did you start your writing career?

Fiction, not until my third year of college. I took a creative writing course with an outstanding writer named Bob O’Meally.

That lit a spark.

 

Tell us about your next release.

On the heels of TBD, I am releasing an ambitious trilogy set in the American Revolution. “The Illustrated Colonials” is 370 pages, full color, 90 illustrations, with a foreword by historian Ray Raphael. The premise is that the American War of Independence was a global event.

 

I feel that I have found my mission in life – after parenting, and teaching – in capturing crucial ideas about history in these teen adventures. I presently have two semi-epic novels, one novella and nine illustrated stories in print.

 

As I continue to understand what I’m doing, I can see how this approach could apply to any number of historical moments.

 

I would love to continue delivering these adventures to my readers with all the color art, but that may not be realistic. The color pushes the books’ price too high.  

 

World War II is next in line. Then Teddy Roosevelt.  

 

 

 

About the Author

TOM DURWOOD is editor of Empire Studies Magazine, an open-access journal posting over fifty scholarly features. He taught most recently at Valley Forge Military College, where he won five Teacher of the Year awards.

He is the author of Teddy’s Tantrum: John D. Weaver and the Exoneration of the 25th Infantry.  His book Kid Lit: An Introduction to Literary Theory has earned favorable early reviews.  “My favorite nonfiction book of the year,” writes The Literary Apothecary (Goodreads).


Foreword Author’s Bio 

Fatima Sharafeddine is a writer and translator for children and young adults, winner of several awards and honor lists, among which the Etisalat Award for the best YA book of the year 2017 for “Cappuccino”, (Al-Saqi publishers), and the Bologna Ragazzi New Horizons Award for her book “Tongue Twisters” (Kalimat publishers). Her YA novel “Mila’s Pear” was 3shortlisted for the Etisalat Award 2019, and she was nominated 5 times for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the last nomination being in 2020. She has written over 140 books.


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Virtual Book Tour: Dire Redemption by Ishmael O. Ross #blogtour #giveaway #action #thriller #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 



Action/Thriller

Date Published: Feb 7, 2021

Publisher: The Unseeing Eye



A man is running for his life. An army is deployed to hunt him down. He has no right to be there, he has no right to live. He is not considered human.

A man is on a mission. He is looking for the hunted, for those denied humanity. He is trying to save them, to deliver them to safety, to give them a chance of life.

The year is 2058. The world’s powers have stabilised, the citizens of the newly formed super-states are living in peace and prosperity. But when safety is a privilege of the fortunate, liberty is a radical idea. For those born on the wrong side of the wall surrounding the Federated States of Europe, the price of privilege is unimaginably high.

When fate brings the two men together, they struggle against time, hostile forces and their own prejudices, towards a conclusion, neither of them would have thought possible.




Interview

What is the hardest part of writing your books?

 

Plotting. I take ten times longer to plot, and construct characters than I actually do writing. I make LONG character sheets, write full back-stories and curriculums, 90% of which never even appear in the books, just to make the characters feel real. I’m not one of those who describe any outward detail, so I don’ really spend much time with their appearances, I’m more interested in their inner workings.

 

Then, of course, the plot must be water-tight. Every scene, every moment, must be important, story -wise. Plot points, turning points, etc. must all happen at the right moment. The actual writing after this is as easy as colouring by the numbers.

 

What songs are most played on your Ipod?

 

None. I don’t have an iPod. ;) I listen to music on a HiFi, usually either any form of Death Metal (currently I’m in a Morbid Angel “phase”) or classics ranging from Mahler to Shostakovich, but I like old Russian composers the most.

 

Workouts (like weight training) are an exception, then it’s ALWAYS The Effigy of the Forgotten by Suffocation (again, death metal)

 

 

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

 

Yes, from three continents, so I get a variety of opinions and lots of valuable feedback. For my latest novella, Ledalina, I even received a great “education” about African voodoo and witchcraft from a friend in Zimbabwe.

 

When I was writing Jonas’s character for Dire Redemption, a friend from Rwanda helped me understand naming traditions as well, while another from Kenya translated the Swahili terms, a beta reader from England looked at the story from a more European perspective, while I received the most feedback from the USA. It was quite an international effort. With the English and American friends we regularly beta read for each other too.

 

 

What book are you reading now?

 

A Storm of Swords by GRR Martin, The Science of Discworld II by the late Terry Pratchett, Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and beta reading an African war drama by HK Masara.

 

I like to read different types of books in different parts of the day, thence the broad selection (I don’t read all of them every day, though.)

 

 

How did you start your writing career?

 

I won a special prize in a national writing contest when I was 17, I suppose that was the start. And that was a long time ago. Later on, I wrote technical articles, and opinion pieces for magazines, then in 2015 came my first novel, which was finally properly published last year.

 

 

Tell us about your next release.

 

Hard to say what would be the next. I already signed a contract for a sequel to Dire Redemption, but that’s a long way off. Before that, I’ll likely finish something lighter, and shorter,  but I have 15 book sketches to choose from that I’ve been plotting and outlining in the past few years. I’ve recently started working on two of those, will see which one gets there first.


About the Author


Ishmael O. Ross is an author, technical writer and software architect. His stories appeared in The Scarlet Leaf Review and The Opiate magazines. Dire Redemption is his first novel.


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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Week Blitz: Holding by Sarah L. Dickey #promo #nonfiction #health #selfhelp #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

 


The Conscious Art of Embracing

Nonfiction / Health / Body, Mind & Spirit / Self-Help

Date Published: May 17, 2021

Publisher: Cool Creative Press



HOLDING: The Conscious Art of Embracing, draws us into our deep longing to hold and to be held. Through simple words, images and wonder, we touch this need and recognize that when we are conscious and intentional, we can hold with our arms. We can hold with our words. We can hold with our very presence.

Choose this book for you own or to gift to others who want to create a legacy of holding in their families and the world.


Excerpt

This book was a “waking up” for me of a need that lives deeply within my life, decades away from my birth. As Robin Grille encouraged in his teachings, holding is essential for our successful evolution and advancement. As my sweet lover-of-life nephew reminds me, holding is continually emerging.

The sweetness of holding myself in a new way has brought more love and coherence to my life.

I hope this book embraces you and your little one; that it fosters a deep sense of loving kindness. I like to think of holding as a muscle that we work every day of our lives. We create a tradition of holding long before our child comes to us.

As I was inspired by this notion of holding, I observed holding myself in new ways. I found a stillness that my body, mind, and spirit could relax into. I found myself leaning into invisible realms and feeling the benevolence of wonder, the spark of curiosity.

I wonder how this tree might hold me?

I wonder how I can be in relationship with

those I love from afar.

How can I hold them even now?

I invite you to hold yourselves in unfamiliar ways. I

implore you to pioneer new possibilities and carve out deep territories of compassion within your hearts. It is my aspiration that this book stirs you to hold yourself, those you love, and the whole world in new ways.


About The Author

Sarah L. Dickey deeply loves spirituality, curiosity, children, books, nature, rituals, astrology, wonder, and a good cuppa coffee. Her work has led to her role as a soul doula, an APPPAH trained Pre and Perinatal Educator, and a Certified Calm Birth Teacher, who works with mommas, families and groups to rethink and reclaim the birth experience.

Holding is a very personal work as Sarah believes in the power of conscious embrace through every stage of life from preconception and beyond.


Other books by Sarah L. Dickey:

Ode to Love: A Journey of Awakening

Sweetly Speaking: Living an Inspired Life

Seasons: 31 Heart Offerings


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Virtual Book Tour: The Perfect Murder by Kat Martin #blogtour #romanticsuspense #interview #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @katmartinauthor

 

 

The Maximum Security Series, Book 4

Romantic Suspense

Publisher: HQN

Date Published: Jun 22, 2021


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The eldest of the three wealthy Garrett brothers, Reese Garrett is in the middle of a major purchase for his multimillion-dollar oil and gas company, Garrett Resources. The Poseidon offshore drilling platform venture will greatly enhance the company’s value.

But when Reese is on a trip out to see the rig, his helicopter crashes, leaving him hospitalized and two men dead. It’s discovered the chopper was sabotaged, and Reese is determined to find out who’s behind the crash—and whether he was the intended target. Then, when his lover, Kenzie, is accused of her ex-husband’s murder—a man with a vested interest in the Poseidon deal—clues start pointing to a connection that puts Reese, Kenzie and her young son in the sights of a killer.

From the Texas heat to the Louisiana bayous, Reese and his brothers must track down the truth before the body count gets any higher.




Interview

What is the hardest part of writing your books?

 

Every part is the hardest!  For me, description can be difficult, so I don’t do a lot of it.  Also, plotting.  I don’t do all of the plotting ahead of time because the stories are too complex and I need to react as things unfold, which makes it much more difficult, at least for me. 

What songs are most played on your Ipod?

 

I don’t even own an Ipod and I like dead silence when I write.  When I’m not behind the keyboard, I love country music.

 

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

 

I belonged to a critic group when I first started writing.  It’s a great way to learn basic skills or improve what you already know.  No Beta readers but great feedback on my Facebook Page.

 

What book are you reading now? 

 

Loreth Anne White, a fabulous suspense writer.  Beneath the Devil’s Bridge.  Gruesome, but fabulous.

 

How did you start your writing career?

 

My husband wrote a book.  I was helping him with grammar and spelling and I got hooked.  We each sold our first novels the same year and were published 6 weeks apart. 

 

Tell us about your next release.

 

This is from the back jacket copy.  It says it better than I can. 

When Kade Logan said goodbye to his estranged wife eight years ago, he never thought it would be the last time he saw her alive. Now her car has been hauled out of a nearby lake and Kade is determined to track down the man who murdered her.   Kade hires Eleanor Bowman, a private investigator, to go under cover on his Colorado ranch.  

 

With old scandals still buzzing about his late wife’s many affairs and new violence erupting, Kade is faced with the discovery of another beautiful woman’s body.  Are the two killings linked? Who is the man who seduced, then murdered both women?  Ellie Bowman believes they are dangerously close to the truth.

 

From corporate Denver high rises to posh Vail mansions, Kade and Ellie sense the killer is closing in again and this time Ellie is the target.  Kade must risk everything to save the woman he’s coming to love—before she becomes the next victim . . .

 

 

 

 

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History. Currently residing in Missoula, Montana with her Western-author husband, L. J. Martin, Kat has written sixty-five Historical and Contemporary Romantic Suspense novels. More than sixteen million copies of her books are in print and she has been published in twenty foreign countries. Kat is currently at work on her next Romantic Suspense.

 

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Virtual Book Tour: Love is an Emotion by R.L. Lewis #blogtour #interview #personalgrowth #christian #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @RLLewisEtc

 

 

Personal Growth, Christian Living, Love & Marriage

Date Published: May 25, 2021

Publisher: Lucid Books Publishing


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Explore the little-known truth about what it really means to love your neighbor as yourself.

Loving your neighbor as yourself is an act of the will, not something you feel. At least that's what most Christians believe. But is that what the Bible actually teaches? In Love Is an Emotion R. L. Lewis invites you to take an honest look at the scriptures and determine the answer to this question for yourself. As you reason your way through these pages, you'll discover:

 

●      How the common view of "Christian" love measures up to the test of logic.

●      How the subjective nature of emotion relates to the objective truth of God's Word

●      How a revised definition of love can impact our understanding of the gospel of grace.

 

If you're eager to explore the little-known truth about what it really means to love your neighbor as yourself, this book is for you.


 



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What was your main drive to write this book?

I’ve always been fascinated with how emotions “fit” into the Christian life, probably because I’ve so often struggled to figure out how to deal with them in my own life. That fascination eventually led me to the view I hold today about love’s being an emotion. But I have rarely found a book written from a Christian perspective that doesn’t talk about love without defining it as some kind of action or commitment. So, I decided to write my own book and shine a brighter light on an immensely underrepresented perspective.

What do you hope readers will learn by reading this book?

Realizing that love is an emotion can be a frightening experience for a believer. At least it most certainly was for me. It made me realize my sinful condition apart from Christ was far worse than I could ever imagine. So, I hope this book helps readers learn how to properly respond to that conviction by walking them through God’s Word and highlighting the glorious gospel of his grace.

Did you do much research when planning this book?

Oh, yes, much more than I ever imagined I would! That’s one reason why it took me so long to write such a short book. Rarely would I find the answer to one question without having three other questions pop up for me to investigate. I’ve often heard about how much you learn whenever you try to teach a subject. Well, the same goes for writing about a subject!

Did you have any main people who helped you in the process of this book or influenced you to write it?

At least five years before I started writing this book, I read Dr. Matthew Elliott’s book Feel. He was the first person to make me feel a little less crazy for being a Christian who thinks that love is an emotion. So, his influence on me was profound, and I actually quote his work several times in my book. Of course, I would also be incredibly remiss if I didn’t mention my wife in my answer to this question. There are approximately one billion things I couldn’t do without her in my life. And finishing this book was certainly one of them.

How long did this book take you to write from initial thought to hitting publish?

The whole process took about six years on the dot, beginning in the Summer of 2015. Of course, I wasn’t working on the book that entire time because other projects often took precedence. But it was always there marinating in the back of my mind, especially during Saturday morning lawnmowing sessions.

 

Do you have plans to write more about this topic or new topics?

I would love to expand this book someday to include whatever objections and further implications may surface as more people read it. Beyond that, I definitely want to keep writing about things that hopefully challenge and edify the Body of Christ to the best of my ability.


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R. L. Lewis was born and raised in Houston, Texas, where he currently resides with his wife, Kayla, their son, and their 11-year-old dog, Beatrice. A couple of years after earning his degree in applied mathematics from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Lewis moved back to his hometown to study painting at the University of Houston. Though he now works in the art industry, he enjoys spending much of his free time on projects that combine his affinity for analytical reasoning with his passion for studying God’s Word.

 

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