Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Virtual Book Tour: Bloodroot by Daniel Meier #blogtour #giveaway #historicalfiction #interview #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @AuthorMeier

 


Historical Fiction

Date Published: 08-01-1021

Publisher: BQB Publishing



England, 1609. Matthew did not trust his friend, Richard’s stories of Paradise in the Jamestown settlement, but nothing could have equipped him for the privation and terror that awaited him in this savage land.

Once ashore in the fledgling settlement, Matthew experiences the unimaginable beauty of this pristine land and learns the meaning of hope, but it all turns into a nightmare as gold mania infests the community and Indians become an increasing threat. The nightmare only gets worse as the harsh winter brings on “the starving time” and all the grizzly horrors of a desperate and dying community that come with it.

Driven to the depths of despair by the guilt of his sins against Richard and his lust for that man’s wife, Matthew seeks death, but instead finds hope in the most unexpected of places, with the Powatan Indians.

In this compelling and extensively researched historical novel, the reader is transported into a little-known time in early America where he is asked to explore the real meanings of loyalty, faith, and freedom.





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What is the hardest part of writing your books?

 

I find that getting started with a plan for the entire book is a challenge. I’d like to say that I write an outline and follow it throughout the book.  But I often don’t. I begin with an idea—stimulated by something in the human condition—and it develops from there. The outline exists, but usually, only in my head. And the characters develop on their own and reintroduce themselves repeatedly throughout the book.



 

What songs are most played on your Ipod?

 

Astrud Gilberto, Stan Getz, Houston Person, Diana Krall

 

 

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

 

Absolutely. I will give an early reader a copy of the second or third draft, expecting to write a major rewrite.

 

 

What book are you reading now?

 

Charles Taylor and Liberia by Colin M. Waugh

What Kind of Creatures Are We? By Noam Chomsky

The White Ship by Charles Spencer

 

 

How did you start your writing career?

 

I have always enjoyed writing and throughout my school years was encouraged to do so. My major at the University of North Carolina Wilmington was History which honed my writing style to be descriptive, but to the point. Some have called it journalistic. I started submitting my work in the college literary magazine and later I worked briefly as a journalist for The Washington Business Journal. In 1980, Leisure Books published a mystery/ thriller that I wrote under the ‘nom de plume’ Vince Daniels.

After i retired, many years later I wanted to get back to writing, so in a sense, THE DUNG BEETLES OF LIBERIA, A Novel Based on True Events is my first book (in a long while). In this case I wanted to tell the amazing stories of a pilot friend of mine that spent 7 years in Liberia, West Africa during the 1960’s. It was a wild time and Liberia was very prosperous. It was a pivotal time in Liberia’s history. So I interviewed my friend for over 30 hours and wove his tales into an historical novel. I felt it was a story that had to be told.

Since then, I have released 2 more books: NO BIRDS SING HEERE (March 2021) and BLOODROOD (August 2021). 

 

 

Tell us about your next release.

  

The sequel to THE DUNG BEETLES OF LIBERIA is being released in December 2021. The title of that book is BLOOD BEFORE DAWN and addresses the coup d’├ętat by Sergeant Doe. A very bloody affair.

 


About The Author

A retired Aviation Safety Inspector for the FAA, Daniel V. Meier, Jr. has always had a passion for writing. During his college years, he studied History at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington (UNCW) and American Literature at The University of Maryland Graduate School. In 1980 he published an action/thriller with Leisure Books under the pen name of Vince Daniels.

He also worked briefly for the Washington Business Journal as a journalist and has been a contributing writer/editor for several aviation magazines. In addition to, Bloodroot, he is the author of the award-winning historical novel, The Dung Beetles of Liberia that was released in September 2019 and the highly acclaimed literary novel, No Birds Sing Here in April 2021.


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Release Blitz: Curse of the Gods by R.L. McIntyre #promo #releaseday #giveaway #youngadult #yafantasy #historical #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

 

YA Historical Fantasy

Date Published: 09-21-2021



Dare to defy the Gods?

The Gods demand absolutes, absolute devotion to a prophecy Seanait wishes wasn't real. Ever since her riastrad awoke she has trained for her seventeenth birthday and the beginning of her destiny. With only a few months left, she is ready to return home to Ulster but when Romans invade Caledonia she can't leave the land defenseless. Taking up arms next to her best friend Eion she is ready to defy the Gods and save lives. A chance encounter with the seventh fae prince of Amanthia, Cillian, awakens a dream that could change everything.

Cillian has spent nearly a year running from the trials for the crown of Amanthia. He wants nothing to do with the faelands who see him as a monster because of his Primal magic. He's determined to never return but when Gods meddle in the fates of fae and humans alike everything will not go to plan. In order to survive the war with the Romans and their own destinies, Seanait and Cillian must depend on the one thing pulling them closer, their uncertain hearts.

This is YA historical fantasy series based on the Irish myth of Cu Chulainn.


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I am a new author who started my self-publishing journey this year in 2021. Curse of the Gods will be my fourth book this year but not my last. I live in the Philadelphia area with a house full of crazy cats you can see on my Instagram or website. I'm a long-time reader and fantasy fan. Anything with strong female protagonists pulls me in.


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Monday, September 20, 2021

Virtual Book Tour: Walking in the Shadow of Footsteps by Roynell Young #blogtour #giveaway #leadership #nonfiction #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 



Journey of Enlightenment

Leadership / Self development

Published Date: August 24, 2021

Publisher: Elite Online Publishing


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Despite a life of challenges—from childhood illness to witnessing violence as a youth on the tough streets of uptown New Orleans, falling into the trap of drugs as a teen, and assaults on his confidence as an adult—Roynell Young is living his life’s purpose.

Walking in the Shadow of Footsteps takes readers on an emotional journey through the life of an unlikely hero who earned his way into the National Football League as a first-round draft pick, enjoyed a nine-year career as a professional athlete, then carved a pathway that led him to create an organization that today impacts thousands in the impoverished Sunnyside area of Houston. Driven by an unquenchable desire to discover his life’s purpose, Young learned that true power and freedom are the result of an unshakable commitment to live his purpose and spread the good news to the underdog. His unique story is his love letter to humanity.



About the Author

Throughout my life, I have had to eliminate the distractions that threatened to keep me from fulfilling my purpose, from childhood illness to witnessing violence in my youth, falling into the trap of drugs as a teen, and assaults on my confidence as an adult. Despite it all, I am living my American Dream, a life that pays homage to the struggles of the ancestors and builds a foundation for the continuum of healing and self-reliance for Black people and those who find themselves disenfranchised.

I have been around fame and I’ve been around fortune and people with it. Whether because of my humble upbringing or because of my experiences as a professional athlete in the NFL, the fame and fortune don’t impress me. I remain focused on the power and freedom that come with being true to my purpose. The Creator has charged me with the responsibility of spreading the good news to the underdog.

Walking in the shadow of footsteps has allowed me to live my purpose, the reason I exist in this world, and to help others do the same.

This story of my life is my love letter to humanity.

- Roynell Young


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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Virtual Book Tour: Zither! by Jeffrey Hanlon #blogtour #humor #mystery #interview #rabtbooktours @ZitherStudios @RABTBookTours

 

 

Metafiction/Humor/Mystery

Date Published: April 20th, 2021

Publisher: Zither Studios



A nutty religious cult abducts a herd of prime gazebos (huh?) and it’s up to bumbling P.I. Mars Candiotti to rescue them. Mars, aspiring author, chronicles his quest in Jeffrey Hanlon's comic mystery Zither

 Guided by his magically prescient IHOP waitress, Mars strives to mitigate the shocking global consequences of the gazebo heist, even though he has no idea what the word mitigate means. Mars has five Important clues with which to solve his confounding mystery: Butterscotch, John Travolta, Trombones Venetian Blinds, and Wind Chimes. 

 As Zither swallows its own tale, Mars finds it increasingly tricky to distinguish between real people and his rambunctious fictional characters. Zither becomes the romper room where his reality meets fantasy - and get frisky with each other. 

 Using his (odd) clues, Mars’ international odyssey leads to an explosive conclusion in Panama. TVs around the world tune in to watch live coverage of “Carnage in the Canal”. 

 Amid the lunatic havoc that is Zither there is (of course!) an epic love story as Mars meets Marian, the brainy librarian he had dreamed of. Marian says his books are "slapstick existentialism with subjective reality couched in parable". (This is news to Mars). But is Marian real? 

 Is any of it real?







"Hanlon’s humor shines bright and will leave fans of such madness wanting more." Publishers Weekly 

 "This zany, rollicking mystery adventure is as compelling as it is hilarious." Independent Book Review 

 Nominated for the prestigious Audie Award, Best Fiction 2021




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What is the hardest part of writing your books?

 

 

I’m sure you’ve heard the old saw about writing – just stare at the blank page until blood seeps out of your forehead. But with Zither there was no blood. It was easy. It was fun, unlike the other book I’d been trying to write.

 

I’d been struggling with my Great American Novel for ages. There were no shortage of problems with the story. But one problem in particular was persistent: quirky characters kept invading my novel, and there simply was no place for these characters in my dark and brooding book.  

                       

I had an obsessive addiction to these peculiar characters. So I decided to purge my addiction by writing something quirky. This made no more sense than an alcoholic trying to purge his alcohol addiction by drinking a fifth of Wild Turkey. But I did it anyway.

                      

So . . . one morning with a blank mind staring at a blank screen I started typing

                      

And typing.

And typing.

And typing.

                      

In two hours I’d written more than I’d been writing in a week. And here’s where it gets a bit mysterious, even mystical: After those two hours, I knew everything about the story. And I mean everything. The setting. The characters and their development. The entire plot. The ending. The ‘voice’. And the various types of quirky humor I would employ.

                      

And I had not the slightest idea where all that came from.

 

From there I wrote the entire novel in three weeks.

                      

 

Is Zither available as an audiobook?

 

Yes! And it’s even more fun than the book, if such a thing is possible. Full cast dramatization, music, the works. (Promotional price of $16.99 $3.49 for a limited time at Apple Books, apple.co/3BRI4xR and Chirp bit.ly/3BSNVTx

 

 

 

What songs are most played on your Ipod?

 

Sax jazz, Calypso

 

 

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

 

No.

 

 

What book are you reading now?

 

Re-reading The Magus, by John Fowles. Probably my favorite book. In it, Fowles makes a game of what is real and what is artifice, of perception and of identity. In that way there are similarities to ‘Zither’.

 

 

 

How did you start your writing career?

 

At age of about 9 or 10 I wrote my first book, bound and everything. It was illustrated. The title was ‘Pond Scum’. It was about . . . Pond Scum.

 

 

Tell us about your next release.

 

‘The Red Umbrella’: An anthology of short stories, ranging from humorous to poignant, with a touch of the mystical. Release date is around Christmas. If you’d like an ARC of the book or audiobook go to ZitherStudios.com and click ‘Contact’.


About the Author

I was born in a Southern California beach town. 

My family moved to Northwest Oregon when I was 7. Or maybe when I was 8. 

Had we stayed in the Beach Boys town, and knowing myself as I do now, I suspect I would have grown long hair, started a rock band, and been heavily into drugs. The rock band would probably have been pretty good. The rest of it, not so much. I’d likely have joined the ranks of those like Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin. 

We moved to a mountaintop. The last five miles to get there were gravel. The final two miles were steep and to the end of the road. 

That’s where we lived: the end of the road, 22 miles to the nearest town. 

Our closest neighbor, about a mile down the road, was a hermit who lived in a shack. He had a goat. About once a month the goat would visit us. Then the hermit would show up to retrieve his goat. I think the goat liked us better than the hermit, which is why the goat kept showing up. Goats are funny animals. I think they aspire to be house pets. 

And speaking of animals, we had cats. Lots and lots of cats. Because we were remote and at the end of the road, unkind people – and ‘unkind’ is the kindest description I can use here – would dump their unwanted cats on or near our property. The cats would find our house. We gave them Fancy Feast and our love, and in turn they loved us. 

My childhood friends didn’t visit too often. That was at least partly because when they did show up my father would say something like this: “Great! We have a job that could use an extra hand. Won’t take more than five minutes.” Well, that five minutes usually turned into an hour or two – volunteer labor! – and that friend would seldom visit again. 

So my favorite childhood playmate was a 2000 pound Hereford bull, a big boy with horns spanning three feet. I’d go out in the pasture and the bull would strike a pose not unlike what you’ve seen in the movies where the bull was ready to charge, head down, eyeing me. But he wasn’t going to charge me. He just wanted his forehead scratched. And so I would scratch his forehead. He liked that, shaking his head every so often to show his approval. Then we’d elevate to a game that the bull might have called ‘Let’s see how far we can toss this little kid!’ and I’d place my right hip against his massive head and he’d toss me into the air like a sack of flour. Over and over, farther and farther, higher and higher. I could have done that for hours – I can fly! – but after a few tosses the bull would grow bored with the game and wander off. Probably to chase some cute heifers. 

The nearest library was 30 miles away, and we ventured there often. It was a majestic old building, and the Grand Room had books on all four walls with reading chairs in the center. But that was not where I wanted to be. I figured all those books were popular books or books I was supposed to read. I wanted something different, so I would enter the room with a small sign that said ‘Stacks’. It was row after narrow row after row of books, floor to ceiling, dimly lit, dusty. It was like entering a cave. Filled with treasures! 

It was in those Stacks that I discovered the likes of Kerouac and Heller and Huxley and Fowles and Steinbeck and Ellison and Bradbury and Hemingway and many many others. 

As Stephen King said, “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” 

And those, each in their own way, was the inspiration for the first book I wrote at the age of eight or nine: ‘Pond Scum’. 

It was illustrated.


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Release Blitz: Salvation by Avery Caswell #promo #releaseday #giveaway #historicalfiction #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @averycaswell

 

 


Historical Fiction / Biographical Fiction

Date Published: September 15, 2021

Publisher: TouchPoint Press



No one ever talks about what happened …

Summer 1971, Del Munro, a single mother of four, is struggling to make ends meet when Mother Franklin, a traveling evangelist, offers to take her daughters to the beach in Savannah.

For nine-year-old Willie June and seven-year-old Glory, restless at the end of a long, hot summer in Charlotte, it's a dream come true. To their beleaguered mother, it's a much-needed reprieve.

But what seemed like a blessing soon turns into a nightmare when the girls are pressed into service by the morbidly obese Mother Franklin whose needs are as outsized as her ambitions.

When the girls fail to return, Del, evasive about the details of her arrangement with Mother Franklin, panics. People begin to wonder if instead of sending her daughters on vacation, she sold them to the evangelist.


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Avery Caswell is an award-winning writer whose debut novel, Salvation, will be published on September 15, 2021. Her previous work includes a collection of short stories, MOTHER LOAD, which Kirkus called “stunning” and LUCK: A COLLECTION OF FACTS, FICTION, POETRY & INCANTATIONS, which Lee Smith said was “a feast for the eyes, the intellect, and the imagination.” She studied at Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Duke Writers’ Workshop, and holds MFAs in Creative Writing and Design.


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Monday, September 13, 2021

Release Blitz: Our African Unconscious by Edward Bruce Bynum Ph.D., ABPP #promo #releaseday #giveaway #nonfiction #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

 


The Black Origins of Mysticism and Psychology

Psychology

Date Published: September 14, 2021

Publisher: Inner Traditions; 3rd Edition, Revised Edition of The African Unconscious



Reveals how spirituality and the collective unconscious of all of humanity originated in Africa

Examines the Oldawan, the Ancient Soul of Africa, and its correlation with what modern psychologists have defined as the collective unconscious

Draws on archaeology, DNA research, history, and depth psychology to reveal how the biological and spiritual roots of religion and science came out of Africa

Explores the reflections of our African unconscious in the present confrontation in the Americas, in the work of the Founding Fathers, and in modern psychospirituality

The fossil record confirms that humanity originated in Africa. Yet somehow we have overlooked that Africa is also at the root of all that makes us human--our spirituality, civilization, arts, sciences, philosophy, and our conscious and unconscious minds.

In this African-revisioned look at the unfolding of human history and culture, Edward Bruce Bynum reveals how our collective unconscious is African. Drawing on archaeology, DNA research, history, depth psychology, and the biological and spiritual roots of religion and science, he demonstrates how all modern human beings, regardless of ethnic or racial categorizations, share a common deeper identity, both psychically and genetically, connected with a primordial African unconscious.

Exploring the beginning of early religions, spirituality, and mysticism in Africa, along with philosophy, art, and science, the author looks at the Egyptian Nubian role in the rise of civilization and the emergence of Kemetic Egypt, revealing how and why ancient Egypt was separated from the rest of Africa in the Western mind--despite it being the most sophisticated expression of the Mother Continent. He examines the Oldawan, the Ancient Soul, and its correlation with what modern psychologists have defined as the collective unconscious. Revealing the spiritual and psychological ramifications of our shared African ancestry, the author examines its reflections in the present confrontation in the Americas, in the work of the Founding Fathers, and in modern Black spirituality, which arose from African diaspora religion and philosophy.

By recognizing our shared African unconscious, the matrix that forms the deepest luminous core of human identity, we can learn to see and feel that the differences between one person and another are merely superficial and ultimately there is no real separation between the material and the spiritual


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Personal Growth, Christian Living, Spiritual Growth

Date Published: April 4, 2021

Publisher: Clay Bridges Press


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From the outside world, the family was like any other. Within the walls of the home was a completely different story. Set in a common suburban neighborhood with extraordinary financial struggles and intense pressure between Mom and Dad’s marriage. Divorce was imminent. Mom exhausted herself to get her love from her husband until Dad’s desertion left the family in ruinous chaos. Mom lost all self-control. Her temper flared and the unwanted hatred for herself and Dad turned into rage, violence, and unending terror towards the children. Poverty overtook us, malnutrition was not uncommon, and unconditional love was an estranged enemy. Born into this tragedy, I was two months old upon Dad’s leaving.


I take you on a narrative journey through my childhood. The rage, devastation, and hatred are exposed to what really happened. However, intertwined with this constant chaos is a spiritual awakening that brings an amazing grace, freedom, and redemption. Nevertheless, every day was wrought with surviving until the next. Yet, a close friend that I come to know, The Peacemaker, the God who comes close to us and deeply entrenches Himself amid each storm of life, made Himself known through the perils of my upbringing.


From the jaws of death and fright comes a chilling, yet inspiring, story of a child that thought of himself to be hated, deserted, abandoned, assaulted, and worthless. A plan where Heavenly Father steps in, becomes my father and friend, calls me son, and makes certain that I know I am Wanted.



 



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What is the hardest part of writing your books?

 

The challenging part of writing a narrative about one's own tragedy is the physical reality to have to relive it in order to release it from within. It was an amazing journey.

 

What songs are most played on your Ipod?

Well, my Playlist features many worship melodies from Hillsong United, Bethel Music, and Elevation Worship. I also have been going back in time and listening to old Christian music that brought me through many of the years I've written about, such as Keith Green, Michael Card, and Michael W Smith.

 

 

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

Not at this time.

 

What book are you reading now?

Well, my daily read is the Scriptures. I'm reading through the book of Mark. Recent reads include The Five Love Languages and Mere Christianity.

 

 

How did you start your writing career?

Seven years ago. I never intended to be a writer. Then, I realized the pure joy I get from it. It allows me to express without being in the spotlight.

 

 

Tell us about your next release

It will either be a devotional of Holy Spirit’s daily presence, or a inspirational book about living out this life triumphantly in the midst of tragedy. 

 

About the Author

It is with obedience and brokenness that I present my life’s journey. I owe much gratitude to my wife, children, siblings, friends, and many others as they helped in this project of love.  The trauma and destruction of my broken world have compelled me to lead others out of darkness and into His Glorious light.  You can learn more hayahbooks.com.

 

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