Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Release Blitz: Tears of Change by Debbie A. Monteggia #promo #releaseday #giveaway #poetry #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

 

Poetry

Date Published: 6/29/2021

Publisher: Christian Faith Publishing



Tears of Change is a collection of poems and quotes that takes you on a journey through the everyday emotions of life. In this book you will find unique, one-of-a-kind poems. Some will touch your heart and bring you to a place of appreciation and peace, and others may change the way you view and look at things. You will find ones that will move you through joy, loss, acceptance and renewal, as well as pain and sorrow. My hope is that one or many will inspire you to take a leap into expressing all of your own emotions so you can reach a deeper place of love and gratitude within yourself.


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Release Blitz: Harry Harambee's Kenyan Sundowner by Gerald Everett Jones #promo #releaseday #giveaway #fiction #literary #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @superscribbler1

 

 


A Novel

Literary Fiction

Date Published: 6/29/2021

Publisher: La Puerta Productions



Intrigue on the white sands of the Indian Ocean. From the award-winning author of Clifford’s Spiral.

A lonely widower from Los Angeles buys a tour package to East Africa on the promise of hookups and parties. What he finds instead are new reasons to live.

Aldo Barbieri, a slick Italian tour operator, convinces Harry to join a group of adventuresome “voluntourists.” In a resort town on the Indian Ocean, Harry doesn’t find the promised excitement with local ladies. But in the supermarket he meets Esther Mwemba, a demure widow who works as a bookkeeper. The attraction is strong and mutual, but Harry gets worried when he finds out that Esther and Aldo have a history. They introduce him to Victor Skebelsky, rumored to be the meanest man in town. Skebelsky has a plan to convert his grand colonial home and residential compound into a rehab center – as a tax dodge. The scheme calls for Harry to head up the charity. He could live like a wealthy diplomat and it won’t cost him a shilling!

Harry has to come to terms with questions at the heart of his character: Is corruption a fact of life everywhere? Is all love transactional?

Harry Harambee’s Kenyan Sundowner is an emotional story of expat intrigue in Africa, reminiscent of The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene and The Constant Gardener by John le Carr√©.

Praise for Clifford’s Spiral (Independent Press Awards 2020 Distinguished Favorite in Literary Fiction)

We've seen and noted the comparison of this author by other reviewers to literary giants like Roth and Vonnegut. And we can't disagree. Yet we feel there may be yet another strata for Gerald Everett Jones, who arguably is doing the best work of his career. We predict that he lacks only a mention in the The New York Review of Books or, better yet, Oprah, to become a nationwide best-selling author. Five-plus stars to Clifford's Spiral, a true literary novel if ever there was one. We say in all seriousness that if you only read one novel this year, this should be it. - Don Sloan, Publishers Daily Reviews

Preacher Finds a Corpse (NYC Big Book Awards 2020 Winner in Mystery, IPA 2020 Distinguished Favorite in Mystery, Eric Hoffer 2020 Finalist in Mystery)

This is literature masquerading as a mystery. Carefully yet powerfully, Gerald Jones creates a small, stunning world in a tiny midwestern town, infusing each character with not just life but wit, charm, and occasionally menace. This is the kind of writing one expects from John Irving or Jane Smiley.

- Marvin J. Wolf, author of the Rabbi Ben Mysteries, including A Scribe Dies in Brooklyn.



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Saturday, June 26, 2021

Book Blitz: Red Card by Tony Kelly #promo #memoir #sports #fiction #rabtbooktours @kellysredcard @RABTBookTours @BookBuzznet

 

 


Red Card: A Bet You Can Win!

Memoir, Sports, Non-Fiction

Published: April 2021

Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers



Former UK professional soccer star (footballer), Tony Kelly lost it all, but he stands today as someone who is unbreakable!

Having lost most of his wealth, his house and eventually his fiance', Tony refused to be broken and fought back.

Through years of pain and suffering, somehow, Tony managed to turn his life around in a positive way, and his journey from disaster to redemption and triumph is nothing short of amazing. Tony has literally been to hell and back, but through family and friends' support, professional help, his renewed faith, and sheer courage, he is now in a position to help others, and that is something he could never have envisioned six years ago.

A tragic, yet uplifting and inspiring tale of one man's journey through gambling addiction. It's a must-read for those who feel lost, broken, and without hope, as Tony's story is testimony that all is not lost. That this is a bet you can win!



About the Author

Best selling Author Tony Kelly is a former professional (footballer) soccer star who played for six teams within his nine-year career. He is also a recovering gambling addict. In his first book, Tony wrote and shared this story, "Red Card: The Soccer Star Who Lost It All To Gambling," in 2013. He now released his much anticipated second book titled "Red Card: A Bet You Can Win!" in April 2021 and is available on Amazon Kindle, Amazon Books, Barnes & Noble, and other fine online book stores in both the UK and USA.

Tony was crazy about (UK Football) soccer from the age of seven. At sixteen, he was the youngest player ever on the first team at Bristol City, UK. In his twenties, Tony turned professional and went on to play for clubs such as Stoke City, Cardiff City, Leyton Orient, and Bury in the second and third divisions of the Soccer (Football) League. He also enjoyed a spell playing for a team in Sweden. His career was cut short and ruined by a gambling addiction. He continued to gamble addictively and lost jobs, the rest of his soccer career, his partner, and his financial wealth he worked hard to gain.

Today, Tony is the Founder and Managing Director of 'Red Card Gambling Consultancy and Gambling Support Project' (Non-Profit) in 2015 and has been sharing prevention of problem gambling and addiction with individual one on one therapy, awareness, prevention, educational workshops, visiting and speaking at schools, and much more in and around London, UK.

Tony has helped and worked with the UK Gambling Commission in an advisory role on regulations. A tireless advocate of recovery, Tony has grown to become well-respected within the gambling harm reduction and prevention sector throughout the United Kingdom. His work has been endorsed both by the UK media and the UK parliament. As a recovering addict, his wish for the book release is to help raise awareness and educate the public about this crippling gambling disorder.

Born Nyrere Anthony Kelly in England, Tony resides in London; his books are his journey of 'Redemption and Recovery' as Tony is proof that miracles do happen and recovery is possible.


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Friday, June 25, 2021

Release Blitz: Maya Loop by Lis Anna-Langston #promo #releaseday #middlegrade #mgfantasy #giveaway #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

 


Middle Grade Fantasy

Release Date: June 26, 2021

Publisher: Mapleton Press



Get ready to meet the blue haired girl from Baltimore who saves the world.

Following maps her grandmother drew before she disappeared, Maya Loop, the brave, blue-haired girl from Baltimore, has to depend on her wits and bravery to face the alien race of Landions who have taken her grandmother and best friends to an underground world of creatures living beyond the limits of time. The Landions are not only trying to end the human race but erase them completely. A delightfully fast-paced story crackling with energy, Maya Loop meets young readers in the wide-open world of being a kid where everything feels like magic.


Praise for Maya Loop:

"Maya Loop is Alice in Wonderland meets the Wizard of Oz, with the sweet tinge of Fortnite and Percy Jackson thrown in. I loved every page." - Linda Sands, Award winning Georgia Author of the Year

"Readers interested in a passionate journey of determination and evolving wisdom will find Maya Loop unpredictable, driven by understandable emotions and extraordinary events that lead Maya to a new form of determination and courage." - Midwest Book Review



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Lis Anna-Langston was raised along the winding current of the Mississippi River on a steady diet of dog-eared books. She attended a Creative and Performing Arts School from middle school until graduation and went on to study Literature at Webster University. Her two novels, Gobbledy and Tupelo Honey have won the Parents’ Choice Gold, Moonbeam Book Award, Independent Press Award, Benjamin Franklin Book Award and NYC Big Book Awards. Twice nominated for the Pushcart award and Finalist in the Brighthorse Book Prize, William Faulkner Fiction Contest and Thomas Wolfe Fiction Award, her work has been published in The Literary Review, Emerson Review, The Merrimack Review, Emrys Journal, The MacGuffin, Sand Hill Review and dozens of other literary journals. She draws badly, sings loudly, loves ketchup, starry skies & stories with happy aliens.

You can find her in the wilds of South Carolina plucking stories out of thin air.


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Book Blitz: Earth Shattering by L. P. Maxa

 

 


St. Leasing, Book 6

Contemporary Paranormal Romance, Shifters

Published: May 2021

Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group



ALL MINE

It's always the quiet ones. Riley, the good guy. The dependable packmate. Everyone's best friend. Especially Jasper's, with whom Riley shares women. Not I date 'em one night, you date 'em the next. More like, we're with the same woman at the same time. It's their thing, and they enjoy the hell out of doing it.

Then the universe decided Riley needed a swift kick in the head and sent Blake as the striker.

Petite, bubbly, and indefatigable, Blake pulls him out of his college freshman funk. And, for a while, they have a blast. New best friends enjoying college life.

But all good things must end, and when Jasper makes a surprise visit, there goes the party.

Or...maybe not.

Nothing goes according to plan or shifter lore, until it does. Then Blake's Riley's and he has no intention of sharing her with anyone.


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Mouth Watering

St. Leasing, Book 1


Breath Taking

St. Leasing, Book 2


Jaw Dropping

St. Leasing, Book 3


Heart Stopping

St. Leasing, Book 4


Soul Crushing

St. Leasin, Book 5

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L.P. lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, two daughters, two dogs, and a plant-killing cat.

Writer, business owner, and office manager, L.P. says she loves to read as much as she loves to write. Reading a good book is her reward after writing one. In her spare time—ha!—she fosters puppies for a rescue organization based in Austin.


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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 √† 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. 



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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

 



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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.




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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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