Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Book Blitz: Transformed: Parenting Your Non-Conforming Child With Pride by Wendy Jones, LCSW #promo #nonfiction #lgbtq #parenting #selfhelp #rabtbooktours @transformedbywj @RABTBookTours

 

 

Nonfiction / LGBTQ+ / Parenting / Self-Help 

Date Published: March 17, 2022

Publisher: Mamaste Books


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In Transformed, Parenting Your Non-Conforming Child with Pride, Wendy Jones uses personal stories and clinical data to show you how to support your gender-diverse children, while taking care of yourself along the way.


“With love, compassion, support, and encouragement Wendy Jones candidly shares her experience as a mom of transgender youth. As an LCSW who counsels LGBTQ families, she offers a unique perspective that provides expertise and wisdom experienced by few. Additionally, Wendy weaves in first-person stories from other families which ultimately provides a pathway in a relatable and sensitive manner.”

-Jeanette Jennings, mother of Jazz Jennings and LGBTQIA+ rights advocate and spokesperson

 

As a gender therapist and mom to a transgender child, Wendy felt there was a strong need in the world to support parents of trans kids. She knew that her own journey was challenging at first, and finding support wasn't always an easy thing. As she's been working with transgender people and their parents over the past five years, she's come to find that the parents are oftentimes scared and feel alone in the process of accepting their child's gender identity.

 


About the Author

As a gender therapist and mom to a transgender child, I felt there was a strong need in the world to support parents of trans kids.

I know that my own journey was challenging at first, and finding support wasn't always an easy thing. As I've been working with transgender people and their parents over the past five years, I've come to find that the parents are oftentimes scared and feel alone in the process of accepting their child's gender identity.

Due to the time constraints of therapy, I wanted to find a way to reach more parents with my own hard-earned strength and wisdom. Writing seemed to be just the right medium to accomplish this goal. Books were one of the main ways that our family got the necessary knowledge to start our gender journey eight years ago. However, there aren't many books out there that offer both lived/personal and clinical experiences.

I hope that my book can reach parents around the world that are in need of education, support, and encouragement. My overreaching goal is to help trans kids by helping their parents and to be a strong positive force in today's gender revolution.

 

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Book Blitz: Perfectly Placed by Liana George #promo #christianfiction #womensfiction #rabtbooktours @BookBuzznet @RABTBookTours

 

 

Hopeful Heart Series, Book Two

 

Contemporary Christian Women's Fiction

Release Date: July 5, 2022

Publisher: Scrivenings Press


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Six weeks after leaving China, Nicki Mayfield returns to complete two critical tasks: restore order at New Hope Orphanage and re-connect with Lei Ming, the little girl who stole her heart. However, a stonewalling supervisor, missing documents, and personal tragedy ensure Nicki faces challenges at every turn. Is she the best person to bring order – and longevity – to the place these children call home?

Then, with the help of an unexpected ally, Nicki makes a life-altering decision. One that has the potential to upend her well-planned life and the lives of those around her. Will she lose it all, or has she found a way to save what matters most?


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Perfectly Arranged

Hopeful Heart Series, Book One


Short on clients and money, professional organizer Nicki Mayfield is hanging up her label maker. That is until the eccentric socialite Katherine O’Connor offers Nicki one last job.

Working together, the pair discovers an unusual business card among Ms. O’Connor’s family belongings that leads them on a journey to China. There the women embark on an adventure of faith and self-discovery as they uncover secrets, truths, and ultimately, God’s perfectly arranged plans.


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Liana George is a sought-after speaker, blogger, and author. Before pursuing a career in writing, she was a professional organizer and the former owner of By George Organizing Solutions in Houston. Her debut novel, Perfectly Arranged, Book One in The Hopeful Heart Series, was released in October 2021 from Scrivenings Press. When she’s not putting things in order or scribbling away, you can find her reading, traveling, or watching tennis.

 

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Friday, July 1, 2022

Virtual Book Tour: Broken Petals by Tasha Hutchison #blogtour #interview #giveaway #womensfiction #rabtbooktours @AuthorTHutch @RABTBookTours

 

 

Part 1

 

Women’s Fiction

Date Published: July 25, 2022

Publisher: Rize


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Brooklyn Monti is dying. Or at least she thinks she is. Every since Brooklyn was diagnosed with Huntington's Disease at 19, she's used it to give up on herself. Huntington's has affected her career, her friendships, and her love life. But will she let it control her future? When Brooklyn meets the man of her dreams she must decide whether Huntington's is going to take away the one thing she's always wanted: a family.


Getting through life is no longer acceptable. It’s time to fall in love, chase dreams, and build a legacy. This story is smart, sexy, funny, and hopeful. Let's go on the journey with Brooklyn.





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What is the hardest part of writing your books?

 

The hardest part of writing is the rewrites/edits. You may only have a few rewrites, or you have many. But it must be done to give the world your best work. There are also times when you must delete scenes that don't work with the story that pretty much kills you to remove. But it has to be done. Also, killing characters is the worst. When you write, you grow a connection with the characters, especially if you're creating three-dimensional people. There are some characters who grab you, and it hurts to kill them. But it's for the good of the story.

 

What songs are most played on your IPod?

 

This is a fun fact about my writing process. I don’t listen to music. But I do watch true crime while writing. But I don’t write crime, I write women’s fiction. Don’t ask me why, but it works.

 

 

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

 

I was fortunate enough to sign with a publisher. It goes through many channels before it’s approved for publication. So they will read through it and send notes to of what I need to work on.

 

 

What book are you reading now?

 

I am actually reading a women’s fiction book by Lauren Weisberger—The Singles Game. She is also the author of The Devil Wears Prada.

 

 

How did you start your writing career?

 

Another fun fact, growing up, my mom and I would read together at bedtime up until I moved out for college. It was our thing. So by the time I turned sixteen, my mom said I had become a drama queen. Then one day I came home from school to a new computer and printer in my bedroom. She explained since I was an avid reader and drama queen, I should be good at writing. So whenever I became the drama queen, she would send me to my room to write a short story. However, the stories couldn't be one paragraph or one page. I had to write a complete short story. After so many punishments, it became a passion of mine. I thank her for that often.

 

Tell us about your next release.

 

My publisher signed me with interest to publish three more books. So Broken Petals is a stand-alone, but with my next book, the secondary character/best friend will become the main character. During a girl’s night that was supposed to be wine, dancing, and laughter, one of the girlfriends will bring out ancestry tests for them to take for fun. But it will undo every Iris thought she knew about her life. This journey will be one you’ll want to take.





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Tasha Hutchison resides in Texas where she owns and operates Wordy Writer, LLC to help other authors with their writing journeys. Tasha discovered her love for books at a young age when she would read with her mother before bedtime. Her love for writing was actually realized when her mother used writing as a tool to refocus her dramatic moments in more creative ways. Since then, writing has never been optional for Author Tasha Hutchison. Like eating and breathing, it's something integral to her existence.

Broken Petals is Tasha’s first novel with a focus of giving readers hope in any situation in an unforgettable way.

 

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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Virtual Book Tour: Birth of the Storm by Valerie Storm #blogtour #interview #giveaway #youngadult #yafantasy #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @Valerie_Storm

 




Demon Storm, Book One

YA Fantasy

Release Date: 6/13/22

Publisher: Shadow Spark Publishing


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A bolt of lightning. And a dream of vengeance.


For wolf-demon Kari, these define her every waking moment. Her parents are dead, slaughtered by human hands, forcing their only daughter to masquerade among their killers to save her own skin. Now she dwells among them, hiding her lightning-based abilities and plotting a terrible revenge, believing her schemes are all she's good for now. But when she discovers unexpected solace among a group of humans who look past her monstrous nature, Kari finds herself questioning everything. Her mission. Her dreams. Even the hatred festering in her heart.

Is it possible for a creature like Kari to find happiness in a world that despises her?

Or will the specters of her past force her down the path of vengeance in the end?




Interview

What is the hardest part of writing your books?
Getting started! I can get a rough idea and be all excited about it, but as soon as I sit down to start writing, my head is suddenly full of distractions. Like Twitter.

 

What songs are most played on your Ipod?

A mishmash of anime covers by Amalee and original songs based on anime by Divide Music! I think top right now is Amalee’s “Last Stardust.”

 

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

I have a few critique partners, and my brother. They all read my junk during and after my processes and I am sooososo grateful for all of them.

 

What book are you reading now?

I’m listening to Rick Riordan’s Son of Neptune on Audible right now! On the side, I’m also reading various indie books on Kindle.

 

How did you start your writing career?

I got on Twitter and thought “I want to join a publishing house.” I began making connections and learning the ropes as far as editing, querying, etc. on there.

 

Tell us about your next release.

Birth of the Storm! I’ve been working on this thing for like two decades. It’s the first in Kari the wolf demon’s series, where she meets a few close friends and some enemies and goes through a whole bunch of tribulation. I wrote Kari’s story to be a little note to others out there who feel lost, alone, or out of control sometimes.


About the Author

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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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Virtual Book Tour: Lead Your Team Toward a Better World by Lies Wouters #blogtour #interview #giveaway #nonfiction #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @AuthorParul

 



Management book / Leadership / Psychology

Date Published: May 10, 2022

Publisher:  Serapis Bey Publishing


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Drs Lies Wouters, international organizational psychologist, advisor, trainer and team coach, based in the Netherlands, introduces her unique Metaphor Map and Metaphor Model of Psychological Safety in this, her first book published in English. She shines a new light on how all leaders across the world can use specific learnt skills to create teams where people thrive, when they understand that it is up to them to create the circumstances where people feel motivated, have fun and grow. She explains the neurobiology of our behaviour and its impact on performance, collaboration, creativity, happiness, productivity and so much more. Backed by relevant science, comprehensive research, real life examples and practical exercises this book takes you step by step through the underlying processes in your brain and body to develop the skills that ensure high performance. She reveals the significance of applying these skills in the world and how we can all play an important role in making this world better, where not only teams, but everyone can thrive.




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Can you tell us a little about the process of getting this book published? How did you come up with the idea and how did you start?

I have been doing research on the topic of my book for 4 years now, and I have trained many leaders and teams on the topic. When I saw how big the impact was when people learned these skills, it made me realize that I wanted to help many more leaders and teams. I realized that by writing a book about this, I could reach many more people that could be helped, and also many people who could use this content to help others. I truly believe that these are the skills we need to take better care of ourselves, of the people around us and of our planet.

What surprised you most about getting your book published?

The first response of people when they heard about my book. Many people immediately said that the timing of the book is perfect because it is exactly what we, human beings, need right now. And not just human beings, but our entire planet.

Tell us a little about what you do when you aren’t writing

I am a trainer and coach and I am doing scientific research. That means I am working a lot with people from all around the world to help them develop the skills to collaborate, communicate, and lead both themselves and others. I particularly love the moment where people get an insight in their own pattern, or in the pattern of the people around them and this insight changes the whole game. For example, a leader recently came to me and asked me to help him get through to others. During our coaching he realized that he often felt overwhelmed (without realizing it) and this worked as a barrier in his communication. After realizing this, he learned how to take care of himself in these moments and suddenly it was much easier for him to connect to the people he was working with. It is the small steps, and actually taking them, that makes all the difference.

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?

That was the very first moment I was asked to write a book. I had never considered writing one until someone approached me to write a book together. That became my first book, which was in Dutch, and it opened the door for me to the possibility to write more.

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?

I get my best ideas in nature. Whether it is outside on my bike (I live in the Netherlands after all), or in my garden, or on the beach. It is in times when I feel connected to both myself and to the world around me. Why I get my best ideas there? That goes back to the theory in my book. When I feel individually safe, my brain opens up and my creativity and innovative thinking are ‘switched on’.

What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author?

Honestly, I haven’t received and tough criticism. In case of my first book, some people said that it wasn’t really written for them and I believe that. You are either open to something at that point or you are not. Depending on where you are in your life and what you need, the book will speak to you or it will not. As for my second book there have been reviewers who said one of the chapters was too theoretical, while others said they loved that chapter the most. In general the reviews have been amazing and I am very grateful that readers always seem to find parts of the book that really speak to them.

What has been your best accomplishment as a writer?

I could say the fact that my book was nr 1 on the bestseller list on Amazon. However, there was a moment where I received a message from one of the readers of the book that topped that moment for me. This reader shared that after just one chapter he suddenly understood what was going wrong in his own work environment. It completely changed his approach and he was able to turn a bad situation into a situation where they grew closer together. That is for me the most beautiful gift and my best accomplishment.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

At the moment, none. I am sure there are still many more books in me, but at the moment I have my focus on my research and my work as executive coach and trainer. I train teams and leaders in international organizations, both online and offline on the skills that are mentioned in my book and participants receive a copy of the book at the end of the training to support them in further developing those skills. I look forward to supporting many more organizations in this way in the future.

 

 


About the Author

Drs. Lies Wouters is an international positive psychology expert, work and organizational psychologist, advisor, trainer and team coach, based in the Netherlands. In addition to the comprehensive research, she has conducted about happiness and resilience, she assists organizations in the areas of: mental health; optimal functioning; motivation; and positive communication. Her mission is to contribute to reducing the number of burnouts in the Netherlands by helping to make people within organizations healthier and happier; and ensuring that they thrive in psychologically safe team environments. In 2018, she published her first book in Dutch, Hoe Dan (So Then How) together with a businesswoman who wrote about how she overcame life’s struggles. In their book, Lies responds to her explaining the psychological theories of what helped and why.

Lies is the founder of her own international business, OMG! which stands for tailor-made leadership and specializes in providing leadership training and coaching. For more than ten years, Lies and her team of fellow experts have been facilitating online and onsite leaders and professionals with business related workshops. Their work is underpinned by their professional knowledge that each individual is unique and each organization is unique. Thus, they only deliver custom work.

Lies is PhD student at the Open University in the Netherlands where she is researching the topic of psychological safety. The title “Drs” stands for doctorandus which is Latin for he/she/they who should become a doctor. Her first article about psychological safety will be published in the spring of 2022. When Lies is not pursuing her professional career and helping other people to thrive at work, she loves to spend time with her husband and two children. She enjoys being outside in nature at all times of the year. She also loves dancing and enjoying good, healthy food with family and friends.


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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Book Blitz: Eve, Where Are You? by Nicole L. Davis Ph.D #promo #christian #nonfiction #women #rabtbooktours @DrNicoleDavis1 @RABTBookTours @BookBuzznet

 

Confronting Toxic Practices Against the Advancement of Women

 

Christian Living, Women’s Issues

Date Published: November 24, 2020

 

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Without question, having competent women in leadership can certainly enhance the vitality of any organization. Sadly, too often women are not given equal opportunities and are left doubting their sense of self and their abilities.

In Eve, Where Are You?, Dr. Nicole Davis uniquely evaluates bias practices within one specific organization: the Christian church. You’ll learn why many women are discouraged, emotionally absent, leaving churches, or considering giving up religious pursuits altogether. Within these pages, Dr. Davis thoughtfully contemplates the scriptural significance of God’s creation of Eve; compares women’s leadership advances in the marketplace and church; and shares real-life stories and perceptions about women in leadership offered by present-day church leaders.

As a conflict coach and resolutionist, Dr. Davis boldly addresses possible causal effects of toxic practices against women and then offers strategic solutions and guidance to both women and church organizations to facilitate reconciliation, creating opportunity for the church to regain influence and effectiveness in our culture.

Crisp, aggressive, and truthful, this study presents a call to action for women who want more, men who want more for women, and church organizations seeking to embrace internal transformation against gender bias in the Christian church. Also available in Spanish.


About the Author

Dr. Nicole Davis is a wife, mother, pastor, Christian life coach, social science researcher, and conflict resolution practioner, with over 20 years of professional experience. Her areas of research interest include gender inequality, organizational leadership, women empowerment, and family dynamics.

Dr. Davis believes there is a huge distinction between a woman’s calling, which is determined by God, and a church’s doctrine about the utilization of women, which is a cultural decision predominantly determined by men.

Dr. Davis advocates for churches of all denominations to begin having open dialogue about systemic oppression and alienation against women.  Those who show no regard for women’s callings or competency levels. Women need to be developed and commissioned to serve at the highest levels.

Dr. Davis examines the deep-rooted conflict concerning what God intended when He created Eve in the Garden of Eden. She asks poignant questions inviting women to explore how they see themselves based on God’s original plan for them.


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Virtual Book Tour: Naturally Curly by Kristi Sanders Lasher #blogtour #interview #nonfiction #memoir #Rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

A Memoir


Christian living, Black and African American Biographies

Date Published: January 25, 2022

Publisher: Lucid Books Publishing


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The complexities of a racially divided culture are too numerous to count, and with one glance around the globe, it is easy to see why no one is immune to its effects. With so many stories, personal experiences, and misunderstandings, it is all too much to contain and sort out. Thankfully, we serve a God who will do the sorting if we simply keep our eyes on Him. The One who truly knows us and sees us as we are understands our deeply rooted issues; there is no condemnation in Him.

In her memoir Naturally Curly, Kristi shares a true account of how she was nearly engulfed by a deeply rooted lie accepted by many in our country. Kristi takes you on a journey from her early years when the lie first took root in her life to its massive and subtle manifestations in adulthood, which culminated in God’s grand rescue. Finally, she thoughtfully explores some aspects of what she believes the racial divide means for the church.

 




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Can you tell us a little about the process of getting this book published? How did you come up with the idea and how did you start?

I was reluctant to write this book. It is a story of my life that reveals secrets and hidden things that I held onto for years and was terrified to reveal. Beginning in 2018 through God’s grace, I started to understand how my “secret” was hindering me from a full life and from the One that I most desired. Through a series of events my heart was primed to face the realities. The events surrounding George Floyd’s death in 2020, is what pushed me over the edge. I knew it was time to lose my life and tell my story.

I knew nothing other than my story needed to be told. I never planned on or even desired to be an author, so I certainly knew nothing of the process of publishing. I inquired of as many people as I could. Eventually, I was introduced to a woman who helped me understand the different methods a book can be published. I decided that, given my circumstances, I would simply hire a company who knew what they were doing so they could help me.

I initially looked for a Christian organization since my book was faith based and was offered an opportunity to work with one, but for some reason I felt like I needed to wait. I’m glad that I did because on one of my family’s normal trips to a vacation spot in Colorado, I finished my book in our cabin. Only hours later, we had guests over who informed us that there was a gentlemen who had stayed there prior to our stay who was a publisher. Immediately, I knew that this was the route I needed to take. Without hesitation I reached out to his company and I was able to begin working with them.

 

What surprised you most about getting your book published? It surprises me that there’s still a lot of work the author has to do after writing. I thought that I would just write it, hand it off, and somebody else would do the rest of what was needed. But the need for transparency, communication, and interaction with others only increased. This is challenging for an introvert.   

                                                                                

Tell us a little about what you do when you aren’t writing. Like I said before, I never planned on being an author. I am a mom of three teenagers, and a wife to a wonderful man who is the pastor of our Baptist Church.  We do a lot of ministry, keeping up with our small Baptist church community and raise our three kids. This keeps me pretty busy. I have also recently gotten involved with acting and was a featured extra on The Chosen.

 

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life? Publicly telling my story and owning it.

 

 

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is? From the Holy Spirit. Because I do not know, what I don’t know, and what I do think I know is trumped when the word of God comes alive for me.

 

What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author? Not everyone thinks like I do. Part of this process in telling my story has revealed so much to me that, I realized I was the one mainly, believing the lie. I was accusing people of doing to me what I was doing.

 

 

What has been your best accomplishment as a writer? The ability to tell my story in an engaging, thorough way.

 

 

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have? A lot! Probably 15 or 20. I had them all as blog posts at one time, but now I have taken them all down!

 

 

 


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Kristi Sanders Lasher was born in Dallas, TX as a biracial child in the 1980s. Kristi’s cherished childhood created a deep love for her southern roots, yet a racially divided culture developed a fear in revealing her true identity. Kristi hid well into adulthood until the God who captivated her, uncovered her secret and set her free. Kristi now serves alongside her husband in pastoring a small Baptist church in Gause, TX as they raise their three beautiful teenage children. Kristi taught as a Texas public school teacher for many years, and she holds a master’s degree from Dallas Baptist University in Worship Leadership Studies.

 

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Monday, June 27, 2022

Release Blitz: The Time We Met by Christine Miles #promo #romance #releaseday #contemporaryromance #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @BookBuzznet

 

 Timing is Everything Series, Book Three

 

Contemporary Romance

Date Published: June 28, 2022

 Publisher: Sealed With a Swoon Books LLC


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Will love be worth taking a huge risk?

 

Campbell Grey is getting her life back on track after escaping a difficult past. She has a job she loves, friends who have become family, and has returned to the college classroom—where she unexpectedly connects with handsome Scott, her literature professor.

 

Scott Mayhew has been alone for far too long. Though devoted to his daughter, family, and career, he’s ready to meet his match. But he never imagined a student would capture his attention—that’s not allowed. Still, the sparks he and passionate, beautiful Campbell share can’t be ignored.



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Last Time We Loved

Timing is Everything Series, Book 1


Can they free the past to have a future together?


First Time We Laughed

Timing is Everything Series, Book Two


Will timing be on their side for a real chance at love?


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Christine Miles loves writing and reading so much she has two degrees—one in English and one in Creative Writing.

She now calls Albuquerque, New Mexico, home.

When not writing, she enjoys reading romances with sassy heroines and swoony heroes, as well as the occasional mystery and thriller, listening to music, and binge-watching guilty-pleasure shows on Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Max.

You can find her on Facebook and Instagram.


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Release Blitz: The War Girls by Julie Rowe #promo #historical #fiction #releaseday #excerpt #rabtbooktours @JulieRoweAuthor @RABTBookTours @BookBuzznet


Historical Fiction, WW1

Date Published: June 28, 2022

 

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During the Great War, in a German-occupied Red Cross hospital in Brussels, Belgium, there are three British nurses who will risk everything to save the lives of those in their care. These are the stories of The War Girls.

Saving the Rifleman - British Red Cross nurse Maria Hunt lives in daily fear that the German soldiers who regularly inspect her hospital will uncover her secret: she helps wounded British soldiers escape German hands.

Enticing the Spymaster - Judith Goddard is hiding in plain sight. A dual citizen with family ties to Belgian royalty and the British military, she works as a Red Cross nurse in a German hospital, learning what she can, ever fearful her true allegiance will be discovered.

Aiding the Enemy - Rose Culver is in grave danger. For months the Red Cross hospital head nurse has been aiding Allied soldiers caught behind enemy lines, helping them flee into neutral Netherlands. It's only a matter of time until she's caught.


The War Girls is composed of three previously published novellas. This is the first time they have been published in one volume.



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Chapter One


Brussels, Belgium

November, 1914



“Maria.”

Alarm rippled across Maria’s nerves, jerking her attention from the supply record book she was writing in.

Her teacher, mentor, and matron of the hospital on Rue de la Culture stood at the window, staring out at the street, her back straight and stiff.

“Rose?” Maria took a step toward her, but Rose’s voice stopped her before she could take another.

“Please take an inventory of the bandages in the closet on the second floor.” Her words were spoken with a deliberateness that should have been reassuring. It wasn’t. The other woman held herself too still, too rigid. “We’re about to have another friendly visit.”

“Germans?” Maria whispered, dread tightening its coils until she could barely breathe. “Again?”

Regular soldiers didn’t make her too uncomfortable; they appreciated the nurses who looked after their wounded countrymen, and they knew they could end up at this hospital and in her care. But the officers were another thing altogether. They looked at Maria and Rose as if the two of them were convicted criminals of the worst sort.

As if they were dirty.

Rose nodded.

“Lord preserve us.” The words slipped out before Maria could stop them. “When will this madness stop?”

Rose turned then, a rueful smile on her face. “I wish I knew. Go now and stay out of sight if you can.”

“But—”

“I’ll be fine. Dr. Geoff is still here. He’s as irritated with all these inspections as we are. They’re a constant interruption, and we have little enough time for our work as it is.”

Herman Geoff was a German doctor, but he treated Rose and even Maria with the utmost respect. His uncle was a high-ranking officer. Very high. As long as Dr. Geoff supported them, they would most likely remain safe.

If they did nothing to irritate or anger the local German troops. Something Maria feared she’d already done.

She rushed to the back stairs and climbed them quickly. Rose would be safe. The second daughter of minor gentry, she had demonstrated time and again her diplomatic skills were more than up to the task of dealing with arrogant, suspicious German officers.

Maria had none of those skills or family background.

The second floor was filled with bedrooms, now used as wards for their patients. There was also a room where the nurses slept—Rose, herself, two Belgian nurses and one German nurse who worked with them. A closet near the back stairs had been converted into a storage area for bandages and other medical supplies.

Perfect for a woman to hide in while waiting for their German visitors to leave.

She opened the door, prepared to enter…

But the closet was already occupied—by a soldier complete with pack, sidearm and rifle. The weapon wasn’t what snared Maria’s gaze and held it.

His eyes were green. A brilliant emerald green.

Her breathing stalled as she stood in the doorway and stared into those wide, pale eyes and at the blood spattered across his face and uniform.

His British uniform. In a Belgian hospital full of enemy German soldiers.

Good God.

Voices floated up the back stairs a few feet away and she opened her mouth to caution him.

Before she could utter a warning, before she could blink, his hands reached out, grabbed her, and yanked her into the closet, pulling the door closed behind her.

Fear and shock crushed her throat as she found herself pressed against the soldier’s body, one of his hands over her mouth, the other a steel band behind her back.

She couldn’t move and the closet was so dark it might as well have been a tomb. Blind and restrained, the unfamiliar scents filling her nostrils took over her senses.

Mud, blood, and man.

***

Lieutenant John Bennet held the woman in his arms tightly enough to keep her from crying out, but not enough to harm her.

He’d hoped to find someone to help him, preferably a nurse, but this wasn’t how he’d anticipated meeting such a woman—staring into her frightened face then pulling her into a dark closet. He couldn’t even tell her she was in no danger from him. Any noise would likely be overheard by the men now standing on the other side of the door.

He held himself still despite the pain from his wound and the unfamiliar weight of the woman in his arms. How long had it been since he’d held anything so soft? Weeks? Months?

He sucked in a breath and the scent of evening flowers filled his head, driving out all others. His cock stirred in response to the feel of her curves along his flank. Her chest rose and fell erratically under his arm as she tried to breathe through what must be a terrifying situation.

Yet there were no tears, no sobs, or cries.

He tore his focus from the delights of her body to consider her movements for a moment. She’d stopped struggling for the most part and now stood relatively docile in his arms.

Maybe she realized how dangerous his predicament was. If she was a nurse, she might feel some sympathy toward him, some care.

Energy surfaced from some unknown well inside him, heating his muscles. He couldn’t give up hope, not now. He had to find a way out of Belgium, a way to report what he’d seen. There were more lives at risk than his, thousands more. Including the nurse in his arms.

A man was giving orders in German in the hallway, from the sound of it, only a few paces from the closet door. Orders to search the hospital for the British soldier. Orders to find and detain for questioning the second British nurse. The woman John no doubt held in his arms.

The woman now in as much danger as he.

Poor girl. It was one thing to tend wounded men in no shape to offer offensive behavior, but quite another to be taken captive in a dark closet. He was lucky she hadn’t screamed herself hoarse or fainted.

Somehow, he needed to communicate his lack of intent to harm her. He’d been told this hospital was a place of safety for British soldiers caught behind German lines. The last farmer who’d sheltered him just outside of Brussels told him the matron of this hospital could help him, had already helped many others like him. She might even be able to supply fake identity papers and an escape route out of the country.

Warm, soft, and sweet-smelling, the woman in his arms could be the key to his survival. And what he knew was the key to Britain’s defense.

His spine solidified, transforming into steel.

She didn’t know it, but he was prepared to kill to protect her.

 

About the Author

Retired medical lab technologist, Julie Rowe writes stories that plunge you directly into chaos and adrenaline from the first page & don’t let up until the end.


Praise for Julie Rowe

“Read Julie and you get it all, the suspense, steaming chemistry and a story that doesn't let you put it down." - Ayekah, Goodreads

“I love this authors writing style. She writes balls to wall, edge of your seat, page turning thrillers." - Cindy, Goodreads

"This is one of the best books I've read this year because of the complex and dramatic life and death storyline and the sizzling sexual chemistry." -Diane, Goodreads


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