Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Book Blog Tour and Giveaway: Wait For Me (Montana Rescue Series Book 6) by Susan May Warren

Montana Rescue Series, Book 6

  Genre: Contemporary Romance / Action / Christian
Publisher: Revell
Date of Publication: November 6, 2018
Number of Pages: 336

Pete Brooks can’t believe he’s waited an entire year for Jess Tagg to return to Montana, only to have her break his heart by getting engaged to her ex-fiancé. Worse, a series of mistakes on the job have cost lives, and Pete isn’t sure he wants to continue to work in Search and Rescue. Maybe if he can just get over Jess, he can figure out how to move forward.

EMT Jess Tagg has returned to Montana to finally give her heart to Pete, but it seems he’s no longer interested. When a terrible fight between them sparks an impulsive decision, she finds herself crashed on the side of a highway along with Esme Shaw. And just when she thinks things couldn’t get any worse, she and Esme are taken captive and into the untamed Montana wilderness—with murderous intent.

Now Pete and the other PEAK Rescue Team members are in a race against time, the elements, and the actions of a vengeful man. Pete will have to use everything he’s learned to find Jess and Esme—and pray that his past mistakes don’t cost him the life of the woman he can’t stop loving.
Praise for the Montana Rescue Series:
"Warren's stalwart characters and engaging story lines make her Montana Rescue series a must-read." -- Booklist

"Faith, action, romantic tension, humor, and emotional depth." -- Publishers Weekly

"Warren excels at creating flawed characters the reader cares about, as well as building a suspenseful adventure." -- Christian Library Journal

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Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling author of over fifty novels with more than 1 million books sold, including Wild Montana SkiesRescue MeA Matter of TrustTroubled Waters, and Storm Front. Winner of a RITA Award and multiple Christy and Carol Awards, as well as the HOLT Medallion and numerous Readers’ Choice Awards, Susan has written contemporary and historical romances, romantic suspense, thrillers, romantic comedy, and novellas. She makes her home in Minnesota. 
Why did you choose to write romance?
I love writing epic romantic adventure! I think it stems from my own desire to do fun, adventurous things, and I love going on the journey with the characters. But I also love seeing the courage and determination and truths that emerge when someone is put into a challenging situation. Such a great opportunity for my character to rise above and be more than they thought they could be. It inspires me to do the same.

Where did your love of storytelling come from?
I am sure that it is something inside of me—I’ve been writing stories all my life, (I wrote my first novel when I was fourteen!). There’s just something about a great story that inspires me, that not only entertains, but if it’s the right book, also edifies and makes me a better person. Stories change lives…and I guess that’s how I make my own little impact on the world.

How does your book relate to your inner-self?
All my books contain something of myself in them—a question, a searching for truth, an experience I’d like to explore. I start with a what-if question, something that the characters are wondering, but also something that stirs inside me, and then I set off on a journey to explore the ramifications of that what-if. What if you had to rescue someone who broke your heart—and the person he/she left you for? This is the question I asked in Wait for Me, my newest book, and I dealt with betrayal, forgiveness, commitment and second chances. I think all great stories come from the questions we ask ourselves…and the search for answers.

What was the hardest part of writing Wait for Me?
This is the finale book in the series, so I had a lot of writing outside this story. Not only did I have to create a unique adventure, but it had to wrap up all the threads in the series—not just the current relationship, but an ongoing mystery, a few other relationship threads and the overall theme of the series. I love finale books because they can be so satisfying, but it takes tremendous attention to all the details. I love it when I get a letter from a reader that I nailed it though, and I’m so excited for readers to finally get the ending they’ve waited so long for.

What did you enjoy most about writing Wait for Me?
I loved seeing the fruition of all the adventures, and relationships find their happy ending. (and I love hanging out with these characters, so any chance I get to go on an adventure with them, I’ll take it!)

Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How does that affect your writing?
I’m a full-time writer. I love to write, so some could say I’m a write-o-holic, but I’m okay with that. I love to dive into a great story, and not only hang out with the characters, but weave the right words to evoke emotion and pull my reader into an encompassing story. I think not having the distraction of other work allows me a singular focus as a writer to dive in and simply live in that world for a while. (and then I emerge and join “real life” for a few weeks between stories!) I have real respect for writers who also work an outside job…they amaze me with their dedication and focus!

Do you have a mantra for writing and/or for life?
Writing isn’t magic…it’s hard work. Do the work and the magic will happen.

GRAND PRIZE: All 6 Books in the Montana Rescue Series
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Book Tour and Giveaway: Twisted Tales of Deceit (Beyond the Chamber Door Book 1) by P.D. Alleva

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for the dark fiction novel Twisted Tales of Deceit by P.D. Alleva organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt and a guest post for you. Be sure to follow the other stops on the tour here. There's also a giveaway at the bottom of this post. Good luck!
Twisted Tales of Deceit is the first installment in the Beyond the Chamber Door series. Featuring three tales (The Calculated Desolation of Hope, Somnium, & Knickerbocker) chronicling an evil influence on the human psyche, tipping our hands into the engagement of what is most horrifying; our dastardly, human deeds steeped in self-destruction, desperation and the loss of dreams. Metaphorical warnings have been constructed inside these pages to reflect the everyday signs the universe provides under the guise of reflective light that return to mirror how evil tempts our hand so to not fulfill the dreams of the soul. Our doubts, our sadness, our indecisions rooted in fear, are toiled with by the presence of imps bent on hatred and in need of our nightmares to survive. Here, the human spirit is dripped like honey, tasteful to the dark corridors of human malevolence and taken advantage by the corrupt and seamlessly endless parade other worldly dimensions have on what should be our earthly utopia, creating rage in the cosmic hedonism of jealousy.

“Jim?” Charlie said. “Jim are you there?”

He stared into the mirror, hoping Jimmy would talk. But the room was too bright, and Charlie remembered that Jimmy liked the dark, so he turned off the light, lit a candle which he placed on the sink by the mirror, which started to waver, like a stone dropped into water causes circular ripples.

“There you are,” Charlie said and smiled. “I was beginning to think you wouldn’t come.”

“Charlie,” Jimmy said. “I grow tired of you. You bore me too much with these dreams of yours you never do anything about. Wouldn’t it be better if you forgot about it? Went and took up a trade career, something where you don’t have to dream so big? I don’t want you to have to be disappointed.”

“But we’ve come so far, we can’t give up just yet.”

Jimmy touched his forehead shaking his head. “I just don’t know Charlie, you don’t seem like you want it enough. Like you’d do anything to have it. Don’t you know that dreams remain dreams unless you do something to capture them in your hand.”

“But I do…I write and read all the time, go to classes like I’m supposed to…”

“Class? Charlie really, schools where you hide not venture forth. Oh Lord Charlie you’re such a fool. Such a damn fool! I feel I’m wasting my time with you…and it’s been such a long road helping you.”

“But the lady,” Charlie said. “Remember the lady, the fortune teller, she said I’d make it if I passed the test…”
About the Author:
P.D. Alleva is an author, psychotherapist and hypnotherapist specializing in trauma, addiction and mental health. He is the author of several books, including fiction novels, Indifference and A Billion Tiny Moments In Time…, Seriously Twisted; These Gods of Darkness (Poetry), Let Your Soul Evolve (1st and 2nd ed), and Spiritual Growth Therapy: Philosophy, Practices and Mindfulness Workbook (non-fiction). He has developed behavioral protocols for addiction and mental health and teaches mindfulness, Buddhist meditations and manifestation techniques to his patients as a means and alternative to using pharmaceuticals. Click here to learn more. Mr. Alleva offers a special discount on his video tutorials for his readers, so please use Promo Code 7474 for a special 90% discount. He is currently in private practice with his wife, Lisa. He lives with his wife and children in Boca Raton, Florida.

Guest post:
What is the scariest thing you have witnessed?

Such a loaded question. Every time I turn on the news a shiver of fear runs through my bones. As I’m writing this post another shooting has taken twelve lives, now that’s scary. Frightens me to my core. So does a nation divided and the fact that people are allowing politics to dictate their treatment of others, including friends and family and it scares me right out of my mind. Not that I don’t believe everyone is entitled to speak their mind, but outlandish vengeance over differing belief systems is just outright wrong.

I don’t like to sound pessimistic either, I’ve been called the eternal optimist by people who know me best, but where does this all end? When we get what we want and lick our lips over seeing the other side kowtow under a non-compromising barrel of a gun? Have we ever heard the old saying, Divide and Conquer? It seems that all that’s happening out there in good old America is dividing us to the extent where we’ve lost our ability to not only compromise but to generally be kind and accepting of each other’s opinions and values. Even the dark ages were kinder than the world we’re living in.

The scariest thing I’ve ever witnessed is every time I walk out the door to my house and enter the world. There’s an angry and vengeful vibration out there in the streets and if your tuned into vibrations and particle waves you can feel it. It’s a low vibration, dumbing down the population that doesn’t know any better and only sees red in everything they do. Anger breeds anger and fear is a second cousin to anger. When people are fearful they begin to hate anything outside their way of thought, outside of their belief systems, throwing labels on people that shouldn’t exist. As Yoda says, “Hate leads to suffering.” I’ve seen too much suffering in my life to want any part of it to continue.

I’m a trauma therapist. Having experienced more than a few trauma’s myself drives my purpose to help other people through these life-changing experiences. Scary is a father who molests his daughter, who teaches his son to do the same and gives permission to his son to pimp her out to his friends. That’s frigin scary. In fact its down right evil and evil is the corrupted sinister mind that did the same to the father. Trace it back over time and you’ll find that evil or the devil or demon or imp or whatever we want to call it so evil can be labeled to make ourselves feel better, and you’ll find a never ending pattern of lives spent in hell. What scares me the most is when does it end and does it actually have an end? Only time can tell, until then I’ll keep reaching out helping hands to walk hand in hand hoping to guide the truly suffering to a better place and pray they find the light that can deliver them from evil. The devil is the person who refuses to change knowing they need to. Refusing to accept and walk through the darkness to put down all their sinister actions. If nothing changes nothing changes.

I could have written about any number of truly scary things I’ve witnessed. Ghosts, people battered and beaten right in front me, dark influences or even evil demons attempting to impress evil deeds of sin. I could write about the powerful and corrupt and added conspiracy theories about the controlling industries attempting to turn us into a zombified nation under the thumb of control, however, the world and what we see everyday is scary enough. All the others make for great fiction.

Have the courage to be true to yourself, inserting into the world a healthy, love and compassionate vibration that becomes infectious to all around you. Most people don’t understand what true evil is, we collect and ascertain injustices and take a stance and opinion on what should be done to fix the issue, but when we downright turn our backs against people whom we know have good hearts, we feed into the vibration of hate. When we place labels on people and even label ourselves without any recourse to understanding, compassion and empathy, we become no better than that father whose become blinded to the difference between right and wrong and good and evil. A unified grateful front is a strong line that can’t be broken. If you want to know, see and feel what unity is I highly suggest attending a Pearl Jam concert.

Be kind to each other; show your kids to do the same. Find what makes you happy, truly happy and do no ill will towards yourself, others or society. Live in unity not separation.

Special thank you to All the Ups and Downs for the opportunity.
The author, P.D. Alleva, is giving away a $50 Amazon/Barnes & Noble gift card on his tour to one random winner via Rafflecopter. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour here. Each day you comment on a new stop increases your chance of winning. Good luck!
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Book Blast and Giveaway: Mistletoe in Mayhem (A Whiskey Sisters Anthology) by L.E. Rico

Welcome to my stop on the book blast tour for the contemporary romance boxed set Mistletoe in Mayhem by L.E. Rico. You can check out the rest of the tour here. This book blast was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. I have a great excerpt for you as well as a tour wide giveaway at the bottom of this post. Happy reading!
A Christmas Wedding In Mayhem

You’re cordially invited to the wedding of the century! Please join bride-trying-not-to-be-a-zilla Hennessy O’Halloran and her prince-in-shining-snow-boots as they finally say, “I do.” Unless a rogue wedding planner and a blizzard that takes out the entire Midwest can stop them, these two will get married on Christmas. The town of Mayhem will make sure of it.

A Surprise Baby In Mayhem

The town of Mayhem, Minnesota, is about to have a population explosion…and the Whiskey Sisters are getting more than they expected! While newlyweds Henny and Bryan are anxiously awaiting not one but two little bundles of joy, Jameson and Scott are focusing on planning their own perfect wedding, with only one troublesome toddler in tow. But babies have a way of arriving on their own schedules…and fate has a way of intervening in this quirky hamlet. Now, the couple finds themselves scrambling to beat the clock—and the odds—to their own happily ever after before their unexpected special delivery arrives.

Travel to the quirky town of Mayhem, Minnesota, with these two companion novellas that prove love, and sisterhood, will always save the day.

From Novella 1: Christmas Chaos

I pull her into my arms, reveling in the feel of her soft curves pressed against my chest, and rest my chin atop her blonde head. She buries her face into my sweatshirt.

“Hennessy, honey, you need to stop worrying about all the little details. We’ve come this far and, with the help of a whole lotta people, we’re going to have a beautiful wedding. With or without heat. With or without light. As long as you’re there with me, up at the altar, then nothing else matters,” I murmur into her hair.

She looks up at me with pale blue eyes, brows arched in concern.

“Bryan, I don’t consider heat and light ‘little details.’ And the roads—they’re like ice! How will anyone get here safely? How will we get here safely?”

I sigh and brush the hair back off her forehead.

“Do you have any idea how much I love you?” I ask. “And that’s not a rhetorical question.”

“I think I have some idea,” she replies, the corners of her mouth quirking up a little.

I shake my head.

“No, I don’t think you do. I wanted this wedding to happen fast because I couldn’t wait another day to be married to you. Don’t you see? It doesn’t matter—none of it matters. In the end, it’s just you and me taking a vow before God. It’s not the wedding, Hennessy. It’s the marriage.”

Her eyes study mine for a long moment before she puts a soft hand to my cheek.

“I’ll try to stay calm,” she assures me. “And I do know how much you love me…because that’s how much I love you, too.”

I lean down, my lips finding hers. It’s a beautiful, candlelit moment. Until it’s not.

“Noooooooooo, Mama! Miiiiiiiiiiine!”

Our kiss transforms into a double-sided snort of laughter. We pull away from one another, chuckling. When she opens her mouth to say something, I hold up my index finger to stop her.

“And before you worry about Jax being too young, or too unpredictable, he’s a little detail, too. An incredibly loud, incredibly destructive detail…but a little one, nonetheless.”

“Yeah, well, maybe we should reconsider letting him be the ring bearer,” she says.

“Why? You don’t think he can handle it?”

“Uh, well, you know the plastic bottle cap ring we’re using for practice?”

“Yeah…” I nod, wondering where she’s going with this.

“He just swallowed it.”
About the Author:
L.E. Rico didn’t set out to be an author. In fact, she’s made a name for herself as a classical music radio host—doing her best to make the music and the composers relevant by putting them into a modern context. It was just a few years ago that she discovered a passion for writing that blossomed into an entire novel. And then another. And another. And, while she still spends plenty of time on the radio, telling the stories of the great composers, she spends even more time composing her own great stories.

L.E. Rico will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. Be sure to leave a comment at a different stop on the tour every day to increase your chance of winning. You can find a list of all the stops here. Good luck!
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Book Deal of the Day: The Risky Groom (Last Play Christmas Romances) by Carly Morgan

A football player and the woman who got away! How much would you bet on true love this holiday season?

The generous and seriously hot, Dalton Ruff, wide receiver for the Denver Storm, has had a rough twenty-four hours. Spending time in jail with his teammates a week for Christmas wasn’t on his to do list. But after fellow player and good friend, Will Kent bets him that he can’t find, date, and kiss the woman who got away, he accepts the challenge.

The beautiful and talented, Lydia Landon is newly relocated to the quaint town of Port St. Austen. The fact that it happens to be her ex boyfriend, Dalton’s, hometown doesn’t bother her at all, until she runs smack into his naked chest on the beach and then finds herself at his brother’s house having dinner with his family. When Dalton asks her to go out with him again, she tells him no because there’s NO way they could ever work out. But when he shows up to help out with the Christmas program she’s in charge of…she remembers how determined he is.

After exploring a cave of sea creatures together, unexpectedly discovering the secret acts of service Dalton was doing for a family down on their luck, and finding herself being comforted in Dalton’s arms when she’s attacked by a dangerous stalker, Lydia can’t help but find herself falling for him all over again.

Now they have to make a choice, let the problems of the past keep them apart or give the ultimate sacrifice and get everything they ever wanted.

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Praise for The Risky Groom by Carly Morgan:
This is a refreshing and thoughtful love story with characters that will just steal your heart and lift your spirits with their journey towards true love.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Story Bends by S.D. Henke

Story Bends
Publisher: Pen Name Publishing
Published: October 9, 2018
What if your only escape from death was to meet it half way?

If the voices called on YOU...

Needed YOU...

Brought YOU in between the Bends of time where all faith is lost to those who wait. Your etchings hold the secrets to guide them on their way. Yet, there will be no safe passage if evil finds you first and you have no toll to pay.

I began making my first connections to story in the early days of my childhood. Raised by my mother who ran an in-home daycare was where my imagination could run free and unencumbered. It was a safe zone and I learned from that experience the power of unconditional love. But my story wasn’t always filled with happy ever afters, and I came to understand that there are some sorrows and trauma that are part of all of us. As love and joy are universal, so is pain and suffering. Through the magic and alchemy of story, we can reach farther and heal our wounds.

I started my teaching career nearly 20 years ago and knew from the moment I began that this was my true calling. Teaching was in my bones and so, naturally was the little nip of my conscience for storytelling. I work to build strong, long-lasting relationships with my students. In fact, I began on this path toward a writing career because of the imprint they’ve had on my spirit. What I didn’t know was what the Muse had in store for me as the children I still come into contact with today continue to inspire the stories I write.

My greatest loves are exploring nature and spending time with family and friends. Whether I’m splashing it up on the local reservoirs, rafting down the Poudre River with my husband, two boys, and our dog Sophie, or shaping young minds in my classroom, I consider myself lucky to call Fort Collins, Colorado my home.

Why is research so important for writing?
I consider the research component to writing the structural engineering that binds my stories, particularly my science fiction stories to what readers can comprehend. Then, on another front, I see it as my job to take what I’ve learned and wrap it up into a nice little cozy package (i.e. a book) for my readers as I weave concepts in through dialogue and on scene/sensory details. I’m always surprised by the level of research I end up doing with each individual project, and I’m even more thrilled by the value it brings to my ideas. Research is more often than not, the spark to formulating my best ideas. I am fortunate to thoroughly enjoy the research aspect of writing, but what is equally unfortunate, is that I tend to get derailed from my word count with the inevitability of it taking me down the rabbit hole.

What is the craziest thing you’ve had to research?
What still astounds and amazes me about research are the never ending possibilities and probabilities it provides with reference to explaining inexplicable things in fiction. I’ve been recently working on a project with a character that I needed to explain with regards to her sincere aversion to people and her introverted nature on a high threshold of the spectrum. I came across something from a podcast that took my idea to the next level, and it fit perfectly with one of the key points of the story that entails her more intimate connection with a plant.

I learned about a unique form of synesthesia called Mirror Touch where the part of the brain that is activated normal levels in empathy receptors is overactive and over-stimulated. This scenario exhibits itself as a distinction of trauma in individuals who witness physical accounts of contact and share the experience due to the overactive pleasure or pain centers in their brain. People with this condition actually feel physically the sensation of pain or pleasure they are witnessing because their brain is registering it as their own.

Yikes! And quite brilliant! Even cooler is the fact that it’s real. It spurred a real domino effect for my project and helped me capture with real world terms for what was happening to this character and her experience through the story plot triggers.

How do you create the world you are writing in?
I like to think about the worlds I’m in as chambers. Like little glass spheres or snowballs that you shake and see. I spend time imagining life with the ‘What ifs’ in those realms inside the magic crystal ball. In all reality it feels more like it was already floating in the air, a part of me, or a part of something outside of me. I love how the author of The Courage to Create, Rollo May explains this. He mentions throughout the book how creation and imagination comes to exude its own power, like an energy, frequency, or vibration forming into something intangible made tangible through the act of creation. This ‘taking’ of an idea or image and inviting it into the world so it becomes a mental reality is one way I feel most connected to the universe of my stories.

What steps do you take in drafting an outline?
I have used variant forms of structuring an idea. Only once did I write like a total pantser and although it wasn’t an absolute disaster, I learned how effective a structure can be in saving so much of the revision that can be addressed up front with a plan. The Three Act Structure is one of the core elements I use and I also always refer back to my Plot Perfect reference. I love the use of color coded sticky notes in the early phases of drafting and outlining. I keep large presentation boards of old matting from my studio to chart a story. I formulate the structure in a visual way and that way I can rearticulate and address plot point issues by moving things around or working on elimination or filling plot holes.

What are your top five tips for aspiring authors?
Keep it real. Don’t try to be someone you’re not.

Take your work seriously. Write every day. A word, a sentence, and if you’re lucky, take it further.

Find other writers who love it like you do.

Share your work with others who you trust.

Keep a level head and remember, you are your worst critic and not everyone will appreciate your work. The key is, do you?

Which teacher was your biggest inspiration and why?
As a teacher I get to work with the most amazing human beings to walk this earth! They transcend what it means to give back. My best friend and mentor throughout my career is the teacher who is my biggest inspiration She’s been my own child’s teacher and she’s known me since I started my career twenty years ago. This year happens to be her transition year to retirement, and I don’t exaggerate when I say she is The Child Whisperer. She amazes me each and every day with the way she wields her magic. Children are truly altered for the better by her.

What genre do you most like to write in?
I love the crossover of middle grade and young adult fantasy or science fiction both as a writer and a reader. I love to conceptualize the escape into my imagination. With no barriers, the possibilities are endless. Fantasy always has a certain element of surprise when I’m writing it because it almost feels like it’s writing itself in ways I never dreamed possible. It’s open, it’s free and the moments are rich and they awaken my senses to see things in new ways. I also love writing stories bound by science. I’m a junkie for a scientific journal and essays about anything to do with Quantum realms because to me science is magic.

Is there another genre you are interested in trying out?
I’ve been dabbling with another young adult with a bit more snark and a lot more reality bites. I love writing from a voice of a young emblazoned teen. It’s a voice I held back at one time and when I unleash that voice in me, I have the most fun! It’s been a stretch for me to write in the confines of reality, but with these parameters I’ve been able to focus on the character development more and I think it’s turning out to be a great story.

11/12 Book Inspector Guest Post

11/13 . Just Books Excerpt

11/13 . All the Ups and Downs . Interview

11/14 . YA/NA Book Divas . Excerpt

11/14 . Blunt Book Blog . Review

11/15 . The Faerie Review . Audio Excerpt

11/15 . The Page Unbound Review

11/16 . Rebecca Cahill . Guest Post

11/16 . Jennifer Reads . Review

11/16 . The World of My Imagination . Review

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