Thursday, June 6, 2019

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Raven's Cove (An Iconoclast Thriller Book 1) by Mary Ann Poll

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Raven's Cove by Mary Ann Poll. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have a spooky guest post for you as well as a creepy excerpt. There's also a tour wide giveaway. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more guest posts, excerpts, author interviews, reviews, and more. Enjoy!
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Title: Raven's Cove
Series: An Iconoclast Thriller Book 1
Author: Mary Ann Poll
Publisher: Publication Consultants
Publication Date: March 1st 2019
Genre: Supernatural Thriller
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Welcome to Ravens Cove, Alaska, a tiny town nestled in a small hollow on the majestic Cook Inlet. A town familiar with storytelling—after all, Alaska abounds in rich legends. In Ravens Cove, though, legends have a tendency to come to life.

Meet Josiah Williams, the peculiar stranger whose warning to lifetime residents Kat Tovslosky and her cousin, Sheriff Bart Andersen, raises more questions than answers; a man whose dark past and knowledge of the murders make him a suspect more than an ally. Join Kat and Bart as an unlikely troop forms (including a very unwelcome FBI agent) to discover the identity of a killer. The unearthing of which will throw the reluctant warriors into a battle for their very lives and the lives of all who call Ravens Cove home.

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EXCERPT:
Ken and Bart started up Main, the group falling in a few steps behind.

Bart turned. “Not you. This is way too dangerous.”

“This is too dangerous for us not to join you,” Josiah answered.

The group turned eyes on Bart and Ken.

“Legend or not, in good conscience, I cannot let you come along. How am I going to know I’m doing my job, when the two most important women in my life,” Bart looked from Kat to Grandma Bricken, “would be heading right into the path of possible life-ending danger?”

“And how, Bartholomew, could I live with myself if I allowed my most beloved great-nephew to walk into definite spiritual death?”

A death scream ruptured the night’s silence. It came from the direction of the ravine.

“That was no animal,” Kat said.

Grandma’s head shot up to Bart. She stared into his eyes. “We will be accompanying you tonight, Bartholomew Anderson!” She clutched her cane and started for the ravine.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I’m Mary Ann Poll, America’s Lady of Supernatural Thrillers and charter member of Author Masterminds. The first question most people ask is, “What is an Iconoclast?” Iconoclast means, “The destroyer of religious beliefs or symbols.” I took this definition and applied it to the supernatural realm, which is how the Iconoclast Thriller series was born. My books revolve around the battle between good and evil. They also revolve around the heroic acts of ordinary people who must face extraordinary, even unbelievable, circumstances.

I draw from real-life experiences, as well as my imagination, to create these supernatural thrillers. My love for a creepy, goosebump-creating ghost story and my love for Christ come together in these books.

I am a proud pet lover, which is also reflected in my writing. In my off time, I enjoy gardening, swimming and spending time with beloved family.

I pray you enjoy reading Raven's Cove as much as I enjoyed writing it. Blessings in Christ!

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GUEST POST:
Have you ever found yourself in a spooky situation? If so, what happened? If not, would you want to be? Why or why not?

Yes. I have been in a few spooky situations. The most recent was during an innocent dinner out at The Catfish Plantation in Waxahachie, Texas. The Catfish Plantation is a restaurant housed in an 1895 Victorian-era home. Purportedly haunted. Documented in The Dead Files and other paranormal investigation groups. I was sitting in the front dining room. There were about 5 loud knocks on the wall next to me. So loud, I asked my son, "Who would be knocking like that on the other side of this wall?" He shrugged and now tells me he doesn't remember hearing it. The odd part of this is neither my son nor my husband heard the knock. It was clear as day to me. Then, I heard a whisper in a male voice. It wasn't anyone at my table. To let you know, I've been to this restaurant before. Nothing ever happened. I wasn't nervous or expecting an experience. When I realized what happened, after I was home, I became a little nervous. I haven’t been back since. Haha.

No, I don’t want to be in a spooky situation. I have had my share, and I don’t believe seeking out ghosts is wise. That said, I wouldn’t write what I do without some personal experience of the spirit world.
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GIVEAWAY:
Mary Ann Poll will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. Be sure to leave a comment at a different stop each day to increase your chance of winning. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

56 comments:

  1. I appreciate you taking the time to give us a great book description and giveaway as well. Thank you so much!

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  2. love the cover!

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  3. All the Ups and Downs: Thank you so much for being a part of this virtual book tour and hosting me!

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  4. Hello, Edye Nicole and whitearcticwolffie: Thank you both for the posivie comments. Always appreciated.

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  5. Thought I'd share a coincidence with this post: I am actually going back to The Catfish Plantation tonight. As I said, I haven't been back since my 'experience.' At the request of our son, though, we are going tonight. What a mom won't do for her kid. Haha. Wish me luck!

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  6. I would love to read your book and I love your cover.

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    1. Hello, Bridgett. Thank you. I loved developing the cover - for Ravens Cove and all the others, too. I pray you get a chance to read it. It's available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and many other sites. It's also available on Audible as an audiobook. Thanks again for your wonderful comments.

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    1. Thank you, Rita. Hope you'll take a chance and get a copy. It was fun to write; rewriting it was even more challenging and fun. The second edition has new scenes, same story, just a bit better :).

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  8. looks like a fun one

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    1. Daniel M: Thank you! What a great comment.

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  9. The cover is haunting, sounds like a good book.

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    1. Hello, Julie: If you think it is haunting, the cover is doing exactly what we'd hoped for. You can always preview the book on Amazon or www.authormasterminds.com/mary-ann-poll. Thank you much.

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  10. This book sounds like an awesome read.

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    1. Thank you! If you enjoy supernatural thrillers, you will probably find this fits :). Again, thanks so much.

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  11. Nice cover sounds like a good book.

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind, positive comment!

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  12. The story sounds spooky and awesome! I love it!

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    1. I'm told it's definitely a spooky, creepy read. Exactly what I wanted it to be. Thank you so much.

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  13. This sounds like such a good read! Im excited for it.

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    1. Let me know what you think after you read it. You can always get me through my website or maryann@maryannpoll.com Thanks so much!

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    1. This tour is cool. It's so fun to see your comment. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind comment. :)

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  16. Sounds like things are a thrill a minute up there on Cook Inlet.

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    1. In the fictional town of Ravens Cove, on the Cook Inlet, they are definitely on their toes. Thanks for the smile.

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    1. Thanks, Nancy. It is a fun cover. I actually wrote about its creation for another blog post. I'm going to put it on my personal website blog shortly. You might enjoy the read. Again, thank you!

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  18. Michelle CatalloJune 6, 2019 at 8:05 PM

    Pet lover: What type of pets do you have?

    Love the artwork and title

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    1. Hi, Michelle: I have four fur babies: two cats and two dogs shelties. They are delightful and bring such joy to all I do.

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  19. The book sounds interesting, thank you. :)

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    1. Thank you, for the kind comment, Deb. If you enjoy supernatural thrillers, then it is unique and interesting - or so I've heard :).

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  20. The cover, blurb, and excerpt are all so interesting - makes me want to know more!

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    1. We loved creating the cover. I'm thrilled it does what it is supposed to do. I appreciate all your kind comments. You can always read a preview on Amazon or at www.authormasterminds.com/mary-ann-poll Thanks again.

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  21. I am such a fan of Mary Ann Poll. I know I will enjoy this book, and I can't wait to read it.

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    1. Thank you, Audrey Stewart. Your comment made my day!

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  22. I am captivated by the cover and blurb. Adding this to my TBR list.

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    1. Wonderful, Veronica Lee. I would love to hear from you, too. You can always email me at maryann@maryannpoll.com

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  23. Love the cover! What inspired you to write this book?

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    1. Thanks for the kind comment about the cover. I do love it, too.
      I am more surprised than anyone that I became an author. In 1998 a disc ruptured in my neck, leaving me unable to continue in my career in administration. It took a couple of years to heal. The journey to writing and publishing was full of trips down other paths – going back to work time and again to make the almighty dollar and avoid the emotions and mental weariness of writing. I took courses, joined online chat groups and talked about writing until I was blue in the face. I finally accepted the desire to write a book was not going away. It took twelve years to summon the courage to write and complete Ravens Cove.

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  24. Very interesting cover, adds to the feel of the book.

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    1. Thanks much for taking time to comment. It really encourages me.

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  25. This has a great cover and is one of my favorite genres. Sounds so good.

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    1. Thank you. I pray you get a chance to read it. It's on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other sites, too. It is also in audiobook format through audible. Thank you again

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  26. If you could write in another genre, which would it be?

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    1. Great question, Victoria. I'd stick close to this genre. My second love is a good mystery. So, that is what I'd write.

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  27. Your book cover looks so mysterious!

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  28. Your book cover looks intriguing.

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  29. I liked the excerpt, and I am looking forward to reading this story.

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    1. Thank you! I pray you enjoy the book. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at maryann@maryannpoll.com

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