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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Einstein's Compass by Grace Allison Blair

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This is my stop during the blog tour for Einstein's Compass by Grace Blair. Read on for more information about the book and a giveaway with 13 prizes! This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 24 till 30 June. See the tour schedule here.



Einstein's Compass coverEinstein's Compass

By Grace Blair

Genre: Time Travel Adventure/ Historical Fiction/ Science Fiction

Age category: Young Adult

Release Date: January 1, 2019



Blurb:

What if young Albert Einstein had a magical compass that inspired his theories of relativity?



In Einstein's Compass: A YA Time Traveler Adventure, a young Albert is given a supernatural compass that allows him to travel through time and space, and find wisdom in other dimensions, including the lost city of Atlantis. But evil forces seek the power of the compass, including a monstrous, shape-shifting dragon from a different age. Can the compass protect Albert from such villainy?

Excerpt:
Excerpt #1 Treasure Hunt:
Johann perked up.  “Hey, did you bring your compass?”
Albert brightened at the question. “Of course, I have my compass. Why?”
“The monks at the brewery have their annual treasure hunt tomorrow. Guys, our age will be competing, and I signed us up. There’ll be a lunch buffet afterward, too,” he added, never one to pass up a good meal. “I bet your compass will give us an edge!”
“Could be,” Albert said thoughtfully. “A treasure hunt, eh? Interesting.”
* * *
A crowd gathered on the east side of the Ammer Lake Holy Mountain. The early morning sun broke over the summit. Five Benedictine Monks passed out papers with instructions to the hunters. The scavenger hunt would begin at nine a.m.
The dark-haired, blue-eyed, thirtyish monk, Dr. Peter Collins, stood on a step stool in his brown monk’s habit. Looking out over the crowd, he cleared his throat, and in a loud, enthusiastic voice shouted, “Good morning everyone! Welcome to our annual scavenger hunt commemorating the feast day of Mary Magdalene. Today you will be seeking replicas of ancient relics in our Monastery, one of which is that of the venerable saint herself.”
Johann surveyed the crowd from the middle of the pack and guessed there were about thirty or so; 15 teams of two boys each, like him and Albert. Albert held the piece of paper they’d been given when they registered.
Johann noticed that the bully, Werner von Wiesel, was at the center of a group of his toadies—boys who sucked up to him because his father, a retired Prussian Army colonel, was considered an “important citizen” of Munich. From Johann’s perspective, Werner was just a spoiled rich kid. But for some reason, he seemed to have it in for Albert. He rarely passed up an opportunity to give Albert a hard time.
As Johann reflected on Werner, the brother continued. “Each team has an instruction sheet with a map of the area. At the bottom of the map, you will see that there is a list of map coordinates and clues that relate to some of the monastery’s the relics.” Then he looked up with a mischievous smirk. “However, to make things interesting, not all coordinates or clues apply to the relics we have placed out for this hunt.”
“How many relics are there, Brother Peter?” Werner wanted to know.
“The monk’s smirk broadened into a grin. “Well, if we told you that, Werner, it would take away some of the fun.” The boys groaned.
“When you find a relic, we want you to write what that relic is next to the clue that hints at it. Do not touch or remove what you find. We want everyone to have a chance to complete the hunt.”
The monk looked down and consulted his notes, then continued his spiel. “When you have located all the relics you can find and noted their locations on your map, bring your entry form to the dining hall. One of our brothers will take it and record the time.”
The abbot  looking very serious said, “Since I’m sure you will have built up quite an appetite on your quest, your team will then proceed to the dining room for a hearty lunch.” He smiled and nodded, allowing the resulting cheer to dissipate.
“The winner will be based on the number of relics you find, the accuracy of your notes on the relics you have identified, and the speed with which you found them.”
“What will I be winning this year, Brother Peter?” Werner haughtily called out.
The monk waited for the catcalls and jeering to stop, then said, “We’re not revealing the prize in advance, Werner, so you’ll just have to wait to find out.”
After the predictable grumbling, the monk asked, “Okay, any questions?”
“Enough talking! Let’s get started!” Werner hollered impatiently. The monk held up his hands and frowned at Werner. “Hold your horses, Werner. We want to make sure everyone knows what they need to know.
Werner scowled and glared, looking threateningly around the room. Many of the boys cringed at Werner’s anger, and no one dared ask a question.
The monk waited, then, hearing no questions, nodded, “Okay then. Gentlemen, you may begin!”
Most of the boys rushed off on the hunt. Werner managed to bump into Albert as he rushed by, nearly knocking him over. “Oops, sorry Einstein,” he sneered insincerely as Albert regained his balance.
Though they were as eager as the rest of the boys to start their search, instead of rushing off aimlessly, Albert and Johann trotted over to the green lawn next to the Monastery’s central walkway and sat down. Albert wanted to approach the hunt rationally. He laid the map on the grass and took out his precious compass.
“What are you going to do with the compass, Albert?” Johann wanted to know.
“I’m not sure, but I felt like it might help us focus on the clues and where we want to go,” he replied as Johann settled himself next to him, watching with interest.  
Albert opened the top of the gem-encrusted compass and set it on the map as he considered the layout. The morning rays were reflecting on the device’s face. Looking at the map and then the topography of the surroundings, Albert tried to determine where they needed to go. He pointed to the map and said, “The first set of coordinates is 47.58 North 11.118 East, but it’s not clear exactly where that is.”
As Albert spoke the coordinates, a beam of violet light suddenly shot out of the compass extending to a point on the map. Both boys gasped in shock. They could not believe what they saw.
Johann gulped and whispered, “What was that?!”
Albert could only stare as the light disappeared. Then he closed his eyes and rubbed his temples as if he was trying to ease an ache. “I have no idea. It’s scientifically not possible.”








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Einstein’s Compass was a finalist for the 13th annual NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARDS. See all the finalists here.



Einstein’s Compass is an Award-Winning Finalist in the Fiction: Young Adult category of the 2019 International Book Awards. See all finalists.



What reviewers have to say about Einstein’s Compass:

"Under Grace Blair and Laren Bright's hands, Einstein's Compass is more than just another time travel story, but one of soul searching, enlightenment, and classic struggles between good and evil. During this journey, young Albert embraces the threat of death and world-changing perspectives. Indeed, Albert will change the world, one day. But the roots of his knowledge and endeavors take a different turn in a riveting fantasy about soul-searching and growth which will keep young adult readers engrossed to the end." ~Midwest Book Reviews Diane Donovan, Senior Editor



"I was impressed with how the authors managed to incorporate the known information on the lost continent of Atlantis, Light Workers, souls, reincarnation, time travel and the early years of Albert Einstein before he became famous, into a mesmerizing work of fiction readers will have difficulty putting down." Doug Simpson, Author of "We Lived In Atlantis"



"I recommend Einstein's Compass as historical fan-fiction, the magic, and fantasy built on top of the factual world of Albert Einstein. Although it is intended for a Young Adult audience, it is well suited to adults who enjoy fictionalized history with a wide-ranging epic theme and a Harry Potter-esque plot. Jacqui Murray, Author of Ask a Tech Teacher



"The extended combination of history and magic was an unexpected mix, which pulled me in from the beginning, captivating me all the way to the surprising ending. This novel takes you from the early childhood of Einstein, which includes an illness that may have contributed to his perspective on the world around him as he grew older. It is refreshing to find a combination of history, religion, and folklore told in such a compelling manner with just the right amounts of magic and suspense. Rox Burkey, Author of The Enigma Series



Albert Einstein was fascinated with time and space from an early age, but what inspired him? Receiving a magical compass from his father, Albert sets off on a journey to learn more than math and science offered to understand even time and space. Unfortunately, an ancient evil from the days of Atlantis also seeks his compass and will stop at nothing to have it. Can the Agents of Light protect Albert from the shape-shifting dragon and help him achieve his destiny, or will he fall prey to the dangers of his day and lose the powerful device before he completes his mission? The combination of science with the supernatural is a winner, and the good vs. evil fight is interesting, making this a good book for YA readers. InD'Tale Magazine, Sarah E Bradley



Einstein's Compass exhibits a solid writing style and dutifully hits Einstein's developmental and educational milestones while weaving in an imaginative backstory and unique antagonists' perspectives. The what if of Albert Einstein developing his landmark scientific theories through the aid of spiritualism and time travel, all the while battling an immortal dragon-person from Atlantis, is certainly a unique concept. Booklife Magazine a division of Publisher's Weekly



Grace BlairAbout the Author:

Grace Allison Blair is an award-winning self-help and motivational author, and podcast host, who has assisted thousands to find their spiritual wisdom to solve everyday challenges.



Throughout her adult life, Grace became a serious student of the spiritual. She found that, often, psychological principles and practices were incomplete, but could be filled out by adding the missing spiritual component. Her approach was always to see practical applications for what she uncovered in the mystical. It was through immersing herself in this field of study and experience that she came up with her idea for her book, Einstein’s Compass.



Grace is a successful award-winning author, modern mystic, wellness consultant, business development advisor, marketing coach, and workshop facilitator. She has faced many life challenges, including a life-threatening disease, and used what she encountered as a stimulus to gain greater happiness and fulfillment.



You can find and contact Grace Blair here:

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- Bookbub

- Goodreads

- Amazon

- Instagram

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Giveaway

There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Einstein’s Compass. These are the prizes you can win:

- 1 signed Einstein’s Compass hat (US Only)

- 1 compass (US Only)

- 5 e-copies of Einstein’s Compass (International)

- 5 audiobook copies of Einstein’s Compass (International)

- 1 Amazon gift card $10 (International)



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Monday, June 3, 2019

My Best Friend Runs Venus by Katrina S. Forest

My Best Friend Runs Venus


This is my stop during the blog tour for My Best Friend Runs Venus by Katrina S. Forest. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 3 till 16 June. See the tour schedule here.



My Best Friend Runs VenusMy Best Friend Runs Venus

By Katrina S. Forest

Genre: Science Fiction

Age category: Middle Grade

Release Date: June 1, 2019



Blurb:

At 12.9 years old, number-obsessed Kade Walker has never heard of death. Literally. But neither has anyone else he knows. Kade is one of hundreds of kids "living" across the solar system through robotic avatars while their real bodies sleep in pods on Earth. Unfortunately, robot bodies can be hacked.



One day during an (innocent!) experiment, Kade unwittingly breaks a major security wall and releases an infamous hacker. The madwoman targets all the royal avatars, including Kade’s best friend, Princess Tamika of Venus.



If Kade and Tamika don’t want to become the hacker’s puppets, they’ve got to stop her fast--even if it means waking up on Earth to fight with bodies they never realized could be hurt.




You can find My Best Friend Runs Venus on Goodreads



You can buy My Best Friend Runs Venus here

Excerpt 1:
It wasn't the first time Kade had hacked the Venusian maintenance system, but it was one of the best. If he had to put a number on it--and there was very little he didn't put a number on--he'd give it a 9.7. He checked the cable leading from his tablet to the blocky computer box embedded in the burnt orange mountainside. Connection: serviceable.

Tamika leaned over to inspect his work. "Hey," she said. "What do you think our real bodies are like?"

Kade tightened his grip on the cable, causing a nearby rock to flicker. The dust around it swirled to match. "I... imagine you look the same, and I look like a person instead of a gargoyle," he said. "But, hey, no complaints. I hear Mercury's princess designed her social companion to be a purple unicorn."

Tamika blushed, and Kade's gaze dropped to his tablet. He knew his human body didn't look anything like his current one--no stony skin, no clawed hands. But he'd been controlling this robotic body all day every day since he was five. Telling him he had a flesh-and-blood body on Earth was like telling him he had a distant cousin on Pluto. A fun but ultimately useless fact.

He flicked his right wing, bringing an overlay of glowing text into view. Ninety-eight more seconds for the code to run. Current time: 17:03:34. He'd checked the time twenty-three seconds ago, but whenever he wasn't reading data, he felt lost. The overseeing adults called it unhealthy. Healthy people could watch a sunset without calculating its luminosity every thirty seconds.

Healthy people sounded boring.

"Kade," Tamika whispered. "Something's coming."

Kade froze and scanned the area. His sensors detected a deep clunk-clunk echoing across Venus's stone-hard surface. Low volume, maybe twenty to thirty decibels. He hoped it was only a patrol robot, but it was coming too quickly, its steps too out of sync for an AI-controlled machine.

Kade rushed through the last of his commands, and a thick metal door appeared in the center of mountainside. They had to do this fast.

Tamika examined the rocky pillars around them while Kade disconnected his tablet and gathered up his gear. The computerized robots would merely escort them home. The adults would question why they were hiding in the middle of nowhere. If he couldn't think of a good excuse--

"It can't be an adult," he muttered. "It can't be. They're already off Venus for the night."

Tamika glanced nervously over her shoulder. "Technically, I think Mr. Johnson had his curfew extended by an hour."

"Seriously?" Kade asked, almost spilling the tablet and cables. "Why didn't you bring this up earlier?"

"You just said to come meet you here! I didn't know you were plotting something!"

"I'm always plotting something!"

Tamika groaned, grabbed him by the arm, and bolted for the mountainside door. With a grunt, she yanked it open, dragging him inside with her. "Close it!" she ordered.

Kade nodded. Now that his program was healthily installed in the local hardware, getting it to do what he wanted was easy. With a few pre-programmed hand gestures, the augmented reality (or AR) he'd worked his butt off to disable came back into place. The door's color changed, looking more and more like the orange rock around it until it blended in completely. The illusion was so perfect, in fact, that even when he stroked it, he couldn't feel the door's edge. Tamika stepped up and ran her brown human-looking hand alongside his clawed gray one. The room's dim lights behind them made long, vague shadows of their arms along the wall.

Beyond the door, the footsteps picked up speed and decibel level until they came to a stop right outside Kade and Tamika's hiding place. They shuffled around a bit, no doubt in complete confusion. Then a man's voice gave a loud huff. There was a thud and a pattering of tiny pebbles against the now-invisible door before the footsteps stomped away again.

Oh, right. Kick the dirt. That's the mature thing to do. Kade threw his hands over his mouth to hold in his laughter. Like any adult could outsmart him. He'd lived his whole life through his bot. Controlling its robotic limbs, even from his sleeping body on Earth, came naturally. Reading its code was like reading a picture book.

To adults, the avatar-bots would never be their "real" bodies. Plugging in to control them would always feel foreign. They'd gotten too used to Earth life.

In other words, they were invaders in Kade's territory. And no matter how much they tried to keep him and Tamika in line, they were always going to lose.







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About the Author:

Katrina S. Forest is a teacher by day, author by any-other-time-she-can-get. Her work has sold to a variety of magazines, ranging from Flash Fiction Online to Highlights to Children. She loves nerdy conventions and believes video games can be a force of creative good instead of evil.



You can find and contact Katrina S. Forest here:

- Website

- Facebook

- Twitter

- Goodreads

- Amazon



Giveaway

There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour for My Best Friend Runs Venus. One winner will win a signed copy of My Best Friend Runs Venus along with a $25 Amazon gift card.



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Thursday, April 11, 2019

My Best Friend Runs Venus by Katrina S. Forest

Today is the cover reveal for My Best Friend Runs Venus by Katrina S. Forest. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours.



My Best Friend Runs VenusMy Best Friend Runs Venus

By Katrina S. Forest

Genre: Science Fiction

Age category: Middle Grade

Release Date: June 1, 2019



Blurb:

At 12.9 years old, number-obsessed Kade Walker has never heard of death. Literally. But neither has anyone else he knows. Kade is one of hundreds of kids "living" across the solar system through robotic avatars while their real bodies sleep in pods on Earth. Unfortunately, robot bodies can be hacked.



One day during an (innocent!) experiment, Kade unwittingly breaks a major security wall and releases an infamous hacker. The madwoman targets all the royal avatars, including Kade’s best friend, Princess Tamika of Venus.



If Kade and Tamika don’t want to become the hacker’s puppets, they’ve got to stop her fast--even if it means waking up on Earth to fight with bodies they never realized could be hurt.




You can find My Best Friend Runs Venus on Goodreads



You can pre-order My Best Friend Runs Venus here



Excerpt:

It wasn't the first time Kade had hacked the Venusian maintenance system, but it was one of the best. If he had to put a number on it--and there was very little he didn't put a number on--he'd give it a 9.7. He checked the cable leading from his tablet to the blocky computer box embedded in the burnt orange mountainside. Connection: serviceable.

Tamika leaned over to inspect his work. "Hey," she said. "What do you think our real bodies are like?"

Kade tightened his grip on the cable, causing a nearby rock to flicker. The dust around it swirled to match. "I... imagine you look the same, and I look like a person instead of a gargoyle," he said. "But, hey, no complaints. I hear Mercury's princess designed her social companion to be a purple unicorn."

Tamika blushed, and Kade's gaze dropped to his tablet. He knew his human body didn't look anything like his current one--no stony skin, no clawed hands. But he'd been controlling this robotic body all day every day since he was five. Telling him he had a flesh-and-blood body on Earth was like telling him he had a distant cousin on Pluto. A fun but ultimately useless fact.

He flicked his right wing, bringing an overlay of glowing text into view. Ninety-eight more seconds for the code to run. Current time: 17:03:34. He'd checked the time twenty-three seconds ago, but whenever he wasn't reading data, he felt lost. The overseeing adults called it unhealthy. Healthy people could watch a sunset without calculating its luminosity every thirty seconds.

Healthy people sounded boring.

"Kade," Tamika whispered. "Something's coming."

Kade froze and scanned the area. His sensors detected a deep clunk-clunk echoing across Venus's stone-hard surface. Low volume, maybe twenty to thirty decibels. He hoped it was only a patrol robot, but it was coming too quickly, its steps too out of sync for an AI-controlled machine.

Kade rushed through the last of his commands, and a thick metal door appeared in the center of mountainside. They had to do this fast.

Tamika examined the rocky pillars around them while Kade disconnected his tablet and gathered up his gear. The computerized robots would merely escort them home. The adults would question why they were hiding in the middle of nowhere. If he couldn't think of a good excuse--

"It can't be an adult," he muttered. "It can't be. They're already off Venus for the night."

Tamika glanced nervously over her shoulder. "Technically, I think Mr. Johnson had his curfew extended by an hour."

"Seriously?" Kade asked, almost spilling the tablet and cables. "Why didn't you bring this up earlier?"

"You just said to come meet you here! I didn't know you were plotting something!"

"I'm always plotting something!"

Tamika groaned, grabbed him by the arm, and bolted for the mountainside door. With a grunt, she yanked it open, dragging him inside with her. "Close it!" she ordered.

Kade nodded. Now that his program was healthily installed in the local hardware, getting it to do what he wanted was easy. With a few pre-programmed hand gestures, the augmented reality (or AR) he'd worked his butt off to disable came back into place. The door's color changed, looking more and more like the orange rock around it until it blended in completely. The illusion was so perfect, in fact, that even when he stroked it, he couldn't feel the door's edge. Tamika stepped up and ran her brown human-looking hand alongside his clawed gray one. The room's dim lights behind them made long, vague shadows of their arms along the wall.

Beyond the door, the footsteps picked up speed and decibel level until they came to a stop right outside Kade and Tamika's hiding place. They shuffled around a bit, no doubt in complete confusion. Then a man's voice gave a loud huff. There was a thud and a pattering of tiny pebbles against the now-invisible door before the footsteps stomped away again.

Oh, right. Kick the dirt. That's the mature thing to do. Kade threw his hands over his mouth to hold in his laughter. Like any adult could outsmart him. He'd lived his whole life through his bot. Controlling its robotic limbs, even from his sleeping body on Earth, came naturally. Reading its code was like reading a picture book.

To adults, the avatar-bots would never be their "real" bodies. Plugging in to control them would always feel foreign. They'd gotten too used to Earth life.

In other words, they were invaders in Kade's territory. And no matter how much they tried to keep him and Tamika in line, they were always going to lose.




About the Author:

Katrina S. Forest is a teacher by day, author by any-other-time-she-can-get. Her work has sold to a variety of magazines, ranging from Flash Fiction Online to Highlights to Children. She loves nerdy conventions and believes video games can be a force of creative good instead of evil.



You can find and contact Katrina S. Forest here:

- Website

- Facebook

- Twitter

- Goodreads

- Amazon



Saturday, April 6, 2019

Crossline By Russ Colchamiro



This is my stop during the blog tour for Crossline by Russ Colchamiro. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 18 March till 7 April. See the tour schedule here.



CrosslineCrossline

By Russ Colchamiro

Genre: Science Fiction/ Space Opera

Age category: Adult



Blurb:

Perfect for fans of Firefly, Flash Gordon, Stargate, and Escape from New York...



Hotdog pilot Marcus Powell has been selected to test Taurus Enterprises' Crossline prototype craft and its newly developed warp thrusters, which, if successful, will revolutionize space travel as we know it.



But during his jaunt across the stars, Powell is forced into a parallel universe -- including a parallel Earth -- where he finds himself at the center of an epic battle he may have been destined for all along.



Meanwhile, back home, reclusive oil tycoon and Taurus CEO Buddy Rheams Jr. -- who sent Powell on that very mission -- has a mysterious past and a secret agenda, one that could prevent Powell from ever making it back to his wife and little girl.


From author Russ Colchamiro, Crossline is a psychedelic, action-packed romp across time, space, and dimension that asks the question: once you cross the line, can you ever really go back?




You can find Crossline on Goodreads



You can buy Crossline here on Amazon

Excerpt #2:
An open-air man, Powell had been to cities. To Houston, and Denver, and San Francisco that one time for his cousin’s bachelor party. But there was something about the city ahead that made him shudder. It reminded him of his few trips to New York, that city that never sleeps. If you could make it there, the saying went, you could make it anywhere, and maybe even if that was true, Powell never understood why anyone would want to make it there, even if they could.
Powell had that rush he would get on the road to the launch pad. The pre-flight butterflies that caused his chest to tighten, his face to go flush, and the taste of adrenaline to coat his mouth, down to his teeth and gums. The difference between now and then was just so very small, but even if for just a few seconds, that intense queasiness would make him question in a shameful, shaky handed way if he knew what the hell he was doing, and consider that maybe he’d be better off hauling ass in the opposite direction and skipping out on the whole damn thing.
But then the intensity of the panic subsided—the urgency of the present snapping him back from his fears of a worst pos- sible future, one that would require him to confront the demon at the gates. He steadied himself, because like his father told him: Nerves only mean you ain’t completely stupid. Get over it, boy. There’s work to be done. The clarity and confidence of his father’s voice resonated more than ever. 






Russ ColchamiroAbout the Author:

Russ Colchamiro is the author of the rollicking space adventure, Crossline, the zany SF/F backpacking comedy series Finders Keepers: The Definitive Edition, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, and is editor of the new SF anthology Love, Murder & Mayhem, all with Crazy 8 Press.



Russ lives in New Jersey with his wife, two ninjas, and crazy dog Simon, who may in fact be an alien himself. Russ has also contributed to several other anthologies, including Tales of the Crimson Keep, Pangaea, Altered States of the Union, Camelot 13, TV Gods 2, They Keep Killing Glenn, Camelot 13, and Brave New Girls.



He is now working on the first novel in a new series featuring his hardboiled private eye Angela Hardwicke, and the first of three collaborative novella projects.



Russ is repped by The Zack Compnay.



For more on and Russ’s books, you can visit www.russcolchamiro.com, follow him on Twitter @AuthorDudeRuss, and ‘like’ his Facebook author page www.facebook.com/RussColchamiroAuthor.



You can find and contact Russ Colchamiro here:

- Website

- Facebook

- Twitter

- Goodreads

- Amazon



Giveaway

There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Crossline. These are the prizes you can win:

- one physical copy of Crossline by Russ Colchamiro (US Only)

- three e-copies of Crossline by Russ Colchamiro (INT)



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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Louisiana Latte by Rebecca Henry

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Louisiana Latte by Rebecca Henry. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 25 till 31 March. See the tour schedule here.



Louisiana LatteLouisiana Latte

By Rebecca Henry

Genre: Chick Lit Comedy

Age category: Adult

Release Date: 28 February 2019



Blurb:

Deb hadn't flown in over 20 years. In 1989, at the age of 22, Deb was enrolled at Griffiss Airforce Base to become a commercial pilot. Somewhere between dating her yuppie fiancé and planning their wedding in Chicago, Deb developed claustrophobia, a fear of enclosed spaces. I blame the yuppie. Deb couldn't get on a plane for love that day, but she could do it twenty years later for money. Money was worth dying for.




You can find Louisiana Latte on Goodreads



You can buy Louisiana Latte here:

- Amazon

- Bookdepository

- Austin Macauley Publisher



Rebecca HenryAbout the Author:

Rebecca is the author of The Lady Raven A Dark Cinderella Tale, and her latest novel, Louisiana Latte, a chick lit comedy. Rebecca Henry is also a world traveler, living abroad. She is a serious vegan, gardener, crafter, and practices yoga.



You can find and contact Rebecca Henry here:

- Website

- Goodreads



Giveaway

There is a tour wide giveaway for the book blitz of Louisiana Latte. One winner will win a swag bag. US Only.



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Friday, February 22, 2019

The Jade Rebellion by Alanna Mackenzie

The Jade Rebellion


This is my stop during the blog tour for The Jade Rebellion by Alanna Mackenzie. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 18 February till 3 March. See the tour schedule here.



The Jade Rebellion bannerThe Jade Rebellion (The Jade Chronicles #1)

By Alanna Mackenzie

Genre: Science Fiction/ Fantasy

Age category: Young Adult

Release Date: 1 May, 2018



Blurb:

A reckoning. A rebellion. The worlds of artificial intelligence and ancient magic collide.



Crystal City glistens with diamonds, but its dazzling beauty comes at a deadly price. The capital of Khalendar thrives on a steady supply of gemstones from the neighboring Barrens, a colony of the Empire.



Walter Saltanetska translates AI code for the Khalendar government, helping to breathe life into the ambitious vision of the AI Masters. When Walter discovers a terrible secret which could destroy the life of his lover, Elaine, he decides to tell her despite strict orders to keep what he translates confidential.



What begins as a catastrophe eventually grows into a rebellion. Elaine is taken captive by the AI Masters, and Walter must do everything in his power to rescue her. He starts his quest with a single goal in mind, finding Elaine, but along the way Walter discovers that saving her is only a small part of his destiny. During his travels, he encounters a long-lost relative, a warrior matriarch, and a mystical kingdom forgotten to time. Yet Walter's true journey occurs not in physical space, but the captivating depths of his mind.



An inventive blend of dystopian science-fiction and fantasy, the Jade Rebellion explores whether we can overcome technological determinism by preserving history, nature, spirituality, and ultimately, our humanity.


You can find The Jade Rebellion on Goodreads



You can buy The Jade Rebellion here:

- Amazon

- B&N

- Booktopia

Excerpt:
Excerpt 2

Mariner’s Cove was a pristine beach surrounded by high limestone cliffs, and its unspoiled natural beauty contrasted starkly with the concrete towers of Crystal City. In the summertime, it was filled with people from all walks of life. Situated at the southern border between Crystal City and the Stockyards, the cove was one of the few places in Khalendar where elites and working-class folk mingled freely without any conflict. Between late fall and early spring, the beach was generally deserted, frequented only by cormorants, gulls, and the occasional albatross. It was the perfect place for meditation and reflection, if you didn’t mind the biting cold of the westerly winds and the crashing sound of the waves as they collided violently with the shore.
As soon as Walter’s interview was over he went to Mariner’s Cove, eager to soothe the fierce pounding in his head and to bring his rapid heart rate back down to normal levels. He sat down against a log near the water’s edge, and only after he had settled in did he realize that he was not alone; a girl was sitting on the other side of his log, reading quietly. Walter surveyed the silvery blue expanse of ocean stretched out beneath the horizon. In clear weather, it was possible to spot the northern tip of Scarlet Isle from Mariner’s Cove, but on that day the island was blanketed in an impenetrable shroud of mist.
Walter had made a game out of counting ships in the harbor, and it was one of his favorite beach pastimes. Identifying ships was more complicated in unruly weather, however, and on days when a dense shroud of mist and fog blanketed the harbor. The vessels were partially hidden beneath the shroud, their prows and masts modestly exposing themselves like timid maidens peeking through their wedding veils. Walter struggled to count the ships accurately, and his failure irritated him. He had always been proud of his own precision, but that quality also made him slightly obsessive and hard on himself.
The fog was growing heavier, and several ominous-looking clouds were rolling in toward the shore. Walter recalled their name from science class: cumulus. It sounded thick and heavy, like sludge. He gazed at them indifferently, confident that the clouds would not reach him and that he could relax at the beach for a few more hours, lazily curing his exhaustion. Yet he also knew how terrible thunderstorms at Mariner’s Cove could become; they had acquired a sort of legendary status throughout Khalendar. During a storm, waves would climb higher and higher as towering sheets of water assaulted the shore. When the waves broke, they would crash ferociously upon the rocky beach, erupting into dazzling geysers of foam and froth. The thunder would echo and bounce off of the limestone cliffs of the cove, saturating the beach with sound and fury. While it was a beautiful sight to behold, it was also quite dangerous. Many lives had been claimed through such thunderstorms, and Crystal City’s law enforcement agents had taken to reprimanding anyone who stayed at the cove during the storms.
After the immense challenge Walter had recently undergone, however, it seemed as though he could conquer anything; nothing appeared dangerous or daunting to him anymore. Adrenaline pumped through his veins still, even though its force was waning and was gradually being replaced by the desire to sleep. A vague thought nonetheless stirred within him: that the girl sitting behind him was facing the opposite direction of the oncoming storm, and was likely completely unaware of its approach.






Alanna MackenzieAbout the Author:

Alanna Mackenzie lives in Vancouver, Canada. She holds degrees in History, French studies, and Law from the University of British Columbia. An environmentalist at heart, she believes in using the law as a tool for social and environmental change. When she is not pursuing that passion, she can be found brainstorming the next chapter in her novels, playing Irish fiddle tunes on the violin, and hiking West Coast trails.



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Sunday, February 10, 2019

The Tempted Series by B Truly

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This is my stop during the book blitz for The Tempted Series by B Truly. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 28 January till 10 February. See the tour schedule here.



Temptation Trials RevolutionTemptation Trials Revolution (The Tempted Series #1)

By B Truly

Genre: Dystopian Romance

Age category: New Adult

Release Date: July 13, 2018



Blurb:
There are always two sides to a story. Can love withstand the ultimate temptation?



A new Regime has arisen from the havoc and destruction of World War III.



Society now has to follow the strict mandates, reign under the dictatorship of His Highest Eminence or suffer the consequences.



Tobias and Kincade are part of a cryptic organization that’s trying to uncover the secrets behind the Regime. Something is suspicious with the new world order—why else would they want to control the most powerful emotion of love? With mandatory arranged marriages at the age of twenty-one, the only way to fight for love is through the Temptation Trials—a government-sponsored reality TV show.



Kincade and Tobias know the rules, but after they meet the women of their dreams, they face a difficult decision. With their impending birthdays around the corner, the guys have to decide if they will bend to the Regime’s will or fight for their relationships.



Lust, mistaken for love, will lead down a treacherous path. They soon learn that the spirit may be willing, but the flesh is weak.



Can love redeem them or is lust too tempting?



This book can be read before or after Temptation Trials Part I. Find out the guy’s POV in a new story that unravels through the Trials.




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Temptation Trials RebellionTemptation Trials Rebellion (The Tempted Series #2)

By B Truly

Genre: Dystopian Romance

Age category: New Adult

Release Date: November 30, 2018



Blurb:

Can love defeat the greatest temptation ... lust?



In a post-apocalyptic nation where the land of the free is now run under a dictatorship, there is one factor that holds the key to keeping world order—love. The new Regime controls the emotions of the heart. It’s their most vital law. At the age of twenty-one, every citizen is forced into an arranged marriage. The only way to escape the arrangement is to enter the Temptation Trials—a government-sponsored reality TV show where the loyalties of the contestants are tested by Tempters and Temptresses who are impossible to resist.



Catalina enters the Trials as a Temptress in hopes that she can win the funds to save her brother. Sahara’s been ridiculed in the eyes of the public. By being a Temptress, she’ll be able to have a fresh start. The Regime promises that if she fulfills her role on the show they will wipe her slate clean.



The problem is that the Trials are rigged for failure. In all the prior seasons, love’s rival, lust, has proven to be more powerful. No contestant has ever won the Temptation Trials and be allowed to stay with their chosen partner. Lutheran Eminence, the world’s dictator, has shown that he’s the ultimate matchmaker.



As the Temptation Ball approaches, conflict is at an all-time high. Most couples are too hurt by betrayal to reconcile. With the odds stacked against them, Kincade and Tobias try to mend their relationships, hoping that the greater good will prevail.



Attempting to uncover the true meaning of love may cost the contestants more than they bargained for—it may cost their souls.




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Excerpt:


Chapter 13 (Excerpt #5)



Cat, Mariel, and Sahara were lounging at the pool. Mariel was swimming, and the other two women were on loungers. Across the pool, Mariel spied Zimmerman and a camera guy coming toward Sahara and Cat. They hadn’t seen them, so Mariel swam toward them quickly to give them a heads up. By this point, everyone knew if they saw him to run for the hills. He wasn’t coming to bring them bubbles and popcorn.
“Eleven o’ clock, a snake is about to strike,” Mariel told them.
Zimmerman was a couple feet away. Cat’s eyes were closed, as she was trying to catch a tan.
Sahara tried to warn her. “Cat! Come on, quick.” She dived into the pool, swimming to the other side.
Cat wasn’t fast enough. By the time her lids opened, and she spotted what Sahara was warning her about, it was too late. Zimmerman was by her side. His compadre had the camera in her face. She stood up quickly, but they only inched closer.
“Good afternoon, Ms. Diaz,” Zimmerman greeted.
“Hello.…” Cat answered, warily.
“I won’t hold you long. I just stopped by to chat.”
Her eyes grew large. “About what?”
“Nothing to fear. Just some standard questions.” Zimmerman winked. “How are things with you and Mr. Courcier?”
“We’re friends.”
She jumped when he let out his monkey-hyena laugh. “From the looks of it, you two must be good friends, then.”
Cat blushed. Gathering herself, she came back with. “Well, looks can be deceiving.”
“Ah, I love your wittiness, Ms. Diaz. But on this reality show, what you see is normally what you get.”
“Maybe so,” was all she could come up with.
Zimmerman was just getting his hands dirty. “Do you think that Kincade and Cali are meant to be together?”
“It’s evident that they love each other.” Cat shrugged. “Only time will tell if they are meant to be.”
“Fair enough, Ms. Diaz, but do you feel that she is worthy of him? A little birdie told me that Cali doesn’t think very highly of you.”
Excuse me?
Zimmerman loved to stir the pot—common sense told Cat that. She didn’t have proof Cali had talked smack about her, and even if she had, who could blame her? She realized then how deep her feelings were for Cade—the green-eyed monster veered its ugly head. Cat had never been jealous over a guy before, and she didn’t handle it well.
Poking out her lips, she replied to his question, “Cali is unworthy of Kincade. I mean, she entered the Trials for what, to cheat on her man?” Cat was being a hypocrite. She and Cade had cheated also, but he’d struck a nerve.
Zimmerman shook his head, and then the bastard had the nerve to say, “Well, in all fairness to Cali, she’s not the only one cheating.”
This guy was a nut-job. He must have at least three different personalities scurrying around in his head—happy-go-lucky, jolly the two-faced hypocrite, and playing the piper. Cat could only gape at him. What could she possibly say? He’d called her on her shit. A huge smile was plastered across his face. Obviously satisfied with what he’d gotten, Zimmerman and his cameraman left.
Cat became frustrated with herself. Now they’d have more gossip to air. She had learned that the Regime didn’t rig the footage they aired, but they would cut some of the conversations, switch them around, or what Zimmerman had done—play a person for a fool. Sahara eased over to her, as Cat pouted on the lounger.
“Hey, don’t feel bad,” Sahara told her.
“How can I not? I played right into his hands.” Cat blew out her breath. “Zimmerman lured me with the bait, and then when I took it, he made me look like an idiot.”
“The jerk played with my feelings, doing the same thing. I fell for it, too.” Sahara shook her head. “He knows just the right buttons to push.”
“I should have been quicker on my feet like you and jumped into the pool.”
“Sorry I burned off on you. After how he did me last time, I acted fast. I refuse to let him corner me again.”
“Well, in all fairness like he said, you did try to warn me.” Cat rolled her eyes, and then giggled at her own joke.
Sahara laughed also. “It’s definitely better to joke it off.”
Mariel swam over to them. “Yeah, don’t sweat it, Cat. Guy’s a real tool. If you looked up his name up in the dictionary, it’s not, Thelonious Zimmerman, it’s, ‘Biggest Asshole of the Century.’”
The girls burst out laughing, and Cat was feeling better. She hated that this place was bringing out a side to her that she didn’t even know existed—a bitter, jealous side. No one was perfect, but she didn’t like being angry or resentful. If Cat was being honest with herself, she wanted what Cali and Cade had. Was she being unfair?
Love did require sacrifice. She cared about Kincade enough that she wanted him to be happy. She didn’t want to sabotage his relationship. If Cade did end up choosing her, Cat wanted it to be of his own accord—not to feel like he’d been backed against a wall.
What she’d said was true—only time would tell how the future would turn out.













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B TrulyAbout the Author:

B. Truly has wanted to be an author since she was fifteen years old and is grateful to have accomplished this dream. She has very vivid dreams and a wild imagination. She likes to read, watch tons of TV shows, and movies. She’s addicted to romance and gets a thrill out of action and sci-fi. She writes New Adult and Adult, Romance. Sci-fi, Dystopian, and Paranormal genres.



B. Truly likes to explore different elements of sci-fi romance, and create various realms of reality. She also loves creating impossible situations for her characters to grow from and try to overcome.



B. Truly has three wonderful children and a husband who defines the person that she is today. She works full-time as an Ultrasound technologist in Houston, Texas.



You can find and contact B Truly here:

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