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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Homicide: Party of Twelve by Michael Bronte

 


Homicide: Party of Twelve
by Michael Bronte
Genre: Suspense, Thriller


Homicide: Party of Twelve takes us to Jersey City where the boss of Chez Alain restaurant has just been gunned down in a drive by shooting. Frankie Fortunato, a hardworking server, moves up to become the new manager. New Jersey State Police Detective, Matt Klimecki, catches the case and leans heavily on the restaurant's employees to help solve it, including Frankie and his girlfriend, Gabby D'Angelo, who also works at Chez Alain. The plot twists and turns as Frankie struggles to please the owners and reopen the restaurant, while also dealing with the opposing forces of gun-running criminals and the authorities who are trying to catch them.




Michael Bronte is a graduate of Union College in Schenectady, New York, and George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and lives with his wife in New Jersey. "All of the heroes in my novels are everyday people," says Bronte. "Any of them could by your next door neighbor. None of us really know what we're capable of until the time comes for us to reach beyond the boundaries of our everyday lives. Remarkable feats of courage are performed all around us. It's amazing."

As a young teenager I remember reading paperback mysteries under a huge oak tree outside my parents’ neighborhood grocery store in Dalton, Massachusetts, a small town located in the heart of the Berkshires. I can recall pulling a book from the rack and getting locked in to those novels as the fragrant summer breeze of Berkshire County tried to turn the page before I was done reading it. I don’t know why, but I was greatly affected by a book titled The Fan Club, by Irving Wallace. When I was done reading it, I can still recall thinking that someday I’d be able to write a book like that on my own; I knew I could do it.

Well, the idea stayed dormant for over thirty years while I did what I thought I should have been doing for a living (looking back, it all seems so trivial sometimes) until I rekindled by infatuation with writing novels. Now, may years later, and many mistakes and failures later, there are nine Michael Bronte novels available. They are: The Dealership, Presidential Risk, Porchball, Call Me Crash, The Tenth Caller, Lost Friday, The Brothers, The Handyman, and the newest Michael Bronte novel, Homicide: Party of Twelve




Follow the tour HERE for special content and a giveaway!

$15 Amazon Giftcard, 
ebook of choice from Michael Bronte 
– 1 winner each 
 




Grow! by Karl Beckstrand

 



Grow! How We Get Food from Our Garden
Food Books for Kids Book 3
by Karl Beckstrand
Genre: Children's Book


A black child and grandfather till, plant, and harvest fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs, and grains in a colorful picture book. This tongue twister for children ages 4 – 7 (preschool – 2nd grade) includes online tips for starting your own garden.
Kids love to see things grow. Learn basic gardening and find the animals (revealed in online extras). 325 dyslexic-friendly words by award-winning author and media professor Karl Beckstrand (She Doesn’t Want the Worms: A Mystery [English-Spanish]



Media professor Karl Beckstrand is the bestselling and award-winning author/illustrator of 23 multicultural/multilingual books and more than 60 ebook titles (reviews by Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus, School Library Journal, The Horn Book, ForeWord Reviews). Raised in San Jose, CA, he has a B.A. in journalism from BYU, an M.A. in international relations from APU, and a broadcast/film certificate from Film A. Academy. Since 2004 he has run Premio Publishing. His survival western, To Swallow the Earth, won a 2016 International Book Award. Beckstrand has presented to Taiwan's Global Leadership for Youth, city and state governments, festivals, and schools. His nationally lauded Y.A. stories, ebook mysteries, nonfiction, Spanish/bilingual/ESL, wordless, career, and STEM books feature ethnically diverse characters--and usually end with a twist.



Follow the tour HERE for special content and a giveaway!

$15 Amazon giftcard – 1 winner,
ebook of Bad Bananas: A Story Cookbook for Kids - 20 winners! 


Sandra's Book Club

 


Are you a reader that likes free books? Do you show your love for books? Ever wonder how many books you can read in a given time? Then join our book club!

Our book club is a group of readers that read and review books by participating authors in our program. The Reader Giveaway will be a race to see which reader can read and review the most books from our selection.

Winners to receive the following prizes:
1st Runner - $100
2nd Runner - $50
3rd Runner - $20

*Prizes to be sent in the form of an Amazon Gift Card or Pay Pal Cash



Giveaway is for book club members ONLY
LOOKING FOR SERIOUS READERS

Readers can join our book club at: 

For authors who want to list their book in our club’s program, submit at: https://sandrasbookclub.blogspot.com/2020/08/submit-your-book.html


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VBT Trusting a Warrior by Melanie Hansen

 



 

Trusting a Warrior

by Melanie Hansen

 

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance


 

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BLURB:

 

George Monteverdi always had one goal, to become a navy SEAL. Now that he's both a SEAL and a K-9 handler, saving lives is his priority. When tragedy touches his own life, he handles it—with the help of his crew and his dog, Bosch. Having those guys by his side means he’ll never be alone…though any sort of romance feels like a faraway dream.

 

Heartbroken after her fiancĂ© falls in love with another woman, Lani Abuel seeks comfort in the arms of a stranger, only to find herself pregnant and alone. She’ll do whatever it takes to be a good mother, which means finally facing the trauma in her past. The last thing she expected was a warrior with wounds all too similar to hers finding his way into her heart and loving her child as his own.

 

As their worlds entwine, Lani and Geo find the joy and redemption they’ve been seeking. But despite the sanctuary they’ve created, a forever love seems impossible. A K-9 handler who spends most of his time deployed with his SEAL team, staring danger in the eye, is far from what Lani—or her baby—needs, and Geo can’t imagine a future doing anything else.

 

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Excerpt Two:

 

At one point Lani woke with a start to find Geo gone. A massive wave of disappointment swamped her. “Just great,” she groused, struggling to her feet to find her phone. “Real smooth. Fall asleep on the guy after he’s been so sweet.”

 

Rubbing her eyes, she trudged to the kitchen, gradually becoming aware of the sound of running water, along with some tuneless whistling. When she rounded the corner, she gasped. Geo stood at the sink, up to his elbows in soap suds.

 

“You’re cleaning?”

 

He glanced at her, then shrugged and turned back to the sink. “You cook, I clean. Only fair.”

 

Holy fucking Christ on a cracker. Was there anything sexier than a man cleaning a kitchen? At that moment, Lani didn’t think so. She couldn’t take her eyes off his muscular forearms while he wrung out the rag, or the way the water that’d splashed on his shirt made it cling to him.

 

He hung the rag over the spigot, then faced her with a smile, and to her everlasting horror, she burst into tears. In the next instant, she was in his arms, her own wrapped tightly around his waist.

 

“I’m sorry,” she sobbed. “I d-don’t know what’s wrong with me.”

 

He held her close as he rocked her. “I think you’re tired,” he said softly. “And therapy is hard and sad, and you’ve been lonely because you just broke up with your boyfriend.”

 

“And I’m pregnant,” she wailed.

 

His chest rumbled under her cheek as he chuckled. “Oh, yeah, how could I forget that part?”

 

“I have to pee all the time, and it makes me sleepy, and crabby, and sometimes horny as fuck…”

 

She really hadn’t meant to say that, and to his credit, Geo only froze for half a second before continuing to rub her back soothingly. His hands didn’t wander, and he didn’t try to take advantage, and why, oh fucking why did he have to be a SEAL?

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 


Melanie Hansen doesn’t get nearly enough sleep. She loves all things coffee-related, including collecting mugs from every place she’s visited. After spending eighteen years as a military spouse, Melanie definitely considers herself a moving expert. She has lived and worked all over the country, and hopes to bring these rich and varied life experiences to the love stories she gets up in the wee hours to write. On her off-time, you can find Melanie watching baseball, reading or spending time with her husband and two teenage sons.

 

Trusting a Warrior Buy Link:

https://www.amazon.com/Trusting-Warrior-Loving-Book-ebook/dp/B07SJ72DS7/

 

Website:

https://melaniehansenbooks.com

 

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009084006829

 

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/MelJoyAZ

 

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13505006.Melanie_Hansen

 

Interview with Melanie Hansen


1. What is your favorite part of this book and why? My absolute favorite part is the scene where Geo takes Lani to meet Bosch, his special operations K9 partner. She’s a little afraid of him at first, but it doesn’t take Bosch long to win her over. Then she and Geo take a walk together on the beach, and it’s the turning point in their relationship from cautious friends to something more. It’s not that they kiss, but that they talk. Geo reveals something very personal, which means he’s coming to trust her, and trust isn’t something Lani ever takes for granted. I love that scene, and I love Lani and Geo <3


2. If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day? I would absolutely love to spend the day with Geo and Bosch! It would be fascinating to watch them train together. Special operations dogs do everything their human counterparts do, including jumping out of airplanes and fast-roping out of helicopters. I’d love to watch Bosch work—track down an “enemy” who was hiding from him or sniff out some explosives. Then Geo could give me a ride on his motorcycle! Best day ever!


3. If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?

My favorite book, and one of my go-to comfort reads, is ROUGH CANVAS by Joey W. Hill. It’s an M/M romance, a second-chance love story, and it’s an absolutely beautiful read. I only wish I could write something so achingly emotional. I highly, highly recommend it!


4. Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination? Geo and Lani are based on a compilation of several real-life people, some I know personally, and some I read about or listened to in their podcasts. In fact, I never intended to write Lani’s story. She plays a very minor role in the first two Warrior books, but her character continued to speak to me, and I couldn’t let go of her backstory. Eventually it grew to where I couldn’t ignore her anymore!


5. What made you want to become a writer? I’ve always been a voracious reader, and I fell into writing almost by accident when I wrote some fanfic for an M/M romance series that I loved. It was well-received by the fans of the series, so I kept on with it, until eventually I started writing my own original stuff. It’s turned into a hobby that I really enjoy.


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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

 

Melanie Hansen will be awarding a $50 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


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Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here: https://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2020/10/vbt-trusting-warrior-by-melanie-hansen.html

Welsh Witch by Kat Marlowe

 


Welsh Witch
A King's Obsession: The Final Hour of Anne Boleyn
by Kat Marlowe
Genre: Paranormal Romance


King Henry VIII's astrologer, a young Welsh witch finds the ultimate decision lies in her hands as one Queen falls and another rises as the history of England is forever changed.

A young Anne Boleyn captures the heart of the king. What begins as his distraction becomes his obsession and leads to her destruction. Court intrigue, revenge and all the secrets are revealed as one queen falls and another rises to take her place on destiny's stage.

Love, hate, loyalty and betrayal come together in a single dramatic moment...the execution of a queen.





Kat Marlowe is free spirit and a lover of all things magic. She is a Scorpio, Leo moon with Aquarius rising and is mesmerized by the mystery of Anne Boleyn and Tudor England. She lives with her partner in a small cottage in the woods where she dreams and conjures things, and she currently has no social media. Although her future work remains a secret, her life is an open book. 
Look for more from Kat very soon.


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$20 Amazon


Willow's Way by Cheryl Headford

 


Willow's Way
by Cheryl Headford
Genre: YA Fantasy, LGBTQ


Cale always told Tay that fairy tales were dark. But they always have happy endings, right?

Taylor Preston is a normal sixteen-year-old whose biggest worries are his GCSE exams. He’s right in the middle of them, but he has a summer of fun with his parents to look forward to after. Or not.

Despite their promise to spend the summer focusing on their one and only son, Tay’s parents, Local Authority specialist foster carers, take on one more special case.

Willow’s arrival throws more than Tay’s summer into chaos. Suddenly, his best friend is possessed by a demon, his parents aren’t his parents after all, and he’s literally living a nightmare in a fairy tale world that as dark as anything Cale ever warned him about. All he has is Willow and a burning desire to save his friend before he succumbs to the demon and Willow kills him.





Cheryl was born into a poor mining family in the South Wales Valleys. Until she was 16, the toilet was at the bottom of the garden and the bath hung on the wall. Her refrigerator was a stone slab in the pantry and there was a black lead fireplace in the kitchen. They look lovely in a museum but aren’t so much fun to clean.
Cheryl has always been a storyteller. As a child, she’d make up stories for her nieces, nephews and cousin and they’d explore the imaginary worlds she created, in play.
Later in life, Cheryl became the storyteller for a re enactment group who travelled widely, giving a taste of life in the Iron Age. As well as having an opportunity to run around hitting people with a sword, she had an opportunity to tell stories of all kinds, sometimes of her own making, to all kinds of people. The criticism was sometimes harsh, especially from the children, but the reward enormous.
It was here she began to appreciate the power of stories and the primal need to hear them. In ancient times, the wandering bard was the only source of news, and the storyteller the heart of the village, keeping the lore and the magic alive. Although much of the magic has been lost, the stories still provide a link to the part of us that still wants to believe that it’s still there, somewhere.
In present times, Cheryl lives in a terraced house in the valleys with her son, dog, bearded dragon and three cats. Her daughter has deserted her for the big city, but they’re still close. She’s never been happier since she was made redundant and is able to devote herself entirely to her twin loves of writing and art, with a healthy smattering of magic and mayhem



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$15 Amazon gift card, 
Choice of book from author 
– 1 winner each  

Second Survivor by Leah Moyes


Leah Moyes is from Arizona but experienced many parts of the world in thanks to a career in the airlines. Now most of her time, aside from writing, is spent with her family, reading Historical Fiction novels or studying ancient cultures as a student of Archaeology.


She always believed she was born in the wrong time period, but since she doesn’t have access to a time machine she must write and read intriguing stories of the past. 

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Her secret sank with the ship.

Isabel Fontaine’s lavish lifestyle came to a crashing halt the night the General Chanzy sank. At 18, she had everything—fine luxuries, a prominent family, and an extravagant estate in Marseille. The one thing she didn’t have was her freedom. As the sole heir to the Fontaine fortune, her future was forged with a betrothal to a stranger from a foreign country, but when her family perishes at sea, Isabel sees this as a chance to hide her identity and change her fate.

Taken in by poor, elderly farmers on the Spanish island of Menorca, Isabel is torn between the growing affection for a neighbor and the guilt of living a lie. The simplicity and genuine goodness of this life takes her on a journey she never believed was possible, yet, as time passes and the threat of her untruths face exposure, Isabel must make an agonizing choice.

When that choice is taken from her prematurely and danger cultivates from an implausible guise, will Isabel accept the outcome, or fight to save those she loves?

Second Survivor is a heart-wrenching historical fiction novel set in both Algiers, Algeria during French occupation and Menorca, Spain. Told in the perspective of four characters, Second Survivor is a twist on the tragic shipwreck . . . the General Chanzy in the Mediterranean Sea. 156 people aboard the barge lost their lives on the morning of 10 February 1910. There was only one survivor. This story shares the fate of a Second Survivor.

  
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Character Casting:

Isabel Fontaine-Blond, blue-eyed, 18-year-old living a lavish lifestyle in Marseille, France. She is kindhearted, well-educated and the only child of a successful merchant, who against her wishes has betrothed her to a stranger in French-occupied, Algiers, Algeria as a means to unite their industries.

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or Jessica Rothe



Francisco Carrasco- A ruggedly handsome, 23-year- old olive rancher on Menorca’s northern coast. Longish brown hair, light brown eyes, and a breathtaking dimple only on one cheek. He is strong and fit from managing the elements of a ranch and fiercely protective of loved ones.

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Thomas Chastain- Born to French privilege, he dresses in fashionable gentleman attire and carries himself as such. He sports a clean and trimmed mustache and beard. His dark brown hair is sharply cut, his eyes nearly black and he wields a wicked smile. At 26, he is aware of how his good looks affect women, and he takes full advantage of this power whenever possible.







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Night Watch by Annie Anderson blitz

Night Watch
Annie Anderson
(Soul Reader, #1)
Publication date: November 17th 2020
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Waking up at the foot of your own grave is no picnic… especially when you can’t remember how you got there.

Cursed with powers she can’t name, Sloane Cabot has vowed to catch the Rogue who turned her into a monster and killed her family. Too bad a broodingly hot mage is bound to keep her on the straight and narrow.

Whether she likes it or not…

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EXCERPT:

“Thomas warned me about this, you know,” Bastian began, his voice pitched low, his booted feet striding close but not piercing my bubble.

I kept my gaze latched onto his feet and refused to look up. If I caught sight of his neck, of his blood pulsing in that lovely vein, I’d lose it. I wasn’t hungry yet and I wanted to keep it that way.

I cleared my throat, an action that took far too much effort and hurt for some reason. My throat was dry. Why was it so dry? “Warned you about what?”

“He said that, in time, I would want to be bitten. That the thought of you hungry or in pain would make me want to serve myself up so you didn’t suffer. That it was dangerous and blissful and would likely cause you to leave us.”

His feet moved closer, piercing my bubble. The heat of him washed over me, even though he was a few feet away.

I shook my head, which I instantly regretted because blood loss was a thing and I was losing a lot of it, the healing process taking far too long. Booth must have hit an artery.

“I don’t want to be tied to anyone. I don’t want a home. I don’t want friends.” It was a lie—a whole mountain of lies—but it was the truth, too. I didn’t want a tie to someone who was going to leave me. I didn’t want a home if I was going to lose it. I didn’t want friends that would die on me.

“Too bad.”

Author Bio:

Annie Anderson is a military wife and United States Air Force veteran. Originally from Dallas, Texas, she is a southern girl at heart, but has lived all over the US and abroad. As soon as the military stops moving her family around, she'll settle on a state, but for now she enjoys being a nomad with her husband, two daughters, an old man of a dog, and a young pup that makes life... interesting.

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