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Monday, July 13, 2020

Five Before Rome: 5 preludes to the Roma Series by Gabriel Valjan

Join us for this tour from July 7 to July 27, 2020!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Five Before Rome: 5 preludes to the Roma Series by Gabriel Valjan

Category:  Adult fiction 18 yrs +,  215 pages

Genre:  International Crime Thriller

Publisher:  Wild Goose Publishing

Release date:   June 2020

Content Rating:  PG-13 + M. There is violence (not graphic) and mention of child abuse by the clergy. There are 4 instances of the F-Word.

Book Description:

These five novellas precede Roma, Underground,
the first novel in the Roma Series. Meet the five men, who form the
team around Bianca, and learn about their personal history, their
respective parts of Italy, and why they each have a stake in the fight
against organized crime.

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Meet the Author:

Gabriel Valjan lives in Boston’s South End where he enjoys the
local restaurants. When he isn’t appeasing Munchkin, his cat, with tuna,
he documents the #dogsofsouthendboston on Instagram. His short stories
have appeared online, in journals, and in several anthologies. Gabriel
is the author of two series, Roma and Company Files, with Winter Goose
Publishing. He was nominated for the Agatha Award for Best Historical
Mystery for Company Files: 2. The Naming Game in 2020. Gabriel has been a
finalist for the Fish Prize, shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, and
received an Honorable Mention for the Nero Wolfe Black Orchid Novella
Contest in 2018. Dirty Old Town, the first in the Shane Cleary series,
was published in 2020 by Level Best Books. Gabriel attends crime fiction
conferences, such as Bouchercon, Malice Domestic, and New England Crime
Bake. He is a lifetime member of Sisters in Crime.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~ FacebookTwitter ~ Instagram

Tour Schedule:

July 7 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway

July 8 – Book Bustle – book review / giveaway

July 9 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

July 10 - Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post/ giveaway

July 13 – Pen Possessed – book spotlight / giveaway

July 14 – T's Stuff - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

July 15 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway

July 16 – My Reading Journeys – book review / giveaway

July 16 - Books for Books – book spotlight

July 17 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

July 20 – I'm All About Books – book spotlight / giveaway

July 20 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway

July 22 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway

July 23 - Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway

July 23 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

July 24 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview

July 24 - Olio by Marilyn – book review / giveaway

July 25 – Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight

July 27 - Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway

July 27 - On My Bookshelf - book review / guest post / giveaway

Guest post by Gabriel Valjan
This Thing of Ours is Not What You Think It Is

Cosa Nostra. Our Thing. The Syndicate. The Mob. Mafia. It’s an Italian thing, but here I will correct misconceptions about the mafia in Italy, so you can appreciate Five Before Rome.
These days, mafia is a generic term for organized crime. What Americans call mafia is specifically the Sicilian criminal organization but there are others in Italy. The Camorra is indigenous to Naples and the region of Campania. The ’Ndrangheta is based in Calabria. 
Structurally, the Sicilian mafia is hierarchical, with a chain of command and agreement over territories and activities. The Camorra is a confederation of local clans in Campania. The Calabrian mafia is overtly familial, with members related to each other by blood or marriage. 
The portrayals of mafiosi in American popular culture have ranged from the charismatic Don Corleone to the thuggish Tony Soprano. The Italian-American gangster has been mythologized and canonized alongside Jesse James and Bonnie and Clyde. Contemporaries considered Al Capone more honest about his business practices than, say, such ruthless captains of industry as Ford and Rockefeller. While the mafia has become transnational, involved in money laundering, violence remains its standard operating procedure. 
There is no consensus as to how the mafia started, but it’s generally accepted that southern Italy’s feudal past encouraged its creation. The landed gentry hired help to collect rents and keep the peasants obedient. As Italy unified, standardized its language and modernized, the country developed a pronounced North and South divide, mercantile versus agrarian. The mafia, however, did move north. The Sicilian writer Leonardo Sciascia’s famous one-liner about how the line of palm trees moved more and more north each year is often quoted as an example of how the mafia migrated north. 
The Sicilian mafia thrived in southern Italy because there was social approval and local support. The don, for example, paid pensions to families whose members were in jail. Cooperation with the mafia has changed dramatically in recent years because businesses have refused to pay protection money. While Sonny in The Bronx Tale waxed philosophical about whether it’s better to be feared than loved, a boss preferred not to use violence. It’s far more effective to provide jobs than intimidate people. In fact, a don’s use of violence or his failure to control it diminishes his power. 
American films has romanticized omertà, the vow of silence. Herein is a major difference between the Italian-American mafia and its Sicilian cousin abroad. U.S. law enforcement “flips” a mobster to go undercover and testify against colleagues. The incentive is to avoid or minimize prison time. In Italy, a pentito is not a rat. The Sicilian mafioso provides evidence, which must be corroborated before he can enjoy the protection program, and he must disavow his affiliation with the mafia in public. The most common reason a repentant mafioso “turns” in Italy is to spare his or her children from a crappy life. And yes, there are women “godmothers.”   

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Express Pursuit by Caroline Beauregard

Express Pursuit 
by Caroline Beauregard 
Genre: Romantic Thriller 

Follow Mara Ellington's trip across Europe riding the Orient-Express where she suddenly gets entangled in a complicated terrorist attack threat.

As she rushed down London’s Victoria Station, feisty Air Traffic Controller Mara Ellington fought her apprehensions about this journey. It was no longer the trip of a lifetime she had dreamed about with her best friend. Instead, fate had turned this exciting adventure into a lonely voyage to honour her deathbed’s wish. After arriving at the train’s platform, a strange incident will leave her baffled but not as much as her unexpected confrontation with Counter-Terrorist Agent Drake Steinfield who has also boarded the legendary Orient-Express, on a mission to thwart a terrorist threat.

The sexy and tenacious agent is on the tail of an elusive Al-Qaeda Extremist leader who has planned a string of massive explosions along the train’s route. Additionally, he may be using the tourist as a pawn in his schemes and according to the CT agent, this makes her his best lead to stop him. Mara and Steinfield will need to join their forces and race against the terrorist’s deadline to prevent these massive tragedies, if they can put aside their clashing personalities and growing attraction. What destiny awaits them down the line of this Express Pursuit? 

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Caroline Beauregard (1964-) was born in Montreal, Quebec. After her nursing degree, she obtained a Bachelor in Anthropology, an MA in Medieval studies, another MA in History of Arts before continuing on to do Phd level courses in History and Comparative literature. She has over 35 years of experience as has a Health Care Professional in geriatrics and works as Health and Wellness Manager in a Senior Residence. A seasoned travel, she loves to write about her trips in her travel journals. Express Pursuit, a romantic thriller, is her debut novel. She lives in Montreal with her husband and two Siamese cats. 

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Billionaire's Club by C.L. Donley

Amara's Calling 
Billionaire's Club Series Book 1 
by C.L. Donley 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 

Looking for your next billionaire book boyfriend? Meet Grayson Davis. 

He's a brilliant, bullied computer nerd turned handsome playboy, with a penchant for blondes. She's the assistant to the assistant, who works on the third floor and is... not blonde. And secretly obsessed with him. Complete with all the classic "plain Jane" tropes you thought were hopelessly overdone, read the smart, sexy, binge worthy debut exceeding "billionaire romance" expectations! 

Amara's Calling is the first book in the Billionaire's Club series of sinfully sexy romances. If you like unexpected love, lucrative deals, and billionaires with as much prowess in the bedroom as the boardroom, then you’ll love C.L. Donley’s steamy office affair. 

Mya's Pride 
Billionaire's Club Series Book 2 

Mya McIntosh is attending the wedding of the year as the maid of honor to her best friend Amara Davis, the former employee and wife of billionaire social media mogul Grayson Davis. A dazzling destination wedding in Spain seems like the perfect setting for Mya to finally lose this pesky virginity of hers, but her prospects don't look promising. Amara has high hopes that Mya could land one of Grayson's billionaire best friends but Mya isn't so sure, especially when it comes to Grayson's obnoxious business partner Dale Abernathy. After a few awkward moments, bad first impressions, a ton of assumptions and a sexy interlude on top of a hill, Mya's search for Mr. Right Now lands her somewhere she least expected: in love. 

Kim's Courage 
Billionaire's Club Series Book 3 

The final book in the Billionaire's Club Trilogy! 

A year after her best friend Amara's wedding united them, Kim Pritchard finds herself in the hospital with the baby she conceived with billionaire internet mogul Bel Hafiz. Not only has Kim neglected to tell Bel about his son, now she will have to tell him he's fighting for his life in the NICU. Since the handsome middle eastern playboy "ghosted" her, she wonders if he even cares enough about either of them to reach out. Little does she know that Bel Hafiz has plenty to hide, including the fact that he hasn't been able to get the gorgeous, one-of-a-kind Kimberly Pritchard out of his head, or his heart. 

C.L. Donley is a future New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of multicultural and interracial romance, who believes romance novels that are impossible to put down are the only kind that should exist! Armed with a B.A. in English and M.A. in Writing, she is new to the romance game, having written her first novel, Amara's Calling, after discovering the romance genre in September 2017. Donley writes in a style she calls "romantic realism" that is sophisticated yet simple, grounded yet unapologetically escapist, and character-driven rather than plot-driven. This style creates a unique, modern reading experience ideal for book club discussions, personal epiphanies, satisfying re-reads, and the occasional spiraling reviewer! Love it or hate it, fans and critics alike can't deny her talent, and always find themselves coming back for more! 

She loves hearing from readers and discussing her favorite parts of her own books, so feel free to indulge her. 

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Dishing Up Love by K.D. Robichaux

Title: Dishing Up Love
Author: K.D. Robichaux

Publisher: Boom Factory Publishing LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: July 13, 2020


One hot
beautiful woman
One chance
Mix and
dish up some love

Bazzara is living life to the fullest as a single woman in New Orleans and
making a name for herself as one of the top psychologists in the state of
Louisiana. Years ago, she swore off men after receiving devastating news, news
that proved her fiancé didn’t care about the rule “in sickness and in health.”
It also proved he didn’t really care about her.
riddance, who needs a man anyway? Not her. Not ever again.
Or so she
thought, until she literally runs into a certain world-renowned chef who looks
at her like she might be his next four-course meal.

Chef Curtis
Rockwell, host of the award-winning Chef To Go, never knows who the next
participant on his show will be. State to state, city to city, he scours
grocery store aisles each episode, looking for the perfect stranger to go home
with so he can teach them how to cook a gourmet meal. It’s always been just a
part of his job, a job he loves but still a job…
Then he
spots her. The perfect participant. The perfect woman. A woman not even his
dreams could have conjured up.
Now, all he
has to do is prove the heat between them won’t just sizzle out like yesterday’s

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Author Bio

KD Robichaux wanted to be a romance author since the first time she
picked up her mom's Sandra Brown books at the ripe old age of twelve. She went
to college to become a writer, but then married her very own alpha and had
babies. Putting her dream job on hold to raise her family as a stay at home mom
who read entirely too much, she created a blog where she could keep her family
and friends up-to-date on all the hottest reads. From there, by word of mouth,
her blog took off and she began using her hard-earned degree as a full-time
editor. When her kids started school, and with the encouragement from her many
author friends, she finally sat down and started working on her first series,
The Blogger Diaries, her own real-life romance. She's now published more than
fifteen stories in many different genres of romance.

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Aurora Rose
Reynolds and her husband, Sedaka Reynolds, created Boom Factory Publishing to
use their experiences to expand and promote upcoming and existing indie

With over
five years in the industry, and millions of books sold worldwide, we know what
it takes to become a successful author and we will use this knowledge to take
our authors to the next level.

“As a successful hybrid author in this ever
evolving industry, I know that you’re only as successful as the team that is
promoting you!”
– Aurora Rose Reynolds

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Caught Up In You by Claire Hastings

Title: Caught Up In You
Series: Indigo Royal Resort #2
Author: Claire Hastings
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover Design: Cover Couture

Release Date: August 24, 2020


Leona Filipe loves
her job. As the head of housekeeping at the luxurious Indigo Royal Resort on
St. Thomas, USVI, she has seen it all and has the wild stories to prove it. She
works with her best friends, is close enough to see her family often, and has the
perfect friends-with-benefits relationship. Life is pretty damn amazing. Except
for the two weeks each year that Cullen Cruz stays at the resort. He is the
only man who can get under her skin. But that is all he’s getting under. She
made that mistake years ago, and it will never happen again.

Fresh off the news of his “retirement” from football, Cullen Cruz cannot wait
to get to the Indigo Royal for his annual retreat before returning to England
to figure out what’s next. Only this year, it’s been turned into a “working
vacation” by his agent, who volunteered Cullen to run a skills camp for local
kids. While that wouldn’t normally sit well, extending the trip to teach some
kids how to kick a ball does mean two more weeks getting to see the woman he
hasn’t been able to stop thinking about since their first, and last, encounter
ten years ago.

When fate forces these two to confront what happened between them that night
all those years ago, they find that there is more to each other than they
realized, and that maybe they don’t annoy each other as much as they

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Author Bio

Claire Hastings is a walking, talking awkward moment. She
loves Diet Coke, gummi bears, the beach, and books (obvs). When not reading she
can usually be found hanging with friends at a soccer match or grabbing food
(although she probably still has a book in her purse). She and her husband live
in Atlanta with their fur-child Denali.

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Notorious Minds Boxset: Mystery & Thriller Crime blitz

Notorious Minds Boxset: Mystery & Thriller Crime
Published by: Fire Quill Publishing
Publication date: October 13th 2020
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Thriller

Delve into these dark and twisted tales by twenty USA Today and International Bestselling Authors.

No matter what kind of crime story typically catches your imagination, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Conspiracies, political plots, and yes, even murder, are just a few of the crimes waiting inside this box set.

Discover a narcissistic grandmother running an underground syndicate, or a support group bent on murder…and even a serial killer who turns his victims into fairytale creatures.

Uncover the passion, jealousy, and fear lingering in every tale.

This box set is packed with thousands of pages that will hold you on the edge of your seat, crying for answers.

Definitely a must for fans of Patterson, Lee, and Grisham.

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Shameless Vows by Katherine L. Evans

 Title: Shameless Vows
Series: A Shameless Love Novel #2
Author: Katherine L. Evans
Genre: Contemporary/Dark Royal/Suspense Romance
Release Date: July 7, 2020

When we fell in love, he was royalty. When our wedding day arrived, he had become a nightmare. And I became his prisoner.


As children, he promised to protect me for as long as he lived. As teens, we fell in love and promised each other forever. He was the love of my life. Then he disappeared without a trace.

Ten years later, he shows up at my family's estate, wielding his royal title and influence over my father like a weapon.

Malachi Sterling, the Duke of Corwick, transformed from a tender, sweet boy who held my heart in his loving hands, into a steely-eyed, sinister man who purchased my life and freedom with the sweep of a pen.

Ten years after promising to marry each other, Malachi and I stand before God and our power-hungry families as we exchange vows.

"I, Isla Sofía Reyes, take thee, Malachi Sterling, to be my wedded husband.

To have and to hold..."

To be ensnared and possessed.

"In sickness and health..."

In selfishness and torment.

"To love and to cherish..."

To defy, and despise, and make him rue the day we met.

"'Til death do us part."

'Til the day I can finally uncover the secret that changed him forever.