Tuesday, November 24, 2020

A Wisp of Fate by Kristy Centeno - Book Tour + Giveaway

10:00 AM 0



A Wisp of Fate
Elsie True Series #1
by Kristy Centeno
Genre: Urban Fantasy


Elsie True lives with only one goal in mind …
to avenge her father’s death.

Branded a traitor among the brotherhood of the Cause, an organization dedicated to the destruction of all magical creatures, her father was unjustly murdered for falling in love with a celestial being, leaving a teenage Elsie to learn the creature-hunting business with the help of her father’s old friend.
Her life revolves around besting the Cause and keeping the world safe from any creatures that get out of hand. When her mentor signs her up for another case, she jumps at the opportunity to steer business away from the corrupt organization.

Not long into the investigation, she realizes she might have walked right into a setup, including coming face-to-face with a creature she doesn’t know if she should kill or protect.

Elsie feared little in life, but she isn’t prepared to face the demons of her past, especially those hell-bent on killing her. Outwitting her enemies means solving the case, but in a world where she has more foes than friends, who can she trust?



The oracle’s gaze settled on the cloth in her palm. She furrowed her brow in response to what Elsie was offering her.

“What is that you ask of the gods, Elsie True?”

“Can they tell me where I can find the object stolen from the shifter monk monastery? Where do I begin my search?”

“Are you sure you wish to ask the gods for help?”

Elsie blew air out via her nostrils. The gods hadn’t answered her appeals in years, but this time things were different. Things seemed different.

Renounced by the gods, abandoned by her mother’s brethren, she had been deemed unworthy to receive advice from whatever ruling body still made a half-assed attempt at pleasing underlings with answers borne of pity.

Elsie’s human blood had branded her a disgrace among all creatures of magical descent. So, she wasn’t expecting much in terms of answers of whatever god was listening, if any at all, but a tiny part of her hoped that not every god saw her as a nuisance or a disgrace. She wanted to believe at least one viewed her as equal—farfetched as the likelihood for that was.





Kristy Centeno loves to spin tales of creatures that go bump in the night, with a sprinkle of romance to top them off. Her passion for writing stems from a lifelong enjoyment of reading and the pleasure derived from the magical worlds created by authors like her. She prefers her female leads strong, independent, and stubborn who will stop at nothing to save their loved ones and protect those they care for.

Kristy currently resides in Pennsylvania with her five kids, a quartet of noisy parakeets, and a spoiled puppy. When she is not working or writing, she juggles her free time between raising a handful of minions and pursuing other career goals.




Follow the tour HERE for special content and a giveaway!

$25 Amazon


Read more...

FINE by AmyLea Murphy - Book Tour + Giveaway

9:00 AM 0

Young Adult/Mystery 

Date Published: 11/17/2020

 

photo add-to-goodreads-button_zpsc7b3c634.png


Six years ago, Anna Williams-straight-A student, cheerleader, and all-around golden child-vanished.

Ever since, her younger sister, Katie, has drifted through life, wracked with guilt, grief, and anger over Anna's unsolved disappearance. But when her own future reaches a breaking point, Katie takes the investigation into her own hands. She searches for answers in her sister's missing person's file and discovers that some questions aren't so easily answered.

Through police memos, interrogations, and excerpts from Anna's diary, Katie breaks down the carefully crafted fa├žade Anna left behind and uncovers the dark truths of her life in the months before she vanished.

For readers of Courney Summers and Sarah Dessen, Fine is an unsettling, surprising, and ultimately hopeful mystery that will break your heart and put it back together again.


EXCERPT

“How are you?”

The answer to this question is so nauseatingly predictable. My programmed response is to light up with a great big smiling “Good.” Sometimes it might be “Great” or “Pretty good.” I use “Okay” if I can’t muster a smile at all. I might say “No complaints here” if I’m annoyed by the transparency of the question poser and therefore feel the need to channel my grandpa ironically. My classic, however, is “Fine.” That one fits best when what’s being said isn’t as important as what’s not being said. Fine is neither good nor bad. It is acceptable, satisfactory, or adequate. It’s fine. Period. End of discussion.

Of course, my response is always quickly followed by a reciprocal “How are you?” which can be modified with an extra-long “ouuuuu” or extra-high “ou,” depending upon how important it is to make the other person believe my sincerity. It is simply good manners to respond quickly and in kind. Plus, it keeps people focused on what they really care about—themselves.

Although I have mastered the art of handling this ridiculously mind-numbing interaction, I do wish people would just stop asking the question at all. There are a number of other suitable expressions to throw at one another in passing, so why use one that actually necessitates a response that is almost always a lie? We could say “Nice seeing you” or “Hey there” or even stick to a solid head nod. It seems to me we should say what we mean, and if we mean, “I see you,” then say that. Don’t start a conversation that requires a response from me if you aren’t going to care about what my answer actually is. That, Miss Manners, is actually rude.

 


About the Author

AmyLea Murphy is the author of Fine, a young adult novel that blends the mystery of Sadie with the poignancy of Sarah Dessen. Inspired by Gayle Forman and Jennifer Niven, AmyLea enjoys writing about life-changing moments that unearth the resilient beauty of the human spirit in the hopes it empowers her readers to embrace life in all of its messiness. When she isn't writing, AmyLea can be found dancing and singing in the car with the windows down. She currently lives in Southern California with her husband and three children.


Contact Links

Facebook

Instagram



Purchase Link

Amazon


Giveaway


RABT Book Tours & PR
Read more...

In the Nick of Time by Deedee Cummings - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

8:00 AM 0

Join us for this tour from Oct 12  to Dec 4, 2020!

Book Details:

Book Title:  In the Nick of Time by Deedee Cummings/illustrated by Charlene Mosley
Category:  Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7),  28 pages
Genre:  Children/ Holiday
Publisher:  Make a Way Media
Release date:   November 2019
Content Rating:  G: Children's Holiday Book


 

 
Book Description:

A Timely Tale about a Little Brown Boy who Saves Christmas. Nick Saint never really put a lot of thought into his name until one snowy day in December when he accidentally receives a letter meant for Saint Nick. Realizing there is not much time left until Christmas, Nick opens the letter. The unexpected message inside ultimately leads him on a journey of understanding poverty, gratitude, and service to others while discovering the real meaning of the holiday spirit. 

Buy the Book:   
Amazon
Make a Way Media
Add to Goodreads

My Review
In the Nick of Time is a sweet children's book set during Christmas. A little boy named Nick Saint (who comes across as slightly bratty and entitled at first) receives a letter in the mail meant for Saint Nick (aka Santa Claus). He scoffs and calls the letter "stupid" because he didn't receive the video game he's been waiting for, and because the letter isn't meant for him. But when his mom calls out his behavior and language, then tasks him with helping the other boy who wrote the letter (and his family), Nick comes around and realizes the true meaning of the holidays. 
I liked this story, and I thought it had a heartwarming, feel-good message in it. And I feel like younger readers will realize that while Nick may start off as more of a selfish child (seeing as he only cares about his video game), he's actually a caring, understanding, and wonderful child underneath it all. He comes around, and he goes out of his way to help the boy who sent the letter (and his family). It definitely sends a good message. And it shows kids that not everyone has "nice things" like video games and toys to play with. But even helping in some small way, like donating a toy or two, or a new winter coat, can be a life-changing experience. 'Tis the season to give, after all. 
The only thing I had a small issue with was Nick using the word stupid when talking about the mailman and the letter he receives. And while his mom does call him out on it, she also uses the word when explaining that "accidents, not people" are stupid. Other than that, though, I enjoyed the story.
4 stars. 


Meet the Author:

Deirdre “Deedee” Cummings believes literacy is a fundamental human right. She is the founder of Make A Way Media, It Pays to Read & the Louisville Book Festival, as well as, an attorney, therapist, and CEO of Abi Behavioral Health in Louisville, Kentucky. Abi is an intensive therapy agency that works to prevent the placement of children in out of home care, such as foster care, hospitalization, and incarceration. Deedee attended Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, one of only two all-female Historically Black Colleges in the country. After graduating from Bennett, she earned a master’s degree and a law degree from the University of Louisville. All of her writing focuses on sharing inspiring messages that remind us all it is never too late to begin again. Deedee encourages the children she works with to write as a way to process emotions, document their journey, and express themselves more clearly. In addition to presenting on multiple topics around the country, Deedee donates hundreds of books and volunteer hours every year to families, children, churches and the local school system. She is excited to announce the launch of her tenth children’s book, This is the Earth. The inspiration for this book came from overwhelming negative media coverage about race relations in our country and across the world. This is the Earth is a book about peace, respect, and diversity inclusion: a message that must be heard and repeated often. She and her husband Anthony live in Louisville with their three children Kayla (an actress in New York), Anthony (a college student and athlete), and Nick (in elementary school).

 
Tour Schedule:
 
Oct 12 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Oct 13 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 13 - Working Mommy Journal – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Oct 14 – meandmybooks – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 14 - Leels Loves Books – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Oct 14 - The Pen and Muse Book Reviews  - book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 15 - Splashes of Joy – book review of In the Nick of Time / guest post / giveaway
Oct 15 - The Pen and Muse Book Reviews  - book review of In the Nick of Time / author interview / giveaway
Oct 16 – Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
Oct 18 - Amy's Booket List – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 20 – Pick A Good Book – book review of In the Nick of Time / author interview / giveaway
Oct 21 – Splashes of Joy – book review of This is the Earth / author interview / giveaway
Oct 22 – Leels Loves Books – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 26 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Oct 27 – Rajiv's Reviews – book review of This is the Earth
Oct 28 – My Journey Back – book review of In the Nick of Time / author interview / giveaway
Oct 29 – Rajiv's Reviews – book review of In the Nick of Time
Oct 30 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 3 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review of In the Nick of Time / guest post / giveaway
Nov 4 – She Just Loves Books – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 5 – Priya's Lit Blog – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 9 – Because I said so -- and other adventures in Parenting – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 10 –Priya's Lit Blog – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 11 – Ice Fairy's Treasure Chest – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 11 - Older & Smarter? – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 12 – She Just Loves Books – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 13 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 16 – Because I said so -- and other adventures in Parenting – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 17 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 18 – Ice Fairy's Treasure Chest – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 18 - Bound 4 Escape – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 19 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 20 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 20 - Bound 4 Escape – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 20 - Writer with Wanderlust - book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 23 – Amy's Booket List – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 23 - Nighttime Reading Center – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 23 - – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 23 - Lisa-Queen of Random - book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 23 - Gina Rae Mitchell  - book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 24 - Gina Rae Mitchell  - book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 24 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 24 - Lisa-Queen of Random - book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 25 – Older & Smarter? – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 27 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 27 - Reading is My Passion – book review of In the Nick of Time
Nov 30 - Cuzinlogic - book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 30 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 30 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 30 - Writer with Wanderlust - book review of In the Nick of Time / guest post /giveaway
Dec 1 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Dec 1 - I'd Rather Be At The Beach - book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Dec 1 - Lisa's Reading - book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Dec 2 –  Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Dec 3 – Bigreadersite – book review of In the Nick of Time
Dec 3 - Reading is My Passion – book review of This is the Earth
Dec 3 - Lisa's Reading - book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Dec 4 - Bigreadersite – book review of This is the Earth
Dec 4 - I'd Rather Be At The Beach - book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
 
Enter the Giveaway:
 

 a Rafflecopter giveaway


 

Read more...

Time Management for Creative People by Deidra Eden - Book Tour + Giveaway

7:00 AM 0


Chances are you’ve tried and failed with spreadsheets, agendas, day planners, and other mathematical and finite ways of measuring time. Applying the strict regimes of industrial systems to a creative mind can kill creativity, damper the enjoyment of your work, and knock you off balance.

In this workbook you will learn to balance, organize, and prioritize all you need to get done by living your life in creative cycles and seasons while maximizing your high and low energy times the way you were meant to.


Your creativity is a powerful force that can be harnessed, focused, controlled, commanded, and become a powerful ability as you masterfully channel your desire to create into the powerful motivating force it is meant to be.

  
  


Deirdra has spent the last decade captivating audiences of all ages with her novels and fairy tales. Her specialty is paranormal theology that delves into documented historical phenomenon and natural disasters of biblical proportions. 





Top Ten List

Authors Love List:

 I love green and everything that grows.

I love being in wind and water.

I love adventure with a purpose.

I love to read and write.

I love to use Earthing as a therapy.

I paint fire when I'm mad and oceans when I'm lonely.

I work with the most amazing people in the world.

I love riding horses and grooming them.

I love going to temples and sanctuaries.

I love rain and thunderstorms.

I love walking across wooden bridges.

I love exploring.

I love running for miles along the sandy coast.

I believe that magical things happen all the time.

I love seashells.

I love decorating with things made from nature.

I love designing eco-friendly homes.

I love wearing long flowing dresses.

I love sleeping with my kitty in the sunshine coming through the skylight above my bed.

I love hot chocolate on rainy days.

I love being barefoot.

I love a completed to do list.








Read more...

Around the World in (More Than) 80 Days by Larry Alex Taunton - Book Tour

6:00 AM 0



AROUND THE WORLD IN (MORE THAN) 80 DAYS
Larry Alex Taunton
Fidelis Books
Political

The belief in “American Exceptionalism” is under attack, declares Larry Alex Taunton, an award-winning author, columnist, and cultural commentator. “A battle rages for the heart and soul of America.”

For Taunton, the question comes down to: Is there a better place to live than America?

To explore the idea of “national greatness,” Taunton went on a global odyssey, visiting some 26 countries. He records his discoveries in his new book, AROUND THE WORLD IN (MORE THAN) 80 DAYS: DISCOVERING WHAT MAKES AMERICA GREAT AND WHY WE MUST FIGHT TO SAVE IT.

If all of this sounds like a slog over some serious philosophic and political terrain, it is, but Taunton’s wry humor leavens the loaf.

In a chapter on Sweden, for example, the author hears, on a boat tour of Stockholm, a litany of Swedish accomplishments from his guides: “America? We discovered that. Skype? We invented it. The flat screen? You’re welcome. IKEA? You guessed it.”

Taunton’s mix of socio-political observations and cheeky wit in AROUND THE WORLD IN (MORE THAN) 80 DAYS opens the book up to a large and diverse group of readers.

The online publication The Federalist says of Taunton’s work: “The social elites want evangelicals to be as dumb as they suspect they are. But when a person comes along who proves that tale false, which Taunton clearly does…they simply don’t know what to do.”

In advance praise for AROUND THE WORLD IN (MORE THAN) 80 DAYS, Paul Reid, co-author with William Manchester, of THE LAST LION: WINSTON SPENCER CHURCHILL: DEFENDER OF THE REALM, 1940-1965 observes:

Larry Taunton—historian, columnist, and a man of abiding Christian faith—traveled (often at great risk to himself) to twenty-six nations in order to hold a mirror up to the United States of America and ask: Is America Good and is America Great? Mark Twain did much the same more than a century ago. Twain’s and Taunton’s conclusions are identical: There is no place—literally No Place—like home. “Around the World in (More Than) 80 Days is fabulous.”  It’s going on my shelf next to “The Innocents Abroad.”

AROUND THE WORLD IN (MORE THAN) 80 DAYS is a book for all seasons.



“America—the freest, most tolerant and inclusive nation on earth—is under siege by radicals who make no effort to conceal their determination to destroy it. Larry Alex Taunton has provided patriotic Americans with a powerful weapon to defeat our enemies. Buy this book to arm yourself for the defense of your freedoms. Buy a second copy for a friend.”

— David Horowitz, author of Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christian America

“To truly understand how and why America is exceptional you could travel to country after country and see for yourself. You might even want to write a brilliant book about it! But lucky for you my friend, Larry Taunton has done all the traveling for you—think of the money you’ve saved!—and has written that brilliant book, making the case so clear that you owe it to yourself to grab a copy and read it! Please do!”

— Eric Metaxas, host of The Eric Metaxas Show; author of Bonhoeffer and If You Can Keep It

“The problem with being an American is that familiarity too often breeds contempt because we see our faults up close and take our virtues and blessings for granted. Larry Alex Taunton has provided a cure by lifting us up out of America, and taking us on a long and insightful tour of the world to see how other places actually stack up. Take the tour with him, and gain some very much needed perspective. You may find—as he did—there’s no place like home.”

— Benjamin Wiker, Ph.D., author of 10 Books That Screwed Up the World

“Larry Taunton—historian, columnist, and a man of abiding Christian faith—traveled (often at great risk to himself) to twenty-seven nations in order to hold a mirror up to the United States of America and ask: Is America Good and is America Great? Mark Twain did much the same more than a century ago. Twain’s and Taunton’s conclusions are identical: There is no place—literally No Place—like home. Around the World in (More Than) 80 Days is fabulous. It’s going on my shelf next to The Innocents Abroad.”

— Paul Reid, co-author with William Manchester, The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965

 


Amazon → https://amzn.to/2GCuGGY


GUEST POST

 If America Isn’t Great, Who Is?

  Michael Moore style America-bashing is very much in style.  Whether it is the New York Times declaring as they did in a headline: “America is not great”; Black Lives Matter and Antifa toppling statues or burning cities; or former president Barack Obama apologizing for American “arrogance,” it is one side of a battle that rages for the heart and soul of America.  Trump’s White House has become the flashpoint in a winner-take-all contest featuring two very different visions for America.  

 One group sees America’s wealth, power, and influence as an accident of history.  For them, the idea of “American Exceptionalism” is not only dead, it is offensive.  These people never tire of lecturing us about how out-of-step America is with the rest of the world and how she needs to get with it.  America, they say, is bad for the world.  Moreover, where America is exceptional—a deep suspicion of socialism and environmentalism; strongly Christian in a post-Christian world; and alone patriotic among Western nations swept up in a globalist dream—is where America is at her worst and must change.

 Others want to preserve America’s uniqueness, her exceptionalism, which is anchored in a Judeo-Christian heritage that has given rise to her laws, art, literature, culture and place in the world as a refuge from just the types of governments the Left idealizes.  Proponents of this vision would readily acknowledge that America’s global influence has, at times, been evil, but this is, they would argue, the result of an agenda that has nothing whatsoever to do with the principles upon which America was founded.  On the contrary, that agenda—championed by the Left and epitomized by America’s bullying of Third World countries to adopt permissive abortion and LGBTQ+ policies—is at odds with those principles.

 The war between these competing visions is played-out every day in local and national government, in our courts of law, in schools and universities, in media, and even in families.  Listening to this cultural debate—it is not only inescapable, it is tearing our country apart—it occurred to me that the vision advocated by those who would burn America to the ground Ferguson-style presupposes there are better places in the world to live.

 Are there?  Were Bruce Springsteen to leave the country as he recently promised if Trump is re-elected, where would he go?  What if you could put these questions to the test?

 That’s precisely what I did. 

 I did what French political theorist Alexis de Tocqueville did in 1831—but in reverse.  Where de Tocqueville came to America to search out the source of her strength, I went to the world—yes, I literally went around the world in (more than) 80 days—to see how America stacks-up to those countries the Left would hold up as models.  Should America annihilate her borders, surrender her sovereignty, and be remade in the image of a secular European socialist democracy or is American Exceptionalism not only real, but worthy of preservation?

 Join the expedition and the conversation as I shoot AK-47s with old Viet Cong in Vietnam; discuss politics with Marx and Lenin impersonators in Red Square; hide from Fulani Herdsmen Militia in Nigeria; dine with infamous atheist philosopher Peter Singer in his hometown of Melbourne, Australia; and view the wreckage of civil wars, terrorism, and ideological extremism all over the world. What did the journey teach us? Should we throw a log on the great American bonfire and punish Lady Liberty for her sins, or is America worth saving?

 















Larry Alex Taunton is an American author, columnist, and cultural commentator. A frequent television and radio guest, he has appeared on CNN, CNN International, Fox News, Al Jazeera America, and BBC. You can find his columns on issues of faith and culture in The Atlantic, USA Today, CNN.com, and The Blaze. Taunton has been quoted by Rush Limbaugh, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, TIME, Vanity Fair, and NPR, among others. He is the author of “The Grace Effect” and “The Faith of Christopher Hitchens.”




WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK





http://www.pumpupyourbook.com
Read more...

Night Watch by Annie Anderson - Book Blitz + Giveaway

5:00 AM 0

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…

Goodreads / Amazon

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.

Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest


GIVEAWAY!

Hosted by:
XBTBanner1

Read more...