Thursday, January 28, 2021

Twinkle by Patricia Leavy - Book Tour + Giveaway


 

Join us for this tour from Jan 25 to Feb 19, 2021!

Book Details:
Book TitleTwinkle by Patricia Leavy
CategoryAdult Fiction (18+),  161 pages
Genre:  Women's Fiction
PublisherBrill/Sense
Release date:  December 1, 2020
Tour dates: Jan 25 to Feb 19, 2021
Content RatingRated R. A few sex scenes (not explicit) and discussion of sexual assault in the protagonist's childhood
 

Book Description:

Twinkle follows Tess Lee and Jack Miller after two years of marriage.

Tess is a wildly successful and world-famous novelist. Her inspirational books explore our innermost struggles and the human need to believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Jack is a federal agent. After spending decades immersed in a violent world, a residue remains.

As they both heal from past trauma, their epic love, fostered by their ability to truly see one another, has brought them true happiness. However, when an anonymous threat is made against Tess’s life, everything changes. Will they learn to lean on each other, or will they fall apart into the darkness?

Their friends are along for the ride: Omar, Tess’s sarcastic best friend, who calls her Butterfly; the female president of the United States, who Tess visits regularly to discuss politics and bake cookies; Joe, Jack’s friend from the Bureau, who understands the sacrifices he’s made; and Bobby, Jack’s younger friend, who never fails to lend a calming presence.

Twinkle is a novel about the nature of doubt, the struggle to feel worthy of love, the relationship of the small part to the greater whole, and the ways in which love – from lovers, friends, or the art we experience – can help us move from trauma to healing and redemption. Written as unfolding action, Twinkle is a poignant novel that moves fluidly between melancholy, humor, and joy.

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Excerpt
“Thank you, I’ve got it from here,” Jack said to the driver, taking the luggage and seeing him out. He turned to Tess, “Welcome home, Mrs. Miller.”

She smiled, removed the lei from around her neck, and placed it on the counter.

“You looked so beautiful running around in the sun. I’m going to miss the leis and the flowers in your hair,” Jack said.

“Me too. That was the most incredible vacation I’ve ever had. Pure paradise. Thank you for making it so special,” she replied.

“I still can’t believe we never took a honeymoon. What were we thinking? I’m glad we could make up for it for our second anniversary.”

“Maui is so beautiful. That house was magical. If we were there right now, we’d probably be relaxing on our private beach or splashing around in the ocean,” she said.

“Or making love on the beach. Or on a chaise lounge. Or in the pool. Or in the outdoor shower. Or in every room of the house,” Jack said, slipping his hands around her waist. “The way you smelled, the salt water, the coconut oil, the flowers – I’ll never forget it. And the

taste of pineapple dripping from your lips…” He leaned in and kissed

her.

“I never thought it was possible to make love so many times in a day. Somehow, even after two years, you still make each time feel like the first,” Tess said.

“That’s because I fall in love with you all over again every day, every time I look into your big, brown eyes. I really do.”

She smiled.

“I still can’t believe the staff caught us by the pool,” Jack said, laughing.

Tess giggled. “Well, it was very chivalrous of you to try to cover me up with that towel.”

“We should have stayed longer. Ten days wasn’t enough. Getting a break from work only highlighted how stressful it is to think about terrorism day in and day out. After years of seeing the worst in humanity, I started to forget that some people live differently.”

“I know. You needed a Technicolor break; you’ve been on the dark side for too long. But I thought it would be nice to spend our actual anniversary in our own home, the same place we got married. Plus, I didn’t think you should use up all your vacation time,” she said.

“Baby, I’d quit my job and move to Maui if you wanted. I’m serious. We could buy that house.”

She smiled. “You’d miss your work.”

“I’d get over it,” he shrugged.

“And our friends,” she said.

“They’d visit.”

She looked down. “I don’t think I could survive without Omar. It’s been him and me since our first day of college.”

He put his hand on her face, she looked into his sea blue eyes, and he pulled her close in a comforting embrace. “I know what his friendship means to you. I’m just saying that you can write from anywhere, so if you ever decide that you want to pack up and be a beach bum with me, I’d be all in. And I’m pretty sure that Omar and Clay would make good use of the guest house.”

“Maybe if you let me drive the motorcycle or pilot the helicopter next time, I’ll consider it,” she said.

He laughed. “The idea is to live. I think you need a few lessons first, sweetheart. Plus, I loved feeling your arms wrapped around me when we took those sharp bends around the cliffs.”

“That was so much fun. I’d never been on a Harley before. You made me feel safe and so free.”

“That’s exactly how I want you to feel, always, just like I promised you on the day we got married, standing right over there.”

“Jack, I love you so much. Happy anniversary.”

“I love you with my whole heart. Happy anniversary, sweetheart. Let’s go to bed. I’m not done with you yet.”

 

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Book Details:
Book TitleShooting Stars by Patricia leavy
CategoryAdult Fiction (18+),  137 pages
Genre:  Women's Fiction
PublisherBrill/Sense
Release date:  June 15, 2020
Tour dates: Jan 25 to Feb 19, 2021
Content RatingRated R. A few sex scenes (not explicit) and discussion of sexual assault in the protagonist's childhood
 
Book Description:

Tess Lee is a novelist. Her inspirational books explore people’s innermost struggles and the human need to believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Despite her extraordinary success, she’s been unable to find personal happiness. Jack Miller is a federal agent. After spending decades immersed in a violent world, a residue remains. He’s dedicated everything to his job, leaving nothing for himself.

The night Tess and Jack meet, their connection is palpable. She examines the scars on his body and says, “I’ve never seen anyone whose outsides match my insides.”

The two embark on an epic love story that asks the questions: What happens when people truly see each other? Can unconditional love change the way we see ourselves? Their friends are along for the ride: Omar, Tess’s sarcastic best friend who mysteriously calls her Butterfly; Joe, Jack’s friend from the Bureau who understands the sacrifices he’s made; and Bobby, Jack’s younger friend who never fails to lighten the mood.

Shooting Stars is a novel about walking through our past traumas, moving from darkness to light, and the ways in which love – from lovers, friends, or the art we experience – heals us. Written as unfolding action, Shooting Stars is a poignant novel that moves fluidly between melancholy, humor, and joy.  
 
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Meet the Author:

Patricia Leavy, Ph.D., is a bestselling author. She was formerly Associate Professor of Sociology, Chair of Sociology and Criminology, and Founding Director of Gender Studies at Stonehill College in Massachusetts. She has published over thirty books, earning commercial and critical success in both fiction and nonfiction, and her work has been translated into many languages. She is also series creator and editor for ten book series with Oxford University Press, Guilford Press, and Brill/Sense, including the ground-breaking Social Fictions series.

Patricia has received dozens of accolades for her books. Recently, her novel Film won the 2020 American Fiction Award for Inspirational Fiction, her 3-novel set Candy Floss Collection won the 2020 American Fiction Award for Anthologies, and her novel Spark won the 2019 American Fiction Award for Inspirational Fiction and the 2019 Living Now Book Award for Adventure Fiction. She has also received career awards from the New England Sociological Association, the American Creativity Association, the American Educational Research Association, the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, and the National Art Education Association. In 2016 Mogul, a global women’s empowerment network, named her an “Influencer.” In 2018, she was honored by the National Women’s Hall of Fame and SUNY-New Paltz established the “Patricia Leavy Award for Art and Social Justice.”

She has residences in Maine and Massachusetts where she lives with her husband, daughter (when she’s not away at college), and her dog. Patricia loves writing, reading, watching films, and traveling.

connect with the author: website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ instagram
 
Tour Schedule:
 
Jan 25 - Working Mommy Journal - books spotlight / giveaway
Jan 25 - BookishKelly2020 - books spotlight / author interview
Jan 25 - 411 ON BOOKS, AUTHORS, AND PUBLISHING NEWS - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 26 - Cover Lover Book Review - books spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 27 - Sefina Hawke's Books - book spotlight 
Jan 27 - The Author's Harbor - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 28 - Jazzy Book Reviews - books spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 29 - Book Corner News and Reviews - books spotlight / giveaway
Feb 1 - Locks, Hooks and Books - books spotlight / giveaway
Feb 2 - Elizabeth McKenna - Author Blog - books spotlight / giveaway
Feb 3 - Rockin' Book Reviews - books spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 4 - Falling Into A Good Book - book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 5 - I'm All About Books - books spotlight / giveaway
Feb 8 - Books for Books - book spotlight
Feb 9 - Sadie's Spotlight - books spotlight / giveaway
Feb 10 - Laura's Interests - book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 10 - Gina Rae Mitchell - book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 11 - Stephanie Jane - books spotlight / giveaway
Feb 12 - Books Lattes & Tiaras - book spotlight 1/ giveaway
Feb 15 - Celticlady's Reviews - books spotlight / giveaway
Feb 16 - Splashes of Joy  - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 17 - Books Lattes & Tiaras - book spotlight 2 / giveaway
Feb 19 - High Society Book Reviews & Club - books spotlight / guest post / giveaway
 
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