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Finding True North by Dianne Beck - Book Blitz + Giveaway

Young Adult Fiction

Date Published: January 31st, 2023

Publisher: Acorn Publishing

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North Carolina Simon hates her name. As a fourteen-year-old girl growing up in the 1970s, she has a lot of challenges. People not only make fun of her name, but also scoff at her eccentric family. Dad’s a hoarder, Mom’s an unpredictable artist, and her older sister lives with an autism diagnosis. After a humiliating middle school event shatters her confidence as a singer, North determines to break free from the stigma surrounding her family.


As she starts high school, North tells people to call her Carol. Armed with a new name, she updates her appearance, befriends a popular boy in hopes of joining his band, distances herself from her two longtime friends, and avoids being seen with her adoring and dependent sister. Everything seems to be going according to plan until her sister suddenly disappears. Carol is forced to face reality. Should she continue to focus all her time and energy on fitting in or should she surrender to God’s calling on her life?


Finding True North is a prequel to Sticks and Stones, but each can be read as stand-alone novels.


About the Author

Dianne Beck has spent most of her career teaching students ranging from kindergarten through adult and currently works as a high school youth director at her church. In each of these roles, she hopes to encourage students to be their own unique selves, to have confidence in who they are, and to follow their passions.  Dianne’s debut young adult novel Sticks and Stones, winner of multiple awards, was inspired by her years of teaching, where she saw how an understanding ear and relevant literature could make a significant impact on students’ lives. She hopes young people and adults can find faith and strength in her stories.

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FA Confidential by Riko Radojcic - Teaser Tuesday + Giveaway

Techno Thriller

Date Published: 02-10-2023

Publisher: Open Books

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Three people doing their jobs and making decisions that may lead to a conflict between the world’s powers.  After all, the US must respond to an attack on its flagship project to build home-grown ‘fabs’, especially as it is linked to the reputation of the President. And People’s Republic cannot possibly ignore unprovoked aggression on its sovereignty…

Jane Sullivan’s appointment as the National Security Adviser is the pinnacle of her career.  She knows that access to ‘silicon chips’ is a strategic imperative of vital interests to the nation and decides to do whatever she can to ensure a fully domestic Semiconductor Supply Chain…

Argon Zhi has built a good career with the local semiconductor industry.  He has become a successful man and is a member of an elite club of professionals who work behind the scenes to make their island one of the Asia’s ‘Tiger Economies’.  When a friend asks, he agrees to craft a plan for ensuring the continued competitiveness of the island’s technology companies. It is the ‘right thing to do’…

Cedric Dyson is a tinkerer and does not care about politics. Instead, he loses himself in his job as a Failure Analyses (FA) engineer who figures out why some chips do not work the way they are supposed to.  Then he notices a pattern.  Like a crime detective on a murder case, he follows the clues, trusts his intuition, and uncovers a shocking truth…

Everything comes to a head with a murder of a foreign citizen on US soil…




‘There is a Tide in the Affairs of Men’

William Shakespeare


t-0 + 20 months, Chandler, AZ

Jane knew that this time around she would need to be nothing more than a wallflower. But she did not mind.  In fact, she knew that her participation on this junket was something of a reward.  In the political language of the capital, the proximity to the president that this trip offered was recognition for the part she’d played in the project. Besides, flying with POTUS on Air Force 1 was always fun. Even Iron Brew was impressed. And since all the attention would be focused on him, she would get to do what she preferred―observe rather than be observed.

Yes, this trip was to be a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the first of her advanced semiconductor factories. POTUS would meet the CEO of Intel, they would shake hands, pose for pictures, probably with one of those silly giant scissors, and then pretend to tour the facility.

Jane was however surprised by the many thousands of man-hours that went into orchestrating the event.  The team that represented the hosting company―Matt Nowak, the site manager, and his tech geeks―were highly concerned about the prospect of a tour of the facility.  Apparently, this would contaminate the line and once corrupted it would take them weeks to bring it back up to the needed standard. They kept going on  about  Class-1, whatever that meant, and insisted that the only possible way of supporting a tour was if the party was limited to no more than eight people, and if everyone wore the full ‘bunny suits’ and followed standard procedures. Some amongst the nerd squad thought that even that would be unacceptable.

On the other hand, the Secret Service people went into conniptions at the idea of POTUS wearing a bunny suit. Apparently having POTUS in a disguise that would make him indistinguishable from the rest of the party was unthinkable.  It seemed that having him out of sight of the full support team―aides, snipers, eyes and ears, the guy carrying ‘the football’, medics, and all the rest of the normal retinue―was totally against procedures. Not to mention that the level of protection provided by only a couple of agents who would not be allowed to bring in their weapons was entirely unacceptable.

And the White House political spin doctors were concerned about someone snapping inappropriate pictures of the President struggling to get in and out of one of those bunny suits―an awkward procedure that would apparently call for levels of agility that may be beyond the septuagenarian POTUS.



About the Author

Riko Radojcic was born in poor post-war Yugoslavia but enjoyed a very happy and secure early childhood there. When he was twelve his father took a job with the UN World Health Organization and Riko spent his teen years in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania, observing the demise of the colonial Raj as well as some harsh Third World realities. He completed high school in Swiss private schools -- a polar opposite of the Third World -- which gave him a peek into the lives of the one-percenters. He then moved to Manchester, UK, where he witnessed the bleak circumstances of the working class in the heart of industrial England.

After working in the UK for several years, Riko immigrated to the US, settling in San Diego. There he enjoyed a rewarding and a very stimulating career in the semiconductor industry, working in a variety of technical, managerial and business development roles. His professional life exposed him not only to the amazing wonders of silicon chip technology, but also gave him an opportunity to travel internationally and to interact with smart and talented people from very diverse backgrounds. After 35 plus years in the world of high tech and engineering management, Riko is now devoting his full energies to writing as he tries to bring to life the magic of technology, the realities of the high-tech industry, and some of his diverse life experiences through storytelling.


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The Warlock's Curse by C.B. Oresky - Book Tour + Giveaway

The Warlock's Curse

by C. B. Oresky


GENRE: Young Adult Fantasy



Clara and Angelica Grace have never met ghosts. They’ve never sailed on a tall ship, ridden wild unicorns, or fought with magical weapons. Instead, the teenage twins have a wretched existence, ignored by their troubled parents in a rundown home and tormented by the town’s snobs.

Everything turns topsy-turvy all of a sudden when discovery of an ancestor’s hidden journal with an odd key to an unknown door leads them into an entirely different realm.

The girls go on a thrilling oceanic voyage to search for mysterious whales, train with a seasoned warrior, and are befriended by a wise Master. But all is not a bouquet of lovely lilies…they are hunted by a cunning warlock and must rid themselves of The Warlock’s Curse.



 “Help! Please help!” Angelica cried, turning toward the direction the voice had come from.

Veils of darkness greeted her eyes. 

Suddenly, a strange sight seized both girls’ attention. The oddest-looking creature the girls had ever seen emerged from the gloom, waddling along a curved path near the pool’s edge. Its shape gradually came into view. 

The squat creature stood about two feet tall, an amethyst stud adorning its short nose, its long face crowned by a single lock of fair curly hair. In place of normal clothing, a grasshopper-green mossy material covered its small hands and feet, while an amber mesh filament, appearing like thinly braided laces, swathed its arms and back. It eagerly flew toward the girls, appearing like a goldfinch, its smooth, translucent body quivering like firm jelly and glowing as the shimmering sun. The creature’s unforgettably deep eyes were grave and dark and splashed with touches of ocher, like glossy black beetles. 

Clara trembled in her well-worn boots, imagining the approaching creature as a monster in some horror movie. She wrapped her wool cape more tightly about her, wishing it might somehow guard her from harm. 


Angelica also eyed the peculiar-looking being fearfully and staggered back a step. 

The golden creature stopped just short of them.  

 “It smells good…like meadow grass and flowers,” Clara whispered.


 “Hummmmmm, Hummmmm,” its melodious voice buzzed, like bees flitting over flowers. The odd creature licked its rubbery lips. 


Author Interview

What are your favorite TV shows? I adore the period classics on PBS Masterpiece. Series such as All Creatures Great & Small, Sanditon, Victoria, and Little Women are all so well written. The acting is great; the costumes are incredible.

I also love science fiction series such as Star Trek and Star Trek Next Generation. These series give me hope that perhaps someday the human race can overcome its difficulties and achieve great things in the final frontier of space.

What is your favorite meal? Spaghetti and Meatballs… Need I say more?

If you were to write a series of novels, what would it be about? I would turn my debut novel into a duology. The twins would get older. They would experience their first love, fight evil, continue to practice meditation…and develop special occult skillsets.

Is there a writer you idolize? If so who? I idolize J.R.R. Tolkien, the father of fantasy. I love how Tolkien’s artistry with words, masterfully paints scene after scene about a magical world where creatures talk and everything from the trees to the mountains seem alive. The Oxford English scholar could do it all when it came to world building: he created his own languages, geography, unique races, and relatable characters who fought for justice and those they love. I find myself easily swept away into his ingenious books and totally connected to the characters.

How did you come up for the title of this book? The original title of my book, being a great The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe fan, was The Master, The Captain, The Warlock, and The Warrior (named after the main characters in my book). However, my omniscient editor felt that the title was longer than a trip to the moon. Standing on her pedestal of justice and holding a lamp of truth, she informed me: “Young adults prefer titles to be short and direct.” Because of her wisdom, I listened… I shortened the title to The Warlock’s Curse, as the story is about twin sisters on a perilous adventure to remove an ancient curse.


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Fascinated by the works of Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, C.B. Oresky began writing her own fantasy novel, The Warlock’s Curse, after dreaming of being whisked off to an alien realm. Besides her debut novel, she has seen four of her short stories published in a small, national literary press: Conceit Magazine. When she’s not writing, she can be found wandering through the  woods, dancing flamenco, or planting flowers in her garden. She currently lives in a small town in Connecticut with her bodybuilder husband, their exceptionally naughty Scottish terrier and Siamese cat, ten chickens, Mr. Tiggy the hedgehog, and a yard filled with majestic flowers.




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My Montana Valentine & Adoring Stacey by Elsa Winckler - Book Blitz

Title: My Montana Valentine & Adoring Stacey  

Author: Elsa Winckler

 Genre: Contemporary Romance 

Release Date: January 30, 2023 

Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.

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Title: My Montana Valentine 

Genre: Contemporary Romance 

Tropes: Small Town Romance, Enemies to Lovers, Matchmaker 

Release date: January 30, 2023 

Publisher: Tule Publishing 

He doesn’t believe in happy endings…

Saddled with the impossible task of finding a feel-good story, journalist Aiden O’Sullivan reluctantly accepts his godmother’s invitation to visit Marietta, Montana, to experience the small town’s Valentine’s Day celebration. Upon his arrival, a minor ankle injury lands him in the ER of the local hospital when his godmother insists a doctor should examine it.

After her parents’ untimely deaths, Dr. Vivian Miller moved from Sacramento to Marietta with her siblings. Apart from the freezing cold and rampant gossiping, life in town is uneventful. Until a music teacher at the local high school brings her godson to the ER. Vivian has a soft spot for children and hurries to help, only to find the “godson” is an opinionated, rude journalist with no visible injury to his foot.

Vivian has no time for journalists, even the drop-dead gorgeous kind. Aiden isn’t in town for long, but he quickly becomes involved in the lovely doctor’s problems, something he’s sworn will never happen again.

Will these two strangers end up finding a home together at the foot of Copper Mountain?


He did a double-take. Dr. Vivian Miller was standing in front of him. He blinked, but when he opened his eyes, she was still there. She looked different, though. Still no makeup, but the tight bun was gone. Instead, golden-blond curls fell over her shoulders and down her back. Dressed in jeans and a soft, blue sweater, matching the blue of her eyes, she just about took his breath away.

“Doctor…” His voice was strangely husky; he had to clear his throat before he could continue to speak. “Doctor Miller?”

Fidgeting with her bag, she was noticeably uneasy. “Vivian, please. Look, I’m sorry about earlier. I was… I thought you were a little boy, and I was probably rude.”

So, the ice-cold Doctor Miller did have a heart somewhere. Enjoying her discomfort, he leaned against the door frame for a moment, ignoring the cold. “Probably?”

She lifted her chin. “May I come in, please? It’s bitterly cold, if you haven’t noticed. I’ve brought you some Tylenol and a gel that will help relieve the pain. And could you… would you mind…” Inhaling, she stomped into the house. “Please put on a damn shirt.”

Title: Adoring Stacey 

Author: Elsa Winckler 

Genre: Contemporary Romance 

Tropes: Small-town Romance, matchmaker, bachelor auction 

Release Date: January 25, 2023 

Publisher: Inkspell Publishing

Can he convince her that what’s between them is much more than just biology?

Stacey Lawrence is happily single even though the folks in Alisson, Montana seemed bent on getting her the last thing she wanted: a husband. And babies? The mere thought has her shuddering, and that is not because of the cold Montana winters. If she can now only stay away from the very sexy ex-FBI agent turned self-defense instructor, Jason Coleman until her dopamine and norepinephrine levels have settled, she’ll be able to continue her happy single life as the computer whizz in town. But when Eleanor Johnson needs Stacey’s help with the upcoming bachelor auction, avoiding Jason becomes a problem. Turns out, he’s going to be one of the bachelors.

Since the moment his eyes met Stacey Lawrence’s gorgeous blue ones in one of his self-defense classes, Jason knows she’s trouble. He likes women but he’s not interested in anything more permanent than a few dates. Avoiding her isn’t initially a problem. Turns out, the lady is also trying to avoid him. But when he’s roped in to take part in the ridiculous bachelor’s auction, he ends up spending more time with the elusive Stacey until he forgets why he wanted to avoid her in the first place.

Too old to play games, Jason suggests they spend time together but Stacey seems convinced that they’re attraction is just biology. Is she right or are his feelings for the redhead much more than a mere chemical reaction?


But he continued grinning. “See? We’re finally getting to know one another. I didn’t know you’d been a waitress before you moved to Alisson.”

She stopped in the middle of the bar and faced him. “I don’t know what your game is, but—”

But before she could finish her sentence, his hand reached out and warm fingers touched her face. Her mind froze. The angry words vanished.

It was just a fleeting gesture, but one she felt right down to the bottoms of her soles. I’m too old to play games, Stacey. You’re breathtakingly beautiful. I ache for you.” His eyes darkened, his voice turned gravelly. He dropped his hand. “But I get the message. You’re not interested. If you ever change your mind, though, let me know. We’ve tried avoiding each other…”

She opened her mouth to disagree, but he put a finger on her lips, effectively making it impossible to form thoughts, let alone say a single word.

“You’ve been avoiding me. And I’ve tried to stay out of your way. It’s not working. I still think about you all the damn time. Maybe we should try something different. I want you even more now than I did when I first laid eyes on you in the dojo. And don’t even try to tell me you don’t remember that moment. You reacted to me as well. I noticed. I notice everything about you.” With a final touch to her arm, he walked away.

Elsa has been reading love stories for as long as she can remember and when she ‘met’ the classic authors like Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, Henry James, the Brontë sisters, etc. during her Honors studies, she was hooked for life.

Although her three gown-up children rarely acknowledge the fact they have a romance-writing mom, her husband fortunately, is very proud of her, reads every word and is happy to make sure she gets the kissing scenes just right.

She likes the heroines in her stories to be beautiful, feisty, independent and headstrong.  And the heroes must be strong but possess a generous amount of sensitivity. They are of course, also gorgeous.  Her stories typically incorporate the family background of the characters to better understand where they come from and who they are when we meet them in the story.


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Better Than Our Dogs by John J. Murray Jr. - Book Blitz

Christian Nonfiction

Date Published: August 12, 2020


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Good dogs are obedient, loving, loyal, protective, and friendly. They honor their masters, bark only at the right times, and inspire us to be better through heroism, perseverance, and selflessness. Dogs have weak moments, too. They poop blue, jump out of car windows, and, at times, might be nicknamed the “Devil Dog.”Better Than Our Dogs uses funny and engaging stories to illustrate timeless lessons from the book of James. Each chapter offers practical advice, challenges readers to determine which dog they are most like, and encourages everyone to be better today. Better friends. Better people. Better followers of God.

About the Author

John J. Murray Jr. is the award-winning author of Better Than Our Dogs. He leads Bible study groups with members from across the country. After leaving private practice as an attorney, John won the League for Innovation in the Community College Excellence Award as the Paralegal Program Director and law instructor at Alvin Community College. He lives in Texas with his wife, Lana, and their dog, Chloe.


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Atticus Everheart, Fifth Grade Tutor, and Monster Hunter? by C.L. Colyer - Book Tour + Giveaway

Atticus Everheart, Fifth Grade Tutor, and Monster Hunter?

by C.L. Colyer


GENRE:   Middle Grade Action Adventure



Nothing frightens Atticus Everheart more than monsters, thanks to his older brothers, who often threaten to feed him to the beastly creatures.
Fearing that’s what they will do if he doesn’t replace the book he accidentally ruined, he takes a job tutoring a boy in his neighborhood.

Although nervous about the job, Atticus soon discovers there’s a lot more in store for him than teaching. Never in a trillion years would he have imagined he’d be hiding from monsters, working with ghosts, or searching for werewolves and witches. He’s not brave, and he has no plans to change.

Until he’s forced to.



“What?” called Atticus to his retreating student. 

He had to have heard wrong. Drago hadn’t said, “dead.” He’d said, “red.” No, the color didn’t make sense either. “Fred.” That’s what Drago had said; it was probably short for Frederica. 

Feeling better, Atticus made a mental note to clean the wax out of his ears when he got home, then jogged up the stairs after Drago. 

“Please take the spelling test! We’re supposed to be studying!” Under his breath he added, “You don’t struggle with lessons, do you? You’re easily distracted.” 

Drago had a shorter attention span than Evie, and that was saying something. Atticus’s littlest sister bounced from subject to subject faster than his father surfed TV channels. 

“Look, take the pretest, and then you can introduce me to your grandmother.”

“I’ll take it after you meet her.” 

Atticus tripped over a step, caught his balance, and continued his ascent, keeping one hand on the railing. Would Drago’s mother fire him if she found out that Atticus hadn’t taught Drago a single word? Was it Atticus’s fault? He had tried to choose easy words, but home did have a silent e. There’d been a time when Atticus had forgotten about it too. 

“Is home too hard? How about batty?” said Atticus, throwing out the first word that came to mind. Batty described his student. B-a-t-t-y, meaning nuts, wacko, cuckoo. 


Author Interview

1. What is the first book that made you cry? I’m not sure if this was the first book to make me cry, but I had to have a box of tissues next to me when I read Fault in Our Stars, and I remember skimming one of the chapters because it was just too sad. I recommend the book to anyone who enjoys contemporary YA. Just read it with tissues nearby.

2. How long, on average, does it take you to write a book? Six months to a year, depending on how much I have going on. Atticus Everheart, Fifth Grade Tutor and Monster Hunter? took about nine months from first draft to last revision.

3. How do you select the names of your characters? I tend to make a mental note of names I hear and like, and then I use the name in the next book. Atticus got his first name from a show I was watching. His last name just popped into my head one day and stuck. Naming Drago was slightly more difficult. At first, I wanted him to have a name that meant dragon. I went to the website Behind the Name and searched for names meaning dragon. Draco came up, but I didn’t want to use the name of a well-known character from Harry Potter, so that was out. While searching the site for other options, I found Drago, and I thought “Drago Dracul” had a nice ring to it. 

4. What are your top 5 favorite movies?

  • Practical Magic – I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve seen it.
  • Sweet Home Alabama – I’m a sucker for the second chance-romance in this one.
  • Dracula Untold – And not just because Luke Evans is in it.
  • Mean Girls – Don’t judge! It’s a great example of a movie that shows character growth and the clicks in high school.
  • Harry Potter – Always. 

5. If you were the last person on Earth, what would you do? I’d learn how to fly a plane and tour the world. There are so many places I would like to visit. 

6. What fictional character would you want to be friends with in real life? Hermione Granger. I’m a proud Gryffindor and I think she and I would get along just fine. 

7. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? Don’t give up, ignore the nay-sayers, and read a lot.  Also, an editor from a writing workshop I attended recommended Mean Girls as a movie to watch to help with character development and voice. It really is a great movie if you’re an aspiring writer. 

8. What book do you wish you had written? I recently read The Midnight Library and thought it had such a clever plotline. I remember thinking I wish I had thought of it.

9. Tell us 10 fun facts about yourself!

  • I can’t start my day without a good cup of coffee. My mind just doesn’t wake up until I have caffeine in me.
  • I work full-time in a technical job. A magic wand would come in handy most days.
  • Every sorting hat test I’ve taken placed me in Gryffindor.
  • I have a sixth sense that allows me to feel others’ emotions. It’s great when people are in a good mood. Not so much when they’re sad, but then I know when someone can use a little cheering up so it works out.
  • I got my first manicure a couple of weeks ago, which made my nails stronger. Now they are just long enough to keep catching on the wrong keys. How do people with nails type? I really need to know the trick. 
  • I believe in guardian angels and I know there were times mine worked overtime.
  • I’m still undecided about demons, ghosts, ghouls, and other supernatural beings, but that’s only because of what they represent and I’m okay with being in denial.
  • I hate to sew, but I have a sewing machine.
  • My guilty-pleasure is curling up on the couch and binge watching my favorite TV series, which includes Charmed, Vampire Dairies, and Downton Abbey.
  • I’m just as happy at home as I am when I’m with friends. 

10. What is your favorite genre to read?   It’s a tie between middle-grade fantasy and paranormal romance. 


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C.L. Colyer found her love for writing in first grade when her class was sent to the library and asked to find a book for their first book report. While she doesn’t still have this book report, she’s very proud to say she got an A on it. Her favorite thing about the book was that it had no words. That’s right, not one! That gave her the freedom to interpret the pictures in any way she wanted and write her own story.

This sparked her love for writing essays. It wasn’t until she was an adult that she sat down and penned her first novel. This story has a special place in her heart because it’s the story that helped her discover her passion for writing. She has since written several books, many of which may never see the light of day, but all of which helped her learn to combine her passion for writing with her fascination with all things mythical.  You’ll find examples of this in her novels.

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