The Diary of a Nagging Wife by Donna Mensah / #Interview #BlogTour @rararesources

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A hilarious story of the ups and downs of a overtired and overworked mother, two needy children and an overbearing husband the perfect laugh-out-loud story
The diary of a nagging wife is a hilarious journey of the up’s and downs of the life of Annie a 39-year-old mother to a chatty toddler and a newborn, going from a high roller financial manager to being boggled down with two children is no easy picnic, throw in an overbearing obnoxious husband to the mix equals a disaster. Written in the form of a diary, join Annie as she begins to wonder whether there is more to life than swollen breasts and picking up her husbands dirty laundry from of the floor. Can Annie truly figure out what she wants from her life?

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Q&A

– When and where do you prefer to write?

I love to write at home at my desk. Or outside on a sunny day at a lovely park

– Do you have a certain ritual?

I always have to listen to music when I am writing my novels, especially Jazz.

– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?

I can never say no to coffee.

– What is your favourite book?

That’s a hard choice as there is so many!! I would say anything written by Jane Green, I’m a huge fan.

– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?

Yes! I am a huge fan of thriller novels, I would love the opportunity to write one.

– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?

Sometimes you often find that certain people or conversations can inspire your work.

– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?

I have a notepad on my phone and I always have ideas come up so I’m always prepared.

– Which genre do you not like at all?

Horror

– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

I would say Benjamin Zephaniah he is a wonderful author and poet.

– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?

I would say Thailand I really like the culture and the food. I think I can create some interesting characters.

Thank you, Donna Mensah and Rachel’s Random Resources

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About the author 

Donna Mensah is a author of the new novel ‘The diary of a nagging wife’
Donna is a women’s fiction writer and her writing is know for it’s humor and will often have you convulsing with laughter from the moment you pick it up.

Donna started her career as a singer and songwriter, so her passion for writing was already evident, however a twist of fate, allowed her to take a different route into the world of book writing and she hasn’t looked back since.
Donna lives and works out of her home in Waltham Abbey, Essex with her husband and two children.

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Author Links

Instagram: @donnamensahauthor

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Book Links

US – https://www.amazon.com/diary-nagging-wife-Donna-Mensah-ebook/dp/B0921P692K/

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/diary-nagging-wife-Donna-Mensah-ebook/dp/B0921P692K/

Song of All Songs by Donna Dechen Birdwell / #Interview #BlogTour @pumpupyourbook @donnadechen

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Earthcycles #1

Despised by her mother’s people and demeaned by her absent father’s legacy, Meridia has one friend—Damon, an eccentric photologist. When Damon shows Meridia a stone he discovered in an old photo bag purchased from a vagrant peddler, she is transfixed. There’s a woman, she says, a dancing woman. And a song. Can a rock hold a song? Can a song contain worlds? Oblivious of mounting political turmoil, the two set out to find the old peddler, to find out what he knows about the stone, the woman, and the song. But marauding zealots attack and take Damon captive, leaving Meridia alone. Desolate. Terrified. Yet determined to carry on, to pursue the stone’s extraordinary song, even as it lures her into a journey that will transform her world.

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Q&A

When and where do you prefer to write?

I prefer to write in a place I find invigorating and inspiring! And I’m definitely a morning person. Mostly I write on my big iMac computer in my downstairs study, facing a window onto the back porch, a window that also offers a reflection of sky and trees from the window behind me. I like the perspective. Before the pandemic, I also went at least once a week to a coffee shop (or wine bar, depending on time of day) where I could write on my laptop for a couple of hours. Then, of course, there are the trips where I cart off my laptop to distant states and countries!

Do you have a certain ritual?

Coffee comes first (after I’ve greeted my bird with our usual exchange of “Good morning!”), followed by a quick check of email and social media. Then I review what I wrote the day before and off I go! If I get caught at any point, I may go for a walk…or make a cup of tea.

Do you like a drink or something to nibble on while you write?

First morning coffee is essential, but I usually end up with one or more cups of tea later in the day. I have been known to nibble on a chocolate chip cookie or a few jalapeño lentil chips. During the pandemic, Alexa started asking me, “Is it time to order more jalapeño lentil chips?” They had apparently become a staple!

Do you consider writing a different genre or do you already do that?

Four of my five published novels are science fiction. The other one is contemporary fiction. That one does make reference to a tourist space flight, but that’s not science fiction anymore!

What is/are your favourite book(s)?

That question always stumps me. My most recent favorite book is Elizabeth Moon’s Remnant Population. I identified so strongly with her main character, Ofelia! I also adore The Telling by Ursula Le Guin and N.K. Jemisin’s entire Broken Earth trilogy. And having recently read Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ Love in the Time of Cholera, I must confess that I am residually haunted by images from that story.

Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?

I’m sure I do, since people I know constitute a huge part of whatever I know about what humans might look like and how they behave. But I never do it consciously or

intentionally—never a whole character where you could say, “Oh, that’s your cousin Millicent!” My characters kind of compose themselves out of whatever’s there in my mental cabinet of curiosities.

If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

I wouldn’t. Really, I wouldn’t want to. I’m too much of a control freak to share such a personal act of creation with anyone else! I relish the input of beta readers and editors, but I draw the line at a co-author.

Do you take a (digital) notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?

I keep a physical notebook beside my computer for jotting down those side notes and questions about characters and story and setting. (Where was X while this was happening? How did Y feel about this?) When I’m out and about with my laptop, the notebook comes along. At other times—for instance, when I’m taking a walk—I pull out my phone and record voice notes. (People just think I’m talking on the phone, so not weird at all. Right?)

Which genre(s) do you not like at all?

Now you’re trying to get me in trouble! The only genre I really don’t like is (hold your breath) Romance. (Exhale.) Sorry, but at my age I’m like, “Been there. Done that. Yeah, that, too, and it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.” There are deep interpersonal relationships in my books, but very little that would satisfy the popular appetite for Romance. Horror is another genre that I don’t seek out, though when I occasionally run across it and it’s well done, I don’t dislike it.

If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?

As an anthropologist, I’ve done a fair amount of traveling to do research! Since retiring from anthropology, I’ve taken a few trips specifically for novel research, including to Belize and Costa Rica. I capitalized on previous travel in India while writing the second book of my Recall Chronicles. With respect to my current EarthCycles series (and this may be the tiniest bit of a spoiler) I would go to Peru and Bolivia. In fact, I had such a journey in the plans pre-pandemic. Thank heavens for Google and Google Maps!

Thank you, Donna Dechen Birdwell and Pump Up Your Book

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About the author

When Donna Dechen Birdwell was about ten years old, she became obsessed with the idea that if she was thinking with her brain, she ought to be able to think how it works! She’s been trying to wrap her mind around reality (and how humans experience it) ever since. She made a career out of anthropology—that utterly boundless science of humankind and how we got here—and then sidestepped into Buddhist philosophy and then art and photography and writing stories that tend to fall somewhere in the neighborhood of speculative and/or science fiction. She’s a big fan of Ursula LeGuin and N.K. Jemisin.

In her EarthCycles series, Donna imagines a far, far future world in which pockets of survivors of a global apocalypse have evolved new ways of being human. “Not altogether new,” she says. “More like rearrangements of certain aspects of our inherent human potential.” The first volume of EarthCycles, Song of All Songs, received the 2020 silver medal from Self Publishing Review. The book introduces a mixed-race main character making her unique way through a deeply conflicted world. The second book in the series, Book of All Time, is set for release in August of 2021.

Donna’s first trilogy (Recall Chronicles) is set in a hauntingly familiar 22nd-century world in which nobody grows old, an achievement that turns out to be not nearly so utopian as one might expect. Each volume tells the story of a different character’s experience of that world, but the stories are intertwined and some of the same characters turn up in all the books.

A stand-alone contemporary fiction book, Not Knowing, explores intergenerational PTSD in the life of an archaeologist working in Belize. Donna worked as an ethnologist in Belize for many years, so there’s a lot of her heart in this one.

Before anthropology, Donna worked as a newspaper reporter, and beyond anthropology she studied Buddhist philosophy (and practice) and then became an artist and photographer. Her paintings are done in acrylics on handmade Nepali lokta paper. Her primary photographic interest is in Miksang contemplative photography.

Donna earned her Ph.D. in anthropology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and previously taught at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.

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Author Links

Website: https://donnadechenbirdwell.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/donnadechen/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wideworldhome/

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Book Link

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3dHPNVy

 
 

The Girl from Venice by Siobhan Daiko / #Extract #BlogTour @maryanneyarde @siobhandaiko

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Lidia De Angelis has kept a low profile since Mussolini’s racial laws wrenched her from her childhood sweetheart. But when the Germans occupy Venice in 1943, she must flee the city to save her life.

Lidia joins the partisans in the Venetian mountains, where she meets David, an English soldier fighting for the same cause. As she grows closer to him, harsh Nazi reprisals and Lidia’s own ardent anti-fascist activities threaten to tear them apart.

Decades later in London, while sorting through her grandmother’s belongings after her death, Charlotte discovers a Jewish prayer book, unopened letters written in Italian, and a fading photograph of a group of young people in front of the Doge’s Palace.

Intrigued by her grandmother’s refusal to talk about her life in Italy before and during the war, Charlotte travels to Venice in search of her roots. There, she learns not only the devastating truth about her grandmother’s past, but also some surprising truths about herself.

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Marta’s parents said Giorgio could stay the night, but he must leave tomorrow or risk putting the family in danger. They took him upstairs to the attic, gave him dry clothes, some food and a chamber pot, and then left him to his own devices.

Marta went with Lidia to the door. ‘I’ll send a message to the National Liberation Committee at daybreak,’ she said. ‘They’ll know what to do.’

The Committee was the organisation representing the Resistance movement, which had come into existence after the armistice, Lidia recalled.

In different circumstances, she would have teased Marta about the way Giorgio was looking at her and the way she’d responded to him, but now was not the time.

‘Take care.’ Lidia kissed her on both cheeks. ‘Shame I have to get home to beat the curfew.’

‘Will I see you tomorrow?’ Marta asked.

‘I’ll try…’

Lidia made her way quickly along the fondamenta and let herself into the apartment, calling out, ‘Papa I’m home.’ She’d decided not to tell him about Giorgio—it wasn’t something he needed to be aware of, just like she kept him in the dark about the pamphlets she, Marta, and their friends had recently started clandestinely posting through letter boxes. Leaflets in which they relayed to Venetians the news their group gleaned from Radio Londra to counteract the Nazi-fascist propaganda in Il Gazzettino and other mainstream papers.

‘How was the film?’ Papa asked later at dinner, twirling spaghetti onto his fork.

‘Not as good as we thought it would be,’ she sighed. She debated with herself whether to tell him about the troop ship—leaving out all mention of Giorgio—but thought better of it. Papa was adamant the Allies would defeat the Germans any day now, and, until his hopes had been proved otherwise, she didn’t want to cause him any dismay.

They spent the rest of the meal chatting about Papa’s patients, after which Lidia went to her room. She gave him the excuse that she wanted to write to Renzo, but her heart wasn’t in it. She sat at her desk and gazed at the photo he’d sent her, taken on the steps of Zurich University—she took it out from time to time to remind herself what he looked like.

They’d been apart so long now and she’d kept herself for him the entire time. Her gut instinct told her he’d met someone else, and, although she’d resolved to press him about his silence, if the truth were to be told she no longer cared enough to worry about it.

Her thoughts turned to the man she and Marta had rescued from the lagoon. Who was he and what had made him risk his life by diving off that ship? Those questions and what she’d seen on the newsreel went round and round in her head, making her sleep badly. Papa took one look at her bleary eyes at breakfast and gave her another day off.

Feeling somewhat guilty, she shrugged on her coat as soon as he’d left for his rounds. Within minutes she’d arrived at the Pivettas’ front door. She was about to knock when she was joined by Stefano. ‘Marisa has taken Marta’s message to the Committee,’ he said. ‘Marta crept out under cover of darkness to see her last night. Marisa phoned me and asked me to meet her here…’

Marta let them in and took them through to the lounge, where Giorgio was sitting at the coffee table.

Stefano took the seat next to him and fixed him with a steely stare. ‘How do we know you’re not a spy?’

‘I swear on my mother’s life that I’m not,’

Lidia knew that if an Italian male swore something on his mother’s life, then he was probably telling the truth. But how could she be 100 per cent sure?

‘Can you explain why you were on that ship?’ she asked, pulling up a chair.

‘I was with the Decima Mas, the Tenth Assault Vehicle Flotilla, in the commando frogman unit. After the Germans disarmed us, most of my comrades decided to enlist and fight for Mussolini’s republic.’ Giorgio rubbed a hand across his brow. ‘But I refused. I hate the tedeschi. That ship was taking me and other dissenters to the south. The bastards said they wanted us to reinforce a defensive line north of Naples to stop the Allied advance on Rome. I would rather die than fight for those miserable, figli di puttane. Those sons of whores.’

Lidia leaned back in her seat. Dread spread through her. She remembered Professor Jona’s suicide. She remembered the newsreel images of the German tanks and armoured vehicles occupying Rome. She remembered Mussolini stepping out of the plane and shaking Hitler’s hand. Papa’s prediction that the war would be over before they knew it was never going to be a reality. The Allies had been stalled.

Worst of all, for her and Papa, the Gestapo were already hunting Jews in Venice. They had no list, but they wouldn’t let that stop them.

With a thud, the door to the Pivettas’ lounge crashed open.

Caterina, Marta’s younger sister, burst into the room. ‘They’ve come for you,’ she said.

Thank you, Siobhan Daiko and The Coffee Pot Book Club

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About the Author 

Siobhan Daiko is an international bestselling historical romantic fiction author. A lover of all things Italian, she lives in the Veneto region of northern Italy with her husband, a Havanese puppy and two rescue cats. After a life of romance and adventure in Hong Kong, Australia and the UK, Siobhan now spends her time, when she isn’t writing, enjoying the sweet life near Venice.

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Author Links

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/siobhandaiko

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Amazon Author Page: author.to/SiobhanDaiko

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7091256.Siobhan_Daiko

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Book Links

Available on Kindle Unlimited.

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The Road from Cromer Pier by Martin Gore / #Interview #BlogTour @rararesources @AuthorGore

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It’s ten years on from The Road to Cromer Pier, and Summertime Special Show Director Karen Wells has two potential headliners, but both have issues. Dare she take the risk? And Karen herself is at a crossroads. Will her mother Janet ever retire and allow her to run the pier theatre? Meanwhile Janet’s nemesis, businessman Lionel Pemrose still has designs on the pier theatre, but he is facing growing financial problems. Bank manager Peter Hodson is haunted by a past indiscretion, and calls in recently widowed turnaround expert Tom Stanley. Can he keep the indiscretion a secret? Tom is bereaved and has recently been made redundant from his own firm. He is too young to retire, and after years of long hours, suddenly finds himself unemployed. He pours his energies into the assignment, which could be his last hurrah. Old enmities, loyalties and past mistakes surface as the future of the pier theatre is once again under threat, and those involved must deal with unresolved issues in their lives

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Q&A

Did or do you like to read comic books / graphic novels? Which ones?

Only as a kid. I had three brothers so we had a mixture of comics. I think the Beano was my favourite, but we also had the Hotspur, Dandy and the Topper if I recall. Later on, I enjoyed war books like Battler Brittain, and I’d always liked the Ladybird history books like Henry V and Richard the Lionheart.

Whom did you inherit your love for books/reading from?

I’ve never been a prolific reader to be honest, something which my mother gave me grief over. I did discover the Famous Five books, and really liked them, Jennings & Derbyshire too. My father was a keen reader of historical memoires, and bored my mother rigid by reading them out! I still tend to favour biographies to fiction, although I’ve enjoyed books by Goddard, Haley and De Mille. Hardly works of Shakespeare, but I prefer writing to reading!   

When you need a murder victim or someone you can diagnose with a serious disease or someone who is involved in a fatal accident do you sometimes picture someone nasty you have met in real life and think ‘got you’ LOL?

Well, that’s not quite my genre, but no, I don’t think that I have in that way. I seem to write strong female characters, but they aren’t drawn from people I know. I guess that there is a lot of me in certain male characters, Paul Warren in The Road to Cromer Pier, and Tom Stanley in The Road from Cromer Pier for example. Warren draws on my childhood Cromer holidays and Stanley because I’ve worked in business turnaround a lot. 

One of my plays, He’s Behind You, has a very irreverent time poking fun at privatisation and the civil service, and does reflect on my view of those organisations.

How do you come up with the names for your characters?

Tricky things names. I once had to change a character’s name from Jim as I’d already got a Jim elsewhere, and I have quite a lot of characters in my books, so I need to be very careful. A schoolboy error you learn from. Find and Replace on Word comes in very handy! 

The Murgatroyd name in Pen Pals came out of the need for a strong northern name, and I spotted the name on a fish and chip shop in Leeds. The bank manager Peter Hodson in the Pier books comes from the first bed and breakfast we stayed in, Hodsons in East Runton. It was the village filling station too, but it closed long ago.

For the main baddie name in The Road to Cromer Pier I was so concerned that I might inadvertently pick a name that was the same as a local resident that I went for quite an obscure name to hedge my bets. If there is a Lionel Pemrose out there, I apologise! 

Do write other things beside books (and shoppinglists 😉 )?

I don’t do lists. My wife loves them and drives me to distraction! 

When I was nine years old, I told my mother that as I liked composition and drama, I wanted to be a Playwright. She suggested that I’d better work hard and get a proper job, so I did. My love of writing was rekindled when I began writing pantomimes for Walkington Pantomime Players in 2010, and I have now written eight. My debut play, He’s Behind You, was performed in 2016, and is now published on line. Both Pen Pals and The Road to Cromer Pier were originally plays, now converted to novels. The plays are also available to perform. The Road from Cromer Pier is the first that I’ve written as a novel only, so I moved from ‘planster’ to ‘pantster’.

If a movie or series would be made from your books, would you be happy with the ‘based on’ version or would you rather like they showed it exactly the way you created it?

I think that I’d be pretty tolerant, because the joy of seeing my work performed, particularly to a live audience, is something I’ve loved when my pantomimes are performed. Hearing audience laugh at something you’ve written has to be the best feeling, and reading written reviews about the novels keeps me wanting to write more. 

But I guess there are limits, and we’ve all seen films that are nothing like as good as the book, so I’d certainly be an active participant in the process. I have pitched the pier books to a west end producer, so I might yet find out!

Who would you like/have liked to interview?

I’d probably say someone like Cameron MacIntosh, because I love musical theatre so much. We’ve seen Les Mis more times than I can remember, and Hamilton both in London and San Francisco. Getting someone like that to critique my work would help me be the best I can be.  

Do you have certain people you contact while doing research to pick their brains? What are they specialized in?

For The Road to Cromer Pier, I interviewed a cast member from the show between performances, an Australian juggler called James Bustar, because the book is so much about the cast of the show. The Cromer Pier Theatre were incredibly supportive, and discussing how the show went together was invaluable too. 

I do use the internet a lot too, from coming up with locations to working out plot lines. Without risking spoilers there were a couple of legal and medical situations I needed to research for The Road from Cromer Pier which I found the answers for on the internet. It is frankly amazing what people can get up to…

Is there someone you sometimes discuss a dilemma with?

My long-suffering wife mainly! I know that she will tell me if a plot line is feasible or not, although frankly fact is indeed often stranger than fiction. My editor for The Road from Cromer Pier, Clare Dyer did a structural review of the plot, and gave me a large number of points of improvement which I tackled head on, but generally my instincts are pretty good, and I wrote it using my long standing business experience, which helps.

What is more important to you : a rating in stars with no comments or a reviewer who explains what the comments they give are based on (without spoilers of course)

Ratings without reviews (good and bad) annoy me a lot, because feedback is the only way I know if the reader likes my work or not, and if so why. As an independent author with limited finances those reviews really do determine the degree of commercial success you have, in particular Amazon reviews. The Road to Cromer Pier was rated at 4.6 at one point, but I had a single one star and a two star rating which has dropped it to 4.4, without any explanation as to why they rated it so badly when others loved it.  

Thank you, Martin Gore and Rachel’s Random Resources

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About the author 

I am a 63 year old Accountant who semi-retired to explore my love of creative writing. In my career I held Board level jobs for over twenty five years, in private, public and third sector organisations. I was born in Coventry, a city then dominated by the car industry and high volume manufacturing. Jaguar, Triumph, Talbot, Rolls Royce, Courtaulds, Massey Ferguson were the major employers, to name but a few.

When I was nine year’s old I told my long suffering mother that as I liked English composition and drama I was going to be a Playwright. She told me that I should work hard at school and get a proper job. She was right of course.

I started as an Office Junior at Jaguar in 1973 at eleven pounds sixty four a week. I thus grew up in the strike torn, class divided seventies. My first career ended in 2015, when I semi retired as Director of Corporate services at Humberside Probation. My second career, as a Non Executive Director, is great as it has allowed me free time to travel and indulge my passion for writing, both in novels and for theatre.

The opportunity to rekindle my interest in writing came in 2009, when I wrote my first pantomime, Cinderella, for my home group, the Walkington Pantomime Players. I have now written eight. I love theatre, particularly musical theatre, and completed the Hull Truck Theatre Playwrite course in 2010. My first play, a comedy called He’s Behind You, is now available on: https://www.silverbirchingtonplays.com/product-page/he-s-behind-you-by-martin-gore

Pen Pals was my first novel, and a second, The Road to Cromer Pier, is now available in all three formats. It was. officially launched on Cromer Pier itself, coinciding with the new season of the Summertime Special Show.

I’m an old fashioned writer I guess. I want you to laugh and to cry. I want you to believe in my characters, and feel that my stories have a beginning, a middle, and a satisfactory ending.

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Author Links

Twitter – https://twitter.com/AuthorGore

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Martin-Gore-Author-1237780169706466/

website – http://www.martingore.co.uk

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Book Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Road-Cromer-Pier-Martin-Gore-ebook/dp/B0982HW7CG

US – https://www.amazon.com/Road-Cromer-Pier-Martin-Gore-ebook/dp/B0982HW7CG

Key West Dead by Mark Nolan / #SpotlightPost #BookBlitz @RABTBookTours @marknolan

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A beach wedding, with a hidden explosive device waiting to murder the newlyweds.

A kidnapped teenaged girl, strapped with an IED vest that turns her into a suicide bomber.

A former Marine and his girlfriend, along with their trained K-9, who volunteer to hunt for the bomb-maker.

There is trouble in paradise at Margaritaville Resort, where Jake and Sarah try moving in and living together for the first time to see how it goes. Suddenly they have far more than just their progressing relationship on the line. Now their very lives are at stake.

When a murderer begins threatening his friends, Jake vows to hunt him down and stop his crime spree. He and his former war dog, Cody, are soon following the twisted trail of an elusive bomb-maker whose explosive devices are wreaking havoc among the Florida Keys residents and tourists.

The killer is not amused by their interference in his plans, and he soon adds Jake, Sarah, and Cody to his list of targets.

With the islands under constant attack and everybody a suspect, the chase is on in a race against time, as the clock keeps ticking down toward a final heart-stopping confrontation that will bring the trio of Jake, Sarah and Cody face-to-face with death.

Will Cody’s trained nose be able to hunt down the criminal in time, so Jake can stop his bombing spree before he detonates “the big one?” And will Jake and Sarah’s relationship survive their life-threatening ordeal so they can sail away together to sunny islands? Read Key West Dead to find out what happens next.

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Thank you, Mark Nolan and RABT Book Tours

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About the author

Mark Nolan is the Amazon Bestselling Author of the Jake Wolfe Series. 

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Author Links

Website: http://www.marknolan.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MarkNolanAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/marknolan

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14844422.Mark_Nolan

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Book Link

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08FXVTH2T

Songs from Mermaidi by Julia Hengst / #SpotlightPost #BlogTour @RRBookTours1

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The magic universe of mermaids, full of laughter, song and delight: help your child discover self-confidence and find their inner flow by diving deep into the magical world of

Mermaidia. Venus Underwater: Songs from Mermaidia introduces the underwater world of Mermaidia. This humorous and whimsical collection of poems and songs reveals how baby mermaids are made, what mermaid families are like, and how mermaids study magic at School of the Fish to become Sea Witches (not Sand Witches). Created by family therapist Julia Hengst the Venus and Her Fly Trip series helps nurture the whole child, promoting self-esteem, confidence and social/emotional/mental health in a fun, playful way.

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Thank you, Julia Hengst and R&R Book Tours

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About the author

Julia Hengst is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, an avid surfer, traveler and word nerd who resides in Maui. Passionate about psychology, spirituality and media literacy, she holds an undergraduate degree in Media Studies from UC Berkeley, a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology, and an imaginary degree from the University of Puns. 

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Author Links

Website: http://www.juliahengstmft.com/

https://www.facebook.com/venusandherflytrip

https://www.instagram.com/venusandherflytrip/

http://www.venusandherflytrip.net

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Book Link

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Venus-Underwater-Songs-Mermaidia-Trip/dp/1736137506/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=%20https://shop.aer.io/VenusandHerFlyTrip/p/Venus_Underwater_Songs_from_Mermaidia/9781736137505-11501?collection=/0

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Giveaway

Win a copy of the book (digital or print) and a $25 Amazon e-gift card! (Digital for International Winners/ Print for US) 

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Her Outback Driver by Giulia Skye / #SpotlightPost #BlogTour @SDSXXTours @giuliaskye

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When former Olympic champion, Michael Adams—now Canada’s hottest reality TV star—insults his fake showbiz wife on social media, he jumps on the first flight to Australia to escape the ensuing scandal. Desperate to experience ordinary life again—if only for a few weeks—he becomes “Adam”; just another tourist exploring the dusty Outback trails in a beat up truck. But with a reward out for his safe return and his fame’s nasty habit of catching up with him when he least expects, Adam needs a better disguise… and he’s just found one.

Tired of lies and liars, British Backpacker Evie Blake is taking a year out of her busy London life, looking for adventure to heal her broken heart. So when the hot Canadian she meets at the campground offers to drive her through Western Australia’s wild Kimberley region, she grabs the chance, unaware he has the world out looking for him. He’s just a down-on-his-luck traveler, right?

But when hot days turn into even hotter nights, how long does Adam have before Evie discovers who he really is?

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Spotlight Post

Thank you, Giulia Skye and Silver Dagger Book Tours

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About the author

Italian-born Giulia Skye writes page-turning romances with a lot of heart and sizzle. She describes her books as pure feel-good escapism! She lives in England with her Man and their two gorgeous sons, loves gardening and hates waste of any kind.

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Author Links

Twitter handle; @giuliaskye

http://giuliaskye.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/giuliaskye

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/giulia-skye

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Giulia-Skye/e/B081VGS482

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21107808.Giulia_Skye

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Book Link

https://books2read.com/Her-Outback-Driver

Her Outback Driver is her first novel and to celebrate being a Vivian® Contest Finalist, she is inviting readers to download her book for FREE by joining her mailing list. Please go to https://www.subscribepage.com/giuliaskye to claim your free copy today!

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Giveaway

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Falling for His Practical Wife by Laura Martin / #Interview #PublicationDay @lauramartin2788

 

The Ashburton Reunion #2

A viscount-in-waiting
Finds a convenient wife
To claim his inheritance, Leo Ashburton needs a bride who accepts that he can offer her a title and a house, but not love. Annabelle Hummingford—whose scarred face has made her hide from society—seems like the perfect match. But as his shy wife blossoms into a confident, mesmerizing woman, Leo is torn. Falling for her risks being hurt again—but will burying his feelings mean losing her altogether?

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Q&A

When and where do you prefer to write?

I’ve always been a morning person and find I am most productive in the early hours. I love waking before anyone else in the house is up and writing in bed for an hour or two. Often I get more done in the early hours of the morning than I do in the entire rest of the day.

Do you need peace and quiet when you are writing?

No! Peace and quiet in our house feels like something of the distant past. Over the last few years I have learned to tune out the sounds of Peppa Pig whilst snatching a few moments to write. And with the repeated lockdowns over the last year and the whole family staying at home more it’s made it even harder. I do find when there is a rare minute of peace my productivity soars, but at the moment I take my opportunities to write wherever and whenever I can.

If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

There are so many talented authors I admire it’s a hard choice to make. Perhaps Margaret Atwood-I really admire her world building and the way she can completely immerse you in the story you feel as though you are living through it. Or perhaps Kate Quinn, one of my favourite authors, who writes about Ancient Rome filled with gladiators, centurions, slaves and emperors.

Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?

I was once cast as the villain in our school pantomime and felt a little put out by the fact I was the one who would be booed off stage. The drama teacher assured me the villain was the best role-the heroine might get cheered and clapped at the end, but the villain was often the most memorable and the character that actually fired up the emotions.

Where can I find you when you are reading?

Anywhere-or perhaps that should be everywhere. I read to relax so even if I only get a spare few minutes I will always pick up a book and try to carve out enough time to finish the next chapter.

Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?

Writing is a big part of my life, but I am also a mum to two young boys and a doctor working part time. Life can be pretty hectic but we live in a beautiful part of rural Cambridgeshire surrounded by green space and nature. I love to travel but this past year has made me appreciate what is right there on our doorstep and now I enjoy nothing more than bundling everyone out to feed the ducks and get some fresh air.

What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?

It’s the most wonderful feeling. It takes me about four months to write and revise a book and although it is the best job in the world it is also a lot of work. When you hold the book for the first time it feels as though all that time spent, all the nights lying awake working out story arcs and the frustration of re-writing scenes that just aren’t working, is completely worth it.

How do you come up with the ideas for your book?

In romance, maybe even more so than in any other genre, I feel the characters are the most important element. Often I have the start of an idea for a plot and it is only when I settle on the right hero and heroine that it all comes together to make a fully formed idea. I always write a short outline, but prefer to allow the book to develop as I write it than plan out every chapter turn by turn. That way I get to enjoy the excitement of not always knowing exactly what is coming next.

What is your latest release about?

Falling for His Practical Wife is the second book in a duet about the Ashburton brothers, two brothers separated in childhood after the death of their parents. In this book Leo, the oldest of the brothers, needs to find a wife to satisfy the terms of his great-uncle’s will. He chooses Annabelle, a young woman who was injured as a child and has hidden herself away because of the scars on her face. The marriage starts as a marriage of convenience, but with Leo’s support Annabelle blossoms into a confident and charming young woman. Leo has to decide whether he can allow himself to love her or if his fear of abandonment will push her away for good.

Thank you, Laura Martin and Luke Bayliss

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About the author

Laura Martin is a historical romance author and mother to two cheeky boys.

She writes fun and tender Regency romances with heroes you can’t help falling in love with.

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Author Links

Website: https://lauramartinromance.com/ 

https://www.facebook.com/LauraMartinAuthor

https://www.instagram.com/lauramartinauthor/

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Book Links

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08WWPTXXN/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Falling-His-Practical-Wife-Ashburton/dp/0263284131/ref=sr_1_1?crid=IA890PYW1GST&dchild=1&keywords=falling+for+his+practical+wife&qid=1626595501&s=books&sprefix=falling+for+his+practical+%2Cstripbooks%2C162&sr=1-1

Bly by Kelsey Ketch / #CoverReveal #BlogTour @lolasblogtours @kelseyketch

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I left the United States to find inner peace. Instead, I find myself confronting a malicious ghost.

Astyr Salt is a spiritual and emotional empath who moved to England with the intent to forget about a traumatic, supernatural event that occurred during her freshman year of college. However, when she takes a spiritual cleansing assignment in a haunted country home in Essex, she is isolated with all her own pent-up emotions.

These emotions energize the ghosts inhabiting the country home, helping them draw their own tragedies to the surface. Searching for the truth, Astyr is forced to relive the past. And the deeper she dives into the country home’s horrific history, the more the intertwined memories place her in the path of an evil and demented predator.

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Cover Reveal

Thank you, Kelsey Ketch and Lola’s Blog Tours

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About the author

Kelsey Ketch is a young-adult/new-adult author, who works as a Wildlife Biologist and Data Analyst. During her free time, she can often be found working on her latest work in progress. She also enjoys history, mythology, traveling, and reading.

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Author Links

Website: http://kelseyketch.com/

Newsletter: https://kelseyketch.com/features/newsletter/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KelseyKetch

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kelseyketch

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kelseyketch/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7104482.Kelsey_Ketch

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Kelsey-Ketch/e/B00IHZXFIY

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kelsey-ketch

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Giveaway

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The Curse of Conchobar by David Fitz-Gerald / #Extract #BlogTour @maryanneyarde @AuthorDAVIDF

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A Prequel to the Adirondack Spirit Series

Banished by one tribe. Condemned by another. Will an outcast’s supernatural strengths be enough to keep him alive?

549 AD. Raised by monks, Conchobar is committed to a life of obedience and peace. But when his fishing vessel is blown off-course, the young man’s relief over surviving the sea’s storms is swamped by the terrors of harsh new shores. And after capture by violent natives puts him at death’s door, he’s stunned when he develops strange telepathic abilities.

Learning his new family’s language through the mind of his mentor, Conchobar soon falls for the war chief’s ferocious daughter. But when she trains him to follow in her path as a fighter, he’s horrified when his uncanny misfortune twists reality, causing more disastrous deaths and making him a pariah.

Can Conchobar defeat the darkness painting his steps with blood?

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Extract

I call this scene “A Super Freaky Night.” This is written in the first person, so the “I” refers to Conchobar, who is having a difficult time sleeping in a longhouse in close proximity to other people, in sharp contrast to his raising. For context, Spits Teeth is war chief, and Conchobar’s adopted father. Black Rat Snake is Conchobar’s adopted brother.

When Spits Teeth falls asleep, it feels like the longhouse is shaking from the noise he makes. It isn’t just Spits Teeth’s snoring that keeps me awake. It seems like the sound of snoring surrounds me. It should be possible to fall asleep with my fingers pressing my ears closed, but I haven’t been able to manage it so far.

A smoldering anger builds within me. I try to push away thoughts about Spits Teeth shouting at me. I’m not accustomed to being admonished. I repeatedly replay his harsh words in my head. “Is there anything you are good at, boy?” It’s hard to fall asleep when you’re angry.

Then I start to hear chattering. Instead of trying not to hear, now I’m trying to make sense of the change around me. The snoring has stopped. Is it a quiet conversation between two members of the family? I listen intently.

One after another, I hear the various family members talking in their sleep, only I can’t understand a word that anyone is saying. One mumbles. Another grunts in response. It is like they are having a conversation.

The bunks shudder and the walls shake. I want to get away as fast as I can. Unfortunately, I have to carefully crawl across Black Rat Snake’s sleeping body to descend from the elevated bunk. Despite shaking in fear, I’m able to cross my brother’s body without waking him. As I reach the ground, the sounds grow louder. I feel an urgency to get away, yet I have lost control over my body. It is like a nightmare from which I cannot wake.

Previously the strange sleep talking consisted of muted mumblings. It has now elevated to a feverish pitch. They yell and scream at each other, even the ones who normally cower in fear. I stand in the aisle near the hearth fire, and I can see the sleeping family, on both sides of the aisle. I can’t understand how they can sleep through whatever is happening. My head aches, and I feel dizzy.

I wonder if it is them or if it is me. Then I wake up. I recognize that I’ve had a bad dream, yet I’m not completely sure it was all in my imagination.

Thank you, David Fitz-Gerald and The Coffee Pot Book Club

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About the Author 

David Fitz-Gerald writes fiction that is grounded in history and soars with the spirits. Dave enjoys getting lost in the settings he imagines and spending time with the characters he creates. Writing historical fiction is like making paintings of the past. He loves to weave fact and fiction together, stirring in action, adventure, romance, and a heavy dose of the supernatural with the hope of transporting the reader to another time and place. He is an Adirondack 46-er, which means he has hiked all of the highest peaks in New York State, so it should not be surprising when Dave attempts to glorify hikers as swashbuckling superheroes in his writing.

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Author Links

Website: https://www.itsoag.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorDAVIDFG

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Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/David-Fitz-Gerald/e/B076CJK284/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17341792.David_Fitz_Gerald

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Book Links

Universal Link: https://books2read.com/thecurseofconchobar

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Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B08TPDKN1Q

Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/Curse-Conchobar_A-Prequel-Adirondack-Spirit-ebook/dp/B08TPDKN1Q

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Book Chain: https://www.bookchain.ca/book/0x1d8427e3c5b51d32e13b028b8b7786fc8c985c33

The Curse of Conchobar is available for free in exchange for signing up for David’s email list via BookFunnel: https://dl.bookfunnel.com/iwczowhp8q