Her Last Chance by Alison Ragsdale / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @AlisonRagsdale

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My darling girl, I watch you playing outside in the grass. Your long blonde hair sweeps back and your blue eyes are bright with joy. You are utterly perfect, I never imagined something could be so wrong and I’d be powerless to protect you…

Ava’s daughter Carly is everything a ten-year-old should be: energetic, creative and the light of her parents’ lives. But when she starts stumbling down stairs and walking into doors, Ava wants to rush to the doctor. Her husband Rick is sure she’s fretting over nothing – kids can be a little clumsy sometimes. But Ava’s instinct is telling her something is seriously wrong.

Against Rick’s advice, Ava takes Carly to see a specialist and is given a devastating diagnosis: a rare genetic condition that will change her future forever. When Rick realises the truth, he is determined to do all he can to help Carly enjoy what light she has left. The close-knit family take it one day at a time, walking to the beach and watching the sunrise.

Just as Ava begins to imagine a new future for them all, a tragic accident throws their lives into chaos once more. To give her daughter a chance at a full life, Ava faces a devastating choice. How can she possibly choose between the two people she loves most?

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Review

My first book by this author and it won’t certainly not be my last one.

From the very beginning she captured my attention by the way she makes the emotions stream out of the pages. Whether she is talking about sadness, happiness, love, friendship, no matter which feeling she is describing, you can feel it deep in your heart.

You find the love of your life. You start a family and it all is like a dream come true. Unfortunately life is not only gifting you nice things. Sometimes it seems like it really really hates you.

Together as a family you are strong and you know you will climb out of this valley. The future is not quite laughing but definitely smiling at you again, but that’s a good thing, isn’t it? From now on the only way seems to be up…

This was a very beautiful story. The author must have spend quite some time doing research and I always applaud that. It makes the story so much more come to life.

What struck me was the maturity of Carly for such a young girl. The way she handled everything was almost otherworldly. I don’t think I would be able to handle it like she did. 5 stars

Thank you, Alison Ragsdale and Bookouture

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About the author

A former marketing executive, originally from Edinburgh, Alison now lives near Washington D.C. with her husband and dog. She was educated in England and holds an MBA from Leicester University.

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Author Links

website: www.alisonragsdale.com

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

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/AlisonRagsdale

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Ravenous Snakes by Onyx Gold / #SpotlightPost #PublicationDay #BlogTour @LoveBooksGroup @CayellePub

 

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Chamelons Book 2

In the sequel to Chameleons, a pregnant Zia is determined to excommunicate her best friend, Jazmine, from her life. After the fallout from Baxter’s death, Zia has secluded herself to avoid public harassment. However, a stranger is able to wiggle through the cyber blockade, and send her a series of eerie emails that elude to Baxter’s ominous plan. One she’d thought had died with him.

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Thank you, Onyx Gold and Love Books Group

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About the Author

Onyx Gold is a writer of all-things romantic suspense. The stories Onyx writes are primarily imitations of life with extreme twists. Onyx’s debut title, Chameleons, is the first in a tantalizing, unexpected trilogy.

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Book Link 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ravenous-Snakes-Chamelons-Book-2-ebook/dp/B08T1JVVXC/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Ravenous+Snakes&qid=1615126694&s=books&sr=1-1

The Mystery of the Squashed Self by Trisha Lewis / #Extract #BlogTour @LoveBooksGroup @TrishaLewisTalk

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Are you a frustrated, but fabulous, female business owner who feels like you are losing a grip on your passion, personality and power?

Are you feeling stuck in the traps of people-pleasing, blurred boundaries and conformity?

Are you driven, but don’t feel like you are in the driving seat?

Stop!

You are self-squashing.

This book will get you unsquashed. You will feel released as the REAL you with a business that thrillingly thrives rather than sort of survives.

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I want you to start this journey as if you were eagerly turning the first pages of a good story, receptive to discovery and guided by curiosity.

What impostor syndrome and ‘self-squashing’ have in common, however, is that they form a barrier to your joy and growth.

What do we do with barriers?

Unless they are along a crumbling clifftop or denote private property, we careful y remove them to get to where we want to go.

Or do we?

Do we instead tend to use these barriers as an elastic band, pinging us right back to our safe status quo?

The first step in removing a barrier is awareness. Asking questions such as: ‘What is the situation? What am I feeling?

When does this happen, and why?’

You will find the client-investigator-professor model works a treat for this process.

The Client shares experience, feelings, confusion, events.

The Investigator listens intently and pops questions in here and there to nudge more clues from the client and get more insight.

The Professor adds some good geeky reasoning. What might lie behind the behaviours and feelings? What does their brain do? What has research revealed?

Quick note:

The Investigator is my alter ego – not me as a coach! I need to state this up front due to some of the responses from my kind early readers who were amazed that I would behave as a coach in the way the Investigator does. I assure you the only things we have in common are curiosity, good instincts and a sense of humour.

Using these characters and the story form will help you recognise specific behaviours or just the feelings shared. Not every story will resonate as strongly with you, but, if not you, maybe you can share with one of your lovely connections.

One way or another, you are certain to find some common ground with the Investigator’s clients.

I know this because I hazard a guess that you are one of my human readers?

The mere fact of you being a human means you are bound to have unbidden and restricting feelings.

The next step is putting those feelings through the rationality filter. You put a tangled mess of emotions in the top of the filter and get something beautifully manageable out the other end.

Thank you ,Trisha Lewis and Love Books Group

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About the Author

Communication coach, actor and business owner, Trisha Lewis, empowers women to find and be their ‘unsquashed self’ – released from the ‘shoulds’ and ‘self-doubt spirals’.

Trisha has a background as a freelance actor, entertainer, speaker and story facilitator. She set up her communication coaching business in 2016 – at the age of 59. She now works with women starting or growing their own business – with soul and originality.

Trisha pulls on her life and business growing experiences along with common themes in her client work – to ensure her written and spoken resources resonate. This includes her popular  ‘Make it Real’ podcast.

‘The Mystery of the Squashed Self’ is Trisha’s first full-length book – and true to form it brings the challenges of 8 fictional, but reality-based, business owners to life. The common link being ‘self-squashing’.  Trisha took her own advice when deciding to write a business book that didn’t follow the standard style!  

Trisha lives by the seaside on the south coast of the UK with her husband. Her children are all grown up and she has no pets – other than the robotic vacuum cleaner which she admits to talking to.

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Author Link

linktr.ee/trishalewistalk

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Book Link

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mystery-Squashed-Self-self-sabotaging-business-ebook/dp/B08Y91RBNM/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2814MRS0HR62W&dchild=1&keywords=the+mystery+of+the+squashed+self&qid=1616063458&sprefix=the+mystery+of+the+sq%2Cstripbooks%2C203&sr=8-1

Somebody Out There by Kevin Lynch/ #Review #BlogTour @damppebbles @inkubatorbooks

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Be careful what you wish for…

When Ben and Deborah leave the city to start a new life in the beautiful Irish countryside, they can almost taste their perfect future – growing their own food, the kids running free, peace and silence.

But as soon as they arrive in their new home bad things start to happen. And it becomes clear that somebody out there wants them gone.

But ex-crime reporter Deborah doesn’t scare easily. This is the life she’s dreamed of for her family and she’s not giving up on it without a fight.

As the campaign against the family intensifies and becomes truly terrifying, Deborah is determined to unmask whoever is trying to hurt them and starts to dig for the truth.

What she finds is more twisted and horrifying than she could ever have imagined.

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Living in a city versus living in the country? Well, there are advantages to both ways of living of course.

In the city you have access to everything in the blink of an eye: shops, takeaway, …, but you have to deal with traffic, noise,…

In the country you only have the small businesses in the centre of the village and you will have to travel a bit more if you are looking for the chain stores, but on the other hand you wake up to the sound of birdsong and you can smell the fresh air.

Home is where you lay your head is often determined by the kind of job you do, but if one day you wake up and realize that there is so much more to life than just your job? Maybe it’s time to leave the rat race and turn your life upside down? It’s time to slow down a bit and make time for what’s the most important: your family.

The solution? Chose country life over city life and start relaxing and enjoying… Right?

Ben and Deborah are looking forward to that, but it seems like someone might not agree with them…

I enjoyed this story. There were certainly some creepy scenes that made me look over my shoulder too and some that broke my heart in a thousand pieces.

In my opinion there was a thread that was not quite solved. I don’t know if it was done on purpose because in this case there is room for a sequel or not. I would not mind that at all. 4 stars.

Thank you, Kevin Lynch and Damp Pebbles Blog Tours

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About the Author

Kevin is a Guidance Counselor by day and a thriller author during his off hours. He puts an original slant on some common experiences and creates engaging stories with a personal twist. Kevin lives in Ireland with three great kids and a wife who makes him laugh, which is really all he could ask for.

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Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3s6g3gZ

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3sXZZid

Ultimatum by John Andersen / #SpotlightPost #BlogBlitz @LoveBooksGroup @CayellePub

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When alien delegate Charlie was sent down to Earth, he never imagined the humans would comply with his demands. He wanted to give humanity a chance to eradicate all the wrong in the world by eliminating discrimination, hate, greed, immorality, and envy. The only way he believed they would comply was to threaten their entire existence by an alien invasion takeover. He would give them 10 years to right all the wrongs and to unify with one another. Even the President of the United States expressed extreme displeasure about the demand. However, stricken with fear, even though the humans didn’t want to bend to the threat, they knew there was not much of a choice. Ten years pass…

Did the humans come together to force out the aliens or did the aliens return seeing not much had changed since giving the Ultimatum? Will destruction fall upon Earth obliterating human civilization? 

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Thank you, John Andersen and Love Books Group

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About the Author

John Andersen is a USCG licensed yacht captain, a travel photographer and a graphic designer. As an avid traveler, he has captained private yachts in many parts of the world, including Australia, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, the Caribbean, and the United States. After living in Florida for many years, and working for newspapers and magazines, he has written an action/adventure trilogy entitled The Final Option Trilogy. He has finally escaped to his new home, along with his wife and many assorted cats, to the mountains of western North Carolina. With this novel, his first book in the science fiction genre, he attempts to lure his audience into a world of infinite possibilities.

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Book Links

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08Y7NJP9W/

Publisher: https://cayellepublishing.com/product/ultimatum-paperback/

Brushed Off by M. Lee Musgrave / #Interview #BlogTour @pumpupyourbook

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Artist James Terra and his married lover Nicole find themselves in a tangled web while searching for the killer of LAs hottest artists. Homicide detective Cisco Rivas ask James for help with LAs zany art community. The case quickly turns into a quagmire of intrigue and vicious jealousy amongst the dazzling talent and wealth of schizophrenic Los Angeles. James wants Nicole to leave her husband. When another artist is murdered, she joins the hunt for the killer. A leading art collector is attacked. Cisco is pressured by influential city movers and shakers. Young emerging socialite Camille is up to her neck in strife so James and Nicole make a deal to protect her. Cisco discovers a smuggled exotic drug used by all the suspects including a stealthy porn star. James keeps everyone from knowing his health is precarious. The killer and a secret accomplice targets James, Nicole and Camille.

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When and where do you prefer to write?

I usually write during the afternoon, on the computer in my art studio.

Do you have a certain ritual?

Not really, however, I do like to read aloud as I write.

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

Only cold water.

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

I have written plot ideas for science fiction stories.

What is/are your favorite book(s)?

Everything by Raymond Chandler especially Farewell, My Lovely and Walter Mosley’s EZ Rawlins series.

Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?

Not completely, but I do take partial aspects and/or attributes of people I have known.

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

Christa Faust, I find her approach to story line development and dialog engaging.

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

No, I don’t own one.

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

Horror/monster fiction.

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

This is an intriguing question for it’s especially difficult to narrow down to one choice. That said, I probably would select Berlin, Germany to the Staatliche Museum to study the history of the discovery of the sculpture of Egyptian Queen Nefertiti.

Thank you, M. Lee Musgrave and Pump Up Your Book

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About the author

Author/Artist, M. Lee Musgrave holds a Master of Art degree from CSU, Los Angeles. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for Arts Fellowship. His artwork has been in solo and group exhibitions world-wide. As a Professor of Art and curator he organized hundreds of exhibitions involving artists, collectors and a variety of related enthusiast. Those many experiences and his ongoing personal art activities inform his writing about LA’s exciting art community.

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Author Links

Website: http://www.leemusgrave.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010828308088

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Amazon: https://amzn.to/2ZzWiCj

Murder: It’s All In Your Head by Cynthia Hilston / #SpotlightPost #BlogTour @RRBookTours1 @cynthiahilston

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Someone has been getting away with murder for over 100 years in the small town of Hurston, Ohio. But the wrong person has been convicted of those murders every time. In 2018, Cassie Meadows is on her way to school when a bright flash comes out of nowhere, and she wakes in millionaire Randy Davis’s body with blood on her hands…the blood of Randy’s wife, who lies in a pool of crimson in the bathtub with her throat slit. Meanwhile, an old man everyone calls Jimmy Williams raves that he’s the real Randy Davis as he lives out his days in a ward for the criminally insane. In 1914, young Helen Hawkins is unloved and repetitively abused by her father, who is also the town’s pastor. Her only escape is in her dreams, where she wakes in others’ bodies, living other lives, but when her dreams turn out to be reality, the tables are turned on her father. In a story where no one is who they seem, how can Cassie, the latest victim accused of a murder she didn’t commit, end the cycle?

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Thank you, Cynthia Hilston and R&R Book Tours

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About the author

Cynthia Hilston is a stay-at-home mom of three young kids, happily married, and lives in the Cleveland, Ohio, area. Writing has always been like another child to her. After twenty years of waltzing in the world of fan fiction, she stepped away to do her debut dance with original works of fiction. 

In her spare time – what spare time? – she devours books, watches Supernatural and Outlander, pets her orange kitty, looks at the stars, drinks wine or coffee with good friends, and dreams of what other stories she wishes to tell.

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Author Links

www.cynthiahilston.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cynthiahilstonauthor

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/cynthiahilstonauthor

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/cynthiahilston

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/authorcynthiahilston

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US – https://www.amazon.com/Murder-Its-All-Your-Head-ebook/dp/B08CMBKSY2

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Murder-Its-All-Your-Head-ebook/dp/B08CMBKSY2/

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Guinevere Trilogy – Cheryl Carpinello / #Interview #BlogTour @pumpupyourbook @ccarpinello

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GUINEVERE: ON THE EVE OF LEGEND

Princess Guinevere dreaded her upcoming thirteenth birthday. It signaled the beginning of her official role as the Lady of her father’s castle. No more adventures in the forest with Cedwyn. No more explorations outside the castle walls. No more excitement. No more danger. No more fun. Cedwyn—her companion for as long as she remembered—viewed her circumstances differently. A Medieval coming-of-age story relevant today.

GUINEVERE: AT THE DAWN OF LEGEND

Ancient Stones. Mystical Stones. Autumnal Equinox. Down upon a wide plain the yellow orb shines strong. Racing side by side, the two laughingly ride. A mist descends. The laughing stops. A dangerous Medieval tale of two friends. Of a loyalty not often seen.

GUINEVERE: THE LEGEND

Fiercely loyal, Cedwyn always rushes to Guinevere’s defense. Stubborn to a fault. Always there for her. A future Knight? His one and only hope. A hero? Not what Cedwyn strove for, but it sought him. Guinevere rarely thinks with her head. Just the opposite. Thinking with one’s heart: a recipe for trouble. And trouble finds Guinevere, all too often. Stubborn, she refuses to abandon those depending upon her. Even when ordered by her father, the king. And so these two—both on the edge of Legend—barrel forth in this deadly dangerous and riveting Arthurian adventure.

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When and where do you prefer to write?

I actually sit down and write whenever I can. It has been so crazy this last year that finding writing time has been tough. When our 4 grandkids went to remote learning last Spring, their parents still had to work, so our home became the schoolhouse. When it isn’t possible to physically write, I write in my head. I also do this when I’m not sure where a story is going.

I don’t have an office or a den where I write. I just sit in my living room, or if it’s nice, outside on my patio.

Do you have a certain ritual?

I always write with music in the background. Mumford & Sons, Yanni, Mark Knopfler, and others. I prefer listening to a concert DVD.

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

Usually just water or a soda.

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

I tried writing a romance novel once. It is buried in a filing cabinet and will never see the light of day again!!

Besides my Middle Grade Arthurian adventure stories, I have my Teen/YA Tales from the Ancient Worlds (Egypt, Atlantis, and others coming). I also write picture books for ages 2 – 6. These are for beginning readers and emerging readers. I’ve also had young people purchase them for their grandparents with memory issues.

What is/are your favourite book(s)?

I love Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody Mystery series set in Egypt in the late 1800’s– early 1900s. There are 20 books in the series, and I’m on the third time through. Elizabeth Peters in the pen name of Egyptologist Barbara Mertz.

Another author I enjoy is Steven Saylor whose books feature his famous detective Gordianus the Finder. These stories are set in Ancient Rome.

Other authors I enjoy are the writing duo of Preston & Childs, David Baldacci, Matthew Reilly, and a host of others!

Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?

I don’t use a specific person. My characters are usually a combination of the hundreds of students I have taught. Their traits are what make my characters easy for my readers to identify with. Sometimes you may find a bit of myself in my characters, if you know me well enough!

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

I have two friends who also write adventure books for middle grade/preteen readers: Fiona Ingram and Wendy Leighton-Porter. We even share a website: The Quest Authors. It would be fun to write a book together.

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

I’m do not read horror or graphic sex stories. Nothing wrong with those, just not my cup of tea.

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

I would choose either a Scandinavian country or the islands of the Mediterranean. Both are locations for future books in my Feathers of the Phoenix series..

Thank you, Cheryl Carpinello and Pump Up Your Book

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About the author

Cheryl Carpinello taught high school English for 25 years. During that time, she worked with numerous students who didn’t like to read for a variety of reasons. However, she discovered that even the most reluctant readers became engaged in the classroom and in reading when she introduced units on King Arthur and the works of ancient world writers. Upon retiring, she set out to write fast-paced, action-filled stories in these setting to encourage young readers to read more. When not writing, you can find her reading, spending time with family, and traveling.

Cheryl’s books:

Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend (1)

Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend (2)

Guinevere: The Legend (3)

Guinevere Trilogy ebook only

The King’s Ransom (Young Knights of the Round Table)

Sons of the Sphinx

Tutankhamen Speaks

Grandma/Grandpa’s Tales 1

Grandma/Grandpa’s Tales 2

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Author Links

Website: https://www.cherylcarpinello.com

Blog: carpinelloswritingpages.blogspot.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ccarpinello

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cheryl.carpinello1

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Amazon: https://amzn.to/30jhehD

Tiger Stripes by Hannah Renae / #SpotlightPost #ReleaseBlitz @RABTBookTours @byhannahrenae @hurnpubbooks/

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Four psychiatric wards
Three rehabs
Two jail cells
And a suicide attempt

Hannah was told she would not make it to 25 with the way she was living. She had struggled with mental illness her entire life, but at 22 her demons came to a head at the grips of severe substance abuse, life-changing trauma, and two major deaths in her life.

Hannah’s struggles land her places no one ever hopes to grace; jail and psych wards lead her to the brink of death. Running out of options she’s left with two choices: live or die. This heart-wrenching memoir combines recovery with bittersweet romance told in a raw presentation that immerses the reader into the author’s dark state-of-mind in every page.

Tiger Stripes is going to add a valuable voice to the conversation about women’s mental health issues.

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Thank you, Hannah Renae and RABT Book Tours

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About the Author

If there is anything Hannah believes in, it’s hope, but that wasn’t always the case. For a long time, chaos was comfortable for Hannah, but at just 22 she would have to make her hardest decision yet: was life really worth living? Since picking up a pen Hannah has had a love for writing, and as an adult it would become her greatest tool in healing from an almost decade-long battle with severe mental illness and substance abuse. Her first book, Tiger Stripes, is a harrowing, raw telling of her year in and out of hospitals, treatment centers, and jail that finally led her on the road to recovery and freedom.

Hannah was born in Orange County, CA but has lived in the Los Angeles area for several years. She now lives in West L.A. with her boyfriend. When she is not writing she can be found reading, running, cooking, or finding the best vegan eats in L.A.!

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Website: http://hannahrenaeauthor.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/byhannahrenae

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57069248-tiger-stripes?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=kBr0VoHgc7&rank=3 

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/hurnpublications/tiger-stripes/

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

Publisher: https://hurnpublications.com/tiger-stripes/

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08WM2S9Y2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=hp0d10-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B08WM2S9Y2&linkId=2c4c41bacfe004995f052ef70652f003

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tiger-stripes-hannah-renae/1138814034?ean=9781736450901 

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/tiger-stripes

iBooks: https://books.apple.com/us/book/tiger-stripes/id1553383519?at=11lvdC&uo=4&mt=11&ls=1 

Book Despository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Tiger-Stripes-Hannah-Renae/9781736450901 

Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/tiger-stripes-a-memoir/9781736450918-item.html?ref=isbn-search

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Blood Loss by Kerena Swan / #Interview #BlogTour @rararesources @kerenaswan   

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Sarah

With one eye on the rear view mirror and the other on the road ahead, Sarah is desperate to get as far away from the remote Scottish cabin as she can without attracting attention. But being inconspicuous isn’t easy with a black eye and clothes soaked in blood…

… and now the fuel tank is empty.

DI Paton

When a body is discovered in a remote cabin in Scotland, DI Paton feels a pang of guilt as he wonders if this is the career break he has been waiting for. But the victim is unidentifiable and the killer has left few clues.

Jenna

With the death of her father and her mother’s failing health, Jenna accepts her future plans must change but nothing can prepare her for the trauma yet to come.

Fleeing south to rebuild her life Sarah uncovers long-hidden family secrets. Determined to get back what she believes is rightfully hers, Sarah thinks her future looks brighter. But Paton is still pursuing her…

… and he’s getting closer.

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– When and where do you prefer to write?

I write whenever and wherever I get an opportunity. I work on a laptop so it moves around from the office (I run a care agency from a large office attached to my house) to the kitchen table, sofa, bedroom and study. I’ve tried writing in the garden when the weather is warm but I can’t see the screen. As I work almost full-time I snatch five minutes whenever I can. I can usually pick up what I was doing very quickly. When I’m not writing I often think about plots, character traits and scenes.

– Do you have a certain ritual?

I don’t think I have any rituals. I have to be totally flexible and responsive to the situation. We have a lot of rooms here so sometimes I try to hide so I can’t be dragged into the office.

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

I love tea and bacon sandwiches but generally, if I’m writing in the afternoon I like to snack on olives, grapes, nuts, and smoked cheese.

– What is your favourite book?

Sings the Nightbird by Robert McCammon is absolutely fantastic. It’s a long story but the characters jump off the page and stay with you. It’s the first in a series. I listened to it on Audiobooks and the narrator, Eduardo Ballerini is exceptionally talented with an array of different voices. I was sad to reach the end of the series and am eagerly awaiting the next release. In fact, I may listen to them all again.

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

I sometimes think I’d like to write family dramas but I’d probably end up bumping someone off so I might as well stick to psychological and crime thrillers. I have signed up to a children’s writing course but haven’t had time to start it yet. I used to write stories with my kids when they were little and have worked with children for years so know what they like and respond to.

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

I use snippets of information from many different people – maybe an unusual behaviour, physical feature, anecdote of something they did/said or their unique beliefs and philosophies. DI Dave Paton is named after a good friend of mine but that’s where the similarity ends. In my first novel, Dying to See You, a lot of details were drawn from memories of my own family.

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

I haven’t been out much for a while with the lockdown but sometimes I see something when I’m walking the neighbour’s dog or driving to an appointment and I consign it to memory. Things like a toddler splashing in a puddle in their wellies or snuggling into their dad’s neck or something beautiful in nature. One night I had a nightmare and when I awoke the horror was so vivid I wrote a plot, title, and tagline within ten minutes. I’ve yet to write that book but it’s there waiting for me.

– Which genre do you not like at all?

I’m not keen on science fiction or dystopia novels although I thoroughly enjoyed The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey because it was so beautifully written. It was chosen by my book club which is a great motivator to read books I wouldn’t normally choose. 

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

I’d love to write a novel with my husband but sadly he has no interest in my writing and hasn’t read any of my novels. It’s a shame because he is a great writer (especially of witty emails) and I believe he has undiscovered talents. I’d enjoy taking it in turns to write chapters, although realistically he’d probably get on my nerves if he took the story in the wrong direction. We both like to be in control so we’d probably clash.

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

I’d love to go to the Maldives or Bali. I crave some sunshine. In fact, given the current restrictions I’d be more than happy to go to Perth to research locations for DI Paton. As it’s a lockdown I have to be content to visit Google Maps. I drop the little yellow man onto the road and ‘drive’ around. I can even stop and look around. It’s incredible that I can visit places all over the world without leaving my house.

Thank you, Karena Swan and Rachel’s Random Resources.

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About the author 

We are thrilled to be introducing DI Dave Paton and his son Tommy, the stars of the first novel in Kerena Swan’s new series, to the world. Before coming to Hobeck, Kerena had published three novels, Dying To See YouScared to Breathe and Who’s There? and has built a solid fan base around her writing career thus far. She is a juggler extraordinaire: driving forward a successful care business she runs with her husband yet finding time to write. She loves to write, here and there and everywhere when she’s not working. We don’t know how she does it but we are glad that she does! Kerena talks about her writing, her influences and how she came to Hobeck in this video.

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Author Links 

Website: https://kerenaswan.wordpress.com/   

 Twitter: @kerenaswan

Facebook : @kerenaswan  · Author

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Book Links

US – https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Loss-Paton-Investigates-Book-ebook/dp/B08ZLPV615/

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blood-Loss-Paton-Investigates-Book-ebook/dp/B08ZLPV615/