Maltese Steel by Stuart Field / #Interview #BlogTour @rararesources @StuartField14

 

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A woman is found dead on the island of Gozo. The cops say she fell from the Azure Window tourist spot, but her father thinks otherwise.

CIA Section Chief Foster needs help to prove it was murder, so he turns to the only person he knows can get the job done: John Steel.

The Hive, securely seated under the US Embassy on the island of Malta, is an operation that monitors all passage from North Africa and the Middle East into Europe and the US. A platform that requires the latest in technology and facial recognition.

In seven days, that software will be updated. In two days, all hell will break loose. And the clock is ticking for an attack on American soil.

Together with the beautiful Sammara Malk of Mossad, can Steel find out who killed Lucy – and stop whoever is behind the impending attack?

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– When and where do you prefer to write?

I don’t really have a particular time. I wish I could get up and start writing like it was a job. However, I find I write best when I’m in the mood too. Writing isn’t something I can force. It just happens. As the where, I write when I can, whether it is at home or at work on my breaks. I do have a desk where I do most of my work.

– Do you have a certain ritual?

Not really. I don’t have a unique t-shirt, or I have to do this and that beforehand. I guess the only one would be to make sure I have plenty of coffee on standby.

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

Coffee. Possibly a couple of biscuits.

– What is your favourite book?

The one I haven’t written yet. I say it’s my favourite because it is the one that pushes me. It is the one that I struggle to better myself in my work, so I’m good enough to write. And if you ask me what it is, it is every book I have yet to write.

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

Never say never. I believe an author should find a way to grow. At the moment, I write thrillers, but who knows, in five years, it could be horror or SCI-FI.

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

I wouldn’t say base on, even though I have done slightly on my latest book. I’d like to think it is more like taking elements from people, like a mannerism or something I found pleasant or repulsive about a person.

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

I can make notes on my phone. A lot better than paper. However, I have carried notebooks in the past. It is essential in our line of business. You never know where that idea my spring up.

– Which genre do you not like at all?

I’d have to say Romance. I wouldn’t say I hate it because I’ve never tried reading it. It doesn’t appeal to me, I’m afraid.

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

No, I don’t think I could. But again, never say never.

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

I love to travel. Fortunately, I have been to most places in my books, such as New York and Malta. I feel it is essential to do so. You have to get a feel for the place. The people, the smells, the energy a place gives off. You can’t do that using Google, I’m afraid. As for which country should I like to travel to for my next novel? Who knows, there are so many on my must-see list.

Thank you, Stuart Field and Rachel’s Random Resources

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About the author 

Stuart Field is a veteran who now works in security after serving twenty-two years in the British Army. As well as working full time he writes in his spare time. Stuart was born and raised in the West Midlands in the UK. His love for travel has been an inspiration in some of his work with his John Steel thriller series. As well as future John Steel novels, Stuart is working on a new series and standalone novels.

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Author Links

https://twitter.com/StuartField14

http://www.facebook.com/stuart.field.5811

http://www.stuartfieldcrime.com

http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/36446907-stuart-field

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UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Maltese-Steel-John-Book-ebook/dp/B08X393QRM/

US – https://www.amazon.com/Maltese-Steel-John-Book-ebook/dp/B08X393QRM/

 

 

 

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Ariadne & Dionysus by Stamatia Karampini / #SpotlightPost @SKarampini

In her debut novel in English, Greek author and world-class conductor Stamatia Karampini brilliantly unravels a mythological archetype against the backdrop of the modern classical music industry.
A six-year-old girl from Crete is frightened when she spots her own name inside a book of mythology: ARIADNE Despite being reassured it is just fiction, during the next thirty years, Ariadne’s life continuously reflects the myth– like the moon mirrored in a rain puddle on the asphalt. Her Ulyssean journey from Crete to Germany, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Russian and the UK is marked by an immigrant’s infinite loneliness, the ebb and flow of memory, waves of passion, desire, regret, shame and yearning for an unrealized dream. All the while overt sexism obscures reality and gradually fragments her identity. Until one day in Stockholm, she crosses paths with a familiar soul: a fallen, self-exiled “Olympian god” in need for help.

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About the author

Stamatia Karampini is a symphony and opera conductor, as well as a published author.

Born and raised in Greece, Stamatia  grew up in Crete and Thessaly. At 5, she started learning the piano, the cello and eventually singing and composition. She started conducting youth orchestras, ensembles and choirs at the early age of 13, when, during her school vacations, she would participate in International conducting Master Classes in Europe.

She officially studied Orchestra and Opera conducting under Prof. Hermann Michael at Munich’s Hochschule für Musik und Theater. She graduated youngest in her class and with high honors, specializing in opera conducting. She went on to receive a master’s degree from the same institution. After two more years as a student of Prof. Jorma Panula at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, she received the postgraduate Diploma in conducting, specializing in  music of the 18th, 19th and 20th century. 

At age 19, Stamatia  won First Prize at the Alexandra Triantis conducting competition in Athens. She became a recipient of the Richard Wagner scholarship in Bayreuth. Since that time, she has won a variety of prizes at international conducting competitions such as the  Nikolai Malko  and the Dimitri Mitropoulos contests. As part of St. Petersburg’s 300th anniversary celebrations, Stamatia received an honorary degree from the Prokofiev Organization for her exceptional performances of Prokofiev’s works with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. 

Maestro Zubin Mehta has called her “one to watch“. Hermann Michael referred to her as “possibly the most impressive conductor after Mitropoulos to emerge from Greece“.  Famous Italian author Quirino Principe wrote an essay dedicated to her ( “…this young woman´s life is a rare example of artistic asceticism; leading a life entirely dedicated to music and marked by countless sacrifices…”).

When Stamatia Karampini was 25, she received  a personal invitation from Kurt Masur to share  the podium with him in a collaboration with the Orchestre National de France. She rose to the task with tremendous success. As the Altamusica review noted: “The young Greek conductor Stamatia Karampini performed Shostakovich´s 5th Symphony with an astonishing level of intensity and structure, exhibiting a profound knowledge of the work with a passion previously demonstrated by conductors of the caliber of Mravinski, Kondrachine, Ancerl, Sanderling, Bernstein and more recently, Haitink. From start to finish, she remained in complete control of the orchestra, wielding the baton with extraordinary precision–a phenomenal interpretation. The audience left the concert hall tonight with the impression that a new star had been born”.

Stamatia Karampini garnered more public attention after her memorable participation at the international conducting competition in Besançon where she won the “Prix du Public“. The audience´s reaction was described in the press the next day as follows: ” During the final performances the Greek candidate maintained her undeniable charisma, her unique gestures and a close intimate communication with the orchestra musicians. As the only one of the finalists to conduct by heart she gave the most personal interpretation of Don JuanThe audience exploded in applause, many of them standing, a reaction appropriate to a passionate interpretation and demonstration of a deep understanding of the musical material.”

As a finalist in the Donatella Flick competition, she stood in front of the London Symphony Orchestra,  conducting Debussy´s “La Mer” and Prokofiev’s suite to “Romeo and Juliette”. A 25-minute documentary about the Greek conductor, entitled “Young Conductors of Tomorrow”, was broadcasted on the cultural channel ARTE for the French and German television.

Stamatia Karampini has been in charge of various operatic productions, such as Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera” at the State opera in Frankfurt, and Strauss’s “Die Fledermaus” at the Komische Oper Berlin. During the 18/19 season Karampini conducted and taught at the US Jacobs School of Music. She has collaborated with renowned musicians like Maxim Vengerov, Bertrand Chamayou, Antoine Tamestit, Alison Balsom and Sayaka Shoji, to name a few.

Stamatia’s previous engagements included concerts with the Brussels Philharmonic, the Würth Philharmonic orchestra, the Barcelona Symphony orchestra, the Staatstheater Darmstadt and Frankfurt, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra and Choir Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, and the Orchestre National de France.

In these and many other venues, she has proven her remarkable range, spanning the German and Viennese Schools of Beethoven, Bruckner, Mahler, Brahms and Richard Strauss, as well as the music of Bartók, Liszt, Debussy, Sibelius, Ravel, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin and Shostakovich. She has a rich operatic repertoire and often conducts the first performance of contemporary pieces. 

Stamatia Karampini’s debut novel, ARIADNE & DIONYSUS, launches in May 2021.

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Website: karampini.com

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Meaningfull by Alli Spotts-De Lazzer / #SpotlightPost #BlogTour @pumpupyourbook @MeaningFULLread @TherapistAlli

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23 Life-Changing Stories of Conquering Dieting, Weight, & Body Image Issues

This is a blend of motivational self-help, memoir, psychology, and health and wellness. Alli Spotts-De Lazzer is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, an expert in eating and body image issues, and a woman on the other side of her own decades-long struggle with food and body.

A $702 billion global diet/nutrition and weight loss industry shows that people worldwide are devoted to achieving maximum health and their desired bodies. Yet mainstream approaches are failing these individuals, and sadly, science proves this. Intent on gaining the “health” and

“happiness” that diets promise, consumers keep trying. They become sad and frustrated, believing they’re failing when they’re not. They simply need a legitimate, alternative path, which MeaningFULL offers. Through the contributors’ diverse, real-life mini-memoirs followed by Spotts-De Lazzer’s commentaries, readers will learn about themselves and discover their unique, unconventional formulas for conquering their issues. Along the way, MeaningFULL will also guide them towards more self-appreciation, wellness, and fulfillment.

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About the Authors

Alli Spotts-De Lazzer is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and eating and body image specialist with a private practice in Los Angeles, California. Alli has presented educational workshops at conferences, graduate schools, and hospitals; published articles in academic journals, trade magazines, and online information hubs; and appeared as an eating disorders expert on local news. A believer in service, she has co-chaired committees for the Academy for Eating Disorders and the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (“iaedp”), facilitated an ongoing eating and body image support group, and created #ShakeIt for Self-Acceptance! – a series of public events sparking conversations about self-acceptance. She was named the 2017 iaedp Member of the Year, and Mayor Garcetti recognized July 13, 2017 as “#ShakeIt for Self-Acceptance! Day” in the City of Los Angeles. MeaningFULL: 23 Life-Changing Stories of Conquering Dieting, Weight, & Body Image Issues was inspired from both Alli’s personal and professional experiences

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Website: https://www.meaningfullread.com/

Website: https://therapyhelps.us/

https://www.facebook.com/MeaningFULLread

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His Sister’s Best Friend by Shyla Novak / #SpotlightPost #BookBlitz @RABTBookTours @shylacolt

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Solomon

The man of the house since my father’s death at sixteen, I knew I’d be the guardian for my sister, Susan, who has Down syndrome. However, I didn’t realize I’d become her guardian while dealing with my mother’s mini-strokes, rehabilitation, and selling the family home. I’m drowning in paperwork and emotions as I try to get Susan adjusted. A new care plan and a specialized school act as light at the end of the tunnel. I never expected to find her new best friend at the school was my old high school crush.

Ezra

I always regretted keeping my feelings for Solomon to myself. When we became the victims of losing touch in college, I added it to my list of regrets. Now he’s back as the guardian of a student, and the years have been exceedingly kind. My habit of following rules is suddenly out the window. Risking the reputation I’ve worked so hard to gain isn’t on my to-do list.

Can we manage a relationship without it becoming a conflict of interest?

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Thank you, Shyla Colt and RABT Book Tours

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About the author

USA Today Bestselling author Shyla Colt is a chaos wrangler, chronic crafter, and imaginary friend collector. The mom of two and a wife road trips with her weird brood when she’s not taking on a new hobby or bingeing on spooky podcasts and documentaries. She writes strong women with sass, plenty of nerdy tendencies, and the intriguing intense males who love them.

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The Cotillion Brigade by Glen Craney / #Interview #BlogTour @maryanneyarde @glencraney

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A Novel of the Civil War and the Most Famous Female Militia in American History

Georgia burns.

Sherman’s Yankees are closing in.

Will the women of LaGrange run or fight?

Based on the true story of the celebrated Nancy Hart Rifles, The Cotillion Brigade is an epic novel of the Civil War’s ravages on family and love, the resilient bonds of sisterhood in devastation, and the miracle of reconciliation between bitter enemies.

1856. Sixteen-year-old Nannie Colquitt Hill makes her debut in the antebellum society of the Chattahoochee River plantations. A thousand miles north, a Wisconsin farm boy, Hugh LaGrange, joins an Abolitionist crusade to ban slavery in Bleeding Kansas.

Five years later, secession and war against the homefront hurl them toward a confrontation unrivaled in American history.

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When and where do you prefer to write?

My routine is to write in the morning and edit in the afternoon. I have a wide computer monitor on my desk, which allows me to see the manuscript and my research, side by side. There are also sky windows in my ceiling, so I benefit from the natural light, which helps for weary eyes.

Do you need peace and quiet when you are writing?

It varies. Sometimes complete silence is best, but I’ve also written with era-appropriate music on in the background for inspiration. I also find changing locations helps spark inspiration. I have a favorite café where I can huddle with my laptop, and the waiters keep my iced tea flowing. Oddly enough, I find the ambient restaurant noise enhances the creative process.

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

Tough decision, with so many great historical novelists around. But I’d probably choose legal-thriller author John Grisham. Like him, I’m a recovering trial lawyer, and I’ve been impressed with his television interviews. He seems like a guy who could tell some great Southern courthouse stories over a couple of beers.

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

It has already happened. Fellow HF author Paul Bennett named one of his American Revolutionary characters after me. The guy seemed like a stand-up soldier, so I was honored.

Who would you like/have liked to interview?

Nigel Tranter, the late Scottish historical novelist. I wrote a novel set during Scotland’s wars for independence during the reign of Robert the Bruce. I would loved to have traded ideas and research with Tranter about that period.

Where can I find you when you are reading?

Until the COVID pandemic, I would spend hours in the University Research Library at UCLA here in Los Angeles. Now, it’s usually in my lounger at home.

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

Golfing, hiking, or traveling. I love to visit the sites and countries I write about.

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

Thrilled, followed by a sense of relief and wonder at how the book ever managed to be born. Then, it’s back to rolling the stone up the hill again.

How do you come up with a title for your book?

It’s a mysterious process. Usually, the title bubbles up from the subconcious. Then, I run it by trusted friends to get their reaction. I’m always looking for that sweet spot between poetic cadence, marketability, and clarity.

How do you pick a cover for your book?

The process varies with every book. Sometimes, I get an image in my mind’s eye early on; other times I’ll rely upon my designer for input. I do have an aversion to headless characters on covers. I understand the desire to allow the reader to form his or her own visual of the protagonist, but I think the trope has been overdone.

Thank you, Glen Craney and The Coffee Pot Book Club

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About the Author 

A graduate of Indiana University School of Law and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Glen Craney practiced trial law before joining the Washington, D.C. press corps to write about national politics and the Iran-contra trial for Congressional Quarterly magazine. In 1996, the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences awarded him the Nicholl Fellowship prize for best new screenwriting. His debut historical novel, The Fire and the Light, was named Best New Fiction by the National Indie Excellence Awards. He is a three-time Finalist/Honorable Mention winner of Foreword Magazine’s Book-of-the-Year and a Chaucer Award winner for Historical Fiction. His books have taken readers to Occitania during the Albigensian Crusade, the Scotland of Robert Bruce, Portugal during the Age of Discovery, the trenches of France during World War I, the battlefields of the Civil War, and the American Hoovervilles of the Great Depression. He lives in Malibu, California.

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Author Links

Website: www.glencraney.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/glencraney

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/gcraney5618/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1516207.Glen_Craney

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Glen-Craney/e/B002C1VQZ8

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Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08XJ4Z3DM

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08XJ4Z3DM

Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08XJ4Z3DM

Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B08XJ4Z3DM

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-cotillion-brigade

IBooks: https://books.apple.com/us/book/id1555830477

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-cotillion-brigade-glen-craney/1138906614

Live Like Your Head’s On Fire by Sally-Anne Lomas / #Extract #BlogTour @fly_press @Story_Machines @LomasSal

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When fifteen year-old Pen Flowers climbs out of her bedroom window in the middle of the night to dance in the empty streets, she ignites a flame in herself that will change everything.

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Mrs Hadley was wearing the pleated navy mini skirt she wore for netball practise. Her thighs loomed giant and white when I sat down in the tiny room that was her office. I had to look away as she pulled on some tracksuit bottoms.

‘Lots of people have been saying how much they enjoyed your solo Penny. You should be pleased. I know how hard you worked.’

‘Thanks for helping me,’ I said. Surely if Mrs Hadley thought the dance was good then it must have been. What did Sadie know about dance anyway? Mrs Hadley was searching through reams of paper on her desk. It was a real mess.

‘Here we are,’ she had a blue paper file in her 113 hand. Her eyes locked on my face and I felt as if I were a notice being stapled to the wall.

‘I think you should take your dancing seriously. In here there’s a leaflet for a dance show by an exciting new company called Tartan Fling. They’re holding a workshop and I think you’d enjoy it so I’ve booked you a place. I’ve also put in some details of ballet classes. You haven’t done any?’ I shook my head and she went on. ‘If you‘re going to go any further as a dancer, you’ll need to get to grips with a basic vocabulary, build up your strength and flexibility, so that means ballet. You’re starting late but you can catch up if you’re prepared to put the work in. I’ve also given you a Prospectus for the London School of Contemporary Dance just for you to look at and get a sense of possibilities.’

She handed me the file and the silence in the room was as round and fat as one of the pumped up netballs in the corner. I needed to grab the ball, say something, but my brain wasn’t coming up with anything. My speech bubble was totally empty. Mrs Hadley started to laugh.

‘Don’t look so worried Penny. It’s a lot to take in I know. Just look over the information and think 114 about it in your own time. There’s no hurry.’

‘My Dad wants me to go to University. He doesn’t think dancing’s a good career,’ I blurted out. I didn’t know why I’d said anything and immediately, wished I hadn’t.

‘Well you’re not going anywhere for a few years yet. But why don’t you think about what you want to do?’

Thank you, Sally-Anne Lomas and Fly on the Wall Press

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About the author

Sally-Anne Lomas lives in Norfolk and has worked as a television producer and director for most of her life. This
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Author Link

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Winning Streak by John-Michael Gariepy / #SpotlightPost #KickstarterBookBlitz @RRBookTours1 @JM_Gariepy

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Tales and Trivia of the 40 Most Popular Board Games

Did you ever wonder:

♞ What makes Clue the best movie based on a game franchise?
♝ What does the doubling cube in backgammon do?
♜ How trains are even supposed to operate in Ticket to Ride: Antarctica?
♛ How the designer of the board game Pandemic feels now that he’s lived through an actual global pandemic?
♚ Whatever happened to the Monopoly game show from the 90s?

Based on Ranker’s poll of almost 400,000 votes, these games define us. From multiple-award winning masterpieces of the past decade, to indestructible classics still going strong after 5,000 years of play, these are the games you must play before you die. Well, except for Sorry!. That game is a blight upon this list and mankind as a whole.

Excuse me. What I’m trying to say is that I wrote this book about games, and I thought you might like it

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About the author

Over the past decade, John-Michael Gariepy played and reviewed over four hundred board games for three podcasts. He produces the movie/media conversation show, Popcorn Roulette, edited Stephen Albair’s jewelry and tableau photography art book/memoir called Spectacles, and directs and produces the medical audio drama Say Hello to Black Jack.  He has a wide range of interests, a tremendous love of learning, and a goofy sense of humor.

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Instagram @johnmichaelgariepy

 blog JMGariepy.com

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The Demon of Yodok by Adria Carmichael / #SpotlightPost #BlogTour @RRBookTours1 @AdriaCarmichael

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Juche series #1

Just when Areum, daughter of a privileged family in the totalitarian state of Choson, thought she was free from her personal prison, her world collapses around her as her family are taken away in the middle of the night to a hell-like camp in the mountains where people who have strayed from the righteous path are brutally re-educated through blood, sweat, tears and starvation.

There she has to fight for survival together with the family she hates and is forced to re-evaluate every aspect of her life until then – her deep resentment toward her twin sister; her view of her father in face of the mounting evidence he is a traitor with the blood of millions of fellow countrymen on his hands; and even her love and affection for the Great General – the eternal savior and protector of Choson, whom she had always considered her true father.

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About the author

Adria Carmichael is a writer of Young Adult Dystopian fiction with a twist. When she is not devouring dystopian and post-apocalyptic content in any format – books, movies, TV-series and PlayStation games – she is crafting the epic and highly-addictive Juche saga, her 2020 debut novel series that takes place in the brutal, totalitarian nation of Choson. When the limit of doom and gloom is reached, a 10K run on a sunny day or binging a silly sitcom on a rainy day is her go-to way to unwind.

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Razor Wire Wilderness by Stephanie K. Dickinson / #SpotlightPost #BookWeekBlitz @RABTBookTours

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Perpetrator. Bystander. Victim. Krystal Riordan watched as her boyfriend beat a drunk teenager to death in a vermin-infested hotel room. Could she have stopped it? Could she be his next victim? She is serving the maximum 30-year sentence while the man who beat the young woman to death is about to be released. This is no anomaly. Studies show over 80% of women who fail to stop their partner from committing a violent crime serve more prison time than the perpetrator. What does it take to survive in a maximum-security lockdown for 30 years? Is it possible to thrive? The answers only lead to more questions.

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About the author

Stephanie Dickinson, raised on an Iowa farm, now lives in New York City with the poet Rob Cook and their senior citizen feline, Vallejo. Her novels “Half Girl” and “Lust Series” are published by Spuyten Duyvil, as is her feminist noir “Love Highway.” Other books include “Heat: An Interview with Jean Seberg” (New Michigan Press); “Flashlight Girls Run” (New Meridian Arts Press); “The Emily Fables” (ELJ Press); and “Big-Headed Anna Imagines Herself” (Alien Buddha). She has published poetry and prose in literary journals including Cherry Tree, The Bitter Oleander, Mudfish, Another Chicago Magazine, Lit, The Chattahoochee Review, The Columbia Review, Orca and Gargoyle, among others. Her stories have been reprinted in New Stories from the South, New Stories from the Midwest, and Best American Nonrequired Reading. She received distinguished story citations in Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays and numerous Pushcart anthology citations. In 2020, she won the Bitter Oleander Poetry Book Prize with her “Blue Swan/Black Swan: The Trakl Diaries.” To support the holy flow, she has long labored as a word processor for a Fifth Avenue accounting firm.

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Daisy’s Dilemma by Debbie Viggiano / #Review #BlogTour @rararesources @DebbieViggiano

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Florist Daisy is loved-up and blossoming.  Boyfriend Dominic has proposed marriage!

However, Dominic isn’t in any rush to buy a ring, and meeting the parents is looong overdue.  What is the problem?  After all, Daisy’s mum has already bought her big hat and wants to know the wedding date!

Then careless words plant seeds of doubt and, like weed, Daisy’s concerns begin to multiply.  Is Dominic hiding something?

Meanwhile, sexy ex Harry is back on the scene and begging Daisy for a reconciliation.  He thought the grass was greener with HER but now says he made a mistake.  Is Harry – for once – being genuine, or simply leading Daisy up the garden path?

New neighbour Seth seems like a fun guy, but a single throwaway comment has Daisy mimicking a species of Calla Lily – Red Alert!  It’s time to do some digging.  But even she never anticipated a mad car chase across London or unearthing a shocking secret that changes everything.

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Are you having a gloomy day, read a book by this author. If you are having a happy day, read a book by this author. On a rainy or sunny day, on the beach or at home, you can never do wrong with a book by this author. If you are sad, she will make you laugh. If you are happy, she will make you even laugh harder. In a nutshell, whatever mood you are in, these books are just must reads, because they are utterly hilarious.

When you are in love, you see everything through rose tinted glasses. The world is your oyster and every day is filled with sunshine and hearts. But when there seem to appear smudges on the glasses. It it time to simply clean them or do you need to look into it more deeply? You start adding one and one and come up with three and as the saying goes: two is company, but three is a crowd…

Revenge is on the top of your list, but who will be on the receiving end? After a short deliberation, there is only one answer to that question and it will be stickily sweet.

If you have never read a story by this author, you really really should try one. 5 stars

Thank you, Debbie Viggiano and Rachel’s Random Resources

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About the author

Prior to turning her attention to writing, Debbie Viggiano was, for more years than she cares to remember, a legal secretary. She lives with her Italian husband, a rescued pooch from Crete, and a very disgruntled cat. Occasionally her adult children return home bringing her much joy… apart from when they want to raid the fridge, or eat her secret stash of chocolate. 

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Author Links

TWITTER:   @DebbieViggiano

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/debbie.viggiano.5/

INSTAGRAM: debbieviggiano

WEBSITE: www.debbieviggiano.co.uk

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Book Links

UK http://amazon.co.uk/dp/B08XQXC5BX

USA http://amazon.com/dp/B08XQXC5BX