Saturday, April 19, 2014

Book Tour: Paradise Taken and Saving Us + Giveaway

 



 Paradise Taken

Author:   C M Hutton

Genre: Adult Contemporary R0mance

Publish Date:   June 22, 2013

Publisher: Independent Published

Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.




~ Book Synopsis ~


Based on true events.


Four lives, intertwined by friendship and business, whose true story was more devastating


than fiction.


Rob and Kaye were thrilled to be moving to the island of St. John with dear friends, Jake


and Claire. The men were going into business together and relocating with their families to


the beautiful tropical paradise. It was a dream come true for the longtime friends.


But, when feelings are revealed and temptation takes control, one friendship turns from


lust to love and no one can walk away unscathed.


And, one person's ultimate decision leaves everyone lost and devastated.






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Title:  Saving Us (Sequel to Paradise Taken)

Author:   C M Hutton


Genre:   Adult Contemporary R0mance

Publish Date:   February 6, 2014

Publisher:  Independent Published

Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.




~ Book Synopsis ~




Our love affair wasn't what everyone wanted it to be. It was raw and full of absolute joy


and unbelievable pain.  My love for another woman had consumed me for years and now that Kaye was mine, I wasn’t ever letting her go. I knew the consequences of our affair would be devastating to our families, but I was too selfish to walk away.


My beautiful Kaye was having my baby and we were determined to get our happily ever


after....until one day, one event, one conversation threatened it all. 


"I had to know what went wrong. My stomach was sick with grief and I didn't know what to


do next or even how to help Kaye.  I needed to get to her.  It didn't matter what Rob or Claire thought. No one could stop me from going. I knew she needed me. I could feel it deep in my soul." - Jake

Excerpt #2 from Paradise Taken
Jake took the lounger next to me, and we sat in silence for a while as we gazed up at the clear

night sky. Jake finally broke the quiet night air. "Are you happy living here, Kaye?"

"Yes, very…why do you ask?"

"I was just asking. You seem to glow all the time like you’re very content." He smiled slightly.

"I only ask because I like to see you happy. You have the best smile, and it’s contagious. It

brings me tremendous joy."

I flushed at his comment. It stirred something in me—embarrassment, confusion, happiness…I

didn’t know. Jake reached over and put his hand on my arm, and a chill ran through me.

"I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to make you uncomfortable. We’ve known each other a long time, and

I’ve always wanted to tell you that."

I felt his sincere kindness, and it made me blush again. I leaned my head back and closed my

eyes. "Jake, you are so sweet to say such nice things to me. All these years you’ve treated me

with love and respect, and I adore you."

Jake leaned over and kissed my cheek, and I jumped at his touch. His eyes widened in shock,

almost like he couldn’t believe he’d done it either. We both stared at each other for a few long

seconds, then started laughing.
 






 


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About the Author


I’m a wife, a mom of three, a friend, an aunt, a sister, a daughter and a teacher. Now, I can

add writer to my list! I’ve always wanted to write and finally found inspiration and support

to do it.

I live near Austin, Texas with my family and love to read and travel. Put me on a beach

with a good book and the world just disappears around me.

Paradise Taken was my first novel and is a highly emotional book based on true events. Its

sequel (Saving Us) is due out February 2014.

Loving Her was the second book I wrote after needing a little time off from Paradise Taken.

It is a story close to my heart.



I love that you are willing to take a chance on a new writer and promise to keep striving to

put out great books!



If you don't like my books, that's okay. Just please be gentle on my fragile ego. ;)



I'd love to chat with you, so look me up on any of my social pages.



Happy Reading. :)

CM Hutton



 

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Wild About Her Wingman book blast tour + Giveaway





Wild About Her Wingman
April 14, 2014
Secret Wishes series, book 3
Entangled Publishing
Playing it safe never felt so risky.

Erin Watters is her small town’s resident wild child—she doesn’t do boring, and after having her heart annihilated, she definitely doesn’t do relationships. Her friends have other ideas, though, and when they throw down a matchmaking challenge, impulsive Erin can’t ignore it. Even when the annoyingly hot Troy Strieber accepts the matchmaker role…
As a rescue paramedic, Troy’s used to watching out for people. Never mind the bet he made with his buddy to play Erin’s wingman. But the more time he spends with the sexy, charismatic woman, the more he discovers a side of her she doesn’t let many see. Soon what started as an innocent game of matchmaking has them both thinking about the person right under their nose. But Troy’s a play-it-safe guy, and he won’t let a woman who lives for risk ever steal his heart.                    
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A little bit about Robin Bielman:

 
 
Robin Bielman lives in Southern California, a bike ride away from the ocean if she’s feeling really adventurous. She loves books and baking and running on the treadmill while watching her favorite TV shows. When she’s not reading or writing her next story, she’s spending time with her high school sweetheart husband and two sons, most likely watching, playing, or discussing baseball. She drives too fast, drinks too much caffeine, and if every day were Cupcake Day, she’d be a happy camper! She loves to connect with readers.

She writes contemporary and paranormal romance. Her Secret Wishes series includes Kissing the Maid of Honor, RITA Finalist Her Accidental Boyfriend, and Wild About Her Wingman. In July, 2014 her first single title paranormal romance, Veiled Target, will be released. She loves to connect with readers. Learn more about Robin and her books and sign up for her newsletter on her website at http://robinbielman.com.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Talking with Andrea Watkins + international Giveaway



What would someone like Princess Diana have accomplished if she had been given more time?
 
I always wondered that about explorer Meriwether Lewis, of Lewis & Clark fame. He accomplished more than many people manage in a full lifetime, all to be cut down by two gunshots on the Natchez Trace at the age of 35.
 
 Historians are divided about whether Lewiss death was suicide or murder. The United States government classifies it as ‘mysterious.’
 
Still.
 
A famous explorer dies alone in the early hours of October 11, 1809, wounded in the head and the abdomen. He is buried in a shallow, unmarked grave for almost 50 years. Although he is a federal employee on government business, no federal investigation of his death is conducted.
He is forgotten until 1848, when the state of Tennessee moved his body and erected a marker to honor him.

My novel is partially an attempt to give Lewis more time, to craft a different ending for a life that was extinguished too soon. That hes a ghost grappling with the modern conveniences of 1977 adds a twist to his experience.
 
In the book, Lewis is charged with delivering nine-year-old Emmaline Cagney from a life of prostitution in New Orleans and finding her father in Nashville. Emmaline is fictitious, but part of her story is inspired by events in my own family.
 
 When my cousin was in third grade, she was taught about the etymology of money. As a school assignment, she wrote her name on a dollar bill and was instructed to spend it. The teacher thought perhaps a student would get one back in change someday.
 
 She’d been separated from her father (and my uncle) by a bitter divorce. She was very attached to her dad, and he to her. But family law being what it was in the 1970s, the mother almost always got custody. When she made it difficult for him to see his daughter, he moved to another state.
 Eight months after she wrote her name on that dollar bill, her father called her. Hed gone out for something - a pack of gum, maybe. When he collected his change, a dollar bill with his little girl’s name on it fluttered on top.
 
 It was his daughter’s dollar bill from her class assignment.
 Her childish script on paper money renewed his resolve to fight for her. They were close until he died.
 
 As to how I tied Lewis and Emmaline together………well, they insisted. Sometimes, fiction happens that way, with loud characters and a really excellent bad guy.
 
 
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Liquid Diet blog tour + Giveaway








Author: William Tedford
Publisher: The Zharmae Publishing Press
Release Date: April 3, 2014

Blurb: By day, Melissa French seems like an ordinary teenage girl, but when her infatuation with Troy Davidson turns into a dangerous obsession, she begins to stalk him through the night on the hunt to uncover his darkest secrets. Little does she know that the two of them are more alike than she ever could have imagined.

Melissa follows Troy into an abyss of pain and pleasure as she attempts to quench her thirst for blood while hiding her true nature from the rest of the day world. Soon, her dreams turn into a grotesque reality as she is caught in a web of ancient history, lies, and manipulation. As her thirst begins to take control, Melissa is faced with the challenge of her life and must fight for her survival—and the survival of the vampire race.
 

About the Author:
William G. Tedford was born in June of 1942, one of five children. He has lived in Davenport, Iowa his entire life, three blocks from where he was born. He dropped out of school in his senior year, acquired both a high school and college GED with the Army Air Defense Command, and proceeded to spend the next thirty years building combines and tractors to finance a wife and five children of his own. From age eleven, he wrote books. Nobody would read his first story of a green radioactive monster. He's gotten much better, he assures us. No more tractors or combines to build, children pushing fifty, lots of books written of late, lots to read, and a Goldwing to buy. If you would be so kind? 

 
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hangman

This is the first book I have read by this author. I picked up this book because the summary sounded right up my alley. I was right but still, I was not prepared for how much I would really like this book. I took it with me to work. I would read it on my breaks and let me tell you that during my breaks the time flew. I had a hard time putting the book down.

Abbie rocks. I love her bulldog attitude. She pulls and pokes people to their breaking point and yet she comes out on top. While she is getting people stirred up she finishes them off with her snarky comments. Plus, she really thought through a case with precision and in the end she did get her man.

Now let me comment on the serial killer. He was scary and he does live up to the rhyme about him but I would say he is more psychological than he is gruesome. So again if I cannot get my gore then I will take the psychological aspect that does mess with your mind some. The twist that was thrown in was a nice touch. Now that I have a taste for what this author can do, I plan to go back and check out his prior novels.

To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis

Publication Date: March 1, 2014
World Hermit Press
Paperback; 310p
ISBN-10: 0615937470
eBook; ASIN: B00IA0MWMQ
Purchase on Amazon here
 
Is remembrance immortality? Nobody wants to be forgotten, least of all the famous.
Meriwether Lewis lived a memorable life. He and William Clark were the first white men to reach the Pacific in their failed attempt to discover a Northwest Passage. Much celebrated upon their return, Lewis was appointed governor of the vast Upper Louisiana Territory and began preparing his eagerly-anticipated journals for publication. But his re-entry into society proved as challenging as his journey. Battling financial and psychological demons and faced with mounting pressure from Washington, Lewis set out on a pivotal trip to the nation’s capital in September 1809. His mission: to publish his journals and salvage his political career. He never made it. He died in a roadside inn on the Natchez Trace in Tennessee from one gunshot to the head and another to the abdomen.
 
Was it suicide or murder? His mysterious death tainted his legacy and his fame quickly faded. Merry’s own memory of his death is fuzzy at best. All he knows is he’s fallen into Nowhere, where his only shot at redemption lies in the fate of rescuing another. An ill-suited “guardian angel,” Merry comes to in the same New Orleans bar after twelve straight failures. Now, with one drink and a two-dollar bill he is sent on his last assignment, his final shot at escape from the purgatory in which he’s been dwelling for almost 200 years. Merry still believes he can reverse his forgotten fortunes.
 
Nine-year-old Emmaline Cagney is the daughter of French Quarter madam and a Dixieland bass player. When her mother wins custody in a bitter divorce, Emmaline carves out her childhood among the ladies of Bourbon Street. Bounced between innocence and immorality, she struggles to find her safe haven, even while her mother makes her open her dress and serve tea to grown men.
 
It isn’t until Emmaline finds the strange cards hidden in her mother’s desk that she realizes why these men are visiting: her mother has offered to sell her to the highest bidder. To escape a life of prostitution, she slips away during a police raid on her mother’s bordello, desperate to find her father in Nashville.
 
Merry’s fateful two-dollar bill leads him to Emmaline as she is being chased by the winner of her mother’s sick card game: The Judge. A dangerous Nowhere Man convinced that Emmaline is the reincarnation of his long dead wife, Judge Wilkinson is determined to possess her, to tease out his wife’s spirit and marry her when she is ready. That Emmaline is now guarded by Meriwether Lewis, his bitter rival in life, further stokes his obsessive rage.
 
To elude the Judge, Em and Merry navigate the Mississippi River to Natchez. They set off on an adventure along the storied Natchez Trace, where they meet Cajun bird watchers, Elvis-crooning Siamese twins, War of 1812 re-enactors, Spanish wild boar hunters and ancient mound dwellers. Are these people their allies? Or pawns of the perverted, powerful Judge?
 
After a bloody confrontation with the Judge at Lewis’s grave, Merry and Em limp into Nashville and discover her father at the Parthenon. Just as Merry wrestles with the specter of success in his mission to deliver Em, The Judge intercedes with renewed determination to win Emmaline, waging a final battle for her soul. Merry vanquishes the Judge and earns his redemption. As his spirit fuses with the body of Em’s living father, Merry discovers that immortality lives within the salvation of another, not the remembrance of the multitude.
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My Review Here

If you are looking for something new to read then you should check out this book. I read it in one afternoon as it was that good. Yes, this book did surprise me. I was not sure how much I would like this book. As I stated before, I read this book in one afternoon. Emma, and Meri Jim are what made this story more then just a story. The concept of Meri being like a guardian angel who is tasked with watching over Meri was sweet. It was kind of like Meri got a second chance at life to make something of it and be remembered.

Emma may be a blonde beauty with curls but don't let her looks fool you. She is a tough cookie. The journey that Emma and Meri took made me think of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, mixed with To Kill a Mockingbird, and It's a Wonderful Life. Yeah, what a combination. There were several aspects of the story that made me thing these references. First there was the time period and because Meri was a co-captain of the Lewis and Clark expedition that had me thinking of Sawyer and Finn. Then there was Emma and her tough as cookies attitude that made me think of Scout. Finally cause of the way that the story would change voices and the journal entries of Meri had me picturing him as George and him getting a glimpse of his life.

There was a plot twist involving Emma and a prominent Judge. I think I missed something before when the Judge was around or I did not really pick up on it right away but I was a little confused in regards to why the Judge was pursing Emma. As I got near the end of the story, all the pieces of the puzzle came together for an "Ah, Ha" moment. The book ended on a good, strong ending.




About the Author
Hey. I’m Andra Watkins. I’m a native of Tennessee, but I’m lucky to call Charleston, South Carolina, home for 23 years. I’m the author of To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis, coming March 1, 2014. It’s a mishmash of historical fiction, paranormal fiction and suspense that follows Meriwether Lewis (of Lewis & Clark fame) after his mysterious death on the Natchez Trace in 1809.
I like:
hiking
eating (A lot; Italian food is my favorite.)
traveling (I never met a destination I didn’t like.)
reading (My favorite book is The Count of Monte Cristo.)
coffee (the caffeinated version) and COFFEE (sex)
performing (theater, singing, public speaking, playing piano)
time with my friends
Sirius XM Chill
yoga (No, I can’t stand on my head.)
writing in bed
candlelight
I don’t like:
getting up in the morning
cilantro (It is the devil weed.)
surprises (For me or for anyone else.)
house cleaning
cooking

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SINNERS AND THE SEA: THE UNTOLD STORY OF NOAH'S WIFE + international Giveaway



Publication Date: April 2, 2013
Howard Books
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audio CD

The young heroine in Sinners and the Sea is destined for greatness. Known only as “wife” in the Bible and cursed with a birthmark that many think is the brand of a demon, this unnamed woman lives anew through Rebecca Kanner. The author gives this virtuous woman the perfect voice to make one of the Old Testament’s stories come alive like never before.
 
Desperate to keep her safe, the woman’s father gives her to the righteous Noah, who weds her and takes her to the town of Sorum, a haven for outcasts. Alone in her new life, Noah’s wife gives him three sons. But living in this wicked and perverse town with an aloof husband who speaks more to God than to her takes its toll. She tries to make friends with the violent and dissolute people of Sorum while raising a brood that, despite its pious upbringing, develops some sinful tendencies of its own. While Noah carries out the Lord’s commands, she tries to hide her mark and her shame as she weathers the scorn and taunts of the townspeople.
 
But these trials are nothing compared to what awaits her after God tells her husband that a flood is coming—and that Noah and his family must build an ark so that they alone can repopulate the world. As the floodwaters draw near, she grows in courage and honor, and when the water finally recedes, she emerges whole, displaying once and for all the indomitable strength of women. Drawing on the biblical narrative and Jewish mythology, Sinners and the Sea is a beauti­fully written account of the antediluvian world told in cinematic detail.


My Review

This is my first book that I have read by this author. When I had the chance to review this book, I jumped at the opportunity as I was curious to read the "untold" story of Noah's wife. Everyone who is familiar with the Bible knows who Noah is and if they were not thanks to the new movie featuring Russell Crowe as Noah, they soon will be familiar with Noah. Although, I myself would rather stick with reading the Bible to learn the true story of Noah. Not that I have seen the movie.

Well anyways, this book gives Noah's wife her own voice and chance to be in the spotlight. This book is spilt into 2 books or sections. This first section focuses on who Noah's wife is, where she came from, and how she came to be Noah's wife. The second section is when the big storm arrives and when the story for me really picked up and got interesting. The author really did tell this story in cinematic details as if ripped from the pages of the Bible.


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Praise for Sinners and the Sea

“Kanner animates a harsh, almost dystopic world of fallen people struggling to survive. Noah’s unnamed wife is a powerful, memorable character.” – Publisher’s Weekly
 
“[Noah's wife] proves her strength and character as she tries to protect her family… from the outside forces that threaten. Kanner successfully undertakes a formidable task retelling a familiar religious story through the eyes of Noah’s wife. The narrative’s well-articulated, evenly balanced and stimulating—but it’s definitely not the familiar tale that’s so frequently illustrated in children’s books” – Kirkus Reviews
 
“SINNERS AND THE SEA is a rare find–a bold and vivid journey to the antediluvian world of Noah. Kanner’s is a fresh, irresistible story about the unnamed woman behind the famous ark-builder. Compelling and masterfully written.” – Tosca Lee, NY Times bestelling author of HAVAH: THE STORY OF EVE.
 
“What a remarkable debut! Rebecca Kanner’s SINNERS AND THE SEA is a haunting, beautifully written story of struggle and redemption told through the eyes of the Biblical prophet Noah’s wife. Kanner pulls no punches: She gives us humanity in all its wickedness — bloodthirsty, greedy, cruel — and the horror and heartbreak the inhabitants of Noah’s ark might have felt as, unable to help, they listened to the screams of the dying and witnessed the utter obliteration of life on Earth. By the end of this book, I was in tears, for Kanner does lead us out of the valley of the shadow of death into a new world of promise and hope. SINNERS AND THE SEA is a profoundly moving tale, thrilling and fast-paced, and one of the best books I have read in a very long time.”- Sherry Jones, author, THE JEWEL OF MEDINA and FOUR SISTERS, ALL QUEENS
 
“Rebecca Kanner brings the antediluvian world of giants, prophets, and demons alive, setting her narrative in motion from the first chapter and never letting it rest. She is a writer of great dexterity, performing tricks at a full sprint.” – Marshall Klimasewiski, author of THE COTTAGERS and TYRANTS
 
“We sympathize with this unnamed woman because—as remote as her world seems to be from ours—she longs for all that we want for ourselves: to be known, loved, and accepted by her family, her community, and ultimately her God… After reading Sinners and the Sea, you’ll never look at the Biblical story of Noah and the flood in the same way again, and isn’t that Biblical fiction’s greatest purpose? To see the old stories with fresh eyes and perhaps find new meaning…” – Stephanie Landsem, author of THE WELL
 
“First-time novelist Kanner has written an utterly absorbing novel, one that flows seamlessly.” – Historical Novel Society
 
“A fascinating look into a feral civilization of turmoil and hardship.” – Historical Novel Review
 
“A stirring, fascinating story written beautifully.” – Historical Fiction Connection
“Kanner beautifully evokes life on the claustrophobic, smelly vessel. Riveting… It will certainly spark hours of book club discussions.” – St. Paul Pioneer Press
 
 

About the Author
Sinners and the Sea is Rebecca Kanner’s debut novel. Rebecca is a Twin Cities native and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction Writing from Washington University in St. Louis. Her writing has won an Associated Writing Programs Award, a Loft mentorship Award and a 2012/2013 Minnesota State Arts Board Grant. Her personal essay, “Safety,” is listed as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2011. Her stories have been published in numerous journals including The Kenyon Review and The Cincinnati Review.

Along with other authors including Anita Diamant, Michael Cunningham, Joyce Carol Oates, Russell Banks and Ron Hansen, Rebecca will be featured in the upcoming title Truthful Fictions: Conversations with American Biographical Novelists.

You can learn more about Rebecca, and find links to selected stories and essays, at http://hfvirtualbooktours.com/sinnersandtheseatour/www.rebeccakanner.com. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.