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Tour & some mellow jams from Kate Thomas — The Light (Equilibrium II)

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Welcome to my final tour of the week (and consequentially also the month!) This one is for The Light, the second book in the Equilibrium series by Kate Thomas.

We’ve got a giveaway and some nice, chillin’ music this time, so definitely scroll down and check it out! 

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Title: The Light, Equilibrium II
Series: Equilibrium

Author
: Kate Thomas
Genre: Paranormal Romance – New Adult


With the truth of Ellie’s place among the Balance Keepers finally coming to light, training now begins. She must learn to harness the powers that are growing within her, some spiraling out of control. Confusion and frustration become her constant companions, as her search for answers does nothing but push her further from the man she’s come to love.

David is The Light, the speaker of truth, the whisperer of good in the world. His desire for more than he can have with his new apprentice tears at the fabric of his own stability, bit by bit. He knows what the future holds — and just how damning it will be for Ellie if she’s not prepared to handle it — but he’s forbidden to help.

As tragedy becomes reality, will she reach for The Light, or run into the soothing arms of The Darkness?

 

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Kate’s “Top Ten” Music To Mellow Out To

1. Ho Hey – The Lumineers // 2. All of Me – John Legend // 3. Stay with Me – Sam Smith // 4. Counting Stars – OneRepublic // 5. Battle Scars – Lupe Fiasco & Guy Sebastian // 6. Broken – Seether featuring Amy Lee // 7. Clarity – Zedd featuring Foxes // 8. Don’t Wake Me Up – Chris Brown // 9. Glowing – Nikki Williams // 10. Safe and Sound – The Civil Wars

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Author Bio:

Kate Thomas, is the author of the upcoming Equilibrium Series, a five-book supernatural new adult series, with plans for a few more series in 2015.

She is a CPA by trade, a church planter and entrepreneur at heart; however, writing and reading are passions she just can’t help but indulge in. With more ideas than one person should be allowed, she is blessed to have a muse that doesn’t seem to take a vacation and more energy that one might consider healthy.

 

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Tour & Danny’s (The Dog) Top Ten List — Molly Lee

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Welcome again to another wonderful tour. This one is for Molly Lee, Andrew Joyce’s sequel (or really, “side-quel” as some have amended) to his best-selling novel Redemption!

There’s no giveaway this time, but we do have a special treat as Danny The Dog entertains us with his top ten list of “favorite things.” Be sure to scroll down and check it out! 

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9780692409855Title: Molly Lee
Author: Andrew Joyce
Publication Date: March, 29, 2015
Purchase Links: Amazon ~Goodreads ~ B&N ~ iTunes ~Kobo
Genre: Literature

It’s 1861 and the Civil War has just started. Molly is an eighteen-year-old girl living on her family’s farm in Virginia when two deserters from the Southern Cause enter her life. One of them—a twenty-four-year-old Huck Finn—ends up saving her virtue, if not her life.

Molly is so enamored with Huck, she wants to run away with him. But Huck has other plans and is gone the next morning before she awakens. Thus starts a sequence of events that leads Molly into adventure after adventure; most of them not so nice.

We follow the travails of Molly Lee, starting when she is eighteen and ending when she is fifty-six. Even then Life has one more surprise in store for her.

Molly Lee is the story of a woman who knows what she wants and starts out to get it. Molly is about to set off on the quest of a lifetime… of two lifetimes.

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Danny’s Top Ten List:

I’ve been asked to write a top ten list. You know, I would love to do so. However, the ice cream truck is coming down the street, and I’ve got to get out there and get my daily Popsicle. I even have the exact change today!

Hence, I’ll be turning the honors over to my dog, Danny. Now don’t you all laugh. Danny is an author in his own right. He writes a monthly column for a blogger that gets 1,000 visitors a day. He has his own Facebook author page, and some of his fans (all women) have flown in from around the world to meet him. That is 100% true. So may I introduce you all to Danny the Dog.

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Man, Andrew sure can be long winded at times. Hello, I am Danny the Dog, purveyor of wit, wisdom and wonderfulness. So let’s get down to business before Andrew gets back and screws up the whole thing.

Danny’s Top Ten Favorite Things

  1. Hot dogs
  2. Finding chicken bones on the street.
  3. Sniffing where another dog has gone before.
  4. Wait . . . let’s go back to #3. You humans are so proud of yourselves for coming up with Facebook. Well, I gotta tell you, we dogs had our own Facebook while you guys were still living in caves. What do you think we’re doing when we sniff one of our fellow canine’s pee? I’ll tell you . . . we’re reading their post and when we are done, we either “like” it (a quick tinkle) or “comment” on it (a more pronounced stream).
  5. I see we’re out of time, so we’ll have to continue this later. And besides, I’ve got to con Andrew out of a few licks from his Popsicle.

Danny the Dog, over and out.

Danny at the computer

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Andrew picAuthor Bio:

Andrew Joyce is the author of the best-selling novel REDEMPTION: The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer. He lives on a boat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his dog, Danny

 Author Links:

Goodreads ~ Amazon ~ Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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Blog Tour, Interview, & GIVEAWAYS! — Jaded (3 Part Serial Romance) by Ali Parker [May 4 – 15]

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Hullo, hullo, my readers!

Today’s tour is for an Ali Parker 3-part serial called Jaded.

Keep scrolling down for an interview with her, and the giveaway!
One of you could be the lucky winner! Good luck everyone, and have fun! 😉

 


BK 1 Jaded E-Book CoverTitle: Jaded (3 Part Serial Romance)
Author
: Ali Parker
Publication Date
: April 15, 2015

As a photographer for the New York Post, Kari Martin was used to seeing heartache and scandal up close. But one night at the club… her whole world changed.

Heartbroken and willing to call off her wedding, she decides a change is in order and moves from NYC to a small town in Maine, where the average age of the residents there is sixty (or thereabouts). She works to fit in perfectly, and tries like hell not to let anyone find out just how very jaded she’s recently become over the lie called love.

Jake Isaac left Texas quite a few years ago; his heart torn from his chest, and his mind set on being a bachelor forever. Maine would welcome him, give him land to explore and a community to belong to. Getting a job as the coach of the local junior high and serving on the fire department kept him busy — and labeled him a hometown hero — but the truth of his damaged heart was forever hidden.

No one would ever know just how jaded he was about love. That is… until he meets Kari.

 

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The next installments in the series:

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Box Series Available for only $2.99

Jaded Series Box Set

Paperback Book Coming Soon…

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AN INTERVIEW WITH ALI PARKER

Q: Tell us a little about yourself!

A: I have the best hubby in the world and we live in a house that fits us perfectly. Small pool in the back and lots of woodworking tools in the garage for him. We’re in our early 30’s and love life. I’m a lawyer most days of the week, but my books give me a creative outlet.

I’m a free spirit, helpful, loving and dream in violent colors. Life is a gift and I’m the kind of person who lives it to the fullest.

Q: You just released two romance novels, back to back. Tell us what’s next or are you done for a little while?

A: Done? I’m just getting started!! I plan on releasing Justified in May/June to tell Marc and Lisa’s story. They are two of the characters you are introduced to in my Jaded serials. After that I will move over and work on the serial for the last couple, Sicily and Drake. I have a million other projects underway, one with a good friend of mine, Lexy Timms. We’ll be co-authoring something this year too, or several things really. Now that Baited and Jaded are out and doing so well, I’ll start pushing forward on these other things too.

Big project for me will be to connect with my fans. I’m interested in knowing what they love and want – that’s where I want to focus my time honestly.

Q: Word on the street is that you write a Billionaire Series under a pen name. Tell us about this?

A: The hookers are telling my secrets, I see? Yes. I write under Zoe Reid, a name I just opened to really test out the truth of Billionaires and Step Brothers being the latest craze in the world of romance. I can see why both topics would be, so I figured I’d write something to see how people reacted. My stories will be serials again, part I and II being on Amazon now.

I’ll have another two parts out in the next few weeks and hope to write up the eight part serial by the end of June. The stepbrother part seems like it would hold incest at its core, but I’m not down with that, so mine are new siblings later in life – no blood relationship. Just the taboo of loving someone that society would deem inappropriate.

Check it out here:
http://www.amazon.com/Zoe-Reid/e/B00WC5555Q/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Q: Why Romance for your genre? Tell us about how you ended up here verses another genre.

A: Well, my favorite genre is paranormal romance, but I wanted to focus on starting my writing career in a world I knew, exploring the various dreams and fantasies in my own heart. Where I love the supernatural elements, they leave something to be desired for those of us a little grounded in the “what if” truly being a possibility. I’m not likely to run into a vamp (oh please let it happen?), but a sexy guy at the office? Absolutely.

I love the idea of creating a story with a clear line to a happy ending too. Too many of us don’t get the happy ending in life – I have it now, but it hasn’t always been that way – and we should get to experience it in one way or another. Love is beautiful and precious, the feelings of it washing over us whether we’re living it or reading it. That’s why I chose it.

Q: What’s the difference between Erotica and Romance? I feel like it crosses the line nowadays. Tell us your thoughts on the two. Any plans to cross over to erotica?

A: Great question. I researched this not too long ago because Baited was my first romance novel and I was UBER careful to have one small sex scene that was hot (in my opinion), but not explicit. I was concerned with being labeled as erotica when it really wasn’t. I watched my verbiage and ensured that it was as “clean” as could be.

With Jaded, my male character just wouldn’t corporate, his hormones giving way to several sex scenes and a few more details. I’ll never write the physical aspects really of love-making, but I can paint the emotion well enough around it (again my own opinion) to push the feelings of what’s happening. After finishing it, I was worried about crossing the line again. So I researched it.

Basically, the industry says that the verbiage and level of detail isn’t the defining factor – the focus is. Is the story about love and emotions with some sex? Romance novel. Is it about sexual fantasy and finding yourself sexually with a little bit of relationship and romance? Erotica.

Not sure if I’ll ever cross over. I love telling a good story and in the world of adults, that includes sex. To leave it out or overdo it would be a travesty to me.

Q: What encouragement would you give to a new indie writer, or someone who’s just starting to get that famous writers itch, to pick up the proverbial pen and get busy creating?

A: I would simply say that we’re all capable of doing anything we believe possible. Nothing is out of your reach with enough “want-to” and work put forth. Pick up that pen and write your heart out. You can worry about the details later, but get the story out while your muse is pushing it through you. The editing and next steps, the struggle with going indie or with a publisher, the cover art – all details for later. For now, create and breathe life into something new to share with us. You can do ANYTHING you put your mind to.

So get to it…

 THANKS ALI!
YOUR INSPIRING WORDS WILL DEFINITELY HELP
US REALIZE WHAT WE’RE CAPABLE OF!


Author Bio

Ali Parker is a contemporary romance writer who is looking to flood the market this year with lots of great, quick reads. For those of you who love a full-length novel, we’ll be boxing up the serial trilogies into a box set a week after the last release.

We’re looking forward to putting out both Baited, and Ali’s latest project, Jaded in the month of April.

Want to know when Ali releases something new? Join her mailing list!
http://eepurl.com/bjFlZD

Author Links

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Blog Tour + Interview & GIVEAWAYS! — All This Time by Tiffani Burnett-Velez [April 27 – May 8]

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Greetings, my faithful readers!

This month, I have a shitton of tours and cover reveals to get through. With any luck, I’ll remember when and who and where. 😉

To begin the tours this month, we have a contemporary fiction filled with murder, mystery, and intrigue. It’s called All This Time by Tiffani Burnett-Velez.

Keep scrolling through for my interview with her, and the giveaway! One of you could be the lucky winner! Good luck to everyone and have fun!

 


All This Time CoverTitle: All This Time
Author:
Tiffani Burnett-Velez
Publication Date:
April 3 2015
Publisher:
Booktrope
Book Links: Goodreads || Amazon || B&N

Syrian-American, Lydia Fadoul, has spent a year waiting for her fiancé to return from war in Iraq, only to discover that he is broken by trauma and the devastating effects of PTSD. Just when he finally agrees to seek help, he takes his own life and leaves behind a story of murder, betrayal, and mystery.

In her second, contemporary fiction novel since Budapest, Tiffani Burnett-Velez weaves a fast-paced literary tale about the rumors we believe and the prejudices we create in order to protect our hearts from the truth.

 


 

AN INTERVIEW WITH TIFFANI BURNETT-VELEZ

Q: When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

A: When I was six years old and wrote my first sentence. I know it had something to do with Sherlock Holmes, because my father was a huge Sherlock Holmes fan and used to read the stories to my older brother and I all the time. I remember looking up at my dad and asking, “Daddy, how do you spell Sherlock?” That was the beginning, and I told him that I was going to be a writer when I grew up. He said, “Lot’s of people say that.” I guess I took it as a challenge, and I have surprised myself. It’s not a pipe dream if you’re a hard worker and have some talent, which can be cultivated.

Q: Why do you write so often about war?

A: That’s a great question. My first novel, Budapest, is not directly about war, but Anna Laszlo, the main character, is searching out the home her grandmother lived in before she was murdered in the Holocaust, so I guess war influences the story. But it is also about human trafficking and domestic abuse, while still being hysterical and quirky in places. In A Berlin Story, I was compelled to learn what it was like for a young woman surviving the Fall of Berlin in 1946. I had this image in my head of her sitting in her living room, the walls are shaking, the windows are crashing with the violent rumble of Soviet tanks as they move down her street, and she knows, at that moment, her life is going to change forever. All This Time was originally a story about a man who dies immediately after sustaining serious injuries in Iraq. However, my original editor and I, decided on a major plot change, and I immediately went to the Syrian community in Allentown, Pennsylvania and murder in Iraq. I have no idea why I am drawn to write about conflict and PTSD so much. I guess, because both my father and stepfather are veterans, and both have PTSD. I saw the effects up close, and I know the effect every area of a person’s life.

Q: About your latest novel, All This Time, specifically – Why did you choose to write about a Syrian-American family in All This Time? Are you Syrian?

A: I love this part of writing, peeling back the layers.  No, I’m not Syrian, but I learned from “The Albanian Virgin”, a short story by Alice Munro, that one does not have to be part of a culture to write it well from the inside out. Also, Syria and its people are complicated, beautiful, and ancient. How could one not be attracted to that? Additionally, Syria is experiencing a horrendous civil war right now and innocents are dying every day, but we’re not talking about it anymore. I want to get it back into the American discussion.

Q: Why isn’t Lydia Fadoul Muslim? Aren’t most Middle Easterners Muslim?

A: Firstly, people from that region of the world don’t use the term “Middle East”, as it is not a real place. What we consider the Middle East is Africa and Asia, and within those places, there are large pockets of Christians and other religions as well. In fact, the largest Christian Syrian population outside of Syria lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania, just a few miles from my home. I drive through the neighborhoods where my characters live, move, and eat fine hummus, nearly every day.

Originally, Lydia was Muslim, but because I was raised Catholic (and have extensive experience with Eastern Catholics and I converted to Eastern Orthodoxy a few years ago), I run a much greater chance of NOT offending whole religious groups and people by writing what I know. I would have loved to have made Lydia Muslim. However, I just didn’t feel that I held the appropriate knowledge to do so. I’ve ventured out into worlds I’ve never been to with Budapest and A Berlin Story (but I’m connected to both places and experiences, so it’s not completely foreign), and “Little Syria” as it’s called here in the Lehigh Valley is only a short drive away. I’m getting bolder, though, and I’ll venture out further each time I write.

Q: Did you have to do a lot of research for All This Time?

A: Yes, quite a bit, actually. Besides the cultural learning curve, I spent several hours pestering my father and stepfather (both US Air Force veterans) about military rankings, whether or not this idea or that was plausible, etc…

 THANKS TIFFANI!
I HOPE YOUR BOOK DOES WELL AND THAT YOU CONTINUE FOLLOWING YOUR “SUPPOSED” PIPE DREAMS! 😉


Author Bio

4580300Tiffani Burnett-Velez has been a freelance since 1996. Her non – fiction work has appeared in magazines and newspapers in the US and Europe, including Pennsylvania Magazine, Country Discoveries, St . Anthony Messenger, Health.com, Yahoo! News, and many more online and in print publications.

Her first novel, Budapest, was featured in the New York Book Festival and the 4 2nd Annual Conference of Jewish Librarians and it’s re-release became a 2014 Amazon Bestseller in Literary and Inspirational Fiction.

Her second contemporary novel, All This Time, will be released by Booktrope in 2015, and the second, A Berlin Story, in her bestselling WWII novella series, Embers of War, is an Amazon Historical German Fiction Bestseller.

She has studied English Literature at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania and holds a BA in Cognitive Science from Ashford University. She is currently completing her MFA in Creative Writing.

Author Links
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This tour was organized by Good Tales Book Tours.

You can also check out the other blogs in the tour:

Tour Schedule

4/27
SoulCleverBooks – Top 10 List
Glorious Panic – Guest Blog Post

4/28
Sara’s Books and things – Guest Blog Post
Angela’s Epic Reads – Author Interview

4/29
Mallory Heart Reviews – Guest Blog
Mythical Books – Guest Blog

4/30
A Thousand Words A Million Books – Review
ByoBook Club – Top 10

5/1
LA Starkey – Promo Post
Strupag – Guest Blog Post
Why Sleep When We Can Read? – Top 10 List

5/4
Bad Ass Books – Promo Post
Shade Tree Book Reviews –  Author Interview

5/5
Kitty’s Book Spot! – Guest Blog Post

5/6
A British Bookworm’s Blog – Top 10 List
Romorror Fan Girl – Promo Post

5/7
Coffeeholic Bookworm – Author Interview
Reckless Indulgence | of the Written Word – Author Interview

5/8
Once Upon A Wish – Author Interview
Paranormal Books – Top 10 List
Mary Gramlich Blogging Along With – Guest Blog Post
SnoopyDoo’s Book Reviews – Top 10 Post

 

Blog Tour + Penny’s Roadtrip Playlist & GIVEAWAYS! — Travels With Penny by David Alan Morrison [April 20 – May 1, 2015]

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Hullo again, everyone! It’s that time again~ 

“Travels with Penny: True Travel Tales of a Gay Guy and His Mom” Virtual Book Tour is coming to an end, and it’s time for me to put in my two cents on this phenomenal memoir.

As usual, check out the book deets, as well as the author’s travel playlist for Penny!  Then scroll down for the rafflecopter giveaway and a chance to win a Signed Paperback of Travels With Penny, $10 Starbuck’s Gift Card, and a Surprise “Seattle Themed” Prize!

Final note, my review of the book will be available here!

 


 

Travels CoverTitle: Travels with Penny
Author:
David Alan Morrison
Publication Date:
April 2015
Publisher: Booktrope

Two things flashed through my mind when I opened the door to the sex shop to find my mother standing in front of the display case talking to a tall salesman wearing a leather harness, jock strap and a dog collar. The first was, “Oh, crap.” The second was, “I hate when Dad’s right.”

Following the sudden death of his father, a single, middle-aged gay guy struggles with his own mortality be reminiscing about the travels with his gregarious mother. It is a look at the transformation of the baffling, complex relationship between children and their parents.

 

 


Top 11 Roadtrip Music
“A Playlist For Penny”

I asked Dave for some roadtrip songs that either fit the characters or would be (annoyingly or enthusiastically) sung by the cast and/or played on the radio, someone’s phone, or mp3 player throughout the book. I couldn’t be more pleased with what he came up with XD

A PLAYLIST FOR PENNY | [listen here|

i. dizzy – scooter lee | ii. pretty woman – elvis presley | iii. boy named sue – johnny cash | iv. it’s raining men – the weather girls | v. on the road again – willie nelson | vi. monster mash – halloween | vii. copacabana – barry manilow | viii. weekend in new england – barry manilow | ix. boogie woogie bugle boy of company b – the andrews sisters | x. bad – michael jackson | xi. ring of fire – johnny cash 

  1. Dizzy – this was the song playing for the line dancers the first time I took Penny to a Contra Dance
  2. Pretty Woman – this was Dad’s song to Penny.  He would play it on their anniversary, birthdays and special occasions.
  3. Boy Named Sue – this was one of mom’s favorites.  I remember her singing it – LOUDLY – and off key whenever we went on a road trip
  4. It’s Raining Men – mostly because Penny and I would listen to it and laugh like little kids.  It always struck her as hysterical
  5. On The Road Again. For most of my childhood, whenever the family got in the car to go somewhere, mom and dad would spend the first few miles singing this song. Whether the radio was on or not.  EVERY.SINGLE.TIME.
  6. Monster Mash.  No reason, other than I love this freakin’ song.
  7. Copacabana.  The first concert I ever went to was Barry Manilow.  For weeks afterward, this was Penny’s favorite song.  I never got tired of listening to it.
  8. Weekend In New England.  After living in Bangor, Maine for two years, whenever I hear this song I think of chilly summer nights watching waves crash on the sand.  Can’t get enough of it.
  9. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Of Company B.  One of my all time “Feel good” songs.  For some reason, Mom knows all the words. I have no explanation for that one.
  10. Bad.  Whenever Mom and I are together and this song comes on the radio, we both die of laughter remembering how Michael Jackson was trying to butch it up.  Never gets old
  11. Ring of Fire. Have no idea why.  We both like it.

 


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Author Bio:
Dave Morrison (CI & CT, NIC-A, SC:L, NAD-5). Dave received his A.A. in ASL/ENG Interpreting from L.A. Pierce College in 1989. In 2000, he obtained his M.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Kentucky. He has interpreted in a variety of venues, from the courtroom to funerals to underwater conservation forums. As an actor, he has been seen on stage, TV and film. He is currently an adjunct instructor of Drama at Skagit Valley College and works with local theatres as a director, actor and instructor.
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Blog Tour + TOP 10 LIST & GIVEAWAYS! — Guild of Immortal Women by David Alan Morrison [April 13 – April 24, 2015]

Hullo, my lovelies! Time for another book tour~ 

“Guild of Immortal Women” Virtual Book Tour started earlier this week, and I’m really excited for this one to do well.

Keep reading below for book details, the author’s top 10 list of Favourite Scuba Driving Phrases (they’re hilarious! trust me XD ), and a rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win a Signed Paperback of Guild of Immortal Women, $10 Starbuck’s Gift Card, and a Surprise “Seattle Themed” Prize!

Final note, my review of the book will be available later!

 


Title: Guild of Immortal Women
Author: David Alan Morrison
Publication Date: November 2014

Two bodies are discovered on the grounds of “The Bastille,” home to a coven of witches who belong to the Guild of Immortal Women. The bodies have strange characteristics, so what follows is a combination merry and sinister romp through ancient history. Medieval times are brought to life through a massive Tapestry adorning the mansion’s walls where the characters — animals and humans — emerge through tears in the fabric. It is up to Detective Matt Mathers and social worker Lynn Swanson to solve the murder-mystery while dealing with the strange world of magic, Guardian Abbey’s amnesia from her past lives, and the devilish mission of Robert and the Doctor to create an immortal heir through the laboratory.

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Foreword Reviews‘ 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Finalist

 


DAVE’S TOP 10 FAVORITE SCUBA DIVING PHRASES

10. I want to go deeper

9. Spit into it

8. Make the strap more tight

7. Hold onto my octopus

6. I’m far too buoyant

5. I blew an “O” ring

4.  Don’t screw it to hard – nice and slow will do it

3. Grab your buddy

2. Rise and fall easily…relax

1. Hold onto it….it’s slippery

 


DAMheadshot.jpeg Author Bio:
Dave Morrison (CI & CT, NIC-A, SC:L, NAD-5). Dave received his A.A. in ASL/ENG Interpreting from L.A. Pierce College in 1989. In 2000, he obtained his M.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Kentucky. He has interpreted in a variety of venues, from the courtroom to funerals to underwater conservation forums. As an actor, he has been seen on stage, TV and film. He is currently an adjunct instructor of Drama at Skagit Valley College and works with local theatres as a director, actor and instructor.
Author Links:

 


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Blog Tour + Interview & GIVEAWAYS! — Resounding Truth by Kate Thomas [March 30 – April 3, 2015]

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Greetings, my faithful readers!

I hope you’re all enjoying the start of a new month with new, endless reading possibilities. 😉 It’s nearly the end of the “Resounding Truth” Virtual Book Tour, and today I’ve been honored to host the day’s stop on the tour.

Keep reading below for book details, author interview, and a giveaway rafflecopter for a chance to win 3 Ebook Copies of Resounding Truth (3 Different Winners), or 2 $10 Amazon Giftcards (2 Different Winners)!

Annnd, if you’re interested, you can check out my review of the book here!

 


 

Resounding Truth E-Book CoverTitle: Resounding Truth (Novella)
Series: The Resounding Series
Author: Kate Thomas
Publication Date: March 30, 2015
** Resounding Truth is number 2.5 in The Resounding Series, a novella to give the readers a glimpse into the world of the Resounding Lycans. The prequel that started it all will release late spring 2015 and kick off the 8 book (plus multiple novellas) series.

Want to meet the female protagonists for the full series? Check it out.

Derik has been the Alpha of the Graybacks since the death of Drucilia’s father, his murder still weighing heavy upon Dru. With fierce determination and an iron fist, the new Alpha has successfully kept them alive and fed, but the threat of Hunters and Vampires creeps ever so close. With his eye on Dru as a prime candidate for his mate, he demands more than she’s willing to give and blazes a trail of rage across the pack at her denial.

They have waited for a savior, for someone to come and take power from Derik and the time draws near. Dru’s sister Karis can see deep into the future and makes it known that a white wolf will be their redeemer, but will he be too late? With the Queen of the vampires thirsty for an accord in blood and the head Huntress of the Circle of Elders seeking the white wolf with fever, things get tense and complicated far before the resounding truth is uncovered.

AN INTERVIEW WITH KATE THOMAS

Q: Where did the idea for Resounding Truth come from?

A: I’m very much a paranormal readers, so wolves, vamps and demons are right up my alley. I’ve been working on a YA project that focused on Greek Myth for the last year, and where I loved it like one of my kids, I was waiting to start Resounding! It’s the core of my own love as a reader. The ideas are a HUGE mixture of watching various movies and reading loads of books throughout my life. If I had to point to one place for the idea it would be to the movie “Van Heilsing”. I keep that set up, that action-packed theme in mind when I’m writing this series.

Q: What did you do on your last birthday?

A: Funny enough, my family was snowed in from the artic vortex that hit the northern part of the US. We went to Branson, Missouri for the after Christmas holidays and planned to drive home on my birthday, which was a Sunday. The vortex hit and we all spent the day (my hubby, three kids, mom, dad and younger brother) staring at each other with boughs of cabin fever. It got better that afternoon as we threw snowballs at each other to fight off the aggression. *laughs*

Q: Do you have any tattoos?  Where? When did you get it/them? Where are they on your body?

A: No, but I want one. I’d love one on the inner part of my left wrist, where my watch would cover it up. I want it to say, ‘fierce” or something of that nature. I do hate needles, but I’d man up for a tat.

Q: What are you working on right now?

A: You bet. I have a handful of pen names, so I just wrapped up the YA trilogy under L.A. Starkey and put the box set out. I’m actually working on several things all at once. I have both my Equilibrium Series and my Resounding Series coming out this year for Kate Thomas. “The Core: Equilibrium I” is already released and “The Light” is coming by May 27th at the latest. Resounding’s first full length novel is scheduled for June 30th and I’m about 1/6 of the way through writing it now.

I’m actually turning to another pen name to work on a few serials for contemporary romance. Just want to test the market for those, so I have 6 series (2 different series) coming out in April I believe.

Other than that, I’m working to build up Good Tales Book Tours as it’s my newest baby and drinking LOADS of mountain dew!

Q: What do you think you’re really bad at?

A: I’ve decided that I was picking daisies the day God was handing out patience. I released my book on Friday and by Saturday morning I’m wondering why I have no reviews! I can see that 40 books sold that first night. Where are the reviews? Um… yeah, it’s a 505 page book. Slow your roll, Kate.

Q: Have you ever had an imaginary friend?

A: No, but I want one. I have a humorous personality, so I can usually keep myself occupied and laughing for longer than I care to share. I’m thinking the various characters running around in my skull most times of the day might be considered imaginary, but it’d be rude to call them that. 😛

Q: Any weird things you do when you’re alone?

A: I talk to myself quite a bit and answer myself as well. I laugh often and it’s usually at myself. When I’m alone I honestly prefer to have a book in front of me… not too weird, unless you’re holding Twilight at a stop sign and praying no one will pull up behind you, making you put the book down and drive.

Q: What is your favorite quote and why?

A: “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” (Michelangelo) I believe completely in what it says to each and every one of us. We can do anything we can put our minds to – no matter how ridiculous it may seem. Most people have been beat down by criticism or mediocrity and have officially given up on moving forward and reaching for the stars, but I believe with all my heart that each of us has the ability to do and be anything we can imagine.

Q: What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

A: Coffee ice cream, all the way. However… there is a cream cheese flavored ice cream that Baskin Robbins 31 will have sometimes, but they are stingy with it. So we’ll go with the readily available coffee flavor. I lack patience like nobody’s business.

Q: Which mythological creature are you most like?

A: Definitely the Valkyrie. I’m much too aggressive not to be a fearless female Viking soldier, and have you seen the outfits they wear? I’m in.

Q: What are four things you can’t live without?

A: My faith in Jesus. My coffee and Hazelnut creamer (that counts as one – I’m bossy, remember). My husband who is insanely fine and loves me in a way that is honestly ridiculous. My kids who make me crazy and remind me I’m loved.

Q: What kind of music you like?

A: I love alternative, hip hop, rock and some heavy metal. I listen to everything my teenage girls do, including contemporary Christian music and I love to play classical on our piano. Music is one of my many muses.

Q: Do you like to dance?

A: Heavens yes, though I rarely do it anymore. I danced my whole life as a child and early teen and then hit a few too many nightclubs as a young adult. Now in my thirties, I dance around the kitchen to embarrass my kids – which they love, as do I.

Q: What are 5 things within touching distance?

A: My iphone – music! My coffee cup – energy! My wallet – addictions! My notepad for writing – Cheat Sheet! My surface pro – Awesomeness!!!

Q: What is your least favorite word?

A: Um. I’m not sure if it’s a word, um, but, um, it take, um, up a lot of, um, space. I hate commas too. Probably um’s fault.

Q: What part of the writing process do you dread?

A: Oh… editing. I’d rather brush my teeth with superglue than edit a manuscript. I’m a math girl and this grammar thing has become my nemesis. If I ever strike gold with my books I’m not going to buy a large house or a new car. I’m going to get an editor.

Q: Where do you get your best ideas?

A: From life. I try hard to pay attention to the characters in my real life and use a lot of them in my books. If I’m running dry, music is always something that will help bring me back. I write what I’d love to read really.

Q: What do you do to relax?

A: I rarely relax, which is a weakness of sorts. I think I need to purchase a tranquilizer gun so that my husband can put me down when I need to take a break. The only relaxing things I force myself to do are taking bubble baths now and again and lounging in the pool in the backyard.

Q: If we were to come to your house for a meal, what would you give us to eat?

A: My family is from the south for the most part, so you’d most like get a southern fried meal. Something like chicken fried steak, white gravy, butter creamed corn, whipped potatoes, and homemade biscuits. No dessert… there’s no room for it, I promise.

Q: Do you listen to music when you’re writing?

A: Sometimes. Music moves me and so if I know where the scene is going and need to get it out, I’ll turn the music off. The last thing I need is for the music to change the direction of my writing. If I’m just writing a short scene or something for fun outside of the context of a story – the music is what I let drive the entire piece.

Q: What song would you choose for Karaoke?

A: Either Pat Benatar’s “Love is a battlefield” or Katy Perry’s “Roar”.

Q: First book you remember making an indelible impression on you.

A: R.L. Stine’s Fear Street Novels. They were a quick read and the romance and action were perfectly blended. I was always a little bit scared by the scene or situation and experienced almost every emotion with those books. My girls read them now.

Q: Do you have any other talents you want to share?

A: Yep. I’m a songwriter as well. I wrote a short intro for my debut novel. You can check it out at this youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E05_ye05OqM

 THANKS KATE!
I HOPE YOUR BOOK DOES WELL AND THAT YOU KEEP BEING THE WONDERFUL PERSON YOU ARE! 😉


Author Bio:
Kate Thomas, is the author of the upcoming Equilibrium Series, a five-book supernatural new adult series and The Resounding Series, an eight-book series, with plans for a few more series in 2015.
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She is a CPA by trade, a church planter and entrepreneur at heart; however, writing and reading are passions she just can’t help but indulge in. With more ideas than one person should be allowed, she is blessed to have a muse that doesn’t seem to take a vacation and more energy that one might consider healthy.
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She writes under the following pen names:
L.A. Starkey – Young Adult & Middle Grade Paranormal
Isabella James – Sci-fi/Fantasy
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