Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Book Feature & #Giveaway ~ Cruisin' in High Heels: Cruisin' Around Series by Loretta & Sarah Johns ~ LGBTQ Contemporary Romance #MM #MF

 

Cruisin' in High Heels
Cruisin' Around Series
by Loretta & Sarah Johns


Genre: LGBTQ Contemporary Romance - MM and MF


Twin brothers- One gay, one straight. Two romances with double the hijinks.

Skye:

I love my twin dearly, I really do. The thing is, I'm not so sure about River's latest plan. On the surface, it looks solid. Work for the cruise line, save up the cash, and buy a used bus to do up so he can go out on tour. 
Only thing is, he failed to tell me that while he was doing his act as Cha Cha Larue for the drag queen variety show, he'd signed me up to do so as well! Rather than lose our jobs and get him into trouble for fraud, I decide to go along with it. After all, River promises I'll only have to cover for him if he's ill. He says I'll get to mostly just lounge around the pool. Somehow, I doubt it's going to go quite that easy for me.
It never does when it involves Cha Cha, but, really, how bad can it be? It doesn't take long to find out when someone starts sabotaging the show and targets Cha Cha! We're going to get to the bottom of it. We're not going it alone, though. River's got a security expert admirer on board, and I have my own little shipboard romance going on with a lawyer. Between the four of us, the saboteur doesn't stand a chance.
Hopefully, the opposite will prove true for our romances as River and me? When we fall, we fall hard. And boy, have we fallen- broken heel, face plant hard.

Cruisin' in High Heels is a fun romp with a cozy mystery edge and contains both mm and mf romance. It takes place in the Cruisin' Around series world of which it is an official part.

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Loretta Johns is a US Army Brat who grew up to serve in the Army herself before turning her full attention to her children. An avid reader, she began to write her stories and has been over the moon at the discovery others are willing to pay her for them.



Sarah Johns literally lives with her head in the clouds. Sarah lives in the Pacific Northwest in a high rise scheming and dreaming of plots with her USA Today and Rainbow Award Nominee sister Loretta Johns. Sarah lives out her happily ever after with her real life hero Boss E. Bear, doggie and Leela an old grumpy feline. Before Sarah began her writing adventure she earned her Master's in Clinical Psychology and working in the addictions field. Sarah has also earned her wages by driving Semi Trucks contracted with the Department of Defense and also a Veteran's Service Officer. Sarah is now a full time author and partner of Pahoa Paradise Publishing with her co author Loretta.





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The Trueheart: Smoke and Mirrors, Book 1 by Helene Opocensky ~ Middle Grade, YA Fantasy

 

The Trueheart

Smoke and Mirrors, Book 1

by Helene Opocensky



Genre: Middle Grade, YA Fantasy



How could Corbin possibly do what he was supposed to do?


After Corbin’s mother died, Maxim Moritz Grobian took him, penniless orphan that he was, under his wing and taught him the magic that was their heritage. Corbin owed Max everything, and now Max had given him a mission. Corbin was to bring Max's estranged daughter to New York. Lorelei was the only one, Max insisted, that could use the Heartstone, a crystal of phenomenal power, to keep mages safe from the Inquisitors that hunted them and allow mages to finally take their rightful place in the world.
A worthy goal, thought Corbin initially, but now that he had actually met Lorelei all he really wanted to do was to run for the hills. Both afraid of hurting her and endangering himself, he needed to stay away from her, not befriend her to do Max’s bidding. Besides, his instructions were more than to just befriend her. He was supposed to make her fall in love with him.


There was no way, absolutely no way he was going to do that – not after what she had told him.

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Helene Opocensky was born in Germany and immigrated to the United States as a child.
After college graduation, she worked for an insurance company for ten years but, after filing a sex discrimination lawsuit against them, she was hired by her law firm and encouraged to attend law school.
After graduation, she worked for many years in the child support department as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Connecticut.


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Feature & #Giveaway ~ A Bargain of Blood and Gold (Midnight Guardians, Book 1) by Kristin Jacques @Krazydiamond07 ~ Paranormal Romance #PNR

 

A Bargain of Blood and Gold
Midnight Guardians, Book 1
by Kristin Jacques


Genre: Paranormal Romance


A novice hunter with a mission. A five-hundred-year-old vampire with a strong sense of irony. A town plagued by creatures in need of saving.

When Johnathan Newman arrives in Cress Haven, the last thing he expects is for his life to be irrevocably changed. Sent by a clandestine league of vampire hunters to investigate a string of murders, signs point to a vampire lurking amid the townsfolk. Johnathan’s attempt to enlist the locals leads him to an unlikely partnership with Vic, the town's most eligible, enigmatic bachelor.

As the pair work to solve the mystery, Vic’s secrets come back to bite him. Revealed, the vampire fights his attraction to a man trained to destroy him, while Johnathan’s emotions land him in the middle of forbidden desires. Even if Vic isn’t the murderer, how can Johnathan yearn for his natural enemy?

As Vic leads Johnathan into encounters with terrifying beings straight from children’s nightmares, Johnathan learns that not only is the world stranger than he knew, but that those he once trusted have far darker intentions that will place hunter and vampire at the center of a conflict between realms.

Cress Haven holds more sinister secrets than its resident vampire, a secret so great, it could unleash Hell itself.

For fans of Gail Carriger’s Supernatural Society, The Charm of Magpies series by KJ Charles, Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh, and The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee.

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When not at her computer spinning tales she is generally herding cats or snuggling with her gremlins.
A Multi Award Winning Author of Fantastical YA & Adult Fiction.





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New Book Release ~ Little Black Book (Bibliophile Mystery #15) by Kate Carlisle ~ #CozyMystery @BerkleyMystery


San Francisco book-restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright is on the case when a rare edition of Rebecca leads to murder in this latest installment in the New York Times bestselling Bibliophile Mystery series.

Brooklyn has been happily settling into married life with her hunky husband, security expert Derek Stone, when a little black book arrives in the mail on a quiet Saturday afternoon. The book is a rare British first edition of Rebecca, and inside, Brooklyn finds a note from her old friend Claire Quinn, asking her to restore it to its former luster. The two women met while working as expert appraisers on the television show This Old Attic. Brooklyn appraised books on the show and Claire's expertise was in antique British weaponry, but they bonded over their shared love of gothic novels.

The day after the book arrives, Claire shows up at Brooklyn and Derek's home--in disguise. She believes her life is in danger, and as soon as Derek sits her down and questions her, Claire reveals that in the last few weeks she has experienced two near-fatal attacks, along with weird notes left in her mailbox, hang-up phone calls, and one very scary car chase. She's afraid that her past is catching up to her. When Claire was only nine years old, she witnesed several men, one of whom was her father, planning a terrible crime. And now it seems that she's been followed, bringing the threats against her literally to Brooklyn's doorstep. Can Brooklyn page through the clues to keep her friend's past from destroying their future?

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ASIN: ‎ B08HL8TPYT
Publisher: ‎ Berkley
Publication Date: ‎ June 29, 2021
Page Count: ‎ 383 pages

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Book Spotlight ~ Resisting Evil: Magik Saga, Book 1 by Ashira Datya ~ #PNR


Resisting Evil 
Magik Saga
Book 1
Ashira Datya

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Fae Corps Publishing
Date of Publication: May 31. 2021
ISBN: 9781666273229
ASIN:  B092HSY5N5
Number of pages: 228
Word Count: 48,123
Cover Artist: JAshB Designs

Tagline: A species existing in secret, a vendetta and a curse, a clan bound by magik bound together by love. 

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A single kiss leads to passion. 

A single look to destiny. 

Were shifters meet their fated match in a world where magic, lust and evil collide. 

Resisting Evil- Book One of the Magik Saga takes readers on a journey through tragedy and ecstasy into true love.

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She shivered in the cooling evening air, her hands sliding up and down her arms, in an attempt to bring warmth to her bare skin. She wished she had brought a jacket or at least worn a long sleeve shirt, instead of the hunter green, silk sleeveless blouse. Green eyes scanned the parking lot, anticipation bubbling in her belly as she waited for her date.

Glittering eyes locked on his approaching frame and she smiled. He was so tall he looked like a Titan, and his skin was bronzed like a Spartan. "Hi, Cole," she greeted with a smile.

 "Hi, Beth," Cole returned, smiling at her. "Shall we?" He motioned towards the door of Glitz and Glam, the only night club in town. It wasn't a night club in the same sense as one would be in New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles, it was more of a pub with a dance floor and a DJ. The lights, antique bronze sconces were kept low, just bright enough for people to see where they were going, and to read their menus. The walls were covered in glittery gold and silver striped wallpaper, with matching Chinese lanterns hanging from the ceiling to give the club a bit of a whimsical atmosphere.

Beth nodded and followed him inside where the music was playing loudly.

"You look beautiful," Cole said into her ear before pressing a kiss to her cheek.

"Thanks," Beth murmured, smiling at him. Her gaze locked with his brown eyes and his stare made her shiver with anticipation for what was to come.

There was an air of danger that surrounded Cole, a sense of that which was forbidden that she couldn't wait to taste. She didn't know if it was his dark profile, or if it was something else. He'd never been anything other than a gentleman, but something just below the surface simmered, hidden and secret. 


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Ashira Dayta lives in tranquil Michigan with her handsome husband, and two children. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading books of all kinds and watching the sunset over the picturesque lake she lives on. Just hours away from the lake her and her husband grew up on opposite shores of. 





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Book Blitz ~ American Valor by Jack Cashman ~ @RABTBookTours #RABTBookTours #AmericanValor #JackCashman #HistoricalFiction ~ Historical Fiction, Military Fiction

 


Historical Fiction, Military Fiction

Published: March 2021

Publisher: Seacoast Press


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From the critically acclaimed author of An Irish Immigrant Story, One Man’s Mission and Three Steps to the Making of an Assassin, comes a new story of commitment, dedication, strength and perseverance.

The United States came out of World War II the most respected and admired country in the world.

That status was earned by the courage, commitment, and integrity of American families. American Valor is the story of one such family.

American Valor is on sale now at fine independent bookstores everywhere and online retailers.



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One of America's promising new authors Jack Cashman's fourth novel tells a story of an American families commitment to the ideals that have made their country the envy of the world.

Jack lives in Hampden Maine with his wife Betty near their sons Derek and Danny; their daughters-in-law Michele and Karen and their granddaughters, Katie, Sarah, Jackie, Carolyn and Brianna.


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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Teaser Tuesday ~ Debt Bomb by Michael E. Ginsberg ~ @RABTBookTours #RABTBookTours #DebtBomb #MichaelEGinsberg #Thriller #Suspense #SpyFiction #PoliticalFiction


Debt Bomb by Michael E. Ginsberg 

Thriller
Suspense
Spy Fiction
Political Fiction

Date Published: July 1, 2021

Publisher: BQB Publishing

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China hungers to take the United States’ place as the global hegemon.

And it is plotting to use America’s $40 trillion national debt to do it.

Only one person stands in China’s way: suburban accountant Andrea Gartner.

For years she has dreaded the day of America’s reckoning about its national debt. She’s gotten involved in local politics. She’s run for Congress. But the debt marches remorselessly higher.

Rejected by her party in her congressional race, she joins the insurgent presidential campaign of Congressman Earl Murray. When he wins in an upset, he defies all Washington convention and names Andrea his Director of the Office of Management and Budget. The Washington rookie finally has her chance to solve America’s debt addition.

But China has other plans, engineering financial crises and military confrontations designed to bankrupt and collapse the United States. Wars rage overseas as America’s health care system, schools, and social fabric disintegrate. Desperately coping with these existential threats to America’s very existence, Andrea finds herself enmeshed in vicious Washington infighting with belligerent military brass and ruthless politicians, including the powerful and complicated Congressman Lewis Mason and his chief of staff Frank Palmer. Chinese agents lurk in the shadows, threatening Andrea’s life and family, as she struggles to keep the country afloat.

No aspect of American life is spared as the country teeters on the brink of financial collapse. Can Andrea stave off China’s assault and ensure the United States survives? Or will the Red Chinese flag fly over the American Capitol?

Debt Bomb is a sobering fictional account of a future facing the United States if it fails to control its debt and get its financial house in order.

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Andrea Gartner, South Carolina. Why are you running? And why should we endorse you?”

Andrea hesitated and took a sip of water, followed by a deep breath to steady her nerves. She leaned into her microphone.

That’s a fair question, Congressman Mason. I’ve been a leader in the South Carolina Republican Party for years,” she said, unnerved by the entire Debt Rebel Gang staring down at her. She couldn’t believe the words coming out of her mouth. They were nothing like what she practiced. “This is my first time running, but I’ve gotten a lot of campaign experience from my leadership positions in the local and state party organizations. Professionally, I’m an accountant with a degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. I’ve been in private practice for fifteen years and I’ve been married for ten years with two children . . .”

She could see from the Gang members’ bored expressions she was getting nowhere. She took another sip of water. You’ve got this, she told herself. Stay focused. She felt a wave of control, of inspiration, of her spine stiffening. She took a breath. Now she was ready.

Mr. Mason, Gang members, honestly, I’m running for one reason only.” Her voice was firm now. “The United States is utterly dependent on members of the public and foreign countries to buy our debt. If they decide they don’t want to loan us money and we can’t finance our debt, the country goes broke. We won’t have a dime to spend. No Social Security. No Medicare. This thought terrifies me. And we’re doing this on the backs of our kids and grandkids. If we don’t cut our deficits and pay down our national debt, they will be paying for all the things we’re spending money on now. No one is speaking for them. I want to be their voice. Believe me, Congressmen, I have lived this. My father died when I was young and left my family in a pile of debt. I don’t want other families to go through the same hardships. This country needs financial help. I have two kids at home, and I’ll be damned if I saddle them with debt they have to pay tomorrow so I can get free government goodies today. There is nothing—absolutely nothing—I hate in this world more than ruinous debt.” Andrea began gesticulating for emphasis as she built momentum. “You’re the only people who have raised this issue. You inspired me to run. I’m an accountant. Balancing books is what I do. With me on your side you’ll have as credible an ally for debt reduction as you can possibly imagine.”

The Gang members had no reaction whatsoever.

What am I doing wrong? she wondered. Cutting the debt is these guys’ calling card. Their raison d’être. What gives? Keep going. Maybe they’ll come around.

Congressmen, if you—”

Thank you, Ms. Gartner, but I’m afraid we can’t endorse you this election cycle,” interrupted Mason.

The words sent a shock through Andrea’s body. She’d barely gotten two minutes to state her case and the Debt Rebel Gang had already rejected her. And the way Mason emotionlessly dismissed her only added to the shock. All those years of helping candidates who were worried about the debt, and she got three sentences in before these guys rejected her?

Come again?” Andrea said.

We’re endorsing Dan Morgan.”

Seriously? Dan Morgan? That ridiculous opportunist?

She’d known Dan Morgan from her local Republican work.

When cutting spending was all the rage, Dan Morgan was a deficit cutter. When Republican-controlled Congresses were spending like drunken sailors but conservatism demanded absolute support for President Roberts, Morgan was there. You could always count on Dan Morgan to get a double dip of the Republican flavor of the month.

Ryan and Cam were right. Politics was a dirty business. And once again, she’d gotten the short end of the stick.

Mason continued, “Dan Morgan has been an unwavering supporter of the Roberts Agenda. You spent your time blasting the debts and the deficits at a time when President Roberts needed all the support he could get. We need a team player, not a Johnny-one-note. Dan’s reliable. You aren’t.”

But reducing the debt was your signature issue. You all inspired me to get active and fight to reduce spending and debt. I’m here because of you,” Andrea said, her voice rising to a crescendo. “I’m an accountant, and what America needs right now is an accountant!”

About the Author:

Michael E. Ginsberg is an attorney in Washington, DC practicing in the field of national security law. He spent a decade in private practice at Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, DC and then worked several years in the U.S. government as a Senior Associate General Counsel in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), where he served as legal counsel for the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA). He currently is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at a Virginia-based defense contractor.

Ginsberg has also served in senior leadership positions in the Republican Party of Virginia and is the co-founder of the Suburban Virginia Republican Coalition.

A 1997 graduate of Harvard College and 2002 graduate of Harvard Law School, he also holds a master's in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University (1999). A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Ginsberg lives in Virginia with his wife and two children.

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Release Blitz & #Giveaway ~ Harry Harambee’s Kenyan Sundowner by Gerald Everett Jones @superscribbler1 ~ @RABTBookTours #RABTBookTours #HarryHarambee #GeraldEverettJones #LiteraryFiction

 

Harry Harambee’s Kenyan Sundowner by Gerald Everett Jones

A Novel

Literary Fiction

Date Published: 6/29/2021

Publisher: La Puerta Productions


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Intrigue on the white sands of the Indian Ocean. From the award-winning author of Clifford’s Spiral.

A lonely widower from Los Angeles buys a tour package to East Africa on the promise of hookups and parties. What he finds instead are new reasons to live.

Aldo Barbieri, a slick Italian tour operator, convinces Harry to join a group of adventuresome “voluntourists.” In a resort town on the Indian Ocean, Harry doesn’t find the promised excitement with local ladies. But in the supermarket he meets Esther Mwemba, a demure widow who works as a bookkeeper. The attraction is strong and mutual, but Harry gets worried when he finds out that Esther and Aldo have a history. They introduce him to Victor Skebelsky, rumored to be the meanest man in town. Skebelsky has a plan to convert his grand colonial home and residential compound into a rehab center – as a tax dodge. The scheme calls for Harry to head up the charity. He could live like a wealthy diplomat and it won’t cost him a shilling!

Harry has to come to terms with questions at the heart of his character: Is corruption a fact of life everywhere? Is all love transactional?

Harry Harambee’s Kenyan Sundowner is an emotional story of expat intrigue in Africa, reminiscent of The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene and The Constant Gardener by John le Carré.

Praise for Clifford’s Spiral (Independent Press Awards 2020 Distinguished Favorite in Literary Fiction)

We've seen and noted the comparison of this author by other reviewers to literary giants like Roth and Vonnegut. And we can't disagree. Yet we feel there may be yet another strata for Gerald Everett Jones, who arguably is doing the best work of his career. We predict that he lacks only a mention in the The New York Review of Books or, better yet, Oprah, to become a nationwide best-selling author. Five-plus stars to Clifford's Spiral, a true literary novel if ever there was one. We say in all seriousness that if you only read one novel this year, this should be it. - Don Sloan, Publishers Daily Reviews

Preacher Finds a Corpse (NYC Big Book Awards 2020 Winner in Mystery, IPA 2020 Distinguished Favorite in Mystery, Eric Hoffer 2020 Finalist in Mystery)

This is literature masquerading as a mystery. Carefully yet powerfully, Gerald Jones creates a small, stunning world in a tiny midwestern town, infusing each character with not just life but wit, charm, and occasionally menace. This is the kind of writing one expects from John Irving or Jane Smiley.

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Book Blitz ~ Dance with Me by Nan Dixon @nandixonauthor ~ Big Sky Dreamers, Book 3 ~ @RABTBookTours #RABTBookTours #DancewithMe #NanDixon #Romance ~ Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Women's Fiction

 


Dance with Me by Nan Dixon

Big Sky Dreamers, Book 3

Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Women's Fiction

Release Date: June 29, 2021

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A journey of healing, hope and love.

SEAN

He loves running his family pub and the expansion into brewing is his contribution to the family legacy. But he hates seeing sad women in his pub, so he flirts, charms smiles out of the unhappy ones, and his Irish accent might be a little stronger as he teaches them a jig. Sad women remind of the terrible mistake he made. When Nicole walks in, pain radiates off her. He tries to coax a smile and even gets her to dance.

NICOLE

Eight months ago her world went up in flames. Once she was a dancer and a mother. Then her husband and daughter died in a fiery crash. Now she’s a mother without a child and a ballerina who cannot dance. Grief and guilt crush her. She retraces her daughter’s and philandering husband’s last day. Her final stop—O’Dair’s Pub. Her husband had been drinking with another woman before Nicole called and begged him to pick up their daughter.

Sean makes her smile. Makes her feel alive again. Maybe there is hope…

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Invest In Me

Big Sky Dreamers, Book One

Sienna D’Amico took the biggest risk of her life and slept with Tanner, a guy she barely knew. Then he ghosts her. No last name. No phone number.

An enemies to lovers tale that will keep you turning the pages!


Stained Glass Hearts

Big Sky Dreamers, Book Two

Both homes and hearts can be restored.

This story is an emotional rollercoaster ride to healing and love.

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Award winning author of the BIG SKY DREAMERS and FITZGERALD HOUSE series, Nan Dixon spent her formative years as an actress, singer, dancer and competitive golfer. But the need to eat had her studying accounting in college. Unfortunately, being a successful financial executive didn’t feed her passion to perform. When the pharmaceutical company she worked for was purchased, Nan got the chance of a lifetime—the opportunity to pursue a writing career. She’s a five-time Golden Heart® finalist and lives in the Midwest. She has five children, three sons-in-law, three granddaughters, two grandsons and one neurotic cat.

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Release Blitz & #Giveaway ~ Tears of Change by Debbie A. Monteggia ~ @RABTBookTours #RABTBookTours #TearsofChange #DebbieAMonteggia #poetry

 

Tears of Change by Debbie A. Monteggia

Poetry

Date Published: 6/29/2021

Publisher: Christian Faith Publishing

About the Book:

Tears of Change is a collection of poems and quotes that takes you on a journey through the everyday emotions of life. In this book you will find unique, one-of-a-kind poems. Some will touch your heart and bring you to a place of appreciation and peace, and others may change the way you view and look at things. You will find ones that will move you through joy, loss, acceptance and renewal, as well as pain and sorrow. My hope is that one or many will inspire you to take a leap into expressing all of your own emotions so you can reach a deeper place of love and gratitude within yourself.

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