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Thursday, December 18, 2014

I Am A Reader, Not A Writer Presents: f You Believe by Mya O’Malley (Blog Tour & Blast)

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If You Believe by Mya O'Malley Sometimes love only comes once in a lifetime. For some lucky people, it is possible to love again. Melody and Jack had shared an unforgettable love story that abruptly came to an end. Melody, left picking up the pieces, finds herself alone years later, with no hope or desire to date again. With the holiday season approaching, Melody finds it particularly difficult to get Jack out of her thoughts. Jack isn’t sure if he’s an angel or a ghost, but his mind is set on one thing only, finding a new love for Melody by Christmas Eve at midnight. Easier said than done, with many obstacles to tackle, Jack underestimates how difficult the task is. With conflicting emotions, Jack takes it upon himself to find a man for a woman he still loves. With the clock ticking as the holidays approach, this charming story of finding love the second time around will have you laughing and crying, but ultimately, it will have you believing in true love.

 











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Author Mya O'Malley


Mya O’Malley was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City, where she currently lives with her husband, daughter and three step-daughters. The family also consists of two boxers; Destiny and Dolce and a ragdoll cat named Colby. Mya earned an undergraduate degree in special education and a graduate degree in reading and literacy. She works as a special education teacher and enjoys making a difference in the lives of her students. Mya currently has two new releases: At First Sight, a contemporary romance about dating in the modern world, published by Astraea Press, and Where There is Love, a contemporary romance in which a woman struggles with past obstacles, ultimately faced with whether or not she will open her heart to love. Where There is Love is published with Solstice Publishing. Mya is excited to say that Astraea Press will be releasing her contemporary holiday paranormal romance titled If You Believe on November 25, 2014. Due to be released late January is The Calm After the Storm, published by TouchPoint Press. This novel is a contemporary romance taking place in the setting of Hurricane Sandy. The story revolves around the idea of a utility worker from Georgia falling in love with a woman in New York. Mya’s passion is writing; she has been creating stories and poetry since she was a child. Mya spends her free time reading just about anything she can get her hands on. She is a romantic at heart and loves to create stories with unforgettable characters. Mya likes to travel; she has visited several Caribbean Islands, Mexico and Costa Rica. Mya is currently working on her sixth novel.





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Pump Up Your Book Presents Blamed Virtual Book Publicity Tour

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Pump Up Your Book is pleased to bring you Edie Harris’ BLAMED virtual book tour October 20 – December 19!

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Title: Blamed
Author: Edie Harris
Publisher: Harlequin Carina Press
Pages: 155
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Espionage
Format: Kindle
Born into a long line of spies, sanctioned killers and covert weapons developers, Beth Faraday carried out her first hit-for-hire when she was still a teenager.
That part of her life—the American spy royalty part—ended one year ago, with a job gone wrong in Afghanistan. The collateral damage she caused with a single shot was unfathomable and, for Beth, unforgiveable. She’s worked hard to build a new life for herself, far away from the family business. But someone, somewhere, hasn’t forgotten what Beth did in Kabul. And they want revenge.
As the Faraday clan bands together to defend Beth and protect their legacy, Beth is forced to flee her new home with the unlikeliest of allies—MI6 agent Raleigh Vick, the only man she’s ever loved. And the one she thought she’d killed in the desert.

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Edie HarrisEdie Harris studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Iowa and Grinnell College. She fills her days with writing and editing contract proposals, but her nights belong to the world of romance fiction. Edie lives and works in Chicago and is represented by Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency.
Her latest book is the romantic suspense/espionage, Blamed.
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  • Book Excerpt:
    The blood in her mouth tasted like hot pennies.
    Flinching as a secondary arterial spray lashed her face, she kept her fingers clenched in her tormenter’s hair, holding his head aloft for the slice of the blade she’d stolen from his toolkit when his back was turned.
    That mistake had just cost him his life.
    Her stomach lurched, and she shoved the dead man away, wishing he’d deafened her when he boxed her ears on the second—third?—day, so she couldn’t hear the back of his skull hit the concrete floor with a sickening thwack. Her hand shook, the knife threatening to slip from her mangled fingers, but once it fell, she knew she wouldn’t be able to pick it back up, and she couldn’t afford to be weaponless. Injured knuckles white around the slick rubber grip, she staggered back until her shoulders hit the far wall of her prison.
    Her torture chamber.
    The blood cooling on her face ratcheted her panic up a notch. Every breath was pure agony, broken ribs prodding like iron pokers against her lungs. Every square inch of skin on her back burned like hellfire. Her body was one giant bruise, her mind a tangled mess. Tears spilled down her cheeks, wet and warm—and silent.
    She’d not made a sound when she slit her captor’s throat. Her family would be so proud.
    The thought made her tears fall faster. A longing for home and the Queen Anne Victorian in which she’d grown up, the same longing she had buried deep for the past year, threatened to bring her to her knees, but no. No. It was just like the knife—if she fell, she’d never get back up, and eventually, someone was going to come looking for the man she had killed.
    John. He’d told her his name was John, but surely that was a lie. Monsters never told the truth.
    Swallowing her nausea, she stumbled toward John’s crumpled body. The thick pool of blood was unavoidable, though she shuddered when red seeped between her bare toes. Dizziness swamped her when she dropped into a crouch, the hand not holding the blade searching the pockets of John’s cargos for his key card.
    Her victory upon locating the card was short-lived when she remembered what came next.
    Each time John had “visited” her, it had become harder and harder to stay conscious. Everything in her hurt as she’d never hurt before. The temptation to let her eyes slide shut forever had been so strong, John singing soothingly while he disinfected his tools from their session.
    Lullabies. He sang her lullabies. Rock-a-bye baby, on the tree top….
    She had always remained awake long enough to watch him leave, knowing he’d be back to resume her torture. The key card was merely half the equation when it came to unlocking the door. John’s fingerprint was the other.
    When the wind blows, the cradle will rock….
    Dragging John’s body to the scanner mounted next to the door was not an option, not in her weakened state. Her gaze caught on his limp hand, and a tremor wracked her. There was no choice. Flattening his palm against the bloody floor, she lowered the knife.
    When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall….
    She couldn’t help it—she vomited. But when her retching ceased, she gingerly picked up the severed finger and rose from her crouch. She almost didn’t feel the wetness underfoot anymore, which meant blessed numbness had nearly arrived. Key card first, then the bloody print on the scanner’s screen, and she held her breath.
    And down will come baby, cradle and
    The near-silent snick of the steel door unlatching shook John’s voice from her head. Freedom. Oh, God, freedom from this hellhole was so close, so amazingly close she was dizzy with it.
    Her tears fell harder. Fuck. Why couldn’t she stop crying?
    With a soft whirring noise, the door slid open, and a bunker-style hallway cast in eerie greenish light was revealed. She was underground, as suspected. A memory flashed, of John using a medical scalpel to dig the GPS tracker out from behind her ear. There had been nothing clinical or precise in how he’d wielded that blade.
    Can’t have them finding you before we’re done here, little girl.
    She didn’t bother looking back at his lifeless form as she eased through the door, still clutching his finger and key card. They might still prove useful in helping her escape this prison; John would not.
    Adjusting her grip on the knife, she crept down the hall, ignoring the black spots clouding her vision and the vicious pounding of her head. It felt as though her brain were trying to punch its way through her skull, and she simply didn’t have time for that nonsense, because someone was watching her. Her hazy thoughts pictured the camera mounted in the corner of her cell, its little red dot blinking, always blinking. Someone would know what she’d done to John, and she refused to wait for retaliation to find her.
    Run now. Collapse later.
    The concrete was cold beneath her sticky, blood-soaked feet, with a chill that crept up her ankles, her calves, making her knees knock together. She was so tired. It had been at least a day since John had given her anything to drink, and he’d never provided food. As she slowly made her way down the empty corridor, her senses began to fail her, the muted buzz in her ears blocking out the faint echo of her rasping breaths. Her adrenaline rush from the kill was over.
    Perhaps…perhaps she wouldn’t make it out of here, after all.
    A loud sob escaped against her will.
    The sounds of footsteps, heavy and booted, broke through the encroaching deafness, and then there he stood in front of her, limned in the faint glow of the bunker lights, a tall man with ice for eyes and a nasty-looking gun.
    “Beth.”
    She blinked at him through her tears, her relief short-lived as a wave of bitterness
    sweeping through her battered body as she saw where, precisely, that gun was aimed. Her voice cracked, breaking low and hoarse when she spoke. “Shot through the heart, and you’re to blame.”
    She hummed the rest.
    You give love a bad name.
     

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Edie is giving away one digital copy of Blamed (formats available: PDF & ePub), ‘I Only Kiss Spies’ t-shirt, ‘Lincoln Park After Dark’ OPI nail polish and one bag of Van Houtte ‘Belgian Chocolate’ ground coffee!·  Blamed Grand Prize

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Clara's Wish: An Amish Christmas Romance by Beth Shriver








This story is about Lizzy Ryder who wishes for the perfect man, an upstanding, hardworking, God fearing gentleman, who will fulfill her every need. But the man her friend, Clara, introduces her to is nothing of the sort. But Clara’s dying wish is for them to be together.
 
Zack Shrock wants more than anything to redeem his shady past, but can’t trust himself to stay on the right side of the Amish ways, and even more so, on the right side of God.
 
When Clara promises to bring Lizzy the man she’s always hoped for Lizzy starts making big plans for his arrival. But is it what Lizzy expected?




About The Author 







Beth Shriver received a degree in social work and psychology from the University of Nebraska. She worked as a caseworker for Boulder County Department of Social Services before starting a family. Beth and her husband, two children, along with two cats and a beagle live in Texas after moving from their first home in Colorado. She freelances for the local papers in her area and writes columns, devotionals for magazines, and novels in a variety of genres in both fiction and nonfiction.

http://www.bethshriverwriter.com/

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My Review:






Lizzy Ryder has written to Zack, he has jumped the fence, or after being Baptized Amish, left. He returns just in time to help save his sister Clara’s life; he did just that, by putting her in his car and driving her to the hospital.
Clara’s illness is very serious, and Lizzy and her Amish Community are rather frantic, everyone loves and cares for Clara. Zack has to face his past and his future by being around his People, but he is shunned.
I so enjoyed the interaction between Lizzy and Zack; they have grown up together, and acted like family their whole lives. Then the unthinkable happens, and they have to depend on one another for survival, and there appears to be danger lurking, and very strange things happening. I found this part of the book to be very interesting, and you never know what is going to happen next. Strange things are happening here, and you wonder just how bad the danger is and if the old fear Lizzy has is connected.
From the beginning to the end I had to wonder if Zack would return, and if his family, other than Clara, will accept him. Also the rest of the community, some seem willing to turn their backs on him, and most seem to avoid him. What could have happened to make him leave where it seems he really wants to be. The answer will astound you and make you very sad, will he be able to return and accept the peace that seems to have followed him home? Will Lizzy and Zack become more than friends? How about Clara, will she survive? Most of the answers are here, and when you get to the end you are going to want more. Yes we there is a preview of the next book, can’t wait!

I received this book through Booketeria Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review.




Pump Up Your Book Presents Fighter Pilot’s Daughter Virtual Book Publicity Tour

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Pump Up Your Book is pleased to bring you Mary Lawlor’s FIGHTER PILOT’S DAUGHTER virtual book tour November 17 – December 19!

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Title: Fighter Pilot’s Daughter: Growing Up in the Sixties and the Cold War
Author: Mary Lawlor
Publisher: Rowman and Littlefield
Pages: 336
Genre: Memoir
Format: Hardcover/Kindle


FIGHTER PILOT’S DAUGHTER: GROWING UP IN THE SIXTIES AND THE COLD WAR tells the story of the author as a young woman coming of age in an Irish Catholic, military family during the Cold War.  Her father, an aviator in the Marines and later the Army, was transferred more than a dozen times to posts from Miami to California and Germany as the government’s Cold War policies demanded.  For the pilot’s wife and daughters, each move meant a complete upheaval of ordinary life.  The car was sold, bank accounts closed, and of course one school after another was left behind.  Friends and later boyfriends lined up in memory as a series of temporary attachments.  The book describes the dramas of this traveling household during the middle years of the Cold War.  In the process, FIGHTER PILOT’S DAUGHTER shows how the larger turmoil of American foreign policy and the effects of Cold War politics permeated the domestic universe. The climactic moment of the story takes place in the spring of 1968, when the author’s father was stationed in Vietnam and she was attending college in Paris.  Having left the family’s quarters in Heidelberg, Germany the previous fall, she was still an ingénue; but her strict upbringing had not gone deep enough to keep her anchored to her parents’ world.  When the May riots broke out in the Latin quarter, she attached myself to the student leftists and American draft resisters who were throwing cobblestones at the French police. Getting word of her activities via a Red Cross telegram delivered on the airfield in Da Nang, Vietnam, her father came to Paris to find her. The book narrates their dramatically contentious meeting and return to the American military community of Heidelberg.  The book concludes many years later, as the Cold War came to a close.  After decades of tension that made communication all but impossible, the author and her father reunited.  As the chill subsided in the world at large, so it did in the relationship between the pilot and his daughter. When he died a few years later, the hard edge between them, like the Cold War stand-off, had become a distant memory.

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Mary LawlorMary Lawlor grew up in an Army family during the Cold War.  Her father was a decorated fighter pilot who fought in the Pacific during World War II, flew missions in Korea, and did two combat tours in Vietnam. His family followed him from base to base and country to country during his years of service. Every two or three years, Mary, her three sisters, and her mother packed up their household and moved. By the time she graduated from high school, she had attended fourteen different schools. These displacements, plus her father?s frequent absences and brief, dramatic returns, were part of the fabric of her childhood, as were the rituals of base life and the adventures of life abroad.
As Mary came of age, tensions between the patriotic, Catholic culture of her upbringing and the values of the sixties counterculture set family life on fire.  While attending the American College in Paris, she became involved in the famous student uprisings of May 1968.  Facing her father, then posted in Vietnam, across a deep political divide, she fought as he had taught her to for a way of life completely different from his and her mother’s.
Years of turbulence followed.  After working in Germany, Spain and Japan, Mary went on to graduate school at NYU, earned a Ph.D. and became a professor of literature and American Studies at Muhlenberg College.  She has published three books, Recalling the Wild (Rutgers UP, 2000), Public Native America (Rutgers UP, 2006), and most recently Fighter Pilot’s Daughter: Growing Up in the Sixties and the Cold War (Rowman and Littlefield, September 2013).
She and her husband spend part of each year on a small farm in the mountains of southern Spain.

Her latest book is the memoir, Fighter Pilot’s Daughter: Growing Up in the Sixties and the Cold War.


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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Murder Tightly Knit (Amish Village Mystery #2) by Vannetta Chapman






In a town where Amish and Englisch mingle every day, a grisly murder leads to mutual suspicion. Can Amber and Hannah find the killer before fear unravels the community . . . or he strikes again?

Even before she heard of Owen Esch’s death, Hannah Troyer knew something was amiss at The Cat’s Meow yarn shop. The store has been closing at odd times, the ever-dependable Mary isn’t always at her post . . . and an Englisch man has been seen loitering around back.

Now, as leaves of brown, gold, and orange blanket Middlebury, Indiana, Owen lies dead on the Pumpkinvine Trail. The only clues to the murderer’s identity point in two very different directions—one of them leading right to The Cat’s Meow.

The police call in a federal investigator, but Hannah and Village manager Amber Bowman are in no mood to wait for them to figure out what they already know—that no one from the Amish Village could have killed Owen Esch.

Amber and Hannah will need to work quickly to solve the murder mystery and bring harmony back to the Amish community.




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Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania.

Her novel, Falling to Pieces, was a 2012 ACFW Carol Award winner for best mystery. All of her books have been Christian Book Distributor bestsellers. She currently writes Amish fiction for Abingdon Press, Zondervan, and Harvest House. Chapman lives in the Texas hill country with her husband.


For more information, visit her at www.VannettaChapman.com or blog with her at http://vannettachapman.wordpress.com/. She can also be found at http://www.facebook.com/VannettaChapm....
 



My Review:
 
The title of this story brings us immediately to the opening of the book…yes it begins with a murder. The quiet peaceful setting of the Village is upset again by another grisly murder, a quiet Amish man is found dead on the Pumpkinvine Trail.
Where is all of this going to lead, boy are you in for a surprise, and I didn’t see it coming. We get an indebt look at Amish life, and spend time at a lot of functions, and actives, always looking for why and who.
Ms. Chapman has done it again, with a new and absorbing mystery and mix in the Amish culture, we are on a heart in your throat ride, and hoping for the best out come. Throw in the beautiful setting of this story and I was hooked, and kept me page turning. I had to get to the end, and when I did, I wanted more, wishing I had taken more time to savor what I was reading.
So come along and take a buggy ride, or a walk on the Pumpkinvine Trail, but be careful, you never know what is around the next turn.

I received this book through the Publisher Zondervan, and was not required to give a positive review.

A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings

A Marriage of Convenience Turns Most Inconvenient in this Historical Charmer

Having fled a difficult home life, Civil War nurse Abigail Stuart feels like her only friend in the world is sweet but gravely wounded patient Jeremiah Calhoun. Fearing he won't survive, the Confederate soldier's last wish is that Abigail look after his sickly sister at home. Marry him, return to his horse farm, and it'll be hers.

Left with few choices, Abigail takes him up on his offer and moves to Missouri after his death, but just as the family learns to accept her, the real Jeremiah Calhoun appears--puzzled to find a confounding woman posing as his wife. Jeremiah is determined to have his life back to how it was before the war, but his own wounds limit what he can do on his own. Still not fully convinced Abigail isn't duping him, he's left with no choice but to let the woman stay and help--not admitting to himself she may provide the healing his entire family needs.



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Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She has worked at The Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City with her husband and four children.

http://www.reginajennings.com/

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My Review: 

We have a young woman who left home, and became a nurse in the Civil War. She is attracted more than usual to one young dying man, and her heart makes her marry this fellow and go to his home to take care of his very ill sister and her mother.
Sounds like something any caring young woman would do? No, this is a different time, and she has no home to return to, so she appears at her new families home to nurse and help return the farm to profitability. Ok, can you imagine a mother and sister greeted by their brother/son’s new wife, and they now believe that their love one is dead. She introduces herself around at Mrs. Jeremiah Calhoun, and is accepted as his widow, when, you probably guessed, he reappears, and is none to happy to have Abigail there, he is in love with Laurel. Then we get to Lauren, and you guessed it, she has found someone else.
As you sort through these special people, we also have jayhawkers that are stealing horses and shooting people. Not one dull moment here, and there is action right to the end.
Loved Jeremiah’s mother, who at once accepts Abigail, and you admire her for giving the girl some affection. These women are really hard workers, and you are in for some surprises and chuckles, especially when you meet those menacing kids.
Will Jeremiah and Laurel finally find happiness, and how about Abigail and the young Doctor who is now in love with Laurel? You are about to open a page-turner, and if you are like me, you won’t stop until you have all the answers.

I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.


Friday, December 12, 2014

Pump Up Your Book Presents Exile Virtual Book Publicity Tour

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Pump Up Your Book is pleased to bring you Tom Stacey’s EXILE virtual book tour December 1 – 16!

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Title: Exile
Author: Tom Stacey
Publisher: Tom Stacey
Pages: 389
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Format: Kindle


On the fringes of the Verian Empire, two small boys stumble upon a strange altar, buried in the heart of a mountain. There they awaken a horror unseen for generations, that will descend upon the realm of men while it is at its weakest. For Veria is a nation at war with itself, only recently recovered from a bloody rebellion, and the time of heroes has passed. The empire is in a state of chaos, and while its ruler, the Empron Illis, rids the land of his remaining enemies, unseen forces are gathering at the borders. However all eyes are turned inwards. The Empron is not a well man, and there are whispers among the common folk that his advisors are spies; demons that only wear the flesh of men.
Yet there is hope…
In the distant mountains, a forester who has buried his past learns that he has not been forgotten, and that his crimes have sought him out at last. But he is no simple woodsman. He is Beccorban the Helhammer, Scourge, Burner and the Death of Nations, and his fury is a terrible thing.
For when all the heroes are gone, Veria will turn to those it has forgotten, before all is lost.

 

 

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Tom Stacey is an English author of the fantasy novel, Exile. Tom was born in Essex, England, and has lived there his whole life. He began writing at school, often taking responsibility for penning the class plays or writing sketches with his friends. While attending university to read history, Tom developed his writing by creating several short stories, some of which would later become the basis for his debut novel, Exile.
Tom self-published Exile in summer 2014 and is currently working on the sequel as well as another unrelated novel. He earns a living as a video producer in London by day and writes at night, a bit like a really underwhelming superhero.


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