BLOG TOUR | Roomies – Lynn Stevens

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Today is my stop on the Roomies blog tour. Check out my author interview!


Title: ROOMIES
Author: Lynn Stevens
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Publication Date: August 20th, 2018
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Blurb:

The night before my wedding, I ran.

I needed a place to hide. A place to start over. A place to figure out how to move forward with my life.

When my cousin Lena offered me a rent free apartment in Chicago, it seemed like the perfect solution. And it was until the legal tenant, a Marine named Josh, returned early from his deployment overseas.

The little security I had shattered. I had no place left to go, and I couldn’t live with a man I didn’t know. But I had no choice. If he knew how badly I was damaged, he wouldn’t want me around. After all, that’s what he had told me over and over. Nobody would want me.

Maybe sometimes you have to run away to find yourself.

The night of my wedding, I ran, but I hadn’t ran far enough.

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Interview with Lynn Stevens:

What was your inspiration for writing Roomies?

It started with the idea of two strangers living together and how someone would react to that situation. I needed a reason for how this happens, and it snowballed from there.

Which character in Roomies do you think you would get along with the most? How about the least?

I would probably get along with Val the best and Sam the least. Sam sucks.

What draws you to write in the Contemporary Romance genre?

I love all areas of romance from YA to NA. It’s just a natural progression.

What behind-the-scenes tidbit in your life would probably surprise your readers the most?

I’m a true introvert. I clam up when I meet new people.

Who has been the biggest supporter of your writing in your family?

My daughter, hands down the best cheerleader I could ever ask for.

Is being an author your full time job?

Not yet.

Do you like audiobooks, physical books, or e-books better? Why?

All of the above. I listen to non-fiction on audio, because I can’t read more than a page or two before I get sleepy and I can’t listen to fiction because I start rewriting it in my head and lose my place. I love physical books and e-books too. I read all sorts of fiction of my Kindle, but I also read physical books too.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

Anywhere from 6 weeks to 3 or 4 years.

What is your favorite and least favorite part of the writing process?

Drafting is the hardest part for me. I get frustrated too easily. I love revising and editing.

Do you outline your novels or do you just write as it comes to you?

I do both. Normally, I outline, but sometimes I just write.

Are you working on another novel? If so, can you give us a small hint as to what it is about?

I’m working on 2 right now. One is tentatively titled The Rebound, and it’s a standalone set in the same world as my upcoming YA novel Extra Innings. The other one is titled Just One Song, and it’s set in the same theater as Just One Summer. I’m also in the process of outlining something outside of the world of romance.

Do you have any advice to offer aspiring authors?

Never give up.


Excerpt:

Chapter One

Lena and Ryder’s latest argument greeted me as I climbed the stairs to the second floor apartments. They didn’t fight very often, but with their impending wedding, my cousin and her fiancé didn’t hold back their tempers or opinions. Of course, Lena liked it. She had to tell me how the make-up sex was worth his stubborn attitude. Information I didn’t want or need to know. Wisely, I kept my mouth shut. If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t have a place to live. Or worse, I’d still be in Des Moines. I shook the thought out of my head. Des Moines was in the past and the people, including my mother, could stay there.

They’d quieted down by the time I reached the top of the steps. The shouting had toned into loud whispers. I smiled. Lena and Ryder were perfect for each other. I put my key in the door, pushing it opened. My heard froze. The door had opened without unlocking it. I couldn’t move. A shadow darted from the living room toward the back bedroom, my room. My legs unfroze. I stepped away slowly, hoping not to make a single sound until I rapped on Lena’s door. My back pressed against the white wood. I knocked again. The door gave way and I fell back into my cousin’s fiancé.

“Val?” Ryder asked.

I pointed toward the open door across the hall. My stomach churned, threatening to clear the gallon of decaf I’d sucked down in the last hour. This wasn’t happening. Chicago was supposed to be my safe haven. Nobody knew I was here. Nobody was supposed to find me. I closed my eyes and prayed it was a robber, not somebody worse. I turned to move into Lena’s apartment, to push Ryder back in and away from the danger, but strong hands squeezed my upper arms. Ryder moved me out of the way like I was a rag doll. Just the mere touch of his fingers made me want to curl up in a ball. I couldn’t keep living like this.

Ryder pushed by me in his bare-chested glory, his sculpted muscles cut with scars from his days as a Marine. I’d never seen a guy with a prosthetic leg move with so much grace. He rushed into my apartment. Well, not mine, not really. It was Ryder’s and his USMC buddy Josh’s place. Since Ryder spent most of his time at Lena’s and Josh was deployed, they’d let me move in until Josh returned in a couple of months. I hoped to be out of their way by then.

Why didn’t he just call 911? Why didn’t I?

I ran after him. Nightmares of Des Moines invaded by mind, but I shoved them back into their compartment. Ryder could get hurt. I’d never forgive myself if that happened. Not that I had ever been able to forgive myself for much of anything. Lena deserved happiness, and I would make sure she had it even if I couldn’t.

It was still dark inside the apartment when a loud “oomph” sounded in the hallway. I flipped on the light, illuminating Ryder on top of the would-be robber. As I stared at the unfamiliar face, all I could think was thank God it wasn’t Sam.

“Jesus, Ryder, I know you missed me, but tackling hugs aren’t necessary,” the robber said.

“Josh?” Ryder sat up, still straddling the guy’s lap.

It would’ve been funny had the circumstances been any different. Or even slightly different. Suddenly I longed for the home invader and not the roommate’s return. I’d have to move. There was no way I could stay here.


Author Bio:

Lynn Stevens flunked out of college writing her first novel. Yes, she still has it and no, you can’t read it. Surprisingly, she graduated with honors at her third school. A former farm girl turned city slicker turned suburbanite, Lynn lives in the Midwest where she drinks coffee and sips tea when she’s out of coffee. She’s the author of Full Count and Game On..

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PRE-ORDER BLITZ | Twisted Lies 4 – Sedona Venez

Title: Twisted Lies 4 (Dirty Secrets)
Author: Sedona Venez
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense
Publication Date: September 19th, 2018
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Blurb:

From USA Today bestselling author Sedona Venez comes an edge-of-your-seat captivating, heart-wrenching, romantic suspense.

I knew he was evil, lust, and darkness personified.

He should have terrified me, but he didn’t because I was just as messed up in the head as he was.

I was a spider trapped in his web.

I didn’t have it all figured out.

What I did know was Core was no Prince Charming, and I, for damn sure, wasn’t a princess.

There would be no fairy-tale ending for us.

It would be hard work, and more importantly, it would be real.

Life couldn’t be all about tiaras and knights riding in to save the day.

This was my give.

This was his take.

And there was no going back.

Till death do us part…

Twisted Lies 4 is the last book in a suspenseful and sexy contemporary romance Dirty Secrets Series by author Sedona Venez. A steamy romp of twists and shocking turns, readers will fall in love one last time with the ending of the popular and highly anticipated Twisted Lies serial.

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Excerpt:

Chapter 1 – TWISTED LIES 4

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Shape

Core kept his answer short. “I’m all yours. If you’re all mine.”

My breath caught in my throat as I blinked hard. His words gave me goose bumps, stirring a longing in me I hadn’t known existed until now. For a moment, I wondered what it would be like to be loved, adored, and worshiped by a man like Core, but I quickly dismissed the dumb thought.

Without thinking, I blurted out, “Until?”

He eased back, eyeing me. “That’s up to you, Sin.”

He was right. How far this shit went between us was completely up to me. I was in control…and I planned on keeping it. That’s why I had to get out of there.

“I always trust my gut.” I bit my bottom lip. My fingers itched to trail across the all-seeing eye tattoo etched into the skin of his neck, but then I caught myself. Tenderness was not something I embraced. I fucked men and then disconnected. But that was B.C.—Before Core. Now, here I was breaking all the rules with the one man I shouldn’t.

No. I will not give in to him.

He reached forward, threading his fingers through my hair. “And what is your gut telling you about me?”

“Run because you’re nothing but trouble.” It was the damn truth. Yes. I was very attracted to him. Yes. I wanted him like no other man I’d ever met. And, yes, he scared the living shit out of me because of all of the above. Core was an itch I couldn’t stop scratching. He was a man who, no matter how much I wanted to walk away from, I just couldn’t muster up the strength to do that—run.


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USA TODAY Bestselling Author Sedona Venez lives in New York City with her hot ex-military hubby–hooah–and their fur babies. She loves writing sizzling, sexy intricate stories about strong but broken characters who push limits, overcome their fears, and risk it all for love.

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RELEASE BLITZ | Half As Much – E.M. Denning

Title: Half As Much
Author: E.M. Denning
Genre: MM Romance
Publisher: Paper Gold Publishing
Production Date: August 29th, 2018
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Blurb:

Rider Dillinger likes who he is, and he knows what he wants. He works hard for one of the toughest teachers on campus and he likes to unwind the same way any other twenty-something does; with sex. When his friends with benefits arrangement ends badly, Rider finds himself at the school health clinic where he meets campus nurse, Eli James. Rider thinks this will be a simple hook-up, but he doesn’t count on the connection that forms between them. He sees this as his golden opportunity to tell Eli his secret desires, after all, what has he got to lose?

Eli James was enamored with Rider from the moment he saw him. His round eyes, and pouty, innocent mouth hid a man who wanted sinfully delicious things. The idea of sharing Rider appeals to Eli, but only on his terms. As they navigate a relationship based on emotional exclusivity and sexual variety, they end up falling deeper and deeper in love.

When an event neither see coming rocks their world, Rider knows he needs to do something drastic to rectify the situation or risk losing Eli to the crushing weight of guilt.

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E. M. Denning is a writer from British Columbia. She loves her family and animals, and anything cute and fuzzy. She writes romance for the 18+ plus crowd because she’s both a hopeless romantic and a dirty old woman.

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BOOK BLITZ | Broken Magic – Catherine Vale

Title: Broken Magic
Author: Catherine Vale
Genre: Urban Fantasy
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Blurb:

Meet Alicia Stark: Portal traveler, skilled white witch, kick-ass woman on a mission.

After Alicia’s parents disappeared unexpectedly, she made it her life’s mission to find them. Her search has taken her into dangerous worlds filled with mythical beasts, dark magic creatures and otherworldly monsters. But nothing could prepare her for the world she is about to enter.

When Alicia finds herself stuck in an unusual world called Wonderland, she knows that it’ll take more than spell-work to survive. She will have to risk everything if she wishes to defeat the ruthless Queen who is determined to have her head.

What begins as a curious journey into an unusual realm where nothing is quite what it seems, quickly turns into a battle for survival with the most unexpected partner by her side: a mysterious dragon shifter who works for the realm.

Alicia will need to unlock the closely guarded secrets of a world filled with murder and mayhem in order to outrun the darkness that will stop at nothing to destroy her.

Broken Magic is the gripping first story in the Worlds of Magic Series. If you enjoy stories filled with enchanting creatures, otherworldly monsters, inhuman allies, and a dash of romance in a fantasy setting, this is the series for you.

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NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author Catherine Vale writes urban fantasy stories of magic and mayhem and paranormal romance.

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BLOG TOUR | The Book of Eadie – Mark D. Diehl

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Book of Eadie! Check out my interview with the author! Read my review here.


The Book of Eadie
Vol. 1 of the SEVENTEEN Trilogy
By Mark D. Diehl
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia, Post-Objectivist, Evolutionary Anthropology – fiction

Corporations control all of Earth’s diminishing resources and all of its governments, dividing the world into two types of people: those who unquestioningly obey, and those who die.

Most of the seventeen billion humans on the planet are unconscious, perpetually serving their employers as part of massive brain trusts. The ecosystem has collapsed, naturally growing plants have been declared illegal, and everything from food to housing to medicines must be synthesized from secretions of genetically modified bacteria. Only corporate ambulatory workers can afford patented synthetic food, and non-corporates fight for survival in the city’s sprawling, grotesquely violent ghetto known only as the Zone.

Nineteen year-old waitress Eadie challenges the hierarchy when she assists a bedraggled alcoholic known as the Prophet, drawing massive social-control machinery into play against her. The Prophet predicts she’s the general who will lead a revolution, and a few desperate souls start listening. How can she and her followers possibly prevail when she’s being hunted by a giant corporation and the Federal Angels it directs?

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Excerpt:

Mutation is the hand of God.”

— The Prophet

Sometimes nature switches the order a little; that’s called a mutation.”

— Dok Murray, Herbalist

XVII

VIXI

(Latin)

I have lived

Outside the building where Lawrence had last seen Eadie:

A Federal truck sat parked in the street in front of the building, the shape obscured by its electric camouflage and the deepening darkness. The Feds must have captured Eadie by now. They would bring her out any minute.

Lawrence had no weapon. Gene-spliced Federal Angels were three times his size, and there might be two or three of them with her. He would attack them anyway.

That was just how it was with Eadie.

Lightning flashed and thunder shook the ground.

His brain felt so tiny and insignificant with the EI shut down. For the first time in his life, Lawrence was completely cut off from everything and everyone, but he had brought those Feds to Eadie and he had to find a way to help her, even by himself, with his own minuscule, disconnected brain.

A woman emerged from the building, heading straight for Lawrence. He ducked back around the corner, pressing himself flat against the wall.

She came around to stand in front of him. Her frizzy brown hair spilled over a bright blue patch on the shoulder of her beige overcoat. Her pale face was wrinkled and haggard but her jaw was set and her eyes were steely.

“You’re that student who was with the General!” she said.

Lawrence looked past her, trying to appear disinterested. “What makes you say that?”

She gestured at his uniform. “Not many like you around here. And you better learn to look around corners right, or you’re gonna get killed.”

“What? I don’t –”

She tilted her head to the side, holding her fingers in front of her face as if they were gripping the vertical edge of a wall. “You can’t just poke your head around the wall.” She imitated him, moving her head around her hands. “That’s gonna get you hurt. Way to do it is stand back from the wall and scoot your body out so you can look.” She did it with the real wall this time, peeking at the Federal truck from a couple of steps back from the corner. She turned back to him. “That way, nobody sees your big ol’ head poking around the side.”

“Okay,” Lawrence said. He gave a tiny shrug. “Thanks.”

“You’re gonna need to know that stuff, serving General Eadie,” she said. “She’s fightin’ for all of us, and for God! Gotta know what you’re doing if you’re fighting for God.”

“What?”

The woman nodded. “The General. That Prophet, he told me. She’ll set us all free. Sent to us by God, he said, and when you look at her, you can see it. She’s the solution, and I’m tellin’ everybody. Gonna get a piece a charcoal and write it all over.” The woman traced a shape on the wall with her fingers, boxing in an imaginary letter. “E,” she said. She moved her hands, boxing another imaginary letter. “D.” The woman smiled at Lawrence. “You should do it, too. She’ll end all the misery in this world, and I’m gonna help her. Just like you.”

… … …

Fiend territory:

Brian pressed his back against the wall and slowly swung his head to the left, facing the way he had come, squinting and opening his eyes, trying to make out his surroundings. Only a dim silhouette of another half-crumbled building stood out from the darkened sky. He turned back to the right, peering ahead in the same way, but there was nothing visible at all.

“Ready to meet the Unity?”

It was not his own internal voice, not even the strange new voice that sometimes shouted from inside his head. This voice had definitely been spoken. Brian had felt the breath on his left ear.


Interview with Mark D. Diehl

What was your inspiration for writing The Book of Eadie?

I worked in East Asia for a number of years, especially in Japan and South Korea. Other American teachers assumed that Asia’s strict, hierarchical cultures would learn from us how to be free, that they would “catch up” with us. That didn’t sound right to me. I saw that Asia had always had much higher population densities and depleted resources. Now populations are swelling and resources are dwindling all around the world. Asia is ahead of us.

Ancient Rome built its empire by beating armies that lacked the structure and discipline of the Roman army. Now every army in the world is organized in a Roman-style top-down hierarchy, because those who weren’t have been wiped out. War has always been about the struggle for resources, and now that process is centered around multinational corporations that eclipse nation-states in wealth and power.

Extrapolate into the future and you’ll see that our destiny is crowded, bleak, hierarchical, and corporate, all to a greater degree than humanity has ever experienced before. I feel compelled not merely to tell people about what’s going on, but actually to convince the world that this is happening, and fiction is the best way to do that. I worked to write a story with enough detail and nuance to prove my point, and also to make that story compelling enough for people to want to keep reading it. I’m pleased with the result, and I hope you will be, too.

How long did it take you to write The Book of Eadie?

The Book of Eadie took a few years, because I kept returning to edit and get it just right. To me, though, the book’s message and the ideas behind the writing were more important. I can honestly say that I’ve been working on that foundation for my entire life.

What is your favorite part of the writing process? Least?

I envy those people who are in love with the written word. Writing must be such a pleasure for them. Most of my writer friends are like that, swooning as they share favorite passages. I don’t get those little tickles out of it the way they do. To me, it’s just hard but rewarding work, struggling to ensure I’m presenting exactly the terrifying future I see. My favorite part of writing is getting the book into readers’ hands and sharing the ideas that I hope might change our future. The book is not my canvas. It is my brush.

Can you explain the significance of XVII to the trilogy?

The number 17 is considered unlucky in Italy, even today. Back in Roman times it was written XVII, and the letters could be re-arranged to spell the Latin word VIXI, which means “I have lived.” The implication was that if I have lived, I am no longer living. In my 17 Trilogy, it is the human population of 17 billion that gets rearranged.

Most experts will tell you that human population is supposed to top out somewhere around 10 billion people, based on extrapolation of data showing that death rates level off while birth rates decline over time. Do you remember reading about Thomas Malthus, who around 200 years ago said that if population kept rising we’d all starve to death? We’re all still here because while he was right about population growth, he was wrong about starvation. Malthus failed to anticipate technological advances in agriculture that allowed production to keep up. The experts predicting that population will top out at 10 billion are erring in the same way. Genetic engineering is the most profound scientific advancement in human history, allowing us to change, and yes, even create life itself, and the science is still in its infancy. The manipulation of genetic material means that the death rate won’t level off; there will no longer be a maximum human age.

Of course, we don’t need to worry that patented biotechnology will cause Third World populations to grow in unusual ways. Poor people will probably follow the standard model of growth and death. Corporations, however, are immortal, and they will have access to the most advanced technologies. This means that corporations will be able to prolong the lives of valuable, obedient, and devoted workers, perhaps indefinitely. In my 17 Trilogy, most of the world’s 17 billion people are kept unconscious and wired into corporate data management systems, for hundreds of years. (Note that these 17 billion are not my main characters! That would be a pretty boring story.) Since corporations already control pretty much every remaining resource on Earth, this increase in the corporate population will choke out non-corporate humanity. Thus, it should be clear that we are evolving into a corporate species.

We are eagerly awaiting volume 2, can you give us a hint of when that will be coming?

Thanksgiving, 11/22/18. I was trying for late October but there have been unavoidable tech issues.

I won’t say much about the content, but here’s a hint: The fact that I keep mentioning ancient Rome in this interview is not an accident.

What is one thing your readers might not know about you?

I met my wife in South Korea, back in the days when academies there would hire anyone, even a hoodlum like me, to teach English. She taught at the same school I did, and we began dating. Her family was one of the most powerful in Korea, and when they found out we were together they beat her up, locked her in a room, and told her that they were going to arrange a marriage for her to the first Korean they could find, in hopes of saving the family name. She escaped at 4:00 in the morning and ran to my place. Eventually her family chased us out of the country with the police.

And before you ask: Yes, this is going to be a book. I’m doing a final edit now, but I don’t yet have a publication date. I plan to start sharing little bits of it online soon, so if you’re interested, please follow me on social media, especially Facebook.

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Can you give some advice to aspiring writers?

I recently read an interview with a sci-fi writer who was asked about his influences. Everything he talked about was a different fictional story. I don’t understand how fiction can be inspired exclusively by other fiction.

It seems to me that stories should develop from real-world experiences you want to share with others. Sure, you can look at fiction to get ideas about how to present your story, but if I’m going to give you my attention for 300 pages, you’d better have something new to say. Before you write, go out and live, and think, and struggle. Accomplish something and achieve glory, or fail and endure humiliation. Whatever it is, experience it. Let it change you and make you grow. More interesting people write more interesting fiction.


About the Author:

Mark D. Diehl writes novels about power dynamics and the way people and organizations influence each other. He believes that obedience and conformity are becoming humanity’s most important survival skills, and that we are thus evolving into a corporate species.

Diehl has: been homeless in Japan, practiced law with a major multinational firm in Chicago, studied in Singapore, fled South Korea as a fugitive, and been stranded in Hong Kong.

After spending most of his youth running around with hoods and thugs, he eventually earned his doctorate in law at the University of Iowa and did graduate work in creative writing at the University of Chicago. He currently lives and writes in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

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BLOG TOUR | The Little Gate-Crasher – Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Little Gate-Crasher! Check out my Q&A with the author.


Mace Bugen might have been an achondroplastic dwarf, 43 inches tall with an average size head and torso set on small, twisted legs—but that didn’t mean he was an idiot or a pushover. In truth, he was smarter than most; over the years, he learned to effectively turn what society in those days called a handicap into a powerful tool he could use to his advantage.

“When I was a kid,” he once said, “I’d ask myself, Why is that guy on the football team? Why can’t I be on the team? Why didn’t God give me the height so I could be the hero?”

“Then at some point I figured it out: I gotta do something special to let ’em know I’m me.”

In The Little Gate Crasher: The Life And Photos Of Mace Bugen, I remember my amazing great-Uncle Mace Bugen through his journey as a first-generation Jewish-American kid in working class Philipsburg, NJ to becoming the first celebrity selfie-artist—way ahead of his time.

Featuring vintage photos of Mace with his exploits, The Little Gate Crasher captures three decades of American pop culture, seen through the unique lens of Mace and his gate-crashing exploits.

Underneath his antics, we meet a complex man who continually defies others expectations and meets life on his own terms. Mace becomes a successful businessman and devoted son to his aging parents. But in his gate-crashing antics, we best get to see Mace’s unique combination of guile, cunning and sense of entitlement, which he used to engineer photos of himself with some of the biggest celebrities of his day. If people were going to stare at him all of his life, he would give them something to see.

The Little Gate Crasher features over 50 vintage photos of Mace with celebrities, athletes and politicians, including Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Muhammed Ali, Richard Nixon, Jane Russel, Joe DiMaggio and more.

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What inspires you to write?

I started writing when I was a kid—I always loved making up stories and as I got older, writing became a passion. I can’t honestly imagine how I would make sense of my thoughts or feelings without writing. I recently wrote a blog about my discipline and passion—if writing is something that you need to do, you just have to find the time wherever you can in your life.

What are you working on now?

I’m leading lots of fun discussions about “The Little Gate-Crasher”—it’s free for your book group and I can Skype or Facetime anywhere in the world! I love hearing what readers have to say. I’ve recently started blogging on Medium—come check it out! I’m working on several children’s books that I’m excited about.

What do you hope to write about in the future?

Besides blogging on Medium—come check it out! I’m working on several children’s books that I’m excited about. Down the road, I want to write a more personal memoir and am starting to outline that book.

Any advice for aspiring writers?

Make time to write! Find a very supportive writer’s group where you can share your work or take a class with a great teacher. Now with online learning, there are so many more options to find a teacher to work with you.

And don’t give up. Rejection happens when you begin to share your work…it’s part of being a writer.

It’s been fun to start blogging on Medium it’s a great platform to share your voice.

How can people purchase the book and get in touch with you?

The Little Gate-Crasher is available on amazon and I love to connect with readers on twitter (@gabkaplanmayer) and facebook. You can also reach me via my website www.gabriellekaplanmayer.com


Author Bio:

Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer is an experienced educator, author and speaker. At Jewish Learning Venture, she works as Director of Whole Community Inclusion and leads disability awareness programs for the Philadelphia Jewish community. Her most recent book The Little Gate Crasher, a memoir of her Great-Uncle, who overcame society’s prejudices about dwarfism to lead a remarkable life, was one of the national book selections for 2017 Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month. Gabby writes for and edits The New York Jewish Week’s The New Normal: Blogging Disability and is also a featured Philly parenting blogger for WHYY’s newsworks. Gabby holds a B.F.A. in theatre and creative writing from Emerson College and an M.A. in Jewish Studies from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.

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RE-RELEASE BLITZ | Arctic Adventure – Cheryl Dragon

Title: Arctic Adventure
Author: Cheryl Dragon
Genre: Reverse Harem
Publication Date: August 29th, 2018
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Paramedic Tiffany James was used to being alone. Now two men from her past have returned with a sexy third, Phil, and are looking to settle down with the right woman. Tiffany is ready for a relationship but not be settled for. Old feelings return. Add in some amazing sex and a vacation to Arctic Man, the spring break of Alaska, and the risk might be worth it.

Sean and Mick had been in love with Tiff since high school but her overprotective dad and brothers kept them at bay. Mick’s home life was a secret hell and he’s finally ready for love in his hometown.

Sexy Sean is a nature guide and while Mick and Phil are hot men in uniform as Alaska State Troopers. They want to make it up to Tiff and prove they’re worthy. Sean already broke his leg badly but now he’s racing in Arctic Man. Tiff is worried but she can’t change them. This trio of men is love ‘em or leave ‘em…but first she needs to know the whole truth.

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A lover of unusual things, Cheryl Dragon enjoys writing unique stories with sinfully hot erotic romance. Her two favorite settings are Las Vegas and New Orleans…where anything can happen! Cheryl lives in the Chicagoland area with her deaf albino cat. By day she analyzes numbers for a division of a large international conglomerate, which leaves the creative juices free for her erotic romance novels.

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BOOK BLITZ | The Watcher Series – AJ Eversley

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Title: The Watcher Series
Author: AJ Eversley
Genre: YA Dystopian Sci-Fi
Editor: Q Books Editing
Cover Designer: Cover Art by Salome Totladze
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Blurb:

“I knew I was not alone. They would never leave until every last one of us was gone.”

Sawyer Russo has sworn to protect humanity, and as a Watcher she’s done just that. But the Bots and Carbons that took her city are evolving, and they start picking the Watchers off one by one. One last rescue mission will change everything. When someone betrays them, the line between friend and foe is no longer easily drawn. Sawyer made a vow, and she will fulfill it, even if it means ending the person who deceived them, no matter who it might be.

It all comes down to one choice…

Who can she save?

And who does she have to let go?

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Excerpt:

I knew I wasn’t alone. They’d never leave until every last one of us disappeared.

From the edge of a rooftop high above the boulevards below, I breathed in the cool, damp air as my eyes monitored the near empty streets. Whispers of rain threatened to erupt from the melancholy sky above, as if to echo the sentiment of this place. The ruined city, once a place I called home, was nothing more than a pile of rubble thanks to the Bots and Carbons roaming the streets. Buildings had been torn to pieces, leaving gaping holes in those that still stood, uninhabited but for a few survivors. It wasn’t a livable place, not the refuge I’d known ten years ago, but it was my reality. And as my eyes scanned the dark metropolis before me, I clung to the feeling of freedom before the burden took over me. The silent promises I had made and had yet to fulfill.

Quiet and cold as it always was, the darkness hung like the night even at the peak of daytime. Smog and cloud lingered over the city, leaving us in a constant state of gloom with the threat of rain hanging over us. The only light that shone in this dark city was Sub 9, the enemy’s headquarters. The lone building lit up in the distance as I stood bathed in darkness, hidden in the shadows. Darkness was my friend, my confidant, my ever constant reminder of who I was and my purpose here.


Author Bio:

AJ Eversley is the author of the WATCHER series. A true north Canadian girl, AJ currently lives in Central Alberta with her husband and dog. When she’s not writing, she can be found binge watching Harry Potter, quoting various movies in everyday conversation, and eating copious amounts of candy.

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RELEASE BLITZ | Redemption Part Five – Kate Benson

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Today is release day for Kate Benson’s new novel. All details below!


Title: Redemption Part Five
Author: Kate Benson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Editor: Chasing Sophie Publications
Cover Designer: Dana Leah at Designs by Dana
Publication Date: August 27th, 2018
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Blurb:

***This book contains content intended for mature readers***

BELLA

Disaster puts a lot into perspective.

I thought I’d made my peace with losing everything in the name of love.

For months, it’s been staring Adam and I in the face.

If I’m being honest, there’s a part of me that welcomed it. There’s a piece of my soul that yearned for it to swallow me whole, offer us a means to an end.

I’m not sure of much these days, but there’s one thing I know as fact…

I’ll never survive losing him.

ADAM

The moment Isabella came crashing into my life, something irrevocably shifted inside my soul.

Now that I’ve tasted it, I don’t know how to live without her.

The very love I didn’t know I craved has me facing the loss of everything I ever cared about.

I’ve sworn myself to protecting both my empire and the love of my life.

If it comes down to keeping only one, which will grant me redemption?

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Redemption: Part One (The Vault Book 1)

Redemption: Part Two (The Vault Book 2)

Redemption: Part Three (The Vault Book 3)

Redemption: Part Four (The Vault Book 4)

Redemption: Part Five (The Vault Book 5)


Author Bio:

Kate Benson was raised in Texas and currently resides in central Florida with her husband and their growing army of fur minions.

She learned to read at the age of four and has been hooked ever since. She credits her passion for literature to her mother, her love of story-telling to her father and her unwavering faith in happily-ever-after’s to her husband, Sean.

Some of her favorite things include rainy days, loud music, superhero movies, hot tea and of course, lazy afternoons with a great book.

To find out more about Kate, her work or to just say hello, she loves hearing from her readers and can be found on social media.

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AUDIO BLITZ | Death of a Marketer – Andrea Fyrear

Title: Death of a Marketer
Author: Andrea Fyrear
Genre: Marketing
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Blurb:

Marketing is in critical condition. Hurled into the twenty-first century amidst a storm of digital disruption, it has since focused on solely surviving in a hostile climate. But mere survival is no longer a mark of fitness. Audiences demand excellence. And marketing excellence requires agility.

Using a detailed historical lens, Death of a Marketer charts a course toward marketing’s Agile future.

Dive in to discover:

Marketing’s cyclical history, from flowery persuasion to the no-nonsense hard sell and back again.

A detailed walk through of four Agile methodologies that can help marketers thrive in their uncertain environments.

Compelling reasons that enterprise organizations and one-person teams alike should be racing to adopt an Agile marketing approach.

Founded on in-depth research and real-world examples alike, Death of a Marketer is a must-read for all modern marketing professionals.

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Andrea is the president and lead trainer for AgileSherpas, an Agile marketing training company. She is one of the world’s leading advocates for Agile marketing and is a sought-after speaker on the topic. In Death of a Marketer she combines more than a decade of digital marketing expertise with thorough research and in-thetrenches agile experience. Her pet peeves include misuse of quotation marks and running out of wine when on deadline. If she’s not attending a Standup meeting or Retrospective, she’s almost certainly on a volleyball court somewhere.

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