Tuesday, May 22, 2018

For the Brave by Holly Bush - Book Blitz and Giveaway


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1869 – Matthew Gentry joined the Confederate Army at eighteen years of age after an argument with his father, leaving Paradise, his Virginia home and famed horse breeding stables, for the fields of Gettysburg. Having survived the War Between the States, Gentry is haunted by the violence and inhumanity of the war. He continues to roam the country long after the conflict is over, finding solace in the arms of soiled doves and at the bottom of whiskey bottles. Finally traveling home after learning of a family tragedy, he nearly loses his life in a spring-flooded riverbed.

Annie Campbell, lone survivor of her family, lives at a remote farm near the North River, raising pigs and trying to grow enough to feed herself, and to stay out of the crosshairs of the Thurmans, violent men who run the town of Bridgewater. Annie’s secrets threaten her safety, even as she rescues and nurses Matthew Gentry.

Matthew knows he must return to Paradise, to grieve with his family. Will his heart lead him back to Bridgewater and Annie Campbell?



Read an Excerpt:

He watched as she sharpened his blade on a worn leather strop and ran a brush around a tin cup, making lather with the soap on the bottom. She walked up to him, close enough that he could feel her body heat up and down his right side, and he smelled hay and horse, and some faint note of wintergreen or peppermint. Her shirt gapped when she leaned around him to scrape his other cheek and he was pleased to note that he was interested in seeing the top of her breast, as at some point in the last few days he’d convinced himself that there were parts of him that might never recover.

“Almost done,” she said. “Tilt your head back and let me get your neck.”

He did as he was told and let the sun beat down on his face. Her fingers were strong, moving his chin one way or another or dabbing soap from around his ears and wiping his face clean with a piece of towel she’d dunked in a pan of water. The warm towel wiping his face felt better than anything he’d felt for a long while, and he relaxed his shoulders and let her wipe away two weeks’ worth of sweat and grit. His eyes closed and he let run her comb through his long, filthy hair.

“I need to bathe. I can smell my own stink.”

“I’m going to cut your hair while we’re out here. The weather’s temperate, so we could wash it without heating water.”

“I don’t care if the water’s cold. I’m tired of pulling it back with a string. Cut it. Cut it all off.”

About the Author:


Holly Bush writes historical romance set on the American Prairie, in Victorian England, and recently released her first Women’s Fiction title. Her books are described as emotional, with heartfelt, sexy romance. She makes her home with her husband in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.










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Monday, May 21, 2018

Order Up by Barbara Valentin - Book Blitz and Giveaway



This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Barbara Valentin will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Nancy Braley is the Chicago Gazette's food editor with a taste for hot chefs and talent for replicating their "secret" recipes. But when she finally gets up the nerve to ask out a hot local café owner, Doug Johnston, she's crushed when he says she's not the "marriage material" he's looking for.

Doug is perplexed by his attraction to Nancy whose take-no-prisoners personality reminds him way too much of his cheating ex. To keep Nancy and his conflicted feelings at bay, he throws out the only excuse he can come up with—she's just not marriage material.

Not one to be deterred, Nancy becomes obsessed with figuring out what exactly that means—partly because she doesn't want to emulate her oft-married but divorce-settlement-wealthy mother, and partly because her attraction to Doug is driving her to distraction. So when a married and very pregnant colleague gets put on bed rest until her baby arrives, Nancy volunteers to feed her family, hoping to get a first-hand look at what marriage is all about. And when Doug's ex opens a new coffee shop nearby, stealing business from his café, it's Nancy who comes to his aid! Eager to call Doug's bluff, can she convince him she's the real deal?



Read an Excerpt:

"Ladies. What can I get you this morning?"

Caught off guard, a rather loud gasp escaped Nancy's surprised lips.

I'm a successful, award-winning, well-connected professional, I'm a successful, award-winning, well-connected professional… The mere sight of Doug, wearing a gray T-shirt that read I'm an English Major. You do the math was enough to trigger a weird little tug in her chest.

Despite a rush of warmth threatening to turn her complexion from the color of uncooked bread dough to a ripe pomegranate, Nancy shifted in her seat to better face the man who had hijacked her cooking class (and may very well have shoved her name to the top of the layoff list).

"I'll have the daily brew, Doug, with just a pinch of sugar and…" Before she could stop herself, Nancy reached over and put her hand on his forearm, giving it a gentle squeeze as she asked, "What did you say the specials were today?"

Her touch seemed to spellbind him. His gaze trained on her, Doug recited, "Lemon poppy seed scones and asparagus Swiss cheese quiche."

"Oh," Nancy gasped, finally releasing his arm. "The quiche sounds delicious. I'll have that."

Granted, he could have said "toilet paper," and she would've still ordered it on the spot.

About the Author:
Author of the popular Assignment: Romance series, Barbara was named "Indie Star of 2015" by Publishers Weekly when her first book earned a coveted starred review. A member of Romance Writers of America, she looks forward to the days when her to-do list includes tasks such as “Attend premiere of movie based on my book” or "Accept Godiva's request to be a taste-tester” …much better than “Vacuum hallway” or “Pick up clothes from dry cleaners,” don’t you think?





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Friday, May 18, 2018

Old Gold Mountain by Bradley W. Wright - Book Tour and Giveaway



About the Book


Justin Vincent is a San Francisco based artist who leads a secret double life as a cat burglar. He likes the freedom, money, and self-determination his unusual career provides but also increasingly feels that it is a life he fell into by accident. When a valuable painting is stolen from his lover Valerie, Justin agrees to use his underworld contacts and knowledge of the black market to help. The search leads him to an antiquities dealer who has fallen on hard times and a mysterious European middle man. With the help of his friend Ashna, a skilled hacker, and Gabrielle, owner of an art gallery in Nice, Justin gathers clues that lead him to a mysterious chateau in the South of France and a dangerous web of secrets and lies. To escape with his life and complete his objective, Justin’s skill, luck, and perseverance will be tested to their utmost limit.





Excerpt

“What happened to that painting you used to have above the bed?” I asked.

“Above the bed? I didn’t—” Val turned, stopped speaking, breath caught.

A moment later, she whirled, flipped on the light switch, jumped onto the bed, and placed her hands on the wall above the headboard. In the light, I noticed there was a picture hanger still nailed into the wall and a square of slightly brighter paint where the painting had hung. She ran her hands over the bare wall then turned to look at me. Her eyes were manic, her body tense. “Tell me this is some kind of joke, Justin.”

“No joke,” I replied. “Was it there when you left for the gallery?”

“Yes, I think so.” She stepped down off the bed and started frantically pacing the room, looking everywhere. “I’m sure it was.”

“Did you have cleaners scheduled today?”

“No. They come on Wednesdays.”

“Did you leave your balcony door open?”

She looked at me, suddenly focusing. “No. I never leave it open.”

“It was open when we came in. Was it locked?”

“Maybe not. I don’t know. I was in a hurry.”

“Let’s see if anything else is missing,” I said, turning toward the door.


Valerie grabbed my arm, pulling me around to face her. “I don’t care if anything else is missing.” She was on the brink of tears, a tight, almost hysterical, edge to her voice. She raised her hands, placed them over her ears, shaking her head back and forth. “I don’t care. That painting is the only thing I own that I care about, Justin.”

Guest Post

Writing tips to new authors

1. Be yourself. It’s okay to be inspired by other writers but you need to develop your own voice and ideas. The thing that will make you stand out is originality, not sounding like someone else.

2. Read a lot of books and not just in the genre you want to write. Read a non-fiction book for every two fiction. Read the classics and learn from them. Read bestsellers and obscure self-published books. You never know where you will find inspiration. If you only read books in the same genre you want to write it will be difficult to break out of the mold and do something innovative.

3. Don’t pay for expensive software or fancy computers. You can use Google docs for free and write on a cheap chromebook.

4. Write an outline. If you want your book to be well paced and for the plot to develop in an a way that keeps the reader interested, you need to know where you are going before you begin.

5. Research your details. For every detail there will be a reader who knows more than you and will be thrown off if things are inaccurate. For Old Gold Mountain, I read books and articles on lock picking, techniques used by successful thieves, computer/network hacking, the international art market, and the history of the Corsican mafia among others.

6. Don’t watch TV. Don’t play video games. In general, don’t waste time with mindless entertainment. Write your book or read a book instead.

7. Bake your own bread. Mastering bread baking is a lot like figuring out how to write a book.

8. Don’t take advice from other writers like me. Just write in whatever way makes sense to you.



About the Author


I am a writer and educational technology professional. I lived in San Francisco for the past fifteen years but recently moved to Los Angeles with my wife and five year old son. My first book Old Gold Mountain is out now. Buy it at Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Also available through Apple iBooks, Google Play, and Indigo.








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