Blog Tour: How To See a Man About a Dog

How To See a Man About a Dog: Collected Writings
Samuel Knox

Jacqueline Carter (Editor)
July 7, 2021
149 pages

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How To See A Man About A Dog is a collection of experimental short stories, powerful poems, and pulp fiction prose that will take you on a wild, hilarious, and heartbreaking journey. Surrealist short stories, memoiristic poems, and haunting jokes guide you through the wild imagination of emerging writer Samuel Knox’s mind.

“In the light of the moon, a stack of diet pancakes glisten on the dining room table. ‘Steven!’ The kitchen erupted! ‘It is five past your 3 AM Pre-Breakfast Dunch.’ Stephen knew all too well that he was late for his self-imposed good therapy, the latest in in-home, trans-fat free therapy.” – Holy Cannoli, How To See A Man About A Dog

For the reader looking for a wholly original and experimental mixed-media approach to stories, How To See A Man About A Dog is a much-needed fever dream tour-de-force.

“One size fits all never fits me. Hell, what a size. I supposed, sometime once in my early childhood, that it was all a curse.” – My Girl Lately, How To See A Man About A Dog

How To See A Man About A Dog is a kaleidoscopic collage made of equal parts delight and despair. Samuel Knox blends sci-fi, horror, fantasy, and non-fiction into a single enrapturing vision of what it means to be human in the modern age. With over 100 pages of frenetic yet layered experimental fiction, every reader will surely find something to latch onto and enjoy.

Author Bio:
Samuel Knox is an internationally-selling author, blogger, and father of two. He’s worked as a ghostwriter for several years with pieces featured in The Huffington Post, Forbes, and Business Insider. His writing is often described as existential, dystopian, and irreverent. His debut work of fiction, How to See a Man About a Dog compiles over eleven years of writing in the hopes of bringing light to the darkest corners of modern life.

An avid dark comedy and literature fan, he enjoys experimenting with media and supporting other artists. As a founding member of the experimental art collective The Post Art Collective, he’s always looking for opportunities to propel fellow authors and artists headlong into success.

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A special note about the book
This book, at its core, is about mental health. Recovering from trauma is a journey with twists, turns, and abrupt endings. A lot of the time, recovery means questioning the various “narrators” we encounter. Other times it means remembering those who didn’t get to finish their story. The author believes that absurdism is the closest approximation to the truth that art has to offer and the best way to understand and process the most difficult journeys in life. When we can laugh at it, then we can truly conquer the hardest truths.

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Blog Tour: Avalon

Avalon (The Fae Queen’s Court)

Ceril N Domace
264 pages
May 18, 2022

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The fae are on the brink of war.
It’s been nearly a year since the Battle of Tearmann. With their last legitimate trade routes cut off, the fae increasingly rely on the Corps away teams to get essential supplies. Owen Williams, now a Corps member, has spent the last ten months running the border to get the haven what it needs to survive. But his last mission nearly killed him and his decision to join the corps threatened his fragile relationship with his family—a relationship that was already stressed to the breaking point by his son’s death.

But after Percill, a battleborn vampire, reveals the location of a group of the fae captives, the corps leadership makes it clear that there isn’t much they won’t do to rescue them. When Percill refuses to say more without a guarantee that Owen will be on the team that rescues them, Owen agrees even though going on this mission could shatter what’s left of his family.

Success means he gets to retire a hero and go home to his family. However, failure wouldn’t just risk the captives, but could end with him held alongside them and separated from his family forever.

Author Bio:
Ceril N Domace is an accountant, the owner of a cat with more zooms than brain cells, and a dedicated dungeon master.

As a lover of fiction works great and small, Ceril has been reading age-inappropriate stories since her father failed to pull The Silmarillion from her grubby little fingers at age five. As a grown-up accountant, her spreadsheet compiling gives her plenty of time to make plans for a fantastic world that isn’t plagued by balance sheets . . . and also has dragons.

On the rare occasions she manages to free herself from an ever-growing and complex web of TTRPG, Ceril enjoys taking walks and griping that all her hobbies are work in disguise.

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Blog Tour: Dolly Considine’s Hotel

Dolly Considine’s Hotel

Eamon Somers
320 Pages
Unbound Digital (July 8, 2021)

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Dolly Considine runs a late-night drinking establishment catering to the needs of thirsty politicians and theatricals in Dublin’s legendary drinking area, the Catacombs.

Julian Ryder (aka Paddy Butler) is an eighteen-year-old aspiring writer in need of shelter from his bullying older brother.

As the new live-in lounge assistant at Dolly Considine’s Hotel, Julian soon embroils himself in the shebeen’s gossip – and the guests’ bedsheets – and turns Dolly’s entourage into fodder for his literary ambitions. Reality quickly becomes difficult to separate from fantasy…

Set against the run-up to the Pro-life Constitutional Amendment of September 1983 and moving fluidly between the 1950s of Dolly’s youth and Julian’s Summer of Unrequited Love, the hotel becomes a stage for farce and tragedy. Between Julian’s fictions, Dolly’s Secrets, and narrow party politics – and featuring a papier-mâché figure of Mother Ireland giving birth and clashing sword-wielding dancers – this rich cocktail threatens to blow them, and even Ireland itself, wide apart.

Author Bio:

Eamon Somers grew up above the small corner shop run by his parents in Dublin’s inner city. After brief careers as a shop assistant, trainee motorcycle mechanic, courier, office worker, lounge boy, community facilitator, double glazing installer he moved to London. He worked for two years in Haringey Council’s Lesbian and Gay Unit, drawing on his several years’ experience of community development work with the National Gay Federation in Dublin. Redundancy from Haringey caused him to stumble into the social housing development career he enjoyed for the following thirty-two years.

From his early writing classes in the People’s College in 1970s Dublin, his studies at Birkbeck College London, summer schools at the Irish Writers’ Centre, to more recent zooming sessions with poet Diana Goetsch (via Paragraph NY), Eamon’s lifelong commitment to learning the art of creative writing, is obvious His short stories have been published in various magazines including Tees Valley Writer, Automatic Pilot, Chroma, The Journal of Truth and Consequences (which nominated his Fear of Landing for a Pushcart Prize), also in Quare Fellas, a collection of LGBT+ fiction published in Ireland. He is currently working on revisions to his novel A Very Foolish Dream, – Highly Commended in the 2019 Novel Fair sponsored by the Irish Writers’ Centre in Dublin. Dolly Considine’s Hotel is Eamon’s debut novel.

Eamon is the happy father of three children. He and his Civil Partner Tomás are proud to be called Papa and Papi by their two lovely grandchildren. They increasingly divide their time between London, Dublin, and other parts of Ireland.

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Blog Tour: Phoenix’s Ascent

Phoenix’s Ascent
Winter Austin

324 Pages
Tirgearr Publishing
March 22, 2022

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A maniac developing a fantastical drug wants one more thing to finalize the project—a test subject who fits all the parameters. But that test subject is as elusive as her namesake.

Ex-SAS operative Mitch Edwards has been on the run since the moment he was framed for treason by someone in the British government. But he’s never forgotten the flamboyant and seductive CIA operative with the tongue of a thousand languages. In a bar in Cancun, Mexico, Mitch comes face to face with her once more, and with her comes the full force of her enemies.

Reinstated Hera Force linguist and assassin, Nadia Roth, code named Phoenix, has no memory of Mitch Edwards, or of their affair before her team’s disastrous mission. Her traumatic brain injury is tricky that way. But something about this man sets her on fire and tickles the back of her mind. Her Hera teammates remember him, so why can’t she?

Mitch partners up with Hera, with the sole intent of locating those hell-bent on killing him and all who are associated with him. Yet more is at stake than their lives. A traitor hides among their ranks, one who has been revealing all their secrets to an enemy determined to procure this special drug and Nadia for his scheme.

Hera goes into operation mode, doing what they were created to do, but someone is watching, and the team finds themselves trapped behind enemy lines with no way out.

Will Nadia ever remember the man she once loved, or will they perish with the secret between them?

Author Bio:

Winter Austin perpetually answers the question: “were you born in the winter?” with a flat “nope.” Having recently changed her address back near her hometown, Winter has stepped into the chaotic world of a full-time wife, mom, author, coach, and employee. With her ability to verbally spin a vivid and detailed story, Winter has translated that into writing deadly romantic thrillers. Combining her love of all things rural, agricultural, and military, she’s turned her small town life upside down.

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Blog Tour: The Rise of Riverstone

The Rise of Riverstone
Mandy Schimelpfenig

November 21, 2021

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Praed is a country of vast prairies and looming mountains where the elite make their homes along a mighty river. For hundreds of years, to wear the crown is to tempt fate, for in Praed, any man may become king if he’s strong enough.

Laria Audrey lives in privilege as the daughter of a famous knight, until one night she’s ripped from her bed to find that her entire life has gone up in flames. Forced to serve those responsible, Laria pretends to be deaf and mute to survive. But when days turn to weeks, Laria loses hope of awakening from the nightmare and must admit she’s truly alone.

When her sworn enemy approaches her with a shocking proposition, Laria must decide if she’ll resign herself to misery or become the hero she never believed she could be.

Author Bio

Mandy received her B.S. in Zoology from Washington State University and an A.S. in Veterinary Technology from St. Petersburg College. Clearly her life goals were not geared toward a career as an author. She is a Certified Veterinary Technician specializing in small animals. When she’s not saving lives, she’s weaving tales of strong women using their intelligence to pursue incandescent happy endings. The Rise of Riverstone is the debut novel in her Daughters of Riverstone Series. She lives on the Washington Coast with her husband and their four children. Besides leaning uncomfortably over a computer screen, Mandy enjoys camping and hiking with her family, reading, and wearing out her dogs on the beach.

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Blog Tour: Hope Strong


Hope Strong

Christina Oberon

154 pages
KOKO Press August 7, 2019

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For 10 percent of women worldwide, the road to motherhood is bumpy, painful, and heartbreaking. For some, it can cause a complete collapse of emotions. This is the reality for those plagued by infertility. In this book, Christina Oberon will help you discover that infertility does not define you! She helps guide you through the rollercoaster of emotions that infertility brings, so you can find inner joy, which rests on hope. The more confident you are in your expectation, desire, and anticipation of God’s promises, the stronger you are able to carry hope through your storms. Hope brings you closer to your dreams by altering your mindset to focus on the possible, rather than the impossible, and rests firmly in that belief. The words on these pages will open your heart and mind to view your infertility journey in a new light, one that offers strong hope instead of deep despair.

Embaby Elio

Christina Oberon

22 Pages
November 12, 2020
Ages 2-5

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Elio was created in a different way than most babies. He is determined to grow from an embryo into the baby of mommy and daddy’s dreams. How will he get from their dreams into their arms? Come join Elio on his bumpy adventure to meet his mommy and daddy!

Author Bio:

Christina Oberon grew up in Hawaii with a large family of ten siblings. When she relocated to Southern California, she met and fell in love with her husband, Kevin. They experienced nearly four years of infertility before conceiving their son, Kai, via in vitro fertilization. Kai was born in 2018. He is a wonderful blessing and reminder of Christina and Kevin’s faith and hope for a family of their own. Christina enjoys raising her son, traveling with her family, reading, writing, hiking, and taking photographs.

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Blog Tour: Car With a Soul

The Car with a Soul: A Four Wheel Drive Adventure

Ruchira Khanna

February 21, 2022
241 Pages

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Rahil is a car geek and attributes his desires to the four wheels of the car.

Amy is hungry for happiness as her career has hit the brakes.

Joan is on the lookout for a meaningful relationship as her unpleasant past gives her nightmares.

Tara was living a fulfilled life until her wheel of health gets a puncture.

When the four of them go on a journey of a lifetime, can each of them endure the travel while keeping their wheels balanced, or will their car lose its momentum along the way?

The Car with a Soul is an emotional, uplifting story of love, heartbreak, laughter, and friendship.

Author Bio

Ruchira Khanna, a biochemist, turned writer, left her homeland of India to study in America, where she did her Master’s in Biochemistry and a certificate course in Technical Writing.

Her love of writing grew, and she started working on her books. After four years of freelancing, Ruchira published her first book, a fiction novel for young adults called Choices.

Ruchira Khanna draws inspiration from the issues that stalk our minds, she addresses such matters through her tales of fiction. Her character’s undergo a contemplative arc she hopes her readers will, which is why they classify each of her novels as, “one that will make you ponder.”

She blogs at Abracabadra which has been featured as “Top Blog” for three years. Many of her write-ups have been published on LifeHack, HubPages to name a few.

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Blog Tour: Learn to Love Yourself

  Learn to Love Yourself

Leah Gail
157 Pages
August 1, 2021

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Unlock the secret to a happier you with this practical and heartfelt guide.

Are you suffering from a broken heart? Do you want to learn how to let go of pain, release negativity, and start embracing yourself for who you are? Then this book is for you.

Specially crafted to help you discover your inner happiness and embrace a life of joy, this enlightening guide explores how you can reclaim your sense of self-worth and begin to learn to love yourself again. Whether you suffer from a painful broken relationship, a nagging sense of anxiety, or a low level of self-esteem and self-worth, Learn to Love Yourself helps people of all backgrounds to embark on a journey to a new life of happiness and fulfilment.

With a profound and actionable look at the importance of mindfulness, strategies for reconciling with your emotions, and how you can begin creating your own happiness through positivity and gratitude, this brilliant guide arms you with the fundamental knowledge you need to transform your mindsets and say goodbye to negativity for good.

Here’s just a little of what you’ll discover inside:

  • Understanding What It Means To Love – and How You Can Begin Loving Yourself
  • Exploring The Healing Power of Embracing Your Emotions and The Power Of Letting Go
  • Practical Ways To Uncover Your Inner Self and End The War Inside Your Mind
  • Breaking Down Mindfulness and Gratitude – and Why They’re So Important For a Happy Life
  • Powerful Strategies For Creating Positive Change (No Matter Your Background or Lifestyle)
  • And So Much More…

Perfect for anybody who is searching for emotional healing, Learn to Love Yourself book offers you a real, meaningful path to understanding self-love. If you’re tired of struggling with anxiety and stress, or if you want to mend your broken heart and begin your path to recovery, then this book provides you with a roadmap to a happier you.

Are you ready to begin embracing positivity? Then scroll up and grab your copy now!

Author Bio

Leah Gail is a Marketeer, Entrepreneur and Author living in The Cotswolds, UK with her dog Lando the Cockapoo. Leah’s background is in Music Marketing and having worked in an industry with very few women at the top spent the majority of her time mentoring other women to reach their potential. Leah has also been enlisted into the Women In Music Roll Of Honour which recognises game changers within the industry and has helped other women reach their potential.

Leah loves to write books about women for women and also has a keen interest in nature and the environment and of course music.

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Blog Tour: The Frequency

The Frequency: A Mind-Bending Paranormal Thriller (The Imprint Quintet Book 1)

Terry Kitto
Pennard Press
July 30, 2021

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Death wasn’t an absolute end, but a further form of being.

Deep within the bowels of an abandoned Cornish mine a covert occult group, known as the Network, protects the living from the dead. Their mediums host a plethora of abilities — from telepathy to astral projection — because of their connection to an energy source called the frequency.

Fifteen-year-old Rasha Abadi and her mother are Syrian refugees granted leave to remain in Gorenn Village. The seaside town sprawls with beaches and idyllic coves, but the last thing Rasha finds there is peace. An impossible shadow visits her nightly and infests her mind with memories of the chaos that she and her mother fled in Syria. When she becomes possessed by the shadow, the Network intervenes to save her.

The shadow’s wrath knows no bounds and orchestrates a string of interconnected possessions across the south coast. Having survived the shadow, Rasha eagerly offers to aid the Network’s investigation. They must all act quickly to unearth its motive before it disrupts the balance between the living and the dead, and forges a new world from the embers of their own reality.

No choice will be easy for Rasha when thwarting a monster means becoming one herself.

The Frequency is a paranormal thriller exploring grief in a world where death is just the beginning and where reality can be rewritten. Fans of Stephen King and James Herbert will enjoy this mind-bending, paranormal thriller with LGBTQ+ and POC characters.

This is book one in The Imprint Quintet series, a five-part saga following a rag-tag group of mediums as they attempt to thwart an otherworldly tyrant from unleashing paranormal terrorism.

Author Bio:

Born and raised in Cornwall, England, Terry Kitto is never found without reading a book or penning one of his own. Teaching himself to write screenplays in Sixth Form, he took his creativity to Film School at Falmouth University. There he wrote the first draft of biopic Christopher’s Queen and studied postmodernism in long running television series’, earning a First Class with Honours. He further developed his television writing skills at the University of Salford, with a PGDip in TV and Radio Scriptwriting.

In February 2015 he won the award for Best Writer at the New York 100 Hour Film Contest with the short Can You See Me? and was shortlisted for the BBC’s Writers Room 2016 with comedy-drama Brunswick House.

The Frequency, part one of The Imprint Quintet, is Terry’s debut novel.

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Blog Tour: Hush, My Darling

Hush, My Darling (Benoit and Dayne Mystery Book 2)

Winter Austin
289 Pages
Tule Publishing
January 27, 2022

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Sometimes, the past starts to bleed into the future…

Dark memories haunt Eckardt County Deputy Lila Dayne. Two years ago, she survived a serial killer’s attempt to add her to his growing list of victims in Chicagoland, but the fight cost her more than just time lost to surgeries and rehab. Now she’s finally beginning to connect with the people in this small section of southeast Iowa, even if she can still sense him watching her.

Sheriff Elizabeth Benoit has her sights on bringing down Eckardt County’s corruption when two bodies surface, both bearing striking similarities to the serial killer victims discovered along I-80—and one delivers a personal message for her department. Lila spirals out of control under the pressure, pushing everyone out of her life.

As Elizabeth and her deputies try to bring Lila back into the fold, the killer closes in, marking his next victim. Lila must shake free of her fears and trust those who have supported her—or the killer will finish what he started.

Author Bio:

Winter Austin perpetually answers the question: “were you born in the winter?” with a flat “nope.” Having recently changed her address back near her hometown, Winter has stepped into the chaotic world of a full-time wife, mom, author, coach, and employee. With her ability to verbally spin a vivid and detailed story, Winter has translated that into writing deadly romantic thrillers. Combining her love of all things rural, agricultural, and military, she’s turned her small town life upside down.

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