Blog Tour: Gods on Trial

Gods on Trial
Opëshum Patroz
January 10, 2023
1iR3 Publishers, LLC
313 pages

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“Beyond the Father” sets the scene for the 8-book Sci-Fi Epic “gods on Trial: The Series™,” delving into life’s determination to transcend all limitation. Set on the planet Xżyber, citizens of the Sub-Median Region, imperfectly reborn into metal, oppress those who are organic. Elsewhere, in the Central Kingdom, religion supports royalty’s brutal domination of the lowest class. War over scarce resources is coming, revolution within each region is brewing, and none know of the eccentric god who created them. This being watches, has fascinating conversations with his often-wiser companion, occasionally learns, and rarely intervenes. The many levels and threads of struggle distract nearly all from a far greater threat. Meanwhile, the young Prince Anglid’s vision quest into the unexplored Area X may ultimately change everything. However, just when you think you know the direction of the story, the author has yet another surprise.

Author Bio: 

Opëshum has been writing since she was a child, and believes that authors are selected by their characters to bring their stories to the world. Incredibly shy and introverted, Opëshum does not make public appearances. She prefers to remain behind the scenes as the characters in her books take center stage. Her current work, the 8-Book SciFi Epic gods on Trial: The Series™ kicks off with Book 1, BEYOND THE FATHER.

Opëshum calls Sheridan, Wyoming her home, where she is currently writing Book 2 of this series. She enjoys nature walks, full moons, and open spaces where she can stare up at the stars.

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Blog Tour: Reaping the Whirlwind

Reaping the Whirlwind
Rosey Dow

June 13, 2023
Morgan James Fiction
288 pages

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No one suspects foul play when an old recluse dies behind locked doors.

The doctor claims the old woman’s heart gave out, and Deputy Sheriff Trent Tyson doesn’t give the case another thought until the medical examiner finds poison. 

This death is just one in a series of unusual deaths happening in Tyson’s quiet town, which takes the deputy sheriff on the hunt for answers while the rest of the town is cause up in local hysteria, starstruck by visiting celebrities William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow. Within a week, Deputy Sheriff Trent Tyson is on the tenuous trail of a serial killer who snuffs out the unwanted, the disabled—the most helpless and lovable—without reason and with no mercy. 

Reaping the Whirlwind is a historical mystery set during the real events of the Scopes evolution trial in 1925 Dayton, Tennessee. The mystery weaves through trial events in an accurate portrayal of this pivotal case that forever changed the U.S. education system.

Author Bio:

Rosey Dow is the pen name of Lana McAra, an award-winning, international best-selling author and ghostwriter of more than 40 titles with a million books sold, including three cookbooks. An author via traditional publishing with Barbour Publishing and WinePress Publishing for 25 years, she has been editing and ghostwriting for more than 20 years, working for WinePress Publishing as well as Author One Stop and individual clients.

She won the national Christy Award for Reaping the Whirlwind in 2001, and her historical cozy mystery series, Colorado, sold more than 250,000 copies. Her titles have appeared around the world in bookstores and libraries in regular print, large print editions and audiobooks. She also has several journals and other titles under the name This Girl Loves Paper.

Originally from Delaware, she lived on the tiny Caribbean island of Grenada for 14 years and now resides in North Florida.

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Blog Tour: Chemical Capture

Chemical Capture
Debbie Baldwin

April 15, 2023
370 pages
Gatekeeper Press

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The first time former Navy SEAL, Jonah “Steady” Lockhart, laid eyes on his provocative neighbor, he knew she was going to be trouble. With bright pink hair and a personality to match, Very Valentine is beautiful, brilliant, and ballsy–and she drives Steady crazy. They fight constantly, never passing up an opportunity to needle each other, but beneath all the teasing, an undeniable attraction sizzles. Steady is captivated, but he needs to keep his distance. His romantic life consists of carefree hookups and one-night stands–no commitment, no repeats. That’s how he wants it, and Very Valentine will not change that. Ever.

When Steady discovers a stranger spying on Very from the bushes, his protective instincts kick in, and he starts paying closer attention to his alluring neighbor. Very is acting locked doors, late-night meetings, and warming up to Steady in a way that has his heart skipping beats. As much as he wants to keep her safe and fan this growing flame, Steady can’t help but think Very is up to something suspicious.

Very Valentine moved to Beaufort, South Carolina, with vengeance on her mind. Employed as a chemist at Parasol Pharmaceuticals, Very works to create life-saving drugs. More importantly, the job gives Very access to the despicable CEO, Armand Krill, the man who murdered her mother. Together with her accomplice “Charles Darwin,” Very has devised an elaborate plan to make Krill pay for his long list of crimes. There’s only one the gorgeous security operative who lives next door keeps sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong. Very needs to keep Steady from interfering, and the only way to do it is by distracting him. The problem is the more she gets to know her sexy neighbor, the more she realizes she’s falling for him.

And when her plans for revenge start to go awry, she’s going to need Steady more than ever.

Fans of Nora Roberts, Linda Howard, and Jayne Ann Krentz will love Chemical Capture.

Be this story contains scenes of violence equivalent to an R-rated movie and explicit sexual situations.

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Debbie Baldwin is a successful print media and television writer. She is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Virginia School of Law.

Debbie and her husband live in Saint Louis, Missouri with their puggle, Pebbles. They have three children in college. False Front is her first novel.

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Blog Tour: Pride of Riverstone

Pride of Riverstone

Mandy Schimelpfenig
March 23 2023
397 pages

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Five years after living the trauma of forced servitude, 21-year-old Ula leads an idyllic life as lady-in-waiting to the Queen of Praed. Content to live a sheltered life, she’s reluctant to leave her childhood home when the king and queen declare they’ll visit Ilano, the homeland of the people who invaded her country and left her toiling in the bowels of Praed Castle.

Determined to overcome her shyness, Ula makes new friends, endures heartbreak, and begins to forge her own path. But when an old enemy threatens hard-won peace, the entire continent unites for the first time in history. With war raging around her, Ula is forced to confront her feelings and face the most difficult decision of her life – to summon the courage to step out of her older sister’s shadow and seize control of her own fate.

This is the continuing story of the Daughters of Riverstone, a saga of women who are not content to stand by and allow a world of men to determine their destinies.

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 medieval historical fantasy series, Daughters of Riverstone. 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: Scrooge’s Folly-Saving Jacob Marley

Scrooge’s Folly – Saving Jacob
David Weinberg

April 25, 2023
Old Fezziwig Press
294 pages

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David Weinberg’s Romantic Comedy Scrooge’s Folly – Saving Jacob Marley explores the relationship between Charles Dickens and his two best friends, Ebenezer Scrooge and Jacob Marley. Charitable merchant bankers, they refused to finance A Christmas Carol…which caused them to be turned into elderly curmudgeons in Dickens story. Scrooge eventually becomes a beloved father Christmas…but Marley is forever wrapped in chains. So much the laughingstock in London, his marriage and his happiness are destroyed. Even in the afterlife he hungers for redemption.

Award-winning, but down on her lucky playwright, Andrea Smilow, is commissioned by The Playhouse in Connecticut to save it from bankruptcy with a new work. When she arrives, she discovers that The Playhouse is inhabited by Jacob Marley’s spirit, and he wants her play to be about him…to set the story straight about how Dickens ruined his life with A Christmas Carol. Andrea comes to believe he needs is to be reunited with the spirit of Ebenezer Scrooge, who lives in the caretaker house. It is all Scrooge’s idea. He has been working with Andrea’s roommate, the most powerful witch in North America, to win a second life for Marley from God…and to get Marley and Andrea to fall in love.

Weinberg’s Scrooge’s Folly – Saving Jacob Marley will make you laugh and cry…and might just send you to your local bookstore or library to read how Dickens fictionalized his two best friends.

Author Bio:

David Weinberg is a screenwriter, songwriter, novelist and guitar player. Most recently he was a quarter- finalist in the 2022 Creative Screenwriting Pilot competition for his pilot entitled ‘Potus.’ He has a B.S. in Environmental Health from Quinnipiac University, and a Masters in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University. He is divorced and owns the two most spoiled cats in America.

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Blog Tour: I Know You

I Know You
Russel Govan
June 1, 2023
Guernica World Editions
250 pages

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Eilidh, bright, headstrong and feisty, gets sparkling exam results that confirm her university place. Her boyfriend reveals he has deceived her. In the ensuing argument she is knocked unconscious. She arrives in 1984, in an Ethiopian refugee camp, where she nurses a dying child, then a wounded aid worker before wakening back home in present-day Scotland. Three days later, at an isolated beauty spot trying to come to terms with her ex boyfriend’s betrayal and her experience in Ethiopia, she encounters Walter, who is in the early stages of dementia. He is there because of a tattoo on his wrist that simply states the date and location of the beauty spot. Eilidh recognizes Walter’s symptoms, takes him home and contacts his niece to come and collect him.

Over the following 48-hour period Eilidh finds herself transported to various locations in Europe and North America, and time periods from the previous fifty years. Each episode draws her further into an unexpected and unconventional romance. Eventually she travels to WW2 blitzed Liverpool and meets a fellow time-traveler who explains that Eilidh faces a decision with life and death consequences.

Author Bio: 

Russell Govan is a Scottish, Oxford-based author who started writing in 2015. His first novel was published in 2020. A second novel in the same genre is scheduled for late 2021. An extract from I Know You was shortlisted for the 2019 Grindstone International Short Story Prize.

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Blog Tour: Best’s Practices: Encouraging Confidence and Relationship-Building

Best’s Practices: Encouraging Confidence and Relationship-Building
Bianca Clark

December 3, 2022
Poshb Publishing
58 pages

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“Practicing what you learned today will help build your confidence, poise, and elegance. Always remember that this is what makes us the best!”

London, her older sister, Cierra or CeCe, and Malachi or Cai, their teenage brother, listened to their parents’ wise words and realized that the only way to improve, avoid common mistakes, and grow as a person would be to invest in themselves.

If you had to summarize this book’s main theme in a single quote, that would be it.

Introducing “Best’s Practices” By Bianca Clark: A Must-Read Motivation & Mentorship Book For Pre Teens Who Want To Develop Their Life Skills

This fun and educational personal growth book for teens is here to help teenagers and their parents gain an in-depth understanding of how to encourage confidence and promote personal development through the real-life scenarios and adventures of London and her family.

Top 3 Key Takeaways From This Inspirational Book For Teens:

Written for aspiring teens and parents alike, this book is a great conversation starter that provides all the essentials tools and resources you need to learn:

✅ How to improve your conversation and communication skills

✅ How to think outside the box and build your confidence

✅ How to handle being outside of your comfort zone

But Wait… That’s Not All!

Following the different situations that London, CeCe, and Cai find themselves in, you will be able to understand the psyche of a teenager with fears, aspirations, and inexperience and start conversations that will help:

✔️ Understand how to keep yourself motivated

✔️ Learn how to build a professional network and practice for a job interview

✔️ Discover how to prepare yourself for a difficult situation

✔️ Identify your professional strengths and weaknesses

✔️ Embrace yourself and learn daily affirmations that will boost your confidence

And The Best Part?

Instead of a self-development book that lists facts, this easy-to-read and entertaining book will help get the message across without boring your daughter, son, niece, nephew, or grandkids.

Author Bio: 

Bianca Clark is native to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor of Science in Marketing and her Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Cabrini University in Radnor, Pennsylvania. Bianca is an aerospace professional with a passion for writing and creating fun, diverse methods for skill learning and advancement. Bianca currently resides in Connecticut. 

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Blog Tour: Perfectly Matched

Perfectly Matched
Liana George

April 4, 2023
Scrivenings Press LLC
265 pages

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Nicki Mayfield is getting married! Or is she?

Three days after deciding to marry so she can adopt the young Chinese girl who has captured her heart, Nicki Mayfield heads to Texas to become Mrs. Ben Carrington. However, as the unlikely pair prepares to say, “I do,” a shocking revelation threatens their plans to become a family.

While searching for the answers to the mystery holding her future hostage, Nicki must also keep Ms. O’Connor’s legacy alive at New Hope Orphanage – whose future is at serious risk.

As she and Ben work toward building their unconventional family, they discover that sacrificial parenting requires putting the child first in ways that bring indescribable joy and unexpected heartbreak to everyone involved.

In the end, will Nicki find her happily ever after, or will circumstances stop her from being perfectly matched in work, life, and love?

Author Bio

Liana George is a sought-after speaker, blogger, and author. Before pursuing a career in writing, she was a professional organizer and the former owner of By George Organizing Solutions in Houston. Her first two books in the Hopeful Heart Series, Perfectly Arranged and Perfectly Placed (Scrivenings Press), are based on her experiences as an organizer and her time living abroad in China. The third and final book in the series, Perfectly Matched, will release in 2023.

In addition to penning novels, she is also the Co-founder and Creative Director at The Author’s Write Hand, a marketing/platform building/virtual assistance agency for Christian authors as well as the co-host of the Uncluttered podcast. When she’s not putting things in order or scribbling away, you can find her reading, traveling, or watching tennis.

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Blog Tour: Death in High Places

Death in High Places

Sara L. Jameson
February 8, 2023
Scrivenings Press LLC

324 pages

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An Interpol agent with a deadline he can’t miss.

Urgent intel warns of terrorist cells planning coordinated attacks throughout Europe. Special Agent Jacob Coulter of Brussels Interpol is assigned to find the terrorist financiers supporting these groups and shut down their funding operations.

An opera singer’s life and career hang in the balance.

The Queen of the Night’s vocal pyrotechnics have launched many a soprano’s international career. But Riley Williams, Jacob’s fiancée, is terrified of heights, and her Antwerp Opera debut as the evil queen requires her to sing from a hydraulic lift forty feet above the orchestra pit. When newspapers cite Riley’s recent unmasking of an international terrorist plot and the lift malfunctions, Jacob suspects terrorist sabotage.

He encourages Riley to accept her BFF’s invitation to stay the Savoy Hotel in London where she’ll be out of danger. Or so he thinks …

A series of murders connected to a notorious terrorist financier known as the Priest leads Jacob across Europe. When the victims’ deaths point to London, his Interpol partner convinces him London is a haven for terrorist financiers.

But the clock is ticking, and what Jacob uncovers is more devastating than anything he could have imagined.

Author Bio: 

Sara L. Jameson won Scrivenings Press’s grand prize publishing contract in January 2020. They released her debut romantic suspense novel, Cruise to Death, in June 2021. Death in High Places, (Book 2 in the Troubled Waters series), releases February 28, 2023, to be followed by Vengeance in Vienna. Sara is the pseudonym of a multi-published former  university professor who writes non-fiction under her real name. She also writes WW2 historical novels. When not writing, she enjoys reading, swimming, cooking, and dog-sitting.

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Blog Tour: The Last Lumenian

The Last Lumenian: Sci Fi Fantasy and Action Adventure of the Rebel Princess named Lilla

S.G. Blaise
October 7, 2020
Lilac Grove Entertainment LLC
317 pages

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She is a rebel. Lilla is fighting for the refugees’s freedom from oppression. The king, her father, lost touch with reality ever since Lilla’s mother died. Now everyone else is paying the price.

The arrival of Callum, a powerful Teryn general, complicates Lilla’s life. His presence leads to conflicted feelings and friction with Arrov, a handsome pilot and fellow rebel.

Her life is not what she imagined it to be. Not by far. Meddling gods, love interests and sudden magical abilities have no room in Lilla’s world, but that has become her new reality. No matter how hard she pushes them away, it’s too late. They all seek to control her anyway.

Now the Era War between two ruling archgods forces Lilla to act: accept who she really is magic and all; find true love; fulfill her destiny by defeating the Archgod of Chaos and Destruction before He finds her. The Last Lumenian.

Author Bio: 

I was born and raised in a faraway land, somewhere in Europe. I wrote my first short story at ten. A terrible nightmare with spider-like creatures inspired me to put my dream to paper. The following day, I read the story to my class and got a positive response (I believe there was clapping). I think adding a joke or two helped.

I didn’t really think at that time that I would be a writer. Frankly, I wasn’t thinking much at that age. . . . not to mention, I really didn’t like to read. I’ll never forget the moment when it all changed. At thirteen, I picked up the book my dad had been trying to convince me to read for years and decided to give it a chance. I read it standing by the bookcase (it was a small book, no more than 200 pages). From that point forward, my passion for books and reading continued to grow. I began to identify my favorite authors and genres. As I write this, I’m wondering what my dad would say. I’m sure it would be, “I told you so.” God bless his soul.

In 2012, a European road trip changed my life forever. It was an amazing experience filled with fun, laughter, and some adventures (namely, driving on a highway without a speed limit). During that trip, I had an idea for a story. You can call it my lightbulb moment. Although English was not my first language, I knew in my gut that I was a writer and would not let anything stand in the way of creating my first book. Other than actually writing it that is. After many exhausting conversations with my very patient husband, he finally said to me, “Stop talking about it and start writing.”

I would never admit it to him, but he was right. I sat down and began writing. Did nothing but write for a month straight until I had 150 pages. My husband read it quite valiantly. After my first attempt at a book, I realized that I needed more guidance to develop my craft. So I attended my first workshop at San Diego Writers Ink. During that workshop, an opportunity was presented – there were two spots open in a Read & Critique group. Without hesitation, I jumped at the chance to join.

The next three years were spent learning my craft via books, conferences and R & C. I must have written five drafts of the story, until the last draft was the one. Another three years involved editors and other publishing consultants reviewing the final version.

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