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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Pub Day! 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: 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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Blog Tour: Letters to Bizzy

Letters to Bizzy

John M. Tabor
176 Pages
July 14, 2021
Dreaming Big Publications

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Letters to Bizzy finds a man, John Tibbits, past his prime staring down the barrel of old age, having to come to grips with his mother’s death and regrettable fact his dysfunctional youth has burdened him with a lifetime of unwelcome baggage. As he sorts through his mother’s personal effects he discovers boxes of unopened letters written some 50 years earlier from a man, Robert Guthrie, to his daughter, Bizzy. They tell the story of a life lived on a barrier island off the coast of North Carolina, Bogue Banks. There is nothing sensational in the telling, average by most accounts. However, through the eyes of Robert Guthrie we come to see beauty in the tragic, humor in the absurd, and sensitivity from the susceptible. It is in fact an apologetic to the ordinary lives we live. Those of John Tibbits and Robert Guthrie are inexplicably intertwined; and, it is only until the end, do we learn how. For both it is a journey through their own private battles.

Author Bio:

John Tabor worked as an executive in the biopharmaceutical industry for 32 years. Scientifically trained, he earned a B.S. degree in Biology from Elizabethtown College and a Ph.D. in Genetic Engineering from Kansas State University. He completed postdoctoral training at the Roche Institute for Molecular Biology and at MIT. During his career he participated in many technical firsts, including the launch of a new class of biotherapeutics for treatment of immune disorders. Over the course of many years he has authored numerous scientific articles and edited a book on Genetic Engineering in Industrial Pharmacy. Although gratifying, he always found the process of technical writing somewhat unimaginative and promised himself someday this would change. In retirement he has now reinvented himself as a writer, and is free to explore the creative side of authorship. John Tabor’s first non-technical book is “In My Father’s Shadow”, a series of short stories chronicling the life of his father and time they spent together. “My First Five Years at Sea” is his first book of fiction following the adventures of a young man who is shanghaied from the potential of a brilliant career, only to find he was meant to spend his life at sea. His current book “Letters to Bizzy” is a fictional account of a man exploring letters he found in his dead mother’s attic which takes him on a voyage into the past and to an island rich in culture.

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Blog Tour: Greetings from Tucson

Greetings From Tucson

Cherie Genua

263 Pages
December 11, 2021
Poppyseed Press

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A coming-of-age story with true love at its core, Greetings from Tucson tells the heartwarming and uplifting story of four sisters’ lives through the lens of handwritten letters. These long lost letters, found decades after they were penned, at one time formed a lifeline that held the sisters together when their worlds were otherwise falling apart…

In June of 1945, tragedy struck and sisters Cookie, Frankie, Dottie, and Connie were torn from everything they knew—their parents, their home, and, most importantly, each other. Forced to live thousands of miles apart, they feared their bond would be broken. The four sisters began writing letters to share every detail of their young lives, celebrating milestones and mourning heartbreaks from afar.

Through these letters, they strengthened their relationship when the odds were so stacked against them. That is, until one sister’s secret from the past changed everything. Would she break the fragile bond they worked so hard to nurture after their split so many years ago?

Inspired by a true story

From the author (Cherie L. Genua): Greetings from Tucson is inspired by my grandmother’s early life after both her parents’ tragic deaths in the 1940s. Soon after my grandmother passed away in 2012, I discovered a shoebox filled with pastel-colored envelopes stuffed with handwritten notes. There were countless letters stacked up inside that were sent to my grandmother from her sisters—she kept them for decades tucked away in her closet. I will never forget their smell—rosewater mixed with the stale smell of vintage paper. These letters from the 1940s and beyond pieced together the stunning—and tragic—story of her early life and taught me that a sisters’ bond could never be broken, no matter how hard life became. A story that taught me sisters could be soulmates, too.

Sisters separated by tragedy, strengthened by letters.

Author Bio: After facing a life-changing breast cancer diagnosis at the age of 34, Cherie co-authored the non-fiction book “Wisdom From Five Cancer Travelers: Lessons Learned” with others affected by the disease. She was declared “no evidence of disease” in 2019 and made it a mission to write and publish her first fiction novel, “Greetings from Tucson,” inspired by her grandmother’s story. Cherie lives in Connecticut with her husband, Matt, and their Portuguese Water Dog, Poppy. She holds a B.A. in English from Southern Connecticut State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Blog Tour: Surrogate Colony

Surrogate Colony
Boshra Rasti

264 Pages
December 19, 2021
Atmosphere Press

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In MicroScrep, a post-pandemic world, one politician, Arthur Mills, brings all scientists and engineers together to create a vaccine and rebuild a world where harmony ensues. What results is a society where algorithms control who you marry, who your child is, and what position you have.

Adriana Buckowski is not normal. Her eyes are two different colors, making her less susceptible to the system’s propaganda, she has a unique connection with a boy named Zach, and she has questions. Weird occurrences happen as she gets closer to her Calling Ceremony, where she’ll be given a position. When she finally starts piecing together the twisted motives at play in MicroScrep, she becomes a cog in the wheel of the state.

Her only option for survival lies with Zach, and the hope that she will be vindicated through a vigilante group off-grid. But with time ticking against her, will she survive long enough to be redeemed?

Author Bio:

Boshra Rasti was raised in British Columbia, Canada and works as an expatriate teacher in Qatar. She received a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Royal Roads University, which proved a fateful blow to her belief in anything hierarchical. However, it did spark her desire to flee from the real world and start writing about other ones. When she is not working to earn a living, she enjoys the escape that reading and writing lend her. She also enjoys physical running, even if it is of the sadistic variety in Qatar.

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Blog Tour & Author Guest Post: Identicals

Identicals
William Brennan Knight

277 Pages
March 17, 2022
Altron Services

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Semi-Finalist in the 2021 Publishers Weekly/BookLife Prize Fiction Contest in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror category!

“Knight has crafted a disturbing, horrifying, and eloquently written novel that expertly captures the sensations of desperation, fear, and confusion.”–2021 BookLife Prize Fiction Contest.

If you had the chance to bring back a lost loved one, but the cost was the death of an innocent person at your own hand, would you do it?

In the year and a half since Jack Clausen lost his five-year-old daughter, RosaMarie, his life has fallen apart. His marriage is failing, he’s been fired from his job, and his drinking is problematic. Sitting in a local bar on a typical weekday, Jack encounters an old woman who issues a dire warning: “You must be on time and pay your debt.” Later that night in a drunken stupor, Jack ignores three phone calls from his teenage son, Bryson. After learning Bryson was calling him for help but then died from an overdose, Jack decides he cannot live with the guilt and pain of losing two children.

Depressed and despondent, Jack steps off a platform into an oncoming commuter train. At the moment before impact, someone grabs him from behind and pulls him away from danger. His rescuer is a small person with unusual features who offers Jack a way to bring his daughter and son back, but there is a high price to pay. When Jack agrees to the deal but then refuses to pay his debt, events spiral out of control, leading to series of different realities, each worse than the one he originally tampered with.

Author Guest Post – From Businessman to Author

Since I started writing horror books, it’s fascinating how some of my relationships have changed. This especially holds true for many people I’ve known for a decade or more in an entirely different context. The experience has made me recognize how many of our relationships are based entirely on the persona we project as opposed to the people we really are.

Once up a time, I owned a relatively high-profile business in the construction industry. As a result, I was involved with numerous trade groups, councils, seminars and other venues where we would meet, talk and develop business relationships that eventually evolved into friendships. This included doing normal “friendship” activities such as barbeques with the families, golf outings and fishing expeditions. While these friendships grew closer, I always believed we hung out together because we truly enjoyed spending time with each other.

Unexpectedly, a national consolidator bought my company, which gave me the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream to become a novelist. I always loved writing, as evidenced by my first novel that I wrote at sixteen. When I explained to my business “friends” what I planned on doing after I left the industry, I received a few side glances and a couple shrugs, apparently because this was a side of me they never knew about and didn’t approve of.

The real shock came when I released my first book, “The Suicide Society,” which is dystopian horror story that contains some somewhat raw and terrifying material. For me, writing style isn’t a choice. Supernatural horror is the genre that I have always found to be the most entertaining and enjoyable ever since I was a kid. I grew up on King, Koonce and Straub, and I have always been visited by more nightmares than pleasant dreams.

Slowly, as word spread amongst my business friends, and even some relatives, that I was writing horror books, I noticed they came around and called less often. Some of these relationships stopped completely. In fact, I remember one of my business friends telling me he had just purchased my book, but then I never heard from him again. As bizarre as it sounds, somehow, these people had decided that a pure work of fictional entertainment was revealing a hidden part of my personality. You know, business owner by day; axe murderer by night.

I guess intuitively, I never told anyone about my desire to be a full-time author because I knew many would react negatively to it. It still strikes me as profoundly odd how we’re often forced to conceal certain parts of our personality when we’re among a group of people we suspect would judge us harshly even when whatever it is they object to has no impact on their lives at all.

It was a lesson well learned. My advice to other writers, and everyone really, is don’t let anyone force you to hide who you really are. If that describes some of your relationships, don’t hesitate to find new friends or maybe even reconsider your profession. My new circle is much more accepting and open minded, and I have found that I enjoy their company far more than I ever did with most of my old “friends.”

Author Bio:

William Brennan Knight is originally from Chicago and settled in Arizona in the late 1980s. In his life, he has been a father, musician and business owner. His passion for writing began early in his childhood and flourished as he grew older. He enjoys reading horror, supernatural thrillers and science fiction as well as memoirs and biographies.

Knight’s books have received praise from a variety of recognized reviewers, including the Publishers Weekly/BookLife Prize Fiction Contest (semi-finalist), Horrornews.net and Readers Favorite (5-star winner).

Knight currently lives in Southern Arizona and spends most of the summer in the mountains of New Mexico.

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