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Book Tours: Promo for Henge

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About The Book

LeFay_HENGE_Cover_byRealmL_lowresTitle: Henge (Le Fay Series)

Author: Realm Lovejoy

Genre: YA Fantasy

 Inspired by one of the greatest legends of all time…

 Modern-day Camelot. Where knights no longer carry swords. Magic is dangerous. And those who seek control are not to be trusted.

Sixteen-year-old Morgan le Fay is a fire user. An ordinary girl with an extraordinary skill, she has the ability to create and command fire at will. Her dream is to become the Maven—the right hand of the future King Arthur. In the chance of a lifetime, Morgan is selected to join Arthur’s Round, an elite group of young magic users from which the new Maven will be chosen.

Along with the other fire, water, and wind users in Arthur’s Round, Morgan is rigorously trained and tested. The handsome Merlin, a brilliant water user, takes a particular interest in her. Is his friendship to be trusted, or is Merlin simply trying to win the position of Maven for himself? Among the many rivals Morgan faces is the current Maven, Mordred, who seems determined to see her fail.

But Morgan has a secret—years ago, her mother was executed for using fire magic, and Morgan’s desire for justice makes her more than ready to take on the challenge before her. Can she prevail in Camelot’s tests of survival and magic? Only time—and Morgan’s powerful fire—will tell.

Realm Lovejoy’s modern Arthurian series features one of literature’s most complicated and powerful female figures. Henge is the first book in the LE FAY series, and—like Morgan le Fay’s magic—it is sure to dazzle and amaze.

Author Bio

newbook_author_photoRealm Lovejoy is an American writer and an artist. She grew up in both Washington State and the Japanese Alps of Nagano, Japan. Currently, she lives in Seattle and works as an artist in the video game industry. CLAN is her first book. You can find out more about her and her book at realmlovejoy.com

Links

Website: http://www.realmlovejoy.com/index2.php

Blog: http://realmlovejoy.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorrealmlovejoy

Twitter: https://twitter.com/realmlovejoy

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23151530-henge

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Henge-Fay-Book-Realm-Lovejoy-ebook/dp/B00PBV1HKK/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1420041598&sr=8-3&keywords=henge

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Book Tours: Book Excerpt from Romance & Revenge

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Book Excerpt

I set my phone down and turned to Katy who’d been eating her Cinnabon and listening to my end of the conversation.

“Well? Good news?”

“Yeah, I think so. He said anyone with basic skills, in computers that is, could access the Sleeping Bear database. That it was a very basic system and I should tell the owner it was in serious need of an upgrade. He said the odd thing was he noticed a user profile had accessed through a back end portal a few times when no other user profile had. He said it might mean nothing, but it might also be significant as well.”

“I have no idea what you just said.” Katy said.

“I didn’t either until he explained it. He said the system keeps log every time someone accesses it. So the administrator can see who has been doing what. It’s a basic security measure to track what people are doing online. This specific user has been accessing the server in such a way that doesn’t show up in normal channels, it’s a higher level access. So unless you went in the system like Jim did, you would never know this person had accessed anything. Jim said no one but a programmer, or IT person, or administrator would ever notice. Employees with regular access wouldn’t know about it, and the only reason someone would have to try and access this way would be because they wanted to keep hidden what they were accessing. He said in a company with higher security measures that back door would be locked, so to speak, and you’d have to be really good to get in. But there weren’t any security measures here.”

“So someone has been going into their system, someone who already works there, but doesn’t want anyone to know.”

“Maybe. Someone could have somehow stolen the user information and then used it. But it seems more likely that someone who works at Sleeping Bear is the one doing it. Jim said an outsider would have likely used different methods than an existing user profile.”

“Was Jim able to tell you who it was?”

“No, but I have the user name and the dates the user accessed the system. We just need to find out who it belongs to. I’m sure John would know. Most companies have a master list of each employee’s log in information.”

“Then what are we waiting for?” Katy said.
“I was wondering if we should talk to Jared first?” “He’s still at home, isn’t he?”

“I think so. At least that’s where he said he would be all day. He said he was going to watch mindless TV and have his own little pity party, and the way he looked it sure didn’t seem like he was going to change his attitude anytime soon.”

“Then let’s go give what might be some good news!”

About The Book

23437652Title: Romance & Revenge

Author: Laina Turner

Genre: Cozy Mystery / Chick Lit

The bookkeeper at Jared’s company has been murdered and if that wasn’t bad enough someone is trying to sabotage the company by leaking company documents to other firms who are then upstaging their presentations. Jared asks for her help to find out who is trying to take Sleeping Bear Designs down and while Presley is always willing to help a friend, she is also hoping it will take her mind off obsessing over Cooper.

Presley and Cooper are on a break or are they broken up? It was never really clarified and she just found out he’s in town and he hasn’t called. Is he avoiding her? What does that mean?

Are they done for good?

Author Bio

headshot_LainaTurnerAs a child Laina thought she would either be a truck driver (thanks to Jerry Reed in Smokey and the Bandit) or work at Taco Bell (her favorite restaurant as a child). As she grew older she realized her talents lay in academics and business and for the last several years has been a business consultant and college professor where she uses the analytical side of her brain and not the side that makes up stories.

Through all her career choices she has continued to have a passion for writing. This stemmed from childhood whereas an only child she developed a vivid imagination spending most of her time making things up and thinking the Incredible Hulk lived in her closet.

Proud of her vast experiences in life from barrel racing to being on the dance team for a semi pro basketball team to being a mom of 2 amazing kids, she tells her family and friends that no one is safe from their escapades slipping in to her books.

Taking the plunge to write books that she actually lets people read in 2010, she has worked her way up to having 5 fans (maybe 6 now). Her blog, The Art Of Living Fabulously, was launched to share the daily fun in the life of a Real Housewife of the Midwest along with the musing of other fabulous ladies.

Links

Laina’s Blog: http://www.lainaturner.com/books/romance-revenge/

Purchase Romance & Revenge on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MQAI1QW

View the Romance & Revenge book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0oPIrtLHeU

Book Tours: Promo Post for Fluffy the Bird

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About The Book

destraworldbookcoverTitle: Fluffy the Bird

Author: Ronald Destra and Juanita Destra

Genre: Juvenile Fiction, Children’s Picture Book

New Children  Book ‘Fluffy the Bird’ Teaches Children About Following Their Purpose in Life.

Fluffy the Bird sang the most beautiful music, everyone who had the pleasure of hearing him was delighted. He truly had a gift!

Was this what Fluffy was meant to do? Did he have a purpose? Was his voice a voice a way to make the world a brighter place?

With a bright future and so much potential ahead of them, encouraging children to uncover their natural talents and skill is vital in their development. Take a journey with Fluffy as he discovers his purpose in life– discovering his talent and opening up a world of possibilities for children.

Author Bio

Ronald Destra

pikRonald Destra is an aspiring children author, illustrator, publisher, entrepreneur and husband. He resides in Florida. Mr. Ronald  Destra is the author, co-author and illustrator of four (4) children books, Hoppy the Frog, Fluffy the Bird, Scrappy the Dog & Tommy the Giraffe.

Ronald Destra is the co-founder of Destra World Books Publishing.

His purpose in life is to help young children learn that they do have a purpose in life and to never give up no matter what life throws at them.

More about Ronald Destra and his books, please visit his site.  http://www.ronalddestra.com

Juanita Destra

workCEO of Destra World Books Publishing which provides professional literary services to authors and business owners.

Co-author of Fluffy the Bird & Scrappy the Dog. Aside from her publishing expertise, Juanita Destra has been employed in the medical field for many years which she strives to provide high quality patient care.

More about Juanita Destra and her books, please visit her site.  http://www.juanitadestra.com

Book Tours: Book Excerpt Rani in Search of a Rainbow

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About The Book

RISR-cover-hrTitle: Rani in Search of a Rainbow

Author: Shaila Abdullah

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Displaced by the Pakistan floods, Rani’s family has taken refuge at a relief camp where they are doing their part to help other flood victims. Eight-year old Rani wants to assist but doesn’t know how. Heeding the advice of her father to help in a way only children can, Rani embarks on a journey to bring true joy to a dear friend on the occasion of Eid.

Author Bio

Shaila_headshot-300x289Shaila Abdullah is an award-winning author and designer based in Austin, Texas. She is the author of four books: Saffron Dreams, Beyond the Cayenne Wall, My Friend Suhana, and A Manual for Marco. The author has received several awards for her work including the Golden Quill Award and Patras Bukhari Award for English Language. Several academic institutions have adopted her books as course study or recommended reading, including the University of California, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Indiana University, Boston University, California State University, and George Washington University. Learn more about the author at www.ShailaAbdullah.com.

Links

http://shailaabdullah.com/rani-in-search-of-rainbow/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shaila-Abdullah-Author/140181920333

https://twitter.com/ShailaAbdullah

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/243939.Shaila_M_Abdullah

Book Tours: Promo Post Desolation

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About The Book

Desolation-EbookTitle: Desolation

Author: ML Banner

Genre: Science Fiction

A #1 Hot New Release in Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

A world devastated: a sky filled with magical auroras at night and deadly radiation during the day; technology all but gone; hundreds of millions dead by fire, starvation, disease and violence. The survivors will have to face their own desolation.
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Three groups struggle to endure and hold onto what little they have, while others will do anything to take it all. On a beach in Mexico, a small town in Wyoming, and a rural ranch in Illinois, epic battles between good and evil will be fought. Winners will have to face forces of nature never seen before.
But there is a dim light on the horizon. A 150 year old secret may lead the lucky few to a place that holds the promise of a new future, unless the sun sets on humanity first.
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The stunning follow up to the #1 Amazon Best Seller STONE AGE.

Movie Rating: PG-17 for descriptions of violence and language.

Author Bio

Hello lovers of apocalyptic fiction!

I devour the same books I enjoy writing: science fiction, but especially anything apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic or dystopian. I love stories about regular people being put into extra ordinary circumstances, and having to rely on their own cunning and that of others to survive.

Stone Age & DESOLATION are that kind of story. They’re fast moving, have some regular and amazing characters who must make life changing decisions, all while the world is experiencing an apocalypse unlike anything imagined.

When not writing fiction, my wife and I split time between Tucson, Arizona and the sunny beaches of Mexico. I also write for a few blogs, and I still write articles to assist small business owners for one of the companies I founded, SmallBiZ.com.

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http://mlbanner.com

Book Tours: Book Excerpt from River Card

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Prologue

December 26, 1997 ‒ Almost Midnight, the Mirage Poker Room, Las Vegas, Nevada

It really wasn’t about winning money. Playing seven-card stud was what she wanted to do, or so Georgia Cates had been telling herself since the first time she had sat down at a casino poker table. Now, a little less than a quarter-million dollars in chips and paper money lay on the green felt in front of her. She casually riffled a stack of white five-thousand-dollar chips. Never mind that this money was all that was left of the $500,000 she had started with a few hours ago, and never mind that the entire half million was not hers in the first place and that she could go to prison for a very long time.

She had perfected her poker face, and the eight carats of diamond rings on her fingers sparkled, but not because her fingers were trembling. No one could guess that the elegant, perfectly composed woman in the Jil Sander suit was about to throw up. She tried to swallow, but her dry throat convulsed, and she coughed to cover up the gag impulse.

Who was she trying to fool? Herself? A little late for that. She had to win; her survival depended on it.

Chapter 1

GEORGIA

June 26, 1998

It was like trying to hurry across a frozen lake in four-inch heels. She forced herself to slow down as she made her way along the marble thoroughfare that spanned the Bellagio Casino.

“I will not slip, I will not fall,” she intoned, very aware of the several curious glances she got. But vocalizing her thoughts, transmitting them via her vocal cords so that the vibrations were sent to her eardrums and the neural message delivered to her brain, validated the reality of her existence. Talking to herself was the only way she knew to keep focused. So what if she was acting loonier than a bag lady?

“Think out loud,” she commanded herself. “I am Georgia Kassov Cates, poised and elegant, strolling along in my perfect clothes, great haircut, makeup subtle but effective. But can they see my lips moving? Do I care?”

Trying to imagine what she must look like on a casino surveillance camera, she concentrated on a nonchalant but brisk stride, doing her best to edit out the throngs of tourists, many with necks craned and fingers pointing. At her? No, of course not. This was Bellagio, and there were thousands of reasons to crane necks and point.

About The Book

22583680Title: River Card

Author: Joan Destino

Genre:  Psychological Thriller

“Who was she trying to fool? Herself? A little late for that. She had to win; her survival depended on it.”

Do you have what it takes to lose it all? Find out in Joan Destino’s stunning debut novel, “River Card.”

Georgia Kassov Cates is a business woman, a wife, a mother…and a gambling addict. Desperate to recoup a devastating string of losses, she risks it all for one last game- a game that’s abruptly halted when the Las Vegas casino succumbs to a freak blackout.

Georgia meets some fellow patrons of the Las Vegas casino, including the wealthy Melanie Nallis, a woman haunted by her horrific childhood;  Zivah Koski, an enigmatic elderly holocaust survivor; Phillip Vance, a billionaire casino developer; and Milt Braverman, a professional poker player.

As they get to know each other, a connection is slowly revealed: postwar Germany, a time and place that is reflected in” River Card’s novel-within-a-novel, “Alexandra.”

Alternating between the opulence and depravity of 1940s Germany, and the glamor and baseness of 1990s Las Vegas, “River Card” reflects Georgia’s mounting fears-both past and present-as she plays one last hand…

Author Bio

JoanDestinoAs the daughter of an Army Officer, Joan Destino traveled throughout her childhood, living in many parts of the U.S. as well as Germany. After high school and college in New England, she taught kindergarten in Boston while her husband attended law school. In the early seventies she moved to the Los Angeles area, raising her family in San Marino. She participated in the UCLA Writers’ Program for several years, culminating with several semesters in their Master Novel Writing Class. After playingTournament Bridge for years, shebegan playing casino poker in the mid-eighties. She bought a second home in Las Vegas in the mid-nineties and moved there permanently when her husband retired in 2004. Joan plays both cash and tournament poker including the World Series of Poker at the Rio Casino.

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Book Tours: Book Excerpt from Broken

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Cara—a mystery to me, at best—had just sauntered through the shutter doors. She gave Sierra and Frenchy a head nod. I guessed that was going around this season. Bold island colors were back, and so was the head nod. She walked over to the bar with a slight twitch in her hips. The guys surely liked it. I caught a few eyeing her as she walked by. I caught myself watching people at times. I was beginning to think that how people moved, rather than what they said, told you what they were really about. For a while now, I’d been finding it hard to believe what people said. My father used to say a lot of things that now didn’t mean anything. I didn’t even think he remembered. Maybe Dimitri was right. Maybe I shouldn’t remember so much. Part of why Sierra and Frenchy were my 24/7 was because they were the only two I could trust. Cara? Hmm. I didn’t have an instinct on her yet. The channel was blocked. And her walk was questionable.

            Tattoos were always of interest to me. I watched as Cara walked over to the twins. Her star tattoo on her back peaked through her shirt. “Where’s Milan?” Cara asked the twins.

“Somewhere around here. What, you don’t want to hang out with us?” Sierra asked. Frenchy’s eyes searched Cara’s. Then she looked away.

“Want to locate Milan? Why don’t you start with her brother over there?” Frenchy pointed to Dimitri.

            Clearly, they were annoyed with her. They wouldn’t sic Dimitri on her unless they wanted to best her. Cara’s eyes lit up. I was starting to feel a little bad. Hopefully she hadn’t fallen for the earring and the smile. I thought about walking up to her, but my gut told me to hold on.

“Brother. Try him, I might,” Cara said.

“I thought you were the girl who had the deal on everything,” Sierra said.

“Maybe I do. Maybe I don’t,” Cara said.

“He’s really friendly,” Frenchy said.

“Wow! I wasn’t thinking of that exact adjective,” Sierra said, nudging Frenchy.

I walked slowly through the crowd. I felt a tug on my arm. I turned around. A young boy had grabbed hold of my wrist. “Can I buy you a coffee or something? You’re probably healthy. Too beautiful to be a coffee head. I mean … if you like coffee. Uh … it doesn’t mean you’re a coffee head,” he said. I laughed. He was very cute—just a little young. He had light brown eyes, long, curly hair, and a nice smile. He was five-foot-10, maybe.

            In my mind, there was him and there was Noel.

“I’m Andrew. What’s your name?” he said.

“I’m Milan,” I said.

“What are you doing around here?” he asked.

“First weekend out, right?”

“Oh. I’ve been out since last week. I was here. It wasn’t as packed. You know,” he said.

“Thanks for asking … about the coffee. I just have to get over to my girls. Maybe I’ll see you around, Andrew,” I said.

About The Book

9780978730215_cov onlyTitle: Broken

Author: Tanille Edwards

Genre: YA Romance

Meet Milan, a young supermodel with a disability from New York’s Upper East Side, who falls deeply in love as she is coming of age. In this romantic drama, the emotional conflict of a girl’s inner soul is revealed as she deals with a first love, the pain of loss, and the pleasures of stardom, all while coping with a lifelong secret. In the world of Milan, the people are real, the situations are rolling, and the truth is often concealed. Broken is a racy circle of sisterhood, laced with a touch of earthiness, glamour, wealth, and fame.

NEW TANILLE ALBUM INCLUDED

Readers get free music downloads of the new Pop R&B hits “All of Me” and “What’s a Girl to Do” by Tanille, and more with purchase.

Music download instructions are inside!

Author Bio

Tanille is the co-author and creator of the children’s green book series “Jordan & Justine’s Weekend Adventures.” She is also the author of the new media young adult novel with music “Cameo by Tanille.” Th­e Undercover Starlet Journal is a title Tanille created to inspire young women and has extended Undercover Starlet into brand extensions that appear throughout her novels. Tanille has been writing since age 16. She earned an MBA at 21 and graduated magna cum laude.

Links

www.Tanille.com

www.facebook.com/TanilleMusic

www.twitter.com/MilanParkAve

www.soundcloud.com/TanilleMusic

http://www.brokenthenovel.com/