Zinnia’s Journey by RRBC Author A.M. Manay

It is my great honor to introduce you to A.M. Manay. A.M. is a very supportive member of Rave Reviews Book Club and has authored 3 books in the November Snow Series:

She Dies at the End

She Lights up the Dark

She Sees in her Sleep

am manay she diesIn addition to her work as an indie author of paranormal fantasy, A.M. Manay is a former inner-city chemistry teacher, a singer, a yoga enthusiast, a Clerk of Session in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and a mother through domestic open adoption.  She has a passion for increasing diversity in popular culture and for strong heroines who stand up for themselves, make their own decisions, and don’t depend on romance as their reason for being.

Be the first to know about the release of the upcoming sequel as well as bonus material about your favorite characters by:

Checking out her website: www.ammanay.net

Signing up for the fan email list: November’s News

Following the author on Facebook: facebook.com/ammanaywrites

Following the author on Twitter: @ammanay

Following the author on Instagram: instagram.com/a.m.manay

Following her Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/ammanay

 

Zinnia’s Journey     am manay she lights

by A.M. Manay

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I enjoy playing around with the thoughts and backgrounds of my supporting characters. Below is a journal entry from the point of view of Zinnia, a young fairy and one of the main characters in my series.  It provides plot hints about the second book in the series, She Lights Up the Dark, which was released in April, 2016.  At the end of the previous book, She Dies at the End, Zinnia bonds with a young werewolf orphan named Carlos, whom she writes about here. This relationship is problematic due to the history of animosity between fairies and werewolves. You can learn more about these characters by reading She Dies at the End, She Lights Up the Dark, and She Sees in Her Sleep, all available this weekend for only $0.99 each!

I’ve started writing down my thoughts.  Normally, I would talk to November, or call my mother.  Neither of those is an option anymore, but if I don’t get my thoughts out, I’m going to lose it.  Sigh.  So, here I am.

Carlos is gaining weight fast, thankfully.  He’s sleeping a little better, too, though the bad dreams are frequent.  He’s warmed up to Pine, finally.  I’ve been reading a lot online about how to help traumatized children.  I’m hoping that if we ever find someplace we can safely stay for any length of time, that I can find him a decent therapist or something.  Right now, I’m encouraging him to draw lots of pictures. Some of them are pretty disturbing, but I figure that’s good, right?  He’s trying to process what happened to him and his family.  Hector’s traumatized, too, of course, but he won’t talk about squat, at least not with me.  I’m hoping Pine has more luck.    

Pine and Hector grow more adorable by the day.  I think Hector finally admitted to him that he’s also gay.  Carlos and I have a bet going as to when they’ll finally hold hands.

I keep wondering how November is doing.  I wonder if she’s keeping tabs on us.  If she is, she’ll see that we’re not making much progress.  I’m feeling pretty useless over here, trying unsuccessfully to talk to people who hate us while Luka blows up half the world.  I think there have been at least three attacks since we left Oakland two weeks ago, spread all across the country.  The humans are flipping out.  Every town we drive through, we see the National Guard on street corners.  I read yesterday that there’s a proposal to institute martial law. Smh.

 Carlos is waking up, so I’d better stop for today and get my teaching hat on.  I picked up some books, so we can homeschool on the road.  He’s smart as a whip, but then, I’m biased.  :-)

 Book blurb for She Lights Up the Dark (November Snow Book 2)

A frightening vision stalks November, even in her grave . . . and things go severely sideways just as soon as she claws her way out of it. 

Continuing the story begun in the well-received paranormal romp She Dies at the End, She Lights Up the Dark finds November Snow struggling to adjust to her new life as a vampire with none of the support she’d expected. Her nemesis Luka has plotted to isolate November and scatter her allies as he executes his plan to bring human society under his control. Her loneliness leads her to become emotionally entangled with a charming but likely untrustworthy fellow vampire. 

When danger flares, November discovers that her psychic gift has expanded in a powerful and perilous fashion. Coerced into close company with her enemy, she fights to master her power and to uncover the secrets that may help her to save both her friends and the human world from being crushed under Luka’s boot. November is determined to stop Luka as his plan builds toward an unknown and deadly climax, but she may find that lighting up the dark comes with a high price to pay. 

This books contains violence, some sexual content, and occasional profanity.

Short Excerpt from Chapter 4 of She Lights Up the Dark (November Snow Book 2)

They had stopped for gas and food in some random town a couple hours outside Portland.  Hector and Carlos were cleaning out the McDonalds while Pine pumped gas into the RV and Zinnia found excuses to touch strangers and take little sips of their life energy.  

She bought a newspaper in the convenience store, along with a pack of gum for Carlos.  Another day, another terrorist bombing.  How many had there been, now? A dozen? She sighed.  This one was in Tulsa.  Luka’s bombers seemed to be choosing more obscure targets lately, trying to instill fear everywhere from downtown to the barnyard.

National Guardsmen were rapidly becoming a common sight.  Metal detectors and armed guards now greeted people at the entrances of shopping malls.  Stadiums were empty, parades cancelled.  She’d heard on the radio about a bill flying through Congress to permit bombing strikes on terrorist training camps on U.S. soil— not that they had found any yet, nor would they ever, as long as Willow was around.

The internet was rife with speculation.  Most blamed the Muslims out of old habit, but a hundred different groups had claimed responsibility, which only made people more frightened and suspicious of one another.

Her reverie in the parking lot was interrupted when Carlos flew to her side and wrapped his arms around her waist.  “Hey, kiddo,” she exclaimed, hugging him back and bending down to kiss the top of his head.  “Did you get a good lunch?”

The pair headed back to their home on wheels.  Zinnia’s smile faltered as the hair rose on the back of her neck.  She turned around to see someone staring at them.  He was a fairy.  His hard olive green eyes met hers for a moment, and her heart dropped, but she didn’t sense the hatred from him that usually washed over her in waves when another fairy or a werewolf saw her makeshift little family.  He turned and walked swiftly away.  Zinnia could have sworn she almost saw him smile.

Pine had also spotted him.  “We’d better get going,” he said, hurrying them along, scanning for any other signs of trouble.  

They never stayed in any place very long.  After a week, sometimes less, local werewolves or fairies or vampires would make their lack of welcome clear.  They would share warnings about Luka with the strangers, implore them to consider working together, and then move on, continuing their quixotic effort to build common cause between the three species of supernatural creatures.  With millennia of distrust to overcome, it felt like an impossible task, but what else could they do?  This was their part of the mission.

They weren’t much suited for anything else.  Hector was a werewolf without a pack, unwelcome everywhere.  Carlos and Zinnia were so tightly bound by magic that they couldn’t be separated without risking their health, which made them likewise outcast.  Zinnia wasn’t cut out for guerrilla warfare or spying anyway.  And Pine wasn’t going to leave Zinnia alone with only werewolves for company.   He’d known her since she was a little girl. And there was the matter of his growing fondness for Hector . . .

They were about an hour gone when they saw the fairy again, this time standing in the middle of the road.  “Weapons ready,” Pine called quietly to Hector, trying not to wake the angelically sleeping Carlos.

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Author Links for A.M. Manay

She Dies at the End: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0112S00KI

She Sees in Her Sleep: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B019EG1NWE

She Lights Up the Dark: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BQGGBMW

Website: www.ammanay.net

Fan email list: November’s News

Facebook: facebook.com/ammanaywrites

Twitter: @ammanay

Instagram: instagram.com/a.m.manay

Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/ammanay

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“100 THINGS WE ALL WONDER ABOUT NONNIE JULES” Blog Tour!

It is my great honor to introduce Nonnie Jules to you today! Nonnie is an accomplished author, poet, wife, mother, and creator and president of Rave Reviews Book Club. Nonnie works tirelessly on behalf of others and models true leadership. This is Day 13 of the “100 THINGS WE ALL WONDER ABOUT NONNIE JULES” Blog Tour! I encourage you to visit each stop to get a complete picture of the Grand Dame we know as Wonder Woman! Her tour line-up can be found here.

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GIVEAWAYS:

Leave a comment at each stop and get your name entered that number of times into a random drawing for one of the 5 giveaways listed below!

(2) $10 Amazon Gift Cards

(1) $5 Amazon Gift Card

(2) e-book copies of “THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE…”

ULTIMATE PRIZE GIVEAWAY #1

Anyone who purchases a copy of  “THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE,” “DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND,” of “IF ONLY THERE WAS MUSIC” and send to me a copy of the purchase receipt to nonniejules@gmail.com, and also leave a comment along the tour, will get their name entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon Gift Card!  One entry for each book that is purchased, whether in e-book or paperback format.  Purchases must take place between 2/14 – 2/29/2016.  If you have already purchased all of my books, then feel free to gift a friend, just for the chance to win!  Spend a little, and you could win a lot!

ULTIMATE PRIZE GIVEAWAY #2

Anyone who reads and posts a review of “THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE…” “DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER…”or “IF ONLY THERE WAS MUSIC” and sends the link to their review to nonniejules@gmail.com, will get their name entered into a drawing for a $20 Amazon Gift Card!  One entry per each book read and reviewed.  Reviews must be posted between 2/16 – 3/15/2016 to be placed into the drawing.

Now…Here’s Nonnie!

Q: What gives you joy, Nonnie? What events, activities accomplishments, people fill you with pleasure?

A: Rebecca, you should already know that the first on my list of things that give me joy is my wonderful family. Reading and writing both bring me joy, exercise brings me joy, cleaning my home, walking around just basking in the glow of my beautiful home…all these little things bring me GREAT joy! Being of service to others is also high on my list of things that bring me pleasure.

Q: As busy as you are, how do you take care of yourself, mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually?

A: Well, I nourish my mind with ideas and I allow myself the freedom to let my thoughts wander. When they do, they return with a storehouse of wonderful ideas for me to use in my quest to help others reach that pinnacle of success! I nourish my body with exercise and clean eating for the most part. I meditate and pray, twist myself into knots with Yoga and Pilates…and I try to live an honest and “true” life…I practice what I preach.

Q: Looking back at your life, what 3-4 things (happenings, philosophies or people) gave you the confidence and strength to start RRBC?

A: Let me share this quote from my site, www.BooksByNonnie.wordpress.com: “As a child, no one ever told me I couldn’t, therefore, in all things I THINK I CAN.” Rebecca, I can hear my mom saying, even now: “She was the only child I had who demanded things!” “She was the only baby I had that came out breach.” I take all these things to mean, that even as a child, I knew that I was destined to do great things, because even as a child, I expected it…demanded it, even. I came out feet first because I knew that these feet were made for some serious miles!

Q: In ten words or less, what do you want written on your tombstone?

A: Here lies the remains of Nonnie Jules, she lived her life by her own rules. She wanted to serve and serve she did. This appearance…her farewell bid.  OK, maybe I wouldn’t have it to read that way, how about simply: A full life lived, in service to others.

Q: You have commented about your wonderful husband and happy marriage. What advice would you give to newlyweds.

A: You’ve misquoted me, Rebecca. I said I was happy. I can’t speak for him…LOL!

 

To follow Nonnie’s tour and to get more of your questions answered, please visit her Blog Tour Page on the 4WillsPub site http://wp.me/P43s9i-FEw. Thanks for stopping by today and good luck on winning some of these great prizes!

CONTACT NONNIE VIA:

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/nonniejules

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

Blogs:  www.nonniewrites.wordpress.com , www.BooksByNonnie.wordpress.com

www.AskTheGoodMommy.wordpress.com

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DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND” 

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SUGARCOATIN’ IS FOR CANDY & PACIFYIN’ IS FOR KIDS

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THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS

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IF ONLY THERE WAS MUSIC

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“Jazz: America’s Gift” By Author, Richie Gerber

It is my great honor to welcome AUTHOR, RICHIE GERBER on the first stop of his “Jazz: America’s Gift” Blog Tour!

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Richie Gerber is a musician, performer, comedian, and impresario. Over the years, he produced hundreds of jazz concerts that featured his band The Free Radicals, playing straight-ahead jazz, bebop, and swing with jazz greats like Eddie Higgins, former Count Basie alumnus Pete Minger, five-time Grammy nominee Ira Sullivan, and Buddy DeFranco.

George Gershwin’s BIG January 1924

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New Year’s Day, January 1, 1924, New York City

For 25-year-old George Gershwin, 1924 started out with a bang. On New Year’s Day, young George had both hands full writing the music for the three-act Broadway musical Sweet Little Devil. His partner for the gig was his lyricist buddy, Buddy DeSylva. They were working tirelessly to finish up the music for this Broadway musical comedy slated to open at the 1,600-seat Astor Theatre on January 21st.

The Astor Theatre was located in the heart of the “Great White Way” at the corner of Broadway and 45th Street. Sadly, the Astor was demolished along with four other historic theaters—the Helen Hayes, the Morosco, the Bijou, and the Gaiety—to make room for the Marriott Marquis Hotel in what is now known as “The Great Theater Massacre of 1982.”

Sweet Little Devil started out with the initial title of My Dear Lady, but the producers renamed it The Perfect Lady just before its shakeout performances in Boston and Providence. It then went on to the Big Apple, opening on the 21st as Sweet Little Devil. The comedy’s circuitous title change from “dear lady” to “perfect lady” to “devil” is quite remarkable. Then again, it shines a light on the Broadway producers’ twisted thinking on what theater-goers would buy into. But let’s be honest, in New York City, Broadway tickets for a show with “little devil” in the title will outsell “dear or perfect ladies” every time, hands down!

The Gershwin-DeSylva team banged out a total of fifteen songs for this Broadway musical, three of which were chopped in the final cut. So Sweet Little Devil ended up as a final production with a dozen songs. Each song of the final dozen took hours of tweaking and polishing for any number of reasons—think, accommodating a prima donna or making the tune easier for the chorus or making it longer or shorter. You get the picture. Just for the record, Gershwin was one of the most accommodating composers in the biz. Mr. Flexibility.

Sweet Little Devil ran for 120 performances, which meant it lasted the season. At the time, that was considered a successful musical.

In the early morning hours of Friday January 4th, the seeds of change were planted in the lowly, smoke-filled Ambassador Billiards Parlor on Broadway and 52nd Street. Of all the billiard parlors in all the world, the Ambassador Billiards Parlor was about to change American Popular Music forever. JAZZ was about to become the talk of the town, America, and the world! And George Gershwin was the centerpiece of this upheaval. You may be wondering, How could this possibly happen?

At the time, George was downing beers, smoking cigars, and shooting three-cushion billiards with Buddy DeSylva (who incidentally won the game). Meanwhile, his older brother, Ira, was reading the amusement page of the Herald Tribune. Ira burst out about an announcement claiming that Band Leader Paul Whiteman was producing a concert dubbed “An Experiment in Modern Music.” The article went on to state that “George Gershwin was at work on a jazz concerto,” which the Whiteman Orchestra would play at the February 12, 1924, concert in Aeolian Hall.

George looked at the newspaper and then at Ira and Buddy and told them that this was news to him! Not only that, he said it was virtually impossible because he was way too busy with the soon-to-open Sweet Little Devil. In a few day’s time, he would be leaving for Boston for the rehearsals.

Gershwin hastily called Whiteman—who was baptized “The King of Jazz”—and told him there was absolutely no way he could work on this new project. He advised the bandleader to get back to him in six months when his schedule might see the light of day. After some back-and-forth negotiations, Whiteman and Gershwin “met in the middle.” In other words, Gershwin agreed to deliver the “jazz concerto” in less than 24 days. The Whiteman Orchestra needed rehearsal time, so the sooner the work was completed the better. As you can plainly see, George’s negotiating skills were no match against the King of Jazz. Obviously, Gershwin had never read Trump: The Art of the Deal.

To be fair, Gershwin wanted to get this gig, which meant he was ready to take on just about anything for the chance to make history. George was an ambitious young man with something to prove. The times were changing all around him. Following World War I, a new dynamic America had emerged. Prohibition, speakeasies, gangsters, and the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, ruled the day. There was a new carpe diem, live for today, ethos. The machine age and the modernism movement in art were taking the country by storm.

Gershwin wholeheartedly embraced this new modernism through his music. In fact, Gershwin and his Rhapsody in Blue would become the champion of this new America. Actually, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue was the herald of The Jazz Age and The Roaring Twenties. . . . But I am getting a bit ahead of myself here.

In the first days of 1924, George hopped a train to Boston for the première of Sweet Little Devil. This train ride to Boston provided the inspiration for his Rhapsody masterpiece. He wrote:

“I was summoned to Boston for the première of Sweet Little Devil.…It was on the train, with its steely rhythms, its rattle-ty-bang that…I suddenly heard—and even saw on paper—the complete construction of the rhapsody, from beginning to end.…I heard it as a sort of musical kaleidoscope of America.…By the time I reached Boston I had a definite plot of the piece.”

“As for the middle theme, it came to me suddenly, as my music sometimes does. It was at the home of a friend, just after I got back to Gotham….all at once I heard myself playing a theme….No sooner had it oozed out of my fingers than I knew I had found it.…Within a week after my return home from Boston I completed the structure in the rough of the Rhapsody in Blue.”

Gershwin said that he began writing the piece on January 7th and finished eighteen days later on the 25th—two and a half weeks! However, in a June 1926 article titled “Jazz Is the Voice of the American Soul,” which appeared in Theatre Magazine, Gershwin said, “I wrote it in ten days.” So who are we going to believe? Eighteen days or ten days? George Gershwin or George Gershwin? You decide. Either way—IT WAS REALLY, REALLY FAST!

So, upon his return to Gotham from Boston, George dove exhaustively into his newest and about to be his greatest project. George dubbed the working title of the piece American Rhapsody but changed it when his brother and master wordsmith, Ira, suggested Rhapsody in Blue inspired by Whistler’s “Nocturne in Blue and Green.” George loved Ira’s suggestion because the music had, “a dominant theme derived from the fashionable ‘blue’ or melancholy rhythm.”

Enter Ferde Grofé, Paul Whiteman’s longtime crackerjack arranger. Since the Rhapsody needed to be completed in breakneck speed and Grofé knew the ins and outs of the Whiteman Band as well as the capabilities of each and every musician in said band, he could put his masterful arranging hand on the accelerator.

Every day while living with his parents and siblings in the family’s uptown Amsterdam Avenue and 110th Street apartment, Gershwin would compose several pages of his magnum opus on the upright piano in the back room. Grofé would snag the “catch of the day” and hustle off to his studio to transform Gershwin’s two piano form creation into a fully orchestrated work designed specifically for the Paul Whiteman Orchestra.

This exquisite dance of the two extraordinary virtuosos ended on January 25th—eighteen days from Gershwin’s’ start to finish! Remember, Sweet Little Devil premièred January 21st, a mere four days earlier.

Since Gershwin was pressed for time and knowing he was booked as the pianist for the performance, he delivered only 60% of the work to Grofé on the 25th. It’s fair to ask then, if Gershwin handed Grofé 60% of Rhapsody, what happened to the rest of the piece?

Short answer: Gershwin intended to improvise the remaining 40%. THAT’S JAZZ!

On the original final manuscript, 181 bars of the 452-bar manuscript were intentionally left blank with Gershwin’s handwritten directive “Wait for nod,” advising conductor Paul Whiteman that his piano improvisation was concluded and to cue the orchestra to resume.

Grofé sequestered himself in his studio to wrap up his orchestrating duties. He finished orchestrating the work in ten days, on February 4th, giving the orchestra a scant eight days to learn and rehearse Rhapsody in Blue, not to mention the twenty-two other pieces slated for the concert. Ergo, “An Experiment in Modern Music” featuring George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at the citadel of the hoity-toity, high-culture blue bloods, Aeolian Hall, was ready for Prime Time.

George Gershwin’s January 1924 proved to be the start of one of the most momentous years of his short 38-year life. Imagine Gershwin riding the train to Boston hearing its “steely rhythms” and “rattle-ty-bang” saying, “I frequently hear music in the very heart of noise.”

Jazz America's Gift by Richie Gerber

Contact info for Author, Richie Gerber:

Twitter:  @jazzgift1
Purchase link:

Jazz:  America’s Gift – www.amazon.com/dp/B0100RC8CK

 

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Sherilyn Powers–I’m Not Crazy…I’m Allergic!

Hi, and welcome to the final day of the “I’M NOT CRAZY…I’M ALLERGIC!” Blog Tour with Author, Sherilyn Powers.

 

Sherilyn Powers imageIf you have followed this awesome tour, then you already know that Sherilyn enlightened an empowered us with information to help us, help ourselves.

 

Recently, Sherilyn commissioned 4WillsPublishing to create the perfect book trailer to enhance the wonder, that is her book.  Today, we are introducing you to that trailer and we are asking you to stop by if you haven’t already, take a peek, and then share it on social media with all your friends and family.

 

If you missed any stop along the tour, please head to Sherilyn’s Blog Tour page at 4WillsPub where you can go back and follow each stop.

 

If you haven’t already, be sure and leave a comment on any of the stops to be entered into Sherilyn’s awesome Giveaway!

 

And now, we give you the “I’M NOT CRAZY…I’M ALLERGIC!” Book Trailer!  Let us know what you think in in the comments below!

 

Thanks for stopping by and huge thanks to Rebecca, for ending this tour with a bang!

I'm Not Crazy I'm Allergic by Sherilyn Powers

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“HIS REVENGE” LAUNCH WEEKEND BLOG TOUR Featuring Author John Howell

I’m greatly honored to host Author John Howell on the  “His Revenge” Blog Tour. John Howell is a very supportive member of Rave Reviews Book Club. He is also a phenomenal author! I enjoyed his book, My Grl, and I’m looking forward to His Revenge.Rebecca

“HIS REVENGE” LAUNCH WEEKEND BLOG TOUR

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This is the fourth stop on the 4Wills Publishing “His Revenge” Launch Weekend Blog Tour. I certainly have had some fun and want to thank my host today as well as 4Wills Publishing for setting up the tour. Please contact them at 4Wills Publishing for any and all author services.

When you embark on a journey of revenge, start by digging two graves one for your enemy and one for yourself. This Chinese proverb points to the fact that revenge is a dangerous business. When the act of revenge is complete, there is usually suffering on both sides of the issue.

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In my new book His Revenge there is clearly enough evidence to suggest the path to revenge can be troubled and uncertain. John J. Cannon is certain he wants revenge for the murder of a friend and the sinking of his boat. The target for this desire is his enemy Matt Jacobs, who also has revenge on his agenda. Matt wants the Western World to suffer for not allowing the Palestinians a land of their own. We also find out in the story he has a deeper more personal reason to hate the infidels than just a displaced people. Matt is a billionaire leader of a terrorist splinter group calling themselves The Desert Wolves. He has the funds and the motivation to cause disruption and pain to the United States. He has been warned not to continue his destructive path by his religious leadership, but Matt’s ego and emotion ignore these warnings. He feels he is above the law of man or God.

His Revenge is available now on Amazon and KDP Select

Here is an excerpt of a conversation between John and Matt Jacobs.

John to Matt Jacobs, “You’ll be awfully pleased with yourself then.”

“Oh, my dear man. I’m so pleased with myself that I might even find a way to reward you for your help.”

“I should feel grateful?”

“It doesn’t matter what you feel. The point is, we have a job to do, and you’re going to help. If you decide you don’t want to help, well, I’m sure Winther described what would happen.”

“He did, but I want to hear it from you.”

“There isn’t a whole lot to say. If you don’t help us, your girlfriend and a bunch of other folks are going to be martyred for the cause.”

“This doesn’t bother you?”

“Well, if you mean by blowing up those people because you wouldn’t allow us to complete our plan, then yes, it would bother me.”

“No, I mean killing innocent people.”

“They are the same as you and are not innocent. They’ve been born on the wrong side of perpetual combatants who will only stop fighting when my people are given their rightful homeland back. It’s not their fault, but it’s their fate.”

I grit my teeth. “There’s no talking with you.”

“There is no talking ‘innocent’ because there are none on your side of the conflict.”

“And on your side?”

“I believe we are all innocent, and it wasn’t our people who took the heritage lands away. It was your culture that decided we were no longer the rightful overseers of Palestine. Think for a moment how you would feel if a bunch of soldiers moved into your neighborhood and then told you to find a different place to live if you didn’t care for what was going on. If you decide to stay, then think of being under military law with no rights whatsoever.”

“This is still your viewpoint. There are two sides to every issue. Didn’t the Jewish settlers have a right to live as well?”

“Okay, let’s go back to my example concerning your neighborhood. What if a bunch of people moved into your area and simply squatted on the unoccupied land? Because of their political power, the world politic gave them the land, and you found yourself having to make the choice to stay or go.”

“Yeah, well, I can say I wouldn’t care for it, but I can also tell you I wouldn’t be killing people over it.”

“You only think you wouldn’t.” Jacobs rises. “I believe you would be capable of killing those who were taking away what belonged to you. You smugly say you wouldn’t because you have never been in our position. Also, if you, like me, lost some people very dear to your heart at the hands of your enemy, you wouldn’t think twice about who is innocent and who is guilty. Thank you for the chat.” He walks back to the rear of the airplane and he and Winther discuss something that seems important, as Winther frowns deeply.

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About John W. Howell

John’s main interests are reading and writing. He turned to writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive career in business. John writes fictional short stories and novels as well as a blog at http://www.johnwhowell.com. John lives on a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of south Texas with his wife and spoiled rescue pets. He can be reached at his e-mail johnhowell.wave@gmail.com, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/john.howell.98229241 or Twitter at @HowellWave

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My GRL is available on Amazon and wherever e-books are sold

 

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C.S. Boyack: The Frighteningly Fun Halloween Tour

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Welcome! I am happy to host C.S. Boyack today as he journeys across the Web on his Frighteningly Fun Halloween Tour! Enjoy!

Don’t forget to comment below, and be sure to pick up Will ‘O the Wisp for a great Halloween read!

 

Will O’ the Wisp is a paranormal from C. S. Boyack. It involves a mildly handicapped girl facing a mysterious threat. The wisp has been killing off Patty Hall’s family for generations, and she’s next on the list. It is suitable for young adult readers. It’s a perfect Halloween read.

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**It’s always nice to meet the main character at some point during a blog tour. I wrote about how I chose Patty in a post called Draft Day. Those who are interested can read it here https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/draft-day-2013/

 

The setting is a small farming community in the fall of 1974. Patty Hall is fifteen years old and starting high school. She wears corrective leg braces to straighten her bowed legs. This was a fairly common practice back then, and those of us who were around all knew at least one kid who had these. They traditionally got rid of them after puberty.

I chose the name, Patty Hall, because it’s about as vanilla as I could come up with. I didn’t want her to come across as special in any way. She’s just a regular kid. A regular kid with a big problem.

Patty’s father died in a terrible accident when she was small. Her mother remarried a local farmer, and in a small town environment it means the men grew up together. She gets along well with her stepfather, but fights with her mother. Patty is a typical farm girl with chores and everything.

Patty is a social outcast because of her braces. Some of the other kids are cruel to her. She has some good friends, who also occupy the fringe of the school social structure. She is enamored with the space program, and dreams of going to space one day herself.

The Will ‘O the Wisp first shows up when she and a friend are out stargazing. Patty assumes it must be something from outer space. She couldn’t be more wrong. It seems she is well prepared for the wrong problem.

This branch of the Hall family is being systematically killed off, and it’s been going on for centuries. If she can’t figure it out soon, Patty will join a long list of forgotten victims.

This story has high school issues too. It’s hard to watch your friends start dating and driving when there is no chance for Patty to do the same. There is a strong coming of age element to this story.

I had so much fun writing this one. I sincerely hope the readers out there will give it a chance.

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Patty Hall is perfectly prepared for the wrong problem. She is enamored with the space race, and knows the history of NASA by heart. She is faced with an ancient threat that has been targeting the Hall family for generations. Hampered by an overprotective mother, if Patty can’t figure it all out in time, she may be the next member in the Hall family cemetery plot.

It’s not hard enough to be a fifteen year old girl, and a social outcast. As she watches her friends mature and grow, she has to face the idea of never turning sixteen. Please consider joining Patty on her incredible adventure.

You can pick up a copy on Amazon using your Kindle or a free reading app. Download it here:

North American version: http://a-fwd.com/asin-com=B00UPH6BNS

International version: http://a-fwd.com/asin-com=B00UQNDT2C

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Author Bio
I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times. This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction.

I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century, and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups I jumped in with both feet.

I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.

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Follow Craig at the following locations:

Follow my blog: http://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com

Check out all my novels here: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00ILXBXUY

Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/Virgilante

On Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9841203.C_S_Boyack

Meet Featured Author John Fioravanti

Author PhotoToday we welcome John Fioravanti on the first stop of his The Heart of Teaching Blog Tour.  The Heart of Teaching was one of the first books I read after I joined Rave Reviews Book Club.  By reading his work, and seeing the enormous amount of support he gives other authors,I discovered that “HEART” is something John has in abundance.  

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 I’m grateful to Rebecca, my host of this first post of THE HEART OF TEACHING TOUR, and to Nonnie Jules of 4WillsPublishing who arranged it all! The full lineup for this tour can be found @ http://wp.me/P43s9i-2g

Why did I write A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching?

The best answer is that I was attracted to this project for the very same reasons I was attracted to my chosen profession. In a nutshell: I wanted to help people. Just as I wished to give teenagers a helping hand through those often-difficult years, I wanted to support young teachers as they broke into the profession.

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Often, in the staff room, I would see new teachers who were visibly stressed as they photocopied materials for their classes and socialized. I knew, only too well, what they were up against: mastering curriculum, pedagogies, or teaching methods, dealing with students, parents, and administration. We all faced the same stressors each day – veterans and rookies alike, but these youngsters didn’t have the experience they needed to feel the confidence necessary to better manage their stress.

My heart went out to these young professionals, because I knew most of them would be unwilling to sit down with a veteran and share their innermost anxieties. Thinking back to my own rookie years, I remember that I was loath to reveal my insecurities and fears to a kindly veteran. Yet, if I had, I might have been less debilitated by the stress I experienced.

So what could I do? I cared about these people; I greeted them warmly, asked how things were going, and I always got the same kinds of guarded responses that I would have given thirty years earlier. But I never let that deter me, remaining hopeful that one day I might have the opportunity to help someone by alleviating their stress somewhat.

In 2006, when Kenneth Tam of Iceberg Publishing asked me to write this book for them, I got very enthusiastic, once I dispatched my self-doubt. We launched the book one September evening in 2007 – my final year of teaching. Two weeks later, a young substitute teacher stopped me in the hall. I saw she had a copy of the book on top of the other books she had in her arms. She wanted to thank me for writing the book. What struck me and pulled at my heartstrings was the emotion in her eyes and voice. It wasn’t a message of congratulations about the book; no, it was pure gratitude she was communicating. I walked away feeling very humbled by this young girl. All those hours of work put into this project became totally justified in that moment. If the book helped just one person, I would be satisfied.

Eight years later, I see this book differently. I’ve had a large number of readers who are not teachers and found it to be an inspirational read for them. My story is that of a young teacher finding his way, but it is not a story unique to the teaching profession. People in all walks of life struggle to succeed in their work, and often, personal issues or ‘demons’, which are hard to overcome, complicate that effort.

My struggle with my personal ‘demons’ is unique to me. But my upbringing, my faith, my wife and family, all contributed to my determination to battle those ‘demons’ every single day – and never give up. Did I defeat them? Yes and No. I was victorious in the sense that I learned and grew over the years and became a man that students were grateful to have in their lives for a short time each day throughout a semester. But the ‘demons’ are still a very real part of me. As I struggle in my new career as an Indie writer and publisher, they torment me daily. But I am no longer the fresh-faced kid from Dundas, terrified by these inner ‘demons’. We are like old friends – they know me, and I know them.

So this dance continues… and I know it well.

Author Bio:

John Fioravanti is a retired secondary school educator who completed his thirty-five year career in the classroom in June, 2008.

Throughout his career, John focused on developing research, analysis, and essay writing skills in his History Classroom. This led to the publication of his first non-fiction work for student use, Getting It Right in History Class. A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching is his second non-fiction work; it attempts to crystallize the struggles, accomplishments, and setbacks experienced in more than three decades of effort to achieve excellence in his chosen field.

John’s first work of fiction is Passion & Struggle, Book One of The Genesis Saga, and is set within Kenneth Tam’s Equations universe (Iceberg Publishing). He claims that, after two non-fiction books, he’s having the time of his life bringing new stories and characters to life!

At present, John lives in Waterloo, Ontario with Anne, his bride of forty-one years. They have three children and three grandchildren. In December of 2013, John and Anne founded Fiora Books for the express purpose of publishing John’s books.

Contacts:

 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fiora-Books/516763875088924?ref=hl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FioraBooks

Website: https://fiorabooks.cm

Book Purchase Links:

 Amazon USA: http://dld.bz/dCm6v

Amazon Canada: http://dld.bz/dCm64

 Amazon UK : http://dld.bz/dCm6P

Amazon Australia: http://dld.bz/dCmBB

Chapters/Indigo Canada: http://dld.bz/dCp5A

Barnes & Noble: http://dld.bz/dCp5E

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Crazy! Hot! And Living on the Edge! Welcome Shirley Harris-Slaughter​!

Today we welcome Shirley Harris-Slaughter on her Crazy! Hot! And Living On The Edge Blog Tour.  I became of fan of Shirley’s after reading her book OUR LADY OF VICTORY, THE SAGA OF AN AFRICAN AMERICAN CATHOLIC COMMUNITY.  It is my very great pleasure to host the first stop on her tour.

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From Shirley Harris-Slaughter:

To my Host – Thank you, I appreciate you, and I’m so thrilled to be here.

4WillsPublishing — Thank you for putting all this together!

CRAZY! HOT! AND LIVING ON THE EDGE!!

 From the Author:

 Shirley Harris-Slaughter

Let me tell you why I decided to write this book. First of all, certain individuals kept after me to do it after I talked about my issues far too many times. It had always been in the back of my mind to tell my story but quite a bit of it was too painful to talk about. So I put it on the backburner never intending to tell it at all, until I was forced out of hiding. That is the way it is with me. I write out of necessity and not necessarily for the pure joy of it.

I made a few bad decisions that impacted my life negatively and in a physical way. Stress and a difficult marriage and family tragedies landed me into a full blown health crisis. I developed an intolerance to drugs after having them prescribed too many times; I broke out in hives; I had digestive issues that incapacitated me; I suffered emotional ups and downs, and I suffered from panic attack disorders without consciously being aware of it.

How is that even possible? To have attacks and not be able to identify what you are going through.

I honestly didn’t have a clue as to what direction I was going in when I decided to write this book. I had a half-done manuscript that needed some serious work. I realized that there were a lot of gaps left out, on purpose but I would have to talk if I expected to have a real impact. That is when the new title suddenly appeared in my thoughts. I had to find some way to justify what I was about to say and injecting humor and a flair for drama was a good way to do it.

A friend of the family drew the cover on a canvas board and I photographed and uploaded the drawing to my computer, and after adding the graphics this is the finished product.

I hope this book can give you what I never got. I had to find my answers as best I could and I don’t want anyone else to be as unaware as I was.

To everyone, get ready for a wild ride!

 book blurb:

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Imagine experiencing emotions that have you questioning your sanity. Your body gets overheated at the least bit of excitement and you scramble to find a fan or some air. Or you find yourself in the throes of a panic attack and can’t understand how to shut it off, so you are filled with anxiety wondering when the next one is coming. What if every time you take a drug you experience side-affects that you are warned about on the label?

The title was conceived in my mind after I thought over all the situations I had found myself in, getting out of them, and the affect all of this had on my overall physical and mental well-being.

Crazy! Hot! And Living On the Edge!!  Is the True Story of My Upside Down Life!

JUST PUBLISHED: http://wp.me/P48F9L-9T            

THREE REVIEWS: http://amzn.to/1DOGVBl

PURCHASE LINKS:

CRAZY! HOT! AND LIVING ON THE EDGE!!

AMAZON — http://bit.ly/CrazyHotLiving

OUR LADY OF VICTORY, THE SAGA OF AN AFRICAN AMERICAN CATHOLIC COMMUNITY

AMAZON — http://bit.ly/OLVTheSaga

CONNECT:

Email Address: sharrislaughter@gmail.com

Author Facebook Page: http://bit.ly/SHarrriSlaughter

Twitter Page: @sharrislaughter

Email: sharrislaughter@gmail.com

Blog: www.shirleyslaughter.com

SPECIAL PROMOTION!!!

NEW RELEASE – CRAZY! HOT! AND LIVING ON THE EDGE!! BLOG TOUR STARTS MAY 2 to May 8, 2015 SPONSORED BY @4WillsPub FREE DOWNLOADS – 2 DAYS ONLY!! SAT MAY 2 & SUN MAY 3rd! http://bit.ly/CrazyHotLiving

Leave a comment at each stop (including this one) and get your name entered that number of times into a random drawing for:

1st Prize:  $15 Amazon Gift Card

2nd Prize:  Autographed copy of “Crazy! Hot! and Living On The Edge!!”

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CELEBRATING POETRY AS LOVE by Nonnie Jules

It is my honor and privilege to welcome Nonnie Jules on Day 5 of her Blog Tour!  Nonnie exemplifies the hard-working, creative woman who still takes time to love and encourage others.  Enjoy her words, as I have, and please share your thoughts below.

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From Nonnie Jules:

Thank you all for allowing me to celebrate INTERNATIONAL POETRY MONTH with you by sharing excerpts from my first co-authored poetry book, “IF ONLY THERE WAS MUSIC…” The Poetry of Forbidden Love.  Here is a bit of the book’s introduction below:

“Ever read poetry that was so soothing, so mellow, and just so perfectly sweet, you felt it should have been a love song?  “IF ONLY THERE WAS MUSIC…” is just that kind of poetry…but it’s also poetry written about forbidden love.

Back in the summer of 2014, I was approached by an up-and-coming author by the name of Giani Jordan.  Giani said that he had been following my writing for over a year and was extremely impressed.  He was reaching out to me because he wanted to collaborate on a poetry book.  Well, since I didn’t know Giani and wouldn’t attach my name or my writing with just anyone, I asked if he would send me a few samples of his work, and he did.  I was blown away by the intensity and the depth of this man’s writing, and wanted to know more about this person he clearly was in love with and was writing so fervently about.”  

In summation, Giani was in love with a woman {Christine}, who belonged to another, and to make this situation even more complicated, he, himself was also involved in a relationship.

The “snippets” of poetry which you are about to read below, Christine and Giani are expressing their love through both their eyes…how she sees their love and how he views her love, thru her eyes. Take a peek:

 

My Eyes

(thru her eyes)

My eyes are windows to my soul.

Deep hues of blue 

Or dark orbs of brown

They see thru truths and lies…

My eyes.

My eyes are doors by which many loves have walked thru

But they didn’t last.

Only you can see

The real me…

Thru my eyes.

 

My eyes intoxicate and lure

The man whose heart is unsure

If he should love again

Yet, he trusts what he sees…

In my eyes.

 

Her Eyes…

(thru his eyes)

 My Goddess

Possesses lovely dark orbs,

Windows

To her very soul;

As I gaze into these

Shimmering pools

I am lost, in her eyes…

 

I see the

Fire

Of passion burning,

Promises of what might be

If things were

Different;

I am consumed by her eyes…

Joy

Is clearly apparent,

I gaze for hours

Discovering her soul

Dancing

With mine

United forever in her eyes…

 If you’d like to read the balance of these particular pieces, I invite you to pick up your own copy of “IF ONLY THERE WAS MUSIC…” The Poetry of Forbidden Love on Amazon.  I’d also like to invite you to follow this tour in its entirety as each day, at each stop, you will find more and more of these love songs without music, and even more reasons to fall in love with your lover, and Poetry, again. If you aren’t in love when you start reading this book, you will go seeking a love afterwards.

Please visit my complete tour line-up https://4willspublishing.wordpress.com/upcoming-events/blog-tour-author-nonnie-jules/, and at each stop that you leave a comment (including this one), your name will be entered that number of times, into a random drawing for a $25 Amazon Gift Card!!!

Thanks to my awesome host for today and thanks for stopping by, dear Guests. I hope to see you every day throughout this amazing tour to help keep Poetry alive!!!  Always remember, that Love IS Poetry…they’re truly one in/and the same.

Author Bio:

Nonnie Jules is a mom, a wife, an author and also President of Rave Reviews Book Club. Her passion is children and her advocacy lies in supporting others and encouraging others to do the same. She has authored other fine books such as: “The Good Mommies’ Guide to Raising (Almost) Perfect Daughters,” “DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND (A Novel),” and “Sugarcoatin’ Is For Candy & Pacifyin’ Is For Kids!”

Although Poetry should be celebrated every day of the year, the month of April has been set aside specifically to lift it up , and so this is why Nonnie has embarked on this blog tour to keep it alive and bring awareness to the fact that Poetry is a great medium for release and expressions of all kinds.

PURCHASE LINKS:

THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS: www.amazon.com/dp/B00CP62O56

DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND: www.amazon.com/dp/B00GLM2VVM

SUGARCOATIN’ IS FOR CANDY & PACIFYIN’ IS FOR KIDS: www.amazon.com/dp/B00IRIA014

CONTACT:

Twitter: @NonnieJules

Blogs:

www.BooksByNonnie.wordpress.com

www.Nonniewrites.wordpress.com

www.AskTheGoodMommy.wordpress.com

www.RaveReviewsByNonnieJules.wordpress.com

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