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Friday, April 23, 2021

The Coach's Wife by Barbara Casey - Book Blast - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hey, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Barbara Casey and her new book, “The Coach’s Wife,” here on FAB!  For Barbara’s other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Barbara and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

The Coach’s Wife

by Barbara Casey

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GENRE: Fiction/Mystery/Suspense

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BLURB:

The Cinderella Coyotes of State University are in the Final Four, poised to win the NCAA National Championship in basketball—the culmination of March Madness. For Marla Conners, she's proud of her husband Neal, and his achievement of coaching a collegiate team to the pinnacle of his career and the ultimate victory for his team. Yet, Marla's idyllic life is about to be viciously attacked and torn apart by a different madness—her husband's reputation ruined, a university disgraced, and she finds herself on trial accused of first-degree murder.

The Coach’s Wife is rife with spine-tingling suspense, conspiracy, deceit, and murder, sizzling and seductive passion, right down to the last second buzzer-beating heroics. This is also a candid and vivid behind-the-scenes portrait of Division One college basketball, university politics, money and corruption, and all the lives that are blessed and ruined by it all.

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EXCERPT TWO:

Ray Knox pulled the collar on his coat up tighter around his neck and ears and shoved his hands deep into his pockets.  He cursed under his breath when he saw a group of drunks, probably Seawolf fans, coming his way.  It was too dark to see who they were, but if they were Seawolfers, he was sure they would recognize him if they saw him.  And even if they were blind drunk, they would wonder what in the hell he was doing hanging out in a service entrance doorway of the coliseum at three o’clock in the morning.  Christ.  That was all he needed.  He pushed his back against the cold metal door as far as he could hoping he wouldn’t be seen.  The five men burst into an off-key rendition of the Piedmont State Fight Song and staggered past the doorway, oblivious of the cold and of him.  One of the men tossed an empty beer can onto the pavement, creating even more racket.  Knox listened to it roll several yards until it finally stopped and then heard the pop and hissing sound of another can being opened.

Christ it was cold.  A blast of frigid air whistled around the door frame.  He cursed again.  At Morgan for getting him into this situation and at himself for doing it.  This had to be the low point in Knox’s career.  Hanging out in darkened doorways in the middle of the night waiting to make a pay-off.  To make it even worse, the guy he was supposed to meet was late.  He had told Knox 2:30. Unless Knox got the directions mixed up.  But the guy had said the service entrance on the east side of the coliseum.  And that’s where the hell he was.  Freezing his ass off and dodging drunken Seawolf fans so he wouldn’t be seen.

Knox pulled out a wadded up handkerchief from his hip pocket and wiped his nose.  He was probably getting sick.  Morgan was going to make up for this big time if he expected Knox to keep doing his dirty work for him.  No more cheap presents or token salary increases.  Shit, he had enough TVs and cameras and electronic gadgets.  Cheap toys from Morgan.  He wanted some big money—security for when he decided to retire.  And the way he was feeling now, he was ready to retire.

Knox heard footsteps, the empty beer can being kicked, and someone—a man—cuss.  Knox leaned out slightly from the doorway and peered into the darkness.  He smelled him—the rancid odor of nervous sweat—before he saw him.

“You got something for me, heh?”

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AUTHOR BIO:

Barbara Casey is the author of several award-winning novels for both adults and young adults, as well as book-length works of nonfiction true crime, and numerous articles, poems, and short stories. Her nonfiction true crime book, Kathryn Kelly: The Moll behind Machine Gun Kelly, has been optioned for a major film and television series. Her nonfiction book, Assata Shakur: A 20th Century Escaped Slave, is under contract for a major film. In addition to her own writing, she is an editorial consultant and president of the Barbara Casey Agency. Established in 1995, she represents authors throughout the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan. Barbara is also a partner in Strategic Media Books Publishing, an independent publishing house that specializes in cutting-edge adult nonfiction. Barbara lives on a mountain in Georgia with her three cats who adopted her: Homer, a southern bobtail; Reese, a black cat; and Earl Gray, a gray cat and Reese’s best friend.

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CONNECT WITH BARBARA:

Website:

http://www.barbaracaseyagency.com

Blog:

http://www.barbaracaseyagency.com/blog

Email:

barcafer@aol.com

BookBub Author Page:

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/barbara-casey-c75c3ba0-bbc2-4fbb-aa2b-90da9ad49679

BookBub Book Page:

https://www.bookbub.com/books/the-coach-s-wife-by-barbara-casey

Goodreads Author Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/697572.Barbara_Casey

Goodreads Book Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6181673-the-coach-s-wifem

Amazon Author Page:

https://amzn.to/2FpHYBW

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BOOK BUY LINKS:

Amazon Kindle eBook:

https://amzn.to/3dJ9dd9

Amazon Paperback:

https://amzn.to/3sIP5w5

Barnes and Noble NOOK eBook:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-coachs-wife-barbara-casey/1005611151

BAM! Books-A-Million Paperback:

https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Coachs-Wife/Barbara-Casey/9781645404354

The Book Depository Paperback:

https://www.bookdepository.com/Coachs-Wife-Barbara-Casey/9781645404354

The Book Depository Hardcover:

https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Coachs-Wife-Barbara-Casey/9781595070425

Google Play eBook:

https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Barbara_Casey_The_Coach_s_Wife?id=BEEjEAAAQBAJ

Kobo eBook:

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-coach-s-wife-5

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Barbara will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

**This post contains affiliate links and if clicked and a purchase is made, I may receive a small commission to help support this blog.  This does not cost you anything, it just helps pay for all those awesome giveaways on here**

This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.

Realm of Dragons: Fight for the Crown by L.C. Conn - Book Blast - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. L.C. Conn will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

The Realm of Dragons is in peril from hidden plots and conspirators, which threaten not only the crown, but the dragons that are at the very heart of it.

Teagan Loinsigh, long ago banished from her magical home of dragons now lives on Earth. Her dreams and memories of the great creatures are put down to fantasies and an overactive imagination, until one day she comes across a creature so unlike any other in the land she lives in. A baby dragon.

Muniath Magaoidh, a Dragon Warden fallen so low by a failed mission, must be brought back from his despair to retrieve what is lost.

Scetis Mordha, alone in the world since he was a child. Finds himself in the middle of intrigue and conspiracy against The Realm of Dragons.

Tying them all together is a dragon. Not just a dragon but The King of Dragons.

Can these four save The Realm of Dragons?

Read an Excerpt:

“I don’t understand, what do you want to do?” she asked, collapsing to the hot rock.

“Stand before the fiery pit. Face your fear and grow into who you were meant to be.” His voice boomed not only in her mind but echoed off the circular cavern.

“I’ll die,” she whimpered.

“No, you will not. Now stand,” he commanded.

Slowly she got to her feet. Sweat dripped from her body in rivulets, stinging her eyes as she wiped her face on her sleeve to clear it. As she did, Gremlin moved and the full heat from the lava hit her. She stumbled back, but he supported her with his neck, holding her up. The fiery liquid turned her skin first red, then it started to blister. Teagan screamed at the pain and with fumbling fingers began to tear at the remaining clothes she had on. Now standing nude, her body shook as the outer skin burned away. It melted from her body, slipping, and exposing raw flesh underneath. A scream she so desperately wanted to release caught in her throat.

“Into the lake.” Gremlin commanded.

Each step she took was laboured. She tried to stop herself but found her body would not respond. Her mind screamed at the thought of the agony and death that she was sure awaited if she obeyed the Dragon King. But she went. Standing on the precipice, in a gap of the wall, the scream at last escaped her lips as she stepped down into the rock from the centre of the world.

About the Author:
L.C. Conn grew up on the outskirts of Upper Hutt, New Zealand. Her backyard encompassed the surrounding farmland, river, hills and mountains which she wandered with her brothers and fed her imagination. After discovering a love for writing in English class at the age of eight, she continued to write in secret. It was not until much later in life that L.C. turned what she thought was a hobby and something fun to do, into her first completed novel. Now married, L.C. moved from New Zealand to Perth, Western Australia, and became a stay at home mum. While caring for her family and after battling breast cancer, a story was born from the kernel of a dream. The first book of The One True Child Series was begun, and just kept blooming into seven completed stories, which have garnered great reviews. She continues her career with more stories waiting in the wings to be released.

EMAIL: raindropc1970@gmail.com
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/LCConn
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/ConnLoraine
INSTAGRAM: https//www.instagram.com/l.c.conn
WEB PAGE: https//lcconnwriter.wordpress.com/
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17714374.L_C_Conn

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Murderous Envy by C.J. Carson - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host C.J. Carson and her new book, “Murderous Envy”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with C.J. and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

Murderous Envy

by C.J. Carson

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GENRE: Paranormal Mystery

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BLURB:

Allie Callahan had her whole life mapped out - run her family's marketing firm, make her first million, and get that next big contract. Destiny had another plan. After a catastrophic event forces her to rethink her life's path, Allie discovers that the heritage she's tried so hard to deny is about to lead her in an entirely new direction.

Unable to ignore her grandfather's Native American heritage, Allie embarks on a journey that will test her fortitude, strength, and courage, but it will also bring her the one thing she never dreamed possible - Love.

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EXCERPT ONE:

HOURS WENT BY, THOUGH I COULDN’T be clear how many. I awoke from a dream where I was reliving my attack. Panic swelled in every cell of my body. Disoriented and completely confused; where was I? What had happened to me? Soft lambskin wraps restrained my wrists, with an IV in the back of my hand. My body hurt all over and my left eye was swollen shut.

A gentle hand touched mine. I opened my eyes to a small girl, wearing a hospital gown, gazing at me through the bed rails. The warmth of her smile gave me a sense of calmness. That’s when I realized I was in the hospital.

A matronly nurse with a heavy Southern accent stole my attention from the little girl.

“It’s okay, child, you’re in the hospital. There has been an accident. Please try to stay calm. Let me take off these wrist restraints. I’m so sorry we had to put them on, but you were thrashing so much during the night we thought you might hurt yourself or pull out your IV.”

The feeling of desperation overwhelmed me. “Where am I? What’s happening?”

She caressed my face, bringing my gaze to her. “My name is Laura and you’re safe. You’re going to be okay. You had an accident, so to speak, and you’re in the hospital.

“The hospital? What kind of accident?”

“Look, honey, try to stay calm. You had a rough night. Doctor Kennedy will be in shortly to see you.”

My throat felt raw and I could hardly speak. “Where is the little girl?”

“What little girl?”

I pointed to the side of my bed where the child had been standing less than a minute before. “She was right there!”

“Honey, I didn’t see any child. The children’s ward is on another floor.”

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GUEST POST:

Writing this book has taught me “The Rule of Three”

In my endeavor to publish my first book, I was fortunate to connect with a seasoned writer who was instrumental in my learning a valuable lesson about feedback. She called it "The Rule of Three."

As a new writer, being published for the first time, I wanted to put my best foot forward. As many do, I found family and friends to beta read my book. As luck would have it, I met an author online, who I admire greatly, to design the book covers for my trilogy.  During one of our conversations, she gave me some invaluable advice about considering feedback from readers. She called it The Rule of Three.

This advice came from her when I asked her how to handle feedback. The question was simple, "How do I know what is important to change in my story based on feedback I get from my readers." If I feel strongly about leaving something in the story, when do I consider suggestions?

Her answer was even simpler than the question. She told me that she uses "The Rule of Three," and she gave me a concrete but simple example. Suppose you have a character who drinks coffee all the time. For you, it is part of who he is. This person has a coffee in their hand throughout your whole story. One of your readers suggests that it bothers them, and it is just too much. Maybe they find it distracting or unnecessary. Her advice is that she would listen, take it under advisement and keep the feedback tucked away and think on it. Soon you get a second comment from someone with the same concern. That is, two people that have found your character drinking coffee all the time bothers them. Now you have to really consider the feedback because two people have pointed out that this is an issue. You still feel strongly that this helps design your character's personality. You don't want to take it out, and you wonder why people find this so annoying. After all, there are a lot of people in this world that drink coffee all day. Then it happens, you get a comment from a third reader. Now you really have to consider the feedback. The point is, no matter how strongly you feel about leaving the coffee in the story, it really is about the readers. If you have gotten the same feedback three times, it is probably a signal that you should at least downplay the coffee a little, if not take it out entirely.

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AUTHOR BIO:

From a very early age CJ Carson has been inspired by a great story, but what has brought her to this juncture in her life and inspired her to put pen to paper are the many rich experiences and opportunities her life has put in her path.

Her love of learning and new adventures has afforded her opportunities to reinvent herself many times over.

While working in the medical field she became a licensed massage therapist, attending a number of classes to learn energy work. She then went on to become a Polarity Therapist and Reiki Therapist.

As an artist, she has explored many modalities that have taken her on many a journey.

Her acting has brought her into the world of theatre both on the stage and behind the scenes.

Painting introduced her to a group of artists that shared her passion of bringing a scene to canvas.

Her love of singing afforded her the opportunity to travel twice to Europe as a soloist with conductor Sonja Dahlgren Prior and a chorus out of Boston. Sonja, affectionately known as Sunny, inspired her to do something, she never dreamed possible.

But something CJ Carson has always wanted to do is write. As a young student in high school, she had a teacher who implored her to pursue a writing career, but life had other plans for her first.

Now she is finally introducing to the world her first published work, "Murderous Envy" from her trilogy, Veils of Parallel Times.

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CONNECT WITH C.J.:

Website:

https://www.cjcarsonauthor.com

Blog:

https://www.cjcarsonauthor.com/blog

Email:

info@CJCarsonauthor.com

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/cj.carson.5602

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/cjcarso37472375

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/cjcarsonauthor

YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIZVHdD5tBSC-J_7DSpZ4VA

Goodreads Author Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19186745.C_J_Carson

Goodreads Book Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57568589-murderous-envy

Amazon Author Page:

https://amzn.to/32AaAEP

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BOOK BUY LINKS:

Amazon Kindle eBook:

https://amzn.to/3dCTNXM

Amazon Paperback:

https://amzn.to/32CWUZC

Barnes and Noble Paperback:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/murderous-envy-c-j-carson/1138878015?ean=9781954356009

The Book Depository Paperback:

https://www.bookdepository.com/Murderous-Envy-C-J-Carson/9781954356009

BAM! Books-A-Million Paperback:

https://www.booksamillion.com/product/A16575421431

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

C.J. will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

**This post contains affiliate links and if clicked and a purchase is made, I may receive a small commission to help support this blog.  This does not cost you anything, it just helps pay for all those awesome giveaways on here**

This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Finding George Washington: A Time Travel Tale by Bill Zarchy - Book Tour - Book Sale - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Bill Zarchy and his new book, “Finding George Washington: A Time Travel Tale”!  For other stops on his Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Bill and to increase your chances of winning!

This eBook is on SALE for ONLY $0.99 during the book tour!!!  See below for more details.

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

Finding George Washington:

A Time Travel Tale

by Bill Zarchy

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GENRE: Historical-Time Travel-Baseball Thriller

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BLURB:

On a freezing night in 1778, General George Washington vanishes. Walking away from the Valley Forge encampment, he takes a fall and is knocked unconscious, only to reappear at a dog park on San Francisco Bay—in the summer of 2014.

Washington befriends two Berkeley twenty-somethings who help him cope with the astonishing—and often comical—surprises of the twenty-first century.

Washington’s absence from Valley Forge, however, is not without serious consequences. As the world rapidly devolves around them—and their beloved Giants fight to salvage a disappointing season—George, Tim, and Matt are catapulted on a race across America to find a way to get George back to 1778.

Equal parts time travel tale, thriller, and baseball saga, Finding George Washington is a gripping, humorous, and entertaining look at what happens when past and present collide in the 9th inning, with the bases loaded and no one warming up in the bullpen.

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EXCERPT TWO:

A new freeze gripped the valley, and a few inches of virgin white covered the now-frozen ruts in the roads. When the soldiers first arrived at this winter encampment two months before, rain and cold had compounded the misery of the men. Lately it had been freezing and snowing, making the hardened ground easier to traverse than the sleety, slippery mud had been.

A small farmhouse made of tan and brown fieldstone sat in flat bottomland near the creek. The back door opened and a splash of warm light lit the new snow. From inside came the sounds of a party—a fiddle, laughter, and high-energy conversation. A tall man in a heavy cloak and three-cornered hat stepped off the small porch at the rear of the house and into the cold. A sentry snapped to attention.

“Just getting some air, lad, stand easy,” the Gdeneral said. “No need to follow.” He trudged off north, away from the house, enjoying the brisk chill.

Ah, he thought, it’s fine to have my dear wife here with me these past couple of weeks! She and the other wives provide such a boost to the morale and hopefulness of the men. It’s worth a wee party to celebrate the difference they make … and my birthday.

The dreadful winter weather and the spread of disease had cost him one-fourth of his army in the early going, but at last there were signs of hope. Foraging for food was still a daily struggle, but now the men were finally housed in hundreds of hastily constructed wooden huts.

The eager effervescence of the Marquis de Lafayette for the past half year; the appearance of the Polish nobleman Pulaski a few months before; the continued loyalty of so many of the troops; the imminent arrival any day now of the Prussian Baron von Steuben; and the General’s wife coming to stay with him during the winter encampment—all these events gave him hope.

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GUEST POST:

Finding the Cover for Finding George

I knew from the beginning what I wanted on the cover for my debut novel, Finding George Washington: A Time Travel Tale.

It’s not an easy story to characterize. Genre: a fine sci-fi blend, with notes of history, baseball saga, and action thriller. But I had lived with it for long enough to have some images in mind.

I knew I wanted to feature a picture of George. Not the old marble-faced George on the dollar bill, but a younger version, George at 45, his age in my story. A Revolutionary War George, in uniform. The one who disappears from his own time and shows up in 2014 on the shores of San Francisco Bay.

I knew I wanted to show a baseball field with some players in the background, because baseball is a central theme and metaphor in Finding George. I wanted a shot of a locomotive, because trains are important in the story.

I wanted to show the green-handled sword Washington carried into battle, as well as his headquarters, the stone house where he lived during the Valley Forge encampment in winter 1777-78.

And I knew I wanted the cover to reflect a contemporary sensibility, with a bit of an old-timey feeling. Not old-fashioned or outdated, but stylized to suggest an amalgam of traditional and modern.

I had pictures of all these elements from my research travels. I selected photos of a painting of Washington at the Smithsonian, a baseball field in Philadelphia, an Amtrak train, the headquarters house, and the sword.

I put together a few rough versions of cover art in PhotoShop. They had all the elements I had in mind, but had no depth to them, no life.

Then I hired Matthew Félix for line editing, publication services, and book design, one of my best all-around decisions. I told him what I had in mind for the cover. He sent me a list of 100 sci-fi bestsellers and suggested I select my ten favorite-looking covers, as a way of conveying the style I had in mind. This was a fruitful exercise. I noticed immediately that I was drawn to the covers that had prominent images in the foreground, plus distant views in the background of landscapes or cities or other places. Covers with depth.

From these, and with the images I provided, he put together four prototype covers, and I promptly picked one. I had been thinking of using the picture of George full length, but Matthew cropped it into a head-and-shoulders shot, with an informal half-smile and good eye contact. He split off the word “Finding” from the rest of the title, placing it into an orange, isosceles triangle that, on first viewing, resembles a sports banner. On closer examination, we see it also looks like a headlight beam emanating from a blue locomotive. The background for the cover is a shot of the infield and the stands at the ballpark.

“Finding” is in a traditional-looking script font, “George Washington” in an old-timey font that looks like it belongs on a baseball jersey. The subtitle “A Time Travel Tale” is prominent, per my request, as I want potential readers to know what they’re getting into. It’s not a biography. The subtitle and byline are both in Optima bold, a mid-20th-Century font that adds a modern flavor.

The first draft also included the headquarters house, but it crowded the cover. Not worth it. The sword never made it onto the cover either. Too much clutter.

Best of all, Matthew came up with a couple of visual ideas that added hugely to the cover’s appeal. First, he bought stock photos of a baseball and crossed bats and placed them just under George’s image. And he added a traditional clockface with Roman numerals, as a round “medallion” behind GW’s head and shoulders. The clock numerals are repeated concentrically four or five times, adding a sense of movement, vibration, and disconcerting instability to these still images. This suggests time travel in a simple and effective way. (When I overthink it, of course, time travel is more about calendars than clockfaces, but the image still works.)

In one of Matthew’s other cover prototypes, George was wearing a baseball cap. I loved it. Though it was jaunty and appealing, I decided it was probably too cute, even too goofy, to put on the cover of a book like this: a fine sci-fi blend, with notes of history, baseball saga, and action thriller.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Bill Zarchy filmed projects on six continents during his 40 years as a cinematographer, captured in his first book, Showdown at Shinagawa: Tales of Filming from Bombay to Brazil. Now he writes novels, takes photos, and talks of many things.

Bill’s career includes filming three former presidents for the Emmy-winning West Wing Documentary Special, the Grammy-winning Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em, feature films Conceiving Ada and Read You Like A Book, PBS science series Closer to Truth, musical performances as diverse as the Grateful Dead, Weird Al Yankovic, and Wagner’s Ring Cycle, and countless high-end projects for technology and medical companies.

His tales from the road, personal essays, and technical articles have appeared in Travelers’ Tales and Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies, the San Francisco Chronicle and other newspapers, and American Cinematographer, Emmy, and other trade magazines.

Bill has a BA in Government from Dartmouth and an MA in Film from Stanford. He taught Advanced Cinematography at San Francisco State for twelve years. He is a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area and a graduate of the EPIC Storytelling Program at Stagebridge in Oakland. This is his first novel.

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CONNECT WITH BILL:

Website:

http://www.billzarchy.com

Website:

https://www.findinggeorgewashington.com

Blog:

https://www.findinggeorgewashington.com/blog

Email:

billzarchy@gmail.com

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Finding-George-Washington-A-Time-Travel-Tale-by-Bill-Zarchy-112403433952296

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/billzarchy

BookBub Author Page:

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/bill-zarchy

BookBub Book Page:

https://www.bookbub.com/books/finding-george-washington-a-time-travel-tale-by-bill-zarchy

Goodreads Author Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5819226.Bill_Zarchy

Goodreads Book Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55992275-finding-george-washington

Amazon Author Page:

https://amzn.to/32BNdKJ

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BOOK BUY LINKS & BOOK SALE INFO:

**The Finding George Washington: A Time Travel Tale eBook is on SALE for ONLY $0.99 during the book tour!!!**

Amazon Kindle eBook:

https://amzn.to/3v5YD60

Amazon Paperback:

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Apple Books eBook:

https://books.apple.com/us/book/finding-george-washington/id1541743641

Barnes and Noble NOOK eBook:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/finding-george-washington-bill-zarchy/1138366946

Barnes and Noble Paperback:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/finding-george-washington-bill-zarchy/1138338533

The Book Depository Paperback:

https://www.bookdepository.com/Finding-George-Washington-Bill-Zarchy/9780984919123

BAM! Books-A-Million Paperback:

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Kobo eBook:

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/finding-george-washington

Smashwords eBook:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1053144

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Bill will be awarding a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Where Your Treasure Is

by M.C. Bunn

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GENRE: Historical Romance, Victorian Romance

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BLURB:

Feisty, independent heiress Winifred de la Coeur has never wanted to live according to someone else’s rules—but even she didn’t plan on falling in love with a bank robber.

Winifred is a wealthy, nontraditional beauty who bridles against the strict rules and conventions of Victorian London society. When she gets caught up in the chaos of a bungled bank robbery, she is thrust unwillingly into an encounter with Court Furor, a reluctant getaway driver and prizefighter.  In the bitter cold of a bleak London winter, sparks fly.

Winifred and Court are two misfits in their own circumscribed worlds—the fashionable beau monde with its rigorously upheld rules, and the gritty demimonde, where survival often means life-or-death choices.

Despite their conflicting backgrounds, they fall desperately in love while acknowledging the impossibility of remaining together. Returning to their own worlds, they try to make peace with their lives until a moment of unrestrained honesty and defiance threatens to topple the deceptions they have carefully constructed to protect each other.

A story of the overlapping entanglements of Victorian London’s social classes, the strength of family bonds and true friendship, and the power of love to heal a broken spirit.

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EXCERPT ONE:

Chapter I

A Spinster Reflects

Winifred de la Coeur was not a traditional beauty, but she was one of a kind. Or so George had whispered while they played cards. He had won the hand and taken hers in his. After all these years, she ought to know better than to trust him.

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On the day before she came up to London, she rode her horse Tulip across the fields to inspect the wood. Beyond it lay Hereford Hall’s brick towers, graceful lawns, and chestnut-lined drive. She had given Tulip a smart kick and galloped down the sandy lane that led to the sea. In spite of her elder cousins’ warnings, she and George had raced one another on it many times. She bent over her mare’s neck, urged her to go faster, and pretended to outdistance her neighbor. She was Queen Bess, who ruled a kingdom of her own. No need of any man!

Her pride could not bear that George, or even her family, might suspect that while she had won the battle against her suitors, she had lost the war. At summer’s end, once the field cleared and the dust settled, she discovered she was tired of holding up the increasingly heavy standard of her virginity. The other debutantes of her year had long retired from the lists on their fiancés’ arms or were preoccupied by their confinements. She had attended so many weddings she lost track of the sprays of orange blossom Bettina cleared from her dressing table or the number of silver rattles that she and Amelie had wrapped. Her freedom was not the triumph she had imagined it would be.

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The hackney she’d seen earlier pulled alongside them at the curb. A bright spot of purple in the cabby’s hatband, the flower girl’s bunch of violets, caught her eye. Bunched beneath his dark chin was a plum-colored neckerchief, gaudily spotted. His profile was partly hidden under his hat’s brim, and his long, dark hair was pulled back in an old-fashioned queue…. His deep voice and Cockney accent were audible when he spoke to his horse. He was not the sort one would want to meet in a dark alley.

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GUEST POST:

Soundtrack of Where Your Treasure Is:

Music is a huge part of my life. I sing, write songs, and am in a band. My favorite group is the Beatles, and I love Barry Gibb’s tunes. A short list of current favorites includes Rosanne Cash, Django Reinhardt, Beck, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. I’m a longtime fan of Renaissance Fare, hosted by George Douglas on WCPE, our local classical station, and Satie and Chopin. No type of music is off-limits if it moves me. Creativity and what it takes to perform and get a song out there are what I admire. Music has a very important role in Where Your Treasure Is and all my stories. This is a soundtrack for the book, and I hope you enjoy it.

The Dance,” Tangerine Dream

(Legend soundtrack, 1986)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LH8te9Wvi-c

When I first wrote Where Your Treasure Is, I made a trailer for it, accompanied by “The Dance.” I love Legend’s soundtrack and this song in particular. I’ve included an adaptation for piano by Rhaeide because Winifred plays the piano. The original version is very ominous (Don’t be put off by the album cover. It’s a wonderful story!), yet it has all the hopefulness of a waltz. The melody sings out over those dark undertones like a wren. It evokes Winifred and Court’s first encounter, their crazed waltz in his little room, and the dark, underworld London into which she finds herself plunged. The melody also reminds me of Court and his half-sister Beryl Stuart because they’re both struggling to escape that world as well, yet they have to engage it to survive. It’s heartbreaking.

The Raggle-Taggle Gypsies,” traditional; Asher Quinn

(Falling Through Time, 2011)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1QWKJc2gJI

When I was child, my father read this poem to me from Hilda Boswell’s charming Treasury of Children’s Poems. There are many covers of the song, but Asher Quinn’s haunting version evoked what Court’s mother, Sadie, must have felt when Mick Furor sang it and seduced her. It’s also the song that Court sings to Winifred the first time they’re together.

Women of Ireland,” (Mná na hÉireann), Seán Ó Riada and The Chieftains (Barry Lyndon soundtrack, 1975);

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ex2iwmIXd5A

Women of Ireland” (Jeff Beck, guitar; Lizzie Ball, violin; Tal Wilkenfeld, bass; Jonathan Joseph, drums).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHQSPBC4fS4

Women of Ireland” is a poem by Ulster poet Peadar Ó Doirnín (1704–1796). The simple, unadorned version from Stanley Kubrick’s film Barry Lyndon captures the atmosphere of Court’s longing during his journeys with the showman and gypsy Grynt Spivey. It’s the sort of song that Grynt would play by the fire on his flute and that Court will learn to play on his guitar later. Court’s father, the thief and traveler Mick Furor is Irish, so it’s the kind of song he’d share with Court and Sadie in rare, good times as a family.

La Ci Darem La Mano,” Mozart, Don Giovanni (1787). Rodney Gilfry, Don Giovanni; Liliana Nikiteanu, Zerlina. Staged at the Opernhaus Zürich, 2001. Conductor, Nikolaus Harnoncourt; director, Jürgen Flimm; set-designer, Erich Wonder.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJnJjpMdT3Y

I enjoy this production and am a huge Cecilia Bartoli fan (she plays Donna Elvira). For those who aren’t familiar with opera, it’s a lot of fun (a climax in every act, like a soap opera episode). Court’s initial response to this music is like mine. Half the time, I don’t a care about the libretto. I’m simply overwhelmed by the emotional power of the voices. Opera is from Winifred and George’s world. She hates theatre but loves music, and so does George Broughton-Caruthers. Whereas Court would spend time in a music hall, they sit in a private box at Covent Garden. Court discovers opera’s pleasures later in the book, and it opens up another world for him.

The Trout” Franz Schubert (1829). Translation, Emily Ezust; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone; Gerald Moore, piano.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NF9DrUXowBo

Schubert was dead at thirty-one, not much older than Winifred and Court, or his half-sister Beryl Stuart and Winifred’s friend George are during Treasure. Like the poet Keats, he’s a tragic figure whose prolific compositions are some of his era’s loveliest. For fans of the Victoria series, he was one of Prince Albert’s favorites, since the prince was a composer as well. “The Trout” is the song that George sings, and that he and Winifred play together on the piano. Its words apply to him.

Enchantment” Sophia Pavlenko Chandley

https://paulandsophiachandley.com/track/811088/enchantment

Sophia Pavlenko Chandley is a modern composer. I’m in love with her music and want everyone to hear it. This song perfectly captures the sort of piece Winifred might play while she was alone, dreaming of her time with Court.

And So It Goes” Billy Joel

(Storm Front, 1989)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcUCYtyaLrY

Finally, if Where Your Treasure Is was ever made into a film, I’d want a performance of this song to be part of it. I’ve always loved this ballad of longing. Though there’s a story behind its composition, the song might have been written for Court, Beryl Stuart, George Broughton-Caruthers, and many other characters in Treasure.

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AUTHOR BIO:

M.C. Bunn is a writer of Victorian romance and historical romance novels, a singer (in the indie rock band Mister Felix), and a songwriter. She holds an English degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a master’s in English from North Carolina State University.

"I've always loved writing. It's a joy to do what makes me happy and to share it."

“My father was a great story-teller. He read to us at the dinner table and passed on his love of history. He’d haul me out of bed in the middle of the night if there was a great old movie on the late show, and family trips always included visits to historic sites. His father was born in 1888, and I have Granddaddy's letters to his bride-to-be in my dresser. I'm working on the story of Daddy's first ancestor in America. It's set in Jamestown, 1690. My mother's grandmother was placed in an orphanage after the Civil War because her father died on the way home, so I always felt that connection to and had a curiosity about the past. Both of my parents read to me before I could walk. Daddy gave me Dickens, Twain, and Stevenson. Mama put the dictionary in my hands and let me watch I, Claudius  and Shoulder to Shoulder when they first aired on Masterpiece Theatre. She told me I'd be a writer one day.”

Acting was another girlhood passion. “I wanted to play all the characters in the books I'd read, or in the stories I made up, like Dickens and Louisa May Alcott did. I also wanted to be an archaeologist because we knew one who worked on digs in Israel. There was never a time when I wasn't making up a story, and it was always set 'a long time ago.' What I really wished for was the car in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, so I could fly back in time and see what it was actually like for women in Victorian and Edwardian England.”

When she's not writing, she loves reading long old books. "I love Anthony Trollope's series, and Anna Karenina. Of more recent vintage, I really enjoyed The Forsyte Saga and The Raj Quartet."

Her idea of a well-appointed room includes multiple bookshelves, a full pot of coffee, and a place to lie down and read. To feed her soul, she takes a walk or makes music with friends. "I try to remember to look up at the sky and take some time each day to be thankful."

She lives in North Carolina with her husband and their dog. Where Your Treasure Is is her first published novel.

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