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Monday, January 23, 2017

The Sage Stone Prophecy by N.S. Wikarski - Book Tour - Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hi lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host N.S. Wikarski and her new book, “The Sage Stone Prophecy”!  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 $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!  Also, come back daily to interact with N.S. and to increase your chances of winning!

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


The Sage Stone Prophecy
by N.S. Wikarski

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GENRE: Adventure, Mystery

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BLURB:

Where do you hide a mysterious artifact that could change the course of history? You scatter clues to its whereabouts across the entire planet. Five objects buried beneath the rubble of lost civilizations point to the hiding place of the fabled Sage Stone. A secret society and a fanatical religious cult vie against one another in a global treasure hunt to claim the prize. The Arkana wants to preserve it for posterity. The Blessed Nephilim wants to exploit it to create a terrifying new world order. Only one faction can win. More importantly, only one can survive.

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EXCERPT THREE:

Hannah heard the key slide into the lock just in time to throw her e-book reader inside a dresser drawer and bury it under a pile of stockings. She whirled about as Joshua entered the room.

His face was grim. “For someone who doesn’t speak, you certainly provoke a lot of chatter among the community. Tongues are wagging about Mother Rachel’s last visit to you and the tragic aftermath. No one can seem to talk of anything else.”

The girl gave a slight smile and shrugged.

Joshua stared at her intently. “You think you’re clever, don’t you?”

Hannah regulated her expression to its characteristic blankness.

“You have them all fooled, not simply my father. No one can believe a child who looks so sweet and innocent could be capable of such monstrous duplicity. But you are, Sister Hannah, and I intend to prove it.”

The spymaster removed a small object from his pocket and set it on the dresser. It appeared to be some sort of digital recording device. He switched it on and then turned back to the girl.


“The Brotherhood is in crisis. My father has set us on a path to destruction and I alone can avert disaster. To do that, I must persuade the Diviner that I am the only one he can trust—the only one who has his best interests at heart. And you’re going to help me convince him.”

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REVIEW:


Such an exciting and suspenseful climatic end to a seven book series!  This book takes you on a fun and thrilling adventure that keeps you guessing to the very end!  There are so many cringe-worthy moments that keep you gasping waiting to find out what happens!

First off, I was truly impressed with the start of this book.  At the beginning of the book is the “Author’s Note,” which thoroughly explains the characters, happenings, and lingo of the other six books.  This is truly great for readers, like me, who are new to the series and also as a refresher course for others that are more familiar with these books.  This definitely allows for anyone to be able to pick up this book and fully understand what is going on.  I also loved that it gave personal details like: Abraham Metcalf was “in his seventies,” and Annabeth was “nervous and high-strung.”  I felt like I was well aware and caught up on the characters and their personalities/traits.

I really liked the characters as they are well developed.  They were easy to picture and identify with.  Even the bad guys like Abraham Metcalf you will also enjoy!

I liked that this book had many, but short chapters as they were clean, well-written, concise, and easily flowed.

Even though this book deals with complex matriarchal societies and difficult deciphers it is written in an easy to understand and follow clarity.

I’ve heard many other people compare this book to Dan Brown’s books, and yes, I did see many similarities.  I would also compare it to the National Treasure movies.  The reason I say that is because I feel Dan Brown’s books are more on the biblical sense and these books are more on the historical, but fun side.  These books are less dramatic and intense than Dan Brown’s books.  Yes, there are serious moments and end of the world drama, but I felt it was more on a lighter side - still very enjoyable!

This book was strongly researched and well backed up.  I feel that this is extremely hard to do for a fiction author.  However, Nancy aka N.S. has a profound educational background that is not only impressive, it allows for her to write with such articulacy.  The story is fluid and credible.

This book is mostly direct.  It does lavish on some details, but it is mostly to the point.  For instance, I feel even though it was a long journey to the end, every chapter and scene was needed to make this book the success that it is.

I love treasure hunt books and movies and this book series definitely fits that bill.  I have always found secret societies intriguing and this book truly captures all of the mystery and mystic of those groups!  This book will leave you in awe and at the edge of your seat page by page!   

Although like I said, this book can be read on its own.  However, it is such an exciting hunt that I am sure you’d love to have followed the stories from day one – or well book one.

I would absolutely recommend this book and this book series to anyone interested in an exciting, thrilling, mystifying, and suspenseful read!  If you love a good treasure hunt – these books are for you!

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**


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AUTHOR BIO:


"There's a 52% chance that the next Dan Brown will be a woman ... or should we just make that 100% now?"
--Kindle Nation Daily

Nancy Wikarski is a fugitive from academia. After earning her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, she became a computer consultant and then turned to mystery and historical fiction writing. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, the Society Of Midland Authors, and has served as vice president of Sisters In Crime - Twin Cities and on the programming board of the Chicago chapter. Her short stories have appeared in Futures Magazine and DIME Anthology, while her book reviews have been featured in Murder: Past Tense and Deadly Pleasures.

She has written the Gilded Age Mystery series set in 1890s Chicago. Titles include The Fall Of White City (2002) and Shrouded In Thought (2005). The series has received People's Choice Award nominations for Best First Novel and Best Historical as well as a Lovey Award for Best Traditional Amateur Sleuth.

Her seven-book Arkana Archaeology Mystery Series is a #1 Amazon Bestseller. Titles include The Granite Key (2011), The Mountain Mother Cipher (2011), The Dragon’s Wing Enigma (2012), Riddle Of The Diamond Dove (2013), Into The Jaws Of The Lion (2014), Secrets Of The Serpent’s Heart (2015), and The Sage Stone Prophecy (2016).

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N.S. will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


**This post contains affiliate links and if clicked and a purchase 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, January 18, 2017

Mist by Emily Mims - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hello lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Emily Mims and her new book, “Mist”!  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 $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!  Also, come back daily to interact with Emily and to increase your chances of winning!

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


Mist
by Emily Mims

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GENRE: Romance/Romantic Suspense

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BLURB:

The widow of a lying drug dealer, dulcimer-player Kylie Barstow Richards finds herself struggling to see through the mist of the Smoky Mountains to the truth-about her life, about the nightclub where she works, and about the bluegrass-playing musician who has arrived to steal her heart.

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EXCERPT ONE:

Kylie looked Ren in the eye.  “How much of that is the truth and how much of it was bullshit?”

Ren’s lips firmed.  “It’s the truth, every damned bit of it.  And that’s also why I did what I did.  The DEA honestly thought you were guilty.  A drug dealer took out one of my best friends, Kylie.  I’ve missed Jerry every day for the last two years.”

“And that justifies what you did to me?  Sorry, Ren.  Not buying it.  And I don’t care what your reasons for lying were, a liar is a liar.  And I can’t stand liars.”

“I get that, Kylie.  Look, obviously we blew it, and I’m just as sorry as I can be that I hurt you.”

“If you can be believed, which I seriously doubt.”

“I do mean it.  I’m sorry.  I’m really sorry.”

“I am, too, Ren.  I was just beginning to have a little bit of faith and trust again and you very effectively managed to take that away from me.  Congratulations.  I will probably never trust another man as long as I live.”

“Aw, Kylie, no.”  Ren leaned forward.  “Look, I know there is no way I can take back the lies I’ve already told.  But I can promise you this.  I will never, ever lie to you again about anything.”

Kylie shrugged.  “And now I’m supposed to believe that?  Ren, I’m sorry.  The damage is done.  The trust is broken.  Kind of like Humpty Dumpty.”

“I understand.  But Kylie, I’m going to tell you the truth from now on whether you believe me or not.”

“Knock yourself out.”

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GUEST POST:

The Challenge of Writing a Series

Writing a series of stories is a new challenge for me.  In my years with Candlelight, a sequel was rare and a series absolutely unheard-of.  My Candlelight editors bought two sequels from me, but the rest of my books with them were all completely stand-alone.  Starting in the nineties, leading writers such as Linda Lael Miller and Nora Roberts began to write books in series featuring a particular family or set of siblings or even a ranch or a seacoast town, with heroes and heroines who appear as supporting characters in the other books.  The writing of a series has taken off to the point that today many if not most books are part of one.  This makes it convenient for both the reader and the writer-the reader can revisit people and places they’ve fallen in love with, and the writer does not have to re-create a setting or characters from scratch with every new book.  But the writing of a series also presents a set of challenges, challenges that I faced writing the Texas Hill Country series, and face again writing the Smoky Blue series.

        I had no idea I was writing the first book of a series when I created ‘Solomon’s Choice’.  But it wasn’t long before I was thinking in terms of another story and looking at the secondary characters I had created for ‘Solomon’s Choice’ as characters for future books.  And those books did come.  Cute deputy Rory Keller and big-mouthed waitress Lisa became the short story ‘A Gift of Trust’.  Widowed Jimmy Adamcik and soldier Holly Riley became the leads in ‘Daughter of Valor’.  But it was the multi-faceted cast of characters I invented for Daughter of Valor that really set my imagination on fire, and nine stories in all evolved, rather haphazardly I admit, including the story ‘Once, Again’ from which ‘Mist’ spins off.  The Smoky Blue series is different in that I have envisioned it as a series from the beginning, and as such can establish characters already knowing their story ahead of time.  The plotting is tighter, the transitions are smoother, and I can introduce the next story as an epilogue.

        There are definite challenges, however.  Once a character is created, that character has to be portrayed consistently throughout the series, or the series lacks believability.  In other words, if a character is short, fat, smart-mouthed, or not too nice as a supporting character, a reader is not going to believe that character has suddenly grown six inches, lost forty pounds, and been to charm school when they become one of the leads.  Cooper Barstow is a case in point.  In ‘Mist’, Cooper is an amputee and a cranky curmudgeon with the morals of a tomcat.  So when he becomes the hero of ‘Smoke’, the next book in the series, he has to stay in character.  He is not going to grow an arm, become Mr. Congeniality or have a moral make-over. Another case in point is Sawyer Ellison.  In ‘Once, Again’ and ‘Mist’ he is portrayed as a ruthless fanatic, willing to do just about anything, ethical or no, to bring drug dealers to justice.  As a supporting character, he is a complete jerk.  Is he suddenly going to undergo a personality transplant in his own story?  No, he is not.  Those negative qualities are a huge part of the character and must stay.  For him to do otherwise would not be believable.

        Another challenge to the writer of the series is portraying former heroes and heroines in later books once their story is over.  How much of their new lives do you include in the subsequent books?  Yes, the readers want to know how they are doing.  But at the same time, it’s not their story anymore.  My first hero and heroine, Jack and Caroline, do appear throughout the rest of the Texas Hill Country series, and Ren and Kylie will appear throughout Smoky Blue.  But it’s not their story any more.  And it is important that the former leads be an integral part of the new story and not be included just because their story was part of the series.

        So when is it time to end a series?  The answer to that is ‘when the stories are over’.  The Texas Hill Country series had nine books and short stories.  At this point the Smoky Blue has six in the works, with one more possible.  At that point, I think it will be time to move on.

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AUTHOR BIO:


Author of twenty six romance novels, Emily Mims combined her writing career with a career in public education until leaving the classroom to write full time.  The mother of two sons and grandmother of three, she and her husband Charles live in central Texas but frequently visit grandchildren in eastern Tennessee and Georgia.  She plays the piano, organ, dulcimer, and ukulele and belongs to two performing bands.  She says, “I love to write romances because I believe in them.  Romance happened to me and it can happen to any woman-if she’ll just let it.”

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Emily Mims will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


**This post contains affiliate links and if clicked and a purchase 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.

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Other Twin by Nan Dixon - Blurb Blitz - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hi lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Nan Dixon and her new book, “The Other Twin”!  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 Nan and to increase your chances of winning!

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The Other Twin
by Nan Dixon

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GENRE: Contemporary Series

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Who can resist a neighbor in need?

Nathan Forester doesn't know the first thing about kids. So when the daughter he never knew existed arrives on his doorstep, he needs help, fast! His unlikely ally is next-door neighbor and single mother Cheryl Henshaw. Nathan and Cheryl don't exactly see eye to eye, but neither can say no to a helping hand.

Renovating Fitzgerald House is Nathan's chance to finally prove he's no longer the unreliable twin—and it seems possible with Cheryl by his side. Suddenly their practical arrangement has become something much more. Trust isn't easy, but they're stronger when they work together.

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EXCERPT TWO:

“If you trust me with your key, I’ll make the bed,” Cheryl said.

“Thanks.” Nathan was so relieved, he yanked her into a big hug.

The bag of bedding dropped to the floor with a thump. Her arms clutched his waist.

It wasn’t a move on his part. He was thankful for her help. But her breasts pressed against his chest. She stared up at him, her eyes going dark.

“Let go of my mom!” Josh stormed into the room. He pummeled Nathan’s leg with sharp jabs.

“Hey, slugger.” Nathan let go of Cheryl and she staggered back.

“Don’t hurt my mom.” Josh kicked him.

“Josh, stop.” Cheryl caught his hand and pulled him away. “Nathan was thanking me for helping him.”

“He touched you!”

“Not in a bad way,” she insisted.

Nathan slumped onto Issy’s bed. What the hell was happening? Had someone touched Cheryl in a bad way?

“Is...is everything okay?” Are we okay?

She knelt next to Josh. “Apologize to Mr. Nathan.”

“He shouldn’t touch you.” Josh stuck his chin out.

“It’s fine.” Nathan ran his hands through his hair. He nodded at Josh. “He was protecting you. That’s good.”

Josh glared back.

Cheryl looked at Nathan. “It’s never okay to hit someone.” She squeezed her son’s shoulder in silent communication.

“Sorry.” The kid spit the word out like it was venom.

“I understand.” Nathan nodded. “It’s a guy thing. We have to protect our moms, right?”

Josh didn’t answer. Thank goodness the kid didn’t have superpowers or Nathan would have been incinerated by the fire in his eyes.

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AUTHOR BIO:


Nan Dixon spent her formative years as an actress, singer, dancer and competitive golfer. But the need to eat had her studying accounting in college. Unfortunately, being a successful financial executive didn’t feed her passion to perform. When the pharmaceutical company she worked for was purchased, Nan got the chance of a lifetime—the opportunity to pursue a writing career.  She’s a five-time Golden Heart® finalist and award winning author, lives in the Midwest and is active in her local RWA chapter and on the board of a dance company. She has five children, three sons-in-law, two granddaughters, one grandson on the way and one neurotic cat.

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Nan Dixon will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


**This post contains affiliate links and if clicked and a purchase 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, January 11, 2017

The Diamond Head Deception by James Blakley - Book Tour - Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hi lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host James Blakley and his new book, “The Diamond Head Deception”!  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 Walmart Gift Card!  Also, come back daily to interact with James and to increase your chances of winning!

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Please note that this giveaway is only available to US residents.  Sorry INTL – please check out other giveaways on this blog.


The Diamond Head Deception
by James Blakley

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GENRE: Mystery/Thriller

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BLURB:

After putting Iowa crop insurance cheats out to pasture, independent insurance fraud investigator Luna Nightcrow heads to Hawaii, but not for a vacation. The Shilpa, an Indian ocean liner, sinks and Luna is hired to determine if it still carries "Pacific Splendor" (a rare diamond insured for $15 million). The trouble is that Luna's not the only one looking for the diamond. Secessionists, sportsmen, and other suspects might sink to any depths to recover or smother Pacific Splendor.

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EXCERPT TWO:

When dispatch confirmed, Valerosa hit the brakes and twirled a U-turn. The squad car took off in the opposite direction and didn’t stop, until it reached a small, red-and-white colored light house state park off the highway. And parked on the road that led to the historic marker and small picnic area was a battered, gray cargo van with a blown back tire.

Valerosa brought the squad car to a screeching halt. She drew her Smith & Wesson 9 MM pistol and got out. Luna followed, but Valerosa signaled for her to stay back. The Detective Sergeant moved swiftly toward the van. Once there, she peeked through the driver’s side window. No one was inside. Then, Valerosa proceeded to search around and below the van.

Meanwhile, Luna decided to try the light house. She crept down the narrow dirt path to the cliff on which the old structure stood. Once there, she noticed the door was ajar. The insurance investigator drew the Browning semi-automatic handgun from her back pocket. She pushed the door open and stepped inside.

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REVIEW:


This book is a true mystery/thriller book that is jam packed with action, adventure, excitement, and intrigue!  This book was a very quick read with only 216 pages!

I really liked the main character, Luna Nightcrow.  She is smart, witty, sassy, ambitious, beautiful, clever, and entertaining!

Luna is in the top of her field as an independent insurance fraud investigator.  She is hired for the more difficult and complex cases that most investigators would struggle with.  She reminds me of the female version of Walter Sherman (Geoff Stults) on the FOX TV Show, “The Finder.”  Luna can find anything and works hard to solve her cases.  Luna also greatly reminds me of Stephanie Plum (Katherine Heigl) from the Janet Evanovich novels/movies.  Although Stephanie is a Bounty Hunter, they both have the same drive, motivation, and determination to go to any lengths to nab the bad guy.  Also, like Stephanie, Luna finds a fun, hilarious, and comical way to go about this that leads her on some crazy, wild adventures and constant laughs.

Although with Luna’s impressive talents and her abilities to investigate some of the most complex cases, her adventures still seem genuine and plausible.

Luna is tasked with going to Hawaii to find the “Pacific Splendor,” a rare and famous red diamond.  The diamond was last seen on the “Shilpa,” an ocean cruise liner that sunk.  Luna must recover the diamond and catch the perps.  However, with this impressive diamond’s value at a cool $15 million, the list of suspects list seems never-ending.  Besides delving through possible suspects, Luna also quickly learns that she is not the only one looking for the diamond and the race is on!  This is one challenge Luna is not going to back down from.

I feel that the author did jump around a bit throughout the story which made some scenes a little hard to follow.  Also, I felt some of the secondary characters weren’t as strong or as well developed as they could be.

However, I think the author did a great job with the in-depth detail of the scenes and locations – whether it was when Luna was in Iowa or Hawaii, I could easily picture it.

This book was very well researched.  I didn’t know much about the insurance claims process or the diamond world – excerpt I do love to wear diamond jewelry lol.  The author does a great job intertwining these concepts and teaching the audience about both of these topics and others in a fun and easy to understand fashion.

Also, like great mystery books, this book does have some exciting twists that you won’t see coming!  So I totally give the author props for keeping the story intriguing and suspenseful!

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a fun, entertaining, exciting, and intriguing mystery/thriller book.  This book does also fall in the romance category, but I think the romance genre plays more of a backseat role, as the main focus is the mystery.  There may be a few hang-ups on the writing style, but you will enjoy Luna and her exciting adventures!

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AUTHOR BIO:


James Blakley was educated at Missouri Western State College and Washburn University. While at MWSC, he was a local and national award-winning columnist and section editor of "The Griffon-News." Blakley worked 10 1/2 years as a page and as an Assistant Librarian for the River Bluffs Regional Libraries of St. Joseph, MO. He currently lives in Topeka, KS where he worked for The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library and several years in clerical and customer support capacities for international computer companies, such as EDS and HP.

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James will be awarding a $50 Walmart Gift Card to a randomly drawn winner (US Only) via Rafflecopter during the tour.


**This post contains affiliate links and if clicked and a purchase 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.