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Monday, June 1, 2020

Goddess of the Wild Thing by Paul DeBlassie III - Book Tour - Book Trailer - Book Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hey, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Paul DeBlassie III and his new book, “Goddess of the Wild Thing”!  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 $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Paul and to increase your chances of winning!

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


Goddess of the Wild Thing
by Paul DeBlassie III

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GENRE: Thriller

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BLURB:

Winner of the Independent Press Award and the NYC Big Book Award for Visionary Fiction!

Eve Sanchez, a scholar of esoteric studies, is driven into unreal dimensions of horror and hope as she encounters a seductive and frightening man, criminal lawyer Sam Shear.

Sam introduces Eve to a supernatural world in which the wicked powers of a surrogate mother’s twisted affection threaten love and life. Struggling to sort through right from wrong, frightened yet determined, Eve nears despair.

Goddess of the Wild Thing reveals the dramatic tale of one woman’s spiritual journey where metaphysical happenings, unexpected turns of fate, and unseen forces impact her ability to love and be loved.

In the magical realm of Aztlan del Sur, a mythopoeic land of hidden horrors and guiding spirits, Eve, with three friends and a wise old woman, is caught in an age-old struggle about love—whether bad love is better than no love— and discovers that love is a wild thing.

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EXCERPT TWO:

Unending man dramas weren’t necessary to life and well-being. She was educated, had plenty of common sense, and was street-smart. Countless members of the male species spoke of her in hushed tones at the cantina, in university hallways, and at social events when friends and colleagues were relaxed and enjoying themselves during the cool, high-desert nights. The thought of hooking up with the most desirable of fantasy felines for the evening rippled through the undercurrent of verbal exchange. She should be able to attract the right kind of man, one who was kind and caring and didn’t bring tidal waves of emotional drama.

Eve had no time to waste. She needed the counsel of her trusted friend and spiritual guide. This turn of events was unlike any she’d ever encountered. It was violent and bloody and made her fear for her safety.

This new fellow had seemed genuine, courtly, romantic, and hot. He gave off a world-wise and street savvy vibe. There was a gentleness and sensitivity to him, more so than the typical single, middle-aged male on the lookout for female companionship and mind-blowing times.

However, she’d unwittingly found trouble and needed guidance from Graciéla, a seventy-eight-year-old wise woman, crone, and seer into confusing matters of the heart. Graciéla waited for Eve at the Sage Metaphysical Bookstore where she served as resident manager for an absentee owner. Even after an exhausting day of seeing one desperate soul after another, Graciéla agreed that Eve’s situation was critical. She’d stay late for a friend and frightened soul.

Eve had to park blocks from the store because lately, downtown had become a hub of clubs, theaters, and trendy restaurants appealing to a congestion of new money and hot times. Close-in parking was locked up by happy hour, so blocks away was her only choice. She caught herself looking nervously from side to side and down twilight-shadowed alleyways as she hurried along the cracked sidewalk. She felt safer along these edgy streets with Shirley by her side, a genuine person and mystic cohort.

“Eve, honey . . .” Shirley paused before going on.

Eve knew Shirley hesitated because she was trying to be conciliatory—not an easy talent for a hard-bitten woman.

The pause passed. “On the other hand, maybe if bad love is what we get, bad love is just what we take. If there’s something better, I’m in . . . just saying I’ve never seen it. Till I do, I for one gotta go with what I get.” Her look toughened. “It’s just not come my way, and I’m not holding a sure-to-turn-me-blue breath.” A tough attitude toward life, love, and men was her stock-in-trade.

Eve smiled a bit. She loved her friend and all her rough spots and edges. There were people who were mean but not nasty, malicious, or toxic. Shirley was hardened and mean but only when and if she needed to be.

Shirley’s hair floated a few inches away from her shoulders, static currents conjuring magic. Eve’s peripheral vision caught the streaks of what she imagined as a bonfire during a war dance. Shirley spoke from experience, a woman smitten by man potential going south quicker than a rattler hisses and bites.

Eve kept up her pace as she contemplated Shirley’s words. Settling for less than what she wanted was no good. It left her cold and empty. It was definitely no good. Plus, Shirley didn’t know the whole story, only that gloom about the prospect of men and love had descended, and Eve was taking it hard.

“Bad love’s a risk, Shirley. No good for me. If I need to cut this thing short, so be it. But I’d rather see it through. Maybe there’s a chance that the bad I’m afraid of isn’t there. Maybe I’m blowing it up into something it isn’t. Maybe there’s good and I’m thinking it’s bad. So if the good is down deep, real deep—I want to hold on and give it a chance.” Eve pondered the words as a light rain started up. Then she went on, “I need to hear what Graciéla has to say. I’d like to give things a chance. I’m not giving up unless there’s no way out of emotional dead-ends and never-ending heartache.”

Mists formed along the edges of the potholed asphalt and cracked sidewalks. They twisted and curled, arising out of a subterranean ether sphere. Usually, they arose during the early morning and hovered inches above the downtown park’s green expanse, hardly ever at night with its fading daytime desert heat, and hardly ever along the paved spaces. Darkness descended and pressed down like a heavy hand, edgy and ominous.

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BOOK TRAILER:


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MY BOOK REVIEW:


This book is an intriguing, compelling, thought-provoking, and engaging read!!

I liked the main and supporting characters as they seemed important for the story line and each added value to the book.  I liked Eve best.  She was a strong, smart, caring, thoughtful, compassionate woman.  She has clearly had her struggles – both in love and life, but she continues to push forward.

A strong character development journey to root for and enjoy watching it unfold!

This book was filled with excellent plot obstacles that the main characters had to face.  They were well constructed and thoroughly thought-out.

It’s clear that the author is well versed in love, affection, and drama as his day job is in psychology.   The author brings the story down to a level that can easily be understood and enjoyed by all readers.

I was very intrigued by the story line and found the concept to be creative and innovative.

This book genre is marketed as a thriller book and yet the author found a way to throw in adventure, mystery, magic, paranormal, romance, intrigue, and suspense elements into the book.  It definitely added a fascinating extra component to the story!

I loved that the author snuck hidden messages throughout the book.  It really raised more questions and allowed other viewpoints and helped me see things in different ways.  I don’t want to give away too many spoilers out, but some of the messages are about love, the true value of love, the hardships of love, and how far you’d go for love.  I think many of us just throw that four-letter word out there and may not really think about what it truly means.  Also, included themes are good vs evil and second chances.

The writing style is fluid, well developed, and at a steady pace.

This book is on the longer side at 199 eBook pages, but 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.

There are some predictable scenes.  However, there are still a few very unexpected twists and turns that you won’t see coming!

This book is not currently listed as part of a book series.  It can be read as a standalone.

All in all, I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it!  I think all thriller fans will like this book too!  So, add it to your TBR List and get to reading – you won’t be disappointed!

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**

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AUTHOR BIO:


Paul DeBlassie III, Ph.D. is a depth psychologist and award-winning writer living in his native New Mexico. He specializes in treating individuals in emotional and spiritual crisis. His novels, visionary thrillers, delve deep into archetypal realities as they play out dramatically in the lives of everyday people. Memberships include the Author’s Guild, Visionary Fiction Alliance, Depth Psychology Alliance, International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, and the International Association for Jungian Studies.

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

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


**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.

Never Enough by Kristina M. Sanchez - Book Cover Reveal - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hi, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Kristina M. Sanchez and her new book, “Never Enough”!  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 $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Kristina and to increase your chances of winning!

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


Never Enough
by Kristina M. Sanchez

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GENRE: Romance

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At thirty-seven, Valentin Belmonte returned to his mother’s house with his tail between his legs. No surprise there. His life had been a long line of bad choices, failures, and trouble. Also returning home, freshly graduated and on the hunt for a job, was Mina Toussaint, the orphan Val’s mother and stepfather had taken in when he was already grown. She’d been the only person who’d ever really liked him, but he’d screwed that up a long time ago.

Mina’s adoptive family had treated her like the perfect princess and little girl they always wanted. Val was the only one who’d ever seen her for who she really was; she’d never wanted to be a princess. But after what happened when she was sixteen, she thought she hated him. Now, six years later, things were different. She wasn’t the child she’d been when she got so angry. The trouble was that Val hadn’t changed. He still saw her.

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AUTHOR BIO:


Kristina M. Sanchez began her life-long love of writing as a small, insomniac child, making up stories about Bugs Bunny to occupy herself when everyone in the house was asleep. She lives now in Southern California with two cats and an enchanting hurricane—err—toddler. An enchanting, smarty-pants, bewildering toddler. Kristina is an asexual, happily single mother by choice. You might think that’s a weird kind of person to be writing romance novels, but the best science-fiction writers have never been to space, so there you go.

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Kristina will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


**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.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Return of the Fox by Pamela Gibson - Book Tour - Exclusive Excerpt - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hello, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Pamela Gibson and her new book, “Return of the Fox”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post – except the Available at Amazon picture, which takes you directly to the Amazon Book Sale Page.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Pamela and to increase your chances of winning!

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


Return of the Fox
by Pamela Gibson

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GENRE: Historical Romance

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The year is 1847...

…Gabriel de la Vega, disgraced son of a Mexican ranchero, returns to his Alta California home when Americans take power to help his countrymen with the bewildering transition and make amends to the woman he once wronged.

Fiercely independent, Isabella Fuentes swore she’d never forgive Gabriel for abandoning her on the night they were to elope. Now he’s back, playing a dangerous game, pretending to be meek and repentant when she knows the handsome, former outlaw is anything but contrite.

When a series of accidents threaten Isabella’s safety, Gabriel offers an outrageous solution: the protection of a brief civil marriage. Isabella is tempted. But can she rely on a man who once betrayed her and can she trust her foolish heart to let him go when the danger has passed?

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT:

“There you are. I wondered if you would be down for dinner.”

She turned at the sound and faced Gabriel, unable to suppress a smile. He wore an old-fashioned shirt that must have belonged to her late husband, the sleeves billowing, the neck loose and open. He resembled a Barbary pirate, off to plunder ships. All he needed was a cutlass and a patch, like the drawings in one of Sorina’s novels.

“You look . . . dashing.” She laughed. She couldn’t help it. He was blushing. Gabriel de la Vega . . . blushing.

“Shall I strike a pose?” He grabbed a silver knife from the sideboard and lunged at an imaginary foe, waving the blade in the air in a corkscrew pattern.

“Are you preparing to do battle with our chicken dinner?”

He set down the knife and put his hand over his heart. “You wound me, querida. You’re making fun of my prowess with a, hmm, dinner knife.”

“On the contrary, I’m sure you will slice the chicken with precision.”

“Right now, I’m hungry enough to eat it with my bare hands.”

They sat down at the same time, their eyes never leaving each other’s. A frisson of heat shot through her core.

“How are you, my dear? Are you feeling any better? Before we left, you were walking around like someone risen from the grave on El Día de Los Muertos.” His eyes were so kind she had to glance away. To her surprise, the dull ache in her heart was gone, replaced by a different emotion brought on by his reminder of why they were here.

Slow, simmering anger.

“I will find out who did this, Gabriel, and they will pay. They’ve burned my storehouse, taken away my livelihood. I will find a way to remain and care for my people. I will not give in.”

Gabriel poured her a glass of wine and sipped from his own. Assessing her over the rim of the glass, he nodded.

“That’s my girl. You were beginning to worry me.”

“Why?”

He paused, just before taking another sip. “When you first heard the news, you seemed to wither before my eyes. If we’re to solve your problem, I needed you to return from wherever your mind had taken you.”

“I’m back now, and I’m ready to slay dragons.”

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AUTHOR BIO:


Author of eight books on California history and thirteen romance novels, Pamela Gibson is a former City Manager who lives in the Nevada desert. Having spent the last three years messing about in boats, a hobby that included a five-thousand-mile trip in a 32-foot Nordic Tug, she now spends most of her time indoors happily reading, writing, cooking and keeping up with the antics of Ralp, the Rescue Cat. If you want to learn more about her activities go to https://www.pamelagibsonwrites.com and sign up for her quarterly newsletter and occasional blog. Or follow her in the links listed below.

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Pamela will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.



**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.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Hunger Winter by Rob Currie - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


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

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


Hunger Winter
by Rob Currie

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GENRE: MG Historical Fiction

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It's the Netherlands in late 1944. Thirteen-year-old Dirk's Papa left to fight with the Resistance. Then Mama died. When the Gestapo snatched his older sister and he learned they were coming for him next, Dirk left home in the middle of the night. He had his pockets stuffed with food, his little sister asleep in his arms, and his heart heavy with a dark secret.

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EXCERPT TWO:

“Your sentence has been determined,” he said.

Wrapping her tattered blanket around her shoulders, Els trudged down the hall, following other prisoners. Outside, the chilly breeze flapped her blanket, and she clutched it tighter. Guards formed the captives in a row, in front of a brick wall. More guards stood on the opposite side of the courtyard with rifles.

“Nooo!” cried a man next to Els. “They’re going to—”

“Halt die Klappe” a soldier shouted. A light rain fell. Els put her hand on the shoulder of the man who had cried out. His weeping intensified. “Noo!” he cried, looking around as if appealing to some unseen authority.

“You are all guilty of crimes against the Third Reich,” an officer announced. “You have been sentenced, and now you will pay for what you have done.”

He looked at the soldiers. “Ready,” he shouted above the din of prisoners begging for mercy. The soldiers clutched their rifles.

Els cleared her throat and sang as loudly as she could in her weakened condition, “Grant that I may remain brave, your servant for always,” she began. Several prisoners joined her in singing the national anthem. “And may defeat the tyranny which pierces my heart.”

“Ready!” the officer shouted again.

Thunder boomed and the rain fell harder. It wasn’t supposed to end like this. The Gestapo was supposed to realize Els would never talk, and they’d release her. And then she’d somehow find Dirk.

“Aim,” the officer said. The soldiers raised their rifles.

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GUEST POST:

Five Reasons You Should Read My Book:

The first reason to read Hunger Winter is because it reveals the largely unknown true story of how the Nazis tried to starve the Dutch into submission during WWII. Without food or fuel the desperate Dutch pried up every other stair step to throw in the fireplace and resorted to eating tulip bulbs. By the end of the war, they were reduced to 300 calories per day. As a result, thousands starved or froze to death.

A second reason is the Dutch had a unique relationship with the Germans. Early in the war, Hitler ordered German soldiers to be friendly with the Dutch. Partly as a result, 20,000 Dutch citizens volunteered to fight in the German army.

A third reason is that public libraries around the country have purchased the book. This includes libraries in Chicago, New York City, Kansas City, Miami, Evansville, Dallas, Seattle, Sacramento, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne, Dallas, and many more.

A fourth reason is that the reader response is very strong. Ten-year-old Frank got the book and read it in two days. While I wrote the book for kids, many adults are enjoying it, too. Karen is a grandma. She read the book and “kept staying up later than I should have because I wanted to know what would happen next. I had no idea he was such a good writer.” Mike is in his late fifties and said that Hunger Winter is the first book he has read all the way through since he graduated from college.

The fifth reason is that 2020 is the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.

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AUTHOR BIO:


Life conspired to get Rob Currie to write Hunger Winter: A World War II Novel. His father is a World War II veteran and his wife is Dutch. An award-winning author, it was only a matter of time before he would focus his writing on World War II. Research for Hunger Winter included numerous books, interviews with Dutch WWII survivors, and three weeks in the Netherlands. His investigation revealed astonishing details about the Dutch experience of the war, which begged to be turned into a book.

Born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, he graduated from Cornerstone University and went on to earn a master's degree and doctorate in psychology from St. Louis University. He has taught psychology at Judson University since 1987. His hobbies include playing basketball, cooking, and writing poetry.

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Rob will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.



**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.