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Friday, October 22, 2021

Christmas Cookies on a Cruise Ship by Parker Fairchild - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Christmas Cookies on a Cruise Ship

by Parker Fairchild

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GENRE:  Contemporary Romance

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BLURB:

Chemist and budding romance writer Olivia Chasen is on a cruise to avoid spending Christmas with her beautiful twin sister and new fiancĂ©—Olivia’s ex. Now, thanks to her lonely, intoxicated ramblings on Santa’s lap, her fellow passengers think she’s in love with a fictional character.

Former Navy SEAL Commander Jace Morse has dealt with plenty of unusual situations in his career, but he’s never had the honor, the pleasure, or the privilege of being a beautiful and intelligent woman’s fantasy hero come to life. While he hasn’t officially met the sexy chemist, he’s sure eager to explore the chemistry that’s sizzling between them.

Bringing the charming SEAL together with the skeptical Olivia is going to take more than just Christmas cookies and a little help from Mrs. Claus; it’s gonna take a heaping dose of Christmas magic.

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EXCERPT ONE:

“Dr. Olivia Chasen,” Santa’s jolly baritone popped her mental fuzzy bubble.

She stopped as she struggled to whirl around. “Me?” She touched her chest with a dramatic flourish she didn’t know she possessed.

A powerful spotlight illuminated her; its heat burned her already flushed face. She pressed a clammy palm to her chest. “How do you know my name?” The haze in her mind was paralyzing all cognitive function.

“My dear girl,” Santa chuckled, “you should know by now that Santa knows everything and everyone,” he tapped an index finger to his temple.

Santa Claus turned to address the waiting line. “Girls, Boys, Moms, Dads, everyone, if you don't mind waiting for a brief moment, I'd like for Olivia,” he pointed a white gloved finger at her, “to please come up here on stage, and tell me what she wants for Christmas.”

She stood dumbfounded as the audience and the people in line clapped and chanted her name, “Olivia! Olivia! Olivia!”

Oh no! What was she going to do? She couldn’t possibly go up onto that stage. She was far too shy to address a theater full of people. But if she didn’t go that would be so unexciting and so like the old Olivia. But she wasn't unexciting! She was the new Olivia, and she was exciting! And she wanted to have fun! Correction: She was determined to have fun. Besides, she’d never see these people—her fellow passengers—ever again.

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GUEST POST:

Five Reasons Why You Should My New Book, “Christmas Cookies on a Cruise Ship,”

Five reasons why your readers should read my new book—hmm, because it’s a fun and festive, romantic, holiday story? Well, it’s certainly all that, but I know you’re looking for more depth, so here goes.

If you’re still leery of international travel due to COVID, but are in desperate need of escaping somewhere, somehow, then sail away into the balmy Caribbean on a relaxing cruise with my characters. While the cruise ship I reference in “Christmas Cookies on a Cruise Ship,” the Serendipity, is fictitious, the experiences and events that my characters encounter on the high seas are based on the many different cruises I’ve taken. Also, the general design and composition of the Serendipity mirrors that of a real passenger vessel.

During their cruise, my characters visit Cozumel, Mexico, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, and Ocho Rios, Jamaica—again, all ports that are familiar to me as I’ve toured these islands numerous times. Because I believe the best fiction is the most believable fiction, I incorporated actual venues, like GoldenEye in Jamaica and Margaritaville in Grand Cayman, into the texture of my story.

Second, if a Caribbean cruise is paradise, then one at Christmas is even more magical—just like Mrs. Claus’s magical chocolate chip cookies! Not only does falling in love and cruising go together, but so, too, does love and the holidays. There’s just something extraordinarily special and romantic about falling in love at this time of the year. Again, because I’ve cruised at Christmas, I was able to add those unique Yuletide touches.

However, a great venue and time of year are only part of the job. In fact, they can be the glue that helps to bind the entire novel, but it’s the heroine and hero who carry the story and hopefully capture their readers’ hearts.

So, my third and fourth reasons for reading go directly to Olivia and Jace.

While this cruise begins purely as an escape for Olivia, she soon finds herself not just sailing the high seas but riding a wave of adventure, self-discovery, and growth as she learns that it’s never too late to reinvent yourself. We watch her break free from her old self as she recreates a whole new her that’s truly more reflective of who she really is.

And while she’s the only one who can take the responsibility and do the hard work it takes to improve herself and her life, our hero, Jace, becomes her muse and greatest cheerleader.

Jace, himself, is also navigating the challenges of a new life. As a former Navy SEAL, he’s dealing with his own demons. On a serious note, I’ve devoted one scene to highlighting the troubling issue of PTSD among our veterans. As a society, we have a long way to go in terms of helping those who have given so much to their country.

In the end, while only Olivia and Jace have the true power to mend themselves, their love and support of each other binds them and strengthens them. They learn to take better care of themselves and of each other. Love can conquer all.

The fifth and final reason to read “Christmas Cookies on a Cruise Ship” is to rediscover the power of love at first sight. My hubby and I met on a Hawaiian cruise—thank you Princess Cruises and “The Love Boat”—and fell in love at first sight, so I know its heady glory.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Parker Fairchild is a model, social media copywriter, and freelance writer with multiple writing credits. A Virginia native, she and her husband had their own shipboard romance as they met on a cruise ship tender in Maui, and as her mom is fond of saying, "they haven't stopped talking since." When she's not busy playing with words, she loves spending time with her husband and family in Arizona where she now resides.

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CONNECT WITH PARKER:

Website:

https://www.parkerfairchild.com

Blog:

https://www.parkerfairchild.com/blog

Email:

parker@parkerfairchild.com

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ParkerFairchildAuthor

Twitter:

https://www.twitter.com/ParkerFairchild

Pinterest:

https://www.pinterest.com/parker_fairchild

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/parker.fairchild

YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRjjGk1Ra_a1H-PfPRG5g-A

LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/company/parker-fairchild

TikTok:

https://www.tiktok.com/@parker.fairchild 

BookBub Author Page:

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/parker-fairchild

BookBub Book Page:

https://www.bookbub.com/books/christmas-cookies-on-a-cruise-ship-by-parker-fairchild

Goodreads Author Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20883185.Parker_Fairchild

Goodreads Book Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55934563-christmas-cookies-on-a-cruise-ship

Amazon Author Page:

https://amzn.to/3B71Bd1

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BOOK BUY LINKS:

Amazon US Kindle eBook:

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Amazon US Paperback:

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Amazon CA Kindle eBook:

https://www.amazon.ca/Christmas-Cookies-Cruise-Perfect-Pairings-ebook/dp/B08N8P1G1P

Amazon CA Paperback:

https://www.amazon.ca/Christmas-Cookies-Cruise-Parker-Fairchild/dp/1631122622

Apple Books eBook:

https://books.apple.com/us/book/christmas-cookies-on-a-cruise-ship/id1539983816

Barnes and Noble NOOK eBook:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/christmas-cookies-on-a-cruise-ship-parker-fairchild/1138219874?ean=2940162822363

Barnes and Noble Paperback:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/christmas-cookies-on-a-cruise-ship-parker-fairchild/1138219874?ean=9781631122613

The Book Depository Paperback #1:

https://www.bookdepository.com/Christmas-Cookies-on-Cruise-Ship-Parker-Fairchild/9781631122613

The Book Depository Paperback #2:

https://www.bookdepository.com/Christmas-Cookies-on-Cruise-Ship-Parker-Fairchild/9781631122620

BAM! Books-A-Million Paperback #1:

https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Christmas-Cookies-Cruise-Ship/Parker-Fairchild/9781631122613

BAM! Books-A-Million Paperback #2:

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The Bookshop Paperback #1:

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The Bookshop Paperback #2:

https://bookshop.org/books/christmas-cookies-on-a-cruise-ship-9781631122620/9781631122620

Google Play eBook:

https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Parker_Fairchild_Christmas_Cookies_on_a_Cruise_Shi?id=vUQIEAAAQBAJ

Kobo US eBook:

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/christmas-cookies-on-a-cruise-ship

Kobo CA eBook:

https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/christmas-cookies-on-a-cruise-ship

Smashwords eBook:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1053799

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Parker will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble 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 fabulous community outreach projects and 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.

All Is Set Anew by Jim Cheney - Book Blast - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Jim Cheney will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

A fast-paced examination of loss, survival, and ultimately acceptance of those things we do not understand but must contend with as if our lives depend upon it.

From deep in the rural Tennessee woods, two brothers flee their murderous father only to find that a violent, supernatural force has followed their escape and will haunt their family for multiple generations.

All Is Set Anew is the story of abandonment and its subsequent revenge, set against a backdrop of characters imprisoned by poverty and self-doubt and their struggle to outrun the evil and illness that relentlessly pursues them.

EXCERPT TWO:

“You remember me?” Hicks said

“Goddamn right I remember,” Eli Stearns said.

Hicks hit him in the mouth. He felt teeth give against his fist and the man was instantly knocked from the stool, unable to break his fall as he dropped to the floor. He landed on his shoulder and then rolled over on his back, both his hands clutching his mouth. Blood was coming through his fingers and he was screaming and gargling, muffled by his palms. Hicks stepped back and kicked the man in the ribs. Then stepped back again and kicked him in the groin. The man curled and bellowed from his bloody mouth, his hands now holding his testicles. Hicks dropped to one knee and grabbed the man’s thinning hair and banged his head up and down on the floor, the sound a rhythmic thump, thump, thump on the wooden boards. Hicks stood and looked at his own hands, saw there was blood on them and leaned back down to wipe them clean on the front of the man’s shirt. Still bent over and out of habit, he went for his knife in his back pocket, but they had taken it from him when they arrested him. He stood again and was about to leave when he returned to the man on the floor and launched a kick into his side that forced an almost inaudible moan carried out on a thick spray of bloody breath. Hicks turned again and walked across the room to leave.

AUTHOR BIO:

Jim Cheney was raised in North Georgia and has written professionally for more than 25 years. He has been published in media outlets throughout the United States. This is his first novel. He lives in Franklin, Tennessee with his wife, two boys and three dogs.

CONNECT WITH JIM:

Facebook:
https://amzn.to/3m3Zv9x

BOOK BUY LINKS:

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**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 fabulous community outreach projects and 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, October 21, 2021

Goodnight Swogg the Silly Frog by Grump C - Book Tour - Book Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Goodnight Swogg the Silly Frog

by Grump C

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GENRE: Children's

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BLURB:

Goodnight Swogg the Silly Frog was created from a proud grandfather's – Grump C's – dream. This is the first of Grump C's stories about Swogg and his ten friends who all live most happily in a beautiful bog called Skunk Hollow. The cleverness, creativity, and passion Swogg shows for his friends will hopefully delight, amaze, and inspire you and your children. If your child had a tough day, needs a laugh, or occasionally has troubles falling asleep – this is exactly what Swogg the Silly Frog and his ten friends do best!

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EXCERPT ONE:

Deep in Skunk Hollow, Swogg

the Silly Frog lived most

happily in a Bubbly Bog...

...with his ten best friends:

Lucky Bucky Beaver, Eenie

Meanie Earthworm, Glow

the Rainbow Trout, Speedy

the Snail, Pinchy the Crayfish, Twinkles

the Tadpole, Einstein the Blue Heron, Aunt

Myrtle the Turtle, Crazy Cousin Cricket,

and Mighty Minnow.

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MY BOOK REVIEW:

This book is such a sweet, adorable, charming children’s bedtime story!!

I absolutely LOVED the beautiful, fun, bright, vibrant, energetic illustrations that brought this story to life!!  The colors are gorgeous and are sure to excite and stimulate young readers!!

I really enjoyed that the author used creative alliterations which were not only entertaining, but they also strongly help develop reading skills!!  Plus, these made for such fun and silly character names, like Crazy Cousin Cricket, Mighty Minnow, and Twinkles the Tadpole!!

I also loved the outdoors-y theme which provided a refreshing, invigorating, and energizing ambience!!  Plus, this element is great for kids as it is sure to encourage, motivate, and spark a passion and curiosity to explore the great outdoors and connect with nature.

In addition, I really enjoyed learning about the inspiration behind this book, the setting, and the characters.  At the very end of the book, the author recognizes his favorite person, Grandpa Carl, who is also the muse of the book’s main character, Swogg the Silly Frog.  In a beautiful ode the author mentions Skunk Hollow, Wisconsin, as a secret hideaway shared between his Grandpa Carl and loved ones, which is also the inspiration for the book’s setting.  It’s quite evident and understandably so that this book holds special meaning to the author and his family.  This touching tribute also includes a family photo at their beloved Skunk Hollow haven.

Although this book is not necessarily jam packed full of important moral dilemma lessons like most children’s books are, it is still a fun, breezy, enjoyable read, which are definitely the type of books that are perfect for bedtime!!  Even more so, this book is clocking in at only 14 pages of story, and 20 total pages front to back.  Like I always say, short stories make the best bedtime stories lol!!

As far as the substance comment, Swogg, does contemplate between telling others to be quiet so he can sleep or choosing to ignore their noises or move to another spot.  This technically can be seen as a dilemma, not a moral or ethical dilemma though since all three options don’t lead to an unpleasant problem or situation where you don’t know which way to turn to and in by making that decision you may compromise or violate a moral or ethical principle.  So, I would probably classify this theme in the problem-solving category as Swogg defines the problem, generates possible solutions, evaluates each solution, and then implements chosen solution. Problem-solving principles are of course, still very important and valuable for kids to learn!!

However, I had just a couple drawbacks from this book.  I wasn't quite sure about all the characters having such long, feminine eyelashes, which seemed a bit odd.  Don't get me wrong, they are pretty.  It just didn't seem fitting for everyone to have them.  Also, it seemed strange that the some of the pages had white font and others had black font.  There didn't seem to be any pattern or system to this, just randomly changed throughout the story, which was a bit distracting.

As it should be since this is a children’s book, this book is “G” rated as there is no swearing, no violence, no adult situations, and no sexual content.

The author has mentioned that he plans to write an entire book series around Swogg the Silly Frog and his ten best friends.  This is the first book in that series and what seems to be a very promising start!!  I look forward to seeing Swogg and his friends are up to next!!

I’d also like to mention, that the author stated that sales profits from this book will be donated to CORAL – Coral Reef Alliance and WWF World Wildlife Foundation.  I absolutely LOVE when author’s use their platform to not only bring attention to such important organizations, but also help support them!!  Thank you, Grump C, for doing just that!!

All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book and would absolutely recommend it!!  I think all children and young readers will like this book too!!  So, add it to your TBR List and get to reading - you won't be disappointed!!  Plus, don’t forget your purchase helps fund two crucial organizations!! #win-win

**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:

Mark Cooley, or Grump C, had a vivid dream that compelled him to write his first story, Goodnight Swogg the Silly Frog, for his three grandchildren, Hadley, Tommy and Ella.

Caring and sharing are truly wonderful traits Grandpa Carl, Grump C and Silly Swogg all consider of utmost importance. The profits from this effort will go to CORAL – Coral Reef Alliance and WWF World Wildlife Foundation.

We sincerely hope that Swogg the Silly Frog and his ten friends can inspire and amuse children across the world.

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CONNECT WITH MARK:

Website:

https://swoggthefrog.com

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/swoggthefrog

Goodreads Author Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20677008.Grump_C_

Goodreads Book Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55270128-goodnight-swogg-the-silly-frog

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BOOK BUY LINKS:

Amazon US Paperback:

https://amzn.to/3ncXnvw

Amazon US Hardcover:

https://amzn.to/3b25IMA

Amazon CA Paperback:

https://www.amazon.ca/Goodnight-Swogg-Silly-Frog-Grump/dp/0228828554

Amazon CA Hardcover:

https://www.amazon.ca/Goodnight-Swogg-Silly-Frog-Grump/dp/0228828562

Barnes and Noble Paperback:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/goodnight-swogg-the-silly-frog-grump-c/1137593049?ean=9780228828556

Barnes and Noble Hardcover:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/goodnight-swogg-the-silly-frog-grump-c/1137593049?ean=9780228828563

The Book Depository Paperback:

https://www.bookdepository.com/Goodnight-Swogg-the-Silly-Frog-Grump-C-Stefanie-St-Denis/9780228828556

The Book Depository Hardcover:

https://www.bookdepository.com/Goodnight-Swogg-Silly-Frog-Grump-C/9780228828563

BAM! Books-A-Million Paperback:

https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Goodnight-Swogg-Silly-Frog/Grump-C/9780228828556

BAM! Books-A-Million Hardcover:

https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Goodnight-Swogg-Silly-Frog/Grump-C/9780228828563

The Bookshop Paperback:

https://bookshop.org/books/goodnight-swogg-the-silly-frog-9780228828563/9780228828556

The Bookshop Hardcover:

https://bookshop.org/books/goodnight-swogg-the-silly-frog-9780228828563/9780228828563

Indigo Chapters CA Paperback:

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/goodnight-swogg-the-silly-frog/9780228828556-item.html

Indigo Chapters CA Hardcover:

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/goodnight-swogg-the-silly-frog/9780228828563-item.html

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Grump C will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card 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 fabulous community outreach projects and 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, October 20, 2021

Far Beyond Woman Suffrage: The Prices of the Vote by David S. McCracken - Book Tour - Book Sale - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host David S. McCracken and his new book, “Far Beyond Woman Suffrage: The Prices of the Vote,” here on FAB!!  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 David 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 all lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!!

Far Beyond Woman Suffrage:

The Prices of the Vote

by David S. McCracken

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GENRE:   Alt-History / Coming of Age

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BLURB:

Far Beyond Woman Suffrage: The Prices of the Vote

It isn’t just about women in long skirts finally voting. The racists and the rich know that, and the politicians worry.

Mercy Martin has an inside view as the battle for woman suffrage nears a climax, but she encounters many puzzles:

  So many women and Southern states oppose votes for women;

  So many people are afraid it would bring on free love, abandonment of family, economic catastrophe, or communism.

  So many suffragists are willing to abandon black women voters.

From an innocent teen to a young adult, Mercy has a central role in the campaign. She advances from confinement in a suffragist jail cell to the national campaign for the suffrage amendment. She campaigns around Tennessee, ending at the capitol for the explosive climax in the last state that might ratify the amendment and grant the vote to women.

Why should something so clearly right be so hard, and why were some bitter compromises made? Mercy is right in the middle, relied on by key players. Along the way, she acquires a husband, a baby, and better parents than she was born with.

This is an intimate view via alternative historical fiction, as accurate as it can be and as thoughtful and moving as it must be. In this first novella of a series, Mercy jumps into the campaign for woman suffrage and prepares for a vital role in the coming decades. She’ll continue on into the wider civil rights struggle growing out of woman suffrage.

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EXCERPT ONE:

Progress? 1/12/1918

I excitedly wait before my shift on the line to discuss with Miss Sue news I heard about, that the House approved the woman suffrage amendment 274 to 136 two days ago! “So, we’re almost there?” I ask her when she’s passing by, checking how we pickets she’d assigned for the day are doing.

Her mouth tightens: “Sweety, we’ve just begun. That’s just over the required 2/3, and I understand the Senate will refuse even to debate it until October.”

“How can that be? Don’t they know it’s right … and important?”

“They’re afraid of the heat they’ll get from both sides and probably can’t line up the votes to pass it. In Southern states, a vote for woman suffrage is political suicide because negro women there would be able to combine their votes with Northern liberals.”

I look down: “Then it’s hopeless?”

“No, an election is coming. If they postpone a vote until after the election, we might win the few more seats we need.”

“Oh.”

“Don’t worry. We’re not letting any of them off the hook, especially not Woodrow Wilson. It’s his Democratic party, his responsibility. No excuses. He’s got to produce the votes.”

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GUEST POST:

My Two Favorite Scenes in My New Book, “Far Beyond Woman Suffrage: The Prices of the Vote,”

I have two favorite scenes: the opening scene in the jail and the climactic one in the Tennessee House. The opening one was a challenge, to get an exciting start with a delicate topic and to set up its relation to denial of woman suffrage. Innocent Mercy doesn’t realize what happened to her with no friends in the police van on the way to the jail, in a life-changing event. Making it believable with an intimation of noise, fear, pain, and confusion was tricky. But I got no complaints after I finalized it. I hope readers realize the important connection between what happened and woman suffrage.

The final vote in the final state needed had to have a lot of drama and a lot of information. I blended these together to make it work. I think I succeeded: reader comments indicate so, and it still chokes me up to read what these women accomplished.

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AUTHOR BIO:

David McCracken became a political activist when the Supreme Court ruled against school segregation. Fellow students joined him in urging the school board in Winchester, KY, to integrate immediately. He campaigned for a Democratic governor and joined the ACLU before he graduated from the University of Kentucky. After debating at U.K., he got a degree in economics and a job with the U.S. Department of Commerce.

When his daughters approached school age, he became increasingly concerned with how he wanted them schooled. Researching that, he decided teaching was what he really wanted to do. He got a master's degree in elementary education at Murray State University. He taught for several years, until the fact that his girls qualified for reduced-price lunches based on his salary got to him. Ronald Reagan's anti-government policies prevented him from returning to government work, so he took programming courses and shifted careers again. Programming was like being paid to solve puzzles all day, but teaching eventually drew him back until retirement.

For many years of this time, he was working intermittently at a novel that became Fly Twice Backward: Fresh Starts in Times of Troubles. This concerned his waking on his twelfth birthday, trying to figure out what had happened, following his new opportunities, and ultimately outliving an evil president resembling Donald Trump. After thirty-six years, David finally published it as an interactive alt-history Kindle novel. He soon started, Far Beyond Woman Suffrage: The Prices of the Vote, an alt-history novelette dealing with the campaign for woman suffrage. He finished this piece in just ten months. At 81, he is bold(?) enough to plan this as the first of a six-volume set dealing with the far-reaching results and implications of woman suffrage. His completed novels and another in the works are presented for discussion on a new website, DoFancifulFlights.com.

David now lives with his third wife, stepdaughter, and step-grandson near Winchester, VA. He has a son from his second marriage, six grandchildren, and two stepchildren. And a wonderful black dog with four white feet.

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CONNECT WITH DAVID:

Website:

http://www.DoFancifulFlights.com

Goodreads Author Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/702749.David_McCracken

Goodreads Book Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58870535-far-beyond-woman-suffrage

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AMAZON BOOK BUY LINKS & BOOK SALE INFO:

**The Far Beyond Woman Suffrage: The Prices of the Vote eBook is on SALE for ONLY $0.99 during the book tour!!!**

Amazon US Kindle eBook:

https://amzn.to/3AXWBY2

Amazon US Paperback:

https://amzn.to/2YZ8IGZ

Amazon CA Kindle eBook:

https://www.amazon.ca/Far-Beyond-Woman-Suffrage-Prices-ebook/dp/B09DPSTN35

Amazon CA Paperback:

https://www.amazon.ca/Far-Beyond-Woman-Suffrage-Prices/dp/B09F1FY74T

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

David will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card 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 fabulous community outreach projects and 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.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Partner Pursuit by Kathy Strobos - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Kathy Strobos and her new book, “Partner Pursuit,” here on FAB!!  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 $30 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Kathy and to increase your chances of winning!!

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

Partner Pursuit

by Kathy Strobos

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GENRE:  Women's Fiction with Romance/Rom Com/Chick Lit

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BLURB:

When a workaholic lawyer meets a fun-loving music marketing executive for opposites attract, friends-to-lovers adventures, which partnership will she choose?

Workaholic lawyer Audrey Willems is not going to take any chances with her bid to become a partner at her New York law firm—especially with only six months until the decision.

Until she bumps into Jake—her new neighbor.

Jake is a fun-loving music marketing executive who might just be The One.

He’s funny, caring, supportive—and able to kill water bugs in the bathroom.

But Jake will never date a woman married to her job. His father was a workaholic lawyer who never had time for family.

And she’s just got the case of a lifetime—the one she needs to win to make partner.  Working 24/7 at the office may not even be enough hours to pull off a victory.

If only she had not met him now.

Audrey is determined to prove that she can juggle work and romance—even if managing court cases, candlelit dinners, and bike rides around Manhattan is a lot harder than it looks.  She keeps canceling dates for yet another case crisis.

But when making partner is like a game of musical chairs and the last seat is a business-class alone, which partnership will she choose?

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EXCERPT TWO:

She left the bathroom, and at the door to the garden, she ran into Jake. He put his arm around her. The warmth of the physical contact surprised her. He smelled like fresh cotton laundry with a slight whiff of beer. He leaned in, one hand on the door next to her, her back against the sliding glass door. She held his gaze, her body buzzing. Enveloped in their own little bubble, the party noise receded into the background. It was just him and her.

“So, surprise, surprise, a woman actually asked me where the bathroom was,” he said in a low voice.

“And you wanted to share that with me?”

“I thought you might have had something to do with that.”

“Did you?”

“Yes.” He laughed. “You totally did. You’re so not good at keeping secrets.”

She laughed. “Maybe. I might’ve.”

“Are you sure you’re a corporate lawyer?”

“Positive. Why?”

“You seem too mischievous.” He brushed a strand of hair away from her face. His touch left a warm tingle. Her brain blanked.

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GUEST POST:

Describe Your Book Cover and How It Came About:

This is such a fun question to answer. I am so happy with my book cover, which was created by Lucy of Cover Ever After.

Here was my brief on the imagery for the front cover:

§  The two characters and some NY imagery.

§  I want a feel-good happy feeling.

§  They have a date where they bicycle along the Hudson River. Initially, I thought of a potential cover illustration as them on a bike for two with the wheels going in opposite directions (to show the conflict), but they are looking back at each other flirtatiously.

§  He has a golden retriever named Biscuit. His niece named his dog after the book series.

§  Even though she is a workaholic lawyer, she is still mischievous and that's what attracts him to her. She plays a practical joke on him soon after they meet.

§  The title is Partner Pursuit because she's trying to make law firm partner while also finding a partner.

§  Hope you have fun!

Here is my description of the characters for Lucy:

§  Audrey: workaholic Wall Street lawyer, caramel blond hair - a bit below the shoulders, blue eyes, attractive, around 33, 5'7", mischievous,

§  Jake: light brown wavy hair, blue eyes, fit, attractive, fun-loving music marketing executive, trendy, self-confident, also around 33, 6'2

§  If she has a briefcase, he has a messenger shoulder bag.

Lucy came up with the colors and the whole cover concept. She gave me three different covers to choose from. She put them on a bike going up an incline to show the uphill struggle. I loved that. I added the briefcase on the back of the bicycle. At first, I also added a messenger bag to Jake on the bike, but then it looked too busy. I then asked Lucy for the couple to be on the spine as well because I love that imagery when the book is in your bookcase. She added the messenger bag there, which I thought was great.

All in all, I couldn’t be happier with my cover. It was a very fun process.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Kathy Strobos is a writer living in New York City with her husband and two children, amid a growing collection of books, toys and dollhouses. She grew up in New York City and graduated from Stuyvesant High School and Harvard-Radcliffe University magna cum laude. She previously worked as a lawyer. She left law to pursue her dream of writing fiction full-time and getting in shape. She is still working on getting in shape.

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CONNECT WITH KATHY:

Website:

https://www.kathystrobos.com

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/kathystrobosrewrites

Twitter:

https://www.twitter.com/kathystrobos

Instagram:

https://www.instagram/kathystroboswriter

Goodreads Author Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21826543.Kathy_Strobos

Goodreads Book Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/59047046-partner-pursuit

Amazon Author Page:

https://amzn.to/3pvac7h

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BOOK BUY LINKS:

Amazon US Kindle eBook:

https://amzn.to/3AUKMSk

Amazon US Paperback:

https://amzn.to/3aRDVOY

Amazon CA Kindle eBook:

https://www.amazon.ca/Partner-Pursuit-feel-good-fiction-Friendship-ebook/dp/B09GD8V4RS

Amazon CA Paperback:

https://www.amazon.ca/Partner-Pursuit-feel-good-fiction-romance/dp/173771390X

Barnes and Noble NOOK eBook:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/partner-pursuit-kathy-strobos/1140249102?ean=2940161078761

Barnes and Noble Paperback:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/partner-pursuit-kathy-strobos/1140249102?ean=9781737713920

The Book Depository Paperback:

https://www.bookdepository.com/Partner-Pursuit-Kathy-Strobos/9781737713906

BAM! Books-A-Million Paperback:

https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Partner-Pursuit/Kathy-Strobos/9781737713906?id=8214976565196

Google Play eBook:

https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Kathy_Strobos_Partner_Pursuit?id=ov5FEAAAQBAJ

Kobo US eBook:

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/partner-pursuit

Kobo CA eBook:

https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/partner-pursuit

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Kathy will be awarding a $30 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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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.