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Monday, June 5, 2017

Among the Branded by Linda Smolkin - Book Tour - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hey lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Linda Smolkin and her new book, “Among the Branded”!  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 Linda and to increase your chances of winning!

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


Among the Branded
by Linda Smolkin

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GENRE: Contemporary Fiction

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BLURB:

While attending Valor of the ’40s, art director Stephanie Britain stumbles upon a flea market selling letters from the war. She buys a handful, hoping they’ll inspire the redesign for a client’s website at her branding and design firm. She’s at first drawn by the lost art of penmanship, but soon discovers a hidden treasure nestled inside declarations of love from homesick soldiers. Stephanie enlists a coworker to translate one and realizes it’s not a love letter after all. When a shocking discovery about a client causes Stephanie to question her principles and dedication to her firm’s business, she’s forced to make a difficult decision—one that could give her peace of mind, yet ruin her career in the process.

Contemporary fiction with elements of suspense, Among the Branded explores family life, an unexpected friendship, and moral conflicts that make us wonder what’s more important: our livelihood, or our beliefs.

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EXCERPT ONE:

It all started with the Moo Shoo Chicken, wreaking havoc on one of the moms in the upstairs bathroom. I felt for Jane, but had no desire to wear the shaggy costume meant for her. Svetlana stood next to me while the kids ran around, some playing tag, others spilling punch on the kitchen floor.

“Hey, guys,” she said, “put down the juice boxes, or somebody’s going to get hurt.”

She grabbed a sponge and bent down to clean up the mess.

“Rockin’ party,” I joked.

“More like raucous. Put a bunch of four-year-olds together, and I’m having a love fest with the linoleum.”

Sveta, as I’d called her for years, stood up and gave me a mischievous look, as if she was about to share some juicy gossip about a neighbor on her cul-de-sac. Instead, she asked me to take Jane’s place and dress up as Ripsie the Retriever. She asked twice then begged. It brought me back to when we first met, and she insisted I tag along for a Thursday-night Happy Hour.

“Why can’t you wear it?”

“Because I’m reading the book. And you’re taller—it’ll fit better.”

I washed my hands and reached for some pretzels. “Uh-huh, great excuse.”

There wasn’t enough birthday cake to make me agree. I’m claustrophobic, I could say. I’m allergic to dogs, crossed my mind, even though I had my own version at home, a German Shepherd named Ginger. But the more I thought about it, I couldn’t disappoint Sveta’s grandson, Evan, on his fourth birthday. So on a Sunday afternoon, I became Ripsie.

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AUTHOR BIO:


Linda Smolkin always wanted to be a writer—ever since she saw her first TV commercial and wondered how to pen those clever ads. She got her degree in journalism and became a copywriter. Linda landed a job at an advertising agency, where she worked for several years before joining the nonprofit world. She’s the author of the novels Among the Branded (May 2017) and The Arrival of Elsa (March 2018). When not in front of the computer, she’s behind the drums (slightly) annoying her husband, son, and their 70-pound dog.  She grew up on the East Coast and currently calls Virginia home.

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Linda will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC 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.

19 comments:

  1. Linda ~ It is great to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! :)

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    1. Hi, Ally, thanks for having me! Love the name of your blog!

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  2. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

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  3. Good morning, everyone! I'm Linda Smolkin, author of Among the Branded. It's so great to be here! I'll be stopping by throughout the day, so if you have any questions, please post them and I'll be sure to answer. Or, if you want, you can tell us one fun thing about yourself. If you've read my bio, you'll see that one of my hobbies is drumming. I bought my first drum set three years ago, and it's a lot of fun! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Great excerpt, I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Hi, Victoria! Thanks so much for stopping by. Glad you liked the excerpt.

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  5. I liked the excerpt, thank you.

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    1. Rita, hi! So glad you stopped by, and thanks for reading!

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  6. Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. :)

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  7. Hi, Cali! So glad you stopped by to check out my book.

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  8. What book are you looking to read in 2017. Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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    1. Hey, Joseph! Thanks for stopping by. Great question! I'm dying to read the new David Sedaris book. I love his writing. One minute I'm laughing and the next, I'm crying. He's a great writer. Have a great evening!

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  9. This book is great, and I am a big fan of Linda's!! I think everyone should take a peek at Among the Branded. Good luck on this terrific giveaway ladies! 💛💛

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    1. Thanks, Christina! Have I told you lately how awesome you are?! Thanks for the vote of confidence. I'm so glad you enjoyed Among the Branded.

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  10. Judging by the excerpt, book sounds very intriguing, looking forward to reading it!

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    1. Hi Nikolina, so glad you liked the excerpt. Thanks for your support!

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