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Monday, September 4, 2017

The Mirror by Karla Brandenburg - Book Tour - Book Sale - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hi lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Karla Brandenburg and her new book, “The Mirror”!  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 Karla and to increase your chances of winning!

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

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


The Mirror
by Karla Brandenburg

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

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BLURB:

When Sandra Meyer's violent ex-boyfriend returns to sleepy Edgarville, Illinois, she turns to the man who stood up to Nick Benedetto back in high school. If brawny Garth Benson will pose as her boyfriend on social media, maybe Nick will leave her alone. Sandra adores Garth, but she doesn't want any more ties to Edgarville. Now finished with a decade of dedicated service as her mother's caregiver, Sandra is planning her exit from this one-stoplight town.

Garth is firmly rooted in Edgarville with the family monument business and a trophy shop that will need a "mom" to his "pop." Garth has wanted Sandra ever since he slugged Nick more than ten years ago. Her secrets run deep, as do the strengths that he admires within her, but whenever he tries to move their casual flirtations from talk to dating, she backs away.

Small town life has strangled Sandra as effectively as Nick tried to when they were in high school. Garth might be the one man who can protect her from Nick, but what he expects in return is too much. On top of that, her deceased father’s unexpected appearance in the mirror of her new home exposes long-held secrets that will change Sandra's view of her family and hometown forever.

When the last tie holding her to Edgarville is cut, Sandra runs as fast as she can, but the world outside her small-town community isn’t all she expects.

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EXCERPT TWO:

Her father’s face came into focus first, followed by the rest of his body. He smiled at Sandra, crossed the room and opened the dresser. Sandra turned to look. The drawer was closed. Nobody standing beside it. In the mirror, her father held the diary. Sandra reached into her purse to check. She still had the real one. Her father opened the book to a page about a third of the way in. Sandra followed suit. In her hand, two more pages flipped by themselves. Sandra backed away, holding the book from her body.

“This page?” she asked the reflection.

Her father nodded.

“I think he’s trying to help you,” Garth said, his voice raising gooseflesh on Sandra’s skin. She’d forgotten he was with her.

Her father looked at Garth and nodded again.

Sandra folded over the top of the page to mark it and closed the diary. “Thank you,” she told the reflection.

Her father blew a kiss and disappeared.

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GUEST POST:

Who Inspired Your Love for Books:

Like most people, I have to credit my mother for my love of books. I'm not sure when it all began, but I do remember reading Nancy Drew mysteries, and I remember getting some of the Little House books for Christmas one year from my aunt. My mother was the one who handed me my first romance, Victoria Holt's On the Night of the Seventh Moon. Factor in some German/Swiss heritage along with hints at Crazy Ludwig's castle, and I was carried away. I was a voracious reader, and once I found a book I liked, I wanted more. I'd walk to the book store in town with my hard-earned money and look for more Nancy Drew books, more Little House, and later, more Victoria Holt. I had a vivid imagination, and with these books to spur me on, I could imagine all kinds of stories. I can tell you that my first writing endeavor was very early, I'd guess first or second grade. I hand wrote a story about cats and sent it off to Simon and Schuster. My first rejection letter! But that didn't deter me. I continued to vent my imagination on paper, penning scenes that played in my head and rarely putting them together into a cohesive story. I was much older when I found the inspiration for my first novel, and like most authors when they start out, I was worried it wouldn't be good enough for anyone else to read. I went back to school to learn how to put all those disjointed scenes into a story people would want to read, and applied the lessons I'd learned throughout my life on how to write. Circle back to my mother (and my father). I gave them a very rough first draft of my first work and they gave me my first critical review. "I can't see what you're trying to show me. Give me more depth. Show me." And I did. I spent hours in the library researching the things I needed to know and describing an excavation I'd created in my mind. They pointed out to me what I was missing and made my writing stronger. I've learned a lot since I "got serious" about my writing, and I have my parents to thank. Not only for setting a good example by being readers themselves, but by handing me books, and later, by encouraging me when I set out to write one of my own.

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AUTHOR BIO:


Karla Brandenburg is the author of contemporary romance, including her award-winning paranormal MIST series. Raised on the gothic romances of Victoria Holt and the horror of Stephen King, she is an avid reader and is a member of the Romance Writers of America. Karla is a card-carrying cookie-holic, enjoys baking and travel.

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BOOK BUY LINKS & BOOK SALE INFO:

**The Mirror is on SALE during the book tour for ONLY $0.99!!!**

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Karla 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.

21 comments:

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

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

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  3. Thanks for having me, Ally! I'm excited to be here.

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  4. Congrats on the tour and thank you for the excerpt and giveaway.

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

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    1. Thanks, Cali! Now is a great time to pick up a copy while its on sale! :-)

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  6. I liked the blurb. Sounds like a good read.

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  7. Thanks for sharing the excerpt, I enjoyed reading it!

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  8. Hope you're having an amazing day and anyone that will be in the track of Hurricane Irma, stay safe. Thanks for the giveaway and chance at winning.

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  9. Thanks James, and good luck! I echo your sentiment for all the people affected by the hurricanes.

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  10. I am back to once again say thank you for the chance at winning. I sure appreciate it.

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    1. May the rafflecopter god's be with you 😊

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  11. Happy Friday! Have a good one and thanks for the chance at winning.

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    1. Happy Friday! Don't forget to pick up a copy of my book. you can't go wrong for 99 cents!

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