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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Secrets of the IN-group by Carolyn Re and Loretta Re - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hi, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Carolyn Re and Loretta Re and their new book, “Secrets of the IN-group”!  For other stops on their 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 Carolyn and Loretta and to increase your chances of winning!

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


Secrets of the IN-group
by Carolyn Re & Loretta Re

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GENRE: Women’s Fiction

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BLURB:

A small town. A world wide web. Is the net really a friend?
What do you do when the children have flown the nest and you have time on your hands?

Six women in the Australian riverside city of Albury realise that, without social media skills, they’re staring irrelevancy in the face. Their book club won’t cut it any more. It’s time to go virtual.

But their decision to plunge into the on-line world brings shocking revelations and unexpected outcomes. Friendships, new and old, are tested and their lives teeter on the edge of collapse. They must navigate a path through the chaos. But who exactly can they trust?

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EXCERPT ONE:

[At Martin’s technology lesson, Sarah is shocked at an image on her husband’s iPhone]

—Sarah tried to smile, but her face felt stiff, as if she’d had Botox injected. Her mind screamed: Who is this girl who looks so like Anna? Why is she on Rob’s home screen? And why is he enveloping her in some sort of … horrible hug? It wasn’t the kind of hug you’d give a girlfriend, more like a father’s proud embrace.

Andrea cleared her throat loudly in a distracting way, quite out of character.

‘Sorry, but I have to go soon,’ she said, gathering her things. She slid her iPad into its leather satchel. ‘Such a nuisance. It’s been fun tonight.’ She looked at Martin. ‘There’s only ten minutes left, would you mind if we finished early? Pick up on this again next week?’

Thank you, Andrea. The ploy had given Sarah momentary breathing space. Her internal scream quietened a little. She had to get out of here, away from the goodbye chatter and the polite offers to take a slice of cake home. She needed to digest what she’d seen and work out what it meant. She had to have time to think.

She dreaded time to think. With the flick of a switch—what a cliché, but how true in this case—her life had changed. It was all so confusing; her fragmented brain whirled with questions. But an answer, barely thought out, misshapen but insistent, was boring into her brain.

Rob has another daughter somewhere. A daughter who’s the image of ours…

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GUEST POST:

Describe Your Book Cover and How It Came About:


Once we decided to self publish, we knew it was going to be important to find a great cover. Loretta‘s first book for middle grade readers, titled  ‘Stand up and Cheer’, had a wonderful designer—Christabella designs—and we definitely wanted to work with her again.

Our story is about a group of mature-age women who switch their book club into a social media club to keep up with the times, and it reveals the secrets and dilemmas that occur as a result of the change. It’s set in a small town and we wanted the cover to reflect the warm, intimate atmosphere which the characters and setting evoke. As part of the brief to the designer Christa, we gave her a photo of a pomegranate flower from our garden to convey the sense of colour, vibrancy and beauty that we wanted:


Christa came up with several designs, all of them wonderful. This made the decision difficult, especially when friends we showed them to all came back with a different first choice.

One of her early concepts really picked up on our brief by highlighting pomegranates which stand out superbly in this cover:


Another design highlighted themes of a shared love of reading in a convivial atmosphere which was very appealing.


Yet another one pointed to technology and how it might be used in the eternal search for love.


A visit to our local bookshop was a great help because their experienced staff gave us a tour of the shelves to help us understand what covers really jumped out at buyers, and which ones appeal the most to their readers. The winner was clear to us then.

A bright, beautiful cover with strong font for the title, highlighting the story with all its twists and turns, and a fun secondary font for our names to suggest the playfulness and lightness of the novel.

We’re happy!


Carolyn and Loretta signing copies of Secrets of the IN-group at their friendly bookshop.

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TWO AUTHORS!!:

Secrets of the IN-group was written by sisters, Carolyn and Loretta Re!!

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AUTHOR BIO – CAROLYN RE:


Carolyn Re worked for over twenty years as a general practitioner before turning to writing. No longer needing to produce serious medical and scientific articles, she's now writing contemporary fiction for older women. Carolyn lives in the regional city of Albury, New South Wales, with Ziggy the whippet and three contented chickens.

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CONNECT WITH CAROLYN:

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AUTHOR BIO – LORETTA RE:


Loretta Re is a former lawyer who is now writing novels and screenplays. Her book for middle grade readers, Stand Up and Cheer, is a story inspired by the rescue of the Uiver DC2 over Albury during the 1934 Centenary Air Race. It was voted one of the best books for literacy and language development in 2015. Loretta lives in Sydney and is on the board of Writing NSW.

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CONNECT WITH LORETTA:

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BOOK BUY LINKS:

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Kobo eBook:

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The Book Depository Paperback:

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Carolyn and Loretta will be awarding a $10 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.

14 comments:

  1. Carolyn & Loretta ~ Good morning ladies! Welcome to FAB! It is so great to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! :)

    P.S. ~ I agree! I like the cover you picked as well :) The others were lovely, but the winner just has that eye-catching look to it! I love the bright, lively, welcoming colors that give it that extra pop! :)

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    1. Hi Ally,
      Thanks so much for hosting us on the tour and for displaying the covers so beautifully.
      It's great that you feel the same way about our cover as we do, even though we loved them all. We'd love to hear what other readers think. Do let us know your choice!
      Carolyn and Loretta

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  2. Thank you so much for taking time to bring to our attention another great read. I enjoy these tours and finding out about many terrific books.

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  3. Did you come up with the title of the book before you started writing it?

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    1. Hello Bernie,
      The title has had a few changes. The name 'the IN-group' came about when our women switched their book group into one where they learned about social media - an Information Networking group. And as they all agreed, everyone wants to be a part of the IN group. So that was its first title.
      Later in the writing, as we introduced twists and turns and surprises, we renamed it A Mingled Yarn. But eventually, we decided that due to the secrets that were exposed, Secrets of the IN-group was the best fit.

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    1. Really pleased you like it, Edgar.
      Carolyn and Loretta

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  5. Carolyn & Loretta, What do you want readers to come away with from your books?

    Congrats on your new release!

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    1. Hi Caryl,
      Thanks for joining the tour.
      We call our book 'up-lit' because we hope that reading it makes you feel positive about yourself and life, even during set backs, and it shows the true value of friendship.
      Carolyn and Loretta

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  6. Love the cover! So many great options to choose from. Congrats on the new book - can't wait to read it.

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    1. Thanks for your good wishes and for joining the tour, Sarah.
      The colour of the cover is quite eye catching, isn't it? It was a difficult choice as all were lovely in their own way.
      Best wishes
      Carolyn and Loretta

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