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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Patroosh, the Cheeky Pelican by Renée James - Book Tour - Book Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Renée James and her exciting new children’s book, “Patroosh, the Cheeky Pelican,” 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 $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Renée and to increase your chances of winning!!

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

Patroosh, the Cheeky Pelican

by Renée James

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GENRE: Children's

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BLURB:

Patroosh is a cheeky pelican who always wants more. He'll even take the food right out of your hand, or flap his big wings until you drop it in the sand. But after an unexpected event, and a random act of kindness, this pelican's life is about to change forever.

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EXCERPT ONE:

There’s a town called Yamba where the Clarence River meets the sea. It’s in New South Wales, Australia, and it’s a great place to be. There are beaches, boats, and fish galore. It’s home to a very cheeky pelican, who always wants more. You’ll know if you meet him; his name is Patroosh. He’ll even take food right out of your hand, or flap his big wings until you drop it in the sand.

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MY REVIEW:

This book is such an adorable, charming, witty read full of enjoyable storytelling and valuable life lessons.

This book was a super quick, easy read, that children could effortlessly take pleasure in and follow along without any difficulties.

This book follows a cheeky Pelican named Patroosh.  At the beginning of the book Patroosh’s manners leave much to be desired as his behavior is mostly rude, selfish, greedy, and disrespectful.

While Patroosh is up to his usual mischievous ways he becomes caught on a plastic bag in the ocean.  He becomes completely entangled and is unable to get away.  Seamus, a little seagull that Patroosh had previously dismissed and disregarded luckily came to his rescue.  With Patroosh surviving a life and death situation all thanks to Seamus, Patroosh knows he must be more kind, selfless, considerate, and respectful.

This book focuses on some of the valuable lessons that all children should learn – such as friendship, fairness, sharing, compassion, respect, good manners, and forgiveness.  Plus, this book also stresses the importance of recycling with a clever how-to and shows the significant detriment of not doing so with trash ending up in the ocean and hurting the sea life.

This book has a charming rhyming rhythm, with fun and expressive illustrations.  Even with only 46 eBook pages the characters reach depth, maturity, and growth over the course of the story.  The story line stays on point and naturally flows.  The valuable messages integrated throughout the story are easy to identify, understand, and learn.

All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book and would absolutely recommend it!!  I think all young readers (and even those not so young lol!!) 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:

Renée James comes from a background in communications and the commercial television industry. She has worked on a variety of creative projects both nationally and internationally.

She loves nothing more than spending time with family and friends, which includes their much-loved dog. She is passionate about travel, beach days, and, of course, story-time. Her children are the bee's knees as they're constant reminders to be present, and always make time to play.

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CONNECT WITH RENÉE:

Website:

http://www.reneejamesbooks.com

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/reneejamesbooks

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/reneejamesbooks

Goodreads Author Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21279212.Ren_e_James

Goodreads Book Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57409890-patroosh-the-cheeky-pelican

Amazon Author Page:

https://amzn.to/2SGKYEC

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BOOK BUY LINKS:

Amazon US Kindle eBook:

http://amzn.to/3vAHAc8

Amazon US Paperback:

http://amzn.to/35v09U8

Amazon US Hardcover:

http://amzn.to/3pYIJJ3

Amazon AU Kindle eBook:

https://www.amazon.com.au/Patroosh-Cheeky-Pelican-Renée-James-ebook/dp/B08YHWBXYR

Amazon AU Paperback:

https://www.amazon.com.au/Patroosh-Cheeky-Pelican-Renée-James/dp/0228843561

Amazon AU Hardcover:

https://www.amazon.com.au/Patroosh-Cheeky-Pelican-Renée-James/dp/022884357X

Amazon CA Paperback:

https://www.amazon.ca/Patroosh-Cheeky-Pelican-Renée-James/dp/0228843561

Amazon CA Hardcover:

https://www.amazon.ca/Patroosh-Cheeky-Pelican-Renée-James/dp/022884357X

Barnes and Noble Paperback:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/patroosh-the-cheeky-pelican-ren-e-james/1139008278?ean=9780228843566

Barnes and Noble Hardcover:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/patroosh-the-cheeky-pelican-ren-e-james/1139008278?ean=9780228843573

The Book Depository Paperback:

https://www.bookdepository.com/Patroosh-the-Cheeky-Pelican-Renee-James/9780228843566

The Book Depository Hardcover:

https://www.bookdepository.com/Patroosh-Cheeky-Pelican-Renee-James/9780228843573

BAM! Books-A-Million Paperback:

https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Patroosh-Cheeky-Pelican/Rene-James/9780228843566

BAM! Books-A-Million Hardcover:

https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Patroosh-Cheeky-Pelican/Rene-James/9780228843573

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Renée will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN 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 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.

Constellations by Patricia Leavy - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Patricia Leavy and her new book, “Constellations,” 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 Signed Set of ALL THREE Books in the Shooting Stars Books Series by Patricia – including Book One, “Shooting Stars,” Book Two, “Twinkle,” and the featured book, “Constellations,” Book Three!!!  There will be TWO lucky winners EACH taking home a set of THREE books!!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Patricia and to increase your chances of winning!!

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

Please note that this giveaway is only open to US residents.  Sorry INTL – please check out the other giveaways on this blog!!


Constellations

by Patricia Leavy

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GENRE:  Women's Fiction/Romance

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BLURB:

Constellations follows Tess Lee and Jack Miller after three years of marriage as they navigate the meaning of love and family over a series of holidays. Tess is a wildly successful and world-famous novelist. Her inspirational books explore our innermost struggles and the human need to believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Jack is a former federal agent. After spending decades immersed in a violent world, a residue remains. Both healing from past trauma, together they have finally built the life they wish to live. What will happen to their blissful union when Jack’s childhood family resurfaces? When Tess and Jack visit the Millers for Christmas, how will insecurity, a sense of missed opportunities, and the need for redemption test their relationship? When a terrible accident threatens everything in an instant, will they learn the true meaning of unconditional love? Their loved ones are along for the ride: Omar, Tess’s sarcastic best friend who calls her Butterfly; the female president of the United States, with whom Tess talks politics and bakes cookies; Joe, Jack’s friend from the Bureau who understands the sacrifices he’s made; Bobby and Gina, their younger friends who never fail to lighten the mood; and the Miller family. Constellations is a novel about family – those into which we’re born and those we create – the human desire to belong and feel connected, the true nature of intimacy, and the power of love to heal and redeem. Written as unfolding action, Constellations is a poignant novel that moves fluidly between melancholy, humor, and joy.

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EXCERPT ONE:

        Tess clung to Jack as they sped along the cliffside road on their Harley, winding around the last curve as they approached their house. When they arrived home, Jack carefully took off Tess’s helmet, kissed her, and grabbed the bag of fruit they’d bought at the farmers market. She pulled the scrunchie out of her hair, releasing dirty blonde locks down to her waist. They headed inside. “You thirsty, baby?” he asked.

        She nodded.

        He quickly tapped a coconut, stuck a paper straw in, and handed it to her.

        “You’ve gotten so good at that,” she said, taking a sip.

        “Yeah, just in time to go back to DC. I can’t believe we have to leave our Hawaiian paradise tomorrow morning. We’re crazy to leave Maui this time of year.”

        “I know, baby. But we’ll be back in less than three months to throw Omar and Clay the tropical Valentine’s Day wedding of their dreams. Besides, it’ll be fun to see our friends.”

        He smiled and kissed her forehead.

        “Here, have some,” she said, handing him the coconut. “Let’s leave the pineapple out. We can grill it tonight for our Thanksgiving feast while we sit on the lanai and watch the sunset.” She kicked her shoes off, slipped her T-shirt over her head, and shimmied out of her shorts, revealing a hot pink string bikini. “Bet I can beat you to the ocean,” she teased, darting off.

        Soon, they were splashing around in the warm water, the sun beating down on them. Jack wrapped his tanned arms around Tess and kissed her. They stared at each other, the energy between them electric.

        “I could get lost in your big, brown eyes,” he said.

        She smiled and said, “Come on, let’s dry off.” They walked to their pool and lay together on a chaise lounge.

        “Jack?” Tess whispered.

        “Yeah, baby.”

        “I know you hold back sometimes, but you don’t need to.”

        “Tess…”

        “Baby, I know you do. There’s nothing that could ever happen between us that I wouldn’t want.”

        He caressed the side of her face. “You’re so beautiful and delicate. I just want you to feel safe and loved.”

        “I do and I always will.”

        “You’ve been through so much. It wasn’t that long ago that Ray was stalking you; I know that brought up memories of your childhood abuse. I don’t ever want to be the cause of your pain or remind you of the ways you have suffered.”

        “You couldn’t. You only push those thoughts further away. I trust you, Jack. Nothing could ever change that. I want to share everything with you. I’ve never felt as close to another human being as I do to you.” She ran her fingers through his wet, salty hair and said, “I still remember the first time we came here, before we owned this place. You took me in the shower and we were so free.”

        He grazed his fingers along her cheek.

        “I’m gonna rinse off,” she said. She untied her bikini top, let it fall to the floor, and headed for the outdoor shower.

        Jack hustled out of his swim trunks and followed her. She flipped the water on, turned toward him, and smiled. He cupped her face in his hands, kissed her softly, and with one swift movement, swung her around and pulled her bathing suit bottom down. “Don’t let me hurt you,” he whispered. He pushed her against the wall and they made love passionately.

        With his quivering body pressed tightly against hers, Jack kissed Tess’s neck and nibbled on her ear. Finally satiated, he turned the shower off and wrapped towels around each of them. He picked her up and cradled her in his arms as he carried her to a lounge chair. They resumed their tender kisses, Jack caressing the side of her face. He looked at her with unadulterated adoration.

        “I love you so much,” he said.

        “I love you too. More than anything.”

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GUEST POST:

My Favorite Scene in Constellations

Ok, so my true favorite scene in this book is actually the epilogue, and I don’t want to spoil that for readers. There are many moments in this book that I love. One of my favorite scenes is when Tess helps Jack reconnect with his family. Jack has been estranged from his family for fifteen years. His family has no idea why he was out of touch for so long. Jack worked for the FBI as a field agent doing deep undercover work in counterterrorism. Not wanting to endanger his family, he let them go for their own protection. Retired now and happily married to Tess, when his mother Marry calls to invite the couple to Christmas, Tess convinces Jack to go so he can have the family he deserves. Things are tense from the outset. Jack’s father, John, is harsh. When he learns that Jack isn’t employed, and “living off” his wealthy wife, he admonishes his son. He also has harsh judgements toward Tess for amassing so much wealth, which he finds “immoral.” Things continue to spiral. What I love about the following scene, is that Tess becomes a bridge for her husband to reconnect with his family. She does this simply by being herself. This is a turning point.

Here’s the scene:

        That afternoon, the kitchen in the Miller house was bustling with noise. Tess, Julie, and Mikey were making Christmas ornaments with the boys at the table. Mary was washing dishes and John was drying them. Jack came into the room holding his cell phone. “Tess, Omar is on the phone for you. He couldn’t reach you on yours.”

        She looked up, glitter on her face. “I turned the ringer off when we got here. Is everything okay?”

        “He said it’s a work thing,” Jack replied.

        “Well, I’m a little busy. Can I call him back?” she asked.

        “He said it’s urgent but he’ll make it quick.”

        “My hands are a mess. Please set the phone on the table and put it on speaker.” She looked at the boys and said, “I’m sorry, this will only take a minute.”

        Mary turned off the faucet so Tess would have quiet for her call, and Julie put a finger to her lips to hush the boys.

        “Hi, Omar. You’re on speakerphone. I have glue all over my hands,” she said.

        “Of course you do,” Omar said with a laugh.

        “I’m making Christmas ornaments with my nephews.”

        “Butterfly, Crystal and I have been trying to get in touch with you since yesterday. I need your final approval on the streaming deal for the limited series.”

        “I turned my phone off. I told you, no work until after the holidays.”

        “I know and I’m sorry, but they want the write-off on the books for this calendar year. Everyone will be out of the office from tomorrow until after the new year, so we have to get it done today. I know this donation is important to you. I can sign the paperwork; I just need the green light.”

        She sighed. “Fine.”

        “You were right,” Omar said. “We were able to get them up to three point four million, and they’ll make the donations directly. Is it a deal?”

        “Yes, that’s fine,” Tess replied.

        “I also need to confirm that you want to donate one hundred percent. Barry’s still hoping you’ll have a change of heart and keep some of it, but you know how accountants are.”

        “Well, he can keep hoping. Have them donate the whole thing.”

        “You still want half to go to veterans and half to that children’s wish organization?” Omar asked.

        “Yes,” Tess replied. “Is that it?”

        “I’m afraid there’s one last question, and I’m bracing myself for your response. Don’t kill the messenger, Butterfly, but your publisher wanted me to ask if you’d reconsider your insistence on keeping the donation anonymous. They’d love to get some publicity out of it. Eliza Elkington could do a profile in her magazine, or you could do a TV spot with Diane.”

        “Absolutely not. That offends me to the core. You can tell Claire that if I see anything in the media about this, even so much as a whisper, I’ll assume they leaked the story and I’ll be publishing my next book with someone else.”

        “I’m sorry, I had to ask.”

        “Please wish everyone happy holidays and tell Claire I hope her son has recovered well from his injury. Are we done?”

        “Yes, Butterfly. I’m sorry to disturb you. I hope you and Jack are having a good trip.”

        “I love you to pieces, but if you call me about work again, you’re fired.”

        “From your business or your life?”

        “Both.”

        Omar laughed. “If it’s any consolation, Butterfly, you’re doing a good thing that will help a lot of people.”

        “Nice attempt at redemption. I’ll talk to you when we’re back in DC. Give my love to Clay.”

        She gestured at Jack to hang up. There was complete silence in the room. Mikey and Julie looked up at Jack, their mouths agape. John and Mary looked at each other with shocked expressions and then back at Jack and Tess.

        Noticing everyone staring, Tess softly said, “I’m sorry for the interruption.”

        John cleared his throat. “Tess, I’m a vet.”

        Tess smiled kindly. “I know. Jack told me. Your service was what inspired him to enlist. Since leaving his full-time job with the Bureau, he’s done a lot of wonderful volunteer work to support vets.”

        John looked at Jack and then at Mary.

        “What John’s trying to say is that was a very generous thing you did,” Mary said.

        Tess smiled and turned to the boys. “So, I think the snowflake needs more silver glitter. What do you think? Maybe we can convince your Uncle Jack to sit down and help.” She picked up an ornament and began sprinkling sparkling flakes on it. Jack sat down next to her and squeezed her thigh. Mikey looked at him and smiled. Jack craned his neck to look at his parents, and they smiled too. Mary turned the faucet on and went back to washing the dishes. Jack leaned over and kissed Tess on the cheek. “Here,” she said, handing him a star ornament. “Why don’t you start with this one?”

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AUTHOR BIO:

Patricia Leavy, Ph.D., is a bestselling author. She was formerly Associate Professor of Sociology, Chair of Sociology and Criminology, and Founding Director of Gender Studies at Stonehill College in Massachusetts. She has published over thirty books, earning commercial and critical success in both fiction and nonfiction, and her work has been translated into many languages. She is also series creator and editor for ten book series with Oxford University Press, Guilford Press, and Brill/Sense, including the ground-breaking Social Fictions series. Patricia has received dozens of accolades for her books. Recently, her novel Film won the 2020 American Fiction Award for Inspirational Fiction, her 3-novel set Candy Floss Collection won the 2020 American Fiction Award for Anthologies, and her novel Spark won the 2019 American Fiction Award for Inspirational Fiction and the 2019 Living Now Book Award for Adventure Fiction. She has also received career awards from the New England Sociological Association, the American Creativity Association, the American Educational Research Association, the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, and the National Art Education Association. In 2016 Mogul, a global women’s empowerment network, named her an “Influencer.” In 2018, she was honored by the National Women’s Hall of Fame and SUNY-New Paltz established the “Patricia Leavy Award for Art and Social Justice.” She has residences in Maine and Massachusetts where she lives with her husband, daughter (when she’s not away at college), and her dog. Patricia loves writing, reading, watching films, and traveling.

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CONNECT WITH PATRICIA:

Website:

http://www.patricialeavy.com

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/WomenWhoWrite

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/patricialeavy

Goodreads Author Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/558738.Patricia_Leavy

Goodreads Book Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57970020-constellations

Amazon Author Page:

https://amzn.to/3wx95EG

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BOOK BUY LINKS:

Amazon Kindle eBook:

http://amzn.to/3grsAsD

Amazon Paperback:

http://amzn.to/3gwmDKM

Amazon Hardcover:

http://amzn.to/3vB4BM4

The Book Depository Paperback:

https://www.bookdepository.com/Constellations-Patricia-Leavy/9789004461963

The Book Depository Hardcover:

https://www.bookdepository.com/Constellations-Patricia-Leavy/9789004461970

BAM! Books-A-Million Paperback:

https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Constellations/Patricia-Leavy/9789004461963

BAM! Books-A-Million Hardcover:

https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Constellations/Patricia-Leavy/9789004461970

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Patricia will be awarding a signed set of 3 novels: Shooting Stars, Twinkle, and Constellations to TWO (US only) randomly drawn winners 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 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, June 15, 2021

Dutybound: Light Wings Epic Volume 1 by Mark A. Alvarez II - Book Blast - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Mark A. Alvarez II and his new book, “Dutybound: Light Wings Epic Volume 1,” 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 $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Mark and to increase your chances of winning!!

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

Dutybound:

Light Wings Epic Volume 1

by Mark A. Alvarez II

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GENRE: Fantasy

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BLURB:

The world was their creation until they sought to destroy it.

Dutybound is the story of Terestria and its Virtues, heirs of nobility forced to face the Sins of their forefathers and bring their world from the brink of Darkness. Among them is Lucia Sanoon, High Maiden to the province of Moz and chosen of the Light Wings. The ancient relic, bestowed upon a long-forgotten civilization by the Light itself, was forged to harbor the Light's essence if ever Terestria's balance were threatened by the Darkness' desire to corrupt the Light's most-prized creation, Life. If successful and the long-standing covenant between the Light and its Protectors were ever to be broken, the Darkness would be free to roam Terestria and reclaim the land it had a hand in creating, bringing death and destruction to every corner of the world.

But as long as there is Light, there is hope. With the help of the Light Wings and its power, Lucia must heed its call to assemble the Light's Virtues and lead them into battle against the very Sins that seek to destroy their world. But finding the four will not be easy, for much of the knowledge is lost and the understanding of one's own morality is the only key to unlocking the power each of them holds within.

A story of faith and morality, Dutybound will lead you through a journey of self-discovery as our heroes face conflict from outside and within themselves. Duty, desire, envy, hope, hate, love, pride, and temperance all are challenged within this series in an epic tale that is sure to have you pondering your own true nature.

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EXCERPT ONE:

Today was a day of tragedy, although most did not know it. It was a dark, cloudless night. Not one sound broke throughout the grand-white city of Moz, sparkling like a diamond within the valley of a vast mountain range. Not a single ray of light could shed an ounce of joy upon the city, for it was already condemned by the haze that shrouded it. The mist hovered in the silence of the night, stagnant with the suffering of the land that lay below it. All the while, the people of Moz rested, unaware that all they held most dear teetered on the brink of ruin.

“Oh.” Ara sighed as she sat alone in a muddled study. Her face flushed as her eyes scanned over a piece of parchment at the base of a broad window. Her irises, like embers, were so round and passionate, glistening almost red as she eagerly inspected the letter her beloved had left her. But in that moment, as she realized what had happened, her eyes began to quiver, becoming trapped within garnet walls of fear. After everything they had faced, Stello had abandoned her, leaving their family broken.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Mark A. Alvarez II is a Hispanic-American born in Houston, Texas. He’s a graduate of Texas State University, where he studied public relations and mass communication. He was an apprentice at the NEW Apprenticeship where he was certified in digital marketing. He is the CEO of Light Wings Promotions LLC, a digital marketing and creative branding agency in San Antonio, Texas, where Mark currently resides.

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CONNECT WITH MARK:

Website:

https://maalvarezii.com/mark-alvarez-ii

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/maalvarezii

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/maalvarezii

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/maalvarezii

LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/maalvarezii

Goodreads Author Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21271472.Mark_Aaron_Alvarez_II

Goodreads Book Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57508233-dutybound

Amazon Author Page:

https://www.amazon.com/Mark-Aaron-Alvarez-II/e/B08ZJZCR83

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BOOK BUY LINKS:

Amazon Kindle eBook:

http://amzn.to/3gvAu4p

Amazon Hardcover:

http://amzn.to/3pT8RVT

Barnes and Noble NOOK eBook:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dutybound-mark-aaron-alvarez/1139174479?ean=9781953865113

Barnes and Noble Hardcover:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dutybound-mark-aaron-alvarez/1139174479?ean=9781953865120

The Book Depository Paperback:

https://www.bookdepository.com/Dutybound-Mark-Aaron-Alvarez/9781953865120

Kobo eBook:

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/dutybound-light-wings-epic-vol-1

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Mark will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N 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 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.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Facets of the Past: No Dark Deed Goes Unpunished by Monique Gliozzi - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Dr. Monique Gliozzi and her new book, “Facets of the Past: No Dark Deed Goes Unpunished,” 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 $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Monique and to increase your chances of winning!!

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

Facets of the Past: No Dark Deed Goes Unpunished

by Monique Gliozzi

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GENRE:  Fiction / Thrillers / Supernatural / Psychological

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BLURB:

When Hank Gild is given the opportunity to take up his dream job, he accepts the offer with excitement. As a tour guide at the historical imperial castle on Lake Starnberg, Hank delights his guests with stories of the late Bavarian emperor-his antics, his precious artifacts and the mystery shrouding his death in 1886. But it seems that not all the castle's visitors are of pure heart. Before long, Hank is forced down a path of greed, deception and danger with no way out. A once happy and simple life unexpectedly becomes a treacherous nightmare. Who can he trust? Can Hank save himself before learning the ultimate lesson?

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EXCERPT ONE:

Munich is a fashionable city of historical wealth dating back to 1158, founded by Henry the Lion (Duke of Saxony). The city is not only beautiful for its Gothic architecture, but also for its natural surroundings, with the Alps, vast green hills and forests all making up the spectrum of such an indescribable paradise. A pleasant drive along winding country roads led me to the quaint lakeside Bavarian village of Starnberg, no more than twenty miles south west of the city.

The chill of the early spring morning was visible as I looked out over the lake from the comfort of the room I had rented at a local guest house. A thick layer of white mist hovered over the lake’s surface, concealing what lay in the dark water beneath. As a fan of ghost movies, I half expected to hear the cries of a wolf in the neighbouring forest, or spy a mysterious translucent figure slowly walking along the lake’s embankment.

The castle I was to visit that morning was not visible from where I stood, however with a bit of imagination I thought I could just make out the silhouette of its pointed roof. In the distance, the sun was beginning to rear its face, dimming the nocturnal light from the galaxy above. A creaking sound of old floorboards somewhere in the house interrupted my thoughts. The stillness of the chilly air in the room, accentuated by the cold floor beneath my bare feet, promptly propelled me to take refuge back under the warm bed covers, where I rested a while longer. The excitement of a new beginning couldn’t have prepared me for what would soon follow. 

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GUEST POST:

Dear Fabulous and Brunette,

Thank you for hosting my latest novel Facets of the Past on your blog tour – what an honour!

I’d like to describe the cover art for this piece and how that all came about. The most exciting part of publication is working with a great team (Tellwell), who have given me cart blanch in regards to participating with the exterior design for each of my five novels (Foresight, Hunted, Vestige, Diversity and this newbie).

As depicted we have a crimson foundation, a unique baroque style castle perched on higher ground with a lake at its base. It’s important to remind oneself when creating art, is that the images should be striking enough to play with a reader’s curiosity, instigating a quick look at the blurb on the back cover. Furthermore, having one’s Bio just beneath the brief description of the narrative gives one the opportunity to instantly connect with the author (and at a subconscious level with the protagonists without even having read the first sentence)!

I grew up in Bavaria for some of my childhood and have always loved the mountainous and forested countryside of this part of the world. The late King Ludwig II of Bavaria had been renowned for extravagance, building multiple lavish estates, the most beautiful being Neuschwanstein Castle, which resembles the image on the cover. In addition to this, his death still remains a mystery – sadly his body was found in the Lake Starnberg adjacent to Schloss Starnberg which is not far from where I once attended school. Having visited the castle at an impressionable age left me fascinated with the King’s life and tragic demise. Thus, when it came to write a fictional suspenseful story on the background of historical facts, I couldn’t help but choose this particular location. Now at centre stage of the cover, an emerald shines!

This particular gem obviously relates to the title of the book - Facets of the Past. However, there is a dual meaning: firstly, all gemstones have facets in which light is captured and reflected creating such splendour, and secondly, history has numerous layers (facets) some of which are not so splendid and best left alone. During this phase of publication I found that listening to chamber music stimulated diverse ideas from which an appropriate choice needed to be made. Well here we are today- dear reader what you see is the final result.

Warm Regards and thank you all again.

Monique Gliozzi (Tellwell - Author)

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AUTHOR BIO:

Born in Dublin, Dr. Monique Gliozzi, a graduate from the University of Western Australia medical school, has a keen interest in forensic sciences and psychiatry. She works as a psychiatrist in Perth, with ties to the UWA School of Psychiatry, where she has had a role as a senior clinical lecturer. Her love for teaching granted her a nomination for an Excellence in Teaching Award in 2016.

Monique also holds an interest in aviation. She trained at the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia, where she obtained a commercial pilot licence. Following this, Monique completed her instructor rating and is now working on a casual basis as a senior flight instructor.

Monique rekindled her passion for writing starting with the fictional thriller Foresight, followed by Hunted and ghostly encounters in Vestige. Her latest book, Diversity, is a compilation of entertaining short stories of different genres.

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Website:

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