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Tuesday, October 31, 2023

DedKode - Connected by Chad R. Hunter - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Chad R. Hunter and his new book, “DedKode – Connected,” 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 Chad and to increase your chances of winning!!

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

DedKode – Connected

by Chad R. Hunter

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GENRE:   Science Fiction / Horror

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BOOK BLURB:

Without warning, the demonic computing device rose up.   Red arcs of crackling electricity snapped out from the server and struck the men and women in the chest.  Involuntarily, they each screamed out in dying shrieks.  Each worshiper hovered off the floor, transfixed and held for feeding.

DedKode moved forward but James knew it was too late.  He placed his hand out and stayed the young, undead hacker.

The worshipers continued to undulate and now fluids ran from their orifices; heavy thick drops collected in puddles beneath each of them.

Faces sunk in.

Eyes rolled back.

Limbs twisted and cracked.

After what seemed like hours, but was only minutes, of watching these men and women sucked dry of their lives, the bodies collapsed to the flooring.  Several landed in the pools of their bodily fluids - that which the server did not demand.

The server hovered still, humming like a thousand computer room fans and the singing of a damned chorus.  The crimson energy that had drawn life from the worshipers crackled and snapped in oscillating arcs around the device.

The room was still empty as DedKode's hacks were still running and fooling the security systems.

"What's the plan now, Devon?" James asked, keeping his eyes on the demonic equipment hovering either obliviously or without care at his presence.  "Do we still try to shut this thing down and take it back or—"

Suddenly DedKode held his hooded skeletal head.  Palladino's attention shifted to his teammate.

"What is it?"

There was a feeling that stirred up from a buzzing between where DedKode’s ears once were to a deafening roar he could not ignore.  It was an energy, a swelling that circled the room, and DedKode could feel it in part.  "Shit, King James, look —"

He pointed a gloved bony finger towards the now pulsating vibration only he could feel.  The zombie hacker directed Palladino's gaze to the dead, robed corpses.

They were rising to their feet.

Their hoods fell away and it was clear that they were once alive and were now resurrected dead.  Jaws were sunken in, eyes pulled back into black sockets completely void of life.  Mouths hung in slow, smacking moans and patches of hair fell with each step, covering the floor along with tears of desiccate flesh.

Arms lifted up and bony hands reached out in trembling grasps.

A hoarse cry rumbled from within breathless, shrunken lungs.

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EXCERPT ONE:

The street was once Lake Shore Drive.

It had been considered one of the most beautiful stretches of road ever constructed.  From nearly any point on the arterial Chicago road, one could stop and see the lake, Museum Campus, and other aspects of sheer magnificence.

Testaments to humanity's architecture, designs, and vision literally reached up to the sky.  Willis Tower was legendary.  Floors and floors of beautiful windows that once caught the rising sun were now almost completely shattered.  Unimaginable amounts of flesh-cutting shards of shining triangles littered the streets.

The Cloud Gate, lovingly referred to as "The Bean," was a mind-boggling, visually-stunning stainless-steel sculpture that had once captured the imagination of both locals and visitors. Its mirror-like surface played tricks with reality, reflecting the city's vibrant life in mesmerizing ways.

Now, the Bean was covered in scarred marks and awash in dark splotches of foul-smelling liquids.  Instead of laughing faces and optically-twisted visitors, what reflected in the artistically crafted curves was now a sea of countless reddish white deathly stares of layers and layers of skulls laying under the landmark.

The air was layered with gut-churning rancidity not unlike the reek of meat left exposed atop rank garbage in offensive summer heat.

Even on a chill-bitten fall night, the gore was overpowering to all aspects of human interaction.

Nearby, the Crown Fountain had once captured onlookers with its interactive art, projecting the faces of Chicagoans on towering screens, spouting water from their mouths into the reflecting pool below.  Tonight, the fountain did not spray immaculate pristine waters but instead bubbled from time to time, as would a swamp.  The fluid within was greenish in color and reeked of acidic bile and vomit. Flies had made the site a place of egg laying and maggot rearing.

The Adler Planetarium once world-renowned for its celestial studies was a broken half-dome.  Immense cracks ran atop the once majestic structure that had brought countless visitors from across the globe.

The Field Museum had been a cauldron of the past and the present with future aspirations and wonder.  It was once the place where history was held in honored perpetuity.  Now, whatever remained of mankind's history had violated and pulled from the museum's halls.

Glass cases had been shattered.

Exhibits had been torn out and thrown asunder.

Red, pink and white littered the stairs as intestines, blood and bone made a carpet atop the museum’s walkway.

Chicago was a city known for its sides - its South Side, North Side and West Side. Each was unique from its ethnic communities to its dominant food vendors and carts to its well-known struggles of parking.  Yet now, there were no sides anymore.

Now all that was gone.  Sides were identical - each area of the city, like each area of other metropolitan sprawls across the globe - were miles and miles of death.

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GUEST POST:

Bring on the boo’s!  Everyone loves to hate the villain!  Tell us all about this truly loathed character and the inspiration behind their development.

The Connected

1.)  They are legion – The Connected, the main villain presence in the book (they are even mentioned in the title!) are countless.  As is shown in the early chapters of the book, the Connected have conquered the world and humanity as we know it with their numbers and their overwhelming presence.  It is very clear that there is no defeating the Connected.

2.)  They are both mindless and hive-minded – The one-eyed, skeletal faced living dead exhibit the classic actions that everyone has come to expect from zombies – they shamble, they claw and bite and they move about with a broken purposelessness.  However, as readers will see, the Connected live up to their title and in an instant, become linked to perform specific functions.  They are lethal both in number and in function.

3.)  They are us – Like any great horror creation, the Connected are us.  Victims of an unknown plan, they were once our mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters.  They were once us.  And if you’re not Connected yet, just let one sink its teeth into you and all that changes quickly.

4.)  They win – It is no surprise that in five years, the Connected have slaughtered humanity.  Cities have fallen.  The world is in its last days.  Nothing makes a villain more interesting than seeing them after they’ve won.  Some antagonists gloat, some fall apart from the success.  The Connected are merely still hungry.

5.)  They are the best aspects of the undead – The Connected will hit all the spots for zombie lovers.  They have the overwhelming numbers.  They have caused societal breakdown.  They have forced us to face our deepest fears such as the loss of our loved ones, the loss of safety and even the loss of ourselves as we are lost to the infection of the Connected.

The inspiration behind the Connected is the classic zombie and the genre of the living dead.  I wanted to touch on that trending monster but also on what zombies represent.  I wanted to take the aspects of primal fear, of societal breakdown, of questioning who we are and what we hold dear and also examining our relationship with technology and incorporate that into an enemy that has been with us since George Romero in Pennsylvania. 

I wanted to tie them into DedKode, the hero of the novel because it is his one of his greatest fears – to be the cause of a zombie apocalypse.  They are reflections of himself and they are an all-devouring force that kills indiscriminately and without any of his personality or soul.  And I think that is where you see your protagonist really shine, really stand or fall, is when they are faced with their greatest most paralyzing fear.

There you go, a snapshot introduction to the Connected.  I hope you enjoy reading them (from a safe distance!) as much as I did creating them.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Chad Hunter was born in East Chicago, Indiana. Raised by a single mother in the city's Harbor section, he is the youngest of four. Growing up in the Midwest and a proudly self-proclaimed "Region Rat," Hunter has written and published several books and novels. He has written for magazines and newspapers throughout North America and has been published in several languages. His writings have been called sophisticated yet humorous, sharp witted and unrelenting.

Most often, Hunter's writings have been considered so wide and diverse that they span a scale that would include multiple writers with multiple forms. If anything binds his varied styles, it is Hunter's theme of the human condition, humor and family closeness - all to the backdrop of romantic love, vibrant remembrance and even monsters themselves.

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CONNECT WITH CHAD:

Website:

https://www.dedkode.com

Blog:

https://dedkode.wordpress.com

X:

https://twitter.com/DedKode1

TikTok:

https://www.tiktok.com/@dedkode3

Join the Community List:

https://thededthread.aweb.page

Author’s Shop:

https://my-store-cf841e.creator-spring.com

Hy.page:

https://hy.page/dedkode

Goodreads Author Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13446511.Chad_Hunter

Goodreads Book Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/200992060-dedkode---connected

Amazon Author Page:

https://amzn.to/3MnTmBH

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AMAZON BOOK BUY LINKS:

Amazon US Kindle eBook:

https://amzn.to/45Lv5wk

Amazon CA Kindle eBook:

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0CM2FPYKH

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Chad will be awarding a $10 Amazon OR Barnes and Noble Gift Card (Winner’s Choice!!!) 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.

Stay Alive by Dr. Min Deng, Ph.D., - Book Tour - Blurb Blitz - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Dr. Min Deng, Ph.D., and her new book, “Stay Alive,” 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 $20 Amazon OR Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Dr. Min Deng, Ph.D., and to increase your chances of winning!!

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

Stay Alive

by Dr. Min Deng, Ph.D.,

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GENRE:   Non-Fiction - Depression & Suicide

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BOOK BLURB:

In her brave and compassionate non-fiction book "Stay Alive," Min Deng explores the depths of depression and the ominous specter of suicide. She sheds light on the hidden struggles experienced by those suffering from this silent illness by drawing on personal experiences shaped by childhood mental and emotional abuse.

These pages are filled with moving stories about people battling their own demons, struggling with thoughts of self-destruction, or dealing with the grief of a loved one's tragic death. Min Deng bravely breaks down the stigmas associated with mental health by exposing the invisible chains that bind.

This succinct yet potent book illuminates the complexities of depression with heartfelt honesty and unwavering empathy, urging readers to understand the silent battles fought behind seemingly unremarkable lives. It serves as a powerful reminder of compassion's transformative power and that saving lives and healing broken souls requires love, understanding, and empathy.

Stay Alive” urges us all to work toward cultivating mental health rather than ignoring it. It teaches us that by illuminating the darkness, we can aid in dampening depression’s hold and giving those who are suffering hope.

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EXCERPT ONE:

Taylor came out as trans to their parents on the Saturday following Thanksgiving in 2019 when they’d just turned fifteen. They wished to take testosterone blockers and estrogen right away, before their next birthday to maximize the chances that their transition would be smooth and successful. Their parents were in complete shock and disbelief.

In one of the angry exchanges my husband and I witnessed between Taylor and their dad when we visited them a few weeks later over Christmas, waving a kitchen knife defiantly in Hector’s face, Taylor screamed in rage and condescension, “You want a son?! Well, I’ll make sure you won’t have one!” The bitterness and resentment in Taylor’s thundering voice scared me.

In the hallway on the fifth floor of the psych ward, I finally released Taylor from my embrace. It was time for me to say goodbye and exit the ward.

“Stay alive, Taylor. Get well! Call me once you get your phone back. Stay alive!” I walked away hurriedly and asked the front desk to buzz me out. Once I stepped out of the hospital, I cried uncontrollably on the sidewalk, crouching next to the brick edge of a flower bed, having a complete mental breakdown on the street in Manhattan, keenly aware of the curious looks of passersby. But I didn’t care.

It would likely be the last time I’d ever see Taylor. The eighteen-year-old teenager whom I’ve known for their entire life, whom I’ve loved as my own child. The five- year-old who clung onto me in terror, their sweaty small hand tightly holding onto mine as their father screamed at them in rage, waving his big hand to threaten to slap them on that hot, humid summer morning in Cozumel Mexico in 2009. I was no longer able to be the mental health advocate I wanted to be for Taylor, to help them get the psychic care they desperately needed.

My heart shattered in pieces; I felt utterly helpless and hopeless.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Dr. Min Deng was born and raised in Wuhan, China on September 11th, 1973. She earned a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008.

As a developmental psychologist, she is interested in parenting, child development, parent-child relationship, marital relationship, domestic abuse, suicide prevention, gender and sexual identity, etc. This book on raising awareness about suicide and its risks is her first of a series on mental health she plans to write.

She is the founder and CEO of Mental Health CPR (MHCPR), a non-profit organization that serves to improve quality of life by increasing the accessibility to mental health resources. MHCPR does this through education, advocacy, and the creation of mental health resources available to all.

She lives with her husband and their beloved dog Coco in Charleston, South Carolina. In her spare time, she loves walking on the beach, learning to surf, hiking, traveling, listening to audio books, and fashion.

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BOOK BUY LINKS:

Amazon US Kindle eBook:

https://amzn.to/46G92bD

Amazon US Paperback:

https://amzn.to/3s2k6AV

Amazon CA Kindle eBook:

https://www.amazon.ca/Stay-Alive-Min-Deng-ebook/dp/B0CJ5SQ8KY

Amazon CA Paperback:

https://www.amazon.ca/Stay-Alive-Min-Deng/dp/B0CHNP5XS8

Barnes and Noble Paperback:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/stay-alive-min-deng/1144051363

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Dr. Min Deng, Ph.D., will be awarding a $20 Amazon OR Barnes and Noble Gift Card (Winner’s Choice!!!) 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.

Thursday, October 26, 2023

Sam Time: History Professor Slips into the Past and Befriends Ulysses S. Grant by Donna Balon - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hey, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Donna Balon and her new book, “Sam Time,” 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 $25 Amazon OR Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Donna and to increase your chances of winning!!

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

Sam Time

History Professor Slips into the Past and Befriends Ulysses S. Grant

by Donna Balon

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GENRE:   Historical Fiction, Time Travel

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BOOK BLURB:

When her fiancĂ© is away on business, lonely Samantha Hunter despairs and absorbs herself in historical research. Her nighttime dreams being so vivid, Samantha believes she’s traveling to a past century. As she navigates the Victorian era rules of dos and even more don’ts, she charms Ulysses S Grant while struggling to maintain her present-day romance.

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EXCERPT ONE:

During the night, Samantha had a vivid dream. She was in a rural town wearing her Victorian-style dress. The weather was cool so she wrapped the crocheted afghan around her shoulders. And her sockless feet were cold in her slip-on shoes.

The few men she saw were in worn, soiled work clothes and walked with purpose. The so-called roadways were not paved but dirt paths. No cars or trucks, but horses and carts. A few wooden one-story buildings scattered here and there.

This must be a dream in which the clock has been turned back, Samantha thought. But where am I?

She strolled, aware she had not seen any other women. Pulling the afghan around herself snugly, she walked with her head tilted down to avoid catching the eye of any man in whatever this place was, glancing up often to learn more of her surroundings.

Then two women hurried toward her, each carrying a wooden bucket of water. Their cotton dresses hung to their ankles, with full skirts gathered at the waist of fitted bodices. Plain white cotton bonnets covered their heads, and shawls were wrapped around their shoulders. They looked at Samantha disapprovingly. Her dress was too fancy for this rural town. Moreover, she wasn’t wearing a bonnet or hat; a bare head was a means of solicitation by prostitutes. She hugged her body with the afghan, which served as a shawl to hide her uncorseted torso.

The dream seemed authentic. Despite her uneasiness, she thought, Enjoy the dream. If I don’t like it, I’ll wake myself up.

Around a corner, she spotted a few men in uniform. Soldiers. Maybe the army. This might be a small town next to an army fort, Samantha guessed. Still, not a good place for a woman.

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GUEST POST:

Ulysses S Grant, My Inspiration

People know Ulysses S Grant was a winning general of the Civil War and U.S. president. His face is on the fifty dollar bill. This novel gives a reader an interpretive view of the personal side of Grant while showing the highs and lows of his intriguing life.

Grant was a kind and handsome man. His West Point roommate Fred Dent suggested Grant meet his oldest sister Julia. When Grant paid a visit to the Dent house, Julia was not there because she was enrolled in boarding school. Her younger sisters, Nellie and Emma, were there, and they were smitten with Grant. Emma described him as a most handsome man, with light-blue eyes. One can imagine, Nellie, only two years younger than Julia, writing to her sister, “If you don’t like him, I do!”

After a long engagement (interrupted by the Mexican-American War), Grant married Julia. She gave birth to a son and was pregnant with a second, when Grant left home for an army assignment out West. He was gone for over two years. Depressed, Grant drank.

Although disputed by some, most historians believe Grant was forced to resign from the army because he arrived at his post drunk. His journey home took a few months during which he tried to collect money he entrusted with so-called friends who were swindlers. He was penniless. At this nadir, few would have ever guessed one day his man would be the President of the United States.

Grant cherished being a father and husband. But the couple struggled financially. He failed at farming and other business endeavors.

When the Civil War started, Grant desired a Union officer position. Lacking in political acumen, Grant endured the humiliation of sitting in General McClellan’s waiting room over two consecutive days. The general refused to meet with Grant. McClellan surely heard the rumors of Grant’s drinking. A congressman, however, advocated for Grant as a Colonel. Before the war’s end, Grant was promoted to Lieutenant General, the same position as George Washington.

After a two-term presidency, Grant sailed around the world with his wife. He was celebrated everywhere; large crowds gathered to see the most famous man in the world.

He was living the good life in New York City. But the wealth was only an illusion; Grant had invested in a company engaged in a Ponzi scheme. Once again he was penniless, but now everyone in the world knew. The humiliated American icon never made another public appearance. Soon after he died of throat cancer.

In his memoirs, Grant talks about Lincoln. “[He] gained influence over men by making them feel that it was a pleasure to serve him. He preferred yielding his own wish to gratify others, rather than to insist upon having his own way. It distressed him to disappoint others.”

This passage was projection on Grant’s part: he’s talking about himself. Grant recognized those admirable traits in Lincoln because he too possessed them.

My wish is that readers complete the Sam Time novel having gotten to know and like Grant while enjoying the story.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Author Donna Balon debuts Sam Time, a novel well-researched and professionally edited by quality talent from the publishing industry. Donna resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, with her husband.

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CONNECT WITH DONNA:

Website:

https://samtimebook.com/about

Goodreads Author Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/41018186.Donna_Balon

Goodreads Book Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/184399876-sam-time

Amazon Author Page:

https://amzn.to/45HkPVL

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AMAZON BOOK BUY LINKS:

Amazon US Kindle eBook:

https://amzn.to/499Hmxg

Amazon US Paperback:

https://amzn.to/3FwSGWY

Amazon US Audiobook:

https://amzn.to/408vaZA

Amazon CA Kindle eBook:

https://www.amazon.ca/Sam-Time-History-Professor-Befriends-ebook/dp/B0CB6XHV7V

Amazon CA Paperback:

https://www.amazon.ca/Sam-Time-History-Professor-Befriends/dp/B0CJBJBFL1

Amazon CA Audiobook:

https://www.amazon.ca/Sam-Time-History-Professor-Befriends/dp/B0CGK5S157

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Donna will be awarding a $25 Amazon OR Barnes and Noble Gift Card (Winner’s Choice!!!) 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 25, 2023

The Prayer Warrior by Traci Wooden-Carlisle & D. Tina Batten - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Traci Wooden-Carlisle and D. Tina Batten and their new book, “The Prayer Warrior,” here on FAB!!  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 $25 Amazon OR Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Traci and Tina and to increase your chances of winning!!

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

The Prayer Warrior

by Traci Wooden-Carlisle

&

D. Tina Batten

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GENRE:   Speculative Fiction

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BOOK BLURB:

There is a thin line between the natural and the spiritual realm.

Ms. V., a humble servant of the Lord, has been placed on assignment at Center of Hope Christian Academy.

By day, she serves as a trusted counselor for students, giving them a safe haven to pour out their innermost feelings while providing professional and honest truth wrapped in a firm kindness and love that inevitably draws them closer to Jesus. Not to be outdone, the faculty also bends her ear from time to time.

By night, Ms. V. enters the spiritual realm and takes her place on the battlefield as one of God’s faithful prayer warriors. She wields her whispering sword, slicing through the enemy’s plans to bind the precious hearts under her charge.

Her assignment’s burden on her physical body is taxing, but can she withstand the strain and remain victorious?

Saving souls is her true mission, but at what cost?

Readers are in for a journey of spiritual intrigue and biblical insight as they experience the ramifications of each character’s life-altering decision.

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EXCERPT ONE:

The mist settling over the earth was about five inches high. It nearly obscured the ground in front of her as far as her eyes could see. She was reminded of mud-covered battlefields with little to shield one from enemy fire.

The clouds hung low, making the whole scene look like something out of an apocalyptic dream. The fallow ground before her was vast. It was a wasteland, offering only the promise that nothing would ever grow there again. The desolation could have gone on forever, except for the demonic presence that lined itself up like a dirty barrier of windows used to dim and conceal what was on the other side.

She felt them, though. She felt each and every one of the children held in bondage on the other side of that transparent demonic force. The thought brought to mind a scripture, and she looked down at the writing on the sword in her hand. She could have spent time thinking about how odd it was that she didn’t remember taking a sword with her, but there were more pressing matters, and she was happy to have the weapon to wield.

She began reading the inscribed scripture out loud, her voice ringing across the barren land slick with mud. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood,”

As the words left her lips, they solidified in the atmosphere, charging toward their mark like a spear. They reached the barrier, causing it to shift and ripple but not tear.

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GUEST POST:

Describe Your Book Cover and How It Came About:

The cover for The Prayer Warrior is as special to my heart as all of the covers for my books. This one was special though because The Prayer Warrior was written with my sister in Christ and beautiful co-author, D. Tina Batten.

Well aware of the fact that this book surrounds a Christian academy student – and sometimes staff – counselor, we wanted to make sure that was represented prominently on the front of the book. After milling through numerous royalty-free photos, we found a photo of students walking down what we could recognize as a school hallway with the background color we thought would work with many different color schemes.

The bottom image depicts Ms. V’s spiritual life and the dream world where she battles for the souls of the children in her school. The battlefield, blanketed in mist along with the demonic forces hovering in the air and oppressing the children. It wasn’t easy to find. We looked for a battlefield with demons but then found that looking for the two images separately was easier. Go figure.

During Ms. V’s battles, she wields a speaking sword that reflects the scripture best used to fight the demonic forces coming at her. Since scripture is the greatest weapon used against the forces in her dreams, the image connecting the children in the hallway and the battle scene below is a glowing sword with 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 on the hilt. It was essentially her battle cry. 3“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

The back of the book only depicts the battlefield due to the needed room for the summary. Overall I believe our cover designer “Designs by Dana” did a wonderful job in merging the photos and giving us a cover that fully represents The Prayer Warrior as a story and Christian speculative fiction genre.

Funny enough, my co-author and I had an image in mind for the cover way before we had a title for the book.

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AUTHOR BIOS & LINKS:

D. “Tina” Batten is a loving mother, wife, sister, daughter and Mima to her grandchildren. She is a gifted visual storyteller who is passionate about bringing encouraging messages of inspiration and hope to the world.

Tina Batten, a writer for over eighteen years of various dramatic works of performing art via stage, and film, encompasses unique ways of creating fascinating story concepts that touch the heart of most who view or read her work. She is both honored and thrilled to have teamed up with long-time friend, sister in the gospel and co-author Tracy on this phenomenal collaborative book project. With such a humble heart and desire to bring people together in love and unity, Tina Batten will continue her work as a visual storyteller spreading the good news of Jesus Christ one project after the other.

As Always, D. “Tina” Batten gives God All the Glory!

You can find her at the following social media platforms:

Website:

http://www.sisterbatten.com

Facebook Fan Page:

https://www.facebook.com/Sister-BattenCom-Sister-Batten-Productions-157650117630075

Facebook Personal Page:

https://www.facebook.com/tina.batten.18

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/sisterbatten

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/sisterbatten

Subscribe to Sister Batten YouTube Channel:

shorturl.at/lsxA4

Walking in the Spirit Trailer:

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/sisterbattenfilms

If Not For The LORD, Where Would I Be? Delicious Episode Trailer:

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/sisterbattenproductions

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Traci Wooden-Carlisle began writing to publish in 2011 and enjoys writing stories that provoke thought and evoke emotions. Her desire is to draw readers into the lives of her characters and share messages of God’s love, His faithfulness and peace. The messages in her books speak to her way before they speak to her readers.

Traci lives in San Diego with her husband, David. When she isn’t writing she does some light traveling or assists people with their physical fitness, creates graphics, designs pretty things for her jewelry business and swag for authors.

You can find her on the following social media platforms.

Website:

https://www.tawcarlisle.com

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Instagram:

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BookBub Author Page:

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/traci-wooden-carlisle

Goodreads Author Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/Author_TraciWCarlisle

Amazon Author Page:

https://amzn.to/45KcBMH

Book Video:

https://youtu.be/lw3DiS_-E0A?si=1DjRSVTB3Ggqg9pT

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AMAZON BOOK BUY LINKS:

Amazon US Kindle eBook:

https://amzn.to/46PBbxa

Amazon US Paperback:

https://amzn.to/3tM92Z0

Amazon US Audiobook:

https://amzn.to/3MeOhM4

Amazon CA Kindle eBook:

https://www.amazon.ca/Prayer-Warrior-Suspenseful-Christian-Fantasy-ebook/dp/B08X6MX6JH

Amazon CA Paperback:

https://www.amazon.ca/Prayer-Warrior-Suspenseful-Christian-Fantasy/dp/173675131X

Amazon CA Audiobook:

https://www.amazon.ca/Audible-The-Prayer-Warrior/dp/B0BHF921GL

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Traci Wooden-Carlisle & D. Tina Batten will be awarding $25 Amazon OR Barnes and Noble Gift Card (Winner’s Choice!!!) 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**

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The Witch Wars by Gail Roughton - Book Tour - Blurb Blitz - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Gail Roughton and her new book, “The Witch Wars,” 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 $20 Amazon OR Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Gail and to increase your chances of winning!!

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

The Witch Wars

by Gail Roughton

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GENRE:   Paranormal Romance

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BOOK BLURB:

Ariel Anson thinks she has her life in order.  She’s young, smart, and beautiful, even if she doesn’t believe the beautiful part. She’s a paralegal with a great career and a fiancĂ© who’s a CPA. You just can’t get any steadier than that.

Then she meets private investigator, bounty hunter, process server Chad Garrett. What does War-N-Wit, Inc. stand for anyway? Warlock and Witch? For real? Oh, yes! For real. Now every day is full of strange powers, secret societies, clandestine agencies, and out-of-this-world adventure. Her life as she knows it is over!

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EXCERPT ONE:

No lightning bolt streaked from the sky the day my life as I knew it began to end. There was no warning at all. Nothing. There I was, sitting at my desk, minding my own business, doing my job. My official job title is “legal assistant.” The more exotic sounding title is paralegal. In the old days when folks called jobs what they actually were, the title was “legal secretary.” Me? I answer to any of the above. Or just to Ariel. That’s my name. Ariel Anson.

Now, I know the general public thinks a law office is an exciting place, full of fascinating cases and esoteric points of law highlighted with flashes of legal genius, something different every day. Not. Trust me on this. You seen one accident case, you seen ‘em all. And corporate law? Business law? Wills and estates? Oh, man, you don’t even want to go there. Domestic law? Right. The only thing worse than a divorce case is an estate fight. At least folks involved in a divorce are supposed to hate each other whereas a fight over Daddy’s will? Oh. My. God.

Anyway, that’s what I was doing. Just minding my own business in the course of my humdrum day and doing my job at the century-old, prestigious central Georgia law firm of Baker, Lawson, Abercrombie & Hunter, where the partners walk around in blissful ignorance of the fact the firm is referred to in legal circles as BLAH. All us legal assistants think that’s a hoot.

I was the only legal gal who worked for three partners. Some of the girls had just one, most had two. Sort of gave me a certain mystique of extreme competence, you know? In all honesty, most of the time the three attorneys I had were cakewalks, though I wasn’t about to announce such to the powers-that-be lest I end up with four attorneys to babysit. It all depended on who the three partners were. And mine were hand-picked, a luxury I had because I was good, good enough after eleven years in the business to pick and choose the attorneys I worked for. Diplomatically, of course. So diplomatically that nobody knew that but me. And my little sister.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Gail Roughton is a native of small town Georgia whose Deep South heritage features prominently in most of her work.  She’s a paralegal who’s lived in a law office for over forty years, during which time she’s raised three children and quite a few attorneys.  She’s tried retirement but it didn’t take. Through it all, she’s kept herself sane by writing novels and tossing them into her closet.  Thanks to BWL Publishing, Inc., most of those novels have now emerged in published form.  A cross-genre writer, her books range from humor to romance to thriller to horror and she’s never quite sure what to expect when she sits down at the keyboard.  She usually has a project or two on the backburner but doesn’t discuss them for fear of jinxing herself.  Given her affinity for the supernatural, this should come as no surprise to any reader.

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CONNECT WITH GAIL:

Book We Love Publishing Author’s Page:

https://bookswelove.net/roughton-gail

BookBub Book Page:

https://www.bookbub.com/books/the-witch-wars-by-gail-roughton

Goodreads Author Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5780095.Gail_Roughton

Goodreads Book Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/197374843-the-witch-wars

Amazon Author Page:

https://amzn.to/3MaU712

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BOOK BUY LINKS:

Amazon US Kindle eBook:

https://amzn.to/408mXoe

Amazon US Paperback:

https://amzn.to/4999Uaw

Amazon CA Kindle eBook:

https://www.amazon.ca/Witch-Wars-Gail-Roughton-ebook/dp/B0CG2YHRDH

Amazon CA Paperback:

https://www.amazon.ca/Witch-Wars-Gail-Roughton/dp/0228627109

Barnes and Noble NOOK eBook:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-witch-wars-gail-roughton/1143970499?ean=2940167251175

Barnes and Noble Paperback:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-witch-wars-gail-roughton/1143970499?ean=9780228627128

Kobo US eBook:

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-witch-wars-1

Kobo CA eBook:

https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/the-witch-wars-1

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Gail will be awarding a $20 Amazon OR Barnes and Noble Gift Card (Winner’s Choice!!!) 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.