Archives for September 2012

Military Republic Book Blast October 4th

A Military Republic by Haythem Bastawy

Egypt is in a state of turmoil, beggars have filled the streets, unemployment is at a record high, random individuals are vanishing under mysterious circumstances, and the president is grooming his son to take over. Fear clings to the air with secret police waiting in dark corners, and love withers under the crushing will of authority. Haythem Bastawy, an Egyptian himself, manages through his captivating narrative to depict a dangerous and yet absorbing world of a country in crisis and a people on the verge of a revolution. A Military Republic is a novel based on the true events that were the spark to the blaze of the Egyptian Revolution.

Praise for A Military Republic:
“Haythem Bastawy’s novel is unlike anything I have read before and truly introduced Egypt to me in a way I had never considered it. I know very little about Egyptian politics, aside from the relatively recent news coverage of the Revolution, etc., so found Bastawy’s work both enlightening and extremely interesting.” 
~The Kindle Book Review
“This is an incredible story that everyone—at least every Westerner—should read.” 
~Joan 
“A tragic love story and a tragic life; the story of Hesham symbolises Egypt as a military republic. Very well written, helped me to understand the plight of the young people demonstrating for their freedom.”
~  bookworm 2012 
About the Author:
Haythem Bastawy was born in Alexandria, Egypt. He holds a B.A in English Literature from Alexandria University. He taught English for Berlitz-Egypt, before working for the as an English Language Lecturer based at both Cairo and Ain-Shams Universities. He also worked as a free-lance journalist for some local newspapers. He currently lives in Yorkshire with his wife and son. A Military Republic is the first novel in a series of books set in the year before the Egyptian Revolution and traveling back in time to the early nineteenth century.
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$50 Amazon Gift Card compliments of Author Haythem Bastawy
Ends 10/11/12

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Gallagher’s Hope Blast – October 10th

Gallagher’s Hope Synopsis
She sought a new beginning.
He sought what he didn’t know was missing.
Together they would discover hope in unlikely places.
Isabelle Rousseu must escape New Orleans and the memory of her family’s tragic loss. With her younger brother in tow, she accepts a position as the new schoolteacher in Briarwood, Montana. Desperate to keep what’s left of her family together, Isabelle joins her life with a stranger only to discover that trust and hope go hand in hand.
Gabriel Gallagher lived each day as it came believing he had everything he could possibly want…until a determined woman and her brother arrive with a little luggage and a lot of secrets.
It will take a drastic choice to protect her and give them both, hope for the future.

Teasers

Excerpt One: 
Nothing existed of the life she had known.
      Her slender arm wrapped around the little boy’s shoulder and pulled him closer to his side. She could feel his slight trembling and wished more than anything that she could take away his sadness. They were alone in the world. They had each other, and she prayed that would be enough for them both.
      They stood and listened as the priest gave the final blessing, and two men lowered the caskets into the ground. The few other mourners who had been kind enough to attend the funeral asked her to leave with them, but she needed the closure. She needed her eyes to see what her heart refused to accept. ”An unfortunate affair,” everyone called the incident for it wasn’t every day that a man murdered his wife and then shot himself. Isabelle wished not to think on the possible reasons why, but she couldn’t seem to help herself. She never imagined her family to be anything but happy. Their father’s death, however, revealed the truth. No one spoke of it with them of course, but the lawyer had made the situation quite clear.
      They were penniless.
Excerpt Two: 
“You promised Gabriel, you promised!”
Gabriel wasn’t a light sleeper. In fact it often took a great deal to wake him from a pleasant slumber and last night had been one heck of a night’s sleep. He enjoyed waking with Isabelle in the room. What he didn’t enjoy was being yelled at and falsely accused before he’d even had his first cup of coffee. Her words though, did enough to bring him about.
“Criminy, Isabelle it’s too early for yelling and I didn’t break my promise.” Gabriel moved around the side of the bed until he located his boots and slipped them on. His happy memories of holding her in his arms the night before were quickly replaced by anger and irritation.
“What do you call waking up next to me then Gabriel?”
“If you’ll take a good look at yourself, and me for that matter, you’ll see we’re both fully dressed. More’s the pity.”

   

The Author

McClintock is an entrepreneur, baker, photographer, tour host, reviewer and multi-genre author.
Over the years McClintock has traveled the country and abroad, experiencing the beauty of other lands and cultures. She dreams of a time when life was simpler, the land rougher, and the journey more rewarding. With her heart deeply rooted in the past and her mind always on adventure, McClintock will always call Montana home.
McClintock is a member of Romance Writers of America, Montana Romance Writers, and Women Writing the West.

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Gallagher’s Hop Book Blast Giveaway
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1 Autographed copy of Gallagher’s Hope (US only)
2 Gallagher’s Hope-Kindle Edition
2 Gallagher’s Pride (Book One)-Kindle Edition

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Life on Hold Blast – September 27th

Life on Hold by Beverly Stowe McClure

A paper found.
A secret revealed.
A girl’s life changed forever.

Myra Gibson’s life is a lie. For sixteen years her parents have kept their secret, but the adoption paper she discovers while cleaning the guest house tells the truth. As the past and present collide, Myra finally stands up for herself and begins a journey she may regret.

Reviews:

“All I can say is wow! Beverly Stowe McClure knocked this one out of the ballpark. The story of Myra and her search for the truth touched upon one of the fundamental needs of all children (and teens): the need for a father in their lives. … The school librarian at the middle school where I teach is already looking into buying a copy for the school library. It’s that good.”
~Award Winning Author Darby Karchut- http://darbykarchut.blogspot.com

“Beverly did an awesome job with this book. Myra’s character and the decisions she make throughout the book are believable. Her friends, family and love interest, Jeremy, are all characters that the readers can relate to.”
~Peggy Tibbetts – http://www.peggytibbetts.net/


About the Author:

When Beverly Stowe McClure was a child she hated to read. Even though her eighth grade teacher sent her poem “Stars” to the National High School Poetry Association, and it was published in Young America Sings, an anthology of Texas high school poetry, she hated to write. In spite of her rocky relationship with books, she attended Midwestern State University, where she read too many books to count, and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. She taught in elementary school for twenty-two years. Reading Dr. Seuss to her sons and Newbery winners to her students made Beverly realize what she’d been missing: Reading was fun.
Now, she reads most every day. She also writes. Her articles for children’s magazines, many of them about activities her classes did in school, have been published in leading children‘s magazines. One article was reprinted in a Scott Foresman Anthology, Grades PK/K. Her doggie story appeared in a Chicken Soup for the Soul book.

Beverly’s five novels for teens and tweens are published by small Indie Publishers. Her YA historical novel, Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines, is a finalist in the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Novella Division. The book also is a finalist in Dan Poynter’s Global eBook Awards, Teen Fiction, and is an Honor Award Winner in the Reader’s Favorite Book Award Contest, YA Category, as well as an Honor Winner in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards, YA Category.  Listen to the Ghost was a finalist in the 2003 Dream Realm Awards. Her first picture book came out in June 2011. Her latest book, Life on Hold, is a YA contemporary novel. She lives in the country with her husband, two cats, and a variety of wild critters that come to visit.

Links:
http://beverlystowemcclure.wordpress.com
http://beverlystowemcclure.blogspot.com
http://twitter.com/beverlymcclure
http://www.goodreads.com/beverlysmcclure
http://www.facebook.com#!/beverlysmcclure

$25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway
Ends 10/4/12
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Silent Song Book Blast – October 11th

Silent Song by Ron C. Nieto

The princess of the school, Alice, is keeping a secret that could strip her of her high school fame. She is obsessed with the school’s outcast, Keith, but not just him – his music.

Since the inspiration for the song hit, Keith can’t get it out of his mind. The song must be played; it demands to be played. He knows the music is changing him, but he is unable to stop it.

Music has the ability to move you, enlighten you, and take you to places you have never dreamed of. And this particular piece? It has a life of its own and makes you forget who you really are.

As Keith and Alice learn of one another to the notes of that one perfect tune, they can overlook their roles and discover who they could be together. But they also discover someone else is listening and intends on keeping Keith to herself, possibly for an eternity.

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A few reviews:
“I am not sure at which point I fell in love with this story. It pulled me in from the first page, but at one point I discovered I was no longer reading the book but devouring the book. I could not put it down.”
Read the full review over at JennReneeRead

“Silent Song is one of those books that you sit down to read and because you are thrown into the story so quickly before you know it you have finished the book. I love it when that happens!”
Read the full review over at Bending the Spine

“If you love stories featuring real characters, music, theatre, and a cute cat, Silent Song is the book for you. Ron C. Nieto’s debut novel is endearing and YA fans should experience Silent Song for themselves.”
Read the full review over at Reader Girls

“There is a bit of everything in this book..contemporary , paranormal, plenty of Mean Girl bits with Lina the Bitch Queen, so it should appeal to a wide range of readers. Silent Song was Ron C Nieto’s debut Novel, I will definitely be on the look out for more from her in the future.”
Read the full review over at Dreaming Dreams no Mortal ever Dared

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About the Author:

Ron C. Nieto is a fantasy and romance author who has been writing in her secluded fortress for the longest time. Recently, she had a talk with her cat and decided that she should share her creations, because it was selfish to hoard them all for herself.
If you would like to know more about her, please visit her website.

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During October, Ron will be running a small giveaway to thank people who purchased the book. More info can be found here: http://www.roncnieto.com/?p=131


Giveaway Details:
Author Ron Nieto is providing 1 lucky winner with a $50 Amazon Gift Card
Ends 10/18/12

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Concilium Book Blast – September 25th

About Author Michelle Pickett:

Michelle has been an avid reader since a young child.  She began writing for personal enjoyment in college, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in accounting.  Deciding sitting in a cubical all day was her form of cruel and unusual punishment, she decided to do what she really wanted to—share her passion for reading and writing with others.
She wrote her debut novel Concilium in 2010.  It was released July of 2012 by MuseItUp Publishing.  The sequel, Concilium: The Departure will also be published by MuseItUp Publishing with scheduled release date of November 2012.
Her Debut young adult novel, PODs, will be published by Spencer Hill Press and is scheduled for release in paperback June 4th, 2013.  Milayna, a young adult paranormal romance, will be released through Spencer Hill Press March 2014.
Michelle was born and raised in Michigan.  She now resides in a small community outside Houston, Texas with her incredibly supportive husband, four wonderful children, a 125-pound lap dog, a very grumpy cockatiel and a cat that thinks it’s queen.
Michelle writes adult and young adult Sci/Fi and urban fantasy romance.


Links and Contact Information:

Email: Michelle@Michelle-Pickett.com

Concilium by Michelle Pickett

A tale of deadly creatures and forbidden romance…

Leslee hit a strange animal with her car. Now she’s marked for death.

It was a simple car accident – the animal didn’t even die – but it drew the attention of the Cruor Imbibo. Driven by their insatiable need to feed, the secret society of Imbibo has devoured the dregs of civilization for centuries. Afraid Leslee will expose them, and put an end to their meal ticket, the Imbibo want her dead.

The Concilium is Leslee’s only protection. Guardian of the ancient secret and the protector of humans, the Concilium fights to control the Imbibo and end their feeding frenzy. Miller works for the Concilium. Keeping Leslee alive is his next assignment.

Now Leslee is on the run, and the only thing between her flesh and the snapping jaws of the Imbibo is Miller. He and Leslee quickly form a bond, but will falling in love make Miller’s job more difficult? Because if he fails, Leslee will be next on the Imbibo menu.

The Cruor Imbibo are coming, and they’re coming for Leslee.



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Book Blast Giveaway:
$50 Amazon Gift Code
Ends 10/2/12
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The Reluctant Bachelorette by Rachael Renee Anderson

The Reluctant Bachelorette by Rachael Anderson

Unknowingly cast as the bachelorette for her town’s charity event, Taycee Emerson wants out. Especially when she discovers her old teenage crush, Luke Carney, is one of the bachelors and it’s up to the viewers–not her–to decide which bachelors stay or go.

Coerced into participating, Taycee does what any self-preserving girl would do. She launches a subtle attack on Luke’s good name with the hope of getting him voted off the show. Unfortunately, Luke’s an eye-for-an-eye kind of guy, and when he discovers what she’s up to, it means revenge.

But when their pranks go south, will they screw up any chance they have at a future together, or will they be able to forgive and forget and prove that love really does conquer all?

About the Author:
Rachael Anderson is the author of four contemporary romances: Divinely Designed, Luck of the Draw, Minor Adjustments, and The Reluctant Bachelorette. She’s the mother of four, can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.





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FB fan page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rachael-Anderson/174521852685105
Website:
http://rachaelreneeanderson.blogspot.com/
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/rachaelreneeand
Goodreads:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3229576.Rachael_Renee_Anderson
Amazon author page:
http://www.amazon.com/Rachael-Renee-Anderson/e/B003357K70/

http://iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.com/p/blog-tour.html

Giveaway Details:
$50 Amazon Gift Code compliments of Author Rachael Renee Anderson
Ends 10/31/12

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