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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Book Blitz: Fueled by Desire By Julie Morgan


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Title: Fueled Desire
Author: Julie Morgan
Photo Credit: Jenn Le Blanc
Cover Design: Stella Price
Blog Tour Hosted by: Coast to Coast Book Besties and 



A chance encounter around the world led her to him…

Abby Masters knew it was time to move on and start her life on her own. No one was in her way, no one could stop her. Leaving her past behind was the best way to move forward.

Deciding to travel around the world, the intent was to clear her mind, to find herself and to start over. What she didn’t expect, what she didn’t see coming, was Clive.

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Cover Reveal: Out of Centerield By L. Mertz

by L. Mertz
Cover Reveal Date: April 1st
Release Day: April 6th

Cover Models: Aurora O'Brien and Zack Hardt
Cover Design: Justin Temporado at Get Ready, Get Set, Edit

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Book Tour: If You Leave This Farm: The Dream is Destroyed By Amanda Farmer


Author Bio:
The author, Amanda, grew up on the farm and worked together there with her family until the age of 29. She now lives with her husband on a hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. They have one grown daughter. Amanda holds a Master’s Degree in Nurse Anesthesia and currently works in that profession.

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Book Genre: Memoir, Autobiographic

Publisher: Archway Publishing

Release Date: July 2014

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Book Description:

My book chronicles the story of our move to Minnesota as a family when we are teenagers to farm together. The first year’s catastrophic crop failure sets off a determination by our father to totally control our circumstances and leads to 12 years of struggle by my younger brother and I to leave the farm. Interweaved into the story is our life as Mennonites and the influence that has upon our lives.

Excerpt 2:

I spend my morning after milking today reading the local newspaper and the Budget (Ohio), an Amish-Mennonite newspaper. The Budget is a compilation of letters from “scribes,” or writers, in various communities all over the country, telling of the happenings in the lives of other Amish and Mennonite families. The letters hold a certain fascination to me as, it seems, all kinds of strange and exciting things happen in other people’s lives. In contrast, my life is the same stressful combination of work and sleep and nothingness every day. I have started to become increasingly more discouraged and just plain tired of the life that is mine. Daddy’s response to any voicing of this weariness is, “God gave us all these gifts. We need to be good stewards and work hard to take care of them.”

            After about an hour of reading, I make my way to the barn to stand upon my perch, from which I scout for cows that I will need to breed later in the day. Then it is time to hook the gooseneck cattle trailer to the pickup and take the bull calves that have been born in the last week to the sale barn. It is a job I enjoy. It does take a special skill to back a gooseneck trailer around, and I am proud that I have mastered it. Not many women can do what I do on a daily basis.

            As I return from my fifty-mile round trip, I notice a car in front of the house. Daddy is talking to a building salesman. I step inside in time to see him signing a contract for another machine shed. My heart drops. Just what we need. More buildings to pay for. I am feeling depressed, but the day is warm, so I walk out into the pasture to check on the dry cows. I lie on the grass in the pasture, with the sun on my face, and allow the tears to course down my cheeks and onto the fading grass of summer. Oh God! Help us! is all that I can pray. I want my life to be about more than paying for buildings and cows.


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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Book Tour: Blondes, Books, and Bourbon By R.M. Riddley

We are excited to share this collection of short stories by Author R.M. Riddley! Come join us along this tour as we look over each story and get to know more about this author!

Blondes, Books, and Bourbon is a collection of short stories that we will be learning about over the next week. Each day is featuring one of these stories.
Today's Featured  Story is
Sins of the Father
A pawn shop owner risks it all by asking Alvey to recover property that is more than meets the eye.

R.M. Ridley lives with his wife on a small homestead in Canada, raising chickens and sheep. He has been writing stories, both long and short, for three decades, the themes of which range from the gruesome to the fantastical.

As an individual who suffers from severe bipolar disorder, Ridley is a strong believer in being open about mental health issues and uses his writing to escape when his thoughts become too wild.

BOOKS: WHITE DRAGON BLACKTomorrow Wendell (Book 1, 2014)Blondes, Books, and Bourbon (anthology, 2015)Bindings and Spines (Book 2, 2015)

Ridley's work has appeared in two Xchyler anthologies: "The Case for Custody" in Shades and Shadows: a Paranormal Anthology, and "Charon's Obol" in Legends and Lore: An Anthology of Mythic Proportions.

FIND THE AUTHOR ONLINE: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon | About Me

WHITE DRAGON BLACK: Google + | Twitter

Sins of the Father was a new take on the classic private investigator story. Alvey tends to take on cases that go from strange to the seemingly bizarre, and this case was no different. He was brought on to investigate a burglary where a rare and mysterious set of cufflinks have been stolen from a pawn shop.
I thought Sins of the Father was a good stand alone story, but felt that there could have been a lot more added to really make the story stand out. The dialogue felt genuine to the plot, the characters and to the setting. However, I felt that the story itself was too short. I would have preferred a bit longer and for the P.I. to check into one or more suspects before zeroing in on the culprit.

Character Casting: Who would you cast for your main characters and why?


When I first started writing Jonathan I had an idea of him, his looks and manners, but no real face I could say ‘Like him’, that changed when I watched an episode of ‘Sanctuary’. There was a guest actor, who I knew well from watching SG-1 but who looked much different as this character. When I saw Michael Shanks, as he appeared in this role, I suddenly had a face for Jonathan.

March 22: The Play's the Thing
March 23: Cost of Custody - Author Interview AND Author's Top 10s Favorites List
March 24: Sins of the Father – Review AND Excerpt AND Character Casting
March 25: Legerdelivre - Excerpt AND Character Casting
March 26: Do as I Say Not as I Do - Review AND Author's Top 10s Favorites list AND Character Casting
March 27: What a Nightmare - Author's Top 10s Favorites List AND Character Casting
March 28: The Ties that Bind
March 28: Bindings and Spines - Excerpt AND Character Casting

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