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Thursday, September 12, 2019

The 6th Turn: Kat by Author Ren Garcia


This Blitz is a bit of a change of pace for us We are doing something different and fun as Author Ren Garcia is making YouTube videos telling you the backstory of each chapter in his book and then narrating the chapter. The Treasure Hunt Questions will be based on the videos and you can answer the questions in the Rafflecopter.


Ren Garcia is a Science Fiction/Fantasy author and Texas native who grew up in western Ohio. He has been writing since before he could write, often scribbling alien lingo on any available wall or floor with assorted crayons. He attended The Ohio State University and majored in English Literature. 

Ren has been an avid lover of anything surreal since childhood. He also has a passion for caving, urban archaeology, taking pictures of clouds, and architecture. He currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, and their four dogs.


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Raised in the dark under the lash of the Black Hat Sisterhood, when the woman who would become known as Kat, is sent on a suicide mission into the heart of the League, she was not expected to survive. Her mission: discover the identity of the fabled Shadow tech Goddess, a being who does not exist. All other considerations, including her possible death, are secondary.


But, Kat is guided by higher powers, by merciful hands that feed her, clothe her and whisper in her ear. As she watches the sun rise for the first time, she recalls their words: “Be strong,” they said. “You have much to live for.






YouTube Clip:

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The answer to Treasure Hunt Question #1 is in this video.
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The Autocon inside her body swam through her Shadow tech like a giant parasite. It cajoled her along the way with its icy Shadow tech voice:
“Do not die! The Black Abbess is invested in your success. Die, waste our training in you and we will reclaim our Shadow tech and cast your soul to Hell where it will be devoured for the remainder of eternity … Do not die!”   --Kat, along with a tormenting demon, confined within an atmosphere suit.


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Treasure Hunt Questions 1-4: (put your answers in the rafflecopter below)
( One of the Rafflecopter Prizes is specifically for the Treasure Hunt Winner )

 1-      Shade Church – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjc0OiikC0g
Question: How many crawlers, besides Kat, were selected by her “angels”?
A: 3
B: 2
C: 1
D: 4
2-      Send to Die – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB73rrVJ-fc
Question: What happened to Kat’s Autocon demon?
A: It died during the journey to Kana
B: She convinces it to return to Shade Church without her
C: She captured it within an arcane device.
D: It captures Kat and forces her to complete her mission

3-      The Ruins – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoHefUpoZ_w
Question: What did Kat encounter at the bottom of the stairs?
A: A dead body
B: A treasure chest
C: Nothing—an empty room
D: The Shadow tech Goddess

4-      Bird, Walk, Wheel and Kat – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbdJwUB0eLM
Question: Which of Kat’s sisters decided to go below into the catacombs?
A: Bird
B: Walker
C: Wheel
D: Karma

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Grace Without Grace, Stumbling into Romance - Book Tour for Susan Tietjen





Grace has given up on romance, on almost everything, since Rick Fleming betrayed her faith in him five years ago. Given her constant struggle with bad luck (her friend Murphy), being insanely accident prone, and having been the target of endless ridicule growing up, she has no reason to trust anyone.
Rick made some mistakes as a boy, and as a young man, his worst was hurting Grace Evans. His heart still belongs to her, even if she doesn’t know it. Unfortunately, in the last confrontation between them, she demanded he never speak to her again.
Now, Grace’s best friend (and Rick’s sister) Hannah has invited her to a ten-day summer work-vacation to babysit Hannah’s teen cousins. A palatial cabin, a patio boat on the lake, and all the comforts of the rich and famous at their fingertips? A vacation made in heaven.
At least until they arrive and Grace finds Rick there. And neither can leave. Rick’s car is in pieces in the garage, and Grace forgot her driver’s license at home.
How will Grace survive it? Can she find a way to forgive? Can Rick learn to take
responsibility for his past mistakes? And even if they succeed, what will they do when Rick’s most recent wantabe girlfriend shows up on their doorstep, determined to make Rick hers?







Susan was born and raised a Southern California girl but is grateful to have lived on the Oregon coast and in the Rocky Mountains of northern Utah. She’s now enjoying living with her husband in the incomparable beauty of the Redwood forest, nestled against the rugged coast of Northern California.
Susan raised a tribe of children, making ends meet as a registered nurse and lactation consultant, and now her tribe members have tribes of their own and she doesn’t get to see enough of them. She loves to travel and is thrilled with a good movie or a great book, but writing is her passion. She writes almost anything, especially epic fantasy and romance.

Susan would love to hear your comments. Please review her book at your favorite retailer or at Goodreads. Take a peek at her website, susantietjen.blogspot.com, and/ or drop her a note at:
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Author Interview Part 2:

Which genre is your favorite? If you could only write or recommend readers read one, what would your ‘go-to’ genre be? 
A: I’d hate to be confined to only one genre. If I get tired of one, I try another for a while, like tasting different favorite foods. Tongue in cheek, I’d have to say that I put a little romance into everything I write, even my fantasy, so even if I really love fantasy, I’d have to say that the majority of my reading and writing is romance.

Which character was the easiest to write, and who was the hardest to write?
A: Grace was the easiest character to write in this book. I empathized with her “problem.” I’m the clumsiest person in the world and swear Murphy has it in for me. When I was a child, a family member who shall remain nameless made fun of me every time I tripped over something or knocked things down. She would sneer when she said, “What’s for an encore, Grace?”, and I cried. I understand Grace’s pain, her feelings of inadequacy, the times when she feels bitter, or lost, or unloved. I also understand that hope is the only thing that keeps Grace going, even if she doesn’t realize it. That’s what keeps all of us going even when it seems like the odds are against us.

The hardest character to write was Maria, the “other woman.” She was easy for me to not like, but it was hard to remain fair and keep her human. No one is totally bad, but having had to deal with mentally ill people as a nurse, I know some can be dangerous and it intimidates me. Considering this book was supposed to be light-hearted and fun, I had to work to make Maria realistic without taking her too seriously.  

What is your go-to cure for writer's block?
A: All of those things that keep me from writing. (LOL.) Gardening, yoga, knitting, crocheting, church work. Mostly, I read and read and read. I watch television shows and take notes. I watch movies and take more notes. Sometimes a certain statement or idea will trigger something and get me on track again. Sometimes it’s just because of letting go and enjoying what someone else has created that recharges my batteries. If that’s not working, I love to go take a walk on the beach or out in our gorgeous redwood forest. Nothing like nature to re-center the human soul.

Where is your favorite place to read or write?
A: Favorite place to read: When it’s warm and dry, I love to read outside on my lounge chair on the decking. When it’s cold or raining, nothing beats cuddling up with my afghan in my rocking chair, along with a cup of hot chocolate and marshmallows, and my book. If it’s bedtime, I can hardly wait to curl up in bed and read for as long as I can, sometimes way beyond the time when the lights should go out. 

Favorite place to write: In my office in front of my iMac. The screen is huge and I feel like I can see forever when I use it. It drives me nuts when I travel to have to revert to my laptop, because the screen is so small, especially because I use Scrivener to write. The multiple screens just work better on a larger computer monitor. Oh, and I have a slider door in the office that leads to the garden, and if I need a moment to re-center myself, all I have to do is look outside. 

Do you have any tips to any aspiring authors or writers?  
A:
1. Read, read, and read, especially the books in your chosen genre, and how-to-write books. There’s a slew of them: how to write dialogue, how to plan a plot, how to write basic English—which includes my pet peeve: good grammar, punctuation, spelling, and knowing the right verb tenses for the occasion. No one likes reading something so badly written it’s like fingernails on a chalkboard. 
You may not like them all, but try self-help books like Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat, Larry Brook’s Story Engineering, and for aspiring Indie Authors, I love S. K. Quinn’s books Indie Author Survival Guide and For Love or Money.  
2. Take a writing class if you can and join a writing group. The group isn’t an option. Many editors will not accept you as a client if you don’t have one. Critiquing other people’s work and letting them critique yours is crucial. It will help refine your skills and is a lot cheaper than an editor. 
3. Attend writing conferences. I can’t stress that enough. Some have contests available. Enter them. You’ll learn both from winning and losing. 
4. Consider joining NaNoWrimo.org, National Novel Writing Month. (It’s free, although donations are appreciated.) Every November, authors from all over the world gather to focus on one thing: writing an entire book of at least 50,000 words beginning on November 1st. Your work is not evaluated and it isn’t a contest, it’s just a way to channel your efforts and give you a reason to work hard. There are helps available, some accountability, advice from successful authors, a way to find buddies in your area (online or in person) so that you can challenge each other, and an excuse to push the rest of the world away. No one expects a polished work, it’s just a way to learn to focus on writing a lot quickly rather than taking forever to write the first three chapters of the next great American novel. 
5. Get a subscription to Writer’s Magazine or something similar. There are always great hints and ideas as well as contests and conferences—sometimes online—advertised in them.
6. Consider purchasing a writing program. I love Scrivener, but there are others out there and no doubt will someday be more. It helps organize your work and avoid problems when you’re revising. 
7. Decide whether you want to publish. You’re a writer either way, but if you do want to publish, you need to know what’s at stake. Do you want to be a traditionally published author or an Indie author? It requires some research to know the processes involved, because both are hard work, just different. In other words, know which price you’re willing to pay to make it happen.






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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Secrets Never Die book blitz







Tallie Brown’s life has never made sense. Raised in isolation by her mother, Julia, Tallie was dragged suddenly and without explanation from one third-world outpost to another until life normalized seven years ago when Julia took a position on a mountaintop in the Pacific northwest. But when Julia unexpectedly dies, Tallie uncovers clues suggesting that Julia had a secret life. Journalistic phenom Jackson James is still recovering from the devastating mistake that flatlined his promising career. Now he’s paying the price, working as the editor of a syrupy community rag in a posh D.C. suburb. But when the very man who destroyed him drops a tantalizing lead about a potential D.C. scandal, the reporter sees his chance for redemption and sets off to chase the story. Jackson’s investigation leads him to Cutler’s Ridge, a dying Virginia coal town, and directly into the path of the mysterious and beautiful Tallie. As these two mistrustful loners follow their leads, their stories begin to intertwine until they reach an alarming conclusion – something terrible happened in Cutler’s Ridge. As they doggedly pursue the story, the town’s cold reception spirals into threats and danger, proving that there are those who will stop at nothing to keep the past hidden forever –because secrets never die.











 
Laurie (L.C.) Lewis will always be a Marylander at heart—a weather-whining lover of crabs, American history, and the sea. She admits to being craft-challenged, particularly lethal with a glue gun, and a devotee of sappy movies. Secrets Never Die is Laurie’s twelfth published novel.
Her women’s fiction/romance novels include Love on the Line, (2019), Awakening Avery, (2018), Love on a Limb, (2017), Sweet Water, (2017), The Dragons of Alsace Farm (2016), and
Unspoken (2004), written as Laurie Lewis. Using the pen name L.C. Lewis, she wrote the five volumes of her award-winning FREE MEN and DREAMERS historical romance series, set against the backdrop of the War of 1812: Dark Sky at Dawn (2007), Twilight’s Last Gleaming
(2008), Dawn’s Early Light (2009), Oh, Say Can You See? (2010), and In God is Our Trust, (2011).
Laurie Lewis is a RONE Award Winner (The Dragons of Alsace Farm) and was twice
named a New Apple Literary Award winner in 2017 (The Dragons of Alsace Farm), and in 2018, winning Best New Fiction (Love on a Limb.) She is also a BRAGG Medallion honoree, and she was twice named a Whitney Awards and USA Best Books Awards finalist.
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Julia heard the pleading in his voice, and finally she understood what her choices
had cost this man. As the casualties had mounted over the years, she had wondered if
protecting these secrets would all be worth the cost. Now she would never know. She
took a deep breath in preparation for another step, feeling another violent lurch as the
frayed lower rope broke free. Julia clenched the remaining upper rope, determined to
hold on, while dancing her feet along the remaining lower line in the hopes of finding
some support there. There was a momentary calm as she hung by a literal thread
above the jagged trees in the gorge. Looking at her horrified former colleague, she
quietly said, “Go. There’s nothing you can do. If you get caught here, it will all have
been for nothing.”
She watched a sorrowful acceptance slacken his face. His outstretched hand
lowered as he offered a few words of comfort. “I’ll watch out for Tallie.”
Julia jerked her head right, gesturing for him to go and leave her alone.
With a final nod, he turned and walked away without looking back.





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Monday, August 26, 2019

Grace Without Grace, Stumbling into Romance - Cover Reveal Today!








Susan was born and raised a Southern California girl but is grateful to have lived on the Oregon coast and in the Rocky Mountains of northern Utah. She’s now enjoying living with her husband in the incomparable beauty of the Redwood forest, nestled against the rugged coast of Northern California.
Susan raised a tribe of children, making ends meet as a registered nurse and lactation consultant, and now her tribe members have tribes of their own and she doesn’t get to see enough of them. She loves to travel and is thrilled with a good movie or a great book, but writing is her passion. She writes almost anything, especially epic fantasy and romance.

Susan would love to hear your comments. Please review her book at your favorite retailer or at Goodreads. Take a peek at her website, susantietjen.blogspot.com, and/ or drop her a note at:
stietjen.author@gmail.com.



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Grace has given up on romance, on almost everything, since Rick Fleming betrayed her faith in him five years ago. Given her constant struggle with bad luck (her friend Murphy), being insanely accident prone, and having been the target of endless ridicule growing up, she has no reason to trust anyone.
Rick made some mistakes as a boy, and as a young man, his worst was hurting Grace Evans. His heart still belongs to her, even if she doesn’t know it. Unfortunately, in the last confrontation between them, she demanded he never speak to her again.
Now, Grace’s best friend (and Rick’s sister) Hannah has invited her to a ten-day summer work-vacation to babysit Hannah’s teen cousins. A palatial cabin, a patio boat on the lake, and all the comforts of the rich and famous at their fingertips? A vacation made in heaven.
At least until they arrive and Grace finds Rick there. And neither can leave. Rick’s car is in pieces in the garage, and Grace forgot her driver’s license at home.
How will Grace survive it? Can she find a way to forgive? Can Rick learn to take
responsibility for his past mistakes? And even if they succeed, what will they do when Rick’s most recent wantabe girlfriend shows up on their doorstep, determined to make Rick hers?



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SET TO RELEASE ON SEPTEMBER 6TH!
Preorder Available Now on Amazon!

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The Faith of a Wife Tour






Can they survive the refiner's fire?

It is 85 B.C. in the Ancient Americas, and against all odds, Amulek and Tabitha’s arranged marriage has turned into one based on love. Their little family is thriving and life seems to be better than they could have ever hoped for.

Despite her blessed and luxurious lifestyle, Tabitha feels as if something is missing. A part of her yearns for something she cannot see, something to fill the hole inside of her heart. However, no matter where she turns, she cannot find the cure, until she becomes intrigued by a man preaching of God in the town square.

Amulek’s status as a respected and wealthy man in the city of Ammonihah seems to grow by the day. His farm is flourishing and his family is healthy and happy. Everything he ever wanted is in his hands. But when the Lord he has ignored for years, tells Amulek he is not only to house a chosen prophet of God, but travel with him to preach repentance to the people, Amulek’s idyllic life is thrown into turmoil.

No matter his previous status among his peers, Amulek’s change of heart brings his entire family into danger. Before they are ready, their new found faith is thrown directly into the refiner’s fire. It seems as if they will lose everything if they stand firm in their beliefs and follow the plan God has for them. Is what they will gain worth the cost?

“The Faith of a Wife” is a Christian Historical Fiction Romance. Each book is a stand alone story and can be read in any order.







L.A. Pattillo is the mother of 5 busy children and wife to 1 fantastic husband by day and avid reader and writer by night. She loves her father in heaven and is active in her church. She graduated from BYU with a degree in Creative Writing and now resides with her family in the Pacific Northwest.




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Excerpt from the Book:

Amulek looked the man in the eye and straightened his shoulders. “For many
years, I, too, did harden my heart. I was called, but I refused to listen.” Amulek
looked down and shook his head, shame coursing through him as he admitted
to his weakness in front of the large crowd. “I knew,” he said softly, then
looked up with determination, “I KNEW and yet I refused to listen. I rebelled
against God and hardened my heart and mind against the knowledge I had. My
wealth and status were more important to me than the eternal fate of my
family. Even until a few weeks ago when I was on my way to visit a near
kindred.” Amulek’s eyes left the man in front of him and traveled around the
crowd. “For many nights the Lord had given me a dream. A dream that I was to
seek out and feed a prophet of the Lord. On the day I was traveling, an angel of
the Lord stopped me and commanded that I should travel to the South Gate.
The very man that had been appearing in my dream waited for me there.”

A shock-wave of whispers spread through the large crowd. Amulek
noticed the city leaders to his left, many were glaring at him, but before they
could interfere, he continued, “According to the will of the Lord, I received this
man into my house. He has taught us the ways of God, the ways my ancestors
knew and the ways I had pushed aside. But no longer! I testify to you that as
the Lord liveth, even so, He sent an angel to me to manifest the truthfulness of
Alma’s words to me.” He waved his arms in the air. “This prophet has been a
blessing to my family! He has brought us back to the Lord and given us hope
and faith. I have forsaken my fortune in favor of eternity. No longer will I let
the things of the world cloud my vision.”
“See! There are two witnesses! Surely this must mean something!”
“Perhaps you have been in the sun too long, Amulek!” Chuckles and
guffaws bounced around.
“What more do you have to say, Amulek?” another voice called out,
giving Amulek courage to continue.




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