Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Girl Who Came Back To Life by Craig Staufenberg Tour Kickoff & Giveaway




Title: The Girl Who Came Back to Life
Author Name: Craig Staufenberg



Author Bio: Craig Staufenberg is a writer and filmmaker living in NYC.
Contact: craig.staufenberg@gmail.com
Website: craigstaufenberg.com

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Book Genre: Middle Grade
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: April 16th, 2014
Buy Link(s): Kindle, Paperback



Book Description: When you die, your spirit wakes in the north, in the City of the Dead. There, you wander the cold until one of your living loved ones finds you, says "Goodbye," and Sends you to the next world.

After her parents die, 12-year-old Sophie refuses to release their spirits. Instead, she resolves to travel to the City of the Dead to bring her mother and father’s spirits back home with her.

Taking the long pilgrimage north with her gruff & distant grandmother—by train, by foot, by boat; over ruined mountains and plains and oceans—Sophie struggles to return what death stole from her. Yet the journey offers her many hard, unexpected lessons—what to hold on to, when to let go, and who she must truly bring back to life.


Excerpt:

CHAPTER 1
SENDING

When you die, your spirit wakes in the frozen north, in the City of
the Dead, and waits there until someone comes along to Send you
to the next world by telling you a simple and heartfelt “Goodbye.”

This single word, spoken by someone who loves you, releases your soul from
this world and lets you finish your journey to the next life.
The City of the Dead is difficult, dangerous, and expensive to reach. You
must join the steady stream of mourners who pour north at all times to Send

their loved ones, unwilling to let their dead wander forever through the cold.






Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Seaville by Jim Reilly Happy Release Day, Tour Kickoff & Giveaway



Book Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy
Publisher: Sayville Books
Release Date: September 30th
Buy Links: TBA

Description:

When new neighbors, Mike and Ann Wells along with their children CJ and Patricia, move into the southern part of town along the Great South Bay of Long Island, they discover the true identity of their neighbors.

Each of their new neighbors hosts a being from an alien race hiding from the cruelty of enslavement. This mysterious race needs the Wells family to help them navigate the complicated human experience while being concealed from a nosy but well-meaning old priest. But most of all, they must help them from being captured by a corrupt individual looking to make a profit off a race hoping to peacefully secure fuel to stay one step ahead of their former masters.

As the town of Seaville erupts into chaos, Mike and Ann try to keep their new friends concealed and safe. However, time is running out as their former masters search the universe for their lost property and inch closer to Earth.


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Author Bio:

Jim Reilly is a new science fiction / fantasy novelist. He is a married father of four, born and raised in Long Island. After going back to college and finishing with an MBA, some of his professors gave accolades to his writing prowess. With that and encouragement from his wife, he wrote his first novel, Evolution.

The success of Evolution has inspired Jim to continue his writing efforts and finish his next science fiction / fantasy novel, Seaville.

From an early age, Jim always had a fascination with science, science fiction, and fantasy to a point that it became a passion of his. Now he enjoys putting that passion to paper. He has already penned his next book and is working on another.


Author Links -

sayvillebooks.com
jimreillyscifi.wordpress.com
https://twitter.com/JimReilly98
www.linkedin.com/in/jimreilly98
www.goodreads.com/author/show/6591359.Jim_Reilly

Scheduling Now (20 Stops)

September 30 - Release Day Party & Giveaway at VBT Café Blog
October 2 - Spotlight at 3 Partners In Shopping - Nana, Mommy & Sissy Too!
October 7 - Guest Blogging at Mythical Books
October 9 -
October 14 - Spotlight at Deal Sharing Aunt
October 16 - Spotlight at Urania's Distractions
October 18 -
October 21 -
October 23 -
October 27 -
October 29 -
October 31 -
November 3 - Review & Interview at My Life, Loves and Passions
November 5 -
November 7 -
November 10 - Reviewed at The Book Lover's Lounge
November 12 -
November 14 - Spotlight at A Cup of Tea & A Big Book
November 14 - Guest Blogging at Lori's Reading Corner
November 17 - Reviewed at Reading To Distraction
November 21 - Guest Blogging at Dalene's Book Reviews
November 21 - Reviewed at Paranormal Romance & Authors That Rock




Monday, September 29, 2014

A Place Called Home Tour Kickoff & Giveaway





Book Genre: Middle-grade/Young Adult
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Release Date: February 19, 2014
Buy Link(s): Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IX32I2Y

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-place-to-call-home-g-a-whitmore/1118719475?ean=9781478700739

Book Description:

Every rescue dog has a tale to tell, a story uniquely their own. A Place to Call Home is Toby’s tale. His story takes you on a journey across the country from California to Connecticut and across the spectrum of life’s emotional and spiritual experience.

Born on a small farm in northern California, Toby narrowly escapes the death sentence imposed on him by his breeder. Through a series of events driven by good intentions, he finds himself in a Connecticut suburb where life with his new family soon collapses on him, and his newfound happiness is brutally destroyed.

On his quest to find a place to call home, Toby encounters and endures the best and worst of humanity as he comes face to face with sorrow and joy, fear and courage, and ultimately, with the power of love.

Based on a true story, A Place to Call Home is a young adult novel for dog lovers of all ages.



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Author Bio:

Ms. Whitmore’s passion for writing and her love of dogs come together in her series The Rescue Dog Tales. The first book in the series, A Place to Call Home,is based on the true story of Toby, an abused dog she adopted from the Connecticut Humane Society. Ms. Whitmore currently lives in Connecticut with her rescue dog Kadee.

Author Links -

Website: http://gawhitmore.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorgawhitmore

Twitter: @gawhitmore

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20901939-a-place-to-call-home?from_search=true

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/G-A-Whitmore/e/B00IN9CYVI/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1408217183&sr=1-2-ent




Schedule

October 1 - Introduction at VBT Café Blog
October 2 - Spotlight at 3 Partners In Shopping - Nana, Mommy & Sissy Too!
October 2 - Guest Blogging at Mythical Books
October 7 -
October 9 - Spotlight at Black Lilac Kitty
October 9 - Spotlight at Urania's Distractions
October 14 - Spotlight at Deal Sharing Aunt
October 16 -
October 21 - Spotlight at FictionZeal
October 23 -
October 24 - 6 Besties at BK Walker Books
October 27 - Review & Guest Blog at Ari Reads



Sunday, September 21, 2014

Tour Kickoff & Giveaway: The Ferryman by Amy Neftzger




Title: The Ferryman

Author Name: Amy Neftzger


Author Bio:

Short Bio: Amy Neftzger published her first fiction book Conversations with the Moon in 2003. Since then she has published books for both children and adults, including All that the Dog Ever Wanted, Bedtime Stories for Dogs, Bedtime Stories for Cats, Leftover shorts, Confessions From a Moving Van, The Orphanage of Miracles, and The Ferryman. She lives in Nashville with her family and pet gargoyle Newton.

Long Bio:Amy Neftzger (born June 23) is an American researcher and author who has published fiction books, non-fiction books, business articles, and peer review research. Her works have reached an international audience.

Amy was born in Illinois and graduated from Elk Grove High School in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. She received her bachelors degree from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida and her Masters in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She graduated from both Universities with honors.

She has written numerous business and journal articles, but her fiction works have been the most commercially successful. In 2003 she published Conversations with the Moon, which was also translated into Korean and published in South Korea. In 2005 she collaborated with her husband, guitarist Tyra Neftzger on a children's book called "All that the Dog Ever Wanted." The book was designed to introduce children to jazz music at an early age and included a CD sampler of jazz tunes. In 2007 she worked as an editor on a business fable called "The Damned Company." She's also written "Confessions From a Moving Van" and "Leftover Shorts."

In 2013, Amy released her first Young Adult book called "The Orphanage of Miracles." The sequel to this book, "The Orchard of Hope" is scheduled for release in June of 2014, and The Ferryman (adult fiction) is scheduled for release in October, 2014.


Author Links - 





Book Genre: Fiction/ Fantasy
Publisher: Fields of Gold Publishing (Imprint: Fog Ink)
Release Date: 10/07/2014

Book Description:
Like most large career moves, this one happened by accident. Karen spent a lot of time planning what she was going to do with her life, but Fate had other plans for her, as she often does for most of us. Karen just happened to rob the wrong grave.








Excerpt:

Karen studied the coffin she had just uncovered. The lid, once a shiny lacquered surface, was now partially decayed and fell apart as Karen pried it off. Bits of wood turned to dust on her hands as she worked diligently to make an opening. Her arms were tired from digging and the fatigue made it more difficult to be gentle with the rotting wood. She paused to shake her arms vigorously and relax the tension in her muscles and upper body. As she breathed in the chilly night air, she could smell her own sweat mixed with the fragrance of the rich earth and decaying wood. She took a few more deep breaths and turned back to the task of opening the grave. She worked patiently to handle the lid with care and managed to remove a large chunk that was nearly a third of the entire lid. Through the hole she had made she saw the top half of a well-dressed skeleton.
The grave was on the edge of the cemetery, in a neglected corner that looked as if it could be part of the adjoining land. The gravestone had fallen over years ago and weathered so much that it looked like an ordinary limestone rock. A few days earlier when Karen recognized that it was actually a grave, she decided to rob it. She was hoping that no one had gotten to it before her.
This particular plot was an older grave from a time when individuals placed ancient coins over the eye sockets of the corpse, although the coins weren’t ancient when they were buried. Most of these graves had already been robbed, but due to the location and lack of distinct marking or some other mystical reason, this one had gone unnoticed by robbers until now. It was almost as if the grave had been hidden until the right person came along. Karen wasn’t the typical grave robber, and perhaps the corpse found this attractive. Regardless of how the grave had remained unspoiled for so many years, Karen was the one who finally opened the casket and plucked up the coins. It was at that moment that Fate appeared.





Schedule


September 21 - Introduction at VBT Café Blog

September 23 - Guest Blogging at Coffee, Books & Art

September 25 - Spotlight at Deal Sharing Aunt

September 25 - Guest Blogging at The Writer's Revolution

September 25 - Guest Blogging at Mythical Books

September 30 - Guest Blogging at Lori's Reading Corner

October 2 - Spotlight at Black Lilac Kitty

October 7 - Guest Blogging at The Avid Reader

October 9 - Spotlight at Black Coffee, Brown Cow

October 13 - Review & Interview at platypire Reviews

October 15 - Spotlight at 4 Covert 2 Overt A Place In The Spotlight

October 17 - Review & Guest Blog at My Life, Loves and Passions

October 17 - Reviewed at I Feel The Need, The Need To Read



Sunday, September 14, 2014

Whitehall Publishing Presents Western & Historical Book Tour & Giveaway





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Book Genre: Western historical
Publisher: Dark Gopher
Release Date: March 26, 2012
Buy Link(s):
Amazon | Author Amazon Page

Book Description:

In the year 1850 Marcus Gale must get out of New York due to some unfortunate gambling debts. He takes passage on a sidewheel steamer headed for the California gold rush. He's signed on as stoker, without knowing what that is. In the three month voyage to the new land, he works his way to assistant engineer, is nearly killed, foils a kidnapping, and brings gold to California, among other adventures.

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The author was born a long time ago. He spent three years in the US Army where he learned a lot of vital skills, such as how to use a soldering iron and screwdriver, as well as how to make the bed, mop the floor, and wash dishes. He grew up and spent most of his life in San Francisco. After obtaining a useless liberal arts degree, he became a social worker and did more than 20 years in the mean streets of New York City, San Francisco, and rural California. He is now devoted to writing books, which he should have been doing in the first place. He has written some science fiction and fantasy, but is now mainly interested in tales of the Old West. In this case, The Old West means California, Nevada, and especially Old San Francisco. Steve has currently eight novels in print, with a ninth, “The Inventor,” due for publication by September 1. Two others are completed and in the pipeline.

Author Links -

https://authorcentral.amazon.com/gp/books

www.stevebartholomew.com

https://twitter.com/SteveBartholom1



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Book Genre: Historical Fiction/ War Fiction
Publisher: Woodwind Press
Release Date: Jan 15, 2013
Buy Link(s): http://www.amazon.com/Special-J-E-Pendleton-ebook/dp/B006W09CWO/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1407249401&sr=1-1&keywords=the+special

Book Description:

A call from a stranger leads me on a journey I could never have imagined. The caller said he had my uncle’s car. How could this be? My uncle died in WW II when his plane was shot down over the Bay of Biscay off the coast of England. After some questioning I realized I had the opportunity of a lifetime. An opportunity to learn a bit about the uncle I had heard about my entire life, an uncle who died 3 years before I was born, an uncle I had always wanted to know more about. I also was being given the gift of a car that had been built by this uncle’s own hands and the hands of those he had been close to in his final years. The real treasure was the bond I formed with a man and the incredible story he told. The story of my uncle, the building of the car, and the people they both loved.

The Special is a fact based novel; the story of family, love and trust in the face of worldwide catastrophe. In 1941 Billy Pendleton hitch-hiked to California to seek his fortune not knowing what the future held. After encouragement from his new found friend and landlord he is soon building an automobile to set speed records and rubbing elbows with some true legends of motor racing history. Into this heady world walked the woman that would change his life forever. As the car is built romance blooms and the world slips into a war that will touch every person on the planet.

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J. E. (Jim) Pendleton was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. He has had an interest in automobiles and history for most of his life. He spent several years as an SCCA road racer and a lifetime involved with hotrods. It wasn’t until after he retired from a long career in the telecommunications industry that Jim decided to pursue another of his dreams and write his first book.

His first novel, The Special, was born from his love of family, hotrods and history. These are topics that are sure to be the center of future works. He is currently working on a series of novels where a young China Marine watches regional conflict explode into what becomes World War II. Jim has long considered World War II the single most important historical event of the twentieth century. His father fought in the Pacific and his uncle, Billy Pendleton is the main character in The Special and was lost in the Battle of the Atlantic.

Author Links -

http://jependleton.com/

https://twitter.com/jependleton

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Special/277976858931987?ref_

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5827150.J_E_Pendleton?from_search=true

http://www.amazon.com/Special-J-E-Pendleton-ebook/dp/B006W09CWO/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1407249401&sr=1-1&keywords=the+special



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Book Genre: Historical fiction
Publisher:Whitehall Publishing
Release Date: August 2014
Buy Link(s): www.8thmilitary.com;

Amazon.com 

Book Description: This is the first in a series of 7 books on the B-17 bomber crews in World War II England. All the “action sequences” are based on the actual experiences of men who flew with the 8th in the war, and were personally interviewed by the author. The story begins:

It was February 1942 when two future B-17 pilots began their training from Primary to Advanced Flight School where they become best friends. Join Captain Jack Harrington (age 22), the pilot, a Nebraska farm boy; Lieutenant Matt Moore (age 21), the copilot who is half Cheyenne Indian; Lieutenant Dale Kennedy (22), the navigator, a high school teacher; Lieutenant Kenny Donnelly (21), the bombardier, the son of a multimillionaire; and gunners that include Sergeant Keith McNeil (24), a career Army man; Sergeant Greg Cerminaro (19), a college student until the war intervened; Sergeant Al Schulze (19), a bottle capper from a Wisconsin brewery; Sergeant Joe Angelino (21), a longshoreman; Sergeant Jim Robinson (20), a truck driver, and Sergeant Tad Furmanski (18), a Polish national who survived the horrors of the Auschwitz death camp, as they move to England and become members of the 324th Squadron of the 91st Bombardment Group (heavy), stationed at United States Army Air Force Station #121. Fly with the rookies through their first mission to bomb German airfields at Romilly-Sur-Seine, France, on December 20, 1942. Listen to their reactions to the shock of combat and relate what it is actually like to fly dangerous daylight precision bombing missions.

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A native of New York Mills, New York, Cheryl Pula is a retired Reference Librarian. She is a Regents graduate of New York Mills Jr.-Sr. High School, with a concentrate in science and mathematics. Cheryl attended Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, New York, where she received an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts, then went to SUNY Oswego, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in the Russian Language with a minor in German. She was on the Dean’s List at both schools. After substitute teaching in the New York Mills Union Free School District for five years for both foreign language and special education classes, she went back to school and received a Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she is a lifetime member of the University of Michigan Alumni Association. Her first library position was as the supervisor of the Lending Department at the Mid-York Library System in Utica, where she performed all the reference work for the system’s 43 member libraries. After almost ten years, she became the Head of the Adult Services Department at the Utica Public Library in Utica, then in 1987, the Reference Librarian at the Dunham Public Library in Whitesboro. Though officially retired in August 2011, she now works part-time at the New York Mills Public Library in New York Mills, NY.

In 1988, she was awarded the New York Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Award. She served on the Board of Trustees of the New York Mills Public Library. Cheryl also teaches for the Mohawk Valley Institute for Learning in Retirement at SUNYIT in Marcy, New York, teaching a variety of historical subjects to retirees who are interested continuing their education. She has taught courses on unsolved historical mysteries; the American Civil War; World War II; The Titanic and several other topics.

Cheryl was a founding member of the New York Mills Historical Society, and served as its first president in the late 1970’s. She is currently the village historian of New York Mills and President of The History Club, which she founded in Whitesboro in 1995. She is the club’s newsletter editor. She is also the founder, current secretary and newsletter editor of the General Daniel Butterfield Civil War Round Table in Whitesboro. She is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of the Arthur Moran Post #66 in Camden, New York, as well as an honorary member of the Memphis Belle Memorial Association of Memphis, Tennessee. She is known around the central New York area for presenting a number of historical lectures (89 to be exact!) on topics from the Titanic to the first moon landing in July 1969. Cheryl was elected “Historian of the Year” by the Oneida County Historian’s Association in 2006. In 2010, she was listed in Who’s Who In America.

She is an author, having written on Irish immigrants to the Utica area in a book entitled Ethnic Utica, published in 1994 by Utica College. With her brother, she is co-author and co-editor of a book on the Civil War regiments from Oneida County, which was published by the Eugene Nassar Ethnic Studies Department of Utica College in November 2010 entitled, With Courage and Honor: Oneida County’s Role in the Civil War. She is a contributing author, co-editor and served as proofreader for The Polish-American Encyclopedia, published by McFarlane Publishers in January 2011. For her work on the Encyclopedia, she has just been awarded the Polish-American Historical Society’s Distinguished Achievement Award. She is author of a novel, the first in a proposed series about Eighth Air Force bomber crews in World War II England, titled The Children’s Crusade, was published in October 2011 by Whitehall Publishing. At this point, six more have been published: The Ragged Irregulars (April 2012); The Rookie (July 2012); A Wing and a Prayer (January 2013); Maximum Effort (July 2013); The Dogs of War (January 2014) andAbove and Beyond (July 2014). The eighth in the series, Some Gave All is currently in the writing stage.

Author Links -

Website: www.8thmilitary.com

Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=cheryl%20pula&sprefix=chery%2Caps&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Acheryl%20pula

https://twitter.com/CherylPula



Schedule

September 14 - Introduction at VBT Café Blog
September 15 - Spotlight at 3 Partners In Shopping - Nana, Mommy & Sissy Too!
Spotlight at Coffee, Books & Art
September 16 - Spotlight at Cherry Mischievous
September 17 - Guest Blogging at Mythical Books (Steve Bartholomew)
September 18 - Guest Blogging at Mythical Books (J.E. Pendleton)
September 19 - Guest Blogging at Mythical Books (Cheryl Palu)
September 19 - Guest Blogging at Lori's Reading Corner
Spotlight at Deal Sharing Aunt
September 20 - Guest Blog & Review at My Life, Loves and Passions