Friday, May 6, 2022

Turn To Me Blitz


TURN TO ME
A Misty River Romance
by
BECKY WADE

Contemporary Romance / Christian Fiction / Clean & Wholesome
Date of Publication: May 3, 2022
Number of Pages: 416 pages 
 
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His promise will cost him far more than he imagined.

Guilt has defined Luke Dempsey's life, but it was self-destructiveness that landed him in prison. When his friend and fellow inmate lay dying shortly before Luke's release, the older man revealed he left a string of clues for his daughter, Finley, that will lead her to the treasure he's hidden. Worried that she won't be the only one pursuing the treasure, he gains Luke's promise to protect her until the end of her search.

Spunky and idealistic, Finley Sutherland is the owner of an animal rescue center and a defender of lost causes. She accepts Luke's help on the treasure hunt while secretly planning to help him in return--by coaxing him to embrace the forgiveness he's long denied himself.

As they draw closer to the final clue, their reasons for resisting each other begin to crumble, and Luke realizes his promise will push him to the limit in more ways than one. He'll do his best to shield Finley from unseen threats, but who's going to shield him from losing his heart?

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Becky Wade is the 2018 Christy Award Book of the Year winner for True to You. She is a native of California who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and moved to Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market, then put her career on hold for several years to care for her children. When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction. Her humorous, heart-pounding contemporary romance novels have won three Christy Awards, the Carol Award, the INSPY Award, and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award for Romance. Becky lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband and three children.

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Thursday, March 3, 2022

Ghost Agents: Book Blitz and Giveaway

   

GHOST AGENTS
by
NITA DEBORDE

Categories: Science Fiction / Cozy Mystery / Paranormal / Texas History 
Series: The Ghost Agents Trilogy
Publisher: Mabelonia Press
Date of Publication: July 31, 2021
Number of Pages: 309 pages 

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An organization that has operated in secret for centuries... a mystery that threatens to burn it all to the ground… and she’s the only agent who can stop it…

To the residents and tourists of Galveston Island, Claire Abelard is the friendly young woman who works at the local candy store by day and leads ghost tours of the island’s haunted locations by night. They don’t realize this persona is a cover for Claire’s real job as an agent of the Bureau for Historical Preservation, a clandestine organization that monitors and assists energy projections, or the entities more commonly known as “ghosts.”

When projections begin disappearing from around the island, Claire worries that history may be repeating itself. She launches a dangerous investigation and uncovers a sinister, arcane organization whose agenda threatens not only Galveston’s ghosts, but everything she has worked her whole life to protect.

The truth behind the disappearances rocks Claire’s world to its core and shows her that ghosts aren’t the only things that can come back to haunt you.

      
 
Nita DeBorde is a published author and teacher from Houston, TX. Writing and teaching are her two major passions, though traveling and being dog-mom to a crazy Staffordshire-Boxer mix named Mabel are high on the list as well.

Nita has taught high school French for more than 20 years and absolutely loves her "day job" job (about 95% of the time). She loves to travel, and not surprisingly, France is her favorite destination, though her home state of Texas runs a close second.

She is also a huge history buff, which comes through in her fiction writing, and particularly in her latest novel, Ghost Agents, a genre-defying, cozy paranormal mystery with a little sci-fi and romance thrown into the mix. Ghost Agents: Revelations, the second book in the Ghost Agents Trilogy, is slated for release in March 2022.

Nita’s first novel, Project Lachesis, is currently available in both Kindle and hardcopy format from Amazon.com.

Her first published work, a Christian allegory titled Lessons from the Meadow, was published in December of 2013 under the pen name A.M. Ward. Stay tuned for more titles by A.M. Ward in the Christian fiction genre.

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Friday, October 29, 2021

Under the Texas Mistletoe: Book Blitz and Giveaway

      

UNDER THE TEXAS MISTLETOE
by
KAREN WITEMEYER

Genre: Holiday Fiction / Christian Historical Romance / Novellas
Date of Publication: August 31, 2021
Number of Pages: 304 pages 

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This historical romance novella collection presents "A Texas Christmas Carol," where a town's wealthy, Scrooge-like bachelor finds his world invaded by a woman set on earning his donation for helping the local poor, and the penetrating questions of three mysterious visitors. It also includes "An Archer Family Christmas." When the Archer clan gathers for the holiday, they encounter an unexpected request for help that will require all their effort and a Christmas miracle to see them through. In previously published "Gift of the Heart," a widow uses the family brooch as collateral for a loan from the local resort owner. But the more she comes to know the man behind the stern businessman, the more she hopes for a second chance at love this Christmas.


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Friday, August 6, 2021

The Forgotten World Book Blitz

 
The Forgotten World
by
Nick Courtright

Genre: Poetry / Travel / Fatherhood
Publisher: Gold Wake Press
Date of Publication: August 1, 2021
Number of Pages: 88 Pages


In his third collection, poet Nick Courtright explores the world at large in an effort to reconcile selfhood as an American in the international community, while also seeking anchors for remembering a wider world often lost to view in our shared though increasingly isolated experience of reality.

Beginning in Africa with investigations of religion and love, The Forgotten World then moves to Latin America to tackle colonialism and whiteness. From there it travels to Asia to discuss economic stratification and Europe to explore art and mental health, culminating in a stirring homecoming to troubled America, where family, the future, and what matters most rise to the forefront of consideration.

Through all of it, Courtright displays a deft hand, at once pained, at once bright, to discover that although the wider world seems farther away than before, the lessons it offers are more needed than ever.


"In The Forgotten World, Nick Courtright explores the intersections of being a citizen of one country and the desire to live as a citizen of the world..." - Octavio Quintanilla, author of If I Go Missing and 2018-2020 Poet Laureate of San Antonio 

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Nick Courtright is the author of The Forgotten World (2021), Let There Be Light (2014) and Punchline (2012), and is the Executive Editor of Atmosphere Press. His work has appeared in The Harvard Review, Kenyon Review, and The Southern Review among dozens of others. With a Doctorate in Literature from the University of Texas, Nick lives in Austin with the poet Lisa Mottolo and their children, William and Samuel. Find him online and watching birds on his porch.
 

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Friday, July 30, 2021

Dark Intentions Book Blitz


70% DARK INTENTIONS
Bean to Bar Mysteries Book 2
by
AMBER ROYER

Categories: Cozy Mystery / Woman Sleuth / Romance
Publisher: Golden Tip Press
Date of Publication: July 20, 2021
Number of Pages: 260 pages

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An Idyllic Chocolate Shop. An island with endangered species. And a murder. 

Felicity Koerber’s bean to bar chocolate shop on Galveston’s historic Strand is bringing in plenty of customers – in part due to the notoriety of the recent murder of one of her assistants, which she managed to solve. Things seem to be taking a turn for the better. Her new assistant, Mateo, even gets along with Carmen, the shop’s barista turned pastry chef. Felicity thinks she’s learning to cope with change – right up until one of her friends gets engaged. Everyone’s expecting her to ask Logan, her former bodyguard, to be her plus one. But even the thought of asking out someone else still makes her feel disloyal to her late husband’s memory -- so maybe she hasn’t moved on from her husband’s death as much as she thought. 
 
Felicity isn’t planning to contact Logan any time soon. Only, Felicity finds ANOTHER body right outside her shop – making it two murders at Greetings and Felicitations in as many months. That night, Mateo disappears, leaving Felicity to take care of his pet octopus. The police believe that Mateo committed the murder, but Felicity is convinced that, despite the mounting evidence, something more is going on, and Mateo may actually be in trouble. 
 
When Logan assumes that he’s going to help Felicity investigate, she realizes she’s going to have to spend time with him – whether she’s ready to really talk to him or not. Can Felicity find out what happened to Mateo, unmask a killer, and throw an engagement party all at the same time?

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“Royer has concocted a sweetly dark confection with 70% DARK INTENSIONS, the second serving in her Bean to Bar Mysteries series...You’ll read this yummy treat late into the night.” –Amy Shojai, author of September Day & Shadow pet-centric thrillers

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Amber Royer writes the CHOCOVERSE comic telenovela-style foodie-inspired space opera series, and the BEAN TO BAR MYSTERIES. She is also the author of STORY LIKE A JOURNALIST: A WORKBOOK FOR NOVELISTS, which boils down her writing knowledge into an actionable plan involving over 100 worksheets to build a comprehensive story plan for your novel. She blogs about creative writing technique and all things chocolate at www.amberroyer.com. She also teaches creative writing for both UT Arlington Continuing Education and Writing Workshops Dallas. If you are very nice to her, she might make you cupcakes.
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Sunday, February 14, 2021

Grand Openings Can Be Murder: Interview and Giveaway

GRAND OPENINGS 
CAN BE MURDER
Bean to Bar Mysteries Book 1
by
AMBER ROYER
Categories: Cozy Mystery / Woman Sleuth / Romance
Publisher: Golden Tip Press
Date of Publication: February 2, 2021
Number of Pages: 266 pages

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Felicity Koerber has had a rough year. She's moving back to Galveston Island and opening a bean to bar chocolate factory, fulfilling a dream she and her late husband, Kevin, had shared. Craft chocolate means a chance to travel the world, meeting with farmers and bringing back beans she can turn into little blocks of happiness, right close to home and family. She thinks trouble has walked into her carefully re-built world when puddle-jump pilot Logan Hanlon shows up at her grand opening to order custom chocolates. Then one of her employees drops dead at the party, and Felicity's one-who-got-away ex-boyfriend - who's now a cop - thinks Felicity is a suspect. 

As the murder victim's life becomes more and more of a mystery, Felicity realizes that if she's going to clear her name in time to save her business, she might need Logan's help. Though she's not sure if she's ready to let anyone into her life - even if it is to protect her from being the killer's next victim. For Felicity, Galveston is all about history, and a love-hate relationship with the ocean, which keeps threatening to deliver another hurricane - right into the middle of her investigation. Can she figure it out before all the clues get washed away? FIRST IN A NEW SERIES!

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"With as many unpredictable twists and turns as the hurricane approaching Galveston, Grand Openings Can Be Murder is an intriguing cozy mystery set in a new chocolate shop along the island’s historic Strand. Readers will love learning about the bean-to-bar chocolate-making process while the store’s owner, Felicity, pursues truth, justice, and the perfect chocolate bar."
-- Diane Kelly, Award-winning author of the Death & Taxes, Paw Enforcement, House Flipper, and Busted mystery series.

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Interview with Amber Royer

 

What do you think most characterizes your writing?

I have a breezy, fun writing style that focuses in on character relationships and protagonists who protag from the heart.

People also tell me my books make them hungry.

Why did you choose to write a cozy mystery?

I’m primarily a science fiction writer, so this is a whole new genre for me to write in.  I guess that may seem like a weird jump to make, but I’ve been an avid reader of cozies for many years.  Dorothy Cannell’s The Thin Woman got me hooked, back when I was a teenager.  Cozies are light and fun but allow for a thoughtful exploration of theme and character change underneath, which isn’t so different from the other things I write.

I’ve always liked mysteries.  Even when I was a kid, some of my earlies influences were Hank the Cowdog, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and Encyclopedia Brown.  I think there’s an element of mystery to any story.  Readers read because of uncertainty – that need to know what happens next, what really happened in the story’s past, that all will be set right with the world.  Mysteries approach those questions head on.  Which make them appealing to tackle.

I’ve toyed with the idea of writing a mystery before, but never seriously – until after I spent time researching and publicizing the Chocoverse sci-fi books.  I met a number of craft chocolate makers and learned more about the businesses they run, and I found what was missing in my earlier ideas: an amateur sleuth with a unique passion.  I was at an event for writers, pairing myself and a chocolatier I know, and we were talking about food in writing, and I made an offhand comment that there were a number of people doing mysteries with chocolatiers – but someone should do one with a craft chocolate maker.  The idea stuck in my head, and I wound up writing it myself.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?

The hardest part for me was blending fictional places into a real city.  For instance, Galveston Island has a real-world indie bookstore.  But, despite the fact that the architecture is similar, the bookstore in Grand Openings Can Be Murder is NOT that bookstore.  It has a different name – and is definitely run by different people.  One of them even winds up on Felicity’s suspect list.  It’s a hard balance to strike.  You want to make things different enough that no one will be upset or offended – without losing the idea that the fictional business or location at least blends in with the reality of life on the Island. 

I also mention some real places, such as Pleasure Pier, because they are iconic to Galveston, and giving them a different name just felt really odd.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

I really enjoyed writing the character relationships.  One thing the cozy subgenre lends itself to is creating a sense of community for your protagonist.  So once I figured out who Felicity was, it became a matter of reverse engineering the kind of friends and family that would have influenced her character.  I had so much fun writing Felicity’s aunt and uncle because they have an honest interest in Felicity’s wellbeing – even if their attempts to push her out of her comfort zone embarrass and fluster Felicity at times.  And her potential love interests are both pretty good guys at heart – though they have a professional rivalry going on that predates Felicity even meeting one of them.  Which makes for an interesting dynamic. 

What is your favorite quote?

My favorite writing-related quote is from Toni Morrison.  She said, “If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.”  Someone cited that quote in a Writer’s Digest article that I read back in 2015, and it has stuck with me ever since.  Both the quote and the explanation of what it means: you shouldn’t be writing generic-feeling books to try to appeal to everyone, and you shouldn’t be trying to be the next fill-in-the-blank-favorite-author-name-here.  You have to figure out what you’re passionate about, what you want to explore (Morrison also has a great quote about not writing what you know, but what you don’t know) and what will make you unique.  She also implies that if you have ideas, and the ability to create, that you practically have a moral imperative to do so – that the world will be a less rich place without your art.

What do your plans for future projects include?

I just finished drafting the second book in the Bean to Bar Mysteries series.  I’ve also outlined a couple more adventures for Felicity, which you can look forward to soon.

But I haven’t left science fiction behind.  I also have a piece I’m working on that involves time travel and Impressionist art.


Amber Royer writes the CHOCOVERSE comic telenovela-style foodie-inspired space opera series, and the BEAN TO BAR MYSTERIES. She is also the author of STORY LIKE A JOURNALIST: A WORKBOOK FOR NOVELISTS, which boils down her writing knowledge into an actionable plan involving over 100 worksheets to build a comprehensive story plan for your novel. She blogs about creative writing technique and all things chocolate at www.amberroyer.com. She also teaches creative writing for both UT Arlington Continuing Education and Writing Workshops Dallas. If you are very nice to her, she might make you cupcakes.
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