Monday, July 29, 2013

Tour Kick Off - Over the Rainbow by Brian Rowe

YA Fantasy
Date Published:  8/6/2013

16-year-old Zippy Green never meant to fall in love with a girl, but when she does, her ultra-conservative father tries to send her to anti-gay camp. At the Kansas City airport, however, she hides inside a giant suitcase and sneaks onto an airplane headed not to the camp, but to Seattle, where her online love Mira lives. Halfway through the flight, the plane barrels out of control and crashes into the ground, knocking her unconscious. 

When Zippy awakens, she finds that most of the passengers have vanished. She doesn’t know what’s happened, but she’s determined to find out. She begins a quest on foot toward Seattle, and along the way, she meets a teenager with a concussion , a homeless man with a heart condition, a child without a shred of bravery, and a terrier named Judy. Together the group discovers that more than two-thirds of the world's population has mysteriously disappeared. But that's only the beginning...

All Zippy wants is to find her Mira, but before she can she has to contend with two outside forces. The first is her homophobic father, who does everything in his power to keep her from the girl she loves. And the second is extinct creatures of all shapes and sizes, including living, breathing dinosaurs, which have replaced the missing population.

Brian Rowe is a writing fiend, book devotee, film fanatic, and constant dreamer. He's written nine novels, dozens of short stories, five feature-length screenplays, and hundreds of film articles and essays. His fiction has appeared in Dreamspinner Press, Mobius Magazine, and Wilde Oats Literary Journal. He is one half of the YA book blog Story Carnivores, where he reviews the latest in books and film. He is currently pursuing his MA in English at the University of Nevada, Reno, and is hard at work on his first New Adult novel, which will be released in November 2013.

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July 31 - Fighting Dreamer - Review
July 31 - The Avid Reader - Interview/PROMO
August 1 - My Love For Film and Novels - Guest Post/PROMO
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August 23 - Paulette's Papers - Guest Post/PROMO
August 23 - Word to Dreams - Review
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August 26 - My Reading Addiction - Review
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August 30 - Books and Spells - Interview/PROMO
August 31 -Andi's YA Books - Review/Interview
September 1 - Joana in the Sky With Books- Review/Guest Post
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September 3 - Genuine Jen- Review
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September 10 - Rose & Beps - PROMO
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Tour Kick Off - Instinct by Mattie Dunman

Young Adult Paranormal Suspense
Date Published: 5/27/2013

To tell the doesn’t really matter if you lie.

It’s impossible to lie to Derry MacKenna. For as long as she can remember, Derry has been plagued by the extraordinary ability to hear, see, and feel the truth. But when Derry and her erratic, self-centered mother move to historic Harpers Ferry, she discovers she is not the only one with hidden talents. 

As the newest reporter on the school newspaper, Derry learns of a high school student’s unexpected suicide and recognizes that the truth behind her death may still be hidden. When tragedy strikes, Derry is drawn into a deadly battle of wits with the only person whom her abilities don’t affect. 

Driven by guilt and an obsession with bringing the killer to justice, Derry finds herself in danger from a vindictive murderer, a sadistic deviant who preys on the weak, and trapped in the middle of a treacherous triangle of attraction between two brothers whose abilities rival her own. Derry must trust her instincts to guide her to the truth and bring her enemies to justice even as she fights for her own survival.

INSTINCT focuses on a gifted, intelligent, and loyal heroine who must contend not only with the inherent dangers of high school bullying and backstabbing, but with loss, grief, and guilt. Against issues of sexual abuse, teenage suicide, and destructive relationships, the heroine learns to cherish the strength of real friendship, understand accountability, and experiences the healing touch of first love.

"This is competently written and well-paced, and the author does an excellent job of exploring what a gift like Derry's would mean in real life...Most refreshing is the severing of several YA tropes in interesting and welcome ways." 
--- Publishers Weekly

Mattie Dunman is a lifelong resident of "Wild & Wonderful" West Virginia, and has dreamed of being a writer since she first held a pen in hand.
Mattie has pursued several useless degrees to support this dream, and presently enjoys teaching (or tormenting, as the case may be) college students the dying art of public speaking. She spends most of her free time writing, but also indulges in reading and traveling.
She is the proud owner of an adorably insane American Eskimo named Finn, and a tyrant cat named Bella, who take up more of her attention than they probably should.
Please visit Mattie's website at

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July 31 -  My Reading Addiction - Review
August 1 - Stuck On Reading - Review
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August 4 - Books and Other Spells - Interview/PROMO
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August 6 - Genuine Jen - Review
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August 21 - This Girl Reads a Lot - Review
August 21 - Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews - Review
August 22 - Word To Dreams - Guest Post/PROMO
August 23 - RABT Reviews - Review

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Tour Kick Off - Meet and Greet - Night Stocker by Anlyn Hansell

Paranormal Romantic Comedy
Date Published: 1/25/2013

My name is Meghan Foster and I'm going to save you from yourself.
That is, if a certain someone doesn't stop me... 
Don't let the pretty face fool you. I am a product of a seriously troubled past, but I'm a resilient little bugger. I'm a night shift stock replenishing machine and if by chance, you don't think that sounds too exciting? You are sorely mistaken, my friend. This is my life. I can't explain it. I won't even attempt to try.
I do have certain powers of persuasion that I am more than willing to use, especially if aforementioned 'certain someone' doesn't interfere. 
His name is Lance and he is by far the most delicious creature I've ever laid eyes on. I have no idea who he is or what he wants with me, but I guess I'm about to find out the hard way...
Who says stocking shelves is boring?

#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?
Not really. I love my job. I love writing also, but I’m not sure I’ll ever make as much money writing as I do working. (I am a realist, in some respects…) Hey, if someone wants to give me a million bucks for writing… I suppose I could squeak by.

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?
I always know where I want to go with my characters. I have the situations and dialogue all mapped out in my head. The hardest part is getting the characters into those situations, into the conversations - but doing it in a believable fashion. Sometimes I have to stop writing for days until it comes to me. (Usually in the middle of a conference call or a meeting at work, unfortunately.)

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?
My friend Peg is my beta reader. I worked with her husband and he casually mentioned that she was a book fiend so I printed a copy of my first novel and the feedback was wonderful! She really encouraged me to keep going. Before finding her, I wasn’t so sure…

#4 – What is next for your writing?
I’m working on a murder mystery/comedy/sometimes dramatic book that I think is tough for any writer – even a seasoned one, to pull off. British characters (I’m American), flashbacks, a twist and a big reveal in the middle of the novel that I hope I can get readers to stay interested long enough to get to. This one is really difficult to keep flowing and not lose people. I’m almost to the twist and it’s getting more and more difficult. If I can pull this off, I have the makings of a very entertaining book on my hands. If I can just finish it!

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?
I read much more than I write. I can devour a good full length novel in a night if it interests me. I think the next in queue will be Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I’ve heard great things about that book. I just finished Wallbanger and I loved it.

DESCRIBE Your Book in 1 Tweet:
If you like mushy, heartwarmingly dramatic love scenes, timid, gorgeous heroines with self-conscious body images, heroes that are just too good, too hot, and too rich to believe and an everlasting, sweetly romantic happy ever after with sprinkles…Yeah, this book is not for you. Get real.

This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3? Ipd

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla? Twist

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries? Mashed

#4 – Comedy or Drama? Comedy

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks? Danielle Steel

#6 – Fantasy or Reality? Fantasy

#7 – Call or Text? Text

#8 – Public School or Home School? Public School

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate? Coffee!

#10 – eBook or Paperback? eBook

Anlyn Hansell is a 40-something wife and mother of one residing in a small town in South-Central PA. She has a BS in Distribution, a Masters in Business and an overactive imagination to boot. Writing credits previously included all manner of extremely boring ISO documentation, a published editorial on core sand in a foundry magazine and a recurring article in her company newsletter. Not much chance for creative writing there! She began her writing career two years ago, and in that time, has completed seven full length novels. The first four novels centered around romance, but she quickly began including a mystery element to keep the pages turning. She enjoys cooking and baking and of course, indulging in the products of those pursuits. She not only loves to write, she is compelled to do so. Every morning, starting at around 3:30 am, you can find her in her living room tapping away in the dark. It truly is the best time to write! She is currently working on yet another endeavor with the sole purpose of keeping her readers up well into the night.

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August 12 - A Life Through Books - Review
August 14 - Books and Other Spells - Interview/PROMO
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August 18 - The Avid Reader - Interview/PROMO
August 20 - Queen of All She Reads - Review/Guest Post
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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Tour Kick Off - Meet and Greet - Everybody Falls by JA Hornbuckle

Date Published: 6/14/2013

At 25, Jax Wynter lost his life.
As the youngest member of America's number one rock band, Wynter's Vicious, Jax lived a life with no rules 
or responsibilities. At least until his older brother, founding member and vocalist, died in a fiery car crash. Jobless, 
clueless and deemed unfit to handle his own affairs, Jax must sober up, man up and adjust to living as a 'normal 
person' in the 'real world'.
At 24, Lacey Emerson found hers.
Shuffled between her bi-polar mom and her former hippie grandmother, Lacey had no choice but to become 
responsible at a young age. Her chaotic childhood, though, gave her the skills and determination to succeed when 
she inherited her grandmother's bakery. Her life was finally normal, real but very, very boring.
All it took was a five-point face plant to turn both their lives upside down.
From the author of Pole Dance, Human Hieroglyphix I & II and Tap Dance, comes the new novel, "Everybody 
Falls", Book One of Wynter's Vicious Series. Set in the beautiful town of Auburn, California and filled with a cast 
of quirky characters, it’s a story about learning to live, learning to love and learning to hold on when your brand 
of 'normal' comes undone.
Sometimes you have to fall from grace before you can fall in love

 #1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?
            Yes, I do.   It's always been a dream of mine to be able to create stories that take other women aware from whatever real life they're in, much like other authors did for me.  Luckily, I had the opportunity to make that dream a reality.

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?
            Was or is?  The 'was' portion was my fear of other reader's opinions of my stories, but I found that to be something really unfounded.   From the emails I've received, there are more people out there that want you to succeed than those that just want to slam you.
            The 'is' portion would be the whole editing thing when the story is finally done.  I still cannot figure out why I can spot a misspelled/misplaced word in someone else's novel and damn well not see it in my own work. 

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family? 
            Oh, hell, yeah.  Each of my books lists those who have helped me on the dedication page.  But Michelle Howard and Lori in Tucson (both of them are aspiring writers themselves) have been my go-to gals.  They've helped me loads and not just with the actual books, but with all sorts of other things that have come along with being an indie writer.  And, I met both online!  Don't you love it?

#4 – What is next for your writing?
            Uhm.  Let's see.  There are still four books to complete for Grantham, Colorado:  Line Dance (Book 3 of Dance Series), Benny's Story (Human Hieroglyphix 3) and then Bewitchments (which has been a real challenge.  Characters and timeline are throwing a monkey wrench in everything!).  Plus, I've still got Turner Brown whispering over my shoulder that his should be the next story told in the Wynter's Vicious Series.

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?
            Reading is what lead to all this!  When writing my stories, I can't read other contemporary romances.  For whatever reason, for me, it just doesn't work.  But I load up on as much paranormal and sci-fi books as I can take in.  At the moment, I'm reading Elisabeth Naughton's, Firebrand Series, and loving it.  On deck is another of Janet Miller's, Gaian Series.  I also just discovered Aubrey Ross and Ruth D. Kerce's books.   But I am a complete and total devotee at the pillars of both Michelle M. Pillow, Laurann Dohner and H. M. Ward books.

DESCRIBE Your Book in 1 Tweet:
            Tweeting is still new to me and something I have to work on getting right.  For Everybody Falls?  Hmm.  I guess it'd be, "Rocker puts on his big boy boxers & learns how to live, & love, in the 'real' world."  Yeah, it’s a crap tweet, I know.

This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3?
            It doesn't matter what the format is, it's still rock & roll to me.

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla?
            Why do they have to be mutually exclusive?

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries?
            I'm not big on the white foods, but are you going to eat the rest of your steak?

#4 – Comedy or Drama?
            For real life, comedy.  For entertainment, drama.

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks?
            Sorry.  No, to both.

#6 – Fantasy or Reality?
            Is it me or could one person's reality be another person's fantasy?  I know when I talk to people that've stayed in one place all their lives, who are still friends with people they went to grade school with, my life seems like a fantasy.  So, my fantasy is their reality and vice versa.

#7 – Call or Text?
            Call.  Until I learned about the microphone button on my phone (thanks to my girl, Jazz), I thought my fingers were too fat to text properly!  And, what's up with that whole predictive text thingie?

#8 – Public School or Home School?
            LOL!  Back in the day, you know-- when we rode dinosaurs to school instead of a bus -- there weren't any other options either than public or private schools.   For me, it was public school.  And, because we moved so much, it was a LOT of public schools.

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate
            Coffee, although adding the hot chocolate powder to coffee is wonderful on a Arizona winter's night.

#10 – eBook or Paperback?
            Again, the format doesn't matter.  A good story is a good story whether it's on my Ken-doll (which is what I call my Kindle, and also consider it to be 'my boyfriend') or on the written page.

Even as a young girl, J.A. couldn't wait to read.   In fact, her first real temper tantrum was at the end of first grade when she realized that unless the book or magazine included the words, "Dick", "Jane" or "Spot", she was still at a loss.  

The thirst for the written word has never left her.

But after reading three crap books in a row on her Kindle (or Ken-doll, as she calls it) in July 2012, she decided she could do better.  Armed with a few notes, she blithely wrote out the first draft of her first novel and found her first book was worse crap than the stories that had started the whole cycle.  Taking the advice of another author, she studied and learned, re-wrote and re-edited.   As of June 2013, she's published five books with another in progress.

J.A. has been fortunate to travel throughout the U.S. and overseas, though she's now calling the Phoenix, Arizona area home.  Those travels, places and the people she's met help provide fuel for her books which is always why she includes the verbiage, 'Although, if you recognize yourself in any character represented …maybe we need to talk.'  She calls it her rider to the disclaimer assuring readers that her characters are not based on any one particular person. 

When asked to sum up what she wanted others to know about her, she simply says, "For those that have been with me on this life's journey…Thanks for the memories!  And those that are still on their way…Where've you been?  My heart's been waiting for you."

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