Monday, December 9, 2019

Book Tour & Book Review: Shadow of the Demon by Joseph Lewis Tamone #blogtour #bookreview #scifi #fantasy #giveaway @RABTBookTours @LewisTamone


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Philanthropy Book 2
Science Fiction/Fantasy
Publisher: Chandra Press
Date Published: 11/14/2019

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The exciting sequel to Fusion World.

A world on the brink. A team divided.

It’s been months since Vai and Edam disappeared through the portal created by the destruction of the Fusion World machine. Unfortunately the machine contained the last known Dark Orb, the critical component to interdimensional travel. Luckily, a prototype is found in the vault of its creator, Dr. Charles Vindia. Vint SawWood, Vindia’s protégé, is pressed into service and can reactivate the device. But it is decades old and may only work once. There is no way to know.

Undaunted, Sajaeler and Raven lead a mission to find and rescue their missing teammates. What they discover is a world in the midst of a civil war. A shapeshifter has rallied an army of disaffected citizens to his cause and will stop at nothing until he subjugates the planet. To make matters worse, Raven becomes gravely ill. Coming to this world of mythical foes and allies has triggered something within. She must face her past in order to survive.

With the war boiling over, the team at odds, and Raven on death’s door, can Vai, Edam, Sajaeler and a new band of friends save the world and each other?


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Review

I started reading this book with an open mind trying to not let the previous one affect my opinion of this one. I wanted to be see if this one could stand on its own. 

I was drawn into the story immediately. I couldn't put the book down. I wanted to know more about this world and the different characters throughout, we got more details and new characters too! Unmasking their true natures and so much more along the way really is fun. 

I thought the people were very interesting in this one. When the book ended, I really wasn't ready for it to end. I wanted to know more. Give us more Tamone! 


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Joseph Lewis Tamone lives in Wilmington, Delaware. Despite getting a degree in Environmental Engineering, Joseph has always found an escape in his quirky imagination that lent its way to his passion for writing. Joseph is an avid animal lover and history buff. When he is not writing, he enjoys escaping into the world of video games, nature, and most importantly, reading and researching. He lives in Delaware with his lovely wife, Erica, and their house full of animals.





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Book Tour & Book Review: Behind Friendly Lines by Mark McGraw #blogtour #bookreview #memoir #military @ayperoquevaina @RABTBookTours


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Memoirs of a US Marine in Chile
Travel, Military, Religion, Personal Memoir
Date Published: November 4, 2019
Publisher Lucid Books

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Behind Friendly Lines is the story of a US Marine officer serving as the only foreigner in the Chilean Marine Corps’ most important combat unit. Lieutenant Colonel Mark McGraw arrives with his young family to Chile full of optimism and certainty about his ability to navigate the obstacles of language, customs, and security, but quickly runs headlong into difficulties presented by a tragedy in the home, a commander initially hostile to Americans, and the isolation of his family’s inability to speak and understand Spanish. The author takes the reader far off the tourist’s beaten path on dangerous missions from the far-flung arid northern deserts to the frigid Straits of Magellan where he lived, trained, and suffered alongside the Chilean Marines. Behind Friendly Lines explores the challenge of recalibrating nearly every facet of a family’s existence while forging lifelong friendships and learning irreplaceable lessons.


What does it mean to serve your country while learning to love another one on the other side of the world? How does a family adjust to life in a new place and then find that they must adjust again to the place they always considered home? This memoir raises questions about the nature of nation, service, and belonging, while providing an honest view of American foreign policy decisions from a retired military officer.


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Mark McGraw has penned a wonderful memoir. He invites the reader into his life. I appreciate his take on not just the experience but on life as he demonstrates a true view of another world unlike what we may know ourselves. 

He is not afraid to show his vulnerabilities and is open to learn the lessons he must learn in order to survive. 

I really, really, enjoyed this book. This book shares one of the most heartfelt true stories of a man before, during, and after the war. Five stars!


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Mark McGraw was born in Ft. Worth, Texas, grew up in Alexandria, Louisiana, and lived and worked in thirty-four countries during his twenty years of service as a U.S. Marine officer. He is a writer, translator, and language professor, having earned a master's degree in Modern Languages and a Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from Texas A&M University. He has also translated Joseph Avski's Heart of Scorpio (Tiny Toe Press, 2012) and One Step from Juarez (Mouth feel Press, 2015).




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Friday, December 6, 2019

Book Tour & Book Review: Faith Through Falling Snow by Sandy Sinnett #blogtour #giveaway #bookreview #romance @RABTBookTours @sandysinnett


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Contemporary Romance
Date Published: 11/5/19
Publisher: 5 PRINCE PUBLISHING

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With Laci and Mitch anxiously awaiting the arrival of a new baby, they are surrounded by the turmoil of discovering Mama's illness while their two sons fight over the love of a woman.



A white Christmas brings a moment of joy, but Laci’s faith is tested again when their baby clings to life.

Together the Young family must lean on each other and the only One who can truly give them strength.

Will they find the faith they need…even through the snow?


Review

Oh how I love a good Romance that is set in the time of the year I'm in. Cuddle up by a fire with this one with your favorite blanket and get ready to be swept away. It's a beautiful story. Laci and Mitch are such a wonderful couple and it really sheds light on how many times in life our love and faith can be tested. Fears and Trials that could break them, but can they stick together and make it through. A really uplifting read, at times emotional, but I love that in my books. 


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Sandy lives in her hometown of Mt. Vernon, IL enjoying life with her two youngest kids, and works full time for a local hospital as a health consultant. Most mornings she can be found at her local bookstore-coffee shop among friends, looking for inspiration and writing her next novel.



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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Book Tour & Book Review: Edj of the Empire: Revenant's Omen by Timothy Burns #blogtour #scifi #giveaway @RABTBookTours


Empire of Ninety-Nine Stars book 2
Science Fiction/Adventure/Space Travel
Date Published: 11/21/2019
Publisher: Chandra Press

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The riveting second installment in the Edj series.


How do you stop an enemy that can see the future?

After the harrowing events of Herrig’s World, Edj is hot on the trail of D’Orneo. His pursuit leads him to Villalba, a world of tropical island paradises where over a hundred thousand luxurious resorts cater to every whim or flight of fancy. Fortunes are won and lost on Villalba twenty-nine hours a day in the casinos that never close. Gambling on anything for anything from cards to shark fights, dice to gladiators; if it can be wagered on, it can be found on Villalba.

Edj arrives to find that the once powerful economy of Villalba has ground to a halt. A new drug, Peek, grants users the ability to see the future. The casino industry is in tatters and the new governor is at wit’s end. Suspecting that D’Orneo is somehow involved, Edj plunges into an investigation. Going undercover as a member of the galaxy’s premier drug cartel, The Revenants, a group of beings who prolong their lives by harvesting body parts, Edj begins to unravel the truth.

What he uncovers has larger implications than anyone could imagine. With his cover blown, his guardian, Sam, neutralized, and his enemies able to see his every move before he makes them, can Edj find a way to stop Peek from becoming a weapon capable of bringing down the Empire?


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Review

Wow, there is a lot that happened in this book. I feel like I need to decompress a little, but I will say this, Timothy Burns does not take a step back in the story, he takes so many steps forward and really manages to keep the readers invested in his characters and his world with this new installment. It's all put together flawlessly! 



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Mr. Burns is a factory worker who sidelines as a carpenter, computer technician and jack of many trades handyman whose primary interest is hard science-fiction. He has read and loved that genre all his life and has always dreamed of writing books that others would enjoy reading as much as he himself enjoyed those of the great S/F masters. He is very interested in high technology and tries to impart accuracy and plausibility into his work. Other reading and writing interests include fantasy, magic, the paranormal, the Norse runes and nature-centered religions. He lives in northern Mississippi.


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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Book Tour & Book Review: The Conman by Mike Murphey #blogtour #sportsfiction #sports #fiction #giveaway #review @RABTBookTours


Sports Fiction (Baseball)
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Date Published: November 11, 2019

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Conor Nash has lived his life with a single purpose—to pitch in the Major Leagues. He’s been released from professional baseball contracts ten times over a sixteen-year career, but he’s overcome every obstacle to finally reach The Show when he’s a decade too old.

As he faces the specter of injury-forced retirement, he becomes a man neither he nor his wife recognizes. During his career, Conor avoided the trap of alcohol and drugs because his drug was baseball. And what can an addict do when he realizes he will never get that high again?

Conor climbs treacherous Camelback Mountain, drinks a bottle of Champagne, recalls people and events, and seeks an answer. Who is Conor Nash if he can’t pitch?

The Conman is based on the Life of Keith Comstock. Keith pitched professionally for sixteen years, including Major League time with The Seattle Mariners, the San Diego Padres, the San Francisco Giants and the Minnesota Twins. Following his retirement in 1992, Keith has held minor league coaching and managing positions with several organizations.  For the past decade he has served as the rehabilitation instructor for the Texas Rangers.

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I think that it's important to realize this isn't just a work of fiction, it's based on someone's life which for me gives it that much more power. Not only that, it's sports fiction. Those two things can really set it apart in the Fiction world and I think it's important to note those things. 

With that being said, it starts off a bit slower, but I think everything has to be laid out perfectly in order for Murphey to get his point and the story across correctly. 

For me, this story had so many deeper themes and meanings laced throughout. Overcoming struggles, taking what life has to give you and making something out of it, not stopping when the world tells you you can't. So much more than that, but I think that it's a very inspirational read while being entertaining and genuine. 

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Mike Murphey is a native of eastern New Mexico and spent almost thirty years as an award-winning newspaper journalist in the Southwest and Pacific Northwest. Following his retirement from the newspaper business, he and his wife Nancy entered in a seventeen-year partnership with the late Dave Henderson, all-star centerfielder for the Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners. Their company produced the A’s and Mariners adult baseball Fantasy Camps. They also have a partnership with the Roy Hobbs adult baseball organization in Fort Myers, Florida. Mike loves fiction, cats, baseball and sailing. He splits his time between Spokane, Washington, and Phoenix, Arizona, where he enjoys life as a writer and old-man baseball player.



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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Book Tour & Book Review: Things that Women Do #blogtour #review #womensfiction @RABTBookTours



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Women’s Fiction
Date Published: September 13, 2019
Publisher: Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc.

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After Anna Shields receives an invitation from her estranged Aunt Lydia, she flies to Tennessee to find a number of older women-Tasha, Sadie, and Chloe-also living on Lydia's farm. Losing power during a blizzard, the women share dark and startling secrets. Skating between past and present, they reveal frighteningly desperate things that they have done. Anna begins to realize, to her shock, that these things are connected to her own past and become key to her future.




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This novel was very well written and had a great story line. I liked that it wasn't a typical Women's Fiction novel, it had other elements to it as well. I felt as though I could be reading a TRUE story. 

I loved the theme of this novel. How everything unfolded and how surprising some of the revelations were. A great connections between the characters and their lives. A family book that really highlights each person.

Cynn Chadwick has a beautiful and smooth writing style. It was very easy to follow.



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Cynn Chadwick is an author of seven novels: Cat Rising; Girls With Hammers; Babies, Bikes, and Broads; Cutting Loose; Angels and Manners; As The Table Turns; and That's Karma, Baby... Her books have been nominated for the Lambda, Golden Crown, and Stonewall Literary Awards. Over the course of her career, she has done readings and speaking engagements including: Saints and Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans, The Authors' Arena at Book Expo America in Chicago, Human Rights Campaign Headquarters, DC, AWP in Atlanta, Amelia Island Book Festival, FL, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Asheville and UNCA are just a few of her past speaking and reading engagements. She holds a BA from Norwich University and both an MA and MFA from Goddard College in Vermont. Over the last, nearly, thirty years, she taught creative writing to fifth-graders and senior citizens, teachers and homeless teens, college students and convicted felons and have been equally touched by each of their stories. She lives with her wife Elenna and their Springer Spaniel, The Amazing Andy, in the Blue Ridge Mountains is where she taught in the English Department and Creative Writing program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.


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