Thursday, December 8, 2022

Book Tour & Guest Post with Giveaway: Gobbledy by Lis Anna-Langston #blogtour #guestpost #giveaway #juvenile #holiday #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

 

Juvenile Fiction / Holiday

Date Published: 10/20/2020

Publisher: SparkPress

 

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Ever since Dexter and Dougal’s mom passed away, life has been different—but things take a whole new turn when a shooting star turns out to be a creature from outer space!

Gobbledy is a fun-filled holiday story that adds up to two brothers, three friends, unlimited jars of peanut butter, a ketchup factory, and one little alien far, far from home.


2021 Independent Press Awards Winner in Holiday

2021 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards Silver Medal Winner

2021 Book Excellence Awards Finalist in Holiday

2020 New York City Big Book Awards Winner in Holiday

2020 Wishing Shelf Book Awards Gold Medal Winner

2021 15th Annual National Indie Excellence® Awards Finalist

 


“Hugely entertaining as well as emotionally moving.”

―Kirkus Reviews

 

“This charming alien-in-the-attic story boasts engaging characters, witty storytelling, and a furry little beast that will eat anything, all wrapped up in a warm holiday package.”

―Booklife


“A delightfully entertaining novel by an author with a genuine flair for originality and the kind of narrative storytelling style that will fully engage the imaginative attention of appreciative young readers ages 8-11, Gobbledy by Lis Anna-Langston . . . will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to elementary school, middle school, and community library collections.”

―Midwest Book Review


“In Gobbledy, Lis Anna-Langston offers her readers a sparkling novel of discovery, adventure, and the abiding consolation of friendship . . . Eleven-year-old protagonist Dexter’s progress from bumbling troublemaker to triumphant (but still bumbling) hero is sweet, utterly convincing, and thoroughly engaging. This novel’s generous heart won me over from the get-go.”

―John Gregory Brown, acclaimed author of A Thousand Miles from Nowhere

 

 



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My family didn’t celebrate Christmas. My grandmother never even put up a Christmas tree. My grandfather descended from Cherokee Indians who refused to go on the trail of tears and instead fled into the Appalachians then settled in middle Tennessee. He died when I was two years old a deeply mythic figure to me and everyone else in the family. My grandmother simply closed his bedroom door like he’d gone out for cigarettes and never moved a single possession. I have no family photos of us at Christmas. No funny stories or fun Christmas times. In fact nothing really changed as the holidays approached, except for food.

Cartons of eggnog appeared in the refrigerator. Summer foods of egg salad, cold fried chicken were swapped for hot chocolate and boiled custard. A disgusting name, but secretly I could be talked into a glass or two by my uncle. He drank three eggnog and three boiled custard a week during the holiday season. Every Christmas my grandmother made Ambrosia in a huge sterling silver goblet bowl. It weighed about fifteen pounds and was the best thing in the world. The first time I had a bowl, asked,

“What is this?”

          “Ambrosia.”

          “What’s that?”

          “Food of the gods,” she said, matter of fact.

          When you’re five years olf with a big imagination there is literally nothing more exotic to a little girl in West Tennessee than food of the gods. I ate another bowl. Then another. If I ever met the gods, I wanted to have something to talk about.

          Like if I saw Zeus standing in line at the cafeteria, I’d say, “Man oh man, those sweetened coconut flakes sure are tasty.”

          He’d lean over and whisper. “Yeah, once you’re grandmother works her magic they sure are.”

          Ambrosia. Eggnog. Baked ham. The changing landscape of a season. A way to navigate the map of holiday cheer.

          My grandmother made sweet potato pies, mashed potatoes. Everything was washed down with a tall glass of eggnog. Presents were put out on Christmas Eve and I never saw a single adult in my family exchange a gift so they were usually all for me, hastily wrapped with the from marked in as Santa.

          Ambrosia signaled the end of the year. I’d beg for it year round but my grandmother clucked her tongue and said, “That’s for the holidays.”

          I closed my eyes and willed them to arrive faster.

          Since I didn’t grow up celebrating holidays I had to find my own way to tinsel and cheer. A winding yellow brick road of a journey it involved finding an abandoned dog, having my daughter and marrying the love of my life. My husband thinks it’s funny how I relate everything to food but don’t especially like to eat. I love the smells, the preparation, the cooking and baking but not really the eating. Gourmet cooking is my hobby and I love photographing food way more than eating it. So I think Gobbledy landed in exactly the right place. In my house I mark days off the calendar with dishes prepared seasonally. A marriage of food, photography, literature and a dash of make believe. Join me on an adventure of discovery and friendship and snacks that are out of this world.

          


About the Author

Lis Anna-Langston was raised along the winding current of the Mississippi River on a steady diet of dog-eared books. She attended a Creative and Performing Arts School from middle school until graduation and went on to study Literature at Webster University. Her two novels, Gobbledy and Tupelo Honey have won the Parents’ Choice Gold, Moonbeam Book Award, Independent Press Award, Benjamin Franklin Book Award and NYC Big Book Awards. Twice nominated for the Pushcart award and Finalist in the Brighthorse Book Prize, William Faulkner Fiction Contest and Thomas Wolfe Fiction Award, her work has been published in The Literary Review, Emerson Review, The Merrimack Review, Emrys Journal, The MacGuffin, Sand Hill Review and dozens of other literary journals. She draws badly, sings loudly, loves ketchup, starry skies & stories with happy aliens.


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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Book Tour & Book Review: Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll and Nursing by Raymond Moore #blogtour #giveaway #newadult #fiction #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @RaymondMoore64

 

 

New Adult/Adult Fiction

Date Published: 08-04-2022

 

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My flatmate Bill summed me up recently. “Calum,” he said. “Ah love ye man, but when it comes tae women and relationships, you’re a total nightmare.” I'm not a bad guy. I mean ... I'm not. Ask anyone. I'm a nurse, for God’s sake. How bad could I be? Look, I'm not saying I'm an angel – far from it. I'm just saying...

Anyway... I'll let you be the judge.

Leaving Skye, I arrived in Edinburgh in the early 1980s to study nursing. I first met Bill when I moved into a shared flat in Warrender Park and got involved with his band, Low Down. Man, I loved their music and wanted to do anything I could to help them achieve success.

Of course, we took drugs – who didn't?

The thing is, I was selfish – I know that now. Knew it then too, but I was a man on a mission. The way I was living, though, it couldn’t last. I was on a collision course with myself and my karmic reward was waiting to kick me in the head.

 



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Moore is a a writer whose talent and creativity seem boundless. He takes joy in subverting the reader’s expectations at every turn. A wild ride. Enjoyed the depth.



About the Author

Raymond Moore is a Registered Nurse, living and working in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. He's married to a Thai, has three children and has a house and farm in Thailand. As well as being a writer, Raymond has been a record label owner, band manager, and singer with a band. Born and brought up in Glasgow, he left the city in 1977 aged 13 and moved to the Isle of Skye.

Leaving the island in 1982 he moved to Edinburgh to study Nursing where he qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1987 and has worked in Glasgow, Edinburgh, London, Al Ain and Singapore.

Raymond is the author of the Skye Stories Trilogy available on Redshank Books and has self published Poetry? Probably and Poetry? Maybe a collection of poems about Glasgow, Skye, Edinburgh and London.

His debut novel Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll and Nursing set in 1980s Edinburgh is now available in paperback and ebook.


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Book Tour & Book Review: Startup by Riko Radojcic #blogtour #bookreview #giveaway #technothriller #thriller #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 



Techno Thriller

Date Published: 03-14-2022

Publisher: Open Book


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A high tech AI startup, the Russian mafia, and the downfall of a 'resident adult.'

 

Professor Andrija Krstic is a bright man―some would say brilliant―with a stellar and secure career at one of the best universities in the country, teaching electronic engineering and pursuing leading edge research in semiconductor technology. But when an opportunity for financing an Artificial Intelligence high tech startup presents itself, he embraces the offer even though the seed money comes from an odd and somewhat suspicious Armenian oligarch.

It all seemed to be too good to be true, but the professor and his cofounders take all the right steps and successfully grow their startup. However, in parallel they also discover the truth behind the roots of their benefactor’s wealth.

Krstic finds himself trying to balance two disparate worlds―that of a high-tech Silicon Valley startup racing toward the twenty-first century's technological future, and that of shady wealth rooted in the collapse of the Soviet empire.

The professor knows he must do the right thing for his company. His reputation and legacy depend on it, not to mention the livelihoods of his colleagues and employees. And yet he must fend off the pressure from the Armenian oligarch who has probably told him far too much.




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Read - no, devoured - Startup...and loved it. A real page turner. Radojcic has done a masterful job.
Radojcic came through with an unbelievable story that may come true someday.


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Riko Radojcic is a lucky man who has been blessed with a fulfilling life rich in its diversity.  He was born in what was then a poor post-war Yugoslavia and enjoyed a very happy and secure early childhood there. When he was twelve his father took a job with the UN World Health Organization, and Riko spent his teen years in East Pakistan (Bangladesh now), Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania, observing both, the demise of the colonial Raj, and some harsh Third World realities.  He completed high school in Swiss private schools - a polar opposite of the Third World - which gave him a peek into the lives of the one-percenters. He then moved to Manchester, UK, where he witnessed the bleak circumstances of the working class in the heart of the then-decaying industrial England. He earned his BSc and PhD degrees in Electronic Engineering and Solid-State Physics there, and after a couple of years of working in England he immigrated to the US. Riko and his then-wife settled in the San Diego area, where they brought up their three wonderful children, and he got to experience the American Dream – yet another polar opposite. He enjoyed a rewarding and a very stimulating career in the semiconductor industry, working in a variety of technical, managerial and business development roles. His professional life exposed him not only to the amazing wonders of the silicon chip technology, but also gave him an opportunity to travel internationally and to interact with smart and talented people from very diverse and multicultural backgrounds.  After 35+ years in the world of high tech and engineering management, Riko retired and is now trying to be a writer.   Always more comfortable as an observer than the observed, as an analyst than a participant, he is trying to bring to life the magic of technology, the reality of the  high-tech industry, and some of his diverse life experiences through storytelling…


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Book Tour & Book Review: Exit Clause by Philip May #blogtour #bookreview #historical #mystery #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @PhilMay_Author @MKWebsiteandSEO



Sharer Mystery, Book 2


Historical Mystery

Date Published: April 12, 2022

Publisher: MindStir Media


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Grant Sharer just solved the mystery of great entertainment

Hollywood, 1948

The Supreme Court is forcing Major Hollywood Studios to sell their movie palaces marking the final curtain for filmdom's Golden Age.  The Department of Justice is threatening criminal prosecution for the Tinsel Town´s most powerful Moguls.  Backstage an international Egyptian heroin ring threatens the future of the U.S.

Grant Sharer, the Studio system´s number one scandal fixer, fighting to help a struggling actor battle discrimination, is caught in an undertow of corruption that leads from the highest court in the land to the lowliest studios on Poverty Row.

Take a thrill ride from Cairo to California.  From a secret New York Subway Station to the heights of LA´s iconic Planetarium. 

For Grantland Sharer, pitted against the most powerful men in America, there´s only one way out.

Exit Clause

The greatest scandal is not reading it.




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A twisty-turny, witty and wonderful, mysterious romp that was a pure delight to read.
He's a character who is very easy to cheer along, and his mysteries are always engaging. I'm already looking forward to his next adventure!
The plot is easily followed, the characters are vastly interesting, especially the new ones brought into the story, and the overall theme is heartening.

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As primetime Emmy nominated television producer, writer and director at Walt Disney Studios, Phil May filmed on every major studio back lot in Hollywood.  He directed such Golden Era stars as Bette Davis, Helen Hayes, Gregory Peck, Jimmie Stewart, many more and avidly garnered their stories.

In retirement Phil  teaches College level film classes of his own design; ¨The Moguls¨,¨ McCarthy in the Media¨,” Film Noir¨, ¨America´s Great Mid-Century Directors¨  ¨Film Language¨  ¨The Hollywood Style¨ ¨Hitler Vs. Hollywood¨,  and many others. 

As a film historian, teacher and a former insider, Phil devised this novel to appeal to classic film lovers.  "My audience, he says,  is the avid TCM fan,  people who love movies and who read."

Every chapter is infused with obscure insights into the history of studios, movie making and the inner workings of the Hollywood Golden Age.

And the lead character, Grantland Sharer,  is nuanced and likeable enough to generate a lot of encores. 


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Tomorrow Seemed Impossible


Self-help - Memoirs

Date Published: 10-25-2022

Publisher: Rope Swing Publishing


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From childhood well into her adult life, Keeley Brooks struggled quietly with trauma and the very dangerous effects it took on her physical, mental, and emotional health. In her late teens, Keeley was diagnosed with four mental health challenges and an eating disorder after suffering extreme panic and anxiety at a young age.

Struggling with crippling feelings of isolation, unworthiness, desperation, and fear, as well as the inherent urge to heal, she turned to writing. Now offering her human truths and personal experiences on how she navigated them, survived them, then healed and has grown from them, Keeley shares in graphic detail her deeply personal perspective on trauma, mental health, and side effects while bravely giving readers an intimate peek behind the curtain at the functioning of a mind rooted in trauma and riddled with fear, anxiety, panic, depression, shame, and silence.


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Keeley Brooks is an author, writer, poet, and editor. She's a contributing author to the #1 bestseller My Labor Pains Were Worse Than Yours and in May 2022 released her first poetry collection Poetry from an Isolated Soul. With a decade's experience in entertainment journalism, she currently writes health & lifestyle articles for Modern Grace Magazine and is an arts & entertainment writer and managing editor at Mixed Alternative Magazine.

Keeley has just published her first creative nonfiction book, which details her deeply personal struggle with trauma and mental illness, as well as their effects on her mind, body, and spirit. She also offers an intimate peek behind the curtain at the functioning of a mind riddled with fear, anxiety, panic, and depression, then she shares how she has healed and grown from it all and has found the balance needed to reclaim her life.

Keeley is currently focused on several literary projects, including a collaborative fiction novel with three additional authors and a women's self-care book with her integrative health practitioner.


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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Book Tour & Book Review: Unburdening by Teresa Benitez #blogtour #memoir #nonfiction #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @MKWebsiteandSEO

 



Memoir

Date Published: October 4, 2022

 

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Teresa Benitez—an engineer, doctor, and professor—had three abortions between 2004 and 2022. Although she was against abortion until 2004, her first pregnancy awakened her deepest fears: was she good enough to raise a family? Or would her unresolved childhood trauma, and resulting mental illness, render her incapable of love?

In Unburdening, each pregnancy termination is meticulously described. The aftermath of each abortion is explored, including the mystifying blend of relief and distress that often remains after the procedure is over.

A moving memoir infused with poetic prose, Unburdening is a story of motherhood, abortion, and mental health. It delves into generational trauma, survival, love, self-forgiveness, and healing.

 



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It's an honest and touching account of  that can give so much insight and inspiration to the reader. 
I found Teresa Benitez's words eloquent, with powerful expressions. .
Smooth and Effortless, this is the kind of story that will stick with you. 


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Born in Puerto Rico in 1984, Teresa Benitez has a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. She was an engineering professor for nine years. Teresa currently lives in Gainesville, Florida, with her ten-year-old daughter and three cats.


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Monday, December 5, 2022

Book Tour & Book Review: Skinny Dipping in a Dirty Pond by Lis Anna-Langston #blogtour #bookreview #giveaway #memoir #literary #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

 

Literary Fiction / Memoir

Release Date: October 1, 2022

Publisher: Mapleton Press


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A young girl in a small southern town in the 80’s enlists the help of an unlikely group of friends and family to help her survive an unconventional, sometimes abusive childhood. Often left in the care of a paranoid schizophrenic uncle who lives downstairs and a psychotic uncle upstairs, the narrator stacks up a few heartbreaking observations. When her mother abandons her in favor of her addictions, the girl goes to live with her grandmother but finds happiness cut short when her grandmother dies. Her uncle believes the voices in his head have trapped his mother in a basement across town and as he slowly looses grip on reality, he also looses his ability to take care of her. Taken to a Group Home to live until a case worker can find her a place to go, her mom’s ex shows up and is forced to make a choice.


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One child's vulnerability and resilience to forces beyond her control make a raw and colorful splash in this tenderhearted memoir.

-RECOMMENDED by the US Review


"Skinny Dipping in a Dirty Pond is highly recommended for fiction readers looking for coming-of-age and family narratives that are anything but ordinary and predictable. Its lively tone packs a punch."

- D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review


... I have to tell you that as I enjoyed this great book, I realized no 9 year old could have the thoughts or quick comebacks that Cotton does. Any kid that had to go through what Cotton did would become old way before their time. But in truth, this is mostly a story of Cotton telling about her life but living in the moment. Does that sound nuts? Well, whatever the technique, it worked. It made a story so very poignant that it touched my heart. Lis-Anna Langston created a character you will fall in love with and a book you'll be sad is over when you turn the last page.

- Our Town Book Reviews





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This was not a lengthy read, but it was full of so much! 
I loved this book. Lis Anna-Langston is a talented author who takes us into her story, ultimately giving us hope and inspiring us. 
The author really melds together so many different things when sharing this story. 


About the Author

Lis Anna-Langston was raised along the winding current of the Mississippi River on a steady diet of dog-eared books. She attended a Creative and Performing Arts School from middle school until graduation and went on to study Literature at Webster University. Her two novels, Gobbledy and Tupelo Honey have won the Parents’ Choice Gold, Moonbeam Book Award, Independent Press Award, Benjamin Franklin Book Award and NYC Big Book Awards. Twice nominated for the Pushcart award and Finalist in the Brighthorse Book Prize, William Faulkner Fiction Contest and Thomas Wolfe Fiction Award, her work has been published in The Literary Review, Emerson Review, The Merrimack Review, Emrys Journal, The MacGuffin, Sand Hill Review and dozens of other literary journals. She draws badly, sings loudly, loves ketchup, starry skies & stories with happy aliens.


You can find her in the wilds of South Carolina plucking stories out of thin air.


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