Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Book Tour & Book Review: Harry Harambee's Kenyan Sundowner by @superscribbler1 #blogtour #bookreview #giveaway #literaryfiction #fiction #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 



A Novel

Literary Fiction

Date Published: 6/29/2021

Publisher: La Puerta Productions



Intrigue on the white sands of the Indian Ocean. From the award-winning author of Clifford’s Spiral.

A lonely widower from Los Angeles buys a tour package to East Africa on the promise of hookups and parties. What he finds instead are new reasons to live.

Aldo Barbieri, a slick Italian tour operator, convinces Harry to join a group of adventuresome “voluntourists.” In a resort town on the Indian Ocean, Harry doesn’t find the promised excitement with local ladies. But in the supermarket he meets Esther Mwemba, a demure widow who works as a bookkeeper. The attraction is strong and mutual, but Harry gets worried when he finds out that Esther and Aldo have a history. They introduce him to Victor Skebelsky, rumored to be the meanest man in town. Skebelsky has a plan to convert his grand colonial home and residential compound into a rehab center – as a tax dodge. The scheme calls for Harry to head up the charity. He could live like a wealthy diplomat and it won’t cost him a shilling!

Harry has to come to terms with questions at the heart of his character: Is corruption a fact of life everywhere? Is all love transactional?

Harry Harambee’s Kenyan Sundowner is an emotional story of expat intrigue in Africa, reminiscent of The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene and The Constant Gardener by John le Carré.

Praise for Clifford’s Spiral (Independent Press Awards 2020 Distinguished Favorite in Literary Fiction)

We've seen and noted the comparison of this author by other reviewers to literary giants like Roth and Vonnegut. And we can't disagree. Yet we feel there may be yet another strata for Gerald Everett Jones, who arguably is doing the best work of his career. We predict that he lacks only a mention in the The New York Review of Books or, better yet, Oprah, to become a nationwide best-selling author. Five-plus stars to Clifford's Spiral, a true literary novel if ever there was one. We say in all seriousness that if you only read one novel this year, this should be it. - Don Sloan, Publishers Daily Reviews

Preacher Finds a Corpse (NYC Big Book Awards 2020 Winner in Mystery, IPA 2020 Distinguished Favorite in Mystery, Eric Hoffer 2020 Finalist in Mystery)

This is literature masquerading as a mystery. Carefully yet powerfully, Gerald Jones creates a small, stunning world in a tiny midwestern town, infusing each character with not just life but wit, charm, and occasionally menace. This is the kind of writing one expects from John Irving or Jane Smiley.

- Marvin J. Wolf, author of the Rabbi Ben Mysteries, including A Scribe Dies in Brooklyn.




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Harry Harambee's Kenyan Sundowner is well-conceived. It's set in a beautiful location and the author brings it to life through his words. 
It's well-plotted, I found it easy to follow and I loved everything from the setting to the characters.
And ultimately it is well told. I became fascinated with the story right from the beginning. I enjoyed the characters and was invested in their lives. They and their journeys were refreshing. The story held me 'til the end



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Book Tour & Book Review: I Hear the Black Raven by @ishiayetoro #blogtour #bookreview #memoir #rabtbooktours #giveaway @RABTBookTours

 


A Petite Memoir

Date Published: 06-04-2021

Publisher: Equal Age

 

At 31 years of age, Claire Ishi Ayetoro has lived enough lives to fill an ensemble cast. In this, her first memoir, no topic is off-limits as she paints portrait after portrait of her triumphs and her battles with bipolar disorder, religiosity, and that ever elusive cure-all: love. A vividly compassionate depiction of psychosis, Ayetoro weaves words of wisdom, encouragement, and inspiration into every layer of her storytelling. Journey with her through the mountains and valleys of manic depression, guided by that singular spirit of flight: the black raven. You never know, it may even be calling to you.

 




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What an uplifting and totally inspirational story. 
Thank you Claire for showing the reader that mental illness is not a stigma. Those suffering from it can step out of what has been perceived in the past.
Whether you live with mental illness, or know someone who does. This book is worth the read. It really is inspiring. It's a guide of sorts, gives hope, and so much more.

 

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Claire is an African-American author and a creative at heart. Born in the southern hills of Mississippi, she graduated with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and has been re-designing and re-defining her world to live her best life ever since. She is an advocate for human rights and helps others to find freedom of mind through her coaching. When she is not writing, she can be found catering to Rupert (the family cat), daydreaming about warm spring days and cool fall nights, and whistling (a favorite pastime taught to her by her beloved "Papa Ray").

Sign up for her email list at www.ishiayetoro.com and receive a free gift. Become an advocate with her by exploring www.equalageco.com.

 

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Book Tour & Book Review: An Unwitting Trickster by @KaiStrand #blogtour #bookreview #giveaway #youngadult #yafantasy #mythology #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

 


Young Adult Fantasy / Mythology

Date Published: 06-08-2021



Immortal Trickster, Luke, is starting a fresh life in a new-to-him seventeen-year-old body. With yet another lifespan stretched out in front of him, he’s questioning what purpose his endless compulsion to play tricks serves.

Agnar, a Thor look-alike claiming to be his adoptive brother from the planet Asperian, appears to declare Luke has been away from home too long. One problem. Luke doesn’t remember Agnar or living on another planet.

With more questions than answers, Luke cautiously agrees to accompany his “brother” back to Asperian, but the travel portal rejects him, leaving him behind to continue his mundane life of trickery. When interplanetary soldiers show up intent on killing him, he’s forced into hiding and his list of unanswered questions grows.

Will Luke remain trapped on Earth forever, pulling meaningless pranks? Or will he finally figure out his true purpose?




Review
An Unwitting Trickster is an easy-to-read but difficult-to-forget book.

Belonging to the category of Fantasy, we are given a highly descriptive and fast-paced read. 

The cover is what first caught my attention, it's very vibrant. The author then manages to take that and give us a vibrant and well-detailed world. 

The story revolves around the intriguing and fascinating adventures of Luke, his journey is one that really kept me guessing. 


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Award winning Kai Strand, author of the action packed Super Villain Academy series, is often found exploring hiking trails and snapping pictures of waterfalls in her Oregon hometown. Mother of four, Kai uses her life experiences to connect with young readers. With middle grade works such as Save the Lemmings, The Weaver Tale series, and The Concord Chronicles series, and emotional YA adventures like Finding Thor, I Am Me, and Worth the Effort, Kai has written compelling stories that tweens, teens, and their parents love.

Kai has given numerous presentations in classrooms, to writer groups, and at workshops about her work and the writing process. She loves interacting with teens and gaining their insight on their latest reads as well as what they would like to see in future stories.

To find out more about Kai, please visit Kaistrand.com.


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Release Blitz & Giveaway: Tears of Change by Debbie A. Monteggia #promo #releaseday #giveaway #poetry #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

 

Poetry

Date Published: 6/29/2021

Publisher: Christian Faith Publishing



Tears of Change is a collection of poems and quotes that takes you on a journey through the everyday emotions of life. In this book you will find unique, one-of-a-kind poems. Some will touch your heart and bring you to a place of appreciation and peace, and others may change the way you view and look at things. You will find ones that will move you through joy, loss, acceptance and renewal, as well as pain and sorrow. My hope is that one or many will inspire you to take a leap into expressing all of your own emotions so you can reach a deeper place of love and gratitude within yourself.


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A Novel

Literary Fiction

Date Published: 6/29/2021

Publisher: La Puerta Productions



Intrigue on the white sands of the Indian Ocean. From the award-winning author of Clifford’s Spiral.

A lonely widower from Los Angeles buys a tour package to East Africa on the promise of hookups and parties. What he finds instead are new reasons to live.

Aldo Barbieri, a slick Italian tour operator, convinces Harry to join a group of adventuresome “voluntourists.” In a resort town on the Indian Ocean, Harry doesn’t find the promised excitement with local ladies. But in the supermarket he meets Esther Mwemba, a demure widow who works as a bookkeeper. The attraction is strong and mutual, but Harry gets worried when he finds out that Esther and Aldo have a history. They introduce him to Victor Skebelsky, rumored to be the meanest man in town. Skebelsky has a plan to convert his grand colonial home and residential compound into a rehab center – as a tax dodge. The scheme calls for Harry to head up the charity. He could live like a wealthy diplomat and it won’t cost him a shilling!

Harry has to come to terms with questions at the heart of his character: Is corruption a fact of life everywhere? Is all love transactional?

Harry Harambee’s Kenyan Sundowner is an emotional story of expat intrigue in Africa, reminiscent of The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene and The Constant Gardener by John le Carré.

Praise for Clifford’s Spiral (Independent Press Awards 2020 Distinguished Favorite in Literary Fiction)

We've seen and noted the comparison of this author by other reviewers to literary giants like Roth and Vonnegut. And we can't disagree. Yet we feel there may be yet another strata for Gerald Everett Jones, who arguably is doing the best work of his career. We predict that he lacks only a mention in the The New York Review of Books or, better yet, Oprah, to become a nationwide best-selling author. Five-plus stars to Clifford's Spiral, a true literary novel if ever there was one. We say in all seriousness that if you only read one novel this year, this should be it. - Don Sloan, Publishers Daily Reviews

Preacher Finds a Corpse (NYC Big Book Awards 2020 Winner in Mystery, IPA 2020 Distinguished Favorite in Mystery, Eric Hoffer 2020 Finalist in Mystery)

This is literature masquerading as a mystery. Carefully yet powerfully, Gerald Jones creates a small, stunning world in a tiny midwestern town, infusing each character with not just life but wit, charm, and occasionally menace. This is the kind of writing one expects from John Irving or Jane Smiley.

- Marvin J. Wolf, author of the Rabbi Ben Mysteries, including A Scribe Dies in Brooklyn.



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Monday, June 28, 2021

Book Tour & Book Review: Love is an Emotion by R.L. Lewis @RLLewisEtc #blogtour #bookreview #personalgrowth #christian #nonfiction #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

 

Personal Growth, Christian Living, Love & Marriage

Date Published: May 25, 2021

Publisher: Lucid Books Publishing


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Explore the little-known truth about what it really means to love your neighbor as yourself.

Loving your neighbor as yourself is an act of the will, not something you feel. At least that's what most Christians believe. But is that what the Bible actually teaches? In Love Is an Emotion R. L. Lewis invites you to take an honest look at the scriptures and determine the answer to this question for yourself. As you reason your way through these pages, you'll discover:

 

●      How the common view of "Christian" love measures up to the test of logic.

●      How the subjective nature of emotion relates to the objective truth of God's Word

●      How a revised definition of love can impact our understanding of the gospel of grace.

 

If you're eager to explore the little-known truth about what it really means to love your neighbor as yourself, this book is for you.


 



Review
What a wonderful way to start my day! I'm so sad it had to end. 

A timely does of truth, wrapped in grace! Freely and Lightly penned. 

I found myself nodding in agreement a few times. This is not your typical "self-help" book...it really opens your mind and delves into faith. 


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R. L. Lewis was born and raised in Houston, Texas, where he currently resides with his wife, Kayla, their son, and their 11-year-old dog, Beatrice. A couple of years after earning his degree in applied mathematics from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Lewis moved back to his hometown to study painting at the University of Houston. Though he now works in the art industry, he enjoys spending much of his free time on projects that combine his affinity for analytical reasoning with his passion for studying God’s Word.

 

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Book Tour & Book Review: Creative Haven Color By Number Coloring Books #blogtour #bookreview #giveaway #coloringbook #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @doverpubs

 



Creative Haven Color by Numbers Books

Coloring Books

Publisher: Dover Publications

 

Dover brings the popular Paint by Number concept up to date. Intricate image features numbers corresponding to a coloring key -- experienced colorists can follow the guide or use colors of their own choice.

 

 

Creative Haven Glorious Gardens Color

978-0-486-83669-0

Date Published: 10/16/19

 

Relax and unwind as you color a stunning variety of flower-filled landscapes. Forty-six scenes present roses, tulips, sunflowers, succulents and more as well as dozing cats, majestic mountains, bubbling waterfalls, and the occasional garden gnome. It's easy to achieve realistic effects with the help of lightly printed numbers that correspond to a simple color key. Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display. Specially designed for experienced colorists, Glorious Gardens Color by Number and other Creative Haven® adult coloring books offer an escape to a world of inspiration and artistic fulfillment. Each title is also an effective and fun-filled way to relax and reduce stress.

 

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Creative Haven By the Sea Color by Number

978-0-486-84046-8

Date Published:  5/21/2020

 

Relax and unwind as you color a stunning variety of flower-filled landscapes. Forty-six scenes present roses, tulips, sunflowers, succulents and more as well as dozing cats, majestic mountains, bubbling waterfalls, and the occasional garden gnome. It's easy to achieve realistic effects with the help of lightly printed numbers that correspond to a simple color key. Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display. Specially designed for experienced colorists, Glorious Gardens Color by Number and other Creative Haven® adult coloring books offer an escape to a world of inspiration and artistic fulfillment. Each title is also an effective and fun-filled way to relax and reduce stress.

 

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Creative Haven City Sights Color By Number

978-0-486-82281-5

Date Published: 8/15/2018

 

This charming book depicting city life includes 46 illustrations packed with taxis, trolleys, and traffic jams, along with street vendors, dog walkers, store window displays, and much more. Colorists can achieve realistic effects with the help of lightly printed numbers that correspond to a simple color key. Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display. Specially designed for experienced colorists, City Sights Color by Number and other Creative Haven® adult coloring books offer an escape to a world of inspiration and artistic fulfillment. Each title is also an effective and fun-filled way to relax and reduce stress.

 

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Creative Haven Country Scenes Color by Number

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Date Published: 7/18/2018

 

 Forty-six picturesque scenes celebrate the simple pleasures of country life: farms, roadside stands, pastures, mills, covered bridges, and more. Colorists can achieve realistic effects with the help of lightly printed numbers that correspond to a simple color key. Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display. Specially designed for experienced colorists, Country Scenes Color by Number and other Creative Haven® adult coloring books offer an escape to a world of inspiration and artistic fulfillment. Each title is also an effective and fun-filled way to relax and reduce stress.

 

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978-0-486-84698-9     Creative Haven Around the World Color by Number – Coming 7/1/21

978-0-486-84474-9     Creative Haven Autumn Inspirations Color by Number

978-0-486-79857-8     Creative Haven Birds Color by Number Coloring Book

978-0-486-79858-5     Creative Haven Butterflies Color by Number Coloring Book

978-0-486-81853-5     Creative Haven Cats Color by Number Coloring Book

978-0-486-83253-1     Creative Haven Christmas Color by Number

978-0-486-80447-7     Creative Haven Dogs Color by Number Coloring Book

978-0-486-79385-6     Creative Haven Floral Design Color by Number Coloring Book

978-0-486-79384-9     Creative Haven Horses Color by Number Coloring Book

978-0-486-79797-7     Creative Haven Mandalas Color by Number Coloring Book

978-0-486-79795-3     Creative Haven Sea Life Color by Number Coloring Book

978-0-486-84543-2     Creative Haven Spectacular Spring Scenes Color by Number

978-0-486-80448-4     Creative Haven Still Life Color by Number Coloring Book

978-0-486-79856-1     Creative Haven Wildlife Color by Number Coloring Book

 


 




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A great collections of pictures for both the avid colorer and those ready to dip their toe in. I love that there is a variety of images to take you away. Plenty of options and will keep you busy! 


 


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Montreal-based George Toufexis is a freelance illustrator who has worked as an art/creative director and illustrator/designer. He has been involved in designing and illustrating t-shirts, stickers, temporary tattoos, and education-related licensed products for Warner Bros., Disney, Fox, and LucasFilm, as well as non-licensed materials for various publishers. George has published nearly 500 editorial cartoons and created dozens of coloring and activity books for Dover, many of which are bestsellers. He is also a musician and songwriter, specializing in blues, roots, and gospel music.

 

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Saturday, June 26, 2021

Book Blitz: Red Card by @kellysredcard #promo #memoir #sports #nonfiction #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @BookBuzznet

 

 


Red Card: A Bet You Can Win!

Memoir, Sports, Non-Fiction

Published: April 2021

Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers



Former UK professional soccer star (footballer), Tony Kelly lost it all, but he stands today as someone who is unbreakable!

Having lost most of his wealth, his house and eventually his fiance', Tony refused to be broken and fought back.

Through years of pain and suffering, somehow, Tony managed to turn his life around in a positive way, and his journey from disaster to redemption and triumph is nothing short of amazing. Tony has literally been to hell and back, but through family and friends' support, professional help, his renewed faith, and sheer courage, he is now in a position to help others, and that is something he could never have envisioned six years ago.

A tragic, yet uplifting and inspiring tale of one man's journey through gambling addiction. It's a must-read for those who feel lost, broken, and without hope, as Tony's story is testimony that all is not lost. That this is a bet you can win!



About the Author

Best selling Author Tony Kelly is a former professional (footballer) soccer star who played for six teams within his nine-year career. He is also a recovering gambling addict. In his first book, Tony wrote and shared this story, "Red Card: The Soccer Star Who Lost It All To Gambling," in 2013. He now released his much anticipated second book titled "Red Card: A Bet You Can Win!" in April 2021 and is available on Amazon Kindle, Amazon Books, Barnes & Noble, and other fine online book stores in both the UK and USA.

Tony was crazy about (UK Football) soccer from the age of seven. At sixteen, he was the youngest player ever on the first team at Bristol City, UK. In his twenties, Tony turned professional and went on to play for clubs such as Stoke City, Cardiff City, Leyton Orient, and Bury in the second and third divisions of the Soccer (Football) League. He also enjoyed a spell playing for a team in Sweden. His career was cut short and ruined by a gambling addiction. He continued to gamble addictively and lost jobs, the rest of his soccer career, his partner, and his financial wealth he worked hard to gain.

Today, Tony is the Founder and Managing Director of 'Red Card Gambling Consultancy and Gambling Support Project' (Non-Profit) in 2015 and has been sharing prevention of problem gambling and addiction with individual one on one therapy, awareness, prevention, educational workshops, visiting and speaking at schools, and much more in and around London, UK.

Tony has helped and worked with the UK Gambling Commission in an advisory role on regulations. A tireless advocate of recovery, Tony has grown to become well-respected within the gambling harm reduction and prevention sector throughout the United Kingdom. His work has been endorsed both by the UK media and the UK parliament. As a recovering addict, his wish for the book release is to help raise awareness and educate the public about this crippling gambling disorder.

Born Nyrere Anthony Kelly in England, Tony resides in London; his books are his journey of 'Redemption and Recovery' as Tony is proof that miracles do happen and recovery is possible.


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Friday, June 25, 2021

Release Blitz & Giveaway: Maya Loop by Lis Anna-Langston #promo #releaseday #giveaway #middlegrade #fantasy #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

 


Middle Grade Fantasy

Release Date: June 26, 2021

Publisher: Mapleton Press



Get ready to meet the blue haired girl from Baltimore who saves the world.

Following maps her grandmother drew before she disappeared, Maya Loop, the brave, blue-haired girl from Baltimore, has to depend on her wits and bravery to face the alien race of Landions who have taken her grandmother and best friends to an underground world of creatures living beyond the limits of time. The Landions are not only trying to end the human race but erase them completely. A delightfully fast-paced story crackling with energy, Maya Loop meets young readers in the wide-open world of being a kid where everything feels like magic.


Praise for Maya Loop:

"Maya Loop is Alice in Wonderland meets the Wizard of Oz, with the sweet tinge of Fortnite and Percy Jackson thrown in. I loved every page." - Linda Sands, Award winning Georgia Author of the Year

"Readers interested in a passionate journey of determination and evolving wisdom will find Maya Loop unpredictable, driven by understandable emotions and extraordinary events that lead Maya to a new form of determination and courage." - Midwest Book Review



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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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