Thursday, February 22, 2024

Book Blitz: Ella's War by Rusty Allen #historicalfiction #fiction #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

Historical Fiction

 

 

It's 1943 on the American home front, and Ella's pent-up, common-law husband finally decides to leave their farm and enlist. Ella must either depart their seafaring town in coastal Delaware to pursue other dreams inland or try to save their farm. Their grade-school son, Reese, won't budge, and Ella sees that farmers have a patriotic duty to stay on the land.

The bay and ocean waters before them have been preyed upon by German U-boats, and their village has become a refuge for survivors. When an officer from a surrendered German submarine is sent to her as part of POW farm labor, can Ella embrace the help in order to survive? And what happens when Dieter becomes more than a hand to her, amidst prying eyes and under her beloved but conflicted son's watch? How will she choose when her explosive husband returns from Europe wounded from infantry duty against the Germans?

In ELLA'S WAR, we travel a journey amongst women and men whose lives are deeply altered by the circumstances of WWII. What heroic or questionable choices must they make to be true to themselves and come through the great conflict?


 About the Author

Rusty studied creative writing at the University of Virginia and has been a full-time freelance writer for most of his career. He owns The Writers Studio, a marketing/copywriting practice located just outside of Philadelphia. He led the Advanced Novel Writing Group at the Writers Room/Writers Corner, a writers co-op in Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and is a member of the Rebel Writers, a highly select novelist critique group that was highlighted in Writer's Digest in the article "Plotting a Novel Group".


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Book Tour & Book Review with Giveaway: Storm's Convergence by Valerie Storm #bookreview #giveaway #youngadult #yafantasy #fantasy #rabtbooktours @Valerie_Storm @RABTBookTours

 



 Demon Storm, Book 5

 

Young Adult Fantasy

Date Published: 02-13-2024

Publisher: Shadow Spark Publishing


 

 

The calm can only last so long.

Now a member of Freehaven's Council, Kari tries to put her past behind her and settle down in her new home with her ever-present Lord and love, Ari.

Cracks in her mind, parting gifts from the heart eater, make planning the upcoming Spring Festival a struggle, but Kari is determined to do her best, even after Guine departs the town.

When a mysterious child appears at the festival and marks Kari, all semblance of normalcy is banished.

A triple threat from her past awaits beyond the walls of Freehaven and options are thin. Not willing to spill any more blood, Kari takes it upon herself to stop them—with Ari by her side.



 


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I love the world building in this book and the series as a whole. The author does an amazing job setting up this world and painting a clear picture in the reader's head, building on things we already know and keeping things fresh. 

There is a lot going on and you will feel happy, sad, and angry. Ups and downs along the way really keep you on edge. 


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Valerie Storm was raised in Tucson, Arizona. Growing up, she fell in love with everything fantasy. When she wasn’t playing video games, she was writing. By age ten, she began to write her own stories as a way to escape reality. When these stories became a full-length series, she considered the path to sharing with other children & children-at/heart looking for a place to call home.

 

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Book Blitz: Passages to Eternity by James E. Winder #poetry #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

Philosophic meditations in poetic form on the meaning of eternity for 72 famous persons

 

Poetry

Date Published: January 15, 2024

 

 

As a philosopher once surmised: talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius, he insisted, hits a target no one else can see. The greatest artists and thinkers are the greatest seers. They do not imagine ... only and merely. They study the facts, they think the facts, they feel the facts, until the facts, the acts of faith, the articles of invention, dissolve in the naked light of the hitherto unseen, until fact, faith, and invention fall away like Halloween masks, like swaddling clothes; and then, leaving behind the tricks and the treats, they teach us what to hallow: the nakedness of a newborn joy, perpetually born anew, a joy that can never die, because it never quite knows, but never fails to enjoy, how early it already is, and how young it was always going to be.

All thinking, carried far enough, ends in paradox: trying to think the unthinkable. All feeling, carried far enough, ends in paradox: trying to feel the unfeelable. But one can feel the unthinkable, and think the unfeelable. To do so is to think with one's feelings and to feel with one's thoughts. Then, and only then, is it possible to hit a target that no one else can see. To experience deeply (profoundly and creatively) is to think with your feelings and to feel with your thoughts. And there's a first and last to every thought, to every feeling. To think the first, to feel the first, as if it were the last, and to do so intensely is to know nothingness, to experience death. Yes, this is paradox. To think the last, to feel the last, as if it were the first, and to do so intensely is to experience life, a life that never ends, precisely because – like a box without sides – it is without beginnings and without ends. Yes, this is paradox too.

This book continues the conspiracy of significance, the dialectic of nowhere and now here, that began with The History of Eternity. Read this sequel, Passages to Eternity, and follow, if you will, the destiny of this paradox as it unfolds in the lives of 72 historic individuals, including Rilke, Peirce, Aeschylus, Pythagoras, Wordsworth, Ibsen, Santayana, Wilde, St. Teresa, Melville, Whitman, Beethoven, Godel, Michelangelo, Leibniz, Thucydides, Ovid, Empedocles, Mann, Plato, Borges, St. James, Baudelaire, Bradley, Arendt, Auden, Maistre, T.S. Eliot, Democritus, Bruegel, Unamuno, Flaubert, Girard, Calvino, Holderlin, William James, Tacitus, Jaspers, St. Paul, Pater, Anaximander, Solzhenitsyn, Nicholas of Cusa, Picasso, Joyce, Berlioz, Marcus Aurelius, Tolstoy, Rose, Kant, Tennessee Williams, Amos, Crane, Toynbee, Wharton, Hegel, Cavafy, Schmitt, Celan, Shankara, Heisenberg, Gibbon, Luther, Frost, Anaxagoras, Nabokov, Adorno, Conrad, Naipaul, Euripides, Ramanuja and many others.


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Mr. James E. Winder was born on June 16, 1953, in Athens, Tennessee, and graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 1975 with a B.A. in philosophy and literature. He earned an M.A. in philosophy from Purdue University in 1980.

James Winder spent the lion’s share of his career as a mid-level manager and intelligence analyst for the National Security Agency (NSA), where he retired in 2013 after 30 years of service. At NSA, Mr. Winder’s most noteworthy assignment was in 1991-1992, when he served as Assistant Director of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB). During that time, he co-authored a report for President George H.W. Bush on intelligence lessons learned during the first Gulf War and provided extensive research and documentation on a wide range of other matters of great interest to the PFIAB board members. In a special commendation, then Acting PFIAB Chairman, Admiral Bobby Ray Inman, cited Mr. Winder for his “expert advice to the President of the United States” and for his “extremely incisive and timely contributions on some very complex issues.”

During three decades at NSA, Mr. Winder produced three classified, book-length studies, most notably including a comprehensive report on an important topic, which won NSA’s annual Cryptologic Literature Award. In addition, he wrote a wide variety of other in-depth reports on Soviet intelligence, terrorism, and technical threats to U.S. telecommunications.

Mr. Winder is also the author of The History of Eternity, a series of philosophic meditations in poetic form, which is, according to Mr. Winder, the cryptic story of his life and the lives of many others. There is – in the history of philosophy and literature – no other work that is akin to it in nature and scope.


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Book Tour & Book Review: Ivy Hill by Arthur Ruben and Eleanor Cooney #booktour #bookreview #comingofage #fiction #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours



A Novel inspired by True Events

 

Coming of Age / Fiction

Date Published: November 28, 2023

Publisher: Manhattan Book Group


 

What happens when a loving family man dies suddenly and a stranger takes his place?

IVY HILL is a thoroughly American coming-of-age story set in the mid-20th century. Earthy, realistic, and mordantly funny, it is rich with details of that iconic era. It is also a timeless, universal tale of redemption, morality and conquering adversity, with nearly-mythic elements anyone from any century and virtually any culture would recognize: there's a wicked giant, a good grandmother and a bad one, a "ghost" or two, and even, in a manner of speaking, a dark potion.

And at the center of the story, an innocent child.

Love, death, danger and fate intertwine in this novel, which was inspired by author Arthur Ruben's actual life. It takes place in Brooklyn from 1952-1957, then Newark from 1958-1970. Ruben's protagonist, five-year-old "Eddie," is devastated following the death of his beloved 34-year-old father. He waits in vain and with a slowly breaking heart for Daddy to return. His mother's disastrous remarriage, plus the family's wrenching move from Brooklyn, NY, to the Ivy Hill section of Newark, NJ, turns Eddie's life inside out. Over the next thirteen years, he is transformed from helpless brokenhearted child into an entirely different creature. The post-war society he was born into is also transformed: the repercussions of that potent and turbulent time, still in living memory-Viet Nam, Woodstock, the Mansons, and especially now, civil rights-are with us to this day, and will resonate with millions of readers.

 



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It's a great story that honors the actual life of Arthur Ruben. 
The author brought a multitude of strong and well-developed characters (I'm guessing feeling so REAL because they were based on real people), plenty of drama, intrigue and more. 
Beautifully written, the tone and feel in this book really resonate with the reader. 

 

IVY HILL, co-authored by Arthur Ruben with Eleanor Cooney, is inspired by true events.


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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Book Blitz: The World in My Eyes by Kayode Michael Arimoro #promo #selfhelp #nonfiction #selfreflection #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

Self-Help, Self Reflection

Date Published: 5/25/2022

 

 

We all have a certain role to play in what we want the world to look like. What the world looks and feels like today is because of our actions – or inactions; there is always a price to pay for both. The need to understand that we are responsible for what the world is today cannot be overemphasized. We are either living in it carelessly, carefully scheming and orchestrating conflicts that will last many generations, or transferring in our young ones hatred about others which they, moving forward, transfer into theirs.

‘The World in My Eyes’ is a masterpiece by Kayode Michael Arimoro as he, through his experiences and reflections, is making a conscious effort to urge everyone to pause for a moment, take account of how our actions and inactions have impacted the world, and make a conscious effort to making the world a better place than we met it.

 

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A believer of non geographical, non color or racial categorization of mankind who believes all humans should live above a globally acceptable human existence index


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Monday, February 19, 2024

Book Blitz & New Release: Leopard's Hunt by Christine Feehan #releaseday #paranormalromance #newbooks #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

Shapeshifter, Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Romance

Date Published: February 20, 2024

 

 

In this pulse-pounding novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Leopard series, animal instinct unites two elite shifters whose heads are at war with their hearts.

 

Gorya Amurov might be known as his family's peacekeeper, but the leopard inside him wants nothing more than to claw to the surface and unleash hell. A harsh life has shaped him into a vicious fighter with a calm exterior, but Gorya knows it's only a matter of time until he loses all control. Deep down, he truly believes he'd be better off dead, and that no woman will ever accept him as a mate....

Maya Averina has spent years hunting the criminals who destroyed her life, and she always takes down her prey. She keeps to herself, stays under the radar, and never loses focus. But with her body burning up and her mind distracted by her first heat, an ambush takes her by surprise. Now she's trapped, an unmated female shifter about to be sold off to the highest bidder. Maya is ready to fight her way out—until the most dangerous, powerful man she's ever encountered arrives to set her free....


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Christine Feehan is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, with 83 published works in seven different series: Dark Series, GhostWalker Series, Leopard Series, Drake Sisters Series, Sea Haven Series, Shadow Series, and Torpedo Ink Series. All seven of her series have hit the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Judgment Road, the first book in her newest series, Torpedo Ink, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

"After Bram Stoker, Anne Rice and Joss Whedon (who created the venerated Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Christine Feehan is the person most credited with popularizing the neck gripper.”—Time Magazine

“The Queen of paranormal romance.” —USA Today

 

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Book Blitz and Giveaway: The Corona Protocol by Dr. Paul D. Corona #fiction #nonfiction #giveaway #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours


Mixed Fiction- Nonfiction

Date Published: February 20, 2024


 

In “The Corona Protocol,” Dr. Paul D. Corona, a dedicated medical doctor with profound compassion for human suffering, shares his remarkable journey to alleviate needless pain and misery. With a fervent commitment to relieving the anguish of those who endure unnecessary distress, Dr. Corona reveals a groundbreaking approach marrying modern medicine with the intricate interplay between the mind and body.

Drawing upon his extensive experience as a family physician, Dr. Corona exposes the profound impact of emotional factors on physical well-being. He unveils a deeply rooted conviction that unnecessary suffering is a burden no one should bear. With unshakable determination, he seeks to empower patients and healthcare practitioners to confront mood disorders and related afflictions head-on.

Through “The Corona Protocol,” Dr. Corona offers a comprehensive blueprint for transforming lives by addressing the intricate connection between physiological and psychological well-being. He highlights the pivotal role of family physicians in mental health, urging them to embrace a holistic approach encompassing mind and body.

This enlightening journey traverses the domains of neuroscience, psychology, and medical practice. Dr. Corona shares the keys to unlocking a brighter, more fulfilling existence. Guided by meticulous research and a genuine desire to uplift humanity, he introduces a protocol that transcends conventional treatments.

At the heart of “The Corona Protocol” lies a thorough diagnostic process meticulously crafted by Dr. Corona. With a keen focus on personal and family history, he expertly navigates the unique, sophisticated landscape of each patient's neurochemistry. His personalized approach, rooted in evidence-based practice, seeks to identify the most effective solutions, minimizing the often lengthy and frustrating trial-and-error process.

Dr. Corona’s protocol is a testament to collaboration, uniting medical professionals from various disciplines through a collective effort to alleviate suffering. He challenges the stigma associated with mental health, presenting a pathway to liberation from the shackles of invisible illnesses.

Blending empathy, wisdom, and innovation, Dr. Corona ushers in a new era of healing—one where the mind and body are harmoniously addressed—and lives are irrevocably transformed.

“The Corona Protocol” isn't just a medical guide, it's a call to action for all seeking illumination on the path toward comprehensive well-being. Dr. Paul D. Corona's narrative of perseverance, compassion, and scientific rigor invites readers to join him on an extraordinary quest to reshape the landscape of modern medicine and redefine the boundaries of human healing.


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Sunday, February 18, 2024

Book Blitz: The Mighty Solar Panel by Daniel Jarrett #childrensbook #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

 


Because Nothing's More Powerful than a Sunny Day!


Children's Book

Date Published: September 19, 2022


A fun and engaging educational story that teaches children how to harness the incredible power of our sun!


It seems just like any other car journey to the beach, but when Jack passes a field full of solar panels, he starts to wonder what on earth these strange things could be.

Thanks to his new friend, Sunny, a talking sunbeam travelling down from the sun, Jack is turned into a ray of light himself and soon learns about the process of turning the sun’s energy into power that everyone can use.

By teaching him about what solar panels are used for and how solar power could save the world, Sunny shows Jack how exciting and amazing clean energy can be.

With a focus on the importance of renewable energy, the alternative it provides to fossil fuels and the unique process of using solar panels to power our homes, The Mighty Solar Panel is an invigorating story which will kick-start a child’s interest in the significance of going green.


Are you and your children ready to learn about the limitless power of solar energy? Then grab your copy of The Mighty Solar Panel, today!


★★★★★ "Great little book for getting the kids into learning about the benefits of renewable power!" - Reader Review


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As the CEO of a solar panel installation company, Daniel Jarrett is devoted to sharing his passion and expertise with a whole new generation.

With his children’s book, The Mighty Solar Panel, he is dedicated to educating a young audience about the importance of clean energy and solar power.

Living in Brisbane, Australia, Daniel is motivated by his family, his passion for sales and his love for telling stories. He hopes to use his writing to encourage open discussion and give young people access to ideas that they might never have come across before.


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Friday, February 16, 2024

Book Tour & Book Review: Silver Helix by Xan van Rooyen #bookreview #scifi #fantasy #giveaway #rabtbooktours @Xan_Writer @RABTBookTours

 



Science Fantasy / Aetherpunk

Date Published: 12-19-2023

Publisher: Android Press


 

On the surface, the city of HelsInc appears to have recovered from the war waged between humans and Ethereals, but beneath the scars, the city seethes. The remains of magic festers, causing mutations in human DNA which could give humans Ethereal power-not that the HelsInc government would ever let that happen. The Legion resists, ripping out their neurochips and protesting the mandatory gene therapy for humans with cryptomine in their DNA.

At only 19 years old, Omyn Talvinen isn't ready to play parent to her kid brother, but with her mom in prison on trumped up charges and her deadbeat dad AWOL, she's left with little choice. Forced to risk her freedom to pay the rent, Omyn finds herself at the mercy of a pair of cyborg soldiers when they catch her red-handed stealing nanites from a cyberware Salon. But the synths' powers don't work on Omyn, and they discover they all share a common memory that they must get to the root of.

Wanted dead by the government, Omyn and the renegade soldiers turn to a rebel Legion group with dreams of resuscitating dead magic for help. With the clock-ticking for the synths, Zee-Five and Omyn are forced to confront the secrets of their past and a dark conspiracy that'll shake the blood-soaked foundations of the city.

 

"Van Rooyen spices up a familiar cyberpunk world with appealing, voicey narration and an added layer of mutagenic magic." 

-Publishers Weekly




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Xan van Rooyen manages to create an epic narrative scope without the need for a bloated page count. 
I love the pace, even when it would slow a little, the story would quickly pick back up and you were on your way to another twist or turn in the story.
Awesome book a very memorizing concept!! 

About the Author

Author Photo Credit: Ekaterina Trayt

 

Climber, tattoo collector, and peanut-butter connoisseur, Xan van Rooyen is an autistic, non-binary storyteller from South Africa, currently living in Finland where the heavy metal is soothing and the cold, dark forests inspiring. Xan has a Master’s degree in music, and–when not teaching–enjoys conjuring strange worlds and creating quirky characters. You can find Xan’s stories in the likes of Three-Lobed Burning Eye, Daily Science Fiction, and Galaxy’s Edge among others. They have also written several novels including YA fantasy My Name is Magic, and adult arcanopunk novel Silver Helix. Xan is also part of the Sauutiverse, an African writer’s collective with their first anthology due out this November from Android Press. Feel free to say hi on socials @xan_writer.

 

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Book Blitz: The Last Mage by Kim Bock #epicfantasy #fantasy #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

Book 1 of The Chronicles of Erenor


Epic Fantasy

Date Published: January 12, 2024


 

Embark on a Mystical Journey in ‘The Last Mage of Erenor’ - a captivating tale of magic, courage, and the quest for balance in a world where light and darkness vie for control.

 

In the shadowed realm of Erenor, where magic whispers as a forgotten myth, a latent power stirs. Lysandra, a hidden mage with a legacy as ancient as the land itself, is thrust into a destiny that intertwines with the very essence of her world.

She's a magnificent sword person and always carries her sword, etched with runes by her side. Another loyal and constant companion is her Black Wolf, Shadow, whom she has rescued as a pup.

When her secret abilities are unveiled, Lysandra faces the wrath of King Draven, the King of Erenor's city, Tyrannis, oppressive regime. Guided by the teachings and wisdom of the sage Master Elarion and joined by Aerin, a hunter seeking redemption, and Feyla, an ingenious inventor, Lysandra embarks on a perilous quest to rekindle the lost arcane energies.

From the oppressive streets of Tyrannis to the mystical depths of the SilfrenDeor Forest and the formidable Iron Mountains, their journey unravels a tapestry of adventure, ancient secrets, and dark forces. Confronting malevolent creatures like the sinister Shadow Hounds and the corrupted dragon, The Harrow, they navigate a world teetering on the brink of chaos.


As the last descendant of the First Mage, Lysandra stands as the beacon of hope in a land torn between fear and wonder. But can she overcome the shadows of her lineage and restore the balance of magic in Erenor?


Just as she and her allies manage to beat their enemy, King Draven, and restore Erenor's magic, Lysandra and her allies as well as her black Wolf, Shadow and the Dragon, the Harrow receive the bad news that all of Erenor is not free from the dark magic that corrupted it.

But this time, the threat is even greater - an unknown evil with power over black magic and the ability to summon dangerous and ancient creatures. Lysandra, Aerin, Feyla, Shadow, and The Harrow must set off once again to confront this foe, a being that could be a Sorcerer or even a Demon.

In a last cataclysmic battle, Lysandra discovers a shocking truth - she has a connection to this Demon, and her light and dark sides are in a constant battle for control.

With her runic sword, her wolf Shadow, and the Dragon Harrow, Lysandra finally manages to slay the Demon and his dark magic. But the victory is bittersweet, as rumors of danger in Erenor still persist and new creatures emerge from the celestial fracture.


In the next installment of The Chronicles of Erenor, Lysandra and her allies will once again face these challenges and fight to bring harmony to a fractured world.


If you enjoyed stories of epic fantasy, mythical creatures, and thrilling adventures, then ‘The Last Mage of Erenor’ is the perfect book for you. Join Lysandra on her quest to save Erenor from the forces of darkness.

 


About the Author

Kim Bock is an accomplished bi-lingual Indie author and co-owner of a successful website design business, which she operates with her husband, Eitel. Based in South Africa, Kim combines her expertise in digital creativity with a passion for storytelling. Having already published a historical romance novel in South Africa, she has established herself in the world of books with her narrative style.

Multilingual and well-traveled, Kim’s experiences around the globe have broadened her perspectives, enriching the depth her writing experience. Now, she is taking a bold step into the fantasy genre, drawing on her love for fairy tales, magic, and mystical beings. When not engaged with her husband in her website design work, Kim dedicates her time to writing, and exploring new realms in fiction that captivate and inspire her readers.

Join Kim Bock on her literary adventure, where each novel is a window into her vivid imagination and a reflection of her diverse experiences.


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