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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Non Fiction Feature: Silent Whispers @tamiurbanek #blogtour #bookreview #givewaway @RABTbookTours



Nonfiction-New Age
Date Published: August 31, 2019

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Tami, Tina and Andrea continue their travels seeking, and finding, deceased children who have been tortured through human experiments—and need to cross over. What they were not entirely expecting to encounter were other individuals and their profound control. Fewer children would speak of their human abductors, but instead speak of others—ones who could potentially do even more harm. Along the journey, these three women also encounter beautiful beings of compassion and love who offer a light guiding them to the unseen. Through that, the power within is palpable and abundant.




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Tami Urbanek has done it again. I really enjoyed the first Silent Whispers and Book 2 does not disappoint. New and different stories that are just as compelling as the one before. I liked that we got stories from multiple people and each and every one stood on its own. It's a great collection that really puts things in perspective. 


About the Author

Tami works with people across the United States and Europe as a medium connecting people with their spirit guides and beings of compassion and wisdom. Through this work, Tami can offer life guidance and direction to those seeking an understanding to life's (sometimes) difficult questions.
She also writes books based her own experiences~most recently in assisting traumatized children in crossing over.


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Memoir Feature: From Hell to Heaven by @sophalpettit #memoir #nonfiction #giveaway #newrelease #promo @RABTBookTours


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Memoir
Date Published: November 5, 2019
Publisher: MBK Enterprises, LCC / Spotlight Publishing

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Sophal was born in Takeo, Cambodia, a small town near the Vietnamese border on July 16th, 1970. At the tender age of five the Khmer Rouge, a communist guerilla group led by Pol Pot, took power in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia forcing all city dwellers into the countryside and labor camps.  During their rule, it is estimated that nearly 2 million Cambodians died of starvation, torture or execution.  Having survived the horrible suffering and nightmares of the killing fields, at the very young age of fourteen, she and her family of seven arrived in the United States as refugees.

Beginning life anew in Hummelstown, PA was not without its challenges.  Having never had a formal education, she entered school for the first time at age fourteen, without knowing a word of English, an Asian child in a classroom of white children, who, having their parents talk of the Vietnam war, did not take kindly to someone so different from themselves.

Sophal’s touching story will grip you, as she talks about the struggles of adapting to life in the U.S. and her journey to discovering herself. She shares her story to inspire others to understand that they do not need to live a life of victimhood and that they can indeed overcome the trials life brings to them.

Sophal’s deep spiritual connection to God has been her saving grace. She describes herself as a child of the King of Kings, a wife, mom of 3 kids, a grandma (aka) Glamma, and a partner business owner. She lives a busy, productive life. While her journey has not been an easy one, she knows that the road that she took has made her a champion for life.

Sophal’s touching, powerful personal story will touch and inspire you and demonstrates her unfailing mindset that her life is destined for success.


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As a survivor of Killing Field coming to this country without having anything, never had formal education, and don’t speak the language.  How do I overcome and strive in the world that some or most Americans struggling to make sense in their lives?  I want to share my story to inspire people that they don’t have to be the victim of this world and that they also can overcome anything.

I am a child of the King of kings, a wife, a mom of 3 kids, a grandma (aka) Glamma and a partner business owner.  My life is buzzzzzz.  How do busy people make time?  People that know me say Sophal, you make everything look so easy.  I know one thing if you want anything to get done, just ask the busy person. I think most busy people know how to work around the clock and still look glamorous! I am one of those people who came from an un-privilege background all the odds against me.  It was not an easy road to be on but that is one of the journeys that makes everything worth living for that end-gold my heaven and my champions.  I know that road that I took designed just for me so that I can be the champion for my life.   


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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Women's Fiction Feature: The Chocolate Shop by J.J. Spring #womensfiction #blogtour #bookreview #giveaway @RABTBookTours


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Women's Fiction
Date Published: June 2019
Publisher: Riverpoint Press

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Laura Beckman’s comfortable suburban life would be perfect but for her daughter. Four years earlier, Brooke abandoned her husband and her own young daughter to run off with a musician. Now back home with her tail between her legs, Brooke’s self-loathing boils over in the face of her mother’s unrelenting condemnation.

Laura’s world is turned upside down after witnessing the long, painful death of her husband. In the search for a better version of herself, she creates the Chocolate Shop which grants terminally ill patients one last wish (e.g returning to the Rockette stage, having sex one last time, even skydiving). Laura then lovingly helps her clients slip away to a peaceful death. Laura must dodge the police who suspect she's committing second-degree murder, and an ex-wife of a client consumed with collecting on an insurance policy. Her relationship with her daughter flips as Brooke becomes the one doing the condemning: “I may have made many mistakes in my life but there’s one thing I can say. I never murdered anybody.”

As Laura comes to grips with the ethical, moral, and legal dimensions of what she's doing, she worries that her strained relationship with her daughter will never be repaired and wonders whether she can ever find love again. She meets Arlo Massey--brash, flamboyant, someone who couldn't care less about what other people think--the complete opposite of the always appropriate Laura Beckman. Arlo disrupts Laura's already tumultuous life. She finds him despicable.

And yet . . .





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Review

The thought behind this book and the voice J.J. Spring gives not just to her main characters but the secondary characters are the reasons I loved this book. It's powerful. It's full of drama and real life problems. Some of the hard hitting issues in the world and it's sometimes deep and heartwrenching, but ultimately wonderful to read. I loved Laura, I loved that she was doing good while trying to work on herself at the same time. Giving back while trying to ensure her own life was on track. I think this book is about perspective. These characters are all going through things, some much more difficult than others, but I think that it shows that every one has something going on in life. We have to some times take a deeper look. Be a helpful member of society, show compassion, work on yourself just as much as you hope others work on themselves. I just really enjoyed this. 


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J. J. Spring is a pseudonym for a successful author who writes in another genre. J. J. lives in Florida with a spouse and a rambunctious poodle named Handsome Jack.



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Fiction Feature: Black & Blue by Andra Douglas #fiction #blogtour #review @RABTBookTours


Fiction
Date Published: July 2019
Publisher:  BookBaby

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Have you ever wanted to do something that everyone said was impossible? Then you’ll love BLACK & BLUE. Loosely based on the author’s own life, this coming-of-age novel will inspire you to pursue your dreams.

For as long as she can remember, “Toady” wanted nothing more than to play football.  But for Toady, the love of football is bittersweet – because Toady’s given name is Christine. She’s a girl, and girls “can’t” play football. Despite her exceptional abilities, she watches bitterly as the boys play on the high school team and win scholarships.  Reluctantly, she gives up her football dreams and moves to New York City – where she finds that life is full of surprises. Christine hears about a group of women playing flag football, and she joins their game. The players are so good that before long, they’re invited to become part of a professional women’s tackle league.

For Christine, this is the chance she’s always dreamed of. Not only does she play football, but she raises enough money to become the team’s owner. But that’s when the real challenges begin. Does Christine have the guts and the stamina to spite the odds? BLACK & BLUE will leave readers cheering as Christine doubles down to fight for her dreams and for the women who want nothing more than to play their favorite sport. If you loved Bend It Like Beckham or A League of Their Own, you’ll adore BLACK & BLUE.


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Every once in a while a book will completely take me by surprise and hit me more than I was expecting. That was Black & Blue for me. It's absolutely brilliantly written and perfect for this time in the world. I loved Christine's grit and determination. She was vulnerable, yet independent and focused. She was the light of the story and superb main character. Fight for what you want in life, no one is going to do it for you! 


About the Author

ANDRA DOUGLAS is a native of central Florida and a graduate of Florida State University and Pratt Institute.  A national champion athlete in rugby and women's tackle football, she was the owner of the New York Sharks Women's Pro Football team for nineteen years and is the founder of the Fins Up! Foundation for Female Athletes, a non-profit to benefit at-risk teens.  In addition to her love of football, Andra is a professional artist and served as a Vice President/Creative Director at Time Warner for many years. Today, she lives with her parrot, 'Pie' in New York’s Greenwich Village where she creates mixed-media artwork.  To learn more, visit: www.andradouglasart.com.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Non Fiction / Self-Help Feature: This Is How We Roll by Nadia Kyba #blogtour #bookreview #nonfiction #selfhelp #giveaway @nowwhat_facilit @RABTBookTours


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Non-Fiction / Sports
Date Published: November 12, 2019


In This Is How We Roll athlete, trainer and social worker Nadia Kyba brings you easy-to-understand social work concepts and tools that you can apply to transform your team to growth and performance. Full of stories and examples, this is your guide to the often difficult conversations required for true, lasting conflict resolution.

This Is How We Roll is a light, fun journey through the process of creating a unique team brand that will set your team apart in every practice, game and tournament. Both on and off the court, ice or field, witness your team transform through the conflict resolution method of champions.



Review

This book is the epitome of informative and descriptive while being a light read with plenty of heart. 

I love that it's not just facts, it gives situations life in great detail and allows the reader to understand certain scenarios that have/will rise. 

The perfect read for any coach or team member alike no matter what the sport. Create a bond and winning attitude.


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Nadia Kyba is a lifelong athlete with a deep love of sport. She believes a single positive experience in organized sport can be life changing for the young, the old and the in-between. Working in the field of alternate dispute resolution in the child welfare system for 22 years, Nadia has developed tried-and-tested techniques and unique methods of conflict management that can be effectively applied in coach-athlete-parent-trainer dynamics in all individual and team sports.

Nadia currently applies her skill as a trainer at the Justice Institute of British Columbia and other agencies where she trains social workers, and in sports leagues where she helps teams take advantage of differences rather than falling into the many traps of divisive behavior.

Nadia’s company, Now What Facilitation, assists athletic organizations in simplifying their work by developing their capacity to manage and resolve conflict. She focuses on essential policies, protocols, training and techniques for effective decision-making. Her clients have included provincial sport administrators and coaches, as well as athletic teams ranging from the high school to the collegiate level.

Nadia has also learned much from her husband, Jim, and daughters, Lucy and Abby, all of whom are multisport athletes and coaches. They have provided invaluable and up-close insight into the foundation of her approach to conflict resolution in sport.



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Monday, November 11, 2019

Science Fiction Feature: Edj of the Empire: Herrig's World by Timothy Burns #scifi #review #giveaway #blogtour @RABTBookTours


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Empire of Ninety Nine Stars Book 1
Science Fiction
Date Published: 10/10/2019
Publisher: Chandra Press

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Edj Dumarc LaRand Bronacious Tarkle, the son of Emperor Risherd Fontanue LaRand Bronacious Tarkle, and the Crown Prince and Heir to the Crystal Throne of the Empire of the Ninety-Nine Stars is on his way to Herrig’s World, a remote planet that rarely warrants attention. However, production of the ore critical to anti-grave tech, minzite, has recently cratered.

There are many ways to address the decline. The navy could be sent in to investigate, but they never do anything small. An official auditor could be dispatched, but he would inevitably find several perfectly good reasons for the decline and file a report saying, oh well, that's just the way it is. Or Edj could go and make a few quiet, discrete inquiries and find out precisely who is profiting. It seemed so simple when his father asked him to investigate matters.

But nothing is ever simple. What Edj uncovers on Herrig’s World is a plot to destroy the foundation of the Empire. With a mindbender named Mala and his loyal android companion, JD, in tow, Edj begins an adventure across the Ninety-Nine stars to stop the conspiracy in its tracks. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what they expect. With his ship barely functional, and the odds stacked against him, can Edj save the Empire before time runs out?


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So many positive things in this book. The world we are brought into is vivid and fun. The characters are interesting and compelling. The plot is action packed and fast moving. I really enjoyed everything about Timothy Burns first installment of Edj of the Empire. I think that this sets up a series that will be successful and I can see these books getting better and better. I'm a huge fan of the way Burns laid out his story and executed everything. 


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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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Fiction Feature: A Woman's Persuasion #lesbianfiction #blogtour #giveaway #review @RABTBookTours @JeanetteAWatts


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Lesbian Fiction
Date Published:  October 2019


Anne Elliot broke off her relationship with Freddie Wentworth when her family didn't approve. Almost eight years later, Freddie re-materializes in her life. She's a captain in the Air Force, successful, single, and as beautiful as ever. Mortified that she doesn't have much to show for the intervening years, Anne tries to avoid her. When contact is inevitable, her life is turned upside down. Self-doubt becomes self-improvement, old wounds are reopened and then allowed to heal, and true friends and true love win in the end.



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Fabulous writing from Jeanette Watts. I loved her characters so much. I couldn't get enough of them. I loved the way she brought their jobs and positions into their circumstances, it made the story quite different. True Love and accepting yourself and not watering  yourself down for anyone are the main things I left with after this book. A great read. 

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Jeanette Watts was happily writing historical fiction when she got the idea for her first Jane Austen-inspired novel, Jane Austen Lied to Me. Going to a JASNA event to work on selling that book, she attended a lecture that asked, "Why does everyone rewrite Pride and Prejudice so much more than her other novels? Why doesn't anyone rewrite Persuasion?"

So she had to...



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