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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Memoir Feature: Dancing in the Rain by @dianacrevatin #promo #memoir #selfhelp #nonfiction #rabtbooktours @BookBuzznet @RABTBookTours

 

 


Memoir, Self-Help

Publisher: Austin Macauley



Dancing in the Rain

"Life is not about sheltering from the storm, but about dancing in the rain!"

This book is an autobiography/self-help story about my life journey with Multiple Sclerosis. I was diagnosed in 1984, and am currently in a wheelchair, with no function in my arms or legs.

I show how to live life to the fullest, and make the best out of a bad situation, and the self-help section at the end of each chapter offers many useful points.

This book would be suitable for carers, people with MS or other chronic illness, people who want to understand the problems faced, or for those who are just curious.


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Diana Crevatin has a Bachelor degree in Science (majoring in mathematics and computer science), and really enjoys reading. She likes to play international Scrabble and solve sudoku puzzles. Diana also enjoys cooking (although she can only supervise because her limbs don't function due to multiple sclerosis), going to the theatre, dining out, going to the movies, and family time. She is married, has 2 children and 3 grandchildren and lives with her husband, Great Dane and 2 cats.


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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Memoir Feature: Being a Ballerina by @Gavinalarsen #promo #memoir #nonfiction #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @BookBuzznet

 

 


The Power and Perfection of a Dancing Life

Memoir, Arts, Ballet

Published: April 2021

Publisher: University Press of Florida



A look inside a dancer’s world...

Inspiring, revealing, and deeply relatable, Being a Ballerina is a firsthand look at the realities of life as a professional ballet dancer. Through episodes from her own career, Gavin Larsen describes the forces that drive a person to study dance; the daily balance that dancers navigate between hardship and joy; and the dancer’s continual quest to discover who they are as a person and as an artist.

Starting with her arrival as a young beginner at a class too advanced for her, Larsen tells how the embarrassing mistake ended up helping her learn quickly and advance rapidly. In other stories of her early teachers, training, and auditions, she explains how she gradually came to understand and achieve what she and her body were capable of.

Larsen then re-creates scenes from her experiences in dance companies, from unglamorous roles to exhilarating performances. Working as a ballerina was shocking and scary at first, she says, recalling unexpected injuries, leaps of faith, and her constant struggle to operate at the level she wanted—but full of enormously rewarding moments. Larsen also reflects candidly on her difficult decision to retire at age 35.

An ideal read for aspiring dancers, Larsen’s memoir will also delight experienced dance professionals and fascinate anyone who wonders what it takes to live a life dedicated to the perfection of the art form.



Praise for Being a Ballerina:

There is power and perfection in this captivating memoir―the power of personal experience and the perfection of writing that carefully captures the life of a dancer. Larsen, now retired, was principal dancer with the Oregon Ballet and guest artist with Ballet Victoria; she also danced with Alberta Ballet and Suzanne Farrell Ballet. Before describing her many positions, however, Larsen starts with an account of her first class at the New York School of Ballet at age eight. She covers the years of study required for every dancer, and along the way introduces readers to memorable teachers and dancers and discusses the roles she inhabited and companies she worked for as a professional dancer. Appended to the memoir are essays on pointe shoes and how to dance with a partner, along with a list of places she has performed. VERDICT: Dancing ‘full out’ means going all out during practice rather than saving energy for the performance. In this memoir Larsen is writing full out, and we are the lucky audience of her performance. Balletomanes, dance students, and aspiring dancers will applaud this absorbing account.” ― Library Journal, Starred Review

This is the best book I’ve ever read about becoming and being a dancer. Every word rings true.” ― Robert Gottlieb, editor and dance critic

Larsen relates in great detail and remarkable prose how she became a ballerina. With her we enter a school. With her we enter a theater. With her we listen in the wings and rush out onto the stage, the destination of her desire, the music her guide. We read about the difficult training that must be mastered and the fragility of the body during the process of learning technique. We learn about the joy of performance. I loved reading it.” ― Allegra Kent, former principal dancer, New York City Ballet

Gentle, genuine, and honest, Larsen shares her experiences generously, offering a compelling glimpse into a ballerina’s world―one that beautifully illustrates not only what it takes to become a professional dancer but what it means to be a ballerina.” ― Jennifer Carlynn Kronenberg, author of So, You Want to Be a Ballet Dancer?

I laughed out loud, cringed, and teared up relating to the joys and trials that a career in ballet requires and that Larsen so vividly conveys. Her wit and humanity bring behind-the-scenes experiences to life with the candor of a good friend along with the invaluable insights of a real ballerina. If you want to be a ballerina or want to know what it takes to be one, this is a must-read.” ― Elysia Dawn, arts consultant and former dancer


About the Author


Gavin Larsen was a professional ballet dancer for 18 years before retiring in 2010. A principal dancer with the Oregon Ballet Theatre, she also danced with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet and Alberta Ballet and as a guest artist with Ballet Victoria. She has written for Pointe, Dance Teacher, Dance Spirit, Dancing Times, Oregon ArtsWatch, Dance/USA’s From the Green Room, the Maine Review, and The Threepenny Review, among others. She writes and teaches in Asheville, North Carolina.


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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Romantic Suspense Feature: Return to Palm Court by Stephanie Edwards #promo #releaseday #giveaway #romanticsuspense #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

 


Book 2 in the Isle of Palms Suspense series

Romantic Suspense

Date Published:05-04-2021



Brittany Nelson returns to the South Carolina Lowcountry to help her sister, Blake, run the family bed and breakfast and care for her three-year-old niece. Soon after, strange occurrences begin taking place. Brittany can’t shake the feeling that the ghosts of her family’s past haven’t been laid to rest, after all.

As she works to unravel how this is possible, she finds herself in the center of unfathomable events. But if the Nelson sisters know anything, life at Isle of Palms isn’t always a day at the beach.


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Stephanie Edwards has been writing professionally since she landed her first newspaper column at the age of 13. Her love for the Lowcountry, the Atlantic Ocean and a good ghost story inspired her to write her first book, The Haunting on Palm Court: An Isle of Palms Suspense. A stay at a beach cottage with a spooky backyard, filled with old oak trees, inspired the novel.

Stephanie lives in Tennessee with her husband, Ron, and their adorable dog, Shadow. Be sure to keep up with Stephanie’s publishing news at stephedwardswrites.com.


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Monday, May 3, 2021

Drama Feature: Kate's Gift by Jeff Delbel #promo #moderndrama #drama #fiction #giveaway #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 



The Jimmy Eagleson Stories, Book 3

Modern Drama

Date Published: 04-19-2021


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Helping people deal with their history and problems is Psychologist Kate O'Connell's area of expertise. She is dying from cancer now and wants to help her closest friends deal with their history and with each other. Set in familiar and beatiful surroundings, The Camp is a fixture in her friend's lives. Exploring each friend's deep secrets, Kate will give them all peace of mind and peace with each other.

As things seem to settle, a friend from the past shows up with an astonishing surprise.

Kate’s Gift is the third of the Jimmy Eagleson stories. Each book stands beautifully on its own, but a description of the setting and characters is included for those who have not yet been introduced or wish to refresh memories.




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Award-winning author Jeff Delbel first studied writing at the University of Miami, Fla. and continued at the Syracuse University S. I. Newhouse School where he earned a PhD. He has written and produced scores of scripts and received national recognition from PBS. Jeff is now Professor Emeritus of Communications and Philosophy from a Central New York college and lives in the Finger Lakes region writing fiction.


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Fantasy Feature: Avarice Twilight by R.A. Davidson #promo #fantasy #releaseday #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

 


Askeladd, Book 1

Fantasy, Action/Adventure

Date Published: 05/03/2021


Avalon Academy; the most prestigious school for the learnings of magic and mana that welcomes all with talent. The mages Avalon Academy produces are so great that many important houses from other lands request that their children attend. It is this very institute that has garnered the attention of Aryn. At Avalon Academy, the brothers encounter hidden agendas that will create a storm, which will pull in the brothers and an unexpecting few.

Due to others' desires, the brothers are forced to serve as the kingdom's dogs to regain their freedom. Made to embark on the brothers' journey are two women, each thrust into an unfamiliar world. Asteria, the lovely daughter of one of Avalon’s most influential houses, her healing touch and latent talent, may prove to blossom. Isla, the princess of a kingdom in distant lands; her notions of how the world makes her perspective deluded, her immense mana may make her a more significant threat than the mission itself. Leading them is a weathered veteran who only wants a peaceful life by the name of Utrix.

What awaits this group, doomed to be Avalon’s shield and sword? They set out with a destination… but will they reach it? Though plans can be made and orders are given, nothing can control the happenstances of the world. The five members will have to come to terms with that unavoidable fact. With nothing set in stone, what will the group encounter on their journey? The cruelty of the unknown will clash with the adamant resolve for the group to be free. Will they brave through the hardships, or build their pyre?



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Nonfiction Feature: Your Next Big Idea @YourNextBigIde1 #promo #nonfiction #selfhelp #releaseday #rabtbooktours @BookBuzzNet @RABTBookTours

 

 


Improve Your Creativity and Problem-Solving

Business, Self-Help, Entrepreneurship

Release Date: May 3, 2021

Publisher: Heard Publishing



This business and self-help creativity guide encourages innovation in aspiring entrepreneurs and business leaders. Have you ever looked at a product and thought, ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’ or, ‘I’m just not a creative person!’ Improve problem-solving skills and increase the effectiveness of knowledge management in your organization to come up with the next game-changing idea to hit the market!

In this book you will:

Learn how others innovate by examining the world around them

Practice asking questions, and see how to recognize details in observations

Complete creative exercises to get into the right mindset

Understand the importance of sharing ideas, and assess their feasibility

Fueling You to Find: Your Next Big Idea

Are you ready? Order the book to get started.



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Author of "Your Next Big Idea: Improve Your Creativity and Problem-Solving" (2021)

So, what makes me someone to learn about the creation of ideas from?

Throughout my career, I have seen how the idea process works in all different sized companies.

I have started multiple startups both as part of a team and by myself. One of the companies I was a co-founder of was Wundershirt, which at its peak sold athletic training clothing to Olympic athletes prepping for the 2016 Olympics. During the startup growth process, I have been part of multiple incubators and have watched and observed how many startups came to be.

I also have worked for a company that was part of the INC 5000 fastest growing companies. Here I was selected to be a part of the R&D team to help work towards developing new products. Working at a fast-growing company you can see how the ideas come to be and problems are handled by members of a successful small business team.

Finally, I have worked on business development for a company part of Fortune’s Future 50 list and Fortune’s Fortune 500 list.

In my career, I have been watching and creating ideas for all levels of business from the startup phase, to the high-growth phase, and even for large companies.

This has allowed me to have a unique perspective on the idea process and allowed me to look at the whole idea of creativity, problem-solving, ideation and innovativeness from an angle that most people have not seen.

While most of the time I am at work when I am not working though you probably can find me at an amusement park, playing board games or drinking coffee from a local coffee shop. If you have any shared interests or questions on my writing please reach out to me at http://www.yournextbigideabook.com


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Friday, April 30, 2021

Mystery Feature: List of Fears by Trevor Shane @childofparanoia #blogtour #bookreview #giveaway #mystery #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 


Mystery

Date Published: 2/1/2021



What would you do if God asked you to help destroy the world?

After a full-grown gorilla is kidnapped in the middle of the night from the San Diego Zoo, Jim is hired by a Hollywood movie producer to try to track down the animal. Following the death of a child and the collapse of a marriage, Jim has been surviving as a private detective in Los Angeles. Jim follows the peculiar trial of clues, including the business card of a mysterious gypsy fortune teller, deep into the dark abandoned subway tunnels beneath New York City. Meanwhile, a young boy in Brooklyn secretly keeps a list of his fears in his closet, adding fears and crossing them off as he ages. Near the top of the list is one word that has never been crossed off: “God”. Their lives become mixed in this darkly relevant, heart pounding adventure that will keep you up at night, making you ask yourself questions that you may not be ready to answer.



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This book was so very well written. It's a mystery that makes you think on a deep level. It keeps your mind going throughout the entirety of the story. 

There are plenty of twists along the way that will keep the reader on their toes. The suspense aspect was very well done. 

A great read. 

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Trevor Shane’s novels have been published across the globe in numerous different languages. He is the author of the Children of Paranoia series and the award-nominated Memory Detective series. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Georgetown Law Center. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two sons.


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