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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Young Adult Feature: Aslan Running Joy by @Sheltiebeast #blogtour #youngadult #review #giveaway #rabtbooktours @RABTBooktours

 

 


Young Adult Contemporary (General and Christian markets)

Publisher: CrossLink Publishing

Date Published: June 1st, 2021



First choices out. Second choices in.

It’s been that way since dialysis left fourteen-year-old Krissy disabled. Her limitations went from none to a ton, and now they stand in the way of her dream—to compete in dog agility with her new sheltie pup, Aslan.

She’s seen videos of agility handlers sprinting, spinning, and twisting as they race with their dogs through the intricate obstacle courses. It’s a beautiful sport. Like dance. Like art.

And surely impossible for someone like her.

Her suspicions are confirmed when an agility instructor says Krissy’s inability to run will keep her and Aslan from successfully competing against other lightning-fast agility teams and suggests Krissy choose a less physically demanding, second-choice dog sport.

Second choices—once again.

And on top of all that, Krissy is pretty sure she doesn’t even like her own dog.



Review
Be prepared to become addicted to this story from the very beginning. Kaldahl has created a main character who is engaging and unique. The story itself has so many aspects you would not expect. It's heartwarming and inspirational. 

I found the plot to be filled with heart, drama, and much more along the way. 

The writing style was fluid and just fast enough, which I really enjoyed!


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Kristin Kaldahl is an agility instructor, national-level agility competitor, and dog agility blogger with twenty years in the sport. Her dogs have earned eight agility championships and have qualified for the AKC Agility National Championship twelve times. In addition, Kaldahl is a semi-finalist in the 2018 Genesis Awards in the YA category, an award-winning former journalist, and a long-term kidney transplant survivor. #ownvoices


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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Memoir Feature: I Hear the Black Raven by @ishiayetoro #promo #releaseday #giveaway #nonfiction #memoir #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 



A Petite Memoir

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.


About the Author

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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Historical Women's Fiction Feature: The Fourniers by @verajanecook #blogtour #bookreview #giveaway #womensfiction #historical #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 




Women's Fiction

Date Published: 5/26/2021

Publisher: Indies United



When Hannah Reilly steps off the ship on the shores of Ellis Island in 1912 she has no idea that it is not a convent that awaits her. It is a man who finds her far too beautiful to marry God.

Hannah turns her back on the church and she and Wade settle in Jacksonville, Florida, where the world holds the promise of sunshine. They have two wonderful children before life changes and Wade insists that Hannah abort her third child. When Hannah refuses, light turns to darkness and fate unfolds before Hannah with the cruel consequences of her choices.

A story told against the backdrop of the Depression, Hannah struggles with anguish and despair highlighted by brief moments of triumph, lost love returned, deep friendship and the cruelty of laws so unfavorable to women.




REVIEW
This is not a cheery, happy book. It takes the right mindset. 
At times disheartening and dark in the emotions it evokes. The history is sad but authentic. 
It really makes the reader think about the past. 

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Vera Jane Cook enjoys writing in a variety of genres. As Olivia Hardy Ray, Jane is author of the dark, suspenseful scifi novel, Pharaoh's Star. In the fantasy genre she is the author of Annabel Horton, Lost Witch of Salem, Annabel Horton and the Black Witch of Pau. She has numerous forthcoming titles in this genre which include Annabel Horton and the Demon of Lodun, Fox Hollow and Nobody's Road.

As Vera Jane Cook, she often explores her southern roots and complex family dynamics in her women's fiction. Her novel Dancing Backward in Paradise won the Indie Excellence Award for notable new fiction when it was first released in 2007 and an Eric Hoffer Award for publishing excellence that same year. Dancing Backward in Paradise received a five-star review from ForeWord Clarion. The Story of Sassy Sweetwater, first released in 2012, was a finalist for the ForeWord Clarion Book of the Year Award. Additionally, Jane has published the southern fiction novels Where the Wildflowers Grow and Pleasant Day. Her newest women's fiction novel, When Hannah Played Ragtime, Book One in a family trilogy will be published this year.

Jane lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her spouse, her Dachshund, Karly, her Chihuahua, Peanut, and her two pussycats, Sassy and Sweetie Pie.


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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Fiction Feature: The Jesus Nut by @JohnPrather3 #blogtour #bookreview #giveaway #satire #fiction #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

 

Contemporary Adult Fiction/Satire

Date Published: June 1, 2021

Publisher: Atmosphere Press



The Jesus Nut tells the parallel stories of three unlikely pilgrims—a reviled professor, a delusional homeless veteran, and a priest who loves strip clubs—searching for the greatest religious relic of the 21st century. Thrown together after a raucous showdown with evangelists, they decide to ignore their differences and work as a team in pursuit of their holy purpose. Their journey to New York City leads to a fateful encounter with a former advertising executive, whose mad ramblings suggest he might be the very oracle to help them fulfill their destiny.

A quirky, subversive novel that addresses timely issues and lampoons evangelical hypocrisy, The Jesus Nut ultimately reveals itself to be a story of second chances and agape love. Along the way, you'll meet self-righteous academics, a curious and ambitious stripper, a farmer with a remarkable peanut, a trucker fascinated by the constellations, a profane church maintenance crew, and more. Prepare for an irreverent journey which will remind you of the value of friends and the miraculous power of faith.




Advanced Praise

Jerry MacNeil, author of Rules of Thumb "Three people share a life-changing adventure. Pilgrimages are more rewarding during the journey than at the destination, and The Jesus Nut is a great ride." 


"Masterful raconteur Prather pulls out all the heretical stops... A highly original mix of belief and balderdash."




Review

I never know what to expect with these kind of books. I love reading them when they are done right and this one really is. 

It's satire in the best way. It doesn't take itself too seriously. It pokes fun at those who are uninformed and hypocritical. 

On top of that, it really manages to shine light on important topics and even gives insight and value. It's a very well-written book that I think is done right. 



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John Prather is a baseball fan, satire aficionado, mustard enthusiast, and film noir devotee. Now retired from teaching and coaching, he lives in Carlsbad, California with his long-suffering wife, extraordinary teenage son, and neurotic Bichon/Poodle mix. He once ran, a lot. His favorite color is orange. He has broken his nose 15 times. Visit him at JohnPratherWriter.com.


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YA Paranormal Feature: The Message on the 13th Floor by @WinterBLawrence #promo #giveaway #youngadult #yaparanormal #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

 

YA Paranormal Mystery

Date Published: May 25, 2021

Publisher: Fire & Ice Young Adult & New Adult Books


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When Meghan’s mother suddenly disappears without a trace, she and her two little sisters are the first to notice, and the only ones who seem to care…

The problem, of course, is that her mother likes to party, so when she goes missing, Meghan not only has to take care of everything at home, but she also has to search for her, because her mom has a bad habit of disappearing, so no one else is officially looking. That is until Meghan begins to receive mysterious messages, almost as if someone or something is guiding her to a haunted hotel in Manhattan, where people say an elevator game will take riders to the mysterious 13th floor. Some say it’s an entrance to hell, others a portal to another dimension. Either way, Meghan must brave the game in hopes of discovering the truth behind her mother’s disappearance.


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Winter is an award-winning author who lives in the moment and loves nothing more than being surrounded by her family, her fur-babies, and a ton of great reads! When she doesn't have her nose stuck in a book, she's usually thinking up far away, fantastical worlds or she's cooking up a storm in the kitchen!

Because of her love for all things literary, Winter pursued a Master of Arts degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. Professionally, she is a manuscript editor and, in her spare time, she enjoys posting book and movie reviews.

In her private time, she is an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal romances, and one day she hopes to inspire young readers in the same way her favorite authors continue to inspire her today.

 

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Monday, June 14, 2021

Nonfiction Feature: The Trouble with Wings by Jillian Bright #blogtour #nonfiction #review #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

 

Nonfiction

Date Published: 06-15-2021

Publisher: Burning Soul Press


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Jillian Bright has lived and loved the world over, wild and free, her soul awakened and destroyed, mended and strengthened. From empowering women through custom-made bikinis in Costa Rica to listening to a Bulgarian astrologer predict her son’s unplanned birth, her journey took her from country-to-country, unveiling passion and purpose. But it was the various crossroads along the way that taught her the most meaningful lesson: It’s never the first step off the cliff that’s the most terrifying. It isn’t even the free fall that happens afterward. The scariest part is the crash landing when self-doubt makes you think that maybe you can’t actually fly. That’s when you begin to understand that you have to grow your own wings. That’s why when Jillian found herself in South America, robbed of everything that mattered most and facing the biggest crossroads of her life, she went all in—and dived off the cliff. The Trouble with Wings is a deeply honest and stirring memoir about living life from your heart and trusting yourself to say yes—even when it means you have to risk it all. Jillian Bright is an award-winning travel writer, author, copywriter, retreat leader, and mother whose mission is to empower women, especially other moms by telling stories, amplifying voices, and creating sacred space and community. She is originally from Northern California and now lives in the Italian countryside with her winemaker partner and their son.

 



Review
I really enjoyed reading this book. 
The author courageously shares her own life experiences in the hope that she can help even one person avoid or live through their personal suffering. 
With a subtle sense of humor, she shows that everyone has pain and adversity in their lives and that this is what makes us the beautiful beings we are. But she also teaches us realistic and attainable activities that we can practice to help us move through and beyond our fear and suffering. 
I found her book motivating and inspiring.

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Jillian Bright is an author, award-winning travel writer, ghostwriter, copywriter, retreat leader, and mama on a mission. She wants to empower women, especially other moms, by telling stories, amplifying voices, and creating sacred space, community, and a vision for a better future.

She believes that when we truly listen to each other, connect, collaborate, and organize, we WILL create a better world for our kids and our future generations.

Jillian has lived in California, Costa Rica, Argentina, and Italy and traveled throughout the world. She was the founder of a custom swimwear company that existed to empower women to embrace who they are rather than who they’re told they should be and organized several fundraising efforts to fight destructive, irresponsible farming practices in one of the Northern California cannabis communities.

She’s currently working on a historical fantasy trilogy series set in the ancient Mediterranean and organizing retreats and travel adventures for women in Italy, Argentina, and Costa Rica. She hopes her retreats will inspire women to come together, claim their passion for life, and collaborate with each for lasting change.

Rising Sisterhood is her second book as a contributing author and her memoir, The Trouble with Wings releases June 15, 2021 from Burning Soul Press.

Jillian donates a portion of her book and copywriting revenue to women and women-led organizations creating change for women, girls, and mothers across the globe.

Jillian is originally from Northern California and now lives in the Italian countryside with her winemaker partner and their son where she eats as much gelato as humanly possible and is determined to learn to sail.


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Historical Fiction Feature: Monet & Oscar: The Essence of Light by Joe Byrd @joembyrd #promo #giveaway #historical #fiction #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

 

Historical Fiction

Date Published: March 11, 2021

Publisher: Giverny Books



A young WWI veteran searches for his French Impressionist father through encounters with Claude Monet and some of that movement’s key figures.



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Joe Byrd's BS in Journalism and MA in Communications degrees inspired him to become a pioneer in electronic publishing. As a McGraw-Hill editor, he developed one of the first computer publishing systems. In the rapidly developing PC software industry, he co-authored one of his two books using PC desktop publishing software, the first for a major publishing house. He developed the first technical support website in the software industry. In his fifty-year career, he published magazines, wrote research reports, and developed conferences in the US and Europe for the digital photography industry. He launched one of the first digital photography dot coms. This is his first novel.


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Friday, June 11, 2021

Literary LGBTQ Feature: Sailing to Byzantium by L.F. Ranner #promo #literary #fiction #lgbtqbooks #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @BlueFortune2

 

 


Literary LGBTQ

Date Published: 5/29/21

Publisher: Blue Fortune Enterprises, LLC



Three friends, one life-changing summer.

Vana, the math prodigy with a voice that is 85% Sarah Vaughan, 10% Billie Holiday, and 5% Aretha Franklin and an attitude to match. Desperate to leave her chaotic family and become the independent woman of her imagination, she lands a summer job on an aging Greek cruise ship as a member of the house band.

Marko, who failed his university entrance exams, is on the trail of bouzouki god Markos Vamvakaris, in hopes of claiming his own artistic identity.

Stepan, agronomist, accordionist, occasional mystic, has spent the last ten years hopelessly, secretly in love with his only friend.

Stranded in the surreal microcosm of a cruise ship, the three friends stumble across a series of dark and dissolving frontiers: between love and friendship, memory and forgetfulness, sacrifice and redemption. On this voyage to the heart of an ancient world, can the bonds of a friendship forged in childhood survive the tests of tragedy and self-discovery?


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Lori Frey Ranner is a New Orleans native and Oxford-trained Byzantinist. For the past twenty years she has taught history, theology, and Classics in various New Orleans institutions. Married and mother to three children, Sailing to Byzantium is her first novel.


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Thriller Feature: The Heavy Side by Ben Rogers #blogtour #thriller #bookreview #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

 


Techno-thriller

Date Published: 11-16-2019



Silicon Valley Tech meets The Cocaine Trade.


Can you program yourself into a winner?

In the San Francisco Bay Area, tech innovation is King, and money is God.

Vik Singh watched his immigrant parents work their fingers to the bone chasing the American Dream. But standing at his father's funeral, he realizes one thing - hustling will get you nowhere. All you need to get rich is one big idea.

And when he meets Los, a small-time drug lord with visions of grandeur, Vik makes a plan worthy of Jobs and Zuckerberg:

Design a drug sale app.

After all, market disruption is everything.

From his comfortable cottage in Lake Tahoe, Vik writes the code that builds a cocaine empire. When his app attracts an infamous drug cartel leader, it seems like a natural expansion move. And for a while, life is Swiss bank accounts, luxe coke parties, and falling in love with Remi, a beautiful and ballsy woman with secrets of her own.

Then he discovers he is being watched.

The DEA is closing in, the cartel is getting suspicious, and he can trust no one. As things heat up, Vik discovers the real price of easy money.

And that price could be his life.


If you're a fan of Breaking Bad, Mr. Robot, and Dark Mirror, this is the book for you. Get your copy right now!




Review
Ben Rogers has a way of completely mesmerizing his reader. I was captivated from the get-go. 
Fast-paced with a lot of action and suspense. It fits everything about the thriller genre. I found myself consumed with the story Rogers brought us. He makes sure not to inundate the reader with unimportant stuff and just keep the book exciting and full of drama. 
The writing was smart and witty at times, which gave it another element.


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Ben Rogers is the author of the novels The Flamer and The Heavy Side. His work has been published in The Rumpus, PANK, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The Portland Review, Arroyo Literary Review, The Nevada Review, and Wag's Revue, and has earned the Nevada Arts Council Fellowship and the Sierra Arts Foundation grant. He is also the lead author of Nanotechnology: Understanding Small Systems, the first-ever comprehensive textbook on nanotechnology, and Nanotechnology: The Whole Story, both of which earned the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award from the American Library Association. He studied engineering and journalism in college and has worked as a business analyst, a newspaper reporter, a teacher, and a scientist at various labs, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is currently the Director of Engineering at NevadaNano. He lives in Reno with his family.


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Thursday, June 10, 2021

Memoir Feature: Live! Love! Reset! God's Plan #promo #memoir #nonfiction #excerpt #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

 


The Perfect Person to Get Cancer

Biography/Memoir

Date Published: January 1, 2021



Karen Baker had the perfect life. She had a dashing husband, two beautiful daughters, and two incredible parents who set her up with firm financial foundations. At least, that was how it looked on the outside.

Beneath the surface, Karen’s marriage was in turmoil. To make matters worse, a series of seemingly freak accidents and medical diagnoses put her through trial after trial. Through it all, she took care of everyone around her. Her determination and grit were such that, when her final diagnosis came, a friend said something startling: “Karen, you’re the perfect person to get cancer. Because you’re going to beat it and use the experience to help others.”

Now Karen shares her remarkable story—how she cared for three generations of her family through illness and tragedy, and the lessons she learned along the way. She includes practical tips for financial well-being during life’s storms—and the final and most powerful lesson of all.



Excerpt

It took COVID-19, which took my father’s life, and a cancer diagnosis to make me realize that I had more to offer the world than finance. After years of hearing that I should write a book, followed by being bedridden and facing death’s door, I was left asking: What is really most important in my life? What will I regret not doing if I die today?

It turns out, facing death is a great influence on one’s life. I realized, as I sat alone with my thoughts, talking to God, just how much is inside me that I have never let out.

I’ve always been a private person. Many who have known me will be shocked by the contents of this book. But I was given this

life—with all its twists, turns, low points and high points—for a reason. And it’s time for me to share it.

I want this book to change your focus. Your focus should not be on how hard life is right now. It should not be on what you can’t seem to do or what you can’t seem to have. Your focus should be on what is possible for you right now. Not despite your obstacles, but because of them.

What is possible for you now that would not be possible if that horrible thing had not happened? What do you understand? Who can you help? What are you able to enjoy now that would not be possible if you were jet-setting around the world in pursuit of fame and fortune—like I was not too long ago?

For me, I get to see my girls. I get to work in my garden. I get to enjoy the little oasis I created in the back of my home by the water. I get to stop and reflect on things I’ve never had time to reflect on. Enjoy that. Revel in it. Live in it.

Enjoying what you have right now will enable you to push forward to get to where you want to be.

What you’re going through is not who you are. The cancer is not who I am. I’m so much more than the cancer. I’m so much more even than my finance career. Even if it did take cancer to make me realize that.

Don’t worry; there will be financial goodies in these pages. If I had not planned carefully and strategically for my future, finances would have been a much bigger obstacle to me in the face of my accidents, illness, divorce and more. In covering my life story, I’ll give you my top financial tips and tricks for every conceivable life stage and situation.

But I’m also going to do my best to give you more. I’m going to do my best to share the strength and faith that has allowed me to overcome some unbelievable lows and reach some unbelievable highs.

Thank you for trusting me to take you on this journey. It took a disastrous depressive low to make me realize my worth as a child of God. It took cancer to make me stop and look inside, and realize how much I truly have to offer to help others. May these realizations dawn on you more easily.

I hope this book leaves you with some of the wisdom I had to go through hell to get.


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Karen C. Baker, first-time author of “Live! Love! Reset! God’s Plan: The Perfect Person to Get Cancer,” has pressing advice to share with readers–you must get your financial house in order as soon as possible. Karen knows better than anyone that life can be unpredictable, that even the best-laid plans are subject to change at any moment, and that nothing in life worth having is easy. While battling cancer, working through the end of her 30-year marriage, and dealing with other life and health complications that put her out of work, Karen kept food on the table, provided for three generations of her family, and emerged victorious with the desire to use her life experiences to help others. In her new memoir which was released January 1, 2021, Karen shares her stories of triumph and survival while providing invaluable financial advice to readers.


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