Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Betrayal by Anne Allen

 

Treachery and theft lead to death – and love

  1. Teresa Bichard and her baby are sent by her beloved husband, Leo, to England as the Germans draw closer to Guernsey. Days later they invade…
  2. Leo, of Jewish descent, is betrayed to the Germans and is sent to a concentration camp, never to return.
  3. Teresa returns to find Leo did not survive and the family’s valuable art collection, including a Renoir, is missing. Heartbroken, she returns to England.
  4. Nigel and his twin Fiona buy a long-established antique shop in Guernsey and during a refit, find a hidden stash of paintings, including what appears to be a Renoir. Days later, Fiona finds Nigel dead, an apparent suicide. Refusing to accept the verdict, a distraught Fiona employs a detective to help her discover the truth…

Searching for the true owner of the painting brings Fiona close to someone who opens a chink in her broken heart. Can she answer some crucial questions before laying her brother’s ghost to rest?

Who betrayed Leo?

Who knew about the stolen Renoir?

And are they prepared to kill – again?

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About the Author

Anne Allen lives in Devon, by her beloved sea. She has three children, and her daughter and two grandchildren live nearby.  Her restless spirit has meant a number of moves which included Spain for a couple of years. The longest stay was in Guernsey for nearly fourteen years after falling in love with the island and the people. She contrived to leave one son behind to ensure a valid reason for frequent returns.

By profession, Anne was a psychotherapist, but long had the itch to write. Now a full-time writer, she has written The Guernsey Novels, six having been published and the seventh, The Inheritance, is due out in 2018.

Social Media Links – Website: www.anneallen.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Anne-Allen-Author-176883759173475/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnneAllen21

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Occuli Series by Christie M. Stenzel

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The Grey Eyed Storm
The Occuli Series Book 1
by Christie M. Stenzel
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
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In the tradition of HARRY POTTER AND TWILIGHT, comes a captivating
fantasy tale that will have you on the edge of your seat and keep you
reading late into the night as you go along on an unpredictable
journey with the Occuli!!!
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Have you ever received shocking news that changes everything?
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Imagine being eighteen-year-old Remy Verbetta, and finding out that
you are not ‘human” and are not from this world.
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Remy’s entire life has been a lie. Another world is living and
breathing beside our own, an alternate dimension.
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On her eighteenth birthday, Remy finds out that she is a member of an
ancient and almost extinct race called the Occuli. Each Occuli has
different magical powers, based solely on their eye color.
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This 7 time award-winning, supernatural fantasy novel, follows Remy on a
journey of self-discovery, magic, romance and betrayal, as she learns
about her new powers and tries to figure out a way not only to
survive, but also how to get back to her true home while saving the
Occuli from extinction!

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(Recommended for ages 16+)
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**2017 Readers’ Favorite BRONZE MEDAL WINNER for
BEST FANTASY BOOK!!!
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**2017 Book Excellence Awards FINALIST for BEST FANTASY BOOK!!
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**OFFICIAL FANTASY SELECTION – 2016 New Apple Book Awards for
Excellence in Independent Publishing!!!
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**2016 The Wishing Shelf Book Awards FINALIST for
BEST FANTASY BOOK!!
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**2016 Readers’ Favorite BRONZE MEDAL WINNER for
BEST FANTASY BOOK!!!
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**OFFICIAL FANTASY SELECTION –
2015 New Apple Book Awards for Excellence in
Independent Publishing!!!
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**Awarded 2016 BOOK OF THE YEAR from Books Go Social!!
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“RIVETING FROM START TO FINISH!!” by Tom
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Through Golden Eyes
The Occuli, Book 2
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GOLD MEDAL WINNER – 2016 AUTHORSdb.com Book Cover Contest!
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“FIVE STARS!” by Ellie and AJSW
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“LOVED THE JOURNAL FORMAT! RECOMMEND THIS SERIES!”
by DJS
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The first short story in the Occuli series is here!
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A Golden-Eyed, or “Aureus”, has one sole purpose in life: to
protect. Raised from children to be bodyguards, these Occuli are both
the fastest and strongest and are commonly used as fierce
weapons.
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Frequently they are not what they seem however, as they can be tempted
by too much power and control over those they protect. This can lead them
down a dark and dangerous path.
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This supplement to Book One of the Occuli series, gives the reader a more
intimate look at the character of Zias. In this story the reader is
taken through Zias’ personal journal, giving his perspective on the
journey so far with Remy and the other Occuli. He tells the story
through his eyes about his struggle to remember his past and break
from traditions and curses, while putting it all on the line for the
love of his life, Remy Verbetta.
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Blog Tour: Get to be Happy by Ted Larkins

 

Genre: Autobiography/Self Help

The secret to my happiness started during my high school days (yes, drugs were involved) and continued through hitchhiking across the country, through the suicide of my girlfriend, through bartending in many cities around the country and then a move to Japan. I lived there for nine years, helping start a $500 million business, including a LARKINS (my last name) line of product, finding enlightenment and meditating in Zen temples in the mountains of Hiroshima, meeting Mother Teresa in Calcutta, partying with Bon Jovi, experiencing the death of my business partner and then the loss of my daughter, and all the life lessons that come with the following statement: I Get To do this!

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About the Author

Ted Larkins is an author, speaker and accomplished business executive and entrepreneur. Through his book and keynote talks, he shares the powerful Get To Principle, the ability to say “I Get To” as opposed to “I have to”. Ted also co-developed a leading entertainment licensing company in Tokyo, representing major movie studios that included Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, and 20th Century Fox. He’s worked on projects with Jon Bon Jovi, Jack Nicklaus, Mariah Carey, and many other artists. He is former Senior Vice President of the North American division of CPLG, one of the world’s leading entertainment, sport and brand licensing agencies. He is on the board of directors of the Licensing Industry Merchandise Association (LIMA), co-chairing the charity committee and sitting on the executive committee. He is a guest lecturer for the UCLAx Entertainment Studies and Performing Arts program.

Over the last year and a half, during his daily 4 hour train commute to work in Hollywood, he wrote the book, “Get To Be Happy: Stories and Secrets On Loving the Sh*t Out of Life. Ted lives with his wife of 22 years and their two children in Southern California.

On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gettobehappy/
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Website: www.GetToBeHappy.com

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Spotlight & Giveaway: Tribal Affairs by Matt Dallmann

Book Title: Tribal Affairs by Matt Dallmann
Category: YA Fiction, 277 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Matt Dallmann
Release date: July 2017
Tour dates: Feb 5 to 23, 2018
Content Rating: G (No bad language or sex)

 

Book Description

Dahlia, a centuries-old genie, lies hopelessly trapped in a damaged golden locket charm attached to an ankle bracelet. Its owner, sixteen-year-old Liana, wears it for the first time during her father Jamison’s opening night illusion spectacular. Not only does its presence cause Jamison to folly his performance, but it also starts a chain of bizarre events that lead to a showdown with Dahlia’s mortal enemy, Stefan, and an unsuspecting romance between Liana and his son.

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About the Author

Matt Dallmann has a background in acting and holds a BFA from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. His films and screenplays have been featured at film festivals across the United States including Cinequest, Big Apple Film Festival, Seattle’s True Independent Film Festival, DragonCon and Zero Independent Film Festival. His piano compositions have been published for commercial use and he is a member of ASCAP. Matt is also the Co-Founder and Vice President of the boutique medical billing firm VGA Billing Services, Inc. in New York City. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters
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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Las Vegas Girl by Leslie Wolfe

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Las Vegas Girl
by Leslie Wolfe
Genre: Crime Suspense Thriller
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Detectives Laura Baxter and Jack Holt are
members of the elite: Las Vegas Metro PD, one of the toughest and
most respected law enforcement agencies in the United States. In the
middle of a city with two million residents and 43 million annual
visitors, they’re hunting for a killer.
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The crime: audacious
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In a glamorous Las Vegas hotel, in front of hundreds of witnesses and
under the lenses of countless video surveillance cameras, a young
girl is brutally murdered. What promises to be a quick and easy
investigation soon becomes a nightmare. The most recorded crime in
Vegas is missing one key protagonist, the killer.
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The forensics: stupefying
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A crime-scene fingerprint unleashes dozens of unsettling questions
instead of providing answers. Was this a murder for hire? In the
politically-charged case, the scenario seems plausible; the victim’s
secret life could’ve been the obstacle in an ambitious politician’s
path. As the investigation unspools the well-concealed secrets
surrounding the girl’s life, Baxter and Holt attract the attention
of someone desperate to keep history’s terrible secrets buried.
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The truth: shocking
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A testimony from beyond the grave turns into a death warrant for the
two unrelenting detectives. While they expose a connection with the
victim’s distant past that could hold the key to catching her
killer, they must learn to rely on each other to survive.
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Two mavericks make an intriguing team. Baxter
and Holt trust each other with their lives, only not with their
darkest secrets.
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Fans of James Patterson, David Baldacci, Karin Slaughter, and Robert
Dugoni will be engrossed in this unputdownable police procedural that
will keep you reading until the break of dawn.
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Elevator Ride

Her smile waned when the elevator doors slid open and her gaze met the scrutiny of the stranger. She hesitated before stepping in, looked left and right uneasily, hoping there’d be other hotel guests to ride in the elevator so she wouldn’t have to share it alone with that man. No one came.

Her step faltered and her hand grabbed the door frame, afraid to let go, still unsure what to do. The hotel lobby sizzled with life and excitement, and sparkled in a million colors as only in Vegas can happen. Clusters of gaming tables and slot machines were surrounded by tourists and cheers erupted every now and then, almost covering the ringing of bells and the sound of quarters overflowing in silver trays. That was Las Vegas: alive, filled with adrenaline, forever young at heart. Her town.

The elevator had a glass wall, overlooking the sumptuous lobby as the cage climbed higher and higher, making riders feel the whole world was at their feet. She was at home there, amid scores of rowdy tourists and intoxicated hollers, among beautiful young women dressed provocatively, even if only for a weekend.

She loved riding in those elevators. Nothing wrong was going to happen, not with so many people watching.

She forced some air into her lungs and stepped in, still hesitant. The doors whooshed to a close, and the elevator set in motion. She willed herself to look through the glass at the effervescent lobby, as the ruckus grew more distant with each floor. She didn’t want to look at the man, but felt his gaze burn into her flesh. She shot a brief glance in his direction, as if she casually let her eyes wander toward the elevator’s floor display.

The man was tall and well-built, strong, even if a bit hunchbacked. He wore a dark grey hoodie all zipped up and faded jeans. He’d pulled his hood up on top of a baseball cap bearing the colors of the New York Mets. A pair of reflective sunglasses completed his attire, and despite the dim lights in the elevator cabin, he didn’t remove them. The rest of his face was covered by the raised collar of his hoodie, leaving just an inch of his face visible, not more.

She registered all the details, and as she did, she desperately tried to ignore the alarm bells going off in her mind. Who was this man, and why was he staring at her? He was as anonymous as someone could be, and even if she’d studied him for a full minute instead of just shooting him a passing glance, she wouldn’t be able to describe him to anyone. Just a ghost in a hoodie and a baseball cap.

Then she noticed the command panel near the doors. Only her floor number was lit, eighteen. She remembered pressing the button herself, as soon as she’d climbed inside the cabin. Where was he going? Maybe she should get off that elevator already. Maybe she should’ve listened to her gut and waited for the next ride up.
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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Magic Seasons by Jacqueline Paige

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Beltane Magic
Magic Seasons Book 1
by Jacqueline Paige
Genre: Paranormal Romance
347 pages
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Beltane the season for renewal of life, love and danger…
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Step into a world of magic and passion…
A group of friends come together to dance the Maypole
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Take a dash of spice, a pinch of herbs
Soft candlelight and resonant drums
Add a flash of magic and watch the sparks fly
Toss in a killer that’s targeting women…
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To the outside world she is just Leena Duncan. A gentle woman with a
troubled past, yet none know her full story. Her ability to control
the elements and her knowledge of plants make her magic strong and
unbreakable. It’s just too bad that she’s closed off her heart to
not risk it again, having learned that horrors are possible, even
with those who claim to love you. It only takes one man at the rainy
Beltane celebration to change her outlook, and one killer to endanger
her world.
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Owen Grey, a well-known fantasy author, has returned to his childhood home
to set down roots and reacquaint himself with old friends. Learning
that magic is, in fact, possible, the second revelation is the one
woman who calls to him: body, soul and heart. Even more surprising,
he learns that with a simple touch he can relieve pain and lift
emotional burdens, it just doesn’t help him deal with his own past.
While he may write about happily ever after, he knows it only as
fiction. Until her.
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With a killer targeting celebrants at these small pagan gatherings,
leaving two bodies in warning, this little group of friends who
welcomed him with open arms, are at risk if they don’t find the
killer.
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The eight stood in a circle around the small fire pit. Outside the shelter, the rain poured so hard it was a steady, deafening sound. Cora stepped closer to the fire and stared into it. She glanced up and nodded to Leena. Taking Dade’s hand, she whispered, “Let’s hope the ancestors are available tonight.”

Dade lifted her hand and kissed it before he let go. “I’ll make sure they are.” He picked up the instrument in front of him and gently began to shake it from side to side. His lips moved in a silent chant, and he closed his eyes.

Owen watched as Leena and Steven both turned their backs to the circle, facing the pouring rain. Raising their hands, they lowered their heads in concentration. If he hadn’t seen it with his own eyes, he’d never have believed. As their heads came up, the wind circled the shelter and blocked out the pouring rain. He could no longer see, or hear, the heavy downpour. Not knowing what to expect, he looked at the others. Chris, Kasey, and Rachel were standing with their hands clasped and staring into the fire as the flames rose, flames that were nearly white now. He blinked just to make sure he wasn’t seeing things.

Dade’s motion with the shaker became faster and louder as he moved to stand beside Cora. Her head was thrown back and her eyes closed, she seemed to be shaking with the rhythm of the rattle. Her eyes flew open as she stopped moving and looked into the fire. He could see the sweat beading down her face, and her hands trembled. The look on her face told him she was afraid, but she said nothing. She reached empty hands toward the fire, and the flames flew higher. Not knowing what else to do, Owen went to stand behind her in case he was needed, hoping he would know if he was at some point.

She stepped back and cried out in fear. He caught by the biceps and held her, as Dade instructed. Glancing over her shoulder and into the fire he saw, he blinked again, images. They blurred together and he couldn’t understand them.

Cora cried out again and sagged back against him. He caught her tight against his waist and held her to his chest. His own chest began to burn. He didn’t know what was going on, but he felt compelled to stop it. “Stop now!” He said roughly.

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Solstice Heat
Magic Seasons Book 2
254 pages
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Step into a world of magic and passions….
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Take a dash of spice, add a flash of magic and watch the sparks fly
Toss in a killer that’s targeting women and add a handful of witches from
all paths to stir it all together…
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Separated by two different life styles yet their passion and magic ignite
sparks hotter than the Solstice heat. Can they work out a way to be
together as they try to stop a killer from striking again?
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Kasey is a woman that exudes energy and brightness; equally passionate when
angry or happy. Her energy comes through in all her magic, and she
often wishes she could rewrite her own story to become charming and
sophisticated enough to be with a certain wealthy male lawyer she
wants more than anything else.
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Chris is a force of strength and experience carefully hidden behind the
easy mannerisms he has adopted. There is nothing he cannot do with
his magic and he has tried all of it, whether right or wrong. His
fortune has left him wanting for nothing in life except the one thing
money can’t buy, the woman he feels too unclean to approach.
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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Look for Her by Emily Winslow

On Tour February 12 – March 16, 2018

Look for Her by Emily Winslow

Genre: Psychological Thriller
Published by: William Morrow
Publication Date: February 13th 2018
Number of Pages: 304
ISBN: 006257258X (ISBN13: 9780062572585)
Series: Keene and Frohmann #4 | Each is a stand alone novel
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Lilling might seem like an idyllic English village, but it’s home to a dark history. In 1976, a teenage girl named Annalise Wood disappeared, and though her body was later discovered, the culprit was never found. Decades later, Annalise maintains a perverse kind of celebrity, and is still the focus of grief, speculation, and for one young woman, a disturbing, escalating jealousy.

When DNA linked to the Annalise murder unexpectedly surfaces, cold case detective Morris Keene and his former partner, Chloe Frohmann, hope to finally bring closure to this traumatized community. But the new evidence instead undoes the case’s only certainty: the buried body that had long ago been confidently identified as Annalise may be someone else entirely, and instead of answers, the investigators face only new puzzles.

Whose body was unearthed all those years ago, and what happened to the real Annalise? Is someone interfering with the investigation? And is there a link to a present-day drowning with eerie connections? With piercing insight and shocking twists, Emily Winslow explores the dark side of sensationalized crime in this haunting psychological thriller.

Trade Reviews:

“An intriguing, suspenseful, and briskly paced story with complex characters, evocative descriptions of England’s Cambridgeshire, plenty of clever misdirection, and a satisfying ending.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Using multiple narrators, as she did in The Start of Everything (2013), Winslow spins the plot to a satisfying and humane conclusion, with Keene and Frohmann again proving to be a winning pair.”
—Booklist

“Winslow’s kaleidoscopic narrative technique, employing first-person accounts from multiple characters, makes for engaging reading.”
—Publishers Weekly

Look For Her is a nuanced, thought-provoking portrait of a crime and its aftermath. Beautifully written with an expertly twisty, surprising story, this is a must-read!”
—Chevy Stevens, New York Times bestselling author of Never Let You Go

“Surprising and satisfying, you won’t be able to stop turning the pages of Look For Her.”
—Karen Dionne, author of The Marsh King’s Daughter

 

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From Chapter One

Annalise Williams (Wolfson College),
University Counselling Service,
recorded and transcribed by Dr. Laurie Ambrose

My mother picked the name Annalise for me because of a girl who was killed. Her name was Annalise Wood, and she went missing when she was sixteen. My mother was the same age when it happened. Annalise was lovely, much prettier than my sister and I ever became. She was the kind of girl you look at and think, “Of course someone would want to take her.”

Don’t look at me like that. I know that what happened to her was awful. It just seems a very fine line between being the kind of person that others want to be with and be like and treat well, and being the kind of person that some others, just a few, sick others, want to take for themselves. That’s the same kind of person, isn’t it? The loved and lovely. Isn’t that from a poem somewhere? That’s what she was like. That’s the risk when you’re the kind of person who’s wanted. Good people want to be close to you, but the bad people want you too.

There were two photos of her that the media used most: her most recent school portrait, and a snapshot of her laughing, with the friends on either side cropped out. Taken together, they presented the two sides of a beautiful and perfect person: poised and thoughtful, and spontaneous and bubbly. The kind of person who deserves help and attention.

Realistically, if they wanted these pictures to help strangers identify her if they saw her out and about with the bad man, they should have used photos of her frowning or looking frightened. Either there weren’t any (which may well be the case; who would take a photo of that?), or they couldn’t bring themselves to advertise a version of her that was less than appealing. The narrative is important. If you want the “general public” to get worked up, you have to persuade. Attractiveness and innocence must be communicated, even if emphasising those traits makes the real person harder to recognise.

In the end, she was already dead, so it’s a good thing, I suppose, that they used the nice photos. They’re the images that everyone remembers. My mum was a teenager when those pictures were in the paper every day for weeks, then weekly for months. Annalise Wood was the most beautiful girl in the world. Everyone cared about her. It’s what any mother would wish for her child, to be the kind of person that everyone would care about and miss if she disappeared.

It wasn’t until Mum was over thirty that what really happened to Annalise Wood was discovered.

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Excerpt from Look for Her by Emily Winslow. Copyright © 2018 by Emily Winslow. Reprinted by permission of William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. All rights reserved.

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Author Bio:

Emily Winslow

Emily Winslow is an American living in Cambridge, England. She trained as an actor at Carnegie Mellon University’s prestigious drama conservatory and earned a master’s degree in museum studies from Seton Hall University. For six years she wrote for Games magazine, creating increasingly elaborate and lavishly illustrated logic puzzles. She lives with her husband and two sons. She is the author of four novels and a memoir.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Otto’s Offer by Zina Abbott

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In 1868, Otto Atwell has a 160 acre homestead near Abilene, Kansas and a limp as a result of a Cheyenne musket ball hitting his low back while he marched with the 16th Kansas Cavalry on the Powder River Expedition in 1865. What he doesn’t have is a wife. Then again, what woman would want to marry a cripple?
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Libby Jones comes to Junction City as a mail order bride. Not only does the man who sent for her reject her, he tries to sell her to the local brothel to recoup his fee. Otto offers to marry her, but she rejects him in favor of a job with his relatives.
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Will Otto’s offer still stand when trouble from Libby’s past catches up with her?   
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Otto’s Offer is a stand-alone book in the Lockets & Lace series sponsored by some authors of the Sweet Americana Sweethearts blog. 
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My name is Robyn Echols. Zina Abbott is the pen I use for my historical novels. I’m a member of Women Writing the West and I just joined Western Writers of America. I currently live with my husband in California’s central valley near the “Gateway to Yosemite.”
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I love to read, quilt, work with digital images on my photo editing program, and work on my own family history.

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I am a blogger. In addition to my own blog, I blog for several group blogs including the Sweet Americana Sweethearts blog, which I started and administer.
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Top Ten List

10 top favorite things:

 

  1. I love my computer so I can use it to write stories
  2. I love my sewing machine so I can quilt when I need a break from writing
  3. I love paper and ink books that fill my bookcases
  4. I love my Kindle, Nook and Deseret Book apps because my bookcases are already full of paper and ink books
  5. I love my camera so I can take photographs
  6. I love my photo-editing program so I can tweak my photos so they look even better
  7. I love Yosemite National Park because it is so pretty in any season
  8. I love museums because of all the wonderful historical items they display
  9. I love Columbia State Park and Mono County because they capture the history of the California Gold Rush
  10. I love my car because it comfortably takes me to all my favorite places

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Jefferson glared at his son with an expression that brooked no nonsense. “Plowing is men’s work, Son. And when there’s no woman around like in Otto’s case, then men need to put a garden in themselves if they want a decent root cellar of vegetables to eat from over the winter. You’ve helped your mother when you were younger, so you know how to form the furrows and bury the seeds. You do that for your brother, and I don’t want to hear any more about it.”x

Shaking his head, Henry stepped into the room and answered with a grudging tone. “All right, I’ll do it.” He turned to Otto. “You need a wife, though, Otto. She’d not only keep this place cleaned up and plant the garden, she’d be able to cook better than you, if that mess left on the stove is any clue to what I can expect for meals the next several weeks.”

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Wading Through Shallow Water by Toni Morrow Wyatt

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Wading Through Shallow Water
by Toni Morrow Wyatt
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
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Bookstore owner, Dee Dee Montgomery, was born with a gift. Not only does she
possess magical powers, she is able to tell the history of an object
by touching it. Fiercely independent, the last thing Dee Dee is
looking for is love.
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Whenauthor, Alex Winter, loses his wife to cancer shortly after the birth
of their son, writing becomes his therapy. His book, Moving Past the
Hurt, spurs a book signing tour, which leads him to Dee Dee’s
bookstore.
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Just when Dee Dee’s world is about to turn into a fairy tale, a tragic
accident rips it all away.
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Kate Waterhouse, Alex’s ex-sister-in-law, pops into town as things are
falling apart, bringing her handsome, arrogant brother, Blake.
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Determined to claim what she believes is rightfully hers, Kate must locate her
family’s Book of Shadows. As Kate’s evil plot unfolds, leaving lives
on the line, Dee Dee must face the Waterhouse siblings or risk losing
everyone she loves.
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“Wake up, San Antonio. It’s Monday,” the voice bellowed.

“Say it isn’t so,” Dee Dee grumbled.

Sitting up, she dangled her feet over the edge of the four-poster Victorian bed. She had found it at an estate sale last month and had fallen in love with it at first sight. Four tall mahogany posts with a beautiful lace canopy made her feel as if she were a princess tucked away in a castle. It had taken four men to carry it up the stairs and over an hour for them to assemble it. Running her hand over one of the carved posts, she smiled as the past life of the bed played out in vivid images in her mind. This was one of the best perks about having her gift, being able to know the history of an object by simply touching it.

This bed, for instance, had belonged to a couple who had lived during Victorian times. Closing her eyes, Dee Dee could see the girl running through tall, waving grass in an effort to rendezvous with the man she loved. He was a poor carpenter, and her father didn’t approve. Their favorite meeting place was under the protective arms of a giant oak tree. Its sprawling branches towered up to the sky, enticing them to climb up and away from the unfair world in which they lived. Their romance was brief, but intense. When the girl’s father heard of their relationship, he sent her abroad. Having no resources to find her, the carpenter had built this bed out of his love for her, using the very boughs that had hidden the lovers from prying eyes. When Dee Dee lay under its canopy, it was as if the embrace of his loving arms held her safe. The passion of the carpenter coursed through every timber and carving.

The only thing the bed lacked was a stepping stool. She loved spending her weekends browsing for the right one, which when found, would help her climb up onto the lofty mattress. So far, her search had been unsuccessful. She wouldn’t give up. She knew it was out there, and she would find it.

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Toni Morrow Wyatt grew up in a small town in Illinois. Her love of reading
and writing was the greatest gift her mother gave her. In later
years, she opened her own independent book business named, Kindred
Books. In 2006, she folded the business and moved to the San
Antonio/Boerne, Texas area, where she lived for three years. Her
newest novel, Wading Through Shallow Water is set there.
Her flash fiction piece, “A Knock of Chance” was published in From
the Depths literary journal in 2012. Her first novel, Return to Rocky
Gap quickly followed. Her award winning short story, Spuds Dawson Has
His Day was published in the Belle Reve Literary Journal. Her young
adult suspense/mystery, A Killing Among Friends, was released in
2015. You can also find it in Twisted: A Thriller Collection. Last
year, she released A Walk Between the Winds, which was co-authored
with her mother, Margaret Chism Morrow.
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When not writing, she devotes her time to her family, reading as much as she
possibly can, and research. She currently lives in North Carolina
with her husband and two sons.
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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Memories of Chronosalis by Ceara Comeau

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Memories of Chronosalis
by Ceara Comeau
Genre: SciFi Fantasy
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It’s one thing to read about heroes saving worlds in far off galaxies,
but to become one is an entirely different story. Sixteen-year-old
Amber Oak wanted nothing more than to stay in her own world of music
and solitude. But the inhabitants of Galaseya, a Utopian planet
rooted in the past, had other ideas in mind. According to them, only
she wielded the power to stop the dark forces threatening their home.
At first, Amber sympathized with the planet, but saw no reason to
involve herself in the affairs of something outside her world. But
the stakes have risen when she discovers that Galaseya is not only
the world that has been invading her dreams, but also the place her
estranged family originated from. With this new knowledge, questions
began to surface and secrets of Amber’s life come to light causing
her to second guess everything she knows.
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Standing outside the entrance, not ten feet from where she stood, was the most beautiful woman Amber had ever seen. She stood at least seven feet tall, and her slim figure seemed almost otherworldly. But her outfit reminded Amber a lot of what fairies in mythology wore, a floor-length, lilac-colored dress that was made of a flowing material, the straps of the dress hanging off her shoulders. Her straight, pale lavender hair cascaded over her shoulders like a cloud landing at her waist.

A simple circlet made of various leaves and plants sat on top of her head and a single flower petal dangled down her small forehead. Her eyes revealed her otherworldliness as they glowed the same color as her hair and dress—the iris and whites of her eyes included, her thin lips coated in a dark purple with faint lines of lavender coming down in stripes. Chills ran up and down Amber’s spine as the figure turned and silently slid from view.

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I’ve been writing stories since I can remember. Stories, I thought, were
just for children my age and I did not think they would go far. At
fifteen years old, I was proven wrong. My parents took a look at my
stories and saw something in them that I could not see. They saw the
potential of a good book, or two!
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With my Dad as the editor and my Mom doing the formatting, we
self-published these books. I did not think anyone, other than my
family, would want to read the ramblings of a young teenager. When we
published “Amber Oak Mysteries Volume 1” and “Adventures
of the Young and Curious,” I was fifteen years old, then the
unexpected happened. People would write to me and they told me how
much they loved my books.
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During the time, when I was seventeen, I stopped writing. I lost faith in
myself and my ability to write. But , my mom suggested that we
publish my third book, for it had been sitting on the shelf for about
two years. She thought it would be good to get it out there, before I
started college. I did not see what harm it could do, so my third
book, “Amber Oak Mysteries Volume 2” was published. In 2012
I published “Amber Oak and the Missing Links”. I went on to
publish “Amber Oak and the Master of Illusions”. In 2015 I
published something different call “The Lost Journal of Erika
Traynor”. These is currently available on lulu.com, amazon.com
and barnesandnoble.com.
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Recently I realized I needed to go back and redo the original Amber Oak
Mystery series. It had potential, but I knew I could do better. It
will be different than the originals as it focuses more on science
fiction and fantasy rather than mystery. The title of the book is
“Memories of Chronosalis”.
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