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Virtual Book Tour ~ Funny Fruit by Grant and Gary Reed

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About The Book

After ninety years of warring, exploring, and saving the realm, brothers Yarl and Fonn, must take up the title of Master again. If they don’t, someone else will surely steal all the fame, glory, and fertile women. How will they ever train new apprentices, save the kingdom, and still find time to fit in that extra order of chicken wings? Make no mistake, the old Masters have a lot to pass on and only a short timeframe to do it.

Will young Garrett flourish as an apprentice Sworvei? Can his partner Azilda master the ‘Nesting Nightingale’? And who in hell invited the ogres?

Join this rag-tag group of ‘Protectors of the Realm’ to see if they can pull off the biggest upset of the Continental Games, by saving young King Renli from the clutches of the evil First General.

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EXCERPT

“His name is James Lacie. Once he was one of the top alchemists in Cassadia. He was highly sought after for his many time-saving inventions and numerous elixirs. At any given time his shop carried wart remover, air fresheners, love potions, and something closer to that which you seek.”

Miss Mia turned back to her mirror and dabbed at her rosy cheeks again, humming to herself. Milo reached to his belt and produced a small leather bag. Opening the pouch he emptied it into the palm of his left hand. A pair of opal earrings spilled forth. “Closer to that which I seek, you say?” he inquired.

“Yes, a chemical fruit that when eaten would unknowingly render the eater susceptible to suggestion. A great party favourite a few years back. The unsuspecting victim would eat the fruit and was then told to cluck like a chicken or act like a coconut. Its effects would sometimes last the duration of a good party.”

“Yes, the gag would be much funnier if the victim was unsuspecting,” mused Milo. “Tell me, where can I find this James Lacie’s shop?”

“He no longer has one,” replied Mia. “It had something to do with a potion mix up. The king’s cousin ended up falling in love with a sheep, as I recall. The royal family was not impressed, and you know how the Chronicle can be when it gets its hands on what it deems to be a front page story. Ruined the man’s career, or so I’m told. Anyway Mr. Lacie has been on the lam ever since.”

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GIVEAWAY
Grant and Gary Reed will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour

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AUTHOR BIO

Grant Reed has a background in business management, computer programming, and computer networking. He would much rather be out fishing though, so he spends his time writing and exploring the lakes in his back yard of Canada. He lives in Lively Ontario, Canada with his wife Robin, and their two children Aidan and Megan.

Gary Reed, his wife Kerry and their two children, Hannah and Kailey also live in Lively Ontario, Canada. And yes, he spends his time exploring the countryside too. Photography, fishing, and playing with his girls are amongst his interests.

Website: www.grantreed.ca
Buy on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JZO675Y
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Grant-T-Reed-Author/214710555231982

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INTERVIEW

Tell our readers about you
I’m 39. I live In Ontario Canada, in a small town called Lively. I’ve written 6 novels over the years- You can check out my webpage at www.grantreed.ca for info on all of the books. Gary and I are twins. I am Married and have two teenagers living at home. *sigh*

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My wife’s foot on my butt. Somebody has to bring home the bacon…okay she works more than me, but I need time to be creative too!

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
Oh boy, the choices! Hmmm this is a tough one. Since I am re-watching all of the Game of Thrones episodes now, and because I also write Fantasy, I think a day with George R. R. Martin is in order! I imagine he’d have some great advice to give.

What’s the story behind your latest book?
Funny Fruit isn’t our latest book, but since it is book 1 of the Vellian Heroes, and it is the book we are promoting on this tour, I’ll tell you about that one. Funny Fruit is a YA fantasy book about two teenage kids – Garrett and Azilda who are trained by two ancient brother’s Yarl and Fonn, to become the next protector’s of the realm.

It’s a humorous telling of the adventures these characters (and several more) undertake in order to save the King (and the realm) from the clutches of the king’s First General Ascentyai Asimo. If I had to classify it, I’d say it is a whimsical fantasy that is appropriate for the whole family!

Tell us your writing process
When I am writing, I like to get up around 6am, put on that first cup of coffee and then head down to my computer. I usually check the news sites first, in an effort to ease into another day of sitting at the PC. After I have had my fill of news and hockey articles, I re-open my work from yesterday and re-read/edit that work. Then I start writing for that day…

Do you have any advice on what has and has not worked for you that you can share with other authors?
All I can say is get your hands into everything and try all different avenues available. I don’t want to say what I think works and what I think doesn’t, because what works for me may not work for you and vice versa. Try different things and log all of your results. Also, sometimes the best ways to promote your book do not cost a lot of money. Get reviewed!!!

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I knew from about the age of twelve that I wanted to tell stories for a living. I loved being taken away to a new magical place with deadly hazards around every corner.

Tell us about your main character:
Garrett is a twelve year old boy, who is being raised by his adoptive father Kirk Willigins in the small town of Fable. When the town is sacked and the villagers escorted to the Northern Mines to work as slaves, Garrett and his new pals must find a way to free his father. Together with the old Masters Fonn and Yarl and his new training partner Azilda, they set off to right the wrongs visited upon the villagers by the king’s First General.

What are you working on next?
I am putting ideas together for book 4 of the Vellian Mysteries books, and I am also tossing around some ideas for the sequel to Shadow of the Makarios.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
I’m an exceptional trout fisherman!

Who are your favorite authors?
David A. Gemmell
George R. R. Martin
J. R. R Tolkien
Hicks /Weiss

What do you like to do with your free time?
I like to fish and hunt, play video games, and yell at my kids.

Thanks for being my guest here today 🙂

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An Oath Broken, Only Marriage Will Do and Valentine Virtual Book Tour

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An Oath Broken
Title: An Oath Broken
Author: Diana Cosby
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Kindle

An arranged marriage to a Scot? Unacceptable!

Lady Sarra Bellacote would sooner marry a boar than a countryman of the bloodthirsty brutes who killed her parents. And yet, despite—or perhaps because of—her valuable holdings, she is being dragged to Scotland to be wed against her will. To complicate the desperate situation, the knight hired to do the dragging is dark, wild, irresistible. And he, too, is intolerably Scottish.

Giric Armstrong, Earl of Terrick, takes no pleasure in escorting a feisty English lass to her betrothed. But he needs the coin to rebuild his castle, and his tenants need to eat. Yet the trip will not be the simple matter he imagined. For Lady Sarra isn’t the only one determined to see her engagement fail. Men with darker motives want to stop the wedding—even if they must kill the bride in the process.

Now, in close quarters with this beautiful English heiress, Terrick must fight his mounting desire, and somehow keep Sarra alive long enough to lose her forever to another man…

“Plenty of action…loads of treachery. Fans of medieval Scotland will enjoy.” —Library Journal

“Cosby gives you it all—passion, danger, lush history and a touch of magic. Excellent reading.” —New York Times bestselling author Hannah Howell on His Conquest

“Diana Cosby is superbly talented.” —Cathy Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author

PRE-ORDER INFORMATION

An Oath Broken is available for pre-order at Amazon, B&N, Kobo and GooglePlay.

About The Author

Diana Cosby

A retired Navy Chief, Diana Cosby is an international bestselling author of Scottish medieval romantic suspense.  Her award-winning books are translated in five languages.  Diana has appeared at Lady Jane’s Salon, in NYC, and in Woman’s Day, on USA Today’s romance blog, “Happily Ever After,” MSN.com, and in Texoma Living Magazine.

After retiring as a Navy Chief, AGC(AW), Diana dove into her passion – writing romance novels. With 34 moves behind her, she was anxious to create characters who reflected the amazing cultures and people she’s met throughout the world.

Her years of living in Europe inspired Diana to write in the medieval time frame.  After watching the movie Braveheart and with her passion for writing complex plots, the idea for the MacGruder brothers series was born.

With the release of her 1st book in her new Scottish medieval The Oath trilogy, An Oath Taken, which hit bestseller lists in Canada and the United Kingdom, she’s now preparing for the release of the e Box Set of the MacGruder Brothers series on February 24th, and the last two books in The Oath trilogy, An Oath Broken – 22 June, and, An Oath Sworn – 23 December, 2015!

Diana has many passions in life, but one that resonates in her life is that of giving. She firmly believe that each of us can make a positive difference in another person’s life.  Some of the charities she supports are listed below:

The National Trust for Scotland, which acts asguardian of Scotland’s magnificent heritage of architectural, scenic and historic treasures.

Habitat For Humanity, which gives a deserving family more than a home, but a foundation upon which to build their dreams.

Semper Fi Fund, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit to help with immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.

Homes For Our Troops, assists severely injured Servicemen and Servicewomen and their immediate families through various venues to aid them in building a home that allows them live a more independent life.

The Navy SEAL Foundation, provides immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and their families.

For More Information Visit Diana’s website. Connect with Diana on Facebook.

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Only Marriage Will Do

Title: Only Marriage Will Do
Author: Jenna Jaxon
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Kindle

The House of Pleasure, #2

Happily-ever-afters don’t always begin at “I do.”

When the man of her dreams rescues Lady Juliet Ferrers from the villain claiming to be her husband, she is sure she has found her one true love. But is she free to marry him? Not to be deterred, Juliet arranges for her hero to escort her to her family estate in far off Northern England—hoping that along the way she can win his love—and his hand…

Captivated by Juliet’s sweetness and beauty, Captain Amiable Dawson can’t help but be spellbound by the promise of a life with her. But the spell breaks when questions arise about her marital status. Soon the upstanding Amiable is unsure if he is indeed married to Juliet. And when his rival absconds with her, Amiable must choose between the law of the land and his heart’s desire to rescue Juliet once more…

PRE-ORDER INFORMATION

Only Marriage Will Do is available for pre-order at  AmazonB&N, Kobo and GooglePlay.

About The Author

Jenna Jaxon is a multi-published author of historical and contemporary romance. She is currently finishing revisions to her fifth full length novel, To Woo A Wicked Widow, set in Regency England and the first book in her five part series, The Widow’s Club.

Only Marriage Will Do, second book in her Georgian House of Pleasure series is with the editor. Her medieval trilogy, Time Enough to Love, is being published by Rising Phoenix Publications. Book 1, Betrothal is currently available. Book 2, Betrayal, will be available later this fall.

Jenna has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager. A romantic herself, she has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise. She tries to incorporate all of these elements into her own stories. She lives in Virginia with her family and a small menagerie of pets. When not reading or writing, she indulges her passion for the theatre, working with local theatres as a director. She often feels she is directing her characters on their own private stage.

She has equated her writing to an addiction to chocolate because once she starts she just can’t stop.

For More Information Visit Jenna’s website. Connect with Jenna on Twitter and Facebook.

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Valentine

Title: Valentine
Author: Heather Grothaus
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Kindle

Introducing the Brotherhood of Fallen Angels—an epic new series set in the medieval Holy Land, where four heroic Crusaders find themselves caught in the crosshairs of revenge, devotion—and love…

He’s a man of passion and principle. But would he kill for his convictions? That’s the question that has Valentine Alesander fighting for his innocence. He’s been accused, along with three other Brothers, of orchestrating the horrific siege at the Christian fortification of Chastellet. Could this fatefully-named Crusader be a lover, a fighter, and a traitor? One woman from his past is about to find out.  

Gorgeous, free-spirited Lady Mary Beckham has escaped her guardians in England to travel across the world—and find the notorious Valentine. Years ago, she was promised to him…and now she wants out of their marriage contract. Mary wants to wed another and requires Valentine’s blessing—until she discovers they share a tempestuous attraction. But with a vengeful band of sworn enemies at Valentine’s heels, is desire worth the risk of losing…everything?

PRE-ORDER INFORMATION

Valentine is available for pre-order at AmazonB&N,  Kobo and GooglePlay.

About The Author

Heather GrothausHeather Grothaus has published eight medieval romances since 2006, which have been translated into several foreign languages. She fell in love with historical romance after reading a Kathleen E. Woodiwiss novel when she was far too young to be doing so, and has never looked back, building a reputation for crafting twisting adventures, laugh-out-loud dialogue, and heart-wrenching emotion. When she’s not writing, she spends her time homeschooling her children, gardening, listening to music, reading, and watching Sherlock. She lives on a small farm in Kentucky with her family.

For More Information Visit Heather’s website. Connect with Heather on Goodreads and Twitter.

Book Tour ~ Between Two Worlds by Christy Santo

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GIVEAWAY
The author is giving away 25 eBook copies during the tour!
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About The Book

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Title: Between Two Worlds
Author: Christy Santo
Genre: Time Travel

Rebecca dreams her present time and lives her past. It is 2006 and Indiana University graduate student Rebecca Harrison attends a Halloween party. Unknown to her she will have her world turned upside down when she leaves it. An unexpected accident rips her from 2006 Indiana and abandons her in 1983 Fanwood, New Jersey her hometown. She struggles to relive the past and exist as another woman with the same name and birthday as her. Can she find a way to return to her present time or will her past become her future?

Author Bio

Christy Santo was born and raised in Fanwood, New Jersey. She has lived in Bloomington, IN since 2002 and runs her family’s Internet retail business. Between Two Worlds, is her second book and she is currently working on a third book.

Links
Website: www.statictvblog.com
Twitter: @CJSTheWrite
Amazon Author Central (US)
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Excerpt

I am at a Halloween party – my first in years. I wear an early 19th-century style off-white summer dress, a matching hat and high-heeled suede shoes with buttons on the front. The party is inside of a house near Lincoln and Seventh streets in downtown Bloomington. It is so full of costumed IU students that it is terribly hot. Given my dress is meant for summer, I try to tolerate it, but can’t. I go looking for my friend to tell her I am going to leave. After several minutes of searching, I start to feel faint and leave without seeing her. As I head down the front stairs of the house, I hear one of the front doors open. I turn to see a young man in jeans and plaid shirts, not a costume, come out.
I turn back and continue down the stairs when suddenly I am bumped into and my feet lose traction on the stairs. My feet slide back and my body tips backward until my heels are completely off the step. I bend my legs at the knees as I attempt to twist to my right to grab the metal railing, instead my fingertips brush it. I feel a sharp pain in my ribs as they hit the edge of a step. Then the side of my head hits the concrete knocking me out. I do not come to for several moments. When I do, I feel my body sliding down the steps and every part of me being bumped all the way down. I keep blacking out and coming to all the while helpless to stop the fall. The whole thing feels like it is taking forever. I wish I could cry out to the man who caused the fall to stop this, but each hit on the steps keeps me from doing so. Finally it stops and the last thing I hear before I black out for a final time is the man apologizing profusely, and telling me not to worry, an ambulance is on the way.

A Crying Shame, The Uninvited and Them Book Tour

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AUTHOR BIO

William W. Johnstone was born in Southern Missouri, the youngest of four children. Raised with strong moral and family values by his minister father, and well-tutored by his school teacher mother, Bill quit school when he was fifteen. He was kicked out of the French Foreign Legion for being under age and joined the carnival. But still valuing his education, he returned home to finish his high school education in 1957.

He went on to work as a deputy sheriff, did a hitch in the army, and began a career in radio broadcasting, where he worked daily on his verbal and storytelling skills for the next sixteen years on the air. Much of his knowledge of the early frontier began from listening to family experiences told to him by his Grandparents.

His love of animals is displayed in many of his books as well as finding several Huskies and Malamutes roaming freely around his home. As an avid gun and knife collector, hours of research are devoted to the types of weapons commonly used during the eras of his writings.

One little known fact, is his love for music … from “rockabilly to classical”. Bill has written and recorded several songs which may be released for his fans in the future.

He started writing in 1970, but it wasn’t until late 1979 when The Devil’s Kiss was published that William W. Johnstone became a full-time writer. Since that time he has written over two hundred books in a variety of genres including action, suspense, western, science fiction, and horror. Two of his books, Eagle Down and Dagger, were written under the pen name of William Mason.

To the true William W. Johnstone reader, he is a best-selling author admired for the great diversity in his writing talents. Though most known for his western adventures, Johnstone was also a visionary writer. His prophetic stories within his Ashes Series, Code Name Series, and his science fiction books, predicting the Gulf War and the political climate we live in today, was ahead of its time when it was written.

William Johnstone

For More Information

Visit William’s website.

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A Crying Shame

Title: A Crying Shame
Author: William Johnstone
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Thriller/Horror
Format: Kindle

Each night they emerged from the murky depths of the swamp to claim another victim—a lovely, innocent, fertile female who would be carried off in huge hairy arms and plunged into a nightmare world of terror. Her screams would echo in the darkness. Her face would contort in the throes of horror and pain. But once taken, each became a mother of an unholy child, a link in the chain of madness and evil, a spawn to carry on the devil’s name!

PRE-ORDER INFORMATION:
A Crying Shame is available for pre-order at Amazon, B&N, Kobo and Google Play

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The UninvitedTitle: The Uninvited
Author: William Johnstone
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Thriller/Horror
Format: Kindle

It was like any other spring day in the quiet, peaceful community of Lapeer Parish, Louisiana. But for Sheriff Vic Ransonet it was the beginning of a nightmare. People were disappearing without a trace. Animals were being eaten right down to the bone. Lush fertile fields of crops were being stripped bare. But the sheriff knew the evil that lurked in the barns, sheds, and homes of the sleepy parish. He had seen the creatures with his own eyes. He had heard the clicking of their jaws, the signal that they were on the move to feed their ravenous appetites. And if he couldn’t stop them, then every man, woman, and child would die, and Lapeer Parish would be wiped off the map.

PRE-ORDER INFORMATION
The Uninvited is available for pre-order at Amazon, B&N, and Google Play.

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ThemTitle: Them
Author: William Johnstone
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Thriller/Horror
Format: Kindle

Jake Silver was a teenage misfit, a misunderstood genius who’d been cruelly tormented by his own sadistic father and others in his little Louisiana hometown. Jake was the perfect disciple for Them. They’d come from another world; disembodied begins who understood Jake’s need for revenge. . .They would offer Jake the power to finally take it. . .All they wanted in return was his help in bringing others of their kind to Jake’s world. It begins so slowly, so innocently, even Jake didn’t see the danger. . .until it was too late to realize that he had helped unleash a devastating power in the universe–and opened a gateway for a horrific struggle between mere human beings and. . . Them

PRE-ORDER INFORMATION
Them is available for pre-order at Amazon, B&N, and Google Play.

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