BOOK BLITZ| KAS


This Blitz is a bit of a change of pace for us We are doing something different and fun as Author Ren Garcia is making YouTube videos telling you the backstory of each chapter in his book and then narrating the chapter. The Treasure Hunt Questions will be based on the videos and you can answer the questions in the Rafflecopter.


Ren Garcia is a Science Fiction/Fantasy author and Texas native who grew up in western Ohio. He has been writing since before he could write, often scribbling alien lingo on any available wall or floor with assorted crayons. He attended The Ohio State University and majored in English Literature. 

Ren has been an avid lover of anything surreal since childhood. He also has a passion for caving, urban archaeology, taking pictures of clouds, and architecture. He currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, and their four dogs.

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Raised in the dark under the lash of the Black Hat Sisterhood, when the woman who would become known as Kat, is sent on a suicide mission into the heart of the League, she was not expected to survive. Her mission: discover the identity of the fabled Shadow tech Goddess, a being who does not exist. All other considerations, including her possible death, are secondary.

But, Kat is guided by higher powers, by merciful hands that feed her, clothe her and whisper in her ear. As she watches the sun rise for the first time, she recalls their words: “Be strong,” they said. “You have much to live for.






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The answer to Treasure Hunt Question #9 is in this video.
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It was a long trip to Tyrol, the Black Hat antsy, obsessed with her padded seat, refusing to sit still, clutching her basket, her head thrust out the window. The Autocar kept dispensing spritzes of air fragrance to offset the Black Hat’s dank mustiness. At last, the hellish journey neared its end and the Autocar came down from over the sea and settled into the flat familiar lanes and marshes of Esther, floating just over the cobbles, winding through the neck of the Eastern Continent north of Rustam, nearing Tyrol. The flat olive green Estherlands seemed to bore her. She turned her attention from the window to him, staring the whole time, studying his face, making him uncomfortable.
“It’s quite rude to stare,” he said.
“Garment,” she replied, ignoring his remark.
“Pardon?”
“I have spent a great deal of time thinking about this. Your name shall be ‘Man in Garment the Color of Mercy’. I am a giver of names. You are wearing a magnificent garment, and ‘Garment’, for short, shall be your name.” She seemed rather proud of herself.
Stenstrom was astonished. “This ‘garment’ is my HRN coat, and I already have a name,” he said perfunctorily.
She seemed puzzled, cocking her head to one side. “Like the sky, you are named already?”
“Yes,” he said, having no idea what she was talking about. “Yes, that is correct.”
“Who named you?”
“My bloody parents, that’s who.”
Silence. The Autocar moved steadily down the road, the skies turning wet and gray. He was sharing a ride with a filthy, smelly, tangled, barefoot Black Hat slathered in Shadow tech and stale food like a bum passed out behind a pub, but the rules of courtesy and standard decorum won out. He decided to offer his name, as was proper.
“I am Stenstrom, Lord of Belmont-South Tyrol, son of Stenstrom the Older, captain of the Fleet Warbird Caroline, and of Jubilee, 7th Lady of Tyrol.”
The Black Hat listened and wasn’t impressed. “Garment is better,” she proclaimed. “I have named many.”
“Who have you named?” he asked.
She opened her mouth to answer, but then her eyes went lost, staring out in confusion, as if she couldn’t remember those she had named.
More silence. Again, decorum won out. “And what is your name?” he finally asked.
“I am Kat.”
“Kat? Just Kat?
“I am Kat. The gods named me Kat.”

“I see. The gods again …”     –Lord Stenstrom and Kat share a ride to his home in Tyrol.


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Treasure Hunt Questions 9-11: (put your answers in the rafflecopter below)
(One of the Rafflecopter Prizes is specifically for the Treasure Hunt Winner)

1-      The Shadow tech Goddess – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SS-q4SLWHU
Question: What part of her face will the Shadow tech Goddess not allow A-Ram to see?
A: Her ears
B: Her nose
C: Her eyes
D: Her hair

2-      The Library of Time – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZrLYQMEJV4
Question: What monster does the Shadow tech Goddess pick to attack Bellathauser?
A: The Bubbler
B: The Clacker
C: The Mighty Fibbon
D: The Great Seal

3-      Selecting a Covus – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6prCLspxSoc
Question: Which Covus is selected by A-Ram and Alesta from the list?
A: Prof Hannah-Ben Shurlamp
B: Logan Tom
C: Tregga the Naked

D: Kat

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BLOG TOUR | GRACE WITHOUT GRACE





Grace has given up on romance, on almost everything, since Rick Fleming betrayed her faith in him five years ago. Given her constant struggle with bad luck (her friend Murphy), being insanely accident prone, and having been the target of endless ridicule growing up, she has no reason to trust anyone.
Rick made some mistakes as a boy, and as a young man, his worst was hurting Grace Evans. His heart still belongs to her, even if she doesn’t know it. Unfortunately, in the last confrontation between them, she demanded he never speak to her again.
Now, Grace’s best friend (and Rick’s sister) Hannah has invited her to a ten-day summer work-vacation to babysit Hannah’s teen cousins. A palatial cabin, a patio boat on the lake, and all the comforts of the rich and famous at their fingertips? A vacation made in heaven.
At least until they arrive and Grace finds Rick there. And neither can leave. Rick’s car is in pieces in the garage, and Grace forgot her driver’s license at home.
How will Grace survive it? Can she find a way to forgive? Can Rick learn to take
responsibility for his past mistakes? And even if they succeed, what will they do when Rick’s most recent wantabe girlfriend shows up on their doorstep, determined to make Rick hers?


Character Casting: 

Character Cast for Main Characters in Grace Without Grace

Richard (Rick) Fleming: Pierson Fodé

Grace Evans: Mia Rose Frampton

Hannah Fleming: Zooey Deutch

Maria Del Rey: Selena Gomez

Kyle Fleming: Gage Munroe



Susan was born and raised a Southern California girl but is grateful to have lived on the Oregon coast and in the Rocky Mountains of northern Utah. She’s now enjoying living with her husband in the incomparable beauty of the Redwood forest, nestled against the rugged coast of Northern California.

Susan raised a tribe of children, making ends meet as a registered nurse and lactation consultant, and now her tribe members have tribes of their own and she doesn’t get to see enough of them. She loves to travel and is thrilled with a good movie or a great book, but writing is her passion. She writes almost anything, especially epic fantasy and romance.

Susan would love to hear your comments. Please review her book at your favorite retailer or at Goodreads. Take a peek at her website, susantietjen.blogspot.com, and/ or drop her a note at:

stietjen.author@gmail.com.


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BOOK BLITZ| SECRETS NEVER DIE







Tallie Brown’s life has never made sense. Raised in isolation by her mother, Julia, Tallie was dragged suddenly and without explanation from one third-world outpost to another until life normalized seven years ago when Julia took a position on a mountaintop in the Pacific northwest. But when Julia unexpectedly dies, Tallie uncovers clues suggesting that Julia had a secret life. Journalistic phenom Jackson James is still recovering from the devastating mistake that flatlined his promising career. Now he’s paying the price, working as the editor of a syrupy community rag in a posh D.C. suburb. But when the very man who destroyed him drops a tantalizing lead about a potential D.C. scandal, the reporter sees his chance for redemption and sets off to chase the story. Jackson’s investigation leads him to Cutler’s Ridge, a dying Virginia coal town, and directly into the path of the mysterious and beautiful Tallie. As these two mistrustful loners follow their leads, their stories begin to intertwine until they reach an alarming conclusion – something terrible happened in Cutler’s Ridge. As they doggedly pursue the story, the town’s cold reception spirals into threats and danger, proving that there are those who will stop at nothing to keep the past hidden forever –because secrets never die.











 
Laurie (L.C.) Lewis will always be a Marylander at heart—a weather-whining lover of crabs, American history, and the sea. She admits to being craft-challenged, particularly lethal with a glue gun, and a devotee of sappy movies. Secrets Never Die is Laurie’s twelfth published novel.
Her women’s fiction/romance novels include Love on the Line, (2019), Awakening Avery, (2018), Love on a Limb, (2017), Sweet Water, (2017), The Dragons of Alsace Farm (2016), and
Unspoken (2004), written as Laurie Lewis. Using the pen name L.C. Lewis, she wrote the five volumes of her award-winning FREE MEN and DREAMERS historical romance series, set against the backdrop of the War of 1812: Dark Sky at Dawn (2007), Twilight’s Last Gleaming
(2008), Dawn’s Early Light (2009), Oh, Say Can You See? (2010), and In God is Our Trust, (2011).
Laurie Lewis is a RONE Award Winner (The Dragons of Alsace Farm) and was twice
named a New Apple Literary Award winner in 2017 (The Dragons of Alsace Farm), and in 2018, winning Best New Fiction (Love on a Limb.) She is also a BRAGG Medallion honoree, and she was twice named a Whitney Awards and USA Best Books Awards finalist.
Laurie loves to hear from readers, and she invites you to join her VIP Readers’ Club, or contact her at any of these locations.





CHARACTER CASTING
TALLIE: Brie Larsen (Captain Marvel) Oh yeah!
JACKSON: Zack Efron
JULIA:  Helena Bonham Carter
WINSTON CHAMBERLAIN: Liam Neeson
MARLENE BODINE: Amy Adams
BODIE GLICK:  Spencer Breslin





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COVER REVEAL| GRACE WITHOUT GRACE








Susan was born and raised a Southern California girl but is grateful to have lived on the Oregon coast and in the Rocky Mountains of northern Utah. She’s now enjoying living with her husband in the incomparable beauty of the Redwood forest, nestled against the rugged coast of Northern California.
Susan raised a tribe of children, making ends meet as a registered nurse and lactation consultant, and now her tribe members have tribes of their own and she doesn’t get to see enough of them. She loves to travel and is thrilled with a good movie or a great book, but writing is her passion. She writes almost anything, especially epic fantasy and romance.

Susan would love to hear your comments. Please review her book at your favorite retailer or at Goodreads. Take a peek at her website, susantietjen.blogspot.com, and/ or drop her a note at:
stietjen.author@gmail.com.


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Grace has given up on romance, on almost everything, since Rick Fleming betrayed her faith in him five years ago. Given her constant struggle with bad luck (her friend Murphy), being insanely accident prone, and having been the target of endless ridicule growing up, she has no reason to trust anyone.
Rick made some mistakes as a boy, and as a young man, his worst was hurting Grace Evans. His heart still belongs to her, even if she doesn’t know it. Unfortunately, in the last confrontation between them, she demanded he never speak to her again.
Now, Grace’s best friend (and Rick’s sister) Hannah has invited her to a ten-day summer work-vacation to babysit Hannah’s teen cousins. A palatial cabin, a patio boat on the lake, and all the comforts of the rich and famous at their fingertips? A vacation made in heaven.
At least until they arrive and Grace finds Rick there. And neither can leave. Rick’s car is in pieces in the garage, and Grace forgot her driver’s license at home.
How will Grace survive it? Can she find a way to forgive? Can Rick learn to take
responsibility for his past mistakes? And even if they succeed, what will they do when Rick’s most recent wantabe girlfriend shows up on their doorstep, determined to make Rick hers?


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DAY 20| COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER READS






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 Western Writers of America. I currently live with my husband in California’s central valley near the “Gateway to Yosemite.”

I love to read, quilt, work with digital images on my photo editing program, and work on my own family history.

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.





The daughter of a Georgia plantation owner, Diantha Ames was raised and educated to be a lady. Surviving the Civil War as a child, her family, in a desperate, but ultimately unsuccessful bid to save the property of both her father and her uncle, arranges a marriage between her and her first cousin. Although not a love match, she and Eugene were amiable. As information about her husband comes to light after his death in the Gold King Mine disaster that took so many lives in Wildcat Ridge, she is left with her husband’s hotel and postmaster position to fill—and a lot of questions.

With Diantha’s former laundress gone, she hires Hilaina Dowd, whose family hails from the mountains of Appalachia. Hilaina loyally stays with her mother who wishes to live out her life in Wildcat Ridge and be buried next to her husband who died in the mine disaster.

Henry “Hank” Cauley is branded a failure after refusing to be part of his father’s Salt Lake City brick-making business and then losing his stationary and book store business. To bury him far away, his brother and conniving sister-on-law use their political influence with the territorial Congressional representative to award him the postmaster position in Wildcat Ridge. He arrives in town to take over the position starting the first of September only to discover the postmistress, Diantha, knows nothing about the change, and is not relieved she no longer is obligated to fill this position originally awarded to her deceased husband. Finding himself surrounded by those loyal to the soft-spoken, Southern lady, is he destined to also be a failure in Wildcat Ridge?

Buckley “Buck” Kramer, wrangler on the Grassy Fork Ranch in Colorado, has not been totally satisfied with his lot ever since the trip he took to Wildcat Ridge earlier in the summer with his boss and best friend now he sees the happiness of family life the two men enjoy after they brought back wives. When two trail-worn young brothers stumble onto the ranch looking for a meal and permanent jobs, but are told with winter coming on there is only room for one, Buck insists on leaving in order to keep the brothers together. Is Buck really dissatisfied with his job on the ranch, or is this an excuse to return to Wildcat Ridge and the woman he has not been able to get out of his mind?
  
Diantha, Book 14, is a stand-alone novel. However, you might enjoy it best by reading all the books in the series, The Widows of Wildcat Ridge. Also, my other book in the series, Nissa, Book 3, was written to be a duet with Diantha—a series within a series. You might also enjoy reading Nissa if you have not already done so.



  
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Q&A With the Author:

1. What is your advice to “binge readers”?

You want to read because you enjoy reading, not because you’ve made yourself so sick you must stay in bed and can do little else other than read. Keep the following in mind:
          – Whether you read in bed or while sitting in a chair or on the couch, maintain good posture. Use pillows—big and small—to support your back, neck, and feet. As you age, it is important that you not slump and roll forward. Doing so cuts off your oxygen and/or negatively affects your spine and muscles. The older you get, the more important this is.
          – Maintain a comfortable temperature, especially for your feet. If you get too cold (or too hot) because you are too engrossed in your book to grab some slippers, or a blanket, or a robe or sweatshirt, or turn on a fan or the air conditioner, you risk making yourself sick. (Am I the only one who has made herself sick by continuing to read instead of doing one of these things?)
          – When your bladder says to go, go. Don’t wait.
          – Use good lighting. Even if you read from a back-lit e-reader, it helps to have some light. Safer, too. Remember my advice about the bladder.
          – If you are going to binge-read at night, make sure you spend part of your day doing something active.
          – I am not going to tell you that when you are tired, you need to close the book/turn off the e-reader and go to bed. You should. However, if I advise you to do that, it would make me a hypocrite.

2. What are your favorite reading foods?

Mine are chocolate, crackers, dried fruit and nut mix, toast, soda, and peppermint tea.

3. Do you have any suggestions to help budding authors become better writers?

Don’t write solid all day. Get some exercise, no matter how minimal. Break up your writing by making sure to get up and move around periodically—fold clothes, take care of your animals, sweep and mop a floor, walk to the mailbox, etc. When your bladder forces you to make a trip down the hall, while you’re up, find a five minute on-your-feet-move-and-do task to complete. Keep your muscles and blood moving. It is good for your brain, heart, circulation, and it keeps down the swelling in your feet.

Watch what you eat. The older you get, and the more health issues you develop, the more important this becomes. If you spend lots of time sitting while you write and/or read, eat fiber, avoid too much salt, drink water, and watch your carbonated drink consumption. Drinking soda might not affect you at first—maybe not for years. However, unless a person with a sedentary job or lifestyle (i.e., a writer and/or a reader) is not careful, things will back up in the digestive system and cause “issues.” That is when you trade your greasy chips for crackers full of fiber, your dark chocolate for York Peppermint Patties or Altoids’ Peppermints, and most of your carbonated drinks for peppermint or ginger tea.

Avoid running “dumb errands” outside of the house during your writing time. How it works for me is, once I leave the house to run a few quick errands, the rest of the day is shot. It is almost impossible to settle back down to my writing.

I would tell you, for good health, another real important thing to avoid is stress. However – (laughs hysterically) – we are talking about being writers, right? Good luck.

4. Do you have any other warnings for writers?

Beware the “rabbit holes.” What does it mean to “go down the rabbit hole”? From a Google search: “To enter into a situation or begin a process or journey that is particularly strange, problematic, difficult, complex, or chaotic, especially one that becomes increasingly so as it develops or unfolds. (An allusion to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.)”

Rabbit holes for writers:
          – Pinterest
          – Facebook
          – Instagram
          – Twitter
          – Unnecessary, repetitive emails or email “jokes”

To a lesser degree, blog posts and newsletters can fall in this category unless you approach them with organization and discipline.

If you are a writer, like me, you may use many of these for marketing. They are important to your success—but only if you make the time to write and publish something you can promote.

Write first. Research first. As much as possible, save the “rabbit hole” tasks for later in the day. That way, if you get distracted and spend hours “down the rabbit hole,” it becomes your “entertainment” for the evening, instead of watching television or (what you really want to do) reading a good book.






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