Book Tours: Starter Day Party War Town

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I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for NA thriller “War Town”. The tour runs from October 31 to December 31. Stay tuned for my review on November 20!

Tour Schedule

October 31st: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

October 31st: Promo Post @ Stormy Night Reviewing

November 3rd: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

November 5th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

November 7th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Silver Dagger Scriptorium

November 10th: Promo Post @ Bookaholic Ramblings

November 14th: Book Excerpt @ Books, Dreams, Life

November 16th: Promo Post @ 365 Days of Reading

November 20th: Book Review and Giveaway @ I Heart Reading

November 22nd: Promo Post @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

November 25th: Book Excerpt @ The Reading Guru

November 28th: Author Interview @ Plain Talk BM

December 2nd:  Promo Post @ The Book Daily

December 4th: Book Excerpt @ Just Books

December 6th: Promo Post @ Hollow Readers

December 9th: Author Interview @ Bedazzled Reading

December 10th: Book Review @ Bedazzled Reading

December 13th:  Author Interview and Giveaway @ Books are Forever

December 15th: Book Excerpt @ Indy Book Fairy

December 17th: Promo Post @ The Book Gazette

December 20th: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

December 21st: Book Review and Giveaway @ The Single Librarian

December 24th: Book Excerpt @ Bookish Madness

December 28th: Book Review and Giveaway @ Books are Forever

December 30th: Author Interview @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

December 31st: Book Review @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

About the Book

WarTowncover finalTitle: War Town

Author: Mitch Goth

Genre: New Adult Thriller

For Olly Rourke, War Town’s opening day is a joyous occasion. He is one of a thousand people selected to be the first players in the world’s largest paintball arena. But as he soon finds out, the game he enters into is far more sinister. Two equal teams, locked in the massive arena together, and presented with an armory of real ammunition and a time bomb powerful enough to kill them all. The only way out is to eliminate the other team, by any means necessary.

Author Bio

Mitch Goth currently resides in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where he attends Antioch College. When not writing, he spends his time investigating the paranormal and indulging in a good book or movie.

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Blog: http://mitchgoth.blogspot.com

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Book Tours: Book Spotlight Life in the Danger Zone

1Sixteen-year- old Rose Mulligan’s plan for the summer cruise with her grandparents is simple—read mysteries in the sunshine and see historical sites. It doesn’t include joining a young people’s tour group or crushing on a boy whose flirting runs hot and cold. And it definitely doesn’t include being accused of theft.

Sam Briggs also has a plan for the trip—hang out with his uncle and cousins, and avoid thinking about his stupid parents. But when family members pair-up with strangers, Sam is left wanting to hit something. The only bright spot is shy, constantly blushing Rose, a girl he really needs to avoid. She’s too nice for a meaningless hookup. Then why can’t he stop thinking about her?

Determined to clear her name, Rose decides to find out who the real thief is. It quickly becomes clear that everyone has secrets. Dangerous secrets. But by the time Sam starts helping with the investigation, Rose is wishing she could forget the whole thing and just focus on his intense gaze and lopsided smile. There are only a few days left on the trip after all, and they’ll never see each other again once it’s over. Right?

But it’s too late. Danger has a way of finding you, whether it’s disguised as a cunning thief or a swoony boy.

Author Bio

The mother of two grown sons, Patricia B. Tighe lives in West Texas with her husband and dog. She eats way too much pizza, drinks way too much coffee, and watches way too much NFL football. On the bright side, she also reads and writes teen fiction. She promises to include as much romance, angst, and adventure as possible in her books.

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Book Release: The Belgrave Legacy

  • 27783235How long have you been writing?

Since I was eight years old, so that’s a little more than ten years at this point.

  • What is your favorite genre to write?

Ugh, this is so hard. I have so many story ideas in a bunch of different genres, but I guess I’d have to say romance since it shows up in a bunch of my ideas regardless of the setting.

  • Which genre have you never tried before, but would you like to try out?

I would love (and plan) to write a mythology retelling at some point. Greek Mythology is why I loved reading when I first started, so I’d love to pay homage to that.

  • Please tell us about your book.

The Belgrave Legacy is an upper-YA paranormal romance novel that features a witch learning magic, a dark angel sent to recruit her for evil, and a prophecy that ties them together.

  • Which character was your favorite, and why? Which character was your least favorite, and why?

My favorite character is definitely Caleb. He kind of stole the show when I was writing this initially as a trilogy, and to appease him, I wrote Part 2 Tears of an Angel solely from his perspective to balance out Fawn’s from Part 1. When I revised though, he wanted his half of the story told throughout, and I couldn’t refuse. He’s my favorite because he’s flawed, misguided, and has a heart of gold. I can’t say more without spoiling The Belgrave Legacy.

My least favorite character is probably God. I tried to not make him a complete jerk, but when someone is omniscient (I don’t give him omnipotence), and still lets bad things happen, I just can’t like them. It’s the problem of evil, and I think it will always be there as long as there is belief in higher powers.

  • What was the hardest part about writing your book?

The hardest part of writing The Belgrave Legacy had to be fitting it all into one story. I originally planned for this to be a trilogy, so each Part was a lot longer and had more action in each. When I decided a single book made more sense, picking what had to go, and finding new ways to tie the sections together without making readers hate me for two cliffhangers was definitely a challenge.

  • What is your writing routine? Are there things you absolutely need to start writing?

My writing routine is I write an outline, then write in the morning, night, and whatever free time I find during the day in between homework and classes (I’m a college student).

  • How long did it take you to write your book from start to finish?

If you just talk about The Belgrave Legacy as the single book, that took 3 months. If you include the time I spent writing each section as an individual book, then condensing it into the book being published, that’s closer to a year and a half (not including long breaks where I couldn’t write at all due to SATs, college applications, etc).

  • Can you tell us about your editing process?

As I’m writing a story, I’ll normally know if something isn’t working and make a note of it. If the change is so pivotal that it affects everything after it, I go back make that one change, and then keep writing. In general, I draft fast, take a week off, then edit as I read based on the list I made while writing the story. Then I revise, take a few days’ break, then edit. This cycle repeats until I’m done.

  • Is this book part of a series? If so, how many installments do you have planned?

Like I said, it was supposed to be three books in a trilogy called The Belgrave Legacy, but now it’s a single book, so it’s no longer part of a book series. I am toying around with maybe writing a novella and/or a set of short stories though, so it probably won’t be a one-shot either.

  • Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Keep writing, reading, and learning. If this is really what you want to do, you’ll know that you can never stop improving. And, don’t get discouraged by writer’s block, rejection, or anything else. No one is forcing you to write. If you need to take a break to take care of yourself, do. But don’t think that just because you’re not writing that you can never be a writer.

  • Why should everyone read your book?

It has everything you love about paranormal romances and magic, but also has someone who didn’t sign up to be the heroine like so many other YA stories today. Oh, and there’s a feminist twist even with so many supernatural men in the mix trying to control the heroine’s fate.

  • If you could meet three authors, dead or alive, which authors would you choose?

Jane Austen, J.K. Rowling, and James Patterson. And no, I’m not obsessed with the letter J. I want to meet Miss Austen because Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite novels ever. J.K. Rowling because of 2 words: Harry Potter. And James Patterson, because his Maximum Ride series is what officially hooked me on reading.

  • What inspired you to write your book?

My grandma’s death and a guy at school. My grandma’s death triggered the whole idea of inherited magic, the power of 7, and the dream sequence in Chapter 1. The guy actually inspired a character named Bryan who acted a lot like Caleb in another story I had and eventually scrapped. You can read more about my inspiration here: http://www.zarahoffman.com/blog/the-belgrave-legacy-blog-series-day-1

  • Are you working on something at the moment? If so, can you tell us more about it?

Yes, I am! I’m working on a YA dystopian romance novel called The Matchmakers. It’s set in the future where WWIII has happened, and a new government requires all eighteen year olds to have arranged marriages to people from the opposite side of the war to ensure peace. I wish I could say more without spoiling it, but I can give a hint: biopunk. You can read more about The Matchmakers on my site: http://www.zarahoffman.com/the-matchmakers

About the Book

A Reluctant Heroine. A Snarky Angel. A Big Mess.

Fawn doesn’t believe in magic. But when she is unexpectedly thrust into the middle of an ancient feud, she must learn to control her powers.

Caleb is sick of Hell. But when a simple seduction becomes complicated by real feelings, he is forced to pick between keeping his past or fighting for his future.

Can this young witch navigate a dangerous world with the dark angel assigned to romance and seduce her by her side?

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Author Bio

2538789Zara Hoffman is a college student and has been writing since she was eight years old. She spends most of her time doing homework and writing new stories because if she didn’t, her head would likely explode. She writes YA multi-genre fiction to share the crazy products of her imagination with the world and hopes that you find them as entertaining as she does. Her books are for young adults or the young at heart. After all, growing up is overrated.
When she isn’t wrapped up in projects, Zara listens to music or hangs out with friends. As an avid reader, Zara loves writing book reviews for her favorite books. She is a PR intern at Inklings Literary Agency She is also the founder of Our Hope Is Here.

Book Review: I Won’t Say (I’m in Love) by Evee Lamb

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Author: Evee Lamb
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Erotica
Age Group: Adult (18+)
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

After being stuck in a dead end relationship with her abusive ex-boyfriend, Zelda wants to say goodbye to relationships and say hello to no-strings sex. Preferably with a man who owns a lingerie collection larger than her own. So when Pytor Valentine pings into her inbox after Zelda decides to navigate the world of online dating, Zelda thinks she’s found the perfect man. He’s everything should could as for: handsome, well-read, owns an extensive collection of lingerie, and is looking for unattached sex.

But after seeing Pytor wrapped up in silk, all of his hard muscles and sharp curves trimmed with lace, Zelda isn’t sure one night of white hot passion is enough. But with Derek muscling his way back into her life and Pytor not looking for a relationship, Zelda doesn’t know if she’ll ever get more than sex.

If Zelda wants to survive with her heart in tack, she can’t fall in love. Too bad she’s pretty sure she already is.

In I Won’t Say (I’m in Love), protagonist Zelda has been struggling in the love department. She’s been stuck in a dead end relationship with her ex-boyfriend for three years (not to mention he was abusive towards her). Now she’s desperate to move on, preferably with some no-strings-attached sex.

She decides to try online dating, and soon gets a message from Pytor Valentina, a police officer who seems the perfect candidate for what she’s looking for: handsome, interested in sex with no strings attached, and he has the same interests in the bedroom as she does. They’re a perfect match – except that Zelda soon learns that no strings attached doesn’t mean she won’t develop any feelings she’s sharing her bed with. And with Derek trying to find a way back into her life, and Pytor not looking for a relationship, Zelda has to figure out what she wants, and if she can handle sex without having feelings…or if maybe she’s already in love.

This was an entertaining, erotic, sizzling read with great characters, an engaging plot and quality writing. At just under 200 pages, it was also a fast read, and I finished it in less than two hours. Recommended to fans of erotic romance.

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Book Review: Occult Paris by Tobias Churton

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Author: Tobias Churton

Genre: Nonfiction, Historical

Age Group: Adult

Rating: 3 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

How fin-de-siècle Paris became the locus for the most intense revival of magical practices and doctrines since the Renaissance
• Examines the remarkable lives of occult practitioners Joséphin Peladan, Papus, Stanislas de Guaïta, Saint-Yves d’Alveydre, Jules Doinel, and others
• Reveals how occult activity deeply influenced many well-known cultural movements, such as Symbolism, the Decadents, modern music, and the “psychedelic 60s”
During Paris’s Belle Époque (1871-1914), many cultural movements and artistic styles flourished–Symbolism, Impressionism, Art Nouveau, the Decadents–all of which profoundly shaped modern culture. Inseparable from this cultural advancement was the explosion of occult activity taking place in the City of Light at the same time.
Exploring the magical, artistic, and intellectual world of the Belle Époque, Tobias Churton shows how a wide variety of Theosophists, Rosicrucians, Martinists, Freemasons, Gnostics, and neo-Cathars called fin-de-siècle Paris home. He examines the precise interplay of occultists Joséphin Peladan, Papus, Stanislas de Guaïta, and founder of the modern Gnostic Church Jules Doinel, along with lesser known figures such as Saint-Yves d’Alveydre, Paul Sédir, Charles Barlet, Edmond Bailly, Albert Jounet, Abbé Lacuria, and Lady Caithness. He reveals how the work of many masters of modern culture such as composers Claude Debussy and Erik Satie, writers Arthur Rimbaud and Charles Baudelaire, and painters Georges Seurat and Alphonse Osbert bear signs of immersion in the esoteric circles that were thriving in Paris at the time. The author demonstrates how the creative hermetic ferment that animated the City of Light in the decades leading up to World War I remains an enduring presence and powerful influence today. Where, he asks, would Aleister Crowley and all the magicians of today be without the Parisian source of so much creativity in this field?
Conveying the living energy of Paris in this richly artistic period of history, Churton brings into full perspective the characters, personalities, and forces that made Paris a global magnet and which allowed later cultural movements, such as the “psychedelic 60s,” to rise from the ashes of post-war Europe.

I’m not convinced I entirely believe what Occult Paris is trying to sell, but I did learn a lot of new elements about this era, Paris’s Belle Epoque from 1871-1914, and I do believe there might be some connection. The book tries to establish how occult activity influenced cultural movements, like Symbolism, the Decadents, Impressionism, Art Nouveau. While I don’t entirely buy it, I think there might be some truth in that.

The author does a good job describing the era, the feel of it, the way the characters are described and brought to life. It’s a special kind of book, and hard to rate – it does make one wonder about things, but it’s not exactly an entertaining read. It makes one question, makes one think and connect dots, and it’s not exactly relaxing reading materials either. It’s definitely not for everyone but it does have a certain mysterious, almost magical feel to it, and I quite enjoyed reading it.

Book Review: The Butcher’s Daugther by Mark M. McMillin

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Author: Mark M. McMillin
Genre: Historical Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

In an age ruled by iron men, in a world of new discovery and Spanish gold, a young Irishwoman named Mary rises from the ashes of her broken childhood with ships and men-at-arms under her command.  She and her loyal crew prowl the Caribbean and prosper in the New World for a time until the ugly past Mary has fled from in the old one finds her.

Across the great ocean to the east, war is coming. The King of Spain is assembling the most powerful armada the world has ever seen – an enormous beast – to invade England and depose the Protestant “heretic queen.” To have any chance against the wealth and might of Spain, England will need every warship, she will need every able captain. To this purpose, Queen Elizabeth spares Mary from the headman’s axe for past sins in exchange for her loyalty, her ships and men.

Based on true historical events, this is an epic story about war, adventure, love and betrayal. This is a timeless story about vengeance. This is a tale of heartbreak…

I must admit that I know little of ships or life at sea,  so I’m not sure how accurate this is described in The Butcher’s Daughter, but it does sound pretty realistic.In any case, this is an entertaining read that offers a strong plot and remarkable characters.

Mary, our main character, is captain of her very own ship, prowling the Caribbean, prospering in the New World. But when the past catches up with her, and Queen Elizabeth decides to save her life, it’s only for one purpose: so she can help Queen Elizabeth win the war at sea, the war against Spain and the most powerful armada the world has ever seen.

I do know a little about the era the book takes place in, and as far as I know, most of the events are pretty accurate. Even though staying true to what happened in reality, the book also spins an intriguing story. The characters are quite realistic, in particular Mary. The writing is rich and flows well, and the author has no issues transporting the reader back in time and making them part of the story.

Historical fiction fans will devour this book. I look forward to reading more books by this author.

Release Blitz Batten Down The Hatches

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About the Book

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Author: Roxanne D. Howard

Genre: Contemporary / Erotic Romance

Piper Goldhirsch is the head reporter for Business Buster, an Undercover Boss-esque tabloid exposé show. While it was never her dream job, it pays the bills. When she attends a masked Halloween Ball and has a passionate affair in the billiard room with a sexy costumed pirate captain who calls himself Captain Jack, what starts out as a few kind words and exchanged kisses soon transforms into the greatest sex of her life, and she’s haunted by the powerful magic between them. Piper parts ways with the mysterious stranger, and assumes she’ll never see him again… until he becomes her job’s next target.

Captain Jack Spencer runs his own brand new whale watching company, Ahoy, Matey, on the outskirts of Costa Mesa and Balboa Island. He’s so good at it he’s garnered the attention of rival companies. Piper is called in by Jack’s nemesis to go undercover on an ocean tour to expose him, and reveal his alleged illegal tricks that have made his business so successful in a short amount of time. But when Piper realizes he’s the same sexy man she slept with at the Halloween Ball, she’s emotionally conflicted. Jack is unable to forget the woman from Halloween, and when they do meet up again, they can’t keep their hands off each other. It’s time to Batten Down the Hatches, because the waves are about to get wild!

Author Bio

Roxanne D. Howard is a romance novelist who resides in the mid-western United States. She has published At the Heart of the Stone and Chicks Dig the Accent, and her most recent Costa Mesa Series with Loose Id. Roxanne is a U.S. Army veteran, and has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English. She loves to read poetry, classical literature, and Stephen King. She is also an avid Star Wars fan, musical theater nut, and loves everything related to marine biology. She is the proud mother of two beautiful girls, several pets, and loves to spend time with her husband and children when she’s not writing. Roxanne loves to hear from her readers, and she can be contacted at author@roxannedhoward.com. To find out more, please visit her website at www.roxannedhoward.com.

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Guest Post The Machine Society

I’m hosting a guest post today by author Mike Brooks, sharing five writing tips. Thanks for visiting!

Guest Post: My Top 5 Writing Tips

jhp57485c0e0d757Turn the internal critic into an internal supervisor
A lot of writers seem to like to beat themselves up. I’ve done it myself. Why are we so unkind to ourselves?! ‘I haven’t written enough – what I’ve written isn’t good enough – I’ll never write as well as such and such!’
These kinds of thoughts can no doubt assail any writer from time to time, but I want to suggest that this sort of internal critic is not particularly useful. Instead, try and turn the internal critic – a kind of internal enemy – into an internal supervisor, who is able to critique but also encourage. This is a technique I try to use generally in life – it can be applied to writing and most other things too.
For example, instead of thinking, ‘I’ve got writer’s block – I’ll never write again!’ how about, ‘The words aren’t flowing at the moment – but this has happened before and I know it doesn’t last forever.’ This is about being kind to ourselves.
Sadly, there is no fast track to improving our craft. But rather than feeling tempted to despair and criticise ourselves, we can tell tell ourselves we’re putting in the hours so we know there is more stuff on the way and at least some of it will be good.
 
Find your unique writing zone
My ideal writing zone is to have days of free time at my disposal – take a week off by myself – then I know that each day I will be able to fit in one or two long sessions of writing, which guarantees 12,000 or more words in a week – heaven!
I realise this is quite a luxury – and this is why my novel took nearly six years to write.
Failing this, organising a weekend by cancelling all appointments and switching off my phone also works well.
By contrast, when I’m editing, I like to print out sheets of paper and work at it while sitting on a train or on the Tube – it doesn’t matter if it’s noisy and busy.
But this is just what works for me. The trick, I think, is to find your own best writing place and style – then make it happen.
 
Do courses or join a writing group
I’ve been writing for years, whether professionally as a reporter/editor or creatively and, while sadly I’m not a best-selling novelist, I had somehow acquired the idea that I must be pretty good.
Then, recently, a friend asked me to write his memoirs – something I hadn’t done before – and I had to admit that I didn’t know how to approach it. I could guess, but it would be just that: guesswork.
The fact is, with the many styles and genres of writing – journalism, academic writing, novels, memoirs, essays – few if anyone has good grasp on them all. A simple solution is to do a course.
When I started the memoir writing course, I admit I felt a little huffy: ‘What can you show me? I’m so experienced!’ And yet, the course was a revelation. Turns out that writing a memoir is not dissimilar to novel writing – you spent time in the moment with the protagonist, describing the scene, drawing on the senses, using ‘show don’t tell’ and including dialogue. I was amazed and inspired.
The fact is, whenever I do a course – or join a writer’s group – I always learn something new.
 
Speak with your own voice
For many years, I think I held myself back by trying to be what I thought a writer should be, rather than being myself.
I imagined I should be writing profound life-changing literature. But the truth was, I didn’t read much of what passes for high brow literature; I preferred short comic novels or sci-fi or quirky left-field fiction. You could say that, in writing terms, there was a mismatch between my ideal self and my real self.
Then I was inspired by the work of Philip K Dick. Not specifically by his writing – although I like it, especially the ideas he conveys – but by the fact that he wrote so much. Just have a look at his bibliography – it’s vast!
I had a light bulb moment. Rather than thinking I had to slave away trying to be the next Tolstoy, I thought: I’m just going to churn something out like PKD did! This might not be the most noble approach to writing, but it set me free.
I thought: I’m just going to start and keep writing and see what comes out. No longer feeling a need to check that every sentence was Tolstoyesque (is that a word?) I simply wrote from the heart. I thought: I don’t know what’s going to come out – but it will be mine alone and I can be proud of it regardless; I can only be me!
 
Dare to go on a journey – dare to be challenged and surprised
From my experience – whatever I’m writing – it’s working best when I get myself into a place where I’m completely alone with the laptop and the words. I allow myself to focus, to pay attention, to sink into the work. In this place, characters in a novel might suddenly say something I’m not expecting. The characters take on their own life. I feel like I’m ‘in the zone’. It’s intense, and I can generally only maintain it for two hours at a time.
What’s happening? My belief is that when we write we are accessing our unconscious in a powerful way. The unconscious is always there, but writing seems to be a way of drawing out hidden parts of our psyche.
For example, I had this insight. I knew the main protagonist in my novel was a cipher for my own wishes and struggles in life; but then I realised the whole cast of characters represented different parts of me: the goody-goody, the selfish one, the brave one, the angry one, the vulnerable one, the noble one. When we allow ourselves to open up to ourselves, we open up a conduit to the unconscious, and we might be surprised – and perhaps challenged or delighted – by what comes out. I believe this approach to writing can also be cathartic and therapeutic.
 

About the Book

Mike Brooks’ debut novel is an adventure story set in a dystopian future in which our taste for branding, consumerism and artificial reality is boundless. In /The Machine Society/, he weaves together psychological insight, philosophical reflection and spiritual inquiry to give us a novel that is both a deep satire on modern life and a rich metaphor for our longing to find inner peace. Dean Rogers lives in the Perimeter of New London, holding down a soul-destroying job, surrounded by people who have lost the will to communicate. He is afraid his debts will spiral out of control, resulting in him being cast out of the city, outside of the Security Wall. Meanwhile, in the Better Life Complex, New London’s rich elite live in plastic luxury, unaware of the sinister secrets that underpin their world. /The Machine Society/ is an original and intelligent sci-fi thriller, and a heartfelt rally cry for the soul’s liberation.

Author Bio

4688Mike Brooks was born in Edinburgh, grew up in south Manchester, and now lives in London.
After completing a psychology degree at the University of Central Lancashire, he trained as a journalist and went on to work for various newspapers and publications in Manchester, Yorkshire and London. He is currently the editor and communications manager for an international development agency.

His first outing in fiction was the satirical comic book The Big Holy One, published by HarperCollins, which poked fun at religious extremism, thereby delighting non-conformists and enraging fundamentalists.

His taste for quirky off-beat literature continued with the publication of Al McNac’s Almanac, a spoof 19th century almanac, which contained elements of steam punk before the term had been coined. Next came a number of short story projects.

In recent years, Brooks has turned his attention to novel writing, with a particular focus on futuristic fiction as vehicle through which to critique our modern world and life as we know it. His debut novel is in part the fruition of a life-long passion for exploring spiritual, philosophical and psychological ideas. The ultimate questions, he says, are ‘What is life all about?’ and ‘Why is advertising so annoying?’.
When not writing, Mike Brooks is an amateur musician and a professionally-trained psychotherapist.

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Book Tours: Starter Day Party Crave Her Touch

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I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for romantic suspense “Crave Her Touch”. The tour runs from October 27 to November 27. Stay tuned for my review on November 24!

Tour Schedule

October 27th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

October 28th: Promo Post and Giveaway @ Mocha Girls Read

October 30th: Promo Post @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

November 3rd: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Silver Dagger Scriptorium

November 5th:  Promo Post @ Bookish Madness

November 7th: Author Interview @ Kate Hill’s Blog

November 11th: Promo Post @ Books, Dreams, Life

November 13th: Book Excerpt @ Books are Forever

November 15th:  Author Interview @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

November 19th: Promo Post @ The Bookworm Lodge

November 21st: Promo Post and Giveaway @ The Single Librarian

November 23rd: Book Excerpt @ BL Blair’s Blog

November 24th: Book Review and Giveaway @ I Heart Reading

November 25th:  Promo Post @ Bookaholic Ramblings

November 27th: Book Review @ Romantic Fanatic

About the Book

Crave Her Touch - Final 1Title: Crave Her Touch

Author: A.K. Leigh

Genre: Romantic Suspense

An insecure bombshell, unpredictable stalker, and guilt-ridden hero clash in this story of redemption, trust, self-belief, and the lengths people will go to for true love.

Jennifer “Jenny” Abrahams has three goals: to teach women about mixed martial arts, become North Carolina’s first female mixed martial arts champion, and find true love. Two things stand in her way: the stalker intent on claiming her for himself and her emotional insecurities.

At a crossroads in his career as a witnesses protection minder, Peter “Pete” Gandry, is given the opportunity to return to the scene of his only failure––Smithfield, North Carolina. The assignment is familiar: he must keep an eye on Diana King. He agrees, hoping it will help him find redemption and ease the guilt he feels.

Odd things begin to happen to Jenny. At first, she dismisses them as over-reacting to memories of a stalker from her past. Until, she receives an unsettling note. Four words stand out: I crave your touch . . .

Increasingly, the evidence points to someone she knows. Who can she trust? And, who is this mysterious newcomer who has ignited long buried passion within her?

When the sister of an old nemesis arrives in Smithfield, Pete is forced to expose his true identity. The town quickly turn against him. Just when he thinks it can’t get worse, the stalking evidence begins to point to him.

Can he clear his name and save Jenny from the real stalker in time?

Crave Her Touch is the second book in the “Smithfield” series. Book one, See Her Run, tells Diana King’s story.

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AKLeighTreeAuthorPicA.K. Leigh is a multi-genre romantic suspense author, sometimes blogger, huge Michael Jackson fan, martial arts movie buff, ex-professional Astrologer, mystic, vegan, and identical triplet. She holds a post-graduate degree in counselling, which enables her to create rounded, believable, and complex characters in her writing. When she’s not reading or writing, she is running around after three energetic children. Though her stories are set in North Carolina, USA (because she loves the state!), she actually lives with her children and one grumpy cat in Queensland, Australia. She is a proud member of Romance Writers of Australia. Visit her on the web at www.fallinlovewithleigh.com and find her on social media at

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Book Review: The Moreva of Astoreth by Roxanne Bland

moa-cover-lighter-1Title: The Moreva of Astoreth
Author: Roxanne Bland
Genre: Science Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

In the world-building tradition of Andre Norton, Anne McCaffrey and Ursula K. LeGuin, The Moreva of Astoreth is a blend of science fiction, romance, and adventure in a unique, richly imagined imperialistic society in which gods and science are indelibly intertwined. It is the story of priestess, scientist, and healer Moreva Tehi, the spoiled, headstrong granddaughter of a powerful goddess who is temporarily exiled from Temple life in her beloved desert home to a volatile far northern corner of the planet for neglecting to perform her sacred duty, only to venture into dangerous realms of banned experimentation, spiritual rebirth, and fervent, forbidden love.

The Moreva of Astoreth is an interesting blend of fantasy and science fiction. For me, the only downside to the book would be the cover. I just don’t connect with it. I know a lot of fantasy authors like these kind of 3D renderings of characters – and granted, finding stock images or something for a character looking like Moreva, is impossible, but still. I would’ve preferred an illustration above the current graphic on the cover.

That aside, they say don’t judge a book by its cover, and the contents of this book are pretty solid. The story goes like this: Moreva Tehi is the granddaughter of a powerful goddess. Because she refuses to do as the goddess says, she’s temporarily banished, and send to the far northern corner of the planet as punishment. There, she learns more about herself than she ever thought possible, tries to find a cure for the Red Fever tormenting her planet, and even falls in love.

A lot of things happen in the course of the book, but I don’t want to spoil them, so I kept the synopsis brief. Moreva is a strong character. At the beginning, she was quite annoying, and it felt like she was being rebellious just for the sake of it. But, as with all interesting characters, she changed and grew a lot throughout the book, and I started liking her more and more.

The author did a phenomenal job crafting worthy secondary characters too. Often, authors pour all their energy into crafting a well-rounded, three-dimensional main chareacter and then end up having boring, bland secondary characters. Here, the author obviously put a lot of effort into every single character, with strengths, weaknesses, and their very own personalities.

The world building was impressive too, especially since so much happens – and it all makes sense. Not once does the book venture into territory of the impossible – of course it’s fantasy so things that happen are impossible in real life, but I mean that it’s never impossible for the rules of this world.

It’s a truly impressive book. I would give it a 4 star rating, if not for the cover and for how the writing could be a little tighter in some places (for example, sometimes we do get a rather lengthy exposition of daily tasks that could be left out or shortened). But seriously, I really enjoyed this, and I think it would be a great read for every mature science fiction / fantasy fan.