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Monday, January 22, 2018

Sanctuary of Lies by Chad Bishop - Book Tour - Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hi lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Chad Bishop and his new book, “Sanctuary of Lies”!  For other stops on his Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Chad and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!


Sanctuary of Lies
by Chad Bishop

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GENRE: Thriller (Domestic)

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BLURB:

There are 4.7 billion searchable sites make up 10% of the web, the other 90% is dedicated to the "Dark web". Within that environment there is a thriving economy where everything is for sale: Sex, Armies and Code for hire. Well-known companies buy and sell for governments and NGO’s (non-governmental organizations). They appear as a benign legal boutique companies and consultants, but their true purpose is to be the middlemen/cyber lynchpin for these illicit goods and services.

ISABELLA NUNEZ owns a computer firm in Brooklyn with her lover JACOB COSTA. Accepting her infertility they have a blue nose pit bull called Justice as their “child” and live simple lives as techy nerds. Isabella’s idyllic life is shattered when several days after her lover’s ex-wife, SIMONE JOHNS, reported death, Simone sends Jacob an email to come save their child, he didn’t know they had.

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EXCERPT ONE:

“What did you hit! Where is the plane?” the supervisor said frantically, hovering over Marcus’s shoulder.

When Marcus looked at the screen where there was once no blip there were now four and all of them were labeled SW3678.

“Southwest 3678 descend and maintain 5000”

“What are you doing? There’re already at 5000” the supervisor yelled.

Marcus ignored the supervisor and concentrated on the task at hand. Two planes coming in from the northwest, one coming from the south and southwest 3678.

His supervisor called the man next to him, “Jim take the handoff in the northwest and Paul take Pan 16 in south”

“Southwest 3678 cleared ILS 25 left approach”

Marcus wiped the sweat from his brow as he watched all 4 blips approach runway 25L.

“Southwest 3678 are you on the frequency?”

There was nothing but crackle.

“Southwest 3678 contact the tower.”

The blips started to ascend on the approach.

“No, no” Marcus whispered.

Just like it started, the plane began it’s descent and there was only one blip on the screen for flight 3678.

“It’s coming in too fast.” Marcus murmured

Then the sounds of SouthWest came back on and all they could hear were the cries of help from the aircraft.

Marcus didn’t think “ emergency vehicles to 25L, everyone calling stand by ”

AUCTIONEER: As you can see Houdini work. We’ll start the bidding at 45 million.

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Headlines from the evening paper:

AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER CLAIMS SYSTEM MALFUNCTION, 416 DEAD

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REVIEW:


This book has a lot going on!  Everything from hijacked planes, scary dark web auctions, gigantic sums of money, even bigger secrets, double crosses, and so much more!

This book is book one in the Chest of Secrets Book Series.

I have always found the “Dark web” topic quite intriguing and was very excited to read this book and see the author’s take on it!

Unfortunately, I found this book to be a bit jumpy and boring at times.  It took me a couple weeks to finally finish reading it as I found myself easily setting it down and getting distracted.

I really liked the concept of the book and was intrigued by the storyline and the characters.

This book is full of mystery, suspense, intrigue, and action.

There are quite a few twists and turns that you probably won’t see coming!  Along with many double crosses that make it difficult at times to identify the good guys from the bad guys.

This book is written with several flashbacks and time jumps that make it sometimes unclear what exactly is happening or even how that particular scene contributes to the main story or the plot.

This book is written in multiple POVs and unfortunately it only added to the confusion and distraction.

This book tends to go a bit back and forth on the pace levels.  It takes off and so much excitement is happening, but then backs off, and slows way down.  Then it’ll speed back up and gets OMG! and then it’s right back to slow.  This pattern just continues to repeat pretty much through the whole book.  Sadly, this yo-yo effect made the book somewhat hard to finish.  Which is depressing since there is so much mystery and intrigue to this story that it should have been a glued to the book read!

All in all, there were just a few hang-ups for me, but overall, I still enjoyed reading this book and would still recommend it.  There is a great storyline and awesome characters that do make this book an interesting modern-day thriller!

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**

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AUTHOR BIO:

Being a child of divorce, I have experienced both sides of the American Family. I understand there is a loss to the family unit that no longer has a father in it.  In the face of that loss, I discovered a woman can rise to the occasion and not replace a man but offer her own strength, moral compass and guidance. In this environment a child can grow up feeling loved, accepted and ultimately successful in life.

Those experiences in my formative years have made me more aware of the women around me and the daily feats of resourcefulness and ingenuity that goes unnoticed and unacknowledged by society. My stories highlight societal issues and the ever-changing challenges women face that I've observed during my life.

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CONNECT WITH CHAD:

Website:

Blog – Best Known Secrets:

Email:
chad@bishopstories.com

Facebook:

Goodreads Author Page:

Goodreads Book Page:

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BOOK BUY LINKS:

Amazon Kindle:

Barnes and Noble:

Kobo:

Google Play:

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Chad will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


**This post contains affiliate links and if clicked and a purchase made I may receive a small commission to help support this blog.  This does not cost you anything, it just helps pay for all those awesome giveaways on here.**

This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.

Hanami by V.C. Buckley - Book Tour - Book Trailer - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hi lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host V.C. Buckley and her new book, “Hanami”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with V.C. and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!


Hanami
by V.C. Buckley

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GENRE: New Adult, Romantic Suspense

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BLURB:

SAKURA SHINTANI is the Dragon Clan heir-Japan's most notorious crime dynasty. But can she keep this fact a secret from the prying brats of Oniyuri Academy?

She tries to stay out of their radar while mastering her demons and keeping her murderous temper under control, but having the face of an angel only attracts everyone's attention... including the arrogant heir to Asia's most powerful tycoon, KENJIN KIYOHARA.

He senses the danger, but Sakura is too interesting to be left alone.

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EXCERPT TWO:

He snatched her backpack and swung it around his shoulder.

“Hey!” she protested, lunging for it.

Jin stepped aside, evading her grasp. He smiled to himself, taking long strides toward his car. He could hear her feet going after him.

Mr. Fujimaru was already by the car, holding the door open. His guards stood waiting like goons by the sidewalk.

“Look,” she said, grabbing his elbow before he could duck into his car, “I don’t care if you rescued me. I am not going with you! I don’t even know you!”

Her words cut right through him.

She lunged for her bag again, but Jin threw it into the farthest corner of the back seat.

He looked at her tilting his head down, their height difference apparent. He thought about what she said.

She doesn’t know me? His forehead creased. Was he really that invisible to her? He felt like someone had just slapped him across the face. He took one long look at her before ducking into his car.

He was confused. Any girl would jump at the chance to be with him—she should have been honored and groveling at his feet for rescuing her! What was wrong with her?

He felt her slide into the seat next to him, her knees slightly touching the side of his thigh. But before he could think, she reached across him, leaning her upper body against his lap to grab her bag. Jin froze.

She straightened back up, clutching her bag to her chest. Her eyes met his with a piercing glare, and a wave of heat suddenly swept over him.

Jin looked away, landing his gaze on her reflection on the car door window. Even with an angry face, she still looked so beautiful.

Jin smiled, tilting his head to the side to get a better look. I should stop this, he told himself, but it was too late. She was too interesting to be left alone.

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BOOK TRAILER:


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GUEST POST:

5 Reasons you should read HANAMI and fall in love with it:

1.) Because it’s a unique love story that hasn’t been told this way before.
-I’m sure you’ve heard the typical story of the arrogant heartthrob falling in love with the beautiful new student the moment their eyes met that first day of school. But this time, imagine that gorgeous new student was really a secret mob boss to a notorious crime family, and that arrogant heartthrob who is used to getting what he wants has no idea just how dangerous the new object of his attention is.

2.) Because Kenjin Kiyohara is HOT, with a capital H.
        …and he knows it…everybody knows it. How can he not when he has his own little mob of trailing fan-girls awaiting his arrival in school everyday.  But because of this, Kenjin Kiyohara expects all women to swoon when they see him. It happens often enough for him to safely expect so…until that first day of school, when he met the new girl for the first time. She didn’t seem to know who he was. And not only that… she looked like she wanted to kill him!

3.) Because Sakura Shintani is a Badass, and you need to meet her!
        -Being the sole heir to the Dragon Clan isn’t the only thing that makes Sakura a certified badass. She is highly skilled in weaponry and empty-hand combat. And not only does she have an angelic face, she has the brains to go with it too.

4.) Because you have to know what happens in the end.
        - That moment Kenjin and Sakura met is nothing compared to when Kenjin finally finds out what Sakura really was. Imagine discovering that the girl you’ve tried so hard to impress was part of a gang? And not just any gang, but one of the most notorious bloodthirsty gangs in the nation! And oh, did I mention she was the next Boss?

5.) Because it will make you want to fall in love.
        “How can I possibly be with anyone else after knowing you?…No one will ever be good enough!” –This was Kenjin’s infamous line to Sakura. Now imagine you were Sakura instead and someone said this to you… how will you respond? Take a guess at how Sakura answered him-You wouldn’t believe it!

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AUTHOR BIO:


V.C. Buckley was born in an isolated government facility and shipped off to an Island in Southeast Asia where she grew up braving tropical thunderstorms and warding off evil villains. At sixteen she was discovered by an agent and jetted off all over the world. Her stories come from gritty moments of her childhood to the glitz of her travels. She now lives in Manila with her husband, two kids and an herb garden that has hijacked her balcony.

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CONNECT WITH V.C.:

Website:

Facebook:

Twitter:

Goodreads Author Page:

Goodreads Book Page:

Amazon Author Page:

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BOOK BUY LINKS:

Amazon Kindle:

Amazon Paperback:

Barnes and Noble:

Kobo – Book Page #1:

Kobo – Book Page #2:

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

V.C. will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


**This post contains affiliate links and if clicked and a purchase made I may receive a small commission to help support this blog.  This does not cost you anything, it just helps pay for all those awesome giveaways on here.**

This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Dream Waters Book Series by Erin A. Jensen - Book Tour - Book Sale - Interview - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hi lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Erin A. Jensen and her new book series, “Dream Waters”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Erin and to increase your chances of winning!

Dream Waters – Book One in The Dream Water Book Series is on SALE during the book tour for ONLY $0.99!!!  See below for more details.

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!


Dream Waters
Book One
(The Dream Waters Series)


Dream World
Book Two
(The Dream Waters Series)


Dream Sight
Book Three
(The Dream Waters Series)
by Erin A. Jensen

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GENRE: Contemporary Fantasy

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BLURB:

From Book One – Dream Waters:


All his life, Charlie Oliver has watched the people around him morph into creatures that no one else sees.  Unlike the rest of the world, Charlie remembers the Waters that transport him to the Dream World each night.  And he sees glimpses of people’s Dream forms in the waking world.  Condemned to spend his waking hours in a psychiatric facility because of his Dream Sight, Charlie doesn’t expect anything to change.  But everything starts changing the day Emma Talbot walks through the door in the middle of a group therapy session.

Haunted by memories of the events that led to her admission, Emma plans to end her life the first chance she gets.  But something about Charlie stops her.  From the moment they shake hands, his friendship feels safe and familiar.  As Emma begins to let down her guard, Charlie catches a glimpse of the fiery-eyed dragon that lurks behind her Dream form.  Each night, as Emma dreams of the man who’s been banned from visiting, Charlie searches the Dream World for the monster that shadows her.  But when Emma’s suppressed memories begin to surface, Charlie finds more monsters than he bargained for.

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EXCERPT TWO:

From Book One – Dream Waters:


By the time Benjamin reached us, I half expected the dragon to bolt across the yard and devour us but it turned and followed Emma into the building.

“So, I’ll catch up with you later. Bye.” I elbowed Nellie and nudged my head toward the door hoping she’d take the hint and go inside. I didn’t know what Benjamin wanted but I doubted he’d come over to make small talk. Nellie stayed frozen next to me and her head tilted up to look at Benjamin, the fact that he was standing while we were sitting seemed to magnify his menacing aura. And it didn’t need any magnifying.

Benjamin glared at old Nellie. “Walk away woman, I have no business with you.”

Scurrying from the bench without standing fully upright, Nellie dashed for the door without saying a word.

Benjamin towered over me, peering down and the longer I looked up at him, the larger he seemed to be. “What are your intentions toward Mrs. Talbot?”

Okay. I wasn’t prepared for that question. “Um. My intention is to be her friend and watch out for her,” I muttered, relieved my voice sounded much more confident than I felt.

Brow furrowed, Benjamin sat down next to me. “You don’t desire to become more than friends?”

Well sure, I’ve got desires. But I wasn’t about to admit it to this guy. “No, of course not.”

His eyes narrowed. “Why do I find that hard to believe?”

Because she’s the hottest woman I’ve ever seen. “I don’t know Sir. My intentions are pure. I swear.”

Benjamin let out a lingering sigh and coming from him, even that sounded menacing. “I’m not eager to be the messenger that tells Emma’s husband about your friendship but let me warn you, you don’t want to make an enemy of Mr. Talbot. He treasures his wife above everything else. You think I’m frightening?”

I nodded, before realizing it was a rhetorical question, so much for coming across as confident.

Benjamin continued as if he hadn’t noticed. Probably, because it was no great surprise. “He is what frightens me.”

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INTERVIEW:

Good morning Erin!  Welcome to Fabulous and Brunette!  We are thrilled to have you here and can’t wait to learn more about you and your new book series, “Dream Waters.”

What is something you’ve lied about?
I worked on my debut novel in secret for three years before its release.  The only people who knew I was writing a book were my husband, my sons and my best friend.  I work part-time as a pharmacist, and had to squeeze in writing time whenever I had a spare moment.  When people would invite me to go out during my precious free time, I usually said I had an online continuing education class or housework to do.  My house is never immaculate (I have to let something slide to fit in writing time) so, I’m not sure anybody ever bought that lie.  When my writing was a secret, I think people used to wonder what the heck I did all day while the kids were at school.  Now that everyone knows I’m an author, they ask how I find the time to write!

Who is the last person you hugged?
My husband when we went to bed last night.  (It’s early in the morning on a holiday, and he’s still in bed while I’m answering these questions.)  I hug and tell my sons and husband I love them all the time because they’re the most precious things in the world to me, and I never want them to doubt that.

What are you reading now?
I’ve been reading Maya Angelou’s book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, for a while now.  I have every intention of finishing it, but I had to take a break because it disturbed me so deeply.  Her frank description of sexual abuse and rape during her childhood moved me more than just about anything I’ve ever read.  The fact that this was a factual story from her own past was hard for me to stomach.  She was incredibly brave to share the horrors from her past, her writing is beautiful and I do plan to go back to the book eventually.  In the meantime, I’m reading Desecration by J.F. Penn.  I started it at the hair salon while I was sitting in the chair waiting for my color to set, and I was practically in tears as I read the beginning where the main character goes to visit her daughter on hospice.  Stories about bad things happening to children break my heart, but Desecration is a fantastic read.  It’s a dark thriller with a heroine you can’t help but feel for.

How do you come up with the titles to your books?
There are two worlds in my series, the waking world and the Dream World.  As the characters fall asleep, the Waters carry them off to the Dream World, washing away memories of the world they’ve left behind.  That’s where the title Dream Waters (Book One in The Dream Waters Series) comes from.  Book Two is called Dream World because it delves deeper into the world of dreams.  Book Three is called Dream Sight because most of my characters can see people flip to their Dream forms in the waking world.  Book Three deals with a particular character’s issues with her Sight, but I can’t say more about that without giving too much away.

Share your dream cast for your book.
My books have always played out like movies in my head.  I’m such a visually oriented person that I pick actual actors to play the roles of my characters when I create them.  I keep pictures of them on my iPad to look at while writing a scene.  Sometimes, I’ll watch YouTube clips of their movies before sitting down to write, to keep their voice and mannerisms fresh in my mind.

I picture Rupert Grint playing Charlie and Amada Seyfried playing Emma.  Robert De Niro is old Bob and Richard Madden from Game of Thrones is young Bob in the Dream World.  Another actress from Game of Thrones, Sophie Turner, is young Nellie (crazy coincidence: I learned her real name long after I’d named another of my characters Sophie Turner).  Old Nellie is loosely based on a great-aunt of mine.  Benjamin is Samuel Jackson.  But if I could only choose one actor to actually play his character, it would be David’s character.  I’ve pictured Jason Isaacs playing the part since the moment I created him.  In fact, he’s the reason I decided to make David British.

My husband believes in my dream so much that he called me from work this past summer to tell me Jason Isaacs was going to be at the upcoming Comic-Con in Montreal, and he thought I should go and offer the actor a copy of my book.  As insane as that sounded, everyone I talked to agreed that I should do it.  As the manager of my store put it, “What have you got to lose?  Right now, the answer is no.  But if you actually go and offer him a copy of the book, there’s a chance he might accept it.”  I somehow managed to repress all my terror and awe (I may be slightly obsessed with the actor) and act like a relatively sane person as I told Jason Isaacs that I’d always pictured him playing the part of one of my characters and I’d like to offer him a copy of the book as a thank you for inspiring me to create David Talbot.  He accepted the book, asked if I’d sold the movie rights yet and got up from the table just to put my book in his bag!  I left there feeling like I could do anything after that.  Whatever comes of it, I’ll never have to look back and wish I’d done more to chase after my dream.  And who knows?  Maybe one day I will sell those movie rights and Mr. Isaacs will remember the author who took a thirteen hour round trip just to place her book in his hand and dream about “what if?”

Thank you so much for spending time with Fabulous and Brunette readers and sharing your exciting new book series with us!  We wish you all the best on your book tour!

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AUTHOR BIO:


Erin Jensen is a part-time pharmacist and a fulltime creator of imaginary worlds.  She lives in upstate NY with her incredibly supportive husband, two sons (who are both taller than her) and a Yorkshire terrier who thinks he’s the family bodyguard.  In the early days of her writing career, Erin vowed to get a dragon tattoo—once her books received a milestone number of reviews—but she won’t disclose that number any longer, for fear of actually reaching her goal and having to go through with it.

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CONNECT WITH ERIN:

Website:

Blog:

Facebook:

Twitter:

Goodreads Author Page:

Amazon Author Page:

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BOOK BUY LINKS & BOOK SALE INFO – DREAM WATERS – BOOK ONE:


**Dream Waters – Book One in the Dream Waters Book Series is on SALE during the book tour for ONLY $0.99!!!**

Goodreads Book Page:

Amazon Kindle:

Amazon Paperback:

Amazon Hardcover:

Barnes and Noble:

Kobo:

Apple iBooks:

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BOOK BUY LINKS – DREAM WORLD – BOOK TWO:


Goodreads Book Page:

Amazon Kindle:

Amazon Paperback:

Amazon Hardcover:

Barnes and Noble:

Kobo:

Apple iBooks:

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BOOK BUY LINKS – DREAM SIGHT – BOOK THREE:


Goodreads Book Page:

Amazon Paperback:

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Erin will be awarding a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


**This post contains affiliate links and if clicked and a purchase made I may receive a small commission to help support this blog.  This does not cost you anything, it just helps pay for all those awesome giveaways on here.**

This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.