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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Broken Spire by Sue Perkins - Book Tour - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hi lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Sue Perkins and her new book, “Broken Spire”!  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 $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!  Also, come back daily to interact with Sue and to increase your chances of winning!

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


Broken Spire
by Sue Perkins

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GENRE: Fantasy Romance

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BLURB:

Ash's silvery purple hair sets her apart from her peers and at the magic college of Spires a few senior maeven consider her magic to be alien and unsuccessfully try to expel her. Ash feels a compulsive attraction tempting her to enter the broken North Spire. She believes this off limits ruin holds the answer to her origins, but is not willing to take the chance of expulsion from Spires.

Orm, Ash's equally talented classmate, is determined to support the girl he considers his soulmate, and promises to help her find out the secrets of the North Spire when they reach the end of their third year.

At the end of the first year, Ash nervously waits to see if she will be allowed to continue at Spires, or will she be sent home in disgrace.

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EXCERPT ONE:

This opportunity would shape her future, become a Spires maeven or always remain the outsider. Rupe saw the others looking at her and gave everyone a furious glare. The students quickly looked away and the whispering stopped.

Their journey took several days. Few villages lay on this route, and they did not collect any more students. Instead they made straight for Laktu. As they neared the town the roads became smoother. Paved instead of compressed earth, with gullies at the side to drain away surface water from the heavy rains. Their final day took them through a dense forest and out the other side.

"Rupe, look. I can see the spires of the college."

On the horizon they saw rolling hills and stretching far above them the four spires which gave the college its name.

"See there's the broken one Tuvor told me about. Nobody's allowed in there because it's dangerous."

The procession followed the Searcher up over the hills. He stopped at the top to allow them their first sight of the town of Laktu.

"As you can see, Spires dominates the town. The East Spire houses the dormitories, the West Spire the rooms of the maeven and the South Spire the classrooms." The guide carried on before anyone could ask about the broken spire. "The North Spire is broken. You are not permitted to enter there under pain of dismissal. If you disobey you will go home in disgrace."

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AUTHOR BIO:


Sue Perkins grew up in Devon, England and emigrated to New Zealand with her family. Sue and her husband now live at the top of New Zealand’s South Island. Her interests include writing, reading, genealogy and aqua jogging.

Sue’s book genres include romance, fantasy romance, young adult fantasy and middle grade fantasy. Her first romance book was released in May 2007, quickly followed by a fantasy trilogy. She now has many books published in all the genres. Her aim for the future is to write a full-length epic fantasy novel. The outline is complete, and Sue is hoping to find time to finish the first draft by the end of 2017. Meanwhile she carries on with her current fantasy series - Rak Shoma, a blend of magic and fantasy.

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Sue will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Dreams Goals and Adventure by Michael D. Ditton - Book Tour - Book Sale - FREE Book!!

Author Michael D. Ditton makes a stop here today as part of his Dreams, Goals, and Adventure Blog Tour through MC Book Tours.

Dreams, Goals and Adventure is a series of personal stories, the ups and downs of someone who inspires to reach all of the dreams set forth and how sometime a life event creates a situation requiring a major adjustment. It is stories others will be able to relate to with the life adventures each and every one of them have experienced, both good and challenging

DREAMS, GOALS AND ADVENTURE by Michael D. Ditton
◊ Paperback: 148 pages
◊ Genre: Self-Help, Motivational
◊ Publisher: BalboaPress (October 19, 2015)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 1504335880
◊ ISBN-13: 978-1504335881

From broke to retired in ten years . . .

Returning home from Desert Storm, I found myself mentally and financially bankrupt. Newly divorced, I had no job, no help, and no hope. My reasons to live were gone. At the lowest point in my life, I fell back on simple truths from my childhood: hard work gets results, and it's okay to dream. And dream I did, setting goals that launched me from poverty to a life I could not have imagined. And you can do it, too.
          Dreams, Goals, and Adventure will inspire you to dream big, work toward your goals, and live your life as an adventure every day.

* Don't be afraid to dream.
* Don't accept “no” as an answer.
* Remove “can't” from your vocabulary.
* Small goals are stepping stones to much larger goals.
* Learn how to spring forward from failure.
* Know you will have to adjust.
* Live life as an adventure.

"Your experiences are so extra-ordinary and you're fascinating
to listen to. Your speaking style is humble and respectful of both your role as a speaker and of your audience, as one would expect after hearing of what you were trained to do. If others would open their lives to adventure as you have they would love their life even more."
~Jim Cathcart, author of the bestsellers: The Acorn Principle and Relationship Selling. CEO of Cathcart.com

Chapter Two
Don’t Take No For An Answer

Shortly after landing in Florida and settling into my new school, making new friends and reestablishing some old routines, I began to itch for another red wagon. This time, it translated into my first actual job.

On my bike ride to school I’d pedal past a hamburger stand in the middle of a strip mall’s parking lot. The first time I saw it my mind was awash with possibilities. Not only would I be earning my own money again, I might get a good deal on their tasty burgers and home-cut fries. Every time I smelled the patties on the grill I knew I had to work there.

Tossing and turning one night, filled with excitement, I finally decided to stop and introduce myself. It was a small place, run by two brothers and the wife of one of the brothers. When I asked for a part-time job they politely declined my request. I don’t recall if they actually said “no” or if I just interpreted it that way, but I believe being only thirteen years old and riding past them to and from school each day may have influenced their decision. But what they didn’t know was that even at that young age, once I’d set my mind to something, I didn’t take no for an answer.


Rain or shine I stopped by every single day and asked for a job, only to get the same answer every time: no. Perhaps a month later, maybe two, I stopped by as I always did and once again asked for a job. This time, to my surprise, they didn’t say no. They looked at me and then at each other, smiles all around. Then one turned to me and said, “You’re not going to stop until we give you a job, are you?”


Michael Ditton is an entrepreneur, personal development coach, and student of life. In addition to helping others realize their dreams, he can be found sailing or traveling in search of new adventures.

“When met by unexpected challenges, embrace them wholeheartedly as opportunities for adventure and education.”

I developed Goal-Setting Basics to help others interested in learning how to set goals. In my twenties, I had to gather these valuable bits of information a piece at a time. This site offers you an array of information, tools, and resources to help you in identifying, setting, and accomplishing your goals, whatever they might be. In these tools are free worksheets and examples to help you succeed. You will find Goal-Setting Basics is your single source for all of your goal-setting needs.

Financial Independence means having control over your time without worrying about the ability to pay your bills” … So many think they have to be as wealthy as Bill Gates to live a rich life, that is so far from the truth … Let me show you how.


I was a dreamer from an early age. To this day I believe anyone can do whatever they choose to put their mind to.

I didn’t go from eight years old to semi-retired in the length of one sentence. Nor was it easy. But I did follow a simple, time-honored process.
I was in my twenties before I fully understood the true importance of goal setting. After that, I was able to be more focused, see where I wanted to be, how I was going to get there, notice when I needed to make adjustments, and had the satisfaction of reaching goals. I enjoyed the benefits of reaching a goal and putting a big, fat check mark on my list.

Here’s how those goals paid off:
At 8, sold vegetables door to door from my little red wagon
Age 13, supervisor, World’s Fare Hamburgers
Age 15, assistant manager trainee, Pizza Hut
Age 16, assistant manager, Round Table Pizza
Age 18, began a 20-year commitment with the U.S. Army and Army Reserve, retiring in 2005 as a staff sergeant and Desert Storm veteran. Over my service career I became a leader and was recognized and awarded for my achievements and outstanding service.
Age 20, found my true calling as a sales professional
Age 31, began a successful career in real estate and real estate investments
Age 36, semi-retired
Age 37, owned and operated several companies
Age 41, semi-retired, sold everything and sailed south on his 45’ sailboat

Although I found success at a very early age, I became painfully aware of how quickly it can all be taken away. In 1991, after I returned from Desert Storm, I found myself bankrupt, mentally, physically and financially and divorced.

It was the lowest point in my life. Four years later, I had clawed my way back to even, and started to build from there. Two years after that, following my roadmap of goals, I reached my first level of financial independence. The rest is history.

For more on Michael, you can connect with him at the following sites:

For those following his tour, Michael is offering a special price on the Kindle eBook format of DREAMS, GOALS, AND ADVENTURE at a reduced cost of just 99 cents! Readers can also get a FREE copy of Michael’s GOAL SETTING BASICS in the eBook format. For one or both of these special offers just CLICK HERE!

Thanks for visiting during Michael’s tour stop. Are you following your dreams?

Trouble Cove by Nancy Lindley-Gauthier - Book Tour - Exclusive Excerpt - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hi lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Nancy Lindley-Gauthier and her new book, “Trouble Cove”!  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 Nancy and to increase your chances of winning!

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


Trouble Cove
by Nancy Lindley-Gauthier

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GENRE: Historical Romance

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Far from the all the action of World War I, in a charming tourist’s spot on Cape Breton Island, Elizabeth Eames has stumbled into the most wonderful man in the world. She’s landed herself in a world where wealth reigns supreme; where any eligible bachelor would meet her mother’s highest aspirations. Of course, Elizabeth is dead set on the one she’s certain should not be mentioned in letters home.

Actually, there’s a lot she’s not mentioning. Something is not-quite-right at the grand resort Oceanside, but Elizabeth isn’t giving up her job on the basis of a few little suspicions. How likely could some monstrous crime be happening under her nose, anyway?

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT:

I was in the midst of wrestling a huge saddle of mutton out of the oven for Cook (as the center piece of the evening meal) and listening to her mutter on about the soufflé (one of the few things she lacked confidence about cooking) and was trying to remember the small items one would expect, when Beryl asked about where to direct yet another delivery.

I rushed out, my face still beet-red from the oven.

Prince Charming emerged from the forest of flowers. Talk about timing.

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AUTHOR BIO:


“Born in the sight of water,” are old lyrics that speak for me: For those of us from coastal towns, the sea forever calls. 

“Trouble Cove,” features a journey up the eastern coast of Cape Breton Island – Nova Scotia’s northern tip – and the sea, in this, is more than the most romantic of backdrops. Wind and wave become part of the tale. 

Like so many who have once visited Nova Scotia, the memory of iits rugged beauty fills me with an endless desire to return.  Likewise, the island’s siren song entwines the plot, throughout; Trouble Cove.

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Nancy will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN 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.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Man Down by Tracy Tappan - Book Tour - Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hello lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Tracy Tappan and her new book, “Man Down”!  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 fabulous prize pack!  See below for more details.  Also, come back daily to interact with Tracy and to increase your chances of winning!

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

Please note that this giveaway is only available to US residents.  Sorry INTL – please check out other giveaways on this blog.


Man Down
by Tracy Tappan

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GENRE: Military Romantic Suspense

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Book 3 in Wings of Gold (Standalone Novel):

After being shot down by the Taliban on a Special Operations mission, a Navy pilot and Navy SEAL rescue a beautiful humanitarian doctor. While the three of them evade capture in a race for their lives across northern Pakistan, the two former boyhood friends heal a 10-year breach, and the pilot and doctor find a way to let go of their painful pasts to find love.

Content guidelines: Contains profanity and adult situations. Sensitive readers might find a scene depicting the death of a pet upsetting.

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EXCERPT ONE:

Jason planted a boot on the bed and hoisted himself up level with one of a string of windows lining the upper wall of the post-op ward. He hadn’t really expected to see anything when he shoved aside the curtain to verify the security of the front gate, but—

The gate was wide open, and through it was pouring a boatload of men!

“Taliban!” Jason snarled over his shoulder at Shane. “About fifty or sixty men, incoming.”

“Shit!” Shane bit out. “We need to set up a firing position. Pick off squirters as they arrive.” He tried to heft himself to a sitting position but didn’t make it.

“With you still seeing cross-eyed? Negative.” Jason jumped off the bed. “Besides, there are too many tangoes.” Who would cover the space between the front gate and this medical tent in about three minutes. “We need to hide, then get the hell out of here.” As soon as fifty backs are turned.

He scanned the room for hiding places. His vision fell on a six-foot-tall cabinet pushed against the wall at the end of one row of beds and set next to a crude nurse’s station. He raced to the cabinet and wrenched open the double doors. Shelves on one side and—yes!—closet space for white lab coats on the other. Hurrying over to Shane, he grabbed two fistfuls of the man’s hospital gown, yanking so hard to get him up, the ties snapped off the back of the gown and the material tore away. Jason stumbled backward, the hospital gown in his hands, leaving a naked and pissed-looking Shane on the gurney.

If Jason had been a woman, he would’ve been impressed. Your friend is packed with solid muscle, Farrin had said. But a quick check of her showed her still pale and distracted.

He charged back over. “Come on!” Looping one of Shane’s arms over his neck, he hauled him off the gurney.

Shane’s IV bag tumbled down to his knees, bobbing on its rubber line.

Jason ripped the needle out of Shane’s wrist while Farrin observed in horror. Sorry, but I don’t have time to follow AMA nursing standards right now. He hustled Shane over to the cabinet and maneuvered him into the coat side. “If it’s me, I’ll knock.” He thrust the H&K 416 rifle into Shane’s hands. “Anybody else opens this door, start firing. And don’t,” he ordered sharply, “pass out while you’re in there.” Sweat beads as big as matchstick heads were already standing out on Shane’s brow.

Jason shut the door, then grabbed his own rifle and the two packs out from under the gurney.

Foreign voices drawing close…

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REVIEW:


Wow!  This book is jam packed full of explosive action and entertainment!

There is so much going on in this book that I was completely engaged and couldn’t put the book down!

This book is about two hot Navy SEALS, Jason “Casanova,” and Shane “Mad Dog,” who survive a helicopter crash in Pakistan after a mission goes terribly wrong.  They then go searching for medical assistance as Shane is injured and they come across Dr. Farrin Barr.  Dr. Farrin Barr happens to be the only doctor on site as the rest of the staff had been evacuated.  It isn’t long before these three are bonded together in ways they never imagined.  The chase is on as they are being hunted down by a terrorist.  Jason, Shane, and Farrin must work together to make it out alive and escape the terrorist that is chasing them across the country.  When the stakes are high and emotions are all over the place it isn’t too crazy that something like fear would turn into romance.

This book has action, suspense, mystery, intrigue, romance, comedy, and so much more!

This book touches on love, romance, friendship, courage, bravery, overcoming obstacles, second chances, and new beginnings.

I really liked the main characters, Jason, Shane, and Farrin.  They were well developed, likable, and relatable.

Both Jason and Farrin bring some heavy baggage to the relationship.  However, I think it brings them closer together instead of causing drama that could tear them apart.

Both Jason and Farrin are very stubborn and have a hard time trusting and letting people in.  This common ground helps them relate, but their walls aren’t easy to drop.

This book was well researched and very realistic.  It is clear Ms. Tappan is familiar with military procedures, jargon, and the Middle East.  Ms. Tappan does state that she toned down the jargon, but it is a military book and they use a lot of code and acronyms.  To help the reader not get lost or confused a glossary was included at the back of the book.  I thought this was a great idea as it allowed for the reader to easily obtain the translation or a more in-depth understanding at their own discretion.

I am a huge animal lover and former dog trainer for Guide Dogs for the Blind.  So I was very hesitant on reading this book as there is a horrific scene depicting the execution of a pet.  I knew this scene was coming, but I wasn’t sure how I would handle it.  My beloved cat very recently died and I am still struggling with this heartache every day.  With that said, as I reached said scene I decided to just skip over it – I couldn’t bring myself to read those passages.  So I can’t tell you if they were written respectively or to what level or degree they reached.  However, the rest of the book was well written and tasteful that I’d imagine the author was considerate and courteous during those disturbing scenes as well.

This book is book three in the Wings of Gold book series.  Although the characters seem to intertwine throughout the series, it seems each book can be read on it's own.  But why would you want to?  We're talking about hot military romance books that are also provide action, suspense, and intrigue!  This is the first book I've read in the series and from this author, but I will definitely be looking into the rest of the series and perhaps even other works from Ms. Tappan.

All in all, I enjoyed reading this book and would absolutely recommend it to anyone interested in an exciting and intriguing military romance book.

Please note that this book does contain profanity and adult situations that may not be appropriate for younger readers or those that would be offended by those actions.  Also, as previously mentioned, this book contains that gruesome scene that depicts the death of a pet.

If this book didn’t contain that horrific scene I would have not been able to give this book anything less than five stars.  Unfortunately, the animal lover in me thinks this scene could have been omitted or changed and still been effective in getting the point across.  Without providing too much detail, maybe it wouldn’t have been as strong of a message without this scene.  However, I must admit that I was impressed with the character’s reaction and how they handled the situation, it showed true character.  Regardless, the overall story was very intriguing, kept me entertained, and was a fun and exciting read!

**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:


Tracy is the bestselling and award-winning author of gritty romance, her books spanning genres across paranormal (The Community Series), military romantic suspense (The Wings of Gold Series), and medieval historical (The Baron’s War Trilogy). She is married to a former Navy helicopter pilot who served his country for thirty years. During their tours of duty, they lived all over the United States and in Europe, enjoying seven years overseas in the diplomatic community, first in Rome then in Madrid, before settling back in San Diego. She has a master’s degree in Marriage, Family, Child Counseling (MFCC), volunteers for the USO and Wounded Warrior program, and raised Guide Dog puppies.

She loves to play tennis, enjoys a great glass of wine, and talks to her two Labradors like they are humans (admittedly, the wine drinking and the dog talking probably go together). Her website is a fount of information and sexy fun. www.tracytappan.com.

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Tracy awarding one *authentic* military "LCDR Jason 'Casanova' Vanderby" coffee mug, one scented sachet (for the panty drawer) with MAN DOWN cover, one Hershey's chocolate bar, and one Wings of Gold bookmark to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour (US ONLY).


**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.