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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Moonlight City Drive by Brian Paone - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hi lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Brian Paone and his new book, “Moonlight City Drive”!  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 $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Brian and to increase your chances of winning!

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


Moonlight City Drive
by Brian Paone

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GENRE: Crime/Thriller Romantic Paranormal

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BLURB:

11:18 p.m. Subject is checking into the Desert Palms Motel, accompanied by an unknown female.

Snapshot in the parking lot. Man and woman embrace. Betrayal, I see it every day, like my own reflection in the mirror staring back at me. Another case, another bottle of booze, life is no longer a mystery to me …

… Because I’m the private eye, hot on your trail; the top gun for hire. You’ll find me lurking in the shadows, always searching for a clue. I’m the bulletproof detective. I got my eye on you …

What’s a little sin under the covers, what’s a little blood between lovers? What’s a little death to be discovered, cold stiff body under the covers?

I’m digging you a desert grave, underneath the burning sun. You won’t be found by anyone. Vultures circle in the sky, and you, my dear, are the reason why.

… I was always easily influenced.

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EXCERPT TWO:

Smith spit out another peanut shell onto his Chevy’s floorboard as his gaze stayed trained on the Desert Palms Motel’s front entrance. His fingers instinctively found the opened bag in the complete darkness and pinched another nut. He squeezed his eyes closed to ward off the simmering residual headache from the most recent blackout. The sound of the rain pelting the windshield was soothing.

“Come on. Where are you? You took the last two nights off. I can’t imagine you being on vacation.”

Headlights turning into the parking lot diverted his attention from the motel’s front door. He squinted to decipher the make and model of the vehicle through the downpour. A Bentley. He sighed and returned his focus to the motel as he fingered the brim of his newly purchased replacement fedora and then tossed it next to him in frustration.

Smith removed his revolver from his shoulder holster and checked that all six chambers were loaded for the umpteenth time. He secured the weapon and grabbed the small notebook from underneath his discarded fedora, lying on the passenger seat, where Wynn should be sitting. But she had maintained radio silence throughout the past two days since storming from Hank’s office. He shook his head in disgust for letting Wynn’s drama distract him from the job at hand.

He swiped the Chevy’s dashboard with his palm to clean off the thick layer of dust that had collected from months of neglect. He wiped his hands on his pants, leaving a graying smear across the fabric covering his thighs. He reached into his trench coat’s inner pocket and removed a silver flask. He opened the top and looked at the engraved insignia on the front. His index finger traced the shining eyeball hanging freely in the cut-out middle of a pyramid. Taking a swig from the decorated flask, he grimaced as the brown liquid hit the back of his throat.

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GUEST POST:

What Kind of Writer am I?

I write primarily in a genre called rock fiction, where a single song, an entire album, or the span of a band/artist’s complete work is novelized, using the literal lyrics to directly create the plotline and story arc, and usually the title of the book/story is taken directly from the song/album that the work is an adaptation of. But what makes it special, is being able to write a story or novel where the reader doesn’t even need to have ever heard the songs/album to understand and enjoy the work. These novels and stories, although adaptations of albums or songs, are also stand-alone books. Just like you don’t have to have read a book to enjoy or understand the movie adaptation, you don’t need to have heard the album (or even need to have ever heard OF the band before) to understand or love a rock-fiction novel. Rock-fiction novels are unique in the sense that they already have two built-in audiences right out of the gate: the fan base of whatever band’s album is being adapted, and the fan base of the genre the book is written in. It’s not a prerequisite to know the album to read a rock-fiction novel. In fact, I bet most people read a rock-fiction novel purely based on its blurb and have no idea it is an album adaptation. That’s the beauty of rock fiction.  So, because it’s not traditionally genre based (horror, romance, thriller etc), I can write in any genre while staying within the confines of rock fiction. Bands that I have adapted into published works (novels and short stories): Electric Light Orchestra, Dog Fashion Disco, Moby, Jethro Tull, Porcupine Tree, and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. I have Digital Underground and Pink Floyd on the horizon over the next few years.

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AUTHOR BIO:


Brian Paone was born and raised in the Salem, Massachusetts area. Brian has, thus far, published four novels: a memoir about being friends with a drug-addicted rock star, Dreams are Unfinished Thoughts; a macabre cerebral-horror novel, Welcome to Parkview; a time-travel romance novel, Yours Truly, 2095, (which was nominated for a Hugo Award, though it did not make the finalists); and a supernatural, crime-noir detective novel, Moonlight City Drive. Along with his four novels, Brian has published three short stories: “Outside of Heaven,” which is featured in the anthology, A Matter of Words; “The Whaler’s Dues,” which is featured in the anthology, A Journey of Words; and “Anesthetize (or A Dream Played in Reverse on Piano Keys),” which is featured in the anthology, A Haunting of Words. Brian is also a vocalist and has released seven albums with his four bands: Yellow #1, Drop Kick Jesus, The Grave Machine, and Transpose. He is married to a US Naval Officer, and they have four children. Brian is also a police officer and has been working in law enforcement since 2002. He is a self-proclaimed roller coaster junkie, a New England Patriots fanatic, and his favorite color is burnt orange. For more information on all his books and music, visit www.BrianPaone.com.

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Brian 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.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Lost on the Road to Love by Kay Harris - Book Tour - Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hi lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Kay Harris and her new book, “Lost on the Road to Love”!  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 Kay and to increase your chances of winning!

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


Lost on the Road to Love
by Kay Harris

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

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BLURB:

On the road for eight months as part of the crew for a travel show, Chelsea Morrison expects to work hard, endure long nights, and enjoy some wicked adventures. But she doesn’t expect to fall head over heels for the show’s star.

Henry Rush, son of a legendary rock star, is leery of women. He learned early they only want him for the fame that rightly belongs to his father. But when an intense friendship with Chelsea leads to so much more, he has to confront the one thing he’s avoided all his life.

Can these two friends navigate their way to a happy ending?

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EXCERPT THREE:


“What about Charles?” I probed.

Her eyes snapped back to mine, and she grinned. “I admit I had a fling with Charles last year when I was in town on a shoot. But not this time. We just went out and had a drink. He has a girlfriend now. Besides, I wasn’t as interested this time.”

I suddenly felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. Chelsea hadn’t actually been with anyone this entire time.

“Hmmm,” I mumbled, relaxing myself further. “Why not?”

“I don’t know.”

“What changed from last year that made you no longer interested?”

“Why the third degree about this?” She leaned toward me, and I leaned toward her. We sat on her bed, half-drunk, our faces maybe four or five inches from each other. I could feel how close she was to me.

“I’m curious,” I said softly, my gaze dancing between her eyes and her plump lips.

“He doesn’t do it for me anymore,” she said, her voice sounding low and hoarse.

“No?” I reached up and pulled the glasses off her face. I folded the arms in and set them beside me on the table without ever taking my eyes off her.

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REVIEW:


This book is such a fun, exciting, carefree adventure that touches on good times, friendships, life lessons, and of course love.

This book is about Chelsea, a camera operator who has just been assigned to film a new reality series featuring Henry Rush, her childhood crush.  Henry, is the son of a legendary rock star and has grown up with people always wanting something from him.  Henry is more guarded and reserved than Chelsea, who is fun, carefree, independent, and outspoken – all things Henry wishes he could be.  Chelsea and Henry quickly develop a friendship and it isn’t long until that turns into more.  However, will these two be able to hold onto their romantic relationship or is this just a fling and friends is all they’re meant to be?

I really liked the main characters, Chelsea and Henry.  They were genuine, relatable, and likable.  Plus, these two had so much chemistry!  They were such developed characters and just really seemed to play well off each other.  I found myself constantly rooting for them!

The only dig I have against the book is how Chelsea played the relationship game with Henry.  She was so indecisive!  However, maybe that was her carefree attitude, but I still found it annoying at times.  Yes, I know, you don’t want to throw all your cards down on the table at once, especially in a new relationship.  But if I had a chance with my childhood crush, then no games, all bets are off – all cards face up on the table.

This book is book two in the I Want Morrison Book Series.  Although I had not read book one I did not find myself lost or confused while reading this book as it can be read as a standalone.  However, there are some references and shared characters that I think the book may have been more enjoyable having started with book one first.

I would also like to point out the more PG/PG-13 rating of this book as the adult scenes are behind closed doors.  This book should be considered as more of a sweet, contemporary romance read than a hot, sexy, steamy romance read.  Personally, I enjoy both types of reads, but just want to point this out for any expectant reader so they know what level of hot chili peppers they are getting with this book lol.

All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book and would absolutely recommend this book and this series to all readers who enjoy sweet, fun loving, contemporary romance books!

**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:


Kay Harris has had a diverse career with jobs ranging from college professor to park ranger. Now she adds author to her repertoire. Kay writes romance novels that contain a little bit of sweet, a dash of sexy, a touch of heartbreak, and a whole lot of fun!

Kay grew up in the Midwest and has since lived all over the western United States including Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California. She loves to hike, is obsessed with museums, and enjoys taking her extremely tall and very handsome husband on adventures.

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Kay will be awarding a $25 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.

Accidental Jesus Freak by Amber Lea Starfire - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hey lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Amber Lea Starfire and her new book, “Accidental Jesus Freak”!  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 Amber and to increase your chances of winning!

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


Accidental Jesus Freak
by Amber Lea Starfire

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GENRE: Memoir

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BLURB:

In 1973, Linda was a flute player and music major at a California community college, until she met and fell madly in love with a charismatic piano player, plunging into his world of music-making and drug-fueled parties. When, just three weeks after their wedding, he reveals that he's been "born again," Linda makes the spontaneous decision to follow him into his new religion and, unwittingly, into a life of communal living, male domination, and magical thinking.

With unflinching candor, Amber Starfire chronicles her journey as Linda Carr into the evangelical church culture, where she gives up everything for her husband and their music ministry. But in the process, she loses her most valuable assets: her identity and sense of self-worth. It is only when Linda returns to live with her birth family and faces her complicated relationship with her mother that she finds new purpose and the courage to begin to extricating herself from the limiting beliefs of her past.

Accidental Jesus Freak is the story of one woman, one marriage, and one kind of fundamentalism, but it is also the story of the healing that is possible when we are true to ourselves. Both a cautionary tale and celebration of personal empowerment, Accidental Jesus Freak is a powerful reminder for anyone who seeks to live a life authentic to who they truly are.

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EXCERPT THREE:


As it happened, our formal outreach period coincided with the coldest winter Amsterdam had experienced in twelve years. The canals were frozen, and the famous Elfstedentocht speed-skating race or “Eleven Cities Tour” was on that year. The tour occurs only when it is cold enough to form ice at least fifteen centimeters thick along the entire 200 kilometer course. 1985 was one of those rare years when the temperature plummeted to 13 degrees Fahrenheit and hovered there for six weeks. So, except for one or two memorable occasions, our outreach became a time of so called Inn-reach, because it was too cold to be out on the streets for long. We ended up going with YWAM’s night teams to proselytize in restaurants and nightclubs, as well as serve in the organization’s Christian coffee bar.

On one of the few outdoor occasions, we took all the children to the spacious plaza in front of Amsterdam’s Central Station and had them perform a dance while we played music and then preached. It was so cold that day, I wore my long wool coat and scarf and played flute with fingerless gloves. I worried that my lips would freeze to my flute. When it was time for the children to dance, we had them take off their coats, perform, and then bundled them back into their clothing and gave them steaming cups of hot chocolate.

Travelers and Amsterdam natives walked around us as if we were part of the structure of the plaza, pillars that stood in the way of their path, nothing more. Other than a few quick glances in our direction and eyebrows raised at the sight of the children during their dance, we were only another odd group of people on the streets.

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GUEST POST:

How I've Grown as a Writer

I started writing when I was eight. When I was in fifth grade and my teacher, Mrs McCullough, said, “You could be a writer someday,” I took her words and tucked them into my heart. I scribbled childish fairytales about princesses and ogres in my notebooks and, later, through adolescence, lots and lots of poetry. But I didn’t believe in myself or that I could become a “real” writer.

Over the years, I kept journals and occasionally wrote short stories that I buried in a drawer because they were awful. Instead of developing my creative writing skills, I developed a career writing for business and educational purposes. Because I wasn’t writing stories, I didn’t consider myself “a writer.” Yet it was through these years that I learned how to write clear and concise (if dry) prose designed to communicate logical information. I learned how to distill a message into bullet points and write step-by-step directions for just about any process. And I learned how to ruthlessly edit my writing.

Then, when my children were nearly grown I finally gave myself permission to begin writing for self-expression. I started getting up extra early, during those precious pre-dawn hours before the children woke up. I wrote poetry and dabbled in fiction, but found that I was drawn to writing personal essay and memoir in an attempt to untangle and uncover meaning in life’s events.

In 2007, I began writing my first memoir, but it was a hot mess — boring. Too much telling, not enough showing. Too much “that happened, then this happened.” The problem was, I didn’t know how to write a scene. So I went back to school —  to earn an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction at the University of San Francisco (USF).

There, I read and examined and analyzed every form of creative non-fiction: memoir, personal essay, prose poetry, and experimental forms. I received feedback on my writing. I threw away what I had written of my memoir — one-hundred thousand lousy words — and started over.

In the process of re-writing that first memoir, Not the Mother I Remember, and then my second memoir (the subject of this post), Accidental Jesus Freak, here’s what I learned:

•       To get into my body when I write and to make a scene come alive by incorporating sensory details — sights and sounds and smells and physical sensations. These are what draw your readers into your story.

•       To read as much as possible, both for pleasure and to analyze others’ writing. You have to read to fill your own well of creativity and to trigger new ideas.

•       To schedule time to write and then show up and write — no matter what. It’s all about consistency and persistence.

•       To outline a sketch of my story before starting a book-length work. Having a plan helped me stay focused and on track and gave me continued purpose. I always knew what I was going to write next.

•       Not to worry about my first draft. First drafts are always hideous. I learned to just get that chapter or story or essay onto the page and craft it later. As my advisor used to tell me, “Just write the f#*k out of it.”

•       To share my writing with others and not take critique personally.

•       That the true craft of writing is all about revising and revising and revising. That’s where you get to choose your words, sculpt your sentences, and shape your story.

•       That everyone needs an editor. Hiring an editor is like hiring a fitness coach. My editor pointed out inconsistencies and gaps in my story, asked questions to help me write with more clarity, and just generally pushed me further than I would have pushed myself. She helped me strengthen my writing and give it “muscle.”

The biggest lesson? You don’t have to have an MFA to be a good writer, but you do have to believe in yourself and consistently show up to practice. Because that’s what writing is — like any art, it’s a practice, a constant process of learning and growing and developing your skills.

Do you write? What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned about writing over the years?

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AUTHOR BIO:


Amber Lea Starfire MA, MFA, is an author, editor, and creative writing coach whose passion is helping others tell their stories. She has published two memoirs: Accidental Jesus Freak: One Woman’s Journey from Fundamentalism to Freedom (2017) and Not the Mother I Remember: A Memoir — finalist for both the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and the 2013-2014 Sarton Women’s Literary Awards. She has also published several books of non-fiction, including Journaling the Chakras: Eight Weeks to Self-Discovery, and Week by Week: A Year’s Worth of Journaling Prompts & Meditations. Amber is co-editor of the award-winning anthology, Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the '60s & '70s. Her creative nonfiction and poetry have appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals.

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Amber 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.