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Read and excerpt of THE MAN FROM ROME by @dylanjquarles + $15 GC #Giveaway | @GoddessFish Presents Urban Fantasy

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Blurb Blitz Tour for THE MAN FROM ROME by Dylan James Quarles, an Urban Fantasy available now.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found at the bottom of the post.



The Man From Rome
by Dylan James Quarles

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GENRE:   Urban Fantasy

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BLURB:

Rome is a city like no other, protected by a man like no other.
He is the unnamed Immortal, the Man from Rome, and he is under attack.

An agent of his secret order has been murdered, her tongue ripped out, her throat coated in molten silver. The killing is meant to be a message, a warning that old enemies have resurfaced to punish the Man for the sins of his past. 

Forced to retaliate, the Man sets in motion a sequence of events which pit an American thief, a Roman policewoman, and a fallen Olympian against one another in all-out war. The streets of Rome become a battleground where the supernatural clash with the mortal, and the Eternal City bears witness to yet another chapter in its storied history of violence.

Vengeance reigns supreme in this, the newest Novel from Dylan James Quarles.


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EXCERPT:

At the intersection of the Via Cicerone, she shifted gears and sped through in front of a honking tour bus. No sooner had it crossed the frame of her rearview mirror than a grey BMW whipped into view and fell in line. Louisa squeezed the wheel and gathered speed. Following suit, the BMW nosed out of traffic to run up the oncoming lane on their right flank. Superior in performance, it bore down on them with the ease of a true predator.

“They’ve found us,” Louisa announced, tipping her head.

Cato turned in his seat, then tensed and reached for the Uzi.

“That was fast,” he said. “I guess I shouldn’t be surprised—”

Swerving hard, Louisa braked and let a delivery van come between them and the BMW just as it drew level. Clutch pressed to the floor, she shifted into second and hopped the Alpha up onto the crowded sidewalk.

“Out of the way!” She yelled. “Mossa—move it! Get out of the way!”

People scattered, making a narrow path as she blew by. Almost to the next cross-street, she cut back onto the main road and came very near to hitting a man on a scooter. Tires squealing, she spun the wheel and clipped a parked car instead. The man on the scooter began to shout something at her, but the grey BMW promptly mowed him down, and pulled along side the Alpha.

“Duck!” Screamed Cato.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Arriving on the scene in 2012 with the publication of The Ruins Of Mars, Dylan James Quarles is one of Amazon's brightest Kindle Authors.

Using a his signature ability to make scenes come alive in your mind, Quarles immerses the reader in the world of his creation, adding layer upon layer until the narrative plays like a film. Further enriched by unique characters and breath-taking action sequences, his fiction is an ideal blend of entertainment and substance.

Quarles travels often, drawing inspiration for his work from Europe and South East Asia. His newest novel, The Man From Rome, is a direct product of his numerous visits to the Eternal City. Full of on-the-street detail, the novel packs an extra helping of Roman flare for the reader to enjoy!  

Links:


On Twitter - @dylanjquarles

On Facebook - @themanfromrome



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GIVEAWAY

Dylan James Quarles will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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May 22: Rogue's Angels
May 23: Readeropolis
May 24: Welcome to My World of Dreams
May 25: The Kronicles of Korthlundia: A Window into Fantasy
May 26: Long and Short Reviews
May 29: The Pen and Muse Book Reviews
May 30: Up 'Til Dawn Book Blog
May 31: The Avid Reader
June 1: EskieMama and Dragon Lady Reads
June 2: Laurie's Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews

Book Blast for @DebraHoltBooks + $10 GC #Giveaway | @GoddessFish Presents Presents #ContemporaryRomance

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Blast Tour for Mercy’s Rescue from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolina’s, Love Beneath the Blue Texas Sky from Kindle Direct Publishing, and His Country Bride from Tulip Romance Publishing, all contemporary romances by Debra Holt, available now.




Debra Holt Books
by Debra Holt

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

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Mercy’s Rescue   

Fighting for his life after an ambush, Sheriff Josh Wellman awakes to find himself looking into the eyes of a real-life angel of mercy. Despite his groggy condition, he knows his life has changed the instant their hands touch. Devastating heartbreak has left Mercy Smith's faith in tatters, her heart guarded against more loss. Her dedication to the air evac trauma team she leads has insulated her from the realities of the earth below, so now Josh faces the biggest challenge of his life. Can he find a way around the walls that fortify her heart and convince this angel to stay on the ground with him? Can Mercy open herself to life again and find a way to restore her faith in God ... as well as love?


Love Beneath the Blue Texas Sky   

J.D. Sterling shook the dirt of the small Texas town from his boot heels a dozen years before. Now, he’s returned… not as the poor country boy who left to follow his dream, but as country music’s sexy superstar. He has everything he always wanted except for the girl who holds his heart. Mandy.

Years come and go and people change. Amanda Lawson has grown up. From heartbreak and struggling to survive to becoming a successful businesswoman, she has taught herself to never look back. Once before, she had survived the wild, green-eyed cowboy with only a guitar to his name and a pocketful of dreams. Then he left her behind with nothing but his hollow vows and a shattered heart.

Mandy was his muse. J.D. was her dream. But tragedy and broken vows can be insurmountable obstacles. Can they find their way home to each other again… or is it too late?


His Country Bride  

"Sheriff's Department! Raise your hands above your head and don't move."

She’s a runaway bride who left her two-timing fiance at the altar. He’s a county sheriff determined to keep the peace in his country and leave city girls alone after his own fiance left him for the bright lights of the city. Neither of them planned on running straight into each other...over a burning wedding dress.

Ellie and Lucas planned on never trusting their hearts to love again. When danger follows her from the city, the sheriff must do his duty to protect her. However, it isn’t long before he discovers the real danger may be to his heart. Ellie just might teach him that even a city girl can be a country girl at heart.


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EXCERPT:

His Country Bride

Lucas set the extinguisher on the ground and used a couple of fingers to push the hat back on his forehead, hands on his hips, obviously considering the options before him. “Do you have any other clothing with you, ma’am?” A furrowed brow preceded her reply. “Why are you calling me ‘ma’am? I’m not that old. And just who are you, anyway?” “Lucas McCann. I’m the sheriff of Joshua County, which is where you are at the moment. I use respectful manners and call you ‘ma’am because I don’t know your name.

The woman turned in a huff and stomped toward the porch steps behind them. Perhaps stomped wasn’t the right description Lucas amended, as he folded his arms across a broad chest and watched her negotiate the uneven stones of the walkway leading up to the porch...all in her ridiculously high heels. Of course, the sight of those long, tanned legs and spiky heels caused a definite stirring in his midsection. That realization made his jaw set harder as he sought for the calm control he always demonstrated when performing his duties-that is, until he came across her.

A slow shake of his head. “I have to hand it to you, lady. You’re one cool customer, under the circumstances. You also may be used to giving orders to people wherever you come from, except there’s on problem with that at this moment. You’re in my county now. Here, I give the orders and as a general rule, people follow them.”


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Born and raised in the Lone Star state of Texas, Debra grew up among horses, cowboys, wide open spaces, and real Texas Rangers.  Pride in her state and ancestry knows no bounds and it is these heroes and heroines she loves to write about the most.  She also draws upon a variety of life experiences including working with abused children, caring for baby animals at a major zoo, and planning high-end weddings (ah, romance!).
   
When she isn’t busy writing about tall Texans and feisty heroines, she can be found cheering on her Texas Tech Red Raiders, or heading off on another cruise adventure.  She read her first romance...Janet Dailey's Fiesta San Antonio, over thirty years ago and became hooked on the genre. Writing contemporary romances, is both her passion and dream come true, and she hopes her books will bring smiles...and sighs...to all who believe in happily-ever-after’s.  
     
Debra invites you to visit her website at www.debraholtbooks.com.  
She loves to hear from other aspiring authors or readers via email at debraholtbooks@gmail.com. Twitter is https://twitter.com/DebraHoltBooks and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DebraHoltBooks.  




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GIVEAWAY

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

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Read an excerpt of KASPER MUTZENMACHER'S CURSED HAT by @KFentonmiller + $50 GC #Giveaway | @GoddessFish Presents Magical Realism

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Blurb Blitz Tour for KASPER MUTZENMACHER'S CURSED HAT (Life Indigo, Book 1) by Keith R. Fentonmiller, a fabulist novel available now from Curiosity Quills Press.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found at the bottom of the post. 



Kasper Mützenmacher's Cursed Hat
by Keith R. Fentonmiller


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GENRE:   Magical Realism

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BLURB:

Berlin hatmakers threatened by a veil-wearing Nazi known as the “stealer of faces” must use the god Hermes’ “wishing hat” to teleport out of Germany during Kristallnacht. They won’t be safer in America, however, unless they break the curse that has trapped them in the hat business for sixteen centuries. Set in the Jazz Age, Nazi Germany, and World War II Detroit, Book One of the Life Indigo series is a family saga about the fluidity of tradition, faith, and identity. It will appeal to fans of Everything is Illuminated and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.

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EXCERPT:

Klaus circled behind her chair. Isana set down the glass and sat stock-still. Only her growling stomach and the electric whine of the overhead lights broke the silence. Suddenly, an empty leather glove landed on the table. Seconds later, cool fingertips touched her neck and gently worked into the base of her skull.

“You are tense.”

“I wonder why.”

Klaus pressed harder into Isana’s flesh. His fingertips warmed, radiating heat into her muscles. As much as Isana resisted, she couldn’t deny his deft touch felt good. The stiffness in her neck melted in seconds.

No, she told herself. Don’t relax. Don’t let your guard down.

Isana tried to clench her muscles, but Klaus’s heat had already penetrated deep into her spine. He seemed to have latched onto her nerves, holding them like a marionettist would grasp puppet strings. Isana should’ve felt panic, relinquishing her volition to this monster, but his touch had suppressed that reaction as well. She was sleepy and light. Her body had lost substance. She had dissolved into the hot, stale air, or evaporated into the overhead lights. She was nothing at all.

When Klaus unhanded Isana, her corporeal nature returned. In her bewilderment, she momentarily worried her chair might give way under the weight of her body.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Keith is a consumer protection attorney for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. Before graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, he toured with a professional comedy troupe, writing and performing sketch comedy at colleges in the Mid-Atlantic States. His short story, Non Compos Mentis, was recently published in The Stonecoast Review and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His short story Exodus was just published in the Running Wild Anthology of Stories.

Find Keith Online:
Purchase At:


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GIVEAWAY

Keith R. Fentonmiller will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


May 8: The Reading Addict
May 9: Rogue's Angels
May 10:
Independent Authors
May 11: The Avid Reader
May 12: Edgar's Books
May 12: Book Lover Promo
May 15: Fabulous and Brunette
May 16: Mixed Book Bag
May 17: Queen of All She Reads
May 18: Readeropolis
May 19: Unabridged Andra
May 22: Deal Sharing Aunt
May 23: Books, Dreams,Life
May 24: EskieMama and Dragon Lady Reads
May 25: The Pen and Muse Book Reviews
May 26: This and That Book Blog
May 29: Lily Iona MacKenzie's Blog for Writers & Readers
May 30: Booklover Sue
May 31: Kit 'N Kabookle
June 1: It's Raining Books
June 2: Long and Short Reviews

MRS. ODBODDY UNDERCOVER COURIER by Elaine Faber + #Giveaway | GREAT ESCAPES BOOK TOURS #CozyMystery

Today, we are excited to share Mrs. Odboddy: Undercover Courier by Elaine Faber as part of the Great Escapes virtual book tour.

Be sure to follow the tour throughout the rest of May. The tour dates can be found at the bottom of the post.
 

Mrs. Odboddy: Undercover Courier by Elaine Faber


Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series
Elk Grove Publications (February 8, 2017)
Print Length: 199 pages
ASIN: B06WCZMFGN



About The Book

Asked to accompany Mrs. Roosevelt on her Pacific Island tour, Agnes and Katherine travel by train to Washington, D.C. Agnes carries a package for Colonel Farthingworth to President Roosevelt.

Convinced the package contains secret war documents, Agnes expects Nazi spies to try and derail her mission.

She meets Irving, whose wife mysteriously disappears from the train; Nanny, the unfeeling caregiver to little Madeline; two soldiers bound for training as Tuskegee airmen; and Charles, the shell-shocked veteran, who lends an unexpected helping hand. Who will Agnes trust? Who is the Nazi spy?

When enemy forces make a final attempt to steal the package in Washington, D.C., Agnes must accept her own vulnerability as a warrior on the home front.

Can Agnes overcome multiple obstacles, deliver the package to the President, and still meet Mrs. Roosevelt’s plane before she leaves for the Pacific Islands?

Mrs. Odboddy: Undercover Courier is a hysterical frolic on a train across the United States during WWII, as Agnes embarks on this critical mission.


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About The Author

Elaine is a member of Sisters in Crime, Inspire Christian Writers and Cat Writers Association. She lives in No. Calif with her husband and four house cats (the inspiration for her three humorous cozy cat mysteries, Black Cat’s Legacy, Black Cat and the Lethal Lawyer, and Black Cat and the Accidental Angel).

Mrs. Odboddy’s character is based in no way on Elaine’s quirky personality. Two more Mrs. Odboddy adventures will publish in the near future. Many of Elaine’s short stories have appeared in magazines and multiple anthologies.

   Purchase Links - Amazon | B&N


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Mrs. Odboddy Undercover Courier (brief excerpt from Chapter One)

Agnes dodged puddles across Wilkey’s Market parking lot, struggling to balance her purse on her wrist, her umbrella and a bag of groceries under each arm. She lowered her head and aimed for her yellow and brown 1930 Model A Ford, parked two rows over and three puddles down. Why hadn’t she let Mrs. Wilkey’s son, George, carry out her bags when he offered? Maybe Katherine was right. She tried to be too independent. No harm in accepting a little help from time to time. Let the kid experience the joy of helping others.
As she approached her car, a black Hudson slowed and stopped alongside her. The passenger door opened and a man stepped out.
“You Mrs. Odboddy?” He ran his hand over his bald head. A scar zig-zagged across the back of his hand.
Agnes’s stomach twisted. “Depends. Who’s asking?” She took two steps closer to her Ford. “What do you want?” Her gaze roamed the parking lot. Not a man in sight, except the thug blocking her path toward her car.
The man reached out and grabbed her arm. “You’re coming with me!”
Blood surged into Agnes’s cheeks. She caught her breath. Wouldn’t you know it? Kidnapped in broad daylight and not a gol-darned cop in sight! No wonder, with every able-bodied man off fighting the war, leaving defenseless women and children victims of rapists and murderers. In less time than it took to come up with a plan, she dropped her grocery bags, wielded her umbrella and smacked it across the man’s shoulders.
“Hey! What’s the big idea? Smitty! Give me a hand. The old broad’s putting up a fuss.” Scar-Hand snatched the umbrella from Agnes and shoved her toward his car.
Oh, good grief. What shall I do?
Smitty ran around from the driver’s side.
Despite her struggles and a few well-aimed kicks, the two scoundrels shoved Agnes into the back seat and tossed her umbrella onto the floorboards. “Don’t give us any trouble, Mrs. Odboddy,” Smitty growled, rubbing his shins. “Like it or not, you’re coming with us.”
Agnes scooted across the mohair seat, huddled into the corner as far as she could get from Smitty’s leering grin. “What do you want with me?”
Smitty and Scar-Hand jumped into the front seat. Smitty gunned the engine and the car lurched through the parking lot toward the street. He glanced over his shoulder. “Don’t try any funny business, lady. The chief asked us to bring you to him, and that’s where you’re going.”




Tour Participants

May 17 – Maureen’s Musings – REVIEW

May 17 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT

May 18 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – REVIEW

May 18 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY

May 19 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

May 19 – Books,Dreams,Life – SPOTLIGHT

May 20 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST

May 21 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW

May 22 – Brooke Blogs – CHARACTER GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY

May 22 – Books Direct – INTERVIEW

May 23 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW

May 23 – Cozy Up With Kathy – GUEST POST

May 24 – Island Confidential – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

May 24 – Author Annette Drake’s blog – INTERVIEW

May 25 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW, GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY

May 26 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW
 

SOCIAL MEDIA JUST FOR WRITERS by @CaballoFrances + $50 GC #Giveaway | @GoddessFish Presents Nonfiction

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Blurb Blitz Tour for SOCIAL MEDIA JUST FOR WRITERS by Frances Caballo, a nonfiction available now.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. My thoughts on the book and the tour dates can be found at the bottom of the post.



Social Media Just for Writers
by Frances Caballo

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GENRE: Nonfiction

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You wrote your book and sold copies to everyone you know. But you have goals that extend beyond a few dozen copies sold.

How do you achieve your dream of selling books around the world? With social media, you can build your platform and reach readers in locales you never imaged possible before.

In this book, you’ll learn how to:

    Create a Facebook fan page and actively engage with your readers.
    Optimize your LinkedIn profile.
    Tackle Instagram, Tumblr, and Snapchat.
    Build and optimize Pinterest pinboards for SEO to maximize exposure of your books, blog, and other landing pages.
    Improve your blogging.
    Excel on Twitter.
    Create images for your blog and social media posts.

The second edition of Social Media Just for Writers is both a primer for authors new to social media and an advanced study of platforms that weren’t widely known four years ago. Whether you write romance, historical fiction, young adult, or steam punk novels, you’ll find help in reaching your online audience of new and dedicated readers.


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EXCERPT:

Introduction

This handbook is for you. You’ve spent more days than you can count working on your novel, memoir, or anthology of poems. You wrote, rewrote, corrected, edited, developed new scenes, twisted the plot, and returned to make additional edits. Finally, your book was ready for the world to see.

You celebrated your achievement. You invited friends to your book launch, welcomed them with glasses of sparkling wine and cheese, and scheduled readings at local bookstores. Then you wondered, “How can I reach more readers?” Selling books to your friends, colleagues, and family members was easy, but how do you reach people you don’t even know?

By promoting your book online with social media, you can sell your books up and down your state, across the nation, and to people you have no idea how to reach. How, you ask? This book will explore and explain strategies for maximizing your online sales efforts. As a bonus, in the last chapter you will find tips for offline promotion too.

By the time you finish reading this book, you will know how to:

    Use Facebook effectively and efficiently to market your book.
    Tap into Twitter to create your tribe.
    Use virtual pinboards to expand the reach of your brand.
    Be more successful at blogging so you can reach new readers.
    Use LinkedIn with renewed confidence.
    Get started on Tumblr, Instagram and Snapchat to reach younger audiences.
    Learn how to incorporate more visual marketing into your social media use.

I wrote this book because authors like you asked me to write it. Like you, they wanted to feel more grounded in social media, learn to spend their time more resourcefully, and discover some of the secrets to social media marketing. They wanted a handbook they could take home to use as a reference.

Social media is a dynamic field, and networks are constantly updating features to improve the user’s experience. While writing this book, I frequently rewrote portions and updated my screenshots so that you would have the most recent and relevant information  possible.

To keep informed of  the  newest  updates  to  Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter,
and Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat and Tumblr, and to learn about new social media channels as they surface, visit my blog and website at www.SocialMediaJustforWriters.com.
This edition of Social Media Just for Writers deleted the chapter on Google+ due to changes on the social media landscape including the in the number of people using that platform.

You are about to begin your social media marketing journey now. Enjoy your time meeting and engaging with your readers.

From caring comes courage.
Lao Tzu


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Frances Caballo is an author and social media strategist and manager for writers. She’s a regular speaker at the San Francisco Writers Conference. In addition, she’s a contributing writer at TheBookDesigner.com, and blogger and Social Media Expert for BookWorks. She’s written several social media books including The Author’s Guide to Goodreads and Social Media in 30 Minutes a Day. Her focus is on helping authors surmount the barriers that keep them from flourishing online, building their platform, finding new readers, and selling more books. Her clients include authors of every genre and writers’ conferences.




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MY THOUGHTS  

Ahh... I wish I had read this sooner. I attended a book conference earlier this month (an interesting combination of readers, bloggers, and authors) and I would have loved to recommend this book to a few people. I cringed when I heard some people say that they only used one platform because "that's where all the people are." I also heard a few people say that the writing part of a book was easier - it's the promotion that's the battle.

Whether you are trying to establish a voice across social media networks or looking to tweak your presence on one or two, SOCIAL MEDIA JUST FOR WRITERS will provide you with tutorials and tips to get the job done. The information is clearly written, up-to-date, and actionable.

It will likely save you time and effort. Unlike some resources that tell you to do x and then leave you to figure out how to get it done, this book explains "the how" in words and pictures. I especially like that Caballo encourages readers to measure and monitor their social media efforts with stats. Both are key to effectively and efficiently growing an audience.

Although this book is directed at authors, it could be a valuable resource for bloggers too. [Or anyone looking to promote a product online really.] I will be taking some of the author's lessons and advice and using them across my networks.  I've also added her website to my watch list. It is full of helpful information.

Note: I received a complementary copy of this book as a part of this book tour. My opinion is my own.

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GIVEAWAY  

Frances Caballo will be awarding a $50 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS
May 1: Rogue's Angels
May 2:
Hearts and Scribbles
May 2: BooksChatter
May 3: Fabulous and Brunette - review
May 4:
Sharing Links and Wisdom
May 5: EskieMama and Dragon Lady Reads
May 8: Books, Dreams,Life
May 9: Independent Authors
May 10: Author Deborah A Bailey
May 11: Unabridged Andra
May 12: Ryshia Kennie - review
May 15:
Hope. Dreams. Life... Love
May 16: Readeropolis - review
May 17:
Notes From a Romantic's Heart - review
May 18:
The Avid Reader
May 19: Straight From the Library
May 19: Mixed Book Blog
May 22: The Reading Addict - review
May 23:
Books Direct - review
May 24:
Edgar's Books
May 25: Booklove - review
May 26:
Laura's Interests - review

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