Author Q&A ft. Phillip Cornell + $25 GC #Giveaway | VACATION TO GRACELAND | @GoddessFish & @Phillipthedeal Present #Comedy #Adventure

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized Virtual Book Tour for VACATION TO GRACELAND by Phillip Cornell, a vacation/comedy/adventure available now from Dog Ear Publishing.

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Vacation to Graceland

by Phillip Cornell


GENRE:  Vacation/Comedy/Adventure



A man, his mother, his sister, his granny, his niece, and his nephew make a trip to Memphis Tennessee for a family reunion. During the course of the trip, the family encounter a series of circumstances that mold the trip into an unforgettable experience. Through the arguing and internal bickering within the group, they come together and strengthen the blood bond they share with each other. Reflecting on each and every situation encountered, the man realizes the trip is an overall social, emotional, and educational journey.



The idea of a family trip started, when my mom devised a plan to take my granny on a weekend trip. This was difficult because my granny was on a weekly dialysis schedule, so my mom had to come up with a way to keep her schedule and transport her from one city to the next without any problems. My grandma had been on dialysis for the past 2 ½ years, and with her increasing age and decreasing health, she needed more attention from care givers and family members.

The living arrangement in my mom’s house was setup like this. My mom, my sister Brandi, and my granny all lived there constantly. My other sister Crissy and her children did not live there, but they would visit often. I myself would visit quite often also. My job was 2 miles from my mom’s house, so it was nothing for me to visit on my lunch break or when I got off work. My granny anticipated me coming over many times. She would cook a meal for me, and place my name on the plate. It was not the perfect living arrangement, but it definitely had a strong family feel tied into it.

My granny kept close tabs on what my mom and sister were always doing, because that is just who she was. She still liked to get out the house ever once in a while. Her favorite pastime was people watching. If there was one thing that she enjoyed, it was talking about other people. This is a trait that has been handed down from generation to generation, and I myself am guilty of doing it also. Discussing people in a humorous light, that downgrades their physical appearance or personality, is second nature to me now. I can easily do it without any effort or stress. The thoughts just come to my head, and I let the mild form of slander flow. I have never been embarrassed of this, and like me, my granny has never been either.



How did you come up with the title of your book?
It really just came to me. I wanted a title with vacation in it, and I visited Graceland. So I pieced it together from there. I always come up with a title either midway or at the end of a writing. I feel like I can never see the right title for a story until it is nearly done. I believe the title has to embody the work and not vice versa.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
It is me of course! I am the most dynamic character, because I tell the story. My second favorite character is my late Granny. I like her because she is unapologetic. She found out at a certain age of being elderly, you can do whatever you want, and no one will shun you. I personally witnessed her ask a manly looking girl if she was a boy. The girl did not get mad, she just said no. Let me would have tried that, I would have gotten told off in the worst way.  

If you could change one thing about your novel, what would it be? Why?
I would change the price. My independent publisher was helpful in guiding me through the process, but when it came down to fine details. The business side of the transaction was pretty much set in stone. I have learned a tremendous amount about the business, and my next novel will be handled differently. I am still grateful to my publisher though. They provided me with an unforgettable opportunity.  

Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book?
I wrote the book as one long chapter. It was supposed to be a short story, but it transformed into a full length novel. I am glad it became a novel, because a short story would have not done it justice. Also the novel was not my first choice to kick off my publishing career. I wanted to publish another novel, but this one was just right for what I was to accomplish.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
Snapchat: Phillipthedeal2
Twitter: Phillipthedeal
Instagram: Phillipthedeal
Facebook: Phillip Cornell (St. Louis, MO)
If you follow or message me, I will respond back. I put information in my bio about the current projects I am working on. Also I post gems of my day to day life, which is quite interesting.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Please! Go on Amazon and Barnes and Nobel, and leave comments and ratings. I appreciate all
comments I receive. I just want to share my talent with everyone. I will accept tweets and Instagram post also. Just use the hashtag #VacationtoGraceland so I can find it and repost it.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?
I appreciate everyone who has supported me thus far! I use to think support was buying my book, but now I know support is anything positive in reference to me being an author. I also appreciate all the constructive criticism. I am far from perfect, and I take into consideration any advice I get. I will forever by appreciative, and again I thank you all!


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Phillip Cornell is a college graduate. He gained his degree in Biological Sciences, and currently works at a local pharmacy.  He is the only son of Harron and Connie Cornell, and the youngest of 3 children. In 2006 his father passed away due to colon cancer, and his mom became an inspiration to him and his family in the way she supported everyone. He has a passion for all types of competitive activity, with sports being the favorite. Overall he lives for different experiences to stimulate the mind, and firmly believes that life is something that has to be lived, read about, and dissected. His biggest weakness is beautiful women, and the thought of being a failure. Firmly believing everyone deserves their moment no matter how long or short it is, Phillip listens to anyone who has something to say. The more he writes. The more he realizes what he creates, is something that needs to be shared with someone other than himself. 

SnapChat:  Phillipthedeal2



Phillip Cornell will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.



November 21: Casey M's Corner
November 22: Book Lover Promo
November 23: Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews
November 23: Long and Short Reviews
November 25: Fabulous and Brunette
November 28: BooksChatter
November 30: Queen of All She Reads
November 30: It's Raining Books
December 1: The Silver Dagger Scriptorium
December 5: Lilac Reviews
December 5: A Writer's Life
December 6: Notes From a Romantic's Heart
December 7: Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews
December 8: Readeropolis
December 9: Dalene's Book Reviews - review

KISS ME AT LAST by Holly Cortelyou + $25 GC Giveaway | @GoddessFish Presents #ContemporaryRomance

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Blast Tour for Kiss Me at Last by Holly Cortelyou, a Contemporary Romance available now.

Kiss Me at Last
by Holly Cortelyou


GENRE: Contemporary Romance



KISS ME AT LAST (A Wescott Springs Novella) by Holly Cortelyou

What's better than wine, chocolate and a little renovation magic? A sweet and sexy matchup between a handsome, hammer-swinging contractor, Sean McMallory, and a flirty and stubborn champagne bar owner, Melinda York, who's in a remodel pickle! Kiss Me at Last brings you back to the charming mountain hamlet of Wescott Springs, Colorado in a heartwarming contemporary, small town romance that's sweet with a little kiss of heat!

One tempting kiss will rock his world…

Melinda York has every last penny tied up in her business remodel so the last thing she needs is a complication—like surly Sean McMallory. But when "McGrumpy" blows through her front door with a hammer and toolbox, she knows she’s doomed…her replacement contractor is none other than the jerk who humiliated her at the town council meeting. With Melinda buried in sawdust and the exasperating, but ever-so-sexy, Sean constantly underfoot, how is she supposed to maintain her professional poise when she can’t stop daydreaming about his broad shoulders and his unexpectedly kind heart?

Sean McMallory likes his life simple and straightforward, and his plate is full with a booming construction business and family responsibilities. When a cousin begs a favor, he’s plunged neck-deep into the whirlwind that is elegant, jet-setter Melinda York and her wine bar renovation. There’s just no trusting the flirty Melinda even if he can’t forget her kissable lips and surprisingly, vulnerable eyes. So he’ll stick with his beer and country roads, and she can keep her bottles of bubbly and fancy truffles!

Can one kiss build a bridge to love and heal their wounded hearts?



With a smile lurking at the corners of his mouth, Sean had been waiting for an eruption for the last ten minutes.

It was day three of construction, and Melinda had looked far from chipper as she'd schlepped into the wine bar at eight in a slouchy gray sweater, faded jeans, and nondescript running shoes. Her eyes were bleary, and she cradled her coffee concoction like it was the crown jewel in the queen's tiara. She'd winced every time his hammer drove home a nail.

Sean grinned. Hangover, he supposed, and he pounded a few extra nails for good measure as she scuttled into her office. That ought to fix her little red wagon, Miss High and Mighty and her sexy British accent. Not that he'd noticed.

He glanced toward her office door, and there was Melinda, staring at him with a stony gaze through half-slitted eyes.

"Good morning, Ms. York," Sean said in his perkiest voice. "Sun's shining, and it's beautiful out." He fiddled with the chuck on the drill and idly revved it a few times for some bonus noise.

"Is there anything quiet you can do for a while?" Melinda said, her tone was pained.

"Not feeling well?"

"I'm fine. I have some phone calls to make to wine distributors and a little peace and quiet would be divine."

"Go back to your coffee shop for those calls. Unless you want me to take a break already? That will slow me down."

Melinda glared. "I'm trying to get some work done, too."

"Well, ma'am. This is a construction zone, so there's going to be noise. We're not slapping on some paint and hanging a few light fixtures. We're adding beams, ripping out floors. What exactly were you expecting? Should I bring a bowl of potpourri or something?"

"That might help." Her tone was drenched in syrup. "Or do you have a silencer for that drill?"


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Holly Cortelyou is a romance author who pens sweet and spicy small town, contemporary romances as well as supernatural and paranormal romances. On any given day, you’ll likely find her posting dog and cat pics on Facebook (HollyCortelyouAuthor) or goofing off on Twitter (@HollyCortelyou) and Pinterest! And of course, you can always visit her on the web at Holly has hazel eyes, a goofy sense of humor and…all the rest is subject to change without notice.



Holly will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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#Winter is Coming #Giveaway Hop | December 7 - 21, 2016 | $10 GC #amreading #giving

Welcome to the Winter is Coming Giveaway Event hosted by The Kids Did It ( & The Mommy Island (

When winter comes around, I start my bookish housekeeping tasks in preparation for the new year. This includes clearing out my bookshelves. I giveaway books to family and friends, trade books on PaperbackSwap, and donate others to the library.

I also sign up for reading challenges and get my TBR lists ready in advance. Of course, I usually go rogue and wander off the lists around March. But one of the keys to success is a good start, right?

What are your plans for the upcoming winter?

I am giving away a $10 electronic gift certificate to one randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter for this hop. The winner can choose from one of the following online retailers: ThriftBooks, Amazon, Better World Books (international) or Barnes and Noble. Please see the Rafflecopter widget for terms and conditions.

Enter below for a chance to win through December 21. Thanks for stopping by Readeropolis.

May the odds be ever in your favor!

Hop along to each blog for your chance to win awesome prizes!

EGG DROP DEAD by Laura Childs | Cozy Mystery Review & Giveaway | GREAT ESCAPES BOOK TOURS | #ThingsIFindCozy

Egg Drop Dead
by Laura Childs

After reading this book, you will have a smile on your face, it has a happy ending, but the best part of ending this book are the recipes you find at the last pages, to allow you to try the savoury dishes you read during all the story! ~Varietats

The author’s descriptive and colorful use of language effortlessly draws you in, making youfeel like you’re experiencing what Suzanne is experiencing.~Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder

These are people you want to spend time with. Laced with humor and heart, pull up a stool at the Cackleberry Club cafe or come for tea and gossip. ~Laura’s Interests


Series: A Cackleberry Club Mystery (Book 7) Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Berkley (December 6, 2016)
ISBN-13: 978-0425281703



In Laura Childs’s New York Times bestselling mystery series, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni—co-owners of the Cackleberry Club café—are back to track down another bad egg…

Maintaining good personal relationships with their suppliers is one of the secrets of the Cackleberry Club café’s success, so Suzanne doesn’t mind going out to Mike Mullen’s dairy farm to pick up some wheels of cheese. She’s looking forward to a nice visit with the mild-mannered farmer before heading back to their hectic kitchen.

But when she arrives, Mike’s nowhere to be found. The moaning of his cows leads her to look in the barn, where she discovers a bloodcurdling sight—the farmer’s dead body. Apparently not everyone was as fond of Mike Mullen as the Cackleberry Club.

Churning with grief and outrage, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni vow to find the farmer’s murderer—but as they get closer to the truth, the desperate killer gets whipped into a frenzy and plans to put the squeeze on them…


My Thoughts

This book tour had me hooked with the words egg drop. Food-themed cozies are my favorite. They are the best ones, right?

This book had me hooked with the humorous and touching relationships Suzanne has with Petra and Toni - the co-owners of the Cackleberry Club café and Dr. Sam Hazelet, her fiancé. They accept her for what she is (nosey) and help her out as best they can. That's good thing when you are an amateur sleuth.

I hadn’t read any books in Cackleberry Club Mysteries until now. [I am starting The Tea Shop Mysteries series next month to kick off the 2017 Craving For Cozies Reading Challenge.]

EGG DROP DEAD is book seven of the Cackleberry Club series. The mystery starts off quickly with a "moo" when Suzanne (the main character of this series) finds dairy farmer Mike Mullen dead in his barn.

EGG DROP DEAD is an enjoyable read with a surprising amount of humor and action. I'd recommend this book to fans of cozy mysteries and food-themed fiction.

This book reads well all as a stand-alone, but I'm sure you'll want to read more of the series once you've read EGG DROP DEAD. Many thanks to Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours for turning me onto the series. The events of the book occurred around Halloween so it arrived right on time in my mailbox.

I am a member of the #Book1CoziesClub Books of the Month Club on YouTube. We read the first books of two different cozy mystery series each month. I am going to recommend adding EGGS IN PURGATORY (Cackleberry Club, #1) by    

And don't even get me started on the recipes. There are lots of them and they sound delicious. I made the Egg Drop Soup recipe. I'll be referring to it as my "super secret special" recipe from now on.

I am going to make Suzanne's Cherry Cake Bars for our Christmas Eve dinner this year. Be sure to stop by Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder (see December 5 stop at the bottom of this post) to check out the complete recipe. You can watch the bars being made in the video at the bottom of the post.

I was provided an opportunity to read this book as an advanced reader copy in return for a fair and honest review.

About The Author

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fund raising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

laura childs from facebook
Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:

The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.

The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.

Laura’s Links:

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December 4 – Varietats – Review
December 5 – Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder – REVIEW
December 5 – Varietats – REVIEW
December 6 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW
December 6 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW *
December 7 – MysteriesEtc – REVIEW
December 7 – Readeropolis – REVIEW *
December 8 – Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
December 8 – Queen of All She Reads – GUEST POST
December 9 – Island Confidential – INTERVIEW
December 9 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW  
December 10 – The Editing Pen – REVIEW*
December 11 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW *
December 11 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW *
December 12 – The Power of Words – REVIEW
December 12 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST
December 13 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW  
December 14 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW
December 14 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – INTERVIEW
December 15 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW *
December 16 – A Holland Reads – REVIEW *
December 18 – Booklady’s Booknotes – REVIEW

SUNRISE OVER BRASOV by Stephanie Burkhart + $10 GC Giveaway | @GoddessFish Presents #ParanormalRomance

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Blast Tour for SUNRISE OVER BRASOV by Stephanie Burkhart, a Paranormal Romance available now from Desert Breeze Publishing.

Sunrise Over Brasov
by Stephanie Burkhart



Rosa Getzi lives a life of intrigue at Poiana Brasov with Clement, a werewolf, and Cassandra, the witch. Her past doesn't matter to her – until she discovers what it holds.

Prince Michael Sigmaringen joins his sister-in-law, Caroline, and the vampire prince, Darius, in a daring rescue, igniting Rosa's desire to find her family. However, all is not as it appears. Rickard, Rosa's friend, escapes with her. Clement will go to any lengths to get Rosa and Rickard back.

At Darius' fortress, Michael soon discovers Rickard is a new breed of werewolf – one who can control the change, and Clement hopes to exploit Rickard's abilities.

Michael's courage, strengths, and convictions will be tested like never before. Can Michael and Rosa find true happiness and the rid the lupine haunting of the Sigmaringens once and for all?



Some inner voice encouraged her to leave with him. It was the right thing to do. "Turn
around," she said quietly. "Why?"

"So I can change."

"I don't trust you." His reply was quick. "Leave your chemise on." He walked to the window and glanced outside, then checked his pocket watch.

Rosa figured that was the most privacy he was willing to afford her and unfastened her robe. Quickly, she stepped into the winter dress without putting on a corset. "I need you to lace up the back."

Michael approached and tied up the stays with familiar ease. There was that word again -- familiar. Rosa shivered. What did it mean? How was he familiar when she couldn't recall seeing him before? She found her boots and slid them on. They were lined with fur and went up to her knees. She couldn't articulate her compliance, but could say an instinctual desire drove her to do his bidding. Yes, there were clues, but no easy answers.

He was a witch, like her. She responded to his kiss, enjoying it far too much, though she wouldn't admit that to him. He hadn't hurt her, and he knew her mother. The thought of finding her mother filled her with a sense of comfort. In all honesty, Rosa, however, couldn't remember her life before coming to Poiana Brasov, but she hated to think that Clement and Cassandra, who had been so kind to her, had deceived her. Rosa wouldn't deny her instincts and decided to follow the clues. When there was a minute, she intended to get her answers from Michael.

Her boots secure, she slid her arms into her winter coat. Michael grabbed a scarf and gloves from a shelf in her closet, presenting them to her. His face betrayed nothing -- not one hint of pleasure or dissatisfaction. Instead, he grabbed her gloved hand and led her out of the room.

Rosa noticed the noise continued outside of the fortress. Just on the other side of her door, Andrei lay crumpled on the ground. His chest rose and fell. Thank Corvinus he appeared to be sleeping.

Michael moved with unnatural speed. His grasp on her hand was tight, tugging her behind him. They proceeded down the hall toward the servants' staircase.

The inner fortress remained quiet. Several candles in wall sconces had burnt down to the stubs, casting long, inky shadows over the stone walls.

Reaching the staircase, Rosa paused. "I need to check on Rickard."

"There's no time. We delayed too long as it is." Michael dragged her down the stairs.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Author Bio: Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD.  She was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire.  After serving 11 years in the US Army she currently calls Castaic, California her home. Stephanie was married in Denmark in 1991 and has two young sons. She adores chocolate, is addicted to coffee and enjoys early morning walks.  She's also an assistant den leader for her son's Cub Scout den and is a Boy Scout mom. She writes paranormal, contemporary, and steampunk romance and has two children's books published with 4RV Publishing.




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