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THEY DON'T SHOOT HORSES by @CaudellSara | Book Blast + #Giveaway | GEBT Presents #CozyMystery

Great Escapes Virtual Tours is hosting a book blast for THEY DON'T SHOOT HORSES: A Cold Springs Mystery by Sara Caudell. The tour stops here today! 

They Don't Shoot Horses: A Cold Springs Mystery 

Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series 
DMK Publishing(May 18, 2015) 
Paperback: 344 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1541036017 
E-Book ASIN: B00XWCRAGU

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Tucked away in the picturesque foothills of Colorado, Susie Wheeler’s peaceful widowhood of gentling and training abused horses is shattered by bullet holes in her barn and dead horses. She is confused by the violence to her peaceful life, but will not be intimidated. Susie infuriates meddling relatives and challenges those who would call her abused horses dangerous. Then with the help of her friends and the Cimmarron County Sheriff, they take on horse thieves and mysterious strangers.
Was the shooter after Susie or the horses?
What is so important about a certain mare?


About The Author


I grew up in a small ranching community in Colorado where I learned to judge beef on the hoof and under wrap. After moving around the country for my husband’s career and catching college courses as I could, I finally found myself in one place long enough to finish my degree. I was an artist (acrylic), raised three children, managed offices, and started my own genealogy resource business before weaving my stories and experiences into novels. I now lives in central Texas with my patient husband and four cats. In my spare time I do genealogy and historical research and nurses orphan kittens back to health for the local animal shelter.

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Catherine Marshall’s ‘Christy’ Giveaway, Blog Tour, and Facebook Live Party

Some stories are evergreen, their themes and lessons standing the test of time and connecting with readers generation after generation. Reconnect with Catherine Marshall's beloved Christy as it celebrates its 50th anniversary with a new edition! As nineteen-year-old teacher Christy struggles to find acceptance in her new home of Cutter Gap, some see her—and her one-room school—as a threat to their way of life. Her faith is challenged and her heart is torn between two strong men with conflicting views about how to care for the families of the Cove. Yearning to make a difference, will Christy’s determination and devotion be enough?

Celebrate the new 50th anniversary edition of Christy by entering to win one of TWO $50 Visa cash cards (details below) and by attending a Facebook Live party on December 5!

 

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Author Q&A ft Carol DeMent | SAVING NARY + $10 GC #Giveaway | @GoddessFish Presents #Fiction

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for SAVING NARY by Carol DeMent, a fiction novel available now.

Carol DeMent will be awarding $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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.





Saving Nary
by Carol DeMent


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GENRE: Fictional


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A Finalist in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Saving Nary explores the losses, loyalties and secrets held within families broken by war and genocide. This compelling novel presents a palette of unique characters who struggle to make sense of the events that led them to America, even as they ponder the bewildering culture and lifestyle of their new homeland.


Refugee Khath Sophal lost everything when the Khmer Rouge swept into power in Cambodia: his livelihood gone, his family dead or missing; his sanity barely intact from the brutality he has been forced to witness.


Now resettled in the Pacific Northwest, Khath treads a narrow path between the horrors of his past and the uncertainties of the present. His nights are filled with twisted dreams of torture and death. By day he must guard constantly against the flashbacks triggered by the simple acts of daily living, made strange in a culture he does not understand.


Then Khath meets Nary, a mysterious and troubled Cambodian girl whose presence is both an aching reminder of the daughters he has lost, and living proof that his girls, too, could still be alive. Nary’s mother Phally, however, is another matter. A terrible suspicion grows in Khath’s mind that Phally is not who or what she claims to be. A split develops in the community between those who believe Phally and those who believe Khath. And those, it seems, who don’t really care who is right but just want to stir up trouble for their own personal gain.


Khath’s search for the truth leads him to the brink of the brutality he so despises in the Khmer Rouge. His struggle to wrest a confession from Phally ultimately forces him to face his own past and unravel the mystery of his missing daughters.


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EXCERPT:


As the sun rose, Khath sat cross-legged in a lotus position in the small Buddhist temple nestled below Khao I Dang Mountain. The barbed wire perimeter fence separated the mountain from the refugee camp, but the mountain lent its power to the area nonetheless. Pra Chhay and two other monks chanted the Heart Sutra, a prayer of enlightenment, the rhythmic drone rising and falling in a soothing and familiar hum as the scent of incense hung heavily in the hot, humid air. About thirty refugees sat on the straw mats covering the wooden floor of the bamboo temple. The lips of many were moving as they softly chanted along with the monks.


Khath’s lips remained still, his heart empty. If asked, he would not disavow the teachings. He believed the teachings, yet the words of the Buddha had lost the power to move or to comfort him. He felt somehow distant from the teachings, as though they controlled behavior on a different world from the one he inhabited. It was a very lonely feeling.


The monks chanted on, a background hum that began to irritate Khath. He might as well be listening to the drone of mosquitoes as he toiled on the dikes under the watchful eyes of the Khmer Rouge, their guns aimed and ready, afraid to brush the insects away from his face lest he be beaten for not putting full attention into his work.


Observing the others in the temple, Khath envied them their faith. Pra Chhay often said there were two levels of Buddhism, one being the simple devotions taught to uneducated villagers; the other consisting of the higher practices and theories studied by the scholar monks.


Neither, Khath reflected sadly, could shed much light for him on the blood lust that had gripped Cambodia under Pol Pot. Abruptly, Khath stood and backed out of the temple, keeping his head low, hands clasped and body bent over as tradition demanded, never turning his back to the Buddha. It did no harm to be respectful when doing otherwise would be a useless insult that served only to draw attention and anger to- ward him.


The temple, run by camp residents, stood next to a Christian church operated by foreign missionaries and refugee converts. As Khath passed the church, a man about his own age came down the steps towards him. Tall and lanky, in contrast to Khath’s compact body, the man fell into step beside Khath.


“Leaving so soon?” he asked.


Khath glanced at the man and kept walking without responding. “I used to go to the temple,” the man said. “But the Buddha


...he just sits quietly on the lotus throne, yes? Maybe he naps, happy, calm. Not like me. My world is gone, my family gone, and Buddha still sits, calm and happy. What can he know of the pain in my heart?”


His interest piqued, Khath stopped and faced the man. “And what about the Christian God? What does he know?”


“Oh. Everything. They say he is everywhere, all the time. And that he is very powerful, and can do anything. He can make a big flood, and destroy the earth. Khmer Rouge is nothing for him.” The tall man grinned. “But he loves the good people, so nothing to fear.”


The man’s smile was infectious. Khath felt the corners of his own mouth twitch upwards. “How does he know who is good and who is not?”


“Oh. Easy. They sprinkle some water on you, make a mark, and then God knows.”


The man’s smile faded and he shrugged. “I don’t know if it’s true, but the people are nice. Sometimes I feel happy there. And the pastor says it might help us to find a sponsor from a church in America.”


A flutter of excitement started in Khath’s stomach and moved upwards. Only yesterday he had agreed to go to America if the US would take him. Now, a man stood before him offering him a way to improve his chances of finding an American sponsor.


He had passed this church a thousand times on his way to and from the temple and never before had anyone approached him. Was it a sign? An omen confirming that the decision to search for his daughters from America was the correct one?


Khath glanced back down the road, longing to run into the temple and consult the oracle sticks about this new development. The slender bamboo sticks, each imprinted with a number, were gathered into a long bamboo sleeve off to the side of the altar. Many times when grave decisions were necessary, Khath had shaken the sleeve gently, the soft, hissing rattle of the dry sticks muting the sound of his whispered prayers until one stick broke
free of the others and fell to the floor. The numbered stick was then matched with a corresponding sutra verse or parable. Khath always found the advice of the oracle sticks to be profound and relevant. He turned his gaze back to the tall man beside him.


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AUTHOR INTERVIEW:


Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
Saving Nary appeals to a wide swath of the reading public.  Persons who lived through the Vietnam War era, children and grandchildren of Cambodian refugees, and persons who were or are now involved in refugee issues or those who simply enjoy reading and learning about other cultures love this book!  I always thought this book would be an excellent choice for book groups to read and discuss, and this has proven to be the case.  

How did you come up with the title of your book or series?
Excellent question!  You will find that one of the primary motivating factors in a family’s decision to flee a dangerous situation and become refugees is concern for the children.  Parents universally want to protect their children and provide a better future for them.  In this novel, Nary is a Cambodian child and the actions of the main characters in the book all derive from a desire to protect her from harm (with one notable exception!). Metaphorically, Nary represents all children of war.

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular design?
A bit of a funny story here….I spent hours searching on-line for photos or graphics of Cambodia that would be suitable for my book cover.  Just could not find exactly what I was looking for and teetered on the brink of despair for a bit, until I thought, “Hey, wait a minute.  I went to Cambodia.  I took pictures!” I looked through my own photos and found an image that is hauntingly beautiful and provided space for text against a background of blue sky.  Perfect!  It is a very simple design, luckily for me, as my graphic arts design skills are pretty minimal.

Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:
What other books are similar to your own?  What makes them alike?
Many readers have told me that what they appreciate so much about Saving Nary is that it allows them to see their own (American) culture through the eyes of a newcomer trying to adjust to life here. Other books about refugees often stop short of exploring life for the refugee after they make it to relative safety in a resettlement country. Saving Nary integrates the very challenging and often humorous aspects of cultural adjustment into the main storyline, and explores how past trauma affects that process.

Where did your love of reading/storytelling/writing/etc. come from?
My mother read to me a lot as a child, plus we lived out in the country so reading was a way to pass the time.  Our home was filled with books and it was just something we all did.  When I was in fifth grade, I was given a diary and that was what started my habits of constant scribbling and self-expression through words.

What's the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?
In my next novel, a girl has her first period so I had to research feminine hygiene products available in 1898!  Hope I didn’t just lose all my male readers with that statement!  There’s much more to the book than that!

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
I have a website: www.caroldement.com that tells you about me, my first novel (Saving Nary) and two projects I am working on now.  One is a memoir of my years in the Peace Corps, and one is my second novel set in Montana in the late 1800s/early 1900s that encompasses the Boxer Rebellion in China, the role of Chinese immigrants in settling the West, a bit about the suffragettes and a young girl coming of age in a turbulent time.  Take a peek and let me know what you think!


What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Readers can help a book fly by posting reviews on-line, and through print outlets,  telling their friends about the book, asking their local libraries, high schools and bookstores to order the book, and helping to spread the word through their own networks and book groups.  There are so many good books available today, anything that helps raise the visibility of a novel is very helpful.  On that note, thank you so much for this opportunity to appear on your blog!


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Carol DeMent worked in the field of South East Asian refugee resettlement for seven years, and completed master's level research into international refugee resettlement policy. She lived for two years in Thailand as a Peace Corps volunteer and has traveled extensively in South East Asia. Her first novel, Saving Nary, was a  Finalist in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.




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GIVEAWAY:


Carol DeMent will be awarding $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS:
September 7: Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews
September 14: Christine Young
September 21: Long and Short Reviews
September 28: Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews
October 5: T's Stuff
October 5: Author C.A.Milson
October 12: Beyond Romance
October 19: Hope. Dreams. Life... Love
October 26: Dina Rae's Write Stuff
November 2: Locks, Hooks and Books- review only
November 9: Independent Authors
November 16: Readeropolis
November 30: Jennifer C. Wilson: Paranormal Historical Fiction Author
December 7: Angels With Attitude Book Reviews
December 14: Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer
December 21: It's Raining Books
January 4: Mixed Book Bag

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THE UNSEDUCIBLE EARL by Sheri Humphreys | Goddess Fish Promotions Presents Historical Romance

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Blast Tour for THE UNSEDUCIBLE EARL by Sheri Humphreys, a historical romance available now from Boroughs Publishing Group.

Sheri will be awarding a copy of A HERO TO HOLD and $15 in Boroughs Bucks to 2 randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.



The Unseducible Earl
by Sheri Humphreys


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GENRE: Historical Romance


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When an earl who’s given up on love and has settled on an engagement to a darling of society falls for a Crimean War nurse, he must either forsake his love or embroil them all in scandal.


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EXCERPT:


The vicar cleared his throat. “Your point is well taken, my lord. But it sounds as if Miss Thorne was insulated in her prior situations, surrounded by a small number of accepting, perhaps even misguided, people who regarded her as an exception.” He directed his gaze to Miss Thorne. “As happy as I am to hear of the captain’s improvement, I feel I’d be remiss in my duty if I didn’t warn you to guard your conduct, ma’am.”


“She doesn’t need to guard her conduct,” Robb said. “If there’s gossip, you need to do your best to quell it. You wield a great deal of influence.”


“It’s difficult to dispute the fact she’s an unmarried woman and may have been performing acts of an intimate nature with an unmarried man.”


Miss Thorne set down her teacup and folded her hands. By turns looked each of them in the eye. “Every life I touch, I feel immensely privileged.” Her voice seemed at once measured, calm, and grave. “I’ve held the hands and looked in the eyes of the sick as they died, heard their last words, and been the last face they’ve seen. Vicar, I’m sure you know how sacred such moments feel. Sometimes I think that the gravely sick I care for, and I, somehow exchange little pieces of our souls.” She looked down for a moment, then lifted her head and a soft smile curved her lips. “Wherever they are, they each carry a little piece of me.”


The silence that followed filled Robb’s heart with something very sweet and good.


She’d brought tears to his mother’s eyes. Mother pressed a handkerchief to her eyes before asking the Newcome’s to go to the chapel and pray with her before they left. Newcome’s jaw looked capable of cracking walnuts. The conversation moved on a bit stiffly, turning to community news, but Robb barely heard their voices. He couldn’t take his eyes off Victoria Thorne. A woman who opened herself to the people in her care, who didn’t concern herself with the opinions others formed of her. The very opposite of himself.


“You’re in need of sunshine and fresh air, Miss Thorne,” he said. “Come riding with me this afternoon.”


“Oh.” Her cheeks flushed. “I should stay with your brother.”


“He’s been resting, hasn’t he? We won’t be gone that long. You do ride?”


Her grin nearly knocked him off his chair.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Sheri Humphreys used to be an Emergency Room nurse, but today applies bandages, splints, and slings to the characters of her Victorian romance novels. She loves to ignore yardwork and housework and read—usually a book every one to three days. Having conjured stories in her mind her entire life, she wondered if she were normal. Then she began putting stories to paper and became a two-time Golden Heart® finalist. She lives with a Jack Russell mix rescue, Lucy, in a small town on the central California coast.


A Hero to Hold received a prized Kirkus Star and was named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2016.






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GIVEAWAY:  


Sheri will be awarding a copy of A Hero to Hold and $15 in Boroughs Bucks to 2 randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.

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TOO TRUE TO BE GOOD by Mary E. Thompson | Goddess Fish Promotions Present Contemporary Romance

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Blast Tour for Too True to be Good by Mary E. Thompson, a Contemporary Romance available now. 

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



Too True to be Good
by Mary E. Thompson


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GENRE:  Contemporary Romance


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His life was good…


Zach Bennett was content to go to work, hang out with his family and friends, and entertain a woman once in a while. As his family found love all around him, he was content to stay single. Unattached. Happy.


Besides, he had enough to worry about with a new chef breathing down his neck for his job.


She faced the truth every day…


Gianna Brooks always wanted to work with people. She saw enough growing up to know kids need all the help they can get. They deserved to be safe. Loved. Happy.


Which is why she’s determined to get her new client into a forever home.


But the truth isn’t always good…


The last thing Zach needs is a little girl showing up on his doorstep claiming she’s his. Her social worker hot on her heels, and demanding a place to stay, definitely doesn’t make it any better. Especially with Gianna’s curvy body and bedroom eyes, and his daughter’s sad sweetness, making him consider keeping both of them.


Gianna knows she should run. Zach knows he should send them away. But neither of them can resist the pull toward the other.


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“We baked cookies today. Want to try one?” Zach asked when Gianna came in the door.


“You made these?” she asked, holding one up.


He nodded, draping an arm around Summer’s shoulders. “We did. It was a lot of fun. Wasn’t it?”


Summer nodded, giggling.


Gianna’s eyes narrowed, zeroing in on Summer. “What’s so funny?”


Summer shook her head, but she was still grinning.


“I think she ate too many cookies,” Zach said with a straight face. “Sugar high.”


“How long ago did you make these?”


“A few hours ago. We wanted to make sure we saved some for you. Try it.”


Zach waited, wondering if Gianna would take the bait. She examined the cookie closely.


“Is that mint?”


Summer burst out laughing and clamped her hand over her mouth. Zach nodded. “We wanted to make something different. It’s mint cream and chocolate cookies. They’re pretty good. I think you’ll like it.”


Gianna shrugged, then popped the whole cookie in her mouth. She chewed, her eyebrows tugging together and her head tilting to the side. Then she rushed to the sink.


“Ack! What happened? Those are not very good. Aren’t you a chef?”


Summer was doubled over laughing. She looked up at Gianna and said, “Those were toothpaste cookies! We got you!”


Gianna’s eyes bugged out. She looked pissed. A slow smile turned her lips up, and Zach knew he was in trouble.


“Oh, payback is going to be so much fun!”


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Mary E. Thompson grew up loving to read, like a good little girl. Many nights she would fall asleep with the flashlight still turned on as she hid under the covers trying to finish the last few pages of a book. As an adult, the light from her ereader means she doesn't need a flashlight, but she still stays up way too late to finish a book.


When Mary's not reading, she's playing with her two kids or living out her own real life romance novel with her hubby. She has a weakness for chocolate, especially when it's paired with peanut butter, and has been known to have a bad day just because there's no chocolate in the house. Unless there’s wine. Then everything is okay.


Mary grew up in Buffalo, New York and swears she's the only local to never ski or snowboard. Soccer was always her sport, with a couple adventures white water rafting and skydiving to keep things interesting. Mary moved to South Carolina for college but missed Buffalo every day. Yeah, she thinks she's crazy, too. She somehow convinced her South Carolina born and bred hubby to return to Buffalo to raise their kids and live out their lives. He’s still not sure what he was thinking.

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GIVEAWAY:


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

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