Let Me Just Say This – Blog Tour Line Up & SuperBowl Raffle!

 

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In just four days, the Just Let Me Say This.. blog tour begins on Monday, February 1st!  We are going to have fun!  There’s going to be two raffles!  One for the blog tour hosts and the other for you guys — the readers!  Both raffles include free copies of B. Swangin Webster’s book and a $20 Amazon gift card!

Our current tour stops include:

Tome TenderFeb 1 – Book Review

LoveBitesSilkFeb 2 – Book Review

Just BooksFeb 3 – Excerpt/Teaser

Kiru Taye Writes Feb 5 – Author Interview

LIVE TWITTER BOOK CHAT – Saturday – Feb 6 at 4:00 pm EST/1:00 pm PST/9:00 pm GMT.  The hashtag for the chat is #NBbookchat!

 

The NoteBook Blogairy (moi) – Feb 7 – Author Interview & Special SuperBowl Raffle!
This special SuperBowl 50 raffle will be for all who purchase a copy of Just Let Me Say This… on Sunday, Feb 7th.  Send proof of purchase to me via this blog.  Or, Tweet from Amazon purchase page to @NoteBkBlogairy and you’ll get entered into this $25 Amazon gift card raffle!  (This is a separate raffle from the other two mentioned earlier!)  The Winner of this SuperBowl 50 raffle will be announced on Mon, 2/8 after 9:00 am EST.

Booked Up and BossyFeb 7 – Book Review

Digital InspirationsFeb 9 – Excerpt & Author Interview

Faith SimoneFeb 10 – Book Review

A.M. LeibowitzFeb 10 – Book Review

Let Me Just Say This… A Quick Synopsis

This more-than-meets-the-eye urban fiction story introduces us to Cheryl Goldman an African-American woman who was not the apple of her mother’s eye.  Her Daddy loved her desperately but even he could not change how his wife felt about their youngest daughter.  Smart, talented and productive were all adjectives that perfectly describe Cheryl.  However, two other words are accomodating and unselfish.  In Cheryl’s attempt to secure friendship, love and favor her gentle efficiency did her more harm than good especially in the case of her husband, Kevin.  You can read my full book review here.

We’ll be tweeting, FB’ing and generally making a bit of a social media ruckus chit-chatting about Just Let Me Say This…!

There’s still time to join the fun as a Blog Tour Host!  Click here for tour sign-up details.

(To read the original post about participating in this blog tour, click here!)

 

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Re-Jiggering the Ship

It’s truly fascinating how the mind plays tricks on us.  We think we are striving and pushing towards xyz goal, right?  And somehow, years pass and the goal is not realized.  We stop.  Scratch our collective head and wonder aloud what went wrong.

We review our steps.  That’s always the best way to go right?  But alas, we don’t see anything we’ve done incorrectly.  We begin looking around for *experts* who can direct us, help us to see what we may have missed.  We get bounced about as the expert suggests someone else.  Then, second expert waffles and redirects us yet again.  Finally, we arrive at an expert who stops the whole parade of silliness and states the problem.

What do we find out?  That we did all of the work.  We did what we were supposed to do.  We took the proper and necessary steps — for the wrong area/genre/niche!

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The solution?  Do it ALL OVER AGAIN for the proper area of our goal.  Sheesh.

Life as a writer is challenging.  Heck, Life as a person is challenging!  LOL.

And how was your week?

Book Review: Moonlight Dancer by Deb Atwood

“Unni’s chin trembled in her last moments.  I’ll never forget her chin, that dimple.  How could I when I see it now reflected in her son, his face pointed to the sea eagle?  But his eyes — a soldier’s eyes, dark and alert.” – Deb Atwood, Moonlight Dancer

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This is an exquisite description of the crux of this complex tale that takes us into the heart of 16th-century Korea during the war with Japan.  Author Deb Atwood has created a moving ghost story with believable time shifts and strong characters that can deliver the story beautifully.

Kendra MacGregor is a normal young college student.  Well, not so normal, her father recently passed away and her family left the family home to assist their adopted daughter to learn and know her culture.  As a result, Kendra was left in the family homestead alone.  Figuring out what to do with her time was among her biggest concerns until she happened upon an old Korean doll.  The doll in ancient formal outfit called a hanbok called to Kendra.  She left the store after hearing the price without it.  Yet, she couldn’t forget its haunting beauty, or the handsome sales clerk who Kendra desperately tried to ignore.

Kendra went back to the store and purchased the doll and unwittingly left her scarf creating an opening for the young clerk, Hiro, to reach back out to her.  This charming story opening hardly prepares one of the twists and turns that follow.

In quick succession, Kendra’s life changes.  She must get a job to replace the money she used to purchase the doll.  And, she begins losing track of time and is unsure of the placement of the doll and its articles.  As events escalate, so do the time lapses and spooky occurrences.  Kendra takes on Hunter, as a housemate, to help with expenses.  And even he has questions as time goes on as to Kendra’s sanity!

Nightmares, phobias and new skills surface as Kendra is entwined in NanJu’s life, the ghost that has inhabited the doll that Kendra purchased.  The tragic events that occurred over 400 years ago in NanJu’s life are causing pain still for the ghost and it wants Kendra to help it change the past!

Hiro watches all with growing concern.  He wants to know what the cost will be to help NanJu.  More importantly, he wonders if either Kendra, or himself will survive…

Read this fabulously wrought love/ghost story to see how it unfolds and learn about ancient Korean culture and the shamanistic spiritual practices as you go along.

5 Blogairy Notebooks

 

Participate in an Urban Fiction Blog Tour?

The book is B. Swangin Webster’s Just Let Me Say This.

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We meet Cheryl Goldman as a high school student.  She is in a relationship with Shaun, her first love.  After two years in relationship that excluded intercourse – Cheryl wanted to save herself for her wedding night – one night, she decided that it was the night.  However, she changed her mind when the reality of what she was about to engage in hit her.  Shaun was decent enough to have no hard feelings.  However, the next day he was with another girl who ends up pregnant.  This is the initial shaping factor that lays the groundwork for how Cheryl chooses her men.

Not your typical drama — urban, or otherwise.  Just Let Me Say This will make you laugh, get misty, and make you think whether you are male, or female.  What makes us all tick inside?  What motivates us?  These are some of the the questions raised as we see pieces falling into (and out of) place for Cheryl as this story unfolds.

I was so intrigued by the book I wanted to help this author by hosting a blog tour.  It will run from Monday, February 1 – Wednesday, February 10, 2016.  

At the end of the tour, there will be a $20 Amazon gift card giveaway for the blog tour participants!

If you are interested in participating in the Just Let Me Say This blog tour, please follow the link and use the form to sign up!

  • – Please note: In the original post to this blog tour request, there was a $5 honorarium offered.  Almost unilaterally, all participants DECLINED the small offer to thank them for their time, effort, marketing and blog space!

To the amazing women of the Just Let Me Say This… Blog Tour Book Bloggers, I thank each and every one of you for renewing my faith in those who love reading and those who love writing!

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Lyn Horner’s Capturing Gabriel: Book & $25 Gift Card Giveaway!

Like two magnets, they are drawn to each other…
Like two mules, they stubbornly fight their hearts
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Lyn Horner has a $25 Amazon Gift Card PLUS 3 eBooks 
to Celebrate the release of Book 3 of  her
Romancing the Guardians Series
Capturing Gabriel
by Lyn Horner
 
My rating: 5 stars
 
Publisher: Lyn Horner
Publication Date: December 29, 2015
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Print Length: 141 pages
Available from: Amazon
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What’s a handsome Colombian psychic with super-hero-power to do with a spirited Navajo
beauty who invades his territory? Why…kidnap her, of course. 
Chopper
pilot, Josie Tseda, served in Afghanistan extracting soldiers from
deadly situations. She knows how to take care of herself. However, when she
vows to find Gabriel Valdez, a Guardian of Danu, and deliver him to a
gathering of the Council of Guardians, she may have bitten off more than
she can chew. Locating Gabriel in the mountains of Colombia is
hard enough. Josie didn’t count on ending up his prisoner.  Or, on falling for him.Gabriel is battling Colombian drug traffickers
and seeking revenge against the man who murdered his mother. He’s not
looking for romance and doesn’t trust the feisty American female who
wants to fly him off to the U.S. The message she conveys directing him
to return with her, supposedly coming from the High Guardian, may be a
lie to ensnare him and steal the precious scroll he guards.

Yet, he can’t help wanting her. Will he allow her to capture his heart? Or,
will the secret power he wields ultimately drive her away?
http://tometender.blogspot.com/2015/12/capturing-gabriel-by-lyn-horner.html

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Decoding Michaela
By Lyn HornerMy Rating: 5 StarsSeries: Romancing the Guardians – Book 2
Publication Date: June 8, 2015
Publisher: Lyn Horner
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Print Length: 144 pages
Available from:  Amazon
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Michaela Peterson can read minds but can she tell good from evil? A Guardian of Danu sworn to protect one of seven sacred scrolls, her identity is known only to the High Guardian. Or so she thinks until a stranger brings word that her revered leader has been murdered by vicious “Hellhounds” who want the scrolls. She’s attracted to the handsome messenger, but is he who he claims to be? Or does he mean to gain her trust and steal the scroll she guards?

Dev Medina often dreams of a woman he calls his golden goddess. He
believes she is real and meant for him. Expecting to deliver a warning
to Dr. “Michael” Peterson from the new High Guardian, he is stunned to
find the doctor is his dream girl. Fearing the Hellhounds may be coming
after her, he wants to whisk her to safety, but she stubbornly resists
leaving her Galveston, Texas, home. Can he convince her to trust him
before tragedy strikes?

 http://tometender.blogspot.com/2015/06/decoding-michaela-by-lyn-horner.html
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Rescuing Lara
by Lyn Horner
 
My Rating: 5 Stars
 
Series: Romancing the Guardians – Book 1

December 21, 2014
Publisher: Lyn Horner
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Print Length: 180 pages
Available from:  AmazonBarnes & Noble
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Lara Spenser is running for her life. She guards a treasured relic from
ages past that no one outside a select group is supposed to know about.
Yet, an evil one has learned of its existence and his minions are hot on
Lara’s trail. Although she has escaped to Ireland and is living under
an alias, her special sixth sense tells her the “Hellhounds” are growing
near. Injured in a car wreck that killed her beloved uncle, she is
desperate for someone to act as her bodyguard.
 
Enter Connor O’Shea, ex-Special Forces soldier. Now the foreman for a
crew of oil and gas well firefighters, Conn is on an extended vacation
after a devastating explosion on his last job. Out of curiosity, he
answers Lara’s ad for a “strong chauffeur” and takes on the job of
guarding her temporarily.
 
Conn has his hands full, not only keeping Lara safe but also trying
to help her recover from deep physical and emotional wounds. As days and
weeks pass the two grow closer and romance blooms, but their tenuous
peace is shattered one terrifying night by Lara’s pursuers. Conn may
prove his ability to protect her, but can he help her fulfill her
destiny as High Guardian of apocalyptic secrets? Can he rescue her from
the soul-deep pain that holds her prisoner?
 
Find the answers in Rescuing Lara, book one in this tantalizing series, Romancing the Guardians.
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By Lyn Horner 


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Capture Some Great Reading
Lyn Horner is offering 3 eCopies of 
Capturing Gabriel 
PLUS 
A Grand Prize of a $25 Amazon Gift Card
International where allowed
Ends  January 27, 2016

My Secret New Year

Not that kind of secret! 🙂

I’m speaking of Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret.  I began reading it again in preparation for the new year.  I’ve read it in the past and implemented the positive viewpoint/worldview and affirmation to great effect.  I actually won $1K from a scratch-off game about 4 weeks after doing a visualization I created based upon reading this book.  Did I continue the visualizations?  Of course not!  Why?  Who knows.  Fear.  Confusion.  Avoidance.  Probably all of the above.

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Back to the present.  I kept feeling like I needed to read The Secret again.  So, I did and am.  I am feeling strong and happy — no matter what is going on.  Yes, I acknowledge a lot of activity and busy-ness occurred this past week.  However, I refused to see it as negative.  It is just the nature of a new thing — this year.  And, a direct result of people having been out of the loop for several weeks.  Everyone was pretty much back and wanted to jump right back in and wanted answers.  Totally normal.  Totally human.  The way I interpret things is very important for my own well-being.

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By using the ideas from the various teachers in The Secret, I was able to navigate my own inner emotional landscape.  This allowed me to get my work done without the extreme emotional responses that I usually experience when Life throws a dozen balls at me all at once.

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Even the folks around me all week noticed my grounded energy and my happiness.  Proof positive that this stuff works!  Another small confirmation: On Monday morning, my first day back in the office I had a package on my desk.  It was a book I requested back in October 2015.  What was the book?  Joyce Meyer’s Power Words: What You Say Can Change Your Life.  [You can’t make this stuff up!]

(Psst…I wrote a teeny bit about Power Words here.)

What have you learned/seen/understood when you used The Secret?

Chronicles of the Interred: Alternate Book & GC Giveaway!

There are lies in the fabric of Time only she can unravel…
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Enter to win a THREE eBook Set of 
The Chronicles of the Interred 
PLUS
A $10 Amazon Gift Card
Alternate
by Marilyn Almodóvar
 
My rating: 5 stars
 
Series: Chronicles of the Interred – Book 3
Publication Date: December 23, 2015
Publisher: Iambe Books, LLC
Genre: YA Coming of Age | Time Travel
Print Length: 277 pages
Available from:  Barnes & Noble | Amazon USAmazon UK
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When a portal leaves
Baxter trapped and powerless in an alternate world, she finds herself on
the run and fighting for her life. The world’s Council wants to hand
her over to Declan, and her only source of support is a broken Alternate
Jack who blames her for all he’s lost. Baxter soon realizes that if
she’s going to defeat Declan and get back to her world, she’ll have to
reclaim her abilities and be stronger than she ever imagined.
Declan
and the Absorbers’ Initiative wage war on everyone who opposes them in
their hunt for Baxter. Their actions reveal what her future will be like
if she doesn’t make some drastic decisions. She knows that one misstep
on her part will lead to the destruction of not just this world, but her
own.

In a race against Time and bitter enemies, Baxter will
discover how much is at stake and just what she’ll have to sacrifice to
save those she loves. Can she learn from the fate of an alternate world
how to become the Time Bender she’s meant to be?

Tome Tender’s Review of…

 Alternate by Marilyn Almodovar
 (Chronicles of the Interred, #3)



Alternate (Chronicles of the Interred, #3)She is Baxter Number 7 in the alternate world she has found herself in. Powerless, Baxter must deal with seeing old friends who are not her friends, and, of course, Jack. But Alternate Jack is not like her Jack, he is older, sadder and bitter, blaming our Baxter for his loss of a special power, his loss of his Baxter. Would he rather see our Baxter dead than help her return home or defeat DeClan? So many things are different, yet so much feels like it should be the same, friends, not friends, some alive here while dead in Baxter’s dimension, but always DeClan is hot on her tale, chasing her through dimensions, killing off as many of the other Baxters as possible.


The time has come for our Baxter to take a stand, no matter the cost, fi she is meant to defeat DeClan, it is now or never, but how will she do it with no powers and without being sure of who stands with her? Why this dimension, why not with her Jack, the one who loves her?


Okay, I know, talk of dimensions, multiple Baxters, multiple Jacks, followers of Marilyn Almodovar and her brilliant series know what I am talking about, brilliant storytelling, weaving of fantasy and adversity, love and war and one girl, expected to save the world from the twisted grip of a deranged monster. Alternate is another edgy addition that is gripping, while alternating between being driven by the characters and the action, as well as the impending doom should all fail. Ms. Almodovar’s concept of different dimensions or planes of existence is just another fabulous weapon of words and imagination in her arsenal of creativity. Every dimension is separate and the outcomes may vary, but only in one will the final battle come. Will these dimensions clash or become the unlikely allies in the war against evil?


High tension, overflowing with emotional turmoil, precarious situations and one girl at the vortex. A highly recommended series to exercise one’s wildest imaginations, all while asking, “what if?”

 
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 Interred
by Marilyn Almodóvar

Tome Tender rating: 5 of 5 stars


Series: Chronicles of the Interred, Book 1
Publication Date: January 21, 2013
Publisher: Iambe Books
ISBN: 193945302X
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Page Count: 267
Available from: Amazon / Barnes & Noble


Synopsis:

Time has never been an issue for Baxter Jacobs, but then she never knew she had the ability to Bend it.

As
her sixteenth birthday approaches, Baxter inherits a pendant that will
change her life. Connected to the pendant is a dark and mysterious young
man named Declan Ashdown. Trapped in a Time loop for the past 122
years, Declan needs Baxter’s help to escape. The only problem is, she
has no idea how to do it.

To acquire the power she needs to free
him, she’ll become one of the Interred, those whose Magical abilities
emerge as they come of age. When she does, she’ll discover that Declan
isn’t the only one interested in the fact that she’s a Time Bender.

As
the Interment arrives, Baxter knows this will be no Sweet Sixteen. A
vengeful relative and ruthless Council are determined to control her.
Declan’s powerful and charming descendant, Jack Ashdown, claims he can
save her. She’ll soon have to decide who she can trust, and how to
master her new abilities before Time runs out.

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Fissure
by Marilyn Almodóvar


Tome Tender rating: 5 of 5 stars


Series: Chronicles of the Interred – Book 2
Publication Date: May 18, 2014
Publisher: Iambe Books, LLC
Genre: YA Fantasy
Print Length: 286 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:

Baxter Jacobs just
survived the worst Sweet Sixteen in history: buried in a coffin, hunted
down by assassins, and losing almost everything that mattered to her.
She’s ready for some normalcy, but “normal” won’t play any part of this
Time Bender’s future.
Now that the immediate threat is over, Baxter
learns just how much the English Council expects of the newest Interred.
The pressure has her seriously considering her uncle’s offer to take
her to New York, especially since she thinks it will keep her Healer,
Jack, from overusing his abilities. Knowing the New York Council’s ranks
are filled with beings using dark powers, however, makes her hesitate.

Before
she can choose, the decision is wrenched from her. Fissures in Time
result in a new battle with an old enemy. Someone she thought she’d lost
reenters her life, and she’ll discover a web of lies woven into the
fabric of Time…lies only she can unravel. Baxter will have to use her
growing abilities to try and reveal the truth, even if it forever
changes the reality she knows.

There are lies in the fabric of Time only she can unravel…

 

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Marilyn
Almodóvar is the author of a series of YA paranormal novels. Born in Ft.
Huachuca, Arizona, Lyn is a lover of words whose reading tastes range from
Victorian novels to the books of Stephen King. Her favorite past-times have
always been reading and writing, two activities that let her escape to other
worlds.


Lyn
could happily exist breathing the clean air of Narnia, trapped in a cupboard
under the stairs with Harry, fighting alongside Captain Jack Sparrow, doing an
internship in Torchwood, or traveling around time and space with the
Doctor…as long as she can have Mr. Spock, Captain Kirk and Captain Mal as
companions.


She
currently lives in Central Florida with her French husband, English-born eldest
son, and French-born youngest son.


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To celebrate the release of ALTERNATE,  
Marilyn Almodovar is offering 
A $10 Amazon Gift Card 
The three eBook set of The Chronicles of the Interred
That’s TWO winners!
International where allowed
Ends January 11, 2016