Monday, March 25, 2019

TASTING THE APPLE TOUR

Welcome. I'm happy to start the new week with TASTING THE APPLE TOUR, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the second book of The Bootleggers' Chronicles.






Tasting the Apple (+ Giveaway)
When you hear the word Prohibition, images of Flappers, gangsters and jazz. But there was also a lot of mystery in the Roaring 20s. Today we get a chance to see how the ghost of a policeman helps a widow deal with criminal elements.

Author Sherilyn Decter is visiting today to share her latest release, TASTING THE APPLE, the second installment in her Bootleggers’ Chronicles. She also has an exciting giveaway she’s hosting for the tour. Be sure to check it out at the end of the post.

A young widow on the edge. A policeman back from the dead. Together, can they take down the city’s most notorious bootlegger?

          Philadelphia, 1925. With a son to raise and boarders to feed, Maggie Barnes is at her wit’s end. But when a criminal element infiltrates the police force, the single mother puts her cares aside to help. As she tries to dig up dirt on bootlegger mastermind Mickey Duffey, Maggie realizes she can’t take on the case alone…
          Inspector Frank Geyer used to patrol the streets of Philadelphia before Maggie was born. As he attempts to clean up crime from beyond the grave, the spirit uses his Victorian sensibilities to fight back against lawbreakers. But with corruption throughout the police force, can the phantom informant save his city and Maggie’s livelihood?
          With the roof leaking and the lawlessness spiraling, Maggie and Frank have one chance to take down a criminal and prevent the unthinkable…

Check out TASTING THE APPLE on Amazon.

Those readers that aren’t familiar with the author, here’s some background information on her.

The Roaring Twenties and Prohibition were a fantasy land, coming right after the horrors and social upheaval of World War I. Even a century later, it all seems so exotic.

Women got the vote, started working outside the home, and (horrors!) smoked and drank in public places. They even went on unchaperoned dates (gasp)! Corsets were thrown into the back of the closets, and shoes were discovered to be an addictive fashion accessory after hemlines started to rise. And thanks to Prohibition, suddenly it was fashionable to break the law. The music was made in America- ragtime, delta blues, and of course jazz. Cocktails were created to hide the taste of the bathtub gin. Flappers were dancing, beads and fringes flying. Fedoras were tipped. And everyone was riding around in automobiles (aka struggle buggies and I leave it to your imagination why- wink.)

Bootleggers’ Chronicles grew out of that fascination. Writing as Sherilyn Decter, I will eventually have a series of historical crime fiction novels dealing with the bootleggers, gangsters, flappers, and general lawlessness that defined Prohibition. The Bootlegger blog rose out of all the research that I’ve been doing about this incredible era.

Growing up on the prairies and living next to the ocean, I am a creature of endless horizons. Writing allows me to discover what’s just over the next one. My husband and I have three amazing daughters, a spoiled grandson, and two bad dogs.

Sherilyn Decter is enthralled with the flashing flappers and dangerous bootleggers from the Roaring Twenties and Prohibition. Through meticulous research, that lawless era is brought to life. Living in a century-old house, maybe the creaking pipes whisper stories in her ear.

To get the inside skinny on the Bootlegger’s Chronicles, you can reach Sherilyn at the following links:

WEBSITE          FACEBOOK      PINTEREST

GIVEAWAY
Author Sherilyn Decter is giving away an autographed paperback copy of TASTING THE APPLE and INNOCENCE LOST. Click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instruction to enter. If you can’t see the widget, just click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to comment on the post and enter to win your copy of this intriguing tale. What do you think of when you hear the word Prohibition?




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Monday, March 18, 2019

MASQUERADE TOUR


Masquerade: Oddly Suited Book Spotlight

Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for Masquerade: Oddly Suited, a young-adult romance anthology from The Insecure Writer’s Support Group which is coming out on 30th April 2019!



About the Anthology
Title: Masquerade: Oddly Suited
Release date: April 30th, 2019
Publisher: Dancing Lemur Press
Genres: Young Adult Fiction: Romance – General / Paranormal / Contemporary
Print ISBN: 9781939844644
EBook ISBN: 9781939844651

Synopsis
Find love at the ball…
Can a fake dating game show lead to love? Will a missing key free a clock-bound prince? Can a softball pitcher and a baseball catcher work together? Is there a vampire living in Paradise, Newfoundland? What’s more important—a virtual Traveler or a virtual date to the ball?
Ten authors explore young love in all its facets, from heartbreak to budding passion. Featuring the talents of L.G. Keltner, Jennifer Lane, C.D. Gallant-King, Elizabeth Mueller, Angela Brown, Myles Christensen, Deborah Solice, Carrie-Anne Brownian, Anstice Brown, and Chelsea Marie Ballard.
Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will mystify and surprise even as they touch your heart. Don your mask and join the party…

Links


Stories Featured
Oddly Suited, LG Keltner
The silliest situations may be oddly suited for romance.
Behind the Catcher’s Mask, Jennifer Lane
Who can help her through a meltdown on the pitcher’s mound?
The Dark Charade, CD Gallant-King
The new girl in town falls in love for a mysterious boy who is maybe, probably, most definitely, a vampire.
The Cog Prince, Elizabeth Mueller
Falling in love, saving the day, and a masque—oh my! Will a missing key free a clock-bound prince?
A Diver’s Ball, Angela Brown
You can be anything you want in the online world of Cumulus. A human. An elf. A powerful beast mutation from your wildest imagination. But can you be in love?
Flower of Ronda, Myles Christensen
What if life’s price of servanthood could be changed?
Fearless Heart, Deborah Solice
Is he a figment of her imagination conjured to keep her sane, or is he something else…something more?
Charleston Masquerade, Carrie-Anne Brownian
Can two worlds come together and find love?
Sea of Sorrows, Anstice Brown
What could a shapeshifting siren know about love?
Remedy, Chelsea Marie Ballard
Everything is against Remy and Rudy, but on the night of the Masquerade Ball, they must choose: each other or their lives?

You can find out more about the authors of Masquerade: Oddly Suited here.

Giveaway
The authors of Masquerade: Oddly Suited are giving away a $50 Amazon gift card to one winner. To enter, please complete the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is open internationally from 12:00 am GMT 17th March to 12:00am GMT 6th May.





Tour Schedule
Visit the other blog tour hosts below to find out more about the stories and authors featured in Masquerade: Oddly Suited. 
·         Mon 18th March: Spotlight @ The Story of a Writer
·         Fri 22nd March: Guest post by Anstice Brown @ Nicki Elson’s Not-So-Deep Thoughts
·         Sun 24th March: Interview with Jennifer Lane @ Nancee Cain, Romance with a Serrated Edge
·         Tues 26th March: Guest post by Angela Brown @ Blog of Author J Lenni Dorner
·         Wed 27th March: Debut author spotlight with Chelsea Marie Ballard & Anstice Brown @ Operation Awesome
·         Fri 29th March: Spotlight @ April Blogging from A-Z Challenge
·         Mon 1st April: Interview with Deborah Solice @ Dusting the Soul
·         Thurs 4th April: Spotlight @ Elements of Emaginette
·         Fri 5th April: Guest post by C.D Gallant-King @ Writer’s Gambit
·         Mon 8th April: Interview with Elizabeth Mueller @ Just Jemi
·         Fri 12th April: Guest post by Carrie-Anne Brownian @ Jennifer Lane Books
·         Mon 15th April: Guest post by Chelsea Marie Ballard @ My Pet Blog
·         Tues 16th April: Guest post by Myles Christensen @ Quiet Fury Books
·         Mon 22nd April: Interview with all the authors @ Alex J. Cavanaugh
·         Sat 4th May: Interview with L.G Keltner @ The Cynical Sailor & His Salty Sidekick


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

MARCH IWSG

Here it is a new month. Where do the days go? Welcome to March and IWSG.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG.

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. Remember, the question is optional!!!

March  6th question: Whose perspective do you like to write from best, the hero (protagonist) or the villain (antagonist) and why?


Awesome Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of IWSG

His awesome co-hosts for the March 6 posting of the IWSG are Fundy Blue, Beverly Stowe McClure, Erika Beebe, and Lisa Buie-Collard!


Now for the question

So far, I've always written a story from the perspective of the hero or heroine. Never actually gave it a thought to write from the villain's point of view. It might be fun though. 

Why? Many of my stories start with a title. Often a title just pops into my head. I jot it down and think about it for awhile and see what happens. I think it would be neat to write a story alternating the main characters. One chapter from the viewpoint of the hero; the next chapter from the villain. Oh, yes. I  want to do that. Have you done that? Thanks for the idea. If I ever finish what I'm working on, I may try it. My current hero is making all kinds of changes to what I thought was finished. He has other ideas. 

Looking forward to see your answers. Should be fun.

Happy Writing.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

READ AN E-BOOK WEEK MARCH 3rd through 9th


Read an E-Book Week will run from March 3rd - 9th this year.


The following titles will be offered as free give-aways via the Twilight Times Books web site during Read an E-Book Week, March 3 - 9, 2019.


All that Glitters by Loren K. Jones
An Elfy on the Loose by Barb Caffrey
Anselm: a Metamorphosis by Florence Byham Weinberg
Book Reviewers Talk about their Craft by Mayra Calvani
Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective by Christine Amden
Caves, Cannons and Crinolines by Beverly Stowe McClure MY CIVIL WAR YA NOVEL
Changing Faces by Barb Caffrey
Equity of Evil by Rudy A. Mazzocchi
For Keeps by Aaron Paul Lazar
Hamster Island by Joan Heartwell
How I Wrote My First Book: the story behind the story by Anne K. Edwards and Lida E. Quillen, Editors
Jerome and the Seraph by Robina Williams
Laughing All the Way by Darrell Bain
Literary Sampler by Mayra Calvani, Aaron Paul Lazar and Anne K. Edwards
Lucid by Natalie Roers
Monkey Trap by Lee Denning
No Place for Gods by Gerald Mills
Rue the Day by Ralph Freedman
Saga of Rim by Cecilia Wennerström 
Schooled in Magic by Christopher Nuttall
Stories of the Confederated Star Systems by Loren K. Jones
Sunstruck by Mayra Calvani
The Accidental Art Thief by Joan Schweighardt
The Ex-Club Tong Pang by Janis Hashe
The Immortality Virus by Christine Amsden
The Last to Fall by Anne K. Edwards
The Wolfman, the Shrink and the Eighth-Grade Election
 by D. M. Nigro

This is the link to the freebies web page. Shows which days the books are available for free. CAVES, CANNONS, AND CRINOLINES is free on March 4. The link will take you there.


CLC Gold Winner 
Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist
Eric Hoffer Award Winner

A Review:



"The year 1863 finds outspoken, 14-year-old, Lizzie Stamford at a crossroads of what her parents believe to be acceptable behavior for a young lady and her secret desire to join the Confederate Army disguised as a boy. Her two brothers, Willie and Joseph, willingly joined the Confederacy to defend Vicksburg from the Yankees, and Lizzie longs to be part of the glory. Her blind courage brings her into the midst of a battleground at night. Much to her dismay, war is not what she believed it to be. The horrific acts of violence overwhelm her and she runs away quickly after she arrives.

"Lizzie’s emotions and beliefs that all Yankees are evil is put to the test by an unexpected encounter with a Yankee soldier. Will Lizzie come to terms with the ever changing world and circumstances that surround her? And what is to become of her beloved brothers and the city of Vicksburg?



Now I must go see what I'd like to read. Happy Reading!