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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Virtual Book Tour Guest Post: Raven's Breath by @TishThawer

Hi! My name is Tish Thawer, author of The Rose Trilogy, and I'm excited to be here today to bring you my newest book RAVEN'S BREATH. It's about a grim reaper named Raven who must race to stop a sinister plan that Death is about to execute which just might destroy her world and everything around her.

Raven's Breath began as nothing more than an image. The wonderful Regina Wamba, of Mae I Design, put up a pre-made cover for sale and that was it––it stole my breath, no pun intended. The story immediately poured into my head and off we went. Raven was born and I was dragged into the world of Purgatory. And today...I'm taking you with me.

Welcome to the world of Death and his Reapers.

From the moment I thought of Purgatory as an actual city I knew it would be gray and gloomy, reminiscent of old London.


Death's castle had to be massive and gothic, eerie and foreboding, just like the man himself.

When I began to think of how the Reapers would travel from our human world to that of Purgatory, the idea of using a graveyard was the first thing that entered my mind. Graveyards=death. But the more I thought about it, the clearer it became that it needed to be something elaborate and unique, as it's the only way the Reaper's can enter Purgatory, henceforth the mausoleums.

These portals can transport a Reaper anywhere in the world, each one connecting to a specific place. In Purgatory the mausoleums are located in the portal fields.

In order to make my Purgatory seem like an actual town, it had to have things to do and places to shop. Drey is a tailor in Purgatory and the owner of Drey's Boutique. He supplies Death and the Reapers with their attire, and creates all of Raven's custom clothes. (Having wings isn't easy!)

Gray and gloomy doesn't mean dull. At Digger's restaurant you can relax among the themed atmosphere while enjoying dinner and a drink.

Garrett and Raven like to relax with a drink at their apartments too. Hence, The Last Stop liquor store.

When Death recruited Raven, he promised her an apartment with all the modern conveniences of her human life. Obviously, he was pretty convincing!

I first saw the image of "Svell" on Pinterest and immediately knew I had to write him into my book. You'll have to read what type of beast he is, but I think you'll agree...Svell is badass!

I hope you've enjoyed this peek into Purgatory. There are a lot more interesting places and people to discover in Raven's Breath so I hope you'll grab your copy today!

(All images are fantasy cast images, used in accordance with the Fair Trade Act.)

Tish Thawer writes paranormal romances for all ages, including her new adult series The Rose Trilogy, and her adult paranormal romance, The Ovialell Series, as well as young adult short-stories. Her magickal elements and detailed world-building are a welcome constant in every novel. 

Before becoming a writer she worked as a computer consultant, a photographer, and a graphic designer. She also operates a custom glass etching business, in addition to being a wife and mother of three wonderful children.

She's been a fan of the paranormal for as long as she can remember. Anything to do with superpowers, myth and magic has always held a special place in her heart. From her first paranormal cartoon, Isis, to the phenomenon that is Twilight, this genre has always been a part of her life.

A common FAQ: "How do you pronounce her last name?
Answer: Think "Bower" or "Thow-er." It's Persian!

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Raven can breathe life into you, or suck the life from you...the choice is yours!

They say your life flashes before your eyes when you die. But what you didn't know...your last thoughts determine whether Raven becomes your Grim Reaper or your Saving Grace.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Audio Book Review: Si-Cology 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty's Favorite Uncle by Si Robertson and Mark Schlabach

By: Si Robertson, Mark Schlabach
Read by: Si Robertson, Jay Stone
Publication Date: September 3, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Source: publisher

If you don’t know who Si Robertson is by now then you must be living under a rock. He is one of my favorite characters from Duck Dynasty. Getting the chance to review his audio was a treat. I was looking forward to some witty advice for Uncle Si. I was also hoping to learn a different side of Si.

Si takes us through some serious times in his life. Mainly Vietnam. It defined who he is today and also is the reason for his Tupperware cup. If you want to know the story behind his cup you will have to read or listen to his book because I’m not spoiling that story. Mixing his normal tall tales in with reality, he brings us into his life from the time he was born all the way to today. He lets us know that he has had many trials and his faith is what got him through.

Si Robertson did not let me down and it was nice that he even read most of his own stories himself. Though the chapters are unorganized and a bit random it provided several humorous parts and also manyinspiring moments peppered in. Quick, fun read and if you are a true Duck Dynasty fan you won’t be disappointed (and that’s a fact, Jack!!)


Monday, April 14, 2014

Stacking the Shelves: April 14, 2014

What is Stacking The Shelves all about?

We are all book lovers and the need to share our enthusiasm is sometimes overwhelming. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

If you’re anything like me, you are probably hoarding books and even though you are excited about your latest book arrival, it might be a while before you get to review it and Stacking The Shelves is a good way to express your undying enthusiasm for those titles!

How to participate? Just head on over to Tynga's Reviews and sign up!

Thank you Anna! This one has been on my list for a long time!!

 The Tudors for Dummies by David Loades & Mei Trow

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Book Blast + Giveaway: The Towers of Tuscany by @carolcram

Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours and author Carol M. Cram are excited to announce The Towers of Tuscany Book Blast! Join us from April 7-13 as The Towers of Tuscany is featured around the blogosphere, along with a chance to win one of three copies of this amazing new novel! Called "a beautifully crafted masterpiece of historical fiction", "lush", and "page-turning" Cram's debut novel will appeal to readers who enjoy a strong female lead who, against great odds, dares to follow a dream. The Towers of Tuscany includes a Reader's Guide making it a perfect Book Club pick! In honor of the Book Blast we are giving away three copies to three lucky readers, see below to enter. 

The Towers of Tuscany 
Publication Date: January 23, 2014 
New Arcadia Publishing Formats: Paperback, Ebook 
Genre: Historical Fiction 

Set amid the twisting streets and sunlit piazzas of medieval Italy, the Towers of Tuscany tells the story of a woman who dares to follow her own path in the all-male domain of the painter’s workshop. Sofia Barducci is born into a world where a woman is only as good as the man who cares for her, but she still claims the right to make her own mistakes. Her first mistake is convincing her father to let her marry Giorgio Carelli, a wealthy saffron merchant in San Gimignano, the Tuscan city of towers. Trained in secret by her father to create the beautifully-crafted panels and altarpieces acclaimed today as masterpieces of late medieval art, Sofia’s desire for freedom from her father’s workshop leads her to betray her passion and sink into a life of loveless drudgery with a husband who comes to despise her when she does not produce a son. In an attack motivated by vendetta, Sofia’s father is crushed by his own fresco, compelling Sofia to act or risk the death of her soul. The choice she makes takes her on a journey from misery to the heights of passion—both as a painter and as a woman. Sofia escapes to Siena where, disguised as a boy, she paints again. When her work attracts the notice of a nobleman who discovers the woman under the dirty smock, Sofia is faced with a choice that nearly destroys her. The Towers of Tuscany unites a strong heroine with meticulously researched settings and compelling characters drawn from the rich tapestry of medieval Italy during one of Europe's most turbulent centuries. The stylishly written plot is packed with enough twists and turns to keep readers up long past their bedtimes. READ AN EXCERPT.
The Towers of Tuscany

Praise for The Towers of Tuscany
“The Towers of Tuscany is a delightful escape to the Siena we all love. Carol Cram has crafted a delicious story about a strong woman torn between her secret past, her love of painting and the forbidden charms of her rich patron. Hard to resist and highly recommended!” - Anne Fortier, Author of The Lost Sisterhood and the New York Times bestseller, Juliet “Carol Cram's lush descriptions and intriguing characters bring this dramatic tale of medieval Tuscany to life. If you love Italian art, a feisty heroine, and a page-turning plot, you will adore this novel.” – Deborah Swift, Author of A Divided Inheritance "The Towers of Tuscany has all the elements of a wonderful historical novel?a talented, frustrated heroine, a treacherous, feckless husband, and a promise to a dying, much loved father who orders the heroine on a dangerous mission. Carol is a first rate storyteller. The research is well done. Every chapter displays a fine knowledge of painting technique of the 14th century, and customs and mores of the age. The details of dress, fabric, food, are flawless. The clever dialogue and fast pace make the novel zing along." - Roberta Rich, Author of The Midwife of Venice and The Harem Midwife “Sofia will set your heart racing as she attempts to find what we all, in our own ways, strive to seek: love, resolution, and artistic freedom. The legacy of this story will leave you yearning for more.” – Cathleen With, award-winning author of Having Faith in the Polar Girls’ Prison

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About the Author
Carol Cram
Carol M. Cram has enjoyed a great career as an educator, teaching at Capilano University in North Vancouver for over twenty years and authoring forty-plus bestselling textbooks on business communications and software applications. She holds an MA in Drama from the University of Toronto and an MBA from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Carol is currently focusing as much of her attention as she can spare between walks in the woods on writing historical novels with an arts twist. She and her husband, painter Gregg Simpson, share a life on beautiful Bowen Island near Vancouver, Canada.

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Book Blast Schedule
Monday, April 7 Literary Chanteuse Bibliophilia, Please Cheryl's Book Nook A Bibliotaph's Reviews Confessions of an Avid Reader Tuesday, April 8 Mari Reads Peeking Between the Pages History From a Woman's Perspective Wednesday, April 9 Reviews by Molly Susan Heim on Writing Oh, For the Hook of a Book Thursday, April 10 Passages to the Past Book Lovers Paradise To Read or Not to Read Curling Up With a Good Book Friday, April 11 Words and Peace The Mad Reviewer Historical Fiction Obsession Saturday, April 12 Book Nerd Layered Pages Princess of Eboli Kelsey's Book Corner Sunday, April 13 West Metro Mommy The True Book Addict Caroline Wilson Writes

To enter to win one of 3 copies of The Towers of Tuscany please complete the Rafflecopter giveaway form below. Giveaway is open internationally. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm on April 13th. You must be 18 or older to enter. Winners will be chosen via Rafflecopter on April 14th and notified via email. Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen. 

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