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It’s Like the Full Moon Book Tour

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TitleIt’s Like the Full Moon

Series: Sayings Series 1
AuthorGlorie Townson
GenreContemporary Romance
Reading LevelAdult
Content RatingPG-13
Formats: paperback and ebook
Pages: 235
Words: 57,000

Rebecca has just turned thirty. She’s happy living a perfectly comfortable and predictable life. She’s even ready to marry her long-time boyfriend whenever he finally gets around to asking her. But all that changes when her best friend whisks her away to Italy for a much-needed vacation.
In the midst of site seeing and finally letting loose, Rebecca manages to catch the eye of a young English tourist; but doesn’t let it go to her head. By the time she’s back in the states and back in the arms of her long-time beau, Rebecca has already forgotten about Peter, Paten, Paul…whatever his name was, that is until he shows up at her brother’s cabin in the woods.
A life of normalcy, routine, and stability gets turned upside down as Rebecca decides whether or not she’s truly ready to get married. And if so, who is the one she’s really meant to be with?

Tell us a little about yourself.

Well, my name is Glorie Townson, but I’m basically an alternate personality for author, Toi Thomas. We are much the same, but where we differ makes a difference. While she’s all things geek, I love tea cups, Betty Boop, and musicals.

Coffee, tea, other or why?

Well, I can see you’ve read the book. For me, it’s tea all the way. Green tea first, an assortment of herbal teas, and then black and oolong. But if you happen to have a bold Earl Grey with some Irish crème, I’ll take it any day.

What is your greatest reading pet peeve?

If you’re speaking of things I personally don’t like in writing, I’ll keep that to myself, since it’s personal. Outside of that, I reach the edge of homicide when someone tries to make small talk while I’m reading.

What do you like most about writing?

I like the idea of creating something and since I’m not a painter or musician, words on the page or screen are my tools and canvas.

What do you like least about writing?

The technical stuff like style and grammar. These are skills that need to be developed and improved constantly when pursuing publication. While this is very important, it’s not really fun.

Do you have a signature look, article of clothing, or accessory that you like to wear when promoting your work?

Not yet, but I’m working on it. Toi wears an angel wing necklace when promoting her Eternal Curse Series. I’m still looking for my signature piece.

How did you feel when It’s Like the Full Moon was completed?

I was very excited and also nervous. This is the first time I’ve able to express myself in writing. Toi’s all speculative fiction, but this contemporary romance is something new and exciting. I hope someone out there likes it.

Any advice for aspiring writers?

Oh yes. Write whenever you can. Hone your skill and don’t be afraid to try new things. Most of all, write because you love to write.

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Glorie Townson is more than just a pen name for the author, Toi Thomas; she’s an entirely different personality. Glorie is the softer side of Toi, who puts down her comic books and picks up a volume of Robert Frost poems. Like Toi, Glorie is happily married to her wonderfully supportive husband, and together they share a home with their pet turtle, Betty. This is Glorie’s first publication, but she’s already feeling the inspiration to pen another tale, to which she’ll gladly share with the world. 









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It’s Like the Full Moon Book Tour

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Title: It’s Like the Full Moon
Series: Sayings Series 1
Author: Glorie Townson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Reading Level: Adult
Content Rating: PG-13
Formats: paperback and ebook
Pages: 235
Rebecca has just turned thirty. She’s happy living a perfectly comfortable and predictable life. She’s even ready to marry her long-time boyfriend whenever he finally gets around to asking her. But all that changes when her best friend whisks her away to Italy for a much-needed vacation.
In the midst of site seeing and finally letting loose, Rebecca manages to catch the eye of a young English tourist; but doesn’t let it go to her head. By the time she’s back in the States and back in the arms of her long-time beau, Rebecca has already forgotten about Peter, Paten, Paul…whatever his name was, that is until he shows up at her brother’s cabin in the woods.
A life of normalcy, routine, and stability gets turned upside down as Rebecca decides whether or not she’s truly ready to get married. And if so, who is the one she’s really meant to be with?

Rebecca loves Virgil, but she isn’t sure she’s in love with him. And she isn’t certain she wants to get married, at least not anytime soon. On the verge of a breakdown, she goes to Italy with her best friend in hopes she’ll be able to sort out her thoughts. Things get even more complicated when she meets Paul, an adorable Englishman who captivates her with his charm and divine accent. Now Rebecca isn’t sure what she wants or who she wants to be with. If she doesn’t decide soon, she might lose it all.

Glorie Townson’s debut contemporary romance novel is alternately humorous, heartbreaking, and dramatic. Rebecca’s journey isn’t all about romance and love interests. It’s about resolving issues with her father, facing tragedy, grieving, and ultimately discovering who she is and what she wants out of life. Rebecca is a sympathetic, realistic, and sometimes frustrating character. She’s normally independent and confident, but when it comes to love, she’s lost in confusion. What should be a simple decision, becomes increasingly complicated. Townson has created a diverse cast of characters with unique personalities. Family is very important in this book, and Rebecca’s tight-knit unit of family and friends are essential to this book. If you’re a fan of contemporary romance or chick-lit, you should definitely give this book a try!

Note: I received an advance-release copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Glorie Townson is more than just a pen name for the author, Toi Thomas; she’s an entirely different personality. Glorie is the softer side of Toi, who puts down her comic books and picks up a volume of Robert Frost poems. Like Toi, Glorie is happily married to her wonderfully supportive husband, and together they share a home with their pet turtle, Betty. This is Glorie’s first publication, but she’s already feeling the inspiration to pen another tale, to which she’ll gladly share with the world.

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Ebenezer Scrooge: Ghost Hunter


Ebenezer Scrooge: Ghost Hunter expands the original text of Charles Dicken’s classic with all-new scenes of malicious ghosts, soul devouring wraiths, deadly doppelgangers and other terrors from the netherworld. Our story opens seven years after Marley’s violent death. Ebenezer Scrooge has given up ghost hunting and embraced an inevitable slow death by alcohol poisoning. When the spectre of his deceased partner appears to him on Christmas Eve, Scrooge learns that he must face three Ghosts – one who will try to help him, one who will try to harm him and one that cannot be killed.

In a story that spans a lifetime of torment, Scrooge must face the demons of his past and his failures in the present in order to prevent the horror that is his future. The stakes for Scrooge’s soul have never been higher than in this wicked retelling of the classic, A Christmas Carol.

Interview with Jaqueline Kyle

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m an adventure addict. I love to travel and push out of my comfort zone. I’ve bungee jumped, ran a marathon, and started a business. I’m always looking for challenges so I can overcome them. Particularly if they scare me. Writing fiction, soliciting reviews, opening myself up to criticism? That’s the current challenge!

When did you begin writing?

I’ve always written. I won a writing award in first grade when I could hardly hold a pencil. It was a gruesome little story for a six year old. It followed a litter of kittens escaping being drowned by a farmer and striking out to find their new homes. I illustrated it with crayons. Thankfully I no longer illustrate my own books!

Can you tell us about your most recent release?

It’s called Ebenezer Scrooge: Ghost Hunter and it’s a retelling of A Christmas Carol. The story is still about redemption, but Scrooge has different motivations and social hang ups. Plus there’s scary supernatural stuff. It was a delightful project because there are so many ghosts and creepy things in the original text! I think most readers will have trouble picking out where Dickens’ prose ends and mine begins.

How did you get the idea for the book?

I was wandering around a Dickens Fair (like a Renaissance Fair but set in the streets of London circa 1850). They were performing scenes from A Christmas Carol out in the crowd. When the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come appeared, a woman was blocking the path for the performer, so he stood silent as death behind her. When someone finally nudged her, she turned and screamed bloody murder. It was fantastic. I went home thinking that A Christmas Carol was still very relevant today.

Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?

The Ghost of Christmas Present is particularly sinister. He was the most challenging to write because in the original, he’s jovial and almost carefree. Re-reading the book now, he’s definitely become my favorite.

What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?

Retelling a beloved classic has peculiar challenges. How do you respect the characters and original author, but bring something new to the table? It’s rather presumptive to re-write Dickens – he’s amazing. I overcame the issue by sticking with the original style of tone and prose. That way the new content surprises and delights the reader and respects the legacy.

What is your primary goal as an author?

To write a good story. Writing makes me ridiculously happy. If I can tell a good story that other people enjoy, it just completes this circle of happiness.

What projects are you currently working on?

I started a community for aspiring writers and indie authors called Wordingly. I’ve spent the majority of my time lately creating how-to manuals and video tutorials for everything from ebook layout to marketing techniques. There’s such a learning curve when you’re trying to get your first book out. Wordingly is a collection of courses, best practices and community to help tear down that barrier.

What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?

Write the best story that you can. Most aspiring writers get scared of what people will think. They panic and stop writing. They self-sabotage the publishing process.  Embrace the fear and do it anyway!


Author Bio

Jaqueline Kyle once stood on top of an active nuclear reactor. It glowed. She dove the Great Barrier Reef and the fish swarmed to check HER out. On her 16th birthday she flew a plane solo – just to enjoy the view. She once ran a marathon – because it was faster than walking. When she bungee jumps, she always goes first, so her friends can jump off the bridge after her. Jaqueline Kyle is not the most interesting man in the world – because she’s a woman.

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The Mark of Noba: Book Review

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I’m thrilled to be part of The Mark of Noba book blitz organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. If you’d like to catch up on earlier stops in the tour, you can view the complete blitz schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours: Before I post my review of this wonderful book, let’s have a look at gorgeous cover and the blurb:

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The Mark of Noba (The Sterling Wayfairer Series #1) by GL Tomas

Sterling Wayfairer has one goal for his senior year: make his mark. He’s been slipping into the background his whole high school career—distracted by his mother’s mental health, unsettled by the vivid dreams that haunt him at night, and overshadowed by the athletic accomplishments of his popular best friends. But this year is going to be different. He’s going to break a few rules, have some fun, and maybe even work up the nerve to ask his crush out on a date.

But things don’t go exactly as planned. Students are disappearing, Sterling starts losing time, and it all seems to center around Tetra, a girl no one else seems to notice but him. When he finally tracks her down for answers, they aren’t what he expects: He and Tetra hail from a world called Noba, and they’re being hunted by a Naga, a malevolent shapeshifter that’s marked them for destruction.

Tetra and Sterling have distinct abilities that can help them fight back, but their power depends heavily on the strength of their bond, a connection that transcends friendship, transcends romance. Years apart have left their bond weak. Jumpstarting it will require Sterling to open his heart and his mind and put his full trust in the mysterious Tetra.

If he doesn’t, neither of them will survive.

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My Review: Sterling is always in trouble. His parents are furious he’s broken curfew – again. Something weird happened at school, and he was blamed for it. And there are strange lapses in time he can’t explain. But things are going to get worse. Much worse. When Tetra begins popping in and out of his life, Sterling fears he’s losing his mind. She claims to be from another world and says the two of them share a unique bond. If they are going to defeat their enemy, Sterling is going to have to accept the truth of who he is and learn to control the power inside him.

I loved this book so much, it’s hard to know where to begin with this review. I’ll start with Sterling because it was his unique voice that hooked me from the very beginning. He’s such a fun character. He’s clever, engaging, and easy to relate to. In addition to typical teen struggles (trying to fit it, not being as athletic as his friends, crushing on a hot girl who seems to have him in the friend zone), he’s also dealing with a mentally ill parent. Sterling’s point of view is often amusing and always authentic. His character is very well written.

Tetra is harder to relate to. She’s from another world, so her tone is more formal. Her way of looking at the world and relating to others is the opposite of Sterling, so their alternating points of view really work in this story. As Tetra learns to adjust to the world she’s in, she shows the vulnerability hidden behind her strength.

In terms of diversity, this book earns an easy five stars. It’s refreshing to read a book where diversity is the norm and color of skin has nothing to do with race. Sexuality is dealt with in a matter of fact way, and gender roles are explored through Tetra’s introspection.

The world-building in this book is among the best I’ve ever seen. It’s a very well-written book I would highly recommend. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!!!

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Authors and Bloggers Against Piracy Blog Tour Day 5

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Welcome to Day 5 of the Authors and Bloggers Against Piracy Blog Tour. Today’s free book is Last Sunrise & Other Stories by Simon Goodson. Please be sure to stop by tomorrow for more free books. For a chance to win a $20 Amazon giftcard, please enter the Rafflecopter giveaway at the bottom of this post.


They say you always remember your first. Every moment. Every glance. Every touch. Everything that either of you said. And it’s true. I’ve never forgotten the first woman I slept with. Or the first person I killed. But then, they were both the same night, both in the same place…both were the same person. (First One)

When Angels return to the control room for the first time in over five hundred years they get a shock. Rather than reverting and losing the ability to create fire again, mankind has made immense leaps forward. Find out how the Angels react. (Everyone Out)

Thrown back in time to 1978 I find myself re-living decades of time. Knowing what is to come creates both opportunities and immense pain. (Déjà Vu)

When a test flight goes wrong and reaches a previously unknown level of hyperspace the crew make an amazing discovery. Wounds that should kill heal almost instantly with no pain. As members of the crew carry out ever more extreme tests Captain Shana starts to suspect that all is not well. (Test Flight)

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Author Bio: Simon Goodson is the author of the highly rated ‘Wanderer’s Escape’ science fiction novel, the first of three books (so far) in the Wanderer’s Odyssey series. He is also the author of the two exciting ‘Dark Soul Silenced’ fantasy books.

His short stories cover a variety of speculative fiction including, but not limited to, science fiction and fantasy. Several of the short stories are freely available from, while many more are available in the collection ‘Last Sunrise & Other Stories’.

Simon fits in writing around a full time job as an IT Consultant and a hectic family life looking after his son and two daughters. He can most often be found writing at lunchtimes and during the commute home.


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Lowcountry Boneyard Blog Tour

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Where is Kent Heyward? The twenty-three-year-old heiress from one of Charleston’s oldest families vanished a month ago. When her father hires private investigator Liz Talbot, Liz suspects the most difficult part of her job will be convincing the patriarch his daughter tired of his overbearing nature and left town. That’s what the Charleston Police Department believes.

But behind the garden walls South of Broad, family secrets pop up like weeds in the azaleas. The neighbors recollect violent arguments between Kent and her parents. Eccentric twin uncles and a gaggle of cousins covet the family fortune. And the lingering spirit of a Civil-War-era debutante may know something if Colleen, Liz’s dead best friend, can get her to talk.

Liz juggles her case, the partner she’s in love with, and the family she adores. But the closer she gets to what has become of Kent, the closer Liz dances to her own grave.

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The dead are not generally fretful of mortal affairs. My friend Colleen passed from this world to the next seventeen years ago last June. She can’t be bothered with global warming, the national debt, or those Duck Dynasty folks from Louisiana. She’s careful to stay focused on her mission, namely, protecting Stella Maris, our South Carolina island home, from the evils of high-rise resorts, timeshares, and all such as that. But occasionally, she fixates on what appear to be random concerns, mostly cases I’m working. Colleen minds my business, is what I’m saying.

To be fair, I make my living minding other people’s business. I’m a private investigator, licensed by the state. Roughly half of my casework is pre-trial investigation for criminal defense attorneys. Another quarter involves domestic misunderstandings. The remainder is a mixed bag of human comedy and suffering—everything from conspiracy to kidnap a prize hound for stud services to conspiracy to commit murder. Sometimes it’s difficult to know which I’m dealing with at first, but I pray for the wildly farcical.

That Tuesday in mid-October, I was sitting in an Adirondack chair on my deck savoring my second cup of coffee and the music of waves breaking and racing to shore. The sun was warm on my skin. I’d just finished a read-through of my final report on a case when a ringtone named pinball announced a caller not in my contacts list. I glanced at my iPhone. It was precisely nine o’clock. The number was local. I set my coffee down and picked up the phone.

“Talbot and Andrews Investigations.”

“Miss Talbot?” The man’s tone brought to mind a professor who’d caught me daydreaming in class.

I pulled the phone away from my face and scrutinized the number again. What the hell? “This is Liz Talbot. How can I help you?”

“Colton Heyward here. I’d like to arrange a meeting at your earliest convenience.”

Something heavy and dark settled in my chest. The Heyward family and their missing early-twenties daughter had been all over the news. Kent Heyward had vanished from the streets of Charleston one late summer evening.

I closed my eyes and forced air into my lungs. “Of course. I’ll come whenever you like.”

He gave me his home address on lower Legare Street in Charleston and asked me to be there at ten o’clock the next morning. Had I not been familiar with the family, the address—which was south of Broad Street near where the Ashley River converges with the Cooper to sculpt the end of the Charleston peninsula—would’ve told me I was likely dealing with old money and a family tree including names from history books.

Wednesday morning Colleen woke me at 4:45. She pestered the fire out of me to get an early start, proceeding to inform me of the time every five minutes during my run, shower, and the berry-yogurt-granola parfait that failed to summon my appetite. Kent Heyward’s disappearance weighed heavy on my heart. It haunted the entire lowcountry. I was both eager to help and apprehensive. What could I do that hadn’t been done?

“Are you about ready?” Colleen was working my last nerve.

“What is with you?”

“We can’t be late. I’ll be in the car.”

She rode shotgun on the trip to Charleston. As her sole human Point of Contact, I was the only one who could see her. Across Stella Maris, during the ferry ride to Isle of Palms, and through Mount Pleasant she barely spoke. I knew she was tense. Most days I would’ve quizzed her about it, but I was preoccupied myself. Colleen relaxed considerably once we crossed the Cooper River Bridge and I drove my green hybrid Escape into the Holy City.

Charleston was christened the Holy City forever ago, owing to the number of churches generously scattered across her cityscape and her history of religious tolerance. Her streets buzzed in the soft October air. Deliverymen unloaded their wares with a brisker step now that the oppressive summer heat and humidity had relented. The Carolina blue sky forecasted a pleasant day for all. October is my favorite month in the Lowcountry. The quality of light renders Charleston and her realm through a filtered lens, obscuring flaws and highlighting our best features. That particular morning, my joy in simply driving through the city was muted.

At nine-fifty—ten minutes early—we rolled through the lacy wrought iron gate and down the tree-sheltered brick drive to the Heyward home. Shades of green surrounded us—magnolias, tea olives, gardenias, camellias, ferns, palms—all manner of tree and shrub. We’d been swallowed whole by the Garden of Eden. I turned off the engine. Everything was still except the gurgling fountain in a bed of massive hostas. We stared at the three-story, clay-colored masonry mansion with triple-tiered piazzas.

“It’s magnificent,” I said.

“It was built in eighteen thirty-eight. Can you imagine everything that house has seen?” Colleen’s voice was reverent, her green eyes round, their color intensified by the similarly hued cardigan she wore over today’s dress.

“Do you think there are other ghosts in there?”

She cut me with a look. “You know I’m not a ghost.”

“Mmm-kay. Do you think there are other guardian spirits in the house?”

“No. I know all the locals.” She shrugged. “The place is crawling with ghosts. We may or may not see them this morning.”

The distinction, according to Colleen, was that guardian spirits had passed to the next world and been sent back with work to do. Ghosts were the lingering spirits of the dead who had yet to cross over to the next life. “This should be interesting,” I said. “If you run across any specters, find out where the family skeletons are hidden. That information could come in handy.”

 Copyright © 2015 by Susan M. Boyer — This excerpt is reprinted by permission from Henery Press. All rights reserved.

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Susan M. Boyer is the author of the USA TODAY bestselling Liz Talbot mystery series. Her debut novel, Lowcountry Boil, won the 2012 Agatha Award for Best First Novel, the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, and garnered several other award nominations. Lowcountry Boneyard, the third Liz Talbot mystery, was released April 21, 2015. Susan loves beaches, Southern food, and small towns where everyone knows everyone, and everyone has crazy relatives. You’ll find all of the above in her novels.

Susan lives in Greenville, SC, with her husband and an inordinate number of houseplants.

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Promotional Opportunity for Authors and Bloggers!

The Authors and Bloggers Against Piracy Blog Tour is scheduled to kick off May 24th through May 30th. If you’re an author and/or blogger, this is a great chance to raise awareness about piracy AND to promote your own book too!

For authors who are in the KDP Select program or have other means of giving away free books, this tour is a great chance to promote yourself.

For bloggers, this tour could be a fun way to connect with other bloggers and authors, AND to find some awesome, free books!

How will this blog tour end piracy? It won’t. Piracy is a problem that isn’t going to go away. Hopefully, we’ll be able to sway a few readers away from the pirating sites and lead them toward places where they can legally obtain free books. Bear in mind that a lot of these “pirate” sites aren’t giving away books at all. They’re collecting data from unsuspecting readers who are trying to score a free book, and they’re collecting data from angry authors who are filling out forms to try to get their book removed from the site. The readers get a free book (riddled with formatting errors and viruses), and as a bonus, their email addresses are sold to nine-zillion spammers. There IS a better way to get free books, and we’re going to show readers how to do it.

So, why give away free books? Authors run freebie promotions all the time. If you’re part of the KDP program, you have five “free” days every three months. If you’re going to give away free books anyway, why not join the tour? Participating authors and bloggers will share a list of participating books and authors. This is a great chance to make the most of your KDP “free” days. For me, giving away free books is a way to thank my readers for their support. Even if no one buys any of my books, I appreciate readers who avoid piracy sites and download books through legal means. Opinions on freebie promotions vary, but I think we all agree that authors should decide how and where to give away free books. No one has the right to offer our books for free without our permission.

Where do I sign up? Click HERE to be directed to Maegan Provan’s blog post that explains everything in detail. You can also click HERE to join the Facebook group.

If you’re unable to participate as an author or blogger, you can still join the Facebook group and stay up to date on the tour. Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to expand your digital library. You might find a new favorite book.

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Absinthe Doesn’t Make the Heart Grow Fonder Blog Tour

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What would you do for your friends?

What could be more fun than celebrating your fortieth with your three BFF’s?

Josie sets off with Lana, Poppy and Meredith for an evening celebrating her birthday with the best intentions. Dinner, dancing and a little drinking.

A little more drinking, in a few questionable locations. It’s good to catch up with the girls. But then…

Josie realizes her husband isn’t cheating on her, but Poppy won’t talk about the fact that her husband is. Lana won’t talk about her ex, Ted and Meredith is trying to hide something.

The secrets start to come out.

And then something bad happens.

Secrets can really ruin a friendship.

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Excerpt from Absinthe Doesn’t Make the Heart Grow Fonder:

How far would you go for a friend?

“You’ve got something there,” I told Lana, pointing to where she had something stuck between her teeth. We stood outside the door of Thrice restaurant, waiting for Poppy and Meredith to show up, or at least for the throng inside the door to move to allow us to get in out of the cold.

Lana worked the seed with her tongue. “Got it?”

“No, still there.” The height difference between Lana and I was so extreme if I stood on my tiptoes, I was still only thisclose to being eye level with her mouth. Not that I often felt the need to examine her mouth but it would be nice not to continually have to crane my neck to speak to her, or dislodge foreign objects from her teeth. We were both to blame; Lana was a tall, big-boned woman and I was vertically challenged.

“Get it for me,” Lana urged, thrusting her chin down. With a flick of my nail, I extracted the tiny black seed and showed it to her. “Thanks.” With a glance over my shoulder, her usual cheerful expression darkened. “Shit, I can’t believe she brought him!”

I glanced behind me. Poppy was walking towards us with what might have been an attempt to smile, but came across as more of an awkward grimace. From the outside, Poppy and Kent Carter were the true definition of a golden couple – happy, wealthy and beautiful. On the inside, things were very different.

“He’s not staying,” I hissed, through my own forced smile.

“I can’t talk to him. Or her. I have no idea what to say to her,” Lana confessed.

“Just act like nothing’s wrong.” I spun to greet them and hoped my smile could pass for genuine. “You made it!” To cover the strained gaiety, I hugged Poppy but then after a brief pause, I had to hug Kent as well.

“Happy birthday,” Kent said.

“You’re not allowed,” Lana said, her rude tone offset by a playfully pointed finger at Kent. “Girls only.”

“You won’t let me play with you for even a little bit?” Kent wheedled, the only man I knew who could make whining sound attractive. “I’ll sit quietly. I’ll be good.”

He ignored the couple walking by, even with their obvious attempts to get his attention. “That’s Kent Carter,” the woman said excitedly. “From Dragon’s Lair. I bet that’s his wife.”

“Who knows?” the man replied. “He’s got women all over the place.” I thought for a moment he was going to push through us to fist-bump Kent with a gesture of male approval and the admiration in his voice brought a pained expression to Poppy’s face.

I took her arm to move her closer to me, with her back to the street. “Sorry, Kent. My birthday – my girls. I said no to Duncan and I’m saying no to you. Just Poppy tonight. And Lana and Meredith, of course.”

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Author Bio:

Holly Kerr writes contemporary women’s fiction/chick-lit/romance and doesn’t particularly enjoy talking about herself in third person.

Her books include Coming Home, Unexpecting and Absinthe Doesn’t Make the Heart Grow Fonder. She lives in Toronto with her husband and three kids.  She doesn’t consider herself a typical chick-lit writer since loves everything about Star Wars, Harry Potter, Joss Whedon and has a thing for superheroes; however a story about falling for a superhero might be interesting for her to write. When she’s not writing, she likes to play in the dirt in her garden and enjoy a glass of wine while cooking, although she’s trying to cut back while she’s training for a marathon. 

If you require more information about Holly and her books feel free to visit her website or follow her Blog. At times she discusses the craft of writing but usually she muses about her life and what’s she reading, writing or watching. Holly hopes you enjoy her books and she welcomes a chance to interact with her readers, but not in any creepy way. A simple comment “Hey, I really like/don’t like…” would be a lovely way to begin a conversation.

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Breaking Saint Jude by Nikki Godwin

Nikki Godwin, author of Chasing Forever Down and American Girl on Saturn among others, has a treat for you! In celebration of her newest contemporary M/M YA romance novel Breaking Saint Jude releasing this January 14, her LGBT YA novel Falling from the Sky is FREE this week across all retail sites! Yes, you read that right!

Read more about these two novels right here and don’t forget to get both!

Breaking Saint Jude
Title: Breaking Saint Jude
Author: Nikki Godwin
Date of Publication: January 14, 2015
Genre: contemporary LGBT YA romance

When sixteen-year-old Jude Calvert sets out to steal stained glass from a broken cathedral window, he finds more than shards of red. He finds Max Rangel – his eye candy from his new LGBT support group – hauling a giraffe carcass across an abandoned part of town with a pack of guys. And he still accepts Max’s dinner invite a few days later.

Still, animal lover Jude can’t get the giraffe out of his mind. It doesn’t take long for him to confront Max, who gives him partial answers and introduces him to a secret brotherhood of not-so-typical game hunters. Unable to tell his mom (the savior of black cats everywhere) or his dad (the zoo’s head veterinarian) and unwilling to go back to his overbearing therapist, Jude quickly finds himself sucked into the underground world of taxidermy, theft, and drug deals.

At first, he’s willing to do anything for the brotherhood just because he’s so thankful to belong to someone again after serious drama with his ex-clique and ex-boyfriend. But when his underground life collides with his life above, he realizes he may have bitten off more than even the biggest animal can chew.

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Falling From The Sky

Title: Falling from the Sky
Author: Nikki Godwin
Date of Publication: February 21, 2014
Genre: contemporary LGBT YA romance

All stability in sixteen-year-old Ridge McCoy’s life crashed and burned in the plane crash that killed his dad. This summer-long basketball camp is his chance to improve his skills and escape his problems back home. But his summer plans take a turn in an unexpected direction when he meets Micah Youngblood, the guy who runs the carousel at the local mall and has a reputation for devouring straight boys’ heterosexuality for breakfast, alongside his chocolate chip pancakes.

Ridge needs a way to avoid the guys at camp, whose only quest for the summer is to drown in beer and hook up with girls. So when Micah offers to explain how the ten unique horses on the carousel are significant to his tribe, Ridge takes him up on it. Still, Ridge can’t decide if this is a bad thing or not. All he knows is that he hasn’t felt this alive since his dad fell from the sky, and as the horse adventures come to an end, Ridge finds himself falling as well – for Micah.

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Nikki Godwin is a YA/NA/LGBT author. She can’t live without Mountain Dew, black eyeliner, and music by Hawthorne Heights. When not writing, she internet-stalks her favorite bands and keeps tabs on surf competitions. Her life goal is to meet David Desrosiers of Simple Plan. Her favorite pro surfers are Jeremy Flores, Gabriel Medina, and John John Florence.

It’s also Nikki Godwin’s birthday this January 14.


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Niko Book Tour and Character Interview

Diverse Book Tours is stopping by Authors to Watch and they’ve brought a very special guest. Niko, the main character in the novel by Kayti Nika Raet, is here to speak with us. Let me tell you – it wasn’t easy to get her to talk, but with me, the author, and the Diverse Book Tour peeps twisting her arm, we finally persuaded her to answer a few questions before she dashed off to vanquish some Slithers. Don’t know what a Slither is? Read on...

So, Niko, for those of us meeting you for the first time, what can you tell us about your world? Looks pretty crappy ;p

The hotel was nice. Everything else could be better. There are lots of things that can kill you out here; the rain is corrosive and can burn through almost anything; Slithers eat you, preferably while you’re still alive. Starvation. Disease.

I think we can change that though. At least, most of it.

That bat you have is pretty interesting. What is it used for?

Killing Slithers. (You mean it can be used for something else?)

Holy Crap! What the heck was that (Assuming a slither just ran by, ignoring us hopefully!)?

That was Ben. He’s probably hoping I’ll say something about him. I’m not.

Did you ever have any goals that didn’t involve killing Slithers?

My goal was never to just kill Slithers, my goal was to survive, to make sure our water lasted till the end of the week, to find enough food so that my brothers wouldn’t starve. To keep breathing. Slithers happened to get in the way of those goals, luckily, I was good at killing them.

Now that I’m in the city things are different. There’s clean water EVERYWHERE, and food too. The threat of Slithers is contained, which means I don’t have to focus on solely survival anymore, but Slithers don’t only attack the cities, they attack everyone, and Outsiders are more vulnerable towards it. Shouldn’t they be protected too?

I notice you don’t like dresses! What you got against dresses?

They’re pretty but they aren’t very practical. If it’s long, it tangles up in your legs and a Slither eats you. If it’s short, water might splash on your legs and the acid will burn you. Jeans are fine, no need to die just to look pretty.

Any special boy toys in your life that arent dead? Got your eye on anyone special?



What does your favorite hobby involve?

I like to paint. It’s relaxing.

If you could change anything about your life right now, what would it be?


Ben says that’s cheating. Fine…

I would like to have my brother back, for the fire to never have happened. If I could only have one thing, I would like to have that.

Who do you trust most in the world?


You seem to be in a hurry! Where are you off to? Where can we find you if we’re looking for you!

I’m headed to another city, Cherai. Hopefully, everything turns out all right and we don’t encounter any Slithers.


We’ll encounter some Slithers.

Have you ever… Niko? NIKO? Sorry, folks. She’s gone. Hopefully, we’ll catch up with her again one of these days. I’d like to thank Niko for (reluctantly) answering a few questions, and I’d like to thank Kayti Nika Raet and Diverse Book Tours for stopping by. If you’d like to learn more about Niko, please keep reading…

by Kayti Nika Raet

ISBN: 9781301255191
Publisher: Kayti Nika Raet
Pages: 188
Format: Ebook
Genre: YA, Post-Apocalyptic, Thriller, Romance

One can live for several weeks without food but only a few days without water, a fact seventeen year old Niko is only too aware of as she struggles to provide for her two younger brothers in a post apocalyptic landscape where the rain burns like acid, food grows increasingly scarce and any Slither that crosses her path is laid low before it can sink its teeth into her.

Then one night everything she’d ever worked for and loved is consumed by a raging fire, leaving her with one brother missing, the other dead and herself gravely injured.

She’s rescued by the Rose Circle, a rogue group of Slither hunters. They sneak her into Amaryllis City, a decadent metropolis where those able to pay the exorbitant entrance fee live a life of relative ease.

But for Niko, Amaryllis City is not the haven she grew up believing it would be and her unique abilities as a Slither hunter make her a particularly visible target to a city with hopes of experimentation, replication and other nasty bits.

All Niko ever wanted to do was find her baby brother, but that’s proving to be harder than expected.

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Author Biography

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Kayti Nika Raet moved down South when she was 11, where she was bitten by the writing bug, as well as other, less friendly insects.

She is the author of the Outsider Chronicles, a five book series starting with NIKO and set in a world where the rain burns like acid and flesh eating monsters roam.

She’s also a reviewer for Readers’ Favorite and has her own Youtube Channel: Kayti Edition.
When she is not hard at work on her fourth book she has fun reading, listening to K-pop, and photography.

Kayti lives in Milledgeville, Georgia.

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