Friday, October 19, 2018

"Love, Cutter" by Michelle Jester

EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
Love, Cutter
by Michelle Jester

Love, Cutter by Michelle Jester

Love, Cutter by Michelle Jester is currently on tour with Xpresso Book Tours. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.


For another book by this author, please check out my blog post on The Funeral Flower.

Description
After an attempted suicide Carter finds himself in a coma. He is able to hear the world around him, yet he can’t move. What he hears propels Carter to begin to see life in a new way, especially when one of his nurses, Kinley, shares parts of her tragic past with him. Soon, Carter realizes he is falling in love with her.
Months after being transferred from the hospital, to a rehabilitation facility, he suddenly wakes up with a passion to live that he never had before and a determination to find the one person he feels may be able to help him put the pieces of his life together again. However, when he returns to the hospital, Kinley is gone and Carter must try to find her based solely on the things she shared with him while he was in a coma.
Only, nothing is as it seems and Carter learns the biggest lesson of them all … the differences between expectation, perception, and reality.

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Excerpt
The dream was vivid. Kinley was standing there, her beautiful, long honey blonde hair whipping in the wind. The sun was rising over her shoulder, which caused her to have a halo around her. She smiled, and the sun seemed to be all around her at once. He couldn’t see her face clearly, but he could feel her beauty none the less. She was perfect.
Then, as she took a step toward him, she started to morph into a bunch of tiny burgers.
Burgers? Wait, what?
That was enough to bring Carter to consciousness again.
Carter thought he must still be dreaming, because the sun was so bright. Kinley wasn’t there anymore, only the sun. He thought it was weird that the sun was stuck to a plate. Then Carter quickly realized with incredible vividness that it was a ceiling.
A ceiling.
Carter closed his eyes. He slightly cracked them and light flooded in. He immediately closed them again. After repeating a thousand times or so, he tried to lift an arm, which seemed to weigh a ton. He couldn’t tell if he was lifting it or not, but he didn’t think so.
Crashing into the room, basically yelling into his phone was his least favorite person. “Where are you? How can you not be here before me? We work at the same place and I stopped for gas Claire!” Wayne huffed into the phone, “I do not want to sit-” Wayne stopped abruptly, “Claire, Claire! Let me call you back!”
Can he see me? Thank God! Wayne, Wayne, go get someone.
“Oh? Hell, no! If she sees your eyes open and close like that she’ll be convinced you are going to wake up and set up camp outside the room.” Carter could barely see a shadow looming over him through the slits in his eyes, “You haven’t put the family through enough there, Carter, die already.” Carter heard the tones of Wayne’s phone, “Yeah, sorry I was rude. They have to take him to PT. No need in coming tonight. I’ll meet you at your parents. I know, I know, but it wasn’t my call. You know doctors; they can switch things up on you anytime they want. See you there, Sweetie.”
Continually throughout the night, Carter tried to open and close his eyes until he actually felt tired and drifted off to sleep.
“Good morning. I have a surprise!” his mother’s cheerful voice sounded similar to a twinkling wind chime.
I have one, too.
“I found that book Kinley was always reading to you. I couldn’t remember the name, but I surely remembered the cover and… and… Carter?” His mother’s shadow appearing over him was enough to cause him to shed a tear through his partially opened eye.
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Praise for the Book
“I read this book in a span of a few hours and could not put it down! I won’t post any spoilers, but I loved it! The ending was very sweet, too, and fit it just perfect! Read this, you’ll love it, too!” ~ Nicoli B.
“Love this book! My best friend told me I should buy it. She was right. I cried. I laughed. Really hit close to home. Loved her first book but my goodness. She got me on this one. My new fav!” ~ Wendy
“It was thought-provoking, sweet, emotional at times and delved into some tough, real-life issue.” ~ Hazel w/Craves the Angst Book Blog
“Love, Cutter was beautiful, and painful. It was about second chances when despair almost took the first chance away.This book was so personal. As someone who has struggled with anxiety and depression for year, the characters were so realistic and honest.” ~ Nicole (the bookworm drinketh)
“While this book deals with highly difficult subject matter, such as suicide, self-harm, and death, it is written in such a graceful manner that doesn’t dance around the hard edges, rather calling it like it is. It is a perfect telling of self-discovery and overcoming adversity. The underlying message is that hope is everything.” ~ Angel33eyes


About the Author
Michelle Jester
Michelle Jester lives in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana with her husband, high school sweetheart and retired Master Sergeant. Together they have a son and daughter. She is a hopeless romantic and has been writing poems and stories for as long as she can remember.
One of her prize possessions is a bracelet with only a yellow, Rubber Duckie charm on it; which she wears every day to remind her to enjoy the fun and happy things of life!




Giveaway
Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a signed copy of Love, Cutter by Michelle Jester and a $20 Amazon gift card (open internationally).

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

"A Bully on the School Bus" by Dr. Mildred D. Peyton

REVIEW and GIVEAWAY
A Bully on the School Bus
by Dr. Mildred D. Peyton

A Bully on the School Bus by Dr. Mildred D. Peyton

To coincide with National Bully Prevention Month, author Dr. Mildred D. Peyton is on tour with iRead Book Tours to promote her anti-bullying books for children. The tour stops here today for my review of A Bully on the School Bus, along with an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well. Keep an eye out for my review of Sophia Writes to Her Bully on 22 October.


Description
A Bully on the School Bus is about a little girl named Nicole, who experienced being bullied while she is on the school bus. On her way home from school one day, Nicole is confronted by one of her fellow schoolmates who rides the same school bus. This book helps readers understand how bullying may occur among school-aged children and, also, how readers can address the problem if and when such a problem does arise.

Excerpt


Praise for the Book
“Very timely book to read to your little ones. My daughter enjoyed this book and also learned relevant lessons about bullying. She is in Pre-K and now know how to handle herself and others when it comes to bullying. Good read for kids!!” ~ Amazon Customer
“I am highly recommending A Bully on the School Bus for all parents and their young children. I believe many would find this book relatable and useful. I will be donating my copy to my children’s school library so others in their school to read it, as well.” ~ Amy C
“I feel this is a book that every kid should be assigned to read. Kids are experiencing bullying on the school bus, playground, and even online, but most kids don't know what to do when they are being bullied. Reading A Bully On The School Bus can help kids to see that standing up to the bully and also asking for help from adults can help stop bullying.” ~ 12 year old Jarris
“The book teaches children to report anything that makes them feel bad and shows them how to handle bullying situations. It's also a good resource for adults that work with children to look for signs. I really think this book should be in school libraries everywhere and part of the curriculum. Kudos to the author!” ~ Tae
“… this book is a great starting point for parents or teachers to introduce an aspect of bullying - and offer resources for help. While the book resolves the bullying issue quickly, it gives parents and teachers a starting point to launch the ‘what if’ sorts of questions. […] I would certainly recommend this book for use with other children's books and other resources for parents and teachers seeking to educate and support students facing bullying.” ~ Angela

My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.


By Lynda Dickson
Dylan tries to bully Nicole into giving up her seat on the school bus. How should she handle the situation?
This book gives a practical example of how a child should deal with a bully. I like how Nicole’s mother and the bus driver try to help Nicole resolve the situation as soon as she tells them what is happening. Unfortunately, the reality is that the child often doesn’t speak up. The language in this book is simple enough for children to understand on their own, but reading it together gives parents an opportunity to discuss the relevant issues with them in a non-confronting manner.
The book is colorfully illustrated by Andy Hoang with additional drawings by the author’s daughters, Leah and Jada. The story is followed by anti-bullying tips for students, parents, and school personnel, as well as helpful resources for parents of children who are victims of bullying.

About the Author
Dr. Mildred Peyton
Dr. Mildred Peyton is the President and Founder of Peyton Consulting, LLC. Dr. Peyton established her consulting firm, which was initially geared towards school bullying services, in March 2016. She was inspired to create Peyton Consulting and become a children's author on bullying after completing her doctoral research study entitled, “Exploring the Meaning of School Bullying Among Parents of Victimized Children”.
During her undergraduate internship in 2002-2003 at Salisbury Middle School in Wicomico County, Dr. Peyton and her team developed and facilitated a mentoring program, providing one-on-one conflict resolution and mediating skills to students who were identified by the program coordinator with ongoing needs of behavioral issues. One of the key/primary areas Dr. Peyton and the other mentors focused on was educating and addressing bullying issues with bullies and victims. And in her graduate program, Dr. Peyton also facilitated a school bullying focus group in 2005 at Maryvale Elementary School in Montgomery County, to teach participants about bullying behaviors and how to avoid bullying others. She also attended several bullying workshops to learn about the latest studies while working with the students. Her passion on this topic followed her even as she served as a member on the Committee on Hate/Violence at Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, in 2013. There she developed a brochure for students and parents for the annual bullying symposium and, provided rich knowledge and skills on this topic throughout the year.
Today, the company has expanded its services to target workplace bullying as well. With the experiences of others and Dr. Peyton's personal experience with adult bullying in the workplace (which caused her to resign from her employer in 2016), she believes attention, guidance, and solutions are also critical in this area. Dr. Peyton holds a Ph.D. in Human and Social Services with a concentration in Social Policy Analysis & Planning. She has a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and Sociology and a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Peyton is committed to using her knowledge and skills to influence positive change among students and adults.

Giveaway
Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card.

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"Goodpoint" by Roberto Canducci

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Goodpoint
by Roberto Canducci

Goodpoint by Roberto Canducci


Author Roberto Canducci stops by today to share an excerpt from his new novel, Goodpoint, which you can buy now at 35% off the regular price. You can also sign up for the author’s newsletter to receive a FREE copy of How You Can Start Writing Your Book Successfully.

Description
We see only what we focus on.
Although what we don’t focus on can change our lives.
Six people. Six stories. And all of them strongly connected.
- An owner of a newspaper stall, who is drowning in troubles.
- A millionaire who has it all but the one thing he wants the most.
- A careerist with a dilemma.
- A womanizer who only looks at the world through money and sex.
- An overweight publisher looking for a bestseller.
- A young widow trying to save her son’s life.
Can these lives be connected as they are happening in different places all around the world?
What if they can't exist without each other?
Is everyone looking for their own “Goodpoint”?
You may have missed a bus, or somebody cancelled a scheduled meeting.
You may have just not greeted someone on the street, or intentionally not pick up the phone.
You may have pushed someone by accident, or your car broke at the most inconvenient time.
Do you think these things are insignificant in life and do not mean anything? What if it is just the opposite?
What if life consists of seemingly insignificant things?


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Excerpt
JIM THOMPSON
The New York Metro was pretty full that Monday morning. The Brooklyn Subway was just quickly advancing over Battery Park to the next stop, Bowling Green. Jim was travelling for only 9 minutes when the subway stopped with squeaks. The door opened and people of different ages, styles, and perhaps, of every possible world nationality, began to flock to the subway. Jim has been seeing this scene repeatedly for several years, almost every day. His journey to work begin every day with his departure from his small rented flat at St. Marks Ave in Brooklyn, where he lives with his wife and two children. From there, he walks to the Atlantic Terminal subway station, where he gets on line 5.
Every morning before he enters the subway, he buys a takeaway coffee in the nearby stall. Thanks to the great New York subway transport, he is at his stall “Goodpoint” on 1st Avenue in 40 minutes. Even though there were a lot of free seats around him, he would always stand. This Monday morning, there were a bit more people coming into the subway than usual, and a young couple crowded at Jim´s back. Just like everyone who did not have the luck of having earphones with their favourite music on, Jim could not do anything, and he was forced to witness their conversation.
“Are you crazy? I´m 23 years old. I don´t need such things. Besides, I've been here for less than a year!” With an angry tone, the young woman hinted to a man in a black coat her disapproval of something Jim and the other fellow travellers were about to learn in a few seconds.
“Elizabeth, I thought what we talked about yesterday was serious.” A man said, sadly, as if he did not want to believe what he was hearing. Hmm. Elisabeth, a very interesting royal name, Jim instantly connected her name with the English Queen Elizabeth.
“I meant it, Thorton, really, but realize I'm 23 years old, and I'm really not ready for a wedding. It seems to me like you rounded the bell. You aren´t financially secure, you are just a messenger in the paper, and you tell me you want to marry me, and you'll take care of everything?” Elizabeth raised her eyebrows, rolled her eyes and turned her head away from the shocked man's gaze.
“But why did you say --” The man did not finish the sentence. “I thought you meant a couple of years. Not the next week,” the girl interrupted with a sharp tone. “In two weeks, I will be leaving for home! Have you forgotten that?” The girl hit her forehead and nervously wiped it off.
Jim started feeling a little embarrassed. He did not want to be part of this conversation, and at that moment, he decided to buy an iPod for the future. Moreover, even though he was swirling back to the couple, he saw everything in the reflection of the subway window before him.
“I didn´t forget, but I thought --” The man did not finish the sentence again because the girl interrupted him once more. 
“I thought, I thought,” she said out loud. “It seems to me that you haven´t been thinking for a long time! And I do not understand why we're still talking about this!” Elizabeth looked really angry. The man, on the other hand, looked calm but very surprised. The redness that sprang to his face didn't hide even under his stubble. 
“Elizabeth, you ... just startled me,” he said, trying to talk his way to her in a quiet and calm voice. “Didn´t you say against everything we feel good together, and you've told me I'm the only guy you want to be with.”
“Thorton, listen to me one last time.” The whole carriage with a loud noise began to slow down, causing the couple to push on Jim even more. “I'm not marrying you! I'm going home in a few weeks, and I´m not coming back to America. I thought you were reasonable and understood what I said, but obviously, I must tell you in the American way and not in the polite language of a Londoner. It´s over! I no longer want to be with you! Don´t contact me anymore! Erase my number, and fingers crossed, you will pick an American in two weeks for whom this will be normal!” Elizabeth expressed her feelings in a threatening tone. Initially, she seemed to be trying to whisper, but suddenly, it moved from whispering to an angry cry. The carriage stopped suddenly, and the voice of the subway joined the shrewd pursuit of a man and a girl.
“Union Square.” A woman's voice spoke from the subway speakers, and the door opened.
“I´m off here! Bye!” The girl's angry voice burst at the man. “Elizabeth wait, two more stops.” He screamed at her but from the distance, all that was heard was only a loud, “don´t follow me!” The man remained where he was, clearly shocked. There was a great deal of surprise and frustration on his face. The crowd that had run into the subway forced him to move. In a moment, the metro door closed, and the metal snake snapped down in the underground to the next stop. It is true that in New York, such public fights were not uncommon, but it was a bit uncomfortable, and those who had the honour of hearing the interview were silent and pretended nothing got to their ears. Jim got off at his usual stop at the corner of 33rd Street and Park Avenue. When he walked up the stairs from the subway station to the street still sleeping, the early morning New York air cooled him. Deep breathing. At six o'clock in the morning, the city was already alive, but still not in full swing. The trucks were still running through the streets, the city's staff were cleaning the road, and the contours of the city were supplemented by billboards all around and always present. In many buildings, there were lights on already. It looked like the city that never sleeps actually may nap for a while, from time to time.
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Praise for the Book
“This book was amazing! I start reading with some worry, but the story dragged me into it. I really fell in love with the end of whole story. Thank you Roberto!” ~ Peter Rockir


About the Author
Roberto Canducci
I am a writer, blogger, screenwriter, storyteller, and best basil pesto maker ever.
I am the author of several bestselling books like How You Can Start Writing Your Book Successfully, 6 Steps to Success, and my new novel Goodpoint.
I am also author of few movie scripts.
My books have been published in several countries. I love reading, writing, and teaching writers how they can reach a massive success with their products like books, screenplays, or blogs. Life is nicer with black words on white paper. Don't you think?


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