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Monday, November 13, 2017

"The Endless Fart" by Beatriz Rare

The Endless Fart
by Beatriz Rare

The Endless Fart by Beatriz Rare

The Endless Fart by Beatriz Rare is currently on tour with Silver Dagger Book Tours. The tour stops here today for my review, an excerpt, and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

This is a very special day for Ralph the elephant, but a serious farting problem is turning it into one of the most difficult days of his life. A journey of strength and courage is the path for this adorable character. Ralph will learn that being himself and telling the truth is always the best idea.
The unique and hilarious illustrations of this story are guaranteed to make any child laugh. Is this stinky gas bound to ruin Ralph’s whole day, or will he be able to control this endless fart?

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Praise for the Book
"This is a great, funny story that any kid would love. I really enjoyed it and will make sure to keep a copy at work when I’m having a bad day. This is a must read story that needs to be added to your bookshelves." ~ JBronder Book Reviews
"This was SO fun. The pictures were incredibly expressive. The green farts were clearly noxious to the people who had to smell it. Somewhat reminiscent of Dr. Seuss drawings. LOVED this!" ~ Kat
"Still laughing after reading this one!" ~ Andrea Davis
"Funny story, cool illustrations, love the title. Farts will always be funny." ~ 009
"Hysterical but not necessarily for children." ~ Phyllis Stanley

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

By Lynda Dickson
Ralph is running late for work and doesn't eat his usual breakfast. This causes him to have an embarrassing problem all day around his co-workers, his boss, and the girl he likes. How will he go on his big date tonight?
On the first page, the author uses language to great effect by allowing us to "hear" Ralph get out of his screeching bed and walk across the creaking floor. Unfortunately, this technique isn't employed again until the end of the book, when we finally get to "hear" his farts. This is a missed opportunity to get the kids laughing, although they will enjoy the use of such "rude" words as "fart" and "butt". I think children could better relate to Ralph if the book was set in school with Ralph being a kid, rather than a grown-up in an office.
The cute illustrations, also by the author, really bring Ralph to life. And the depiction of his green, gaseous farts are priceless!

About the Author
Beatriz Rare
Beatriz Rare lives in San Francisco with her husband and son. She was an educator for 35 years. Besides teaching, she's always had a passion for drawing and writing. She especially likes to tell stories that make children laugh as well as learn.

Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card and an ebook copy of The Endless Fart by Beatriz Rare.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

"Just Kylie" by Monique Gooch

Just Kylie
by Monique Gooch

Just Kylie by Monique Gooch

Just Kylie by Monique Gooch is currently on tour with Silver Dagger Book Tours. You can get a copy of this short story for only $0.99. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

Kylie Bransford was all girl. She loved her long black hair that touched her lower back, and refused to cut it no matter how much her mother pleaded. She wore pink sneakers on the field when she cheered, her room was surrounded by mermaids, and her walls were decorated in pink and purple shades. She was "all" girl. Kylie loved to be on the go and in the know. The only thing that made not only her world, but her heart stop was Myles Russin. Myles was one of the cutest boys in the 8th grade. The night she invited him over to watch television was the night she knew for sure she’d receive her first kiss. Her tongue trailed the braces that shielded her teeth as Myles leaned forward with his eyes closed. With much disdain she pushed him away. Kylie had to come clean and reveal her secret. Kylie Bransford was biological born a boy, but lived as a girl. She just hoped Myles could see past her situation and like her for who she was and not what was in between her legs.

Chapter 1
“Just so you know, your friends are watching us,” Myles said with a meek smile, nodding toward the gaggle of girls behind her. Kylie glanced over her shoulder at her friends who were giggling. Kylie sank her teeth into her bottom lip, but closed her mouth quickly, embarrassed by her pink and silver braces. She couldn’t wait to get those things off, but that would be another two years. Kylie raked manicured shaky fingers through her thick raven locks that hung down her back.
She couldn’t believe it. Myles was actually talking to her. Myles Russin, the cutest boy in the 8th grade. Was this what flirting felt like? Her palms began to sweat.
Kylie beamed, practically melting into her locker. “No, they’re just being…goofy. They uh…they think you’re like, really hot.”
Myles turned ten shades of red and smiled a face-splitting grin. She grinned to herself. He couldn’t hide his excitement if he wanted to. “Th-they do?” He glanced at her friends again. They continued to snicker. “Wh-what do you think?”
Me? Well, I think you’re…” Play it cool girl, play it cool. “Okay.”
“Just okay?” Myles chortled.
Kylie suppressed her laugh and glanced down at her pink high top Sketchers. She stole a quick peek at him, and tucked a loose strand of hair behind her ear, revealing her mermaid stud earrings. Myles was one of the tallest boys in the 8th grade, much taller than she was. His voice was starting to deepen, just like Mrs. Vance taught them in sex-ed class last quarter. Kylie thought he looked like a model or better yet, a movie star. The bell rang snatching her from her trance. She realized she'd been gazing into his hazel eyes. Awkward.
“Um, maybe we can hang out one day.” He cleared his throat as his voice squeaked slightly.
Kylie’s pulse quickened. “Really?”
“Yeah really,” he playfully nudged her shoulder. “I think you’re cool. We should hang out.”
“Okay um, well you could always come to my house to watch TV or something. My mom won’t mind.”
“Cool,” he responded looking down at his feet. The blush in his cheeks gave him away. “Wh-what about this afternoon?”
She immediately pulled out her smartphone. The second bell rang, indicating they had two minutes to be in their seats. “Er—let me text my mom.” She began typing furiously.
“Okay, just let me know.” As he began his journey to class, her phone buzzed. The returning text from her mother said, Absolutely not! I will not be home until 6 o’clock. No boys unless I’m there.
She looked up from her phone and stopped him, “Myles.”
“Yeah?” He turned. His sneakers squeaked against the tile floor.
“My—my mom just texted back.” Kylie stuttered.
“Is it cool?” He looked hopeful and clutched his backpack tighter.
Kylie glanced at her phone again. The words on the screen stared back at her, “Absolutely! It’s totally cool.” She fired off her address and time to meet at her house.
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Praise for the Book
"Even though this is a short story, it covered a serious topic and one I'm sure is more common than people realize. People need to stop being judgmental and accept people for who they are. (It's a hurt feeling to be teased because you are different.). Take the time to educate yourself about the things you don't understand as the character Myles did in this book. It's good to see a parent support their child the way that Kylie's mother did . Myles proved himself to be a awesome friend in the end." ~ Kindle Customer
"This story has a positive message and could help kids grades 5th-9th have an understanding of what it means to be transgendered, and see transgendered people as what they are, simply other humans with feelings." ~ Amazon Customer
"Usually don't read this type of story, but this was suggested to me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Loved the reveal with the boyfriend interest." ~ Amazon Customer

About the Author
Monique Gooch
My name is Monique Gooch, and I make stuff up for a living. Let’s just get "write" into it, shall we? You’re either here, because you’ve read some of my work, heard about me somehow, or you’re a friend/family member OR… you’re in my writer’s group, and wanna know more about me. Regardless how you found me ... ya’ found me and I say ...WELCOME!
I am the author of new adult and adult commercial and contemporary fiction. I also dabble here and there in writing erotica. To put it simply, I write books that I would want to read.
I currently have four short stories self-published online at Amazon. I have two manuscripts written, that are being edited, after that I’ll pitch to an agent. And lastly, I am the host for my own writer’s group in Hermitage, TN called, "Mastering Writing Workshop". It is there that I, along with other writers, help others critique their work to the best of our abilities. The group has been going strong for nearly two years. You can find us on the!
I have been writing since I was 10-years-old. I even asked Santa Claus for a typewriter, and guess what? I got one! And I’ve been writing ever since! It is here, you’ll be able to be added to my mailing list to keep up with new projects, and to be notified when new books will be released. And if you’re looking for a beta reader, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

"Last Semester" by Corine Mekaouche

Last Semester
by Corine Mekaouche

Last Semester by Corine Mekaouche

Last Semester by Corine Mekaouche is currently on tour with Silver Dagger Book Tours. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

College. Party. Drama. Life.
When Johanna ‘Jo’ Gold, witty college life blogger and senior at Rutan University, decides to move in with three male strangers her last semester of school, her life unexpectedly turns upside down. While dealing with her new roommates, A.J., the pompous rich kid who feels trapped in following his father’s footsteps; Rob, the prematurely engaged former womanizer who tries to force Jo out of the house at all costs; and Drew, the 21-year-old virgin genius whose encounters with women have been more than limited, Jo learns that change isn't always easy and it's up to her to learn how to survive the remainder of her time at Rutan the best that she can. Along with searching for her missing mother, figuring out a clever way to pay for school tuition on her own, and dealing with the childish pranks brought on by a certain roommate, Jo’s issues seem more complicated than the average 21-year-old. Can Jo endure the dramatic perils of college while planning for life after graduation?
Navigating through college isn’t easy especially when you don’t know what the future holds, but Jo is determined to conquer her present even if it means figuring out what being an adult is all about. With graduation around the corner, Jo and her roommates have some growing up to do and the last semester is all they have.
College is complicated.
Partying is a necessity.
Drama is guaranteed.
Life is just beginning.

“Breathe, Rob! Just breathe!” I demand in a panicky voice from the back seat as we swiftly pull up to the entrance of the hospital. Clutching his chest in pain next to me, he heaves out a few spouts of air, but it’s not enough to help him.
I watch my roommate Rob’s cheeks turn from a shade of deep pink to a dark crimson red. “A.J.! He’s getting worse!” I yell to my other roommate in the driver’s seat. He rolls his eyes then turns around.
“Calm down, Jo!” he exclaims. “I can’t think when you’re yelling like this!”
Drew, our other roommate, and usually the voice of reason, says nothing as he quickly jumps out of the Range Rover and runs into the hospital entrance.
“Can’t. Breathe,” Rob manages to force out of his mouth, then before I know it, his body falls limp and his head somehow ends up on my lap. His eyes roll to the back of his head.
“I think he’s dying!” I whine and suddenly I’m losing my breath.
Releasing a loud groan, A.J. climbs out of the SUV and casually walks into the hospital as if nothing is wrong.
Why is he so calm and I’m flipping the hell out?
I begin to shake Rob’s shoulders but he doesn’t respond and I’m almost positive that he’s not breathing at all now.
It’s official.
I killed my roommate.
Okay, maybe he’s not dead yet, but if death was a road, he just made a left turn for the worse then ran over a few annoying potholes and some week old roadkill...and probably drove off a cliff or something...
Ugh! I don’t even know what I’m saying anymore! I feel guilty for doing this to him and I feel even more guilty because I kinda hate his arrogant, smug ass, but just because someone is an asshole doesn’t mean that they deserve to die, does it?
The back door opens and I see A.J. and Drew standing outside with a wheelchair. A.J. roughly wraps his arms around Rob’s body and begins to pull him out of the car. “Fuck! He’s like the size of an ogre,” he complains as he struggles to get Rob into the wheelchair. The fact that Rob is as useless as a wet noodle right now makes it difficult for A.J. to adjust Rob’s body in the chair. I cringe just watching it.
“I knew this was going to happen one day,” Drew says shaking his head. “The inevitable always happens.”
Shooting Drew a snarling glare, A.J. grits his teeth. “Just roll the goddamn chair into the hospital,” he instructs. Drew turns the chair around and begins to jog into the emergency room with Rob’s body leaning to one side. A.J. looks at me in the SUV, annoyed. “Well, are you coming?” he asks and I just freeze.
Do I stay? Do I go? I don’t know what to do with myself!
Taking a quick yet deep breath, I climb out of the SUV, shut the door and join A.J. on the other side of the vehicle.
“I’m horrible,” I blurt out and I can feel wetness welling in my eyes. “I’m a horrible person.”
“Dammit, Jo! I hate it when girls cry,” he complains as he shuts the other back door and begins to walk into the hospital. He pauses in his tracks when he notices that I’m not following him.
I’m frozen.
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Praise for the Book
"If you're looking for a new adult novel that's not all about romance, Last Semester would be the one to read. It was fun, fresh and contained a ton of character growth." ~ D. Hite
"While this book was definitely different than I had anticipated, I found I really enjoyed it. Last Semester was full of complex and compelling characters all going through one of the most pivotal moments of their lives, and growing to become responsible(-ish) adults. The author could have easily turned this book into an overdramatic, angsty romance, but instead wrote a believable coming-of-age story, which I really appreciated. Each storyline was engaging, and overall, entertaining. I would definitely recommend this book, and will absolutely read more from the author." ~ Nicki K.
"The writer creates the prefect college setting with the usual group of friends with each character sharing their own coming to age story. I really like how these characters seem like any other college student. The setting helps to add to the complex story line. I feel like you can easily relate to one or more. This book was a fun read for me that I really enjoyed." ~ Lovely Loveday
"I really related with Jo, and I think that is why I enjoyed this novel so much. She is going through the stress of College and graduation and what to do afterwards. It's definitely a scary time in anyone's life, and I would high recommend this novel to anyone entering college/university or about to graduate because it will definitely help you de-stress a bit, and it's a very quick read!" ~ Nicole
"The book made me laugh at the crazy antics the four characters got into in a short period of time. The characters started off with problems they didn’t know how to solve and as the story progressed, they were able to solve the problems they had. Each character matured and were able to face head on the uncertainty they would have in the future. They were able to form a strong bond between each other without having any romantic feelings for each other which is a great breath from the hundreds of NA books that focuses too much on romance." ~ Alia Therese Lazo

About the Author
The geek and the dreamer, Corine Mekaouche has always had the vision of becoming a writer. While growing up in the New Jersey suburbs, Corine spent her childhood immersed in music, novels, and writing. To her, the arts was the best escape ever. For college, she attended Rutgers University majoring in English and minoring in Theatre Arts. Somehow, Corine survived the college experience and became somewhat of a grown-up yet still kept the vision of being a writer alive because it may be all she’s qualified for. So, she wrote and wrote until Last Semester, a new adult novel about college life and growing up, was born. Currently, she is writing other novels and plays for future release. When she’s not writing, loudly singing to songs in her car or dancing in random places for no apparent reason, Corine is being an awesome wife and a mom residing outside of the wonderfully flawed New York City.

Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

"Streets of Glass" by Michelle D. Argyle

Streets of Glass
by Michelle D. Argyle

Streets of Glass by Michelle D. Argyle is currently on tour with Silver Dagger Book Tours. The tour stops here today for a guest post by the author, an excerpt, and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

Two sisters. One drug syndicate. An epic battle to the top.
Eighteen year-old Starry is destined to take over her father’s powerful drug syndicate. But when she finds out he has kept her only sister a secret from her, she can’t trust him anymore. Furious, Starry vows to find Emma, even though she knows her defiance could lead to losing the position she’s worked so hard to inherit.
But Emma isn’t quite the sister Starry hoped for. She’s a straight-laced good girl who wants nothing more than to take down the syndicate that destroyed her family. Starry, willing to do anything to secure her place in the syndicate, accepts her father’s ultimatum to kill Emma and everyone helping her. But the more Starry gets to know Emma, and the more secrets she uncovers, the more she questions whether the price of saving the syndicate is too high - even for someone as cold-blooded and vicious as Starry.

Rhys was silent and Starry looked up to see his eyes filled with empathy. It was then that she felt a few tears roll down her cheeks and she quickly swiped them away, irritated at the weakness they showed. It was the last thing she wanted Rhys to see.
He slid up so close to her that she could feel his breath on her face. “I’ll come with you,” he said, inching an arm around her to pull her closer. “I can see there’s no talking you out of this, and I can’t let you walk into it alone. I still think it’s beyond stupid.”
She didn’t have the will to pull away from him. He felt too good. He smelled too good. “You’ll do that?” she asked, leaning against him. His shirt smelled like Chinese food and the laundry detergent the cleaning service used to wash the sheets. Starry had been the one to schedule those services. She was the only one who managed this secret house. Her father entrusted that to her. He entrusted her with a lot of stuff, but she was about to go behind his back on this, and she wasn’t sure that was a bad thing. A lot of things were starting to fall apart for Starry, all thanks to Emma. She hoped she didn’t regret her decision when it came time to meet her face to face.
“Sure, I’ll do it,” Rhys answered softly, no trace of sarcasm in his voice. “If this is what it takes for you to realize how much I want to fix things with you. If Jack and his father have a problem with me coming along, we’ll figure out a solution—or we can make sure they don’t know I’m there.” He ran a finger down her neck, playing with a bit of hair that had fallen out of her ponytail.
And just like that, something inside of her broke. She wrapped her arms around him and buried her face against his chest. For a brief moment, she let herself want him, accept him, trust him. She squeezed him closer to her body, her breaths quick and soft as his warmth surrounded her. She wasn’t alone. She was connected, and it was a feeling she never wanted to lose. How could it last?
Her arms went slack and she pulled away a fraction of an inch. Accepting Rhys back into her life meant she’d always have something to lose. He made her weak in so many ways. Maybe he was worth it, even if his jumping at the chance to help her was a little suspect. She’d have to keep an eye on him.
“Okay,” she said, letting him go and backing away. She met his eyes and gave him a steely look. “Let’s do this.”
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Praise for the Book
"I'm not a big reader of thrillers, but I love this author and knew I would love anything she writes so I picked it right up. And loved it! It was so different for me. A world I know nothing about, the drugs, crime, torture, evilness of it all was eye opening to me. I loved the characters and all throughout had no idea who I wanted to "win" so to speak. Who was good? Who was happy? Who would prevail? Needless to say it was fabulous and would make a really good, yet gorey movie." ~ Susan
"A fast paced read that takes you deep under into the world of a drug syndicate, two sisters who are destined to meet (but under dire circumstances),and add in a little bit of romance, and you have a first rate book! I thoroughly enjoyed this book: great characters, action, romance, and ... torture, yes torture! This book read like a movie...I was very into it and could visualize everything. Loved it and the plot. It brought out many emotions in me, even sadness. Well written and definitely kept me hanging on and wanting more. Totally would recommend this book!" ~ E Jacobson
"Wowza! The moment I started reading this book I could not put it down. Michelle D. Argyle has a wonderful writing style that just draws you in. Very fun book with lots of twists and turns! I didn't know what to expect. LOVED this book and I highly recommend it!" ~ Chelsey H.
"I absolutely LOVED this book! You are pulled in and wanting more within the first chapter of the book. I read the entire book within 24 hours because I couldn't put it down! This is a must read and is definitely on my favorite list of books!" ~ Amazon Customer
"Streets of Glass was an excellent read! Loved, loved, loved it! Michelle has a way of drawing you in from the very first line of the story and holding your attention to the very end. Her writing allows you to connect with each character, and you find yourself caught up in the story line. Can't wait to read more by this author!" ~ Lisa

Guest Post by the Author
Where Does Love Fit Into A Thriller?
As an author, I’ve found the best description of a thriller is when the characters or main cast of characters are in peril throughout the book, whether it be physical or emotional peril. If there’s not a constant, looming threat to the characters, the book will usually fall into the category of suspense, not thriller. What this means for a thriller is that it had better keep up the tension page after page. And if that’s the case, where does love fit in? Is there time for that? You bet there is!
I think the best thrillers combine a lot of different elements, but one of the best elements is a love plot. Nothing can up the ante for a character than the idea of losing a lover. Either that, or the possibility of a new romance about to blossom. In my novel, Streets of Glass, I have two main characters, both with love interests. My character Starry is quickly falling for the manager of a strip club (sketchy, I know ... but so is Starry), and my other main character Emma is quickly falling for the only person alive who will help her - a hot guy she meets in a dirty laundromat.
As the story progresses, so do these relationships. The danger rises with each turn of the plot, which also ups the tension of the relationships and whether or not our main characters are going end up happy and in love ... if they end up alive at all! I think that’s where love fits into a thriller - right in the middle of all the messy, dangerous things going on to threaten the main characters. What better place to really wring out the characters’ hearts and emotions than to throw love in there as well? More tension, more page-turning action!

About the Author
Michelle lives and writes in Utah, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. She's a foodie and also adores anything Star Wars related. She loves to read and write books in the time she grabs between her sword-wielding husband and energetic daughter. She believes a simple life is the best life. Michelle mainly writes contemporary Young Adult and New Adult fiction, but occasionally branches into other genres.

Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a paperback copy of Streets of Glass by Michelle D. Argyle or a $10 Amazon gift card.