Release Tour & Giveaway: Sweet Indulgence by Debbie White

 

 

 

Sweet Indulgence
A Charleston Harbor Novel Book 1
by Debbie White
Genre: Sweet Romance
 

 

Real Men Eat Cupcakes

Annie McPherson has had it with all the blind dates her grandmother and auntie set her up with. She just wants to be left alone to run the Sweet Indulgence cupcake bakery – even if it means she’ll remain single forever.

Jack’s just been through a gut-wrenching break-up, and women are the last thing onhis mind. Now he’s on a mission to pick up cupcakes for his niece’s birthday party—not a mission to fall in love. Pulled in by Annie’s good looks and witty charm, though, temptation proves too sweet.

But will Annie’s pesky grandmother and auntie welcome Jack as Annie’s choice or will they have him jumping through hoops to prove he’s the one?

Fans of Debbie Macomber, Sherryl Woods, and Susan Wiggs are sure to love Sweet Indulgence, the first sweet romance novel in the Charleston Harbor series.

This book is too sweet to pass up!

 

 

 

 

Debbie is a USA Today Bestselling Author. She currently lives in northern

California where the hills are dotted with vineyards and the jagged

coastline is nearby. Many of her books describe the beautiful area

she calls home. She avidly supports animal rescue by donating a

percentage of all book sales to rescue groups nationwide! Now here

are a few more interesting tidbits of information about her!

 

1. Her spouse served in the U.S. Air Force for over 20 years. She uses some of her experiences as a military wife in some of her stories.

2. She has two granddaughters and a grandson.

3. She received her degree in Sociology in 2011 and graduated Magna Cum Laude.

4. She hasn’t always dreamed of writing, but she’s always loved reading and decided she’d give it a try. Her fans love her so much, she’s still putting out books three years later.

5. Her very first book, The Salty Dog was an Amazon Best-seller. 

6. You can follow all the latest news about releases, book signings and more on her website http://www.authordebbiewhite.com

 

 

 

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Webley and the World Machine (Release Blitz & Excerpt)

Title: Webley and the World Machine

Author: Zachary Paul Chopchinski

Genre: Steampunk

Cover Designer: Deranged Doctor Designs

Publisher: Books & Bow Ties Publishing

Editor: plot2published

Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

Blurb: 

A world beneath our world.

An army of mechanical monsters.

A war to end all wars.

When Adalwolf Stein and Arija Rapp discover a mechanical world hidden deep within the earth, the result is life changing. Webley and the creators of The World Machine work to keep the Earth turning. But when Arija and Adalwolf discover a growing conflict that will destroy the Earth, they find themselves forced to fight.

Will they be able to stop the war in time or will they regret ever having set foot in The World Machine?

Zachary is a bow tie wearing, formal vest rocking, pocket watch using, sarcastic monster of a writer. Currently residing in Orlando, Florida, he spends his days working, writing and procrastinating.

Zach has multiple college degrees, in the fields of criminal justice and criminology…because he wanted to catch ALL the bad guys. Now, coupled with being an author of young adult fiction he spends his days yelling at people for breaking regulatory laws.

Zach is the author of the Gabrielle series, a young adult fantasy with a paranormal-historical-time traveling twist (try saying that five times fast)

Author Links:

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Buy Links:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2AWHIKF

“We aren’t going anywhere with your creepy smiling ass. Thanks for the offer, but we have better things to do. Like fight these crazy mantis things. So, if you don’t mind, step off, or I’ll throw you another beating,” Adal offered as he took a half step ahead of Arija who yanked at his sleeve.

“What the hell are you doing? If I couldn’t take him, you sure as hell can’t! Not in your condition anyway.” Arija slid her hand down Adal’s side to where his empty holster sat on his hip. “Where’s your gun?” she mumbled out of the side of her mouth.

“I don’t know. It went flying when I did. I’m going to make my move. You make yours!” Adal mumbled back, keeping his eyes trained on his opponent. With his little finger, Adal motioned to the two knives on the platform.

“So, what’s the plan, shiny? We gonna do this, or are you going to just stand there and look at me? I mean, I know I’m pretty, but damn,” Adal said, the humor gone from his voice. The Dweller’s grin faded and his mouth thinned. He closed his robotic hands into fists and lowered his head to his shoulders.

“If you think it’s in your best interest, Topsider, please feel free to try your odds. I will greatly enjoy peeling back your skin and seeing what your wet insides look like. When I’m done with you, your mate is next!” he said, flicking his gaze toward Arija.

Arija flinched at the word “mate.” She wasn’t even Adal’s girlfriend, for reasons she didn’t exactly understand, and the word brought a sudden embarrassment to her cheeks.

Adal’s upper lip twitched as he watched him eye Arija like she was a prize at the fair. His face burned, and his palms got sweaty at the thought of this man with Arija, torturing her or . . . whatever else he had in mind. Adal was ready to put his fist down this asshole’s throat.

Book Review: Witch Hunt on Crystal Lake (Moon Investigations Book 1) by Brittany Batiste

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 out of 5 stars

What a delightful mystery! Witch Hunt on Crystal Lake is a lively blend of cozy mystery and supernatural fantasy. After reading this book I think I figured out why I don’t read too many cozies; they’re just too mundane. I like a little fantasy in my life, and Witch Hunt delivered that.

Hazel Moondance is a witch. She lives on an island populated by a plethora of magical beings: elementals, shifters, vampires, ghosts, dragons and more. Apparently, some time in the distant past, all magical beings were forced to withdraw from human society and now reside on a series of islands. Where these islands are, exactly, is still a mystery, but since this is the first in a planned series I imagine we’ll learn more in the future.

The world was familiar but oh-so-different at the same time, peppered here and there with so much magical wonder. Ms. Batiste’s writing style is crisp, the story told with a staccato rhythm that suits her main character and narrator, Hazel. Speaking of Hazel: what a great MC! She’s plucky, determined, a little unsure of her abilities, but 100% content to be doing a job she loves and helping other people (even if the pay is barely enough to make ends meet).

My one complaint is that the ending of the book seemed to come about so quickly. It’s a short book, in the 150 page range, but the climax of the story came and went so quickly I almost wondered if I’d somehow skipped a few pages. Likewise with the story’s resolution: the ending was upon me before I was really ready. But I guess that’s a good sign. I didn’t want to leave Crystal Lake! There are some unanswered questions (the biggest being the bad guy’s motives) but again, with this being the first in a planned series, I have faith that these questions will be answered later in some over-arching storyline. Might I be wrong? Possibly. But is it worth the bet? Absolutely!

As with most of the books I read, you can nab this one via Kindle Unlimited HERE.

Book Review: Casket Cache (A Spencer Funeral Home Niagara Cozy Mystery Book 1) by Janice J. Richardson

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 out of 5 stars

I never thought I’d enjoy a book set in and around a funeral home so much! Billed as a cozy mystery (which I admit is a genre I don’t read too often) Casket Cache focuses on Jennifer Spencer, a young funeral director who recently inherited the family business. To me, the mystery element of this book was ancillary. It was there, in the background, but it wasn’t what kept me turning the pages.

Sure, there was murder, breaking and entering, thousands of dollars hidden in a coffin… but the heart of this book is really Jennifer and how she helps a multitude of families cope with the loss of their loved ones. Somehow author Janice Richardson manages to walk a fine line through potentially distressing topics (stillbirth, suicide, and tragically fatal accidents) with a finesse that will leave your heart warmed. Now that’s a hat trick!

At the time of this posting, the kindle version is currently FREE so be sure to grab a copy right away.

**I won a paperback copy of this book in a Facebook event giveaway which I then chose to voluntarily review**

Book Review: Splinter by Michael Bussa

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 out of 5 stars

Sometimes in the midst of our crazy and hectic lives we just need to sink our teeth into a morsel of a short story… Something to distract us from our day-to-day toil but without the commitment of hundreds of pages. We just want a quick escape. Well, if you’re in that sort of a reading mood, look no further than “Splinter” by Michael Bussa, a deftly crafted psychological suspense short story that’s sure to surprise you in the final pages.

In Splinter we are introduced to Adam, his devious and possibly abusive sister-slash-caretaker Ada, and Adam’s mental health provider Dr. Vann. Adam’s past is shrouded in mystery, the only clearly known item is that when he was a young child there was a tragic altercation involving Adam’s father and as a result Adam is now confined to a wheelchair for the remainder of his life. Now an adult, Adam’s mental state is precarious to say the least. His interactions with Dr. Vann were short, but within them we get a sense of how truly lost this young man is.

Michael Bussa exhibits an efficiency of prose in Splinter that not only conveys the nuts and bolts of the story but still generates ample emotion. It’s the true mark of an excellent short story author when, after reading those final words, you want to flip back to the first page just to scrutinize the clues: Mr. Bussa accomplished this in spades! Splinter is a highly enjoyable and fast read, sure to please.

You can nosh on this lovely morsel via Kindle Unlimited HERE.

**Reviewed for Readers’ Favorite**

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Book Review: Webley and the World Machine by Zachary Paul Chopchinski

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 4.5 out of 5 stars

This young adult romp combines classic Coming of Age themes with a rich fantasy world. And steampunk! I’ve been needing more steampunk in my life. Adal and Arija are two typical teenaged kids, the best of friends (with a tiny extra spark between them which may just grow into something more). I loved their friendship; they’re candid, sassy and unapologetic as they egg each other on, throw barbs and basically turn each new danger they face into some sort of competition.

After Adal suffers a tragedy, Arija accompanies him to blow off some steam. In their wanderings they find themselves falling through a cave and into a strange new world peopled with intricate mechanical beings. The titular Webley is a joyful wonder! He’s a gentle giant with a heart of gold.

And that’s the main theme for me: heart. Webley’s creations are the mechanical, beating heart of Earth… Adal and Arija coming to grips with their own hearts and the responsibilities that come with it, not just to themselves, but to each other and to humanity as a whole… The idea that machines can love and feel a sense of family.

Don’t get me wrong, these sound like heavy themes, but this is a kick-a$$ romp full of action and humor. The story concludes in a satisfactory way while leaving a “door” wide open (wink wink… you’ll get it when you read the ending) for many more adventures within the World Machine. And I can’t wait!

**I received an advance electronic copy of this book from the author which I then chose to voluntarily review**

PLEASE NOTE: Webley and the World Machine is currently on pre-order on Amazon and will release Jan 11, 2018.

Book Review: Gold Shadow (Bronze Rebellion Book 1) by L.C. Perry

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 out of 5 stars

Settle in and prepare yourself for a wonderful entry to the Bronze Rebellion Series. Gold Shadow, by L.C. Perry, introduces us to an alternate, dystopian world in which an elite ruling monarchy presides over the various continents and the ‘lesser communities’ outside their grand palaces. This is a world in which slavery is commonplace, with the majority of slaves toiling underground and unseen in deplorable conditions while under the thumbs of merciless guards and officers. It is from these two disparate worlds that author L.C. Perry gives us two very different main characters: Ebony (the slave) and Irene (the princess).

If I had to choose a favorite character it would be, far and away, Ebony. But I’m certain that was by the author’s design. Princess Irene (Ivory in my mind, given her stark contrast to Ebony) is a spoiled little girl on the cusp of womanhood with no idea what the world outside her palace is like. Her parents have kept the ugly truth hidden from her and it is for this reason that I can forgive Irene her callousness and her insensitivity. She really has no clue. The way she cows to her parents’ demands and manipulations was actually a warped mirror of Ebony’s life as a slave and one that was deftly utilized. Ebony, although downtrodden her entire life, is the strong one and, when fate gives her a chance to escape her life as a slave and join the Rebellion, we really see her shine. Ebony is a broken young woman, but with each break she seems to have healed stronger. Her torture and torment were visceral and not for the faint of heart.

While Gold Shadow, by nature of being the first book in a series, has a lot of exposition and world building to accomplish, L.C. Perry doesn’t waste too much time on explanations. She lets it develop and unfold organically as the story progresses. There are, at times, a plethora of characters to keep track of but Ms. Perry does a remarkable job of instilling unique personalities and features to them all, making our job as readers that much easier. The dialogue is crisp and true to life. Although I’ve said it already in this review, it is the stark contrast between the lives of the slave Ebony and the princess Irene where L.C. Perry’s writing truly shines. Each character supports and contrasts the other even though their paths don’t intersect until quite late in the story. I’m excited for the next installment and can’t wait to see where the journey takes us next.

This book gets the distinction of being my final book of 2017 and what a way to go out! You can experience it for yourself HERE (available free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers).

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My Favorite Reads 2017

Yeah, yeah, I know. 2018 is already a week old and I’m a lazy blogger who is only now getting around to a post which many of my fellow bloggers tackled weeks ago. <shrugs> Whatever. I’ve been busy.

I set a Goodreads Reading Goal of 100 books in 2017, which I met. I read 109 actually, even with taking the month of November off for NaNoWriMo. Curious to see what’s on my list? You can check out the full list HERE. Looking over that impressive virtual bookshelf today, I had hoped to whittle those 100+ books to only ten. After what feels like hours of agonizing, I managed to narrow it to twenty books. But, I rationalize five are series listings and five are standalone books, so that’s ten. I win!

With no further ado and in no particular order, here are my top reads of 2017:

The Criminal Elements Series Books 1 & 2 by Cris & Clare Meyers. Book 3 will be on my TBR list in 2018 for certain!

The Jessica Sweet Trilogy Books 1 & 2 by Aliya Dalrae. This series is sweet (pun absolutely intended) and I’m on pins & needles waiting for the next installment.

Murder In Absentia by Assaph Mehr. I heart Felix the Fox! He’s like Magnum PI and Sherlock Holmes in a toga. Squee!

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The Penny White Series Books 1-4 by Chrys Cymri. This is an amazing series! Fan-girl and nerd humor abounds. Combine that with magical creatures, religion, and whiskey and you’re in for a rollicking good time.

Skeletons in the Closet (Phantom Rising Book 2) by Davyne DeSye. I read Ms. DeSye’s first Phantom Rising book (For Love of the Phantom) in 2016 and was delighted when she released a sequel. This book gives us a glimpse into the Phantom’s past and the evil woman who turned him into the monster of the Paris Opera House.

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The Gabrielle Series Books 1-4 by Zachary Paul Chopchinski. This young adult series is a real page turner. The story comes full circle between books one and four, with Gabrielle living throughout time, inhabiting the bodies of a handful of different women throughout history. It’s light reading while still captivating your attention and provoking some deep thoughts and questions.

Written in Blood by Alex Carver. I read a lot of Alex’s books last year, including his Inspector Stone Series, but this stand-alone mystery was my fave. The small town mentality, the panic of the townspeople when one of their own is savagely killed, and the instantaneous willingness to blame the new guy -the outsider- was all captivatingly portrayed.

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The Divine Space Pirates Books 1-3 by C.S. Johnson. I happened upon this series somewhat by accident. And what a happy accident it was! Combining dystopian fiction, space opera, and coming of age it’s a real roller coaster ride. I loved every page!

Glimmer of Steel by K.E. Blaski. This one is, I’m fairly certain, my favorite book of 2017. It’s billed as Book One of the Books of Astrune Series and I’m salivating as I wait for book 2. It’s such a unique story! The moment I finished it, I turned around and read it again I liked it so much. Trust me, just read it.

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Gold Shadow by L.C. Perry. This book was a sneaker. I squeaked it into my reading rotation on the last 2 days of 2017. And it blew me away! (I haven’t posted a review for it yet, so watch my blog for that sometime this weekend). It’s dystopian, it’s social commentary, it’s captivating. I’ll leave the rest for my review.

Gold Shadow (Bronze Rebellion Book 1) by [Perry, L.C.]

And that, boys and girls, is my list. Believe me, narrowing the 109 books I read last year to only these few was excruciating! I was treated to some truly marvelous material and it’s looking like 2018 will be just as wonderful.

You thought I was done, didn’t you? I can’t help it. I’ve gotta include a few “honorable mentions.” These are the books it killed me to cut from the list, so this is a balm for my reader – author soul. Indulge me, won’t you?

Book Review: Barnabus Tew and the Case is the Missing Scarab by Columbkill Noonan

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 out of 5 stars

What might happen if a rather inept Victorian detective were to find himself suddenly in the Egyptian afterlife, charged with solving a case for none other than the god Anubis himself? Why hilariousness, of course! Barnabas Tew and The Case of The Missing Scarab by Columbkill Noonan is a zany, quirky tale sure to tickle your fancy.

Barnabas Tew has big dreams. Captured by the notion of becoming a famous detective, like his idol Sherlock Holmes, it’s no exaggeration to say Barnabas’ abilities fall miles short of his aspirations. His biggest saving grace is his loyal assistant Wilfred who, despite what Barnabas may think, is clearly the more clever of the two. When Barnabas and Wilfred visit the London museum’s latest attraction, an Egyptian mummy, Barnabas gets quite a fright: the mummy rises from its platform to deliver our bumbling detective to Anubis. The case: Someone has kidnapped Khepre, the scarab god responsible for rolling the sun across the sky each day. If Khepre can’t be found, the afterlife is doomed. The catch: One can’t be alive and walk about in the afterlife! Hilariously, Barnabas takes it all in stride but, unfortunately for his assistant Wilfred, Anubis takes him at his word when he flippantly mentions how helpful it would be should Wilfred be there to help him. Thus, our two heroes find themselves snatched from the living world of London and thrust right into the middle of the politics and machinations of ancient Egypt’s most fearsome gods and goddesses. Pitting the wisdom of the gods against Barnabas’ naivety makes for a delightful juxtaposition indeed. But can Barnabas hold his own against the ancient gods and rescue Khepre?

Where this story really shines is in its humor. You can’t take this book too seriously. The premise itself promises much “fish out of water” awkwardness. Add to that Barnabas’ tendency to speak without thinking (or simply not understanding that which he’s speaking about) and the laughs are plentiful. As an adult with a penchant for Victorian detectives and all things Egyptian, this book was straight up my alley. But I wondered how it would fare with its target young adult audience? On a whim, I read the first chapter with my ten year old daughter. She’s hooked. Columbkill Noonan manages to weave a fascinating and entertaining story. The banter between Barnabas and Wilfred (well quite frankly all the dialogue) flows naturally. There were some excellent vocabulary challenges for the younger reader which parents are sure to appreciate. Fans of Egyptian mythology will appreciate the depictions of the various gods and goddesses, but those without prior knowledge of the pantheon will not find themselves lost. All in all, Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab is a delightful romp and I cannot wait for Barnabas and Wilfred’s next case!

You can check it out for yourself HERE (currently free to read in Kindle Unlimited).

**Reviewed for Readers’ Favorite**

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