Saturday, October 21, 2017

Blog Tour... Tabitha Barret's We Were Ghosts


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When Alicia meets the new guy in school, there is something about the mischievous look in his eyes that implies he's breaking the rules by talking to her. It's the rule abused kids live by - don't let anyone into your life. Don't let them see the real you.

She and Zack both have secret lives that only the other can understand. They suffer in silence, afraid that no one will believe them. Can their love for one another help free them from their turbulent lives, if only for a few minutes at a time? Together, can they find the courage and strength to escape from their hidden world of lies and deception in order to live normal lives?

Content warnings: This is story is meant to inspire hope in abused teens and young adults, though there are a number of traumatic scenes of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. Some scenes may be disturbing for readers.



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Excerpt:

Turning my head at a noise next to me, I ignored the fallen pencil and locked onto the blue eyes that were smiling apologetically at me less than six inches from my arm.  Zack’s smile was something poets took years to describe in poems as they tried to capture the innocence mixed with a hint of mischief.  I completely forgot about my wall of silence as I turned my body toward him, unable to resist his playful grin.
I think my mouth must have fallen open because I suddenly started coughing as I choked on nothing but air.
The rest of the class turned to see if they needed to administer CPR or call for the paramedics.  Even Scott raised his eyebrow at me.  “Do you need water, Alicia?  You can run to the water fountain if you need to,” he said, motioning to the hallway.  His voice sounded somewhere between amused and annoyed.  I was convinced that Scott was gay, though he did everything within his power to hide it from the Catholic School Administration.  It would have been frowned upon by the church, though Scott seemed to be liked by the other teachers.
I nodded my head, trying to remember what it was like to breathe normally.  I made it the hallway as fast as my Rockports could carry me.  My sensible walking shoes got me to the water fountain and I drained half of the water supply before I came up for air.  In an unladylike move, I wiped my mouth from my elbow to my wrist on my navy pullover sweater.  When I was able to move air through my windpipe without keeling over, I threw my hip into the nearest locker and leaned my head against it.  I suddenly realized why I had put up the frost wall to keep Zack out and why I had nearly swallowed my lungs.  I could never have Zack, even if I wished for it on every birthday candle.
I slunk back into the room and ignored the snickers from the two senior girls in the front row.  I pulled my skirt against the backs of my legs and I tried to sit quietly as the wood rubbed against the metal contraption they dubbed a desk.  Scott had forgotten about my interruption had moved on to helping someone who had a finger cut off by a jigsaw.  The vast majority of the room was grumbling about the graphic photos in the textbook and asking questions about how much ice was needed to keep the finger cold.  The morbid kids were busy doodling little squirts of blood around the hand.
Zack, however, was staring at a blank section of desk.  His book was open and he was on the correct page, but he seemed like he was three states away.  I knew how he felt.  It was like that for me most days.
Curiosity tugged at me and I was forced to look at him again.  He was hunched over on his forearms and his feet were tucked away on either side of the desk.  He looked like a normal, bored student, but there was something about his expression that made him stand out from everyone else.  His smile had vanished and he almost looked worried about something as he glanced up at the clock.  I was sad when the bell rang, signaling that I had run out of time to look at Zack for the day.
Grabbing my purse from behind my chair, I absently watched Zack pick up his books.  I opened my mouth to speak though I hadn’t completely formed the words in my brain.  “If you want to avoid Heather, I would use the stairs in the middle of the school.  It will take you a little longer to get to the lockers, but I mostly see her, or rather, ignore her, coming up the stairs on this side of the building.”  I regretted the sound that came from my throat instantly.
He frowned at me like I was a lunatic and then suddenly a blindly gorgeous smile crept across his lips.  Before I knew what I was doing, I was smiling too, though I probably looked high.  He nodded and gave a small chuckle.  “Thanks for the advice.  I like your escape plan better than the one I came up with,” he said, looking at my face instead of the floor, the wall, or the speck of dust on the heater behind me.  “I was planning on either jumping out the window and making a break for the parking lot or climbing onto the desk and crawling through the ceiling until I made my way to the roof.”
The sparkle in his eyes showed that hint of mischief I had seen earlier.  I stupidly shrugged and nodded, unable to reply.  By the time he made it to the door, I had my witty reply all ready, but of course, it was too late.  He looked over his shoulder at me and pointed in the direction of the main staircase.  I nodded with a stupid grin on my face.


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Tabitha Barret is an Award Winning Multi-Genre Romance author who graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in English.  She married the guy from her Creative Writing class and together had two amazing children.  They live together in a quiet town in New Jersey with their four insane dogs. 

She is currently working on her RH Paranormal Romance series, The Third Throne, as well as a number of other books that are warring in her head.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Morgan & Jennifer Locklear #Musings #Anthology | #FAA3 #FosterAnAuthor3 @MJLocklear




Seven friends inspired to raise awareness and funds for homeless youth in crisis.
Seven authors with a love for storytelling.

Nine original stories with themes every reader will love. Comedy. Romance. Suspense. Fantasy. Drama. Prose.

Individual reflections combined into an eclectic collection.


All proceeds to benefit the Philadelphia chapter of Covenant House, in loving memory of Terry Aisenstein.

Foreword by Sylvain Reynard.

Musings Included:
Kris Babe: Walking After Midnight
Shari Ivey: Stranger in a Stranger Land
Jennifer Locklear: Aurora
Morgan Locklear: House Rules
Tara Severance: Slash Pine
Susan K. Swords: Better Than Yes
Susan K. Swords: Everyone Deserves an HEA
Becca Vry: Hopescapes
Morgan Locklear & Susan K. Swords: STUD











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Christina Butrum's Kate's Forever | #FAA3 #FosterAnAuthor3 @AuthorCButrum

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Kate’s Forever

Just when Kate thought Valentine's Day was overrated, Jordan Hughes went and proved her wrong. 

Kate Dixon loves all things Le Claire. She's determined to achieve her dream of one day becoming a teacher at Le Claire Elementary. But like with all things in the past, Kate faces yet another unforeseen challenge. 

Balancing between work and her personal life, not excluding Jordan Hughes, Kate finds herself facing more than the possibility of losing her job. 

Jordan Hughes finds himself on standby, but with the help from his brother and a few good friends, he might be the one to save her once again. 

He will do whatever it takes to prove to Kate that he's the forever she's been looking for.


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Christina Butrum is a Contemporary Romance author who enjoys writing sweet, swoon-worthy romances. Christina began her career as an Indie Author in 2015 when she published the Fairshore Series.

Christina plans to continue writing and publishing swoon-worthy romance stories for her readers to enjoy.

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Aaron L Speer's The Independents II | #FAA3 #FosterAnAuthor3 @Aaron_Speer

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The Independents II:


Blurb:

When Ben Towers receives a lucrative publishing contract for his debut novel, it is most definitely a dream come true.

But there's just one problem.

His former best friend, Josh, takes to social media claiming that the idea for the book was stolen by Ben. Now Josh will publish the true manuscript as an Indie author.

The controversy drives interest in the book through the roof, and although this pleases Ben's publisher, they ask him to confirm absolutely that the book is indeed his idea, as lawyers are now necessary.

When Josh is shut down in all his avenues, the pathway to the release event is clear. Or so Ben thinks…

**Intended for 18+. Some scenes may be too intense for some readers.**
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Excerpt:

It was a dismissal and Ben knew it. He had no idea what to do to make her smile, so he just left and returned to his desk and the fresh pile of hardbacks for him to sign. At least there was one thing he could focus on that required no effort. He picked up book after book, signing his name in what was now a well-rehearsed move. So rehearsed, he almost didn’t see the neatly folded slip of paper in one of the last ones. He opened it to find a printout of a news site post.

“Publishers to Sue” Thompson Publishers today announced they would take legal action against Joshua Williams. Mr Williams has been vocal of late on social media regarding Thompson’s much anticipated new release The Conquest, with accusations that the idea for the book has been plagiarised. “We at Thompson’s take any suggestion of trickery or dishonesty very seriously,” Head of Promotions Denise Houseman said. “The accusations made are not only false, but also insulting. After repeated warnings, our lawyers have been contacted and we will be seeking damages.” Mr Williams has since gone into a social media blackout and has been unavailable for comment.

Ben smiled. This must have been put in by Denise as a sneaky reminder that the pest had been taken care of. There was more on the other side of the paper. He flipped it over and he became suddenly aware of his heartbeat, pulsing in his temples.

“What the fuck?” he whispered to himself. He picked up his phone and dialled Denise’s number. “Hi, it’s Ben. Sorry to bother you, but where did you get the batch of books that I’ve got now?”  

“From the printers, silly.”

“The same printers as last time?”

“Yep, we only use the one. Why? Is there a problem with the font?”

“No, I…” Ben looked at the flip side of the page again. “Had anyone seen it before you?”

“No, that printing press is exclusive to us, it gets locked after all the books are printed and boxed. I was the only one there to pick up your books and the box was sealed. What’s the problem?”

Someone had written in bold blue marker, WE KNOW. Ben swallowed. “Nothing.”




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"Aaron’s tongue in cheek commentary of the Indie book community and the drama that can occur is spectacular." -- Janine: The World Was Hers For The Reading

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Author Bio:

I love writing adult paranormal fiction. Vampires, werewolves, ghosts....oh my. I've been writing since I was 11 but I've always been a dreamer......often getting caught staring off into space as I created stories in my mind.

One of my recent stories, Night Walker (Undeadly Secrets Series Book 1), won the 2017 Golden Stake Award at the International Vampire Film and Arts Festival held in Transylvania annually. I'm still quite chuffed about walking away with it after facing some great contenders.

The Fourth book in what some refer to as The Undeadly Secrets Saga will release in early 2018. I also have a short story thriller series, The Independents, and will be branching out into other genres in the coming year.

My favorite activities include spending time with family, dragging my forever patient wife to watch my beloved St George Illawarra Dragons, popping into the movies for the latest blockbusters, going to the gym for my dream body. Or just a body. Anything, really.

My beautiful wife and I welcomed our first child into the world in 2017. My fans have declared him the Prince of Speerverse and claim he seems to take after me in his want to build the tension as high as possible...making us and our loved ones wait 3 long days for him to make his entrance.  My wife and I live with the love of our lives in Sydney, Australia; the setting for the majority of my works.

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