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Kas: The 6th Turn by Author Ren Garcia.

This Blitz is a bit of a change of pace for us We are doing something different and fun as Author Ren Garcia is making YouTube videos telling you the backstory of each chapter in his book and then narrating the chapter. The Treasure Hunt Questions will be based on the videos and you can answer the questions in the Rafflecopter.

 

Ren Garcia is a Science Fiction/Fantasy author and Texas native who grew up in western Ohio. He has been writing since before he could write, often scribbling alien lingo on any available wall or floor with assorted crayons. He attended The Ohio State University and majored in English Literature. 
 
Ren has been an avid lover of anything surreal since childhood. He also has a passion for caving, urban archaeology, taking pictures of clouds, and architecture. He currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, and their four dogs.

 

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Raised in the dark under the lash of the Black Hat Sisterhood, when the woman who would become known as Kat, is sent on a suicide mission into the heart of the League, she was not expected to survive. Her mission: discover the identity of the fabled Shadow tech Goddess, a being who does not exist. All other considerations, including her possible death, are secondary.
 

 

But, Kat is guided by higher powers, by merciful hands that feed her, clothe her and whisper in her ear. As she watches the sun rise for the first time, she recalls their words: “Be strong,” they said. “You have much to live for.
 
 

 

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The answer to Treasure Hunt Question #13 is in this video.
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Top Ten List:
 
10 Fun facts
about the Author:
–I was once engaged to a woman 20 years my senior.
–I once looked down the barrel of an FBI Agent’s drawn pistol.
–I once took a home IQ test from a book and scored a 58.
–Similar to the Bird Box challenge that’s all the craze these days, I
once nearly plunged to my death by walking into the deep end of a drained
swimming pool in a pitch black abandoned YMCA.
–I was once royally chewed out by Maria Shriver.
–A childhood rite of passage, my bout with the Chicken Pox nearly killed
me as a boy.
–My entire family has brown eyes, yet I have blue eyes. After 3rd grade
biology class, I announced to my mother that I couldn’t possibly be her son.
–I once received a check for $150 dollars after a treasure chest full of
stolen Mexican booty was discovered on a relative’s property. The $150 was my
share of the divided spoils.
–For a 2nd grade essay in 1975 that was to be placed in
a Time Capsule under the school, I predicted the coming of GPS.
–As the infamous White Hurricane of 1978 dumped 10 feet of snow on the
ground and gave us -61 wind chills, I STILL had to go to school in a treaded
armored personnel carrier donated by the National Guard.

 

 
 
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Treasure Hunt Questions 12-14: (put your answers in the rafflecopter below)
(One of the Rafflecopter Prizes is specifically for the Treasure Hunt
Winner)
1-
Buying a Black Hat – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5Ek-O4SjdY
Question: What does the Black Hat demand as payment from
A-Ram and Alesta for giving them a Crawler?
A: Their spacecraft
B: Their clothing
C: Their Sentrils
D: Their shoes
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Baked Chicken – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xj8SC6nnW_o
Question: Why doesn’t Atha like Kat?
A: She believes she is a homely “nobody” from the Black
Hat’s basement.
B: She is a Black hat
C: She is too small
D: She isn’t rich enough
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Lord Belmont – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeZm1AWlrbM
Question: Who is sending Lord Belmont sacks full
of mail?
A: The Shadow tech Goddess
B: Lord A-Ram
C: Professor Hannah-Ben Shurlamp

 

D: Lady Alesta
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Secrets Never Die by Author Laurie Lewis. Book Blitz

Tallie Brown’s life has never made sense. Raised in isolation by her mother, Julia, Tallie was dragged suddenly and without explanation from one third-world outpost to another until life normalized seven years ago when Julia took a position on a mountaintop in the Pacific northwest. But when Julia unexpectedly dies, Tallie uncovers clues suggesting that Julia had a secret life. Journalistic phenom Jackson James is still recovering from the devastating mistake that flatlined his promising career. Now he’s paying the price, working as the editor of a syrupy community rag in a posh D.C. suburb. But when the very man who destroyed him drops a tantalizing lead about a potential D.C. scandal, the reporter sees his chance for redemption and sets off to chase the story. Jackson’s investigation leads him to Cutler’s Ridge, a dying Virginia coal town, and directly into the path of the mysterious and beautiful Tallie. As these two mistrustful loners follow their leads, their stories begin to intertwine until they reach an alarming conclusion – something terrible happened in Cutler’s Ridge. As they doggedly pursue the story, the town’s cold reception spirals into threats and danger, proving that there are those who will stop at nothing to keep the past hidden forever –because secrets never die.

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Laurie (L.C.) Lewis will always be a Marylander at heart—a weather-whining lover of crabs, American history, and the sea. She admits to being craft-challenged, particularly lethal with a glue gun, and a devotee of sappy movies. Secrets Never Die is Laurie’s twelfth published novel.

Her women’s fiction/romance novels include Love on the Line, (2019), Awakening Avery, (2018), Love on a Limb, (2017), Sweet Water, (2017), The Dragons of Alsace Farm (2016), and

Unspoken (2004), written as Laurie Lewis. Using the pen name L.C. Lewis, she wrote the five volumes of her award-winning FREE MEN and DREAMERS historical romance series, set against the backdrop of the War of 1812: Dark Sky at Dawn (2007), Twilight’s Last Gleaming

(2008), Dawn’s Early Light (2009), Oh, Say Can You See? (2010), and In God is Our Trust, (2011).

Laurie Lewis is a RONE Award Winner (The Dragons of Alsace Farm) and was twice

named a New Apple Literary Award winner in 2017 (The Dragons of Alsace Farm), and in 2018, winning Best New Fiction (Love on a Limb.) She is also a BRAGG Medallion honoree, and she was twice named a Whitney Awards and USA Best Books Awards finalist.

Laurie loves to hear from readers, and she invites you to join her VIP Readers’ Club, or contact her at any of these locations.

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RANDOM FACTS

1. I met my husband on a CB radio when I was fifteen.

2. I have a weird love for twinkle lights and nesting boxes.

3. I’m a kidney donor.

4. I threw the shot put and discus in high school.

5. I love big, dangling earrings.

6. Our house was hit by a tornado last November.

7. I have a dozen amazing grandchildren.

8. My mom has dementia and was the inspiration behind “The Dragons of Alsace Farm.”

9. I could eat fried chicken all day.

10. I speak in accents when I write my characters’ dialogue.

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Grace Without Grace – Cover Reveal

Susan was born and raised a Southern California girl but is grateful to have lived on the Oregon coast and in the Rocky Mountains of northern Utah. She’s now enjoying living with her husband in the incomparable beauty of the Redwood forest, nestled against the rugged coast of Northern California.

Susan raised a tribe of children, making ends meet as a registered nurse and lactation consultant, and now her tribe members have tribes of their own and she doesn’t get to see enough of them. She loves to travel and is thrilled with a good movie or a great book, but writing is her passion. She writes almost anything, especially epic fantasy and romance.

Susan would love to hear your comments. Please review her book at your favorite retailer or at Goodreads. Take a peek at her website, susantietjen.blogspot.com, and/ or drop her a note at:

stietjen.author@gmail.com.

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Grace has given up on romance, on almost everything, since Rick Fleming betrayed her faith in him five years ago. Given her constant struggle with bad luck (her friend Murphy), being insanely accident prone, and having been the target of endless ridicule growing up, she has no reason to trust anyone.

Rick made some mistakes as a boy, and as a young man, his worst was hurting Grace Evans. His heart still belongs to her, even if she doesn’t know it. Unfortunately, in the last confrontation between them, she demanded he never speak to her again.

Now, Grace’s best friend (and Rick’s sister) Hannah has invited her to a ten-day summer work-vacation to babysit Hannah’s teen cousins. A palatial cabin, a patio boat on the lake, and all the comforts of the rich and famous at their fingertips? A vacation made in heaven.

At least until they arrive and Grace finds Rick there. And neither can leave. Rick’s car is in pieces in the garage, and Grace forgot her driver’s license at home.

How will Grace survive it? Can she find a way to forgive? Can Rick learn to take

responsibility for his past mistakes? And even if they succeed, what will they do when Rick’s most recent wantabe girlfriend shows up on their doorstep, determined to make Rick hers?

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Day 6: Passport To Happiness by Debbie White

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 A little romance and a little travel. Could anything be better then that?
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We are so excited to let you get to know Debbie a little bit today!

Debbie currently resides in beautiful Sonoma County, California, where the jagged Pacific coastline meets the rolling hills cascading with vineyards. She writes romance novellas that feature strong, independent women, who when faced with adversity, or tragedy, fine strength and overcome the perils that stand in their way. She’s an avid supporter of animal rescue, and happily donates a portion of sales from her books to rescue organizations. She has two adult children, and two granddaughters. In her spare time, she loves to garden, travel; enjoy family, and her beloved rescue dogs, Dash and Briar. Her real passion of course is writing, and she uses her 20+ years as a military wife as inspiration for her stories. The Salty Dog is her second endeavor, and takes places in Bodega, a small fishing community she has the pleasure of visiting often. Her current release – Passport to Happiness is about a small town girl who travels to foreign places, another area she has experience.

 

 

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I don’t know about you but this cover makes me want to travel. Let’s take a look inside this fantastic cover.

To escape the often lonely and boring reality of living in a small rural town, Jessica finds comfort in reading about the many places that exist beyond her small corner of the earth.

When she joins the State Department and travels abroad looking for adventure, Jessica gets more than she imagined was ever possible.

Passport to Happiness is a story of strength and determination while exploring new places, but it’s also about finding love and happiness – no matter where you hang your hat.

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Day 5: The End of Feeling by Cindy C Bennett

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Day 5:

The End of Feeling

By Cindy C Bennett

 

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Book Blurb:

Eighteen-year-old Benjamin Nefer seems to have it all: great looks, incredible football skills, and smooth moves that have won—and broken—the hearts of countless girls at his high school. But his hellish home life has left him feeling empty inside, unable to experience real feelings.

He thinks he’s fine being this way forever…until he meets a beautiful and witty seventeen-year-old girl named Charlotte “Charlie” Austin. She may be new in town, but she’s already been warned about Benjamin’s reputation, so it’s easy for her to shoot down his advances.

Like him, she’s happier keeping people at a distance, especially since she, too, has secrets she’s not ready to share with anyone.

But as the tentative friendship between the charismatic football captain and the new girl grows, Charlie finds herself feeling closer to Benjamin than she’s ever felt with anyone—and he wonders if he’s really capable of loving after all. Can they drop their guard, or is this so-called romance just another game?

 

Buy Link:

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Excerpt #1

 

I don’t feel anything anymore.

If I were going to feel something, it would be for my sister, Mia. She’s gone now, has been for the last eight years since I was nine . . . and I somehow doubt she’s coming back.

I loved her when she was here. I tried to protect her.

I failed.

When he finally hurt her so badly that she nearly died, torn up inside and out, she came and took her. She left me here, left me with him, completely at his mercy. As far as I know, she didn’t even come back to see if I was okay, if I needed help, if I needed to go, too.

I don’t hate her for that. I don’t even envy her that she got out so much earlier than even Mia. To do either of those things requires feeling, and I don’t feel. Anything. So I live with him still, numb and beyond caring.

How else could I be?

Author Bio:

Cindy Bennett

Bennett lives a most unglamorous life in the beautiful state of Utah. She is the author of several YA books in many subgenres. She’s the mom of two daughters, two sons and two daughters-in-law, three dogs, and two grandbabies. She loves gooey cookies, dark chocolate, and cheesy popcorn. She hates housework and cooking, and has no plans to become a domestic goddess. Her favorite pastime—other than writing—is riding her Harley.

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Day 4: The Stranger She Married by Donna Hatch

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Day 4:

 The Stranger She Married by Donna Hatch

 

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Let’s get into this book.
 Synopsis

 When her parents and only brother die within weeks of each other, Alicia and her younger sister are left in the hands of an uncle who has brought them all to financial and social ruin. Desperate to save her family from debtor’s prison, Alicia vows to marry the first wealthy man to propose. She meets the dashing Lord Amesbury, and her heart whispers that this is the man she is destined to love, but his tainted past may forever stand in their way. Her choices in potential husbands narrow to either a scarred cripple with the heart of a poet, or a handsome rake with a deadly secret.

Cole Amesbury is tormented by his own ghosts, and believes he is beyond redemption, yet he cannot deny his attraction for the girl whose genuine goodness touches the heart he’d thought long dead. He fears the scars in his soul cut so deeply that he may never be able to offer Alicia a love that is true. When yet another bizarre mishap threatens her life, Alicia suspects the seemingly unrelated accidents that have plagued her loved ones are actually a killer’s attempt to exterminate every member of her family. Despite the threat looming over her, learning to love the stranger she married may pose the greatest danger of all, a danger to her heart.

Author Bio

Now let’s take a look at the author of this book.

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Author of Historical Romance and Fantasy, award-winning author Donna Hatch is a sought-after speaker and workshop presenter. Her writing awards include the Golden Rose and the prestigious Golden Quill. Her passion for writing began at age 8 she wrote her first short story, and she wrote her first full-length novel during her sophomore year in high school, a fantasy which was later published. In between caring for six children, (7 counting her husband), her day job, her work as a freelance editor and copywriter, and her many volunteer positions, she still makes time to write. After all, writing IS an obsession. All of her heroes are patterned after her husband of over 20 years, who continues to prove that there really is a happily ever after.

Check out her blog 
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You can even subscribe to her newsletter under “subscribe for updates”

Here are the links to purchase this book
Available in both paperback and ebook

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Stranger-She-Married-Rogue-Hearts-ebook/dp/B00EZ7ZB3A/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1390595356&sr=8-1&keywords=the+stranger+she+married+by+donna+hatch

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Day 3: Moonlight by Ann Hunter

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Day 3:

Moonlight by Ann Hunter.

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Moonlight, the WHITNEY AWARD NOMINATED prequel to The Subtle Beauty (free on Amazon), is the book critics are calling “Kind of ethereal”, “…a fairytale world that will steal your heart and fuel your imagination”.
In this fractured retelling of THE SWAN PRINCESS, one girl will sacrifice much to save her family.
When her mother dies, Aowyn vows to protect her brothers and father from the conniving Ciatlllait who is bent on usurping the throne and the kingdom. To do this, Aowyn makes a deal with the twisted creature Sylas Mortas, only realizing too late that breathing a word of their bargain will kill her swan brothers. Will she be able to wait out the 1,000 moons the steep price of the deal requires with war and romance on the horizon?
Find out in MOONLIGHT.

Ann Hunter

Multi-award winning author, Ann Hunter, is the creator of the young adult fantasy series Crowns of the Twelve (including the novels The Subtle Beauty, Moonlight, Fallen, with A Piece of Sky, Ashes, and The Rose In The Briar to follow). She likes cherry soda with chocolate ice cream, is a mom first and a writer second, has a secret identity, and thinks the Twilight movies are cheesier than cheez whiz (which is why they are her guilty pleasure!)

She lives in a cozy Utah home with her two awesome kids and epic husband.

Ann’s top ten list

Chocolate
Warm hugs
Royal purple & Cerulean blue
My husband & kids
Fresh snow
Writing
AOWYN! (the heroine of Moonlight)
Horses
New readers
Reviews
YOU!

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Day 2: The Heart of the Hunter by Natalie-Nicole Bates

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Day 2:

The Heart of the Hunter by Natalie-Nicole Bates

Love is in the air. Now let’s add a little bit of suspense.

Today We are bringing you an amazing romantic suspense from Natalie-Nicole Bates, The Heart of the Hunter! Before we look at this book let’s learn a little about Natalie-Nicole.

Author Bio
Natalie-Nicole Bates is a book reviewer and author.
Her passions in life include books and hockey along with Victorian and Edwardian era photography and antique poison bottles. Natalie contributes her uncharacteristic love of hockey to being born in Russia.
She currently resides in the UK where she is working on her next book and adding to her collection of 19th century post-mortem photos and antique poison bottles.


Visit Natalie online

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BatesNatalie
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Heart of the Hunter

Synopsis
After a devastating accident, Barret Atkins has accepted a quiet, solitary existence. His life is turned upside down, when he finds the badly injured Kansas Smith, left for dead in a case of mistaken identity. As Kansas begins to recover, Barret must face some deep scars of his own. When the couple begin to fall for each other, their lives spin into a revival of past hurts, jealousies, and betrayals, causing Barret to put a halt to their budding relationship.
Barret’s hesitation causes his best friend-turned vicious rival, Duncan Craig, to pursue a friendship with Kansas. Where will this leave Barret? Can they all hold on long enough to escape Kansas’s attacker, and will they ever conquer their own inner demons intent on keeping them apart.


Snippet #3

“We have this bond, you and I…this connection. Do you feel it?”
Although the room was dark, she could see his eyes, deep wells of blue, focused on her. This was the most he had ever opened up to her, and she did not want to blow this chance. “Of course I feel it. We’ll always have a link, an intensity. It will be there, no matter what happens.”
He pushed a hand through his hair. “These past weeks have been surreal. I wish we would have met under different circumstances, but no matter how it happened, I’m glad we did meet.”

“Perhaps it was fate.” She smiled.

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Wings by Pete Abela

Wings

Synopsis

Wings is a stirring, cross-generational account of the love of flying inspired by the true story of Walt, a WWII RAF pilot, and his grandson Scott who has his sights set on becoming a modern day airline pilot. Wings weaves together two tales: one set in war-torn northern England, and the other set in the modern-day Illawarra region of New South Wales. As Scott learns about the sacrifices and difficulties Walt overcame to take to the sky, he battles his own challenges in order to follow his dream. As Scott progresses, his grandfather declines – Walt loses his wife, his sight and his hearing – but throughout these difficulties is still there to offer support and encouragement. In following Scott’s progress towards his dream, Walt also keeps alive the wonder of his own youth. With insights into the modern day aviation scene and life in the Royal Air Force of World War II, this is a must for anyone who has an interest in history, aviation or simply an old fashioned love story.

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Excerpt

Walt lay awake in bed for hours that night. He tossed and turned, replaying the ride in his mind and thinking about the rides he would undertake in the morning. Not satisfied with what he had achieved, he also spent time imagining possible improvements to the rudimentary bicycle. He finally drifted into a restless sleep, filled with dreams and movement.

Walt’s typical outfit as a young boy was a pair of shorts, a shirt, wooden shoes and occasionally a pair of socks. His only concession to the Lancashire winters was the addition of a woollen sweater during the colder months. From their cottage in the countryside, they walked two miles to school every day. The shortest route was across the fields, crossing a number of fences and stiles along the way. During winter, the snowdrifts could reach up to two feet in height, which was too deep for his younger brother to manage, so Walt regularly trudged a good part of the two miles with Edward on his back.

He often joined his father on poaching trips. He would get up at six on aSunday morning, and they would walk across the deserted moors for hours, dressed in long coats with large internal pockets and carrying a rifle each. He shot his first rabbit at the age of twelve, although the recoil from the rifle was much stronger than he expected, knocking him off his feet. As Walt fell backwards, the gun left his hands and flew skywards, whilst the mortally wounded rabbit somersaulted forward.

Walt didn’t last long at school. He was a bright boy, and despite multiple bouts of serious illness, consistently topped his class. Despite his academic prowess, he was caned regularly, often for minor infringements. Once he started high school, the family’s tight financial conditions compelled him to maintain an ongoing search for employment. At the age of fourteen, he noticed a sign, ‘Boy Wanted’ in the window of Walmsley’s Butcher. He entered the shop immediately.

Author Bio

Pete Abela

Pete heralds from the city of Wollongong, just south of Sydney in the state of New South Wales, Australia, where he lives with his wife and four kids. His love of reading eventually led him to take up writing, a difficult task which presents rewards and challenges in equal measure. A Painted Room is Pete’s second book, and follows his debut novel, Wings (2012).

When he’s not working, reading, writing or enjoying the company of his family, Pete likes to sneak away for a bit of exercise – either tennis, golf or a refreshing swim.

My top ten list:
– Dinner for two at a nice restaurant
– A game of tennis
– Family outings
– Hiking in the Australian bush
– Moments of gratitude
– A swim in the ocean
– Holidays
– A quiet space to read (and the free time to do so)
– Deep conversations
– Puns

You can find more about Pete at his website and blog (http://peteabela.com). The blog contains a number of bad jokes and puns. You have been warned.

Buy links:
Amazon:  http://amzn.com/B00RY3362U
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wings-pete-abela/1111781164?ean=9781631120947

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January 27

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January 31

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