#BlogTour #iReadBookTours @iReadBookTours / #GuestPost and #GiveAway : 120 Days #120Days – Ronald Ruiz #RonaldRuiz #mystery #suspense #crimefiction

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Today I’m on the ‘120 Days’ blogtour, organised by iRead Book Tours.
To promote this book I have a guest post and a giveaway, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Ronald RuizRonald L. Ruiz is a retired attorney whose entire career was spent in criminal law as a deputy District Attorney, a District Attorney, a Defense Attorney and a Public Defender.

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Synopsis :

120 DaysBook Title: 120 Days by Ronald L. Ruiz
Category: Adult Fiction, 318 pages
Genre: Legal thriller, crime fiction, literary fiction
Publisher: Amika Press
Release date: May 22, 2019
Format available for review: print, ebook (mobi file (for Kindle), ePub, PDF)
Content Rating: R (There are two explicit scenes and some bad language)

BARBARA BLAKE is a bright, young, attractive, and ambitious defense attorney. Alejandro Soto, an inmate already serving two life sentences for the brutal murder of a drug dealer and the man’s mother, is on trial for a third murder, one he did not commit but that could well result in the Death Penalty. When Blake and Soto meet in the San Cristobal, California courtroom, they begin a 120-day journey that will invariably alter both of their lives. Together, they spiral ever more deeply into the dark heart of a quintessentially American story of sex and love, truth and lies, justice and prejudice, crime and punishment, and, ultimately, life and death.

“​There is a human element here that is only found in top-tiered crime fiction, and this book is filled with it. I adore all of the major bestselling authors of this genre and have finally found a new favorite that, in my opinion, belongs in the same league. A truly brilliant novel. An exceptional writer. Highly recommended.”
– Readers’ Favorite Reviews

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Guest Post :

Three Valued Books

The three books I would want with me on a deserted island are William Faulkner’s Light in August, Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses, and Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment.
In my mind, William Faulkner is a genius. His genius shines more at some times than at others. For me, such is the case in his creation of Lena Grove in the first 30 pages of Light in August. Pregnant Lena has been walking for four weeks from Alabama to Mississippi in search of the scoundrel that has impregnated her. Understated, she is a wonderful backdrop for all the people, hill folk, that she encounters on her way: people with all their evaluations and judgments and words for Lena, people at the turn of the Twentieth Century, and now. Then too, there is Joe Christmas, the “half nigger” who can pass for a white man, and his endless search for who he is. And the defrocked Reverend Gail Hightower, confounded by the past, unable to deal with the present. William Faulkner saw, understood and wrote about people of all kinds.
Few writers have been able to know and love a foreign country and its people the way Cormac McCarthy does with Mexico and its people in All the Pretty Horses. John Grady Cole is a young Texas cowboy who sees that the cowboy life of his forefathers no longer exists in Texas, and he rides into Mexico on his horse in search of a that lost life. The respect and love he has for the land and the Mexican people, from the peasant poor to the rich and educated is clear. McCarthy involves his protagonist with one of the central 1910 Revolution families, which is a disaster, but he survives. For me, the final two paragraphs of the book show McCarthy’s skill as a writer with few peers in American literature today.
Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote Crime and Punishment more than 150 years ago. It is as relevant today as it was then. A young, penniless university student decides that his old, rich, miserable, penurious landlady is a worthless human being, and that mankind will be better off with her dead. He decides to kill her, and then he does. What he endures, the torture that is his mind, then follows. A lesson to be learned.

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#BlogTour #iReadBookTours @iReadBookTours / #PromoPost And #GiveAway : A Bolt from the Blue #ABoltfromtheBlue – Lise McClendon @LiseMcClendon & Fire and Rain #FireAndRain – Katy Munger #mystery #cozymystery #giveaway

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Today I’m on the ‘A Bolt from the Blue & Fire and Rain’ blogtour, organised by iRead Book Tours.
To promote these books I have a some ‘basic’ information and a giveaway for you.

About the Author :​

Lise McclendonLise McClendon writes fiction from her home in Montana. She is the author of numerous novels, short stories, and articles. In 1997 she wrote and directed the short film, The Hoodoo Artist, featured at the Telluride Indiefest. She has served on the national boards of directors for Mystery Writers of America and International Association of Crime Writers/North America. She is on the faculty of the Jackson Hole Writers Conference.
Her books, written under her own name and as Rory Tate and Grier Lake, are full of the fascinating lives of women. The choices that women sometimes make are a quagmire of directions and misdirections, sending women into careers, love affairs, children (or no children), travels, and hobbies. And, in the case of her novels, into suspense, crime, secrets, and love.

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Synopsis :

Bolt from the blueBook Title: A Bolt From the Blue
Category: Adult Fiction, 243 pages
Genre: Mystery, women’s fiction, suspense
Publisher: Thalia Press
Release date: August 1, 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 (No sex scenes but some language, mostly mild)

More international intrigue, murder, and romance for the Bennett Sisters overseas in the newest entry to the bestselling women’s fiction and suspense series. The next to youngest Bennett Sister, Francie Bennett (Blame it on Paris) is a hard-charging attorney whose boyfriend Dylan Hardy invites her to join him in Paris to help with a client. When Axelle Fourcier left Paris behind after the student riots of 1968, she vowed never to go back. She made a life for herself in America as a professor.
But now a beloved aunt, age 104, has died and left her an inheritance to be shared with a cousin she never met. A fabulous Belle Epoque apartment in Paris filled with pop art from the ’50s and ’60s is just the start of Axelle’s discoveries in Paris. Wrangling with her slick cousin for the proceeds is distasteful but oh so French. Then the apartment is broken into, a friend is murdered, and Axelle’s fears that the French state is once again conspiring against her seem very plausible.
​Francie tries to deal with her cranky client, her own new relationship, and her boyfriend’s nine-year-old daughter, as the estate problems spin out of control. Intrigue, romance, Paris and the Dordogne, and a soupçon of murder, wrapped in the legal and art world of France bring more than a few ‘Bolts from the Blue’ to the Bennett Sisters.

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About the Author :

munger-katyKaty Munger is a North Carolina-based mystery author who has written under several different pseudonyms. She is the author of the Dead Detective series, writing as Katy Munger (Angel Among Us and Angel of Darkness) and as Chaz McGee (Desolate Angel and Angel Interrupted); the Casey Jones crime fiction series writing as Katy Munger; and the Hubbert & Lil mystery series, writing as Gallagher Gray. She has also been a book reviewer for the Washington Post and served as North Carolina’s 2016 Piedmont Laureate.

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Synopsis :

fire-and-rain-cover-munger_1Book Title: Fire and Rain (A Casey Jones Mystery)
Category: Adult fiction, 260 pages
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Thalia Press
Release date: August 2019
Content Rating: PG-13

Casey Jones is back with a new adventure that takes her from four-foot strippers to forty-something bikers—and a head-on collision with too many ex-boyfriends to count. When a routine bodyguarding case turns deadly and Casey loses one of her oldest friends, tracking the killers and a missing stripper — who may or may not be in on the murder — turns out to be a wild ride that takes her from the flatlands of eastern North Carolina to its most exclusive mountain enclaves.
​Fans of Casey Jones will recognize their favorites in the cast of colorful supporting characters who answer Casey’s “all hands on deck!” call. If you’ve been missing your kick-ass Casey and craving Krispy Kremes, you’ll find all that you have missed in this seventh installment of a long and beloved female P.I. series.

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Win one of five ebooks of Lisa McClendon’s A Bolt from the Blue or one of five ebooks of Katy Munger’s Fire and Rain (open to USA and Canada) via this Rafflecopter giveaway. Good luck, everyone!

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#BlogTour #iReadBookTours @iReadBookTours / #QandAs and #GiveAway : The Montgomery Sisters Series #TheMontgomerySistersSeries – Kat Flannery @KatFlannery1 #KatFlannery

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Today I’m on the ‘IVY (and The Montgomery Sisters) Series’ blogtour, organised by iRead Book Tours.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post and a giveaway, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Kat FlanneryKat Flannery’s love of history shows in her novels. She is an avid reader of historical, suspense, paranormal, and romance. A member of many writing groups including the National Romance Writers of America (RWA), Kat enjoys promoting other authors on her blog. When she’s not busy writing, or marketing Kat volunteers her time to other aspiring authors.
Kat’s been published in numerous periodicals throughout her career, and continues to write for blogs and online magazines. A bestselling author, Kat’s books are available all over the world. The BRANDED TRILOGY is Kat’s award-winning series. With seven books published, Kat continues to write two novels a year.
Creativity is in all aspects of Kat’s career. She does Social Media and Marketing for her own career and businesses, writing ads, and other content. Kat is the CEO and owner of Picco Press where she writes, publishes, markets and mentors’ other authors.

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Synopsis :

FernBook Title: Fern (The Montgomery Sisters Book 1) by Kat Flannery
Category: Historical western romance, 182 pages
Genre: Adult Non-Fiction
Publisher: Picco Press
Release date: April 4, 2018
Content Rating: PG + M (The occasional swear word, not the F-word, mild violence)

Can one woman heal the heart of a lawman? A gardener who uses plants to heal, Fern Montgomery is an outcast who refuses to be pushed out of town. When her friend is murdered and all fingers point to Fern as the only suspect, she must find a way to prove her innocence while fighting off unwanted feelings for the sheriff. Sheriff Gabe Bennett has his mind set on arresting Sarah Fuller’s killer. But his key suspect isn’t what he expected. He soon realizes there is more to the quiet gardener than he’d first anticipated. As passion blooms, Gabe is forced to face his feelings—and the woman who has stolen his heart.

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PoppyBook Title: Poppy (The Montgomery Sisters Book 2) by Kat Flannery
Category: Historical western romance, 140 pages
Genre: Adult Non-Fiction
Publisher: Picco Press
Release date: May 16, 2018
Content Rating: PG + M (The occasional swear word, not the F-word, mild violence)

Poppy Montgomery has always been good with a gun and could fight her way out of anything. Tough as nails and a sharp shooter, her beauty deceives the outlaws she’s after. Hot on the trail of the Clemmons gang, a group of outlaws who rob trains and killed an innocent woman and child a few months before, she is determined to make them pay for the sin’s they’ve committed by bringing them to justice. Pinkerton, Noah Shaw is investigating a ring of stage robberies and knows the Clemmons gang is behind them. Told to track down the infamous redheaded bounty hunter, Noah gets more than he bargained for when he arrests Poppy for assault. Handcuffed together the pair must work together to stop the robberies, and figure out who is behind them. But what happens when love interferes and thrusts Poppy into discovering emotions she never knew existed? Will she choose the solitude she’s always known, or Noah’s sweet embrace?

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IvyBook Title: Ivy (The Montgomery Sisters Book 3) by Kat Flannery
Category: Historical western romance, 164 pages
Genre: Adult Non-Fiction
Publisher: Picco Press
Release date: November 11, 2018
Content Rating: PG + M (swearing and mild violence)

Ivy Montgomery is tired of her sister’s constant nagging and protectiveness. Blind, she decides to escape in the middle of the night when she is captured and brought far from home. With no understanding of the outside world, Ivy must use her keen abilities to navigate the wilderness around her. Anger and hopelessness are her only defenses against the things she cannot do.
​Until she meets a strong-minded Lakota Chief, who will not let her cower to the blindness any longer. Lakota Sioux Chief of the Paha Sapa, Hotah is on a hunt for his brother, Kangi. Cast from their tribe five years before, Kangi has grown a dark spirit and a hatred for all white people. Now on reserved land, Hotah makes a deal with the General to capture his brother in return for his people to have the provisions they need. After rescuing Ivy, he promises to take her home, but danger is near and Hotah soon realizes it is not just his brother he should fear.

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Q&A:

Hi

First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
Sure! I’ve always loved to write and tell stories. When I decided to write my first book I’d been freelancing for a few years. I was lucky enough to sign on with a publisher a year after writing my first book.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
My favourite book to still read is Little Women, and the Diary of Anne Frank.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
Nora Roberts and Anne Rice. I’ve had the pleasure of conversing with Miss Rice, she even shared one of my blog posts a few years back. A very sweet and talented lady. Both authors are successful and still write amazing novels. I’d love to have coffee with them and ask them how they get their ideas and what their writing process entails.

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
There are so many! I’d love to meet a few of my characters, Otakatay and Pril from the Branded Trilogy, but I’d also love to have met Anne Frank, I know she isn’t fictional, but I feel a distinct connection with her and I really would love to just give her a hug.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
Oh yes! Music on, candle burning, foot heater on low and coffee…sometimes whiskey. 🙂

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
Ha ha ha!! I will never tell! No, just kidding. My ideas are spinning around in my head all of the time. I take small bits from everything and place them into my stories.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I am both. If the story is struggling to come out I have to stop and plot…bullet point list of things I need to get to. However, most times I am a panster…and I love it.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Do write all the time. Don’t stop learning. Do get an editor. Don’t hire a free editor. Do push yourself. Don’t take criticism personally. Do know your worth. Don’t give up.

What are your future plans as an author?
I’m editing a new novel and half way through the first book of a western series. I hope to have them both out by December.

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
Defeated, blind, isolated and alone, can Ivy find her independence after being captured and taken far from home?

Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Kat Flannery.
Thank you so much for having me on your blog today!

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  • Grand Prize: A signed copy of Lakota Honor, Author Swag, and $50 Amazon GC
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#BlogTour #iReadBookTours @iReadBookTours / #QandAs and #GiveAway : The Storyteller’s Secret #TheStorytellersSecret – Sejal Badani @sejal_badani #SejalBadani

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Today I’m on the ‘The Storyteller’s Secret’ blogtour, organised by iRead Book Tours.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post and a giveaway, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Sejal BadaniA former attorney, Sejal Badani left the law to pursue writing full time.
She is a USA Today, Washington Post & Amazon Charts bestselling author, Goodreads Fiction Award Finalist and ABC/DISNEY Writing Fellowship Finalist.

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Synopsis :

The Storyteller's SecretBook Title: The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani
Category: Adult Fiction, 399 pages
Genre: Literary
Publisher: Lake Union
Release date: September 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 (There are some non-explicit sex scenes)

An Amazon Charts, USA Today, and Washington Post bestseller!
From the bestselling author of Trail of Broken Wings comes an epic story of the unrelenting force of love, the power of healing, and the invincible desire to dream.
Nothing prepares Jaya, a New York journalist, for the heartbreak of her third miscarriage and the slow unraveling of her marriage in its wake. Desperate to assuage her deep anguish, she decides to go to India to uncover answers to her family’s past. Intoxicated by the sights, smells, and sounds she experiences, Jaya becomes an eager student of the culture. But it is Ravi—her grandmother’s former servant and trusted confidant—who reveals the resilience, struggles, secret love, and tragic fall of Jaya’s pioneering grandmother during the British occupation.
Through her courageous grandmother’s arrestingly romantic and heart-wrenching story, Jaya discovers the legacy bequeathed to her and a strength that, until now, she never knew was possible.

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Q&A:

Hi

First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I always loved writing but went to law school on my father’s insistence. 🙂 I was terrible at it so happily gave it up to write full time. Though it took forever to find success I am so grateful to be doing what I love.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I used to buy the boxes of old books librarians would put on sale so I really read anything I could get my hands on. Ken Follett was definitely a favorite as was Mary Higgins Clark. Now I find myself reading more non-fiction – Malcolm Gladwell is a huge favorite but J.K. Rowling’s books I come back to again and again. 

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
Stephen King because the breadth of his imagination, creativity and his longevity. His book ON WRITING is a must read for all writers.

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
Ravi. He is such a kind, wise, loyal person. I would love to tell him that he made such a positive difference in so many people’s lives.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I listen to music and keep it really cold in the house so I stay awake. It drives my family crazy. In the summer they are walking around with sweatshirts and fleece socks on. 🙂

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
Probably! Many of my stories are centered around either an event in my life or of someone I know and then I create a story and world around that event. So I’m always on the lookout. 🙂

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
Definitely a plotter. I start with a broad plan and vision and then work through the specifics. Outlines are a writer’s personal gift.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Find your voice and believe in yourself  🙂 Put your first draft away for a certain period of time then come back to it with fresh eyes. I do this about three or four times. Then send it to a professional editor. Sometimes you only have one chance to make an impression – make sure it’s the right one. Most importantly – don’t give up. If you want it desperately enough believe it will happen. Good luck! 🙂

What are your futureplans as an author?
I am working on adapting The Storyteller’s Secret into a screenplay, my third women’s literature novel tentatively titled The Last Dream, and the second book of a young adult series after ‘The Circle: Taken’ that I wrote under the pseudonym Sage Sask. I love working on multiple projects at the same time to keep the ideas fresh and flowing.

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
The storyteller is Ravi, not Amisha. It’s his secret that you have to learn. 🙂

Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Sejal Badani.

Giveaway :

Win 1 of 3 paperback copies of The Storyteller’s Secret or one $25 Amazon gift card (open internationally) via this Rafflecopter giveaway which ends July 20, 2019. Good luck, everyone!

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