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Welcome back everyone! It’s my turn on the blog tour for Mandi Martin’s The Loss of Some Detail and, as the title suggests, I’ve got a guest post for you all. Ms Martin has been kind enough to write a bit about her favorite things about writing. Enjoy!

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When asked what my favourite things about being a writer are it is actually quite a hard one to answer.

There are a lot of things I enjoy and a lot I don’t; writers block and self-doubt being two in the latter category. Some reasons for the former are more personal and touch on topics I would rather avoid.

I think one of the main things I enjoy is the escapism. The ability to craft my own worlds and create tales that can offer the same to others and hopefully bring them some pleasure.

One of my favourite things to do as a child was to play with figures and create my own little towns and stories that would last for weeks and weeks, creating a chapter each day. I wanted to continue this when I began writing, creating characters people cared about and stories that took them away from everyday life.

Giving something back to people, as well as enjoying what I do, is important to me and knowing that I’ve given people a break and something to think about is a great feeling.

It also helps me in a therapeutic way by allowing me to divert my emotions and feelings in a more positive way, letting my characters take them on and work them out. Problems won’t go away but it can ease them and sometimes offer some clarity of how I myself can work through them, albeit perhaps not in such elaborate ways.

In many ways it is rather like painting, just using words instead of brushes to craft images of thoughts and emotions that perhaps cannot be released in any other manner.

I’m fond of sitting quietly so writing is an ideal career for that and the chance to work anywhere. I enjoy being lost in my own thoughts with just the cats for company, even if they do like to distract me by taking a trip across the keyboard or my papers. It certainly proves that working with animals, or around them, can be a thankless task!
I suppose it is my fault for not acknowledging their illustrious presence though.

Of course having a job and earning is important, I like to think if I make enough I can do more to help those in need, it also gives a sense of personal achievement. My family have supported me through good times and bad and this is a way of repaying them, to say thank you for all their belief in me and for opening the door to the wonderful world of books and stories.

That fascination with the English language and the written word was the best gift one could have given me and it has stayed with me. I enjoy the thought that maybe, just maybe, I could offer that gift to others.
There are tales aplenty out there, just waiting to be written and it is exciting to think that I could be the one to tell them or encourage another to tell their own.

 

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It’s that time again everyone, I’ve joined another blog tour and it looks like there’s going to be some really nifty stops on this one. Here’s hoping you enjoy them all!

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Forget all you know, for all you know might well be false.

That is how is often seems to asylum worker James Grey as he tends to the patients abandoned to Oculus Mentis, an austere asylum lost to the world. His day to day quite literally forgettable.

Until now.

Slowly the world around him starts to change. Plagued by lucid dreams, a haunting drawing and visions of a pleading female he feels his mind is dissolving.

Aided by the enigmatic Silas and silent Marianne he seeks to solve the mysteries that are tormenting him.

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As ever, you should definitely check out the other stops on the tour and see what’s going on. This is a great chance to find new bloggers you might enjoy reading.

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Author Information

I’m in my thirties and I live in Ryde on the beautiful Isle of Wight although I was born in Birmingham.

There’s not really a lot to say about me really. I have Aspergers and writing became my outlet, social situations terrified me so I spent a lot of time writing poetry, drawing and losing myself in worlds of my own.

I absolutely adore animals; I prefer them to people, so my two cats clearly get away with almost anything.

I live with my brother and my mother and spending time with them is another highlight of my day. Although, I could do without the trial of socks and others pieces the former leaves in his wake.

Weather and health permitting I enjoy walking and also looking around graveyards, it possibly sounds morbid but the history and the artistry fascinate me.

I also collect lapel pin badges, I think I have over ten thousand now but I couldn’t say, I gave up counting ages ago, it was taking too long!

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Hey all, I’m a little later getting this up than I really would have liked, but I’m here now and we’re going to get this show on a roll. There’s a blog tour starting today for Kittie Lambton’s The Cellist’s Notebook. My stop is coming up on Friday, but definitely stop by the the other stops to see what they have going on.

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The Cellist’s Notebook is a charming, life-affirming tale of discovery surrounding an old family mystery. A young girl’s curiosity, her love of a little melody and the beauty of a cello evokes memories long forgotten.

Set in the present day, ten-year-old Emily Peters is spending the summer with her Nana Rose, a retired piano teacher, in rural Cumbria whilst Emily’s sister Lizzie travels to Paris for a French exchange.  When Emily notices an old photograph of a cellist dating back to the Second World War and discovers cellos and an old music manuscript in the attic, her Nana tells of the touching and compelling story of her brother Leni, a linguist, cellist and music composer, whose disappearance was marked ‘ultimate fate unknown’ following World War II.

Emily’s love of the unfinished cello melody, found in her Great Uncle Leni’s music notebook, evokes memories for her Nana Rose and Emily returns to Norfolk with a passion to play the cello and a determination to learn the long-lost melody. A series of events unfold that change the life of Emily and her family forever.

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Kittie Lambton was born in 1975 in Norfolk, England. She is a cellist, and has been providing music tuition for over fifteen years. She is an advocate for all children being able to learn musical instruments from a young age. Her early learning of the cello with her cello tutor in Norwich, Norfolk has created warm memories that inspired the writing of this book. Kittie enjoys exploring the science behind how music can evoke and improve memory and the importance of music in our everyday lives. She was recently awarded second place in the Westgate on Sea Literary Festival Short Story Competition 2019.

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Check it out all, a new blog tour’s starting up and you’re truly is hosting one of the stops. Links to all the stops below, check it out!

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All right, guest post time! Today we’ve got a list of five reasons why you should read Armour Piercing, right from the author! Enjoy!

  1. Timing! The number of us that lived through the first Cold War, or at least a good part of it will remember The Cuban Crisis and how close that brought us to the brink of a Third World War…. We are nowhere near that at the moment, hopefully, but the sabre rattling has started. Alleged interference in Western elections by Russia, the assassination (and attempts) of ex-Russian defectors et, US v North Korea relations, all are raising the temperature of International East-West politics… This book gives a hint of what a return to those days could bring.
  1. If you like the genre, then it ticks the boxes. Lots of action, twists and turns. It switches from hunted to hunter and back again. You will want to keep going … you won’t find an easy place to put it down…
  1. Locality features – If you know East Warwickshire, Northampton, Rugby, Oxfordshire, Rutland or Stamford and parts of Lincolnshire, you will be able to follow the action closely with local knowledge. A reader will feel a part of the action. I also draw heavily on my experience in the newspaper industry, which I know a lot of ex-colleagues will find interesting.
  1. There’s a very special connection, a person known to you all, that I won’t reveal who it is to non-readers of the book… Intrigued, you will be!
  1. It’s a damn good read!!!

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A defecting Russian space scientist, awaiting debrief, is in a Warwickshire safe house that comes under attack by an assassination squad. He escapes with plans for a conspiracy involving key members of secret services across the Western world. The only person he knows in the UK, or could possibly trust, is Pete Armour, the man who was to be his de-briefer. Killed before he can reach safety, he has hidden the secret papers where only Armour could ever find them. Armour becomes the target when he and a female newspaper reporter find themselves thrust together and on the run from at least two secret service agencies and British Intelligence, who seem more hell bent on killing him than helping him. And there is a price to pay. There’s always a price to pay. This is the first of the Armour trilogy. A gripping read. Fast-paced, a thriller packed with action, twists and turns.

Find it at: Goodreads   Amazon

 

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Peter Aengenheister was born in Amersham, Bucks. At the age of 18, Peter became a trainee reporter at weekly The Bucks Herald in Aylesbury and the Buckingham Advertiser. Over the next three decades, Peter worked as a reporter, News Editor, Sub Editor and Editor. He worked at The Chronicle and Echo for nine years, and edited the Daventry Express and Rugby Advertiser for nine years a piece.

He then left journalism to work as a fully trained clinical hypno-therapist. Since then, with one of his colleagues, he set up a business selling LED lighting to the industrial and commercial sector. Despite writing stories on a daily basis during his 36 years in journalism, ARMOUR PIERCING is his debut novel.

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So, this is a little late going out, but my review for The Night Dahlia was meant to be part of a blog tour. Until now, I haven’t had the chance to post up where the other stops on the tour can be found, so I wanted to fix that. Check these out and enjoy!

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Mon. March 26  Books, Bones, & Buffy

Tues. March 27 From the Shadows

Wed. March 28  Just a World Away

Thurs. March 29 The Qwillery

Fri. March 30 Through Raspberry Colored Glasses

Mon. April 2 The BiblioSanctum

Tues. April 3 The Speculative Herald

Wed. April 4 Tympest Books

Thurs. April 5 Fantasy Book Critic

Fri. April 6 Horror Talk

Coming Darkness Blog Tour

I have been way behind on everything lately and should have had this up earlier. But my post for this blog tour goes up tomorrow and I figured that I should share where you can find where the other stops on the tour are. It’s going to be a week long tour, so there should be a ton of nifty posts available. So, check it out and enjoy!

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Horian reaches the peak of Mount Apocalypse in order to meet the Gods, but before he does the world is pulverized into powder as an exhibition of the sheer majesty of the Gods.

 

Fear flickered in Horian’s heart as the darkness of dusk dwindled and was reverentially rolled back into day. And there, seated on the very summit of the sky, the sun shone. It had not risen from the east, but the west.

This realization seized his breath. He could no longer hear the singing of birds. In fact he could hear nothing at all. All around a silence filled the space, a silence so sad, so strange, and so solid that Horian thought that he could touch it. It was a two-faced silence. One side like the very ‘Mercy’ of Lord Trinnigen Apocalypse. The other… sinister, suggesting something of note was about to happen.

Suddenly, the silence was smashed. Horian fell back on his knees as the sky screeched with a gruesome sound beyond description. An eerie glow framed the earth’s frontier, shadowed by a chilly wind that began to blow, paralysing his soul from head to toe.

‘Will I… Horian the Lion, the Defender of the Dycentian Dynasty rise again, or will darkness reign?’

Then, a trumpet was blown. Far off but feeling like it had ambushed them from every angle. It was no trumpet but the blare and bullet of God’s Gun. No trumpet but the poisonous pellet from the very gun of God. The pellet that pierced the sky with soul-seizing speed, roaring ‘Run!’

But Horian was too mesmerized. Instead, he tried to name the celestial body, concluding it to be a comet, a second sun, a sapphire sun streaking toward the trio.

At that moment, Horian knew that the destiny of the world was decided and done. And once Lord Trinnigen Apocalypse’s cannonball slivered the sky straight over his head, Horian was certain his spirit was stolen and sinking into the sea, for the friction from the frozen meteor melted Mount Apocalypse’s acme, and struck the Gulf of Galleria.

Diving like a dolphin it ploughed into the Panjiyan with the force of boulders, each one weighing more than a mountain. And upon touching the bowels of the ocean a monstrous wind domed visible.

Ballooning and vapourising clouds and uprooting entire woodlands, it ultimately triggered a titanic tide; that was as tall as the ocean was deep.

The Gods’ footrest, the ground, shook. Even the sky wobbled and juddered from side to side, as everything began trembling as if the earth was hungry, shaking as if the earth was angry. The shaking grew so violent, it felt as if the earth was about to obliterate Mount Apocalypse at any moment.

As this wall of water surged toward Horian, every bone in his body told him to run. But run where?

Lifting continents off the face of the earth, the wave travelled faster and faster. With it, Horian’s very veins violently vibrated as its roar grew louder and louder. The noise was enough to pulverize the lower mountains into powder. Mighty Mount Apocalypse herself was shaken to the core as she came crashing down to her knees, diminished and dwarfed.

Horian struggled to understand the scene unfolding before him, as mountains like pebbles were scattered abroad as if they never were mountains but a mirage. He could not believe what was happening was real…

If not then his own end was nearing quickly for the wave sped toward him. With impact imminent, he whispered his final words… His breath blew white out of his mouth like a Dycentian Dragon. Then at last, the tide smacked into Mount Apocalypse as though an angel had slapped another angel’s face as hard as he could. The mountain fragmented. Giving birth to a storm of stones that exploded skyward and then bombarded into dust.

And while the water had not harmed the heavens, the sky screamed. Promising to rain fire, fast with a ferocious flash she fulfilled it. Her true highness, the sky, roared to a legendary, legacy leaving level that not even twenty two trillion tigers could ever begin to match. For the roar was that of the distant blazing bodies, which speckled the sky with their rich array and selection of sparks, as the sun, and all the stars of the universe exploded in rapid succession.

About the author: Although born in Bangladesh, Shah Jalal has lived most of his life with his family in England.When not writing he helps his father run the family retail business in Leytonstone, London.

 

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Website: http://www.legendofhorian.com/

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Hello everyone. I’ve got a guest post or from the author of The Bad Boy Bargain. This is actually part of a blog tour, so if you’re interested, check out the other blogs on the tour. Enjoy!

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How a Song Launched an Entire Book

 

I find inspiration for books in a lot of places, but The Bad Boy Bargain was probably the most unusual. Last year, when she heard “Please” by Sawyer Fredericks (from The Voice), my editor, Heather Howland, had an idea for a new YA romance. She posted her thoughts on Twitter—shy guy with a tough shell—and said she wished someone would write it. When I asked when she wanted the manuscript, teasing but also dead serious, we started plotting.

 

“Please” tells the story of a young man who’s found a near-perfect girl, one he thinks he loves, but he’s lying to her at the same time. He’s scared to tell this near-perfect girl the truth about himself because he’s worried she’ll let him go. It’s a song about love and fear, giving and selfishness, longing and despair. All those themes show up in The Bad Boy Bargain, which lends some extra complexity to Kyle beyond the typical bad boy. He’s a guy full of secrets, pain, and shame, but he reallywants someone to see through all of that and love the true Kyle. The working title of the book was called Keeping Faith—because he wants to keep Faith, but needs more faith in himself.

 

As for Faith herself, she’s been mistreated by one guy and has some reservations about being hurt again. The difference between Faith and Kyle is that she’s willing to continue to look for The One even though she’s been burned. She believes in true love, acting with kindness, and being her real self. She suffers from a lack of confidence and self doubt, and Kyle helps her get past that, especially when she struggles with a dance partner who refuses to do his part. Having him in her life restores her faith in love, and in herself.

 

Overall, this story is about two people finding each other and connecting in a way that allows them to be true with each other.