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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Beyond the Book: Flood


Welcome to Beyond the Book. Before I share an excerpt from Flood I'd like to tell you about my RomCon review. They gave me 5 stars and said in part,


This story was fantastic, with plenty of plot surprises that I didn't expect! A It's the kind of story that stays with you because of the intensity of the circumstances and you remember the characters. 
I really enjoyed reading this story and hope to read more from this author. 

You can read the entire review at

http://www.romcon.com/reviews/flood-by-elaine-cantrell

If you're enjoying these excerpts, please tell a friend about Flood. If you read the book, please be sure to review it on Amazon and Goodreads.

Now for a blurb and excerpt:

Blurb:
Drawn together by their love of animals, Aria De Luca and Caleb Hawkins burn for each other. They never suspected that malignant forces around them were successfully plotting Caleb’s ruin from the moment he entered her life. When the flood of a century strikes Aria’s hometown, an alienated Caleb is all that stands between her and catastrophic loss.

EXCERPT:
Lila pursed her lips. “What did Caleb do to get himself a prison sentence?”

“Stole a car.”
“That’s grand theft auto,” Lila said.


Aria giggled. “Stop borrowing terms from your

favorite crime show. Seriously, though, how long will Caleb be in prison?”

The receptionist sighed. “Another eighteen months. Caleb’s a nice guy. He made a mistake, but we all think he’s paid his debt to society. The director already told him if he wanted a job at the shelter once he was free, it wouldn’t be any problem.”

She laid her hand on Aria’s arm, her eyes wide and intense. “You know what Caleb did?”

Aria shook her head.

“The director told him he didn’t have to come to work on Friday if he didn’t want to. That’s the day Peaches was scheduled to be put down, but he said he had to be here. He said he couldn’t leave her to die alone. He wanted to hold her and comfort her until her soul went free.”

Aria’s lip quivered. Blinking away the mist in her eyes, she pulled a card out of her pocket and handed it to the receptionist. “Please give my card to Caleb. 

Buy link: http://amzn.to/2qRgYD7

The Forgiveness Solution


The Forgiveness Solution
by Rev. Misty Tyme

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GENRE: Self-help / spiritual / inspiration

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BLURB:

All major religions and societies agree forgiveness is a good idea. But what they haven’t taught us is how to forgive. The Forgiveness Solution gives you the how in a proven step by step formula that brings relief from the hurt and puts you on the road to living a happy, healthy life.

Rev. Misty teaches you how to shift your perspective and adjust your expectations of people and situations, so you can move past the pain of un-forgiveness. Rev. Misty draws upon her intensely personal experiences of facing deep sadness, anger, and grief with the power of forgiveness. She meets you where you are and helps you walk through your forgiveness journey.

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EXCERPT:

I am going to go out on a limb here; you picked up this book because you want to work on forgiveness.
Congratulations on being a human with real issues, like the rest of us.

Forgiveness can be very hard. The ugly feelings of un-forgiveness come in all types of situations and relationships. They can range from small misunderstandings to threatening and abusive behaviors. It may be psychological, physical, sexual, or financial. Whatever your situation is, you want to get to a solution.

As the title suggests, this is a book about forgiveness. Not just information on what forgiveness is, but the how to forgive. Every culture faces the challenge of dealing with forgiveness. All major religions and societies agree forgiveness is a good idea, but both have left out the how. Rev. Misty’s Forgiveness Algorithm™ (Forgiveness Algorithm) gives you the how and puts it into a step-by-step formula.

The Forgiveness Algorithm came out of my own forgiveness journey. I will share not only my story but also other life-changing forgiveness stories. Laughter opens your heart when so often sadness can slam it tightly shut. I hope to touch your heart and make you smile.



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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Rev. Misty Tyme is a forgiveness expert, interfaith minister, author, speaker, and creator of Rev. Misty’s Forgiveness Algorithm™.

Her mission is clear: to bring a forgiveness tool to a world that is craving a way to let go of pain and anger. Armed with the motto that “forgiveness is the link between love and healing,” and a gift for opening hearts through her humorous and touching stories, Rev. Misty is known for uplifting and enlightening audiences across the U.S. through her talks and workshops. Visit revmisty.com

Buy Now:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Forgiveness-Solution-Step-Process-Let/dp/1945026367
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-forgiveness-solution-rev-misty-tyme/1126457456
Sacred Stories Publishing:  https://sacredstoriespublishing.com/project/the-forgiveness-solution/
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Want to take the forgiveness solution quiz? Here's the link: https://sacredstoriespublishing.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Forgiveness-Solution-Quiz.pdf



GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

Rev. Misty Tyme will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.



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Monday, August 21, 2017

What I Gain Through His Pain

Write Now Literary is pleased to announce What I Gain Through His Pain, by Nicole Benoit-Roy. Virtual Book Tour. August 1-31, 2018. @wnlbooktours @nicoleroy52
ASIN: B0746QSMG3
Genre: Christian Non-fiction

Nicole is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in educational leadership at Andrews University. She directs the Children Ministries Department at her church. She works as a special education teacher by day, a literature evangelist by night, and writes during the wee hours of the night. She enjoys reading and playing the piano (beginner). Nicole struggled with college writing, which lead her to eventually drop out. For this reason, one of her many goals in life is to become a best-selling author to the glory of God. Nicole and her husband, Roosevelt Roy, have been married since 1994, and are the proud parents of a handsome brown-eyed son, Nolan. They currently live in Brooklyn, New York.

In a society filled with easy Christianity and cheap grace, Nicole Benoit-Roy takes her relationship with Christ to a much deeper level. Since becoming a Christian, she has been learning about her newfound Savior, Jesus Christ. She is an educator who vows to be a student for as long as she lives. The more she learns about the cross of Christ, the more she realizes the importance of it in her life. As she meditates on His suffering, she concludes that His pain is the reason for every blessing in her life. In this book, "What I Gain Through His Pain," she shares her story about the benefit of the cross as she expresses gratefulness for His pain.

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Tour hosted by Write Now Literary 
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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Snippet Sunday and Weekend Writing Warriors


Welcome to Snippet Sunday and Weekend Writing Warriors, your chance to sample the work of a talented group of authors. When you finish here you can find more excerpts at:

http://www.wewriwa.com
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SnippetSunday/

We'll continue with out excerpts from Flood. I hope you're enjoying them because I really enjoyed writing the book. Flood was reviewed by RomCon Reviews. They gave it 5 stars, and in part they said,  It's the kind of story that stays with you because of the intensity of the circumstances and you remember the characters. You can read the rest of the review at http://www.romcon.com/reviews/flood-by-elaine-cantrell

Blurb:
Drawn together by their love of animals, Aria De Luca and Caleb Hawkins burn for each other. They never suspected that malignant forces around them were successfully plotting Caleb’s ruin from the moment he entered her life. When the flood of a century strikes Aria’s hometown, an alienated Caleb is all that stands between her and catastrophic loss.


Last Week:

When Aria and Lila sat down, she brought them a soft drink and took the chair beside Aria. “How did you hear about Peaches? We’ve all wondered about that ever since you called us.”

“I saw it in our local newspaper,” Aria replied as she popped the top from the soft drink can. “It just sounded like something that shouldn’t happen.” 

The woman nodded and sent dark curls bouncing. “You’re right. Caleb and Peaches needed each other. Once they connected, both of them just bloomed. It would have been a shame to put her to sleep.” 

This week:

Lila pursed her lips. “What did Caleb do to get himself a prison sentence?” 

“Stole a car.”

“That’s grand theft auto,” Lila said.


Aria giggled. “Stop borrowing terms from your 
favorite crime show. Seriously, though, how long will Caleb be in prison?”

The receptionist sighed. “Another eighteen months. Caleb’s a nice guy; he made a mistake, but we all think he’s paid his debt to society. 


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Saturday Sample: Flood Got a Five Star Review


Welcome to Saturday Sample. We'll continue with out excerpts from Flood. I hope you're enjoying them because I really enjoyed writing the book. Flood was reviewed by RomCon Reviews. They gave it 5 stars, and in part they said,  It's the kind of story that stays with you because of the intensity of the circumstances and you remember the characters. You can read the rest of the review here .

Blurb:
Drawn together by their love of animals, Aria De Luca and Caleb Hawkins burn for each other. They never suspected that malignant forces around them were successfully plotting Caleb’s ruin from the moment he entered her life. When the flood of a century strikes Aria’s hometown, an alienated Caleb is all that stands between her and catastrophic loss.


Last Week:

When Aria and Lila sat down, she brought them a soft drink and took the chair beside Aria. “How did you hear about Peaches? We’ve all wondered about that ever since you called us.”

“I saw it in our local newspaper,” Aria replied as she popped the top from the soft drink can. “It just sounded like something that shouldn’t happen.” 

The woman nodded and sent dark curls bouncing. “You’re right. Caleb and Peaches needed each other. Once they connected, both of them just bloomed. It would have been a shame to put her to sleep.” 

This week:

Lila pursed her lips. “What did Caleb do to get himself a prison sentence?”

“Stole a car.”
“That’s grand theft auto,” Lila said.


Aria giggled. “Stop borrowing terms from your 
favorite crime show. Seriously, though, how long will Caleb be in prison?”

The receptionist sighed. “Another eighteen months. Caleb’s a nice guy. He made a mistake, but we all think he’s paid his debt to society. 


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Links Showcase and Book Review


Links Book Blurb
In high school, Charlotte Windham was a typical student going through an awkward phase -- glasses and all. She harbored a crush on Garrett Stephens, the teen heartthrob everyone can’t help but fall for during that unfortunate ugly duckling phase of one’s teen years. Flash forward fifteen years later, and Charlotte and Garrett have a second chance encounter at a Los Angeles restaurant. However, this time around, Charlotte has leveled the playing field. She’s a bestselling novelist and no longer “Glasses,” the humiliating nickname Garrett called her in high school. In short, she’s a catch now and, thanks to corrective eye surgery, it’s not just her eyes that see better…so does her heart! Garrett hasn’t fared poorly either, transforming from teen heartbreaker to adult lothario. A now successful professional golfer, he’s recently suffered a major setback in the form of a possible career-ending injury. With the upper hand, can Charlotte forgive Garrett for his past ways, and for his more recent Don Juan lifestyle? Will she even want to? And, can Garrett change his ways for a second chance with Charlotte, who may just be the perfect fit for him?



About Lisa Becker
Lisa Becker is a romance writer whose previous novels include Click: An Online Love StoryDouble Click and Right Click. The books, about a young woman's search for love online in Los Angeles, have been called, “a fast read that will keep you entertained,” “a fun, quick read for fans of Sex and the City,” and “hard to put down.” The first in the series was optioned for a major motion picture.

Lisa’s writings about online dating have been featured in Cupid’s Pulse, GalTime.com, Single Edition, The Perfect Soulmate, Chick Lit Central and numerous other book blogs and websites.

As Lisa's grandmother used to say, "For every chair, there's a rush." Lisa is now happily married to a man she met online and lives in Manhattan Beach with him and their two daughters. So, if it happened for her, there’s hope for anyone!

Book Trailer
YouTube: https://youtu.be/BSwM4S3l9Pc

Social Media Links
Twitter: @lisawbecker
Instagram: lisawbecker
YouTube: https://youtu.be/BSwM4S3l9Pc

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Links Excerpt

I stand but hesitate when I see Tamika's disapproving look. Fi notices as well. "It's okay, T. I got this," she says, motioning for me to follow her back. When we get to her small office, she closes the door and gestures for me to sit on a red vinyl chair, circa 1972. She stands in front of me, leaning against the desk, and crosses her arms in front of her chest. "Spill!"
"Where should I start?"
"At the beginning." She walks around to her chair behind the desk and pulls out a yellow legal pad.
For the next half hour, I go over my encounter with Garrett, from the moment we bumped into each other and he didn't recognize me, to the embarrassment of being called 'Glasses.'
Fi takes notes furiously on her pad and grins, nods, and cringes at all the appropriate times. When I finish, she puts her pen down and asks, "Do you want the 'best friend experience' or the 'brilliant legal mind experience'?"
I can't help but laugh. "Are they mutually exclusive?"
"They are," she says nodding.
"Okay. I want the best friend experience."
She rushes around from behind the desk, wraps her arms around me soothingly. "I'm so sorry, hon. That sounds just awful. Let's go get margaritas tomorrow and drown our sorrows in tequila and lime wedges."
"Thanks, Fi. You're the best."
"Anytime," she says, rubbing my back. She pulls away and walks around to the back of her desk. She sits down and puts the legal pad to the side. I can't help but notice the writing scrawled across it.
"Just for kicks, what would you have said if I had asked for the 'brilliant legal mind experience'?"
"You sure you want to know?" Her lips pull into a grim line. Honestly, I'm not sure I do want to know, but curiosity gets the better of me.
"Lay it on me," I say.
"You need to get laid. Not the kind of bland, missionary style sex you had with Alex. You need hot heat, sweating up the sheets, crazy animal sex."
I bust out laughing. "That's your brilliant legal advice. Crazy animal sex?"
"Yes. That's my brilliant legal advice," she says with complete seriousness. "Listen, hon, it's been a year since that insecure jerk Keane dumped you. I have no doubt it's been even longer since you've, well, you know." She wags her eyebrows up and down. "Before that, you only seriously dated Travis the cheater and Alex who, let's face it, despite being completely gonzo for you, was a cold fish and a bore. It's time to stop comparing every man to this fantasy of Garrett Stephens and just do it with him to get it out of your system. He asked you out for Saturday night. Go! Enjoy!"
"I don't compare every man to Garrett," I snap at her.
"Don't you?" she asks, looking down at me sternly.                
"I'm offended you even suggested that." She looks at me, her sharp eyes boring into me, like she can read my every thought and knows I'm full of it. I imagine this is how she bears down on witnesses on the stand. I don't like being on the receiving end of that look.
"Even if that's true," I start and she nods her head, "and I'm not conceding it is." I point my finger at her. "Even if he did mean to ask me out, there's no way it's a good idea. He's a total player. It would only be one night of fun and I don't think I could get over that kind of hurt."
"Then you need to get over it now. Sorry for the tough love, hon, but you need to move past the fantasy of this man and find someone passionate and amazing who is deserving to love you for all of the great things you have to offer including your messed-up childhood and your incredible success today."



Lisa Becker General Q&A

Tell us about your newest release.
A light-hearted, second chance romance, Links explores what happens when nerdy girl Charlotte Windham reconnects with her unrequited schoolgirl crush, star athlete Garrett Stephens, 15 years after high school. 

Did you have an unrequited crush in high school?
I'm not too ashamed to admit I had such a fierce crush on a boy, I willingly sat with him in the bathroom at parties while he puked up wine coolers, just so I could spend time with him. Thankfully, that soul-crushing time in my life in over, but I couldn't help but wonder what would happen if I came upon that secret crush today as a confident, successful woman.

Can you tell us more about the main character(s)?
Charlotte Windham was a typical ugly duckling in high school -- glasses and all. Highly intelligent and immensely talented, she's become a breakout success with her best-selling novel, The Crossing Guard.  In school, she harbored an unrequited crush on Garrett Stephens, the teen heartthrob and star athlete who's gone on to become a professional golfer suffering a possible career-ending injury. The book explores what happens when these two former classmates have a chance encounter in a Los Angeles restaurant, 15 years after high school. With the upper hand, can Charlotte forgive Garrett for his past ways, and for his more recent Don Juan lifestyle? Will she even want to? And, can Garrett change his ways for a second chance with Charlotte, who may just be the perfect fit for him?

Imagine Links would be turned into a movie, who would you cast for the main characters?
I would love to see someone with the emotional range and depth of Maggie Gyllenhaal to play Charlotte. I think she could make her come across as vulnerable, successful, intelligent and passionate. For Garrett, we would need someone who is classically handsome and oozes charm. Matt Bomer, who pulled that off perfectly on White Collar comes to mind.  If he's not available, let's just say, I would love to be at the casting call for that role. 





You have also published other books, can you tell us more about them?
I'm most known for the Click trilogy comprised of Click: An Online Love Story, Double Click and Right Click.  The series follows a young woman's search for love online in Los Angeles with the entire series unfolding in emails between our heroine, her friends and her hilarious dates. Fraught with BCC's, FWD's and inadvertent Reply to All's, readers will cheer, laugh, cry and cringe following the email exploits of Renee and friends. And ultimately, they will root for Renee to "click" with the right man.

What do you have in the works?
I've just wrapped up a contemporary romance called Starfish, which examines the unlikely relationship between a regular girl and a touring guitarist in a band. When it comes to romance, you just can't pass up the idea of falling in love with a rock star.

How can readers connect with you?
I love hearing from readers, especially when I've brought some humor, heart or happiness into their worlds with my writing. You can find me here:

Twitter: @lisawbecker
Instagram: lisawbecker
YouTube: https://youtu.be/BSwM4S3l9Pc


 Book Review

I guess lots of people had a high school crush, and the book revolves around the story of how Garrett and Charlotte reconnected years later. In high school he was super popular but not a serious student, and Charlotte was his tutor. He called her glasses if that tells you anything about their relationship. 

Fast forward a few years and when Garrett and Charlotte reconnected he has made it big on the golf circuit. He's currently waiting to find out how serious his shoulder injury is. He thinks Charlotte has turned into a beauty so maybe he'll figure out a way to get her into bed. He's always been successful in the past.

Things don't go exactly as planned though. I loved seeing how things evolved in this fun, sexy little romp. This would be a great beach read or really a good read anytime. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Garrett and Charlotte, and I think you would too. It's a really nice read.