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This is my own personal blog, filled with my own personal views on life, love, loss, and everything in between. It’s a hodgepodge of randomness. This particular blog discusses my own personal views on a variety of topics. Things that are meaningful to me. I love to read, so you’ll find posts pertaining to books. I love to help Indie authors promote their books, so you’ll find book tour stops, author interviews, book blitzes and other events. I’m fed up with our government and our self-absorbed politicians, so you’ll find some posts about that as well. I also get irritated with people I know in “real” life, so once in a while I’ll bellyache about that. In other words, I tap in to a wide variety of information when writing my blog posts.

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The Accidental Romance Writer by Dan Kolbet Book Tour Author Guest Post


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The Accidental Romance Writer: How I Fell Into Writing a Love Story or Two
 by Dan Kolbet

I never intended to write a romance novel, let alone two of them.

Way back in 2012 I set aside my work-in-progress novel to pursue a little holiday short story, which ended up being my first romance novel, Don’t Wait For Me. The plan for Don’t Wait For Me was simple. It was supposed to be about 20-pages long and a freebie that I’d give away on my website for Christmas. If anyone picked it up, I’d be pleased. The story follows a down-on-his-luck toy store owner, Edwin, fighting to keep his inherited business open during one holiday season. He is aided by Amelia, the mother of a boy caught shoplifting at the store.

My characters took over quickly and told me a short story wasn’t good enough. So, in less than four months this short story turned into a full-length novel.  As is my standard process, I provided a draft to my trusted beta readers.

“You wrote a romance novel,” one said.

“Um, no,” I replied, “It’s the story of a man mourning his late wife and trying to keep her family’s toy store afloat. He meets this other woman . . . oh, crap. Maybe I did.”

Here was my trouble. At that point I had never read a real romance novel in my life. Sure, I’d read plenty of books that had a love story at the center, but nothing like what I imagined a romance novel should be. Those books have hunks with rock-hard abs on the covers. They always have a damsel in distress falling into their manly arms, right?

Well, not always, or so I have learned.

You might read romance stories to escape the humdrum day-to-day. You root for your protagonist to find the love you have at home, or the love you want to have someday. Unfortunately, we’re not all tennis pros, powerhouse attorneys or lonesome billionaires pining for each other. Most of us are pretty normal people who do normal people things each day. Love happens in the middle of all that. Love stories happen around us every day, we just have to find the patience to see them and take notice.

So when the characters in my novels fall in love, it’s not because they are in a romance novel. It’s because that’s what people in their situation should do. Yes, they might fight it. And they will probably screw it up, but isn’t that what we all do?

It took me three years, but I followed up Don’t Wait For Me with a companion novel, or sequel, titled Better Not Love Me, in October 2015. This story follows Amelia, five years after the events of the first book. She’s burnt out with corporate life. She’s unemployed and discovers that her kids don’t even know her anymore. Her fix? Rent a cabin for the summer and reconnect with them. But she can’t get away from her past, or her terrible former boss Nate, who just happens to be staying in the cabin next door.

Better Not Love Me is a standalone story, but I’d recommend reading Don’t Wait For Me first to avoid any spoilers.

So I may not have intended to write a romance novel originally, but I’m certainly glad I did – twice. So, as Valentine’s Day approaches, ask yourself this: have you considered your love story as romance-novel worthy? Why or why not? Think hard. Your answer might surprise you.

My Book Tour Virtual Book Tour for Dan Kolbet's Romance Novel "Better Not Love Me"ABOUT DAN KOLBET:

Dan Kolbet lives in Spokane, Washington with his family. He is an independent author, former newspaper editor and reporter. He is currently working on his next story.

His novels include You Only Get So Much, Don’t Wait For Me, Off The Grid, Better Not Love Me,plus short stories, Five Rows Back and An Easel for Avery.

 

 

 

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File Size: 2307 KB
Print Length: 240 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Alfe Publishing; 1 edition (October 26, 2015)
Publication Date: October 26, 2015
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B0177G5LQC

 

BOOK SYNOPSIS:

Amelia Cook never wanted to be a corporate executive responsible for a toy business that spanned the country. She accepted the job out of obligation to her past love. The work has forced her away from her children and broken her marriage. After years of misery, she’s decided to walk away.

Single, unemployed and uninspired, Amelia rents a palatial lake cabin for the summer and attempts to reconnect with her children who barely recognize the mom they once knew. Amelia’s summer at the lake takes a surprise turn when a handsome man moves into the cabin next door. The only problem? It’s her old boss, Nate. Can Amelia forgive Nate’s past behavior, find love and forge a bond with her children all while being dragged back into the corporate life she loathes?

*Better Not Love Me is the sequel to Don’t Wait For Me, but is a standalone novel.

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ABOUT DAN KOLBET:

Dan Kolbet lives in Spokane, Washington with his family. He is an independent author, former newspaper editor and reporter. He is currently working on his next story.

His novels include You Only Get So Much, Don’t Wait For Me, Off The Grid, Better Not Love Me, plus short stories, Five Rows Back and An Easel for Avery.

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Happy Habits by Vicki Morris Virtual Book Tour Stop


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  • File Size:11054 KB
  • Print Length:150 pages
  • Publisher:InspiredWork LLC (November 19, 2015)
  • Publication Date:November 19, 2015
  • Sold by:Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language:English
  • ASIN:B0170WEIL2

 

ABOUT “HAPPY HABITS”:

 

Do You Want to Learn to be Happier in Just 4 Minutes a Day? Of course you do!

Are you unhappy with your work?  Are you disappointed with your life?

Have you been looking for something new? Maybe you’d like a new career, a new house or to live in a new city?

If the answer is yes, then maybe it’s time to try a new approach. Author and Career Happiness Coach, Vicki Morris, is shows us that we have the power to be happy now – within ourselves in the present moment.  All we have to do is change our mindset and a few daily habits.

The key to success is to build energy-raising habits into our day so that we can become happier – no matter what our situation is.  Happy Habits provides a fast, easy and effective way to deliver the necessary energy and happiness boosts in just 4 minutes a dayThe Happy Habit Method™ works because it combines proven happiness practices with a scientific habit creation method, which has been tested in the real world.

Inside the pages of Happy Habits, you’ll discover:

  • Why Happy Habits are the fastest and easiest way to be happier
  • 40 ways to energize your career and life
  • The proven science behind Happy Habits
  • How to create your own Happy Habits
  • An eight-week guide to building permanent Happy Habits
  • And Much More

Imagine waking up each day excited about the possibilities instead of struggling to find the energy to get out of bed. Think about having a coworker ask you why you are smiling more. These things can happen to you, if you adopt the Happy Habits in this book.

Life is too short to feel as though you are merely getting by every day. The sooner you get Happy Habits, the sooner you will be able to transform the quality of your career and life to start feeling happier.

 

WHAT EARLY REVIEWERS ARE SAYING ABOUT “HAPPY HABITS”:

“This is a book for our times. How to be happier in 4 minutes a day is what we all need.”

“I love this book and the 40 happiness techniques, especially the morning gratitude and prime intention. It’s such a great way to start the day.”

“Happy Habits is a must-read for anyone who wants a happiness boost.”

“I’m giving Happy Habits away to all of my friends as a holiday gift this year. I know they will be inspired and enjoy it as much as I did.”

“This was a fun book to read and the happy habits are easy to do. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a quick and easy way to be happier in their work-life.”

 

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ABOUT VICKI MORRIS:

Vicki Morris is the Career Happiness Coach, founder of InspiredWork.com and creator of the InspiredWork™ Career Transformation System, blending twenty-five years of experience as a high tech hiring manager, inspirational business leader, brand strategist, career mentor, and spiritual practitioner. InspiredWork helps professionals raise their energy with Happy Habits to create their own inspired work and brand so they can be happy at work and love their life.

Prior to InspiredWork, Vicki was the founder and CEO of a global marketing agency. Before that, she was VP of Marketing at several Global 2000 and Inc. 500 software companies. Earlier in her career, she launched Java at Sun and was awarded the President’s Award. Vicki started her career at Oracle, while completing her MBA at the University of Chicago. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. During her career, Vicki published numerous articles and presented at conferences in more than 30 countries.

 

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Inhuman Emergence: Innocence by Blake Gardner Book Tour Stop


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Inhuman Emergence by Blake Gardner

Paperback: 188 pages
Publisher: Digistyle (August 21, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1939289688
ISBN-13: 978-1939289681

BOOK SYNOPSIS

Before taking the drug Owen was just a normal kid. Now he could read minds, predict the future, and do things he didn’t have the vocabulary to describe. But that seemed to be just what he needed. His world is a dangerous place. An oppressive governmental regime is threatening to imprison the country and has been gaining power in secret for decades.

Owen and his friends may have to grow up too soon if they wish to fight for their freedom. Love can be a powerful motive. Owen would have done anything for her. Why did it have to be everything?

 

 

FROM THE AUTHOR

I have always fantasized about things, most days I exist in a state of conscious dreaming. One day I began a fantasy that didn’t stop. I awoke to find it still there playing out in my head. So I sat down at a keyboard and began to type…

 

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Blake Gardner is a debut author from Michigan. He has always had a love of reading. Writing interested him from a young age. For a short period, Blake found himself without a driver’s license and decided to write a book with all his spare time. “You can think of a great number of imaginative things while waiting,” Blake says. He loves sharing his work with readers. Blake encourages readers to connect with him via his website, and on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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  • Paperback:266 pages
  • Publisher:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (7/15/2015)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1512074969
  • ISBN-13:978-1512074963

 

ABOUT “POKERGEIST”:

Sometimes life, as well as death, is about second chances. Luckless Telly Martin doesn’t have a clue. An awful gambler trying to scrape by as a professional poker player, he becomes the protégé of world famous poker champion Clutch Henderson. The only catch…Clutch is a ghost. Telly and Clutch must navigate the seedy gambling underbelly of Las Vegas learning to trust each other in order to win the elusive International Series of Poker, repair their shattered personal relationships and find redemption in this life and the hereafter.

 

“Cash proves to be highly capable of juxtaposing the absurd and the mundane, creating a thoroughly enjoyable ghost story along the lines of The Canterville Ghost (1891) and Topper (1926)…Bet on this funny, well-written tale of second chances.” – Kirkus Review

 

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ABOUT MICHAEL PHILLIP CASH:

Michael Phillip Cash is an award-winning screenwriter and novelist. He’s written ten books including the best-selling Brood X, Stillwell, The Flip, The After House, The Hanging Tree, Witches Protection Program, Pokergeist and Battle for Darracia series.

Michael resides on the North Shore of Long Island. He writes full-time with his screaming kids in the background.

 

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Print Length: 542 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (6/22/2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1511831545
ISBN-13: 9781511831543

ABOUT “THE BATTLE FOR DARRACIA”:

The Battle for Darracia Books I, II, and III, are now combined into this one epic novel!

On the planet Darracia, an ever-widening social gap between its inhabitants is causing turmoil that is fracturing a once peaceful world. Struggling with his identity, nineteen year old Prince V’sair must harness the power of the elusive Fireblade, the secret to a warrior’s heart, in order to overcome his uncle Staf Nuen’s lust for supremacy. Will the energy of the Elements guide the young prince to his true destiny or will Staf Nuen conquer Darracia?

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ABOUT MICHAEL PHILLIP CASH:

Michael Phillip Cash is an award-winning screenwriter and novelist. He’s written ten books including the best-selling Brood X, Stillwell, The Flip, The After House, The Hanging Tree, Witches Protection Program, Pokergeist and Battle for Darracia series.

Michael resides on the North Shore of Long Island. He writes full-time with his screaming kids in the background.

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Fading Memories by A. M. Willard Book Blast


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File Size: 1518 KB
Print Length: 210 pages
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Publisher: Booktrope Editions (September 12, 2015)
Publication Date: September 12, 2015
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Language: English
ASIN: B012DZGYE0
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SYNOPSIS:

In this Mature Contemporary Romance, A.M. Willard brings you Fading Memories—a story about love, grief, and memories that slowly fade with time.

Isabel Nichols’s life changed in more ways than one through the years. As a young child, she experienced a loss that devastated her. It wasn’t until she was an adult that the universe around her shattered. In a twenty-four-hour time frame, she lost what she’d thought was her world. What followed was a year of mourning, a year of grieving, a year of darkness. Now, there’s one man who can show her the light.

Dakota Jackson left his life behind on a whim, moving to a beach cottage away from the big city where he grew up. He sees through Izzie’s clouds as he gets to know her, with the drive to be everything that she’s ever needed. The only problem is, Dakota holds the key to a secret that could ruin both of their hopes and dreams.

Passion isn’t always enough to heal a broken heart; love isn’t always enough to guide you through the darkness.

This is about two souls that were meant to be together from the day they were born. Two people who have to figure out a way to look past the memories. It’s the now; it’s living your life as you’re meant to, loving the one your heart craves. It’s about letting go of the grieving, learning to be who you are, and accepting life for what it is.

Can love cure all things despite its hardships?

WHAT EARLY REVIEWERS ARE SAYING:

“A.M. Willard writes a sweet, yet gripping romance, full of angst, promise, and hope. Fading Memories will restore your faith in love.” Author Silla Webb.

“A.M. Willard has the combination to unlock your heart. This is an elegantly written book and an emotional journey that I highly recommend reading.” Author Addison Kline.

“Lives entwined as intricately as a lovers’ knot, Dakota balances his need to get closer to Izzie with her need for distance in a battle of wills where love and acceptance is the ultimate prize.”
Author Libby Austin.

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A. M. Willard Author PhotoABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A.M. Willard is a true believer of soul mates, and happy ever afters. She enjoys reading, sailing, and of course writing contemporary romance with some saucy scenes. Releasing her first novella of the One Night Series on April 12, 2014 has sent her on a new journey in life. A.M.’s passion for writing started at a young age, but with the love and support from her husband of eighteen years pushed her to follow her dreams. Once she hit that first publish button, she hasn’t looked back.

Publications available from A.M. Willard include the Chances Series, Love on the Screen, and everyone’s favorite, the One Night Series. She’s also had an article published in the Writer’s Monthly Review Magazine and was just accepted into the Romance Writers of America organization in May of 2015.

A.M. Willard was born and raised in the Panhandle of Florida, but resides in Savannah GA with her husband, son, two cats, one rotten dog, and her six chickens. Yes, we said chickens…

You can connect with A.M. Willard on her website or subscribe to her newsletter for the latest releases, teasers, and sale alerts.

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