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Love and Happiness by Ben Burgess Jr. Romance Novel Book Tour Blast

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Paperback:240 pages

Publisher:Ben Burgess Jr. (April 23, 2015)

Language:English

ISBN-10:0988374544

ISBN-13:978-0988374546

 

ABOUT “LOVE AND HAPPINESS:

Karen has it all: a handsome husband, beautiful twin daughters, a lovely home and a great job. Karen also has a secret; she’s cheating on her husband, with not one man, but two.

On the outside her life seems perfect, but on the inside Karen feels neglected, bored and unappreciated. Yearning for affection and excitement, she falls into the arms of first Raheem and then Tyrell. Out of fear of losing her husband and breaking up her family, Karen ends the affairs but things don’t turn out how she planned. When Karen’s dirty secrets are revealed she must fight to keep her family together.

Chris is doing all he can to hold his marriage together. He loves Karen but she grows more distant every day. When she starts coming home later and later, he suspects she is being unfaithful. When Chris accidentally takes her cell phone what he finds changes their lives forever.

When tragedy strikes, Karen must decide if she should sacrifice her happiness for her husband’s love, and Chris wonders if he should stay with Karen because he still loves her despite her infidelity. But if they do stay together, will they ever find love and happiness again?

Sexy and relatable, insightful and inspiring, Love and Happiness shows us both sides of Chris and Karen’s story, and reminds us that sometimes to have it all, you must first lose it all.

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eBook Review Gal Book Tour Stop for Love and Happiness by Ben Burgess Jr ABOUT BEN BURGESS JR:

Ben Burgess Jr is the author of the award winning novels “Monster”, “Wounded”, the poetry book “Times Have Changed and Life is Strange” and the new novel “Love and Happiness” He is an active performer of spoken word poetry.

Ben uses his love of writing to inspire and influence youths to strive for what they believe in, and to never give up on their dreams. His poetry book “Times Have Changed and Life is Strange” and his novel “Monster” are currently used in schools on the lower east side of Manhattan.

Ben Burgess has a BA degree in Business Management, and a MA degree in Educational Leadership. He is the proud father of his daughter Jaelynn and is active in trying to improve urban neighborhoods and communities.

 

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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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The Backup Husband Virtual Book Tour Stop

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The Backup Husband by Robert Germaux

Title: The Backup Husband

Author: Robert Germaux

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 305 pages

ASIN: B00QMKZ0Z2

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BOOK SYNOPSIS:  When Samantha and Steven meet early in their senior year of college, the attraction is both immediate and powerful.  And why not?  She’s the kind of woman every man desires, and he’s the man at the center of every woman’s dreams.  The two of them quickly forge a strong bond, creating their own little world, a world that they permit only one other person to enter: Steven’s roommate, Paul, every bit a hunk in his own right.  Now two become three, forming a group dynamic that one of their friends, a sociologist, says is “almost scary, how much in sync you guys are.”

The Backup Husband follows Steven, Samantha and Paul as they finish that last year of college and enter their young adult years, the bond among them seemingly unbreakable, until the most powerful force in the world intrudes, exposing how fragile the walls of their world really are.  From Pittsburgh to Paris to San Francisco and beyond, their story unfolds, with moments of unbridled joy punctuated by periods of unbearable sadness.  Along the way, each of the main characters is confronted by one question: What am I willing to do, or not do, in the name of love?  Their responses to that question will send them all down a path from which there can be no return, one that will dramatically alter their lives in ways that none of them could have foreseen.

Robert Germaux Author Photo OneAbout Robert Germaux, The Man with Romance in His Soul:

Robert Germaux is a romantic at heart . . . and he doesn’t mind letting the world know about it.  That’s why he never even considered using a different (read: female) author’s name for The Backup Husband, his modern-day love story.  Although his other novels are mysteries, with either a private detective or a police detective as the main character, in both cases, that detective has a love interest who is central to the story.  In fact, Mr. Germaux can’t imagine writing a book that doesn’t have a strong romantic element as part of the plot.

Just how romantic is Robert Germaux?  In the mid-nineties, his wife slipped on the stairs leading down to her kindergarten classroom.  Cynthia fractured several bones in her foot and ended up missing two months of school.  Every morning, before he left for work, her husband would hide a little note for her someplace where she would be sure to come across it during the day— propped up against a carton of milk in the refrigerator, inside the silverware drawer, under the remote control for the TV.  It’s a memory that both Bob and Cynthia cherish to this day.

Bob has a variety of other interests, including sports (he once signed a contract to pitch for a semi-pro baseball team in Pittsburgh) and travel (he and Cynthia have shared special moments everywhere from Paris to Toronto to Tahiti), but writing is among his favorite activities.  The idea for The Backup Husband came while he was playing the “What if” game one day: What if a woman suddenly realized she might actually be in love with two wonderful men at the same time?  He ended up writing the book in record time, enjoying every minute of the experience, and he hopes that’s the case for his readers, too.

~ Q&A with Author Robert T. Germaux ~

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

No, not at all.  I’ve always enjoyed writing, but the idea of writing a book didn’t occur to me until after I retired from teaching.  I tried a couple of books aimed at middle-school readers, and then my wife suggested I write a book for adults.  As usual, Cynthia’s idea was a good one.

Are there any authors whose works just grabbed you at first reading?

Three names come to mind.  When I was about sixteen, my father introduced me to P.G. Wodehouse’s Bertie and Jeeves novels, and I couldn’t get enough of those characters.  Then in 1974, I came across The Beowulf Manuscript, the first Spenser novel.  I was immediately hooked on anything by Robert B. Parker.  Finally, Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes was so beautifully written, I was sure I would love anything else he wrote, which turned out to be exactly the case.

How long does it take you to write a book?

I pretty much zipped through The Backup Husband in about six months, and Small Talk, my serial killer novel which will be available on Amazon very soon, took just a bit longer.  Most of my other books, however, come in at about a year or so.

Are you a disciplined writer, one who wants to write so many words or pages per day?

I’m a very organized person, but not necessarily disciplined in that way.  Some days, I’ll write a whole chapter, which in my books is usually around 1200 words, but then I might not write another chapter for several days.  However, one thing I’m always doing is making notes about characters, settings, dialogue, etc.  My wife is incredibly understanding about being awakened at two in the morning when I turn on the light to get something down before I forget it.

Do you always know how a book will end when you begin writing it?

Unfortunately, no.  Sometimes I start out with an ending in mind, but as I get deeper into my plot, I’ll realize that that ending won’t work.  Sometimes, as was the case with The Backup Husband, the ending I envisioned works, but I’ll have to change the setting.  And sometimes I simply have no idea how I’ll end a book.  I just start writing and trust that somewhere along the way, I’ll figure it out.

Any advice for new writers?

During the years I taught high school English, I had a poster on my classroom wall that read There is no such thing as good writing, just good rewriting.  I think that’s excellent advice for all writers, new or otherwise.

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Review of Safe & Sound by T. S. Krupa

Safe & Sound: A NovelSafe & Sound: A Novel by T.S. Krupa

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jill is a twenty eight year old woman, married for just two years to her loving husband Jay. Jill’s world comes crashing down when Jay leaves the house for an early morning jog and is hit and killed by a drunk driver. As expected, Jill takes the loss hard and has difficulty adjusting to life without her best friend and love of her life. Fortunately, Jill has a strong support system in the form of her two best friends, Lanie and Stella, who rally around her to provide the grieving widow with around the clock supervision.

While I appreciated the fact that Jill’s friends loved her dearly and wanted to help her get past the death of her husband, I began to feel that their continuous “help” was slightly over the top. I would have much preferred to see Jill grieve, grow and move on a little more independently. I almost felt as though Jill needed people to take care of her…needed someone, anyone in her life to save her. In fact, even in death her husband continued to take care of her.

However, having said this, I did enjoy Safe & Sound. T. S. Krupa’s writing style is easy, breezy and fun. This was a quick beach or poolside read. I would love to see a sequel, with Jill becoming a more independent, strong woman all on her own. I would recommend Safe & Sound and look forward to reading more from this new author!

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Peter in Flight by Paul Michael Peters Goodreads Book Review

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Peter is a software marketer who truly lives his life out of a suitcase. He’s good at what he does – so much so that he inadvertently makes a couple of “enemies” along the way. Peter is personable, caring and a great listener. His love for his best friend and boss, Tatiana, remains the constant thread throughout the story. Readers are treated to a few heartwarming stories through his encounters with the various travelers and salespeople he comes in contact with while on the road.

Before I began reading Peter in Flight I wondered how Paul Michael Peters could turn software marketing into an enjoyable, entertaining read. Well, I was pleasantly surprised with this gem of a book.

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Confessions of a Neat Freak

My Name is Susan and I’m a Neat Freak

I’ve always been a neat and tidy person. I take great comfort in being in an organized and orderly environment. Therapists would surely say it’s my way of controlling my surroundings –  something that often bubbles to the surface particularly when my life seems to be slightly out of control.

For the life of my I can’t figure out why other people aren’t the same way. Why wouldn’t everyone want to live like this? And why in the heck did I marry someone who is the exact opposite? Was I secretly trying to punish myself? So many questions…

The hardest thing for me is that I have to remind myself constantly that other people aren’t deliberately messy just to annoy me. Coffee spills, piles of discarded dirty clothes, muddy shoes trampled across my freshly vacuumed floor, really bad toilet aim…the list goes on and on. I take all of these actions as personal slaps in my face, yet should I?

I’m obsessively clean and have neither the intention, nor inclination to change…I can accept that. I embrace it. He’s obsessively messy…do I have to accept that? Isn’t obsessively clean so much better than obsessively dirty anyway?