Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The El Paso Red Flame Gas Station ~ ~ Blog Tour Promo & Giveaway!

THE EL PASO RED FLAME GAS STATION 
AND OTHER STORIES
by
J. REEDER ARCHULETA
Genre: Fiction /Short Stories / Coming of Age
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, LLC
Date of Publication: December 8, 2017
Number of Pages: 132

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These short stories are about coming of age in rural far West Texas.  The stories are about the people who have come to stay in a remote part of Texas with a climate that can be harsh and unpredictable and that is demanding and unforgiving.  The stories are told through the eyes of Josh, a young boy, who finds himself alone in a small farm and ranch community and who realizes that he will have to make his own way in this place.  Along the way he meets a group of characters with different takes on life.  Some try to help shield him from the chaos of the world, some try to add more chaos. But all of them, in their own distinct way, through jobs, advice, or actions, play a part in his life.




PRAISE FOR THE EL PASO RED FLAME GAS STATION:

“Punchy, plainspoken dialogue…colorful and charismatic characters…The result is an atmospheric Texas…reminiscent of Larry McMurtry’s “The Last Picture Show.” -- Kirkus Reviews

“The universality of Josh’s journey gives it a timeless quality…a rich tapestry…The stories are conveyed in lean, elegant prose reminiscent of Annie Proulx and Cormac McCarthy” -- Blue Ink Review
“Archuleta’s collection offers poignant and hopeful stories of determination in the face of need. Thoroughly engaging…narrated with passion and eloquence…” -- The Clarion Review                       

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The author was raised in far West Texas and five generations of his family are in their final resting place there.  His great-grandfather is buried in Concordia Cemetery in El Paso within spitting distance of the grave of John Wesley Hardin.
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APRIL 17-26, 2018
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4/20/18
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4/22/18
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4/23/18
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4/24/18
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4/25/18
Character Interview
4/26/18
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Monday, April 16, 2018

Notes of Magic ~ ~ Blog Tour Promo, Guest Post & Giveaway!

Notes of Magic 
(The Bohemians #1) 
by Jessica Bucher
Pages: 264
Publication Date: February 24, 2018

Enchanted city. Old magic. New threat.

Taq, a young fiddler, comes to Prague with dreams of joining the Bohemians—a band of immortal, magic-wielding street performers. With a mission to right past wrongs, things don’t go as planned when he meets the beautiful performer, Katia. Now, he must decide if revealing his secret is worth losing her heart.

Katia has spent one hundred years chained to the city, broken-hearted and silent,
waiting for her chance to be free. But with an impending threat on Bohemia itself and a mysterious newcomer, peace is starting look farther than ever. Now she must decide if she should trust Taq or put her faith in the one who broke her heart—the tyrannical Magistrate of Bohemia.

Curses can be broken, but at what cost?

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COVER LOVE
Guest Mini-Post
by Author Jessica Bucher

I love the way my cover designer really pulled in all of the elements of the story. The setting has a real steampunk vibe, so we used gears in the background and put the silhouette of the Charles Bridge on the bottom to commemorate Prague, the city where the story is set. The colors are bright, and the image really catches your eye. You can tell it was inspired by Caraval and This Savage Song. I’m obsessed.





ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jessica Bucher is a Young Adult author living in Texas with her husband and children. Her first book, The Hereafter, was published in 2016. When she’s not writing, editing, or chasing her kids, she can be found scrolling through Facebook or planning her next travel adventure.



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Friday, April 13, 2018

One to Watch ~ ~ ~ Audio Book Tour, Review, & Giveaway!


ONE TO WATCH
Detective Kay Hunter Series, Book 3
By Rachel Amplett
Narrator: Alison Campbell
Length: 7 hours 27 minutes
Publisher: Saxon Publishing
Sub-Genres: Mystery, Police Procedural



Sophie Whittaker shared a terrifying secret. Hours later, she was dead.


Detective Kay Hunter and her colleagues are shocked by the vicious murder of a teenage girl at a private party in the Kentish countryside.

A tangled web of dark secrets is exposed as twisted motives point to a history of greed and corruption within the tight-knit community.

Confronted by a growing number of suspects and her own enemies who are waging a vendetta against her, Kay makes a shocking discovery that will make her question her trust in everyone she knows.

One to Watch is a gripping murder mystery thriller, and the third in the Detective Kay Hunter series. A whodunit for fans of Jeffery Deaver, Peter James, David Baldacci, and James Patterson.



Before turning to writing, Rachel Amphlett played guitar in bands, worked as a TV and film extra, dabbled in radio as a presenter and freelance producer for the BBC, and worked in publishing as a sub-editor and editorial assistant.

She now wields a pen instead of a plectrum and writes crime fiction and spy novels, including the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the Detective Kay Hunter series.

Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel cites her writing influences as Michael Connelly, Lee Child, and Robert Ludlum. She’s also a huge fan of Peter James, Val McDermid, Robert Crais, Stuart MacBride, and many more.

She’s a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold sold to Fanucci Editore's TIMECrime imprint, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag.
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Narrator Alison Cambell
HALL WAYS REVIEW: Audio Book Review. Having listened to the prior two books straight through in one day, I prepared myself to do the same with One to Watch, the third installment in the Detective Kay Hunter series by Rachel Amphlett. It was a good move! One to Watch starts with a creepy crime and is non-stop twists and turns until the finish. In terms of the whodunit aspect, I was confident that I had solved the mysteries -- and was consistently wrong.

While the book can stand alone, there is a definite advantage to reading the prior books to feel the slow-build of the side stories going on in the background of the primary crime to be solved. In One to Watch, those backstories seem to be less prominent than in prior books and the focus is more heavily on the crime and all the interviews with suspects. Nonetheless, those sub-plots are moving forward and the tension is mounting. And grief is a common thread that runs through all the stories.

Admittedly, I am thoroughly hooked on this series, but I found this installment wasn’t quite up to the same level as the other books thus far. There were times when DC Kay Hunter seemed uncharacteristically insensitive, and the descriptions were at times lackluster with some repetitive words and phrases (too much glaring and too much repeating of “I can’t believe she’s gone.”).  And, the characterization of Larch has gone stale – he just didn’t add anything to the story this time and has lost his threatening edge. Strangely, I miss that.

The narration by Alison Campbell is still excellent, and she IS Kay Hunter and several of our other regular characters. In One to Watch, for the first time in the series, I had some trouble distinguishing between a couple of the male characters’ voices. Additionally, though she has a convincing American accent, there are numerous slips that detract from it (namely, adding the ‘r’ sound to the ends of words: idea sounds like idear, for example.) On the other hand, one of the most charming aspects of the series is that it’s delightfully British, so I really didn’t mind the American mispronunciations.

That I eagerly listened to all seven and a half hours of One to Watch, straight through, attests to Amphlett’s skill as a master storyteller – and Campbell’s skill at bringing the voices to life.  I absolutely recommend this book and series, and downloaded the next installment, Hell to Pay (book 4), as soon as I finished listening to book three.


Thank you to the author and Audiobookworm Promotions for providing me a free download in exchange for my honest opinion – the only kind I give. 


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Win a choice of signed paperback + set of coordinating bookmarks! 
Runs March 29th-April 26th, 2018. Continental US Only.

The Detective Kay Hunter Series Giveaway: Signed Paperback & Bookmark Set



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