#RRBCSpotlightAuthor Blog Tour #RRBC (@mbiermanauthor) Mark Bierman!!

It is my pleasure to welcome to my blog, a Member of Rave Reviews Book Club, Author Mark Bierman. He is in the spotlight today from the Spotlight Author Blog Tour. Here is his story…


Tell Your Story

Imagine, if you will, two scenarios. I will not delve into any more detail in this brief introduction, other than to say that both are set in a prison.

Here is the first:

Steven, the young correctional officer, raced after his fellow officers as they charged through the open doorway and onto the prison range. T Block had exploded into a battlefield. Fifty inmates were bent on sticking and slicing each other with shivs fashioned from the metal pins stolen from the exercise machines in the gym. The sharpened pins weren’t the only weapon of choice, for in the mix were toothbrushes with razor blades melted onto their handles, chunks of plexiglass, glass, and metal window trim. All with hair-splitting edges. Oh, inmates are a creative and stealthy lot. There are thousands of ways to die in prison.

Into that fracas, Steven ran. For him and the others, there was no other choice. Two of their fellow officers were trapped down there. The melee had broken out while the pair were conducting a routine patrol, and with only the defence of hands and wits, their situation had turned dire. The same applied to the Steven, others had grabbed the limited supply mace. No guns were allowed on the range, they were far too dangerous.

T Block was split into two levels. The upper tier, three feet wide, stretched over one-hundred feet in length, and was lined by open barred cells on one side, with a four-foot-high “safety” railing on the other.

The bloody skirmish was largely concentrated on the bottom level, and most of the troops, understandably, went in that direction. But blades were also swinging up stairs and several uniforms were interspersed among the prison blues worn by the clientele. Steven followed John, an experienced officer, onto the top tier, and into sheer madness.

For those on T Block that day, there was no sanctuary, no corner or nook was devoid of violence. The air was thick with hatred and fear, though not impermeable to the cries of agony and the sting of mace. Everywhere, weapons found their targets, blood spilled, and the century-old- limestone walls recorded every act.

A large inmate broke free of the others and had run upstairs. Steven watched the approaching inmate and knew he was in for a fight. The powerful man lived downstairs, so his intentions were obviously not good. The officer knew he couldn’t let the man pass.

“Get back downstairs!” Steven yelled several times

The orders went unheeded.

This was going to be a fight. But would the inmate choose his fists or a knife?

Now sandwiched between a pair of combating inmates, and the charging human moose, Steven had seconds to make a determination that could possibly kill him and others. He wished for time to at least slow down, as he prepared a defence. His old friend, the internal survival coach, the one who’d kept him alive in other incidents shouted a familiar warning. Watch his hands! No weapon yet! But if he reaches for his pocket or the waist band of his jeans . . .!

A scream, came from what seemed inches from behind Steven, it was followed by a heavy thud on the limestone floor, twelve feet below. Someone had been thrown over the railing, Steven knew it without even looking. Would he be next? Would he soon feel the blade or the point of a shiv as it penetrated him?  He wanted to turn around, but he couldn’t. Faith was needed. Enough to believe that his fellow officers would be there, that they would have his back. Danger was coming straight for him. The world became a tunnel that encompassed only the charging inmate.

This reaction too, was familiar. It was the body entering ‘fight’ mode. It was the body doing what it needed to survive.

Here is the second:

The two inmates squared off. From fifteen feet away, Janjak raced to close the distance. He tripped over soiled men and spilled waste buckets. The curses of fellow convicts were ignored. His vision morphed into a tunnel that encompassed only the combatants. Watch their hands! Almost there. Hands! Hands! Something flashed. Knife! The Haitian launched himself as Frantz pulled the weapon from his waistband. Shoulder met chest in a violent collision. Frantz cried out as he was tackled onto a stained mattress.

 

Notice any similarities? You might ask what books did I glean these excerpts from? Or perhaps you may think they are from the same one.

Well, to tell you the truth, the second scenario is from the first chapter of my novel, Vanished. The first is a page taken directly from my life. I changed my name to Steven, for this story.

Now, obviously I survived that experience and many others over the years, and while I personally am happy about that fact, that isn’t the point of this blog.

What I hope you will take away from this, is that you will be encouraged to tell your own. I hope you realize that all us have valuable life experiences that are unique. We can, and should, use them in our writing.

I don’t know about you, but there is no English Degree in my background. I am no expert in literature, or even everyday writing. One thing I do possess, what everyone has, is real life experiences. So, please don’t allow yourself to be convinced that you have nothing to offer readers. You have a life!

 

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VANISHED, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01E4CZHIO/

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Blurb:

Tragedy . . . heartache . . . how much more can Tyler Montgomery and John Webster take? This missions trip, the “healing” one, has only added fresh layers of pain. Construction of an orphanage in Haiti’s northwest . . . yes. But a doomed rescue operation, human traffickers, human anomalies, extreme personal danger . . . risk of death? They hadn’t signed up for those.

 

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Author Bio:

Born and raised on a farm near Brockville, Ontario, Mark’s childhood consisted of chores, horseback riding, snowmobile races, fishing trips to local lakes, and many other outdoor adventures. He was, and remains, an avid reader of many genres.

Transitioning into adulthood also meant moving from the farm into large urban areas that introduced this ‘country boy’ to ‘big city’ life.

Drawing on his many experiences as a private investigator, and later, a correctional officer, Mark combines his unique experiences and imagination to create stories and characters.

 

Follow Mark online!

Twitter:   @mbiermanauthor

Facebook: Facebook

Website:  markbierman.com

 

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#RRBC #RRBCTreatReads DAY 2 Mary Adler @MAAdlerWrites

“Greetings!  Welcome to the 2nd RRBC “TREAT” Reads Blog Hop!  These members of RRBC have penned and published some really great reads and we’d like to honor and showcase their talent.  Oddly, all of the listed Winners are RWISA members!  Way to go RWISA!

We ask that you pick up a copy of the title listed, and after reading it, leave a review.  There will be other books on tour for the next few days, so please visit the “HOP’S” main page to follow along.

Also, for every comment that you leave along this tour, including on the “HOP’S” main page, your name will be entered into a drawing for a gift card to be awarded at the end of the tour!”

 

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Author, Mary Adler

 

 

Book: IN THE SHADOW OF LIEShttps://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K7WYTSU/

 

In The Shadow of Lies by Mary Adler

Book Blurb: Richmond, California. World War II.  Marine Lieutenant Oliver Wright comes home from the war in the Pacific injured and afraid his career as a homicide detective is over.  But when an Italian Prisoner of War is murdered the night the Port Chicago Mutiny verdicts are announced, and black soldiers are suspected of the crime, the Army asks Oliver to find out the truth.

 

He and his canine partner Harley join forces with an Italian POW captain and with a black MP embittered by a segregated military. During their investigation, these unlikely allies expose layers of deceit and violence that stretch back to World War I and uncover a common thread that connects the murder to earlier crimes.

 

In the Shadow of Lies reveals the darkness and turmoil of the Bay Area during World War II, while celebrating the spirit of the everyday people who made up the home front. Its intriguing characters will resonate with the reader long after its deftly intertwined mysteries are solved.

 

 

Twitter: @MAAdlerWrites

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“My Porch Light Will Still Be Off.” @NonnieJules @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC #RWISA #Halloween

HAPPY HALLOWS’ EVE AND ALL SOULS DAY!

THE #RRBC PIPELINE MAGAZINE

I feel like I tell this story every October – how I turn my porch light off on Halloween so the Trick-or-Treaters don’t come to my door.  Oh, my daughters decorate the yard and the inside of our home for the season, but for me, Halloween ends on the 30th of October, a day before the actual holiday.

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Not that I owe an explanation, I want to share why I do this.

October 28, 1970, the Halloween candy scare broke via a New York Times op-ed.  The world was bombarded with stories of poisoned candy being given to kids, and someone putting razors in apples and passing them out on Halloween.  For a time, folks kept their kids at home on Halloween and wouldn’t allow them out to go door-to-door in search of holiday treats.  Then, things eased up a bit.  The story fell off to the wayside, and within…

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#RRBC It’s Time for the 7th Annual WRITERS’ CONFERENCE & BOOK EXPO (#WCBE22)

AREN’T YOU EXCITED? YOU COULD BE A BIG WINNER!

There’s going to be Giveaways and Raffles, Games and Sessions covering everything an author and reader needs to know. Check out the Author Booths and Author Readings. You’ll want to check out all the booths and get acquainted with the Authors and their works.

Make sure you pull out those raffle tickets you just bought. You just might be a winner. It happens when you least expect it. I know … it happened to me.

And now you may enter into the Conference!

We are Raffling off 7 virtual gift baskets. Go here to get your tickets!

I will be there. Hope to see you too!!

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Do You Love You Enough To Let People Go? @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA @NonnieJules #Inspiration #Motivation

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In #Writing, You Should Never…! @NonnieJules @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA @4WillsPub

A timely piece!

Watch Nonnie Write!

“Whenever someone gives you a never in regards to writing, your inner warning klaxon should go off.  Writing is an art, and cannot be governed by rules involving always or never.”  -Author Unknown

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I don’t know who said that, but someone once shared the quote above with me via email.  

Like some of you, I have had it up to here with other people’s opinions (OPO) about what we should never do in writing.  Who are these so-called writing gurus who feel that they can dictate our every stroke in our quest to create the most perfect pieces of art in written form?  

We are bombarded daily with rules for our writing.  Notice my emphasis on the word our because I want everyone to understand that my writing belongs to me, your writing belongs to you, their writing belongs to them, so everyone should tend to their own…

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Welcome to Day 3 of the CALLING ALL GRANDMAS Blog Tour featuring Author, Harriet Hodgson! @healthmn1 @4WillsPub @4WP11 @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA

…AND HERE SHE IS, OUR VERY OWN MS. HARRIET HODGSON!

TODAY’S TOUR FEATURES …

GIVEAWAY: (2) $5 Amazon gift cards

Author Bio:

Harriet Hodgson has been making books since she was eight years old. In her 43-year career as a freelancer, she has written 44 books and thousands of print/internet articles. Major publishers, such as Warner Books, John Wiley & Sons, and Hazelden, have published her work. Harriet loves writing so much she writes in her sleep.

Book Blurb:

Becoming the grandmother of twins changed Harriet Hodgson and altered her life course. According to Hodgson, we live in a fast-paced, complex time, a time when too many grandchildren are victims of bullying, Internet scams, and sexual abuse. Hodgson believes that grandmothers are needed today more than any other time in history.

“Grandmas can’t be passive,” she declares. “Every grandma has the power to protect and guide her grandchildren and needs to tap this power.”

This narrative weaves Hodgson’s personal story with research findings. It’s packed with ideas for helping grandchildren. Hodgson’s age, child development degree, life experience, teaching experience, witness to history, and extensive research converge to make this an inspiring read. Working individually and together, grandmas are changing the world.

The Grandma Force is about the power of love and the power of one,” Hodgson  says. “One-by-one, grandmas are standing up for grandchildren and creating a hopeful future for them.”

Purchase Links:

          Amazon US eBook https://amzn.to/2X1dr4c

         

Excerpt from The Grandma Force

In his poem, “For Old Age,” Irish priest and poet John O’Donohue describes aging as a time for gracious harvesting. This is the time to reap the many seeds we have sown. . . . Yet it’s a time to let go of some things and hold onto others. Take a big breath because making these decisions requires acceptance and courage.

I’m holding on to family gatherings. When schedules permit, the members of my extended family get together for dinner.  My brother-in-law and sister-in-law live on the next block, and we often get together for dinner. These are wonderful, informal times and we talk about everything, the books we’ve read, the importance of a local newspaper, new construction projects, and modern-day politics (groan). Family get-togethers keep us connected.

I’m holding on to learning. Research is built into a writer’s life. While I’m searching the Internet for information or scrolling through Amazon books, I always find something that grabs my attention. Research leads me in new directions, and the information I find becomes part of a book or the seeds for a new one. Learning keeps my mind active. Without learning, the day doesn’t seem normal, and this throws me off balance.

I’m holding on to writing and have more ideas than I can pursue. Winnowing these ideas takes time. After I’ve shortened the list, I check published books to see if someone had already written on the topic. If they have, I determine if I have a different slant. I think about the marketability of the idea. I think about possible titles. I look for potential cover photos even though I haven’t written a word. Writing keeps my mental gears working and helps me figure out life.

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To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the author’s tour page on the 4WillsPublishing site.  If you’d like to book your own blog tour and have your book promoted in similar grand fashion, please click HERE. Thanks for supporting this author and her work!

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Welcome to the WATCH RWISA WRITE 2022 Anthology Release! “Life Is But A Rose Garden” @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA

WATCH NONNIE WRITE!

… AND HERE SHE IS!!!

CONGRATULATIONS NONNIE JULES! I am pleased to have you on my blogpost for all my followers and members of Rave Reviews Book Club.

Introducing the WATCH RWISA WRITE2022 Anthology, “Life Is But A Rose Garden,” debuting on Amazon today for only $2.99!  We invite you to take a look at the promo for this little gem below, and lastly, we ask for your support by purchasing a copy, as well as spreading the word of its release via your own social media!

Purchase link: https://www.amazon.com/WATCH-RWISA-WRITE-Anthology-2022-ebook/dp/B09R1MRBJ1/

Promo Trailer:


Friends, thank you for dropping by today in support of this new release!  We hope that what you find between the covers brings you much joy and pleasure as you read it, and we also hope that some of what you find here will give you pause – just a little pause, though, before you hop to your feet and spring into action! There are many calls to action in this little gem!

Thank you, again, for your support!

And please acknowledge your presence, so we know that you stopped by.

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#RRBC #Authors #Writers, today is your chance to become a member! @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA

Hello, friends!

Today is your lucky day! I am a proud member of the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB and for the next 24 hours (11/15 through 11/17) there is a $25 discount on any membership tier when you join the club!

We aren’t just an organization where you add your name to our roster, and then you disappear.  We are the club that supports our members in numerous ways! Here are just a few…

-We purchase, read, and review our fellow member books that are listed in the catalog.

-We promote our fellow members and their books on social media, just as hard as we promote ourselves.

-We promote our members with interviews via our RAVE WAVES Talk Radio Shows for RRBC members only.  Books are always being purchased during those interviews!

-We keep our fellow members lifted and promoted even when they can’t promote themselves (in the event of personal emergencies, illness, etc.)

-We have a hard-working Tweet Support Team, promoting our members and their books daily.

-At RRBC, we believe that “each one should teach one,” therefore, we don’t compete against each other.  We lift as we climb.

There are so many more awesome ways that being a member of RRBC has benefitted me and I would love to share them all with you.  You have questions?  Just ask me! 

RRBC is such a fun place to belong!  We’re not just about books, you know, we’re also about making beneficial connections and lifelong friendships!

Monday, 11/15 through Wednesday, 11/17 are our Recruitment Days and when you join, please list my name on your membership application as the person who referred you, as I’ll get a special prize!  You can join here > RaveReviewsBookClub.wordpress.com/rrbc-join-renew

If you have specific questions regarding membership, please reach out to Paula, our Club Personal Asst!  She’s a whole lot of awesome!

I hope to see you on the other side of membership soon and your books in the catalog!

Thank you for sharing this page to your social media platforms for me!

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Welcome to Day 9 of THE HAUNTED SHORES MYSTERIES BLOG TOUR FEATURING “SCARLET AT CRYSTAL RIVER” @OverbeckRandy @4WillsPub @4WP11 

GIVEAWAY:  

$25 Amazon Gift Card & 1 e-book or paperback copy of one book in the Haunted Shores series (Winner’s choice).  Simply leave a comment below for your chance to win! 

Why Crystal River?

           As my readers know, my settings are as important to my best-selling novels as the whodunit puzzles and the engaging characters. In selecting a venue for my Haunted Shores Mysteries, I search for remarkable resort locations, but those probably less well known. No place like Myrtle Beach or Malibu or Fort Lauderdale will do. I hope part of the fun of reading my novels is discovering another gem of a location to put on readers’ “to visit” list.

            In completing the research for the third entry in the series, I had already decided to take my protagonist, Darrell, and his new wife, Erin, to someplace in Florida for their honeymoon. So I did a considerable amount of advance research on various locations in the Sunshine State and then began the onsite Investigations. To make a long story short, after checking out different possibilities, I fell in love with Crystal River. The small town has a charm all its own and turned out to be the perfect setting for my story. Here are just a few of the reasons it is a “must visit” place.

Crystal River is a quaint town that has an “old Florida charm,” unlike most Florida tourist stops. Located on the Gulf coast about an hour north of Tampa, the town is populated with retro hotels like the Plantation at Crystal River—featured in my novel, by the way—even including one called Port Paradise where Elvis Presley filmed Follow That Dream in the ‘60s.

The coastal section of the town—and indeed the whole of Citrus County— boasts a bit of everything. A few miles outside of town, visitors can enjoy a charming, if small, white sand beach with enough surf to enjoy the fun waters of the Gulf.

Other sections of the coastline are still wild and unspoiled with forests running right to the water. Still other parts of the coast merge with swamp lands extending inland, creating vibrant eco-systems for fish and wildlife.

The town has cultivated a small park called the Three Sisters’ Springs, whose warm waters welcome hundreds of manatees every year, from December through February. In fact, this fresh water spring is the only place in the US where visitors can swim with the massive, gentle creatures.

This alone makes the trip to Crystal River well worth it. It’s an experience visitors say they never forget.

If you’re a biker or runner, Crystal River offers six incredible bike/running trails which run through all the eco-systems, along the shore, through vine-tangled forests and over salt marshes. Although none of the trails are too strenuous, all labeled easy to moderate, they provide various lengths of breathtaking beauty and glimpses of wildlife, both birds and mammals.

The town of Crystal River sits at the mouth of Kings Bay—which dumps into the Gulf of Mexico—and faces due west. This creates the perfect setting for an evening seafood meal at one the fine restaurants like Charlie’s Fish House—also featured in the novel—all while watching the sunset ignite the blue-green waters of the Bay. As Darrel and Erin learn, it’s the perfect romantic way to end a day, especially after a day on the trails or swimming with the manatees.

If you’re an avid water sportsman, you’d be hard pressed to find a more attractive location. Because the area offers both salt and fresh water habitats, visitors can choose from boating, kayaking, scuba diving, water skiing and some of the best fishing anywhere. In fact, Crystal River is one of the few places you can dive for scallops in the summer.

I have to admit, like many others, I’d never heard of Crystal River before I completed my research. When I had the chance to visit—right before the pandemic closed everything down, thank heaven—I was taken by the small town charm and beauty of the area. After meeting the locals, I decided it was the perfect setting for my Christmas ghost story/mystery, SCARLET AT CRYSTAL RIVER.

I think when you read my new novel, you may fall in love with the beautiful town as well.

Overbeck’s writing transports you into real-life landscapes and imagined locations with a seamlessness that makes it hard to tell one from the other. The beauties of the Florida Gulf coast, the swampy growth that borders the greenery of well-fertilized fields, the posh interior of an ag magnate’s two story, all create a land that is seen, heard, smelled and felt.”—KRL News and Reviews

Author/Book Info—SCARLET

Bio

Dr. Randy Overbeck is an award-winning educator, author and speaker. As an educator, he served children for four decades in a range of roles captured in his novels, from teacher and coach to principal and superintendent. His thriller, Leave No Child Behind (2012) and his recent mysteries, the Amazon No. 1 Best Seller, Blood on the Chesapeake, Crimson at Cape May and Scarlet at Crystal River have earned five star reviews and garnered national awards including “Thriller of the Year–ReadersFavorite.com, “Gold Award”—Literary Titan, “Mystery of the Year”—ReadersView.com and “Crowned Heart of Excellence”—InD’Tale Magazine. As a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Dr. Overbeck is an active member of the literary community, contributing to a writers’ critique group, serving as a mentor to emerging writers and participating in writing conferences such as Sleuthfest, Killer Nashville and the Midwest Writers Workshop. When he’s not writing or researching his next exciting novel or sharing his presentation, “Things Still Go Bump in the Night,” he’s spending time with his incredible family of wife, three children (and their spouses) and seven wonderful grandchildren.

Social Media Handles

https://twitter.com/OverbeckRandy/media

https://www.instagram.com/authorrandyoverbeck/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-KOC0LH2GQRSAjwxOFr5rg

Tik Tok @authorrandyo

Specs

  • Release by Wild Rose Press—September 13, 2021
  • Paranormal mystery
  • 364 pp.
  • Mild

Blurb

All Darrell Henshaw wanted was to enjoy his honeymoon with his beautiful wife, Erin, in the charming town of Crystal River on the sunny Gulf Coast of Florida. Only a pair of ghosts decide to intrude on their celebration. And not just any ghosts, the spirits of two young Latino children. Unwilling at first to derail the honeymoon for yet another ghost hunt, Darrell finally concedes when a painting of the kids comes alive, weeping and pleading for his help.

            When he and Erin track down the artist, they discover the children’s family were migrant workers the next county over. But when they travel there, their questions about the kids gets their car shot up and Erin hospitalized. Torn between fear and rage, Darrell must decide how far he will go to get justice for two young children he never even knew.

Tagline

            Darrell and Erin thought they were heading to Florida for a carefree honeymoon, but the ghosts of two immigrants children haunt them, pleading for help.

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Review Blurbs

Scarlet at Crystal River is an eerie paranormal mystery I couldn’t stop reading. Randy Overbeck is a masterful writer of the paranormal, drawing the reader in before instilling shivers down the spine. 5+ stars.” –N. N. Light’s Book Heaven

“A rollercoaster of a mystery, hurtling up and down hills and sharp corners until the very end, when the reader is left slightly breathless, waiting for their hearts to beat back to a normal rhythm. ★★★★★—ReadersView

Scarlet at Crystal River is a suspenseful paranormal novel with compelling characters and an enigmatic mystery that drives the story to a riveting conclusion. Overbeck is a master at building tension–-this is easily a one-sitting read.” ★★★★★—Literary Titan

“This is another masterpiece from Randy Overbeck. His excellent writing style has left me speechless for one more time. He writes in a way that makes you feel what the characters feel and you have no choice but to partake in the journey with them.” ★★★★★—Ioanna’s Reviews, Greece

Purchase Links

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/scarlet-at-crystal-river-randy-overbeck/1139873947?ean=9781509237876

https://www.bookbub.com/books/scarlet-at-crystal-river-by-randy-overbeck



To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the authors’ tour page on the 4WillsPublishing site.  If you’d like to book your own blog tour and have your book promoted in similar grand fashion, please click HERE. Thanks for supporting this author and his work!

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Welcome to Day 3 of #RRBC’s October #SpotlightAuthor #SpotlightAuthor @pat_garcia! @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBCSA

I am pleased to have Pat Garcia on my site today. She is a very supportive member of Rave Reviews Book Club; and so, I am asking you to join me in giving Pat a great big welcome,

Pat Garcia

DAY 3 FLASH FICTION

I enjoy writing Flash Fiction as I do in this writing challenge that I participate in. It helps me tighten up my writing and grow my vocabulary. It took me some while to get my very first win. In fact, it was the middle of December 2016, and I was writing on my Mac when the email notification came in. I stared at it, thinking, what is this all about. I then opened the email.  I must have sat there at least twenty minutes not quite believing that it had happened. I had reached the first level.

I compare my life to walking up steps. Sometimes the steps are wide, and I stop and rest for a while, and learned something new so that I can continue to move further. Sometimes the steps are very narrow, and I have to keep moving because there’s nowhere to stop and rest. These are the stressful times. So, I had been competing in this challenge for at least three years and I was wavering, asking myself if I should continue. I didn’t think my writing was improving.  

The competition is always stiff. The writers who participate are authors who are self-published or belong to a traditional publishing house. Some of the authors are hybrid. So, the email notification shocked for me. I sat at my desk and cried. Then, I shared it with my husband.

Regardless of what I write The Woman and Her Dream and Turn The Light On will always be cherished because they were the first in the categories, Flash Fiction and Short Stories to be published.

Here is a snippet from A Woman and Her Dream and you may read the entire story on my author website: https://patgarciaauthor.com/flash-fiction/


The Woman and Her Dream by Pat Garcia

The ocean waves rippled under the woman‘s belly.  They tickled her stomach, gently.  The red rays in the heaven signalled the ending of the day. Though she couldn’t tell where the day began or where it ended. Unending was time. The reddish orange tint spread itself out upon the ocean. The width and breadth of its streams amazed her.

She lay on the atop of the ocean and observed the cold blooded mammals in the deep. Water drops touched her hair and ran down both of her temples. She gazed out into the vastness. Coming her way was a giant six-legged cirrata. Its arms splattering water as it moved toward her.

The strange singsong squawking of the eagle above her lulled her mind. Had she finally made it? She opened her eyes and turned over to watch the giant bird’s approach.  The roar of the waves became stronger. A blue-black fin sticking up out of the ocean was gliding in her direction. A smile crossed her face; she should have known this was the way it would be. Embedded in nature, surrounded by water, the inner peace she sought overtook her, and she sighed and stretched her legs.

AUTHOR BIO

Pat Garcia can’t remember a day when she didn’t desire to write. At the age of three, Pat wrote her first story. No one could understand it because she hadn’t learned to write. So, she read the scribble on her paper to whoever would listen. Born in Blythe, Georgia, (USA), she is also a musician, singer, and songwriter and has released five CDs.

BOOK BLURB

Would you ever accept a dinner invitation to meet a stranger who never spoke one word to you during your time together? Would you accept that you could not even sit at the same table with them? How about, you don’t even know their name and you continue this “game” for months?

Meet Della Cartwright. A superstar at what she does professionally, but when the tall, mysterious, Italian stranger, Alessio Terracina, enters her world, she begins to question her judgment and everything about her.

In this short story which takes place over the course of one day, this otherwise savvy businesswoman is led into making decisions that could jeopardize her professional life and maybe even cost her her freedom. But the greatest danger…just might be to her fragile heart.

CONTACTS

Author website – https://patgarciaauthor.com/

Facebook FanPage – https://www.facebook.com/patgarciaauthor

Twitter – @pat_garcia


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Welcome to Day 3 of Breakfield and Burkey’s “SHORT STORIES” Blog Tour! @EnigmaSeries @4WillsPub @4WP11 @RRBC_Org #RRBC #4WillsPub.

The author’s are giving away (7) ebook copies of “HOT CHOCOLATE”

Please leave the authors a comment anywhere along the tour for your chance to win one of these awesome prizes.


Rox Burkey and Charles Breakfield are co-authors for the Enigma Series. Our characters haunt us, demanding more of their stories get written. It began with a few heroes, then expanded to those with self-serving motives. We instigated this tour to provide insight and motivating factors on the shorts. We consider these fun standalone compliments to the series novels. Enjoy this tour, and please provide feedback

Breakfield is a technology expert specifically in security, networking, voice, and anything digital. He enjoys writing, studying World War II his­tory, travel, and cultural exchanges. Charles is also a fan of wine tastings, wine-making, Harley riding, cooking extravaganzas, and woodworking.

Burkey is a 25+ year applied technology professional who optimizes technology and business investments for global customers. She focuses on optimized customer experiences. Rox loves interviewing authors, writing white papers, reviewing books, and loves creating fiction.

Together they create award-winning stories that resonate with men and women, young and experienced adults, and bring a fresh new view to technology possibilities today. They invite you to visit their newly revised website, look around and grab some free stuff https://www.enigmabookseries.com/.

Day 3 Blog Post

Brayson Morris joins The Enigma Stolen as a part of the cyber assassin technology services (CATS) team. His background in covert military operations, multiple languages, technology, and analytical agility made him a perfect addition to the team. More than once, he illustrates his ability to respond to a situation effectively.

Gretchen Schmidt is a classic femme fatal, mathematical genius who cannot interact with any human compassion. In this novel, Gretchen, dominated by her grandfather, behaves obediently to the point of appearing subservient. 

Brayson’s assignment is to locate a source of significant computer power, coupled with an unknown stock trader who is way too successful. Following the leads provided by the CATS leadership, Brayson locates Gretchen. He realizes she is the same person he attended classes with when he attended university. Brayson plans to root out the evil plans based upon the details uncovered.

As the conflict and drama escalate, Brayson must explain his history with Gretchen to Petra so the CATS team will retain their trust in him. We wanted to share a portion of that discussion from The Enigma Stolen in this YouTube link.

Early reviewers of this novel found it interesting that two characters crossed paths in their youth. Readers and fans wanted to understand more about the brilliant Gretchen. In many ways, people wondered why this beautiful, intelligent young woman struggled with relationships. The short story sheds some tragic details of the two students whose paths crossed.

About the short story

Brayson is determined to graduate at the top of his class in the exclusive master’s technology program from Warsaw University. Distractions are nowhere on his schedule. His talent, military brat upbringing, and drive to succeed will allow many doors to open to him with this degree.

Rafael, a fellow student, seems to pursue a different direction for his life and education. His plan may derail Brayson’s success.

Enter Gretchen—beautiful, brilliant, and abrasive. This desirable woman has even less time for socializing than Brayson. Her drivers are to extract every morsel of information from her professors, regardless of the cost. Her bodyguards suggest there is more to Gretchen than just a pretty face.

Are these three destined to collide at some point and upset their end goals? Could their future become irrevocably altered by their search for answers? School is hard enough without adding emotional baggage.

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Website:       https://www.EnigmaBookSeries.com

Blog:            https://EnigmaSeries.com

https://RoxBurkey.com

Connect and Follow on Social Media: 

LinkedIn:       https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlesbreakfield  and

https://www.linkedin.com/in/roxanneburkey

Twitter:         @EnigmaSeries and @1rburkey

Facebook:     https://www.facebook.com/TheEnigmaSeries/

YouTube:      https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6Vz4x5ctTnx3yUhZk1OJkw


To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the authors’ tour page on the 4WillsPublishing site. If you’d like to schedule your own blog tour and have your book promoted in similar grand fashion, please click HEREThanks for supporting these authors and their work!

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