#BlogTour #Excerpt : XYZ by William Knight @William_Knight @rararesources

Hello readers! Today is my stop during the blog tour for XYZ by William Knight, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources, and I’m sharing a snippet from the book below. I hope that pick your interest in this general fiction filled with humor.

XYZ by William Knight
Publication Date: 2nd September 2019
Genre: General Fiction / humour

Synopsis:

Jack Cooper is a depressed, analogue throwback; a cynical, alcoholic Gen-Xer whose glory days are behind him. He’s unemployed, his marriage has broken down, he’s addicted to internet hook-ups, and is deeply ashamed of his son Geronimo, who lives life dressed as a bear.

When Jack’s daughter engineers a job for him at totally-lit tech firm Sweet, he’s confronted by a Millennial and Zoomer culture he can’t relate to. He loathes every detail – every IM, gif and emoji – apart from Freya, twenty years his junior and addicted to broadcasting her life on social media.

Can Jack evolve to fit in at Sweet, or will he remain a dinosaur stuck in the 1980s? And will he halt his slide into loneliness and repair his family relationships?

XYZ is for every Gen-Xer who ever struggled with a device, and for everyone else who loves emojis … said no one ever.

Excerpt:

Jack Cooper reminisces on what went wrong for the computer industry and his own career.

Background: Our hero, Jack Cooper is a 55 year-old computer genius, but he’s lost his way. In this scene, from the prologue, he’s reminiscing on what was, and what might have been, for both his career and the computer industry.

When my mum threw a party to celebrate my leaving home to go to university, my aunt came up to me, holding a prawn cocktail in a wine glass, and said, “Computers, that’s the new thing isn’t it?”

She got it. I was part of a small wave of silicon-brained cool kids that was destined to become a tsunami. My generation was going to make the world a better place and in record time. We had ideas of perfect information, total transparency, evidence-based-government and university for all. We were the builders of Utopia and the founders of global prosperity. We were Gods.

“Yeah, I guess,” I said.

I hadn’t then realised the destiny for which I was headed. It was nothing more than fun. Fun to spend 10p on a video game and bash the console into submission. Fun to program pretty patterns on a screen and load games from a floppy disk, and fun to be part of the BBC’s Micro Live phenomenon, when the broadcaster sponsored its own computer as part of its remit to educate the masses.

And it remained fun until it became a trap, when computers ceased to be the promise of progress and instead became the terrorists of truth. Somewhere along the way, I turned from God of Silicon to an anorak-wearing dweeb, and from dweeb to a lonely fifty-five-year-old bastard. One at the end of his career, hopelessly out of touch, and unable to operate his own phone.

WTF happened?

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Author Bio:

William Knight is British born writer and technologist currently living and working in Wellington, New Zealand. He’s chased a portfolio career which began in acting, progressed to music, flirted with handbag manufacturing and was eventually wired into technology in the late nineties.

“I had my first feature published in Computing magazine back in 2003 and subsequently wrote about the many successes and failings of high-tech for the Guardian, Financial Times and the BBC among many others publications. I now work as an IT consultant, and write blistering content for technology firms :-)” says William

The Donated (formerly Generation), his debut novel and a Sci-tech Thriller, started in 2001 and was ten years in development. XYZ, “A mid-life crisis with a comic vein”, took far less time. “But I think it’s funnier and better. Yay. Jazz hands!”

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#BlogTour #Excerpt #Spotlight : The Giving Heart by Toni Blake @AuthorToniBlake @HQNBooks @RRBookTours1 #BlogTour #Romance #TheGivingHeart #Excerpt #RRBookTours #HQNBooks

Hello Readers! Today is my stop during the blog tours for The Giving Heart by Toni Blake, a small town contemporary romance by Toni Blake. Check out more about this Christmas read that you would like to add to your TBR. Don’t forget to enter giveaway, the link is below.

Book Details:

Title: The Giving Heart
Author: Toni Blake
Series: Summer Island, #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance; Small Town Romance
Imprint: HQN Books
On-sale date: October 29, 2019
Price: $7.99 USD / $10.99 CAD
Format: Mass Market Paperback
ISBN: 9781335505057

Book description:

Spend a white Christmas on Summer Island, where the fires are warm and the romance is hotter

Lila Sloan wonders why she ever thought house-sitting for her sister Meg on the remote Summer Island was a good idea. And to make matters worse, local real estate developer Beck Grainger is trying to cut down the beautiful trees that line the property. Lila can’t let this happen; Meg will never forgive her.

Beck can understand Lila’s anger—sort of. The trees are actually on the neighboring property, and the land was zoned for development months ago, so his plans were no secret. But he dislikes being at odds with his friend’s sister, especially because Lila is appealing in every way: loyal, quick-witted and completely stunning.

Lila hates that she’s so attracted to Beck, who seems like a genuinely good man, despite his tree-murdering tendencies. And their chemistry is off the charts. She just wishes he’d let this development go. As Summer Island counts down to a snowy Christmas, Lila and Beck will have to strike a compromise that seems impossible for them both—or risk losing the best thing either of them has ever had.

Excerpt:

Five long, cold minutes later a tall, broad-shouldered man wearing a winter coat with blue jeans and some weird, worn, leathery sort of cowboy hat on his head came walking down from the direction of West Bluff. Despite herself, and for the first time ever in her life, she found herself envying work boots like the ones he had on because they appeared so sturdy and dry. She braced herself for a fight.

When she looked up at him, two things struck her simultaneously. First, he was ridiculously handsome—with dark hair peeking out from beneath that dumb hat, and dark stubble on his chiseled jaw to match. And second, his warm brown eyes wore that same confused, cautious look as the man on the bulldozer’s as he said, “I’m Beck Grainger. And…there seems to be some sort of problem here?”

Lila drew back. This was Beck Grainger? Who Meg had spoken of so fondly? And even Suzanne, too, during their short visit yesterday, had mentioned him as a friend. Meg had told her he’d been interested in dating Suzanne and she’d declined, but they both still thought he was a great guy.

“Well, I’m Lila Sloan,” she said. “And yes, there’s a problem. I’m not letting you destroy Meg’s property value like this.”

Beck Grainger’s dark eyebrows shot up beneath his leathery brim. “You’re Meg’s sister?”

She gave a terse, crisp nod.

The handsome man sighed, shifting his weight from one work boot to the other. “Look, no one is trying to destroy anyone’s property value. And I assumed Meg knew about this. It’s not a secret. It was brought publicly before the town council and zoned for residential use back in the spring.”

Ugh. None of this was good news. But Lila was certain Meg didn’t know. Her sister had been dealing with a lot this past year and perhaps hadn’t been paying attention to island business. They’d actually discussed these very woods over the Thanksgiving table last week, recalling how they’d played here as children when their grandmother was still alive and running the place. Meg said that a couple of years ago she’d crossed the stream to plant some shade-loving trillium and blue cranesbill among the trees, and that the small blooms had added color visible from the patio each of the last two summers. Meg loved and valued these trees. And Lila brimmed with anger that no one had made Meg aware of this—but that was neither here nor there. “I can assure you she doesn’t know.”

The handsome man’s brow narrowed skeptically. “Well, if it’s a problem for her, why didn’t she just pick up the phone and call me?”

“Because she’s away right now—traveling. And even if she were here, she wouldn’t have known you were the person to call. And maybe she would have done something sensible—because Meg is definitely sensible—like contact someone on the town council. But I, being less sensible and more rash, took a more direct approach. Meg left me in charge of the inn while she’s away—and I can’t let you do this. I just can’t.”

The tilt of Beck Grainger’s handsome head told her he was going to try reasoning with her. “You know, it’s not gonna be that bad. Luxury homes. With big yards. They’ll fit into the landscape.” He even ended the sentence with a wink. Was he serious? Given what Lila had been through recently, he was definitely barking up the wrong tree with an elitist suggestion that rich people made better neighbors.

“I don’t care what you’re building—you’re doing it at the expense of my sister’s inn. People stay here because of the ambiance and atmosphere. They stay here to listen to crickets in the trees and see fireflies blinking in the woods. We played in these trees as kids. They’ve been growing here since…well, since before Summer Island was even Summer Island. I can’t let you tear them down.”

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About Toni Blake:

USA Today bestselling author Toni Blake’s love of writing began when she won an essay contest in the fifth grade. Since then, she has written over twenty contemporary romance novels. Her books have received the National Readers’ Choice Award, the Booksellers’ Best Award, her work has been excerpted in Cosmopolitan, and she has been nominated for a RITA Award. Toni lives with her husband in Northern Kentucky.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

Giveaway Details:

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Blog Tour Schedule:

October 21st
Reads & Reels (Spotlight) http://readsandreels.com
Reviews and Promos by Nyx (Spotlight) https://nyxblogs.wordpress.com/
Tsarina Press (Spotlight) https://www.tsarinapress.com

October 22nd
On the Shelf Book Reviews (Spotlight) https://ontheshelfreviews.wordpress.com
Crossroad Reviews (Spotlight) http://www.crossroadreviews.com
My Bookish Bliss (Review) http://www.mybookishbliss.com

October 23rd
Breakeven Books (Spotlight) https://breakevenbooks.com
I’m All About Books (Spotlight) https://imallaboutbooks.com/

October 24th
Romantic Reads & Such (Spotlight) http://romanticreadsandsuch.wordpress.com
Viviana MacKade (Review) https://viviana-mackade.blog/

October 25th
The Bookish Mrs. Harding (Review) http://thebookishmrsharding.home.blog
Dash Fan Book Reviews (Review) https://dashfan81.blogspot.com/

October 28th
Misty’s Book Space (Spotlight) http://mistysbookspace.wordpress.com
Ruby Red Romance Review (Review) https://rubyredromancereview.com/

October 29th
Books, Teacup, and Reviews (Spotlight) https://booksteacupnreviews.wordpress.com/
Eclectic Reviews (Review) https://eclecticreview.com/
Jane Hunt Writes (Review)  https://www.jolliffe01.com/blog

October 30th
Alys in Bookland (Spotlight) https://alysinbookland.wordpress.com/
Past Midnight (Review) http://pastmidnight.home.blog

November 1st
Inked and Blonde (Review) https://inkedandblonde.blogspot.com/

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#BlogTour #Excerpt : The Memories We Hide by Jodie Gibson @JFGibsonWriter #LoveBooksTours @LoveBooksGroup

Hello Readers! Today is my stop during the blog tour for The Memories We Hide by Jodie Gibson, organized by LoveBooksTours. Check out the book details and excerpt in this post.

The Memories We Hide by Jodie Gibson
Genre: contemporary  / women’s fiction

Synopsis:

Can you trust your memories?

Laura Murphy thought she could, but that was before she returned home.

When 27-year-old Laura returns to her hometown ten years after the tragic death of her boyfriend, Ryan Taylor, she isn’t prepared for the nostalgia and memories that resurface.  

While caring for her ailing mother, Laura discovers an old newspaper clipping suggesting there may have been more to Ryan’s death than first thought. Despite her determination to put the past behind her, Laura becomes compelled to find out what happened that fateful night. 

As she begins delving into the past, Laura reconnects with childhood friend Tom Gordon, and they begin to unravel the blurred lines of truth and memory. But, unbeknownst to Laura, Tom is hiding a secret that could change everything, including destroying any chance of the future with Laura he’s always dreamed of.

Will Laura have the strength to confront what is revealed, or will Tom’s secret unlock memories that hold a truth no-one is prepared for?

Dealing with the complexities of friendships, love, depression and the consequences of secrets and split-second decisions, The Memories We Hide is a compelling story exploring how memories can’t always be trusted but how they can set you free. 

Excerpt:

An hour later, Laura had escaped the city traffic and found herself focusing on the broken white lines of the country highway. The last time she was on this stretch of road, she was traveling in the opposite direction, away from her mother’s weatherboard cottage on the tree-lined street near the railway line. The railway line. That was always the memory that caused her thoughts to snag. Nostalgia was mixed with the harsh truth of why Laura had left almost ten years earlier and had never been able to return. But, like a shadow, her past was always right behind her. She had come one hundred eighty degrees, the city an almost nonexistent speck in the rearview mirror. Every kilometer brought her closer, brought her back to her childhood home.

She chastised herself for the selfish emotions consuming her energy. She should be thinking of her mum right now. Nothing else should matter. But it was too late. Well-hidden memories once pushed purposely into the back of her mind had come forward again. She knew it was inevitable. That going back wouldn’t be just about looking after her mum in her last days. Everything she’d run from all those years ago would resurface. She’d have to face Tom. And what about Rachel? She’d have to cross that railway line every single day.

She switched on the radio to take her mind off things, the sultry voice of Whitney Houston’s ‘Saving All My Love’ filtered through the speakers. She smiled. Her mum loved Whitney.

The large green sign ahead indicated 320km to Banyula, and all of a sudden Laura felt an overwhelming sense of nausea wash over her, the saltiness rising to the back of her throat. She pulled the car to a halt on the gravel at the side of the road and opened the door. She made it to the grass just in time.

Buy Link https://amzn.to/2UP9Ira

Author Bio:

Jodi Gibson is an Australian women’s fiction author of both contemporary dramas, and light-hearted romantic comedy. She lives on a mini-farm with her husband, daughters, two golden retrievers, one horse, eight chickens and a cat who rules over them all.

Jodi has been making up stories in one way or another since she was young. However, it wasn’t until recent years and after wearing many career hats, that the desire to get the stories out of her head and onto the page, won her over. In 2019, she realised her dream releasing her debut contemporary drama novel, The Memories We Hide.

When she’s not writing, you’ll find Jodi with her nose in a book, or in the kitchen baking and dreaming of her next travelling adventure.

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#BlogTour #Spotlight : Silo Boys by @amybrookeodell @rrbooktours1 @btwnthelinespub #SiloBoys #RRBookTours

Welcome to my stop on the tour for Silo Boys by Amy-Brooke Odell. Read an excerpt, and enter the giveaway for a chance to win a digital copy of the book!

Uncover the mystery today!

Silo Boys by Amy-Brooke Odell
Publication Date: July 30,2019
Genre: YA Mystery
Publisher: Between the Lines

Synopsis:

One dead, one missing, and one who was never there.

In a sleepy town in South Carolina, nineteen year old Addy Marks has spent the past two years coming to grips with the mysterious death of her friend Beau and the disappearance of her boyfriend Mason. After the annual Dogwood festival, three boys were seen heading toward a local silo. When morning arrived, Beau’s body was discovered, Mason was missing, and Hunter, the best friend of the two boys, claims he wasn’t at the silo.

Two years later everything is turned upside down when Mason unexpectedly returns to town, but before Addy can meet with him he is found murdered. Coping with her best friend’s lies, uncovering the last standing Silo Boy’s sealed alibi, and protecting her friends from harm, Addy must figure out what happened that night at the silo before anyone else loses their life. As she exposes the tragic mystery, she realizes that everyone holds tightly to their secrets and misdeeds.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46852847-silo-boys?ac=1&from_search=true

Excerpt:

It’s my first time back to the silo since everything went horribly wrong, and all of the excitement and romance have long left the air. We built our relationships here, but now without my friends or Mason, it seems haunted…a shell of what it used to be. There are no more boisterous cheers from five friends racing up the metal stairs to play with the Ouija board, split a flask, or share their secrets. The secrets live by themselves in the silo now.

The looming brick structure that once filled me with such joy and adventure currently fills my bones with sadness. It looks so hollow. The farm grows quiet; I hum to myself, because if I stop making noise, I fear that I might hear the echoes of the boys yelling down at us from the window, our converse low-tops pounding up the stairs. The ghosts of who we used to be.

Purchase Links:

Amazon:

Between the Lines Publishing: https://btwnthelines.com/

Author Bio:

Amy-Brooke Odell was born and raised in North Carolina with a love so deep for the state that it permeates her writing. She has a B.A. in Theatre from UNC-Charlotte and while Silo Boys is her debut novel, she has many more stories to tell. Amy is currently living in D.C. with her husband, son, and boston terrier.

You can find out more about Amy on IG: @authoramybrooke and on Twitter: @amybrookeodell

Giveaway: Digital copy of the book

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Check out these blogs on the Blog Tour Schedule:

September 9 th ’

Reads & Reels (Review) http://readsandreels.com
Sophril Reads (Spotlight) http://sophrilreads.wordpress.com
Jessica Belmont (Review) https://jessicabelmont.wordpress.com/
Just 4 My Books (Spotlight) http://www.just4mybooks.wordpress.com

September 10 th

The Magic of Wor(l)ds (Interview) http://themagicofworlds.wordpress.com
Breakeven Books (Spotlight) https://breakevenbooks.com
I’m All About the Books (Spotlight) https://imallaboutbooks.com/
On the Shelf Reviews (Spotlight) https://ontheshelfreviews.wordpress.com

September 11 th

B is for Book Review (Interview) https://bforbookreview.wordpress.com
Crossroads Reviews (Spotlight) http://www.crossroadreviews.com
Tsarina Press (Spotlight) https://www.tsarinapress.com
Books, Teacups and Reviews (Spotlight) https://booksteacupnreviews.wordpress.com/

September 12 th

Reviews & Promos by Nyx (Spotlight) https://nyxblogs.wordpress.com/
YA/ NA Book Divas (Spotlight) http://www.yabookdivas.com/
My Bookish Bliss (Review) http://www.mybookishbliss.com

September 13 th

Libro in Septiternum (Review) http://libroruminsempiternumhome.wordpress.com
Entertainingly Nerdy (Review) https://www.entertaininglynerdy.com
J Bronder Book Reviews (Review)

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#BlogTour #Excerpt : Song For a Lost Kingdom by Steve Moretti @Shalini_G26 @morettisteve

Hello Readers! I’m pleased to be part of blog tour for Song for a Lost Kingdom, Book II by Steve Moretti, organized by Digital Reads Blog Tours. Please check out the book details, snippet and book trailer below.

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Lover Never Surrenders
Song for a Lost Kingdom, Book II
by Steve Moretti

Synopsis:

Music is not bound by time.

And Adeena Stuart is not bound by anything that will stop her from saving the man she’s fallen in love with, even though he’s been dead for almost three hundred years.

In Book II of the Song for a Lost Kingdom trilogy, her music provides the portal to to James Drummond who is fighting along side Prince Charles Edward Stuart in the 1746 Jacobite uprising. Though their cause is doomed, and James is destined to die shortly after the Battle of Culloden, Adeena’s determination never wavers.

Left behind in the present, Adeena’s friends and families are equally determined to return her to 2019 before the expanding growth in her head becomes fatal and they lose her forever.

Throughout it all, the music sweeps across those in both the past and present in this novel of history, fantasy, romance and science fiction

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Excerpt:

Adeena collapsed onto the bed in her private chamber at Hamilton Palace. 

The recently widowed Lady Anne Hamilton had shown her to the room and asked a servant to draw her a hot bath. It was the best Christmas present anyone could possibly give her, she thought. The cold from every part of her body ached for the balm of something warm.

A hot bath and clean clothes awaited her and the thought of them made all her pains a bit more tolerable.

When the bath was ready, with fragrant perfume and oils, and most importantly with steaming water, she let herself enjoy the feeling that transcended any bathing experience she had ever had before. It felt like a tiny part of the future had slipped back into the past.

As she closed her eyes she thought of James and about her situation. For anyone knew, she was Katharine Carnegie, sister of George and Sir James Carnegie. Her aunt was Lady Margaret St. Clair, who still fought to retain her hold on Kinnaird Castle against the attainder of her first husband’s estates and titles.

She wondered about Katharine Carnegie. Have I become her? What happened to her or have we somehow switched places in time? Are we the same person, the same soul, the same spirit?

“Lady Katharine?”

It was the servant who had drawn her bath, knocking on the door.

“Yes?”

“When you are complete, I will aid you to dress for dinner. Lady Anne has seated you with the Duke of Perth,” the servant announced through the door. 

“Thank you, I’ll be don.. uh complete, in a few minutes. That work?”

There was a pause. Adeena realized that sometimes her vocabulary confused those around her.

“I will return presently,” she servant responded. 

Presently? Adeena smiled. 

She closed her eyes again. The Duke of Perth, James Drummond – the man who perhaps loved Katharine and perhaps, her. But he seemed to be keeping his distance. He was unlike any man she had ever known in her own time. How much was him and who he was as a person? Or was it just the culture and time they were in – 1745 Scotland?

It was probably impossible to separate the two, and she had no plan for how she could save him from dying a few days after his 33rd birthday, less than five months from today. Stories she had listened to her from her grandmother, about the misery of ‘Ashlynne’ had always gripped Adeena as a moving tale from a far away place and time. But now she was in the story, not just listening to it. 

Adeena had become the woman in her grandmother’s dreams. 

Katharine, not Ashlynne. Determined, not afraid. 

She would change history. 

Or die trying.

Author Bio:

I am an author in Ottawa, Canada. I have a varied background in business, journalism and education.

I love history, and the people who have lived fascinating and sometimes very ordinary lives in extra-ordinary times. I’m drawn to music and the arts, as well as scientific discovery, politics and science fiction, especially time-travel.

My novels combine my interests in stories that put characters within a realistic world that just happens to include elements that challenge our perceptions of reality. 

I am currently completing my first trilogy, Song for a Lost Kingdom, and will be starting a new series in 2020.

Website: https://www.stevemoretti.ca/
email: steve@stevemoretti.ca
Twitter: @morettisteve
Instagram: moretti.steve

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