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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy Audiobook by Paula Berinstein Book Blitz, Guest Post and Giveaway

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This is my stop during the book blitz for the audiobook for Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy by Paula Berinstein. The audiobook is narrated by Allan Corduner. Allan Corduner has narrated multiple books, one of them being The Book Thief and he does the voice of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter videogames.

This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 24 till 30 October. Every day there will be a different guest post in which Paula talks about the process of making the audiobook. You can view the blitz schedule here.

audiobook cover Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar ConspiracyAmanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy (Amanda Lester, Detective #1)
Written by Paula Berinstein
Narrated by Allan Corduner
Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
Genre: Mystery/ Detective
Age category: Middle Grade
Release Date Audiobook: September 27, 2016

A reluctant detective, a criminal mastermind, and sugar?
Amanda Lester wouldn't be caught dead going into the family business. Her ancestor, Sherlock Holmes's colleague Inspector G. Lestrade, is a twit. Nevertheless her parents refuse to see his flaws, and she's going to a secret English school for the descendants of famous detectives whether she likes it or not.

When Amanda arrives at the dreaded school, she considers running away - until she and her new friends discover blood and weird pink substances in odd places. At first they're not sure whether these oddities mean anything, but when Amanda's father disappears and the cook is found dead with her head in a bag of sugar, they're certain that crimes are taking place.

Now Amanda must embrace her destiny and uncover the truth. The only snag is that arch-villain Blixus Moriarty, a descendant of Holmes's nemesis Professor James Moriarty, might be involved, and he doesn't like nosy little girls interfering in his business.

You can find Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy on Goodreads
You can buy the audiobook of Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy here:
- Audible
- Amazon
- iTunes

Listen to a sample of the audiobook here on Soundcloud

Get the e-copy for free!
The e-copy of Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy is free now on all vendor sites! Grab your free copy here:
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So You Want to Make an Audiobook, Post 1: The Narrator

The Amanda Lester, Detective Odyssey with Paula Berinstein

How does an author go about making an audiobook? Even for someone with audio experience (I produced my own podcast for years), I had no idea what to do. I knew I wanted a professionally narrated, high quality product, but I had no idea how to make it happen. So my marketing guru, Lola, and I researched the question and entered the maze of royalties, distribution, and production. Argh. I just wanted Emma Watson to narrate my book. I didn’t care about all that stuff.

It’s true: I think big. I felt that for my book to get the attention it deserved, it needed a big name narrator. And the first name that occurred to me was, yup, Emma Watson.

You may laugh, but it isn’t impossible to get a name actor to narrate your book. I knew that fees for doing voice work are significantly lower than for other types of acting. I didn’t know exactly what that meant, but I felt the idea was worth investigating.

Of course it isn’t just a question of fees. The actor has to want to do the project, and I had no idea if Ms. Watson would be interested in Amanda. But first things first. I decided to see if she even does voice work.

I will admit that I took a spin around ACX, Amazon’s audio production wing that matches authors with narrators and producers, just for kicks. I didn’t expect Ms. Watson to be listed there, and of course she wasn’t. She doesn’t need Amazon’s help to find work.

The next step was to find out who her agent was and write to them. I found them, but it didn’t seem that she does voice work, so that was that. Goodbye Hermione. Now what?

Tomorrow I will tell you how I ended up with Allan Corduner, the greatest voice actor on earth.

Paula BerinsteinAbout the Author:
Paula Berinstein is nothing like Amanda. For one thing, she’s crazy about Sherlock Holmes. For another, she’s never wanted to be a filmmaker. In addition, compared to Amanda she’s a big chicken! And she wouldn’t mind going to a secret school at all. In fact, she’s hoping that some day she’ll get to build one.

You can find and contact Paula here:
- Website
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Goodreads
- Paula's blog on Goodreads
- The Writing Show podcasts
- Newsletter

There is a tour wide giveaway for the book blitz for Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy. These are the prizes you can win:
- 2 audiobook copies of Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy
- 2 amazon gift cards of 15$

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Ceast & Desist by Stephen David Hurley Blog Tour

 Cease & Desist by Stephen David Hurley! Blog Tour



Cease & Desist
by Stephen David Hurley
Genre: YA Thriller
Release Date: October 10th 2016

Summary from Goodreads:

What if the secret to being charismatic were actually a gene you could inherit, and pass along to your children. What if this "X-factor" could make you a star? Welcome to the world of Cease de Menich, a sixteen-year-old actress in New York City who gets cast as Joan-of-Arc in a reality-drama, only to discover her "acting gift" has been passed down through her bloodline for almost six-hundred-years. Cease finds the plot of the drama reveals dark secrets from her past--an abusive mother, a brother who committed suicide--and the reader must decide if she's a reliable narrator or a terrified girl who's succumb to the pressure of fame and the abuse of her past.

Cease & Desist is a dark, contemporary YA thriller with a supernatural twist. Readers of books like I Let You Go and The Girl on the Train will enjoy this coming-of-age story, which struggles with the realities of sexuality, violence as entertainment, and mental illness. Cease & Desist has excellent crossover potential into the adult marketplace.

About the Author
Stephen David Hurley teaches middle school and blogs about fiction, faith and young people. You can find his blog at—you guessed it—fictionfaithandyoungpeople.com

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A Knight Like No Other by Michelle Miles Book Tour

A Knight Like No Other

Realm of Honor

Book Four

Michelle Miles

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Publisher: Michelle Miles

Date of Publication: 10/4/16

ISBN: 9781311162441


Number of pages: 280 pages

Word Count:  89,810

Cover Artist: Erin Dameron-Hill

Book Description:

Will the knight of Princess Allanna's heart be able to save her from a dark lord's evil plan?

By the king’s order, Princess Allanna is betrothed to Lord-Regent Marath, an Elven noble with an evil agenda who’s manipulated his way into royal favor. Marrying him will be a fate worse than death, especially when Allanna yearns for the sexy and irresistible Sir Drake—the knight who holds her heart. A knight she is forbidden to love. She flees her family to be with Drake, giving up everything she knows for him.

Enraged at her defiance, Marath summons a mage to kidnap and kill Allanna. Drake, determined to protect the woman he loves, will stop at nothing to see her safe. Their desire for one another burns hot and nothing can keep the two lovers apart. Nothing but Marath’s evil plan to do away with the Fae and separate Drake and Allanna forever.

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About the Author:

Michelle Miles grew up in North Central Texas in a rodeo town but was far more interested in nerdy things like Star Trek and Star Wars. She started writing fan fiction in high school. When being an archeologist like Indiana Jones or a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader didn't work out, she decided writing was her gig and has wanted to write her own stories ever since.

Her love of romance started when she picked up Victoria Holt and Daphne du Maurier and was immediately smitten with the genre. But she also found another love in the fantasies of Patricia A. McKillip and Anne McCaffrey. Since she couldn’t decide which genre to pick—and because she’s a true Gemini—she decided it would be super fun to write contemporary and fantasy romance. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and has served on the board of several chapters as president and treasurer.

In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, reading, cross-stitching and watching movies. A Native Texan, she loves castles, dragons, fairies and elves and is an avid Game of Thrones fan. She can be found online at Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Goodreads.

Website and Blog: http://www.michellemiles.net

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Seraphina's Awakening The Seraphina Series Book One by Sheena Hutchinson Book Tour

Seraphina’s Awakening

The Seraphina Series

Book One

Sheena Hutchinson

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Sheena Hutchinson LLC

Date of Publication: 9/1/16

ISBN: 978-1535329439


Number of pages: 328

Word Count: Aprox 75,200

Cover Artist: Cover Me Darling

Book Description:

For as long as she can remember, Seraphina Cross has experienced these visions that made her feel like there was more to life. It wasn’t until one moment, one accident that her life changed forever.

She awakens the next day a new person in more ways than one. With no recollection of past night’s events, she’s forced to adapt to certain sensations she is experiencing all while trying to piece together what exactly happened to her that fateful night. Her strange, hectic life doesn’t seem to make sense until she meets a handsome stranger. Only then does the puzzle finally piece itself together.

What she doesn’t expect is the new powers she has developed attracting all kinds of unwanted attention. Thrown into a world she never truly believed existed she is forced to come to grips with who she is becoming while staying out of trouble long enough to figure out what needs to be done to fulfill her destiny.

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About the Author:

Sheena is a born and raised New Yorker, even her writing can't seem to hide her hard sarcasm. She claims destiny has lead her back to her true passion for writing.

She constantly strives to be a positive role model and writes stories that empower and inspire. Sheena always roots for the underdog, believes in love at first sight, and that everyone should have their happily ever after.

While God is currently still writing her love story, she continues to put all her effort into her writing as she is constantly getting new inspiration.

For more info, updates, and fun facts visit her website at www.SheenaHutchinson.com

Deadly Wedding by Kate Parker Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway




deadly wedding large banner640DEADLY WEDDING
by Kate Parker

The author did a good job in capturing the time and place in which the story takes place. Her characters were well developed and likeable.
~A. Holland Reads
The Author did a very great job with the details of the story and the characters were very believable.
~Books, Dreams, Life
You will be captivated by this beautifully written story and the characters come to life right from the start.
~Shelley’s Book Case
Deadly Wedding is an excellent cozy mystery and I enjoyed every minute spent in the world of Olivia Denis.
~The power of words . . .
I love this series. The attention to detail, the well plotted mystery, and the burgeoning romance in the background provide a captivating look into a fascinating era.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

Deadly Wedding (The Deadly Series Book 2)

Genre – Cozy Historical Mystery 
JDP Press (October 17, 2016)
E-Book 266 pages


Why murder a dying man?
Olivia Denis is hesitant to help an old family friend get ready for her wedding outside London. The so-called friend is a master at using people. As a young widow trying to find her way through a new romantic relationship, Olivia would rather avoid the large party.
She definitely didn’t plan to find the bride’s grandfather stabbed to death. The cruel, enormously rich aristocrat had changed his will only the day before, angering all his children.
As Olivia is forced to investigate the murder, she’s called away by her employer, the owner of an influential London daily newspaper. She must carry out another secret assignment, one that will take her to Vienna, now part of Nazi Germany.
With war on the horizon and attacks on the old man’s family increasing, can Olivia find a way to save lives in two countries?

Kate Parker


Kate Parker has wanted to travel to 1930s England since she read her mother’s Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers mysteries when she was a schoolgirl. After many years of studying science, she decided a time travel machine was out of the question so she found herself limited to reading about the period and visiting historic sites. Her love of this fascinating and challenging period led her to the research from which the Deadly series grew. Eventually, she found it necessary to spend several days in the British Library reading old newspapers, which meant another trip to England. Near Christmas. A sacrifice she’d gladly make every year.
The first story in the series is Deadly Scandal, released January 14, 2016.
Author Links:
Website:  www.KateParkerbooks.com
Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/Author.Kate.Parker/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/KateParkerbooks
Goodreads:  www.Goodreads.com/Kate_Parker
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October 17 – Back Porchervations – Review
October 18 – A Holland Reads – Review, Giveaway
October 19 – Books, Dreams, Life – Review, Spotlight
October 20 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Giveaway
October 21 – The Power of Words – Review
October 21 – StoreyBook Reviews – Spotlight, Giveaway
October 22 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Review
October 23 – Brooke Blogs – Guest Post, Spotlight, Giveaway
October 23 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & sissy, Too! – Spotlight, Giveaway
October 24 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Review
October 25 – Island Confidential – Interview, Giveaway
October 26 – Deal Sharing Aunt – Review, Giveaway
October 26 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Cozy Wednesday

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Murder in the Theater by Christa Nardi Virtual Book Tour

Murder in the Theater by Christa Nardi


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Murder in the Theater
by Christa Nardi

Murder-in-the-Theater2 (5)Murder in the Theater
(Cold Creek Book 4)
Series: Cold Creek
Paperback: 222 pages
Publisher: Self Published (August 13, 2016)
ISBN-13: 978-1535244268
E-Book – ASIN: B01J0050DW


The drama program has never been so dramatic.
It’d be the season to be jolly if only someone hadn’t set the stage for murder. When a student is arrested for the crime, Professor Sheridan Hendley is cast in the role of amateur sleuth. Tensions run high, friendships are strained, and the college administration is beginning to panic. As the plot thickens Sheridan is yet again drawn deeper into danger. Will she find the truth before the final curtain call?

ChristaHeadshot1About The Author

Christa Nardi is and always has been an avid reader. Her favorite authors have shifted from Carolyn Keene and Earl Stanley Gardner to more contemporary mystery/crime authors over time, but mystery/crime along with romance and scifi/fantasy are her preferred choices for leisure reading. Christa also has been a long time writer from poetry and short stories to the Cold Creek series, Christa has joined many other reader/writers in writing one genre she enjoys reading – the cozy mystery. The series started with Murder at Cold Creek College; Murder in the Arboretum is the second in the series. Murder at the Grill is the third. Christa Nardi is a pen name for a real life professor/psychologist from the Northeast who is well published in nonfiction and technical venues.
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October 19 – Books,Dreams,Life – SPOTLIGHT
October 19 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW
October 20 – Cozy Up With Kathy – INTERVIEW
October 21 – A Holland Reads – INTERVIEW
October 22 – A Blue Million Books – GUEST POST
October 22 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT
October 23 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT
October 24 – Pulp and Mystery Shelf – GUEST POST
October 25 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW  
October 26 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
October 27 – Queen of All She Reads – REVIEW
October 28 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW
October 29 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

The Future of Clean Energy by Gary Schwendiman Virtual Book Tour

We're happy to be hosting Gary Schwendiman's THE FUTURE OF CLEAN ENERGY: WHO WINS AND WHO LOSES AS THE WORLD GOES GREEN Virtual Book Tour this month! Please leave a comment or a question for the author to let him know you stopped by!

Author: Gary Schwendiman
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Pages: 216
Genre: Nonfiction
Most books on clean energy are so data-driven and scientific that they're all but impossible to understand. Fortunately, this isn't one of them. Visionary author Gary Schwendiman answers the energy sector's biggest questions in a way that anyone can understand and appreciate. This is as much a book for investors and political leaders as it is for the casual reader with an interest in how we're going to solve some of the world's most difficult environmental and economic problems.

How can we combat global warming?

How can we turn the lights on for the 1.5 billion people in the world who currently lack access to electricity?

How can we provide all the additional fuel we'll need when the number of vehicles worldwide doubles from 1 billion to 2 billion by 2030?

This book answers all these questions in a fun, lighthearted, engaging way. It compares the future of clean energy to a football season that concludes with what Schwendiman calls "The Clean Energy Bowl." Join him as he examines each energy source as if it were a football team, comparing and contrasting the strongest players until he arrives at the ultimate conclusion: the team best positioned to completely change the world.

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  • The Future of Clean Energy: Who Wins and Who Loses as the World Goes Green is available at Amazon.
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Book Excerpt:
What if I told you I had a system that could accurately predict which team would win the next Super Bowl? You’d want to place a bet immediately, wouldn’t you? I know I would. Well, the oddsmakers can relax. I don’t have such a system for football. But I think I do have a system that will accurately predict the winner in what I like to call “the Clean Energy Bowl.”
With global warming being such a hot topic today, there is a push to make America’s future energy “clean.” I put the word “clean” in quotes because “clean” is a relative term. There are many considerations that factor into whether and how you can deem an energy source “clean.” For now, however, I’d like to concentrate on the two factors that will make an energy source the most viable in the coming decades: its positive impact on the environment and its ability to stimulate growth of the global economy.
The environmental factor should be obvious. If the future of energy is indeed “clean,” then the sources for energy that have the lowest direct impact on the environment should (should) be favored. But economics, as with anything in the United States, plays a huge role here too.
When I say economics, what I mean is the cost of producing and distributing energy. While it would be great if the cleanest energy sources were the most cost effective to implement and were able to generate the greatest returns on investment, that’s simply not the case. Some cleaner energy sources are more costly or less profitable than some less clean sources. As great as it would be to say that we should just go with the cleanest technologies, that old adage remains true: money talks. So any reasonable examination of the future of “clean” energy must take into strong consideration the economic factors at play.
Many people who speak about clean energy (or any energy) do so in a way that misrepresents its meaning. It’s not unusual to hear a politician say something like, “We need more wind energy and solar energy so we don’t have to import so much oil from other countries.” But it’s just not that simple. When we’re talking about energy, we’re actually talking about two entirely different kinds of energy, and those different kinds of energy aren’t directly related to one another. They belong to totally separate discussions.
One kind of energy is called electricity. This is the energy we use to power our homes and businesses and plug in all of our electrical equipment. The United States uses several sources to produce its electricity, including nuclear, wind, solar, water (which we sometimes refer to as hydroelectric power), geothermal, coal, and natural gas.
The other kind of energy is fuel. This is the energy we use to propel our cars, trucks, buses, trains, planes, and other vehicles. In the United States, the most common sources of fuel are gasoline, ethanol, natural gas, and diesel.
Think about it this way: When you plug your laptop into the wall, you’re dealing with electricity. When you go to the gas pump to fill up your tank, you’re dealing with fuel. Both of these things are kinds of energy, but they are almost completely unrelated to one another. Keep that distinction in mind, because it underlies the very framework of what we’re going to be discussing in the pages to come.
Here’s another interesting and important point: despite what some politicians might have you believe about their campaign platforms, the United States has already achieved energy independence when it comes to electricity. We can produce electricity from all the above-mentioned sources right here at home. All the coal, all the natural gas, all the nuclear, and on and on are produced right here on the continent and delivered to the end user by our own independent electrical grid. When people talk about the United States becoming energy independent, if they mention anything about coal, natural gas, wind, solar, water, geothermal, or nuclear power, then they’re either confusing the issue or simply talking about the wrong things. We can make all the electricity we need without having to import it from other countries.
So by deductive logic, we know that if a person is talking about energy independence, and if the United States is already electricity independent, then what that person is really talking about is fuel independence. And if that person refers to energy dependence during a discussion of America’s foreign oil habit, well, then that person is hitting the mark quite well. We do indeed import the majority of our fuel from foreign countries. We are electricity independent. We are not fuel independent.
For the purposes of our study, I intend to break up our sources of energy into their two categories: electricity and fuel. We know that (1) energy sources are judged on economics as well as environmental impact, and (2) energy sources are divided into two groups called electricity and fuel. I believe that I have developed a framework that will help us judge which energy sources will ultimately play in and win the Clean Energy Bowl. The winner will be the electricity or fuel source that I foresee making the most positive economic and environmental impact on the planet over the next twenty to forty years.
It is important to note that the participants in and eventual winner of the Clean Energy Bowl might not necessarily be dominant forces in the energy discussion today. But, based on the trends emerging from my research, I believe they will be the primary providers of electricity and fuel during the decades to come.

About the Author

In his groundbreaking new book, The Future of Clean Energy, Dr. Gary Schwendiman details the startling truths he uncovered during ten years of research in clean energy. Most popular beliefs about the future of clean energy are simply wrong, and most governments waste billions of dollars on the wrong green initiatives. Written for the casual reader, Schwendiman’s book presents the facts in an accessible, compelling, and—most importantly—entertaining way. 

Dr. Schwendiman cofounded one of the first private equity firms in the United States to invest exclusively in clean energy. He has given presentations on clean energy topics in 26 states and 10 foreign countries. Prior to that, he dedicated much of his long career to studying, working, and contributing to energy and fuel production.

This vast experience led Schwendiman to uncover the truths about which clean energy technologies will win and which technologies will lose as the world goes green. These truths will be shocking to most people, making The Future of Clean Energy a must-read for everyone from political leaders to energy executives to casual readers with an interest in how we’re going to solve some of the world’s most difficult environmental and economic problems. Schwendiman is the father of five children and grandfather of 14. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.
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