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Blood Line Tour – Amazing giveaway!

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Enjoy Happy Geek Media’s Virtual Book Tour of John Davis’ debut novel, Blood Line

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Blood Line , A Granger Spy Novel (Book 1)

by John J. Davis

Publisher: Simon & Winter, Inc.

Genres: Action, thriller

254 Pages

Release date: October 14, 2014

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“Sharply written, with characters that readers will be happy to see again.” —Kirkus Reviews

Blood Line is a high-voltage spy thriller that redefines rogue—the Granger Spy Novel series introduces a loving family with lethal issues caught in the crosshairs of global arms dealers.
When a simple home invasion turns out to be not so simple, Ron Granger must put aside his quiet rural life and return to the Central Intelligence Agency.

Aided by his brilliant wife, Valerie, and resourceful teen daughter, Leecy, Ron must quickly decide who to believe among the calculating opportunists, shrewd criminals, and power-hungry rival agencies racing to possess the technology that will change modern warfare forever. But when Leecy is kidnapped, Ron and Val must choose between the mission and a rescue. With time quickly running out, Ron only knows one thing:

When you can’t trust anyone else, trust your family.

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Excerpt from Bloody Truth releasing Spring 2015. To learn more about the Grangers and the Granger Spy Novels visit www.johnjdavis.com.

“I want to show you a trick,” we heard Leecy saying.

“You know a trick?” the target asked. “I can’t wait to see what it is.”

“I think you will like it.”

Looking through the glass window of the passageway door seeing Leecy land a spinning back fist on the chin of the target, dropping him with one punch before removing an auto injector from her thigh holster dosed with phenobarbital injecting the target, I said to Valerie, “that’s a nice trick.”

“Yes it is,” Val said. “I taught her everything I know.”

Arriving at the station, the First Class car door of the train opened to reveal Hodges and Franks dressed like paramedics standing next to a gurney. The ambulance, Franks was driving and Hodges rode shotgun, while Val and I rode in the rear with the prisoner and Leecy. Taking the prisoners picture, scanning his fingerprints and palm prints with an iPad, we emailed the data to Zach for analysis.

“We have the package,” Leecy informed the other team members via her earpiece, “and we’re en route to Kent International Airport. ETA is fifty minutes.”

 

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Author John J. Davis will be making personal appearances at bookstores while the virtual book tour is in progress. If you live in the areas he’ll be visiting and would like to meet him, here are the locations he will be at throughout October and November:

Thu Oct 23 – Charlotte NC
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Charlotte NC Park Road Books – 4139 Park Road Charlotte, NC C 28209

Wed Oct 29 – NYC
6:30pm – 8:30pm
NYC Mysterious Bookshop – 58 Warren St, New York, NY 10007

Fri Nov 7 – Chicago
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Chicago – Barbara’s Books Willis Tower – Willis Tower Chicago – Lower Level 233 S. Wacker Drive Chicago

Nov 8 – Burr Ridge, IL
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Chicago – Barbara’s Books Burr Ridge – 810 Village Center Dr, Illinois and Michigan Canal, Burr Ridge, IL 60527

Follow the Virtual Tour Here

Oct 13 Like a Bump on a Blog Special spotlight post to kick-off the tour

Oct 13 Author J. Scott Sharp Spotlight

Oct 14 B.C Brown’s Books…Weird is Good Spotlight & guest post

Oct 15 Book Bunny PR Review and more

Oct 16 Book Bunny PR Review and more

Oct 16 Monica Pulliam Spotlight & Excerpt

Oct 17 Write as Raine Spotlight & Playlist

Oct 20 Getta Got to Have Its Review & Exerpt

Oct 21 Ciara Ballintyne Spotlight

Oct 22 Terri’s Little Haven Review

Oct 23 Rebecca Campbell Books

Oct 24 Megan’s Blog Spotlight

Oct 27 Let Books Bee Review and guest post

Oct 28 Becca Hamilton Books Spotlight/Exerpt

Oct 29 Rainy of the Dark Spotlight

Oct 30 My Train of Thoughts on… Review

Oct 31 Contest Patti Spotlight

Nov 3rd McClellan Books Spotlight & Excerpt

Nov 3 Skye Skye Review

Nov 4 Like a Bump on a Blog Review & Special spy feature

Nov 4 Desafio in the City Spotlight/Excerpt

Nov 5 Cia Says Excerpt & guest post

Nov 7 Notorious Spinks Talks Review

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John J. Davis is the author of the Granger Spy Novel series, including Blood Line and the soon to be published sequel, Bloody Truth, available Spring 2015.

Davis grew up in the Southeastern US and after university traveled extensively in North America during his career as a regional sales rep and independent broker for leaders in the transportation, shipping and pharma industries. His years sitting in lobbies and airports honed his skill for human observation and fed his talent for writing fast-paced, character-driven stories.

His inspiration for the Granger family-of-spies comes from the people he has known and his family roots in the Carolinas–the extraordinarily strong and gentle women and men, whose lives are defined by the love, trust and respect for family. Currently at work on the third Granger Spy Novel and a screenplay, Davis lives near Atlanta with his wife, daughter and two dogs.
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The Fairy Godmother Chronicles Release Party – Book One is Free!

 

Book 1, The Godmother Spell, is FREE! 

 

 

Despite her mother’s

objections, all Lyndee’s ever wanted was to become a fairy godmother. But once

she’s bonded to two goddaughters, she realizes that godmotherhood is much more

than granting wishes. Not only does she have to protect the girls from an evil

fairy bent on destroying Lyndee’s career before it begins, she has to deal with

an overzealous overseer named Gavin. Not that she minds Gavin so much – he’s

gorgeous; he just happens to make things worse when he tries to help.

Books 2, Twisted Happy Ever Afters, and 3, Complicated Kisses, are also available.

 

 


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Quantum Breach Blog Tour and Review

Quantum Breach blog tour bannerThank you for joining the Quantum Breach Blog tour! I’m excited to be a part of it. Read a little about the book and author, then skip down to my review and a couple of writing tips from the author.

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Quantum Breach Cover ArtAs Mark McCabe observed the financial market meltdown in the Dealing Room, his nerves tight and on edge, he felt too old for the game. At 45, why the hell was he doing this, putting himself under such stress, and for what? It had been eight years since he left the regiment. Forex trading was a world in which he felt he did not belong. The adrenaline that fed his veins was risk of a different kind.

Then he receives a call from Brian Stowe, a former Special Forces buddy, now MI5 spook. A suspected money-laundering plot linked to a drug cartel was going on in the very bank that he works. Stowe enlists McCabe and his Singaporean assistant, the highly intelligent and very attractive Ying Lee, a 26-year-old trader, to uncover the money trails.

The chase leads to a terrorist cell known to McCabe from his own murky past, and a deadly game of cat-and-mouse across Asia and the Middle East ensues. Along the way, questions are raised and loyalties become suspect. How is the British Government involved? Who is this shadowy MI6 informer, the Rain Angel? Is she with them – or is she against them?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Few people understand the terrifying, yet realistic threat of computer hacking like Denver Acey. Denver has spent his entire professional career in the information technology industry where he has witnessed and even thwarted actual cybercrime. From his top-secret job working for the US government to securing computer networks at Fortune 500 companies, Denver is personally familiar with hackers and their unscrupulous activities.

But over the years, Denver has become increasingly frustrated with Hollywood’s inaccurate portrayal of cybercrime. Hackers are more intelligent and more sophisticated than simple teenagers, who guzzle down Mountain Dew while playing video games. Cybercrime is a billion-dollar business that encompasses organized crime and foreign governments. For these elite hackers, the fruits of success are iconic trademarks, innovative patents, and government secrets.

Because of his unique background, Denver decided to write a book to dispel hacking myths while highlighting the tenacity of cybercriminals. Utilizing actual computer hacking concepts and scenarios that he has experienced firsthand, Denver illustrates  — in a simple way for even the non-techie to understand — how vulnerable we all are to cybercrime.

MY REVIEW

I don’t usually read books like this, but I enjoyed this one. It had a lot of action and some cool torture scenes, in my opinion. Basically it’s a mesh up of spies, terrorists, banking woes, dirty trading and corporate espionage. It was a little complicated in the beginning to follow, but once I did, I couldn’t stop.

What I liked most about this novel was the relationship between McCabe and Stowe. They played off each other well. There’s also a cool, tough-girl Asian chick who I think is smarter than them all (I’m not biased 🙂 ).

For a first time novel, this author did a great job! I can’t wait to see what he does with the sequel.

AUTHOR’S WRITING ADVICE

What are the biggest mistakes you see first time writers make?

I’m a complete novice in writing, so I’m not sure I’m qualified to answer this question.  For me, I think I made a newbie mistake in trying to explain everything to the reader.  I had to change my book in several places to let the dialog between characters tell the story.

What are a few of your writing tips you live by?

Don’t force you writing.  You’ll only get frustrated.  If you’re stuck, move onto another section or go back and review something you’ve already written to get the creative thoughts flowing.

 

 


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Blog Book Tour: The Secret of Darkwood Castle available May 21st!

 
The Secret of Darkwood Castle, the third book in Heather Ostler’s trilogy, is out May 21st! 
 
“Julia’s vision became completely black. All she saw now was Alexis’s haunting eyes, burned in her memory. She felt the shift as Alexis lowered the sword, ready to kill Julia.” 
 
Julia has embraced who she is. She’s a shapeshifter,  a siren, and a princess. But her fate is still unclear. As she runs for ambassador of Ossai, The Guild, lead by Julia’s estranged mother begins attacking and killing those Julia loves in an attempt to overthrow the kingdom. To defend her family, her home, and he country, Julia must stop the Guild once and for all.
But when a mysterious stranger shows up offering help, Julia is forced to trust them in order to solve the secret to the Guild’s whereabouts. Soon she travels to Darkwood Castle, a sinister palace, to confront the Guild—and her mother. If she doesn’t succeed, all Julia holds dear will be ripped away and destroyed forever.
Deadly forests, dangerous alliances, and a hidden fortress—nothing is what it seems at Darkwood castle. Discover the epic conclusion to Julia’s journey in Ossai.
 
About the Author:
Heather Ostler grew up near the mountains with a rambunctiously entertaining family. She graduated from Utah Valley University and soon began composing stories about shapeshifters, sirens, and spooky castles. She and her husband reside in Utah Valley with two remarkably pleasant pugs.
 
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Enter the JEN MINKMAN Giveaway

Check Out More of Jen’s Books!

The Space in Between
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When Moira helps out her sister and brother in a Wiccan ritual on Halloween, the last thing she expects is to be swept away to a mystical wilderness. Sitting within the stones of the ancient circle of Penmaenmawr, Wales, she’s convinced it’s an illusion. But the dark-haired, handsome man with amnesia that Moira meets during her trance cannot be blinked away like a dream.
Hayko, the mysterious stranger, won’t let go. After returning home from her stone circle adventure, she is beckoned back night after night to the outlandish dreamland by an invisible force. But the hardest part isn’t having to fight the terrifying creatures of these nightmares–it’s realizing she’s falling for a guy without a past who isn’t real.
What if you really can fall in love with the man of your dreams?

All Hannah needs is a nice and quiet vacation after her first year of teaching French at a high school. She joins her brother Ben for the summer in their mom’s log cabin in Arizona. There, she meets Josh again, Ben’s childhood friend from the Navajo reservation. The little boy from the rez has grown up fast, and Hannah can’t help but feeling more for him than just friendship.

But fate apparently has something else in store for her. And it’s not peace and quiet. Night after night, Hannah is plagued by strange nightmares about the past of Navajo Nation and terrifying shadows chasing her. They seem to come closer – and why is Josh always present in her dreams?
Sometimes, the past has a way of catching up with you.

 

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Julia has been in love with Michael for years. He’s the hottest guy in school, and she can’t believe her luck when they finally hit it off during Senior Prom. Her dream doesn’t last, though: after a few dates, he callously dumps her out of the blue. Summer vacation starts with Julia feeling heart-broken and miserable.But then she rescues Michael in the woods when he has a motorcycle accident in a heavy thunderstorm. From that point onward, her life is turned upside down. Michael has changed completely after the blow to the head that nearly killed him… and he wants her back. But why is he so different? And will she be able to trust him this time around?Can the boy who broke your heart ever win it back again . . ?

 

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#1 The Island Series
‘I walk toward the sea. The endless surface of the water extends to the horizon, whichever way I look.
Our world is small. We are on our own, and we only have ourselves to depend on. We rely on the Force deep within us, as taught to us by our forefathers.
If I were to walk westward from here, I would come across a barrier – the Wall. Behind it, there are Fools. At least, that’s what everyone says. I have never seen one.’
Leia lives on the Island, a world in which children leave their parents to take care of themselves when they are ten years old. Across this Island runs a wall that no one has ever crossed. The Fools living behind it are not amenable to reason – they believe in illusions. That’s what The Book says, the only thing left to the Eastern Islanders by their ancestors.
But when a strange man washes ashore and Leia meets a Fool face to face, her life will never be the same. Is what she and her friends believe about the Island really true?
Or is everyone in their world, in fact, a Fool?

 

 

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#2 The Island Series
The first memory I have of my grandfather is of a moment that we share together. I’m sitting on his knee looking out over the harbor. Grandpa is smoking a pipe. He points at the horizon.
“Look, Walt. Our ships are out there. And one day, another even more beautiful ship will appear at the horizon. A mighty ship to take us all away. And Annabelle will be at the front deck with open arms, inviting us all to join her on board.”
“Why don’t we sail to her ourselves?” I inquire wide-eyed.
“Because she promised she would come,” granddad replies. “And in that promise we trust. It’s only the Unbelievers who think they can do everything themselves. They have no faith in the Goddess.”
Walt lives in Hope Harbor, an island community that has put its trust in salvation from across the sea. The townspeople wait patiently, build their ships to sail out and welcome the Goddess, and piously visit the temple every week. Horror stories to scare their children are told about the Unbelievers on the other side of Tresco.
But not all is what it seems. Walt has questions that no one can answer, and when his best friend and cousin Yorrick is killed in an accident, he digs deeper to find out the truth about the origins of Hope Harbor’s society… and the secrets of the temple.
Return to the world of The Island and discover what Walt’s life was like before and after he met Leia!
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#3 The Island Series
‘The world is never-ending.I never realized just how much space there is – how far and wide the water around our island stretches out. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I may have believed that a second Wall ran around Tresco, containing the infinite waters so we wouldn’t all wash over the edge and plummet down into the depths.’
Leia and Walt are on their way to the Other Side, where the legendary land of Cornwall awaits them. Tony, their new friend, has told them that all wars of the past have been forgotten and the citizens of Bodmin and Dartmoor live in peace. People adhere to the tenets of an old religion that preaches forgiveness and non-violence.However, Walt and Leia soon discover that even a peace-loving, ideal society like this one may have its flaws. While on a forbidden trip to Exeter, the old city of their ancestors, the two Islanders discover more about the new world than they ever bargained for.
Secrets run dark and passions run deep in this thrilling conclusion to the Island novella series.


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5 Qualities to Teach Your Children So They Can Become Superheroes

 
If there is one thing I want for my four children, it’s for them to become superheroes, real life superheroes. That means I need to be their Yoda or their Splinter (isn’t there a better looking mentor I can relate to??). It is up to me to mold them into the hero I hope they will become.
 
But a distinction needs to be made about what really makes a super hero. Is it the costume? Their ability to fly? Run fast? Lift a car over their head? Or is it their inner qualities such as bravery, compassion, or their desire to make the world a better place?
What would happen if a superhero didn’t have these good qualities? Despite his super abilities, he’d just be an average person with some cool powers. But no one would look up to him and no one would want to be like them. It’s what a person does with their abilities that make them a superhero.
Fortunately, every quality a superhero possesses, our children can obtain, too. Let’s go over five of these.
Courage
Life takes courage. Every single day. And it comes in different forms. For some, simply going to school takes courage, or for others, standing in front of a crowd takes courage. Courage is a kind of strength, power or resolve to meet a scary circumstance head on. Teach your children that even in small moments we can be heroes.
Compassion:
Compassion is the ability to understand the emotional state of another person or oneself. It gives a person a desire to reduce the suffering of another. Take your children on walks and point out an unhappy child or maybe a lost puppy. Look for ways for them to show compassion whether it’s to siblings or friends. Unfortunately, there’s suffering all around us if we we’re willing to see it.
Selflessness:
This is a hard attribute to teach children. Selflessness means we act without thought for how we will profit or be rewarded. One way to teach selflessness is to show our children how their actions will make other people happy. For example, having an older sister read to a younger sister, even though the older child thinks it’s boring. Teach the older daughter that her actions can help bring joy to someone’s life. Also, give your children opportunities to help others whether it’s working in soup kitchens, donating their time at a second hand clothing store, basically anything that means they may have to sacrifice something that is important to them, like time or money, for the benefit of someone else.
Nonjudgmental
A superhero would never be a hero if they judged others. Can you imagine Superman choosing not to save someone simply because he didn’t like what they were wearing? We never know how a child was raised, and we never know what type of day someone has had. Teach your children not to automatically assume certain things about others. Teach them to treat others the same way they would want to be treated.
Humble
Superheroes are always humble. When they win a fight, they don’t rub it into the criminals face, they don’t run up and down the streets claiming their victory. They quietly disappear into the night, knowing that tomorrow will bring another battle. Being humble means to do the best job you can, while also respecting those around you. Teach your children to always say “Good Job” to others and to even go as far as helping other kids achieve their goals all without expecting anything in return.
What’s another trait you think superheroes should possess?


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Win a $50 Gift Card and Learn about Great Books!

Win $50!

Welcome to the April Easy Money Giveaway! This is the third book I’d like to introduce to you. Read the quick blurb then follow the directions on the rafflecopter at the bottom of this post! You may also learn about other amazing book from one of our giveaway sponsors at the end of this post.

Call Sign Karma

by Jamie Rae

TINKLEE PINKERTON is the first female pilot chosen to fly the F-35, the same jet that killed her brother. She’s on a mission to prove his death wasn’t due to pilot error and to fly her heart away from anyone who might get through her walls. Then she meets LOCKE SINCLAIR, a handsome stranger that makes her heart soar and her world dive into a dangerous no fly zone…



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