Friday, February 21, 2020

Tour Wrap Up: Wolf by Herbert J. Stern and Alan A. Winter #booktour #rabtbooktours #wrapup #giveaway #historicalficiton


Historical Fiction
Date Published:  February 11, 2020
Publisher:  Skyhorse Publishing

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 Perhaps no man on earth is more controversial, more hated, or more studied than Adolf Hitler. Yet many questions remain about his personal life and how he gained power. Based on extensive research, the extraordinary novel WOLF, by Herbert J. Stern and Alan A. Winter (Skyhorse Publishing; February 11, 2020), lifts the curtain so that the reader can observe through the eyes of a fictional character, how a seemingly unremarkable corporal who was denied a promotion for lack of "leadership ability" became dictator of Germany. The result is a gripping page-turner, a masterful historical novel.

The story begins in the mental ward of Pasewalk Hospital as World War I ends. A gravely ill soldier, who has lost his memory and is given the name Friedrich Richard, encounters a fellow patient: Adolf Hitler. Suffering from hysterical blindness, Hitler, also known as Wolf, becomes dependent on Friedrich for help with the simplest, day-to-day tasks. By the time Hitler’s sight returns, the two have forged an unbreakable bond.

Upon release from the hospital, Friedrich heads to Berlin to work as a nightclub bouncer, while Wolf moves to Munich where he focuses on turning a fledgling political club into what will soon become the Nazi party. After accidentally killing a man, Friedrich flees to Munich and reunites with his close friend.

Persuaded by Hitler's convictions about how to rebuild Germany in the wake of its defeat, Friedrich joins the Nazi’s inner circle. Hitler, who in real life often played one advisor against the other – and was not one to rely on any of them – trusts the fictional Friedrich so much so, that he calls upon him to help resolve both personal and national crises that are historically accurate. Throughout the sixteen years covered in WOLF, Friedrich interacts with dozens of people who largely lived the lives the authors depict – from Hermann Göring and Joseph Goebbels to Berlin brothel-owner Kitty Schmidt and film star Lilian Harvey.

While history has painted Hitler as a man unable to forge lasting relationships, the authors’ research has uncovered that, in fact, he built many lifelong friendships. Hitler was attractive to women and had multiple affairs with young women as well as with the wealthy society matrons who backed the party. These relationships, which are portrayed in WOLF, “have been documented in numerous interviews over the course of seventy years, yet they have rarely, if ever, been reported by historians,” Stern and Winter explain.

During the course of the novel, Friedrich struggles to reconcile his loyalty to Hitler with his own rejection of the party’s anti-Semitism. He never wavers in his friendships with Jews, such as nightclub owner Max Klinghofer and police chief Bernhard Weiss. It is Friedrich who saves Weiss, the highest-ranking Jew in the German police when Goebbels orders him arrested. After this incident, Friedrich promises Weiss to remain by Hitler's side in the hope that he can help lessen the severity of increasingly harsher laws meant to drive Jews from Germany.

WOLF is a historical novel that will satisfy history buffs and fiction fans alike. For those who want more, the authors’ meticulous research can be accessed at www.NotesOnWolf.com. In combination, the novel and the notes deftly answer the question: how did a nondescript man become the world’s greatest monster? This is truly a lesson that no one can afford to ignore.



Current Amazon Rating of 4.4*'s! 




Did you miss any of the stops on this Tour?

January 27 - Nana's Book Reviews - Spotlight
January 28 - Java John Z's - Excerpt
January 29 - I'm Into Books - Spotlight
January 30 - The Sexy Nerd Revue - Spotlight 
January 31 - Deliciously Savvy - Excerpt
February 1 - Jazzy's Book Reviews - Spotlight
February 3 - Historical Graffiti - Interview
February 4 - Our Town Book Reviews - Spotlight
February 5 - The Avid Reader - Interview
February 6 - Book Reviews by Virginia Lee - Spotlight
February 7 - On a Reading Bender - Review
February 8 - Momma Says to Read or Not to Read - Spotlight
February 10 - A Life Through Books - Interview
February 11 - Sylv.net - Spotlight
February 12 - Nesie's Place - Guest Post
February 13 - Books Dreams Life - Spotlight
February 14 - Texas Book Nook - Review
February 15 - Eileen Troemel - Spotlight
February 17 - What's Beyond Forks - Review
February 18 - Crossroads Reviews - Spotlight
February 19 - Fazila's Book Review Corner - Review
February 20 - The Indie Express - Review


Herbert J. Stern, formerly US attorney for the District of New Jersey, who prosecuted the mayors of Newark and Atlantic City, and served as judge of the US District Court for the District of New Jersey, is a trial lawyer. He also served as judge of the United States Court for Berlin where he presided over a hijacking trial in the occupied American Sector of West Berlin. His book about the case, Judgment in Berlin, won the 1974 Freedom Foundation Award and became a film starring Martin Sheen and Sean Penn. He also wrote Diary of a DA: The True Story of the Prosecutor Who Took on the Mob, Fought Corruption, and Won, as well as the multi-volume legal work Trying Cases to Win.

Alan A. Winter is the author of four novels, including Island Bluffs, Snowflakes in the Sahara, Someone Else’s Son, and Savior’s Day, which Kirkus selected as a Best Book of 2013. Winter graduated from Rutgers with a degree in history and has professional degrees from both New York University and Columbia, where he was an associate professor for many years. He edited an award-winning journal and has published more than twenty professional articles. Winter studied creative writing at Columbia’s Graduate School of General Studies. His screenplay, Polly, received honorable mention in the Austin Film Festival, and became the basis for Island Bluffs.


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Tour Wrap Up: The Legacy Series: Book One by Brandyn Crosss #booktour #ontour #rabtbooktours #giveaway @brandywhine


Drama
Date Published: February 18, 2020


Brandyn (Brandy) Harris, a lonely, abused, and terminally ill twelve-year-old boy builds his private virtual world outside the knowledge of his strict and abusive parents. Denied the ability to interact with other kids in his everyday life, Brandy finds refuge within the confines of the Internet in his early stages, where it appealed primarily to the outcasts, and a close group of virtual teen friends.

The Legacy offers a unique, unparalleled glimpse into the mind of abused children while this abuse is taking place amid the hysteria surrounding the Satanic Ritual Abuse Panic of the early 1990s. An outstanding page-turner, it gives you an unprecedented, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience, through first-hand, day-to-day accounts as they occur, a real-world of childhood desperation and painful secrets, a world-known by millions of children, but never openly shared with adults.

You'll feel Brandy's feelings, cry his tears and laugh with him on the good days as you'll journey through the candid and honest secrets of an abusive childhood, as Brandy's correspondences are written by kids, for kids. Thus, you'll learn the truths kids only tell their friends, outside the inherent inhibitions derived from adult interference.

This book is the first volume in an epic book series based on real events and the writings and correspondences of a terminally ill young boy who is also enduring a life of physical, emotional and sexual abuse.





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February 10 - Books, Dreams, Life -Excerpt
February 11 - Angelas Freelance Writing - Spotlight
February 12 - B for Book Review -Excerpt
February 12 - Nana's Book Reviews - Spotlight
February 13 - Mythical Books - Guest Post
February 15 - The Avid Reader - Interview
February 16 - Book Junkiez - Excerpt
February 17 - Book Lover Blog - Spotlight
February 18 - The Indie Express - Review
February 19 - On a Reading Bender - Review
February 20 - Jazzy's Book Reviews - Excerpt
February 20 - Tea Time and Books - Spotlight



Brandyn Cross is a multi-media artist, as an accomplished writer, recording artist, songwriter, filmmaker, and actor. 

Brandyn is the writer/producer of the major live event Jackie Evancho & Friends: We are Hope, which was also filmed for television broadcast as multiple concert specials. 

As a singer/songwriter Brandyn scored the international top 10 hits Dear Mr. Jesus and If Money Talks (It Ain’t on Speakin’ Terms With Me), and the top10 music video I Will Always Love You. He won BEST SONG at the prestigious Utah Film Festival & Awards for his composition and recording of Love Again, as featured in the television series Proper Manors.

As an actor and filmmaker, Brandyn has worked on numerous projects such as Unicorn City and The Wayshower, as well as Alienate and Being Charlie with Rob Reiner. He is presently in post-production on his feature directorial debut with the dark Emo drama, The Legacy.

Among his body of written work is the Feature Film The Legacy, currently in post-production and the recently completed Gary Coleman biography, As if I Never Existed, with Gary’s widow Shannon Price. Brandyn has optioned and produced multiple feature screenplays and has written over 100 episodes for various TV series and specials. Brandyn is presently releasing the first volumes in an epic book series, The Legacy.

Brandyn started exploring his creative gifts following a serious industrial accident that turned him into a wheelchair-bound amputee in addition to already being "high functioning" autistic. Determined to show the world that even severe obstacles can be overcome, Brandyn began developing his innate creative abilities, studying and honing his craft, until ultimately turning this ambition into a professional reality. Today, he continues this mission in earnest. 

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Tour Wrap Up: Amber Hollow by Edgar Swamp #blogtour #giveaway #horror #wrapup #rabtbooktours


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Horror
(with elements of suspense, mystery, and fantasy)

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On July 15, 1991, an isolated village in Northern Wisconsin is ground zero for an unprecedented, fiery tragedy. Of the community's 600 residents, there are only five survivors. Detailed accounts by the victims contradict each other; the only link is a man named Anthony Guntram, but because he is presumed to be dead, this claim can't be verified. Further investigations reveal a culture enshrouded in mystery. What are the survivors hiding? Only the villagers know the secret of Amber Hollow, a place where sanity is checked at the town line and the parameters of reality become blurred. An unconventional horror story by design, Edgar Swamp delivers an action-driven page-turner that will keep readers guessing until the calamitous ending.




Currently a 4.4* Amazon Rating.
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January 7 - The Sexy Nerd Revue - Spotlight
January 8 - Stephanie's Book Reviews - Spotlight
January 10 - Tea Time and Books - Spotlight
January 11 - Silver Dagger Scriptorium - Spotlight
January 13 - Wall to Wall Books - Review
January 14 - Dina Rae Writes Stuff - Spotlight
January 15 - Nana's Book Reviews - Spotlight
January 17 - Girl With Pen - Review
January 18 - Momma Says to Read or Not to Read - Spotlight
January 20 - Java John Z's - Excerpt
January 21 - Beach Bound Books - Spotlight
January 23 - Sylv.net - Spotlight
January 24 - Valerie Ullmer - Excerpt
January 25 - Crossroads Reviews - Spotlight
January 27 - The Avid Reader - Interview
January 28 - Stephanie's Life of Determination - Spotlight
January 29 - Truly Trendy - Review
January 30 - Eileen Troemel - Spotlight
January 31 - Just Books - Excerpt
February 3 - Texas Book Nook -  Review
February 4 - Book Dreams Life - Spotlight
February 5 - A Life Through Books - Review
February 6 - Nesies Place - Excerpt
February 6 - Book Reviews by Virginia Lee - Spotlight
February 7 - Momma and Her Stories - Excerpt
February 7 - Drops of Ink - Spotlight
February 8 - Readers Paradise Reviews - Review
February 11 - Book Junkiez - Excerpt
February 12 - My Reading Addiction - Interview
February 13 - Jazzy's Book Reviews - Excerpt



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Edgar Swamp is the author of the “Gyre Mission,” “Glitch in the Machine,” and “Blackout.” His short stories have appeared in Alienskin, Macabre Cadaver, and Urban Reinventors. When he isn’t holed up in his office playing online poker, he likes to dig up the recently deceased and make furniture out of their skin. He lives and works in San Diego, California.


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Friday, February 14, 2020

Tour Wrap Up: Waiting For Grace by Caroline Zani #booktour #fiction #thriller #wrapup #giveaway


FICTION / Visionary & Metaphysical
FICTION / Thriller
FICTION / Psychological
Date Published: February 4, 2020
Publisher: Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing

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Eli Cranston, an attorney who himself suffered from the broken legal system and moreso from the loss of his wife and daughter, flees Los Angeles to a place that might hold – should he let it – forgiveness, redemption, and purpose: Bar Harbor, Maine. There, in a small white farm cottage by the sea, Eli launches a new career with Forward-Life Progression, a program that helps clients work past trauma and addiction to built a resilient new life. He finds Hope, cares for rescue horses and a pregnant cat. He is drawn to Rebecca, a farmer at the Farmer’s Market, and forges a revelatory relationship with Dr. Otto Gunther, a Holocaust survivor. With unopened boxes and a pile of letters marked “Return to Sender,” Eli can’t hide his secrets much longer. Is this his second chance? 


5* Amazon Rating! 
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February 3 - Books, Dreams, Life - Excerpt
February 3 - I'm Into Books - Spotlight
February 4 - The Sexy Nerd Revue - Spotlight
February 5 - Nesie's Place - Excerpt
February 6 - Java John Z's - Spotlight
February 7 - B For Book Review - Excerpt
February 8 - The Avid Reader - Interview
February 9 - Book Lover Blog - Spotlight
February 10 - On a Reading Bender - Review
February 11 - The Indie Express - Review
February 12 - Our Town Book Reviews - Spotlight
February 13 - Texas Book Nook - Review



In addition to being a critically-acclaimed author, Caroline Zani is an intuitive medium and a teacher. Left-handed, Aquarius, middle-child, introvert, and empath, she absorbs everything around her which informs her storytelling and writing. Zani teaches others to develop their own intuition. Believing life is about balance and our bodies are where our souls live, she also teaches health, wellness, and stress management classes. She has contributed to articles on Bustle and Boston Voyager and has been a guest on many radio programs. She has one daughter, Amanda, and lives with husband Brian, puppy Tulip, and her soulmate Herm├ęs the Siamese cat, on the hill, under the willows.

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Tour Wrap Up: Heart to Beat by Dr. Brian Lima, M.D. #booktour #wrapup #giveaway #nonfiction #career #personalgrowth @BrianLimaMD



Non Fiction / Personal Growth/Career
Date Published:   February 18, 2020
Publisher:  Clovercloft Publishing

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College, medical school, and then ten years of grueling surgical training, that’s what it took for Brian Lima to become a leading heart transplant surgeon – literally able to breathe new life into critical ill patients.  Not only has Lima never shied away from a challenge, he has spent his life actively seeking them in pursuit of seemingly near-impossible goals.  In his insightful new book, HEART TO BEAT:  A Cardiac Surgeon’s Inspiring Story of Success and Overcoming Adversity—The Heart Way (Clovercroft Publishing/February 18, 2020), Dr. Lima shares his story, giving everyone – not just aspiring physicians – the tools and encouragement needed to be their best selves.

“We all have free will, and we all have a choice,” he writes.  “You can choose to live aimlessly, halfheartedly going with the flow and suppressing that inner voice, the one beckoning you to unleash your full potential and to grab the world by storm.  Or you can achieve success by committing to hard work and unceasing effort.”

In HEART TO BEAT, Dr. Lima candidly shares, often with a wry sense of humor, how this approach enabled him to reach the pinnacle of success in all of his undertakings – whether it was building the strength and skill to become a varsity football player, becoming valedictorian of his high school class, earning a scholarship to Cornell University, or winning coveted residency opportunities as he trained to become a heart surgeon.

“You don’t have to be the smartest or most talented person in the room to get ahead, just the one who wants it the most,” he writes.  Indeed, Dr. Lima credits his own achievements purely to his intense effort.  In his eminently readable, down-to-earth book, he breaks down the keys to advancing beyond your comfort zone and perceived limitations to unleash your full potential.  Dr. Lima’s powerful lessons include:

Heart Over Matter – “You, and you alone, are responsible for how much or how little you achieve in this life,” he writes.  Only when you realize that you are master of your own destiny, and refuse to allow insecurities, past experiences, and fears to limit your potential, will you realize your dreams.


Heart Of War – Complacency is your biggest adversary.  You must never cease working and bettering yourself – if you do, you will surely slide off the top of your game.  “The minute you rest on your laurels and kick your feet up, you’ve settled for defeat,” says Dr. Lima.


Kickstart My Heart – Dr. Lima explains that the “propulsive power of ambition” has been one of the most impactful forces of his life.  “Your eagerness to move ahead contributes more to your success than natural talent or being born with a silver spoon.”  Ambition is what enables people to overcome the primary hurdle to success:  self-doubt.


Till Death With My Heart – If something is truly your calling – meaningful, bigger than you, and well-intended – it is likely not going to be easy to achieve, says Dr. Lima.  For him, the rule must be “it’s all in or no win.”  Being “well-rounded” is incompatible with true excellence, he contends.


Not For the Faint of Heart – Fear of failure can disrupt the pursuit of any goal, and overcoming this fear is a monumental task that requires you to meet it head-on again and again, until you’re desensitized to its paralyzing influence.  Dr. Lima urges readers to see every moment as just that – a moment – whether they’re going for a buzzer beater in basketball or performing heart surgery.  This is what gives people the courage to take their shot at every opportunity.


The Heart Sell on Entrepreneurship – “One way or another, you have to get the word out about how great your ‘brand’ is – in other words, how great you are,” says Dr. Lima, contending that the sales mantra “always be closing” is critical to success.  He points to such key fundamentals as avoiding pigeonholes and being open to opportunities; never second-guessing yourself; continuing to invest in yourself; and using your time wisely.


In addition to the author’s compelling personal story, HEART TO BEAT also includes a fascinating look at the current technologies and medical care available to treat heart disease, along with the basics about living a heart-healthy life – straight from the mouth of one of the country’s leading heart transplant surgeons.


“There are those who choose to chase victory and to live life on their own terms, and there are those who don’t,” declares Dr. Lima.  HEART TO BEAT will help you choose the path to victory, giving you the motivation you need to achieve your dreams, whatever they may be.



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January 21 - Slvy.net - Spotlight
January 22 - Alyssa Faye Blog  - Interview
January 23 - Beach Bound Books - Spotlight
January 24 - Crossroad Reviews - Spotlight
January 25 - Book Lover Blog - Spotlight
January 26 - Book Review Virginia Lee - Spotlight
January 27 - Truly Trendy - Review 
January 28 - Momma Says: To Read or Not to Read - Spotlight
January 29 - Maggie Mae Blogs - Review
January 30 - The Silver Dagger Scriptorium - Spotlight
January 31 - Novel News Network - Expert
February 1 - Dina Rae’s Writes Stuff - Spotlight
February 3 -Texas Book Nook - Review
February 3 - Teatime and Books - Spotlight
February 4 - A Life Through Books - Interview
February 5 - nanasbookreviews - Spotlight
February 6 - The Indie Express - Review
February 7 - Nesie’s Place - Expert
February 8 - The Avid Reader - Interview
February 9 - B for Bookreview - Expert
February 10 - On A Reading Bender - Review 
February 11 - Jazzy Book Reviews - Spotlight
February 12 - Lisa Queen of Random - Spotlight
February 13 - 100 Pages A Day - Spotlight




Dr. Brian Lima is a cardiac surgeon, associate professor of surgery, and recognized authority in advanced heart failure.  He has published nearly 80 articles in peer-reviewed medical journals and presented at numerous national and international medical conferences.  As the surgical director of heart transplantation at North Shore University Hospital, Dr. Lima helped launch the first and only heart transplant program on Long Island.  Dr. Lima completed his undergraduate studies at Cornell University and was awarded a Dean’s Full Tuition scholarship to attend Duke University School of Medicine.  During medical school, Dr. Lima spent a year at Harvard Medical School’s Transplantation Biology Research Center as a Stanley Sarnoff cardiovascular research fellow.  He then completed his general surgery residency training at Duke University Medical Center, and subsequent heart surgery training at The Cleveland Clinic, where he was awarded the prestigious Dr. Charles H. Bryan Annual Clinical Excellence Award in Cardiovascular Surgery.

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