#TuesdayBookBlog Lazy Days by Anita & Jaye Dawes #familydrama @jaydawes2

 

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Today, we have done something else for the very first time!

Our latest WIP, Lazy Days, is on pre release on Amazon Kindle. Not exactly sure how this works, but D E Haggerty encouraged us to do it. No book link yet, but  http://amazon.com/author/anitadawes  will get you to the right place. I hope!

The publication date is January 8th, to coincide with the start of our blog tour .

As you can see, there are a few empty places available, so if you would like to be a part of the fun and games in the New Year, let us know?

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We also want to thank everyone who took part in our Kindle giveaway for Let it Go last week. 57 copies were snapped up, and we hope you all enjoy reading it.

We would very much love to hear what you thought!

Announcing the Blog Tour for Lazy Days #blogtour #truestory @jaydawes2

 

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Lazy Days, the 40 year old story of one of the best holidays we ever had, took a long time to get right. Our memories of that time were a little rusty, to say the least, and sometimes we remembered things completely differently!

After such a difficult (and often hilarious ) undertaking, we both agreed that it deserves special treatment, not just an upload to Amazon on the 7th of January.

We were hoping to run the book tour in 2017, but the time has flown by and Christmas is almost upon us, so we have chosen the 8th to 12th January 2018…

We were two women, four kids and two small dogs afloat on the Norfolk Broads in a rented boat. The holiday of a lifetime, something we would remember for a long time, but it was also a recipe for disaster, being so far out of our comfort zone.

Would it be the stuff that dreams are made of, or were we putting all our eggs in one basket?

 

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Excerpt

We had waited a long time for this day to arrive, and now the time had arrived, we could have flown to the Norfolk Broads powered by our excitement. The tension coming from all of us made the air crackle with electricity as we prepared to leave. Going anywhere with the kids is never easy, but we had planned this holiday with far more skill than our usual days out, and researched everything of interest and planned our route to ensure plenty of happy days. For the first time in our lives, we would be miles from home on a boat for two weeks. There would be six of us on this holiday, two women, four kids and two small dogs. There was the possibility of enough trouble there to last us a lifetime!

I wasn’t expecting much trouble from the teenage girls, Anita Jr and Heidi; but the two younger boys, Stephen, ten and Darren, eight would be a challenge, for they have the knack of finding trouble anywhere.  Added to the mix were our two small dogs.  Lady, a cross between a Pekinese and a Yorkie, blessed with sharp teeth and a ferocious dislike of strangers, and Katy, an adorable chocolate coloured toy poodle pup.

Getting them all in our car proved a bit tricky. A big Ford Granada, normally a comfortable fit for all of us, but this time we had Heidi, our younger step-sister to fit in too. She had been staying with us while her mother was in the hospital.

I sensed an air of resentment as the kids tried hard to fit themselves into the back seat. Various elbows were used to show disapproval, prompting a chorus of complaints. For a moment, it looked as if we wouldn’t be going anywhere. The situation looked hopeless. Anita finished packing our luggage into the boot of the car and appeared at my side.

‘Is there a problem here? Do we want to go on this holiday or not?’

No one spoke, but as I watched, a subtle relaxing of tightly packed bodies occurred as they all thought about it. They knew their mother well. She would cancel everything if they didn’t accept their fate and settle down, and if the holiday was cancelled because of them, they would never hear the end of it…

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This is where I get down on my knees (I can just about get there) and ask for volunteers to take part in the blog tour for Lazy Days. It’s a true story, a novella, based forty years ago when we and the world were a hell of a lot younger.

We will supply #free books, promotional material and posters, and our eternal devotion to anyone who has some free time in January.

Please leave your details in the comments, or on the contact form.

 

New Release: The Enhanced League by C.S.Boyack #IndieAuthor #newrelease @Virgilante

Today, we welcome Craig Boyack, a fellow writer, blogger and good friend of ours to tell us all about his new book… Over to you Craig!

 

Thanks for having me over today to talk about my newest book, The Enhanced League. This is a group of short stories that serves to tell an overarching story when read in order. The setting is a professional baseball league where nobody cares about performance enhancing drugs.

While performance enhancing drugs are allowed in this league, not all the players use them. There are a lot of human stories here, and some come to the Enhanced League for other reasons.

You’ll meet Dyrell Pollard, who can play, but is too tall to be taken seriously in the Major Leagues. Dante Montes is an incredible player, but can’t also can’t find a home in the Majors. He’s a left handed catcher, and the prejudice against left handed catchers is keeping eyes closed.

Dante is an interesting character, because there have been some left handed catchers. At one time they were so rare that Ripley’s Believe it or Not did a page on one.

The umpires in this league are all women. This is by design, and they are supposed to be like the ring girls and “managers” in professional wrestling. The fact remains they are umpires in every sense of the word, and they work hard to make the right calls.

Gwen DePolo is the best umpire they have, but she’s struggling with aging in a field where good looks are required.

You’ll meet young men on the way up, and superstars on the way down. There are even a few ruthless businessmen to show how fragile the team environment really is. There is even a traveling sportscast to help lend a bit of clarity to the whole of the stories. Even the television crew comes across like misfit toys.

This collection is priced at 99¢, and it touches on a lot more than just baseball. Baseball is the setting behind the stories. I hope you’ll give it a chance.

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Blurb:  The Enhanced league is a collection of short stories and anthems centered around a year in a fictional baseball league. It has a slight science fiction background. This league has a lot more pomp than you might be used to, and nobody seems to care if the players use performance enhancing drugs.

Stories involve existing heroes, up and comers, and falling stars. While there are the obvious stories that take place on the field of play, there are also human interest stories that take place around the baseball gyrations. These stories involve scouting, trades, ruthless business decisions, and even relationships.

I enjoyed researching and bringing you The Enhanced League, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. — CB

 

Purchase Link:   http://a-fwd.com/asin-com=B073T5DH2Q

 

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I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times. This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction.

I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century, and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups I jumped in with both feet.

I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.

Craig

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#Blog Tour: No Exit by Taylor Adams #Thriller #Book Review

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Looking for a thriller that you can’t put down? Then try this book that everyone’s talking about.
One of the tensest, most gripping thrillers you will ever read. From UK and US best-selling author Taylor Adams.
A KIDNAPPED LITTLE GIRL LOCKED IN A STRANGER’S VAN. NO HELP FOR MILES. WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Darby Thorne is a college student stranded by a blizzard at a highway rest stop in the middle of nowhere. She’s on the way home to see her sick mother. She’ll have to spend the night in the rest stop with four complete strangers. Then she stumbles across a little girl locked inside one of their parked cars.
There is no cell phone reception, no telephone, no way out because of the snow, and she doesn’t know which one of the other travelers is the kidnapper.
Full of shocking twists and turns, this beautifully written novel will have you on the edge of your seat.
Perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins, or Stephen King.

The first twist left me breathless. The suspense starts at the very first page and only becomes more compelling until the explosive ending.” Linda Strong
“Once starting this story I just could not put it down, call it engrossing, engaging, intriguing or whatever you’d like it truly turned into one of those reads that I couldn’t break away from and today I really need a nap.” Carrie Glover

Our Review

The words on the cover “a gripping thriller full of heart-stopping twists” made me want to read this book. The second thing I noticed was there were no chapters as such, just a tight timeline of just 12 hours. As I started to read, I just knew it would be something very special.

Darby Thorne, a college student, is fighting her way through a blizzard to get home to see her mother before she has an operation. Forced to abandon her journey at a rest stop, Darby finds herself trapped with four people, and one or more of them is possibly a kidnapper.

A few pages in, the first in a series of nasty twists caught me completely off guard, and I could only watch helplessly as Darby starts to fight her way through this incredible story. The pressure was unbelievable, every time you think it cannot possibly get any worse, it does.

You can tell the author is a screenwriter, every scene is painfully real, dragging you along for the ride. I had snow on my face by page three and my fingers were icy cold. But the tension kept me reading until I reached the end!

Written like a blockbuster suspense movie, the end had me crying and cheering in equal measure. This was definitely the best book I’ve read in a very long time and I thank the author for this advance copy!

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Taylor Adams directed the acclaimed short film And I Feel Fine in 2008 and graduated from Eastern Washington University with the Excellence in Screenwriting Award and the prestigious Edmund G. Yarwood Award. His directorial work has screened at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival and his writing has been featured on KAYU-TV’s Fox Life blog. He has worked in the film/television industry for several years and lives in Washington state.

 

The Broken Life #blogtour Wrap up #crime thriller http://myBook.to/BrokenLife

 

It was exciting…planning my first ever blog tour, but terrifying too.

Would I get it right — remember all those important details?

Six people volunteered, six people who will remain blessed in my heart for taking a chance on me — someone who invents ways to mess up on a daily basis.

I have revisited all of their posts, replying to all the lovely comments… and want to thank everyone who took part and made this old lady very happy.

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I am listing all of the links to my blog tour posts, just in case you didn’t get to see them.

https://lizziechantree.com/2017/06/20/meet-jaye-marie/

https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/the-broken-life/

https://suzannerogersonfantasyauthor.wordpress.com/2017/06/22/thebrokenlifeblogtour.jaydawes2-excerpt-thriller-mystery/

https://allisonmaruska.com/2017/06/23/on-being-a-writer-guest-post-by-jaye-marie/

https://betweenthelinesbookblog.com/2017/06/24/spotlight-extract-the-broken-life-by-jaye-marie-crime-thriller-jayedawes2/

https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2017/06/25/reserved-for-jaye-marie-book-promo/

https://scvincent.com/2017/06/26/guest-author-jaye-marie-thebrokenlifeblogtour-jaydawes2-mystery-thriller/

Now I have calmed down, I can look objectively at my efforts, and I see something I forgot to do.

I didn’t include any review posts!

Hopefully, I may get one or two anyway, for several people said they would be reading The Broken Life … so I haven’t being kicking myself too hard!

Before I close this post, I want to say it again…

Thank you Everybody…

Now, what else can I get up to that I haven’t done before?

Something is broken…

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Just when everything was going smoothly, someone dropped a clanger in my lap!

I had double checked everything and made sure all the links worked…

And on my computer, they did… But…

And this was a big but… on some of the blogs involved, they apparently don’t.

Why some of them work on some sites is a question I am not smart enough to answer. How links work (or don’t) has been driving me nuts for a long time now.

Links

Website:     http://jenanita01.com

Twitter:      https://twitter.com/jaydawes2/media

Facebook:  http://facebook.com/anita.dawes.37

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8638857.Jaye_Marie

UK Amazon Link :  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Broken-Life-Jaye-Marie/dp/1326866753

US Amazon Link  https://www.amazon.com/Broken-Life-Jaye-Marie/dp/1326866753

Right! These links have been triple checked and are working. It appears the problem involved some of the shortened links. Something else I will have to sort out.

I’m off to have an official meltdown… today is supposed to be the hottest day so far…