Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Valentine Book Blitz, Day 2: Heart of the Hunter

Welcome to a 14-day spree of clean romance!  

As someone who cringes and often rolls her eyes at the unnecessary smut out there in my home genre, I'm happy that they kicked off the blitz with my book!  Today, though, we're going to talk about The Heart of the Hunter.

The teaser already has me intrigued, but let me have the author talk you through some information.

 Natalie-Nicole Bates is a book reviewer and author. 
Her passions in life include books and hockey along with Victorian photography, Frozen Charlotte dolls, and antique poison bottles. 
She currently resides in the UK where she is working on her next book and adding to her collection of 19th century post-mortem photos.

After a devastating accident, Barret Atkins has accepted a quiet, solitary existence. His life is turned upside down, when he finds the badly injured Kansas Smith, left for dead in a case of mistaken identity. As Kansas begins to recover, Barret must face some deep scars of his own. When the couple begin to fall for each other, their lives spin into a revival of past hurts, jealousies, and betrayals, causing Barret to put a halt to their budding relationship.

Barret’s hesitation causes his best friend-turned vicious rival, Duncan Craig, to pursue a friendship with Kansas. Where will this leave Barret? Can they all hold on long enough to escape Kansas’s attacker, and will they ever conquer their own inner demons intent on keeping them apart.

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Book Blitz: 101 Ways to Stay Off the IRS Radar

 Welcome to the next book blitz!  This is not a book I'd normally look for (I'm trying to figure out how to make sense of my various tax documents as a new author), but it looks like an interesting resource.

Abby Eisenkraft is the CEO of Choice Tax Solutions Inc.   She is a federally licensed Enrolled Agent (EA), an Accredited Tax Advisor (ATA), Accredited Tax Preparer (ATP) and a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC).

Abby started her career in tax as a preparer, and quickly gained a reputation for successfully dealing with difficult tax problems, including those previously unsolvable by other tax professionals.  She currently specializes in tax controversy cases such as federal and state tax audits, non-filer cases, residency audits, international matters, etc.

Abby is passionate about defending taxpayer’s rights before the IRS and State Taxing Authorities.  She is a speaker on various tax and financial topics, a consultant (specializing in the self-employed), and is often quoted in the press as a tax and financial expert.

Abby Eisenkraft is one of America’s leading experts on IRS problems - and how to prevent them. Informative, slightly irreverent, and definitely not your typical IRS guide, this tax pro shares her experiences in the tax trenches, defending her clients against the IRS. Learn from the mistakes of others, and save time, money and grief.


1) Favorite dog – Pit bull. Good hearted, with a tough reputation. 

2) First thing I’d do on a trip to Italy – visit the Gucci factory! Then off to the beach……. 

3) Was a shoe model for Steve Madden before he went to jail for securities fraud. 

4) When people ask me the title of my book and I tell them it’s “101 Ways to Stay Off the IRS Radar”, some ask me what it’s about. That really scares me. 

5) Favorite saying – “Telepathy is not on my resume.” 

6) Met Eric Clapton while walking down the street in Manhattan. What are the chances?!?! 

7) I think Weird Al is hilarious. Word Crimes is GENIUS! 

8) I want a military hum vee. Never again will worry about a parking lot dent! 

9) Love the retro TV channels. It’s amazing how every show had an episode that features the main character with an IRS problem! 

10) I really DO love helping people learn about taxes and getting them out of trouble with the IRS! 

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Welcome to the Book Tour for Battlementals:  Quest for the Harmonicon!

Let's introduce you to the characters with casting choices.  My computer is having issues at the moment, so I'll post the information and then edit later today.

Chase Freeman, the Air champion. Chase is a free spirit. This picture of Leonardo DiCaprio does a great job of capturing Chase’s look.

Jordan Rathburn, the Water champion. Alexis Bledell at the Teen Choice Awards has the look and the ponytail to be Chase’s best friend, Jordan.

Harlan Pendernack, the Earth champion. Although not as annoying as Urkel, Harlan is a nerd and this picture captures that image nicely.

Luke Rathburn, the Sun champion. Luke is younger than the rest of the cast. Mason Gamble, when he played Dennis the Menace, would’ve been perfect for the role.

Brendan Hastings, the Fire champion. Brendan is slightly older than the other children. Take a few years away from Thomas F. Wilson, when he played Biff in the first Back to the Future movie, and give him red hair and you have Brendan.  

Lena Colebert, the Moon champion. Lena tends to be cold and distant to the rest of the champions.  Winona Ryder, when she played Lydia Deetz in Beetlejuice, is a close match for how Lena should look.

And to round things off, an excerpt:

                Proteus nodded. “The six of you should remain together. Go with them and see if you can convince them of the seriousness of this quest. As strange as this world might seem to you, this is no dream. Keep in mind that the quest cannot long be delayed.”
                “I’ll do what I can,” said Chase.
                “I can ask no more of you than that,” said Proteus. His eyes widened as if a thought had come to him. “Take the Whisper with you.”
                Chase took a step back. Was the old man going to get weird? He wasn’t sure if he wanted Proteus whispering things in his ear. “No thanks. You can just tell me out loud whatever it is that you have to say.”
                “This Battlemental,” Proteus pointed to the cloud-voice-thing, “is a Whisper. I sent him to Earth to find you and then lead you to the summoning circle.”
                The name certainly fit the creature. When it spoke it sounded like a whisper you could hear inside your head. Chase wasn’t sure how helpful it would be, though.
                “Take it with you,” said Proteus. “It understands simple commands. Use it to guide you on your journey. When . . . I mean, should you change your mind about accepting the quest, send the Whisper to find me and I shall return.”
                Chase liked the idea of having his very own pet Battlemental and this one was pretty interesting. It sort of looked like a crumpled piece of paper that kept changing the shape of its crumples. And words sometimes appeared on it and then were gone. How awesome was that? “What do I feed it? Does it know any tricks? Will it bite me if I try to pet it?”
                Proteus laughed. “Whispers are gentle creatures, but I would not recommend petting it. It is capable of taking care of itself, so you won’t have to feed it. As to any tricks it might know, I will leave it to you and the Whisper to discover the answer to that.” 

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