#BlogTour “Miranda Bay” by Susan Tarr




Title: Miranda Bay

Author: Susan Tarr

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Miranda, a strong-minded and lovable young woman, splurges her inheritance on the old Miranda Bay Sanatorium in the sub-tropical Bay of Islands, New Zealand, simply because it bears her name. She knows little about running a business and depends heavily on loyal cousin Pansy’s expertise.

In her frantic drive for success Miranda hires a local character to get cracking on the property. Hamilton, her lascivious financial advisor, seizes the opportunity to undermine her. But now with paying guests expected, she must make some serious decisions.

So the guests trickle in – hardly the sophisticates Miranda has envisaged.

At the brink of despair, she experiences deepening depression and manic behavior. She contrives an outlandish economic solution to the problem. What follow is intrigue and terror, and an emotional and tender unfolding of events in the face of financial ruin.

“Witty and wicked, scandalous and scary, this is a story to make you laugh and cry.”


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The catwalk stretched briefly into the ebbing tide. The backdrop was black calico, not the wooden flats used in real catwalks for real fashion shows because Miranda was on a tight budget. When Mihi, first down the ramp wearing a column of white, twirled one time too many, she was gone. The girl twirled herself right off the stage! A two-meter drop, she plunged straight into the water beneath. Miranda gasped!

Because no one was really taking any notice the show went right on.

Along came another of Mere’s nieces and, believe it or not, the girl did the same thing. She was completing a full turn, when hello! She was gone. Straight off the end of the walkway, plunging into the water alongside Mihi.

“For goodness sakes, how many kilometers do they need?” Miranda muttered.

So the runway was too short—the girls were plopping right off the end. She got Neville to organize an additional meter. Now Miriama was so nervous about her big chance she was throwing up over the side of the jetty, in full sight of everyone.

Since there were not a lot of models, they’d practiced some pretty fast maneuvers this past week. When it was time for Melissa, Miranda gesticulated cautiously for her to twirl and turn, twirl and turn until the others swam ashore, flicked their hair back, toweled off and changed into swimsuits.

She’d overspent with this modelling idea, but with good reason—Hamilton hinted strongly that her business didn’t stand a chance, said he’d reassessed her accounts. He also said she might be better off selling and moving back down to the city—where he could keep a closer eye on her. As a friend, of course. Her solution was to pour money into the resort.

Her cheeks were flushed, her tongue loose and colorful and she sold, sold, sold. Those items not snatched up were hung back on the rack and brought right out again for the next show.

Her unflagging energy was bringing in the dollars. She purred, a wine glass dangling from her left hand, gesturing toward Mimi in Moschino. She knew her clothes were stunning but distanced herself from them now the money was coming in.

Pansy exchanged Miranda’s empty glass for a full one, all the while shoving girls into outfits.

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This night, she took refuge in the dank darkness of the spa room where the windows were misted over and there was not a trace of light or movement within. Yet Hamilton was there with his door-tapping and knob-turning. Rigid with inordinate fear, she stifled a high panicky cry with her fist shoved in her mouth.

And as he stood outside the door, for the first time since all the crazy stuff started happening, she felt she was in the presence of pure evil.

The spa room was clammy, almost airless, and from the deep shadows inside, she could hear labored breathing. She shivered uncontrollably. Evil was not that tangible. Evil was a thing of the soul, self-contained, not pervasive.

In the ensuing silence, the sound of the knob turning had her belly barreling into her ribs. A scrunching of feet as he shifted his weight. Then she watched frozen in fear as a hand moved back and forth across the steamy window in an attempt to clear a space, his face pressed close to the glass, peering, trying to see her in the gloom. As her senses reached out into the darkness she forgot to breathe, resuming abruptly with a gasp. She had flattened herself down into the water, waiting motionlessly. The silence went on for a long time, and in the tepid fugue of the chlorinated water she shivered. Fear brushed the walls in her chest.

Her hair was hanging in cold locks against her shoulders, her teeth chattered and her lips were quivering.

But now her bladder pressed heavily. Silently, and very slowly so as not to ripple the water, she slid the foam cover back across the pool until only the top of her head was showing. Then, as she peeked over the top, Hamilton wiped a hand across the window once more, and pressed his bloated face against the glass, his ghostly white, flattened cheek devoid of shape. The pressure on her bladder was intolerable.

At what seemed like midnight but was probably much earlier, she heard Hamilton’s uneven gait as he made his way from the fern garden edging the spa room and back to his suite. Just an insignificant little man with no power over me. Her waterlogged brain chimed in, Of course, he has. He’s got lots of power over you. Success or failure. Yours. What if he hasn’t gone? What if it is all a trick, something elaborate and terrible?

She retreated into herself, consoling herself. In the morning she would unlock the door and walk out into the safety of a bright new day. Meanwhile, in the cool water, she dozed fitfully.

A hand shook the door handle, jerking and straining at it.

She screamed. She struggled toward wakefulness through a morass of dreams, fighting to breathe, her mouth doughy with sleep and dread.


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Author Bio

Susan Tarr has been writing for 25 years, drawing on her international travels, work within the NZ tourism industry, and her work in various psychiatric hospitals within New Zealand.

She lived in Kenya, East Africa, for some years where she began her family.
Although she writes from personal experience, she also uses anecdotal information from conversations and other peoples’ stories, resulting in her characters taking on a life of their own and becoming larger than life. She enjoys a wide variety of personalities.

Susan says, “As I write their stories, my characters will often lead me to places I couldn’t imagine. So I relax and let them form as they will. I am passionate about my writing and I usually have three books on the go at any one time.”

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“Dear Marcus: A Letter to the Man Who Shot Me” by Jerry McGill


Dear Marcus: A Letter to the Man Who Shot Me

by Jerry McGill

Genre: Nonfiction/Memoirs/Social Sciences/Special Needs/Disabled

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The idea to write to you was not an easy one.
The scar from where the bullet entered my back is still there.
Jerry McGill was thirteen years old, walking home through the projects of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, when he was shot in the back by a stranger. Jerry survived, wheelchair-bound for life; his assailant was never caught. Thirty years later, Jerry wants to say something to the man who shot him.

I have decided to give you a name.
I am going to call you Marcus.
With profound grace, brutal honesty, and devastating humor, Jerry McGill takes us on a dramatic and inspiring journey—from the streets of 1980s New York, where poverty and violence were part of growing up, to the challenges of living with a disability and learning to help and inspire others, to the long, difficult road to acceptance, forgiveness, and, ultimately, triumph.

I didn’t write this book for you, Marcus. I wrote this for those who endure.
Those who manage. Those who are determined to move on.

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“Finding You: A Romantic Cozy Mystery Laced with Magic (Glen Falls #2)” by Zanna Mackenzie


Finding You: A Romantic Cozy Mystery Laced with Magic (Glen Falls Book 2)

by Zanna Mackenzie

Genre: Cozy Mystery/Romance/Animals/Women Sleuths

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Blair has a deadline. A scary one. Track down and hand over a magical mystery object she has never seen before and doesn’t know a single thing about… or face the might of the town’s Supernatural Mafia.

Welcome to Glen Falls. A town where nothing is quite as it seems…

Beauty salon owner Blair Montgomery’s world turns upside down when she receives a do-or-die deadline from the local branch of the Supernatural Mafia. They’re demanding she hands over a powerful and magical object they’re convinced she’s inherited from her gran. Problem is, Blair has no idea what it even looks like!

Prepared to call on her own (admittedly rather unpredictable) magical abilities if that’s what it takes, Blair hurtles headlong into the challenge to unearth the mysterious item.

Can the gorgeous and intriguing new guy in town help her find some answers? Should she trust him or is he just pretending to be on her side? What secrets is she about to uncover in her quest?

In spooky Glen Falls anything’s possible, because the usual rules definitely don’t apply–as Blair’s about to discover…

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“The Bionics (The Bionics Novels Book 1)” by Alicia Michaels


The Bionics (The Bionics Novels Book 1)

by Alicia Michaels

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy/Genetic Engineering/Dystopian

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A heart-pumping futuristic thrill-ride set in a frightening dystopian society. 2016 Once Upon A Book Award Winner.

It is the year 4006, and nuclear war has come to the United States. With tens of thousands killed and countless more injured or terminally ill from the blasts, there is no more “normal”…life will never be the same. For her part, Blythe Sol is reeling from the loss of her arm and an eye in one of the blasts – her dreams of following in her father’s footsteps and joining the military completely shattered. When she hears about the Restoration Project – a bionic government program that offers the sick and injured a second chance – she immediately enrolls.

Made whole again, Blythe is filled with hope and a renewed sense of purpose. But when it becomes apparent that those outfitted with the robotic parts now possess super-human abilities, fear spreads across the nation. The Bionics are forced to go into hiding, outcast from all society. In desperation, they band together to form an underground rebellion, and Blythe finds herself caught in a confusing tug-of-war between two of her fellow soldiers—Gage Bronson, the mysterious new addition to the Resistance, and Dax Janner, her best friend. But with war on the horizon and a death sentence hanging over her, Blythe hardly has time to worry about her feelings…

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“Of Cinder and Bone” by Kyoko M


Of Cinder & Bone

by Kyoko M

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy/Paranormal & Urban/Genetic Engineering

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OF CINDER AND BONE is Ron Howard’s Ransom meets Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park!

After centuries of being the most dangerous predators on the planet, dragons were hunted to extinction. That is, until Dr. Rhett “Jack” Jackson and Dr. Kamala Anjali cracked the code to bring them back. Through their research at MIT, they resurrected the first dragon anyone has seen alive since the 15th century. There’s just one problem.

Someone stole it.

Caught between two ruthless Yakuza clans who want to clone the dragon, Jack and Kamala brave the dangerous streets of Tokyo to steal their dragon back in a race against time before the world is taken over by mutated, bloodthirsty monsters that will raze it to ashes.

Of Cinder and Bone is an all-new sci-fi thriller from the author of the Amazon bestselling Black Parade novels. Don’t miss out on this explosive first-in-series! Fans of Westworld, I Robot, Pacific Rim, and Reign of Fire will fall in love with this mashup novel that opens up a whole new world of possibilities into what we know and love about dragons.

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Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain and Depression

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If you’re dealing with fibromyalgia, then you’re in a lot of pain. It may flare up out of nowhere and it may leave just as quickly. Or it may stay for a year. But it’s a regularly occurring and debilitating event in your life. And it has definitely lasted for more than six months. That’s why they call it “chronic pain.” To make matters worse, people with fibro usually have a greater than average sensitivity to pain. In fact, research shows that chronic pain leads to unusually high levels of stress hormones, low energy, mood disorders, muscle pain, and lower-than-normal mental and physical performance. Throw in the added “bonus” of exceptionally painful nights that keep you from sleeping and you have a recipe for chronic pain and depression – if you don’t already have it to start with – and worse pain symptoms.

The Cycle of Chronic Pain and Depression

Many people with fibromyalgia cannot work a traditional job that requires them to leave home. Indeed, many fibro patients can’t even work from home. Why? The pain, depression, and constant side effects can be so debilitating that many feel they have been robbed of their lives. And if you are able to work or simply have no choice, that only exacerbates the problems, especially the pain and depression. Add in caring for children, grand kids, a partner, and even yourself. With or without those people, the pain of fibromaylgia makes you irritable and frustrated. When you feel like your hands are tied and there is no way out, it’s very common to get depressed. And then depression makes your pain worse. It’s a vicious cycle, isn’t it?

A Harvard Medical School publication explains that chronic pain “resembles depression, and the relationship is intimate. Pain is depressing, and depression causes and intensifies pain. People with chronic pain have three times the average risk of developing psychiatric symptoms — usually mood or anxiety disorders — and depressed patients have three times the average risk of developing chronic pain.” Because of the connection to pain and depression, they add that nearly every drug used in psychiatry can also be used to treat pain.

Interestingly, after Harvard authors describe the experience of pain in relation to the central nervous system and the body, the article moves directly to fibromyalgia as a noteworthy case: “Fibromyalgia may illustrate these biological links between pain and depression. Its symptoms include widespread muscle pain and tenderness at certain pressure points, with no evidence of tissue damage. Brain scans of people with fibromyalgia show highly active pain centers, and the disorder is more closely associated with depression than most other medical conditions.Fibromyalgia could be caused by a brain malfunction that heightens sensitivity to both physical discomfort and mood changes.” [emphasis added]

Treating Chronic Pain and Depression Together

The Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Daniel K. Hall-Flavin offers four key treatments that simultaneously address chronic pain and depression. As a fibro patient, most of these won’t be surprising to you, but it’s good to hear as a reminder. These treatments have helped so many fibromyalgia patients get their lives back. It usually takes a lot of trial and error and even combinations of treatments. Nevertheless, Dr. Hall Flavin recommends the following for treating chronic pain and depression:

  • Antidepressants: As was just made clear by Harvard Medical School, antidepressants can be highly effective in treating chronic pain as well as their obvious intent of treating depression. That’s due to shared chemical messengers in the brain.
  • Talk Therapy/Psychotherapy: If you’ve ever been to a good therapist or counselor, you know that they are wonderful at pointing out your “automatic” thoughts. Those are the unconscious connections we make that can wreak havoc in our lives without us even knowing. This kind of therapy is designed to reshape your thinking which can have a radical impact on both your depression and chronic pain.
  • Stress-reduction Techniques: Nearly every article related to treating fibromyalgia addresses these techniques. If you’ve never tried them or given up because you didn’t see results right away, reading about them all the time should at least make you think twice. Techniques like physical activity, exercise, meditation, journaling, and learning coping skills are all very effective in addressing many fibromyalgia symptoms, especially depression and chronic pain.
  • Pain Rehabilitation Programs: This might not be a common method you hear about for treating fibro, but it’s a gem! The best kind of programs are those that use a team approach to address your chronic pain holistically and with a team looking out for your mental and physical well-being.

Dr. Hall-Flavin adds that, “treatment for co-occurring pain and depression may be most effective when it involves a combination of treatments.” Again, this make take some more trial and error. What works for me, might not work for you and vice versa.


The preceding article is from FibromyalgiaTreating.com and posted here for sharing purposes only. No copyright infringement intended. For additional information, please visit their website or consult your physician.


#BlogTour “The Ghost of Glendale” by Natalie Kleinman


At twenty-four years old, Phoebe Marcham is resigned to spinsterhood, unwilling to settle for anything lesscover than the deep love her parents had shared. That is, until adventurer Duncan Armstrong rides into her home wood, larger than life and with laughter in his eyes and more charm in his little finger than anyone she’s ever met before. Far from ridiculing her family ghost, Duncan resolves to help solve the mystery which has left Simon Marcham a spirit in torment for two hundred years.


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N KleinmanAuthor Bio – Natalie is a published novelist and short story writer whose addiction to the books of Georgette Heyer and love of The Regency have been the inspiration for her latest book, The Ghost of Glendale.

Working on the premise that you never stop learning, she goes to any and every writing event and workshop she can. In addition she attends The Write Place Creative Writing School in Hextable in Kent, one of the rewards for which is an abundant supply of cream cakes to celebrate the frequent successes of its students.

Natalie is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association, The Society of Authors and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists. She lives with her husband in southeast London.


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“Lei Crime Series Boxed Set: Books 1-4” by Toby Neal

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Lei Crimes Boxed Set: Books 1-4

by Toby Neal

Genre: Mystery & Suspense/Police Procedural/Collection

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Lei Crime Box Set Books 1-4

The AWARD-WINNING, USA TODAY bestselling (2017) first four books of the Lei Crime Series put together into a one-volume immersive reading experience that will take you to paradise through fast-paced mysteries with a twist of romance solved by multicultural detective Lei Texeira. You can’t read just one! 

Blood Orchids:

Black sand beaches and steaming volcanoes are the backdrop for murder as young patrolwoman Lei Texeira discovers the bodies of two drowned girls–and attracts the attention of a killer with ties to her own dark past.

Torch Ginger:

The stunning cliffs and pristine beaches of Kauai have drawn Lei to a fresh start, but only she can untangle the mystery of missing persons with madness at its heart. .

Black Jasmine:

Cruise ships and art galleries hide dark secrets as Lei and her partner Stevens move to Maui to build a life together–but trouble follows them in paradise.

Broken Ferns:

Lei accepts an offer to join the FBI, and her first case on the island of Oahu involves the stolen airplane of a mogul and a young burglar with a cause.

“Neal’s writing is persistently riveting…Masterly.” Kirkus Reviews

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“Right Now” by Jessica Olien

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Right Now

by Jessica Olien

Genre: Children’s Books/Growing Up & Facts of Life/Activity Book/New Experiences

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A beautifully lyrical and inspirational picture book about being present and loving who you are, from Jessica Olien, the author/illustrator of Adrift, The Blobfish Book, and Shark Detective.

What are you?

You’re big and small and loud and quiet. You are right now. And you are perfect.

A touching ode to the importance of individuality, respect, and self-love, just right for fans of The Wonderful Things You Will Be and The OK Book.

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“Vindicated (Atlanta’s Finest Series Book 1)” by Sharon C. Cooper

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Vindicated (Atlanta’s Finest Series Book 1)

by Sharon C. Cooper

Genre: Romance/African-American


She’s a distraction he can’t resist…

A spark ignites the moment security specialist, Hamilton Crosby, meets stuntwoman, Dakota Sherrod. She’s like no other woman he’s ever met. But Hamilton never ignores his gut, and his gut tells him to stay clear of the enticing beauty.

Dakota is an adrenaline junkie. Leaping off buildings and running through fire is just another day at the job. Hence when she sets her sights on Hamilton, she goes after him full-force. Their attraction is fierce, but he thwarts her advances at every turn. He’s the strong, silent type who operates by a set of rules, but he’ll soon realize she rarely follows rules.

Falling for Dakota catches Hamilton off guard. So does the fact that she’s attached to part of his past. A past that indicted him with shame and loss. But when Dakota becomes the target of an unknown enemy, Hamilton stops at nothing to protect her. In turn, vindication is his reward, except it comes with complications.

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