#BlogTour “Lark and the Loon” By Rhiannon Gelston

I’m delighted to be participating
in author Rhiannon Gelston’s blog tour for her latest release, LARK AND
THE LOON
.

◊ Genre: Memoir with a Twist
◊ Publisher: WiDo Publishing (July 17, 2020)
◊ Print & eBooks
◊ Paperback: 284 pages
◊ ISBN-10: 1947966251
◊ ISBN-13: 978-1947966253

Lark and the Loon follows
the adventures of a tentative boy named
Lark, as he is catapulted out of all that he
knows, into a courageous journey beyond his wildest
imagination.

Upon receiving a special gift
from his Gramps, Lark embarks on a reflective journey of self-discovery as the
innovative story weaves the true-life memoir of his mother (the author) in with
a fantastical journey. With some special new-found friends, Lark travels back
and forth from a symbolic tree to his mother’s true memories of life and death
moments, and simple moments, found everywhere from wild Africa to their very
own living room. Lark and his friends must ascend this tree and gain the
important life lessons offered along the way if they ever hope to find their
way out. Within this journey, Lark finds these lessons, and ultimately himself,
in the space between imagination and truth in this wild tale.

The story explores friendships,
philosophies, and everyday challenges and joys, both from a child’s perspective
and from a parent’s perspective. This memoir with a twist results in a coming-of-age
story that ultimately leads to a new understanding of self, others, and the
world that surrounds us.

~~~

EXCERPT

Chapter 1

Lark

“Free to be you and me.”

—Marlo Thomas

BEEP. BEEP. BEEP. Lark slowly opened his eyes. He was in completely different surroundings once again. BEEP. BEEP. June was no longer here, and Lark was no longer there. Things were no longer red. They were mostly white with hints of vanilla and yellow, with bright lights and people. He looked quickly around and realized he must be in a hospital room: a small room with babies in metal cribs surrounded by beeping machines. Sitting in a chair right in front of him, yet totally oblivious to his sudden presence, was his mother. She looked so tired. She looked more tired than Lark had ever seen her before. Her hair was wild and unbrushed, and deep blue and purple circles cast a shadow under her big brown eyes.

Mommy was singing “You Are My Sunshine” softly in a chokedup whisper, colorless, salty tears streaming down her face, and somehow, Lark was here to see it. He was here to hear it. He was here to see and to hear but mostly here to feel. That was what the adventure was all about.

Lark didn’t start out adventurous. He started out impulsive yet hesitant, imaginative yet rigid. Adventure was something he had learned how to do, over time. It was a choice, and like anything else, it took practice. Sometimes it was hard. Sometimes it was easy. No matter what, he found it always seemed to be the right choice if he managed to get out of his own way.

To do that, Lark needed to let go and just go with the flow, and in doing so, he was able to become his true self. Some people spent their entire lives running from themselves, so afraid they would finally catch up with themselves and be forced to have a good, long, hard look at who they were and where they came from and where they were going. Forced to look at who they were becoming.

Lark had done just that; he caught up with himself. He had that good, long, hard look within, and once he did, he realized he didn’t need to look forward and backward so much; he found he needed to look within. With a glance to the side every now and then, he could see all around him. He could become.

Lark learned all this by the time he was ten.

~~~


LARK AND THE LOON
is
available at AMAZONBarnes & Noble * WiDo Publishing. Also, be sure to add it to your TBR List
on Goodreads.

Meet the
Author


RHIANNON GELSTON
loves to
lose herself in all things creative. She enjoys writing, painting, live music,
traveling, sports, being outdoors, exploring, playing, spirituality, and energy
work. She has a BA in English and an MS in Occupational Therapy with a
pediatric focus. Rhiannon just had her first novel published. It is a memoir
with a twist called, LARK AND THE LOON, available wherever books
are sold.

Rhiannon grew up on Spa Creek in
downtown Annapolis. Home for Rhiannon will always be the sound of the halyards
hitting the masts on a breezy day, a pile of crabs saturated in Old Bay,
raft-ups with friends as kids cannonball off of the stern, and time with family
and friends, in, on, and around the Chesapeake Bay.

She lives in Annapolis with her
husband, their five lovely and lively children, and their black lab, McNasby.

Connect with Rhiannon on Facebook and Instagram.

Be sure to enter the tour wide
giveaway. It ends May 3. The grand prize is a $25 Amazon Gift Card and an eBook
of LARK AND THE LOON. The second-place winner has to be a US
resident as the gift is a signed copy of LARK THE LOON. The third-place
prize is an eBook that two winners will receive. If the Rafflecopter widget
doesn’t work, you can still enter by clicking HERE.

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#BlogTour “Sins of Our Mothers” by Nicole Souza

It is a pleasure to welcome author Nicole Souza here today to talk about her latest release, SINS OF OUR MOTHERS.

◊ Genre: Dystopian Novel
◊ Publisher: WiDo Publishing (August 25, 2020)
◊ Print & eBooks
◊ Paperback: 338 pages
◊ ISBN-10: 1947966391
◊ ISBN-13: 978-1947966390

     It has been fifteen hundred years since the solar flare devastation of the Global Catastrophe. Due to the radioactivity in the harvesting fields, society dismisses its defective children as nothing more than flawed products of the malfunctioned seeds in the field.

     But Lyratelle, a hyper-observant musical prodigy, believes these “defects” are intelligent, particularly her own sibling, the youngest child of her impervious mother. Abandoning her dream career, Lyratelle climbs the bureaucratic ladder to run the Defect Research Center, where she can safeguard the child.

     With an underground team of women who share her uncertainties, Lyratelle unearths the Old History truth that womankind’s survival actually hinges on the existence of these defects.

     When General Sarah Love, the city’s most powerful advocate against the defects, detects Lyratelle’s sympathy toward the creatures, she threatens the life of Lyratelle’s sibling.

     Now Lyratelle’s desperate attempt to save this child endangers everyone she loves—her team, her family, even the existence of the defects themselves.

SINS OF OUR MOTHERS is available at AMAZONBarnes & Noble * WiDo Publishing. Also, be sure to add it to your TBR List on Goodreads.

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EXCERPT

Chapter 4
Juley 23, 1513 P.C.

10:00 a.m.

“Incoming call from the Governor’s office.”

Lyratelle stared at her ring. She wasn’t expecting a call from Governor Sky. She stepped away from the window where she observed the morning’s extractions and stood with her back to the wall. “Accept call.”

Governor Sky’s face emerged. Her silver hair was tied back in a bun, her jawline more prominent than usual.

“Governor Sky, to what do I owe this honor?”

“I’m afraid it’s unpleasant. You’re aware, of course, Valiance Serenity is ill.”

Lyratelle breathed carefully, conscious of her heartrate and the speed and tone of her voice. “Yes. You relocated one of my best doctors to care for her.”

“Even in Doctor Rain’s care, she’s worsened. This morning, Valiance conceded she’s unfit to run the Settlement and is being checked into Lilac Hospital.”

Lyratelle couldn’t stop herself from reacting but managed to play it off as surprise rather than joy. “I’m sorry to hear that.” She was accustomed to the taste of a righteous lie.

“There’s no telling when she’ll recover. As you know, when a Chief Director retires, passes away, or is otherwise unable to run the Settlement, the DRC President is promoted to replace her. Which means, effective immediately, you’re Chief Director of Settlement eleven-sixty-three. You’ll receive intensive training this week and relocate to the Settlement on Monday.”

It took every bit of training, mirror rehearsal, and natural ability for Lyratelle to mask the surreal elation washing over her. “Monday, wow.”

“I realize it’s sudden, probably shocking, but you’ll have plenty of flexibility to visit your family in Lilac.”

“Sudden, yes, but not shocking. I’m prepared for whatever the job requires. May I ask who will replace me here at the DRC?”

“I’m hoping you’ll guide me. Losing you is quite a blow. Doctor Rain is the obvious choice, but to limit her to an administrative position seems unwise, especially under the circumstances.”

“Agreed.”

“Who do you trust to take on the load?”

Lyratelle pretended to consider the options. “I have an unconventional idea.”

“Tell me.”

“We recently hired Reproductive Specialist Emily River. She’s brilliant, trained in record time. Because she’s new, her routine isn’t concrete. The other doctors run the place like a well-oiled machine. It would really be a shame to interrupt that. I recommend assigning Doctor River the administrative role.”

“A brand-new doctor? Maybe if you could stay to train her, but you begin your own training Wednesday morning.”

“You know my assistant, Grace Angels. She’s my anchor. She knows the program inside and out and has a great relationship with the doctors. She’ll help Doctor River find her footing.”

“You really think . . . ?”

“I wouldn’t suggest it if I didn’t know it will work.”

Sky nodded. “I trust you, Faith. Let’s move forward.”

“Great. I’ll speak with them immediately.”

“Then that just leaves your meeting with Valiance.”

~~~

Meet the Author

 

As the third of eight siblings, Nicole has always been surrounded by people. Among her immediate family are spoken seven languages. Her favorite thing is hearing her nieces and nephews speak French, Tongan, or Mandarin. It’s no surprise she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Languages, as language is one of her greatest passions, topped only by music and Beat Saber.

Nicole minored in Women Studies and continues to take a particular interest in both women’s history and their individual stories. She’s grateful for her ancestors and other women who paved the way for her to pursue her dream of publishing stories and strives to create new avenues for the coming generations to pursue their dreams.

Though she’s lived-in various states in the U.S. and Brazil, Nicole considers Utah “home base” and continuously finds herself returning, even when previous moves were intended to be permanent. She attributes her love of Utah to the beauty of the Wasatch Mountains and the incredible people who make it feel like home, even when she’s been away for long periods of time. Recently, however, after visiting her sister’s family overseas, she’s been dreaming of a quiet beach house in Taiwan.

Connect with Nicole on her website nicolesouzabooks.com
Facebook @nicolesouzabooks
Instagram @nicolesouzabooks

 


Be sure to enter the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card by clicking HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Do you enjoy books where the main protagonist is a female?

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#BlogTour “Lark and the Loon” By Rhiannon Gelston

I’m delighted to be participating
in author Rhiannon Gelston’s blog tour for her latest release, LARK AND
THE LOON
.

◊ Genre: Memoir with a Twist
◊ Publisher: WiDo Publishing (July 17, 2020)
◊ Print & eBooks
◊ Paperback: 284 pages
◊ ISBN-10: 1947966251
◊ ISBN-13: 978-1947966253

Lark and the Loon follows
the adventures of a tentative boy named
Lark, as he is catapulted out of all that he
knows, into a courageous journey beyond his wildest
imagination.

Upon receiving a special gift from his Gramps, Lark embarks on a reflective journey of self-discovery as the innovative story weaves the true-life memoir of his mother (the author) in with a fantastical journey. With some special new-found friends, Lark travels back
and forth from a symbolic tree to his mother’s true memories of life and death moments, and simple moments, found everywhere from wild Africa to their very own living room. Lark and his friends must ascend this tree and gain the important life lessons offered along the way if they ever hope to find their way out. Within this journey, Lark finds these lessons, and ultimately himself, in the space between imagination and truth in this wild tale.

The story explores friendships, philosophies, and everyday challenges and joys, both from a child’s perspective and from a parent’s perspective. This memoir with a twist results in a coming-of-age
story that ultimately leads to a new understanding of self, others, and the world that surrounds us.


LARK AND THE LOON
is available at AMAZONBarnes & Noble * WiDo Publishing. Also, be sure to add it to your TBR List on Goodreads.

Meet the
Author


RHIANNON GELSTON
loves to lose herself in all things creative. She enjoys writing, painting, live music, traveling, sports, being outdoors, exploring, playing, spirituality, and energy work. She has a BA in English and an MS in Occupational Therapy with a
pediatric focus. Rhiannon just had her first novel published. It is a memoir with a twist called, LARK AND THE LOON, available wherever books are sold.

Rhiannon grew up on Spa Creek in downtown Annapolis. Home for Rhiannon will always be the sound of the halyards hitting the masts on a breezy day, a pile of crabs saturated in Old Bay, raft-ups with friends as kids cannonball off of the stern, and time with family
and friends, in, on, and around the Chesapeake Bay.

She lives in Annapolis with her husband, their five lovely and lively children, and their black lab, McNasby.

Connect with Rhiannon on Facebook and Instagram.

Be sure to enter the tour wide giveaway. It ends May 3. The grand prize is a $25 Amazon Gift Card and an eBook of LARK AND THE LOON. The second-place winner has to be a US resident as the gift is a signed copy of LARK THE LOON. The third-place prize is an eBook that two winners will receive. If the Rafflecopter widget doesn’t work, you can still enter by clicking HERE.

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Doesn’t this sound like an intriguing memoir?

#BookBlast “Festive Mayhem Limited Edition Collection”

If you’re looking for a good mystery with a little holiday twist, look no further. Today I’m participating in the FESTIVE MAYHEM Book Blast featuring 10 talented authors with stories of mystery, crime, and suspense with a holiday flair.

◊ Genre: Mystery Anthologies

◊ Publisher: Marla Bradeen (October 26,2020)

◊ eBooks

◊ File Size: 1232 KB

◊ Print Length: 159 Pages

◊ ASIN: BO8F3HLH67

Ten crime writers of color have teamed up to offer you the gift of escape this holiday season. From Christmas crime capers to Thanksgiving thrillers, historical hard-boiled to contemporary cozies, mystery fans of all genres will find something to love in this limited-time collection of exclusive, never-before-published seasonal short stories.

What you’ll find inside:

• “The New Year’s Hex” by Carolyn Marie Wilkins. Carrie McFarland finds her New Year’s plans derailed when a psychic vision pulls the 1920s African American amateur sleuth into someone’s evil scheme.

• “Pipe Dreams” by S.G. Wong. In this hard-boiled Crescent City short story, infatuation and passion drive Minnie Chen straight into danger as she tries to best the City’s most glamorous private detective in a reimagined 1930s-era Chinese Los Angeles.

• “A Christmas Tip” by Elizabeth Wilkerson. A surprise Christmas bonus becomes too tempting for Philadelphia nursing assistant Brianna Byers to resist—even if accepting requires some skillful skirting of the law.

• “The Stranger in the House” by Stella Oni. This London House Mystery prequel stars Elizabeth Ojo, a Nigerian housekeeper at a posh guest house, who finds her Christmas intersecting with that of a mysterious resident in trouble.

• “What Lies Inside” by Kia Dennis. A tormented university professor falls deeper and deeper into a destructive obsession in this harrowing tale of love and longing.

• “A Pub, Bed & Breakfast & A Dead Body” by Forest Issac Jones. A dark past becomes the deadly present when North Carolina police detective Ike Coates and his intrepid young partner are tasked with determining the cause of a suspicious death.

• “A Deadly First” by Delia C. Pitts. Thanksgiving takes a fatal turn when New York private eye SJ Rook finds himself thrust into his first murder case in this darkly atmospheric tale of noir.

• “The Holiday Murder Mélange” by Myra Jolivet. This Sarah Doucette Jean-Louis short story follows the Creole P.I. around the San Francisco Bay Area on her quest to figure out who killed a man outside of her office.

• “Those Holiday Blues” by Jennifer J. Chow. Jasmine, aka “Jazz,” can’t escape the tragic past when an old boyfriend asks to meet on the anniversary of his mother’s death.

• “Holiday Holdup” by Paige Sleuth. In this Cozy Cat Caper Mystery Short, Imogene Little gets tangled up in a Christmas Eve bank robbery orchestrated by none other than Santa Claus himself.

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EXCERPT

The New Year’s Hex

By Carolyn Marie Wilkins

PEOPLE IN ARONSVILLE, Indiana, say I’m a witch. White and colored alike tend to cross the street when they see me coming. Is it my fault I get visions and see colors around people? If I could turn it off and just be ordinary, I would. But it doesn’t work that way. Believe me, I have tried.

If it weren’t for Sister Marie, there’s no telling what would have happened to me. Her magic potions have the power to heal whatever ails you—whether it’s health, love or finances. She took me under her wing two years ago and taught me how to use my gift. If you need to know your future or speak to someone in the Spirit World, I can help.

But I draw the line at hexes. I learned a long time ago that what goes around, comes around. Any bad juju you send out will come back to haunt you sooner or later.

I only use my gift to help people. Still, the fact that I’m a Seer tends to rattle some folks.

Which is why I said “No” when Reverend Robinson invited me to the dinner the Negro Voters League was having at his church on New Year’s Day. The reverend is young, handsome and new in town. Although he’s a man of the cloth, he’s one of the few people in Aronsville who accepts me without judgment. As we sat at Sister Marie’s battered kitchen table drinking tea, his brown face shone with excitement.

“Dr. Morgan Hicks is going to be our guest speaker,” he said. “He’s the most famous Negro educator in the country after Booker T. Washington. You don’t want to miss it.”

While it did sound interesting, I still said “No.”

After the reverend left, Sister Marie wagged a bony, arthritic finger in my face and said, “You’re too young to be a stick-in-the-mud, Carrie McFarland. You’re barely eighteen years old. You should go. Live a little.”

“Look who’s talking,” I replied. “You never leave the neighborhood unless you’re delivering a batch of Female Health Tonic to some rich white woman on the other side of town. You know as well as I do there are a lot of people who’d love to see us run out of Aronsville, or even burned at the stake.”

Sister Marie’s weathered brown face crinkled into a toothless smile. “I may be an old woman, but I know that mankind is moving forward. It’s 1922, Carrie. We’ve got moving pictures now, and the telephone. The days for that kind of superstition are over.”

“Tell that to Herman Scott,” I said sourly. “The man has said publicly that I’m in league with the Devil.”

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This anthology is only available for a short time, so grab it now before it’s gone. It would be criminal to miss it!

FESTIVE MAYHEM is available at the following sites:

AMAZON US   *   AMAZON UK   *   AMAZON CA   *

AMAZON AU * BARNES & NOBLE  *  GOODREADS   *   KOBO *

APPLE BOOKS * GOOGLE PLAY * SMASHWORDS

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About the Authors

FESTIVE MAYHEM features a collection of never-before-published short stories authored by 10 mystery, crime, and suspense writers of color:

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Be sure to enter the giveaway below. If the widget doesn’t work, just click HERE to enter. You can read more about this fascinating book by visiting the other stops on the Book Blast.

Thanks for stopping by today. Don’t you just love a good mystery with a holiday theme?

Monday, Oct. 26 

Just Jemi – Review

Rockin’ Book Reviews – Feature

Nesie’s Place – Excerpt

Writer’s Gambit – Review & Feature

Tuesday, Oct. 27 

First of All – Review & Excerpt

CelticLady’s Reviews – Feature

Bookish Rantings – Excerpt

Wednesday, Oct. 28  

I Found This Great Book – Review & Excerpt

Book Reviews by Pat Garcia – Review

Thoughts in Progress – Excerpt

Author Deborah A. Bailey – Excerpt

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#BookTour “Bubba and Squirt’s Mayan Adventure” by Sherry Ellis

Join me today for author Sherry Ellis’ MC Book Tour for her latest release, BUBBA AND SQUIRT’S MAYAN ADVENTURE.
 
This is a delightful juvenile fiction story that readers of all ages will enjoy.
 
◊ Genre: Juvenile Fiction
◊ Publisher: Dancing Lemur Press (Sept. 7, 2020)
◊ Print & eBooks
◊ Paperback: 96 pages
◊ ISBN-10: 1939844703
◊ ISBN-13: 978-1939844705
 
An ancient Mayan civilization!     
 
That’s what Bubba and Squirt find when they travel through the mysterious vortex for another wild adventure. There they meet archeologists who are unearthing priceless artifacts.
 
But someone is stealing them. And an encounter with the Tate Duende awakens magic within Bubba. Throw in the mysterious Alux and a new discovery and things get sticky.
 
Will Bubba and Squirt solve the mystery, or will they be stuck forever in the jungles of Belize?
 
Bubba and Squirt available at 
AMAZON US   *   APPLE BOOKS   *   DANCING LEMUR PRESS   *   BARNES & NOBLE  *  BAM   *   KOBO

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EXCERPT
CHAPTER 5

BUBBA: ROBBERS WANT ART FACTS

Señor Raymundo had a job for us!

“What is it?” I asked.

“Before I tell you, I need to know if you’re a good detective,” he said.

“I’m the best spy-guy ever. Promise!” After magic, detective work was my next favorite thing.

Señor Raymundo liked my answer. “Okay,” he said. Then he grew serious. “We have a problem.”

Squirt frowned. “What kind of problem?”

“Someone is stealing artifacts we find.”

“Whoa. Who?” I asked.

Squirt jabbed me with her elbow. “If he knew who, he wouldn’t be asking for help.”

“Oh. Yeah, right.” She got me on that one. “Do you have any idea who it might be?”

Señor Raymundo shook his head. “No. Maybe looters.” His voice lowered. “Or someone on the team. I need more people to watch. Can you do that?”

Squirt and I nodded.

“Have you told the police?” Squirt asked.

Si, but they haven’t found the culprit.”

I wrinkled my brows. To be a good detective, you need to ask important questions. I put on my thinking cap and came up with one. “Where are the art facts being stolen from?”

“Art-i-facts,” Squirt corrected.

“Yeah. Those things.”

~~~

 
Meet the Author
 
Sherry Ellis is an award-winning author and professional musician who plays and teaches the violin, viola, and piano. 

When she is not writing or engaged in musical activities, she can be found doing household chores, hiking, or exploring the world. Ellis and her family live in Atlanta, Georgia.
 
For more information on Sherry and her writing, connect with her on: Twitter * Facebook * Goodreads * Blog * Website * Amazon Author Page
 

GIVEAWAY
 
The author is sponsoring a tour-wide giveaway. She is giving away ten (10) autographed print copies of the book open to all. Be sure to enter below on the Rafflecopter widget. If the widget doesn’t appear, click HERE to enter the giveaway. The giveaway ends at midnight on Oct. 17th.
 
You can also follow Sherry’s tour for more information and chances to enter by visiting the following sites:
 
Monday, Sept. 14 – Write With Fey – Guest Post
Alex J. Cavanaugh – Guest Post

Tuesday, Sept. 15 – Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews – Interview
Wednesday, Sept. 16 – The Story of a Writer – Review
Thursday, Sept. 17 – Book Reviews by Pat Garcia – Review
Friday, Sept. 18 – Booked Solid with Virginia C – Feature
Rockin’ Book Reviews – Review & Top Ten List

Monday, Sept. 21 – Just Jemi – Review & Interview
Anna del C. Dye Official Page – Excerpt
Tuesday, Sept. 22 – Baroness’ Book Trove – Review

Saturday, Sept. 26 – Storeybook Reviews – Excerpt
Monday, Sept. 28 – Elizabeth Spann Craig’s Blog – Guest Post
Joylene Nowell Butler – Excerpt
Journaling Woman – Feature
Wednesday, Sept. 30 – Nesie’s Place – Excerpt

Friday, Oct. 2 – Thoughts in Progress – Review
Monday, Oct. 5 – The Sexy Nerd “Revue” – Excerpt
Wednesday, Oct. 7 – Willow Writes and Reads – Review
Friday, Oct. 9 – Celticlady’s Reviews – Excerpt
Monday, Oct. 12 – Literary Rambles – Interview
Wednesday, Oct. 14 – Writer’s Gambit – Feature & Top 10 List
 
Thanks for stopping by today. Do you enjoy all different types of genres and age-related stories?

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