Book Tour: The Snow White Effect


Here’s another lovely stop on this book tour fo you! Today I have an excerpt from The Snow White Effect by A.K. Mills! Stay tuned for a giveaway down below.

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About The Book:
Title: THE SNOW WHITE EFFECT
Author: A.K. Mills
Pub. Date: March 27, 2018
Publisher: Dark Wolf Publications
Pages: 358
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: Goodreads

Dale knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Cindy from the first moment he saw her. Forty years later, nothing has changed. She is his best friend, his soul. When she dies shortly after having an elective procedure at Kendal Slate Memorial Hospital, he is left heartbroken with a million unanswered questions. Dale may not have a fancy medical degree, but he is convinced medical malpractice killed his wife.


At thirty-eight years old with four children and a promising medical career, Emma Speck is living her dream. Being a doctor married to a surgeon, she finds comfort and normalcy in their hectic lifestyle. When her beloved life of chaos is brought to a screeching halt after she receives a phone call no one ever wants to get, Emma is forced to question everything she once believed in.


Surgical department chair at Kendal Slate Memorial Hospital, Richard Oakley makes no apologies for his successes or failures. When his department comes under fire for harming patients, his attitude is no different; medicine isn’t perfect. Despite his attempts to ignore the meritless accusations, they’re not going away. In fact, the accusations are mounting, bringing with them elements of his past he had hoped to keep suppressed. 


Having children was always a part of Addison’s plan. However, after suffering a miscarriage that nearly killed her, Addison decides it’s time to stop trying to get pregnant. Instead, she opts for a surgical procedure that will end her hopes of conception. The surgery, unlike her fertility, is straight forward and safe. The hospital, Kendal Slate Memorial, is reputable. Why wouldn’t she trust her doctor?


Four individuals. One hospital ignoring the truth. In this case, what you don’t know can kill you.

Excerpt

SEPTEMBER

DALE

Dale stepped into the elevator with his head down, assuming the button for the lobby had already been pushed. Acknowledging life going on around him was more than he had the energy for. Three months. It wasn’t possible. How could Cindy go from being a happy, energetic hiker to the emaciated, lethargic skeleton that had just taken her last breath?

Her smile. A tear dropped from his eye. The cancer had eaten away the rest of her body, but it couldn’t touch her smile. Her smile. His heart lurched. She hadn’t smiled much the last couple of weeks, but when she had, it was like the first time he’d ever seen her.

Dale had been at the diner with his best friend Mickey when a group of girls came in, laughing and dancing around a blonde with a silver tiara in her hair.

“It’s her birthday,” one of the girls cried out, unsteady on her feet. “She’s twenty one!”

The birthday girl blushed as the waitress took their order and Dale couldn’t help but smile.

“I’m going to marry that girl,” he said to Mickey.

Mickey laughed it off, but Dale had never been more serious about anything in his life. When the waitress finished taking the girls’ orders, Dale called her over.

“More coffee?” she asked.

“Nope,” Dale replied. “I’d like you to do me a favor.”

“A favor?”

“Can you make one of your best sundaes and give it to that girl over there with the head thing on?”

The waitress grinned. “A tiara?”

“Whatever you call it.” Dale smiled back. “Can I have your notepad?”

The waitress cautiously handed it over. Dale wrote a brief note along with his number and handed it back. He watched with excitement as the waitress, also a cute blonde, delivered the dessert. His heart raced as he watched the girl read the note. When she finished, she showed her friends and they all smiled, looked up and waved.

A couple of days later, Dale’s phone rang.

“I’m the girl from the restaurant,” the caller said, her voice as delicate as he’d remembered. “From Michelangelo’s. I’m Cindy.”

“Hi Cindy,” he said through a smile that stretched across his face. “I didn’t think you were going to call.”

“I wasn’t,” she’d confessed. “But I thought, why not? Any guy who sends a sundae to a stranger can’t be that bad, right?”

That phone call had been forty years ago.

“That’s not the chick from the diner,” Mickey had said when Dale suggested they all

meet up for pizza after he and Cindy had been on a few dates.

“Yes she is.” Dale smiled affectionately, watching Cindy as she sauntered off to the bathroom.

Mickey cocked his head to the side, scrunching his face as he thought. “No, man. That’s not the girl.”

Dale laughed, impressed with Mickey’s memory. Usually girls were faceless to him, falling into one of two categories, hot and not. He didn’t squabble over specific characteristics. But there he was, telling Dale she wasn’t the one.

Dale smiled. He hadn’t stopped smiling since Cindy called. “She’s the one.”

“No.” Mickey shook his head. “That chick was hot.”

“Careful,” Dale cautioned.

“Nah, Cindy’s not bad either. That’s not what I’m saying. She’s cute and looks familiar.” Mickey paused.

Dale waited patiently.

“Dude, is that the waitress?”

“Sure is.”

“But you sent a sundae to the other girl.”

“Sure did,” Dale replied.

“I don’t get it,” Mickey said as Cindy returned to the table.

Dale stood up, allowing Cindy to slide into the booth. “I gave the girl the sundae so I had an excuse to write something for Cindy.”

“What did you write?” Mickey asked.

“It said Happy Birthday. Enjoy the sundae,” Cindy answered. “Can you give this number to the waitress and tell her I think she’s beautiful?”

Mickey nodded in approval. “Nice.”

Their courtship was short, a little too short for their parents’ liking. But it was hard to deny their love. It radiated so brightly, illuminating everything within a mile of where they were. Lord knows they fought, but they also made up, growing closer with each argument.

After six short months, Dale proposed.

He was working construction for his uncle’s company, with dreams of building his own house one day. Cindy, still working at the diner, answered with an emphatic “absolutely!” They were married eight months later, neither one of them looking back except to smile.

Dale shook his head as the elevator chimed on the third floor and the doors opened. This isn’t happening.

About A.K.:

A native of Pennsylvania, A.K. Millsgave up a job in Information Systems to pursue her dream of becoming an author. The Parts I Remember was published in 2013.  The sequel, The Parts That Followed was published in 2014. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card, International. Enter here.

THE SNOW WHITE EFFECT

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Book Tour: Full Fusion


Today I am participating a a book tour by Full Fusion by Natalie Damschroder! There’s also a giveaway down below for the entire set of the Full Fusion series!

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About The Book:
Title: FULL FUSION (The Fusion Series Volume 1)
Author: NJ Damschroder
Pub. Date: June 4, 2014
Publisher: Dragonsoul YA
Pages: 322
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: AmazonB&NiBooksTBDGoodreads

Eighteen-year-old Roxie Sebastian lives a charmed life, and she knows it. Too bad she can’t feel it. 

All her life, she’s felt disconnected from the world around her. Everything changes just before graduation, when she’s drawn to an eerie, brilliant light-which narrowly misses her as it blows up her friend Lincoln’s car. Clearly someone’s after Roxie, and finally Lincoln tells her the truth: He and Roxie are angels, beings from another dimension, and that light is her soul, separated from her human body in a traumatic birth. 

Once a skeptical Roxie rules out the other possibilities-like Lincoln created this delusion to escape his abusive father-she accepts her gut-deep knowledge of the truth. But someone has been screwing with her light, using it to commit crimes, and their actions are about to cause irreparable damage to two worlds: the one she lives in, and the one she can’t remember. 

Aided by her best friend Jordan, her boyfriend Tucker, and Lincoln, Roxie tracks down the criminal and uncovers many more secrets not only of her past, but of the history of their race on Earth. And then Roxie faces a horrible dilemma-the only way she can stop them from ripping apart both worlds is to fuse with her light…which could be tainted by the evil with which it was used. 

Author Interview:

What was the starting point for Full Fusion? Did the idea come from something or pop out of nowhere?

Like most of my books, the inspiration was many. 😊 I’d always wanted to write a YA but I wasn’t a very good teenager, so I wasn’t sure I could do it. I think the main inspiration was Anna from the TV show Supernatural. She was an angel who chose to fall and had lost the part of her that made her angelic. So I wanted to explore what that would be like—to be missing your soul. It seemed to tie perfectly with something I felt as a teenager that I’ve always found difficult to describe: a disconnect between my perception and my reality. It often felt completely surreal, looking at the world from behind my face. It was a quirk of my consciousness, but it was really fun to approach it from an adventurous perspective.

What was the hardest thing to write?

I remember this book as being a complete blast. I’m sure that’s selective memory and it wasn’t always easy, but I’m going to say the end was the hardest thing. I always struggle first to get there (it seems to just keep going and going!) and then to find the right words to tie it all off in a satisfying way.

Any future plans for this series or another?

The Fusion Series is a complete trilogy, but the door is open for additional stories, so it may continue at some point. In the meantime, I have a standalone book about a foster kid with ghosts she can’t get rid of and have just started a new series about a group of teens who discover they are part of an ancient tradition of protectors, awakened to face a threat the world hasn’t seen in a very long time.

Where did you get your start with writing? Did you ever think you’d make it this far?

I’ve kind of always been a writer. I started writing with a goal of publication in 1993 and I think I just assumed I would always do it. I didn’t really think about how far I’d go in terms of how many books I’d get published or anything like that. It’s a never-ending journey. 😊

What’s the best/worst aspects of getting published?

The very best aspect is having a reader (any reader, but especially someone I don’t know) tell me they love something in one of my books. When it’s one of my own favorite parts, the euphoria can last days. LOL

I can’t say there’s a worst aspect. There are things that are hard—finding readers in a crowded market, for example, or getting negative reviews, but those are just part of the job, and every job has hard parts. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

What’s one thing most people would find surprising about you?

I’m very talkative and a little pushy with sharing my thoughts in conversation (“know-it-all” is often a label applied to me LOL) so people are usually shocked to hear that I’m an introvert and find unstructured social interaction to be excruciating!

About NJ:

NatalieNatalie J. Damschroder is an award-winning author of contemporary and paranormal romance, with an emphasis on romantic adventure. She has had 24 novels, 7 novellas, and 16 short stories published by several publishers, most recently with Soul Mate Publishing, Entangled Publishing, and Carina Press. She recently debuted her Fusion Series, a young adult paranormal adventure series, with Full Fusion, as NJ Damschroder. Learn more about those books here.

Natalie grew up in Massachusetts, and loves the New England Patriots more than anything. (Except her family. And writing and reading. And popcorn.) When she’s not writing, she does freelance editing and proofreading. She and her husband have two grown daughters, one of whom is also a novelist. (The other one prefers math. Smart kid. Practical.)

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a Box Set of the FULL FUSION Series, US Only. Click here to enter.

FULL FUSION

Blog Tour: Quantum State


Why hello there!

Today I have the chance to take a part of a blog tour for M. Black’s book Quantum State. Check out the book deets, an author interview, and even a giveaway below!

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About The Book

 

Pub. Date: October 31, 2017
Publisher: Creativia
Pages: 209
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NTBD

In a distant future only known as year 61 of MAQS, the quiet utopian district of Cherni contains the perfect system. Everyone is assigned a duty, and life is harmonious directed by the chief quantum computer: MAQS. 

But Masha Mikhailov is not convinced of MAQS’ sincerity and is determined to escape. Aided by her best friend Esfir, Masha’s plans take a surprising turn when she is assigned to marry the Keeper, Kazimir. 

With both time and options running out, can Masha find her way out… or be forever trapped in the “perfect” life designated for her by the powerful AI?

 

About M. Black:

AmiM. Black is Ami Blackwelder and writes for the brand ENTER TOMORROW. She is a Montessori teacher, helps the deaf and hard of hearing, is an avid Pescetarian, believer in animal rights and wildlife conservation, and a lover of books. she is the author of the never-before-seen-concept Animal Graph, and dubs herself the ‘Robot Girl’ since many of her stories revolve around robots and A.I. She has a Siamese cat named Lotus from Thailand when she was an educator there and he shows up in all her robot books. She adopted a cat named Ash in the States who also shows up in all of her robot books. She loves reading on Kindle Unlimited and only buys paperback. She enjoys many vegetarian dishes like veggie lasagna and four bean chili. She also likes watching movies, gardening, the beach, and hanging out with friends. Of course most of the time you will find her at home, pounding away at her computer.

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Author Interview:

1. Where did you get the inspiration for Quantum State?

I saw a show on how a computer is predicting crimes in certain states and thought about what that would mean if a computer started doing that for everything.  How much freedom would we give up?

2. Do you have a favorite character or scene?

I love it when our main character realizes the truth of everything and is speaking in the final scenes with the powerful AI.

3. Any interesting projects in the works?

I am finishing up book three in the Electric Gardens series, a four part series. If you love Terminator, Logan’s Run, Maze Runner, Divergent…you will love this series. It is a world where robots control us and Lexi019, a teenager, is just trying to break out of the Compound she has been in for the last twelve years.

4. How long have you been writing and what made you start?

I’ve been writing since Elementary school. First short stories that developed into full length novels. I’ve been publishing since 2009.

5. What gets you in the mood to write?

Do you have a cozy nook or stop by the local coffee shop? Tea and my bed. A good cool breeze;)

6. What was the publishing process like for you?

I love writing. I don’t care for publishing or marketing. There is a lot of time spent I’d rather put toward writing.

7. Just for fun, what’s one thing not many people know about you?

I am mostly vegetarian, except for occasional fish.

 

Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card.

Ends on March 6th at Midnight EST!

Enter here!

 

Check out the other stops on the book tour!

 

2/19/2018 – Caffeine and Composition

2/20/2018 – Jrsbookreviews

2/21/2018 – Nay’s Pink Bookshelf

2/22/2018 – Savings in Seconds

2/23/2018 – Abooktropolis

 

2/26/2018 – Buried Under Books

2/27/2018 – Confessions of a YA Reader

2/28/2018 – Adventures Thru Wonderland

3/1/2018 – Cindy’s Love of Books

3/2/2018 – MNBernard Books

QUANTUM STATE


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