Guest Post: Wavehouse by Alice Kaltman


Hello lovelies!

Today we have a guest post by the author of Wavehouse, Alice Kaltman! Check below for a giveaway as well!

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Title: Wavehouse
Author: Alice Kaltman
Pub. Date: June 15, 2018
Publisher: Fitzroy Books
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Pages: 289
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NTBD

Sixteen year-old Anna Dugan is a super surfer who feels most at home when taking off on a ten-foot wave. But surf culture bores Anna big time. While other surfers follow trends and speak the lingo, Anna harbors a secret desire to be an artist, drawing houses made of waves. It’s not the most practical dream for the daughter of a single mom living in Kendall’s Watch, a beach town where most kids are so surf-centric they think ‘Current Events’ have something to do with ocean tides.

Anna is not only the best surfer in Kendall’s, she’s also the shyest. When a surf scout comes to town to gage her talent, Anna freaks out and refuses to let him watch her. To protect herself from the pressure and the panic, Anna decides to only surf at her private break, Secretspot, for the rest of the summer. But Secretspot becomes treacherous in ways Anna never imagined, and the danger has nothing to do with waves. When a gorgeous stranger paddles out, smiling a bewitching smile and surfing like a god, their chemistry is impossible to ignore. A series of events are set in motion that will change Anna’s life forever; events that raise difficult questions about love, honesty, betrayal and family ties.

In the end, is it worth it? Dive in to Wavehouse, life-preserver recommended, and the decision is yours.

Guest Post:

The inspiration for Wavehouse comes from the beach towns on the East End of Long Island and the people who live in those towns. Anyone who has spent time “out east” knows it has a very particular vibe and natural beauty. The cliffs, the Atlantic Ocean, the dunes, the special kind of light that has inspired visual artists and writers for centuries. And then there are the people, a combination of crusty old salts and surfers, weekend warriors and trend-setting city transplants. It’s such an odd combination of types all in close proximity. Suffice to say, the social dynamics are ripe for fictionalizing!

I was also inspired by the ocean, which I consider my home away from home. I often say I’m most at home when upside down and underwater.

I wanted to write about a local girl who, while part of her small, everybody knows everybody town, feels mostly like an outsider. My main character Anna Dugan, is exceptional in so many ways, but the only gift she’s ever been recognized for—her surf prowess—is not something she particularly wants attention for. Until my book, Wavehouse begins. A few chapters into the book and everything changes for Anna, in ways she never expected.

Lastly I was inspired to write a book about surfing, because I love to surf! Sharing the stoke, writing about waves in a way that is accessible and interesting to surfers and non-surfers alike was a particular goal for me. I hope I did a good job at this. I guess you’ll have to read the book to find out!

Giveaway Details:

2 winners will receive a hardcover of WAVEHOUSE, US Only. Enter here.

alice_headshot_100-620x413About Alice:

As a young girl I longed to be a mermaid. My idol sat demurely on the Chicken of the Sea tuna fish cans. I peeled labels off to save her image. Every night before bedtime I squeezed both legs in to one side of my pajama bottoms and shuffled around the house pretending I was as beautiful as the tuna fish mermaid.

Real mermaid-hood proved elusive, so I became a modern dancer instead. For over twenty years I worked with brilliant choreographers and performed in amazing places. And while I’m still paid to do the occasional pirouette, I’m now mostly known as a Parenting Coach/Writer helping out moms and dads, and talking to kids also, about their (often annoying) parents.

But honestly? I’m most at home when upside down and underwater. I’ve been swimming my entire life, and surfing for the better part of adulthood. It’s no surprise my two novels are totally ocean-centric. Saving Grace is about a mermaid, and Wavehouse is about a surfer. And I guess they’re both about me, too.

My short fiction (for adults) takes place on land, sea, and air. I’m thrilled that Staggerwing, a collection of my favorites, is forthcoming from Tortoise Books in October, 2016.

These days I split my time between Brooklyn and Montauk, New York where I wear my pajamas regular style. But if too much time passes without a swim or a surf, I’m tempted to revisit my childhood shenanigans. Wouldn’t it be fun to flip-flop about like a fish out of water or a beached mermaid, restless and hungry for the incoming tide?

If you want to reach out about bookish stuff, send me an email via the cute little Contact pop-up, or via my literary agent, Zoe Sandler of ICM Partners.
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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

Cover Reveal: The Archivist


Today Christy Sloat and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover for The Archivist, book 2 in the Librarian Chronicles, which releases May 28, 2018! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to win a signed copy of book 1 below!

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Just look at that beauty!

Book Stats:
Pub. Date: May 28, 2018
Publisher: CHBB Publishing
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 230
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, TBD

Savannah Preston has a rare and precious gift: The ability to time travel through books. She, and others who share this unique ability, are faced with the insurmountable task of preserving history. They are known collectively as The Librarians.

While researching infamous Scottish outlaw Sir Malcolm Wash during the raging conflicts of the 14th Century, Savannah loses the only thing that tethers her to her own time. She must rely on her knowledge of both the present and the past to survive long enough to find a way home. Along the way, she enlists the help of a misfit named Eoin. With his guidance, she might just get home. It’s a risky and dangerous adventure, but then, so is Eoin…

Excerpt:

When I first met Jessa at my grandma’s funeral I hated her. Upon my first impression, I walked away thinking she was pretentious and rude. She wore a pink dress to a funeral. I mean who does that?

Then when I found out she was going to be my protector, I hated her even more. Jessa’s parents were high society and they were involved with my family in dealings with historical artifacts. They didn’t know my ancestors travelled through time, but they knew we were important historians and that we preserved facts. My grandma thought Jessa would be a good match to help me. I thought that she was senile and wrong and that it wasn’t going to work out, but I was wrong. We learned to like each other and then we became best friends. Turns out my grandma was right.

Jessa was my guide and I need more than just her friendship. While I travel through time she watches over me, keeping me safe. Jessa is also responsible for making sure my clothing is appropriate for the time frame, while also assisting me while I chronical what I have seen and what experiences I’ve gone through. She keeps notes on all of these things in her guide book, which basically makes her invaluable to me and to the work that I do. In order to travel through time you must have a guide you can trust, and I trust Jessa with my life.

The most important research was kept inside the blank pages of a book. Each mission yielded a new book. Once that book was full and our mission complete, it was sealed. I’m a librarian but not in the typical sense. I haven’t earned the proper diploma to get such a title. I, along with many others throughout the world, preserve the history of some of the most famous historical figures inside the blank pages of each book we are sent. The Librarians was founded by a famous scientist, Harold Lockhart. Lockhart wrote the formula for time travel in the only thing he had near him when it was fresh in his brain. That book wasn’t empty, it happened to be the history of none other than, Abraham Lincoln. After he wrote the formula, he was whisked away in time and came face to face with Lincoln himself. The talent to travel and record history was never his intention, but after he realized how wrong historians were about the president, he created the group of librarians. Lockhart put us in charge of libraries and their books. The sect of librarians were given their jobs and they went to work straight away.

I myself hope to achieve the goal of working in a library with the official title someday, which is what I’m studying in school. My intention is to host my own library and help archive important time periods through my research as well as artifacts, like my grandma did. Like all the women did who came before her.

All I know about my job before I travel is who I’m to research. Everything else is learned while I’m inside the book, or in other words, the past.

I’m forbidden to change history by becoming involved in the past or with my target. But I can become friendly with them and immerse myself in their world. It’s hard not to become part of it. While I’m there I am more than just a girl recording the true history. I become my character fully and truly; as if I really am who I say I am. I’ve been many different people, travelling five separate times into five people’s world. And each time I go, I’m nervous. It doesn’t take long to fill the pages the Historical Society of Libraries sends me. I’m currently one of the youngest on the East Coast. My job is taken extremely serious for I have wanted to do this for a long time. Now that it’s my job, I feel as if I am living the dream.

How could I not love it? I am a college student full time and on my off days I travel to the past. What is there not to like?

Giveaway:

1 winner will receive a signed finished copy of The Librarian, US Only. Enter here!

About the Author:

ChristyI am Southern California native, now living in New Jersey! How did that happen? I am married and have  two beautiful little girls who love to read just like Mommy. I have had a passion for books since I was a little girl and an imagination for just as long. I hope my books can inspire others to read and to write too.

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