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Giveaway Winner – Cankered Roots by GG Vandagriff! December 3, 2011

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Thank you to everyone who came out during the G.G. Vandagriff 4-Book Nurture Gala Book Tour and entered to win a copy of Cankered Roots by G.G. Vandagriff!!

I used random.org to select the winner. The winner has 48 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be selected.

The winner of the Print copy is…

* Pamela

Winner has been contacted via email.

Thank you again to everyone who entered and a big THANK YOU to Ms. Vandagriff for donating a copy to giveaway on Juniper Grove!

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

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Giveaway Winner! – Entrapped by Barbara Kyle November 30, 2011

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Thank you to everyone who came out during the Entrapped Nurture Book Tour and entered to win an eBook copy of Entrapped by Barbara Kyle! As a bonus, the winner will also receive a print copy of The Queen’s Gamble by Barbara Kyle!

I used random.org to select the winner. The winner has 48 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be selected.

And the winner is…

* Rosanna – UNCLAIMED

Winner has been contacted via email.

Replacement Winner:

* Margaret

Thank you again to everyone who entered and a big THANK YOU to Ms. Kyle for donating her books to giveaway on Juniper Grove!

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Nurture Book Tour – GG Vandagriff GALA Tour! November 24, 2011

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Author Bio:

I realize that I am one of those rare people in the world who gets to live a life full of passion, suspense, angst, fulfillment, humor, and mystery. I am a writer. Everyday when I sit down to my computer, I enter into world of my own making. I am in the head of a panoply of characters ranging from a nineteen year-old Austrian debutante (The Last Waltz) to a raging psychopath (The Arthurian Omen) and four women at once in The Only Way to Paradise.

How did this come about? I think I was wired to be a writer when I was born. Even though my formal career was in finance, writing was all I really wanted to do. There were a lot of things about my surroundings that I couldn’t control during my growing up years, so I retreated to whatever alternate existence I was creating. The habit stuck, and now my family finds themselves living in my current reality during dinnertime as I overflow with enthusiasm about Wales or Italy.

To learn more about GG Vandagriff, visit her Author Tour Page!

 

The Only Way to Paradise by GG Vandagriff

In The Only Way to Paradise, four women in a therapy group fall under the influence of  the movie “Enchanted April” and ask, “ If Italy is so wonderful and therapeutic, what are we doing in Ohio?” They take off for Florence, packing their worries with them.  Their Italian adventures are not at all what they expect.  As keepers of more than artistic treasures, the Italians possess the unique gift of agape (selfless love). While pursuing the 500 year old mystery of a murdered princess, as well as becoming embroiled in a porcelain heist, each woman discovers the ultimate mystery resides inside of her. Agape is the balm that, when applied gently to their souls, causes these heroines to transform, embracing this virtue themselves.  Some discover romance, but all discover healing that puts them on the road to recovery, “The Only Way to Paradise.”

The Only Way to Paradise by GG Vandagriff | Genre: Woman’s Fiction/Romance | Published by: Orson Whitney Press (June 6, 2011) | Format(s): eBook & Trade Paperback | ISBN13: 978-0983623212 | # of pages: 204

 

The Last Waltz: A Novel of Love and War by GG Vandagriff

A romantic historical epic, the award-winning The Last Waltz: A Novel of Love and War begins with the glittering life of Amalia Faulhaber, socialite, nurse, and finally baroness.  Amalia is immersed in four phases of Austrian history:  the restless energy that proves to be the last days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1914. She survives its destruction and dissolution. Through her husband she is deeply involved in its attempt at democracy and eventual descent into fascism. A brilliant heroine, Amalia is a light in the lives of the men who love her—a Prussian officer, a Polish doctor and patriot, and the solid, influential Baron von Schoenenburg.  Politically inclined herself, her vastly differing romances follow the fate of her suitors and the part they are destined to play in history.

The Last Waltz: A Novel of Love and War (New Edition) by GG Vandagriff | Genre: Fiction – Historical Romance | Published by: Orson Whitney Press (October 5, 2011) | Format(s): eBook & Trade Paperback | ISBN13: 978-0983953661 | # of pages: 480

 

Cankered Roots by GG Vandagriff

Combine a rifle-toting widowed grandmother with a angst-driven young widow struggling to find what went wrong in her family’s past, and you come up with Cankered Roots, the first volume in a series of five about the adventures of genealogists Briggie and Alex, aka RootSearch, Inc.  Who knew genealogy could be such a dangerous hobby?  No sooner has Alex confronted the father who sent her packing as soon as she graduated  from high school, than he is murdered.  What is the dangerous secret that has destroyed her family?  The truth lies in the unexpected, secret-laden genealogy of Alex’s father’s family, that the brilliant sleuths uncover amidst comedy and danger.

Cankered Roots (New Edition) by GG Vandagriff | Genre: Fiction – Mystery | Published by: Orson Whitney Press (September 22, 2011) | Format(s): eBook & Trade Paperback | ISBN13: 978-0983953609 | # of pages: 212

 

The Authurian Omen by GG Vandagriff

In The Arthurian Omen, a Celtic scholar is brutally murdered when she discovers a clue to a fifteenth century manuscript that could prove the identity of King Arthur.  Determined to find the ancient relic and avenge her sister’s death, Maren Southcott begins a quest that immediately puts her own life in danger.  Her search weaves through the ruined castles and monasteries of ancient Wales, while she is unwittingly stalked by a psychopath who desires the relic to incite an “Arthurian revolution,” killing the royal family, making way for the return of the “Once and Future King.”  Carrying her investigation on despite personal crises, Maren can depend on no one, and is determined to locate the relic before the murderer can strike again.

The Authurian Omen (New Edition) by GG Vandagriff | Genre: Fiction – Suspense | Published by: Orson Whitney Press (October 24, 2011) | Format(s): eBook & Trade Paperback | ISBN13: 978-0983953654 | # of pages: 260

 

I recently had the pleasure of reading Cankered Roots! Check out my full review HERE but here is a snippet:

Cankered Roots by GG Vandagriff is an emotional tale of love, loss and finding out who you are. Alex, a genealogist, takes a break from helping others learn about their family trees and concentrates on her own. Desperately wanting to have a family after her husband’s death, she sets out to uncover the grandfather she barely knew and whom her parents are determined to forget ever existed. What she begins to uncover reminds Alex that sometimes it is better to leave things buried in the past.

Find & Follow GG Vandagriff:

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Don’t forget to stop by my Giveaway Page to enter to win a copy of Cankered Roots by GG Vandagriff!

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Book Review: Cankered Roots November 24, 2011

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Synopsis:

Alexandra Campbell, a spunky young widow, partnered with Brighamina Poulson, an even spunkier, rifle-toting grandmother thinks that as they have begun a genealogy business (RootSearch, Inc.), it is high time she finds out her family secret. Something went wrong in her family during her adolescence, changing her mother from a Chicago North Shore matron into an alcoholic and a doting father into a workaholic. The moment she graduated from High School, she was sent to the Sorbonne in Paris with a generous bank account and instructions not to return.

It is now fifteen years since she has seen her parents, and she intends to lay the ghost that has separated her family for good. However, as usual in Alex’s unpredictable life, things do not go as planned. After an acrimonious fight with her once beloved father, she leaves with only a wallet-sized photograph of a woman she knows nothing about.

That night, Alex’s father is killed. Bewildered and grieved that her family can never be whole again, she soon finds out that she is the chief suspect in the murder. With the unflappable Briggie at her side, she uses all her new genealogical skills, and (with the help of Briggie’s deer rifle) discovers a secret so bizarre that she finally understands why her parents wanted her far away and safe.

Join Alex and Briggie in the first of their hair-raising adventures!

My Review:

Cankered Roots by GG Vandagriff is an emotional tale of love, loss and finding out who you are. Alex, a genealogist, takes a break from helping others learn about their family trees and concentrates on her own. Desperately wanting to have a family after her husband’s death, she sets out to uncover the grandfather she barely knew and whom her parents are determined to forget ever existed. What she begins to uncover reminds Alex that sometimes it is better to leave things buried in the past.

Originally written in 1993, this new edition of Cankered Roots was a pleasure to read. Taking a step back from modern technology, Alex and her friends have to uncover her family history by traditional means – searching libraries, microfilms, court documents, etc. It was so nice to read a story that isn’t built around technology and how easy it is to find information online. Throw in nice doses of mystery, blackmail, unknown identities…even a dash of romance…and Cankered Roots is a great book to get lost in. I am eagerly looking forward to reading more adventures from Alex and her friends.

My Rating:

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Nurture Book Tour – A New Prospect by Wayne Zurl + Giveaway! November 21, 2011

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Author Bio:

Wayne Zurl grew up on Long Island and retired after twenty years with the Suffolk County Police Department, one of the largest municipal law enforcement agencies in New York and the nation. For thirteen of those years he served as a section commander supervising investigators. He is a graduate of SUNY, Empire State College and served on active duty in the US Army during the Vietnam War and later in the reserves. Zurl left New York to live in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee with his wife, Barbara.

Ten (10) of his Sam Jenkins mysteries have been produced as audio books and simultaneously published as eBooks or under contract. His first full-length novel, A NEW PROSPECT, was named best mystery at the 2011 Indie Book Awards. A new full-length novel, A LEPRECHAUN’S LAMENT, is on the coming soon list at Iconic Publishing and will be available in print for early 2012.

For more information on Wayne’s Sam Jenkins mystery series see www.waynezurlbooks.net. You can read excerpts, reviews and endorsements, interviews, coming events, and even see photos of the area where the stories take place.

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I’d like to welcome author Wayne Zurl to Juniper Grove today! Check out this interview to learn more about this author:

Without giving too much away, can you tell us what A New Prospect is about?

Sam Jenkins, a retired New York detective with a bit of a mid-life crisis, reluctantly takes the job as chief of police in the small touristy town of Prospect, Tennessee. His first weekend on duty provides a complicated homicide to test his old skills.

How long did it take you to write this book?

I began writing A NEW PROSPECT in the summer of 2006 knowing nothing about creative writing or the publishing business. I learned along the way…the hard way. In August 2010, I was offered a contract to publish and the book was released in January 2011.

What was your inspiration to write this book?

I always remember movies or books where aging heroes try to do what they did at a younger age. Movies like Robin & Marian and more recently Red are two that immediately come to mind. I wanted to write about a middle-aged cop who gets things done the old-fashioned way.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

Read A NEW PROSPECT and meet a memorable protagonist and a cast of quirky supporting characters scattered throughout an authentic police mystery.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I’ve evolved to telling a story in the fewest words possible—almost but not quite in the hard-boiled style. I put lots of emphasis on characters and dialogue to tell the story. I make sure each person speaks with a unique voice. And the Protagonist often dishes out timely portions of sarcastic humor.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I find myself doing lots of post-publication marketing, mostly on the computer—hours a day, actually. Writing is fun. The promotion angle is too much like work. So, whenever we get the opportunity, my wife and I travel and try to do some really cool stuff. Like a river boat trip from Budapest to Amsterdam, a small boat along Alaska’s inside passage, or a buffalo round-up in South Dakota. We don’t lie on a beach and read.

What does your family think of your writing?

My wife is very supportive. She’s my first line proof reader and chief source of pep talks.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a published author?

NEVER GIVE UP! A veteran author once told me, “Sometimes tenacity trumps talent.” Start out looking for an agent. If you can’t find someone interested, write to publishers who will accept submissions directly from a writer. That worked for me. If you can’t break that barrier and you really believe in your work—self-publish if you have the money to invest. In any case, be prepared for lots of work after your book hits the shelves or the data bases.

Do you hear from your readers much?

More than I envisioned. Generally communications take the form of quick emails and occasionally they write reviews.

What do you think makes a good story?

I’m not a fan of the modern concept of conflict for the sake of conflict. I’d rather leave that to the phony “reality” TV shows. I’d like to see a simple plot sparked up by quirky, memorable characters and snappy, natural dialogue. Guys like Elmore Leonard (who just celebrated his eighty-sixth birthday) have been doing that successfully for years.

What genre do you find the most difficult to write in and why?

Because of my professional background, I only write police mysteries. I tried a Vietnam War story once, got a few chapters into it and realized the language was so flagrant, I’d be embarrassed for my aunt to read it. But that was the reality I knew and I wanted it realistic. So, I scrapped the idea. I doubt I could ever do justice to a Sci-Fi book or story. There are just too many technicalities involved that fans would demand and I don’t know. An eleven year old sci-fi buff could do a better job than me. But I think I could pull off a pretty good western some day.

Is there anything that you find challenging in your writing?

The one big thing I had to overcome was not letting my fiction sound like a police report. Fiction requires much less detail than a real report where you’d get crucified for leaving out any material facts. I like the “arrive late, leave early” writer’s concept that lets the reader’s imagination fill in the blanks. It took me a while to learn how to efficiently do that.

Do you ever experience writer’s block and if so, how to you overcome it?

All my basic storylines come from experience—something I worked on, supervised, or just knew a lot about. But often fact isn’t as interesting or exciting as fiction needs to be. So, I have to figure out how to embellish actual incidents. Sometimes the simple fact that Mr. A killed Ms. B because they were both drunk and got mad is boring. Occasionally, I’m at a loss for a plausible and exciting reason that resolves the story. I talk it over with my wife and see what we can dream up. That usually works.

What is the last book you read?

The late Robert B. Parker’s final Spenser novel, SIXKILL. It was published after his death. Good book. It had all the elements of the best of the Spenser series. I liked it.

If you could take any book and rewrite it, putting your own twist on it, which book would it be and why?

A question like this gives me writer’s block. I’ve been poisoned by almost two years at an on-line writer’s workshop. Whenever I read a book, I find myself looking for better ways to phrase something, better words to use, and how to rid the world of passive voice and lazy state-of-being verbs. So, it takes me twice as long to read something than before.

One of my favorite books is NORTHWEST PASSAGE by Kenneth Roberts. It takes place during the French & Indian war of 1754 to 1763 in upstate New York. I’ve always seen similarities between the F&I War and the Vietnam War—both took us from engaging in more conventional conflicts to unconventional warfare. I’d like to take the basic premise of Roberts’ book and move the story up to the 1960’s in Southeast Asia.

Do you have any writing projects you are currently working on?

I’ve just sold two novelettes (numbers 9 and 10 in the Sam Jenkins series—THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN BANK JOB and FATE OF A FLOOZY) that are going to be produced as audio books and simultaneously published as eBooks. These projects are moving along nicely.

My second full-length novel, A LEPRECHAUN’S LAMENT has just passed the second round edits with flying colors and is ready for formatting. The cover art is finished and the promotional video is being worked on as I’m writing this. The target release date is early 2012.

I just signed contracts to create two hard copy anthologies from ten novelettes. SMOKY MOUNTAIN MYSTERIES will be slated for 2012 and MORE SMOKY MOUNTAIN MYSTERIES for 2013.

And I’m almost finished with my final edits for another Sam Jenkins novel, HEROES & LOVERS, and will be able to send it to the publisher when he’s ready.

What is your least favorite movie that came from a book?

I hated the most recent SHERLOCK HOLMES film starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. I’ve read all 56 stories and 4 novels from Conan Doyle and couldn’t get beyond the special effects and having Holmes featured as a kung fu consulting detective.

How many books do you read a week/month?

Two or three a month.

If you could travel into the past or future, where would you go and why?

I’d like to take a walk through the 19th century American west. As a kid, I read lots of non-fiction about the era, the famous players, and the locales. I’ve never quite gotten the “cowboy” out of my system.

What does the word success mean to you?

I’ve never been a very competitive guy, unless you count competing with myself. I feel successful if I can achieve a personal best in most any thing I’ve tryed. If I can honestly say I gave any given task 100%, the end product is successful. Or at least the best I could do. Of course, trying to tune up a new computerized car by myself doesn’t count.

If you had to compare yourself to an animal, which one would it be and why?

A terrier. I’m pretty tenacious and I guess I’d jump into a barrel and fight it out with a badger if I had to.

If you had to have one word or phrase written on your forehead for an entire week, what would it be?

“Don’t lie to me!”

If you had to trade lives with someone for an entire week, who would you trade with? Keep in mind that they would be living your life as well.

WNBC’s Al Roker. I think he’s got a good personality and one of the greatest jobs in the world.

What is the best advice anyone has ever given to you?

We didn’t speak personally, but the famous David Crockett said, “Be sure you’re right and then go ahead.” I take that to mean be your own man. Don’t let peer or other pressure influence you to so something you don’t consider proper, or dissuade you from something you do.

One food you would never eat?

I smelled chitlins cooking once. NOT FOR ME.

Biggest Pet Peeve?

Since you said PET peeve, I’m assuming I shouldn’t tackle something big like how to prosecute the war in Afghanistan or the separation of church and state. How about discourteous drivers?

We drive a lot every year and in all areas, so we get to see how little the average driver considers their fellow human being. Most of the rules of the road aren’t written just to see if we know how to follow directions. They’re all about courtesy and safety.

Thanks, Jaidis for allowing me to speak with your fans.  wz

Thank you Wayne for that insightful interview! Living in the South where chitlins are cooked everywhere…I’d have to agree with you. Just the thought of them turns my stomach.

Get your copy of A New Prospect on Kindle!

Synopsis:

Sam Jenkins never thought about being a fish out of water during the twenty years he spent solving crimes in New York. But things change, and after retiring to Tennessee, he gets that feeling. Jenkins becomes a cop again and is thrown headlong into a murder investigation and a steaming kettle of fish, down-home style. The victim, Cecil Lovejoy, couldn’t have deserved it more. His death was the inexorable result of years misspent and appears to be no great loss, except the prime suspect is Sam’s personal friend. Jenkins’ abilities are attacked when Lovejoy’s influential widow urges politicians to reassign the case to state investigators. Feeling like “a pork chop at a bar mitzvah” in his new workplace, Sam suspects something isn’t kosher when the family tries to force him out of the picture. In true Jenkins style, Sam turns common police practice on its ear to insure an innocent man doesn’t fall prey to an imperfect system and the guilty party receives appropriate justice. A NEW PROSPECT takes the reader through a New South resolutely clinging to its past and traditional way of keeping family business strictly within the family.

Check back on December 13th to read my review of A New Prospect!

You can find a complete list of tour stops HERE but here are the next few in line:

Find and follow Wayne Zurl:

Author Website
Author Blog/Diary
Twitter
Goodreads
Facebook Page

Buy the book at:

Amazon.com
Amazon.ca
Amazon.co.uk
Barnes & Noble
Smashwords
Books-A-Million

Giveaway Time!

Two lucky readers will win an eBook copy of A New Prospect by Wayne Zurl! Giveaway will run until 11:59PM EST on December 14th, 2011 and is International. To enter, fill out the form below:

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Nurture Book Tour – Of Good and Evil by Gerald G. Griffin November 18, 2011

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Author Bio:

Born in Flint, Michigan. Received MA and Ph.D. in psychology from Michigan State University. Set up private practice in Atlanta, Georgia as a Consulting Psychologist, a practice of 18 years doing psychotherapy, counseling, diagnostics and executive consultation. Moved to Gainesville, Georgia to enter writing full-time, at first doing ghost-writing and screenplays before turning back to novels. At present, putting the final touches to A TIME OF RECKONING, the sequel to OF GOOD AND EVIL.

Gerald is a member of International Thriller Writers (ITW) and while in practice in Atlanta he was listed in Marquis Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Personalities of America and Notable Americans.

Gerald is divorced with two grown sons, and is presently engaged.

Synopsis:

Ron Sheffield, a gifted but tormented Green Beret, plagued by suicidal guilt because of his “special” abilities, is discharged from the army for going “crazy.” Immediately, he is brutally beaten and shot by the Mafia, and is hospitalized near death. His life is dramatically saved by Amber Ash, who also possesses “special” abilities, and from there the two are propelled into harrowing ventures against mobsters, terrorists, and a government cell out to kill them over Iraqi documents Ron possesses from his army service. In an ironic twist, Ron becomes a Mafia hit man to save his sanity, targeting only fallen mobsters. This brings Ron and Amber into contact with the powerful and humane gifted secret society, Eros; this contact eventually actualizing Ron’s mental gifts to a point beyond his imagination. Ron is confronted with the imminent nuclear obliteration of a major American city by a suicidal terrorist cell that only he can stop. But against impossible obstacles, will he be able to do it in time?

Of Good and Evil: A Novel
Author: Gerald G. Griffin
Genre: Fiction – Thriller/Suspense
Published by: Eloquent Books (July 27, 2010)
Age Recommendation: 18+ For Mild Sexuality & Some Violence
Format: eBook & Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 978-1609760144
Number of pages: 342

You can find my complete review HERE but here is a snippet:

Of Good and Evil by Gerald G. Griffin is an action-packed ride from start to finish! We are introduced to the main character, Ron Sheffield, in the heat of battle and quickly realize there is more to Ron than meets the eye. After returning home from war, Ron is discharged for having a nervous breakdown but he knows that other forces are working against him. Taking matters into his own hands, Ron makes it his new mission to search for clues and honor his fallen comrades, while trying to preserve his sanity by focusing on the present.

Today is the last day of Gerald’s book tour, but be sure to check out the previous stops HERE to learn more about this wonderful author!

Find and follow Gerald G. Griffin at:

Author Website
Author Blog
Twitter
Goodreads
Facebook Profile
Facebook Page

Buy the book at:

Amazon.com
Amazon.ca
Amazon.co.uk
Barnes & Noble

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Nurture Book Tour – Entrapped by Barbara Kyle November 15, 2011

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Author Bio:

Barbara Kyle is the author of the Tudor-era “Thornleigh” novels including The Queen’s Lady, The King’s Daughter, The Queen’s Captive, and The Queen’s Gamble, all published internationally. Barbara previously won acclaim for her contemporary thrillers under pen name ‘Stephen Kyle,’ including Beyond Recall (a Literary Guild Selection), After Shock and The Experiment. Over 400,000 copies of her books have been sold. Her latest thriller, under her own name, is Entrapped. Barbara is passionate about helping emerging writers. She has taught her “Writers Boot Camp” for the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, and is known for her dynamic workshops for many writers organizations. She offers twice-yearly Master Classes that focus on work-shopping each participant’s novel-in-progress. Her popular series of videos “Writing Fiction That Sells” offers ten hours of tips, techniques, and inspiration, and is available online via her website. Before becoming an author Barbara enjoyed a twenty-year acting career in television, film, and stage productions in Canada and the U.S.

Synopsis:

Set in Alberta, Canada, Entrapped is the story of Liv Gardner, an ambitious young oil executive intent on stopping farmer Tom Wainwright who is sabotaging her rigs after a spill of lethal “sour” gas poisoned his wife. Desperate to save the company she built, Liv plants evidence to frame Tom. But when the evidence is used to indict him for a murder he didn’t commit, only Liv can save him.

About the Book:

Entrapped
Author: Barbara Kyle
Genre: Fiction – Thriller/Suspense
Published by: Barbara Kyle (June 15, 2011)
Age Recommendation: 18+ For Mild Sexuality
Format: eBook
ASIN: B0056AEQVI

You can find my complete review of Entrapped HERE but here is a snippet:

Entrapped by Barbara Kyle is the thrilling tale about the lengths people will go to in order to preserve the most important things in their lives. What things are considered important enough to risk everything? Family and friends? Business and financial success? Maybe even love? Either way, when you have two groups waging war against each other, sacrifices have to be made.

You can find a complete list of tour stops HERE but here are the next few in line:

Find and follow Barbara Kyle at:

Author Website
Twitter
Goodreads
Facebook Page

Buy the eBOOK at:

Amazon.com
Amazon.co.uk
Barnes & Noble

Don’t forget to stop by my giveaway POST and enter to win your own eBook copy of Entrapped by Barbara Kyle!

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Nurture Book Tour – Under The Neon Sky by Jay Rankin November 15, 2011

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Author Bio:

Jay Rankin was born in Los Angeles, but he grew up in Hollywood, Ca. He held some amazing jobs. He worked his way through college inside the locked unit of a psychiatric hospital, was a Los Angeles County Probation Officer, worked at several detention camps, was a bouncer at a country and western nightclub in Los Angeles and built custom homes in Connecticut and Las Vegas. Jay studied and received a Master’s degree in clinical psychology. He now lives in Los Angeles and where he is raising his 9-year-old son.

Synopsis:

Under The Neon Sky is a gripping, true story about a Las Vegas doorman who works the graveyard shift at one of the major hotels on the Strip. The sights, smells, and page popping characters are unforgettable as we take a journey that will transform how we used to envision the city that never sleeps. We watch as this doorman begins to emotionally break and wonder if he will become broken seeing his friends, his wife, hotel guests, and himself cross too many boundaries in this riveting, page turning story.

You can find my complete review of Under The Neon Sky: A Las Vegas Doorman’s Story HERE but here is a snippet:

Under The Neon Sky: A Las Vegas Doorman’s Story by Jay Rankin gives us a candid look into working in one of the largest hotels in Las Vegas – the MGM. What goes on behind the scenes? People work very hard to make Las Vegas a tourist attraction, focusing on the fun that one can have in Vegas. The bright and shining neon lights. The shows and performances. Not to mention that fun to be had at Casinos. But in today’s society so many people are focused on their own paths, not paying attention to their surroundings, that it is easy to miss the things that are happening right in front of you.

If you missed my interview with Jay, check it out HERE and be sure to enter to win your own copy of Under The Neon Sky: A Las Vegas Doorman’s Story!

You can find a complete list of tour stops HERE but here are the next few in line:

Find and follow Jay Rankin:

Author Website
Twitter – Under the Neon Sky & Jay Rankin
Goodreads
Facebook Page

Buy the book at:

Amazon.com
Amazon.ca
Amazon.co.uk
Barnes & Noble

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Nurture Book Tour – Entrapped by Barbara Kyle + Giveaway November 1, 2011

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Author Bio:

Barbara Kyle is the author of the Tudor-era “Thornleigh” novels including The Queen’s Lady, The King’s Daughter, The Queen’s Captive, and The Queen’s Gamble, all published internationally. Barbara previously won acclaim for her contemporary thrillers under pen name ‘Stephen Kyle,’ including Beyond Recall (a Literary Guild Selection), After Shock and The Experiment. Over 400,000 copies of her books have been sold. Her latest thriller, under her own name, is Entrapped. Barbara is passionate about helping emerging writers. She has taught her “Writers Boot Camp” for the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, and is known for her dynamic workshops for many writers organizations. She offers twice-yearly Master Classes that focus on work-shopping each participant’s novel-in-progress. Her popular series of videos “Writing Fiction That Sells” offers ten hours of tips, techniques, and inspiration, and is available online via her website. Before becoming an author Barbara enjoyed a twenty-year acting career in television, film, and stage productions in Canada and the U.S.

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I’d like to welcome author Barbara Kyle to Juniper Grove today! Barbara has graciously allowed me to interview her as part of her Nurture Virtual Book Tour. Check out her interview below:

Without giving too much away, can you tell us what Entrapped is about?

Set in Alberta, Canada, Entrapped is the story of Liv Gardner, an ambitious young oil executive intent on stopping farmer Tom Wainwright who is sabotaging her rigs after a spill of lethal “sour” gas poisoned his wife. Desperate to save the company she built, Liv plants evidence to frame Tom. But when the evidence is used to indict him for a murder he didn’t commit, only Liv can save him.

How long did it take you to write this book?

About two years. For the first few months of that I was doing research about the oil industry, and about northern Alberta, a truly beautiful place.

What was your inspiration to write this book?

The true story of a man whose land was surrounded by oil companies’ rigs and gas flares, and whose livestock were sickening and dying from the poisoned air and water. His complaints were ignored, so he took matters into his own hands and sabotaged the rigs.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

Entrapped is a fast-paced thriller with a crucial moral question at its heart: who owns the land?

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

My husband and I are sailors, and we sail our Cal-46 ketch on Georgian Bay, Lake Huron.

What does your family think of your writing?

My husband is my first editor; he’s a documentary filmmaker and has a superb eye for narrative. My daughter loved Entrapped.

How many books have you written so far?

Eight. Four, including Entrapped, are thrillers. Four are historical novels set in the turbulent times of Tudor England.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?

Martinis with my husband at our favorite bar. I’m sure I made a nuisance of myself by showing everyone there the book’s cover.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a published author?

Write a compelling and marketable book! The best advice I’ve ever heard is that of author Wayson Choy, who says there’s only one rule to writing: AC – ass on chair. It’s true. You write and then re-write and then re-write. There’s no other way to learn the craft.

What do you think makes a good story?

Characters thrown into situations of enormous pressure in which they have to make hard choices. Every reader empathizes with that dilemma. It makes us ask ourselves, What would I do if that happened to me?

Do you have any writing projects you are currently working on?

My publisher has signed me to write three more books to follow the first four in my “Thornleigh” series of historical novels set in Tudor England, so I’m at work on Book #5. They follow a rising middle-class family, the Thornleighs, through some of the most harrowing years of English history.

What does the word success mean to you?

Readers around the world reading and enjoying my books.

What is the best advice anyone has ever given to you?

My agent, Al Zuckerman, once told me, as I was almost pulling out my hair in wrestling with the challenges of a book’s first draft: “Remember, it’s a process.” That goes for the second draft, too. I have learned that it’s only the final draft that matters.

Thank you Barbara for that amazing interview!

Entrapped by Barbara Kyle

Synopsis:

Set in Alberta, Canada, Entrapped is the story of Liv Gardner, an ambitious young oil executive intent on stopping farmer Tom Wainwright who is sabotaging her rigs after a spill of lethal “sour” gas poisoned his wife. Desperate to save the company she built, Liv plants evidence to frame Tom. But when the evidence is used to indict him for a murder he didn’t commit, only Liv can save him.

Entrapped
Author: Barbara Kyle
Genre: Fiction – Thriller/Suspense
Published by: Barbara Kyle (June 15, 2011)
Age Recommendation: 18+ For Mild Sexuality
Format: eBook
ASIN: B0056AEQVI
Number of pages: N/A

Be sure to check back on November 15th to read my review of Entrapped!

You can find a complete list of tour stops HERE but here are the next few in line:

Giveaway Time!

One lucky reader will win an eBook copy of Entrapped by Barbara Kyle! Giveaway is open to the US and Canada only and ends at 11:59PM EST on November 28th, 2011. As an added bonus, the winner will also win another book by Barbara Kyle, a print copy of The Queen’s Gamble! To enter, fill out the form below:

Find and follow Barbara Kyle at:

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Buy the eBOOK at:

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Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Nurture Book Tour – Under The Neon Sky: A Las Vegas Doorman’s Story + Giveaway November 1, 2011

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Author Bio:

Jay Rankin was born in Los Angeles, but he grew up in Hollywood, Ca. He has held some amazing jobs. He worked his way through college inside the locked unit of a psychiatric hospital, was a Los Angeles County Probation Officer, worked at several detention camps, was a bouncer at a country and western nightclub in Los Angeles and built custom homes in Connecticut and Las Vegas. Jay studied and received a Master’s degree in clinical psychology. He now lives in Los Angeles and where he is raising his 9-year-old son.

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I’d like to welcome author Jay Rankin to Juniper Grove today! Jay has graciously allowed me to interview him as part of his Nurture Virtual Book Tour. Check out his interview below:

Without giving too much away, can you tell us what Under The Neon Sky: A Las Vegas Doorman’s Story is about?

This book is a memoir based on my life and experiences working as the doorman at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.

I know this book is based on your real life experiences. About how long were you working in Las Vegas, gathering the information that went into the making of this book?

I worked about 6 years as the doorman at the MGM. Prior to that I had been involved in Vegas real estate and had a local TV show based on the new businesses coming into Las Vegas in the early nineties.

I’ve never been to Las Vegas, but I would imagine that there is plenty of drama and excitement everywhere you turn. Did you ever get caught up in the moment or were you just an outsider looking in?

There were times when I was very caught up in the sub culture of Las Vegas. I had some pretty wild times. When I went to work, it was pretty easy for me to identify with many of the guests. I sometimes used some of my experiences to help deal with some wild guests. I never felt like an outsider. But I did feel I was watching and hearing what was going on around me. I felt like I was in the middle of an alcohol hurricane.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

After reading my book your perspective on Las Vegas will be different.

Theoretically, would you say that writing a memoir or book based on true experiences is easier or more difficult than writing Fiction?

I’m not sure because I’ve never written Fiction but the words for my story flowed out of me because I lived it. The difficulty came in the editing. I now have the deepest respect for a well-edited story. It’s the difference between something sloppy and something brilliant.

Did you ever reach a point while writing your book where you were torn between wanting to add juicy details but hesitant because of the possible effects those details might have on someone else?

Absolutely. Many of the people I wrote about were still in Las Vegas. I knew they were going to eventually read the book. I didn’t want to hurt anyone. It was a constant challenge walking that line of knowing I might lose a relationship because of what I wrote.

What does your family think of your book?

I didn’t receive much support writing my book, my parents were the exception. They were proud of their son and passed copies out to all their friends. Considering they were all in their eighties, I felt honored.

What is the last book you read?

Andrew J. McLean wrote a book titled, The Las Vegas Chronicles. It’s about the history, the real history of Las Vegas, really interesting.

Do you have any writing projects you are currently working on?

I’m always writing something including a pilot based on my book. I’m also a single dad to my 9-year-old son so it’s a challenge.

What is your least favorite movie that came from a book?

If comic books count, The Green Lantern. My son made me see it.

How many books do you read a week/month?

It takes me weeks to read one book. I read every night to my son.

If you could have dinner with 1 person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

I would like to have dinner with Woody Allen, Jacques Cousteau, and Lenard Bernstein all in the same room. They were my heroes but if I had to pick one person it would be Bill Clinton.

If you could travel into the past or future, where would you go and why?

I would like to go into the past to try to tell people what was coming if they didn’t change their ways. My destination would be the White House and congress. I would also meet with some CEO’s of banks and Wall Street.

What does the word success mean to you?

Success to me is feeling happy with your world. Living and learning wisdom each day. Not hurting people. Being productive.

If you had to have one word or phrase written on your forehead for an entire week, what would it be?

Intense

If you had to trade lives with someone for an entire week, who would you trade with? Keep in mind that they would be living your life as well.

The president of the United States.

What is the best advice anyone has ever given to you?

“Take deep breaths.”

One food you would never eat?

Canned Lima Beans.

Thank you Jay for that amazing interview!

Under The Neon Sky: A Las Vegas Doorman’s Story by Jay Rankin

Synopsis:

Under The Neon Sky is a gripping, true story about a Las Vegas doorman who works the graveyard shift at one of the major hotels on the Strip. The sights, smells, and page popping characters are unforgettable as we take a journey that will transform how we used to envision the city that never sleeps. We watch as this doorman begins to emotionally break and wonder if he will become broken seeing his friends, his wife, hotel guests, and himself cross too many boundaries in this riveting, page turning story.

Under The Neon Sky: A Las Vegas Doorman’s Story
Author: Jay Rankin
Genre: Non-Fiction – Autobiography/Memoir
Published by: Jay Rankin (October 10, 2009)
Age Recommendation: 15+ For Mild Sexual Content & Mature Language
Format: Hardcover, Perfect Paperback & eBook
ISBN13: 978-0984210916
Number of pages: 268

Be sure to check back on November 15th to read my review of Under The Neon Sky: A Las Vegas Doorman’s Story!

You can find a complete list of tour stops HERE but here are the next few in line:

Giveaway Time!

One lucky reader will win an eBook copy of Under The Neon Sky: A Las Vegas Doorman’s Story by Jay Rankin! Giveaway is international and ends at 11:59PM EST on November 18th, 2011.

*GIVEAWAY CLOSED*

Find and follow Jay Rankin:

Author Website
Twitter – Under the Neon Sky & Jay Rankin
Goodreads
Facebook Page

Buy the book at:

Amazon.com
Amazon.ca
Amazon.co.uk
Barnes & Noble

Happy Reading,

Jaidis