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Guest Blog featuring Lisa Zajkowski’s Soul Reader w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #paranormalromance #guestblog #debutauthor

Soul Reader

by Lisa Zajkowski 

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GENRE: Paranormal Romance

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BLURB:

When skeptic Marvin meets artistic Natalie in a coffee shop on a cold October morning, the two fall fast in love, but nothing is ever as easy as it feels.

Natalie believes that a divine something is guiding her life for her greater good, and it seems to be true. She lands her dream job and she and Marvin marry at a beachside castle. However, the ease and flow of their lives start to change. At the same time that Natalie becomes pregnant, Marvin experiences strange symptoms and visits his doctor.

When faced with a diagnosis that changes everything and odd dreams of the child that hasn’t yet been born, will Marvin let go of his skepticism or will he miss out on a lifetime with his loving family?

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Excerpt Two:

Marvin heads into his oversized master bath to start the shower. He is sensitive when it comes to nature, so he has a top of the line water purification system that allows him to use the ocean water in his home. It siphons water from the ocean, removes the salt and impurities, and leaves him with the smoothest, cleanest water in town. He is hopeful that the city will one day take advantage of such a resourceful product, but he isn’t surprised that they haven’t. The water is silky and hot as it rains down on his body. His showerhead is automated with voice command, so he can tell it if he wants jet stream, raindrops, massage or pulsating. Marvin’s home may be more modest than most in the area, but he never held back on the luxuries of things he liked. He turns the steam feature on as he shuts the water off and grabs his towel. He loves standing in the steam, with it smelling the way only steam in a clean shower can smell. He has always been very in touch with his senses and felt them all deeply: touch, taste, smell, hearing, vision, and the unspoken sixth sense. He is unconsciously aware of his intuition because his analytical mind has yet to bring it forth; however, it will happen when the timing is right. He steps out of his steamy fortress, his hair awry, and drapes his towel over the shower door. As he steps in front of the mirror, admiring his sculpted body, he wonders if Talie might be up, if she was even awake.

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Figuring out What to Eat

Why is it so hard to figure out what to eat?  I know that I’m not the only person who has a problem with this.  It’s so hard for me to decide what I want to eat for lunch or dinner.  Breakfast is pretty easy because it’s been frozen waffles or those frozen croissant sandwiches with my protein shake.  Sometimes toast is a nice alternative, but to be honest, I’m getting burnt-out on all the above. Also, taking something for lunch when I work in a fast-paced seems to be a challenge.  I used to meal prep and that worked great because I ate the same thing for about nine months. Now I can’t stand what I used to eat, which was chicken that I slow-cooked in Worcestershire sauce with other seasonings (I would stir in mayonnaise on the day of my meal) with red potatoes as a side dish.  Before that nine month stint it was something else and so on. Now I’m lucky if I can get down a peanut butter sandwich which I switched to a Fluffer-nutter because the peanut butter got old very quickly. I would still meal prep, but I’ve hit a wall and have no idea what to even prep. And dinner, omg, it goes along like this… Me: “What do you want?”  Spouse: “I don’t know, what do you want?” Me: “I don’t know because I’m not really craving anything?”….. and so it goes. I know my meal is not reliant on anyone else, but it does help if my spouse has a craving because that way I’ll just eat that. I feel like the foods I used to eat really don’t fulfill me in the capacity in which they used to. My go to cook up a box of pasta (I keep it fresh by alternating the pasta shape) and keep that in the fridge for the week.  It’s quick and easy because I just heat up my portion of pasta in the microwave and dump cold sauce onto it and bang, my meal is served. Even the take-out restaurants don’t have the same oomf that they used to. I think the answer must be to get a private chef and have meals prepared for me daily. However, that is not going to happen until I sell many more books or until I get a movie deal. So, in the interim, I am struggling with this. Perhaps I’ll just go back to the frozen food meals that I would pop in the microwave, but I have a feeling that their pizazz has been lost as well.  My best friend recently gave me a cookbook for runners and I did make a meal from it. The pulled pork was pretty delicious, but it’s crazy how much it costs to make just one dish. Then there’s a recipe for these awesome muffins that she says is a must, yet again the ingredients list and cost seem to outweigh my desire to make them when I can just by them from my grocery store. I think my answer to my struggle lies within this paragraph and it is, to meal prep because that is where I had the most success and consistency with food. I am hopeful to add variety so I get different nutrients and don’t get burnt out within the next nine months.  If burnout happens, I’m afraid that eventually I won’t want to eat anything but bread. 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Lisa M. Zajkowski has an exhilaration for life while exploring all areas from the ethereal to the ordinary, and she appreciates learning something from every aspect. Her main theme in life is fun, as she indulges in laughter and looks for the positive in every situation. She also thrives on pushing the boundaries of the body while enduring in the sport of Triathlon, having completed a Half Ironman. However, it’s her first love of running that brings her an immense sense of liberation and connectedness with the beauty of the world. Lisa loves connecting with people, and being a massage therapist allows her to do this as she enjoys helping people facilitate healing within their innate body systems. She is comforted in the softer side of life while cuddling with her dogs and cat, and desires to own a horse ranch. Lisa revels in the freedom of being fluid in her writing, taking pleasure in all genres of authoring. She is currently working on Drama, Sci-Fi, and Horror novels. 

http://lisazajkowski.com/

https://www.amazon.com/Soul-Reader-Lisa-Zajkowski/dp/1733593934/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1556567737&sr=8-1-fkmrnull

 

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Interview of Erin A. Jensen featuring the book, Benevolent w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @ErinAJensen #fantasy

Benevolent

by Erin A. Jensen 

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GENRE: Fantasy

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BLURB:

A story about the purpose of life, the healing power of fandom, and the resilience of the human spirit.

Tormented by the in-crowd at school on a daily basis, there were two things that gave fifteen-year-old Abigail Perkins the strength to keep going—her best friend, Danny Cobb; and her favorite television show, Supernatural. But the night Danny’s mother calls to say that his battle with cancer is nearing its end, and the doctors don’t expect him to live through the night, even Supernatural can’t dull the ache in her heart.

Devastated by her impending loss and crushed that Danny’s mother won’t allow her to visit him one last time, Abigail crawls into bed and cries herself to sleep that night; and she wakes to find Supernatural’s most endearing angel standing at the foot of her bed.

Told from Abigail’s perspective as she nears the end of her long life and revisits the moments that defined it, this story was inspired by the deep connection that Supernatural fans feel with the show’s beloved characters, and the show’s miraculous ability to help its fans through troubled times.

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Excerpt Two:

I flashed him a sympathetic smile. “What are you thinking?”

“I have never understood why humans are so moved by music,” he muttered as his eyes searched mine.

“Music is the closest thing that we have to magic,” I confided in a reverent whisper, “because it has the power to anchor us to a moment in time.”

His half-smile conveyed a heartwarming mix of curiosity and affection. “How so?”

I felt my face flush a shade darker as I grinned at him. “When we hear a song from our past, it conjures up all the old sensations that we felt when we first heard it.”

He eyed me with a perplexed frown as he took a step toward me. “How can a combination of man-made instruments and human vocal chords wield that sort of power?” 

“I can’t explain it with words,” I whispered, “It’s something that you just have to feel.”

He stood there staring at me with that puzzled expression on his face as I stepped closer and carefully inserted the earpiece in my hand into his left ear, so the music connected the two of us, just as surely as the cord connected the earbuds in our ears. “Maybe you’d understand what I mean if you danced to the music.” 

“I don’t dance,” he muttered as he watched me begin to sway to the beat.

I smiled at him as I took his hands in mine and moved his arms in time with the music, like a puppeteer pulling a life-sized marionette’s strings. “Anyone can dance. You just have to let go and let the music guide your movements.” 

A skeptical frown spread across his face as he watched me, but he let me direct his movements nonetheless. He was stiff and awkward at first but as the music grew louder, he seemed to find the rhythm. “These words are nonsense,” he muttered.

“Shhh,” I whispered, “Don’t think. Just feel.”

He was a remarkably fast learner, but I suppose being on earth since the dawn of time had given him plenty of opportunities to watch humans dance. Once he started to feel the music, he moved with all the grace that you’d imagine an angel would.

“Hey Jude” gradually faded away until there was nothing but silence in our twin earpieces. 

We stopped moving and stood there staring at each other while we waited for the next song to guide our movements.

Welcome Erin Jensen! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself. 

Thank you for hosting today’s stop on my tour! My bio has all the standard info about me, so I guess I’ll share a few random facts that aren’t in it. I’ve been writing books for about seven years now, but for the first three years I wrote my debut novel in secret. I’m not a morning person, and I’m hopelessly addicted to coffee. I love peanut butter cups but don’t keep them in my house because my younger son is allergic to peanuts. My friends feed them to me whenever we get together at one of their houses, and I love them dearly for it. My ideal vacation involves a tropical beach and a great book to read with my toes sunk in the sand. If I ever get a movie deal for my Dream Waters books, I have loads of people who’ve volunteered to be extras. Two of my dear friends have asked to be trolls drinking beer in the tavern in my Dream World, and a fellow pharmacist asked me to promise in front of witnesses that I’d invite him to the movie premier. It feels pretty amazing to know they’ve all got that much faith in my future success!

Is Benevolent a single title, or part of a series?

Benevolent is my first standalone novel. My first three books were all part of my Dream Waters Series. This was a unique concept for a story that I was so excited to write that I took a year off from writing Book Four of the series. I’m also pretty attached to this particular story because it’s got more of me in it than any of my other books and all the net proceeds are going to Random Acts, a charitable organization that inspires and funds acts of kindness both big and small all over the world.

What were your inspirations for the story?

Benevolent was inspired by a lot of separate factors. The character Castiel on the television show Supernatural and Misha Collins, the actor who plays the trench-coat-wearing angel, were the original inspiration for the book. The Supernatural fandom also played a part in inspiring the story, and after researching guardian angels and reading that they’re most active at the hour of death, I decided to tell the story from the main character’s point of view at the end of her long life. The end-of-life scenes in the book were inspired by my time with my grandfather in the hours before his death. I know that makes the book sound depressing, but several readers have reached out to tell me the story actually brought them a great deal of comfort and hope. At its heart, Benevolent is more of a celebration of life, and using the time you have to make a difference in the lives of others, than a story about a dying woman’s final hours.

Who are your favorite authors, and books/series?

I love Karen Marie Moning’s Fever Series. J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series is another favorite. Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights is my favorite classic novel. To Kill a Mockingbird is another classic favorite. I recently listened to the audiobook of Jodi Picoult’s The Storyteller (to get a feel for audiobooks before I narrated Benevolent’s audiobook), and I loved it so much that I’ve already begun listening to it over again. 

If you could have a roundtable discussion with any authors, who would you invite?

I think I’d invite the authors whose journeys have been an inspiration to me. J.K. Rowling would be at the top of that list because she started from nothing and has accomplished more than any author could ever dream of. Andy Weir has been an inspiration ever since I read that he started out publishing The Martian a chapter at a time for free on his blog. He ended up seeing his story play out on the big screen with Matt Damon playing the lead character. Stephanie Meyers’s story inspired me because she wrote Twilight without telling anyone but her sister that she’d written a book, and that turned out pretty well for her. I’d love to meet Karen Marie Moning because her Fever Series is one of my favorites, and Stephen King would get an invite because it was an interview of his that first made me consider writing a book. I could keep going. How big is this table?

What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard or seen?

I’m not really allowed to share that because it’d be a HIPPA violation. We hear and see plenty of strange things at the pharmacy where I work as a part-time pharmacist. In fact, I can’t tell you how many times a co-worker has said I should write a book about our experiences. Let’s just say, every time I think there’s nothing left that could shock me, a customer comes in to prove me wrong.

What is the one thing that you would tell an aspiring writer to do?

Don’t give up on your dream. Keep on writing and reading to improve your craft, and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Even the negative feedback can be a learning opportunity if you look at it the right way. 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Erin Jensen is the Amazon International bestselling author of The Dream Waters Series. She was awarded the Bronze Medal for fantasy fiction in the 2018 Readers’ Favorite international book awards. She also received Honorable Mention for fantasy fiction in the 2018 Writer’s Digest self-published e-book awards. A part-time pharmacist and a full-time daydreamer, she resides in upstate New York with her ridiculously supportive husband, two teenage sons–who are both taller than her–and a Yorkshire terrier who thinks he’s the family bodyguard.

Website: Erinajensen.com

Blog: blog.erinajensen.com

Twitter: twitter.com/erinajensen?lang=en

Facebook: facebook.com/erin.jensen.756

 

Buy Links

 

Amazon: amazon.com/dp/B07NCFGFCV

Barnes & Noble: barnesandnoble.com/w/benevolent-erin-a-jensen/1132005681

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Excerpt from Live Soldier (Die Famous #1) by Liam Clay w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #scifi @TheLiveSoldier #99cents

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. The author will be awarding a $75 Amazon/BN gift card via the Rafflecopter at the end of the page. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

THE APOCALYPSE WILL BE TELEVISED.

You know what they call me.

Camera-eyed killer. Spawn of the ruins. Man who stole a city.

These are not the names of a saint. But every legend has an origin story. And because of what I am, you can experience mine in real-time.

Fair warning, though: my life contains instances of drug use, bio-terrorism, aquatic street fighting, unsolicited retinal surgery, advanced warfare, amateur sex and straight-up murder.

But if you’re sick of sanitized heroes… then log in, lose yourself and become the Live Soldier. Because you’ve never met a marine like me.

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I have about a millisecond to take all of this in before I get shot in the stomach. The force knocks me to the ground and I lie there, more surprised than injured, as my fellow soldiers are mowed down in similar fashion. This isn’t small arms or even assault rifle fire, I realize dazedly – only a machine gun installation could cause this much mayhem. Propping myself up on an elbow, I peer through the crush of bodies.

And spot what I’m looking for. Only the railgun’s muzzle is visible, spinning faster than the eye can follow. Two figures crouch beside it, half hidden behind scavenged partitions of bulletproof glass. Something twitches to life inside me, and now I’m up, pushing through bodies in the direction of the gun. A bullet ricochets off my armored shoulder and another one strikes my leg, but I’m fully committed now and only a kill shot is going to stop me.

First, I throw a handful of nanodrones into the air. Then I focus on a single clear image – just like Ethan taught me all those weeks ago. Almost immediately, a roiling cloud of dark matter coalesces around me. There is some confused shouting, and the gunfire slows as both sides try to make sense of what they’re seeing. I break into a run. Reaching the makeshift bunker, I dispel the black cloud and replace it with a blinding burst of white light. The railgun operators cry out as I vault into their enclosure, sonic shear already telescoping from its sheath.

About the Author:

Liam is a Canadian who recently moved to Australia after getting kicked out of England for apologizing too much. He works on the commercial side of design agencies as a job, where his seething jealousy of the creative staff boils over into writing.

Website: http://www.liamclay.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thelivesoldier/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TheLiveSoldier
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18795742.Liam_Clay

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