Friday, April 20, 2018

FATHER DIVINE'S BIKES by Steve Bassett Blog Tour


Father Divine’s Bikes
By Steve Bassett

NOIR CRIME THRILLER EXPOSES THE DARK UNDERBELLY OF
NEWARK, NJ THROUGH THE EYES OF THREE GENERATIONS IN 1945

We live in a world torn apart by urban unrest, rioting, terrorist bombings, religious fanaticism, and military coups that have turned many cities into vast wastelands. The international questions arise time and time again, “How, and why, did all of this happen?”
Offering an extensive look inside the history and urban problems — and how they began — in post-World War II Newark, New Jersey like never before, author Steve Bassett releases the first in the trilogy, Father Divine’s Bikes [BookBaby, April 2, 2018]. In this noir crime thriller, Bassett melds character, time and place into a mosaic that uncovers the plight of a city on a downward spiral immediately after the war, a time when our nation was basking in the afterglow of victory.
A gangster war, three murders, a gun-toting paperboy, and the numbers racket lay bare a dark, compelling story in a world of poverty and hopelessness from which there is little hope of escape. In the autumn of 1945, a battle rages when the city’s competing mobs end their truce. When it gets bloody, other criminal forces are ready to move in. Citywide corruption is endemic. Bookies using Father Divine’s controversial International Peace Mission Movement as a front, recruit two Catholic altar boys, Joey Bancik and Richie Maxwell, to run numbers under the guise of newspaper routes. The boys quickly realize they are players in a dangerous game, but the easy money is too good to pass up. They are now petty criminals and being hauled into juvie court is a risk they’re willing to take. Two homicide detectives track Joey to a luxury apartment, but arrive too late to prevent the inevitable. Joey’s body lay in a pool of blood on the basement floor.
Father Divine’s Bikes offers a rare study of time and place that introduces the reader to a kaleidoscopic cast of disparate characters.
“It is an uncompromising, noir view of a city in agony, sparing no person or institution,” says Bassett. “At the same time, it retains a raw, sharp-edged compassion for the marginalized people who share their souls with the reader.”
            A metaphorical work exploring the in-depth urban issues that arose in 1945 Newark, Father Divine’s Bikes reveals:
                        Contrasting themes of class and privilege, poverty and wealth, despair and hope
                        The growing lack of trust that communities – large and small – have for the police and local officials
                        The handmaiden of change is fear of the unknown – it was true in 1945 Newark, and is even more true today
                        Crime is in the eye of the beholder – how this is true in every level of society
                        Overwhelming acceptance of the status quo exists in every densely populated, crime ridden, poverty stricken inner city in our country
                        And, so much more!

EXCERPT #6 – from Chapter  8


Darn Good slapped him on the back. “It’s a deal, my little brother. Tonight you can bring Father Divine’s tidings home to your folks. That you are now a Star Beacon delivery boy with a route right in your own neighborhood. I can just see the big smile on your daddy’s face.”
The three men stepped aside to allow Richie to slide out of the barber’s chair. There were smiles all around as they shook hands. Richie felt as light as a feather as he headed out the side door. He didn’t notice that the back door to the betting parlor had been ajar.
They turned just as a trim, olive-skinned man, about thirty years old, pushed open the rear door, and with a twist of his right hand indicated that he wanted the front door locked. “And close the blinds,” he said.
With a shrug, he straightened his navy blue, pinstripe suit coat, fingered the Windsor of his silk, blue tie and pulled down the starched cuffs of his white shirt to expose two heavy garnet and gold cufflinks. He glided into the center chair, rested his Florsheims on the footrest, scanned the three black faces and smirked, “Really laid on that Father Divine bullshit, don’cha think?”
“Come on, Vinnie, give us some credit. We only use what works, and we’ve been working this kid for weeks now. You like what you heard?” God’s Tall Timber said.


About the Author:

Born and raised in Newark's crime-ridden Third Ward, although far removed during a career as a multiple award-winning journalist, Steve Bassett has always been the proud sobriquet Jersey Guy. He has been legally blind for almost a decade, but this hasn't slowed him down. 

Bassett has written two nonfiction books, The Battered Rich and Golden Ghetto: How the Americans and French Fell In and Out of Love During the Cold War. Continuing with his newest fiction release, Father Divine’s Bikes, readers share in his insights that earned him three Emmys for investigative documentaries, and the California Bar Association's Medallion Award for Distinguished Reporting on the Administration of Justice. He now resides in Placitas, New Mexico with his wife, Darlene.

For more information, please visit stevebassettworld.com.

Father Divine’s Bikes is scheduled to be released on April 2nd, 2018 and will be available in paperback and e-book edition from Amazon and wherever fine books are sold.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Cover Reveal: Star-Crossed by Pintip Dunn


Let us know what you think of the cover for Star-Crossed by Pintip Dunn, which releases October 2, 2018!

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About Star-Crossed

Only one can survive...

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About Pintip Dunn:



Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. Pintip's debut novel, FORGET TOMORROW, won the RWA RITA® for Best First Book. In addition, it is a finalist for the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, the Japanese Sakura Medal, and the MASL Truman Award. THE DARKEST LIE was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her other books include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, the novella BEFORE TOMORROW, and GIRL ON THE VERGE. She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at www.pintipdunn.com
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Cover Reveal: Jaclyn and the Beanstalk by Mary Ting


Jaclyn and the Beanstalk
Mary Ting
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: September 4th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
What Fate Awaits A Girl Who Hears Monsters At Night…
Sixteen-year-old Jaclyn looks up to her father. An honest man who once fought for the king, he now teaches Jaclyn how to use her wits—and her sword.
But he has a secret. And his secret may have a connection to the one thing Jaclyn is hiding from him.
Upon hearing “monsters” are terrorizing the small villages around Black Mountain, Jaclyn’s father and his friends head out to hunt them … but they don’t return.
Armed only with her sword and three magic beans—a gift from a mysterious old woman—Jaclyn sets out for Black Mountain to save her father.
On her climb, one bean drops and grows into a beanstalk, catching her when she falls.
She isn’t the only one that takes the ride. Jack, her childhood friend and secret crush, is following her.
Together, Jaclyn and Jack must battle to save not only their fathers, but the townspeople the beasts plan to lay waste to before it’s too late.



Author Bio:
International Bestselling Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children's chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.


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Thursday, March 29, 2018

UNBOUND by Kimberly Derting Official Blog Tour, Excerpt and Giveaway





SYNOPSIS

Do opposites really attract?

Emerson Monroe McLean is a true Texan through and through. But she's never wanted to be like the other girls she grew up with, the ones who view debutante balls and sororities as stepping-stones to landing the perfect husband.

Yet everyone underestimates Em. When they look at the leggy blonde, all they see is a serial-dater who leaves a string of broken hearts in her wake. What people don’t realize is that keeping guys at arms length is more than just about having a good time; it’s a deep-rooted defense mechanism.

Lucas Harper is California born and bred. The product of his wealthy upbringing and an overbearing mother, Lucas has always been told where to be and when to be there. But after his older brother’s death, Lucas is tired of being a puppet.

Taking a break to figure out what he wants out of life, he moves to West Beach to spend the summer surfing. It’s there that he meets Emerson McLean, the free-spirited beauty who lures him into her bed. Refusing to be tied down, she’s unlike any girl he’s every known.

Can they find common ground...or will their differences tear them apart?

Their chemistry is undeniable. There’s only one hitch: Lucas already has a fiancée. And when she lands on his doorstep, Emerson realizes that for the first time in her life, she has genuine feelings for a guy.

With her heart on the line, Emerson discovers that, win or lose, she isn’t the kind of girl to play by the rules.

Praise for UNDRESSED

"Falling in love has never felt so good. With the warmth of the sun, and the sand between your toes, Derting takes you on the summer you always imagined with Undressed." ―Heidi McLaughlin, NY Times bestselling author of Forever My Girl (soon to be a major motion picture)

Praise for KIMBERLY DERTING 

"A strong debut from a promising author." ―Publishers Weekly (The Body Finder)

"If you're in the mood for some psychological thrillers, evil masterminds, strong heroines and hot heroes, then I'd definitely pick up the Body Finder series." ―USA Today (The Body Finder)

"...fast-paced and engrossing." ―VOYA (The Pledge)

"As always, this author writes a gripping tale...With another sequel set up, this intriguing series continues to provide great entertainment for suspense fans." ―Kirkus Reviews (The Last Echo)

"...a refreshing take on paranormal romance..." ―Romantic Times (The Body Finder)

"More great suspense from a prolific new writer with a vibrant imagination." ―Kirkus Reviews (The Pledge)

EXCERPT

I matched his predatory gaze, and raised it with a smug one of my own. I was more than happy to talk about my impromptu striptease. “You noticed.”
He hooked his arm through mine and my heels sank into the plush carpet as we made our way toward the sounds of the party below. “You made it impossible not to.”
I quirked my eyebrow. “That was the point. If I had to suffer, then so did you.”
My confession earned me a growl as he dragged me to a stop. Now I was the one pressed up against the silk wallpaper my mother had hand-selected from Italy. He leaned close to me, his lips at my ear even though the music below was so loud no one down there could possibly hear us. “Jesus, Emerson, you think I wasn’t suffering enough already? Now on top of everything else I’ll be stiff for a week thanks to your performance.”
Tipping my head up, I let my cheek graze his freshly shaven jaw. I inhaled his scent, musk and soap, and even this far from home, the Pacific. When my hand reached up to rest on his biceps, his muscles flexed beneath his starched shirt. “I won’t apologize for making you uncomfortable.”

Copyright © 2018 by Kimberly Derting


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Kimberly Derting is the author of the award-winning THE BODY FINDER series, THE PLEDGE trilogy, THE TAKING trilogy, and UNDRESSED (her first book in The Men Of West Beach series). Her books have been translated into 15 languages, and both THE BODY FINDER and THE PLEDGE were YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selections. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, where the gloomy weather is ideal for writing anything dark and creepy. Her three beautiful (and often mouthy) children serve as an endless source of inspiration and frequently find the things they say buried in the pages of their mother's books, or on Twitter for the world to see.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Cover Reveal: Project Prometheus by Aden Polydoros


Let us know what you think of the cover for Project Prometheus by Aden Polydoros, which releases August 7, 2018!

This cover reveal is brought to you by Entangled Teen.

About Project Prometheus:

The Academy stole everything from Hades, their perfect assassin. Angry and leaving bodies in his wake, he finds two other ex-assassins doing the exact same thing. Tyler and Shannon once killed for The Academy. Now they’re tracking and hunting down its scientists. So why is The Academy only after Hades? Shannon will do whatever it takes to protect Tyler, even if it means teaming up with a former rival. While she seeks answers to her past, Tyler wants to learn the truth about the mysterious white room, which no one has ever seen except him. As for Hades? He simply wants revenge. They all need answers, even if it means returning to the organization where it all started.

Want to read more? Pre-order your copy of Project Prometheus by Aden Polydoros today!

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About Aden Polydoros:

Aden Polydoros grew up in Long Grove, Illinois, the youngest of three children. Aden’s family moved to Arizona when he was in second grade. As a kid, he spent much of his time exploring the desert near his home. When he wasn’t searching for snakes and lizards, he was raiding the bookshelves of the local library. As a teenager, Aden decided that he wanted to be a writer. He spent his free time writing short stories. He was encouraged by his English teacher to try his hand at writing a novel, which inspired him to begin PROJECT PANDORA. The YA thriller is set for publication with Entangled Publishing in Summer of 2017. He is represented by Mallory Brown of Triada US.
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Released Today: Book of Watchers by Mary Ting, Review and Giveaway


Title: Book of Watchers 
Series: Watchers #1
Author: Mary Ting
Genre: NA Fantasy
Release Date: March 26, 2018 



Before the Bible, there was Book of Watchers
Enoch wants to live an ordinary life. He’s content to lie low, skip his college classes, and avoid committing to any one girl. But ordinary isn’t on the syllabus for Enoch because at night, he dreams of demons. Vivid dreams that leave him wanting escape more than ever. When they escape his dreams and attack him during daylight, his reality becomes a nightmare. 
As he pieces together the meaning behind the encounters, supernatural creatures emerge. Demons. Vampires. Witches. Angels. And they all want something from him. In a supernatural world he never thought possible, Enoch uncovers a secret that either will destroy him or force him to become much more than he ever wanted. 





My Review

The Book of Watchers will captivate your curiosity with originality and renown imagery, telling you of a time you never knew existed.

Enoch is just a regular guy.  Living life and keeping it chill until he gets in a serious accident.  Did he see something strange? Something from his dreams come to haunt him?  Coming away from the accident, his life will take a turn that he never imagined could be possible.  His friends are more than just his friends. He discovers a world that exists alongside the human world, one with angels, demons, witches and vampires.  However now, he's wanted and hunted for different reasons and he needs to figure out why to save himself and the human world....and more....😊

This story has a momentum from the first page to last that accelerates as the page number increases. No dull moment exists.  It's told in a three person point of view, which I found very interesting envisioning the story unfolding from different views.  The characters are conceived with astounding personalities that develop as the story progresses. The artistry creating this world is so profound, it unfolds beautifully before your eyes with rich details.  It's dark and gruesome at times, which shocked me completely, however it is necessary with the supernatural beings involved. Mary nailed this spot on. Despite the darkness, you see Mary's humor shine through at just the appropriate moment.

The Book of Watchers is imaginative, spellbinding and fulfilling.  This story has so much to offer and I look forward to the next installment to see where this story leads.






International Bestselling/Award Winning Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. She also toured with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children's chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.






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