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Book Release Blitz & Review: Fender by Brent Jones

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Happy book birthday to author, Brent Jones! Today we celebrate the release of Fender with a blitz and giveaway.

I’m also going to share my review of this book, as Brent was kind enough to gift me with an ARC for my honest opinion. Having read his debut, The Fifteeth of June (Read review on Booknista), I was happy to dig in!

Fender: A Novel (Release Date: August 21, 2017)

How far must we travel to find our way home?

Nothing could have prepared Brennan Glover for the car crash that claimed the lives of his wife and six-year-old daughter. Stricken with grief, the only things that get him through each day are breaking his sobriety and clinging to Fender—the family dog and the sole survivor of the crash.

Desperate to distance Brennan from tragedy, his two closest friends take him on the cross-country road trip they had always talked about. But what begins as an effort to mend his broken heart ends up unraveling a secret that changes everything he thought he knew about his family. Can a journey of six thousand miles lead Brennan to acceptance and new beginnings?

From finding the good in an often cruel world to learning to say goodbye to those we love most, this sophomore release from author Brent Jones is sure to leave readers longing for home, wherever that may be.

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My Thoughts…

Ugh! Break out the tissues cause your going to need them for this one!

Fender is not like other books about tragedy. You know the ones I’m talking about… The ones that paint over the ugliness that is pure, soul-destroying grief, with flowery prose and comforting platitudes. No, this book is as visceral as it should be. The protagonist lost his whole family in one vicious blow and there are no words capable of soothing that kind of grief.

No, this kind of loss violently shoves Brennan off the wagon, his only comfort. That, and his poor dog Fender. Not only is Fender injured in the crash that only he survived, he’s also terribly old. But, he is Brennan’s only tenuous hold on life. (Are you crying yet?)

Brennan’s oldest friends decide to take him on a cross-country road trip to California. They are desperate to help their grief-stricken friend and think removing him from everything will help. Brennan will not leave without his dog, so they all pile in a car (Fender too) and head out.

The road trip in my humble opinion, is depicted in a very realistic way. The author provides an authentic experience of three grown men, all with complicated lives of their own, and their shared history, stuck in a car for hours at a time. There is laughter, tears, foul language, anger, more laughter and eventually, glimmers of hope for Brennan. Signs that maybe he can survive this.

Fender isn’t a pretty story but it’s real, well-written, and evocative. It’s hard to say “I enjoyed it” because of the nature of the story but I will say, that I read it in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down. And, God help you if you have a furry family member because this book will rip your guts out!

Seriously though, I can’t recommend this one enough.

Rating… A

Fender is Available on Amazon

About the Author

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From bad checks to bathroom graffiti, Brent Jones has always been drawn to writing. He won a national creative writing competition at the age of fourteen, although he can’t recall what the story was about. Seventeen years later, he gave up his freelance career as a social media manager to pursue creative writing full-time. Fender and The Fifteenth of June are his first two novels.

Jones writes from his home in Fort Erie, Canada. He’s happily married, a bearded cyclist, a mediocre guitarist, (sometimes) vegetarian, and the proud owner of two dogs with a God complex. Subscribe to his newsletter (AuthorBrentJones.com) or follow him on social media (@AuthorBrentJ) for updates.

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Blog Tour: The Last Dragon Rider by Errin Krystal

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Woohoo! Kicking off the blog tour for The Last Dragon Rider, with a guest post by Errin Krystal and of course, a fab giveaway.

The author herself, tells us how her characters came into being, and how her amazing fantasy came to life.

The Last Dragon Rider (Release Date: August 9, 2017)

Trained as an elite warrior from childhood, the elven crown prince Flintathriël fights to bring a stop to a war that began before he was born. With the aid of his betrothed Sairalindë, a skilled mage and dragon rider in her own right, they must find the Book of Souls – an ancient and mysterious tome rumored to have belonged to the god Hath’Raal.

When the missing book turns up in the hands of Mnuvae, the bastard child of the dead king, Flintathriël finds himself fighting to not only save his people from this new threat but also trying to keep Sairalindë safe when Mnuvae takes over the dragons in her attempt to win back the kingdom she believes is rightfully hers.

The love Flintathriël and Sairalindë share shines pure and true, but when the smoke of the battle clears, will their hearts survive the aftermath of war or will their love become a casualty that cannot be revived?

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Characters gone wild: How the comic relief became the hero

It’s funny how wildly out of control things can get. I mean, you start out with the intention of simply writing a short 2,000 word character study to help push through the writer’s block you have been struggling with. Short, concise, maybe spend a day or so on it. Just something fresh and new to get the creativity flowing again you know?

That’s not what happened.

What happened was I set aside my novel and spent six months on writing a 30,000 word novella featuring a character who originally only had a small bit part… until I fell in love with him and created a more in-depth history.

In his simplest incarnation, Flintathriël, (now the full-fledged hero of The Last Dragon Rider), was basically created to offer snarky and sarcastic comments to the hero and flirt with his love interest. That was pretty much his entire purpose in the beginning. Someone light and fun, someone to stir the proverbial pot.

Until one day his entire past just came crashing through, demanding to be written. So I started jotting down some notes for a short story… It was never meant to be anything serious…

I had this amazing idea, set against the backdrop of an ancient war with love, betrayal, dragons and elves and all those good things. But I only wanted it to be short.

I was determined to finish my other novel in 2015…

I wrote a novella instead…

But Flintathriël was destined to be more than a flat caricature and all too soon he had taken over telling his own story. He wanted more from life so I obliged, turning him into a fully fleshed out character as he demanded, creating something magical in the process.

In getting distracted with my novella, it has enabled me to fill in a few gaps in my novel (which is now book 2). Several characters appear in both stories and writing this novella has allowed me to flesh out those characters and add more depth to a specific story arc.

So while he still maintains that cocky arrogance I originally intended, Flintathriël is now burdened with a few more obstacles and responsibilities (as well as a kick ass love interest), making the transition from comic relief to tortured hero.

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About the Author

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Errin Krystal is a fantasy romance writer who has been writing since she was a small child. Her head has always been full of stories. She began work on her first novel when she was sixteen.

She lives with her family in regional Victoria, Australia, and works as a chef. In her quieter moments, she loves to indulge her passion for storytelling, basking in the joy that comes from creating vibrant characters, fantastical worlds and all manner of magical creatures. Dragons and elves, mages and warriors, troubled princes and beautiful princesses, romance, magic, and adventure can all be found in her writing.

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The Conclave by Tenille Berezay (Book #3 of The Converters Trilogy

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I love this trilogy and I am happy to share the exciting conclusion to The Converters Trilogy, The Conclave!

If you want to check out my review of book #2 “The Keep” Read Here and stay tuned, because tomorrow I am hosting The Conclave on its blog tour, and will have a review for you!

The Conclave: Book #3 of The Converters Trilogy (Release Date: July 21, 2017)

Having escaped the dangers of The Keep, Desiree is determined to free Blake. But when a government-enhanced converter goes rogue, the ensuing battle for power, control, and lives makes Blake’s rescue a secondary mission. As Desiree struggles to overcome past demons and new, stifling expectations, she faces converters more powerful, dangerous, and desperate than ever. To protect those she loves, redeem the convergence, overtake The Keep, and honor the Conclave, Desiree will have to redefine her future.

THE CONCLAVE is the intense, action-packed final book in the Converters trilogy; the conclusion of Desiree’s journey.

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After living throughout the western U.S., Tenille now claims rural Northern Nevada as her home. If she’s not being consumed by a book—whether her own or another author’s—she’d like to be found horseback riding, backpacking with her high-school sweetheart/husband, or photographing their three beautiful children.

Tenille loves to read any genre (as long as there’s great dialogue with a touch of snark). She believes in authentic characters, romantic sub-plots, and realistic, happy endings.

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Launch Party Mega Blitz: A Celebration of Indie Authors

The big day has finally arrived!!! I am so thrilled to present these fabulous authors and their books, as they help me officially launch R&R Book Tours

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Six amazing books, six amazing authors, and six amazing giveaways!!!

eBooks, signed copies, and Amazon gift cards! Awesome right?

Quincey Wolfe’s Glass Vault (Release Date: May 16, 2017)

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Some see it… Some don’t…

People in the town of Deer Park, Texas are vanishing. There is a strange museum, known as Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, that appears overnight. Perrie Madeline’s best friend and ex-boyfriend are among the missing. Perrie, along with her friend August, go on a pursuit to search for them in the mysterious museum. Could the elusive Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault have anything to do with their disappearances?

A book that intertwines horror elements and retellings, with humor and darkness

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About the Author

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Her name is Candace Robinson, obviously. She’s just your average hemiplegic migraine sufferer. Her days are spent writing, book reviewing and traveling through books. She lives just outside of Houston, Texas with her husband and daughter, where it feels like the hottest place on Earth with the crazy weather. No, seriously, one day it’s 30 degrees and the next it’s 70 degrees! She is also the author of Hearts Are Like Balloons.

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Seven Hours: Challenge Accepted (Release Date: July 31, 2017)

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One pill every 7 hours. That could be all it takes to give Chanel the chance to finally see the world around her. Chanel is an independent 19-year-old, despite what her overprotective mother and senator father may think. Being the daughter of a Senator comes with its own problems, one simple afternoon out with friends becomes overwhelming when they’re swarmed by reporters. Keeping the secret of the experimental treatment close to her chest, she is able to fool everyone but her hawk-eyed bodyguard, Leon, that has now been assigned to protect her. Chanel doesn’t want a bodyguard, but will she get more than she bargained for?

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About the Author

Angelina Kerner

I wish I could sit down with you and have a nice warm cup of tea or a steaming mug of coffee, but since that’s not possible, how about a cyber-hug? I love hugs and coffee, a lot of coffee.

So, as an introduction, let’s start with, “I love to read and write”. I have so many stories inside my head that sometimes it’s impossible to know what’s real anymore. That doesn’t stop me from enjoying a great novel, though. Reading and writing is not all that I love, though it comes a close second. I love dancing, needlework, spending time with my family and friends, and most of all, the holidays. That’s when my family is all smiles. Smiles are the best, don’t you think?

I started writing stories for teen girls because I started writing in high school and I understood teen girls… or at least I thought so at the time. Throw in a hot guy, romance, and drama to get the perfect hypnosis formula for girls and some boys. Later, as I grew up, my characters grew up with me. I write a variety of books for all ages, mostly fantasy and chick-lit. An odd combination? You be the judge.

Currently, I divide my time between my family, work, writing, and a lot of cats. I’m also a new mother and you get to read about my journey on my blog once a month!

Visit her website at www.kernerangelina.com and her blog at www.kernerangelina.live

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Aggravated Momentum (Release Date: September 12, 2016)

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Not everything is as it seems in what appears to be an average family. When danger lurks so close to home, skeletons emerge, and the darkest of secrets surface, causing twisted desires to become reality. Aggravated Momentum offers the perspective of some very diverse and unique characters, including fun, witty personalities to fall in love with, along with an intellectual killer to die for. You may be surprised as to whom exactly you can relate. Is it the cold, calculated murderer, whose name is yet to be revealed? Markie or Kam, the independent sisters, guilty of nothing more than getting tangled with the wrong people at the most inopportune times? Or, the cowardly snake curled in a hidden corner? Who are you, exactly? And, more importantly, who are they? The deeper you dig into the psyche of another, the more breath-taking are the secrets you will find.

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Didi Oviatt is a small town gal who married a small town guy. Within a few years of experiencing a new families bliss, she discovered that she had a thirst to write. Now, after digging down deep and getting in touch with her literary self, she’s writing mystery/thrillers like Search For Maylee(coming soon), Aggravated Momentum, The Stix, and New Age Lamians.  Along with a six piece short story collection called the Time Wasters.

And don’t fret: there are two more Lamian novels in the works.

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The Old Man at the End of the World (Release Date: February 16, 2017)

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*Theresa Braun put’s on her editor’s cap for this creepy anthology, in addition to writing her own story as well!

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Edited by Mr. Deadman and Theresa Braun

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Author Info:

Wallace Boothill: https://twitter.com/WBoothill

Theresa Braun: http://www.theresabraun.com

S.J. Budd: http://www.sjbudd.co.uk/

Gary Buller: https://twitter.com/garybuller

S.E. Casey: https://secaseyauthor.wordpress.com/

Mr. Deadman: https://deadmanstome.net/

Calvin Demmer: https://calvindemmer.com/

Philip Kleaver: https://twitter.com/pwkleaver

Sylvia Mann: https://twitter.com/SylvieM1971

W.C. Marchese: http://www.wcmarchese.com/

John Palisano: https://johnpalisano.wordpress.com/

Christopher Powers: https://twitter.com/Powers1902

Leo X. Robertson: https://leoxrobertson.wordpress.com/

M.R. Tapia: http://hinderedsoulspress.com/

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Roadside (Release Date: May 6, 2017)

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Roadside blurb:  Zayne finds Serena’s lifeless body off the side of the road one morning. She has been beaten and left for dead. As she recovers, they become the best of friends. It doesn’t take long for Zayne’s feelings to grow stronger. Will the fear of ruining their friendship keep them from taking a chance on love?

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About the Author

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Angie Dokos was born a reader and grew to be a writer. Okay, so the reading took a few years, but in the meantime, she was having someone else read to her. She enjoys hiking and loves to travel. She currently lives in the Atlanta, Georgia area with her husband and children.

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Of course, R&R Book Tours wants to celebrate these fabulous authors, but I also want to thank the amazing bloggers who took the time to put together these monumental posts! You guys rock!!! Make sure you enter my giveaway too!

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Make sure you check out these amazing bloggers before you go!

Didi Oviatt

Where Dragons Reside

Rambling Lisa’s Book Reviews

Literary Dust

Ignited Moth

Brizzle Lass Blog

Kristen’s Novel Cafe

Ronnie Turner

Speedy Reader

Darling Bear Reviews

Nesie’s Place

D.E. Haggarty

Portable Magic

AC Melody

Thanks for coming to our blog party!

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Cover Reveal: The Last Dragon Rider by Errin Krystal

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Check out this beauty? This stunning novella will be available in August!

The Last Dragon Rider (The Wild Realms of Véneanár, #1)

Release Date: August 9, 2017

Trained as an elite warrior from childhood, the elven crown prince Flintathriël fights to bring a stop to a war that began before he was born. With the aid of his betrothed Sairalindë, a skilled mage and dragon rider in her own right, they must find the Book of Souls – an ancient and mysterious tome rumored to have belonged to the god Hath’Raal.

When the missing book turns up in the hands of Mnuvae, the bastard child of the dead king, Flintathriël finds himself fighting to not only save his people from this new threat but also trying to keep Sairalindë safe when Mnuvae takes over the dragons in her attempt to win back the kingdom she believes is rightfully hers.

The love Flintathriël and Sairalindë share shines pure and true, but when the smoke of the battle clears, will their hearts survive the aftermath of war or will their love become a casualty that cannot be revived?

Add to Goodreads

About the Author

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Errin Krystal is a fantasy romance writer who has been writing since she was a small child. Her head has always been full of stories. She began work on her first novel when she was sixteen.

She lives with her family in regional Victoria, Australia, and works as a chef. In her quieter moments, she loves to indulge her passion for storytelling, basking in the joy that comes from creating vibrant characters, fantastical worlds and all manner of magical creatures. Dragons and elves, mages and warriors, troubled princes and beautiful princesses, romance, magic, and adventure can all be found in her writing.

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This is just the first event to celebrate the launch of The Last Dragon Rider! There will be a Facebook launch party (details) and a blog tour kicking off July 31st. Invites will be out later today!

Cover Reveal: Family Matters by Felicia Denise

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R&R Book Tours is proud to reveal Felicia Denise’s newest book and it’s coming soon!

Family Matters: In the Best Interest of the Child Book #2 (Release Date: July/ August)

Olivia Chandler’s journey to wholeness continues as she enters counseling. Her therapy will not be easy, and may not be successful unless Olivia can forgive her mother. But is Sarina Chandler the only one in need of Olivia’s forgiveness?

A Halloween party brings together a surprising group of people, and Bruce introduces Olivia to his adult children. Another Bellamy has a second chance at love – if he can put his old-fashioned ways aside.

The death of someone close to Olivia has her re-thinking the value of emotional connections. She withdraws from everyone, falling back into her old habit of burying herself in work. A surprise confrontation pushes Olivia to her limits, and puts her heart on the line.

Her continued avoidance of confronting Sarina Chandler pulls at the seams of Olivia’s new-found love with Bruce Bellamy. Olivia must make a decision. Save them… or surrender to her emotional demons.

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About the Author

A wife, mother, daughter, sister, blogger and indie author, Felicia loves all things book-related and coffee-related. A southern girl by birth, the fiftysomething, voracious reader now resides in Arizona (via Michigan and California) with her husband of thirty-three years. Their three adult children also reside in Arizona – with their dogs. Felicia frequently reminds them she is the only one of her parents’ nine children who isn’t a grandparent.

Writing has been a hobby of Felicia’s since grade school, but other than serving as editor and writing for her high school newspaper, she never publicly shared anything until the early 2000s when she began writing fan fiction. At the urging of a good friend, Felicia took on the challenge of NaNoWriMo in 2015, writing what would become her first published book, In the Best Interest of the Child, released in the fall of 2016. Her latest book, Free, a Novella, released May 30, 2017.

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Blog Tour: Dead Over Heels by Theresa Braun

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R&R Book Tours is proud to kick off the tour for Theresa Braun’s, Dead Over Heels.

Looking for a fun and creepy short story? Well, this is your next read!

Dead Over Heels (Release Date: November 16, 2016) Read Review

Veronica’s first date with Sebastian not only stirs up a powerful attraction, but also a series of supernatural events that will tear them apart.

After countless hours of dead end online dating, Veronica meets up with Sebastian at a reportedly haunted restaurant, since he knows she has a fascination with the paranormal. While enjoying their meals and each other’s company, they share a shocking supernatural experience. Their romantic connection is overshadowed by the ghosts of their own pasts that threaten to destroy their budding relationship. Veronica decides she must return to the restaurant to face her past and dig up more answers. Unfortunately, she realizes she must go back, this time with a reluctant Sebastian. In the end, they join forces against the evil that stands between them, but will they make it out alive?

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“Bile rose in my throat, and I gripped Sebastian’s arm tightly. Had my dad really killed someone with his bare hands?”

About the Author

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Theresa Braun was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and has carried some of that hardiness with her to South Florida where she currently resides with her two fur babies, who are her creative sidekicks. She enjoys delving into creative writing, painting, photography and even bouts of ghost hunting. Traveling is one of her passions—in fact, her latest adventure took her to Romania for a horror writers’ workshop where she followed in the steps of Vlad the Impaler. She writes horror fiction and the occasional romance. She blogs about writing, television shows, movies, and books, and all things dark. Her short stories are published in Under the Bed Magazine, in Hindered Souls, in The Horror Zine, in Schlock! Webzine, and by Frith Books. Upcoming stories to appear in Monsters Exist and Hardened Hearts.

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