Thursday, January 19, 2017

Virtual Book Tour for The Adventures of Grant Scotland by Dan McClure




The Adventures of Grant Scotland
by Dan McClure


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GENRE:  Fantasy


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BLURBS:

The Unlikely Spy (Adventures of Grant Scotland, Volume One)

The Adventures of Grant Scotland series is an entertaining mix of fantasy, mystery and espionage featuring a hero whose many faults provide almost as much challenge to him as the formidable obstacles he must face as he attempts to impose sanity upon a world rapidly descending into chaos. Collected in this volume are the first three books in the series: Spy for a Dead Empire, Spy for a Troubled King and Spy for a Wayward Daughter.


Spy for a Dead Empire (Adventures of Grant Scotland, Book One)


AELFA, THE GRAND CAPITAL of the once mighty Aelfan Empire, has fallen. Barbarian war parties and nomadic tribes harass the retreating and broken legions that once overawed them. All that stands against them now is the city of Zyren, the last bastion of Aelfan rule.


Acting as a spy for Zyren is Grant Scotland, a man leading a double life because his own had been taken away from him by the very people he serves. An unwilling recruit into the business of clandestine missions and deceit, he searches for anything real to cling to as the world around him devolves into insanity. And when an old friend shows up asking him to help save his family by delivering a mysterious book to a shadowy figure, Grant's two lives collide and he is thrust into an even stranger world than he had known; one where ancient magic is wielded by deadly players who compete against one another for a prize greater than simply the rotting carcass of a dead empire.


Spy for a Troubled King (Adventures of Grant Scotland, Book Two)


AMONG THE ASHES of the mighty Aelfan Empire, the House of Gregyan seeks to forge a new kingdom—one where both Huthan and Aelfan alike can prosper. But old prejudices and ancient traditions and an exiled enemy threaten the peace. Caught between compassion for his home and allegiance to his fallen empire, Grant Scotland finds himself trapped in the turbulent machinations of enemies and friends. As he works to uncover mysteries about his father’s treachery and confront new threats to his future, he moves perilously close to revealing his identity and losing everything.


Spy for a Wayward Daughter (Adventures of Grant Scotland, Book Three)


AS THE GREGYANS MARCH TO WAR and his handler takes a trip to Zyren, Grant Scotland, spy errant of the Aelfan Empire, gets ready to pursue a lead on finding a man who might be able to tell him the truth about his father's treason. Old friends, new enemies and hidden dangers soon confront him on his quest, but when he enters the dark world of another family's intrigue, he finds that not even the frontiers of the Aelfan Empire are far enough away to escape the dangers of fortune and fate.











Spy for a Greedy Villain (Adventures of Grant Scotland, Book Four)


RACIAL TENSIONS IN AELFA simmer and threaten to boil over when the harbormaster is found dead and the Huthan oppressors threaten to crack down in the Lower Docks. As Grant Scotland finds more questions than answers in the journals of Berthul Magnussen about his father’s treachery, he is drawn into a murder investigation, a kidnapping plot and the nefarious machinations of the city’s biggest crime lord—Mr. Quinn. In order to stop Quinn’s plans and save the city from being thrown into open revolt, Grant prepares to take his biggest gamble yet.


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Excerpt Four:


Spy for a Greedy Villain (Adventures of Grant Scotland, Book Four)


I gave him a brief recap of my espionage activities over the past few months, which included reports on the growth and temperament of the One God followers, the coming and going of any Huthan notables and the operations of Doogan and Quinn. At last I followed up with a summary of the harbormaster investigation and finished with the discovery of a ghost in the Lower Docks.


“There’s no such things as ghosts, Scotland.”


“I know, but I haven’t worked up a better nickname for him yet.”


“I’m sure you’ll think of something. I have every confidence in your ability to accomplish inane tasks of trivial importance.”


“Everybody has to be good at something.”


“And while your limited mental capabilities will no doubt be severely taxed in that endeavor, I’ll do some checking into what could make a man entirely concealed in plain sight.”


“You mean invisible. You can just say invisible.”


“Were I interested in being as lacking in attention to details as you, I could use the word invisible, but luckily for the both of us I am not. Complete invisibility is impossible. Not even the greatest Aelfan wizards were ever able to accomplish such a feat. But, there are several ways a man can remain unnoticed. Take me for instance. For the eleventh time in a row you failed to spot me before I spotted you.”


“How am I not surprised you’ve been keeping score? At any rate, he didn’t sneak up on me, I’m telling you I looked right through him.”


“Except his boots. Unless in addition to invisibility you also believe in the existence of a sentient pair of boots?”


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:




Writing stories infused with the smoky charisma of classic film noir mixed with the pulse-pounding excitement of adventure fantasy and the cagey class of suspenseful espionage, Dan McClure brought the best parts of all of our most cherished pulp together and added his own signature brand of wit. He currently lives, writes and works in and around beautiful and historic Arlington, Massachusetts.


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Interview with Dan McClure
Do you have any tattoos?  Where? When did you get it/them? Where are they on your body?
-Nope. No ink. Never saw the attraction. But if I did get one I’d make sure someone paid me for it instead of the other way around.
Is your life anything like it was two years ago?
-Basically the same but with less money.
How long have you been writing?
-I’ve been writing consistently for a little over three years, but inconsistently for most of my life.
What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?
-Decide what your goals are and proceed from there. There’s a dose of deep thinking involved with that one and it deserves its own blog post, but it’s the most important part. Secondly, write regularly, but it doesn’t have to be every day. Finally, don’t look for a silver bullet to success, because there isn’t one.
Tell us something about your newest release that is NOT in the blurb.
-Spy for a Greedy Villain is the fourth installment in The Adventures of Grant Scotland. It was the hardest one to write so far, since I had to take it apart and put it back together again a couple of times. Big things are starting to move in Grant’s world, but they’re just beyond his vision right now. Nevertheless, I had to make sure all the right seeds that had been planted in earlier books were starting to take root, if not sprout.




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Spy for a Dead Empire (Adventures of Grant Scotland, Book One):
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Spy for a Troubled King (Adventures of Grant Scotland, Book Two):
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Spy for a Wayward Daughter (Adventures of Grant Scotland, Book Three):
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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION


One randomly chosen winner via rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/BN.com gift card.




Virtual Blurb Blitz Tour for Riding High by Stacy Finz



Riding High
by Stacy Finz


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GENRE: Contemporary Romance


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When it's time to get back in the saddle again, there's no better place than the picturesque mountain town of Nugget, California . . .


A financial whiz with her own advice show, Gia Treadwell is passionate about helping people maximize their potential. But when her boyfriend--make that ex-boyfriend--steals millions with an epic Ponzi scheme, Gia is promptly run out of town. It's the perfect opportunity to revisit an old dream--one that apparently involves naked cowboys . . .


Flynn Barlow didn't expect anyone to walk in on him showering at the empty ranch where his family's cattle have always grazed. Even more surprising, the new ranch owner plans to turn it into a residential training program for women who need a hand up. A smart, gorgeous woman with a worthy cause? In Flynn's experience, if it seems too good to be true, it usually is.


Sharing the ranch doesn't mean Flynn and Gia have to get along, but riding together isn't the problem. It's the scorching chemistry they can't ignore. And if they figure out a way to add trust to the mix, they'll soon be sharing more than just a ranch . . .


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EXCERPT:


Unconcerned that she had a firearm aimed at his center mass, he gave her a brazen once-over. Then he motioned his head at the gun. “I don’t think it’s loaded, but you should never point a weapon at
someone unless you mean to shoot him.”


“I’ll shoot you.” It was a bluff. If push came to shove, Gia didn’t think she could pull the trigger.


Again, he eyed the rifle with indifference. “Yeah, I don’t think so. Otherwise you would’ve removed the safety.”


“Give me your pistol,” she said. He looked confused. “The one in the bathroom.”


“I don’t have it.” He held out both his hands. “Feel free to pat me down.”


She wasn’t getting anywhere near him. “Back up real slow.”


He glanced behind his shoulder. “Where we going?”


“Into the bedroom.”


“Yeah? Sounds good.” He flicked his gaze over her, eyeing her from head to toe. The guy thought he was a real comedian. “Why don’t you let me—”


“Not now.” She needed to concentrate and was reevaluating the bedroom idea. But that was where her cell phone was. Gia hadn’t seen a landline since she’d gotten here. She lifted the rifle so that the muzzle was pointed directly at his chest.


He rolled his eyes but mercifully kept quiet. They made it to the master suite without incident and with one hand Gia held the rifle against her shoulder, using the other one to search her purse for the
phone.


Eureka! She punched 9-1-1 with her index finger, put the phone on speaker, and dropped it on the bed so she could resume holding the rifle with both hands.


“9-1-1, what’s your emergency?”


Gia would’ve sworn she saw her captive snicker. She promptly ignored him and told the operator her situation. The cavalry was on its way, thank goodness.


“You think I could put my shirt on before the cops get here?”


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:




Stacy Finz is an award-winning reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. After more than twenty years covering notorious serial killers, naked-tractor-driving farmers, fanatical foodies, aging rock stars and weird Western towns, she figured she finally had enough material to launch a career writing fiction. In 2012 she won the Daphne du Maurier Award for unpublished single-title mystery/suspense. She lives in Berkeley, California with her husband.




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Torch (Devils Souls MC Book One) by LeAnn Ashers #BookBlitz


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Book Title: Torch (The Devils Souls MC) 
Author: LeAnn Asher 
Genre: Romantic Suspense 
Release Date: December 8, 2016 
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One moment, one ordinary day changed my life and led me to my forever.

Three guys tried to kidnap me.

One man saved me.

I was beyond scared. Being blind, I was already terrified of my every move, the unknown frightening.

His name is Torch. Once he decided I was his, he didn't let me go. Torch became everything to me: my protector, my safe haven, my husband, lover, and most of all, the father to my babies. He made me see that I didn't have to be afraid of my every step, because he would always be there to catch me before I fell.

Torch is the Vice President of the Devils Souls MC. The men are violent and scary, but I learned to trust them, because above everything else, their women are protected. They became my family. My only family.

This is book one of a series of interconnected standalones! This book has no cheating and a HEA.

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LeAnn Asher's is a blogger turned author who spends her days reading and writing. She released her debut novel early 2016, and can't wait to where this new adventure takes her. LeAnn writes about strong minded females and strong obsessively protective males who love their women unconditionally.

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Family Sailaway by Derek Curzon


Family Sailaway
Sailaway Trilogy
Book 2
Derek Curzon


Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Cruising


Publisher: Filament Publishing


Publication date: 24th January 2017


ISBN: 978-1-911425-51-9


Book Description:


In Family Sailaway, Sarah receives a flyer from CZN Cruises with tantalising summer offers and soon makes plans for her next cruise. This time, the adventure is longer, the ship is bigger and there are many more countries on the agenda. Unlike the first cruise, when she travelled with her younger sister, Sarah is joined by her aunt, uncle, cousin and boyfriend Paul (who she met on her first cruise).


Two other families become part of their adventure and sparks fly between cousin Megan (young, single, attractive - and she knows it) and protagonist Sarah. Megan befriends another passenger, Rebecca, who says she is a cruise reporter but Sarah suspects there is more to her than meets the eye.


Megan attracts a lot of attention from fellow passengers including a married man travelling with his wife and a younger, shy man who lives in the shadows of his more confident brother. Who will win Megan’s affections and how do other families get entangled in their story along the way? A storm brews during the cruise that makes for even more entertaining scenes along the way. This is a tale of family relationships, friendships, suspicion and intrigue, romance, feuds and, of course, the thrill of the cruise.


Family Sailaway is the second in the ‘Sailaway Trilogy’ and starts six months after the original book. You could read this as a standalone book but as they're both quick and easy reads, we strongly recommend starting with the first - Surprise Sailaway, published by Filament in 2015 – and then jumping ship straight to the second!

Surprise Sailaway
Sailaway Trilogy
Book 1
Derek Curzon


Print Length: 138 pages
Publisher: Filament Publishing Ltd


Publication Date: December 7, 2015


ASIN: B0193S7QBK


Book Description:


Surprise Sailaway tells the story of two sisters who embark on a short cruise following the sudden and tragic death of their parents. Sarah and Hannah find themselves living the high life on the high seas where the eldest finds possible romance and the youngest a potential career. Life on board is relaxed and stress-free for them both, a million miles away from the memories they have back home of their parents.


Follow their adventures on board as they visit Amsterdam and Hannah has the chance to see Paris. A twist at the end is a direct result from the parent’s death and an event that will change both sister’s lives forever.





About the Author:


Born and raised in Dundee, cruise aficionado, retail manager and author, Derek Curzon, moved to Lancashire in 1998 aged 28. His background is Accountancy, he has worked in myriad roles in the banking world as well as editing a local magazine. He found love through writing - he married his penpal (before the days of emailing and Tinder!) and their first cruise was their honeymoon in 2005 - they've never looked back and have been on six cruises to date with plenty more in the pipeline.


Their cruise holidays have given them the chance to see places they couldn’t have hoped to visit on a 'normal' holiday. The Sailaway Trilogy takes inspiration from their own cruise experiences and celebrates the cruise industry as the booming travel sector it is today.


Family Sailaway, due for release in January 2017, is the second book in the series. As a spin-off from the trilogy, Derek launched a fictional cruise blog: ‘Nautical Nights.’ It's a light-hearted and humorous look at life on board a cruise ship and the ensuing adventures!


When he's not working his day-job, writing blogs or articles, or planning the next book, Derek can be found long-distance walking.  


As a couple, Derek and his wife have completed the West Highland and Great Glen Ways in the Scottish Highlands and will be walking Hadrian’s Wall in 2017.









To Cruise or Not To Cruise?
BY  DEREK CURZON




My first thought of cruising was made by my Father 10 years ago when discussing possible Honeymoon destinations for my fiancée and

I. The upshot was we embarked on a 13-night cruise to the Canary Islands and have not looked back since.
We were slightly nervous with the whole experience but after the first day at
sea we really became settled into our 'moving home' for a fortnight. We were rather sceptical over the thought of dressing up, but after a day of relaxing at sea or doing shore excursions in wonderful destinations, we actually looked forward to coming back to the ship and adhering to the ship’s dress code each evening.

The cruise industry has changed wholeheartedly even since our first cruise. It is no longer just for the elderly and/or wealthy, in fact the cruise companies have reached out towards the young couples and family market. Nowadays there is a cruise out there for everyone.

There are also several cruise companies to choose from with some having recently celebrated 175 years of cruising like
P&O and Cunard. Some companies have
brought out ‘monster sized’ ships able  to carry in excess of 5,000 passengers; Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line. There are also the more exclusive companies like Oceania and Regent Seven Seas.

Although every cruise company will try and tempt you to sail with them, they are all offering much the same … beautiful ships, five-star service, excellent value for money, fantastic food prepared by culinary chefs, West End style shows and entertainment, activities for children … the list goes on.

Meeting up with fellow passengers at evening dinner is also a  delight,
exchanging stories about what we had all been doing that day or just simply finding out about each other. We tended to find  (or certainly the wife did) that it could become a little emotional on the last evening, when you had shared so much together over the holiday period and no one else, no matter how you  described
it would ever understand it like your evening dinner passengers had.

Needless to say since our first cruise, we have embarked on a further 4 cruises taking us all over North and West Europe and even venturing as far as Greenland where we experienced very rough seas together with hurricane strength winds! In a scene that wouldn’t have looked out of place on Titanic, the band did play
on despite their instruments and certain items of furniture, rolling across the floor!
One thing is certain though; cruising aboard your floating hotel is like no other holiday you’ll ever experience. There is no other environment where you can wake up in a different country every single
day, having only packed once. There is normally no luggage allowance (unless you fly cruise) and on arriving to check  in, the next time you see your luggage is in your cabin. Once you step on board, you really are treated like royalty with   the crew doing all they can to assist you and make your cruise the most enjoyable experience possible.

For anyone considering a cruise I would strongly recommend trying one for yourself, even if it is just for 2 nights.
Most cruises out of the UK sail from Southampton and in our experience, it is an efficiently run military operation from the time you leave your car to embarking on your ship for the first time then meeting up with your luggage again in your cabin.

Inspired by our experiences on board these amazing ships, I have written my first fictional book. ‘Surprise Sailaway’ tells the story of 2 sisters who embark on their first cruise together and the adventures that await them. It is the first of a trilogy and is a celebration of the cruise industry.

You can also follow my blogs all about cruising  at www.sailaway.voyage

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How many nights at Sea?
Having decided to embark on a cruise and what kind of cabin or stateroom you’re going to be in, one of the next considerations is duration. There are various factors to consider.
My wife and I took the plunge on our first cruise. It was our honeymoon so we opted for a fortnight in the Canary Islands. Thankfully we’ve never looked back since and are looking forward to our first fly cruise in September.
If you’re booking your first cruise and are not quite sure about the whole experience, there is nothing wrong with what I call a ‘taster’ or ‘teaser’ cruise. These only last a couple of nights but will give you a feel for the cruise itself, the ship and overall experience. Like this and you’ll be booking longer cruises in the future. Not impressed and you’ve not spent too much time and money on-board. That said, I haven’t met anyone yet who hasn’t enjoyed their cruise.
The longer the duration, the further afield you can travel and explore, both from a UK sailaway or a fly cruise. There may be a special destination that you would like to visit or somewhere that you have always wanted to see and by spending a day there might make your mind up for definite to go back or not? This is the beauty of a cruise. We have visited so many different places over the years that we wouldn’t have had a chance of experiencing any other way and having had a day there, have decided we would like to visit again but for slightly longer.