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Welcome to Mommasez…., the blog that focuses on all things Literary and a little bit of Celluloid fun also.  To Navigate this site, use the circular buttons above this post. These buttons include Search, Follow Me, About Me, Freebie Downloads and MORE! Below are the tours, book blitzes, cover reveals and giveaways that I’m featuring this month. Thanks for stopping by!!!! (this is a sticky post–keep scrolling down for daily posts)

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Crossing The Line by Frederique Molay Review and Giveaway

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Crossing The Line

by Frederique Molay

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Crossing the Line coverSUMMARY:

It’s Christmas in Paris and Chief of Police Nico Sirsky has an uneasy feeling that something is very wrong with the case he’s investigating. He and his team of crack homicide detectives follow the clues from an apparent suicide, to an apparent accident, to an all-out murder as an intricate machination starts breaking down. Just how far can despair push a man? How clear is the line between good and evil? [provided by the publisher]

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BOOK LINKS:

Website  |  Goodreads  l  Amazon |  Barnes & Noble

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MY REVIEW:

A richly descriptive ‘police procedural’, Crossing the Line is an entertaining and exciting British mystery that will keep the reader guessing from the first clue to the last. Author Frederique Molay does a brilliant job of breathing life into all of her characters, minor and major. In doing so, she allows the reader to become wrapped up in the lives of said characters so that it is virtually impossible to stop reading after just one book–the series must be devoured. Along with the developing story lines, Molay has come up with a delightfully gruesome and intriguing murder.

Molay lets the reader explore France through her eyes. It’s a wonderful, old, romantic country that deserves a book, a series, a whole host of books written about it. Cobble stones, old buildings, the Louvre, Montparnasse, Luxembourg Gardens, the avenues crowded with bakeries and various shops. As a bonus, we also get behind-the-scenes views of the Paris police and their operations, which was what drew me into this story. Not only is the murder of Bruno Guedj on the police roster but also the mystery of some brazen jewel thieves. I have to give this book five stars!!

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frederique-molayAUTHOR BIO:

Called, “the French Michael Connelly,” Frédérique Molay graduated from France’s prestigious Science Po
and began her career in politics and the French administration.
She worked as chief of staff for the deputy mayor of Saint-Germain-en-Laye,
and then was elected to the local government in Saône-et-Loire.
Meanwhile, she spent her nights pursing a passion for writing she had nourished since she wrote her first novel at the age of eleven.
The first in the Paris Homicide series, The 7th Woman,
won France’s most prestigious crime fiction award and went on to become an international bestseller,
allowing Molay to dedicate her life to writing and raising her three children.

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TRANSLATOR BIO:

Anne Trager loves France so much she has lived there for 27 years and just can’t seem to leave. What keeps her there is a uniquely French mix of pleasure seeking and creativity. Well, that and the wine. In 2011, she woke up one morning and said, “I just can’t stand it anymore. There are way too many good books being written in France not reaching a broader audience.” That’s when she founded Le French Book to translate some of those books into English. The company’s motto is “If we love it, we translate it,” and Anne loves crime fiction, mysteries and detective novels.

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VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE

Tuesday, September 16
Review + Giveaway at 
Mommasez…

Wednesday, September 17
Review + Giveaway at 
Finding Time To Write

Thursday, September 18
Review + Giveaway at 
The Discerning Reader

Saturday, September 20
Review + Giveaway at 
Valli’s Book Den

Wednesday, September 24
Review + Giveaway at Books Are Cool

Thursday, September 25
Review + Excerpt + Giveaway at 
I Am, Indeed

Friday, September 26
Review + Giveaway at 
Bookish Wanderlove

Saturday, September 27
Review + Excerpt + Giveaway at Book Nerd

Thursday, October 2
Review + Guest-Post + Giveaway at
Musings of a Writer and Unabashed Francophile

Friday, October 3
Spotlight + Giveaway at 
Deal Sharing Aunt

Saturday, October 4
Review + Giveaway at Queen of All She Reads

Sunday, October 5
Review + Giveaway at 
Words And Peace

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TOUR-WIDE GIVEAWAY:

Visit each blogger on the tour: tweeting about the giveaway every day of the Tour will give you 5 extra entries each time!

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Forward to Camelot by Susan Sloate and Kevin Finn Cover Reveal, Guest Post, and GIVEAWAY

Time-Travel / Thriller
Date Published: October 31, 2013
 

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WHERE WERE YOU THE DAY KENNEDY WAS SAVED?
 
On the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination comes a new edition of the extraordinary time-travel thriller first published in 2003, now extensively revised and re-edited, and with a new Afterword from the authors.
 
On November 22, 1963, just hours after President Kennedy’s assassination, Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as President aboard Air Force One using JFK’s own Bible. Immediately afterward, the Bible disappeared. It has never been recovered. Today, its value would be beyond price.

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Sci-Fi Tour GRAND FINALE and GIVEAWAY

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Are you interested in reading about futuristic societies where there are aliens and space travel, technological advancement, robots and utopias? If so, then check out the books that were featured on this 
Sci-Fi Tour! 
 
September 2nd – Launch

 

September 3rd – Halfskin and Clay by Tony Bertauski hosted at Beck Valley Books


We’re often convinced if we just get this, whatever this is, our suffering will end. Yet with all of today’s advancements, why does utopia still seem to be something achievable only after death while dystopia our human inheritance?


Can technology change this?

Suppose that medical bioengineers invent a synthetic stem cell, a biomite, that can replace any cell in your body…

 

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Biomites are artificial stem cells that can replace any cell in your body. No more kidney failure, no severed spines or blood disease. No cancer. Pharmaceuticals become obsolete. With each dose of biomites, we become stronger, we become smarter and prettier.We become better.

At what point are we no longer human?

 
 
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This psychological thriller will keep them second-guessing every move while they elude Marcus Anderson and the governing agency that seeks to rid the world of biomites. But in the end, they’ll all discover just how deep the betrayal goes.

 
 
Tony Bertauski: During the day, I’m a horticulturist. While I’ve spent much of my career designing landscapes or diagnosing dying plants, I’ve always been a storyteller. My writing career began with magazine columns, landscape design textbooks, and a gardening column at the Post and Courier (Charleston, SC). However, I’ve always fancied fiction.And I’m a big fan of plot twists.

 



September 4th – The Glory by Mister JMI hosted at Nocturnal Predators Reviews
 
**Excerpt**
Prologue
In need of Glory 


Frustrated and embarrassed by its struggle to defeat the Tikal rebels, the United States Space Force dumped its resources into the development and construction of a new class of warship. After nine years of research and development, trial and error, the final product was beyond impressive. Integrating the bleeding-edge of current technologies and completely inventing new ones, the new warship was an absolute marvel. The ship was a perfect harmony of the highest levels of speed, agility, weaponry and defensive capabilities. The awe-inspiring warship was leaps ahead of everything else in the known universe…

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(The Glory #1)
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The Glory and it is a fun, funny, exciting, character-driven sci-fi book that follows Adam Whitlock in his journey to join the United States Space Force in hopes of becoming captain of The Glory, the best ship in the fleet. Meanwhile, brewing tensions between the humans and a group of alien races is on the verge of becoming a full-scale war.
 
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Founder of Fictitious Fox Publishing, author of The Glory and owner of a sweet head of hair, Mister JMI is a longtime lover of the art of storytelling.

At the age of 12, Mister JMI knew he wanted to become a writer. Unfortunately, his dream was delayed for over a decade to suffering from a severe case of chronic procrastination. Now fully recovered, Mister JMI is ready to unleash a deluge of exciting, funny and fantastic stories for your entertainment.

So sit back, relax and enjoy.

 
Would you like a receive a copy of The Glory? Send an email request to this email.

September 5th – Parched by Georgia Clark hosted at Mythical Books
 



How to Research A Sci-Fi Novel 

(if You Know Nothing About Robots) 


I did a ridiculous amount of research for my second novel, Parched. So much so that when compiling it all for this guest blog post for the Prism book tour, I found myself wondering 1. I am crazy and 2. If knowing it was going to take as much time as it did, if I’d do it all again. (Answers are ‘yes’ and ‘yes’).

My jumping off point for Parched was this: a girl in love with a robot. What did I know about robots? Well, I’d seen Bladerunner a few dozen times…

 
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312 Pages
 
 
Robots, renewable resources, and romance get tangled together in this thrilling futuristic adventure novel about a utopian city struggling to keep its peace.


“Bold futurist adventure with unusual romance, riveting action and ominous ecological red flags.” —Kirkus Reviews

Georgia Clark is an Australian writer and performer based in Brooklyn. She is the author of the young adult novels SHE’S WITH THE BAND (Allen & Unwin) and sci-fi/romance PARCHED (Holiday House). Widely published online and in print. Won some awards/grants/residencies. Has a play on at the NY Fringe festival. Pretty keen on cheese plates. 
 

Tour-Wide Giveaway

 

$15 Amazon Gift Card (INT)
Ebooks of Halfskin and Clay (INT)
Signed copy of Parched (US Only)
Ends September 14th
 

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My First Story by Jordan Clubbs–a free short story

My  17-year-old daughter wrote this for her creative writing class in high school. I thought it was so good that I wanted to share it with my readers. I typed it exactly how she wrote it so there are some grammatical errors. ENJOY!

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My First Story

by Jordan Clubbs

I was never comfortable in my dad’s basement. It was all white walls and concrete floors. His roommate lived down there, Chuck or something like that. He was a fat man, tall and bald with glasses that took up half his face. I don’t know why, but every time I looked him in the eyes, I always got an uneasy feeling in my stomach. There was just something about him that made me want to look away, run away, and never look back. But he was my dad’s roommate and he was living in that basement for a while, regardless of how creeped out he made me.

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One day, my dad and I went down into the basement to do some laundry. Chuck wasn’t home so it was quiet and the lights were off. My dad flipped the switch and I saw something black out of the corner of my eye. I twisted my head quickly to see what it was but whatever it had been had disappeared behind the water heater. I looked up at my dad, me standing at about 3 feet tall, considering I was only 8 years old, trying to read from his face if he had seen it too. He just kept walking to the laundry room, no sign of anything but determination to clean his clothes. I watched him walk into the small room in the corner and turned back to the water heater, my feet glued to the ground. I felt my breathing get heavier and my heart beat faster, asking myself if I should really go see what was behind the heating unit. Finally, my feet started working again and I crept over to the big hunk of metal sitting in the corner adjacent to the laundry room. I slowly made it to the heater and peeked around it, seeing nothing at first. Then, in the very back, I saw a tail. It was black and thin with some fur clinging to the skin. I stood very still, wondering if it was a rat or maybe even a kitty. I turned back to the laundry room, hearing the washing machine kick on. When I turned back to the tail, a small black, furry face was inches from mine. I jumped back, falling on my butt. My eyes grew wide as I looked into the endless black that was this creature’s eyes. It stared at me, standing on two legs like a person. The thing was not much taller than me, a lot skinnier though. It had fur all over its body and hunched over like its back was crooked. I stared back into eyes, my heart beating even faster, until I heard my dad coming out of the laundry room. I turned to see the door opening as he pushed it with a basket full of clean laundry. I looked back only to see that the creature was gone. I sat there, silently for a moment, thinging that I must have just seen something. That it wasn’t real at all.

The next day, I sat at the top of the stairs, waiting for my dad to gather all his newly dirty laundry that needed to be washed. I wanted to see if there was actually something down there and what exactly it was. He finally came up behind me, his arms full of clothes, and nodded at me to head down the stairs. Chuck, again, was not home. He hadn’t been home since yesterday. Dad didn’t tell me where he was and I didn’t ask.

When we got to the bottom of the stairs again, I saw something shoot behind the water heater as we flipped on the lights. I darted over to it, peeking behind it to see if the small animal was there again.

“What the heck are you doing over there?” my dad asked, watching me squeeze myself behind the heater.

“Looking for the kitty,” I replied, looking around through the spider webs and dust bunnies.

He ignore me and shook his head, going into the laundry room as he did the day before. I got down on my hands and knees and saw the tail again, pulling on it. The thing turned around and bared its teeth, ready to bite my hand. I pulled back quickly, afraid it was trying to eat me. The small creature then closed its mouth, tilting its head to the side.

“Huunnngggrrryyy,” it whispered to me, its eyes looking directly into mine. I gasped, ready to scream at the top of my lungs when my dad called my name, telling me to come back upstairs with him. I backed away from the animal and ran upstairs after my dad.

Later that day, Chuck came home with a girl. She looked like she hadn’t slept in days and she might have been homeless. He muttered something about his new “girlfriend” and shuffled downstairs, pulling her along with him. I was confused but didn’t think it was at all important, going back to waching my cartoons. I heard a loud thump from downstairs and frowned at the basemend door. Did Chuck or his girlfriend just fall? Should I tell my dad? Should I go down there? I decided that unless I heard someone crying or yelling I should just ignore it. So, I went to the basement door, pressing my ear against it to hear better.

“Huuunnngggrrryyy.”

It was that animal thing again! It was talking to Chuck and his girlfriend! So it must be real. I pressed my ear harder to the door, trying to hear anything.

“Yes, I know you’re hungry, thats why I brought you a snack,” Chuck said quietly. I heard some shuffling noises and the sound of claws against concrete. Then, I heard the most terrifying noise I have ever heard in my entire life. A snap followed by a short scream and sounds of gnashing teeth on meat. I pulled away from the door and looked at it, horrified. If what I thought had just happened actually did happen, then Chuck was a murderer.

I ran into the kitchen where my dad was making dinner, and started pulling on his shirt.

“Dad, I heard something in the basement! You gotta come, quick!” I yelled, yanking him harder.

“Sweetheart, it was probably nothing. Chuck has his new girlfriend down there. Maybe they just dropped something,” he answered, stirring something in a pan on the stove.

“No, you don’t understand, I think his girlfriend is DEAD,” I said quieter, looking up at him with tears in my eyes. He just stared down at me, frowing.

“Why would you think such a terrible thing like that?” he asked me, putting the wooden spoon down and getting on his knees so we were eye level.

“I heard a noise, dad! It sounded horrible! You just have to go look!” I yelled at him, pulling him out of the room. As we made it to the basement door, Chuck was opening it. He jumped when he saw us standing there in the doorway.

“Oh, hey. Sarah just fell asleep. She took a nasty fall down those steps. I really need to get those fixed,” he said, smiling big. I just stared at him, my mouth and eyes wide open. My dad smiled back, nodding.

“See? It was nothing. She just fell,” he said to me quietly as Chuck went into the kitchen.

We finished dinner that night, Chuck and dad talking about business or something boring enough to keep me uninterested. I just kept thinking about that cracking noise I’d heard and that sound of teeth gnashing on flesh and bone. I decided I would check it out whenever Chuck left.

Later on that evening, Chuck went to the store to get some medicine for his new girlfriend and I decided that was the perfect time to go investigate. The second he closed the front door, I ran to the living room and made sure my dad was watching TV. His eyes were glued to the screen, some game show going on or something. I ran to the basement door, opening it slowly and peeking down into the darkness. I slowly made my way down the stairs, getting to the last step carefully, making sure I didn’t slip like Sarah had supposedly done. The stair was so sturdy it didn’t even move when I jumped on it. I flipped on the light switch and slapped my hand over my mouth. The floor was covered in blood and in the middle was the little creature, still eating part of the girls arm. It turned towards me, its eyes huge, its thin body much larger than it had been before. It smiled a big smile, its sharp little teeth now covered in blood and flesh. I stood there, horrified, not able to move my feet at all. Then, it lunged toward me and I screamed just as the lights went out.

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Author Bio: Jordan is 17 and currently a junior in high school. She reads like there’s no tomorrow with John Greene being her favorite author ever. She is in advanced writing classes but she loves art more than writing. When she graduates high school, she plans on attending college for an art-related field, such as tattoo artist. And she loves taking selfies!

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Kingdom Come Series by Lynessa James Tour and GIVEAWAY

 

****For Mature Audiences****

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Klive King is a no-nonsense businessman with a charming streak and stunning looks to match, but when he leaves the office he becomes a ruthless crime boss with a bad temper. When a chance encounter with a beautiful stranger brings an awakening to his arctic soul, his foundations are shaken to the core, and a desire to have her at whatever cost creates an unquenchable thirst. When he realizes he is not the only one seeking Kinsley’s heart, nor is he the only one harboring a dangerous obsession, Klive decides to put his murderous talent to good use in honor of a woman who has no clue she has earned his twisted fealty. However, as his insatiable thirst for her increases, so does his resentment as Kinsley’s sweet light also reveals a darkness that speaks to his own, drawing out the most dangerous and primal parts of his being that could prove deadly to the one he wants most.

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I Looked For The One My Heart Loves Review and GIVEAWAY

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I Looked for
The One My Heart Loves

by Dominique Marny

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Anne and Alexis are separated by war as children and reunited later by destiny. A powerful and dramatic love story that spans decades in spite of its seeming impossibility.

Anne, 9, and Alexis, 11, grow up together in the Montmartre area of Paris. While she has a major crush on him, he merely sees her as his friend’s little sister. After WWII begins, the two are separated as their families flee Paris to avoid the German occupation. When they say goodbye, Alexis promises to always protect Anne.
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Don’t Close Your Eyes by Lynessa James Book Blast and GIVEAWAY

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“My weakness for how I love you is my ultimate source of strength.” – Klive King
 
He faced death for her. She fought for him. They began as enemies and became inseparable lovers.
 
With the ceremony that seals their union, Klive and Kinsley are excited by the prospect of a mundane life that equates to bliss by comparison to the things they have faced in such a short time. However, there is no question their love is a power they repeatedly wield come what may, but a stunning betrayal proves that Klive and Kinsley are only too human, and mortality has an expiration.

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Time for Tenderness by Brynette L. Turner Review

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Time For Tenderness

By Brynette L. Turner

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Valerie loves Tony; but she has spent the past three years pretending otherwise because she had serious doubts that their love could survive all of her flaws and fears. Regardless, Tony knows Val is the only woman who could ever make him happy. When she agrees to marry him, she believes they can build a life for their young daughter that is better than how Val was raised and more realistic than what Tony has always expected. She trusts him to accept her and to always be her partner.

Unfortunately, the drama and destructiveness from her past inserts itself into their world in a way that Tony can’t accept. No matter how hard she tries, Valerie can’t shake the fear that maybe love does not conquer all; and the couple must discover whether they are really able to survive through anything.

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Motivational Books By O’Neil Brown

Make Things Happen: Renew Your Mind

by Author O’Neil Brown

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Circumstance do affect us and the actions of others do have a impact on our life, but you cannot blame circumstances and people all the time some of it is rest on us and how we choose to live. Our decisions shape our life and how we allow people or circumstances to shape our life. Your life is in your hands how you live it is up to you, what direction you go is still up to you. So stop blaming and plot a course for your life.

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Legally Undead by Margo Bond Collins Book Blitz and GIVEAWAY

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Legally Undead

by Margo Bond Collins

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A reluctant vampire hunter, stalking New York City as only a scorned bride can.

Elle Dupree has her life all figured out: first a wedding, then her Ph.D., then swank faculty parties where she’ll serve wine and cheese and introduce people to her husband the lawyer.

But those plans disintegrate when she walks in on a vampire sucking the blood from her fiancé, Greg. Horrified, she screams and runs—not away from the vampire, but toward it, brandishing a wooden letter opener.

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