Monday, 31 October 2016

Spotlight On A Corner of Her Heart by Claire Yezbak

About the Book

Monica Morgan finally lands the job she covets—stay-at-home mom to her four sons. Her joy is short-lived, however, when a casual comment leads to the discovery of her husband’s infidelity. The news sends her reeling, grasping for understanding and skeptical of everything she once thought she knew. While she struggles with the deceit and questions her faith, her youngest child receives a devastating diagnosis, plunging her into deeper despair.

Unsure of how to move forward, Monica must reevaluate her options and determine what truly matters most. But will her decision ultimately destroy her family or will it make them whole again?

Tour Schedule

October 31 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Spotlight & Excerpt
October 31 – Anne Kemp – Q&A
November 2 – Chick Lit Goddess – Excerpt
November 3 – Chick Lit Plus – Spotlight
November 4 – Coffeeholic Bookworm – Spotlight & Excerpt
November 4 – Spunky N Sassy – Excerpt
November 7 – Up Close and Literal – Q&A & Excerpt
November 7 – Authors and Readers Book Corner – Excerpt

Author Bio

When she’s not playing with her granddaughter, Pennsylvania native Claire Yezbak Fadden is writing contemporary women’s fiction. Her books feature strong women who overcome life’s challenges, always putting their families first. 
There's a special spot in Claire's heart for carousel horses – quite possibly the result of watching “Mary Poppins” 13 times as a young girl. She loves butterflies, ladybugs and confetti! Just ask anyone who's received a birthday card from her.
Claire cheers on the San Diego State Aztecs, her alma mater, and she is a Black & Gold fan -- Pittsburgh Pirates, Steelers and Penguins. The mother of three, she lives in Orange County, California with her husband, Nick and two spoiled dogs, Bandit and Jersey Girl. 
Claire’s work as an award-winning journalist, humor columnist and editor has appeared in more than 100 publications across the United States, Canada and Australia.A Corner of Her Heart is her debut novel. 
Follow Claire @claireflaire, email her at claire@clairefadden.com, join her Facebook Fan Page or visit her at clairefadden.comFor sneak peeks, prizes and fun, join her mailing list.

Links



Barnes & Noble – http://bit.ly/2cyFpzj


To celebrate the release of A CORNER OF HER HEART, I'm giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card

About the Giveaway: Win a $25 Amazon gift card! From October 14 – November 14, 2016, join my email mailing list and be eligible to win. The contest is open to U.S. residents only. I will email the lucky winner as well as announce the name on my blog, Woman@Heart - Giveaways page by November 15, 2016.

Enter here for your chance to win! Good luck!


Happy Halloween!

A Corner of Her Heart Tour: We Think Claire May Have Found a Cure for Writer's Block!

Hey guys,
It's time for yet another exciting blog tour. This one for A Corner of her Heart by Claire Yezbak. On this stop we'll be shinning a spotlight on the book and interviewing the author. Sounds like fun, right?
So stay tuned and don't forget to enter the giveaway she's hosting. You'll find details on the banner on the right.
I love you and Happy Halloween.πŸ‘»

1. Tell is about yourself Claire
When I’m not playing with my granddaughter, I’m busy writing contemporary women’s fiction. My books feature strong women who overcome life’s challenges, always putting their families first. I’m the mother of three adult sons who, over the years, have been fodder for my award-winning humor column Woman@Heart.
I’m a native Pennsylvanian who loves living in southern California with my husband, Nick and our two spoiled dogs, Bandit and Jersey Girl.  I cheer for my alma mater, San Diego State, but my hometown roots still shine through for the Black & Gold -- Pittsburgh Pirates, Steelers and Penguins. 
There's a special spot in my heart for carousel horses – quite possibly the result of watching “Mary Poppins” 13 times when I was a young girl. I love butterflies, ladybugs and confetti! Just ask anyone who's received a birthday card from me.
2. Will you be celebrating Halloween? Have you picked out a costume yet?
In years past, I’ve dressed up as Wonder Woman, a flapper and a zombie dancing to “Thriller.” This year my costume is grandmother, since I’ll be watching my granddaughter participate in her first Halloween parade
 3. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I suspect every writer will be able to easily answer this question. For me, that moment arrived in my freshman year of college. The satisfaction of stringing words together to evoke a feeling, convey a thought or tell a tale buzzed in my heart for decades. This year my first novel was published. That tells me that no matter how long you dream, don’t give up.
 4. Tell us about your latest book?
Monica’s story, “A Corner of Her Heart”, is the first book in my “Begin Again” series. Monica finally lands the job she covets—stay-at-home mom to her four sons. Her joy is short-lived, however, when a casual comment leads to the discovery of her husband’s infidelity. The news sends her reeling, grasping for understanding and skeptical of everything she once thought she knew. While she struggles with the deceit and questions her faith, her youngest child receives a devastating diagnosis, plunging her into deeper despair. 
Unsure of how to move forward, Monica relies on her spirituality, inner strength and family commitment she learned from Bridget, her single mother, to reevaluate her options and determine what truly matters most. 

 5. What’s the best writing advise you ever received? Do you ever experience writer's block? How do you get over it?
I combined these two questions because the best writing advice I’ve received helps me to minimize (not eliminate) writer’s block.
I’ve finally embraced showing up every day to write. (For years I denied this bit of genius, the same way I used to discount ‘eat less-lose weight’). You hear this tip from lots of accomplished authors because it is true. My plan is to write every day at the same time each morning, before the demands of the day seep under my office door. Like my dieting goals, I don’t always meet them, but still I try. There are days when cleaning the dust bunnies under the bed is a more attractive option than writing even 100 words. 
When I arrive at my desk at approximately the same time each day, my mind knows it is time to work. I’m excited to see what happens when the characters share their story. Every writer has some type of block, but if you show up every day, around the same time, even if you just sit there looking at a blank screen, you’re training your brain to get to work. And that’s a good thing. 
7. Do you watch a lot of tv? What are your favourite shows?
My TV-watching time is limited and I’m an impatient viewer. I love being able to fast-forward through the commercials, so recording the programs is the perfect solution for me. What’s on my DVR list today? Jeopardy, Designated Survivor, Blue Bloods and reruns of Perry Mason and The Honeymooners. I’m a fan of Netflix, too.









Sunday, 30 October 2016

The Deadline Weekend blitz tour: Jackie discusse her love for Greek cuisine, Pizza, chocolate and her thoughts on the Chibok Girls

Hey guys,
 So it's day 2 of Jackie Kabler's weekend blitz tour for her new absolutely thrilling mystery title, The Deadline organised by Jenny of Neverland blog tours. On this stop there'll be an interview with the author and a review of the book. Not forgetting theat juicy giveaway which you can still enter, if you haven't done so already. I hope you'll stay tuned.

1. Tell us about yourself Jackie.

Hi, thanks for having me on your blog! I worked as a TV and newspaper journalist in the UK and around the world for twenty years, but for the past four years I’ve been a presenter on QVC, a TV shopping channel based in London, and I’m also an author of course! I’m currently writing a series of murder mysteries based in a TV newsroom, a world I know very well. 

2. I read The Deadline, which is a really awesome book by the way, and I felt instant jealousy. Where and how did you learn to spin stories like that?

That’s so kind of you, thank you! I’ve never had any formal writing training – I’ve never been to creative writing classes or anything like that. But even as a child writing essays at school I would get carried away with the story, and I’ve always been a big reader too. And of course I had lots of inspiration for storylines from my career as a news reporter. I covered lots of major crime stories including some high profile murders, and so the crime genre seemed to be the best one for me to attempt when I began to write my first book.


3. So why mystery? Did you want to be a detective as a child, or what?

I have often thought that if I hadn’t been a journalist, I’d have loved being a police officer, yes! But really it was my work as a reporter which gave me the interest in crime. I spent so many hours covering court cases, looking at the defendant in the dock and wondering if they did it, and if so why they did it, and how. I find it fascinating. 
4. You worked in TV so of course you're used to getting all dressed up and that means you can't escape this question: tell us about your personal style.

I think it’s taken a long time to find my personal style but I’m finally there! At work I don’t always get to choose what I wear, which is good as it pushes me out of my comfort zone and I’ve actually discovered styles and colours that suit me, which I would never have chosen on my own. I’m tall with long legs so my favourite look is skinny jeans or leggings with high heels and a loose top. I like quite big statement jewellery too. I wear a lot of blue (probably too much!) and I love clothes with interesting textures rather than prints. 

5. You just got back from Greece, what was it like? Do you have a favourite Greek food?
It was fabulous – glorious sunshine and stunning scenery. I love Greek food in general but on this trip we had the most delicious fava dip in several different restaurants. It’s made with yellow split peas, onions and garlic and it’s divine!

6. Who are your top five Mystery writers?
Tough question, there are so many! I love Ian Rankin, Tess Gerritsen, Harlan Coben, Patricia Cornwell and Jo Nesbo.

7. What are you reading now? Apart from The Deadline, of course.
I’m reading The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena. It’s very good!









8. 21 of the kidnapped Chibok Girls have just come home. What do you think?

It’s fantastic news. I can’t imagine what they and their families have gone through over the past couple of years. 

9. What are your favourite 'totally bad for you' foods?
I love pizza and chocolate. Not at the same time though!






The Deadline by Jackie Kabler Weekend blitz tour: Book Review

Hello again, it's finally time for me to share my review of Jackie Kabler's new mystry title, The Deadline. I hope you like it.
 And don't forget to enter the giveaway!



Plot: Cora Baxter works in tv so deadlines are not new to her. But this time she's facing a fifferent kind of deadline: her friend Sam is being wrongly accused of killing her boyfriend Marcus. In fact, all evidence points to her involvement. But Cora is having none of it and is stubbornly dtermined to prove her friend's innocence before it's too late.





Review: Before anything I want to make one  point clear: Samantha is super lucky to have the kind of friends that she has, not just Cora, whose obviously the most stubborn and determined of the lot. But everyone who stood by her and belived in her innocence. A lot of people are not so lucky. That said, this was my first introduction to the author and what an introduction it was. The book is simply super! My head was spinning 99.99% percent if the time trying to guess who had killed poor Marcus. Was it Katie Chamberlain, Jack or the mystery man. I don't want to incur Jackie's wrath by giving away anything, but it wasn't any of these people. It was someone totally unexpected. I guess that's the mark of a true mystery, right?
And speaking of, that Jackie sure knows how to spin a story! Just when I thought the mystery was about to be solved, it lead to yet another one. On one hand, I wanted it solved and the evil culprit thrown in jail so poor Sam could get out and on another hand, I didn't want the excitement to end.
Plus, Jackie works in tv in real life (sure you guys in the UK are familiar with her), so the book provides a sort of behind the scenes look at the lives of the people who work there and I really really liked it.
 This book is part of a series, so am sure there's more to come and I can't wait.



Rating: πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹

Stay bookish and enjoy the rest of the tour,
 Chiomaah






Authors' Picks: Spooky Reads for you this Halloween πŸ‘»

Happy Halloween guys,
 Now we do not celebrate Halloween in Nigeria *sob* but I know a lot of you do. And I also know you'll be all dressed up in your costumes out having fun. But just incase you decide to stay in and like a true bookworm, crave something spooky to read, I had these three authors share with you their top picks for a literal Halloween spook-out session.
 Please enjoy!

Claire Marta, Author of The Hunter Chronicles Series
@ClaireMBooks



1. Tell us about yourself, Claire


My name is Claire Marta and I have a passion for writing and finally decided to take the plunge getting published with my  first book Frostbite, which is the first book in my series The Hunter Chronicles.

I have always loved paranormal romance books and even movies about vampires and other creatures has all sparked my imagination.

A native Brit, I lives in Italy with my husband and daughter. When i’m is not writing and drinking copious amounts of tea, I enjoys taking photos of my adoptive country, trying to stay fit with running, reading amazing books and being a stay at home mother.

2. 2. Can you make any Halloween treats? Do you mind sharing the recipe with us?
I love Halloween especially being a Mother , it means great fun for me and my daughter. Living in the land of Pasta and pizza I like to try and use the food we eat for some spooky fun. One thing I like to do is spooky spaghetti eyeballs.

What  you will need to make this is, Spaghetti and a tomato pasta sauce, cheese (I use mozzarella but you can use what you like) ground beef and small tomatoes.

First I get the water boiling ready for the pasta.

Then taking the ground beef I roll it into little meat balls , depending on how much meat I have and how many people are eating I make quite a few. Using a fork I make a hole in the middle and add some cheese in the centre. These I cook in a frying pan with some oil. Being small they usually don’t take to long to cook through.

By now I have my spaghetti in and cooking away as well. 

Once the meatballs are done I put them to the side and warm up the tomato pasta sauce. Then I cut up my small tomatoes.

Once the pasta is ready drain water and then add the tomato pasta sauce and mix well before plating up. Then I place the meat balls on the plate and use a fork to press the cheese in their centres to make them ooze as they should be well melted. Using my hands I add the small slices of tomato to make the irises. Ta da instant spooky spaghetti eyeballs!

3. What are your top five picks for a literal Halloween spook-out session?

My spooky reads for Halloween would have to be The Shining, Dracula of course as I love vampires! IT which terrified me when I read it and even more when I saw the film. The Woman in Black – I also saw the stage show of this in London and it left my heart pounding! The Historian another take on the vampire myth and a read I very much enjoyed!



Authors' Picks: Spooky Reads for you this Halloween πŸ‘»

Happy Halloween guys,
 Now we do not celebrate Halloween in Nigeria *sob* but I know a lot of you do. And I also know you'll be all dressed up in your costumes out having fun. But just incase you decide to stay in and like a true bookworm, crave something spooky to read, I had these three authors share with you their top picks for a literal Halloween spook-out session.
 Please enjoy!

Tracey Sinclair, Author of Bridesmaid Blues and The Dark Dates Series



1.     What's your favourite childhood Halloween memory?
 Halloween wasn’t actually that big a deal when I was growing up in England – it really took off in the mid-90s as a holiday imported from the States, so I don’t really have any! Back then we were more about Guy Fawkes – November 5th, when we commemorate the man who tried to blow up Parliament by lighting bonfires and putting ‘guys’ on the top of them, and having fireworks displays. So I have many happy memories of being bundled up in a thick coat watching fireworks in my local park with my family.

2.     What are your plans for Halloween?

I’m very disorganised so haven’t organised anything yet, but Brighton is quite a party town so I might see if there any parties I can crash! There is also a huge Bonfire Night party that happens every year in the town next to me, Lewes, and I haven’t managed to go yet so I might make this year the year!


3. What are your top five picks for a literal Halloween spook-out session

I’m actually a scaredy cat so don’t watch many horror movies or read scary books! But I did love The Cabin in the Woods, which was full of clever horror tropes, and the Scream movies – the first one properly scared me and the others were smart and enjoyable. For books, I loved Michelle Paver’s Dark Matter and Susan Hill writes great ghost stories.

Tracey Sinclair is an author and freelance editor and writer. Her books include the romcom The Bridesmaid Blues and the Dark Dates/Cassandra Bick series, the latest of which, Angel Falls, is out now.


@thriftygal


Authors' Picks: Spooky Reads for You this Hallowen πŸ‘»

Happy Halloween guys,
 Now we do not celebrate Halloween in Nigeria *sob* but I know a lot of you do. And I also know you'll be all dressed up in your costumes out having fun. But just incase you decide to stay in and like a true bookworm, crave something spooky to read, I had these three authors share with you their top picks for a literal Halloween spook-out session.
 Please enjoy!

1. Gina Dickerson Author of Mortiswood: The Kaelia Awakening




1.                   You already know how cool we think for being one of the few people who are able to combine a love for books with an equally tasteful fashion sense, so am sure you know that this question is inevitable: Have you picked out a Halloween costume yet? Tell us 
about it, what inspired it?


I haven’t picked an outfit out yet but I definitely would like to have one! I am planning on decorating the house this year as I didn’t last year. I have a couple of handmade tombstones which my son and I made a few years ago, they are made from cardboard and are painted. I like candles so there will be lots of candles lit on Halloween. If I am going to have a costume it will be have to be something vampire inspired – dark and gothic, with a pair of lace-up high heeled boots. Oh, and a vampire cape! I also made one of those a few years ago, it is black with red lining and gold buttons at the neckline with a gold strap to keep it on!

2.                   What's your worst childhood Hallowed memory (if you have any).
 I don’t have a bad memory from Halloween. I never played ‘Trick or Treat’ but I have been to, and held, parties for Halloween, which were fun!
3.                   What are your top five picks for the ultimate Halloween spook-out session?
Book-wise? If we’re talking books I like to go on a throw-back fest to my teenage years and read a book from the ‘Point Horror’ series, probably ‘Teachers Pet’ by Richie Tankersley Cusick, or ‘Fall Into Darkness’ by Christopher Pike which isn’t in that series but is really good. Other choices would be ‘The Wakefield Witches’ by Daoma Winston, any of Roald Dahl’s darker short stories, or a tale about angels and demons. Curling up with a creepy book, a packet of crisps, and a mug of green tea is a perfect way to celebrate Halloween…although I may need more than candle light to chase the shadows away!






Gina Dickerson
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Saturday, 29 October 2016

THE DEADLINE by JACKIE KABLER WEEKEND BLITZ: JACKIE'S GUEST POST

Hey everyone,
 I hope you're ready for some real fun because today we'll be hosting the amazing Jackie Kabler on the Weekend blitz tour that Jenny from Neverland blog tours is organizing for her new mystery title, The Deadline. Which is a fantastic read, by the way. I'll tell you all about it tomorrow when I post my review. And there's an interview coming too. Those of you who live in the UK may already be used to seeing her on your TV screens. I have been telling all my friends that a huge UK TV personality will be visiting my blog and I think they all envy me, lol.
 And there's a tour giveaway that you can enter to win two copies of the book, a Nails inc. nail polish set and a cosmetics. The Nail polish set and the cosmetic bag especially make my mouth water. I wish tour hosts were allowed to enter. ☹️
Dont judge me though, Jackie is used to being so stylish so any right-thinking fashion girl would love to own stuff that's being approved by her.
See details on the on the right.
And here's a guest post by Jackie to start things off.

That tricky second novel

As publication day for my second book drew near, several friends asked me the same question - "was it quicker and easier to write the second than the first?" The short answer would be "yes, and yes!", but if I think about it properly, maybe it's not quite so straightforward.

 I certainly wrote my new book, The Deadline, much, much faster than my debut The Dead Dog Day. It took less than a year (and I have to write around a full time job, so it's all about grabbing time when I can), whereas The Dead Dog Day took about SIX years in total.

Now that sounds like a ridiculously long time, so I might need to explain. I started my first novel, which was originally a rom-com, eventually built up courage to send the first few chapters to some agents, and got zero interest and more rejection letters than I care to remember. Totally disheartened, I decided writing wasn't for me, put the book away and forgot about it for several years. Then, I dug it out again, vowed to give it another try, and decided to change the plot drastically by putting a murder in it alongside the romance and humour, all of which took about another year. Then I started sending it out again. This time, after several more rejections, I got lucky - in one crazy week, I suddenly had an agent and three offers of publishing deals, and eventually signed a three-book deal with Accent Press. So it all worked out in the end, but it took YEARS to get there.

This time, I already have my book deal so all of the time-consuming worry of sending a new book out for scrutiny isn't an issue. And, because I'm writing a series (the Cora Baxter Mysteries). I already "know" my main characters, which is incredibly time-saving too - creating a new character from scratch takes a lot more work. Plus, I think I sort of know how to structure a book a little better this time round. With the first, I didn't really know what I was doing, and made lots of mistakes - this time, I feel a little bit more in control.

In some ways though, the publication of my second novel is harder, and more nerve-wracking. I was terrified first time round, but had no idea what to expect, and the book did OK - the Kindle version reached number 21 on the overall Amazon chart, hit number four in women's fiction and for one heady, amazing day was number two on the crime, mystery and thriller chart, sitting next to The Girl on the Train which was (of course!) at number one.

This time, the pressure is on. Will the new book do as well? Will those who liked the first book be disappointed with the second? Have those who hated the first vowed to never buy my books again? So, quicker and easier to write, yes. But in terms of worry, not really easier at all. I somehow suspect that won't change, but I guess that's all part of this wonderful writing life. I feel so privileged to be able to call myself a published author, and still can't believe that my second novel is now out there in the world. And now, on with the third…





Blurb: Cora Baxter is back - and this time, she's facing the most important deadline of her career…

When TV reporter Cora Baxter attends the scene of a murder in a London park, she's horrified to discover the victim is someone she knows – and devastated when one of her best friends is charged with the crime. Suddenly the fun-filled life of Cora and her eccentric camera crew takes a darker turn. Cora is convinced that her friend is innocent, but with seemingly solid evidence, the police investigation team – reluctantly led by Cora's boyfriend DCI Adam Bradberry – believe the case is closed. With a trail of clues that leads all the way to New York, can Cora find out the truth before the trial begins – or is it already too late?

The Deadline is the second in the hugely popular Cora Baxter Mysteries series by acclaimed broadcaster Jackie Kabler
Jackie Kabler worked as a newspaper reporter and then in television news for twenty years, including nearly a decade on GMTV. She later appeared on BBC and ITV News, presented a property show for Sky, hosted sports programmes on Setanta Sports News and worked as a media trainer for the Armed Forces. She is now a presenter on shopping channel QVC and has a three-book deal with Accent Press for her Cora Baxter Mysteries, a series of murder mysteries set in a television newsroom.
Jackie Kabler:
Twitter @jackiekabler