Natasha Larry’s Common Descent–Cover Reveal & $25 gift card

Hi everyone Smile I know I’ve been quiet again, I am going to see Man of Steel soon and have just been reading comic books. Enough about me though, my friend and fellow Penumbra author Tasha asked me to help promote her knew book and I’m happy to help Hot smile So check out a blurb, cover reveal and contest all for Darwin’s Children Book 3: Common Descent!

Blurb:

Eighteen-year old Jaycie Lerner’s telekinesis is finally in check—too bad levitating a picnic table is now a workout. Not to mention her previously dormant telepathy is back and raging out of control. As she struggles to relearn her frightening power, the Dey-Vah announce they will soon unleash the supernatural world on the human race. To make matters worse, people start dropping dead all over northern Alabama. Then, a mysterious new enemy emerges.

Jaycie must elicit the help of the world’s only master vampire slayer and an assassin who gets her tips from the voices in her head.  Strengthening the Core is the only way to protect mankind from the coming vampire army, and they aren’t even the most dangerous threat.

Jaycie and her family face their darkest hour when an innocent young girl serves as a pawn to form a deadly Alliance. The perfect vampire, Lilith Bradshaw, becomes an eye-opening example of how far the Alliance will go to serve their own destructive ends. The world around Jaycie steeps into darkness, and betrayals from the past threaten to undo them all.

Author bio:

Natasha Larry is self-professed comic book nerd and urban fantasy junkie. She has an M.A. in history, making her a professional cynic. She is the author of the YA paranormal series, Darwin’s Children. She resides in Alabama with her awesome daughter. For more information about her or her work please visit:

http://natashalarrybooks

@natashalarry

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And the moment that you’ve been waiting for Winking smile the giveaway!

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‘Scam Factory’ Spotlight/Interview/Giveaway

Here is the details for the blog stop for G. Gordon Dean’s ‘Scam Factory’ Blog Tour. First off a spotlight, followed by an interview and then a giveaway, Enjoy and Thanks to Gary for the interview, enjoy! Smile

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SCAM FACTORY started out as a dream I had about a job interview with a high-end consulting firm. I initially thought that my dream would make a great movie, but I decided to write a book instead. As I began to develop the plot and storylines I realized I could tie it all in with, past and current, real life events in the U.S. from 2001-2009. It was also relatively easy to combine some of my business experience, and people I have run across over the years, into this story. I grew up in Las Vegas and lived there for about thirty-five years so knowing about Scams, or coming up with my own for this book, wasn’t so hard. The TRUE events that led to the U.S. financial crash, mass business failures, and declines in property values in late 2007 were nothing but ammunition for this novel.

SCAM FACTORY is not a story about the guy in the white cowboy hat saving the town and riding off into the sunset. It is fiction based on reality with a ‘true to life’ outcome. The characters in this story get away with White-Collar crimes just as the real life participants did. The characters are sadistic and have a knack of getting away with almost everything, just like the in real world. It is as simple as that. One of the messages I wanted to convey in writing this story was to show what kinds of professionals were out there exploiting our businesses and citizens without legal retribution. The characters are mostly cold, calculating, and narcissistic.

I figured that using a first person narrative was the best way to tell the story. There are many subjects involved in this story so I divided SCAM FACTORY into four parts to further make it easier to read and understand. Loyalties are lost and revenge is certainly in the plot, but figuring out how to write about it was the key to the story. There is no mention of any existing, or real life, companies-only industries and fictional business entities. Another challenge was making the fictional writing seem realistic. Several of the initial book reviewers were asking if some of the events in the story actually took place. The answer is probably yes, except that only a hand full of people knows how those events really took place.

The consulting firm in (TierGroup) in this story, that represents the seventeen major industries, is politically neutral. The idea is that if your money is green then TierGroup, and its clients, do not really care what your political affiliation is. This is also very relevant in the real world, but it seems to be changing for the worst. Although SCAM FACTORY contains many dark sides, it strongly reflects a ‘behind the closed door’ characterization of the reality we have faced over the last six years. The lessons we are still learning as a country are obvious and it may take many more years to recover. Control, perception, manipulation, and greed are still the number one driving forces in the business world today, but on the other hand, there are always two sides to a coin. Only time will tell.

Enjoy SCAM FACTORY and become a fan on Facebook.

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G. Gordon Dean’s Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/SCAM-Factory/219147311549998?fref=ts
G. Gordon Dean’s Goodreads:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6568947.G_Gordon_Dean
Scam Factory Goodreads:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16120621-scam-factory

Tribute Books Blog Tours Facebook:
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Scam Factory blog tour site:
http://scamfactory.blogspot.com/

Scam Factory Book Summary:

Whoever said ‘white-collar crime doesn’t pay’ never lived in Washington D.C. TierGroup is a business consultancy firm located in the heart of DC. Its Division Heads have a very cold and calculating unorthodox approach to conducting business. Protecting and serving their clients is the only thing that matters. Nevertheless, loyalty can swing both ways in this journey through greed, corruption, and absolute lack of accountability.
As a former Las Vegas Casino Surveillance Director, Michael Crayter, a straight shooter, becomes an unaware, almost, employee of TierGroup in mid-2001. His transformation takes many shapes from idea man to fraud guru. He embarks on a journey to Iraq, through Hurricane Katrina and eventually takes part in one of the biggest scams in the history of the United States – the TARP funding program. His boss, Charles “The Czar” Zarin, is the ultimate manipulation mentor. Michael Crayter’s experience will last for more than eight years and will make his old Vegas job seem like child’s play.
The investment opportunities the United States has to offer during this timeframe are seemingly endless and the public joins in on the greed. The whole country is riding high on the inflated value train with careless abandonment. There are no regulations followed or laws unbroken by the Mortgage Lenders, Stock Brokers, and Bankers. The bubble is getting bigger and the clock is ticking. It’s every man for himself. Divide and conquer. Borrow and spend. No one sees the tsunami coming, except for Charles Zarin. Capitalism will be turned upside down and the money spigot will run dry.
By late 2007 the bubble bursts and our country’s economy is left in ruins. The Treasury is sent in to bail out the white-collar thieves. While losing most of its clients TierGroup and Michael Crayter are left to fend for themselves. The tables are turned on the fat-cat bankers who caused the meltdown. Michael Crayter uses his hard gained experience to get even with the fake bastards. Almost everyone loyal to TierGroup gets away with highway robbery and the American taxpayer is left holding the bag. Michael Crayter begins to tell his story, in this Four Part first-person narrative, during a 2005 interview at FBI headquarters in Washington D.C.

Bio:

G. Gordon Dean is a Real Estate agent and Business Consultant currently living in Arizona. He has been a media buff for over two decades. As a media buff he has kept himself well aware of past and current events in business, government, and politics. He lived in Las Vegas, Nevada for over 30 years. This is his first novel.
Price/Format: $4.99 ebook
Pages: 263
Release: October 15, 2012

Kindle buy link ($4.99):
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009RP6NU0?tag=tributebooks-20

Nook buy link ($4.99):
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/scam-factory-g-gordon-dean/1113508194?ean=2940015503814

Interview:

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Please tell us about your current release.

SCAM FACTORY is a modern day White-Collar Crime Novel that begins in 2001 and continues into 2009. The 4-part story tells about the events that led to the U. S. Financial Crash that started in late 2007. The story’s main character, Michael Crayter, begins a new career, in mid-life, with an ultra-private Washington D.C. Consulting Firm. The Consulting Firm (TierGroup) represents seventeen of the worlds’ largest and most powerful industries who are making tremendous financial gains with no end in sight. SCAM FACTORY is also a story that takes its reader to Iraq, New Orleans, the Caribbean, and other major US cities. I believe I have described the story well in the Back Cover Copy and Prologue.

Can you tell us about the journey that led you to write your book?

The journey for writing SCAM FACTORY started with a dream I had one night about interviewing for an executive position at a major Consulting Firm. I landed the job in my dream, but after I woke up, I still had no idea what they did. I thought to myself: That was not a legitimate company, it was a Scam Factory. Then I further thought to myself that it might make an interesting book or even a movie. The war in Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, and the U.S. financial crash, which all occurred within the last 12 years, were also a perfect fit for this story.

Can you tell us about the story behind your book cover?

I designed and created the book cover with help of an associate. The title says it all: SCAM FACTORY. There is a silhouette of Washington D.C. in the background on the bottom of the cover, with the Washington Monument broadly standing out almost like a smoke stack from a factory, and sub tittles give the reader added information about the story. The font colors are also mean to stand out. I may add a light watermark of hurricane Katrina in the background later.

What book on the market does yours compare to? How is your book different?

That is a very good question. I had to do some research on this since SCAM FACTORY is a work of fiction. I only found one white-collar fiction book being sold today to compare it to: “RUDIGER” by David Lender. It had some of the same types of crimes committed in parts of my book. Several modern Nonfiction books, currently on the market, also include many of the same types of crimes that I wrote about. I didn’t have much luck, but it could be that I don’t know where to look. Maybe someone out there will find other comparable books and share them with us.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Over all I can say that writing SCAM FACTORY is the biggest quirk because I only type with two fingers! I was not using the ‘Tab’ key where needed and hit the ‘Hard Return’ key too often, which made more than double the work for editing and formatting. This is my first novel and I am almost surprised that I was able to accomplish the challenging task of writing it.

Typing with two fingers! That blows me away. I admire you persistence, I imagine that would make the actual writing a lot longer as well.

Open your book to a random page and tell us what’s happening.

SCAM FACTORY -PART 3- Chapter 20 –Failure Is An Option:

During a private meeting with the three largest U.S. bank owners Michael Crayter (the CEO of TierGroup) speaks privately with Henry Strassburger (the secret owner of 100 independent banks) against the strong advice of his legal team. Michael knows that now is the time to take advantage of a very lucrative opportunity, find cracks in the system, and manipulate Strassburger. Their ‘mutual’ goal is to keep Strassburgers interest in the 100 independent banks a secret while acquiring the TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) funding from the US Treasury Department. The amount Strassburgers’ banks need is about $125 million for each bank (or $12.5 billion total). Michael Crayter does not trust Strassburger at all. He senses Strassburger is hiding the 100 banks loses and making false statements about their true financial condition to the government. What Henry Strassburger does not realize is that Michael Crayter does not intend to help him keep the banks from taking major loses or closing…

Do you plan any subsequent books?

I am not sure about that right now. I have two or three other fictional book ideas in mind, but want to see how this one goes. I have been told that SCAM FACTORY would make a great movie, so a movie script may be in the works in the near future.

Tell us what you’re reading at the moment and what you think of it.

I am not an avid reader, but I am always interested in new documentaries, news, and events that help me stay connected to current events. I watch programs on public television, cable and learning channels, and other major media outlets. I am usually going over Business and Real Estate opportunities being offered by others. Sometimes I am doing the actual business planning, modeling, and research for others, which requires a ton of evaluation, writing, and revisions.

It was a pleasure to have you Gary, best of luck with your book and blog tour.

The Giveaway! Open-mouthed smile

I believe in keeping things simple. So here is super-easy super-simple giveaway. Be the first person to comment on this post (with your name and E-mail address) and you win a free Ebook copy of Scam Factory. How easy is that? Thanks for reading, have a great day all Hot smile

Forever Girl Treasure Hunt Blog stop! :)

Welcome to the treasure hunt tour for The Forever Girl!

Here’s how it’s done:

Each stop on the tour will have a small excerpt with a code hidden it. Visit all the stops to gather the letters, unscramble the phrase, and email it to :

sandra.ashton-holtzman[at]bookandblogservices[dot]com

The stops list can be found here: http://www.bookandblogservices.com/book-tour-for-the-forever-girl-by-rebecca-hamilton

The winner will receive a goody bag including:

1 Forever Girl Ring
1 Forever Girl Keychain
1 Forever Girl Necklace
1 Forever Girl Bookmark
1 Forever Girl Candle

1 signed copy of The Forever Girl

1 signed copy of the companion novella, Her Sweetest Downfall
IMMORTALIZATION: The author will also immortalize the lucky winner by giving them a cameo appearance in the next Forever Girl book.

Bonus: If you’ve already reviewed The Forever Girl on Amazon, include the link to your review along with the unscrambled phrase for an additional entry!

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Book Blurb:

“Sophia’s family has skeletons, but they aren’t in their graves.
At twenty-two, practicing Wiccan Sophia Parsons is scratching out a living waiting tables in her Rocky Mountain hometown, a pariah after a string of unsolved murders with only one thing in common: her.
Sophia can imagine lots of ways to improve her life, but she’d settle for just getting rid of the buzzing noise in her head. When the spell she casts goes wrong, the static turns into voices. Her personal demons get company, and the newcomers are dangerous.
One of them is a man named Charles, who Sophia falls for despite her better judgment. He has connections that might help her unveil the mystery surrounding her ancestor’s hanging, but she gets more than she bargains for when she finally decides to trust him.
Survival in his world, she learns, means not asking questions and staying out of the immortal council’s way. It’s a line she crossed long ago. If Sophia wants to survive the council and save the people she loves, she must accept who she is, perform dark magic, and fight to the death for her freedom.
The Forever Girl is a full-length Paranormal Fantasy novel that will appeal to lovers of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, witches, vampires, ghosts, paranormal mystery, and paranormal horror.”

Book Excerpt:

The Forever Girl part 18.

“No I wasn’t,” I replied too quickly.

He crossed his arms, slouching back, and challenged me with a grin. “No?”

My pulse quickened and my breathing went shallow and I wished I would just disappear. This time, I wasn’t going to respond. He kept his gaze steady against mine, his dark, tangled lashes framing his eyes. Lauren would’ve recommended some special eyelash comb. Thinking your code is u of Lauren might help distract me from this gorgeous specimen sitting before me.

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Book and Blog Services

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The rise of self and indie publishing has made a drastic need for book services. There are many out there, but unfortunately ignore the fact most new authors are working on a limited budget.

Book and Blog Services is a new website to help fill that gap. They offer affordable book tours, editing, and graphic design. Bloggers can get in on it by signing up as a tour host for a chance to win books and gift cards. There’s something for everybody and a lot more to come, so check it out!

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Giveaway 2: The Horror!, the horror!

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I know I’ve been so quiet, just busy is all. Here’s something fun to do (along with free stuff, who doesn’t like that?) Smile

Time for contest number 2! This one will be simpler, here’s the details:

What was your first vampire/horror/romance book that you enjoyed? Share it with me by either leaving a comment below or e-mailing me at TheNLVampire@gmail.com  Vampire bat

The contest starts now and will stop June 26th. I will then do a random draw for 2 e-copies of my book “The Newfoundland Vampire” (format of your choice) and send it to them, how easy is that? Hot smile

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I’ll start: (even though I can’t win) Winking smile I remember reading a collection of Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories when I was about 11. They were excellent but for me "The Tell Tale Heart" stood out as particularly brilliant. Poe was a master and was pretty intense for the 19th century.

That’s it! Best of luck to you all Thumbs up. Until next time I am as always…

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My First contest! Show me your fangs (book giveaway)

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Well here we go. My book is out almost a week and I figure it’s time for a contest. Since I live in a pretty remote place (Newfoundland, Canada) I will be offering an Ebook in a format you prefer (from those listed on Smashwords here). Obviously it’s of my first novel “The Newfoundland Vampire” which you can read all about here. But enough jibber-jabber, here’s the details:

Starting today, Sunday, (4/15/12) and running until Sunday (5/13/12) you can send me an e-mail (TheNLVampire@gmail.com) with a picture of you dressed up as a vampire. This can be as simple as some fangs or a bit of fake blood around your mouth or as complex as you want. Here’s an example of me on Halloween with friends (I’m vampire the one on the far right Vampire bat)

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So it’s easy, be your vampy best and send me a picture (or leave a link with your e-mail in the comments sections) and I’ll do a random draw at the end. Most importantly have fun! Hey it’s a chance to maybe beat the Halloween rush too Winking smile. Have great day all, looking forward to seeing some good looking vampires! Hot smile

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