“PAY IT FORWARD” WEEK – Today’s RRBC Author – Lizzie Chantree

“PAY IT FORWARD” WEEK – Today’s RRBC Author – Lizzie Chantree

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Hello readers – today on THE GUNDERSTONE REVIEW, as well as on ALL of my social media sites, I am going to spotlight, promote, and propel one of my fellow authors from my online book club – #RaveReviews BookClub ( #RRBC )

I have volunteered three days in total this week for our “PAY IT FORWARD” WEEK” effort which will showcase three different Rave Reviews Book Club authors.

If you are an author and want this kind of support, you can get in on “that action” via membership to the #RaveReviews BookClub.

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Today I am spotlighting Lizzie Chantree, author of Babe Driven and Love’s Child

In her own words:

Lizzie is an enthusiastic inventor, businesswoman and artist. She founded her first company at the age of 17 and has been creating products and driving her family mad ever since.

Lizzie has appeared on Sky News, ITV Lunchtime News, This Morning, The Big Breakfast and the BBC’s worldwide radio service, amongst others, for becoming one of Fair Play London’s female innovators.

Lizzie lives in Essex, with her gorgeous husband, two vivacious children and a very unusual dog. In between the school run and baking cakes, (or burning them!) she sits in her rooftop studio daydreaming about gaps in the market and how she can fill them. Babe Driven is her first novel, Love’s Child is her second. She is currently writing her third novel and is collaborating on a children’s book range with her family.

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Babe Driven

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Synopsis

Driving straight out of trouble and into paradise!

Harriet’s crazily successful business idea is under serious threat, and the danger seems to be coming from inside her own family. She whisks her sister and her friends away to an exotic location to try and work out whose side they are on. It’s time to start damage limitation.

When the girls arrive at the glorious villa owned by Harriet’s maverick business partner Nikki, they find a gorgeous band and their sexy lead singer Max staying next door, out to entice their new neighbours into all kinds of trouble.

This isn’t a holiday for Harriet and she can’t afford to be distracted. She has to sell her business idea to the powerful resort owner, the elusive Mr Grant, while she is there, or she may not have a business to go back to. Harriet will have to choose between family and friends, business or pleasure. For someone who stays out of the limelight, even though her new company is the hottest ticket in town, she’s going to have to avoid the front pages of every newspaper if she wants to survive the ride!

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Love’s Child

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Synopsis

Friendship, loyalty and deadly secrets.

Jemima Trent is desperate to have a designer baby to keep up with her socialite friends, reconnect with her work-obsessed husband, Lucas, and regain some respect from her domineering father.

Something curious is happening and the number of women able to conceive each year is in decline, but no one seems to know why. Dr Cole believes that the answer can be found in a warehouse full of delinquent teenagers, where David Love and his pregnant girlfriend, Tilly, have been hitting the headlines for turning youngsters’ lives around. Dr Cole’s violent and callous employer will stop at nothing to discover the reason behind their success and why girls at the warehouse are able to fall pregnant.

Jemima finally tries to step out of her father’s shadow, but discovers they are more alike than she could ever imagine. David and Tilly vow to keep their secret, but have the lessons of the past been learned and is the world ready for the truth?

Lies, deceit and betrayal, all in the name of love!

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You can follow Lizzie and her works through the following links:

Author Blog – http://lizziechantree.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lizziechantree

Twitter – @Lizzie_Chantree

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lizzie-Chantree/e/B00FF99DHC/

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“PAY IT FORWARD” WEEK – Today’s RRBC Author – ISABEL PIETRI​

“PAY IT FORWARD” WEEK – Today’s RRBC Author – ISABEL PIETRI​

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Hello readers – today on THE GUNDERSTONE REVIEW, as well as on ALL of my social media sites, I am going to spotlight, promote, and propel one of my fellow authors from my online book club – #RaveReviews BookClub ( #RRBC )

I have volunteered three days in total this week for our “PAY IT FORWARD” WEEK” effort which will showcase three different Rave Reviews Book Club authors.

If you are an author and want this kind of support, you can get in on “that action” via membership to the #RaveReviews BookClub.

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Today I am spotlighting ISABEL PIETRI​; In her own words:

Isabel Pietri is a retired Labor Union President from NYC. In retirement, she has re-invented herself as an author and blogger.

Isabel Pietri was born and raised in New York City. She resides now in N. E. Pennsylvania with her husband, a retired forensic investigator, Sheba the wonder dog, and two kitties, Shadow and Missy.

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The Black Calla Lily (Millie and Adrian Trilogy Book 2) is her release from this time last year (December 4, 2014).

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Millie has come a long way from her life in New York City as a former Detective in the elite TARU unit of the NYPD. She has a life she could never have imagined, married to the handsome and successful Adrian Zaragosa and a growing family. A beautiful winery is the backdrop to their idyllic life at their Luna Llena estate.

Millie and Adrian are the perfect couple living the perfect life. That is until Millie’s troubles from NY – a Colombian drug cartel and a shady lawyer- follow her to Luna Llena, threatening her husband and children. She has something they want and the clock is ticking as their patience wears thin. However, before she concedes, she wants answers to the senseless murder of her ex-partner and lover, Danny. It is only a matter of time before Millie is forced to confront them.

Theirs lives are further complicated when Adrian’s best friend, Juan Carlos, is threatened by ruthless business rivals, leaving Adrian with the task of making a decision that could endanger him, his family and friends.

A love interest from Adrian’s past drives a wedge between him and Millie as outsiders try to lure them into situations that can compromise their relationship, testing their love and loyalty for each other. Will their marriage survive? Can Adrian forgive Millie for interfering in his business and can Millie get past Adrian’s behavior?

The Black Calla Lily comes to a stunning climax as Millie leaves her family behind and races to tie up loose ends with the drug lords for the final show down where she may have to pay the ultimate price: her life.

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Editorial Reviews
From the Author

The Black Calla Lily is Book #2 in the Millie and Adrian Trilogy.

I enjoyed writing this book and living vicariously through the main character, Millie Angeles Zaragosa. She is a complex character, loving and gentle, yet would not hesitate a minute to take out any who threaten her family.

From the Back Cover

Millie has come a long way from her life in New York City as a former detective in the elite TARU unit of the NYPD. She has a life she could never have imagined, married to the handsome and successful Adrian Zaragosa and a growing family. A beautiful winery is the backdrop to their idyllic life at their Luna Llena estate.

Millie and Adrian are the perfect couple living the perfect life. That is until Millie’s troubles from NY – a Colombian drug cartel and a shady lawyer – follow her to Luna Llena, threatening her husband and children. She has something they want and the clock is ticking as their patience wears thin. However, before she concedes, she wants answers to the senseless murder of her ex-partner and lover, Danny. It is only a matter of time before Millie is forced to confront them.

Their lives are further complicated by ruthless business rivals and ex-lovers of Adrian’s. Will their marriage survive? Can Adrian forgive Millie for interfering in his business and can Millie get past Adrian’s behavior?

The Black Calla Lily comes to a stunning climax as Millie races back to N.Y. to meet her nemesis for a final show down where she may have to pay the ultimate price.

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You can follow Isabel and her works through the following links:

Author Blog – http://isabelpietri.wordpress.com
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/isabel.pietri.3
Facebook Love in the Dark (book series page) https://www.facebook.com/MillieandAdrianTrilogy
Twitter – @sheba915
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Isabel-Pietri/e/B00R07PNQ2/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/isabel-pietri-6a957171
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/photo/author/7678304.Isabel_Pietri
Smashwords Interview: https://www.smashwords.com/interview/Isabel731
Smashwords profile page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/Isabel731Amazon.com

The results of my day on the BACK-TO-SCHOOL BOOK and BLOG BLOCK PARTY

The Rave Reviews Book Club (of which I have been a member for less than a year) hosted an event for the month of September called the BACK-TO-SCHOOL BOOK and BLOG BLOCK PARTY

It just kicked off today on September 1st and it will be running all month long. The day is just about over here on the East coast.

My blog was hosted today along with four other awesome #RRBCers.

I know a lot of people will knock efforts like blog tours and virtual events. Mainly, it is because many, if not most, judge their success not on the exposure they might have gotten, but on sales that they figure just aren’t materializing from their time and effort (and sometimes nominal fees paid to be a part of the event).

For all my efforts, a couple of hours to put the blog post together, and another couple of hours responding to visitors to my page today, I did not sell one single book (from any of my four titles) and I did not have a single page read via Kindle Edition Normalized Pages (KENP) Read.
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Nada.

Nothing.

I don’t measure my success “today”. A brick wall isn’t built with one brick and neither will my success as a writer or anything else I do. It will be built on the “back” of hours, days, weeks, months, and years of determination and hard work.

But if I have to measure something for “today” I would look at the traffic to my blog:

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Ten times the exposure that I normally have; not only to people who I already know and who follow the blog and occasionally stop by, but also to brand new people who never heard of me before.

That’s what I call an unmitigated success.

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And in nine minutes, today will be yesterday, tomorrow will be today, and the future will be a blank slate for me to write.

Turn the page.

BETHANY TURNER “PAY IT FORWARD” WEEK – Today’s RRBC Author – Beth Hale

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Hello readers – today on THE GUNDERSTONE REVIEW, as well as on ALL of my social media sites, I am going to spotlight, promote, and propel one of my fellow authors from my online book club – #RaveReviews BookClub ( #RRBC )

The “BETHANY TURNER “PAY IT FORWARD” WEEK” effort is the brain child of member Bethany Turner to which I have volunteered – three days in total this week for three different authors.

If you are an author and want this kind of support, you can get in on “that action” via membership to the #RaveReviews BookClub.

Today I am spotlighting Beth Hale; In her own words:

Beth Hale writes about what she knows: strong, Southern women and the men who love them. She twines believable characters, realistic circumstances, and heart-felt emotions together to create sassy, sexy contemporary romances. She draws inspiration from the every day life problems we all face, and expands them into vivid, interesting, hard-to-put-down stories.

She learned the joys of reading from her mother, and her love affair with books has only grown stronger. If she isn’t breathing life into a new character, she is trying to make a dent in her large to-be-read pile.
Beth lives in a small town in Mississippi with her own real-life hero and two children. They share the house with a variety of pets. When she is not working her “day job” as an E-911 dispatcher, you can find her curled up on her couch, with a blanket, coffee, and notebook.

She is the author of the Unexpected Emotion Series and the Magnolia Series.

**Unexpected Emotion: Love doesn’t care if you’re looking for it or not.**

Book One: Trusting Jack. Emma must decide if she can put aside her past hurt and learn to trust Jack as much as she loves him. (Available now.)

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Book Two: Taming James. James is a ladies man, always looking for the next good time. Liv knows first-hand how much heartbreak hurts, and she’s vowed not to fall for another smooth-talking, good-looking man. When their passion explodes, they must decide if they can trust in what they have. (Coming Summer 2015)

Book Three: Norah is a world-famous actress who has never felt the sting of love. Chad is a single father who is ready to embrace a new relationship, and he thinks Norah is the perfect woman. Can they overcome the many obstacles facing them and find their happy ever after? (No release date set.)

**Magnolia Series: Every town has a story to tell.**

The Magnolia Series are stand-alone books, each with its own set of characters. They are set in small Mississippi towns and showcase strong Southern women who face down their demons and fight for love.

Book One: Magnolia Secrets. Lainey is walking a tightrope, bound to a man she fears while longing for a man she can’t have. Walker is determined to save her and uncover the secrets the town is hiding. Can they survive the ruthlessness of a cold-blooded killer? (Releasing December 5, 2014)

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Book Two: Magnolia Chances. Glory is rebuilding her life one step at a time, trying to overcome personal tragedy and addiction. When a new man and his young son come to town, she is immediately drawn to him. Can they both face down a past that haunts them and find happiness again? (No release date set.)

You can visit Beth’s website at: http://www.authorbethhale.com

You can also email her at: beth@authorbethhale.com

She responds to all comments and emails personally, and loves hearing from readers.

You can follow Beth and her works through the following links:

Author Blog – http://bethhaleblog.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Beth-Hale/458435490953994
Twitter – @writes4coffee
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Brian-OHare/e/B001K89IWM/

BETHANY TURNER “PAY IT FORWARD” WEEK – Today’s RRBC Author – Lizzie Chantree

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Hello readers – today on THE GUNDERSTONE REVIEW, as well as on ALL of my social media sites, I am going to spotlight, promote, and propel one of my fellow authors from my online book club – #RaveReviews BookClub ( #RRBC )

The “BETHANY TURNER “PAY IT FORWARD” WEEK” effort is the brain child of member Bethany Turner to which I have volunteered – three days in total this week for three different authors.

If you are an author and want this kind of support, you can get in on “that action” via membership to the #RaveReviews BookClub.

Today I am spotlighting Lizzie Chantree, author of Babe Driven

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In her own words:

Lizzie is an enthusiastic inventor, businesswoman and artist. She founded her first company at the age of 17 and has been creating products and driving her family mad ever since.

Lizzie has appeared on Sky News, ITV Lunchtime News, This Morning, The Big Breakfast and the BBC’s worldwide radio service, amongst others, for becoming one of Fair Play London’s female innovators.

Lizzie lives in Essex, with her gorgeous husband, two vivacious children and a very unusual dog. In between the school run and baking cakes, (or burning them!) she sits in her rooftop studio daydreaming about gaps in the market and how she can fill them. Babe Driven is her first novel.

You can follow Lizzie and her works through the following links:

Author Blog – http://lizziechantree.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lizziechantree

Twitter – @Lizzie_Chantree

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lizzie-Chantree/e/B00FF99DHC/

THE BLOG TOUR – starring “SPOTLIGHT” Author, Maureen K. Howard #RRBC #RaveReviewsBookClub

“World, Meet Maureen K. Howard”
~by Maureen Kovach

 

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“World, Meet Maureen K. Howard”
~by Maureen Kovach

The End. “Woo hoo! We did it. We wrote a book. It’s a good book. We know it. At least we think it is. Is it? Maybe it sucks. It definitely sucks.” Does this sound familiar? As any author knows, writing is like a roller coaster–the peaks are high and the valleys are low. Real low. And as any Indie Author knows, there’s no one standing by to boost your morale, kick you in the pants, or hold your hand and let you cry. You come to the realization that writing the book was the easy part.

After basking in the glow of personal accomplishment for five or six minutes, reality rears its ugly head. Who is going to read our masterpiece? How will anyone know how awesome our story, our setting, and our characters are if no one even knows the darn thing exists?

That was the million-dollar question, and I didn’t have a million dollars to discover the answer to it. So I did the next best thing. I opened up my dresser drawer, pulled out my big-girl panties, dressed for action, and got down to business. My daughter and I, under the pen name, Maureen K. Howard, had written a book, and it was a good book. Now it was my mission to make sure others would have the pleasure of discovering it.

To my credit, I did have the good sense before this point to read as much advice as I could get my hands on about how to write a good book, and make sure it was market-ready. I had identified my target audience, purchased the services of a professional editor and a cover designer, and signed up for Kindle Direct Publishing and a print-on-demand service.

But that only took me so far. After all of my family members and friends had downloaded their e-books or ordered their print copies, the party, such as it was, was over. It was time to move on to a new action plan. How did I connect with new people who would want to read our book?

I thought of a book I had finished recently by an author I had never even heard of before. I had discovered the book through one of the many services that offer e-books at free and discounted prices. I am an avid reader, so I figured there were probably other people like me out there, willing to give an unfamiliar book a try if the stakes weren’t too high. This author’s style was right up my ally. The mystery was fun and fast-paced, the characters were smart but quirky, and the writing itself was impeccable. So, I wondered, how did she do it? Not write the book, because I felt mine could hold its own. But how did she get it in front of me?

I did what any techno-savvy consumer would do. I googled her. Thus began my journey into the unknown world of self-promotion. I studied her web page and used it as a guideline to create one of my own. But wait. She had a Facebook Author Page. Okay. I could do that. I began discovering on-line groups dedicated to specific genres–some were geared toward writers, others toward readers, while others joined both sides for lively, eye-opening conversations and recommendations, which led to…sales! I never felt out of place or stupid among these members and have made some dear friends who I look forward to chatting with regularly.

And next there was Twitter. I was utterly clueless. I’m still not sure I comprehend that landscape. It must be that little bird. I’ve always hated birds. But I do it. Little by little, I’m discovering its advantages.

Blogs baffle me. I have one. I’m writing one. I even enjoy reading them. My resistance to them, I hate to admit, is most likely due to my age. I stubbornly refuse to enter into a friendly working relationship with something called a blog. What kind of a word is that?

I know I’ve just uncovered the tip of the iceberg. I stepped outside my comfort zone and fell off a cliff. What I have decided is that success is out there. I am part of things now that one year ago, I did not know existed. I have a mailing list. My book is available in public libraries. I even have a street team, advance readers, and dare I say it? fans.

If you’d like to stop by and meet us (Maureen Kovach and Brigette Howard, aka Maureen K. Howard), you can find us at @mhowardbooks, www.facebook.com/maureenhowardauthor, www.lakeeriemysteries.com, www.mhowardbooks.wix.com/lake-erie-mysteries.

Author Bio:
Maureen K. Howard is the pen name of mother/daughter writing partners, Maureen Kovach and Brigette Howard. They both live in Findlay, Ohio. Maureen recently retired from a long career as a high school English teacher and now focuses her time on spoiling her three granddaughters, spending long weekends at the lake with her husband and their golden doodle, and making friends with fellow mystery writers and readers across the globe via social media. Oh yeah, she also writes books. Brigette works full time managing multiple national restaurant franchises. She enjoys taking her charcoal lab on running adventures and spends her free time reading, gardening with her husband, cooking, and planning the perfect murder.

Maureen Online:
Twitter: @mhowardbooks
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maureenhowardauthor
Website http://mhowardbooks.wix.com/lake-erie-mysteries

Book Links:
AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/Sunny-Side-Lake-Erie-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00Q79DB90/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1434554136&sr=1-2&keywords=sunny+side+up

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sunny-side-up-maureen-k-howard/1121262131?ean=9781634432887

CHAPTER ONE

The evening sky made me think of rainbow sherbet as I watched the sun set over picturesque Kelleys Island. The sound of waves lapping against the side of my small skiff as I steered toward the lakeshore had a cathartic effect—my breathing and heart rate were finally returning to normal. From a hundred yards off shore, it was a postcard perfect scene. Idling past the breakwall, past the pier and the beach, I envisioned the fingers of charcoal smoke curling their way through the pastel clouds, clutching and twisting, distorting the idyllic scene. I could almost smell it, faint at first, but increasing in intensity, a foul odor like hot summer asphalt mixed with the sweetly noxious smell of burnt cupcakes. It would make your eyes water and your nostrils burn.

Increasing my speed, I glanced over my shoulder then focused once more on the shoreline, imagining the result of my handiwork and the thrill that would course through me when my mission was complete and my trophy, the charred remains of my victim, was discovered.