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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Book Tour: The Berlin Package

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The Berlin Package
Peter Riva
Book 2

Synopsis:

Film producer Pero Baltazar thought he was taking a Berlin filming assignment. He needed the work, needed to get back in the saddle after fighting off a life-threatening experience in East Africa—alShabaab had attacked his crew, intent on a much larger terrorist attack. Suddenly he finds himself under orders from his part-time employers at the State Department and the CIA when he is handed a mysterious package. It’s an assignment he doesn't want. The problem is, it’s a job contracted by mysterious patrons who are prepared to kill him if he doesn't deliver.
Pero—now in far too deep—turns to friends, old and new, to help him unravel the mystery of the package, uncover connections to Nazi concentration camp gold recently sold by the US Treasury, and thwart the ex–Stasi chief, now head of a powerful banking group.
In this fast-paced sequel to Murder on Safari, Pero calls on Mbuno, his friend and East African safari guide, to anticipate the moves of his enemies as if they were animals—dangerous vermin—who have kidnapped both the film star and director. Mbuno’s tracking skills may keep them from getting killed—provided Pero can rope in more help and keep the CIA at bay.
Exhilarating and expertly crafted, The Berlin Package (Yucca Publishing; April 2016) is a gripping, page-turning thriller set in post–German reunification Europe. 

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About the Author


Peter Riva has spent many months over 30 years travelling throughout Africa and Europe. Much of this time was spent with the legendary guides for East African hunters and adventurers. He created a TV series in 1995 called Wild Things for Paramount. Passing on the fables, true tales, and insider knowledge of these last reserves of true wildlife is his passion. Nonetheless, his job for over forty years has been working as a literary agent. In his spare time, Riva writes science fiction and African adventure books. He lives in Gila, New Mexico.

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Author Interview


Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Hobbies, pets, fun facts? Tea or coffee?

Hi Emily. Well, tea, milk and sugar for me. The trick in Germany is to ask for “kalt milch, nich raum” as they always seem to want to give you cream with your tea. On the other hand, “schwartz tee” is usually Assam, which is better than diner Lipton’s Orange Pekoe we get here.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

Trains, that train from Berlin to Paris – I have taken it several times, first way back in ’66 or ’67, the Russian cars came from Moscow and the sleeping cars were as I describe them (and still were in the early part of this century too). What was even more fun, was the dining car that had a potbelly stove in the middle, fantastic Polish beer, standing tables only with stools, a layer of cheap cigarette smoke cloud hovering above one’s head. And there was always the “little mother” to keep all the tough men in line.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

Almost everything is gleaned from what is a personal experience, what was learned from other experts (especially nuclear stuff) or what I know all too well from my own past – then ladle imagination on top. The CERN descriptions were taken from my time there as a student when we toured the facility.

What inspired you to write this book?

Heck, it’s fun to interweave one’s own life’s travels and experiences into a yarn, hopefully page-turning. The film people are all taken from people I know or worked with and then there are my impressions of the old thugs – Stasi – that have caused me and friends serious problems over the years – happy to have a chance to write the truth about many of them.

Is there a particular author or book that influenced you in any way either as a child or an adult?

Anything from Robert Louis Stevenson. He wrote from his experience in travels and used his wonderful imagination to hold me spellbound.

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

Write what you know, what you learn, and then let fly from there.

Is there anything you would like to say to your fans or readers?

Try and remember that when you hear that a movement or ideology is dead, it often is only in hiding. My grandmother’s grave in Berlin has been regularly desecrated with Nazi symbols or slogans over the past 25 years. The reporters from the BBC or Deutsche Welle call me up and ask me for a comment on how terrible it is. My response? “Marlene continues to fight on against the Nazi’s of this world. Every time they daub her tombstone with their swastika they are coming out of the closet and proving that the danger is always there. She’s still fighting the good fight. So? I am actually proud of her.”


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Monday, April 25, 2016

25 Must-Haves for Every Book Lover

This list is a part of 20% off sale of the Harry Potter books in a promotion for the Grant Program focused on children's literacy, part of Reader's Legacy. They provided this information.
Enjoy!

Literary Must-Haves for Book Lovers

Do you read past your bed time? 
Find yourself begging, “Just one more chapter!”? 
Have an emotional break down when your favorite character dies?


Then say it loud and say it proud: I LIKE BIG BOOKS AND I CANNOT LIE!
Here is a list of must-have pieces for every literature lover.

1.   Harry Potter

Represent your Potter pride with this tank.
Cozy up with your favorite Quidditch player. Pillows here.
Just in case Hogwarts starts delivering their acceptance letters via text. Here.
***Attention Harry Potter Lovers: In honor of J.K. Rowling being named the Top Followed Author on Reader’s Legacy in 2015 we’re holding a 1 week sale on ALL of her books. From April 25th-30th, 2016 any Rowling book is 20% off AND double the LitCoins will be loaded into your account just for purchasing. Click the link to check out this limited time offer! ReadersLegacy.com/JKRowling***

2. The Hunger Games

If you get a set of these bracelets you’ll know it’s real. See what I did there? Click here.
Let’s be honest, Seneca Crane’s beard is the real winner of the Hunger Games. Mug here.
But what do we do about the tracker jackers? Tank here.

3. Lord of the Rings

The one fire pit to rule them all here.
You’ll love these leggings like a hobbit loves second breakfast.

4. Alice in Wonderland

Now you can go to Wonderland every night. Bedspread here.

“I’m not crazy. My reality is just different from yours.” -Cheshire Cat Here.

5. To Kill a Mockingbird

…and stick it in my awesome tote, thanks.

6. Sherlock Holmes

Nothing says ‘high-functioning sociopath’ like these Baker St. cuff links.
*ring ring* Detective Holmes, is that you? Phone case here.

7. The Great Gatsby

Why Daisy Buchanan, you are simply radiant tonight! Headband here.
Ain’t no party like a Gatsby party because a Gatsby party don’t stop until two people are dead and everyone is disillusioned with the jazz age as a whole. Gatsby envelopes here.

8. The Chronicles of Narnia

So how does it work if you keep your map of Narnia in your wardrobe? Do you fall into Narnia when you go to put it on? Narnia-ception. Scarf here.
Three cheers for The Great Lion! Necklace here.

9. Pride and Prejudice

Is it just us, or did Mr. Darcy give you unrealistic expectations of love too? Printable here.
Never leave home without your Jane Austen! Bag here.
This wisdom from the 18th century still holds. Pillow here.

10. Where the Wild Things Are

I think they’re hiding in your hair! Bow here.
Capture the wild side of parenting with this matching set.

And for all of the book lovers that can’t choose just one novel to rep!

How’s THAT for a full-fandom? Shirt here.
You other readers can’t deny; when a book walks in with a good plot base and a big spine in your face you get sprung! Tote here.
Deep breathe in. Ahhhhh books! Candle here.
As an added perk of Reader’s Legacy’s Rowling celebration, we will be holding a special 20% off sale for each of her novels from April 25th to April 30th – ReadersLegacy.com/JKRowling
The sale not only celebrates J.K. Rowling, but was also brings attention for a special grant program we have created in order to give away 1 million physical books in support of literacy programs! Spreading a love of books, and ending illiteracy around the world is 100% possible, and with the help of reader’s on the site, we believe will be one step closer to achieving that goal! Get in on this sale HERE.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Book Tour: "The League of Elder: Sygillis of Metatron"



For ages League mothers have told their children terrifying stories about the Black Hats: a sect of murderous women eager to slay anyone who falls into their grasp, always searching for their next victim.
Only Sisterhood of Light have been able to counter their evil. When a Black Hat is taken prisoner aboard Captain Davage's ship, the Sisters have every intention of executing her, but they are astounded when the captain refuses to allow it.

Captain Davage has gotten a glimpse of the Black Hat's face, and is shocked. Though no one but a Sister would ever willingly face a Black Hat, he enters her cell.

The woman sitting there bears an exact resemblance to a beloved friend of the Captain's-a friend who is dead. Immediately, the Black Hat known as Sygillis of Metatron plots Captain Davage's murder and, though the Sisters are near, none can protect him from her fury

Is it possible that two sworn enemies may fall in love? Can remorseless evil be redeemed in the end? Good and evil, love and hate, only one side can triumph in The League of Elder: Sygillis of Metatron, a galactic journey full of romance, suspense, and the unexpected.






Ren Garcia is a Science Fiction/Fantasy author and Texas native who grew up in western Ohio. He has been writing since before he could write, often scribbling alien lingo on any available wall or floor with assorted crayons. He attended The Ohio State University and majored in English Literature. Ren has been an avid lover of anything surreal since childhood, he also has a passion for caving, urban archeology and architecture. His highly imaginative "League of Elder" book series is published by Loconeal Publishing




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Author Interview

Tell us about your writing - What genre do you prefer to write? What books, stories, other publications that you've written are your personal favorites? Anything new coming up?

I write science fiction/fantasy books. Very low on the science, very high on the fantasy. I have a giant-sized imagination that’s extruded from my brain like a slushie at the gas station, and such a genre is well-suited for me. I don’t think I have a personal favorite, I’m happy with them all. Essentially, I write stories that I like to read. I’m fairly minimalist when it comes to floral descriptions, I’ve been taught plot is king, and I’m a really good plotter. The next book in the series is Book 10: The House of Bloodstein: Perlamum, followed by The House of Bloodstein: Mentralysis. I’m very excited for this series. It should be a lot of fun. 

If you could travel to any time in history, when would you visit?

I thought the 80’s were pretty cool.

If you could travel anywhere, on earth or off, where would you go?

Saturn

Describe your dream writing spot.

3:00am in my basement with a half-eaten Chipotle burrito. 



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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Book Tour: "Tarragon: Key Keeper" by Karlie Lucas



For hundreds of years, the gates of Tarragon have been sealed from the outside. Prophecy speaks of the day the last Key Keeper will return and wake the dragons from their spell-cast slumber, returning them to their rightful home.
Seeking to fulfill her father's dying wish, Anwen Porter travels to the Drakonii Mountains where she meets Tyler, a mysterious local with a secret. With his help, she learns more about her clouded past and her own abilities. But when Courtney, a lovesick mage, tries to insert herself into their plans, things begin to go horribly wrong. 
With death threatening at every turn, Anwen must learn to rely on her newfound friends to survive. But how can she unravel the mystery of her heritage when everything is trying to kill her?






Karlie Lucas is a preschool teacher by day and a writer/artist by night.

A graduate of Southern Utah University, Karlie received a B.A. in Creative Writing, with a minor in art. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, The International English Honor Society, as well as ANWA, the American Night Writers Association.

Karlie is interested in all things magical and mysterious, especially elves and dragons. She is an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling.

When not writing, Karlie can often be found drawing, baking, watching her favorite old school shows, or just spending time with her family.

She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband and a cat named Kally

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Author's Top Ten

Top Ten People I would like to meet.
  1. J.R.R. Tolkien. I mean, who wouldn't want to meet the "father" of fantasy?
  2. J.K. Rowling. If she can make it with an oddball fantasy series, surely I can too, and I'd love to pick her brain about that.
  3. Joan of Ark - I think her life story is just fascinating.
  4. C.S. Lewis - He was an amazing writer. Can't imagine what life would be like without Narnia.
  5. Robin McKinley - She's always been one of my fave fantasy authors. I have a few bones to pick though, about hinted stories that never got written.
  6. Mark Twain - He seems like he'd have been a great guy to know.
  7. Albert Einstein - Would love to meet the man who contributed so much to how we see the world.
  8. King Charlemagne - An ancestor on both sides of the family, I understand he was one of the first people to instigate a public education system for his people. That, and he had some really cool things happen in his life. 
  9. Harrison Ford - He's one of my fave actors of all time. He's just awesome.
  10. Danny Kaye - Another childhood favorite actor, I think Danny and I would have gotten along swimmingly. That, and the fact that he sang like a dream, even though he couldn't read a note of music.



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