Guest Post. Finding your Voice. Written by Sandi Smith, author of The Pumpkin Patch. #SandiSmith  #ThePumpkinPatch

Book Details:

Book Title: The Pumpkin Patch by Sandi Smith

Category: Adult Fiction, 316 pages

Genre: Mystery

Publisher: Mindstir Media

Release date: November 5, 2017

Tour dates: June 25 to July 20, 2018

Content Rating: PG-13 + M

Book Description:

How can one small-minded, angry person destroy the lives of so many people in her path, connecting them all together in a game of destruction and heartbreak? It is possible, but what pushes a person to enjoy inflicting pain to such an extent, leaving a trail of hate, anger, and defeat behind her, which only seems to make her stronger and more satisfied. Ms. Terri Plotski, owner of the Authors’ Book Agency, is that person, who, unknowingly, with a single thread of hate, has connected the lives of a small group of people, bringing them together with one single common denominator. Anger. The anger from this small group of people is building, but it has nowhere to go, or does it? Ms. Terri Plotski, owner of Authors’ Book Agency, has gone missing.

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Finding your voice.

Writing in First Person (or third). I think I generally write in the third person. I am an outsider looking in, trying to make everything work out. When I first started writing my children’s books, they were all written in verse. I loved poetry, and that was how I wrote. Some people respond well to the poetry, and then there are some who don’t. They would rather have conversations between two or three different people in the story (i.e., “where were you today?” or “I didn’t like that dress!”). I didn’t know how to do that. Recently, I took one of my children’s books, printed it out, read it, and then I started to rewrite it. I actually rewrote it in the first person style. It was fun! I had to work really hard at it, because three or four paragraphs would be in the first person style, and then I would switch right back over to third person (he went to the kitchen to get a drink of water. His sister stuck her tongue out at him.) It actually was really confusing and frustrating. I didn’t think I could do it. Again and again, everything would go smoothly, and I would be writing everything in the first person, but then two or three paragraphs later, again, I would be writing in the third person. I had to really pay attention to that. Once you get used to something, especially if that is the only way you would write, it is really difficult to change. But I liked the new style, so I am going to try to do more of it.

Meet the Author:

Sandi Smith spent her time as a young girl combing the shelves of the public library. She has always enjoyed the magic that books have to offer and was inspired by her high school English teacher, Mr. Coolidge to embrace the arts. The author found her calling as a writer early one morning as her first story came to her in the form of a poem. Since then she has written more than 15 children’s books, with her most popular series about the adventures of an adorable spider in the A.R. Achnid series.

Sandi is happily married to her inspiration and husband of 40 years, John. She continues to write for her two precious grandchildren. When she’s not penning a new story, Sandi and John like to camp, kayak and to enjoy the simple life in their home in Pembroke, NH.

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Guest Post. Signs in the Rearview Mirror, by Kelly Smith. @kellys_author @iReadBookTours #signsintherearviewmirror

Book Details:

Book Title: Signs in the Rearview Mirror: Leaving a Toxic Relationship Behind

Author: Kelly Smith

Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 214 pages

Genre: Self-help, Relationships

Publisher: Sunny Day Publishing

Release date: April 2018

Tour dates: June 18 to July 7, 2018

Content Rating: PG-13 (This book contains real-life violence, but also meant for young people who are old enough to date)

Book Description:

What kind of person ends up in toxic relationship? And why does she stay? This searingly honest novel answers both those questions head on. Coming-out of a failing marriage, Kelly turns to Gabe out of fear offing alone. Her gradual slide into danger is at once terrifying and inevitable, and the steps she takes to get out of it will both inspire and offer help.

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Moving On After a Toxic Relationship

We have all been there. We have all been hurt or we have hurt someone at the end of a relationship. Traditionally guys went to the bar and girl went to ice cream. A few days later change begins to set in and we repair ourselves and life somehow moves on. But after you have been in a toxic relationship for years, you don’t just walk away and move on. You question, you call, you are left confused because they don’t leave you in a traditional way. They leave after they make a mess and expect you to just accept it. They leave for someone else and rarely do they hide it. After months of trying to understand what is going on, you sometimes still can’t move on because you were abused and destroyed. Some can’t see it because it does not feel like abuse. Unless you have blood, broken bones or bruises no one can see the abuse you have endured so you are left looking crazy and that is what the toxic person wants. They want everyone to see how “crazy” you are and that they were right for walking away. If any of this sounds familiar to you, know you can get help. You are not alone nor are you crazy. It will take more time for you to get past this relationship but more importantly, you need to find out why you stayed in a toxic relationship. Once you figure this out, healing will be easier and life will move on again.

Meet the Author:

Boston born and raised, Kelly now makes her home in Austin with her three sons and one amazing Giant Schnauzer Bullseye. Kelly has written for the Huffington Post, blogs at Thoughts Becoming Words, and hosts a podcast Let’s Get Wicked Deep.

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Book Blitz. Cupcakes and Crooked Spoons. Charity. B.

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Cupcakes and Crooked Spoons

by Charity B.
Publication Date: June 11, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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*Tavin*
Ever since Toben told me to make my first birthday wish, I always wish for the same thing: for us to run away to a beautiful place where they won’t ever find us or hurt us again. He’s the only person in the world who loves me. I love him too. He’s says we’re the same, that we’re halfpeople. He tries to protect me from the monster. The monster does’t love us, but Toben says we don’t need him to. Toben is all I need. He’s the reason I keep waking up every morning, in this scary life, praying for the day my eyes stay closed.

*Toben*
Tavin is the most precious thing in my life. She gives me a purpose. I love her more than the air in my lungs, and it’s because of her that I’m able to hang on to some semblance of who I once was. His sinister cruelty has taken its toll, causing something to change inside of me. She can’t ever know the things I’ve done. The things he’s made me do, and the things I’ve done because of my own darkening heart. She wouldn’t understand that I did those things for her. Everything breath I take, every soul I crush is for her. It’s all for her.

Trigger Warning: This novel contains drug use, explicit sexual content, violence, extreme child abuse, and sensitive subject matter which may be triggering to some readers.

Sweetened Suffering

Sweet Treats Trilogy
by Charity B.
Publication Date: April 22, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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Tavin:
The problem with getting what you’ve always wanted, is the chance of losing it. Before I met Alexander, I was blissfully blind, unaware of what was possible. Now that I’ve seen the colors of his world, I don’t know how to go back to the dreariness of mine. As much as I want to allow myself to dream of a life that I never knew was possible, the doubts still dig their claws into my mind and I fear the darkness of my past will destroy it all.

Alexander:
Not my wildest dreams or darkest nightmares could have prepared me for the intricacy that is Tavin Winters. As sweet and gentle as she is, the violence and torment that has been woven into every day of her past remains evident. He will pay for what he’s done to her, and I will do my best to give her the serenity she deserves. However this plays out, I will always love her and I will always protect her…even if it’s from herself.

Trigger Warning: This novel contains drug use, explicit sexual content, violence, child abuse, and sensitive subject matter that may be triggering for some readers.

Candy Coated Chaos

Sweet Treats Trilogy
by Charity B.
Publication Date: February 15, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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Alexander

Being with Tavin is like eating those candies that start out sweet and then turn so sour, your eyes water. When she’s happy, her radiance is stunning, but her glow is dimmed by her dark secrets. I knew from the moment I laid eyes on her, sucking on that lollipop, that there was something unique about her. I was right in more ways than one, and while I don’t know the extent of suffering that her life entails, I’ll do whatever I need to, to convince her she can trust me. I just need to hang on to her long enough to do that.
Tavin

When he wraps his arms around me, and his warmth makes me feel safe, it’s easy to pretend that this is real. I knew going out with him was a bad idea, I just never imagined it would go this far. It was only supposed to be one night. One night to feel like a normal girl. I didn’t plan for this and now, every day that passes puts us deeper in danger. All I can do is make the most of every moment with him, so when the time comes for this to end, then at least we’ll be left with beautiful memories.

Trigger Warning: This novel contains drug use, explicit sexual content, violence, and sensitive subject matter which may be triggering for some readers.

About Charity B.

Charity B. lives in Salem Oregon with her husband and ornery little boy. Candy Coated Chaos is her debut novel and has more titles preparing for release in 2018. She has always loved to read and write, but began her love affair with dark romance when she read C.J. Robert’s The Dark Duet. She has a passion for the disturbing and sexy and wants nothing more than to give her readers the ultimate book hangover. In her spare time when she’s not chasing her son, she enjoys reading, the occasional TV show binge, and is deeply inspired by music.

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