The Dragon In The Closet Book Tour & Giveaway

The Dragon in the Closet

 


Issue #1, The Curse

Juvenile Fiction Fantasy Graphic Novel/Comics

Date Published: 9-24-2020

Publisher: Abigail Books



Orin Bean has terrible luck and a problem with monsters. However, his Nana seems to be a powerful witch, but he’s really a perfectly normal boy who just happens to have a dragon in the closet. What kid wouldn’t want that? A comic book for children ages 5-10.




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Carolyn Watson Dubisch is the author and illustrator of 10 children’s picture books, and is a creator of 3 comic book series for kids, including “The Horribles”, “The People That Melt in The Rain” (writer and colorist), and “The Dragon in The Closet “.

Originally from New York, she currently lives by the ocean in Mazatlán, Mexico, with her husband, fantasy artist, Mike Dubisch, and their three daughters, who are at the moment studying online due to the COVID 19 pandemic. She also has a very old dog and four very young Mexican street cats that keep life interesting every day.


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The Little Book of Greatness Book Tour

The Little Book of Greatness by Ari Gunzburg

Genre: Self-Help/How-To

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The Little Book Of Greatness is the story of a man who is overwhelmed. This

man, David, goes to a scene from his youth to contemplate life. While there he meets an older man who sends him on a quest for answers. Join David as he learns about the 5 Keys To Greatness while facing his own mortality. As David meets each keyholder, he learns another part of the system that lasts a lifetime. The simple, easy-to-remember system that will help you unlock your destiny, achieve your dreams, and live your best life.

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Ari Gunzburg is a rising new star in personal growth. As an award-winning international speaker, Ari motivates audiences using personal stories filled with triumph and travail, tragedy and transformation. Ari now brings this energy to his debut non-fiction story about achieving the greatness within.

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Unlike many self-help books I’ve read, there wasn’t an index of topics followed by small lectures. This self-improvement book instead was written as a parable.

The story follows a man named David who was going through a mental crisis. He was discouraged with his life. His life wasn’t going the way he wanted and he didn’t know where to turn. He hiked up to some cliffs that overlooked the highway to think about things.

An older man showed up who was patiently trying to get through to him. After a while he convinced David to try something different. He introduced him to the concept of the 5 Keys to Greatness. This mysterious-sounding acronym stood for 5 words: Give, Reason, Engage, Amazing, and Tenacity.

To learn how to find these 5 keys, the older man sent him to a person who was to teach David. He went to meet Regina the next day. After she began to teach him about the first key, he took a cab home. But, on the way he was injured in a car crash.

While in the hospital, scans showed something on the images that looked very dangerous. The doctor promised to do further scans soon. David was very concerned, but continued on to see another person who would teach him the next key.

Reason (or purpose) was the second key and he went to meet Ezra to learn from him. Ezra spent time teaching him about life purpose. He asked David what he wanted to do and what did he want his legacy to be. David was very excited about learning these first two keys.

David continued to learn about living in the moment with Celia, who taught him about Engage or Presence. She spent time with him, showing him how to focus and how it was important to fight the urge to be distracted.

Amazing was taught to David by Malcolm, who was a very charismatic person who loved sharing with others. His contagious positive attitude was amazing.

The last key was Tenacity, which was a particularly inspiring lesson taught by Jade. Jade took David on a long hike and spent time teaching him about using passion and action to never give up.

As the 5 lessons were over, there was still more for David. The author uses philosophy, his faith, and experience to share the keys that he hopes will help the reader to live their best life.

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Giants in the Earth Blog Tour

GIants in the Earth

Morgan Le Fay: Giants in the Earth (Fata Morgana Book III) by Jo-Anne Blanco 

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WHEN MONSTERS COME TO LIFE…

In the aftermath of Ambrosius’ attack on Tintagel Castle, young Morgan is sent away to the fortress of Dimilioc with her family, friends and tutor. But when bandits ambush their party, Morgan gets lost in the forest with nothing but her wits and her magic powers to rely on.

In her battle for survival, Morgan faces a cruel, hostile world that is suspicious, afraid and jealous of her magic. Silver-tongued faeries who are not what they seem. Vengeful Piskies and Muryans holding her friend Ganieda captive. Angry Giants and Spriggans who have awakened in the earth. And the ever-present threat of Ambrosius and his army, waiting to strike again…

To rescue her friends and outwit her enemies, Morgan must draw upon all her gifts, magic and mortal, in a perilous journey that will test her strength, faith and loyalty to the utmost…

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Author Bio

Author, Jo-Anne Blanco

Jo-Anne Blanco was born in Brazil to an English mother and Spanish father. She has spent much of her life travelling around the world as a teacher. Her travels, together with her lifelong passion for reading, writing and storytelling, inspired her to embark upon her Fata Morgana epic fantasy series, about the life and adventures of Morgan le Fay. Mythology, fairy tales and Arthurian legend are all major influences on her work, and her ongoing journeys to countries of great landscapes and folklore are never-ending sources of inspiration.

She is the author of Morgan Le Fay: Small Things and Great and Morgan Le Fay: Children of This World. These novels are the first two books in the Fata Morgana series.

Morgan Le Fay: Giants in the Earth, the third novel in the series, will be published in 2020.

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The unfamiliar countryside rolled on and on as if it would never end.
Morgan had spent hours that day and the day before staring out of the window at rocky hills, autumn woodlands, and grassy valleys she had never seen before. Occasionally the Sun would peep out from behind the clouds, but for the most part the sky was grey and hazy with the oncoming of winter. Branches of brightly-coloured red and gold trees bowed under the weight of water from rain showers that fell on and off, spattering through the glassless window.
Morgan wondered if the Hyades, the Rainy Ones, were crying so much from the sky because she and her family had left Tintagel.
They were travelling in a wooden covered wagon with beams arching from the roof, dividing the sides into windows. At first Fleur looked eagerly out of the window with Morgan, but then the little princess got bored and went to sit beside their tutor Sebile, who was quietly reading one of the bound books she had brought with her. Morgan’s mother Igraine was lying on some sacks stuffed with feathers and covered with an ornate quilt. Morgan’s twin sisters Anna and Blasine, a year younger than her, played with their straw dolls on the floor inside.
Lady-in-waiting Halwynna watched them seated on a pile of cushions, clutching the side of the wagon and looking deathly white. Morgan and Fleur’s young maid Angharad was travelling behind them in an open cart with the pinch-faced kitchen maid Janniper and the food supplies. Morgan hadn’t been happy at all when she’d seen that Janniper was coming with them, knowing how cruel Janniper had been to the kitchen servants back at Tintagel. But it seemed Igraine had insisted on taking a cook to Dimilioc and Halwynna had picked Janniper.
Prince Vortimer had refused to ride in the covered wagon with them and rode on his horse alongside the guards. About twenty soldiers accompanied their party, chosen by High King Vortigern and Morgan’s father Gorlois, the Duke of Belerion, to protect them on the journey. Vortimer had insisted that his pasty-faced companion Prince Urien of Rheged ride with him, so the two boys rode outside together in the cold and the rain.
The only boy inside the covered wagon with them was Merlin. Being the same age as Morgan and Fleur, he was too young to ride with the others. He sat cross-legged in a corner on the opposite side of the wagon to Morgan. His face was expressionless as usual, his eyes dark as ever. He was holding a book in his hands, but Morgan didn’t know if he was reading it or not since she resolutely refused to look at him. He hadn’t looked at her or said a word to her either – or to anyone at all, in fact.
Morgan had tried to read as well, but the wagon was so bumpy that reading made her feel sick. Sebile had looked at her keenly and said that such nausea was usually something people felt at sea. The tutor said a famous physician called Hippocrates had discovered how sailing on the sea proved that motion disordered the body, but Sebile herself had observed that the same travelling motion could also affect people on land. The tutor gave Morgan an infusion of ginger to drink and told her to sit by the window and breathe deeply in the fresh air.

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A Christmas Carol Audio Blog Tour

A Christmas Carol

Author: Dave McCluskey

Narrator: Liam Scott

Length: 1 hour 11 minutes

Publisher: Dammaged Productions

Released: Nov. 20, 2020

Genre: Classics

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A classic Christmas tale, lovingly recreated in this beautiful audio book.The reviled Scrooge is visited by three spirits who teach him the real meaning of life. The tale has been turned into rhyme, making this a delightful new twist to the story you know so well. Could it be a new addition to your Christmas traditions?

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Writing as D E McCluskey, I write novels, graphic novels and comics. I live in Liverpool (UK) with my partner and our daughters, one of them an author in her own right (at the age of 11) with her children’s adventure The Hangry Hamster. I began writing in 2011, creating my first comic publication entitled Interesting Tymes. This is an anthology of short horror stories written in rhyme for children and adults, introducing the world to Edward D’Ammage. The first book was quickly followed by Interesting Tymes x 2 and the spin off series called Edward D’Ammage Presents: The Wedding. I then moved on to more adult related fiction, bringing out the one shot Wooden Heart, followed by the full graphic novel Doppelganger. I then moved on to produce a number of comics and graphic novels, including The Few, a zombie series, DeathDay Presents, a graphic novel comedy based in Hell, Three Days in the City, The Adventures of Mace Masoch and many more. I wrote and produced a full graphic novel for children entitled OLF, a clever twist on an old Christmas tale. Spurred on by this, I partnered up with artist Joe Matthews to produce a retelling of the classic Christmas tale A Christmas Carol, re-writing it completely in rhyme. I then turned my sights towards writing novels. My debut novel The Twelve was released in 2017 to great reviews. This was followed by a collaboration with a local, Liverpool music historian, to produce a historical thriller called In The Mood… For Murder, based in Liverpool in 1946. My next novel was a dark, brutal psychological horror entitled CRACK, which tackles the issues of PTSD and addiction. I then produced a romance/horror/comedy crossover entitled Z: A Love Story. In August 2019 I did a collaboration with another author based in Liverpool. C William Giles. The book is called The Contract and will be the first of a trilogy. Butterflies, my first foray outside the genre of horror/thriller is a female led drama, was released on 1st October 2020. I have produced 2 audio books, one of CRACK and the other of A Christmas Carol. My future works will include horrors, thrillers, children’s books and YA adventures.

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Liam Scott Actor – Director – Writer (Ginificent) A dynamic and motivated Actor, Writer and Director with a twenty year history of performing live and on film. Liam is an exceptional performer and producer who can achieve many accents and dialects at ease. He has a professional studio and can create quality mastered recordings, with sound knowledge of logic pro and final cut. He has enjoyed a successful career as an actor on Stage and more recently on TV & Film. Liam is a passionate creative and thrives on managing projects from concept to completion. Previously a teacher of The Arts and and avid reader, Liam loves bringing books to life and delivers performances with perfection and understanding. He has an in-depth knowledge of classic texts and has created stage plays in support of GCSE English, delivering creative workshops nationwide. An adaptable and transformational actor with an ability to work independently. Liam is also a musician and has vast experience of creating soundscapes and music in support of TV, theatre and radio plays.

Q&A with Author Dave McCluskey
  • Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.
    • This wasn’t as difficult as it seemed at first. It was always something that I wanted to do, because I love Christmas and I love the whole Christmas Carol mythos. So, I did a little bit of a rejigg of the rhymes so they worked while spoken… so I did the script and then built myself a little cardboard fort to record myself doing it… I won’t say it was a mess, but it wasn’t brilliant.
    • Anyways… I know Liam through his wife who I worked with years earlier, and they do a theatrical version of A Christmas Carol every year in Liverpool (which is fantastic) every year. So I asked Liam, he came up with the idea of Clair doing the incidental music and atmosphere… and there it was, all done!
  • Do you believe certain types of writing translate better into audiobook format?
    • I think that any kind of book would work as an audiobook, as long as it’s well written, and the narrator can differentiate between the characters. I’ve listened to some audiobooks that were nowhere near as good as the reading, but if it’s descriptive enough, then it will work.
  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    • I’d have to say no! This was written a few years ago as a graphic novel, and that was that. After all, everyone knows the story, so we used it to showcase the art, and scripting of the story. However, as it began to sell it became apparent that the readers were enjoying the words too.
    • I had plans afoot to create a coffee table, hardback version on the book, with sketch-like black and white drawings… but making this as an audiobook jumped out at me… and it worked pretty well (even if I do say so myself)
  • How did you select your narrator?
    • I know Liam’s wife from years ago when we worked in a music shop together. Caught up again many years later on Facebook when we were both doing very different things. I was working in an IT dept and aspiring to write books, she and her husband were running a production company called Ginificent Productions. They were producing a theatrics production of A Christmas Carol in Liverpool (which is excellent) and Liam played the narrator… so, when it came time to do this… not only was he the obvious choice, but it felt like keeping it in the family too…
  • How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process? Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
    • I had some ideas of how I wanted this book to feel, and I even went as far as to record it myself. I did give him tips but it was like teaching my granny to suck eggs… as he just picked it up and rolled with it. We went through it a few times together… but it was just lip service as he nailed the whole thing in 2 takes.
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
    • To avoid burnout… wow!!! It’s crazy because I write almost constantly. If I find myself feeling the pressure, I simply remove myself from my computer and do something else. I have very eclectic tastes in music… so if I feel fatigued,
    • I’ll listen to something that will soothe my mind, then I’m back on it. If I don’t write for a few days I start to get the shakes… it’s like a drug to me!!! (Don’t do drugs kids… just write instead)
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • I am an audio book listener… I was introduced to audiobooks with Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series. I used to have to drive back and forth from Liverpool to Cumbria… and I was getting bored of the radio stations same old formats… so I gave it a go and found that I LOVED it. The characters were fleshed out for me, and I found I could drift in and out of the story more (not literally, remember, I was driving).
  • Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
    • Yeah… the whole of the Dark Tower series. I enjoyed them as books, but I listened to the whole series about 3 or 4 times, right the way through.
  • If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
    • I would go back in time and meet up with Hitler’s parents and stop them from… hang on, I’ve just had deja vu!!!
    • I don’t know if I would use it… I would love to be a voyeur and witness the era and furor that Jack the Ripper caused (my next book btw)
  • If this title were being made into a TV series or movie, who would you cast to play the primary roles?
    • Hahah… there are MILLIONS of versions of A Christmas Carol… but Alistair Sim pretty much nailed the roll for me.
  • What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
    • I say get over yourself… audiobooks are where it’s at. It opens up the worlds for people with disabilities, it allows people who drive to lose themselves in the literary worlds…
  • How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?
    • Started my next one… hahah! Seriously, I don’t have any traditions, although I do think I’m going to start some.
  • What’s your favorite:
    • Food – anything Thai
    • Song – Sympathy for the Devil
    • Book – The Stand
    • Television show – anything Star Trek
    • Movie – It’s a Wonderful Life
    • Band – Queen/The Beatles
    • Sports team – Everton FC
    • City – Liverpool (closely followed by Washington DC)
  • Do you have any tips for authors going through the process of turning their books into audiobooks?
    • My biggest advice to anyone… is JUST ******* DO IT…
  • What’s next for you?
    • I have my next 2 novels edited and ready to go… plus I have given Liam a copy of on of my other books to read over for an audio book. It’s a Zombie horror/comedy titled Z: A Love Story!
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Ain’t She Sweet Book Blitz & Giveaway

Ain't She Sweet

Ain’t She Sweet
Whitney Dineen
(Seven Brides for Seven Mothers #2)
Publication date: December 15th 2020
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Romance

Tara Heinz began her modeling career at the tender age of twelve. After spending fifteen years drooling over forbidden foods, she does the unthinkable. She enrolls in culinary school and becomes a pastry chef.

After a nasty breakup with her rock star boyfriend that leads to tabloid war, Tara takes a job at a rural lodge in Oregon to escape the spotlight she no longer desires.

James Cavanaugh is a farmer in Oregon. His days are spent building his business and his nights are spent sleeping, so he can get up at four in the morning.

Ruby Cavanaugh has plans for her son that involve her new pastry chef. Of course, neither James nor Tara know what’s going on until it’s too late.

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After arranging an assortment of gourds on her newspaper-covered dining room table, Ruby picks up her telephone to call her oldest son, Brogan. “How are you and Addie doing?” she wants to know. As the first recipients of her matchmaking endeavor, the success of their union is integral to her confidence in setting up her younger son, James, with her new pastry chef.

“She’s great. We’re great. New York is beautiful in the fall.”

Whoever said glitter was the herpes of the crafting world never fully appreciated its hypnotic effects, Ruby thinks while spraying gold glitter paint. “I knew you two were meant to be.”

“I don’t know how you decided that, but I’m glad you did. For a while there I thought you were trying to set Addison up with James. Speaking of which, how are things going between him and Tara?”

“What do you mean?” Ruby asks, trying—and failing—to sound innocent. 

“Don’t try to tell me you haven’t set your sights on her for my little brother.”

After several moments, Ruby dejectedly confesses, “It’s been hard finding ways to throw them together now that James’s farmstand is mostly closed for the season. I’ve had to resort to hiring your brother to put in a garden here at the lodge.”

“Interesting. I’m not sure I should offer, but let me know if I can do anything to help.”

“You and Addie are still coming home for Christmas, right?”

“Yes, ma’am. We arrive the second week of December and are planning on staying until the first week of March. I’ll be working on my new novel and Addie is going to commute to a hotel she’s redesigning in Portland.”

Ruby walks around the table, eyeing her decorative fall creation before firing off a final burst of sparkle. “I might need your help then. In the meantime, don’t bring up Tara’s name when you talk to James. I don’t want him to guess what I’m up to until it’s too late.”

“You make me nervous, Mom, but you did such a great job for me that I promise not to interfere in your latest project.”

“Good. Now, I’ve got to go. Your brother will be here any minute to meet with Tara about the dessert portion of the garden.”

“Does he know he’s meeting with her?” Brogan asks. 

“Of course not. What fun would that be? Bye!” Ruby hangs up on her son before he has a chance to reply. After refreshing her lipstick and picking invisible lint from her sweater, she’s off to make another love connection.

Author Bio:

Whitney loves to laugh, play with her kids, bake, and eat french fries — not always in that order.

Whitney is a multi-award-winning author of romcoms, non-fiction humor, and middle reader fiction. Basically, she writes whatever the voices in her head tell her to.

She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband, Jimmy, where they raise children, chickens, and organic vegetables.

Gold Medal winner at the International Readers’ Favorite Awards, 2017.

Silver medal winner at the International Readers’ Favorite Awards, 2015, 2016.

Finalist RONE Awards, 2016.

Finalist at the IRFA 2016, 2017.

Finalist at the Book Excellence Awards, 2017

Finalist Top Shelf Indie Book Awards, 2017

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Secret Angel Book Blast & Giveaway

Secret Angel


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promottions. Cherry Christensen will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Doctoral student Hannah Wagganer has big dreams of leaving her hometown of Glen Arbor behind to teach at a large university. That is, until Jasper Morgan, the new mail carrier, arrives in town. Not only does he send Hannah’s heart racing, but he creates an instant bond with her cat, Jingles.

While Hannah is busy preparing for the church’s candlelight Christmas Eve service and running the family store, she keeps bumping into Jasper—right in front of the prying eyes of the locals, who suspect there’s more going on than business as usual.

But then, a series of unexpected blessings occurs that changes the town’s focus: first, an anonymous donor pays to have the church furnace repaired, and then other locals suddenly find solutions to their problems. Is it coincidental, or the work of a secret angel?

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“The meal was wonderful, and so was the company,” Jasper answered, turning briefly to catch Hannah’s eye.

“Glad to hear,” Sabela said, grinning. “Be right back.”

Hannah rolled her eyes. “Now you’ve gone and done it. We’ll be the talk of the town by tomorrow morning.”

“That’s one time I won’t mind being in the spotlight.”

The heat in his voice melted her insides to mush. “You’re crazy.”

“Uh-oh,” Sabela said, approaching their table. “I bet you weren’t supposed to figure that out until he had you completely under his spell.” She handed him the credit card and winked at Hannah. “Thank you and come back soon.”

Hannah laughed and put on her coat. Exiting the restaurant, frigid air smacked her cheeks as the door closed behind them. She pinched her collar tighter, stepping beside Jasper on the way back to the shop.

“I’m sorry if I embarrassed you in there,” he said, kicking a chunk of ice with the toe of his boot.

“It isn’t the first time.” She listened to the faint sound of a snow blower off in the distance, remembering other occasions when Sabela instigated rumors about Hannah’s love life. She quirked a smile, realizing fantasy was more gossip-worthy than reality, and perhaps Sabela’s meddling would somehow prove beneficial in the future.

“Is that a good smile or an ‘I’m plotting my revenge on him’ smile?”

She hastened her pace as Deer Crossings came into view. “I’ll never tell.”

“Hey, wait,” Jasper called out, his footsteps stomping behind her. “That’s not reassuring at all.”

About the Author:
Cherry resides in the Mitten State with her husband of 19 years and a tabby cat named Caden. A true Michigander, she points at the palm of her right hand when telling people where she lives, drinks Vernors ginger ale when she’s under the weather, wears shorts and a sweatshirt at the same time, and measures distance in minutes, not miles. She also cheers for her favorite football team, the Michigan Wolverines. Go Blue!

A confirmed night owl, Cherry wholeheartedly agrees with whoever said, “I could be a morning person, if morning happened around noon.” It’s no surprise then she prefers to write in the evening. She’s a bit of a pantser writer, meaning she dreams up stories without using an outline, so every day is an exciting adventure as she waits to see where the characters lead her next!

A lifelong avid reader, Cherry turned to writing as a creative outlet. Drawing partly from her own experiences, and partly from her wild imagination, she weaves romantic tales with a smidgen of religion and a hint of mystery. Cherry’s first novel, The Fearful Heart, debuted in 2014, and she has never looked back. She continues to grow as an author, learning more about the writing craft with each book.

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Author’s Note: Secret Angel is regularly priced at $0.99. It’s the first book in my Secret Series.

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081JCH37D

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