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Release Blitz: A Musician’s Tale

A Musician's Tale

 

A Musician’s Tale is an anthology that consists of interviews with musicians. Since R&RSMS published a book that talks about how music affects those who listen, the founder decided to do one about how it affects the ones who create music. All proceeds from the anthology will be donated to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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Summary:
An artist’s life is never easy. From the very beginning, they’re faced with struggles of criticism and self-doubt, making the lifestyle difficult.
But from the ashes, they will rise.
Despite all the negative they face, they use it to their advantage, using it to fuel their artistic side. We use music to escape. So do those who write or play music, creating the sounds we love the most.
A Musician’s Tale – Telling their stories.
AMT’s event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1733872940190873/

A Musician's Tale

 

A Musician's Tale

 

Rock & Roll Saved My Soul publishes anthologies in which all proceeds go to different charities. They are looking for submissions for several different anthologies right now, so feel free to head over to the Facebook page and go to the Submissions Call album if you’re interested in helping them out by writing a story. They’ve published ones about domestic violence, bullying, rescuing animals, helping others out, and music saving lives so far. They’ll also publish books or short stories as long as all proceeds goes to charity.

A Musician's Tale

 

A Musician's Tale

 

Rock & Roll Saved My Soul’s anthologies:

Rock & Roll Saved My Soul Volume One:
US: http://goo.gl/wEf7b1
UK: http://goo.gl/A8G1oS

Rock & Roll Saved My Soul Volume Two:
US: http://goo.gl/fbC3T1
UK: http://goo.gl/GuOAXI

The Concert Experience: US: http://goo.gl/7CnaCD
UK: http://goo.gl/3mHtgi

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Dark Fantasia:
US: http://goo.gl/XjgZjO
UK: http://goo.gl/GfG0l6

Random Acts of Kindness:
US: http://www.amazon.com/Random-Acts-Kindness-Saved-Anthology-ebook/dp/B00KXFTQIY
UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Random-Acts-Kindness-Saved-Anthology-ebook/dp/B00KXFTQIY

Fighting Chance:
US: http://www.amazon.com/Fighting-Chance-Kate-Marie-Robbins-ebook/dp/B015LDXETE
UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fighting-Chance-Kate-Marie-Robbins-ebook/dp/B015LDXETE

Rescue Me: Stories of Hope:
US: http://www.amazon.com/Rescue-Me-Stories-Renee-Jean-ebook/dp/B00OY9AEA4
UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rescue-Me-Stories-Renee-Jean-ebook/dp/B00OY9AEA4

Authors Against Bullying Volume One:
US: http://www.amazon.com/Authors-Against-Bullying-Bree-Vanderland-ebook/dp/B00O2BTXPQ
UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Authors-Against-Bullying-Bree-Vanderland-ebook/dp/B00O2BTXPQ

Authors Against Bullying Volume Two:
US: http://www.amazon.com/Authors-Against-Bullying-Bree-Vanderland-ebook/dp/B0106TCO2Q
UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Authors-Against-Bullying-Bree-Vanderland-ebook/dp/B0106TCO2Q

A Musician's Tale

 

Books Rock & Roll Saved My Soul has published:

Behind Closed Doors:
US: http://www.amazon.com/Behind-Closed-Doors-Marie-Robbins-ebook/dp/B015JRFTSQ UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ebooks-Behind-Closed-Doors-Marie-Robbins-ebook/dp/B015JRFTSQ

Finding Rachel:
US: http://www.amazon.com/Finding-Rachel-Brianna-Vanderland-ebook/dp/B015LEKCGG

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Finding-Rachel-Brianna-Vanderland-ebook/dp/B015LEKCGG

Social Media:

Rock & Roll Saved My Soul: https://www.facebook.com/rockandrollsavedmysoul
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Authors Against Bullying: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorsTakeAStand
Authors Against Bullying – Charity Book Series
Rescue Me: https://www.facebook.com/Rescue-Me-Animal-Anthology-1382765645296256?hc_location=ufi
Street Team: https://www.facebook.com/groups/rockandrollsavedmysoul
Twitter: https://twitter.com/rocknrollsavedm
Tumblr: http://rrsms-charity.tumblr.com/
Instagram: https://instagram.com/rockandrollsavedme
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rock-and-roll-saved-my-soul-945603114
Newsletter: http://wix.us3.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=b88d7500ba6b245b4aa4e8016&id=4ba050792b
Website: http://novakfan21.wix.com/rockandrollsaved
Blog: http://rockandrollsavedmysoul2014.blogspot.com/

 

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A Musician's Tale

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Release Blitz and Review: Fractured Palace by R.J. Loom

Title: Fractured Palace

Author: R.J. Loom

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Standalone

Release Date: March 22, 2016 

They say home is where the heart is. 

Ashton Roberts never understood that saying. Heart couldn’t be found anywhere in the rundown bungalow she grew up in. It also couldn’t be found in the luxury estate she moved into when her mother married her stepfather. 

All Ashton wants is to get her degree, meet Mr. Right and find the happy stable life she never had. But when life constantly throws her curve balls, she begins to wonder if it really is just a pipe dream.

Until she runs into her former neighbor, Reed Collins.

As a child, Reed had always been Ashton’s silent protector. As an adult, he is everything she has ever dreamed of in a man. If only he didn’t keep her at arms length. But as things heat up, guards drop and secrets are revealed which toss Ash back into the turmoil surrounding a tragic event from her youth. 

Will Ashton let her past fracture the perfect picture of her future? Or will the meaning of loyalty, family and love be redefined?

After laying out rugs and putting away towels she began a battle with the packaging for the shower curtain rings. The plastic was sealed on all sides and no amount of tugging or biting at the edges would tear it open. She growled in frustration.

“Uh…Ash?” Reed chuckled from his bedroom. “You okay in there?”

Great. He heard her. “Yeah,” she called out. “I just can’t get this package open. Do you have any scissors?”

“Hang on…”

Ashton continued her fight then hissed as the plastic edge sliced into her thumb.

Reed appeared in the doorway and held out his hand. “Give it here.”

Happy to get rid of the stupid package, she tossed it to him, then stuck her thumb in her mouth to suck away the sting. As he began to struggle with the container, his eyes lowered to her mouth. They lingered there for a moment before he lifted them to meet her own. “Are you all right?”

She removed her thumb from her mouth and inspected it for any bleeding. “Yeah, I’m fine,” she dismissed, tucking her hand in her back pocket of her jeans as if she could hide the fact she was just sucking her thumb.

Fortunately, her slight embarrassment was short lived. With one last hard tug, the package popped open and shower curtains rings flew everywhere. They ricocheted off of the medicine cabinet, sink and walls before scattering all over the floor and in the bathtub. But it was the one ominous plop which came from behind her that was cause for concern. Reed must have heard it at the same time because he stepped forward just as she turned. A lone chrome shower curtain ring sparkled back at them from the bottom of the toilet.

Ashton swung her head around and locked eyes with Reed in alarm. “Injured,” she called out, thrusting her hand in the air as if she were holding up a free pass.

“Oh yeah?” Reed chuckled and raised a brow.

“Yeah.” She nodded solemnly, cradling her hand to her chest. The small, barely visible slice in her thumb had suddenly and conveniently become a grave situation. “I could contract MRSA or some other nasty infection.”

His eyes flicked down to her hands then back up to meet her gaze. “Well, we wouldn’t want that.”

“No, we wouldn’t,” she agreed, narrowing her eyes as a smile slowly crept across his face. The smile would not have been worrisome had it been a regular smile. No, this smile should have warned her to take a step back. Instead, she got lost in the way it reached his eyes and showed off his white, almost perfectly straight teeth.

“Good thing your other hand is fine,” he pointed out just as he lunged forward to try to grab her wrist.

“No!” She squealed, jumping out of the way.

He laughed and pushed one of his shirt sleeves up. “I’m kidding, Ash. I wouldn’t do that.” Shaking his head, he turned back to the toilet. “I’m going in.”

Ashton watched from the safety of the doorway as Reed swooped in to retrieve the shower curtain ring. He tossed it into the sink then washed it and his hands, going all the way up to his elbows. After he was done, he flicked water at her then grabbed a towel.

Reed’s eyes met hers as he dried his hands. Their laughter died off and silence stretched between them. Eventually, he cleared his throat and averted his gaze to the floor. A crease formed between his brows and she wondered what he could possibly be thinking.

“Ash …,” he began and lifted his eyes back to hers. In that brief moment, Ashton’s heart beat faster and she swore she felt some kind of connection with Reed she had never felt before. She wondered if it was her imagination or simply anticipation for what he was about to say. Most likely, it was a combination of both.

“Jackpot!” Danny announced from the bedroom, shattering the moment. “I found Reed’s spank bank!”

In spite of the horrible timing, Ashton could not help but burst out laughing. Reed groaned and stepped toward where she stood in the doorway. They both looked over to find Danny with a huge grin on his face as he held up a couple copies of some car magazine.

She shook her head and turned back to Reed. “You share a gene pool with that one.”

“Yeah,” he said, running a hand over the back of his head before he looked back over toward his room. “Hey, Danny. Why don’t you go outside, dig a hole, jump into it and bury yourself,” Reed suggested as if it were a great idea.

This only made Danny laugh harder.  

“I’m just messing with him, Ash,” Reed murmured in her ear before he stepped passed her.

She knew he had been but her curiosity over what he had been about to say made her reach out to grab his arm to stop him. “Wait, what were you about to say in there,” she asked, inclining her back toward the bathroom.

His eyes shifted from the bathroom over to meet hers. He smiled but it was nothing like the smile he wore only a few minutes earlier. This one was weak at best. “Oh…nothing important,” he said with a shake of his head. Hooking a thumb over his shoulder, he took a step back. “I better get back to this so I have a bed to sleep in tonight.”

“Okay.” Ashton released his arm and watched as he walked back into his room.

My Review:

*Disclaimer: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

If you’re a Colleen Hoover fan, then you will love Fractured Palace by R.J. Loom. The characters are realistic, and they tugged on my heart from the beginning. Ashton has had a difficult life, and her pain is tangible, yet it doesn’t break her. She’s a resilient woman, and I easily became attached to how her life would turn out. Reed is absolutely swoon-worthy. His desire to protect Ashton from the time she was young made him an endearing character. The story pulled me in and hooked me from the prologue. Loom seamlessly weaves intensity and lightheartedness into the story, which makes Fractured Palace a rich romance that left me with a wonderful book hangover. I highly recommend reading it.

 

 

R.J. Loom was born and raised along the shores of Lake Erie in Ohio, where she still resides with her husband, two children and two spoiled dogs. She loves books, music, travel and anyone with a great sense of humor. When she’s not writing, she can be found with her nose in a book, looking for more books to add to her “to-be-read” pile or spending time with her family.

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Cover Reveal: Steady As The Snow Falls by Lindy Zart

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Title: Steady as the Snow Falls

Author: Lindy Zart

Genre: Contemporary/ Inspirational Romance

Release Date: April 18, 2016

Cover Designer: Cover to Cover Designs

Cover Model: Kailey Dobson

Cover Photography by: Wendi Stizer

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Inside the house of emptiness and coldness, she finds a man with curt words and haunted eyes. He is eccentric, odd. Brutish, even. He scares her, and he intrigues her. When she learns who he is, she wants to run. But there is the money, and there is the dream, and eventually, there is simply Harrison Caldwell. The haunted man with the black, ugly truth.
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“What’s happening between us?” When she didn’t immediately answer, Harrison turned.

“We’re getting to know each other’s heart. I’m glad I was introduced to yours.” Beth gingerly set her hand to his chest, felt the beat of his life against her palm. “I like your heart, Harrison.” She looked up, her eyes clashing with his.

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How to Get Amazon Reviews Before your Kindle Book is Published

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Coming on April 20, 2016! Coming on April 20, 2016!

I screwed up. I admit it. But sometimes screwing up turns out to be a great thing. Like when Alexander Fleming screwed up and accidentally invented penicillin. My screw-up wasn’t that important to humanity, but I bet a lot of authors and small publishers will be really excited to find out what I did, and how they can screw up exactly the way I did!

First, some background. Last year I wrote a book called Entropy, that has done pretty well. And since late last fall, I’ve been working on a sequel, called Duality. (Click that to pre-order for Kindle.) As with the first book, I’m using CreateSpace to do a print-on-demand paperback version that is to die for. I absolutely love the quality of these CreateSpace books. And I’m using Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) to make the Kindle version. I’m not doing…

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