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The Sparks Tour

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The Sparks (Feud – 1) by Kyle Prue

(Excerpt from Goodreads) The Vapros, the Taurlum, and the Celerius: three dynasties bound by an ancient promise, and given superhuman abilities to protect the city of Altryon from the dangerous world beyond its walls. Centuries of fighting, however, have turned the families against each other. A powerful emperor now rules and each family has suffered heavy casualties in the feud.

Sixteen-year-old, Neil Vapros desperately wants to become an assassin in order to impress his overly critical father. Despite a failed mission, Neil learns that a new sinister threat has awakened. This mysterious new power will shatter the established order and threaten not only the very lives of these powerful families, but also the once great city of Altryon.

Everything can change with a single “Spark”…

Review – 5 Stars!!!

Altryon is a city within a wall that protects it from the outside. The creator of the city then bestowed one three families powers of beyond regular citizens. The families then decide to fight each other to try and control Altryon. After nearly destroying everything the power is taken away from them and an emperor is elected to run Altryon. The families are given different areas of the city for territory. But they are always fighting, whether it is out in the open with innocents being hurt or killed or through political conniving and rumors trying to destroy each other and the continuous fight for power. But they are all ruled over by the emperor.

The story follows along with several teenagers from all of the families. Neil is a Vapros and trying to be an assassin, Lily is a Celerius and trying to uphold her families name, and Darius is a Taurlum that has hit rock bottom and seems to be stuck there. All of them have been fed several stories of how they have to fight the other families to uphold there names and power but none of them really know what they are fighting for. But after a meeting with the emperor, Neil thinks something is going on. When the families are all attacked and members killed they will all have to ask themselves what they are willing to do to fight the evil emperor and what they will do with the truth of the world outside the city walls.

This is a great story. I got sucked in with everyone’s stories. I couldn’t help sympathizing with them all as they are trying to uphold each of their families legacies. But when they realize that there is than just your family duties but that they would have to work together, I was cheering. There is a lot going on with this story and I loved how this one ended. I can’t wait to find out what happens in the next story.

Kyle Prue is a young author but he is one that you don’t want miss. His writing just draws you in and keeps you wanting more. There is a great story that is well developed and very descriptive. I will be making sure to keep my eyes out for all of his books.

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I am a high school senior in Naples, Fl. I am passionate about writing, acting and stand up comedy.

For more information on The Sparks or Kyle Prue be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Kyle’s website.

PR By The BookI would like to thank Ashley Lauretta at PR By The Book for including me with this tour.

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Aoléon and Gilbert receive a special mission from PAX, a wanted criminal and leader of the Martian resistance movement to investigate the Luminon of Mars, who he suspects is planning an invasion of Earth to steal its milk cows. Gilbert has an encounter with the Luminess (the mate of the Luminon) and discovers something strange about her during a procession, and the duo are chased by the Royal Paladin Guard.

At Aoléon’s home, Gilbert meets Aoléon’s family, her sister Una, mother Phobos and father Deimos as well as her overzealous pet Zoot. He is also introduced to Bizwat, a covert operator and Procyon Commando, who uses his Saturn Pizza delivery job as a cover.

Gilbert then gets to visit the Martian Space Academy (Aoléon’s school) where he encounters Aoléon’s nemesis, Charm Lepton and her friend Quarkina, as well as receiving a history lesson on the Martian people by Plutarch Xenocrates. After class, Gilbert and Aoléon get to train in zero-G and Gilbert is treated to a Psi-ball match between Martian Space Academy and Martian Science Academy.

Author

Brent LeVasseur

Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

My Review

Aoleon the Martian Girl – Part 2 The Luminess of Mars by Brent LeVasseur

5 stars

The story starts with Aoleon and Gilbert meet Luminess, the mate to the Martian leader Lumion, which leads Gilbert to a strange experience, a vision, and being chased by the Royal Paladin Guards. When they meet Aoleon’s friend Bizwat, Aoleon tells him how they have been asked to check into Lumion. Bizwat tell both of them about the loss of bovars, Martian cows that have disappeared. He then warns both Aoleon and Gilbert to be careful in their investigation.

Aoleon and Gilbert are exploring Mars and what a typical day as a Martian student is like. Although Aoleon tried to disguise Gilbert, with everyone being telepathic it seems that it was pointless. It is also a little challenging for Gilbert to know that others can read his mind but it does take learning to new levels. Gilbert learns more about Aoleon’s friends and the girls that are giving her a hard time just like any school. He also gets to watch the big psi-ball match that Aoelon is about to participate in.

I really love this story. Gilbert is having a great adventure on Mars and learning so much. I am curious about Luminess but we don’t see much of that except from the beginning of the story. I love how even through Aoleon is a Martian she has pretty much the same school experience as anyone on Earth. Plus I love all the illustrations. They really make the story come to life.

I can’t wait to see what is going to happen in the next book. Make sure to add this series to your bookshelf. It’s good for middle grade readers all the way up to adults. I really think anyone will like it.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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For more information on the Aoleon Series or to purchase Part 1 or 2, be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads or Brent LeVasseur’s website.

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I would like to thank Laura at iRead Book Tours for letting me take place in this tour and for the chance to review Aoleon the Martian Girl Part 2: The Luminess of Mars.

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Publicity from the Trenches: For Published & Self-Published Authors by Sherri Rosen

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Giving published and self-published authors great advice on the basics of publicity from a veteran publicist who has been in the business for over 25 years.

Sherri Rosen started her own Publicity Firm 18 years ago. Publicity from the Trenches is her guide to publishing your work and finding a publicist to help get it out in the world. Everyone has a story to write and have the potential to be on the New York Times Best Seller List. But you have to be realistic and honest about your product and the target audience.

Once you have decided what you would like to write you will need to find a way to publish it. You can go the traditional route and find a publisher or you can self publish. There are many things to think about when finding a publisher. This book gives you lots of things to think about with what you want to accomplish with your writing, who you are going to target for publication, and many other things.

This is a quick guide for getting your work published and finding a good publicist. It is done in a simple format but is filled with lots of thought provoking information. This is not going to be a quick, get rich even and there is a lot you will have to plan for. But if you get everything planned out you will go further than flying by the seat of your pants.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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I’ve had my own publicity firm in NYC for the past l8 years giving a powerful message from folks doing good things in the world. My very first client was on The NY Times Bestseller List for 63 weeks. Being in the business so long I realize what a phenomenon it was!

I am a performer creating a solo performance pieces and doing improvisational theatre.

Coming out with my third book in 20l5. “Publicity From The Trenches For Published And Self Published Authors”

I love what I do!

For more information on Publicity from the Trenches or Sherri Rosen be sure to check out Goodreads and Sherri’s website.

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The Road

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The Road by Clive West

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) From top-rated British storyteller, Clive West, a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages as you read about what can and does happen away from the trusting eyes and ears of Joe Public.

With an anarchic view of the abuse of power, The Road weaves its very human crime story around the building of a new ring road around the quiet English town of Stockton. The message it sends is bleak, amusing and heartrending with successes being claimed by those who least merit them and tragedies being heaped up on those that can least bear them.

This thought-provoking and highly entertaining novel is about corruption and abuse of power and how no crime is victimless.

The Road is about the English town of Stockton, a little ways from my home of Nevada, USA. The local government has decided to do an expansion of a road. You will follow along with different characters, their personal problems, and how they all relate to this expansion.

Sandra has a fiancé that doesn’t seem to really want to be anywhere except at home with his mother. She works with Henry in the office that deals with permits and developing. Henry has a wife that is never happy or pleased even when she is spending all of his money. His two kids think of him as a walking wallet and he sees his career going no where.

John is in construction and seems to have everything going for him. John plays golf with Henry and proposes an offer to put his construction company on more developments than a competitor. In exchange he will kick back some money to Henry.

Sounds like a normal corrupt government deal, right? But as you read this book, you get wrapped up in all the characters. I felt for all of them at one time or another. They didn’t make the best decisions and I could see how things could go wrong so fast but there was no way to stop them.

Clive West has a wonderful ability to write. I admit that I usually avoid things that involve development or other dry subjects. But I was sucked right into the story; mind you the prologue did it for me. After reading that I just HAD to know what would push someone to commit suicide and who it was. And the best part was even though I thought I might know what was going to happen, nope, the ending will completely surprise you.

If you want to read a great crime thriller, this is the one for you. This is one book you don’t want to over look.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

To purchase The Road or for more information on Clive West make sure to check out Amazon and Goodreads.

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Tap Rack Bang

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Tap Rack Bang (Ben Blackshaw – 3) by Robert Blake Whitehall

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Former Navy Seal Ben Blackshaw lurks in solitude aboard the shoaled wreck of the American Mariner in the Chesapeake Bay. He is awakened one stormy spring night when a drifting dinghy slams into the old ship’s hull. Blackshaw investigates, and discovers there is only one occupant in the sinking boat, a naked young woman lying unconscious in the bilge.

Against his better judgment, and risking his own undercover operation, Blackshaw gives shelter to Tally, the terrified refugee. He soon learns Tally has escaped a calculating crew of sociopaths who are about to launch an internet site called L’Abattoir, on which hostages will be tortured, and then executed. Tally was able to free herself, but she now she must return to the dreaded dungeon with help to rescue her little sister, and to free twenty other victims-in-waiting.

Blackshaw’s wife, LuAnna, arrives at the old ship on a resupply mission, and upon hearing Tally’s story, encourages Blackshaw to return home to Smith Island, and enlist his friend Knocker Ellis to help. Ellis suggests inviting other Smith Islander’s to join the mission. Blackshaw and Ellis are both shocked that their friends and neighbors will not lend a hand. The two men return to the American Mariner to find that LuAnna’s crab skiff has been sunk and that LuAnna and Tally have both disappeared.

With help from weather-wizard Michael Craig, Blackshaw back-tracks the most likely meandering course that Tally’s boat drifted the night before. But when Blackshaw and Ellis arrive at the dinghy’s starting place at the pier of a waterfront home on the Chesapeake, they find two FBI agents already investigating the double-homicide of an elderly couple, and the kidnapping of the couple’s grandchildren; five-year-old twins. To Blackshaw and Ellis, this mayhem bears the bloody signature of Maynard Chalk, their old nemesis.

Blackshaw races the FBI to discover the lair where the ghoulish L’Abattoir is to take place; he is terrified that LuAnna herself has been dragged there for slaughter. What he learns about the depths of human depravity shatters not only his faith, but the foundations of his sanity.

After the book description I’m going to jump into my thoughts. I love this story. It has a horrible topic but one that is believable when you think about all the horrible things that happen to people. I like how it was portrayed. Ben is just a great character. Here he is supposed to be in hiding yet he can’t help but step up and help Tally. Then when LuAnna is taken, all bets are off.

Robert Blake Whitehill is a great author and the Ben Blackshaw series is a must for anyone that likes high tension thrillers. You will not be disappointed by this series.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

To purchase Tap Rack Bang or for more information on other books in this series, be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads and Robert Blake Whitehall’s website.

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Trolling for Trouble

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Trolling for Trouble (Lynlee Lincoln – 1) by Olivia Hardin

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Magical and undead creatures can get into plenty of sticky situations. Lynlee Lincoln loves her job as a neutralizer, but she needs a break from the supernatural chaos after an ultra-busy Halloween night. Coming home, she’s ready to collapse into her bed and forget the day… until she discovers two children scavenging through her refrigerator. One look at the pair and she feels a tug on her heartstrings, then she learns their father is the man she spent years trying to forget. When Beck pleads with her to help save his daughter, Lynlee gets thrust into a heap of trouble.

Lynlee policies the magical and undead creatures, those that have dropped the ball and have been seen by humans, it’s her job to clean up the mess. It has been one busy Halloween and all Lynlee wants to do is go to sleep. But she discovers two children in her house followed by an ex true love that is completely against the while witch thing.

What is Lynlee to do? Kick them out? Help the man that broke her heart? But what about these cute little kids that tug at her heart? She finally agrees to help and goes on the hunt for a troll that has been harassing Beck’s family.

This is a great novella. I read it in my spare time at work. Well, I got sucked into the story and work really became spare time. I really like Lynlee and loved the different ways she came up to help cover for the magical and undead.

This is a great, quick read that will leave you wanting more. Make sure to check out Tangled Up In Trouble, book two.

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads and Olivia Hardin’s website to purchase Trolling for Trouble or for more information on her other books.

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The Metabolism Solution

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The Metabolism Solution by Lisa Lynn

Book Synopsis:

Are you ready to lose 1 pound a day? Have you tried every weight loss plan under the sun? Don’t give up in frustration; The Metabolism Solution will make it faster and easier. What makes The Metabolism Solution different? It will teach you how to safely harness the power of your metabolism to lose weight and melt belly fat fast. You will learn the right way to work out to boost your metabolism with the best part being seeing results the first day after your first 30-minute workout. You will learn how to address your weight loss and fitness issues from the inside out, allowing you to focus on what created the weight gain in the beginning and how to correct those issues. Do you love delicious food? You’ll adore Lisa Lynn’s 100 irresistibly delicious fat blasting recipes. The Metabolism Solution is the perfect roadmap for not only transforming your body, but changing your whole life.

My Review:

Lisa Lynn started out in her journey like many of us, a little over weight. And just like us she followed the fad diets, exercising almost continuously, and doing whatever seemed like the new fad. But just like us she didn’t see results. Then she started researching weight loss. Everything from what we really need to eat, supplements that can help, and what exercises will provide real weight loss. She was known as the personal trainer that got results when she was asked to train Martha Stewart. From there she has gone on to create her own supplement line and be a guest on the Dr. Oz show. Clearly she must know what she is doing.

The Metabolism Solution is Lisa’s routine put in book form. I love how everything is laid out in an easy to read and use format. But I recommend you read the entire book before you just jump to the recipes and exercise sections. There is a lot of information and research behind everything Lisa says. When reading the first part of the book on what Lisa was going through to try and lose weight I could see my own fight. I love how she tells you all about how almost everything you are doing is wrong, that you cannot eat nothing and exercise 8 hours a day and expect weight loss. How fad diets are just that and you may lose some weight but how it will come back twice as been when you stop following them.

From there you learn about the different supplements that Lisa has discovered and how they work in your body. Lisa has created her own line of supplements and protein powders. The best part of this section is how she says you can find similar products everywhere. But the question is about the quality you are buying. That if you are going to be using these supplements you better have high quality. Also, if you are like me and don’t have a lot of money to spare on supplements ones to start with.

From there you will learn about what exercises work best at helping to burn off fat and lose weight. Guess what, you don’t have to run 20 miles a day or lift weights like a body builder. You will learn how to exercise smarter not harder.

You will also learn what to eat, how to cook it, and in what portions. There is a science to your meals and when you should eat what. The best part is there are some great, easy recipes to get you started. But there is also a guide for you to follow for what to eat and when. I love how the hard part is done for you. No more panicking over what you are eating, no more over eating, and no more causing horrible craving and dreading 2 hours on the elliptical machine to burn those calories off.

I personally love the last portion of The Metabolism Solution. Along with proper exercising and eating you must also treat your spirit, the inner you. You will learn to love yourself; something that I admit can be tough when you have spent so many years talking down to yourself because of your size (speaking from personal experience). If you can’t learn to love yourself and a higher power how can you expect to be a better person physically and mentally? I think this is something that is skipped in almost everything you learn about losing weight and getting into shape. I also think that this is one of the missing links that we need when going about any change.

In the end, if you are looking to lose a couple pounds to several, learn exercises that are really beneficial, and learn about supplements and meals to help get you on your way, this is the book for you. I have not seen a book this well put together on losing weight. Stop the fad diets and the hours upon hours of exercise. Stop eating bad diet foods and start living a better life that will lead to a better you physically and mentally.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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Author’s Bio:

CELEBRITY FITNESS AND NUTRITION EXPERT LISA LYNN has devoted nearly three decades of her career to personal training, specializing in metabolic weight loss and performance nutrition. Coupled with her vast experience in the field of fitness and nutrition she has earned four educational certificates from the International Sports and Sciences Association’s Professional Division including: Certified Fitness Trainer, Specialist in Performance Nutrition, Fitness Therapy and Elite Trainer.

Lynn’s years of research in metabolic boosting and performance nutrition resulted in the development of herLeaner Lifestyle DVD Series, specifically designed to promote healthy fat loss by boosting the most sluggish and stubborn metabolisms. She is best known for her 13 years as MARTHA STEWART’s personal trainer who has said, “Lisa is the only trainer that made a difference.” Lynn is also a regular go-to nutrition and fitness expert on THE DR. OZ SHOW appearing in two of his highest rated episodes. Major media outlets frequently call upon her for her expertise in fitness and nutrition. Lynn maintains a diverse portfolio of clientele including professional bodybuilders, models, actors, CEOs and real-world people throughout the country.

Lisa just released her award winning book The Metabolism Solution that has helped thousands of people lose weight and reach their fitness goals.

Author Interview with Lisa Lynn
 

1. Most people say eating healthy costs too much, does boosting your metabolism cost a fortune?

This couldn’t be further from the truth and I actually felt the same way when I first started losing weight, but what I never kept track of was eating out. All of the coffees I was drinking every day, my junk food binges (let’s call them what they really are) and once I did keep track, I was flabbergasted at how much I was spending and didn’t pay attention to! Not buying it? Try keeping an expense journal and see how much you’re spending on that glass of wine or eating out and you’ll be shocked to find out you can afford that trainer/coach after all—we all spend more than we think!

2. What do you say to people who say they hate fish and vegetables?

LOL. In person I ask how old they are! Not to be snippy, but because at some point we all have to start doing the right things for our health and everyone has at least 3-4 veggies they will eat so I suggest focusing on those and learning how to cook them in a way that they LOVE not just like. You should enjoy what you eat, but if we allow ourselves to make excuses as to why we have to keep eating junk food we will always struggle with our weight. I too hated veggies and when I began to lose weight I began to try new things and go out of my comfort zone. I felt like I was OFF plan but I was more on than ever! I still hate clams and steamers but now I crave veggies every day and I love new things like caviar and egg whites. (You’ll see this in my next book) My whole family is used to trying at least one new food item each week. Each one of us picks a new food out weekly and we all have to try it. If we don’t like it, we are allowed to spit it out!

3. Do you think Doctors agree with this “fast weight loss” approach?

Most doctors want to know what their patients are doing that is finally working. Not only do they lose weight, they also lower blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels not to mention joint and arthritis conditions also begin to ease up. What doctor wouldn’t love that! In fact, they usually end up calling to find out what the secret is! Doctors are happy to have their patients make healthy changes, and a lot of these people were already being told by their doctor that they would die if they didn’t do something about their weight and health. Many of them had already had gastric bypass surgery or bariatric surgery and almost always are plagued with extremely slow metabolisms so nothing else worked until they tried boosting their metabolism with thermogenic eating combined with supplements and light exercise. What’s not to like?

4. Does everyone lose 1 pound a day?

YES! If they follow the plan everyone loses 1 pound a day every day until they reach goal weight. The only people who don’t lose are the ones who don’t do what they are supposed to. If you do it, it works! This is a program that works no matter how old you are or how sluggish your metabolism is. The only thing keeping anyone from losing weight is excuses. It’s good for everyone who wants to lose weight.

5. For whom is this “Metabolic Boosting” type of diet particularly good?

A metabolic boosting diet is good for anyone who needs or wants to lose weight. It’s for the person who has tried every diet on the planet, yet no matter what they did, they still couldn’t lose weight. It’s also very good for pre-diabetic people or those who suffer with syndrome X or metabolic resistance, not to mention people who exercise and don’t see results. Of course it’s also good for people with thyroid conditions and especially females who are over 35—-due to hormonal changes that make losing weight very hard.

6. Who shouldn’t eat like this?

Everyone can benefit from eating thermogenically; even your dog can be healthier! If you really can’t put weight on I suggest adding more protein in the form of chicken, and carbs such as quinoa, and fats like avocados and almonds to your diet so you stay healthy and keep weight on.  You can’t find a healthier diet!

7. Does everyone feel better after losing weight this way? What are the benefit’s?

Yes. Not only does everyone feel better, they say they felt better after drinking the first metabolic boosting protein shake and that they felt better than they have ever felt. Cravings disappeared and they could taste food for the first time in their life.

​8. ​What are you doing if you’re not writing a book or on TV?

Research, working out with friends, shopping and playing with my dogs!

​9. ​Being a Mom is hard enough and I see you have 2 kids (ages ​14 and 20) and 4 dogs. How do you get it all done and still find time to write such a comprehensive book?

Scheduling, planning and getting up early before anyone else is up​.​ I get a lot more work done in the morning so it’s worth going to bed early​.​

​10. ​Would you write ​a​ book again?

I never thought I’d say this​,​but yes I would write a book again. I feel like everyone should​.​It’s amazing how many lives you can change by sharing your story! We all have one​. ​I’m already working on

​my third book.​

Connect with Lisa: 

Website  ~  Facebook  ~ Twitter  ~  Pinterest  ~  Youtube Channel

Where to buy the book:

Amazon ~ Barnes and Noble ~ LynFit Nutrition

Giveaway:

Enter to win ​Win one of 10 print copies of The Metabolism Solution​ (Open to USA & Canada) Ends Feb 7, 2015.

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