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Book Blitz: ‘The Wallace House of Pain’ by S.M. Stevens

Title: The Wallace House of Pain

Author: S.M. Stevens

Genre: Literary Fiction

Sub-genres: Short Stories, LGBTQ+

About the Book:

The Wallace House of Pain is a portrait of troubled family relations, modern social justice issues and deeply personal choices. 

Activist Xander Wallace and his straitlaced father do not have an easy relationship. Jim’s views on race, immigration, gender, sexuality and even millennials alienate his son no matter how hard Xander tries to find common ground. Toss in Jim’s second marriage ten months after Xander’s mother died and it’s a volatile cocktail. How, against this backdrop, will Xander dare to bare his soul and reveal his greatest secret?

Social justice issues have touched the life of every American in some way over the past few years. The Wallace House of Pain explores the differences in generational attitudes toward these social justice issues, in parallel with exploring a difficult father-son relationship. The novelette delves into that age-old question: Can two people meet in the middle without sacrificing their own beliefs and convictions?

As a novelette, it is longer than a short story and shorter than a novella.

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Excerpt:

“Have you ever talked to your dad about your mother’s death?” Charley asked.

Xander shifted to face Charley. “What’s that got to do with anything?”

Charley shrugged. “It seems like maybe you have to deal with the elephant in the room before you can move on to other things.”

Xander’s blue eyes studied her for so long she dropped her eyes momentarily.

“We’ve had years in which to talk about it so it’s reasonably safe to assume no one wants to. He’s never asked how I felt. Not once.”

This time, he looked away from her steady gaze.

“I don’t think you’re desperate for your father’s approval. I think you’re desperate for his love. I feel guilty because I’m not sure I loved my parents enough when they were here. And I feel sad because I’m not sure they loved me enough.”

“You have to stop concerning yourself with that. What we have has to be enough.”

“I know. But what if you don’t know how much you have? And you can still find out?”

About the Author:

Stevens began writing fiction during back-to-back health crises: a shattered pelvis and ovarian cancer. Her books include the novelette The Wallace House of Pain, full-length novel Horseshoes and Hand Grenades (both Contemporary Adult Fiction), Shannon’s Odyssey (Middle Grade), and the Bit Players series (Young Adult) for musical theatre-loving teens. Her forthcoming novel, Beautiful and Terrible Things, addresses social justice issues and will be published by TouchPoint Press in early 2023. When not writing fiction, she provides marketing and PR for solar energy companies. 

Beautiful and Terrible Things features the same cast of characters as The Wallace House of Pain. The novelette presents one of the key story lines cut from the full novel for length reasons. So if you like the characters, you can spend more time with them when the full novel is released.

Social Media Links:

Website: www.authorsmstevens.com

Blog: www.authorsmstevens.com/blog

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/AuthorSMStevens

Twitter:  @SMStevens17

Instagram: www.instagram.com/s.m.stevens

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/s-m-stevens

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Book Blitz: ‘After the Bees’ by Allison Paige

Title: After the Bees

Series: Revelation One

Author: Allison Paige

Genre: Dark Fantasy

About the Book:

It starts when the bees die and a plague sweeps across the Earth. The immune survive only to face a greater horror: a demon-ruled world where mankind is either marked or possessed. 

But Leah survives. For three years, she lives on her own after fleeing the fall of her city until she meets Raum, a demon who keeps her alive and unmarked. Uncertain of his motives, she follows him to Babel, even though she knows his intentions are anything but good. 

When Leah is stolen from Raum, she discovers the outside world is not what it once was, and perhaps hope for mankind is not lost. But with new hope comes consequences, and she’ll have to face a nightmare far greater than anything she’s ever faced before.

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Excerpt:

It wasn’t long before they came. Or, others said “they woke”. It’s hard to say what actually happened. It wasn’t the apocalypse promised tous. It was so much worse.These beings who overtook us,who still devour our minds and flesh, are not aliens. They are not zombies or vampires. They’re demons. Worse than the ones they speak of in the Bible. They plague us more than any horror movie or novel could have prepared us for.

About the Author:

Allison Paige’s novels are inspired by nightmares that sheds light on villains and the darker side of what it takes to make a hero.

Allison Paige loves traveling with her camera, particularly in the Irish countryside, and has several ongoing projects that she writes out of her home in Charleston, South Carolina with her corgi. She fills her spare time working with animals of all types and is a fervent advocate of bee, ocean, and wildlife conservation.

Social Media Links:

Website: www.authorallisonpaige.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorallisonpaige

Instagram: www.instagram.com/shewriteswithknives

TikTok: www.tiktok.com/@shewriteswithknives

Twitter: @MizAllisonPaige

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Book Blitz: ‘The Fountain’ by John A. Heldt

Title: The Fountain

Author: John A. Heldt

Genre: Historical Fiction, Time Travel, Suspense, Romance, Adventure

About the Book:

Portland, Oregon. In May 2022, the Carpenters are a sad lot. Bill, 81, has just buried his beloved wife. Paul, 75, has terminal lung cancer. Annie, 72, is a paraplegic with broken dreams. Childless and directionless, the siblings face an uncertain future in their childhood home.

Then Bill, a retired folklore professor, learns from a dying man that the legendary Fountain of Youth, his obsession for decades, may be more than a myth. He races to Mexico to find the truth.

Within weeks, the Carpenters, with nothing to lose, enter a mysterious cave and exit in July 1905 as healthy young adults. They begin new lives in Oakland, California, only vaguely aware of a devastating earthquake that will rock the San Francisco Bay Area on April 18, 1906.

In THE FOUNTAIN, the first book in the Second Chance trilogy, three siblings find opportunity, romance, and heartbreak as they make the most of a new lease on life.

Readers’ AdvisoryThe Fountain is the first novel in a family saga that spans several years. While some storylines are resolved, others are not. They are addressed in subsequent books.

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About the Author:

John A. Heldt is the author of more than twenty bestselling time travel novels. The former reference librarian and award-winning sportswriter has loved getting subjects and verbs to agree since writing book reports on baseball heroes in grade school. A graduate of the University of Oregon and the University of Iowa, Heldt is an avid fisherman, sports fan, home brewer, and reader of thrillers and historical fiction. When not sending contemporary characters to the not-so-distant past, he weighs in on literature and life at johnheldt.blogspot.com.

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Facebook: www.facebook.com/johnaheldt

Twitter: @johnheldt

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Book Blitz: ‘Kai’s Healing Smiles’ by Vivi Anne Hunt

Title: Kai’s Healing Smiles

Author: Vivi Anne Hunt

Genre: M/M Romance, Gay Romance, Bisexual, LGBT, Contemporary Romance

About the Book:

Can a smile heal a broken heart?

Silas is mourning the loss of his wife. Every day, he is going through the motions and barely managing to keep the excruciating pain from overtaking his life. There is precisely one ray of sunshine in his days — Kai — the smiley, awkward barista at Starbucks. For some reason, Silas finds comfort being around Kai and soaks up as much light as this sweet boy could give him.

For the short time Kai has worked at Starbucks, he has secretly watched one man from afar, hoping that one day he would notice him back. He looks all mature, business-like, and always sad. One day Kai finally gets the chance to speak to him. And this is where their story begins.

Will Silas be able to let go of the past and start fresh? And will Kai be able to heal the gloomy man with his smiles?

Content warnings: mature sexual content and language

Trigger warnings: mild sexual assault, grief

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Excerpt:

Chapter One

Losing a soulmate is like losing two limbs, or all of them at once. Suddenly, you don’t know what to do with your body. You go through life like a zombie, with infrequent flashes of awareness which anchor you to the world around you, if you’re lucky. 

For me, that flash was Kai. 

However, before we can talk about Kai, we have to talk about coffee.

Even though I could afford it, Starbucks always seemed overpriced. Ellie and I argued about it endlessly. She would drag me inside and make me order the most ridiculous drinks with the most ridiculous names and pay a ridiculous price for the privilege of imbibing at that shrine to the holy bean. 

After she was gone, Starbucks was the only place I went for my coffee. I would torture myself, recounting every conversation we had ever had inside, then go home with tear stains on my cheeks and a hole in my heart.

Despite that, I would go back. One day as I walked inside, before I even smelled the brewing coffee, I saw him. A new barista. Kai. Out of nowhere, this young, outgoing, smiling creature with a bright smile and eyes appeared—and he never left. For five months, he has been the only shot of energy I’ve needed. He is my color and light throughout my gray days.

I start my day with Kai and finish it with… well, staring at a photo of me and Ellie. The only one I kept in our bedroom. 

Ellie was also one of those people who always smiled, like she had a string that constantly pulled at the corners of her lips, for it was painful for her to stay serious or angry. She would switch after moments of untypical emotion and that was it. 

I missed that, so I was thankful for Kai.

“Morning, Silas,” he beamed each morning; as if I were a good reason to smile, but I knew better. He said everyone’s name and had a smile for them, so I wasn’t special. 

I still liked it.

So, I went to Starbucks every day and ordered all their ridiculous drinks, a different one each day. Some people gave me strange looks, but I didn’t care. I told myself I was doing it for Ellie. In truth, I kept going to see Kai’s bright smile. Then, coffee in hand and a little light in my heart, I would go to work designing blueprints for an architectural firm. What else is there to do after you lose your soulmate? You just bury yourself in whatever you can find to keep you busy and you don’t stick out your head for anything.

Read the rest here: www.viviannehunt.com/post/look-inside-kai-healing-s-smiles-chapter-one-bonus 

Reviews on Goodreads:

A well constructed story with sharp, concise prose that maintains an easy to follow flow. The author captures your feelings and holds them hostage until you’re finished.”

Vivi Anne Hunt delivers a solid page turner in this well-written romance that will suck you in and leave you wanting for more. Hunt delivers not just on the dual point of view of Silas and Kai, but a well rounded supporting cast that is just as lovable as the main characters.

Kai’s Healing Smiles took me on an emotional roller-coaster, and I was here for it every step of the way. It was an angst-filled, drama-filled, heartache-inducing read with just the right amount of sizzling scenes and plot twists. Vivi has a way with words, delivering an angsty page-turner that hooks you in from Page One.

About the Author:

Vivi Anne Hunt writes steamy m/m romance books about men who love and protect each other fiercely. She’s a big fan of age difference and hurt/comfort, so you will often find those elements in her books. 

As a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community, she advocates for more diverse representation in books. As a proud self-published author, she supports the indie author community however she can.

Vivi lives with her cat and her bossy muse. You can find her tweeting obsessively @ViviAnneHunt. Come say hi.

Social Media Links:

Website: www.viviannehunt.com

Amazon: www.amazon.com/Vivi-Anne-Hunt/e/B0B9QBBVKL 

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/22692609.Vivi_Anne_Hunt 

Twitter: @ViviAnneHunt 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ViviAnneHunt

YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UC3zFLX3hCQ8N4z988YRiXYQ 

Instagram: www.instagram.com/vivi.anne.hunt

Email: hello@viviannehunt.com 

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Book Blitz: ‘The One-Sided Coin’ by Mary K. Gowdy

Title: The One-Sided Coin

Series: The One and The Other Volume One

Author: Mary K. Gowdy

Genre: Fantasy

About the Book:

This stunning start to a fantasy series combines elements of dystopia, gothic literature, and poetry.

When Monoria’s institutionalized for burning her house down–with her family in it–she hopes this means that the voice in her mind isn’t real. But a scientist informs her that she’s infected with a parasite, an abomination originating from the mystic world. As part of the Secularists, an organization intent on eradicating anything mystical, the scientist promises to kill the parasite.

Monoria allows him to run tests, but as his methods turn questionable, she realizes that he might not have her best interests at heart nor be telling her the whole truth. The parasite is dangerous, but it also might be her only ally. It warns her than the Secularists will do anything to achieve their goal, even harming anyone who gets in their way. As the scientist nears a cure, she must decide who to trust—the scientist determined to destroy mysticism or the parasite that threatens to consume her soul.

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Anyone can download the first episode for free by signing up for the author’s email list and the link is https://dl.bookfunnel.com/4um0k5w6nj.

Excerpt:

Crazy was a blessing if it meant that the darkness inhabiting her wasn’t real.” 

About the Author:

Mary K Gowdy is a poet behind Sensuality. and Where Have We Come From, Where Are We Going? and the author of the gothic fantasy novel The One-Sided Coin. Her poems have appeared in the literary magazines Better Than Starbucks, Bridge Literary Journal, and Sheila-Na-Gig. She grew up in the South and received her bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from the University of North Texas. When not writing, she enjoys rock climbing, listening to metal music, and convincing people that poetry is nothing to be afraid of.

Social Media Links:

Website: www.marykgowdy.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/marykgowdywriter

Instagram: www.instagram.com/marykgowdy

YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCbnAB_W-Jm9G8EBwsCuU5cA

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