Allison’s Book Bag, interviewed Teddy Rose. We invite you to learn more about the woman behind Premier Virtual Author Book Tours.
Play For Me by Céline Keating
Publisher: She Writes Press (April 21, 2015)
Category: Contemporary Literary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Psychological
Tour date: Apr/May, 2017
Available in Print & ebook, 217 pages
From the Award Winning Author:
It happens without warning: At a folk-rock show at her son’s college, Lily becomes transfixed by the guitarist’s unassuming onstage presence and beautiful playing―and with his final note, something within her breaks loose.
After the concert, Lily returns to her comfortable life―an Upper West Side apartment, a job as a videographer, and a kind if distracted husband―but she can’t stop thinking about the music, or about the duo’s guitarist, JJ. Unable to resist the pull of either one, she rashly offers to make a film about the band in order to gain a place with them on tour. But when Lily dares to step out from behind her camera, she falls deep into JJ’s world―upsetting the tenuous balance between him and his bandmate, and filling a chasm of need she didn’t know she had.
Captivating and provocative, Play for Me captures the thrill and heartbreak of deciding to leave behind what you love to follow what you desire.
Praise Play For Me by Céline Keating
“The author’s writing is exquisite and she was able to put together the story of a woman’s search for self and purpose, one with depth and complexity.”- Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous Blog
“With a background as a music reviewer, Keating combines the soul-searching of Eat, Pray, Love with the rock ’n’ roll fable of Almost Famous to create a novel of midlife crisis with music at its core.”-Booklist
“Play for Me: “A best story of love, lust, and forgiveness.”- The Culturalist
“Play for Me is a serious, moving, and utterly delightful portrait of a woman wavering between the bonds of fidelity and the pull of desire. Céline Keating knows as much about the world of folk/rock music as she does about the workings of the heart.”- Hilma Wolitzer, author Summer Reading and An Available Man
About Céline Keating
Céline Keating is the author of novels Layla (2011) and Play for Me (2015), which was a finalist in the International Book Awards, the Indie Excellence Awards, and the USA Book Awards. Céline is also the co-editor of On Montauk: A Literary Celebration (2016).
Her short fiction has been published in many literary magazines, including Appearances, Echoes, Emry’s Journal, Mount Hope, The North Stone Review, Prairie Schooner, and the Santa Clara Review. Céline’s short story “Home” received the first-place 2014 Hackney Award for Short Fiction. Céline is also a music journalist whose work has appeared in Minor7th.com, Guitar World, and Acoustic Guitar magazines.
Buy Play For Me by Céline Keating
Follow Play For Me by Céline Keating Tour
Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus Apr 7 Kickoff & Giveaway
Infinite House of Books Apr 10 Interview & Excerpt
Second Book to the Right Apr 24 Excerpt
Jersey Girl Book Reviews Apr 28 Review & Excerpt
Totally Addicted to Reading May 5 Review & Guest Post
Urban Book Reviews May 8 Review & Interview
Jean Amazon Reviewer May 10 Review
Nanja Amazon Reviewer May 11 Review
Turning The Pages May 15 Review & Giveaway
Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus May 16 Review
Precisely Mine May 18 Review
Celticlady’s Reviews May 23 Excerpt & Giveaway
Lisa Amazon Reviewer May 31 Review
Question of Devotion by Anita Kulina
Publisher: Brandt Street Press (November 8, 2016)
Category: Cozy Mystery, Women Sleuths
Tour Date: March & April, 2017
Available in: Print & ebook, 256 Pages
Then she saw it – a sheet of paper in the mailbox, underneath the mail. It was white with large black letters and said LEAVE IT ALONE.
Mrs. B has a quiet life, and she likes it that way. Morning pinochle games at St. Mary’s Senior Center. Afternoon lunches with Myrtle, Anne and Rose. Peaceful evenings with a cup of coffee and the classic movie channel.
But one day she wakes to a phone call, which leads to consequences she could never have foreseen. Secrets snowball and threaten to change the neighborhood of Burchfield forever. Someone has to make things right. It’s up to Mrs. B.
Praise for Question of Devotion by Anita Kulina
“If you can picture Columbo when he’s retired, and spending more time in church and the kitchen, and Polish, and wearing a babushka, you have a sense of the down-home detective that Anita Kulina has created. I love Mrs. B!”-Brian O’Neill, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist and author of The Paris of Appalachia
“A Question of Devotion is a comforting snapshot of an aging population, where the way of life is still bound by churches, neighborhoods, and countries of origin. Its heroine, Mrs. B, is not just an old woman living out her twilight years at the senior center, but an able detective engaged in solving a mystery as cozy as cocoa and afghans on a cold Western Pennsylvania day.”-Kathryn Miller Haines, author of the Rosie Winter Mysteries and the Iris Anderson Mysteries
About Anita Kulina
Like most people who love to write, Anita Kulina has been telling stories since she was old enough to hold a pen. Her first publication was in the letters-to-the-editor column of Adventure Comics #341. Nowadays, much of her work centers on the rich and colorful lives of Pittsburgh’s working poor. Since Anita spent much of her life in those ranks, it’s a subject dear to her heart.
Her book Millhunks and Renegades won her the Achievement in Literature award from the community of Hazelwood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is currently at work on the next two Mrs. B books.
Buy Question of Devotion by Anita Kulina
Follow Question of Devotion by Anita Kulina Tour
Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus Mar 1 Kick Off & Giveaway
Books, Dreams,Life Mar 6 Review & Excerpt
A Bookworm’s Journal Mar 8 Guest Post & Giveaway
Butterfly-o-Meter Books Mar 9 Interview & Excerpt
Indie Review Behind the Scenes Mar 10 8 pm cst Live Interview
Christy’s Cozy Corners Mar 22 Review, Guest Post, & Giveaway
Ann’s Reading Corner Mar 24 Review
Beth’s Book-Nook Mar 31 Review
Pulp and Mystery Shelf Apr 3 Interview
Lisa’s Writopia Apr 5 Review & Guest Post
Rockin’ Book Reviews Apr 10 Review & Guest Post
Celticlady’s Reviews Apr 13 Excerpt & Giveaway
Turning the Pages Apr 18 Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway
JBronder Book Reviews Apr 19 Review & Excerpt
A Room without Books is Empty Apr 24 Review
Melina’s Book Blog Apr 26 Review & Guest Post
White Lies by Susan Barrett
Publisher: Create Space (August 30, 2016)
Category: Literary Fiction, Women’s Fiction; Contemporary Fiction; Family Saga
Tour Date: April/May, 2017
Available in: Print & ebook, 164 Pages
The story is told from three perspectives: that of Beth, the natural mother of Tess, Liz, the adoptive mother, and Tess herself. The reader’s sympathy is engaged with each woman in turn, as the intricacies of the plot demonstrate how nature and nurture interplay in the formation of personality.
Beth is a guest at a wedding. The bride is Tess, her natural daughter, who’d been adopted as a baby. During the moments leading up to the marriage ceremony, Beth remembers the lifetime events that have led to her present state of sick fear. Recent revelations have made her suspect that the bridegroom is the first child she’d given up for adoption, and therefore Tess’s half-brother. Will she speak of this impediment to matrimony, as invited by the priest, or forever hold her peace?
White Lies gives the answer in a way that reveals the complexities of truth-telling in the context of parenthood and adoption. An entertaining page-turner, the novel also traces the social changes in family life over the last fifty years.
Praise for White Lies by Susan Barrett
“A beautifully written study of motherhood, loss and what makes us who we are. The characters are deftly drawn and the writer clearly knows her subject. The narrative is expertly woven and fast-paced, delivering pain and joy blow by blow. Sharp and incisive, heartbreaking and so relevant to today.”-Vanessa de Haan
“A beautifully written, sensitive, yet amusing, and intriguing, tale around a subject that is rarely covered in literature. A delight to read.”- Amazon Customer
“This is a gripping read. It is not only relevant to those who have been involved in adoption but to all of us. It raises questions about families, about the fragility and power of maternal bonds, about love and disappointment. It charts with particular accuracy the difficulties of the tangled web of secrecy and complication that was characteristic of adoption in the mid-twentieth century. It keeps you guessing to the very end!”-Sally Woods
“I’m looking forward to seeing how the book group I belong to find this. I was quickly gripped by it, feeling for the central characters, all of them very real. I partly wanted to read slowly to enjoy it, confident there would be a satisfying, un-folding, but partly wanted to race to find out what happened. Will enjoy reading it again.”-Amazon Customer
About Susan Barrett
Born in Plymouth, Devon in 1938, Susan Barrett began writing fiction in the 1960s while living on a Greek island. Her first novel was published by Michael Joseph in 1969. Film rights were sold and renewed over several years. She went on to write six more novels which were published with mainstream publishers in hardback and paperback in UK and USA. A book on Greece’s landscapes, flora and fauna, illustrated in watercolours by her artist husband Peter Barrett, was published by Harrap Columbus in 1986. They have also produced many children’s books together, published in the US. In the 1990s she trained in humanistic counselling and gestalt psychotherapy and has practised as a counsellor for the last twenty years. Her latest two novels and a work of non-fiction are available as ebooks and in paperback editions.
Buy White Lies by Susan Barrett
Giveaway White Lies by Susan Barrett
This giveaway is for 2 print copies and 6 ebook copies of ‘White Lies’, for a total of 8 winners. Print is open to Canada, UK, and the U.S. only however, ebook is open worldwide. This giveaway ends on June 1, 2017 at midnight pacific time. Entries are accepted via Rafflecopter only.
Follow White Lies by Susan Barrett Tour
Indie Review Behind the Scenes Mar 18 10 am cst Live Interview
Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus Apr 3 Interview
Rainy Day Reviews Apr 4 Review & Excerpt
Books,Dreams,Life Apr 5 Review & Excerpt
The Book Diva’s Reads Apr 6 Excerpt
Carole Rae’s Random Ramblings Apr 7 Review
Infinite House of Books Apr 18 Interview
Room With Books Apr 19 Review, Excerpt
Ann’s Reading Corner Apr 28 Review
Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus May 5 Review
A Bookworm’s Journal May 8 Guest Post
My Cozie Corner May 15 Review
Laura Amazon Reviewer May 29 Review
Indrani Amazon Reviewer May 30 Review
Debbie Amazon Reviewer May 30 Review
Rita Amazon Reviewer May 30 Review
CT Amazon Reviewer May 30 Review
What U Talking Bout Willis? May 31 Review
Blue Hour by Vicki Righettini
Publisher: Mill City Press (Nov 17, 2015)
Category: Historical Fiction, Romance, Pioneer Woman, Strong Female Character, Western
Tour date Mar/Apr, 2017
Available in Print & ebook, 560 pages
Description of Blue Hour by Vicki Righettini
IN THIS EPIC TALE of love, loss, and redemption, the year is 1861, a time when women are expected to be married by a certain age. At 26, spinster Emily Wainwright has no reason to believe her sheltered life will ever change—until the charming Samuel Todd unexpectedly crosses her path.
Samuel yearns to homestead and start a family in Oregon, but he first needs to find a wife. Blinded by Samuel’s good looks, and grasping at her final chance to have a husband and children, Emily accepts his marriage proposal. However, Samuel is not the man she thought he was, and her marriage becomes a cold, cruel prison, offering her no solace amidst the hardships of farm life.
When Samuel dies and a second chance at love and happiness arrives in the form of farmhand Cole Walker, Emily must overcome her bitter past—or risk losing Cole and the life she has always dreamed of having.
Praise for Blue Hour by Vicki Righettini
“All of Righettini’s characters are well-rounded, in particular Emily herself, whose personal growth throughout the novel is richly detailed and memorable.”-Historical Novel Society
“This novel is about second chances and the courage needed to take them. The most compelling aspects of The Blue Hour are not the vivid, expansive descriptions of life on the vast (and seemingly never-ending) Oregon Trail or the well-drawn characters who dance (and often trudge) between hardship and hope. Instead, the brightest lights burst forth from nuanced moments tucked throughout the story.
Read this book if you want to immerse yourself in the wilds of western America in the 1860s or get lost in the even denser wilderness of love and loss. Maybe this recommendation needs to be simplified even further – read this book. It’s exhilarating to root for a character who is trying to navigate uncharted territory and make the greatest discovery of all.”-Underground Book Reviews
“The Blue Hour is one of the finest historical novels I’ve ever read. You will love the author’s writing and the detailed historical references. The characters are vividly portrayed, and I felt as if I knew them well. Long after I’d finished reading, I still thought about the story. It’s part adventure, part love story, and part survival. Highly recommended.”-Ann Creel, Author
About Vicki Righettini
Vicki Righettini is an award-winning, nationally produced playwright, and her recently-published historical novel, The Blue Hour, was a badge winner and Pitch Perfect Pick at Underground Books. Originally from Los Angeles, Vicki lived in Oregon for over twenty years, where she developed an abiding love of the land and the Oregon way of life. Before turning to full-time writing, she worked for forty years as a singer/actress and performing arts instructor. Her blog, Between a Book and a Hard Place, focuses on the ups and downs of the creative process (http://www.vickirighettini.com). Vicki lives in San Diego with her software-developer, Jeopardy!-champion husband, and the world’s shyest cat.
Buy Blue Hour by Vicki Righettini
Follow Blue Hour by Vicki Righettini Tour
Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus Mar 3 Kick Off, Interview, & Giveaway
Indie Review Behind the Scenes Mar 4 12 pm cst Live Interview
Second Book to the Right Mar 7 Excerpt
Book Reviews Etc.. Mar 8 Review
The Book Diva’s Reads Mar 9 Guest Post & Giveaway
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers Mar 17 Review
Secret Pearls Reviews Mar 22 Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway
Infinite House of Books Mar 23 Interview
Reviews From The Heart Mar 27 Review
A Holland Reads Mar 29 Guest Post
Rainy Day Reviews Mar 31 Review
Wall-to-wall books Apr 4 Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway
Library of Clean Reads Apr 5 Review & Giveaway
Rockin’ Book Reviews Apr 6 Review, Interview, & Giveaway
Reading Bliss Apr 7 Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway
Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus Apr 10 Review
Hardcover Feedback Apr 18 Review
What U Talking Bout Willis? Apr 21 Review
Lisa’s Writopia Apr 24 Review & Interview
Celticlady’s Reviews Apr 26 Excerpt & Giveaway
A Room without Books is Empty Apr 27 Review
Turning the Pages Apr 28 Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway