Book Blitz & Playlist: Pulse, by B.A. Bellec

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Pulse (Book #1)
by B.A. Bellec
Publication Date: December 1st, 2021
Genre: Sci-fi Horror/ Thriller

Pulse is a plot-driven multi-POV dystopian sci-fi horror thriller set in 2040, centered around a corporation, a creature, and a music festival. Think Fyre FestivalBlack Mirror, and X-Files combined. The story deals with themes of capitalism, consumerism, business, politics, pandemics, climate change, activism, and technology while bouncing between a diverse group of characters sure to entertain almost anyone. The book is already being praised for its fantastic use of horror, engaging world-building, and genre-bending approach utilizing some screenplay-like formatting. This is the first entry in a new series with the sequel well underway.

  • B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree (Apr 2022)
  • The Wishing Shelf Finalist (Apr 2022)
  • Literary Titan Seal (Jan 2022)
  • Reader Views Seal (Dec 2021)
  • Readers’ Favorite Seal (Dec 2021)

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About the Author

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B.A. Bellec writes with a unique, modern, minimalistic voice. He is the author of Someone’s Story, his award-winning debut novel called a masterpiece by multiple reviewers. Never afraid of a challenge, Bellec switched genres to bring you this dark vision that simmered in his mind for years.

In addition to writing, Bellec also creates music. You can find it on his YouTube channel. Follow him on social media or at http://www.babellec.com to stay in the loop on new projects.

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Spotlight & Author Interview: The Chai House + Giveaway

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Join us for this tour from Oct 17 to Nov 4, 2022!

​Book TitleTHE CHAI HOUSE
by Priti Srivastava
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  123 pages
Genre: Dystopian Thriller, Feminist Fiction, Horror
Publisher:  Independently Published
Release date:  December 8, 2020
Content Rating:  R: The story takes place under fascist rule. There are descriptions of war, violence, rape, and forced birth. ​

Book Description:

The Chai House is a haunting debut novel that explores the complexity of community when individuals are unaware of their own roles in upholding systems of oppression. Swati has spent her entire life trying to live up to her family’s expectations of her. She has learned it is easiest to just do what is asked of her, without resistance; a skill that has helped her survive in the early years of the Knights, an authoritarian regime. When her mother has a request for Swati, she agrees to it as it is the only way to help her young niece have some sort of future. An emotional page turner, The Chai House examines the desire to be true to yourself in a world where familial, cultural, societal, and political values direct you to stay small and stay silent.

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Author Interview:
1. What made you write a feminist horror novel?Like many authors, I have always written books that I wanted to read. I have always written feminist fiction and thought it was time to try and tell a horror story told from a feminist perspective.

2. Where do you get inspiration for your stories?

This question makes me think of the Bob Ross quote, ‘Beauty is everywhere. You only have to look to see it.’ The same is true of my stories, there is so much inspiration surrounding us, all it takes is a spark and then the time to get words on to paper!

3. What advice would you give budding writers?

My advice comes from the wisdom every writer has – write, write, write & when you are ready, share your words with the world!

4. What is your next project?

I am excited to be writing a post-apocalyptic feminist story that takes place outside of The Chai House universe!

5. What is the last great book you’ve read?

The Hole by Hye-Young Pyun. I could not put this book down and the story stayed with me long after I read the last page.


Meet the Author:

Priti Srivastava lives in Madison, Wisconsin with their best friends. Priti works to create inclusive spaces as they hope that one day everyone will feel as though they belong. When Priti isn’t working or doing chores, they enjoy playing video games, making their friends laugh, eating samosas, and sitting quietly. They also love to read and on the rarest of occasions Priti writes about Priti in the third person. Priti loves to connect with readers. Follow them on social media to request a virtual visit with your book club.

connect with the author: twitter ~ instagram goodreads


Tour Schedule:

Oct 17 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 18 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 19 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Oct 20 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Oct 21 – Hall Ways Blog – audiobook review / giveaway
Oct 24 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 25 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 26 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
Oct 27 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Oct 28 – @shangread_la – book review / giveaway
Oct 31 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 1 – @bookqueenbee – audiobook review
Nov 2 – Geaux Get Lit – book review / giveaway
Nov 3 – @onecreativeartist – book review
Nov 4 – Paws.Read.Repeat – book review / giveaway


Enter the Giveaway:

THE CHAI HOUSE Book Tour Giveaway

 

Audio Spotlight & Author Interview: Tomboy + Giveaway

TOM BOY TOUR BANNER

Join Us For This Tour from Oct 3 to Oct 21, 2022

Book Title:  Tomboy: A Jane Benjamin Novel

by Shelley Blanton-Stroud
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+), 308 pages
Genre:  Historical Thriller
Publisher:  She Writes Press
Release dates:   June 2022
Content Rating: PG-13 + M. The F word appears exactly once in the book. There is a completely non-explicit sex scene. There is a suicide.​

 

Book Description:

It’s 1939. Jane Benjamon’s got five days at sea to solve the murder of a Wimbledon champion’s coach and submit a gossip column that tells the truth. If not the facts.

On the brink of World War II, Jane wants to have it all. By day she hustles as a scruffy, tomboy cub reporter. By night she secretly struggles to raise her toddler sister, Elsie, and protect her from their mother.

But Jane’s got a plan: she’ll become the San Francisco Prospect’s first gossip columnist and make enough money to care for Elsie.

Jane finagles her way to the women’s championship at Wimbledon, starring her hometown’s tennis phenom and cover girl Tommie O’Rourke. Jane plans to write her first column there. But then she witnesses Edith “Coach” Carlson, Tommie’s closest companion, drop dead in the stands of apparent heart attack, and her plan is blown.

​Sailing home on the RMS Queen Mary, Jane veers between competing instincts: Should she write a social bombshell column, personally damaging her new friend Tommie’s persona and career? Or should she work to uncover the truth of Coach’s death and its connection to a larger conspiracy involving US participation in the coming war?

Putting away her menswear and donning first-class ballgowns, Jane discovers what upper-class status hides, protects, and destroys. Ultimately—like nations around the globe in 1939—she must choose what she’ll give up in order to do what’s right.

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How did you do research for your book?

Half of my novel takes place on the RMS Queen Mary, sailing from England to New York in 1939. Another portion takes place on trains from San Francisco to New York to get to the ship’s harbor in New York. I expected I would be replicating these trips on my own before writing Tomboy. At the very least, I expected to visit the original RMS Queen Mary at its dock in Long Beach, California.

Because the pandemic hit right as I began writing this novel, I wasn’t able to do any of that first person research. So my research all took place via online interviews and through books ordered online. Though I was disappointed not to get the dreamed-of real world experience, I was warmed by the willingness of experts to help me at a distance.

For instance, I reached out to Chris Rockwell, Librarian at the California State Railroad Museum Library & Archives, who forwarded my questions to volunteer researchers Jeff Asay and John Privara. They sent a nineteen-page, single- spaced document outlining how to “get Jane to New York.” They described every detail of that route, including ticket prices, upholstery quality, and sandwich options. I will always remember their thoughtful generosity. In fact, I included so much of what they shared that I wound up needing to edit it down hard. That cutting of historic details was painful.

Which was the hardest character to write? The easiest?

The easiest character to write was Sandy. I am nothing like her. She is stylish, efficient, capable and sassy. She’s so confident in her own way, within the conventions of her day—she’s very, very girly. Even though I am not like her, I just really loved writing her and she poured from my keyboard with hardly any effort.

My hardest character to write was Helen, who suffers deeply from anxiety, caused partly by her own pathology and partly by her innate intelligence and accurate skepticism. It was important to me to get her right. She arrives at many strange conclusions and some of them are correct. I wanted to honor the intelligence within her pathology. It was difficult for me to do this because I always worried about not being sympathetic enough.

In your book you make a reference to an old Irish tune sung by crewmen in the Pig ’N Whistle, the pub for staff of the RMS Queen Mary. How did you come up with this music?

The Pig ’N Whistle really existed on that ship. I was taken by the raucous celebration that would have occurred there, outside of the view of the passengers. I wanted to feature a group of Irish men playing a traditional tune in that space.

What a rabbit hole of music-listening that was! I fell in love with an old Irish song called Wild Rover. I wanted to include its lyrics in the scene but it has been recently recorded by many groups, including the Dubliners. It’s also regularly played at Irish soccer games. I thought I’d better avoid intellectual property issues, so I made up my own lyrics, to be sung to the tune of Wild Rover. Here’s my version:

I’ve run with the wild herd,
since I was a lad,
I’ve lost all that I earned,
spent good after bad.
But now, I’m a changed man,
with money to share,
I’ll never again
leave my pretty young mare.

And I’ll run with ’em no more,
No never, no more,
Will I run with the wild herd, No never, no more.

What made you write a book about Jane’s trying to be a columnist?

This is the second in a trilogy featuring Jane Benjamin. One of the core things I wanted to do in this novel was to explore Jane’s ambition and her idea about what she should and could be as a woman in 1939. Jane is just beginning at 19 to explore her sexuality and she’s not having the best luck. This is partly because she’s gender fluid. This obviously was not a term or a concept that would have been familiar to her at that time.

And yet, the real heart of my interest was the question of what it would take for a young woman to develop a successful career at that moment in time. What she’d have to give up to get what she aims at. Can she be a good-enough caregiver for her toddler sister Elsie if she’s also aiming to be a successful columnist? That push-pull is at the root of Jane’s character development.

Where do you get inspiration for your stories?

I am inspired by fascinating historical figures like Dorothea Lange, Alice Marble, Henry J. Kaiser, and more. I like to start with some facets of their history but then fictionalize them with new names. That way I can make them as dastardly as I dare.

But I only began writing these books at all as a result of listening to my family’s stories at holidays and other gatherings. My father is one of ten children, dustbowl Okies who traveled from Texas to California to find work. They lived in tents and Hoovervilles for quite a while. The children joined their parents in picking cotton and other crops in the morning before school and after school too. They told sad stories and also a lot of funny ones about those times. My first novel begins by remaking a story my father always told about the terrifying experience he had as a boy. The mother in the tent next door to his family tent told him to get rid of her husband. To drive him down the road (at twelve years old) and dump him out. My father always says that experience defined him. And it began this series, by looking at what might happen to people who have extremely difficult childhoods.


Meet the Narrator:

April Doty is a classically trained actress with a BFA from Syracuse University. She is a voice actor and the narrator of 26 books. Born in Virginia, educated in New York, seasoned in London and settled in Spain, April Doty brings the sound of a rich and varied life experience to her narration. The character of Jane came to life in her home studio on the Costa del Sol.

connect with the narrator:  website twitter linkedIn ~ soundcloud

 

Meet the Author:

Shelley grew up in California’s Central Valley, the daughter of Dust Bowl immigrants who made good on their ambition to get out of the field. She recently retired from teaching writing at Sacramento State University and still consults with writers in the energy industry. She co-directs Stories on Stage Sacramento, where actors perform the stories of established and emerging authors, and serves on the advisory board of 916 Ink, an arts-based creative writing nonprofit for children, as well as on the board of the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies at Claremont McKenna College. Copy Boy is her first Jane Benjamin Novel. Tomboy is her second. The third, Working Girl, will come out in November 2023. Her writing has been a finalist in the Sarton Book Awards, IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards, Killer Nashville’s Silver Falchion Award, the American Fiction Awards, and the National Indie Excellence Awards. She and her husband live in Sacramento with many photos of their out-of-town sons and their wonderful partners.

Connect with the author:   website  ~  twitter  ~  facebook  ~ instagram ~bookbub ~ goodreads


Tour Schedule:

Oct 3 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 3 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
Oct 4 – Olio By Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Oct 4 – Olio By Marilyn – book review / giveaway
Oct 5 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 6 – Books are a Blessing – book review / giveaway
Oct 7 – Leanne bookstagram – book review
Oct 11 – Amy’s Booket List – audiobook review / giveaway
Oct 11 – FUONLYKNEW – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Oct 12 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 12 – PuzzlePaws Blog – book review / giveaway
Oct 13 – JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 13 – Stephanie Jane – book review / giveaway
Oct 14 – Splashes of Joy – audiobook review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 17 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 18 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Oct 18 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Oct 19 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Oct 19 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 20 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 21 – Faith and Books – audiobook review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 21 – Books for Books – audiobook review


Enter the Giveaway:

TOM BOY (a Jane Benjamin novel) Book Tour Giveaway


 

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