Pump Up Your Book! Virtual Book Tours

Pump Up Your Book’s March 2010 Authors on Virtual Book Tour – Day 4

Posted by admin on March 4, 2010

Welcome to Day Four of Pump Up Your Book’s March 2010 Authors on Virtual Book Tour! Follow along as these talented authors travel the blogosphere all month long to talk about their books, their lives and their future projects. Leave a comment at their blog stops and you could win a FREE virtual book tour if you’re a published author with a recent release or a $50 Amazon gift certificate if you are not published. So, pick your favorites, follow their tours, and make sure you leave them a note to tell them you stopped by!


Walking on Broken Glass by Christa Allan

Christa Allan, author of the women’s fiction novel, Walking on Broken Glass, will be visiting Pump Up Your Book! Leah Thornton’s life, like her Southern Living home, has great curb appeal. But a paralyzing encounter with a can of frozen apple juice in the supermarket shatters the façade, forcing her to admit that all is not as it appears. When her best friend gets in Leah’s face about her reliance on alcohol to avoid dealing with her life, Leah must make an agonizing choice. Seek help against her husband’s wishes? Or—put herself first for once? Joy and sadness converge and unwelcome insights intrude, testing Leah’s commitment to sobriety, her marriage, her motherhood, and her faith.

You can visit Christa’s website at www.christaallan.com or her official tour page here.


The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

Sarah Addison Allen, author of the southern magic realism novel, The Girl Who Chased the Moon, will be visiting Book Tours and More! In her latest enchanting novel, New York Times bestselling author Sarah Addison Allen invites you to a quirky little Southern town with more magic than a full Carolina moon.

Here two very different women discover how to find their place in the world…no matter how out of place they feel. Here are rooms where the wallpaper changes to suit your mood. Unexplained lights skip across the yard at midnight. And a neighbor bakes hope in the form of cakes. In this town of lovable misfits, maybe the right answer is the one that just feels…different.

You can visit Sarah’s website at www.sarahaddisonallen.com or her official tour page here.


The Big Book of Soul by Stephanie Rose Bird

Stephanie Rose Bird, author of the new age book, The Big Book of Soul: The Ultimate Guide to the African-American Spirit will be stopping off at The Story Behind the Book! Soul is the essence of African American culture–the ingredient that makes it tick. In The Big Book of Soul, writer and herbalist Stephanie Rose Bird takes us on an amazing journey into the ancient traditions of mysticism, spirituality, and mythology that lie beneath this uniquely African American experience.

Bird explores the healing, magic, and divination traditions of ancient African earth-based spirituality, and traces how these practices have evolved in contemporary African American culture. Along the way she offers recipes, rituals and resources that you can use to heal your life.

You can visit Stephanie’s website at www.stephanierosebird.com or her official tour page here.


Letter to My Daughter by George Bishop

George Bishop, author of the mother and daughter relationship novel, Letter to My Daughter, will be stopping off at Paperback Writer! A fight, ended by a slap, sends Elizabeth out the door of her Baton Rouge home on the eve of her fifteenth birthday. Her mother, Laura, is left to fret and worry—and remember. Wracked with guilt as she awaits Liz’s return, Laura begins a letter to her daughter, hoping to convey “everything I’ve always meant to tell you but never have.” In her painfully candid confession, Laura shares memories of her own troubled adolescence in rural Louisiana, growing up in an intensely conservative household. Absorbing and affirming, George Bishop’s magnificent debut brilliantly captures a sense of time and place with a distinct and inviting voice. Letter to My Daughter is a heartwrenching novel of mothers, daughters, and the lessons we all learn when we come of age.

You can visit George’s tour page here.


The Big Picture by Kevin Coupe & Michael Sansolo

Kevin Coupe and Michael Sansolo, authors of the business book, The Big Picture: Essential Business Lessons from the Movies, will be visiting Ask Wendy! Movies are magical. They can release us from the stress of everyday life. But movies also contain valuable lessons to improve the way we do business. In their entertaining new book, The Big Picture: Essential Business Lessons From the Movies, authors Kevin Coupe and Michael Sansolo show how to use the stories in movies to solve problems in business. From The Godfather to Tootsie, from The Wedding Singer to Babe, the authors use more than sixty of their favorite movies to teach important lessons about branding, customer service, leadership, planning, ethics, and innovation. Readers learn how to use stories from the movies to communicate clearly with employees, clients, and customers.

You can visit their website here and their tour page here.


Raccoon Tales by Joy Dekok

Joy DeKok, author of the children’s book, Raccoon Tales, will be visiting (no stop today)! Raccoon Tales is the true-life journey in the first year of the lives of these little “wash bears.”Written in easy-to-read verse, author, Joy DeKok, tells the story with tenderness and energy.

Readers will leave the story glad they came, knowing more about raccoons, and what a wild animal rescue and release looks like. Illustrator Leslie Helen Colwin’s art brings the story to life.

You can visit her website here and her tour page here.


Straight Talk for Teenage Girls by Annette Fuson

Annette Fuson, author of the family self-help book, Straight Talk for Teenage Girls, will be visiting Reading at the Beach and Allvoices! Straight Talk for Teenage Girls is information to help teen girls make better choices about life situations so they will grow to adulthood successfully. Topics include: self-esteem, dealing with emotions, making decisions, friendships with girls/boys, getting out of bad situations, handling mistakes and reaching goals. Because of the self-tests, case studies at each chapter and the 50 questions from real girls, adults who work with teens use the book for discussions. The information comes from classes taught in school for over 20 years. The book is up-beat, positive and easy to understand. The mission is to help all girls make choices that will lead to a happier life.

You can visit her website here and her tour page here.


The Cutting by James Hayman

James Hayman, author of the thriller, The Cutting, will be visiting Examiner! NYPD homicide detective Mike McCabe left New York for Maine to escape his own dark past and to find a refuge from the violence of the big city for himself and his teenaged daughter, but on the fog-shrouded, cobblestone streets of Portland he finds far more than he bargained for. On a warm September evening the mutilated body of Katie Dubois, a pretty high school soccer star, turns up, dumped in a Portland scrap yard. Her heart has been neatly and expertly cut from her body. The same day Lucinda Cassidy, a young Portland business-woman and competitive runner, disappears during her morning jog. Soon other bodies turn up. All young, all blond, all athletes. Very quickly McCabe discovers he’s on the trail of no ordinary killer. Rather his prey is a brilliant, psychopathic surgeon who kills in a bizarre way to satisfy his own strange and frightening desires. McCabe knows he has to move fast. He has less than one week to find the killer before Cassidy dies and Casey, McCabe’s own daughter is threatened. He also knows the clock is ticking.

You can visit his website here and his tour page here.


Devil's Food Cake by Josi S. Kilpack

Josi Kilpack, author of the culinary mystery, Devil’s Food Cake, will be visiting Glamouristic Eats! It’s been years since author Thom Mortenson has been back to Garrison, Colorado. As part of the library fundraising committee, who invited him to speak, Sadie Hoffmiller wants everything to be perfect—right down to the homemade Devil’s Food Cake she made herself. Murder, however, was not on the menu. When Thom’s manager ends up dead on stage, Sadie does what any woman with a history of solving murders does–jumps right in to offer her guidance and expertise. The police, however, are not very appreciative. In fact, they’d rather she just go home. But can Sadie help it if she keeps stumbling over information? Can she help it if the people intricately woven into the deception keep crossing her path? The more she learns, the broader the spectrum becomes and when the police refuse to take her seriously, Sadie has no choice but to sidestep them altogether in the pursuit of justice. With her son Shawn at her side, her reputation on the line, and a full cast of suspicious characters, Sadie Hoffmiller is once again cooking her way through a case that offers far more questions than answers.

You can visit her website here and her tour page here.


The Wounds Have Healed...The Scars Are Bleeding by Lindon King

Lindon King, author of the inspirational religious book, The Wounds Have Healed…The Scars Are Bleeding, will be visiting Zimbio! “The Wounds Have Healed…The Scars Are Bleeding!” is a compelling work that blends history with social commentary. Given its timely message, Lindon J. King’s work may appeal to a wide variety of readers. Have you struggled with weight, wellness, addictions, relationships or work? This spiritually based book is set up with the idea that when you begin reading it, it will lull you comfortably into motivation and creating changes “now”. Essentially, when you open the book you are on a journey and as you read you have opportunities to “drive” or apply these ideas into your life. The book is set up as a no-excuses approach; if you say you believe in scripture you can’t pick and choose when to apply scripture to your life; it’s immediate connection which also, helps take immediate action. You may be comfortably motivated but it may bring upheaval and some hard truth to swallow, so be prepared for no-excuses scripture to change your life.

You can visit his tour page here.


Murder in Baker Company by Cilla McCain

Cilla McCain, author of the true crime military book MURDER IN BAKER COMPANY: How Four American Soldiers Killed One of Their Own, will be visiting Life in the First Draft! Murder in Baker Company begins as a journey to uncover the truth about what happened to Army Specialist Richard Davis. By using court transcripts, personal interviews, and police records, Cilla McCain unfolds the events of the case and soon reveals a disturbing, eye-opening look into today’s military that goes beyond the Davis case and that affects all troops and their families. Soldiers are handed antipsychotic drugs and sent into battle. Treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder is stigmatized. Gang members carry their affiliation from the streets to the barracks. And many of our soldiers are forced to face down two separate enemies, one in the same uniform they wear. By the end of the book the reader will learn the devastating truth about the injustice and disrespect our military families are forced to endure when their soldier dies a non-combat death.

You can visit her website here and her tour page here.


Flaherty's Crossing by Kaylin McFarren

Kaylin McFarren, author of the women’s contemporary fiction, Flaherty’s Crossing, will be visiting (no stop today)! From Pacific Northwest’s award-winning author Kaylin McFarren comes a powerful novel about love, loss, and the power of forgiveness… Successful yet emotionally stifled artist Kate Flaherty stands at the deathbed of her estranged father, conflicted by his morphine-induced confession exposing his part in her mother’s death. While racing home, Kate’s car mishap leads her to a soul-searching discussion with a lone diner employee, prompting Kate to confront the true reasons her marriage hangs in the balance. When her night takes an unexpected turn, however, she flees for her life, a life desperate for faith that can only be found through her ability to forgive.

You can visit her online at www.kaylinmcfarren.com, her book’s website at www.flahertyscrossing.com or her tour page here.


An Axe to Grind by F.M. Meredith

F.M. Meredith, author of the crime novel, An Axe to Grind, will be visiting Personovelty! Detective Doug Milligan and his partner question suspects in the murder of a stalker including the stalker’s target, her boyfriend, father and brother, as well as the stalker’s step-father. The investigation leaves little time for Doug to see his fiancée and fellow officer, Stacey Wilbur. Stacey handles a molestation case which involves the son of a friend. She and her mother talk wedding plans, though all must wait until Doug’s renter, Officer Gordon Butler finds another place to live. When Doug disappears while tailing a suspect, Stacey sets out to find him, hoping she can reach him time.

You can visit her website here and her tour page here.


Life Choices by Judi Moreo & friends

Judi Moreo and twenty-five other authors of the motivational book, Life Choices: Navigating Difficult Paths, will be visiting One Pushy Broad! If you feel “stuck” in a situation that appears to be beyond your control, these stories will show you how others have coped with crisis and uncertainty, made tough choices and positive changes in order to find deeper meaning and satisfaction in their relationships and learned to live with purpose every day. Rarely do we find a book that addresses so many different challenges. Life Choices does this in a powerful and inspiring way. This book is about experiences, the people who lived them, and how they created successful lives. From values and self-fulfillment to legacy, this book offers new resources for people who have tough choices to make every day.

You can visit the book’s website here or her tour page here.


Vampyre Blood by George Earl Parker

George Earl Parker, author of the literary fiction novel, Vampyre Blood – Eight Pints of Trouble, will be visiting  Review From Here! When young New Orleans lawyer Bradley Harrington Chester III lies dying in the street after being hit by a speeding car, it seems that his life is over. But as his spirit drifts away toward a distant light, he is approached by an exotic fellow who claims to be both the Count Dracula of legend, and a violin player for The Techno Zombies, a Goth rock band on a world tour. Populated by loveable rogues, scheming lawyers, and thieving gypsies, Vampyre Blood-Eight-Pints of Trouble is an insane romp through New Orleans, illustrating the intensity of our human desire to get what we want at any cost, and the strange places that desire can lead to.

You can visit his website here and his tour page here.


Forty-eight X by Barry Pollack

Barry Pollack, author of the contemporary science fiction thriller, Forty-Eight X :The Lemuria Project, will be visiting (no stop today)! On the tropical island of Diego Garcia in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the United States has gathered together its most talented geneticists to work on the top-secret Lemuria Project. These secret experiments create a revolutionary new warrior so strong and so valiant that the age of casualties of war would become only a sad and distant memory. Haunted by a dark and dangerous past, Colonel Link McGraw is the officer chosen to train these new soldiers. He understands the rules of engagement and agrees to serve his country, reestablish his professional reputation, and secure his freedom in the process. As a trained and commissioned officer in the United States Armed Forces, McGraw knows what constitutes the perfect soldier: following orders without question.

You can visit his website here and his tour page here.


Small Change by Sheila Roberts

Sheila Roberts, author of the contemporary women’s fiction novel, Small Change, will be visiting (no stop today)! Rachel, Jessica, and Tiffany all share a difficult secret: they’re all struggling with major financial problems. A sudden divorce has turned Rachel from a stay-at-home mom to a strapped-for-cash divorcee about to enter the workforce for the first time. Tiffany’s spending has been out of control for years, and her mounting credit card bills have put a major strain on her marriage. And Jessica just had the rug pulled out from under her. After struggling her entire life to make ends meet, she’s just gotten engaged to a man with a big bank account…and now he’s asked her to sign a pre-nup.When the women share their problems at their weekly crafting group, they decide to band together to take control of their finances. As they struggle to bring balance back to their checkbooks and their lives, they learn that some things in life, like good friends, are truly priceless.

You can visit her website here and her tour page here.


Hiking Through by Paul V. Stutzman

Paul V. Stutzman, author of the memoir, Hiking Through: Finding Peace and Freedom on the Appalachian Trail, will be visiting Blogcritics! After losing his wife to breast cancer, Paul Stutzman decided to make some big changes. He quit his job of seventeen years and embarked upon a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, a 2,176-mile stretch of varying terrain spanning fourteen states. During his nearly five-month-long hike, he battled brutal trail conditions and overwhelming loneliness, but also enjoyed spectacular scenery and trail camaraderie. With breathtaking descriptions and humorous anecdotes from his travels, Stutzman reveals how immersing himself in nature and befriending fellow hikers helped him recover from a devastating loss. Somewhere between Georgia and Maine, he realized that God had been with him every step of the way, and on a famous path through the wilderness, he found his own path to peace and freedom.

You can visit his website here and his tour page here.


Alphatudes by Michele Wahlder

Michele Wahlder, author of the self-help/inspirational book, Alphatudes – The Alphabet of Gratitude, will be visiting The Writer’s Life! Alphatudes reveals the unexpected and simple secret of living a joyful life – gratitude. In a world obsessed with negativity, we must deliberately choose to focus on the positive. The good news is that the homework is already done! Alphatudes utilizes our earliest grade school victory—the ABCs— to achieve an even greater victory: a sustainable shift in your thinking that leads to contentment, optimism and peace of mind. An alphatude is defined as: a person, place or thing for which one alphabetically expresses gratitude. Filled with vibrant illustrations, Alphatudes takes you on an inspiring 26-step journey where you’ll discover how to: heighten your awareness of life’s daily gifts; attract opportunities with a positive mind-set; find blessings in difficult situations; and free yourself from worry, negativity and resentment. Legendary recording artist Olivia Newton-John has graciously provided a free download of her beautiful song, “Grace and Gratitude”, with the purchase of this extraordinary book.

You can visit her website here and her tour page here.


A Note From an Old Acquaintance by Bill Walker

Bill Walker, author of the soul searching romance novel, A Note From an Old Acquaintance, will be visiting (no stop today)! Brian Weller is a haunted man. It’s been two years since the tragic accident that left his three-year-old son dead and his wife in an irreversible coma.

A popular author of mega-selling thrillers, Brian’s life has reached a crossroads: his new book is stalled, his wife’s prognosis is dire, and he teeters on the brink of despair. Filled with tender romance and taut suspense, A Note from an Old Acquaintance is an unforgettable story about fate, honor, and the power of true love.

You can visit his website at here or his tour page here.


Moonlight Falls by Vincent Zandri

Vincent Zandri, author of the thriller novel, Moonlight Falls, will be visiting Blogging Authors! Moonlight Falls is the Albany, New York-based paranoid tale (in the Hitchcock tradition) of former APD Detective turned Private Investigator/Massage Therapist, Richard “Dick” Moonlight, who believes he might be responsible for the brutal slaying by knife of his illicit lover, the beautiful Scarlet Montana. The situation is made all the worse since Scarlet is the wife of Moonlight’s boss, Chief of Detectives Jake Montana. Why does Moonlight believe he might be responsible? He’s got a small fragment of a .22 hollow point round buried inside his brain, lodge directly up against his cerebral cortex. The result of a botched suicide attempt four years prior to the novel’s start, an operation to remove the bullt frag would be too dangerous. But the bullet causes Moonlight lots of problems, the least of which are the occasional memory loss and his rational ability to tell right from wrong. The bullet frag also might shift at any moment, making coma and/or sudden death, a very real possibility.

You can visit his website here or his tour page here.


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