Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Welcome to Day 2 of Breakfield and Burkey's "SHORT STORIES" Blog Tour! @EnigmaSeries @4WillsPub @4WP11 @RRBC_Org #RRBC #4WillsPub

Hello, beautiful readers! I have the honor of sharing my space today with two wonderful authors, Charles Breakfield and Rox Burkey. They are the authors of the Enigma Series as well as multiple short stories. They are currently on a "Short Stories" blog tour with 4WillsPublishing, and I am hosting them today. So, give them a warm welcome!

As a reader today, you have the chance to win an ebook copy of Hot Chocolate just by leaving a comment. They are giving away 7 copies, so don't forget to drop a note at the end. ;-)

So, let's begin! Breakfield and Burkey are going to share with you one of their amazing short stories, The Jewel. Take it away, you two!

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Julie is a creative member of the R-Group. We portray her as a cyber assassin due to her ability to identify and neutralize cyber scum. We leverage the many sides of Julie, including her endearing smile, throughout the series. The recurring cyber hero is happiest when close to the action. One of her best skills is her ability to think on her feet and cut to the chase—A no-nonsense lady.

True, Julie appears in several of the novels; however, in The Enigma Rising, she is working with our favorite pair of bad boys, Carlos and Juan, in a quid pro quo exchange. The boys got themselves into trouble with limited options. However, you’ll have to read that book to learn the whys and wherefores of their obstacles to overcome. 

As you have undoubtedly experienced at some point in your life, friendships and mutual respect can spark something even with unlikely couples. Time and space align in such a way that Juan and Julie unexpectedly share their inner emotional baggage from their younger years, which pulls them closer. When they drop their fa├žade to protect their emotional scars, readers see humans afraid of personal relationships. This snippet is from their first friend date.

Comments from reviewers wanted to see more of these two characters. Readers also wanted to know more about Julie’s history. Writing this short story allowed us to flush out details that proved unneeded in TheEnigma Rising. We believe it is a powerful story that frames Julie’s worldview and endears her to fans.

Book Blurb:

The Jewel takes the reader to witness the struggle of a young couple in post-World War II Europe. We believe people are defined by what they triumph over.

Haddy and Otto are so in love. They started their family only to learn Haddy could have no more children. Haddy adores her daughter and helps her grow but, over time, slides down the slope of depression.

Otto, refusing to lose the love of his heart, comes to an inflection point. He coaxes Haddy out for the evening to celebrate her birthday, the first time in four years. Using his charm and wit, he plans the evening to court her like before they married.

They both dressed up in their finery for the night of celebration. Their evening progresses better than he hoped when Haddy behaves carefree as she laughs and gests with him. Walking through the alley to the theatre, they are confronted by two no accounts looking to rob them and more.

Otto instantly shifts to the warrior to protect his bride in the blink of an eye. Can one man defeat two practiced thieves and protect his wife? Their destiny is about to change as silence descends into the alley.

Enjoy the story today. https://bit.ly/The_Jewel

Rox Burkey and Charles Breakfield are co-authors for the Enigma Series. Our characters haunt us, demanding more of their stories get written. It began with a few heroes, then expanded to those with self-serving motives. We instigated this tour to provide insight and motivating factors on the shorts. We consider these fun standalone compliments to the series novels. Enjoy this tour, and please provide feedback.

Breakfield is a technology expert specifically in security, networking, voice, and anything digital. He enjoys writing, studying World War II his­tory, travel, and cultural exchanges. Charles is also a fan of wine tastings, wine-making, Harley riding, cooking extravaganzas, and woodworking. 

Burkey is a 25+ year applied technology professional who optimizes technology and business investments for global customers. She focuses on optimized customer experiences. Rox loves interviewing authors, writing white papers, reviewing books, and loves creating fiction.

Together they create award-winning stories that resonate with men and women, young and experienced adults, and bring a fresh new view to technology possibilities today. They invite you to visit their newly revised website, look around and grab some free stuff https://www.EnigmaSeries.com.

Follow us

Website:       https://www.EnigmaBookSeries.com

Blog:            https://EnigmaSeries.com

                   https://RoxBurkey.com


Connect and Follow on Social Media: 

LinkedIn:       https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlesbreakfield  and

                        https://www.linkedin.com/in/roxanneburkey

Twitter:         @EnigmaSeries and @1rburkey

Facebook:     https://www.facebook.com/TheEnigmaSeries/

YouTube:      https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6Vz4x5ctTnx3yUhZk1OJkw

To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the authors' tour page on the 4WillsPublishing site. If you'd like to schedule your own blog tour and have your book promoted in similar grand fashion, please click HEREThanks for supporting these authors and their work!




Sunday, August 29, 2021

Welcome to Day 6 of the #HauntedShoresMysteries Series Blog Tour! @OverbeckRandy @4WillsPub 4WP11 @RRBC_Org

Hello, beautiful readers! Today I have the honor of sharing with you best-selling author, Randy Overbeck. If you love ghost stories and mysteries, you are going to LOVE Randy's books! 

Randy is having a Haunted Shores Mysteries Blog Tour, and this is one of the stops. If you leave a comment below, you will be entered for a chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card! So, make sure you leave a comment at the end.

In honor of the tour, the entire Haunted Shores Mysteries series is on SALE! Blood on the Chesapeake (which I've read and loved) is on sale for $0.99! Crimson at Cape May is $1.99, and Scarlet at Crystal River (pre-publication price) is $2.99! Make sure you click on the titles and pick up your copies today. :-)


WICKED

CRIMSON AT CAPE MAY does a great job of showcasing how even the most prominent members of a community cannot be excluded from suspicion when the evidence points toward their involvement, especially in the wake of cases such Jeffrey Epstein and Harvey Weinstein.”—ReadersView.com

 

There is more than one kind of wickedness in the world. Our earth has birthed murderers and psychopaths, embezzlers and robbers, child abusers and sex traffickers. These evils persist in almost every culture and society around the globe and stretch across the centuries.

But there exists wickedness and evil that, though not as obvious, is just as threatening. That wickedness is where my words reside.

I realize readers come to my novels, BLOOD ON THE CHESAPEAKE or CRIMSON AT CAPE MAY, in search of a little mystery or a great beach read or even a bit of romance—and they say they are hardly ever disappointed—but I also try use my fiction to raise important social issues and expose very real wickedness.

            The first novel in my series may illustrate. In BLOOD ON THE CHESAPEAKE, the narrative thread of the cold-case murder is intertwined around the issue of racial injustice. So, when I selected my antagonist for this story, I wanted to be sure he was a reflection of the real world of racial bias, of wicked racial bigotry.

Dr. William “Bud” Williams, the villain of my tale—or at least one of them—is, by most social norms, a good guy, a really good guy. He comes from a well-heeled family, is a respected town physician and serves children as president of the local school board. He heralds from a long line which goes back to the town founders and Bud is a man you’d want to know and have on your side to get anything done in Wilshire.

But, like thousands of other privileged white males, Williams’ belief system is skewed to assure him he is more gifted and more privileged than …well, others, especially those with a different skin color. While he displays the appropriate social graces, his sense of superiority still seeps out and, though he tries to keep it under wraps, his racial bias rears its inevitable ugly head from time to time.

Sadly, Williams’ wickedness is hardly atypical. Many in the fictional town of Wilshire—and in our real world—share his prejudiced “sensibilities.” But, as the reader learns, Williams’ wickedness is more blatant than most, as he hides an ugly secret from his past. When Bud was only a teenager, he and a few of his friends decided another classmate needed to be taught a lesson. The guy was fooling around with a white girl and he was, well, black. Back then, things got out of hand and somehow, the young black kid ended up at the end of a rope. But it was an accident and a long time ago.

Now, the adult, Dr. William “Bud” Williams has long ago dismissed any guilt for the act. That is until Darrell, our hero—who also happens to be a high school teacher and coach and a sensitive—exposes the secret and secures justice for the murdered young man.

My hope is that the crafting of this credible antagonist will help expose this strain of wickedness, a particularly insidious type of wickedness which all too often goes unacknowledged and unchallenged in our world.

Not all wickedness is obvious. But all wickedness, especially racism, poisons the human condition. The poison of racism may not destroy our nature outright, but it is toxic enough to rot the soul from the inside out. 

"The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it." ~Albert Einstein

Check out my second novel, CRIMSON AT CAPE MAY, for my exposure of an even greater wickedness.


Meet the Author

BIO

Dr. Randy Overbeck is an award-winning educator, author and speaker. As an educator, he served children for more than three decades in a range of roles captured in his novels, from teacher and coach to principal and superintendent. His thriller, Leave No Child Behind (2012) and his recent mysteries, the Amazon and B & N No. 1 Best Seller, Blood on the Chesapeake and Crimson at Cape May have earned five star reviews and garnered national awards including “Thriller of the Year--ReadersFavorite.com, “Gold Award”—Literary Titan, “Mystery of the Year”—ReadersView.com and “Crowned Heart of Excellence”—InD’Tale Magazine. As a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Dr. Overbeck is an active member of the literary community, contributing to a writers’ critique group, serving as a mentor to emerging writers and participating in writing conferences such as Sleuthfest, Killer Nashville and the Midwest Writers Workshop. When he’s not writing or researching his next exciting novel or sharing his presentation “Things Still Go Bump in the Night,” he’s spending time with his incredible family of wife, three children (and their spouses) and seven wonderful grandchildren.


BLURB—CRIMSONAT CAPE MAY

No matter how far you run, you can never really escape a haunted past.

Darrell Henshaw—teacher, coach, and paranormal sensitive—learned this lesson the hard way. With his job gone and few options, he heads for Cape May to coach a summer football camp. The resort town, with gorgeous beaches, rich history and famous Victorian mansions, might just be the getaway he needs. Only, no one told him Cape May is the most haunted seaport on the East Coast. One resident ghost, the Haunted Bride, stalks Darrell, begging for his help.

He can’t refuse. 

Joining forces with Cassie, a street-wise teen and another sensitive, he investigates the bride’s death and discovers her murder is connected to a far greater horror. But can Darrell and Cassie expose those behind the crimes before they end up being the killer’s next victims? 

 

REVIEWS—CRIMSON AT CAPE MAY

“With both elements of mystery and suspense, readers across genres will find this second book about Darrell Henshaw intriguing…I highly recommend it.” ★★★★★Literary Titan

“It’s a ghost/mystery story filled with suspense and action. The plot is so engrossing it had me hooked from the very first page.” ★★★★★—Nana’s Reviews, Greece

“An exciting paranormal mystery I couldn't put down… A great read. Highly recommend!” ★★★★★N.N. Light’s BookHeaven

“Rollicking good…Darrell is a wonderful protagonist, an ordinary man put into extraordinary situations and rising to the challenge..” ★★★★★ —Over My Dead Body magazine

“I loved everything about this book. As a ghost story combined with a mystery, a romance, a social injustice and stunning historical details, Crimson at Cape May has something for everyone.” ★★★★★—ReaderViews

“Masterly spooky adventure…an accomplished work of haunting mystery fiction that fans of the genre won’t want to miss out on. Highly Recommend.” ★★★★★—ReadersFavorite.com

 

BOOK TRAILER—CRIMSON AT CAPE MAY


How to reach Randy Overbeck:

randyoverbeck@authorrandyoverbeck.com

www.authorrandyoverbeck.com

@OverbeckRandy

FB: Author Randy Overbeck


PURCHASE LINKS—CRIMSON AT CAPE MAY

https://www.amazon.com/Crimson-Cape-Haunted-Shores-Mysteries/dp/1509231633/ref=sr_

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/crimson-at-cape-may-randy-overbeck/1137088608?ean=9781509231638

https://www.bookbub.com/books/crimson-at-cape-may-by-randy-overbeck

 

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Social Media Handles

 https://twitter.com/OverbeckRandy/media

 https://www.facebook.com/authorrandyoverbeck

 https://www.instagram.com/authorrandyoverbeck/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-KOC0LH2GQRSAjwxOFr5rg 

https://www.tiktok.com/@authorrandyo

 

To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the authors' tour page on the 4WillsPublishing site.  If you'd like to book your own blog tour and have your book promoted in similar grand fashion, please click HEREThanks for supporting this author and his work!

 

 


Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Book Reveal: The Siren's Song by Heather M Kindt @hmkindt #heatherkindt #thesirenssong #thevradianacademy #coverreveal

Hello, beautiful readers! Today, I am excited to share my space with author Heather M Kindt. She is the talented author of The Eternal Artifacts series and The Weaver Trilogy. Today, she is revealing the book cover to the first book in her newest series, The Vradian Academy. It's called The Siren's Song. Here it is!

It's absolutely stunning! Here is the book blurb:

The shadowy folds of Mo capture both souls and secrets.

Catron’s father intended to scare her with his words. After all, her mother traveled far from home, losing herself to both the shadows and her wayward spirit. But instead of heeding his warning, Catron longs for more than her life as a glass blower’s apprentice. When Dawkin, a member of the King of Mo’s illustrious guard, offers her a place at the Vradian Academy, she willingly accepts.

Fivlon would rather gouge both of his eyes out with an iron stick than attend the Vradian Academy. Messing around with his friends is a lot more fun than attending school with a bunch of stuck-up future leaders. Following in his father’s footsteps as the head of Ferox isn’t a priority. Until one of his friends disappears.

Now at school, Catron and Fivlon face a much larger task than their ethics homework. As students and staff disappear from the academy, they must figure out who is behind it before they become the next victims.


Doesn't it sound amazing! It is scheduled to be released March 2022. In the meantime, why not check out one of her other books here.


Thursday, July 29, 2021

Come Visit Me...

Hi, beautiful readers! Today, author Rox Burkey is interviewing me on her site. I'd love for you to visit and show her (and me) some love by leaving a comment. Enjoy! :-)

https://roxburkey.com/meet-yvette-calleiro-author-extraordinaire/


Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Introducing The One Chosen: A #Diasodz Short Story

Hello, beautiful readers! I'm so excited to share with you my newest short story, The One Chosen: A Diasodz Short Story. When the Rave Reviews Book Club ran their 90-Day Alpha/Omega Short Story Contest, this story begged to be written. For those of you who have enjoyed my Chronicles of the Diasodz series, you are in for a treat! :-)

This story explains the love story of Valerie and Nolan while also explaining how the love triangle of Nolan-Valerie-Drake began. Throughout the series, each character shares his/her recollection of this moment, but a funny thing happens with one's memory when he/she tries to recall the realities of the past. So, for those of you who've read my series, this short story will give you the facts. Lol!

If you haven't read my series yet, that's okay. Technically, this short story happens four hundred years before my series begins, so you won't be lost at all. In fact, I'm hoping you enjoy the story so much that you just have to start the series. ;-)

So, here it is! It's just $0.99, so you will want to grab it and devour it. Plus, as always, there's a sneak peak to the next novel I'll publish in a couple of months. Happy reading! :-)


Valerie is eager to learn the skills needed to become a Diasodz warrior, but when she meets her new trainer, all she can think about is him.

Nolan is a master trainer who has taught thousands of fledglings throughout his life. He has never had a relationship with a student nor does he plan to.

When Nolan and Valerie are thrust together on a routine mission, nothing goes as planned. If they want to survive, they will need to trust each other. But how do you trust someone who has rejected you? Nolan and Valerie must find a way or lose each other forever.

Get your copy here!



Friday, May 7, 2021

Welcome to Day 2 of #TheEnigmaFactor Blog Tour! @enigmaseries @4WillsPub @4WP11 @RRBC_Org #WorldPasswordDay


Hello, beautiful readers! I have the privilege of sharing with you two great authors, Charles Breakfield and Rox Burkey! Today, they will be sharing with you their book, The Enigma Factor. I just started reading this book and can tell you that it draws you in from the first scene!

Leave a comment below for a chance to win one of the 4 giveaways

(1) $10 Amazon Gift Card

(3) e-book copies of “Remember The Future”

Please support these authors by downloading a FREE copy today of 

THE ENIGMA FACTOR! It's FREE all 3 days of this tour!

Our Inspiration

By Breakfield and Burkey

Outside events inspire and impact each of us differently. Perhaps that is how we effectively bring both gender viewpoints into our stories. Our readers and listeners are an even mix of genders and a broad age range of adults. We take actual events from our personal and professional experiences and interweave them into our stories. For the series, it is why we begin with a technology challenge to solve and then layer on travel, relationships, cybercriminals, intrigue, and splashes of humor. To a degree, these stories are like life, only more fun.

Sunsets and sunrises are appreciated by us both, yet our reactions and comments are different. We like to travel with our respective families and for business. We have traveled to many cities and multiple continents. We discovered each of us take photos of the morning's rising splendor or the vibrant blaze of the evening before the sun winks out. Color variations from the clouds, temperature, geolocation, and time of year make each event unique and memorable. Often, we take those colors to paint a scene. You might find a photo in our workspace of a riotous sunset to help launch our writing into overdrive.

Children's laughter is another element we each deal with differently. Breakfield finds it cute and funny when a child laughs with delight. Burkey cracks up, frequently unable to contain herself for several minutes. Just so you know, crying, kicking, and fussing children inspire us to seek shelter from the storm or, if appropriate, try to calm them. Both of us have our respective grown children, who, in our minds, are much better behaved than most of the youngsters we see during travel today. Yes, we box the ears of our characters, the adult ones, the cyber thugs, or darknet actors in our TechnoThriller series. It is funny how misbehaving children we've observed are woven into our evil geniuses.

Breakfield is particularly fond of motorcycles, especially those with a Harley emblem. He enjoys long rides, exploring the winding country roads with no speed limit, so he can make up his own. Several of his more outrageous motorcycle excursions inspired a portion of The Enigma Factor. Our two primary characters, Petra and Jacob, have a date on the backroads of Long Island.  Burkey is fonder of driving cars fast. She knows several officers on a first-name basis. Her first new car purchase, like ever, was a luxury, smart-car. The capabilities of this vehicle were used for an outrageous, plausible event in The Enigma Wraith. Sometimes we save these inspirations for other stories, or they occur in the right place or at the right time for a story gap.

Travel encourages lots of ideas. Breakfield and Burkey enjoy trips for work and pleasure with our respective families. Breakfield does most of his two-wheel riding across Texas with the small towns, beautiful historic state parks, outstanding wineries, and miles of two-lane roads. Our respective work trips have crossed multiple continents with cities many people only read about.

Istanbul's beauty, people, and rich history are used in The Enigma Dragon as a backdrop for some dodgy people. London is another target in that story with details of streets experienced and visited. Our fondness of the sights, sounds, people, and activities will eventually make it into one or more fictional tales.

People we know are often incorporated into characters. For example, Breakfield's Galway, Ireland buddy became a target our cyber good guys of the R-Group helped in The Enigma Wraith. John C. helped review the contents and terms of the draft copy. He laughed at the voice characterization he received in the audible format by our voice actor, Derek Shoales, but John enjoyed listening to this story. One of Breakfield's technical counterparts made it into The Enigma Source.  Even though he was cast as working for the bad guys, we didn't have the heart to whack him in the story.

People are the best inspiration for Breakfield and Burkey, but you'll need to discover that when you read our series.  Stay on the lookout for the bank robber and alleged wife murderer who Breakfield knew. It is chilling to have FBI agents question why you were trying to sell financial investments to a bank robber looking to invest or real estate to someone laundering his drug money. Hey, Breakfield didn't know what they did for a living, but thankfully, those two are incarcerated today. As the title of this article states, inspiration comes from the most unlikely places.

Check out the book trailer:


Do you prefer audiobooks? Listen to this sample:


About the authors:


Website:      www.EnigmaBookSeries.com

Blog:              https://EnigmaBookSeries.com/the-enigma-chronicles/category/blog-statement/

Connect and follow on Social Media: 

LinkedIn:      https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlesbreakfield  and

                        https://www.linkedin.com/in/roxanneburkey

Twitter:        https://twitter.com/EnigmaSeries  

and https://twitter.com/1RBurkey

Facebook:    https://www.facebook.com/TheEnigmaSeries/

YouTube:      https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6Vz4x5ctTnx3yUhZk1OJkw

Pinterest:     https://www.pinterest.com/enigmseries/

Instagram:   https://www.instagram.com/enigmabookseries/

Bublish:        https://bublish.com/author/breakfieldandburkey

RRBC:            https://ravereviewsbookclub.wordpress.com/about-breakfield-burkey-enigmaseries-rrbc-rrbc_community/


To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the authors' tour page on the 4WillsPublishing site.  If you'd like to book your own blog tour and have your book promoted in similar grand fashion, please clickHEREThanks for supporting these authors and their work!

Monday, April 26, 2021

Welcome to Day 12 of #RRBC'S '20 WC&BE SPONSORS BLOG TOUR! @RRBC_Org @bakeandwrite


Hello, beautiful readers! Today, I am celebrating a wonderful author who loves to support other authors, Robbie Cheadle! She was one of the sponsors of the RRBC '20 Writer's Conference and Book Exposition, and RRBC is hosting a tour to celebrate them. You can find the rest of the tour here. Leave a comment below and have a chance to win a $20 gift card.

Robbie is not only a wonderful writer and poet, she is also a baker, and she's got a couple of treats for you all today. Her first treat is a link to a free Sir Chocolate story. I've read a few of these stories, and they are such fun reads. Plus, they always have recipes for you. Click here for your free story.


She's also sharing with you a fondant tutorial on how to make a bee!


After enjoying those free gifts, why not check out one of her other stories, Sir Chocolate and the strawberry cream berries story and cookbook:

Book blurb:

The adventures of Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet is in poetry form. Michael came up with the idea of Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet and many of the characters contained in the books when he was ten years old. His ideas were such fun that Robbie decided to turn them into little verse books for his entertainment. The book contains recipes for children to make with adult assistance.

Check out her book trailer:


You can grab your copy here!


About the Author:

Robbie Cheadle has published nine books for children and one poetry book. She has branched into writing for adults and young adults and, in order to clearly separate her children's books from her adult books, is writing for older readers under the name Roberta Eaton Cheadle.

Robbie Cheadle's Sir Chocolate children's picture books are written in sweet, short rhymes which are easy for young children to follow and are illustrated with pictures of delicious cakes and cake decorations. Each book also includes simple recipes or biscuit art directions which children can make under adult supervision. Her books for older children also incorporate recipes that are relevant to the storylines.

Children's picture books - available as a square book and an A5 book (co-authored with Michael Cheadle):
Sir Chocolate and the strawberry cream story and cookbook
Sir Chocolate and the baby cookie monster story and cookbook
Sir Chocolate and the sugar dough bees story and cookbook
Sir Chocolate and the Condensed Milk River story and cookbook
Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Crystal Caves story and cookbook
Sir Chocolate and the Fondant Five story and cookbook
Sir Chocolate and the Ice Cream Rainbow Fairies story and cookbook

Middle school books:
Silly Willy Goes to Cape Town (includes five fun party cake ideas)

Thank you for supporting the books and authors along the RRBC '20 WC&BE SPONSORS BLOG TOUR!  These authors are generous in their support of others so we want to show our support of them in return.  You may follow along each day of the tour by visiting the tour's home page.  Be sure to leave a comment below to ensure that you have a chance at winning a $20 Amazon Gift Card!