Blog Tour, Cover Reveal

The Haunting Of Alice May by Tony Lee Moral

Thank you Tony for the opportunity to showcase your book on my blog today. I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover but it’s intriguing:

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Synopsis:

Alice Parker moves with her Dad and younger sister to the sleepy town of Pacific Grove, to a start a new life after her Mom dies. Little does Alice know the strange and terrifying events to come. When she falls into the bay during a kayaking trip, she is rescued from downing by the mysterious Henry Raphael. Handsome, old fashioned and cordial, he is unlike any other guy she has known before. Intelligent and romantic, he sees straight into her soul. Soon Alice and Henry are swept up in a passionate and decidedly unorthodox romance until she finds out that Henry drowned in the bay 100 years ago. . .

Interview With The Author Tony Lee Moral

Is there anything you can share about The Haunting Of Alice May that’s not in the blurb of the book?

Yes, it’s a story that is incredibly personal to me. I moved to Monterey, California for work shortly after my father died. Re-reading the book I realise that I am very much like Alice the central character, though I have never seen a ghost. But the emotions which Alice goes through are very much like my own – wondering about the afterlife, one’s place in the world, coping with love and loss, while navigating new relationships and a yearning for the past. I think it’s a central human condition to think about the meaning of life and what your individual beliefs are and what happens to us after we die.

-What do you hope readers will take away from this book?

The book is about what it means to be alive and the challenges that comes with young adulthood and trying to understand how one fits into the larger workings of the universe. It’s a meditation on love, loss, growing up and also being alone, which I hope I have written in a suspenseful and entertaining way.

-It says on your website that you’ve also made films. Did a love of film precede the love of writing? How did you discover that you wanted to be a writer? Or have you always wanted to do both. 

I’ve always wanted to do both, so writing and film making for me go hand in hand. To be a great screenwriter, you need an understanding of the visual medium and how you can tell a story through images rather than just relying on talking pictures or dialogue.

-So you’ve written some non-fiction books about Hitchcock’s film. How much was this book inspired by Hitchcock’s films? 

The Haunting of Alice Maywas greatly inspired by Hitchcock’s films, as many of the chapters are written like scenes in films. I was also influenced by a story that Hitchcock always wanted to make but never did called ‘Mary Rose’ about a young woman who disappears on a Scottish island, and appears many years later as a ghost. This is the equivalent of the Henry character in my novel, who seems unchanged while all around him grow old.

-What else inspires your writing?

People and travel. Writers are natural psychologists, so I’ve drawn much inspiration from the people I meet and the places I’ve visited. I’ve been very fortunately to travel around the world in my job as a documentary film maker, so I find people and situations fascinating.

-What are your favourite books? 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald for its elegant prose; Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez for its unrequited love and yearning, and The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy for the symbiosis between the characters and nature.

-A lot of writers admit to having the dreaded writers’ block, but do you think it’s a real thing and how do you manage to recover from it?

I think writing is all about rewriting, so if you do have writers block, try and move onto another scene or chapter. The most challenging aspect is to write length which you will spend many hours afterwards rewriting.

-Are you a planner or a pantser? 

I’m a planner but a little spontaneity is definitely good for the soul and keeps life interesting.

-Is there any advice you wish you’d had early on in your writing career? 

Build your author’s platform and cultivate your readership and followers. In today’s social media age, your readers are everything. Nurture them and you will see the fruits of your labour.

Something that maybe you know now but didn’t then?

Stop worrying about tomorrow, but concentrate on the present and the rest will follow. Live life for the moment, which is easier said than done.

Thank you!  🙂

Social Media

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Instagram: tonyleemoral

Twitter: tonyleemoral

You can find out more here:

GoodReads

www.ghostmaven.com

www.tonyleemoralbooks.com

The Haunting of Alice May ebook is on offer over the Easter Weekend:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

(Please note that these are not affiliated links)

 

 

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Blog Tour, review

Sapphire Smyth & The Shadow Five by R.J. Furness

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I was so intrigued when the author contacted me and asked me to review this book for this blog tour. The cover intrigued me, (I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover). I actually read this book twice, I read the ARC ebook and I was just about to reread when this package came:

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The yo-yo and the sweets tie into the story. This package made my day!

There’s something special about this series of books. It’s  going to be serialised, like Dickens used to do, releasing it in small bits at a time. A bit like watching an episode a week of your favourite tv show. It’s different and I like it. There’s more explanation at the beginning of the book.

So you’ve seen the cover, here’s a note from the author:

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My thoughts

After reading the author’s introduction I was riveted. Straight away I knew this was going to be unique and not like anything else I’d read. An wonderful imaginative fantasy world (well R.J.Furness did bring Orgos into the world) and it’s only the first book!

Sapphire Smyth is kicked out of her foster carer’s home on her 18th birthday, they tell her that they can’t afford to keep her anymore. No money from the government. She feels unwanted, her father abandoned her and now the people who brought her up have done this. I felt so sorry for her, she’s a strong character though, no ‘damsel in destress’ you like her straight away:

“Sapphire didn’t need saving by Ben – or anyone else.”

If being kicked out wasn’t hard enough she then ends up on the wet streets to find somewhere to sleep and weird things start happening.

I don’t want to give too much away so I’m not sure how much to tell you. But it’s good!

R.J. Furness does a good job of whetting your appetite with this first book in the series. There’s so much tension and suspense you will end up reading this book in one sitting. I got to the end to the words ‘To Be Continued…’  and it’s a lot like a cliffhanger to your favourite show, and you feel like shouting: wait, what happens next?

I loved this book so much I read it twice. Looking forward to the next one in the series, that’s if I don’t read it again by then…..

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If you’d like to get your hands on a copy of this book, you can get it on Amazon Kindle and Kobo.

Of course if you prefer a physical book you can buy that too.

Check out the author’s website https://rjfurness.com/ for more info about this book and the others. And here’s the GoodReads link.

 

Blog Tour

Blueberry Pancakes by Anton Lee Richards

 

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DIGITAL READS BLOG TOURS presents:

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Thank you for the opportunity to be part of this tour, this book sounds like a good read:

Book Blurb

Writing songs for a would-be pop star is painful. When young, gay songwriter Duncan falls in love, he writes a love song. When he gets dumped, he writes a break-up song. Luckily for his songwriting career, his love life is a roller-coaster.

When his long-term boyfriend breaks up with him, Duncan finds solace in music. And pancakes, of course. With the help of his sassy diva singer and best friend Marlene, her ex-boyfriend guitarist, and a local music producer, they form a musical dream team to produce songs to pitch to agents, and for Marlene’s promising singing career.

A new guy here, a new guy there, they are delicious distractions, but this drama fuels new and better songs. And that ex? He just won’t seem to go away. But it all pays off when they have their first number one hit with a teenybopper all-girl band.

Not everything in their favorite hangout-a breakfast restaurant called Pancake Heaven-is rainbows and maple syrup. The all-girl band drops them as songwriters, and they squabble with one another over their musical future. Will they find the success they can be proud of?

Blueberry Pancakes is a contemporary gay drama about falling in and out of love, the price of success, and walking through the world with confidence.

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If that doesn’t grab your attention, here’s an excerpt:

Book Excerpt

I don’t remember how many couples he introduced me to at this party, and I forgot most of their names. In each case, Christopher introduced me as my Duncan. I never thought of myself as being so much of a catch that somebody would be proud to be with me, the way I felt proud to have Jesse when we were together.
“I need a drink,” I whispered in his ear.
“Just a few more,” he said.
Bradley approached us again, and three more couples followed. We made a circle, and everybody shot off questions in rapid succession. It started off easy with questions about my work and where I grew up, but then developed into an interrogation of whether I owned summer homes and stock portfolios. Was I supposed to feel bad I didn’t? One guy leaned in and asked how attached I was and if I wanted to keep my options open. He wore thin-rimmed glasses that fell down his nose as he raised his eyebrows.
“I’m happy where I am,” I said. I wasn’t sure if that was a lie or not, but I certainly didn’t want to get it on with a guy asking people if they would cheat on their partners after just meeting them.
“You’ll break soon enough,” he said, winking. “When it happens, I’ll be there.”
A flamboyant guy with a pure-white, faux-fur sweater and hot pink jeans chimed in. “I have a brownstone in Lincoln Park. You should come see it sometime. It has a hot tub on the rooftop with a nice view of downtown.” I couldn’t concentrate on remembering his name because the sweater was distracting me.
“I bet you like being the pretty one,” said a voice behind me. Behind me, a drag queen with a Jackie O wig smiled at me. She had really broad shoulders or was just wearing shoulder pads underneath her shimmering black dress. “You’re the pretty one. Don’t act like you don’t know it.”
The notion stopped me in my tracks. Was I? Is that why Christopher was so adamant about calling me arm candy? Jesse was always the pretty one when we were together. I scanned the room and mentally ranked the attractiveness of each person. At first, I hated myself for being so shallow, but then I told myself it was in the name of scientific research. I guessed I would rank decently in this crowd of gay men who ranged from their mid-20s to their 50s. There were so many hotties. I came across a guy standing near the fireplace and figured he was without a doubt cuter than me. He had a nice body and was not afraid to show it off. This was the first time another guy caught my eye since I met Christopher.
“If I were with you, I’d tell you how pretty you are every single day,” said the drag queen. “I’d praise the day someone like me could get someone like you.” She opened her arms to hug me, and I demurred. Where was Christopher to save me?

 

About the author

Anton author pic.jpgAnton Lee Richards is a queer writer from Chicago. In a previous life, he worked in IT. In a previous life before that, he was a songwriter. He lives in Chicago with his partner and his Instagram-star bunny.

 Contact Details and Social Media

anton@antonleerichards.com
http://www.AntonLeeRichards.com
https://www.facebook.com/antonleerichards/
https://twitter.com/antonleerichard
https://www.instagram.com/antonleerichards/