Monday, May 25, 2015

~Blog Tour~ Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver by Bobbi Carducci

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Title:  Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver
Author:  Bobbi Carducci
Published:  July 26th, 2014
Publisher:   Open Books Press
Genre:  Creative Non-fiction, Memoir
Recommended Age:  13+

Synopsis:

Bobbi Carducci’s life was about to change. Her ill father-in-law’s odd behavior was a mystery when he came to live with her and Mike. For the next seven years Bobbi did everything she could to save him from himself – while he tried to convince everyone that he didn’t need her and that she was crazy.

A nonfiction that reads like a novel, Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver, is the story of a real family dealing with one of the fastest growing issues of our day. Caring for seriously ill family members at home. Meet Bobbi Carducci. Laugh, cry and pray with her as she does the hardest job she ever loved.

Every 26 seconds another person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia in the U.S.




Excerpt from Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver:

For fifteen years I’d known him as my gentle, henpecked father-in-law. A man who longed for a little peace and quiet and always seemed eager to please. As saddened as I was by my mother-in-law’s passing, I had believed that living in my home, free from the constant yelling and criticism, he’d come out of his shell and begin to enjoy life.

Sitting in a hospital parking lot so many years later, I was just beginning to discover how very wrong I’d been.

Had he been pretending all these years? Is the real Rodger the one who announced to the nursing staff that I’m useless and no damned good? Does the medicine he takes every day allow him to be himself, or does it mask his true nature? Who is this man who lives in my house and paces the halls late at night? ..
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Where did I go wrong? What did I miss and how can I make sure this doesn't happen again? Those questions and more went unanswered as I covered the miles between the hospital and home, my mind and body too tired to cope with the guilt I felt at that moment. Despite all my good intentions, I’d let him down.


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About the Author:
Intrigued by TV doctors, Bobbi Carducci told everyone she was going to be a brain surgeon when she grew up.  When she couldn't bring herself to cut up a frog in biology class she realized she had to find another way to get inside people’s heads and became a writer instead.

Bobbi was an in home caregiver for her serious ill father-in-law, Rodger, for seven years. Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver is the first book in a planned Caregiver series depicting the true stories of people caring for loved ones at home.

Bobbi Carducci is a former senior staff writer for the Purcellville Gazette, a small Washington, D.C. area newspaper. Her short stories appear in the Chicken Soup for the Soul and Cup of Comfort Anthologies as well is in print and online magazines.

Bobbi’s book for young readers, Storee Wryter Gets a Dog, received both a Mom’s Choice Award and a Living Now Award for Excellence. It was also named A Best Dog Book for Young Readers by Cesar Milan, The Dog Whisperer.

For three years she wrote a monthly book review column for About Families Publications before resigning to concentrate on writing Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver and her blog, The Imperfect Caregiver. Bobbi also writes regularly on care giving for AgingCare.com and The Caregiver Space.






Giveaway Details:
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:


  • A print copy of Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver (US only)
  • An ecopy of  Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver (Int)

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Friday, May 22, 2015

~Cover Reveal~ Capture by Rachel Van Dyke

A BRAND NEW STANDALONE FROM 
RACHEL VAN DYKEN

Capture is a spin-off from the Seaside Series. 



Release Date: August 20, 2015


Losing your ability to
speak at the age of seventeen; it’s not normal or fair.
But trauma, has a way
of throwing normality out the window.

Dani lives anything
but a normal life.
Her sister is married
to one of the biggest names in Hollywood.
Her best friends are
rockstar duo AD2.
And she has more love
around her than most people experience in a lifetime.
But that doesn't
change the fact their parents are dead.
Or that it's her
fault. 



It seems her new
normal is being a mute, living on the inside, unable to actually communicate on
the outside.
That is until
Hollywood’s newest heartthrob Lincoln Greene hires her as his assistant for the
summer.
He's gorgeous,
completely unavailable, and unobtainable.
But that doesn't stop
her from wondering...if things were different...would he want her?
If she was whole,
would he be the other half? 









Rachel Van Dyken is the New
York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency
and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking
coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.


She keeps her home in Idaho
with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from
readers!


Want to be kept up to date on
new releases? Text MAFIA to 66866!


You can connect with her on
Facebook www.facebook.com/rachelvandyken
 or join her fan group Rachel's New
Rockin Readers. Her website is www.rachelvandykenauthor.com 





Thursday, May 21, 2015

~Cover Reveal~ Flame by Erin Noelle






RELEASING ON AUGUST 6, 2015










I’m soaring.




After years of hard work and determination, I am exactly where I want to be in life. As the top ranked Freestyle Motocross rider in the world, I have more money than I could ever dream of spending and gorgeous women throwing themselves at me in every city I land. I have everything I could ever want. 




Everything except her.




While in Breckenridge for my best friend’s wedding, I was introduced to Dakota Shavell, a friend of the bride-to-be, and from the moment our blue gazes met, sparks flew.




What I initially intended to be a single steamy night together turned into a scorching two week road trip to New Orleans with a sassy-mouthed blonde. Being between her legs gave me a bigger adrenaline rush than I’d ever gotten from flying through the air while straddling a bike.




It was supposed to just be fun, a good time. I planned to walk away unchanged.




But it was more. Feelings I never intended to have got involved, and I’ll never be the same.




Yet, I still walked away.




Except now I’m injured and my outlook has changed. Priorities have become clear.




And I’m going back to reclaim her…to show her that together we can make the fire between us burst into flames.







Cover Design: by Hang Le

Photographer: Golden Czermak with Furious Fotog

Cover Model: Brendon Charles
























prologue




Levi




The bright lights blind me to everything except the dirt track laid out in front of
me. The energetic, bustling noise from the crowd feeds the adrenaline buzzing
at the speed of light through my veins. The familiar vibration of the bike’s engine
securely tucked between my legs locks me into that special frame of mind where
things move in slow motion, allowing me to do what it is that I do best.




This is it.

Why I’ve busted my ass every day for the last decade.

The final tour stop of the year.

Winner takes all.

Me or him.

Do or die.


Tightly wrapping my fingers around the
throttle, I coast down the ramp, picking up speed as I go. By the time the
tires hit the clay-colored earth, I envision myself executing the trickmy trick—flawlessly
from take-off to landing, exactly like I do each and every time I nail the 501
Double Back flip.

            Moments later, I’m soaring through
the air, my body somersaulting forward over the handle bars as I whip the bike into
two full backward rotations. Out of the corner of my eye, I see a flash of
yellow and twist my head instinctively, wondering if it was her. If she came to
watch. A collective gasp from the packed crowd can be heard a split-second
before I look away from the multitude of camera flashes around the arena and
glance down below.

Something’s wrong.







Want the rest ?

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SPARK 

 BOOK 1 in the series




I'm failing.




My younger brother
is getting worse, and my job - my duty - is to help him at all costs. We've
tried everything modern medicine has to offer and nothing works.




Nothing.

Deciding to turn to unconventional treatments, we end up at Fire-on-the-Mountain, a holistic
resort deep in the Rockies.




In our search for medical marijuana, I find beautiful, free-spirited Hudson Shavell - a girl who
may not only hold the key to heal my brother, but to fix me as well. Even
though I can't afford distractions right now, she's all I can think about. All that I want.




It's funny how everything can change with one little SPARK.




***Though Spark is the first book in the Fire on the Mountain Series, it is a stand alone novel***



***Intended for mature audiences only***








Erin Noelle is a Texas native, where she lives with her husband and two young daughters. While earning her degree in History at the University of Houston, she rediscovered her love for reading that was first instilled by her grandmother when she was a young child.

A lover of happily-ever-afters, both historical and current, Erin is an avid reader of all romance novels.


Her titles published include the Book Boyfriend Series, the Dusk ‘Til Dawn Series, Translucent, Conspire — co-authored with SE Hall, Surviving Us, MILF: Wrong Kind of Love and Spark.

Her books have been a part of the USA Today Bestselling list and the Amazon and Barnes & Noble overall Top 100.








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