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What If – Rita Szollos – Blitz Tour

Welcome to the blitz tour for What If by Rita Szollos! This romantic comedy is free for for Kindle October 5-9 only! We also have two great giveaways for you at the end of this post!

About the Book:

cover_paperbackWhat If is a romantic comedy and adventure about a black and white photograph.

Ailie Faulkner, a single, 39 year-old woman, married to her work, treasures a black and white photograph, and she’s stored it in her closet for more than a decade. Like a wistful teenager staring adoringly at a poster above her bed, Ailie has spent years returning to this photo again and again, concocting fantasies and daydreams about the photo’s handsome content.

Prone to list making and overall levelheadedness, Ailie usually isn’t one to believe in fate, but her curiosity (ahem, obsession!) with the photograph leads her to a life-changing decision and sends her on an adventure filled with humor, travel, bouts of nausea, unexpected discoveries, and reflections on cooking. Encouraged by her overbearing but obliging mother and an inquisitive grandmother, and guided by the insightful (albeit often contradictory) advice of her best friends, Ailie endeavors to learn about the photo, the person within its frame, and the possibilities of their future.

Add it to your Goodreads shelf & 
it’s FREE for Kindle, Oct 5-9 only!

Rita Szollos About the Author:
Rita Szollos is a sleep-deprived “mum” to a very curious 5 year old, a devoted dog, an angry Kitty, and one very mature teen nephew. She takes pleasure in writing about the smallest details of life – the quiet moments, the snapshots. Together with her Kiwi husband, the family enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, and camping in the Bay Area around San Francisco.
Don’t miss out on the Instagram exclusive giveaway!
Coffee, Cinema, & Romance. 
Enter to win a $10 Starbucks card & $30 movie card!
To enter: 
Go to Instagram to @candacemom2two or @ritaszollos & find the photo in the IG feed, then follow the directions below the photo!
Giveaway starts Oct. 5th at 7:30 am PST and ends Oct 9th at 7 pm PST Winner announced Oct 10th


$100 gift certificate to a spa of choice or romantic gift basket of a $100 value.
Open to US/CA, except where prohibited by law.
Ends Oct. 18th, 2015
Prizing is provided by the author, hosts are not responsible.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.



The Lion of Rivers – Ike Quigley

In a time of prophecies and destinies, a young man leaves his apprenticeship as a blacksmith to follow a complete stranger to a new kingdom and a new life. He is young and naive in the ways of the wide world and finds himself drawn to a profession he never would have considered.LoR

The Lion of Rivers is an enchanting tale of lives crossed and loves lost. Dark and evil forces are rising up to take control almost unnoticed while a disgruntled lord mounts an army against his king, enlisting any man willing to become a soldier and manufacturing trouble to further his cause, all in the name of destiny.

Falcon, a messenger for Lord Ilford, finds Evan as an indentured servant with an abusive blacksmith. With minimal prompting, Falcon encourages the young man to live up to his potential, whatever that may be.

Evan leaves his home country for new adventures, not certain why or what will happen to him when he arrives. He is different from the residents of his new home, physically shorter and speaking with a strange accent. Hoping to enlist as a soldier, Evan discovers his aptitude for stealth, stamina, and flexibility. He is quickly recruited for the regiment of assassins and is sketched into Ilford’s overall plan of war.

Throughout this epic tale, the reader is offered glimpses of the outside forces that shape the world. Legends of the Book of Rivers float among the people, a book that speaks to the life path of each and every person to grace the world. Falcon seeks out this book to answer the agglomeration of questions mounting in the wake of destruction and murder. Not everyone is subject to predestination.

The Lion of Rivers is available on and

Red Axe, Black Sun – Michael Karner


This is the tale of a band of mercenaries who become tangled in a war meant to bring about the end of the world, despite their intentions to stay out of anything political. They each have their own idea of how to spend their remaining days, and fighting with a war band isn’t among them. Ultimately, they are waiting to see what comes out of the “constellation” when it aligns properly in the sky. There is quite a bit of love tangle (more than just a triangle) along the way, eruptions of magic and war, and some very dark murders.

First of all, there is a lot going on in this book, and a great number of characters to keep track of. We tend to only get a little snippet at a time from each one’s perspective.  It’s almost too much for one book. It’s probably just me, but I prefer to limit the number of eyes I look through for any particular story.  A large portion of the center of the book is a battle and siege. If your into bloody, epic, medieval battle sequences, this will be right up your alley.

That being said, the descriptive writing is a multi-layered tapestry suited to the Fantasy genre. Everything from the landscape to the magical manifestations is depicted with outstanding language that brings the mystical realms home. The use of historical terms for weaponry and clothing was dead-on.

I ended up giving this a 3 Star. It’s not a badly written book, by any means, though I felt there were just too many people to keep track of and many were similar to each other.  I found myself wanting to rush through portions (like the long waged battle scenes) just to get back to the relationships and the ultimate peril the plot was leading up to.

Red Axe, Black Sun is available on


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