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“Loyal” by Yasmin Shiraz —> Guest Post / Blog Tour

Virtual Book Tour,  Loyal, a Young Adult Novel

Releasing August 30, 2016

About The Author

Yasmin Shiraz is an author, filmmaker, speaker and activist. She uses her passion for life to fuel her books, documentaries, speaking engagements and social activities. She’s spoken at over 100 colleges, universities, middle schools and high schools as well as non-profit organizations. 

She’s an award winning Writer/ Director and enjoys producing work on youth and community issues. By day, she’s the President of Still Eye Rise Media and runs the Yasmin Shiraz website.

About The Book


When a teen girl
discovers her brother has been shot,
she learns about firsthand about loyalty.

Should her brother be more loyal to her or the gang members he’s so eager to impress?

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How I made my first sale

– guest post by Yasmin Shiraz


Becoming a published author was such a daunting idea. Like so many writers before me, I dreamed of having an agent and publisher who loved my book and who would enthusiastically support and promote me. I sent query letters to 100 agents and hoped they would select me as their newest, most promising client. Instead, I received exactly 100 rejection letters. 100 different ways to say, ‘No Thank You.’

I could have stopped right there. I could have let my dreams of becoming a published author go the way of the dinosaurs. Rather, I started doing some research on self-publishing and before you know it I had self published my first book, The Blueprint for My Girls. After having the actual book in hand, I aggressively visited bookstores and asked clerks, assistants and anyone who I could find what did I need to do in order to promote my book. To my surprise, everyone was generous with their information. The book industry insiders suggested I sign up for book fairs and find independent booksellers to sell my books.

When I first released The Blueprint for My Girls, Karibu Books was the largest African American themed bookstore in the Washington, DC metropolitan area where I resided. I visited one of their bookstores and dropped off my book with my business card. Within a few days, I received a call back from one of the owners asking me if I’d be interested in doing a book signing. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity.

When I arrived at my first book signing, I was nervous. But, the manager at Karibu Books encouraged me to talk about my book to customers who had stopped by my table. Being personable, I learned, helped book sales. The more I talked, the books I sold. For my first book signing which lasted two hours, I sold seven books. I was ecstatic.

As I traveled to other bookstores and set up tables at book fairs, I continued to talk to customers and shared stories which connected with other readers. Doing book signings no longer made me nervous, instead I saw them as an avenue to reach the people who could love my work. The unexpected bonus of book signings? Every book signing gave me the chance to meet a new reader whose purchase told me that at least 100 agents were wrong about my work. Book signings and book sales boosted my confidence.


Yasmin Shiraz is the author of  more than ten books including the best seller, Exclusive and the American Library Association Award Winning Book, Retaliation. She is a full time screenwriter and author. She actively runs trivia contents, video chats and more on her Facebook page:

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The New Beginnings by Iris Blobel –> my review

Two posts earlier I was doing a little promo post for “New Beginnings” by Iris Blobel. Time for my very personal review😀

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New Beginning pic2How many of us would like to have another chance in life… to start over. Especially if the life wasn’t too kind so far…

Two sisters. Though because of the death of their mother – one more a mother than a sister… Money always short, always not enough… And then all of a sudden – a chance for a total change. 180 degree turn. Light in a tunnel, a spark in a darkness. Unexpected and seemingly unexplained inheritance changes everything…

I loved this story. Not oversweetened , captivating, with likable and believable characters. Add to that a little mystery (WHY did they actually got that inheritance, and WHO was the “giver”?), little love story (well… won’t say anything more, no spoilers here!), and the strongest possible, sisterly bond – and there you have it! A perfect summer (or winter, depending where you live😉 )read!!!!




so much happening, so little time…

I just  discovered that work gets in a way of lots of things.

Take running for example – I used to be able to run in the races Saturdays OR Sundays. Now? Sundays please. Somehow I managed to sign up for more races this year than last… Then again – I can afford to sign up for races and not think: gee, for that amount of money I could get…🙂

Also – not sure how did that happen – but I signed up for a half marathon… yaaaay me… I have exactly 25 days to prep for it now… considering that my max (happened last Sunday) IMG_5144was just over 18 km, I’m almost there, aren’t I? (what are the 3 missing kms?🙂 ) yeah… it just does not work that way… I know I can always walk a bit, that there is no real shame in that, but somehow…

Well. For me, walking was always something I was good at. I walked 7 pilgrimages (150-180km each), and I am distinguishing between running and walking – dramatically. I KNOW I can walk those 21 kms. The thing for me is now to be able to RUN it!🙂

I find I’m reading very little😦 sigh…

And writing even less…

Always have time for cuddles with Pumpkin though😉 Whenever His Royal Highness wishes that is…😉


“New Beginnings” by Iris Blobel- promo post.

New Beginning pic1

The story is set in Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, the most southern state in Australia. A most beautiful place. I went there a few years back and imagined how it would be to live in this city, how to adapt as a “non-local”, and bit by bit I wrote the story of two sisters moving there.

Obviously, I added a little romance into the story as well – so I added Mark and Zach.

This is the second edition of NEW BEGINNINGS.

The story is now a bit sexier and has also received another edit.


Literary Chanteuse’s review: “This author has a way of endearing her characters and it is easy to fall in love with them. An intriguing story with emotion, love and hope.”

Sharon’s review: “This was a very enjoyable read and it left me wanting just a little bit more. I highly recommend it.”



“Other people have to fight battles in their life as well.”

~~  New Beginnings ~~
(2nd Edition)
by Iris Blobel


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♥♦♥  SYNOPSIS ♥♦♥


The chance to start life all over with the help of a stranger.

New Beginning pic2Twenty-two-year-old Sophie Levesque has been guardian to her eight-year-old sister Mia since their mother’s death a few years ago, and it hasn’t been easy. Luck comes their way when they inherit a small house in Hobart. Problem is, though, they don’t know and have never heard of Clara Bellinger, the testator. Settling into their new life, Sophie is still afraid it’s all a mistake.

Mark O’Connor, attorney in Hobart and the bearer of the good news for Sophie and Mia, curses himself for the lack of information about the testator. However, researching the questions gives him an opportunity to see Sophie again, and the more time he spends with the two, the more he realises that his life is missing something. And it’s not his casual lover Linda.

But then there’s Zach, Sophie’s sexy neighbour from across the road… and a very good friend of Clara’s.

Will unravelling the mystery unravel Sophie and Mark’s promise of a future?





Iris Blobel 2013IRIS BLOBEL

Iris Blobel was born and raised in Germany and only immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s. Having had the travel bug most of her life, Iris spent quite some time living in Scotland, London as well as Canada where she her husband. Her love for putting her stories onto paper has only emerged recently, but now her laptop is a constant companion.

Iris resides west of Melbourne with her husband and her two beautiful daughters.

Next to her job at a private school, she also presents a German Program at the local Community Radio.



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” Another Man’s Treasure” by Joy Avery —> Book Blast!


Book Title: Another Man’s Treasure
Publication Date: June 18, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance

About the Author


By day, Joy Avery works as a customer service assistant. By night, the North Carolina native travels to imaginary worlds—creating characters whose romantic journeys invariably end happily ever after.

Since she was a young girl growing up in Garner, Joy knew she wanted to write. Stumbling onto romance novels, she discovered her passion for love stories; instantly, she knew these were the type stories she wanted to pen.

Real characters. Real journeys. Real good love is what you’ll find in a Joy Avery romance. Joy is married with one child. When not writing, she enjoys reading, cake decorating, pretending to expertly play the piano, driving her husband insane, and playing with her two dogs. Joy is a member of Romance Writers of America and Heart of Carolina Romance Writers.

About The Book


Graphic artist Trinity Hargrove never knew real passion until she sleeps with her boss’s son. Mistake number one. Mistake number two…liking it too much. But they agreed to only one night. Simple enough, right? Wrong. He may be out of her bed, but their intense night together still burns in her memories. As long as she keeps her distance from the oh-so-desirable Xander Duval, everything will be okay. Unfortunately, fate won’t go along with her plan.

Restaurateur Xander Duval agrees to Trinity’s “one night” stipulation, but only in theory. He has no intentions of not being with her again. Especially when his mind—nor body—will allow him to forget the fire that blazed between them until the wee hours of the morning. When Trinity is injured in an automobile accident, he jumps at the opportunity to be her arms and legs. He plans to show her just how determined he is to make her his…for far longer than just one night.

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dscf3102aKeith’s Kreative Kue 84

/Because it’s been a while… Thank you Keith!🙂 /

No. Whatever you do, whatever you think you should be doing, do not go back.

It makes no sense. On this fork of the road, you did let her and the dogs decide which way. They decided. Then why…

Too many maybes, to many what-ifs. It has been so easy before it happened. Before you had decided to pack everything into one, medium sized backpack and leave…

She has always been there for you. Thick and thin, and whatever the crazy idea hit your head.. Supportive to a fault… That was probably the reason why you thought to get her to decide which way this time… She would have let you go yet again. She’d watch you becoming smaller and smaller with each step, till you disappear, and, sighing deeply, she’d go home and from that moment on she’d be doing what she knows best…

Waiting for you… You did it so many times, yet her heart breaks each and every time the same…

So why…

“Mom, lets go home…I’m staying…”

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not-so-random thoughts…

so I’m here…


sweet’n’sour my new favourite taste…

or bitter-sweet…

how is it, that something you really want and look for for 12, long years

when you get it

all of a sudden it unloads some serious weight on your heart…

how to explain to myself that I am not hurting my kids by not being there every single second of their lives… that I actually am doing what the mother is supposed to do… let them figure some stuff on their own… give them space…


how come they grow so fast…



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