Fated Legacy Series Blog Tour


Series: Fated Legacy 

5 Book Series


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✩Touch of Fate

✩Touch of Darkness

✩Touch of Light

✩Touch of Fire


✩Touch of Ice


✩ Touch of Destiny


From Book 1:

The last thing Skylar wants is exactly what she needs.

A serial killer is killing women in Crescent City. Skylar Gautier, New Orleans cop, is determined to track and catch the killer herself. As she closes in on the killer, Travis Nichols, her fated mate shows up, ready for happily ever after. He is a distraction she does not need or want.

At first the killer thinks it is a great game to lead the female cop on but then he discovers her secret and now she is the hunted. Her death will be his crowning achievement. Her life force will make him stronger than the master.

A premonition shows Skylar the darkness covering the land. It will take two powerful mates working together to create something only ever heard of in legends to stop the evil. They will both have to give up something and risk everything.

Author note: Touch of Darkness is a supernatural romance with steamy heat in and out of the bedroom for mature readers. Includes a fated mate who doesn’t think she needs a mate and a dominant male with a protective streak a mile wide.

About Delta James

If you’re looking for paranormal and contemporary erotic romance, you’ve found your new favorite author!

Alpha heroes find real love with feisty heroines in USA Today Best-Selling Author Delta James’ sinfully sultry romances. Welcome to a world where true love conquers all and good triumphs over evil! Delta’s stories are filled with erotic encounters of romance and discipline.

Delta is always happy to hear from her readers and responds personally. Reach out today! deltajames-author@hotmail.com

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True Teryn Blog Tour

The Last Lumenian: Sci Fi Fantasy and Action Adventure of the Rebel Princess named Lilla by [S.G. Blaise]


“This was a great quarantine book! It was the perfect escape during such a stressful year.” – C.A.

She is a rebel. Lilla is fighting for the refugees’s freedom from oppression. The king, her father, lost touch with reality ever since Lilla’s mother died. Now everyone else is paying the price. The arrival of Callum, a powerful Teryn general, complicates Lilla’s life. His presence leads to conflicted feelings and friction with Arrov, a handsome pilot and fellow rebel. Her life is not what she imagined it to be. Not by far. Meddling gods, love interests and sudden magical abilities have no room in Lilla’s world, but that has become her new reality. No matter how hard she pushes them away, it’s too late. They all seek to control her anyway. Now the Era War between two ruling archgods forces Lilla to act: accept who she really is magic and all; find true love; fulfill her destiny by defeating the Archgod of Chaos and Destruction before He finds her. The Last Lumenian.

True Teryn: Sci Fi Adventure of Lilla discovering the greatest secret in the Seven Galaxies (The Last Lumenian Book 2) by [S.G. Blaise]


Lilla must recruit the biggest and most dangerous army in the Seven Galaxies, but the Teryn emperor will not comply unless Lilla earns the blessing of the Teryn Guardian Goddess Laoise.

Dealing with gods is never easy. Guardian Goddess Laoise’s condition for bestowing her blessing is for Lilla to bring her the mysterious Heart Amulet. Now Lilla is trapped in a strange place with no way out, no idea where to go or how to find the amulet.

The only way for Lilla to complete her mission is to uncover the biggest secret of all Teryns. Will she survive discovering the secret of what it means to be a True Teryn?


Inspired by her own upbringing in Hungary under Soviet oppression, author S.G. Blaise wants young readers to know they don’t have to be perfect to be a hero. A Goodreads reader favorite – over 300 reviews for The Last Lumenian and a 4.5-STAR average – Blaise burst on the scene to scoop up over a dozen prestigious awards in 2020 and is on track to continue the trend in 2021. Her latest release True Teryn comes out in December.

Connect with Blaise at TheLastLumenian.com, on Instagram at @sgblaiseofficial, and on Twitter @SGBlaiseAuthor.

Interview With S.G. Blaise:

True Teryn

Book 2 in The Last Lumenian series

By S.G. Blaise

Question: What can readers look forward to learning about the world of The Last Lumenian in book two?

S.G. Blaise: The sequel to the award-winning book, The Last Lumenian, is even richer in world building as Lilla journeys to the Teryn home world. She quickly learns how deadly and unforgiving that place can be. She is a fish-out-of-water, who doesn’t fit into the honor-based society. Her title, princess and Sybil, has no meaning for the Teryns and Lilla has to prove her worth to the emperor.

Question: Why did you want to portray a character who struggles with mental health?
S.G. Blaise:
In this day and age, it is so important to create realistic characters that the readers can understand and even empathize with. Overcoming both external and internal obstacles make Lilla, my hero, more relatable. We all battle with obstacles at one time or another, so I wanted to portray a character capable of fighting through them. In particular, her journey to learn that she can trust her friends to help, is a good life lesson for all of us.

Question: How does The Last Lumenian series breathe new life into the Chosen One narrative?

S.G. Blaise: Lilla starts out as a reluctant hero who is the last of her kind. In that sense, it follows the Chosen One narrative. However, her journey blends this narrative with elements of fellowship. She is surrounded by friends that play pivotal roles in her development and the storyline. As the series progresses, there will be twists that will elevate the story from Lilla, the Chosen One, into a much more realistic story that involves others who can step up.

Question: What do you hope readers take away from this story?

S.G. Blaise: I hope readers will take away the message that, “You don’t have to be perfect to be a hero.” Too often we idolize our heroes as symbols of perfection. Yet heroes can come from anywhere, and perfection is not a requirement.

Question: What books and authors inspired you in your writing?

S.G. Blaise: This series had a lot of inspiration, ranging from Star Wars and Lord of the Rings to Star Trek, Indiana Jones, Princess Bride, and Guardians of the Galaxy to name a few.

As to authors, Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan, Diana Gabaldon, Patricia Briggs, and Ilona Andrews are all great examples.

One of the main inspirations I drew from these great stories and authors is their rich world-building. I want my readers to imagine a world and see it as if they are walking through it themselves. My goal was to create a cinematic experience, like all of my inspirations did.

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Yule Be Mine Release Tour


Yule Be Mine

Book 3 in the New Zealand Sailing Series

By Trinity Wood

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It starts with a drink and a game of mini-golf and ends with a one-night stand.

Or so they think.

Mel dreams of being an art therapist, but an overbearing family and an absent father hold her back. Until she meets Travis. Tall, blonde, and handsome, he’s irresistible. He’s everything she’s not looking for, but everything she needs.

Travis made a mistake, and now he’s paying for it. His chance at qualifying for the Olympic sailing team is about to slip through his fingers if he doesn’t find a new partner soon.

But when Travis breaks Mel’s trust, he risks not only losing his shot at the Olympics but the woman who’s stolen his heart.

Sometimes, not even Christmas is enough to bring a miracle.

About Trinity Wood:

Trinity writes contemporary romance set in New Zealand. Because she can’t get enough of book boyfriends, she created some of her own. Get ready to meet Sam, Corey, Jay, Tai, Luke, Mike, Travis, and many more, but please form an orderly line. Behind Trinity.

A self-professed good-time nerd, Trinity’s never far away from one of her trusty Pokemon coffee mugs. Trinity also swears that Margaritas can cure colds.

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The Runaway Bride of Blitzen Bay Book Tour & Freebie


The Runaway Bride of Blitzen Bay

By Donna Schwartze

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Genre: Contemporary Romance | Christmas Romance | Small Town Romance | Sweet Clean Romance

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A heartwarming Christmas romance set in the charming small town of Blitzen Bay.

“Get a fuzzy blanket and a cup of hot chocolate, then read this sweet, snuggly Christmas love story. You will be swept away just like I was.” Reader Review

Noelle’s getting married three days before Christmas. It’s a dream come true—for her mom. For Noelle, it’s starting to feel like the walls are closing in. She’s known for months that something’s changing—namely, her fiancé. He’s becoming someone she doesn’t know anymore. She’s tried to ignore it, but her gut’s telling her that she’s marrying the wrong person.

Nash retired from the army three months ago. He’s not in the Christmas mood this year. He just wants to be left alone. His high school buddy’s getting married in a few days. He has no desire to go, but every time he tries to throw the invitation out, an alarm goes off in his head. For some reason, he feels like he’s supposed to be there.

It’s thirty minutes before the wedding starts. Noelle’s in her wedding dress. Nash is in his seat. The universe is trying to bring these two strangers together. Can the magic of Christmas deliver a miracle before it’s too late?

About Donna Schwartze:

Donna Schwartze is the bestselling author of The Trident Trilogy (Eight Years, The Only Reason, and Wild Card), Truth or Tequila, and The Runaway Bride of Blitzen Bay. Be the first to know when a new book publishes in your favorite series by signing up for her email list at donnaschwartze.com.

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Absolution Blog Tour


Absolution by Rachelle Storm

“I only wish the book was longer so I could continue the adventure with these characters…”
Amazon Reader Review

“This is the modern day Twilight-style fandom I didn’t know I needed in my life!”
— Amazon Reader Review

Perfect for fans of I am Number Four and Gone, Rachelle
Storm’s debut, Absolution [979-8528023656; $18.99;
July 2021], weaves together an unforgettable plot of
forbidden desire and sworn duty as three immortal
brothers struggle to protect themselves—and all of
humanity—from a corrupt world.
Chris Harris’s destiny was bestowed on him before birth,
just as it was on his two brothers, John and Randy. Not
human but the physical embodiment of elemental water,
earth, and fire, they’ve been burdened with protecting
Earth and freeing the world from the Ultimate Evil.
However, unlike their elemental forms, their human selves
have desires of their own. After being hidden away in the
remote town of Anderson, North Dakota, Chris and his two
brothers hoped that their problems would end, but they’ve
only just begun. Now their individual destinies are
intertwined with the unpredictable McNamara
sisters—Joanie, Victoria, and Stacie—and the Ultimate
Evil is drawing ever nearer. Forced to choose love or duty,
regardless of their decisions, nothing will ever be the same for the Harris brothers.
The first in a four-book series, Absolution blends together the forbidden romance of Twilight,
the hidden magic and secret guardians of City of Glass, and the non-stop action of The Fifth
Wave. Absolution is a whirlwind of adventure for Chris and his brothers as they explore a world
more vast, and more dangerous, than any of which they’d dreamed. But now, the nightmare
Author Rachelle Storm, a self-proclaimed fandom geek, has built a new world readers won’t
want to leave. With a fast-paced story that hooks you immediately, this stunning debut will keep
you turning the pages with straightforward writing that doesn’t overshadow the complex
characters, plot, and action.
“A contemporary, modern fantasy-romance, the story is traditionally romantic and yet feminist,
mainstream and diverse, with multiracial characters looking to break through the glass ceiling to
shatter the expectations of what love interests and heroes in the genre can embody,” Storm
says. “The book is a love letter to the YA fandoms of the past who embraced and welcomed me
as a young adult.”
Wanting to write multiracial, diverse main characters she wished would have been available
when she was a young reader, Storm’s story shares her message that what we are taught to
believe and told we are in the world are not the only things that define us as people.
Absolution is available now at Amazon.com. The second book in the series, Absolution:
Revelations, will be published July 2022.

Absolution by Rachelle Storm
Paperback; July 2021
ISBN: 979-8528023656
$18.99; 6 x 9; 371 pages

About the Author
Rachelle Storm has been a fandom geek since its earliest
beginnings and never stopped. A Black scholar holding a doctoral
degree in Writing Studies, she researches rhetoric, music, and
popular culture. In truth, Rachelle never isn’t writing or sharing her
knowledge with her fans. However, on the off-chance she isn’t
working or experimenting with paper and ink, you can find her at
music festivals and independent bookstores. Absolution is her
debut novel. The second book in the series, Absolution:
Revelations, will be published July 2022. Find her online at
rachellestorm.com or connect with her on social media (Instagram;
TikTok; Twitter; and Facebook). Join the Absolution fandom on
Facebook or Goodreads.

About Pacific & Court
Pacific & Court is a Brooklyn-based boutique publicity and digital marketing company
specializing in promoting independent authors and book publishers. Together, the P&C team
has over 30 years of experience publishing, promoting, and marketing bestselling books.
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Excerpt from Absolution

“Alright, I played along, so what do you need to tell me?” Chris took in a deep breath to still his nerves. He wrapped his arms securely around her waist and gazed into her eyes.

“I know how I behaved earlier was more than inappropriate. I promise never to treat you that way again. The truth is that I left with them because I did not want my brother to cause a scene. Randy is not the most open-minded person to new ideas. My love for you is not supposed to exist. It is a forbidden emotion in his eyes and I needed to get him away so I could explain to him and Dominic what was happening.”

“I don’t understand what you mean by forbidden. Chris, you are an adult and it confuses me how much power Dominic has over you. Are you in some sort of cult or something?” He could not help but laugh at the question.

“A cult, really, tesoro,” he chuckled and she huffed.

“Well, what else am I supposed to think? This guy you never really see can waltz into your life and dictate your every move. You grew up extremely sheltered and were deprived of a lot of experiences many people get to have. The way you talk and act shows me that you definitely did not go to public school and you have all these secrets that seem to keep you separated from the rest of the world. Sorry, but it kind of screams cult.” Chris was about to argue, but he slowly nodded as he remembered all he read about cults and religious leaders throughout history who claimed to be prophets and chosen ones.

“Hmm, I suppose I can see how it would look from your perspective,” he conceded.

“Yep, pretty culty,” she assured.

“My brothers and I are not in a cult. I understand why you have such a negative impression of Dominic, but it is not like that. It does not matter anymore, though, because he no longer is in charge of my actions. You are right. I am an adult and can take care of myself. It just took us both some time to realize that.”

“Because he is your cult leader,” she asked as a teasing smile crept onto her lips and he shook his head in amusement.

“No, because he is my Guardian,” he confessed and Joanie shrugged.

“I know he is your father, but…”

“No, he is a Guardian. They are a Brotherhood sworn to protect the three saviors of the world,” he confessed and she giggled as she shook her head.

“Saviors, what are you talking about?” He looked down and took in a deep breath as he braced himself for her reaction.

“Joanie, I am different and I do not mean in the way that you are different from other humans. I mean that I am not human,” he revealed and she took a step back from him as she eyed him cautiously.

“Why are you talking like this? I just want to know why you were acting like a jerk earlier and instead you tell me lies about not being human?”

“I would not lie to you. I refuse to lie anymore. I will show you,” he said as he held out his hand and her eyes widened when a blue light appeared in his hand. The light glowed from the edges of his hand and flowed through his fingertips like some sort of energy she had never seen.

“I am an Element,” he confessed. A sphere of water appeared and swirled around his palm. Her jaw dropped and she was stunned speechless as he continued.

“My brothers and I are immortals. We each can create and manipulate a natural element. I can create water, John creates earth, and Randy creates fire. We were born to save the world and create Absolution. We are destined to save humans from evil and corruption,” he explained, but the beautiful hazel irises he loved were now full of fear. She stepped away from him.

“What are you,” she asked as tears filled her eyes. He tried to take her hand in his, but she jerked away from him.

Excerpted from Absolution by Rachelle Storm. Copyright © 2021 Rachelle Storm. Reprinted with permission from Rachelle Storm. All rights reserved.

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Negotiation Blog Tour



A Best Seller Paranormal Mystery


Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58586879-negotiation

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 He’s a respected DSI with Scotland Yard; she’s a dishonored history professor running from a scandal.

Five years ago, Rachel Moriarty was caught up in gossip that resulted in her losing her job as a tenured professor. She’s in London, focusing on building her exclusive tour business as well as her life.

Michael Holmes enjoys great success and a certain amount of celebrity acclaim due to his name, his reputation, and his uncanny ability to solve the unsolvable. He is intrigued by the woman who bears the last name of his greatest literary rival.

The veil between the worlds is weakening, something is trying to come through to bring its malevolence to a new generation. It’s found the key to unlocking the door, if only it can find a way to use Rachel’s innocence to re-enter this world.

Can Holmes and Moriarty work together to finally put an end to the evil that was Jack the Ripper?


Publisher note: Negotiation is a paranormal, supernatural romance with steamy heat in and out of the bedroom for mature readers only.

About Delta James

If you’re looking for paranormal and contemporary erotic romance, you’ve found your new favorite author!

Alpha heroes find real love with feisty heroines in USA Today Best-Selling Author Delta James’ sinfully sultry romances. Welcome to a world where true love conquers all and good triumphs over evil! Delta’s stories are filled with erotic encounters of romance and discipline.

Delta is always happy to hear from her readers and responds personally. Reach out today! deltajames-author@hotmail.com

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Call of Magic Blog Tour



A Multi author Anthology

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Genre: Fantasy / PNR

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Featuring stories by:

Maggie Alabaster

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Ashley Amy

Marissa Ann

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Becca Blake

Dora Blume

Margo Bond Collins

Faedra Rose

Cate Cassidy

R. L. Caulder

Jude Cocaigne

C. L. Coffey

Ariel Dawn

Tia Didmon

Elizabeth Dunlap

Anna Edwards

Faera Fenix

Poppy Flynn

Tina Glasneck

K. Gorman

Jarica James

Finley Jameson

Leigh Kelsey

Zelda Knight

Angela Kulig

Nikki Landis

N. R. Larry

Ember Lawless

A.J. Macey

M.J. Marstens

Claire Marta

Stacey Jaine McIntosh

K.M. McKenna

Jennifer M. Miller

Morgan Jane Mitchell

LJ Night

Helena Novak

Naomi Panthera

Kat Parrish

Krystal Pena

Joe Quackenboss

Maya Riley

Kira Roman

Lavinia Roseknight

Karine Saint Jacques

Silvana G. Sánchez

Angela Sanders

DJ Shaw

Avery Song

Rosalie Stone

Crimson Syn

Bex Taylor

Marley Tobin

Suki Williams

Aria Winter

Harper Wylde

Jenn D. Young

A.C. Wilds

J.D. Woolf


When power beckons, anyone can answer. Let the call of magic charm you! 

Curses and hexes haunt the worlds of the witches, werewolves, dragons, vampires and the hunters who stalk them in the night. Fall under the spell of these fantasy, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance stories by over 50 New York Times, 

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Las Palomitas Blog Tour

Las Palomitas: The Little Doves

 By Laura L. Valenti


Praise for Laura L. Valenti’s writing:

“Just enough romance and heart to make it lovable and just enough plot to make it interesting and compelling, but it’s the history that makes this book unforgettable.”

 – Goodreads reviewer Stephanie on The Heart of the Spring

            An out-of-place American is discovering that a fishing hamlet in El Salvador just might be his own slice of paradise. But, the simplicity and beauty of village life is just one thread of a beautifully woven story of a people, a place, and a time in Las Palomitas: The Little Doves by Laura S. Valenti [October 5, 2021, 2Nimble]. The complicated machinations of government and high society in Central America in 1980 provide an intricate backdrop for this story inspired by true events both in the author’s own life and world history.

            Las Palomitas is the tale of a student who stumbled into a peaceful life on a Salvadoran beach as a civil war brews and his life collides with that of a woman with a past more byzantine and deadly than his own. In falling in love with the recently returned local, he finds comfort and inspiration. As the war takes hold, they struggle to save one another and the village and people they love.

            “While this story is written about the struggles between the US and its Latin American neighbors forty years ago, conflict is still ongoing and we’re no closer to a satisfactory conclusion,” Valenti says. “This story illuminates how government policies and procedures impact the lives of the people involved.”


Laura L. Valenti is a freelance journalist and author, former resident of El Salvador and volunteer aid worker in several Central American countries. Las Palomitas: The Little Doves is borne of her passion for the people of El Salvador and the Latin culture that has permeated her entire life. After returning to America she embraced another small paradise, living, learning and writing about the people of the Ozarks including seven popular regional novels. She and her husband Warren raised four children and have several grandsons and remain sequestered in the Ozark hills in yet another delightful fishing sanctuary.

Connect with Laura L. Valenti at LauraLValenti.com and Facebook.com/Laura-L-Valenti-163573670396473.

Las Palomitas: The Little Doves will be available at Amazon, Bookshop.org, and wherever books are sold.




A Q&A with Laura L. Valenti

Author, Las Palomitas: The Little Doves

Question: You lived and volunteered in El Salvador 40 years ago, and have since lived and focused your writing in the Ozarks. Why revisit Central America in your writing now?

Laura L. Valenti: In a very real sense, I have stayed involved with Central America over the past 40 years even though I have lived in the Ozarks. Our oldest daughter was born to us while we were in the country and we adopted a Salvadoran baby boy, both of whom are now adults in their 40s with families of their own. Our daughter even returned to El Salvador for her junior year of high school. We hosted two different Salvadoran students, one of whom married here and became a US citizen, another who returned to El Salvador and has been a government engineer for many years. And I have been on several humanitarian aid trips to Guatemala, Dominican Republic and even El Salvador, years ago. I have returned to El Salvador many times to visit friends there who have become like family over the years.

When I originally wrote this book in 1992, sadly no one wanted to hear about El Salvador. It was put away in a box on a shelf in the spare bedroom—where a lot of novelists’ first novel end up, yes?—and left it there for many years while I was busy with living—working and raising four children and enjoying my grandchildren. As all of us have gotten older, including some old friends who had also lived in El Salvador, I realized if I was ever going to do anything with it, I better not dawdle much longer. It really felt like God was saying, the time has come.

Question: This book is semi-autobiographical – how much of your own life and the real-world Salvadoran Civil War did you include in the novel?

Laura L. Valenti: All of what I wrote about as far as village life in general came from our experiences there, the fishing, the church life and the involvement of the church leaders with the people. Many of the comments like the remark made by the one military man to Imanuel Flores about “we know you are not communists but you organize the people….” And the comment made by one of the wealthy people at Carlos’ party about ….”you Americans interfering in the lives of the poor people. They do not need these things…”  were both comments made to a priest I knew and the other was made in my hearing at a cocktail party and yes, I answered just as Rick did, much to the embarrassment of some others who were there. We picked up hitchhiking soldiers in our Jeep with government plates and yes, I have looked down the wrong end of an M-16 held by a nervous teen aged soldier. I learned that day I could speak Spanish and English both at the same time, very, very fast! As in any novel, some of the characters were invented, like Franco, but much of what he said, was simply the rhetoric of college students I knew there at the time. My characters are often a compilation of two or three people I have known over the years.

Question: When including your own life in fiction, what challenges did you face separating yourself from the characters?

Laura L. Valenti: The purpose of including your own experiences or those of others you have known, is to make the story believable, to help the reader enter a world they might never experience otherwise. But the whole thing only works if your characters have something important to share, a compelling story to tell. I hope that is what I’ve shared here, the importance of love—for one’s family, for the community, for one another that even makes it possible to welcome a total foreigner into your midst. That is what happened to me in El Salvador, to become a part of the community and to still be welcomed as such when I ‘go home’.

Question: Your love for El Savlador is evident, what is it you wish more Americans knew about this neighboring country?

Laura L. Valenti: One of the international economic agencies working in El Salvador when I was there characterized the average Salvadoran worker as only 20% less efficient than the average Asian worker, credited as the most efficient in the world. I have spent a significant amount of time in Mexico and Guatemala as well as El Salvador and I have always been treated most kindly in El Salvador. I knew almost nothing about El Salvador or her people when I arrived there in 1973 but I found so many to be kind, welcoming, and hard-working. While it is an incredibly poor country on the economic scale, the people are rich in their caring for one another and even for strangers who stumble into their midst. Recent government officials and news reports have tended to portray Salvadorans and other Latinos coming across the border as dangerous, desperate people. The truth is they are no different than any North American might be if placed or born into a similar situation, one fraught with few opportunities to improve their life and most importantly, the lives of their children. That is all most decent people want, no matter their original station in life—a chance to provide a safe life for their children that includes food, medical care and education. That is the one thing for which parents are willing to risk everything, even their very lives–walls, borders, and armed guards notwithstanding.

Question: The conflict between America and Central America described in your book is still unresolved, what lessons do you think readers can learn from Las Palomitas about America’s role?

Laura L. Valenti: I was never a diplomat or policy maker. I don’t know the answers to these complicated problems, but I do know that history shows us that when one small group continues to get richer at the expense and detriment of a larger group eventually the desperation of the poor will drive them to revolt in a manner that will lead to significant changes. Unfortunately, waiting until that revolution comes, while the rich try to avoid the inevitable by refusing to give anything to the poor, usually results in violence and mayhem. In the cases of the American Revolution, the French Revolution, and the US Civil War, just to name a few such instances, the results are now a part of history. A few hundred years ago, white men in ships came from Europe and their descendants took this continent away from the indigenous people who had lived here for centuries. Now, descendants of other indigenous people are lined up at the US-Mexican border. I don’t know the exact answer but I do believe that the US government is going to have to do a better job of making concessions to those people, one way or another. That may not be a popular view right now, but numbers speak louder than any political rhetoric designed to simply preserve the status quo.

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Our Cause Blog Tour

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Our Cause by Jennifer Jane Jennings  


What if we made the monsters live in fear for a change?  What if the people they attack fought back?  What if they won?

Katerina Chase, a teenage karate student, and her best friend were attacked by eight men and left to die. They say it’s a miracle Kat survived.  She calls it penance.

Damon Knightly feels the same after shocking doctors by surviving his latest suicide mission in Afghanistan. Honourably discharged and sent home to Australia, he reluctantly takes the role of manager and head sensei at one of his family’s karate gyms. 

Damon stops feeling sorry for himself when he meets Kat and vows to help her.  He gives her a job and trains her in karate – but it isn’t enough.  People are still getting hurt.  Kat needs to help them, but more importantly, she needs to stop them from being hurt in the first place. 

They form ‘Our Cause’ to help people and catch their attackers but encounter monsters they didn’t expect – monsters hell-bent on stopping them.

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Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche Blog Tour

“A young girl who is empowered, capable, and smart…the Enola Holmes book series convey an impactful message that you can do anything if you set your mind to it, and it does so in an exciting and adventurous way.”–Millie Bobby Brown

Enola Holmes is back! Nancy Springer’s nationally bestselling series and breakout Netflix sensation returns to beguile readers young and old in Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche.

Enola Holmes is the much younger sister of her more famous brothers, Sherlock and Mycroft. But she has all the wits, skills, and sleuthing inclinations of them both. At fifteen, she’s an independent young woman–after all, her name spelled backwards reads ‘alone’–and living on her own in London. When a young professional woman, Miss Letitia Glover, shows up on Sherlock’s doorstep, desperate to learn more about the fate of her twin sister, it is Enola who steps up. It seems her sister, the former Felicity Glover, married the Earl of Dunhench and per a curt note from the Earl, has died. But Letitia Glover is convinced this isn’t the truth, that she’d know–she’d feel–if her twin had died.

The Earl’s note is suspiciously vague and the death certificate is even more dubious, signed it seems by a John H. Watson, M.D. (who denies any knowledge of such). The only way forward is for Enola to go undercover–or so Enola decides at the vehement objection of her brother. And she soon finds out that this is not the first of the Earl’s wives to die suddenly and vaguely–and that the secret to the fate of the missing Felicity is tied to a mysterious black barouche that arrived at the Earl’s home in the middle of the night. To uncover the secrets held tightly within the Earl’s hall, Enola is going to require help–from Sherlock, from the twin sister of the missing woman, and from an old friend, the young Viscount Tewkesbury, Marquess of Basilwether!

Enola Holmes returns in her first adventure since the hit Netflix movie brought her back on the national bestseller lists, introducing a new generation to this beloved character and series.

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Short author bio: NANCY SPRINGER is the author of the nationally bestselling Enola Holmes novels, including The Case of the Missing Marquess, which was made into the hit Netflix movie, Enola Holmes. She is the author of more than 50 other books for children and adults. She has won many awards, including two Edgar Awards, and has been published in more than thirty countries. She lives in Florida.

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