The Return of Catesby Virtual Book Tour

Posted on Apr 9, 2013 in Book Tours |

Bob O’Connor’s The Return of Catesby is now on Tour!

 

The Return of Catesby is a sequel to “Catesby: Eyewitness to the Civil War” published in 2008. In this account, Catesby, a former slave, becomes the first colored teacher at Storer College in Harpers Ferry, WV. Storer was one of the first schools in the country to be established for the purpose of educating former slaves.

Catesby, a real historical character, brings his experience as a blacksmith, a veteran of the Union Army, and his survival of the famed Andersonville Prison to his students. The historical fiction story is based on Catesby’s journals, papers and letters.

“The themes of overcoming adversity and believing in yourself weave expertly through this historical novel. The themes ring just as true today as they did for Catesby and his contemporaries 150 years ago. The struggles, hardships, importance of friends and family are all components that repeat throughout this compelling story of the difficult life after the Civil War… This historical perspective of O’Connor’s newest novel is a good addition to one’s continual learning of our country’s history.” — Joanne L. White

Purchase your copy today!


The Return of Catesby:  Tour Stops (all dates 2013)

April 15: Excerpt at Andi’s Book Reviews

April 16: Guest Blog at Writer’s Sanctuary

April 17: Review at A Book Lover’s Library

April 18: Guest post by Sheila Deeth

April 19: Interview at Ramblings of a Misguided Blonde

 

April 22: Review at Andi’s Book Reviews

April 23: Interview at A Book Lover’s Library

April 24: Review at Ramblings of a Misguided Blonde

April 25: Excerpt at A Cup of Coffee and a Good Book

April 26: Guest post at Celtic Lady’s Reviews

 

May 20: Guest post at Andi’s Book Reviews

May 21: Excerpt at Writer’s Sanctuary

May 22: Review by Jesse Kimmel-Freeman

May 23: Guest post at A Book Lover’s Library

May 24: Review at Reviews and Opinions

 

May 27: Interview at Andi’s Book Reviews

May 28: Interview at A Cup of Coffee and a Good Book

May 29: Guest post at Reviews and Opinions

May 30: Guest post with Jesse Kimmel-Freeman

May 31: Interview at Writer’s Sanctuary

 

Click here to purchase your copy of The Return of Catesby!

Author bio: Bob O’Connor

Bob O’Connor, a native of Illinois who now lives near Harpers Ferry, WV, has been a life-long student of both the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln. As a 7th grader he attended the Centennial of the Lincoln Douglas debates at Galesburg, Illinois. One year later he portrayed Lincoln in his school play. Today he is the author of six Civil War era books. His subjects are Abraham Lincoln’s bodyguard, John Brown the abolitionist, the U.S. Colored Troops and brothers fighting against brothers.

O’Connor’s books (two non-fiction and four historical fiction) depict real people and real events. His research has uncovered a never before published drawing of the hanging of John Brown and a complete 500 page unpublished manuscript written by Lincoln’s bodyguard. He has made over 500 appearances in 18 states and the District of Columbia in the last six years to talk about his books.

 

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Spin the Plate Virtual Book Tour

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 in Book Tours |

Walker Author Tours Presents….

Spin the Plate (Revised Edition)

by Donna Anastasi

Newly revised novel, new tour!

A tattoo artist by day, Jo roams the streets of Boston at night to forget her past and feed her two passions: rescuing mistreated creatures and inflicting bodily harm on their perpetrators. Unassuming and unafraid, Francis, a man harboring a secret of his own, is the one person Jo can’t seem to scare off.

Spin the Plate has been revised, re-edited, and expanded!

One October morning in 2008 as Donna Anastasi was taking the 65 mile daily commute across the width of Southern New Hampshire, she was (as C.S. Lewis once put it) struck by an idea. A childhood flashback, a woman named Jo, Jo’s story, and all those who influenced it came in crashing waves, demanding to be written. The result was a 30-something page story, largely written during every conceivable free minute over the next two weeks’ time; this work was recently self-published as Spin the Plate Short Story and is offered free on iTunes, Sony, Kindle, B&N Book Nooks, and Kobo. 

Donna Anastasi is the author of two non-fiction small animal books both published by Bowtie press: a popular how to care for gerbils book and a chinchilla handbook promoting these exotic and intelligent creatures as companions, not coats. Spin the Plate is Anastasi’s debut novel, written in the 18 months after the initial story was penned.

One way Anastasi expanded the story into novel-length was using what she terms a “mosaic” approach. She’d ask a person who had had experienced or was an expert in an area needed for the book to write down their own story as if they were telling it to someone else. Then Anastasi would insert the book characters, Jo and Francis, into the scene.  Other invaluable resources were Google and her husband, a playwright/Boston University Professor. In addition to keeping the dialog real, he is the inspiration behind the line in the book: “Jo wondered how any person could retain so much useless trivia.”

“Donna Anastasi’s debut fiction novel, Spin the Plate, takes the life of one incest survivor and spins the outcome for her in a beautiful, redemptive way.” –The Character Therapist

Purchase your copy today! 

Donna AnastasiSpin the Plate:  Tour Stops 

February 18: Excerpt at A Cup of Coffee and a Good Book
February 19: Author interview and excerpt on Freda’s Voice
February 20: Andrea Coventry review on Uplifting Reads
February 21: Excerpt on Jess Resides Here
February 22: Review at
Fire & Ice

February 25: Interview at Reviews and Opinions
February 26: Excerpt at Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
February 27: Review and Giveaway at The Insane Ramblings of a Crazed Writer
February 28: Review at Ramblings of a Misguided Blonde
March 1: Excerpt at
Dellani’s Choice Book Reviews

March 18: Review at Caught Between the Pages
March 19: Andrea Coventry review on
Uplifting Reads
March 20: Excerpt on
Reviews and Opinions
March 21: Author interview on 
Dellani’s Choice Book Reviews
March 22: Excerpt at 
Fire & Ice

March 25: Review at Reviews and Opinions
March 26: Review at Celticlady’s Reviews

March 27: Interview at Simply Infatuated
March 28: Review on Uplifting Reads
March 29:  Review by Sheila Deeth

“Strong emotions will sweep you through this story!” – P. Marlowe “Voracious Mystery Man” 

Click here to purchase your copy of Spin the Plate!

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NOOR Virtual Book Tour

Posted on Nov 22, 2012 in Book Tours |

Click here to purchase your copy of Noor: A Champion Thoroughbred’s Unlikely Journey from California to Kentucky.

While Seabiscuit is perhaps the best-known Thoroughbred in history, Charles S. Howard owned another remarkable race horse that should never be forgotten. Howard’s Irish-bred Noor dominated the 1950 racing season, setting three world records in victories over Citation and winning the Hollywood Gold Cup by defeating a Triple Crown winner, the Horse of the Year, and the previous year’s Kentucky Derby winner. Sadly, that fame faded as he failed to sire champions, and Noor was buried in an unmarked grave in the infield of a training track in Northern California.

In Noor: A Champion Thoroughbred’s Unlikely Journey from California to Kentucky, veteran turf writer Milt Toby recounts Noor’s colorful career and the inspiring story of racing enthusiast Charlotte Farmer’s personal mission to exhume the horse’s remains for reburial in Central Kentucky.

Milt’s previous book, Dancer’s Image: The Forgotten Story of the 1968 Kentucky Derby, was honored with the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award for the best book about Thoroughbred racing published in 2012 and an American Horse Publications Award for the Best Equine Book of the Year.

Find Milt Toby, author of Noor: A Champion Thoroughbred’s Unlikely Journey from California to Kentucky, at http://www.miltonctoby.com.


Dates for Noor book tour:

December 3       Excerpt at Dellani Oakes’s blog

December 4       Interview with Kristy Centeno

December 5       Review at Reviews by Mary Beth

December 6       Guest post at Rodney’s Saga

December 7       Review at Horse Book Reviews

December 10     Interview at Texas Straight-Talk Reviews

December 11     Guest post at Equestrian Ink

December 12     Excerpt at Lovely Reads

December 13     Interview at Dellani Oakes’s blog

 

January 14           Guest post at Lovely Reads

January 15           Interview at Ramblings of a Misguided Blonde

January 16           Review at Fire and Ice

January 17           Guest post at Fire and Ice

January 18           Interview at Reviews by Mary Beth

January 21           Review at Texas Straight-talk Reviews

January 22           Interview with Lindsey Russell

January 23           Podcast on A Cup of Coffee and a Good Book

January 24           Excerpt with Kristy Centeno

January 25           Review at Bloodstock in the Bluegrass

Bonus tour stop: Excerpt at Bloodstock in the Bluegrass

 

“Hopefully, this book will enlighten people as to how great a racehorse Noor really was. His story deserves to be known. If you are a sentimental person you may want to have a Kleenex handy for the second part of the Noor story, in which the author details the battle Charlotte Farmer waged to get Noor exhumed and re-interned at a new home. A very enjoyable read.” –Jayden Robyn

Milt Toby Bio:

Milt Toby is an author, photographer, and attorney with a lifelong involvement in the horse industry.  He has been writing professionally about horses since 1972, first as a staff writer for The Blood-Horse magazine and since 1984 as a freelancer for a number of publications.  His photographs have appeared on more than 125 covers of The Blood-Horse and in numerous other publications, from Asiaweek and Insight, to Soldier of Fortune. Milt’s equine law blog, Horses and the Law, was a popular staple at www.thehorse.com for three years, and he also contributed a monthly equine law column to the Paint Horse Journal.

He is author of seven books, including Noor: A Champion Thoroughbred’s Unlikely Journey from California to Kentucky, and national award winner Dancer’s Image: The Forgotten Story of the 1968 Kentucky Derby.  His earlier books include The Complete Equine Legal and Business Handbook (used as a textbook in several college undergraduate equine law courses) and Ruffian (part of Eclipse Press’s Legends series).

Milt serves as Chair of the Contracts & Conflicts Committee for the American Society of Journalists and Authors, which reviews and interprets publishing contracts for writers, and he is a frequent speaker on contract and copyright issues for authors.  He is on the Board of Directors of American Horse Publications and the Scott County Humane Society and served as Chair of the Kentucky Bar Association’s Equine Law Section.  Milt’s wife, Dr. Roberta Dwyer, is an equine veterinarian at the University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Center.

Milt has visited race tracks on six continents, and has lost money betting almost everywhere.

 

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CELESTE Virtual Book Tour

Posted on Jul 25, 2012 in Book Tours |

 

Click here to purchase your copy of Celeste!

Kyle McRoy doesn’t know who to trust. He became a wealthy man after his parents died in a freak accident, but Kyle lost control. A mental breakdown led to hospitalization in what his brother called a Behavior Therapy Center, but something about his brother tugs at the back of his fragile psyche. While at the center, Kyle meets the lovely Celeste but soon discovers there are things about her he doesn’t know. Things, perhaps, no one can ever know.

No, Kyle McRoy doesn’t know who to trust… least of all, himself. After all, it’s hard to know who to trust when you’re not even sure what’s real.

Find Celeste author, Michelle Devon, online at the following sites:

Website Address:                            http://michelledevon.com

Twin Trinity Books Website:        http://www.twintrinitybooks.com

Several of the bloggers will offer giveaways of the book to one lucky commenter, and there will be a grand prize awarded at the end of the tour of a copy of all of Michelle’s published stories! Get in on the grand prize drawing by commenting on each tour stop. You will receive one entry per comment, but only one comment per post will count. Good luck!

 

Thank you to all who followed along on Michy’s tour of CELESTE! We’ve been promising some great prizes to people who commented on the blog stops along the way. Drumroll, please! The five people who win copies of Michy’s next book, ABDUCTED, are:

Derek Odom
AK Lark
Ruthi Kight
Joe Langen
Joan H. Young

And the GRAND PRIZE winner of all of Michy’s e-books published to date…

Sheila Robinson! Sheila posted on every single tour stop, so it’s no wonder she won! Thanks for your support, Sheila!

Contact jennifer@authorjennwalker.com to claim your prize.

Celeste is a must read that had me wishing for more and the ending is another surprising twist that left me questioning the events of the whole book, and Kyle’s fragile grip on reality.” –Raven H.

Dates for Celeste Book Tour:

August 13            Kathy Foust review

August 14            Writer’s Sanctuary guest post

August 15            Andi’s Book Reviews interview

August 16            Lilah Harding review

August 17            Lilah Harding excerpt of Celeste and preview of Abducted


August 20           Reviews and Opinions interview

August 20           Cindy Gunnin Review

August 21            Kathy Foust guest post

August 22            Derek Odom interview

August 22            Jennifer Wright review

August 23            Farah Evers interview

August 24            Andi’s Book Reviews review

 

September 10     Reviews and Opinions review

September 11      Cindy Gunnin guest post

September 12      Lilah Harding interview

September 13      A Cup of Coffee and a Good Book BTR Interview

September 13      The Writer Today review

September 14      Derek Odom review

 

Click here to purchase your copy of Celeste!

“Blew me away.” –Wendy M.

 

Michelle Devon Bio:

Michelle Devon is sometimes affectionately, and sometimes not so affectionately, known as Michy. That’s pronounced Mickey, like the mouse, and not Mishy, like a fish; not Mitchy like the guy on Baywatch; and no, it doesn’t rhyme with bitchy, though she can sometimes be that too.

Michy has two children, a daughter (24) and a son (18), who refuse to finish baking. Michy is also in love with an identical twin (4?), though she’s not sure which one he is. Her best friend, lovingly known as Buffy (??), rounds out her perfect family of choice, along with three kitty cats, two dogs, and a few invisible friends, along with the people who live inside her head.

Michy was faced with making a choice between her head exploding or becoming successful as a novelist. Determining that the latter would be more painful, she nearly chose the explosion, until she was reminded that the kids were bad at cleaning up messes so she’d just have to do it herself. Novelist it would be.

Diagnosed with congestive heart failure and pulmonary arterial hypertension in 2011, she has spent most of the past two years learning how to live again. If asked what she does for her ‘day job’, she’ll answer, “I’m a full-time professional dreamer…”

 

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A House Divided Against Itself Book Tour

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 in Book Tours |

A House Divided Against Itself tour graphic

 

Click here to purchase your autographed copy of A House Divided Against Itself!

A House Divided Against Itself book coverA House Divided Against Itself is an historical fiction account based on a true story of four Gettysburg residents during the Civil War. Two of the characters are brothers. They fought against each other two different times during the war.  The book is based on over 90 letters from the participants and from regimental records. This is the previously unpublished beginning of a story for those who know of the Battle of Gettysburg may already know the ending.

A House Divided Against Itself is on tour now! Click Here to jump to the list of our tour stops.

Bob O’Connor, a native of Illinois who now lives near Harpers Ferry, WV, has been a life-long student of both the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln. As a 7th grader he attended the Centennial of the Lincoln Douglas debates at Galesburg, Illinois. One year later he portrayed Lincoln in his school play. Today he is the author of six Civil War era books. His subjects are Abraham Lincoln’s bodyguard, John Brown the abolitionist, the U.S. Colored Troops and brothers fighting against brothers.

O’Connor’s books (two non-fiction and four historical fiction) depict real people and real events. His research has uncovered a never before published drawing of the hanging of John Brown and a complete 500 page unpublished manuscript written by Lincoln’s bodyguard. He has made over 500 appearances in 18 states and the District of Columbia in the last six years to talk about his books.

Find Bob O’Connor online at the following sites:

Author Website

Infinity Publishing Website

“Bob O’Connor has once again crafted a Civil War novel that brings his characters into our present day lives with accuracy, excitement, and details. Bob’s depth of feelings in his characters leads the reader to anger, frustration, shock, and sadness at the sorrow of war through the lives of these real individuals.” –Joanne White

A House Divided Tour Stops:

June 25—Excerpt at Andi’s Book Reviews

Bob O'Connor photoJune 26—Guest post at A Cup of Coffee and a Good Book

June 27—Book review at Writer’s Mirror

June 28—Guest blog at Edin Road

June 29—Book review by Mary Beth Magee

July 2—Book review by Joan of Shark

July 3—Interview at Texas Straight Talk Reviews

July 5—Book review at A Cup of Coffee and a Good Book

July 5—Guest post on Reviews by Mary Beth

July 6—Guest post at Andi’s Book Reviews

July 6—Interview at Writer’s Sanctuary

July 9—My Story interview at Pod People

July 10—Book review at Andi’s Book Reviews

July 11—Interview with Mary Beth Magee

July 12—Book review at Michy’s Book Reviews

July 13—Podcast at A Cup of Coffee and a Good Book

Bonus tour stop:

July 31—Edin Road podcast at 3:30PT

 ”Mr. O’Connor brilliantly exposes each character’s deeply personal and moving accounts of the war, using historical information and actual letters exchanged between the participants. This is a book that you can’t put down once you start reading it!” –Rose Clayton

Click here to purchase your autographed copy of A House Divided Against Itself!

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