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#TuesdayBookBlog HULLABA LULU Book Launch. Dieselpunk in the Jazz Age by Teagan R. Geneviene (@teagangeneviene)

Hi all:

Today I bring you a treat. I know many of you are fans of Teagan Geneviene’s blog and her books. For those who don’t know her yet, she is a true magician! She starts with the germ of an idea for a story (sometimes a character and a historical era, a scene, a song) and then asks the readers of her blog to participate and suggest objects, ingredients… whatever might be relevant, and “Abracadabra” the magic is served and an incredible story is born.

Many of her readers (I included) had been asking her to turn these stories into books, to be able to enjoy them more fully and keep them in our collections. After some insistence, she finally agreed, and now some of her stories have become books. And she has done it again! Here she brings us a fantastic (in more ways than one) story with some of my favourite characters (not all human either)! So, you’re all invited to the book launch party!

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Oh, and she asked me to choose one of the Real World things, and being a psychiatrist, I could not resist and had to choose Carl Jung’s mysterious Red Notebook. Jung was a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst born in the XIX century (1875). At first, he was a close ally of Freud but later he moved away from psychoanalysis and founded analytical psychology, which caused a rift between them. He introduced many psychological concepts that have become well-known, like archetypes, the collective unconscious, introversion and extraversion, synchronicity, and the notion of the psychological complex.  And that’s enough from me. Here comes Teagan Geneviene and Hullaba Lulu.

Lulu and Friends by Teagan R Geneviene

Lulu and Friends by Teagan R Geneviene

Hi, Olga – it’s wonderful of you to host me to announce my novella, Hullaba Lulu, a Dieselpunk Adventure.

Since you followed this story in the serial version, you know this is a “dieselpunk” story. It has a 1920s aesthetic with retro futuristic technology, a dash of magic, and some creepy settings, along with a crew of misfit characters. Lulu is a snarky, but good-hearted flapper. She and her friends get into all sorts of trouble (often due to Lulu’s clumsiness). They travel on a magical train to a lot of “sideways” places.

At the back of the novella, I included a list of Real-World Things. You chose Carl Jung’s Red Notebook. So, I’m sharing that entry and a related snippet from the novella.

Real-World Thing

Carl Jung’s Red Notebook, also known as The Red Book, is a red leather‐bound folio manuscript written by the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung between 1915 and 1930. It comments on his psychological experiments and is based on manuscripts first drafted by Jung in 1914–15 and 1917. Despite being nominated as the central piece in Jung’s body of work, it was not published or made otherwise accessible for study until 2009.

Jung's Red Notebook displayed on his desk. Wikipedia
Jung’s Red Notebook displayed on his desk. Wikipedia

Snippet

The Red Notebook comes into the story not long after Lulu meets the mysterious Valentino. Here’s a snippet:

The right-side page bore a hand drawn map. I gazed at it in sudden inspiration. I grabbed the notepad where I penciled the letters of the Ouija board to which the planchette pointed moments before, Y, T, I, C, C, I, T, N, A, L, T, A. My eyes went back to the map. I spat out the piece of saltwater taffy that as still in my mouth.

Valentino reached the desk in a single step. He didn’t even flinch at putting his hand into the aura. He picked up his travelogue. He snapped it shut and the nimbus burst. The noise of tiny pops repeatedly assailed my ears, like a string of lady finger firecrackers. Bits of ectoplasm showered down in sparks.

I tried to take the book from him, but he held it tightly to his chest. He gave me a derisive look that was probably meant to make me stop. I desperately wanted to get another look at that page. The only thing I had been able to make out in the handwriting was a name. Lauren.

“Lauren was my mother’s name,” I hissed into his ear, not wanting Gramps to hear.

“I know, but save it for later,” he whispered back as he twisted away from my hands.

***

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Olga, thanks again for letting me visit. You’re the kitten’s ankles!

Here’s the rest of the information for Hullaba Lulu.

Cover and Blurb

Hullaba Lulu cover by Teagan R. Geneviene
Hullaba Lulu cover by Teagan R. Geneviene

Hullaba Lulu, a Dieselpunk Adventure is a wild and wooly 1920s fantasy story. Lulu, the heroine is inspired by the song, “Don’t Bring Lulu,” from 1925 ― so are her pals, Pearl and Rose. My Lulu loves to dance, and freely indulges in giggle water. She snores and burps and says whatever she wants. Lulu is a snarky but good-hearted flapper. The song’s inspiration stops there, but the story is just beginning.

Travel with Lulu and her friends on a magical, dieselpunk train that belongs to the smolderingly handsome and enigmatic man known only as Valentino. They get into all sorts of trouble, usually due to Lulu’s clumsiness. It’s an intense ride through a number of pos-i-lutely creepy settings, including “sideways” versions of Atlantic City and the Cotton Club. At every stop and in between, Lulu ends up creating chaos. There’s no telling where they’ll end up. No, Lulu! Don’t touch that!

Lulu’s the kind of smarty, breaks up every party,

Hullabaloo loo, don’t bring Lulu,

I’ll bring her myself!

Purchase Links

Throughout October, Hullaba Lulu is at an introductory price. The eBooks are only 99¢. For those who boycott Amazon I made a Kobo eBook too.

Kindle: Click this universal link

Paperback: Click this universal link

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/hullaba-lulu

Hullaba Lulu promo image by Teagan R. Geneviene

Hullaba Lulu promo image by Teagan R. Geneviene

Also…

While it is not exactly a companion volume to any of my Roaring Twenties stories, I’ve written a 1920s slang dictionary. I’m careful to use slang in a context that makes it understandable, but you might enjoy having Speak Flapper. It debuted at #1 in its category at Amazon. Here’s a review from Annika Perry at Goodreads.

Speak Flapper, Slang of the 1920s by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene
Speak Flapper, Slang of the 1920s by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

Author Bio

Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene’s work is colored by her experiences from living in the southern states and the desert southwest (of the USA). Teagan most often writes one kind of fantasy or another, including the “Punk” genres, like steampunk, dieselpunk, and atompunk. Whether it’s a 1920s mystery, a steampunk adventure, or an urban fantasy, her stories have a strong element of whimsy. There are no extremes in violence, sex, or profanity.

Her talents also include book covers and promotional images. She makes all of her own. Teagan is currently exploring the idea of offering that service to others.

All of the books by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene are available at her Amazon Author Page.

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Her latest release is from the punk genres, Hullaba Lulu, a Dieselpunk Adventure.

Social Media Links

You can also visit me at:

Blog: www.teagansbooks.com

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene/e/B00HHDXHVM
Twitter: https://twitter.com/teagangeneviene
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeagansBooks
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/teagangeneviene/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoM-z7_iH5t2_7aNpy3vG-Q
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/teagangeneviene/


The whole tour has been wonderful, so I recommend it to check the rest of the posts, but just in case you’ve missed them, I’m including here Robbie Cheadle’s post as it also includes her fantastic review (and as I belong to one of her review groups, I know how good her review are). Thanks, Robbie!

Hullaba Lulu Launch – Ouija Board and book review

Thanks so much, Teagan, for this opportunity and for this wonderful post! Good luck with the launch! And of course, thanks to all of you for reading, liking, sharing, clicking (you have no idea what you’ll be missing if you don’t), reviewing, and remember to keep smiling and, above all, to keep safe!

Oh, and don’t forget to have a bit of cake!

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#Booklaunch WINGS OF THE WICKED Boxset Guest post by Dariel Raye (@Pendarielraye) and Muffy Wilson (@SexyMuffyWilson)

Hi all:
I have a guest today, author Dariel Raye, who has visited us before, with a fantastic boxset being released tomorrow and an interview I know you’ll all enjoy. And she’s brought another great author with her, Muffy Wilson. The boxset is on offer at only $ 0.99, so don’t delay!
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Generations ago, he
died for her. Now, it’s her turn.

Pride kept them from looking at one another, but their
bodies could not lie. Recognition lived in their souls, rekindling memories of
passion, love, betrayal….and death.

Apache Elder Aidan Stringfellow, V, is a very wealthy man
with one wish – to free his only son, the brilliant, yet abrasive David, from
the curse that has plagued his family for generations. When his controversial plan for a cure is
revealed, shock and disbelief are only the beginning, for David has deadly, yet
beguiling secrets of his own.

Choosing to honor Aidan’s wishes, David and Katala
unwittingly awaken an ancient evil desperate to lay claim to the last-born
Stringfellow – David. The tumultuous consequences of a vengeful pact spanning
generations, defies time, tradition, and death itself.

Katala finds herself falling in love with a man whose gaze
and touch ignite long-forgotten passion, propelling her to fight for his life.
She unearths one devastating clue after another on her winding journey toward
the truth, but unseen forces escalate their attack as truth collides with myth.
Clinging desperately to her own sanity, she must find a way to reconcile the
two, for even her own identity comes into question. Trust no one. Not even
David.

Time is running out. Promises will be kept, and if the devil
has his way, souls will be claimed.



David hit the button to start his playlist, then
turned to face Katala. His speech was halting, but deliberate. “What do you
need me to do before we move forward with this agreement?”

“Where did that come from all of a sudden? A moment
ago, we were talking about work.”
Following the wedding, they used most of their extra time
moving into a new free-standing flat. Katala had actually taken a six-week
leave from work, but cried the night before she had to return. Now, she sat
barefoot on the sofa in a long pink cotton gown.
“David, I don’t want to talk about that right now. I
hate the way you change the subject in midstream like that. I – I’d just like
to know you better. You know, feel more comfortable with you. I don’t want to
just have sex because we’re supposed to.”
David’s gaze followed her as she moved closer to him.
“What do you need to know?” he asked.
She gave a short laugh. She had to admit, she liked
his straightforward manner. Despite her initial distrust, she was beginning to
change her mind. One thing she realized she did not have to worry about with
him was lies. He was so used to getting his way there was absolutely no guile
in him. He simply said ‘I want this or that’, and people did whatever he
wanted. She never doubted she would be any different. Honestly, he lit a fire
inside her she’d never felt before, but she refused to give in just yet.
“David, I want to know how you feel, what you think,
what’s important to you. You know – things that I’m sure most married couples
know about each other. Nothing out of the ordinary.”
He smiled. “How about I don’t like waiting. Is that
enough about how I feel and what I think?”



Author Interview:

~ Dariel Raye ~
Why do you write?
I write for two main reasons:
1. Reading has always been
one of my favorite things, and I feel gratitude towards authors who offer an
escape from the difficulties of real life. I strive to do the same, and in
writing, I manage to escape as well.
2. Human and animal rights. Animals and their welfare
play a prominent role in my stories, and I am driven to subtly shed light on
the dearth of Black and interracial female heroines as standards of beauty and
desirability. Too often, people from other cultures don’t realize the lack and
the resulting negative impact erasure and subsequent neglect have on us as
women.
What genre does most of your work fall under?
Urban fantasy/ paranormal romance. I’m also collaborating
on a mystery with my friend, Muffy Wilson, and after its release I’m working on a
psy-thriller/suspense with romantic elements to be released next year.
Why did you choose that genre?
Feels like home to me. These sub-genres allow my
imagination complete freedom, and I can better offer the sense of escape that
I’m seeking.
What are some of the drawbacks of this genre?
There are so many creative authors, thinking of something
that hasn’t been done to death can be challenging.
What are some of the benefits?
In some ways, the drawbacks are the benefits as well;
i.e., accepting the challenge to think outside the box and create yet another
world for readers to escape to is exhilarating. I enjoy taking real people who
have always considered themselves to be ordinary, and placing them in extraordinary,
supernatural situations and environments. It adds even more fire when the
“ordinary” person develops strong feelings for a paranormal being, or in some
instances finds that they, themselves possess exceptional abilities.
How does your work contribute to the genre?
I write interracial/multicultural characters who are not
only dealing with the main plots, romance, and conflict, but there’s always a
subplot dealing with a real-life issue such as animal cruelty, human rights
issues, and racism. The subplots don’t slap readers in the face and snap them
away from their escape, but I like to think they shed light on issues that
might not have been considered in the same way before.
What would the title of your life story be? And why?
Driven. I’ve always felt driven to do something with the
gifts God has given me. Now, managing chronic illness along with daily pain and
numerous surgical procedures, has added a level of urgency because I’m
constantly faced with my own mortality.
Besides writing, what other creative passions do you
have?
Music and art. I also love dance, but with my tomboy
roots, I’m about as graceful as a donkey.
Which quote best sums up your writing style?
“Strong heroines, badass heroes, fast-paced, action
packed…lots of twists and turns…filled with romance, suspense, and drama…”
Totally Addicted 2 Reading
Tell us about your background and education?
My degrees are in music (piano and vocal performance), counseling
psychology (mental health, substance abuse, and career decisions), and I have
all but dissertation (ABD due to illness) towards my Ph.D. Along the way, I’ve
taught every academic subject, private piano and voice lessons, and worked from
child support investigations to mental health and substance abuse therapy to
band director and college career counselor. It’s been an interesting journey so
far.
Which are your three favorites?
Whichever story I’m writing at the moment. Right now, it
would have to be “Devil’s Claim,” from the “Wings of the Wicked” boxed set,
“Dangerous Beauty, Sexy Beast,” and “Dark Opius,” a Cursed Angel story from the
Charmed Legacy.
What writing advice would you give to yourself prior to
completing your first novel?
Write at least 2 books of an entire series before
releasing the first one, then release them 2-months apart. That way, by the
time people start to forget, there’s another one in the wind. Wish I’d taken
that advice.

About the Author

Dariel Raye, an author, musician, counseling psychologist,

and animal rights activist, writes interracial/multicultural paranormal
romance and dark urban fantasy featuring shifters, Nephilim, angels,and
reluctant demons, all filled with action, alpha heroes, and strong heroines. As
a child, she could always be found curled up with her dogs, cats, and a good
book, even if the book was a dictionary or encyclopedia. Things have not changed much.

Dariel is a classically trained soprano and
plays more than 11 musical instruments. She also completed coursework and
passed comprehensives for a Ph.D. in Instructional Design (ABD), teaches piano
and voice, tutors writing, algebra, and statistics, and readily admits to being
a Netflix paranormal and action series binge-watcher.
For more about
Dariel, join her
VIP Readers’ club, follow
her on
BookBub, or visit
her website.

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Author Interview:
~ Muffy Wilson ~
Who is Muffy Wilson in her own words?

I am a wife, mother, daughter and sister first and an author of provocative romance about love, sex, hope and passion second. I was born in Texas to traditional parents. With two older brothers. I was the youngest, the family “princess,” indulged and pampered. My father was a career Colonel and pilot in the U.S. Air Force which required our family to travel extensively. I spent my formative years in Europe and ‘came of age’ in France (a state of affairs that gave my father much cause for concern one loooong summer on the Italian Riviera!) which forged my joie de vivre and love for books, writing and education. I liked Aldo a lot then too.
What is one thing you would like the world to remember you for?

I am a simple person. I would like to be remembered as a good person, loving wife and nurturing mother. I never met a stranger nor turned anyone away that needed help. And I have tried hard to learn from my mistakes but I am not always successful in that endeavor!
What got you into writing?

An old boyfriend from high school. We reconnected after all these years and he writes self-help real estate books. And I was selling real estate on the side, so we still had a lot in common. That said, I took a significant departure from self-help to provocative and paranormal romance.
Are you a full-time author or do you have a day job as well, and if so, what do you do?
When I first started writing fiction in 2010, I was still working (I was a Regional Director for IBM, owned a resort on Washington Island, Wisconsin, and have been a General Manager for high end retail furniture) but I have since retired and devote most of my free time to writing, my family, my pups and anything that will keep me from doing any housework!!
Where do you get your greatest ideas for writing?

My story lines come my life and from ordinary people: watching them, listening to them, talking to them about dreams, romance, passions ~ about their regrets and when they lost their heart, their virginity…a loved one. And then, somehow magically, I’ll have a dream on one of those many nights I cannot sleep and a story title will come to me. It always starts with the title for me. Always. That’s the piece that takes root, grabs me and blossoms.
What is your ‘Writing Routine’, if any?

I sit in the living room with my husband, when he does his crossword puzzles, and I write. And write. And write. His questions about clues and comments about the news or a movie often go unanswered when I am in the “zone”.
Tell us a saucy/intimate/personal story about yourself.

Well, I was almost 36 when I got married. A child of the 60’s anf 70’s, I had a very free way of thinking about men. I thought men were healthy–at least for me. Since I worked in a man’s business world, I lived my life much as men do when it comes to romance. And when I met the man that would steal my heart, I never looked back.
What are your Top (10?) Writing Tips? Writing Advice?

  1. Never start with a prologue or the weather, but start.
  2. Don’t worry if your first draft is any good; it won’t be. just start.
  3. Write every day, at the same time for the same length of time. Self-disciple is only a routine. But you gotta start…So start.
  4. Write what you would like to read, from your heart. And start.
  5. Allow yourself to change your mind. Change is a reflection of inspiration. A new perspective. But start.
  6. Name your work immediately and give it life, honor, position, credibility, purpose. You’ve started!
  7. Keep notes of anything favorite, interesting, or inspiring: names, titles, phrases, descriptions, music.
  8. Each new voice requires a new paragraph. If you must, only use “said”. Anything else is “fluff” wastes ink pretentiously. I’m still learning that one! Get started!
  9. Be kind to yourself. Your work may not be great or Nobel material, but it is yours. Accept that your voice will change and evolve, but it is still yours. Start!
  10. There is no secret to writing. But there is an enemy — procrastination. Just start… Always start.
About the Author:
Muffy Wilson
is a USA Today Bestselling and 2017 SWFRW Joyce Henderson First Place
Paranormal Award-Winning author of provocative, paranormal, and fantasy romance.
An American author of the popular Shadow Seduction Series, The Heart Series,
and Ribbons of Moonlight Series, she has penned dozens of other books and anthology
collections.
Muffy’s father
was a career Colonel and pilot in the U.S. Air Force which required the family
to travel extensively. Muffy spent her formative years in Europe and ‘came of
age’ in France forging her joie de vivre and love for books and writing.
Married and living in the tropical paradise of SW Florida along the Gulf Coast,
Muffy writes and enjoys life in the sun with her husband and wee Havanese pups,
Buddy and CoCo Chanel while volunteering as a foster mom to rescued Havanese
dogs and puppies through HALO and HRI, both 501c nonprofit charitable
organizations.
Join Muffy’s mailing list to get the scoop on her new releases and special promotions at www.MuffyWilson.com. Follow her on Facebook at facebook.com/wilsonmuffy or /MuffyWilson.com and on Twitter at @SexyMuffyWilson. Muffy also blogs daily here: http://muffywilson.blogspot.com ~ Contact Muffy at Muffy@MuffyWilson.com. ~ Live, Laugh, Love with Passion

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Bloomin’ Book Launch – Party Bus & Atonement TN Book Fair!(@teagangeneviene) #TuesdayBookBlog #Bookreview

Hi all:

You know I’m a bit fan of Teagan Geneviene’s books and her blog, so, of course, I could not resist the invitation to take part in her Blog-Party Bus. But, me being me, I’ve included a review of Atonement in Bloom as well. Here comes the bus!!!

Atonement Blog Party Bus Loaded

All aboard! Beep-beep, yeah! The party bus is here. (Click here for theme music Magic Bus!) Our first stop is in Connecticut to pick up Dan Antion, who has a handy guided tour of Atonement, TN. Dan agreed to be a relief bus driver too, since bus-driver-Lilith the calico, sometimes has to take a break to give Deme or Honeybell a head bath.

Where “atonement” begins

It’s best if you read the first book first. So, for the launch of “Bloom,” Atonement, Tennessee is on sale for 99¢ (e-book). Click Atonement book covers for purchase links.

Residents of my fictional town might be of any race and from any ancestry. So author and translator Olga Núñez Miret translated the debut novel to Spanish! For that language I changed the title to Expiación y Magia!

Cover Expiación y Magia ― Una Fantasía Urbana
Atonement, Tennessee in Spanish

Speaking of the otherworldly pigs, I should mention the order of the Atonement stories. Your first visit to the town is Atonement, Tennessee. It’s an urban fantasy — set in our present-day, real world but with magical elements. Aside from the heroine and her neighbor-friends (or as Diana Peach likes to call them, the gall palls (Diana’s review here), you’ll meet the grumpy sheriff, Robin Warden.

Includes the prequel

The first “snort” in The Glowing Pigs, Snort Stories of Atonement, Tennessee is about a very young Deputy Robin. (Review by Dr. Phuong Callaway here.) That particular story is tied to the novel I’m launching today, Atonement in Bloom.

Long awaited sequel to Atonement, Tennessee

Here’s the blurb!

The quaint town was stranger than Ralda Lawton could have imagined. The local population included supernatural beings of the fae variety. Although only she and a few others knew about that.

In a past life, Ralda ― Esmeralda had been involved in something with those supernaturals and it had carried into her present life. In Atonement, Tennessee, that almost got her killed. Now she has new problems, and new supes to complicate matters.

Atonement in Bloom continues the misadventures of Ralda, her friends, and neighbors in the small (but far from peaceful) town of Atonement, Tennessee. Her old house and cemetery are still there, along with Lilith the cat, quirky townsfolk, and assorted supernaturals.

Now Lilith the calico sniffs out a strange beast.

Fae foolery backfires. A friend is abducted.

On a cold December day, Atonement, Tennessee comes into bloom.

The Unfolding Of An Orange Rose Bud

Here comes my review of Atonement in Bloom!

I was offered an ARC copy of this novel, that I had been after for some time, and I enthusiastically decided to review it as soon as I was able to.

I have followed Teagan Geneviene’s blog for a few years and have long been amazed by her creativity and her power to weave stories from the most unlikely jumble of elements, always rising to the challenges set by her readers, and writing by the seat of her pants. I am inclined to think there is some kind of magic at work, and I am not surprised by the genre she has chosen for her novels.

I have read and reviewed several of her books (you can check my most recent review of one of her serials here) and have long been a fan of her first-novel, Atonement, Tennessee (you can check my review, here). I had been waiting for the next instalment of the series for some time and had eagerly read any stories and snippets the author has shared in her blog about the Atonement universe. And I jumped at the opportunity to read an ARC copy of this novel, the second one in the series.

The author has tried to make this book stand alone, to ensure that anybody who started reading the series at this point would be given enough background to follow the events and enjoy the narrative, without slowing down those of us familiar with the story. Having read the first novel a while back and having reread it recently, I am probably not the best person to comment, but, in my opinion, she succeeds, although I would recommend anybody considering the purchase of this novel to go ahead and get the whole series, as they will be able to more fully appreciate the plot twists and the character development that take place in the series. And there are some companion stories available that you will enjoy as well.

The story is told from two different points of view, as was the case with the first novel. We have Lilith, Esmeralda’s (Ralda for short) calico cat, whose narrative is told in the third-person, and whose personality (her likes and dislikes, her strong opinions, and, indeed, her all-appropriate curiosity) shines through even more than in the first novel. She is witness to a number of events that allow the reader to be slightly ahead of Ralda at some points, but also increase the suspense and the expectations. She is not a human narrator and her understanding of events is often puzzling for us, so her clues are a bit like cryptic crossword prompts, familiar and alien at the same time. She gets involved in some hair-raising adventures of her own, and the end of the novel hints at many interesting things to come for our favourite feline narrator.

Ralda is the other narrator, and she tells the story in the first person. Those of us who have read the first novel know that she is a Southerner at heart, although she has spent many not-very-happy years in Washington DC. Atonement, Tennessee proves to be anything but the quiet and charming little town she imagines at first, secrets and supernatural events abound, and most of them centre on her house and her family line. She is a woman of strong intuition, but there is more to the events unfolding around her than a sixth sense. If the first novel saw her teetering between real-world difficulties (the move, the state of her house, the problems of her new-found friends), and some strange and decidedly supernatural events, in this second novel she at first suspects, and later comes to realise, that in Atonement, Tennessee, there is no clear separation between the “normal” and the “supernatural”. One of the things that make her a very compelling character, apart from her lack of ego and her self-deprecating sense of humour, is her open spirit and her ability to experience the wonder of the world around her. By her own confession, she has suffered the nasty side of things and people, and she at times appears overcautious and paranoid, but she is unable to say no to anybody needing help, and no matter how hard she resists, she finds it difficult to believe the worst of anybody. She might hesitate, but she will get in harm’s way if any of those close to her are in danger (and that includes Lilith, of course).

As for the plot… After taking stock of what happened in the first novel, things start getting interesting very soon. Some of the characters we thought we knew are revealed not to have been how they looked like at first (some for the better, some for the worse), and we have quite a few new characters turn up, some supernatural without a doubt (including my beloved glowing pigs), and others… well, I’ll leave you to see what you think. But there are unrequited loves, magical objects (one of my favourite things, both in fantasy and in the horror genre), some very Shakespearian turns of events, kidnappings, natural (or supernatural) wonders, and a fantastic battle scene (and I won’t reveal anything else).

Although the storyline is complete in itself and the events that unfold during the book get a resolution (and a more than satisfying one, I might add), there are mysteries still to be solved, some new ones hinted at, and I can’t wait to read the next book. If you love fantasy, supernatural events, folklore, myths and legends, Shakespeare, and appreciate a wild-tale full of imagination, you’ll be delighted by this book. I know I was.

And now, back to the party and to Teagan!

I don’t know why the party bus is stopping. Oh! It’s a delivery of flowers in honor of the book launch from Kirt Tisdale of The Wall Gallery! Wow… beautiful blue roses. Thank you, Kirt. The blue rose of the impossible is an important element of Atonement in Bloom.

We’re back on the road, and Dyanna at Ravenhawk’s Magazine has plenty of music for our road-trip. Lilith, slow down. I see Melissa from Today You Will Write at that bus stop up ahead.

Hang on to your seat-belt. Lilith just took a sharp curve and we are magically in Kentucky. Deme wanted to check out Teri Polen’s October horror and suspense book fest, Bad Moon Rising! You’ll find 31 authors and their books there!

Welcome to Atonement, TN! Everybody in town is taking part in the fun. Annie’s Antiques is hosting an exhibit of Art by Rob Goldstein.

My Blue Heaven

What’s that on the next table? It looks like an Aladin’s lamp. And a puff of colorful smoke! Oh, it’s the Lamp Magician. Welcome, Magician. I’m glad you could join the party bus!

My stomach is growling. Thank goodness Carol Taylor and Gerlinde de Broekert have catered the book fair. There are delicious foods at every booth! However, Deme and Honeybell love to read, so they ran straight to the Atonement, TN Book Fair. They’re in hog heaven with so many great books!

Heartfelt thanks to everyone for supporting this Bloomin’ Party Bus. Click the author names for more info.

(If anyone wants to share a link to a review of your book, or anything about yourself, please leave a comment with the link.)

D. Wallace Peach

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Chris Graham (for Agnes Mae Graham)

My Vibrating Vertabrae cover

Olga Núñez Miret For this book see here.

Angelic Business 1. Pink Matters Now available as an audio book too

D.L. Finn

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Jan Sikes

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Mary J McCoy-Dressel

Mary J McCoy-Dressel, western romance author, Book Three Canyon Junction: Hearts in Love Series, Blog Post Cover Reveal

Sally Cronin

Jacquie Biggar has a sheriff too…

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Valentina Cirasola will help you tour Atonement, TN in style.

The Road To Top Of The World: Short Stories In The Land Of Puglia

Barb Taub will keep you laughing the entire way.

Resa will help you find the right thing to wear. She’s a costume designer. She would have enjoyed helping Ralda, Bethany, and Lacey search through the antique clothes in Sunhold’s closets (scene in “Bloom”).

Staci Troilo

Tortured Soul

Mae Clair

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John W. Howell

Annette Rochelle Aben

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Robbie Cheadle

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Chuck Jackson

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Vashti Quiroz-Vega

Teri Polen

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