Friday, September 18, 2015

Solace Blog tour! (+$25 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: Solace
Author: Gini Rifkin 
Series: Fae Warriors #1
Pages: N/A
Date Published: 2015 
Format: Kindle
Genre: Fantasy 
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours

Synopsis:
 Solace Goodeve, one of Mother Nature’s favorite Fae Warriors, is assigned to Earth to help save the planet. Reptile invaders, disguising themselves as humans, are waging a takeover—and Mother is mad enough to eat asteroids. Solace is ready to prove herself as a warrior, but having a human for a partner is not in her battle plan—even if the man is rugged, ripped, and ready for action.

Army Ranger, Tanner Jackson, has seen his share of black op missions. The last one took a toll on both body and soul. Tanner isn’t looking for love, even though his new partner is six-foot-tall and drop dead gorgeous. However, after Solace shows him a new meaning to working undercover, he may have to reconsider that possibility.

As the Reps plan to sabotage NOAA, Tanner and Solace must learn to trust one another. But as they're trying to save the world, Solace and Tanner might just lose their hearts—and that takes the most courage of all.

~On Romance: Guest Post from Gini!~
A few words on that most special word-Romance

The Oxford dictionary defines romance as: A feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love. I’m betting if you ask one hundred people the meaning of Romance, you’ll get one hundred different answers. Romance is specific to each person which is what makes it so magical.

And while the word dates back to Roman times, it truly found a home in the medieval time period. Ruggedly handsome warriors in kilts, or knights in shining armor, pledging life, love, and honor for God, queen and country, (or maybe for a beautiful woman). It doesn’t get much more romantic than that.

But romanticism didn’t necessarily mean walking around starry-eyed, frequently sighing, and forgetting to eat. Rather it meant being passionate in general, and expressing deep, intense, uplifting emotions including courtly love.

Things went along pretty well until the 1700’s when the Age of Reason struck. Fortunately, this very mindset forced the birth of The Romantic Era, which arrived in the 1800’s kicking and screaming. As the two emotions often seem at odds with one another, it’s only fitting that Reason and Romance each have a separate era.

This new romantic period was an intellectual movement, a revolt, if you will, against the scientific rationalization of nature. It imbued passion for inanimate objects such as sunsets, flowers, and great sprawling vistas. Art work of the time depicted what an artist felt in his heart, not necessarily a realistic rendering of what he saw with his eyes.

The Romance Era also greatly influenced music, while setting the parameters for literature such as writings by Lord Byron, Percy Shelley and his wife Mary, who wrote Frankenstein—way to go Mary! And of course it gave us the Bronte sisters with their memorable stories Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and Agnes Grey.

Even today we still believe in the romance of the sea, and the fun and hopeful expectations of Valentine’s Day, and we denote the characters in our books as heroes and heroines. The romantic concept is enduring, and even in the worst of times, it can inspire great deeds, great love, and the more noble qualities Man has to offer. 

So if you’d like to come play in the land of romance, I hope you’ll jump into one of my stories, and let me take you there.
~Try an Excerpt!~
Angry voices filtered over to her. She couldn’t understand what they were saying, but it sounded like they were arguing amongst themselves. Snatching the bag from her head, she blinked and took stock of her surroundings. Two Reps looked ready to go for one another’s throats. The third sat in a nearby chair, holding his thigh, groaning in pain. Studying her surroundings in more detail, she discovered they’d brought her to an abandoned warehouse. An image of “Mr. White” flashed through her mind. What was it with these guys and warehouses? At least this one appeared cleaner, and other than a few small odds and ends, nearly empty—except for the

huge steel cage they’d locked her in.
~Meet Gini!~ 
 Gini Rifkin writes adventurous romance, past, present, and into the future. Her current book Solace, number seven for The Wild Rose Press, is a sexy sci/fi/fantasy romance. When not reading or writing, she has the privilege of caring for a menagerie of abandoned animals including ducks, geese, rabbits, goats, donkeys, and cats. She was born and raised in Illinois, became a registered nurse by age 19, and when struck by wanderlust, moved to Colorado where she met her husband Gary. They shared the journey for 30 years, spending vacations doing Mountain Man reenacting. Although Gary has passed on, a little bit of him lives on in every hero she writes. Her writing keeps her hungry to keep learning new things, and she considers family and friends her most treasured of gifts. 
Gini will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

25 comments:

  1. I enjoyed your piece about Romance. Thank you!

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    1. Hi Ree Dee: Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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    1. Dear Mary: Thank you for taking time to read my bio, and thanks for leaving a comment.

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  3. You are such an amazing person. I love that you take care of animals. I do too. Just elderly cats though.

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    1. HI Misty: Good for you. Cats are special, and so many need our help. I'm sure my animals will have me perfectly trained in a few more years.

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  4. There are lots of things to admire about you, but the one thing that grabbed me was "became a registered nurse by age 19". That's astounding! Way to go! I "accelerated" in school, taking three grades in two years, and I'm wondering if you did that too (or "skipped" a grade) in order to be a nurse by 19.

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    1. Hi Laney: It was kind of an experimental diploma program where you trained at the hospital, two years straight no time off. We had to work there too. Pretty intense but made it through. I'm not sure any of those programs still exist. The training comes in handy working with the animals. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.

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  5. Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

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    1. Hi Mai: you ask the best questions. If hard pressed I suppose even the worst and most horrible subjects could be written about in such a manner as to show the courage of the victims or to shed light on something that needs to be brought to the worlds attention. They would need to be handled delicately and with due respect and reverence, and not sensationalized.

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    1. Dear Nurmawati: thank you for stopping by.

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  7. I enjoyed the guest post, thank you for sharing! This has been a great book tour! Happy writing!

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    1. Thank you Betty. It has been a very exciting and rewarding week.

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    1. Dear Rita: Thank you, and thanks for leaving a comment.

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  9. Dear Andra: Thank you for hosting my blog tour today. What a great way to end the week.

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  10. Happy book release! The history of romance was very interesting! I can't wait to read this book!

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    1. Hi Judy: Thank you for stopping by, and for reading my article. Truly hope you enjoy my story.

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  11. I enjoyed your comments. This story sounds fabulous

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    1. HI MomJane: I'm so glad you stopped by. Happy reading.

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  12. Colorado is a beautiful place. I have an uncle that lives in Loveland. Great excerpt.

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  13. Dear Beautiful Disaster: Glad you liked the excerpt. Yes, I feel very fortunate to be able to live in this wonderful state. Loveland is terrific, 21st century if you need anything, but with old time charm.

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  14. Really great post! Thanks for sharing, I've really enjoyed following the tour and learning about this book. :)

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