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Unsevered by Traci Sanders

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A gripping story of love found, lost, and rediscovered in a magical way.

 
unseveredJewel has met the man of her dreams … the one person with whom she’s meant to spend eternity. Harley is charming, charismatic, and although he can’t carry a tune in a bucket, he’s the most gorgeous man she has ever laid eyes upon—especially in his U.S. Air Force uniform.

Just days after the couple returns from their honeymoon, Harley is called to active duty in the Middle East. Jewel is heartbroken but determined to adapt to her new life as a military spouse and support her husband. Her plan is short-lived when Harley is killed in action just days after his deployment.
Unable to cope, Jewel withdraws from her family, friends, and the world around her, until Harley visits her with a message from the beyond.

Will Jewel surrender to the dark side to be with her true love, or will she discover that sometimes people are put in our paths for reasons beyond our understanding?

Genre: Romance, Supernatural

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“Five stars have never made me feel like this. Where are my Kleenex?” Allaina Daniels

 

 

Excerpt:
My mind returns to the moment and I scold Harley’s apparitional presence for lying to me. “You told me we’d be together forever. You told me that’s what the sign meant.”
“I did say that. But it didn’t mean we’d be together forever in the physical sense; just that we’d always be in each other’s hearts.” His voice lowers and adopts a serious tone. “But there is one problem.”
“What problem?”
“I am kind of stuck right now.”
“What do you mean stuck?”
“Well, I was supposed to move on to my afterlife, but I can’t do that until you let me go.”
“But how do I do that?”
“I can’t answer that for you. It’s something you have to discover for yourself for me to be able to complete my journey. I’m sorry you feel like I let you down, but I did what I had to do.”
A long pause cuts through the air for a moment. “I don’t blame you, Harley. I know you didn’t choose to leave me. I just miss you. Why can’t I see you?” My voice keeps cracking as I wipe my tears for the umpteenth time.
“You’ll see me when the time is right; when you are ready. And you won’t be able to see the gift I left you until the time is right either.” He was still surprising me, even in death.
“I’m ready! What is it? Please, I need something to hold on to.”
“When you are ready to see it—and me—you will.” He was beginning to sound like a broken record. “I have to go now, but I will be watching over you always. Please be kind to yourself and don’t do anything else to endanger your life. Live. Be happy. Fulfill your destiny. And remember, I love you.”
“I love you too, baby. Don’t go.” My voice is brittle, fading.
He doesn’t respond.
“Harley?” I call out his name until my throat becomes scratchy and my voice is almost absent.

“Harley? Harley? Come back. Please don’t leave me again.”
There’s no reply.
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The Author:

traci headshotTraci Sanders is a multi-genre, multi-award-winning author of nine published titles, with contributions to three anthologies.

An avid blogger and supporter of Indie authors, she writes parenting, children’s, romance, and nonfiction guides.

traci sHer ultimate goal is to provide great stories and quality content for dedicated readers, whether through her own writing or editing works by other authors.

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p1Guest Post:

Hey, guys!

This is my final post to share with you all.

It’s been a blast! Thank you so much to those who followed this tour, commented and shared my posts, and read/purchased my book. I truly appreciate you taking a chance on my writing, and I hope it lives up to your standards.

Just a little recap, in case you missed my bio and intro in previous posts. If you’ve already read this part, feel free to scroll down the page to the good stuff. 🙂

In case you missed the first stop on my tour, here’s a small recap. If you’ve already read this, feel free to scroll down this page to the good stuff. 🙂

I’m an author of romance, children’s, and nonfiction titles. I’m also an avid reader and huge supporter of other authors through a site I founded called Readers Review Room. Be sure to check it out whether you’re an author looking for promotion, or a reader looking for a great book.

p2I’d like to leave you all with a final thought today. Are you with someone who lights up your life? Someone who makes your toes curl at a single touch?

Even after twenty-something years together, and three kids, my husband still has this effect on me. Thank God for that! I see my friends and family living their lives with people they simply tolerate, or have become complacent with, and it truly breaks my heart.

What’s the point of sharing your time and your life with someone who doesn’t “get” you, who doesn’t set your soul on fire? Someone you think about first thing in the morning, and last thing at night. Someone you miss when he or she is not around. Someone you can’t wait to hold the next time your eyes meet.

If you do have this person in your life, be sure to cherish him or her, because we never know when our last kiss will truly be our last to share.

This is a story of love found, lost, and rediscovered in a magical way. Sometimes people are put into our lives … to teach us how to let go. Make sure you’re giving your time and love to someone who’s worth holding on to.

May you find the kind of true love that everyone deserves … the kind that’s forever Unsevered.

Thanks to Maia for setting up this blog tour, and to Rainne for hosting me here today. I truly appreciate the chance to share my work.

You can find any of my books on Amazon at this link: 
https://www.amazon.com/Traci-M.-Sanders/e/B00BA9VUUY

Traci M Sanders

 

Previous Guest Post Tour Stops:

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Also by Traci Sanders:

When Darkness Breaks

when darkness breaksLocal news anchor, Amber Woods, seemed to have it all – a thriving career, two beautiful children, and a doting husband named Drake. Life was perfect…until her world was turned upside down in one fateful night. While the incident caused Amber to renew her priorities; Drake was unable to deal with what happened, and sank into a deep depression laced with infidelity and alcohol. Hoping a change of scenery would salvage her quickly deteriorating marriage, Amber agreed to move to New York; but it didn’t take long for her to discover that the past is not always left in the past. Can Amber save her marriage without losing herself along the way? What will she do when darkness breaks her will to keep trying?

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“A real and authentic romance” M. Abbott (UK)
“Heavy Subject Matter, Hope Filled Message” T. Dearen
“A short and engaging read” H. Kent

 

 

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Our Books Are Not Free

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Guest post by Rose Montague, writer of Urban Fantasy/Young Adult books with a lot of humour and just a touch of romance.
Rose has worked both in a library as well as several bookstores. She lives in Elon, NC.

 

by Rose Montague:

It started with a bit of a rant with my post on Facebook:

“Free, Free, Free…

I see it in my emails, on twitter, on my Facebook newsfeed, 20 free books, 400 books at 99 cents, sign up and get free books, enter to win 47 free books, 36 authors giving away eBooks at this event. I’m not participating, sorry.

How about a fun read at a reasonable price? That sounds like a good plan to me.”

Thirty minutes later, I added this in a second post:

“I’m thinking about doing an event called OUR BOOKS ARE NOT FREE.

No giveaways, no prizes, no incentives other than meeting authors and readers, learning about their books, and supporting authors that want to sell their books. I wonder if anyone would like to participate and I wonder if people would actually attend the event?

If you are interested, please comment below. If I get enough authors/readers I will host the event……”

It sounds like a simple concept. Selling books without giving away your livelihood. Actually asking people to buy something. Having enough confidence in your writing to believe that people would buy your books without you having to giveaway more than you would make from selling a book.

I was absolutely floored by the response I got to the idea of this event. Within a day I had over 150 comments with both authors and readers that said they would participate. I was shocked to see how many authors not only agreed with the concept, they also felt like the plethora of free books out there is hurting the Indie Author Community as a whole. The readers indicated they wanted to support authors by buying books at a reasonable price. They didn’t need incentives to do so. Our books were good enough, on their own, for them to spend a few dollars on a book.

The next day I created the event, stretching it out over five days, the last four days going from 6:00am to 11:00pm in thirty minute slots just to accommodate all the authors that wanted a slot. Those slots filled up in less than two days and I now have a waiting list of authors wanting a spot. As of the time I wrote this post there are 560 people coming to the event with three weeks to go yet.

I hope you would consider coming as well. Show your support of the Indie Author Community buy buying a few books at a reasonable price and meet new authors and readers that share your enthusiasm for books.

Go here to join the event…..

https://www.facebook.com/events/206705409792190/

 
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#TheBookies: A Hashtag Game for Bookworms

~Guest post by Phillip T. Stephens

 

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It doesn’t matter if you’re a hashtag game fan, or you’ve never played. #TheBookies (@BookieWordGames) offers bookworms a Twitter playpen to launch verbal jousts, puns and tongue twisters. Readers meet Indie Authors face-to-face and authors find new followers for their books.

Bookies Logo Take a look at this weekly game, sponsored by Authors Professional Coop in partnership with IndieBooksBeSeen, and you’ll find a new weekly passion. @stephens_pt (me) posts the topic immediately after the previous game and once a night for the following week.

Players tweet all day Wednesday. I declare the winner at 6:30 pm EST and e-mail an eBook by a Coop author to the winner.

 

Join the #TheBookies a hashtag game for bookworms every Wednesday. The moderator @stephens_pt highlights his favorites starting at 4:30 pm EDT, and announces a winner at 6:30.

 

Booking #TheBookies

When I suggested that the Facebook group #AuthorProfCoop (Author Professionals Coop) promote their books with a hashtag game, I was surprised to discover how few writers actually played hashtag games on Twitter. After all, writers make a living from verbal jokes and puns, right?

If you’ve never played a hashtag game, the rules are simple. The moderators post the hashtag. The players respond with a joke, and often a related pic.

For instance #MyWorstNightmare might prompt:

  • My ex returned and now she’s pregnant
  • Mother called and said she’s coming to visit
  • The election’s over and (Trump or Hillary) won
  • I dieted for three straight months and gained ten pounds

or a simple image

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In the case of #TheBookies, this doesn’t mean players can’t stray from books with their entries, but the judge prefers entries that play on fictional characters and titles. (More about the judge later). Past games included:

  • #FastFoodActionThrillers
  • #DrunkTweetsFromOz
  • #FairyGodmotherBadAdvice
  • #RomComWesterns
  • #ShakespeareAfterHours
  • #2016ScarlettLetters

Here are some of the Tweets from #FastFoodActionThrillers:

  • Dial M for McDonalds
  • The French Fry Connection
  • Midnight in the Olive Garden of Good and Evil
  • 007: For Your Fries Only
  • Men in Baby Back Ribs
  • True Fries

 

I’ve heard every excuse in the book not to play, and most of them revolve around not knowing what to say.

You’re readers and writers. Words are in your blood. Even so, here are some things to remember:

  1. Don’t know any detective novels? (Or Sci Fi, or fairy tales?) Do what you did in school when you partied instead of studying. Google. “What are the most famous detective novels?” “Who are the most famous fictional detectives?”
  2. Don’t worry about the rules. Hashtag games don’t have rules. Seriously. Don’t know any novels? Tweet movies and TV shows. In a recent serial killer installment #SerialKillersInTherapy (I’m Okay, You’re Delicious), players tweeted real serial killers.
  3. Check out other hashtag games. Download the Hashtag Roundup app. It lists dozens of hashtag games you can play besides this one just to see what others are doing (with a lot more players than we have).

My favorite games are: @FriMemeGirls, a meme spoof, on Friday Nights at 9pm EDT and @HashFakeFacts, a liars game, at 1 pm EDT on Sundays.

 

Ignore the man behind the curtain…

Yes, currently I’m organizing, running and judging the event. I never intended it to happen that way, but as often happens with volunteer organizations, if it’s your idea, you get to run with it.

That being said, if I didn’t feel that this was a real opportunity to introduce readers to writers, I wouldn’t invest my time.

 

Why should readers play?

You’ll get to read humorous tweets about your favorite books and characters and meet new authors who play regularly, such as Les Lynam, author of the Time Will Tell series, Karina Kantas, author of the, Karina Kantas, author of the Outlaw Series, Elizabeth Newton, author of Riddle, and Jessica Wren, author of Ice.

You can enjoy a hashtag game targeted at books and book readers. If you follow me on Twitter, you can even DM me with suggestions for game names. Best of all, of course, you earn a chance to win a book by some of the best indie authors writing.

 

Why should Indie Authors play?

This is a great chance to promote your books by interacting with players. I follow a number of players and they follow me back. They get all of my feeds and book promotions.

The game offers more promotional opportunities, however. Every game links players directly to the #AuthorPromoCoop and IndieBooksBeSeen Facebook page. If you have a book promotion you want players to see, or if you want to run a promotion for the game, join the group and post the promotion on the site.

You can also contact me directly and offer your book as the prize for a game. I will add a direct link to the title’s Amazon page at the beginning of every game, and mention your name and the title when I award it at the end of the game.

Currently, I select the titles for prizes and pay for them, so who gets promoted is up to me and who I happen to feel like giving away that day (and it might be one of my books if I’m cash poor). So you’re wasting a shot at getting your name out there by ignoring this opportunity.

I’ll see you on Wednesday’s.
~Phillip