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Déjà Revu is a weekly review round-up that is open to all book review blogs.

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Dystopian/Post Apocalyptic

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Paranormal

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Courage will be tested, love will be forgiven and death will be faced in this magical romantic fantasy.
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Romancing the Smokies Event

You’re invited to

Romancing the Smokies

March 17-18, 2017

Hilton Knoxville Airport, Alcoa, TN

Romancing the Smokies, a production by Sweet Romance Author Donna Wright, is a romance readers dream with a Emerald Isle event, author meet and greet, an elegant luncheon, book signing, Masquerade Ball including fun casino games, plus tons of swag and giveaways.

Here, readers get to meet their favorite authors and authors get to connect with readers. We have put together authors from every sub-genre of Romance and even some Mystery authors so you, the reader, can make a personal connection and really get to know the authors whose books you’ve loved.

See full details at our website HERE.

See ticket options at Eventbright HERE. (the book signing from 2 to 4 on Saturday is free to the public)

Attending Authors

Karen Hall | Carolynn Carey  |  JK Ensley  |  TG Franklin
Debby Giusti | Mallory Kane |  Olivia Gaines  |  Anne Welch  |  Juli Alexander
Isabella Kole | Tamara McHatton  |  Lexi Witcher  |  Shannon West
Leanne Tyler  | Stephanie Taylor  |  Anna Kristell | Ester Lopez  | Kate McKeever
Hildie McQueen | JD Monroe  | Pam Ackerson
Rachel Rivers  | Tiana Laveen | Suzan Tisdale  |  Jessica Wilkerson

Publishers Represented

Paper Steel Press

Clean Reads Publishing

Dark Hollows Press/ Painted Hearts Publishing

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Website Woes

Hi everyone,

Recently Lilac Reviews website has been down.  I’m not entirely geeky enough to explain it.  Evidently some type of hacker/malware was piggy backing off our site to somehow advertise drug companies in Mexico or something.  Anyway the site looked fine, but our processing power was being ramped up so high from what they were running in the background that the hosting company (Blue Host) was ‘throttling’ the site and not letting our legitimate data through to the web so it didn’t hang up everyone else’s speed.

I had to load some FTP software (File Transfer Protocol, I learned) to go back to a previous backup of the website from December to overwrite or clean out the bad programming. I couldn’t use the C-Panel and the backup/restore component there because it kept hanging up (the processing issue effected that too).  I didn’t know how to find it to erase just the bad code.  I found the drug references in the error code log- but didn’t have anywhere near the geekiness to figure out how they were doing it to surgically get just those bad files.

BTW, I was on the phone with Blue Host on 3 separate occasions for more than an hour.  One time I waited 36 minutes for the tech person to get on chat with me- then spent 2 hours on the chat going back and forth.  I was not impressed.  Ultimately I had to figure out what to do myself.  Because evidently what is in my files and stuff is my responsibility and not theirs.  They kept telling me I was using too much processing, but blamed my site and said I needed to ‘optimize’ it.  I insisted I didn’t have any fancy footwork going on.  Book covers and text.  I don’t have a shopping cart or any other fancy shenanigans. I only use standard widgets and plugins like Jetpack.  They wanted me to strip all the widgets and plugins and add them back one by one to see which caused the site to fail.  Isn’t that time consuming and it wasn’t even the right thing to do.  They stripped every last one off and the site was still throttling.

I tell you all this to let you know why there has been an absence of posts for the past three weeks.  I now see that the book covers are not showing on all of the posts.  Weirdly, the older ones are and not the newer ones even though they were before my backup date.  So it may take me a while to go through things and get everything 100% again.  I was almost ready to throw in the towel on this. You can guess for yourself if I’m going to renew with Blue Host when my current term expires.

So bloggers out there, and authors too if you have a self-hosted website (not a free one), DO backup your sites!!  I could have lost 300+ posts, 2 and a half years worth of work over this.  One of the other things I learned is that they are not required to back up- although I swear I read something that it was included in my package.

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A Minor Deception

Cover ArtAbout the Book by Nupur Tustin

Kapellmeister Joseph Haydn would like nothing better than to show his principal violinist, Bartó Daboczi, the door. But with the Empress Maria Theresa’s visit scheduled in three weeks, Haydn can ill-afford to lose his surly virtuoso.

But when Bartó disappears—along with all the music composed for the imperial visit—the Kapellmeister is forced to don the role of Kapell-detective, or risk losing his job.

Before long Haydn’s search uncovers pieces of a disturbing puzzle. Bartó, it appears, is more than just a petty thief—and more dangerous. And what seemed like a minor musical mishap could modulate into a major political catastrophe unless Haydn can find his missing virtuoso.

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Mexican Hat Trick

Mexican Hat Trick Cover ArtAbout the Book by T.S. O’Neil

Mexican Hat Trick reunites Retired Sheriff’s Department Detective turned Private Investigator, Eidetic Eddie Doyle with Former Force Recon Marine, Michael Blackfox, in a rollicking tale of murder, counterfeiting and kidnapping south of the border. A rogue’s gallery of new villains, including a pathological ex-French Foreign Legionnaire, a bloodthirsty drug kingpin, and a conniving corporate attorney, conspire to corner the counterfeit apparel market. Mexican Hat Trick is Florida Glare—south of the border.

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Re-Wired

About the Book by Greg Dragon

Science Fiction, 152 Pages

Robotics student Brad Barkley has created the perfect woman. The only problem is she’s an android, and her creator realizes too late he may have made her too perfect. After Brad’s ultimate failure with women nearly consumes him, he discovers Tricia, his android, may be able to rescue him from a life of loneliness, if he and the human race are willing to pay the price.

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I enjoy a good sci-fi story.  The pace on this one I felt was slower than typical sci-fi work.  It reads more like an uneven coming of age book for Tricia.  I am not entirely sure who the author intended to be the main character.  I was more intrigued by Tricia and her growth than by Brad Barkley’s (the inventor) actions.

Brad would say “I’m going to do ABC,” or “XYZ is important to me,” or “I won’t do LMN.”  Yet pages later he would quit what he professed to prize or did what he said he would not.  I found this wishy-washiness or weakness of character to make him less interesting to follow.  He wasn’t growing. He was devolving.

However, other readers may see his sinking as an ‘anti’ story arc and may appreciate it more than I.  There is a great deal of text devoted to his relationships and feelings about women. I would not categorize the book as a romance in any way though.

My favorite section was at the end of the book. There was a discussion about the place and repercussions of androids in society. This book may appeal to anyone interested in the fields of androids, psychology and social reform.

 

About the Author

Greg Dragon brings a fresh perspective to fiction by telling human stories of life, love and relationships in a science fiction setting. This unconventional author spins his celestial scenes from an imagination nurtured from being an avid reader himself. His exposure to multiple cultures, multiple religions, martial arts, and travel lends a unique dynamic to his stories. You can enjoy excerpts from his work by visiting his website at http://gregdragon.com.

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Food Junkies

CoverAbout the Book by Vera Tarman & Phil Werdell & Read by Lisa Bunting

Is it possible to be addicted to food? When does indulging in ‘comfort’ food become substance abuse? Is it possible that there is more than a lack of will power at work when someone can’t stop eating? In Food Junkies, Vera Tarman and Phil Werdell explain what is – and isn’t – food addiction, tackling this complex and poorly understood problem through the stories of many survivors and from the perspectives of medical researchers/practitioners. They break down the science behind the research so that anyone can understand it, and take a fresh look at obesity, overeating, binge eating, anorexia and bulimia. For people struggling with these issues — and their families — recognizing the condition is the first step to gaining the kind of support and advice they need.

Food Junkies (finalist in the 2016 Voice Arts Awards) offers hope and guidance. Read by Lisa Bunting, according to one audible customer review, her “calming voice assists with decreasing the shame so often found with addiction and can open the listener up to actually hearing,” while another noted the audiobook version “brought the science to life in a different way than the book. It made it even more real as one can’t ‘skim’ or ‘rush’ through the life-changing content.”

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Spooning Daisy

CoverAbout the Book by Maggie McConnell

Her mango chutney is exquisite; her blueberry sauce to die for. But Chef de Cuisine Daisy Moon is a woman without a kitchen after a “bit of trouble” at her last job. Now blacklisted from Seattle to San Francisco, Daisy’s sole job offer is from Wild Man Lodge in Otter Bite, Alaska, where the end of the road is just the beginning.

Spooning Daisy will be on sale for 99 ¢ until January 2, 2017

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