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Piercing Words

Writing must pierce. Being a writer is like sitting on the table for your  first tattoo, or earring, or nose ring. The searing needle burning into your skin, the drop of blood a symbol of what you’ve done. Your body is forever altered.

And the way the world sees you has also changed. You’ve made an impression on it; on every passerby that briefly or profoundly stares at you. The gaze depends on the beholder. For some it’s the spectacle of a freak. For others, an attractive impression burned into their mind. It doesn’t matter what the reader sees; it matters that the writer has become vulnerable to the gaze of others.

That’s what scares me about a world without creative spectacle; without a needle and body. That world may very well be dystopian. Ruled by seemingly harmonious rules and order, but that cut the body’s nose in spite of its face. 

Writing and art push the boundaries, creating the I am and You are that is so essential to the disgusting or adoring gaze of the other. It is from that place that society can learn tolerance, understanding, and progress. 

Without creativity we are doomed to our own banality and flattening.  In my novel, Surrogate Colony, people are given X-ray vision to protect themselves from viruses and bacteria. However,  X-ray vision in Microscrep isn’t meant to create the piercing reality that society needs to be vulnerable, or creative. It is used to collectively control chaos. However, as the main character, Adriana learns, without chaos we cannot have creativity or desire. 

By Boshra Rasti

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Emmie Conway has problems.  Tall, arrogant Josh Hamilton problems.  

I’ve just had a haircut – a five-weekly event because of my short hairstyle. I don’t know what the other clients at the salon made of it, but I was greeted with exclamations of, “Kris! Your new book! It’s so sexy!” 

The book in question is PROMISE YOU NOTHING, and it’s number eight in the South & Sexy Series. Except they’re all standalones, so you can start on any number you like.

PROMISE YOU NOTHING is set in the famous little city of Napier, New Zealand. It’s famous because most of it fell down in a massive earthquake in 1931. It was rebuilt in the art deco style, and its buildings now rival those in Santa Barbara. (Photo provided of classic cars and architecture in Napier.)

We’re talking about a much older building in the book, though.  A timber house at least 120 years old – very like the one in this photo. (insert photo of white house.)

Emmie Conway’s brother has suddenly died. Their jointly owned ‘wrecked and ready to reno’ house is now unsaleable. And she might… just might… be pregnant, so her emotions are all over the place. She needs a competent builder, a way to pay off her huge debt, and a miracle. What she gets is implacable, bossy Josh.

He’s fresh out of an unhappy marriage, bitter and bruised, and relocating his property development company to a new city. He’s missing his little daughter fiercely, and she’s the only female he wants in his life right now.He sees Emmie’s job as the ideal challenge to take his mind off his past life, and he fights to give her everything he’s convinced she needs. 

Emmie thinks he’s the fixer-upper from hell as she battles for her independence and survival. He’s doing a great job on her house, but does he really have to display his chiseled shirtless body to her as he works in the sweltering summer heat? 

Her ‘possibly pregnant’ hormones are doing a gleeful tap dance, and soon more than her house is in danger.

So if you enjoy a sexy read (like my hairdresser does!) try PROMISE YOU NOTHING. Nothing but five-star reviews so far. 

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About the author:

I’m a New Zealander who was born to write. At twelve I completed my autobiography – an easy subject which required no research. It filled a whole school exercise book. I’m not particularly proud of that, but there we go…

My first proper job was as a radio copywriter in the small city where I set PROMISE YOU NOTHING. Then I moved to the capital, Wellington, and worked in TV, radio again, several advertising agencies, and followed it with happy years as a retail ad manager. Totally hooked on fabrics, I followed this by going into business with my husband as a curtain installer, which definitely surprised a few people. It was finally time to write fiction. I didn’t fall off my ladder once through drifting off into romantic dreams, but I certainly saw life.

I write sizzling contemporary romance, pure and simple. Well, maybe not that pure! They’re sexy stories about modern couples who fall in love and into bed along the way, just like real people do.  I’m the author of more than twenty novels, three of which were finalists in New Zealand’s Clendon Award. Five have been translated into Spanish, two into Italian, two into Portuguese, and five are now for sale in China under the author name of Kerri Peach. I’ve made enough money to buy a cup of coffee in China!

Join us for this tour from September 7 to September 27
Book Details:
Book Title:  Our Moon Festival by Yobe Qiu
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  30 pages
GenreChildren’s Picture Book 
Publisher:  Yobe Qiu LLC
Release date:  January 2020
Content Rating:  G
Book Description:
“Our Moon Festival” is a beautifully illustrated children’s book celebrating the unique ways the Japanese, Vietnamese, and Chinese communities celebrate the Moon Festival. The story highlights different families and their traditions as they observe Zhong Qiu Jie, Tết Trung Thu, and Tsukimi!
Meet the Author:
Yobe is an educator, entrepreneur and mom who lives in NYC. As an educator, she focused on teaching families to embrace love, diversity and different cultures. Through the years working in the classrooms and closely with other educators, she noticed the lack of multi-cultural resources that represented children of color. That is when Yobe decided to create multicultural children stories that feature Asian children, families and cultures! Yobe loves spending timewith her daughter, reading to children and taking long walks during the day!

Connect with the Author:  Website ~ Facebook ~ Instagram

Tour Schedule: 

Sep 7 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Sep 7 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway
Sep 7 – Kam’s Place – book review
Sep 8 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Sep 8 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Sep 9 – I’m Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 10 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / giveaway
Sep 13 – fundinmental – book review / giveaway
Sep 14 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Sep 14 – The Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife – book review / giveaway
Sep 15 – Chit Chat with Charity – book review / giveaway
Sep 15 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Sep 16 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 16 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Sep 17 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review / giveaway
Sep 20 – Fictional Vixen – book review
Sep 21 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Sep 21 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 22 – 411 ON BOOKS, AUTHORS, AND PUBLISHING NEWS – book spotlight 
Sep 22 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Sep 23 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Sep 23 – Laura’s Interests – book review / giveaway
Sep 24 – Westveil Publishing – book review / giveaway
Sep 27 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review

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