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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

"The Dark Side of Valor" by Alicia Singleton~YA's In Need

Join Alicia Singleton, author of the suspense novel, Dark Side of Valor (Simon & Schuster/Strebor), as she virtually tours the blogosphere in June through August 24, 2012, on her second virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book! Alicia has agreed to give away a $100 Visa Gift Card at the end of her tour and you could be the one! Find out how you can win by scrolling down and enter by filling out the Rafflecopter form below. Stop off at all her blog stops for more entries. You can find them on the Pump Up Your Book Site.  Good luck!

Summary : Child advocate Lelia Freeman saves children for a living. As the director of ChildSafe Shelters, she ventures to abandoned squats and crackhouses to rescue teens from the hellish streets of Los Angeles. When she is summoned to Washington to serve on a committee that aids the children of a war-torn African nation, Lelia is kidnapped and becomes a political pawn in a sinister conspiracy. Oceans away from everything she knows, she must trust a mercenary to save her life, or die in the clutches of a psychopath.
Hunting, combat and staying alive are Elijah Dune’s specialties. Vengeance is his passion. Haunted by past demons, he’s travels to the Motherland to collect a debt. A debt that demands one payment. Death.
Caught in the crosshairs of a madman, Lelia and Elijah must survive the jungles of Zaire and the horrors of their pasts or be forever consumed by the DARK SIDE OF VALOR.

About Ms Singleton :
Born and raised in Philadelphia, the Howard University graduate embraced the written word at an early age. She credits this to her loving, older sister whom, while they were youngsters, made the author eat lotion on a regular basis. Realizing the need to sound-out the ingredients on the lotion label, Alicia stopped the lotion-eating practice, but continued to read the labels of the concoctions her sister brought for her to try. This early necessity to read flowered to a passion; hence, a writer was born.The award winning author resides in Maryland with her wonderful husband and son. Still an avid reader, label or otherwise, Alicia is hard at work completing her next suspense novel.Her latest book is the suspense novel, Dark Side of Valor.

Visit Alicia’s website at www.aliciasingleton.com.
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Review :
Alicia Singleton has written an absorbing book about children of the streets and those who love them.  Captured by the story of two young girls who were abandoned by their parents, who ran away to save themselves, and who were left to fend for themselves on the vicious streets of  CA, I was brought to my knees with gut-wrenching horror at what happened to them as a consequence.  Evidently their story of runaways is commonplace.  Through a series of events in the main character's life, things come full circle, and she becomes the savior and the healer of children just like she was...as well as finding her own way back home.

This is a book with a strong message.  It's a memorable story of passion and compassion. A love story and one of devotion on many levels.  "The Dark Side of Valor" may be the finest love story I've read in this context, ever.  Alicia Singleton would make Toni Morrison proud. Her portrayal of strong women figures who care and pick up the pieces of lost souls is memorializing of women in society.  Just the type of book Oprah's Book Club should know about!    5 stars 

In partnership with Pump Up Your Book Virtual Book Tours, Ms Singleton is bringing you this Giveaway!!

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This $100 Visa Gift Card promotion will run from June 4 – August 24. Winner will be chosen randomly by Rafflecopter, contacted by email and announced on August 25, 2012.

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Thanks for stopping by!!                    Deborah/TheBookishDame


Lara Newell

I think it really is important to try to be a good mentor to children and teenagers who don't have involved parents or other responsible adults who they can learn from. It's sad when the only life some children know is one where they're not appreciated or one full of drugs and crime.


It's important to guide and lead by example. I think it's important to motivate them by your own actions. They should know their voice are heard and someone is listening and care.


Thanks for your comments. Without caring adults, I think more children would seriously be lost in our society. It takes a strong committment!

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