Christine Young

I am a writer and avid reader of romances particularly historical romances. Please join me on my journey through time

Christine Presents ~ Among the Branded by Linda Smolkin

Please welcome Linda Smolkin author of Among the Branded.

Linda will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 

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Among the Branded

by Linda Smolkin

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GENRE: Contemporary Fiction

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BLURB:

 

While attending Valor of the ’40s, art director Stephanie Britain stumbles upon a flea market selling letters from the war. She buys a handful, hoping they’ll inspire the redesign for a client’s website at her branding and design firm. She’s at first drawn by the lost art of penmanship, but soon discovers a hidden treasure nestled inside declarations of love from homesick soldiers. Stephanie enlists a coworker to translate one and realizes it’s not a love letter after all. When a shocking discovery about a client causes Stephanie to question her principles and dedication to her firm’s business, she’s forced to make a difficult decision—one that could give her peace of mind, yet ruin her career in the process.

 

Contemporary fiction with elements of suspense, Among the Branded explores family life, an unexpected friendship, and moral conflicts that make us wonder what’s more important: our livelihood, or our beliefs.

 

 

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EXCERPT:

 

It all started with the Moo Shoo Chicken, wreaking havoc on one of the moms in the upstairs bathroom. I felt for Jane, but had no desire to wear the shaggy costume meant for her. Svetlana stood next to me while the kids ran around, some playing tag, others spilling punch on the kitchen floor.

 

“Hey, guys,” she said, “put down the juice boxes, or somebody’s going to get hurt.”

 

She grabbed a sponge and bent down to clean up the mess.

 

“Rockin’ party,” I joked.

 

“More like raucous. Put a bunch of four-year-olds together, and I’m having a love fest with the linoleum.”

 

Sveta, as I’d called her for years, stood up and gave me a mischievous look, as if she was about to share some juicy gossip about a neighbor on her cul-de-sac. Instead, she asked me to take Jane’s place and dress up as Ripsie the Retriever. She asked twice then begged. It brought me back to when we first met, and she insisted I tag along for a Thursday-night Happy Hour.

 

“Why can’t you wear it?”

 

“Because I’m reading the book. And you’re taller—it’ll fit better.”

 

I washed my hands and reached for some pretzels. “Uh-huh, great excuse.”

 

There wasn’t enough birthday cake to make me agree. I’m claustrophobic, I could say. I’m allergic to dogs, crossed my mind, even though I had my own version at home, a German Shepherd named Ginger. But the more I thought about it, I couldn’t disappoint Sveta’s grandson, Evan, on his fourth birthday. So on a Sunday afternoon, I became Ripsie.

 

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Linda Smolkin always wanted to be a writer—ever since she saw her first TV commercial and wondered how to pen those clever ads. She got her degree in journalism and became a copywriter. Linda landed a job at an advertising agency, where she worked for several years before joining the nonprofit world. She’s the author of the novels Among the Branded (May 2017) and The Arrival of Elsa (March 2018). When not in front of the computer, she’s behind the drums (slightly) annoying her husband, son, and their 70-pound dog. She grew up on the East Coast and currently calls Virginia home.

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lindasmolkin

Website: https://lindasmolkin.com

Among the Branded on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XSYWYL2/

 

 

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

Linda will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f2279

 

 

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11 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Among the Branded by Linda Smolkin

  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Linda Smolkin
    June 6, 2017

    Hi, Christine! Thanks so much for having me on your tour. For those stopping by today, I’m Linda Smolkin, author of Among the Branded. This is my debut novel, and it came out last month, yippee! I’ve been working on the book for a long time. One year to write the draft and another two or so years of editing. Anyways, enough about me. Tell me something about yourself! Or, leave a question for me, and I’ll stop by during the day to answer. Thanks!

  3. Linda Smolkin
    June 6, 2017

    Hi there! Thanks, Christine, for having me on the book tour! I just left a reply but it didn’t take so those reading this might see two from me :-). I’m Linda Smolkin, author of Among the Branded. It’s my debut novel, and it released just last month, yippee! Thanks so much for stopping by! So, enough about me: tell me something about yourself. Or, leave a question for me and I’ll stop by throughout the day. Thanks!

  4. Linda Smolkin
    June 6, 2017

    Hi there! Thanks, Christine, for having me on the book tour! I just left a reply but it didn’t take so those reading this might see two from me :-). I’m Linda Smolkin, author of Among the Branded. It’s my debut novel, and it released just last month, yippee! Thanks so much for stopping by! So, enough about me: tell me something about yourself. Or, leave a question for me and I’ll stop by throughout the day. Thanks!

    • achristay
      June 6, 2017

      Hi, I have to approve new to my blog comments. Just up, it’s 6:34 PDT. But you’re approved for all other posts.

  5. achristay
    June 6, 2017

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  6. Kim pickett
    June 6, 2017

    Thanks for the post and chance to win the contest.

  7. Victoria
    June 6, 2017

    Sounds like a great book – thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Linda Smolkin
      June 6, 2017

      Hi, Victoria! Thanks for your kind words. And, thanks for stopping by the book tour! ~Linda Smolkin

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