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Blog Tour Hosts Wanted for Upcoming Tour

I’m taking my new YA/Coming of Age novel, Emotional Paramedics, on the virtual road and I’m signing up tour hosts now. I’d LOVE to have you host a stop on this tour!

If you’re interested in participating, please submit the form below. Thanks so much!

Emotional Paramedics by Susan Barton

My first novel is available on Amazon in eBook and print formats!

  • File Size: 1136 KBEmotional Paramedics by Susan E. Barton Cover Photo Final
  • Print Length: 201 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: eBook Review Gal Publishing (August 18, 2016)
  • Publication Date: August 18, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English


*Please be aware that this book deals with some serious social issues. It includes some strong language and mature situations.

August Gallagher is a sweet and intelligent Brooklyn girl just trying to find her place in the world during the turbulent 1960s. Unfortunately, her mother, Alis, doesn’t make things easy for her. Bad choices, poor parenting and abusive men create chaos at every turn. Yet, through it all, August reluctantly remains a devoted daughter and continues to be Alis’s emotional paramedic.

Along the way, August finds friendship, romance and makes a few dangerous enemies. When Alis hits rock bottom, August is forced to come to terms with the fact that it’s finally time to cut the dysfunctional cord to save herself from Alis’s emotional grasp.


Susan Barton is an author, marketer, copywriter, photographer, artist and coach. She loves helping authors market their books. Susan currently resides in North Texas with her husband and their two dogs.

If you’d like a free review copy of Emotional Paramedics, or any of Susan’s books, please submit a contact form here:

The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses by K. N. Smith Book Tour Stop

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  • Series:The Urban Boys (Book 1)
  • Paperback:300 pages
  • Publisher:Two Petals Publishing (September 3, 2015)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:0989474755
  • ISBN-13:978-0989474757


The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses is an action-adventure story about five teen boys who are mysteriously exposed to a foreign energy source that gives them extremely heightened senses. Sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell become hypersensitive gifts that forever change the world. The story chronicles their effortless interrelations and later exposes the testing of their deep bonds. It introduces the reader to an array of supporting characters who alter the boys’ lives forever.

The Urban Boys offers young and mature readers central themes of loyalty, responsibility, honesty, fear, and triumph, which become artfully integrated with cinematic-level action and high drama. The story twists, turns, and grinds through elements of paranormal and action-adventure in a diverse, exciting, edge-of-your-seat narrative! Intriguing, intelligent, and full of action, The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses offers a memorable, emotion-packed, thrilling ride for young and mature readers alike!


Five friends do something considered taboo by the townsfolk and enter the mysterious, forest-like preserve. But something otherworldly awaits them among the trees. Yet just as the five can then sense each other, so, too, can three others sense them, and one of the trio is a killer. Smith’s book blends action and mystery with elements of the paranormal. Additionally, the novel overflows with positive thematic pointers relating to the importance of family, honesty, etc. The presence of these moments of encouragement make her story worth reading. 4-stars – John E. Roper, The U.S. Review of Books

“Author K.N. Smith uses her mastery of the written word to weave an entrancing, yet powerful tale of adventure that keeps you turning pages in an unquenchable desire to find out what happens next. The author’s matchless prose details cinematic fight sequences and fully developed characterizations especially in a final, stupendous scene that will take your breath away and leave you limp with spent emotions. Five stars for this imaginative and inspiring story, sure to be as appealing to general audiences as it will be to the YA crowd!” 5-stars – Don Sloane, Publishers Daily Reviews

“An energetic YA adventure debut with stellar action sequences. Smith’s writing is intelligent and often lyrical. Her exuberant prose never fails to dazzle.”- Kirkus Media

“Read the Prologue and fasten your seat-belts! – The URBAN BOYS: Discovery of the Five Senses is the kind of thrill ride you’d expect from a seasoned action and adventure novelist, not in a first novel by a writer just entering this genre. The URBAN BOYS really grabs you. There’s the beauty of the scenes described, the eerie, mysterious source of the boys’ new power, and the suspense you will feel in every engagement that rivets you to every page. The URBAN BOYS creates a whole new world of emotions, suspense, danger and drama. It’s a great read!” 5-stars – Melvin Tag


My Book Tour Virtual Book Tour K. N. Smith's YA Paranormal Fantasy Novel, The Urban BoysABOUT K. N. SMITH:

K.N. Smith is an American author and passionate advocate of childhood and family literacy programs throughout the world. She continues to inspire students of all ages to reach their highest potential in their literary and educational pursuits.

An established non-fiction writer, Smith chose the teen fiction genre as a way to enhance her daughters’ (then) high school literary experience, and to engage other youth in literacy development. Her creative literary flair sweeps across pages that twist, turn, and grind through elements of paranormal and action-adventure in diverse, exciting, edge-of-your-seat narratives.

As an ardent supporter of youth and family literacy programs across the globe, she states, “My hope is that The Urban Boys will spark imagination in a wide variety of readers while elevating global literacy efforts. It’s important that we have diverse families of readers for generations to come.”

K.N. Smith has over twenty years experience in writing, communications, and creative design. She lives with her family in California.









*Book Tour Media Kit provided by Susan Barton, My Book Tour

Review of A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter

I was excited to read this book. I love old-fashioned nostalgic coming-of-eBook Review Gal Book Review of A Girl of Limberlost by Gene Straton-Porterage stories and judging from the reviews, I was in for a treat. However, I found myself disappointed with A Girl of the Limberlost.

Gene Stratton-Porter’s writing style, in my opinion, was lacking.  Although the book was written in third person omniscient, the author didn’t take care to give each character his or her own chapter. This created some confusion when following the story. I found that the dialogue was often stilted and long-winded.

The constant friction between Elnora Comstock and her mother, Katherine, grew increasingly tiresome after a while. When the reason for Katherine bitterly and cruel animosity toward Elnora finally became known my first thought was “what the heck?” Elnora was a baby when her father died, how in the heck did Katherine justify this?

Katherine spent a lot of time blaming everyone for her bitterness and problems. This, to me, made her a highly unlikable character. Elnora wasn’t much better. One moment the author had her crying and feeling sorry for herself over her lot in life and the next she was happily telling off the high school popular girls. I didn’t get some of the “good-natured” barbs the characters tossed at one another. Was calling someone a “little pig” or “little idiot” a funny quip back in those days?  When little Billy laughingly tells how he and his siblings got even with the family dog for stealing their food (a dead bird) I was mortified.

About halfway through the book, the focus shifts and it seemed to me as though the author could have broken it into two distinct books. The author included a nice amount of conservation and ecological references, which are clearly still important subjects today. Yet, it didn’t save the book for me.

I wouldn’t call this a timeless classic by any means. I have trouble envisioning today’s teens finding much relatable material here. This book was listed as having only 267 pages, yet it seemed far longer. It went off in too many directions and seemed disjointed at times. I didn’t enjoy this book and really can’t recommend it.


3 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton

Review of Grunge Gods and Graveyards by Kimberly G. Giarratano

Grunge Gods and GraveyardsGrunge Gods and Graveyards by Kimberly G. Giarratano

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lainey Bloom is teenager, just returning back to school after summer vacation. Senior year holds a mixture of emotions for most teens, but for Lainey, her life has been turned upside down. She recently lost her mom to cancer and over the summer her friend and long-time crush, Danny Obregon, was struck by a hit and run driver and died in Lainey’s arms. To make matters even worse, because of this traumatic event, Lainey neglected to show up for summer school and now she’s in danger of not graduating with the rest of her class. Danny’s “girlfriend”, the classic mean girl, Wynter, is making Lainey’s life a living hell. And Lainey’s dad has suddenly decided to start “parenting”. What could possibly happen next? Oh yeah, Danny returns as a ghost and asks Lainey to help him find out who killed him so he can cross over.

Grunge Gods and Graveyards is a clever mix of love story, mystery and ghost story. Like any engaging YA novel, there’s plenty of teenage angst and turmoil. Set in the 90s, the author has thrown in some moody music references and pop culture, popular to the era that set an appealing vibe. Although, you don’t have to have been a teen during the 90s to enjoy the storyline, since this book will appear to both teens and adults.

I enjoyed Grunge Gods and Graveyards and would recommend it to anyone 14 and over. It’s a fun, engaging murder mystery/love story. There are plenty of interesting elements to keep readers absorbed and guessing.

http://ebookreviewgal.com received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Review of Skeletal by Katherine Hayton

SkeletalSkeletal by Katherine Hayton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Skeletal begins with the discovery a dead body and then progresses through the tragic life of a New Zealand teen, Daina Harrow. Most of the story is told from Daina’s post mortem POV – although the author threw in the brief POV of a school administrator early on in the story.

Readers learn the unfortunate circumstances of Daina’s sad and short life. With no real father figure in her life, and an alcoholic and drug-addicted mother, Daina has bounced around from home to home and school to school. She’s bullied, beaten and raped, and her mother has no clue what’s going on. She’s too busy prostituting herself out of the family apartment and shooting heroin.

Skeletal is probably one of the strangest books I’ve read so far. Not just because it bounces from past to present throughout the book, but it’s difficult to truly decipher what exactly is really going on with/to Daina’s character. Without giving away any spoilers…halfway through the book I had some idea of where the author was going with the story and was satisfied with that, but then she added an entirely new subplot into the mix. A pharmaceutical cover-up was suddenly underway.

Then, to mix things up even more, the book went back even further to when Daina was just five or six years old. While it’s true that these flashbacks were added to ultimately explain the cover-up, I feel Katherine Hayton could have simplified things had she cut out a subplot or two and saved them for another book. The ending went on longer than I thought was necessary. By then I knew the outcome and just wanted to cut to the chase, but it seemed unnecessarily padded.

Skeletal isn’t listed as a YA, even though the main character is just fourteen at the beginning of the story – and that’s probably a good thing, since some of the subject matter is a little “rough” for youngsters (hence the 17+ warning in the book’s info section). Honestly, Daina’s vocabulary seemed unrealistically advanced for a fourteen-year-old anyway.

All things considered, I would say that Skeletal should appeal to readers who enjoy unique psychological thrillers and mysteries.

http://ebookreviewgal.com received a complimentary copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

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Review of Hyacinth Girls by Lauren Frankel

Hyacinth Girls: A NovelHyacinth Girls: A Novel by Lauren Frankel

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Joyce and Rebecca are best friends growing up in Connecticut in the 80s. When Joyce becomes a teen mom, Rebecca steps in to help. Joyce and Rebecca raise Callie together and when Joyce unexpectedly dies, Rebecca becomes Callie’s guardian.

The first part of Hyacinth Girls is told from the first-person POV of Rebecca, who comes off as a scattered, overprotective and clueless simpleton. I was frustrated with this portion of the book and almost stopped reading. Rebecca’s penchant for daydreaming about “gateway men” who come to save her from her life seemed more like the fantasies of an adolescent girl than those of a woman in her mid-thirties. I found her character one-dimensional and irritating.

However, I am extremely glad I stuck with this story. Just as the author obviously intended, readers are given vital pieces of the story in increments as the book progresses. You think it’s going one way, but then Hyacinth Girls takes a heartbreaking and nasty turn when Callie’s POV takes over. Things are not nearly what they seemed to be in the beginning of the book.

Lauren Frankel’s writing comes alive with passion, angst and anguish when we read Callie’s story in her own words. So much so, that Hyacinth Girls could have been written by two entirely separate authors. I wondered if this was a deliberate writing strategy on the author’s part – one that I hope doesn’t backfire since not everyone might be as willing to read Rebecca’s narrative to get to the best part of the book. This book’s subject is too important and timely to ignore.

If anyone thinks that this level of bullying doesn’t exist among middle school girls, they’re wrong. It happens more often than we’d like to think. In an age where social media is the go-to form of communication for nearly every teenager, anyone’s life could easily be destroyed with one click by just one vindictive youngster.

As a parent, I was moved by this book. I think it’s a story that needs to be read by parents and children. The ending was slightly unrealistic, but this is fiction so it’s forgivable. I would highly recommend Hyacinth Girls to anyone who interacts with tweens and teens.

http://ebookreviewgal.com received a complimentary ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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