RRBC Book & Blog Block Party

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Greetings and welcome to Rave Reviews Book Club’s BACK-TO-SCHOOL BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY at The Indie Spot!  Location: Lansing, Michigan, USA.

Blog Party 1

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Here’s What I’m Giving Away Today:

** PRIZES HAVE ALREADY BEEN AWARDED**

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I invite you to check out my books and the book trailers that go with each title. I’ve included an excerpt of Jazz Baby and a short blurb for each book to help you become better acquainted with the stories!

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Jazz Baby Chapter Four Excerpt

722 Dauphine Street promised little in the way of excitement—from outward appearances. What once had been a Digby’s Department Store now went by the somewhat famous Crescent Club.

Revelers of every color, size, and persuasion lined the sidewalk out front, passing around flasks of bootleg hooch, eager for the doors to swing open so nighttime could finally begin.

Nobody paid us any mind as Tanyon and I split the crowd on our way down a side alley leading to the rear entrance.

Tanyon laid a coded knock against the heavy red door.

A fella’s chubby face filled the small peephole.

“I have Miss Teegarten with me,” said Tanyon to the man.

That door swung wide; entrance was granted.

Dozens of round tables lay scattered willy-nilly throughout the cavernous main room. A wide stage rose five feet above the floor. Four colored boys worked up a number I could sing in my sleep.

I said, “I’m ready,” drinking in a dream fixin’ to come true.

That chubby fella let go a laugh. “How’s about we open for business before you get started, huh?”

Waitresses lit candles and set ashtrays on each of those tables.

Tanyon snatched the one closest to the stage, and ordered a pint of bourbon from a dark-haired girl dressed out like a flapper.

“Tell me something,” I began to say.

’Cept Tanyon, he had an answer all lined up. “Your mama was not a whore—if that’s what you’re meaning to know.”

Fine enough by me.

Even if I really didn’t believe him.

Frank Rydekker himself brought Tanyon’s pint to our table. “So this is the little songbird,” said the short, stocky man, pulling me into a splash of orange glowing off a candle. “Can you sing any of these songs?”

My eyes tumbled down the list he presented. “I can sing ’em all,” I gladly admitted.

Rydekker nodded toward a big fella up near the bar and hollered, “Let ’em in, Bill!”

“Don’t be scared, Baby,” Tanyon said, handing me a go at that pint.

I raised the hooch to my lips, had a good pull. “Don’t call me Baby anymore.”

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Cool blue dripped onto the stage from lights burning high above.

My body stood in its gathering puddle.

A boy on drums got us going with a slow shuffle that took up with the bass like a couple of long-time lovers knowing each other’s next move before it’s even been considered. Sullum Cass kissed his shiny saxophone with the breath of something painful and delicious, tossing delicate notes into the smoky air. When the boy on piano sprinkled all the right keys into the mixture, I eased my body against that skinny silver microphone stand, closed my eyes to the fractured night, and told all about that man done me wrong.

Everybody on that parquet dance floor caught on real quick. It’s me they stared at.

Me!

Emily Ann Teegarten.

And wasn’t a single one gave a tinker’s damn about my age or my station in life. Faces opened in welcoming smiles as wicked rhythms spun us all toward a whole new place—a place tucked up high as heaven.

Bodies shimmied and twirled at my feet.

One song blurred into another with nary enough time to breathe.

If I’d dropped dead then and there on that Big Easy stage, I’d have no real complaints. I reckon I’d tell the first angel I set eyes on I’d lived a full life.

I lived out my dream.

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Jazz Baby

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While all of Mississippi bakes in the scorching summer of 1925, sudden orphanhood wraps its icy embrace around pretty Emily Ann “Baby” Teegarten, a young teen.

Taken in by an aunt bent on ridding herself of this unexpected burden, Baby Teegarten plots her escape using the only means at her disposal: a voice that brings church ladies to righteous tears, and makes both angels and devils take notice. “I’m going to New York City to sing jazz,” she brags to anybody who’ll listen. But the Big Apple—well, it’s an awful long way from that dry patch of earth she’d always called home.

So when the smoky stages of New Orleans speakeasies give a whistle, offering all sorts of shortcuts, Emily Ann soon learns it’s the whorehouses and opium dens that can sidetrack a girl and dim a spotlight…and knowing the wrong people can snuff it out.

Jazz Baby just wants to sing—not fight to stay alive.

Click here to view the Jazz Baby book trailer

Click here to buy Jazz Baby

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Slivers of Life: A Collection of Short Stories

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These twenty short stories are a peek into individual lives caught up in spectacular moments in time. Children, teens, mothers, and the elderly each have stories to share. Readers witness tragedy and fulfillment, love and hate, loss and renewal. Historical events become backdrops in the lives of ordinary people, those souls forgotten with the passage of time. Beem Weeks tackles diverse issues running the gamut from Alzheimer’s disease to civil rights, abandonment to abuse, from young love to the death of a child. Long-hidden secrets and notions of revenge unfold at the promptings of rich and realistic characters; plot lines often lead readers into strange and dark corners. Within Slivers of Life, Weeks proves that everybody has a story to tell—and no two are ever exactly alike.

Click here to view the Slivers of Life book trailer

Click here to buy Slivers of Life

Once again, thank you for stopping by. Don’t forget to share your thoughts and comments below.  Good luck on winning my giveaways!  I’ll see you at the next stop of this awesome BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY!

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109 thoughts on “RRBC Book & Blog Block Party

  1. D.L. Finn

    Hi,
    I enjoyed your post, especially the open sign. Thanks for the excerpt from Jazz Baby along with the trailer. I was sold and added it to my kindle.

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  2. Wendy Scott

    Hi Beem,
    I’ve read both of your books and rate them highly with 5 stars+ (this a rating I’m very discerning with and for your books well deserved). You have a natural storytelling flare accompanied by a polished writing technique. I didn’t just read them – I lived them – smelt them – tasted them, and savoured them. Readers – I strongly recommend buying these books and immersing yourself in Beem’s creative works. These stories will linger with you.
    Best wishes with your blog party,
    Wendy

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  3. jinlobify

    Hi Beem, This is really looking good, especially with that big “Open” sign! Reminds me of the signs at night clubs in Jazz Baby. 😀 This is true to character! Have a swinging party today. Enjoy the fun! 🙂

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  4. Mae Clair

    Ooo, nice blog! I positively love the header image and the animated graphics are great. Slivers of Life is already on my Kindle and Jazz Baby is on my TBR. I enjoy books set in that era and this one has been on my radar. What a swinging party stop! 😀 Enjoy your day, Beem!

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  5. Jan Hawke

    Beem – I love your writing and I didn’t think you could top the Jazz Baby book trailer… but the Slivers of Life trailer is AMAZING! I love everything about it but especially the music! 😀 Fresh Ink have done a brilliant job for you – it’s real;ly beautiful 🙂
    Have a fantastic party today – I expect I’ll be back again a couple of times to watch the vid again 😉

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  6. harmonykentonline

    Hi Beem! Love the open sign and the blog design 🙂 I have read both Jazz Baby and slivers of Life and enjoyed them both immensely. The book trailers are great! Best wishes with all your endeavours. And hope you have a great time on today’s party blog post 🙂

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    1. beemweeks Post author

      Four sets of eyes? Hmmm. Note to self: Invent Google Eyes for readers. There could be a fortune to be made.

      Thanks for stopping by, John. I always look forward to finding comments from you on my blog.

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  7. tarafairfield

    My reading list is getting long with this party but I am adding Slivers of Life to my kindle when I get home tonight from work. Love the blog!

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    1. beemweeks Post author

      Thank you, Rebecca. The music in the Jazz Baby trailer was chosen by Nonnie Jules, as she’s the one who created that amazing video. Thank you so much for stopping by today.

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  8. Gwen Plano

    What a great post, Beem! I love the graphics and the excerpts. Of course, you know I loved Slivers – 5-stars, so worthy. Now, I will set aside time for Jazz Baby. Have fun today!

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  9. Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    Beem, I just love your blog up in “lights”! It looks amazing. I have Slivers of Life but haven’t read it yet. Too many books on my list. But your stop is making me refocus. I love Jazz Baby trailer and I really like Slivers of Life Trailer as well. Good job and fantastic post.

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  11. John Fioravanti

    Hey Beem – I have read and reviewed both of your books and they are 5-Star reads! I highly recommend these very well-written books to everyone who stops by. I am looking forward to your next book… please don’t make me wait too long!😉

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    1. beemweeks Post author

      Hello, John! I always look for your comments. Thank you for your kind words. I will be putting more effort into finishing the next novel soon. It’s been sitting on the shelf too long. Thanks for stopping by.

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  12. Karen Ingalls

    You are Open for the book & blog party and am so glad you are. I have read both your books, and honestly, I loved them both. You are an outstanding writer and I hope to see more from you. The two trailers are wonderful and fit perfectly with the books.
    And, thank you for all you do for RRBC.

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  13. Natalie Ducey

    You know how to throw a party, Beem! This is a fantastic post that showcases your work. It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of your writing. I think you’re a brilliant writer and both books easily earn 5 stars. I just revisited Slivers of Life a few nights ago. Love your work and highly recommend it! Have an awesome party day! Cheers. 🙂

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  14. Stephen Geez

    As Foghorn Leghorn might spout: I say–I say, ol’ boy–I say I’s lookin’ at one fine post in heeyah. One fine post, indeed. We’s proud o’ you heeyah at the looney bin–uh, at the farmhouse. Keep on keepin’ on, and good luck with the tour!

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  15. Linda Mims

    Love, love, love this site. Your header is Fantastic and the pictures almost pop off of the page. You really have the BEST Party place! I have Jazz Baby on my Kindle and this inspires me to get to it sooner than later! Enjoy your day, Beem!

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  16. rijanjks

    Hi Beem. I loved reading Jazz Baby. Wow, the things you put your characters through! It was a great book. I am sure I would equally enjoy Slivers of Life. Great site and wonderful post!!

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    1. beemweeks Post author

      Hi, Jan! Thank you for your wonderful words. I’m having more fun than is allowed by law today! This has been such an amazing day for my blog. Thank you for stopping by and making it even better!

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  17. Lori Soard

    Hi Beem. Great stop! I have Jazz Baby on my TBR and waiting to be read already. Now, I’m even more excited about getting to read this book. It looks truly unique. Like Linda, I am inspired to get to reading this book even sooner.

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  18. Suzanna Burke

    Wow! The excerpts and the trailers captured me. I’ve joined in the numbers of folks that have added Jazz Baby to my TBR. From what others have said I’m in for a great reading experience. I do hope the remainder of your party keeps rocketing on.

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