Friday, October 28, 2016

Blog Tour: Change of Address by Jordan S. Brock. Includes Guest Post and Giveaway.

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We are thrilled to welcome Jordan S. Brock as she celebrates the release of her new book Change of Address. Go check it out and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

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Service Dog Go-Bag

These days, everyone has a backpack or messenger bag. We carry our essential technology, from Kindles to iPads, as well as wallets, keys, glasses, and other day-to-day stuff. In Change of Address, Michael is no exception. He carries a messenger bag everywhere he goes, but what’s inside his bag may surprise you.

As a service dog handler, Michael carries stuff not only for himself but for his dog, Kaylee. Just like how parents carry bags of stuff for their kids, most service dog handlers carry at least a few essentials. I based Michael’s bag on my own service dog go-bag. Here’s what I carry:

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After lots of experimenting, I carry the Convention Survival Bag from Thinkgeek. It has lots of pockets (though you can never enough pockets), easy access to the front compartment if I’m carrying my iPad, and outside pockets for a water bottle or travel mug of life-giving coffee.

Clockwise from the upper right, I have my clean-up supplies, including a pee pad, paper towels, Nature’s Miracle cleaner, and hand sanitizer. For medical and other emergencies, I carry a little roll of duct tape and some first aid kits with bandages and tweezers.

The earbuds—Captain America-themed—are great for discouraging people from bothering me. Then I have my wallet, chewing gum, and Kindle, along with a battery charger/flashlight with USB and lightning cables. The bag I carry even has a hole so I can run cables to the front compartment to charge my phone or iPad.

My kit is rounded out with a pen, stain stick, glasses, sewing kit, reusable shopping bag, eyeglass repair kit, and a collapsible water bowl for Bucky.

And I can’t forget the rainbow paracord bracelet on my bag. If you’ve been to one of the last couple Romantic Times Booklovers Conventions, you may have seen me making or giving out paracord bracelets. They’re incredibly useful, especially for service dog handlers. Link a couple together, and you’ve got an emergency dog collar. Unknot one, and you’ve got a makeshift leash or cord to repair a broken strap.

(Yes, that’s a little Deadpool hanging from the zipper on the bag! I’ve also got Cap’s shield and Drax.)

What do you find essential to carry when you leave the house?

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Change of Address

Jordan S. Brock

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Publisher ~ Riptide Publishing 

Published ~ 24th October 2016

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance

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Synopsis

Air Force sergeant Michael Baldwin wanted nothing more than to escape his family’s political ambitions, but his dream of freedom was shattered by an enemy bullet to the head. Two years later, he and his service dog, Kaylee, resist his father’s demand to join him on the campaign trail—where a photogenic “wounded warrior” is always an asset—and instead return to the family’s summer home on Hartsbridge Island.
There Michael and his beautiful German shepherd capture the attention of Josh Goldberg, co-owner of the local bagel shop. Josh has a knack for business and a killer repertoire of his bubbe’s recipes. But lack of education undermines his confidence, and Josh’s father doesn’t share his ambition for the restaurant’s future.
Chicken soup and bacon might be the way to Michael’s heart, but he and Josh need time to learn about everything that comes after—lessons that Governor Baldwin and his relentless ambition will do anything to thwart. Letting someone in is a tall order for two men who can’t trust themselves, but if they have any hope of a future together, that’s exactly what they’ll need to do.

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Meet Jordan S. Brock

Coffee-fueled author Jordan Brock writes engaging contemporary romance with a deliciously pan-romantic sensibility and an emphasis on consent, respect, and, of course, love. Her characters are constantly surprised by the way love’s slow burn sneaks up on them.

Jordan’s children are all four-legged and furry. They love to be oh-so-helpful with her writing. She can usually be found hiding from the sun with her service dog and her puppy-in-training. (She tried the training thing with cats first, since cats are so much smarter, but it was a no-go.)

Before she was published, Jordan worked as a tech writer in the semiconductor industry. She’s also created labs and learning materials for auto, diesel , and motorcycle mechanics. The technology was the easy part; the hard part was trying not to slip in pop-culture snark.

Jordan lives in the desert outside Phoenix, Arizona, despite the fact she turns into gray goo and blue hair dye when exposed to heat. For fun, she hunts scorpions in the backyard, with a blowtorch, and a crowbar. She’s chronically unavailable for at least a month after new game releases from Blizzard. She’s an unapologetic fangirl and has been known to write an occasional fanfic to prove Bucky Barnes is not a villain. Oh, and she crochets the cutest amigurumi ever.

If you’d like to learn more about Jordan, check out her blog and website at jordansbrock.com.

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Giveaway

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To celebrate the release of Change of Address, one lucky winner will receive a stuffed United States Air Force bear and $15 in Riptide credit!

Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on October 29, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

25 comments:

  1. That's a really complete kit. My essentials when I leave my house are tissues, my allergy medicines, mp3 and earbuds, my wallet, a book, and some dry cat food in case I found a stray cat (which unfortunately are quite common in my city).
    Congratulations on the new release. It sounds good
    susanaperez7140(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Aww, it's so sweet that you carry cat food! On behalf of all the poor stray kitties, thank you!

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  2. I'm amazed at all the things that are carried by a service dog handler. I don't carry too much in my bag a purse, wallet, lipstick, pill case, drivers Licence, tissues, compact mirror, mints, sunglasses and a pair of knickers just in case!

    ShirleyAnn(at)speakman40(dot)freeserve(dot)co(dot)uk

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    1. Okay, the knickers are a genius idea! There was a time when I debated carrying doggie diapers back while Bucky was being housetrained.

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  3. I've used a backpack instead of a purse for the last 30 years. I was going out to dinner with my parents once and my dad asked if I was really going to take my backpack (the size students use, not a hiking for weeks kind) and my mom and I were like "Of course". (She appreciated me being her sherpa when we went shopping.) Shortly after, I saw a backpack purse on sale and bought it to tweak my dad the next time I saw him. I keep my wallet, tissues, ear plugs, band aids, acetaminophen and ibuprofen, a small day planner, a small notebook and pen, my cell phone, nail file, lip balm, a day's supply of meds, some mints, a granola bar and a book and/or my tablet/ereader.

    acm05atjuno.com

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    1. Of course, this was not a fine dining restaurant, just family casual.

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    2. I love the idea of you being your mom's helper when shopping! That's very sweet!

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  4. I always have my wallet, phone, lipstick, tissues, concealer, mints, ibuprofen...and sometimes some chocolate.

    vitajex(at)aol(Dot)com

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  5. Awesome kit! I carry a lot of stuff like that in my huge purse. Always the go-to person in my family when we are out and someone needs something. :-)

    jen(dot)f(at)mac(dot)com

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    1. Before having a service dog, I used to go out with my wallet, keys, phone, and sunglasses. Nothing more! It's been a real lifestyle change, having to carry this huge bag.

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  6. Mmmm, let me see... keys, wallet, tissues, chapstick, migraine medicine, umbrella, transportation card, phone, power bank, e-reader are non-negociable ;)
    Thanks for the giveaway.

    foebz (AT) hotmail (DOT) com

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  7. Aww, that bear is too cute. Only ever had one family member in the Air Force, and that was during WW2 when it was the Air Corps instead. Everyone else has been Navy or Army, save our resident Army Corps of Engineers member.

    It's amazing how dogs can pick up things, even without being trained for it. My two ended up teaching themselves to be medical alert dogs as they let me know when my sugar is too low. They haven't been wrong once.

    authorcaseywolfe[at]gmail[dot]com

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  8. I love the bear! Thank you for this awesome opportunity. Nicole 9375 at aol dot com

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  9. Great bear❤️
    I carry in my purse my wallet,hand sanitizer, eye glass wipes, personal care items for my mom, my kindle et charging cords, Kleenex, compact mirror, inhaler et many more items
    Thank you for the great giveaway

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  10. Thank you for the whole blog tour. Cannot wait to read this one

    amie_07(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. I can't wait to read this book. I've really enjoyed the tour.

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  12. phone

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  13. blurb sounds great ..congrats
    jmarinich33@aol.com

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  14. In my purse I carry: wallet, keys, headache tablets, heartburn pills, ibuprofen, lotion, nailclippers, nail file, lipstick/gloss, floss, lip balm, my checkbook, my parents' checkbook, pens, Tide-to-Go, one-use charger for electronic devices, badge for work, iPod, Kindle, Burt's Bees Res-Q ointment, phone & probably other things I can't remember right now. And it's a relatively small purse, not that size of a tote bag!
    legacylandlisa(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. I keep leaving my purse so I try not to carry it very often. Congrats onthe release.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  16. My goodness that's a lot of items. I don't usually like carrying anything but a credit card, id, keys, phone. But for work I have a bag that has all those items plus facial wipes, antibacterial spray, extra phone battery and phone charger.

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

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  17. An umbrella, for rain or shine.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  18. wallet, keys, phone, kindle, tissues, pen

    leetee2007(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  19. This is an awesome giveaway!! Thanks so much for the chance. You can reach me at angelbaby24foru@yahoo.com

    I always have my phone, wallet, deodorant body spray and perfume with me as well as my makeup.

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