Sunday, May 19, 2013

RUMORS by Stephanie Abrams Blog Tour Giveaway & Excerpt


Rumors by Stephanie Abrams

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Conspiracies, secrets, lies, scandals and loves are woven into the intrigue of the business and personal lives of Frank, and his young wife, Maisy, their family and friends, as rumors swirl around them and the company Frank joins on his search for a more comfortable life. Warned by Maisy's dad, a retired Nassau County, NY police officer, that disaster awaits if he accepts a job at this local company, based on unprovable rumors about the corporation, Frank's need to make a better life for himself and Maisy result in the lives of all around them being sucked into danger. Rumors abound, like a tornado sweeping through the family and community, threaten the lives, livelihoods, and love relationships of family, friends, and acquaintances in this Long Island community! A glimpse into Frank's welcoming ceremony into the company sets the stage for the intrigue that follows.

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Herbert Holmes had had enough.  He had made a fortune as the sole proprietor of his company, Mr. Bodyparts. He fell into business as an orderly at the hospital morgue.  Homeless people who died in the hospital usually had no identification, no one who cared, no one to claim them.  Herb used his street smarts and made some connections with local university medical schools that needed cadavers and body parts for training medical personnel. A business was born.
. . . Herb’s street smarts lead him to opportunities. Through his street friends, Herb was connected with a number of organizations that, on a fairly frequent basis, could provide him with a body as a result of their own “business endeavors.”   In cases like this, Herb got paid on both ends: once to accept the body from the donating organization, and again by the medical institution making the purchase. The payment from the first group was infinitely greater than the payment from the second, which was always in cash, often paid in a brown paper sack in a dark alley or railway station.  And only the payments from the medical schools were reported as income.. . . One of the accounts receivable items that needed attention was an open invoice for a considerable sum of money due from a company called RCA & D…


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Stephanie Abrams is recognized worldwide as a travel expert and has been rated as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Travel. She is the executive producer and host of two nationally syndicated radio shows about travel and has appeared on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, BBC1 Radio and BBC1 TV. She is a sought-after motivational speaker and has given seminars for the last nine years at the NYTimes Travel Show. She is a journalist whose work has appeared in TRAVELHOST, travelgirl, Fido Friendly and WHERE NY. She travels widely globally and in the US and has an award-winning website, which includes the family of brands and
Abrams has been the recipient of honors, awards and recognitions for her signature business legacy and accomplishments in the travel industry and her philanthropic work sponsoring travel experiences for people whom she identifies as “needing to go someplace of significance to them who otherwise would not get there,” and for needy and homeless children to have the opportunity to travel both in the US and abroad to expand their horizons and assist them in raising the bar in creating their own life goals. Recognitions and awards have come from the Saint Patrick Centre in Northern Ireland, the Mid-Atlantic Community of the Sisters of Mercy, the Giving Tree Outreach Program that rescues homeless and needy children, the Big Apple Project Pearl Legacy, the Euro-American Women’s Council, the City of Athens and the island of Mykonos, Greece as well as the Greek National Ministry of Tourism, and the Greek Hellenic Parliament. 

Abrams launched her travel career after following a path she describes as “what was expected of me.” 
After receiving her BA and Master of Science degrees, Abrams taught every level from elementary school children through college where her focus was on developing a curriculum concentration in the field of Travel & Tourism.  In the travel industry, she rose to the position of Executive Vice President of a $1.5 billion global travel company and has been recognized with many prestigious awards including being honored as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Travel by Travel Agent Magazine.

Stephanie Abrams first novel, "Rumors," while a work of fiction, presents characters and events inspired by her world travels and observations of life's experiences, creating fictional but believable characters and incidents with unexpected twists and turns. The quiet lives of ordinary people are thrown into chaos that all beings with rumors among friends, family, strangers and colleagues driven by greed, egos and the search for power.  Life appears to be imitating art as recent real news events seem to be copied from directly from the pages of Rumors as the first character, Herbert Holmes, is introduced as Mr. Bodyparts. 

Abrams is currently working on the first in a series of travel guides  which is a new approach creating perfect days traveling in Ireland which will be immediately followed with  a sequel to RUMORS called SECRET.  Abrams favorite things in life are traveling with her husband, Mark, producing exciting radio programming about inspiring destinations for her national audience, finding occasions to speak French,  visiting with her son, Dru, in California,  writing stories and poems for and  about her granddaughter, Piper, and  kissing her English Springer Spaniel, Maggie McGee, on the nose.  

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