A Lion in the Grass by Mark Zvonkovic

Another Book in The Raymond Hatcher Story Series:

Book Details:

​Book Title:  A Lion in the Grass (The Raymond Hatcher Stories/Book One) by Mark Zvonkovic
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  333 pages
Genre: Literary Fiction
Publisher:  Dos Perro Press
Release date:  August 2020


Book Description:

Set over the course of six decades, A Lion in the Grass documents the despair and hope of a spy who suffers the murder of friends and enjoys the success of mentoring protégés.

​The story is told through alternative viewpoints of Raymond, his protégés, and the French villain. The novel digs deeply into questions of love, self-doubt and hatred, all foisted upon Raymond during a career from which, he discovers, it is impossible to retire.

MY THOUGHTS ON A LION IN THE GRASS

A Lion in the Grass (The Raymond Hatcher Stories/Book One) by Mark Zvonkovic is an interesting story that follows a spy, Raymond Hatcher over the course of six decades. The story is told from mostly Raymond’s point of view, but some of the other characters chimes in to tell their viewpoints as well. I like Raymond but sometimes I had a little problem connecting with him, but maybe because he was a spy and didn’t want anyone connecting with him.

The details of each scene throughout makes the story flow so much better, and the character’s are so realistic, especially when the story is dealing with real life issues. With a lot of the book I felt like I was right there feeling the story with the characters.The writing is phenomenal and I enjoyed the authors writing style, I just wasnt expecting the language that could have been calmed down a little or left out altogether. But that’s my point of view. This is a really good story and I look forward to reading the other two books in this series. A Lion in the Grass is a very well written spy story, and if spy stories is your thing, you will enjoy this one. 

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Book Details:

​Book Title:  Belinda (The Raymond Hatcher Stories/Book Three) by Mark Zvonkovic
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  276 pages
Genre: Literary / Legal Thriller
Publisher:  Dos Perro Press
Release date:  June 2022
Content Rating:  PG13+M because it involves mature themes, occasional mild profanities, non-explicit sex scenes and mild violence.


“You will keep turning pages not just for the pleasure of his writing, but because you simply have to know what happens next.” — Mark Pryor, author of Die Around Sundown and the Hugo Marston series

Belinda is a thrilling novel with gripping layers of legal and corporate intrigue, but it’s Zvonkovic’s character work and timely themes that propel the narrative to new heights. Part romance, part legal drama, Zvonkovic blends genres and defies expectations with each turn of the page, ultimately creating an emotional exploration of justice, purpose, and legacy.” — James Wade, Spur Award-winning author of River, Sing Out

“Fans of characters such as Tom Clancy’s John Clark, as well as other readers who are interested in the techno-thriller genre, should find Belinda to be a thoroughly captivating and satisfying read.” — David Loux, Author of Chateaux Laux

“A spy thriller meets legal fiction meets romance novel.” — Kirkus Reviews


Book Description:

Set in the conference rooms of a white-shoe Houston law firm and the stunning coastline of Baja California, Belinda is the story of a woman’s bravery and resourcefulness at the end of her brilliant career. Her decision to fight her firm’s men in suits who demand her retirement is called into question when a man once her lover appears after a long unexplained absence.

Against a backdrop of romance and legal drama, the novel explores questions about love, the law, and the anxious precipice of life change. Is it ever too late to be swept away by romance? Can true justice ever be attained when the law’s practitioners are corrupt? And when your work is what defines you, what’s left after retirement?

​During a week of surprises and abstruse events, Belinda sees the once presumed greatness of her life flicker as she forces the moment for her decision to a crisis.

SHINING BRIGHTLY by Howard Brown

SHINING BRIGHTLY

by Howard Brown

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GENRE:  Memoir

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BLURB:

In Shining Brightly, Silicon Valley pioneer, cancer survivor and interfaith peacemaker Howard Brown shares keys to resilience for successful entrepreneurs, patient advocates and community leaders. He shows us how to reach out through our families, our communities and around the world to form truly supportive connections and friendships. From Howard’s career as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, to his conquering metastatic stage IV cancer twice, to his compassionate outreach as a peacemaker, to his love of sports—this ultimately is not one man’s story. Shining Brightly is a story shared by countless men and women—and may wind up changing your life as well. With each true story he tells in the pages, Howard invites readers to picture how they might join him in shining more light in our world.

Excerpt Four:

When I landed in Silicon Valley in 1997, people told me: “The math is crazy here. Two plus two equals 200.” As a top salesman for more than a decade, I was used to the roller-coaster ride of chasing big deals. I’d had my share of setbacks as well as breathtaking commission checks when great deals finally were signed. But moving into Silicon Valley was climbing to a whole new altitude. At the same time, I also was evolving from strictly sales to becoming a serial entrepreneur, a life whose ups and downs are less like a roller coaster and more like scaling the Himalayas. Silicon Valley in the 1990s was as disorienting as Alice in Wonderland or The Matrix. 

With each passing quarter of the year, old assumptions were turned head over heels. I had come of age when aspiring salespeople, executives and entrepreneurs could develop their skills along comfortable on ramps like NCR’s lavish training programs. There was no Sugar Camp with the implicit promise of a successful career. In Silicon Valley, it was learn fast, move fast and earn faster. Everything was new and speculative. There was no safety net. We were scrambling to find toe holds in startups operating out of borrowed garages, cramped cubicles, dusty attics—wherever we could pitch our tents. We were competing for seats at flimsy card tables where people were hunched over their plans to build the future. I was among thousands who were hooked on this adrenaline rush. I sweated toward my first big success in a claustrophobic basement startup that was overwhelmed with the odor of frying onions every day as the vents of the next-door Mexican restaurant turned on for the lunch and dinner rush. 

When people first told me about Silicon Valley’s crazy math, I laughed at the exaggeration. When I landed in the scrambler myself, I realized they weren’t kidding. Within just a few years, Lisa and I were able to buy a beautiful, newly built home and increase our charitable giving significantly with our “found money.” I earned big money via large commissions and stock options originally worth pennies working around the clock to build and sell a revolutionary product in the music industry that wound up failing not too long after it went public. We were ahead of our time in that basement, so our concept quickly fizzled. But in Silicon Valley? We still took money home. And, as surprising as it may seem, most of the investors weren’t complaining. For the most part, they were clear-eyed venture capitalists pouring money into startups that sounded promising, hoping to strike gold on just a few of the many bets they were placing. 

What about all that money? That’s the first myth about the heyday of Silicon Valley that I need to bust. Many of us weren’t in this for the money. Sure, we all hoped to strike it rich and make a better life for ourselves. Some of us made big money, often for an all-too-brief time. I know that I personally wanted to become a philanthropist and give back. But the money was not what drove us to work insane hours and to nearly abandon our families along the way. No, what drove us through each day was the heady dream of reinventing the way the world works—the way we all connect and move and interrelate—the way we do our work and the way we enjoy ourselves after work. We were the generation that firmly believed we could make the most fantastic tech dreams come true. And, if that sounds like the plot for a sci-fi movie, then so be it. 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Howard Brown is an author, Silicon Valley entrepreneur, interfaith peacemaker, two-time stage IV cancer survivor and healthcare advocate. For more than three decades, Howard’s business innovations, leadership principles, mentoring and his resilience in beating cancer against long odds have made him a sought-after speaker and consultant for businesses, nonprofits, congregations, and community groups. In his business career, Howard was a pioneer in helping to launch a series of technology startups before he co-founded two social networks that were the first to connect religious communities around the world. He served his alma matter—Babson College, ranked by US News as the nation’s top college for entrepreneurship—as a trustee and president of Babson’s worldwide alumni network. His hard-earned wisdom about resilience after beating cancer twice has led him to become a nationally known patient advocate and “cancer whisperer” to many families. Visit Howard at ShiningBrightly.com to learn more about his ongoing work and contact him. Through that website, you also will find resources to help you shine brightly in your own corner of the world. Howard, his wife Lisa and daughter Emily currently reside in Michigan.

http://www.shiningbrightly.com 

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Spotlight Giveaway The Henrietta and Inspector Howard Novels by Michelle Cox

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Book Series Details:

Book Series:  The Henrietta and Inspector Howard Novels by Michelle Cox
Category:  Adult fiction (18+), 200-400 pages each
Genre:  Historical Fiction, Historical Mysteries
Publisher:  She Writes Press
Release date:  April 2016; April 2017; April 2018; April 2019; April 2020, Oct 2022
Tour dates:  Sep 26 to Oct 21, 2022
Content Rating: This book series is rated R. Books 1 – 2 do not have sex scenes, but they are implied and the content is mature (prostitution, gambling, alcohol, murder, serial killer). Book 3 introduces tasteful sex scenes between a married couple and there is one rape (not graphic at all). Books 4 – 6 usually have 2 tasteful sex scenes in each Swearing is present in all 6 books, but is minimal. ​

“Downton Abbey meets Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries!”

 

“Henrietta and Clive are a sexy, endearing, and downright fun pair of sleuths. Readers will not see the final twist coming.” Library Journal, starred review

“Fans of spunky, historical heroines will love Henrietta Von Harmon.” Booklist, starred review

“Henrietta and Inspector Howard are the best pair of sleuths I’ve come across in ages. A fantastic start to what is sure to be a long running series.” ―Tasha Alexander, New York Times bestselling author ​

Book Series Description:
A GIRL LIKE YOU: Beautiful Henrietta Von Harmon works as a 26 girl at a corner bar, Poor Pete’s, on Chicago’s northwest side. It’s 1935, but things still aren’t looking up since the big crash and her father’s subsequent suicide. Left to care for her antagonistic mother and seven younger siblings, Henrietta is persuaded to take a job as a taxi dancer at a local dance hall. Henrietta is just beginning to enjoy herself, dancing with men for ten cents a dance, when the floor matron suddenly turns up murdered. The aloof Inspector Clive Howard then appears on the scene, and Henrietta unwittingly finds herself involved in unraveling the mystery when she agrees to go undercover for him in a burlesque theater where he believes the killer lurks.

Even as Henrietta is plunged into Chicago’s grittier underworld, she struggles to still play the mother “hen” to her younger siblings and even to the pesky neighborhood boy, Stanley, who believes himself in love with her and continues to pop up in the most unlikely places, determined, ironically, to keep Henrietta safe, even from the Inspector if needs be. Despite his efforts, however, and his penchant for messing up the Inspector’s investigation, the lovely Henrietta and the impenetrable Inspector find themselves drawn to each other in most unsuitable ways. 
 
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MILES AND THE SOLDIER by G.J. Kemp

Join Us for This Book Series Tour:  Sep 6 to Oct 17, 2022

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Book Series Details:

Book Series Title: THE ACRE SERIES by G.J. Kemp
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +)
Genre:  Epic Fantasy
Publisher:  TB5 Publishing
Release date:   January 2022,  May 2022, June 2022, August 2022
Content Rating:  PG for a few fight scenes.   

Book Series Description:

From their windows, balconies, and gardens, the residents of the land of Acre stare north at the ominous black clouds that crawl across their beloved skies, overshadowing their homes. Under the clouds, a darkness has befallen the majestic City of Lynn.

Within the city, a cornered Queen, once true and just, now plays a game of cat and mouse with the races of Acre. Each season, as the Queen fights for control, the ‘Unknowns’ from the North approach. With them comes the stench of evil, fear, and death.

But… there is hope. A lost legend now awakened.

A set of dormant orbs lay in the gnarled hands of an old man. One by one, the dull orbs spark and swirl to life. Somewhere within the City of Lynn, the scroll of equals remains hidden. It’s text, supplied by the gods, awaits the chosen who may one day save the land of Acre.

Or so the legend says. 

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Books in the Series:

Book Details:

Book Series Title: JUNO AND THE LADY (An Acre Story, Book 1) by G.J. Kemp
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +), 400 pages
Genre:  Epic Fantasy
Publisher:  TB5 Publishing
Release date:   January 2022
Content Rating:  PG for a few fight scenes.

Book Description:

Juno’s beloved Petra is dead.

Petra’s replacement, the mysterious Lady, has put Juno’s best friend Tilly under a dark spell that has left Juno with nobody she can trust.

With only Chax, her kitten, for company, Juno escapes from her school to a town at the bottom of the cliffs.

A town ruled by men.

Alone, scared, and without friends, Juno feels an unknown power growing inside her. A power she knows she will one day have to harness. With all lost, a dark figure from within the shadows cups her mouth and whispers in her ear to keep quiet.

Juno joins her new friends but just as she starts to learn how the world really works, the ill-tempered Dr Viktor demands an audience.

Juno and the Lady is a young woman’s journey into a land of the old ways, where men rule, and women are property.

​With unlikely friendships, forbidden love and burning magic, can Juno change the conventions of old? Can she save the town? And will she figure out who the Lady truly is?

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Book Details:

Book Series Title: VALEN AND THE BEASTS (A Juno and the Lady Novella, An Acre Story, Book 1.1) by G.J. Kemp
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +), 126 pages
Genre:  Epic Fantasy
Publisher:  TB5 Publishing
Release date:   May 16, 2022
Content Rating:  PG for a few fight scenes.  

Book Description:

Valen plucked the glass box off the shelf and gently placed it on his desk. Inside, a set of handcrafted metal circles linked to form the body of his new beast. He closed his eyes and dreamed of the Fairacre residents buying his latest creations.

A commotion outside Valen’s shop brings him back to the present. The Captain has caught the leader of the sewer rats and is parading her in front of Fairacre residents. Her fate will be determined by the townsfolk’s demands.

Valen steps in to defend the leader.

​A story of discovery, hope and courage, Valen and the Beasts is a journey of an outsider risking everything to stand up for the people he loves. Will Valen save the leader of the sewer rats? Will he show everyone his secret? Or will he buckle under the pressures of the old conventions?
 

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Book Details:

Book Series Title: PETRA AND THE SEWER RATS (A Juno and the Lady Novella, An Acre Story, Book 1.2) by G.J. Kemp
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +), 120 pages
Genre:  Epic Fantasy
Publisher:  TB5 Publishing
Release date:   August, 2022
Content Rating:  PG for a few fight scenes.  

Book Description:

‘You saved one girl, papa,’ Petra said. ‘Just one girl. The rest are living in the alleys. Starving, freezing, with no hope.’

‘I still don’t understand why this is bothering you so much?’ Ernest said.

Petra turned her head and stared out of the window.

A young privileged woman who knows nothing about the real world is thrown deep into the underbelly of Fairacre.

Petra and the Sewer Rats take us on a tale of how Petra forms the Sewer Rats then has to make an impossible decision. Does she save her baby? Or does she save the children of the alleys?

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Book Details:

Book Series Title: MILES AND THE SOLDIER (An Acre Story, Book 2) by G.J. Kemp
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +), 474 pages
Genre:  Epic Fantasy
Publisher:  TB5 Publishing
Release date:   June 2022
Content Rating:  PG for a few fight scenes.  

Book Description:

The front door swung open. The icy blast of air hit Miles full in the face. For the first time in months, a smile played across his lips. Freedom.

Miles knows his life changed when the Lady’s sword cut deep into his back. He knows he’ll never achieve his lifelong dream.

Then a stab of joyous pain slices down his leg. With renewed hope, Miles leaves behind the shackles of Dr Viktor’s house and travels east, to the training grounds of the Queen’s Guard.

Will Miles get the chance to compete for a place? And will they accept him in the warrior’s holy ground of Battleacre?

​The Acre Story follows Miles’s journey through the eastern lands as our epic fantasy continues.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

MILES AND THE SOLDIER (An Acre Story, Book 2) by G.J. Kemp follows Miles’s journey through the eastern lands in this fantasy series. I have really enjoyed these book and I hope to read more from this author in the future.

Miles will never walk again because of the sword of the Lady cuts deeply into his back. The paralysis is so bad, but Miles is determined to prove everyone wrong tries to work diligently on working his legs to do that. But we will see who is right.

Kemp does another amazing job writing this second book. I definitely advise reading book one and the to novellas before reading this one. In MILES AND THE SOLDIER, the characters were spot on. I enjoyed the way they developed so well throughout the story. Kemp does an amazing job writing the characters, as well as the descriptive writing throughout the book. Each scene was well described so it makes it easier to understand and stay with the story. It was fun visiting with the friends we met in the first books, as well as meeting new friends here in this one. There are a lot of characters to get to know, but the was Kemp writes them into the story makes it easy to get to know them and keep them all straight. Not usually a big fan of fantasy, I sure did enjoy this series. One thing that drew me in are the unique book covers and I especially love this cover to book two. There is so much to this book, you need to read it for yourself. If you love fantasy, this entire series will be great for you.

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Meet the Author:

A nomad at heart, GJ has lived in nine countries across Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His career has included working as a Divemaster in The Red Sea, a zookeeper in Israel, and a proofreader in Sweden.

Born with cerebral palsy, GJ has spent a lifetime trying to tie his shoelaces while standing up in the hope of not falling over. It is a constant challenge, but sometimes he occasionally succeeds.

​Finding the love for writing later in life, GJ spends most of his free time going for walks and dreaming of story ideas. He hopes to one day have a small place on the oceanfront where he can walk his dogs on the beach.

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Tour Schedule:

​Sep 6 – Cover Lover Book Review – book series spotlight of THE ACRE SERIES / guest post / giveaway
Sep 6 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of JUNO AND THE LADY (Book 1) / guest post / giveaway
Sep 7 – She Just Loves Books – book review of JUNO AND THE LADY (Book 1) / giveaway
Sep 7 The Momma Spot – book review of JUNO AND THE LADY (Book 1) / giveaway
Sep 8 – Library Lady’s Kid Lit – book review of JUNO AND THE LADY (Book 1) / author interview / giveaway
Sep 8 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of VALEN AND THE BEASTS (Book 1.1) / giveaway
Sep 9 – Books With A Chance Of Traveling – book review of JUNO AND THE LADY (Book 1) / author interview / giveaway
Sep 9 – Literary Flits – book review of JUNO AND THE LADY (Book 1) / giveaway
Sep 12 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of PETRA AND THE SEWER RATS (Book 1.2) / giveaway
Sep 13 – She Just Loves Books – book review of VALEN AND THE BEASTS (Book 1.1) / giveaway
Sep 13  The Momma Spot – book review of VALEN AND THE BEASTS (Book 1.1) / giveaway
Sep 14 – fundinmental – book series spotlight of THE ACRE SERIES / guest post / giveaway
Sep 15 – Library Lady’s Kid Lit – book review of VALEN AND THE BEASTS (Book 1.1) / giveaway
Sep 16 – 
Splashes of Joy – book review of JUNO AND THE LADY (Book 1)/ giveaway
Sep 16 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of MILES AND THE SOLDIER (Book 2) / giveaway
Sep 16  – The Momma Spot – book review of PETRA AND THE SEWER RATS (Book 1.2) / giveaway
Sep 19 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review of JUNO AND THE LADY (Book 1)
Sep 19 –
Books With A Chance Of Traveling – book review of VALEN AND THE BEASTS (Book 1.1) / giveaway
Sep 19 – 
Splashes of Joy – book review of VALEN AND THE BEASTS (Book 1.1)/ giveaway
Sep 20 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book series spotlight of THE ACRE SERIES / author interview / giveaway
Sep 20 – She Just Loves Books – book review of PETRA AND THE SEWER RATS (Book 1.2) / giveaway
Sep 21 – She Just Loves Books – book review of MILES AND THE SOLDIER (Book 2) / giveaway
Sep 22 – Library Lady’s Kid Lit – book review of PETRA AND THE SEWER RATS (Book 1.2) / giveaway
Sep 23  The Momma Spot – book review of MILES AND THE SOLDIER (Book 2) / giveaway
Sep 23 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review of VALEN AND THE BEASTS (Book 1.2)
Sep 26 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of JUNO AND THE LADY (Book 1) / giveaway
Sep 26 – 
Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of JUNO AND THE LADY (Book 1) / giveaway
Sep 26 – 
Splashes of Joy – book review of PETRA AND THE SEWER RATS (Book 1.2)/ giveaway
Sep 26 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review of PETRA AND THE SEWER RATS (Book 1.2)
Sep 27 – Stephanie Jane – book series spotlight of THE ACRE SERIES / guest post / giveaway
Sep 27 –
 Literary Flits – book review of VALEN AND THE BEASTS (Book 1.1) / giveaway
Sep 27 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of VALEN AND THE BEASTS (Book 1.1) / giveaway
Sep 27 – 
Splashes of Joy – book review of MILES AND THE SOLDIER (Book 2)/ giveaway
Sep 28 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of PETRA AND THE SEWER RATS (Book 1.2) / giveaway
Sep 29 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of MILES AND THE SOLDIER (Book 2) / giveaway
Sep 29 – Library Lady’s Kid Lit – book review of MILES AND THE SOLDIER (Book 2) / giveaway
Sep 30 – Books With A Chance Of Traveling – book review of PETRA AND THE SEWER RATS (Book 1.2) / giveaway
Sep 30 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review of MILES AND THE SOLDIER (Book 2)
Oct 3 – The Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book review of JUNO AND THE LADY (Book 1) / author interview / giveaway
Oct 3 – Books for Books – book review of JUNO AND THE LADY (Book 1)
Oct 3 – 
Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of VALEN AND THE BEASTS (Book 1.1) / giveaway
Oct 4 – The Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book review of VALEN AND THE BEASTS (Book 1.1) / giveaway
Oct 4 – Books for Books – book review of VALEN AND THE BEASTS (Book 1.1)
Oct 5 – Books With A Chance Of Traveling – book review of MILES AND THE SOLDIER (Book 2) / giveaway
Oct 5 – The Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book review of PETRA AND THE SEWER RATS (Book 1.2) / giveaway
Oct 6 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book series spotlight of THE ACRE SERIES / guest post / giveaway
Oct 6 – The Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book review of MILES AND THE SOLDIER (Book 2) / guest post / giveaway
Oct 7 – Books for Books – book review of PETRA AND THE SEWER RATS (Book 1.2)
Oct 11 –Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of JUNO AND THE LADY (Book 1) / giveaway
Oct 12 –Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of VALEN AND THE BEASTS (Book 1.1) / giveaway
Oct 12 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of PETRA AND THE SEWER RATS (Book 1.2) / giveaway
Oct 13 –Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of PETRA AND THE SEWER RATS (Book 1.2) / giveaway
Oct 13 –
 Literary Flits – book review of PETRA AND THE SEWER RATS (Book 1.2) / giveaway
Oct 14 – Bookswithpaulak – book review of JUNO AND THE LADY (Book 1)
Oct 14 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of MILES AND THE SOLDIER (Book 2) / giveaway
Oct 17 – @onecreativeartist – book review of JUNO AND THE LADY (Book 1)
Oct 17 – Books and Games – book review of JUNO AND THE LADY (Book 1) / guest post / giveaway
Oct 17 – 
Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of MILES AND THE SOLDIER (Book 2) / giveaway
Oct 18 – @onecreativeartist – book review of VALEN AND THE BEASTS (Book 1.1)
Oct 18 – Books and Games – book review of VALEN AND THE BEASTS (Book 1.1) / giveaway
Oct 19 – @onecreativeartist – book review of PETRA AND THE SEWER RATS (Book 1.2)
Oct 19 – Books and Games – book review of PETRA AND THE SEWER RATS (Book 1.2) / giveaway
Oct 20 – Acourtofbookishreviews
book series review of JUNO AND THE LADY (Book 1), VALENS AND THE BEASTS
(Book 1.1), PETRA AND THE SEWER RATS (Book 1.2), MILES AND THE SOLDIER
(Book 2)

Oct 20 – Books and Games – book review of MILES AND THE SOLDIER (Book 2) / author interview / giveaway
Oct 20 –
 Literary Flits – book review of MILES AND THE SOLDIER (Book 2) / giveaway
Oct 21 – Bookswithpaulak – book review of MILES AND THE SOLDIER (Book 2)
Oct 21 – Books for Books – book review of MILES AND THE SOLDIER (Book 2)
 

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THE ACRE SERIES Book Tour Giveaway

Join Us for This Book Series Tour:  Sep 6 to Oct 17, 2022

Book Series Details:

Book Series Title: THE ACRE SERIES by G.J. Kemp
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +)
Genre:  Epic Fantasy
Publisher:  TB5 Publishing
Release date:   January 2022,  May 2022, June 2022, August 2022
Content Rating:  PG for a few fight scenes.   

 
Book Series Description:

From their windows, balconies, and gardens, the residents of the land of Acre stare north at the ominous black clouds that crawl across their beloved skies, overshadowing their homes. Under the clouds, a darkness has befallen the majestic City of Lynn.

Within the city, a cornered Queen, once true and just, now plays a game of cat and mouse with the races of Acre. Each season, as the Queen fights for control, the ‘Unknowns’ from the North approach. With them comes the stench of evil, fear, and death.

But… there is hope. A lost legend now awakened.

A set of dormant orbs lay in the gnarled hands of an old man. One by one, the dull orbs spark and swirl to life. Somewhere within the City of Lynn, the scroll of equals remains hidden. It’s text, supplied by the gods, awaits the chosen who may one day save the land of Acre.

Or so the legend says. 

 
BUY THE SERIES:
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Giveaway and Review for Petra & the SEWER Rats by G.J. Kemp

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Join Us for This Book Series Tour:  Sep 6 to Oct 17, 2022

Book Series Details:

Book Series Title: THE ACRE SERIES by G.J. Kemp
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +)
Genre:  Epic Fantasy
Publisher:  TB5 Publishing
Release date:   January 2022,  May 2022, June 2022, August 2022
Content Rating:  PG for a few fight scenes.

Book Series Description:

From their windows, balconies, and gardens, the residents of the land of Acre stare north at the ominous black clouds that crawl across their beloved skies, overshadowing their homes. Under the clouds, a darkness has befallen the majestic City of Lynn.

Within the city, a cornered Queen, once true and just, now plays a game of cat and mouse with the races of Acre. Each season, as the Queen fights for control, the ‘Unknowns’ from the North approach. With them comes the stench of evil, fear, and death.

But… there is hope. A lost legend now awakened.

A set of dormant orbs lay in the gnarled hands of an old man. One by one, the dull orbs spark and swirl to life. Somewhere within the City of Lynn, the scroll of equals remains hidden. It’s text, supplied by the gods, awaits the chosen who may one day save the land of Acre.

Or so the legend says.

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An Amish Christmas Star

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An Amish Christmas Star by Charlotte Hubbard

by Charlotte Hubbard

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GENRE: Inspirational Romance (Amish)

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BLURB:

The crisp fragrance of pine trees and the warm spice of fresh cookies aren’t the only blessings that Christmas brings, and no one knows more about happy homecomings than three couples who are celebrating the greatest gift of all . . .

STAR OF WONDER

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Charlotte Hubbard

When Raymond Overholt comes to Promise Lodge, hoping to sell the barnboard signs he’s painted with stars and Christmas messages, spirited young Mennonite Lizzie Zehr is intrigued. But any courtship between them will face fierce opposition from the bishop of Raymond’s Old Order community—unless someone can convince him that at the heart of faith lies love . . .

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I am reviewing Charlotte Hubbard’s Story in this Christmas book, An Amish Christmas Star. Charlotte Hubbard’s story is Star of Wonder. This is Raymond and Lizzie’s story. They meet in the Promise Lodge bulk store where Lizzie really makes herself feel kind of strange when she goes overboard trying to get Dale, the store owner to hire Raymond to work in the store. Earlier Lizzie had spilled some candy while going overboard looking at Raymond. I think she has a problem. I really didn’t like Lizzie’s character at first, with her being so forward with Raymond. It was a bit embarrassing, to say the least.

But as it goes Raymond does work in the store. But that’s not all. There is a lot happening in the story, with the two living at Promise Lodge and working in the bulk store. There was much discussion about the Lodge and the people there, about the Bishop and his work there. And if I tell you more, it will ruin it for you. And I just don’t like doing that! This story is much to good for that. I encourage you to go grab a copy of An Amish Christmas Star and read Ms. Hubbard’s story, Star of Wonder. I also encourage you to check out the rest of the Promise Lodge Books written by Hubbard. They are a little different, Amish stories with a nice twist, and you will love this series.

Also in the An Amish Christmas Star, author’s Shellie Shepard Gray and Rosalind Lauer also have stories in this book. I will be writing reviews of these later this week and will link them all together so you can read them all. For now, check out the book and read Ms. Hubbard’s story.

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Excerpt:

With the girl’s laughter still dancing in his head, Raymond Overholt tried to refocus his thoughts. If he didn’t convince Mr. Kraybill to sell his handmade plaques, his past several weeks of work would be for nothing. He’d have to return home to Coldstream with his tail between his legs, and face a long, dreary lifetime of milking his dat’s cows. Running a dairy was honest, necessary work but Raymond didn’t enjoy spending his early mornings and late afternoons in a smelly barn disinfecting udders any more than the Holsteins liked having him around. Worse yet, if he overslept, his older brothers did the milking and left the hosing down and mucking out of the stalls for him.

“If your customers like these plaques, I can make more,” he assured the steely-haired storekeeper. “I—I really appreciate having the chance to sell them here in your new store. Our bulk market in Coldstream is dim and overcrowded with merchandise, and even if the owner there had display space, he wants nothing to do with artwork. It’s that Old Order thing.”

Mr. Kraybill smiled knowingly. “Jah, Amish stores don’t usually carry much that appears English even if they have a lot of customers come in from outside their community to shop,” he acknowledged. “But your plaques carry a solid Christmas message—‘Wise men still follow His star’ and the lyrics to ‘We Three Kings’ are meaningful reminders about following our Lord’s holy light. Thanksgiving always kicks off the Christmas buying season, so we’ll give it a shot, Raymond.”

He hoped his grateful grin didn’t appear too adolescent—or desperate. Raymond gazed around the store, where a gal in a pleated Amish kapp was stocking shelves in the rear. A few early shoppers were pushing carts into the grocery section. “If you need some extra hands when things get busy these next few weeks, I’d be happy to help, sir,” he offered. “I’ve not worked in a store, but I’m gut at tallying sums and I’m a quick learner.”

“I’ll keep it in mind,” Kraybill said with a nod.  

Raymond heard probably not in the storekeeper’s words, but he’d dealt with people’s dismissals before. If he’d dressed in dark broadfall pants with a plain shirt and suspenders—and if he’d chosen glasses with conservative frames—Kraybill might’ve taken him more seriously. But until he had no other choice than to submit to Old Order ways and join the church, Raymond was determined to wear clothing he liked.

“I’ll be back in a few days to see how my signs are selling,” he said. “Denki for giving me a chance.”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

In 1983, Charlotte Hubbard sold her first story to True Story. She wrote around 70 of those confession stories, and she’s sold more than 60 books to traditional or online publishers. A longtime resident of Missouri, she’s currently writing Amish romances set in imaginary Missouri towns for Kensington. She now lives in Omaha, NE with her husband of 40+ years and their Border collie, Vera.

http://www.charlottehubbard.com

Facebook — http://www.Facebook.com/Charlotte.Hubbard1

Buy Links: 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Amish-Christmas-Star-Shelley-Shepard-ebook/dp/B09PJ348C8

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/an-amish-christmas-star-shelley-shepard-gray/1140825147

Kensington Publishing:  https://www.kensingtonbooks.com/9781496734273/an-amish-christmas-star/

Walmart: https://www.walmart.com/ip/An-Amish-Christmas-Star-Paperback-9781496734259/385381250

Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/us/book/an-amish-christmas-star/id1602867197

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

Charlotte Hubbard will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Inside Your Heaven: Inspiring Stories of the After Life by April Natale

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Book Details:

​Book Title:  Inside Your Heaven: Inspiring Stories of the After Life by April Natale
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  244 pages
Genre: Spiritual
Publisher:  April Natale (self-published)
Release date:  July 28 2021
Content Rating:  PG: Some Mature Content

Book Description:

This book affirms our loved ones are always here with us. If you suffer the deep grief of losing loved ones, or suspect connecting with spirits is possible, or remain fascinated by otherworldly premonitions, dreams, or
signs, you will be inspired by this book! Follow along as April comes to terms with her own childhood trauma and grows into her vocation, first as a nurse, then as a Psychic Medium. In this book she shares stories about:

  • Gianna and Vanessa overcome the painful loss of their mothers.
  • Elena receives guidance and comfort from her Uncle and Grandmother
  • Ella’s Babcia (grandmother) helps her feel more beautiful, more loved, no longer abandoned.
  • Sammy’s loving parents help affirm her self-worth.
  • Leah Rae and Jenny receive closure and peace from the spirits of their deceased children

Other incredible stories await that will inspire you. You’ll also discover your own gifts and how to embrace your gifts. It will make you less fearful about death and more able to heal. So that you can live a more loving and purposeful life!

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Inside Your Heaven: Inspiring Stories of the After Life by April Natale is a book that Ms. Natale has written about what she believes about our loved ones and friends who have passed away, and what she believes about contacting those people we have lost. Natale has some interesting stories about people she has connected with who have left this world. I know there are a many different beliefs about this subject, so it’s really interesting to see others opinions. And I am not here to downplay anyone’s opinions or belief’s, we all certainly have the right to what we believe. For me, I chose to read and review Inside Your Heaven: Inspiring Stories of the After Life by April Natale, because I wanted to see what the author had to say about the afterlife. I have always been taught, and still believe that according to what the Bible says, this is something we should not practice, so therefore I don’t.  But this really doesn’t have anything to do about the author’s writing ability writing this book. I think Natale does a really nice job writing this book so that readers can understand what she is trying to relay to her readers. And I know a lot of research was put into this book, as well the knowledge of this author over the years as a nurse and then the years of being a Psychic medium. If this is a subject you are curious about or want to know more about, this would be a great book for you to read. Natale has a wealth of information here in this book.

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Meet the Author:

April Natale is a nurse and psychic medium, who has been seeing Spirit since she was a child and suffered from anxiety for years because she didn’t understand her gift. She eventually got help from an International spiritual healer, teacher, and author, Pat Longo, who taught her how to
understand and use her gifts. Soon April was channeling and relaying healing messages from the other side to people across the U.S. and now works with clients across the globe. She now does readings for clients to help  them deal with their grief and communicate with their loved ones who have crossed over. She lives in Chicago, Illinois, and you can reach her through her website.

connect with the author: website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ goodreads

Tour Schedule:

Sep 19 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Sep 20 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / author interview / giveaway
Sep 20 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
Sep 21 – Books for Books – book review / guest post
Sep 21 – Leels Loves Books  – book review / giveaway
Sep 22 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Sep 23 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Sep 26 – Just Another Mother With Books – book review / giveaway
Sep 27 – Fur Everywhere – book review / giveaway
Sep 28 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Sep 30 – Adventurous Jessy – book review / author interview / giveaway

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Rocket Red: A Little Ant with a Big Dream by Cheryl DaVeiga and Dave Gibson

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Fallout by Carrie Sturat Parks

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Fallout by Carrie Stuart Parks September 12 – October 7, 2022 Virtual Book Tour

My Rating: FiveStars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

ABOUT THE BOOK

Her carefully crafted life is about to be demolished.

After a difficult childhood, Samantha Williams craves simplicity: jigsaw puzzles, lectures at the library, and the students she adores in her role as an elementary art teacher in the dusty farming community of LaCrosse, Washington.

But when an SUV crashes into the school where she teaches, her entire world is upended. She manages to keep all of the children safe, but her car isn’t so lucky. Oddly, her purse—containing her driver’s license, credit cards, and other identification—is missing from the wreckage.

After authorities discover that the driver in the school accident was shot seconds before the crash, Samantha quickly becomes entangled in increasingly strange events that have her looking over her shoulder.

Samantha has long tried to forget the tragedy of her past, but the twisting maze she discovers between the murdered driver, a deadly secret government project, and an abandoned town can’t be ignored. Those involved are determined to keep these secrets buried, and they’ll use any means necessary to stop Samantha’s search for truth.

Praise for Fallout:

“An intriguing story based on events around a part of Washington. Tight timeline with tons of action. Twists and turns that will keep readers engaged and guessing. I enjoyed this book and recommend it to those who want a whisper of romance included with the mystery.”

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

When Samantha sees the SUV that’s about to crash into her classroom all she can think of is to yell for her students to get out.and thankfully her quick thinking saved the lives of all the children. But her purse didn’t pan out do well, in fact it’s gone! And the SUV driver didn’t make it out of the crash.

Wow! Carrie Parks sure does start off with a bang with her new novel Fallout. Samantha wasn’t sure what to think, especially when she finds her purse is gone, so no keys to her house, but she couldn’t go there anyway. When things started happening that couldn’t be explained, Samantha started getting a little uneasy. And after a while she downright fearful. Where is this fear coming from? Does Samantha have a secret past? I guess reading the book will tell you. And the twists and turns had my head spinning so much, by the time I had one thing figured out something else is happening. I was having a hard time figuring everything out. But I love it!! I always love a good suspense that will knock me off my feet abd this one did. I was so glued to Fallout that I couldn’t stop reading. It’s difficult to give any more information out because I’ll end up telling you something you don’t need to hear until you read it. So I’ll just say check out this book!! Carrie Stuart Parks does an awesome job writing suspense novels. I don’t get to review many of her books but I love it when I can. Hope you will enjoy this one as much as I did! For me, this is Five Stars!

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Book Details:

Genre: Suspense
Published by: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: September 13th 2022
Number of Pages: 336
ISBN: 0785239855 (ISBN13: 9780785239857)
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The Prickly Problem: Dr. Pete the Porcupine by Cheryl DaVeiga

Join us for this tour from Sep 13 to Oct 11, 2022!

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Prickly Problem: Dr. Pete the Porcupine by Cheryl DaVeiga
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  44 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
PublisherWaterhole Productions LLC
Release date:   January, 2021
Content Rating:  G. This children’s book is for everyone.

Book Description:

Quirky, magic-potion-making Dr. Pete the Porcupine finds himself in a sticky situation, perplexed by a terribly tricky case. Beloved by his desert neighbors for always fixing their prickliest problems, has Dr. Pete finally found a prickly problem he can’t solve? Follow Dr. Pete through this heartwarming tale as he and his desert friends learn the power of compassion, kindness, and friendship.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

The Prickly Problem: Dr. Pete the Porcupine by Cheryl DaVeiga is such a cute book. Dr. Pete Porcupine loved his desert neighbors, and was glad when he could solve their problems. One day Dr. Pete had a good day in the office, but all of his friends were waiting on him as he came out of his office. There was a problem with Cactus Jack, he was so mean and rude. But could Dr. Pete help Jack?

This is such an adorable children’s book. You child is sure to love Dr Pete and all of his desert friends. There’s Rhonda the Roadrunner, Liz the Lizard, and more as Dr. Pete solved their Prickly problems. And Luis Peres does an amazing job with the illustrations in this book. The colors of the animals match the animals and each one is so adorable. Who would think desert animals could look adorable, but these are! I think your child will love this book for their library. This is also an adorable book for any elementary school library as well as in any daycare. And it would be perfect for Dr. offices!

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Valen and the Beast 1.1 by G. J. Kemp

Join Us for This Book Series Tour:  Sep 6 to Oct 17, 2022

Book Series Details:

Book Series Title: THE ACRE SERIES by G.J. Kemp
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +)
Genre:  Epic Fantasy
Publisher:  TB5 Publishing
Release date:   January 2022,  May 2022, June 2022, August 2022
Content Rating:  PG for a few fight scenes.

Book Series Description:

From their windows, balconies, and gardens, the residents of the land of Acre stare north at the ominous black clouds that crawl across their beloved skies, overshadowing their homes. Under the clouds, a darkness has befallen the majestic City of Lynn.

Within the city, a cornered Queen, once true and just, now plays a game of cat and mouse with the races of Acre. Each season, as the Queen fights for control, the ‘Unknowns’ from the North approach. With them comes the stench of evil, fear, and death.

But… there is hope. A lost legend now awakened.

A set of dormant orbs lay in the gnarled hands of an old man. One by one, the dull orbs spark and swirl to life. Somewhere within the City of Lynn, the scroll of equals remains hidden. It’s text, supplied by the gods, awaits the chosen who may one day save the land of Acre.

Or so the legend says.

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The Acre Series: Juno and the Lady, Book One

Join Us for This Book Series Tour:  Sep 6 to Oct 17, 2022

Book Series Details:

Book Series Title: THE ACRE SERIES by G.J. Kemp
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +)
Genre:  Epic Fantasy
Publisher:  TB5 Publishing
Release date:   January 2022,  May 2022, June 2022, August 2022
Content Rating:  PG for a few fight scenes.

Book Series Description:

From their windows, balconies, and gardens, the residents of the land of Acre stare north at the ominous black clouds that crawl across their beloved skies, overshadowing their homes. Under the clouds, a darkness has befallen the majestic City of Lynn.

Within the city, a cornered Queen, once true and just, now plays a game of cat and mouse with the races of Acre. Each season, as the Queen fights for control, the ‘Unknowns’ from the North approach. With them comes the stench of evil, fear, and death.

But… there is hope. A lost legend now awakened.

A set of dormant orbs lay in the gnarled hands of an old man. One by one, the dull orbs spark and swirl to life. Somewhere within the City of Lynn, the scroll of equals remains hidden. It’s text, supplied by the gods, awaits the chosen who may one day save the land of Acre.

Or so the legend says.

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Tour & Giveaway Improbable MD by Dr. Derek J. Robinson

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotoins. The Literary Lobbyist will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

In Improbable MD, Dr. Derek J. Robinson traces his unlikely journey from fishing on the bayous of Louisiana, to an ER and helicopter flight physician in Chicago, to leadership in some of the US’ largest health care organizations.

The grandson of a sharecropper and son of a single mother, Derek grew up in a working-class neighborhood in Shreveport, LA. A graduate of the city’s public schools, he saw first-hand the difference that access to quality education and health care made within his own family. He shares how his dream of being a doctor became a reality, despite the odds, and why he believes mentoring and investing in young people is vital to the health of our nation.

Robinson takes the reader inside the ER, where he has treated victims of gun violence and shares how spilt-second clinical decisions and the trust of his patients, shaped his appreciation for being a doctor, But, even with many years of training, he exposes how it feels to reach the limits of what he can offer patients and even shares the pain and lessons he has learned from the illness and loss of family members. Beyond the walls of the ER, Dr. Robinson explains how we became a business leader in health care and influential voice in boardrooms.

Through sharing his inspirations and tribulations, Dr. Robinson inspires readers to push beyond both self-doubt and external obstacles to pursue their dreams. In telling his story, he shares the roles that faith, friendship, love, and fatherhood have played in his life, and he hopes to motivate readers to chart their own journeys to successful and fulfilling lives.

About the Author:

Derek J. Robinson is a board-certified physician in Emergency Medicine. He is vice president and chief medical officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, a division of Health Care Service Corporation – the nation’s largest non-investor owned health insurance company. In this role, he leads the care management operations division and serves as the company’s primary health care expert.

Dr. Robinson continues to provide clinical care to patients in the ER at the University of Illinois Chicago where he is a clinical associate professor of emergency medicine. His unique perspective on the complexities of healthcare, including his past service as a health care federal regulator, have enabled him to influence the transformation of health care for Americans. He has been featured on WTTW, WMAQ, WLS-TV, BNC, and other news outlets discussing important health care issues and social topics.

A native of Shreveport, LA. Dr. Robinson resides in Chicago, IL with his wife and two sons. When he is not working, he enjoys swimming, cycling, fishing, and spending time outdoors. For more on Derek Robinson and his memoir Improbable MD visit: http://www.DrDerekRobinson.com

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Where You Are & How to Get There by Nolan Ryan Recker

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The Locksmith Trilogy Book Three by Paul Briggs

Locksmith’s War

The Locksmith Trilogy Book Three

by Paul Briggs

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GENRE: YA Sci-fi (Young Adult, Science Fiction_

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Blurb:

For Lachlan Smith, learning the secret of the apocalypse was the easy part.

Ever since Locksmith found the portal to the future, he has been wondering who or what was responsible for the empty, uninhabited world he found.

Now he knows—and now he has to fight them.

He thought he had fifteen years in which to prevent the extinction of the human species.

Now, he has only hours.

When the portal is stolen by a cabal of dangerous fanatics, his mother and many of his friends are trapped on the other side. Now the enemy is after him, and the only way to thwart their genocidal plan is to retake the portal and hold it—at both ends.

With very little time left, a handful of allies who don’t trust each other, almost no chance of success and the survival of humanity itself at stake… Locksmith is going to war.

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Excerpt :

This was a storm     with everything on it

This was a storm with everything on it.

Rain? Thick billowing sheets of it sweeping over the landscape.

Wind? Lots of it, making the rain fall at something like a 45-degree angle. If you went out there with an umbrella, it’d be inside out before you could get to shelter.

Thunder and lightning? There was so much of both, there wasn’t any point trying to do that one-banana two-banana thing for figuring out how far away the lightning was. You couldn’t tell which thunderclap belonged to which lightning stroke.

The only thing missing was hail. Lock tried not to think too much about this, in case he jinxed it and big chunks of ice starting falling from the sky.

Ultralights weren’t meant to fly in the rain. Lock wasn’t too clear on what would happen if you tried it. Heather had never even tried to teach him how. The planes could handle a slight drizzle, but this was not a slight drizzle.

Lock turned and went back down the stairs. Just past the door to the attic, he met Luther.

“What are you still doing here? Go!” said the detective.

Lock ran back. I didn’t actually tell him about the rain. Maybe I should have. Another failure to communicate. He’d hoped he was done with those.

Then he thought And if I had, what would he have said? “So much for that, let’s all go home and try again tomorrow?” This isn’t a track meet, this is a heist. You can’t just reschedule it. 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

In addition to writing books, Paul Briggs has worked as a newspaper editor, court reporter’s assistant, and audio transcriber. In his spare time (when he has any) he sometimes performs in community theater, most recently taking on the roles of Bottom, Petruchio, Macbeth, Rosalind, and Richard III in a Shakespeare compilation. An Eastern Shore native who grew up in Chestertown, Maryland, Paul earned a BA in English from Washington College and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland – College Park. 

He is the author of several short plays, including the award-winning The Worst Super Power Ever and The Picture of Health.  He is also writing the sequel to his 2018 science fiction novel Altered Seasons: Monsoonrise, which vividly imagines the dislocations that follow when the Arctic Sea ice finally melts and the Chesapeake Bay is drowned by the effects of climate change.

https://www.paulbriggs.com/thelocksmithtrilogy

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https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/655906.Paul_Briggs/blog

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Amazon Buy Link: https://smile.amazon.com/Locksmiths-War-Locksmith-Trilogy-Three-ebook/dp/B09ZK98V96/ref=sr_1_1

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LIFEMARK MOVIE-DON’T MISS IT!

David’s comfortable world is turned upside down when his birthmother unexpectedly reaches out to him, longing to meet the 18-year-old son she’s only held once. With the encouragement of his adoptive parents, David embarks on a journey of discovery that leads to a staggering truth from his past. From executive producers Kirk Cameron and the Kendrick Brothers—creators of War Room and Fireproof—comes LIFEMARK, based on an incredible true story that celebrates adoption, reconciliation, and love.

JIMMY | EXECUTIVE PRODUCER KIRK CAMERON

Kirk is known by millions as Mike Seaver from the hit 1980’s sitcom, Growing Pains. Since then, he’s invested his time and energy into faith and family-focused films, TV shows, and live events. Kirk’s newest documentary is The Homeschool Awakening and his new TBN talk show, Takeaways, airs weekly.RAPHAEL RUGGERODAVID RAPHAEL RUGGER O Raphael is an actor, singer, musician, and filmmaker from Minnesota who began acting at age 11. While playing David in LIFEMARK is his first movie role, Raphael has worked on several other faith and family films, including Into The Spotlight, Running The Bases, and Camp Hideout—all releasing soon.REBECCA ROGERS NELSONSUSAN REBECCA ROGERS NELSON Rebecca and her husband Durrell Nelson own the award-winning Beautiful Feet Productions, with a mission to write, direct, and produce films celebrating family and giving hope of redemption. In addition to playing Susan in LIFEMARK, her upcoming films include An Unlikely Angel and Eleanor’s Bench.ALEX KENDRICKSHAWN | EXECUTIVE PRODUCER ALEX KENDRICK Alex has dedicated his life to following Jesus Christ and making His truth and love known. After serving in church ministry for 20 years, he now writes, speaks, and produces Christian films with his brothers Stephen and Shannon. Alex directed and co-wrote Overcomer, War Room, Courageous, and more.DAWN LONGMELISSA DAWN LONG Dawn grew up active in creative arts and the great outdoors. After years of actor studios, commercials, shorts, and feature films (including Treasure Lies and Take Two), her focus is playing inspiring characters in quality films that take people to new places and help change lives for the better.JUSTIN STERNERNATE JUSTIN STERNER pJustin is an actor and filmmaker based in Atlanta. In addition to playing Nate in LIFEMARK, he’s in three other upcoming movies. He has produced and directed a faith-based, teen sci-fi show. He and his wife Amber own an acting studio for young people. Justin enjoys traveling with Amber and cooking.KIRK CAMERONJIMMY | EXECUTIVE PRODUCER KIRK CAMERON Kirk is known by millions as Mike Seaver from the hit 1980’s sitcom, Growing Pains. Since then, he’s invested his time and energy into faith and family-focused films, TV shows, and live events. Kirk’s newest documentary is The Homeschool Awakening and his new TBN talk show, Takeaways, airs weekly.

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Giveaway and Tour Freerunner by Kathy Cassel

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Book: Freerunner

Author: Kathy Cassel

Genre: YA

Release date: March, 2022

Set against the backdrop of the sport of freerunning, Kia must decide whether she will continue running or face her past abuser in order to save another child.

Night is Kia’s favorite time, when she freeruns to outdistance the memories of abuse she suffered as a young child. But when former reality television star Terrence Jones arrives at their school as the new head track coach, things begin to change in unpredictable ways. Kia tries out for the team to fit in, but just as she’s gaining a new sense of normal, her abuser steps back into her life. Not only that, but being on the track team causes even more turmoil. Why does the assistant coach, Cassandra Clark, dislike Terrence Jones so much, and even more troubling, why does Coach Clark dislike her so much? As the pieces of the puzzle begin to come together, Kia realizes she has to choose between running from her past or saving a child from the same sort of abuse she suffered. But will she have the courage to do so?

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And now an Interview with the author

1. Why choose the genre you are writing?

I love YA books, but most of the books I was checking out from the library had themes of depression, suicide, death and so on. I quickly realized the books didn’t offer any real answers or hope, and I felt a strong call to switch from devotion books to fiction that would reach teens with the message that no matter what has happened in their lives God has a plan for them. There is always hope. And there is healing. If they walk away from the story with any sense of hope or that God cares, then my book has succeeded in its mission. But to keep them reading, I try to create interesting characters and add action and a little suspense to each story.

2. Why fiction instead of non-fiction?

I believe in the healing power of story. My stories are issue based. If the reader isn’t going through the same thing as my main character, then it can simply be an escape to another place for a while. If they are facing that issue, the story gives the reader a character to relate to and lets her know she is not alone. It’s also a springboard to discuss what is happening in the reader’s life.

My goal is that Freerunner will be a good resource for girls who have been molested or worst. That by reading the book they will find the courage to speak out and get help.

3.Where is your favorite setting for a story you have written? 

I have three YA stories and am currently working on an underwater crime scene investigation book.

4. Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?

I know the milestones we need to reach, but the characters often decide how to get there themselves.

5. Which scene, character or plotline changed the most from first draft to published book?

This is an easy one because it happened fairly recently. I had almost finished A Thousand Lies, a story where a girl runs away to NYC to try and find her birth mother. Her father had died in prison. Then I sent my fiction coach this message, “What if Bailey’s birth dad didn’t die in prison, but comes after here?” I had to revise the whole story, but it’s a much stronger story now.

6. If I write a review of your book, what do you want to hear?

Move over John Green, here’s an issue-based, faith-based book that not only has realistic characters, a solid plot, action, and suspense, but it also offers hope and healing.

7. Where is your favorite vacation getaway?

New York City with my kids. There are so many different kinds of things to do that it’s a different experience every time. But we also like Bryson City where we tube, raft, and just hang out.

About the Author

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Kathy Cassel is author of more a dozen fiction and non-fiction titles for preteens and teens, including 2021 Selah Award finalist Freerunner and the iParenting award winner Christian Girls Guide series. Kathy has lived on three different continents with her USAF husband, has eight children, five adopted from Haiti and the United States, and six grandchildren. To better relate to her characters, she enjoys learning their skills such as whitewater rafting, scuba diving, and riding a motorcycle, but draws the line at sky diving.

More from Kathy

For many years I wrote devotion books for preteens and early teens. I tried to make the devotions both fun and interesting. I wanted preteens and early teens to see that the Bible is relevant to them today. But I realized that the readers I most wanted to reach weren’t likely to pick up the Bible or a daily devotion book. But they might read a story. These are the teens who are hurting inside. Those who have been abused, neglected, bullied, abandoned, or who  face challenges. Those who may have lost hope and who need healing. Those who need to realize that God still has a plan for them no matter what has happened.

So I turned to writing faith-based, issue-based young adult books. It hasn’t been easy. There are a multitude of issue based books in the general market, but these can be graphic and offer little hope or healing, yet they are snatched off the shelves and are some of the most popular books. Mine are not graphic and mention God throughout the book. They are not likely to reach library shelves. So the challenge is to get them into the hands of the readers who most need them.

Freeerunner is about a 15-year-old girl who is sexually molested/abused (I never give details so readers can interpret what happened based on their own knowledge and experiences) by a family member when she is only six. She doesn’t get help. No one talks about it. So when the abuser walks back into her life now that she’s 15, she has a lot of unresolved feelings. For adults reading this book, the story may trigger negative feelings or bring up a painful past. But don’t let that turn you away from the book because it may be a powerful resource for those experiencing what Kia did. For teens, the book gives them a character they can relate to. The story lets them know they are not alone and don’t need to suffer in isolation. Like Kia they may find the courage to finally speak out and get help. And they may come to realize that God has an amazing plan for them no matter their past.

So for some the book may simply be an entertaining sports story, while for others it can be a springboard to talk about their own problems. I am hoping this book will become a resource for parents, counselors, pastors, youth leaders, Sunday School teachers, and librarians to share with teen readers.

And above all, I hope the story is a source of hope and healing to those who need it.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, September 3

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 4

Through the Fire Blogs, September 5 (Author Interview)

Naked and Unashamed, September 6

For Him and My Family, September 7

Splashes of Joy, September 8 (Author Interview)

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, September 9

Inklings and notions, September 10

Spoken from the Heart, September 11 (Author Interview)

deb’s Book Review, September 11

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 12

Vicky Sluiter, September 13 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 13

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 14

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 15

Blogging With Carol, September 16

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Kathy is giving away the grand prize of a $40 Books-A-Million Gift Card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/21366/freerunner-celebration-tour-giveaway

Giveaway Tour The Adventures of Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine by Joe Fisher

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Join Us for This Book Series Tour:  Aug 22 to Sep 9, 2022

Book Series Details:

Book Series Title: The Adventures of Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine by Joe Fisher
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 4-8)
Genre:  Children’s Fiction
Publisher:  Angler Publishing
Release date:   May 2017,  August 2021
Content Rating:  G for children.

Books in the Series:

Book Details:

Book TitleRusty the Forgotten Fire Engine (The Adventures of Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine) by Joe Fisher
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 4-8), 32 pages
Genre:  Children’s Fiction
Publisher:  Angler Publishing
Release date:   May 2017
Content Rating:  G for children.  

 
Book Description:

When the Mayor Himself decides the town of Someport-by-the-Sea needs a new
fire engine the Fire Chief picks a shiny, bright red one that has all the latest tools needed to put out fires. The new fire engine becomes the joy of the children in town and the pride of the fireman and townspeople alike.

But after many years the fire engine becomes old and worn until everyone begins to laugh and call it Rusty. Sad and forlorn Rusty is ignored and forgotten. Then during the 4th of July parade in a summer like no other Rusty saves the day in a most surprising and unusual way.

Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine tells the story of a fire engine and the fireman and boy who love him. It is a lighthearted and multi-layered story, richly told, that will appeal to children and adults alike.

Whimsical illustrations create an air of fantasy, drawing children into Rusty’s world while stimulating their imaginations as they follow Rusty’s journey from hero to outcast and back again.

​The surprise ending brings the tale to a heart-warming and satisfying conclusion that reveals all things
have hidden value that is waiting to be released. Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine is a classic story of love, loss, transformation and redemption.

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A Reservoir Man by L.J. Ambrosio

Join Us For This Tour From:  Sep 6 to Sep 26 

Book Details:

Book Title:  A Reservoir Man by L.J. Ambrosio
CategoryAdult Fiction (18+), 340 pages
GenreFictionalized Memoir
Publisher: Self-Published, Amazon
Publication Date: May 25, 2022.
Content Rating: PG-13 +M: There is a few explicit sex scenes, some mentions of sexual abuse, some bad language

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Giveaway and Tour for Call My Name by Jenni Ogden

Join us for this tour from Aug 18 to Sep 14, 2022!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Call My Name: A Novel by Jenni Ogden
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  384 pages
Genre:  Literary/Women’s/Bookclub Fiction
Publisher:  Sea Dragon Press
Release date:   April 2020
Formats Available for Review: print (USA only), ebook (MOBI FILE
(FOR KINDLE), EPUB, PDF, NetGalley download), audiobook (Findaway
download, NetGalley download)
Tour dates: Aug 18 to Sep 14, 2022
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M: Has
childbirth/abortion/adoption/surrogacy themes, the brief description of a rape in the past by a Japanese guard of a prisoner in a POW camp in Sumatra in WWII (not explicit but of course disturbing and violent). A mention of cannabis smoking when characters are young, mild in-context use of f-word and other expletives.

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