Tour and Giveaway for Ruth by Caryl McAdoo

About the Book

Book:  Ruth

Author: Caryl McAdoo

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: May 3, 2021

The Lord works in mysterious ways.
Fleeing heartache, shame, and betrayal, Ruth finds all her plans are thwarted until the untimely death of a goat that gives her hope! Hired as a wet-nurse for Logan’s orphaned son, she rejects his marriage-of-convenience proposal, hoping to find true love at the trail’s end. Going West (in what was later called the Great Migration of 1842) satisfies the widower’s wanderlust, and even though she turns him down, he determines to prove his love is true. Come along on this infamous journey of love and adventure.

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About the Author

Award-winning author Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and her best-selling stories—fifty-nine published—delight Christian readers around the world. The prolific writer also enjoys singing the new songs the Lord gives her; you may listen at YouTube. Sharing four children and twenty-one grandsugars (three greats), Caryl and Ron (her high-school-sweetheart-husband of over fifty years) live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas. The McAdoos wait expectantly for God to open the next door.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

First off, I love the cover of this book. It gives such a warm feeling and it is simply beautiful. It makes me want to dig into the book. Ruth is a wet nurse for Logan’s son, and traveling on a wagon train for out west as well. This had to be a difficult task for Ruth to do. I have read many wagon train stories, and I love them, but some of those trails are rougher than rough! I enjoyed following these people as they traveled together to their new land and homes.

I really liked Ruth and Logan and Caryl McAdoo’s writing is again phenomenal. I enjoy her writing style and enjoy laying back and just enjoying the ride. The characters were special and developed well. I so much enjoyed Ruth and Logan. Logan was so nice and caring. And so was Ruth but having turn him down for a marriage proposal, that made for a little bit of a strain but their story none the less Their sweet story is a very good, and enjoyed reading it so very good. I want to read more of the wagon train stories when I get a chance, and I highly recommend this one, especially if you enjoy historical reads.

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.

More from Caryl

I’ve loved the premise of RUTH for seven years now, that’s when the beginning of this story was first written, way before its time! Its title was Evelyn’s Redemption back then, but I’ve since had a favorite character named Evelyn in COVERING LOVE and MIGHTY TO SAVE (books eight and nine in the Texas Romance Family Saga series), so my heroine needed a new name.

Ruth was my maternal grandmother’s name and Mama’s middle name  (Naomi Ruth), and though Ron doesn’t like me to name characters after family members, he let me have my way . . . as my heroes usually let my heroines. 😊 So, she became Ruth.

I pulled up the ten thousand words already written back in 2014, caught up-to-date to refresh the story in my mind, then took off writing! In a month and a day, I finished this story that I just love! Never knowing where it’s going—or exactly how it will end when I start—I so enjoy the tale as I write it just as you do when you read it! God gives me the most awesome stories I’m so thankful for!

My hero’s thirteen-year-old daughter Hannah is one of my favorites in this story. Her great character created such an example of taking up an offense that is hard to put down. I think we’ve all been there, and to me, it’s especially hard to forgive and get over it when the offense is taken up on behalf of someone we love. The loved one like gets extra grace to forgive, but not so for the offended-on-their-behalf!

I love that God helps me weave scriptural lessons into my stories, lessons that I’ve learned in walking with Him for more than sixty years—and I’ve learned a lot! Besides praying my stories give Him glory, I also pray they help those who read them draw closer to Him—or learn ways to live more purely for Him.

We serve a mighty God indeed, and it’s my honor to help advance His Kingdom here on earth through writing these stories! Also, I enjoy singing the new songs He gives me! Check out ‘Caryl McAdoo’ on YouTube! I have a few songs up there and need to video more.

So, have a blessed day, y’all, and may God’s joy and peace encompass you everywhere you go!

Blessings!

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 9

Just Writing, June 9

KarenSueHadley, June 10

lakesidelivingsite, June 10

Texas Book-aholic, June 11

Inklings and notions, June 12

For Him and My Family, June 13

Vicky Sluiter, June 13

deb’s Book Review, June 14

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 15

Blossoms and Blessings, June 16

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 16

Connie’s History Classroom, June 17

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, June 18

Splashes of Joy, June 18

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, June 19

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 20

Simple Harvest Reads, June 20 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Girls in White Dresses, June 21

Pause for Tales, June 21

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, June 22

Cats in the Cradle Blog, June 22

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon Gift Card!!

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

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Tour and Giveaway for BOBOS BABES ADVENTURES: THE MISSING EGG by Karen Bobos

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Join us for this tour from Jun 1 to Jun 22, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  BOBOS BABES ADVENTURES: THE MISSING EGG by Karen Bobos
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  28 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Playpen Publishing
Release date:   March, 2021
Format available for review:  print-hardback (USA), pdf
Tour dates: Jun 1 to Jun 22, 2021
Content Rating:  G for everyone.

Book Description:In the magical land of Harmony, the Bobos Babes love adventure and helping friends in need. When they find out that the swan family has lost a soon-to-hatch swan egg, they are quick to help … before it’s too late! Young readers and their families will enjoy the return of the Bobos Babes and their animal friends in this second title in the fanciful read-aloud picture book series. The Bobos Babes Adventures collection brings families stories of exciting exploits, magical missions, and caring friendships, showcasing that kindness, generosity, and thoughtfulness always win.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Bobos Babes Adventures: The Missing Egg is an adorable story about Scarlett the angel, Cora the fairy, and Daphne the princess and how the help daddy Russell the Swan find a missing egg before the mama Swan comes home to her little far away and so much fun town of Harmony. Wow those characters are a mouthful, but I love each one of them. Your child has a surprise in store for them when you read this precious book to them. I bet you won’t read it just once! I love the story as well and there’s even a bit if a mystery to it. It’s all so much fun.

I fell in love with the sweet characters in this book created by Illustrator Emily Hercock. The front cover is beautiful and will have children grabbing this book from the shelf first. The colors and so pretty, and the words on the pages and the pictures created work together so perfectly. This beautiful book would be great for your little girl’s library or it would be perfect for any younger children’s classrooms, or in daycare. I highly recommend this one and give it a 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.

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Meet the Author:Bobos began writing poetry and stories at the early age of ten. She is a

life-long Chicagoan who now raises her family in the downtown area. During the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic, Chicago also became a city of unrest. Trying to keep her three young daughters in a world of magic during such scary times, the Bobos Babes Adventures were born. Her goal was to create a world of Harmony for her family and hopefully for others to escape, even if only for a moment. The first book of the series, The Case of the Giggles, was published in December 2020. The Missing Egg launched in March 2021. Thus far, she has written ten Bobos Babes Adventures and two chapter books. Two additional books, The Lion’s Secret and The Bobcat Birthday Party, are coming in 2021.

connect with the author: website ~ facebook ~ instagram

Tour Schedule:

June 1 –
Reading is My Passion – book review
June 1 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
June 2 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 3 – Laura’s Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 4 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
June 7 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book spotlight
June 8 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway
June 9 – Icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
June 9 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 10 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
June 11 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway
June 14 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 15 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
June 16 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 17 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
June 18 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 21 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
June 22 – Kam’s Place – book review

Enter the Giveaway:
 

BOBOS BABES ADVENTURES: THE MISSING EGG by Karen Bobos Book Tour Giveaway

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Tour and Giveaway for Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess: Tough Tulle by Deedee Cummings

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Book Details:

Book Title:  Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess: Tough Tulle by Deedee Cummings
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  29 pages
Genre:  Children’s Book
Publisher:  Make a Way Media
Release date:   July 1, 2021
Format available for review:  print
Tour dates: May 24 to June 25, 2021
Content Rating:  G

Buy the Book:
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ALSO CHECK OUT MY REVIEWS OF BOOK ONE AND TWO OF THIS SERIES

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BOOK ONE Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess

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BOOK 2 Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams by Deedee Cummings

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Aunt Truly’s Tales: Enchantment for Story Lovers by Laura McHale Holland

Author:  Laura McHale Holland

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Book Details:

Book TitleAunt Truly’s Tales: Enchantment for Story Lovers

Author:  Laura McHale Holland

Category:  Adult Fiction (18+ and older), 100 pages

GenreFantasy: short stories/folk and fairy tales

Publisher:  WORDforest

Release date:  June 5, 2021

Formats Available for review: ebook (mobi for kindle, epub, pdf, Gifted Kindle)

Tour dates:  June 7 to June 18, 2021

Content Rating PG. These are all stories that could be shared with a teenager, probably even a 10 year old.

Book Description:

A dash of whimsy and a dose of wisdom for our times.

If you like stories that call to mind a simpler era and words strung in lyrical ways, this collection will take you to a wondrous world where ordinary rules do not apply.

Podcasts, blogs, movies, vlogs—people spin yarns in many ways. But nothing dazzles like a story told in person. In the right teller’s hands, a simple narrative has unfathomable power. Such is the case with Aunt Truly, a spellbinding character in Laura McHale Holland’s novel The Kiminee Dream. She is old, but no one knows her age; she travels, but 

where she goes is a mystery. One thing is certain: she collects stories.

The ten tales in this book present traditional and original stories Aunt Truly might tell you if you happened by her home, Windy Wood, where snow falls from November through April, and reality is open to interpretation. In her tales, you’ll meet a determined frog, clever seamstress, wise handyman, stolen wife and more unlikely heroes who face daunting trials. Some succeed; others do not. In the process, they are all transformed.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Aunt Truly’s Tales: Enchantment for Story Lovers by Laura McHale Holland is a wonderful collection of ten adult short stories that was a pleasure to read. I love short stories, especially to read at night when you don’t want to stay up half the night reading. I read these, one or two at a time and truly enjoyed them. 

I like that Laura McHale Holland describes her book as “a dash of whimsy and a dose of wisdom for our times.” Because that’s what it felt like to me. The homey feeling in Aunt Truley’s home is sure to be a trip not soon forgotten. I encourage you to pick up this short story book for many hours of enjoyment. 

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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Meet the Author:

As a child, Laura McHale Holland loved the musicality of language and often recalled, verbatim, conversations she heard. A lost soul in her teens and early twenties, she righted herself in her mid-twenties and discovered a deep love of the creative process. In her work, she often finds hope in unlikely places.

Laura writes stories true and untrue in multiple forms from flash fiction to novels, memoirs to short plays. Her coming of age memoir, Resilient Ruin, won a National Indie Excellence Award for new adult nonfiction. Prior award-winning books include Reversible Skirt, a childhood memoir, and Sisters Born, Sisters Found, an anthology on sisterhood. Her stories have appeared in several anthologies, including The Best of Every Day Fiction Three and Wisdom Has a Voice. Two of her 

short plays were produced recently in Northern California; two others received staged readings. The Kiminee Dream is Laura’s first novel. To connect with her, please visit her website.

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

 

Tour Schedule:

 

June 7 – Olio by Marilyn – book review of The Kiminee Dream / giveaway

June 7 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

June 7 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of Aunt Truly’s Tales / giveaway

June 8 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review of The Kiminee Dream / giveaway

June 8 – @twilight_reader – book review of The Kiminee Dream

June 9 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of The Kiminee Dream / guest post / giveaway

June 9 – Welcome To MLM Opinion’s Reviews – book review of The Kiminee Dream

June 9- Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review of The Kiminee Dream

June 10 – Literary Flits – book review of The Kiminee Dream / giveaway

June 10 – Welcome To MLM Opinion’s Reviews – book review of Aunt Truly’s Tales

June 10 – World of My Imagination – book review of The Kiminee Dream / guest post / giveaway

June 11 – The Avid Reader – book review of The Kiminee Dream / author interview / giveaway

June 11 – @twilight_reader – book review of Aunt Truly’s Tales

June 14 – Books for Books – book review of The Kiminee Dream

June 14 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review of Aunt Truly’s Tales

June 15 – Peaceful Pastime – book review of The Kiminee Dream

June 15 – Books for Books – book review of Aunt Truly’s Tales

June 16 – Splashes of Joy – book review of The Kiminee Dream / author interview / giveaway

June 16 – Peaceful Pastime – book review of Aunt Truly’s Tales

June 16 – Bigreadersite – book review of The Kiminee Dream / giveaway

June 17- Splashes of Joy – book review of Aunt Truly’s Tales / giveaway

June 17 – Bigreadersite – book review of Aunt Truly’s Tales / giveaway

June 17 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of The Kiminee Dream / giveaway

June 17 – World of My Imagination – book review of Aunt Truly’s Tales / giveaway

June 18 – Kymiee Tries to Read – book review of The Kiminee Dream / guest post

June 18 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of Aunt Truly’s Tales / giveaway

 

Enter the Giveaway:

 

Laura McHale Holland’s THE KIMINEE DREAM Book Tour Giveaway

 

 

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Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams by Deedee Cummings

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Book Details:

Book Title:  Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams by Deedee Cummings
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  29 pages
Genre:  Children’s Book
Publisher:  Make a Way Media
Release date:   June 1, 2021
Content Rating:  G

Buy the Book:

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Kayla

Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams by Deedee Cummings is the second book in A Modern Day Princess Series. This time Kayla meets a new friend when she spots a boy in the tree in her families yard. Trying to make him come down, he finally does and she finds he is her neighbor but she also finds out more about why he moved in next door. Tommy volunteers to help Kayla do the dishes and they make fast friends.

 This is another sweet book by Dee Cummings that I really enjoyed. This one teaches children that it is ok to be different, but most importantly even though things are not going your way, you can dream and do what you want to do. Kayla and Tommy are such cute characters which were created by Illustrator Charlene Mosley. I love the beautiful vibrant colors and the unique characters throughout the book. Mosley does a fantastic job of capturig the moment on each page of this story. This book would make an excellent choice for your child’s library.

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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ALSO IN THIS SERIES

THE FIRST BOOK..CHECK OUT MY REVIEW

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AND THE THIRD BOOK

Book Details:

Book Title:  Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess: Tough Tulle by Deedee Cummings
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  29 pages
Genre:  Children’s Book
Publisher:  Make a Way Media
Release date:   July 1, 2021
Format available for review:  print
Tour dates: May 24 to June 25, 2021
Content Rating:  G

Buy the Book:
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Meet the Author:

As a therapist, attorney, CEO of Make A Way Media, and author of fifteen children’s books, Deedee Cummings has a passion for ensuring equality, inclusion, and social justice for the next generation. Since her first book published in 2014, Cummings has been on a mission to help young dreamers and doers “see themselves” in the pages of the books they read.

Cummings has spent more than two decades working within the

family therapy and support field, and much of her writing shares her experiences of working with kids in therapeutic foster care.

By the end of 2021, this #OWNVOICES author will have fifteen diverse children’s books to her credit, including the Rapid Release of her Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess five-book series. All fifteen of Cummings’ diverse picture, poetry, and workbooks for kids reflect her professional knowledge and love of life.

Cummings is also the founder and creator of the Louisville Book Festival, a literacy-based celebration in Louisville, KY, celebrated on October 22nd and 23rd, 2021.

connect with the author:  website  ~ make a way media  ~ twitter  ~ twitter facebook  ~  facebook ~ pinterest ~ instagram ~ instagram ~ goodreads

 

Tour Schedule:

May 24 – Cover Lover Book Review – book series spotlight / giveaway
May 24 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess / giveaway
May 25 – Lisa’s Reading – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess / giveaway
May 26 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book series spotlight / giveaway
May 26 – Lisa’s Reading – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams / giveaway
May 27 – Lisa’s Reading – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle / giveaway
May 27 – Books for Books – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess
May 28 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book series spotlight /giveaway
May 28 – Books for Books – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams
May 31 – Westveil Publishing – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess / giveaway
May 31 – Books for Books – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle
June 1 – Westveil Publishing – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams / giveaway
June 2 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess / giveaway
June 2 – Westveil Publishing – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle / giveaway
June 3 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams / giveaway
June 4 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle / giveaway
June 7 – She Just Loves Books – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess
June 8 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess / giveaway
June 8 – She Just Loves Books – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams
June 9 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams / giveaway
June 9 – She Just Loves Books – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle
June 9 – Pick a Good Book – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess / giveaway
June 10 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle / giveaway
June 10 – Pick a Good Book – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams / giveaway
June 11 – Rajiv’s Reviews– book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess
June 11 – Pick a Good Book – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle / giveaway
June 14 – Rajiv’s Reviews– book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams
June 15 – Rajiv’s Reviews– book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle
June 15 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess / giveaway
June 16 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams / giveaway
June 16 – Splashes of Joy – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess / giveaway
June 17 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle / giveaway
June 17 – Splashes of Joy – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams / giveaway
June 18 – Splashes of Joy – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle / giveaway
June 18 – fundinmental – book series spotlight / giveaway
June 21 – Laura’s Interests – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess / giveaway
June 22 – Leels Loves Books – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess / giveaway
June 22 – Laura’s Interests – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams / giveaway
June 23 – Leels Loves Books – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams / giveaway
June 23 – Sahar’s Blog – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess / giveaway
June 23 – Laura’s Interests – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle / giveaway
June 24 – Leels Loves Books – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle / giveaway
June 24 – Sahar’s Blog – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams / giveaway
June 25 – Kam’s Place – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess
June 25 – Sahar’s Blog – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle / giveaway

 

Enter the Giveaway:

 

KAYLA: A MODERN-DAY PRINCESS Book Series Tour Giveaway

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Tour and Giveaway for The Kiminee Dream by Laura McHale Holland

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Join us for this review tour from June 7 to June 18, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title The Kiminee Dream: A Novel

Author:  Laura McHale Holland

Category:  Adult Fiction (18+ and older), 342 pages

Genre Literary fiction, magical realism

Publisher:  WORDforest

Release date:  April, 2020

Formats Available for review: print soft-back (USA and Canada), ebook (mobi for kindle, epub, pdf, Gifted Kindle)

Tour dates:  June 7 to June 18, 2021

Content Rating

PG-13 + M. A few scenes contain violence and sexual assault. These are

not major aspects of the book and don’t go into great detail, but these

experiences have repercussions for some of the characters that they have

to resolve.

Book Description:

A deeply poetic, riveting debut novel, The Kiminee Dream is a tale of Midwest charm and quirky characters, but with twists and turns that reveal a dark side you don’t see coming.

It’s true that odd things happen in Kiminee, Illinois. Lilacs bloom in winter. Gravel glows golden on occasion. The river sings as it wends through town. But this is normal for the tight-knit folks who call Kiminee home. So when auburn-tufted Carly Mae Foley learns to read at age two and masters multiplication at age three, the denizens take it in stride and embrace her with pride.

But all is not well in Carly Mae’s family. And when a twister roars though, it decimates their home, along with their emotional bonds, as her mother’s affair is exposed and her father goes missing. A determined grandmother, one-eared dog and generous benefactor come to the gifted child’s aid, but not everyone is rooting for her, and when an appalling crime occurs, long-held animosities boil over. No one can say whether the good folks of Kiminee will pull closer together—or be torn apart.

Influenced by folklore and magical realism, The Kiminee Dream is both hypnotic and endearing. If you like depth as well as whimsy, arresting twists, and details that stir your heart, you’ll love what is ultimately an eloquent exploration of acceptance and a tender tribute to the people of Illinois. Don’t delay. Experience this literary gem today.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

I enjoyed The Kiminee Dream very much. I loved the small town and all of its people. I did find myself reading some of the pages over to get the gist of the story and all of the characters. There is a bit of mystery going on in Kiminee,  thongs happening that doesn’t make sense but then it’s Kiminee, and this is the way things are. Holland does a wonderful job of keep readers attention through all of the twists and turns that show up. Like the disaster that blew its way into the small town revealing things not to be known. And for a debut novel, the writing is phenomenal. Holland is an author I would very much like to read again. One I think we will be hearing quite a bit about if this first book is any indication. If you enjoy a good small town story with a bit of a mystery and twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat, this is one you definitely want to try.

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 Aunt Truly’s Tales: Enchantment for Story Lovers

Author:  Laura McHale Holland

Category:  Adult Fiction (18+ and older), 100 pages

Genre Fantasy: short stories/folk and fairy tales

Publisher:  WORDforest

Release date:  June 5, 2021

Formats Available for review: ebook (mobi for kindle, epub, pdf, Gifted Kindle)

Tour dates:  June 7 to June 18, 2021

Content Rating PG. These are all stories that could be shared with a teenager, probably even a 10 year old.

Book Description:

A dash of whimsy and a dose of wisdom for our times.

If you like stories that call to mind a simpler era and words strung in lyrical ways, this collection will take you to a wondrous world where ordinary rules do not apply.

Podcasts, blogs, movies, vlogs—people spin yarns in many ways. But nothing dazzles like a story told in person. In the right teller’s hands, a simple narrative has unfathomable power. Such is the case with Aunt Truly, a spellbinding character in Laura McHale Holland’s novel The Kiminee Dream. She is old, but no one knows her age; she travels, but

where she goes is a mystery. One thing is certain: she collects stories.

The ten tales in this book present traditional and original stories Aunt Truly might tell you if you happened by her home, Windy Wood, where snow falls from November through April, and reality is open to interpretation. In her tales, you’ll meet a determined frog, clever seamstress, wise handyman, stolen wife and more unlikely heroes who face daunting trials. Some succeed; others do not. In the process, they are all transformed.

Buy the Book

Amazon (print) ~ Amazon (ebook)

B&N ~ Draft2Digital

add to Goodreads

 

Meet the Author:

As a child, Laura McHale Holland loved the musicality of language and often recalled, verbatim, conversations she heard. A lost soul in her teens and early twenties, she righted herself in her mid-twenties and discovered a deep love of the creative process. In her work, she often finds hope in unlikely places.

Laura writes stories true and untrue in multiple forms from flash fiction to novels, memoirs to short plays. Her coming of age memoir, Resilient Ruin, won a National Indie Excellence Award for new adult nonfiction. Prior award-winning books include Reversible Skirt, a childhood memoir, and Sisters Born, Sisters Found, an anthology on sisterhood. Her stories have appeared in several anthologies, including The Best of Every Day Fiction Three and Wisdom Has a Voice. Two of her

short plays were produced recently in Northern California; two others received staged readings. The Kiminee Dream is Laura’s first novel. To connect with her, please visit her website.

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

 

Tour Schedule:

June 7 – Olio by Marilyn – book review of The Kiminee Dream / giveaway

June 7 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

June 7 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of Aunt Truly’s Tales / giveaway

June 8 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review of The Kiminee Dream / giveaway

June 8 – @twilight_reader – book review of The Kiminee Dream

June 9 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of The Kiminee Dream / guest post / giveaway

June 9 – Welcome To MLM Opinion’s Reviews – book review of The Kiminee Dream

June 9- Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review of The Kiminee Dream

June 10 – Literary Flits – book review of The Kiminee Dream / giveaway

June 10 – Welcome To MLM Opinion’s Reviews – book review of Aunt Truly’s Tales

June 10 – World of My Imagination – book review of The Kiminee Dream / guest post / giveaway

June 11 – The Avid Reader – book review of The Kiminee Dream / author interview / giveaway

June 11 – @twilight_reader – book review of Aunt Truly’s Tales

June 14 – Books for Books – book review of The Kiminee Dream

June 14 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review of Aunt Truly’s Tales

June 15 – Peaceful Pastime – book review of The Kiminee Dream

June 15 – Books for Books – book review of Aunt Truly’s Tales

June 16 – Splashes of Joy – book review of The Kiminee Dream / author interview / giveaway

June 16 – Peaceful Pastime – book review of Aunt Truly’s Tales

June 16 – Bigreadersite – book review of The Kiminee Dream / giveaway

June 17- Splashes of Joy – book review of Aunt Truly’s Tales / giveaway

June 17 – Bigreadersite – book review of Aunt Truly’s Tales / giveaway

June 17 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of The Kiminee Dream / giveaway

June 17 – World of My Imagination – book review of Aunt Truly’s Tales / giveaway

June 18 – Kymiee Tries to Read – book review of The Kiminee Dream / guest post

June 18 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of Aunt Truly’s Tales / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway:

 

Laura McHale Holland’s THE KIMINEE DREAM Book Tour Giveaway

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Tour and Giveaway for Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess by Deedee Cummings

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Join us for this book series tour from May 24 to Jun 25, 2021!

A five-book series, Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess is a heartwarming story about family, role models, dreams, and discovering a determination for growth.

Series Details:

Series Title:  Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess by Deedee Cummings
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7)
Genre:  Children’s Book
Publisher:  Make a Way Media
Release date:   April 2021
Content Rating:  G

The Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess series of #OWNVOICE books is for Dreamers and the Doers of all ages. This diverse picture book series is a 

heartwarming look at the importance of family, speaking our truth, dreaming freely, and knowing our worth. Book 2 is part of a five-part series that shines the spotlight on a little Black girl who never lets anything get in the way of her dreams.

Parents, Caregivers, and Educators: By investing in this series, you help every child see that Black and Brown girls can be leaders, princesses, and the stars of their own stories. Children need to read stories that include characters who look like them. Offering these types of books to young readers is an essential part of building self-esteem, cultivating empathy, encouraging tough conversations, and letting children of color know they matter.

The Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess series is inspired by real-life budding Broadway Star, Kayla Pecchioni: a young Black woman who has always lived her life by believing in herself while letting nothing get in the way of her dreams.

 
Book Details:

Book Title:  Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess by Deedee Cummings
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  24 pages
Genre:  Children’s Book
Publisher:  Make a Way Media
Release date:   April 2021
Content Rating:  G


Book Description:

“Daughters often learn their place in the world by watching their mothers claim theirs.” ~author, Deedee Cummings

The first in a five-part series, this diverse picture book shines the spotlight on a little brown girl who loves musical theater and never lets anything get in the way of her dreams. Everyone else has an idea of who she should be, but in the end, she discovers that she is the one who gets to decide.

The story also reveals the special family dynamic that Kayla shares with her mom; a hard-working woman who struggles with the guilt of not being as available for her young daughter as she would like. But as the story progresses, Kayla and her mom realize the impact of valuing the time they have together as well as the importance of seeing each other acknowledge (and pursue) their individual dreams. {ages 5 and up}

Buy the Book:
Amazon ~ Make a Way Media
add to Goodreads
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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess by Deedee Cummings is a sweet book about Kayla. This is Book One in the series. Kayla lives with her mom and dad, but she doesn’t get to see her mom so much because of her working. But this doesn’t stop Kayla from dreaming, and her dreams are to work with the musical theater, something she loves very much. I have read several books by Deedee Cummings and enjoy them so much, and this one is just as awesome as the others. I especially like the close relationship Kayla has with her mom, and how her mom encourages Kayla to follow her dreams.

I like that Cummings writes a book such as this to show that young girls of any color or race can follow their dreams to be what they want to be. This book would be a great addition to your child’s library, it will sure encourage your child to be what they want to be. Being the first book in the series, there will me more to come from Deedee Cummings. I will be reviewing books two and three in the next few days so be sure to come back and see what these books are about.

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:  Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams by Deedee Cummings
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  29 pages
Genre:  Children’s Book
Publisher:  Make a Way Media
Release date:   June 1, 2021
Content Rating:  G

Buy the Book:

Make a Way Media

 

Book Details:

Book Title:  Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess: Tough Tulle by Deedee Cummings
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  29 pages
Genre:  Children’s Book
Publisher:  Make a Way Media
Release date:   July 1, 2021
Format available for review:  print
Tour dates: May 24 to June 25, 2021
Content Rating:  G

Buy the Book:
Make a Way Media

 

Meet the Author:

As a therapist, attorney, CEO of Make A Way Media, and author of fifteen children’s books, Deedee Cummings has a passion for ensuring equality, inclusion, and social justice for the next generation. Since her first book published in 2014, Cummings has been on a mission to help young dreamers and doers “see themselves” in the pages of the books they read.

Cummings has spent more than two decades working within the

family therapy and support field, and much of her writing shares her experiences of working with kids in therapeutic foster care.

By the end of 2021, this #OWNVOICES author will have fifteen diverse children’s books to her credit, including the Rapid Release of her Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess five-book series. All fifteen of Cummings’ diverse picture, poetry, and workbooks for kids reflect her professional knowledge and love of life.

Cummings is also the founder and creator of the Louisville Book Festival, a literacy-based celebration in Louisville, KY, celebrated on October 22nd and 23rd, 2021.

connect with the author:  website  ~ make a way media  ~ twitter  ~ twitter facebook  ~  facebook ~ pinterest ~ instagram ~ instagram ~ goodreads

 

Tour Schedule:

May 24 – Cover Lover Book Review – book series spotlight / giveaway
May 24 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess / giveaway
May 25 – Lisa’s Reading – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess / giveaway
May 26 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book series spotlight / giveaway
May 26 – Lisa’s Reading – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams / giveaway
May 27 – Lisa’s Reading – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle / giveaway
May 27 – Books for Books – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess
May 28 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book series spotlight /giveaway
May 28 – Books for Books – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams
May 31 – Westveil Publishing – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess / giveaway
May 31 – Books for Books – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle
June 1 – Westveil Publishing – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams / giveaway
June 2 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess / giveaway
June 2 – Westveil Publishing – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle / giveaway
June 3 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams / giveaway
June 4 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle / giveaway
June 7 – She Just Loves Books – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess
June 8 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess / giveaway
June 8 – She Just Loves Books – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams
June 9 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams / giveaway
June 9 – She Just Loves Books – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle
June 9 – Pick a Good Book – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess / giveaway
June 10 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle / giveaway
June 10 – Pick a Good Book – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams / giveaway
June 11 – Rajiv’s Reviews– book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess
June 11 – Pick a Good Book – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle / giveaway
June 14 – Rajiv’s Reviews– book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams
June 15 – Rajiv’s Reviews– book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle
June 15 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess / giveaway
June 16 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams / giveaway
June 16 – Splashes of Joy – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess / giveaway
June 17 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle / giveaway
June 17 – Splashes of Joy – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams / giveaway
June 18 – Splashes of Joy – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle / giveaway
June 18 – fundinmental – book series spotlight / giveaway
June 21 – Laura’s Interests – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess / giveaway
June 22 – Leels Loves Books – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess / giveaway
June 22 – Laura’s Interests – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams / giveaway
June 23 – Leels Loves Books – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams / giveaway
June 23 – Sahar’s Blog – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess / giveaway
June 23 – Laura’s Interests – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle / giveaway
June 24 – Leels Loves Books – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle / giveaway
June 24 – Sahar’s Blog – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams / giveaway
June 25 – Kam’s Place – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess
June 25 – Sahar’s Blog – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle / giveaway

 

Enter the Giveaway:

 

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Tour and Giveaway for The Hotel by Pamela Kelley

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The Hotel
By Pamela Kelley
Women’s Fiction, Romance
Paperback & ebook, 270  Pages
June 8, 2021 by Piping Plover Press

Secrets and lies…at Nantucket’s most exclusive and glamorous, family-owned hotel.

The Whitley is Nantucket’s most exclusive waterfront hotel–a sprawling collection of pristine white cottages and an elegant main building on a long stretch of private, white sandy beach.

It’s a family owned business–brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, all work there in various capacities.

Paula is happy in her back office accounting position. But changes are in store when her grandfather promotes her and fires her cousin–who then blames Paula.

Meanwhile, a blond romantic comedy superstar is hiding out at The Hotel for a few months. She meets Paula’s brother, a chef–who has no idea who she is–and she likes it that way.

Paula’s grandfather also hires a consultant to help her settle into her new role. But she isn’t sure what to think of David, who grew up on Nantucket but now lives in Manhattan.

He’s a brilliant consultant and will be assessing Paula’s suitability for the rol He’s also home for another reason, a difficult family issue that makes Manhattan seem very far away.

A new family saga from the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller author of The Nantucket Inn and The Restaurant.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

This is my first book of Pamela Kelly’s I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I love the Whitley Hotel and the Whitley family. This grandfather does an amazing job of keeping all of the family working in jobs they are capable of doing. This is why he gives his grandaughter Paula a promotion, because he knows she can do the job. And the cousin there is not doing such a good job.
I found it fun watching the family and they had their ups and downs, their friends that sometimes turned into more than friends. Ms. Kelley create a host of characters to pull this book off and she does a marvelous job of it. I like the grandfather best of course, but the Paula and David were my favorites. I love the attraction there, but neither would confirm it because they were so busy doing their jobs and both thought the other could be interested in then. Could they?
There were a lot if twists and turns. The arrival of a super well known actor brought its own flavor to the mix as well as a little romance to the plate. All in all, this is a very nice clean summer and beach read. If this is the genre you love, then it is a must for you to read. And if you are looking for an enjoyable summer read, I encourage you to pick this one up.
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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About the Author

Pamela M. Kelley is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of women’s fiction, family sagas, and suspense. Readers often describe her books as feel-good reads with people you’d want as friends.

She lives in a historic seaside town near Cape Cod and just south of Boston. She has always been an avid reader of women’s fiction, romance, mysteries, thrillers and cook books. There’s also a good chance you might get hungry when you read her books as she is a foodie, and occasionally shares a recipe or two.
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Tour and Giveaway for Making Christmas by Nancy Fraser & Santa Baby by Peggy Jaeger

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Nancy Fraser and Peggy Jaeger will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Welcome to our 1980’s Dickens Christmas stories!

Two sweet vintage romances set in the New England town of Dickens where small town charm is on full, holiday display.

Both stories are prequels to stories found in last year’s holiday anthology, Christmas Comes to Dickens. Beginning October 18th, the Ladies of Dickens will release six brand-new, full-length Dickens holiday romances (one per week) to celebrate the season.

In the meantime, we hope you’ll enjoy Making Christmas by Author Nancy Fraser and Santa Baby by Author Peggy Jaeger. Both are guaranteed to whet your holiday appetites for what’s to come!

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Making Christmas by Nancy Fraser

A 1980s Vintage Romance …

It’s been five years since William Barrett returned to Dickens to take over as CEO of Wil-Bar Toys. He’s spent these past years helping build Wil-Bar into a leader in creative, handmade toys. His work ethic and drive has left him little time for a personal life. Or, perhaps he’s still pining for the one who got away.

Catherine Gates moved away from Dickens six years earlier. Now a staff reporter for a woman’s magazine, she’s returning to Dickens to do a story on Wil-Bar Toys new production methods and get the scoop on their upcoming holiday line.

When Will and Cat meet up again for the first time in years, it’s as if they’ve never been apart. Rekindling their friendship, and attraction, becomes more important than Cat’s article, or even the secrecy of the new toy lines.

Can these two childhood friends make up for lost time and pursue the romance they missed out on years earlier? Or, will Cat’s story expose too much and put them at odds with one another?

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Santa Baby by Peggy Jaeger

It’s Christmas Eve morning in the tiny New England town of Dickens.

Santa’s arrival is imminent, and a hint of snow is in the air.

Amy Dorrit is just about to open her popular diner for the breakfast rush when she discovers an abandoned baby on her back doorstep.

Amy knows she should call the authorities and turn the infant over to them, but she just can’t. Thoughts of her own abandonment as a baby flood through her and she wants to keep the little one out of the hands of the authorities until the mother – hopefully –returns.

But will the mom come back? And if she doesn’t, what is Amy prepared to do about the baby who has, already, claimed her heart?

Read an Excerpt from Santa Baby

As she moved through the breezeway connecting the diner to her apartment, Amy heard a mewling sound at the back alley door. Her cook, Willie, often left scraps out for strays, especially in winter, and sometimes when she took the trash out at the end of the day, Amy would find a mamma cat searching for something to feed her kittens.

Amy opened the door, expecting to see a hungry animal looking for a handout, and got the shock of the century when she found a baby carrier, complete with a crying infant nestled in it.

She gasped, her head flicking right, then left, to find the person responsible for leaving a baby out in the frigid night air.

“Hello? Is anyone here?”

The still sleeping and silent town surrounded her as shoe impressions in the fresh snow indicated the baby hadn’t been there for long.

The infant’s howl echoed in the quiet.

“Oh, you poor thing. Let’s get you out of the cold.”

About the Authors:

NANCY FRASER—Jumping Across Romance Genres with Gleeful Abandon—is an Amazon Top 100 and Award-Winning author who can’t seem to decide which romance genre suits her best. So, she writes them all.

Like most authors, Nancy began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher’s pet which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it.

Nancy has published over forty books in full-length, novella, and short format. When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five wonderful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.

Website: http://www.nancyfraser.ca

Facebook: http://facebook.com/nancyfraserauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nfraserauthor \

Bookbub: http://bookbub.com/profile/nancy-fraser

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Nancy-Fraser/e/B004AOL61Y

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7206382.Nancy_Fraser

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Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance writer who writes Romantic Comedies about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them. If she can make you cry on one page and bring you out of tears rolling with laughter the next, she’s done her job as a writer!

Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, she brings all topics of daily life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she’s created the families she wanted as that lonely child.

When she’s not writing Peggy is usually painting, crafting, scrapbooking or decoupaging old steamer trunks she finds at rummage stores and garage sales.

As a lifelong diarist, she caught the blogging bug early on, and you can visit her at peggyjaeger.com where she blogs daily about life, writing, and stuff that makes her go “What??!”

Website and Blog: http://peggyjaeger.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Peggy-Jaeger-Author/825914814095072

Twitter: https://twitter.com/peggy_jaeger

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13478796.Peggy_Jaeger

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/peggy-jaeger

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDR8RRIlssIyS0FYZWeGqsg/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/peggyjaeger_author/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/peggyjaeger/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peggy-jaeger-296ab878/

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00T8E5LN0

Authors database: https://authorsdb.com/community/15814-peggy-jaeger

Triberr: https://triberr.com/tribe/strong-women–loving-men

Universal Purchase Links:

Making Christmas  https://books2read.com/MakeXMas

Santa Baby  https://books2read.com/u/3R8lVG

Apple:  https://books.apple.com/us/book/id1566764279

BN:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/making-christmas-nancy-fraser/1139435151

Kobo:  https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/making-christmas-3

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/making-christmas-a-dickens-holiday-romance-prequel-by-nancy-fraser

Making Christmas Trailer:  https://youtu.be/PzzY7komw-I

Making Christmas Jigsaw Puzzle Link:  https://bit.ly/33wkGqI

Santa Baby Trailer Link:  https://youtu.be/8_MbnzNIlrg

Santa Baby Jigsaw Puzzle Link:  https://bit.ly/2RaZBzj

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Tour and Giveaway for The Girl in the Gold Dress by Christine Paik

Join us for this tour from May 24 to June 11, 2021!

Book Details:
 

Book Title:  The Girl in the Gold Dress by Christine Paik
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 6-10),  34 pages
Genre: Children’s Social Themes, Children’s Picture Book | Family Multi-Generational
Publisher:  Imagilore Publishing
Release date:  April 23, 2021
Content Rating:  G.
 
Book Description: 
Hannah’s Korean name literally means “Gold Dress,” so why doesn’t she want to be seen wearing her gold hanbok dress?

10-year-old Hannah is facing a big performance for her school’s talent show. The trouble is, she’s ashamed of her dress, the dance, even the music – they’re too different, too Korean! What if everyone makes fun of her? Will Hannah be brave enough to perform, or will she run off stage like she did at rehearsal? First, she must learn about the gold dress she’s wearing and its mysterious connection to her name and her family’s past in Korea: starting with a desperate escape from war and a secret wish hidden for decades in an envelope. Can Hannah make that wish finally come true?

In this touching children’s story that spans four generations, a Korean American girl overcomes her embarrassment of her 

heritage to step forward with pride and share her culture with others.

 
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Meet the Author: 
Christine still remembers the butterflies in the pit of her stomach as she performed traditional Korean fan dances as a 12-year-old growing up in Southern California. She never dreamed that over 30 years later, she would be channeling her inner fan dancer to write Hannah’s story. Christine is a second generation Korean American wife and mother of two, living in San Diego.

Christine loves telling stories for a living, which started with a 15-year career in TV news and continues today in public relations. She is the winner of six news Emmys and multiple PR awards. Christine was always an avid reader, but wished there were more Asian American book characters she could relate to (besides Claudia Kishi from The Babysitter’s Club). So she decided to 

create her own! Christine also enjoys singing karaoke, photography, and baking. You can learn more about Christine at http://www.christinepaik.com

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

 
Tour Schedule:

May 24 –
Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
May 24 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
May 24 – @booking.with.janelle – book spotlight
May 25 –Books Tea Healthy Me – book spotlight / giveaway
May 25 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book spotlight / giveaway
May 26 – The Bespectacled Mother – book spotlight
May 26 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / giveaway
May 26 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / giveaway
May 27 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
May 27 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / giveaway
May 27 – The Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book spotlight / giveaway
May 28 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
May 28 – Laura’s Interests – book spotlight / giveaway
May 28 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway
May 31 – Hall Ways Blog – book spotlight / giveaway
June 1 – A Mama’s Corner of the world – book spotlight / giveaway
June 2 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
June 3 – @twilight_reader – book spotlight
June 4 – Bookish Trisha – book spotlight / giveaway
June 7 – Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / giveaway
June 8 – Writer with Wanderlust – book spotlight / giveaway
June 9 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / giveaway
June 10 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
June 11 – Books for Books – book spotlight

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Tour and Giveaway for Rambee Boo’s Lake Vacation by Reena Korde Pagnoni

Join us for this tour from May 24 to Jun 11, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title
:  Rambee Boo’s Lake Vacation by Reena Korde Pagnoni
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  24 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Waman Books
Release date:   April, 2021
Format available for review:  print (USA), pdf
Tour dates: May 24 to Jun 11, 2021
Content Rating:  G for everyone.

Book Description:

The Rambee Boo Crew take a summer vacation to the Lake. Rock and Rambee are having so much fun that they don’t realize that Rambee Boo keeps dropping his Sock. Will Sock make it home with the duo at the end of the trip?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

I enjoyed Rambee Boos Lake Vacation by Reena Korde Pagnoni very much. Rambee goes on vacation with Rock and his family but he has to bring his favorite Sock with him. Rambee doesn’t do his best job of keeping up with his sock either. He forgets it everywhere they go. He will be a lucky dog if he makes it home with Sock.

This is such a precious story. Rambee Boos is adorable. What fun it would be for your child to have their very own Rambee Boos. But if they can’t, they can sure enjoy read this book about Rambee Boos. Your child will be asking for you to read this book over and over, and will love looking at the illustrations in the book as well. I love the detailed, bright vivid colors of the illustrations. Each page in the story comes alive with a beautiful and colorful picture to go with the words of the story. Frances Rose Ispańol does such a fabulous job creating all of these wonderful pictures. I enjoy how Pagnoni and Ispańol come together to give children the best book. This would be a wonderful addition to your child’s library, as well as being in daycare’s, kindergartens and other places you will find small children. 

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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Meet the Author:

I began writing THE RAMBEE BOO SERIES after we added a fur baby to our  family, during the Covid-19 pandemic quarantine. The characters in the series are based off my youngest son Rocky (aka Rock), and our rambunctious puppy Rambo (aka Rambee Boo). Whenever there’s trouble, these two are usually at the center of it! I graduated from West Windsor-Plainsboro High school in 2000 and went on to get my B.A. from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. I currently live in New Jersey with my husband, my three children and of course…my Rambee Boo! I’ve always  had a great love for children’s books and started collecting them in college. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to write my own series to add to our collection. I hope these books will continue to grow and foster children’s love for reading. I can only hope that my readers enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoy writing them!

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

 
Tour Schedule:

May 24 – My Journey Back the Journey Back – book review / giveaway
May 24 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
May 25 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 25 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
May 26 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
May 27 – Icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
May 28 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 31 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review / giveaway
May 31 – Kam’s Place – book review
June 1 – Reading is My Passion – book review
June 2 – I’m Into Books – book review / giveaway
June 2 – The Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 3 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 4 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway
June 7 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 8 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
June 9 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
June 9 – Laura’s Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 10 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 11 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway 

  Enter the Giveaway: 

 
Rambee Boo’s Lake Vacation Book Tour Giveaway

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Tour and Giveaway for Bound by a Ring and a Secret by Jennifer Faye

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  • Bound by a Ring and a Secret
(Wedding Bells at Lake Como #1)
By Jennifer Faye
Contemporary Romance
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 175 Pages
May 25, 2021 by Harlequin Romance

A mistaken identity…
…a proposal that changes everything!

Photographer Gianna is done with men. Retreating to her villa on the shore of Lake Como, Gianna is stunned to find gorgeous Dario renting her house! When Dario is mistaken for her long-gone fiancé, they realize a fake engagement could solve problems for them both. Pretending to be in love should be easy, but what happens when very real feelings start to grow?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Gianna comes home from a Photographer shoot wanting nothing more than to relax and rest, but she wasn’t expecting to find a man in her house, and a handsome one at that. Dario rented a villa to be alone to finish his book and was surprised to find a woman in the house, no notice or anything. He has the house rented for another month and he wasn’t leaving. And then there’s Tito the dog. But then they finally come to a decision they can work with since it was all the realtors fault. They would stay out of each other’s way for a month and it will all be fine. But it wasn’t.

Bound by a Ring and a Secret is such a fun and enjoyable read by author Jennifer Faye. As always, the characters were well created and I enjoyed  their development as the story unfolds. Dario and Gianna didn’t handle things so well, resulting in even more problems for the two, and their growing attraction doesn’t help. Tito the dog doesn’t help the situation either by falling head over heels for Gianna and doesn’t understand when the two decide to go their separate ways. But never fear, Faye, and her excellent writing weaves the situations together and gives readers and ending that will Wow you back for more. If you enjoy a good sweet and clean romance, you will love Gianna and Dario’s story. Don’t miss put on 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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About the Author

Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances with rugged cowboys, sexy billionaires and enchanting royalty. Internationally published with books translated into nine languages. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards.
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Tour and Giveaway for FLYING AGAINST THE ODDS: by Jean-Jacques Trochon with Heather Whitehall-Trochon

Join us for this tour from May 17 to June 4, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  FLYING AGAINST THE ODDS: One Man’s Journey to New Ways of Healing by Jean-Jacques Trochon with Heather Whitehall-Trochon

Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  249 pages

Genre:  Memoir

Publisher:  Ikhaya Publishing

Release date:   November 2020

Format available for review:  print (Internationally), ebook (mobi, epub)

Tour dates: May 17 to June 4, 2021

Content Rating:  G. Memoir for General Audience.

Book Description:

“IT TAKES A DIFFERENT KIND OF THINKING TO SOLVE A PROBLEM THAN THE KIND OF THINKING THAT PRODUCED THE PROBLEM.” —Albert Einstein

JJ had a devastating problem. At age fifty-one, he was diagnosed with stage four cancer and given three years to live. Rather than accept that outcome, JJ did what he always does: he set out to find a solution. Desiring to look beyond traditional treatments and their often harmful side effects, he put his unconventionally wired mind to work. JJ was relentless as he investigated alternative therapies and pursued global trailblazers in cancer research. Moving from the role of patient to patient-researcher, he became a trailblazer in his own right, being sought after for his latest findings. Ultimately, JJ brought together the most innovative international minds at the Rethinking Cancer 2017 conference in Paris. Together, they found common ground, and they continue to create integrative, synergistic approaches to treatment. Today, almost a decade after his diagnosis, JJ has defied the odds and is cancer-free. Recently retired from his career as a commercial airline captain on the Airbus A380, he now devotes himself to sharing his ongoing research with scientists and patients. JJ’s story illustrates how looking at things differently often enables us to see them in a whole new light.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

In this book, FLYING AGAINST THE ODDS authors Jean-Jacques Trochon with Heather Whitehall-Trochon tell of the plan Jean-Jacques Trochon Discovers after he finds he has cancer and only a few years to live. Trochon was determined to find a way of healing, and he shows us he did just that in Flying Against the Odds.

There are a lot of interesting things in this book. Like going twelve days with nothing to eat and only water to drink. I would like to try this, but getting to day five seems like it’s rough. But I still may just try it. Trochon finds access to a ton of people that has helped him in his research along the way. But a lot if it is just trial and error, just like the 12 day fasting to be free of tumors, which was shocking to his Dr. And all throughout this book you will find interesting things that Trochon has found along the way as he keeps researching. I also enjoyed him telling about his career as an airline pilot and how he got started. I encourage you to check this book out. If you have had cancer or know someone who has, this book may be a big help to you. But if you haven’t had to deal with the C word, you will still find this book interesting and helpful.

.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.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW

And now lets hear what the author has to say!

  • You have had a distinguished career as an airline pilot. If you had chosen a different career path, what would it have been?

 




Biology was my favourite subject at school. I have always had a mind that likes to explore topics in greater depth. I would probably have been a researcher, had I not followed in my father’s footsteps. However, I feel privileged to have had an incredible career as an airline captain, finishing up by flying the Airbus 380, the world’s largest passenger plane. I am one of very few pilots to have experienced such an aircraft. Recently retired, I am now able to devote my time to helping other cancer patients via my website: https://jeanjacquestrochon.com

I feel lucky to be able to pursue a second rewarding career, one in which I am able to collaborate with some of the leading doctors and scientists from the world of alternative medicine.

 

  • You clearly had a very powerful bond with your father. How do you think he would react if he knew about your book?

 

Dad was very supportive of everything I did. I know he would have been unbelievably proud. I dedicated my book to him because he was my mentor throughout life. As well as being father and son, we had the bond of flying. One of my most valuable possessions is the gold ring that dad received upon graduating from the American Air Force. He gave it to me as he was dying. This ring now sits proudly upon the third finger of my right hand, just as it once did upon his. As I describe in Chapter 17, Flying High Again, I often ‘spoke’ to my father during those long, lonely hours in the cockpit. It was there, up above the clouds, that I most strongly felt his presence, guiding me safely home in that big silver bird.

 

  • Name one famous person who you would have liked to have met and why?

 

In reading my book, it will become clear that I have a deep-rooted love of South Africa and its people. The one person whom I would have loved to have met is the country’s former president, Nelson Mandela. There is much to admire about this great man, who was even able to show compassion to the very people who had held him captive. He was an incredible leader and an inspiration to all those who have suffered injustice. 

 

  • You live in Biarritz, in the French Basque Country. What do you enjoy most about your chosen place of residence?

 

Biarritz is often referred to as French California, on account of its magnificent surfing beaches and relaxed way of life. We are walking distance from the ocean, a short drive from the mountains and just a stone’s throw from neighbouring Spain. I feel privileged to call this unique part of France my home. Proximity to the ocean definitely lifted my spirits whenever I came home from hospital following surgery. This experience is described in Chapter 7, Together we are an Ocean, in which being able to surf marks a turning point in my healing journey. Something very powerful happens to me at the end of this chapter, some kind of spiritual experience. However, I don’t want to give too much away!

 

  • You finished your schooling in America. What do you remember most about this time in your life?

 

I have fond memories of my time in America. The educational system placed a lot of importance on sport, which is not the case here in France. This approach really suited me, since I wasn’t the most academic of students. Back then I was good at soccer and was even chosen to captain Ohio’s All-Star team. It was here that I learned the value of teamwork, and forged friendships that I still have to this day. Oh, and l also remember eating the best donuts ever. Happy times! 😉

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Meet the Authors: 

Jean-Jacques Trochon (or JJ as he is more commonly known) spent thirty-two years as a commercial airline pilot for Air France. A French national, he enjoyed an early childhood in Tahiti before finishing his schooling in France and the USA. In 2003, JJ was diagnosed with aggressive kidney cancer and subsequently underwent the removal of his left kidney. In 2012 and 2014, he underwent further surgeries following the discovery of multiple metastases in both lungs. Despite being given a slim chance of survival, JJ again returned to work in 2016. He captained the world’s largest commercial aircraft, the Airbus A380, until his retirement in spring 2020. Today, Jean-Jacques devotes his spare time to helping other cancer sufferers and spreading the word about his revolutionary approach to the disease. He was the initiator of Rethinking Cancer 2017, a groundbreaking conference held in Paris on September 21, 2017, at Institut Gustave Roussy, the leading cancer center in Europe.

Heather Whitehall-Trochon is a lover of languages and translator of French and German into English. A British national, she completed studies in fashion journalism at the London College of Fashion before moving to Munich, Germany, where she worked in public relations for fashion and film. After relocating to Vienna, Austria, she had a brief stint as an editor at the Associated Press, prior to becoming a freelance translator and seasoned backpacker. Heather met JJ in Paris in 2007, marrying him the following year. The couple, together with their cat, Zulu, have now settled in Biarritz, France.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook ~ Instagram ~ Goodread

 

Tour Schedule:

May 17 – Olio By Marilyn – book review / giveaway

May 17 – Olio By Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview

May 18 – Kam’s Place – book review

May 19 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

May 20 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight

May 20 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway

May 21 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

May 24 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

May 25 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway

May 25 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

May 26 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

May 26 – The Culture Hunter – book review / guest post / giveaway

May 27 – jayme_reads – book review

May 28 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book spotlight

May 31 – Books for Books – book spotlight

June 1 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway

June 1 – @twilight_reader  – book review

June 2 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

June 2 – Book Reviews by Shreya Vijay – book review / author interview

June 3 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway

June 3 – Over Coffee Conversations – book review / giveaway

June 4 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight

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Does Grandma Remember Me? by Evita Sherman

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Join us for this tour from May 10 to Jun 4, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Does Grandma Remember Me? by Evita Sherman
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   Feb, 2021
Format available:  hardback
Content Rating:  G for everyone.

Book Description:

It is always challenging to watch a loved one grow older and face new, confusing obstacles that always seemed easy. Does Grandma Remember Me? shows how love transcends age and difficulties, even when things become overwhelming.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Does Grandma Remember Me is a story of a grandma with dementia. It teaches young children how to deal with and understand why their grandma or loved one does not know them most or all of the time. Author Evita Sherman does a fantastic job writing this book so that children can understand. And really, adults can relate to this book as well. I had 2 aunts that had dementia. One of them I was around quite a bit and it is heartbreaking to experience and so hard for children to understand. This is why you need this book. 

I so much enjoyed the illustrations by Illustrator Chayla Bolden. With illustrations to fit the story on each page, and colors just right to fit the mood, children will love and enjoy seeing these beautiful pages of characters and their surroundings making the story come to life. This book should be in every household that has a family member that is dealing with dementia. This will help you as parents know how to better understand how to talk to your child. I strongly encourage you to check this beautiful book out and purchase it if this is something your family needs. Another thought is, this would make a very nice gift to a family who is experiencing someone with this disease.

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:

Evita’s

passion is assisting the elderly, especially those living with dementia. Her mission is to help people age in the manner they envision for themselves and not through the lens of others. She works to provide data and resources to assist elders in effectively aging-in-place and equips their families and friends to support their loved ones amidst uncertainty. Working in the elder care field as a licensed nursing home administrator, senior living marketing professional, and Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS), Evita witnesses both elders and families make tough decisions. Some of those decisions result in despair, while others result in healing. The key to enabling elders to live life to its fullest is to help them find their voices and exercise their right to choose.

Evita collaborates with family and friends to ensure that her mother, who lives with dementia, and her father, recently diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment, maintain

their voices and make well-informed choices as their disease progresses.

connect with the author: goodreads

Tour Schedule:

May 10 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review
May 10 – Kam’s Place – book review
May 11 – Laura’s Interests – book review
May 12 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review
May 13 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review
May 14 –Pick a Good Book – book spotlight
May 17 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review
May 18 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review
May 19 – My Journey Back the Journey Back – book review
May 19 – Literary Flits – book spotlight
May 21 – Older & Smarter? – book review
May 24 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review
May 25 – The Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book review
May 26 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review
May 27 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight
May 31 – Bound 4 Escape – book review
June 1 – The Bespectacled Mother – book review
June 2 – Reading is My Passion – book review
June 3 – Splashes of Joy – book review
June 3 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review
June 4 – Lisa’s Reading – book review

Epic Book Launch Over Her Head: In the Shadow by JL Crosswhite

Over Her Head Epic Book Launch

About the Book

Book:  Over Her Head: In the Shadow

Author: JL Crosswhite

Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense

Release date: June 21, 2021

She’s working on a new start…

…He’s trying a new work venture.

Can they build a relationship that fits their new life?

Fresh out of cosmetology school Jessica and whiz software engineer Austin have been thrown together by mutual friends. They even escaped a wildfire together.

But do they have something more than friendship?

Maybe a singles’ camping trip will make their future clear.

But when they encounter someone who needs their help, the relaxing weekend away becomes anything but. As the danger mounts and the challenges reveal who they truly are, will it pull them together or push them apart… for good?

You will get lost in Over Her Head because the biggest adventure is falling in love.

BOOK EXCERPT

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Over Her Head ExcerptFiveHer dating track record was nothing to be proud of. Even if she wasn’t exactly datingAustin. They were…friends. He was about as opposite of her as you could get:solid, logical,steady. And yet since he was new in town, she felt like she could actually help him withsomething: navigating a new social environment by introducing him to friends and invitinghim places.The phone slipped out of her hand as Lyric snatched it away. “Ooh, he’s cute. What’s hisname?”“Austin. And yes, he’s cute. Now I’ve got to go.” She stuck out her hand and wiggled herfingers. What kind of person took someone else’s phone? They barely knew each other.Lyric spun away, tapping on Jessica’s phone and giggling. What was she doing?“Lyric, give it back, please.”Lyric flashed Austin’s picture at Erika and Madison, who giggled.“Yep, he’s a hottie. Worth spending time with him for sure,” Madison said.Lyric handed the phone back to Jessica.“What did you do?”Lyric shrugged. “We want to meet him. I just said you needed to be picked up.”Jessica saw the last sent text message on her screen.

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Excerpt One: https://nannie3.blogspot.com/2021/05/over-her-head.html


Excerpt Two: https://hookmeinabook.home.blog/2021/06/02/over-her-head-by-jl-crosswhite-sneak-peek/


Excerpt Three: https://www.musingsofasassybookishmama.com/2021/06/over-her-head-by-jl-crosswhite-blog.html


Excerpt Four: https://www.artistwriterandstudentohmy.com/posts/over-her-head-book-excerpt/


Excerpt Five: https://splashesofjoy.wordpress.com/2021/06/02/epic-book-launch-over-her-head-in-the-shadow-by-jl-crosswhite/


Excerpt Six: https://lakesidelivingsite.wordpress.com/2021/06/04/over-her-head-epic-book-launch/


Excerpt Seven: https://kayemreads.wordpress.com/2021/06/04/over-her-head-epic-book-launch/

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jennifer’s favorite thing is discovering how much there is to love about America the Beautiful and the great outdoors. She’s a mom to two navigating the young adult years while battling her daughter’s juvenile arthritis, exploring the delights of her son’s autism, and keeping gluten free. A California native who’s spent significant time in the Midwest, she’s thrilled to be back in the Golden State. Follow her on social media to see all her adventures and how she gets inspired for her books!

Tour and Giveaway for The New Enchantress by Sunayna Prasad

Join us for this tour from June 1 to Jun 28, 2021!

 
Book Details:

 

Book Title:  The New Enchantress (Alyssa McCarthy’s Magical Missions, Book 3) by Sunayna Prasad
Category:  Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12),  175 pages
Genre:  Fantasy
Publisher:  Amazon KDP
Release date:   March 2021
Content Rating:  PG: Some intense scenes and mild language. 

 

  Book Description:

The point of no return has come!

It’s the summer before high school and life is about to change for fourteen-year-old Alyssa McCarthy. A sorcerer hexes her with everlasting powers, requiring her to become an enchantress. If she cannot learn to control her magic pronto, she will forget her loved ones and serve as the warlock’s eternal slave.

In order to control her powers, Alyssa must gain control of her emotions. With the struggles of adolescence and disasters everywhere, catastrophes are bound to happen! It’s only a matter of time before Alyssa’s world changes, for better or worse…

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

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Alyssa is a normal 14 year old girl now in middle school, that is until she was given extraordinary powers that she must learn to control. Though I  don’t read many fantasy books I was able to read the first two books by Sunayna Prasad so I wanted to finish out the series, The New Enchantress. I am glad I did. This is another incredible book by this author. The main character goes through a lot of the same issues as most middle school age kids and I believe this would be an amazing book for this age to read. All of the characters were well developed and the plot sure kept my interest with its many twists and turns throughout the story. 

Sunayna Prasad is a very good writer and she does a great job of writing books that will capture the hearts of young teens, and she adds some very valuable lessons along the trail. If you haven’t enjoyed any of her books, I encourage you to check out THE New ENCHANTRESS. I do think you would get a better understanding of the book if you read the first two in the series, but this one can be read as a stand along if you wish. 

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 Title:  The Frights of Fiji (Alyssa McCarthy’s Magical Missions, Book 1) by Sunayna Prasad
Category:  Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12),  136 pages
Genre:  Fantasy
Publisher:  Amazon KDP
Release date:   October 2018
Content Rating:  G: There is no mature language or adult content whatsoever.


Book Description:

 

A world of magic and adventure awaits…

Sent to live with her strict, aloof, and uncaring uncle after her parents are killed in a car accident, twelve-year-old orphan Alyssa McCarthy longs for the life she used to have—one filled with fun and love. Then one stormy night, a message appears in the raindrops on the window that 

will change everything.

“Your life will never be the same again, as magic will interfere.”

Before long, Alyssa is kidnapped by Master Beau, a banished sorcerer with a mysterious connection to her who can only regain his power by weakening hers. Suddenly hurled into a world of wizardry filled with fantastical beasts and marvelous technology beyond her wildest imagination, Alyssa must defeat Master Beau if she ever wants to get home again. But Master Beau will stop at nothing, including using Alyssa’s friends, to ensure he is triumphant.

Originally titled “From Frights to Flaws”, this story is the exciting and enchanting first book in the “Magical 

Missions” series.

 
 

 

Book Details:

 

Book Title:  A Curse of Mayhem (Alyssa McCarthy’s Magical Missions, Book 2) by Sunayna Prasad
Category:  Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12),  173 pages
Genre:  Fantasy
Publisher:  Amazon KDP
Release date:   July 2019
Content Rating:  G: There is no mature language or adult content whatsoever.


  Book Description:

 

History, like magic, has a habit of repeating itself.

It’s been six months since thirteen-year-old Alyssa McCarthy left magic behind for good. Or so she thought…

Then the enchanted objects that protected her disappear. Now a skeleton named Errol has cursed her with magical powers that keep getting her in trouble. Suddenly strange things are happening with disastrous effects, and if Alyssa can’t remove the magic, she will lose everything she holds dear. In order to get rid of her unwanted wizardry, Alyssa will have to boost her bravery and confidence and determine who Errol really is. But every time Alyssa uses an enchantment, Errol is one step closer to getting his flesh back and becoming alive, and he will do anything to achieve his goals…even if it means destroying Alyssa’s happiness.

Originally published in 2016 as “Wizardry Goes Wild” and “The Unruly Curse” in 2019, “A Curse of Mayhem” is book two in the exciting and suspenseful “Magical Missions” series. 

 
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Meet the Author:

 

Sunayna Prasad enjoys writing fantasy books for children, as well as cooking, creating artwork, watching online videos, and blogging. She has also written The Frights of Fiji, and A Curse of Mayhem and is constantly creating and brainstorming new ideas.
Sunayna also loves cartoons, traveling, and thinking outside the box.

She lives in New York.

Connect with the Author:   website ~ twitter ~ goodreads

 
Tour Schedule:

June 1 –
Cover Lover Book Review – books spotlight / giveaway
June 2 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 2 – Splashes of Joy – book review of THE NEW ENCHANTRESS / guest post / giveaway
June 2 – Bookish Quest – book review of THE NEW ENCHANTRESS / giveaway
June 3 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book spotlight / giveaway
June 4 – Bigreadersite – book review of THE FRIGHT OF FIJI
June 4 – redpillows – book review of THE FRIGHT OF FIJI
June 7 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 7 – redpillows – book review of THE CURSE OF MAYHEM
June 8 – Bigreadersite – book review of THE CURSE OF MAYHEM
June 8 – Casia’s Corner – book review of THE FRIGHT OF FIJI
June 9 – Westveil Publishing – book review of THE NEW ENCHANTRESS / guest post / giveaway
June 10 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
June 10 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review of THE FRIGHT OF FIJI
June 10 – Kam’s Place – book review of THE FRIGHT OF FIJI
June 11 – Books for Books – book review of THE FRIGHT OF FIJI
June 11 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review of THE CURSE OF MAYHEM
June 11 – Bigreadersite – book review of THE NEW ENCHANTRESS
June 11 – redpillows – book review of THE NEW ENCHANTRESS / guest post
June 12 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review of THE NEW ENCHANTRESS
June 14 – What Polly Reads – book spotlight / author interview
June 14 – Kam’s Place – book review of THE CURSE OF MAYHEM
June 15 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
June 15 – Casia’s Corner – book review of THE CURSE OF MAYHEM
June 15 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of THE NEW ENCHANTRESS / giveaway
June 16 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of THE NEW ENCHANTRESS / giveaway
June 16 – @twilight_reader – book review of THE FRIGHT OF FIJI
June 17 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
June 17 – @twilight_reader – book review of THE CURSE OF MAYHEM
June 18 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of THE FRIGHT OF FIJI / giveaway
June 18 – Books for Books – book review of THE CURSE OF MAYHEM
June 18 – Kam’s Place – book review of THE NEW ENCHANTRESS
June 21 – Chit Chat with Charity – book review of THE FRIGHT OF FIJI / giveaway
June 22 – Casia’s Corner – book review of THE NEW ENCHANTRESS
June 23 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of THE CURSE OF MAYHEM / giveaway
June 24 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 24 – @twilight_reader – book review of THE CURSE OF MAYHEM
June 28 – Books for Books – book review of THE NEW ENCHANTRESS
June 28 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of THE NEW ENCHANTRESS / giveaway
June 28 – Chit Chat with Charity – book review of THE NEW ENCHANTRESS / author interview / giveaway

 

  Enter the Giveaway:

  

 

THE NEW ENCHANTRESS (An Alyssa McCarthy Magical Missions) Book Tour Giveaway

 

 

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Tour and Giveaway for Balloons For Tiger by Lori Orlinsky

Join us for this tour from May 4 to May 31, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Balloons for Tiger by Lori Orlinsky

Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages

Genre:  Children’s Picture Book

Publisher:  Mascot Books

Release date:   May 4, 2021

Formats available: hardback

Content Rating:  G for everyone.

Book Description:

How can children begin to heal after losing a pet? Balloons for

Tiger takes an imaginative look at this tough topic as colorful balloons

travel from the hands of children to their beloved cat who has passed

on. This book lets children open up their hearts and imaginations for a

magical journey to the farthest corners of the world, where they’ll meet

skydivers, astronauts, superheroes, and everything in between. As they

watch the balloons voyage to the other side of the rainbow bridge, they

learn to positively process their grief. Balloons for Tiger is a great

tool for any child who has experienced the loss of a pet- or any other

loved one, too.

Buy the Book:

Amazon ~ B&N ~ IndieBound ~ Mascot Books

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Balloons for Tiger is a book I wish I’d had when my son was younger. This is a beautiful book inside and out to help children cope with losing a beloved pet. Lori Orlinsky does a fabulous job of writing this book in a way children will understand and she also helps each child to understand what happens to their pets. I love the way she uses the balloons to flow to the other side of the rainbow bridge as they met many on the way. I like that this helps with grief, not only with children but adults as well.

And I have to mention illustrator Vanessa Alexandre and the amazing illustrations she has created for this precious book. The bright vibrant colors and adorable characters inside the pages of this book as well as on the cover are just what every child needs to pick this book every time. I love how the beautiful creations fit perfectly with the story on each page, bringing it to life. Excellent writing as well as Excellent illustrations make this book fabulous!

Balloons for Tiger is a Five Star for me and I highly recommend this book to every household with children that have pets. Keep this sweet book on hand because sooner or later you will need it. This is an incredibly lovely book inside and out.

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.

Interview with Author Lori Orlinsky

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  • Where do you get your inspiration for stories?

The inspiration for my stories comes from real-life experiences with my family. I’ve always dreamed of writing a children’s book, but until I had a family, I never had something inspire me enough to use it as a topic. When my daughter Hayley was
3 years old, her preschool class hung up a growth chart and she realized she was the shortest kid in class. She was teased about her height, and I was unable to find any books about the topic to make her feel better. That’s when I wrote my first book, “Being Small (Isn’t So Bad After All).” That book gave me the confidence to write more and more books. My second book “The Tooth Fairy’s Tummy Ache” is a lesson-based book about telling the truth — something I wanted to showcase the importance of to my kids. And finally, the inspiration for “Balloons for Tiger” came after we lost our 18-year-old cat, Tiger. We did a balloon release for her, and I found my kids asking me where the balloons went before they reached Tiger. I thought it was an imaginative and positive way to talk about the loss of a pet.

  • How did you do research for your book?

Crowdsourcing! I am a member of many author networking groups. After making a list of all the things that fly, I asked others for their suggestions. I ended up with so many ideas that they did not all fit into this book!

  • Do you have another profession besides writing?
    I co-own a publicity firm, Foreword Publicity, which does book marketing and publicity for authors. My partner and fellow-author Alysson Bourque and I work with authors of just about every genre. I absolutely love this side hustle-turned full-time gig because it allows me to combine my passions for marketing (I was previously a Marketing Director), storytelling and books.
  1. In today’s tech savvy world, most writers use a computer or laptop. Have you ever written parts of your book on paper?
    I am famous for writing on Post-it notes. I always have a roll of them in my purse, and when the mood strikes, I jot down ideas or stanzas to a book.
  • Name a quirky thing you like to do.
    I am a HUGE fan of the show “Friends.” I’ve seen every episode at least 20 times. My favorite character is Ross. Fun fact: I met him in Chicago and made sure to tell him that we are related, since my maiden name is Geller. My top Ross moment is when he sat naked with Ugly Naked Guy so he could get his apartment.


Lori and Ross

Meet the Author:

Lori Orlinsky is a multi-award-winning children’s book

author who lives in Chicago. She was inspired to tell this story after

her family experienced the loss of their beloved eighteen-year-old cat,

Tiger. Unable to find books about pet loss to help her young kids cope

with their grief, Lori wrote Balloons for Tiger. She hopes this book will help others, too.

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

 

Tour Schedule:


May 4 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway

May 4 – Welcome To MLMOpinion’s Reviews – book review

May 5 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

May 6 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway

May 7 – Westveil Publishing – book review / guest post / giveaway

May 10 – The Pen and Muse Book Reviews – book review / giveaway

May 11 – Twirling Book Princess – book review

May 11 – Corinne Rodrigues / Booksnista – book spotlight / giveaway

May 12 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway

May 13 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review / giveaway

May 13 – Chit Chat with Charity – book review / author interview / giveaway

May 14 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway

May 17 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review / giveaway

May 18 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

May 18 – The Bespectacled Mother – book review

May 19 – The Adventures Of A Travelers Wife – book review / guest post / giveaway

May 20 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

May 20 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review / giveaway

May 21 – Icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway

May 24 – I’m Into Books – book review

May 24 – Reading is My Passion – book review

May 25 –Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway

May 26 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / author interview / giveaway

May 27 – Laura’s Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway

May 27 – I Read Kid’s Books – book review / author interview /giveaway

May 28 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway

May 31 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

May 31 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway:

Lori Orlinsky’s BALLONS FOR TIGER Book Tour Giveaway

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Tour and Giveaway for Aftermath by by Terri Blackstock

Aftermath

May 10 – June 4, 2021 Tour

Synopsis:

Aftermath by Terri Blackstock

This gripping new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Terri Blackstock will leave you on the edge of your seat.

A devastating explosion.

Three best friends are at the venue just to hear their favorite band . . . but only one of them makes it out alive.

A trunk full of planted evidence.

When police stop Dustin with a warrant to search his trunk, he knows it’s just a mistake. He’s former military and owns a security firm. But he’s horrified when they find explosives, and he can’t fathom how they got there.

An attorney who will risk it all for a friend.

Criminal attorney Jamie Powell was Dustin’s best friend growing up. They haven’t spoken since he left for basic training, but she’s the first one he thinks of when he’s arrested. Jamie knows she’s putting her career on the line by defending an accused terrorist, but she’d neverA 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. abandon him. Someone is framing Dustin to take the fall for shocking acts of violence . . . but why?

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

When Dustin was pulled over and explosives were found in his car, he knew he was in trouble. Time to call his old friend he hadn’t talked to in years. Jamie was surprised to hear from Dustin but she was determined to get him put of trouble and see him through this ordeal that was caused by someone else and Dustin was getting the blame. 

Wow! This is one book I plan to read again and very soon. I have loved Terri Blackstock for many years and have read most of her books. And I think Aftermath is the best of hers so far. With characters that feel they are popping right off the pages as they develop to their max as the story unfolds. Jamie and Dustin work endlessly to try and find the real killers from the explosion but it is a very intense job. Will they ever really find the answers? Blackstock writes an exceptionally awesome story for her readers, that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading this one. Join Ms. Blackstock in the heart wrenching adventure that will stay with you for a long time. 

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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Praise for Aftermath:

“In Aftermath, Terri Blackstock plumbs the depth of human emotion in the face of devastating tragedy, grief, and loss. Yet, she still manages to give readers her trademark suspenseful story, sweet romance, and hope for the future. From gut wrenching scenes in a cancer patient’s hospital room to seeing the world through the eyes of a young woman with a debilitating mental health disorder, Blackstock pulls no punches about human frailties. Does the end justify the means? Romantic suspense lovers won’t want to miss Aftermath.”
—Kelly Irvin, bestselling author

“Justice may be blind but that doesn’t keep it from facing mortal danger. In Aftermath, expert storyteller Terri Blackstock ratchets up the suspense in a novel that delivers on every level. Conflicts rage and loyalties are tested to the ultimate limit. Set aside plenty of time when you pick up this book—you’ll not to want to take a break.”
—Robert Whitlow, bestselling author

Book Details:

Genre: Suspense

Published by: Thomas Nelson

Publication Date: May 11th 2021

Number of Pages: 320

ISBN: 0310348587 (ISBN13: 9780310348580)

Series: Aftermath is a stand-alone novel

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Christianbook | Goodreads

 

Read an excerpt:

Aftermath

Chapter One

Taylor Reid’s phone flashed as she snapped the selfie with her two friends, their heads touching and their backs to the stage. The shot from the third row, with the lead singer in the background and the three of them in the foreground, was perfect. No one would believe their seats were so close.

They turned around to face the band, dancing to the beat of the song they’d been listening to in the car on the way to Trudeau Hall.

Taylor quickly posted the pic, typing, “Ed Loran targets nonpoliticals for his rally with band Blue Fire. Worked on us!”

She put her phone on videotape and zoomed onto the stage.

“I don’t want it to end!” Desiree said in her ear.

“Me either!” Taylor yelled over the music.

“Maybe they’ll play again after his speech,” Mara shouted.

The song came to an end, and the crowd went crazy, begging for one more song before the band left the stage.

But an amplified voice filled the auditorium, cutting off the adulation. “Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the next president of the United States, Ed Loran!”

The crowd sounded less enthusiastic as the band left the stage and Ed Loran, the Libertarian celebrity magnet, made his entrance. Taylor kept cheering and clapping, letting her enthusiasm for the band segue to him.

It happened just as the candidate took the stage. The deafening sound, like some confusing combination of gunshot and lightning bolt, a blast that blacked out the lights and knocked her to the ground. Smoke mushroomed. Screams crescendoed—shrieks of terror, wailing pain, shocking anguish . . . then sudden, gentle silence, as if she were underwater. A loud ringing in her ears filled the void.

She peered under the seats, choking for breath as dimmer lights flickered through the smoke. Even from here, she could see the fallout of whatever had happened. Blood pooling on the ground, people hunkering down as she was, feet running . . . What was happening? An explosion? A crash? She looked around and couldn’t see her friends.

She clawed her way up and looked over the seat. Smoke and fire billowed from the stage into the crowd, and heat wafted over her like some living force invading the room. Muffled, muted sounds competed with the ringing.

Get out! Now! She dropped back down and crawled under two rows of seats until she came to someone limp on the floor. She felt herself scream but couldn’t hear her own voice. Scrambling to her feet, she went to her left to get to the aisle, but her foot slipped on something wet. She grabbed the seat next to her to steady herself, then launched into the frantic crowd in the aisle. The room seemed to spin, people whizzing by, people under her, people above her, people broken and ripped and still . . . She stepped and fell, crawled and ran, tripped and kicked her way to the bottlenecked doorway, then fought her way through it.

The ringing in her ears faded as she tumbled downstairs, almost falling into the lobby below. The sound of crying, coughing, wretching, and the roaring sound of pounding feet turned up as if some divine finger had fiddled with the volume.

She set her sights on the glass doors to the outside and pushed forward, moving through people and past the security stations they’d stopped at on the way in. She made it to the door and burst out into the sunlight.

Fresh, cool air hit her like freedom, but at first her lungs rejected it like some poison meant to stop her. At the bottom of the steps, on the sidewalk, she bent over and coughed until she could breathe.

After a moment, the crowd pushed her along toward the parking garage until she remembered that her car wasn’t there. She had parked on the street, blocks away. She forced her way out of the flow of people and ran a block south. Where was it?

She turned the corner. Her car was here, on this block. Near the Atlanta Trust Bank. Wasn’t it? Or was it the next block?

Sweat slicked her skin until she found her silver Accord. There!

She ran to it and pulled her keys out of her pocket, wishing she hadn’t lost the key fob. Her hands trembled as she stuck the key into the passenger side lock and got the door open. She slipped inside on the driver’s side, locked it behind her. Instinctively, she slid down, her head hidden as if someone were coming after her.

What just happened?

One minute they’d been taking selfies and videotaping the band, and the next they were on the floor . . .

Where were Mara and Desiree? She hadn’t even looked for them! Should she go back for them?

No, that would be insane. She could smell the smoke and fire from here. They would know to come to the car when they got out.

Call the police!

She tried to steady her hands as she swiped her phone on.

“911, what is your—”

“An explosion!” she cut in, her voice hoarse. “At the Ed Loran rally at Trudeau Hall!”

“Where are you now?” the woman asked in a voice that was robotically calm.

“I got out. There’s fire . . . People are still in there. Please send ambulances!”

“Ma’am, did you see what exploded?”

“No . . . the stage area, I think. I don’t know where my friends are. Please . . . hurry!”

“We’ve already dispatched the fire department and police, ma’am.”

She heard sirens from a few blocks away and cut off the call. She raised up, looking over the dashboard for the flashing lights. She couldn’t see any, but the sirens grew louder.

She knelt on the floorboard, her knees on her floormat and her elbows on her seat, and texted Desiree.

I’m at the car. Where are you?

No answer. She switched to a recent thread with Mara and texted again.

Got out. At car waiting. Where are you?

Nothing.

She dictated a group text to both of them.

Are you all right?

They were probably running or deaf, fighting their way out like she had. She tried calling them, but Mara’s phone rang to voicemail. When Desiree’s phone did the same, she yelled, “Call me! I’m waiting at the car and I’m scared. Where are you?” She was sobbing when she ended the call.

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Excerpt from Aftermath by Terri Blackstock.  Copyright 2021 by Terri Blackstock. Reproduced with permission from Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved.

 

Author Bio:

Terri Blackstock

Terri Blackstock has sold over seven million books worldwide and is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist. She’s the author of If I Run, If I’m Found, and If I Live, as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, Moonlighters, and the Restoration series.

Visit her at:

www.TerriBlackstock.com

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Instagram – #terriblackstock

Twitter – #terriblackstock

Facebook – @tblackstock

 

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Giveaway:

This is a rafflecopter giveaway hosted by Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours for Terri Blackstock & Thomas Nelson. There will be ONE (1) winner of one (1) physical copy of Aftermath (US Addresses only). The giveaway begins on May 10, 2021 and ends on June 5, 2021. Void where prohibited.

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Blitz and Giveaway for Drifting by Steven M Cross

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Steven M. Cross will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Drifting brings light into the dark corners of mental health, bullying, and sexual assault.

Dean Knight has struggled against his personal demons for as long as he can remember. He thought he lost that struggle when he felt their knowing grip pull him deeper in the river, but he was saved. Saved for what? His memories are trapped within his mental illness. He hears his sister and father’s voices. The problem is, they’re dead, both killed in the same river that tried to claim Dean. As he struggles to remember, he discovers their voices aren’t pushing him to harm himself, but to discover the truth surrounding both their deaths. One person, Ella, has all the answers, but Dean can’t remember if she loved him or tried to kill him.

Roxanne “Rocky”  Rivers struggles against her own demons, not voices, but a past trauma she can’t fully remember. She only knows everyone at school thinks she’s a slut and a head-case. A razor her only release for the pain. Rocky knows no one will believe a crazy girl who tries to kill herself.

Dean and Rocky find a connection. Can they find the strength and trust to help each other when neither can survive alone?

Read an Excerpt

The police won’t get here before he kills me. My mom stirs, reaches into her pocket, gets some keys. She reaches for the table she just tripped over.

So this is the way it’s going to end? My mom gets away while her insane boyfriend murders her insane son.  Instead of fleeing though, she slips the key into one of the small drawers on the coffee table.

A crazy thought enters my head. She’s getting one of her bottles, and this has been an elaborate ruse so they can kill me and then celebrate. They’ll say I attacked him, and the police will believe it.

Danger to self and others.

She’ll get my money. He steps in front of me with his fists balled. This guy’s going to beat me to death while my mom drinks.

In the distance, sirens shriek. They won’t make it in time. I can imagine the red lights reflecting in pools of—

Blood spatters my face and foams from his mouth opened in a big O of surprise. He drops to his knees. Through the broken glass, I see cop cars flying up our road.

A gun drops from my mother’s hand.

I wonder if the bullet has gone through Paul into me, but I don’t feel any pain. He coughs again, blood gurgles from his mouth. He crumples to the floor.

The police burst through the door with guns raised just like on a cop show, only it couldn’t be any more real.

About the Author:

Steve Cross is an educator/freelance writer who lives in Poplar Bluff, MO. His credits include four young adult novels, two fantasy novels, and seven plays. He has optioned one script and sold another one. Plus, he’s finished as a quarterfinalist in Bluecat and in Fresh Voices screenwriting competition. He and his wife have one daughter and two grandchildren with whom they spend a lot of time. Cross loves Cardinals baseball, classic rock music, and character-driven movies. His favorite films are Dead Poets Society and Field of Dreams. Cross also likes to read, everything from Young Adult contemporary novels to screenplays, to horror and fantasy. At 62 and a cancer survivor, he believes his writing career is just now getting into full swing. His favorite type of screenplay to write is a psychological drama.

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Emily Lex Watercolor Products and Giveaway

ABOUT EMILY

A few years ago, I knelt on my closet floor asking God what in the world I was supposed to do with my life. I have a history of saying yes to things that aren’t really mine to do and I was ready to just be fully me. As I was praying, I heard these three simple words in my spirit: be an artist.

What does it mean to be an artist? Here’s what I’ve landed on: 

Being an artist is about making art, yes, but also more.

It is about seeing. 

It’s slowing down, paying attention, taking a breath, and noticing.

It’s using our gifts and talents and passions to love and serve, each of us in our own creative way.

For me, it’s delighting in the little things, then capturing them through scratchy pencil sketches and pretty watercolor puddles or stringing together thoughtful words as an encouragement to others.

I love being an artist.

Beauty matters. It brings peace and joy to our souls and reminds us that we are loved and God is good. 

May you find delight and encouragement here.

You can learn all about Emily and her products here.  Be sure to read about her and her lovely story in the about section.  Please write about the classes and products you received in your review.  www.EmilyLex.com

MY THOUGHTS ON THESE WATERCOLOR PRODUCTS

I love these water color note books. It is truly a most beautiful package from Emily. The prints to paint are so beautiful yet simple. The way the pages and prints are set up, it is easily for a person that’s never painted before. Yet it can be for the person who is a professional artist. This is the main thing I love about this set. And the cards are beautiful as well. They can be easily painted as well after some practice. The cards can be used with the card holder to sit on your desk each day or you can give them out one by one to those you love. There are many ways to enjoy them. My set is going to my niece who is just into watercoloring so I will post later some of the pictures she has painted.

This box of products would be an amazing gift to those who are difficult to buy for. This is what I have in mind for later and for the holidays. I’d you enjoy the beauty of watercolors, I strongly encourage you to check out this product.

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