The Sound the Sun Makes by Buck Storm


Literary Americana with humor, heart, and a whole lot of twists to keep readers guessing

Detective Early Pines loves his southern Arizona desert, often thinking he could stare at it all day long. But now that he’s forced to do just that, the truth is the view from his back porch is getting old. He’s on mandatory leave from the police department, simply for punching a wife beater who had it coming. Early is in dire need of a distraction from his own loud thoughts. So when an old friend invites him to tag along to a rodeo down in Old Mex, it seems like just the ticket.
But if there’s one constant in the world, it’s that life always throws a guy curveballs. With a flat tire, a roadside bar, and a beautiful woman with trouble on her hands, Early’s distraction takes a hard right turn–straight to Los Angeles, six hundred miles west.
Hammott Lamont is waiting there in his own personal hunting ground. The reclusive filmmaker is a veritable cult leader to Hollywood stars–and he’s sure his latest project will redefine art history in his image. He’s got a plan for a brutal, modernized version of the Christ story, and he’s ready to trample anyone who stands in the way of his colossal vision. That is, until big, loud Early Pines hits the coast for a clash of two titans who never saw each other coming.
Quirky, lyrical, and unexpected, The Sound the Sun Makes offers a warm and sunny side trip for fans of Jimmy Buffett, Carl Hiaasen, and Barbara Kingsolver who long for more of a Christian worldview in their fiction.


Early Pines has just been suspended from his detective job at the police station for punching someone in his small southwestern town of Paradise. Spending time alone was getting old, until and old friend invites him to a rodeo down in Old Mex. Early was more than ready to go, but he was not expecting the sidetrack they would have to take on their journey.

This is my first book by Buck Storm and it was a very interesting read. It took me a while to get use to his writing style, but I had a hard time putting it down because I wanted to find out what would happen next. There are many twists and turns in this story, so when I thought I had it all figured out, another twist would happen and I was back to guessing. The characters were believable and likeable for the most part. I had trouble liking some of them but the gave the story a lot of flavor. If you haven’t read a Buck Storm story this would be a good place to start. This one is Four Stars for me.

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.


Buck Storm is a critically acclaimed, award winning author and musician. His novels have made friends around the world.

Cover Reveal for The Sherwood Proof By Kristee Ravan

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The Sherwood Proof
By Kristee Ravan
Coming November 2021…

The Sherwood Proof
(The Lily Sparrow Chronicles #3)
By Kristee Ravan
Middle-grade, Fairytale, Fantasy

Lily Sparrow has finally created an equation for being a good princess.  Things are adding up and making sense, and she’s even growing a measurable amount more excited about her future. But unexpected variables keep being tossed into her equation:

1. Carole Claus is facing her first hurdle as Santa. She needs Lily’s help.
2. Lily’s Half-Birthday–an important Smythian tradition–is coming up, requiring her to find time to prepare for it.
3. Her algebra teacher has an unusual (and stressful plan) for Lily.
4. Lily remains convinced that her mom is hiding something from her.
5. The investigation into the traitor is an on-going source of stress and tension at work for Lily and Calo.
6. Oh, and Calo’s still betrothed to Su’Sauna, making life difficult and confusing all around.

Will Lily be able to place these variables securely in her equation? Will the Sparrow family find a way to convince their critics they are good for the Kingdom? Or will everything fall apart–subtracting all the good will Lily has already earned from her citizens?

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About the Author

Kristee Ravan lives in Oklahoma with her husband, daughter, and pet fish, Val (short for Valentine). She wanted to be many things as she grew up including a general, an artist, and an architect. But she never bothered to say, “I want to be a writer when I grow up.” She was always writing stories and thought of herself as a writer anyway. She sent her first story to a publisher in the sixth grade. (It was rejected – in a nice way.) When she is not making up stories in her head, she enjoys reading, juggling, green smoothies, playing dollhouse with her daughter, and hearing from her fans. You can contact Kristee at the facebook page for her Lily Sparrow books: The Lily Sparrow Chronicles.

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Giveaway Tour The Billionaire’s Secret by Meghann Whistler

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The Billionaire’s Secret
By Meghann Whistler
Christian Romance
Paperback & ebook,  195 Pages
October 11, 2021 by Meghann Whistler

He’s a billionaire hiding a devastating diagnosis. She’ll do whatever it takes to help her sick, matchmaking mom. A freak accident throws them together, but will his big secret tear them apart?

When Ryan Lawson’s business partners force him to go on a wilderness retreat to come to terms with a shocking diagnosis, the last thing on Ryan’s mind is romance. But when he’s stranded in the woods with a sweet young event planner, all thoughts of business take a back seat to her girl-next-door appeal.

Fresh off a bad breakup, Zara Georgopoulos comes to Vermont to help her terminally ill mom work through her bucket list—not fall in love with a man who’s the exact opposite of her usual type. But when Ryan starts working his way into her heart with his kindness and generosity, she needs to make a decision: Trust the biotech billionaire not to walk all over her, or go back to guarding her heart.

Stuck in the wilds of Vermont, they forge a tenuous connection. When Ryan finally shares the truth about his illness, will it bring them closer together . . . or shatter Zara’s trust in him for good?

Inspired by 2 Corinthians 12:9, The Billionaire’s Secret is a sweet inspirational romance with a swoony hero, LOTS of entertaining banter, and a strong Christian message. Download your copy today!

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I usually don’t go for Billionaire stories, but I am glad I choose this one. I enjoyed Zara and Ryan’s story so much. Author Meghann Whistler does an Amazing job creating characters that are so loveable, realistic and friendly. It was so entertaining to watch them develop as the story unfolds. Zara is in Vermont with her mom to help her work off her bucket list before cancer finally takes its toll on her. Ryan is there to rest and learn to deal with his illness. The two wasn’t looking for love, especially not with each other but as circumstances keep throwing them together, they started having feelings for each other, against both their wills, I should say. I found it fun watching them interact with each other, sometimes laughing at their ways.  All of the characters were homey and so nice and friendly. Zara’s mom was a sweetheart and I love the attention she gets from Ryan. The Billionaire’s Secret is a sweet contemporary story that you will love if you enjoy a good clean Christian romance.

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.

About the Author

Meghann Whistler writes sweet Christian romance novels that won’t make your grandmother blush.

Her debut novel, Falling for the Innkeeper, was a #1 bestseller in the Clean & Wholesome Romance category on It was also named one of “Six Sensational 2020 Debut Series Romances” by the American Library Association’s Booklist Reader, and is currently a finalist for the 2021 Book Buyers Best award.

Before settling down with her rocket scientist husband and raising three rambunctious boys, Meghann earned a B.A. in English from Amherst College and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College.

She is grateful to be living her dream of writing sweet, hopeful stories that demonstrate the power of love and grace.

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Giveaway/Tour The Heart of Christmas by The Mosaic Collection

About the Book

Book: The Heart of Christmas

Author: The Mosaic Collection

Genre: Faith-Based Christmas Fiction

Release date: October 6, 2021

“At Christmas, we always…” And thus a tradition is born. The rituals stay the same, but if betrayal, illness, unfaithfulness, or tragedy strike, can cherished traditions survive?

When unexpected twists throw life out of kilter for the people in these stories, will beloved, time-honored customs lead them back to the heart of Christmas?


The Heart of Christmas is from the Mosaic Collection, a collection of books by many author writing faith base stories. The stories are all different and cover a wide range of characters that will warm your hearts. Not all are happy stories, some are sad and make you shed a few tears, where others will have you smiling, and even laughing a bit. The stories in the book are as follows:

Broken Noel by Brenda S. Anderson

No More Night by Eleanor Bertin

Star Light by Sara Davison

Hart of Noel by Chautona Havig

Caught in the Act by Lisa Renée

Claus-trophobic by Lorna Seilstad

it is difficult for me to pick a favorite one because they all have a different meaning for me and I love each of them. They were enough to get me in a festive mood and wanting to go Christmas shopping!

I enjoyed hearing from different authors, allowing of them I knew or have heard of already but it’s nice to be reminded of the awesome writing skills of these ladies. The Heart of Christmas would be a wonderful addition to your family library. The stories are short and can pretty much be read in one setting, and each will keep your attention. I encourage you to check out this sweet book and enjoy during the Christmas holidays. This one is getting Five Stars from me.

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 Authors

The Mosaic Collection launched in 2018 as an international community of independently published authors who approach life, faith, and writing together. Some have vast writing experience, others are somewhat new to the journey. Under The Mosaic Collection’s banner, they’ve published more than 20 novels and four anthologies.

With over 150 years of collective writing experience, Mosaic’s award-winning and best-selling authors are active leaders and members in prominent writing organizations. The goal of The Mosaic Collection is to encourage and uplift readers worldwide, offer hope in story form, and share the unconditional love and forgiveness found in Jesus Christ.

More from The Mosaic Collection

The Mosaic Collection authors welcome you into our hearts, homes, and lives and offer you tiny glimpses into our families and our favorite traditions.

Janice L. Dick

Christmas is always a special time of year. I love the festive reds and greens, strings of colored lights and gift-giving, but there is much that distracts us from the real meaning of the season. How do we hang onto the genuine, historical truths of the Savior’s birth? One of the traditions in our family is to read the Christmas story before we open gifts, thus realigning our focus to the most precious gift God gave us in Jesus. Visualize a fire in the grate, family lounging on every available couch, chair, and floor space; and one of the youngest grandchildren reading from the Bible, his eyes following his finger across the page. Once again, the age-old story comes to life as we hear of angels, shepherds, and a young couple keeping watch over the Christ-child in the manger. Maybe this year we will come up with a new way to direct our thoughts to the greatest gift ever given. To the nativity.

Sara Davison

The word Christmas immediately conjures up warm memories of church services, family, gifts, and food for me. The traditions my family engages in every year infuse this celebration of Christ’s birth with nostalgia and meaning. For me, one of the most meaningful traditions is setting out the nativity scene. Although the location has changed from mantel to coffee table to windowsill as we have moved from house to house, the little figures—the wise men, kneeling shepherds, Mary and Joseph gazing down at the manger with adoring looks on their painted faces, the cows and sheep curled in the corner of the straw-strewn wooden stable, the angel hovering above, the tiny baby in the manger—have never changed. I take my time setting up the display, slowly unwrapping pieces that have become a little worn and chipped over the years of being lovingly handled or played with by tiny toddler fingers. Each piece calls to mind another aspect of the beloved story in Luke 2. The nativity scene is the focal point of my decorations. In the midst of all the crazy busyness that can be the Christmas season, it grounds me and reminds me what this time of year is truly about.

Stacy Monson

Christmas is all about family for me – my nuclear family, grandkids, and in-laws, my family of dear friends, and the family of believers who rejoice at the birth of Christ. We’ve hung onto some traditions and welcomed new ones. As life situations change, we try to adapt and make the best of it, because regardless of what the holiday ends up looking like, it’s being with family that counts. So for me, Christmas is about celebrating the Christ Child with love, laughter, food and fun. It is indeed a time for celebration.

Milla Holt

Our four children are still young, so my love for Christmas is quadrupled because of their enthusiasm. We begin the buildup with an Advent calendar starting on December 1st. Every morning until the 24th, they open the day’s box, read the little lesson, and do a treasure hunt.

More than any other holiday, Christmas lends itself so beautifully to teaching them about the loving all-powerful God who knows exactly what it means to be human. They understand and marvel at how Jesus, the creator and Lord of the universe, once needed a diaper and had to be

potty trained. He had to learn to read, write, and spell just like they do. I love the reminder that one of his names is Immanuel: God with us.

Deb Elkink

Mom (a visual artist and farm-girl cook) and Dad (an imaginative storyteller of deep enthusiasm) made Christmas a celebratory holiday every year! Thanks to Mom, the food not only tasted fantastic, but the table and tree and household decorations were gorgeous. Thanks to Dad, our days were full of the magic of wonder (he actually climbed onto the roof carrying bells on Christmas Eve to herald Santa’s arrival) and the mystery of the Incarnation (reading the Luke story about the Ultimate Gift before a single package was opened). We were diligent church-goers except on holidays—including Christmas—when we would focus on family time and not attend the special services. Instead, following an afternoon of snowmobiling, and then mugs of rich cocoa around the fireplace, we five kids would wear our hand-sewn PJs, sing carols, and snack on expensive delicacies: Halva and roasted nuts and cheeses from around the world.

Candace West

My favorite thing about Christmas is fellowship with family and friends. At the end of the year, we gather at our homes or church to celebrate the birth and life of Christ. Because He is at the heart of our love for one another, He is the One Who strengthens the bond of our fellowship. Whether we’re opening gifts, gathering around the table, sharing laughter over cups of cocoa, or playing board games, I feel His love abiding through and within my loved ones. And I feel the whisper of His promise that one day all Believers will be gathered around His table of fellowship for eternity. Christmas is only a foretaste of our glorious future with Him.

Lisa Renee

What I love about Christmas is seeing extended family come together in one place, sharing memories of the year over delicious food. Most of all, I love how the world stops to celebrate a significant event in history, our Savior’s birth.

Brenda S. Anderson

There’s so much to love about Christmas! Music, gifts, twinkling lights, snow, decorations, chocolate, family time. It’s all so bright and cheery, and the world is focused on Jesus. The world may not understand who Jesus is and what He did for us, but there’s no better opportunity to show Him to the world. The opportunities to serve are vast, and being God’s hands and feet is a beautiful way to shine His light. Really, showing other who Jesus is, apart from the trappings, is what I love most about Christmas.

Eleanor Bertin

When I was six years old and just learning to read, I unwrapped a package I’d received for Christmas but didn’t know what it was. Puzzling over it, my dad came alongside me. Slowly, painstakingly, I sounded out the word Slippers on the label. Patiently, so unlike his usual brusque way, my father helped me. I cherished the nearness of him, always fearful he would give up on me. But he didn’t. That is one of my most treasured memories of him. There are others, too, like the one eleven years later when after my rebellious stint, my heavenly Father patiently and painstakingly began a transformation in my heart. My dad responded with what I now realize was his best effort at encouragement. “I’m glad to see you’ve made some changes.”

Christmas is always precious to me because of the memories it holds of how the Word made flesh worked His Word in me. He has never given up on me despite my slowness of heart to trust and obey. In painful and pleasant ways, for over six decades, He has assured me of His bountiful forgiveness and lavish love.

Chautona Havig

Tree night in the Havig house is most definitely our family’s favorite tradition. Even our older children tend to come home for the annual trek to the lot, the annual argument over which tree, and the annual popcorn and cranberry stringing party. It all ends with the final decorating. You’ll hear, “Oh, here’s your train!” or “Where’s my baby’s first Christmas?” as everyone jostles to get their ornaments in just the right place.  It’s chaos with popcorn all over the floor, Christmas songs belting out in our tiny house, and laughter. Tons of laughter. My personal favorite moment is when everyone has gone to bed and it’s just me in my dimly lit living room. That beauty, the memories, that laughter… it’s what I consider the Lord’s gift to me. I just get it early and it lasts a whole month!

Lorna Seilstad

Whether your family celebrates the Christmas season with special foods, a colorful light display, or a tree handpicked from a farm, I’m sure you have your own treasured traditions. Christmas traditions are one of the things I like best about the season. Our traditions make our families unique, and in a world where everything constantly changes, they remind us some things remain the same. There’s comfort in honoring Christmas traditions. They keep us connected to our past, help us rediscover our families, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Johnnie Alexander

My children’s Christmases were very different than the ones from my own childhood. Sleds and ice skates could be found under our Christmas tree, a baked ham on the dining table, and snow-covered hills outside our door. My kids, raised in Florida, never received “winter toys.” A roasted turkey usually graced our dining table but grilling out was also an option. Yet our Christmases were also similar. I passed along to my children the tradition of opening our stockings first—and everyone in the family has one. As adults, it seems they anticipate the goodies hiding inside their stockings even more than the gaily wrapped presents under their trees. Most important, though, is that my children are now sharing with their children the truth that my parents shared with my siblings and me—that the baby in the manger is our Lord Incarnate and Savior of the World.

Thank you for celebrating the release of The Heart of Christmas. We pray the stories within this anthology will fill you with love and joy and prepare your heart for the greatest celebration this season—remembering the birth of our Savior. What a sacrifice! What a gift!  What love.

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Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 8

CarpeDiem, October 8

For Him and My Family, October 9

deb’s Book Review, October 10

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 11

Joanne Markey, October 11

Texas Book-aholic, October 12

Inklings and notions, October 13

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, October 14

Splashes of Joy, October 14

By the Book, October 15

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 16

Older & Smarter?, October 17

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, October 17

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 18

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, October 19

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, October 20

Mary Hake, October 20

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, October 21


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Book Details:

Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-10),  30 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book, Fairy Tale
Publisher:  Bobos Babes, Ltd.
Release date:   September 2021
Format available for review:  print-softback (USA and Canada), ebook (gifted kindle, pdf)
Tour dates: Oct 11 to Oct 22, 2021
Content Rating:  G for everyone. It’s a children’s Halloween-themed book about magic and sisterhood.

Book Description:

It’s Halloween time in the land of Harmony, and the Bobos Babes are ready for some fun!

When Angel Scarlett, Fairy Cora, and Princess Daphne visit Lily the Ladybug’s Boutique to look for Halloween costumes, they find Lily has left aside three special masks for them. The ladybug informs the sisters that they must wait until noon on Halloween to try on the mysterious masks but assures them they will have the best costumes in all of the land of Harmony.

The sisters can hardly wait, counting down the minutes on Halloween until they can don their curious masks. When the time comes, they learn their secret masks are enchanted, and the girls are magically transformed into the costumes of their dreams.

​After a fun outing Trick-or-Treating, the little monster, witch, and ghost — or sisters — agree that this was the best Halloween of all.

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BOBOS BABES ADVENTURES: A MAGICAL HALLOWEEN is the second book I’ve read by Karen M. Bobos, and both books have been a delight to read. A MAGICAL HALLOWEEN is about three Bobo’s friends and their new Halloween costumes for this year. But when they finally opened the box where the mask were in, they were sad that all three had a clear mask. Now everyone would see then, but then as they put their mask on, something magical happens. And you need to read the book to find out what it is.

A Magical Halloween is a perfect addition to the Bobo’s Babes collection. This is a must read for children everywhere as Halloween approaches in 2021. The rhyming story is exciting and fun and the illustrations are so very adorable. I love how each page perfectly fits the story. This book with illustrations bringing the story to life is five Stars for me. I know your children will love this as much as the children in my life do.

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A Magical Halloween is your 4th published Bobos Babes Adventure. How long does it take you to write a Bobos Babes Adventure?

It depends. During the summer of 2020, my wellness business was at a standstill, so-to-speak, and I was writing to entertain my children. I wrote a book a week. Now that I am full speed ahead with book tours, YouTube videos, marketing campaigns, and launching a book every three to four months . . . and being a mom of three little girls, wife, running my wellness business and managing our home, I write when I can. Did I mention my husband is now working out of town during the week? Thank you, Covid. So, I’ll re-phrase that, “I am a single mom during the week.” I have been working on the same book for a couple of months. I desperately try to write once a week to feel like me.  Writing is my therapy to feel normal.

Where do you write?

Everywhere. Right now, I am on my laptop watching my kids’ ice-skating lesson. I am a busy mom of three little girls under eight. I write while they are in school, gymnastics, eating

dinner… I get a lot done when I let them play on their tablets, but it’s a catch 22 as I try to manage their screen time. My dream, when I am retired, is to have a beautiful office overlooking a quiet lake or even overlooking a private beach on the ocean where I can write and do nothing else.

Do you have any pet peeves when reading a book?

Grammar. I’m obsessed with proper grammar. My bachelor’s degree is in English. I have a hard time reading stories to my children without noticing missing commas or lack of quotations when someone is speaking. I try hard to just “let it go.” I’m probably jinxing myself by writing this. Hopefully, my interview isn’t filled with grammatical errors. LOL

Do you wish you started writing sooner?

I’ve been writing forever. I started writing in fourth grade and had an amazing teacher who was sending in my work to the newspaper and magazines. However, my first book was published in December 2020. I am a firm believer that we are on a journey and things happen when they are supposed to happen. I wouldn’t have been able to write about my children until I had them. Their characters and personalities are based on who they are. Cora is swift because I

cannot keep up with her. Scarlett has angel skin because of her rare skin disease. Daphne is so silly and comforting. It all just fits and makes sense.

What advice would you give other authors?

The same advice that I give myself, “Don’t give up!” Just start writing, and try to stay focused. I always think, “At least my daughters will have these stories to remember how much mom loved them.”


Meet the Author:

Karen M. 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. The Lion’s Secret was published in June 2021, a tribute to her mother and late father’s incredible love story.  The Lovey That Came to Life and The Bobcat Birthday Party will be releasing in the upcoming months.​

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Oct 11 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 11 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 11 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 12 – Kam’s Place – book review / guest post
Oct 12 – @twilight_reader – book review / guest post
Oct 13 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Oct 13 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review / giveaway
Oct 14 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 14 – Laura’s Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 15 – She Just Loves Books – book review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 18 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 18 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 19 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 19 – icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Oct 20 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway
Oct 20 – The Momma Spot – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 21 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Oct 21 – I’m Into Books – book review / giveaway
Oct 22 – Westveil Publishing – book review / guest post / giveaway

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Giveaway/Tour The Society of the Watchers By Scott Keen

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The Society of the Watchers
(Kilhaven #1)
By Scott Keen
Mystery, Middle Grade Fiction
Paperback & ebook,  227 Pages
July 24, 2021 by Scott Keen Books

The beasts came and destroyed our world. Kilhaven’s founders defended themselves, and for the past 150 years, the walls of this small village, where Jarvis Graye lives, have kept them out. This fall, though, something feels different. 13 year-old Jarvis is living his usual life, dreading school, cleaning up after pigeons at his courier apprenticeship, and trying not to humiliate himself in archery class. At least he’s got his best friend, and there’s even an interesting new girl around. But… the strange noises, the dead deer, now the missing boy – the clues are there that something sinister is afoot. Jarvis suspects his weird neighbor is to blame. But first, he must find proof. With Jarvis’s life and the safety of the village on the line, he and his friends race to uncover the truth and stop the one who is behind it all.

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“Exactly!” said Mrs. Bagley, quite excitedly. “It was named Black River after the river that cuts through our village. You see, when the beasts appeared, they brought down the country. Not just this one, either. Most, if not all of them in the world, fell. But there were a few people who lived here that had the foresight to do what others did not, and that is what saved them and this village. What was it they did? Does anyone know? I know you know, Ms. Townsley. Give someone else a chance. How about you, Mr. Graye? What saved this village from the same fate others experienced?”

Jarvis, caught unaware, stared back at Mrs. Bagley with widened eyes. He hemmed and hawed for a moment before guessing, “Was it the wall?” 

“Perfect!” exclaimed Mrs. Bagley. “The wall. You see while the automobiles and machines still worked, Harvey Gorge used them to begin constructing the wall that now surrounds Kilhaven. And that made all the difference. Yes, Ms. Alcott, do you have a question?”

“Do you know where the beasts came from?” asked Nan. “I asked my history teacher in Lockwood, but he said he had no idea. So, I was wondering if you knew anything about it.”

“There are a few theories out there,” said Mrs. Bagley. “In fact, in your later years, there is a class on this very topic. It discusses the theories of the beasts’ arrival. Not sure if they teach something like that in Lockwood or not. Of course, none of it is based on fact, for we simply don’t know. It is purely a philosophical class. But we will not be discussing that here, for this is a class based on things we can prove.”

Excerpted from The Society of the Watchers by Scott Keen, Copyright © 2021 by Scott Keen. Published by Scott Keen Books.

About the Author

Scott Keen is married and has five daughters. He graduated in 2006 with a Master of Fine Arts in Script & Screenwriting. He is also the author of three young adult novels: Scar of the Downers, Rise of the Branded, and War of the Downer King. He currently lives in New York.

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Giveaway/Spotlight Awake with the Songbirds by Kyrian Lyndon


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Book Details:

Book Title:  Awake with the Songbirds – Poems from the Pandemic by Kyrian Lyndon
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  172 pages
Genre:  Poetry
Publisher:  Independently Published
Release date:   July 18, 2021
Tour dates: October 12 to October 25, 2021

“She has the ability to convey to the reader some of the most complex thoughts into words that truly reach our hearts.” — Love Books

“Her lyric voice speaks with careful observation and passion. In the narrative mode, she is masterful in reading life around her. Kyrian possesses the sensitivity, insight, and soul of the true poet. Her writing provides a primer on how to compose meaningful poetry. — Lou Jones

Book Description:

This collection consists primarily of poems written during the COVID-19 pandemic, a time of loneliness and rumination.

Lyndon’s poetry stems from intense emotions that swing from one end of the pendulum to the other as she captures the agony of love and loss, along with innocent joy and lighthearted fun.

Each poem is an earnest response to life, love, and everything in between.

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Meet the Author:

Kyrian Lyndon is the author of Shattering Truths, the first book in her Deadly Veils series. She has also published three poetry collections, A Dark Rose Blooms, Remnants of Severed Chains, and Awake with the Songbirds – Poems from the Pandemic. Kyrian began writing short stories and fairy tales when she was just eight years old. In her adolescence, she moved on to poetry. At sixteen, while working as an editor for her high school newspaper, she wrote her first novel, and then completed two more novels at the ages of nineteen and twenty-five.

She is forthcoming about being a person with many years of recovery, as well as a trauma survivor. Throughout her journeys, she expressed her thoughts through poetry, embracing every challenge to triumph over adversity. In her conviction that learning, growing, healing, and evolving is a never-ending process, she remains as grateful for the dark days as she is for every flicker of hope and light. She considers herself a cheerleader for those trudging on against all odds in the hopes of living their dreams.

Born and raised in Woodside, Queens, New York, Kyrian was the middle of three daughters born to immigrants –her father from Campochiaro, Italy; her mother from Havana, Cuba. She has worked primarily in executive-level administrative positions with major New York publishing companies.

Kyrian loves nineteenth-century British literature, parallel universe fiction, and dark romanticism. She also enjoys music, art, history, fitness, and cooking.

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Tour Schedule:

Oct 12 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 12 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 12 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 13 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 14 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 14 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 15 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 18 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 19 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 19 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Oct 20 – Westveil Publishing – book spotlight /giveaway
Oct 21 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 22 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight
Oct 25 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 25 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

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Giveaway/Tour The Keepers by Joy Lynn Goddard

THE KEEPERS by Joy Lynn Goddard
THE KEEPERS by Joy Lynn Goddard

Join Us for This Tour from October 12 to October 25, 2021

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Keepers by Joy Lynn Goddard
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  379 pages
Genre:  A Family Saga crisscrossing Mystery, Romance and Suspense genres. (Upmarket fiction)
Publisher:  Joy Lynn Goddard
Release date:   June 2021
Tour dates: October 12 to October 25, 2021
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M: Author’s Note: Children’s mental health is a growing concern in today’s schools. Often kids suffer in silence because of the stigma attached to their mental health needs. Mental health organizations such as the Canadian Mental Health Association work hard to change this mindset. It can’t come soon enough. As a teacher, I worked with troubled teens and saw firsthand the devastating effects of their silence. With this in mind, I began writing The Keepers, for if I could help just one “Alexandre” find his voice, my efforts would be well worth it. There are a couple of mature scenes and a few sentences here and there of bad language reflective of the events in a life of a character coming-of-age.

Book Description:

Despite struggling to raise a troubled teenage son on her own, Beth Marshall has no intention of selling her beloved vineyard and moving to the city where her ex-boyfriend awaits with open arms. She has strong ties to the land, where she is happy living with her granddad and aunt in the old farmhouse, so when she gets an offer to sell her property, she turns it down. Meanwhile, a writer recovering from a shattering past moves into the guest house, tugging at her heart. She’s not going anywhere.

But after her granddad discovers a dead body in their shed, Beth fights jail time. She can’t imagine a worse nightmare until she gets a call in the middle of the night with shocking news about her son!

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Meet the Authors:

Joy Lynn Goddard teamed up with husband Daniel Pike to write contemporary adult fiction. Their first and second novels, Moonshadow and The Keepers, have global appeal and won Canada Book Awards. Besides novels, they wrote Buyers, Liars, Sellers and Yellers, a collection of humorous short stories about the real estate industry. Although she is well known for her young adult and junior fiction—starting with the award-winning Daredevils and including Hello, my name is Emily, Charlie’s Song, Jazz, When Pigs Fly, and Mrs. Maloney’s Garden—her adult novels are quickly attracting attention. Each book involves romance, mystery, and suspense genres.

Joy and Dan divide their time between Guelph and Belleville, Ontario, where they spend time with family when not working on their next book.

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Tour Schedule:

Oct 12 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 13 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 13 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 14 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Oct 15 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 18 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 19 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 20 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight
Oct 20 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 21 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 21 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 22 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 22 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 25 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / giveaway

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Giveaway Tour The Sand Pounder by M. J. Evans

Join Us For This Tour:  October 4 to October 22, 2021
Book Details:

Book TitleThe Sand Pounder – Love and Drama on Horseback in WWII by M. J. Evans
Category: Young Adult Fiction (Ages 13-17)
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher:  Dancing Horse Press, 284 pages
Release date:  September 2021
Content Rating:  Rated G – Completely clean


“The Sand Pounder is one of those rare historical novels with a charm that appeals to both young and old readers.” – Vincent Dublado for Readers’ Favorite 


 Evans does an excellent job of winding the era’s history and the 

lesser-known job of the Sand Pounders into a realistic story of a mature

 teen’s determination to make a difference in her world.” – Diane Donovan for Midwest Book Review

“A gripping YA historical novel packed full of twists, turns and memorable characters. Highly recommended!” – The Wishing Shelf Book Review (UK)

Book Description:

an invasion by German and Japanese forces during World War II, the U.S. Coast Guard enlisted horsemen to patrol the beaches along the east and west coasts. The unit was called “The Sand Pounders” and they rode their horses up and down the beaches from 1942 to 1944.

In Tillamook, Oregon, a young equestrian decided to join them. There was only one 

problem…they were only accepting men. That didn’t slow her down.

“The Sand Pounder” is a Young Adult historical fiction set during World War II. 

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The Sand Pounder – Love and Drama on Horseback in WWII by M. J. Evans is a different take on WWII stories I am use to reading. I have to admit, I didn’t know what a Sand Pounder did before I read this book. I appreciate the attention to detail Evans shows readers in this book. I found myself learning several new things as I read this book. I enjoyed the carefully crafted characters and their development throughout the plot. John, aka Jane was fabulous! She played her part in the story so very well, and didn’t mind having to dwell with the other men. She was more concerned about doing the job she came to do. Will she be found out? Well, this is a reason you need to read this book. You will love the easy reading of author M. J. Evans as she tells this story through the eye of young Jane. If you want a good clean read or know a young person that loves to read, this would be a wonderful choice. And those of you who are WWII bugging, you will enjoy this different take on the war. I encourage you to pick up your copy today. 

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.

Guest Post for 

The Sand Pounder by M.J. Evans 

Why I Love to Write!

I am so honored to be asked to write a post for “Splashes of Joy.” The title of this blog fits my book, “The Sand Pounder – Love and Drama on Horseback in WWII,” perfectly. Jane, the protagonist in this historical fiction expresses how much joy galloping down the beach on the back of her horse brings to her. I could change that to “M.J. Evans finds joy splashing through the waves while galloping down the beach on the back of her horse!”

Writing is the older sister of reading for me. The joy I received getting lost is a book is the same joy multiplied several times by writing. When writing fantasy, I get to let my imagination go wild. When writing historical fiction, I get to add twists and turns to the factual information I dig up doing research. All of it is a very creative and satisfying experience.

As a mother of five fabulous children, (one girl and four boys,) I never allowed them to say: “I’m bored.” I responded by reminding them that smart people never get bored. I told them, “We Evans’ can always use our imagination to create an adventure in our heads.”

Writing is like that. As an author, I create an adventure in my head. Then I spend hours and hours writing it down to share with the world. Creating beautiful prose is part of the artistry involved. I always say: “I am an artist with words.”

Writing takes practice so don’t expect to get it perfect the first time. I can’t tell you how many revisions I make on each book. But don’t give up. You’ll get there and your masterpiece will be something you can be proud of!

I hope you enjoy reading “The Sand Pounder – Love and Drama on Horseback in WWII.” Please post a review on Amazon and Goodreads and tell your friends about it!

Meet the Author:


 Best-Selling author, M.J. Evans grew up in Lake Oswego, Oregon, and 

graduated from Oregon State University. She spent five years teaching 

junior high and high school students before retiring to raise her five 

children. She is a life-long equestrian and enjoys competing in Dressage

 and riding in the beautiful Colorado Mountains.

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Tour Schedule:

Oct 4 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 4 – Westveil Publishing – book review / giveaway
Oct 5 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
Oct 5 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 6 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway
Oct 7 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 8 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review
Oct 12 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 12 – FUONLYKNEW – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 12 – The Lost Review Of Odd Books – book review
Oct 13 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight / guest post
Oct 14 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Oct 15 – wottaread – book spotlight
Oct 15 – Books for Books – book review
Oct 18 – Connie’s History Classroom – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 19 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
Oct 20 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 20 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review / giveaway
Oct 21 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Oct 22 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway


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THE SAND POUNDER Book Tour Giveaway

Giveaway Tour Grace Under Siege: Not a Love Story by René Voland


Join Us for This Tour from September 27 to October 15!


Book Details:

Book Title:  Grace Under Siege: Not a Love Story by René Voland
Category: Adult Fiction 18+,  286 pages
Genre: Psychological Fiction, Psychological Thriller
Publisher:  Solomon’ s Books Press
Release date:  April 2021
Content Rating:  Rated G. 

Book Description:


Grace, a newlywed in her 30’s, discovers that her new life isn’t exactly what she expected. Her husband Narcissus is a handsome, former special agent whose puzzling behavior follows a mysterious pattern. Despite Grace’s best efforts, she finds it incredibly difficult to build a happy life with him. The ultimate revelation leads to a showdown with Narcissus. Grace believes the well-being of others depend on what she must reveal.

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When I read the title of this book, Grace Under Siege, Not A Love Story,  I wondered what it meant. Now I know that this is definitely not a Love story. It is a story of domestic abuse. I like the way René Voland tackles this devastating issue that is so intense and very emotional. The faith running through the story gives hope that with God, you are not alone at any time, and you can call on Him. Voland creates characters that develop well and are realistic enough that readers can relate. Sadly domestic abuse is not only in a fiction book, it’s in real life, and I like the tips in the book that can help other get through their issues. Grace Under Siege is well written and the details show how much research went into this story. If you are going through an abuse relationship, this would be a good book to read. Or if you know someone in this situation, gift them a copy. This one is getting Four Stars from me. 

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:


René is an author, playwright, poet and publisher/editor. She is a seasoned business owner, private coach and ministerial leader. Grace Under Siege is her debut novel. She and her spouse live in Georgia. She is a graduate of Georgia State University.

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Tour Schedule:

Sep 27 –
Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 27 – Rockin’ Book Tours – book review / guest pot / giveaway
Sep 28 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Sep 28 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 28 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 29 –Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight
Oct 1 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 4 – Kam’s Place – book review
Oct 4 – I’m Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 5 – Laura’s Interests – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 6 – Leels Loves Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 7 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 12 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Oct 13 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
​Oct 14 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 15 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 15 – Sadie’s Spotlight – spotlight / giveaway

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Spotlight and Giveaway for ZITHER! by Jeffrey Hanlon

ZITHER! by Jeffrey Hanlon

Join Us for This Tour from  September 27 to October 15

Book Details:
Book Title:  ZITHER! by Jeffrey Hanlon
Category:  Adult Fiction 18+, 350 pages
Genre: Mystery, Humor
Publisher:  Zither Studios
Release Date: April 20, 2021
Tour dates: September 27 to October 15
Content Rating:  G.

“A zany rollicking mystery adventure as compelling as it is hilarious.” Independent Book Review

“Hanlon’s humor shines bright and will leave fans of such madness wanting more.” ~ Publisher’s Weekly

Nominated for the prestigious Audie Award, Best Fiction 2021

Book Description:
​A nutty religious cult rustles a herd of prime gazebos (huh??) and it’s up to bumbling P.I. Mars Candiotti to rescue them. Wannabe author Mars chronicles his quest in Jeffrey Hanlon’s rom-com mystery Zither.

Guided by his magically prescient IHOP waitress, Mars strives to mitigate the shocking global consequences of the gazebo heist, even though he has no idea what the word mitigate means.

As Zither swallows its own tale, Mars finds it increasingly tricky to distinguish between real people and his rambunctious fictional characters. Zither becomes the romper room where his reality meets fantasy – and get frisky with each other.

Mars’ international odyssey leads to an explosive conclusion in Panama. Teevees around the world tune in to watch live coverage of “Carnage in the Canal”.

And amid the lunatic havoc that is Zither there is (of course!) an epic love story as Mars meets Marian, the brainy librarian he had dreamt of. Marian says his books are “slapstick existentialism with subjective reality couched in parable”. (This is news to Mars). But is Marian real, or just another illusion in Zither World?

And in Mars’ klutzy (yet endearing) courtship of the enchanting Marian will he ever muster the nerve to ask her for a date???​



I was born in a Southern California beach town.

My family moved to Northwest Oregon when I was 7. Or maybe when I was 8.

Had we stayed in the Beach Boys town, and knowing myself as I do now, I suspect I would have grown long hair, started a rock band, and been heavily into drugs. The rock band would probably have been pretty good. The rest of it, not so much. I’d likely have joined the ranks of those like Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin.

We moved to a mountaintop. The last five miles to get there were gravel. The final two miles were steep and to the end of the road.

That’s where we lived: the end of the road, 22 miles to the nearest town.

Our closest neighbor, about a mile down the road, was a hermit who lived in a shack. He had a goat. About once a month the goat would visit us. Then the hermit would show up to retrieve his goat. I think the goat liked us better than the hermit, which is why the goat kept showing up. Goats are funny animals. I think they aspire to be house pets.

And speaking of animals, we had cats. Lots and lots of cats. Because we were remote and at the end of the road, unkind people – and ‘unkind’ is the kindest description I can use here – would dump their unwanted cats on or near our property. The cats would find our house. We gave them Fancy Feast and our love, and in turn they loved us.

My childhood friends didn’t visit too often. That was at least partly because when they did show up my father would say something like this: “Great! We have a job that could use an extra hand. Won’t take more than five minutes.” Well, that five minutes usually turned into an hour or two – volunteer labor! – and that friend would seldom visit again.

So my favorite childhood playmate was a 2000 pound Hereford bull, a big boy with horns spanning three feet. I’d go out in the pasture and the bull would strike a pose not unlike what you’ve seen in the movies where the bull was ready to charge, head down, eyeing me. But he wasn’t going to charge me. He just wanted his forehead scratched. And so I would scratch his forehead. He liked that, shaking his head every so often to show his approval. Then we’d elevate to a game that the bull might have called ‘Let’s see how far we can toss this little kid!’ and I’d place my right hip against his massive head and he’d toss me into the air like a sack of flour. Over and over, farther and farther, higher and higher. I could have done that for hours – I can fly! – but after a few tosses the bull would grow bored with the game and wander off. Probably to chase some cute heifers.

The nearest library was 30 miles away, and we ventured there often. It was a majestic old building, and the Grand Room had books on all four walls with reading chairs in the center. But that was not where I wanted to be. I figured all those books were popular books or books I was supposed to read. I wanted something different, so I would enter the room with a small sign that said ‘Stacks’. It was row after narrow row after row of books, floor to ceiling, dimly lit, dusty. It was like entering a cave. Filled with treasures!
It was in those Stacks that I discovered the likes of Kerouac and Heller and Huxley and Fowles and Steinbeck and Ellison and Bradbury and Hemingway and many many others.

As Stephen King said, “Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

And those, each in their own way, was the inspiration for the first book I wrote at the age of eight or nine: ‘Pond Scum’.

It was illustrated.

Jeffrey currently lives at an undisclosed location on the shores of the Caribbean where he spends his days is shorts and sandals making up stories.

He has a pet goat.

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Sep 27 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight
Sep 27 – Adventurous Jessy – book spotlight
Sep 28 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post
Sep 29 – Literary Flits – book spotlight
Sep 29 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight
Sep 30 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / guest post
Oct 1 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight
Oct 4 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight
Oct 4 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post
Oct 5 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / guest post
Oct 6 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / author interview
Oct 6 – fundinmental – book spotlight
Oct 7 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight
Oct 8 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight
Oct 11 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / guest post
Oct 12 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / guest post
Oct 13 – Laura’s Interests – book spotlight
Oct 13 – Sefina Hawke Books – book spotlight
Oct 14 – @twilight_reader – book spotlight
Oct 14 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Oct 15 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview

Funny and Ironic: Amazing, Happy and Feel Good Stories by Marco Di Noia

Funny and Ironic: Amazing, Happy and Feel Good Stories

by Marco Di Noia


GENRE: Short stories (HUMOR/General)



Funny short stories, ironic stories, amazing stories, animal stories, incredible stories, unusual stories, comical stories, humorous stories. Happy and feel good stories to create funny conversation, humorous conversation, a great conversation starter.



The Zebra, The Lion and The Crocodile 

In the woods, in Africa, there was a log. 

The zebra came and sat on the log because he was tired. 

Then the lion came and sat on the log. 

Then a crocodile came and sat on the log under the tree. 

They all began to talk about how hot it was, and it was good to rest in the shade on the log. When the night came, and the cool arrived. 

The zebra fell asleep. 

The lion and the crocodile stayed awake with hunger, realizing it was days since they had eaten. 

They did not want to fight each other. 

But they argued about who deserved to eat the zebra.

They could not come to an agreement, so they both savaged the zebra in his sleep.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Hi, my name’s Marco! I live in Sydney, Australia. I began writing stories to relieve boredom. After I wrote a few stories, I realized that they made me laugh. I kept writing and my depression went away. I am happy with the way the stories make me laugh and I hope you enjoy them too.


K: @FunnyandIronicStories 

INSTAGRAM: @tigerhorse777 








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

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Giveaway & Review The Unlikely Yarn of the Dragon Lady by Sharon J. Mondragon’s


A knitting group’s change of scenery changes lives in unexpected ways
Margaret, Rose, Jane, and Fran had a good thing going: meet every week in the quiet of their peaceful chapel and knit prayer shawls. No muss, just ministry. That is, until their pastor boots them out of the church in his last-ditch effort to revive the dwindling congregation.
Uptight Margaret isn’t having it. Knitting prayer shawls where people can watch is the most ridiculous idea she’s ever heard of, and she’s heard plenty. Prayer belongs in the church, not out among the heathen masses. How are they supposed to knit holiness into these shawls if they’re constantly distracted by the public? But with no choice, the others embrace the challenge. They pack their knitting bags and drag Margaret—grumbling the whole way—to the mall with them. She can’t wait to prove them all wrong when it fails miserably, and show the pastor that she always knows best.
Without the familiar mold the group has been stuck in, their own losses, pain, and struggles rise to the surface. And the people and situations they encounter every time they try to sit quietly and knit are taking them a lot further out of their comfort zone than they ever imagined. Can they find the courage to tackle the increasing number of knotty issues they learn about in the community–or will the tangle be too much to unravel?
Sharon J. Mondragon’s debut is warm and delightful, full of real laughter, grief, and personality. It beautifullly illustrates the power of women across generations to reach people for Christ.
To read an excerpt of The Unlikely Yarn of the Dragon Lady click here.


Sharon J. Mondragon’s debut novel was a delightful and fun read. I enjoyed the different flavor of characters involved. The knitting group itself was interesting, and I was with them, why would the pastor kick them out of the church? But the group found more than they ever imagined knitting in an open space where there was people everywhere. When I read this I couldn’t help but think of our own prayer shawls ministry at church. I don’t knit but I crochet, and it is a fun and satisfying feeling to make the prayer shawls and blankets to give to those in need.

The Unlikely Yarn of the Dragon Lady had me laughing with the ladies and share a tear or two with them. Margaret was a character that has issues but the reader doesn’t know what that is for a while. All in all, this is a entertaining read that I had a lot of fun reading. If you enjoy a good clean contemporary read with a good dose of faith running through, you will delight in this story. I’m giving this Four Stars and I look forward to more from Sharon J. Mondragon in the near future.

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.


Sharon J. Mondragón writes about the place where kindness and courage meet. Her debut novel, The Unlikely Yarn of the Dragon Lady (originally titled The Heavenly Hugs Prayer Shawl Ministry) was the 2017 winner of the American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis award in the Short Novel Category, and she has also been recognized by The Saturday Evening Post where her short story, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” was an Honorable Mention Awardee in the 2014 their Great American Fiction Contest.
Mondragón has been active in prayer shawl ministry since 2008 and currently serves as facilitator for the prayer shawl ministry at her church, St. Paul Episcopal in Waxahachie, TX. She also knits with the Circle of Healing at Red Oak United Methodist Church. She is a Level 2 Certified Knitting Instructor through the Craft Yarn Council and teaches beginning knitting at a local yarn store.
Mondragón is the mother of five grown children and has four grandchildren. After 26 years as an Army wife, she has settled in Midlothian, TX with her hero/husband, her laptop, and her yarn stash.
Visit Sharon Mondragón’s website and blog at and follow her on Facebook (Sherry Mondragón) and Twitter (@SJ_Mondragón).

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Giveaway Tour for More Than A Heartthrob by Kari Trumbo


About the Book

Book: More Thank A Heartthrob

Author: Kari Trumbo

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release date: September 28, 2021


Whoever said beauty is only skin deep lied. Beauty begins from within.

Jazzy is comfortable in her own skin, but the world cringes at it. Her personal armor since her teen years, makeup hides the scars that make anyone who sees them wince. The true test of any friend is: will they accept her without it?

Chris races to Hooper Island to escape a life-altering situation. The only person he knows and can trust there is a woman he met once. It wasn’t a good meeting. Lost and lonely after being the center of attention in Hollywood, he won’t risk losing the one friend he has.

Befriending Chris poses a risk Jazzy is loath to take. If anyone will reject her for her scars, it’ll be a guy whose life is focused on beauty. But as she helps him work through his own problems and his struggles with faith, will she gather the courage to pluck the plank from her own eye?

Once alone and vulnerable, will Jazzy and Chris rely on one another? Or will the force of their polar opposite lives push them apart—for good.

More Than a Heartthrob continues the Hooper Island stories of the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.

The Independence Islands Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.


More Than a Heartthrob is another book in the Hooper Island series, and the extended Independence Island series. I really enjoyed Chris and Jazzy’s story. Chris came across as a snob at first, I thought. I guess it was his Hollywood personality coming out. I liked Jazzy and wasn’t so sure Chris was the guy for her at first. Kari Trumbo does a very nice job writing this story a the characters are so believable and realistic. The Island setting was wonderful and I love being back there with the island people again. There are twists and turns and take the story in several different directions, but makes the story much more fun and interesting. I encourage you to check out these Island reads published by Celebrate Lit publishing. You are missing out on some fabulous reads if you have not read any of them. More Than Heartthrob is Five Stars for me!

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.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author


Kari writes swoony heroes and places that become characters with detail and heart.
Her favorite place to write about is the place her heart lives, (even if she doesn’t) South Dakota.

Kari loves reading, listening to contemporary Christian music, singing when no one’s listening, and curling up near the wood stove when winter hits. She makes her home in central Minnesota, land of frigid toes and mosquitoes the size of compact cars, with her husband of over twenty years. They have two daughters, two sons, one cat, and one hungry wood stove.

More from Kari

Hello Readers!

Welcome to the blog tour for More than a Heartthrob. I hope you’ve had a chance to read about the book a little. Thank you to today’s blog host and to Celebrate Lit for the tour and for publishing this great set.

Have you ever walked into a room and felt like everyone was staring at you for whatever reason? For me, it’s my weight. I’ve been overweight since my second year of marriage when I made a personal (and poor) decision to take a medication that made me gain a lot of weight quickly. And because of back pain, I’ve never been successful in shedding it.

For Jasmine (Jazzy), it’s her scars and lack of hair that she hides under makeup and wigs. She’s carefully kept them a secret her entire life. Only her friends and family know. She even has a beauty vlog (video blog) where she talks about faith and gives beauty tips.

But she isn’t happy. She’s lonely because it’s all fake. The skin she shows the world isn’t hers. I know I feel like that sometimes when I hide behind baggy clothes or sit behind a table so no one can really see me.

But, do people really think in their heads what we think they are? All that worry is spent, but it is fruitful? The answer to that, is no. Do some people judge us on our looks, behavior, or faith? Absolutely, but this book challenges the view that people “always” do.

Jazzy is challenged to forgo what she thinks makes her beautiful, it’s a twist on the old beauty and the beast story and I think you’re going to enjoy it. Especially because the guy who believes in her most, is the one society says should be the most critical, a Hollywood actor.

I hope, if you’re one of those people who wishes for a tall plant to hide behind when you’re in a crowded room, that you’ll find a kindred spirit in Jazzy.


Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 2

Blossoms and Blessings, October 2

lakesidelivingsite, October 3

Texas Book-aholic, October 3

She Lives To Read, October 4

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 4

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, October 5

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, October 5 (Author Interview)

Inklings and notions, October 6

CarpeDiem, October 6

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, October 7

SusanLovesBooks, October 7

For Him and My Family, October 7

Connect in Fiction, October 8

deb’s Book Review, October 8

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 9

Splashes of Joy, October 9

Batya’s Bits, October 10

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 10

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 11

Blogging With Carol, October 11

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, October 12

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, October 12

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, October 13

Simple Harvest Reads, October 13 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, October 14

Kayem Reads, October 14

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, October 15

Daysong Reflections, October 15


To celebrate her tour, Kari is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

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

Tour and Giveaway for Carmen’s Journey of Courage by Susan K. Beatty

Carmen's Journey

About the Book

Book: Carmen’s Journey of Courage

Author: Susan K Beatty

Genre: Christian Women’s Fiction

Release date: September 14, 2021

Carmen's Journey of Courage lighter

Truly the odd woman out, Army weapons expert Carmen belongs to a family where PhDs are almost a second surname.

Oh, and she’s also persona non grata since that one little incident back in her teens.  The one that her Tia Graviella still hasn’t forgiven her for. The one her parents and siblings will never let her forget.

A trip to Mexico City, complete with a bit of groveling at Tia Graviella’s feet, might just be what it takes to gain forgiveness and a fresh start with her family. Not only that, her tia is ailing, and someone needs to check up on her.  Carmen can solve two problems with one would-do-anything-to-avoid-it trip.

Something is off, however, and as Carmen investigates, she begins to wonder if there’s more to her aunt’s troubles than ill health.

When Carmen sets her course on making things right, will it repair more than the wreckage from a youthful miscalculation?


I found Carmen’s Journey of Courage a really nice read, and being short it can be read in a for hours. Carmen comes from a family of educated people so she is not the favorite because she decides to join the military. When her aunt needs help in Mexico, Carmen is the one that takes the time to go to her, not knowing how her aunt would feel because of an incident that happened years ago when Carmen was a teen. What she found there was very interesting.

I enjoyed Carmen’s story and I felt for her because of the way her family treated her, and also for the guilt she has had for so very long. Susan K Beatty does a wonderful job writing the story, with characters that play their parts well. I love the Mexico setting and enjoyed the detailed scenes and the wonderful food details. Carmen’s interaction with her aunt was unforgettable and I like the way Beatty weaves the story details with this twists and turns together to come up with a wonderful ending. Though readers were left with a cliffhanger, so I’m looking forward to the next book. If you enjoy a really good contemporary story with a little mystery, I encourage you to check this one 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.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author


“Courage: The intersection of faith and Grit”

Susan K. Beatty is passionate about finding courage through faith and grit, particularly through the trials of breast cancer. Her daughter is a metastatic breast cancer “thriver” and has been an inspiration for her writing. Susan retired from a full-time job in 2017 and is now pursuing a novel-writing career. Her first novel, “Faces of Courage,” is in revision. Susan is the author of “An Introduction to Home Education” (AKA “California Homeschool Manual”), was the assistant director of the SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference and is the president of her local ACFW-OC Chapter. She is a professional writer/journalist. Susan is proof you can begin a fiction writing career after age seventy.

More from Susan

Have you ever known in your heart you needed to ask someone to forgive you, but the thought scared you so much you were convinced they would reject you? So scared you couldn’t bring yourself to ask?

Sometimes we are more fearful of man than God, conveniently ignoring the responsibility to be right with others and to live in peace. It’s hard to live in peace when that thing, that whatever it was we need to apologize for, is lying like a lump of toxic waste in our hearts.

In Carmen’s Journey of Courage, Carmen ignored her need to ask for forgiveness for years. Well, she didn’t really ignore it, she just kept burying it every time she thought of it. Which was often.

It took an outside force to get her positioned in such a way that she had to face the situation.

Carmen is the odd woman out in her family. Every one of her siblings possesses enough educational degrees to wallpaper a room. But not Carmen. Her two older sisters’ treatment of her pushed Carmen in the opposite direction and toward a desire to find her own way on her own terms. Instead of college, Carmen enlisted and excelled in the army.

As God sometimes does, He uses the exact person Carmen would prefer to avoid—her oldest sister—to get her to Mexico City and their great aunt. Circumstances are not what she expects. She needs to face more than her tía and solve a mystery with the aid of her army training.

It’s a journey of courage.

We all face tough decisions. I wrote Carmen’s Journey of Courage to inspire bravery when life is hard.

Find your courage at the intersection of faith and grit.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, October 1

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 2

lakesidelivingsite, October 2

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 3

Inklings and notions, October 4

For Him and My Family, October 5

deb’s Book Review, October 6

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 7

Betti Mace, October 8

Splashes of Joy, October 8

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, October 9

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 10

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, October 11

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, October 12

An Author’s Take, October 12

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, October 13

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 14


To celebrate her tour, Susan is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and copy of the book!!

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

Tour and Giveaway for Undercurrent of Secrets by Rachel Scott McDaniel

About the Book

Book:  Undercurrent of Secrets

Author: Rachel Scott McDaniel

Genre: Christian Romance

Release date: September 2021

Two women, a century apart, are bound by a haunting secret aboard a legendary steamboat.

Walk through Doors to the Past via a new series of historical stories of romance and adventure.

As wedding coordinator for the 100-year-old steamboat The Belle of Louisville, Devyn Asbury takes pride in seeing others’ dreams come true, even though her engagement had sunk like a diamond ring to the bottom of the Ohio River. When the Belle becomes a finalist in the Timeless Wedding Venue contest, Devyn endeavors to secure the prestigious title with hopes to reclaim some of her professional dreams. What she hadn’t planned on was Chase Jones showing up with a mysterious photo from the 1920s.

A century earlier, Hattie Louis is as untamable as the rivers that raised her. As the adopted daughter of a steamboat captain, her duties range from the entertainment to cook. When strange incidents occur aboard the boat, Hattie’s determined to discover the truth. Even if that means getting under First Mate Jack Marshall’s handsome skin.


Undercurrent of Secrets is book four in the Doors of the Past series from Barbour Fiction. I enjoyed this very well written dual timeliness story by Rachel Scott McDaniel. I think Scott handles the switching back and forth between the timelines well and makes the story run smoothly. I have always enjoyed riverboat stories and especially this one because of the different timelines. McDaniel does a wonderful job with details in each scene, which tells of her deep research for this book. I enjoyed the well created characters and how the developed throughout the story. Devyn and Chase, and Hattie and Jack’s stories will stay with me for a while. If you enjoy historical and dual timeline stories you will love this one. I’m giving it 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.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Rachel Scott McDaniel is an award-winning author of historical romance. Winner of the ACFW Genesis Award and the RWA Touched By Love award, Rachel infuses faith and heart into each story. Rachel can be found online at and on all social media platforms. Her work is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency. Rachel resides in Ohio with her husband and two children.

More from Rachel

A Century on the River

In 1914, America hadn’t joined WWI yet. Airplanes, or flying machines as they were called, were still a phenomenon. Radios weren’t a thing. Hawaii and Alaska weren’t part of the United States. The world as a whole looked different than the one we walk today. But one thing remains true as it had 100 years ago—The Belle of Louisville graced the waters. In fact, the century-old steamboat is like a floating time capsule.

First named the Idlewild, this boat was built in Pittsburgh, PA and was launched in October 1914. It began its days as a packet boat, hauling freight and ferrying passengers. During the ‘Roaring 20s’ there wasn’t much documentation for her travels. But it’s believed the Idlewild spent the decade tramping—a steamboat term for going up and down the river, stopping at various towns and taking passengers for excursions. Which worked perfectly for Undercurrent of Secrets.

The boat was then sold to New Orleans where it continued to ferry passengers. In 1931, The Idlewild spent a season in Louisville running trips to Rose Island and Fontaine Ferry amusement parks. It then spent the next several years coursing the waterways from Canada to New Orleans, living upon the Mississippi and Ohio river systems until WWII. The second world war brought a lot of action to the Idlewild which was then outfitted with special equipment to push oil barges along the river. She also served as a floating USO nightclub for troops stationed at military bases along the Mississippi River.

In 1947, she was sold and renamed the Avalon. For the next two decades the legendary lady spent her days along the rivers, hosting excursions, bringing adventure to the hearts of many Americans. But all those years and miles eventually caught up to her and she fell in disrepair. In 1962, she was put up for auction in Cincinnati where she was purchased by Jefferson County Judge Executive Marlow Cook for $34,000. She then received her third name, The Belle of Louisville.

The restoration of the boat was supervised by marine architect Alan L. Bates (later Captain Bates). Capt. Bates’ books, Str. Belle of Louisville, and Moonlight at 8:30, were a huge help to me while researching the history of the boat and the crews who worked on her. The reno crew worked tirelessly rebuilding the Belle and on April 30th, she tested the waters again by racing against the Delta Queen in the first Great Steamboat Race. The Belle has been wharfed in Louisville ever since. This century-old steamboat has stood the test of time, surviving decades, sinkings, storms, weathering all the trials with grit and grace. If you ever find yourself in Louisville, you could book a cruise on the Belle and experience history.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 25

Rachael’s Inkwell, September 25

Texas Book-aholic, September 26

Christian Bookaholic, September 26

Where Faith and Books Meet, September 27

Inklings and notions, September 27

Genesis 5020, September 27

For Him and My Family, September 28

Life of Literature, September 28

deb’s Book Review, September 29

Jeanette’s Thoughts, September 29

Remembrancy, September 30

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 30

She Lives to Read, October 1

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, October 1

Older & Smarter?, October 1

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 2

Mary Hake, October 2

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, October 3

Simple Harvest Reads, October 3 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Bizwings Blog, October 3

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, October 4

For the Love of Literature, October 4

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 5

Through the fire blogs, October 5

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 6

Pause for Tales, October 6

Artistic Nobody, October 7 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Just Your Average reviews, October 7

Splashes of Joy, October 8

Labor Not in Vain, October 8


To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

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

Tour and Giveaway for My Cat Is Blue by Sarah Sommer


Join Us For This Tour From October 5 to October 18

Book Details:
Book Title:  My Cat Is Blue by Sarah Sommer
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  36 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:  October 2021
Format: Print – Hardback USA
Tour dates: October 5 to October 18
Content Rating:  G – Children’s picture book featuring feelings of sadness and grief (loss of a pet), but no explicit content or language.

Book Description: 
When someone you love is feeling down in the dumps, you try everything to help. But sometimes, you don’t have the cure, and those blues can even become contagious. It just might be the unexpected that allows you both to shed your blues and move toward a bright and colorful future.


My Cat Is Blue is about a family loosing a pet, and at the same time their cat started turning blue. After doing everything they could for their cat, they finally took him to the vet. While the little girl was explaining about their cat, the vet figured out what was wrong and offered them a solution. This made the whole family happy.

I enjoyed this sweet story, and even more so because we just lost a pet and I know how sad it made us. The story is perfect for a child who has lost one if their pets. Sarah Sommer does a really nice job writing this book so children can understand, and I love the rhyming throughout the story. The illustrations by Bulankina Ka were the perfect fit for the story, each illustrated page is just right for the story on that page. And I love the gray, white and blue in the beginning. It fits the mood so well. I think children will love this book and will want it read to them over and over. It would be awesome in an daycare or early childhood classes or elementary school library. This one is a Five Stars all the way for me.

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.

Buy the Book
Mascot Books
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Chapters Indigo ~ Books-A-Million



Meet the Author:

​Sarah Sommer is an award-winning children’s picture book author who blends her love for music, animals, and positivity in her books. Having trained in classical music and performed internationally as a professional clarinetist, rhymes and lyrics are an important part of her writing style. She is an advocate for animals, as seen in her work fostering German shepherds, and as a result, animals are always a central part of her stories. Sarah aims to include encouraging themes, such as helping others, in all of her narratives because we all need a little help sometimes.

connect with the author:  website facebook ~ goodreads ~ instagram

Tour Schedule:

​Oct 5 –Cover Lover Book Review– book review / giveaway
Oct 5 –Rockin’ Book Reviews– book review / giveaway
Oct 6 –Bound 4 Escape– book review / giveaway
Oct 6 –Kam’s Place– book review
Oct 7 –Jazzy Book Reviews– book review / giveaway
Oct 7 –Pick a Good Book– book review / giveaway
Oct 8 –Splashes of Joy– book review / giveaway
Oct 8 –Mochas, Mysteries and Meows– book review / giveaway
Oct 11 –The Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife– book review / giveaway
Oct 12 –Lisa’s Reading– book review / giveaway
Oct 12 –icefairy’s Treasure Chest– book review / giveaway
Oct 13 –From the TBR Pile– book review / giveaway
Oct 13 –The Momma Spot– book review / giveaway
Oct 14 –Gina Rae Mitchell– book review / giveaway
Oct 14 –Laura’s Interests– book review / giveaway
Oct 15 –Locks, Hooks And Books– book review / giveaway
Oct 15 –Pause for Tales– book review / giveaway
Oct 18 –I’m Into Books– book review / giveaway
Oct 18 –Rajiv’s Reviews– book review / giveaway


Tour and Giveaway for The Single Dad’s Holiday Match By Tanya Agler

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

The Single Dad’s Holiday Match
(Smoky Mountain First Responders #1)
By Tanya Agler
Contemporary Romance, Sweet Romance
Paperback & ebook,  384 Pages
September 28, 2021 by Harlequin Heartwarming

‘Tis the season… For unexpected love! 

Officer Jonathan Maxwell is just as devoted to his job as he is to his two young daughters, leaving zero time for a social life. Until he meets Brooke Novak. The newly hired community center director is a single parent, too, and also part of his latest investigation. Jonathan needs Brooke’s help if he’s going to close his case by Thanksgiving…but she might be the biggest distraction from keeping his mind on his job.

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Brooke Novak starts her new job in Hollydale  at the community center as the director, but she has her work cut out for her. The center is rundown and her job is to make it shine in the community again within six months. Things are not off to a good start, with officer Jonathan coming around so much in reference to a case he is working on. But then he is easy on the eyes and easy to talk to, so coming around could be a good thing.

I really did enjoy this sweet romance by Tanya Agler. I enjoyed watching the characters as they grew as the story unfolds. I quickly fell in love with Jonathan and Brooke and their personalities. And it was sweet watching how everyone supported Brooke so much as a new member of their community. There’s a bit of mystery going on here as well,  that kept officer Jonathan on his toes. The mystery will keep folks reading, but so will the romance. We have to find out all of the details with Jonathan and Brooke. And Tanya Agler does just that in this story. I love her attention to detail in describing the different scenes, and in the personalities of each character. I can’t wait to read what’s next from Agler. The Single Dad’s Holiday Match is the first book in her new series, Smoky Mountain First Responders. I love that the series is set in the quaint little town of Hollydale and we could see what was happening in the lives of former character from the first series. If you enjoy contemporary sweet Romances with a touch of mystery, you will love 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.

Bookstagram Tour

Check out the Bookstagram Tour HERE, which has its own giveaway!
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About the Author

Tanya Agler is a write-at-home mom, wife, and beagle and bunny wrangler who writes sweet contemporary category romance, three of which have been published by Harlequin Heartwarming. She moved often as a child, attending twelve different schools before attending the University of Georgia where she received degrees in journalism and law.

She lives in Georgia with her wonderful husband and her four kids (Kath, MJ, Cupcake, and Chunk). She often talks about her new rescue beagle, Linus, on Twitter and Facebook. One of her favorite things to do is to curl up with a glass of iced tea and a dessert while watching a classic movie (think all the way back to Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn, snappy dialogue, and shoulder pads).

She loves visiting new parts of the country while attending writers’ conferences.

Tour Schedule

Tour Giveaway

One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of The Sheriff’s Second Chance by Tanya Agler, winner’s choice of print (US only) or ebook

Ends October 13, 2021

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Giveaway Tour What’s Not True by Valerie Taylor

Join Us for This Tour from September 15 to October 12!


Book Details:

Book Title:  What’s Not True by Valerie Taylor

Category: Adult Fiction 18+ 

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit

Publisher:  She Writes Press, 321 pages

Release date:  August 2021




What’s Not True…is an enthralling, character-driven story that will appeal irresistibly to fans of women’s fiction…Taylor’s prose is crystalline…she does not waste words, rather using them to create a tense, nerve-shredder that 

offers full entertainment to readers.”Readers’ Favorite 5-star review



Book Description:

With her court date set for her divorce and her plans with the younger man in the rearview mirror, Kassie O’Callaghan shifts attention to reviving her stalled career. But things get complicated when she unexpectedly rendezvous with her former lover in Paris. After a chance meeting there with a colleague and a stroll along Pont Neuf, Kassie receives two compelling proposals. Can she accept them both?

But Kassie’s decision process screeches to a halt when her soon-to-be ex-husband has a heart attack, forcing her to fly home to Boston. There, she confronts his conniving and deceitful fiancée—a woman who wants not just a ring on her finger but everything that belongs to Kassie. In the ensuing battle to protect what’s legally and rightfully hers, Kassie discovers that sometimes it’s what’s not true that can set you free.

Though a standalone novel, What’s Not True is the sequel to What’s Not Said (September 15, 2020).


Buy the Book

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My thoughts when reading this book were, ‘Oh what a tangled web we weave’ because Kassie’s story is just that. He life choices leads her into one bad issue after another. When she finally decides she is going to divorce her husband, she had the bomb dropped on her that her husband has a serious illness, no divorce wouldn’t look so well right now. Kassie is so back and forth with everything happening in her life, it’s hard to keep up with what she will do next and what the next issue will be. Following her story is interesting, that’s one thing for sure. There were lots of emotions flying around, lots of sadness that will make you shed a tear, then I would get frustrated at Kassie for being so wishy washy at times. For some reason, I just couldn’t connect with Kassie. Not to say the author didn’t do a good job creating characters, in fact the character were wonderfully created and I enjoyed their development as the story unfolded. The setting and the scenes were vivid and detailed. 

What’s Not True is a pretty quick read, I wanted to get to the last page and see how it ended. And it was a surprising bombshell dropped at the end. Something I didn’t see coming. If you enjoy contemporary book with a pretty completed story, you will enjoy this one. 

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

Interview with Valerie Taylor

Author of What’s Not Said (She Writes Press, September 2020) and What’s Not True (She Writes Press, August 24, 2021)

How many books will be in the WHAT’S NOT Series?

Now that What’s Not True is available everywhere, I have fondly labeled my work the WHAT’S NOT  Series, and it seems to be catching on! If you say something enough times, folks often adopt it in their own lexicon.

While What’s Not Said was originally written as a standalone, What’s Not True was written purposely to end with a cliffhanger. I’m in the process of writing the third book, yet to be formally named, but it will obviously carry the WHAT’S NOT in its title. So soon, I’ll be able to call it the WHAT’S NOT Trilogy.

Are there any scenes in your novels that are autobiographical?

A common piece of advice aspiring authors receive is to “write what you know.” The basic plots of both What’s Not Said and What Not True are totally fictional, as are the characters. However, in retrospect, I’d say the first book, What’s Not Said, had more elements in it that are autobiographical than the second book, What’s Not True. Perhaps that means I evolved as a writer by the time I got to book two!

In What’s Not Said, Kassie’s father dies when she’s young, and so did my dad. And like Kassie, I had a wicked stepfather and a mother who died of cancer. In What’s Not True, two of the characters live in Charlestown, MA, as did I once upon a time. Kassie and I both are allergic to pomegranates and are huge Boston Red Sox fans. Bad Kassie’s—Kassie’s alter ego—mimics a nickname a colleague had given me years ago—Bad Malerie. 

How many books do you read each year and do you have a favorite genre?

Before I retired and worked 50 to 60 hours a week, I was ecstatic to read 12 books a year. That was my goal. Of course, this was before eReaders and audiobooks became as popular as they are today. Each year I tried to read a cross-section of genres—historical and contemporary fiction to balance the non-fiction books I generally read for self-help or business/career purposes. 

Once I retired in 2016, I set a new goal to read 30 books each year. Last year I read 39 books! I think I changed my goal to 40 on Goodreads for 2021. I’ll need to check my progress! These days, I read a lot of fiction, as my need or desire for non-fiction has lessened. I have discovered short stories this year, which I enjoy, obviously, for the succinct storylines, fast pace, and the sense of accomplishment I feel when I complete each story!

How has social media impacted your life as an author?

Social media? Love it! Hate it! Before What’s Not Said was published I was barely on Facebook. In fact, I don’t think I was. But then everyone says we must have a presence there. So I do, and in the last 18 months, I’ve built a following of more than a thousand. Now I know that’s not huge, but it’s steadily growing. 

Little did we authors know, though, how critical social media would become once the pandemic hit in March 2020. As you know, all public events were cancelled. Many still are. The only way for us to reach our audience, to launch our books, to stay in touch became social media. As such, I’m relatively active on Instagram and Twitter, as well as Facebook. I’d love to have you follow me. The links are below.

Will there be new characters in the third book of the WHAT’S NOT Series?

As a matter of fact, there’s a new villain to challenge Kassie, the protagonist, and there is a new secondary character that I’ll be introducing. My overall goal is to spin off the new secondary character into a new series; perhaps a cozy mystery that wouldn’t include the main characters in the WHAT’S NOT Series, but create a whole new cast of characters. More than likely, the main setting will still be in the Massachusetts and Rhode Island area. Not sure if there’ll be any European intrigue in it. I’m still exploring the idea!

I’d love to hear from you. Here’s how you can reach and follow me:

My website:

Follow me:

Twitter: @ValerieEMTaylor

Instagram: ValerieETaylor


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You’ll Also Love The Award-Winning First Book in This Series:


WHAT'S NOT SAID by Valerie Taylor


Book Details:

Book Title:  What’s Not Said by Valerie Taylor

Category: Adult Fiction 18+ 

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit

Publisher:  She Writes Press, 300 pages

Release date:  September 2020




2021 International Book Awards Finalist in Fiction: Women’s Fiction

2020 Canadian Book Club Awards Finalist in Fiction

Chosen as an August 2021 Pulpwood Queens Book Club selection

Featured by the international NoMo Book Club in May 2021

“Taylor’s dialogue is snappy and contemporary . . . A witty and often amusing marriage drama.”

Kirkus Reviews



Book Description:

What’s Not Said is a story about Kassie O’Callaghan, a middle-aged woman on a mission to divorce her emotionally abusive husband and start a new life with a younger man she met while on a solo vacation in Venice. When she learns her husband has chronic kidney disease, her plans collapse until she pokes around his pajama drawer and discovers his illness is the least of his deceits.

Then again, Kassie is no angel. The separate lives they lead collide head-on into a tangled web of sex, lies, and DNA. As she helps her husband find an organ donor, Kassie uncovers a secret, forcing her to decide whose life to save: her husband’s or her own.



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Meet the Author:

Valerie Taylor was born and raised in Stamford, Connecticut. She earned a B.S. Marketing degree and an MBA from Sacred Heart University, as well as a graduate certificate in health care administration from Simmons University (formerly Simmons College). She had a thirty-year career in the financial services industry as a marketer and writer. Valerie is a published book reviewer with; and a member of Westport Writers’ Workshop, Independent Book Publishers Association, and Women’s Fiction Writers 

Association. She enjoys practicing tai chi and being an expert sports spectator.

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


Tour Schedule:

Sep 15 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Sep 15 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway

Sep 15 – I’m All About Books – book spotlight / giveaway

Sep 16 – Review Thick & Thin – book review of WHAT’S NOT SAID / author interview 

Sep 16 – Pick a Good Book – book review of WHAT’S NOT TRUE / author interview / giveaway

Sep 16 – AllBookedUpReviews (instagram) – book review of WHAT’S NOT TRUE

Sep 17 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway

Sep 17 – Amy’s Booket List – book review of WHAT’S NOT TRUE / giveaway

Sep 21 – Welcome To MLM Opinion’s Reviews – book review of WHAT’S NOT TRUE

Sep 21 – @twilight_reader – book review of WHAT’S NOT SAID

Sep 23 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of WHAT’S NOT SAID / giveaway

Sep 23 – Review Thick & Thin – book review of WHAT’S NOT TRUE / guest post

Sep 24 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of WHAT’S NOT TRUE / giveaway

Sep 27 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Sep 27 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review of WHAT’S NOT SAID

Sep 28 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review of WHAT’S NOT TRUE / giveaway

Sep 29 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review of WHAT’S NOT TRUE

Sep 29 – Falling Into A Good Book – book review of WHAT’S NOT TRUE

Sep 30 – @twilight_reader – book review of WHAT’S NOT TRUE

Sep 30 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway 

Oct 1 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Oct 1 – Books for Books – book review of WHAT’S NOT SAID

Oct 4 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of WHAT’S NOT SAID / giveaway

Oct 5 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of WHAT’S NOT TRUE / giveaway

Oct 6 – Splashes of Joy – book review of WHAT’S NOT SAID / giveaway

Oct 6 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book review of WHAT’S NOT TRUE

Oct 7 – Splashes of Joy – book review of WHAT’S NOT TRUE / author interview / giveaway

Oct 8 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

Oct 8 – Books for Books – book review of WHAT’S NOT TRUE

Oct 12 – Books and Zebras  – book review of WHAT’S NOT TRUE

Oct 12 – Adventurous Jessy – book review of WHAT’S NOT TRUE / giveaway


Enter the Giveaway:


WHAT’S NOT TRUE Book Tour Giveaway




The Majewski Curse by Lisa Dianne McInnes

The Majewski Curse

by Lisa Dianne McInnes


GENRE: MEMOIR  (Death, Grief and Bereavement)



In her debut novel, Lisa Dianne McInnes urges us to explore the meaning of loss, the evil side of human nature, and the infinite power of love and rising above it all.

Between the years 2012 and 2017, like a pile of dominos, Lisa Dianne McInnes watched her life collapse as one traumatic tragedy after another took away her loved ones, leaving her to learn just how quickly life can fall apart.

An extraordinary memoir full of depth, compassion, and unimaginable strength, The Majewski Curse is the harrowing true story of the separate yet intertwined tragedies of Brandon, Devon, and Derek Majewski’s deaths and the multiple conspiracies surrounding their family’s search for truth.



The day after the accident, Rick Beasly, the local police chief of South Simcoe, released a carefully constructed letter to the Innisfil Journal, the local Innisfil newspaper. The article misinformed the public and stated that Brandon, Richard, and Jake were irresponsibly biking home from a bush party without wearing helmets or reflective garments and without reflective lights on their bicycles.

Blood from all three boys was taken—without parental consent—including Brandon’s, who was already dead at the time. The test results concluded that none of the boys were high or drunk, yet the article implied they were because it reported they were coming home from a local bush party.

Despite the numerous statements made by several witnesses at the scene of the crime about the moon having been bright that night, as well as attesting to the reflective gear on both the bikes and Brandon’s Yamaha jacket, the article stated the opposite.

I was so distraught after having read the article that I couldn’t sleep that night. I sat up by myself for hours, wondering what I could do. I was furious about the false statements the paper had made and the way the public was led to believe the boys were in the wrong. The article even mentioned the parents, but none of us had spoken to the police nor agreed to the publication. It was frustrating to read the comments made in response to the article and see how cruel people could be. “Maybe the parents should have bought their son some reflectors and a helmet instead of a coffin,” read one of the many insensitive comments. It was gut-wrenching.

I immediately consulted Rick Vanderline, the reporter, and he placed another piece in the Innisfil Journal and the Barrie Examiner that stated the truth. However, it was too late. From social media experience, most people only pay attention to the initial posting about any incident, and even though the follow-up article came shortly after the first, people had inevitably already formed negative opinions about the boys. Having placed the new article in the local newspapers felt like a small victory, but nothing could have made us feel better at that point. The statements made by the South Simcoe police felt like a deliberate attack against the boys, which was something we couldn’t understand. Why would the authorities purposely shed such a negative light on the boys before getting all the facts? 


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Lisa Dianne McInnes has always been fascinated with spirituality and the human experience. She prides herself on always being committed to the truth, even when it hurts, and believes in being reliable, trustworthy, honest, and loyal to those she loves.

However, in 2012, when tragedy struck and shattered her family, Lisa’s beliefs were tested and she was forced to undergo a profound inner transformation. In doing so, she had to acknowledge the trauma of her past but chose only to remember the love her family shared. Her solid understanding and belief in the theory of mindfulness and living in the moment helped her rise from the ashes and move on with her life. She believes the past can be like a black hole: if you stand too close it will pull you in.

Today, small things like sunsets, staring out at the water, and kisses for no reason are the reasons she smiles. She believes it is the simple memories that define us, and the ones we hold close to our hearts. For Lisa, writing allows her to share her struggles and experiences with others, and by doing so she learns and grows both mentally and spiritually through the process. Therefore, with her work, she hopes to inspire her readers to join her on the journey to find inner peace and greater fulfillment in their lives.

Lisa completed her debut novel, The Majewski Curse, and is currently preparing to start writing her second non-fiction work. She currently resides in Northern Ontario with her spouse and their puppy Cooper.















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

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