Tour and Giveaway The Practical M.B.A. on Economics by Joseph Gulesserian

Join us for this tour from August 1 to August 19, 2022!

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Practical M.B.A. on Economics “What They Do & Don’t Teach You At Business School” by Joseph Gulesserian
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  526 pages
Genre:  Non-Fiction Business Economics History
Publisher:  Brands Fifth Avenue Inc
Release date:   June 2022
Content Rating:  G. Business Book on Economics

 #1 Best-Seller in Inflation & Economics History!

Book Description:A Plethora of Wealth – Knowledge – Insights, that will help you take over the World and Beyond!

Government and the Central Banks have been managing the economic business cycle for over 100 years, creating the biggest Ponzi scheme of money printing ever invented in the history of civilization, as we now find ourselves living in a precarious house of cards. By hallowing out our manufacturing, have we diminished our inventiveness? What role did China really play in this, and what role did our own selfish desire affect the outcome, and what was the trade-off?

Is this the beginning of the end of US monetary global dominance, and how long can we print fiat money to support the vestiges of a declining Empire? Is the cost of living going up, or is it because currency is rapidly depreciating? What is the true source of effective inflation, and why is the wealth divide becoming greater?

The pages of this book bring to light the roots of our economic order of today, and help explain the world around us, how we arrived here, and what might lie ahead.

The Practical MBA on Economics is comprehensive, fast-paced, making for magnificent theatre, full of spills and chills, from stock market crashes to sovereign debt default, to the 1944 Bretton Woods reset, the IMF, the WTO, U.S. Dollar reserve, and mercantilism. We come to meet the economic thinkers that shape our world today from Adam Smith, Richard Cantillon, John Maynard Keynes, David Ricardo, Murray Rothbard, and Milton Friedman.

With intellectual clarity, insights, wit and humour, Gulesserian challenges the narrative, simplifies complex economic ideas, and draws from historical events, to explain how we came to the current financial world order, its perils, and the future of tomorrow!

With compelling antidotes that entertain, filled with relevance and a library of knowledge that leaves the reader feeling full, and liberated to unlock the future. So, butter your popcorn, do fasten your seat belts, and enjoy the ride.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

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First of all, WOW! There is so much information chunked into this book, it will make your head spin. But you have to take it one chapter at a time. The Practical M.B.A. on Economics “What They Do & Don’t Teach You At Business School” by Joseph Gulesserian is a book that would benefit everyone. If there are issues you don’t care to read, there are plenty of things you will find interesting and to your liking. There are things I know a little about, such as inflation, but I was amazed at the wealth of information on inflation in this book. And it is the same with most of the topics in the book.

Author Joseph Gulesserian does a very good job writing this book, and his research is phenomenal. One thing I really like is that Gulesserian not only explains the topics in writing, he also adds lots and lots of graphs to further explain what he is saying. You will also find black pages with quotes at the beginning of most chapters that you will enjoy. This is just a very light touch of what you will find in The Practical M.B.A. on Economics by Joseph Gulesserian. It is truly so indepth reading this book would probably teach you more than a good old Economics class would. If nothing else, you would have a great reference book. I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy to keep for yourself.

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

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​Joseph Gulesserian is an entrepreneur and a published author, who wrote “Newspaper Boys Always Deliver”, a story of pop culture and technology. He has built and brought to market health and beauty Brands with global reach that has sent him around much of the world.

With his technical training, he has spent time on the factory floor with technologies from machine building to software information systems, for competitive advantage.

He has an insatiable eclectic curiosity for flirting with the outer parameters of the human imagination, is a student of history, loves the arts, design, the digital age, math, while believing in the tenets of the marketplace of ideas and personal liberty.

After earning his MBA from Edinburgh Business School in the U.K., he taught Corporate Finance, Capital Markets, Statistics and marketing, as an adjunct professor at Toronto colleges.

connect with the author: website ~ facebooktwitter ~ instagram linkedin


Tour Schedule:

Aug 1 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 2 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 3 –Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 5 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Aug 8 –Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 8 – TC Marti’s Action-Packed Book Reviews – book review / author interview / giveaway
Aug 9 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Aug 10 – My Reading Getaway – book review / author interview / giveaway
Aug 11 –Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Aug 12 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 15 – Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife – book review / giveaway
Aug 16 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 17 – Books are a Blessing – book review / giveaway
Aug 18 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 19 – Dashes of Love After 45 – book review / giveaway
Aug 19 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway:

 

THE PRACTICAL MBA: ECONOMICS Book Tour Giveaway

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Court of Snakes: This Desert Cage by Tycho Dwelis

 
Join us for this tour from August 8 to August 26, 2022!
Book Details:

​Book Title: Court of Snakes: This Desert Cage by Tycho Dwelis
Category:  YA Fiction (Ages 13-17),  317 pages
Genre: Dystopian Fantasy
Publisher:  Precursor Publishing
Release date:  July 2, 2022
Content Rating:  PG + M: Some allusion to domestic abuse, fantasy violence, adults drinking alcohol

Book Description:

In the city of Segeno, it’s eat or be eaten. Someone has to rule the masses. A boy has lost his birthright. His parents killed. Dead and gone. A girl has lost her father. She means nothing to him now.

The city of Segeno stands tall after a great war, the only city left of its kind. Terran has lost both of his parents and is now on the run from a tyrant eager to kill him and cut off the royal bloodline. Parisa struggles with her own identity as even her father rejects her for the color of her skin as he claws for the throne. Along their journeys, they meet unexpected allies and encounter unprecedented magick, but, most importantly, they learn what it is to stand up for themselves and take back their city from corruption.

The Court of Snakes: This Desert Cage is the first of a two book series intended for ages 13 – 18. If you like the Hunger Games, Divergent, and Inkheart, you’ll love these books.

This series talks about systemic oppression, racism, oligarchy, and, of course, magick.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I really didn’t know what to expect when I started reading this book. I rarely read descriptions because I don’t like to know what the book is about. But turns out it was nothing I had expected. Court of Snakes: This Desert Cage is a very interesting read. This is my first book to read by author Tycho Dwelis, and the plot flows pretty well, enough to keep me reading to see what would happen next. I thought the characters were well created and i enjoyed their development throughout the story as each scene takes place. Parisa and Terran are likeable characters, with Parisa being my favorite because of her feisty personality and her strong  determination I could relate to.

This book is a YA Fiction and the genre Dystopian Fantasy. I think the younger generation will really love this book, and those who love a good Dystopian Fantasy, regardless of age would enjoy this on as well. This book gets Four Stars from me. I encourage you to check out Court of Snakes, it’s worth the read!

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:

I’m Tycho (I also use the pen name Cassidy), and I love storytelling! I’m incredibly passionate about writing, art, and anything
that allows me to create my own worlds. My goal is to write dreamy fiction for all ages that is unique, inspiring, and imaginative. I like to write about themes that include coming of age, magic realism, identity, relationships, and bullying. My books are intended for readers ages eight to twenty-five, and are meant to connect the world of the fantastical to everyday life.

I currently live in Colorado and have an MA in Publishing.

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


Tour Schedule:

Aug 8 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 9 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 9 – Splashes of Joy  – book review / giveaway
Aug 10 – 411 ON BOOKS, AUTHORS, AND PUBLISHING NEWS – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 11 – JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 11 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 12 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Aug 15 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 16 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 17 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Aug 18 – The Page Ladies – book review
Aug 19 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Aug 22 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 23 – Kam’s Place – book review
Aug 24 – Bookworm for Kids – book review / giveaway
Aug 25 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Aug 26 – Books and Zebras – book review
Aug 26 – Books for Books – book review

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COURT OF SNAKES by Tycho Dwellis Book Tour Giveaway

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CHILD OF ETHERCLAW by Matty Roberts

Join us for this tour from August 2to August 22, 2022!

Book Details:

​Book Title: CHILD OF ETHERCLAW by Matty Roberts
Category:  Young Adult Fiction (13-18+),  348 pages
Genre: Sci-Fi/Dystopian
Publisher:  Twilight Fox LLC
Release date:  August 2, 2022
Formats Available for Review: print (softback) (USA and Canada) and ebook (EPUB and PDF)
Tour dates: August 2 to August 22, 2022
Content Rating:  PG-13

Book Description:The bonds of family go well beyond blood.But can those bonds hold when the blood itself carries a devastating secret?

Fenlee’s opal necklace had always radiated a certain warmth since her mother’s death. But now, at sixteen, her world begins to unravel as the stone sparks to life, revealing itself to be an otherworldly artifact of untold power.

Between her mechatronics studies at the academy and scavenging expeditions beneath the sprawling city of New Cascadia, Fenlee and her
adopted brother, Elliot, try to decipher the mysteries of her necklace and its link to events in Fenlee’s past.

But they’re not alone in their search.

Strange undercity dwellers offer cryptic warnings, drones track their movements, and deadly corporate agents lurk in the shadows. When tragedy rips Fenlee’s family apart, she must learn to use the artifact’s power to save those who are deeply precious to her. But nothing can prepare her for the dark truths that she will uncover on that journey…

“Lee,” Elliot mumbled. “I’m not who you think I am.”

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

CHILD OF ETHERCLAW by Matty Roberts is a Sci-Fi/Dystopian Young Adult Fiction that I found very interesting. I was actually surprised at how well I enjoyed this one! The beginning did get a little creepy when Fenlee and her younger adopted brother Elliot were sneaking through the Undercity dodging drones, sadly the two live in the very bottom of the towers, the top ones saved for those more wealthy. But the driven plot is pretty fast and keeps readers attention well. The characters are well created and played their parts well as each scene was so vividly described. I have to admit sometimes I was kinda lost in the story but then I picked it back up ok. But that’s just me not the author or the story.

I think younger readers will really enjoy this story that is geared toward this age. I highly encourage you to check out this book if you enjoy the Sci-Fi/Dystopian genre.

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:

Matty Roberts began their career in journalism where they earned an Emmy and had the privilege of working on several other award-winning projects. They hold an MS from Johns Hopkins University and are now an engineer in renewable energy in Denver, Colorado where they live with their wonderful partner, two extraordinary kids, and the best doggie ever. In addition to writing, engineering, and parenting, Matty is a vegan enby nerd who is in love with this world and will forever be doing all they can to make it a better place. And they may be known to occasionally play in a punk band here or there.

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


Tour Schedule:
 
Aug 2 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 2 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview
Aug 2 – Olio by Marilyn – book review / giveaway
Aug 3 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight / author interview
Aug 3 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 4 – JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder – book spotlight /guest post / giveaway
Aug 5 – 
Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 8 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Aug 8 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 9 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Aug 10 – See Sadie Read – book review / giveaway
Aug 10 – Books are a Blessing – book review / giveaway
Aug 11 –  Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 12 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 12 – Books for Books – book review
Aug 15 – HirlGrend, a Vegan Book Blog – book review / giveaway
Aug 16 – The Page Ladies – book review / giveaway
Aug 16 – Stephanie Jane – book review / giveaway
Aug 17 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 17 – 
411 ON BOOKS, AUTHORS, AND PUBLISHING NEWS – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 18 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Aug 19 –Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 22 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
 

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CHILD OF ETHERCLAW by Matty Roberts Book Tour Giveaway

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Home to Clare Harbor by Jacie Middlemann

Home to Clare Harbor

by Jacie Middlemann

GENRE: Clean Contemporary Women’s Fiction – Christian

BLURB:

They started out as strangers…but didn’t stay that way for long…

A devoted granddaughter willing to do whatever it takes to keep everyone safe.  Strangers who meet during the worst of conditions and become friends in the midst of chaos.  Unexpected romance under the most unlikely circumstances.  A puzzling mystery with its roots in historical events that took place centuries ago. And a storm that hides an ominous purpose that could change all their lives forever.

Sara knows before she walks into her grandparent’s home that her grandmother’s greatest fear will never be the storm or the threat it poses but instead the unknown that lays just beyond her front door. She knows too its cause and grieves that there is nothing she can do to change it.

Throughout the years of his career John has covered numerous battlefields including those that are a result of nature’s unyielding tempest.  He fears this might be the worst one yet.

Mel didn’t expect to spend more than a few days in the large house where they’d taken refuge.  She figured the storm would pass by and then they’d be off to their next assignment.  The last thing she expected was David Payne.

Despite the fact that Lance was the bane of her teenage years, Tish knows that without the help of her father’s assistant, that the trip to North Carolina likely would have been a lot more challenging than it was. She’d been unequivocally terrified but his presence gave her strength she didn’t realize she had.  She wasn’t certain how she felt about that…or him…or that he no longer irritated her the way he used to.

When Gary arrived at his family’s home in the mountains of North Carolina, he’s relieved that Sara and her grandparents along with their elderly friends are already there. But he is unable to take an easy breath until Tish finally arrives with Lance…and is not at all surprised at what he hears from Lance about their trip and the potential dangers they’d just barely been able to avoid.

He’s determined to do everything he can to keep their location safe…and unknown. Their knowledge, skills, and ingenuity are their greatest defense. For a time they would have to depend on themselves…it hadn’t take long to discover that the storm was never their greatest threat…but what is could change all their lives for the immediate future…or longer.

If you enjoy uplifting and heartfelt women’s fiction, young and older heroes and heroines filled with courage and compassion as they share joys and triumphs, and united they face and overcome tremendous challenges and tragedy.

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NOTE: The book is on sale for $0.99.

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EXCERPTS (Please choose only ONE to use with your post):

Excerpt One:

Sara looked into her grandmother’s eyes.  Because she knew what to look for, she saw past the forced cheeriness to the fear.  In that moment she knew that no amount of pushing was going to do anything other than make her dig in her heels.  

“Actually, I think I’m going to sit down here with you and your cohorts and play some bridge,” she said as she pulled out the only empty chair around the table.

“But…” Mel began then quieted when she saw the look she was getting from John.  She looked over towards the table again, saw the worry in all of the faces around the table except the woman who’d just sat down in their midst.

“I forget exactly how this one goes.  Someone explain the rules to me again,” Sara said cheerfully.  She hated card games and everyone around the table knew it including her grandparents.  

But she also knew that the fear her grandmother felt was overwhelming and very real for the woman who’d been all things to her.  There was only one possible way she knew of that could possibly push her into doing something that otherwise terrified her.

“Now, Sara, don’t you think you should be getting on,” her grandmother said softly.  “You know all the mountain roads and I’m certain many of them are still open.”

“I’m sure they are but I’d much rather sit this out with all of you.  I can’t remember the last time I played cards.  Deal me in.”  

Maisie let out a long sigh. “I just want to grab a few things before we go.”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Jacie Middlemann lives in Texas with her husband and a couple of cats who believe they rule…and sometimes they do. 

When she’s not watching classic sitcoms or working on a needlework project for one of her kids, she loves to read women’s fiction and sometimes a good mystery suspense.

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7793731.Jacie_Middlemann

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

Jacie Middlemann will be awarding a $50 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Prodigal Lives by Carol McClain

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About the Book

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Book: Prodigal Lives

Author: Carol McClain

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Release date: April 1, 2022

Life keeps piling problems on Meredith Jaynes. She loses her second foster child—one she was scheduled to adopt. Then Parker Snow refuses to marry her. With only her goats and artisan soap to support her, life will get no better.

If she is honest, though, she still has Crystal. Her funny, happy, loveable toddler makes the sun shine and reminds her of the never-failing love of God.

Pearl Solomon loves her life with her grandfather Guy, but every one of her triumphs is overshadowed by her sisters’ lives. With Mama Meredith, they live a life she envies. Because of her jealousy, she refuses to contact them.

Years later, life for both families twist down paths they do not wish to travel. Pearl knows she’s lost what was most precious in life but has no means of fixing things. Left to her own devices, she spirals out of control.

Meredith finds it harder to mask the despair infertility has brought to her life.

Both families believe they must reconcile themselves to their fates as reality shatters their dreams unless they dig deep for the promise of love.

Click here to get your copy!

And now an interesting interview with the author

  1. Has writing fiction always been in your blood?

I can’t say writing fiction has always been in my blood, but living other lives certainly has. I’m a dreamer, and I’ve always been one. Until I took writing seriously, this facet of my personality always embarrassed me. I’d lose myself in a daydream and not see the world around me. This could be dangerous while driving—but fortunately, I did stay in the real world during those hours!

Then, once I realized I could write a book, daydreams stopped, and plotting took over. Immersed in the story, I would become the character. For example, one time, my husband and I were in a Ben and Jerry’s ice cream parlor. I read the flavors on the menu, then I grabbed his arm and pointed. “Look, Coffee Coffee BuzzBuzzBuzz! That’s Cheryl’s favorite ice cream.” I then slapped my hand over my mouth. “Cheryl’s not real.” She is the protagonist of my debut novel The Perils of Cheryl. She solved all her problems with Ben & Jerry’s. Try it. It works.

With my second book, I fell in love with Africa because my protagonist loved it. Until that time, I hate the continent (no offense). Bugs, snakes, malaria, Eboli … I’m a germaphobe.

I’ve wanted goats forever. My husband did not. In order to get them, I created Meredith Jaynes, the protagonist of Book 1 of Treasured Lives series, Borrowed Lives, and a main character in Book 2, Prodigal Lives, of this series. Meredith owned Nubians (a breed I worked with when younger). I got my goats in my dreamland, and I was happy again.

My husband, seeing my delusions, eventually gave in. We have three pygmies now.

So, fiction’s always been in my blood. 



  1. Do you like music or silence when you write?

I’m an odd ball. Read one of my novels and you’ll see I don’t lie. While most writers seem to love background music, I love silence. Sounds distract me. I want to listen and not think. One thing I discovered about writing, I need to think! When I walk or hike or run or write, I want to immerse myself in those worlds. Give me the natural sounds God created and my spirit finds peace.

That’s not to say I don’t like music. I do all my stained-glass work to music—mostly jazz. I love all jazz, classical, and contemporary Christian music. However, if I need to think, the sounds of silence delight me.


3. Where do you get inspiration for your stories? Family? Friends? Yourself?

I’m sure you’ve seen the T-shirts that say, “Annoy me and I’ll kill you in one of my stories.” Seeing as I don’t write murder or suspense, I won’t kill you, but annoy, amuse, intrigue me, and fictionalize elements of your life will go into my tales.

In my current series, Book 1, Borrowed Lives, leaned heavily on tales from recovering addicts I mentored, along with the experiences of friends of mine.

My current book, Prodigal Lives, didn’t borrow as much. However, I’ve seen the “sins of the fathers” descend onto children too much. I’ve watched adopted children raised by moral, kind, and loving parents revert to their biological roots. These facets inspired the story.

Now, do NOT fear. My books can deal with intense subjects, but at heart, I’m a humorist. It would be a rare work that doesn’t make you laugh or feel wonderful (probably after I break your heart and make your cry—but you’ll forgive me because of my inimitable style.)



4. Which scene was most fun to write? Why?

I loved Meredith Jaynes’s wedding scene. She’s a low-keyed country girl who doesn’t like the limelight. She also has two foster girls she’s going to adopt and a bossy sister and mother. Her biological family wants her to create the quintessential wedding. Her daughters, ages six and three, want to help. The daughters win, and the scene is romantic and touching and funny.

Her mother and sister do manage to go overboard, but the backyard wedding was fun.



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

I’d want to hear the truth. I don’t need a five-star review if the work isn’t worth five stars. A one or two-star review would have me crying and gorging on chocolate while I binge watch reruns of Greys Anatomy (because Meredith Grey’s life stinks more than my one-star review). Any review should help the reader decide if the work is a good fit.

Honesty would teach me to be a better writer. I read the reviews and continue in my strengths as I work on my weaknesses as a writer.

And readers, any review helps the writer, even if it’s weak. However, read one of my tales … guaranteed five (or if you must, four) stars.

About the Author

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Carol McClain is the award-winning author of four novels dealing with real people facing real problems. She is a consummate encourager, and no matter what your faith might look like, you will find compassion, humor and wisdom in her complexly layered, but ultimately readable work.

Aside from writing, she’s a skilled stained-glass artist, a budding potter and photographer. She lives in East Tennessee with her husband and growing farm. Inspired by Meredith Jaynes, she owns two goats. One will kid soon.

You can connect with her at carolmcclain.com.

On goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14030286.Carol_McClain

On BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/carol-mcclain

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/author.Carol.McClain

More from Carol

Have you ever thought you’ve seen yourself in a novel?

If you know an author, you probably have.

For years I worked with recovering addicts and those helping them in organizations like Celebrate Recovery, a Christian-styled support group like AA. If I read the events of these people’s lives in a novel, I would say, “Too fake to believe.”

Their lives are tragic, funny, heartbreaking, heartwarming.

Many of their stories made it into my latest novel Prodigal Lives (modified, disguised, and novelized).

I not only incorporate others into my work, but I live through my characters’ lives (Please don’t suggest a sky diving protagonist).

In Prodigal Lives one of my main characters owns goats. For years, I begged my husband too let me have a goat or two. He promised. Then, he wimped out, so I created Meredith Jaynes a successful artisan specializing in goat soap and raising Nubians.

Prodigal Lives is a sequel but can stand alone (reading both books amplifies your enjoyment, of course). This book follows the loss Pearl and Meredith feel as Pearl is adopted by her grandfather. Pearl becomes jealous of her sisters who stay with Mama Meredith, and they lose touch. Although they hear nothing from each other, neither is forgotten.

I believe in redemption. All my work illustrates that no matter how far you fall, a loving Father is going to make a way to redeem you. He’s done it for me, and I was an impossibly problematic child of the King.

I hope you enjoy Prodigal Lives. Sign up for my newsletter and blog and never miss a new release, my Biblical thoughts or an appearance I’m making. Believe me, I wouldn’t live, my blog and newsletter are fascinating.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, August 6

Splashes of Joy, August 7 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 7

Texas Book-aholic, August 8

Inklings and notions, August 9

For Him and My Family, August 10

Artistic Nobody, August 11 (Author Interview)

deb’s Book Review, August 11

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 12

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, August 13

A Reader’s Brain, August 14

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, August 15

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 16

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 17

Spoken from the Heart, August 18

Pause for Tales, August 19

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Carol is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

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

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The Heart of the Mountains by Pepper Basham

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About the Book

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Book: The Heart of the Mountains

Author: Pepper Basham

Genre: Christian Fiction / Romance

Release date: July 1, 2022

Can their hearts overcome the darkness of the mountains?

To escape a forced marriage, Cora Taylor travels from England to the Blue Ridge Mountains in search of her brother, who is working as a teacher in a mission school. She hopes to find a place where her nursing skills and independent ideas will be accepted and appreciated, but nothing prepares her for the wild mixture of isolation, community, brokenness, and hope within these mountains…or in the person of Jeb McAdams.

Returning from the devastation of World War 1 emotionally damaged, Jeb McAdams struggles against the rampant mountain alcoholism to soothe his nightmares. It’s easy to hide within the mountains, or it was, before Cora Taylor arrived. Now, she seems to show up at every turn, bringing her modern ideas, curiosity, and beautiful eyes with her.

Bound by their shared war history, the pair develop an unlikely friendship, which unexpectedly hints to something more. But when Cora’s desire to help the women of the mountains crosses an unspoken line, will Jeb be able to protect this feisty flatlander from the wrath of the mountain men or will he end up losing much more than his heart?

Click here to get your copy!

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I was so excites to have the honor to read another Pepper Basham book, and this one did not disappoint. This book takes readers back close to where Basham grew up when Cora Taylor travels from England to these Mountains to find her brother, after her father planned her marriage to a man she certainly would never marry. She soon meets Jeb McAdams, a man that has a past of not so good baggage, but the two have an interesting relationship.  

I love, love, love this story. Pepper Basham has a way of writing that draws you into her stories and you just can’t leave. I love that she writes her home town in the Blue Ridge Mountains, as well as her family as inspirations for her stories. I have a soft spot in my heart for the Blue Ridge Mountains and along the Blue Ridge Parkway because it is close to where I live, and we have made many, many trips down the Parkway, stopping along the way, getting to know the people. This makes this book so much fun. I really appreciate the cast of characters and the way they grow and develop along the way. I felt I was right there in the story with them, and I Love’s that! Basham deals with some tough issues in Jeb and Cora’s story, and she handles these issues like the professional she is. Readers are sure to see the love, forgiveness and redemption through Jesus in this story, but never fear, it is written in such a subtle way its fits well as part of the story. I Always love they way Basham weaves the faith and the Christian life into the lives of her characters.

If you love a good historical fiction that is post WWI, you will love this one I am more that happy to give The Heart of the Mountains by Pepper Basham 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.

About the Author

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Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor with southern Appalachian flair. Both her historical and contemporary novels have garnered recognition in the Grace Awards, Inspys, and ACFW Carol Awards. Her historical romance, The Thorn Healer, was a finalist in the 2018 RT Awards. Her historical romance novels, My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge and The Red Ribbon, and her contemporary novels, the Mitchell’s Crossroads and Pleasant Gap series, showcase her Appalachian heritage, as well as her love for humor and family. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of five great kids, a speech-language pathologist to about fifty more, and a lover of chocolate, jazz, hats, and Jesus.

You can learn more about Pepper at her website http://www.pepperdbasham.com or connect with her on FB, IG, or Twitter.

More from Pepper

It’s so interesting how one idea can influence an entire series, or…how one person’s story can.

The idea for The Heart of the Mountains started in Laurel’s Dream with a hint of a family history story about a girl named Kizzie. (Someday, I hope to bring Kizzie’s story to the pages of a book). From there, the idea began to grow out of a love for my Appalachian culture into a series of books which highlighted (and fictionalized) stories from my family history.

The main story in The Heart of the Mountains is about Jeb and Cora, two different people with similar servant hearts, but the secondary story that touched me so much was the one based on my great grandfather’s life. I write about it in the Author’s Note at the end of the novel, so I won’t go into detail about it. However, what I loved getting to do is bring the truth of God’s redemption in my great grandfather’s life…to life again.

I never knew “Papa Rat”. I only knew the stories handed down to me by my granny and my mama, but in writing this story, I feel as though I had a tiny opportunity to “meet” him in these pages. He was a gruff mountain man with a broken past which led him to make a whole lot of broken choices, but his story is incredibly encouraging, because it points to the God of broken people. My great grandpa wasn’t left in his brokenness, but, after years of running away from God, he would later recount that God pursued him. The beauty of Sam McAdams’ journey in The Heart of the Mountains is only a little glimpse into what I imagine my great grandpa’s redemption story looked like.

Because my great grandpa was forever changed when Jesus saved him (as any of us should be).

I think that’s what my granny and her siblings (and even “Papa Rat” himself) would want most -that his story would point to Jesus. I hope that’s what you see when you read about Sam McAdams in The Heart of the Mountains.

 

Have you ever read a book based on family history? One of my favorites is Catherine Marshall’s Christy.

Blog Stops

Bizwings Blog, July 28

Rachael’s Inkwell, July 28

Bigreadersite, July 28

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, July 29

Texas Book-aholic, July 29

Inklings and notions, July 30

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, July 30

Boondock Ramblings, July 30

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 31

Reading With Emily, July 31

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, July 31 (Author Interview)

lakesidelivingsite, August 1

Where Crisis & Christ Collide, August 1

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, August 1

Daysong Reflections, August 2

deb’s Book Review, August 2

Live. Love. Read., August 2

Betti Mace, August 3

Book Looks by Lisa, August 3

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 3

Remembrancy, August 4

For Him and My Family, August 4

Blossoms and Blessings, August 4

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, August 5

By the Book, August 5

Wishful Endings, August 5

For the Love of Literature, August 6

Books, Books and More Books, August 6

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, August 6

Connie’s History Classroom, August 7

SodbusterLiving, August 7

Splashes of Joy, August 7

Where Faith and Books Meet, August 8

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 8

Back Porch Reads, August 9

Through the Fire Blogs, August 9

Pause for Tales, August 9

Labor Not in Vain, August 10

Miriam Jacob, August 10

To Everything There Is A Season, August 10

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Pepper is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon e- gift card and a paperback 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.

https://promosimple.com/ps/20389/the-heart-of-the-mountains-celebration-tour-giveaway

The Movie LIFEMARK from Kirk Cameron and the Kendrick Brothers

Hi folks, I am SO VERY EXCITED to let you know about a wonderful new movie coming out in theaters on September 9th.

From executive producers Kirk Cameron and the Kendrick Brothers—creators of War Room and Fireproof comes LIFEMARK, inspired by an incredible true story that celebrates the gift of life.

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

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Coming to Theater’s near you

Giveaway and Tour Stranded on Castaway Island by Amy Laundrie

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GENRE:   middle grade-young adult

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BLURB:

On a remote island with only a herd of wild horses for company, two ex-best friends struggle to survive but soon realize they’re not alone.

After a sudden storm turned what should have been a quick boat ride into a nightmare, Annie is shipwrecked on a remote island near Nova Scotia with her ex-best friend Mirra. Learning to survive together would have been easier if they could get along–not possible after the hurtful words neither can forget. Annie and Mirra’s only company is a herd of wild horses–or that’s what the 14-year-old girls think at first. But when they discover still warm embers from a campfire and man-sized footprints, they know they’re not alone. 

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Excerpt One:

I clung onto the dash and hit 9 1 before a gigantic tower of greenish-gray water blasted over us. It soaked the phone. I caught my breath and tried punching the final 1. Please, oh, please. But nothing. A wall of water crashed onto the boat, soaking it more. Icy water sloshed around our ankles. The bow tilted to sea level again. “Hang on—” When I grabbed for the side-rail, the phone dropped to my feet. There was no chance of grabbing it—I was holding on for dear life as wave after wave washed onto the deck. The boat’s motor died. The storm was sweeping us out of the bay and into the open sea.

“Call the Coast Guard!” I screamed, remembering the radio.

Mirra pressed a button and shouted, “Coast Guard! Coast Guard!”

Nothing except static. 

“Mayday! Mayday!” Mirra shrieked.

The bow tilted up, and the cooler slid, hitting the stern and sounding like a gunshot. Clutching onto the handrail, I held my breath. A saltwater wall, taller than any before, swept over us. Coughing and sputtering, I looked for Mirra. She was gripping the wheel. A scream stuck in my throat as the boat plunged. 

When the wave sliced over us, it washed my legs out from under me. I closed my eyes as the freezing cold ocean ripped away my hat and gushed down on me. 

The boat pitched sideways. I lost my grip and tumbled into the raging water.

The shark’s jaws appeared, but I only looked at its eye.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Amy writes about nature and animals and spends way too much time imagining what it would be like to survive on a remote island. STRANDED ON CASTAWAY ISLAND, for middle grade and young adults, is her 11th books. She also has picture books, middle-grade chapter books, and an adult memoir. She’s a columnist and her memoir, LAUGH, CRY, REFLECT:  STORIES FROM A JOYFUL HEART is a compilation of her favorite pieces. 

Website: https://laundrie.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AmyLaundrieAuthor

Amazon Author Page: https://tinyurl.com/LaundrieAuthorPage

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AmyLaundrie

Blog: http://laundrie.com/articles

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amylaundrie/?hl=en

Goodreads: https://tinyurl.com/Goodreads-Laundrie

YouTube: https://tinyurl.com/yd3ubwr7

LinkedIn: https://tinyurl.com/yxchfsu3

Book Marketing Global Network:  https://bit.ly/344SRW2

Buy links:

The book will be on sale for only $0.99.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3KBonz6

Banres &Knoble: https://bit.ly/3xLfVtw

Goodreads: https://bit.ly/399NLhP

Bookbub: https://bit.ly/3vp4Rko

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE:

Amy Laundrie will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

click on link below for Giveaway

<a href=”http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f4261“>Enter to win a $25 Amazon/BN GC – a Rafflecopter giveaway</a>

GIVEAWAY and Tour STRANDED ON CASTAWAY ISLAND by Amy C. LAUNDRIE

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GENRE:   middle grade-young adult

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BLURB:

On a remote island with only a herd of wild horses for company, two ex-best friends struggle to survive but soon realize they’re not alone.

After a sudden storm turned what should have been a quick boat ride into a nightmare, Annie is shipwrecked on a remote island near Nova Scotia with her ex-best friend Mirra. Learning to survive together would have been easier if they could get along–not possible after the hurtful words neither can forget. Annie and Mirra’s only company is a herd of wild horses–or that’s what the 14-year-old girls think at first. But when they discover still warm embers from a campfire and man-sized footprints, they know they’re not alone. 

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AN EXCERPT

I used the toilet and flushed for the first time since June 6th. I caught sight of myself in the mirror. Oh my God! Straggly hair and leathery, blotchy skin. Shaken, I shed my clothes and stepped into the shower. I uncapped the coconut shampoo and massaged my scalp. I held a dollop of soap to my nose and practically purred. “Mmmm.” I soaped my arms, legs, and body. I let the warm water soothe my tired muscles and dry skin. After I toweled off, I caught sight of myself in the mirror a second time.

I combed out my hair, then opened a bottle of lotion. I poured some on my hands and gently rubbed a generous amount onto my leathery arms. These were the arms that had helped carry Mirra onto the island. I rubbed lotion into my legs. Without these strong legs, I could never have found us water or gathered firewood. Finally, I rubbed Vaseline onto my lips, and lotion onto my face, forehead, and my feet. Spearing fish, capturing and cooking a duck, and roasting seal meat would have been impossible without this body. I looked in the mirror again. This time, I didn’t see scars or peeling skin. I only saw a strong, beautiful body. A body that had survived.

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More From Author Amy C. Laundrie

In STRANDED ON CASTAWAY ISLAND, two ex-best friends wash up on an uninhabited, remote island and are forced to rely on each other for survival. Learning to survive together would have been easier if they could get along–not possible after the hurtful words neither can forget. Annie and Mirra’s only company is a herd of wild horses–or that’s what the 14-year-old girls think at first. But when they discover still warm embers from a campfire and man-sized footprints, they know they’re not alone. Someone is watching them.

Midwest Book Review has this to say: “A skillfully crafted novel by an author with a genuine flair for originality and the kind of narrative driven storytelling that holds the reader’s engaged attention from beginning to end, “Stranded On Castaway Island” by Amy Laundrie is an extraordinarily entertaining read, and one that is especially appropriate and recommended for middle school, high school, and community library contemporary YA Fiction collections.”

Excerpt One:

I clung onto the dash and hit 9 1 before a gigantic tower of greenish-gray water blasted over us. It soaked the phone. I caught my breath and tried punching the final 1. Please, oh, please. But nothing. A wall of water crashed onto the boat, soaking it more. Icy water sloshed around our ankles. The bow tilted to sea level again. “Hang on—” When I grabbed for the side-rail, the phone dropped to my feet. There was no chance of grabbing it—I was holding on for dear life as wave after wave washed onto the deck. The boat’s motor died. The storm was sweeping us out of the bay and into the open sea.

“Call the Coast Guard!” I screamed, remembering the radio.

Mirra pressed a button and shouted, “Coast Guard! Coast Guard!”

Nothing except static. 

“Mayday! Mayday!” Mirra shrieked.

The bow tilted up, and the cooler slid, hitting the stern and sounding like a gunshot. Clutching onto the handrail, I held my breath. A saltwater wall, taller than any before, swept over us. Coughing and sputtering, I looked for Mirra. She was gripping the wheel. A scream stuck in my throat as the boat plunged. 

When the wave sliced over us, it washed my legs out from under me. I closed my eyes as the freezing cold ocean ripped away my hat and gushed down on me. 

The boat pitched sideways. I lost my grip and tumbled into the raging water.

The shark’s jaws appeared, but I only looked at its eye.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Amy writes about nature and animals and spends way too much time imagining what it would be like to survive on a remote island. STRANDED ON CASTAWAY ISLAND, for middle grade and young adults, is her 11th books. She also has picture books, middle-grade chapter books, and an adult memoir. She’s a columnist and her memoir, LAUGH, CRY, REFLECT:  STORIES FROM A JOYFUL HEART is a compilation of her favorite pieces. 

Website: https://laundrie.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AmyLaundrieAuthor

Amazon Author Page: https://tinyurl.com/LaundrieAuthorPage

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AmyLaundrie

Blog: http://laundrie.com/articles

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amylaundrie/?hl=en

Goodreads: https://tinyurl.com/Goodreads-Laundrie

YouTube: https://tinyurl.com/yd3ubwr7

LinkedIn: https://tinyurl.com/yxchfsu3

Book Marketing Global Network:  https://bit.ly/344SRW2

Buy links:

The book will be on sale for only $0.99.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3KBonz6

Banres &Knoble: https://bit.ly/3xLfVtw

Goodreads: https://bit.ly/399NLhP

Bookbub: https://bit.ly/3vp4Rko

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE:

Amy Laundrie will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

click on link below for Giveawayj

<a href=”http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f4261“>Enter to win a $25 Amazon/BN GC – a Rafflecopter giveaway</a>

Giveaway and Tour for Rebuilding Hearts by Carolyn Miller

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About the Book

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Book: Rebuilding Hearts

Author: Carolyn Miller

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release date: June 28, 2022

My Rating Five Stars⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Who knew a bank robbery could show a girl that good guys still exist?

Tim Franklin. Quiet, shy, almost incapable of speaking to a girl, and a budding horticulturist. Oh, and he survived a bank robbery five years ago, not to mention its resulting trauma.

Bookworm Bella Dwyer just wants to feel safe, and Tim’s actions during the robbery made her believe there might be guys who live up to her fictional heroes. Trouble is, a chance with Tim seems as remote as this year’s celebrity heartthrob.

Instead, she settled for a relationship with a guy who’s commitment-phobic.

So when Bella encounters Tim on tiny Sparrow Island, the challenges of her past and present collide, and she questions whether there really is a future with a man who can’t commit.

In a leap of faith, Bella dumps her boyfriend, even before shy-guy Tim can make a move. But in wanting to live by faith and conquer fear, has she made the right choice, or are her hopes for freedom and a future destined to fail?

Read the next Sparrow Island novel in 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.

Click here to get your copy!


MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

What happens when a Gardner and a Libraryan meet up? Well this book us eager to tell you all about it. Rebuilding Hearts by Carolyn Miller is a story about Sparrow Island that continues the groups of stories about the Independence Islands series. In this series we have found many authors, a number of islands and a host of awesome books. This book shows us the live of Tim and Bella. Tim lives on the island and imagine the surprise when he and Bella meet, since they were old friends from the past. I so much enjoyed the story of these two, especially with Tim being so shy. The story was a lot of fun as the two get together and finally get to know each other better.

As always I love the beach so I love the island setting and all of the beach fun was a bit entertaining. And I can’t forget the characters, I love watching each of them as  grow. And this book is special because it has a special character, Bella is an avid book lover. YES!!! How fun is it to read about someone who loves books as much as you do? And as always with a Carolyn Miller book, I love how she weaves the Christian life into her characters. And she does it in a subtle way. I love Carolyn Miller books and I this is no different. Why not check this one out. You will be happy you did. I am giving Rebuilding Hearts 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 25

About the Author

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Carolyn Miller lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. Together with her husband she has pastored a church for ten years, and worked as a public high school English and Learning and Support teacher. She loves reading, music, films, gardens, art, travel and international food, and really enjoy creating worlds where flawed people can grow in faith, hope and love.
A longtime lover of romance, especially that of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer’s Regency era, Carolyn holds a BA in English Literature, and loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives.

Her novels include The Elusive Miss Ellison, The Captivating Lady Charlotte, The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey, Winning Miss Winthrop, Miss Serena’s Secret, The Making of Mrs. Hale, A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh, and Underestimating Miss Cecilia, all available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, Koorong, etc

More from Carolyn

Who doesn’t love to read a book about a bookworm?

Many avid readers I know love the idea of working in a library – so imagine working in a library on a tiny island! And then to encounter a handsome borrower of books with arms of Thor, well, it’d be like a fictional hero come to life. Except maybe this hero isn’t so fictional…

For Rebuilding Hearts, my next book in the Independence Islands series, I loved turning the spotlight onto Tim Franklin, Greener Gardens’ strong, silent employee with secret dreams, and exploring what happens when two opposites attract over a shared love of books and movies.

Rebuilding Hearts explores some bigger questions concerning family, identity and whether God’s plans can be considered good when things go wrong. I love writing fiction that’s
grounded in truth, with realistic, flawed characters who are on God journeys to find faith, freedom, and love.

I’m so thankful people are enjoying my contemporary books, where I can share my love of gardens (& my horticulturalist hubby’s expertise!) to a new audience. Please check out my website www.carolynmillerauthor.com to see what’s growing in my garden here in my corner of Australia.

If you enjoy stories of hope, heart and humor, then you’ll be sure to enjoy this novel about a librarian and a Hemsworthy hero as together they find restoration for their hearts.

Happy reading!

Carolyn

Blog Stops

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, July 23

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, July 24

Britt Reads Fiction, July 24

Locks, Hooks and Books, July 25

She Lives To Read, July 26

Library Lady’s Kid lit, July 26

Inklings and notions, July 27

Texas Book-aholic, July 28

By the Book, July 28

For Him and My Family, July 29

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, July 30

Blogging With Carol, July 30

deb’s Book Review, July 31

Blossoms and Blessings, August 1

Lis Loves Reading, August 1

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 2

Aryn the Libraryan, August 3

Splashes of Joy, August 4

Sylvan Musings, August 4

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 5

Miriam Jacob, August 5

Giveaway

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Carolyn 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.

https://promosimple.com/ps/1f7fa/rebuilding-hearts-celebration-tour-giveaway

Overtaken By Grace by Debbie Milam

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About the Book

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Book: Overtaken By Grace

Author: Debbie Milam

Genre: Christian Living, Inspirational

Release date: May 15, 2017

Are you weary, wounded, or worried? Does grief weigh heavy? Do burdens feel too great to bear? Then you are perfectly positioned for a miraculous move of God. Overtaken by Grace is a transparent read, grounded in scripture and alive with hope. It depicts how God epically shows up and shows off and gives you the tools to experience His hope, healing, and miracles. Join Author Debbie Milam as she guides you on an adventure, diving deep into the bible to see what it says about:

  • God’s Presence in Our Lives
  • God’s Love in Our Relationships
  • God’s Peace in Our Emotions
  • God’s Power in His Word
  • God’s Joy in Our Gratitude
  • God’s Hand in the Miraculous

Haven’t you struggled long enough. God is waiting with open arms for you to let go and be overtaken by His grace. He is inviting you on the undertaking of a lifetime.

Click here to get your copy!

AND NOW THIS GREAT INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR

What do you hope readers will take away from this story?


That God loves them so deeply and profoundly.  I want to encourage them to see their life and their circumstances through a lens of grace. To help them to experience God’s power by showing them expanded possibilities with reflective questions like: 


What if that challenge—the one we cannot make go away, the one that overwhelms us—is a precious treasure, a gateway to God, to know His mercy, love, and grace? What if we begin to believe that His strength is made perfect in what we cannot do alone, and that we can, as Philippians 4:13 says, do all things through Christ who gives us strength? 


What if in the valley we truly believe in our victory? What if all is well—not because circumstances change but because of His love and goodness? Then will we fall into His grace, knowing that if we are experiencing a challenge, God invites us on the undertaking of a lifetime.


God’s invitation is for a deeper, more love-infused walk than we can imagine. In whatever trials we find ourselves, God is right beside us, His Holy Spirit alive within us. He knows how much we hurt and how confusing our circumstances often are. He sees our tears and knows our fears. Then His Word whispers, “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you” (Isaiah 41:10, NLT).


Life is an adventure filled with various seasons and multiple peaks and valleys. Our family has rejoiced in the harvest of profound joy, love, healing, and blessing; weathered the uncertainty of trauma and physical and emotional illness; deeply grieved the losses of more loved ones than I can count; and stood in awe at the continuous resurrection power of Christ in our lives. Life is a beautiful, messy, blessed, and sometimes broken glory road paved with love, tears, and faith. 


Besides the book that is laden with hope and grounded in scripture I’ve also included a Bible study that can either be done as personal reflection or in small groups. 


What is something memorable you have heard from your readers/fans?  


I’m always grateful and humbled when I hear from readers/fans.  Perhaps the one that stood out the most was a reader from Nashville. Her husband was dying and was on hospice care. Several hours before he died she opened my book, Miracles in the Middle, to the page where I talk about how peaceful, exquisite and drenched in God’s glory was the moment I shared with my mother-in-love as she entered eternity. She shared as she read the words her terror transformed into peace.  She was able to sit at his bedside holding his hand loving on him while he drew his last breath. Praise God that the experiences I write about can touch another precious human.  


 If I review one of your books, what do you want to read from me?


 I love this question and I would love you to share in your review that Overtaken by Grace was such a hope giver.  Through Debbie Milam’s essays on faith, forgiveness, love and miracles I was so inspired to spend more time in God‘s word and more time being still in His presence. This book not only is filled with magnificent stories but also practical ways to get closer to God.  I highly recommend this book. 


Give us 6 things your readers may not know about you?


  1. I write my books not as an expert, even though I have professional training as a therapist and resilience coach. I write as a fellow traveler who is wildly in love with the Lord, radically blessed and ridiculously challenged. The physical struggles of living with severe immune deficiency/autoimmune issues and grieving the loss of so many loved ones showed me the relentless love of God. I share openly, honestly and compassionately about the joys and sorrows of loving God and loving people.  
  2. I’ve experienced so many miracles, signs and wonders that I love to share with others.  The evidence of how real the Lord is astonishes and humbles me.  I share them in every book. 
  3. I have 83 adorable immediate family members. 
  4. I am a Christian with Jewish roots. I cherish the beauty of both faiths. 
  5. The challenges I face became my purpose.  Only God can take our deepest struggles and bring exquisite blessings out of them for me and then others.  I praise Him. The challenges became a gateway to experience so many blessings.
  6. My children’s book I Love Being Me was miraculously picked up by a publisher in Turkey and translated into Turkish.  This happened right after I told the Lord that I didn’t know how to get the book out into the world and if He wanted to take it out I trusted him. The next morning I got the email from the  publisher in Turkey asking to buy the foreign rights… How good is God?

 Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?


It is my deepest prayer that you feel God’s love as you have never felt it before. I have seen so many prayers answered. Others I am still waiting on the Lord to answer in His time, in His way. Yet as I wait, I have the greatest gift of all—an intimate connection with the God of grace amazing, love consuming, and joy abounding. 


He is there for you too—in the middle of the night, at the break of dawn, in the depth of challenge, and in the joy of blessing. He is alive and waiting for you with open arms. The only way to know Him is to be in His Word and in His presence. Regardless of your circumstances, He is the answer.


In your weakness God is strength. 

In your sadness God is comfort. 

In your illness God is healer.

In your lack God is provider.

In your confusion God is all-knowing.

In your not enough God is more than enough. 

In your bondage God is freedom.

In your burden God is burden bearer.

In your worry God is peace.

In your failure God is victory.


As you let go of the magnitude of your problems and fall into the majesty of His mercy, you will begin to see a multidimensional, all-knowing, all-powerful God. The creator God who breathed and the stars came to be (Psalm 33:6) is the same God who knows you so intimately that He knows the number of hairs on your head (Luke 12:7). Cry out to Him, get in a Bible-based church, dive into His Word, and God will amaze your human experience.


You may not understand what you are going through, but it is no surprise to God. Place it all in His hands of grace. Ask Him to guide you. You’ll get through it. I am praying for you and believing for His miracles in your life. God is here. You are loved.

About the Author

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Debbie Milam is an award-winning occupational therapist, author and past syndicated columnist for United Press International’s Religion and Spirituality Division.

She is the author of Miracles in the Middle, Overtaken by Grace, And God Said and Lord Show Me You Are Here.

Debbie’s ground-breaking work has been featured in First for Women, the Miami Herald, Elle, and Ladies Home Journal, and on the Hallmark Channel, PBS, and WebMD.

Through her 501(c)3 Grace Love Well Foundation, her mission is to inspire people to the beauty, love, power, and presence of God. As an organization we have donated thousands of books to churches, missions work, prisons, pastoral counselors and prayer teams.

For more resources to deepen your intimacy with God and find peace in His presence, visit us online at gracelovewell.org or YouTube/Debbie Milam

More from Debbie

Through the profound joy and sorrow life brings and by His grace I have seen signs and wonders, experienced miraculous healings and came to know how alive the Lord is. Our gracious God supernaturally healed me from a 10 year life altering brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder, comforted me from the deep grief after the loss of more loved ones than I can count, and blessed me in more ways than I can imagine.  The same God who did this for me is right there for you too.  The full story of these miracles is detailed in my book Overtaken by Grace. I would love to share the hope of Christ with your readers.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, July 22

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 23

Texas Book-aholic, July 24

Inklings and notions, July 25

For Him and My Family, July 26

deb’s Book Review, July 27

Locks, Hooks and Books, July 28

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, July 29

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, July 30

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, July 31

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 1

Beauty in the Binding, August 2 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, August 2

Cats in the Cradle Blog, August 3

Splashes of Joy, August 4 (Author Interview)

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, August 4

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To celebrate her tour, Debbie is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

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

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A Paraphrase of Paradise Lost for Youngsters: The Tragedy of Lucifer

A Paraphrase of Paradise Lost for Youngsters: The Tragedy of Lucifer

by Joseph Stemberga & Thomas Lane

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GENRE:   Children’s

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BLURB:

This retelling of books V and VI of the epic poem Paradise Lost, written by John Milton, follows the story of Satan’s rebellion and fall from grace. The Father announces his heir, Satan rebels, Abdiel tries to reason with the fallen angels, followed by a war scarring Heaven’s landscape. Brother against brother, the rebellious few against their Father, a family torn apart by war, concluded by the victor, the Father’s chosen Son, casting the disobedient out of paradise.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

A Paraphrase of Paradise Lost for Youngsters: The Tragedy of Lucifer by Joseph Stemberga & Thomas Lane is as well. Along with the content being for young ages, the pictures were so beautiful. The details by the illustrator are so phenomenal that I had to just sit and look and try to discover what was there. This is a perfect book for middle age children. These opinions are all mine and no infuence from anyone.

Excerpt One:

At this time, the world was not yet created. In an empty void, wild chaos reigned. But the heavens were filled with life, and the Almighty summoned all the angels before his throne. “Hear, all you angels! Hear my decree: on this day I have begotten my only Son, who now sits at my right hand. He will be your head, and every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess he is Lord. Whoever disobeys pSon disobeys me and will be cast out into utter darkness without redemption and without end.” 

All seemed pleased at the Father’s words, but it only seemed so. Satan – as he is now called, for his former name, Lucifer, is no longer heard in Heaven – was among the angels. He was the first of the archangels, great in power and favour but filled with envy against the Son of God. When all of the heavenly angels danced around the sacred hill, Satan did not. At first, he thought he was the problem. Then, deep hatred consumed his thoughts. Filled with pride, he thought maybe the problem was not him, but God. Out of jealousy for the Son, he decided that he and his legions should not worship or obey God. 

That night, Satan spoke to his second-in-command, Beelzebub, and said, “How can you sleep after what just happened? New laws are being imposed on us; now, we must not only bow to our Father, but to his new Son. We must discuss this further, but it is not safe here. Assemble all the angels you can and bring them to my royal seat!”

So, Beelzebub spread the news across the heavens, and one-third of all the angels began to assemble around the hill where Satan had his princely throne.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

From a large Croatian family, Joseph Stemberga grew up with three sisters, a father, and a mother.

He studied theology at Concordia University, earning both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree, as

well as a bachelor’s degree in history and religions.

Inspired by a transcription of Dante’s Divine Comedy for a younger target audience, he

contemplated and discovered that no such equivalent existed for another epic poem, Paradise Lost.

Thus, the work began . . .

Thomas Lane was inspired to work on the project in the same way the Irish monks copied and

recopied older manuscripts to keep them from disappearing during the Dark Ages. Just as these

monks never signed a single manuscript with their names, Lane prefers to use a pen name to honour

their legacy and bring a classic work to life for its own sake.

Kamila Oleszczuk has been drawing since the age of three, but contrary to most children, she never

stopped. Her passion for art and animation fuelled her desire to create. Beyond the years of drawing

throughout her childhood, she went on to learn more about different art mediums and forms by

studying film animation at Concordia University. Kamila has been focusing mainly on children’s

illustrations ever since.

CONNECT WITH Joseph Stemberga, Thomas Lane &amp; Kamila Oleszczuk

WEBSITE – STEMBERGA, LANE, &amp; OLESZCZUK (paradiselostkids.com)

FACEBOOK – Authors Joseph Stemberga &amp; Thomas Lane and Kamila Oleszczuk, Illustrator | Facebook :

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GOODREADS – Thomas Lane ( of A Paraphrase of Paradise Lost for Youngsters) | Goodreads, Joseph

Stemberga (Author of A Paraphrase of Paradise Lost for Youngsters) | Goodreads –

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PURCHASE LINKS A PARAPHRASE OF PARADISE LOST FOR YOUNGSTERS

AMAZON.COM – https://amazon.com/dp/022884472X

AMAZON.CA – https://amazon.ca/dp/022884472X

BARNES &amp; NOBLE – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-paraphrase-of-paradise-lost-for-youngsters-

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GIVEAWAY

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

From a large Croatian family, Joseph Stemberga grew up with three sisters, a father, and a mother.

He studied theology at Concordia University, earning both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree, as

well as a bachelor’s degree in history and religions.

Inspired by a transcription of Dante’s Divine Comedy for a younger target audience, he

contemplated and discovered that no such equivalent existed for another epic poem, Paradise Lost.

Thus, the work began . . .

Thomas Lane was inspired to work on the project in the same way the Irish monks copied and

recopied older manuscripts to keep them from disappearing during the Dark Ages. Just as these

monks never signed a single manuscript with their names, Lane prefers to use a pen name to honour

their legacy and bring a classic work to life for its own sake.

Kamila Oleszczuk has been drawing since the age of three, but contrary to most children, she never

stopped. Her passion for art and animation fuelled her desire to create. Beyond the years of drawing

throughout her childhood, she went on to learn more about different art mediums and forms by

studying film animation at Concordia University. Kamila has been focusing mainly on children’s

illustrations ever since.

CONNECT WITH Joseph Stemberga, Thomas Lane &amp; Kamila Oleszczuk

WEBSITE – STEMBERGA, LANE, &amp; OLESZCZUK (paradiselostkids.com)

FACEBOOK – Authors Joseph Stemberga &amp; Thomas Lane and Kamila Oleszczuk, Illustrator | Facebook :

https://www.facebook.com/Authors-Joseph-Stemberga-Thomas-Lane-and-Kamila-Oleszczuk-

Illustrator-109747834847442/

INSTAGRAM – J.Stemberga T.Lane K.Oleszczuk (@paradiselostkids) • Instagram photos and videos – c

TWITTER – Joseph Stemberga &amp; Thomas Lane, Kamila Oleszczuk (@paradiselostkid) / Twitter –

GOODREADS – Thomas Lane ( of A Paraphrase of Paradise Lost for Youngsters) | Goodreads, Joseph

Stemberga (Author of A Paraphrase of Paradise Lost for Youngsters) | Goodreads –

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/22110785.Thomas_Lane

PURCHASE LINKS A PARAPHRASE OF PARADISE LOST FOR YOUNGSTERS

AMAZON.COM – https://amazon.com/dp/022884472X

AMAZON.CA – https://amazon.ca/dp/022884472X

BARNES &amp; NOBLE – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-paraphrase-of-paradise-lost-for-youngsters-

joseph-stemberga/1140540928

BOOK DEPOSITORY – https://www.bookdepository.com/Paraphrase-of-Paradise-Lost-for-Youngsters-

Joseph-Stemberga-Thomas-Lane-Kamila-Oleszczuk/9780228844723

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE:

Joseph Stemberga and Thomas Lane will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

and RAFFLECOPTER CODE:

Joseph Stemberga and Thomas Lane will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Into the Fog Epic Book Launch

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About the Book

Book: Into the Fog

Author: Karen Randau

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release date: September 6, 2022

Love and danger spar in this thrilling romantic suspense

Hands push Marie Jessica (“MJ”) Goodrich from a rural roadway into an icy creek. The clock is ticking for her pleading friend on the other side of the ravine.

Running from flashbacks of a life-altering attack in Afghanistan, MJ takes refuge with her mother, managing Peach Blossom Orchard. But peace is illusive in a rural Oklahoma town full of secrets.

After losing his wife and children in a fatal car crash, Josh Rivers doubts he deserves a second chance at love. He can’t believe his bad luck when MJ, the woman who plagues the nightmares of his military service in Afghanistan, shows up in his hometown. She claims a driver ran down and abducted her friend Kelsey. Frustrated with the county sheriff’s investigation, MJ and Josh partner to follow clues that lead to a kidnapper who demands a bizarre ransom.

With danger increasing for everyone MJ loves, will the clock run out before they solve the mystery? Find out how MJ and Josh—swirling in a whirlwind of mystery and suspense—lean on their mutual faith to find answers, courage, forgiveness, healing … and wholesome romance.

If you like to read Christy Barritt and Colleen Coble, you’ll love Into the Fog, a keep-you-up-at-night clean romantic suspense novel that launches the Peach Blossom Orchard series.

BOOK EXCERPT

Into the Fog Excerpt 6

“Hmm.” Kelsey squinted ahead, returning MJ’s attention to the approaching wall of fog and the possibility of falling off the bridge.

“Maybe we shouldn’t go in there.” MJ’s shoulders and gut tightened. She slowed her pace and grabbed Kelsey’s elbow to guide her toward the grass beside the road. “I never saw fog like this in Arizona. Did you experience it wherever you’re from?”

Kelsey shook her arm from MJ’s grasp. “I don’t tell people where I’m from, but I’ve seen plenty of fog. If you’re not used to it, I can see why it might scare you. I’ll see you tomorrow.” She stretched her long legs and sprinted away.

MJ stopped, confused. “I didn’t say I wouldn’t go.” Despite that, the reprieve eased the stiffness in her neck and shoulders.

Kelsey yelled over her shoulder as she disappeared into the fog. “It’s okay. I’m in the mood to be alone with my thoughts. See you tomorrow.”

“Don’t run in the middle of the road, okay?” An image of the bridge flashed through her brain. “Stay on the grass.”

Kelsey shouted something that MJ didn’t understand.

As she shifted toward the dirt path she’d mentioned to Kelsey, a silver sedan passed, followed by a black tow truck.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A native of the southwestern U.S., Karen Randau has been writing and telling stories since elementary school. She holds a degree in journalism/public relations from The University of Texas at Austin and has enjoyed a long career in marketing communications.

After a short stint working in a psychiatric hospital, when she wrote three self-help books, Karen joined an international relief and development organization to use her skills to help people struggling with extreme poverty. She has traveled to numerous developing countries, witnessing famines, violence, and hopeful people working to overcome a generational cycle of poverty.

She loves to read and write fast-paced mysteries and thrillers, especially those with intricate plots, lots of action, and rollercoaster-like twists and turns.

Two Roads to Paradise by Gordon Jensen with Cara Highsmith and Gordon Thomas

Please scroll down to see my review of Two Roads To Paradise ‘written in red’

 

Join us for this tour from July 18 to August 12, 2022!

 

Book Details:

​Book Title: The Way Out (Book 1: Be Careful What You Wish for Series) by Gordon Jensen with Cara Highsmith and Gordon Thomas
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  240 pages
Genre: Sci-Fi
Publisher:  Highsmith Creative Services
Release date:  September 2020
Content Rating:  PG-13 +M. The language is pretty tame, but there are a few swear words. The bigger issue is some of the topics addressed in it. ​

My Rating: Four Stars⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

Book Description:

When the Alpha Centauri crew returns to earth after a failed mission to explore a distant planet, they quickly learn the world is not how they left it.

Under new global leadership, the planet has managed to
go decades without conflict, except for one major problem. Thanks to a pandemic caused by a mutation in a new strain of GMO corn, the world’s population plummeted to 2.6 billion, wiping out a disproportionate amount of men and leaving the globe run almost entirely by women. The mutation altered the human DNA, making it impossible to produce male babies and increasing Y-chromosome related diseases.

Because of their lack of exposure, the Alpha Centauri crew, especially the men on board, now find themselves in high demand. The Powers that Be think they are the solution, but with that solution comes the inevitable hunger for power and control. As greed, self-interest, and corruption rear their ugly heads, a planet that had found its way to peace is thrust into turmoil once again.

So, the question becomes: Are they really the answer to a seemingly unsolvable problem? The world may soon come to understand that sometimes getting what you wish for isn’t the gift you think it will be.

The Way Out is at once a brilliant and relatable work of post-apocalyptic fiction. Think The Handmaid’s Tale mixed with Netflix’s The Wilds, and a touch of Interstellar, the movie. It’s a uniquely told story that will have you waiting as impatiently as the crew to understand the New World Order of the near future.

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Book Details:

​Book TitleTwo Roads to Paradise (Book 2: Be Careful What You Wish for Series) by Gordon Jensen with Cara Highsmith and Gordon Thomas
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  324 pages
GenreSci-Fi
Publisher:  Highsmith Creative Services
Release date:  May 2022
Content Rating:  PG-13 +M. The language is pretty tame, but there are a few swear words. The bigger issue is some of the topics addressed in it. 
 

Book Description:

​Although the reappearance of the Alpha Centauri I crew was miraculous, it was not the celebratory homecoming they expected. Their return to a world reeling from a pandemic that wiped out more than half the population thrust them right into the center of controversy and conflict. Now, three years later, though the tide has turned and the survival of the human race seems to be secure, the survival of human relations is far less certain. The cure should have been the injection of hope the world needed to restore balance and end the chaos of the last four decades. Instead, the complex implications for personal rights and freedom have
fractured the North American territory in such a way that the division may never be repaired. As the crew dispersed to find their place in this new landscape, Hunter Young found himself embedded in the Marshall administration as an agent for the mysterious K Group. What had been a relatively uneventful assignment suddenly becomes a whirlwind of adventure as he is called to a rendezvous that requires a long and circuitous journey.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Two Roads to Paradise (Book 2: Be Careful What You Wish for Series) by Gordon Jensen with Cara Highsmith and Gordon Thomas picks up about three years after the Alpha Centauri I crew landed back to earth. What they find of earth is a lot like what our world is today, especially with the division among the people. Discussion this group had was a little eerie because it is the same things going on in our world today. As they strive to find their way in this new world, it wasn’t as easy as they though. Especially with Hunter and his mission. There is much going on in this book. I encourage you to read the first book, The Way Out first, in order to meet the characters and get an understand of what is in this second book. There are lots of twists and turns in Two Roads to Paradise, and I found myself having to go back and re-read in order to understand what is going on. If you enjoy Sci-Fi and Dystopian books, you will enjoy this one. Again with this second book in the series, the author’s writes a very good book and their writing is exceptional. I’m giving  Two Roads to Paradise Four Stars. I encourage you to check out this book as well as the first book in this series. 

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

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Meet the Authors:

 

Gordon Jensen holds an MBA from University of Rochester, New York, Simon School of
Business and a bachelor’s degree from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. After working in finance In New York for several years, Jensen went back to Minnesota to run the family business. He retired after selling the the business and is now fulfilling a number of life-long dreams, including writing a novel series.

 
Cara Highsmith has always been drawn to the world of books and has found herself working in this industry in one capacity or another for the majority of her adult life. She holds a Master of Arts in English from Belmont University and did work toward a PhD at Middle Tennessee State University. Cara was on the editorial team at Hachette Book Group USA, working with several New York Times bestselling authors, for nearly four years. After leaving Hachette in 2008, she began freelancing, developing proposals and manuscripts for agents, editing and ghostwriting for authors, and assisting clients in preparing projects for self-publishing. Cara is a master of being a jack of all trades, but currently spends her free time working on several personal writing projects and enjoying life on a beautiful northern California mountain.

 

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


Tour Schedule:

 

July 18 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of THE WAY OUT / guest post / giveaway
July 19 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of TWO ROADS TO PARADISE / giveaway
July 19 – Literary Flits – book review of THE WAY OUT / guest post / giveaway
July 20 – Literary Flits – book review of TWO ROAD TO PARADISE / author interview / giveaway
July 21 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book series spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 21 – The Momma Spot – book review of THE WAY OUT / giveaway
July 22 – A Crane Between The Pages – book review of THE WAY OUT
July 22 – @acourtofbookishreviews (TIK TOC) – book review of THE WAY OUT
July 25 – Mostly Mystery Reviews – book review of THE WAY OUT / guest post / giveaway
July 26 – SpareTimer866 – book series spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 26 – She Just Loves Books – book review of THE WAY OUT / giveaway
July 27 – She Just Loves Books – book review of TWO ROADS TO PARADISE / giveaway
July 27 – The Momma Spot – book review of TWO ROADS TO PARADISE / giveaway
July 28 – Splashes of Joy – book review of THE WAY OUT / giveaway
July 28 – Kam’s Place – book review of THE WAY OUT
July 29 – Splashes of Joy – book review of TWO ROADS TO PARADISE / giveaway
July 30 – @pen.books.and.scalpel – book review of THE WAY OUT
Aug 1 – Mostly Mystery Reviews – book review of TWO ROADS TO PARADISE / author interview / giveaway
Aug 1 – Kam’s Place – book review of TWO ROADS TO PARADISE
Aug 1 – @acourtofbookishreviews (TIC TOK) – book review of TWO ROADS TO PARADISE
Aug 2 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book series spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 2 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review of THE WAY OUT
Aug 3 – @Mel.literate – book review of THE WAY OUT
Aug 4 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review of TWO ROADS TO PARADISE
Aug 4 
– Stephanie Jane – book review of THE WAY OUT / giveaway
Aug 5 – A Crane Between The Pages – book review of TWO ROADS TO PARADISE
Aug 8 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of THE WAY OUT / giveaway
Aug 9 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of THE WAY OUT / giveaway
Aug 9 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of TWO ROADS TO PARADISE / giveaway
Aug 10 – Books are a Blessing – book review of THE WAY OUT / giveaway
Aug 10 –
 Stephanie Jane – book review of TWO ROADS TO PARADISE / giveaway
Aug 11 – fundinmental – book series spotlight / giveaway
Aug 11 – Books are a Blessing – book review of TWO ROADS TO PARADISE / giveaway
Aug 11 – @pen.books.and.scalpel – book review of TWO ROADS TO PARADISE
Aug 12 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of TWO ROADS TO PARADISE / giveaway
Aug 12 – Books for Books – book series spotlight

 

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Skate Cute by Melissa J. Roche

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GENRE:   Contemporary Romance

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BLURB:

Kriss heads home to her small prairie town with 98% of an astrophysics PhD, a load of memories she’d rather not think about, and a survival plan: skate and graduate. Her plan doesn’t include the attention of a familiar admirer from the nearby fire station, one with an impressive physique, a hidden singing talent, and a smile dazzling enough to sweep her off her skates. Before she knows it, she’s falling for him—hard.

Chase has settled into the rhythms of his small-town firefighter routine, but he remembers Kriss from high school: the starry-eyed skater girl on her way out the door of his life. Now she’s back, just as gorgeous as ever, spinning around the next-door rink without a care in the world. Or so he thinks, until Kriss is targeted with mysterious acts of vandalism designed to derail her dreams. Can he help Kriss find the courage to stand up under the attacks and trust herself to love again?

Excerpt Three:

Emmy started counting them off, but Kriss wasn’t listening. The song was starting. She took a sip of her water as casually as possible and watched Chase’s eyes close again as he drew in another steadying deep breath.

Then he opened his eyes and looked straight at her.

“‘Thought I had it all together…’”

She remembered to breathe. He wasn’t quite looking exactly straight at her, more like just above her head.

“‘Life was simple, like the weather…’”

The lyrics. He was reading the karaoke lyrics on the screen, which happened to be right over her head. Her cheeks burned with relief and embarrassment, but her heart was still pounding.

She took another sip from her water and tried to focus on her table’s conversation like she didn’t have a care in the world who was on that stage.

But… that voice. She had only heard it briefly before, but she was already certain she would never forget it all her life. Baritone, that was it. Solid baritone, rich and deep, but light enough to soar if it had to.

She heard it catch a little on a high note and glanced to the stage just in time to see Chase cringe and clear his throat with a quick cough before launching into the next verse. But then he recovered, fixing his attention on the screen like it was his lifeline and starting to pour into the song the confidence it wanted.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Melissa received her first pair of black-and-hot-pink inline skates in fourth grade, a couple of years before she swore her life to the study of the stars (in a fit of sci-fi inspired passion). Two decades later, she has acquired several larger pairs of skates and an astronomy PhD, both of which tend to slip out from under her at the most inopportune moments. She enjoys skating and singing at the neighborhood rink in her small town in Colorado, where she lives with her husband, two boys, and a cozy lap cat. Only one of which is allowed to read her writing over her shoulder.

https://writerchickphd.com   https://melissajroche.com/&nbsp;

https://www.facebook.com/writerchickphd/

https://www.instagram.com/writerchickphd/

https://www.youtube.com/c/stargirlskates

https://www.tiktok.com/@skatersings

Amazon buy link: 

This book is on sale for $0.99.

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE:

Melissa J. Roche will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC or a digital copy of the book to two randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.

<a href=”http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f4283“>Enter to win a $25 Amazon/BN GC or a copy of the book – a Rafflecopter giveaway</a>

Mistletoe Village by Kathleen J. Robison

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Review for The Way Out by Gordon Jensen with Cara Highsmith and Gordon Thomas

Join us for this tour from July 18 to August 12, 2022!

Book Details:

​Book Title: The Way Out (Book 1: Be Careful What You Wish for Series) by Gordon Jensen with Cara Highsmith and Gordon Thomas
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  240 pages
Genre: Sci-Fi
Publisher:  Highsmith Creative Services
Release date:  September 2020
Content Rating:  PG-13 +M. The language is pretty tame, but there are a few swear words. The bigger issue is some of the topics addressed in it. ​

My Rating: Four Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Book Description:

When the Alpha Centauri crew returns to earth after a failed mission to explore a distant planet, they quickly learn the world is not how they left it.

Under new global leadership, the planet has managed to
go decades without conflict, except for one major problem. Thanks to a pandemic caused by a mutation in a new strain of GMO corn, the world’s population plummeted to 2.6 billion, wiping out a disproportionate amount of men and leaving the globe run almost entirely by women. The mutation altered the human DNA, making it impossible to produce male babies and increasing Y-chromosome related diseases.

Because of their lack of exposure, the Alpha Centauri crew, especially the men on board, now find themselves in high demand. The Powers that Be think they are the solution, but with that solution comes the inevitable hunger for power and control. As greed, self-interest, and corruption rear their ugly heads, a planet that had found its way to peace is thrust into turmoil once again.

So, the question becomes: Are they really the answer to a seemingly unsolvable problem? The world may soon come to understand that sometimes getting what you wish for isn’t the gift you think it will be.

The Way Out is at once a brilliant and relatable work of post-apocalyptic fiction. Think The Handmaid’s Tale mixed with Netflix’s The Wilds, and a touch of Interstellar, the movie. It’s a uniquely told story that will have you waiting as impatiently as the crew to understand the New World Order of the near future.

BUY THE BOOK:
Amazon.com
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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

The Way Out is Book 1 in the Be Careful What You Wish for Series by Gordon Jensen with Cara Highsmith and Gordon Thomas. Sci-fi is a genre I don’t read a lot, but this one was quite interesting. It was pretty much fun following eighteen men and eight women as they leave on a mission and ended up staying much longer than expected. They ended up in a deep black hole that kept them for a while. Well, the crew thought it was only a few years, but it was in fact forty years. And they found that the world had changed immensely while they were gone. No conflict in decades? So not like today, but wouldn’t it be nice? But there was one issue that took out an excessive amount of men and now the world is mostly run by women. As the crew continued to find changes in this new world, it was scary to think, it could easily happen today, especially in the light of the pandemic the last few years.

Some of the things were over my head, or maybe it just didn’t interest me. Yet all in all, this is a well written book. The writing style different that any I have read before, and I like it.The Way Out is a quick and easy read, and I am happy to give it Four Stars. If you enjoy a good sci-fi read, I’m sure 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.

 

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Book Details:

​Book TitleTwo Roads to Paradise (Book 2: Be Careful What You Wish for Series) by Gordon Jensen with Cara Highsmith and Gordon Thomas
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  324 pages
GenreSci-Fi
Publisher:  Highsmith Creative Services
Release date:  May 2022
Content Rating:  PG-13 +M. The language is pretty tame, but there are a few swear words. The bigger issue is some of the topics addressed in it. 
 

Book Description:

​Although the reappearance of the Alpha Centauri I crew was miraculous, it was not the celebratory homecoming they expected. Their return to a world reeling from a pandemic that wiped out more than half the population thrust them right into the center of controversy and conflict. Now, three years later, though the tide has turned and the survival of the human race seems to be secure, the survival of human relations is far less certain. The cure should have been the injection of hope the world needed to restore balance and end the chaos of the last four decades. Instead, the complex implications for personal rights and freedom have
fractured the North American territory in such a way that the division may never be repaired. As the crew dispersed to find their place in this new landscape, Hunter Young found himself embedded in the Marshall administration as an agent for the mysterious K Group. What had been a relatively uneventful assignment suddenly becomes a whirlwind of adventure as he is called to a rendezvous that requires a long and circuitous journey.

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Meet the Authors:

Gordon Jensen holds an MBA from University of Rochester, New York, Simon School of
Business and a bachelor’s degree from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. After working in finance In New York for several years, Jensen went back to Minnesota to run the family business. He retired after selling the the business and is now fulfilling a number of life-long dreams, including writing a novel series.

Cara Highsmith has always been drawn to the world of books and has found herself working in this industry in one capacity or another for the majority of her adult life. She holds a Master of Arts in English from Belmont University and did work toward a PhD at Middle Tennessee State University. Cara was on the editorial team at Hachette Book Group USA, working with several New York Times bestselling authors, for nearly four years. After leaving Hachette in 2008, she began freelancing, developing proposals and manuscripts for agents, editing and ghostwriting for authors, and assisting clients in preparing projects for self-publishing. Cara is a master of being a jack of all trades, but currently spends her free time working on several personal writing projects and enjoying life on a beautiful northern California mountain.

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Tour Schedule:

July 18 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of THE WAY OUT / guest post / giveaway
July 19 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of TWO ROADS TO PARADISE / giveaway
July 19 – Literary Flits – book review of THE WAY OUT / guest post / giveaway
July 20 – Literary Flits – book review of TWO ROAD TO PARADISE / author interview / giveaway
July 21 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book series spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 21 – The Momma Spot – book review of THE WAY OUT / giveaway
July 22 – A Crane Between The Pages – book review of THE WAY OUT
July 22 – @acourtofbookishreviews (TIK TOC) – book review of THE WAY OUT
July 25 – Mostly Mystery Reviews – book review of THE WAY OUT / guest post / giveaway
July 26 – SpareTimer866 – book series spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 26 – She Just Loves Books – book review of THE WAY OUT / giveaway
July 27 – She Just Loves Books – book review of TWO ROADS TO PARADISE / giveaway
July 27 – The Momma Spot – book review of TWO ROADS TO PARADISE / giveaway
July 28 – Splashes of Joy – book review of THE WAY OUT / giveaway
July 28 – Kam’s Place – book review of THE WAY OUT
July 29 – Splashes of Joy – book review of TWO ROADS TO PARADISE / giveaway
July 30 – @pen.books.and.scalpel – book review of THE WAY OUT
Aug 1 – Mostly Mystery Reviews – book review of TWO ROADS TO PARADISE / author interview / giveaway
Aug 1 – Kam’s Place – book review of TWO ROADS TO PARADISE
Aug 1 – @acourtofbookishreviews (TIC TOK) – book review of TWO ROADS TO PARADISE
Aug 2 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book series spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 2 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review of THE WAY OUT
Aug 3 – @Mel.literate – book review of THE WAY OUT
Aug 4 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review of TWO ROADS TO PARADISE
Aug 4 
– Stephanie Jane – book review of THE WAY OUT / giveaway
Aug 5 – A Crane Between The Pages – book review of TWO ROADS TO PARADISE
Aug 8 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of THE WAY OUT / giveaway
Aug 9 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of THE WAY OUT / giveaway
Aug 9 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of TWO ROADS TO PARADISE / giveaway
Aug 10 – Books are a Blessing – book review of THE WAY OUT / giveaway
Aug 10 –
 Stephanie Jane – book review of TWO ROADS TO PARADISE / giveaway
Aug 11 – fundinmental – book series spotlight / giveaway
Aug 11 – Books are a Blessing – book review of TWO ROADS TO PARADISE / giveaway
Aug 11 – @pen.books.and.scalpel – book review of TWO ROADS TO PARADISE
Aug 12 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of TWO ROADS TO PARADISE / giveaway
Aug 12 – Books for Books – book series spotlight

 

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A Midlife Voyage to Transformation by Donna Roe Daniell

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Book Details:

​Book Title:  A Midlife Voyage to Transformation by Donna Roe Daniell
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  233 pages
Genre: Memoir / Women’s / Personal Transformation Self-Help
Publisher:  Mindful Books
Release date:  June 2021
Content Rating:  G

Book Description:

Can You Step into Your Power and Birth a New You at Midlife?

YES! Midlife, and the major events that encompass the ages of 35-65, can be devastating or powerful for women. But we can choose to be awakened at this powerful time of life. This memoir is the story of Donna Daniell’s healing journey through the five stages of the midlife voyage-Lost at Sea; Finding a Mooring; Deep Diving; Rebirthing; and the New You-to find self-love, resilience, and feminine wisdom. It is also a roadmap for other women on the midlife journey, charting a course that transmutes challenges into inner rebirth and stepping into the power of the Wisewoman.

​FIND YOUR OWN INNER STRENGTH – TAKE THE VOYAGE TO TRANSFORMATION!

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 MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

A Midlife Voyage to Transformation by Donna Roe Daniell is written to help women flow through the struggles that life throws to them. When Donna started out, got married, had a child, she never thought she would end up alone trying to raise her boy. And even moving to her mom so she would have help didn’t help. Then her husband wanted a divorce, and it seemed like everything was stacking up on her, and where was she to go? What was she to do?

I wasn’t sure what this book would be like. Some are really good, some are over our heads, but author Donna Roe Daniell nailed it with her book. Maybe life hits us with different issues, but what turns up in all of the research Daniell does can be for any woman struggling through midlife crisis. I wish I’d had this book a few years ago. A highlight for me what when Daniell decides to climb Mt. Killimanjaro. While climbing, she chose challenges that would push her to her limits. It was on that mountain that her life begins to change. Daniell’s found 5 mid life challeges on her midlife voyage. They as are listed in the book, and these 5 things can and will help you as you struggle through this midlife. I’m giving A Midlife Voyage to Transformation by Donna Roe Daniell Five Stars. I think this would be perfect for any woman, because most women struggle with something during their middle life years, and this can help. 

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:

Donna Roe Daniell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Colorado and has had a private
practice in the Boulder/Longmont area since 2005 called Balance Your Life Coaching & Psychotherapy. She has offered family therapy and individual trauma treatment using mind/body trauma tools such as mindfulness, yoga and IFS through her psychotherapy practice. Since 2015, she has focused her coaching practice for women in midlife on unique programs to specifically empower women going through major midlife challenges to grieve and rebirth themselves through the 5 stages of her Midlife Voyage to Transformation. Today, through her website, Donna offers on-line courses, Talks and live workshops, mp3 guided practices to support this book, and adventure and mindfulness retreats in nature for women wanting support to wake up, become unstuck, and find a transformative healing path through life’s challenges.

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Tour Schedule:
July 25 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
July 26 – Locks Hooks and Books – book review / guest post / giveaway
July 27 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
July 28 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
July 29 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview
July 29 – Olio by Marilyn – book review / giveaway
​Aug 1 –
Mostly Mystery Reviews – book review / guest post
Aug 3 – Books for Books – book review
Aug 4 – Paws.Read.Repeat – book review / author interview / giveaway
​Aug 4 –
 Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
Aug 5 – Novels Alive – book review / giveaway
Aug 5 – Kam’s Place – book review / author interview
Aug 5 – Mel_literate – book review / guest post

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