Needles the Forgotten Christmas Tree by Richard Wagner

Join Us for This Tour from Dec 5 to Dec 19

Book Details:

Book Title:  Needles the Forgotten Christmas Tree by Richard Wagner
Category:  Children’s Fiction (ages 3 to 7), 32 pages
Genre:  Children’s Book
Publisher:  Mascot
Release date:   Mar 7, 2023
Formats Available for Review: print-hardback USA, e-book (PDF)
Tour dates: December 5 to December 19
Content Rating:  G.  Suitable for everyone.

***** MOM’S CHOICE GOLD AWARD WINNER*****

Book Description:

The world is not always perfect. A scraggly little tree named Needles must endure taunts, criticism, and setbacks to realize his goal of becoming a beautiful Christmas tree.​This is a story of hope, dreams, desires, determination, and never giving up. It also offers the observation that what others think is beautiful may not really matter. Beauty is truly in the eyes of the beholder . . . and paired with the spirit of Christmas, maybe we can make the world just a little more perfect!

Buy the Book:(release date March 2023)(pre-order now)MascotAmazon ~ B&N

Wagner grew up in Southern California. When he was 14-years old, a business friend of his father’s had a small Christmas tree delivered as a thank you. Their family already had a large tree decorated in the house. Not being able to find anyone who needed a tree, that small Christmas tree stood outside by itself for the remainder of the Christmas holiday.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Needles the Forgotten Christmas Tree is a most adorable Christmas tree story. I think it my favorite of all the Christmas tree stories I have read. No one wanted Needles and he was the last tree in the lot so the lot owner gave it to a friend. Needles was so excited. Did Needles have his dream of being someone’s beautiful tree?

Needles was what most people would call a shabby Christmas tree because no one wanted it. I would call it a Charlie Brown Christmas tree and would love to bring it in my house and decorate for all to see. I’ve done that for years. I love this story for several reasons. It teaches children that they are important to someone, no matter what, and that it doesn’t matter what we look like, we are loved. It also teaches our children to never give up. To follow our dreams.

Syndi Kruger’s illustrations are outstanding. I love the illustrations of the little Christmas tree. The nighttime pages are so beautiful. All of the illustrations on each page is just the perfect pictures to get you in the festive Christmas spirit. I love this precious book inside and out. The pages inside the book have high quality paper. They entire book is just awesome.

I think Needles the Forgotten Christmas Tree by Richard Wagner would be a wonderful addition to your child’s library. It is also prefect for any elementary classroom or library. And I think it would be an amazing Christmas gift for your child’s classroom!

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

Buy the Book:
(release date March 2023)
(pre-order now)
Mascot
Amazon ~ B&N

Meet the Author:

Wagner grew up in Southern California. When he was 14-years old, a business friend of his father’s had a small Christmas tree delivered as a thank you. Their family already had a large tree decorated in the house. Not being able to find anyone who needed a tree, that small Christmas tree stood outside by itself for the remainder of the Christmas holiday.

Tour Schedule:
Dec 5 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Dec 5 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 6 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 6 – Reading Authors Network – book review / giveaway
Dec 6  
Splashes of Joy   book review / giveaway
Dec 7 – fundinmental – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Dec 7 – @regallywritten – book review
Dec 7 – My Reading Getaway – book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 8 – Bootsie’s Book Nook – book spotlight
Dec 8 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Dec 9 – Character Madness and Musing – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Dec 9 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 12 – I’m Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 12 – @amandainpa – book review
Dec 13 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 13 – The Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book review / giveaway
Dec 13 – 
Library Lady’s Kid Lit – book review / giveaway
Dec 13 – Library Lady’s Kid Lit – book spotlight / author interview 
Dec 14 – Older & Smarter? – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 15 – Bizwings Book Blog – book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 15 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 16 – Paws.Read.Repeat – book review
Dec 19 – Reading is My Passion – book review / giveaway
Dec 19 – @lovemybooks2020 – book review
Dec 19 – Liese’s Blog – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 19 – Reading Excursions – book review

Enter the Giveaway:

https://gleam.io/WO1ah/needles-the-forgotten-christmas-tree-book-tour-giveaway

A Dress the Color of the Moon by Jennifer Irwin

Join us for this tour from Nov 21 to Dec 16, 2022!

Book Details:

Book Title:  A Dress the Color of the Moon by Jennifer Irwin
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  360 pages
Genre: Women’s Fiction 
Publisher:  Glass Spider Publishing
Release date:  October 30, 2021
Formats Available for Review: print-softback (USA), ebook (PDF)
Tour dates: Nov 21 to Dec 16, 2022

Book Description:

Prudence Aldrich is a sex addict. Five weeks ago, she checked into the Serenity Hills rehab center to prevent that addiction from ruining every important relationship in her life. Now Prue must face the trail of destruction she left behind, including mending the broken bond with her teenage son, finalizing the divorce from her husband, Nick, and using a newly learned set of skills to ward off her insatiable cravings for male attention-a compulsion that puts her friendship with lifelong pal Lily to the test.

​Adding ever further complications to the hurdles in her path is the arrival into town of Alistair Prescott, her in-rehab romantic obsession, and the one person in the world most capable of throwing Prue off her recovery. Meanwhile, Serenity Hills counselor Mike Sullivan is undergoing a crisis of his own-one that will drive him to the rediscovery of a lifelong passion . . . and causing him to cross paths again with Prue, his former patient.

A Dress the Color of the Moon tracks the rocky and sometimes disastrous path to recovery-a recovery that will require Prudence and her friends to face down the demons of their pasts while learning to accept the fearful uncertainty that comes with living life on your own two feet.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I didn’t read the first book in this series, but I had no problem picking up Prue’s story. Just out of rehab, I’m sure it was hard for her to start her new life. She has a lot to prove to everyone, and regain their respect instead of people just waiting for her to mess up again. This was not an easy book to read. Jennifer Irwin does a fantastic job of dealing with addiction with its raw emotions flying everywhere. Pure has her work cut out for her to kick this addiction. Thankfully she has several people supporting her, like her son and best friend.

There are several other really troublesome issues going on in this book. I think Irwin does a really nice job writing all of these issues into the story with sex addiction bring the main one. She also does a great job of laying everything before a reader and then start weaving it all together with the care, love and thoughtfulness needed. This us a rough journey but I’m glad I was able to go along with this part of Prue’s story. If you are in any kind of addiction and want a second chance, this is a good book for you to read. This one is getting Four Stars from me.

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

Meet the Author:

Jennifer Irwin’s debut novel, A Dress the Color of the Sky, was published in 2017 and has received rave reviews, won seven book awards, and was optioned for a feature film. Jennifer’s short stories have appeared in numerous literary publications including California’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Fiction. Jennifer is represented by Prentis Literary and currently resides in Los Angeles.

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


Tour Schedule:
Nov 21 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 21 – Stephanie Jane – book review / giveaway
Nov 22 – Reading Authors Network – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 23 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 23  Elizabeth McKenna – Author book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 25 – FUONLYKNEW – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 28 – Books Lattes & Tiaras– book review / giveaway

Nov 28  Lady Hawkeye – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Dec 1 – Welcome To MLMopinion’s Reviews – book review
Dec 1 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 1 – Novels Alive– book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 1 – Novels Alive – book review / giveaway
Dec 1 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 5  Splashes of Joy book review / giveaway
Dec 5 – Books are a Blessing – book review / giveaway
Dec 5  My Reading Getaway – book review / giveaway
Dec 6 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 7 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 8 – Book Reviews by Taylor – book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 9 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
Dec 9 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 12 – 
LeanneBookstagram – book review / giveaway
Dec 13 – The Obsessed Reader – book review / giveaway
Dec 14 – Authors on iTours: Let’s Talk Books – book review
Dec 14 – StoreyBook Reviews – book review / giveaway
Dec 15 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 16 – Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway
TBD – Reading Authors Network – book review / giveaway
TBD – Amy’s Booket List – book review / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway:

Tis the Season to Feel Inadequate by Dorothy Rosby

Book Details:

Book Title:  ‘Tis the Season to Feel Inadequate; Holidays, Special Occasions and Other Times Our Celebrations Get Out of Hand  by Dorothy Rosby
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+) ,  258 pages
Genre: Humorous Essay
Publisher:  Unhinged Press
Release date:   November 2022
Format available for review:  print-softback (USA and Canada), e-book (GIFTED KINDLE, MOBI FILE (FOR KINDLE), PDF), audiobook (audible download)
Will send print books out:  USA and Canada
Tour dates: Nov 15 to Dec 5, 2022
Content Rating:  G – appropriate for general audience as defined above

MY RATING: Five Stars⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Book Description:

Christmas comes but once a year; chaos never ends! Happy Halloween, Merry Christmas and joyful Lumpy Rug Day. We didn’t make that up. Lumpy Rug Day is celebrated every May 3, though “celebrated” might be too strong a word. It’s the American way to create a celebration for everything, then turn it into a chore or worse, a nightmare. ’Tis the Season to Feel Inadequate is a collection of humorous essays about holidays, special occasions and other times our celebrations make us feel not-so-celebratory. It’s understanding for those who think Christmas form letters can be honest—or they can be interesting. And it’s empathy for anyone who’s ever gotten poison ivy during Nude Recreation Week or eaten all their Halloween candy and had to hand out instant oatmeal packets to their trick-or-treaters. ​

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

‘Tis the Season to Feel Inadequate; Holidays, Special Occasions and Other Times Our Celebrations Get Out of Hand by Dorothy Rosby is a mouthful to read when it’s the name of a book. This book is Dorothy Rosby’s collection of funny stories about the Holiday’s throughout the year. I had never read anything from this author so I was surprised at the ease and humor when I first started reading it. I think I laughed from the first to the last page and this sure gives me a different look at some of the Holidays. I think the book is great this time of year when there are so many lonely and depressed people in this world. I sure hope someone like this will get a hold to this book to give them some humor to lighten up their mood. I can think of several people who may benefit from reading this book right now. The humor may not be the same to them but I think they can get some enjoyment from reading it.

And even though now is such a great time to read this, we can’t forget about the other holidays that are talked about in this book. This is such a fun book to read, after I finished, like I do with so many of the books I read, I went back and read most of the stories again! A thanks to the author for this book that I’m giving 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.

Buy the Book:
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Humorous Dorothy Rosby

Meet the Author:

Dorothy Rosby is a syndicated humor columnist and the author of four books of humorous essays. She’s the 2022 global winner of the Erma Bombeck Writers Competition, sponsored in part by the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop. She lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota, 20 miles from Mount Rushmore, something she’s very proud of though she’s not on it—yet.

Connect with the Author:  website  ~  twitter  ~  facebook  ~ bookbub ~  goodreads

Tour Schedule:

Nov 15 –Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
Nov 16 –Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 17 –Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 22 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 23 –Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Nov 25 –FUONLYKNEW – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 28 –Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 28 – @twilight_reader  – book review 
Nov 29 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 30– Paws.Read.Repeat – book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 30 – Amy’s Booket List – book review / giveaway

Dec 1 Lynchburg Reads  book review / giveaway
Dec 1 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review/ guest post / giveaway
Dec 1 –Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Dec 2 Liese’s Blog  book spotlight
Dec 2 –Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 2 – Novels Alive – book review / giveaway
Dec 2 – Novels Alive – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 5 – Splashes of Joy – audiobook review / giveaway
Dec 5 – Duckfacekim09 – book spotlight / giveaway
​Dec 5 – Captive Dreams Window – book review / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway:

https://gleam.io/LQAK0/tis-the-season-to-feel-inadequate-book-tour-giveaway

In the Nick of Time Too by Deedee Cummings/illustrated by Charlene Mosley

Join us for this tour from Dec 5 to Dec 16, 2022!

Book Details:

Book Title: In the Nick of Time Too by Deedee Cummings/illustrated by Charlene Mosley
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 40 pages
Genre:  Children/ Holiday (Kids older than 7 will love this too.)
Publisher:  Make A Way Media
Release date:  November 2022
Format available for review:  print (USA), ebook (PDF)
Tour dates:  Dec 5 to Dec 16, 2022
Content Rating: G. Children’s Holiday Book.

MY RATING: Five Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Book Description:

Nick Saint and his best friend, Cooper, reunite in this warm holiday story about the magic of Christmas. A surprise visit leads to a journey of self-discovery and a deeper understanding of the true meaning of the holiday spirit. Nick and Cooper receive a charge to spread kindness and hope in their everyday lives. Will Cooper listen to his friend and help Nick save the day again? Will you also be moved to action and accept Santa’s challenge to spread kindness wherever you go?

​Children of all ages and backgrounds will be inspired by this story and will understand that love, hope, kindness, and Christmas miracles come to us in many shapes and all colors.

Buy the Book:  
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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I had the honor of reviewing In the Nick of Time, the first book in this series and I’m an excited to review Book Number two! This story encourages children and adults alike to show love and kindness to everyone we meet. This is such an important issue to teach children. Among the hassle of Christmas shopping and decorating and maybe partying, sometimes we forget the real meaning of Christmas and the special baby in a Manger, and we forget about others and their feelings. This Christmas, let’s all listen to this sweet little book and Deedee Cummings advice and be kind and nice to people. Just saying something nice to others can change the way they feel.

I love the illustrations by Charlene Mosley. The pictures are adorable and I love the bright vibrant colors throughout. I got in the Christmas spirit reading this book! I love this In the Nick of Time Too! I’m giving this one Five Stars.

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


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Book Details:

Book Title: In the Nick of Time by Deedee Cummings/illustrated by Charlene Mosley
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 28 pages
Genre:  Children/ Holiday
Publisher:  Make A Way Media
Release date:  November 2019
Format available for review:  print-softback (USA), ebook (PDF)
Tour dates:  Dec 5 to Dec 16, 2022
Content Rating: G. Children’s Holiday Book.

Book Description:

A Timely Tale about a Little Brown Boy who Saves Christmas. Nick Saint never really put a lot of thought into his name until one snowy day in December when he accidentally receives a letter meant for Saint Nick. Realizing there is not much time left until Christmas, Nick opens the letter. The unexpected message inside ultimately leads him on a journey of understanding poverty, gratitude, and service to others while discovering the real meaning of the holiday spirit.

Buy the Book:   
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Make a Way Media
Add to Goodreads

Meet the Author:

Deedee is a professional dreamer. She is also an author, therapist, attorney, and mom from Louisville, Kentucky. The books she writes focus on hope, diversity, social justice, and therapeutic skills for children and adults. Her work has been featured in HuffPost, Forbes, NPR, USA Today, Essence Magazine, Psych Central, Well+Good, and The EveryGirl, among other media outlets. Deedee is also the founder of Make A Way Media and The Louisville Book Festival. She believes literacy is a fundamental human right. Her work highlights inspiring messages that remind us all it is never too late to begin again. Cummings founded Make A Way Media in 2014 after struggling to find books with characters who looked like her own children and an extreme lack of stories that reflected their life experiences. Follow Deedee on Instagram for fun and informative updates as she continues to chase her dreams and bring them to life.

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

Tour Schedule:

Dec 5 – Lisa’s Reading – books spotlight
Dec 5 – Splashes of Joy – book review of IN THE NICK OF TIME TOO
Dec 5 – Bigreadersite – book review of IN THE NICK OF TIME TOO
Dec 5 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of IN THE NICK OF TIME TOO
Dec 6 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of IN THE NICK OF TIME
Dec 6 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of IN THE NICK OF TIME TOO
Dec 7 – Liese’s Blog – books spotlight
Dec 7 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review of IN THE NICK OF TIME
Dec 7 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of IN THE NICK OF TIME TOO
Dec 8 – Books for Books – book review of IN THE NICK OF TIME
Dec 8 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review of IN THE NICK OF TIME TOO
Dec 9 – Paws.Read.Repeat – book review of IN THE NICK OF TIME
Dec 9 – Books for Books – book review of IN THE NICK OF TIME TOO
Dec 12 – Reading Authors Network – book review of IN THE NICK OF TIME
Dec 12 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of IN THE NICK OF TIME TOO
Dec 13 – My Reading Getaway – book review of IN THE NICK OF TIME
Dec 13 – Reading is My Passion – book review of IN THE NICK OF TIME TOO
Dec 13 – Reading Authors Network – book review of IN THE NICK OF TIME TOO
Dec 14 – I’m Into Books – books spotlight
Dec 14 – My Reading Getaway – book review of IN THE NICK OF TIME TOO
Dec 14 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of IN THE NICK OF TIME TOO
Dec 15 – fundinmental – books spotlight
Dec 15 – Library Lady’s Kid Lit – book review of IN THE NICK OF TIME
Dec 15 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of IN THE NICK OF TIME TOO
Dec 16 – Library Lady’s Kid Lit – book review of IN THE NICK OF TIME TOO
Dec 16 – Paws.Read.Repeat – book review of IN THE NICK OF TIME TOO

His Delightful Lady Delia by Grace Hitchcock

 

About the Book

Book: His Delightful Lady Delia

Author: Grace Hitchcock

Genre: Historical Romance

Release date: November 1, 2022

Behind the curtain, she must put on the performance of a lifetime . . . while love and risk take center stage.

Delia Vittoria’s mother has lost her voice at last. After five years of being her diva mother’s understudy, it is time for Delia to assume her place as the lead soprano onstage behind the Academy of Music’s faded velvet curtain. And she is all that stands between the Academy and its greatest threat–the nouveaux riches’ lavish new Metropolitan Opera House.

Kit Quincy never misses opening night, but when his sister begs him to help get her husband out of an Italian opera star’s arms, Kit accidentally confronts the younger Lady Vittoria instead. When he the stunning young diva again, he attempts to make amends, but then finds himself pulled into a society matron’s plot to win the great opera war. To draw attention to Delia Vittoria as the Academy’s new soprano star, Kit is convinced to act as both Delia’s patron and the enigmatic phantom who once haunted the Academy years ago. But when a second phantom appears, more than Delia’s rising career is threatened. 

Click here to get your copy!

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

I love Grace Hitchcock’s books and this one didn’t disappoint at all. I read the first two books in this series and they are just oh so good! Really just amazing. In His Delightful Lady Delia Vittoria’s mother has lost her voice after five years. Delia has served her mother as understudy in the Academy of Music and now it’s time for her to hit the stage and assume her place as the lead soprano. 

What a delightful story. Author Grace Hitchcock gives her readers another story that is difficult to stop reading once you start! I love all of the history in this story, and I am impressed at how much research went into this book and this series. I was intrigued by the Phantom and all of the Mysteries that follow. I could see depth and personality in the characters as well as how nicely they developed throughout the story. And I love how faith and the dependence on God played a part in the lives of the characters. This is a truly wonderful story. If you enjoy a good clean story with lots of history background and romance throughout, 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.

 

About the Author

Grace Hitchcock (www.gracehitchcock.com) is the award-winning author of multiple historical novels and novellas. She holds a master’s degree in creative writing and a bachelor of arts in English with a minor in history. Grace lives in the New Orleans area with her husband, Dakota, and their sons and daughter.

 

More from Grace

I’m pretty certain every author started as an avid reader who dreamed of how they would change an ending or change who the heroine ended up with if they could write the book instead. (Anyone else think Theodore Laurence should have married Jo March?) It’s that ever-beautiful question of “what if” that has haunted some of my favorite stories and often drives my own stories to spark to life.

 

I first discovered The Phantom of the Opera as a child and fell in love with the beauty of the Broadway musical, a love that continued into my adulthood. So, when I was researching ideas for Book Three in the American Royalty series and I stumbled upon the great opera-house wars between the new money’s opera house and the Academy’s elite opera house, the “what if” sequence began and I knew I had to write my version of a phantom-of-the-opera story. Then when I researched the Italian opera company, I grew even more excited, as I’m from a large Italian family. And when I say large, I mean it’s not uncommon for our smallest gatherings to be only forty people, and when the whole krewe is together, we need a large facility to house us all. I’ve also visited New York and Italy and felt I could add some authenticity to the Italian characters in my novel, which brings me to the leading lady—a delightful opera singer named Delia Vittoria, who takes a beloved hero from Book One in My Dear Miss Dupré, Kit Quincy, by surprise.

 

I knew from Kit’s character that if he’d met the woman he was meant to wed, nothing would have stopped him in his pursuit, so I knew I had to introduce a new heroine instead of a lady introduced in Book One. It is rather daring to bring in a new lead in the third book of a series without some form of introduction in prior novels, but I felt Kit’s character warranted it. Kit is by far the “oldest” hero I have written about to date, and to my delight, he captured my heart with his genuine soul and fierce devotion toward the woman he loves. Because of his age and personal experience, I felt that Kit could be a wonderful example of true, godly love to a woman who has seen almost nothing but poor imitations. I hope that you will enjoy their journey toward love and my nod to The Phantom of the Opera! Happy reading, friends!

 

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 19

Melissa’s Bookshelf, November 19

Texas Book-aholic, November 20

Inklings and notions, November 21

The Book Club Network, November 21

deb’s Book Review, November 22

For Him and My Family, November 22

Girls in white dresses, November 23

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 23

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, November 24 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, November 25

Holly’s Book Corner, November 25

Remembrancy, November 26

Connie’s History Classroom, November 26

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 27

Book Looks by Lisa, November 28

Cover Lover Book Review, November 28

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, November 29

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 30

Blogging With Carol, December 1

Back Porch Reads, December 1

Splashes of Joy, December 2

Through the Fire Blogs, December 3

Labor Not in Vain, December 3

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Grace is giving away the grand prize package of a $30 e-gift card to Baker Book House and a paperback copy of all three books in the American Royalty series: My Dear Miss Dupré, Her Darling Mr. Day, and His Delightful Lady Delia!!

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/22ec4/his-delightful-lady-delia-celebration-tour-giveaway

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“The Garden” Series Created by Butch Hartman

THE GARDEN CHRIST CENTERED CHILDRENS SERIES

#TheGardenMIN

“The Garden” is a Christ-centered children’s cartoon series aimed at teaching your kids the Gospel in a way they can understand. It features LENNY THE LION and LUCY THE LAMB—two best friends who work inside a magical garden where ANYTHING can grow! Each story revolves around them having to accomplish their goals by learning a Bible story or an original song. “The Garden” will take your kids right along on these adventures, too!

THE GARDEN COMING JANUARY 1, 2023 TO

PURE FLIX

https://www.pureflix.com/

and

YIPEE

https://www.yippee.tv/

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THE TRAILER

I just watched the move trailer for The Garden streaming series. I love love this cute show for children. The characters are so very adorable! I love LENNY THE LION and LUCY THE LAMB!! We need more faith based programs for Littles ones and this will be a good fit. I am anxious for my 21 month old grandaughter to watch it. I encourage you to check watch the trailer and don’t forget to check this series out January 1, 2023 on pureflix or Yippee.

PROGNOSIS CRITICAL by Gary Birken MD

Join us for this tour from Nov 21 to Dec 16, 2022!

Book Details:

Book Title:  PROGNOSIS CRITICAL by Gary Birken MD

Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  258 pages

Genre: Medical Thriller 

Publisher:  Erupen Titles 

Release date:  August 2022

Formats Available for Review: print-softback (USA), and ebook (GIFTED KINDLE, MOBI FILE (FOR KINDLE), EPUB ).

Tour dates: Nov 21 to Dec 16, 2022

Content Rating: ​PG. Gary Birken’s books can be read by his kids. He says it’s between a PG.

Book Description:

WHERE DEADLY SECRETS ARE THE NORM. . .

Three weeks after completing her residency in pediatric cardiology, Dr. Jacey Flanigan moves from the Pacific Northwest to Manhattan to begin her career at the prestigious Children’s Heart Hospital. But after an unpleasant encounter with an arrogant heart surgeon on her first day, Jacey begins to realize that the medical profession is not what she expected. She learns that enigmatic physician behavior and questionable cardiac surgical practices are cloaked in secrecy—and she is expected to follow suit. . . .EVEN FOR THOSE WHO’VE SWORN TO HELP. Jacey soon finds herself facing the difficult moral dilemma: turn a blind eye to malpractice and protect her fledgling career, or dig deeper into suspicious activity and face the consequences?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This is a really awesome read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I always love a good medical thriller and this one did not disappoint. After her residency, Dr. Jacey Flanigan moves to Manhattan to begin her career at the Children’s Heart Hospital. But it was nothing as she expected. But what was she to do? Her choices wasn’t that good.

Oh my goodness. My head my spinning all over the place after I finished this one. There were Mysteries that just didn’t pan out. Something was wrong, but what was it? There are so many things happening. What was Dr. Jacey’s involvment. So many twists and turns that it’s difficult to keep up with what is going on. If I did have to put this book down, all I could think about was picking it back up again and finding out the next mystery.

Author Gary Birken MD’s writing is phenomenal! I like how the plot flows so well and the character development played well with everything going on in the story. I really liked the characters and I could connect with some of them, which I like. It’s not easy to find out information, such as who is doing what with all of these mysteries. But it all pans out in the end. If you enjoy medical fiction, and especially ially the thriller types, this is your book! Check it out. I can’t wait for another Gary Birken MD book to come up for review.

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:

Dr. Gary Birken is a pediatric surgeon living in South Florida. He is the author of seven novels of medical suspense, five of which were originally published by Penguin Random House. They include: FINAL DIAGNOSIS, EMBOLUS, PLAGUE, and CODE 15. He is also the author of ERROR IN DIAGNOSIS, which was published under the name of Mason Lucas. His two passions in life are medicine and story writing. He spends whatever leisure time remains playing tennis, golf, and spending as much time as possible with his ten grandchildren. He also holds a black belt in martial arts, teaches women’s self-defense, and is a certified private pilot.

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


Tour Schedule:

Nov 21 –My Reading Getaway – book review / giveaway
Nov 22 –Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 22 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 23 Paws.Read.Repeat  book review / giveaway
Nov 25 –Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 28 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 28 fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 29 –Leanne Bookstagram – book review
Nov 30 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Nov 30 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 1 – Mystery Review Crew – book review / giveaway
Dec 2 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Dec 2 – Lady Hawkeye – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 5 – The Obsessed Reader – book review / giveaway
Dec 6 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Dec 6 – Olio by Marilyn – book review / giveaway
Dec 7 –Authors on iTours: Let’s Talk Books – book review
Dec 8 –Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 9 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review / giveaway
Dec 12 – Bigreadersite – book review / giveaway
Dec 13 –Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Dec 14 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 14 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review/ giveaway
Dec 15 – @onecreativeartist – book review
Dec 16 – Liese’s Blog – book spotlight
Dec 16 – Reading Excursions – book review / giveaway

On The Edge of Shattered by Kimberly Kearns







Book Details:

Book Title:  On The Edge of Shattered: A Mother’s Experience of Discovering Freedom Through Sobriety by Kimberly Kearns
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  252 pages
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir, Self-Help
Publisher:  Glass Spider Publishing
Release date:  November  2022
Rating:  PG-13 + M: Intended for adults only, contains information on alcoholism   


Book Description:​Before she stopped drinking for good, Kim was lying to herself and everyone she knew about her daily habit—sneaking morning sips of vodka behind her husband’s back, emptying bottles of wine and hiding the evidence from her family, and convincing herself that nothing was wrong and everything was under control. Until she realized that it wasn’t, and that her dishonesty could cost her everything she loved. What would happen to her marriage if things continued in this way? And how could she be a mother to her young children if she remained trapped in this cycle of abuse? Deciding she had to make a change, Kim threw herself into a new life of sobriety seven months into the Covid-19 pandemic. But only after severing the chains of bondage did she realize how much work there was still to do. Opening the doors to buried memories and past traumas was only the beginning. Throughout her journey to sobriety, Kim would come to terms with the secrets and lies told by her parents and loved ones, allowing her a clarity and freedom she never before thought possible.


MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

On the Edge of Shattered is Kimberly Kearns’ story of her own alcohol addiction. Kearns doesn’t sugarcoat anything, you will get the raw truth of what her life was like as an alcoholic. And it sure wasn’t the pretty picture Hollywood gives us. They make it look as though everyone is doing it, why not me. I’m thankful that Kearns was willing to put her story out there for all to see, not for people to bash her about it, but for those in the same place she was to be able to find help as well. It’s not easy to read parts of the book, but they are important so readers can see the whole picture.

Thank you goes to this author. I pray that everyone seeing or reading her story will find the hope Kearns found. If this is something you need help with, please follow her advice.

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:Kimberly Kearns is a wife to an incredible husband and a mother to three beautiful children. She currently lives in Need-ham, Massachusetts. She continues to tell her story of sobriety and inspire others every day on her blog at kimberlykearns.com, and through her Instagram account @asoberandstrongmom. Kimberly co-hosts the podcast The Weekend Sober and is a writer for the Webby Award-winning narrative podcast F*cking Sober: The First 90 Days. Writing has always been an escape for Kimberly, even as a little girl. Being able to express herself in words and getting lost in her imagination has served as a source of comfort to her as far back as she can remember. 

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


Tour Schedule:​

Nov 1 – Book Reviews by Linda Moore – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 1 Books are a Blessing– book review / giveaway
Nov 2 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 2 – Leanne bookstagram – book review
Nov 3 – Stephanie Jane – book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 4  Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
Nov 7 – Just Another Mother With Books – book review
Nov 8 – Liese’s Blog – book spotlight
Nov 9 – Novels Alive– book review / giveaway
Nov 9 – Novels Alive – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 10 – Books for Books– book spotlight
Nov 10 
Welcome To MLMOpinion’s Reviews – book review 
Nov 14  Jazzy Book Reviews book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 15 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 16 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Nov 17 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Nov 18 – Reading is My Passion – book review / giveaway
Nov 18  Faith and Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 21  Gina Rae Mitchell book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 21 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review / author interview / guest post  giveaway
Nov 22 – Paws.Read.Repeat– book review / giveaway
Nov 22 – @allbookedupwithcyn – book review

Nov 23 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Nov 25 – fundinmental– book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 25 – @twilight_reader   book review / giveaway
Nov 25- Women Connect Online – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 28 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 28 – Olio by Marilyn– book review / giveaway
Nov 28  Authors on iTours Book Reviews – book review

Nov 29 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Nov 29 – Women Connect Online – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

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The Park Street Secrets by Yvonne Van Lankveld

The Park Street Secrets

by Yvonne Van Lankveld

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GENRE: Contemporary Fiction

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BLURB:

A historic government office and police station in Niagara Falls, Ontario is redeveloped into seven condominiums. Some new residents have ties to its cultural heritage, while others bring secrets to keep there.

Siblings Lily and Rose must cohabit for one year or lose their inheritance, despite their animosity toward each other. Gracie Sheehan is determined to make a fresh start after many unexpected events force her to question her values and life goals. Young lovers move down the hall from a self-serving customs broker who always gets whom and what he wants.

Mix these unique characters with a medley of others, add a building manager with secrets of his own, and discover how Park Street becomes a chaotic blend of love, betrayal and the need for human connection.

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EXCERPTS (Exclusive Excerpt)

September 12th 

Weather forecast: unseasonably warm 

Suite 1B: Marcello Portobello 

“Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.” 

Anonymous 

Marcello’s dinner for one consisted of pasta al dente with marinara sauce that simmered all afternoon on the stove, followed by a tossed salad with a fresh herb vinaigrette. The sun faded peacefully, as did Marcello in his favourite chair, listening to an Italian symphony with a second glass of red wine in his hand and Mona Lisa on his lap. A warm breeze circulated through the open windows as he heard a fading siren responding to someone’s emergency. Michelangelo, soaking up the remaining warmth on the window ledge, popped his head up suddenly, then sat up. Mona Lisa shifted her position in Marcello’s lap. Marcello checked his feline family with heavy eyelids, murmuring comforting Italian words. A faint wail came from somewhere, possibly down the street.    

He leaned back lazily in his chair. It came again, with the same level of intensity. He finished the last sip of wine, gently moved Mona Lisa to the warm spot where his bottom had been and walked to the window. The wail returned, followed by a retching sound. No one was visible on the street below. He waited, and hearing it again, linked the noise to the condo next door. It must be the old woman. She might be sick or crying. Not one to meddle in another’s business, he returned to his chair, but the next cry overshadowed any desire for sleep or privacy. 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Yvonne Van Lankveld’s love of words began in childhood. As a nurse, her writing skills earned her acclaim in many clinical settings, however she never lost her desire to become an author.

The Park Street Secrets is her second novel, which she wrote during the pandemic. Her first book, The Road to Alright was originally published in 2019. She is working on her third fiction novel, Follow Polly’s Lane. Yvonne lives in Ridgeville, Ontario with her husband.

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19368849.Yvonne_Van_Lankveld

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-park-street-secrets

Amazon (USA) https://www.amazon.com/Park-Street-Secrets-Yvonne-Lankveld-ebook/dp/B0BGR7YWVW/ref=sr_1_2

Amazon (CA) https://www.amazon.ca/Park-Street-Secrets-Yvonne-Lankveld-ebook/dp/B0BGR7YWVW

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1167875

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

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

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Keeping Christmas Volume II by Multi Authors

About the Book

Book: Keeping Christmas Volume II

Authors: Chautona Havig, Tabitha Bouldin, Susan K. Beatty, Jennifer Sienes, Melissa Wardwell, and Stacy T. Simmons.

Genre: Christian Christmas Romance

Release date: October 18, 2022

MY RATING: Five Stars⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

In castles far and near, long ago and yesterday, find happily-ever-afters wrapped in love and tied with Christmas joy.

Escape to Greenaway (by Chautona Havig): She just wanted to escape another holly, jolly family holiday. Because snowbound in a castle B&B with one of Santa’s elves (or as good as) is so much better. With the help of the castle’s owner, Tonya plays matchmaker in a bid to get that Christmas-loving girl out of her hair.

The King’s Promise (by Tabitha Bouldin): In a world of airships and kings, a prince makes a promise that tears him away from his love. An ordinary baker’s daughter finds herself caught in the middle of a game where the winner earns the queen’s crown. They both want what they can’t have as they struggle toward a seemingly impossible happily ever after.

A Castle for Christmas (by Susan K. Beatty): Sadie Foster abhors wealth. Will Randolph, on the other hand, works for the uber-wealthy owner of an over-the-top castle on the California coast–Sadie’s father. When Christopher Foster leaves the castle to her, Sadie doesn’t want anything to do with it or his money. But what if Sadie and Will use the castle and her inheritance for the good of others—together?

An Irish Christmas Heart (by Jennifer Sienes): Will she choose love or an arranged marriage? In the midst of post-famine unrest, Eleanor Blake, daughter of an English nobleman, is thrown into a maelstrom of emotions. How will she escape the duty for which she was born and the confines of the ill-fated Menlo Castle of Galway, Ireland to find her true love?

Christmas at Curwood’s Castle (by Melissa Wardwell): A Christmas party at Curwood Castle should have been Angel Davis’ Cinderella moment. Especially when her dear friend Jimmy arrives. Instead, one obstacle after another threatens to break any chance at a happily-ever-after.

Christmas in the Cotswolds (by Stacy T. Simmons): She’s a paleontologist and ardent Jane Austen fan. He’s enmeshed in the exactitude of mathematics, can they find common ground? Do opposites attract, will the romantic castle, and dashing duke be the undoing of Victoria’s plans?

Grab a mug of something hot and delicious and curl up somewhere comfy. Your literary chariots await to take you on a journey from an early twentieth-century castle in the San Gabriel Mountains of California all the way across the pond to the beautiful Cotswolds of England. These six novellas, all set in castles real and fictional, celebrate the heart and joy of Christmas in this second volume of castle Christmas novellas.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Christmas at Curwood’s Castle (by Melissa Wardwell) Even though A Christmas party at Curwood Castle should have been Angel Davis’ Cinderella moment, it just didn’t happen.

A Castle for Christmas (by Susan K. Beatty) While Sadie Foster abhors wealth. Will Randolph works works for her wealthy father.

Christmas in the Cotswolds (by Stacy T. Simmons) Do opposites attract, will the romantic castle, and dashing duke be the undoing of Victoria’s plans?

These are the stories I read in this book so far. Each involves a castle, love and hopefully a happy ever after. I enjoyed these three stories so much and I plan to read the others during the Christmas season.

I loved these stories. Each story is different, yet they were alike. I enjoyed each journey and I loved the castles. And I was so nervous with the Happy ever afters for each of the couples. It just didn’t look like it would happen. None of them did. But they are all a sweet story that I will re-read again before Christmas because I love the sweet endings. If you are looking for a good Christmas read, this one is fabulous. With six short stories in one book, it makes it easy to read one story and stop. I love reading these kinds of books this time of year. This one is getting Five Stars from me.

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

About the Authors

USA Today Bestselling author of Aggie and Past Forward series, Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her at chautona.com and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.

Jennifer Sienes holds a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in education, but discovered life-experience is the best teacher. She loves Jesus, romance and writing—and puts it altogether in inspirational contemporary fiction. Her daughter’s TBI and brother’s suicide inspired two of her three novels. Although fiction writing is her real love, she’s had several non-fiction pieces published in anthologies including several in Chicken Soup for the Soul. She has two grown children and one very spoiled Maltese. California born and raised, she recently took a step of faith with her real-life hero and relocated to Tennessee.

Tabitha Bouldin is a student at Southern New Hampshire University, where she is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s in Creative Writing. As a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she works with critique groups and provides endorsements for other authors. Tabitha’s genre of choice is Contemporary Christian Romance which she describes as: Adventure with heart. Tabitha spent ten years working as a Medical Assistant before God opened the door which allowed her to become a stay-at-home-homeschooling-mom and author.

Melissa Wardwell resides in Owosso, Michigan with her husband and three teen-aged children.She doesn’t mind alternating between the world of writing and the reality of being a mother, but she would rather sit with a good book or a good friend and a cup of coffee. When she isn’t penning works of fiction, she is busy reviewing books for her blog, Back Porch Reads. To see more from Melissa Wardwell, visit www.melissawardwell.com

Who says you can’t begin a new career after middle age? Certainly not Susan K. Beatty. She is passionate about writing about finding courage through faith and grit, particularly through the trials of breast cancer and other life trials. Her daughter is a metastatic breast cancer “thriver” and has been an inspiration for her writing. Susan’s first novel, Faces of Courage, debuted May 2021, as part of the Faces of Courage series, including several novelettes. She is also the author of An Introduction to Home Education (AKA California Homeschool Manual). Susan is a professional writer/journalist and is active in the writer community. She is proof you can begin a fiction writing career at any age.

Stacy T. Simmons writes uplifting fiction that delights the reader’s romantic sensibilities. Thirty-four years of marital bliss is a great contributor. She is a mom of two grown children, and she and her family have a menagerie of pets she likes to call “Noah’s Ark.” You can find her working on her next manuscript with a piece of dark chocolate and a cup of coffee nearby. Connect with Stacy on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and her blog, Fueled by Faith and Caffeine.

More from Tabitha

Castles near and far. Over time and across worlds both real and fictional. When it came time to write for Keeping Christmas, the world opened up to offer each of us a jewel for our stories. While I chose to base my castle off of a real castle in Romania, others chose a different route. Yet we all came together with a singular mission to write stories about Christmas and to bring the joy of Christ into each and every book. Keeping Christmas is about more than overseeing a holiday. It is looking back through the years of Christmases far and wide, from our real world through fantasy lands some of us dreamed up, and keeping the spirit of the season alive.

Come and keep Christmas with us as we journey across land and sea, through the skies on an airship, and deep into the contemporary halls and towering turrets. Here you’ll meet characters to fall in love with and read stories that span the ages, from a scribe in King Herod’s castle to a paleontologist in the Cotswolds.

Blog Stops

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, November 16

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 16

Through the Lens of Scripture, November 17

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, November 18

By the Book, November 18

Inklings and notions, November 19

deb’s Book Review, November 20

Blogging With Carol, November 20

Texas Book-aholic, November 21

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, November 22

For Him and My Family, November 22

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

Older & Smarter?, November 24

Mary Hake, November 24

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 25

She Lives To Read, November 26

Holly’s Book Corner, November 26

Simple Harvest Reads, November 27 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Splashes of Joy, November 28

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 28

Writing From the Heart Land, November 29

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 29

Giveaway

To celebrate their tour, the Celebrate Lit Authors are 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.

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A Knock on the Door by Roberta K. Fernandez

 
 
Book Details:

 

​Book Title:  A Knock on the Door by Roberta K. Fernandez
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  392 pages
Genre: Crime Fiction / Thriller
Publisher:  Subplot Publishing (Imprint of Amplify Publishing Group)
Release date:  October 2022
Content RatingPG-13 + MThe book deals with heavy themes, murder, and violence

My Rating: Five Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 
Book Description: Lori Crawford’s world is turned upside down when her husband dies in a car accident. After twenty-five years of marriage, she thought she would forever live an uncomplicated, happy life with Jack. But just as Lori feels she’s coming out on the other side of her grief, Jack’s assistant at SpringWare, Rita Johnson, discovers information that convinces her that Jack was murdered.

​The two women vow to bring the perpetrator to justice. But time is running out, and their names are on someone’s kill list. The truth takes them down a path they never could have suspected. They set out to bring down one of the most powerful men in the country: the director of the National Security Agency. But who will believe them? And how many more will die before they do? Now, they have to decide if they have the courage—and the ability—to finish what they started.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Lori Crawford’s life was shattered when her husband was killed in an auto accident. That is, everyone thought it was an accident, until Rita, her husbands assistant stumbled upon evidence that Jack was murdered. Then other murders happened. What was going on, and who was trying to silence people? 

I enjoyed this first read for me from author Roberta K. Fernandez. There were lots of thrills and chills, and many twists and turns, which kept me turning the pages to quickly finish so I would know who this evil guy is. The character development is spot on. I like that Lori is such a strong and brave character, and was so adamant about finding her husband’s murderer. I look forward to reading the next book in this series to see what these characters will get themselves into next. If you enjoy a good thriller, you will enjoy this one. A Knock on the Door by Roberta K. Fernandez is getting Five Stars from me.

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

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A Measure of Serenity by Bryan Prosek Book Tour

A MEASURE OF SERENITY by Bryan Prosek
A MEASURE OF SERENITY by Bryan Prosek

Join us for this tour from Nov 21 to Dec 16, 2022


Book Details:

Book Title:  A Measure of Serenity by Bryan Prosek
Category:  YA Fiction (Ages 13-17),  368 pages
Genre: YA Science Fiction 
Publisher:  CamCat Books 
Release date:  November 2022
Formats Available for Review: print – softback (USA only), audiobook (Book Funnel download), and ebook (EPUB, PDF, Book Funnel download)
Tour dates: Nov 21 to Dec 16, 2022
Content Rating: PG. There aren’t any graphic scenes, and no strong language.

Book Description:

A million thoughts, but only one right thing to do.

Eighteen-year-old Serenity Ashdown has a brilliant mind: she counts, calculates, and analyzes everything, all the time. Awkward. When her father suddenly disappears, Serenity follows his trail to a parallel dimension. The feds on the other side claim to want to help her go home, if she helps them reconstruct the right codes for the portal between worlds. But it’s soon clear they want something more: a gateway for invasion, because this version of Earth is dying.

​When Serenity learns that her alter-ego was killed in battle, she assumes “the other Serenity’s” identity and uses her unique abilities to lead the resistance in a mortal fight against the tyrannical super-government that is poised to invade her universe. Serenity has no idea how to be someone she’s not, but she has to try—or she may not have a home to return to.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

A really good YA sci-fi read, A Measure of Serenity will sure keep your attention throughout the book. Serenity is a character that’s hard not to like. A senior at Harvard at 18, her numerical genius is astounding. It was her genius ways with numbers, in every way and everything connected to her numerical genius mind is the reason she was given the opportunity to work in the same place as her dad. But being with him is not to be.

In a world simular to Serenity but yet different, I felt that the author realy does a great job creating this different world the story is about. The characters developed well and Serenity exceeds that development as she uses her brilliant mind and work with numbers to find the answers she seeks. It was fun following Serenity until the end. If you enjoy Sci fi and fantasy type books you will enjoy this one. I’m giving A Measure of Serenity by Bryan Prosek Four 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.

Meet the Author:

Bryan Prosek is a science fiction writer and business attorney. Along with his debut The Brighter the Stars and the forthcoming A Measure of Serenity, he has published books and articles in legal trade journals and magazines. When he isn’t writing or practicing law, you can probably find him watching science fiction movies or television shows. He loves the big screen and the small screen. There’s a good chance that he’ll be watching one of the numerous Star Trek movies or series, but he could be watching anything from Guardians of the Galaxy to The Conjuring.

connect with the author: website twitter facebook instagram goodreads


Tour Schedule:

Nov 21 –Liese’s Blog – book spotlight
Nov 22 – Book Reviews by Linda Moore – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 23 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Nov 23 –Living in a Bookworld – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 25 –Books for Books – book spotlight
​Nov 25– JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder – audiobook review / giveaway
Nov 28 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Nov 29 – Lady Hawkeye – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 30 – Books are a Blessing – book review / giveaway
Dec 1 – Bootsie’s Book Nook – book spotlight 
Dec 2 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 5 – My Reading Getaway – book review 
Dec 6 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 7 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Dec 8 – Welcome To MLM Opinion’s Reviews – book review / giveaway
Dec 9 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 12 – JennaReadStuff – book review 
Dec 12 – Library Lady’s Kid Lit – book review / giveaway
Dec 13 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 14 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Dec 15 – Authors on iTours: Let’s Talk Books! – book review
Dec 16 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 16 – @enjoyingbooksagain – book review 

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Beyond Flight or Fight by Sunny Weber

Book Details:​Book Title:  Beyond Flight or Fight: A Compassionate Guide for Working with Fearful Dogs by Sunny Weber
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  186 pages
GenreAnimals/Dogs/Training/Self-Help
Publisher:  Pups & Purrs Press
Release date:  September 2016
Content Rating: This non-fiction book is rated G.
MY RATING: Five Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Book Description:Is your dog afraid of noises, objects, or you? Whether you have taken a fearful dog into your home, or you work professionally to save lives, Beyond Flight or Fight is an indispensable tool. Discover how to help dogs that have been neglected, abused, or are genetically timid.Fearful, timid, and/or reactive dogs are the most commonly rejected and euthanized dog personality type. Shelters, rescues, and sanctuaries often do not have the financial resources, time, or qualified staff to help these dogs adapt to life with humans. By providing a concise, easy-to-understand guide for anyone who has chosen a fearful dog to adopt, foster, or rehabilitate for other potential owners, Beyond Flight or Fight will help many people save many innocent, confused, and overwhelmed dogs’ lives.

Unique points covered include:

  • How fear works: primary vs. secondary responses.
  • Why rescue programs may not work
  • Safe places, escape, and helping dogs think
  • Flooding, aggression, learned helplessness: what happens/fixing it
  • Importance of: a familiar handler, time, and leadership
  • Specialized training techniques
  • Developing dog self-confidence
  • How to use: voice, hands, body, correction cues, and dog psychology
  • Why some dogs do not respond
  • Maintenance, proofing, accepting optimal levels Learn to teach “special needs” pets how to fit into the human world.

Conquer brain-flooding stress hormones and help your dog move from knee-jerk, Amygdala-based fear responses to reasoned, calm, rational evaluation based in the prefrontal cortex of the dog mind. Fearful dogs can be saved and have quality lives free of anxiety.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I knew there were lots of things dog owners who have rescue dogs need to do, but when I listened to this book, I found I didn’t know much at all. In Beyond Flight or Fight: A Compassionate Guide for Working with Fearful Dogs, Sunny Weber gives dog owners a wealth of information about owning a dog. From the fears the dog faces, to gaining the trust between dog and owner. A family member of mine got a rescue dog about 8 months or so ago and there’s much of what Weber says about rescues that I can see in their little dog. Now I know a little bit better how to handle this sweet doggie. I will purchase a copy and gift it to them. 

If you have a new dog or puppy, and especially if it is a rescue or it was adopted from a shelter, this book is a must read for you. In fact I think anyone adopting a dog should have this book on hand. And even if you have a puppy, there is so much in this book that can help you tremendously. It would be for your good as well as your new puppy or dog. This is one book I highly recommend.

I had the honor of listening to this book through Audible, and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Richard Riema very much as her read this story. He did a nice job with the different voices as well. I look forward to listening to more books that he does the narration on. I’m giving Beyond Flight or Fight: A Compassionate Guide for Working with Fearful Dogs by Sunny Weber Five stars.

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

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​Book Title:  City Dog Walking Safety & Etiquette by Sunny Weber
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  110 pages
GenreAnimals/Dogs/Training/Self-Help
Publisher:  Pups & Purrs Press
Release date:  September 2018
Content Rating: This non-fiction book is rated G.


Book Description:

Think you need just a leash & a dog? So you think dog walking is a no-brainer, right?

Just snap on the old leash and head out the door, until. . .
• Your dog pulls you off your feet or jerks your arm out of its socket
• An off-leash dog races straight at you and your dog, in attack or play
• A speeding bicyclist barely misses hitting you
• Your dog jumps on a passer-by while you are distracted
• A panting, passing runner causes your dog to go ballistic from the aggressive, fast invasion of her space
• You encounter a coyote or snake

City Dog Walking Safety & Etiquette will cover all scenarios you and your dog can expect in urban and suburban environments. You will learn simple commands to help you understand each other, find the best fit of equipment, be aware of local hazards, and appreciate basic manners so you and your pup are welcome wherever you go. Sunny Weber will help you enjoy the outdoors with your furry friend—safely!

Meet the Author:

Sunny Weber has over 30 years in animal welfare advocacy. She has experience in rescue, fostering, medical care, service and therapy dog evaluation and training, shelter and sanctuary work and specializes in the rehabilitation of fearful animals. Sunny has rehabilitated then re-homed hundreds of dogs, cats and horses.

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5000 Blankets Movie in theaters December 12th and 13th only

A powerful new film called 5,000 BLANKETS, a film inspired by a true story about a boy and his mom who, through challenging life circumstances, are inspired to care for the homeless people in their community. It releases in theaters on December 12th & 13th only.

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Inspired by a remarkable true story, 5000 BLANKETS is filled with hope and highlights the power of family and faith. When her husband has a mental breakdown and goes missing, a woman and her young son set out to find him on the streets, sparking a movement of compassion towards those in need and inspiring a city.

After watching this Movie Trailer several time. My heart went out to this young boy and his mom. It inspires me to try and help people in our community. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if people in communities around our USA are inspired to do the same? I would love to see this movie to be what will speak to thousands of people to start something in their towns and communities, and even cities across this great nation to help those in need. I can’t wait to watch this wonderful movie.

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A powerful new film called 5,000 BLANKETS, a film inspired by a true story about a boy and his mom who, through challenging life circumstances, are inspired to care for the homeless people in their community. It releases in theaters on December 12th & 13th only.


Inspired by a remarkable true story, 5000 BLANKETS is filled with hope and highlights the power of family and faith. When her husband has a mental breakdown and goes missing, a woman and her young son set out to find him on the streets, sparking a movement of compassion towards those in need and inspiring a city.
 

THE ABIDE BIBLE, NET Published by Thomas Nelson

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MY RATING: Five Stars⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

About THE ABIDE BIBLE, NET

The Abide Bible is designed to help you experience the peace, hope, and growth that come from encountering the voice and presence of God in Scripture. Every feature in Abide is designed to teach and develop Scripture-engagement habits that help you know the power and spiritual nourishment of abiding in Christ.

The Abide Experience: 21 Days in John is a FREE Video Devotion featuring Dr. Phil Collins, general editor of the Abide Bible, a Bible designed around five methods of Scripture Engagement that will change the way you read Scripture. The 21 Days in John FREE Video Devotion also provides a free download of the book of John from the Abide Bible.

The pictures throughout this Bible are absolutely beautiful. This one is by one of my favorite artist Vincent Van Gogh


A Little more about this wonderful Bible!

1. Talking Points

  • Check out The Abide Experience: 21 Days in John, a FREE Video Devotion featuring Dr. Phil Collins, general editor of the Abide Bible, a Bible designed around five methods of Scripture Engagement that will change the way you read Scripture. The 21 Days in John FREE Video Devotion also provides a free download of the book of John from the Abide Bible.
  • The Abide Experience is FREE and includes 21 Video devotions delivered by email and a full download of the book of John from The Abide Bible!
  • Transform your personal Bible devotions into intimate, ongoing conversations with God with various Scripture engagement approaches that keep Bible reading fresh and new. “Abide in Me.” John 15:4 
 Do you yearn for life-giving, intimate communion with God? The Abide Bible is de­signed to help you experience the peace, hope, and growth that comes from en­countering the voice and presence of God in Scripture. Every feature in Abide is de­signed to teach and develop Scripture-engagement habits that help you know the power and spiritual nourishment of abiding in Christ.
  • Created in partnership with Bible Gateway and the Taylor University Center for Scripture Engagement, The Abide Bible’s features include articles, book introduc­tions, and practical Scripture engagement prompts based on five ways of engaging deeply with the Bible:
    • Praying Scripture: Pattern your prayers after biblical texts, personalizing the prayer and gaining language for the thoughts and emotions you want to ex­press.
    • Picture It: Place yourself in a biblical narrative as a bystander or participant in important events.
    • Journaling: Focus and reflect on Scripture and its meaning for your life, open­ing yourself to God’s voice as you ponder.
    • Engage Through Art: Consider a classic piece of art—photograph, sculpture, painting—and let it deepen your meditations on scriptural truths.
    • Contemplate: Follow the church’s longstanding practice of reading, meditating on, praying, and contemplating a passage of Scripture in order to experience God’s presence through the words of the Bible.
    • Features include:
      • Bible book introductions provide a concise overview of the background and historical context of the book about to be read
      • 365 Day Bible Reading Plan guiding you through the entire Bible in a year
      • Line-matched, single-column Scripture text for improved readability
      • Smyth-sewn binding lays flat in your hand or on your desk
      • Two satin ribbon markers allows you to easily navigate and keep track of where you were reading
      • Easy-to-read 9-point NET Comfort Print

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BIBLE

I had never heard of the Abide Bible until I received this one from Momentum. To say I love it so much is really not adequate to describe it. It is absolutely beautiful, inside and out. I have been using this one for a while, and will continue to use it. It is the New English Translation from Thomas Nelson Publishers. This is the first Bible I have of the NET.

There are so many features in this study Bible to make studying the Bible so much easier because the plan is laid out one the pages throughout this Bible. I just love all of the features. This Bible has it all organized so beautifully that it will be easy to study a lot of different things.

A feature I found was amazing is the introduction to each Book of the Bible. I know all study Bibles have these, but this Bible went an extra mile and added more detail and of course it’s all different from other Bibles. I love that I have several pages to read before I read each Book, and these pages tell me so much about the Book and its history.

If you are looking for a new Bible, or maybe you want to try a new translation, Give this Abide Bible a try. This one is The New English Translation. I find this translation to be a little different, and I spent much time comparing verses. I enjoyed doing that because a gew words are changed, or maybe a new phrase, so it’s nice to have another translation to help understand what the Bible is saying. I’m giving The Abide Bible Five Stars, but it deserves so much more.

Many thanks to Thomas Nelson Bibles for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

I was just reading on the back of the box that said:

If you yearn for life-giving, intimate communion with God…

The Abide Bible is designed to help you experience the peace, hope, and growth that comes from encountering the voice and presence of God in Scripture. Every feature in Abide is designed to teach and develop Scripture-engagement habits that help you know the power and spiritual nourishment of abiding in Christ.

If you head to the back of the Bible, you will find valuable information there as well. I love love this Bible. I have had so much fun with it and I want to soon get into a Bible study here since I can watch my relationship with the Lord grow.

Check out The Abide Experience: 21 Days in John, a FREE Video Devotion fea­turing Dr. Phil Collins, general editor of the Abide Bible, a Bible designed around five methods of Scripture Engagement that will change the way you read Scrip­ture.


And here is the website for Thomas Nelson and you can find lots of info on this Bible there.

Website: https://www.thomasnelsonbibles.com/abide-bible/experience/

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Why They Call It Falling by Christina Sinisi

About the Book

Book: Why They Call It Falling

Author: Christina Sinisi

Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance

Release date: June 7, 2022

Formerly the wild child of three sisters, Emma Marano grew up to be a single mom working two jobs, estranged from her mother, and lying to her friends. She’d told everyone that her daughter’s father wanted nothing to do with his child, but in reality, her own inability to deal with her mistakes and shame led to the biggest lie of her life. But her daughter, Haley, is all Emma has in the world, so how can she regret keeping Haley to herself? Emma’s struggling, though, and her life is slowly imploding.

Right after high school, Justin Lee broke up with Emma Marano and joined the Army, leaving her and all her drama behind. Years later, he stumbles upon her and what turns out to be a daughter he never knew he had. Angry and confused, he insists on having a relationship with his daughter, but to do so, he’ll need to rebuild some sort of relationship with Emma, too. As he gets to know his daughter—and Emma again—he soon realizes that his biggest mistake was leaving her all those years ago. What he dismissed as drama turns out to be a serious mental health issue, and Emma needs help. Now, Justin has to decide if he can see past her flaws and forgive her lies, and together, they’ll have to work to reclaim their love and a faith in each other and in God, or they risk losing something precious in the process.

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And now some interview questions with the author.

1. Has writing fiction always been in your blood?

Yes. I grew up in the backwoods of the Virginia mountains and there was no kindergarten. My parents didn’t send me to school ready to learn—I didn’t even know the alphabet when I went into first grade. But, somehow, by third grade, I was writing poetry. God equips you for His purpose.

2. How long did it take to publish your first novel.

I wrote my first novel in high school, but didn’t publish a novel until I was in my fifties. So, the answer is a very long time. Having said that, I went to college, graduate school, and became a tenure professor in between so I only count the summer months.

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

If I am going to really concentrate, I need silence. The most important thing is nobody talking to me…which is hard since my home office is in the middle of the house with this rocking chair facing my desk. I should probably get rid of that chair.

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

I find inspiration everywhere—my heroines sometimes have a bit of me in them, or maybe a friend from church or my sister or my daughter. I read the newspaper every day and the plot might thicken in its pages. And my hero will always have a little of my husband in him.

5.  How did you go about developing the setting(s) for this story?

Why They Call It Falling got its start in Christmas Confusion. That book was written in three and a half weeks, in order to answer an email call for Christmas novellas. I built the story around a woman whose sister was a single mother so she helped out by watching her niece every other weekend. The sister, Emma, didn’t show up to retrieve her daughter one Sunday and no one knew where she was. A lot of my readers had a visceral dislike of Emma for doing this. Now, in this third book, Emma is redeemed.

 Since I wrote that first book so quickly—I wrote about my hometown of Charleston, South Carolina and its suburbs of Summerville and Goose Creek (melded together in a mythical town called Summer Creek).

6. Tell us a little about your plans for the future. Where do you see yourself as a writer in five years? 

        I will be retiring as a professor in a little over six years. So, I hope to retire into  being a full-time writer. I want to write a book of devotions reflecting my expertise as a child psychologist. I want to continue to write Christian contemporary romance but branch out into speculative. There are so many stories percolating in this head of mine!

About the Author

A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Christina Sinisi writes stories about families, both the broken and blessed. Her works include a semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest and the American Title IV Contest where she appeared in the top ten in the Romantic Times magazine. Her published books include Christmas Confusion, Sweet Summer, and Christmas on Ocracoke. By day, she is a psychology professor and lives in the LowCountry of South Carolina with her husband, two children and her crazy cat Chessie Mae.

More from Christina

In Why They Call It Falling, the hero discovers he has a daughter he didn’t know existed when he sees his ex-girlfriend in a strawberry patch at Boone Hall Plantation (here in Charleston, South Carolina). In the book, the name of the plantation had to be changed to protect the innocent, but the recipe below doesn’t.

This recipe comes from a cookbook titled, Charleston Receipts Repeats. This book has modern recipes, as well as old-fashioned ones dating back through generations. It’s a perfect accompaniment to my Charleston-based romance.

Strawberry Pie I

1 9-inch pie shell, baked and cooled

1 cup sugar

3 tablespoons cornstarch

1 cup water

Dash salt

1 3-ounce strawberry jello (delete 1 tablespoon)

1 pint strawberries

Whipped cream

In a saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, water, and salt.

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick and clear.

Add strawberry jello.

Pour half of mixture into pie shell.

Arrange strawberries in jello mixture.

Pour remaining mixture over strawberries.

Refrigerate until congealed.

Serve with whipping cream.

Serves 6 to 8. Chill 3 to 4 hours.

Enjoy, and think of the sweet taste of summer and the enduring love of fall. Second chances are often the most delicious!

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 14

Texas Book-aholic, November 15

Inklings and notions, November 16

deb’s Book Review, November 17

By the Book, November 18

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 19

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, November 20

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, November 21

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 22

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 23

Stories By Gina, November 24 (Author Interview)

Pause for Tales, November 25

Splashes of Joy, November 26 (Author Interview)

Cover Lover Book Review, November 26

Where Crisis & Christ Collide, November 27 (Author Interview)

For Him and My Family, November 27

Giveaway

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

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Delaware Before the Railroads: A Diamond Among the States by Dave Tabler

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DELAWARE BEFORE THE RAILROADS by Dave Tabler

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Book Details:

Book Title:  Delaware Before the Railroads: A Diamond Among the States by Dave Tabler

Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 100 pages

Genre: American History, Colonial

Publisher: Dave Tabler

Publication Date:Nov 2022

Tour dates: Nov 25 to Dec 16

Content Rating: G. None needed. Works for all audiences.


“Tabler debuts with a visual feast introducing readers to the First State before the golden age of the railroad. Drawing on photographs of locations, reconstructions, and historical objects, together with brief captions and rigorous notes, Tabler weaves a rich tapestry of industry, politics, and faith. He organizes the photographs roughly chronologically, tracking Delaware’s development from Swedish settlers to American independence, and dedicates space to images that reflect Delaware’s Native American history, as well as tracing the impact that enslaved people had on the state’s historical development.” – Booklife

“If you think you know Delaware, think again. Pirates? Quakers fighting with Pennsylvania? Towns so ugly no one would settle there? With stunning pictures and straightforward storytelling, Dave Tabler opens hidden passages and describes defining moments in this founding American colony. Telling this small state’s story gives you a sense of the big picture in American history. Enjoy this fresh look at Delaware through Dave Tabler’s eyes.”— Wendy Welch, author The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap
 
“Whether discussing the colored spear tips that showed the community if a person had been found guilty or not, to the stones that identified the Mason-Dixon Line, Dave Tabler’s book on colonial Delaware offers the reader a smorgasbord of interesting stories and photos of its early years. This is another book to add to collections about the beginnings of our country.” –– Sheila Ingle, winner, South Carolina Daughters of the American Revolution Historical Preservation Award for four of her young reader novels about South Carolina heroines during the Revolutionary War
 
“Thoroughly researched and well-written, Delaware before the Railroads offers a glimpse into the past through a present lens. Respected historian Dave Tabler utilizes colorful and intriguing photographs to tell Delaware’s foundational stories.” — Jan Loveday Dickens, Tennessee author and educator.

“Dave Tabler’s impeccable research and clearly written descriptives tell a truthful and provocative story for anyone interested in the subject or doing research for other works covering the same period. The colorful and informative photographs tell the story of not only Colonial Delaware residents from 1638-1832 but our American forefathers in general. We learn about every aspect of their way of life during the most critical time of our country’s history.” — Lisa Soland, author, and senior editor of Climbing Angel Publishing

“Dave Tabler has crafted a concise and fascinating photographic account of early Delaware. “Delaware Before The Railroads” is definitely a book that should be in the collection of anyone interested not only in the history of Delaware but also in the history of colonial America.”— Steve Gilly, “Stories, A History of Appalachia” podcast

“Beautifully illustrated and presented in a unique format, ‘Delaware Before the Railroads’ is an easy and informative read-sure to appeal to Early American and Delaware history buffs.”–Amelia E. Miller, Tennessee author and historian.

“Tabler’s purpose, indeed, his mission, is to create a tribute to the culture and history of Delaware before the coming of the railroad. Consequently, he not only rediscovers the past, he also preserves and celebrates it with a montage of vivid images and an insightful narrative.” — Gary Carden, author, storyteller, playwright.

Book Description:

Delaware before the railroads arrived in 1832 was hotly contested real estate. Circle back to 1610 for a ride that takes you through culture clashes, colonization, revolution and beyond.

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Meet the Author:

Ten year old Dave Tabler decided he was going to read the ‘R’ volume from the family’s World Book Encyclopedia set over summer vacation. He never made it from beginning to end. He did, however, become interested in Norman Rockwell, rare-earth elements, and Run for the Roses.

Tabler’s father encouraged him to try his hand at taking pictures with the family camera. With visions of Rockwell dancing in his head, Tabler press-ganged his younger brother into wearing a straw hat and sitting next to a stream barefoot with a homemade fishing pole in his hand. The resulting image was terrible.

Dave Tabler went on to earn degrees in art history and photojournalism despite being told he needed a ‘Plan B.’

Fresh out of college, Tabler contributed the photography for “The Illustrated History of American Civil War Relics,” which taught him how to work with museum curators, collectors, and white cotton gloves. He met a man in the Shenandoah Valley who played the musical saw, a Knoxville fellow who specialized in collecting barbed wire, and Tom Dickey, brother of the man who wrote ‘Deliverance.’

In 2006 Tabler circled back to these earlier encounters with Appalachian culture as an idea for a blog. AppalachianHistory.net today reaches 375,000 readers a year.

Dave Tabler moved to Delaware in 2010 and became smitten with its rich past. He no longer copies Norman Rockwell, but his experience working with curators and collectors came in handy when he got the urge to photograph a love letter to Delaware’s early heritage.

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Are You A Pineapple? by Kathryn A. Zolman

 
Book Details:

Book Title:  Are You A Pineapple? by Kathryn A. Zolman
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   May, 2022
Content Rating:  G. Suitable for everyone.

MY RATING: Five Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 
Book Description:

Kevin has a beautiful new puppy! But what should he name her? He wants to find a name that is unique, just like her. Kevin knows the puppy is special, but he’s about to find out just how smart she is when she helps Kevin choose her own name!

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

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I have heard a lot of stories about a boy and his dog, both real and fictional, and this is book about Kevin and his special dog. The unique thing about this dog is that he helps Kevin in picking out his name. This was a fun and very cute way to name his dog, Pineapple. 

Walter Policelli does a fabulous job with the beautiful illustrations in this book. The characters and the scenery fit the story so well and the pages are bright and colorful and just right. I love the interactions with the boy and his fur baby. It reminds me of my son with his animals when he was young. 

This is the perfect book for elementary classrooms, and any school or local library as well. I’m giving Are You A Pineapple? by Kathryn A. Zolman 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.

Meet the Author:
Kathryn A. Zolman never expected to write a children’s book, but when Pineapple came into her life and she heard the story of how this sweet, smart dog got her name, she thought it would make a fun book for parents to read to their children. Pineapple is a Bull Mastiff, German Shepherd, Chow mix, and much like a real pineapple, she knows how to stand tall and is very sweet on the inside!

Kathryn is an avid dog lover. Along with her husband and daughter, they have raised three Doberman Pinschers, each with their own unique personality and character. Kathryn is an advocate for not only raising children to respect all animals, but also to be thankful for the pure joy that they bring to our lives. In writing this book, Kathryn seeks to spread a positive message and hopes it will help children express more gratitude in their lives.

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City Dog Walking Safety & Etiquette by Sunny Weber

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Book Details:

 

​Book Title:  Beyond Flight or Fight: A Compassionate Guide for Working with Fearful Dogs by Sunny Weber
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  186 pages
GenreAnimals/Dogs/Training/Self-Help
Publisher:  Pups & Purrs Press
Release date:  September 2016
Content Rating: This non-fiction book is rated G.

Book Description:

 

Is your dog afraid of noises, objects, or you? Whether you have taken a fearful dog into your home, or you work professionally to save lives, Beyond Flight or Fight is an indispensable tool. Discover how to help dogs that have been neglected, abused, or are genetically timid.

Fearful, timid, and/or reactive dogs are the most commonly rejected and euthanized dog personality type. Shelters, rescues, and sanctuaries often do not have the financial resources, time, or qualified staff to help these dogs adapt to life with humans. By providing a concise, easy-to-understand guide for anyone who has chosen a fearful dog to adopt, foster, or rehabilitate for other potential owners, Beyond Flight or Fight will help many people save many innocent, confused, and overwhelmed dogs’ lives.

Unique points covered include:

  • How fear works: primary vs. secondary responses.
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  • Why rescue programs may not work
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  • Safe places, escape, and helping dogs think
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  • Flooding, aggression, learned helplessness: what happens/fixing it
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  • Importance of: a familiar handler, time, and leadership
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  • Specialized training techniques
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  • Developing dog self-confidence
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  • How to use: voice, hands, body, correction cues, and dog psychology
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  • Why some dogs do not respond
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  • Maintenance, proofing, accepting optimal levels Learn to teach “special needs” pets how to fit into the human world.
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Conquer brain-flooding stress hormones and help your dog move from knee-jerk, Amygdala-based fear responses to reasoned, calm, rational evaluation based in the prefrontal cortex of the dog mind. Fearful dogs can be saved and have quality lives free of anxiety.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS

Living in the country, I never think how it would be walking in the city and having to walk your dog, but it is completely different. Sunny Weberin does a fantastic job outlining different things you need to be aware of, for the safety of you dog and for yourself. Weberin gives detailed instructions of how you should walk your dog, telling how to watch out for yourself, watch your dog and always have him on a leash.

What happens when you encounter dangerous animals? Weberin give some tip to help keep the animals safe from each other. She really trains you to keep away from dangerous situations. This book is excellent for training you and you can use it as a guide for you and your dog. I  like that she hits the busy city and also the smaller town around. I truly think this is a book for all dog lovers, and anyone having a dog. Even though most of this book is for the city people, I am going to keep this book for when we get another dog at our house. I need this guide, and so do you. Why not check ot out this book today.

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

 
 
 
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Book Details:

 

​Book Title:  City Dog Walking Safety & Etiquette by Sunny Weberin
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  110 pages
GenreAnimals/Dogs/Training/Self-Help
Publisher:  Pups & Purrs Press
Release date:  September 2018
Content Rating: This non-fiction book is rated G.


Book Description:

 

Think you need just a leash & a dog? So you think dog walking is a no-brainer, right?

Just snap on the old leash and head out the door, until. . .
• Your dog pulls you off your feet or jerks your arm out of its socket
• An off-leash dog races straight at you and your dog, in attack or play
• A speeding bicyclist barely misses hitting you
• Your dog jumps on a passer-by while you are distracted
• A panting, passing runner causes your dog to go ballistic from the aggressive, fast invasion of her space
• You encounter a coyote or snake

City Dog Walking Safety & Etiquette will cover all scenarios you and your dog can expect in urban and suburban environments. You will learn simple commands to help you understand each other, find the best fit of equipment, be aware of local hazards, and appreciate basic manners so you and your pup are welcome wherever you go. Sunny Weber will help you enjoy the outdoors with your furry friend—safely!

 
Meet the Author:

Sunny Weber has over 30 years in animal welfare advocacy. She has experience in rescue, fostering, medical care, service and therapy dog evaluation and training, shelter and sanctuary work and specializes in the rehabilitation of fearful animals. Sunny has rehabilitated then re-homed hundreds of dogs, cats and horses.

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