Tour and Giveaway for For the Love of Joy by Janet W. Ferguson

For the Love of Joy JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for For the Love of Joy by Janet W. Ferguson, hosted byJustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Series: Coastal Hearts

Author: Janet W. Ferguson

Release Date: January 1, 2021

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance / Southern rom-com

Years ago, a Dear John letter and then an IED explosion overseas rocked Davis Donnelly’s world and left him unclear about his marital status. He’d signed divorce papers, but broken mentally and physically, he’d never bothered to find out if his marriage actually ended. Now that he’s about to start a new position as an outreach minister, it’s time to settle things once and for all. At the moment he tracks down his wife—or former wife?—she takes a tumble while chasing a little boy. Her son. And that’s when life flips upside down.

Joy Jennings Donnelly made her share of mistakes. But one thing she never considered a mistake was her child, and she’ll do anything to protect him. Even keep his paternity a secret.

When she’s suddenly injured with not a soul to help her or her son, Joy is forced to rely on the man who has the most reasons to hate her.

Wow! Another amazing read from Janet W. Ferguson! Joy and Davis were married years ago, but the marriage ended years ago, starting with a Dear John letter, followed by an injury while he was overseas serving his county. Or so Davis thought. But he better make sure before he starts his new ministry. But things didn’t happen as Davis thought. And Davis’ world was completely turned upside down.

Janet W. Ferguson does an amazing job of creating amazing characters and bringing them to life throughout the pages of this book. We get to reconnect with some characters from previous books as well as meet new one in For the Love of Joy. I enjoyed following Joy and Davis grow as the story unfolds. And little Hankie was adorable. I love how the whole bunch fell in love with him, and especially Davis. Ferguson does a phenomenal job in dealing with the very difficult issues in this story. And I love and appreciate her weaving faith and the Christian life into her characters. This is truly a story of love, forgiveness, redemption and second chances. I can’t wait for the next book from Ms. Ferguson. This one us a 5 plus Stars!! Wish I could give it more. If you love a sweet contemporary read, this one is a great place to start.

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

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Janet W. Ferguson

Janet W. Ferguson is a Grace Award winner, FHL Readers Choice Winner, and a Christy Award finalist. She grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served as a children’s minister and a church youth volunteer. An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. She writes humorous inspirational fiction for people with real lives and real problems. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a cat that allows them to share the space.

CONNECT WITH JANET:  Website |Facebook | Twitter |Instagram


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a wetcat Hug Yourself Turkish beach towel, beach bookmark, Meyers lavender soy candle, signed book, note, and shell from the author! Dream beach 2021!

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Tour and Giveaway for The Ultimate Betrayal (a Maximum Security Novel) by Kat Martin

THE ULTIMATE BETRAYAL by Kat Martin
The Ultimate Betrayal (a Maximum Security Novel) by Kat Martin

TOUR FULLJoin us for this tour from Jan 6to Jan 26, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Ultimate Betrayal (a Maximum Security Novel) by Kat Martin
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 yrs +),  464 pages
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Thriller
Publisher:  HQN
Release date:   December 29, 2020
Tour dates: Jan 6 to Jan 26, 2021

Book Description:

When her father is accused of espionage and treason, journalist Jessie Kegan has no doubt the man she looked up to her entire life is innocent. Worse yet, before Colonel Kegan can stand trial, he’s found dead of a heart attack…but Jessie knows it was murder. Forcing aside her grief, she’s determined to use her investigative resources to clear her father’s name. But going after the truth means Jessie soon finds herself in the crosshairs of a killer who wants that truth to stay buried with her father. Protecting Jessie Kegan is a job bodyguard Brandon Garrett can’t refuse. Jessie isn’t just a client at Maximum Security—she’s the sister of his best friend, Danny, who was killed in Afghanistan. With dangerous enemies gunning for Jessie from every angle, keeping her safe will mean keeping her close, and Bran finds their mutual attraction growing, though being Danny’s sister puts Jessie out of bounds. With their backs against the wall, Jessie and Bran will have to risk everything to expose her father’s killer—before his legacy dies with his daughter.
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BOOK TITLE: THE ULTIMATE BETRAYAL

AUTHOR: Kat Martin

AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR

What would you like readers to understand about Jessie and Bran, and their perilous journey to love?

Though I’ve written more than 70 books in my long career and I loved writing them all, some are my special favorites.  The Ultimate Betrayal is one of those books.  Bran and Jessie were just so much fun!  I think they really got each other and that was one of the reasons liked the book so much. 

How did you do research for The Ultimate Betrayal?  

I do most of my research on the Internet.  This was a very difficult book since it dealt with the U.S. Army and a real Chemical Depot in Colorado.

Can you tell us a little bit about your next books or what you have planned for the future?  THE PERFECT MURDER is my upcoming release, Reese Garrett’s story.  Reese is the middle Garrett brother, CEO of Garrett Resources, a huge oil and gas company in headquartered in Dallas.  In the story, Reese fights his attraction to his executive assistant, McKenzie Haines, who is helping him with the purchase of an offshore drilling rig.  It’s a sexy, very high-action thriller, out in hardcover June 29th of next year.  

What is your publishing journey story?   

I’ve had big breaks and total disasters.  I’ve worked for almost all the big publishers in NYC and Canada and had 6 different agents.   I’m still writing full time.  And like all other authors, hoping bookstores soon reopen.

If you could put yourself as a character in your book, who would you be?  

I’d be the heroine, of course, getting rescued by the gorgeous and sexy hero.

Do you snack while writing? Favorite snack?  

No, I don’t snack because it’s a terrible habit for a writer, who sits so many hours a day.  It’s recipe for gaining weight.

What’s your favorite scent? 

Lilacs and gardenias

If you could go back in time, where would you go?  

I love the old West, so maybe there, but if I could be one of the aristocracy, I would definitely go back to Regency or Victorian England.

What is one of the scariest things that has happened to you? 

My husband and I spent the night in a haunted house. (not on purpose.). It was terrifying.  I wrote a novel called The Silent Rose which is based on what happened that night.  (Though I did turn it into a romance.)

How can readers reach you?  

You can find me on Facebook and Instagram at Kat Martin Author or contact me through my webpage www.katmartin.com.  I always answer if I get an email. 

Author Kat Martin

Meet the Author:

Bestselling author Kat Martin, a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, currently resides in Missoula, Montana with Western-author husband, L. J. Martin. More than seventeen million copies of Kat’s books are in print, and she has been published in twenty foreign countries. Fifteen of her recent novels have taken top-ten spots on the New York Times Bestseller List, and her novel, BEYOND REASON, was recently optioned for a feature film. Kat’s latest novel, THE ULTIMATE BETRAYAL, a Romantic Thriller, was released in paperback December 29th.

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

Jan 6 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 6 – BookishKelly2020 – book spotlight
Jan 8 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 11 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 12 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 13 – FUONLYKNEW – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 13 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 14 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 15 – Christa Reads and Writes – books spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 15 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 18 –Lisa Everyday Reads  – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 19 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 20 –The Obsessed Reader – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 21 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 25 – 100 Pages A Day – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 26 – I’m All About Books – book spotlight / giveaway

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Tour and Giveaway for Book Title:  Face Fitness – The 10 Minute Face Lift – How to take years off your face naturally! by Gregory Landsman

FACE FITNESS by Gregory Landsman
FACE FITNESS by Gregory Landsman

I WANT TO SPOTLIGHT THIS BOOKJoin us for this tour from Jan 18to Feb 5, 2021!

Book Details:
Book Title:  Face Fitness – The 10 Minute Face Lift – How to take years off your face naturally! by Gregory Landsman
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18 yrs +),  67 pages
Genre: Beauty & Grooming; Health & Wellness; Self Help
Publisher:  Hill of Content Publishing
Release date:   Nov 2018
Tour dates: Jan 18 to Feb 5, 2021
Content Rating:  G.

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FACE FITNESS by Gregory Landsman INTERVIEW

Q1. YOUR BOOKS HELP COUNTERACT PREMATURE SKIN AGING. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON APPROACHING THE AGING PROCESS? 

There is a huge difference between premature skin aging and aging.

Counteracting premature skin aging is a process of de-stressing the skin from the inside out and the outside in so we can look our best at every age.

Premature skin aging is brought on by stress – the stress we feel, lifestyle stressors and exposure to environmental stressors. With knowledge and know how anyone can counteract the skin stress that creates premature aging and take years off the face naturally. I show people how to do this with food, facial exercise, natural skincare, breathing and a variety of easy lifestyle changes that help to de-stress their skin and naturally age less. 

Whereas aging is the process of growing into ourselves so we can live our best life. To look our best, we need to feel our best and how we deal with the aging process is big part of that. My belief is that to live happily we need to age gratefully and gracefully.

The physical body goes through many transitional phases in our lifetime and each phase has its own beauty, presenting us with an opportunity to understand and accept ourselves a little better.  Waging war on wrinkles only creates more stress and less self acceptance. Wrinkles on the face tell both the story of our life and our lifestyle, but they should not define our value or how we see ourselves.

Valuing the wisdom, clarity and self acceptance, that comes with life experience is the path to feeling peaceful and good in our own skin. This in turn keeps us looking our best, as when we feel good, we look good! 

Q2. IS FACE FITNESS ONE WAY THAT WE CAN HELP COUNTERACT PREMATURE AGING?

Face Fitness is a great way to help counteract premature aging as the program works to de-stress the skin so it ages less!

Facial exercises and massage are one method I recommend to remove the impacts of skin stress so that the face looks younger and more vital and ages less, simply because it is stronger and healthier. It is also recommended by doctors and dermatologists as a means of increasing blood flow, carrying more nutrients to the skin and removing toxins, which keeps the facial muscles and the skin healthier and more vital.

Face Fitness is part of a skincare book trilogy that includes Face Value (natural topical skincare treatments) and Face Food (recipes to feed and revitalise the skin). They all work together as a total natural solution to counteract premature aging and keep our skin looking younger and more vital as we age.

Q3. CAN FACE EXERCISES REALLY DO ANYTHING FOR THOSE WRINKLES, SAGGING JOWLS, OR DOUBLE CHIN?

Absolutely! As we age we lose collagen and elastin, which causes the skin to wrinkle, droop and sag. The beauty of these exercises is that your facial muscles respond to exercise in the same way that the muscles on your body does. 

With exercise the body looks fitter, feels better and is generally healthier. The same principle applies to giving our face muscles a good workout. Improving muscle tone on the face is what helps us fight gravity. But beyond overcoming sagging skin, strengthening the facial muscles will plump up the skin; smooth out fine lines; firm the look of the face; and contour and sculpt the face. There are many benefits to building the FACE FITNESS exercises into a daily routine; the biggest of which is keeping our skin looking healthier and younger.

Q4. DO THE EXERCISES WORK AT ALL LAYERS OF THE SKIN?

Face Fitness exercises and massage work all the skin’s layers—the epidermis (upper layer), dermis (middle layer) and the hypodermis (lower layer), but they also improve collagen production naturally, increase skin moisture levels and rejuvenate the texture of the skin. 

Q5. IN YOUR BOOKS YOU TALK ABOUT CELEBRATING OUR HUMANITY. WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

Daily day life gives us the chance to celebrate ourselves and our lives. At the age of 57 I am more in love with life than I have ever been because I know that the way I choose to think will either strengthen and or weaken the way I feel, the way I see myself and the way I live. 

Celebrating our humanity is about recognising the best in ourselves and each other. It is about celebrating our individuality and our differences and understanding that we are all worthy of being valued and loved. 

This starts from within as I have come to understand that I never see the world as it is, I see the world as I am, the beliefs I hold, the thoughts I have and the choices I make on a daily basis.

Laughter, fun, tears and kindness are a large part of what

make us beautiful and our lives magical.

Gregory Landsman

To receive a free copy of Gregory’s e-book, STOP SKIN AGING PREMATURELY, which includes a list of the most powerful cortisol lowering foods go to: https://gregorylandsman.com/

Book Description:

FACE FITNESS: HOW TO TAKE YEARS OFF YOUR FACE NATURALLY! TAKE UP TO 10 YEARS OFF YOUR FACE IN JUST 10 MINUTES!

With no invasive procedures, no anaesthetic, no face fillers, no unnatural substances and no expense, FACE FITNESS shows how to:
• Give yourself a tighter, more youthful looking face
• Enhance your cheek bones
• Tighten skin around the eyes
• Reduce and soften lines around the mouth
• Plump out forehead worry lines
• Tighten jowls, neck and jawline
• Use food to optimise the health of your skin

FACE FITNESS techniques will also improve collagen production naturally, increase skin moisture levels, reduce pore size and smooth out the texture of your skin. Based on ancient knowledge from Indian sages, these powerful techniques have been adapted by Gregory Landsman as an effective and genuine alternative to a surgical face lift that gets results without the huge price tag. It can help you retain and regain a vibrant face without nipping or tucking the skin or the facial muscles. This is not only a technique for wrinkles and sagging muscles, but a means of prevention as well.Book Excerpt – Take 10 Years Off!

Book Excerpt – FACE FITNESS

TAKE 10 YEARS OFF

Face Fitness is a natural face lift that can take ten years off your face.

All it takes is ten minutes a day to retain or regain a fresh, healthy and younger looking face.

While travelling in India I crossed paths with an amazing seventy-eight year-old woman who taught me that our genes are not our destiny and that the way our faces age is literally in our hands.

The day she took my hands and clasped them in her own, I knew she would teach me something that would stay with me forever.

What this learned woman shared with me was an ancient Indian treatment that dates back several thousands of years. Having been passed down through her family, it told a story of ancient wisdom steeped in a true understanding of the human form and how to maintain a youthful appearance by keeping the facial muscles fit and skin firm.

This is why I called this program Face Fitness!

What I will show you is a powerful and genuine alternative to a surgical face lift that gets results without the $30,000 price tag. It will help you retain and regain a vibrant face without nipping, tucking, sucking and plucking the skin or the facial muscles. Face Fitness will show you how to:

• Drain toxins that age the skin

• Prevent and reduce wrinkles without anaesthetic

• Sculpt and reshape the face without pain

• Minimise lines around the mouth without collagen

• Lift sagging skin without stitches

• Reduce crow’s feet and the folds in the upper and lower eyelids without a surgeon

• Minimise a double chin without cutting

• Tighten jowls and loose skin on the neck without the expense

• Plump up hollow cheeks without face fillers

• Oxygenate the blood to give your skin a lasting healthy glow as well as

• How to eat your way to great skin with the 5 Day Skin Firming Diet

Face Fitness is about conditioning the face in a way that will naturally outlast any surgical face lift or artificial face fillers. This is not only a correction technique for wrinkles and sagging muscles, but a means of prevention as well.

Since learning these techniques I have practised them daily and used them in my career for many years.There is no doubt that if practised consistently this program will not only improve tone, but the overall look of the face.

In a time where so much emphasis is placed on the way we look, where we have all experienced the mental anxiety that sits on our faces, we need a way to keep our faces fresh and healthy, and our minds calm as we journey through the world.

A key part of taking the pressure off comes from understanding that while we all want to look as good as we can for as long as we can, in truth we touch people in a very small way with our looks. Mostly we touch them through acts of kindness and the sharing of our humanity. My personal philosophy on B.E.A.U.T.Y. is…

Balance in our life unfolds from the inside out.

Enthusiasm lies within the way we think and feel about ourselves.

Acceptance is the path to making peace with ourselves and others.

Understanding ourselves gives us clarity and wisdom to know what we want, and importantly, what we don’t.

Trust attunes our heart and mind so we can nurture spontaneity and adventure in our lives, and see that…

You have what it takes to create the life and love you know you deserve and to never settle for anything less.

As you read this book and start to incorporate the techniques into your daily life you will see clearly that our faces tell the story of our feelings. Looking good is about feeling good and maintaining healthy skin inside and out is a big part of that.

Learning to understand the connection between how we look after our faces and how we think (stress) helps us discover our own path to an energised, vibrant and healthful face.

For when we let go of the stressful thoughts and feelings, we give ourselves a natural face lift; as self belief will out-do, out perform and outlast plastic surgery, botox, and restylane face fillers every time.

We cultivate beauty by remembering our humanness and our goodness, and celebrating the best in ourselves and others. – Gregory LandsmanBuy the Book:
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The 10 Years Younger Series by Gregory Landsman

Check Out The Entire 10 Years Younger Series!
The complete solution to PREMATURE AGING. The simple, effective, science-based methods in these three books give everyone the opportunity to achieve younger, healthier looking skin at any age…for next to nothing!

  • Get your skin back on track after the holidays with the most powerful anti-aging ingredients found in everyday foods.
  • Fulfill a new years resolution to look your best self at every age with simple effective methods to achieve younger, healthier looking skin that will take years off the face.
  • Spend some time nurturing yourself and take years off your face for next to nothing.
  • This new year get the same results as expensive cremes without having to leave your kitchen.

Each book stands alone, focusing on a different method to achieving younger looking skin i.e. Face Value – DIY topical treatments; Face Fitness – facial exercise; and Face Food – anti-aging foods). Together they represent the ultimate guide to younger, healthier and more vital looking skin at any age.
“With knowledge and know how we can counteract and prevent premature aging, as small changes make a big difference to the way we age over time.”
Gregory Landsman

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Meet the Author:

Gregory Landsman is one of the most noted global beauty and wellness experts in the world, a best selling author of nine books, and a TV host who specializes in using food to take years off the face naturally.

Having worked in the beauty industry for 30+ years Gregory believes that looking youthful goes well beyond waging war on wrinkles, and that how we age is 100% controllable. His natural methods are used globally by models, shown in universities and recommended by doctors.

Often referred to as ‘The Beauty Advisor’, Gregory’s books and global TV program Face Lifting Food show viewers how to create quick skin-boosting meals and powerful skin treatments using everyday foods to achieve younger, healthier looking skin at any age.

Gregory is a strong voice for inclusion. His book, Faith Lifting Prayers is a celebration of humanity and captures his journey of extremes; from Apartheid South Africa to working at the height of the fashion industry, and his fundamental discovery that regardless of what we do, how we look cannot be separated from how we feel. This is why all of his books, even those about looking younger, all feature his own quotes and philosophy about the importance of feeling good in our skin. His book A Lifetime of BEAUTY also shares messages for early teens and middle years about embracing our differences and our individuality; finding happiness; and standing strong in a world that often judges us for the way we look. This book is endorsed for inclusion in the education system.

connect with the author:  website ~ podcast ~ goodreads
Tour Schedule:

Jan 18 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / book excerpt / giveaway
Jan 18 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 19 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 19 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 20 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 25 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book spotlight / book excerpt / giveaway
Jan 26 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 1 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 2 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 4 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 5 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / book excerpt / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway:

Tour and Giveaway for Face Value – DIY Secrets to Beauty and a Younger Face by Gregory Landsman

FACE VALUE by Gregory Landsman
FACE VALUE - DIY Secrets to Beauty and a Younger Face by Gregory Landsman

I WANT TO SPOTLIGHT THIS BOOKJoin us for this tour from Jan 11to Jan 29, 2021!

Book Details:
Book Title:  Face Value – DIY Secrets to Beauty and a Younger Face by Gregory Landsman
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18 yrs +),  67 pages
Genre: Beauty & Grooming; Health & Wellness; Self Help
Publisher:  Hill of Content Publishing
Release date:   2020
Tour dates: Jan 11 to Jan 29, 2021
Content Rating:  G.

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Book Description:

FIND SOME OF THE MOST POWERFUL ANTI-AGING PRODUCTS USED IN EXPENSIVE BEAUTY CREAMS IN YOUR OWN KITCHEN!

Following the success of the best selling first edition, the new revised version of Gregory Landsman’s Face Value is jam packed with simple DIY secrets to beauty and younger looking skin that can achieve powerful results in a very short time. Featuring an entirely new chapter on rejuvenating night serums, Face Value will change the way you think and approach beauty as you discover that utilizing natural ingredients can provide real and lasting solutions to give you a natural glow and a younger looking face.

Find recipes to…
• Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
• Stimulate collagen production
• Improve skin firmness and elasticity
• Protect skin from damaging free radicals
• Rehydrate, tighten and tone the face
• Restore the skin’s radiance and natural pH levels
• Reduce age spots, pigmentation and blemishes

With Face Value, you can achieve younger looking skin without having to leave your own kitchen!
Book Excerpt:

Book Excerpt – FACE VALUE

The simple do-it-yourself treatments in Face Value target our greatest skin concerns such as reducing fine lines and wrinkles, improving firmness and elasticity and protecting skin from damaging free radicals.)

Every formula contains high doses of the most powerful ingredients such as Alpha Hydroxy Acid, Retin A and potent antioxidants used in the most expensive creams on the market.)

All are touted as anti-aging, stimulating skin cell regeneration and improving the texture of your skin. The good news is that most of it can be found in your own kitchen!)

In more than 30 years of dealing with faces every day, I worked across the globe in the fashion and beauty industry. I could see that the daily stresses of life show up on our faces, and have a profound effect on the way skin visibly ages, even on supermodels.)

With this in mind I put together Face Value; a complete skincare manual that offers real solutions and real choices that really work! Each of these treatments have been tried and tested by people from the four corners of the world and I have used them in my career for years with great success.)

Whether it is a treatment full of firming and plumping hydrators or smoothing exfoliators, these formulas will feed your skin from the outside in, restoring radiance and stimulating collagen production. With Face Value you can create a personalised plan for the issues that concern you most; whether it is saying ‘bye bye’ to age spots, fine lines, blemishes, sun damaged skin or uneven pigmentation.)

Without a doubt our faces say so much more about us than what we look like. They are a pure reflection of our health, vitality and spirit. Through my years of experience in the fashion industry.

I have come to believe that B.E.A.U.T.Y. is based on the principles of …

Balance, Enthusiasm, Acceptance, Understanding,Trust & You I believe that:

Balance in our lives unfolds from the inside out.

Enthusiasm lies within the way we think and feel about ourselves.

Acceptance is the path to making peace with ourselves and others.

Understanding ourselves gives us clarity and wisdom to know what we want, and importantly, what we don’t.

Trust attunes our heart and mind so we can nurture spontaneity and adventure in our lives, and know that…

You have what it takes to create the life and love you know you deserve and to never settle for anything less.

I took every photograph in this book as an expression of my belief that as in nature, where every flower is different from the next, we are a living embodiment that beauty is individual.

While Face Value is about learning to nurture your face and your body with great natural products that work, it is also about knowing that the beauty we find outside ourselves is a very small aspect of what lies within.

I have been fortunate enough to cross paths with people who have helped me understand this; each in their own way showing me that the essence of our beauty lies not in our physical characteristics alone, but in the heart of our character.

While I have seen supermodels in Paris dressed in Chanel and women in India dressed in rags, the one truth that reveals their beauty, regardless of who they are, is the truth of their smile.

So whether you are indulging in a skin rejuvenating bath or giving yourself a three-minute facial – Enjoy! After all, B.E.A.U.T.Y. is about good living and great loving, it is about feeling more, healing more, living more and loving more.

“You are whole and beautiful for no other reason than you are human.” – Gregory LandsmanBuy the Book:
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AND NOW AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR

OF FACE VALUE, GREGORY LANDSMAN

Q1. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THE TRILOGY- FACE VALUE, FACE FITNESS AND FACE FOOD?

I understand from years of dealing with skin in my professional life that maintaining radiant healthy skin goes well beyond a daily skin care routine – we need to know where to find the most powerful natural skin boosters; what topical vitamins and minerals feed, strengthen and protect the skin; how to support our skin with collagen building foods; and how to keep the muscles on the face healthy and firm as we age. 

I believe that everyone should have equal access to the best information, as this is what allows us to make informed decisions about how to look after our skin. The three books that make up the 10 Years Younger Series provide the reader with knowledge and know how to prevent premature skin aging and maintain younger, healthier looking skin at any age. 

Q2. IS THERE SUCH A THING AS A MIRACLE SKIN CARE PRODUCT? 

Spending a lot of money on one product will not transform or save your skin. Healthy skin relies on feeding ourselves a combination of good nutrient rich skin care, good daily nutrition, good feelings, good quality breathing to nourish our system and good facial massage and exercise. When we incorporate these into our lives we de-stress our bodies and our skin, and as a result we naturally age less. 

Q3. HOW DO WE KNOW IF OUR SKIN IS AGING PREMATURELY?

Premature skin aging is brought on by skin stress. Some of the signs of skin stress include a dull and sallow complexion; the skin looks and feels dehydrated or itchy; fine lines are starting to form or are turning into wrinkles; and skin is losing its elasticity and bounce back.

Our skin never lies. It will show us the internal stress we are carrying, the water that we are not drinking, the quality of our breathing patterns, our lack of sleep or the vitamins and minerals we are lacking. These will all create skin stress and cause the skin to age prematurely.

To keep ourselves looking our best over time we need to de-stress the skin so it ages less! This can be done by feeding the skin the nutrients it needs to counteract skin stress and rebuild and protect collagen and elastin, which keeps the skin firm and vital. 

Q4.  WHEN YOU ARE NOT WRITING BOOKS YOU ARE FILMING A TV SHOW ON HOW TO KEEP SKIN LOOKING YOUNGER. WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO CREATE THE TELEVISION SHOW, FACE LIFTING FOOD?

I am always looking at a variety of ways to give people the knowledge and know how to look after their skin, so after the success of the first edition of Face Value and Face Food, I created a TV show based on these two books called Face Lifting Food

I have also recently created the online FACE FOOD SKIN TREATMENTS to provide DIY solutions to specific skin problems such as lip lines; super dry skin; problem skin and continuously dry and irritated hand skin. 

Q5. YOU BELIEVE IT’S IMPORTANT TO BE AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT YOU ESPOUSE, BUT YOU ALSO PLACE A LOT OF IMPORTANCE ON EVERYTHING BEING SCIENCE BASED.  WHICH IS MORE IMPORTANT TO YOU?

I believe authenticity is critical in every area of our lives and it has always been important to me that anything I say or recommend, I actually live. It is equally important that what I recommend is evidenced in the science.

As a man of faith, I believe in a number of things that we can’t see or prove. But with so much misinformation around about how we need to look after our skin, and the unnecessary prices people are being asked to pay for products that do nothing great, I needed my books to be based on solid science. And they are, which is why the TV show Face Lifting Food is shown in Universities and a number of my books are endorsed by medical professionals.

Q6. YOU HAVE WORKED IN THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY FOR THREE DECADES AND YOU ARE KNOWN AS A THOUGHT LEADER ON HOW BEAUTY IS VIEWED AND DEFINED. WHAT IS THE CORE OF YOUR BELIEF ABOUT WHAT MAKES A HUMAN BEING BEAUTIFUL?

To me real beauty has nothing to do with how we look and everything to do with our humanity and what radiates from the inside out, which is why I don’t believe that beauty is exclusive to models and movie stars, but is inclusive of everyone regardless of age, physicality, ability, colour, gender or background of any kind. 

I believe that God made us in his own image and we are all worthy of being treated with kindness and respect. 

I believe in the equality of beauty

That no-one is better than who we are

And in the same breath, no-one is less

In this truth lies our strength

Our hope and our freedom

To live a good life

Gregory Landsman

To receive a free copy of Gregory’s e-book, STOP SKIN AGING PREMATURELY, which includes a list of the most powerful cortisol lowering foods to help counteract skin stress go to: https://gregorylandsman.com/


Check Out The Entire10 Years Younger Series:


The complete solution to PREMATURE AGING. The simple, effective, science-based methods in these three books give everyone the opportunity to achieve younger, healthier looking skin at any age…for next to nothing!

  • Get your skin back on track after the holidays with the most powerful anti-aging ingredients found in everyday foods.
  • Fulfill a new years resolution to look your best self at every age with simple effective methods to achieve younger, healthier looking skin that will take years off the face.
  • Spend some time nurturing yourself and take years off your face for next to nothing.
  • This new year get the same results as expensive cremes without having to leave your kitchen.

Each book stands alone, focusing on a different method to achieving younger looking skin i.e. Face Value – DIY topical treatments; Face Fitness – facial exercise; and Face Food – anti-aging foods). Together they represent the ultimate guide to younger, healthier and more vital looking skin at any age.
“With knowledge and know how we can counteract and prevent premature aging, as small changes make a big difference to the way we age over time.”
Gregory Landsman

Author Gregory Landsman

Meet the Author:

Gregory Landsman is one of the most noted global beauty and wellness experts in the world, a best selling author of nine books, and a TV host who specializes in using food to take years off the face naturally.

Having worked in the beauty industry for 30+ years Gregory believes that looking youthful goes well beyond waging war on wrinkles, and that how we age is 100% controllable. His natural methods are used globally by models, shown in universities and recommended by doctors.

Often referred to as ‘The Beauty Advisor’, Gregory’s books and global TV program Face Lifting Food show viewers how to create quick skin-boosting meals and powerful skin treatments using everyday foods to achieve younger, healthier looking skin at any age.

Gregory is a strong voice for inclusion. His book, Faith Lifting Prayers is a celebration of humanity and captures his journey of extremes; from Apartheid South Africa to working at the height of the fashion industry, and his fundamental discovery that regardless of what we do, how we look cannot be separated from how we feel. This is why all of his books, even those about looking younger, all feature his own quotes and philosophy about the importance of feeling good in our skin. His book A Lifetime of BEAUTY also shares messages for early teens and middle years about embracing our differences and our individuality; finding happiness; and standing strong in a world that often judges us for the way we look. This book is endorsed for inclusion in the education system.

connect with the author:  website ~ podcast ~ goodreads
Tour Schedule:

Jan 11 A Mama’s Corner of the World – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 13 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 13 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / book excerpt / giveaway

Jan 13 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 14 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 15 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 18 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 20 – Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews – book spotlight / book excerpt / giveaway
Jan 21 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / book excerpt / giveaway
Jan 25 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / book excerpt / giveaway
Jan 28 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 29 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway:

Tour and Giveaway for Sprinkled with Sabotage by Allison Pearl

About the Book

Book:  Sprinkled with Sabotage

Author: Allison Pearl

Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense

Lizzy Bennet loves life as a lawyer in the city. And not just because of the miles it puts between her and her ex. However, when she’s attacked on the street just hours after learning her identity was stolen, she tries to call home for help and ends up with the last person she expects: the very same high school boyfriend who broke her heart. He says he’s there to help, but she’s not so sure, and now, all the endless questions and regrets are clouding her judgment and preventing her from seeing the dangerous saboteur closing in.

Small-town auto mechanic, Koby Knightly, is looking forward to seeing a car show in the city. But when an unexpected call from his old girlfriend disconnects suddenly, he rushes to her apartment only to find her limping and bleeding. Throwing his plans out the window, Koby makes it his mission to protect her and discover the identity of the person trying to frame her. Will he also be able to figure out what went wrong between them back in high school or will a killer get to her first?

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Allison Pearl is a small-town girl who’s lived just about everywhere. She loves books, tea, chocolate, and watching old movies with her husband and black lab, Sal. To keep in touch and get updates on new releases follow her Facebook page ‘Books by Pearl’ at www.facebook.com/allisonnicolepearl/ or follow her on Twitter at @AllisonPearl5 and Instagram at @allisonnicolepearl.

Koby and Lizzy were high-school sweethearts but that was a long time ago. But in trying to contact her family after she was attacked on the street of Pittsburgh, she was caught between who to call, and Koby had no problem dropping all of his plans for the night and taking off to help his old high-school flame.

This is the third book in this series but I had no problems reading it as a stand alone. I do want to go back and catch up on the series. Don’t let the sugary sweets on the cover fool you, this is a suspenseful mystery that will have you on the edge of your seat. With a healthy dose of romance, and you have the makes of an amazing read on a cold night with a good cup of coffee! Of course this one is so exciting you can read it anywhere anytime! I enjoyed these realistic character and how they come to life as the plot unfolds. I enjoyed even more spending time with Koby and Lizzy and watching their attraction rekindle from their high-school years. I like and appreciate the faith in the life of the characters. And the forgiveness showed in this story. If you enjoy a fun and exciting mystery romance,  this is a great one for you. This one is a Five Stars for me!

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

More from Allison

Doughnuts and Suspense: Now’s the Time

In a lot of ways, this pandemic season we are in is encouraging. Quarantined families are spending time together that sports, events, and the demands of normal everyday life wouldn’t otherwise have allowed. Churches are finding new and creative ways to connect with people and share hope. Stories of mind-blowing generosity are popping up on social media all the time. Yes, there’s a lot to be excited about.

But in a lot of other ways, this all sucks. Domestic violence. Drug addiction. Unemployment. Their numbers are all up. And on top of that, hundreds and thousands of people have died from this coronavirus.

We’re all doing our best to hang in there. But you know what, it’s okay to not be okay. And it’s okay to do something for yourself. Do it now. Do it five minutes ago. We’ve all earned it. Don’t stress about the COVID 15 creeping up your bathroom scale. Go get a doughnut. Get two. And then pour yourself a coffee and sit down with a book and escape. Worry about what’s going to happen in a made-up person’s life for a few minutes instead of what new catastrophe is about to drop. Escape into those I-didn’t-see-that-coming moments. Pick up a suspense that will beg you to keep turning the pages and spend an evening in a comfy chair reading chapters instead of headlines. God can handle the news. You handle you.

Above all, I want Sprinkled with Sabotage and the whole Love and Danger in St. Claire series to give you a break and the comfort that faith brings. Enjoy!

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, January 6

Sara Jane Jacobs, January 6

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, January 7

Reflections From My Bookshelves, January 8

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, January 8

Artistic Nobody, January 9 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 10

Texas Book-aholic, January 11

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, January 11

Locks, Hooks and Books, January 12

deb’s Book Review, January 13

CarpeDiem, January 13

Inklings and notions, January 14

For Him and My Family, January 15

Blogging With Carol, January 15

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 16

Splashes of Joy, January 17

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 18

Maureen’s Musings, January 18

Batya’s Bits, January 19

A Novel Pursuit, January 19

Giveaway

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

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/10531/sprinkled-with-sabotage-celebration-tour-giveaway

Tour and Giveaway for Love, Again Tamara G. Cooper

About the Book

Book:  Love, Again

Author: Tamara G. Cooper

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: September 11, 2020

Jake Barrett is devastated when he loses his wife and toddler son in a terrible, fiery accident. What made it even more painful is that an unidentified man was found in the car with them. The police suggest that his wife was having an affair. Since that horrible day two years ago, Jake has questioned everything about himself and his marriage and found no answers. He returns home to his family’s Texas ranch to try to find healing there and maybe learn to trust again.

Twice, Honor McKee was engaged to be married, and twice, she was stood up just days before the wedding. Adding to her embarrassment is the fact that she is a marriage counselor, someone who gives advice to others about love and relationships. Ashamed and deeply hurt, she loses faith in herself and her ability to choose a man willing to commit.

Although they are both wounded and disappointed in love, Jake and Honor meet and manage to stumble their way toward friendship and, quite possibly, more. But their lives are turned upside down when trust in each other is needed the most, and neither has it to give.

Will they learn that there is more to life than living in past failures, that it really is possible to find love again?

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Tamara G. Cooper

lives in Texas with her husband, three boys, and five dogs. She enjoys writing mysteries with a touch of romance. Love, Again is her first romance.

Jake and Honor are both have a devastating past and have no hope of ever finding love again. Jake lost his wife and son in a tragic accident, along with a strange man that was with them. Being a marriage counselor, Honor is plagued because she has not only been left at the alter once, but twice.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Author Tamara G. Cooper does a really good job of dealing head on with a lot of emotions in this book. Tough issues such as tragic loss, betrayal, and grief. I like and appreciate how the author uses faith and prayer in the lives of the characters in dealing with these issues. The characters we so realistic I felt like I was reading a true story because we hear so much about these issues almost everyday. I liked Jake and Honor from the start, they were both so caught up in their past, it was heartwarming to see the way family and friends were there to help them overcome their hurts. There are many things to make up this story, a few surprising twists and turns in the story to make it more interesting as well. If you enjoy a sweet romance, I recommend this book to you. I give 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.

More from Tamara

When I thought of writing “Love, Again”, I wanted to find out what would happen between two very-hurt people who stumbled into the beginnings of a friendship but didn’t have the trust it took for the relationship to go any further. What would help them see their flaws? What did they need to learn to become more than the past had let them be?

I loved getting to know Jake and Honor. Without giving anything away, I walked with them through their discoveries about themselves and each other. I hope you enjoy their journey!

Blog Stops

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 9

Sara Jane Jacobs, January 9

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

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 11

Blogging With Carol, January 11

Texas Book-aholic, January 12

Labor Not in Vain, January 12

Inklings and notions, January 13

For Him and My Family, January 14

Reflections From My Bookshelves, January 14

deb’s Book Review, January 15

NovelsCorner, January 15

Artistic Nobody, January 16 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Splashes of Joy, January 17

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, January 17

Spoken from the Heart, January 18

Locks, Hooks and Books, January 19

Batya’s Bits, January 20

Pause for Tales, January 20

Blossoms and Blessings, January 21

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 22

Maureen’s Musings, January 22

Giveaway

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

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/10535/love-again-celebration-tour-giveaway

Blitz and Giveaway for Bk3 Ring of Truth By Robert B. Sloan

On Tour with Prism Book Tours
We’re celebrating the release of the third book in the Hamelin Stoop series, The Ring of Truth! Today, the author is sharing an excerpt from book three. If you missed his post about the inspiration for the series, you can check that out HERE, and he shared about the storybook world for the series HERE. There’s also a giveaway to enter below, if you haven’t already. Enjoy!

The Eagle, the Cave, and the Footbridge
(Hamelin Stoop #1)
By Robert B. Sloan
Young Adult Fantasy, Christian
Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 332 Pages
November 15, 2016 by 12 Gates Publishing
Afraid of being caught by trackers from another world, a young mother abandons her baby boy in a tomato box inside the screened porch of a children’s home. The staff at the orphanage name him Hamelin Stoop, but he grows up longing to learn his real name, find his parents, and thus discover his true identity.
Life is not easy for Hamelin. He belongs to everyone, though in some ways to no one fully. And the people he is closest to leave him one by one. A letter from an older friend advises Hamelin to “keep waiting and keep hoping.” Bitter experiences force Hamelin to wait, but he has to learn how to hope.
When the children’s home forgets his eighth birthday, he sneaks away at night. He soon discovers that he isn’t just running away — he is being summoned by the Ancient One. Guided by the Great Eagle through a mysterious cave, Hamelin must pass a dangerous test of courage before he can find his parents.
Hamelin’s failures, fears, and hopes become part of a larger story, a story of a great struggle between worlds and kingdoms where the old myths of magic, evil contracts, and enslaved children turn out to be real.
(Affiliate links included.)

The Lost Princess and the Jewel of Periluna
(Hamelin Stoop #2)
By Robert B. Sloan
Young Adult Fantasy, Christian
Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 304 Pages
February 7, 2017 by 12 Gates Publishing
Hamelin finally makes it across the footbridge only to learn that his quest to find his parents and learn his true identity will not be quickly done or easy to fulfill. The Great Eagle leads him through the dangerous Waters of Death and Life and into the Land of Gloaming, where Hamelin is thrown into the midst of a war already being waged between the evil Chimera and the mysterious Ancient One. He must help two new friends find a kidnapped princess and recover a stolen jewel, tasks for which they have special gifts that must not be misused: a scarf of sight, shoes of speed, and a sword of death. But these quests are only part of the larger story, a story including Chimera’s plan to use Hamelin—a child of two realms—to seize the kingdoms on both sides of the Atrium of the Worlds.
(Affiliate links included.)
 

The Ring of Truth
(Hamelin Stoop #3)
By Robert B. Sloan
Young Adult Fantasy, Christian
Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 580 Pages
December 29, 2020 by 12 Gates Publishing
Will Hamelin be summoned again?
Hamelin suspects that his friend Layla is the lost princess from the Land of Gloaming. As he describes his daring adventures to trusted friends at the children’s home, an intricate tapestry of stories emerges. Layla admits that she has had dreams – or are they memories? – of another world with faded light. The orphan boy is not alone in his struggle to learn the truth, search for family, and question the Ancient One’s purposes.
Meanwhile, dangerous forces continue to pursue the boy of both worlds, but the evil Chimera gives his agents an additional task: find the fourth princess, the missing daughter of Carr, and stop her. She must never return home.
(Affiliate links included.)
Excerpt from Hamelin Stoop: The Ring of Truth, Chapter 7

The snake wasn’t still either. Its head, initially facing mostly toward Mr. Kaley and Bryan, stretched up and shook side to side, clearly taking in Layla as well. Then about two feet below the head, its upper body somehow divided into several neck-like cords, and from behind its big head, six smaller heads spread out like a fan, each of them with a two-foot neck that could extend its head in different directions.

Bryan shook his head in disbelief as he saw the new heads emerge, but he continued to move slowly into a crouch, his right foot almost imperceptibly shifting back a little.

“No!” said a strong female voice suddenly and with authority. Hamelin looked straight at Layla, who had also taken another step toward the snake! “No!” she said again, louder than the first time, her eyes fixed on the large central head. The snake then twisted its upper body, and all seven heads focused fully on her.

What is she doing? Hamelin thought to himself. He wasn’t sure whether it was the glare of the sun or something he had just never seen before in her, but her skin, always fair, took on a faint glow. Hamelin glanced back to his left, and the sun was almost midway in the sky. He looked back at Layla. Her lips moved faintly.

Is she talking to the snake?

The low hiss from the snake grew, but Layla in her head heard more. She understood the creature’s words: Are you speaking to me?

Her mind answered sharply: Leave my friends alone.

You dare to tell me no? I have heard of you. The stories of your grandmother and your impudent commands have been passed down. Your family—you’ll never see them again.

Layla laughed inwardly. Your prediction is not only wrong but confused! I’ve never known a grandmother, and my parents are already gone, killed by evil men. And I won’t let you hurt my brother and friends.

The snake’s eyes narrowed, and the edges of its mouth widened slightly, its oval face hinting at a sneer.

Layla raised her right arm to about chest high, her elbow slightly bent and the palm of her hand facing outward toward the snake.

About the Author

Robert is married to his college sweetheart, Sue. With seven married children and over twenty grandchildren, they enjoy large family gatherings with good food and lively conversation around the table. Favorite family activities include role-playing games, writing and reading stories, and, of course, storytelling. Robert is also a University president and scholar.

Photo Credit: Joannah Buffington
12 Gates Publishing: Website | Instagram
Blitz Giveaway

One winner will receive print copies of The Eagle, the Cave, and the Footbridge and The Lost Princess and the Jewel of Periluna plus bookmarks and a $15 Amazon Gift Card (US only)

Tour and Giveaway for A Promise in Provence by Kyle Hunter

A Promise in Provence JustRead Blog + Review tour Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for A Promise in Provence by Kyle Hunter, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

A Promise in ProvenceTitle: A Promise in Provence Series: Provence Author: Kyle Hunter Publisher: Monceau Publishing Release Date: May 7, 2019 Genre: Christian contemporary romance

Lauren is at a turning point. If only she knew where to turn. Her long-term relationship with Mark is fading fast. Instead, she feels drawn to Jean-Pierre, an attractive Frenchman she’d met the previous summer. When she’s laid off from her job as a chef, she decides to go see him in Provence, France. Mark can’t get Lauren out of his heart, even though it’s been close to a year since she asked him to give her space. When she goes to France, he’s afraid he’ll lose her for good. That is, until he decides to go there, too, as a last-ditch effort to win her back. At first, Lauren is angry that Mark follows her to France. But a joint desire to help a young refugee boy leads them to work together. Lauren finds herself torn between the two men. Worse, she’s confronted with obstacles in helping the boy and even greater obstacles within herself.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kyle Hunter
Kyle Hunter loves to read and write stories about strong women (and men) who still have flaws, but are ready to pursue their dreams, even if it takes them out of their comfort zone . . . or their country. She writes inspirational romance novels and women’s fiction with a twist: her characters sometimes go places. Take a trip with them and experience their journeys. See how their lives unfold as they make decisions to trust God (or not) in their next steps, learning about themselves and their faith, and finding love along the way! Kyle lives in North Carolina but spent over a decade in France, where some of her characters find themselves.


The main character Lauren has trouble finding who she is. She has been stringing her boyfriend along for a good while, which is so not fair to him. She finally decided to go to France, where the attractive Frenchman she’d met the previous summer lives. But when Mark shows up in France a year later, her life is disrupted again.

I was so frustrated with Lauren and her atitude, the way she treated Mark, she was just not right. But when Mark goes after her, he shows a life for her and patiently waited. It was when they were thrown together to work with each other closely that they begin to change. Lauren begin to change. Kyle Hunter does an amazing job of creating chapters and a plot that will keep you turning the pages to see what happens next. I encourage you to check out A Promise in Provence by Kyle Hunter to find all of the answers that are not in my review. You will come to enjoy this book.

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



CONNECT WITH KYLE: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a $20 Amazon gift card + Love in Provence series 2-in-1 ebook set!

A Promise in Provence JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight January 12, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on January 19, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Blitz and Giveaway for The Ring of Truth

On Tour with Prism Book Tours
We’re celebrating the release of the third book in the Hamelin Stoop series, The Ring of Truth! Today, the author talks about the storybook world for the series. If you missed his post about the inspiration for the series, you can check that out HERE. Come back HERE on Friday, January 15th, to read an excerpt from book three. Plus, there’s a giveaway to enter below. Enjoy!

The Eagle, the Cave, and the Footbridge
(Hamelin Stoop #1)
By Robert B. Sloan
Young Adult Fantasy, Christian
Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 332 Pages
November 15, 2016 by 12 Gates Publishing
Afraid of being caught by trackers from another world, a young mother abandons her baby boy in a tomato box inside the screened porch of a children’s home. The staff at the orphanage name him Hamelin Stoop, but he grows up longing to learn his real name, find his parents, and thus discover his true identity.
Life is not easy for Hamelin. He belongs to everyone, though in some ways to no one fully. And the people he is closest to leave him one by one. A letter from an older friend advises Hamelin to “keep waiting and keep hoping.” Bitter experiences force Hamelin to wait, but he has to learn how to hope.
When the children’s home forgets his eighth birthday, he sneaks away at night. He soon discovers that he isn’t just running away — he is being summoned by the Ancient One. Guided by the Great Eagle through a mysterious cave, Hamelin must pass a dangerous test of courage before he can find his parents.
Hamelin’s failures, fears, and hopes become part of a larger story, a story of a great struggle between worlds and kingdoms where the old myths of magic, evil contracts, and enslaved children turn out to be real.
(Affiliate links included.)

The Lost Princess and the Jewel of Periluna
(Hamelin Stoop #2)
By Robert B. Sloan
Young Adult Fantasy, Christian
Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 304 Pages
February 7, 2017 by 12 Gates Publishing
Hamelin finally makes it across the footbridge only to learn that his quest to find his parents and learn his true identity will not be quickly done or easy to fulfill. The Great Eagle leads him through the dangerous Waters of Death and Life and into the Land of Gloaming, where Hamelin is thrown into the midst of a war already being waged between the evil Chimera and the mysterious Ancient One. He must help two new friends find a kidnapped princess and recover a stolen jewel, tasks for which they have special gifts that must not be misused: a scarf of sight, shoes of speed, and a sword of death. But these quests are only part of the larger story, a story including Chimera’s plan to use Hamelin—a child of two realms—to seize the kingdoms on both sides of the Atrium of the Worlds.
(Affiliate links included.)
 

The Ring of Truth
(Hamelin Stoop #3)
By Robert B. Sloan
Young Adult Fantasy, Christian
Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 580 Pages
December 29, 2020 by 12 Gates Publishing
Will Hamelin be summoned again?
Hamelin suspects that his friend Layla is the lost princess from the Land of Gloaming. As he describes his daring adventures to trusted friends at the children’s home, an intricate tapestry of stories emerges. Layla admits that she has had dreams – or are they memories? – of another world with faded light. The orphan boy is not alone in his struggle to learn the truth, search for family, and question the Ancient One’s purposes.
Meanwhile, dangerous forces continue to pursue the boy of both worlds, but the evil Chimera gives his agents an additional task: find the fourth princess, the missing daughter of Carr, and stop her. She must never return home.
(Affiliate links included.)
Guest Post: The Storybook World of Hamelin Stoop


A strange portal connects the two worlds of the Hamelin Stoop series. On one side, the portal touches the world at the mouth of a cave outside of Middleton, Texas. The cave is one of many in West Texas, surrounded by small trees and shrubs, at the top of a small hill. Just a few miles away, 8-year-old Hamelin Stoop lives at Upton County Children’s Home, where he was abandoned by his parents as an infant in 1951. The children’s home is tended to by house parents, a cook, and an old farmer named Mr. Moore. Hamelin attends an elementary school in Middleton. He likes some of his teachers, especially Mrs. Eastland, but other people at school, like Mr. Litchie and Patton McBoggerson, make the orphan’s life miserable. The winters blow cold, and the summers are hot with the occasional fast and hard storm. It is one such night, when the rain isn’t expected, when Hamelin decides to run away.

On the other side of the portal, an Atrium with beautiful flowers and light abundant awaits, but it also hides an enchanting darkness beneath healing waters. Beyond the Atrium, there is a medieval world waiting. This world has many kingdoms, including Parthogen, which has been overthrown by an evil commander; Osmethan, where waters of unending life entice the weak-minded; and Periluna, an underground kingdom dependent on a precious jewel for light. These two worlds are connected, and a great evil is attempting to grasp for more power. Nevertheless, the servants of the Ancient One on both sides of the portal have hope.

About the Author

Robert is married to his college sweetheart, Sue. With seven married children and over twenty grandchildren, they enjoy large family gatherings with good food and lively conversation around the table. Favorite family activities include role-playing games, writing and reading stories, and, of course, storytelling. Robert is also a University president and scholar.

Photo Credit: Joannah Buffington
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Tour and Giveaway for I Spy a Tiger by Clyde San Juan

About the Book

Book: I Spy a Tiger

Author: Clyde San Juan

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Worship daily in rhyme, reading I Spy a Tiger with the young ones in your life. On this colorful journey, introduce them to some of the beloved characters Adam named into the Animal Kingdom, God’s awesome design, along with a bit of His humor too! I Spy a Tiger invites young and old alike,

“There is so much for us to see and explore! Go on … have a look … it’s right out your door!”

I Spy a Tiger is an amazing little book featuring animals created by God. This children’s book will be loved by many little ones as the read about the fun and interesting animals in this book. I like the choice of rhymes the author uses in telling the story. And the illustrations are so vivid, bright and beautiful, and child will love having this beautiful book. I appreciate a book such as this one that teaches it is God who creates the animals. I think this adorable little book would be perfect for any child’s library, or it would be great for a day care, preschool, elementary school library, or anywhere there may be children. This book is a Five Star for me. I encourage you to check this one out.

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

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About the Author

Native SoCal author and illustrator, backpacker on crooked trails, amateur photographer and more recently, creativity encourager, Clyde enjoys teaching foundational basics and appreciation for drawing and painting to as many aspiring artists as 
he can. With unprecedented changes in the current social and commerce atmosphere, he is exploring the realm of Virtual Online classes in Art Instruction. As an author, like many dealing with the push and pull of life, he is working under the radar on four projects, ranging from three illustrated, fiction novels and a home cook targeted cookbook addressing the hurdles of ingredient intolerances.

With the anticipation of the momentous arrival of a first grandchild, the August, 2020 Redemption Press relaunch of his Children’s Book, I Spy a Tiger, he’s seeing the book in a different light.

More from Clyde

“I’ve been blessed to be able to combine visual conceptualization with writing. Right from the get-go, nothing but an exciting synergy leading into any project! Is it the writing, or the illustration that incites a certain section or aspect of a book? At every turn, a toss up, but the reciprocalities are always movement forward.

I Spy a Tiger, a project my wife and I collaborated on while our boys, Tyler and Bryce were little was a bright season of creativity and joy I’ll always cherish. Anne, writing the first draft while I designed and executed the layout and illustrations and later, contributing copy rewrites and additions.

Birthdays, anniversaries, intertwined with school, sports, scouting and all the natural inevitabilities maturing families encounter, quickly moved us into cascading seasons of life. Unceremoniously, I Spy, was slipped “underneath the bed,” along with some forgotten toys, for quite some time until, finally, its first edition was published in 2008.

The seasons of life are many. And what we see, looking back over the years of our family’s tapestry, are divine gold filaments of God, indelibly sown in and amongst our bound human threads.

We easily see it with all the good, but also, in all the not so good, despite our choices in self-power and self-will. Testimonies to His providence in all the victories, but more glorious, His presence with each advent of His protective shield through our trials. Grace and mercy ever present throughout the entirety of our family’s legacy.

And now, with this latest season, in the only way a good God can, I’m seeing I Spy’s second edition in a different light! We’re all anticipating a first grandson, due in December. And come Spring, 2021, another grandchild! With impeccable timing, more golden threads of His glory spun and sown in!

What fun, my new life as a Grampy, highlighted by the first reading of I Spy with grandson, Sonny! And in the blink of an eye, another baby San Juan in April.

The blessings of reading of a book together with the little ones in your lives are eternal. Miraculous, serendipitous, laughter laden moments forever! In this fast-paced, virtual world, the interactive hands-on intimacy of a book between an inquisitive child and a nurturing parent or guardian, represent three cords of love coming together in a strong, invincible bond.

Close fellowship like this can only help edify families and relationships; never losing its high place in championing childhood imaginations.”

Last night, I went outside, experiencing the first nip of the new season and was prompted to a romantic ditty . . .

tell me of the season’s changes . . .

frosty mornings with steaming mugs of cocoa.

piles of fiery leaves tromped through, buffeted
about in all directions . . .

listening to the wind, I sketch in the shadows
that cling to every detail like the lichen . . .

and when I run with that fox, flash of reddish fur,

to the place where the great owl sleeps,

tell me of the honkings of Canadian Geese overhead.

Blog Stops

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, January 6

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, January 6

Remembrancy, January 7

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 8

Simple Harvest Reads, January 8 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Fiction Book Lover, January 9 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

Adventures of a Travelers wife, January 10

Sara Jane Jacobs, January 10

deb’s Book Review, January 11

Spoken from the Heart, January 11

Older & Smarter?, January 12

Texas Book-aholic, January 13

Mary Hake, January 13

Splashes of Joy, January 14

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, January 14

Inklings and notions, January 15

Locks, Hooks and Books, January 16

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, January 16

For Him and My Family, January 17

Southern Gal Loves to Read, January 17

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, January 18

Artistic Nobody, January 19 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Vicky Sluiter, January 19

Giveaway

To celebrate his tour, Clyde is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a signed 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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Blitz and Giveaway for The Eagle, the Cave, and the Footbridge

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

We’re celebrating the release of the third book in the Hamelin Stoop series, The Ring of Truth! Today, the author talks about the inspiration for the series. Next, on Wednesday, January 13th, he’ll be talking about the storybook world of Hamelin Stoop HERE. Come back HERE on Friday, January 15th, to read an excerpt from book three. Plus, there’s a giveaway to enter below. Enjoy!

The Eagle, the Cave, and the Footbridge

(Hamelin Stoop #1)

By Robert B. Sloan

Young Adult Fantasy, Christian

Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 332 Pages

November 15, 2016 by 12 Gates Publishing

Afraid of being caught by trackers from another world, a young mother abandons her baby boy in a tomato box inside the screened porch of a children’s home. The staff at the orphanage name him Hamelin Stoop, but he grows up longing to learn his real name, find his parents, and thus discover his true identity.

Life is not easy for Hamelin. He belongs to everyone, though in some ways to no one fully. And the people he is closest to leave him one by one. A letter from an older friend advises Hamelin to “keep waiting and keep hoping.” Bitter experiences force Hamelin to wait, but he has to learn how to hope.

When the children’s home forgets his eighth birthday, he sneaks away at night. He soon discovers that he isn’t just running away — he is being summoned by the Ancient One. Guided by the Great Eagle through a mysterious cave, Hamelin must pass a dangerous test of courage before he can find his parents.

Hamelin’s failures, fears, and hopes become part of a larger story, a story of a great struggle between worlds and kingdoms where the old myths of magic, evil contracts, and enslaved children turn out to be real.

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The Lost Princess and the Jewel of Periluna

(Hamelin Stoop #2)

By Robert B. Sloan

Young Adult Fantasy, Christian

Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 304 Pages

February 7, 2017 by 12 Gates Publishing

Hamelin finally makes it across the footbridge only to learn that his quest to find his parents and learn his true identity will not be quickly done or easy to fulfill. The Great Eagle leads him through the dangerous Waters of Death and Life and into the Land of Gloaming, where Hamelin is thrown into the midst of a war already being waged between the evil Chimera and the mysterious Ancient One. He must help two new friends find a kidnapped princess and recover a stolen jewel, tasks for which they have special gifts that must not be misused: a scarf of sight, shoes of speed, and a sword of death. But these quests are only part of the larger story, a story including Chimera’s plan to use Hamelin—a child of two realms—to seize the kingdoms on both sides of the Atrium of the Worlds.

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The Eagle, the Cave, and the Footbridge

(Hamelin Stoop #3)

By Robert B. Sloan

Young Adult Fantasy, Christian

Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 580 Pages

December 29, 2020 by 12 Gates Publishing

Will Hamelin be summoned again?

Hamelin suspects that his friend Layla is the lost princess from the Land of Gloaming. As he describes his daring adventures to trusted friends at the children’s home, an intricate tapestry of stories emerges. Layla admits that she has had dreams – or are they memories? – of another world with faded light. The orphan boy is not alone in his struggle to learn the truth, search for family, and question the Ancient One’s purposes.

Meanwhile, dangerous forces continue to pursue the boy of both worlds, but the evil Chimera gives his agents an additional task: find the fourth princess, the missing daughter of Carr, and stop her. She must never return home.

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Guest Post: The Bible, the Pied Piper, and Hamelin Stoop 

Do you remember the legend of The Pied Piper? When I was young, I was attracted to many stories of myth and magic, but it was this story that I longed to see finished. It is the story of the lost children of Hameln town. The children were seduced into following the alluring music of a cunning piper (their parents failed to live up to the contract made with the Pied Piper, and he stole the children to exact their unpaid debt and avenge his wounded dignity), who led them into a magic mountain, never to be seen again. Only a few witnesses were left to go back so that the parents would know what they had done, that it was their fault the children were taken.

My childhood mind was troubled. What happened to the children who were taken away? Could they ever be rescued and come home? What about their parents and the pain they felt? Would it ever be relieved? Even today the town of Hameln has an old stained glass window commemorating the loss of the children, as well as historical documents and inscriptions that place the great loss on June 26, 1284, the day of Saints John and Paul. Will Hameln always endure the shame of its treachery? The answers are – nothing will ever be the same until the children are restored to their town and families. But how?

I lived with that painful non-ending until one day the story of the Bible and the legend of The Pied Piper connected in my imagination. The story of the Bible is also unfinished in the Old Testament, and though the beginning of the hoped for ending is picked up again in the New Testament and carried forward substantially through the story of Jesus, it remains still unfinished on the stage of history. I think the stories connected in my mind because both are unfinished, with exiles who have yet to be brought home.

Once I filled out a larger narrative for the world and backstory of The Pied Piper, the Hamelin Stoop series was born.

About the Author

Robert is married to his college sweetheart, Sue. With seven married children and over twenty grandchildren, they enjoy large family gatherings with good food and lively conversation around the table. Favorite family activities include role-playing games, writing and reading stories, and, of course, storytelling. Robert is also a University president and scholar.

Photo Credit: Joannah Buffington

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Tour and Giveaway for Acres of Promise by Lisa Renee

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Acres of Promise

(Single Again #2)

By Lisa Renée

Christian Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Romance

Paperback & ebook, 208 Pages

January 1, 2020 by The Collaborative Press

Join the journey with Chantelle Anderson as she actions all in her power, to prevent her teenage son falling into a life of crime and drugs. 

Along the way, in her vulnerable state, she struggles to find a suitable life partner. With the trials she’s experiencing with her son, who’d want to take on the whole package? Unless, God intervenes and shows He hasn’t forgotten Chantelle’s desperate situation.

Acres of Promise is a beautiful story of how God restores what was lost and stolen, replacing it with more than we can ask or imagine.

Read the first six chapters free HERE.

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EXCERPT 

The pastor clasped his hands. “Are you passing through town or new to the area?”

“New.” 

The handsome worship leader walked past, leaving a spicy lingering scent.

The greying pastor grinned when Chantelle turned back and finished her sentence.

“I moved in this weekend.”

He chuckled. “That’s Andrew McCarthy, by the way.” 

“Pardon?” She wrinkled her brow in confusion. 

“The guy in the red-chequered shirt—our lead singer, guitarist, set up and pack up guy, maintenance man, elder, the list goes on—his name is Andrew.”

“Oh. Good to know.” Her cheeks heated.

Pastor Bradley smoothed over his beard. “Would you like me to introduce you?”

Her eyes bulged. “No. I don’t think I need any maintenance service or whatever he does.” She swallowed. “How about I meet your wife? I want to find out more about the craft group she mentioned in the announcements.” Her words tumbled in a fluster.

“Certainly.” He winked at the same time as his mustache twitched. Pastor Bradley gestured with a wave to follow him.

Country churches often have interesting folk. If the pastor was any reflection of the people, then she was in for a colorful afternoon. His lame dad-jokes at the beginning of his sermon made her laugh. He seemed like a down-to-earth-type minister. Relatable. Oh, she should ask to meet the youth leader—if they had one. Hopefully, not the drop-dead gorgeous worship leader who seemed in her age bracket. He did everything else, surely not youth work as well.

As Chantelle followed the pastor, she scanned the crowd for teenagers. Two tall girls hovered near their mother. Perhaps they were fifteen and seventeen. Three boys crammed near the snacks, piling up their plastic plates—maybe Noah’s age or younger. 

With another glance of the room, she summed up that was all the youth present today—plenty of little children too. That was a good sign of a healthy church. She assumed the small town might have only elderly folk in their churches. This one seemed quite contemporary. 

A flaming red-haired pastor’s wife met them halfway. “Hello! I saw you there at the back of the church. Welcome to Boyup. I’m Whitney.” She clasped Chantelle’s hands and wrist.

Chantelle beamed a smile back. This lady had spunk. Delicate freckles decorated her cheeks that appeared round with her blazing bob.

“My name is Chantelle. I’ve moved into Lee-Steer Drive.”

Her eyes lit up. “Fantastic. A beautiful part of town. Some of our members live out that way. If you need anything, you only have to sing out.”

“Lalala.” Chantelle croaked and laughed at herself. “Like that?”

Witney swung her head in a dramatic nod and slapped Chantelle’s shoulder. “You’re gonna fit in just fine, darling. Just fine.”

♦About the Author

Lisa Renée is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Omega Writers, Australia.

Lisa adores babies enough to have seven of her own. Recently, Lisa has taken up breeding Ragdoll cats instead of breeding humans.

The tribe lives in Australia, where Lisa and her husband enjoy their writing projects and publishing ventures.

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Tour and Giveaway for Being West is Best by Monique Bucheger

About the Book

Book:  Being West is Best

Author: Monique Bucheger

Genre: Contemporary Middle Grade

Twelve-year-old BFFs, Ginnie West and Tillie Taylor, are matchmaking geniuses. Together, they maneuvered Ginnie’s widower-dad into proposing to Tillie’s divorcee-mom. Sweet! Certain they are well on their way to sisterhood, each girl is floored when Tillie’s lousy-excuse-for-a-father puts in an appearance after a six year absence. Too bad “lousy dad repellant” doesn’t come in a can.

Even though Tillie’s dad has sobered up and is determined to make amends, Tillie would rather he just disappear again. If he stays, “Operation: Secret Sisters” may need to be renamed “Operation: Not Gonna Happen.” I

If that’s not bad enough, the biggest bully in seventh grade comes over often and wishes he could call the West’s farmhouse “home.” When the bully’s abusive dad shows up as well, Ginnie thinks it’s time to change her family’s motto from “When you’re here, you’re family” to “There’s no more room at the West’s.”

And now an interview with the Author

Hello Joy, Here are the answers to your questions for the Being West is Best Celebration Tour. We appreciate all you do for Celebrate Lit!

1. Where is your favorite setting for a story you have written? My series is set on a farm in Ohio.I used to babysit the kids who lived on the “real-life” farm. The blonde girl on my covers, Gracie (posing for Ginnie) actually lives on that farm. The brunette, Jessie (posing for Tillie)  is her real life cousin and visits the farm quite often.

2. Do you enjoy writing stand alone stories or series? I prefer writing series. And Why? Because there’s never enough room in just one book to tell the whole story I want to share. 🙂 My characters take on a life of their own. I have 3 series at the moment–The Ginnie West Adventures series is published. I have a family drama series that may be published soon. My 3rd series is a fantasy series–that won’t get published until I write a couple more books in the series so I can figure out my magic system–and make sure I don’t break the rules of it. 🙂

3. Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story? For the most part–I am in control–but on occasion–one or more of my characters insists on having their way. I have learned that when they feel strongly about something–I should go with what THEY want–it makes for a better story. 😉

4. If I write a review of your book, what do you want to hear? That something in my book resonated with you enough to make a positive change in your life–or that by being willing to go along with Ginnie and Tillie’s journey, you felt inspired or uplifted. Or if their story made you laugh and/or cry with them.

5. If you had one piece of advice for new writers, what would it be? Write a story about something you are passionate about. Write a story you want to read and don’t worry about writing the book perfectly the first time. No one does. That’s what editing is for. Like an amazing editor once told me–you CAN fix bad writing–you CAN’T edit a blank page.

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About the Author

When Monique isn’t writing, you can find her playing taxi driver to one or more of her 12 children, plotting her next novel, scrapbooking, or being the “Mamarazzi” at any number of child-oriented events.

Even though she realizes there will never be enough hours in any given day, Monique tries very hard to enjoy the journey that is her life. She shares it with a terrific husband, her dozen children, twelve grand-darlings, too many cats, and many real and imaginary friends. She is the author of several books in three series and hopes to write many more.

More from Monique

Hello Everybody,

Welcome to the fourth book in my published series: BEING WEST IS BEST: A Ginnie West Adventure. This book is the 4th installment of the Ginnie West Adventures, but NOT the last book in the series. Book 5 will be ready to publish in 2021, followed quickly by Book 6.

BEING WEST IS BEST is a redemption story and while it has the same family flavor of the preceding books, it does have an intensity that younger readers may benefit from reading this along with trusted adult teachers or family members as a catalyst for discussing some hard issues—though still in an age appropriate way.

As a former foster mom to over 100 foster kids, one of my goals as I write the GINNIE WEST series is to give a voice to kids who feel voiceless and invisible. There are some intense scenes in this book as Tillie, a formerly abused and abandoned child (by her birth dad—NOT her birth mom—who is a rock in Tillie’s world) She meets with her birth dad for the first time in 6 years.

I allow Tillie to say things to him that he needs to hear so that other kids, who will only have such a meeting vicariously thru Tillie and her dad, Jasper, can heal—and possibly form a bridge from a broken past to a happier future.

However, reuniting every formerly abused child with their abuser is NOT always a good idea.

In Tillie’s case, her birth dad left to fight his demons safely away from her. He returns after making some powerful changes so that both of their lives are better. Even so, Tillie is resistant to allow him back in her daily life. It is to this end that each will need to bend a little—and show the other compassion and kindness to truly heal.

Because Tillie is a child, I make sure this meeting is in a place where she feels safe and with adults who have her best interests at heart, who can protect her if need be. I would never suggest such a meeting without these safeguards in place. I am careful to allow Tillie the opportunity to advocate for herself—something that is not always possible in real life.

Being West is Best is a story that explores some hard realities in a necessary way, leaving my readers and characters uplifted and empowered. It also contains some fun times, interesting shenanigans, loving family relationships, imaginative solutions to some tricky problems, and a horse who is as playful as her owner.

Whether you’ve read the entire series or are joining this tour with this book, I hope you will be willing to join Ginnie and Tillie on this journey. There are plenty of opportunities to laugh, a few to cry, but more importantly, to take a stand and make deliberate decisions in your own life.

Laugh lots, love much, write on!!

Monique Bucheger

Blog Stops

Inklings and notions, January 11

Splashes of Joy, January 12 (Author Interview)

Sara Jane Jacobs, January 12

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, January 13

Locks, Hooks and Books, January 14

Artistic Nobody, January 15 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

deb’s Book Review, January 16

Texas Book-aholic, January 17

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 18

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, January 19

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, January 20

Beauty in the Binding, January 21 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, January 21

Blogging With Carol, January 22

For Him and My Family, January 23

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 24

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Monique is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Apple, or Google Play!!

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

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Tour and Giveaway for The Future of Buildings, Transportation, and Power by Roger Duncan and Michael E. Webber


 

Join us for this tour from Jan 11 to Jan 22, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Future of Buildings, Transportation, and Power by Roger Duncan and Michael E. Webber
CategoryAdult Non-Fiction (18+),  290 pages
GenreNon-fiction Futurism
PublisherDW Books
Release date:   July 2020
Content Rating:  G. No erotic or bad language
 

Book Description:

The evolution of buildings, transportation and power will determine how our future looks and feels, and in the book Roger Duncan and Michael E. Webber argue the Energy Efficiency Megatrend will shape our future technology. Buildings and vehicles will evolve into sentient-appearing machines such that we will be living, working and moving about inside robots. Buildings may develop personalities and the transportation system will have any manner of vehicle available at a moment’s notice. This complex, interconnected system will be powered by the clean and efficient conversion of fuels and energy flows that surround us.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

The Future of Buildings, Transportation and Power is a very interesting book on how or lives can change in the future. From cars that drive.themselves, to buildings being built to heal themselves, to vehicles running on electricity, and so much more will have you in awe, as well as a bit scared in what our future brings. In this book, authors Michael E. Webber and Roger Duncan researched information for years, and wrote about what they have found could happen in our future. With some changes, it can be more in the near future, for for others, can take a long while. Expense is a big factor in it all.

I have to admit much of this book is over my head, but yet much of it I could easily understand. The author’s do a marvelous job explaining each section of the book in more simpler details, helping me to understand this book much better. I found it interesting that much of what is discussed in this book it already happening, though on a smaller scale. And there is fascinating discussions in this book on the importance of climate and how it does and will even more have a huge part of our future. I enjoyed reading examples of what out lives could be like in future generations.

I feel this book would be interesting to everyone. There is some bit of information that can be of use to just about anyone. And if nothing else, read it to see what these two guys think may happen to our future world. I really enjoyed reading this book, and glad I learned a little more about not only what will happen to our future, but what changes are already going on. I give this book Five Stars for the wealth of information here, and they simple and understanding way they presented this information.

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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🌟GUEST POST FROM AUTHORS🌟

Please be sure and read this interesting Guest Post from these authors.

Like many people, my wife and I are eager to travel again. We have traveled to most parts of the world, but our favorite places are in the rainforest. We have been to the Amazon several times in Brazil, Ecuador and Peru. The Napa Wilderness Lodge in Ecuador is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world and on one trip we were able to see nine monkey species. We also loved the bird watching and especially the early morning canoe trips down dense jungle tributaries. Our Amazon accommodations have ranged from rustic, but comfortable,  cabins to more luxurious rooms aboard a Peruvian boat with outstanding cuisine.

But we also love the beach and one place we can get both is Costa Rica, which will probably be our first vacation after the pandemic lockdown ends. Costa Rica has done an outstanding job preserving their rainforest and the birding is among the world’s best. Also, Costa Rica has a range of different types of rainforests. The forest on the Caribbean side has gorgeous canals with dense jungle and is still close to beaches. Monteverde, in the center of the country, has a unique cloud forest with the rare Quetzal and howler monkeys. And our most recent favorite spot is the Lookout Inn in the Osa peninsula on the Pacific side. We can see monkeys, macaws and other wildlife from our veranda, which also overlooks the ocean. If the season is right, we might even see new sea turtles being born. And it is adjacent to one of the largest rainforest preserves in the country, which will occasionally surprise us with visitors like tapirs or anteaters.

A perfect vacation day for us is an early morning canoe ride for birdwatching in the jungle, followed by lazy reading overlooking the jungle and ending with a walk on the beach at dusk. And we have been amazed at how often we have found that. Can hardly wait.

 

Meet the Authors:

Roger Duncan is a former Austin, Texas City Council member and the former General Manager of Austin Energy, the municipal electric utility. He is also a former Research Fellow at the Energy Institute at the University of Texas.

Michael E. Webber is the Josey Centennial Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas, and Chief Science and Technology Officer at ENGIE, a multi-national energy services and ingrastructure company.

connect with the authors: website


Tour Schedule:
 
Jan 11 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 11 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 12 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 12 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 13 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 13 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview
Jan 13 – Olio by Marilyn – book review / giveaway
Jan 15 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
Jan 15 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 18 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Jan 19 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review
Jan 19 – Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 20 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 21 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway
Jan 21 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Jan 22 – Words And Peace – book spotlight / giveaway
 

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The Eagle, the Cave, and the Footbridge (Hamelin Stoop #1) By Robert B. Sloan

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

We’re celebrating the release of the third book in the Hamelin Stoop series, The Ring of Truth! Today, the author talks about the inspiration for the series. Next, on Wednesday, January 13th, he’ll be talking about the storybook world of Hamelin Stoop HERE. Come back HERE on Friday, January 15th, to read an excerpt from book three. Plus, there’s a giveaway to enter below. Enjoy!

The Eagle, the Cave, and the Footbridge (Hamelin Stoop #1) By Robert B. Sloan Young Adult Fantasy, Christian Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 332 Pages November 15, 2016 by 12 Gates Publishing

Afraid of being caught by trackers from another world, a young mother abandons her baby boy in a tomato box inside the screened porch of a children’s home. The staff at the orphanage name him Hamelin Stoop, but he grows up longing to learn his real name, find his parents, and thus discover his true identity.

Life is not easy for Hamelin. He belongs to everyone, though in some ways to no one fully. And the people he is closest to leave him one by one. A letter from an older friend advises Hamelin to “keep waiting and keep hoping.” Bitter experiences force Hamelin to wait, but he has to learn how to hope.

When the children’s home forgets his eighth birthday, he sneaks away at night. He soon discovers that he isn’t just running away — he is being summoned by the Ancient One. Guided by the Great Eagle through a mysterious cave, Hamelin must pass a dangerous test of courage before he can find his parents.

Hamelin’s failures, fears, and hopes become part of a larger story, a story of a great struggle between worlds and kingdoms where the old myths of magic, evil contracts, and enslaved children turn out to be real.

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The Lost Princess and the Jewel of Periluna (Hamelin Stoop #2) By Robert B. Sloan Young Adult Fantasy, Christian Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 304 Pages February 7, 2017 by 12 Gates Publishing

Hamelin finally makes it across the footbridge only to learn that his quest to find his parents and learn his true identity will not be quickly done or easy to fulfill. The Great Eagle leads him through the dangerous Waters of Death and Life and into the Land of Gloaming, where Hamelin is thrown into the midst of a war already being waged between the evil Chimera and the mysterious Ancient One. He must help two new friends find a kidnapped princess and recover a stolen jewel, tasks for which they have special gifts that must not be misused: a scarf of sight, shoes of speed, and a sword of death. But these quests are only part of the larger story, a story including Chimera’s plan to use Hamelin—a child of two realms—to seize the kingdoms on both sides of the Atrium of the Worlds.

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The Eagle, the Cave, and the Footbridge (Hamelin Stoop #3) By Robert B. Sloan Young Adult Fantasy, Christian Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 580 Pages December 29, 2020 by 12 Gates Publishing

Will Hamelin be summoned again?

Hamelin suspects that his friend Layla is the lost princess from the Land of Gloaming. As he describes his daring adventures to trusted friends at the children’s home, an intricate tapestry of stories emerges. Layla admits that she has had dreams – or are they memories? – of another world with faded light. The orphan boy is not alone in his struggle to learn the truth, search for family, and question the Ancient One’s purposes.

Meanwhile, dangerous forces continue to pursue the boy of both worlds, but the evil Chimera gives his agents an additional task: find the fourth princess, the missing daughter of Carr, and stop her. She must never return home.

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Guest Post: The Bible, the Pied Piper, and Hamelin Stoop 

Do you remember the legend of The Pied Piper? When I was young, I was attracted to many stories of myth and magic, but it was this story that I longed to see finished. It is the story of the lost children of Hameln town. The children were seduced into following the alluring music of a cunning piper (their parents failed to live up to the contract made with the Pied Piper, and he stole the children to exact their unpaid debt and avenge his wounded dignity), who led them into a magic mountain, never to be seen again. Only a few witnesses were left to go back so that the parents would know what they had done, that it was their fault the children were taken.

My childhood mind was troubled. What happened to the children who were taken away? Could they ever be rescued and come home? What about their parents and the pain they felt? Would it ever be relieved? Even today the town of Hameln has an old stained glass window commemorating the loss of the children, as well as historical documents and inscriptions that place the great loss on June 26, 1284, the day of Saints John and Paul. Will Hameln always endure the shame of its treachery? The answers are – nothing will ever be the same until the children are restored to their town and families. But how?

I lived with that painful non-ending until one day the story of the Bible and the legend of The Pied Piper connected in my imagination. The story of the Bible is also unfinished in the Old Testament, and though the beginning of the hoped for ending is picked up again in the New Testament and carried forward substantially through the story of Jesus, it remains still unfinished on the stage of history. I think the stories connected in my mind because both are unfinished, with exiles who have yet to be brought home.

Once I filled out a larger narrative for the world and backstory of The Pied Piper, the Hamelin Stoop series was born.

About the Author

Robert is married to his college sweetheart, Sue. With seven married children and over twenty grandchildren, they enjoy large family gatherings with good food and lively conversation around the table. Favorite family activities include role-playing games, writing and reading stories, and, of course, storytelling. Robert is also a University president and scholar.

Photo Credit: Joannah Buffington

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
Dream and Do It is a very nice collection of 100 different people in different t careers that has the potential of helping young child to know what that want to be when they grow up. So often we hear children mention the jobs that are known to everyone but maybe their interest and abilities are for something different. This is where Dream and Do It will come in handy. And I really like that the author sought out so many different people and their stories of how they landed the job they have. I would love to see copies of this book in school libraries as well as any other library where kids of all ages will be looking for career choices. Dream and Do It takes the thoughts are research out of many people’s lives when it comes to helping children find the right things to do with their life. Why not pick up a copy today for that curious child who wants to be everything when they grow up.
A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Book Details:
Book Title:  Dream it & Do It by Holly Sharp
CategoryChildren’s Non-Fiction (Ages 3-7),  216 pages
Genre:  Children’s Non-Fiction
PublisherDream It & Do It LLC
Release date:   Nov 2020
Content Rating:  G for everyone.

Book Description:

Dream It & Do It introduces children to a wide range of  career possibilities at a young age. Readers will explore 100 stories  featuring 100 role models, each one showcasing a different career  choice. Dream It & Do It was recently awarded a coveted Readers’  Favorite 5-Star Review from the largest fully-accredited book review  platform, 1st place for short stories (Royal Dragonfly Book Award) and a  Gold Mom’s Choice Award.

“Dream It & Do It by Holly Sharp is a perfect book for young  kids who want to find their place in this world and what they’d like to  be when they are older.” (Readers’ Favorite).

Readers will continued to be inspired through the coordinating Activity  Book wherein 100+ activities teach your child about today’s career  paths. Book can be purchased as a full collection or in 3 individual  volumes. Find the paperback version on Amazon.com and hardcover on dreamitandoit.com.

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Sharp spent the bulk of her career in new product  development—dreaming up intuitive ideas from how to kill bugs to new ice  cream forms to hit grocery shelves. A self-proclaimed problem-solver,  she loves to think about the things that the world needs and figuring  out how to make those things come to life. “Knowing in high school what I  wanted to do with my life set me up for the right path. I wanted the  same for my child and searched for books to guide her, but came up  short,” Sharp said. “That’s when I thought, ‘why not write the book for  my child that she needs and that will also help others?”

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First Light in Morning Star by Charlotte Hubbard

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Founded by five enterprising Amish maidels, the new Morning Star Marketplace is a joyous success. What’s even more remarkable is the gift the business bestows upon each of these unmarried women—the unexpected blessing of love . . .

Leaving Flaud’s Furniture to teach at the community’s new school is a joy for Lydianne Christner. Old Order Amish, but new to Morning Star, she’s grateful that the congregation trusts her with the position—but she panics when handsome Bishop Jeremiah Shetler asks about the life she left behind. If anyone discovers the secret she’s hiding, she would, quite rightly, be shunned.

A widower, Bishop Jeremiah admires young Lydianne’s youthful energy and skill with the children. He’s also curious about her past, and the burden he senses on her heart. When his request to court her is refused, he’s stung, and lonelier than ever. It isn’t until a crisis prompts a tearful Lydianne to confess to him that Jeremiah is faced with a choice that requires all of his faith—and teaches them both that love and forgiveness go hand in hand.

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Hope fluttered like a butterfly in Lydianne Christner’s heart as she parked her rig in the pole barn just north of the new white schoolhouse. It was barely dawn and she was more than an hour early for her interview with the members of Morning Star’s school board, but she needed time to collect her thoughts and plan her answers to the questions she anticipated from the five men who would decide her future. It had been a spur-of-the-moment decision when she’d blurted out her wish to apply for the teaching position at the members’ meeting after church a week ago—but in the days since, Lydianne’s soul had reconfirmed her impulsive outburst.

She really wanted this position. The trick would be replying to the school board’s questions without hinting at the very personal reason she wished to become Teacher Lydianne. Did she stand a chance?

Sighing nervously, Lydianne stepped onto the front stoop of the schoolhouse and opened the front door.

Her heart fluttered at the sight of fresh white walls, low-maintenance tan flooring, and rows of new metal desks and chairs—the front row filled with shorter desks for the youngest scholars. The white board that covered most of the wall behind her awaited whatever instructions she would write with a variety of colored markers, and the built-in bookcases at the back of the classroom would soon hold a small library as well as a collection of textbooks. Sturdy tables along the side walls would provide space for class projects. A stairway led to the lower level, where the scholars would hang their coats and store their lunch buckets when they came in each morning.

The prospect of beginning a new job—a new life—in this fresh setting filled Lydianne with an even greater excitement than she recalled from when she was a scholar, buying paper and supplies as she anticipated each new school year. Even at twenty-three, she loved learning new things and she eagerly looked forward to passing on her enthusiasm for reading, writing, and arithmetic to—

“Ah—gut morning, Lydianne,” a familiar male voice pulled her from her musings. “Somehow I’m not surprised that you arrived early.”

About the Author:

In 1983, Charlotte Hubbard sold her first story to True Story. She wrote around 70 of those confession stories, and she’s sold more than 50 books to traditional or online publishers. A longtime resident of Missouri, she’s currently writing Amish romances set in imaginary Missouri towns for Kensington. She now lives in Omaha, NE with her husband of 40+ years and their Border collie, Vera.

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Tour and giveaway for First Light in Morning Star by Charlotte Hubbard



This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Charlotte Hubbard will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Founded by five enterprising Amish maidels, the new Morning Star Marketplace is a joyous success. What’s even more remarkable is the gift the business bestows upon each of these unmarried women—the unexpected blessing of love . . .

Leaving Flaud’s Furniture to teach at the community’s new school is a joy for Lydianne Christner. Old Order Amish, but new to Morning Star, she’s grateful that the congregation trusts her with the position—but she panics when handsome Bishop Jeremiah Shetler asks about the life she left behind. If anyone discovers the secret she’s hiding, she would, quite rightly, be shunned.

A widower, Bishop Jeremiah admires young Lydianne’s youthful energy and skill with the children. He’s also curious about her past, and the burden he senses on her heart. When his request to court her is refused, he’s stung, and lonelier than ever. It isn’t until a crisis prompts a tearful Lydianne to confess to him that Jeremiah is faced with a choice that requires all of his faith—and teaches them both that love and forgiveness go hand in hand.

Read an Excerpt

Hope fluttered like a butterfly in Lydianne Christner’s heart as she parked her rig in the pole barn just north of the new white schoolhouse. It was barely dawn and she was more than an hour early for her interview with the members of Morning Star’s school board, but she needed time to collect her thoughts and plan her answers to the questions she anticipated from the five men who would decide her future. It had been a spur-of-the-moment decision when she’d blurted out her wish to apply for the teaching position at the members’ meeting after church a week ago—but in the days since, Lydianne’s soul had reconfirmed her impulsive outburst.

She really wanted this position. The trick would be replying to the school board’s questions without hinting at the very personal reason she wished to become Teacher Lydianne. Did she stand a chance?

Sighing nervously, Lydianne stepped onto the front stoop of the schoolhouse and opened the front door.

Her heart fluttered at the sight of fresh white walls, low-maintenance tan flooring, and rows of new metal desks and chairs—the front row filled with shorter desks for the youngest scholars. The white board that covered most of the wall behind her awaited whatever instructions she would write with a variety of colored markers, and the built-in bookcases at the back of the classroom would soon hold a small library as well as a collection of textbooks. Sturdy tables along the side walls would provide space for class projects. A stairway led to the lower level, where the scholars would hang their coats and store their lunch buckets when they came in each morning.

The prospect of beginning a new job—a new life—in this fresh setting filled Lydianne with an even greater excitement than she recalled from when she was a scholar, buying paper and supplies as she anticipated each new school year. Even at twenty-three, she loved learning new things and she eagerly looked forward to passing on her enthusiasm for reading, writing, and arithmetic to—

“Ah—gut morning, Lydianne,” a familiar male voice pulled her from her musings. “Somehow I’m not surprised that you arrived early.”

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Lydianne Christner has been working at Flaud’s furniture since coming to Morning Star six years ago. She is excited about leaving the furniture company and starting her teaching position in the new school that Pete and the others built. She is still keeping her job at the Marketplace, started by five maidens. One of the men in the community losses his wife and is left with 2 small kids to take care of so he goes after Lydianne, but little does he know someone else is after her. But she sends them both on their way. What will become of this?

First Light in Morning Star is such a sweet Amish story. The Amish community in Morning Star is a small community with good people that are always willing to help others. But there are a few strong willed men that drove me crazy. But these men needed to be part of the story to give it a little flavor, and boy did they! I just felt so sorry for anyone in their line of accusations. But Bishop Jeremiah does a nice job taking care of the people of his church. I really like this Bishop, and I hope the real life Bishops are more like him. I like the way Bishop Jeremiah has a way of shutting down situations before they got out of hand. There are many other characters that make up this community. And then there is the interesting romance. You don’t want to miss the sweet and exciting story by Charlotte Hubbard.

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:
In 1983, Charlotte Hubbard sold her first story to True Story. She wrote around 70 of those confession stories, and she’s sold more than 50 books to traditional or online publishers. A longtime resident of Missouri, she’s currently writing Amish romances set in imaginary Missouri towns for Kensington. She now lives in Omaha, NE with her husband of 40+ years and their Border collie, Vera.

Website: http://www.charlottehubbard.com
Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/Charlotte.Hubbard1

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M. C. Plays Hide and Seek by Eva Grayzel

 

 

 

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Book Details:

Book Title:  MC Plays Hide and Seek: An Empowering Story for Healthy Children Who Care About a Person Living with Cancer by Eva Grayzel
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  64 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   Jan 5, 2021
Content Rating:  G for everyone.

Book Description:

M.C. is a cancer cell who shares just enough information about the nature of the disease to promote dialogue and minimize fear. The scary part of cancer is the unknown. Learn about doctors who look for cancer. 

Understand feelings children experience and learn ways to cope. Empower children with knowledge and how to make a difference. M.C. Plays Hide & Seek strengthens communication and builds emotional health.

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Very Interesting Guest post by Author  Eva Grayzel

Why Tell Children About Your Cancer.

Children of all ages are intuitive. The scary part is the unknown. Telling children what you know can go a long way toward minimizing their fears. Include proper names of the disease, such as ‘breast cancer’ or ‘brain tumor.’ The most important component in explaining cancer to children is honesty.

Children at different ages have different needs with respect to information. If you are too vague and say, ‘Mommy is sick and needs medicine,’ they may confuse a cut on their knee or a low grade fever as a sickness like Mom’s. Depending on the age and emotional capacity of the child, find the balance between not enough and too much information. 

Use simple, clear language. “I have lung cancer. I’m getting three kinds of treatment: Surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. We expect the treatment to work but I will feel unwell for a few months.”

Notice reactions, address concerns, answer questions and demonstrate a willingness to discuss this topic with them. Reassure children their daily routines will remain as normal as possible. Strengthen emotional health with open lines for communication.

If you decide NOT to tell children about a cancer diagnosis:

1- Inadvertently, you endorse secrecy and dishonesty
2- You risk anger and resentment, especially if discovered from another source. 

3- You miss an opportunity to teach a life lesson about what family means.

M.C. Plays Hide & Seek helps to promote dialogue and minimize fear around cancer. Social workers and mental health specialists at hospitals and in private practice can help, too. 

You CAN do this! There is a reason for the CAN in CANCER. Have the cancer talk today – Don’t delay.

Meet the Author:

EVa GRayson

EvaGrayzel is a motivational speaker, storyteller, and cancer survivor. When her children were five and seven years old, she was diagnosed with cancer. Their fear of losing her was deep, real, and suppressed. When she got a second chance at life, she created the Talk4Hope book series to help children understand cancer and make it less scary.

MY REVIEW

At first I wasn’t sure I wanted to read this book. Once you have cancer you are more likely not to talk about it. But as I started reading I realized that this information about cancer can calm the fears that kids of all ages. M.C. Plays Hide & Seek with to teach children about cancer of all kinds and how to help someone cope with living with cancer.
There are many types of Healthcare workers that can help children as well. Instead if running from someone with cancer you can become a person they can talk to. The colorful illustrations in the book are very bright and vibrant, helping your child keep a happy more calm attitude. If you are going through cancer or know someone who is, this would be a wonderful book to have around. It may answer questions you may not have a clue about.

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

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Jan 5 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
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Jan 5 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 6 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 7 – Reading Authors Network – book review / giveaway
Jan 7 – The Momma Spot – book review
Jan 8 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 11 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 12 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 13 – 411 ON BOOKS, AUTHORS, AND PUBLISHING NEWS – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 13 – Older & Smarter? – book review / giveaway
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Jan 14 – My Reading Journey – book review / giveaway
Jan 15 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway
Jan 18 –  Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
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Jan 19 – Laura’s Interests – book review / giveaway
Jan 20 – The Bespectacled Mother – book review / guest post
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Ginnie West Collection

About the Book

Book:  The Ginnie West Collection

Author: Monique Bucheger

Genre: Christian fiction, middle grade

The Ginnie West Collection

Book 1: THE SECRET SISTERS CLUB

Twelve-year-old BFF’s Ginnie West and Tillie Taylor, want to be sisters. Ginnie’s widowed dad plus Tillie’s divorced mom could equal a lifetime of round-the-clock girl talk and slumber parties. Too bad Dad vowed to never marry again. Ginnie and Tillie come up with the perfect scheme to change his mind: ‘Operation Secret Sisters’ (aka OSS). After all, if they can’t get Dad to move on, Tillie can’t move in.
Things get more complicated when Ginnie stumbles across her mom’s hidden journals. Ginnie can finally get to know the mother she doesn’t remember and her dad doesn’t talk about—if Dad doesn’t take them away.

Book 2: TROUBLE BLOWS WEST

Putting her body in motion before her brain is in gear creates a mountain of problems for 12 year-old Ginnie West. She is certain that defending her twin brother, Toran, from the biggest bully in sixth grade was the right thing to do. But Ginnie couldn’t be more wrong. She quickly learns that Toran doesn’t appreciate being rescued by a girl any better than Pierce likes being knocked down by one.

When Pierce seeks revenge on Ginnie, Toran sets aside his anger and helps her plot a payback prank at Pierce’s house. Sadly, Ginnie learns that Pierce has a reason for being a bully when she sees his dad drop him to the floor like a ragdoll. Realizing he’s a boy in big trouble, Ginnie decides to be his ally, because he won’t let her be his friend.

Book 3: SIMPLY WEST OF HEAVEN 

Twelve-year-old BFFs Ginnie and Tillie are matchmaking geniuses. Sweet! Not long after they schemed to get Ginnie’s widowed dad to fall in love with Tillie’s divorced mom, Ginnie stumbled upon her late mom’s journals, making life even more awesome sauce … until her dad confiscated the journals, determined to protect Ginnie from a danger he won’t name.

Ginnie is counting on her future sister’s help to make Dad change his mind, but Tillie’s not so sure the ghost of Ginnie’s mom will make a good addition to their new family tree. The girls’ world gets flipped upside-down when a blast from the past shows up and makes Tillie go nutburgers. Ginnie is torn between helping her best friend and what could be the answer to her deepest wish.

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About the Author

Monique

When Monique isn’t writing, you can find her playing taxi driver to one or more of her 12 children, plotting her next novel, scrapbooking, or being the “Mamarazzi” at any number of child-oriented events.

Even though she realizes there will never be enough hours in any given day, Monique tries very hard to enjoy the journey that is her life. She shares it with a terrific husband, her dozen children, twelve grand-darlings, too many cats, and many real and imaginary friends. She is the author of several books in three series and hopes to write many more.

More from Monique

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to the Kickoff of The Ginnie West Collection (Books 1, 2, and 3) of the Ginnie West Adventures series. This omnibus edition includes The Secret Sisters Club, Trouble Blows West and Simply West of Heaven.

The series starts with The Secret Sisters Club and introduces the reader to 12-year-old best friends, Ginnie West and Tillie Taylor. Ginnie’s mother died when she was 3 ½ in a tragic accident and Tillie’s birth dad hit the road 6 years before the series starts.

Tillie, especially, wants a “whole” family again and who would make a better sister than her BFF? When she suggests to Ginnie that their parents would also benefit by marrying, their scheme, Operation: Secret Sisters is formed.

Things get more complicated when Ginnie discovers a box of her dead mom’s journals and reads one, getting to know the mother she doesn’t remember and her dad doesn’t talk about. Discovering the journals brings up questions and feelings that Ginnie didn’t expect and she struggles to reconcile her desire to know her real mom and while caring about her “new” mom.

Trouble Blows West takes a complete turn from Book 1 when the biggest bully in 6th grade goes after Ginnie’s twin brother, Toran,  and results in Ginnie knocking the bully, Pierce, on his rear in front of the whole student body in the  cafeteria on page 2. Things get more complicated when the reader realizes that Pierce is being abused at home. Ginnie doesn’t find out right away—but when she does, Ginnie, Toran, and Tillie decide to become Pierce’s allies—because he won’t let them be his friends. Trouble Blows West is a story of kids on the opposite sides of many issues who try to come to some peaceful understandings.

Because of her great influence in my life, I made my high school creative writing teacher, Mrs. Marion Joyce Johnson, a character in this book years ago. A fun happenstance has recently occurred. Mrs. Johnson’s real life son is Col. Greg Johnson, pilot and astronaut for the Space Shuttle Endeavor. I reached out to Greg who read: Trouble Blows West and fell in love with Ginnie and her family. He has graciously written a Foreword for the book.

Simply West of Heaven starts three weeks after The Secret Sisters Club ends. The one thread that wasn’t reconciled in Book 1 is resolved in this book—and the thread opens up a whole lot of possibilities of fun and new adventures for Ginnie, Tillie, and the Wests. This book has my four best twists and guarantees the reader lots of surprises as the story unfolds. Hopefully readers will want to continue to read about Ginnie and Tillie in Book 4: Being West is Best.

The Ginnie West Adventures series truly is a labor of love for me. I enjoy sharing the West family and their stories with new and longtime readers. I especially love it when readers share with me their experiences of finding courage and peace to overcome their own trials and share those stories with me. I hope to empower and uplift my readers and love it when they connect with me.

Laugh lots … love much … write on!

Monique Bucheger

The Secret Sister’s Club is about best friends  Ginnie and Tillie. I enjoyed reading about these two wonderful character and all of the fun they had as friends. The author does a really good job of writing a sweet book that is great for teens and pre-teens to read. I was so glad when Ginnie found her mother’s journals and was able to learn about her real mom and her life, especially since her dad never talked about her mom and that part of their life. I know if I was in her place, I would want to read journals my mom left behind. So this was a special part of the story for me. I give The Secret Sister’s Club Four solidStars.

Trouble Blows West  is very different than the first book in this series. Gennie is now 12 years old and when the school bully is after her brother, she decides to take control and knock bully Pierce on his rear end. But Gennie’s brother wasn’t too happy about this. Again author Monique Bucheger creats fun loving characters to add to the ones we know from the first book in this series. I loved that Gennie took care of the bully like she did. But yet I csn see why her brother was so upset. You just can’t have your sister jumping in on your problems if you are a boy. And their dad did the right thing in taking care of it. This is a solid Four Stars for me!

Simply West of Heaven starts a few weeks after Trouble Blows West , and we see more of Ginnie, Tillie and Toran and journey with them through this book. As Gennie is more interested in finding out more about her mom, more questions are ask and we began to see with Gennie secrets that surface, making tension tight. I think the author does a great job with this book. This is by far my favorite of the series. There is a lot of emotions flying around in this book. Gennie is not sure she wants to share her dad. Could that be a little jealous streak we see in her? I give Simply West of Heaven Four Stars.  Again, lots of fun reading in this third book as we follow Gennie and her journey. I’m looking forward to the 4th book in thr series.

This is am amazing series, and if you are looking for books for your pre-teen and older child, this is a series you should consider. I give the entire series a 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.

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Monique is giving away the grand prize of a $75 Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Apple, or Google Play!!

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/104ff/the-ginnie-west-collection-celebration-tour-giveaway

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