Tour and Giveaway for Cerebral Palsy by Ilana Estelle

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Join us for this tour from September 20 to October 8!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Cerebral Palsy: ‘A Story’ Finding the Calm After the Storm
Author:  Ilana Estelle
​Category:  Adult Non-Fiction, 288 pages
Genre:  memoir
Publisher:  RedDoor Press
Release date:  Feb 1, 2020
Format available for review:  ebook (mobi for kindle)
Tour dates:  Sept 20 to Oct 8
Content Rating:  G.


Book Description:

Living with cerebral palsy is enormously difficult. But what if you never knew you had it? This is the incredible story of Ilana Stankler.

Born the second of premature twins, from a young age Ilana knew she was different, but for all the wrong reasons. A child of the 60s, Ilana experienced first-hand the way that disability was so often brushed under the carpet and not spoken about. Her constant physical and mental struggles made her feel isolated, alone, frustrated, and misunderstood… it took 46 years for her to find out why.

Part memoir, part motivational guide, Cerebral Palsy: A Story is Ilana’s open and honest journey from an angry, confused child, knowing something was wrong, but not knowing what, to the ‘real’ her – a courageous woman using her experiences and lessons to create inspiring messages about mental and physical health, positivity, resilience and change.


Buy the Book:
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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Ilana Estelle writes such a special story in writing Cerebral Palsy: ‘A Story’ Finding the Calm After the Storm. My heart broke for her as she told of her childhood and growing up years, not knowing what was wrong with her. Of course her school mates and those around her made fun of her as she struggled with this disease that she had no idea about. It is so sad that she has no family support, or support from anyone. But Estelle is a fighter and the amazing story she tells here of her journey to healing is so heartwarming. I was in tears many timds reading this book. Ilana Estelle may have been angry growing up but she now has a loving, tender and caring heart and I pray that many will find help from their struggles with Cerebral Palsy, as well as other issues you may deal with. As she talked about food that would help with arthritis pain, she had my attention because I have been dealing with severe back and joint pain for many years. And I will look into this further to try to calm my pain. If you are dealing with Cerebal Palsy, especially, you need to read this story. And this is a great read for anyone. I enjoy knowing so much knowing more about this disease, and I want to keep on cheering Ilana on because of her strong spirit and for all of her achievements accomplished through the years. This book is certainly a 5 plus 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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An Interview With The Author

You refer to your website, The CP Diary in your book, how frequently do you write for that?

I add new content to my blog daily. What started out as a blog for me has turned into so much more, it helps others looking for help on-line too. 

My writing helps me with what I get to deal with; it is the reason I continue to write as often as I do. I never stop learning, wanting to find out more about myself and the world.

Do you have a writing schedule?

I have never tied myself into a particular writing schedule as such. Writing can be quite addictive, the more I write, the more I want to write any time of day. The more I write, the more I want to know more, the more I want to write and learn more. 

How original and unique is your book?

Finding out about my disability at the age of 46, even though I was originally diagnosed at 2, makes ‘my story’, and what I have written, original and unique. Also, I have written both books from a universal perspective and that makes my books original and unique. It doesn’t matter what we deal with, from a universal perspective, we may all relate to what I have written. 

Your book contains several quotes from famous people – which is your favourite and why?

“The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it.” Henri J.M. Nouwen

Henri J.M. Nouwen’s words are simple and meaningful. Embracing spirituality can be a cathartic experience. For anyone who experiences a spiritual awaking, it truly is a life changing experience. 

My own spiritual journey has changed my attitude and my life. If my words resonate with you, or you’re just starting out on your own spiritual journey, I would greatly appreciate you taking a moment to check out my books, Cerebral Palsy: A Story ‘Finding the Calm After the Storm’ and ‘Spirituality, Healing and Me.’ I know they can help. 

And no matter what any of us deal with, please don’t lose sight of your vision, and trust the spiritual process, because it should never let you down. My mum used to say, life doesn’t come with a manual and life can be hard. Yes, spirituality can make life easier… and you’ve GOT this! 

I know that no matter what I have had to deal with, or what I’ve had thrown at me over the years, spirituality has got me through my experiences and through the healing process and I am forever grateful. 

How did writing your books put your demons to rest?

Writing my blogs for @TheCPDiary was the start of the process of me coming to terms with my experiences, but I could never know about my disability without writing my first book. 

Writing my book Cerebral Palsy: A Story ‘Finding the Calm After the Storm’ was the start of understanding my life with my disability, the other part was understanding my journey, which I have done through my ‘Spirituality, Healing and Me’ book. 

Through the process, I needed to understand myself and for others to understand me. I believe being able to rationale and understand our life and our experiences, are an important part of the healing and emotional process and putting some of those demons to rest. 

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Meet the Author:

Ilana was born with a disability she didn’t know she had until the age of 46, when through her medical notes she discovered she had been diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of 2.

That discovery turned out to be a unique and life-changing experience that has forced Ilana to stand back and look at her life experiences differently. On her late diagnosis, Ilana set up her website The CP Diary and uses her experiences to explore her emotional and physical health, with an inspiring message advocating resilience and change.

Ilana likes to spend her days writing and blogging about anything that contributes to her health and well being. She is an animal advocate and is passionate about environmental issues. When she is not writing to tending to her blog, Ilana enjoys days out exploring the Yorkshire countryside. Ilana lives with her husband and their much-loved cat, in Yorkshire. Her grown up son and daughter both live in London.

Connect with the author: website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ pinterest ~ goodreads


Tour Schedule:

Sept 20 –
Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sept 20 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of Spirituality, Healing, and Me / guest post / giveaway
Sept 20 – Kam’s Place – book review of Spirituality, Healing, and Me
Sept 21 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of Spirituality, Healing, and Me / giveaway
Sept 22 – Laura’s Interests – book review of Spirituality, Healing, and Me / author interview / giveaway

Sept 22 – Kam’s Place – book review of Cerebral Palsy: ‘A Story’ Finding the Calm After the Storm
Sept 23 – Splashes of Joy – book review of Spirituality, Healing, and Me / author interview / giveaway
Sept 24 – Splashes of Joy – book review of Cerebral Palsy: ‘A Story’ Finding the Calm After the Storm / giveaway
Sept 27 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Sept 28 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of Cerebral Palsy: ‘A Story’ Finding the Calm After the Storm / giveaway
Sept 29 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Sept 30 – Fur Everywhere – book review of Spirituality, Healing, and Me / giveaway
Oct 1 –
Oct 4 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of Spirituality, Healing, and Me / author interview / giveaway
Oct 5 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of Spirituality, Healing, and Me / giveaway
Oct 6 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of Cerebral Palsy: ‘A Story’ Finding the Calm After the Storm / giveaway
Oct 7 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book spotlight / giveaway

Oct 8 – Books for Books – book spotlight

Enter the Giveaway:

 
 
 

Tour and Giveaway for Spirituality, Healing and Me by Ilana Estelle

Join us for this tour from September 20 to October 8!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Spirituality, Healing and Me: How Living a Spiritual Life Offers Hope and healing in the Modern World
Author:  Ilana Estelle
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction, 288 pages
Genre:  Self-Help
Publisher:  RedDoor Press
Release date:  Sept 16, 2021
Format available for review:  print-hardback (USA and Canada), ebook (mobi for kindle)
Tour dates:  Sept 20 to Oct 8
Content Rating:  G.


Book Description:

Everyday life has never been more challenging and it’s easy to lose sight of who we are and who we want to be. In Spirituality, Healing and Me, Ilana Estelle draws on her experiences of emotional, mental and physical disability to show how tuning into our spiritual side can improve well-being, heal our minds and set us firmly back on track.

Ilana shows how focusing on values such as understanding, empathy, compassion, tolerance, kindness, creativity and acceptance can help us find our inner calm.

Packed with inspiring messages and real-life vignettes, Ilana’s book shows how spirituality can help us navigate even the roughest waters.
•Improve emotional balance and wellness
•Boost confidence and self-esteem
•Stay self-aware, grounded and patient
•Appreciate life and each other
•Accept changing circumstances
•Enhance positive emotions and personal healing

Buy the Book:
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B&NIndiebound ~ Waterstones
Book Depository


Add to goodreads

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I wasn’t sure what to expect from Spirituality, Healing and Me: How Living a Spiritual Life Offers Hope and healing in the Modern World. Turns on I found a lot of profound truth to what Ilana Estelle says. Dealing with a disability, it makes sense that connecting to one’s self is essential in dealing with disabilities. I will admit that there are some things I’m not so sure about, but then other things are spot on. For 26 years I have been dealing with a different kind of disability than this author, but the facts are still the same. Some things I read, I already do them myself, but it was nice and interesting to read Estelle’s viewpoint. There are a lot of statements in this book that I highlighted for future reference and I’m glad I had an ecopy of the book so I could do that, and always have it with me on my Kindle app on my phone. One thing that stood out to me is something I already knew, but reading it brings it to light even more for me. It is, and I’m quoting this from the book, “Being selfless means being focused on the needs of others, rather than our own needs. It is one of the most endearing qualities we can possess.” This is something I am going to write on an index card and keep with me, and I encourage you to do the same with thoughts that have helped you from this book. If you are dealing with a disability, regardless of what it is, I think you can benefit from reading 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.

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An Interview With The Author

You refer to your website, The CP Diary in your book, how frequently do you write for that?

I add new content to my blog daily. What started out as a blog for me has turned into so much more, it helps others looking for help on-line too. 

My writing helps me with what I get to deal with; it is the reason I continue to write as often as I do. I never stop learning, wanting to find out more about myself and the world.

Do you have a writing schedule?

I have never tied myself into a particular writing schedule as such. Writing can be quite addictive, the more I write, the more I want to write any time of day. The more I write, the more I want to know more, the more I want to write and learn more. 

How original and unique is your book?

Finding out about my disability at the age of 46, even though I was originally diagnosed at 2, makes ‘my story’, and what I have written, original and unique. Also, I have written both books from a universal perspective and that makes my books original and unique. It doesn’t matter what we deal with, from a universal perspective, we may all relate to what I have written. 

Your book contains several quotes from famous people – which is your favourite and why?

“The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it.” Henri J.M. Nouwen

Henri J.M. Nouwen’s words are simple and meaningful. Embracing spirituality can be a cathartic experience. For anyone who experiences a spiritual awaking, it truly is a life changing experience. 

My own spiritual journey has changed my attitude and my life. If my words resonate with you, or you’re just starting out on your own spiritual journey, I would greatly appreciate you taking a moment to check out my books, Cerebral Palsy: A Story ‘Finding the Calm After the Storm’ and ‘Spirituality, Healing and Me.’ I know they can help. 

And no matter what any of us deal with, please don’t lose sight of your vision, and trust the spiritual process, because it should never let you down. My mum used to say, life doesn’t come with a manual and life can be hard. Yes, spirituality can make life easier… and you’ve GOT this! 

I know that no matter what I have had to deal with, or what I’ve had thrown at me over the years, spirituality has got me through my experiences and through the healing process and I am forever grateful. 

How did writing your books put your demons to rest?

Writing my blogs for @TheCPDiary was the start of the process of me coming to terms with my experiences, but I could never know about my disability without writing my first book. 

Writing my book Cerebral Palsy: A Story ‘Finding the Calm After the Storm’ was the start of understanding my life with my disability, the other part was understanding my journey, which I have done through my ‘Spirituality, Healing and Me’ book. 

Through the process, I needed to understand myself and for others to understand me. I believe being able to rationale and understand our life and our experiences, are an important part of the healing and emotional process and putting some of those demons to rest. 

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Meet the Author:

Ilana was born with a disability she didn’t know she had until the age of 46, when through her medical notes she discovered she had been diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of 2.

That discovery turned out to be a unique and life-changing experience that has forced Ilana to stand back and look at her life experiences differently. On her late diagnosis, Ilana set up her website The CP Diary and uses her experiences to explore her emotional and physical health, with an inspiring message advocating resilience and change.

Ilana likes to spend her days writing and blogging about anything that contributes to her health and well being. She is an animal advocate and is passionate about environmental issues. When she is not writing to tending to her blog, Ilana enjoys days out exploring the Yorkshire countryside. Ilana lives with her husband and their much-loved cat, in Yorkshire. Her grown up son and daughter both live in London.

Connect with the author: website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ pinterest ~ goodreads


Tour Schedule:

Sept 20 –
Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sept 20 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of Spirituality, Healing, and Me / guest post / giveaway
Sept 20 – Kam’s Place – book review of Spirituality, Healing, and Me
Sept 21 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of Spirituality, Healing, and Me / giveaway
Sept 22 – Laura’s Interests – book review of Spirituality, Healing, and Me / author interview / giveaway

Sept 22 – Kam’s Place – book review of Cerebral Palsy: ‘A Story’ Finding the Calm After the Storm
Sept 23 – Splashes of Joy – book review of Spirituality, Healing, and Me / author interview / giveaway
Sept 24 – Splashes of Joy – book review of Cerebral Palsy: ‘A Story’ Finding the Calm After the Storm / giveaway
Sept 27 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Sept 28 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of Cerebral Palsy: ‘A Story’ Finding the Calm After the Storm / giveaway
Sept 29 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Sept 30 – Fur Everywhere – book review of Spirituality, Healing, and Me / giveaway
Oct 1 –
Oct 4 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of Spirituality, Healing, and Me / author interview / giveaway
Oct 5 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of Spirituality, Healing, and Me / giveaway
Oct 6 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of Cerebral Palsy: ‘A Story’ Finding the Calm After the Storm / giveaway
Oct 7 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book spotlight / giveaway

Oct 8 – Books for Books – book spotlight

Enter the Giveaway:

 
 
 

Epic Book Launch for A Convenient Risk by Sara R. Turnquist

A Convenient Risk Epic Book Launch

About the Book

Book: A Convenient Risk

Author: Sara R. Turnquist

Genre: Clean Historical Romance

Release date: October 26, 2021

He never imagined her heart would be so hard to reach.

Forced into a marriage of convenience after her husband dies, Amanda Haynes is determined she will never love again. Not that it bothers Brandon Miller. He needs her husband’s cattle. She needs financial stability and long-term support for her son and herself. But she never expected to care so much about the running of the ranch.

Butting heads over the decisions of the ranch, only adds to her frustration. Her wellbeing is soon threatened as their lives become entangled with Billy the Kid and his gang.

What has she gotten herself into? What kind of man has she married? Is there any way out?

BOOK EXCERPT

A Convenient Risk Excerpt FiveA small hand pulled at her skirt. Samuel. She couldn’t forget him. He deserved better. More thanwhat life had dealt him. Leaning down, she swept him into her arms and held him to her chest. Ifonly there were some semblanceof warmth there for him. It couldn’t be helped.“Don’t cry, Mama.” His tiny voice broke through the silence. Small hands framed her face. “Pa’sin heaven, right?”Nodding at her son with his simple faith, she set her forehead on his, closing her eyes so hecouldn’t see her tears.Movement to her left gave her pause. But she dare not look. Probably another well-meaningfriend come to comfort her. A face among many.

They need to start.” It was Reverend Mason.Men with their shovels clanging fell into step behind him. Why now? Could she just have a fewmore minutes before time continued? Before the inevitable swept her along?“Ma’am?” The preacher’s voice was kind, but insistent.Didn’t he know her world was falling apart? That nothing would ever be the same? That she hadlost the only one who ever knew…who ever understood…A hand fell upon her arm, and she did not try to resist as the reverend tugged at her, pulling heraway from the graveside

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sara is a coffee lovin’, word slinging, clean Historical Romance author whose super power is converting caffeine into novels. She loves those odd little tidbits of history that are stranger than fiction. That’s what inspires her. Well, that and a good love story.

But of all the love stories she knows, hers is her favorite. She lives happily with her own Prince Charming and their gaggle of minions. Three to be exact. They sure know how to distract a writer! But, alas, the stories must be written, even if it must happen in the wee hours of the morning.

Sara is an avid reader and also enjoys reading clean Historical Romance when she’s not traveling. Her books range from the Czech lands to the American Wild West and from ancient Egypt to the early 1900s. Some of her titles include The Lady BornekovaHope in Cripple Creek, The General’s WifeTrail of Fears, and the Convenient Risk Series.

Tour & Giveaway for Lucinda’s Defender by Blossom Turner

Lucinda's Defender

About the Book

Book:  Lucinda’s Defender

Author: Blossom Turner

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: September 7, 2021

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Life hasn’t turned out at all like Lucinda expected, but neither is the depth of love one man has for her.

The young and impetuous Lucinda Williams, through a series of bad decisions, is now in a situation she never dreamed conceivable—an unplanned baby and marriage to a man who proves to be far darker than she ever imagined. Pain is a cruel teacher but brings instant maturity.

Joseph Manning, a childhood friend who watched the love of his life leave, is heartbroken to find the bruised waif of a girl he rescues less than a year later. What atrocities did she experience to change the vivacious, bubbly soul into this shell of hopelessness? Broken. Bruised. Beaten. Does love really have the power to heal all wounds?

Lucinda marvels at how Joseph effortlessly whittles his way back into her heart and that of her child with kindness and respect. But she has a secret far too dark to allow the kind Joseph into her life. He deserves so much better than the likes of her. Is love strong enough to break down the barriers of bad choices? Can a second chance at happiness really be possible?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I have loved Blossom Turners books.since reading her first one, and I was excited about reading Lucinda’s Defender because I knew I was in for a fantastic read. Lucinda Williams is a strong and determined sixteen year old and didn’t listen to anyone about Nat, the boy who claims he loves her. But a lot of bad decisions and she ends up pregnant and in an abusive marriage with no way out, that she can see.

Wow!! Another page turner from Ms. Turner, and this one was off the charts. I love the way Turner changes the attitude of the book and so expertly brings in the horrific abuse and what it does to a marriage and the person being abused. A lot of this book was difficult to read because of the issues being dealt with. But I think this book would be a really nice gift to someone who is in an abusive relationship or marriage because it clearly shows both sides of the situation, the abusive side and then being rescued and getting help. It shows there is still hope in any situation.

Lucinda’s Defender was such an amazing read. I found myself going back and re-reading a lot if the pages and even the chapters because I just couldn’t get enough of the story. It is nice revisiting the characters from the previous books as well as getting to know the new characters, and they all developed so well as the story unfolds. Turner weaves everything together and gives readers a beautiful ending that will stay with me for a while. I’m giving Lucinda’s Defender Five Stars, and I wish I could give it more. I think everyone could benefit from reading this book, especially if you enjoy historical fiction.

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

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

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Blossom Turner is a free-lance writer published in Chicken Soup and Kernels of Hope anthologies, former newspaper columnist on health and fitness, an avid blogger, and published novelist. Her authentic understanding of the power of love in the darkest of circumstances is woven masterfully through her first novel Anna’s Secret (a contemporary romance), in book one of the Shenandoah Brides series, Katherine’s Arrangement and again in this second book, Amelia’s Heartsong. Being a hopeless romantic, Blossom, endeavors to give you, the reader, entertainment value with an inspirational twist. She and her husband, David, have two grown children and live in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Read more at blossomturner.com.

More from Blossom

Do You Enjoy Romance That Keeps You Thinking Days Later?

Long before I even knew I could write, I loved to read. Being a hopeless romantic I gravitated to all romance stories either contemporary or historical. I soon realized that finding clean fiction but still written with the passion God created us to experience, was hard to find. (Song of Solomon is a good example of the expression of passion and love between a man and woman without being explicit.)

Given the gift of a writing career later in life one thing was for sure…I wanted to write what I like to read. Clean romance does not need to be boring. As each story pours out, I realize that writing historical fiction is my new passion. I finally know what I was born to do. My favorite theme was an arranged marriage…so birthed the first book of the Shenandoah Brides that has now morphed into a series of 5 sisters and their 5 love stories. September 6th 2021 is launch day for book three called Lucinda’s Defender.

Where-as book one was set in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, post-civil war, the second book Amelia’s Heartsong took place in the big city of Richmond Virginia where balls, debutants, pomp and circumstance matter. This third book, Lucinda’s Defender is back in the valley once again.

Have you ever made decisions that you wish you could unwind? If that is a yes, then you will relate to young, beautiful, sassy Lucinda who at the age of sixteen is forced to live with her adult choices. By seventeen her world crashes in doling out a future no woman deserves. But God is a God of second chances, and handsome Joseph a worthy life-long friend and hero. Passion, love, and undying devotion make this read a romantic page turner sure to keep you awake into the wee hours of the morning.

Although this book can easily be read as a stand-alone, enjoying the whole series as the family saga unfolds will deepen the experience.

I sincerely hope you enjoy the read as much as I enjoyed the write. I love to hear from my readers. Contact me at http://blossomturner.com

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 7

Texas Book-aholic, September 8

Cats in the Cradle Blog, September 8

lakesidelivingsite, September 9

Inklings and notions, September 10

Bizwings Blog, September 10

For Him and My Family, September 11

deb’s Book Review, September 12

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 13

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 14

Simple Harvest Reads, September 14 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Connie’s History Classroom, September 15

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, September 16

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, September 17

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 18

Reviewingbooksplusmore, September 18

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 19

Splashes of Joy, September 20

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Blossom 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/116c6/lucinda-s-defender-celebration-tour-giveaway

Launch Day for Secrets of Emerald Cottage by Julie Lessman

Secrets of Emerald Cottage by Julie Lessman

The Secret of Emerald Cottage

COMING SEPTEMBER 20, 2021

She’s sweet & cozy mysteries. He’s fun & cozy flings.
Till a deadly secret reveals not-so-cozy things.

Twenty-five-year-old Molly Stewart—ex-Navy nurse and former evidence technician for the Charleston Police Department—has been burned by love. So when her friend, Pastor Chase Griffin, begs her to move to scenic Lake Loon to be a nurse and companion for Miss Lilly, his elderly landlady, she jumps at the chance. The secluded and cozy cottage on a clear mountain lake seems the perfect place to heal from her fiancé’s betrayal as well as indulge in one of her greatest passions—cozy romance. First with reading them by the bookcase and then hopefully, if dreams come true, writing and solving them one day as an author and detective. But when Miss Lilly’s estranged great nephew shows up, it’s no mystery as to why he and Molly butt heads. Because it only takes one stolen kiss—while she’s sleeping, no less—to discover he’s an even bigger player than the ex-fiancé who broke her heart.

When international playboy and Irish soccer star Brec McGill learns his long-lost great aunt is in a coma from a drowning accident, he rushes to her side. Not only is he anxious to reconnect with his only living relative he spent summers with as a boy, but her cottage on Lake Loon, Georgia is the perfect respite to heal from game injuries and escape a tabloid scandal. At thirty-three he’s disillusioned with the game, his fiancée, and life in general, craving nothing but a little peace and solitude to get his head on straight. But when he discovers his aunt’s cottage is not only inhabited by a crusty Aunt Lilly he hasn’t seen in years, but a pretty prude of a nurse as well, his plans take a nose-dive in the lake. Because suddenly it appears not only was Aunt Lilly’s accident no accident … but somebody out there wants to see them all dead.

Check it all out here on Julie Lessman’s website and pre-order your book today.

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GIVEAWAY CONTEST!! 

Want to win a $50 Amazon gift card, a signed paperback of The Secret of Emerald Cottage (or choice of Julie Lessman’s books), a character named for you or a loved one (great birthday/Christmas gift!) in her next book, A Hope and a Prayer, which releases early next spring and a signed paperback of that book? Just head on over to JULIE LESSMAN’S BLOG for all the details and GOOD LUCK!

Tour and Giveaway for Lost and Found by Ronald L. Ruiz

Join us for This Tour:  September 20 to October 8
 
Book Details:
 
Book Title:  Lost and Found by Ronald L. Ruiz
Category: Adult Fiction (18+), 292 pages
Genre:  Literary
Publisher:  Embajadoras Press
Release date:  June 2021
 
 
Book Description:
 
When community leaders began to doubt Abel Mendoza, the law practice he had spent years building began to crumble. It was the 1960s and there was but a handful of Mexican lawyers in California. Abel had worked tirelessly to earn respect in the courts, avoiding any semblance of a personal life to achieve his goals. Now, his personal and professional lives had collided and he found himself being rejected by the community that had previously supported and admired him. His fears of inadequacy kindled, Abel began to question who he really was, what he did, and where he belonged. A desire to avoid these questions and the people who had provoked them sent this small-town lawyer on a trip to escape not only his community but his own self-doubts, and into a relationship that changed his life completely.
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I encourage you to join me in reading this interesting GUEST POST by Ronald Ruiz, author of Lost and Found

I just finished reading Cities of the Plain by Cormac Mc Carthy.  It is the final book in Mc Carthy’s Border Trilogy and that was my second reading of it.  I have read the other two books of the Trilogy, All The Pretty Horses and The Crossing several times. For me, Cormac McCarthy is the greatest American novelist.  What is so remarkable is that in  his trilogy Mc Carthy is writing about two countries, two people and two cultures, none of which were his birthright and which he didn’t come to know until the thirties or forties of his life.

He was born in Tennessee to an aristocratic New England family who had moved to Tennessee when President Franklin Roosevelt appointed his father the head of the TVA. He was a misfit and after a year in college, joined the Air Force.  When he left the service he spent his time living and writing four novels about Appalachia and its people.

He then moved to El Paso, Texas and the southernmost part of the state of New Mexico and spent a lot of time in the mountains of Mexico. His heroes in the Trilogy are two young cowboys who live and work on a big cattle ranch in the United States near the Mexican border. Cowhands who actually have their living quarters in the horse stable. He writes about the life of working cowboys and their culture, just as  he writes about Mexican vaqueros and their culture in the mountains of Mexico.  He is fluent in Spanish and writes in Spanish in the Trilogy when apparently he thinks it is best and necessary.  Cormac Mc Cartthy is a remarkable man and writer, and the Border Trilogy is an incredible accomplishment.

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Meet the Author:

​Ronald L. Ruiz is the author of a memoir and six previous novels. His novel Giuseppe Rocco (1998) received the national literary prize, 1998 Premio Aztlán Award, and his novel Life Long (2017) was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2017. His work has been compared to Richard Wright’s Native Son (Publisher’s Weekly, featured review) and

his writing described as “frighteningly real” (New York Newsday). Ron was born and raised in Fresno, California, and educated at St. Mary’s College, University of California, Berkeley Law, and University of San Francisco School of Law. Ron practiced law for over 30 years in California, as a Deputy District Attorney, criminal defense attorney, and Deputy Public Defender. He was appointed to the California Agriculture Labor Relations Board by Governor Jerry Brown in 1974, and

later served as the District Attorney of Santa Cruz County, California. Ron retired from criminal law and continues to write every day.

Connect with the Author:website ~ facebook ~ goodreads 

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And Now An Interview With The Author

What is my next project?

I want to write a novel about three youngsters who are about to be released from a juvenile correctional facility. I have taught in such a facility just as I have taught in an adult prison.  The big difference between the group of youngsters about to b e released and a group of adults about to be released is that there is so much more hope in the youngsters for what awaits them.

I plan to have the three youngsters come from completely different backgrounds and what they will be pursuing will be different as well.  What they did in the institution to prepare themselves for their release will again be different for each.  I’ll hope to show that the three that came into the institution as wayward boys  will, after three and four years, will be leaving as responsible young men. I was fascinated by what I saw in the institution from some youngsters, fascinated enough to want to write about three of them  and hope that my readers will be fascinated by them as well.

Tour Schedule:Sep 20 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

Sep 20 – Gold Dust Editing & Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Sep 21 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway

Sep 21 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Sep 21 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Sep 22 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway

Sep 23 – Sadie’s Spotlight -book spotlight / giveaway

Sep 27 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight

Sep 28 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway

Sep 28 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Sep 29 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight / author interview

Sep 30 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review / giveaway

Oct 1 – Just Another Reader – book review

Oct 5 – wottaread – book spotlight / author interview

Oct 6 – Books for Books – book review

Oct 6 – @twilight_reader – book review

Oct 7 – Review Thick & Thin – book review / author interview

Oct 7 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

Oct 8 – Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway

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Tour & Giveaway for Twelve Weeks to Midnight Blue by Steve Searfoss

About the Book

Book: Twelve Weeks to Midnight Blue

Author: Steve Searfoss

Genre: Fiction

Release date: January 26, 2020

Chance Sterling launches a pool cleaning business over the summer. Join Chance as he looks for new customers, discovers how much to charge them, recruits an employee, deals with difficult clients, and figures out how to make a profit. Oh, and his sister Addie wants in on the action too. Will they learn how to be business partners?  He has twelve weeks to reach his goal. Will he make it? Only if he takes some chances.

KidVenture stories are business adventures where kids figure out how to market their company, understand risk, and negotiate. Each chapter ends with a challenge, including business decisions, ethical dilemmas and interpersonal conflict for young readers to wrestle with. As the story progresses, the characters track revenue, costs, profit margin, and other key metrics which are explained in simple, fun ways that tie into the story.

I am a Christian and a parent. My wife and I pay close attention to the books and media our four children consume, and try to make sure the content is edifying, just as Paul exhorts us in Philippians 4:8. I wanted to write a book that met that standard, and was also fun and engaging. KidVenture teaches kids the importance of hard work, of keeping your word and being trustworthy, and telling the truth, even when it means delivering bad news. As the story progresses, the protagonist understands that business is about more than making money as he appreciates  the responsibility he has to his customers, his employee and his partner. How you treat people matters in tangible ways.

At the center of the story is a strong family. The two main characters are a brother and sister, who engage in their share of sibling rivalry, but also learn how to work together and forgive each other. At key junctures when they face big dilemmas, they turn to their parents for advice. The kids learn a healthy mix of independence, risk taking and learning through trial and error — balanced with knowing when to ask for help. All of this is presented in a way that is not preachy or hokey, but wrapped inside a story full of unexpected plot twists, witty banter and memorable characters.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Ten year old Chance Sterling wants a brand new Midnight Blue bicycle but he doesn’t have to money. So with his dad’s help, Chance launches a pool cleaning business. And I love that this book not only teaches children to start a business, it also teaches every aspect to having a business. From making profits to spending money, and how to effectively run and grow a business to hiring help, and everything in between, this is the book every parent and child needs to read. I love that Twelve Weeks to Midnight Blue teaches children of all ages how to make money for things they want. I did something similar with my son when he was growing up and it taught him where money comes from when he wanted to buy something. Not that parents don’t buy their children things, the issue here is teaching them responsibility. And author Steve Searfoss does an amazing job of doing this.

Parents, I highly recommend this book for you to purchase. You will be amazed at how much you and your child will learn from this one book. Five Stars is what I am giving this book. I hope you enjoy ax much as I did.

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

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

I wrote my first KidVenture book after years of making up stories to teach my kids about business and economics. Whenever they’d ask how something works or why things were a certain way, I would say, “Let’s pretend you have a business that sells…” and off we’d go. What would start as a simple hypothetical to explain a concept would become an adventure spanning several days as my kids would come back with new questions which would spawn more plot twists. Rather than give them quick answers, I tried to create cliffhangers to get them to really think through an idea and make the experience as interactive as possible.

I try to bring that same spirit of fun, curiosity and challenge to each KidVenture book. That’s why every chapter ends with a dilemma and a set of questions. KidVenture books are fun for kids to read alone, and even more fun to read together and discuss. There are plenty of books where kids learn about being doctors and astronauts and firefighters. There are hardly any where they learn what it’s like to run small business. KidVenture is different. The companies the kids start are modest and simple, but the themes are serious and important.

I’m an entrepreneur who has started a half dozen or so businesses and have had my share of failures. My dad was an entrepreneur and as a kid I used to love asking him about his business and learning the ins and outs of what to do and not do. Mistakes make the best stories — and the best lessons. I wanted to write a business book that was realistic, where you get to see the characters stumble and wander and reset, the way entrepreneurs do in real life. Unlike most books and movies where business is portrayed as easy, where all you need is one good idea and the desire to be successful, the characters in KidVenture find that every day brings new problems to solve.

More from Steve

I am a Christian and a parent. My wife and I pay close attention to the books and
media our four children consume, and try to make sure the content is edifying,
just as Paul exhorts us in Philippians 4:8. I wanted to write a book that met that
standard, and was also fun and engaging. KidVenture teaches kids the importance
of hard work, of keeping your word and being trustworthy, and telling the truth,
even when it means delivering bad news. As the story progresses, the protagonist
understands that business is about more than making money as he appreciates
the responsibility he has to his customers, his employee and his partner. How you
treat people matters in tangible ways.

At the center of the story is a strong family. The two main characters are a
brother and sister, who engage in their share of sibling rivalry, but also learn how
to work together and forgive each other. At key junctures when they face big
dilemmas, they turn to their parents for advice. The kids learn a healthy mix of
independence, risk taking and learning through trial and error — balanced with
knowing when to ask for help. All of this is presented in a way that is not preachy
or hokey, but wrapped inside a story full of unexpected plot twists, witty banter
and memorable characters.

Blog Stops

Lots of Helpers, September 8

Cats in the Cradle Blog, September 8

Texas Book-aholic, September 9

For Him and My Family, September 10

Boondock Ramblings, September 10

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, September 11

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 12

Mary Hake, September 12

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 13

Inklings and notions, September 14

Blogging With Carol, September 14

deb’s Book Review, September 15

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, September 16

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 16

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, September 17

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 18

Splashes of Joy, September 18

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 19

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, September 20

Lights in a Dark World, September 20

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, September 21

Giveaway

To celebrate his tour, Steve is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/11817/twelve-weeks-to-midnight-blue-celebration-tour-giveaway

Movie Review: FINDING LOVE IN MOUNTAIN VIEW

FINDING LOVE IN MOUNTAIN VIEW

GENRE: Romance

CAST

Danielle C. Ryan, Myko Olivier, John Paul Lavoisier

YEAR: 2019

SYNOPSIS:

Premiering on HALLMARK MOVIES & MYSTERIES on Sunday, September 19 at 9PM ET/PT!

Inspired by the book, Finding Love in Bridal Veil, Oregon, by Miralee Ferrell

After learning she’s been entrusted to take care of her deceased cousin’s children, an architect is torn between focusing on her career and honoring her cousin’s wish.

Click link below to watch trailer

https://aciamericancinema.com/screener/finding-love-in-mountain-view

Giveaway

To celebrate the premiere of FINDING LOVE IN MOUNTAIN VIEW, premiering Sunday Sept 19th at 6pm PT/9pm ET, we are giving away a copy of the book the film was based on signed by the lead actors!  Enter to win one of 3 copies here:

https://www.blessedfreebies.com/finding-love-in-bridal-veil-oregon-book-giveaway.html

Tour and Giveaway for Always a Wedding Planner by RL Ashly, Leeann Betts, Toni Shiloh, Davalynn Spencer

About the Books

Book: Always a Wedding Planner

Author: RL Ashly, Leeann Betts, Toni Shiloh, Davalynn Spencer

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release date: June 1, 2021

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This collection features four stories of wedding planners who are partners at Weddings by Design, located in Loveland, Colorado. Each novella will be about 30,000 words.

Can four contemporary wedding planners break the jinx of singledom, or are they destined to witness the weddings of others?

Business partners Felicity Edwards, Kiki Bell, Cassie Blackthorn, and another who has yet to be named are best of friends in Loveland, Colorado—a romantic wedding destination for many couples—and they work together to make every bride’s special day the most important of their lives.

But each of the women hides a secret from the others, one that threatens their business, their friendship, and their happiness.

Can they work out their differences, build on their strengths, and trust each other—and God—with their futures?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I love reading collections of novellas and Always a Wedding Planner has four beautiful stories read for you to read. And since each story is short, you easily read them as your time permits. As the four Brides in this book tell their own story, you will laugh and cry and you follow their stories.

The four stories and their authors are:

Finally a Sweetheart by Toni Shiloh,

Hemmed In by RL Ashley,

The Worst Kept Secret by Leeann Betts

and last but not least,

Taste and See by Davalynn Spencer.

Each author created lovely characters that will quickly warm your hearts. I enjoyed each and every story in this book. In fact I enjoyed the stories so much I found myself backtracking and re-reading parts of the stories. And if you think you can not read a full size book, then Always a Wedding Planner will be perfect for you. If you love weddings and wedding stories, Always a Wedding Planner is your book. Why not run out and get you a copy. Or take off to your computer or phone and order you a copy. You will not be disappointed! I think this would be a perfect book to give those gals in your life getting married.

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

Click here to purchase your copy!

About the Authors

Leeann Betts writes contemporary romantic suspense, while her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, pens historical romantic suspense. Together she and Donna have published more than 30 novellas and full-length novels.

RL Ashly

R.L. ASHLY is a master seamstress with a Master of Arts degree in Literature (May, 2019). S, who is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Literature.  A mother and grandmother, she is active in her local writing community, never says never to a home improvement task, and strives to one day write the Great American Novel.

RL Ashly writes on the run. She enjoys a good mystery with a complicated plot. Iced tea is her beverage of choice. Hemmed In is her first traditionally published novel.

Davalynn

DAVALYNN SPENCER is a Publisher’s Weekly and ECPA bestselling author with novellas in three Barbour collections, The 12 Brides of Christmas, The 12 Brides of Summer, and The Cowboy’s Bride. She won the Will Rogers Gold Medallion for Inspirational Western Fiction and is the author of ten additional titles, both contemporary and historical. She blogs monthly for Christian Authors Network, Heroes, Heroines & History, contributes to the American Christian Fiction blog, and writes her own weekly inspirational blog. She appears on an area radio broadcast, Write Time Radio, and teaches writing workshops when not wrangling Blue the Cowdog and mouse detectors Annie and Oakley.

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Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

Interview with the Authors

How did you become a writer?

Toni Shiloh: I took some creative writing classes while earning my bachelor’s degree and I caught the bug!

RL Ashly: In fifth grade, I was standing in the hallway of my elementary school and deep in conversation with my classmates. We were discussing writing and I told them that someday I would be a writer. That was my initial decision, but it would take a while and a bit of education before I could pursue a writing career.

Leeann Betts: I’m that kid in class who, when the teacher said, “Write a one-page story”, I wrote two or three pages, edge of paper to edge of paper. I loved telling stories. My parents called them ‘fibs’. In more recent years, I wondered if I had at least one book inside me that needed outing. So I sat down and tried. Messed up. Tried again. Finally, with the support of my husband who supported me and cheered me on, I finished the book, then went on to write many more.

Davalynn Spencer: I wrote my first story as an assignment from my sixth-grade teacher. That was all it took.

What is the most important thing God has taught you through your writing?

TS: That I can’t do this alone. I’ve been blessed with great critique partners, beta readers, readers overall. And of course a lot of other people who have helped in various ways.

RA: Persistence

LB: That He is the One who does the writing – all I do is transcribe the story. Before I write, I pray that I would do my part faithfully.

DS: My purpose is to proclaim Him and His faithfulness. Regardless of what happens in a character’s life or my own.

Writing has a lot of rejection. How do you deal with it?

TS: Chocolate! Lol, honestly I usually whine to my bff and pray. And maybe eat a piece of chocolate or two.

RA: Rejection or a closed door? The older I get, the more I understand a ‘no’ as not the right opportunity for me. A ‘no’ can certainly protect us from a frustrating situation that we might not understand at the time. That being said, rejection is hard. A strategy I find helpful is to let myself be discouraged, angry, or frustrated for a limited time period. All emotions need to be processed before I go to bed. Tomorrow is a new day, new adventures. I am a human and need to process like everyone else. But I have found setting time limits is healthy for me.

LB: Being a writer is much like being a follower of Jesus—there are people who love the story, and there are those who just don’t get it. In both cases, I just remind myself that they aren’t rejecting me—they are rejecting the Living Savior.

DS: Rejection can deteriorate into dejection if we allow it. Remembering that Christ too was rejected helps ease the sting. But so does remembering to keep going. Keep doing. Keep writing. Quitting is the enemy of obedience.

Who is your support for writing? Family? Writing group?

TS: My husband definitely supports me and then I have my circle of writing friends. They’ve been along for the majority of my writing career and have helped me become better with each book.

RA: Definitely my critique group. Leeann Betts is the leader, and the entire group are great cheerleaders.

LB: My husband is a huge support, as are my critique group, my writing friends, and my readers. I love hearing from readers, and always respond.

DS: I have many author friends and I enjoy spending time with them sharing commons struggles and victories.

Who are some of your favorite authors (either secular or Christian)?

TS: There are too many to name! I love all books by Sarah Monzon, Jaycee Weaver, Andrea Boyd, Becky Wade, Melissa Tagg, Ronie Kendig, Lynn Blackburn, etc.

RA: My biggest addiction is reading. I read whatever I can get my hands on including the cereal box. If I cannot read, then I will listen to an audio book. It is impossible to pick a favorite author. Everything from Socrates and Plato to Jane Austen and every contemporary writer on the planet right now.

LB: Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

DS: C.S. Lewis, Tamera Alexander, Laura Frantz, Louis L’Amour.

Do you have a favorite routine for writing?

TS: I put on my playlist that I create for each book then write. 🙂

RA: Rather than climb the walls in my house, I sit in parking lots and write my novels. Open space parks are nice too. Now that things are returning to more of a normal situation, it is easier for me to write at home. I keep my tablet and notepad in a bag for easy access. I haul that thing around everywhere I go. Then if a great idea pops into my head, I can jot it down on paper or electronically.

I do not really have a routine. Between work and chasing grandbabies, I need to write on the go. This way of writing would drive most people nuts. But it is the only way I can get things done. I catch a little bit of time on my lunch break, and before and after work.

LB: No routine, apart from praying to faithfully transcribe. I wish I could have something, like music, or candles. But I don’t.

DS: I sit down at my computer with a cup of coffee and jump right in. During the colder months of the year, I sit by the fire in my rocker and write on my laptop. With  coffee close by.

Tell us about your most recent book. What inspired you?

TS: I actually just kind of brainstormed and let the character develop in my mind. 🙂

RA: Hemmed In is a story about a seamstress and a firefighter. As a professional seamstress, my world revolves around sewing.  It was a natural choice to make the lead character a seamstress. My late uncles and aunts were the inspiration behind the story. My uncles stepped up to the plate, married my aunties, and became fathers to my cousins. They treated them as their own. The word ‘step’ did not refer to people. The only ‘step’ in their vocabularies were the ones outside leading to the front door. That left a lasting impression upon me.

LB: Worst-Kept Secret, my contribution to this collection, came as the result of a brainstorming session with my late writing friend, Darlene Franklin. We were coming up with ideas for collections. We started with “Always a Bridesmaid” then thought, “nah, that’s been done to death”. So “Always a Wedding Planner” came out, contemporary, which was a change, since the other collections were all historical. To create the heroine, I made her a lot like me. Introverted, afraid to disappoint, wanting to please.

DS: A Change of Scenery, Book 4 in the Canon City Chronicles series, focuses on the third generation of the Hutton family in 1911. Canon City was an early Hollywood, hosting movie makers of the silver screen. When I was a reporter for the newspaper in Canon City, I often visited the local History Center and Museum for stories from the past. Discovering so much intriguing movie history from this area led me to create characters around actual events and bring them to life in my Western-romance series.

Anything else you’d like to tell my readers?

TS: I hope you enjoy Always a Wedding Planner!

 RA: I have a cat named Messy. She is better than any alarm clock. Woe to the human who does not get out of bed on time and put food in the dish.

LB: I am a Canadian by birth, American by choice (naturalized), and a patriot to my core.

DS: Nope, that’s it.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 3

Inklings and notions, September 4

By The Book, September 4

For Him and My Family, September 5

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 5

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, September 6

Kayem Reads, September 6

Texas Book-aholic, September 7

lakesidelivingsite, September 8

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 8

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

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, September 10

She Lives To Read, September 10

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, September 11

deb’s Book Review, September 11

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 12

Labor Not in Vain, September 13

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 13

Splashes of Joy, September 14

Through the Fire Blogs, September 14

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, September 15

Pause for Tales, September 15

Simple Harvest Reads, September 16 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Giveaway

To celebrate their tour, R.L., Toni, Leann and Davalynn are giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a print copy of the book (US only)!!

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/116b7/always-a-wedding-planner-celebration-tour-giveaway

Tour and Giveaway for Trace of Doubt by DiAnn Mills

Trace of Doubt

by DiAnn Mills

September 1-30, 2021 Tour

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Synopsis:

Bestselling and award-winning author DiAnn Mills delivers a heart-stopping story of dark secrets, desperate enemies, and dangerous lies.

Fifteen years ago, Shelby Pearce confessed to murdering her brother-in-law and was sent to prison. Now she’s out on parole and looking for a fresh start in the small town of Valleysburg, Texas. But starting over won’t be easy for an ex-con.

FBI Special Agent Denton McClure was a rookie fresh out of Quantico when he was first assigned the Pearce case. He’s always believed Shelby embezzled five hundred thousand dollars from her brother-in-law’s account. So he’s going undercover to befriend Shelby, track down the missing money, and finally crack this case.

But as Denton gets closer to Shelby, he begins to have a trace of doubt about her guilt. Someone has Shelby in their crosshairs. It’s up to Denton to stop them before they silence Shelby—and the truth—forever.

Praise for Trace of Doubt:

“Well-researched… with some surprising twists along the way. In Trace of Doubt, Mills weaves together a tale of faith, intrigue, and suspense that her fans are sure to enjoy.” – STEVEN JAMES, award-winning author of SYNAPSE and EVERY WICKED MAN

Trace of Doubt is a suspense reader’s best friend. From page one until the end, the action is intense and the storyline keeps you guessing.” – EVA MARIE EVERSON, bestselling author of FIVE BRIDES and DUST

“DiAnn Mills serves up a perfect blend of action, grit, and heart… Trace of Doubt takes romantic suspense to a whole new level.” – JAMES R. HANNIBAL, award-winning author of THE PARIS BETRAYAL

“Filled with high stakes, high emotion, and high intrigue.” – JLYNN H. BLACKBURN, award-winning author of  UNKNOWN THREATand ONE FINAL BREATH

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Wow! Just Wow! I love every page of this book. Every book I read of DiAnn Mills just gets better and better. Shelby is out of jail after serving 15 years for confessing to pulling the trigger and killing her brother in law. But someone doesn’t like her out in the world and they are trying to silence her. But FBI Special Agent Denton is determined to find who is behind the attacks. Will he find the guilty one before they succeed in taking out Shelby for good?

Shelby was such a lovable character, she quickly stole my heart. I felt so bad for her because she was trying so hard to make a new life for herself in the small town of Valleysburg. She has no place else to go because her family disowned her. Denton had to grow on me, but I soon trusted that he has Shelby’s best interest at heart. Mills does a fantastic job creating characters, showing their personality as well as as their good traits as well as faults with the not so likeable characters. Trace of Doubt is a fast pace, nails biting, edge of your seat suspense thriller that I didn’t want to put down, though there were times I had to for a bit. There is so much tension throughout this book, at times I had to stop just to grasp what I had read. There were many times I went back and re-read paragraphs or pages. This story has so much more than what I mentioned, but you will need to read the book to find out what’s there. The doubts, lies, deception along with finding the truth with lots of faith running through the story will sure capture your attention fast, just as it did mine. I can’t say enough good things about DiAnn Mills and this amazing story. I will definitely be keeping my copy of Trace of Doubt to read again. If you enjoy a really amazing suspense that will knock you off your feet, you will love this latest book from DiAnn Mills.

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:

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Romance, Romantic Suspense

Published by: Tyndale House Publishers

Publication Date: September 7th 2021

Number of Pages: 432

ISBN: 1496451856 (ISBN13: 9781496451859)

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | ChristianBook.com | Tyndale | Books-A-Million | Murder By The Book | Goodreads

Read an excerpt:

PROLOGUE

SHELBY

Would I ever learn? I’d spent too many years looking out for someone else, and here I was doing the same thing again. Holly had disappeared after I sent her to the rear pantry for potatoes. She’d been gone long enough to plant and dig them up. I needed to get those potatoes boiling to feed hungry stomachs.

        I left the kitchen to find her. The hallway to the pantry needed better lighting or maybe fewer corners. In any event, uneasiness swirled around me like a dust storm.

        A plea to stop met my ears. I raced to the rear pantry fearing what I’d find.

        Four women circled Holly. One held her arms behind her back, and the other three took turns punching her small body. My stomach tightened. I’d been in her shoes, and I’d do anything to stop the women from beating her.

        “Please, stop,” Holly said through a raspy breath. For one who was eighteen years old, she looked fifteen.

        “Hey, what’s going on?” I forced my voice to rise above my fear of them.

        “Stay out of it, freak.”

        I’d run into this woman before, and she had a mean streak. “What’s she done to you?” I eyed the woman.

        “None of your business unless you want the same.”

        “It’s okay, Shelby. I can handle this.” Holly’s courageous words would only earn her another fist to her battered face.

        And it did.

        “Enough!” I drew my fists and stepped nose to nose with the leader.

        The four turned on me. I’d lived through their beatings before, and I would again. I fell and the kicks to my ribs told me a few would be broken.

        A whistle blew, and prison guards stopped the gang from delivering any more blows to Holly or me. They clamped cuffs on the four and left Holly and me on the floor with reassurance help was on its way.

        I’d been her age once and forced to grow up fast. No one had counseled me but hard knocks, securing an education, and letting Jesus pave the way. I’d vowed to keep my eyes and ears open for others less fortunate.

        Holly’s lip dripped blood and a huge lump formed on the side of her head. I crawled to her. “Are you okay?”

        “Not sure. Thank you for standing up for me. I thought they would kill me. Why do they do this? I’ve never done a thing to them.”

        “Because they can. They want to exert power, control. Stick by me, and I’ll do my best to keep you safe.”

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I tightened my grip on the black trash bag slung over my shoulder containing my personal belongings—parole papers, a denim shoulder bag from high school, a ragged backpack, fifty dollars gate money, my driver’s license at age sixteen, and the clothes I’d worn to prison fifteen years ago.

        The bus slowed to pick me up outside the prison gates, its windshield wipers keeping pace with the downpour. The rain splattered the flat ground in a steady cadence like a drum leading a prisoner to execution. I stepped back to avoid the splash of muddy water from the front tires dipping into a pothole. Air brakes breathed in and out, a massive beast taking respite from its life labors.

        The door hissed open. At the top of the steps, a balding driver took my ticket, no doubt recognizing the prison’s release of a for- mer inmate. He must have been accustomed to weary souls who’d paid their debts to society. The coldness glaring from his graphite eyes told me he wagered I’d be locked up again within a year. Maybe less. I couldn’t blame him. The reoffend stats for female convicts like me soared high.

        For too many years, I imagined the day I left prison would be bathed in sunlight. I’d be enveloped in welcoming arms and hear encouraging words from my family.

        Reality hosted neither.

        I moved to the rear of the bus, past a handful of people, and found a seat by myself. All around me were those engrossed in their devices. My life had been frozen in time, and now that I had permission to thaw, the world had changed. Was I ready for the fear digging its claws into my heart?

        The cloudy view through the water-streaked window added to my doubts about the future. I’d memorized the prison rules, even prayed through them, and now I feared breaking one unknowingly.

        The last time I’d breathed free air, riding the bus was a social gathering—in my case, a school bus. Kids chatted and laughter rose above the hum of tires. Now an eerie silence had descended.

        I hadn’t been alone then.

        My mind drifted back to high school days, when the future rested on maintaining a 4.0 average and planning the next party. Maintaining my grades took a fraction of time, while my mind schemed forbidden fun. I’d dreamed of attending college and exploring the world on my terms.

        Rebellion held bold colors, like a kaleidoscope shrouded in black light. The more I shocked others, the more I plotted something darker. My choices often seemed a means of expressing my creativity. While in my youth I viewed life as a cynic. By the time I was able to see a reflection of my brokenness and vowed to change, no one trusted me.

        All that happened . . .

        Before I took the blame for murdering my brother-in-law. Before I traded my high school diploma and a career in interior design for a locked cell.

        Before I spent years searching for answers.

        Before I found new meaning and purpose.

        How easy it would be to give in to a dismal, gray future when I longed for blue skies. I had to prove the odds against me were wrong.

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Excerpt from Trace of Doubt by DiAnn Mills.  Copyright 2021 by DiAnn Mills. Reproduced with permission from DiAnn Mills. All rights reserved.

 

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Author Bio:

DiAnn Mills

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels. DiAnn believes every breath of life is someone’s story, so why not capture those moments and create a thrilling adventure?

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a former director of Blue Ridge Christian Writers, and a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She shares her passion for helping other writers be successful by teaching writing workshops around the country.

DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She’s an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.

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Tour and Giveaway for Replaced Parts by Stephanie Hansen

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Replaced Parts
(Transformed Nexus #1)
By Stephanie Hansen
Science Fiction, Young Adult
Paperback, ebook & audiobook, 240 Pages
February 23, 2021 by Fire and Ice Young Adult Books

In the year 2163 a corrupt World Government controls everything on our planet and beyond.

Sixteen year-old Sierra has been so caught up in her own world of saving animal test subjects and her father’s disappearance, she hasn’t paid much attention. When she finally finds his location, she and her friend set off on a covert interplanetary mission to rescue him, she begins to see the corruption first hand.

Discovering that her father has been on the front lines secretly trying to save human test subjects inspires her to join a revolution. But she is afraid of the collateral damage of hurting the people she loves. Will she find the strength to make a deal with the mad scientist Cromwell to save not just her friends and family but everyone?

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After she’s gone, I look at my subject.

I shouldn’t be doing this, but I find the koala’s eyes drawing me in like a poli-magno crash about to happen. It’s impossible to turn away.

The Science Olympiad team’s going to put me on probation again, which stinks since they’re the only local, human friends I have.

Following protocol gets us nowhere, however.

Mom’s going to be agitated because this isn’t the first time I’ve broken the rules.

I guide the koala out of the cage, leaving her brothers inside. I have to shake off feelings of jealousy. I don’t have any siblings.

“Why ya look so sad?”

Uplifting experiments have given us animals who speak.

“Why do you look so sad, Eucarpo?”

The koala glances back at her brothers and then her eyes look up at me past her round, stub nose, and adorable ears. The sensation of an infant wrapping tiny fingers around mine envelops me. I can’t let them endure more unethical testing just so we can have the best DNA combination. I was okay with the testing when the purpose was to help those that were sick and it was beneficial to the koala species, but I can’t stomach testing these sweet things just for superficial reasons.

“Hate leaving ‘em behind.”

“They’re going after you if this works.”

“What ya mean, if?”

“Healing adaptation experiments have just begun.”

“But ya aced the test?”

“Well, yeah, but that was just practice. This is the first time I’ve used it on a living being. Don’t worry, it should all go as planned. I’m just being paranoid.”

It would be nice if I could stop blabbering when I’m nervous. Sometimes you just have to go for it and see where the cards fall. That was something my dad used to say. Before he disappeared, he used to tell me lots of things. He’s been gone almost a decade, but I might as well as have “Missing Dad” tattooed on my forehead.

“Ya paranoid? Ne’er!”

As she raises the fur above her eyes, I scratch behind her ear, and she leans into it like a bear scratching its back on a tree trunk. Her fur is soft as manufactured silk charmeuse.

“Ah yeah, right dere.”

“You sure you’re ready for this?”

“It gets us closer to freedom, so I been ready a long time.”

She takes another glance at her brothers, and I pick up the syringe with self-healing serum. I begin the sedation process as no one wants to be awake when artery lining fortifies, muscles pull with new agility, and brain tissue encases itself with a biting, thin metal sheet. Another reason I’m jealous of Eucarpo is that she responds to sedation, and I don’t.

As Eucarpo drifts into a peaceful sleep, I look out the school windows and see only the steel and glass of surrounding buildings. Their reflections mirror the sky. Today the unending blue gives the impression of being in the middle of the sea. On gray days, it’s as if I’ve been swallowed by thunderclouds. I can only imagine how green fields would look. People used to love the smell of fresh-cut grass. That was before an asteroid broke through the atmosphere damaging our ecosystem and killing all plants, causing our world to work together to save Earth and its remaining, limited vegetation. The only vegetation left is kept in guarded areas and labs.

Excerpted from Replaced Parts by Stephanie Hansen, Copyright © 2021 by Stephanie Hansen. Published by Fire and Ice Young Adult Books.

About the Author

Stephanie Hansen is a PenCraft Award Winning Author. Her short story, Break Time, and poetry has been featured in Mind’s Eye literary magazine. The Kansas Writers Association published her short story, Existing Forces, appointing her as a noted author. She has held a deep passion for writing since early childhood, but a brush with death caused her to allow it to grow. She’s part of an SCBWI critique group in Lawrence, KS and two local book clubs. She attends many writers’ conferences including the Writing Day Workshops, New York Pitch, Penned Con, New Letters, All Write Now, Show Me Writers Master Class, BEA, and Nebraska Writers Guild conference as well as Book Fairs and Comic-Cons. She is a member of the deaf and hard of hearing community.

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Tour and Giveaway for Saving Faith by Jennifer Sienes

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Book:  Saving Faith

Author: Jennifer Sienes

Genre: Christian Women’s Fiction

Release date: July 13, 2021

Saving Faith take 1b

Hearts and flowers might pay the bills, but that’s all they’re good for.

Still clutched in the grip of guilt over her youthful indiscretions, Faith Nicholson can’t seem to move past her parents’ disappointment in her—or her disappointment in herself.  Determined to make something in her life a success, she focuses on her floral design.

After all, she has quite the past to atone for.

Then her little sister decides to get married, and everyone but Faith chooses her for the job of coordinator. The family florist is the perfect choice. Right? Overruled, Faith agrees.

Enter a widower and his precocious daughter. A friendship with Michael Jacobs becomes more than a refuge in stress of wedding preparations. It becomes a catalyst for her entire life.

Hiding from her past hasn’t worked until now. Perhaps Michael is right.  Facing it is exactly what she needs if she has any hope of a real future.

Faith never would have imagined that her grudging agreement to help her sister could become an olive branch between herself and her family—and the Lord.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This is my first read from author Jennifer Sienes and I enjoyed it much. Faith just can’t get over her past, and uses her flower arranging to help cope with the hurts she has faced. When her sister ask Faith to be her wedding planner, she tried everything to get put of it but it seems everyone else is in agreement that she should help her sister out. She was not expecting how it out turned out for her good.

Jennifer Sienes does a very nice job of creating likeable characters that develop well as the story unfolds. Faith was a flawed character with a tough background, and maybe that’s why I like her so well. And I enjoyed the interactions between she and Michael. I love how God brought these two together. And even though this is fiction, the same thing happens in real life all of the time. I love and appreciate how Sienes weaves faith into the lives of her characters, and how she shows love, faith, forgiveness and redemption through our Lord.

I enjoyed this story so much, it is the first I have read from the Apple Hill series, and now I’ll go back and read the others as well. But I will say that Saving Faith reads ok as a stand alone. If you haven’t read any books by Jennifer Sienes, this sweet romance is a great book to start with. And don’t forget to check out the other books in the Apple Hill series. I give Saving Faith Four Stars. Hurry put and get your copy.

A special thanks to Celebrate Lit and the 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

Jennifer

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

More from Jennifer

Where does inspiration come from? When I wrote Illusions and Providence (books 2 and 3 of my Apple Hill series) it came from real-life tragedies I’d lived through. The characters and stories were pure fiction, but the inspiration was heartfelt and dark—just where I needed my emotions to be in order to write redemption stories. When I wrote Surrendered (Book 1) in the series, the inspiration came from one character that was eventually deleted in the second draft of Providence. Are you confused yet? Just to set the record straight, although Surrendered was the first book published in the series, it was the last one I wrote. Why they were published in the order they were is unimportant.

Saving Faith is unlike any other book I’ve written. It was the first novella I wrote in the series, although it isn’t the first to be published (are you sensing a pattern?) I’ve since written two Christmas novellas, both based on side characters introduced in my novels. All That Glitters released last November starring two characters from Surrendered—Julia and Marty. Wish Upon a Star will release this coming November, and the main characters are Elaina and Ryan from Providence.

But the characters in Saving Faith were created from thin air. Well, mostly. Although Addie Jacobs is a side character, she was inspired by a little girl in my Sunday School class—adorable, precocious, intelligent, and headstrong. Once I had her in place, the rest of the novella came together. It was also the first book I’ve written without plotting it out in advance, which was quite disconcerting for a control-freak like me. It was as if the Holy Spirit introduced me to the story as I wrote it. I’ve heard of those pantsers (they write by the seat of their pants rather than outline the plot), but until Saving Faith, I’ve never been successful at winging it. To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t the main writer; I was just the co-pilot. I believe the story of Faith, Michael, Chloe, and Addie is better for it.

Another first for me was writing a story where romance was the main genre. I write women’s fiction with an element of romance. But Saving Faith is a romance with an element of women’s fiction. This set the bar for my other novellas. It’s these shorter books that allow me to delve into the world of romance, although it’s not the typical boy-meets-girl kind of story. It’s more boy-knows-girl and loves her anyway kind of story. Because truth be told, none of us are loveable without the redemptive work of Jesus Christ.

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Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 30

Cats in the Cradle Blog, August 30

Texas Book-aholic, August 31

Inklings and notions, September 1

Reviewingbooksplusmore, September 1

For Him and My Family, September 2

deb’s Book Review, September 3

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 4

CarpeDiem, September 4

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 5

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 6

Kayem Reads, September 6

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, September 7

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, September 8

lakesidelivingsite, September 9

Mary Hake, September 9

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 10

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 11

Splashes of Joy, September 12

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Lead Like a Pro: by Dr. Matthew Raidbard

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Book Details:Book Title:  Lead Like a Pro: Effective Leadership Styles for Athletic Coaches by Dr. Matthew Raidbard
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction 18+, 112 pages
GenreSports/Leadership/Coaching
Publisher: Mascot
Publication Date: September 2021

Tour dates: Sep 7 to Sep 20
Content Rating: G: Suitable for all ages

 

Book Description:

Athletic coaches are asked to wear more and more hats with each passing season, and in many cases, they are not receiving the support or training necessary to help them succeed in their ever-expanding roles. Drawing on over a decade spent as a college basketball coach and original research conducted on what leadership styles and behaviors help athletic coaches be successful, Lead Like a Pro provides coaches with the resources to
transform their leadership practice and reach their full potential.

​Whether you are a volunteer coaching your child’s team, a part-time high school coach who’s also a teacher, or a full-time college or professional coach, this book will teach you new ways to enhance your leadership style and become a better coach for your athletes and team. All coaches
should be constantly working on improving their leadership abilities, but not all coaches have the time or opportunity to attend leadership conferences, training sessions, or classes. Lead Like a Pro provides insight into different leadership techniques, and teaches coaches how to evaluate their current practices so they can develop a strong leadership style that fits their personal values and beliefs.

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After obtaining his Bachelor of Arts in history and classical studies from Indiana University, Dr. Matthew Raidbard decided to pursue his dream of being a college basketball coach. His first college basketball coaching
job was at Western New Mexico University, where he also completed his Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership. In 2018, Dr. Raidbardconducted a study on how college basketball coaches perceived themselves as leaders, finding that many coaches were unsuccessful because they lacked the necessary tools and training to be effective leaders. His
findings inspired him to write this book and dedicate himself to helping coaches at all levels improve their leadership abilities so that they can be the best and most effective leaders for the athletes they are entrusted to coach.

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Sept 17 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight
Sept 20 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight

Falling for Her Convenient Groom by By Jennifer Faye

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Wedding Bells at Lake Como
The perfect destination for love!

Italy’s picturesque Lake Como is the perfect destination for love, except the path to happy-ever-after isn’t always smooth…

Cousins Gianna and Carla aren’t looking for romance. Gianna’s nursing a broken heart and Carla’s wed to the family business. Until charismatic brothers Dario and Franco arrive on Lake Como’s stunning shores…and sweep them off their feet!

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And discover Carla and Franco’s story in Falling for Her Convenient Groom

Falling for Her Convenient Groom
(Wedding Bells at Lake Como #2)
By Jennifer Faye
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook,  159 Pages
August 24, 2021 by Harlequin Romance

Will their business deal…
…give them more than they bargained for?

To appease her overbearing father, Carla told him that she’s engaged. She doesn’t, however, have a fiancé…yet! That’s where Franco comes in—if they marry temporarily, she’ll ensure that both of their companies will mutually benefit. Since neither wants a relationship, saying “I do” is strictly for business. But with their undeniable chemistry, can they keep it that way?

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Franco and Carla thinks their arranged marriage will be just what they both need for their businesses, their relationship is totally platonic after all. And it’s just for six months. They can do this, and after the six months is over, they will part ways. But then it may not be this easy. I love Jennifer Faye’s books and this one sure didn’t disappoint. Both Carla and Franco were my favorite characters from the beginning and really wanted their marriage to work out, even thought they were not in love. I enjoyed following their journey, with their unusual commitment, as well as the ups and downs and the issues that seem to always get in their way. Faye does an amazing job with the main and supporting characters in this story. It took me a while to like Carla’s dad, but he grew on me after a while. The plot is interesting and there is plenty going on to keep my attention throughout the entire book. And I love how Faye weaves everything together and gives readers a beautiful ending. I am looking forward to more from Jennifer Faye in the near future.

Falling For Her Convenient Groom is Five Stars for me. If you enjoy a sweet clean romance, you will love this newest read from author Jennifer Faye. I highly recommend that you check out this book.

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

A mistaken identity…
…a proposal that changes everything!

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

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About the Author

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

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Tour and Giveaway for Our Moon Festival by Yobe Qiu

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Book Details:

 

Book Title:  Our Moon Festival by Yobe Qiu

 

Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  30 pages

GenreChildren’s Picture Book

Publisher:  Yobe Qiu LLC

Release date:  January 2020

Content Rating:  G

 

Book Description: 

“Our Moon Festival” is a beautifully illustrated children’s book celebrating the unique ways the Japanese, Vietnamese, and Chinese communities celebrate the Moon Festival. The story highlights different families and their traditions as they observe Zhong Qiu Jie, Tết Trung Thu, and Tsukimi!
 
 
 
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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Our Moon Festival is a unique book because it teaches children how the Japanese, Vietnamese, and Chinese communities celebrate the Moon Festival. I enjoyed reading this myself because this is all new to me. Features in the book is The Mid-Autumn Festival in Shanghai, The Ťet Trung Thu- The Vietnamese Moon Festival and Tsukimi Japanese Moon Festival. 

The illustrations created be Christina Nel Lopez are outstanding, with bright vibrant colors that would catch anyone’s eye on the bookshelves. I love the attention to details in each page of the book. And the way the illustrations to life is amazing. I think it is so neat to teach children about other cultures and their activities and author Yobe Qiu does a fabulous job of showing the details. This book should be in all elementary school libraries and it would be great in any place a child may go. Our Moon Festival by Yobe Qiu is Five Stars for me. 

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Yobe is an educator, entrepreneur and mom who lives in NYC. As an educator, she focused on teaching families to embrace love, diversity and different cultures. Through the years working in the classrooms and closely with other educators, she noticed the lack of multi-cultural resources that represented children of color. That is when Yobe decided to create multicultural children stories that feature Asian children, families and cultures! Yobe loves spending time

 

with her daughter, reading to children and taking long walks during the day!

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Sep 7 – Kam’s Place – book review

Sep 8 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway

Sep 8 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / giveaway

Sep 9 – I’m Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway

Sep 10 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / giveaway

Sep 13 – fundinmental – book review / giveaway

Sep 14 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

Sep 14 – The Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife – book review / giveaway

Sep 15 – Chit Chat with Charity – book review / giveaway

Sep 15 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway

Sep 16 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / giveaway

Sep 16 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway

Sep 17 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review / giveaway

Sep 20 – Fictional Vixen – book review

Sep 21 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway

Sep 21 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

Sep 22 – 411 ON BOOKS, AUTHORS, AND PUBLISHING NEWS – book spotlight 

Sep 22 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway

Sep 23 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway

Sep 23 – Laura’s Interests – book review / giveaway

Sep 24 – Westveil Publishing – book review / giveaway

Sep 27 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review

 

 

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Wilderness Spa by Jim Halverson

Join Us for This Tour From: August 23 to September 10
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Book Title:  Wilderness Spa: Where Physical Survival Meets Psychological Survival by Jim Halverson
Category:  Adult Fiction 18+, 212 pages
Genre Literary
Publisher:  Gail Force Publishing
Release date:  June 2021
Content Rating:  PG-13: Only language (one f-word, some sh*t, d*mn)
Book Description:
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The Wilderness Spa brings people from three quite different sources together to survive catastrophe in the Alaskan wilderness. They amaze themselves in their ability to coalesce and work cohesively in the face of hunger, injury, insecurity, and possible death. With that on their minds, they explore statistics, logic, social justice, and challenges to philosophies and social norms.

After rocky starts when new members enter the group, they learn to find the best in their fellow travelers, how to help, follow, and lead when necessary. Nothing is ever easy. Without attacking each other, they dig deep to reconcile their differences.

Join the group as they make the best of what they have. Struggle along with them and reconcile your own philosophical belief systems with logic and science.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

In The Wilderness Spa Jim Halverson takes readers on a unique journey through the Alaskan wilderness. An earthquake throws together a unique group of people from all walks of life, struggling to survive. I was intrigued by the way these people steps up to the plate and strives to help each other out. This is truly an interesting group of characters. I love the Alaska setting and the vivid details of this part of Alaska. I’m not so sure I would enjoy being in their situation, but the scenery is beautifully described and give readers a feeling they are right there with the characters as their story unfolds. I think perhaps my favorite character here is Tom, because he does such an awesome job of leading this group to survive. This was not always an easy task because of the group of people involved. All in all I find The Wilderness Spa an intriguing read that I feel anyone can enjoy. This one is Four Stars for me. If you love books full of outdoor adventure I encourage you to check this book out. I think you will find Wilderness Spa a very interesting book to read.

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

Author Interview – Jim Halverson, Wilderness Spa

You obviously have some knowledge of the Alaska wilderness. How did you do the research for this book? 

The most valid research for Wilderness Spa came from a lifelong quest to understand human psychology. Regarding the physical environment, I spent two weeks on a river rafting trip in the Alaskan wilderness, climbed on several glaciers, and hiked in Denali National Park.

One line in the book states, “It’s got to be about breaking the cycle of ignorance.” How is that germane to survival in the wilderness? 

The subtitle of the book is, Where physical survival meets psychological survival. The travelers did not leave their civility and intellectual quest for truth in the garage when they left home.

In addition to Wilderness Spa, I know of your first book Trials and Trails. Do you have any upcoming books?

My next book will be released soon. Ponce – What actually happened at the Fountain of Youth is a satirical look at the life of Ponce de Leon. Ponce is a book I always wanted to write since I was in grammar school.

Many books question religion. One of your fireside discussions centers on religion. Is this book another attack on religion? 

On the contrary, some participants question the scientific origins of Christianity. When one participant objects and asks, “What if I want to believe . . .,” he is provided with a legitimate method to maintain his beliefs without rejecting scientific facts.

Most of us have a desire to return to a place or time in history. Let me put a twist on that. Do you have a place or time that you think is highly overrated?

That’s interesting. Let me give you a place I would go first. That would be the Golden Age of Greece where critical thinking developed. To answer your question; there are plenty to choose from – the Dark Ages, wars, conquests, and plagues. However, I think the most overrated period belongs to us right here in our own wild west. Between the end of the Civil War and the Gay Nineties many of us visualize an unrestrained open range with buffalo roaming the prairies where independent men and women worked hard and tamed the wilderness. The truth is that the Native populations were being subjected to horrible conditions. Bank robbers, gun fighters, rustlers, and horse thieves, many of whom suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, made the American West a horrible place to live during that period.

Meet the Author: 

J​im Halverson is the author of Trials & Trails (2019) and Ponce, What Actually Happened at the Fountain of Youth (upcoming, 2021). Jim grew up in the rural, gold-mining town of Mokelumne Hill, CA and received his MBA from Golden Gate University. He spent part of his life on a ranch and is an avid student of psychology. He recognizes the struggles of all men and women seeking equality and respect. Jim and his wife, Gail, spend their time traveling from their small farm in Forestville, CA.

Connect with the Author:Website ~  Goodreads


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Aug 23 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 24 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 25 –Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
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Aug 30 –Books for Books – book review
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Sep 2 – The Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife – book review / author interview / giveaway
Sep 3 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 6 – Bigreadersite – book review / giveaway
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Sep 8 –Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Sep 9 – Kam’s Place – book review
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Tour and Giveaway for Black Flag Journals by Dennis Woods

Black Flag Journals: One Soldier’s Experience in America’s Longest War

by Dennis Woods 

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GENRE: Memoir

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BLURB:

The story of America’s longest war is complicated and difficult to convey, unless you were there. Dennis Woods was there. By following his stories in Iraq and Afghanistan, we can sense the enormity of his combat experiences. Originally written for his daughter, Black Flag Journals is taken from the author’s nine battle book journals. It covers his time from the fall of the Twin Towers through his last combat tour.

Black Flag Journals contains not just stories from the first war of the new century, but a day-by-day record of events that other veterans may use to relate their own experiences. All who enjoy real life stories, and followers of history will connect with this first person account of America’s longest war.

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INTERVIEW 11 Dennis Woods, Black Flag Journals, one soldier’s experience in America’s longest war

What are your favorite TV shows? It was House, now Law & Order SVU

What is your favorite meal? The married man’s answer is whatever she makes. The reality is that I’m easy to please so everything’s good.

If you were to write a series of novels, what would it be about? The series I’d like to do was already written. So, for this question it’s screenplay scripts for the book series titled Casca. It opens on a scene of the crucifixion of Christ and the Roman Legion soldier named Casca who runs a spear into Jesus becoming covered in his blood. The act makes him an immortal soldier until the second coming of Christ. As a writing foil the author, Berry Sadler was able to place the character in any historical event he chose.

Is there a writer you idolize? If so who? That’s a shifting target as it scrolls from, Tom Clancy to Hemmingway to Bill Oreilly.

How did you come up for the title of this book? I chose the words Black Flag as in Islam black is the designated color for Jihad. That’s why a black flag is so prominent in many extremist execution videos. The line Journals was taken from the fact that my battle experiences were recorded in a series of 9 battle book journals that I kept for my daughter. The subscript One Soldiers’ Experience in America’s Longest War represents lawyer speak. I was still on active duty when I published so I needed clearance. While the process redacted a few things, it helped clear some legal obstacles.  In full the title is Black Flag Journals, One Soldier’s Experience in America’s Longest War, Koehler Books publishing available on Amazon, B&N online, Books-a-million, Wallmart.com. Hard cover, soft, eBook & audioBook. As the books have been out for a while one can also find 1st and 2nd editions in thrift bookstores.

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Excerpt One:

The flight we were on this morning was an ordinary, run-of-the-mill resupply operation. Its purpose was to service Afghanistan’s numerous small camps and bases. What it carried, though, was not ordinary or run-of-the-mill. What we were delivering was an unusual allotment of artillery ammunition and GELON mounts. Part of my mission on this trip was about to be completed. However, once in the air, I was given a new defensive challenge to solve.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

CSM Woods combat tours include; 

Operation Urgent Fury, Grenada, 82d Airborne Division.

Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm, Saudi Arabia – Iraq, 82d Airborne Division.

Operation Desert Fox 1998, Qatar, 5th Group Special Forces.

OEF 2 Afghanistan, 82d Airborne Division.

OIF 1 Iraq, First Armored Division.

OIF 6 Iraq, First Armored Division.

OEF X Afghanistan, 173D Airborne Brigade Combat Team.

OEF XIII Afghanistan, 191st Infantry Brigade

CSM Woods civilian education includes a Master of Education, (training & leadership) from North Central University, Prescott AZ, and a Bachelor of Science from Excelsior, Albany, New York.

Military education includes the United States Sergeants Majors Academy class # 58, Army force management course, Jump Master, Drill Sergeant, US Army Recruiter, Infantry Small Arms Master Gunner, Artillery Master Gunner, Amphibious Warfare leaders’ course (USMC), Anti-Armor Leaders course, Machine Gun Leaders course, Artillery Mechanics repair course, Small Arms repair course, Nuclear Biological Chemical defense, and all levels of air load planning and hazmat certification USAF.

CSM Woods awards include; one Distinguished Service medal, one Legion Of Merit,( 5) Bronze Star Medals, 5 Meritorious Service Medals, 4 ARCOM, 4 AAM, 1 Humanitarian service medal, 2 Armed Forces Expeditionary medals,  Afghanistan and Iraq service medals. German Jump Master Wings, Qatar Jump wings as part of 5th Group, Netherlands Jumpmaster wings.  Other awards include; Department of Defense “Inventor of the year” (2003) with 45 separate inventions. CSM Woods saved the United States Government over one Billion Dollars through cost avoidance.  He is also the first recipient of the GRUBER award for an outstanding field artillery professional. 

CSM Woods is credited by the US Army Smart Ideas program as the inventor of;

•    The 105mm Howitzer night direct fire sight system M913 GELON.

•    The 155mm towed Howitzer night sight system.

•    The dual use day/ night direct fire sight reticule.

•    The Dual optic MILES Laser trainer.

•    The Urban Assault kit (PALADIN) improved crew protection, 155mm system.

On his most recent tour to Afghanistan, CSM Woods pioneered the first use of artillery training rounds in combat as a form of scalable fire support designed to limit civilian death and collateral damage.  He is the author of, ‘Black Flag Journals One Soldiers Experience in America’s Longest War’, and numerous magazine, newspaper articles, including training pamphlets concerning Artillery, night vision, and combat operations.

Twitter: @djwoodswrites

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Dennis-John-Woods/e/B01KU91GFI%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15660793.Dennis_John_Woods

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Audible: https://www.audible.com/pd/Black-Flag-Journals-Audiobook/B08MBHSQQ9

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The Cryptographer’s Dilemma by Johnnie Alexander

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About the Book

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Book:  The Cryptographer’s Dilemma

Author: Johnnie Alexander

Genre: Historical Christian Fiction

Release date: August, 2021

A Code Developer Uncovers a Japanese Spy Ring

Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this new series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII.

FBI cryptographer Eloise Marshall is grieving the death of her brother, who died during the attack on Pearl Harbor, when she is assigned to investigate a seemingly innocent letter about dolls. Agent Phillip Clayton is ready to enlist and head oversees when asked to work one more FBI job. A case of coded defense coordinates related to dolls should be easy, but not so when the Japanese Consulate gets involved, hearts get entangled, and Phillip goes missing. Can Eloise risk loving and losing again?

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Cryptographer Eloise Marshall and FBI Agent Philip Clayton were not happy that they were thrown together on an assignment concerning  letters about dolls. It seems innocent enough, but there was something weird about it. This assignment sends Phillip and Eloise across the country to find who wrote the letters. They were to go as brother and sister, even though they couldn’t stand each other.

This was an interesting book to read. I’ve read several books about Cryptographer’s and coding, and enjoyed this one very much. I liked both Eloise and Phillip as I followed their journey interviewing ladies about their dolls and the letter each lady supposedly wrote. The other characters were likeable and they were all realistic. Getting an insight about the job of a cryptographer and figuring out the codes was informative and interesting. Johnnie Alexander does an awesome job with details in this story, it was very well researched. If you enjoy WWII stories you will enjoy this one. The Cryptographer’s Dilemma is Five Stars for me.

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

About the Author

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Johnnie Alexander creates characters you want to meet and imagines stories you won’t forget in a variety of genres. An award-winning, best-selling novelist, she serves on the executive boards of Serious Writer, Inc. and the Mid-South Christian Writers Conference, co-hosts Writers Chat, and interviews other inspirational authors for Novelists Unwind. Johnnie lives in Oklahoma with Griff, her happy-go-lucky collie, and Rugby, her raccoon-treeing papillon. Connect with her at http://www.johnnie-alexander.com and other social media sites via https://linktr.ee/johnniealexndr.

More from Johnnie

American Traitor in WWII

Not all secret messages involve substitution codes where random letters and numbers replace the original letters and numbers. Velvalee Dickinson, a doll collector who owned a doll shop on Madison Avenue in New York City, used jargon code to pass along information to the Japanese about the U.S. ships that had been damaged at Pearl Harbor.

Here’s an excerpt from one of the letters (as originally written):

The only new dolls I have are THREE LOVELY IRISH dolls. One of these three dolls is an old Fisherman with a Net over his back—another is an old woman with wood on her back and the third is a little boy….I can only think of our sick boy these days. You wrote me that you had sent a letter to Mr. Shaw, well I want to see MR. SHAW he distroyed Your letter, you know he has been Ill. His car was damaged but is being repaired now. I saw a few of his family about. They all say Mr. Shaw will be back to work soon.

Velvalee, who the FBI nicknamed The Doll Woman, wrote this letter on her Underwood typewriter. She used the return address and forged the signature of one of her regular customers, Mary Wallace of Springfield, Ohio. Then Velvalee mailed the letter to an address in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Unknown to Velvalee, the Japanese had abandoned the Buenos Aires address as a drop point. The letter was marked “return to sender.” When Mrs. Wallace received it, she turned it in to the Post Office Director in Springfield who passed it along to the FBI.

Cryptographers determined that the letter was written in jargon code. To the casual reader, the letter is about dolls. But the intended recipient would have understood it’s about much more than that.

In this example, only one of five letters given to the FBI between February and August of 1942,

cryptographers decoded the message as follows:

  • Old Fisherman with a Net over his back ~ refers to an aircraft carrier which has anti-torpedo nettings on its sides.
  • Old woman with wood on her back ~ refers to an older battleship, one made of wood.
  • A little boy plus our sick boy ~ a damaged ship.

Cryptographers believed that the words Mr. Shaw and Your were purposely capitalized and that the word distroyed was purposely misspelled to draw attention to them. Mr. Shaw referred to the USS Shaw, a destroyer (distroy + your = destroyer).

The remainder of the letter says Mr. Shaw is ill but “will be back to work soon.”

The ship was in dry dock at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked. As the heroine in The Cryptographer’s Dilemma explains, “About two weeks before this letter was written, it [the USS Shaw] was undergoing repairs in San Francisco.”

In the novel, Eloise Marshall is a naval cryptographer who teams up with FBI agent Phillip Clayton, to find the person responsible for forging the signatures on the letters. Their search takes them from Washington, DC to the Springfield, Ohio, to the west coast and back again. On their journey, Eloise will confront an unexpected specter from her past and Phillip will risk his life to save hers.

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Tour and Giveaway for The Memory Bell by Kat Flannery

The Memory Bell

by Kat Flannery

September 1-30, 2021 Tour

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Synopsis:

Grace Penner’s safe haven crumbles when a body is found outside of town.

Gifted the memory bell, a family heirloom, from her grandfather’s will, Grace’s excitement is soon squashed when the bell gets broken right after she receives it. While gluing the pieces back in place, she discovers three are still missing.

Determined to find them, she is halted when the new detective, Bennet James, investigates her family. Grace is intent on showing the detective her family isn’t capable of murder, but as the investigation deepens, and pieces of the bell show up with ominous notes, Grace soon realizes the Penners are not what they seem. Amidst the tightly knit family; dark secrets, deception, and possibly even murder unfold.

Will Grace be able to save the family she loves more than anything without losing herself forever?

Praise for The Memory Bell:

“A naïve small-town girl and a disillusioned big-city cop, drawn together by an unsolved crime that is itself only the tip of the iceberg, The Memory Bell serves up the perfect steamy summer read.”
–Jenny Jaeckel, author of House of Rougeaux

“The story moves beyond a small town whodunit to probe the underlying bonds of history that connect a family.”
-Midwest Book Review

“Wonderful, engaging, and fast-paced! Flannery knows what she’s doing!”
-Jonas Saul, author of the Sarah Roberts series

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery, Suspense

Published by: Black Rose Writing

Publication Date: July 1, 2021

Number of Pages: 288

ISBN: 1684337089 (ISBN-13:978-1684337088)

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

Read an excerpt:

“Family is supposed to be our safe haven. Very often, it’s the place where we find the deepest heartache.”   ~ Iyanla Vanzant

CHAPTER ONE

Detective Bennet James stood over the remains of a hand dug grave. The morning air was brisk for July, and a foggy cloud permeated the air as he exhaled. He’d woken as the first rays of dawn crept through his hotel window casting sundogs along the planked floor.

Bones were found by the grain elevators at the mill in Oakville. The sleepy town was an hour’s drive from Chicago and where he’d been stationed for the last two weeks. It was hell, but anything was better than sitting at home waiting to hear his fate. He flexed his shoulders. The muscles ached from the mounting pressure.

He took a sip of the coffee he’d bought at the local gas station. The bitter blend was cold and old. Probably made the night before and just waiting for some poor soul to drain the last of the dregs from the decanter.

With no details other than the presence of human remains to work with, Ben made quick work of taping off the area and closing all access in and out of the mill. The trains were halted and all productivity near the tracks was at a standstill. He surveyed the grounds. Three metal silos stood in a row to his left with tracks laid in front of them. Directly behind were wooden buildings with peaked roofs, and a single track led to a dead end.

He gathered the mill was over fifty years old by the way the boards heaved and sagged. Out of commission for some time, he wondered why no one had torn the dilapidated buildings down. Being that the place was pretty much deserted it’d make things difficult in the investigation. He snorted. It wasn’t his investigation, and if things didn’t work out for him with the state, he’d never see another one again.

He rubbed his hand across his face. His heart quickened with the familiar feeling of piecing together a puzzle. It was the same feeling he got every time he was dealt a new case. Except this one was different. It wasn’t his, and even though the thought of having something to occupy his mind was appealing, he doubted Sheriff Rhoads would let him take the lead on it, much less be a part of it.

Ben glanced down at the body. Nothing left but bones and a few fragments of hair which signified the death happened years before. The grave was not shallow, but not deep either. Ben guessed it was four feet into the ground. A blue blanket caught his eye. He fingered the soft cotton with a gloved hand, a crocheted throw that was now pulled from the knots someone delicately placed there. Whoever had wrapped the victim in it did so with pristine care.

“Where is the witness?” he asked the young deputy standing to his left. He couldn’t remember the boy’s name, or was it he didn’t care? It didn’t really matter. He’d stopped caring about those around him a long time ago.

The deputy looked a bit flushed, and Ben figured the kid living in the small town had never seen anything like this before. Regret settled in his stomach at making the boy stay with him while he looked over the body and its surroundings. Ben remembered seeing his first body, a young girl, no more than six. Her image still haunted him on nights when sleep wouldn’t come.

He blinked, collected his thoughts, and faced the young man.

“You’re no longer needed here,” he said.  

“The men who found the body are over there,” the kid stammered. His hand shook as he pointed to the two silhouettes standing twenty yards away.

“Thanks.” Ben dismissed him and walked toward the two men sipping coffee from their mugs. A part of him wanted to turn back to his car and leave now that Rhoads was here, but his pride and his duty wouldn’t allow it. He pulled out the small note pad and pen he kept in his pocket.

“Morning. I need to ask you a few questions.”

“Ain’t you the new fella?” one of the men asked.

“Yeah.”

“You’re that swanky detective from the city.”

Ben didn’t answer.

“Why in hell would you want to come out here?”

He remained silent. It was none of the old man’s business why he’d been placed in this shithole town.

“Talk is you got into hot water up there.”

“I need to ask you some questions,” Ben repeated, an edge creeping into his voice. He wasn’t about to discuss his shit with these guys. He shifted from one foot to the other, took a deep calming breath, cleared his throat, and waited.

“Not much to tell,” the man said. His thick white moustache spanned the whole of his upper lip and the bottoms of his cheeks.

“Your name?” he asked.

“Walter Smythe.” The man leaned in to read what Ben wrote and tapped his index finger onto the paper. “That’s Smythe with a Y not an I.”

Ben nodded.

“Can you tell me how you came upon the body?”

“Ol’ Russ was the one who found it.”

He turned to the other man.

“I ain’t Russ,” the farmer said.

“Who is—”

“That’s my dog.” Walter whistled. A large St. Bernard came loping up from the field behind the buildings.

“The dog found the body?”

“That’s right.”

“What were you doing out here?”

“I come out from time to time.”

“Why if the place is closed down?”

The man shrugged.

“Have you brought Russ out here before?” Ben asked, still trying to piece together how the remains were found.

“Sure. I bring him everywhere.”

“Why was he in the elevators?”

Walter’s wide shoulders lifted underneath the plaid jacket.

“Did the dog take anything from the grave, or disturb it in anyway?”

“Once I seen him diggin’, I called him over.” Walter guffawed. “But the damn mutt just kept on going back. So, I went over to see what the hell he was after.”

“At what point did you figure out it was a body?”

“Right away when I saw the bones.”

“Russ dug up most of the grave?”

“Nah, maybe a foot of it.” Walter nudged the farmer beside him. “I called Bill and we determined it was best to call the sheriff.”

“Why didn’t you call the sheriff first?”

Walter didn’t answer.

“Did you remove or touch anything?” Ben asked.

“Nope.”

As much as the farmer was rough around the edges, he could tell Walter Smythe spoke the truth.

“One more question. Has anyone gone missing in the last ten years?”

“Not around these parts. Most people who go missing leave for the city.”

“Why is that?”

“Small towns ain’t for everybody.” Walter’s eyes narrowed. “Stuff like this don’t happen around here.”

Ben nodded before he walked away and headed back to his car. He opened the door but didn’t get in. Tall silos, train cars and tracks were surrounded by a field. Waist-high stalks of yellow waved in the breeze and from what he knew of farming, it looked to be canola. Why wasn’t the body buried in the field? There must be over a hundred acres of land. Until he received the coroner’s report, he couldn’t begin to guess at anything yet. Before he left, he’d need to talk to Sheriff Rhoads and see about any missing persons reports in the area.

“Well, that is odd.” Rhoads sauntered toward him, brows furrowed.

“What is?” Ben asked.

“A body, here, at the elevators, in Oakville.” His forehead wrinkled, and a perplexed look crossed his face. “Nobody has been here in years.”

“These things can happen anywhere. There are no rules for death.”

Rhoads focused on him, but remained quiet for some time before he said, “Not here.”

“I’d like to take the lead on this,” Ben said. The words surprised him, but he couldn’t take them back now. Besides, he needed something to keep him busy. The minor misdemeanors at the old folk’s home, break-ins, and an occasional kid in trouble wasn’t enough to keep him from going crazy with boredom.

“Not sure that’s wise, with your probation and all.”

Ben nodded, figuring that would be the answer.

“But I don’t see it as more than an unfortunate accident, so go ahead.”

Ben wasn’t so sure.

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Excerpt from The Memory Bell by Kat Flannery.  Copyright 2021 by Kat Flannery. Reproduced with permission from Kat Flannery. All rights reserved.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Grace Penner was happy she received the memory bell from her grandfathers estate. But she has no idea what will follow. The bell got broken and Grace finds there are three pieces missing. Then a body is found and Ben starts investigating Grace’s family. 

Author Kate Flannery gives readers a mystery and a whole lot more in The Memory Bell. This story ends up being a murder mystery turns family drama. Grace finds her three missing pieces she needs to complete the memory bell but with weird messages that leads to family secrets, and this family has a boatload of secret. This is what kept me reading this book, because there were so many twists and turns with what was being revealed, I had to find out the outcome. I always like a good murder mystery and this one turns into a gripping family drama that will give you chills. I didn’t like Grace at first but as her character develops, I begin to like her lot, and I felt bad that she has no idea about all of these issues with her family. The entire cast of characters were fun and intriguing to follow throughout the story. The Memory Bell gets Five Stars from me. If you enjoy a suspenseful murder mystery filled with a heavy dose of family drama, this is a must read for you! 

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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Catch Up With Kat Flannery:
Kat Flannery’s love of history shows in her novels. She is an avid reader of historical, suspense, paranormal, and romance. A member of many writing Kat enjoys promoting other authors on her blog. When she’s not busy writing, or marketing Kat volunteers her time to other aspiring authors. She has been a keynote speaker, lecturer and guest author inspiring readers and writers at every event she attends. Kat’s been published in numerous periodicals throughout her career, and continues to write for blogs and online magazines. A bestselling author, Kat’s books are available all over the world. The BRANDED TRILOGY is Kat’s award-winning series. With seven books published, Kat continues to plot what story will be next. Creativity is in all aspects of Kat’s career. She does Social Media and Marketing for her own career and businesses, writing ads, and other content.

 

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Angels All Around Us by Larry S. GLOVER

Description:

What is an angel? Have you ever wondered how angels can help you? Although we may not be able to see them, we can feel their presence; and these kind-hearted celestial helpers are guiding us in our everyday lives when we need them the most!

In Angels All Around us – Find out as we explore the various types of angels who are watching over you, your family, and others. With faith and understanding, angels will be there for you!

Angels All Around Us is a children’s book from Childlike Faith.  See all their books here:
https://childlikefaithchildrensbooks.com/clfc-bookstore 

  • Angels All Around Us is a children’s book from Childlike Faith.  See all their books here:

https://childlikefaithchildrensbooks.com/clfc-bookstore

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Are there really angels watching out for us? In this sweet children’s book, author Larry S. Glover explores why he thinks there are angels all around us, even different types of angels. I found this book to be very interesting and informative. If you have ever wondered about Angels, check out this book. And as will all questions about the Bible, check out what is in this book and compare to what God Says about Angels in His word.

Mia Kemble does an amazing job with the illustrations on the cover and inside the book. The sweet pictures brings this story to life and you read it to your child. This is a book that children will want to read over and over. This book would be awesome in any church or Christian school library, as well as any library when children will attend. I encourage you to check out this sweet book. This book is Four Stars for me.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

About Larry S Glover

Retired Army and Navy Veteran, Former Elementary Educator, Chaplain, and Author:

After 21 years of dedicated Navy & Army service, Chaplain Glover taught special education at Duval County public schools. He is the founder of Childlike Faith Children’s Books helping children grow in their faith as well as building a moral compass.

His books are designed to help give busy families a foundation to use at home to encourage their child’s faith, and promote positive character traits in a way that is imaginative, creative and fun. With Childlike Faith Children’s Books, Larry has 2 new series:

The Kids Value Series fosters the development of core character traits helping children to see the value in being kind, nice, helpful and respectful in their daily interactions with others.

The Kids Empowerment Series helps children pursue a faithful way of life.

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Chaplain Glover graduated from Saint Leo University with a Bachelor’s degree in religion and Master’s degree from Liberty University Theological Seminary. He has also earned four units required in (CPE) Clinical Pastoral Education and Psychotherapy for Board Certification from the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP). He’s been married for over 40 years and has 3 children, 12 grandchildren, and enjoys exercising daily, cooking, writing books!

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