Giveaway Our Lunar New Year by Yobe Qiu

Join us for this tour from January 18 to February 7
 
Book Details:
Book Title: Our Lunar New Year by Yobe Qiu
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 36 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book 
Publisher: Yobe Qiu LLC
Format available for review: print – hardback (USA), pdf
Tour dates: January 18 to February 7
Content Rating: G.
 
Book Description:
 
It’s almost Lunar New Year! Xiao Mi, Hang, Kwan, Malai and Charu all celebrate the New Year in their own special way. Experience how each one of the Chinese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese and Indian children and their
families honor Lunar New Year, from dragon dances in China to firecrackers.
 
Buy the Book
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By YQ ~ ​Barnes & Noble
 
 
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 
 
Here in America we all have out traditions if how we celebrate our new year. Some celebrate by having big parties, restaurants around stay open so customers will have a place to party. Some churches will open their doors for people to come and have a good time praising Jesus for the new year
Some stay at home and watch the ball drop in New Yorks famous Time Square, and some don’t even do that. So this is our America on New Year’s Eve night. 
 
Have you ever wondered how the rest of the world spends their New Year? Our Lunar New Year by Yobe Qiu starts by telling us how China and the Chinese people celebrate their new year. In this book, Yobe also tells us about other countries such as
Chinese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese and Indian children and their families honor Lunar New Year, from dragon dances in China to firecrackers.
 
I think this book would be wonderful in any school or daycare library. This is valuable information that our kids would love to hear. I loved hearing it myself because it’s something I did not know. I want to encourage you to check out this beautiful book. The illustrations are just awesome and the bright vivid colors will catch Children’s eyes in every story. This one is a Five Stars for me. 
 
A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
 
 
 
Meet the Author: 
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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!
 
 
Connect with the Author: Website ~ Facebook ~ Instagram
 
 
Tour Schedule:
 
Jan 18 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Jan 18 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Jan 20 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Jan 20 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Jan 21 – Chit Chat with Charity – book review / giveaway
Jan 24 – @twilight_reader – book review
Jan 24 – Kam’s Place – book review
​Jan 25 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway
Jan 26 – StoreyBook Reviews – book review / giveaway
Jan 27 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 28 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / giveaway
Jan 31 – The Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book review / giveaway
Feb 1 – Lisa Everyday Life – book review / giveaway
Feb 2 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Feb 3 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Feb 4 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review
Feb 7 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
 
 
Enter the Giveaway:
 
OUR LUNAR NEW YEAR Book Tour Giveaway
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Giveaway Shoot Like a Girl by Kari Bovée

THIS REVIEW IS FOR KARI BOVÉE’S BOOK SHOOT LIKE A GUN!

Join us for this tour from Jan 10 to Feb 4, 2022!

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Book Title: Shoot Like a Girl (A PreQuel Novella to Girl With A Gun) by Kari Bovee
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 84 pages
Length: 2 hrs, 14 minutes
Genre:  Historical Fiction, Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Bosque Publishing
Release date:   November 2019
Formats available for review: audiobook (audible download), MOBI (for kindle), EPUB, PDF)
Tour dates: Jan 10 to Feb 4, 2022
Content Rating:  PG + M for mature themes and some swearing (damn, bitch)


Book Description:

She would do anything for her loved ones, even if it meant she’d be lost to them forever.

Young Annie Oakley never expected to be saddled with responsibility so soon. Following her father’s sudden death, the spirited girl finds herself shipped to a nearby county working for a couple promising a good wage. But when she discovers they are not what they seem, Annie suddenly fears her life may be in peril.

Determined to help her mother and siblings, she endures the hardships and mistreatment from the couple. But when that cruelty is targeted at the beautiful Buckskin horse who is her only friend, Annie decides to take matters into her own hands.

Will the spunky teen return to her loved ones, or will her decision land her in jail?

Shoot like a Girl is the prequel novella to the Annie Oakley mystery series. If you like a fiercely loyal heroine who won’t be anyone’s victim, then you’ll love Kari Bovée’s thrilling story of America’s best-loved sharpshooting sensation.Buy the Book:
Audible ~ Amazon
Add to Goodreads

Join us for this tour from Jan 10 to Feb 4, 2022!

Book Details:

Book Title: Girl with a Gun (An Annie Oakley Mystery) by Kari Bovee

Category: Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 316 pages

Length: 9 hours, 24 minutes.

Genre: Historical Mystery / Cozy Mystery

Publisher: Bosque Publishing

Release date: April 2022

Content Rating: PG + M: Mature themes, mild swearing 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Shoot Like A Girl is the first book in the Annie Oakley Series by Kari Bovée. This is a mystery series based on a real, live at one time in history, lady. I have only heard the name Annie Oakley, but after reading these books I want to follow up on the real life fact of this interesting and intriguing person. Annie made her fame in being a sharp shooter in the Wild West shows. Not the best job for ladies but Annie thrived at it. The characters here are tip top and a lot of fun with some fear following their journey. I think anyone would love to know Annie.

The main reason for this review today is to let you know how I feel the audio book is, so I will do that. Susanna Burney is the narrator for the Anni Oakley series and she does a fabulous job with this book, Shoot Like A Girl Her voice is clear, nice and smooth, and I like the way she can use her voice to switch the voice of the characters. A lot of people can’t do this so well, so I appreciate that Burney can do a good job of this. If you are one who enjoys audiobooks, I encourage you to try this. You get a good Mystery to listen to with the really nice narration. This one is a Four 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.

 

Book Description:

She’s on the rise to fame and fortune, but her sudden notoriety comes with some deadly consequences.

Annie Oakley thrives as a sharpshooter in the Wild West Show. Finally, she has a chance to save her family’s farm—and make her dreams come true.

But her act misfires when she discovers her Indian assistant dead in her tent. Uncovering a shocking secret from her assistant’s past, the girl with the gun believes it’s murder. Determined to find the truth, she ruffles some horse feathers, making enemies along the trail.

​But, when her prized gelding is stolen, Annie realizes she might have been the target all along.

Can Little Miss Sure Shot save her equine friend and find the killer before everything she’s worked for is destroyed?

​If you like a cunning mystery, a feisty heroine, and a fast-paced plot that keeps the pages turning, you’ll love this wild ride with the iconic Annie Oakley in the saddle.

Buy the Book:

Audible ~ Amazon

Add to Goodreads

Also Available for Your Listening Pleasure:

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Book Details:

Book Title: Shoot Like a Girl (A PreQuel

Novella to Girl With A Gun) by Kari Bovee

Category: Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 84 pages

Length: 2 hrs, 14 minutes

Genre: Historical Fiction, Cozy Mystery

Publisher: Bosque Publishing

Release date: November 2019

Formats available for review: audiobook (audible download), MOBI (for kindle), EPUB, PDF)

Tour dates: Jan 10 to Feb 4, 2022

Content Rating: PG + M for mature themes and some swearing (damn, bitch)

Book Description:

She would do anything for her loved ones, even if it meant she’d be lost to them forever.

Young Annie Oakley never expected to be saddled with responsibility so soon. Following her father’s sudden death, the spirited girl finds herself shipped to a nearby county working for a couple promising a good wage. But when she discovers they are not what they seem, Annie suddenly fears her life may be in peril.

Determined to help her mother and siblings, she endures the hardships and mistreatment from the couple. But when that cruelty is targeted at the beautiful Buckskin horse who is her only friend, Annie decides to take matters into her own hands.

Will the spunky teen return to her loved ones, or will her decision land her in jail?

​Shoot like a Girl is the prequel novella to the Annie Oakley mystery series. If you like a fiercely loyal heroine who won’t be anyone’s victim, then you’ll love Kari Bovée’s thrilling story of America’s best-loved sharpshooting sensation.

Buy the Book:

Audible ~ Amazon

Add to Goodreads

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Book Details:

Book Title: Peccadillo at the Palace (An Annie Oakley Mystery) by Kari Bovee

Category: Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 332 pages

Length: 9 hours, 52 minutes

Genre: Historical Mystery, Cozy Mystery

Publisher: Bosque Publishing

Release date: April 2020

​Formats available for review: audiobook (audible download), MOBI (for kindle), EPUB, PDF)

Tour dates: Jan 10 to Feb 4, 2022

Content Rating: PG +M for mature themes, mild swearing

Book Description:

She’s outgunned her opponents at every turn, but will it be enough to solve a royal case of murder? Annie Oakley can’t believe her good fortune at an imperial invitation.

Queen Victoria wants Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show to perform for her Golden Jubilee. But during the voyage to England, a royal escort is murdered and the gun-slinging star finds herself at the center of an assassination plot against the crown.

Determined to catch the killer, Annie tracks down the clues. And by the time they reach London, she thinks she’s right on course. But when her husband falls mysteriously ill, and an assassination attempt is made on the queen, the sharpshooting amateur sleuth may find herself out to sea before her ship comes in.

Can the clever markswoman solve the double-barreled mystery before it’s too late?

Peccadillo at the Palace is the second novel in the Annie Oakley Mystery Series. If you like a fast-paced mystery with unexpected plot twists that will keep you guessing until the very end, you’ll love this riveting historical mystery featuring America’s favorite sure-shot.

 Buy the Book:

Audible ~ Amazon

Add to Goodreads

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Book Details:

Book Title: Folly at the Fair (An Annie Oakley Mystery) by Kari Bovee

Category: Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 322 pages

Length: 9 hours, 48 minutes

Genre: Historical Mystery, Cozy Mystery

Publisher: Bosque Publishing

Release date: June 2020

​Formats available for review: audiobook (audible download), MOBI (for kindle), EPUB, PDF)

Tour dates: Jan 10 to Feb 4, 2022

Content Rating: PG +M for mature themes, mild swearing

Book Description:

She never misses a target. But unless she can solve this murder, she’ll become one…

Chicago World’s Fair, 1893. “Little Sure Shot” Annie Oakley is exhausted from her work with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. But when a fellow performer scuffles with a man who threatens her harm, she has to keep 

her eyes peeled. And when the heckler is found dead under the Ferris Wheel, Annie won’t rest until she proves her defender is innocent.

Before she can rustle up any clues, an old friend asks Annie to protect her young daughter. And as more bodies turn up around the grounds, she’s going to need all her sharpshooting skills just to stay alive.

Can Annie live up to her reputation and put a bullseye on the killer?

Folly at the Fair is the third book in the Annie Oakley mystery series. If you like strong heroines, Wild West adventures, and suspenseful twists and turns, then you’ll love Kari Bovée’s fast-paced 

whodunit.

Buy the Book:

Audible ~ Amazon

Add to Goodreads

Meet the Author:

 

 

When she’s not on a horse, or walking along the beautiful cottonwood-laden acequias of Corrales, New Mexico; or basking on white sand beaches under the Big Island Hawaiian sun, Kari Bovee is escaping into the past—scheming murder and mayhem for her characters both real and imagined, and helping them to find order in the chaos of her 

action-packed novels. Bovee writes the award-winning Annie Oakley Mystery Series and the Grace Michelle Mystery Series, and has more ideas than time for many, many more.

​Connect with the author: Website ~ Goodreads ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Instagram ~ Pinterest

Tour Schedule:

Jan 10 – Mystery Review Crew – books spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 10 –Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway
Jan 10 –StoreyBook Reviews – book review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway
Jan 11 –Cover Lover Book Review – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway
Jan 11 –Splashes of Joy – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / author interview / giveaway
Jan 11 –Lamon Reviews – book review of GIRL WITH A GUN / author interview / giveaway
Jan 11 – I’m All About Books – book series tour / giveaway
Jan 12 – Kam’s Place – book series spotlight
Jan 12 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book series spotlight / giveaway
Jan 12 –History from a Woman’s Perspective – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN
Jan 12 – 411 ON BOOKS, AUTHORS, AND PUBLISHING NEWS – book series spotlight / giveaway
Jan 13 –My Bookish Bliss – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway
Jan 13 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL / giveaway
Jan 13 – History from a Woman’s Perspective – audiobook review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL
Jan 18 – Splashes of Joy – audiobook review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL / giveaway
Jan 18 – She Just Loves Books – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN
Jan 18 – History from a Woman’s Perspective – audiobook review of PECCADILLO AT THE PALACE
Jan 18 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – audiobook review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL
Jan 18 – Literary Flits – book review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway
Jan 18 – PuzzlePaws Blog – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway
Jan 19 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of PECCADILLO AT THE PALACE / giveaway
Jan 19 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway
Jan 19 – History from a Woman’s Perspective – audiobook review of FOLLY AT THE FAIR
Jan 20 – My Bookish Bliss – audiobook review of FOLLY AT THE FAIR / giveaway
Jan 20 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL / giveaway
Jan 21 – StoreyBook Reviews – book review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL / giveaway
Jan 21 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of FOLLY AT THE FAIR / giveaway
Jan 21 – Faith And Books – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway
Jan 21 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – audiobook review of PECCADILLO AT THE PALACE
Jan 24 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway
Jan 24 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – audiobook review of FOLLY AT THE FAIR
Jan 25 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL / giveaway
Jan 25 – Splashes of Joy – audiobook review of PECCADILLO AT THE PALACE / giveaway
Jan 25 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of PECCADILLOW AT THE PALACE / giveaway
Jan 26 – Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / author interview / giveaway
Jan 26 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of FOLLY AT THE FAIR / giveaway
Jan 26 – Chit Chat with Charity – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / author interview / giveaway
Jan 26 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book series spotlight / giveaway
Jan 27 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book series spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 27 – Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews – audiobook review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL /  giveaway
Jan 27 – Literary Flits – book review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL / giveaway
Jan 28 – Faith And Books – audiobook review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL / giveaway
Jan 28 – Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews – audiobook review of PECCADILLO AT THE PALACE /  giveaway
Jan 28 – Books for Books – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN
Jan 31 – Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews – audiobook review of FOLLY AT THE FAIR /  giveaway
Jan 31 – Books for Books – audiobook review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL
Feb 1 – Buried Under Books – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway
Feb 1 – @twilight_reader – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN
Feb 1 – Books for Books – audiobook review of PECCADILLO AT THE PALACE
Feb 2 – Chit Chat with Charity – audiobook review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL / giveaway
Feb 2 – Adventurous Jessy -book review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway
Feb 2 – @twilight_reader – audiobook review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL
Feb 2 – Books for Books – audiobook review of FOLLY AT THE FAIR
Feb 2 – PuzzlePaws Blog – audiobook review of PECCADILLO AT THE PALACE / giveaway
Feb 3 – Westveil Publishing – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway
Feb 3 – Adventurous Jessy -book review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL / giveaway
Feb 3 – @twilight_reader – audiobook review of PECCADILLO AT THE PALACE
Feb 4 – Splashes of Joy – audiobook review of FOLLY AT THE FAIR / giveaway
Feb 4 – Adventurous Jessy -book review of PECCADILLO AT THE PALACE / giveaway

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Enter the Giveaway: 

 GIRL WITH A GUN (Annie Oakley Mystery) Audiobook Tour Giveaway

https://gleam.io/aiSxx/girl-with-a-gun-annie-oakley-mystery-audiobook-tour-giveaway

 

Tour and Giveaway PEOPLE OF THE SUN by Ben Gartner

PEOPLE OF THE SUN

by Ben Gartner

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GENRE:  Middle Grade, Action Adventure, Time Travel, Historical Fiction

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BLURB:

The explosive reveal about who John and Sarah really are and why they’re traveling through time, with their most gut-wrenching challenge yet.

In the time of the Aztec, a scoundrel named Cortés arrives and the kids are forced to make an extremely difficult decision: If you could change history, should you? For more twists, more danger, and more fun, read the third book in The Eye of Ra series, People of the Sun!

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

Excerpt One:

JOHN

The ground shook like the end of the world. 

At least, that was how it felt to John, who had never experienced an earthquake while growing up in Colorado. And they’d only lived in Maryland for a month before taking this trip to California to visit their aunt. On their second day in the steep mountains of Santa Cruz, while hiking through an old-growth redwood forest that reminded John of a fairy tale, he suddenly felt woozy. But he wasn’t sick. His legs swayed like he was dancing the hula, as if the ground beneath his feet were the roiling sea. Birds took to the sky. Their aunt’s dog, Nickel, barked and snapped at the air, her ears tucked back and tail between her legs.

“Sarah?” John looked over to his sister and held out a hand to steady himself. 

She wore the same expression of bewilderment for a moment, then realization dawned across her face. “Is this an earthquake? Cool!”

Her voice rose and fell with the waves just like her knees riding the shifting earth as if it were a skateboard or a pair of skis. Dander like fireflies floated down from the trees and sparkled in the sun’s rays.

“Earthquake,” Aunt Lorraine confirmed. “Just a little one. Hold on, it’ll end in—”

The earth eased to a halt.

“There ya go, all done.” Aunt Lorraine heaved a breath. “For now.”

“For now?!” John hunched over, ready to fall flat on the ground if it got any worse.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Ben Gartner is the award-winning author of The Eye of Ra time travel adventure series for middle graders. His books take readers for a thrilling ride, maybe even teaching them something in the meantime. Ben can be found living and writing near the mountains with his wife and two boys. https://BenGartner.com

WEBSITE

https://BenGartner.com

TWITTER

FACEBOOK

https://www.facebook.com/BenGartnerAuthor

INSTAGRAM

https://www.instagram.com/BGartnerWriting

BUY LINKS

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/People-Sun-Eye-Ben-Gartner/dp/1734155280/

Local bookstore: https://indiebound.org/search/book?keys=author%3AGartner%2CBen

Apple: https://books.apple.com/us/book/people-of-the-sun/id1578394762

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/people-of-the-sun-ben-gartner/1139909512?ean=9781734155280

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/people-of-the-sun-2

Everywhere else: https://books2read.com/people-of-the-sun-ben-gartner

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE   

PLEASE MENTION THE PRIZE THAT THE AUTHOR WILL BE GIVING AWAY:  

One randomly drawn winner will receive a $50 Amazon/BN GC.

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Giveaway Now That I Know You by Olivia Newport

Now that I know You

About the Book

Book: Now That I Know You

Author: Olivia Newport

Genre: Split-Time Contemporary/Historical

Release date: Fall, 2021

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Cate Butler is the distant cousin genealogist Jillian was so certain she wanted to find—and the only connection she has to her deceased mother’s Parisi family tree. So why does she wish Cate would stop pestering her? And why can’t Jillian find a paper trail proving Cate is who she says she is?

Cate wants something for her own career that Jillian can’t give, but she also holds the key to family history Jillian can’t bring herself to walk away from. Nolan, Jillian’s father, steps in when Cate’s chronic career chaos requires legal rescue. Drew, the man who holds Jillian’s heart, has a surprising past with Cate. The truths Jillian, Cate, and Drew find while untangling these knotted threads tie them back together in remarkable ways none of them ever would have imagined.

Now That I Know You is Book 5 in the Tree of Life series, exploring and celebrating unforgettable family stories in Canyon Mines, the mountain town that invites you back again and again.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Now That I Know You is only this 2nd book u have read in this series. Looks like I have some catching up to do. But this book is fine read as a standalone. The only slip time books I connect with are the authors that can smoothly slip between historical and contemporary eras and perfectly connect the two storylines. Well, have no fear, Olivia Newport does this effortlessly. I so much enjoyed the characters from each era, and enjoyed the ties between the characters.

My grandma was born in the early 1900’s so I couldn’t help wishing she were here so I could ask if her family went through similar rough times. I think Newport handles the historical parts very well, and readers can tell the amount of research she does by the vivid scenes throughout the book. I love the attention to details and development of the plot and characters as the story unfolds. Now That I Know You is Five Stars for me. I highly recommend this book to everyone! You will love it.

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

Olivia Newport

Olivia Newport’s novels blend the truth of how our pasts carry us into where we find ourselves now. Curiosity about history seems to creep into everything she does. Her books include Amish, historical, and contemporary stories that span the centuries from before the Revolutionary War right up to the present moment.

She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of Pikes Peak. Visit http://www.olivianewport.com.

More from Olivia

I’ve wanted to write Now That I Know You for nearly 20 years—at least the historical story part of this split-time novel.

When my son was a freshman in high school, he joined the mock trial team, and my husband and I entered the league of parents who watched versions of the same competition over and over. The state bar association selects a case and provides every team with the same documents to study as the basis of preparing both prosecution and defense. Team members play roles of attorneys and witnesses.

That first year, the case was trying a particular individual in connection with his role in events that culminated in the 1914 “Ludlow Massacre,” which is featured in Now That I Know You. My son played a witness for the prosecution. My proudest moment was when one of the scoring judges—who are actual court judges—singled him out for his skill in recognizing and dodging the opposing counsel’s interrogation strategy. Somebody hold me in my chair, because you really are not supposed to jump and cheer at mock trial!

Since I heard the case several times, the history wormed its way into my heart and mind. The injustice and tragedy of the story weighed heavy, but so did the legacy of the events and their eventual impact on history that affects us even today. People often ask where book ideas come from. Sometimes they germinate inside me for a long time before the moment is ripe to put them on the page in the lives of characters who have grown around them. This is one of those stories.

—Olivia Newport

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, January 10

Bigreadersite, January 10

lakesidelivingsite, January 11

Daysong Reflections, January 11

All-of-kind Mom, January 11

The Write Escape, January 12

Lots of Helpers, January 12

The Sacred Line, January 13

Locks, Hooks and Books, January 13

Betti Mace, January 14

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 14

Texas Book-aholic, January 15

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 15

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, January 16

Splashes of Joy, January 16

deb’s Book Review, January 17

Through the Fire Blogs, January 17

Sodbuster Living, January 18

For Him and My Family, January 18

Tell Tale Book Reviews, January 19

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

For the Love of Literature, January 20

The Book Club Network, January 20

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, January 21 (Spotlight)

Blogging With Carol, January 21

Mary Hake, January 21

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, January 22

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 22

Inklings and notions, January 23

Connect in Fiction, January 23

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Olivia is giving away the grand prize package of a signed set of all 5 books in the Tree of Life series!!

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/193c0/now-that-i-know-you-celebration-tour-giveaway

Giveaway A Stranger’s Game by Colleen Coble

A Stranger’s Game

by Colleen Coble

January 3-14, 2022 Virtual Book Tour

This gripping new novel from USA TODAY bestselling romantic suspense author Colleen Coble will leave you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.

A wealthy hotel heiress.

Even though Torie Bergstrom hasn’t been back to Georgia since she was ten, she’s happy to arrange a job for her best friend at one of the family properties on Jekyll Island. A suspicious death. But when Torie learns that her best friend has drowned, she knows it is more than a tragic accident: Lisbeth was terrified of water and wouldn’t have gone swimming by choice. A fight for the truth. Torie goes to the hotel under an alias, desperate to find answers. When she meets Joe Abbott and his daughter rescuing baby turtles, she finds a tentative ally. The more Torie and Joe dig, the more elusive the truth seems. One thing is clear: someone will risk anything—even more murder—to keep their secrets buried.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Colleen Coble’s books and she has given us another thriller in A Stranger’s Game. Jekyll Island is the scene of this breathtaking book. Torie Bergstrom has’t been to the island in ten years, but she arranged for a job for her best friend Lisabeth. Since Torie’s dad owned the resort, she could pretty much do as she pleased. But she wasn’t expecting to loose her friend so quickly and tragically. So, Torie changes her name and comes back home to find out what is happening. 

Stranger’s Game is one book that will keep you guessing to the last few pages. There are many twists and turns at throw you off on the who is involved in the things going on on the island. Coble does an amazing job of keeping readers excited and wanting to keep turning the pages to see what the next message will be. And the journey goes on with characters that will steal your heart. Well most of them anyway, some of them you just couldn’t trust. The ending was just OK for me, compared to Cobles other books. It was good, just not as exciting for me. But all in all it is a fabulous read that I highly recommend. And I’m giving this one Five Stars. Go check it out!

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

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, Suspense
Published by: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: January 4th 2022
Number of Pages: 352
ISBN: 0785228578 (ISBN13: 9780785228578)
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Christianbook | Goodreads

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Author Bio:

Colleen Coble is a USA TODAY bestselling author best known for her coastal romantic suspense novels, including The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens, and the Lavender Tides, Sunset Cove, Hope Beach, and Rock Harbor series.

Connect with Colleen online at:
colleencoble.com
Goodreads
BookBub – @ColleenCoble
Instagram – @colleencoble
Twitter – @colleencoble
Facebook – @colleencoblebooks

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Giveaway and Tour Elinor by Shannon McNear

Elinor

About the Book

Book: Elinor

Author: Shannon McNear

Genre: Christian/Historical/Romance

Release date: December 1, 2021

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A Journey Full of Hope…
Escape into a riveting story based on the mystery of the Lost Colony of Roanoke.

Author Shannon McNear portrays history with vivid authenticity.

In 1587, Elinor White Dare sailed from England heavy with her first child but full of hopes. Her father, a renowned artist and experienced traveler, has convinced her and her bricklayer husband Ananias to make the journey to the New World. Land, they are promised, more goodly and beautiful than they can ever imagine. But nothing goes as planned from landing at the wrong location, to facing starvation, to the endless wait for help to arrive. And, beyond her comprehension, Elinor finds herself utterly alone. . . .

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Author Shannon McNear writes about and era and a bit of history I have only heard of, but knew nothing at all about this time in history. The Colony of Roanoke Island is a different kind of story for me. The horriffic things these settlers had to face, yet the joy of finding their own home and way of life. This was before America was discovered and there were quite a few different Indian settlers that wasn’t happy to have then around.

I think McNear does a wonderful job of research it takes to write an amazing story such as this one. The emotions of this story will have you turning the pages until the very end because you want to find what happens next. If you are interested in the Lost Colony of Roanoke, this is an awesome book to read to see what it might have been all those centuries ago.

This one is a Five Stars for me. I encourage you to check out this book for yourself. It is well worth the hours it takes to her this one.





About the Author

ShannonMcNear

Transplanted to North Dakota after more than two decades in Charleston, South Carolina, Shannon McNear loves losing herself in local history. She’s a military wife, mom of eight, mother-in-law of three, grammie of two, and a member of ACFW and RWA. Her first novella, Defending Truth in A Pioneer Christmas Collection, was a 2014 RITA® finalist. When she’s not sewing, researching, or leaking story from her fingertips, she enjoys being outdoors, basking in the beauty of the northern prairies. Connect with her at www.shannonmcnear.com, or on Facebook and Goodreads.

More from Shannon

Why did I write this story? Well, God shoved the opportunity under my nose, and I didn’t want to be guilty of taking the easy way out, by saying no. 😊

Really, while the concept was fascinating, the execution was daunting, and sometimes terrifying. The Elizabethan Era—before the King James Bible and even before Shakespeare was popular! As a student of the Revolutionary War and surrounding times, I felt very much out of my depth.

Though the research sucked me in, it was also daunting. Sifting through various interpretations of the primary accounts and their own speculations on why they felt things must have gone a certain way. Trying to “find” my story amongst all the theories and opinions. Above all, getting to know my characters and letting them come alive in my own imagination.

And come alive, they did—in full color, with a vividness I did not expect. I hope I was able to translate even a portion of what I envisioned to the page, so that you also can see them!

Blog Stops

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, January 4

The Christian Fiction Girl, January 4

Joanna Bair, January 4

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 5

Rebecca Tews, January 5

For the Love of Literature, January 6

Remembrancy, January 6

Texas Book-aholic, January 7

Betti Mace, January 7

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, January 8

Inklings and notions, January 8

For Him and My Family, January 9

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 9

deb’s Book Review, January 10

Labor Not in Vain, January 10

Blogging With Carol, January 10

Locks, Hooks and Books, January 11

Connect in Fiction, January 11

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, January 12

To Everything There Is A Season, January 12

Mary Hake, January 12

Bizwings Blog, January 13

Tell Tale Book Reviews, January 13

Connie’s History Classroom, January 14

Splashes of Joy, January 14

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, January 15 (Spotlight)

Sodbuster Living, January 15

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, January 16

Through the Fire Blogs, January 16

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 17

Pause for Tales, January 17

Giveaway

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

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

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Giveaway Tickling the Bear: How to Stay Safe in the Universe by David Wann

TICKLING THE BEAR: HOW TO STAY SAFE IN THE UNIVERSE by David Wann
TICKLING THE BEAR: HOW TO STAY ALIVE IN THE UNIVERSE by David Wann

Join Us for this Tour from January 4 to January 17, 2022

Book Details:

Book Title: Tickling the Bear: How to Stay Safe in the Universe by David Wann

Category: Adult Fiction 18+, 279 pages

Genre: Literary Fiction

Publisher: Chokecherry Press, Golden, Colorado

Release date: May 2021

Formats Available for Review: print-softback (USA and Canada), e-book (Gifted Kindle, MOBI for Kindle and pdf)

Tour dates: January 4 to January 17

Content Rating: PG13 + M: There’s no offensive material but there is a tasteful, semi-comic sex scene and scene in which characters experience MDMA, a mild hallucinogenic.

​Book Description:​​​

Anthropology professor Marc Blake is on a “hero’s journey.” His challenge is to overcome a troubling medical diagnosis –a virus from a tick bite. Along the way he shares his deepest thoughts as the reader follows his courageous efforts to survive. May, an attractive Danish woman, also endures setbacks with resilience, gradually coming center stage in the story. Her husband Kai has a passion for growing herbs and healthy vegetables, marveling how gardening provides a sense of purpose, good health, direct contact with nature, and companionship. Marc’s niece, a natural beauty and ex-model, offers readers a comical, on-again, off-again romantic episode with a Silicon Valley genius she fears might outshine her. Will she prove to be his equal?

Quirky humor injects both lightness and conflict into a 30-year marriage. A six-year old’s “best summer ever” is a reminder that life’s an absolute miracle. Collectively this extended family contests a widespread belief that life is happening to us – that we are passive consumers. On the contrary, each character in this upbeat book is actively self-guided, perfecting their passions and offering generous support to family and friends.

​Though author David Wann has previously written non-fiction books about sensible, sustainable lifestyles, in his first-novel these themes are woven right into a compelling story. “Our lives don’t look much different than most Americans,” the characters might say. “Really, we are not ‘doing without,’ more like doing within.” Kai enjoys investing in regional businesses, and also loves to travel effortlessly on Denver’s bike paths. Meatless Mondays or grilled-salmon Sundays are a great way for the outgoing May to bring friends together for active conversation. Each character would insist that kindness and gratitude are encoded in our genes and are far more powerful than anger. In a world that’s currently so full of disruption and confusion, they offer both a sense of direction and grounded hope.

Buy the Book:Boulder Book Store​Amazon ~ B&N ~ BAM ~ IndieBoundadd to goodreads

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Reading the title of this book, it seemed to be a fun and enjoyable read, and it was indeed, just in a little different way. David Wann is telling Marc’s story of how to survive a tick bite diagnosis by living a somewhat healthy life. And we follow Marc’s journey.

Wann does a pretty good job with research and writing this novel. The characters were believable and the story itself was intriguing. I found some areas dragging a bit but overall I think this book is a good read, and has some valuable lessons we can all learn. An interesting book I feel we can all learn something from. I encourage you to check this one out. This 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.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH DAVID WANN, AUTHOR OF TICKLING THE BEAR

After writing a trio of books about sustainable human designs and behaviors – Affluenza, Simple Prosperity and The New Normal, David Wann was driven to write a novel about people who lead intentionally modest yet remarkable lives, rooted in their places and steadily mastering their passions. “It took me five years to write,” he says, “and one by one the traits described in Simple Prosperity came to life in the quirky, amiable characters in Tickling the Bear.”__________________________________________________________________________________What is your book Simple Prosperity about?It describes an emerging American lifestyle in which we finally break free of over-consumption – what we called “affluenza” in a previous book. Our current way of life is also not a great match with the equipment we were – like our psyches, genes, and hands. This mismatch of psychology, biology, and politics prevents us from taking care of ourselves and the environment. Fortunately, we are already inventing a new way of life that is twice as satisfying yet uses only half the resources we currently use. What will take the place of consumption, since it’s become the centerpiece of our way of life?I can easily imagine a lifestyle that is culturally richer yet materially leaner and more efficient. Information is much more precise and customized, eliminating a lot of waste; people are more involved socially, more aware aesthetically, and better caretakers of living systems – including ourselves. Instead of deadlines and dying species, they want lifelines and living wealth. Are there examples of culturally rich lifestyles like the one you describe in the book?Yes, when I travel to countries like Costa Rica, for example, the people appear to be every bit as happy even though their incomes are very small compared to fluffed-up U.S. incomes. In countries like Denmark, Sweden, Germany, and Italy, peoples’ homes are much smaller – often half the size – yet Europeans in general are far more politically active; they have wider social networks; fewer violent crimes; better health; much more time for leisure activities like being in nature. We Americans like to think we are number one in all things, but the data doesn’t support our arrogance. We may be on top when it comes to Gross Domestic Product, health care expenditures and the average size of our house but we also lead the world in debt per capita, pollution, military expenditures, children in poverty, percentage of people in prison, obesity, and infant mortality. So what is all the spending really buying us?You write that happiness depends on how well basic human needs are met. So if needs like social connection, stimulating work, and creative play are not met, you’re saying we resort to consumption instead? Absolutely. Over-consumption is an addiction, and addictions arise when we’re off-balance and insecure, as our society now is. Because so many feel empty, in effect we want something to want. But consumption can’t really fill us up unless we’re consuming something of real value in moderate, sensible amounts. When we are healthy, active, and stimulated by life’s many adventures, we don’t need or want to buy as much. Gratification is about infinite and often insatiable wants, while happiness is more grounded in meeting achievable, satisfying needs. We’re stuck in the gratification mode, not tapping into the REAL wealth. Instead of more stuff in our already-stuffed lives, we can choose fewer things but better things of higher quality; fewer visits to the doctor and more visits to museums and friends’ houses. Greater use of our hands and minds in creative activities like playing a flute, building a table, knitting a sweater, or harvesting the season’s first juicy, heirloom tomato. These are the things that matter, and we can choose them if we spend less time, money, and energy being such obedient, desperate consumers!We can ask, what kind of buildings and neighborhoods should we design to ensure high rates of social connection? What kind of agriculture not only provides a good living for farmers and the food industry but also delivers the sort of nutrition that human bodies actually need? Simple prosperity is not about what we give up, but what we take back: clarity, sanity, purpose, meaning, hope, and momentum.My new novel, Tickling the Bear, portrays a small band of colorful, change makers on the cusp of a new society – one in which simple prosperity is the new normal.

Author David Wann

Meet the Author:

David Wann has been a self-acknowledged author since second grade. He’s written hundreds of articles and columns; ten books – one a best seller; and produced five TV documentaries viewed by 20 million. He’s lived in a cooperative neighborhood (cohousing) for 26 years where he has been the organic gardener for 27 households. He’s an amateur musician and the proud father of two. His greatest ambition is to make a difference in a world that urgently requires “all hands on deck.” His books include Affluenza; Biologic; Superbia; Simple Prosperity; The Zen of Gardening; The New Normal, Reinventing Community and others.

connect with the author: website ~ twitter ~ facebook instagram ~ goodreadsTour Schedule:

Jan 4 –Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Jan 5 –@twilight_reader – book review / giveaway
Jan 7 –Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
Jan 8 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 10 – Kam’s Place – book review / author interview
Jan 11 –Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 12 –Stephanie Jane – book review / giveaway
Jan 12 – Books for Books – book review 
Jan 13 –Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Jan 13 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review ​
Jan 14 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 17 – Books are a Blessing  – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 17 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway

Giveaway Searchibg for Home by Jill Weatherholt

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Searching for Home
By Jill Weatherholt
Contemporary, Inspirational Romance
Paperback & ebook, 224 Pages
December 28, 2021 by Love Inspired

When injured professional bull rider Luke Beckett returns to his hometown to recover, he doesn’t expect his B and B host and physical therapist to be his first and only love, Meg Brennan. He’s also unprepared for Meg’s adorable triplets to steal his heart. Luke’s past has him doubting he’s good enough for Meg and the children, but they might be just what the doctor ordered to help him heal…

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

The fact that three triplets stole Luke’s heart was the heartwarming part of this book for me. Luke was home after an injury and he walked into more than he ever thought. His old flame had taken over the B and B and and the triplets were a plus to his life right now. But where will all of this find him?

Searching for Home by Jill Weatherholt is a Love Inspired sweet story of forgiveness and second chances. I know some have the idea that Love Inspired books are not full blown stories and not worth the read, but I’m telling you, they ARE worth your read and this one was like a novella. I loved the flawed characters and the way they developed and wanted to better themselves as the story unfolds. There were some harsh baggage that had to be dealt with, a lot if emotions flying around. But isn’t that like real life. This story is so realistic. These characters are so realistic. And those twins stole my heart. You need to read this one. I’m giving this Five Stars, and you will understand why when you read this one!

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

(Affiliate links included.)

About the Author

By day, Jill Weatherholt works for the City of Charlotte. At night, and on the weekend, she writes contemporary stories about love, faith and forgiveness for Harlequin Love Inspired.
Raised in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., she now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, but her heart belongs to Virginia.
She holds a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and Paralegal Studies Certification from Duke University.
She shares her life with her real-life hero and number one supporter. Their relationship grew on the golf course, and now they have one in their backyard.
Jill believes in enjoying every moment of this journey because God has everything under control.

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Twelve Weeks to Midnight Blue by Steve Searfoss  

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Join Us for this Tour: January 11 to January 31, 2022
 
Book Details:
 
 
Book Title: KidVenture: Twelve Weeks to Midnight Blue by Steve Searfoss
 
Category: Middle Grade Fiction (ages 8 – 12)
 
Genre: Fiction (Business Adventure Story)
 
Publisher: Self-Published/KDP, 125 pages
 
Release date: January 2020
 
Content Rating: G – I am a parent and pay close to attention to the media my children consume. I set out to write a book series that was clean and family friendly.
KidVenture teaches the value of hard work, the importance of saving money, how essential it is to keep your word, and the need to find cooperative solutions with partners in order to be successful at business. This is a book that entertains but also educates and inspires.
 
 
Book Description:
Chance Sterling launches a pool cleaning business over the summer. Join Chance as he looks for new customers, discovers how much to charge them, takes on a business partner, recruits an employee, deals with difficult clients, and figures out how to make a profit. 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.
 
Buy the Book:
Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble
 
 
KidVenture books are interactive stories for middle grade readers who want to learn how to start a business. Kids learn practical business math, economics, marketing, negotiation, problem solving, and resilience through characters they care about.
 
In Twelve Weeks To Midnight Blue, Chance starts a pool cleaning company in his neighborhood over the summer. His younger sister Addie wants in on the business and, in the excerpt below, finds a creative way to make her brother want to partner with her.
 
 
When I was done, I emptied the bucket of debris into our large trashcan and I put up the nets. I headed to the kitchen for some of my mom’s iced tea. Addie was at the table drawing. She was always doing art. Ponies and puppies, bears and bunnies, that sort of thing. Lots of pinks and purples, sparkles and glitter. Girly stuff. Rainbows and sunsets. Boring stuff, if you ask me.
 
 
I reached into the fridge, poured myself a glass and took a big gulp. Ah, that felt good. I downed the full glass and then poured myself another one. As I sipped it I flipped through the newspaper my dad had left on the counter. Nothing caught my eye. Then I glanced over at what Addie was drawing. I bet she’s drawing a unicorn or something just as silly—
 
 
“Wait a minute! Addie! What are you drawing?” I said, shocked.
She quickly scooped up her papers and stuffed them into her sketchbook and closed the cover. Mighty suspicious.
“Nothing.” She grinned.
 
“That didn’t look like nothing.”
 
“Just drawing.“
 
“What were you doing?”
“Why do you care?” she said defensively.
“I want to know.”
“It’s none of your business.”
“Oh, it is my business.” I glared at her. “It’s very much my business. In fact, I think you were actually drawing my business. Was that a swimming pool you were drawing?”
 
“No.” She cracked a smile. “I was just drawing water.”
I scowled. 
 
“Water inside four walls!” I said, accusatorily. She started giggling. “In a backyard! With a diving board!” By now she was laughing uncontrollably.
 
“Let me see that!” I reached for her sketchbook. She pulled it away from me, but as she did that, a bunch of papers went flying into the air. And there it was. One of her drawings floated slowly down to the ground and when it landed I could see it, clear as day. Not just a swimming pool, but in bright orange big letters it said Pool Cleaning Service.
 
“Addison!” I shouted. “What are you doing?!”
 
“It’s called marketing,” she said in the voice of a grown-up, tired of explaining the same thing over and over again to a child.
 
“You don’t even know what that is!”
 
“Yes I do,” she huffed. “Dad told me what it means.”
 
“Oh yeah, well what is it?”
 
“I am making flyers to promote my pool cleaning business.”
 
“You don’t have a pool cleaning business!” I stomped my foot. “I do.”
 
“Not yet, I don’t, but I expect that soon I will.”
 
I looked down again at the flyer she had drawn. There was a phone number on it. I pointed to it.
 
“Mom said I could use her number,” she said.
 
I was about to tell her this whole thing was crazy, it would never work. But I was stopped short in my tracks. I do believe my jaw was open. I might have even been drooling, if you want to know the truth.
 
“Addie!” I gave her a big hug. “This is a great idea! That’s exactly what I need to find new customers.”
 
“But you don’t know how to draw.”
 
“Yes I do,” I said defensively.
 
“No, you don’t,” she smirked. “Even your stick figures don’t look like sticks, they look like nervous spaghetti.”
 
“You have a point. Maybe you can draw them for me.”
 
“No thanks,” she said and quickly picked up her papers and started to head out of the kitchen.
 
“Wait! Addie wait!”
 
“I’ll pay you.”
 
“How much?”
 
“I don’t know. A dollar.”
 
“No way,”
 
“Two dollars?” I said hopefully.
 
She shook her head
 
“Three?”
 
“Half.”
 
“A half dollar?” I giggled. “Ok, sure.”
 
“No, I want half of everything you make cleaning pools.”
 
“What?!” I shrieked.
 
“That’s right, 50-50.”
 
“No way, not a chance! Get lost.”
 
“Ok,” she said in that you’re-going-to-regret-this tone of voice and started to walk away.
 
I swallowed. There was something stuck in my throat. Ok, you might even say it was pride. I swallowed my pride and called out, “Addie! Come back.”
 
“Yes, brother?” she teased.
 
“I’ll give you a third.”
 
She pretended to think about it, and then said, “No.”
 
“Forty percent.”
 
“No.”
 
“Forty! Addie, that’s a lot.” 
 
“I don’t want forty, I want to be your partner. An equal partner.”
 
“My partner?” I said sarcastically.
 
“That’s right. Your partner.”
“But you don’t know anything about cleaning pools. And you’re too little to carry heavy buckets of wet leaves.”
“And you don’t know how to draw. And it sure doesn’t seem like you know much about marketing either.”
“You want me to give you half of my business just because you can draw flyers? That hardly seems fair. I can get anyone to draw pictures of a pool for me.”
 
“It’s not just drawing, Chance. It told you, it’s called marketing. I have Mom’s phone ready to go, so we can take calls. I made a map of the neighborhood so we can write down which houses we visited and left flyers with, and what they said. I’ll find us new customers, if you make me your partner.”
I scratched my head. There was something appealing about what she was proposing. It was no fun knocking on doors all day in the hot sun, hoping someone needed their pool cleaned. “Ok, ok. Maybe we can do half of any new customer you bring.”
 
“No,” she said. “I want to be a full partner in the whole business, or I’m not interested.”
 
 
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Meet 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.
 
Connect with the Author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram ~ Goodreads
 
Tour Schedule:
 
Jan 11 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 12 – Character Madness and Musing – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 12 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 13 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 13 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 14 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 18 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 18 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Jan 19 – icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Jan 20 – Sandra’s Book Club – book review / giveaway
Jan 21 – @twilight_reader – book review / giveaway
Jan 24 – Books for Books – book review
Jan 25 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 26 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 26 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway
Jan 27 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 28 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Jan 31 – Kam’s Place – book review
 
Enter the Giveaway:
 
 
KIDVENTURE: TWELVE WEEKS TO MIDNIGHT BLUE Book Tour Giveaway
 
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Giveaway & Tour Happenstance Farms: A New Home by S. McMichael

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Join Us for This Tour:  January 11 to January 31, 2022Book Details:

Book Title: Happenstance Farms: A New Home by S. McMichael

Category: Children’s Fictions (ages 3-7), 32 pages

Genre: Children’s Picture BookPublisher: Ek-9 Solutions & Services, LLC

Release date: January 2022

Formats Available for Review: print – softback (USA only), e-book PDF

Tour dates: January 11 to January 31, 2022

Content Rating: G -Suitable for everyone.

Book Description:

​Change can be difficult, especially for Savanna. When she gets a new trainer at a new barn, she can’t help thinking about how much she’ll miss Colts & Company. More than that…she’s a little scared. What will happen when Savanna swallows her fear and takes a chance on Happenstance Farms?

A fun, relatable story about a girl and her pony, your child will love keeping up with the adventures at Happenstance Farms. With charming characters, lots of laughs, and social-emotional learning, this book is the perfect addition to any home or classroom library.


Buy the Book:
Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Happenstance Farms: A New Home by S. McMichael is an exciting and fun book for any child to read. Savannah is with a new trainer now that her old trainer has moved out of town. Savannah is a little nervous about her new adventure, but she soon finds out she loves her new trainer and the children there. She is meeting new friends at the new place.

McMichael does a nice job writing this sweet book. The characters are so well crafted. And I love how they developed beautiful during the story. Justo Borrero does a fabulous job with the illustrations. I love the bright vibrant colors on each page, it is all so beautiful. And a wonderful story for your child to read and have in their library. I think this special book would be a great addition to any school, and this book would be a great book for school library or classroom as well.

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

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Meet the Author:

McMichael serves as the Senior Manager and Information Technology Business Partner for Training Solutions and Global Training Systems & Services in Boeing Global Services. She is a disabled veteran with more than 16 years of domestic and international experience in air traffic management and operations.  

McMichael holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, a master’s certificate in project management, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Southern Illinois University. She is a recipient of TheBoeing Company CTO Technical Excellence Award, Women of Color in Technology“Rising Star” award, U.S. Air Force Air Traffic Training Achievement Award, and the International William A. Parenteau Memorial Award from the Air Traffic Control Association. McMichael serves on the Advisory Board of SSM St. Charles Health Center, and the Missouri Hunter Jumper Organization board.Tour Schedule:

Jan 11 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 11 – Character Madness and Musing – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 11 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 12 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Jan 12 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Jan 13 – @bujos_n_books – book review
Jan 13 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Jan 14 – @jayme_reads – book review
Jan 18 – Sandra’s Book Club – book review / giveaway
Jan 19 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
Jan 19 – @twilight_reader – book review
Jan 20 – Older & Smarter? – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 20 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review / giveaway
Jan 21 – Reading is My Passion – book review / giveaway
Jan 21 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Jan 24 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 24 – Books for Books – book review
Jan 25 – Kam’s Place – book review
​Jan 25 – icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Jan 26 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 26 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 27 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 27 – The Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 28 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway
Jan 31 – Westveil Publishing – book review / guest post / giveaway

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Girl with a Gun (An Annie Oakley Mystery) by Kari Bovee

 

 

Join us for this tour from Jan 10 to Feb 4, 2022!


Book Details:

Book Title: Girl with a Gun (An Annie Oakley Mystery) by Kari Bovee

Category:  Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 316 pages

Length: 9 hours, 24 minutes.

Genre:  Historical Mystery / Cozy Mystery

Publisher:  Bosque Publishing

Release date:   April 2020

Content Rating:  PG + M: Mature themes, mild swearing

 

Book Description:

She’s on the rise to fame and fortune, but her sudden notoriety comes with some deadly consequences.

Annie Oakley thrives as a sharpshooter in the Wild West Show. Finally, she has a chance to save her family’s farm—and make her dreams come true.

But her act misfires when she discovers her Indian assistant dead in her tent. Uncovering a shocking secret from her assistant’s past, the girl with the gun believes it’s murder. Determined to find the truth, she ruffles some horse feathers, making enemies along the trail.

​But, when her prized gelding is stolen, Annie realizes she might have been the target all along.

Can Little Miss Sure Shot save her equine friend and find the killer before everything she’s worked for is destroyed?

​If you like a cunning mystery, a feisty heroine, and a fast-paced plot that keeps the pages turning, you’ll love this wild ride with the iconic Annie Oakley in the saddle.

 
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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS AUDIO BOOK 

I have read several books by Kari Bovée’ and love them. Today I have the privilege to review the audio version of Girl With a Gun.  I thoroughly enjoyed this story of the sharpshooter Annie Oakley and learning more about her history in this book. This book is fiction, so parts of this story may not be exactly like the real story because Fiction  authors can take liberties with their stories, and this is important to remember while reading this book. I feel the author does an amazing job writing this story, creating characters I have grown to love, and a few that took me a while. All in all, the storyline and characters grew much as the story unfolds. I’m looking forward to listening to the next book in this series, which I will review here on my blog in a few days.

And now for the audio part of this review. Susanna Burney does a very nice job with the narration of this book. I like the way she changes her voice for the different sounds and characters. The expressions in her voice as she reads the story makes it more interesting to listen to.  I had no trouble listening to her smooth tones, she has a voice that is easy to listen to, which means everything when listening to an audiobook.

I am giving Girl with a Gun by Kari Bovee Four Stars. If you enjoy a good Cozy Mystery, you will love this book. I encourage you to check this one out! 

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

 

Interview with author Kari Bovée’

Annie Oakley is a fascinating person in history. Why did you choose her as a protagonist for your mystery novels?

I love learning about amazing and empowered women in history and those are the types of women I want to feature in my novels. We’ve seen depictions of Annie Oakley in plays and movies, but I always thought they portrayed her as rather one dimensional. Several years ago I saw a PBS American Experience special on her and I realized what an incredible person she was. Her life as a child was not an easy one, but she discovered early on she had a talent for something. Shooting. She shot game to help put food on the table and to sell to local merchants. After she won a shooting contest against Frank Butler, who became her husband, she started utilizing her talent and eventually became one of the most famous women in the world excelling at a sport that was dominated by men. And she did this without compromising herself in any way. She didn’t try to bend to anyone else’s ideal of what it was to be a celebrity, or a performer, or a person. She made her way in the world without being anyone other than herself, and that was tough for women in the 1800’s. 

All authors have a different path as they seek publication. What was your journey to publication like? 

Long! I’ve had a couple of agents throughout the years, but their vision for my career was different from mine. I opted to go with a hybrid publisher to get my feet wet, but now have my own imprint and publish my own books. That said, I didn’t go into independent publishing without thoroughly investigating it and learning as much as I could about it. And, I would never put a book out into the world without having a team of professionals helping me with editing, cover design, etc. It’s a lot of work, but I enjoy having ultimate control over my books and career.

Your Annie Oakley mystery series and your Grace Michelle mystery series deal with the Wild West and Roaring twenties, respectively. What do you think it is about those periods that capture our imagination?

 

Both eras represented a new freedom and a little bit of danger, and I think those two elements are captivating to people. The Wild West represented a completely new way of living. People moved west for new opportunities, to escape from the constraints of society, and to create their own futures. In the 1920’s there was economic prosperity. We were coming off of WWI and there was a certain optimism in the country. I think people collectively made the decision to live life to the fullest, to be wild and creative and free. Both eras created a new mindset for people, and that mindset and freedom created change and new opportunities for everyone, even those with dubious motives.

 

4. Which authors are your inspiration—in your writing life and/or your personal life? 

I’ve been inspired by so many. In my writing life of course the Grande Dame of mystery, Agatha Christie, is a great source of inspiration. I also like mystery writers Elizabeth George, M.C. Beaton, Anne Perry, Deanna Raybourn, Rhys Bowen, and Alyssa Maxwell. 

When I’m in the mood to completely escape reality I like to read some of the 19th century classic authors like the Bronte sisters, Jane Austen, and Elizabeth Gaskill. I never get tired of them!

 I’ve found Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic a wonderful source for inspiration and creativity, and I’ve worked through Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way a couple of times. 

In the third book in the series, Folly at the Fair, what kind of research was needed to portray the Chicago World’s Fair (the event that anchors this story), the era, and the characters in the book as accurately as possible?

I first started on the internet and tried to find as much as I could on Chicago and the Columbian Exposition (World’s Fair) of 1893. I also devoured Erik Larson’s Devil in the White City because he made mention of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show several times in that book. But, I really needed a map that would show me the layout of the fair and the grounds at and near Jackson Park. Luckily I found it in this amazing coffee table book titled Spectacle in the White City. It came complete with said map, and it also had tons of information about the buildings, the exhibits, and the people involved in creating such a wonderland. If I found someone or something interesting, then I would research that person, event, hotel, or whatever, and then decide if I wanted to put it into the book.

 

What else would you like readers to know?

If readers subscribe to my newsletter, they will get the prequel novella to the Annie Oakley series titled Shoot like a Girl (eBook). Just click here: http://eepurl.com/dD5mDr. 

They can also check out my website at https://www.Karibovee.com to learn about my other books.

I also have a Facebook Group called the Kari’s Reading Corner https://bit.ly/3533tqR and I’m building a community there, too. In both places they can find out about all of my news and upcoming releases, get to know my horses and dogs, and I also have a lot of fun giveaways, so come on over and join me!

 

 

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Book Details:

Book Title: Shoot Like a Girl (A PreQuel Novella to Girl With A Gun) by Kari Bovee

Category:  Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 84 pages

Length: 2 hrs, 14 minutes

Genre:  Historical Fiction, Cozy Mystery

Publisher:  Bosque Publishing

Release date:   November 2019

Formats available for review: audiobook (audible download), MOBI (for kindle), EPUB, PDF)

Tour dates: Jan 10 to Feb 4, 2022

Content Rating:  PG + M for mature themes and some swearing (damn, bitch)


Book Description:

She would do anything for her loved ones, even if it meant she’d be lost to them forever.

Young Annie Oakley never expected to be saddled with responsibility so soon. Following her father’s sudden death, the spirited girl finds herself shipped to a nearby county working for a couple promising a good wage. But when she discovers they are not what they seem, Annie suddenly fears her life may be in peril.

Determined to help her mother and siblings, she endures the hardships and mistreatment from the couple. But when that cruelty is targeted at the beautiful Buckskin horse who is her only friend, Annie decides to take matters into her own hands.

Will the spunky teen return to her loved ones, or will her decision land her in jail?

Shoot like a Girl is the prequel novella to the Annie Oakley mystery series. If you like a fiercely loyal heroine who won’t be anyone’s victim, then you’ll love Kari Bovée’s thrilling story of America’s best-loved sharpshooting sensation.

 

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 Book Details:

 

Book Title: Peccadillo at the Palace (An Annie Oakley Mystery) by Kari Bovee

Category:  Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 332 pages

Length: 9 hours, 52 minutes

Genre:  Historical Mystery, Cozy Mystery

Publisher:  Bosque Publishing

Release date:   April 2020

Formats available for review: audiobook (audible download), MOBI (for kindle), EPUB, PDF)

Tour dates: Jan 10 to Feb 4, 2022

Content Rating:  PG +M for mature themes, mild swearing


Book Description:

She’s outgunned her opponents at every turn, but will it be enough to solve a royal case of murder? Annie Oakley can’t believe her good fortune at an imperial invitation.

Queen Victoria wants Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show to perform for her Golden Jubilee. But during the voyage to England, a royal escort is murdered and the gun-slinging star finds herself at the center of an assassination plot against the crown.

Determined to catch the killer, Annie tracks down the clues. And by the time they reach London, she thinks she’s right on course. But when her husband falls mysteriously ill, and an assassination attempt is made on the queen, the sharpshooting amateur sleuth may find herself out to sea before her ship comes in.

Can the clever markswoman solve the double-barreled mystery before it’s too late?

Peccadillo at the Palace is the second novel in the Annie Oakley Mystery Series. If you like a fast-paced mystery with unexpected plot twists that will keep you guessing until the very end, you’ll love this riveting historical mystery featuring America’s favorite sure-shot.

 
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Book Details:

Book Title: Folly at the Fair (An Annie Oakley Mystery) by Kari Bovee

Category:  Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 322 pages

Length: 9 hours, 48 minutes

Genre:  Historical Mystery, Cozy Mystery

Publisher:  Bosque Publishing

Release date:   June 2020

Formats available for review: audiobook (audible download), MOBI (for kindle), EPUB, PDF)

Tour dates: Jan 10 to Feb 4, 2022

Content Rating:  PG +M for mature themes, mild swearing


Book Description:

She never misses a target. But unless she can solve this murder, she’ll become one…

Chicago World’s Fair, 1893. “Little Sure Shot” Annie Oakley is exhausted from her work with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. But when a fellow performer scuffles with a man who threatens her harm, she has to keep

her eyes peeled. And when the heckler is found dead under the Ferris Wheel, Annie won’t rest until she proves her defender is innocent.

Before she can rustle up any clues, an old friend asks Annie to protect her young daughter. And as more bodies turn up around the grounds, she’s going to need all her sharpshooting skills just to stay alive.

Can Annie live up to her reputation and put a bullseye on the killer?

Folly at the Fair is the third book in the Annie Oakley mystery series. If you like strong heroines, Wild West adventures, and suspenseful twists and turns, then you’ll love Kari Bovée’s fast-paced

whodunit.

 
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Meet the Author:

 

 

When she’s not on a horse, or walking along the beautiful cottonwood-laden acequias of Corrales, New Mexico; or basking on white sand beaches under the Big Island Hawaiian sun, Kari Bovee is escaping into the past—scheming murder and mayhem for her characters both real and imagined, and helping them to find order in the chaos of her

action-packed novels. Bovee writes the award-winning Annie Oakley Mystery Series and the Grace Michelle Mystery Series, and has more ideas than time for many, many more.

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Tour Schedule:

Jan 10 – Mystery Review Crew – books spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Jan 10 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway

Jan 10 – StoreyBook Reviews – book review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway

Jan 11 – Cover Lover Book Review – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway

Jan 11 – I’m All About Books – book series tour / giveaway

Jan 11 – Splashes of Joy – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / author interview / giveaway

Jan 11 – Lamon Reviews – book review of GIRL WITH A GUN / author interview / giveaway

Jan 12 – Kam’s Place – book series spotlight

Jan 12 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book series spotlight / giveaway

Jan 12 – History from a Woman’s Perspective – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN

Jan 12 – 411 ON BOOKS, AUTHORS, AND PUBLISHING NEWS – book series spotlight / giveaway

Jan 13 – My Bookish Bliss – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway

Jan 13 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL / giveaway

Jan 13 – History from a Woman’s Perspective – audiobook review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL

Jan 14 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN

Jan 18 – Splashes of Joy – audiobook review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL / giveaway

Jan 18 – She Just Loves Books – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN

Jan 18 – History from a Woman’s Perspective – audiobook review of PECCADILLO AT THE PALACE

Jan 18 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – audiobook review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL

Jan 18 – Literary Flits – book review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway

Jan 18 – PuzzlePaws Blog – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway

Jan 19 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of PECCADILLO AT THE PALACE / giveaway

Jan 19 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway

Jan 19 – History from a Woman’s Perspective – audiobook review of FOLLY AT THE FAIR

Jan 20 – My Bookish Bliss – audiobook review of FOLLY AT THE FAIR / giveaway

Jan 20 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL / giveaway

Jan 21 – StoreyBook Reviews – book review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL / giveaway

Jan 21 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of FOLLY AT THE FAIR / giveaway

Jan 21 – Faith And Books – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway

Jan 21 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – audiobook review of PECCADILLO AT THE PALACE

Jan 24 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway

Jan 24 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – audiobook review of FOLLY AT THE FAIR

Jan 25 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL / giveaway

Jan 25 – Splashes of Joy – audiobook review of PECCADILLO AT THE PALACE / giveaway

Jan 25 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of PECCADILLOW AT THE PALACE / giveaway

Jan 26 – Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / author interview / giveaway

Jan 26 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of FOLLY AT THE FAIR / giveaway

Jan 26 – Chit Chat with Charity – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / author interview / giveaway

Jan 26 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book series spotlight / giveaway

Jan 27 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book series spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Jan 27 – Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews – audiobook review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL /  giveaway

Jan 27 – Literary Flits – book review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL / giveaway

Jan 28 – Faith And Books – audiobook review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL / giveaway

Jan 28 – Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews – audiobook review of PECCADILLO AT THE PALACE /  giveaway

Jan 28 – Books for Books – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN

Jan 31 – Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews – audiobook review of FOLLY AT THE FAIR /  giveaway

Jan 31 – Books for Books – audiobook review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL

Feb 1 – Buried Under Books – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway

Feb 1 – @twilight_reader – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN

Feb 1 – Books for Books – audiobook review of PECCADILLO AT THE PALACE

Feb 2 – Chit Chat with Charity – audiobook review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL / giveaway

Feb 2 – Adventurous Jessy -book review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway

Feb 2 – @twilight_reader – audiobook review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL

Feb 2 – Books for Books – audiobook review of FOLLY AT THE FAIR

Feb 2 – PuzzlePaws Blog – audiobook review of PECCADILLO AT THE PALACE / giveaway

Feb 3 – Westveil Publishing – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway

Feb 3 – Adventurous Jessy -book review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL / giveaway

Feb 3 – @twilight_reader – audiobook review of PECCADILLO AT THE PALACE

Feb 4 – Splashes of Joy – audiobook review of FOLLY AT THE FAIR / giveaway

Feb 4 – Adventurous Jessy -book review of PECCADILLO AT THE PALACE / giveaway

Feb 4 – @twilight_reader – audiobook review of FOLLY AT THE FAIR

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Finally a Vegan: My Journey to Veganuary and Beyond by Stephanie Jane

Join Us for this Tour: January 4 to January 24, 2022
 
Book Details:

Book Title:  Finally a Vegan: My Journey to Veganuary and Beyond by Stephanie Jane
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+), 118 pages
Genre:  Memoir, Food & Cookery, Lifestyle
Publisher:  Self-Published
Release date:   December 2020
Content Rating:  PG 13 + M   Finally

 A Vegan includes one ‘bl**dy’ (starred out as written) and one 

slightly-shocking-but-not-graphic reference to a duck farming video.

 

  Book Description:
Stephanie took part in Veganuary, the month-long global challenge to try veganism, for January 2019. In Finally a Vegan she describes how her changing attitudes to animal welfare and exploitation led her from staunch omnivore to vegetarianism in the preceding years. She recalls her excitement at taking part in the challenge itself and shares her daily food diary, failures as well as triumphs.

Drawing on her post-Veganuary experiences, Stephanie then responds to the common questions But isn’t it expensive? But surely it isn’t healthy? and But what about my boots? before honestly asking herself How vegan do I want to be?

Ideal for vegan-curious readers, Finally a Vegan is an insightful memoir inspired by one life-changing month.

10% of Finally A Vegan profits will be donated to vegan projects and charities.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

I have always wondered what it would be like being a Vegan. In a world where no one around me gives thoughts on eating meat, this book was an eye opener and surprisingly interesting read. Stephanie Jane does a marvelous job  telling her readers the truth about her struggles as well as the bright times she had as she transformed her life to become a vegan. 

This book has everything you need if you are truly interested in the vegan lifestyle. There are so many recipes here, I am sure going to try out some of them. And in addition there are many websites here that can help you and answer your questions. This book is getting Four Stars from me. I encourage you to check out Finally a Vegan: My Journey to Veganuary and Beyond by Stephanie Jane. And see for yourself everything that is in this great read.

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

 

Meet the Author:


Reader, wanderer, vegan.

 

Stephanie

 Jane has been an avid reader for as long as she can remember. She loves discovering new authors from all around the world and is happiest when engrossed in a compelling novel with tea and cake to hand.

Raised in Sussex, England, Stephanie developed a wanderlust in her late twenties. She spends her time exploring the UK and Western Europe with 

her partner, setting out on foot or bicycle from their almost-vintage motorhome, and firmly believes everywhere has something worth seeing if we slow down enough to appreciate its smallest details.

Stephanie has been vegan since 2019 and strives to incorporate zero waste ideals into her life. She enjoys browsing vintage clothing shops and would 

collect antique kitchenware if she ever again lives in a house with enough space.

Connect with the Author:  Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest ~ Goodreads

 
Tour Schedule:

Jan 4 –
Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 4 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 4 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight
Jan 5 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 5 – Olio by Marilyn – book review / giveaway
Jan 6 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 6 – @twilight_reader – book review
Jan 7 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 10 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Jan 11 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Jan 12 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 13 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 14 – Ebook addicts – book review / giveaway
Jan 17 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Jan 18 – Based on a True Story – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 19 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 20 – @soph_life.pages – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 21 – The Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 24 – Books for Books – book spotlight

 

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Finally a Vegan: My Journey to Veganuary and Beyond Book Tour Giveaway

 

 

 

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The Lizard Who Loves A Blizzard by Shelley Larkin and Michael John Sullivan

Join Us for This Tour from January 4 to January 31!

 

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Lizard Who Loves A Blizzard by Shelley Larkin and Michael John Sullivan
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  36 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
PublisherMagic Everywhere Inc. 
Release date:  September 2021
Content Rating:  Rated G. Suitable for everyone

  Book Description:

Larry the Lizard has always dreamed of snow. The only problem is, he lives in Australia. Find out what happens when a lizard gets a very silly idea… and it finally comes true. Join Larry and his friends as they 

skid, skate, slide and have an adventure in this wonderful ride. ​

 
 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Wow! I love The Lizard Who Loves A Blizzard by Shelley Larkin and Michael John Sullivan. This adorable story about a Lizzard that wants to see snow will sure win your children over this winter. Larry the Lizzard wished and wished for snow to come until one day, yes, you guessed it right. One day it started snowing. I so much enjoyed the little journey with Lizzy the Lizzard as he shows all of his friends it is snowing and his friends agreed with him as they watched h I s excitement, and most of his friends were just and excited. I feel using an animal like the lizzard is a very clever idea from these authors. The illustrations by Yanaisy Puentes Cruz are so adorable. I love the vibrant colors both on the cover and inside the book. I also love the characters expressions the illustrator captures. The illustrations sure help bring this story to life and your children will love how the illustrations and story fit together so very well. I think this would be a perfect book for elementary school libraries as well as classrooms and daycare classrooms. You sont want to miss this precious book, a book I’m giving Five Stars. I strongly encourage you to check this one out. 

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

 

Guest Post from Shelley Larkin

 

Are Writers Afraid to Share What’s in Their Hearts and Minds – Writers should share their unique ideas without fear

Some of my proudest moments in writing are when I’ve authored a book that stirs the imaginations of the reader as well as creates a discussion filled with intellectual conversation. I’m afraid we have slipped in recent years to respect one another’s opinions or conclusions. 

We live today in a judgmental society, and it’s enhanced by the toxic social platforms that are readily available for confrontations to accelerate and for hate to thrive between readers who have never even met. 

It’s a whipsaw of fanatic frenzy, people assuming the worst of one another, snapping verbally if you do not share the same opinion. Whatever happened to an intellectual, give and take, discussion without the constant clashes? 

In the past, writers were unafraid to stand alone in the crowd and express what others may truly feel but didn’t have the courage to say. In fact, it’s how to stir the consciousness of the masses. 

Today, if you write a story that shares an opposite thought, there is no dialogue. There is no give and take. It’s their way or the highway. 

I encourage and authors to use your pens and computers to share unique stories and ideas. 

Write without fear. 

Push forward with ideas others may not possess the same will to explore. Society is enriched by various ideas. Society loses when we are conformed to think alike and if you do not believe like he or she, you should be silenced. 

Do not let anyone silence you. I may not agree with you on what you may write, but I’ll be the first to stand by you and protect your First Amendment right. 

If we do not protect the First Amendment, this country is no different than any tyrannical society. 

The First Amendment is for you as it is for me. 

Your pen is your sword. Use it without fear.

 
 
Meet the Authors:
 
Michael John Sullivan is the co-creator of The Lizard Who Loves a Blizzard, Nick Knitley and The SockKids. He is also co-developing three other animation series, including the Dr. Neverme and Dinomike projects. Sullivan has written several children’s books, including a Digimon series book with HarperCollins Publishing. In addition, Michael has written five novels, receiving awards and best-selling status.His first book, Necessary Heartbreak, was published by Simon & Schuster and was named by the prestigious Library Journal as one of the best books in 2010. Sullivan previously advocated for the homeless, drawing off of his own experience of riding the New York City trains at night for one winter. He has written articles about the plight for CNN.com, The Washington Post website, The Huffington Post, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and Patch.com. Before he took up living among his animated characters, Michael worked for ESPN, Rival.com, Scout.com, and the Sporting News, covering high school and college basketball. He is a former board member of the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless.

 

 

 

 

Shelley Larkin is the co-creator of The Lizard Who Loves a Blizzard, Nick Knitley and The SockKids, and is co-developing other animation series with Michael, including the Dr. Neverme and Dinomike projects. Shelley is involved in all aspects of the animation ventures, including marketing and promotions, and merchandising of books, videos and other products.One of Shelley’s passions is the Destination Imagination (DI) worldwide learning program for kids K-12, where she served as Director in the greater Sacramento area. Focused on creative problem-solving techniques, hundreds of thousands of children are served by the program each year, supported by thousands of volunteers. Shelley was presented with the DI Spirit of Discovery Award in recognition of her outstanding commitment and devotion to the global program. Michael and Shelley’s initial collaboration was co-authoring a children’s short story, “The Sock Kids Stand Up Against Bullying”, a nationally distributed book developed in concert with Destination Imagination. This story creates awareness of an important life lesson for children, and shows how The SockKids can deliver these messages through animation and books. ​

connect with the authors: website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ goodread
 
 
 
Tour Schedule:

 

​Jan 4 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 4 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 5 – Booking with Janelle – book review
Jan 6 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 7 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Jan 7 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 10 – My Bookish Bliss – book review
Jan 11 – Sandra’s Book Club – book review / giveaway
Jan 11 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 12 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Jan 12 – @twilight_reader – book review
Jan 13 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book review / giveaway
Jan 13 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review / giveaway
Jan 14 – Kam’s Place – book review
Jan 18 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 19 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 20 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 20 – Westveil Publishing – book review / giveaway
Jan 21 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 24 – Reading is My Passion – book review / giveaway
Jan 24 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Jan 25 – icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Jan 25 – The Adventure of a Traveler’s Wife – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 26 – Triquetra Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 27 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Jan 28 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
Jan 28 – I’m Into Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 31 – Books for Books – book review
Jan 31 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway 

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 The Lizard Who Loves A Blizzard Book Tour Giveaway

 

 

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Tour and Giveaway for Sometimes When I’m Sad by Deborah Serani

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Book Details:
Book Title:  Sometimes When I’m Sad by Deborah Serani
Category:  Children’s Non-Fiction (Ages 3-7)
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Free Spirit Publishing, 40 pages
Release date:   April 2020
Content Rating:  G.  Rated G.


Book Description:

“Sometimes
When I’m Sad” is a sensitive and supportive story to help your children recognize and cope with sadness. Written by psychologist, Deborah Serani, Psy.D. and illustrated by Kyra Teis, this award-winning children’s book is also an invaluable resource for parents, teachers, caregivers and other mental health professionals. “Sometimes When I’m Sad” has been endorsed by Jo Frost, The Supernanny and pediatric depression expert ,Dr. Joan Luby.
 
 
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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Yesterday I reviewed the wonderful book Sometimes When I’m Mad by Deborah Serani. Today I am reviewing another book by Deborah Serani, Sometimes When I’m Sad. Sadness is something we all face, and Serani does another awesome job of writing this book to help children cope with the feelings of sadness. A few of the things this book suggest when you are sad is throwing a ball instead of throwing toys, or talk to someone such as a family member, friend or counselor. 

This is a really great book for when your child is sad. The story is simple yet with so many valuable lessons within the pages. And the illustrations by Kyra Teis help bring the story to life with the perfect illustrations on each page to match the story. I love that the colors inside and on the cover match the moods of the storyline. Sometimes When I’m Sad. Is perfect for elementary and daycare classrooms. And even though this book is written for children, I think adults can benefit from the valuable lessons here in this book.

In the back of this book there is so much information that tells you how to deal with children who are sad. I think this book it very well worth purchasing. I highly recommend this book to anyone with children. This one 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.

Meet the Author:  

Deborah

Serani, Psy.D. is psychologist in practice over 30 years. She is also a

senior professor at Adelphi University and has been published in

academic journals on many psychological subjects. Dr. Serani is a go-to

expert for psychological issues. Her interviews can be found at ABC

News, CNN, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Reader’s

Digest, The Washington Post and USA Today, and affiliate radio station

programs at CBS and NPR, just to name a few. She is also a TEDx speaker

and has lectured nationally and internationally. Dr. Serani has worked

as a technical advisor for the NBC television show, Law & Order:

Special Victims Unit – where a recurring character, Judge D. Serani, was

named for her. Dr. Serani is an award-winning author, writing about

psychological topics in many genres.

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


Tour Schedule:

Jan 4 – The Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 4 – Rockin Book Reviews – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 5 – Splashes of Joy – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 5 – Kam’s Place – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 6 – Splashes of Joy – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 6 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 7 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 7 – Kam’s Place – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 10 –Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 11 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 11 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 12 – Pause for Tales – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 12 – She Just Loves Books – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 13 – Pause for Tales – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 13 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 14 – The Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 18 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 18 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 19 – Rockin Book Reviews – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 20 –Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 21 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 24 – She Just Loves Books – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD

 

 

Tour and Giveaway Sometimes When I’m Mad by Deborah Serani

Join Us for This Tour:  January 4 to January 24
 
Book Details:

 

Book Title:  Sometimes When I’m Mad by Deborah Serani
Category:  Children’s Non-Fiction (Ages 3-7)
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Free Spirit Publishing, 40 pages
Release date:   January 2022
Content Rating:  G.  Rated G.

 
Book Description:
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Award-winning author and psychologist Dr. Deborah Serani and illustrator Kyra TeTei team up again for a companion to “Sometimes When I’m Sad” that tactackle the difficult feeling of anger. “Sometimes When I’m Mad” describes a child’s experience with anger and the many ways it can surface, along with ways children – and adults who love them – can use anger management techniques.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Sometimes When I’m Mad by Deborah Serani is a really cute fantastic book that teaches children what to do and how to change their feelings when they are feeling mad. One of the things papa tells is little girl to do when she feels mad is to lay down for a while, and she does, and it makes her feel better. There are many more examples in the book and with the help of her mom, grandma, grandpa and teacher, this little girl gets help that makes her feel better.

I think this book is good for any child at any age. Everyone feels mad at times, and the valuable lessons in the book can be helpful for anyone. Serani dies a fabulous job writing this book, teaching lessons that are so valuable to learn. The sweet and beautiful illustrations by Kyra Teis brings this story to life on the pages as each page fits perfectly together. I love that the colors fit so well with the mood of each page in this book. I really adore this hardcover book and I encourage you to pick up this book for your child. I feel this will also go very well in elementary school library as well as daycare libraries. This is definitely one you want your child to have. I’m giving this one Five Stars!

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

 
 
Also Available from Dr. Deborah Serani:
 

 

Book Details:

 

Book Title:  Sometimes When I’m Sad by Deborah Serani
Category:  Children’s Non-Fiction (Ages 3-7)
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Free Spirit Publishing, 40 pages
Release date:   April 2020
Content Rating:  G.  Rated G.


Book Description:

“Sometimes

 

 When I’m Sad” is a sensitive and supportive story to help young 

children recognize and cope with sadness. Written by psychologist, 

Deborah Serani, Psy.D. and illustrated by Kyra Teis, this award-winning 

children’s book is also an invaluable resource for parents, teachers, 

caregivers and other mental health professionals. “Sometimes When I’m 

Sad” has been endorsed by Jo Frost, The Supernanny and pediatric 

depression expert ,Dr. Joan Luby.

 

 
 
 

 

 

Meet the Author:  

Deborah

 

 Serani, Psy.D. is psychologist in practice over 30 years. She is also a

 senior professor at Adelphi University and has been published in 

academic journals on many psychological subjects. Dr. Serani is a go-to 

expert for psychological issues. Her interviews can be found at ABC 

News, CNN, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Reader’s 

Digest, The Washington Post and USA Today, and affiliate radio station 

programs at CBS and NPR, just to name a few. She is also a TEDx speaker 

and has lectured nationally and internationally. Dr. Serani has worked 

as a technical advisor for the NBC television show, Law & Order: 

Special Victims Unit – where a recurring character, Judge D. Serani, was

 named for her. Dr. Serani is an award-winning author, writing about 

psychological topics in many genres.

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

 


  Tour Schedule:

Jan 4 – The Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 4 – Rockin Book Reviews – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 5 – Splashes of Joy – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 5 – Kam’s Place – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 6 – Splashes of Joy – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 6 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 7 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 7 – Kam’s Place – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 10 –Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 11 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 11 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 12 – Pause for Tales – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 12 – She Just Loves Books – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 13 – Pause for Tales – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 13 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 14 – The Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 18 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 18 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 19 – Rockin Book Reviews – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 20 –Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 21 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 24 – She Just Loves Books – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD

 
 
 

 

His Road to Redemption by Lisa Jordan

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Welcome to the Blog Tour for His Road to Redemption by Lisa Jordan , hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

His Road to Redemption

Title: His Road to Redemption

Series: Holland Brothers

Author: Lisa Jordan

Publisher: Love Inspired

Release Date: December 28, 2021

Genre: Contemporary Christian romance

A veteran in need of a fresh start

will get more than he bargained for…

Veteran Micah Holland’s scars go deeper than anyone knows. An inheritance from his mentor could be a new beginning—if he shares the inherited goat farm with fiercely independent Paige Watson. Now the only way they can keep the farm is to work together. But first Micah must prove he’s a changed man to keep his dream and the woman he’s falling for.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Micah has avoided home for so long because he doesn’t think his family wants him there, but the death of his neighbor brings him home again, despite what the family thinks. Surprisingly, his neighbor leaves Micah enough to fulfill his longtime dreams, but there’s a catch to it that Micah is not sure he can fulfill. Working with Paige on the goat farm isn’t something he really cares to do.

I have really enjoyed Lisa Jordan’s books in the past, and this one is another awesome read by Jordan. I love that her characters have that realistic feeling, seeming like part of our family. As the story unfolds, the other and the characters develop so well. I really like the prodigal son story that was Micha. He is definitely not the person who left so long ago after loosing his mother. But he needs to prove this to everyone in order to feel accepted. Paige has her shaded past as well. These two have their work cut out for them. And for me it was so much fun to follow Paige and Micah as their lives begin to change and their relationship developed. I love books that offer second chances and this one is an awesome read!! I’m giving His Road to Redemption by Lisa Jordan Five Stars.

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

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lisa Jordan

Heart, home, and faith have always been important to Lisa Jordan, so writing stories with those elements come naturally. She writes contemporary Christian novels for Love Inspired that promise hope and happily ever after. Happily married to her own real-life hero for almost thirty-two years, Lisa and her husband have two grown sons. When she isn’t writing, Lisa enjoys family time, good books, and being creative with photos, fibers, papers, and words. Learn more about her at lisajordanbooks.com.

CONNECT WITH LISA: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a $20 Amazon gift card, a signed copy of His Road to Redemption, and hand-stamped goat cards!

His Road to Redemption JustRead Blog Tour Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight January 3, 2021 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on January 10, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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A Heart Adrift by Laura Frantz

ABOUT THIS BOOK

It is 1755, and the threat of war with France looms over colonial York, Virginia. Chocolatier Esmée Shaw is fighting her own battle of the heart. Having reached her twenty-eighth birthday, she is reconciled to life alone after a decade-old failed love affair from which she’s never quite recovered. But she longs to find something worthwhile to do with her life.Captain Henri Lennox has returned to port after a lengthy absence, intent on completing the lighthouse in the dangerous Chesapeake Bay, a dream he once shared with Esmée. But when the colonial government asks him to lead a secret naval expedition against the French, his future is plunged into uncertainty.Will a war and a cache of regrets keep them apart, or can their shared vision and dedication to the colonial cause heal the wounds of the past? Bestselling and award-winning author Laura Frantz whisks you away to a time fraught with peril–on the sea and in the heart–in this redemptive, romantic story.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

A Heart Adrift  By Laura Frantz –  Five Stars

I haven’t read a Laura Frantz book for a while so I was more than thrilled with the chance to read A Heart Adrift. The amazing book cover drew me in from the beginning. Isn’t it just stunning? And now for the story. Set in 1755 colonial York, Va., Chocolatier Esmée Shaw runs her mom’s Chocolate shop. I love her character because she has such a caring personality, always willing to help those in need. And always thinking of her old fame Henri and wonder if she will ever see him again. Will the war, the distance and the years keep the two apart forever? Esmée is just the sweetest. I enjoyed getting to know her so much, and oh my, all that Chocolate! I could literally smell the chocolate as I read this book. Henri had to grow on me somewhat, but I found that the two are just perfect together. The attention to vivid details takes this book to a different level. Author Laura Frantz does a fantastic job of research as well as creating wonderful characters and writing a story her readers will not soon forget. I can’t seem to get Esmée and Henri off my mind. I am sure I will be reading this one again in the near future. I think anyone who enjoys a good clean historical fiction with elements of faith running through will love this book. A Hearts Adrift by Laura Frantz deserves Five Stars from me. 

This book was provided courtesy of Revell through Interviews & Reviews for my honest opinion.

Award-winning, bestselling author Laura Frantz is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. Frantz lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky.According to Publishers Weekly, “Frantz has done her historical homework.” With her signature attention to historical detail and emotional depth, she is represented by Janet Kobobel Grant, Literary Agent & Founder, Books & Such Literary Agency of Santa Rosa, California. Readers can find Laura Frantz at www.laurafrantz.netFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/laurafrantzauthorTwitter: https://twitter.com/LFrantzauthorPinterest: http://pinterest.com/laurafrantz/Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/laurafrantzaut

Giveaway and Tour Wish Upon a Star by

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About the Book

Book: Wish Upon a Star

Author: Jennifer Sienes

Genre: Christmas Christian Women’s Fiction

Release date: November 9, 2021

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Fairy tales and wishing upon stars are for those who still believe in romance.

Sometimes misplaced trust injures more than ourselves, and doesn’t Elaina Hensley know it. When her oldest daughter is left suffering the consequences, Elaina vows to protect her girls at any cost. Nothing, not even her own happiness, will sway her again.

Or will it?

She’s got this protective self-denial down pat–right up to the moment her best friend’s brother arrives on the scene like a fairytale knight, vowing to slay all her dragons. She must—she will resist.

However, when her worst nightmare comes back to haunt her, Elaina has to admit she needs that white knight on her side.

Click here to get your copy!



MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

In Wish Upon a Star, Jennifer Sienes gives readers a very beautiful story of how we can learn to trust people, even though it is very difficult. I love this story and love following Ryan and Elaina, and especially Eliana and all of her struggles. Ryan was a sweetheart and perfect for Eliana, even though it took her a while. The author does such a fabulous job dealing with such sensitive and harsh realities, and does it in a way it doesn’t defend, but brings those involved closer to the Lord. I love how Jennifer Sienes weaves the Christian life into her characters, and in this case shows that God can forgive and He is the giver of second chances. I didn’t read the previous book with some of these characters but I didn’t have a problem reading this one as a stand alone. If you enjoy a good clean story of love and forgiveness, this is one you don’t want to pass up.

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

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

Do you remember what Christmas was like as a child? I do. Some of my fondest memories come that holiday when I was growing up. There was a deep sense of family and tradition that I desperately wanted to instill in my own children. No small part of that was the innocence that came from being protected by the harsh realities of life. I envisioned growing old with the grands and great-grands gathered around a Christmas tree bursting with ornaments and sharing the customary Christmas dinner.

My future didn’t quite pan out the way I’d envisioned it. What was it John Lennon said? “Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans.” Or if you want to keep with the Biblical viewpoint: In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps (Proverbs 16:9)

Although my innocence went by the wayside as I became an adult, I held onto that dream until the Christmas morning my first husband announced he was leaving me. It was then I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ. He anchored me in the following months along with my full-time teaching job, two teenage children, and a mother who was dying of leukemia. It wasn’t until October rolled around when my then seventeen-year-old son burst into my bedroom early one morning and said, “I just realized, Christmas will never be the same” that it hit me. I wasn’t the only one affected. For him, the dream died much too early. He was right—when splitting time between divorced parents, things get rather disjointed and complicated. Christmas was never the same for any of us.

But our God is a God of redemption. He takes our brokenness and disappointments and uses them for our good and His glory. Wish Upon A Star isn’t the traditional Christmas story you might find on the Hallmark channel. It’s about a broken family in need of a merciful Savior, and one woman in need of a white knight.

Just like Elaina Hensley, the main character, God had a more perfect plan for my life, too. Without the brokenness we cannot be made whole through Him to be who He calls us to be. In the years since that fateful Christmas morning, He’s given me my own white knight, a godly husband who loves to serve, and the opportunity to follow another childhood dream—to write the stories He’s laid on my heart.

Blog Stops

lakesidelivingsite, December 17

Texas Book-aholic, December 18

Stephanie’s life of Determination, December 18

Inklings and notions, December 19

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 20

For Him and My Family, December 21

deb’s Book Review, December 22

Locks, Hooks and Books, December 23

By the Book, December 24

Splashes of Joy, December 25

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, December 26

Older & Smarter?, December 27

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, December 28

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, December 28

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, December 29

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

Genesis 5020, December 30

Giveaway

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

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

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Giveaway and Tour The Amish Outcast’s Holiday Return by Lacy Williams

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About the Book

Book: The Amish Outcast’s Holiday Return

Author: Lacy Williams

Genre: Contemporary Christian romance / Amish romance

Release date: November 1, 2021

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Torn between family loyalty

and her dreams for the future…

Grace Beiler’s shocked when Zach Miller arrives at her family’s farmhouse seeking forgiveness for his teenage mistake that cost her sister’s fiancé his life. But when her father gives Zach a job, Grace gets to know the man he’s become…and starts to want more than friendship. Can love bloom amid hidden secrets and family grief, and give them a fresh start at Christmas?

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

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Lacy Williams wishes her writing career was more like what you see on Hallmark movies: dreamy brainstorming from a French chateau or a few minutes at the computer in a million-dollar New York City penthouse. In reality, she’s up before the sun, putting words on the page before her kids wake up for the day. Those early-morning and late-night writing sessions add up, and Lacy has published fifty books in almost a decade, first with a big five publisher and then as an indie author. When she needs to refill the well, you can find Lacy birdwatching, gardening, biking with the kiddos, or walking the dog. Find tons of bonus scenes and reader extras by becoming a VIP reader at http://www.lacywilliams.net/vip .

More from Lacy

The Best Part of a Barn Raising

Have you ever had your community rally around you? Maybe some of your friends threw you a baby shower. Maybe your church helped with a meal train when you were ill for a time. Maybe you played sports and raised money together as a team.

Has your community ever built you a house?

I’ve written lots of historical books. I’ve written a barn-raising or two into my books. Until I started researching for THE AMISH OUTCAST’S HOLIDAY RETURN, I didn’t realize that community “raising” events still happened in 2021. They do!

In some Amish communities, builders will gather all the materials for the house or barn and on (usually) a Saturday, the entire community will gather to build the whole structure. There’s a really cool timelapse of a barn raising on YouTube that you can check out.

I’ve always loved writing about these events because of the community aspect. We need human connection and there’s something special about having your community surround you and show their love in a tangible way. Imagine walking into your home that your friends built for you. Every time you walked over the threshold you could remember the friend who built the door frame. When it storms, you could appreciate the roof over your head that many friends helped stretch the frame for. What an amazing feeling of belonging.

Of course, barn raisings and house raisings wouldn’t be complete without the food. Typically, the women and girls put together a giant potluck for the men and boys who are doing the physical work of building the structure. Brainstorming for this always makes me remember church potlucks when I was a child. Our church met at the local 4-H building. We would stretch out folding tables and chairs in long rows. And the food. Pasta salad. Fried chicken. Chocolate cake!

(I also remember roller skating in the back of the massive building with my friends, but that is a whole other story…).

Memories and friendships are forged at church potlucks and barn raisings. And when you are on the inside, it creates a lovely sense of belonging. But the hero in THE AMISH OUTCAST’S HOLIDAY RETURN, Zach, is not on the inside. He’s an outsider who has come home and is searching for a place to belong. The barn raising/potluck is the moment when heroine Grace sees a hint of vulnerability in Zach—because he wants to belong. It changes everything in their new acquaintanceship.

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Tour and Giveaway Saving Mrs. Roosevelt by Candice Sue Patterson

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About the Book

Book: Saving Mrs. Roosevelt

Author: Candice Sue Patterson

Genre: Christian Fiction/Historical/Adventure

Release date: December, 2021

9781636090894

Shirley Davenport is as much a patriot as her four brothers. She, too, wants to aid her country in the war efforts, but opportunities for women are limited. When her best friend Joan informs her that the Coast Guard has opened a new branch for single women, they both enlist in the SPARs, ready to help protect the home front.

Training is rigorous, and Shirley is disappointed that she and Joan are sent to separate training camps. At the end of basic training, Captain Webber commends her efforts and commissions her home to Maine under the ruse of a dishonorable discharge to help uncover a plot against the First Lady.

Shirley soon discovers nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust? Why do the people she loves want to harm the First Lady? With the help of Captain Webber, it’s a race against time to save Mrs. Roosevelt and remain alive.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Saving Mrs. Roosevelt, by Candice Sue Patterson, is another story in the Heroines of WWII series from Barbour Publishing. Before reading this book, I didn’t know about the WWII women’s Coast Guard Reserve, which are called SPARs. I found it very interesting reading about what these women do to help during WWII. In this book, the mission was to save Mrs. Roosevelt from the harm that was coming her way. Shirley plays her part well as she was thought to be dishonorable discharge to uncover a plot against Mrs. Roosevelt. But can Shirley really trust those she is working for? I enjoy reading books about the First Ladies and this is one that will stay with me. The characters were so realistic, I loved reading this interesting story. The plot was well thought out and flows well, with enough interest to keep me reading to the very end. If you enjoy reading about our first ladies, this is a really good one to start with. I give this one four stars.

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

About the Author

CandicePatterson

Candice Sue Patterson studied at the Institute of Children’s Literature and is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons in a restored farmhouse overtaken by books. When she’s not tending to her chickens, splitting wood, or decorating cakes, she’s working on a new story. Candice writes Modern Vintage Romance—where the past and present collide with faith. Her debut novel How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart was a 2012 ACFW First Impressions finalist and made INSPYs Longlist for 2016.

More from Candice

The idea for Saving Mrs. Roosevelt literally came overnight. I had just finished writing a contemporary romance set in Maine, centered around a harbor town where lobstering is prevalent. My agent called me and told me about the Heroines of WWII series and asked if I’d be interested in writing a WWII novel. If so, I needed to come up with a story and proposal fast because spots were limited and filling quickly. My mind was so consumed with research of the lobster industry that I felt I couldn’t clear my brain fast enough to come up with another story on such short notice. That’s when I started wondering how I could take the knowledge I already had and make it work for a WWII novel. I googled Maine during WWII, came across an article that mentioned the SPARs, and the idea for Saving Mrs. Roosevelt was born.

I don’t want to give too much away, but the Nancy Drew deep inside me figured out a unique way to merge lobstering with espionage.

Though the plot is purely fiction, there are some characters and events that are historically accurate that were fun to include as well. I love Maine, but I’m Hoosier born and raised, and in my SPAR research, I discovered that Dorothy C. Stratton–the woman the Coast Guard asked to direct the SPARs–was the Dean of Women at Purdue University in Indiana. She was a woman of true character, grace, and strength. I knew right away she needed a cameo in my story.

Within twenty-four hours of receiving my agent’s call, I had plotted the entire story and sent a proposal. Weeks went by, and as fall ushered in its beautiful colors, my husband surprised me with a trip to Monhegan Island, Maine. We walked the trails, ate amazing seafood, and took in the gorgeous view. While on the island, my agent called again, this time to let me know that Barbour had contracted Saving Mrs. Roosevelt. What a special moment it was to be standing on the very shoreline where the book is set when I received the good news.

Since the book is set in Maine where the heroine works on a lobster boat with her father, I wanted to share my favorite recipe for Maine blueberry pie.

Maine Blueberry Pie

Ingredients:

2 Pie crusts

1 quart of fresh Maine blueberries

1 ½ tbsp lemon juice

Freshly grated nutmeg

¼ c light brown sugar

¼ c white sugar

¼ c flour

2 tbsp tapioca for thickening (if the berries are juicy)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place the berries into a large bowl, add lemon juice, and toss. Add the remaining ingredients and toss until the berries are well coated with the flour and sugars mixture. Line the pie plate with one crust. Put the berries into the pie plate and top with a solid or lattice-top crust. Bake for 35-40 minutes until the berries are bubbly and the crust is golden brown.

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