Giveaway and Review for To Love a Prince by Rachel Hauck

About the Book

Book:  To Love a Prince

Author: Rachel Hauck

Genre:  Royal Romance

Release Date: August 11, 2020

An enchanting new royal romance from NYT bestselling author Rachel Hauck

Daffodil Caron is not a princess, even though she once dreamed of being one. After all, she grew up as a playmate to royal princes, running through the halls of Perrigwynn Palace and dining with the queen. But the day she stumbled upon a royal secret, everything changed.

Flash forward eighteen years, and Daffy’s living a sweet, non-royal life. A skilled art curator for the Royal Trust, she has friends, a flat in the heart of the city, and a handsome, successful fiancée. The last person on her mind is Gus, a prince she once called her best mate.

HRH Prince Augustus is no longer “Prince Pudgy,” as caricaturized by the press, he’s charming and gorgeous, possessing a world-famous smile. But when he’s jilted at the altar by an American heiress as millions of people around the world watched, the spare heir to Lauchtenland’s ancient House of Blue escapes, finding solace on a Florida beach.

A year as a regular bloke allows him to rethink his purpose. He’s half decided his calling is to pour pints at a tiki bar, rather than serving his country and the Family.

Until an accident on the beach with a Frisbee changes his course.

Despite his long hair and beard, Daffy recognizes her prince, and their childhood friendship is renewed. She assures Gus Lauchtenland needs him, giving him the courage to return home.

When Daffy and Gus find themselves on assignment to Hadsby Castle in preparation for his brother’s wedding, their friendship blooms into affection.

But Gus cannot, will not, trust his heart again. Daffy’s engaged. And she also remains a royal family outcast because she knows the Queen’s secret.

When affection grows into love and secrets are exposed, trust is destroyed. Gus must choose which is stronger: the lies of his past or the hope of his future. And Daffy must face every fear to prove she will forever love a prince.

“Another compelling royal story by the master of princely tales!”  Susan May Warren, USA Today bestselling, RITA award-winning novelist.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I am a huge fan of Rachel Hauck books and I was delighted to be able to read and review this one. I love these characters that so quickly won my heart. Gus and Daffy has to be my favorite. I love the relationship they have and love all of the interactions between the two. That the two had their difficult issues and moments just made the story more enjoyable and I thoroughly enjoyed going along for the ride as they worked through their issues. Ms. Hauck does such an amazing job with all of the characters, and well, she just does an amazing job with the entire story. The writing is phenomenal! I love that she weaves faith throughout this fairy tale, with sweet romance that will make your knees go weak!

I so much enjoyed this fun and engaging story and I look forward to reading more in thos series. If you are a fan of modern day fairy tales you will love this new release from author Rachel Hauck.

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

Rachel Hauck is an award winning, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.

Her book The Wedding Dress was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times Book Reviews. She is a double RITA finalist, and a Christy and Carol Award Winner.

Her book, Once Upon A Prince, first in the Royal Wedding Series, was filmed for an Original Hallmark movie.

Rachel has been awarded the prestigious Career Achievement Award for her body of original work by Romantic Times Book Reviews.

A member of the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers, she teaches workshops and leads worship at the annual conference. She is a past Mentor of The Year.

At home, she’s a wife, writer, worship leader and works out at the gym semi-enthusiastically.

A graduate of Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) with a degree in Journalism, she’s a former sorority girl and a devoted Ohio State football fan. Her bucket list is to stand on the sidelines with Ryan Day.

She lives in sunny central Florida with her husband and ornery cat.

More from Rachel

Hello Royal Rockstar Readers!

I’m thrilled to share To Love A Prince with you. So many of you who loved the Royal Wedding Series have asked for more royals so as I noodled over new story ideas, my thoughts drifted toward princes and princesses. What’s more romantic than a royal wedding?

This royal story, the first book in a new series, True Blue Royal, is set in a new fictional country, Lauchtenland, in the North Sea. I’m really squeezing all those oil wells currently occupying that body of water.

The beauty of royal stories is they remind us of who we really are: princes and princesses. There is always a point in the story where the royal character, as well as the commoner, must come to grips with his and her true identity! Who God says we are!

Stories are a powerful reflection of life and it’s fun to insert ourselves into the tale. While fiction employs a lot of hyperbole we can find ourselves on the page somewhere, somehow.

Thanks for going on this little tour with me and To Love A Prince. You are so vital to my story as an author. Thank you!

Yours,

Rachel

Blog Stops

Worthy2Read, September 10

Captive Dreams Windows, September 10

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, September 10

Genesis 5020, September 10

Novels Corner, September 10

Connect in Fiction, September 11

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 11

deb’s Book Review, September 11

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 11

Remembrancy, September 12

Breny and books, September 12

Texas Book-aholic, September 12

Inklings and notions, September 12

For Him and My Family, September 13

Artistic Nobody, September 13 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

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

The Book Chic Blog, September 13

Among the Reads, September 14

Soulfully Romantic, September 14

Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 14

Sara Jane Jacobs, September 14

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, September 15

lakesidelivingsite, September 15

All-of-a-kind Mom, September 15

Reflections From My Bookshelves, September 15

Betti Mace, September 16

Where Faith and Books Meet, September 16

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, September 16

Blossoms and Blesssings, September 16

She Lives To Read, September 17

Wishful Endings, September 17

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, September 17

Life of Literature, September 17

Life, Love, Writing, September 17

Book Love, September 18 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Maureen Timerman, September 18

Batya’s Bits, September 18

Labor Not in Vain, September 18

Bigreadersite, September 19

Hallie Reads, September 19

Jeanette’s Thoughts, September 19

Splashes of Joy, September 19

Christian Bookaholic, September 20

Musings of A Sassy Bookish Mama, September 20

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, September 20

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 20

Inside the Wong Mind, September 21

By The Book, September 21

Mary Hake, September 21

Godly Book Reviews, September 21

Hebrews 12 Endurance, September 22

Melissa Wardwell’s Back Porch Reads, September 22

Livin’ Lit, September 22

Writing from the Heart Land, September 22

Simple Harvest Reads, September 23 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Mamma Loves Books, September 23

Daysong Reflections, September 23

Black ‘n’ Gold Girl’s Book Spot, September 23

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away a royal gift box of Pampering Princess items that includes bath balms, tea, tiara and other surprises!!

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 Review for Different Like Me by Xochitl Dixon

About the Book

Book: Different Like Me

Author: Xochitl Dixon

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Release Date: August 4, 2020

Celebrate our differences and uncover what we have in common on this whimsical journey that reminds everyone that no matter how different, all of us are a part of God’s wonderful creation.

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Whether in looks, cultural background, physical prowess, or academic excellence, there are no two children exactly alike. Different Like Me helps them know that being unique is good and that God has made them as they are for a purpose.


MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Different Like Me is a different kind of kids book because it teaches children that no matter how different they may be, it’s ok. That we are all unique to God, and He still loves us just as we are. Sadly, there is so much division in the world today, it’s easy for kids and adults alike to struggle with this issue. This book is for our world today, and I think it should be in every household, school, daycare, church and anywhere else children may be.

Author Xochitl (So-Cheel) E. Dixon Dixon opens her heart and speaks to each of us through the wonderful and adorable characters in this book. I love each of them and their differences. She includes scripture in the book as well as discussion questions to help kids open up and share their feelings if they want to. Especially anyone who has disabilities or anything different than others.

And I can’t forget Bonnie Lui’s amazing illustrations. They are absolutely adorable and fit with the story so perfectly. I love that she includes about every way a child may be different. And how special is this, when a child can actually see a picture of their different self! Everything in this book is just wonderful in every way! This book is a 5 plus stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ all the way!

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.

**And a note to the author, away from my review. Thank you for your guest post! Reading this helped me get a better feel of why you wrote this book. I’m sorry for the rude people you and your family have faced. But I am so happy you took these situations and wrote a book to help others deal with the same issues you have. I appreciate you writing Different Like Me!**



About the Author

Xochitl Dixon, author of Waiting for God: Trusting Daily in God’s Plan and Pace and the children’s picture book, Different Like Me, serves as a regular contributor to Our Daily Bread and Guideposts’ All God’s Creatures. She equips and encourages others to grow closer to God and others, nurturing spiritual growth through prayerful study and application of Scripture. Sharing God’s truth and love to the ends of the earth, she enjoys serving Jesus with her service dog, Callie. She likes singing, art, photography, hanging out with her husband, Alan, and sons, AJ and Xavier, and connecting with readers at http://www.xedixon.com.

More from Xochitl

Why I Wrote Different Like Me

What are you?

That question used to trigger anger, frustration, and sadness, especially when people responded in disbelief because my answer didn’t fit the stereotypes they’d accepted as truth. My insecurities deepened, causing me to hate my own light-but-not-white reflection. Years later, when I became a mom of two black sons, I didn’t want them to suffer similar insecurities. I didn’t want them to think their worth as people could be determined by the opinions, expectations, or biases of others. I wanted my sons to love God, to love the way God created them, and to love all the people God created. But my desires and best-intentions couldn’t protect them the ignorance and hate so prevalent in our fallen world.

One day, during a trip to an ice cream shop, an adult male glared at my five-year-old son and said, “What are you?” The sting of his words ripped the scar off the wound on my heart that I thought had healed.

Asking God to help me forgive, I sought ways to help my sons rejoice in their uniqueness and God’s creativity in designing all of His people. While studying my Bible, I began learning how to embrace my identity in Christ. The more I learned about God’s love for me, the more I began to accept I worth loving and the more I began to love others.

I wrote Different Like Me in 2001, shortly after receiving Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Originally, I had planned to use the poem to teach my sons how to celebrate our differences and our sameness as God’s beautifully diverse and purposefully connected people. But the Lord kept nudging me to share the story with others.

In 2016, my agent and an editor read Different Like Me, loved it, but couldn’t move forward with publication. The following year, I signed a contract for my first full-length devotional, Waiting for God: Trusting Daily in God’s Plan and Pace. I set Different Like Me aside as I worked on the other projects the Lord had entrusted to me.

In 2018, shortly after submitting Waiting for God to my editor at Our Daily Bread Publishing, my agent and the editor who had loved Different Like Me in 2016 surprised me with two contract offers.

I scrambled to prepare my first children’s picture book proposal with the help of my friend and prolific children’s book author, Crystal Bowman. I submitted the proposal to several editors before prayerfully deciding to accept a contract from Our Daily Bread Publishing.

Then, I began praying for an illustrator who would avoid stereotypes and include children with special needs as heroes, not sideline characters. Bonnie Lui did a fabulous job. She weaved her own beautiful story into the gorgeous illustrations that breathe life into the whimsical rhyming text I’d written almost two decades earlier. Bonnie even created a character inspired by my service dog, Callie, a Border Collie/Hound mix we’d rescued in 2018 from a kill-shelter after God moved us from California to Wisconsin.

Earlier this year, as I prepared for the August 2020 release of Different Like Me, tragedy divided our world. I truly believe God delayed my path to publication so that He could prepare hearts to receive the message of love, unity, peace, and hope that He has brought to life through each page of Different Like Me.

Blog Stops

Inklings and notions, September 14

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 15

Texas Book-aholic, September 16

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, September 17

Splashes of Joy, September 18

deb’s Book Review, September 18

For Him and My Family, September 19

A Reader’s Brain, September 20

Simple Harvest Reads, September 21 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Mary Hake, September 21

Book Love, September 22 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 23

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 24

Artistic Nobody, September 25

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, September 25

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 26

Sara Jane Jacobs, September 27

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Xochitl is giving away the grand prize package of a signed copy of Different Like Me with a bookmark, sticker, coloring page with a 4-pack of crayons, a key chain, a fish-out-of-water finger puppet, lollipop, and book bag, as well as a $25.00 Amazon gift card to encourage readers to build up their collection children’s picture books that celebrate diversity!!

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 Takeover Tour for Two Reasons to Run by Colleen Coble

Welcome to the Takeover Tour for Two Reasons to Run by Colleen Coble, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Two Reasons to RunTitle: Two Reasons to Run Series: The Pelican Harbor Series book 2 Author: Colleen Coble Publisher: Thomas Nelson Release Date: August 4, 2020 Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense Gripping romantic suspense from USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble. A lie changed her world. Police Chief Jane Hardy is still reeling from the scandal that rocked her small-town department just as she took over for her retired father—the man who wrecked her life with one little lie. Now she’s finally been reunited with her presumed-dead fifteen-year-old son, Will, and his father, documentarian Reid Bechtol. A crisis looms.  When a murder aboard the oil platform Zeus exposes an environmental terrorist’s plot to flood Mobile Bay with crude oil, Jane and Reid must put their feelings for each other behind them and work together to prevent the rig from being sabotaged.  A killer targets her son.  Then the terrorist puts her son Will’s life on the line. Protecting him could be the common ground they need . . . but then ghosts from the past threaten to ruin Jane and Reid for good.  She’s got plenty of reasons to run. But what if she stays? PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & NobleBook Depository | Christianbook

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble is a USA TODAY bestselling author and RITA finalist best known for her coastal romantic suspense novels, including The Inn at Ocean’s EdgeTwilight at Blueberry Barrens, and the Lavender Tides, Sunset Cove, Hope Beach, and Rock Harbor series. CONNECT WITH COLLEEN: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a print copy of One Little Lie plus Two Reasons to Run by Colleen Coble!

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Giveaway and Guest Post for A Genesis of Seven

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The Genesis of Seven (The Empyrean Trilogy, #1) By Sara M. Schaller YA Fantasy, Paranormal Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 348 Pages July 7, 2020 by Designs by Seraphim

Eighteen-year-old Jordan Conway has always wanted to help people, but helping seven archangels to achieve their divine duty was never quite what he had in mind…

When Jordan is entrusted by the head nun of his orphanage to deliver a mysterious backpack to a New York City address, he comes unexpectedly face-to-face with Archangel Gabriel. Their acquaintance fast uncovers a labyrinth of secrets that connect Jordan’s once-normal life to an ancient heavenly prophecy. Now, he must help Gabriel to reunite the archangels before evil forces grow too strong.

Soon, Jordan and Gabriel find themselves on a divine quest across the globe, while deep in the pits of Hell, Satan plots his return to earth. To gain control, however, Satan needs the powerful prophetic objects locked safe inside Jordan’s backpack—and the devil will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

With that notion threatening his only family and the safety of his newfound friends, Jordan must do whatever it takes to protect the ones he loves and help the archangels succeed. If that means sacrificing all he thought he knew to go to war with the devil himself? Bring it on.

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Guest Post for this book!

Jordan’s Tips in Working with an Archangel

Listen when they tell you to do something
The angels have far more experience dealing with the fallen then I do, so I would advise to listen to them. I notice whenever I don’t listen to them, or whenever I am left to decide the outcome of a situation on my own, it usually ends up badly. Mainly with me getting hurt.

Expect the unexpected…at all times
Seriously. When I think I know everything there is to know about angels, they always surprise me with a new detail. Usually that’s really important, like how you’re not supposed to touch celestial objects.

Get used to their constant vigilance and protection
Angels don’t sleep. And they don’t eat. So, they constantly nurture me to make sure I’m taking care of myself. They also never leave my side. I typically have at least one angel with me wherever I go for protection. It’s better to get used to it than fight it. The angels are set in their ways.

Never forget they have a divine duty
Even though they’ve been on Earth for centuries, the angels are here for a reason. They have a divine purpose to defeat evil. It’s easy to forget because they are fun to be around, but when Satan shows up ready for a fight, the reality of who they are becomes all the more serious. Remembering this at all times helps to never underestimate the enemy.

Take the time to get to know them
Each of the angels are unique, and they all have different interests. Trying to understand them goes a long way in actually helping them save the world. It also just makes for good times since I’ve been able to learn so many new things from them.

About the Author

SARA M SCHALLER is a paralibrarian, publishing professional, and young adult author. She lives in Colorado with her mom, dad, brother, and four furry canine siblings. Sara loves the world of pop culture and the performing arts, so when she is not reading or writing, she is either watching movies and shows, attending conventions, or going out to see live performances. She likes to write stories for all ages in the fantasy genre, and her writing usually contains elements of speculative fiction and features a large cast of characters. Sara has a Bachelor’s degree in English, Art History, and Religious Studies from the University of Denver, and a Master’s degree in Publishing from Pace University. For five years, Sara worked as a graphic designer, and her creativity in design carries over into other areas of her life like writing. You can visit her online at http://www.saramschaller.com.

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Tour Giveaway

One winner will receive the following: a backpack to match the main character’s, a necklace to match the main character’s, a signed hardcover, a bookmark, a set of pins with a pen, and a passport with a sticker sheet featuring locations in the book.

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Giveaway and Review One Boy’s War by Nancy McDonald

One Boy's War by Nancy McDonald
ONE BOY'S WAR by Nancy McDonald

I Want to Participate in This TourJoin us for this tour from Sep 14 to Oct 2, 2020!
Book Details:

Book Title:  One Boy’s War by Nancy McDonald
Category: Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12),  134 pages
Genre: Historical fiction
Publisher:  Iguana Books
Release date:   April, 2020
Format available for review:  print, PDF
Tour dates: September 14 to October 2, 2020
Content Rating:  G. There is no violence, bad language etc. in this book.
Raves for Boy From Berlin by Nancy McDonald:

“Inspired by a true story, Boy from Berlin shares a unique voice in the Holocaust. Highly recommended!”
 Jennifer Roy, author of Yellow Star, winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award.

“A compelling introduction to themes of war, courage and identity, certain to engage young readers.” –Trilby Kent, author of Stones for my Father, winner of the TD Canadian Children’s Literary Award.
Book Description:

ENGLAND, SUMMER 1940. Following a brush with death in the Irish Sea, 10-year-old Käfer Avigdor unexpectedly finds himself back in London. There, he stumbles upon a sinister Nazi plot that targets hundreds of people in Britain—including the most powerful man in the country. The one person who might be able to defeat Adolf Hitler. With the Germans threatening to invade England at any moment, Käfer musters all his courage and ingenuity in a valiant effort to thwart the Nazis. But will he succeed in time to save the day? One Boy’s War, the sequel to Boy from Berlin, is inspired by real people and historical events.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

One boys is the exciting sequel to Boy from Berlin. We get to know more of Käfer’s story in this book. He gets more involved than before in his family, as well as England. And being a middle grade book this is great for the young reader and adults alike.

I enjoyed this book just as much as the first book in this series. Author Nancy McDonald does a fantastic job of describing each scene in this book to make readers, and made me feel like I was in England back in the early 1940’s. The characters were engaging, and they all played their parts well throughout the story. I couldn’t put this book down. It is a short story and can be read in one sitting, as I did. Or it can be read by chapter, whatever you have time for works!

Nancy McDonald did a very good job writing this book as well as the first book. Her writing skills were amazing, and she was able to pack a lot of intriguing information into one short book. If you enjoy war stories, this is a must read! I highly encourage you to check out One Boy’s War as well as Boy from Berlin! You can’t go wrong with either book!! This book gets 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ from me!

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


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Book Details:

Book Title:  Boy from Berlin by Nancy McDonald
Category: Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12),  142 pages
Genre: Historical fiction
Publisher:  Iguana Books
Release date:   May 7, 2018
Format available for review:  PDF
Tour dates: September 14 to October 2, 2020
Content Rating:  G. There is no violence, bad language etc. in this book.


Book Description:

Berlin, April 1938. One night, eight-year-old Käfer Avigdor uses his specialty toilet-paper roll binoculars to spy on his Mama and Aunt Charlotte. The whispered conversation he overhears alerts him to a danger he didn’t know existed and starts him rethinking who he really is and where he belongs. Within hours, Käfer and his family flee their comfortable life. In a desperate race to stay one step ahead of the Nazis, Käfer is called on to be braver and more resourceful than he ever imagined possible. But will it be enough? Boy from Berlin is based on real people and actual events.
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Meet the Author:

Nancy McDonald began her career as a journalist on television programs that include W5, Canada AM, and Marketplace before going on to become a sought-after freelance writer, penning everything from documentaries to live-action scripts to comic books. One Boy’s War is the highly anticipated sequel to Boy from Berlin. Nancy lives in Stratford, Ontario, where she revels in Shakespeare, takes theatergoers on tours of the Costume Warehouse, and treads the boards with the Perth County Players. She also works part-time at Fanfare Books, Stratford’s only independent bookseller.

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

Tour Schedule:

Sep 14 –Splashes of Joy – book review of Boy from Berlin / guest post / author interview / giveaway
Sep 14 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of Boy from Berlin / giveaway
Sep 14 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Sep 15 – I’m Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 15 – Adventurous Bookworm – book review of One Boy’s War / giveaway
Sep 16 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of One Boy’s War / giveaway
Sep 17 –Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of Boy from Berlin / giveaway
Sep 17 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 18 – Splashes of Joy – book review of One Boy’s War / giveaway
Sep 18 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of Boy from Berlin / giveaway
Sep 21 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of Boy from Berlin / guest post / giveaway
Sep 22 – Pen Possessed – book review of One Boy’s War
Sep 22 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 23 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of Boy from Berlin / giveaway
Sep 23 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of One Boy’s War / giveaway
Sep 24 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 24 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review of One Boy’s War
Sep 25 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 25 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of Boy from Berlin / giveaway
Sep 28 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Sep 29 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Sep 29 – Sylv.net – book spotlight
Sep 30 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of One Boy’s War / giveaway
Oct 1 – Connie’s History Classroom – book review of Boy from Berlin
Oct 1 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of One Boy’s War / guest post / giveaway
Oct 2 – Connie’s History Classroom – book review of One Boy’s War
Oct 2 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of One Boy’s War / giveaway
Oct 2 – Hall Ways Blog – book spotlight / giveaway

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Giveaway and Review Up From Adam Street by Larry Crane


 

Join us for this tour from Sep 14 to Oct 2, 2020!

Book Details:

Book TitleUp from Adams Street (a memoir) by Larry Crane
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18 +),  229 pages
Genre:  Memoir
PublisherMaine Authors Publishing
Release date:   July 2019
Content Rating:  PG-13. Mild mature content. No bad language.


Book Description:

Larry Crane brings the sensibility of the post-World War II generation and a family of modest means to his fresh new novelesque memoir, Up From Adams Street. Born at home, surrounded by a neighborhood of immigrant families that burst out of the confines of Chicago to buy a lot carved out of the corn fields astride the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy rail line. As the confessed family favorite, he had a lot of expectations heaped on his shoulders, along with a sense that he was destined to fulfill that destiny. He realizes that participating in sports is a potential entrée into worlds that seem beyond his little world. Plus, he loves the games. He plays baseball, football and basketball. He caddies at golf courses. As he grows physically, he senses the need to expand mentally and philosophically too. A scholarship helps, then a surprise appointment to West Point follows. At the military academy, he bends to discipline, survives mandatory boxing, battles mighty Notre Dame in basketball, pitches against the legendary Yankees, conquers Mechanics of Fluids, and Calculus, discovers F. Scott Fitzgerald, befriends Red Reeder, falls in and out of love, turns 23, and becomes a man.

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Author Interview

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about writing a novel or a memoir?

I would advise that being too young or being too old is no excuse for not pursuing a desire to write. You need to prepare yourself for the task of writing a longer work though, and that involves cutting your teeth on shorter works first. Read short story collections like Nine Stories by J. D Salinger. Start out by conjuring something in your life that seems like a story to you. Put it down on paper or on a computer screen, stir and serve to a friend. Do it again and again. Study books on writing a novel or a memoir such as Writing a Novel by John Braine, Story Writing by Edith Ronald Mirrielees, The Weekend Novelist by Robert J. Ray. Get yourself to a point where you think you understand what constitutes a story of any length.

What is the most difficult part about writing for you?

Typing in the first several words is easily the hardest part! Having spent months conceptualizing a project, especially deciding on the voice that I want to use, putting the first words down on the computer screen takes me out of the theoretical realm and into the actual world where I can tell if it’s going to work or not. And am I going to be able to keep it up?

Is there lots to do before you dive in and start writing the story?

Yes. For my coming of age memoir Up from Adams Street, I spent a lot of time reading memoirs that are considered really good. Studying how the author avoided any temptation to simply record the what, where, and how of it all, without falling into a deadly dull, I did this, and that, and then I did this and that. I discovered that I needed to really work at developing scenes in which major cause and effect events are presented in a lively, novel-like way, showing instead of telling, with lots of dialogue.

What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing Up From Adams Street?

Before I started writing it, I was set in my belief that my relationship with my father was such that I would decide on paths that I would follow in my life doing the opposite of what my father thought I should do. But I discovered in the development of the memoir that he was steps ahead of me, mostly on the right track, and that in setting goals, his aim was better and much higher than mine.

Is it easier to write thrillers or memoir?

I’ve published two thrillers, A Bridge to Treachery, and Missing Girls: In Truth is Justice, and one memoir, Up From Adams Street. Each genre has its challenges, of course. Readers of thrillers expect the story to leap off the page from word one, sending them on a mesmerizing journey, starring dynamic characters with interesting quirks, and a plot that twists, turns and never stops surprising. A memoir is different. Since I am not a celebrity, nor have I endured some heart wrenching cataclysm in my life, my memoir doesn’t recount scandalous behavior, tragedy, or near-death events. Rather, it touches readers with lively vignettes from my rather mundane life that bring similar experiences from the reader’s own life to mind, that resonate with them and ring true. It must be true, but that said, it is my truth, not the absolute truth. It’s much harder to write.

Tell us about your first published book? What was the journey like?

I was a complete novice. A subsidy publisher accepted my manuscript of A Bridge to Treachery, requiring a $3500 fee to handle all the standard pre-publication functions to deliver a real, live published novel in 6 months to a year. I gulped and accepted the deal. There was no sense of validation, something I desperately longed for. There was no marketing support. There were very few sales. Feedback from readers emphasized that the story was slow getting off the ground. At the end of three years I felt as though I should leave the publisher. I re-worked the novel by cutting out a lot of back story and energizing it by carving it into short chapters. I developed a better cover. I worked hard on two female characters to give them captivating personalities and new important roles in the story. I worked hard on marketing the Kindle version exclusively through Amazon and produced an audiobook version as well. Readers seem to like it.

Up From Adams Street Excerpt -”Uniform”

“Gentlemen, your classmate, Mr. Coughlin, is wearing his short-sleeved white shirt improperly. What do you suppose is improper about the way he is wearing his short-sleeved white shirt? Mr. Needs, what do you think?” Bullock asked.

“I don’t have the slightest…” Needs said, blinking.

“Say again, Mr. Needs.”

“Sir, I don’t know the answer, sir.”

“We don’t slap-in an extra ‘sir’ whenever we feel like it, Needs. Say it again.”

“Sir, I don’t know what’s wrong with the way he’s wearing

the shirt.”

“What shirt?”

“His short-sleeved white shirt, sir.”

“Good. The short-sleeved white shirt doesn’t fit snugly to Mr. Coughlin’s body. And it slops over his belt all the way around. That’s not the way we wear a shirt. Mr. Needs, step forward and stand in back of Coughlin. The rest of you move so you can see what’s going on.

“Now, Mr. Needs, grasp the fabric on both sides of your classmate. That’s it. Stab your thumbs in and pull the fabric back so that the shirt fits tightly both in front and back. Good. That, gentlemen, is what we mean by ‘dressing off ’ the shirt.

“Does anyone see a problem that can arise with this system of dressing off your roommate’s shirt for him? Buckley?”

“Sir, I don’t see the problem.”

“What if Coughlin didn’t have Needs or anyone else around to help him dress off his shirt? The answer is that we need to be able to do it without assistance. So, let’s try it. Everyone unbuckle your belt, pull your shirttails down, reach back and grasp the fabric on both sides, stabbing your thumbs in and pulling tight so the shirt fits snugly in front and back. Tuck it in and buckle your belt. Voilà! Any questions?

“Yes, Mr. Engler.”

“Sir, does this apply to all the shirts we wear, or just the white one?”

“Are you sure you want to ask such a ridiculous question, Engler?”

“No, sir.”

“Any other ridiculous questions about dressing off your shirt? Anyone? All right. From now on, you’ll be expected to wear all of your shirts properly. And—listen up carefully—no question is a ridiculous question. Asking means you’re thinking. Good work, Engler.”

Bullock led us outside to a huge grassy area called The Plain. In an hour or two, he taught us the rudiments of close-order drill, how to march, with the same precision he used with shirts, just in time to move in formation, en masse to Trophy Point overlook-ing the Hudson River to be sworn in. We learned how to wear the rest of the clothes issued to us, how to clean and care for our M1 rifles, how to perform the manual of arms, and how to properly perform push ups, squat thrusts, and all the other exercises we would run through every morning at the crack of dawn.

We trooped into the truly massive mess hall, trying to keep our eyes straight to the front instead of letting them wander up to the paneled ceiling fifty feet overhead or to the gigantic arched windows, or to the brooding mural occupying the back wall of the “mural wing” depicting scenes of military service through the ages. Bullock instructed us on how to eat.

I lowered my eyes to my plate. A silent ever-present question insisted: Will I ever find myself in this swirl of sensory immersion?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I don’t read many memoir’s so this book was a bit different for me. Street was a different take for me. I found this book intriguing. The story starts with a young boy on through his youth and to an adult. He seemed to be different than others and had many struggles as he strived to do the things other his age were conquering. Larry has a unique and special relationship with his dad, and there were many scenes throughout thos book that captures the love between the two. Which I found very heartwarming.

I like how author Larry Crane weaves this memoir together, as he let’s the readers inside his heart and life, revealing a lot about himself. I believe this story can be for everyone. There is so much here. Everyone can find something that will be a delight! And the ma UK n thing I enjoyed about the story is it encourages everyone to follow their dreams. Though sometimes you may struggle along the way, don’t give up. Keep moving! This book gets a full 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐ from me!

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

Meet the Author:

Larry Crane spent the 1960s in a military setting, first at school at West Point, and as a lieutenant in Germany. He was an advisor to a Vietnamese ranger battalion in the Central Highlands. He took on a civilian career in brokerage and banking, retiring early to concentrate on writing, producing several full length plays most notable of which is Baghdad on the Wabash. Published fiction includes a thriller,A Bridge to Treachery, a mystery novel Missing Girls: In Truth Is Justice, and an anthology of short plays and stories, Baghdad on the Wabash and Other Plays and Stories. He lives with his wife Jan in splendid isolation on Southport Island, Maine.

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



Tour Schedule:

Sep 14 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Sep 14 – Bookish Paradise – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 15 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Sep 16 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review
Sep 16 – Jea Reads – book review
Sep 17 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / author interview / giveaway
Sep 21 – Books for Books – book review
Sep 22 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Sep 23 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Sep 24 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review
Sep 28 –Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway
Sep 29 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 30 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Oct 1 – Pen Possessed – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 2 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 2 – My Fictional Oasis – book review

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Giveaway and Review for The Other 3:16s by Malinda Fugate

About the Book

Book:  The Other 3:16s

Author: Malinda Fugate

Genre: Christian Living

Release Date: May 12, 2020

“For God so loved the world . . . “

Many of us could finish that sentence in our sleep. John 3:16 is a beautiful Scripture that neatly and simply sums up the message of the Gospel. But what do all the other 3:16s in the Bible have to tell us?

The words of the Bible weave a tapestry of love, particularly the love that our Heavenly Father has for His children. But a love so deep and so wide cannot be contained in one memorized phrase. It takes multiple authors of sixty-six individual books to begin to explore the mystery of God’s care for us.

The Other Three Sixteens by Malinda Fugate examines each third chapter and sixteenth verse in the Bible and invites a fresh, new perspective to help readers uncover surprises or remind them of forgotten truths of a faith that has become routine.

Through Genesis to Revelation, we can soak in its depth, wonder at its intricacies, and be moved at how much the Lord truly does lavish upon us. Together, we discover God’s love under the weight of Eve’s sin in the garden. It’s there in front of Moses, burning in a bush that is somehow not consumed. God’s love sits in the dark with Job, rebuilds a wall with Nehemiah, and encourages a young pastor named Timothy. Together we will find a deeper understanding of the way our Heavenly Father cares for each of us today.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I think my parents were teaching me John 3:16 before I could hardly talk, so I have been quoting this verse from a very early age. But I have never thought of the other 3:16’s in the Bible until I saw this book. And I was intrigued by the title so I had to read and review it. This is not a book you can sit and read in one setting. This is more like a Bible study, because author Malinda Fugate not only gives us the verse, she gives her take on what she believes it means. Which is excellent! It takes a while to take it all in, to digest it. I was in awe as I read the other 3:16’s throughout the Bible. What a clever book! And I thank Malinda Fugate for thinking about this, and creating this wonderful Bible study.

I will sure be going through the Bible more and reading all of the 3:16’s and what God is saying in these verses. I think this book can be for anyone. It is especially great for a Sunday or Wednesday night Bible study. Or for a Sunday school class. Or any small group study. I highly recommend you check this one out. And for me, this one gets 5 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ all the way!

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

Malinda Fugate grew up in children’s ministry. Now, after two decades of dedicated volunteer service, she now serves full-time as the Children’s Education Director at a church in Southern California. Malinda studied communications and theatre at Azusa Pacific University, then worked behind the scenes at the Los Angeles Salem radio stations, including The Fish and KKLA. Her writing includes The Other Three Sixteens, Bible Time for Active Kids, commercial copywriting, various faith-based stage and screen plays, as well as co-producing A Single Girl’s Guide To, a lifestyle blog and web series. Her lifelong study of God’s Word continues to reveal more about the Lord every day. She lives by the beach with her pup, Yoshi. 

More from Malinda

It’s the first verse many of us memorized in Sunday School and perhaps the most familiar to any Christian: “For God so loved the world….”

In one sentence, we celebrate the incredible love of God and the amazing gift of salvation that Jesus gave through the cross. John 3:16 is a beautiful Scripture to keep in our hearts and minds.

Of course, John did not assign chapters and verses when he penned his gospel. Those were added later to help us reference as we study. Yet, years of reciting John 3:16 have etched these lines into our brains, making it an easy combo to remember. What if we looked at the other 3:16 verses in each book of the Bible? What treasures would we unearth hidden in our well-worn pages?

We find Adam and Eve in their last days in a garden paradise, dealing with the consequences of a terrible decision.

There is a young boy training to be a priest who suddenly hears the audible voice of God.

A king’s cup-bearer journeys to his homeland to lead a massive construction project despite adversity.

We sit next to Job in his darkest days, crying out to God for answers.

We meet a young pastor named Timothy, experience miraculous healings, and witness the baptism of Jesus Himself.

Most of all, in every verse, we discover the immense love of God. We learn that it cannot be contained simply in one phrase; such a great love is too full of rich detail. Most of all, we find that His love is alive and active in our very own lives, right this minute.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 4

Texas Book-aholic, September 5

Inklings and notions, September 6

deb’s Book Review, September 6

For Him and My Family, September 7

Hebrews 12 Endurance, September 8

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 9

Artistic Nobody, September 10 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 11

Sara Jane Jacobs, September 12

For the Love of Literature, September 13

Mary Hake, September 13

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 14

Lights in a Dark World, September 15

Splashes of Joy, September 16

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 17

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Malinda is giving away the grand prize package of A John 3:16 glass water bottle and a signed copy of the book!!

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

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Amaryllis Journey by Konnie Viner

About the Book

Book:  Amaryllis Journey

Author: Konnie Viner

Genre:  Christian Fiction/Romance

Release Date: July 23, 2020

You’re worthless, Shannon. This marriage is worthless. I deserve to be happy. We’re done!

Andrew’s cruel words have haunted Shannon for months . . . through the divorce, a move to a new town, a new job, new friends. And then she meets Max, who just might be the antidote she needs to recover completely. Until Andrew shows up again, ready to reconcile. And Shannon feels obligated to give him another chance.

As Andrew’s attention becomes more demanding and more deceptive, Shannon’s new friend, Rose, speaks truth and peace into her broken life. But Rose has her own secrets, and they’re about to catch up with her.

When it all comes crashing down, can either of them trust God enough to let Him showcase the perfect imperfections of their lives?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Andrew is just a jerk! That’s all it is to it. And Shannon is doing so much better after her move to her new little community and her new job. She still has her difficult struggles, no thanks to the ex, but her new friends were quick to help and support her.

I am happy to be able to read this debut by Konnie K. Viner and I enjoyed it very much. It is a pretty light read, and just what I needed at the time. This story deals with difficult relationships and secrets in some of the characters, but it also shows how God works in these situations as well. And I like how the author would keep my attention, with the little twists and turns that were sure to pop up throughout the story. This was a sweet story, with an element of faith throughout. If you need a sweet, nice light story to read, this one is a great one to check out. I think this one would be 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.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Konnie Viner writes with the goal of helping others find hope in the midst of brokenness and disappointment. She is also the author of Rested Soul, Resilient Heart (2017). Konnie holds a BS in Education from the University of Kansas and an MS in Business Management from the University of Redlands, CA. She is a former secondary education teacher and is currently self-employed.

 More from Konnie

Amaryllis Journey is my second book, but first novel. It was written to bring to life one woman’s struggle to move out of the pain and insecurity of marital betrayal and divorce, into the light of God’s grace. Shannon Enright’s  new life is facilitated by a wise friend, Rose Daniels, who has been where she is and knows that what is broken is not useless and what is bare can bloom again.

Reeling from the pain and rejection of a nasty divorce, Shannon decides to start life over—in a new town, with a new job, new home, new friends. It isn’t easy, but things are finally starting to come together for her. Secrets from her marriage are still unfolding, but she grits her teeth and moves on. Looking for diversion, Shannon volunteers at a local florist shop and tearoom. There she finds more than she ever imagined.

Rose owns and operates the Amaryllis, a unique gift shop in Shannon’s new town. She repurposes broken household items, turning them into beautifully useful works of art. But Rose’s real purpose is to help others find beauty in the brokenness of life. She counsels young women like Shannon, showing them the quiet love of a faithful God and teaching them to trust His plan.

When Shannon’s ex returns, at first to sweet-talk and then to demand, it’s Rose’s counsel that keeps Shannon safe and sane. But Rose has been hiding her own dark and dangerous secrets, and her past is about to catch up with her.

When things come crashing down around them, will either woman find the strength to let God showcase the perfect imperfections of their lives?

——

I went through my own divorce ten years ago. I’ve experienced many of the same emotions and insecurities that Shannon does. I wrote her story so others can know that the disappointments and failures of your past don’t have to dictate what’s to come. When I chose to have Rose rescue cracked and broken pots and make them into something beautiful, it was with deliberate intent.

I love Rose’s passion for bringing beauty from the broken. Her repurposed containers carry the beauty of God’s creation (flowers) into the world. Our lives are like her art. We are vehicles for God’s grace. Our chips and cracks do not diminish His glory. They showcase His power and His redeeming love.

Publication of Amaryllis Journey was bittersweet for me because the character Rose was modeled after my mother who was my mentor. I did not tell Mom I was writing this book because “my” plan was to dedicate it to her. But God had other plans, and He called her home to Heaven suddenly before the book was completed. It is now dedicated to her memory.

Konnie

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 3

Moments, September 4

Inklings and notions, September 5

For Him and My Family, September 6

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 7

Texas Book-aholic, September 8

lakesidelivingsite, September 8

Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 9

deb’s Book Review, September 9

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, September 10

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 11

Artistic Nobody, September 12 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Sara Jane Jacobs, September 13

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 14

Splashes of Joy, September 15

Pause for Tales, September 16

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, September 16

Giveaway

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

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/fffb/amaryllis-journey-celebration-tour-giveaway

A Dazzle of Diamonds by Liz Johnson

About The Book

Penelope Hunter loves her job as the event manager at one of Savannah’s premier historic venues–until her ex-fiancé walks into her office with his new bride-to-be. Surely she cannot be expected to plan their wedding. To make matters worse, a scheming social matriarch is threatening to take her big-ticket event elsewhere, especially if Penelope insists on being seen with her best friend, Tucker Westbrook.

Since returning from serving two tours in the Middle East, Tucker has built a thriving security company. His work is nearly as stabilizing as his lifelong friendship with Penelope. But when the lone candidate for county sheriff goads him, Tucker loses his cool and ends up on the ballot–and on the receiving end of a smear campaign claiming the Westbrooks were traitors to the South.

To clear his name, Tucker and Penelope must join forces to find the truth behind a lost Civil War treasure. But the more time they spend together, the closer she comes to losing her job–and falling helplessly in love.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I Love, Love, Love this story! Liz Johnson writes such sweet stories that tug at your heartstrings and this one is sure one of those! I felt so sorry for PJ when her ex shows up where she works with his new bride to be. And they want her to plan their wedding at the venue she works at? It was quite funny though when Tucker kept showing up, just at the right time. Take that, ex-boyfriend!!

I love Penelope and Tucker. Their characters are so down to earth, loveable and realistic. And well, I guess the ex was realistic too because there are people like him in the world. The story was an absolute delight to read. It was fun, enjoyable, and surely a lot of entertainment along the way. I found myself not wanting to put the book down! And for me it ended to quick! I enjoyed and appreciate the weaving of the Christian life into the characters, but it in not way takes away from the story. It is actually just like living your everyday life reading this story. And Ms. Johnson pulls everything together into a wonderful and delightful ending. If you enjoy sweet, fun stories, you are in for a real treat with this one! A Dazzle of Diamonds gets 5 plus stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ all the way from me!

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

About The Author

Liz Johnson is the author of more than a dozen novels, including A Sparkle of SilverA Glitter of GoldThe Red Door InnWhere Two Hearts Meet, and On Love’s Gentle Shore, as well as a New York Times bestselling novella and a handful of short stories. She works in marketing and makes her home in Phoenix, Arizona.

Giveaway and Review for Boy From Berlin by Nancy McDonald

In this post I am reviewing BOY FROM BERLIN by Nancy McDonald. Stay tuned for my review on SEPTEMBER 18,2020 for ONE.BOY’S WAR, the sequel to BOY FROM BERLIN. You don’t want to miss this review!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Boy from Berlin by Nancy McDonald
Category: Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12),  142 pages
Genre: Historical fiction
Publisher:  Iguana Books
Release date:   May 7, 2018
Format available for review:  PDF
Tour dates: September 14 to October 2, 2020
Content Rating:  G. There is no violence, bad language etc. in this book.


Book Description:

Berlin, April 1938. One night, eight-year-old Käfer Avigdor uses his specialty toilet-paper roll binoculars to spy on his Mama and Aunt Charlotte. The whispered conversation he overhears alerts him to a danger he didn’t know existed and starts him rethinking who he really is and where he belongs. Within hours, Käfer and his family flee their comfortable life. In a desperate race to stay one step ahead of the Nazis, Käfer is called on to be braver and more resourceful than he ever imagined possible. But will it be enough? Boy from Berlin is based on real people and actual events.

Guest Blog

There’s no better place to write than…  by Nancy McDonald, author of Boy from Berlin and One Boy’s War

Every author has a favourite writing spot. Joseph Kanon’s is a cubicle in one of the research rooms at the New York Public Library. Neil Gaiman often rents a little cabin with no cellphone signal or Internet. And, J.K. Rowling famously penned the first Harry Potter sitting in a café in Edinburgh.

I walk the river.

I’m blessed to live in Stratford, Ontario, which like its more famous English namesake, has an Avon River. On the mornings that I write, I’m up early and off around the river by 7:00 am. I wake up with an idea for the scene I’m planning to write that day—it’s been perking in my mind as I sleep—and as I go around the river, I compose it in my head, complete with dialogue. The scene is pretty well fleshed out by the time I get home, so I pour a cup of coffee, sit down at the computer and write it. In silence. I find music far too distracting. I spend the rest of the day editing it. Sometimes, when I’m having trouble with a scene– something’s missing or just “off” – I’ll put on my walking shoes and go for another walk, usually on a nearby nature trail. The problem is nearly always solved by the time I arrive back.

The only drawback to this method that I’ve found so far is that I’m sometimes so immersed in the scene that I turn a corner on a path and walk into someone – literally! Fortunately, Stratfordites are a pleasant bunch and nearly always laugh it off.

And an interview with the Author

Q: What is your favourite setting for a novel you’re written?

A: I’d have to say Claridge’s. It’s a historic hotel right in the heart of London. It makes a cameo appearance in Boy from Berlin, but takes centre stage in the sequel, One Boy’s War. During WWII it was a favourite of politicians, exiled heads of state, journalists – and spies, which is why I chose it. To ensure authenticity, I spent several days in London, one of my favourite cities in the world! I was given an upstairs/downstairs tour of Claridge’s by the manager of guest services. That’s one of the things I love about being a writer. You have an entrée into places you’d normally never get to go.

Q: Where do you get inspiration for your stories?

A: My first two novels, Boy from Berlin and One Boy’s War, are inspired by my husband’s family’s real-life flight from the Nazis, running from Berlin first to The Hague and then to London. Shortly after my husband died, I came across some letters I’d never seen before written by his father to the British Home Office and the Air Ministry. My father-in-law, who was Jewish, was a very talented aeronautical engineer who invented a game-changing fuel pump that could help the  Nazis win the war. The letters provided a skeleton for the stories; actual historical events—and my own imagination—provided the flesh.

Q: How much of your personality goes into your stories?

A: Probably more than I think! The voice in these two novels is my late husband’s – as a young child – but I’m sure some of me crept in there.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

In Nancy McDonald’s Boy from Berlin, the Avigdor family meet their very difficult struggles as they are forced to leave their home and most of their possessions as the flee Germany and the Nazi war. And though this story is fiction, it is based on the lives of real people, and real life historical events. Which was very intriguing for me, to know these things really happened, and what it could have been like for young Kafer and his family.

Ms. McDonald does a great job of researching the historical events to write this compelling story. I grew attached to the Avigdor family as I read their story and at times was on the edge of my seat as they had to flee their home. This had to be difficult for the entire family, especially the young children. My heart went out to the children, and also I couldn’t help but think about the back in their day and what the real life people had to deal with.

Another thing I found intriguing is that this story is told through the eyes of the young Kafer Avigdor. I though it very nice getting to know the story we have read so much about through the eyes of someone with an Altogether different view. If you love those WWII stories, this is one to add to your stash! And check back for the review of Book two, One Boy’s War, coming to this blog Sept. 18th! Boy from Belin gets a solid 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐ from me!

A special thanks to the author/publisher and iRead Book tours 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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Raves for Boy From Berlin by Nancy McDonald:

“Inspired by a true story, Boy from Berlin shares a unique voice in the Holocaust. Highly recommended!”
 Jennifer Roy, author of Yellow Star, winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award.

“A compelling introduction to themes of war, courage and identity, certain to engage young readers.” –Trilby Kent, author of Stones for my Father, winner of the TD Canadian Children’s Literary Award.

YOU MAY WANT TO READ BOOK TWO



Meet the Author:

Nancy McDonald began her career as a journalist on television programs that include W5, Canada AM, and Marketplace before going on to become a sought-after freelance writer, penning everything from documentaries to live-action scripts to comic books. One Boy’s War is the highly anticipated sequel to Boy from Berlin. Nancy lives in Stratford, Ontario, where she revels in Shakespeare, takes theatergoers on tours of the Costume Warehouse, and treads the boards with the Perth County Players. She also works part-time at Fanfare Books, Stratford’s only independent bookseller.

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Tour Schedule:

Sep 14 –Splashes of Joy – book review of Boy from Berlin / guest post / author interview / giveaway
Sep 14 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of Boy from Berlin / giveaway
Sep 14 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Sep 15 – I’m Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 15 – Adventurous Bookworm – book review of One Boy’s War / giveaway
Sep 16 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of Boy from Berlin / giveaway
Sep 17 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of One Boy’s War / giveaway
Sep 17 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 18 – Splashes of Joy – book review of One Boy’s War / giveaway
Sep 18 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of Boy from Berlin / giveaway
Sep 21 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of Boy from Berlin / guest post / giveaway
Sep 22 – Pen Possessed – book review of One Boy’s War
Sep 22 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 23 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of Boy from Berlin / giveaway
Sep 23 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of One Boy’s War / giveaway
Sep 24 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 24 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review of One Boy’s War
Sep 25 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 25 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of Boy from Berlin / giveaway
Sep 28 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Sep 29 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Sep 29 – Sylv.net – book spotlight
Sep 30 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of One Boy’s War / giveaway
Oct 1 – Connie’s History Classroom – book review of Boy from Berlin
Oct 1 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of One Boy’s War / guest post / giveaway
Oct 2 – Connie’s History Classroom – book review of One Boy’s War
Oct 2 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of One Boy’s War / giveaway
Oct 2 – Hall Ways Blog – book spotlight / giveaway

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Grand Finale for Seven Ways to Kill a King By Melissa Wright 

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Launch – Note from the Author

Princess Myrina is done hiding. Determined to remove each of the seven kings who stole her mother’s throne, she has every intention of setting things to right, king by murderous king. Her final mark waits in the castle of Stormskeep where her captive sister–the rightful queen and heir to the kingdom–is held by the worst of the kings. . .

Hallie Reads – Excerpt

“What are you playing at, Miri? You know we’ll never get past the guards. We can’t just waltz into the nearest castle and—” He made a vague gesture Miri supposed meant kill a king then shrugged a shoulder. “We should return to Smithsport. You should get on that ship and sail to somewhere safe.”

Any grace he’d earned the night before was forgotten. Miri leaned close. “My sister is captive to those murderous kings. If you think, for one moment, I prize my safety over hers—” Her words cut off at his look, because Miri knew all too well the sacrifice Cass was willing to make. He’d only wanted to save her and make her see that the path she was taking would be the death of them all. “I release you from your duty,” she said.

DEEKAY | Daily Dose of Reading – Review

“I had so much fun reading this book and following the journey of Miri and Cass in this wonderfully-written fantasy story. As a standalone fantasy book, it was done excellently and no wonder it wasn’t a series or part of a series. The way the author wrote this amazing story proved that this book is good without having to have any continuation. I highly recommend this to those who love reading fantasy books with strong protagonists, plenty of good actions, and memorable story that will always stay with you.”

Locks, Hooks and Books – Review

Seven Ways to Kill a King is the first book I have read by Melissa Wright. It will not be the last. I found the writing and plot to be unique and refreshing. I really enjoyed Cass and Miri’s story. I admired the bravery and courage of Miri. The whole book was non stop action and adventure.”

Andi’s Young Adult Books – Excerpt

Cass leaned down to blow on the flame, and when the light flared, it caught his expression. Miri had thought him angry, and certainly, he was, but something else simmered beneath his displeasure. Terric was a queensguard and had been his friend. Miri hadn’t just risked cost to herself. If Terric didn’t make it, it would cost them both.

Wishful Endings – Review

“I seriously loved reading this! I loved that it was a standalone, which is still rare these days (especially in fantasy). Great characters, an intriguing plot with all the feels, plenty of danger and action, and a sweet romance made for an excellent read. I’m excited to see what comes next from this author!”

Getting Your Read On – Review

“This was definitely a plot driven book. . . . The best bits of the book for me were the sneaking, assassin attempts and the fighting. They author did a great job of creating tension with those. I was definitely interested in how the events would play out and the last third of the book was great as far as a climax of events.”

Christy’s Cozy Corners – Excerpt

“Chickens. Maybe a doe.” He met her stare. “It’s not the same.”

“It’s not different.” It was. Killing to eat was not killing to kill. Wild game was no man. It was only a meal.

Cass was trying to scare her because of what she’d done and because they were getting closer to Pirn and the nearness of executing her plan. But there was no turning back. She had no other choice.

Rockin’ Book Reviews – Review

“This is a great action filled story. Miri and Cass are on the move throughout the entire story. I liked all the characters who were backup help to them. I liked the ending because it wasn’t at all how I was predicting it to be. . . . I highly recommend this book to others who like a good adventure.”

Bookishlifetime – Review

“I highly enjoyed this book! It was well-written, and highly entertaining. The story is awesome and it has an interesting plot! I also very much enjoyed the characters.”

Rincón de Joss – Review

“After getting to the end, I was so satisfied with the story and with the ending, something I liked a lot on this book was the detailed descriptions on it, you could actually imagine every place and every situation, so that made you get very immerse in the story from very early on.

It was an awesome fantasy with lots of drama and a little romance along the way.”

Splashes of Joy – Excerpt

Miri had never killed a man. Of course, she’d imagined it. Countless times, she’d envisioned holding each of those kings by the scruff of his neck, tugging his head back, and holding a blade at his throat as she whispered, “The Lion Queen sends her regards.”

She deserved to be scared. But she would not be turned away.

Caffeine Addled Ramblings – Excerpt

“They’ll do it at the festival,” Miri whispered to the air above her bed. “They’ll drag her into the square dressed in Lion silks. They’ll draw her braid behind her shoulder and wrap her wrists in leather and chains.”

She felt the stillness of Cass and that he did not seem to even draw breath. She wished she’d never spoken, but she couldn’t seem to stop. The kings were only holding Lettie hostage to use as leverage against the sorcerers who were tied to queen’s blood. Once she rose into her full power as heir, Lettie would have to be removed from their game.

Library Lady’s Kid Lit – Review

“There is much to like in Melissa Wright’s latest book Seven Ways to Kill a King. You have mythical lands, evil kings, and a princess who wants to make it all right again. There is also fighting, mystery, and romance. Melissa Wright has crafted a well-written fantasy that will draw in many readers. It is action-packed and will keep readers reading.”

Teatime and Books – Excerpt

“In a few days, they would pass near Stormhold, named for the first queen of the realm. Miri couldn’t recall the first time she’d seen the gate, but she’d been in awe without exception since. A massive structure stretched so high that one could barely make out the guards at the top, and carved into the stone of the archway was a relief of the Storm Queen herself.”

The Reading Corner for All – Review

“The author had a great capability to convey the intricacies of Miri’s plot and how she would execute them along with Cass, a bloodsworn soldier whose devotion to Miri suggests a more amorous bond. I loved the premise of the story and the foundation that centered on a young woman who took command of her own story, sought justice for the death of her mother, and strove to reclaim her birthright.”

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post…

Seven Ways to Kill a King By Melissa Wright YA Fantasy Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 264 Pages August 10, 2020

She was born a princess. They made her an assassin.

One was an accident. Two a coincidence. By three, they would know. It would be harder, but I would avenge my mother’s death. These kings would pay that price.

Seven cities make up the Storm Queen’s Realm, each of their self-crowned, murderous kings are one of Princess Myrina’s marks. The treasonous curs may have banded together to share a stolen throne, but soon they will fall.

They thought her dead, killed in the massacre. They thought their rule secure, but Myrina of Stormskeep has awoken. With the help of her loyal bloodsworn, the shadow princess of will have her revenge.

For fans of The Witcher and Game of Thrones—a new princess set on vengeance is here to steal your heart.

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About the Author

Melissa is the author of more than a dozen young adult and fantasy novels and countless to-do lists. Her most popular titles are The Frey Saga and Descendants Series. She’s currently working on the next book, but when not writing can be spotted collecting the things she loves at Goodreads and Pinterest. Contact her through the web at http://www.melissa-wright.com

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Grand Finale Blitz for Jennifer Faye’s The Italian’s Unexpected Heir 

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We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops you’ll find snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:

Launch – A Note from the Author

Thank you for joining me for the dramatic conclusion to The Bartolini Legacy trilogy. A diary and a secret totally upend the lives of the three Bartolini siblings and creates an unforgettable summer…

Rockin’ Book Reviews – Review

“In her usual fashion, Author Jennifer Faye has created another delightful story which one can relax with and enjoy! . . . The characters were very endearing. The scenes were portrayed well. There were a couple of unexpected twists which added to the intrigue. However, it was fairly predictable, yet so enjoyable!”

Becky on Books – Excerpt

Over the past several months, Sylvie DeLuca had become a good friend. She had the brightest smile—like the one she was flashing him now. And she was a good listener—though he usually didn’t have much to say. However, tonight, beneath the Parisian moonlight, he noticed her incredible beauty. How exactly had he missed it all this time?

Christy’s Cozy Corners – Review

“Reading The Italian’s Unexpected Heir is a pleasure. You will love reading how Sylvie and Enzo’s love develops through the book, the discovery of Sylvie’s pregnancy, the threat to the vineyard, and the conclusion of the legacy. This delightful romance is a quick and enjoyable read. You won’t want to put it down!”

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – Review

“. . . I have not read the other two, I did not have a problem following along. The author did a great job at providing a quick recap of the family history. . . . This book contains really well written characters, a heartwarming and at times heartbreaking storyline.”

Splashes of Joy – Review

“It’s been fun reading this delightful series, and I sure hate seeing it send. I like forward to seeing what is next in store with Jennifer Faye. If you love a sweet Romance, you may way to try out this book.”

Locks, Hooks and Books – Review

“I was not disappointed at all. It could be one of my favorites that I have read by her to date. It was so good. I had no issue reading the whole book in one sitting. I loved the chemistry between Enzo and Sylvie. Such a delight. . . . I recommend this one for readers who love to read clean, sweet and quick romances.”

Baroness’ Book Trove – Review

“I love happy endings. Ms. Faye does such a fabulous job wrapping up this family’s tragedy and answering all the questions that I find myself asking at the end of some books. My rating is five stars, and if you are looking for a sweet romance to spend an evening with, this is a great one. I highly recommend it.”

Hallie Reads – Review

“Jennifer Faye’s The Italian’s Unexpected Heir is delightful, finishing the series so well. I enjoyed Enzo and Sylvie as they sorted through their changing relationship, and of course, the trip to beautiful Italy that their story offers is much appreciated this year.”

reviewingbooksplusmore – Review

“I loved Sylvie and Enzo’s story in The Italian’s Unexpected Heir. . . . This book is part of a series but can be read as a stand-alone. However, I do recommend reading the first two books. I enjoyed them a lot also.”

underneath the covers – Excerpt

Sylvie felt as though she was having an out-of-body experience. Maybe that was what she needed to tell herself in that moment to give her the courage to reach out to Enzo. Her hand cupped his freshly shaved cheek.

If she didn’t do this now and quickly, she knew she would lose her courage. And though she’d been thinking about this for the longest time, if she didn’t act now, she would never fulfill her wish. And the one thing she’d learned in her short life is that you had to grasp the happy moments because they were fleeting and few.

Harlie’s Books – Excerpt & Review

His good mood deflated like a balloon stuck with a sharp needle. A big whoosh and his mood was back to its prior melancholy state of being.

Enzo blew out a deep sigh. This confirmed that their close-knit family was forever fractured. Nothing would ever be as it had been. If only he hadn’t held on to that secret—the one he wasn’t supposed to know anything about—maybe then things wouldn’t be so different.

“This book is the perfect ending to a wonderful series. I just loved how Ms. Faye wrapped up everyone’s loose ends and we get to Gia, Enzo and Bianca come together as a true family in the end. . . . As usual, Ms. Faye takes her time with her storytelling and nothing is rushed. I love her voice and she lets her characters do the talking. Some would argue that this book is shorter than the others in the series but again, Enzo and Sylvie didn’t need a long book. They laid out their story and just let it happen.”

My Life Loves and Passion – Spotlight

Pause for Tales – Review

“I have been enjoying this saga of three siblings who are reeling from their parents sudden deaths. . . . Both of them mature throughout the story as they face the consequences of their one night together and put the baby’s needs first. This was an emotional read at times especially as the siblings deal with the pain of losing their parents and the secrets they kept. However, family triumphs.”

Book Lover in Florida – Excerpt

He drew in a deep breath and then let it out. It didn’t matter how long he put this off; it wasn’t going to get easier for either of them. It was best just to get it over with as quickly as possible. “I’ve agreed to sell the estate.”

If it was possible for her face to grow paler, it most definitely had. Even her normally glossy pink lips were devoid of gloss this morning and had lost their color.

“You did what?” Her voice faded with each word.

Reading Excursions – Review

“For the most part; reading this was like being on an exotic vacation with no worries, lots of excitement, some drama, sweet moments, a lot of precious moments stuffed in it, along with the lessons. I truly enjoyed reading this and can’t wait until I finish the never-ending TBR to re-read these all together.”

Teatime and Books – Excerpt

As soon as the thought came to him, he dismissed it. He’d ruined any chance of anything romantic between them. Not that he was interested in starting a relationship. In fact, that was the last thing he wanted.

His personal life was a disaster. He might have won full ownership of the Bartolini estate but he’d lost what made it special—his family. In truth, he hadn’t even won control of it. He’d won out of default. His sisters didn’t want the place. They’d rather move far away and start over. Not that he could blame them after the way their lives had imploded upon finding their mother’s journal.

Beauty in the Binding – Spotlight

Bookish Jottings – Review

“Jennifer Faye’s The Italian’s Unexpected Heir is a superb contemporary romance full of such warmth, pathos and heart that it is absolutely impossible not to be drawn in from the very first page. Sylvie and Enzo’s love story is poignant, emotional, dramatic and one that will touch the heart and bring a tear to the eye of romantics everywhere. . . . Jennifer Faye’s The Bartolini Legacy trilogy has been absolutely fantastic and I cannot wait to read what she writes next!”

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The Italian’s Unexpected Heir (The Bartolini Legacy #3) By Jennifer Faye Contemporary Romance Paperback & ebook, 256 Pages September 1st 2020 by Harlequin Romance

Her baby surprise proves…

…that one night will never be enough!Reeling from the secrets that have torn his heritage apart, Enzo Bartolini is set on selling his family’s Tuscan vineyard and trying to forget the impulsive, dazzling night he and best friend Sylvie shared in Paris. While the sale moves forward, the thrilling awareness between him and Sylvie is harder to move past…especially when she upends Enzo’s world by revealing she’s carrying his baby!

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Other Books in the Series

The Prince and the Wedding Planner (The Bartolini Legacy #1) By Jennifer Faye Contemporary Romance Paperback & ebook, 256 Pages March 1st 2020 by Harlequin Romance

When different worlds collide…

…sparks fly!

With her family name on the line, wedding planner Bianca Bartolini needs this royal wedding to go perfectly—she can’t afford distractions. Too bad the bride’s dashing brother has other plans! Duty-bound Crown Prince Leo has mere weeks to announce his own engagement, but none of the candidates measure up to Bianca. They’re the most unlikely match, but might that just make them perfect for one another?

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The CEO, the Puppy and Me (The Bartolini Legacy #2) By Jennifer Faye Contemporary Romance Paperback & ebook, 256 Pages June 1st 2020 by Harlequin Romance

Has the search for her past…

…guided her toward her future?

Gia Bartolini’s determinedly searching for her real father. First stop on the enchanting Italian island of Lapri? A mysterious abandoned mansion…where, rescuing a trapped puppy, she falls straight into the arms of alluring Riccardo Moretti! Her passion for the all-business CEO burns bright, leaving Gia with a question: In uncovering her true roots, has fate led her to true love?

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About the Author

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

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Minute Zero by Chris Jayne Book Spotlight


Join us for this tour from Sep 11 to Oct 2, 2020!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Minute Zero (Stronghold Book 1) by Chris Jayne
CategoryAdult Fiction (18 +),  200 pages
GenreThriller, Post Apocalyptic
PublisherInferis Press
Release date:   Sep 11, 2020
Tour dates: Sep 11 to Oct 2, 2020
Content RatingRated PG-13+M for violent scenes and language, but there is no sex.

 
Book Description:

When the world ends in a heartbeat, suddenly old secrets don’t matter anymore. But new ones still do, and protecting the ones you love is the only thing that still remains.

Two sisters, one a trendy caterer on the run from a vicious killer, the other a country midwife. Because of a simple mistake, Lori Dovner must flee from the vicious mafioso Raoul Saldata, and her life goes from routine day to terrifying journey in a single moment. On the road with her two children, her only goal is to get to her sister’s Montana farm alive. But both Lori and Louise have been hiding a devastating secret for years.

Two brothers, one a Navy Seal on leave, the other a good man who wants to do right by his family. Captain Deacon Hale is taking two weeks to help his brother Roger and his wife Louise on their remote Montana farm. He loved Lori once, but has finally put her behind him. Roger Hale just wants to give his pregnant wife and two young children a good life. He has no idea about the betrayals that have been hidden from him.

Dangerous identity.
Angela Jones is an FBI agent with a terrible debt that she knows she will someday have to pay. And when Raoul Saldata calls in that marker she has no choice but to comply.

Evil incarnate.
Raoul  Saldata as a child in Albania, would pretend he was a dhampir, the offspring resulting from the mating between a human female and a vampire. A myth of course, but the evil Saldata practices is anything but. And when he finds Lori Dovner, he intends to do a lot more than just kill her.

MINUTE ZERO (Stronghold: Book One) is an apocalyptic EMP thriller (with a touch of romance) about an ordinary family struggling to stay safe and find each other in the face of insurmountable odds, an abysmal loss of life and the dawn of a new, post-apocalyptic dark age. 
 
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Meet the Author:

Could it happen?  Would you survive?
 
Chris Jayne is author of the apocalyptic EMP series “Stronghold.” 
 
Jayne is also the penname of a USA Today bestselling romance and thriller author who is has started asking “what if?”  What if the lights go off?  What if the food supply chain just… stops?   The world could become an unfriendly place in a hurry.
 
Three years ago, Chris began exploring the “prepper” lifestyle, and hopes that if TEOTWAWKI would actually happen, she would be in a position to protect her family and loved ones. 
 
She now spends her days splitting her time between her romance writing and her apocalyptic and dystopian fiction novels. Because what’s more fun than imagining the end of the world from the comfort of your couch?  And if the end of the world has a few sexy Navy Seals in it?  All the better!

She loves writing stories exploring how ordinary people cope with extraordinary circumstances, especially situations where the normal comforts, conveniences, and rules are stripped away.

Connect with the Author:  website 

 
Tour Schedule:


Sep 11 – My Fictional Oasis – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 11 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 11 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 14 – FUONLYKNEW – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 15 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 15 – Sylv.net – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 16 – GinaRaeMitchell – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 17 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight
Sep 17 – Lisa-Queen of Random – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 18 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 21 – Adventurous Jessy – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 22 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 23 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Sep 24 – My Reading Journeys – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 25 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book spotlight
Sep 28 – She Just Loves Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 29 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 30 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 1 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Oct 2 – Locks, Hooks And Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 2 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
 
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Seven Ways to Kill a King by Melissa Wright

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Seven Ways to Kill a King By Melissa Wright YA Fantasy Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 264 Pages August 10, 2020

She was born a princess. They made her an assassin.

One was an accident. Two a coincidence. By three, they would know. It would be harder, but I would avenge my mother’s death. These kings would pay that price.

Seven cities make up the Storm Queen’s Realm, each of their self-crowned, murderous kings are one of Princess Myrina’s marks. The treasonous curs may have banded together to share a stolen throne, but soon they will fall.

They thought her dead, killed in the massacre. They thought their rule secure, but Myrina of Stormskeep has awoken. With the help of her loyal bloodsworn, the shadow princess of will have her revenge.

For fans of The Witcher and Game of Thrones—a new princess set on vengeance is here to steal your heart.

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AN EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK

Miri had never killed a man. Of course, she’d imagined it. Countless times, she’d envisioned holding each of those kings by the scruff of his neck, tugging his head back, and holding a blade at his throat as she whispered, “The Lion Queen sends her regards.”

She deserved to be scared. But she would not be turned away.

“There wouldn’t be sympathizers if the kings were doing even a remotely decent job.” Cass’s eyes shot to hers, but Miri kept on. “That man and woman would not have lost their home, their barn, and their freedom if the treasonous lords who stole the throne knew a thing about how to rule. People are starving. Trade suffers even now. A good day’s wage will barely buy a hock of meat.” Miri bit down hard against the words. Cass didn’t need that lecture. He understood better than her.

Things were falling apart. Those men had not taken her mother’s rule because the Lion Queen had done poorly at it. They’d stolen it for greed and because it had seemed like that power was something to envy. Since that day, the people of the realm had suffered. For years, it had only grown worse.

Cass stayed knelt across the fire from Miri, his eyes on the flickering flames. Miri thought about the words they’d overheard at the inn, the children and girls taken by the kingsmen, and how their blood would be used by the sorcerers at the king’s command.

When the meat had finally cooked through, Cass shifted it away from the flame. It was several moments before he lifted the spit from the fire and came around to settle beside Miri. He didn’t speak as he offered her first share. Miri tore a small hunk free, and the meat was hot against her chilled fingers. He took the spit back, looked at it for another few moments, then slid it toward the fire. He glanced at his boots, settled the heels firmly into the earth, and wrapped his arms loosely around his knees.

Miri took a bite of her portion, but the hot grease felt thick in her throat and made her stomach turn.

They didn’t speak until the fire burned low.

“I’m going to Pirn.” Miri’s voice was barely a whisper, but her words were no less a vow. “And I’m going to kill the false king before the next moon.”

About the Author

Melissa is the author of more than a dozen young adult and fantasy novels and countless to-do lists. Her most popular titles are The Frey Saga and Descendants Series. She’s currently working on the next book, but when not writing can be spotted collecting the things she loves at Goodreads and Pinterest. Contact her through the web at http://www.melissa-wright.com

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$50.00 Giveaway and Scavenger Hunt for A Season to Dance by Patricia Beal

14. If a film were made of your book, who would you cast in the leading roles?

The reader as Ana, Blake Shelton as Peter, and Mikhail Baryshnikov as Claus. Here’s a little bit more on each –

Meet Ana: (image from Pinterest)

Resembles: You – I would love for each reader to feel like the star of the story.

Age: Late twenties.

Loves: Ballet, her aging dog, the Chattahoochee River, Callaway Gardens, the Rhine.

Quirk: Counting when she doesn’t want to cry (trees, bricks, anything).

Favorite place to explore/visit: Callaway Gardens.

Biggest struggle: Finding joy, balance, and success.

Background: She’s been dancing forever and does well, but not as well as she’d hoped, and time is running out. She’s engaged and is happy, but her first love’s return to Georgia after a mysterious disappearance shakes her up.

Work: Second best at the Allen Ballet.

Meet Peter: (image from Pinterest)

Resembles: Blake Shelton.

Age: Late thirties.

Loves: Ana, his ranch, and country music.

Quirk: He knows a lot about ducks and hawks.

Favorite place to explore/visit: Anywhere Ana is.

Biggest struggle: Trust.

Background: His first wife left him for another man. He believes that with Ana he can be happy again.

Work: Landscape artist at Callaway Gardens.

Meet Claus: (image from Pinterest)

Resembles: Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Age: Late twenties.

Loves: Ana, ballet, picnics by the Rhine, and his Mercedes.

Quirk: He’s an old soul.

Favorite place to explore/visit: Anywhere in his native Germany.

Biggest struggle: To get Ana back.

Background: Claus was born in Germany and met Ana when they were both starting their careers. After a mysterious disappearance and 10-year absence, he returns to Georgia to dance with her and win her back.

Work: He’s now one of the world’s most famous dancers.

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31. If you had one piece of advice for new writers, what would it be?

1) Don’t quit. 2) If you have a great novel that’s not selling because of the market, write a different novel. If you have a great novel that’s not selling because the writing is not as mature as it needs to be, keep improving the same novel, or you’ll repeat the same mistakes in the next one.

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34. Where is your favorite vacation getaway?

Paris always.

About the Book:

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Book: A Season to Dance

Author: Patricia Beal

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Release Date: May 6, 2017

Ana Brassfield has her path to the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House all figured out until her first love, renowned German dancer Claus Gert, returns to Georgia to win her back. Despite a promising start towards her ballet career and pending marriage to landscape architect, Peter Engberg, Ana wonders if her dreams of dancing at the Met are as impossible as her previous romantic relationship with Claus.

Then, an on-stage kiss between Ana and Claus changes everything.

Convinced the kiss is more than a one-time mistake, Peter breaks off their engagement. With an old dog crippled by arthritis and dreams deferred but not left behind, Ana moves to Germany to be with Claus. But the ghost of his late wife, Ana’s own feelings for Peter, and the pressure of earning a spot in a large ballet company are a high price for a shot at success. Ana seems on the verge of having everything she ever dreamed of, but will it be enough?

About the Author:

Patricia writes contemporary women’s fiction and romance. She is a Genesis Award semi-finalist, First Impressions finalist, and the author of A Season to Dance and Desert Willow (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, 2017 and 2020). She writes from Fayetteville, North Carolina. Visit her at http://www.patriciabeal.com for more.

Kick-off post:

When I wrote the first line of my first novel in January of 2011, I wanted to get published because I was desperate to feel important.

I finished writing A Season to Dance that fall and hired coach Gloria Kempton via Writer’s Digest to look at the whole thing and tell me if it was any good.

She saw potential in the story of a small-town professional ballerina with big dreams, but explained I needed a clearer quest, more telling details, better scene structure, and better balance between sequels and dramatic scenes. I joined Gloria’s critique group and spent a year rewriting.

During that year, my husband got orders to move the family from Fort Benning, Georgia, to Germany, and he deployed for the sixth time soon after we settled on a lovely mountaintop in Idar-Oberstein.

When I finished rewriting, Gloria said the novel looked good and had everything a novel was supposed to have. But… “Something’s still missing. I don’t know what it is. We’ve covered it all.”

So of course I did what any writer desperate for validation would do. I told my coach that surely nothing was missing and that it was time to query. I hired a service to blast queries everywhere for me. I know… Shame on me… But God used that.

God’s Plan—Phase One

One query ended up with Mrs. Joyce Hart, of Hartline Literary. The novel wasn’t Christian—I wasn’t a Christian. She shouldn’t have received my query. But she did. She sent me a note saying she liked the storyline but that in Christian novels the protagonist couldn’t live with her love interest without being married. She was very kind and said that if she was missing the point and if the novel was indeed Christian that I should resubmit explaining the living together piece.

When I read it I laughed and rolled my eyes. I started typing a condescending reply. Something about Christian fairy tale brains and me living in the real world, but I decided not to send it.

Days passed. A week passed. A month passed. And all I did was collect rejections. I became bitter. Bitterly sad at first. Then bitterly discouraged. And then bitterly ugly. I’d never been ugly before. Not like that.

See, up to that point, I’d believed that there was some kind of “god” and that somewhere, somehow, being good was right and that it paid off. But with the disappointments of the publishing journey those beliefs became a joke to me. I stood in the middle of my empty German kitchen—husband deployed, kids at school, my first dog had just died. And I looked at that inbox full of rejections and stated to whomever or whatever was out there: “God is dead.”

Mercy. Surely I said that to the “god” of my imagination, and not to the real God—God as He reveals Himself in the Bible. But I know that He was in that kitchen with me. And phase two of His plan was about to start.

Luke 22:31-32: “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”

God’s Plan—Phase Two

As I lost all restraint and became the worst version of myself, God removed me from my green German mountaintop.

After less than eighteen months in Germany, we were sent back to America, to the Chihuahuan Desert in West Texas. To a place called Fort Bliss—a place from which you can see a Mexican mountain with the words: “Cd. Juárez. La Biblia es la verdad. Leela.” That translates to “City of Juárez. The Bible is the truth. Read it.” Gotta love it. God is good.

During the first six months back in America, I went to two secular writers’ conferences and met more rejection. My lack of restraint and my selfishness didn’t really make me happy. I wanted to go to therapy. I wanted a job. I still dreamed of that book deal that had to be just around the corner. I wanted, I wanted…

But nothing happened, and it didn’t matter how hard I tried to get help, get happy, and find any kind of relief for the pain I felt. Nothing. Happened. I’d never seen so many closed doors—slammed-shut doors—ever in my life. Even the shrink kept double booking, closing early, and somehow cancelling on me. It was ridiculous.

The One Open Door

When God planted our family in the desert, He planted us two blocks from a friend from the Fort Benning years. A friend whose claim to fame was church shopping whenever the Army moved her family. I asked her to take me to church on the first Wednesday of January of 2013.

I fell in His arms. Surrendered, defeated, and dependent. Or what God likes to call—ready. I was born again two weeks later and was baptized on Super Bowl Sunday that February.

Gloria’s “Something Missing”

I had tickets to go to New York for the Writer’s Digest conference that spring, but sometime in March, it dawned on me: “You silly goose of a girl. You wrote a salvation story without the salvation piece.” My first coach, Gloria Kempton, had been right all along. There was something missing!

A Season to Dance isn’t just the story of a small-town professional ballerina who dreams of dancing at the Met in New York and the two men who love her. It’s also the story of a girl desperately trying to fill the God-shaped hole in her heart with often misguided career and romantic pursuits.

I deleted Mrs. Hart’s email that week. Yes, it was still in my inbox. Job well done, Mrs. Hart.

Now, I had work to do. I spent 2013 and the first half of 2014 rewriting the novel. Five ladies from my Sunday school read chapter after chapter as I produced them and cheered me on through that gruesome process. I couldn’t have done it without their support. God is good.

Jeff Gerke edited my novel in the summer of 2014 and had me read Robert McGee’s The Search for Significance: Seeing Your True Worth Through God’s Eyes. God is good.

I went to my first Christian writers conference, the ACFW 2014 in St. Louis. Two weeks later, Les Stobbe offered to represent me. God is good.

ACFW 2015 was fantastic and many houses are looking at that first manuscript. God is good.

My family got saved, too. My husband in July of 2013. Our son in December of 2013. My mom in the fall of 2014. And our little girl just this past summer, the summer of 2015. God is amazingly good.

Giveaway:

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Seven Sevens in the Gospel of John by Sinikka Smothers

About the Book

Book: Seven Sevens in the Gospel of John

Author: Sinikka Smothers

Genre: Nonfiction

Release Date: January 22, 2020

The number seven is significant in science and history as well as in the Bible. When a science educator applies the lens of seven onto the gospel of John, intriguing patterns emerge. Author Sinikka Smothers says, “God has a purposeful design for every area of His creation—including the use of numbers. God loves numbers, especially the number seven. He used mathematical algorithms to construct the matrix we call our universe. Mathematics is God’s language of creation.”

Discover refreshing insights into the life of Christ through this study of seven themes embedded in John’s gospel narrative. The author presents John’s message in seven parts, each one divided into seven sections. Revisit the familiar seven “I AM” statements of Jesus and other sevens that are not widely written about:

  • Seven signs and miracles Jesus performed
  • Seven witnesses that testify of Jesus
  • Seven ministries of the Holy Spirit
  • Seven life-changing conversations of Jesus
  • Seven women
  • Seven questions Pilate asked Jesus

This unique commentary includes rich historical details and paints a vivid portrait of Jesus the Son of God as Master, Savior, and Friend. Relevant stories and personal applications bring the familiar accounts of the book of John to contemporary contexts.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I found Seven Sevens in the Gospel of John by Sinikka Smothers a very unique and interesting book to read. I have read the book of John many times, I don’t have a number if how many times I have read many of its verses, or chapters, I’ve heard many sermons preached on the book of John, so I thought I knew it pretty well. But as with all of God’s Word, there is always something more and interesting to learn. And this book helped me realize that. For example, and the one that baffled me the most, did you know that Pilot asked Jesus Seven questions? I’m going to check into this one more! And there is so much stuff here.

The number Seven is all through the Gospel of John, and in her book, Ms. Smothers brings this out in a very detailed way and also how it relates to our daily lives. This book is divided into, yes Seven Parts, with each part having different chapters. And this author does an amazing job of creating an amazing ending, one that will keep you thinking for a long time. I love so much about this book because I have always loved John’s Gospel. This is a book that can benefit every Christian in some way. So I highly recommend this for everyone! A five star⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review from me!!

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

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Sinikka Smothers emigrated from Finland to Alabama to study after receiving a college scholarship. While her original plan was to become a missionary, meeting her future husband, Jim, in college changed the direction of her life. She worked twenty-five years as a science teacher with individuals who are visually impaired, and earned her doctorate in education from the University of Alabama. Recently retired, she enjoys teaching Bible classes and spending time with her husband of forty years, two children, and three grandchildren.

More from Sinikka Smothers

A mob of men, women, and children were climbing up the hillside by the Sea of Galilee. “There he is!” someone shouted from above. Those withing hearing distance turned quickly and began to hasten in the direction of the voice. The rest of the large crowd followed their lead, trapped in a current of motion. It was difficult for them to see ahead since the number of people had grown to more than five thousand. Mothers and fathers picked up their young children to protect them from the travelers pressing against them while trying to move ahead to the front of the throng…

Seven Sevens in the Gospel of John began with hand written notes overflowing the pages of my devotional journal. The journal led to several hundred typewritten pages of commentary on John’s narrative of the life of Jesus. After teaching two bible studies based on my emerging outline of seven sevens, I ran into Athena Holtz with Redemption Press. Athena connected me with an editor who condensed my tub-full of writing to a sleek 195 pages. The ten-year-long writing project reached its finish line in January 2020 when I received my “author’s copy”. I will always remember the joy I felt at the first sight of the shiny book cover featuring a summer sky above the gold colored pages of an old parchment. Indeed, if John’s gospel is the treasure map, the timeless treasure it points to is Jesus, our Savior and Lord.

Seven Sevens in the Gospel of John does not add anything to John’s masterful presentation of Jesus as the Son of God and the Son of Man who invites everyone to live in a personal relationship with Him. It merely offers refreshing perspectives and a novel framework for the reading and rereading of this well-loved gospel. Each of the seven themes in my book contains seven subtopics, totaling 49 chapters. The chapters include special anecdotes, personal stories, and information pieces that connect the themes to contemporary contexts. It is my hope that the reader will find the book useful as a Bible study companion, book study, teaching outline or a devotional reading.

After my book project was completed, something new and surprising began to rise up in my spirit: I became inspired to experiment in visual arts. I wanted my Facebook posts for my book to stand out and speak to diverse audiences; as a result, I constructed collages, used mystery photos from the Holy Land, searched through our family’s Google photos, and began to paint images on old wooden boards I found in our shed.  This explosion of artistic expression has led me to rent a booth at a local antiques and crafts mall. If you visit Huntsville, Alabama, please stop by at the Top Key Market to see my booth, at the center of which stands a worn pulpit featuring Seven Sevens in the Gospel of John.

I inherited my love for words from my mother who always spoke the right words for every situation. She often quoted wonderfully quaint Finnish folk sayings that carried centuries of wisdom. I became an avid reader and writer at the age of 6. Academic studies occupied most of my professional life as a teacher, but after retiring four years ago, I have plunged into reading and writing to make up for the lost time. My husband and I have been married for 41 years. Our two children and four grandchildren live nearby and add a lot of fun to our weekly calendar. I look forward to writing a biographical book in the near future. The theme, of course, will include the number seven.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, August 28

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 29

Artistic Nobody, August 30 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Sara Jane Jacobs, August 31

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 1

Texas Book-aholic, September 2

Inklings and notions, September 3

For Him and My Family, September 4

deb’s Book Review, September 4

Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 5

Writing from the Heart Land, September 6

For the Love of Literature, September 7

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 8

Mary Hake, September 9

Splashes of Joy, September 10

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Sinikka is giving away the grand prize of a surprise piece of art by the herself!!

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

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A Place to Belong by Lauraine Snelling

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About

The Exciting Conclusion to Lauraine Snelling’s WILD WEST WIND series8

As winter settles over the Engstrom ranch, Cassie Lockwood has a lot on her mind. The way Lucas Engstrom smiles at her should set her heart to tripping. But it doesn’t. Shouldn’t there be some attraction to him if they are going to be married? His vow to make her love him doesn’t seem to be working, no matter how considerate and charming he is. And then there’s the look she caught him sending Betsy Hudson at church one Sunday. Are she and Lucas drifting apart?

During a short trip away, Cassie realizes she must make other plans for her future. But what will the Engstroms say when she announces plans to leave the ranch and join a Wild West show?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

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


THE AUTHOR

Lauraine Snelling
Photo by: Ginger Murray Photography

Lauraine Snelling

Lauraine Snelling (www.laurainesnelling.com) is the award-winning author of more than 70 books, fiction and nonfiction, for adults and young adults. Her books have sold more than five million copies. She and her husband make their home in Tehachapi, California.

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Second Chance at Love by Shirley Quiring Mozena

About the Book

Book:  A Second Chance at Love

Author: Shirley Quiring Mozena, co-authored with James P. Mozena

Genre:  Non-fiction

Release Date: July, 2020

Second Chance at Love

Whether your marriage was blissful or challenging, lengthy or short, it didn’t end the way you imagined. Regardless of how you found yourself without a life partner, you may be at a point where you’d like to experience the love of a spouse again. Authors Shirley and Jim Mozena experienced devastating losses and then struggles in their relationships before finding renewed love with each other, and in Second Chance at Love they offer their insights to these difficult questions:

  • Are you really ready?
  • Is now the time?
  • How do you know if you’ve found the right one?
  • Is the potential pain of losing another spouse worth it?

The authors approach their answers with practical reality and their own vulnerability. They share the experiences of their first marriages, their second marriages, their journeys through what seemed like devastating losses, and the gifts of finding love and another chance to share their lives with a spouse after death and divorce.

In addition to the down-to-earth guidance on the situations you face when considering marrying again, Shirley and Jim have created valuable questionnaires to identify issues and facilitate discussions with potential mates. The information contained in this book will give you confidence and peace as you navigate these hopeful waters.

Author Interview

How long does it take you to write a book?

About two years. I write the first draft, work with a coach, re-write, share with my writing group, re-write again. Work with an editor and then it’s done. Kind of a long “pregnancy” but the baby is worth all of the time!

2.  As a non-fiction writer, have you ever thought about transferring over to fiction?

I’ve thought about it, tried it a little and so far am not happy with my results. I love to read fiction, though and get ideas for my non-fiction writing.

3.Do you prefer writing in silence or to music?

I like silence sometimes and if I play music, I enjoy classical.

4. Give six things your readers may not know about you?

1. I climbed Mt Hood six times

2. I play violin

3. Love to dance even though I’m not great at it.

4. Climbed Mt St. Helens 11 times

5. I flipped a sports car on its top—one day after my husband installed a roll bar.

6. I took flight lessons in a Taylorcraft airplane.

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

I am honored when a reader comments—or even reads what I’ve written.

Click here to get your copy of the book!

About the Authors

Shirley Mozena

Shirley Quiring Mozena is a speaker for Stonecroft Ministries and publishes a weekly blog on encouragement and hope. She and her husband, Jim, facilitate GriefShare, where they work with those grieving the loss of a loved one in death. Shirley has also written Second Chances at Life and Love, with Hope and Beyond Second Chances: Heartbreak to Joy.

James (Jim) P. Mozena was owner and president of Mozena Consulting Group (MCG Inc.) for thirty years. He has taught university business classes and authored four books on improving organizational performance.

More from Shirley and Jim

Did you know remarriage is on the rise for Americans aged 55 years or older—widowed or divorced? Author Shirley Quiring Mozena, with her husband Jim, know the demands of remarriage, blending families from divorce and being widowed. They came from long and enduring marriages and found marriage to be fulfilling. They discovered that in spite of their love for each other, there were challenges before their wedding took place.

Together they wrote Second Chance at Love. Join them as they share their joys, sorrows, and even misfires in pursuing a marriage partner. This book will show you through their own experiences through divorce and widowhood what’s important in what a couple might face in second or third marriages.

Blog Stops

Artistic Nobody, September 7 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 8

Splashes of Joy, September 9 (Author Interview)

Texas Book-aholic, September 10

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 11

Spoken from the Heart, September 12 (Author Interview)

deb’s Book Review, September 12

Inklings and notions, September 13

For Him and My Family, September 14

Beauty in the Binding, September 15 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 16

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 17

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, September 18 (Author Interview)

Sara Jane Jacobs, September 19

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 20

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Shirley is giving away the grand prize of a signed copy of the book!!

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

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THE ITALIAN’S UNEXPECTED HEIR by Jennifer Faye


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A Note from the Author

Thank you for joining me for the dramatic conclusion to The Bartolini Legacy trilogy. A diary and a secret totally upend the lives of the three Bartolini siblings and creates an unforgettable summer… 

Life is full of surprises—some of them good—some of them not so good. And then there are the surprises you never saw coming that upend everything you thought you knew. That’s what happens to the Bartolini family. And the repercussions shake everyone’s foundations, including Enzo, the eldest Bartolini sibling. 

Since an early age, Enzo had been taught to look out for his sisters. But he wasn’t able to protect them from the pain of learning their family’s long held secret. And now he feels as though he failed them as well as being betrayed by the people he trusted most in this world—his parents. 

Wedding planner Sylvie DeLuca has never had an easy life. With her father dying before she could know him and years later losing her mother, she’s alone in the world. But when a job assisting with a royal wedding leads to her having a dream job in Tuscany, she wonders if at last she’s home. 

But when her pregnancy test comes up positive just as Enzo announces he’s selling the Bartolini estate, what’s Sylvie to do? Start over elsewhere? Or fight for the estate she’s come to love? 

Happy reading, 
— Jennifer 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

THE ITALIAN’S UNEXPECTED HEIR is Jennifer Faye’s third book in this series. In previous books, Sylvie is the current wedding planner at the Bartolini vineyard. This story is about Sylvia and Enzo, who have been good friends for a while and though they haven’t figured it out, they have feelings for each other. Ms. Faye does a wonderful job of exploring these feeling within the pages of this book. The Itailian part of it and the vivid descriptions, and those of the vineyard are described in such a way you way to jump on a plane for Italy right away! But since I will never go, it was sure fun reading about it!

It’s been fun reading this delightful series, and I sure hate seeing it send. I like forward to seeing what is next in store with Jennifer Faye. If you love a sweet Romance, you may way to try out this book.

A special thanks to the author/publisher and Prism Book Tours 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


The Bartolini Legacy 
A secret, an inheritance, a journey to happy-ever-after! 
A diary… 
After their parents’ sudden deaths, the Bartolini siblings Bianca, Gia and Enzo return home to Tuscany and discover one of them is illegitimate! 
A will… 
As they’re reeling from the bombshell, the will is read. The luxury family estate will be left to the sibling who can generate the greatest income. 
A summer to remember… 
While they wait for the DNA test results, each sibling embarks on their own vision for the vineyard’s future. They have six months that will take them on a journey of self-discovery and finding love along the way… 
Read Bianca’s story in The Prince and the Wedding Planner Discover Gia’s story in The CEO, the Puppy and Me And find Enzo’s story in The Italian’s Unexpected Heir 
All available now!
The Italian’s Unexpected Heir(The Bartolini Legacy #3)By Jennifer FayeContemporary RomancePaperback & ebook, 256 PagesSeptember 1st 2020 by Harlequin Romance
Her baby surprise proves…
…that one night will never be enough!
Reeling from the secrets that have torn his heritage apart, Enzo Bartolini is set on selling his family’s Tuscan vineyard and trying to forget the impulsive, dazzling night he and best friend Sylvie shared in Paris. While the sale moves forward, the thrilling awareness between him and Sylvie is harder to move past…especially when she upends Enzo’s world by revealing she’s carrying his baby!
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Go to Jennifer’s Contact Page HERE and order your bookmark(s)!
Tour Schedule
September 8th:LaunchRockin’ Book ReviewsBecky on BooksSeptember 9th:Christy’s Cozy CornersBecause I said so — and other adventures in ParentingSplashes of JoyLocks, Hooks and BooksSeptember 10th:Baroness’ Book TroveHallie Readsreviewingbooksplusmoreunderneath the coversHarlie’s BooksMy Life Loves and PassionSeptember 11th:Andi’s Book ReviewsPause for TalesBook Lover in FloridaBooks and ZebrasSeptember 12th:Reading ExcursionsTeatime and BooksBeauty in the BindingBookish JottingsSeptember 13th:Grand Finale

Other Books in the Series
The Prince and the Wedding Planner(The Bartolini Legacy #1)By Jennifer FayeContemporary RomancePaperback & ebook, 256 PagesMarch 1st 2020 by Harlequin Romance
When different worlds collide…
…sparks fly!
With her family name on the line, wedding planner Bianca Bartolini needs this royal wedding to go perfectly—she can’t afford distractions. Too bad the bride’s dashing brother has other plans! Duty-bound Crown Prince Leo has mere weeks to announce his own engagement, but none of the candidates measure up to Bianca. They’re the most unlikely match, but might that just make them perfect for one another?
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The CEO, the Puppy and Me(The Bartolini Legacy #2)By Jennifer FayeContemporary RomancePaperback & ebook, 256 PagesJune 1st 2020 by Harlequin Romance
Has the search for her past…
…guided her toward her future?
Gia Bartolini’s determinedly searching for her real father. First stop on the enchanting Italian island of Lapri? A mysterious abandoned mansion…where, rescuing a trapped puppy, she falls straight into the arms of alluring Riccardo Moretti! Her passion for the all-business CEO burns bright, leaving Gia with a question: In uncovering her true roots, has fate led her to true love?
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About the Author

Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances with rugged cowboys, sexy billionaires and enchanting royalty. Internationally published with books translated into nine languages. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards.
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Open internationallyEnds September 16, 2020
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A Home in Drayton Valley

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A dream of a better life…
A tragedy aboard a wagon train…
A tentative agreement…
Will it lead to love for two seeking hearts?
Hoping to escape the poor conditions of 1880 New York, Tarsie Raines and her friends Joss and Mary Brubacher and their two children set off for Kansas aboard an unusual wagon train. But when tragedy strikes on the trip across the prairie, Tarsie is thrown into a partnership with Joss that leaves them both questioning God and their plans for the future.

As their funds dwindle and nothing goes as planned, will they give up and go their separate ways? Or will God use their time in Drayton Valley in a way they never expected?

“Sawyer treats readers to love stories that speak to the heart.”–Romantic Times

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

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


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THE AUTHOR

  1. Kim Vogel Sawyer

    Kim Vogel Sawyer

    Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of nineteen novels, including several CBA and ECPA bestsellers. Her books have won the ACFW Book of the Year Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Kim is active in her church,…

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