Giveaway and Tour for A Christmas Tale for Little Women by Linda Brooks Davis

A Christmas Tale for Little Woman

About the Book

Book: A Christmas Tale for Little Women

Author: Linda Brooks Davis

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

Release Date: September 15, 2020

A Christmas Tale for Little Women

Broadview is attired for Christmas. Oklahoma heiress, Adelaide Fitzgerald, is hosting two young girls who have chosen to celebrate Christmas with Auntie Addie rather than their family in Colorado.

Adelaide must give these girls a Christmas like no other. Has she thought of everything? What would top off this holiday in an extraordinary way?

The answer lies just the other side of Rock Creek. But what will it take for her to realize it is the Christmas topper she’s been seeking?

It’s 1912, and Adelaide Fitzgerald’s view of Christmas is about to emerge as a tale for a lifetime.

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It has been a long time since I read Little Women but remembering how much I loved the book I really wanted to read this one. I grew to love the cast of characters here, and I love that this is a Christmas story set in 1912. I always love reading books in this era because it’s fun for me to think about what my grandparents were doing during this time in their young lives. And what kind if Christmas they had the Christmas of 1912!

Addie was a special character for me. With her wanting to help a family in need during this Christmas shows the tender heart she has toward others. And I appreciate the way author Linda Brooks Davis shows the real spirit of Christmas in the character of Addie and shows the Love Jesus has for each of us. This one gets 5 Stars from me! If you are looking for good books to read during Christmas time, this is a great one to add to your collection!

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

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Linda Brooks Davis is a lifelong Texan who devoted 40 years to special education as a therapist, teacher, and administrator. She retired in 2008 and now writes full time.

Linda’s debut novel, Amazon best-selling The Calling of Ella McFarland, Book One in the Women of Rock Creek series, is set in 1905 Indian Territory prior to Oklahoma statehood. It won Jerry Jenkins Operation First Novel in 2014 and subsequently, ACFW’s Carol award for debut novel 2016. The sequel novella, A Christmas to Remember, is set in 1908 Oklahoma. A second novella, A Christmas Measure of Love, is set in 1910 and is the prequel to Linda’s second full-length novel, which is set in 1914, Amazon best-selling The Mending of Lillian CathleenBook Two. The third novella, A Christmas Tale for Little Women, releases in 2020 and is set in 1912. It is a prequel to Book 3 in The Women of Rock Creek series, The Awakening of Miss Adelaide, which is set in 1918.

Linda and her beloved husband Al worship and minister at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio and dote on six grandchildren. Readers may contact Linda through her website, www.lindabrooksdavis.com.

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Everyone worked at my home on a South Texas farm near the U.S. border with Mexico.

My playmates were children of Hispanic laborers. Language never hindered playing la casa, making mud pies, or rocking los bebésFrijoles and tamales served from stewpots over open fires tasted delicioso in either language. I learned outside their homes a broom works great on hardened soil.

Daddy paid workers on Saturdays, some by the hour, others by production. Lining up, they extended their hands, and he laid cash across their open palms. They checked the figures they had scribbled on paper scraps, trusting el patrón to correct discrepancies. Humble, grateful people, they showed respect.

My father verified immigration paperwork for those whom he housed. Others lived in the shadows, arriving around sunup and disappearing before sundown. Each evening a car or truck would rattle alongside the field, and the shadow worker would slip inside. Then the vehicle would clatter toward the horizon. And returned another day.

Occasionally, however, an alarm shouted in Spanish would sound across the field. Dropping his cotton sack, a worker would dash toward the cotton trailer in the turn row. Like hounds burrowing under a house, he and a compadre would leap over the trailer’s sides and dig a hole in the freshly picked cotton. The first crawled in, and the other covered him.

The immigration officer making his rounds would walk into the field and occasionally stomp around inside the trailer, searching for man-sized lumps. I never witnessed the discovery of a shadow worker, but I heard about them on other farms. Worst of all, I heard about tragedies. With very little oxygen between tightly packed fluffs of cotton, a man could suffocate and occasionally would. I wondered what would lead a man to take such chances and how my law-abiding, God-loving father justified his complicity. So, I asked, and he answered, “Desperation, sugar. All they want is work. A man wants to provide for his family wherever or however he can. I can’t turn them away.”

Sounded like work was a gift. Huh? my ten-year-old brain asked itself.

Years later, I understood this principle. The second chapter of Genesis shows us that God created man not to laze around all day, but to work.

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. Genesis 2:15

Therefore, not only in “the beginning,” but on our farm in 1956, a man’s strength to work was God’s gift. The opportunity to work was Daddy’s gift to the men. The fruit of each man’s labor was the gift he sent home each week and the fulfillment of his need to provide for his family.

At Christmas we enjoyed preparing bushel baskets of meats, fruits and vegetables, candy and nuts, and toys for each family. I wondered about those who stayed around for a single day. Would their children find fruits, nuts, or even a piece of candy on Christmas morning?

Answers evaded me then—-as they do now—-but as a writer in my eighth decade of life, one truth I hold onto is that the strength for each day of writing and less pain in my arthritic hands and back are gifts from God. Each opportunity to write is an opportunity not only to entertain but to inspire readers to seek God in their everyday lives. Each word, unique turn of a phrase, or plot idea . . . is my gift to Him.

Protecting our safety is a far more complicated endeavor in 2020 than it was in 1956. Threats arise like none presented five decades ago, but work is still a gift. God wired it into our DNA. Come to think of it, the ideas for A Christmas Tale for Little Women and the subsequent novel—one set in the southern tip of Texas, a story about a loving, destitute man who wants only to provide for his family—are gifts.

Those diligent workers of 1956 and other years deserve a story that honors them. My gift to them and to Him is A Christmas Tale for Little Women.

Thank you, Lord.

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Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 20

Blogging With Carol, October 20

Through the Lens of Scripture, October 21

Connect in Fiction, October 21

Get Cozy Book Nook, October 21

She Lives To Read, October 22

Artistic Nobody, October 22 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

For Him and My Family, October 23

deb’s Book Review, October 23

Splashes of Joy, October 23

Connie’s History Classroom, October 24

Jeanette’s Thoughts, October 24

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 25

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

Mary Hake, October 25

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, October 26

Ashley’s Bookshelf, October 26

KarenSueHadley, October 27

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Pause for Tales, October 27

Older & Smarter?, October 28

Inklings and notions, October 28

Betti Mace, October 29

Captive Dreams Window, October 29

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, October 29

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 30

CarpeDiem, October 30

Texas Book-aholic, October 31

Batya’s Bits, October 31

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 1

Moments, November 1

Lighthouse Academy Blog, November 1 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

Sara Jane Jacobs, November 2

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, November 2

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away the grand prize package of all 6 eBooks in the The Women of Rock Creek Series!! (The Calling of Ella McFarland, A Christmas to Remember, A Christmas Measure of Love, The Mending of Lillian Cathleen, A Christmas Tale for Little Women, and The Awakening of Miss Adelaide)

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Giveaway and Tour for Cross Addicted by Paula Jauch

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Paula was broken, traumatized, and bound by many addictions, but today she is free. And that is God’s desire for you, too!

Paula Jauch’s life was controlled by trauma and addiction. Born into neglect and addiction, she inherited self-destructive patterns and emotional prisons she could not escape. She experimented with crack at age thirteen, became pregnant at fifteen, was initiated into a Hispanic gang, and bore her second child by the time she was eighteen. Starved for acceptance and worth, she began cutting her body, and developed a near-fatal disorder for twenty years.

Cross Addicted follows Paula’s raw, stumbling journey toward freedom. You will find renewed hope and practical steps of recovery.

  • Recognize that there is nothing wrong with you.
  • Learn how to forgive yourself and others.
  • Understand addiction and trauma and the healing process through recovery.
  • Find freedom by understanding what Jesus did on the cross.
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In “Cross Addicted” author Paula Jauch shares her journey through addition, with the most raw emotions. Not growing up and having dealt with these issues, I cannot say I know how she feels because I don’t. But I can praise this brave author for telling her story. I believe stories like Paula’s is essential today because there are so many who face these same issues and addictions. And I think it is awesome to have books such as this one for those facing addictions.

“Cross Addition” is a book I will refer to, and it is a book I plan to keep on hand in case I need one to give to someone dealing with these issues. The main reason I like and appreciate this one is because it will show the person how to find the freedom that can only be found in Jesus and His death on the cross for us.

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

Paula Jauch’s life experience enables her speaking and writing to empower people from all walks of life. She shares her inspirational story all around the world through speaking and radio. Her goal is to carry this message to the forefront. She loves encouraging and motivating her audiences to live a life of freedom in Christ. She is a happily married mother of four and a proud Nana. In her spare time, you might find her at a favorite Mexican restaurant. Paula lives in West Michigan.

Paula’s work experience led her to realize she needed healing from childhood trauma after growing up in abuse and addiction. After she graduated from an alternative education high school and had two children by age eighteen, her heart was drawn to jobs to help children like herself. She worked seven years at the Juvenile Court Schools in Las Vegas, Nevada, and five years at the Clark County Department of Family Services, as a juvenile service assistant, working with troubled teens. In 2004 she relocated to Terre Haute, Indiana, where she worked for two years at Gibault Inc., as a youth specialist, working with teen boy sex offenders. After leaving the Gibault home, she worked a few months at the Vigo County Courthouse as a bailiff, but decided to leave her job when it became uncomfortable, because her family name was well known in the court system.

What she learned through all of her work experience is that if these kids didn’t get the proper help they needed, they would get involved in a gang, addicted to drugs or alcohol, land in prison, or even face death. Paula knew she was being called to take a step of faith and action and get the help she needed so she could help others who experienced similar childhoods.

Even though Paula’s story and passion centers around youth, men and women of all ages will be inspired by her story of restoration. Connect with Paula www.paulajauch.com or follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @paulajauch.

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Why did you write the book?

After graduating from an alternative education high school and having two children by the age eighteen, my heart was drawn to jobs to help children like myself. I started out by working seven years at a Juvenile Court Schools in Las Vegas, Nevada, and five years at the Clark County Department of Family Services, as a juvenile service assistant, working with troubled teens. In 2004, I relocated to Terre Haute, Indiana, where I worked for two years at Gibault Inc., as a youth specialist, working with teen boy sex offenders. After leaving the Gibault home, I worked a few months at the Vigo County Courthouse as a bailiff. However, I eventually decided to leave my job within a few months because it became uncomfortable since my family name was well-known in the court system. My work experiences led me to start asking questions and made me realize I needed my own healing from childhood trauma after growing up in abuse and addiction.

What I learned through all of my work experiences and my own life struggles is that if kids don’t get the proper help they need, they will either get involved in a gang, become addicted to drugs or alcohol, end up in prison, or even death. I knew God was calling me to take a step of faith and action to get the help I needed, so I could help others who experienced similar childhoods.

Trauma may be the greatest mission field of the 21st century, and the most misunderstood issue of our day.

My healing journey began when I could no longer pretend everything was okay. After being stuck in my trauma and my own addictions for years, I knew I needed to write a book and let others know there is a way out. My book was birthed out of my healing process. Cross Addicted: Breaking Free from Family Trauma and Addiction offers a hopeful path to recovery for those who are hurting and traumatized.

One in four U.S. students will witness or experience a traumatic event before the age four, and more than two-thirds by age sixteen.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, October 10

For Him and My Family, October 11

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 12

Simple Harvest Reads, October 13 (Author Interview)

Captive Dreams Window, October 13

Inklings and notions, October 14

Through the Fire Blogs, October 15

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 16

Artistic Nobody, October 17 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 18

deb’s Book Review, October 18

Ashley’s Bookshelf, October 19

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 20

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 21

Sara Jane Jacobs, October 22

Splashes of Joy, October 23

Giveaway

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

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Tour and giveaway for Jordon’s Deliverance by Allen Steadham

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Jordan’s Deliverance (Jordan of Algoran #3) By Allen Steadham Christian Science Fiction, Fantasy Paperback & ebook, 330 Pages October 13, 2020 by Ambassador International

The Onchei are back. And trouble looms…

The Onchei want to learn what happened to their brethren on Algoran from the only survivor, Zeetra. Yet they learn instead she has broken the Onchei’s highest law: never intermarry or have children with another race. For this, she now faces execution.

Jordan SnowFire fears the Onchei will blame the Mokta and seek retribution soon. Only an ancient heirloom, which contains the ultimate Onchei knowledge, can save the Mokta…except it’s on Earth, a world she hasn’t seen in decades.

Jordan sends her son, Arrow, and her friend’s daughter, Maska, to rescue Zeetra while she travels back to Earth to seek the Onchei artifact. What tie is there between a thousand-year-old object and Jordan’s ancestors? Could this explain why she and her mother were originally abducted and brought to Algoran?

In the skies of Algoran, a final confrontation looms between the Onchei and the Mokta. And on Earth, Jordan finds more than she could have possibly imagined…

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“Everyone, gather and listen! I have something to tell you,” she boomed.

It took a few minutes, but the tribe did as she commanded. There was a silent dread among the villagers, a fear that Jasta might be about to announce her gemta’s demise. The unspoken question of why she was dressed as Chieftess loomed in the air. She stood by silently as her people approached.

“You all know me. I am Jasta SnowFire, daughter of Jorr-Don SnowFire. Since the Qui Tol have returned, taking our dear Zeetra with them, my gemta devised a plan. First, she sent my brother, Arrow, and Maska to bring Zeetra back to us!”

She saw more than a few smiles and could sense the hope growing among the people as well as some relief from this news. She could also detect concern for Arrow and Maska’s safety on such a mission. Fear of the Qui Tol had resurged with their recent return.

“My gemta has also used the Qui Tol machine to go to Errrth. I cannot say why but it is vitally important. And she will return within fourteen moonturns,” Jasta continued. Then she took off her necklace and held up its SnowFire gem pendant for all to see. “As you can see, she has made me Chieftess in her absence!”

Jasta could tell that no one would speak against her, but she saw apprehension in their eyes. Her gemta, Jordan SnowFire, had been their leader for over forty cycles and done many wondrous feats on behalf of the Mountain Mokta. She knew that some feared her gemta might not return from Earth and resume her leadership.

Her torkomm started to speak but she lifted a hand to stop him. As she attempted to find the right words to address the villagers’ concerns, she felt a growing tenseness within her chest. That feeling expanded, taking over her and suddenly she could sense not only the SnowFire gem within her necklace but all the nearby gems as well. She felt a connection to them, like they were hers to command. Instinctively, she stretched out her fingers. From the mountain itself, dozens of small SnowFire gems flew towards her from above. Before reaching her palm, the jewels converged into a javelin and began to glow. She tried not to show her own astonishment.

Instead, she took in a deep breath and was grateful something had actually happened. She grabbed the sapphire-hued javelin with both hands, pulling it close to her chest. A new fire burned in her gaze.

“I am the granddaughter of Snow and Fire! I will protect you and look after your needs,” she declared. “Give me your trust and I shall not disappoint you. I will also consult with my torkomm and the village elders. All will be well.”

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Allen Steadham created comic books and webcomics before he started writing novels. He has been married to his wife, Angel, since 1995 and they have two sons and a daughter. When not writing stories, Allen and his wife are singers, songwriters, and musicians. They have been in a Christian band together since 1997. They live in Central Texas.

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– One winner will receive signed print copies of the entire Jordan of Algoran series (US only) – One winner will receive ebook copies of the entire Jordan of Algoran series (open internationally) – Ends October 29, 2020

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Blitz and Giveaway for Roping Christmas by Shanna Hatfield #RCBlitz

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Roping Christmas (Rodeo Romance #8) By Shanna Hatfield Contemporary Romance, Western, Holiday, Clean and Wholesome ebook, 335 Pages October 22, 2020 by Wholesome Hearts Publishing

A focused cowboy, a distracted executive, and a hilarious quest make for an unforgettable holiday . . .

Wyatt Nash is a professional tie-down roper, a good ranch hand, and not too shabby when it comes to attracting women. But according to his five-year-old niece, he needs to work on both his roping skills and his dating game. His sister thinks he needs to settle down. And don’t get him started on the advice he gets from well-meaning friends. When his rodeo sponsor, billionaire Jon Sinclair, asks for his assistance in tutoring a clueless city girl about Sinclair Industries, Wyatt doesn’t feel like he can say no. Then he discovers he’ll be teaching none other than the one woman on the planet who wants nothing to do with him.

Ashley Jarrett would do almost anything to turn her small publicity firm into a huge success. When Jon Sinclair expresses interest in working with her, she readily agrees to his crazy idea to have her learn about his company through hands-on projects. Not only is she forced far outside her comfort zone, but the man documenting every bumbling misstep she takes is an infuriating cowboy she’s determined to ignore.

Packed with small-town charm and the wonder of falling in love, Roping Christmas is a sweet holiday romance sure to bring laughter and infuse hearts Christmas cheer.

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Chase settled his arm around her shoulders and pulled her against his side in a brotherly hug. “You know we love to have you anytime you can visit.”

“I do know that and am grateful for the standing welcome.” Ashley smiled up at her cousin while a tiny tornado swept into the kitchen.

Corkscrew curls the color of straw bounced in every direction as the little girl launched herself at Wyatt. He swung her into his arms and kissed her rosy cheek. The little one looked like a miniature replica of Sarah.

“Hi!” the child greeted with a broad smile that showed off a missing space in her front teeth.

“Hi, Livy.” Jessie smiled at the little girl. “Are you keeping your Uncle Wyatt busy while he’s here?”

“Yep! We watched a movie last night about the bear ’cessities. It was awesome! But Uncle Wyatt said he’s missing some of the ’cessities. I told him he needs a wife and babies.” Livy wiggled against Wyatt, so he set her on her feet.

She rushed over to Ashley and took her hand in hers. “Hi! I’m Livy. Wyatt’s my uncle, and that’s my mama, Sarah. My daddy is washing up, then we can eat. I’m starving to death! You’re pretty and smell nice, too.”

The little imp turned toward Wyatt. “Did you smell her, Uncle Wyatt? She smells good. Maybe she’d be your wife, and you could have babies, Uncle Wyatt.”

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USA Today bestselling author Shanna Hatfield is a farm girl who loves to write. Her sweet historical and contemporary romances are filled with sarcasm, humor, hope, and hunky heroes. When Shanna isn’t dreaming up unforgettable characters, twisting plots, or covertly seeking dark, decadent chocolate, she hangs out with her beloved husband, Captain Cavedweller.

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Tour and Giveaway for ALL BAGS GO TO CLEVELAND by CS Hale

ALL BAGS GO TO CLEVELAND

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GENRE:  paranormal romantic comedy

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Angela Grimalke appears more blonde bombshell than the gremlin she is. But there is no denying her supernatural truth after her clumsiness gets her fired from her modeling career. Forced to work for her family’s upscale airline, she spends her days slinging luggage and wishing her parents would get off her back about finding a nice gremlin guy to settle down with.  

Relationships were the last thing on her mind, not that her family would accept that.  

For Dave Ford his frequent business travel made it next to impossible for him to find a woman who could tolerate his chaotic schedule. Which is why he appreciates Angela. Neither of them are looking for love, but Dave feeds Angela’s addiction for chocolate while she provides him with the chaos to keep him on his toes.

However, as Angela’s parents bombard her with a parade of “eligible” gremlin men at their weekly family dinners, she finds herself torn between who she longs to be and her family’s expectations. Will she give in and live the life of magic they want for her? Or risk it all by to confessing to Dave that she isn’t human?

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Focusing on the sparks of energy skittering along her fingers, she sent her magic into the printer. Angela might look like the cover model she’d once been but no one would guess that Windsor’s check-in counter was currently staffed by a pair of gremlins. Dave’s day—or rather night and morning—were about to become a little more exciting than he’d imagined. Dave would have a nice, relaxing flight to London while his garment bag went to Cleveland.

She tamped down the tendrils of guilt rising in her gut. It needed to be done. It was this bag or some mishap not of her choosing. Besides, who in their right mind would check a Louis Vuitton garment bag? First class contained specially built closets in which to hang them. She searched Dave’s thoughts again. 

Where have I seen her before?

Angela snapped right back out and jerked her head down. She attached the claim sticker to his boarding pass and handed it to Dave, keeping her focus on the counter. Hopefully, her smile hid the panic now whirring in her chest like the engines that would take Dave across the Atlantic. “Enjoy your flight, Mr. Ford.”

“Always do.” With a small salute, Dave headed toward the security queue. What were the chances he’d be so cheerful in the morning?

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I liked the cute grimlins in this story, it was different in the fact that it is about a family of grimlins and their business that has made them very rich. Dave is a nice kind of guy, but Angela, she got on my nerves because she was so annoying.

This was just an ok kind of story for me. I had problems at times following the plot, there is a lot going on. A lot to keep up with. There is a lot of humor in the book so lots of laughs. If you are into the fantasy genre, you will enjoy this read. So why not check this one out. And if you like those little grimlins running around, you will love reading about these characters. This one is a 3 stars for me.

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Catherine “C.S.” Hale has been writing fantasy since she could hold a pencil. When not holed up in a comfortable corner writing all her books out by longhand, she can be found somewhere by the sea, enjoying tea and pastries.

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Tour and Giveaway for Texas Holiday Hideout by Virginia Vaughan

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Book:  Texas Holiday Hideout

Author: Virginia Vaughan

Genre:  Christian Romantic Suspense

Release Date: October 1, 2020

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When her identity’s exposed,

hiding on a lawman’s family ranch is her last hope.

After her mother is killed, Melissa Morgan’s shocked to learn she’s spent her life in witness protection. Now it’s US Marshal Miles Avery’s job to keep her and her little boy safe. And with a mole in his agency, the only way to evade the killer is to hide Melissa on Miles’s family ranch…and pretend she’s his wife for the holidays.

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Melissa Morgan wants to survive and protect her child. But that’s turning out to be more than she bargained for. But with the help of US Marshal Miles Avery in her case to protector she and her son, she just might be able to see the end of this horrific time in her life.

I couldn’t put this little books down. It may be a small Love Inspired book but it sure has a lot going on. Miles was sure he had found a safe place for Melissa and her son, but not for long. There has to be a mole inside the department. How else were they found so quickly. But while is it. I enjoyed Melissa and Miles, and the ranch is a nice peaceful place anyone would love to spend their life. I was intrigued by the plot and how quickly it seemed to zoom by as the story unfolded. And I had an idea who the mole was, but not definitely!

Full of action packed drama, you don’t want to miss the second book in A Cowboy Lawman Romances Series. Everything you want in a fast paced thriller you will not be disappointed.

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Virginia Vaughan is a multi-published author of inspirational romantic suspense. Blessed to come from a large, southern family, her fondest memories include listening to stories recounted by family and friends around the large dinner table. She was a lover of books even from a young age, devouring gothic romance novels and stories of romance, danger, and love. She soon started writing them herself. A former investigator for the State of Mississippi, Virginia utilizes her criminal justice background with her love of writing to transform words into powerful stories of romance and danger.

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What if one day you discovered you were in the Witness Protection Program and didn’t know it?

This is the premise for my October book, TEXAS HOLIDAY HIDEOUT, which releases this month. My heroine, Melissa Morgan, learns she and her mother entered the program when Melissa was a child. Her mother never told her and, when Melissa witnesses her mother being murdered, she becomes the assassin’s next target. US Marshal Miles Avery steps in to protect the single mom and her son from a killer, but a leak in WITSEC leaves him with little options except to take his witnesses to his family’s ranch…and pretend she’s his wife for the holidays.

So, in celebration of TEXAS HOLIDAY HIDEOUT releasing this month, here are 10 things about the Witness Protection Security Program (or WITSEC) I learned during my research for this book.

  1. The program is voluntary. No one can be forced to enter.
  2. You can leave the program at any time—although it is not recommended.
  3. No person in the program, who follows the rules, has ever been killed.
  4. People entering WITSEC sometimes keep their same first name and/or initials so that if they mess up and start to sign their name, they have time to correct.
  5. Since WITSEC is a federal program, many states have their own programs to protect witnesses of gang or street-level crimes.
  6. If you get married while in WITSEC, you must lie to your new spouse to protect your true identity in the event the relationship doesn’t last.
  7. Protected witnesses are mostly criminals. Only about 5% are innocents despite the popular trope in movies and fiction.
  8. Local law enforcement may or may not be notified when a protected witness is relocated to their jurisdiction.
  9. Divorced, non-custodial parents have had their children hidden from them and now must agree to allow their children to enter the program.
  10. WITSEC protected witnesses are expected to eventually become self-sufficient. They do not get to live off the government for the rest of their lives.

Did any of these facts about WITSEC surprise you? I’d love to hear which ones. I had a lot of fun researching WITSEC for TEXAS HOLIDAY HIDEOUT. I hope you enjoy Miles and Melissa’s story! Look out for the next book in the series—middle brother Navy SEAL Paul Avery’s story—coming in TEXAS TARGET STANDOFF in March of 2021.

Blog Stops

Through the Fire Blogs, October 8

Genesis 5020, October 8

Hallie Reads, October 8

Artistic Nobody, October 8 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Through the Lens of Scripture, October 9

Texas Book-aholic, October 9

reviewingbooksplusmore, October 9

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, October 10

deb’s Book Review, October 10

The Cafe Scholar, October 10

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

KarenSueHadley, October 11

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 11

Older & Smarter?, October 12

Inklings and notions, October 12

Simple Harvest Reads, October 12 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

She Lives To Read, October 13

Hebrews 12 Endurance, October 13

For Him and My Family, October 13

Betti Mace, October 14

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, October 14

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 14

Ashley’s Bookshelf, October 15

lakesidelivingsite, October 15

Lighthouse Academy, October 15

To Everything There Is A Season, October 15

Sara Jane Jacobs, October 16

Blogging With Carol, October 16

Book Love, October 16 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Tell Tale Book Reviews, October 17

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 17

Batya’s Bits, October 17

Emily Yager, October 18

Labor Not in Vain, October 18

HookMeInABook, October 18

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 19

Mary Hake, October 19

Daysong Reflections, October 19

For the Love of Literature, October 20

Bigreadersite, October 20

EmpowerMoms, October 20

Blossoms and Blessings, October 21

Splashes of Joy, October 21

Pause for Tales, October 21

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Virginia is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of Texas Holiday Hideout!!

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/101f3/texas-holiday-hideout-celebration-tour-giveaway

Tour and Giveaway for This is the Earth by Deedee Cummings

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If you scroll down you can read the interesting interview by the author of “This Is the Earth” by Deedee Cummings.

 
Book Details:

Book Title: This Is The Earth by Deedee Cummings/illustrated by Charlene Mosley
Category Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 32 pages
Genre Children/ Holiday
Publisher Make A Way Media
Release date:  April 2019
Format available for review:  print (USA and Canada), ebook (PDF)
Tour dates:  Oct 12 to Dec 4, 2020
Content Rating: G. Children’s Holiday Book.

Book Description:

A recent Purple Dragonfly Award First Place winner, Cummings uses bold and bright illustrations in This is the Earth to share a message of peace, love, respect, compassion, inclusion. Published in early 2019, the book’s message bears repeating: peace is meant for all of us and it is everyone’s responsibility to care for each other like the united family that we really are. This exceptional and timely book shares the reality that we are all sharing this world that we call home instead of acting as though each continent, each, country, and each neighborhood is like a completely different planet. Within the pages of This is the Earth, readers will discover thought and conversation-invoking concepts on issues and struggles that has our world at odds with each other. Kids and adults will love the lyrical message and thoughtful artwork that reinforces the fact that every human being is our neighbor on Planet Earth; a place also known as Home.

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This is the Earth is another really good book from author Deedee Cummings. I love this children’s book because of the lessons it teaches children. It her unique way, this author uses simple words to show kids everywhere that we are all different, be it color, race, physical disabilities, it doesn’t matter because we can all live together in this world peacefully. In these times, I feel it important to teach children of all ages the words of this book.

And again Charlene Mosley has so uniquely created the most wonderful illustrations to capture each word of this book. This is a beautiful book inside and out that would make a great addition to your child’s library!

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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Author Interview with Deedee Cummings

How difficult was it to write In the Nick of Time?

In the Nick of Time was not a tough story to write because the overall message was on my heart. There is one twist in the story I did not think of initially- it came to me later. I was watching a TV show and the character’s last name was Saint. I thought of naming the character Nick Saint just because of that TV show. Sometimes I feel as though I am meant to see things and that was definitely one of those moments. That one idea alone made the book so much better. The overall story just came to me as a great idea and as a story that was missing and needed.

Why do you like to write children’s books?

I love writing for children because they still believe in the power of anything. Kids believe that you can fly on the wings of a butterfly or that you can tunnel your way to Australia straight from your backyard. That kind of thinking alone is kind of magical. Children’s books lift me up and remind me of the beauty and simplicity of the world. And a lot of times they leave me with the feeling that I can do anything I want too.

Do you ever get writer’s block? What helps you overcome it?

I get writer’s block all the time. It mostly comes when I am being forced to write something or if I am asked to write something specific. I have no problem just freely writing whatever message is floating on my mind. I can write all day like that. But one of the most important things I have learned over the past few years is that for people to find you, you really need to have a consistent blog. It is this type of writing I find the hardest because it feels forced. I know I have good stories to tell, but does anyone really care what I think about what it takes to be an author? To remove the block I just step away from it. I take a walk or finish some other project. The content comes to me, but it feels like I have to plant it like a seed in the ground in my mind first. It sprouts later.

Where do you write?

My absolutely favorite place to write is the beach, but I live in Kentucky so…. If I go to the beach I can write pages of work. It helps me generate ideas that I can more fully explore at home. I love the beach because my problems feel so small there. I get a sense of clarity at the beach that I cannot get anywhere else. I love the beach so much one of my earliest books is called My Trip to the Beach and it is all about how you can visualize a trip to the beach to help calm and focus you, even when you cannot actually get to the beach.


 
Meet the Author:

Deirdre “Deedee” Cummings believes literacy is a fundamental human right. She is the founder of Make A Way Media, It Pays to Read & the Louisville Book Festival, as well as, an attorney, therapist, and CEO of Abi Behavioral Health in Louisville, Kentucky. Abi is an intensive therapy agency that works to prevent the placement of children in out of home care, such as foster care, hospitalization, and incarceration. Deedee attended Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, one of only two all-female Historically Black Colleges in the country. After graduating from Bennett, she earned a master’s degree and a law degree from the University of Louisville. All of her writing focuses on sharing inspiring messages that remind us all it is never too late to begin again. Deedee encourages the children she works with to write as a way to process emotions, document their journey, and express themselves more clearly. In addition to presenting on multiple topics around the country, Deedee donates hundreds of books and volunteer hours every year to families, children, churches and the local school system. She is excited to announce the launch of her tenth children’s book, This is the Earth. The inspiration for this book came from overwhelming negative media coverage about race relations in our country and across the world. This is the Earth is a book about peace, respect, and diversity inclusion: a message that must be heard and repeated often. She and her husband Anthony live in Louisville with their three children Kayla (an actress in New York), Anthony (a college student and athlete), and Nick (in elementary school).

connect with the author:  website  ~ make a way media  ~ twitter  ~ twitter facebook  ~  facebook ~ pinterest ~ instagram ~ instagram ~ goodreads
 
Tour Schedule:
 
Oct 12 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Oct 13 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 13 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Oct 14 – meandmybooks – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 14 – Leels Loves Books – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Oct 14 – The Pen and Muse Book Reviews  – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 15 – Splashes of Joy – book review of In the Nick of Time / guest post / giveaway
Oct 15 – The Pen and Muse Book Reviews  – book review of In the Nick of Time / author interview / giveaway
Oct 16 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Oct 18 – Amy’s Booket List – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 20 – Pick A Good Book – book review of In the Nick of Time / author interview / giveaway
Oct 21 – Splashes of Joy – book review of This is the Earth / author interview / giveaway
Oct 22 – Leels Loves Books – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 26 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Oct 27 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review of This is the Earth
Oct 28 – My Journey Back – book review of In the Nick of Time / author interview / giveaway
Oct 29 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review of In the Nick of Time
Oct 30 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 3 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of In the Nick of Time / guest post / giveaway
Nov 4 – She Just Loves Books – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 5 – Priya’s Lit Blog – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 9 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 10 –Priya’s Lit Blog – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 11 – Ice Fairy’s Treasure Chest – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 11 – Older & Smarter? – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 12 – She Just Loves Books – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 13 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 16 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 17 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 18 – Ice Fairy’s Treasure Chest – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 18 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 19 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 20 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 20 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 20 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 23 – Amy’s Booket List – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 23 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 23 – – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 23 – Lisa-Queen of Random – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 23 – Gina Rae Mitchell  – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 24 – Gina Rae Mitchell  – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway

Nov 24 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 24 – Lisa-Queen of Random – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 25 – Older & Smarter? – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 27 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 27 – Reading is My Passion – book review of In the Nick of Time
Nov 30 – Cuzinlogic – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 30 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 30 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 30 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of In the Nick of Time / guest post /giveaway
Dec 1 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Dec 1 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Dec 1 – Lisa’s Reading – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway

Dec 2 –  Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Dec 3 – Bigreadersite – book review of In the Nick of Time
Dec 3 – Reading is My Passion – book review of This is the Earth
Dec 3 – Lisa’s Reading – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Dec 4 – Bigreadersite – book review of This is the Earth
Dec 4 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
 
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Giveaway and Review Spiritual Seeds Daily Planner

PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR GIVEAWAY-ENDS OCT 25, 2020

ABOUT THE SPIRITUAL SEEDS PLANNER

Spiritual Seeds Planner is a planning tool designed to help Christians prioritize living a fruit filled life, guided by the Holy Spirit. The Fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, Faithfulness and Self-Control. (Galatians 5:22-23) The planner uses a gardening theme concentrating on four garden plots – Friends/Family, Self, Community, Vocation/Work. Each month focuses on one Fruit, detailing actions to plant + cultivate + grow.  Actions are planned daily for highest yield. Cute garden themed stickers provide visuals for tracking growth. Unlike any other planner, Spiritual Seeds Planner prioritizes and plans Spiritual growth over daily “to do” lists and activities focusing on growth rather than achievement. 

What makes it different:

  • Puts God in charge
  • Inspired, led and powered by the Holy Spirit
  • Based on Scripture
  • Impacts all areas of life
  • Improves relationships
  • Fills life with an abundance of Spiritual Fruit – Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-Control

Features:

  • Easy to follow instructions with visuals
  • Vision Board 
  • Monthly Fruit Focus & Planning Pages
  • Monthly Inspirational Prayers 
  • Weekly Planning
  • Beautiful faux leather cover
  • Fruit of the Spirit Bookmark with definitions and scriptures
  • Fun Garden Themed Stickers 
  • Back pocket 
  • Blank pages for notes
  • Brown Ribbon Bookmark
  • Monthly Tabs

This Spiritual Needs Planner is so very nice. The one pictured is the Gray one you can get. For the review, I was given the tan one and I love it. It’s beautiful inside and out. And there is plenty if room inside to write what you want. Below are the pictures I took of mine bundle.

Included in my Bundle:
The Spirutual Seeds Daily Planner
4 ultra thin markers
A pouch for the markers
A pack of stickers
A note pad
And
A really nice Fruit of the Spirit Bag

Here are a few pictures of my Planner

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Tour and Giveaway for Truly Known by Jayne Martin Patton

About the Book

Book:  Truly Known

Author: Jayne Martin Patton

Genre:  Christian Nonfiction/Christian living

Release Date: March 9, 2020

Knowing God—really knowing God—often seems like an impossible endeavor, especially when we hardly know ourselves. Jayne Patton saw that truth firsthand after ministering to women at a maximum-security prison. And soon she realized that women everywhere—even sitting in the church pew next to her—were living in emotional, spiritual, and mental prisons within their own hearts and minds.

Truly Known invites women of all ages and stages to discover the life-altering freedom that God richly provides them, so that they no longer have to live within their own prisons but can be transformed in the presence of Jesus. Readers will be asking “So now what?” as they are empowered to snatch each moment and each day that God gives them to make a difference in the lives of others.

All proceeds from Truly Known will be donated to Samuel’s House, an orphanage in Venezuela that seeks to feed, shelter, educate, and evangelize children, bringing life to their souls.

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Truly Known is a very nice Devotional to have in your library. It’s a very small book but has lots of chapters, so these devotions ate some you can read when you are short on time. I like the scripture the author has added to start each devotion. And the scriptures throughout. Several of the devotions spoke to me about different things going on in my life.

One of the devotions toward the end, Climbing the Watch Tower talks about prayer and the author mentions Habakkuk. When Habakkuk prayed, he not only knew God would answer his prayer, he positioned himself to receive the answers to his prayer. Now that’s a lot of faith. Faith I wish I had. Faith that I can have as I draw closer to the Lord. I really like and appreciate this devotion. It is excellent to read in the mornings when you are hurrying off to work, or maybe read on your lunch break. There are many times during the day you can take 5 minutes and read what the had has for you in “Truly Known”. This one is a five star for me because it is such a nice Devotional to have.

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





Jayne Patton loves crossing over denominational divides to bring the gospel to others in a way that is powerful and relevant. With over twenty years in women’s ministry, she has previously served as a women’s ministry director, worked with government officials in the plight of persecuted Christians worldwide, ministered to women behind prison walls, and more. Jayne is a popular speaker at churches, women’s events, and MOPS groups. She and her husband, Mike, have three children. Jayne loves to read in her spare time, can always be bribed with Mexican food, and never turns down a double-stuffed Oreo. Learn more about her at www.alteredministries.com.

More from Jayne

Let’s be real, prison ministry was never on my women’s ministry vision board. I didn’t lay in bed as a little girl and dream of going behind bars. I didn’t grow up knowing a single incarcerated person, my modern-day world didn’t include those who had been incarcerated, and I never thought it would be the thing that would change my entire life. Until 2017. In the fall of that year, I was given the opportunity to begin ministering weekly at a maximum security women’s prison in Missouri and remember thinking at the time how much it would bless those inmates if I would teach them the word of God. I couldn’t have gone in with the worst motivation. You see, it was the Lord who was bringing me there to be blessed and taught by them!

I soon discovered that Jesus was working hard in the hearts of those women and they were being transformed into Christ’s likeness unlike anything I had ever experienced within the church walls. In fact, I was so dramatically impacted by what I was experiencing, the Lord prompted me to launch a women’s conference style ministry entitled “Altered Ministries”. My ministry team and I began hosting women’s events at local churches sharing the same messages we were bringing to the women in prison. It was remarkable what God began doing! Lives were being restored, addictions were being shed, and relationships were being renewed!

As Altered was moving full speed ahead, I began writing short and pointed daily devotionals for those just beginning their walk with Jesus. Those short devotionals are what soon became my devotional book entitled “Truly Known”.  Why that name? Because God is the One who truly knows all the parts of us that we try to hide, and yet still desires that we draw close to Him. I could see His heart for not just the women sitting in church pews often held captive in prisons of their own making, but for the ones that were held behind very real bars. Jesus came to set all of us free.  My prayer is that “Truly Known” serves as daily encouragement that is easy to understand for the beginner and serves as a sweet reminder for the scholar.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, October 7

Texas Book-aholic, October 8

Inklings and notions, October 9

For Him and My Family, October 10

Rebekah Reads, October 10

deb’s Book Review, October 11

Ashley’s Bookshelf, October 12

Sara Jane Jacobs, October 13

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 14

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 15

Mary Hake, October 15

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

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

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 18

SodbusterLiving, October 19

Splashes of Joy, October 20

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Jayne is giving away the grand prize package of a signed book and $50 Amazon Gift Card!!

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/101f2/truly-known-celebration-tour-giveaway

Tour and Giveaway for This Christmas by Laurie Winter

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

This Christmas (The North Star Series #1) By Laurie Winter Contemporary Romantic Suspense Paperback & ebook, 240Pages October 20, 2020

‘A beautiful story of loss and new love, set in a snow-capped mountain ski resort town.’

Celia Batista waited a long time for all three of her sons to be together for Christmas. But after one of her identical twins disappears without a trace, Celia must rely on Police Captain Luke Veldkamp for help. Despite Luke’s accusations that her other twin son is involved with organized crime, she falls for the handsome, Stetson wearing cop.

Luke Veldkamp is facing his first Christmas after the loss of his wife, working nonstop to avoid the holidays and his grief. His daughter, who’d moved home to care for her mom before her passing, pushes him to face his pain. Luke pushes back, telling her to return to college and regain her own life. If his own strife isn’t enough, the mission to locate the missing son of his beautiful neighbor grows more personal than any other case.

While Luke and Celia fight to keep their families from falling apart, they find comfort and strength in one another. And when love blooms between their children, Luke and Celia’s own relationship takes root and grows. But Celia is used to living on her own terms, and loving a man who has isolated his heart is a risk too great. Now, Luke must either confront his emotions or face a life without the woman he’s come to love.

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Celia Batista is like most moms, no matter now old her son, she is going to take up for him when he is accused of a horrific crime. My heart went out to Celia because I would do the same thing. Her Merry Christmas with her three boys home was turning out to Merry! As the story unfolds, we get a deeper glimpse of the family and why the emotions and feelings and flying high! And then there is Captain Luke thrown in the mix with his beautiful daughter. As Celia and Luke spend more time than usual together, will an attraction grown between them? After all Luke knows he can’t love anyone as much as he loved his wife? Well, if you read this book, “This Christmas” you will find out all of this and so much more.

This is such a fun story, a story that tells of difficulties in families, but love still flows through no matter what. Sometimes I would get so frustrated, especially at Luke and Celia, but it would all iron out and the story would flow on smoothly. If you are looking for a good clean story to read during the Christmas holiday, this is a great choice. For me, I give this story four stars all the way!!

About the Author

Laurie Winter’s head has always been full of stories. Then a dream gave her the inspiration to put her thought into written words, sharing a part of her heart and soul. Now, she creates authentic characters who overcome the odds and find true love. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, daughter, and rescue dog. Please connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Bookbub.

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Tour Schedule

Tour Giveaway

One winner will receive a Loqi Reusable Shopping Bag with birds design, Soy Wax Candle – Snowflake and a $25 Amazon gift card (US only)

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Tour and Giveaway for Marry Me for Real, Cowboy by Valerie Comer

About the Book

Book:  Marry Me for Real, Cowboy

Author: Valerie Comer

Genre:  Christian Contemporary Romance

Release Date: September 8, 2020

Adam Cavanagh’s rodeo championship tastes like dirt after a competitor’s critical injury, but going home to his family’s Montana ranch isn’t much of an improvement. If not even the coveted trophy earns his stepfather’s respect, what will it take?

Riley Dunning’s quick thinking is all that’s keeping her body, soul, and principles together, but demanding a kiss from a hunky cowboy to deter the weirdo following her might be taking things too far… especially when the cowboy comes up with a risky plan that might offer them both stability. If it doesn’t backfire completely.

Will a fake engagement give Adam and Riley the leg up they each need, or will the cost to their hearts be too high? Because neither believes the other will want to marry them… for real.

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Marry Me for Real, Cowboy is the first book I have read by author Valerie Comer, and I really enjoyed this story. It starts off all wrong with Adam and Riley, they were both after different things in life, so what is a little fake relationship gonna hurt? When you read this book, you will find out exactly what happened with this fake engagement.

I really grew to love Adam and Riley, and I enjoyed getting to know Adam’s family. I had a lot of good laughs throughout the book, as well as learned a few lessons along the way. I’m interested in finding out more about Adam’s mom and step dad, so I am hoping we learn more in the next books. I am looking forward to reading book two in March of next year!

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

Valerie Comer is a USA Today bestselling author and a two-time Word Award winner. She writes engaging characters, strong communities, and deep faith into her green clean romances.

Valerie’s life on a small farm in western Canada provides the seed for stories of contemporary Christian romance. She only hopes her imaginary friends enjoy their happily-ever-afters as much as she does hers, shared with her husband, adult kids, and adorable granddaughters.

More from Valerie

Oh, cowboys…

Four years after I began publishing farm romances, I added my first cowboy romance series to the lineup. “It’s not that different,” I told myself and anyone who would listen. “Ranches are almost the same as farms. A few more horses, a few less random other animals!”

Ah, but cowboys are deemed more attractive than farmers! Maybe it’s their uniform. You know, a Stetson. Plaid snap-front shirts under denim jackets. Well-worn jeans. Cowboy boots. That combo looks better on a book cover than the stereotypical farmer in a straw hat, overalls, and rubber boots!

Whether focusing on cowboys, farmers, or gardeners, all of my green clean romances feature engaging characters, strong communities, and deep faith. Are the characters perfect Christians? Nope. No more than you and I are. There’s always room to grow.

In Marry Me for Real, Cowboy, the first story in my new Cavanagh Cowboys Romance, Adam decides a fiancée is just what he needs to impress his stepfather. Not that Adam wants to get married any time soon, but surely it won’t come to that! But… how long do you think it will take for him to realize that he’s living a lie and not trusting God to handle his future? What will his path be to resolve his lack of faith as well as move forward both in romance and in his relationship with his stepdad? You may have to read Marry Me for Real, Cowboy and find out!

— Valerie Comer

Blog Stops

Lighthouse academy, October 6

Fiction Full of Faith, October 6

Texas Book-aholic, October 7

deb’s Book Review, October 7

Sara Jane Jacobs, October 8

Genesis 5020, October 8

For Him and My Family, October 9

The Book Chic Blog, October 9

Inklings and notions, October 10

Joanne Markey, October 10

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 11

Simple Harvest Reads, October 11 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, October 12

Ashley’s Bookshelf, October 13

Mypreciousbits, October 13

Artistic Nobody, October 14 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Vicky Sluiter, October 14

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 15

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 16

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, October 16

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 17

Blossoms and Blessings, October 17

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 18

Britt Reads Fiction, October 18

Splashes of Joy, October 19

Book Love, October 19 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Valerie is giving away the grand prize package of a complete paperback set of all six books in the Saddle Springs Romance series!!

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/101db/marry-me-for-real-cowboy-celebration-tour-giveaway

Tour and Giveaway for Everywhere to Hide by Siri Mitchell

Everywhere to Hide

by Siri Mitchell

on Tour October 1-31, 2020

Synopsis:

Everywhere to Hide by Siri Mitchell

How can she protect herself from an enemy she can’t see?

Book Details:

Genre: Suspense
Published by: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: October 6th 2020
Number of Pages: 352
ISBN: 0785228640 (ISBN13: 9780785228646)
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Everywhere to Hide is one fantastic suspense story dealing with current events that I knew little or nothing about. I was so intrigued throughout this entire story that sometimes all I could say was Wow! I learned a lot reading this book!

Whitney Garrison in an interesting character that I really enjoyed. She just wanted everyone to let her live her life, and leave her alone. But that wasn’t to be. Her ex-boyfriend made sure of that. There is so much going on in this story, so much tension flying around throughout most of it, it was impossible for me to put this book down. I just had to get to the end to find out who the bad guys were.

Among the interesting things in this story was a condition that Whitney has, keeping her from seeing the faces of humans. This was just so crazy, I had to look it up so I could better understand what Whitney faces every day. Other characters supporting Whitney were her landlord, whom I loved. Detective Leo Baroni was amazing, I love the way he was there for Whitney, especially in her most vulnerable times, the workers at the coffee shop. And there were some I wanted to just smack, especially the ex-boyfriend and total jerk. I never liked the FBI detective from the start. And I could go on about the amazing characters Ms. Mitchell creates to make her story come to life. But you need to read the book for yourself to find out. I only touched on a few things happening here. If you enjoy a really good clean suspense, Everywhere to Hide is a must! I encourage you to give this book a try. And this one is a Five plus 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.


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The door was difficult to open. The tropical storm had transformed the alley into a wind tunnel, funneling the muggy air from one side of the block to the other. I raised a hand to pull my hair off my face and turned into the wind to keep it there, quickly turning my ponytail into a bun. As I stepped away from the door, I was surprised to see someone sprawled on the pavement in front of me.

He was lying face up. A red puddle had formed a halo around his head.

He wasn’t— was he— he wasn’t— was he dead?

As I stood there trying to process what I was seeing, the wind sent a recycling crate skidding across the cracked pavement.

I jumped.

I glanced up the alley, then down. Nothing was there. Nothing but the wind. And a dead man staring up at the cloud- streaked sky.

Behind me, I heard something scrabble across the low, flat roof.

I pivoted and glanced up. Saw a form silhouetted against the sky. Shock gave way to panic as I realized he had a gun in his hand. As I realized that he had also seen me.

I should have lunged toward the door.

But a familiar numbness was spreading over me. The prickle on my scalp, the sudden dryness in my mouth. I was living my nightmares all over again.

As I had done too often in the past, I reverted to form. I froze.

Please. Please. Please.

My thoughts latched onto that one word and refused to let it go.

If I could just punch my code into the keypad, I could slip back inside and pull the door shut behind me.

But I couldn’t do anything at all.

My fingers wouldn’t work.

Please. Please. Please.

I willed them to function, but they had long ago learned that in a dangerous situation, the best thing to do was nothing. Any movement, any action on my part had always made things worse.

And so I just stood there as my thoughts stuttered.

Fragmented.

***

Excerpt from Everywhere to Hide by Siri Mitchell.  Copyright 2020 by Siri Mitchell. Reproduced with permission from Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved.

 

 

Siri Mitchell

Author Bio:

Siri Mitchell is the author of 16 novels. She has also written 2 novels under the pseudonym of Iris Anthony. She graduated from the University of Washington with a business degree and has worked in various levels of government. As a military spouse, she lived all over the world, including Paris and Tokyo.

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Grand Finale for Against My Better Judgement by B. T. Polcari

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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 – Author Interview

What do you hope readers will take with them after they’ve read it?

A smile on their faces, laughter in their hearts, and the knowledge that being true to yourself and believing in your convictions will carry you a long way. Ultimately the story is about perseverance and self-belief.

Read. Write. Love. – Guest Post

Sara Donovan’s Top Ten Things to Take on a Stakeout

Sara Donovan here. Conducting surveillance of possible perps is an important part of an investigation. This is not to be confused with observing the idiosyncrasies and the comings and goings of neighbors. That is just good security. The keys to any successful stakeout are: 1) finding an unobtrusive location to park the car that provides a good visual field of the target’s location; 2) be prepared for long, boring hours of no activity; and 3) take precautions to keep from being made. In this regard, I have put together my list of the top ten things I take on a stakeout to ensure its success, even if the target never shows (that’s why I have #8). 😉 . . .

Candrel’s Crafts, Cooks, and Characters – Interview

4.) What can we expect in upcoming installments of this series?

You’re going to see a lot more of Zoe (and her hair’s ever-changing colored streaks), the continued growth of Sara’s inner belief (and where her “intuition” takes her), and definitely more of Mauzzy. There might even be a sister in Mauzzy’s future. 😉 I’ve been saving up book ideas for decades, so at this point I can almost close my eyes and pull a sheaf of paper out of my bursting filing cabinet for a new Sara and Mauzzy Adventure. ROTC boys might be replaced with Naval Academy midshipmen; stolen antiquities with possible heists and suspicious deaths; and Marty the Mall Cop with Serg the Air Marshal. And I have some ideas to allow for Mrs. Majelski to make an appearance or two. Have I said too much?

Hallie Reads – Guest Post

Something Fishy Is Going On

This post is at the request of several of my followers, who have asked for themed recipes related to my book, Against My Better Judgment. Since there are three meals referenced in the story, I have provided below the recipe for my family’s favorite that also happens to make an appearance in Chapter 40. However, first a little background. . .

Hearts & Scribbles – Excerpt

I nonchalantly edged my body around, fighting off multiple tendrils of fabric clutching and grabbing at my head and shoulders. I popped my head out of the blouses, and after clearing disheveled hair from my eyes, was confronted with the no-nonsense visage of—a mall cop. On a motorized two-wheeled scooter.

From within my inner sanctum of the clothes rack, I laid on him all the cool innocence and southern sweetness I could muster. “No, but thank you for asking. Everything is okay, officer.”

Andi’s Book Reviews – Review

“This is one of the quirkiest groups of characters I have read in a long time! . . . So if you’re into quirky characters and Egyptian history, this is a book you may want to check out!”

The Obsessed Reader – Excerpt

As we moseyed down the sidewalk, I cocked an eye over my shoulder at the empty parking space where the mystery car sat just two minutes ago. Even for Sketchville, there was something about it…

Mauzzy was doing his usual refusal-to-pee routine when I noticed the cottage to the immediate right of mine had the lights on. A guy moved in the front room, but I couldn’t quite tell what he was doing. He must have moved in earlier in the day.

Wishful Endings – Guest Post

Saturday – According to Sara

It is said that one can learn a lot about someone by what’s in their grocery cart. I thought I would give a little introduction to Sara Donovan, the main character of Against My Better Judgment, by helping her prep for a Saturday of errands. Below is a Saturday – According to Sara. . .

Harlie’s Books – Review

“Sara is just a great character. She has her flaws, in which some are hilarious and quirky but nonetheless, I loved her spunkiness. . . . I honestly can’t say that I’ve read a humorous, romantic comedy/mystery like this one before. I’m glad that I did . . .”

Teatime and Books – Excerpt

Wait. The bus?

I was back in the moment, my rumination of recent events a fading memory. I fired up all four cylinders and sped past the evil beast. Tearing into the parking lot, I caught sight of my Nemesis in the rearview mirror. It was approaching fast, black smoke shrouding it like an executioner’s hood.

I threw the hatchback into a primo space right next to the stop, the front tires smacking up the low concrete barrier before rocking back. In that instant, the bus hurled a fiendish guffaw at me, once again heralding my impending defeat.

howisyourbook – Review

“Read this suspenseful story with totally relatable characters and of course an awesome pet named MAUZZY . . .”

brittreadsalattebooks – Review

“And it will not be my last I absolutely love this little cozy mystery. It was the type of book one can finish in one sitting. The author is a wonderful storyteller I loved his narration. . . . I will say I highly recommend this book, and encourage you guys to order it, and read it!”

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Against My Better Judgment (Mauzzy and Me Mystery, #1) By B.T. Polcari New Adult Contemporary Mystery, Romantic Comedy Paperback & ebook, 298 Pages September 16th 2020 by The Wild Rose Press

When freshman year at the University of Alabama draws to a close, Sara Donovan finds herself grappling with the same old question—listen to her head or follow her heart. What she ends up doing is purchasing an Egyptian souvenir funerary mask, and after a mysterious phone call, she’s certain a ring of antiquities smugglers are operating in Tuscaloosa.

With finals never far from her mind and her return to ‘Bama hanging in the balance, she should be studying. Instead she launches her own investigation to prove her mask is indeed a stolen artifact, and not a cheap trinket. When it comes time to snoop, Sara is more than ready, or at least she was until a hot new teaching assistant moves in next door.

Suddenly she learns things are never as they seem. Ever.

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About the Author

Ever wonder what retired business executives do after they have put in years of effort for society and decide it is time to hang up their hat? Perhaps strolling along the country club’s fairway, or lounging on a 50-foot yacht?

Alas, B. T. Polcari is unlike your typical retired executive. Empty nester and Scarlett Knights alum, Polcari is still learning the meaning of “retired” while feverishly typing away on the next new book idea, smashing the fuzz off the little green tennis ball, or blasting bowling pins for a perfect game. Yes there is a boat, but not one that comes with its own crew; this retiree prefers to bustle along a serene lake in a quaint single seat Sunfish sailboat.

Perhaps the only time BTP can be found in a quiet moment is while enjoying the morning company of two family dachshunds over a newspaper and cup of coffee. B. T. Polcari currently resides in Chattanooga, TN and is thrilled to be fulfilling a childhood dream of becoming a published author.

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Tour and Giveaway for Sand & Mistletoe by Chautona Havig

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About the Book

Book:  Sand & Mistletoe

Author: Chautona Havig

Genre:  Contemporary Christian Romance (Holiday)

Release Date: November 24, 2018

Sand & Mistletoe

What’s Christmas without family drama, an accident, and mistletoe?

If you ask Portia Spears, it’s a horror movie—especially since she’s never the one caught under that mistletoe. And who thought it was a good idea to spend the last Christmas as a family unit away from their family home?

Her bossy older sisters, that’s who.

Christmas at his parents’ house with his son—just the way Reese Whitaker likes it. But a chance encounter on the beach might just change everything. How often do you meet someone who loves kids and knows American Sign Language?

Not often. Trust him.

However, with just two weeks to get to know each other and two families that couldn’t be more different vying for their time, will they even have a chance to test out that mistletoe they found?

Find out today in Sand & Mistletoe.

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My Thoughts On This Book!

I love Christmas books and it is never too early for me to start reading them. Sand & Mistletoe turns out to be a sweet Romance, but the drama between Portia and her sisters gets a bit annoying at times. And I really felt sorry for mom and dad, because they were the ones trying to calm them all down. That didn’t make for a very good Christmas in my book. I was beginning to think it was bad idea to spend Christmas together on the beach until Reese comes into the picture.

I really like Reese, and his son. They turned the story around for me. I love the interactions Portia has with Reese’s son and the way she picked up using sign language with him. I could just imagine how Reese felt when he first saw that scene. All in all, in the middle if all the drama, there is a sweet Romance going on, as much as it could be with all the family. And I enjoyed reading the author’s note at the end and the makings if this story. If you are ready to pull out the Christmas stories, I highly recommend this one for you to read. And if you know someone with a child who is deaf, this would be a special book for them to read. A lot if touching moment here.

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

Chautona

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

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What Happens When an Author Rewrites History

To be fair, almost none of us wanted to be there.

And really, that wasn’t fair. Two of our daughters planned as a “destination Christmas” bash for the whole family—just a nice getaway in San Diego for the “last” Christmas we’d probably all be in the same place on the same days.  The kids were getting older, getting married, and even moving out of state. It was a beautiful thing for them to try to do for us.

But Havigs are homebodies who like their traditions, and most of us left in Ridgecrest weren’t too thrilled being “dragged” four hours south to celebrate Christmas in a beautiful house on a cliff overlooking the San Diego countryside.  It had everything, game room, lots of space, yards, hiking trails, an infinity pool, a hot tub…

Yeah. That hot tub kicked off the weekend with a splash all right.  With no lighting around it, and no railing either, my husband stepped out of it and right off the ledge—down a hill (at least fifteen feet), bouncing off boulders and thankfully, stopped by a fence. Otherwise, he’d have rolled for a LONG way.

Get this.  He broke nothing.  Don’t even ask me how (because we all know Who took care of that, right?).

Still, I spent my Christmas Eve sitting in an ER waiting for someone to tell us the damage (superficial scrapes and deep bruising). The whole time I thought, “This has got to be a book.”

Two years later, it was.

I say this at the end of the book, but I need to say it again.

People who know our family will recognize some of my kids (I left four of them out of the story).  They will also say, “Wait, she’s not like that!”

And that’s the point.  I put just enough of real people in it to really capture the feel of the personalities, meshed some quirks (including the ones that got left out), and then set them in a stressful situation and really way over-exaggerated actual responses.  I want to say this here again.  None of us acted just like I portrayed us in Sand & Mistletoe (although, frankly, I wouldn’t have blamed a couple of them if they’d wanted to). Unlike A Bird Died, I didn’t even try to stick to facts.

Instead of San Diego hill country, I put us at my favorite beach—Ventura. I stuck our rented beach house where the Pierpont Inn is/used to be (don’t even know if it exists anymore). Reese’s parents live in the house I lived in when I was nine—right there on Pierpont just a block from the beach.  And where they went to get mistletoe… one of my favorite places in the world.

So, here’s my version of the tale—the one I wrote instead of told.  Just like Francie Nolan learned from her teacher in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.  When I tell the story, I tell it exactly how it happened.  However… I wrote what should (not) have happened!  (this is much more interesting than the real story).

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, October 12

Emily Yager, October 12

The Book Chic Blog, October 12

Inklings and notions, October 13

Get Cozy Book Nook, October 13

For Him and My Family, October 14

Blogging With Carol, October 14

deb’s Book Review, October 15

lakesidelivingsite, October 15

Ashley’s Bookshelf, October 16

Splashes of Joy, October 16

Labor Not in Vain, October 16

She Lives To Read, October 17

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, October 17

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 18

Mary Hake, October 18

Livin’ Lit, October 19

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

Sara Jane Jacobs, October 20

Spoken from the Heart, October 20

Lots of Helpers, October 21

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

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 22

Batya’s Bits, October 22

As He Leads is joy, October 23

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 23

Simple Harvest Reads, October 24 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

SusanLovesBooks, October 24

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, October 25

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

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, October 25

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away the prize package including a signed paperback & a handmade ornament!!

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

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Tour and Giveaway for In the Nick of Time by Deedee Cummings

Join us for this tour from Oct 12  to Dec 4, 2020!

Book Details:

Book Title:  In the Nick of Time by Deedee Cummings/illustrated by Charlene Mosley
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  28 pages
Genre:  Children/ Holiday
Publisher:  Make a Way Media
Release date:   November 2019
Content Rating:  G: Children’s Holiday Book


 

 
Book Description:

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

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My Thought’s On This Book

I really love this special story about a little boy named Nick Saint. Nick was like a lot of kids that have so much stuff, that he didn’t think of those who didn’t have until a letter came in the mail one day. What a clever name for a child character in a Christmas book. It makes for a lot of fun around the Holidays. The other does an amazing job in creating this character.

“In the Nick of Time”, author Deedee Cummings teaches children how to help others. To think about giving instead of only thinking about what they want themselves. And what better time to do this than at Christmastime. I love that this author uses a child to teach a child. And what child reading this cute story will think about himself so much? I believe each child will be like Nick, and choose to look around and see who needs help, and make a plan to help. As the Christmas season gets closer, I encourage you to think about checking this book out for your child/children. And we all know that kids will listen to books like “In the Nick of Time” before they will listen to us.

And I can’t leave out the illustrator Charlene Mosley who did an amazing exceptional job with the illustrations in “In the Nick of Time”. I love the way she created the adorable characters on each page. The expressions on the faces tell a story themselves. The illustrations on each page fit perfectly with what is written there. Deedee Cummings and Charlene Mosley make a very good team creating stories and illustrations together. Overall, this is a very good read, and really, even adults can benefit from this valuable lesson this book is teaching. I look forward to reading more from these ladies in the near future. This one gets a five star 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.

Author Interview with Deedee Cummings

How difficult was it to write In the Nick of Time?

In the Nick of Time was not a tough story to write because the overall message was on my heart. There is one twist in the story I did not think of initially- it came to me later. I was watching a TV show and the character’s last name was Saint. I thought of naming the character Nick Saint just because of that TV show. Sometimes I feel as though I am meant to see things and that was definitely one of those moments. That one idea alone made the book so much better. The overall story just came to me as a great idea and as a story that was missing and needed.

Why do you like to write children’s books?

I love writing for children because they still believe in the power of anything. Kids believe that you can fly on the wings of a butterfly or that you can tunnel your way to Australia straight from your backyard. That kind of thinking alone is kind of magical. Children’s books lift me up and remind me of the beauty and simplicity of the world. And a lot of times they leave me with the feeling that I can do anything I want too.

Do you ever get writer’s block? What helps you overcome it?

I get writer’s block all the time. It mostly comes when I am being forced to write something or if I am asked to write something specific. I have no problem just freely writing whatever message is floating on my mind. I can write all day like that. But one of the most important things I have learned over the past few years is that for people to find you, you really need to have a consistent blog. It is this type of writing I find the hardest because it feels forced. I know I have good stories to tell, but does anyone really care what I think about what it takes to be an author? To remove the block I just step away from it. I take a walk or finish some other project. The content comes to me, but it feels like I have to plant it like a seed in the ground in my mind first. It sprouts later.

Where do you write?

My absolutely favorite place to write is the beach, but I live in Kentucky so…. If I go to the beach I can write pages of work. It helps me generate ideas that I can more fully explore at home. I love the beach because my problems feel so small there. I get a sense of clarity at the beach that I cannot get anywhere else. I love the beach so much one of my earliest books is called My Trip to the Beach and it is all about how you can visualize a trip to the beach to help calm and focus you, even when you cannot actually get to the beach.




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Book Details:

Book Title: This Is The Earth by Deedee Cummings/illustrated by Charlene Mosley
Category Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 32 pages
Genre Children/ Holiday
Publisher Make A Way Media
Release date:  April 2019
Format available for review:  print (USA and Canada), ebook (PDF)
Tour dates:  Oct 12 to Dec 4, 2020
Content Rating: G. Children’s Holiday Book.

Book Description:

A recent Purple Dragonfly Award First Place winner, Cummings uses bold and bright illustrations in This is the Earth to share a message of peace, love, respect, compassion, inclusion. Published in early 2019, the book’s message bears repeating: peace is meant for all of us and it is everyone’s responsibility to care for each other like the united family that we really are. This exceptional and timely book shares the reality that we are all sharing this world that we call home instead of acting as though each continent, each, country, and each neighborhood is like a completely different planet. Within the pages of This is the Earth, readers will discover thought and conversation-invoking concepts on issues and struggles that has our world at odds with each other. Kids and adults will love the lyrical message and thoughtful artwork that reinforces the fact that every human being is our neighbor on Planet Earth; a place also known as Home.

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Meet the Author:

Deirdre “Deedee” Cummings believes literacy is a fundamental human right. She is the founder of Make A Way Media, It Pays to Read & the Louisville Book Festival, as well as, an attorney, therapist, and CEO of Abi Behavioral Health in Louisville, Kentucky. Abi is an intensive therapy agency that works to prevent the placement of children in out of home care, such as foster care, hospitalization, and incarceration. Deedee attended Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, one of only two all-female Historically Black Colleges in the country. After graduating from Bennett, she earned a master’s degree and a law degree from the University of Louisville. All of her writing focuses on sharing inspiring messages that remind us all it is never too late to begin again. Deedee encourages the children she works with to write as a way to process emotions, document their journey, and express themselves more clearly. In addition to presenting on multiple topics around the country, Deedee donates hundreds of books and volunteer hours every year to families, children, churches and the local school system. She is excited to announce the launch of her tenth children’s book, This is the Earth. The inspiration for this book came from overwhelming negative media coverage about race relations in our country and across the world. This is the Earth is a book about peace, respect, and diversity inclusion: a message that must be heard and repeated often. She and her husband Anthony live in Louisville with their three children Kayla (an actress in New York), Anthony (a college student and athlete), and Nick (in elementary school).

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Tour Schedule:
 
Oct 12 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Oct 13 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 13 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Oct 14 – meandmybooks – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 14 – Leels Loves Books – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Oct 14 – The Pen and Muse Book Reviews  – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 15 – Splashes of Joy – book review of In the Nick of Time / guest post / giveaway
Oct 15 – The Pen and Muse Book Reviews  – book review of In the Nick of Time / author interview / giveaway
Oct 16 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Oct 18 – Amy’s Booket List – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 20 – Pick A Good Book – book review of In the Nick of Time / author interview / giveaway
Oct 21 – Splashes of Joy – book review of This is the Earth / author interview / giveaway
Oct 22 – Leels Loves Books – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 26 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Oct 27 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review of This is the Earth
Oct 28 – My Journey Back – book review of In the Nick of Time / author interview / giveaway
Oct 29 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review of In the Nick of Time
Oct 30 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 3 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of In the Nick of Time / guest post / giveaway
Nov 4 – She Just Loves Books – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 5 – Priya’s Lit Blog – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 9 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 10 –Priya’s Lit Blog – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 11 – Ice Fairy’s Treasure Chest – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 11 – Older & Smarter? – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 12 – She Just Loves Books – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 13 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 16 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 17 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 18 – Ice Fairy’s Treasure Chest – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 18 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 19 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 20 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 20 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 20 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 23 – Amy’s Booket List – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 23 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 23 – – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 23 – Lisa-Queen of Random – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 23 – Gina Rae Mitchell  – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 24 – Gina Rae Mitchell  – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway

Nov 24 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 24 – Lisa-Queen of Random – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 25 – Older & Smarter? – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 27 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 27 – Reading is My Passion – book review of In the Nick of Time
Nov 30 – Cuzinlogic – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 30 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 30 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 30 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of In the Nick of Time / guest post /giveaway
Dec 1 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Dec 1 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Dec 1 – Lisa’s Reading – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway

Dec 2 –  Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Dec 3 – Bigreadersite – book review of In the Nick of Time
Dec 3 – Reading is My Passion – book review of This is the Earth
Dec 3 – Lisa’s Reading – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Dec 4 – Bigreadersite – book review of This is the Earth
Dec 4 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
 
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Tour and Giveaway for The Puppy Baby Book by Dawn Greenfield

Join us for this tour from Oct 14 to Oct 30, 2020!

Book Details:

Book TitleThe Puppy Baby Book by Dawn Greenfield Ireland
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+), 81 pages
Genre:  Non-Fiction, Puppy Baby Book
Publisher:  Artistic Origins
Release dates:   October 2000
Tour dates: Oct 14 to Oct 30, 2020
Content Rating:  G. This is a fill-in-the-blanks baby book for anyone who adopts a puppy, just like an infant baby book.
 
Book Description:

CELEBRATING 20-YEARS ANNIVERSARY!

This unique hardcover “fill in the blanks” baby book gives dog lovers the same opportunity to chart their puppies growth and progress, as parents of infants do with their baby books.

Now, as your puppy grows, you can document:
  •  Where the puppy was born
  •  The birth parents names and breeds
  •  Who the puppy resembles
  •  Where the puppy was adopted from
  •  The first meal
  •  The puppy’s playmates
  •  When potty training took place
  •  Obedience school classes
  •  Favorite things to do
  •  What vitamins the puppy takes
  •  Medical records
  •  Medical emergencies and blunders
  •  And much more

There is a keepsake pocket for the first rabies tag after it expires, a page where you can place your puppy’s paw prints, a pocket to keep the adoption papers, a placeholder for an adoption announcement card, a first aid kit list, and picture placeholders throughout the book. You will be able to write what you did with your puppy on special days throughout the calendar year from New Years day to Hanukkah and Christmas — 23 occasions in all.

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And now enjoy this wonderful Interview with Author Dawn Greenfield

Author Interview for Joy @ Splashes of Joy

  1. How did you come up with the idea for this book?

I was having a poor pitiful me moment at the kitchen table while looking at the baby books for my two sons. My dog Shasta Ann was on her dog bed and I turned to her and said, Shasta, I wish I had a baby book for you.

That’s all it took. I started documenting the similarities between puppies and babies.

  1. Did it take a long time to write The Puppy Baby Book?

This book was more about design than writing. It’s not the traditional nonfiction book, which is filled with words. I had to come up with topics for every page that dealt with the life of a puppy. And, back then, unfortunately, I didn’t keep very good records.

Around June of 1999 I started making a list of what the book should contain. By September 16, 1999 I had a rough draft. On January 16, 2000 I hired an artist to create the pages.

  1. The book won an IPPY award. What category did you enter? 

I was so surprised when I received the news. It was in the Popular Culture category and was up against a history of comic books, and a book about the Beatles. Talk about good company! The competition head told me they had never seen a book such as mine and that it was beautiful.

  1. Are there other books in the series?

I was going to have an entire series: The Kitten Baby Book, My New Home, The Birdie Baby Book, and In Memory Of. Then I nixed the birdie book.

Unfortunately, the money wasn’t available for marketing, so the cash did not flow in as expected. The Kitten Baby Book is ready to be printed, but my pocketbook is somewhat dry right now.

  1. What else do you write?

So glad you asked! At this time, I have 13 novels in three series (cozy mystery, sci-fi/fantasy YA, and adult shapeshifter), and two stand-alone novels. I also have 5 nonfiction books, and 15 screenplays.

 

Meet the Author:

Dawn Greenfield Ireland is the author of several award-winning novels, nonfiction books, and screenplays. To date she has 12 published novels that consists of three series (cozy mystery, YA science fiction/fantasy, and adult shape-shifter), a dystopian, and a sci-fi romance adventure. The Last Dog, a dystopian novel set in 2086 is closely related to the Covid/Corona pandemic! Who knew there would be so many parallels from the time she wrote the book (2010) to this crazy pandemic of 2020! Three of her nonfiction books have won awards. Nine of her 15 screenplays (comedies, dramas, horror, action adventure and science fiction), have won awards. She has also written three short scripts. Her former day job as an award-winning technical writer (34 years) played a major role in her fiction writing – she is detailed oriented, the organizational queen of the known universe, and never misses a deadline. Dawn writes full time in addition to editing books for authors, and coaching people through the writing process.

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

Oct 14 – KC Beanie Boos Collection – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 14 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 15 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Oct 15 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 15 –  Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 16 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 19 – Corinne Rodrigues – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 20 –Chit Chat with Charity – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Oct 21 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 22 – Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Oct 23 –Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 26 –fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 27 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 28 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 29 –Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 29 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / giveaway

Oct 30 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

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Tour and Giveaway for Silence of Islands

Join us for this tour from October 12 to October 23, 2020!
 
Book Details:

Book TitleSilence of Islands — Poems by W.M. Raebeck
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18 +),  170 pages
GenrePoetry
PublisherHula Cat Press
Release date:   July 2020
Content Rating:  G. this book of poems is ‘grown-up’ but nothing violent, explicit, illegal, profane or hardcore.
 

Book Description:

Poetry for the summer day, poetry for the dark night. Poems that cut a walkable trail through the forest of life. Always with a nudge and a wink, “It’ll be okay.” This collection reflects a lifetime of nature, love, travel, death, joy, art, family, and the eternal questions. A potion of emotion to soothe and move you.

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My Thoughts On This Book

I don’t read a lot of poem books but I really enjoy reading them. And this one, Silence of the Island: Poems is one of my favorites. It has over 80 different poems, and there is one for about anything you want to read about. I found myself so engaged in reading them, I had half the book read before I knew it. But I’m not one to zip through a book so I went back and re-read several of my favorites.

Among these poems, as I read there are all kinds of emotions flying around, depending on the poem you are reading. This author had me laughing and in tears several many time throughout the book. There were pleasant times, darker moments, sunshine and rain, all within the pages of this beautiful book. And speaking of beauty, isn’t thos book cover stunning? This is a coffee table book for me for sure.

If you enjoy poems, Silence of the Islands is for you. If you enjoy reading but don’t have the time, this is a great choice for you as well. It only takes a few minutes to read each poem so this is one book you will be able to finish. All in all, I love this book of poems, and I believe there will be many more people that will enjoy them as well. This one get a five stars++ in my 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.

I hope you will read the Fabulous guest post the author has shared with us. .

Guess Post with Author W. M. Raebeck

What You may not Know about Lemons

    In 2004, when I bought a 2-foot lemon tree, I envisioned the convenience of picking fresh lemons, plus beautifying my yard, and augmenting my privacy screen. All I knew about lemons, though, was that they were sour, yellow, and healthy.

    In selecting a tree, I wanted one small enough that I could reach the highest branches, but not too small like a ‘dwarf.’ In Home Depot’s garden department, I encountered a fellow citrus-tree shopper, a second-generation Japanese gent clearly placed there by my garden (guardin’) angels.

    He told me simply, “Buy a regular tree and never prune it.”

    “Never prune it?” I thought grooming and pruning were essential to gardening. 

    “Never prune it,” he repeated. “And it will stay shorter. It’s pruning that makes it grow tall.”

    “But will it bear as much fruit?”

    “Yes, it will be fine. You’ll see.” He seemed certain. 

    So I bought a Myers Lemon Tree and never pruned it. 

    It took about 4 years for lemons to appear. And I was ecstatic—I got a total of 7 that first season! 

    The next year, I got 21, and was off and running. The following year produced 40 (!) and I was able to become generous with them, plus squeeze them over every salad, piece of fish, and glass of water. But when I got 120 the year after that was when I started learning lemon secrets. 

    I’d rented out my house by then, for few years (while frequently traveling to visit my ancient dad), so could only pick lemons on occasional visits home. Those times, I’d pick dozens at once so they wouldn’t go to waste. (Tenants showed no interest in lemons.) That’s when I learned lemons can last two months in the fridge and, also, stay perfect on the tree practically forever. They don’t fall off until they’re fully convinced NOT A SOUL in the world wants them. And I found that green lemons are fully edible. On my tree, at least, the lemons stay green for months and months, turning yellow seemingly as a last resort, and can be eaten all through the season in varying stages of growth. Once finally yellow, they still cling to the tree for weeks and weeks, refusing to surrender. May through October or November, through all weather, my tree yields perfect fruit. Lemons, I’ve learned, are a study in patience. 

    The next year, I got 250. (But who counts their lemons?) Then I got 400, then 750. No end in sight. By now I was entranced with the tree and awestruck that, having never once pruned it, it never grew tall, just fuller and fuller. 

    Around then, I started marketing my lovely, organic, homegrown lemons—each one perfect. Turns out the thick skin and sour taste ward off pests, too, so there was never competition for the bounty. I also discovered how lemons can sit on a kitchen counter for days, even weeks—drying out a bit over time, but still edible and juicy. Lemons don’t need to be fresh-picked to taste as you’d hope them to. And soon I began dicing the organic peel to add punch to recipes, and I’d toss skin and pulp into my juicer for their health properties.

    The next year, I got 1200 lemons. And the tree was now big enough to creep under and recline in the grass to admire the lemons growing above and to inhale the flowers scented from heaven. But I never took shears to the tree.

    Eventually, it started creeping sideways toward the southerly sun. Not wanting to lose fruit-bearing branches—lemons were fetching me $.60 each—I had to prop up the heavy boughs with branches cut from my Guava tree. That worked, if you don’t mind a sideways-reaching tree like something from a Mediterranean orchard.

    Last year, I harvested and sold over 2200 lemons from my single tree, now dubbed ‘my significant other.’ And I’ve marketed 1600, so far, this year and counting.

    My miraculous tree has taught me the generosity and resilience of lemons, the ease in farming them, and the durability and tenacity of both tree and fruit (come hurricane, drought, or flood). A passing local in her 60’s, who’s lived on this island her whole life, remarked the other day that it’s the most beautiful lemon tree she’s ever seen. It remains gorgeous, pays its way, and…with dozens of fruits still on the tree, the next crop is already ripening! The last few years, I’ve had lemons year-round. 

    So, should you cruise by for a glimpse of it or seeking some zest for your next meal, don’t be surprised to see a tousled ‘farm lady’ crawling out from beneath it. I enjoy quality time with my loved one.

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And now you can enjoy this amazing interview with this author. You don’t want to miss what’s coming next from her writing desk. There is so much to learn here.

Interview With the Author W. M. Raebeck

1.  Q.  How did this book of poetry, “Silence of Islands,” come together?

1.  A.  Though I don’t call myself a poet, per se, from age 16 and throughout my life, I’ve turned to writing poems in times of inspiration, sorrow, frustration, love, and reverence for life and spirit. In certain moments, it won’t be a story or a book, not a sentence or a word; only a poem can walk me through and sum up the feelings somehow. When you commit to feeling something all the way through, not knowing your destination, you could end up with a poem.

2.  Q.  Is writing therapeutic for you?

2.  A.  Almost miraculously so. I don’t know if I like to be alone in order to write, or if I like to write in order to be alone — but both have served me well. It’s second nature now to approach almost everything first with pen and paper. (I rarely go far without my clipboard and a few  pens.) And, unless I’m writing a specific story or editing a manuscript, I’m not thinking about readers during my first drafts. First drafts are more like dreams or meditations or ruminations — private and sacred. But when a piece of writing stands the test of time, re-inspires me or makes me laugh or sigh or cry five or ten years later, it could be worth sharing.

3.  Q.  Why do you write memoir?

3.  A.  It’s so intrinsic to me…. And I’ve always found the twists and turns of real life more interesting than made-up stuff. Also, because I have journaled all the way through, I’ve ended up with some colorful first-hand accounts of various epochs and epics. Through my true accounts, I’d like younger people, particularly women (but not exclusively!), to know there’s plenty of LIFE aside from motherhood and marriage.

4.  Q.  What is your next book?

4.  A.  It’s already written and close to publication (early 2021). “Nicaragua Story — Back Roads of the Contra War” is a log I kept as a journalist during my second trip to Nicaragua in 1986 during its tumultuous trial by fire. “It’s quite a tale,” one of my editors said. But I’m still working on dovetailing the historical data into my personal story. I haven’t done a book before where politics and history need to be included just to get the  narrative across. But once I’ve entwined it all so readers aren’t distracted or confused by historical references, then I’ll be excited to share this unusual, touching, and powerful moment when a tiny Central American country took on the challenge of the US military.

5.  Q.  You have five published books so far; is there a sequence in which they should be read?

5.  A.  Actually, no. Each book stands alone. In fact, each book is so distinctly itself, I sometimes wonder if one consistent voice comes through my whole collection. And, although together they do comprise one huge book recounting a life, each has its own time, place and intention. And each serves the reader differently. “I Did Inhale — Memoir of a Hippie Chick” is pure adventure, audacity and fun; “Some Swamis are Fat” (under pen-name Ava Greene) is more of a spiritual quest; “Stars in Our Eyes” is true stories about Hollywood, the arts, romance, ambition, and coincidence; “Expedition Costa Rica” is a physical undertaking extreme; and of course “Silence of Islands—poems” is a full-on emotional dive. So there’s no required reading sequence, though obviously there was a chronology of events, as well as some maturing of the writer over time. But I’m big on attaching dates to most of my writing—helpful with memoir. But if you did want to read them in actual order, your best bet would be: 1) “I Did Inhale,” 2) “Stars in Our Eyes,” 3) “Expedition Costa Rica,” 4) “Some Swamis are Fat,” and 5) “Silence of Islands — poems.” 6) And then my next one, “Nicaragua Story — Back Roads of the Contra War,” will be out. But it’s just as much fun to grab them in any sequence, knowing each will be its own trip.

Q. 6.  Where can people find you?

A. 6.  In Hawai’i. : ) Or at “WendyRaebeck.com“. They can email me at ‘wmraebeck@gmail.com,’ can order all my books absolutely anywhere—on line or through book stores, or ask libraries to stock them. All my books are available in paperback and ebook, with audio in the works. I’d love readers of your blog to join my email list! I send out a message every 2-3 months with updates about my new books, and occasional ditties about this or that, along with exclusive offers just for my list.

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Meet the Author:

W. M. Raebeck’s trademarks are humorous candor, spiritual stretching, and frequent exits from the comfort zone. She lives in Hawaii, with regular Mainland visits. Her 5 books to date are true-life accounts, from the misadventures of a sugar-freak hippie chick (‘I Did Inhale’), to 20 stories about art, Hollywood, and spirits (‘Stars in Our Eyes’), to trekking through the Costa Rican rainforest (‘Expedition Costa Rica’), to teaching yoga in Santa Monica (‘Some Swamis are Fat’),* and now her poetry collection, ‘Silence of Islands.’ Before authoring, Raebeck was a film and television actress based in LA, London, and NYC.  She went on to freelance journalism, contributing to the then-alternative world of green politics, environmental protection, U.S. involvement in Central American wars, socially conscious investing, and much more. Her articles were always accompanied by her own photography, including numerous cover stories for the LA Weekly and other papers like the East Hampton Star from her former hometown. In Raebeck’s personal life, yoga and natural health (sugar notwithstanding) remain institutions. As is maintaining a zero-waste household. Animal rights and environmental activism are lifelong commitments, including all-too-frequent bird rescue. W. M. Raebeck’s books are available in print and ebook worldwide, and can be ordered from any book store or library. Audio editions are in the works! For additional info, or to join the email list, visit WendyRaebeck.com. Her next book, ‘Nicaragua Story—Back Roads of the Contra War,’ takes a hard look at a people’s war, and will be out in 2021. * ‘Some Swamis are Fat’ is under the pen-name Ava Greene.

connect with the author:    website   ~   facebook pinterest goodreads

Tour Schedule:

Oct 12 – Merlot Et Mots – book review / author interview
Oct 12 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Oct 13 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 14 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / author interview / giveaway
Oct 14 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Oct 15 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
Oct 15 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review
Oct 15 – Pick a good book – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 16 – 30-something Travel – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 16 – Chit Chat with Charity – book review / author interview
Oct 19 – Pen Possessed – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 19 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review
Oct 20 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 20 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Oct 21 – Alexis Marie Chute – book review / author interview
Oct 21 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Oct 22 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 23 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 23 – Books for Books – book review

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Giveaway and Tour for Seeking Life by Brianna Holifield

About the Book

Book: Seeking Life

Author: Brianna Holifield

Genre: Christian Nonfiction/Christian Living

Release Date: June 30, 2020

Have you ever wondered what God’s purpose for you is? Or what exactly God wants for your life? Have you ever asked yourself if what you are doing is where God wants you to be? If you have ever asked any of these questions, you are not alone. Many people, including myself, have questions like these every day.

Seeking Life will dive deep into what God’s purpose is for each of us on earth and how the fruit of the Spirit plays a role. It will go into detail about each fruit of the Spirit and how to obtain each one. All the fruit work together to help us become whole in Jesus Christ. Being fruitful will ultimately show others who God really is to others by how we act and respond to things.

Seeking Life will include:

  • An in depth explanation of what exactly a purpose is and how the fruit of the Holy Spirit ties into that
  • Who the Holy Spirit is
  • A chapter dedicated to each fruit of the Spirit, defining what it is, why we need it, and how to obtain it.
  • A practical “How To” at the end of each chapter
  • Evidence on how God communicates to us, and how we communicate to Him

My Thoughts of this Book

“Seeking Life” is a study on the Fruits of the Spirit. In reading this study, I was reminded of how God changes our lives as we surrender to each ‘Fruit of the Spirit’. As Christian’s, we need to constantly seek God about our walk with Him, and this is a very good book to study to do just that.

In “Seeking Life, Brianna Holifield gives step by step instructions in the twelve chapters in the book. I don’t really have a favorite, each chapter spoke to me in a different way. And the last chapter, Communicating With God is one I will read over and over to remind me how easy it is for us to talk to our Lord. This is an interesting chapter because Ms. Holifield talks of how God spoke to Prophet’s of old to communicate with the people, and how we can talk to God ourselves through prayer because of Jesus’ death on the cross. But overall, everything in this special book is just as the last chapter is, it gives great truths we need to hear. This book is a five star for me. I encourage you to pick up a copy for yourself, to help in your own Bible Study.

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

Hey there! My name is Brianna Holifield and I wrote this book to share what I have learned over the past few years on my journey with God in hopes to help you live a more peaceful and joyful life with Christ.

I became a Christian in 2015. Over time, I went from being filled with anxiety and fear to being filled with the Holy Spirit and it has changed my life completely. I want to share my love for the Lord so more people can know God’s love for us.

A few other quirks about me: I love coffee and tea, I enjoy hiking and being outdoors, I love animals and I have a passion for nutrition.

So that is enough about me. God is our creator, He is our Father, and He loves us. I am His child and a servant of Him and I want to Glorify Him. This is to be more about God and our relationship with Him than about me.

More from Brianna

Have you ever been so at a loss as to what God wanted for your life because everything you thought you knew and everywhere you thought you were headed was so upside down, sideways, and backwards so much that there was nowhere to turn except God Himself?

Well, this is exactly where my life was before I decided to write this book. My life was shaken. Emotionally, I was distressed, sad, and in pain and I felt alone and helpless.

I can recall the day I knew I needed to write this book. January 7th. The night before I stood in my living room listening to worship music as memories and emotions flooded through my mind until I couldn’t take it anymore. I fell to my knees, let go of everything, and started to worship God like I never had before. I completely, totally surrendered myself to Him.

Sometimes, the only way for us to know we absolutely need God and know for a fact He is in control is to be left with nowhere to turn except to Him. And sometimes, only then are we able to truly listen to what God has been trying to tell us all along.

The next morning I got to work early and just prayed and asked God to show me a revelation and a vision of my life and what He wanted me to do with it. I was ready to do His will, not my own. I wrote everything He told me down. In fact, I still have that ripped up, scribbled on envelope I had found in my car to use that day.

One of the things God told me was to write. I remember the still quiet voice in my heart. Me? Write? I had never considered myself a writer. I also had no idea what to even write.

Over the next two months, God started showing me, teaching me, and transforming the way I saw things. Every single thing God taught me was something I desperately needed. By March, I knew what God wanted me to write about. This book is simple yet so foundational to living and walking in Christ. I hope the contents of this book helps everyone who reads it to grow and strengthen their relationship with the Lord and gain a deeper understanding of God’s purpose for each of us, and a better understanding of who the Holy Spirit is.

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you” (John 14:26, NKJV).

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, October 1

Inklings and notions, October 2

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 3

deb’s Book Review, October 3

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 4

Ashley’s Bookshelf, October 5

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

Captive Dreams Window, October 6

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 7

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, October 8

Godly Book Reviews, October 9

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

Sara Jane Jacobs, October 10

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 11

For Him and My Family, October 12

Mary Hake, October 12

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, October 13

Splashes of Joy, October 14

Giveaway

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

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

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Giveaway and Review for Light in the Mountain Sky by Misty Beller

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About the Book

Book:  Light in the Mountain Sky

Author: Misty M. Beller

Genre:  Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: September 29, 2020

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This epic journey may seal her fate forever.

Determined to prove her worth, Meksem fiercely fought to earn her place among the warriors in her Nez Perce camp. When her half-sister is captured by an enemy tribe, she refuses to trust the rescue to anyone else. But her new friends insist on joining her mission, and she battles between relief and frustration at their presence. Especially the white man who peers at her as if he can see through the face of the warrior she struggles so hard to maintain.

Spaniard Adam Vargas thrives on adventure wherever his travels take him. He’s fallen in love with this Rocky Mountain wilderness, as well as the spotted horses the Nez Perce tribe raise. His fascination with this Indian maiden-turned-warrior catches him off guard though, including the way she seems to be fighting for more than her sister’s safe return.

The journey proves more perilous than any of the group expects, and the secret Meksem hides becomes impossible to conceal. If they live through this mission, the life they knew will never be the same again.

From a USA Today bestselling author comes another epic journey through breathless landscapes and intense adventure.

Click here to get your copy!

My Thoughts On This Book

I am always happy to read and review another book from Misty Beller. I have grown to love her Mountain people and their way of life. “Light in the Mountain Sky” is book three in the series so it was so nice to meet with this group of people again, to travel with them through the treacherous journey again as the look for the sister of Meksem and others who were kidnapped by the Blackfoot indian tribe.

I love love this story. The characters are just the best. They play their parts perfectly, and as always, I am amazed at the knowledge of Meksem, Adam, Bever Tail and his sweet wife as they travel. Misty Beller definitely does her research well in writing these amazing stories. And I looked up Camas before I read Misty’s note to see what it was, since this seemed to be most of their food on the trail.

One of the things I love about Misty’s books, including this one is the Romance lurking behind the scenes for much of the story while the couple tries to figure out what’s going on! I can’t really pick a favorite character in this one. I really like Meksem determined personality. And I love Adam’s quiet sweet ways, yet he had the warrior personality as well. And Bever Tail and his wife have been my favorites in the series. Another thing I love is the faith element running throughout the story. It nice to witness other characters coming to faith because of the actions of their friends. And it’s done in such a subtle way that it won’t offend. If you love historical stories, stories involving Indians, snowy mountain trail, this is a story you don’t want to miss!!

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

About the Author

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Misty M. Beller is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.

She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and children now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

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Early Nez Perce Business Women

As I’ve been researching for my current Call of the Rockies series, I’ve had the pleasure of diving deep into the culture of the Nez Perce tribe. I found it interesting that one of the primary food sources of The People (as they called themselves) was camas roots.

But what really drew my notice was how the women would cultivate entire fields of camas root, store what they needed for their family through the winter, then use the extras for bartering. Some savvy women would become quite wealthy from their business dealings!

The bulbs of the camas plant are full of calories and nutrients, and each fall, Nez Perce families would travel to their particular camas meadow (a section of land whose camas rights had probably been passed down from generation to generation within their family). Many of these meadows were located near present-day Weippe, Moscow or Grangeville, where the onion-shaped bulbs grew thickly.

Women used pointed wooden tools to harvest the bulbs, and could often gather over 50 pounds a day, satisfying their full winter’s supply within just a few days.

Native American peoples who ate camas include the Nez Perce (Nimíipuu), Cree, Coast Salish, Kalapuya, and Blackfoot, and Yakama, among many others. Not all of these people groups harvested camas themselves. Instead, many relied on trade in order to procure it. Trade networks were established all the way from the Rockies to the Pacific Ocean, and a shrewd businesswoman who tended her camas meadows well could provide everything her family needed and more!

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Through the Fire Blogs, October 13

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 13

Splashes of Joy, October 13

A Baker’s Perspective, October 14

deb’s Book Review, October 14

Blessed & Bookish, October 15

Connect in Fiction, October 15

lakesidelivingsite, October 15

For the Love of Literature, October 16

Betti Mace, October 16

Texas Book-aholic, October 17

21st Century Keeper at Home, October 17

Inklings and notions, October 18

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, October 18

jeanette’s Thoughts, October 18

Older & Smarter?, October 19

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, October 19

For Him and My Family, October 20

Mary Hake, October 20

She Lives To Read, October 21

Writing from the Heart Land, October 21

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 22

Simple Harvest Reads, October 22 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Artistic Nobody, October 23 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Blossoms and Blessings, October 23

Ashley’s Bookshelf, October 24

reviewingbooksplusmore, October 24

Bizwings Blog, October 24

Connie’s History Classroom, October 25

Book Love, October 25 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Sara Jane Jacobs, October 26

Bigreadersite, October 26

Giveaway

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

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

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Giveaway and Review for My Hair Went on Vacation by Paula Quinn

Join us for this tour from Oct 12 to Oct 30, 2020!

Book Details:

Book Title:  My Hair Went on Vacation by Paula Quinn
CategoryChildren’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
GenreChildren’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   August, 2020
Content Rating:  G. This children’s book is for everyone.
 
Book Description:

This story is about Rosie, who lives in Chicago. Within three weeks she lost all of her hair and asked, “Where did it go?” Rosie loved to rock the bald, without even skipping a beat. She happily wore sunscreen -not even a hat!- in the summer heat. At bedtime, Rosie would tell her own stories with a smile on her face. She’d imagine her hair going on magical adventures all over the place. From a young age, Rosie loved herself and was not phased by her look, So her mother decided to share her spirit to teach others through this book. Come on this adventure with a confident bald girl, Who tells us Bald is beautiful! as she smiles with a twirl. We hope this book can inspire you to love others as they are, And to love yourself every day, whether your hair is near or far.


MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

My Hair Went on Vacation is the cutest book about Rosie and her medical condition that keeps her hair from growing. I love how Rosie and her mom Paula talk about the ways Rosie deals with the condition at a young age. And they do it in the most unique way, so children and adults alike can understand and enjoy.

I have never known anyone with this condition so I am happy for the opportunity to learn more about it through this book. I adore the beautiful illustrations by Chiara Civati that fit each page so perfectly with what is one each one of the .pages. The beauty of the story is to teach children and anyone else reading this book to love yourself the way you are, no matter the circumstances. This book is a must read if you know someone with this autoimmune disease. And if you don’t, it’s a great book to teach your child how to love themselves in any situation. I appreciate Paula Quinn and her daughter Rosie for writing this precious book. And for Chiara Civati for capturing the vision with illustrations. This is truly a five star 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.

AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR

What is Alopecia?

Alopecia is an autoimmune disease that affects nearly 7 million people alone in the US and develops when the immune system attacks the hair follicles, resulting in partial and/or total hair loss.  There are three types of Alopecia; hair loss in coin sized patches (Alopecia Areata), total hair loss on the scalp (Alopecia Totalis), or complete body hair loss; including eyelashes, eyebrows and all body hair (Alopecia Universalis). 

Can you tell us about the process of working with an illustrator, who depicted your daughter so well?

Working with the illustrator was a great experience for our family.  It was so important to us, especially to Rosie, that the character resembled Rosie.  The process began with us reviewing the current portfolios of illustrators who worked with Mascot Books, our publisher.  The illustration styles were all very diverse in artistic styles, so we had a variety to choose from.  From the vast portfolio, we short-listed eight illustrators and we submitted a picture of Rosie for a self-portrait.  It was so fun seeing how these talented illustrators depicted Rosie, and we knew from first sight that we loved our illustrator, Chiara Civati.  Once we chose Chiara, she took our story and created a storyboard.  I did have a little bit of a vision of what illustrations I wanted to have, and we provided that feedback and waited anxiously for her first storyboard.  

From the initial draft, we only had to make some minor tweaks to make it more personal, like customizing Rosie’s room with her favorite stuffed animals, making the teacher look like her real teacher, changing the color of our clothes, and even adding our dog, Enzo, to the book.  I tried not to be too picky and was worried about infringing on Chiara’s style.  But in the end, she was quick and happy to make the changes.  The experience was so positive that I almost want to write another book, so I can work with her again.   

How did writing this book serve as a therapy to you?

Rosie was able to see the silver lining with her Alopecia.  I believe that this is attributed to her being so young when faced with the autoimmune disease.  She was two and very egocentric.  It wasn’t until she started to transition out of the egocentric stage and into developing a self-awareness, that we noticed her baldness was really bothering her.  I take it back, the baldness wasn’t bothering her, it was the conversation and questions about her baldness from other children or even adults that was the issue.  Questions like, “are you a baby or a boy?”, really got to her, and we noticed her little spark fade.  I would talk about this in great length in therapy, and my therapist suggested writing down my feelings.  Since I’m not big into journaling, I started a Google doc entitled “Rosie’s book” instead.  The book was never intended to be published, instead it was a tool for Rosie and her sister to use when we had to educate strangers.  Hindsight, the book was mainly for me, as a parent, since there weren’t a lot of resources to help families manage a physical difference, let alone Alopecia.  The writings really served as a tool for our family, and I hope that it can help others too.  Who knew that this therapy journal would be published to help others?  

100% of the proceeds from this book benefit your charity, Coming Up Rosies. Can you tell us about the charity?

Instead of focusing on fixing Rosie’s baldness, we shifted to raising a little girl who loves herself, hair or no hair.  From the beginning, Rosie wasn’t keen on wigs and grew tired of hats.  So, we asked ourselves, why not transfer some of her most-prized paintings onto a head scarf? We surprised her with a head scarf using one of her favorite paintings. Rosie was overjoyed and asked, “What about the other bald kids? We should make these for all the bald kids who look like me. Can we do that?” Just like that, a little gift to our daughter fueled a mission to help others, something my husband and I would’ve never dreamed up ourselves. 

Our mission is to restore confidence, happiness and pride to anyone struggling with low self-esteem during their medical journey, especially bald children. Our vision is a world where every child goes to sleep proud of their differences.  We accomplish this by donating art supplies to children’s hospitals throughout the U.S. Since 2016, we’ve donated more than 1,600 Smile Kits to hospitals and charity organizations around the world, in order for children to create their very own head scarves and superhero capes. Each kit provides a child an outlet of creativity, and the ability to wear their masterpiece with a smile.

What is your advice to parents raising a child with a physical difference?

Oh, this is a great question.  I think the biggest piece of advice is to follow your child’s lead and support them in whatever way you can.  We tell Rosie, this is your disease and you tell us how we can best support you.  If you want a wig, we’ll get you a wig.  If you want to wear a hat, we’ll buy you any hat you want.  If you want to be bald, be bald.  We love and support you.  From my experience, children with a difference want to know that you, as parents, will love them no matter what.  Rosie went through this stage of asking me questions, which ultimately conceived the “would you love me if…” game.  She’d ask, “would you love me if…I had one eyeball?  Would you love me if…I was in a wheelchair?”  As a parent, I thought, why is she asking me this, of course I will!  But, in Rosie’s mind these were valid questions in her mind, and she needed validation.  

When they feel that unconditional love and support at home, it puffs up their chest with confidence that they take with them everywhere they go.  Not to say that there won’t be bad days, because there will be— we all have them.  But, being their strong emotional support system, and showing them through your love and affection, they quickly learn that their heart makes them beautiful, not their outward appearance.

 
 
Meet the Author:

Paula and Rosie Quinn are the founders of Coming Up Rosies, a nonprofit dedicated to fulfilling Rosie’s dream to make bald kids like her smile confidently. At two years old, Rosie was diagnosed with alopecia universalis, an incurable autoimmune disease that results in baldness. From a young age, Rosie taught her parents how to embrace her difference by coming up with magical adventures of her hair each night before bed. Despite Rosie’s confidence, awkward questions and comments about her baldness started to bother Rosie. One day, her parents surprised her with a head scarf made from one of her paintings. Rosie immediately felt confident again, and wanted to share this feeling of pride with all bald children. Rosie lives in Chicago with her sister Caroline, her parents Paula and Larry, and their bernedoodle, Enzo. As a family, they love to go to Cubs games, have dance parties, and cook Italian dinners at home.

Connect with the Author:  website  ~ facebook  ~ instagram ~ goodreads

 
Tour Schedule:
 
Oct 12 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 12 – I’m Into Books – book review / giveaway
Oct 13 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway
Oct 14 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 15 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review / giveaway
Oct 16 – Ice Fairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Oct 19 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Oct 20 – Older & Smarter? – book review / giveaway
Oct 21 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Oct 22 – Reading is My Passion – book review
Oct 23 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Oct 26 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 26 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 27 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Oct 28 – Authors Ace – book review
Oct 29 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Oct 30 – My Journey Back – book review / giveaway

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