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).

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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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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