Tour and Giveaway for Blue Moon by Jenny Knipfer

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About the Book

Book: Blue Moon

Author: Jenny Knipfer

Genre: Historical Fiction

Release Date: September 27, 2019

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By the Light of the Moon series:
Readers who love being trapped in a character’s mind should relish this finely written, gripping series. A must read for fans of historical fiction.”–The Prairies Book Review

A tale of precious things more rare than a blue moon…

The year is 1885 and unwed Vanessa Gulet must surrender her newborn son to her married twin sister, Valerie, to raise. A seed of bitterness grows in Vanessa. When the opportunity arises for her to have what she’s always wanted, Vanessa takes it despite the consequences to her family, getting more than she bargained for.

Meanwhile, Valerie, overcome with loss and grief, faces a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Will she and her husband, Felix, forge through their trials together, or will these upsets cause them to drift apart?

Will Vanessa and Valerie remain at odds, or will they allow the power of forgiveness to heal their strained relationship?

Love seems to bloom in the most unlikely of places in Webaashi Bay for an old friend of Jenay’s and a woman who owns the local dress shop. A parallel tale of love, forgiveness, and reuniting lost things is spun by a local author adding another dimension to the tale of the Gulet twins and their saga.

Fans of historical fiction, Christian historical fiction, clean romance, and literary fiction will enjoy this dramatic read!

I love the cover of this book, the book cover is why I wanted to read the book, and it didn’t disappoint! I thoroughly enjoyed this historical read from author Jenny Knipfer, though sometimes it was a difficult read because of the circumstances. Vanessa is not married and was forced by her dad to give up her baby to her sister. I can not even imagine how difficult this has to be. And I can surely understand the bitterness. There is a good amount of stuff going on in this book but I had no problems. It made for a different more entertaining read for me. This is a book I think anyone who enjoys a good clean historical fiction will love this one. I’m giving Blue Moon a solid four stars!!

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

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Jenny Knipfer

Jenny lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Ken and their pet Yorkie, Ruby. She is also a mom and loves being a grandma. She enjoys many creative pursuits but finds writing the most fulfilling.

Jenny’s education background stems from psychology, music, and cultural missions. She spent many years as a librarian in a local public library but recently switched to using her skills as a floral designer in a retail flower shop. She is now retired from work due to disability.

She authored and performed a self-published musical CD entitled, Scrapbook of a Closet Poet.

Jenny’s first three books earned five-star reviews from Reader’s Favorite, a book review and award contest company. Their praise: “Ruby Moon is entertaining, fast-paced, and features characters that are real. Blue Moon continues a well-written and highly engaging saga of family ties, betrayals, and heartaches… Silver Moon is a highly recommended read for fans of historical wartime fiction, powerful emotive drama, and excellent atmospheric writing.”

She holds membership in the: Midwest Independent Booksellers Association, Historical Novel Society, Wisconsin Writers Association, Indie Christian Publishing Association, and Independent Book Publishers Association.

Jenny’s favorite place to relax is by the western shore of Lake Superior, where her novel series, By The Light of the Moon, is set. She has self-published the first two books, Ruby Moon and Blue Moon in her four-part series. Two more novels to complete the series are planned for 2020. She is currently writing a new historical fiction series called, Sheltering Trees.

Libraries and retailers may find Jenny’s books on Ingram. Support your local bookstores, and request a copy of Jenny’s books there. Purchase paperbacks retail on Amazon. Ebooks are available through your favorite ebook retailer.

Keep current with Jenny by visiting her website at https://jennyknipfer.com.

More from Jenny

In Blue Moon I play off a minor character from Ruby Moon, Vanessa Gulet. When Ruby Moon ended, I started wondering what Vanessa’s life had been like, rejected by Renault, her old flame who had promised her his devotion.

Vanessa’s story grew along with Valerie’s, her identical twin sister. Asking the question of what could divide twin siblings drew me deep into the drama of the Gulet sisters, and a story of desire and loss sprang from my imagination.

An even richer depth occurred when I brought the main character from Ruby Moon, Jenay, into the thick of the twins’ saga. Vanessa must come to grips with what really happened to Renault and who was involved. Will she forgive the past and the unintentional wrongs committed and embrace the new friend she has made or not?

Also, I wrote from experience in Blue Moon, as Valerie must face the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and how to live with the fear of the unknown shadowing her life. It was therapeutic for me to write some of my own feeling and thoughts through Valerie. Journaling has always been a way for me to manage my emotions, and writing via story form was no different. Chances are you either know someone with MS or know of someone with MS. The disease is very prevalent in the U.S., and through Blue Moon I want to draw some awareness to what I and many people live with every day.

I hope in Blue Moon that the theme of forgiveness will encourage readers through their own struggles and believe that choosing to forgive is always the better choice, often bringing unforeseen blessings.

Thank you for taking the time to read a little about Blue Moon and its origin! I hope you get a chance to read it and the twins’ tale of forgiveness. If you do, please let me know, and please leave a review.

Blessings, J

P.S. Did you know I include a recipe pertaining to the story in most of my books? In Blue Moon, I include an old family favorite: butter tarts. Lily, a daughter of the man Vanessa meets and is drawn to in Webaashi Bay, loves butter tarts. Vanessa and Lily make them together. Following is the recipe.

Lily’s Butter Tart

1 C sugar

¼ C softened butter or butter substitute

2 eggs

juice of half a lemon

½ C golden raisins

½ C sweetened shredded coconut

Your favorite pie crust recipe for one 9” crust

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and lemon juice. Beat well. By hand mix in the raisins and coconut. Line pastry tin with pie crust and fill with mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until set.

I based this recipe from an old one of my grandmother’s from the late 1800’s. NOTE:  You can also cut rounds of pie crust to fill muffin tins to make smaller tarts. (Lily’s style) I make the one dish version because it’s less fuss.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 20

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Texas Book-aholic, November 21

Inklings and notions, November 22

For Him and My Family, November 23

KarenSueHadley, November 23

Rebecca Tews, November 24

deb’s Book Review, November 25

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 26

Captive Dreams Window, November 26

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 27

Artistic Nobody, November 28 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Ashley’s Bookshelf, November 29

Betti Mace, November 30

Sara Jane Jacobs, December 1

Connie’s History Classroom, December 2

Splashes of Joy, December 3

Bizwings Blog, December 3

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Jenny is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card, a copy of Blue Moon, and a pair of earrings reflecting Blue Moon’s theme!!

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/103ed/blue-moon-celebration-tour-giveaway

Tour and giveaway Abracadabra Whoopsie by Adam Kargman

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Abracadabra Whoopsie by Adam Kargman

Join us for this tour from Dec 2 to Dec 22, 2020!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Abracadabra Whoopsie by Adam Kargman
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  40 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   April 2019
Format available for review:  print (USA), pdf
Tour dates: Dec 2 to Dec 22, 2020
Content Rating:  G for everyone.

ABRACADABRA WHOOPSIE,” is a really fun and entertaining children’s book by Adam Kargman.
This book is about Jordyn and his little sister Keeka, who is always getting in his way. Sometimes he just wanted her gone, but be careful about what you wish for. It could come true, and that may be good, or it could be a bad thing. Sibling rivalry is what this story is really about and Jordyn finally finds a solution. He uses his new magic wan to poof her away. He can always poof her back anytime he wants, but can he really.?

I had several laugh out loud moments while reading this fun book. I love the adorable characters and Jordyn was surely entertaining enough! And I can’t forget the adorable graphics my illustrator Tristan Tait! I love the beautiful colors that really show up well and really make this book. The illustrations of the characters are  so sweet and adorable. The pictures on each page fit the story perfectly as I kept reading. I really enjoyed reading this exciting read. And I found myself asking ‘Where is Keeka’ several times. There are a few twists and turns in the story to make it more fun! I highly recommend
ABRACADABRA WHOOPSIE” for your child, and any library or anywhere else a child may be.

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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Working With an Illustrator – by Adam Kargman

There’s no question that an author’s most important collaborator on a picture book is the illustrator.   Half the story (or more) is told through images.  Just like a good motion picture screenplay can be ruined without casting the right actors, cinematographer, and production designer, illustrations can truly make or break your book.

Abracadabra Whoopsie was my first time working with an illustrator.  I conveyed to my publisher, Mascot Books, that I was looking for someone with a humorous, cartoonish style.  They sent me portfolios of 30 to 40 artists.  One of them, an artist named Tristan Tait, really stood out.  I sent Tristan the manuscript and he responded enthusiastically by sending me several test sketches.

Once Tristan got contracted, the publisher and I prepared a copy of the text, broken down page by page, with a brief note about how each page should be illustrated.  For instance, “Perziluzo is floating over bed,” or “Keeka barreling through a structure of building blocks that Jordy is arranging.”  I generally kept these descriptions brief.  When collaborating with someone, I always like to see what they bring to the table.

In Tristan’s case, he brought quite a lot.  For instance, the look of Perziluzo (the wizard in the story) was entirely Tristan’s design.  He described his vision as “a mischievous gypsy meets genie meets Rasputin” type.  Here is his original sketch:

He also came up with the hilarious idea of depicting the little girl, Keeka, as a monster with sharp teeth in the flashbacks at the end of the story.  Here is another one of his early sketches:


I sent Tristan my comments, he revised the drawings, I sent him more comments – and back and forth we went.  My editor at Mascot, Susan Roberts, provided helpful guidance and advice, and my wife was also an excellent source of feedback.  I found photos to be a useful tool with which to communicate.  For instance, I couldn’t quite convey the way I wanted to depict the characters on the cover of the book, so I took these pictures of my son and daughter: 


After I sent the photos to Tristan, he came up with this:


My background in filmmaking (I’ve directed a number of short films) proved extremely helpful.  On one occasion, I noticed that something seemed off about the illustrations on two consecutive pages.  I finally realized that it was because the “180-degree line” – a filmmaking term – had been crossed, so I asked Tristan to reposition the characters on those pages.

Once we had agreed on the black-and-white storyboard, the hard part was done.  Tristan colored the pages, then the book designer laid in the text.  In a few instances, the illustrations had to be altered to make room for the text.

I feel fortunate to have gotten to work closely with Tristan, and that Mascot allowed me to have final creative say over the illustrations.  It is my understanding that this is not always the case, particularly at big publishing houses.  Working with Tristan was a richly rewarding experience, and it was tremendous fun witnessing a truly talented artist bring Abracadabra Whoopsie to life!

Book Description:

When Jordy discovers a magic wand, he learns he can do just that. Whenever he wants some peace and quiet, all he has to do is say “ABRACADABRA WHOOPSIE,” and . . .POOF! His little sister Keeka vanishes. When he’s ready for her to come back, he simply says it reversed: “WHOOPSIE ABRACADABRA.” What could possibly go wrong?
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Author Adam Kargman

Meet the Author:

Adam Kargman lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife and their two children. He was inspired to write Abracadabra Whoopsie after witnessing the sibling rivalry between his kids, which led him to wonder what would really happen if one sibling’s dream to make the other one vanish came true.

Connect with the Author: facebook  ~ instagramgoodreads
Tour Schedule:

Dec 2 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Dec 2 –Library of Clean Reads – book review /giveaway
Dec 3 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 4 – Reading is My Passion – book review
Dec 4 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway
Dec 7 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 8 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 8 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 9 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Dec 10 – Novels N Latte Review – book review
Dec 11 – Pick a Good Book – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 14 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review / giveaway
Dec 15 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 16 – The Momma Spot – book review
Dec 17 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 18 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 21 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review / giveaway
Dec 22 –Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway:

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Tour and Giveaway for Snuffed Out by Barbara Cornthwaite

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About the Book

Book: Snuffed Out

Author: Barbara Cornthwaite

Genre: Christian cozy mystery

Release Date: July 24, 2020

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Picnics can be murder… scenes.

What was supposed to be a romantic picnic at “their spot” turns criminal when Katrina and Todd stumble—almost literally—over a body.

What’s the college chef doing under a bush up in the mountains? Other than being dead, that is.

Who killed him? Why?

All clues point to people who Katrina is certain didn’t do it. Especially the one who ends up dead himself.

Uh, oh.

Thanks to a slow-burning romantic relationship that can’t seem to get past chapter one, and a determination to save her friend from false arrest, Katrina joins Todd again as they riddle out bizarre clues, weed through unlikely suspects, and learn to communicate on a more personal level.

What do you get when you combine literary humor, sweet romance, and a practical helping of faith? A cozy mystery that’ll keep you guessing. Barbara Cornthwaite’s second Wilkester Mystery has everything you want for a cozy read.

Snag Snuffed Out today.

I really enjoyed this cozy mystery read by Barbara Cornthwaite. This was my first read by this author, and I am certainly glad to find a new author. The story wasn’t what I expected, it really wasn’t as much of the murder story as I thought it would be, but thats ok! The other issues in the story with friends and family made up for an awesome read. Katrina and Todd were fabulous characters and it was fun watching as two hassles out the clues to solve the mystery here. I also got to know and love the other characters as well. Katrina and her friends were relaxing for me. It was nice to get away for a few hours and just read. I would recommend this story to anyone wanting a good clean sweet cozy read! I give this one four stars!

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

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

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Barbara Cornthwaite lives in the middle of Ireland with her husband and children. She taught college English before “retiring” to do something she loves far more; her days are now filled with homeschooling her six children, trying to keep the house tidy (a losing battle), and trying to stay warm in the damp Irish climate (also a losing battle). She is surrounded by medieval castles, picturesque flocks of sheep, and ancient stone monuments. These things are unappreciated by her children, who are more impressed by traffic jams, skyscrapers, and hot weather.

Teaser for Snuffed Out

Todd closed the folder with the Franklin case paperwork in it and laid it on top of the stack of folders waiting to be filed. He almost reached for the Delaney case notes again but resisted the impulse. There was no new information in there, and he’d gone over everything a dozen times in the last few days. He had promised Katrina he wouldn’t give up, but without any new leads to pursue, there wasn’t much he could do.

He shook his head, impatient with himself. He’d been doing so well at putting her out of his mind—hadn’t thought of her all day until this moment. Now he’d probably be struggling for the rest of the day.

John Ortega poked his head into Todd’s office.

“Hey, we just got a call from the librarian at Wilkester College about the theft of a manuscript. The chief said either one of us could go, but I thought you might like to take it.”

“Why?”

“Oh, come on,” said John. “You think I’m blind and deaf?”

“It’s no use. Nothing’s going to happen between Dr. Peters and me.”

John leaned up against the door frame and grinned at him. “’Dr. Peters,’ huh? She was ‘Katrina’ for weeks.”

“Well, that was before. Now that I know a relationship isn’t possible, I need to keep my distance.”

“She turned you down?”

“I didn’t ask, but trust me, I know what I’m talking about.”

“Hmm,” John said. “You don’t usually give up on things so easily. Well, do you mind handling this anyway? I’ve got that other robbery case to deal with, and I’m supposed to be interviewing that guy from Tacoma in a couple hours.” Todd hesitated and John added, “She’s an adjunct professor, right? She’s probably not even on campus now, and she certainly won’t be in the library.”

“Oh, okay.” Todd sighed. He pushed back his chair and stood up.

“’Attaboy. Thanks for taking the call.” John turned to go and then looked back. “It will get easier, you know.”

“I know.” As long as I don’t see her again.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, November 28

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 28

Texas Book-aholic, November 29

Nancy E Wood, November 29

The Avid Reader, November 30

Genesis 5020, November 30

For the Love of Literature, November 30

Sodbusterliving, December 1

Artistic Nobody, December 1 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, December 2

deb’s Book Review, December 2

Remembrancy, December 3

Ashley’s Bookshelf, December 3

Splashes of Joy, December 3

Inklings and notions, December 4

21st Century Keeper at Home, December 4

For Him and My Family, December 5

Blogging With Carol, December 5

Locks, Hooks and Books, December 6

Emily Yager, December 6

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, December 7

Lis Loves Reading, December 7

Labor Not in Vain, December 7

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 8

Mary Hake, December 8

She Lives to Read, December 9

Sara Jane Jacobs, December 9

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, December 10

Godly Book Reviews, December 10

SusanLovesBooks, December 10

Daysong Reflections, December 11

Bizwings Blog, December 11

Giveaway

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

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/103f2/snuffed-out-celebration-tour-giveaway

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