Tour and Giveaway for The Adventures of Forkman: What’s That Noise? by Tiffany Caldwell and W.R. MacKenzie

THE ADVENTURES OF FORKMAN by Tiffany Caldwell and W.R. MacKenzie
THE ADVENTURES OF FORKMAN: What's that Noise? by Tiffany Caldwell and W.R. MacKenzie

Join us for this tour from Feb 1 to Mar 5, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Adventures of Forkman: What’s That Noise? by Tiffany Caldwell and W.R. MacKenzie
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   Jan 2021
Format available for review:  print (USA only), ebook (PDF)
Will send print books out:  USA
Tour dates: Feb 1 to Mar 5, 2021
Content Rating:  G. This children’s book is for everyone.

Book Description:

When poor manners are present, Forkman will be there to save the day! Join Kathryn and William as they learn how to load the dishwasher properly and avoid inappropriate distractions at the table with the help of all their utensil friends. This second book in the Adventures of Forkman series is a great introduction to mealtime etiquette for readers of all ages.

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What’s that noise is Chapters 3 and 4 of The Adventures of Forkman series. In this book, Forkman is teaching the children to load the dishwasher properly and proper manners at the table. In chapter 3, I love the way Forkman teaches to load the dishwasher, putting each piece in its proper place. In chapter 4, Forkman is teaching the right manners at the table. No burping or other rude noises!

What a great way to use eating utensils to teach our children the right things to do in helping in the kitchen and using our best manners while at table eating with the family. I like the emphasis on how meals are a family time where family can talk about things important to them.

And the illustrations created by Vanessa Alexandre are so adorable. I love the characters, the family, the vivid colors, all fit so well and work perfectly with the story that’s written. The faces are so cute that smaller children will love looking at the pictures throughout the book. All in all this is a wonderful book inside and out. And I give this one Five Stars!

This book and all of the books in the Adventures of Forkman are a must in you child’s home library. It is well worth your purchase.

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.

Thank you so much Tiffany Caldwell for stopping by for this Interview 1

If you could put yourself as a character in your book, who would you be? I can relate to the mom’s character, but I’d probably be a cleaning tool since I seem to clean our house often! 

Do you have another profession besides writing? I was in the teaching field for about 14 years and I am currently in Account Management for a healthcare company. I am also in my final few months of Grad School!

How long have you been writing? My passion for writing began when I was in second grade. I still have a few of my old stories! I always wrote about our family trips. When my sister and I were little, I would tell her stories at night! I always had a big imagination! 

Do you ever get writer’s block? What helps you overcome it? My dad and I worked really well when we wrote our stories. If one of us gets stuck, we brainstorm and work through what we are thinking together! It has been a really great project for the two of us to work on, even living so far apart!

What is your next project? Our next project is going to be polishing up chapters 5 and 6 of the Adventures of Forkman and getting them into production! 

What genre do you write and why? I would say Realistic Fiction. While the setting and concept is real, a fork coming to life is not!

What is the last great book you’ve read? A children’s book that I received just a few weeks ago – “The Search for the Scepter” by Julie Dinges. My kids and I really enjoyed this story!


Meet the Authors:

Tiffany Caldwell: I have worked with children for over thirteen years and every year basic manners become less evident. When I was growing up, my sisters and I took etiquette classes during the summer while we visited our grandparents. Etiquette was always a big part of our upbringing. ​ When we would have our family dinners, my dad, W.R. MacKenzie, would make our utensils come to life as we were eating. Forkman became a part of our dinner routine! ​ I am a mother of three great kids and military wife to my hero. A few years ago, I told my dad we needed to start writing our story. We are so excited to share Forkman with the world!

W.R. MacKenzie: I spent thirty-nine years in the bakery business. After I retired and my four children were grown, I felt it was time to share the importance of the family meal with the world. ​​​​​The Adventures of Forkman teaches children how to properly conduct themselves at the table. Our books are filled with characters all children can relate with and I believe Forkman and his crew will help children of all ages learn manners and table etiquette.

connect with the authors: website ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ goodreads

Tour Schedule:

Feb 1 – Because I said so and other adventures in Parenting – review/guest post/ giveaway
Feb 3 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
Feb 4 – Fantastic Feathers – book review
Feb 4 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Feb 5 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Feb 9 – The Adventures Of A Travelers Wife – book review / author interview / giveaway
Feb 9 – Westveil Publishing – book review / giveaway
Feb 10 – Laura’s Interests – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 10 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Feb 11 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / author interview / giveaway
Feb 12 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway
Feb 15 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review
Feb 15 – Sandra’s Book Club – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 16 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
​Feb 16 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Feb 16 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway
Feb 17 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway
Feb 18 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 19 – Icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Feb 23 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Feb 24 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Feb 25 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Feb 25 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review / giveaway
March 1 – Reading is My Passion – book review
March 2 – Bigreadersite  – book review / giveaway
March 2 – StoreyBook Reviews – book review / giveaway
March 4 – I’m Into Books – book review / giveaway
March 4 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway

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Tour and Giveaway for Twinkle by Patricia Leavy

Twinkle by Patricia Leavy
TWINKLE by Patricia Leavy

Join us for this tour from Jan 25 to Feb 19, 2021!

Book Details:
Book Title:  Twinkle by Patricia leavy
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  161 pages
Genre:  Women’s Fiction
Publisher:  Brill/Sense
Release date:  December 1, 2020
Tour dates: Jan 25 to Feb 19, 2021


Book Description:

Twinkle follows Tess Lee and Jack Miller after two years of marriage. Tess is a wildly successful and world-famous novelist. Her inspirational books explore our innermost struggles and the human need to believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Jack is a federal agent. After spending decades immersed in a violent world, a residue remains. As they both heal from past trauma, their epic love, fostered by their ability to truly see one another, has brought them true happiness. However, when an anonymous threat is made against Tess’s life, everything changes. Will they learn to lean on each other, or will they fall apart into the darkness? Their friends are along for the ride: Omar, Tess’s sarcastic best friend, who calls her Butterfly; the female president of the United States, who Tess visits regularly to discuss politics and bake cookies; Joe, Jack’s friend from the Bureau, who understands the sacrifices he’s made; and Bobby, Jack’s younger friend, who never fails to lend a calming presence. Twinkle is a novel about the nature of doubt, the struggle to feel worthy of love, the relationship of the small part to the greater whole, and the ways in which love – from lovers, friends, or the art we experience – can help us move from trauma to healing and redemption. Written as unfolding action, Twinkle is a poignant novel that moves fluidly between melancholy, humor, and joy.


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Book Details:
Book Title:  Shooting Stars by Patricia leavy
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  137 pages
Genre:  Women’s Fiction
Publisher:  Brill/Sense
Release date:  June 15, 2020
Tour dates: Jan 25 to Feb 19, 2021
Content Rating:  Rated R. A few sex scenes (not explicit) and discussion of sexual assault in the protagonist’s childhood


Book Description:

Tess Lee is a novelist. Her inspirational books explore people’s innermost struggles and the human need to believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Despite her extraordinary success, she’s been unable to find personal happiness. Jack Miller is a federal agent. After spending decades immersed in a violent world, a residue remains. He’s dedicated everything to his job, leaving nothing for himself. The night Tess and Jack meet, their connection is palpable. She examines the scars on his body and says, “I’ve never seen anyone whose outsides match my insides.” The two embark on an epic love story that asks the questions: What happens when people truly see each other? Can unconditional love change the way we see ourselves? Their friends are along for the ride: Omar, Tess’s sarcastic best friend who mysteriously calls her Butterfly; Joe, Jack’s friend from the Bureau who understands the sacrifices he’s made; and Bobby, Jack’s younger friend who never fails to lighten the mood. Shooting Stars is a novel about walking through our past traumas, moving from darkness to light, and the ways in which love – from lovers, friends, or the art we experience – heals us. Written as unfolding action, Shooting Stars is a poignant novel that moves fluidly between melancholy, humor, and joy.


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Thank you Patricia Leavy for stopping by for an interesting interview

How would you describe Twinkle?

It’s a grand love story that explores the nature of doubt in our lives and relationships. It’s a mix of romance, drama, suspense, and humor. There are moments that make me laugh out loud and others that are tearful and even painful. The ultimate message is hopeful and meant to feel like a big hug. 

Twinkle is a sequel to Shooting Stars but can also be read as a stand-alone novel. What inspired you to keep writing about Tess Lee and Jack Miller?

I absolutely love these characters, not only Tess and Jack, but all their friends. When I finished Shooting Stars, I knew there were more stories to tell and I hoped readers would enjoy following their journey as much as I love writing about them. I’m using these characters to explore love, to write a love letter to love, one that will unfold over at least five books. Shooting Stars explored love and healing. It also had a theme of darkness and light. These themes are still a part of Twinkle, because the characters are who they are, but this is a new exploration. Twinkle explores love and doubt, and investigates the relationship of the small part to the greater whole. When all five books are released, readers will see that really the whole serial is a grand love letter to love itself. Even though it’s a serial, it was important to me to write each as a stand-alone so that readers can pick up any of them, if they choose. 

Who is the ideal reader for Twinkle?

Tess Lee dedicates her novels “to everyone, everywhere” and that’s exactly how I feel about Twinkle. It’s for everyone. Given the female protagonist and love story element, it will probably appeal most to women readers, my main audience, but anyone looking for a love story with humor and suspense and perhaps a little inspiration, can give it a read. Ultimately, it’s a story about love and doubt. It’s a deeply human experience for people to think, on some level, that they aren’t enough. This belief causes so much pain which we often experience in silence. The characters in this novel use love to confront this innately human fear and help one another learn to more fully love themselves and those around them so it’s very much a story about self-worth. It shows that we each have the ability to rewire our brains so that we know in the depth of our souls that we are okay, we are enough. Those messages probably resonate with most people. In the end, it’s a feel-good read with humorous and tearful moments with a takeaway about letting go of doubt. 

What do you hope readers will take away from Twinkle?

We are enough, exactly as we are. We need to breathe into who we are and breathe into love. Sometimes, truly accepting love is the hardest thing to do, whether it’s from a lover, friends, family, or even the art we experience, but accepting it brings the greatest rewards. Breathe. Just breathe.

Will you keep writing love stories?

Definitely. While there are romantic relationships in all my novels, it’s never been central before Tess and Jack. Their epic love has completely inspired me. Writing their story has been like going into a world where you’re held in the warmest embrace and I’m just having so much fun. There are five Tess Lee novels in total. Due to the pandemic, I’ve been writing far more than usual as a means of keeping busy while stuck in quarantine. I have a few more love stories in the works, focused on new characters, that I can’t wait to share. 

What’s your writing schedule?

Normally, I write for a half to a full day Monday through Friday, and in the mornings on weekends. However, during the pandemic, I’ve been writing full days seven days a week. Fiction has gotten me through this challenging time. Going into these story worlds where people are incredibly affectionate with one another has allowed me to feel a sense of closeness that so many of us have been missing. 

What’s your number one piece of advice for writers?

Develop your own relationship with your work that isn’t dependent on anything external. 

Author Patricia Leavy

Meet the Author:

Patricia Leavy, Ph.D., is a bestselling author. She was formerly Associate Professor of Sociology, Chair of Sociology and Criminology, and Founding Director of Gender Studies at Stonehill College in Massachusetts. She has published over thirty books, earning commercial and critical success in both fiction and nonfiction, and her work has been translated into many languages. She is also series creator and editor for ten book series with Oxford University Press, Guilford Press, and Brill/Sense, including the ground-breaking Social Fictions series. Patricia has received dozens of accolades for her books. Recently, her novel Film won the 2020 American Fiction Award for Inspirational Fiction, her 3-novel set Candy Floss Collection won the 2020 American Fiction Award for Anthologies, and her novel Spark won the 2019 American Fiction Award for Inspirational Fiction and the 2019 Living Now Book Award for Adventure Fiction. She has also received career awards from the New England Sociological Association, the American Creativity Association, the American Educational Research Association, the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, and the National Art Education Association. In 2016 Mogul, a global women’s empowerment network, named her an “Influencer.” In 2018, she was honored by the National Women’s Hall of Fame and SUNY-New Paltz established the “Patricia Leavy Award for Art and Social Justice.” She has residences in Maine and Massachusetts where she lives with her husband, daughter (when she’s not away at college), and her dog. Patricia loves writing, reading, watching films, and traveling.

connect with the author: 

website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ instagram


Tour Schedule:

Jan 25 – Working Mommy Journal – books spotlight / giveaway
Jan 25 – 411 ON BOOKS, AUTHORS, AND PUBLISHING NEWS – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 26 – Cover Lover Book Review – books spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 26 – BookishKelly2020 – books spotlight / book excerpt
Jan 27 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight 
Jan 27 – The Author’s Harbor – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 28 – Jazzy Book Reviews – books spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 29 – Book Corner News and Reviews – books spotlight / giveaway
Feb 1 – Locks, Hooks and Books – books spotlight / giveaway
Feb 2 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author Blog – books spotlight / giveaway
Feb 3 –Rockin’ Book Reviews – books spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 4 – Falling Into A Good Book – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 5 – I’m All About Books – books spotlight / giveaway
Feb 8 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Feb 9 – Sadie’s Spotlight – books spotlight / giveaway
Feb 10 – Laura’s Interests – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 10 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 11 – Stephanie Jane – books spotlight / giveaway
Feb 12 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book spotlight 1/ giveaway
Feb 15 – Celticlady’s Reviews – books spotlight / giveaway
Feb 16 – Splashes of Joy  – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 17 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book spotlight 2 / giveaway
Feb 19 – High Society Book Reviews & Club – books spotlight / guest post / giveaway

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