Tour and Giveaway for A Wish for Home by Jo Ann Brown

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Welcome to the Blog Tour for A Wish for Home by Jo Ann Brown, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

A Wish For HomeTitle: A Wish for Home

Series: Secrets of Bliss Valley #1

Author: Jo Ann Brown

Publisher: Love Inspired Trade

Release Date: March 30, 2021

Genre: Christian contemporary romance/Amish

Caught between who she is…and who she was.

Lauren Nolt hasn’t forgiven the Amish community of Lancaster County for shunning her parents. But returning as a successful Englischer working for large developers is just what she needs to get a promotion and give her parents the life they deserve. Coming face-to-face with her childhood bully, Amish widower Adam Hershberger, is the last thing she wants. Yet when her world’s shaken by a shocking discovery, Adam’s the only one she can confide in…

Adam’s never forgiven himself for the part he played in Lauren’s past, nor what drove him to do it. But as developers threaten his great-grossdawdi’s farm, she’s the only one who can help. And with his little girl determined to bring him and Lauren together at every turn, keeping his distance is impossible. Now they must learn to trust each other—even as their secret feelings grow stronger. But is love enough to bridge the gap between their very different worlds?

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The trade paperback version of A Wish for Home is available exclusively at your local Walmart or Walmart.com

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In A Wish for Home, Lauren returns to her Lancaster County Amish community for one reason. To give her parents a better life. She was still angry for the way the community treated her parents years ago. Hopefully she can be in and out with a fast transaction before she sees any of her old friends. But that wasn’t suppose to be. When her car breaks down, the worker in the garage was none other than the grown boy who use to bully her in school. But what choice did she have.
I thoroughly love this sweet story. I always love stories of second chances. And though this is pretty predictable,  it’s so much fun following the journey to the end. The characters were wonderfully created. And the story line had me not wanting to put the book down. It was a tad slow in the beginning but then it took of running.
If you love Amish stories I encourage you to check out this book.

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


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jo Ann Brown

Publishers Weekly bestselling author Jo Ann Brown has created characters and stories for as long as she can remember. After college, serving as a US Army quartermaster officer, getting married and increasing her blessings with three children, she sold her first book in 1987. Since then, she has sold over one hundred titles.  RT Book Reviews called her “a truly talented author.” She loves teaching and established the romance writing course at Brown University. She divides her time between Florida and Massachusetts with her husband of over forty years. Find out more about Jo Ann and her books at www.joannbrownbooks.com.

CONNECT WITH JO ANN: Website


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a print copy of A Wish for Home!

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Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight March 30, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on April 6, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US/CAN only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Tour and Giveaway for Whenever a Child Is Born by Nancy Diedrich

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I WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS TOURJoin us for this tour from Mar 15 to Apr 9, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Whenever a Child Is Born by Nancy Diedrich
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  30 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  WestBow Press
Release date:   July 2017
Format available for review:  print (USA), pdf
Tour dates: Mar 15 to Apr 9, 2021
Content Rating:  G for everyone.


Book Description:

In his 2014 homily for the Feast of Holy Guardian Angels, October 2, Pope Francis told those gathered for daily mass to be like children who pay attention to their “traveling companion. No one journeys alone, and no one should think that they are alone.

“According to Church tradition,” the pope said, “we all have an angel with us, who guards us . . . It is what God said: ‘I send an angel before you, to guard you, to accompany you on the way, so you will not be alone.'”

In this children’s book, angels wait anxiously and with great excitement to see which one of them will be chosen to be the guardian angel of a child that is to be born. This delightful book depicts the joy of all God’s creations anticipating the birth of another precious child. The sun shines brighter, the moon has a shinier glow, flowers grow taller, birds tweet more sweetly, and angels dance and sing with bliss, as all creation awaits another baby girl or boy.

Whenever a Child Is Born offers the perfect message for parents as it charmingly tells the story of how all of heaven and earth react to the news that a child is about to be born. The story comforts parents with the knowledge that their baby is a special gift from heaven to them, and that they will never be alone raising their child, and that their child will never ever be alone in life.

Parents never worry. No one journeys alone through life because whenever a child is born, he is given a guardian angel.


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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Whenever a Child Is Born by Nancy Diedrich is a sweet story about what could happen when a child is born into this world. It is a beautiful book inside and out. The story is sweet and comforting to parents of new babies. It tells of the excitement of new little ones to their families as well as in Heaven.

And I can leave out the gorgeous and amazing illustrations created buy Chris Diket. I love the whimsical, fairytale look and they tell the story oh so well. Children everywhere will love getting their hands on this book. Babies and little ones will love having the book read to them, and older children can read the book themselves. And little ones will have a blast picking out all of the different characters and making up their own story. This sweet book is a good one for all children everywhere.

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.

NOW AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR

And now let’s find out more about Nancy Diedrich

Question #1

What made you write a book about whenever a child is born?

Answer #1

One of the other “career hats” that I wear, is Marriage and Family Therapist.  In my counseling practice, I often work in group therapy, and it was in a group that consisted of young mothers, that I realized the topic of “having a new baby” was a worthy subject about which to write. The ladies discussed how they would tell their families that another baby was on the way.  They especially addressed the issue of informing their children that they were going to have another sibling. These ladies found it difficult to find an appropriate message for their children.

This is when I realized that the joy of a child coming into the world needed its own narrative. The story of how all of creation might respond to hearing that a new baby is about to be born, needed its own story, so that children could experience joyfulness and excitement whenever they hear this delightful news.

Question #2

What advice would you give budding writers?

Answer #2

I have had a few people ask for advice on writing a book.  Most of the time I ask if they have ever written anything before, such as a magazine or newspaper article.  That is how I got my feet wet in writing.  After writing for local magazines for a few years, I realized I was comfortable with the process, and wanted to venture into more. I advise budding writers to experiment with some type of public exposure writing, if possible.  I also tell them to be ready to work hard.  Getting to the end of writing a book has many challenges, and the words, “The End”, are nowhere near the actual end.  That’s where the creative writing slows down, but it is also where the publishing, sales and marketing begin. A writer needs to know in advance that there is a huge business component attached to the artistic process of writing.  But, in addition to the hard work and challenges, I always tell them about the pleasure and sense of fulfillment that comes with seeing their own personal work in print.  It brings a feeling of accomplishment and achievement, regardless of whether book sales are through the roof or in the basement! You create it, and it’s your triumph.

Question #3

Do you have another profession besides writing?

Answer #3

After college, I taught high school English, and even though this was a very rewarding part of my career, after ten years of teaching, I went back to school to broaden my career. Following graduate school, I have had a private Marriage and Family Therapy practice for the past 28 years.  Working with families and their lives, behaviors and emotions for that many years has offered me a wealth of inspiration and thought for writing. Each of my career moves seemed to feed the next one.

Question #4

How long have you been writing?

Answer #4

I wrote for local magazines for about five or six years, and that experience got me interested in possibly writing a book.  Writing for magazines, I got over the fear of criticism and someone editing my work.  I also learned how good it felt to do my best and to see my words in print.

Five years ago, I wrote a children’s book for each of my seven grandchildren, where each of them was the hero of his very own book. That was the push that I needed to get started on my first published book.  After my first book was published, I wrote two more.  All of my books are children’s books, and I am having so much fun writing for young children.  Being invited to school and libraries for Author Visit is so enjoyable, as well as, fulfilling.  There is nothing like reading to a wide-eyed child who is hanging on every word. Children are a priceless and precious audience.

Question #5

What genre do you write and why?

Answer #5

I write Children’s Fiction because I love the imagination of a child.  It is gratifying for me to write for children, where storylines can entertain, as well as, inform curious young readers. I believe this genre offers children an opportunity to fall in love with reading for the first time.  Children’s books expose children to morals, values and social skills, while their reading and cognitive skills are strengthened also.  

I always bring a banner with me to Book Readings that says, “Today a reader; tomorrow a leader”.  And I believe that.

Question #6

What is your favorite book that you have ever read?

My hands down favorite book that I have ever read is Harper Lee’s amazing work, To Kill A Mockingbird.  I have actually read it multiple times.  I admire the character, Atticus Finch, and how he teaches compassion and respect for all, through his deliberate words and humble actions. His children learn to be civic minded, socially just, considerate of others and empathetic, by simply watching their father live his life through each chapter of this wonderful book. The teacher in me, loves the lessons taught in this remarkable book; the counselor in me is comforted by the compassion and respect felt by the characters, and the author in me is always astounded by how Harper Lee accomplished so much in one incredible book.


Meet the Author:

Nancy Diedrich was born and raised in South Louisiana, where storytelling was not just an art form, but an authentic way of communicating. Everyone had a tale to tell! This was, more than likely, where her love of communication developed. With undergraduate degrees in English and speech, and graduate degrees in psychological counseling, Nancy learned that words can educate; they can entertain; they can inspire and they can heal. In Nancy’s career, she has been a teacher, a counselor and an author, where the power of words always guided her in interaction with her students, clients and readers. Nancy’s value for genuine communication extends beyond her career, to the anchors of her life, which are her faith, her family and her friendships.

Whenever A Child Is Born is Nancy’s first published children’s book. In it, the reader gets a glimpse of this author’s compassion for family, and her gift of faith, as the story tells how all of heaven and earth react to the news that a child is about to be born.

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


Tour Schedule:

Mar 15 –Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 15 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Mar 16 –Over Coffee Conversations – book review / giveaway
Mar 17 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Mar 18 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review /giveaway
Mar 19 – The Bespectacled Mother – book review
Mar 22 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway
Mar 23 –The Book Review Crew – book review / guest post / giveaway
Mar 24 – Rockin Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Mar 24 – Books for Books – book review
Mar 25 –Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / guest post / giveaway
Mar 26 – michellemengsbookblog – book review / author interview / giveaway
Mar 29 –Lisa Everyday Reads – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Mar 30 – Kam’s Place – book review
Mar 30 –My Journey Back-the Journey Back – book review
Mar 31 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
Apr 1 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Apr 1 – @late_blooming_wallflower – book review / guest post
Apr 2 – Bookish Quest – book review / author interview / giveaway
Apr 5 – Older & Smarter? – book review / giveaway
Apr 6 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Apr 7 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Apr 8 – Reading is My Passion – book review
Apr 9 – I’m All About Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Apr 9 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight

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Takeover Tour for The Indebted Earl by Erica Vetsch

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Welcome to the Takeover Tour for The Indebted Earl by Erica Vetsch, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Indebted Earl

Title: The Indebted Earl

Series: Serendipity & Secrets #3

Author: Erica Vetsch

Publisher: Kregel Publications

Release Date: March 23, 2021

Genre: Christian Regency Romance

Can Captain Wyvern keep his new marriage of convenience all business–or will it turn into something more?

Captain Charles Wyvern owes a great debt to the man who saved his life–especially since Major Richardson lost his own life in the process. The best way to honor that hero’s dying wish is for Wyvern to escort the man’s grieving fiance and mother safely to a new cottage home by the sea. But along the way, he learns of another obligation that has fallen on his shoulders: his uncle has died and the captain is now the Earl of Rothwell.

When he and the ladies arrive at his new manor house in Devon, they discover an estate in need of a leader and a gaggle of girls, all wards of the former earl. War the new earl knows; young ladies and properties he does not. Still wishing to provide for the bereaved Lady Sophia Haverly, Charles proposes a marriage of convenience.

Sophie is surprised to find she isn’t opposed to the idea. It will help her care for her betrothed’s elderly mother, and she’s already fallen in love with the wayward girls on the Rothwell estate. This alliance is a chance to repay the captain who has done so much for her care, as well as divert her attention from her grief. When Wyvern returns to his sea commission, she’ll stay behind to oversee his property and wards.

It sounds so simple. Until the stalwart captain is arrested on suspicion of smuggling, and Sophie realizes how much he’s come to mean to her. Now she’ll have to learn to fight, not only for his freedom but also for his love.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Erica Vetsch

Best-selling, award-winning author Erica Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks. You can connect with her at her website, www.ericavetsch.com where you can read about her books and sign up for her newsletter, and you can find her online at https://www.facebook.com/EricaVetschAuthor/ where she spends way too much time!

CONNECT WITH ERICA: Website | Facebook | Instagram


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a print copy of The Lost Lieutenant & The Gentleman Spy plus an original Mockingbird Art and Design Pemberley Drawing!

The Indebted Earl JustRead Takeover Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight March 31, 2021 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on April 7, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Blitz and Giveaway for Forgiveness by Laura Throne

Forgiveness: Your Key to Harmony and Inner Peace

by Laura Throne 

GENRE: Self-help/Self-improvement

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BLURB:

FORGIVENESS: YOUR KEY TO HARMONY AND INNER PEACE by Laura Throne will take you on a fascinating journey through the author’s real-life experiences as she provides practical advice to achieve a more intentional, conscious and aware approach to life. It will show you how accepting change and facing the unknown can create wonderful new opportunities.

This memoir details the author’s own wake-up call about how she restored her emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing after a devastating, miserable marriage, and regained her physical health after a chronic disease. Her story will help you discover small miracles in your everyday life you can be grateful for. See how difficult life situations and challenges can help your soul grow and evolve so you can reach your true potential.

FORGIVENESS will help you to remember that you are loved, worthy and complete. In the same way, you are valuable, powerful and significant in this world. Practicing forgiveness liberates your soul and sets you free, and kindness fills your heart with joy.

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EXCERPTS (Exclusive Excerpt):

Most people think if they move to a bigger house, a different country, save more money, change jobs, start a business, get married, buy another car, go on vacation, buy more clothes, etc. they will be happy. I was no different. I fantasized that moving to a new country, living in a big house and taking fancy vacations — all these materialistic things — could make me happy.

I was wrong. Believe me. I felt a big emptiness inside. I was so unhappy.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Laura Throne lived in four different countries between 2005 and 2020, and now resides in Canada with her two children. Forgiveness is her first book. By writing her memoir she hopes to inspire people to connect to their heart and soul. She hopes that her personal story will help you to remember that you are loved and worthy. In the same way, you are powerful and significant in this world. Practicing forgiveness liberates your soul and sets you free, and kindness fills your heart with joy.

CONNECT WITH LAURA THRONE

WEBSITE: https://laurathroneauthor.com/ 

FORGIVENESS PURCHASE LINKS

AMAZON.COM: https://amazon.com/dp/0228824451 

AMAZON.CA: https://amazon.ca/dp/0228824451 

BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/books/forgiveness-your-key-to-harmony-and-inner-peace-9780228824466/9780228824459 

INDIGO CHAPTERS: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/forgiveness-your-key-to-harmony/9780228824473-item.html 

BARNES & NOBLE: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/forgiveness-laura-throne/1137546909 

BOOK DEPOSITORY: https://www.bookdepository.com/Forgiveness-Laura-Throne/9780228824459 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

Laura Throne will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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The Search for the Scepter by Julie Dinges

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Join us for this tour from Mar 22 to Apr 2, 2021

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Search for the Scepter by Julie Dinges
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 38 pages, hardcover
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot 
Release date:   December, 2020
Content Rating:  This children’s book is rated G.

Mom’s Choice Award Winner (Gold)
Reader’s Favorite Five-Star Recipient

Book Description:

When Princesses Rosalie and Scarlet went to bed on a warm summer night,
they didn’t expect to awake to such a fright.
Their father the king’s scepter was taken by a thief.
The royal family was in utter disbelief!
The princesses sneak out of bed and find a clue.
Their mission is clear, they know what to do.
Along their journey, they meet friends who help them track the thief down.
Will they find him and return the scepter to their father who wears the crown?

Buy the Book:
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Meet the Author:

Julie

Dinges lives in Hilliard, Ohio with her husband, two daughters, one

dog, and several fish. She loves being outside, cooking, traveling,

watching science fiction movies, and reading fantasy books to her girls.

Julie spent many years as a technical writer before shifting focus to

website design.

One of Julie’s greatest ambitions was to write a

book. She is excited to share her first published creation, and hopes it

sparks imagination and inspiration for all who read of the princess’s

quest.

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

 

Tour Schedule:

Mar 22 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight
Mar 22 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight
Mar 23 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight
Mar 23 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight
Mar 24 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight
Mar 26 – Writer with Wanderlust – book spotlight
Mar 26 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight
Mar 30 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight
Mar 31 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight
Apr 1 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight
Apr 2 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight

 

 

Blitz and Giveaway for Dark of Night by Carrie Cotten

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Welcome to the Blog Tour for Dark of Night by Carrie Cotten, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK


Dark of Night

Title: Dark of Night

Series: Dreamwalker #2

Author: Carrie Cotten

Publisher: independently published

Release Date: March 25, 2021

Genre: Christian Speculative Fiction

A new life, a new love, and even a new name. For former secret agent Andromeda Stone – now Joanna Carter – a normal, boring life with her handsome husband was the happy ending. But an old enemy resurfaces, determined to leave nothing unfinished, and Andy must step back into the nightmares once again. Andy and Will each face their own worst fears in their search for answers. Will this new mission cost Andy more than she’s willing to pay?

When the journey takes her to deeper and darker places than she’s ever been before, Andy discovers it’s more than just answers she’s looking for.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author Carrie Cotten

Carrie Cotten is a recent transplant to the Appalachian mountains where she and her family are trying their hand at homesteading in the tranquil community of Grassy Creek, North Carolina. By day she is a farming, homeschooling mom of four and by night, a writer of intense, emotional and intriguing Christian fiction novels.

While she has been writing her whole life, the Dreamwalker books are her first complete and published series. Her ultimate goal is to share the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ through her words. Her characters, though dealing with unbelievable situations experience real, raw, and believable faith.

CONNECT WITH CARRIE: Website | Facebook | Instagram


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a Dreamwalker prize pack including The Dreamwalker paperback book, a Dreamwalker charm, Dreamwalker bookmark, and (4) stickers!

Dark of Night JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight March 25, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on April 1, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Giveaway and Tour for It Happened in Tuscany by Gail Mencini

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Join us for this tour from Mar 8 to April 2, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title: It Happened in Tuscany by Gail Mencini
Category Adult Fiction (18+), 408 pages
Genre Mainstream Fiction, Historical Fiction
Publisher Capriole Group
Release date Feb 18 2020
Content Rating: PG-13. The novel includes violence in war scenes and non-explicit sex scenes, but

not f-words, religious profanities, or crude terms as described.

Book Description:

From the multiple-award-winning author of To Tuscany with Love comes a captivating story of the epic tug of war between honor and duty, the irrepressible power of love, and the concept of family.

In 1945, Will Mills and his fellow soldiers in the 10th Mountain Division scaled Italy’s treacherous Riva Ridge in the frigid night to break through the nearly impenetrable German line of defense. Severely wounded, Will was rescued by Italian partisans and one, a beautiful girl, tended his injuries until he had the strength to rejoin the U.S. troops.

Tormented and haunted by his decisions and actions during wartime, Will knows he has unfinished missions in Italy to complete. The passage of time and years of carrying this unfulfilled need have molded Will into a bitter, angry man.

Seventy-five years later, Will’s spunky thirty-two-year-old neighbor, Sophie Sparke, faces disaster in her life. Everything is going wrong—her job, her love life, even her dog. Part of the problem is that confident and fiercely independent Sophie lets her quick mouth get her into trouble.

Grouchy, mean-spirited Will finagles Sophie into traveling with him to Tuscany to find the partisan who saved his life. Will also secretly hopes to confront the demons his wartime actions created. Sophie and Will comb enchanting Tuscan hill towns on an improbable and unfolding mission with few clues to aid them. Will’s passionate tenacity drives their quest and in the process exposes their darkest secrets. The journey alters the course of their lives, and Will and Sophie find more than they had imagined in the hills of Tuscany.

Buy the Book:
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Will is still troubled about his severe injuries in the war, Will take his quirky neighbor into going to Tuscany with him to find the partisan who saved his life, and hopefully confront the demons he has fought since the war. It was a blast following the two on their journey. With Will’s grumpy old mean spirited attitude and Sophie’s spunky self mixed together there was a lot of humor thought this story. The author does an amazing job detailing their journey to make readers feel like they are there in the moment. I love the vivid descriptions of the scenes in Italy. I’ll never be able to go there but it was sure fun to dream and imagine I was there while listening to the descriptions of the different places. The supporting characters were well thought out and created as well. Over all this is a interesting book to read, while some parts were fun and exciting, others were not so much.

I was able to listen to the Audible copy of this book and I want to comment Susan Fouche on the fabulous job reading this book. Her voice is smooth to listen to and the different voices for the characters brought the story to life in a real way. I appreciate listening to someone who does such a beautiful job. I have to give this one a Five Stars because it’s so good. 

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.

Interview with Gail Mencini, author of It Happened in Tuscany

Hi Gail! Thank you for being willing to share some of your writing life with us.

What inspired you to write, and how did you get started?

My husband and I vacationed in Key West, Florida, in the perfect month to travel there–July. People know Key West for sunsets, water sports, Jimmy Buffett, boozy celebrations, and Ernest Hemingway.  

We toured Ernest Hemingway’s house in Key West. I stepped over six-toed cats, and a bizarre thing happened. Prickles ran up and down my body! I grabbed my husband’s arm. “Don’t you feel it?”

“Feel what? It’s hot. It’s humid, and I need something cold to drink.”

“No. Don’t you feel it—in the air? On your skin?”

“It’s July. In Key West. It’s hot.”

“That’s not it. It’s the ghost of Ernest Hemingway.” My secret spilled out later that night. I confessed what I had told no one. “I’ve always wanted to write novels.”

“Then do it.”

 So I did. I learned the craft from books and workshops and started writing. 

In both To Tuscany with Love and It Happened in Tuscany you included a character with breast cancer. Why?

I’m many things–wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend, and breast cancer survivor. I’m also a dreamer and a writer. All these characteristics are an integral part of who I am.

My husband, a radiologist specializing in breast imaging, read my mammogram in 2009 and found my cancer. Breast cancer became intensely personal for him. He saw how lost and afraid I would have been without his help to plan and navigate my course of treatment. He vowed to start a Breast Center of Excellence at St. Anthony Hospital in Denver and create a Breast Network to serve and guide patients throughout their journey, which is exactly what he did. When he shares that his wife is a survivor and thriving, it helps give his patients courage.

A screening mammogram saved my life. Early detection is a vital key to beating breast cancer. I had a mission: if my novels had one or more characters affected by this disease, I could highlight the importance of regular mammograms while entertaining my readers.

But first, I had to be published so people could find my books and read my words.

The only thing holding me back was me.

I made a vow to believe in myself as a writer. I asked myself: if not now, when?

The belief that it would happen made all the difference in the world.

What is the most troublesome part about writing for you?

Research. I have to fight myself from being too complete and too detailed with my research. I write fiction, but want it to be authentic, even if not one hundred percent historically or geographically accurate. 

For example, I researched hairstyles, fashions, what songs were at the top of the charts, and what colleges held semester abroad classes in Florence, Italy as part of my To Tuscany with Love 1980s research. I did extensive research for the war scenes in It Happened in Tuscany. It pleased me when one reader, who is a retired Army officer, commented with excitement that I got the weapons and bombs exactly right, for both the United States and German soldiers.

Both your characters and scenes are realistic and well-formed. Do you do this work as you write the novel, or before you start?

I do extensive setting and character building before I write the manuscript. I create files in Scrivener, a writing application. My research files and character sketches include photographs, webpages, maps, descriptions, and other research. The character sketches detail physical descriptions, history, motivations, background, and stock photographs. I also include timelines to keep events and time periods consistent.

When you’re writing an emotionally draining, sexy, or sad scene, do you do anything special to get in the proper emotional mood?

I acted in and directed plays during high school and part of college. When I write, I “become” the characters as I would if I were acting.

For the sexy scenes, I know the characters and their motivations well, so it isn’t difficult to “put myself in the scene.” For emotionally draining or sad scenes, I do the same, but draw on personal experiences as needed. Without giving away plot details, there are scenes that take place in cemeteries in It Happened in Tuscany, and To Tuscany with Love. I have visited some of these cemeteries and wanted to incorporate them in the novels for important plot reasons. When writing, I drew on my personal experiences in cemeteries and at funerals.


Thank you for a glimpse into your life, Gail!

A note from Gail: 

Thank you for this interview! My goal in writing is to entertain and for a brief time, transport readers to another world. If you read It Happened in Tuscany, I sincerely hope you enjoy it. When you finish the novel, please consider leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads, or a shout-out on Facebook. I love reader comments, they inspire me to continue writing!

You can learn more about my novels at: www.gailmencini.com, on Facebook: @GailMencini.Author, and Instagram: @gailmencini.

 

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Gail Mencini is the acclaimed author of It Happened in Tuscany and To Tuscany with Love, both of which are Denver Post #1 bestsellers and

award winners. Gail grew up in DeWitt, Nebraska, graduated from Wartburg College with a BA in Accounting and Economics, and earned a master of taxation degree from the University of Denver. A frequent visitor to Tuscany and a homegrown gourmet cook, Gail has toured Italy by car, train, bus, Vespa, and foot. She lives in Colorado with her husband.

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Tour and Giveaway for A Divine Conspiracy By Tom Bruner

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A Divine Conspiracy

(A Divine Conspiracy #1) By Tom Bruner

Christian Young Adult Fiction

Paperback & ebook, 297 Pages

February 15, 2021

It’s a new world for the first fifty, ever-created, Angels.

They have been brought to life for one reason. To fight evil. But no one knows what evil is or where it’s going to come from. The story takes place in Heaven another newly created estate, under construction as the Angels begin training, under the watchful eye of the Archangel, Michael, to become Guardians on a yet to be created planet called Earth. Heaven is something to behold. The Angels are mystified as they take their first tour through the new city. Incredible architecture (Skyscrapers made of seashells and white sand), birds of every color (Golden Eagles), and a city made of libraries (For those who like to read), are just a few of the sights the Angel’s experience.

We follow Adlay, one of the Angels, from his first breath, through extensive physical training, his Humanities class with Jesus, and his Worship class with a beautiful Angel named Lucifer, who immediately gives Adlay a foreboding feeling. The Angels work hard for months to improve and graduate from training. Adlay excels above everybody else in training but quickly discovers Lucifer is planning something. What he finds out, makes him question if he actually knows what is right or wrong. As the Angels near their big day, Adlay must make a difficult choice. Does he care only about graduating and moving on or does he risk everything to discover if Lucifer and evil are synonymous.

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Chapter 1 Creation, continued

“Excuse me, excuse me.”

A tall, light blue, glowing cloud-like life form took shape in the middle of the room. It hovered there, slowly spinning as if looking at everybody, though it did not have any eyes. It was close to three feet tall but had no discernible shape. I can see through it! thought Adlay. Everyone stopped what they were doing and stared at the smoky, blue creature with no face.

Adlay slipped off his table. What is this?

“I’m so sorry, I know this has to be confusing, but that couldn’t be helped,” the smoke quipped in an aristocratic English accent. He paused and turned, seemingly looking around the room. “My name is Thalzn. I am what we call a Spirit, and I will be your host for a brief period.”

Where is his mouth?

The apparition paused, waiting for some sort of feedback. None came.

“Yes, well,” Thalzn finally said, “You, my friends, are what we call new creations. Your job will ultimately be one of Protector or Guardian. For a little while, you will be students. You don’t know what that means yet, but you will. Believe me; it is quite an honor you have. Not quite as honorable as what I do, but not much is!” Thalzn bragged. Nobody looked like they cared, but Thalzn wasn’t put off in the slightest. He continued, “Look around you and be proud. You are the first fifty of your kind ever created.”

Adlay felt a warm, extremely pleasing sensation roll through his body and settle in his heart. A feeling, a sense of camaraderie. That was the word. Why? He looked around the room. Because these people were just like him.

Adlay peered at the glowing spirit again, then around the room as the others were doing the same. This doesn’t seem so bad. I’m one of the first. But of wh…

“I expect you have many questions, as would I, but it is not my place to answer them, and I really don’t have the time. We are tremendously busy. Michael will escort you from here in a few minutes. He will give you all the answers to your questions, I’m sure. I am only here to give you a quick overview of what is happening right now, okay?” Okay.

“Know that you are in a place of infinite joy and happiness. Or at least we will be once we start getting customers. For now, we are still “under construction.” This will be a bit confusing, but I promise, soon, you will begin to feel better, and your thoughts will be clearer the longer you are here. You have been created for many reasons, most of which I will let Michael tell you, but I will say that you will be very much needed, from the little I know. I apologize again; I don’t know what any of that means, I was just told to say it.”

A rumble of murmur came from the Angels. Not helping, Thalzn.

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About the Author

Tom Bruner appreciates books. Over one thousand read. Really. Growing up in Southern California, Tom has had a passion for reading books since his early teens. It’s all about the story is what he believes. Tired of the same vanilla spoonful every time he opened a Christian Fiction book, he decided to write, A Divine Conspiracy. This book is set in the newly created estate of Heaven. It tells the story of the creation and training of the first Angels ever to be. We follow Adlay, a newly created Angel from his first breath, through physical training and classes with Jesus and Lucifer until the day Heaven falls apart. It packs a punch. There is not a dull moment.

Tom considers taking a motley group of boys from the 7th grade through the graduation of high school with Lifegroup a church program to be his greatest accomplishment so far. That and U.S. Air Force Basic Training. That and fraternity initiation. Oh, and running a marathon without training. The boys and Tom met once a week throughout each school year. Spending six years with the same boys going through that period of their life a great adventure. Tom, an avid Christian, volunteers on Sundays at his church in the junior high ministry. Please pray for him.

Tom is a Southern California guy through and through. He loves the beach and writing books. A Divine Conspiracy is the first book in a trilogy. Tom hopes to have the second book out in six months.

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Tour and Giveaway for Marvellous Macey, The Delightful Days by Caitlin Bangsund

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Book Title:  Marvellous Macey, The Delightful Days by Caitlin Bang

Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-8),  40 pages

Genre:  Children’s Picture Book

Publisher:  Caitlin E. Bangsund

Release date:   March 2021

Formats available:  hardback, paperback, ebook

Content Rating:  G. This children’s book is for everyone.

Book Description:

Can you va va voom? Do you light up the room? Marvellous Macey does! She may not quite fit the mould, but she is living delightful days. Embrace Macey’s world of imagination and ability to love and accept everyone. Life may not be perfect and some things might be hard, but Macey shows us how to live in the moment and find the delight! Be

inspired by Macey to make everyday the BEST day.

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How does Macey feel about herself represented in the book? 

I think she loves it. But she was more excited to see her imaginary friends and her dog, Maya (Bear-Wiggle-Bum-Bangsund) than she was to see herself. 

How long have you been writing? 

As long as I can remember I have been writing in journals. I have a huge stack that I contemplate burning from time to time (for the sake of no evidence!), but then I think I may want to go back someday and learn about teenage-Caitlin all over again. 

I started sharing my writing when Macey was sick. I used a blog to keep people updated, and then it turned into a form of therapy for me. Writing helps me feel anchored I guess. 

There are many books out there about happiness … what makes yours different? 

I am using a real-life superhero – my daughter Macey – to reflect the happiness she actually exudes. Her zest for life is unparalleled! She is my “glitzy gladiator” and I hope the delight (the zest) she spreads around in real life can spread farther because of this book. 

Is there a specific ritualistic thing you do during your writing time? 

Apparently the yoga pose “reclined-butterfly” is supposed to encourage creativity, so sometimes I try to lay down on the floor before I write in order to see if that will help!

I also like to have my laptop open, as well as loose leaf and a pencil (rarely a pen) beside me most of the time. My brain is busy and I like to jot notes down while I write. Maybe I should try to focus better?!

What is the funniest thing that ever happened to you? 

At the expense of my reputation, I will share an embarrassing story of a flight I once took from Alberta, Canada to New Brunswick, Canada (that would be a 49 hour drive!). There was a 3-hour layover in Calgary, but I mistakenly got off the plane in Edmonton.

I proceeded to not clue in that I was waiting for 3 hours in the wrong airport. When I went to board the plane, they looked at my boarding pass and that is when it hit me. My exact words were, “Oh, am I not in Calgary?” 

The best part about the whole thing was that my completely ridiculous error resulted in me getting flown first class. I’m thinking they were worried about my sanity. 

If there is one thing you want readers to remember about you, what would it be? 

My tag line is “press on and conquer,” and I want readers to believe they can do that even if the steps are really, really small. Tiny steps still move us forward. 

What is your next project? 

I have a second “Marvellous Macey” book being illustrated right now. In this book, I share the hard (but victorious) part of her journey. After that, my vision is a third book that focuses on her intellectual disability.

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Marvellous Macey,  The Delightful Days is about real life Macey and the zest she has for life. Every day I’d a good day for Macey and she us truly so very Marvellous! Macey is a delightful to everyone she sees because she is do good at remembering faces and names. And to new people she meets, she doesn’t mind asking who they are and being her delightful self to them. Marvellous Macey also has some imaginary friends she loves, and these friends also help being there for Macey. Macey is a joy and delight to everyone she is around. The book mentions the mountains she’s had to climb, and if you go to the authors website you can read about the very many difficult medical situations Macey has had to face in her young life. I like that the author didn’t mention the specific things her daughter endured, because any child or parent can read this and find inspiration and encouragement. This book will be an amazing book for children going through these very difficulties in their own lives. If you know someone who has a child going through difficult situations no matter what they are, Marvellous Macey, The Delightful Days would be a wonderful gift for them.

In addition to this wonderful delightful story, Illustrator Csongor Veres does a fabulous job of creating just the right characters and images for each page that go perfectly with the story. I love the characters faces and the expressions on them, and especially Macey’s. Each picture of Macey clearly shows how happy she is, and how delightful she is to every person she sees. I love that when smaller children has the book read to them, they can go back and look at the illustrations and tell the story themselves.

Everything about this story is a sure delight. And if you want to know more about Macey and her journey, I encourage you to visit the authors website and read Macey’s story. I’m am in awe of this brave, courageous little girl. She is amazing, and a little one I would love to meet someday! Marvellous Macey, The Delightful Days should be in every child’s library, as well as the libraries of every daycare, preschool, kindergarten, elementary school library as well as any Dr or Dentist office or anywhere a child would be. I encourage you to read this book and do what you can to help the author spread the word about this special book.  And I give this one 5plus stars. I sure wish I could give it many more. Oh and there are many freebies on the website for kids. I’ve included some here on my blog post.

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Meet the Author:

Caitlin Bangsund is the author of Marvellous Macey, The Delightful Days. It is the first in a series based on true life. Caitlin knows the trial and trauma of childhood cancer, childhood disability, and the fear of almost losing her daughter — the star of the series — Macey. She encourages readers to look for the treasures that hide in the rubble

and gloom. Life is beautiful chaos and her message is to press on and conquer. Read her stories and help create a world that is full of kindness and acceptance.

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Tour and Giveaway for Fully Involved by Linda Bell

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Katie Garrett is madly in love with her dashing firefighter husband, Andy. When he is diagnosed with cancer, their entire world is turned upside down. Andy clumsily tries to protect Katie from the truth by not telling her, but her fear — and his increasing pain and tumultuous emotions — only feed her deep-seated insecurities, as they fight for Andy’s life and for their marriage.

While the fire station and its camaraderie are Andy’s refuge, station officer Lt. Mike Bentley wages a vendetta against Andy, making Andy more determined to avoid revealing weakness of any kind. In spite of Bentley’s despising Andy, the C shift crew rally to support Andy until events take a downward turn.

As she discovers Andy’s cancer was caused by exposure to lethal chemicals while on duty, Katie navigates the treacherous maze of uncertainty and grief to emerge a stronger, more confident woman who represents her husband and the fire service as an advocate for firefighter safety and protection.

Firefighters face a myriad of dangers, but the invisible dangers – his past, her fears — can pose the greatest threat of all. Will courage, duty, and love be enough to save Andy from these unseen threats? Will he come to recognize the far-reaching impact his life has on others? If the worst should happen, would his greatest legacy be the love of the fire service or the love for his wife? In the end, the unforeseen might have the greatest significance of all.

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Katie slipped her shoes off and swung them from the tips of two fingers as she walked down the hall. She stepped into their bedroom just as Andy came out of the bathroom, fresh from a shower. A towel around his waist but still beaded with water, his broad chest and muscular arms, flexed as he grabbed her in a wet hug. He smelled of soap, his damp skin still warm from the shower.

“Hey, beautiful!”

“You’re soaking wet!” Katie squealed as Andy lifted her up and swung her around. She laughed as she looked into Andy’s electric blue eyes, crinkling with pleasure. He set her gently down but before she could say anything, his warm lips covered hers, tenderly at first and then more intensely as he pulled her close, her body fitting willingly to his. Katie felt her heart race and her breath quicken as Andy’s strong arms held her so tight she could feel his heart beating.

Andy grazed her lips with another lingering kiss before leaning back and grinning into her flushed face.

“That was some welcome home, mister,” she sighed happily before opening her eyes.

Looking into Andy’s face, she could tell something was wrong. The smile on her face turned into a frown and then a look of concern.

“You look pale.”

Andy dropped his arms and walked quickly back to the bathroom. “I’m fine,” he said, an edge in his voice.

“You sure?” Katie ventured, peering into the steamy bathroom.

“I said I’m fine,” Andy said as he snapped a tee shirt over his head. “Why can’t you just take me at my word. I’m tired of being second guessed on everything.”  A sudden flush of anger covered his face as he turned on Katie.

Startled, Katie took a quick step back. “No one is second guessing you,” she tried to assure him in a soft voice. “You just don’t look like you feel well.”

“Again, I am fine,” Andy snarled, brushing past her. “Don’t we have an open house to get to?”

About the Author

A project ten years in the making, Fully Involved is Lindy Bell’s debut novel and avidly reflects her admiration and love of the fire service. Thoroughly researched, the quest for accuracy for the book led Lindy to participate in the Plano Citizens Fire Academy, attend classes and accompany firefighters on ride outs. With a retired fire chief and a current paramedic/firefighter in the family, Lindy has witnessed firsthand the dedication and humbleness of first responders which fueled the impetus to convey the importance of the legendary fire service brotherhood and create cancer awareness and its growing effect on the fire service.

Lindy’s first book, Jane Austen Celebrates~Holidays and Occasions Regency Style, is a showcase Regency Era holidays and their impact on modern holiday celebration traditions. A member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, Lindy has spoken to a variety of groups and taught Continuing and Adult Professional Education courses at Southern Methodist University (SMU).

A graduate of Abilene Christian University, Lindy currently lives in Plano, TX and works from home for a governmental executive recruitment and training firm. As hobbies, Lindy enjoys supporting Plano Fire Rescue by volunteering with the Plano Fire Rescue Association, writing, reading an engaging novel and cross stitching.

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Tour and Giveaway for Second Chance Cowboy by Claire McEwen

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  • Second Chance Cowboy (Heroes of Shelter Creek, #5) By Claire McEwen

Contemporary Romance

Paperback & ebook, 210 Pages

March 1, 2021

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He was her first love… But some things she can’t forget

Busy small-town veterinarian Emily Fielding is finally ready to take on some help. The best man for the job, however, is Wes Marlow—who broke her heart in high school. Though Wes has a way with horses and a way of melting her resolve, Emily needs to keep things purely professional. Wes left her once—will he do it again? Because she can’t lose her heart a second time…

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Claire McEwen is an award-winning author whose strong heroes and heroines take big, emotional journeys to find their happily-ever-afters. She loves writing stories set in quirky small towns and romantic western settings. Claire lives by the ocean in Northern California with her family and a scruffy, mischievous terrier. When not dreaming up new stories, she’s a busy mom who also enjoys gardening, hiking, discovering flea-market treasures and wandering on the beach. A life-long bookworm, she always has her kindle close by.

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I really love the Heroes of Shelter Creek, By Claire McEwen. I have read all of them except one. So I’m getting that one to read as well. Second Chance Cowboyο is another from this series and it didn’t disappoint. These characters quickly found their way into my heart. Wes and Emily were adorable. Even though there wasn’t much to be adored about them at first. Even though Wes was the perfect man for the job, Emily didn’t trust him,since he had broken her heart once. I enjoyed their working together and their slowly trusting each other and tensions lowering as the attraction grew. Author Claire McEwen does a fantastic job of weaving these two loves together and creating a story that will stay with me for a long while.

Second Chance Cowboy is part of Harlequin’s Heartwarming line of Romance. Romances that I love reading because they are clean, sweet and just what you expect in a Romance. And this just describes Second Chance Cowboy to a T. All of you Romance buffs out there, this one is for you!

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Headstrong Coraline Baxter has worked all her life to be more than the spoiled socialite others expect of her. When her beloved stepfather’s bank is threatened by the Panic of 1893, she makes a deal with arrogant entrepreneur Cash Kincaid, who has been pressuring her to marry him. If she can climb Mount Rainier, he will bail out the bank. All Cora needs is a guide to get her to the top.

Nathan Hardee may look like a mountain man, but he once ruled the halls of high society. He left all that behind after his father broke under financial pressure from Kincaid. To best Kincaid now, Nathan agrees to guide Cora up the mountain.

Climbing Rainier will require all of Cora’s strength and will, and lead her and Nathan to rediscover their faith in God and humanity. These two loners make unlikely partners in righting a wrong and discover that only together is the view most glorious.

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Tour and Giveaway for WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: by Cheryl DaVeiga and Dave Gibson

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Book Title:  WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: Mustachio Pistachio vs Bully Vanilli (Frank Tl Frogg and Friends) by Cheryl DaVeiga and Dave Gibson

Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  32 pages

Genre:  Children’s Picture Book

Publisher:  Cheryl DaVeiga and Dave Gibson

Release date:   January, 2021

Format available: hardback, paperback, ebook (PDF), interactive multimedia book

Content Rating:  G. This children’s book is for everyone.

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The first of the Frank TL Frogg and Friends series, War at the Ice

Cream Store tells the story of one night at the Frozen Frogg, when

Mustachio Pistachio and his “flavorite” flavor friends teach Bulli

Vanilli a lesson in kindness and acceptance.

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War at the Ice Cream Store Mustachio Pistachio vs Bully Vanilli (Frank Tl Frogg and Friends) by Cheryl DaVeiga and Dave Gibson is a fun, funny story that takes place in an ice cream story with a whole lot of flavors of ice cream. The story is kinda silly as each of the ice cream flavors communicate with each other. Each flavor got along well except Bulli Vanilli because he thinks he’s the best of them and he is so rude and picks on Mustachio Pistachio really a lot. The ice cream flavors soon gets tired of hearing Bulli Vanilli always being negative and bullying everyone else, especially their friend Mustachio Pistachio so they decide to teach him a lesson and give Bulli Vanilli a taste of his own actions.

This is a very cute story and very clever way of teaching children valuable lessons. I love the story and all of the cute ice cream flavors. We need books to teach children the consequences of bullying and that it is do wrong and hurtful to others. My only problem with this story is, I’m not so sure it is right teaching kids to bully someone who is bullying others. It’s like trying to teach a wrong with a wrong. I would read the book to children but stress it is not the right thing to do to Bully anyone for any reason. There is also an interactive multimedia version, which includeds videos that I think would be wonderful. I didn’t get to read it but strongly encourage you to read this copy of the book. This book would be great anywhere kids will be, whether it be a classroom, daycare or the many places our kids are.

There are three illustrators with this book. Sarah Krogman, Dave Gibson and Jay Petsko really do a fabulous job with the illustrations. The book cover is awesome and the characters as well as every picture is so vividly beautiful that children everywhere will be wanting to read this book when they see it. The inside, each page tells the story so wonderfully. This really is a beautiful book.

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

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And now Join me with an interesting interview with Cheryl DaVeiga and Dave Gibson

So, what happens when two puppet-pun- ice cream, and music- loving songwriters get together to write a children’s book? 

Dave says:  Well, naturally you get an action packed, pun-filled, super silly book about a “war” at an ice cream store that takes place at the Frozen Frogg Ice Cream Store.  And, of course, you get a sing-along song.  

Cheryl says:  I’d say you get a major scoop of fun for the whole family, when Mustachio Pistachio gets his bucket kicked by the self-proclaimed King of the Flavors, Bully Vanilli. That causes a little ruckus!  As our song goes ”Biff Bam Booza, Yowza Wowza Wooza!”

Many people have only seen the print version of the book, so tell us more about this interactive version!

Cheryl says:  We’re very proud of the print version — it easily stands alone and has received great reviews — but the Digital Flipbook takes everything to the next level and brings the book ENTIRELY to life.  Narrated by Frank TL Frogg and his zany puppet friends, it’s got music, video and a sing-along song that we wrote and Dave sings. 

Dave says:  We’ve made the book a completely interactive experience. Kids get completely immersed, and it’s great because they don’t even realize they are improving their reading and music abilities.  It just feels fun and interactive, and helps them expend any leftover energy they have before naptime or bedtime.

You can buy an unlimited access pass to this awesome digital flipbook at franktlfroggandfriends.com. PLUS, kids can meet all of the puppets in a totally free, 37-page digital flipbook called “Meet Frank TL Frogg and Friends.”  Get ready to fall in love with the puppet-sized town of Lucky Fork!

Where did the idea for the characters Mustachio Pistachio and Bully Vanilli come from?

Dave says:  Well, Cheryl and I were laughing one night about my Frog Song and her Ice Cream Storm song (songs we’d both separately written).   I loved the idea of writing about personified ice cream, because who doesn’t love ice cream?  The name “Bully Vanilli” came up by just playing with the word vanilla. Then we laughed about how Bully would be the most popular flavor. 

Cheryl says:  Then I googled “least popular” flavor and pistachio came up – and poor Mustachio Pistachio was born!  A lot of pistachio flavor lovers have taken offense to this characterization, but there it was in black and white, and the rest of the idea took off!  

Dave lives in Nashville and Cheryl lives in New Jersey.  Tell us more about how you make your writing process work.

Dave says:  Before the pandemic hit, Cheryl came out to Nashville every few weeks.  We had a little studio with a whole puppet set that I built with my son, and we’d spend hours a day laughing, creating dialog and songs, and videotaping for a little show we created called The Waterhole Bunch (now on Roku TV!).  Being in that environment was incredibly inspiring.  After the pandemic hit, Cheryl stopped traveling as much, but because we’d established such a good base, we could easily create over FaceTime. I miss those days and the old school puppet set though.  It was really fun but also back breaking, contorting of our bodies into pretzels while manipulating the hand puppets.

Cheryl says:  Dave’s humor and songwriting ability just plain inspire me.  Every now and then, I’ll doubt myself and think, “this is too crazy.”  I’ll stop writing for a day, and then wake up in the middle of the night with new ideas. I’ll mention one to Dave and he’ll say something in that Frank TL Frogg voice, and I’ll say “that’s brilliant,” and the feeding frenzy is on again.   Then when I look back at what we’ve created I can’t even remember how we got there.  One thing I know for sure though is when it comes to writing, I can’t “not” do it.  And that’s just a fact I’ve now accepted.

You’ve said that you see Frank TL Frogg and Friends as a children’s “educational entertainment platform.”  What do you mean by that and what do you see ahead for Frank TL Frogg and the puppets?

Dave says:  While we love the entertainment side of the project, we’re finding ourselves focusing more and more on the educational side.  A while back, I worked a few years as a schoolteacher.  I’d say where books meet music meets education, just across the street from Puppet Plaza, is the sweet corner where we create for parents and children!

Cheryl says: That’s a sweet corner indeed.  We’re currently working with teachers to guide us more in this direction.  Definitely stay tuned because our upcoming projects are just as much fun if not more of an absolute blast.  And thank you to all the families who love the hardcover book and Digital Flipbook; your reviews mean the absolute world to us!

Both say:  Yes, thank you so much everyone.  See you all in the puppet-sized town of Lucky Fork!  But remember you have to get “puppetsized” to get in…LOL…that’s a whole other story!

 

Meet the Authors:

Cheryl is an award-winning songwriter, children’s song recording

artist (as the cartoon character CADi Grace), and the co-creator of the

puppet musical and comedy show, The Waterhole Bunch. After the success

of The Waterhole Bunch, Cheryl along with co-creator Dave Gibson, spun

off the main character, Frank TL (The Lucky) Frogg, into a children’s

entertainment concept, Frank TL Frogg and Friends, featuring the puppets

in a magical town called Lucky Fork, Tennessee. Frank TL Frogg and

Friends includes books, songs, videos, games, and more for younger

audiences. War at the Ice Cream Store is the first of the Frank TL Frogg

and Friends children’s book series.

Dave is an award-winning Nashville-based songwriter, having

written hundreds of hit songs for artists including Alabama, Montgomery

Gentry and Marie Osmond. Dave’s own group, The Gibson/Miller Band, won

the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Award for best new group in the early

nineties. He is the co-creator of the puppet musical and comedy show,

The Waterhole Bunch. After the success of The Waterhole Bunch, Dave,

along with co-creator Cheryl DaVeiga, spun off the main character, Frank

TL (The Lucky) Frogg, into a children’s entertainment concept, Frank TL

Frogg and Friends, featuring the puppets in a magical town called Lucky

Fork, Tennessee. Frank TL Frogg and Friends includes books, songs,

videos, games, and more for younger audiences. War at the Ice Cream

Store is the first of the Frank TL Frogg and Friends children’s book

series.


connect with the authors:  website ~ facebook ~ instagram

 

Tour Schedule:

Mar 8 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway

Mar 8 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

Mar 9 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway

Mar 9 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway

Mar 10 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway

Mar 10 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway

Mar 11 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Mar 11 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway

Mar 11 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway

Mar 12 – Laura’s Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway

Mar 15 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review / giveaway

Mar 15 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

Mar 16 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway

Mar 17 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway

Mar 18 – Icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway

Mar 19 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 22 – Books for Books – book spotlight

Mar 23 – Older & Smarter? – book review / giveaway

Mar 24 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway

Mar 24 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway

Mar 24 – Reading is My Passion – book review

Mar 25 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway

Mar 25 – I’m Into Books – book review / giveaway

Mar 26 – The Adventures Of A Travelers Wife – book review / author interview / giveaway

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Tour and Giveaway for When the Sun Met the Moon by Simran Mohinani

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Book Details:

Book Title:  When the Sun Met the Moon by Simran Mohinani

Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages

Genre:  Children’s Picture Book

Publisher:  Mascot Books

Release date:   March, 2021

Format available: hardcover

Content Rating:  G for everyone.

Book Description:

In this enchanting tale of the origins of the Sun and the Moon, the Sun flies across the universe on an adventure to look for someone whose light matches his own. When the Sun Met the Moon is a story filled with so much love, excitement, and equality that you won’t want to put down, and can be told for years to come. After centuries of brightening up the sky by himself, the poor Sun is exhausted, lonely, and in need of some help. So, he decides to search the galaxies for someone whose light is as strong and powerful as his to help him shine down on the people of Earth. When the Sun decides to take a holiday to go on this adventure, Earth is left with its first-ever nighttime where the sky goes dark and cold, leaving people afraid to come out of their homes. Will the Sun be able to find somebody whose light is equal to his? Find out in this gorgeous love story how the Sun met his perfect Moon.

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When the Sun Met the Moon is a story of the sun and the moon meeting for the first time. The sun brings so much light to the universe and the moon brings us our nighttime, just as God made it in the beginning. Children will enjoy hearing story as you read it to them and will be sure to ask you to read it over and over.

And the illustrations by Leo Hart’s are the most beautiful, all of the beautiful blues of nighttime and the bright colors of the sun. The Sun and the Moon characters are so adorable as well. The cover of the hardcover book is simply adorable. Any child would love to have this book in their library. I encourage you to check out this book for your child. They will love the story and they will love looking at the beautiful pictures as well. When the Sun Met the Moon by Simran Mohinani gets 4 stars from me.

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

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And now Join me for an interesting interview with Simran Mohinani

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Q: Tell us a little about yourself!

A: My name is Simran Mohinani but most people call me Simi or Simi Moh, I’m 22 years old and am ethnically Indian but was born and raised in Hong Kong and continue to share my time between here, London and Boston. I just graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Business (Entrepreneurship and Innovation) and a minor in Global Fashion studies. I have written three other books and own three businesses and work full-time for my infinity flower venture MOHLIA. I have a beautiful dog named Sofi who is a 9-month-old Pomeranian and the most supportive family and friends in the world!

Q: Why did you choose the book’s main characters to be the Sun and the Moon?

A: A lot of my previous work and poetry can attest to my affinity for astrology and astronomy. I’ve always loved deploying the Sun, Moon, and Stars as symbolic characters in my work to make my pieces more applicable for all my readers. You could be a 6-year-old or a 40-year-old with different genders in different parts of the world and still be able to step into the shoes of a character and empathize with them because they are neutral and based on nature. For me particularly the Moon has always been a huge guiding force in my life, especially with my star sign being a Virgo, I’ve always had this insane spiritual connection to the Moon, and so I wanted it to be a central theme in my book somehow, and everything organically just fell into place!

Q: Do you write every day?

A: Short answer: not. I believe my most successful writing comes from raw emotion, if something really good or really bad happens I feel the need and urge to just expel it all out on paper with words. I believe writing every day just to write doesn’t produce any of my best work, I need to feel like I have something worthwhile to say otherwise I won’t be in the mood to use that creative part of my brain to its best ability. 

Q: The book is about a love story between the Sun and the Moon – are you a hopeless romantic?

A: I am a total sucker for love. I’m that person sobbing at the end of every rom-com, rooting for the couple on the screen to end up hopelessly and irrevocably in love forever. In reality and from my own experiences, love can be a beautiful thing, but it also takes a lot of work. That’s a realization I think kids should be exposed to from a young age; that not just love, but life, takes a lot of work, and if you have a partner to help support you with the everyday motions of life you should find someone who can balance you and who is your equal. 

Q: Once this pandemic is over, where would you like to travel to first and why?

A: I would love to go to Ecuador to see where the flowers I get for MOHLIA come from, and back to London to see my sister, friends, house and just be in one of my favorite places. Selfishly? I would go to Kenya to do a beautiful African safari, that is something I’ve always wanted to do especially having loved animals all my life!

Q: If you could share any advice with budding writers who may be reading this, what would it be?

A: If you have a beautiful story to share, please go out and write it! The world needs more joy through words, creativity, and imagination. Reading helped me cope with things growing up like my anxiety; stories provide a form of escapism, knowledge, and connection. The art of storytelling is a historically symbolic form of perspective, culture, and imparting values that defy language, age, religion, and gender, continuously knocking down the realm of impossibility that modern-day industrialization likes to promote. 

Q: Finally, will When the Sun Met the Moon have a sequel? 

A: I promised myself I would take a break from writing after this book. I’m shifting a lot of focus onto growing my business, being an entrepreneur is not a walk in the park by any means. Eventually, though, I would love to build upon the romance that is When the Sun Met the Moon and maybe in the future there will be a part two!

Meet the Author:

Simran Mohinani, otherwise known as Simi Moh, was born on September 8th, 1998. She is a graduate of Northeastern University, studying entrepreneurship with a minor in global fashion. She was born and raised in Hong Kong, and now lives between there, London, and Boston. She first worked for the United Nations with their environmental conservation team before also collaborating with Amazon, Marriott, and Snupps. She published her first trilogy of books comprised of poetry and short stories which are very successful. She now owns and runs three of her own businesses in the fields of consulting, denim supply, and commercial goods. She also has her own charity: The SiMission. After college, she also worked full-time at her family business, which deals with properties in Europe. On the side, she still loves to write, which came to fruition with When the Sun Met the Moon, for your enjoyment and pleasure.

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

 

Tour Schedule:

Mar 15 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway

Mar 15 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

Mar 16 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway

Mar 17 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

Mar 17 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight

Mar 18 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway

Mar 19 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway

Mar 19 – Older & Smarter? – book review / giveaway

Mar 22 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway

Mar 23 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway

Mar 24 – The Book Review Crew – book review / guest post / giveaway

Mar 25 – Icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway

Mar 25 – Laura’s Interests – book review / giveaway

Mar 26 – michellemengsbookblog – book review / author interview / giveaway

Mar 29 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

Mar 30 – Hall Ways Blog – book review / giveaway

Mar 30 – Westveil Publishing – book review / guest post / giveaway

Mar 31 – books are love – book review / guest post / giveaway

Mar 31 – Books for Books – book review

Apr 1 – The Bespectacled Mother – book review

Apr 2 – What Polly Reads – book review / giveaway

Apr 2 – Reading is My Passion – book review

Apr 2 – I’m Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway

Apr 2 – Kam’s Place – book review

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Tour and Giveaway for Zippy’s Special Gift by Therese Van Ryne

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Join us for this tour from Mar 15 to Apr 9, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Zippy’s Special Gift by Therese Van Ryne

Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages

Genre:  Children’s Picture Book

Publisher:  Mascot Books

Release date:   Mar, 2021

Format available: hardback

Content Rating:  G for everyone.

Book Description:Zippy the Zebra doesn’t like her stripes. She doesn’t want to stand out! Follow Zippy as she embarks upon a thrilling adventure with her animal friends that helps her realize everyone is perfect just the way they are. Profits from the sales of Zippy’s Special Gift will be donated to one of Zebra Technologies strategic charitable partners, Bernies Book Bank, a non-profit organization that changes the story for under-served children and helps them read their way to a better life! Learn more at www.berniesbookbank.org.
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What an adorable precious Books this is. I love love the story because it teaches children that they all have a special gift. They may not always like their gift, but it’s their own special gifts, unique like no other. Zippy the Zebra didn’t like his stripes but his mom assured him that everyone have special gifts, whether they like them. Zippy went on a journey to find his friends and ask them about their special gift. His friends frog, monkey, duck and more all had their own gifts, and they didn’t especially like them but they helped in the different unique things they did. Just like monkey said his tail gets in the way, but it helps him hang from a tree. And you need to read the book to your child to find out the others. 

And I can leave out the amazing illustrations by Walter Policelli! Each character is so adorable. And the story comes to life on the awesome illustrations on each page. And how each page fits the story so well is perfect. The beautiful colors, and characters will have your child looking at this book over and over. I encourage you to check out this wonderful and beautiful book inside and out.

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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And now Join me for an interesting interview

Zippy’s Special Gift” by Therese Van Ryne

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What inspired you to write this book?

Writing a children’s book has always been on my bucket list. I was inspired to sit down and put my fingertips to my keyboard last April on a rainy Saturday afternoon. We were about a month into the shutdown caused by the pandemic, and I was looking for a creative outlet. As the lead of Public Relations and Philanthropy for Zebra Technologies, I am also inspired by our company mascot, Zippy the Zebra so it was natural to make her the lead character of “Zippy’s Special Gift”. 

What do you hope young kids (and adults, too) get out of this book? 

Zippy the Zebra realizes she has unique qualities that are different from her friends, and they each have individual traits too – special gifts, if you will. I have already had parents reach out to me to share that after reading the book with their children, they have had conversations about what special gifts they each possess. I’m thrilled with this outcome and hope to have many more families connect in this way after reading “Zippy’s Special Gift” together.

I understand profits from the sales of “Zippy’s Special Gift” are being donated to Bernie’s Book Bank. Can you tell us more about this initiative?

Philanthropy is an important part of the workplace culture at Zebra Technologies, and one of our key strategic charitable partners is Bernie’s Book Bank. Our shared vision of promoting literacy for children of all ages and backgrounds helps make our world a better place. By connecting books with those who need them, Bernie’s Book Bank provides children the ability to learn about life through the characters.

In addition to Zippy the Zebra, do you have a favorite character in “Zippy’s Special Gift”?

I really like all the characters, but I would have to say Owl is another favorite. Whenever I read his part of the story to others, they chuckle when Owl introduces his special gift. In fact, a colleague of mine read the book to his young daughter, and she frequently reminds him what Owl says. It’s wonderful that this story and this character, in particular, have made a positive impression on her. You could say “Zippy’s Special Gift” is the gift that keeps giving for all who share it!

What’s next for you? 

No one knows exactly what the future will bring, but my interests include continuing to find unique ways to promote children’s literacy and give back to my local community. It’s been a true pleasure writing and publishing “Zippy’s Special Gift,” and I have met some wonderful people through the process. I encourage anyone who has an interest in this area to dive right in. I know I’m glad I did, and I can’t wait to check off more items on my bucket list!

You mentioned you work for Zebra Technologies. What does Zebra Technologies do?

Zebra Technologies is a global company based in Lincolnshire, Illinois, and the company brings a performance edge to the front line of business in retail/eCommerce, manufacturing, transportation and logistics, healthcare, and the public sector. Zebra’s solutions elevate the shopping experience, track and manage inventory as well as improve supply chain efficiency and patient care. This year marks Zebra’s fifth year on Forbes’ list of America’s Best Employers, and you can check out more about the company at www.zebra.com.

Meet the Author:

Zippy’s Special Gift is Van Ryne’s debut children’s book. She currently serves as the Global Director of PR, Thought Leadership and Advocacy for Zebra Technologies. One of PR News’ 2019 Top Women in PR, Van Ryne also has experience as a journalist, editor and producer, reporting nightly from Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

connect with the author: instagram ~ facebook ~ goodreads

Tour Schedule:

Mar 15 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway

Mar 15 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway

Mar 16 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Mar 16 – Character Madness and Musings – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Mar 16 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway

Mar 17 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

Mar 19 – icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway

Mar 19 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway

Mar 22 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

Mar 23 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

Mar 23 – The Bespectacled Mother – book review

Mar 24 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway

Mar 25 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway

Mar 26 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway

Mar 29 – Older & Smarter? – book review / giveaway

Mar 30 – The Book Review Crew – book review / author interview / giveaway

Mar 31 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway

Mar 31 – michellemengsbookblog – book review / author interview / giveaway

Apr 1 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway

Apr 2 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book review / guest post / giveaway

Apr 5 – Reading is My Passion – book review

Apr 5 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight

Apr 6 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway

Apr 7 – Westveil Publishing – book review / guest post / giveaway

Arp 8 – Laura’s Interests – book review / giveaway

Apr 8 – My Journey Back the Journey Back – book review / giveaway

Apr 9 –  I’m Into Books – book review / giveaway

Apr 9 – Books for Books – book review

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Tour and Giveaway for When the Sun Met the Moon by Simran Mohinani

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Join us for this tour from Mar 15 to Apr 2, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  When the Sun Met the Moon by Simran Mohinani

Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages

Genre:  Children’s Picture Book

Publisher:  Mascot Books

Release date:   March, 2021

Format available: hardcover

Content Rating:  G for everyone.

Book Description:

In this enchanting tale of the origins of the Sun and the Moon, the Sun flies across the universe on an adventure to look for someone whose light matches his own. When the Sun Met the Moon is a story filled with so much love, excitement, and equality that you won’t want to put down, and can be told for years to come. After centuries of brightening up the sky by himself, the poor Sun is exhausted, lonely, and in need of some help. So, he decides to search the galaxies for someone whose light is as strong and powerful as his to help him shine down on the people of Earth. When the Sun decides to take a holiday to go on this adventure, Earth is left with its first-ever nighttime where the sky goes dark and cold, leaving people afraid to come out of their homes. Will the Sun be able to find somebody whose light is equal to his? Find out in this gorgeous love story how the Sun met his perfect Moon.

Buy the Book

Amazon ~ B&N ~ BAM

Mascot Books

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When the Sun Met the Moon is a story of the sun and the moon meeting for the first time. The sun brings so much light to the universe and the moon brings us our nighttime, just as God made it in the beginning. Children will enjoy hearing story as you read it to them and will be sure to ask you to read it over and over.

And the illustrations by Leo Hart’s are the most beautiful, all of the beautiful blues of nighttime and the bright colors of the sun. The Sun and the Moon characters are so adorable as well. The cover of the hardcover book is simply adorable. Any child would love to have this book in their library. I encourage you to check out this book for your child. They will love the story and they will love looking at the beautiful pictures as well. When the Sun Met the Moon by Simran Mohinani gets 4 stars from me.

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

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And now Join me for an interesting interview with Simran Mohinani

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Q: Tell us a little about yourself!

A: My name is Simran Mohinani but most people call me Simi or Simi Moh, I’m 22 years old and am ethnically Indian but was born and raised in Hong Kong and continue to share my time between here, London and Boston. I just graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Business (Entrepreneurship and Innovation) and a minor in Global Fashion studies. I have written three other books and own three businesses and work full-time for my infinity flower venture MOHLIA. I have a beautiful dog named Sofi who is a 9-month-old Pomeranian and the most supportive family and friends in the world!

Q: Why did you choose the book’s main characters to be the Sun and the Moon?

A: A lot of my previous work and poetry can attest to my affinity for astrology and astronomy. I’ve always loved deploying the Sun, Moon, and Stars as symbolic characters in my work to make my pieces more applicable for all my readers. You could be a 6-year-old or a 40-year-old with different genders in different parts of the world and still be able to step into the shoes of a character and empathize with them because they are neutral and based on nature. For me particularly the Moon has always been a huge guiding force in my life, especially with my star sign being a Virgo, I’ve always had this insane spiritual connection to the Moon, and so I wanted it to be a central theme in my book somehow, and everything organically just fell into place!

Q: Do you write every day?

A: Short answer: not. I believe my most successful writing comes from raw emotion, if something really good or really bad happens I feel the need and urge to just expel it all out on paper with words. I believe writing every day just to write doesn’t produce any of my best work, I need to feel like I have something worthwhile to say otherwise I won’t be in the mood to use that creative part of my brain to its best ability. 

Q: The book is about a love story between the Sun and the Moon – are you a hopeless romantic?

A: I am a total sucker for love. I’m that person sobbing at the end of every rom-com, rooting for the couple on the screen to end up hopelessly and irrevocably in love forever. In reality and from my own experiences, love can be a beautiful thing, but it also takes a lot of work. That’s a realization I think kids should be exposed to from a young age; that not just love, but life, takes a lot of work, and if you have a partner to help support you with the everyday motions of life you should find someone who can balance you and who is your equal. 

Q: Once this pandemic is over, where would you like to travel to first and why?

A: I would love to go to Ecuador to see where the flowers I get for MOHLIA come from, and back to London to see my sister, friends, house and just be in one of my favorite places. Selfishly? I would go to Kenya to do a beautiful African safari, that is something I’ve always wanted to do especially having loved animals all my life!

Q: If you could share any advice with budding writers who may be reading this, what would it be?

A: If you have a beautiful story to share, please go out and write it! The world needs more joy through words, creativity, and imagination. Reading helped me cope with things growing up like my anxiety; stories provide a form of escapism, knowledge, and connection. The art of storytelling is a historically symbolic form of perspective, culture, and imparting values that defy language, age, religion, and gender, continuously knocking down the realm of impossibility that modern-day industrialization likes to promote. 

Q: Finally, will When the Sun Met the Moon have a sequel? 

A: I promised myself I would take a break from writing after this book. I’m shifting a lot of focus onto growing my business, being an entrepreneur is not a walk in the park by any means. Eventually, though, I would love to build upon the romance that is When the Sun Met the Moon and maybe in the future there will be a part two!

Meet the Author:

Simran Mohinani, otherwise known as Simi Moh, was born on September 8th, 1998. She is a graduate of Northeastern University, studying entrepreneurship with a minor in global fashion. She was born and raised in Hong Kong, and now lives between there, London, and Boston. She first worked for the United Nations with their environmental conservation team before also collaborating with Amazon, Marriott, and Snupps. She published her first trilogy of books comprised of poetry and short stories which are very successful. She now owns and runs three of her own businesses in the fields of consulting, denim supply, and commercial goods. She also has her own charity: The SiMission. After college, she also worked full-time at her family business, which deals with properties in Europe. On the side, she still loves to write, which came to fruition with When the Sun Met the Moon, for your enjoyment and pleasure.

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

 

Tour Schedule:

Mar 15 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway

Mar 15 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

Mar 16 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway

Mar 17 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

Mar 17 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight

Mar 18 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway

Mar 19 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway

Mar 19 – Older & Smarter? – book review / giveaway

Mar 22 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway

Mar 23 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway

Mar 24 – The Book Review Crew – book review / guest post / giveaway

Mar 25 – Icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway

Mar 25 – Laura’s Interests – book review / giveaway

Mar 26 – michellemengsbookblog – book review / author interview / giveaway

Mar 29 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

Mar 30 – Hall Ways Blog – book review / giveaway

Mar 30 – Westveil Publishing – book review / guest post / giveaway

Mar 31 – books are love – book review / guest post / giveaway

Mar 31 – Books for Books – book review

Apr 1 – The Bespectacled Mother – book review

Apr 2 – What Polly Reads – book review / giveaway

Apr 2 – Reading is My Passion – book review

Apr 2 – I’m Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway

Apr 2 – Kam’s Place – book review

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BEHOLD 40 Days of Seeing and Savoring God  by Sarah J Callen

PublisherIndependently published (December 1, 2020)

LanguageEnglish

Paperback175 pages

ISBN-13979-8692750839

Item Weight : 9.4 ounces

Dimensions6 x 0.44 x 9 inches

I love this devotional, BEHOLD 40 Days of Seeing and Savoring God  by Sarah J Callen, though it is very different than the Devotions I have previously gone through. It is more like a devotional and Bible study mixed. I really like that it makes me dig deeper into the Word of God, reflecting more on each day’s scripture reading. For example in Numbers 6:24-26, I have heard this passage so many times during my life, but reading it, thinking about how the Lord blesses ME, and keeps ME; how He makes His face shine on Me, and is gracious to ME; and how He turns His face toward ME, and gives ME peace! And all I can say is Wow! I know many church services starts with this passage, but I need to wake up every morning with this wonderful promise from my God.

And this us just one day. There are 39 more days to reflect on scripture that will bring you closer to our Lord. Each day starts with a passage of Scripture. On the first page of each devotion, you write ‘What stands out to you in this passage, then there is plenty space to reflect on, Pause, Be, Enjoy, Wonder, and What is God saying to you. Making this and a much deeper devotional than any I’ve ever seen. The author does a really nice job of showing us, me mainly, how to stop and reflect on what we have read. And to help us grow in our walk with the Lord. I so much want to encourage you to check out this wonderful devotional. You will be glad you found a closer walk with our wonderful Lord. This one is a Five Stars all the way. Wish I could give it more

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

MEET THE AUTHOR

Biography

Sarah currently lives in Dallas, Texas and dreams of founding businesses, giving strategically, and sharing art with the world. Some of her favorites include: coffee shops, rainy days, a well crafted sentence, and a beautiful work of art. Some dislikes include: having photos taken of herself and driving in traffic.

Her life motto is: Every number has a name, every name has a story, and every story is worthy of being shared.

Tour and Giveaway for Prayed for Patience, God Gave Me Children by Linda Wood Rondeaul

About the Book

Book:  I Prayed for Patience, God Gave Me Children

Author: Linda Wood Rondeau

Genre: Non-fiction

Release date: Second Edition 2019

God indeed has a sense of humor. He chose children to teach us too-smart adults what it means to be his child, the very special relationship the believer enjoys with our Heavenly Father. We adults experience the same chaos, misadventure, and heartaches as our charges. Through a child’s example, we learn how God nurtures us with his infinitesimal patience. This easy to read, often hilarious treatise, uses cartoons, witticisms, anecdotes, quotes, and scripture study to bring home these truths. A veteran social worker, Rondeau draws upon her many experiences in working with families as well as her personal experiences as a mom.  “You will want to keep this book close at hand for those moments of weakness and pass it along to your friends.”

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About the Author

The author of the acclaimed Hosea’s Heart and Miracle on Maple Street, LINDA WOOD RONDEAU, a veteran social worker, writes from the heart of personal experience. Her blog, Snark and Sensibility, embodies her sense of humor, a trait she believes God gives parents for survival. A resident of Hagerst Maryland, the author shares her days with her husband and best friend in life, Steve. Readers may visit her website at www.lindarondeau.com. Contact the author on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

AND NOW AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR

What special knowledge or research was required to write this book? 

This book has gone through several metamorphoses. The original work featured a cartoon character named Daisy who wrote Life Lessons for Mom’s. Then it became Proverbs for Moms. Then it became Bringing up Mom. When the book was finally published a few years ago by a different publisher, I changed the title to I Prayed for Patience, God Gave Me Children. I hoped to demonstrate through parenting examples, how wee are God’s child. When the book went off the market a few years after the initial release, I took the opportunity to revamp it to provide a Bible Study portion. Although, the narrative part is based upon my experiences and knowledge  as a church leader, mom, grandparent, and a professional in human services, I wanted to have a more scripturally based approach. This took some research on my part, but I believe this second edition is better. God knew what he was doing when I was forced to take the book off the market, at the time, one of my best-selling books.  

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

This is an interesting question because actually the reverse is true. I primarily write fiction. However, God impressed I Prayed for Patience/God Gave Me Children on my heart, inspired by daughter’s busy schedule. I wanted to write a devotional type book for busy moms that was both entertaining and educational. This was my first nonfiction work. I’ve recently published my second nonfiction book, Who Put the Vinegar in the Salt. I learned much from my first nonfiction book. This second one, though not featured on this blog, was the culmination of five years of intense research and development. Most fiction writers started out with nonfiction. For me, I hope to write more nonfiction in the years to come. I’ve been looking to development a devotional book with the same voice and tone as I Prayed for Patience/God Gave Me Children. My working title will be, Having the Prime of My Life … a devotional for seniors. 

11. What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned through years of writing?

Whether I write fiction or nonfiction, I’ve learned the importance of being my authentic self. When I first learned to golf, I modeled my approach after my mother-in-law who was an excellent golfer. The problem was, she was five-feet two and I’m five-seven. Those extra five inches of height didn’t work well when I tried to swing the way she did. Since she was closer to the ground, her baseball swing worked well for her. For me, her method resulted in my drives going to the far right or left. Only when I developed a swing that fit my body type did my golf game improve. There is a tendency to try to copy the writers we most admire. I needed to learn to develop my own voice. Trying to emulate another writer’s style, though a compliment to the writer, results in a manuscript that is off the mark. Be yourself. Be the authentic writer God has instilled in you. 

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

Like many children, I held the dream of being a performer. I loved to tell stories to the younger children on my school bus. Often the other children asked me to sing as well. I was in select choir in high school, and even won a talent contest. I loved to write as well. As an adult, I wrote many plays and skits for the church, and served on the worship team. In my younger years, I was often asked to sing solos in church. In my social work career, I gained a reputation for my written work, stating my social histories on my clients and my anecdotal notes, made the clients “come alive” to the reader. Yet, I lacked the courage to pursue my talents. Life intervened. I had children, and my husband was dependent upon a second income to meet our family’s needs. Most nights, I was too exhausted to think about writing for my own enjoyment beyond helping out the church or the occasional poem. I kept thinking and promising God someday I’d write for him. That one day came in a very convincing way. God said, “Now!” I never regretted the decision to write fulltime.

Give us 6 things your readers may not know about you?

• I was involved with community theater for twenty years. I met my husband doing a Sean O’Casey play, Juno and the Paycock. We became engaged a month later and married the following December. I have stared in such community plays as: Steel Magnolias, Under the Brooklyn Bridge, and Nunsense to name a few, and have directed plays as well. My fiction book, It Really IS a Wonderful Life … is inspired by those experiences.

• I went to the same high school as Richard Gere.

• After winning a high school talent show, I got to sing on the same stage as the Brandywine Singers. 

• I volunteered at the college radio station during my sophomore year.

• I was a single mom for a few years. 

• I am a breast cancer survivor.

Excerpt from the Book

For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.

And by him we cry, Abba, Father

(Romans 8:15)

JUST LIKE MY DADDY

The courtroom was silent, waiting for the judge to make a decision—a decision to determine not only where little Joshua would live, but also what his name would be.

Not able to have children of their own, my son and daughter-in-law have adopted five children through the foster care system. Each addition to the family has been considered a blessing—especially so with Joshua. Joshua, who had been in foster care since early infancy, was free to be adopted. When the agency called my son and daughter-in-law who already had one adopted son and another whom they hoped to adopt, they opened their hearts to welcome the youngster into their burgeoning nest. Finally, all the legal work was over, and the family accompanied Joshua for his day in court.

The judge motioned Joshua to approach the bench. From his austere heights, the magistrate pointed to someone in the room. Each time, Joshua was asked, “Who is this?”

“Those are my brothers,” Joshua said, referring to the other adopted children. “That’s Mommy,” he explained as he pointed to my daughter-in-law.

Then the judge’s attention focused on my son who positioned Joshua in his arms, allowing the child to see the judge at eye level. “And who is this man holding you?”

Joshua’s eyes widened. He took his little hand and touched his father’s face as he squealed in delight, “THAT’S MY DADDY!”

The judge, assured of Joshua’s placement in a loving family, told John and Melissa that Joshua was now their legal son. Then the judge asked Joshua, “Do you know what your new name is?” Joshua hugged his new father and blurted with excitement, “Joshua John Barringer, just like my daddy!”

Sad are the indictments against Israel’s kings who “walked in the ways of their fathers” to commit vile acts of murder and idolatry. Sadder still are the descriptions of those sons who choose evil over the Godly example of their fathers. David was revered as a man after God’s heart because he cherished the relationship he had with his Heavenly Father more than any earthly treasure. When he sinned, he could not rest until his spirit was one again with the God he adored.

When we received Christ, God adopted us into His family. He holds us in His arms so we can touch His face. We are privileged to call him “Daddy, God.”

He asks us to be holy as He is holy. He asks us to look inside our hearts and say, “I want to be just like You.”

Blog Stops

deb’s Book Review, March 5

Texas Book-aholic, March 6

Inklings and notions, March 7

For Him and My Family, March 8

Locks, Hooks and Books, March 9

Aryn the Libraryan, March 10

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, March 11

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 12

Splashes of Joy, March 13 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, March 13

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, March 14

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, March 15

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

Lots of Helpers, March 17

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 18

Mary Hake, March 18

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Tour and Giveaway for Murder on Pointe by C.S. McDonald

Book Title:  Murder on Pointe:  A Fiona Quinn Mystery #1
Author:  C.S. McDonald
​Category:  YA Fiction, 219 pages
Run Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  McWriter Books
Release date:  Jul 19, 2016
Formats Available for review: audiobook (audible download), ebook (mobi for kindle, epub, pdf)
Tour dates:  Mar 1 to Mar 26, 2020
Content Rating:  G (The Fiona Quinn Mysteries are for everyone–adults love the books and they are appropriate for teens and tweens too!)


Book Description:

Fiona can’t wait to attend the performance of Coppelia at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh. Her old friend, Silja Ramsay, is dancing the principal role. They have dinner after the show, but when they return Pittsburgh Ballet Theater is down one dancer! Ballerina, Alexis Cartwright, has been found dead in the dressing room. Is this murder a result of hot tempers among the cast members? Or is it a random act of violence? Will there be more murders? Homicide Detective Nathan Landry isn’t taking any chances. After finding out Fiona has a strong background in ballet, he recruits her to go undercover among the cast of Coppelia. Can Fiona help catch a killer, or will she be the next victim?


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I love a cozy mysteries, and after reviewing Back to the Burgh and Beyond, I wanted to read more from author C.S. McDonald, so I wanted to read the first book in her “A Fiona Quinn Mystery” series, Murder on Pointe. And what a good cozy read it is! Fiona’s friend Silja is dancing the principle role in Coppelia at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, and if course she wants to go see her dance. What Fiona didn’t expect was one of the dancers found murdered after the show. To help Detective Nathan Landry find the culprit, Fiona goes undercover as a dancer. And then the fun, and the investigation begans.

I love Fiona and enjoyed her new journey as a dancer. The situation gets pretty sticky at times, as she weaves herself in with all of the dancers, but it is so much fun as I felt myself in the story and trying to help Fiona sold the mystery. The characters were well crafted and I enjoyed their development throughout the story. The twists and turns woven all through the story makes the story more fun and enjoyable. If you enjoy an awesome clean and fun cozy mystery, this is one you want to read. And you can pass it on to the teens and tweens in your family because this book and the other books in A Fiona Quinn Mystery series are nice and clean enough for this age to enjoy.

As for this one, I had the joy of listening to the audiobook of Murder on Point, and I love listening to narrator Maren Swenson Waxenberg tell the story. Her voice flows so smoothly, and she does an outstanding job portraying the different characters, as well as the punctuations throughout the book. Her voice makes the book so fun and interesting and a real joy to listen to. As you can tell, I love this book! And I hope you will love it as much as I do.

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.l

Meet the Author: 

For twenty-six years C.S. McDonald’s life whirled around a song and a dance. Classically trained at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School, The Pittsburgh Dance Alloy, and many others, she became a professional dancer and choreographer. During that time, she choreographed many musicals and an opera for the Pittsburgh Savoyards. In 2011 she retired from her dance career to write. Under her real name, Cindy McDonald, she writes murder-suspense and romantic suspense novels. In 2014 she added the pen name, C.S. McDonald, to write children’s books for her grandchildren. In 2016 she added the Fiona Quinn Mysteries to that expansion. She decided to write the cozy mystery series that everyone, including teens and tweens, can read and enjoy. Presently, the Fiona Quinn Mysteries nine books with a tenth slated for 2021. The books are also available on audio, narrated by Maren Swenson Waxenberg. Cindy’s newest venture is The Owl’s Nest Mysteries. Once again, she has set her cozy mystery in Pittsburgh. The female protagonist, Alexa Owl, is much different from Fiona Quinn. The Owl’s Next Mysteries has a little grit, a little time travel, a little romance, and a whole lot of cozy! Ms. McDonald resides on her Thoroughbred farm known as Fly by Night Stables near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Bill, and her poorly behaved Cocker Spaniel, Allister.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook

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Tour Schedule
Mar 1 –Olio by Marilyn – book review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 1 –She Just Loves Books – audiobook review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 2 –Laura’s Interests – audiobook review of Saddle Up for Murder / giveaway
Mar 3 –Gina Rae Mitchell – audiobook review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 4 –Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 4 –Gina Rae Mitchell – audiobook review of Murder on Pointe / giveaway
Mar 4 –Laura’s Interests – audiobook review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 8 –Locks, Hooks and Books – audiobook review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 9 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of Murder on Pointe / giveaway
Mar 9– Splashes of Joy – audiobook review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 10 –My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews – audiobook review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 10 –Wickedly Romance – book review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 11 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 11 –Wickedly Romance – book review of Murder on Pointe / giveaway
Mar 11 -Blooming with Books- audiobook review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond
Mar 12 – Splashes of Joy – audiobook review of Murder on Pointe / giveaway
Mar 12 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 15 – Blooming with Books – audiobook review of Murder on Pointe
Mar 15 – She Just Loves Books – audiobook review of Tastes Like Murder / giveaway
Mar 15 – Chit Chat with Charity – audiobook review of Saddle Up for Murder / giveaway
Mar 16 – Olio by Marilyn – book review of Murder on Pointe / giveaway
Mar 16 – My Reading Journeys – book review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 17 – Westveil Publishing – audiobook review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 17 – My Reading Journeys – book review of Saddle Up for Murder / giveaway
Mar 18 – Musing of Souls – book review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond
Mar 18 – Books for Books – audiobook review of Murder on Pointe
Mar 19 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book review of Murder on Pointe / giveaway
Mar 19 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of Good Luck to Murder / giveaway
Mar 22 – Westveil Publishing – audiobook review of Murder on Pointe / giveaway
Mar 22 – Musing of Souls – audiobook review of Tastes Like Murder
Mar 23 – Locks, Hooks and Books – audiobook review of Tastes Like Murder / giveaway
Mar 23 – Lisa’s Reading – book review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 24 – My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews – audiobook review of Murder on Pointe / giveaway
Mar 24 – Books for Books – audiobook review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond
Mar 25 – BookishKelly2020 – book review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 25 – Chit Chat with Charity – audiobook review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 26 – BookishKelly2020 – book review of Murder on Pointe / giveaway
Mar 26 – Lisa’s Reading – book review Tastes Like Murder / giveaway

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Tour and Giveaway for Rhythm Rescue by Vicky Weber

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Join us for this tour from Mar 8 to Mar 19, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Rhythm Rescue by Vicky Weber

Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  44 pages

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Publisher:  Trunk Up Books

Release date:   August 2020

Formats: hardback, paperback, ebook

Content Rating:  G.

Book Description:

Welcome to Music Metropolis, where there’s always a song to sing and instruments playing all around. Everyone has something special to share, but Beat Street is where the real magic happens… The musicians of Beat Street have super abilities. The people who live here can do extraordinary things…with the power of music! When Tala’s day begins

with a phone call from a friend, she is SUPER excited…but she’ll need your help to make it there in time! You won’t want to miss this interactive musical adventure.

Buy the Book:

Amazon.com ~ B&N

Trunk Up Books

 

Meet the Author:

Vicky Weber is a musician and an elementary educator with a love for children’s literature. While she has taught a variety of grade levels, primary level education is where her passion lies. It has long been a dream of hers to teach children through the magic of books and she hopes you love reading her works as much as she loved writing them.

connect with the author: website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ goodread

 
 

Tour Schedule:

Mar 8 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 9 – I Read Kid’s Books – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 10 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 10 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 11 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 11 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 12 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 16 – Laura’s Interests – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 17 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 18 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 19 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / giveaway

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