Giveaway & Blitz for A Texan’s Christmas Baby By Linda Warren



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A Texan’s Christmas Baby


(Texas Rebels #11)


By Linda Warren
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
October 26, 2021 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Christmas is a time of forgiveness…     
And unforgettable surprises

Former professional football player Chase Rebel has finally come home for good. But ranching life in   his small Texan hometown is far from simple—especially when it comes to Chase’s beautiful estranged wife, Jody. There’s no escaping the mistakes and hurts of their past…or the feelings that still linger between them. But can Jody and an unexpected Christmas surprise show this Texan where he truly belongs?

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Before Chase could put his phone in his pocket, the doorbell rang. He sighed. He opened the door without looking through the peephole. He froze, words sticking in his throat.

Jody stood there.

He hadn’t seen her in over a year and his heart stopped just from looking into her gorgeous eyes. In a green dress and heels she looked more beautiful than ever, grown-up, sophisticated, except there were tiny worry lines around her eyes that hadn’t been there before.

She had a box in her hands and shoved it toward him. “These are some of the things you gave me and I don’t want them in my house anymore.”

He refused to take it so she set the box on the floor by his feet. Her eyes were cold and hesitant as she waited for him to pick it up.

“How did you know I was home?” he asked, ignoring the box.

“I have to go. Just wanted you to have those things back because I know they mean something to you.”

“That’s why I gave them to you. They’re yours.”

She turned to leave as if she didn’t want to get into an argument. He couldn’t let her go. Breathing the same air as Jody was intoxicating and he wanted to keep her here as long as possible, even if they were arguing. It had always been that way with him. He could be in the dumps about a game or something but the moment he heard her voice, it lifted his spirits.

“What are you doing home anyway? Don’t you have spring training or something or another?”

“I just wanted to come home.”

Excerpted from A Texan’s Christmas Baby by Linda Warren, Copyright © 2021 by
Linda Warren. Published by Harlequin Heartwarming.

About the Author





Two time Rita® nominated author Linda Warren has written forty-five books for Harlequin. A native Texan, she’s a member of Romance Writers of America and the West Houston Chapter. Drawing upon her years of growing up on a ranch, she writes about some of her favorite things: Western-style romance, cowboys and country life. She married her high school sweetheart and they live on a lake in central Texas. He fishes and she writes. Works perfect. You can find out more about Linda at

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Giveaway & Tour for Harvest Dance by Jennifer Faye

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Harvest Dance
(Bluestar Island #2)
By Jennifer Faye
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook,  350 Pages
September 12, 2021 by Lazy Dazy Press

“Beneath the harvest moon…
true love can bloom.”

A single dad, who’s in over his head, and an event planner running from her past, are drawn together on charming Bluestar Island by a determined seven-year-old and her escape-artist goat.

Event planner, Charlotte “Aster” Smith, has fled the only life she has ever known. The situation has left her questioning her own judgment as she cautiously tries to create a new life for herself on Bluestar Island. Taking the job of event coordinator for the small town is a step in the right direction. The only problem is it’s currently a part-time position, but the mayor suggests with additional funding the position could transform into a full-time job. In the meantime, she needs a second job in order to stay financially afloat.

Farmer and single father, Sam Bell, is struggling to keep his aging farm from going bankrupt while raising his young daughter. And now that his daughter’s babysitter is heading off to college, he needs help. So when he finds Aster is in need of work, he thinks his problems are solved. But things aren’t always what they seem. And he can’t help wondering what Aster is keeping from him.

In the lingering rays of a Bluestar Island sunset, Sam and Aster find themselves dancing upon the sand. As they help each other heal, the possibility of a future together becomes tangible. But will the ghosts from their pasts extinguish this budding romance?

Includes a delicious recipe for Aster’s Amazing Apple Cobbler!

Bluestar Island series:
Book 1 – Love Blooms
(Hannah & Ethan)
Book 2 – Harvest Dance (Aster & Sam)
Book 3 – A Lighthouse Café Christmas (Darla & Will)
Book 4 – Rising Star (coming soon)

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This is such an awesome read. Charlotte “Aster” Smith is in Bluestar Island hiding from an ex boyfriend, while Sam Bell is a lifelong resident of the Island. Neither is looking for any kind of relationship, but as circumstances keep throwing them together, the attraction gets deep. Bit will the two be able to put their past behind them and move on?

I knew this was gonna be an amazing read when one of the first scenes in the book was Aster double parking and she and the guy, which just happened to be Sam had words in the parking lot. This had me laughing out loud, which was just one of the many laughing moments I had, especially with Dash the goat. But there were moments that had me in tears as well. I love this beautiful Island and how the island people care for one another. It was the perfect place for Aster to heal. I love these characters and by the end of the book I felt like they were family. I love how Jennifer Faye books give that homey feeling. Harvest Dance is truly a book of second chances, and it is a wonderful book to read during the Fall season. I think Jennifer Faye does an excellent job weaving all of the issues and difficulties throughout the story together into a wonderful and happy ending. I can’t wait for the next book in this series.

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.

Other Books in the Series

About the Author

Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances with rugged cowboys, sexy billionaires and enchanting royalty. Internationally published with books translated into nine languages. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards.

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Giveaway & Tour Cut and Run by Annabelle Lewis

Join Us for This Tour:  October 25th to November 12th


Book Details:


​Book Title: Cut and Run by Annabelle Lewis

Category:  Adult Fiction 18+, 234 pages

GenreMystery, Thriller

Publisher:  PePe Press

Release Date: August 2021


Book Description:


Their story continues . . .

The four Boston clairvoyants, blessed—or cursed—with special powers, must fight a ruthless enemy and stop injustice. In Dead Cat, Run, the Sisters of Fate drove them together, but at what cost? The God Apollo wasn’t playing around. He’s still dead set on vengeance.

Sinister forces will have a wicked agenda. An energy grab, a mineral rights war, and deadly mercenaries create a mortally serious game. But the psychics’ sibylline abilities aside, they’re only human. At least three of them are. (What’s up with that?)

Can they stop the killers? And who will survive?

​An energetic contemporary thriller, Cut and Run will have you on the edge of your seat as the dance between good and evil resumes.

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In Cut and Run the story continues from the first book in this series, Dead Cat, Run. The story continues of four Boston clairvoyants, blessed—or cursed—with special powers, and their dog Bone. I did not read Dead Cat, Run and I realized to late that I should have. Where this book can certainly be read as a stand alone, I think it would have been easier to know the characters and what’s going on before I started Cut and Run. However that didn’t happen so, author Annabelle Lewis does a really nice job of preparing readers for Cut and Run. I found these four characters pretty evil, but they did develop well throughout the story. I rarely read paranormal and supernatural mystery and suspense reads, so this was a pretty new thing for me. I was surprised that I did actually enjoy this story very much. It is well written and the plot flows well. There’s a lot of action and twists and turns that keep you wanting to read to find out what’s going on next. If you enjoy paranormal and supernatural type books, you will find Cut and Run, and well as the first book in the series, Dead Cat, Run and enjoyable and entertaining read. I would suggest reading them in order. Cut and Run is Four Stars for me. 

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



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Book Details:

​Book Title Dead Cat, Run by Annabelle Lewis

Category Adult Fiction (18 +), 358 pages

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Publisher PePe Press

Release dates:   February 2021

Content Rating: PG-13: Lots of cursing, some non-graphic sex and violence

 Book Description:

​You’re where you’re meant to be. Run, if you can.

High school senior Jenny Gallagher’s psychic abilities have made life in her small New England town rocky. Her premonitions and déjà vu have given her a reputation, one she’s not happy with. Tragedy is about to strike, however, and oddly, this time, she doesn’t see it coming. Is her gift betraying her?

Not far from Jenny, Wellesley Professor Maximus Dyer also has a gift—a painful and useless one. His ability to see the past has brought him insight into history, but otherwise, he’s never known what to make of it. The psychic shocks he receives through his unprotected hands have made any genuine human relationships beyond his grasp. Then someone who doesn’t trigger a vision enters his life—a dog?

Sidrah Keeling runs determinedly optimistic throughout her life, trying hard not to ask the big questions about why. Her foresight, her ability to see glimpses of the future in her dreams, often drives her to follow a path she doesn’t understand. Alert and listening, with the guardrails of security she’s erected in place, she’s forced again to follow her 

dreams. This time to a man. Who is he?

Lurking deep in his sensory deprivation tank, Turner Black sees it all. Born out of the great chaos of time, he once again feels the forces of good gathering to move against him. Not in this life. This time, his darkness will reign supreme. The hunt for his antithesis will begin again now. He can’t wait to feel his opponent in destiny bleed.

​A fast-paced contemporary mystery thriller with a supernatural hierarchy, Dead Cat, Run will keep you up all night, glued to your seat.

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Meet the Author:

Annabelle Lewis is a pseudonym for the author who lives in Minneapolis with her husband, children, and a wild thug of a dog who sleeps beside her. A multi-genre writer and publisher of 9 novels to date, her humorous mystery caper books have a theme – taking down the bad guy. Villains beware! She also writes a scathing 

blog and highly entertaining monthly newsletter. Sign up to follow at her website.

Connect with the Author:  Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest ~Instagram ~ Goodreads


Tour Schedule:


Oct 25 – Olio by Marilyn – book review of DEAD CAT, RUN / author interview / giveaway

Oct 25 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of DEAD CAT, RUN / giveaway

Oct 26 – Book Reviews by Shreya Vijay – book review of CUT AND RUN / author interview / giveaway

Oct 26 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of DEAD CAT, RUN / giveaway

Oct 27 – Splashes of Joy – book review of CUT AND RUN / giveaway

Oct 27 – @booking.with.janelle – book review of DEAD CAT, RUN

Oct 28 – @twilight_reader – book review of DEAD CAT, RUN

Oct 29 – Books for Books – book review of CUT AND RUN

Nov 1 – The Page Ladies – book review of DEAD CAT, RUN / giveaway

Nov 1 – @twilight_reader – book review of CUT AND RUN

Nov 1 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight of DEAD CAT, RUN

Nov 2 – Book Corner News and Reviews – review of DEAD CAT, RUN / giveaway

Nov 3 – @booking.with.janelle – book review of CUT AND RUN / author interview

Nov 3 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight / book excerpt of CUT AND RUN

Nov 3 – Book Corner News and Reviews – review of CUT AND RUN / giveaway

Nov 4 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of CUT AND RUN / giveaway

Nov 4 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of DEAD CAT, RUN / giveaway

Nov 4 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of CUT AND RUN / giveaway

Nov 5 – Leels Loves Books – book review of DEAD CAT, RUN / giveaway

Nov 8 – The Page Ladies – book review of CUT AND RUN / giveaway

Nov 9 – Olio by Marilyn – book review of CUT AND RUN / giveaway

Nov 10 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of CUT AND RUN / author interview / giveaway

Nov 12 – Leels Loves Books – book review of CUT AND RUN / giveaway


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Deadly Target by Elizabeth Goddard


Criminal psychologist Erin Larson’s dreams of a successful career come to a screeching halt when she nearly loses her own life in a boating accident on Puget Sound and then learns that her mother tried to commit suicide. She leaves her job as a criminal psychologist to care for her mother in Montana. At least she is able to produce her podcast, which focuses on solving missing persons cold cases.

Nathan Campbell’s father was investigating such a case when he was shot, and now Nathan needs to enlist Erin’s help to solve the case. She’s good at what she does. The only problem? She’s his ex.

As the two dig deeper, it becomes clear that they, too, are being targeted–and that the answers to their questions are buried deep within the past Erin struggles to explain and longs to forget.

The race is on for the truth in this gripping and complex tale of suspense, intrigue, and murder from USA Today bestselling author Elizabeth Goddard.


Criminal Psychologist Erin Larson’s life is shattered when she is almost killed in a boating accident. And while she is still in shock from the accident, she gets a call that her mom attempted suicide, so she moves to Montana to take care of her mom. Meanwhile
Detective Nathan Campbell and his dad are fishing, and his dad is trying to tell him top secret stuff when he is gunned down. But that’s not all. In her usual expertise in writing romantic suspense and mystery, author Elizabeth Goddard writes another heart stopping, edge of your seat thriller that will have you biting your nails as you turn the pages. I could not put this book down y’all. You have to read this one to get the full story and all of the suspense and mystery in the book.

I read the first book in the series, Present Danger, and it is amazing, and Deadly Target is just as awesome, if not better! I love Erin and Nathan, and wanted so much for them to find love again. I love the bits of attraction and sparks flying with they are together. Nathan is an all around good guy and Erin is a sweetheart and works so hard to overcome her past. All of the characters are fantastic and play their parts so well in each scene throughout the story. The plot was amazing, I kept going back re-reading parts of the story just to fully take it all in. There are twists and turns taking the story different directions, but the one big twist toward the end, I did not see that coming at all! What an amazing job Ms. Goddard does with the ending. And I think weaving the Christian life in the lives of her characters made this story even more enjoyable for me. I’m giving Deadly Target Five Stars, and would give it more if I could. If you enjoy a good clean edge of your seats  suspense, with faith running through, you have to give Deadly Target a try.

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.


A reader once told me that when she feels down, she picks up one of my books. She knows it will take her away from her troubles, at least for a while. That made me smile because I understand the need to ride on the winds of imagination. As a reader, I enjoy a novel that will whisk me away to another time and place.

Sometimes we simply need an escape from the stress of life and the tragedies happening around us in this fallen world. We need to be refreshed and inspired, lifted from everyday life.

I’ve often heard this response to my novels, which confirms what my ministry of words is about—telling stories set in unique locations and filled with adventure and suspense. Stories that infuse with a sense of hope and redemption. Stories that leave you with a spiritual nugget to take away.

Isn’t that what Jesus did when He told His parables?

Above all, my greatest hope is that my writing will not only entertain you, but draw your heart closer to Him.

Escape with me!

Find out more about Ms. Goddard on her website here…


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Giveaway/Tour for Measure, Mix & Marinate by Cheryl Schuberth

Join Us for This Tour From October 25th to November 12th


Book Details:


Book Title:  Measure, Mix & Marinate: Embracing the Key Ingredients to a More Fulfilling Life by Cheryl Schuberth

Category:  Adult Non-Fiction 18+, 174 pages

GenrePersonal Growth, Memoir

Publisher:  Key Ingredients

Release Date: August 2021

Content Rating:  G – Good for all audiences

​Book Description:

As a wife, mom and former corporate go-getter, Cheryl knows firsthand the frustration of trying to do it all and feeling that none of it is good enough. As the world slowed down for a global pandemic, Cheryl inspected her own life and who she wanted to become—who she needed to become—to serve at her highest level. Much of this discovery occurred in the kitchen during playful evenings side-by-side with her sons, husband, and mother. Their time together led Cheryl to realize that how 

you measure your priorities, mix them in with your life experiences, and marinate on and adjust to the results determines the direction of your life. 

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This is a really interesting book to read. Author Cheryl Schuberth takes a look at her life and decides to slow down a bit and give her life a much more meaning. Throughout the book, using different countries she lets readers know of her frustrations and some tips on how to overcome these issues. There are lots of life changing tips in the book, some I’ve heard of, some not. I think this book would be wonderful addition to any library and I plan to add this one to mine. There are many recipes throughout this book as well, some of them sound so very good, I do want to try a number of the recipes. They sound so good and tasty. I encourage you to give this book a try. I think you will love it. I’m giving Measure Mix and Marinate four 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.

And now an Interview with author Cheryl Schuberth


  1. Your book is an intersection of cooking and professional life. How did you come up with the concept?

When the world shut down last year, I had an idea to make dinner as a family from a different culture each week. As I posted our results on social media, a friend of my husband’s suggested I write a book. I’d know for a few years that I’d wanted to write a book, but didn’t know what I wanted to write about. At that same time, I’d just left my corporate career and was learning a lot about myself and who I needed to become to step into my next phase of life. I decided to leverage my self-reflection both in the kitchen and from my career to encourage other women to be bold and step into their best life.

  1. Where do you write?

I usually write in my office because it has the best ergonomic set-up and it tells the family I’m working. Occasionally, I’ll take my laptop into the kitchen for a change of scenery when the plan for the day doesn’t require as much concentration.

  1. In your book you reference your love of traveling. Where is your favorite place to travel?

One of my favorite places I’ve visited is Thailand. The people are incredibly kind and helpful, the food is not only good, but clean and not ladden with junk and you can find a variety of terrain as you travel throughout the country. It can be very hot, so you need to pick the right time of the year to go.

  1. Other than traveling, what do you do for fun?

I love all things outdoors and I love live music! I currently enjoy year round hiking, golf & skiing, and I also enjoy watching my boys play soccer. I grew up watching all types of professional sports and right now my favorite sports team is whatever team my boys are playing on.

  1. Is there a food that has a special memory for you?

Donuts. I can’t have a donut without thinking of my dad who passed away a little over nine years ago. When I was growing up, we’d stop at the donut shop every Sunday on our way home from church. We each got to pick out two donuts that we’d take home and eat as we passed around the Sunday comics. 

Meet the Author:

Cheryl Schuberth is a graduate of the University of California San Diego and a respected corporate leader.

As a wife, mom, and former corporate go-getter, Cheryl knows firsthand the frustration of trying to do it all and feeling that none of it is good enough. After twenty-five years leading and coaching teams in the male-dominated technology space, she stepped away from that world and embarked on a mission to enhance her relationships with her teenage sons and, at the same time, empower other working women to become more curious about their options and reevaluate their priorities.

She now coaches women to help them feel their best, increase their confidence, and put themselves at the top of the list. Cheryl lives outside Boulder, CO, where she enjoys hiking, skiing, and all things outdoors.

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


Tour Schedule:



Oct 25 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

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

Oct 25 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

Oct 26 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway

Oct 27 – Lisa Everyday Life – book spotlight / author interview

Oct 28 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight / author interview

Oct 29 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway

Nov 1 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 2 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

Nov 2 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 3 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Nov 3 – Pick A Good Book – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Nov 4 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Nov 4 – The Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife – book review / guest post / giveaway

Nov 5 – Instagram – Soph_life.pages – book review

Nov 8 – Books for Books – book review

Nov 9 – Instagram – @twilight_reader – book review

Nov 9 – Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Nov 10 – StoreyBook Reviews – book review / giveaway

Nov 10 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway

Nov 12 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 12 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway


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Giveaway & Tour for Twin Tales by Brielle and Nadia Dupervil


Join Us for This Tour from October 25 to November 19

Book Details:
Book Title:  Twin Tales: Alike and Different by Brielle and Nadia Dupervil
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 28 pages
Genre:  Children
Publisher:  RiaJay Publishing
Release date:  October 2021
Format: Print – Hardback USA, e-book PDF
Tour dates: October 25 to November 19
Content Rating:  G – Suitable for all readers.

Book Description: 
Imagine having someone that is just like you in the world. Or what if there were not just like you, but everyone thought they were? Twin sisters Alexia and Denise might look alike on the outside, but they are very different on the inside. Join the sisters as they reveal what makes them unique. An enduring story of siblings who share a strong bond that parents will appreciate, and children will love.

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This is the sweetest story about twin sisters, Alexia and Denise. The twins are alike in that they look like each other, but they are also very different. Brielle and Nadia Dupervil both do a wonderful job of telling the difference in the twins. And in telling how they are so different. This is especially a wonderful story for the twins in your family, or maybe in other families you know. This is a sweet book every set of twins need in their library.

I love the beautiful illustrations that bring the story to life, as well as the entire book to life with their beautiful vibrant colors and unique characters. Don’t miss out on this great little read. Twin Tales: Alike and Different by Brielle and Nadia Dupervil is Four Stars for me.

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



Meet the Authors:

​Brielle has a bold and bubbly personality and never meets a stranger. You can call her the life of the party because there is never a dull moment when she is around. Brielle is a curious conversationalist who will talk to anyone who will listen.

Nadia is a soft spoken, articulate, gentle spirit. Initially she is reserved, but once comfortable she will win you over with her contagious laughter and the silly jokes she keeps in her back pocket for the right time. Nadia is caring and always does what she can to help others feel better. She is very in tune with her emotions and very direct when expressing them.

Connect with the Author:  website ~ facebook ~ instagram

Tour Schedule:

Oct 25 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 25 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Oct 25 – Kam’s Place – book review
Oct 26 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 26 – @booking.with.janelle – book review / author interview
Oct 26 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 27 – Older & Smarter? – book review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 27 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review / giveaway
Oct 28 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway
Oct 29 – Books for Books – book review
Oct 29 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review
Nov 1 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 2 – Perfect Chaos – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 2 – @twilight_reader – book review
Nov 3 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 4 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review
Nov 5 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
Nov 5 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review / giveaway
Nov 8 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 8 – Westveil Publishing – book review / giveaway
Nov 9 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 10 – ajbookreads – book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 11 – I’m Into Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 11 – The Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 12 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Nov 15 – Gold Dust Editing & Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview
Nov 16 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Nov 17 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Nov 18 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway
Nov 19 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway

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Lady and the Tribe by Brenda Billings Ridgley

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions.

Brenda Billings Ridgley will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Wives, mothers, and career women—we have all fallen victim to the silent epidemic that is, literally . . . letting ourselves go. Not the makeup free, yoga pants, weight gain routine. Little by little, we have allowed our preferences, interests, and individuality to slip away until we no longer recognize ourselves outside of our role as wives, mothers, or professionals. Who we are has become what we do.

In the process, our friendships have become the casualty of a “busy life” and lack consistency and depth. We have a gaping hole inside us that longs to be filled. How do we reclaim who we really are and fill this empty space that seemed to appear from nowhere? The answer lies in our Tribe. Our best friends see us more clearly than we see ourselves and are representations and extensions of our individuality. They are our companions, cheerleaders, and counselors—always in our corner. They are the branches of our tree of life that lift and support us, so we can flourish. Our Tribe is the family with whom we choose to live our life . . . with no strings attached.

Lady and the Tribe is a blueprint for building deep connections. As you read, you’ll be swept away on a journey of friendship as the author shares her own personal stories and those of other women. In the process, you’ll discover how to find, nurture, and deepen friendships and create a Tribe culture that is unique to you.

We can become whole again through the power of connection.

When three or more gather, we are Tribe.

Read an Excerpt

Loneliness Can Be Lethal

Since we live in this global, socially connected world, how is it possible for anyone to be lonely? Psychologically speaking, loneliness does not necessitate social isolation. Being lonely means feeling detached from others yet having the desire for a connection or a relationship.

Why is loneliness so lethal? As human beings, one of our greatest needs is to be seen, acknowledged, and cared for. We want to belong and be a part of something larger than ourselves. More so than men, women need to maintain close connections. Relationships increase serotonin and oxytocin, the bonding hormone. In times of stress, women don’t just experience the drive toward fight or flight—they also release oxytocin. This hormone surge can compel women to “tend and befriend.”

Research is clear. Close friendships are necessary for optimal health and well-being. A longitudinal study of aging found that strong social networks lengthen survival among older people. Dr. Amir Leving suggests that social connections are the most powerful way for us to regulate our emotional distress and that proximity to someone you are securely attached to is the most effective way to calm yourself.

An article in the New York Times reported that close relationships create positive mental and physical reactions in our body, mind, and heart.  We are less likely to experience high levels of loneliness when we feel supported by intimate and close relationships. Strong relationships with close friends or family benefit us greatly and fulfil our social needs.

About the Author:

BRENDA RIDGLEY is an author, speaker, and girlfriend guru who loves helping women connect, find success, and discover joy through friendship.  Her mission is to start a movement: women coming together to build thousands of new Lady Tribes around the globe.  Through her workshops, vlogs, blogs, and book clubs, Brenda helps women connect and communicate with respect, love, and trust. She holds an MA in human resources and has spent decades cultivating her own Tribe.  A Colorado girl at heart, Brenda lives in the Carbon Valley area with her husband, Parker, two kids, Parker Jr. and Gillian, and pooch, Perry.  She enjoys hiking and has conquered Longs Peak and several other 14’ers.

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Giveaway/Tour for Penelope’s Pursuit by Chautona Havig

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Book:  Penelope’s Pursuit

Author: Chautona Havig

Genre: Historical Romantic Suspense

Release date: June 29, 2021

Are mail-order-brides changing their minds or is something sinister going on in Kansas?

Ten years ago, Penelope’s sister ran away as a mail-order bride, and it was the last their family ever heard from her.  Now, with their parents dead and Penelope all alone, the young woman has one goal. Find her sister.

It took enough grit for Henry to write to Miss Mildred Crenshaw about finding him a wife in the first place, but when the stage arrives and no bride steps off, the whole thing feels like a confidence scheme. Investigation, however, sends chills down his spine as he realizes women are leaving the east for the west but many never arrive at their destinations.

Is it any wonder that Penelope doesn’t trust the man who abducts her from the clutches of her new friends and rides off into the sunset? Is his explanation reasonable?  Can she convince him to help her find her sister?

And is she about to fall in love with a homesteader on the untamed prairies of Kansas?


I’ve always loved mail order bride stories so I was excited about reading Penelope’s Pursuit. But this story has a different take on any mail order bride story I’ve ever read. There are some difficult issues to deal with here in this book, and it is sad to know that a lot of this is actual real life facts. I had no idea this was happening with mail order brides.

Thanks to Chautona Havig for a well written story and I appreciate the way she handles the tough issues in such a sensitive way. There are twists and turns in the story that keep you guessing, and I had a difficult time putting the book down. I wanted to find out what finally happens in the end. Of course a lot of the story is fiction, but a lot if it is real issues that happened. I like that faith was written in the lives of some of the characters. And I found that all of the characters developed well as the story unfolds. Penelope’s Pursuit is an awesome read, and it’s a Five Star for me. I encourage you to check this one out, especially if you enjoy mail order bride stories.

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About the Author

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

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Mail Order Brides: Do We Romanticize the Past?

Although I recall reading about mail-order brides in school… somewhere… Patricia MacLachlan’s Sarah, Plain and Tall was my first introduction to the idea of advertising for or requesting the services of a matchmaker to find a wife. The book and the subsequent movie showed the difficulties of such a marriage and left us all with a satisfactory ending.

Some years later, while doing a bit of research, I discovered another side of the coin—a horrifying picture of what happened to some gullible young women and the unscrupulous people who used such matchmaking schemes as a means for human trafficking. It sickened me, as it should anyone.

All my ideas for mail order bride novels ended up as wadded up balls of mental paper and in the wastepaper basket of my mind. A few years passed, and I came up with a twist on mail order brides, one that will see the light of day if I ever have time to write it. A few more years passed, and a series of books featuring a matchmaking service for mail-order brides and the Homestead Act resurrected those ideas. I smoothed a couple out, reconsidered, and decided against writing them.

I’d have to miss the opportunity to join the series.

My mind never does follow orders well. Within minutes of that decision, I had a story. What would happen if there was some funny business going on with girls going west? How could I combine a satisfactory ending where two people came to a meeting of the minds and hearts in the midst of fighting something that ugly?

Penelope’s Pursuit was born.

Is my story idealized? Probably. I’ll be frank with you. I’m okay with that, too. See, sometimes all we need is a reminder that mankind is sinful and in need of a Savior before the story turns into how things should have been. After all, fiction mirrors reality, but it is also an escape.

I hope Penelope’s escape to the west and her pursuit of her sister encourages you to turn to the Lord for every decision, in every trouble, and with every praise possible in between.

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Lots of Helpers, October 13

For Him and My Family, October 13

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, October 14

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Locks, Hooks and Books, October 16

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 17

Mary Hake, October 17

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, October 18 (Author Interview)

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The Meanderings of a Bookworm, October 19

Vicky Sluiter, October 19

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, October 20

Connie’s History Classroom, October 21

Blossoms and Blessings, October 21

Splashes of Joy, October 22


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The Company of Stonemasons by Graham Williams

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The summer of 1545 and there’s murder in the Cathedral of Chichester. An honest family of stonemasons heads to the city to repair the building only to find the massive spire is in danger of collapse and they’re walking into a plot to steal taxes from King Henry VIII.

Stonemason’s teenage sons, Edward and the artistic prodigy, Adam hear stories of the Chichester diamond, buried somewhere in the cathedral and start their own search, not knowing the powerful evil that surrounds them.

A true thriller, filled with danger and humour, stonemasons working at terrifying heights and amongst all the friars and priests, who can they really trust?

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About the Author:

Being retired, I have the time now to write and tell stories. I am registered as blind, and I am profoundly dyslexic, and I rely on the wonders of technology to bring out my stories, and to live. I spend many hours walking around London, as this is where I find most of my inspiration from. The places; sounds and smells of the city, I have a love for. To know one’s history is to know one’s self. I hope you enjoy them.

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Riverbend Gap by Denise Hunter

She came in search of the family she’d always wanted—and found the kind of love she’d never dared to imagine.

When Katelyn Loveland’s car veered off a winding Appalachian Mountain road, she thought she was done for. That is until local sheriff’s deputy, Cooper Robinson, came to her rescue. And though Katie narrowly escaped her brush with death, she still fell. Hard.

She wasn’t the only one. But soon Cooper learns that the woman he’s more attracted to than any he’s ever met is his brother’s new girlfriend—and therefore unquestionably off limits. Yet, despite his best efforts, Cooper and Katie can’t seem to avoid running into each other. Or ignore the undeniable chemistry between them.

As they grow closer, Katie shares the secrets of her past and the real reason she moved to their small North Carolina town. She also wins over Cooper’s welcoming and bighearted family. But they don’t know that her feelings for Cooper keep growing—all while she’s dating his brother. Soon the stakes of their emotional connection become higher than either of them could have imagined. Katie stands to lose the first family she’s ever had, and a scandal could doom Cooper’s campaign for sheriff’s office. Suddenly they find themselves on the precipice of another ledge—and forced to make a decision that could change their lives forever.


Katelyn and Cooper met when her car veered off a winding Appalachian Mountain road and Cooper came by just in time. Immediately they were both attracted to each other, but little did he know that Katelyn is the one his brother has been dating. So that made her off limits, despite the fact that his brother kept pushing them together. And the chemistry between the two keeps growing. Which makes for an interesting and entertaining read from author Denise Hunter.

Riverbend Gap is such an amazing story. It is so emotional and a heartbreaking but yet heartwarming read. The Robinson’s are such a fabulous family, full of love for each other. I really felt bad for Copper and Katelyn because they truly cared for each other, but Copper would never hurt his brother. I love the family setting and the quaint village with the Appalachian Mountain nearby. The characters are so very realistic, they felt like family to me. With the excellent writing skills of the author, the plot runs smoothly, the emotions of the family drama would not let me put this book down. There is so much more to this story but I’ll not give it away, so you need to read it for yourself. I’m giving Riverbend Gap Five Stars and its worth every one. If you love a good clean romance with faith weaved into the lives of the characters, I encourage you to checkout this new read from Denise Hunter. 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.


Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 35 books, three of which have been adapted into Hallmark movies. When Denise isn’t orchestrating love on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, playing drums, and reading as much as humanly possible. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband have raised three boys and are currently enjoying an empty nest.

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Giveaway/Tour Perfectly Arranged by Linda George

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Perfectly Arranged
(Hopeful Hearts #1)
By Liana George
Genre: Christian Women’s Fiction
Paperback & ebook: 286 Pages
October 26, 2021 by Scrivenings Press


Can Nicki risk letting go of her well-ordered life plans and embrace what God has perfectly arranged?

Short on clients and money, professional organizer Nicki Mayfield is hanging up her label maker. That is, until the eccentric socialite Katherine O’Connor offers Nicki one last job.

Working together, the pair discovers an unusual business card among Ms. O’Connor’s family belongings that leads them on a journey to China. There, the women embark on an adventure of faith and self-discovery as they uncovers secrets, truths, and ultimately, God’s perfectly arranged plan.

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I really like this story. Nicki Mayfield’s  professional organizer business is going under and she is in desperate need for a job the Keep her from moving in with her very unorganized, maybe hoarder mom. But when she get a callback from someone she has reached out to, she finds herself helping to organize a room for a most obnoxious woman. Which leads Nicki on an interesting journey she never saw coming.

Liana George does an outstanding job writing her first debut novel. With characters worming their way into our hearts, some quickly, some take a while, I thoroughly enjoyed the journey with Nicki and Ms. O’Connor, taking in all of the detailed descriptions of each scene. And I learned a thing or two in the process. I loved the trip to China with twists and turns and secrets unfolding, and the relationship between these two as it grew. There’s so much more to this lovely delightful read that you really need to read it for yourself to get the full impact of the story. The sweet element of faith throughout in the lives of the characters makes Perfectly Arranged even more enjoyable.

When I saw this book cover and the title, I was puzzled at what the book could be about, and I rarely read the back cover to a book so I wasn’t sure what to expect. After reading the story, I find that the title and cover fit perfectly with the story. I hope you will check out Perfectly Arranged by Laina George for a few hours of sweet entertainment!

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About the Author

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

As a child, whenever anyone asked me that question, I always had 2 answers ready to offer: an author or a Wimbledon champion (that’s a tennis tournament, in case you didn’t know).

Although I never made it to a professional level of tennis stardom (or an amateur level for that matter; the best I could do was local tennis club play once or twice a week), I was able to realize my dream of becoming an author.

But it was a long time coming.

There were detours along the way – teaching elementary school, running children’s ministries, parenting and starting my own organizing business – as well as a few unexpected overseas adventures, but I finally put pencil to paper (yes, I’m old school) and used all my life experiences to write a story that I hoped would make a difference.

With the publication of my first book, Perfectly Arranged (Scrivenings Press, October 2021), I guess I’m finally grown up now and my dreams have come true.

However, now that I’ve reached adulthood I don’t plan on retiring. No, I think I’ll keep going … I have plenty of imaginary people and places to share with the world.

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The Sound the Sun Makes by Buck Storm


Literary Americana with humor, heart, and a whole lot of twists to keep readers guessing

Detective Early Pines loves his southern Arizona desert, often thinking he could stare at it all day long. But now that he’s forced to do just that, the truth is the view from his back porch is getting old. He’s on mandatory leave from the police department, simply for punching a wife beater who had it coming. Early is in dire need of a distraction from his own loud thoughts. So when an old friend invites him to tag along to a rodeo down in Old Mex, it seems like just the ticket.
But if there’s one constant in the world, it’s that life always throws a guy curveballs. With a flat tire, a roadside bar, and a beautiful woman with trouble on her hands, Early’s distraction takes a hard right turn–straight to Los Angeles, six hundred miles west.
Hammott Lamont is waiting there in his own personal hunting ground. The reclusive filmmaker is a veritable cult leader to Hollywood stars–and he’s sure his latest project will redefine art history in his image. He’s got a plan for a brutal, modernized version of the Christ story, and he’s ready to trample anyone who stands in the way of his colossal vision. That is, until big, loud Early Pines hits the coast for a clash of two titans who never saw each other coming.
Quirky, lyrical, and unexpected, The Sound the Sun Makes offers a warm and sunny side trip for fans of Jimmy Buffett, Carl Hiaasen, and Barbara Kingsolver who long for more of a Christian worldview in their fiction.


Early Pines has just been suspended from his detective job at the police station for punching someone in his small southwestern town of Paradise. Spending time alone was getting old, until and old friend invites him to a rodeo down in Old Mex. Early was more than ready to go, but he was not expecting the sidetrack they would have to take on their journey.

This is my first book by Buck Storm and it was a very interesting read. It took me a while to get use to his writing style, but I had a hard time putting it down because I wanted to find out what would happen next. There are many twists and turns in this story, so when I thought I had it all figured out, another twist would happen and I was back to guessing. The characters were believable and likeable for the most part. I had trouble liking some of them but the gave the story a lot of flavor. If you haven’t read a Buck Storm story this would be a good place to start. This one is Four Stars for me.

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


Buck Storm is a critically acclaimed, award winning author and musician. His novels have made friends around the world.

Cover Reveal for The Sherwood Proof By Kristee Ravan

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By Kristee Ravan
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The Sherwood Proof
(The Lily Sparrow Chronicles #3)
By Kristee Ravan
Middle-grade, Fairytale, Fantasy

Lily Sparrow has finally created an equation for being a good princess.  Things are adding up and making sense, and she’s even growing a measurable amount more excited about her future. But unexpected variables keep being tossed into her equation:

1. Carole Claus is facing her first hurdle as Santa. She needs Lily’s help.
2. Lily’s Half-Birthday–an important Smythian tradition–is coming up, requiring her to find time to prepare for it.
3. Her algebra teacher has an unusual (and stressful plan) for Lily.
4. Lily remains convinced that her mom is hiding something from her.
5. The investigation into the traitor is an on-going source of stress and tension at work for Lily and Calo.
6. Oh, and Calo’s still betrothed to Su’Sauna, making life difficult and confusing all around.

Will Lily be able to place these variables securely in her equation? Will the Sparrow family find a way to convince their critics they are good for the Kingdom? Or will everything fall apart–subtracting all the good will Lily has already earned from her citizens?

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About the Author

Kristee Ravan lives in Oklahoma with her husband, daughter, and pet fish, Val (short for Valentine). She wanted to be many things as she grew up including a general, an artist, and an architect. But she never bothered to say, “I want to be a writer when I grow up.” She was always writing stories and thought of herself as a writer anyway. She sent her first story to a publisher in the sixth grade. (It was rejected – in a nice way.) When she is not making up stories in her head, she enjoys reading, juggling, green smoothies, playing dollhouse with her daughter, and hearing from her fans. You can contact Kristee at the facebook page for her Lily Sparrow books: The Lily Sparrow Chronicles.

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Giveaway Tour The Billionaire’s Secret by Meghann Whistler

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The Billionaire’s Secret
By Meghann Whistler
Christian Romance
Paperback & ebook,  195 Pages
October 11, 2021 by Meghann Whistler

He’s a billionaire hiding a devastating diagnosis. She’ll do whatever it takes to help her sick, matchmaking mom. A freak accident throws them together, but will his big secret tear them apart?

When Ryan Lawson’s business partners force him to go on a wilderness retreat to come to terms with a shocking diagnosis, the last thing on Ryan’s mind is romance. But when he’s stranded in the woods with a sweet young event planner, all thoughts of business take a back seat to her girl-next-door appeal.

Fresh off a bad breakup, Zara Georgopoulos comes to Vermont to help her terminally ill mom work through her bucket list—not fall in love with a man who’s the exact opposite of her usual type. But when Ryan starts working his way into her heart with his kindness and generosity, she needs to make a decision: Trust the biotech billionaire not to walk all over her, or go back to guarding her heart.

Stuck in the wilds of Vermont, they forge a tenuous connection. When Ryan finally shares the truth about his illness, will it bring them closer together . . . or shatter Zara’s trust in him for good?

Inspired by 2 Corinthians 12:9, The Billionaire’s Secret is a sweet inspirational romance with a swoony hero, LOTS of entertaining banter, and a strong Christian message. Download your copy today!

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I usually don’t go for Billionaire stories, but I am glad I choose this one. I enjoyed Zara and Ryan’s story so much. Author Meghann Whistler does an Amazing job creating characters that are so loveable, realistic and friendly. It was so entertaining to watch them develop as the story unfolds. Zara is in Vermont with her mom to help her work off her bucket list before cancer finally takes its toll on her. Ryan is there to rest and learn to deal with his illness. The two wasn’t looking for love, especially not with each other but as circumstances keep throwing them together, they started having feelings for each other, against both their wills, I should say. I found it fun watching them interact with each other, sometimes laughing at their ways.  All of the characters were homey and so nice and friendly. Zara’s mom was a sweetheart and I love the attention she gets from Ryan. The Billionaire’s Secret is a sweet contemporary story that you will love if you enjoy a good clean Christian romance. This one is Five Stars for me.

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About the Author

Meghann Whistler writes sweet Christian romance novels that won’t make your grandmother blush.

Her debut novel, Falling for the Innkeeper, was a #1 bestseller in the Clean & Wholesome Romance category on It was also named one of “Six Sensational 2020 Debut Series Romances” by the American Library Association’s Booklist Reader, and is currently a finalist for the 2021 Book Buyers Best award.

Before settling down with her rocket scientist husband and raising three rambunctious boys, Meghann earned a B.A. in English from Amherst College and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College.

She is grateful to be living her dream of writing sweet, hopeful stories that demonstrate the power of love and grace.

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Giveaway/Tour The Heart of Christmas by The Mosaic Collection

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Book: The Heart of Christmas

Author: The Mosaic Collection

Genre: Faith-Based Christmas Fiction

Release date: October 6, 2021

“At Christmas, we always…” And thus a tradition is born. The rituals stay the same, but if betrayal, illness, unfaithfulness, or tragedy strike, can cherished traditions survive?

When unexpected twists throw life out of kilter for the people in these stories, will beloved, time-honored customs lead them back to the heart of Christmas?


The Heart of Christmas is from the Mosaic Collection, a collection of books by many author writing faith base stories. The stories are all different and cover a wide range of characters that will warm your hearts. Not all are happy stories, some are sad and make you shed a few tears, where others will have you smiling, and even laughing a bit. The stories in the book are as follows:

Broken Noel by Brenda S. Anderson

No More Night by Eleanor Bertin

Star Light by Sara Davison

Hart of Noel by Chautona Havig

Caught in the Act by Lisa Renée

Claus-trophobic by Lorna Seilstad

it is difficult for me to pick a favorite one because they all have a different meaning for me and I love each of them. They were enough to get me in a festive mood and wanting to go Christmas shopping!

I enjoyed hearing from different authors, allowing of them I knew or have heard of already but it’s nice to be reminded of the awesome writing skills of these ladies. The Heart of Christmas would be a wonderful addition to your family library. The stories are short and can pretty much be read in one setting, and each will keep your attention. I encourage you to check out this sweet book and enjoy during the Christmas holidays. This one is getting Five 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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About the Authors

The Mosaic Collection launched in 2018 as an international community of independently published authors who approach life, faith, and writing together. Some have vast writing experience, others are somewhat new to the journey. Under The Mosaic Collection’s banner, they’ve published more than 20 novels and four anthologies.

With over 150 years of collective writing experience, Mosaic’s award-winning and best-selling authors are active leaders and members in prominent writing organizations. The goal of The Mosaic Collection is to encourage and uplift readers worldwide, offer hope in story form, and share the unconditional love and forgiveness found in Jesus Christ.

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The Mosaic Collection authors welcome you into our hearts, homes, and lives and offer you tiny glimpses into our families and our favorite traditions.

Janice L. Dick

Christmas is always a special time of year. I love the festive reds and greens, strings of colored lights and gift-giving, but there is much that distracts us from the real meaning of the season. How do we hang onto the genuine, historical truths of the Savior’s birth? One of the traditions in our family is to read the Christmas story before we open gifts, thus realigning our focus to the most precious gift God gave us in Jesus. Visualize a fire in the grate, family lounging on every available couch, chair, and floor space; and one of the youngest grandchildren reading from the Bible, his eyes following his finger across the page. Once again, the age-old story comes to life as we hear of angels, shepherds, and a young couple keeping watch over the Christ-child in the manger. Maybe this year we will come up with a new way to direct our thoughts to the greatest gift ever given. To the nativity.

Sara Davison

The word Christmas immediately conjures up warm memories of church services, family, gifts, and food for me. The traditions my family engages in every year infuse this celebration of Christ’s birth with nostalgia and meaning. For me, one of the most meaningful traditions is setting out the nativity scene. Although the location has changed from mantel to coffee table to windowsill as we have moved from house to house, the little figures—the wise men, kneeling shepherds, Mary and Joseph gazing down at the manger with adoring looks on their painted faces, the cows and sheep curled in the corner of the straw-strewn wooden stable, the angel hovering above, the tiny baby in the manger—have never changed. I take my time setting up the display, slowly unwrapping pieces that have become a little worn and chipped over the years of being lovingly handled or played with by tiny toddler fingers. Each piece calls to mind another aspect of the beloved story in Luke 2. The nativity scene is the focal point of my decorations. In the midst of all the crazy busyness that can be the Christmas season, it grounds me and reminds me what this time of year is truly about.

Stacy Monson

Christmas is all about family for me – my nuclear family, grandkids, and in-laws, my family of dear friends, and the family of believers who rejoice at the birth of Christ. We’ve hung onto some traditions and welcomed new ones. As life situations change, we try to adapt and make the best of it, because regardless of what the holiday ends up looking like, it’s being with family that counts. So for me, Christmas is about celebrating the Christ Child with love, laughter, food and fun. It is indeed a time for celebration.

Milla Holt

Our four children are still young, so my love for Christmas is quadrupled because of their enthusiasm. We begin the buildup with an Advent calendar starting on December 1st. Every morning until the 24th, they open the day’s box, read the little lesson, and do a treasure hunt.

More than any other holiday, Christmas lends itself so beautifully to teaching them about the loving all-powerful God who knows exactly what it means to be human. They understand and marvel at how Jesus, the creator and Lord of the universe, once needed a diaper and had to be

potty trained. He had to learn to read, write, and spell just like they do. I love the reminder that one of his names is Immanuel: God with us.

Deb Elkink

Mom (a visual artist and farm-girl cook) and Dad (an imaginative storyteller of deep enthusiasm) made Christmas a celebratory holiday every year! Thanks to Mom, the food not only tasted fantastic, but the table and tree and household decorations were gorgeous. Thanks to Dad, our days were full of the magic of wonder (he actually climbed onto the roof carrying bells on Christmas Eve to herald Santa’s arrival) and the mystery of the Incarnation (reading the Luke story about the Ultimate Gift before a single package was opened). We were diligent church-goers except on holidays—including Christmas—when we would focus on family time and not attend the special services. Instead, following an afternoon of snowmobiling, and then mugs of rich cocoa around the fireplace, we five kids would wear our hand-sewn PJs, sing carols, and snack on expensive delicacies: Halva and roasted nuts and cheeses from around the world.

Candace West

My favorite thing about Christmas is fellowship with family and friends. At the end of the year, we gather at our homes or church to celebrate the birth and life of Christ. Because He is at the heart of our love for one another, He is the One Who strengthens the bond of our fellowship. Whether we’re opening gifts, gathering around the table, sharing laughter over cups of cocoa, or playing board games, I feel His love abiding through and within my loved ones. And I feel the whisper of His promise that one day all Believers will be gathered around His table of fellowship for eternity. Christmas is only a foretaste of our glorious future with Him.

Lisa Renee

What I love about Christmas is seeing extended family come together in one place, sharing memories of the year over delicious food. Most of all, I love how the world stops to celebrate a significant event in history, our Savior’s birth.

Brenda S. Anderson

There’s so much to love about Christmas! Music, gifts, twinkling lights, snow, decorations, chocolate, family time. It’s all so bright and cheery, and the world is focused on Jesus. The world may not understand who Jesus is and what He did for us, but there’s no better opportunity to show Him to the world. The opportunities to serve are vast, and being God’s hands and feet is a beautiful way to shine His light. Really, showing other who Jesus is, apart from the trappings, is what I love most about Christmas.

Eleanor Bertin

When I was six years old and just learning to read, I unwrapped a package I’d received for Christmas but didn’t know what it was. Puzzling over it, my dad came alongside me. Slowly, painstakingly, I sounded out the word Slippers on the label. Patiently, so unlike his usual brusque way, my father helped me. I cherished the nearness of him, always fearful he would give up on me. But he didn’t. That is one of my most treasured memories of him. There are others, too, like the one eleven years later when after my rebellious stint, my heavenly Father patiently and painstakingly began a transformation in my heart. My dad responded with what I now realize was his best effort at encouragement. “I’m glad to see you’ve made some changes.”

Christmas is always precious to me because of the memories it holds of how the Word made flesh worked His Word in me. He has never given up on me despite my slowness of heart to trust and obey. In painful and pleasant ways, for over six decades, He has assured me of His bountiful forgiveness and lavish love.

Chautona Havig

Tree night in the Havig house is most definitely our family’s favorite tradition. Even our older children tend to come home for the annual trek to the lot, the annual argument over which tree, and the annual popcorn and cranberry stringing party. It all ends with the final decorating. You’ll hear, “Oh, here’s your train!” or “Where’s my baby’s first Christmas?” as everyone jostles to get their ornaments in just the right place.  It’s chaos with popcorn all over the floor, Christmas songs belting out in our tiny house, and laughter. Tons of laughter. My personal favorite moment is when everyone has gone to bed and it’s just me in my dimly lit living room. That beauty, the memories, that laughter… it’s what I consider the Lord’s gift to me. I just get it early and it lasts a whole month!

Lorna Seilstad

Whether your family celebrates the Christmas season with special foods, a colorful light display, or a tree handpicked from a farm, I’m sure you have your own treasured traditions. Christmas traditions are one of the things I like best about the season. Our traditions make our families unique, and in a world where everything constantly changes, they remind us some things remain the same. There’s comfort in honoring Christmas traditions. They keep us connected to our past, help us rediscover our families, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Johnnie Alexander

My children’s Christmases were very different than the ones from my own childhood. Sleds and ice skates could be found under our Christmas tree, a baked ham on the dining table, and snow-covered hills outside our door. My kids, raised in Florida, never received “winter toys.” A roasted turkey usually graced our dining table but grilling out was also an option. Yet our Christmases were also similar. I passed along to my children the tradition of opening our stockings first—and everyone in the family has one. As adults, it seems they anticipate the goodies hiding inside their stockings even more than the gaily wrapped presents under their trees. Most important, though, is that my children are now sharing with their children the truth that my parents shared with my siblings and me—that the baby in the manger is our Lord Incarnate and Savior of the World.

Thank you for celebrating the release of The Heart of Christmas. We pray the stories within this anthology will fill you with love and joy and prepare your heart for the greatest celebration this season—remembering the birth of our Savior. What a sacrifice! What a gift!  What love.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 8

CarpeDiem, October 8

For Him and My Family, October 9

deb’s Book Review, October 10

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 11

Joanne Markey, October 11

Texas Book-aholic, October 12

Inklings and notions, October 13

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, October 14

Splashes of Joy, October 14

By the Book, October 15

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

Older & Smarter?, October 17

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, October 17

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 18

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, October 19

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, October 20

Mary Hake, October 20

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, October 21


To celebrate their tour, The Mosaic Collection is giving away the grand prize package of a $30 Amazon gift card, two copies of The Heart of Christmas in paperback, and a $10 coupon to Mosaic’s Etsy shop!!

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 Join us for this tour from Oct 11 to Oct 22, 2021!

Book Details:

Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-10),  30 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book, Fairy Tale
Publisher:  Bobos Babes, Ltd.
Release date:   September 2021
Format available for review:  print-softback (USA and Canada), ebook (gifted kindle, pdf)
Tour dates: Oct 11 to Oct 22, 2021
Content Rating:  G for everyone. It’s a children’s Halloween-themed book about magic and sisterhood.

Book Description:

It’s Halloween time in the land of Harmony, and the Bobos Babes are ready for some fun!

When Angel Scarlett, Fairy Cora, and Princess Daphne visit Lily the Ladybug’s Boutique to look for Halloween costumes, they find Lily has left aside three special masks for them. The ladybug informs the sisters that they must wait until noon on Halloween to try on the mysterious masks but assures them they will have the best costumes in all of the land of Harmony.

The sisters can hardly wait, counting down the minutes on Halloween until they can don their curious masks. When the time comes, they learn their secret masks are enchanted, and the girls are magically transformed into the costumes of their dreams.

​After a fun outing Trick-or-Treating, the little monster, witch, and ghost — or sisters — agree that this was the best Halloween of all.

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BOBOS BABES ADVENTURES: A MAGICAL HALLOWEEN is the second book I’ve read by Karen M. Bobos, and both books have been a delight to read. A MAGICAL HALLOWEEN is about three Bobo’s friends and their new Halloween costumes for this year. But when they finally opened the box where the mask were in, they were sad that all three had a clear mask. Now everyone would see then, but then as they put their mask on, something magical happens. And you need to read the book to find out what it is.

A Magical Halloween is a perfect addition to the Bobo’s Babes collection. This is a must read for children everywhere as Halloween approaches in 2021. The rhyming story is exciting and fun and the illustrations are so very adorable. I love how each page perfectly fits the story. This book with illustrations bringing the story to life is five Stars for me. I know your children will love this as much as the children in my life 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.


A Magical Halloween is your 4th published Bobos Babes Adventure. How long does it take you to write a Bobos Babes Adventure?

It depends. During the summer of 2020, my wellness business was at a standstill, so-to-speak, and I was writing to entertain my children. I wrote a book a week. Now that I am full speed ahead with book tours, YouTube videos, marketing campaigns, and launching a book every three to four months . . . and being a mom of three little girls, wife, running my wellness business and managing our home, I write when I can. Did I mention my husband is now working out of town during the week? Thank you, Covid. So, I’ll re-phrase that, “I am a single mom during the week.” I have been working on the same book for a couple of months. I desperately try to write once a week to feel like me.  Writing is my therapy to feel normal.

Where do you write?

Everywhere. Right now, I am on my laptop watching my kids’ ice-skating lesson. I am a busy mom of three little girls under eight. I write while they are in school, gymnastics, eating

dinner… I get a lot done when I let them play on their tablets, but it’s a catch 22 as I try to manage their screen time. My dream, when I am retired, is to have a beautiful office overlooking a quiet lake or even overlooking a private beach on the ocean where I can write and do nothing else.

Do you have any pet peeves when reading a book?

Grammar. I’m obsessed with proper grammar. My bachelor’s degree is in English. I have a hard time reading stories to my children without noticing missing commas or lack of quotations when someone is speaking. I try hard to just “let it go.” I’m probably jinxing myself by writing this. Hopefully, my interview isn’t filled with grammatical errors. LOL

Do you wish you started writing sooner?

I’ve been writing forever. I started writing in fourth grade and had an amazing teacher who was sending in my work to the newspaper and magazines. However, my first book was published in December 2020. I am a firm believer that we are on a journey and things happen when they are supposed to happen. I wouldn’t have been able to write about my children until I had them. Their characters and personalities are based on who they are. Cora is swift because I

cannot keep up with her. Scarlett has angel skin because of her rare skin disease. Daphne is so silly and comforting. It all just fits and makes sense.

What advice would you give other authors?

The same advice that I give myself, “Don’t give up!” Just start writing, and try to stay focused. I always think, “At least my daughters will have these stories to remember how much mom loved them.”


Meet the Author:

Karen M. Bobos began writing poetry and stories at the early age of ten. She is a life-long Chicagoan who now raises her family in the downtown area. During the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic, Chicago also became a city of unrest. Trying to keep her three young daughters in a world of magic during such scary times, the Bobos Babes Adventures were born. Her goal was to create a world of Harmony for her family and hopefully for others to escape, even if only for a moment.

The first book of the series, The Case of the Giggles, was published in December 2020. The Missing Egg launched in March 2021. The Lion’s Secret was published in June 2021, a tribute to her mother and late father’s incredible love story.  The Lovey That Came to Life and The Bobcat Birthday Party will be releasing in the upcoming months.​

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Tour Schedule:

Oct 11 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 11 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 11 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 12 – Kam’s Place – book review / guest post
Oct 12 – @twilight_reader – book review / guest post
Oct 13 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Oct 13 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review / giveaway
Oct 14 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 14 – Laura’s Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 15 – She Just Loves Books – book review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 18 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 18 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 19 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 19 – icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Oct 20 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway
Oct 20 – The Momma Spot – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 21 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Oct 21 – I’m Into Books – book review / giveaway
Oct 22 – Westveil Publishing – book review / guest post / giveaway

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Giveaway/Tour The Society of the Watchers By Scott Keen

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

The Society of the Watchers
(Kilhaven #1)
By Scott Keen
Mystery, Middle Grade Fiction
Paperback & ebook,  227 Pages
July 24, 2021 by Scott Keen Books

The beasts came and destroyed our world. Kilhaven’s founders defended themselves, and for the past 150 years, the walls of this small village, where Jarvis Graye lives, have kept them out. This fall, though, something feels different. 13 year-old Jarvis is living his usual life, dreading school, cleaning up after pigeons at his courier apprenticeship, and trying not to humiliate himself in archery class. At least he’s got his best friend, and there’s even an interesting new girl around. But… the strange noises, the dead deer, now the missing boy – the clues are there that something sinister is afoot. Jarvis suspects his weird neighbor is to blame. But first, he must find proof. With Jarvis’s life and the safety of the village on the line, he and his friends race to uncover the truth and stop the one who is behind it all.

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“Exactly!” said Mrs. Bagley, quite excitedly. “It was named Black River after the river that cuts through our village. You see, when the beasts appeared, they brought down the country. Not just this one, either. Most, if not all of them in the world, fell. But there were a few people who lived here that had the foresight to do what others did not, and that is what saved them and this village. What was it they did? Does anyone know? I know you know, Ms. Townsley. Give someone else a chance. How about you, Mr. Graye? What saved this village from the same fate others experienced?”

Jarvis, caught unaware, stared back at Mrs. Bagley with widened eyes. He hemmed and hawed for a moment before guessing, “Was it the wall?” 

“Perfect!” exclaimed Mrs. Bagley. “The wall. You see while the automobiles and machines still worked, Harvey Gorge used them to begin constructing the wall that now surrounds Kilhaven. And that made all the difference. Yes, Ms. Alcott, do you have a question?”

“Do you know where the beasts came from?” asked Nan. “I asked my history teacher in Lockwood, but he said he had no idea. So, I was wondering if you knew anything about it.”

“There are a few theories out there,” said Mrs. Bagley. “In fact, in your later years, there is a class on this very topic. It discusses the theories of the beasts’ arrival. Not sure if they teach something like that in Lockwood or not. Of course, none of it is based on fact, for we simply don’t know. It is purely a philosophical class. But we will not be discussing that here, for this is a class based on things we can prove.”

Excerpted from The Society of the Watchers by Scott Keen, Copyright © 2021 by Scott Keen. Published by Scott Keen Books.

About the Author

Scott Keen is married and has five daughters. He graduated in 2006 with a Master of Fine Arts in Script & Screenwriting. He is also the author of three young adult novels: Scar of the Downers, Rise of the Branded, and War of the Downer King. He currently lives in New York.

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Three winners will receive a copy of The Society of the Watchers (print if US, ebook if international)

Ends October 20, 2021


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Giveaway/Spotlight Awake with the Songbirds by Kyrian Lyndon


Join Us for This Tour from October 12 to October 25, 2021

Book Details:

Book Title:  Awake with the Songbirds – Poems from the Pandemic by Kyrian Lyndon
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  172 pages
Genre:  Poetry
Publisher:  Independently Published
Release date:   July 18, 2021
Tour dates: October 12 to October 25, 2021

“She has the ability to convey to the reader some of the most complex thoughts into words that truly reach our hearts.” — Love Books

“Her lyric voice speaks with careful observation and passion. In the narrative mode, she is masterful in reading life around her. Kyrian possesses the sensitivity, insight, and soul of the true poet. Her writing provides a primer on how to compose meaningful poetry. — Lou Jones

Book Description:

This collection consists primarily of poems written during the COVID-19 pandemic, a time of loneliness and rumination.

Lyndon’s poetry stems from intense emotions that swing from one end of the pendulum to the other as she captures the agony of love and loss, along with innocent joy and lighthearted fun.

Each poem is an earnest response to life, love, and everything in between.

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Meet the Author:

Kyrian Lyndon is the author of Shattering Truths, the first book in her Deadly Veils series. She has also published three poetry collections, A Dark Rose Blooms, Remnants of Severed Chains, and Awake with the Songbirds – Poems from the Pandemic. Kyrian began writing short stories and fairy tales when she was just eight years old. In her adolescence, she moved on to poetry. At sixteen, while working as an editor for her high school newspaper, she wrote her first novel, and then completed two more novels at the ages of nineteen and twenty-five.

She is forthcoming about being a person with many years of recovery, as well as a trauma survivor. Throughout her journeys, she expressed her thoughts through poetry, embracing every challenge to triumph over adversity. In her conviction that learning, growing, healing, and evolving is a never-ending process, she remains as grateful for the dark days as she is for every flicker of hope and light. She considers herself a cheerleader for those trudging on against all odds in the hopes of living their dreams.

Born and raised in Woodside, Queens, New York, Kyrian was the middle of three daughters born to immigrants –her father from Campochiaro, Italy; her mother from Havana, Cuba. She has worked primarily in executive-level administrative positions with major New York publishing companies.

Kyrian loves nineteenth-century British literature, parallel universe fiction, and dark romanticism. She also enjoys music, art, history, fitness, and cooking.

connect with the author: website twitter facebook pinterest instagram goodreads

Tour Schedule:

Oct 12 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 12 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 12 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 13 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 14 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 14 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 15 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 18 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 19 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 19 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Oct 20 – Westveil Publishing – book spotlight /giveaway
Oct 21 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 22 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight
Oct 25 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 25 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway:

Giveaway/Tour The Keepers by Joy Lynn Goddard

THE KEEPERS by Joy Lynn Goddard
THE KEEPERS by Joy Lynn Goddard

Join Us for This Tour from October 12 to October 25, 2021

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Keepers by Joy Lynn Goddard
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  379 pages
Genre:  A Family Saga crisscrossing Mystery, Romance and Suspense genres. (Upmarket fiction)
Publisher:  Joy Lynn Goddard
Release date:   June 2021
Tour dates: October 12 to October 25, 2021
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M: Author’s Note: Children’s mental health is a growing concern in today’s schools. Often kids suffer in silence because of the stigma attached to their mental health needs. Mental health organizations such as the Canadian Mental Health Association work hard to change this mindset. It can’t come soon enough. As a teacher, I worked with troubled teens and saw firsthand the devastating effects of their silence. With this in mind, I began writing The Keepers, for if I could help just one “Alexandre” find his voice, my efforts would be well worth it. There are a couple of mature scenes and a few sentences here and there of bad language reflective of the events in a life of a character coming-of-age.

Book Description:

Despite struggling to raise a troubled teenage son on her own, Beth Marshall has no intention of selling her beloved vineyard and moving to the city where her ex-boyfriend awaits with open arms. She has strong ties to the land, where she is happy living with her granddad and aunt in the old farmhouse, so when she gets an offer to sell her property, she turns it down. Meanwhile, a writer recovering from a shattering past moves into the guest house, tugging at her heart. She’s not going anywhere.

But after her granddad discovers a dead body in their shed, Beth fights jail time. She can’t imagine a worse nightmare until she gets a call in the middle of the night with shocking news about her son!

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Meet the Authors:

Joy Lynn Goddard teamed up with husband Daniel Pike to write contemporary adult fiction. Their first and second novels, Moonshadow and The Keepers, have global appeal and won Canada Book Awards. Besides novels, they wrote Buyers, Liars, Sellers and Yellers, a collection of humorous short stories about the real estate industry. Although she is well known for her young adult and junior fiction—starting with the award-winning Daredevils and including Hello, my name is Emily, Charlie’s Song, Jazz, When Pigs Fly, and Mrs. Maloney’s Garden—her adult novels are quickly attracting attention. Each book involves romance, mystery, and suspense genres.

Joy and Dan divide their time between Guelph and Belleville, Ontario, where they spend time with family when not working on their next book.

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Tour Schedule:

Oct 12 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 13 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 13 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 14 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Oct 15 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 18 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 19 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 20 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight
Oct 20 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 21 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 21 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 22 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 22 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 25 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / giveaway

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Giveaway Tour The Sand Pounder by M. J. Evans


Join Us For This Tour:  October 4 to October 22, 2021
Book Details:


Book TitleThe Sand Pounder – Love and Drama on Horseback in WWII by M. J. Evans
Category: Young Adult Fiction (Ages 13-17)
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher:  Dancing Horse Press, 284 pages
Release date:  September 2021
Content Rating:  Rated G – Completely clean


“The Sand Pounder is one of those rare historical novels with a charm that appeals to both young and old readers.” – Vincent Dublado for Readers’ Favorite 



 Evans does an excellent job of winding the era’s history and the 

lesser-known job of the Sand Pounders into a realistic story of a mature

 teen’s determination to make a difference in her world.” – Diane Donovan for Midwest Book Review

“A gripping YA historical novel packed full of twists, turns and memorable characters. Highly recommended!” – The Wishing Shelf Book Review (UK)

Check out this awesome World War II read.

Book Description:

an invasion by German and Japanese forces during World War II, the U.S. Coast Guard enlisted horsemen to patrol the beaches along the east and west coasts. The unit was called “The Sand Pounders” and they rode their horses up and down the beaches from 1942 to 1944.

In Tillamook, Oregon, a young equestrian decided to join them. There was only one 

problem…they were only accepting men. That didn’t slow her down.

“The Sand Pounder” is a Young Adult historical fiction set during World War II. 

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The Sand Pounder – Love and Drama on Horseback in WWII by M. J. Evans is a different take on WWII stories I am use to reading. I have to admit, I didn’t know what a Sand Pounder did before I read this book. I appreciate the attention to detail Evans shows readers in this book. I found myself learning several new things as I read this book. I enjoyed the carefully crafted characters and their development throughout the plot. John, aka Jane was fabulous! She played her part in the story so very well, and didn’t mind having to dwell with the other men. She was more concerned about doing the job she came to do. Will she be found out? Well, this is a reason you need to read this book. You will love the easy reading of author M. J. Evans as she tells this story through the eye of young Jane. If you want a good clean read or know a young person that loves to read, this would be a wonderful choice. And those of you who are WWII bugging, you will enjoy this different take on the war. I encourage you to pick up your copy today. 

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.


Guest Post for 

The Sand Pounder by M.J. Evans 


Why I Love to Write!

I am so honored to be asked to write a post for “Splashes of Joy.” The title of this blog fits my book, “The Sand Pounder – Love and Drama on Horseback in WWII,” perfectly. Jane, the protagonist in this historical fiction expresses how much joy galloping down the beach on the back of her horse brings to her. I could change that to “M.J. Evans finds joy splashing through the waves while galloping down the beach on the back of her horse!”

Writing is the older sister of reading for me. The joy I received getting lost is a book is the same joy multiplied several times by writing. When writing fantasy, I get to let my imagination go wild. When writing historical fiction, I get to add twists and turns to the factual information I dig up doing research. All of it is a very creative and satisfying experience.

As a mother of five fabulous children, (one girl and four boys,) I never allowed them to say: “I’m bored.” I responded by reminding them that smart people never get bored. I told them, “We Evans’ can always use our imagination to create an adventure in our heads.”

Writing is like that. As an author, I create an adventure in my head. Then I spend hours and hours writing it down to share with the world. Creating beautiful prose is part of the artistry involved. I always say: “I am an artist with words.”

Writing takes practice so don’t expect to get it perfect the first time. I can’t tell you how many revisions I make on each book. But don’t give up. You’ll get there and your masterpiece will be something you can be proud of!

I hope you enjoy reading “The Sand Pounder – Love and Drama on Horseback in WWII.” Please post a review on Amazon and Goodreads and tell your friends about it!



Meet the Author:



 Best-Selling author, M.J. Evans grew up in Lake Oswego, Oregon, and 

graduated from Oregon State University. She spent five years teaching 

junior high and high school students before retiring to raise her five 

children. She is a life-long equestrian and enjoys competing in Dressage

 and riding in the beautiful Colorado Mountains.

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Tour Schedule:


Oct 4 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 4 – Westveil Publishing – book review / giveaway
Oct 5 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
Oct 5 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 6 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway
Oct 7 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 8 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review
Oct 12 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 12 – FUONLYKNEW – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 12 – The Lost Review Of Odd Books – book review
Oct 13 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight / guest post
Oct 14 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Oct 15 – wottaread – book spotlight
Oct 15 – Books for Books – book review
Oct 18 – Connie’s History Classroom – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 19 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
Oct 20 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 20 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review / giveaway
Oct 21 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Oct 22 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway


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