In Theater’s Sept. 2, Gigi and Nate Get NOW

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Gigi and Nate in Theater’s near you September 2.

I am so excited to let you know you can Get your TICKETS NOW to see GIGI AND Nate in Theater’s near you September 2. You don’t want to miss this movie about a young man’s diving accident totally changing his life. This movie is so moving, and will have you crying one minute and laughing the next as you journey with Nate during his illness. I very highly recommend this one.

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Hope…And The Hedgehog by Tom Vaughan

Join us for this tour from August 15 to September 2, 2022!

Book Details:

​Book Title:  Hope…And The Hedgehog by Tom Vaughan
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  100 pages
Genre: Philosophy/Spirituality/New-Age
Publisher:  Choir Press
Release date:  May 2022
Content Rating:  G. It has no swearwords or sex scenes.

Book Description:

Hope…. And The Hedgehog is a ‘pocketbook philosophy for the present age’, a digestible exploration of the meaning of life which aims to unpick the big questions most of us spend our lives avoiding: how did life begin, how does it end, and what happens to us after we die?

Is there life after death? Is there a higher power? Or, is life one big cosmic accident; a clash of particles and atoms and one big bang? Tom looks instead at the power of faith and spirituality which he separates from religion. While he does not attempt to present any definitive argument, he looks at all sides, gathering thoughts from history’s most influential philosophers and scientists.

He makes the proposition that, between only two possible explanations for the existence of life, there is a greater likelihood of the one over the other. He believes in the importance of opening up our minds and finding more of a sense of purpose and direction in life – a view that, as we look towards a post-lockdown future, will resonate with many people.

“I chose the book’s title Hope … and the Hedgehog because hope is one of the principal drivers we resort to as human beings when confronted with a challenge to which there is no obvious solution. In the case of this book, that challenge is a very prickly issue: how we came into existence. It is an issue that we are all drawn to, but at the same time we do not want to handle or investigate too closely. Like the proverbial elephant in the room, we know that little hedgehog is there, we just prefer to leave it be – even if, in the end, there is no avoiding it.”  – Tom Vaughan, May 2022. 

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Hope… and The Hedgehog by Tom Vaughan is a book Vaughan had extensively researched to answer difficult questions like, Is there life after death? And is there a God who has control of our lives after we die?  Vaughan doesn’t try to point you to one thing. Instead he takes what he has found on the subject.If this is a subject you are interestes in, or maybe you have questions about these issues, I encourage you to read this book. Othes may be like me and have it all settled. I don’t need to worry about any of this because of my faith in God and I know what will happen to me, its all settled for me. Read through this book, and while you are reading I hope you can find a peace that will settle it all for you as well. I like the name of this book, it kinda throws you off a bit about what it really is about, but it’s a very clever name!

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

Meet the Author:

Tom’s life has come full circle from his first career as co-founder of the successful chain of Juliana’s discotheques, which he
started in the 60’s and grew to be the world’s largest entertainment group of its type at the time, with offices in London, New York,
Singapore and Sidney. With no scientific, philosophical or theological training and few school qualifications but armed with heaps of life experience as an entrepreneur, Tom switches gear with his latest work Hope…And The Hedgehog to take on the role of ‘everyman philosopher’, creating a new book that makes people stop and think.

connect with the author: website ~ twitter ~ facebook


Tour Schedule:

​Aug 15 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Aug 16 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 17 –@bookswithstace – book review
Aug 22 – Books are a Blessing – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 24 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
Aug 25 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 26 – @just_another_mother_with_books – book review
Aug 29 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Aug 29 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 30 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 31 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Sep 1 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Sep 2 – Kam’s Place – book review

Enter the Giveaway: 

 HOPE…AND THE HEDGEHOG by Tom Vaughn Book Tour Giveaway

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The Last Way Home by Liz Johnson

Author: Liz Johnson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Prince Edward Island Shores #2
Release Date: August 2, 2022

Every broken thing can be made beautiful again

When Eli Ross left Prince Edward Island to join the NHL, he left a broken family behind. More than a decade later, he’s headed home to an uncertain welcome. He wants to make things right with the family he wronged, but his mom’s business partner isn’t making it easy. To top it off, the coaching job he takes turns out to be more of a challenge than he anticipated.

For years, Violet Donaghy has put everything she had into making Eli’s mom’s ceramics shop a success, and she’s not eager to forgive the man who hurt the family that’s taken her in as one of their own. But when the kiln at the shop starts a fire that nearly destroys the studio, she’ll need all the help she can get to save the business and their summer income.

When Eli and Violet come together, they must find the strength to mend the broken pieces of the Ross family–and to heal their own hearts.


MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Eli Rossis back on Prince Edward Island after a decade of playing professional hockey, but will his family accept him back or shut the door in his face? The Last Way Home by Liz Johnson has all of the answers and more.

Violet Donaghy is not happy at all that Eli shows up. She has worked with his mom in their business and knows the hurt she has endured over her son. Of course Violet doesn’t know Eli because she shows up in town after he left, and now she is part of the family. She has worked with Eli’s mom in her ceramic shop faithfully and doesn’t need Eli there, that is until a fire almost destroys the place. Then she needs Eli’s help. Will they get along enough to work on the ceramic shop?

I love Liz Johnson’s books and have read all of them so far! I feel like I have visited Prince Edward Island just reading her books. And this one is no different, I enjoyed the trip back to the island and my friends there. I immediately felt sorry for Eli and my Mama’s heart knows how his mom felt. The tension between Eli and Violet ever simmer down a bit? I love the characters and the homey feeling feeling of the family. I felt I was a part of them from the beginning. The plot has a nice flow to it and there is enough happening that I didn’t want to put the book down. The Last Way Home by Liz Johnson is for anyone who loves a clean sweet family read with faith running through the characters. I highly recommend this book. 

I received this book courtesy of Revell through Interviews & Reviews for my honest opinion.

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AUTHOR BIO

Liz Johnson is the author of more than a dozen novels, a New York Times bestselling novella, and a handful of short stories. She’s a Christy Award finalist for The Red Door Inn and a three-time ACFW Carol Award finalist.

Liz is a graduate of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, where she earned a degree in public relations.

Now a resident of Phoenix, she enjoys theater, live music, and doting on her nieces and nephews. She writes stories filled with heart, humor, and happily ever afters.

Giveaway and Tour for Join or Die by R. Blake Wilson

Join us for this tour from August 8 to August 26, 2022!

Book Details:

​Book Title:  JOIN, or DIE. – An American Patriot’s Book of Quotes by R. Blake Wilson
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  214 pages
Genre: American History, Constitution, Democracy
Publisher:  West View Press
Release date:  April 12, 2022
Content Rating: G for this book of quotes

My Rating: Five Stars⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Book Description:

An AMERICAN PATRIOT’S history lesson.

A book every American should own and read.

“The PEOPLE are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our LIBERTY.” Thomas Jefferson

“A HOUSE DIVIDED against itself cannot stand.” Abraham Lincoln

​”FREEDOM
of SPEECH is a principal pillar of a free government; When this support
is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and
TYRANNY is erected on its ruins.” Benjamin Franklin

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

When I saw the cover of this book, I almost didn’t sign up to review it. But I am so glad I did. JOIN, or DIE. – An American Patriot’s Book of Quotes by R. Blake Wilson is a wonderful book to read and I thoroughly enjoyed reading. In the beginning it tells the background of The American Flag, The Pledge of Allegience, In God We Trust and The Great Seal of the United States and many more items of the government. I love seeing the picture of the signing of the Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776, as well as a picture of the original copy of each the  Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. I’m so glad Wilson also included a copy of each of these that can be read. All of the things I have listed so far is worth having a copy of this book to keep on hand.

I love the Quotes section of this book, with quotes of so many of the President’s, starting with George Washington. There are also Quotes from many of America’s great men and women, such as Ben Franklin, Alexander Hamilton and Betsy Ross, just to name a few. One quote I found interesting and very different from today’s government is: A FREE PEOPLE ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of INDEPENDENCE from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government. –George Washington.

I have only touched the surface of this wonderful book, so you will need to purchase this one to read for yourself. If you are interested in how the government first got started, who were the people involved, this book would interest you. And if you would like reading Quotes from so many former leaders of our country, as well as important people, you will love this book. R. Blake Wilson does an outstanding job writing this book, and the amount of research it took to put this altogether. I am more than happy to give JOIN, or DIE Five Stars.

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Meet the Author:

R. Blake Wilson is a Father, Corporate Employee, Small Business Owner, American Farmer and American Patriot.

Born and raised in Springfield, Illinois in the shadow of United States President Abraham Lincoln and having achieved success and failure chasing the American Dream, Blake has grown to appreciate and admire the American story. He believes in the American Dream and the Pursuit of Happiness and has lived his life chasing both. His story is emblematic of an America where the individual is free to fail. succeed, fail and
succeed again and again. His vision of American Unity is based on American Values and the United States Constitution…

In God We Trust, E Pluribus Unum, and Ordered Liberty.
(2022)
DON’T TREAD ON ME – An American Patriot’s Book of Quotes (2011)
JOIN, or DIE. – An American Patriot’s Book of Quotes (2022)
LINCOLN – An American President’s Book of Quotes (coming soon)
REAGAN – An American President’s Book of Quotes (coming soon)
TRUMP – An American President’s Book of Quotes (coming soon)

connect with the author: website ~  instagram ~  facebook twitter


Tour Schedule:

​Aug 8 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
Aug 9 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Aug 10 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 11 – Bless Their Hearts Mom – book review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 12 – Connie’s History Classroom – book review / giveaway
Aug 15 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 16 – 
Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Aug 17 – The Adventure of a Traveler’s Wife – book review / author interview / giveaway
Aug 18 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Aug 19 – Books and Zebras – book review / giveaway
Aug 22 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 23 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Aug 24 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Aug 25 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Aug 26 – Paws.Read.Repeat – book review / giveaway

 

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JOIN OR DIE: – An American Patriot’s Book of Quotes Book Tour Giveaway

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Spotlight Tour Lauren Carr’s The Wrong Side of Murder & Killer Deadline

 
Join us for this tour from July 5 to July 29, 2022!
 
This tour is a Spotlight Tour to let you know about two cozy Mysteries by Lauren Carr
Book one – Killer Deadline
Book Two – The Wrong Side of Murder
 

Book Details:

Book Series: The Nikki Bryant Cozy Mysteries
Category:  Adult fiction, 496 pages
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:  April 23, 2020
Tour dates:  July 5 to July 29, 2022
Content Rating: This cozy mystery book series is rated G. Suitable for everyone. ​

The Wrong Side of Murder by Lauren Carr

Join us for this tour from August 1 to August 26, 2022!

Book Details:

Book TitleThe Wrong Side of Murder (A Nikki Bryant Cozy Mystery) by Lauren Carr
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  274 pages
Genre:  Mystery/Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:   July 21, 2022
Content Rating: This cozy mystery is rated G for everyone!


The Wrong Side of Murder is another wonderful cozy mystery by author Lauren Carr. It has all the elements that draw me in – an intelligent female lead, an equally smart boyfriend who partners to help her, a complicated plot where clues are slowly revealed, people who aren’t what they seem to be, comedic moments to balance the darker ones, and several quirky pets full of personality.  

It’s a wonderful book to escape into at the end of the day. And get ready to read into the wee hours as, if you’re like me, you won’t be able to stop reading until the mystery is revealed.  – Marilyn R. Wilson, Olio by Marilyn

Nikki’s an intense individual who makes the perfect investigative journalist. She wants answers yesterday and she is willing
to dig in to get them. She might get it wrong at the beginning but with the help of her family and close friends, she’ll get the answers she wants and needs.
 – review by Blooming with Books

Book Description:

Nikki Bryant’s Next Case Takes Her to the Wrong Side of Murder

One spring morning, Jodi Gibbons got up and went to school as she did every day. Her young life went sideways though when the police found that her mother had been brutally killed during the night.

Twenty years later, many in Pine Grove believe Jodi got away with murder. After all, how could she have possibly slept through her
mother’s violent death in the very next room?
After decades of silence, Jodi accepts investigative journalist Nikki
Bryant’s invitation to tell her side of the story. However, before the interview can take place, someone silences Jodi permanently.

Now it is up to Nikki Bryant and her friends to uncover the secret that Jodi Gibbons has been protecting—a secret someone believes it is worth killing to keep from being revealed.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Who really killed Jodi’s mom? Jodi took the blame, but was she covering up for someone? But who could it be?

I was so excited to read Lauren Carr’s second book in the Nikki Bryant Cozy Mystery Series, The Wrong Side of Murder. I couldn’t put this book down for long at a time because I had to find out who the murderer was. There are so many twists and turns in this cozy mystery, just when you think you have the murder solved, Ms. Carr throws another hatchet to the fire and its back to square one for me. But who could Jodi be covering for? And why? Pepper and Andera is the only two people who have stood by Jodi all these years, and now Nikki finds Andrea is living with Jodi, but why? It’s all in the mystery of who killed Jodi’s mom, and you need to read the book to find all the answers.

I love Lauren Carr’s books and The Wrong Side of Murder is one of my favorites. My emotions were all over the place reading this book. It was impossible to figure out who did what so you need to just keep reading. I’d you haven’t read a Lauren Carr book, this is an excellent one for you to start with. I’d you love a good cozy mystery, this is one you don’t want to miss! I highly recommend The Wrong Side of Murder for you to be your next read.

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.

Be Sure to Check Out the First Installment in the Nikki Bryant Cozy Mysteries:

 

Book Details:

Book TitleKiller Deadline (A Nikki Bryant Cozy Mystery) by Lauren Carr
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  232 pages
Genre:  Mystery/Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:   April 23, 2020
Content Rating: This cozy mystery is rated G for Everyone!


I love this cozy mystery! It is full of suspense, action packed, fast pace with that small town feeling. I love the characters, I have to admit, I fell in love with Elmo on the spot! I loved Nikki’s spunk and determination. She keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire book! I highly recommend this book to those who loves a good cozy mystery!! – 5-Star Review at Splashes of Joy 

Book Description:

​Folks in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, claim that where Nikki Bryant goes, trouble is not far behind. Her refusal to back down from a challenge has made Nikki Bryant a top investigative journalist.

When an online friend nudges her to join him in a pact to reconnect with their first loves, Nikki and her boxer dog Elmo leave the bright lights of Las Vegas for the charming town of Pine Grove. There, she must face the biggest challenges in her career and life—the first love she had left behind and her father’s unsolved murder.

But before she has time to unpack her car, Nikki stumbles upon the dead body of local news anchor, Ashleigh Addison, her childhood rival. Could Ashleigh’s death be connected to an explosive news story that she had teased about airing live? Did that explosive story have anything to do with the murder of Nikki’s father?

With the clues in her father’s cold case hot again, Nikki intends to chase down the story of her life until she catches his killer—no matter what it takes.

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Saving the Seas for the Purple and Green by Nancy Carlisle

Join Us for This Tour from Aug 15 to Sep 2, 2022
 
Book Details:

Book Title:  Saving the Seas for the Purple and Green: A Story of Cleaning Up the Ocean by Nancy Carlisle
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  34 pages
Genre:  Juvenile fiction/science & nature/environment
Publisher:  Sage Green Press
Release date:   March, 2022
Content Rating:  G. There is nothing even close to PG or R in this book, it is totally G

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Youngen Finds Her Song by Maria J. Andrade Interview

  

 

With its eco-social theme and audio version included in the cover as a surprise, Youngen Finds Her Song, An Inspiring Adventure from The Heart of Nature, brings to life the joy, hope, and inspiration,  young readers have as they journey with a small bird and learn about the wonders of the natural world and humanity’s place in the order of life…

By Maria J. Andrade

 

 

 

Title: Youngen Finds Her Song: An Inspiring Adventure From the Heart of Nature
Author: Maria J. Andrade, M.F.T.
Publisher: Clara Publishing
Pages: 108
Genre: Children’s Fiction

 

A young thrush named Youngen is having trouble finding her song. As she spends time with her friends who have beautiful feathers and nicer nests than her own, she starts to doubt herself and her parents. Rufus, a wise old owl, notices her discomfort and decides to take her on a journey to learn about the world.

 

As she travels with Rufus, she learns many things about the animals in the forest and about Humans – those strange animals that make war with each other, but also build magnificent cities. And she learns that Humans can also be loving and compassionate, when she finds her own life in danger. As Youngen learns about herself and the world around her, she spontaneously bursts into song – her own unique and very beautiful song.

Author Maria J. Andrade has written a sweet novel of a young bird coming of age. She shares tidbits of wisdom about animal life and their habits along the way, to educate while telling her story. Respect for the earth and all animal and plant life is demonstrated through Youngen’s words and actions. An uplifting book with a positive and timely message.  Youngen Finds Her Song is a delight to read!

 

 —Alice Berger, Berger’s Book Reviews

Book Information

Release Date: October 7, 2008

Publisher:  Clara Publishing

Soft Cover: ISBN: 978-0970634733; 108 pages; $29.59, Hardcover $12.01; E-Book, $7.99

Book Website: https://booksasfriends.com/books/

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3B2Xmme

Now a sweet interview with the Author

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
 I wrote poetry and plays when I was the age of twelve and I put on shows for my family but I didn’t realize I wanted to be a writer until I was an adult.


How long does it take you to write a book?
  It usually takes me a few months to write a children’s story in comparison with adult fiction or self-help books which each have taken several years.


What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
 I used to write daily when I was working on a project. Now I put the idea aside and write every few days or when I am inspired with a break through for which I think the story will benefit.


What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
  I get ideas after I awaken from sleep. They are like children running around my head asking to be put on paper.

If I write a review of your book, what do you want to hear? 
 

  I would want to know if you enjoyed it enough to purchase it for a child in your family and why? 

Name five things people don’t know about you. 
 1.  I think I will probably only write two more books.   

2.  I love to write and read poems more than any other form of writing.   

3.  Five days ago I fell in my home and have had to be in a wheel chair until I get an MRI on my knee. It sounds bizarre, but I think it was an unconscious way to stop doing my usual life routine so I could learn          somethings about raising my consciousness.   

4.  I have found myself going inward more than I ever did before. “The kingdom of God is within you.” As a consequence, I believe I will create an even more aware, healthy, and hopeful life style!   

5.  I believe, despite many of the challenges we are facing as a human race, I believe we will make major changes to better our lives personally and collectively in this country and around the world..

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 Deep in the heart of the forest in a land called “Dreems,” where everything is possible, a small bird family lived high in an Oak tree. Within the nest, beside a newly hatched egg, lay a baby bird. She could not see clearly for her eyes were not fully open and her wings were too delicate to fly. She was so small that she barely chirped and her parents called their fledgling “Youngen.” 

  At first Youngen could only see shadows but day after day her vision improved until colorful shapes appeared which surprised and enchanted her. The very first images she saw within her own nest were her parents who seemed large and wondrous birds! They had strong wings and soft under feathers, which warmed her every night. During daylight they would leave to seek out bits of food, which they placed in her hungry, open beak. In the nest in which she hatched, her parents had left small brown twigs, bright green leaves, and brilliant marigold flowers. They told her that the green leaves and marigolds helped protect her from germs and parasites, which might harm the health of a fledgling. 1

  As time went on Youngen could see that beyond her nest was a fascinating world. Everywhere she looked in the forest there where birds large and small chirping, singing, or flying silently back and forth across the sky. Some scampered quickly far below her on the ground. Others perched on top of trees or on branches and watched her from a distance.

  Youngen began to sit on the edge of her nest every day to feel the soft breezes and to watch the world of birds go by. One day she noticed a large, old, owl that stared at her from across a large, gnarled tree.

         “His name is “Rufus,” her mother told her, “He is a friend of the family.2 He has helped raise many young birds. He is also very wise and knows many things.”  

  Rufus lived with a blind snake that kept his nest clean of larvae; with the snake’s help all the chicks in Rufus’ care grew strong and healthy. 3 Youngen had never seen such great, round, eyes as those, which now looked at her. Her parents said,

  “Since the day you hatched, whenever we were away, Rufus has watched over you.”  

      “Hello,” said Youngen to the owl as she flapped her wings quickly, her feet lifting off the ground.

   Rufus noticed that Youngen was often at the edge of her nest and that her wings were stronger. Youngen’s parents had tried to gently nudge her off the nest a few times with the admonition “do not look down.” At such times her small wings fluttered nervously but Young did look way down and saw the great depths beneath her. With heart pounding madly, she quickly flew back onto the edge of the nest, grateful to touch solid ground, her head dizzy with fear.

  “How do you do?” asked Rufus.” You certainly have grown quickly and now it appears you are ready to learn how to fly.”

  “No thank you!” answered the young bird nervously as she looked down again.

Rufus called from his tree, “Whoo, Whoo told you to look down?”  

  The little bird chirped back quickly. “But what if I fall?” 

Rufus continued, “Wise birds always look ahead to their destination, trusting their wings and the wind, which guides them.” 



Maria J. Andrade
 is an author and licensed Marriage, Family Therapist. She has been writing books for children and adults on the themes of love, relationship, and earth stewardship, for over twenty years. Her novel based on a true story about three women’s lifelong friendship, Defiance and Redemption was recently published.

She believes peace in the world, begins under our own roof. Therefore, she wrote, Heart Magic, Keeping Love Alive & Well, a small guidebook for individuals to help them succeed in healthy, long-lasting relationships. These books are available in Spanish.

Her five books for children, including the eco-social bookYoungen Finds Her Song is an important and hopeful book for families to read together during these challenging times. It has been loved and enjoyed by children, parents, grandparents, and teachers across America.

You can visit her website at www.booksasfriends.com and connect with her on TwitterFacebookGoodreads and LinkedIn.


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Blog and Giveaway: Superwoman by Mona Andrei

 

 
 
 
 
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Join Us For This Tour From Aug 8 to Aug 26 
 
Book Details:

 

Book Title:  Superwoman: A Funny and Reflective Look at Single Motherhood by Mona Andrei
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 174 pages
GenreHUMOR / Topic / Marriage & Family
Publisher: Cynren​ Press
Publication Date: March 2021.
Tour dates: Aug 8 to Aug 26
Content Rating: PG-13: No violence, but a splattering of profanity (including the F-word) and discussion of bad marriages.

 

Book Description:
 

They put the tiny, red-faced bundle into her arms, and time stopped. She gazed at that puckered little face and whispered, Welcome to the world, baby girl. Little did she know that within weeks, she would become a single mother—not exactly what she had imagined for her daughters and herself, but exactly what needed to happen. This is the story of a single mother, but it’s more than that. Sometimes funny, sometimes reflective, it’s also your story—a story of that peculiar, trying, and wonderful state of motherhood.

In Superwoman: A Funny and Reflective Look at Single Motherhood, popular humor blogger Mona Andrei brings you her sage and snickery insights on being a single mom, with all its gore and glory. Through a series of interviews, you’ll also get a voyeuristic peek into the lives of other single mothers—and don’t we all love that feeling of Thank goodness, I’m not the only one! We’re all superwomen here.

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Meet the Author:

 

Mona Andrei’s adulting journey took an unexpected turn when she realized that the father of her children was not committed to the family they had started together. At the time, she was twenty-four years old. With a baby in her arms and a toddler in tow, she soon realized that everything had fallen on her shoulders, including any chance for a secure future for her and her girls. With humor and candor as her strongest tools for survival, she went from struggling single mother to accomplished wordsmith to member of an award-winning advertising team to top 100 humor blogger. Today, she continues her journey, writing and speaking about her experiences as a single mother with a focus on changing the way that single mothers are respected and appreciated in the workplace: a
win–win for both.

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

Tour Schedule:​Aug 8 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 8 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 9 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 10 – The Momma Spot – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 11 – Paws.Read.Repeat – book spotlight / author interview
Aug 12 – 
Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 12 – Hall Ways Blog – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 15 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 15 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 16 – Amy’s Booket list – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 16 – 
Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 16
 A Mama’s Corner of the World – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 17 – She Just Loves Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 18 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 19 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 22 – Reading Authors Network – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 22 – 
Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 23 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 24 – GeauxGetLit – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 24 – 
Books are a Blessing – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 25 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 26 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Aug 26 – 
Novels Alive – book spotlight / giveaway

 

 

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Grace in the Mountain Trail by Misty M. Beller

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About the Book

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Book: Grace in the Mountain Trail

Author: Misty M. Beller

Genre:Christian Historical Romance

Release date: July 12, 2022

This epic journey is her last hope to find her lost brother—the only family she has left.

When Lola Carson’s father died, his last words spoke of a half-brother she’d never known about. And now, to claim her own inheritance and come to terms with her father’s secret life, she must find this mysterious man—whose last known whereabouts are somewhere west of the wild Rocky Mountains. After hiring family friends to accompany her on the trek, she sets out for a wilderness few white women have ever seen. She doesn’t expect the majestic peaks to captivate her so, nor the half-dead brave they find on one of the slopes.

White Owl left his village and his broken heart behind when he set out for a fresh start. His newfound faith is the one anchor in his life. He’s desperate to learn more about the God he’s committed to follow and become an interpreter for the missionaries who led him to faith. But he barely starts his journey when a hunting accident nearly kills him. The woman who discovers him in the midst of his fevered delirium seems to be a gift from above.

But the more White Owl learns about Lola’s companions and her dangerous quest, the more he realizes his own calling is clear—to take her safely to her brother. The question is, will he have to sacrifice more than his heart to accomplish that goal?

From a USA Today bestselling author comes another epic journey through breathless landscapes and adventure so intense, lives will never be the same.

Click here to get your copy!

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I have been reading Misty Beller’s books from the beginning and love them all. And Grace in the Mountain Trail by Misty M. Beller is no different. We follow the journey of White Owl and Lola in this story and I enjoyed each of these characters very much. The journey’s through these treacherous mountains are hazardous and sometimes life threatening.

I always like how Beller incorporates faith into her characters everyday lives. Lola was depending on God as she searched for a brother she only recently found she had. While White Owl was enjoying finding out more about his new relationship with the Lord. Each book ends with such a sweet ending, and I can’t wait for the next one. If you enjoy historical fiction that is clean with faith running throughout the story, you will enjoy this one. Grace in the Mountain Trail deserves 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 255.65

About the Author

 

Misty M. Beller is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.

Raised on a farm and surrounded by family, Misty developed her love for horses, history, and adventure. These days, her husband and children provide fresh adventure every day, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

Misty’s passion is to create inspiring Christian fiction infused with the grandeur of the mountains, writing historical romance that displays God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

Sharing her stories with readers is a dream come true for Misty. She writes from her country home in South Carolina and escapes to the mountains any chance she gets.

More from Misty

Is this the book for you?

With so many books out there, it’s sometimes hard to know if a new book will be the right fit for you or not. I thought it might be fun to share some highlights that may help you know if you’d like to read Grace on the Mountain Trail. 

If you…

  • Love adventure and don’t mind being snowed in (at least in your imagination as you sit snuggled in your comfortable house).
  • Fall for Native American heroes who are, yes, strong and capable, but also searching for a fresh start and eager to grow in their fledgling faith.
  • Find unusual and remote settings fascinating, especially the Rocky Mountains!
  • Enjoy historical detail and are eager to live vicariously in the early 1800s Montana frontier.

What to expect from Grace on the Mountain Trail?

  • Emotion-rich sweet romance.
  • Native American heroes who know how to be both tough and gentle.
  • The grandeur of the Montana Rockies.
  • Tough heroines who do what needs to be done.
  • Adventure that will keep you turning pages.
  • A peek at one of our favorite characters from earlier in the series!

 

If Grace on the Mountain Trail sounds like the right fit for you, I pray you love Lola and White Owl’s story!

Blessings!

Misty

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, August 1

Mary Hake, August 1

Inklings and notions, August 2

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 2

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, August 3

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 3

Jeanette’s Thoughts, August 4

The Book Club Network, August 4

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, August 5

Cover Lover Book Review, August 5

Betti Mace, August 6

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, August 6

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 7

Writing From the Heart Land, August 8

deb’s Book Review, August 8

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, August 9

For Him and My Family, August 9

Connie’s History Classroom, August 10

Lilys’ Book Reviews, August 10

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 11

Holly’s Book Corner, August 11

Blossoms and Blessings, August 12

Life, Love, Writing, August 12

Pause for Tales, August 13

Splashes of Joy, August 14

Sylvan Musings, August 14

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Misty is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Book, Chapter, & Vows by Chautona Havig

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About the Book

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Book: Book, Chapter, & Vows

Author: Chautona Havig

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release date: July 26, 2022

MY RATING: Five Stars⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Falling in love with Benjamin wasn’t in the plan, but Mallory finds she’s all but lost her head and her heart after two and a half years of banter, memories, and now shared books.

But when her ex-fiance (does it count if it was just for a few hours?) shows up right in the middle of a writing project with Benjamin, the guy manages to ruin her happiness… again.

Benjamin has been keeping one tiny part of him back from Mallory–just the one thing that’ll repel her for good.
So when the ex-boyfriend-slash-fiance shows up, and things look serious again, he takes a giant step back and prays he can keep his heart intact in the process.

They’re clearly meant for each other. God obviously has a plan. So what’s it going to take for Mallory and Benjamin to work things out and get those vows made?

This Breakers Head novel is Chautona Havig’s final book in the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.

Click here to get your copy!

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I was glad to read Mallory’s story in Book, Chapter, & Vows by Chautona Havig. Ben and Mallory are such a sweet couple, but both have things they need to take care of before a relationship can happen.

This is such a fun story! I love the island, the beach lifestyle, it’s all so entertaining. Author  Chautona Havig does a fabulous job writing this book. I love the characters, both the new ones we meet and those we know from other books. There are many flavors of characters, and all have their perfect part in the story. I enjoyed watching as they develop well as the story unfolds. For me, the plot flows smoothly, yet there is enough intense emotions that kept my nose in the book to the last page. This is a beautiful romance, and I love the way Chautona Havig weaves scripture and the Christian life in the lives of the characters,  and she writes it in such a subtle way it doesn’t offend at all. I love Ben and Mallory’s story, and I love the ending! I encourage you to check out Book, Chapter, & Vows by Chautona Havig, especially if you enjoy a good sweet romance.

I love all of the island books, starting with the Independent Island series that has turned into many islands and even more books by Celebrate Lit Publishing. I hope we have more coming in the future! I am very happy to give this book Five Stars

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

About the Author

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USA Today Bestselling author of Aggie and Past Forward series, 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 chautona.com and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.

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It Happened AGAIN!

I remember the first book I had trouble finishing. Beneath the Cloak. It was the last book of the Wynnewood series, and I was dying to reveal the big secret that had been a big part of the story line. I spent hours writing very few words. Someone asked if I had writer’s block, but I didn’t. I knew every word I wanted to put on that page, but I kept procrastinating.

For weeks. We’re talking long, agonizing weeks.

Finally, I realized a significant part of why I hadn’t finished was because I didn’t want to. I didn’t want the series to end. Say goodbye to beloved characters? Agony, okay? I wanted to spend the rest of my life in Wynnewood seeing what happened with all the characters and all the things that would happen.

I just wanted to write a bunch of other books, too. What can I say? It’s a thing.

So, as I dove into writing the book I’ve been dying to write since I penned the opening scene of Christmas on Breakers Point, you’d think I’d have been prepared for the inevitable. I mean, it’s happened with several other series since that first time, so… yeah. All ready to combat the problem, right? Not hardly.

To be fair, I was also coming off being very sick, my mother being even sicker, so being crazy behind on everything. I mean, that had a lot to do with it taking so long to get going on it. But once I did, I’d type like crazy and then ignore it for a day or two before the story demanded more telling.

Then, just as I neared the big scene of Book, Chapter, & Vows… I went nuts on doing everything but finishing that book. No joke. I did. Sigh. Again, you think I’d learn.

After much soul searching and even more wailing at God about the cruelty of it all (I was in a dramatic mood, okay?), the solution came to me. Okay, God smacked me upside the head with a 2×4 of memories on how I solved every other, “don’t wanna finish this series” crisis.

See, way back with Wynnewood, the only thing that got me to the finish line was a promise I made to myself. “It doesn’t have to end here. You can write more if you want to. There’s nothing to say you can do ‘Wynnewood, the Later Years’ or something like that.”

Just that one promise to myself that I didn’t have to say goodbye was all it took for me to get back on that trusty old Toshiba laptop and pound out those last few chapters.

And here I was again, not ready to say goodbye to a series—to these islands that feel so crazy real to me. I didn’t want to say goodbye to the characters and their quirky ways. Would you?

Now… you’re going to laugh at me. Go ahead. I mean, I did. See here’s the deal. I didn’t have to make that promise to myself again. “What?” you say? “What do you mean?”

Yeah. I don’t have to say goodbye to the characters or the islands. Why? Because we have another island series coming, the Suamalie Islands, and Mallory is going to visit those islands.

If that isn’t enough for me, I have another series all planned for the Independence Islands, too! Yeah. That. I mean, what was I not thinking?

As soon as I thought of that, I was able to get in there, get the last few scenes written and pass it off to the fabulous Christy for her editorial magic. As for me, I think I’m going to go play around just a little bit with one of the Josie Parker Mysteries. I mean, why not?

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Blog Stops

An Author’s Take, August 9

Lots of Helpers, August 10

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 10

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, August 11

The Sacred Line, August 11

She Lives To Read, August 12

Texas Book-aholic, August 13

Splashes of Joy, August 13

Inklings and notions, August 14

lakesidelivingsite, August 15

For Him and My Family, August 15

LIbrary Lady’s Kid Lit, August 16

deb’s Book Review, August 17

Blogging With Carol, August 17

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 18

Sodbuster Living, August 18

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, August 19

Simple Harvest Reads, August 19 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, August 20

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 21

Sylvan Musings, August 21

Blossoms and Blessings, August 22

Miriam Jacob, August 22

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

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Tour and Giveaway The Practical M.B.A. on Economics by Joseph Gulesserian

Join us for this tour from August 1 to August 19, 2022!

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Practical M.B.A. on Economics “What They Do & Don’t Teach You At Business School” by Joseph Gulesserian
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  526 pages
Genre:  Non-Fiction Business Economics History
Publisher:  Brands Fifth Avenue Inc
Release date:   June 2022
Content Rating:  G. Business Book on Economics

 #1 Best-Seller in Inflation & Economics History!

Book Description:A Plethora of Wealth – Knowledge – Insights, that will help you take over the World and Beyond!

Government and the Central Banks have been managing the economic business cycle for over 100 years, creating the biggest Ponzi scheme of money printing ever invented in the history of civilization, as we now find ourselves living in a precarious house of cards. By hallowing out our manufacturing, have we diminished our inventiveness? What role did China really play in this, and what role did our own selfish desire affect the outcome, and what was the trade-off?

Is this the beginning of the end of US monetary global dominance, and how long can we print fiat money to support the vestiges of a declining Empire? Is the cost of living going up, or is it because currency is rapidly depreciating? What is the true source of effective inflation, and why is the wealth divide becoming greater?

The pages of this book bring to light the roots of our economic order of today, and help explain the world around us, how we arrived here, and what might lie ahead.

The Practical MBA on Economics is comprehensive, fast-paced, making for magnificent theatre, full of spills and chills, from stock market crashes to sovereign debt default, to the 1944 Bretton Woods reset, the IMF, the WTO, U.S. Dollar reserve, and mercantilism. We come to meet the economic thinkers that shape our world today from Adam Smith, Richard Cantillon, John Maynard Keynes, David Ricardo, Murray Rothbard, and Milton Friedman.

With intellectual clarity, insights, wit and humour, Gulesserian challenges the narrative, simplifies complex economic ideas, and draws from historical events, to explain how we came to the current financial world order, its perils, and the future of tomorrow!

With compelling antidotes that entertain, filled with relevance and a library of knowledge that leaves the reader feeling full, and liberated to unlock the future. So, butter your popcorn, do fasten your seat belts, and enjoy the ride.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

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First of all, WOW! There is so much information chunked into this book, it will make your head spin. But you have to take it one chapter at a time. The Practical M.B.A. on Economics “What They Do & Don’t Teach You At Business School” by Joseph Gulesserian is a book that would benefit everyone. If there are issues you don’t care to read, there are plenty of things you will find interesting and to your liking. There are things I know a little about, such as inflation, but I was amazed at the wealth of information on inflation in this book. And it is the same with most of the topics in the book.

Author Joseph Gulesserian does a very good job writing this book, and his research is phenomenal. One thing I really like is that Gulesserian not only explains the topics in writing, he also adds lots and lots of graphs to further explain what he is saying. You will also find black pages with quotes at the beginning of most chapters that you will enjoy. This is just a very light touch of what you will find in The Practical M.B.A. on Economics by Joseph Gulesserian. It is truly so indepth reading this book would probably teach you more than a good old Economics class would. If nothing else, you would have a great reference book. I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy to keep for yourself.

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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MEET THE AUTHOR

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​Joseph Gulesserian is an entrepreneur and a published author, who wrote “Newspaper Boys Always Deliver”, a story of pop culture and technology. He has built and brought to market health and beauty Brands with global reach that has sent him around much of the world.

With his technical training, he has spent time on the factory floor with technologies from machine building to software information systems, for competitive advantage.

He has an insatiable eclectic curiosity for flirting with the outer parameters of the human imagination, is a student of history, loves the arts, design, the digital age, math, while believing in the tenets of the marketplace of ideas and personal liberty.

After earning his MBA from Edinburgh Business School in the U.K., he taught Corporate Finance, Capital Markets, Statistics and marketing, as an adjunct professor at Toronto colleges.

connect with the author: website ~ facebooktwitter ~ instagram linkedin


Tour Schedule:

Aug 1 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 2 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 3 –Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 5 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Aug 8 –Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 8 – TC Marti’s Action-Packed Book Reviews – book review / author interview / giveaway
Aug 9 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Aug 10 – My Reading Getaway – book review / author interview / giveaway
Aug 11 –Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Aug 12 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 15 – Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife – book review / giveaway
Aug 16 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 17 – Books are a Blessing – book review / giveaway
Aug 18 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 19 – Dashes of Love After 45 – book review / giveaway
Aug 19 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

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THE PRACTICAL MBA: ECONOMICS Book Tour Giveaway

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Court of Snakes: This Desert Cage by Tycho Dwelis

 
Join us for this tour from August 8 to August 26, 2022!
Book Details:

​Book Title: Court of Snakes: This Desert Cage by Tycho Dwelis
Category:  YA Fiction (Ages 13-17),  317 pages
Genre: Dystopian Fantasy
Publisher:  Precursor Publishing
Release date:  July 2, 2022
Content Rating:  PG + M: Some allusion to domestic abuse, fantasy violence, adults drinking alcohol

Book Description:

In the city of Segeno, it’s eat or be eaten. Someone has to rule the masses. A boy has lost his birthright. His parents killed. Dead and gone. A girl has lost her father. She means nothing to him now.

The city of Segeno stands tall after a great war, the only city left of its kind. Terran has lost both of his parents and is now on the run from a tyrant eager to kill him and cut off the royal bloodline. Parisa struggles with her own identity as even her father rejects her for the color of her skin as he claws for the throne. Along their journeys, they meet unexpected allies and encounter unprecedented magick, but, most importantly, they learn what it is to stand up for themselves and take back their city from corruption.

The Court of Snakes: This Desert Cage is the first of a two book series intended for ages 13 – 18. If you like the Hunger Games, Divergent, and Inkheart, you’ll love these books.

This series talks about systemic oppression, racism, oligarchy, and, of course, magick.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I really didn’t know what to expect when I started reading this book. I rarely read descriptions because I don’t like to know what the book is about. But turns out it was nothing I had expected. Court of Snakes: This Desert Cage is a very interesting read. This is my first book to read by author Tycho Dwelis, and the plot flows pretty well, enough to keep me reading to see what would happen next. I thought the characters were well created and i enjoyed their development throughout the story as each scene takes place. Parisa and Terran are likeable characters, with Parisa being my favorite because of her feisty personality and her strong  determination I could relate to.

This book is a YA Fiction and the genre Dystopian Fantasy. I think the younger generation will really love this book, and those who love a good Dystopian Fantasy, regardless of age would enjoy this on as well. This book gets Four Stars from me. I encourage you to check out Court of Snakes, it’s worth the read!

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

 

Meet the Author:

I’m Tycho (I also use the pen name Cassidy), and I love storytelling! I’m incredibly passionate about writing, art, and anything
that allows me to create my own worlds. My goal is to write dreamy fiction for all ages that is unique, inspiring, and imaginative. I like to write about themes that include coming of age, magic realism, identity, relationships, and bullying. My books are intended for readers ages eight to twenty-five, and are meant to connect the world of the fantastical to everyday life.

I currently live in Colorado and have an MA in Publishing.

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


Tour Schedule:

Aug 8 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 9 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 9 – Splashes of Joy  – book review / giveaway
Aug 10 – 411 ON BOOKS, AUTHORS, AND PUBLISHING NEWS – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 11 – JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 11 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 12 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Aug 15 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 16 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 17 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Aug 18 – The Page Ladies – book review
Aug 19 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Aug 22 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 23 – Kam’s Place – book review
Aug 24 – Bookworm for Kids – book review / giveaway
Aug 25 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Aug 26 – Books and Zebras – book review
Aug 26 – Books for Books – book review

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CHILD OF ETHERCLAW by Matty Roberts

Join us for this tour from August 2to August 22, 2022!

Book Details:

​Book Title: CHILD OF ETHERCLAW by Matty Roberts
Category:  Young Adult Fiction (13-18+),  348 pages
Genre: Sci-Fi/Dystopian
Publisher:  Twilight Fox LLC
Release date:  August 2, 2022
Formats Available for Review: print (softback) (USA and Canada) and ebook (EPUB and PDF)
Tour dates: August 2 to August 22, 2022
Content Rating:  PG-13

Book Description:The bonds of family go well beyond blood.But can those bonds hold when the blood itself carries a devastating secret?

Fenlee’s opal necklace had always radiated a certain warmth since her mother’s death. But now, at sixteen, her world begins to unravel as the stone sparks to life, revealing itself to be an otherworldly artifact of untold power.

Between her mechatronics studies at the academy and scavenging expeditions beneath the sprawling city of New Cascadia, Fenlee and her
adopted brother, Elliot, try to decipher the mysteries of her necklace and its link to events in Fenlee’s past.

But they’re not alone in their search.

Strange undercity dwellers offer cryptic warnings, drones track their movements, and deadly corporate agents lurk in the shadows. When tragedy rips Fenlee’s family apart, she must learn to use the artifact’s power to save those who are deeply precious to her. But nothing can prepare her for the dark truths that she will uncover on that journey…

“Lee,” Elliot mumbled. “I’m not who you think I am.”

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

CHILD OF ETHERCLAW by Matty Roberts is a Sci-Fi/Dystopian Young Adult Fiction that I found very interesting. I was actually surprised at how well I enjoyed this one! The beginning did get a little creepy when Fenlee and her younger adopted brother Elliot were sneaking through the Undercity dodging drones, sadly the two live in the very bottom of the towers, the top ones saved for those more wealthy. But the driven plot is pretty fast and keeps readers attention well. The characters are well created and played their parts well as each scene was so vividly described. I have to admit sometimes I was kinda lost in the story but then I picked it back up ok. But that’s just me not the author or the story.

I think younger readers will really enjoy this story that is geared toward this age. I highly encourage you to check out this book if you enjoy the Sci-Fi/Dystopian genre.

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

 
Meet the Author:

Matty Roberts began their career in journalism where they earned an Emmy and had the privilege of working on several other award-winning projects. They hold an MS from Johns Hopkins University and are now an engineer in renewable energy in Denver, Colorado where they live with their wonderful partner, two extraordinary kids, and the best doggie ever. In addition to writing, engineering, and parenting, Matty is a vegan enby nerd who is in love with this world and will forever be doing all they can to make it a better place. And they may be known to occasionally play in a punk band here or there.

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


Tour Schedule:
 
Aug 2 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 2 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview
Aug 2 – Olio by Marilyn – book review / giveaway
Aug 3 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight / author interview
Aug 3 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 4 – JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder – book spotlight /guest post / giveaway
Aug 5 – 
Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 8 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Aug 8 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 9 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Aug 10 – See Sadie Read – book review / giveaway
Aug 10 – Books are a Blessing – book review / giveaway
Aug 11 –  Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 12 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 12 – Books for Books – book review
Aug 15 – HirlGrend, a Vegan Book Blog – book review / giveaway
Aug 16 – The Page Ladies – book review / giveaway
Aug 16 – Stephanie Jane – book review / giveaway
Aug 17 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 17 – 
411 ON BOOKS, AUTHORS, AND PUBLISHING NEWS – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 18 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Aug 19 –Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 22 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
 

Enter the Giveaway:

 

CHILD OF ETHERCLAW by Matty Roberts Book Tour Giveaway

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Home to Clare Harbor by Jacie Middlemann

Home to Clare Harbor

by Jacie Middlemann

GENRE: Clean Contemporary Women’s Fiction – Christian

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They started out as strangers…but didn’t stay that way for long…

A devoted granddaughter willing to do whatever it takes to keep everyone safe.  Strangers who meet during the worst of conditions and become friends in the midst of chaos.  Unexpected romance under the most unlikely circumstances.  A puzzling mystery with its roots in historical events that took place centuries ago. And a storm that hides an ominous purpose that could change all their lives forever.

Sara knows before she walks into her grandparent’s home that her grandmother’s greatest fear will never be the storm or the threat it poses but instead the unknown that lays just beyond her front door. She knows too its cause and grieves that there is nothing she can do to change it.

Throughout the years of his career John has covered numerous battlefields including those that are a result of nature’s unyielding tempest.  He fears this might be the worst one yet.

Mel didn’t expect to spend more than a few days in the large house where they’d taken refuge.  She figured the storm would pass by and then they’d be off to their next assignment.  The last thing she expected was David Payne.

Despite the fact that Lance was the bane of her teenage years, Tish knows that without the help of her father’s assistant, that the trip to North Carolina likely would have been a lot more challenging than it was. She’d been unequivocally terrified but his presence gave her strength she didn’t realize she had.  She wasn’t certain how she felt about that…or him…or that he no longer irritated her the way he used to.

When Gary arrived at his family’s home in the mountains of North Carolina, he’s relieved that Sara and her grandparents along with their elderly friends are already there. But he is unable to take an easy breath until Tish finally arrives with Lance…and is not at all surprised at what he hears from Lance about their trip and the potential dangers they’d just barely been able to avoid.

He’s determined to do everything he can to keep their location safe…and unknown. Their knowledge, skills, and ingenuity are their greatest defense. For a time they would have to depend on themselves…it hadn’t take long to discover that the storm was never their greatest threat…but what is could change all their lives for the immediate future…or longer.

If you enjoy uplifting and heartfelt women’s fiction, young and older heroes and heroines filled with courage and compassion as they share joys and triumphs, and united they face and overcome tremendous challenges and tragedy.

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NOTE: The book is on sale for $0.99.

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EXCERPTS (Please choose only ONE to use with your post):

Excerpt One:

Sara looked into her grandmother’s eyes.  Because she knew what to look for, she saw past the forced cheeriness to the fear.  In that moment she knew that no amount of pushing was going to do anything other than make her dig in her heels.  

“Actually, I think I’m going to sit down here with you and your cohorts and play some bridge,” she said as she pulled out the only empty chair around the table.

“But…” Mel began then quieted when she saw the look she was getting from John.  She looked over towards the table again, saw the worry in all of the faces around the table except the woman who’d just sat down in their midst.

“I forget exactly how this one goes.  Someone explain the rules to me again,” Sara said cheerfully.  She hated card games and everyone around the table knew it including her grandparents.  

But she also knew that the fear her grandmother felt was overwhelming and very real for the woman who’d been all things to her.  There was only one possible way she knew of that could possibly push her into doing something that otherwise terrified her.

“Now, Sara, don’t you think you should be getting on,” her grandmother said softly.  “You know all the mountain roads and I’m certain many of them are still open.”

“I’m sure they are but I’d much rather sit this out with all of you.  I can’t remember the last time I played cards.  Deal me in.”  

Maisie let out a long sigh. “I just want to grab a few things before we go.”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Jacie Middlemann lives in Texas with her husband and a couple of cats who believe they rule…and sometimes they do. 

When she’s not watching classic sitcoms or working on a needlework project for one of her kids, she loves to read women’s fiction and sometimes a good mystery suspense.

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7793731.Jacie_Middlemann

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

Jacie Middlemann will be awarding a $50 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Prodigal Lives by Carol McClain

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About the Book

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Book: Prodigal Lives

Author: Carol McClain

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Release date: April 1, 2022

Life keeps piling problems on Meredith Jaynes. She loses her second foster child—one she was scheduled to adopt. Then Parker Snow refuses to marry her. With only her goats and artisan soap to support her, life will get no better.

If she is honest, though, she still has Crystal. Her funny, happy, loveable toddler makes the sun shine and reminds her of the never-failing love of God.

Pearl Solomon loves her life with her grandfather Guy, but every one of her triumphs is overshadowed by her sisters’ lives. With Mama Meredith, they live a life she envies. Because of her jealousy, she refuses to contact them.

Years later, life for both families twist down paths they do not wish to travel. Pearl knows she’s lost what was most precious in life but has no means of fixing things. Left to her own devices, she spirals out of control.

Meredith finds it harder to mask the despair infertility has brought to her life.

Both families believe they must reconcile themselves to their fates as reality shatters their dreams unless they dig deep for the promise of love.

Click here to get your copy!

And now an interesting interview with the author

  1. Has writing fiction always been in your blood?

I can’t say writing fiction has always been in my blood, but living other lives certainly has. I’m a dreamer, and I’ve always been one. Until I took writing seriously, this facet of my personality always embarrassed me. I’d lose myself in a daydream and not see the world around me. This could be dangerous while driving—but fortunately, I did stay in the real world during those hours!

Then, once I realized I could write a book, daydreams stopped, and plotting took over. Immersed in the story, I would become the character. For example, one time, my husband and I were in a Ben and Jerry’s ice cream parlor. I read the flavors on the menu, then I grabbed his arm and pointed. “Look, Coffee Coffee BuzzBuzzBuzz! That’s Cheryl’s favorite ice cream.” I then slapped my hand over my mouth. “Cheryl’s not real.” She is the protagonist of my debut novel The Perils of Cheryl. She solved all her problems with Ben & Jerry’s. Try it. It works.

With my second book, I fell in love with Africa because my protagonist loved it. Until that time, I hate the continent (no offense). Bugs, snakes, malaria, Eboli … I’m a germaphobe.

I’ve wanted goats forever. My husband did not. In order to get them, I created Meredith Jaynes, the protagonist of Book 1 of Treasured Lives series, Borrowed Lives, and a main character in Book 2, Prodigal Lives, of this series. Meredith owned Nubians (a breed I worked with when younger). I got my goats in my dreamland, and I was happy again.

My husband, seeing my delusions, eventually gave in. We have three pygmies now.

So, fiction’s always been in my blood. 



  1. Do you like music or silence when you write?

I’m an odd ball. Read one of my novels and you’ll see I don’t lie. While most writers seem to love background music, I love silence. Sounds distract me. I want to listen and not think. One thing I discovered about writing, I need to think! When I walk or hike or run or write, I want to immerse myself in those worlds. Give me the natural sounds God created and my spirit finds peace.

That’s not to say I don’t like music. I do all my stained-glass work to music—mostly jazz. I love all jazz, classical, and contemporary Christian music. However, if I need to think, the sounds of silence delight me.


3. Where do you get inspiration for your stories? Family? Friends? Yourself?

I’m sure you’ve seen the T-shirts that say, “Annoy me and I’ll kill you in one of my stories.” Seeing as I don’t write murder or suspense, I won’t kill you, but annoy, amuse, intrigue me, and fictionalize elements of your life will go into my tales.

In my current series, Book 1, Borrowed Lives, leaned heavily on tales from recovering addicts I mentored, along with the experiences of friends of mine.

My current book, Prodigal Lives, didn’t borrow as much. However, I’ve seen the “sins of the fathers” descend onto children too much. I’ve watched adopted children raised by moral, kind, and loving parents revert to their biological roots. These facets inspired the story.

Now, do NOT fear. My books can deal with intense subjects, but at heart, I’m a humorist. It would be a rare work that doesn’t make you laugh or feel wonderful (probably after I break your heart and make your cry—but you’ll forgive me because of my inimitable style.)



4. Which scene was most fun to write? Why?

I loved Meredith Jaynes’s wedding scene. She’s a low-keyed country girl who doesn’t like the limelight. She also has two foster girls she’s going to adopt and a bossy sister and mother. Her biological family wants her to create the quintessential wedding. Her daughters, ages six and three, want to help. The daughters win, and the scene is romantic and touching and funny.

Her mother and sister do manage to go overboard, but the backyard wedding was fun.



5. If I write a review of your book, what do you want to hear? 

I’d want to hear the truth. I don’t need a five-star review if the work isn’t worth five stars. A one or two-star review would have me crying and gorging on chocolate while I binge watch reruns of Greys Anatomy (because Meredith Grey’s life stinks more than my one-star review). Any review should help the reader decide if the work is a good fit.

Honesty would teach me to be a better writer. I read the reviews and continue in my strengths as I work on my weaknesses as a writer.

And readers, any review helps the writer, even if it’s weak. However, read one of my tales … guaranteed five (or if you must, four) stars.

About the Author

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Carol McClain is the award-winning author of four novels dealing with real people facing real problems. She is a consummate encourager, and no matter what your faith might look like, you will find compassion, humor and wisdom in her complexly layered, but ultimately readable work.

Aside from writing, she’s a skilled stained-glass artist, a budding potter and photographer. She lives in East Tennessee with her husband and growing farm. Inspired by Meredith Jaynes, she owns two goats. One will kid soon.

You can connect with her at carolmcclain.com.

On goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14030286.Carol_McClain

On BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/carol-mcclain

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/author.Carol.McClain

More from Carol

Have you ever thought you’ve seen yourself in a novel?

If you know an author, you probably have.

For years I worked with recovering addicts and those helping them in organizations like Celebrate Recovery, a Christian-styled support group like AA. If I read the events of these people’s lives in a novel, I would say, “Too fake to believe.”

Their lives are tragic, funny, heartbreaking, heartwarming.

Many of their stories made it into my latest novel Prodigal Lives (modified, disguised, and novelized).

I not only incorporate others into my work, but I live through my characters’ lives (Please don’t suggest a sky diving protagonist).

In Prodigal Lives one of my main characters owns goats. For years, I begged my husband too let me have a goat or two. He promised. Then, he wimped out, so I created Meredith Jaynes a successful artisan specializing in goat soap and raising Nubians.

Prodigal Lives is a sequel but can stand alone (reading both books amplifies your enjoyment, of course). This book follows the loss Pearl and Meredith feel as Pearl is adopted by her grandfather. Pearl becomes jealous of her sisters who stay with Mama Meredith, and they lose touch. Although they hear nothing from each other, neither is forgotten.

I believe in redemption. All my work illustrates that no matter how far you fall, a loving Father is going to make a way to redeem you. He’s done it for me, and I was an impossibly problematic child of the King.

I hope you enjoy Prodigal Lives. Sign up for my newsletter and blog and never miss a new release, my Biblical thoughts or an appearance I’m making. Believe me, I wouldn’t live, my blog and newsletter are fascinating.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, August 6

Splashes of Joy, August 7 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 7

Texas Book-aholic, August 8

Inklings and notions, August 9

For Him and My Family, August 10

Artistic Nobody, August 11 (Author Interview)

deb’s Book Review, August 11

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 12

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, August 13

A Reader’s Brain, August 14

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, August 15

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 16

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 17

Spoken from the Heart, August 18

Pause for Tales, August 19

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Carol is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/20711/prodigal-lives-celebration-tour-giveaway

The Heart of the Mountains by Pepper Basham

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About the Book

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Book: The Heart of the Mountains

Author: Pepper Basham

Genre: Christian Fiction / Romance

Release date: July 1, 2022

Can their hearts overcome the darkness of the mountains?

To escape a forced marriage, Cora Taylor travels from England to the Blue Ridge Mountains in search of her brother, who is working as a teacher in a mission school. She hopes to find a place where her nursing skills and independent ideas will be accepted and appreciated, but nothing prepares her for the wild mixture of isolation, community, brokenness, and hope within these mountains…or in the person of Jeb McAdams.

Returning from the devastation of World War 1 emotionally damaged, Jeb McAdams struggles against the rampant mountain alcoholism to soothe his nightmares. It’s easy to hide within the mountains, or it was, before Cora Taylor arrived. Now, she seems to show up at every turn, bringing her modern ideas, curiosity, and beautiful eyes with her.

Bound by their shared war history, the pair develop an unlikely friendship, which unexpectedly hints to something more. But when Cora’s desire to help the women of the mountains crosses an unspoken line, will Jeb be able to protect this feisty flatlander from the wrath of the mountain men or will he end up losing much more than his heart?

Click here to get your copy!

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I was so excites to have the honor to read another Pepper Basham book, and this one did not disappoint. This book takes readers back close to where Basham grew up when Cora Taylor travels from England to these Mountains to find her brother, after her father planned her marriage to a man she certainly would never marry. She soon meets Jeb McAdams, a man that has a past of not so good baggage, but the two have an interesting relationship.  

I love, love, love this story. Pepper Basham has a way of writing that draws you into her stories and you just can’t leave. I love that she writes her home town in the Blue Ridge Mountains, as well as her family as inspirations for her stories. I have a soft spot in my heart for the Blue Ridge Mountains and along the Blue Ridge Parkway because it is close to where I live, and we have made many, many trips down the Parkway, stopping along the way, getting to know the people. This makes this book so much fun. I really appreciate the cast of characters and the way they grow and develop along the way. I felt I was right there in the story with them, and I Love’s that! Basham deals with some tough issues in Jeb and Cora’s story, and she handles these issues like the professional she is. Readers are sure to see the love, forgiveness and redemption through Jesus in this story, but never fear, it is written in such a subtle way its fits well as part of the story. I Always love they way Basham weaves the faith and the Christian life into the lives of her characters.

If you love a good historical fiction that is post WWI, you will love this one I am more that happy to give The Heart of the Mountains by Pepper Basham Five Stars!

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

About the Author

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Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor with southern Appalachian flair. Both her historical and contemporary novels have garnered recognition in the Grace Awards, Inspys, and ACFW Carol Awards. Her historical romance, The Thorn Healer, was a finalist in the 2018 RT Awards. Her historical romance novels, My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge and The Red Ribbon, and her contemporary novels, the Mitchell’s Crossroads and Pleasant Gap series, showcase her Appalachian heritage, as well as her love for humor and family. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of five great kids, a speech-language pathologist to about fifty more, and a lover of chocolate, jazz, hats, and Jesus.

You can learn more about Pepper at her website http://www.pepperdbasham.com or connect with her on FB, IG, or Twitter.

More from Pepper

It’s so interesting how one idea can influence an entire series, or…how one person’s story can.

The idea for The Heart of the Mountains started in Laurel’s Dream with a hint of a family history story about a girl named Kizzie. (Someday, I hope to bring Kizzie’s story to the pages of a book). From there, the idea began to grow out of a love for my Appalachian culture into a series of books which highlighted (and fictionalized) stories from my family history.

The main story in The Heart of the Mountains is about Jeb and Cora, two different people with similar servant hearts, but the secondary story that touched me so much was the one based on my great grandfather’s life. I write about it in the Author’s Note at the end of the novel, so I won’t go into detail about it. However, what I loved getting to do is bring the truth of God’s redemption in my great grandfather’s life…to life again.

I never knew “Papa Rat”. I only knew the stories handed down to me by my granny and my mama, but in writing this story, I feel as though I had a tiny opportunity to “meet” him in these pages. He was a gruff mountain man with a broken past which led him to make a whole lot of broken choices, but his story is incredibly encouraging, because it points to the God of broken people. My great grandpa wasn’t left in his brokenness, but, after years of running away from God, he would later recount that God pursued him. The beauty of Sam McAdams’ journey in The Heart of the Mountains is only a little glimpse into what I imagine my great grandpa’s redemption story looked like.

Because my great grandpa was forever changed when Jesus saved him (as any of us should be).

I think that’s what my granny and her siblings (and even “Papa Rat” himself) would want most -that his story would point to Jesus. I hope that’s what you see when you read about Sam McAdams in The Heart of the Mountains.

 

Have you ever read a book based on family history? One of my favorites is Catherine Marshall’s Christy.

Blog Stops

Bizwings Blog, July 28

Rachael’s Inkwell, July 28

Bigreadersite, July 28

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, July 29

Texas Book-aholic, July 29

Inklings and notions, July 30

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, July 30

Boondock Ramblings, July 30

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 31

Reading With Emily, July 31

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, July 31 (Author Interview)

lakesidelivingsite, August 1

Where Crisis & Christ Collide, August 1

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, August 1

Daysong Reflections, August 2

deb’s Book Review, August 2

Live. Love. Read., August 2

Betti Mace, August 3

Book Looks by Lisa, August 3

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 3

Remembrancy, August 4

For Him and My Family, August 4

Blossoms and Blessings, August 4

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, August 5

By the Book, August 5

Wishful Endings, August 5

For the Love of Literature, August 6

Books, Books and More Books, August 6

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, August 6

Connie’s History Classroom, August 7

SodbusterLiving, August 7

Splashes of Joy, August 7

Where Faith and Books Meet, August 8

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 8

Back Porch Reads, August 9

Through the Fire Blogs, August 9

Pause for Tales, August 9

Labor Not in Vain, August 10

Miriam Jacob, August 10

To Everything There Is A Season, August 10

Giveaway

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

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/20389/the-heart-of-the-mountains-celebration-tour-giveaway

The Movie LIFEMARK from Kirk Cameron and the Kendrick Brothers

Hi folks, I am SO VERY EXCITED to let you know about a wonderful new movie coming out in theaters on September 9th.

From executive producers Kirk Cameron and the Kendrick Brothers—creators of War Room and Fireproof comes LIFEMARK, inspired by an incredible true story that celebrates the gift of life.

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Short Synopsis: 
David’s comfortable world is turned upside down when his birthmother unexpectedly reaches out to him, longing to meet the 18-year-old son she’s only held once. With the encouragement of his adoptive parents, David embarks on a journey of discovery that leads to a staggering truth from his past. From executive producers Kirk Cameron and the Kendrick Brothers—creators of War Room and Fireproof—comes LIFEMARK, inspired by an incredible true story that celebrates the gift of life.

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Coming to Theater’s near you

Giveaway and Tour Stranded on Castaway Island by Amy Laundrie

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GENRE:   middle grade-young adult

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BLURB:

On a remote island with only a herd of wild horses for company, two ex-best friends struggle to survive but soon realize they’re not alone.

After a sudden storm turned what should have been a quick boat ride into a nightmare, Annie is shipwrecked on a remote island near Nova Scotia with her ex-best friend Mirra. Learning to survive together would have been easier if they could get along–not possible after the hurtful words neither can forget. Annie and Mirra’s only company is a herd of wild horses–or that’s what the 14-year-old girls think at first. But when they discover still warm embers from a campfire and man-sized footprints, they know they’re not alone. 

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Excerpt One:

I clung onto the dash and hit 9 1 before a gigantic tower of greenish-gray water blasted over us. It soaked the phone. I caught my breath and tried punching the final 1. Please, oh, please. But nothing. A wall of water crashed onto the boat, soaking it more. Icy water sloshed around our ankles. The bow tilted to sea level again. “Hang on—” When I grabbed for the side-rail, the phone dropped to my feet. There was no chance of grabbing it—I was holding on for dear life as wave after wave washed onto the deck. The boat’s motor died. The storm was sweeping us out of the bay and into the open sea.

“Call the Coast Guard!” I screamed, remembering the radio.

Mirra pressed a button and shouted, “Coast Guard! Coast Guard!”

Nothing except static. 

“Mayday! Mayday!” Mirra shrieked.

The bow tilted up, and the cooler slid, hitting the stern and sounding like a gunshot. Clutching onto the handrail, I held my breath. A saltwater wall, taller than any before, swept over us. Coughing and sputtering, I looked for Mirra. She was gripping the wheel. A scream stuck in my throat as the boat plunged. 

When the wave sliced over us, it washed my legs out from under me. I closed my eyes as the freezing cold ocean ripped away my hat and gushed down on me. 

The boat pitched sideways. I lost my grip and tumbled into the raging water.

The shark’s jaws appeared, but I only looked at its eye.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Amy writes about nature and animals and spends way too much time imagining what it would be like to survive on a remote island. STRANDED ON CASTAWAY ISLAND, for middle grade and young adults, is her 11th books. She also has picture books, middle-grade chapter books, and an adult memoir. She’s a columnist and her memoir, LAUGH, CRY, REFLECT:  STORIES FROM A JOYFUL HEART is a compilation of her favorite pieces. 

Website: https://laundrie.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AmyLaundrieAuthor

Amazon Author Page: https://tinyurl.com/LaundrieAuthorPage

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AmyLaundrie

Blog: http://laundrie.com/articles

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amylaundrie/?hl=en

Goodreads: https://tinyurl.com/Goodreads-Laundrie

YouTube: https://tinyurl.com/yd3ubwr7

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Book Marketing Global Network:  https://bit.ly/344SRW2

Buy links:

The book will be on sale for only $0.99.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3KBonz6

Banres &Knoble: https://bit.ly/3xLfVtw

Goodreads: https://bit.ly/399NLhP

Bookbub: https://bit.ly/3vp4Rko

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE:

Amy Laundrie will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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<a href=”http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f4261“>Enter to win a $25 Amazon/BN GC – a Rafflecopter giveaway</a>

GIVEAWAY and Tour STRANDED ON CASTAWAY ISLAND by Amy C. LAUNDRIE

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GENRE:   middle grade-young adult

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BLURB:

On a remote island with only a herd of wild horses for company, two ex-best friends struggle to survive but soon realize they’re not alone.

After a sudden storm turned what should have been a quick boat ride into a nightmare, Annie is shipwrecked on a remote island near Nova Scotia with her ex-best friend Mirra. Learning to survive together would have been easier if they could get along–not possible after the hurtful words neither can forget. Annie and Mirra’s only company is a herd of wild horses–or that’s what the 14-year-old girls think at first. But when they discover still warm embers from a campfire and man-sized footprints, they know they’re not alone. 

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AN EXCERPT

I used the toilet and flushed for the first time since June 6th. I caught sight of myself in the mirror. Oh my God! Straggly hair and leathery, blotchy skin. Shaken, I shed my clothes and stepped into the shower. I uncapped the coconut shampoo and massaged my scalp. I held a dollop of soap to my nose and practically purred. “Mmmm.” I soaped my arms, legs, and body. I let the warm water soothe my tired muscles and dry skin. After I toweled off, I caught sight of myself in the mirror a second time.

I combed out my hair, then opened a bottle of lotion. I poured some on my hands and gently rubbed a generous amount onto my leathery arms. These were the arms that had helped carry Mirra onto the island. I rubbed lotion into my legs. Without these strong legs, I could never have found us water or gathered firewood. Finally, I rubbed Vaseline onto my lips, and lotion onto my face, forehead, and my feet. Spearing fish, capturing and cooking a duck, and roasting seal meat would have been impossible without this body. I looked in the mirror again. This time, I didn’t see scars or peeling skin. I only saw a strong, beautiful body. A body that had survived.

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More From Author Amy C. Laundrie

In STRANDED ON CASTAWAY ISLAND, two ex-best friends wash up on an uninhabited, remote island and are forced to rely on each other for survival. Learning to survive together would have been easier if they could get along–not possible after the hurtful words neither can forget. Annie and Mirra’s only company is a herd of wild horses–or that’s what the 14-year-old girls think at first. But when they discover still warm embers from a campfire and man-sized footprints, they know they’re not alone. Someone is watching them.

Midwest Book Review has this to say: “A skillfully crafted novel by an author with a genuine flair for originality and the kind of narrative driven storytelling that holds the reader’s engaged attention from beginning to end, “Stranded On Castaway Island” by Amy Laundrie is an extraordinarily entertaining read, and one that is especially appropriate and recommended for middle school, high school, and community library contemporary YA Fiction collections.”

Excerpt One:

I clung onto the dash and hit 9 1 before a gigantic tower of greenish-gray water blasted over us. It soaked the phone. I caught my breath and tried punching the final 1. Please, oh, please. But nothing. A wall of water crashed onto the boat, soaking it more. Icy water sloshed around our ankles. The bow tilted to sea level again. “Hang on—” When I grabbed for the side-rail, the phone dropped to my feet. There was no chance of grabbing it—I was holding on for dear life as wave after wave washed onto the deck. The boat’s motor died. The storm was sweeping us out of the bay and into the open sea.

“Call the Coast Guard!” I screamed, remembering the radio.

Mirra pressed a button and shouted, “Coast Guard! Coast Guard!”

Nothing except static. 

“Mayday! Mayday!” Mirra shrieked.

The bow tilted up, and the cooler slid, hitting the stern and sounding like a gunshot. Clutching onto the handrail, I held my breath. A saltwater wall, taller than any before, swept over us. Coughing and sputtering, I looked for Mirra. She was gripping the wheel. A scream stuck in my throat as the boat plunged. 

When the wave sliced over us, it washed my legs out from under me. I closed my eyes as the freezing cold ocean ripped away my hat and gushed down on me. 

The boat pitched sideways. I lost my grip and tumbled into the raging water.

The shark’s jaws appeared, but I only looked at its eye.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Amy writes about nature and animals and spends way too much time imagining what it would be like to survive on a remote island. STRANDED ON CASTAWAY ISLAND, for middle grade and young adults, is her 11th books. She also has picture books, middle-grade chapter books, and an adult memoir. She’s a columnist and her memoir, LAUGH, CRY, REFLECT:  STORIES FROM A JOYFUL HEART is a compilation of her favorite pieces. 

Website: https://laundrie.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AmyLaundrieAuthor

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