Tour and Giveaway for A Marriage of Inconvenience by Amy Vastine

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A Marriage of Inconvenience

(Stop the Wedding! #3)

                            By Amy Vastine

Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 213 Pages
April 1, 2021 by Harlequin Heartwarming

She’s met the perfect man…
But he’s engaged!

Wedding planner Sophia Reed never imagined she’d meet her perfect man during a bank robbery. Evan Anderson is handsome and funny and makes Sophia believe in love at first sight. There’s only one small hitch—he’s engaged to someone else, and Sophia is planning his wedding! But Evan’s wedding is purely a business arrangement…and true love might just turn this almost-perfect wedding into a beautiful catastrophe!

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Stop the Wedding!
Book 1: A Bridesmaid to Remember
Book 2: His Brother’s Bride
Book 3: A Marriage of Inconvenience

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I have really come to love the Harlequin Heartwarming line of sweet and clean romance stories and A Marriage of Inconvenience is one of the best. Sometimes marriage of inconvenience works out, sometimes it does not. In this book, before the bride even got married there were problems! Sophia and Evan meet at a bank robbery of all places. But when Evan shows up for Sophia to plan his wedding, we’ll, so much for the love at first sight.

This was such a fun book to read. With all of the ins and outs, Twista and turns and everything else going on, it was for sure a story that kept me turning the pages. I had to get to the end fast to see how the story would turn out. This is the last book in Amy Vastine’s Stop That Wedding Series and I’m going to miss these fun reads. I enjoyed the characters in this book so much. Sophia was a feisty strong woman that could overcome whatever life hit her with, which was a good thing with the surprises in this book. I love her grandmother, and the firm foundation she brings to the story. I love the way Vastine weaves everything together to create a wonderful ending to the book and to the series. I will be looking for more from her in the future. This one gets a Five Stars from me.

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

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About the Author

Amy Vastine has been plotting stories in her head for as long as she can remember. An eternal optimist, she studied social work, hoping to teach others how to find their silver lining. Now, she enjoys creating happily ever afters for all to read. Amy lives outside Chicago with her high school sweetheart husband, three teenagers who keep her on her toes, and their two sweet but mischievous pups.

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One winner will receive (US only):

– $25 Amazon gift card
– “I love you to the bookstore and back” book bag filled with several of my favorite Heartwarming books
– Blackwell Sisters cleaning cloth
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Welcome to the Takeover Tour and Giveaway for Hope Between the Pages by Pepper Basham

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Welcome to the Takeover Tour for Hope Between the Pages by Pepper Basham, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Hope Between the Pages

Title: Hope Between the Pages

Series: Doors to the Past

Author: Pepper Basham

Publisher: Barbour Books

Release Date: April 1, 2021

Genre: Christian, Split Time romance

Uncover the Story Behind a One-Hundred-Year-Old Love Letter

Walk through Doors to the Past via a new series of historical stories of romance and adventure.

Clara Blackwell helps her mother manage a struggling one-hundred-year old family bookshop in Asheville, North Carolina, but the discovery of a forgotten letter opens a mystery of a long-lost romance and undiscovered inheritance which could save its future. Forced to step outside of her predictable world, Clara embarks on an adventure with only the name Oliver as a hint of the man’s identity in her great-great-grandmother’s letter. From the nearby grand estate of the Vanderbilts to a hamlet in Derbyshire, England, Clara seeks to uncover the truth about family and love that may lead to her own unexpected romance.

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Pepper Basham

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.

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(1) winner will receive a print copy of Hope Between the Pages and a $15 Amazon gift card!

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Tour and Giveaway for Blood of the Dragonfly by Hawk MacKinney

Join us for this tour from Apr 12 to Apr 30, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Blood of the Dragonfly ( The Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series – Book V)
Author:  Hawk MacKinney
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+), 227 pages
Genre:  Mystery/Suspense
Publisher:  Sage Words Publishing
Release date:  Feb 2021
Content Rating:  PG. There are graphic death scenes.

Book Description:

While dangling a fishing hook from his flat bottom skiff before dawn, former SEAL-turned-PI Craige Ingram spots grey-black smoke coiling above the treetops across the river in the direction of the Georgia bayous and Corpsewood Manor. Bayou or bogs, fire in the uncut cypress and pines bodes a sense that the river is no barrier to the fire that threatens his ancestral home, Moccasin Hollow. Neither are the bodies later found in the burned mansion of Corpsewood Manor. Craige wastes no time in helping his ex-SEAL buddy Lt. Graysen MacGerald who is now Head of Buckingham Homicide Investigations by unofficially investigating the bodies and an exquisite dragonfly brooch found in the mansion with a reputation for evil, hauntings, and mystery.

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Blood of the Dragonfly by Hawk MacKinney centers around a fire that ended up taking out a bigger part of the Corpsewood Manor, along with bodies found in the burned mansion. Former Navy SEAL-turned-PI Craige Ingram along with his buddy, Head of Buckingham Homicide Investigation Lt. Graysen MacGerald is immediately on the case to find the reasoning behind the burned bodies, as well as who started the fire in the first place.

Craige Ingram is the person to follow as he starts the journey of solving the crime. A lot of things are happening in this story, many twists and turns that will keep you guessing. MacKinney does a really nice job choosing characters that develop well throughout the story. Lots of ups and downs and tension flowing around. Blood of the Dragonfly is a very well written book, the first book I have read by Hawk MacKinney, and I look forward to reading more. If suspense is what you enjoy, this would be a great choice for you.

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

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And now an interesting interview with  Author Hawk MacKinney

What advice would you give budding writers?

The world is full of naysayers and can’t and no. Don’t listen. Trust yourself. Talk to the person in the mirror. Trust your feelings -AND- keep writing, keep your notes, keep your journals. Those are part of your soul.

What is the last book you’ve read?

The biography of Bernadine Eugénie Désirée Clary – Napoleon’s fiancée who he jilted. She later wedded French General Jean Baptiste Bernadotte. Elected to carry the crown of Sweden, the couple founded the Bernadotte Dynasty – to this day on the throne of Sweden. And naysayers say history isn’t romantic! What a saga!

What made you write a romance novel?

Moccasin Trace is really volume one of the Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series, but it introduces the historical founding bloodlines of the serial protagonist and supporting characters in my contemporary series, Moccasin Hollow Mysteries. Strong females! Great setting and plot and great fun!

How did you come up with this idea?

I wanted to lay the groundwork of how history and upbringing can influence the direction one’s life takes, the decisions and beliefs at stake, and how one holds to the core that makes us individuals.

In today’s tech savvy world, most writers use a computer or laptop. Have you ever written pen to paper?

All the time, especially my instant notes. Computers are great for rewrites/editing. They save tons of time, but scrambling words into sentences/paragraphs/chapters etc. etc., drags in all the notes/feelings etc.

Hawk MacKinney

www.hawkmackinneyauthor.com

 

Meet the Author:

Hawk MacKinney began writing mysteries for his school newspaper, served in the US Navy for over 20 years, earned two postgraduate degrees with studies in languages and history, taught postgraduate courses in the United States and Jerusalem, authored professional articles and chordate embryology texts on fetal and adult anatomy, and is well known for his works of fiction. Moccasin Trace, a historical novel, was nominated for the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the Writers Notes Book Award. Both his CAIRNS OF SANCTUARIE science fiction series and the MOCCASIN HOLLOW MYSTERY series have received worldwide recognition.Connect with the Author:     website  

 
Tour Schedule:
Apr 12 – PIck a Good Book – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Apr 13 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
Apr 13 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Apr 14 – Ms. Cat’s Honest World – book review / guest post / giveaway
Apr 14 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Apr 15 – I Read What You Write – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Apr 16 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Apr 19 – Bigreadersite – book review / giveaway
Apr 20 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Apr 21 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Apr 22 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / giveaway
Apr 23 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review / giveaway
Apr 23 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Apr 26 – My Reading Journeys – book review / giveaway
Apr 26 – Kam’s Place – book review
Apr 27 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Apr 27 – Buried Under Books – book review / giveaway
Apr 28 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review / giveaway
Apr 29 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Apr 30 – Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway
Apr 30 – BookishKelly2020 – book spotlight
Apr 30 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book spotlight / giveaway

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Tour and Giveaway for WoE Is Us by D. K. Doulos

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WoE Is Us
By D.K. Doulos
Christian Dystopian, YA, Sci-Fi
Paperback & ebook, 267 Pages
March 30, 2021 by Ambassador International

Lyrian Wallace was only ten years old when the Malevolence struck on October 10, 2056. She thought the next decade had numbed her to the grief, the death, the bots, and the daily struggle for survival. She lost her parents when they became Sleepers, but like everyone else, she had pieced together a new family. Lyrian was almost content when the Alliance began taking them . . .

The world always took things away from her. She could only live for today and never dared to hope for any heaven. But when her circumstances change, Lyrian must choose how she might live for both this life and the next.

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Tips for Surviving the Haunt

In the middle of the 21st century, the devastating Malevolence computer virus has left wide swaths of abandoned homes in the suburban rings around cities. These “Haunts” are stalked by crazed, zombie-like robots that violently attack humans. On most occasions, surviving humans tend to avoid venturing near Haunts. But, if you do need to undertake a mission into one of these dangerous areas (like the characters in my Christian dystopian novel “WoE Is Us”), here are some tips to help you make it out alive:

Tip #1: Travel after midnight. Yes, the Haunt is usually safer in the middle of the night. After ten years without maintenance, many of the bots lurking in the Haunt have batteries that no longer hold a charge. They rely upon solar power to operate and recharge during the day. By midnight, most bots have entered a suspended state to preserve energy and wait for morning. Though stumbling upon a sleeping bot in the midnight shadows of the Haunt may provide an unnerving surprise, it’s far safer than encountering the same waking bot in the daylight. NOTE: Some bots still have strong batteries, so don’t assume every bot you meet will be asleep.

Tip #2: Keep it quiet. Noise attracts bots, which can be problematic for traveling the Haunt. For example, using a gun to defend yourself in the Haunt could bring a hundred bots down on top of your location. Using specialized weaponry like lightning bugs (which fire special electrodes to overload the circuitry of bots to incapacitate them) is highly recommended. If necessary, using a large knife to sever critical components within the bot’s neck and torso can be an effective, if dangerous, option. If you must use a gun, flee the area after firing the weapon as quickly as possible. NOTE: Noise can also wake nearby sleeping bots.

Tip #3: Get in and out. Don’t stay long. Lingering in the Haunt will eventually prove disastrous.

Tip #4: Pray. Seriously. You can use all the help you can get!

By using the tips above, your visit to the Haunt near you has a fighting chance of success. To see how one group’s trip to the Haunt went, check out “WoE Is Us.”

About the Author

D.K. Doulos has written stories most of his life and is thankful he can use his talent in service to God. When he’s not writing, he enjoys going camping, impersonating a grill master, and watching college football. Between epic cross-country family road trips, he lives in Texas with his wife and four children. Find out more about D.K. on his website (www.dkdoulos.com).

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One winner will receive (US only):
– A leather satchel (sized to carry a tablet, iPad, or Kindle) that’s similar to the one carried by the book’s main character
– Bluebonnet scratch-made soap, inspired by the book’s Texas setting
– Fredericksburg Juicy Peach scented wax melts, inspired by the book’s Texas setting
– A $25 Amazon gift card

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The Amish Teacher’s Wish by Tracey J. Lyons

Book Name The Amish Teacher’s Wish

⇒ Author Tracey J. Lyons

⇒ Publisher Love Inspired

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⇒ Book Blurb 

She wants her own happily-ever-after…

As an Amish bachelor repairs her school… can she heal his heart?

With the school damaged during a storm, teacher Sadie Fischer needs Levi Byler’s help repairing it. Levi has one condition—he won’t become a part of her search for a husband. He’s been hurt before, and love and marriage aren’t part of his plans. But Sadie might just be the perfect woman to mend his heart…and convince him forever isn’t just for fairy tales.

⇒ Giveaway – (1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card(US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics. Instagram is not affiliated with nor responsible for this giveaway. Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on April 12, 2021.)

⇒ To Enter, follow @traceylyonsauthor @justreadtours & Tag 2 friends in the same comment on this post or any other hosted post of this tour. Enter up to 3x per post. 

The setting is a small town Amish community in New York and at the particular time a storm has don’t major damage to the school house and needs fixing. Levi Byler just recently moves in the community and is the person most qualified for the job. But he makes sure he’s not a candidate for matchmaking before he takes on the job. But could Sadie really make promises?

One in a while I just love sitting down and reading a good calming Amish read. Even though they have their own issues, I still get that warm calm feeling reading Amish and this book was perfect for that read Levi has a hurtful past that’s the reason he doesn’t want to find love and Sadie has her own problems with her dad wanting her to marry an older Amish man she doesn’t want to marry. So we follow the journey of both these characters through many ups and downs and watching Levi handle raising the damaged school. I enjoyed this Amish read. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and watching their develop throughout the story. Ms. Lyons’ does a great job of research and writing this sweet story. And I can’t waiting for more books from this author in the future. If you love Amish books, I encourage you to check this one out as your next read. You will love it.

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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Tour and Giveaway for Cleo Can Tie a Bow by Sybrina Durant

Join us for this tour from Apr 6 to Apr 19, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Cleo Can Tie a Bow by Sybrina Durant

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

Genre:  Children’s Picture Book

Publisher:  Sybrina Publishing

Release date:   Sept 27th, 2020

Content Rating:  G for everyone.

Book Description:

Cleo can tie a bow. She learned from a rabbit and a fox. They can help you learn to tie one, too. Great parent-child activity for learning to tie a bow with any ribbon or string – including shoe laces.

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Cleo Can Tie a Bow: A Rabbit and a Fox Story by Sybrina Durant is a cute little story about a little girl who loves bows so much she has them everywhere. You will find them in her hair, on her shoes, in her room on her bed and on her curtains. Everywhere she goes and everywhere she is there are bows. Pink bows, so apparently she loves pink too because there is also a lot of pink in her book, which is fine with me because I love pink as well. And the fox and the bunny were so cute, and what a clever idea to have the focus Tie the rabbits ears at the same time Cleo tied her bow to teach children how to tie a bow for themselves. The fox and the deer are adorable as well as the deer they invited along. These are among the amazingly creative illustrations created by illustrator Pumudi Gardiyawasam. I just love how Gardiyawasam brings the story to life by creating the perfect picture for each page, with unique and fabulous characters and the vibrant and beautiful colors throughout the book. I can see little girls loving this book, so my copy is going to my sweet and beautiful grandaughter. Cleo Can Tie a Bow is a wonderful, colorful book inside and out and would be the perfect addition to any daycare, preschool or kindergarten classroom, as well as any elementary school library. I can also see this book in dentist and Drs. offices. If books are allowed. Go out and get this book for your child. You will be happy you did.

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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Are there under-represented ideas featured in your book? 

No, but this book has received a lot of criticism for containing so many pictures of a little girl wearing the color pink. Some critics have mentioned they thought that might be off-putting to boys. I find that strange, since we live in a time that is celebrated as being all inclusive. After all, pink is not just for girls anymore and boys have always looked good in bows.

In actuality, only about 10 out of 32 pages of the book feature the color pink. The rest of the story takes place in a naturally colored forest setting so there is really no reason for boys not to be able to enjoy the reading and learning process just as much as girls will. 

How important are names to you in your books? How do you choose names? 

Character names are very important. In fact, I’ll share a little secret with you that all the characters in this book have unwritten names. No one will ever know what they are unless they read this little back story. (https://wordpress.com/post/sybrinapublishing.wordpress.com/10190)  Regarding how I chose the main character’s name for this book, I wanted a name that flowed easily in the title or that rhymed with the word bow. I developed a very long list of possibilities. Here are a few: Tibby, Tessy, Becka, and Chloe. It took me a long time to settle on Cleo. I think I picked the best name.  How about you?  

What are some day jobs that you have held?  Have any of them impacted your writing? 

I still have a day job at an engineering company. For nearly forty years, I have been a catalogue-er of information in some capacity or other. I work 10 hours a day at my “day” job and then I come home and work some more on my “wobby”, as my husband calls it. It doesn’t impact my writing too much because I really don’t write that much anymore – but it does have a huge effect on how I go about promoting and marketing my books. You must be very disciplined about keeping track of who you have reached out to and how you have reached out to them. It takes a lot of creativity and pre-planning and scheduling, too. Those kinds of things take thousands of hours. That kind of work is never, ever done. I have found ways to save myself lots of time in the process. I use auto-scheduling services to post daily to all of my social media and to my blog.  Most of my posts are related to promoting the sale of off-shoot products related to my books. Being an Amazon associate, allows me to find lots of items related to themes and characters in my books. You can see some of the products related to Cleo Can Tie A Bow in my Girls Love Bows Gift Shop. https://sybrinapublishing.wordpress.com/girls-love-bows-gift-shop-glbgs-1/

Do you now or have you ever considered writing under a pen-name? Why or why not?

No, I never wanted to do that because of 2 reasons. The first is because when I was young and dumb, I hated my name because no one ever pronounced it correctly. I told my Dad I wanted a nick name that was easy to say and he got very angry. He told me he gave me such a unique name because he knew I was going to be famous some day. Of course, as a teenager, I simply couldn’t see beyond the nose on my face and scoffed at that idea.  But then, in my 30’s, a psychic told me that I would one day be famous for my writings and songs and that they would help a lot of people. Maybe, though far apart, both of those incidents were the catalysts that make me strive so hard (through marketing and promoting) to let the public know that my books exist and that they can be found under the name that my father wanted people to know me by. My little sister, however, writes under the pen name, Gina Rose. She is an exceptional author of historical regency romance. All of her books are full of humor and suspense, too.

What’s your funniest flaw? 

That I’m a Pollyanna. The definition being that I am an excessively and blindly optimistic person.  My glass is always half-full.  Why is that a funny flaw, you might ask? Well, because I’ll probably still be promising myself that all my efforts will eventually pay off when I’m lying on my death bed.  I think a lot of entrepreneurs have that syndrome. You know…like…even if I never experience financial success from all this hard work, maybe my books will become famous after I’ve passed and my kids will one day benefit.

 

Meet the Author:

I’ve been writing creative and technical works for years. Many of my songs are on Youtube and Itunes. Two of my books are available as ebooks online. They are “Learn To Tie A Tie WIth The Rabbit And The Fox” and “Sybrina’s Phrase Thesaurus”.

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

 

Tour Schedule:


Apr 6 – Laura’s Interests – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Apr 6 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway

Apr 6 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway

Apr 7 – Rockin’ Book Tours – book spotlight / giveaway

Apr 7 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway

Apr 8 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

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

Apr 9 – Hall Ways Blog – book review / giveaway

Apr 9 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book review / guest post / giveaway

Apr 12 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway

Apr 12 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight

Apr 12 – Kam’s Place – book review

Apr 13 – Chit Chat with Charity – book review / author interview

Apr 13 – The Bespectacled Mother – book review

Apr 14 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / author interview / giveaway

Apr 14 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway

Apr 15 – Reading is My Passion – book review

Apr 15 – The Book Review Crew – book review / guest post / giveaway

Apr 16 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway

Apr 16 – icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway

Apr 19 – I’m All About Books – book spotlight / giveaway

Apr 19 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway

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Tour and Giveaway for Let’s Talk by Lisa Jacovsky

Let’s Talk

by Lisa Jacovsky

GENRE: Picture Book

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Harper, a seven-year-old little girl that is typically developing, loves going to the pool. One day when she gets to the pool, she meets a new friend, a little girl who is also seven years old . She has no idea that this friend is any different than her. All Harper knows is she has a new friend that wants to play in her tube with her. They both love to swim at the pool and want to play together however, Emma has little communication skills. Emma can make sounds and not words and flaps her hands when she is excited. When Harper realizes she cannot communicate with her new friend she becomes determined to find a way to. In talking to her mom, Harper is told that Emma has Autism Spectrum Disorder. Determined to not let this stand in the way of her new friendship she becomes determined to learn how to communicate with Emma. She begins to learn about Autism Spectrum Disorder and asks Emma’s mom to show her the different ways she can communicate with her new friend. Harper becomes excited to begin to use her new tools to communicate with Emma. The two become inseparable from that day on. Harper introduces Emma to all her friends and teaches them how to communicate with her. Harper and Emma become the center of their circle of friends and begin to have many more adventures together.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Lisa Jacovsky currently is a Doctoral Level student at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is excited for the possibilities having her Doctoral degree will bring her. She has been in the field of ABA since 2014 where she began her career working with adults in residential group homes. She moved onto working with children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder in 2018 and is currently working in Early Intervention. It is her experience with children that inspired her to finally fulfill her dream of writing a book. Lisa began writing short stories when she was seven years old. Writing is a passion for her and one of the many things she enjoys. Lisa lives in New Jersey where she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and working on the next stories of the Rascal Cat brothers silly shenanigans.  

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Twitter: Lisachildbooks

Website: http://www.lisajayauthor.com

Email: ljayauthor@gmail.co,

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Lisa Jacovsky will be awarding signed copies of both her children’s books and four kinds of stickers (two of each book) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Tour and Giveaway for Three Missing Days by Colleen Coble

Three Missing Days

by Colleen Coble

April 5 – 30, 2021 Tour

Synopsis:

Three Missing Days by Colleen Coble

Book Three in the gripping romantic suspense series from USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble.

A chilling murder.

Her son’s arrest.

Her stolen memories.

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Published by: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: April 6th 2021
Number of Pages: 352
ISBN: 0785228543 (ISBN13: 9780785228547)
Series: Pelican Harbor #3 || These books are Stand Alone Mysteries but are better if read as a series!
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In Three Missing Days by Colleen Coble, Chief of Police Jane Hardy is at it again as she investigates a house fire that takes the life of two people. It seems any leads are gonna be hard to get. In the meantime Chief Jane’s son Will is in the middle of a murder investigation and all leads lead straight to him, even though everyone knows he is innocent. In this riveting end to the Pelican Harbor Series, Coble brings back most of the fabulous characters we have already met and love and again they play their parts to perfection as this compelling story unfolds.

Three Missing Days is a whirlwind story that will have your head spinning by the time you finish the last page. The ending of the story and series left me satisfied and finally relaxed. I’m going to miss these characters, especially Reed, Chief Jane and Will. And oh I can’t leave out my favorite character, Parker. I would love to have a dog like this smart fellow. However there is one thing I thought was lacking some, and it’s the crime involving Will. The descriptions of how it happen just didn’t cut it. Just not Colleen Coble style. And I hate saying this about a C. Coble book. She’s on my very favorites list. But it could be the ARC I read and is better in the final print. Other than this, the book is a fantastic read. I’m still giving this a Five Star review because it’s awesome.

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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Read an excerpt:

“I know what you did.”

The muffled voice on her phone raised the hair on the back of Gail Briscoe’s head, and she swiped the perspiration from her forehead with the back of her hand. “Look, I’ve reported these calls. Don’t call me again.”

She ended the call with a hard finger punch on the screen and stepped onto her front porch. The late-May Alabama air wrapped her in a blanket of heat and humidity, and she couldn’t wait to wash it off. She should have left the light on before she went for her predawn run. The darkness pressing against her isolated home sent a shudder down her back, and she fumbled her way inside. Welcome light flooded the entry, and she locked the door and the dead bolt with a decisive click that lifted her confidence.

She stared at the number on the now-silent phone. The drugstore again. Though there weren’t many pay phones around anymore, the old soda shop and drugstore still boasted a heavy black phone installed back in the sixties. The caller always used it, and so far, no one had seen who was making the calls. The pay phone was located off an alley behind the store by a Dumpster so it was out of sight.

The guy’s accusation was getting old. Counting today, this made seven calls with the same message. Could he possibly know about the investigation? She rejected the thought before it had a chance to grow. It wasn’t public knowledge, and it would be over soon. She clenched her hands and chewed on her bottom lip. She had to be vindicated.

But who could it be, and what did he want?

Leaving a trail of sweaty yoga shorts and a tee behind her, she marched to the bathroom and turned the spray to lukewarm before she stepped into the shower. The temperature shocked her overheated skin in a pleasant way, and within moments she was cooled down. She increased the temperature a bit and let the water sluice over her hair.

As she washed, she watched several long strands of brown hair swirl down the drain as she considered the caller’s accusation. The police had promised to put a wiretap on her phone, but so far the guy hadn’t stayed on the phone long enough for a trace to work. And it was Gail’s own fault. She should have talked with him more to string out the time.

She dried off and wrapped her hair in a turban, then pulled on capris and a top. Her phone vibrated again. She snatched it up and glanced at the screen. Augusta Richards.

“I got another call, Detective. Same phone at the drugstore. Could you set up a camera there?”

“I hope I’m not calling too early, and I don’t think that’s necessary. The owner just told me that old pay phone is being removed later today. Maybe that will deter the guy. It’s the only pay phone in town. He’ll have to use something else if he calls again.”

“He could get a burner phone.”

“He might,” the detective admitted. “What did he say?”

“The same thing—‘I know what you did.’”

“Do you have any idea what it means?”

Gail flicked her gaze away to look out the window, where the first colors of the sunrise limned the trees. “Not a clue.”

“Make sure you lock your doors and windows. You’re all alone out there.”

“Already locked. Thanks, Detective.” Gail ended the call.

Ever since Nicole Pearson’s body had been found a couple of months ago, no one needed to remind Gail she lived down a dirt road with no next-door neighbors. No one wanted to buy the neighboring place after such a lurid death, so the area remained secluded other than a couple of houses about a mile away and out closer to the main road.

She stood back from the window. It was still too dark to see. Was someone out there?

Pull back the reins on your imagination. But once the shudders started, they wouldn’t stop. Her hands shaking, she left her bedroom and went to pour herself a cup of coffee with a generous splash of half-and-half from the fridge. She had a stack of lab orders to process, and she couldn’t let her nerves derail her work.

The cups rattled as she snatched one from the cupboard. The coffee sloshed over the rim when she poured it, then she took a big gulp of coffee. It burned all the way down her throat, and tears stung her eyes as she sputtered. The heat settled her though, and she checked the locks again before she headed to her home office with her coffee.

No one could see in this tiny cubicle with no window, but she rubbed the back of her neck and shivered. She’d work for an hour, then go into the lab. The familiar ranges and numbers comforted her. She sipped her coffee and began to plow through the stack of papers. Her eyes kept getting heavy. Weird. Normally she woke raring to go every morning.

Maybe she needed more coffee. She stretched out her neck and back and picked up the empty coffee cup.

Gail touched the doorknob and cried out. She stuck her first two fingers in her mouth. What on earth?

The door radiated heat. She took a step back as she tried to puzzle out what was happening, but her brain couldn’t process it at first. Then tendrils of smoke oozed from under the door in a deadly fog.

Fire. The house was on fire.

She spun back toward the desk, but there was nothing she could use to protect herself. There was no way of egress except through that door.

If she wanted to escape, she’d have to face the inferno on the other side.

She snatched a throw blanket from the chair and threw it over her head, then ran for the door before she lost her courage. When she yanked it open, a wall of flames greeted her, but she spied a pathway down the hall to her bedroom. Ducking her head, she screamed out a war cry and plowed through the flames.

In moments she was in the hall where the smoke wasn’t so thick. She pulled in a deep breath as she ran for her bedroom. She felt the cool air as soon as she stepped inside and shut the door behind her. Too late she realized the window was open, and a figure stepped from the closet.

Something hard came down on her head, and darkness descended.

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Excerpt from Three Missing Days by Colleen Coble.  Copyright 2021 by Thomas Nelson. Reproduced with permission from Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved.

 

 

Author Bio:

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble is a USA TODAY bestselling author and RITA finalist best known for her coastal romantic suspense novels, including The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens, and the Lavender Tides, Sunset Cove, Hope Beach, and Rock Harbor series.

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BookBub: @ColleenCoble
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Twitter: @colleencoble
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NIV Verse Mapping Bible

Bible Description:

Verse mapping means getting real about studying the Bible. More than simply reading a verse or Scripture passage, verse mapping uses Bible study tools to research what you’ve read—to learn about what God is saying and how you can apply his Word to your life. The NIV Verse Mapping Bible includes 350 partially completed verse maps to get you started.

Go beyond just reading the Bible.

Verse mapping means getting real about studying the Bible. More than simply reading a verse or Scripture passage, verse mapping means using Bible study tools to research what you’ve just read in the Bible—to learn more about what God is saying to you and how you can apply his Word to your life today

In the NIV Verse Mapping Bible, author Kristy Cambron expands her verse mapping curriculum series to include verses from the entire Bible, showing you how to compare Bible translations, pick out meaningful words, and delve into the true meaning of each verse using starter verse maps and prompts. Verse mapping will help you study the historical context, transliteration, translation, connotation, and theological framework of a verse. This unique study technique includes exploring Hebrew and Greek word studies, finding connections in Scripture, comparing Bible translations, and learning as much as you can from your time in God’s Word. 

Verse mapping involves five steps:

  1. Choose: Select a verse and write it out.
  2. Compare: Record this verse in two or three other Bible translations and underline key words that are the same or different between translations.
  3. Research: Look up the Hebrew or Greek meaning for the underlined words and record it.
  4. Consider: Ask questions of the verse. Imagine what it would be like to have experienced what’s happening. Read the verses surrounding this verse and use other study tools to dig even deeper, if you prefer.
  5. Apply: What is God saying to you? How does this verse relate to your life today?

I have been reading this Verse Mapping Bible and going through checking out how the study works. This is an amazing way to study your Bible. If you follow the five step involved, you will learn a whole new way to study your Bible. And it’s easy once you get the hand of it. I have lots of info here on my blog and you can connect to any of the social media platforms and find out more about this Bible. It comes in many colors and forms so you can choose what you want.

There is one main concern for me. The font is so tiny it’s hard for me to read. So if you have problems with tiny font, this may not be a good choice for you. I’m sure it’s due to lots of space to write, but still I think this needs to be carefully looked into. Or since there is a journey, maybe a different Bible to go with the journal? I am ordering the journal, I want to make this work for me. I appreciate the opportunity to review this Bible and I am giving it Four Stars because of the font. Otherwise it would have been a higher rating.


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Tour and Giveaway for Melanin Brown Discovers America by Candice Davis

Join us for this tour from Apr 6 to Apr 19, 2021!

Book Details:
Book Title:  Melanin Brown Discovers America by Candice Davis¢
Category:  Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12),  96 pages
Genre: Early Chapter/Middle Grade
Publisher:  Mascot
Release date:  April 2021
Content Rating:  G.

Book Description:

Melanin Brown is a girl far beyond her years who observes a brand new student being bullied at her school because of his ethics. This causes her to feel distressed, uncomfortable, and the treatment does not sit right with her. As she is given guidance from her parents, friends, and teachers, she also leans on her desire to treat people in the same manner in which she would want to be treated. Melanin finds how to confront disparate difficult situations while simultaneously navigating her own sense of truth and justice.

Melanin is the friend we all wish was in our group when we were in school. Kind, sincere, and smart, Melanin is a leader for our times whose compassion knows no bounds. Open these pages and accompany Melanin on her path to self-confidence!

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Meet the Author:

Candice Davis is a middle school Special Education Teacher in Washington, D.C., with a background in film. She started her career in education as a Curriculum and Personnel Specialist, writing grants and proposals. Due to her desire to have more of a direct impact with disadvantaged students, she transitioned into teaching. This is Davis’s debut book. She holds a M.Ed. in Educational Psychology with a focus in Social Foundations from the University of Virginia and a BA in Film and Video

Studies from George Mason University.

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Apr 6 –
Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight
Apr 6 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Apr 7 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight
Apr 8 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book spotlight
Apr 9 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight
Apr 12 – The Book Review Crew – book spotlight
Apr 13 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight
Apr 14 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight
Apr 15 – Laura’s Interests – book spotlight
Apr 16- Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book spotlight
Apr 19 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight


Tour and Giveaway for Blessed and Transformed by Dr. Jeannine Bennett

About the Book

Book:  Blessed and Transformed

Author: Dr. Jeannine Bennett

Genre: Christian Nonfiction (Women’s Bible Study)

Release date: October 2020

What do you do when God answers your prayers, renews your mind, and transforms you?

Life does not always turn out the way we hope. It is often filled with tragedy, heartbreak, and loss, but make no mistake, God doesn’t abandon us during those times. Instead, God uses every experience we encounter to transform us so we can live the life He intended when He created us.

As Christians, we understand that we live in a fallen world. A world where dwelling on past failures or falling prey to the same sins seems normal. But what happens when God opens our spiritual eyes and shows us a different way to live? Do you run to Him and embrace the change? Do you find your calling and live out your purpose?

In Blessed and Transformed, Jeannine Bennett shares how much sweeter life is when you recognize God’s blessings and fully embrace His transformation of your life. She shows you there is no limit to what you can endure or accomplish by keeping God front and center.

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About the Author

Jeannine Bennett is a wife to Hayden, mom to four children, and grandmother to seven grandchildren. Her children are named Sandra, Brittany, Camryn, and Zachary. Her grandchildren are Colin, Lilyana, Willow, Savannah, Winter, and Hope. She is the founder and CEO of Vision to Purpose, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, an adjunct faculty member in the School of Business for Liberty University Online, and an executive coach for The Honor Foundation.

To those who know Jeannine, she is simply a woman who loves Jesus, is devoted to her family, and struggles with life’s challenges like the rest of us. She is not immune to bad hair days, shrinking clothes (weight gain), or sleepless nights. She loves learning and sharing the knowledge acquired to help others learn too. Her favorite ice cream is a toss-up between butter pecan and mint chocolate chip. And, although she has lived in Virginia for more than 30 years, she still calls a water fountain a bubbler. A term she grew up saying in her hometown of Racine, Wisconsin.

In Blessed and Transformed, Dr. Jeannine Bennett is telling everyone how we can live a Transformed life with God leading us all of the way. In the first part of the book she tells of different things in her life, some are really heartbreaking and other not so much and some where before she accepted Jesus as her Savior. The second part of the book, Bennett shares about her life after she has been Transformed by God.

I enjoyed this entire book. Reading about the issues in Bennett’s life and seeing its not perfect helps to understand all of our lives and that no one is without problems. And the second part, I will be reading again because I need the reminders. Dr. Bennett speaks from the heart as she tells of her Transformed life in Christ. It’s like she is sitting with you and talking to you personally the way she is writing these things. Sometimes for me I think it’s impossible to live this life but as Bennett says in her book the impossible comes when we have experienced God and don’t feel transformed because as she says, it’s impossible for me to experience God and not have some transformation, in my life. I like that and I want to read Blessed and Transformed a little slower next time and really fully ingest what it is saying. I appreciate Dr Bennett writing this book and telling of her experiences and telling about the Transformed life in a way I haven’t heard before. And to fully understand what she is saying, you need to read this book, which I recommend to every woman anywhere. You will love and appreciate Dr. Bennett as much as I do.


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

More from Jeannine

In my previous book, Broken to Beautiful, I shared my testimony. The first half of my story was filled with hopelessness, disappointment, heartache, and loss. The second half described accounts of undeniable blessings. I have chosen to continue my story in Blessed and  Transformed because I want to further the conversation about what happens when we

receive all of those blessings.

Friends, we cannot have blessings without being transformed. Just as each trial, each struggle, each challenge changes us, each blessing is a gift that God uses to change us too.

I believe blessings are God’s way of showing that He loves us. I also think He uses those blessings to nudge us forward in pursuit of what He has called us to do.

I pray this book is a blessing to you!

In Christ,

Jeannine

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, April 8

Splashes of Joy, April 8

Library Lady’s Kit Lit, April 9

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 10

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, April 11

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, April 12

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, April 13

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 14

Lights in a Dark World, April 14

Texas Book-aholic, April 15

Inklings and notions, April 16

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 17

For Him and My Family, April 18

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 19

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 20

deb’s Book Review, April 21

Mary Hake, April 21

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To celebrate her tour, Jeannine is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

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Tour and Giveaway for Three Makes a Family By Cari Lynn Webb

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Three Makes a Family
(City by the Bay Stories #7)
By Cari Lynn Webb
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 223 Pages
April 1, 2021 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Can love for a child…
Make them a family?

Lawyer Molly McKinney needs to be the best—now more than ever. Relocating to San Francisco means a chance to provide a stable income and home for her nine-month-old daughter. And defending former rival Drew Harrington against charges of witness tampering will boost her reputation. As they work to clear Drew’s name, their feelings grow. But does Molly have room in her life for love?

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City by the Bay Stories
Book 1: The Charm Offensive
Book 2: The Doctor’s Recovery
Book 3: Ava’s Prize
Book 4: Single Dad to the Rescue
Book 5: In Love by Christmas
Book 6: Her Surprise Engagement
Book 7: Three Makes a Family

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Drew leaned back against the couch and stared at their Santa photo. “This is still one of my favorite Thanksgivings ever.”

“Seriously?” Molly sipped her wine.

“It’s one of the few I didn’t spend with my nose in a law book the entire time,” Drew admitted.

Molly swirled her wine in her glass. “We were good that way, weren’t we?”

“What way?”

“We balanced the school and work with the fun,” she said. “Remember flag football.”

“And trivia nights.” He nudged her shoulder with his. “You always hated when you lost.”

“I still hate to lose.” She laughed and finished her wine. “I don’t miss those late-night burrito runs when we left the library after a study session.”

“Best burritos in town.” Drew touched his stomach. “You always ate half of mine even after you complained you weren’t hungry and didn’t even want a burrito.”

“It always looked better when you were eating it. I don’t know why.”

“Everything is better together.” Drew wanted to swallow those words but it was too late. They were already out. In the sudden quiet, he realized a truth. Things had been better with Molly in his life. What happened to us?

Drew cleared his throat. They’d been friends and grown apart. He wouldn’t mistake the gratitude and respect he felt for Molly now to be anything more than that. But his gaze returned to the picture and thoughts of Molly as something more rumbled inside his chest.

“I bet you never knew you were my only real friend.” Molly scooted into Drew’s side, set her head on his shoulder and traced her finger over the picture. “I’ve really missed you.”

He had to admit it. “I’ve missed you too.”

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About the Author


Cari Lynn Webb lives in South Carolina with her husband, daughters and assorted four-legged family members. She’s been blessed to see the power of true love in her grandparent’s 70 year marriage and her parent’s marriage of over 50 years. She knows love isn’t always sweet and perfect, it can be challenging, complicated and risky. But she believes happily-ever-afters are worth fighting for. She loves to connect with readers. Visit her at her website.

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Colors of Character, Steve Skipper’s Story

Skipper’s story is nothing short of extraordinary.” – CCM Magazine review
With no formal training, Steve Skipper has broken down walls of racism in the world of fine art. God radically saved Skipper when he was a member of a notorious Birmingham, Alabama, street gang and immediately his life was transformed. Focused on his new-found faith and his talent for painting, Skipper faithfully seized opportunities that only God could have provided and he quickly began gaining notoriety in the sports world for his meticulous artistic style of super-realism. Now, Skipper is continuing his journey, painting the stories of the pioneers of the Civil Rights movement.      “Colors of Character is a remarkable, quality documentary.” – Dove.org review

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MY REVIEW OF COLORS OF CHARACTER

Colors of Character is the story of talented world class sports artist Steve Skipper. Steve had a very difficult life from the beginning, that lead him into a life of drugs and later a dangerous to be a gang member. This is an incredible documentary film that takes us on a journey of Steve’s young life and what led him to church that wonderful night when God saved him. To hear the story of how God transformed his life starting that night is one of the most incredible stories I’ve heard. If there is doubt in anyone’s mind, Steve’s life proves how God can save anyone that comes to Him. And not only that but He can transform anyone’s life into an incredible life journey, if only you will give your life to Him and let Him work His will.

I enjoyed Colors of Character so much. And I love what Steve said about its not the color of anyone’s skin. And I hope this is one thing people take from this movie. In today’s world there is so much hate and ugliness about blacks and whites, but Jesus doesn’t look at color, He looks at the heart. I enjoyed listening to Steve, and his humble spirit. And his art, WOW!! I had heard of Steve Skipper but I don’t know how I haven’t seen his art work. He is an amazing artist and his paintings are incredible.

I hope you will watch Colors of Character and get to know this awesome person, Steve Skipper. I give this move 5 stars.

Many thanks to Collide Distribution for providing this product/product information for review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.



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Tour and Giveaway for Out of the Mouths of Serial Killers by Mary Brett

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

 

Book Details:

Book Title:  Out of the Mouths of Serial Killers by Mary Brett

Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18 +),  350 pages

Genre:  True Crime

Publisher:  Wildblue Press

Release date:   Jan 19, 2020

Format available:  print, ebook, and audible

Content Rating:  R. VIOLENCE, CRIME SCENE PHOTOS

Book Description:

OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF SERIAL KILLERS​ by author Mary Brett is as close as you will ever come to discovering the answer … and in the killer’s own words! In this one-of-a-kind book, author Mary Brett corresponded with some of America’s most evil convicted serial killers and asked just one question: ​WHY? Their return letters give an insightful look into the dark mind of each killer. The reader also will be able to scrutinize direct quotes, unedited, from ​interrogation statements, trial testimony, media interviews, and parole hearing inquests 75 Serial Killers are included in the book, some only known to the unfortunate victims’ family, friends, and community, while others are the most infamous in the annals of serial killers. All bios feature the crime, the capture, the victims, and background facts. Crime scene Photos, some graphic, are featured.

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Out of the Mouths of Serial Killers by Mary Brett is an interesting book to read. Brett contacted about 75 serial killers to get their reasoning of why they took the lives of many people. Only a few wrote back, but it was interesting to read what they had to say. The answers were scattered, some not admitting to be a killer at all, some told exactly what happened and some really didn’t give an answer at all. There were many that were deceased. Brett did an excellent job of researching each person and had all of the info about their life, early childhood, growing up, and the crimes they were convicted of and those that didn’t have enough evidence. There are quotes from most of them from different publications.

I am glad I read this book, knowing how some of these criminals felt at the time the murdered their victims. I wish there had been more direct letters to hear more from the actual serial killers. Letters were the most interesting part.  All in all, I sometimes read true crime books and this is a good one, it is well written and extensive research was done in order to obtain all of the info in each book. If you enjoy stories such as this, I encourage you to try Mary Brett’s book.

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

Meet the Author:
I have just finished my 4th book, OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF SERIAL KILLERS. Iwrote to convicted serial killers asking just one question: Why? Their letters back to me formed the basis of what I hope is a fascinating read as well as a chilling look into the mindset of 75 psychopathic killers who walked among us. WildBlue Press is the Publisher and I thank them and their amazing staff for producing my book in both paperback andKindle format. In presales, my book hit #1 on Kindle in VIOLENCE IN SOCIETY. I am a Virginia native, living in Florida. I hold a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University.connect with the author: amazon

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Mar 22  – From the TBR Pile – book review / giveaway

Mar 22 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 24 – Books for Books – book spotlight

Mar 25 – Pick A Good Book – book review / guest post / giveaway

Mar 26 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 26 – Reading is My Passion – book review

Mar 29 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway

Mar 30 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight

Mar 30 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

Mar 31 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

Mar 31 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway

Apr 1 – Jessica Belmont – book review

Apr 1 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway

Apr 2 – The World As I See It – book review / giveaway 

 

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Presenting Present Danger by Elizabeth Goddard

Series:Rocky Mountain Courage, Book 1
Genre:Romantic Suspense
ASIN: B08CJ86MT4

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Former FBI Special Agent Jack Tanner is working as a detective in Montana when he comes across a body in the national forest during a search and rescue mission. He’s committed to finding the killer, even if it means working alongside his old flame, US Forest Service Special Agent Terra Connors.

When Terra discovers that the murder victim had ties to a powerful and dangerous trafficker of archaeological artifacts, the investigation takes a deadly turn–one that hits too close to home. As Terra fears she lacks the courage to face what comes next, Jack is more determined than ever to protect her. But he’s failed her before. And if he fails this time, it will cost them far more than just their hearts.

Join bestselling and award-winning author Elizabeth Goddard as she plunges you into a web of deceit made of hidden crimes, open threats, and long-buried family secrets in this gripping first book of an explosive new series.

If you haven’t read an Elizabeth Goddard book you just don’t know what you are missing. When Former FBI Special Agent Jack Tanner happens upon a body, he knows he has to solve the case, find the killer, despite working with someone he has a past with. This case is more important and he needs the expertise of US Forest Service Special Agent Terra Connors.

A small plane crash, that’s all it is. It seems the pilot got away alive so everything should be OK. Wait, not so with a Goddard book. It’s just the beginning of a wild ride and a journey through many murders with crimes including artifacts that are worth more money than anyone could imagine. The crimes go deep and the search is extensive and the story is one that will have you on the edge of your seats biting your nails while trying to figure out who all is involved.

Wow! This is an amazing read. Elizabeth Goddard writes a compelling story with characters created thoughtfully and they tell this wonderful story so amazingly. I love how deeply the characters develop as the story unfolds. Jack and Terra were wonderful main characters and I love reading the specific details of each lead they run with and tried to solve the crimes right along with them. There is a lot going on in this book, to much to hit on, quite a few twists and turns that kept me from figuring out what was really going on. I didn’t know much about artifacts and their worth until reading present danger, and I appreciate what I found out from this book. I also appreciate the element of faith in God presented her. If you love a good clean suspense/ thriller, you need to read this one. I give Present Danger by Elizabeth Goddard Five plus Stars. It’s worth so many more 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 Elizabeth Goddard

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

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

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

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

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

Escape with me!

My Story

I’m a seventh generation Texan and grew up in a small town in East Texas once considered the world’s richest acre because of the oil produced on one acre downtown. There were so many oil pumps in my hometown that every night their gentle hum lulled me to sleep.

For a brief few years I lived in Oregon, the setting from which I draw many of my stories. God placed the desire to write within me from an early age. That, along with the love of reading, of course. My mother kept bookshelves filled with books she loved reading as girl, passing that love down to her daughter. Others influenced my life, as well. My third grade teacher read Mrs. Piggle Wiggle to the class—such a beloved and zany story—I couldn’t wait to share it with my children. Only two years later I tackled two adult novels: 2001 A Space Odyssey (admittedly it took five tries before I made it through) and The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck. I remember spending entire summers doing nothing but reading novels, and sometimes reading the ones I loved more than once!

In addition to reading voraciously, I wrote poetry and numerous stories, even starting my first romance novel at fourteen. My English teachers entered me in UIL creative writing contests, so I’ve been writing off and on for years. But it wasn’t until 2001, when I had three small children at home, that I began to seriously pursue writing a novel for publication. That’s been a few years ago and now my kiddoes (add another one to the mix for a total of four) are mostly all grown,  and I’m still writing and going strong!

I have the Lord to thank for giving me the dream to write novels and for making it come true. My stories have been finalists in contests, but in 2011, my romantic mystery The Camera Never Lies won the prestigious Carol Award in the mystery category. I thank my Lord and Savior for installing this creative gift within me and letting me use it in such a big way. I encourage you to dream big, and follow those dreams He gives you.

Bio:

With over a million books sold, Elizabeth Goddard is the USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of over fifty novels and counting, including the romantic mystery, THE CAMERA NEVER LIES–a 2011 Carol Award winner. Four of her six Mountain Cove books have been contest finalists. Buried, Backfire and Deception are finalists in the Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense, and Submerged is a Carol Award finalist. A 7th generation Texan, Elizabeth graduated from North Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and worked in high-level software sales for several years before retiring to fulfill her dreams of writing full-time.

Tour and Giveaway for Wait for Me by Marguerite Martin Gray

Wait for Me

About the Book

Book:  Wait for Me

Author: Marguerite Martin Gray

Genre: Christian Historical  Romance

Release date: February 9, 2021

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A town besieged by the enemy with just one Sovereign order: wait.

Charles Town, South Carolina, 1780

With the inevitable occupation of Charles Town by the British pounding at the gates, Louis Lestarjette braces for possible imprisonment or worse. How can he provide for his growing family with the evil chains of the enemy binding his source of existence? The scenarios of imprisonment and starvation force him to realize he has no control over the outcome of the stronghold of the British. All that remains is a sense of survival at almost any cost.

Elizabeth Lestarjette faces looming confinement with both a drive to protect her children and a desire to do her part to undermine the enemy.  They must thwart the British plans to imprison more men, but how?  Who can they trust?

Just how long will Elizabeth’s confidence in justice withstand the constant battering of war and circumstance?
Discover the destiny of the Lestarjette family in the final book of the Revolutionary Faith Series as they hope and wait upon deliverance from a world under siege.

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About the Author

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Marguerite enjoys the study of history, especially when combined with fiction. An avid traveler and reader, she teaches French and Spanish and has degrees in French, Spanish, and Journalism from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and a MA in English from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene. She has two grown children and currently lives with her husband in north Louisiana. She writes historical fiction.

Interesting interview with author Marguerite Martin Gray

2. Why choose the genre you are writing? 

I must place my love of historical anything on my background. Living with my parents from day one, I was surrounded by history—whether in stories, painting, houses, trinkets, or people. My architect/historian father placed us in situations involving history. He would quiz my sisters and me on the kings and queens of England or the presidents of the U.S. When we lived in England, I could almost guarantee that we explored every cemetery, church, castle, and house in our proximity. What a living history lesson we heard everywhere in the European countries! I gained an immense appreciation and love for history. I write what I love. The research inspires me to create believable characters living in the places and times that I cherish.


3. Why fiction instead of non-fiction?

I love this question because I struggled with the concept as a teenager until I took a world history class under Coach Barmore. He turned my world around when he introduced me to James Mitchener. I read The Source. Until then, I did not understand historical fiction. I began to devour historical novels. Why? I love the historical facts, the real backgrounds and events, and historical characters mixed with the exciting plot and dialogue of fiction. To me that is the best of both worlds. My time spent researching non-fiction aids my plotting and characterization of my novels. I don’t mind reading and studying non-fiction. I read and used 45 non-fiction books for my Revolutionary Faith Series. I couldn’t write my novels without these resources. As a reader, I prefer a novel with strong historical setting (although I read and enjoy contemporary too). 


7. Where is your favorite setting for a story you have written? 

For every novel I’ve written, I have first been to the city or setting. I’ve walked the streets, toured the buildings and houses, viewed the artwork, tasted the food, and spoken with the people. Before I started Revolutionary Faith, I went to Charleston, South Carolina and fell in love. This is my favorite setting for my published novels. I have stayed in Charleston four different times, researching, roaming, dreaming, touring, and writing. Charles Town 1772-1782 is the setting for Revolutionary Faith. As I walk the streets and view the old Lestarjette house, I peek at Louis and Elizabeth in their daily lives. I see the history of the revolution etched in the paintings, churches, building, and houses. This city has become my favorite city in the United States, holding a place in my heart forever.  



10. Do you enjoying writing stand alone stories or series? And Why?

Another great question. I’ve written both stand alone and series. The series I’ve written is now complete. I enjoyed every minute of it and really cannot believe it has ended. This series is close to my heart because it has ties to my ancestors. The story I wanted to share grew. The period I chose (American Revolution) begged for a second, third, … book. While writing these novels, I’ve written three stand alone novels. It is different as I have to limit the characters’ lives and growth to 90,000 words instead of a possible 450,000. That’s a big difference! I enjoy both challenges. 



11. How did you go about developing the setting(s) for this story?

Research and more research. Before I ever wrote one word, I flew to Charleston, South Carolina to see if there was anything to my dreams of writing a novel based in this city. Well, in the Charleston of 1770. I didn’t even know if I could get a feel for a historical setting in a modern city. Surprise! Charleston 2000 has managed to capture the historical 1770s as well as the 1800s including the Civil War. I was able to segment my tour around the American Revolution even with all the other history lessons around me. I bought books from the wonderful Charleston Historical Society. I began with ten dealing with the city and the people who dominated the 1700s. Quickly that list of books grew to 25 on my next visit. By the time I finished the series, I had collected 45 books about this city and historical setting. For this historical fiction series, I felt I needed to stick to the historical accuracy in regards to the setting.


More from Marguerite

Thank you for stopping by the Wait for Me tour. I’m so excited about the release of this novel, the finale of the Revolutionary Faith series,

I have always been fascinated with the ordinary—the simple acts from day to day. When an historical event is added, I surround my fascination with questions. What did they wear or eat? Why did they marry? Did they have children? Where did they shop? What is incredible or surprising to me about the historical event or activity was at one time ordinary to the characters whether in fiction or nonfiction.

The ordinary that I like to encounter and write in historical fiction includes how the characters dressed. I even had the dress pictured here made for me just in case I want to present in costume!

Also, I like to explore the food my characters ate. I found a wonderful recipe for a beefsteak pie in an American Girl cookbook. I’ve made it several times. Yummy!

The ordinary activities such as going to church or to the market or mercantile make the characters real. Their lives have depth in their interaction with society. My simple faith in God’s provisions and promises flow into the lives of my characters. What makes the story exciting is the historical element linked with the dramatic background of war.

Thank you for continuing the journey with Wait for Me, rooted in the ordinary from two centuries ago.

Blog Stops

Connie’s History Classroom, March 26

Artistic Nobody, March 27 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Locks, Hooks and Books, March 28

For the Love of Literature, March 29 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, March 29

deb’s Book Review, March 30

She Lives To Read, March 31

Betti Mace, March 31

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, April 1

Splashes of Joy, April 2 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 3

Texas Book-aholic, April 4

Inklings and notions, April 5

For Him and My Family, April 6

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, April 7 (Author Interview)

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 7

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 8

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Marguerite is giving away the grand prize package of a print copy of all five books in the series and a box of Charleston Plantation Tea!!

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 for The Purple Nightgown by A.D. Lawrence

The Purple Nightgown

About the Book

Book:  The Purple Nightgown

Author: A.D. Lawrence

Genre: Christian Historical Suspense

Release date: March, 2021

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Marvel at true but forgotten history when patients check into Linda Hazzard’s Washington state spa in 1912 and soon become victim of her twisted greed.
Book 10 in the True Colors series—Fiction Based on Strange-But True History

Heiress Stella Burke is plagued by insincere suitors and nonstop headaches. Exhausting all other medical aides for her migraines, Stella reads Fasting for the Cure of Disease by Linda Hazzard and determines to go to the spa the author runs. Stella’s chauffer and long-time friend, Henry Clayton, is reluctant to leave her at the spa. Something doesn’t feel right to him, still Stella submits herself into Linda Hazzard’s care. Stella soon learns the spa has a dark side and Linda a mean streak. But when Stella has had enough, all ways to leave are suddenly blocked. Will Stella become a walking skeleton like many of the other patients or succumb to a worse fate?

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I love these true crime stories from Barbour and The Purple Nightgown has a lot of dark moments for Stella and had me scared for her. I liked Stella from the beginning and didn’t want her suffer like she did. Henry was right in having different thoughts about her joining Linda Hazzard’s spa. This was a most interesting and yet somewhat horror of a story and author A.D. Lawrence does an amazing job with creating characters that suit the story well and telling the story in such an intriguing way. I couldn’t put this book down. And I was shocked to find out this is Lawrence’s debut novel. She will fit well into to Christian Fiction suspense thriller genre. This is one of my favorites of the True Crime series and I am hoping for more from Barbour Publishing. I give The Purple Nightgown a Five Stars and I wish I could give it more.

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

About the Author

A.D. Lawrence makes her home in Northeastern Nebraska. She has been passionate about writing and true crime for years, and her two obsessions melded into the goal of authorship. She is an active member of the ACFW, writes a true crime blog, won the 2019 Crown Award and was a 2019 First Impressions finalist.

More from A.D. Lawrence

Times have changed. And like so many things, health retreats have experienced their own metamorphosis. Sure, they’ve always catered to people with both spare money and time, but aside from similar clientele, the face of the health spa is nothing like its early 20th century sister.

If you could afford a getaway to a modern-day health spa like The Golden Door, you’d be treated to the luxury of rest. Yoga on the beach. Deep tissue massages. A much-needed break from technology and life’s constant pressures. Mental well-being is valued almost as highly as physical health, and the two are thought to be connected. After days or weeks of pampering, you would return home relaxed, recharged, and ready to dip back into the hustle of the real world.

In 1911, during the time of The Purple Nightgown, the medical community took a diametrically different approach to health. Weight equaled health.The prevailing assumption was that any ailments were directly connected to weight. Thus, ‘fat camps’ grew in popularity. Men and women checked into sanatoriums where the aides put them through grueling exercise regimes and provided them with just enough food to sustain life. No coddling. Not many of us would subject ourselves to the treatments early health spas required.

In this era of already extreme health measures, Linda Hazzard made her mark in Washington State. Obsessed with fasting, she ran her patients through an unfathomable course of ‘diet and exercise’ that proved the undoing of many. She did give massages though, which you’ll learn more about when you read The Purple Nightgown.

Although it’s fun to long for a simpler time while reading historical books and watching shows like Little House on the Prairie, there are some modern ways of thinking and advances in human comfort I’d rather not give up. One of those is the vastly superior spa experience we have today. Somehow, a facial with soothing background music sounds much more appealing than running mile after mile every day with nothing to look forward to but a glass of orange juice or a bowl of canned tomato broth.

Hot stone massage anyone?

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 23

lakesidelivingsite, March 23

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, March 23

For Him and My Family, March 24

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, March 24

Godly Book Reviews, March 24

Through the Fire Blogs, March 25

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, March 25

For the Love of Literature, March 26

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, March 26

Mary Hake, March 26

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, March 27

deb’s Book Review, March 27

Pause for Tales, March 28

Remembrancy, March 28

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, March 28

Connie’s History Classroom, March 29

Genesis 5020, March 29

Melissa Wardwell’s Back Porch Reads, March 29

Babbling Becky L’sBook Impressions, March 30

Texas Book-aholic, March 30

Inklings and notions, March 31

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

Cathe Swanson, March 31

Older & Smarter?, April 1

Betti Mace, April 1

Rebecca Tews, April 1

Tell Tale Book Reviews, April 2

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 2

Vicky Sluiter, April 2

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 3

Amanda Tero, blog, April 3

Blossoms and Blessings, April 3

Christian Bookaholic, April 4

Blogging With Carol, April 4

Spoken from the Heart, April 4

Splashes of Joy, April 5

Artistic Nobody, April 5 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Southern Gal Loves to Read, April 5

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, A.D. is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a 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 for The Wisdom of the Flock by Steve M. Gnatz

Join us for this tour from Mar 29 to Apr 9, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Wisdom of the Flock: Franklin and Mesmer in Paris by Steve M. Gnatz

Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  541 pages

Genre:  Historical Fiction

Publisher:  Leather Apron Press

Release date:   January 2021

Content Rating:  PG-13. There is mild (romantic) sexual content and very mild profanity.

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Book Description:

1776: Benjamin Franklin sails to Paris, carrying a copy of the Declaration of Independence, freshly signed. His charge: gain the support of France for the unfolding American Revolution. Yet Paris is a city of distractions. Ben’s lover, Marianne Davies, will soon arrive, and he yearns to rekindle his affair with the beautiful musician.

Dr. Franz Mesmer has plans for Marianne too. He has taken Parisian nobility by storm with his discovery of magnétisme animale, a mysterious force claimed to heal the sick. Marianne’s ability to channel Mesmer’s phenomena is key to his success.

A skeptical King Louis XVI appoints Ben to head a commission investigating the astonishing magnétisme animale. By nature, Ben requires proof. Can he scientifically prove that it does not exist? Mesmer will stop at nothing to protect his profitable claim.

The Wisdom of The Flock explores the conflict between science and mysticism in a time rife with revolution, love, spies, and passion.

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The Wisdom of the Flock: Franklin and Mesmer in Paris by Steve M. Gnatz is and interesting view of Franklin sailing to Paris with a copy of the Declaration of Independence, and the time he spent in France. There is a lot to learn here and the author gives his thoughts on what it was like. I found the characters well thought out and crafted and I think they all played their parts well as the story unfolds. I enjoyed the vivid descriptions of historical France the happenings there and all that went on as he told Benjamin Franklin’s detailed journey in France. Each scene crafted was told with expertise and detail throughout the places there during that Era. Gnatz takes us on an interesting journey with a compelling story that is mixed with true facts as well as a bit of fiction made up through the mind and eyes of this author.

Being a musician, one thing I especially enjoyed was  Marianne Davis and her love for music. Though I know how glass can be musical, I had never heard of the glass armonica Franklin built for Marianne. How I would love to hear Marianne play the glass armonica today. I enjoyed learning even more about this instrument in the interview from the author published here. I encourage you to read this wonderful and interesting interview. I enjoyed this book very much, though it was pretty long, and for me I think it could have been shortened a bit if a lot if the unnecessary words could have been taken out. All in all it is an interesting read. The author’s extensive research is evident here as well as his love and knowledge for the historical icon Benjamin Franklin. I encourage others to check The Wisdom of the Flock: and Mesmer in Paris by Steve M. Gnatz out. Whether you are a history buff or maybe just wanting an interesting historical story.

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

And now an interesting interview with the Author Steve M. Gnatz

 

  1. What is a glass armonica and how does it figure in the book?

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    Ben Franklin invented the glass armonica. The story goes that he was familiar with the musicians who used “musical glasses” to produce sound. This practice had probably been around nearly as long as glass itself. Ben observed in 1761, after seeing Marianne Davies perform on the musical glasses, that despite how beautifully she played, she appeared to be in pain from the activity. He devised an instrument that featured sequentially sized stacked glass bowls attached to a rod at their center and bathed in a tub of water. The rod was turned by a treadle mechanism, keeping the turning bowls bathed with water. The musician could then gently apply her finger to the appropriate bowl to produce the note she wanted – resulting in music without any pain. Ben had the very first glass armonica built for Marianne. Historians have questioned the nature of the relationship between them – but very little is known. For a time, Marianne was quite successful as a musician using the instrument that Franklin had invented for her. Later in her career though, in a letter featured in The Wisdom of the Flock, she lamented that Franklin no longer seemed to want to protect her “franchise” and that many other musicians were able to compete. I took advantage of the lack of detail in the historical record to create a relationship between Franklin and Marianne Davies that was already in place at the beginning of the book – but then also to explore how their relationship changed over time, ultimately leading to her disenfranchisement.
  2. How was Mesmer involved with the glass armonica?

    It is historically accurate that Mesmer obtained his copy of Marianne’s instrument during a time that she was playing in Vienna prior to the opening of The Wisdom of the Flock. But any romantic relationship between Mesmer and Marianne is a presumption, as there is no historical record one way or the other. Nonetheless, the glass armonica has a haunting, ethereal quality that Mesmer found useful in his seances. He is known to have played it very well himself. The glass armonica fell out of favor in the early 1800’s (but is recently enjoying somewhat of a revival) as it was felt to be associated with melancholy and madness. Some have theorized that this association was due to high lead content in the glass bowls. Mozart and many other composers wrote music for the glass armonica in its heyday – which can still be heard performed today. Of course, modern glass armonicas do not use leaded glass!
  3. Are there other examples of the role of music in The Wisdom of the Flock?

    Franklin was a music lover. He is known to have played the glass armonica, but mostly he was known to appreciate music and musicians. He is said to have loved listening to anyone playing Scottish Aires. I used the knowledge of Franklin’s love for music to help inform his relationship with Marianne. It is also known that he befriended Madame Brillon (an accomplished musician) and also a potential love interest, while in Paris. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was in Paris around the time of the book and makes a cameo appearance playing at private showing of the Beaumarchais play The Marriage of Figaro. The blind pianist Maria Paradis is featured, both due to her special relationship with Mesmer – for he is purported to have helped her (temporarily) regain her sight using magnetism animale – as well as her playing of a concert in Paris during Franklin’s time there. And Marco (a fictional character) and his merry band bond with Marianne and the others on the Seine in singing folk songs that they all instinctively know.
  4. What about the setting of your book? Have you been to Passy?

    I’ve been to Paris many times, but the area where Franklin stayed in Passy has changed significantly over time as the city expanded. In the late 1700’s, Passy and Auteuil were outside of the city gates of Paris. They were suburbs, if you will, or even perhaps more like separate country towns outside the walls. Today, you can see a small plaque not too far from the Eiffel tower that denotes the area where Passy and Auteuil used to be. The home of the Leray family (the Hôtel de Valentinois), depicted in The Wisdom of the Flock and where Franklin stayed during his time in France, is gone. The Kingswoods is now a city park. The Louvre was not a museum yet, but a government office building. The Tuileries Gardens and the Place Vendôme are very much the same as they were. In fact, I used my own recollection of the shadows among the colonnades of the Place Vendôme in creating the scenes of Mesmer’s quarters there – especially in the way people (such as Marianne) could drift in and out in a ghostly fashion. The Ile de la Cité and the Pont Neuf are still in the same places, but no doubt considerably more crowded than during Franklin’s time there. Still, it is fun to walk across the bridge and think about how Marianne might have scurried at night!
  1. The Wisdom of the Flock seems to be about human relationships, is it?

    Yes and no. I tried to use the narrative to weave a tale using historical characters (real and fictional) and give them personalities and qualities that would make them feel human to the reader. I wanted to tell the story using their dialogue. The superficial story does have a lot to do with my characters falling in (and out) of love. But my goal was also to tell a deeper story of the power of love and hope. As Ben reminds us – a definition of hope is a common vision of a better future. Perhaps at a subconscious level if we can envision a better future (whether it is in human relationships, the birthing the United States, or in health/wellness) we will see our hopes come to fruition.

Meet the Author:

Steve Gnatz is a writer, physician, bicyclist, photographer, traveler, and aspiring ukulele player. The son of a history professor and a nurse, it seems that both medicine and history are in his blood. Writing historical fiction came naturally. An undergraduate degree in biology was complemented by a minor in classics. After completing medical school, he embarked on an academic medical career specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. There was little time for

writing during those years, other than research papers and a technical primer on electromyography. Now retired from the practice of medicine, he devotes himself to the craft of fiction. The history of science is of particular interest, but also the dynamics of human relationships. People want to be good scientists, but sometimes human nature gets in the way. That makes for interesting stories. When not writing or traveling, he enjoys restoring Italian racing bicycles at home in

Chicago with his wife and daughters.

connect with the author:  website ~ facebook ~ goodreads


Tour Schedule:

Mar 29 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Mar 29 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 30 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

Mar 31 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway

Apr 1 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Apr 1 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review

Apr 2 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book review / giveaway

Apr 5 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway

Apr 6 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

Apr 6 – Books for Books – book review

Apr 7 – Laura’s Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway

Apr 7 – I Read What You Write – book review / guest post / giveaway

Apr 8 – PuzzlePaws Blog – book review / giveaway

Apr 8 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight / guest post

Apr 9 – michellemengsbookblog – book review / author interview / giveaway

Apr 9 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway

TBA – High Society Book Club & Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

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Tour and Giveaway for The Indebted Earl by Erica Vetsch

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

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

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

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

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

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I was so excited for the chance to read this third book in the Serendipity & Secrets Series by Erica Vetsch. It is so very good, just like the first two books. Captain Charles Wyvern suddenly found himself Earl of Rothwell at his uncle’s death, and at the tims he was escorting a grieving fiance and her mother safely to a new cottage home by the sea. Due to all of the circumstances, Wyvern Charles proposes a marriage of convenience to the bereaved Lady Sophia Haverly. Surprisingly, Lady Sophia is ok with this arrangement, he can help care for her betrothed’s elderly mother, and she’s already fallen in love with the wayward girls on the Rothwell estate. So this may just work. But this seemingly easy situation wasn’t easy at all. They suffered many different and difficult issues and caused more heartaches and life wasn’t good at all.

I enjoyed this last book to the series. I think it was a great ending to the story. I enjoyed following the Earl and his marriage of convenience wife on their journey as husband and wife. The underlying slow going romance was so sweet. I loved when the attraction started between the two. It went a bit slow for me but u was wanting to hurry it along. This is a sweet historical romance that I know you will enjoy, especially if you are a historical romance buff. I five this one 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.

Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling and ACFW Carol Award–winning author. She is a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota with her husband, who she claims is both her total opposite and soul mate. 
 
Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks.
 
A self-described history geek, she has been planning her first research trip to England.
 
Learn more about Erica Vetsch and her books at www.ericavetsch.com. She can also be found on Facebook (@EricaVetschAuthor), Instagram (@EricaVetsch) and Pinterest (Erica Vetsch).

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Tour and Giveaway for Lets Talk! A story of Autism and Friendship by Lisa Jacovsky

 

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Book Details:

Book Title:  Lets Talk! A story of Autism and Friendship by Lisa Jacovsky
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 32 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Lisa Jacovsky
Release date:   July 2020
Formats Available: hardback, ebook
Tour dates: Mar 29 to Apr 16, 2021
Content Rating:  G.

 

Book Description:

Harper, a seven-year-old little girl that is typically developing, meets a new friend one day at the pool that is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. They both love to swim at the pool and want to play together however, Emma has little communication skills. Emma can make sounds and 

not words and flaps her hands when she is excited. When Harper realizes she cannot communicate with her new friend she becomes determined to find a way to. She begins to learn about Autism Spectrum Disorder and the different ways that Emma can communicate. Once she does the two become inseparable. Harper introduces Emma to all her friends and teaches them how to communicate with Emma. Harper and Emma become the center of their circle of friends and have more many more adventures

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There are many books out there about autism and/or friendship, What makes yours “different?

    There are books out there about Autism or with a main character that has Autism. I think what makes my book different is that the book is based off my real-life experience in my career. I work in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and was able to bring a lot of my experience to what I wrote in the book. Emma uses a specific technique to communicate which her key ring of cards with words on it she can read and point to. This is called a PECS or Picture Exchange Communication System and I don’t think many people would know that or know of the use of cards to communicate. There are many different variations of a PECS system but I chose the one I did because of how easy and versatile it is. It Is something I recommend regularly to the families I work with in my career, and it is quite successful. I feel like it brings a realness to the book and something people have not seen before. 

Also, the fact she can read and write I think makes this book stand out. I do not think many people realize how smart little ones with Autism are. By having her be able to read and write I am already pushing the boundary that Autism means little ones cannot communicate. I feel like it shows Autism in a different, more positive light Also, being able to read and write is inspired by a real-life client I had. I have worked with many little ones with Autism that can read and write perfectly well. I think bringing this real ness to the character sets my book apart. I think it shows families if she can do it then their little one can to. 

 

 
Meet the Authors:

 

Lisa

Jacovsky currently is a doctoral level student at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is excited the possibilities having her Doctorate degree will bring her. She has been in the field of ABA since 2014. She began working with children with Autism in 2018 and is currently working in Early Intervention. It is her experience with children that inspired her to finally fulfill her dream of writing a book. Lisa began writing short stories when she was seven years old.

Writing is her passion and one of many things she enjoys. She is excited for the future of her series Lets Talk!.

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Tour Schedule:

Mar 29 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 29 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 29 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Mar 30 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 31 – Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Apr 1 – She Just Loves Books – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
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Apr 2 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / guest post /giveaway
Apr 5 – I Read Kid’s Books – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
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A Mama’s Corner of the World – book spotlight / giveaway
Apr 6 – The Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Apr 7 – What Polly Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
Apr 7 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
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The Bespectacled Mother – book spotlight
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Apr 12 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / giveaway
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Apr 14 – I’m All About Books – book spotlight /giveaway
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Apr 15 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Apr 16 – Struck by Stories – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

 

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