Giveaway Spotlight Gideon’s Grandchildren by Bill Jaquette

Join us for this tour from Jan 10 to Jan 28, 2022!
 
 
Book Details:
Book Title: Gideon’s Grandchildren by Bill Jaquette
Category: Adult Fiction (18+ ), 228 pages
Genre: Legal, Criminal Law, and General Fiction​
Publisher: ARJ Publishing
Release date: November, 2021
Tour dates: Jan 10 to Jan 28, 2022
Content Rating: PG-13 + M. ​References to sex and violence (thought not explicit), and a few “f” words
 
 
  Book Description:
 
Steve Cole is a young public defense attorney with a long list of clients: Among them is Jeff Harris, who is facing a life sentence under a law that Steve believes is cruel and unfair. When Harris is presented with a plea bargain that would spare him a life sentence, Steve urges his 
 
client to accept. Steve is shocked when Harris turns down the plea bargain in favor of going to trial. Steve quickly finds himself in the most difficult case of his career, in addition to all his other clients. Nevertheless, Steve grows to respect Harris and the decision he made, compelling him to work tirelessly for a not-guilty verdict for Harris.
 
​Throughout the novel, author Bill Jaquette weaves his own thirty-plus years’ experience in public defense and provides readers with an intimate look at the day-to-day lives and struggles of public defense attorneys. The 
 
result is a compassionate portrayal of some of the most critical figures in the American courts, their clients, and the arduous and complicated role of maintaining justice.
 
Buy the Book:
Amazon
B&N ~ Book Depository
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meet the Author:
 
 
Bill Jaquette practiced law for over forty years. During that time, he served as a deputy prosecuting attorney and was also in private practice. A substantial part of his career, however, was as a public defender, including thirty years with the Snohomish County Public Defender Association, of which he was also director. In addition to his JD from the University of Washington, Bill holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Missouri and, prior to his career in law, served 
 
as a tenured member of the philosophy faculty at Southwest Missouri State University.
 
Gideon’s Grandchildren is his first novel.
 
connect with the author: website
 
 
Tour Schedule:
 
 
Jan 10 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 11 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight
Jan 11 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 12 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 13 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 14 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 17 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 18 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 19 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 20 – Celticlady ‘s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 21 – Hall Ways Blog – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 21 – Books are a Blessing  – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 24 – Splashes of Joy  – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 24 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Jan 25 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 26 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Jan 26  Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 27 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 28 – Mysweetenedlifebychix – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 28 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
 
Enter the Giveaway:
 
GIDEON’S GRANDCHILDREN Spotlight Book Tour Giveaway
 
 https://gleam.io/uWiIL/gideons-grandchildren-spotlight-book-tour-giveaway
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Mambo and Murder by C.S. McDonald

Mambo and Murder: 

A Fiona Quinn Mystery #6
Author:  C.S. McDonald

Book Details:

Book Title: Mambo and Murder: A Fiona Quinn Mystery #6

Book Description:

Three ballroom dancers were murdered over 40 years ago. Wow, that’s one old cold case. What’s more, the murderer, who was thought to have been killed during a police chase, has resurfaced in Pittsburgh. Yikes! How can that be?


BUY THE BOOK:
Audible ~ Amazon

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I always enjoy cozy mysteries by C. S. McDonald and I had the privilege of listening to Mambo and Murder this week and it was so very good. As I read about the ball room dancing with Nate and Fiona I had to laugh out loud because Nate needs dance lessons, bad. Poor Fiona trying to keep her toes and limbs out of harms way. But then the dance floor wasn’t so much for dancing anymore.

Following Detective Landry and Fiona will have readers on the edge of their seats, one minute and laughing the next. I love these two characters and enjoy every book that leads to solving another mystery.

With this book, I have a gift copy of the audio version and I enjoyed listening to Maren Swenson Waxenberg as she does an amazing job reading the book. Her voice is just right for all of the characters, and she brings the book to life in a different way. If you love audiobooks, you should really try this one. I think you will find several hours of great entertainment here. This one is getting Five Stars from me.

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

More books to read from Fiona Quinn

Quick Mysteries:​

Book Details:

Book Title:  Banking on a Murder:  A Fiona Quinn Quick Mystery
Author:  C.S. McDonald
​Category:  YA Fiction, 30 pages
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  McWriter Books
Release date:  January 31, 2018
Formats Available for review: ebook (mobi for kindle, epub, pdf)
Tour dates:  Jan 10 to Feb 4, 2022
Content Rating:  G (The Fiona Quinn Mysteries are for everyone–adults love the books and they are appropriate for teens and tweens too!)


Book Description:

Fiona’s old college chum, Priscilla Conroy, has recently moved back to the Pittsburgh area after a most unpleasant divorce. Fiona was looking forward to reconnecting with her friend to help cheer her up and the two had made plans to meet at the bank where her friend worked after it closed—only Priscilla never shows up for the lunch date. Thinking the worse, Fiona is beside herself and spends the entire Memorial Day weekend searching for her friend. Did her ex-husband abduct her? Has she been murdered? Somehow Fiona knows that the key to Priscilla Conroy’s disappearance lies within the bank. But how can that be?

Join Fiona Quinn for a quick mystery that’s sure to keep you guessing!

Buy the Book:
Amazon

Book Details:

Book Title:  Harriet’s Heist:  A Fiona Quinn Quick Mystery
Author:  C.S. McDonald
​Category:  YA Fiction, 51 pages
Length: 1 hr, 11 minutes
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  McWriter Books
Release date:  August 14, 2018
Formats Available for review: audible download, ebook (mobi for kindle, epub, pdf)
Tour dates:  Jan 10 to Feb 4, 2022
Content Rating:  G (The Fiona Quinn Mysteries are for everyone–adults love the books and they are appropriate for teens and tweens too!)


Book Description:

Fiona Quinn arrives at her parent’s home in Daytona, Florida for a short visit only to be informed that their usually quiet retirement community has been besieged with robberies—cash, jewelry, and more. Her mom told all the neighbors Fiona is a wiz at catching bad guys.

Yikes!

Can Fiona crack the case? Hopefully, but what’s an amateur sleuth supposed to do when her Maltese, Harriet, shows up decked out in the stolen goods?

Double yikes!

Join Fiona, her parents, Harriet, and some pretty crazy old ladies for a real jewel of a quick mystery!

Buy the Book:
Amazon ~  Audible

Book Details:

Book Title:  Crystal Clear Confusion:  A Fiona Quinn Quick Mystery
Author:  C.S. McDonald
​Category:  YA Fiction, 37 pages
Length: 1 hr, 22 minutes
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  McWriter Books
Release date:  January 15, 2019
Formats Available for review: audible download, ebook (mobi for kindle, epub, pdf)
Tour dates:  Jan 10 to Feb 4, 2022
Content Rating:  G (The Fiona Quinn Mysteries are for everyone–adults love the books and they are appropriate for teens and tweens too!)


Book Description:

Yikes! Fiona’s been having a recurring nightmare and it’s driving her to distraction—so much so that she’s allowed her kooky neighbor, Astrid Dingle, to search for the answer through her crystal ball. What could be the cause of the dream, and what lengths will Fiona go to get to the crux of it all? You’ll be chasing dreams with Fiona, Detective Landry and Astrid in this fun quick mystery! ​Buy the Book:

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Christmas Cameo:  A Fiona Quinn Quick Mystery
Author:  C.S. McDonald
​Category:  YA Fiction, 32 pages
Length: 1 hr, 16 minutes
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  McWriter Books
Release date:  November 13, 2019
Formats Available for review: audible download, ebook (mobi for kindle, epub, pdf)
Tour dates:  Jan 10 to Feb 4, 2022
Content Rating:  G (The Fiona Quinn Mysteries are for everyone–adults love the books and they are appropriate for teens and tweens too!)


Book Description:

​A lovely cameo brooch is discovered in Fiona’s late Uncle Wilbur’s house two days before Christmas. The pin bears a romantic Christmas message from Wilbur for his new wife with the initials, D.A.S.How very strange! To the family’s knowledge, Uncle Wilbur had never been married. So, who is this mysterious woman? Now, Fiona is on a holiday mission to locate D.A.S. and deliver the belated gift. Question is, what happened to the marriage? Is D.A.S. still alive after all these years? And if so, can Fiona find her before Christmas?

Buy the Book: Amazon ~ Audible

https://www.youtube.com/embed/ErLC4HFdFFE

Author C.S. McDonald

Meet the Author: 

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

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  FacebookTour Schedule:
Jan 10 –Mystery Review Crew – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 10 –
Cover Lover Book Review– book review of MATRIMONY, MAYHEM, AND MURDER / giveaway
Jan 10 –Rockin’ Book Reviews– audiobook review of Fiona Quinn Quick Mysteries / giveaway
Jan 11 –Olio by Marilyn– books review of Fiona Quinn Quick Mysteries / giveaway
Jan 11 –Lisa’s Reading– book review of MATRIMONY, MAYHEM, AND MURDER / giveaway
Jan 12 –Olio by Marilyn– book review of MAMBO AND MURDER / giveaway
Jan 13 –Olio by Marilyn– book review of MATRIMONY, MAYHEM, AND MURDER / giveaway
Jan 13 –Locks, Hooks and Books– book review of MAMBO AND MURDER / giveaway
Jan 13 –Kam’s Place– book review of MAMBO AND MURDER
Jan 13 – 
Buried Under Books – audiobook review of MAMBO AND MURDER/ giveaway
Jan 14 –Blooming with Books– audiobook review of Fiona Quinn Quick Mysteries / giveaway
Jan 17 –Blooming with Books– audiobook review of MAMBO AND MURDER / giveaway
Jan 17 –Kam’s Place– book review of MATRIMONY, MAYHEM, AND MURDER
Jan 17 – Buried Under Books – book review of MATRIMONY, MAYHEM, AND MURDER / giveaway
Jan 18 –
 My Reading Journeys  – book review of MATRIMONY, MAYHEM, AND MURDER / giveaway
Jan 18 –She Just Loves Books– audiobook review of Fiona Quinn Quick Mysteries / giveaway
Jan 18 –Kam’s Place– book review of BANKING ON MURDER
Jan 19 –She Just Loves Books– audiobook review of MAMBO AND MURDER / giveaway
Jan 19 –Kam’s Place– book review of HARRIET’S HEIST
Jan 19 –Splashes of Joy– audiobook review of MAMBO AND MURDER / giveaway
Jan 19 –Locks, Hooks and Books– book review of MATRIMONY, MAYHEM, AND MURDER / giveaway
Jan 20 –She Just Loves Books– book review of MATRIMONY, MAYHEM, AND MURDER / giveaway
Jan 20 –Kam’s Place– book review of CRYSTAL CLEAR CONFUSION
Jan 21 –Blooming with Books–book review of MATRIMONY, MAYHEM, AND MURDER / giveaway
Jan 21 –Kam’s Place– book review of THE CHRISTMAS CAMEO
Jan 24 –Bigreadersite– books review of Fiona Quinn Quick Mysteries / giveaway
Jan 24 – 
PuzzlePaws Blog – books review of Fiona Quinn Quick Mysteries / giveaway
Jan 25 – PuzzlePaws Blog – book review of MATRIMONY, MAYHEM, AND MURDER / giveaway
Jan 25 –The Momma Spot– audiobooks review of Fiona Quinn Quick Mysteries / giveaway
Jan 25 –Bigreadersite– book review of MAMBO AND MURDER / giveaway
Jan 26 –The Momma Spot– audiobook review of MAMBO AND MURDER / giveaway
Jan 26 –Bigreadersite– book review of MATRIMONY, MAYHEM, AND MURDER / giveaway
Jan 26 –Locks, Hooks and Books– books review of Fiona Quinn Quick Mysteries / giveaway
Jan 27 –@twilight_reader– audiobook review of MAMBO AND MURDER / giveaway
Jan 27 –Splashes of Joy– book review of MATRIMONY, MAYHEM, AND MURDER / giveaway
Jan 27 –Gina Rae Mitchell– book review of MATRIMONY, MAYHEM, AND MURDER / giveaway
Jan 28 –The Momma Spot–book review of MATRIMONY, MAYHEM, AND MURDER / giveaway
Jan 28 –Pause for Tales– book review of MATRIMONY, MAYHEM, AND MURDER / giveaway
Jan 28 –
 Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of MATRIMONY, MAYHEM, AND MURDER / giveaway
Jan 31 –@twilight_reader– audiobooks review of Fiona Quinn Quick Mysteries / giveaway
Jan 31 – 
Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of MATRIMONY, MAYHEM, AND MURDER / giveaway
Feb 1 –Westveil Publishing– audiobook review of MAMBO AND MURDER / giveaway
Feb 1 –Chit Chat with Charity– book review of MATRIMONY, MAYHEM, AND MURDER / giveaway
Feb 1 – 
Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of Fiona Quinn Quick Mysteries / giveaway
Feb 2 –Westveil Publishing– book review of MATRIMONY, MAYHEM, AND MURDER / giveaway
Feb 2 –Gina Rae Mitchell– book reviews of Fiona Quinn Quick Mysteries / giveaway
Feb 2 –Splashes of Joy– audiobook review of Fiona Quinn Quick Mysteries / giveaway
Feb 3 –Literary Flits– book review of MAMBO AND MURDER / giveaway
Feb 3 –@twilight_reader– books review of MATRIMONY, MAYHEM, AND MURDER / giveaway
Feb 3 –Westveil Publishing– audiobooks review of Fiona Quinn Quick Mysteries / giveaway
Feb 4 –Literary Flits– book review of MATRIMONY, MAYHEM, AND MURDER / giveaway
Feb 4 –Chit Chat with Charity– audiobook review of Fiona Quinn Quick Mysteries / giveaway
Feb 4 – 
My Reading Journeys  – books review of Fiona Quinn Quick Mysteries / giveaway

TBD – 
My Reading Journeys  – book review of MAMBO AND MURDER / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway:

https://gleam.io/q5xwM/matrimony-mayhem-and-murder-book-tour-giveaway

Giveaway Shoot Like a Girl by Kari Bovée

THIS REVIEW IS FOR KARI BOVÉE’S BOOK SHOOT LIKE A GUN!

Join us for this tour from Jan 10 to Feb 4, 2022!

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Book Title: Shoot Like a Girl (A PreQuel Novella to Girl With A Gun) by Kari Bovee
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 84 pages
Length: 2 hrs, 14 minutes
Genre:  Historical Fiction, Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Bosque Publishing
Release date:   November 2019
Formats available for review: audiobook (audible download), MOBI (for kindle), EPUB, PDF)
Tour dates: Jan 10 to Feb 4, 2022
Content Rating:  PG + M for mature themes and some swearing (damn, bitch)


Book Description:

She would do anything for her loved ones, even if it meant she’d be lost to them forever.

Young Annie Oakley never expected to be saddled with responsibility so soon. Following her father’s sudden death, the spirited girl finds herself shipped to a nearby county working for a couple promising a good wage. But when she discovers they are not what they seem, Annie suddenly fears her life may be in peril.

Determined to help her mother and siblings, she endures the hardships and mistreatment from the couple. But when that cruelty is targeted at the beautiful Buckskin horse who is her only friend, Annie decides to take matters into her own hands.

Will the spunky teen return to her loved ones, or will her decision land her in jail?

Shoot like a Girl is the prequel novella to the Annie Oakley mystery series. If you like a fiercely loyal heroine who won’t be anyone’s victim, then you’ll love Kari Bovée’s thrilling story of America’s best-loved sharpshooting sensation.Buy the Book:
Audible ~ Amazon
Add to Goodreads

Join us for this tour from Jan 10 to Feb 4, 2022!

Book Details:

Book Title: Girl with a Gun (An Annie Oakley Mystery) by Kari Bovee

Category: Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 316 pages

Length: 9 hours, 24 minutes.

Genre: Historical Mystery / Cozy Mystery

Publisher: Bosque Publishing

Release date: April 2022

Content Rating: PG + M: Mature themes, mild swearing 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Shoot Like A Girl is the first book in the Annie Oakley Series by Kari Bovée. This is a mystery series based on a real, live at one time in history, lady. I have only heard the name Annie Oakley, but after reading these books I want to follow up on the real life fact of this interesting and intriguing person. Annie made her fame in being a sharp shooter in the Wild West shows. Not the best job for ladies but Annie thrived at it. The characters here are tip top and a lot of fun with some fear following their journey. I think anyone would love to know Annie.

The main reason for this review today is to let you know how I feel the audio book is, so I will do that. Susanna Burney is the narrator for the Anni Oakley series and she does a fabulous job with this book, Shoot Like A Girl Her voice is clear, nice and smooth, and I like the way she can use her voice to switch the voice of the characters. A lot of people can’t do this so well, so I appreciate that Burney can do a good job of this. If you are one who enjoys audiobooks, I encourage you to try this. You get a good Mystery to listen to with the really nice narration. This one is a Four for me. 

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

 

Book Description:

She’s on the rise to fame and fortune, but her sudden notoriety comes with some deadly consequences.

Annie Oakley thrives as a sharpshooter in the Wild West Show. Finally, she has a chance to save her family’s farm—and make her dreams come true.

But her act misfires when she discovers her Indian assistant dead in her tent. Uncovering a shocking secret from her assistant’s past, the girl with the gun believes it’s murder. Determined to find the truth, she ruffles some horse feathers, making enemies along the trail.

​But, when her prized gelding is stolen, Annie realizes she might have been the target all along.

Can Little Miss Sure Shot save her equine friend and find the killer before everything she’s worked for is destroyed?

​If you like a cunning mystery, a feisty heroine, and a fast-paced plot that keeps the pages turning, you’ll love this wild ride with the iconic Annie Oakley in the saddle.

Buy the Book:

Audible ~ Amazon

Add to Goodreads

Also Available for Your Listening Pleasure:

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Book Details:

Book Title: Shoot Like a Girl (A PreQuel

Novella to Girl With A Gun) by Kari Bovee

Category: Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 84 pages

Length: 2 hrs, 14 minutes

Genre: Historical Fiction, Cozy Mystery

Publisher: Bosque Publishing

Release date: November 2019

Formats available for review: audiobook (audible download), MOBI (for kindle), EPUB, PDF)

Tour dates: Jan 10 to Feb 4, 2022

Content Rating: PG + M for mature themes and some swearing (damn, bitch)

Book Description:

She would do anything for her loved ones, even if it meant she’d be lost to them forever.

Young Annie Oakley never expected to be saddled with responsibility so soon. Following her father’s sudden death, the spirited girl finds herself shipped to a nearby county working for a couple promising a good wage. But when she discovers they are not what they seem, Annie suddenly fears her life may be in peril.

Determined to help her mother and siblings, she endures the hardships and mistreatment from the couple. But when that cruelty is targeted at the beautiful Buckskin horse who is her only friend, Annie decides to take matters into her own hands.

Will the spunky teen return to her loved ones, or will her decision land her in jail?

​Shoot like a Girl is the prequel novella to the Annie Oakley mystery series. If you like a fiercely loyal heroine who won’t be anyone’s victim, then you’ll love Kari Bovée’s thrilling story of America’s best-loved sharpshooting sensation.

Buy the Book:

Audible ~ Amazon

Add to Goodreads

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Book Details:

Book Title: Peccadillo at the Palace (An Annie Oakley Mystery) by Kari Bovee

Category: Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 332 pages

Length: 9 hours, 52 minutes

Genre: Historical Mystery, Cozy Mystery

Publisher: Bosque Publishing

Release date: April 2020

​Formats available for review: audiobook (audible download), MOBI (for kindle), EPUB, PDF)

Tour dates: Jan 10 to Feb 4, 2022

Content Rating: PG +M for mature themes, mild swearing

Book Description:

She’s outgunned her opponents at every turn, but will it be enough to solve a royal case of murder? Annie Oakley can’t believe her good fortune at an imperial invitation.

Queen Victoria wants Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show to perform for her Golden Jubilee. But during the voyage to England, a royal escort is murdered and the gun-slinging star finds herself at the center of an assassination plot against the crown.

Determined to catch the killer, Annie tracks down the clues. And by the time they reach London, she thinks she’s right on course. But when her husband falls mysteriously ill, and an assassination attempt is made on the queen, the sharpshooting amateur sleuth may find herself out to sea before her ship comes in.

Can the clever markswoman solve the double-barreled mystery before it’s too late?

Peccadillo at the Palace is the second novel in the Annie Oakley Mystery Series. If you like a fast-paced mystery with unexpected plot twists that will keep you guessing until the very end, you’ll love this riveting historical mystery featuring America’s favorite sure-shot.

 Buy the Book:

Audible ~ Amazon

Add to Goodreads

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Book Details:

Book Title: Folly at the Fair (An Annie Oakley Mystery) by Kari Bovee

Category: Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 322 pages

Length: 9 hours, 48 minutes

Genre: Historical Mystery, Cozy Mystery

Publisher: Bosque Publishing

Release date: June 2020

​Formats available for review: audiobook (audible download), MOBI (for kindle), EPUB, PDF)

Tour dates: Jan 10 to Feb 4, 2022

Content Rating: PG +M for mature themes, mild swearing

Book Description:

She never misses a target. But unless she can solve this murder, she’ll become one…

Chicago World’s Fair, 1893. “Little Sure Shot” Annie Oakley is exhausted from her work with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. But when a fellow performer scuffles with a man who threatens her harm, she has to keep 

her eyes peeled. And when the heckler is found dead under the Ferris Wheel, Annie won’t rest until she proves her defender is innocent.

Before she can rustle up any clues, an old friend asks Annie to protect her young daughter. And as more bodies turn up around the grounds, she’s going to need all her sharpshooting skills just to stay alive.

Can Annie live up to her reputation and put a bullseye on the killer?

Folly at the Fair is the third book in the Annie Oakley mystery series. If you like strong heroines, Wild West adventures, and suspenseful twists and turns, then you’ll love Kari Bovée’s fast-paced 

whodunit.

Buy the Book:

Audible ~ Amazon

Add to Goodreads

Meet the Author:

 

 

When she’s not on a horse, or walking along the beautiful cottonwood-laden acequias of Corrales, New Mexico; or basking on white sand beaches under the Big Island Hawaiian sun, Kari Bovee is escaping into the past—scheming murder and mayhem for her characters both real and imagined, and helping them to find order in the chaos of her 

action-packed novels. Bovee writes the award-winning Annie Oakley Mystery Series and the Grace Michelle Mystery Series, and has more ideas than time for many, many more.

​Connect with the author: Website ~ Goodreads ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Instagram ~ Pinterest

Tour Schedule:

Jan 10 – Mystery Review Crew – books spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 10 –Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway
Jan 10 –StoreyBook Reviews – book review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway
Jan 11 –Cover Lover Book Review – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway
Jan 11 –Splashes of Joy – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / author interview / giveaway
Jan 11 –Lamon Reviews – book review of GIRL WITH A GUN / author interview / giveaway
Jan 11 – I’m All About Books – book series tour / giveaway
Jan 12 – Kam’s Place – book series spotlight
Jan 12 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book series spotlight / giveaway
Jan 12 –History from a Woman’s Perspective – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN
Jan 12 – 411 ON BOOKS, AUTHORS, AND PUBLISHING NEWS – book series spotlight / giveaway
Jan 13 –My Bookish Bliss – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway
Jan 13 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL / giveaway
Jan 13 – History from a Woman’s Perspective – audiobook review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL
Jan 18 – Splashes of Joy – audiobook review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL / giveaway
Jan 18 – She Just Loves Books – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN
Jan 18 – History from a Woman’s Perspective – audiobook review of PECCADILLO AT THE PALACE
Jan 18 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – audiobook review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL
Jan 18 – Literary Flits – book review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway
Jan 18 – PuzzlePaws Blog – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway
Jan 19 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of PECCADILLO AT THE PALACE / giveaway
Jan 19 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway
Jan 19 – History from a Woman’s Perspective – audiobook review of FOLLY AT THE FAIR
Jan 20 – My Bookish Bliss – audiobook review of FOLLY AT THE FAIR / giveaway
Jan 20 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL / giveaway
Jan 21 – StoreyBook Reviews – book review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL / giveaway
Jan 21 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of FOLLY AT THE FAIR / giveaway
Jan 21 – Faith And Books – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway
Jan 21 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – audiobook review of PECCADILLO AT THE PALACE
Jan 24 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway
Jan 24 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – audiobook review of FOLLY AT THE FAIR
Jan 25 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL / giveaway
Jan 25 – Splashes of Joy – audiobook review of PECCADILLO AT THE PALACE / giveaway
Jan 25 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of PECCADILLOW AT THE PALACE / giveaway
Jan 26 – Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / author interview / giveaway
Jan 26 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of FOLLY AT THE FAIR / giveaway
Jan 26 – Chit Chat with Charity – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / author interview / giveaway
Jan 26 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book series spotlight / giveaway
Jan 27 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book series spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 27 – Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews – audiobook review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL /  giveaway
Jan 27 – Literary Flits – book review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL / giveaway
Jan 28 – Faith And Books – audiobook review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL / giveaway
Jan 28 – Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews – audiobook review of PECCADILLO AT THE PALACE /  giveaway
Jan 28 – Books for Books – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN
Jan 31 – Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews – audiobook review of FOLLY AT THE FAIR /  giveaway
Jan 31 – Books for Books – audiobook review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL
Feb 1 – Buried Under Books – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway
Feb 1 – @twilight_reader – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN
Feb 1 – Books for Books – audiobook review of PECCADILLO AT THE PALACE
Feb 2 – Chit Chat with Charity – audiobook review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL / giveaway
Feb 2 – Adventurous Jessy -book review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway
Feb 2 – @twilight_reader – audiobook review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL
Feb 2 – Books for Books – audiobook review of FOLLY AT THE FAIR
Feb 2 – PuzzlePaws Blog – audiobook review of PECCADILLO AT THE PALACE / giveaway
Feb 3 – Westveil Publishing – audiobook review of GIRL WITH A GUN / giveaway
Feb 3 – Adventurous Jessy -book review of SHOOT LIKE A GIRL / giveaway
Feb 3 – @twilight_reader – audiobook review of PECCADILLO AT THE PALACE
Feb 4 – Splashes of Joy – audiobook review of FOLLY AT THE FAIR / giveaway
Feb 4 – Adventurous Jessy -book review of PECCADILLO AT THE PALACE / giveaway

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 GIRL WITH A GUN (Annie Oakley Mystery) Audiobook Tour Giveaway

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Giveaway Tickling the Bear: How to Stay Safe in the Universe by David Wann

TICKLING THE BEAR: HOW TO STAY SAFE IN THE UNIVERSE by David Wann
TICKLING THE BEAR: HOW TO STAY ALIVE IN THE UNIVERSE by David Wann

Join Us for this Tour from January 4 to January 17, 2022

Book Details:

Book Title: Tickling the Bear: How to Stay Safe in the Universe by David Wann

Category: Adult Fiction 18+, 279 pages

Genre: Literary Fiction

Publisher: Chokecherry Press, Golden, Colorado

Release date: May 2021

Formats Available for Review: print-softback (USA and Canada), e-book (Gifted Kindle, MOBI for Kindle and pdf)

Tour dates: January 4 to January 17

Content Rating: PG13 + M: There’s no offensive material but there is a tasteful, semi-comic sex scene and scene in which characters experience MDMA, a mild hallucinogenic.

​Book Description:​​​

Anthropology professor Marc Blake is on a “hero’s journey.” His challenge is to overcome a troubling medical diagnosis –a virus from a tick bite. Along the way he shares his deepest thoughts as the reader follows his courageous efforts to survive. May, an attractive Danish woman, also endures setbacks with resilience, gradually coming center stage in the story. Her husband Kai has a passion for growing herbs and healthy vegetables, marveling how gardening provides a sense of purpose, good health, direct contact with nature, and companionship. Marc’s niece, a natural beauty and ex-model, offers readers a comical, on-again, off-again romantic episode with a Silicon Valley genius she fears might outshine her. Will she prove to be his equal?

Quirky humor injects both lightness and conflict into a 30-year marriage. A six-year old’s “best summer ever” is a reminder that life’s an absolute miracle. Collectively this extended family contests a widespread belief that life is happening to us – that we are passive consumers. On the contrary, each character in this upbeat book is actively self-guided, perfecting their passions and offering generous support to family and friends.

​Though author David Wann has previously written non-fiction books about sensible, sustainable lifestyles, in his first-novel these themes are woven right into a compelling story. “Our lives don’t look much different than most Americans,” the characters might say. “Really, we are not ‘doing without,’ more like doing within.” Kai enjoys investing in regional businesses, and also loves to travel effortlessly on Denver’s bike paths. Meatless Mondays or grilled-salmon Sundays are a great way for the outgoing May to bring friends together for active conversation. Each character would insist that kindness and gratitude are encoded in our genes and are far more powerful than anger. In a world that’s currently so full of disruption and confusion, they offer both a sense of direction and grounded hope.

Buy the Book:Boulder Book Store​Amazon ~ B&N ~ BAM ~ IndieBoundadd to goodreads

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Reading the title of this book, it seemed to be a fun and enjoyable read, and it was indeed, just in a little different way. David Wann is telling Marc’s story of how to survive a tick bite diagnosis by living a somewhat healthy life. And we follow Marc’s journey.

Wann does a pretty good job with research and writing this novel. The characters were believable and the story itself was intriguing. I found some areas dragging a bit but overall I think this book is a good read, and has some valuable lessons we can all learn. An interesting book I feel we can all learn something from. I encourage you to check this one out. This is Four Stars for me.

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

AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH DAVID WANN, AUTHOR OF TICKLING THE BEAR

After writing a trio of books about sustainable human designs and behaviors – Affluenza, Simple Prosperity and The New Normal, David Wann was driven to write a novel about people who lead intentionally modest yet remarkable lives, rooted in their places and steadily mastering their passions. “It took me five years to write,” he says, “and one by one the traits described in Simple Prosperity came to life in the quirky, amiable characters in Tickling the Bear.”__________________________________________________________________________________What is your book Simple Prosperity about?It describes an emerging American lifestyle in which we finally break free of over-consumption – what we called “affluenza” in a previous book. Our current way of life is also not a great match with the equipment we were – like our psyches, genes, and hands. This mismatch of psychology, biology, and politics prevents us from taking care of ourselves and the environment. Fortunately, we are already inventing a new way of life that is twice as satisfying yet uses only half the resources we currently use. What will take the place of consumption, since it’s become the centerpiece of our way of life?I can easily imagine a lifestyle that is culturally richer yet materially leaner and more efficient. Information is much more precise and customized, eliminating a lot of waste; people are more involved socially, more aware aesthetically, and better caretakers of living systems – including ourselves. Instead of deadlines and dying species, they want lifelines and living wealth. Are there examples of culturally rich lifestyles like the one you describe in the book?Yes, when I travel to countries like Costa Rica, for example, the people appear to be every bit as happy even though their incomes are very small compared to fluffed-up U.S. incomes. In countries like Denmark, Sweden, Germany, and Italy, peoples’ homes are much smaller – often half the size – yet Europeans in general are far more politically active; they have wider social networks; fewer violent crimes; better health; much more time for leisure activities like being in nature. We Americans like to think we are number one in all things, but the data doesn’t support our arrogance. We may be on top when it comes to Gross Domestic Product, health care expenditures and the average size of our house but we also lead the world in debt per capita, pollution, military expenditures, children in poverty, percentage of people in prison, obesity, and infant mortality. So what is all the spending really buying us?You write that happiness depends on how well basic human needs are met. So if needs like social connection, stimulating work, and creative play are not met, you’re saying we resort to consumption instead? Absolutely. Over-consumption is an addiction, and addictions arise when we’re off-balance and insecure, as our society now is. Because so many feel empty, in effect we want something to want. But consumption can’t really fill us up unless we’re consuming something of real value in moderate, sensible amounts. When we are healthy, active, and stimulated by life’s many adventures, we don’t need or want to buy as much. Gratification is about infinite and often insatiable wants, while happiness is more grounded in meeting achievable, satisfying needs. We’re stuck in the gratification mode, not tapping into the REAL wealth. Instead of more stuff in our already-stuffed lives, we can choose fewer things but better things of higher quality; fewer visits to the doctor and more visits to museums and friends’ houses. Greater use of our hands and minds in creative activities like playing a flute, building a table, knitting a sweater, or harvesting the season’s first juicy, heirloom tomato. These are the things that matter, and we can choose them if we spend less time, money, and energy being such obedient, desperate consumers!We can ask, what kind of buildings and neighborhoods should we design to ensure high rates of social connection? What kind of agriculture not only provides a good living for farmers and the food industry but also delivers the sort of nutrition that human bodies actually need? Simple prosperity is not about what we give up, but what we take back: clarity, sanity, purpose, meaning, hope, and momentum.My new novel, Tickling the Bear, portrays a small band of colorful, change makers on the cusp of a new society – one in which simple prosperity is the new normal.

Author David Wann

Meet the Author:

David Wann has been a self-acknowledged author since second grade. He’s written hundreds of articles and columns; ten books – one a best seller; and produced five TV documentaries viewed by 20 million. He’s lived in a cooperative neighborhood (cohousing) for 26 years where he has been the organic gardener for 27 households. He’s an amateur musician and the proud father of two. His greatest ambition is to make a difference in a world that urgently requires “all hands on deck.” His books include Affluenza; Biologic; Superbia; Simple Prosperity; The Zen of Gardening; The New Normal, Reinventing Community and others.

connect with the author: website ~ twitter ~ facebook instagram ~ goodreadsTour Schedule:

Jan 4 –Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Jan 5 –@twilight_reader – book review / giveaway
Jan 7 –Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
Jan 8 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 10 – Kam’s Place – book review / author interview
Jan 11 –Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 12 –Stephanie Jane – book review / giveaway
Jan 12 – Books for Books – book review 
Jan 13 –Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Jan 13 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review ​
Jan 14 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 17 – Books are a Blessing  – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 17 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway

Twelve Weeks to Midnight Blue by Steve Searfoss  

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Join Us for this Tour: January 11 to January 31, 2022
 
Book Details:
 
 
Book Title: KidVenture: Twelve Weeks to Midnight Blue by Steve Searfoss
 
Category: Middle Grade Fiction (ages 8 – 12)
 
Genre: Fiction (Business Adventure Story)
 
Publisher: Self-Published/KDP, 125 pages
 
Release date: January 2020
 
Content Rating: G – I am a parent and pay close to attention to the media my children consume. I set out to write a book series that was clean and family friendly.
KidVenture teaches the value of hard work, the importance of saving money, how essential it is to keep your word, and the need to find cooperative solutions with partners in order to be successful at business. This is a book that entertains but also educates and inspires.
 
 
Book Description:
Chance Sterling launches a pool cleaning business over the summer. Join Chance as he looks for new customers, discovers how much to charge them, takes on a business partner, recruits an employee, deals with difficult clients, and figures out how to make a profit. He has twelve weeks to reach his goal. Will he make it? Only if he takes some chances.
 
KidVenture stories are business adventures where kids figure out how to market
their company, understand risk, and negotiate. Each chapter ends with a challenge, including business decisions, ethical dilemmas and interpersonal conflict for young readers to wrestle with. As the story progresses, the characters track revenue, costs, profit margin, and other key metrics which are explained in simple, fun ways that tie into the story.
 
Buy the Book:
Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble
 
 
KidVenture books are interactive stories for middle grade readers who want to learn how to start a business. Kids learn practical business math, economics, marketing, negotiation, problem solving, and resilience through characters they care about.
 
In Twelve Weeks To Midnight Blue, Chance starts a pool cleaning company in his neighborhood over the summer. His younger sister Addie wants in on the business and, in the excerpt below, finds a creative way to make her brother want to partner with her.
 
 
When I was done, I emptied the bucket of debris into our large trashcan and I put up the nets. I headed to the kitchen for some of my mom’s iced tea. Addie was at the table drawing. She was always doing art. Ponies and puppies, bears and bunnies, that sort of thing. Lots of pinks and purples, sparkles and glitter. Girly stuff. Rainbows and sunsets. Boring stuff, if you ask me.
 
 
I reached into the fridge, poured myself a glass and took a big gulp. Ah, that felt good. I downed the full glass and then poured myself another one. As I sipped it I flipped through the newspaper my dad had left on the counter. Nothing caught my eye. Then I glanced over at what Addie was drawing. I bet she’s drawing a unicorn or something just as silly—
 
 
“Wait a minute! Addie! What are you drawing?” I said, shocked.
She quickly scooped up her papers and stuffed them into her sketchbook and closed the cover. Mighty suspicious.
“Nothing.” She grinned.
 
“That didn’t look like nothing.”
 
“Just drawing.“
 
“What were you doing?”
“Why do you care?” she said defensively.
“I want to know.”
“It’s none of your business.”
“Oh, it is my business.” I glared at her. “It’s very much my business. In fact, I think you were actually drawing my business. Was that a swimming pool you were drawing?”
 
“No.” She cracked a smile. “I was just drawing water.”
I scowled. 
 
“Water inside four walls!” I said, accusatorily. She started giggling. “In a backyard! With a diving board!” By now she was laughing uncontrollably.
 
“Let me see that!” I reached for her sketchbook. She pulled it away from me, but as she did that, a bunch of papers went flying into the air. And there it was. One of her drawings floated slowly down to the ground and when it landed I could see it, clear as day. Not just a swimming pool, but in bright orange big letters it said Pool Cleaning Service.
 
“Addison!” I shouted. “What are you doing?!”
 
“It’s called marketing,” she said in the voice of a grown-up, tired of explaining the same thing over and over again to a child.
 
“You don’t even know what that is!”
 
“Yes I do,” she huffed. “Dad told me what it means.”
 
“Oh yeah, well what is it?”
 
“I am making flyers to promote my pool cleaning business.”
 
“You don’t have a pool cleaning business!” I stomped my foot. “I do.”
 
“Not yet, I don’t, but I expect that soon I will.”
 
I looked down again at the flyer she had drawn. There was a phone number on it. I pointed to it.
 
“Mom said I could use her number,” she said.
 
I was about to tell her this whole thing was crazy, it would never work. But I was stopped short in my tracks. I do believe my jaw was open. I might have even been drooling, if you want to know the truth.
 
“Addie!” I gave her a big hug. “This is a great idea! That’s exactly what I need to find new customers.”
 
“But you don’t know how to draw.”
 
“Yes I do,” I said defensively.
 
“No, you don’t,” she smirked. “Even your stick figures don’t look like sticks, they look like nervous spaghetti.”
 
“You have a point. Maybe you can draw them for me.”
 
“No thanks,” she said and quickly picked up her papers and started to head out of the kitchen.
 
“Wait! Addie wait!”
 
“I’ll pay you.”
 
“How much?”
 
“I don’t know. A dollar.”
 
“No way,”
 
“Two dollars?” I said hopefully.
 
She shook her head
 
“Three?”
 
“Half.”
 
“A half dollar?” I giggled. “Ok, sure.”
 
“No, I want half of everything you make cleaning pools.”
 
“What?!” I shrieked.
 
“That’s right, 50-50.”
 
“No way, not a chance! Get lost.”
 
“Ok,” she said in that you’re-going-to-regret-this tone of voice and started to walk away.
 
I swallowed. There was something stuck in my throat. Ok, you might even say it was pride. I swallowed my pride and called out, “Addie! Come back.”
 
“Yes, brother?” she teased.
 
“I’ll give you a third.”
 
She pretended to think about it, and then said, “No.”
 
“Forty percent.”
 
“No.”
 
“Forty! Addie, that’s a lot.” 
 
“I don’t want forty, I want to be your partner. An equal partner.”
 
“My partner?” I said sarcastically.
 
“That’s right. Your partner.”
“But you don’t know anything about cleaning pools. And you’re too little to carry heavy buckets of wet leaves.”
“And you don’t know how to draw. And it sure doesn’t seem like you know much about marketing either.”
“You want me to give you half of my business just because you can draw flyers? That hardly seems fair. I can get anyone to draw pictures of a pool for me.”
 
“It’s not just drawing, Chance. It told you, it’s called marketing. I have Mom’s phone ready to go, so we can take calls. I made a map of the neighborhood so we can write down which houses we visited and left flyers with, and what they said. I’ll find us new customers, if you make me your partner.”
I scratched my head. There was something appealing about what she was proposing. It was no fun knocking on doors all day in the hot sun, hoping someone needed their pool cleaned. “Ok, ok. Maybe we can do half of any new customer you bring.”
 
“No,” she said. “I want to be a full partner in the whole business, or I’m not interested.”
 
 
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Meet the Author:
I wrote my first KidVenture book after years of making up stories to teach my kids about business and economics. Whenever they’d ask how something works or why things were a certain way, I would say, “Let’s pretend you have a business that sells…” and off we’d go. What would start as a simple hypothetical to explain a concept would become an
adventure spanning several days as my kids would come back with new questions which would spawn more plot twists. Rather than give them quick answers, I tried to create cliffhangers to get them to really think through an idea and make the experience as interactive as possible.
 
 
I try to bring that same spirit of fun, curiosity and challenge to each KidVenture book. That’s why every chapter ends with a dilemma and a set of questions. KidVenture books are fun for kids to
read alone, and even more fun to read together and discuss. There are plenty of books where kids learn about being doctors and astronauts and firefighters. There are hardly any where they learn what it’s like to run small business. KidVenture is different. The companies the kids start are modest and simple, but the themes are serious and important.
 
I’m
an entrepreneur who has started a half dozen or so businesses and have had my share of failures. My dad was an entrepreneur and as a kid I used to love asking him about his business and learning the ins and outs of what to do and not do. Mistakes make the best stories — and the best lessons. I wanted to write a business book that was realistic, where you
get to see the characters stumble and wander and reset, the way entrepreneurs do in real life. Unlike most books and movies where business is portrayed as easy, where all you need is one good idea and the desire to be successful, the characters in KidVenture find that every day brings new problems to solve.
 
Connect with the Author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram ~ Goodreads
 
Tour Schedule:
 
Jan 11 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 12 – Character Madness and Musing – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 12 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 13 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 13 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 14 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 18 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 18 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Jan 19 – icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Jan 20 – Sandra’s Book Club – book review / giveaway
Jan 21 – @twilight_reader – book review / giveaway
Jan 24 – Books for Books – book review
Jan 25 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 26 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 26 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway
Jan 27 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 28 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Jan 31 – Kam’s Place – book review
 
Enter the Giveaway:
 
 
KIDVENTURE: TWELVE WEEKS TO MIDNIGHT BLUE Book Tour Giveaway
 
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Giveaway & Tour Happenstance Farms: A New Home by S. McMichael

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Join Us for This Tour:  January 11 to January 31, 2022Book Details:

Book Title: Happenstance Farms: A New Home by S. McMichael

Category: Children’s Fictions (ages 3-7), 32 pages

Genre: Children’s Picture BookPublisher: Ek-9 Solutions & Services, LLC

Release date: January 2022

Formats Available for Review: print – softback (USA only), e-book PDF

Tour dates: January 11 to January 31, 2022

Content Rating: G -Suitable for everyone.

Book Description:

​Change can be difficult, especially for Savanna. When she gets a new trainer at a new barn, she can’t help thinking about how much she’ll miss Colts & Company. More than that…she’s a little scared. What will happen when Savanna swallows her fear and takes a chance on Happenstance Farms?

A fun, relatable story about a girl and her pony, your child will love keeping up with the adventures at Happenstance Farms. With charming characters, lots of laughs, and social-emotional learning, this book is the perfect addition to any home or classroom library.


Buy the Book:
Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Happenstance Farms: A New Home by S. McMichael is an exciting and fun book for any child to read. Savannah is with a new trainer now that her old trainer has moved out of town. Savannah is a little nervous about her new adventure, but she soon finds out she loves her new trainer and the children there. She is meeting new friends at the new place.

McMichael does a nice job writing this sweet book. The characters are so well crafted. And I love how they developed beautiful during the story. Justo Borrero does a fabulous job with the illustrations. I love the bright vibrant colors on each page, it is all so beautiful. And a wonderful story for your child to read and have in their library. I think this special book would be a great addition to any school, and this book would be a great book for school library or classroom as well.

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

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Meet the Author:

McMichael serves as the Senior Manager and Information Technology Business Partner for Training Solutions and Global Training Systems & Services in Boeing Global Services. She is a disabled veteran with more than 16 years of domestic and international experience in air traffic management and operations.  

McMichael holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, a master’s certificate in project management, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Southern Illinois University. She is a recipient of TheBoeing Company CTO Technical Excellence Award, Women of Color in Technology“Rising Star” award, U.S. Air Force Air Traffic Training Achievement Award, and the International William A. Parenteau Memorial Award from the Air Traffic Control Association. McMichael serves on the Advisory Board of SSM St. Charles Health Center, and the Missouri Hunter Jumper Organization board.Tour Schedule:

Jan 11 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 11 – Character Madness and Musing – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 11 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 12 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Jan 12 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Jan 13 – @bujos_n_books – book review
Jan 13 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Jan 14 – @jayme_reads – book review
Jan 18 – Sandra’s Book Club – book review / giveaway
Jan 19 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
Jan 19 – @twilight_reader – book review
Jan 20 – Older & Smarter? – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 20 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review / giveaway
Jan 21 – Reading is My Passion – book review / giveaway
Jan 21 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Jan 24 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 24 – Books for Books – book review
Jan 25 – Kam’s Place – book review
​Jan 25 – icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Jan 26 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 26 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 27 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 27 – The Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 28 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway
Jan 31 – Westveil Publishing – book review / guest post / giveaway

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The Lizard Who Loves A Blizzard by Shelley Larkin and Michael John Sullivan

Join Us for This Tour from January 4 to January 31!

 

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Lizard Who Loves A Blizzard by Shelley Larkin and Michael John Sullivan
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  36 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
PublisherMagic Everywhere Inc. 
Release date:  September 2021
Content Rating:  Rated G. Suitable for everyone

  Book Description:

Larry the Lizard has always dreamed of snow. The only problem is, he lives in Australia. Find out what happens when a lizard gets a very silly idea… and it finally comes true. Join Larry and his friends as they 

skid, skate, slide and have an adventure in this wonderful ride. ​

 
 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Wow! I love The Lizard Who Loves A Blizzard by Shelley Larkin and Michael John Sullivan. This adorable story about a Lizzard that wants to see snow will sure win your children over this winter. Larry the Lizzard wished and wished for snow to come until one day, yes, you guessed it right. One day it started snowing. I so much enjoyed the little journey with Lizzy the Lizzard as he shows all of his friends it is snowing and his friends agreed with him as they watched h I s excitement, and most of his friends were just and excited. I feel using an animal like the lizzard is a very clever idea from these authors. The illustrations by Yanaisy Puentes Cruz are so adorable. I love the vibrant colors both on the cover and inside the book. I also love the characters expressions the illustrator captures. The illustrations sure help bring this story to life and your children will love how the illustrations and story fit together so very well. I think this would be a perfect book for elementary school libraries as well as classrooms and daycare classrooms. You sont want to miss this precious book, a book I’m giving Five Stars. I strongly encourage you to check this one out. 

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

 

Guest Post from Shelley Larkin

 

Are Writers Afraid to Share What’s in Their Hearts and Minds – Writers should share their unique ideas without fear

Some of my proudest moments in writing are when I’ve authored a book that stirs the imaginations of the reader as well as creates a discussion filled with intellectual conversation. I’m afraid we have slipped in recent years to respect one another’s opinions or conclusions. 

We live today in a judgmental society, and it’s enhanced by the toxic social platforms that are readily available for confrontations to accelerate and for hate to thrive between readers who have never even met. 

It’s a whipsaw of fanatic frenzy, people assuming the worst of one another, snapping verbally if you do not share the same opinion. Whatever happened to an intellectual, give and take, discussion without the constant clashes? 

In the past, writers were unafraid to stand alone in the crowd and express what others may truly feel but didn’t have the courage to say. In fact, it’s how to stir the consciousness of the masses. 

Today, if you write a story that shares an opposite thought, there is no dialogue. There is no give and take. It’s their way or the highway. 

I encourage and authors to use your pens and computers to share unique stories and ideas. 

Write without fear. 

Push forward with ideas others may not possess the same will to explore. Society is enriched by various ideas. Society loses when we are conformed to think alike and if you do not believe like he or she, you should be silenced. 

Do not let anyone silence you. I may not agree with you on what you may write, but I’ll be the first to stand by you and protect your First Amendment right. 

If we do not protect the First Amendment, this country is no different than any tyrannical society. 

The First Amendment is for you as it is for me. 

Your pen is your sword. Use it without fear.

 
 
Meet the Authors:
 
Michael John Sullivan is the co-creator of The Lizard Who Loves a Blizzard, Nick Knitley and The SockKids. He is also co-developing three other animation series, including the Dr. Neverme and Dinomike projects. Sullivan has written several children’s books, including a Digimon series book with HarperCollins Publishing. In addition, Michael has written five novels, receiving awards and best-selling status.His first book, Necessary Heartbreak, was published by Simon & Schuster and was named by the prestigious Library Journal as one of the best books in 2010. Sullivan previously advocated for the homeless, drawing off of his own experience of riding the New York City trains at night for one winter. He has written articles about the plight for CNN.com, The Washington Post website, The Huffington Post, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and Patch.com. Before he took up living among his animated characters, Michael worked for ESPN, Rival.com, Scout.com, and the Sporting News, covering high school and college basketball. He is a former board member of the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless.

 

 

 

 

Shelley Larkin is the co-creator of The Lizard Who Loves a Blizzard, Nick Knitley and The SockKids, and is co-developing other animation series with Michael, including the Dr. Neverme and Dinomike projects. Shelley is involved in all aspects of the animation ventures, including marketing and promotions, and merchandising of books, videos and other products.One of Shelley’s passions is the Destination Imagination (DI) worldwide learning program for kids K-12, where she served as Director in the greater Sacramento area. Focused on creative problem-solving techniques, hundreds of thousands of children are served by the program each year, supported by thousands of volunteers. Shelley was presented with the DI Spirit of Discovery Award in recognition of her outstanding commitment and devotion to the global program. Michael and Shelley’s initial collaboration was co-authoring a children’s short story, “The Sock Kids Stand Up Against Bullying”, a nationally distributed book developed in concert with Destination Imagination. This story creates awareness of an important life lesson for children, and shows how The SockKids can deliver these messages through animation and books. ​

connect with the authors: website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ goodread
 
 
 
Tour Schedule:

 

​Jan 4 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 4 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 5 – Booking with Janelle – book review
Jan 6 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 7 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Jan 7 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 10 – My Bookish Bliss – book review
Jan 11 – Sandra’s Book Club – book review / giveaway
Jan 11 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 12 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Jan 12 – @twilight_reader – book review
Jan 13 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book review / giveaway
Jan 13 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review / giveaway
Jan 14 – Kam’s Place – book review
Jan 18 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 19 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 20 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 20 – Westveil Publishing – book review / giveaway
Jan 21 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 24 – Reading is My Passion – book review / giveaway
Jan 24 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Jan 25 – icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Jan 25 – The Adventure of a Traveler’s Wife – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 26 – Triquetra Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 27 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Jan 28 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
Jan 28 – I’m Into Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 31 – Books for Books – book review
Jan 31 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway 

  Enter the Giveaway:

 The Lizard Who Loves A Blizzard Book Tour Giveaway

 

 

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Tour and Giveaway for Sometimes When I’m Sad by Deborah Serani

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Book Details:
Book Title:  Sometimes When I’m Sad by Deborah Serani
Category:  Children’s Non-Fiction (Ages 3-7)
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Free Spirit Publishing, 40 pages
Release date:   April 2020
Content Rating:  G.  Rated G.


Book Description:

“Sometimes
When I’m Sad” is a sensitive and supportive story to help your children recognize and cope with sadness. Written by psychologist, Deborah Serani, Psy.D. and illustrated by Kyra Teis, this award-winning children’s book is also an invaluable resource for parents, teachers, caregivers and other mental health professionals. “Sometimes When I’m Sad” has been endorsed by Jo Frost, The Supernanny and pediatric depression expert ,Dr. Joan Luby.
 
 
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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Yesterday I reviewed the wonderful book Sometimes When I’m Mad by Deborah Serani. Today I am reviewing another book by Deborah Serani, Sometimes When I’m Sad. Sadness is something we all face, and Serani does another awesome job of writing this book to help children cope with the feelings of sadness. A few of the things this book suggest when you are sad is throwing a ball instead of throwing toys, or talk to someone such as a family member, friend or counselor. 

This is a really great book for when your child is sad. The story is simple yet with so many valuable lessons within the pages. And the illustrations by Kyra Teis help bring the story to life with the perfect illustrations on each page to match the story. I love that the colors inside and on the cover match the moods of the storyline. Sometimes When I’m Sad. Is perfect for elementary and daycare classrooms. And even though this book is written for children, I think adults can benefit from the valuable lessons here in this book.

In the back of this book there is so much information that tells you how to deal with children who are sad. I think this book it very well worth purchasing. I highly recommend this book to anyone with children. This one is Five Stars for me.

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

Meet the Author:  

Deborah

Serani, Psy.D. is psychologist in practice over 30 years. She is also a

senior professor at Adelphi University and has been published in

academic journals on many psychological subjects. Dr. Serani is a go-to

expert for psychological issues. Her interviews can be found at ABC

News, CNN, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Reader’s

Digest, The Washington Post and USA Today, and affiliate radio station

programs at CBS and NPR, just to name a few. She is also a TEDx speaker

and has lectured nationally and internationally. Dr. Serani has worked

as a technical advisor for the NBC television show, Law & Order:

Special Victims Unit – where a recurring character, Judge D. Serani, was

named for her. Dr. Serani is an award-winning author, writing about

psychological topics in many genres.

Connect with the author:  ​​website ~twitter ~facebook ~ goodreads


Tour Schedule:

Jan 4 – The Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 4 – Rockin Book Reviews – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 5 – Splashes of Joy – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 5 – Kam’s Place – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 6 – Splashes of Joy – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 6 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 7 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 7 – Kam’s Place – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 10 –Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 11 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 11 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 12 – Pause for Tales – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 12 – She Just Loves Books – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 13 – Pause for Tales – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 13 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 14 – The Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 18 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 18 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 19 – Rockin Book Reviews – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 20 –Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 21 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 24 – She Just Loves Books – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD

 

 

Tour and Giveaway Sometimes When I’m Mad by Deborah Serani

Join Us for This Tour:  January 4 to January 24
 
Book Details:

 

Book Title:  Sometimes When I’m Mad by Deborah Serani
Category:  Children’s Non-Fiction (Ages 3-7)
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Free Spirit Publishing, 40 pages
Release date:   January 2022
Content Rating:  G.  Rated G.

 
Book Description:
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Award-winning author and psychologist Dr. Deborah Serani and illustrator Kyra TeTei team up again for a companion to “Sometimes When I’m Sad” that tactackle the difficult feeling of anger. “Sometimes When I’m Mad” describes a child’s experience with anger and the many ways it can surface, along with ways children – and adults who love them – can use anger management techniques.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Sometimes When I’m Mad by Deborah Serani is a really cute fantastic book that teaches children what to do and how to change their feelings when they are feeling mad. One of the things papa tells is little girl to do when she feels mad is to lay down for a while, and she does, and it makes her feel better. There are many more examples in the book and with the help of her mom, grandma, grandpa and teacher, this little girl gets help that makes her feel better.

I think this book is good for any child at any age. Everyone feels mad at times, and the valuable lessons in the book can be helpful for anyone. Serani dies a fabulous job writing this book, teaching lessons that are so valuable to learn. The sweet and beautiful illustrations by Kyra Teis brings this story to life on the pages as each page fits perfectly together. I love that the colors fit so well with the mood of each page in this book. I really adore this hardcover book and I encourage you to pick up this book for your child. I feel this will also go very well in elementary school library as well as daycare libraries. This is definitely one you want your child to have. I’m giving 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.

 
 
Also Available from Dr. Deborah Serani:
 

 

Book Details:

 

Book Title:  Sometimes When I’m Sad by Deborah Serani
Category:  Children’s Non-Fiction (Ages 3-7)
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Free Spirit Publishing, 40 pages
Release date:   April 2020
Content Rating:  G.  Rated G.


Book Description:

“Sometimes

 

 When I’m Sad” is a sensitive and supportive story to help young 

children recognize and cope with sadness. Written by psychologist, 

Deborah Serani, Psy.D. and illustrated by Kyra Teis, this award-winning 

children’s book is also an invaluable resource for parents, teachers, 

caregivers and other mental health professionals. “Sometimes When I’m 

Sad” has been endorsed by Jo Frost, The Supernanny and pediatric 

depression expert ,Dr. Joan Luby.

 

 
 
 

 

 

Meet the Author:  

Deborah

 

 Serani, Psy.D. is psychologist in practice over 30 years. She is also a

 senior professor at Adelphi University and has been published in 

academic journals on many psychological subjects. Dr. Serani is a go-to 

expert for psychological issues. Her interviews can be found at ABC 

News, CNN, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Reader’s 

Digest, The Washington Post and USA Today, and affiliate radio station 

programs at CBS and NPR, just to name a few. She is also a TEDx speaker 

and has lectured nationally and internationally. Dr. Serani has worked 

as a technical advisor for the NBC television show, Law & Order: 

Special Victims Unit – where a recurring character, Judge D. Serani, was

 named for her. Dr. Serani is an award-winning author, writing about 

psychological topics in many genres.

Connect with the author:  ​​website ~twitter ~facebook ~ goodreads

 


  Tour Schedule:

Jan 4 – The Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 4 – Rockin Book Reviews – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 5 – Splashes of Joy – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 5 – Kam’s Place – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 6 – Splashes of Joy – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 6 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 7 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 7 – Kam’s Place – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 10 –Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 11 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 11 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 12 – Pause for Tales – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 12 – She Just Loves Books – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 13 – Pause for Tales – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 13 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 14 – The Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 18 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 18 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD
Jan 19 – Rockin Book Reviews – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 20 –Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 21 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M SAD
Jan 24 – She Just Loves Books – book review of SOMETIMES WHEN I’M MAD

 
 
 

 

Tour and Giveaway Gingersnap Snatcher by Vicky Weber

 

Join Us for This Tour:  December 7th to December 17th
 
Book Details:

 

Book Title:  Gingersnap Snatcher by Vicky Weber
Category:  Children’s Fiction (ages 3 to 7), 32 pages
Genre:  Children’s 
Publisher:  Trunk Up Books
Release date:   December 2021
Content Rating:  G.  Suitable for everyone.

Book Description:
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Abuela

 made cookies to eat after school. The gingersnap kind, just the thought

 made us drool! We rushed home excited. We opened the door…The cookies 

were missing – just CRUMBS on the floor! Can you help the kids crack the

 case of the GINGERSNAP SNATCHER?

Buy the Book:
Amazon
 
 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

I love Gingersnap Snatcher by Vicky Weber!! It is such a sweet book for any child to read or have read to them at Christmas! Three siblings come home from school so excited because their Abuela was making ginger snaps for them as an after school snack. But they only found the crumbs when they came in. So what do they do? They followed the crumbs to many places but didn’t find ginger snaps anywhere. Where do you think they would be? 

This is a perfect book full of  rhythms to tell they story. Vicky Weber does an excellent job writing this sweet story for children everywhere to enjoy during the Holiday season. 

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:

 

Vicky Weber is a musician and an elementary educator with a love for children’s literature. As a Puerto Rican author of Taíno descent, sshestrives to create picture books that are fun, engaging, and educational.

 All her current titles are based on her background in music education or her heritage. While she has taught a variety of grade levels, primary level education is where her passion lies. It has long been dream of hers to teach children through the magic of books and she hopes you love reading her works as much as she loved writing them.

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

Tour Schedule:

Dec 7 – Rockin Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 7 – Kam’s Place – book review / author interview
Dec 7 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 7 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 8 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Dec 8 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Dec 8 – @booking.with.janelle – book review / author interview
Dec 8 – The Momma Spot – book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 9 – icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Dec 9 – @jayme_reads – book review / author interview
Dec 9 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 10 – Hall Ways Blog – book review / giveaway
Dec 10 – @twilight_reader – book review / guest post
Dec 10 – Triquetra Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 13 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 13 – Older & Smarter? – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 13 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review
Dec 14 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 14 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Dec 14 – The Page Ladies – book review / giveaway
Dec 14 – Westveil Publishing – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 15 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Dec 15 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
Dec 15 – Sandra’s Book Club – book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 15 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 16 – Captive Dreams Window – book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 16 – Reading is My Passion – book review / author interview
Dec 16 – She Just Loves Books – book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 17 – Bigreadersite – book review / giveaway
Dec 17 – Chit Chat with Charity – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 17 – Books for Books – book review / guest post

  Enter the Giveaway:

 

GINGERNAP SNATCHER Book Tour Giveaway

 

 

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Giveaway & Spotlight for Verdaderamente Poderoso by Dr. Rosa Romero

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Join Us for This Tour from December 7 to December 17!

 

Book Details:

Book Title
Verdaderamente Poderoso by Dr. Rosa Romero
CategoryAdult Non-Fiction (18+), 124 pages
Genre: Religious Book (spanish)
PublisherMascot
Release Date: December, 2021

Tour dates: December 7 to December 17
Content RatingPG.

  Book Description:

Allow

 the powerful word of God to transform your life, changing your daily routine through your thoughts and the way you speak. In order to live according to truth and wisdom, you have to learn to reason yourself. With an important and simple message, Verdaderamente Poderoso will help readers find their purpose in life. Identifiable from beginning to end, the book is based on real testimonies that will touch the depths of one’s soul.

Buy the Book
Mascot
Amazon ~ B&N
add to goodreads

Meet the Author:

 

Rosa Romero,

 is a great woman of God, multifaceted with a doctorate in human letters, mother, businesswoman, ideology instructor, certified master coach, Pastor and Prophet who has been obeying God’s will with her husband Pastor Fredy Gonzales. Since 2015, they have served as Chief Ministers at the Christian Church Unity Life El Reyno de Dios para las Naciones in the Manassas area.

connect with the author: goodreads 

 

  Tour Schedule:

Dec 7 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight
Dec 7 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight
Dec 7 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight
Dec 8 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight
Dec 9 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight
Dec 10 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight
Dec 13 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Dec 14 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight
Dec 15 – Literary Flits – book spotlight
Dec 16 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight
Dec 17 – Books for Books – book spotlight

 

 

Giveaway & Tour Three May Keep a Secret: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure by Richard T. Ryan

 

Join Us for This Tour from  November 29 to December 17!

 

Book Details:
Book TitleThree May Keep a Secret: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure by Richard T. Ryan
Category:  Adult Fiction 18+, 264 pages
GenreMystery
Publisher:  MX Publishing
Release Date: November 29, 2021

Tour dates: November 29 to December 17
Content Rating:  G.

 

Book Description:

When a meeting with a client goes disastrously wrong, Sherlock Holmes soon finds himself involved in a case of murder with two dead bodies and too few clues.

From some clear pieces of glass and a raven’s feather, the Great Detective must divine exactly who the client was and what prompted him to seek assistance at 221B. Fortunately, Holmes has a number of experts upon whom he can rely as well as his own vast store of esoteric knowledge.

Treading a twisted path, Holmes soon finds himself matching wits with an unseen criminal, who appears to be the equal of the late Professor Moriarty. At the same time, he is tasked with sparing the monarchy any possible embarrassment that may stem from the investigation.

It’s a deadly game of cat-and-mouse that finds Holmes and Watson attending underground auctions, using rare and priceless artifacts as bait and holding a late night vigil in anticipation of deterring a theft, all the while trying to understand how a priceless antiquity fits into their investigation.

Buy the Book:
Amazon ~ Amazon.UK
B&N ~ Kobo ~ BookDepository

 

Guest post from author Richard T. Ryan

Some Popular Misconceptions about Sherlock Holmes

by Richard T. Ryan

Even if you have never read a Sherlock Holmes story (admittedly, I don’t know how that is possible), you know of him. You may have encountered him in one form or another on television, the silver screen or even on stage. You may have crossed paths courtesy of some advertisement for any number of products. Quite frankly, it is hard to imagine life without the Great Detective and his Boswell. You may have even quoted – or misquoted – him. Although people think they know Doyle’s creation, the fact is that character differs markedly from the popular perception. So let’s try to clear up some of the confusion surrounding the Great Detective and those close to him by exploring the origins of these notions.

  1. Contrary to popular belief, Sherlock Holmes never utters the phrase, “Elementary, my dear Watson.” In “The Adventure of the Crooked Man,” Watson exclaims “Excellent” to which Holmes replies simply, “Elementary.”
  2. Holmes distinctive attire contributed to his popularity. Although Holmes’ deerstalker cap and Calabash pipe are iconic, they were added to the persona later. The deerstalker was the brainchild of illustrator Sidney Paget while the Calabash arrived courtesy of stage actor William Gillette.
  3. Sherlock Holmes was a drug addict. It is true that Holmes did inject himself with a seven percent solution of cocaine to stave off boredom. However, Holmes kicks his cocaine habit fairly quickly, with the help of Dr. John Watson, who warned Holmes of the drug’s dangers on several occasions. 
  4. Sherlock Holmes brought all his cases to a satisfactory conclusion. Given that his successes are legend, one might be surprised to hear Holmes admit in “The Five Orange Pips” that “I have been beaten four times – three times by men and once by a woman.” 
  5. Doyle was a stickler for details. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Consider the mystery of Watson’s wound: When Holmes and Watson first meet in “A Study in Scarlet,” Holmes says of Watson, “His left arm has been injured. He holds it in a stiff and unnatural manner.” However, in the very next story, The Sign of Four, Watson claims his leg has sustained the injury: “I made no remark, however, but sat nursing my wounded leg. I had a Jezail bullet through it some time before.”
  6. Doyle was quite fond of his greatest creation. Just the opposite is true; in fact, Doyle grew to hate Sherlock Holmes. By 1893, Doyle’s creation was more well-known than he was. In order to devote his time to other writing, he decided to kill off Sherlock Holmes and did so in “The Final Problem,” where we are told the Great Detective fell to his death while battling Professor Moriarty. However, the pressure was so great and the financial rewards so considerable, that a decade later Doyle resurrected Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles, which he set before Holmes’ untimely demise.
  7. Sherlock Holmes loved Irene Adler. While this may be true of the TV show “Sherlock,” it is not true of Doyle’s creation. Holmes never “loved” her in “A Scandal in Bohemia,” nor did she love him. In fact, he served as a witness to her wedding in the story. While both respected each other, at the end she outsmarted him and escaped. Holmes kept a photograph of her and as Watson says, “To Sherlock Holmes, she is always the woman.” 

There are a great many other topics, we might have explored such as the mystery of Watson’s wives; Sherlock and his brother, Mycroft; as well as the nefarious Professor James Moriarty, who had at least one brother also named James, and possibly two; but those are questions for another column.

 

 

Meet the Author:

A lifelong Sherlockian, Richard Ryan is the author of “The Vatican Cameos: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure,” “The Stone of Destiny,” “The Druid of Death” and “The Merchant of Menace,” and “Through a Glass Starkly,” 

 

all from MX Publishing. “Three May Keep a Secret” is his sixth Holmes pastiche, and he is currently at work on his seventh.

He has also written “B Is for Baker Street (My First Sherlock Holmes Book),” an alphabet book he penned for his grandchildren.

Among his other credits are “The Official Sherlock Holmes Trivia Book,” a 

book on Agatha Christie trivia and the well-received murder mystery “Deadly Relations” that has been produced twice off-Broadway.

He pursued his graduate studies at the University of Notre Dame, where he majored in medieval literature. To this day, he remains a die-hard fan of the Fighting Irish.

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

 
Tour Schedule:

 

Nov 29 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 29 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 30 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Dec 1 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 1 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Dec 2 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Dec 2 – Lisa Everyday Reads – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Dec 3 – JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Dec 6 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 6 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Dec 7 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Dec 7 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 8 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 8 – Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Dec 9 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Dec 10 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Dec 13 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight
Dec 14 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 14 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 15 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Dec 15 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 16 – My Bookish Bliss – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Dec 17 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / giveaway

  Enter the Giveaway:

 

Three May Keep a Secret: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure by Richard T. Ryan Book Tour Giveaway

 

 

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Tour and Giveaway The Living Christmas Tree by Kristin Sponaugle

Join Us for This Tour from November 26 to December 17

Book Details:

Book Title  The Living Christmas Tree by Kristin Sponaugle

Category:  Children’s Fiction (ages 3 to 7), 38 pages

Genre:  Children’s Book

Publisher:  Mascot

Release date:   September 2021

Formats Available for Review: print-hardback USA, e-book (PDF)

Tour dates: November 26 to December 17

Content Rating:  G.  Suitable for everyone.

 

***** 2021 Family Choice Award Winner *****

 

Book Description:

During the day, the Miller family’s Christmas tree stands tall in their living room, sparkling with lights and ornaments. Little does the family know that their Christmas tree is anything but ordinary. Each evening, the magic of Christmas brings their tree to life—much to the delight of Hannah and William Miller. Follow along as Hannah and William experience the magic of Christmas in a whole new way.

Buy the Book:

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AmazonBarnes and Noble ~ Target

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

The Living Christmas Tree by Kristin Sponaugle is such a cute book about a Christmas tree. The special thing about this tree is that during the day the ornaments are quiet and still, but as soon as the family is asleep, the ornaments on the tree come to life. They have fun talking to each other and playing all up and down the tree, until one night someone walked in on them. What will happen now? 

The Living Christmas Tree is well worth buying for your child. They are sure to enjoy this beautiful story about this unique Christmas tree. Agus Prajogo does a fabulous job creating the illustrations in this adorable book. Each page is stunning with its vibrant Christmas colors, and the characters bring the story to life before your eyes. This adorable book is a must for your child to read during the Christmas season. It would be a nice gift to any school classroom or daycare. Check out this fabulous book and gift one to the child in your life. 

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:

Kristin Sponaugle was born in Butler, Pennsylvania. She graduated 

from Duquesne University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in 

health sciences and her master’s degree in physician assistant studies. 

Kristin had always dreamed of becoming an author, and made that dream a 

reality with her two published children’s books, The Princess Puppy and The Living Christmas Tree.

 In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cross-stitching, and playing 

with her Maltese dog, Rosie. Kristin lives with her husband, daughter, 

and Rosie, and resides wherever the Air Force sends them.

Connect with the Author: website ~ facebook ~ instagram

 

 

Tour Schedule:

Nov 26 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review / author interview / giveaway

Nov 26 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway

Nov 29 – Westveil Publishing – book review / guest post / giveaway

Nov 29 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 29 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight

Nov 29 – My Bookish Bliss – book review / giveaway

Nov 30 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

Nov 30 – Triquetra Reviews – book review / author interview / giveaway

Dec 1 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / spotlight

Dec 1 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway

Dec 2 – @twilight_reader – book review

Dec 2 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review / giveaway

Dec 3 Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

Dec 3 – Books for Books – book review

Dec 6 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

Dec 6 – Kam’s Place – book review

Dec 7 – icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway

Dec 8 – Reading is My Passion – book review

Dec 8 – fundinmental – book review / giveaway

Dec 9 – All Booked Up Reviews – Instagram – book review

Dec 9 – Older & Smarter? – book review / guest post / giveaway

Dec 10 – Sandra’s Book Club – book review / giveaway

Dec 13 – Bigreadersite – book review / giveaway

Dec 14 – Captive Dreams Window – book review

Dec 14 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway

Dec 15 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway

Dec 15 – The Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book review / guest post / giveaway

Dec 16 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway

Dec 16 – I’m Into Books – book review / giveaway

Dec 17 – Cover To Cover Café – book review

Enter the Giveaway:

 THE LIVING CHRISTMAS TREE Book Tour Giveaway

 

 

 

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Tour and Giveaway Mother’s Love by Diana Aleksandrova

Join Us for This Tour from November 26 to December 17

Book Details:

  1. Book Title: Mother’s Love: Animal moms and their babies by Diana Aleksandrova

Category:  Children’s Fiction (ages 3 to 7), 32 pages

Genre:  Children’s Book

Publisher:  Dedoni Books

Release date:   November 5, 2021

Content Rating:  G.  Suitable for everyone.

 

Book Description:

A mother’s love is like the air;

you may not see it, but it’s there.

A mother’s love is universal; and yet the way each species shows its love is unique.

In a cloud, I’ll build a nest.

For you, I want the very best.

My love is fierce and very bright.

It makes the world feel safe and right.

Mother’s Love is a lyrical celebration of the unconditional bond every mother has with her child. The book is written from the point of view of ten different animal moms, ranging from elephants to eagles and depicts the various sides of motherhood, including joy, resilience, and sacrifice.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Mother’s Love: Animal moms and their babies by Diana Aleksandrova is the cutest book about the how much a mother loves her babies. Whether it be animals of all kinds, wild and tame, or the mother of a human little baby, a Mother’s Love is the same. I love reading the outpouring of love on each page with the moms showing so much love to their babies. 

Svilen Dimitrov creates beautiful illustrations for the cover and each page. I love the watercolors and each animal is so precious, it would be hard for me to choose a favorite. I love the human mom and baby illustration, and the joy on their faces. Everything about this beautiful book is adorable! This would be the perfect gift for a new mother or mother to be. You can’t go wrong choosing Mother’s Love by Diana Aleksandrova. 

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:

 

Born and raised in Bulgaria, Diana Aleksandrova moved across the ocean in pursuit of the American dream, only to realize that her dream was not limited to any one country, or even continent. Rather, it was within her all along.

Diana finds joy in creating stories that make kids of all ages laugh-out-loud, open up their minds and hearts, and let their imaginations run freely.

“Books are our tickets to adventure. They let us explore fascinating places, and join charming heroes, crooked villains, and magical creatures through unforgettable journeys. My job is to create the itinerary.”

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

 

Tour Schedule:

Nov 26 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway

Nov 26 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Nov 26 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway

Nov 29 – @twilight_reader – book review

Nov 29 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review

Nov 29 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight

Nov 30 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway

Dec 1 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway

Dec 1 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway

Dec 2 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway

Dec 2 – The Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book review / guest post / giveaway

Dec 3 – icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway

Dec 3 – Older & Smarter? – book review / author interview / giveaway

Dec 6 – @booking.with.janelle – book review / author interview

Dec 6 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

Dec 7 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

Dec 8 – Laura’s Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway

Dec 9 – Reading is My Passion – book review / giveaway

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

Dec 13 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway

Dec 14 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

Dec 14 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway

Dec 15 – I’m Into Books – book review / giveaway

Dec 16 – Kam’s Place – book review

Dec 16 – jayme_reads – book review

Dec 17 – Character Madness and Musing – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Dec 17 – Books for Books – book review

Enter the Giveaway:

MOTHERS LOVE Book Tour Giveaway

 

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Giveaway & Tour Fabyan Place by Peter Angus

Join Us for this Tour:  November 22nd to December 3rd

Book Details:

Book Title:  Fabyan Place: Two WWII GIs Fight to Survive and Overcome Racial Strife as POWS by Peter Angus

Category:  Adult Fiction 18+, 350 pages

Genre:  Historical Fiction 

Publisher:  Dottenfritz Press 

Release date:   August 2021

Content Rating:  PG13 + M:

Some use of the “F” word, some swearing, bigoted pejorative vernacular

common in the 1940s, treatment attributed to Nazi captors in both a POW

and Death Camp and one antagonist suicide.


Fabyan Place is a book that stays with you. A callow young man goes to war and confronts his prejudice, forming an unlikely friendship in a POW camp with another soldier. They each know a secret about the other that could be a death sentence. Deeply researched with fascinating details and unforgettable characters, moving and thought-provoking, the story rises to a ferocious finish that will take your breath away.” — Kay Williams, co-author, The Matryoshka Murders and Butcher of Dreams

“Enthusiasts of this genre will be impressed by the book’s authenticity. The author has a deep knowledge of the Second World War and offers many historical insights and details that I was not aware of.” — David Aretha, editor, World War II Chronicle and The Holocaust Chronicle


Book Description:

​​

Should racism prevent you fighting for your country?

Does bigotry still live even after a war has ended?

Must standing at the gates of hell in a POW camp forever change a man?

Memories of his internment as a prisoner echo as a young war veteran returns to his family and an enigmatic visitor arrives unannounced on Christmas morning.

The guest brings memories of the war, the horrors of the camps and the life-altering changes in his own psyche as his family prepares for their annual feast.

Fabyan Place is an engrossing suspenseful historical fiction novel about two mixed race young men from urban New Jersey and rural Georgia whose experiences clash in a Nazi concentration camp.


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on these FREE Days:

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December  1 (Wednesday) 

December 2 (Thursday) 

December 3 (Friday)


Buy the Book:
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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

A Nazi concentration camp was the scene of Sonny and John getting to know one another in the Nazi camp. Fabyan Place by Peter Angus is an historical read that will stay with you long after you finish the last page. Angus does an exceptionally good job describing scenes that make you feel you are there looking on experiencing the war with these two characters. Of course there is no way you can know how deeply people were hurt and the horrific things they went through. Each scene told of a devastating fact that I didn’t know. There is so much that I don’t know about this was and this book brought a lot of the happenings to light for me.

This book would be great for anyone who loves historical fiction and especially those loving WWII stories. This one is Five Stars for me. Go check it out and you will be in for a great read.

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

 
 

Meet the Author:

Pete Angus spent his early years in New

York City and environs. From there it was working and living in Vienna,

Belgrade, Warsaw, Moscow, and Paris before settling in his current

base, London. Fabyan Place, his first novel, is drawn from his own

recollections and his extensive study of WWII military history. Pete has

caught the writing bug and is currently working on a new mystery series

featuring a military CID officer investigating unusual crimes in the

1940s.

Connect with the Author:  Author’s Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram ~ Goodreads

Tour Schedule:

 

Nov 22 – Connie’s History Classroom – book review / guest post / giveaway

Nov 22 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway

Nov 23 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway

Nov 24 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

Nov 26 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview

Nov 26 – Olio by Marilyn – book review / giveaway

Nov 26 – Books for Books – book review

Nov 29 – @twilight_reader – book review / giveaway

Nov 29 – Books are a Blessing – book review / author interview / giveaway

Nov 30 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway

Dec 1 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway

Dec 2 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / guest post / giveaway

Dec 3 – The World As I See It – book review / author interview / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway:

FABYAN PLACE by Peter Angus Book Tour Giveaway

 

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Giveaway & Tour Gallant: The Call of the Trail by Claire Eckard

 

Join Us for this Tour:  November 22nd to December 10th

 

Book Details:

​Book Title Gallant: The Call of the Trail by Claire Eckard

Category:  Young Adult Fiction (Ages 13-17), 300 pages

Genre: Young Adult

Publisher: Mill City Press

Release DateSeptember 2021

Content Rating:  PG-13 : It’s a saga about love, relationships, personal growth and adventure, set against a backdrop of endurance racing. A strong middle grader/ppre-teen could read it.

 

Book Description:

 

A gripping journey of a young girl and a foal who are raised together in The Valley of Hearts Delight. Gallant and Gracie have a special bond, rarely seen between a human and a horse. Separated by a bad accident when Gallant is five, each gets a second chance of happiness pursuing the long-distance sport of endurance riding, neither knowing they are leading parallel lives. Will Fate bring them together again? Gallant’s arch nemesis, The Almighty Flash, threatens to destroy all that Gallant has worked for. His misguided ambition and greed, developed at the hands of an abusive owner, has created a darkness in his soul that turns to blind fury when his endurance career is threatened.

 

Buy the Book:

Author’s Website

Amazon ~ Target

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Gallant: The Call of the Trail by Claire Eckard is such a sweet story. Kinda sad at first though because Gracie and her horse Gallant were separated by a bad accident. The horse and girl had a special relationship that’s different from most. But this story does have a fabulous ending because Gracie and Gallant are given a second chance.

What a special story to read. With characters that will steal your heart quickly. I was so happy for these two and the way their story ends. I find this story fun and enjoyable to read. I have always heard about close  relationships between horses and their owners and this book gives readers a sweet story that’s brings this to life. Claire Eckard does an amazing job writing this sweet book and I look forward to read more books by this author in the future. This is a middle grade read but good for adults as well. Why not pick up a copy for yourself for a few hours of wonderful entertainment.

A special thanks to the iread book tours and the author for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine only.

 

Meet the Author:

​Award winning Author Claire Eckard combines her love of writing with her passion for animals to create memorable children’s books that are fun to read, but also include valuable life’s lessons. Claire grew up in England and moved to Hawaii in her early twenties where she married her husband of thirty-four years. Together they raised two sons, Mitchell and Matthew. Claire is inspired by her two Granddaughters Mila and Ella, as well as the 

beautiful backdrop of the Arizona mountains where she lives. Claire has a farm full of animals, and has spent many years as a board member and volunteer of her local animal shelter.

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

 

Tour Schedule:

 

​Nov 22 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway

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

Nov 22 – Westviel Publishing – book review / guest post / giveaway

Nov 23 – Books are a Blessing – book review / giveaway

Nov 23 – I’m All About Books – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 24 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway

Nov 24 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 24 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight

Nov 26 – Chit Chat with Charity – book review / author interview / giveaway

Nov 26 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Nov 29 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway

Nov 29 – The Page Ladies Book Club – book review

Nov 30 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway

Dec 1 – Bigreadersite – book review

Dec 2 – @twilight_reader – book review

Dec 3 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway

Dec 6 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Dec 7 – Captive Dreams Window – book review

Dec 8 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

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

Dec 9 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway

Dec 9 –My Reading Journeys  – book review / giveaway

Dec 10 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

Dec 10 – Books for Books – book spotlight

Enter the Giveaway:

 

GALLANT: CALL OF THE TRAIL Book Tour Giveaway

 

Tour and Giveaway The Christmas Blanket by Ed Damiano

Join Us for This Tour from  November 26 to December 26

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Christmas Blanket by Ed Damiano

Category:  Children’s Book (ages 3-7), 38 pages

Genre Picture Book

Publisher:  Mascot Books

Release date:  December 2018

Content Rating:  G suitable for all readers

Mom’s Choice Award Winner!

Book Description:

What is the meaning of Christmas? That’s what eight-year-old EJ wants to know. The other kids say it’s about getting toys‚ but is it, really?

​One evening, EJ’s mother takes him to the Rockefeller Center to see the lighting of the most magical tree in the world, and EJ meets someone who teaches him what Christmas is truly all about. 

 

Buy the Book

Mascot Books ~ Amazon

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

The Christmas Blanket by Ed Damiano is a story about Christmas with Jack and his mom. This is a beautifully written Christmas story, and a truth that many people are selfish at Christmas, wanting everything for themselves. EJ and Tommy found this valuable lesson in the story. I like that the author shows the greedy side of people and a change of heart after hearing that Christmas is more about giving than receiving. This is a book that needs to be read to children everywhere. And the one thing I want to point out is, the Real meaning of Christmas is the Christ child who is born. I give this one Four Stars. I encourage you to check out this book. 

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:

 

Born in Newark, New Jersey, Damiano has a passion for creativity, and his stories always contain a positive message. He also wrote The Christmas Blanket, which earned him a Mom’s Choice Award. In The Christmas Blanket, his character EJ realizes the true meaning of Christmas, which is not about getting presents, but about giving back to others.

 

Connect with the Author:  ​goodreads

 

Tour Schedule:

 

Nov 26 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway

Nov 26 – Kam’s Place – book review

Nov 29 – Chit Chat with Charity – book review / giveaway

Nov 29 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway

Nov 29 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway

Nov 29 – Lisa’s Reading – book review

Nov 29 – FUONLYKNEW – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 30 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway

Nov 30 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / giveaway

Dec 1 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway

Dec 1 – @jayme_reads – book review

Dec 2 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / giveaway

Dec 2 – Character Madness and Musing – book spotlight / giveaway

Dec 3 – @booking.with.janelle – book review

Dec 3 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review / giveaway

Dec 7 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway

Dec 8 – Older & Smarter? – book review / giveaway

Dec 9 – Westveil Publishing – book review / giveaway

Dec 10 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway

Dec 13 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

Dec 14 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway

Dec 15 – icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway

Dec 16 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway

Dec 20 – ajbookreads – book spotlight

Dec 20 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / giveaway

Dec 21 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway

Dec 22 – I’m Into Books – book review / giveaway

Dec 23 – Bigreadersite – book review / giveaway

Dec 26 – @twilight_reader – book review

Dec 28 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review

Dec 29 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight

Dec 30 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway:

 

 

 

THE CHRISTMAS BLANKET by Ed Damiano Book Tour Giveaway

 

 

 

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Tour and Giveaway Keeping Christmas Magic by Anna and Gunnar Counselman

 

Join Us for This Tour from November 26th to December 6th

 

Book Details:

​Book Title:  Keeping Christmas Magic by Anna and Gunnar Counselman 

Category:  Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12), 38 pages

Genre: Children’s Book

Publisher: Mascot

Release Date: August 2021

Content Rating:  PG – It is a book about how to keep Christmas alive when your kids find out the truth about Santa.

 

Book Description:

Shhhh, don’t tell! Keeping Christmas Magic reveals the true story of Santa Claus, asking you to become a Christmas Magic-Keeper.

 

Buy the Book:

Mascot

Barnes and Noble ~ Amazon

add to goodreads 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Keeping Christmas Magic by Anna and Gunnar Counselman is the real story behind Santa Clause. It tells the story from the beginning in a simple childlike way. I love that the illustrations really bring this story to life on each page with beautiful water color pictures. 

However, I wouldn’t let smaller children read this book, or I wouldn’t read this to small children because of its message. I think the book advice is 8 years old and up. But I encourage you to read the book first to see if the age is appropriate for your child. 

Keeping Christmas Magic is a beautiful book, even though the cover is a quite plain. The hardcover book is high quality and well put together. This is a great book for older children. A book that I am keeping in my library. I encourage you to check out this book, especially if you enjoy Christmas stories. 

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.

 

Anna and Gunnar Counselman – Interview with the author!

 

Interview #1

 

What happened exactly with your son that inspired you to write Keeping Christmas Magic?

 

Our then 6-year-old son came home from school and told us that all the kids in his kindergarten were saying that Santa wasn’t real. He didn’t seem distressed by it exactly, just confused.  And he said, “And when we watched Elf the other night, it seemed like everyone kind of knew something that wasn’t being said.” Anna and I looked at each other to try to do that parent mind meld thing, where you communicate with your eyes and decide upon a course of action. Luckily, his baby sister cried and distracted us, and we were able to get him to bed without addressing the question.

 

Immediately after bedtime, we agreed that we wanted to get at least another year of magical Christmas for him.  But we started Googling around to see if there’s a good book or story for when the jig is up and it’s time to come clean.

 

We were surprised not to find anything. We’ve both been entrepreneurs for a decade and have found that truly novel ideas are pretty rare.  But after a day of searching and checking with friends without result, we decided to put pen to paper and see what we could come up with.

 

It was pretty cool.  The story just flowed.  

 

It is loosely based on the story that my (Gunnar’s) mom told me when I was six, so we just had to get the rhyme and meter right.  But when we posted it to Facebook, we had a bunch of friends who just loved it and told us we needed to publish it.

 

What was the writing and illustrating process like? 

 

To be honest, neither of us are particularly experienced writers, and Gunnar had never written poetry before outside of school.  But the story was there in its broad contours from Gunnar’s mom, and somehow when we sat down to write the first draft, it just kind of flowed out.  The current story is 90% recognizable from the very first draft.  

 

We didn’t actually think about publishing it to start.  We just wanted to write something for our kids.   But we posted it to Facebook and a bunch of friends were really touched by it. So, Anna did some editing and Gunnar found a bunch of example pictures that Anna could use as inspiration for the art.  Our families chimed in, and next thing you know, we had a book.  

 

It was a great experience to get to work as a husband-and-wife team on this.

 

What do you hope children/parents get out of this book?

Listen, telling your kids the truth about Santa can be tough.  We hope that the book takes an otherwise difficult conversation and makes it a beautiful moment instead. Even more, we hope that when kids sign their names in the book and become “Christmas Magic Keepers” that they’ll be less likely to tell younger kids. There’s just nothing like the feeling that Santa is coming and if we can help that last for one more year for ¼ of kids…that’s a lot of happiness.  So yeah…small ambition 🙂

 

What is your big ambition for the book?

We love Christmas. We love the winter and the snow, decorating for Christmas, and having people over for sing-alongs. We’d love to contribute to the Christmas tradition in our small way.

 

If people love the book, and it does the job that we intend for it to do – “to help make an otherwise difficult conversation a beautiful moment instead” – then we’d love it if Keeping Christmas Magic becomes a staple in people’s Christmas story.  The advent calendar gives us a great way to count down.  The Elf on the Shelf gave us an amazing way to engage kids every morning between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Plus, it’s fun for parents to find new and creative ways to move it every night.  We hope that when kids finally figure it out, that this book will give parents a lovely way to bring their kids into the secret society of Christmas Magic Keepers.  

 

If people love the book, we’d love it if it gets handed down from generation to generation.  Imagine seeing grandma’s 7-year-old handwriting in the book right next to dad’s and sister’s and uncles.  We hope it makes kids feel like learning the truth is a special moment that makes Christmas even better.

 

 

 

Meet the Authors:

 

​Anna and Gunnar are the husband-and-wife team behind Keeping Christmas Magic. Anna immigrated from Russia at age 12 and began her American journey in Swampscott, MA, attending Boston University before moving out to California to pursue her entrepreneurial career which has culminated in her co-founding Upstart, an AI lending platform. 

 
A third-generation Marine, Gunnar grew up pretty much everywhere there’s a Marine base before going to Cornell for undergrad, deploying as a Human Intelligence Officer to Iraq, the Horn of Africa and Bosnia before attending Harvard for business school. Gunnar’s entrepreneurial career has focused in education software and services where he’s founded and invested in a 

 

handful of companies including his most recent company, Array. 

 
When their then-six-year-old son Tristan started asking hard questions about Santa, they didn’t have good answer. Wanting to keep Christmas as magical as possible for as long as possible they looked for a children’s book to help and when they couldn’t find one, they wrote it. 

 

Originally, the poem was just for Tristan and his baby sister Sasha, but some close friends convinced them to submit it for publishing and the more they worked on the story, the more they felt like it needed to be told. They hope that the book does for parents around the world, what’s it’s done for them, help make an otherwise difficult conversation a 

beautiful experience instead.

 

 

connect with the authors:  website ~ goodreads

 

 

Tour Schedule:

 

​Nov 26 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

Nov 26 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway

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

Nov 29 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway

Nov 29 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review / author interview / giveaway

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

Nov 30 – Laura’s Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway

Dec 1 – Chit Chat with Charity – book review / guest post / giveaway

Dec 1 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway

Dec 2 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway

Dec 3 – StoreyBook Reviews – book review / giveaway

Dec 6 – @twilight_reader – book review

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KEEPING CHRISTMAS MAGIC Book Tour Giveaway

 

 

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Tour & Giveaway Popper and Friends: Popper Finds a New Home by IL Ritchie

Join Us for This Tour from November 26 to December 17!

 

Book Details:

Book Title:  Popper and Friends: Popper Finds a New Home by IL Ritchie 
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
PublisherMascot
Release date:  December 2021
Format available for review:  Print- hardback, ebook (pdf)
Will send print books out:  USA
Tour dates: November 26 to December 17, 2021
Content Rating:  Rated G. Suitable for everyone

 

  Book Description:

Popper is a sweet little woodpecker who is trying to find a new home. Now that he is grown, it’s time for him to leave the nest and find a home of his own. The first book in the Popper and Friends series, follow along as Popper explores different options and gets helpful advice from his friends.

Buy The Book:
Mascot
Amazon ~ B&N
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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

I love, love, love this sweet little book! Popper woodpecker realizes he is all grown up and it time he ventures out and finds a new home. After his parents wish him well, Popper takes off on his journey to find just the right home. His journey takes him to a chicken house, a pond, to a farmers house, and on to more places. Then with the help from a friend, Popper realize he already has a perfect place to make his new home. 

IL Ritchie does an amazing job writing this children’s book. I love the story, introducing children to several wild and tame animals alike. I love the sweet story of Popper the owl, as he tries to find a place for his home, and your child will love Popper too. Yulia Potts brings the story to life with fabulous illustrations on each page the fit so well with the story. This book is beautiful inside and out with vivid colors and adorable animals. The background scenes are adorable. This entire book is adorable and would make a good addition to your child’s library. As well as any daycare or elementary school library. And can I say Christmas gift? Poppy Finds a New Home will make the perfect gift for the child in your family. 

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.

 

Hi folks, I encourage you to read this interesting Guest Post from author IL Ritchie. I always enjoy learning more about authors and this is a great way to do so.

 

One thing I learned from studying abroad:

I had always planned to go back to school, after getting a couple years of work experience under my belt.  When I was applying for schools, I decided to submit an application for a school in Australia.  My dad was raised in New Zealand, so growing up we had done a couple family trips to New Zealand and Australia.  My intention was to stay in Australia for a few years after my grad school program, in order to get some international work experience.  

Not long after arriving in Australia, I began to feel very homesick.  I felt very disconnected from my family and friends.  After a few weeks, I made some great friends with fellow classmates.  I am still very close with some of my former classmates.

However, I decided to return to California once my program was completed.  That experience made me realize how important our social networks are to our well-being.  Being close to our family and friends can help us get through almost anything.  I hope children can understand the importance of maintaining a strong social network, as they see Popper get helpful advice from his friends as he looks for his new home!!

 

 

Meet the Author:

 A California native, IL Ritchie lives in San Francisco, where he is creating new adventures for Popper and his friends.

 

connect with the author: goodreads


Tour Schedule:

Nov 26 –
Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 26 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 29 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 29 – Rockin’ Book Tours – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 29 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Nov 30 – Westveil Publishing – book review / giveaway
Dec 1 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 2 – icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Dec 2 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 3 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Dec 6 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 7 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 7 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 8 – Sandra’s Book Club – book review
Dec 8 – @twilight_reader – book review
Dec 9 – Captive Dreams Window – book review / giveaway
Dec 10 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway
Dec 13 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Dec 14 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
Dec 14 – Kam’s Place – book review
Dec 15 – The Page Ladies – book review
Dec 15 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review
Dec 16 – I’m Into Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 17 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway

 

  Enter the Giveaway:

 

Popper and Friends: Popper Finds a New Home Book Tour Giveaway

 

 

 

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Giveaway & Tour Blind the Eyes by K.A. Wiggins

 

Join Us for This Tour from  November 26 to December 17!

 

 

Book Details:

  1. Book Title Blind the Eyes: A Dystopian-Gothic YA Urban Fantasy by K.A. Wiggins

Category YA Fiction (Ages 13-17), 300 pages

GenreUrban fantasy, crossover to dystopian, paranormal, contemporary fantasy, gothic and post-apocalyptic.

Publisher:  K.A. Wiggins (Imprint: Snowmelt & Stumps)

Release Date: June, 2018

Tour dates: November 26 to December 17

Content Rating:  PG-13 + M. No

 on-page sex, low romance, minimal bad language, underage drinking, 

significant fantasy violence, scenes containing emotional manipulation, 

depression, and (light/brief) physical abuse.

 

Book Description:

​A haunted teen outcast and her snarky ghostly best-frenemy outwit enforcers, monsters, and the scars of the past in a race to take expose a deadly conspiracy and escape a bloody end. A lush, award-winning debut to a captivatingly eerie YA Urban Fantasy trilogy. Discover a labyrinthine, post-climate-collapse dystopian Vancouver overrun by monsters and magic in this intricate and startlingly original journey of discovery, restoration, and revenge.

It’s hard not to be a little obsessed with survival when your only “friend” is an unruly ghost and the wrong thought could get your soul devoured by eldritch horrors. Haunted 17-year-old outcast Cole wants nothing more than to hide her forbidden fascination with the monster-taken and blend in with the (dreary) scenery. Her plans for a peaceful life take a turn for the deadly when a mesmerizing stranger and his dangerously tempting offer drive her into the middle of a grisly conspiracy.

But Cole hasn’t yet uncovered the biggest secret of all, and it might just have something to do with the mysterious threads tugging her into horrifying visions—not to mention the shimmering boy at their dark heart. Uncovering the truth will cost her dearly as she fends off scheming enforcers, dreamjacking ghosts & soul-sucking nightmares in a desperate quest for survival and retribution. Can she escape the scars of her past and expose the lies before she’s the next to die?

Blind the Eyes is the first book in a lush and labyrinthine trilogy of paranormal-meets-gothic-dystopian YA Urban Fantasy filled with glittering underworlds, delicious-and-deceptive strangers, and facing down the voices in your head. This slow-burn fantasy with an edge leads readers on a captivatingly unexpected journey of self-discovery, reclaimed identity, and conflicted sisterhood for those who like a little sparkle with their monsters (it glistens so nicely on all the blood.) Fans of post-climate-collapse dystopias, monsters-and-magic, and genre-bending dark fantasy will love this award-winning series starter in a complete and 100% binge-ready trilogy.

Buy the Book:

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Amazon 

Apple ~ Kobo ~ Google

B&N ~ Waterstones ~ Chapters-Indigo

 

I know Lauren is doing a great job coordinating everything you need, but should you need/want additional graphics, feel free to draw from this collection on Google Drive.

 

And here’s a pretty comprehensive list of links if you need them!

Website: https://kawiggins.com

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/K-A-Wiggins/e/B072N62MXK

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/kaiespace

Bookbub:  https://www.bookbub.com/authors/k-a-wiggins

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kaiespace

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kaiespace

Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/kaiespace 

Instagram: https://instagram.com/kaie.space

Author Newsletter (free short reads!): https://mailchi.mp/7852e61cb116/ka-wiggins-ya-dystopian-dark-fantasy-newsletter

 

I’ll do my best to keep an eye out and boost signal, but feel free to tag me on any of those platforms or email me directly (kaiewrites@gmail.com) if you prefer. I’ll add a permanent link to your blog post in the Interviews & Features section of my about page, and may also feature it in my newsletters, blogs, and/or social, as well as sharing, retweeting, or story-reposting your posts on social.

 

Thanks again! 🙂

 

 

Horror and Faith-Guest Post from the Author

 

I grew up reading a LOT of Christian fiction (thank church libraries and a fairly religious community), including some fantastic works of dark fiction—Ted Dekker and James Byron Huggins come to mind. So perhaps it’s not that surprising that when I started telling my own stories, some of those early influences seeped through.

 

That said, I grew up in a family where we didn’t celebrate Halloween (isn’t that basically a Satanic holiday??) and there was much concern over Harry Potter’s rise in popularity (won’t that get kids into witchcraft??) Like many imaginative children (and adults), I had a low tolerance for horror or scary content in stories. I couldn’t shrug off the spooky or nightmarish imagery and ideas easily, and the Christian faith doesn’t necessarily preclude the existence of dark forces, some of which might be hiding under my bed . . .

 

All of that to say, it came as something of a shock to me that my stories are full of monsters and magic, and I’ve been doing some work as a creator, a reader, and a teacher to try to unpack that. What’s the point of horror (as a genre or as an element in a different genre)? Does it have value? Why do people even like scary stories? And, as a Christian, is it even okay to write horror—especially if it’s not religious horror?

 

Here are a few things I’ve come up with:

 

  • Scary stories give readers (/viewers) a space to ask questions and explore fear. While there’s definitely a place for “comfort reads,” reality is rarely quite so cozy, and people need to try out and test ideas, and more importantly, face down fears. Sometimes it’s very healthy to be a little uncomfortable.

     

  • Horror is great for creators. Seriously, the next time you’re afraid of something, anxious, or sad, try creating a story around it. When you create the story, nothing can hurt you. You’re in charge. You can make it stop or take it in a different direction at any time.

     

  • Horror doesn’t (need to) hurt anyone. There’s a place for just purely enjoying something without needing to feel bad about it, and if you’re a fan of spooky media (or fantasy, or romance, for that matter), that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Go forth and enjoy!

In some genres it might take a little more digging and filtering to find stories that suit you, and I’ll be the first to admit that there can be very horrifying content in horror (as with fantasy, romance, thrillers, really pretty much any genre). But while I’m comfortable with fairly high levels of fantasy violence, I don’t use much (if any) bad language or include sex on the page as a matter of personal preference, comfort, and belief.

 

While I don’t write specifically for the Christian market, nor do I explicitly discuss or craft plot points around matters of faith in my work, I think it’s impossible to entirely separate my experiences, beliefs, worldview, and creativity. They show up in the topics and themes I’m interested in, the questions that my characters ask, the things they struggle with—that might be a little different than the way other authors would conceive of them—the monsters they face down, and the way they resolve their problems. And I’m excited to see more writers and artists of faith share their creativity outside of the boundaries and limitations of parable or faith-journey stories, transforming their genres from within.

 

If you’re interested in how an author of faith brings a gothic sensibility to fantasy fiction and explores death, identity, and responsibility on the page, join me at kawiggins.com (and join the newsletter for free short fiction!) or on social @kaiespace.

 

 

 

Meet the Author:

K.A. Wiggins (Kaie) writes award-winning speculative fiction for young people and adults that explores the tangled webs of society, environment, and identity through intricate, dreamlike tales of monsters and magic.

Her debut novel was a Page Turner Awards 2020 Book Spotlight Prize winner and a Barnes & Noble Press “20 Favorite Indie Books of 2018,” kicking off a celebrated and recently completed YA Urban Fantasy trilogy set in a gothic-dystopian post-climate-collapse Vancouver. Her short fiction has appeared in small press anthologies, genre magazines, and in translation for international audiences.

She’s also the President of the Children’s Writers and Illustrators of British Columbia society, co-founder of marketing and business services consultancy The Creative Collective, and a creative writing coach with the Creative Writing for Children society, and was recognized in the 2021 Arty Awards, taking first place in Literary Arts category.

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

 

 

Tour Schedule:

Nov 26 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Nov 26 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Nov 29 – GivernyReads – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Nov 29 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 30 – booking.with.janelle – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Dec 1 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Dec 2 – Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Dec 3 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight

Dec 6 – Character Madness and Musings – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Dec 6 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Dec 7 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Dec 8 – The Bookshelf Scout – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Dec 9 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Dec 10 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

Dec 13 – Books for Books – book spotlight

Dec 14 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

Dec 14 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Dec 15 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Dec 16 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

Dec 17 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight

Dec 17 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway

Dec 17 – Girl with Pen – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

 

Enter the Giveaway:

 

BLIND THE EYE by KA Wiggins Book Tour Giveaway

 

 

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