Tour and Giveaway for Prospector’s Run by Kevin W. Bates

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Join us for this tour from Nov 23to Dec 11, 2020!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Prospector’s Run by Kevin W. Bates
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 yrs +),  277 pages
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher:  Kevin W. Bates
Release date:   April 2019
Format available for review:  print, mobi for kindle, epub, gifted kindle, PDF
Will send print books out:  USA and Canada
Tour dates: Nov 23 to Dec 11, 2020
Content Rating:  PG for mild profanity and some depictions of violence.
Book Description:

Five thousand years ago in a savage assault, someone tried to annihilate humanity. They almost succeeded. Now, millennia after the First Stellar Civilization’s cataclysmic destruction, humans have clawed their way back from the brink of extinction and returned to the stars. Massive riches in the form of forgotten tech lie hidden in the ruins of the First Civ’s dead, shattered worlds. For a prospector with luck and the right coordinates, they are ripe for the taking. Holtz Mitsumi has neither. Down and out from a failed expedition, Mitsumi allows an enigmatic stranger to talk him into one more prospecting run. After scraping together a crew, Mitsumi embarks with high hopes. But nothing is as it seems and this run may be his last.
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A Little Child Shall Lead Them

By: Kevin W. Bates

When my children were little (my youngest now is thirty-two, so that was some time ago) I enjoyed Sundays as I do now—relaxing in the living room, reading. Whey they were young, on most Sunday afternoons when I was spending quality time with a book, my four children played in the family room downstairs. It was not unusual, however, for one of them to run upstairs, knock the book from my hand and demand my attention. One day years ago Diana (then aged four) crashed onto my lap.

“Daddy, you have to come downstairs right now.” As she was saying this, she slid from my lap and tugged on my hand.

“Why? What’s happening downstairs?”

“It’s a surprise,” she said. “C’mon, hurry.” 

Turns out, it was a play. That was high on my list of guesses. Like all children, imagination bubbled and frothed within my kids, erupting to create entire worlds in which to frolic. Sometimes they invited me along. That day it was a drama in three acts set in a faraway land on the stage of our family room. I went downstairs to watch.

I had seen these productions before. I reveled in seeing my children enjoy themselves, and I thrilled to see their creativity alive and growing, but (true confession time) the plays themselves were not to my taste. They lacked plot, dialogue, tension, resolution—all the things that make a play a play. Did I tell them that, critique their work? Of course not. They were children, learning, making sense of the world and having fun along the way. They needed support and encouragement, not criticism. We understand this about children. 

That Sunday, as my kids created a universe, I was reminded of an essay I had read a day before in a local magazine. The author was a sports enthusiast, but the essay was about life, not sports, and focused on the life as sports cliché. The author discussed the virtues of an athlete’s “playing within himself,” an attribute she described as knowing one’s limitations and not attempting to exceed them: hitting singles, ten-foot jumpers and the back in the flats not home runs, three pointers or the deep receiver. As in sports, so in life, she maintained. Face reality—know your limits and don’t try to exceed them.

Her editor had recently confirmed to her the wisdom of this philosophy. You write a great essay, he’d said, an informative article. Why do you want to fool with a novel or, heaven forbid, poetry? She had wanted, and tried, to write novels and poetry, but finally decided to face reality—novels and poetry lay beyond the limits within she must play her life. This was her message—we should all play in-bounds because to do otherwise denies reality and invites failure. It is best to accept the inevitable. As I thought of my children’s play and the author’s conclusion, I experienced a profound sadness. Sadness that because of her editor’s words, the author would miss out on some of the joy of creation I witnessed in my children. 

Groups of people have a center of gravity just as planets. And the effect is similar.  If a member of a group strays too far from the center, the group’s force of gravity–intimidation, derision, coercion — pulls her back. We have all taken part in this effect, either succumbing to the force or wielding it. Group gravity is the great leveler—it allows no member of the group to be different. This force has its greatest effect on creativity because creativity is the essence of diversity. 

This effect is easily imagined in my children. How difficult would it have been to put a stop to the plays they performed? Not very. A few words of scorn and criticism would have done the trick nicely. They would have stopped performing, and I could have enjoyed my Sunday in peace. How about my friends and acquaintances, how can I keep them at my level? By the same method; the effect is less certain, but if I keep it up, the percentages are with me. Look what the editor did to the author of the magazine article.  

Whenever I recall those two juxtaposed experiences—watching my children’s play and reading the article on recognizing our limits—I remember that in many senses all of us are still children trying to work out our place in the world and that creativity is a delicate flower easily crushed. I am reminded that all of us, whether the memory is fresh, were once children in whom creativity seethed like an endless ocean. And that’s true of you, dear reader, whether you acknowledge it or not. Whoever you are reading this, you have a deep well of creativity. If you haven’t tapped that well you should because the world will benefit. “No man is an island,” the poet said, and it is true. Every song you sing, or compose, or play, every letter, or blog post or poem you write, every new idea, improvement, or advancement you create. No matter how insignificant it seems, is a butterfly with the potential to change the weather halfway around the world.     

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Prospector’s Run by Kevin W. Bates is a scifi story, which is a very different genre for me. Through i found it very interesting, it was slow for me at first because I was trying to figure out the characters and where the plot was headed. I will admit I was kind of lost a lot in the book. But for the most part, I don’t credit this to the author, but instead to me because I don’t usually go for this type of story as much. But Bates seems to have built himself quite the universe here, and if you love a good scifi, I highly encourage you to try this one out. The characters show creativity and as the story unfolds the characters show promise and growth. And the story is well written. That much I can tell. This is the beginning of a series so keep in touch with Kevin W. Bates to see what he has for you in his future books. 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.

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Now its time to read my interesting interview with the author!!

Hi, Kevin it’s good to meet with you today.

    Thanks, it’s a pleasure to be here.

Don’t take this wrong, but I can’t help notice that you’re, a…mature author.

Heh, that’s a nice way of saying it. Thanks for trying to spare my feelings, but yes, I’m in my golden years.

Prospector’s Run is the second book you have published. You published your first book Crossing the Border in 2018, so you seem to have come to the writing game later in life. What prompted you to start writing?

I wish I could say that I started writing when I was young and had always had a passion for it, but that’s not quite true. I think my first venture into creative writing was writing verse. As a teenager, I would write humorous verse for my family’s amusement. Sometimes these poems would center around events in the family. Sometimes they would just be whatever popped into my head at the moment.

Can you give us an example of a poem about a family event?

Sure, the poem itself is lost to history now, but once I wrote a verse describing a huge fight between my two younger brothers, Douglas and Lyle. At that time we would sometimes leave the bath water in for the next bather. Lyle went first. When it was Doug’s turn he accused Lyle of not using soap. It escalated quickly to an epic battle since Lyle insisted he had used soap. One of the highlights was Doug’s declaration that “You can’t use soap and leave the water clear!”

So, verse then what?

Oh, over the years I would very occasionally write something. At one point I wrote some advertisements with the thought that maybe I’d like to explore that career. But that never amounted to anything. I wrote a screenplay for a movie, that sort of thing. But nothing sustained. In the late nineties I wrote the first three chapters of Crossing the Border. But that’s as far as I got.

What changed then?

I retired. I practiced law for thirty years and got sick of it. As soon as I could manage it, I planned on retiring. Well, I didn’t want to be bored, so I thought I would dust off my screenplay and work on it, but I soon changed my mind and went back to my novel. 

You finished it obviously and went on to write more. Many aspiring authors have difficulty completing a project. Did you do anything in particular to be able to complete yours?

Yeah, I’ve read that about aspiring authors. Well, early on after I had retired and started work on my first novel, I decided that rather than think about completing the whole thing, I’d break it down. So, I set a target of writing a thousand words a day. I figured that was a manageable chunk. I had the plot generally outlined in my head, so I put together a sentence outline of the novel, that is a sentence for each chapter. From then on, I kept my head down at the thousand word a day level and figured if I stuck to that process at the other end a novel would appear. And Voila! It worked. I followed the same process with Prospector’s Run.

Prospector’s Run is science fiction. Why did you choose that genre?

That’s an easy one. Beginning from when I was in junior high school, I devoured science fiction novels and short stories. I read tons. I’m not sure what attracted me to the genre. Maybe it was the idea of exploring a completely different world, but I found the ideas and the settings in science fiction totally absorbing. I easily lost myself in the future among the stars. So, for me there was no question that when I decided to write, what genre that would be. They say to write what you know which is meant, I think, to direct writers at first at least to the familiar, but to me I “knew” a vividly imagined future of wonders better than anything else. 

At this point I have to say something about the kind of future I’m attracted to. I’ve read but never been much of a fan of dystopian sci-fi. The future I want to inhabit and explore is one of technological progress in which many of mankind’s ills are solved.

Science fiction also plays into my fascination with science and technology. I would have been a scientist if I’d been smart enough.

Talk to me a bit about your writing process. Do you have a writing space?

I do, but it’s an unusual one. I write lying down on the couch in our living room. 

Wait, how does that work?

Well, I prop my head with a pillow and wedge my laptop between my torso and my legs and write. Here let me show you a picture. Here I am—the author at work.

That’s…unusual. How did that evolve?

There is actually a history to it. From a young age, I did most of best imagining lying on my back staring at the sky or at the ceiling and letting my mind wander the universe. I discovered in college that on my back was the best way I knew to compose papers, so I developed that habit. When I married The Lovely Marianne, she had graduated, but I was still a junior in school. We married between semesters and the first semester after our wedding, I had a paper coming up. In the two weeks before the paper was due, I would work on it. But, of course, by working I mean I lay on my back on the floor and stared at the ceiling. Well, TLM was unaccustomed to that unorthodox way of “working” on a paper. As the time passed, she became more and more concerned until finally unable to contain herself she asked when I was going to start working on my paper. TLM was concerned that she had married a lazy lay-about, and I was just spending time lying around day dreaming.

Well, after I retired when I started writing I started out sitting at a table with my computer, but after a while, I discovered that I was more productive on the couch. So there I remain to this day.

Do you have a writing time?

Morning. I’m at my best in the morning, but I will write at other times as well.

How many novels have you written and what’s your favorite?

I have published three novels. Crossing the Border was my first. A year later I published Prospector’s Run and a year after that Dawn’s Reach which is the second book in the Artifact series. I have completed and nearly readied for publication Prospector’s Choice the third and last book in the Artifact series. I have completed, but not published another book: Quarantine. That is a Christian science fiction which I quite like, but it still needs some work. I have to say that my favorite has to be Crossing the Border

Writing has been an interesting journey. I knew next to nothing about the craft when I started. Along the way I learned a lot and Crossing the Border was where I did a lot of experimenting. Consequently, I worked hard on that book, and maybe it’s my favorite because of all the effort I put into it. But having said that, Prospector’s Run is a close second. 

Why did you write Prospector’s Run?

This book is very intentional. By that I mean the idea for this book didn’t come to me as I lay daydreaming. I constructed this book. After I finished my first book which had elements of science fiction and was an alternate history, I decided I wanted to write a pure sci-fi. So, I sat down one day and listed some of my favorite elements from sci-fi books I have really liked. I took those elements and constructed a story around them. 

What were those elements?

I have always enjoyed books set in a universe where humans lived in the shadow of a prior civilization that fell or was destroyed. That’s one. I also like books where there are hints that ancient aliens have left behind incomprehensible, still functioning constructs. That’s a second. And, I like books where a group of strangers with their own problems comes together and is forced to operate as a unit. That’s another. And treasure hunts. I like treasure hunts.

Prospector’s Run is the first in a series?

Yes, I’ve titled the series Artifact. The second book Dawn’s Reach is available. Third and final book in the series Prospector’s Choice is in the editing stage. With luck it will be published in January, 2021. 

What’s next for you?

Well, it’s it is time to move on from the Artifact universe to a different one. I’m afraid lethal aliens lie in earth’s near future. Someone has to stop them from destroying the planet and all humankind with it and like it or not, I’m the only one who can.

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Author Kevin W. Bates

Meet the Author:

Kevin W. Bates was born in Berkeley, California and, with the exception of a couple year stint in Sydney Australia and a study abroad program in Japan, was raised there. In his Martin Luther King Jr. High and Berkeley High School years, Kevin developed a life-long fascination with science fiction (and, oddly, nuclear weapons) and a tendency to day dream. He discovered early that among the greatest joys in life is the thrill of losing yourself in a gripping space adventure soaring across the galaxy. Raised on classic science fiction authors such as Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Ray Bradbury, Kevin took up writing science fiction to provide the same mind expanding thrills he enjoyed from those authors and more contemporary ones like Alastair Reynolds, Iain M. Banks, David Brin and Neal Stephenson.

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Tour Schedule:
Nov 23 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / author interview / giveaway
Nov 24 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight
Nov 25 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 26 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 27 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 30 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Dec 1 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway
Dec 2 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 3 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 3 – The Review Crew – book review / giveaway
Dec 8 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
Dec 8 – My Fictional Oasis – book review / giveaway
Dec 9 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway
Dec 10 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review / giveaway
Dec 11 – Blooming with Books – book review / giveaway

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Spotlight and Giveaway for Incandescent Visions  by Lee Hudspeth



 
Join us for this tour from Nov 16 to Dec 4, 2020
 
Book Details:
 
Book Title:  Incandescent Visions  by Lee Hudspeth
Category:  Adult fiction 18 yrs +,  64 pages
Genre:  Poetry
Publisher:  George Lee Hudspeth Jr.
Release date:   December  2019
Content Rating:  PG-13. Curse words:  Three total, of the “mild” variety (godd*mn, hell, sh*t… one use for  each). No f-words. No violence, no sexual content, no drug use, no  underage drinking.
 
  Book Description:
 
Having  written numerous works of nonfiction, this is Lee Hudspeth’s debut book  of poetry. Incandescent Visions explores the meaning of the human  experience, as the author encourages his readers to ponder the universe  and their place within it, and to catalyze their own creative potential.  From the sublime shores of the Mediterranean to the majestic  expansiveness of deep space, this book contemplates nostalgia,  perspective and the gift of love. Through five short yet powerful,  thought-provoking chapters of contemporary poems—and a dash of elegant,  evocative haiku—Hudspeth takes his readers on a journey across the inner  landscape of struggle, triumph, self-realization and imagination.



Now read this interesting interview with the author, Lee Hudspeth

(1) Your poetry book’s title — Incandescent Visions — is unique and gets the reader’s attention. What is this book about?

The title signifies a theme of passionate curiosity and my desire to express myself to other people. I started working on this book with an idea, a vision, a sensibility with which to convey my thoughts and feelings about nostalgia, imagination, our place in the cosmos, and how our experiences shape our lives. I hope these poems inspire others to be creative. I know that I’m inspired by the creative work of other people. This ancient exchange between artist and audience is powerful and compelling.

Exploring the nature of creativity is another major theme in this book. What is the origin of creativity? Does it change over the course of our lives? I’m also fascinated by our ability to think about thinking (metacognition) and our ability to change our habits, even how we view the world. This book is intended to be a story about how inspiration, meaning and celebration can triumph over the challenges we all encounter.

(2) What is your favorite poem, by a poet other than yourself?

I had not been reading poetry for several years before I started writing my own poetry book, although I had done so in high school and college (I recall reading quite a bit of Shakespeare in high school). I had a feeling that I would be most comfortable first finding my own voice as a poet without an awareness or influence (at least consciously) of other contemporary poets’ styles.

With all of that said, I consider Bob Dylan to be a poet as much as a musician and troubadour. The first time I heard Dylan’s song “North Country” I stood still and just listened, mesmerized. It drew me in to the story of lost love and I felt the narrator’s longing for that prior experience, relationship and place. It is a fabulous poem and song.

(3) What is your favorite novel?

To me, there is a distinction between the novel that had the most profound effect on me in my youth, and the one that stands out now that I’m a middle-aged man. I read Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey as a boy and then saw the movie at around age twelve. No question that the combination of the book, as I had imagined it in my head, and the film’s visual impact plus the soundtrack, that movie-going experience was one I’ll never forget. In a very close second place—or perhaps a tie for first place—are Isaac Asimov’s novels I, Robot and Foundation. Fast forward to the present, and my favorite novel is Liu Cixin’s The Three-Body Problem. There are literally hundreds of other novels and short stories that I have treasured. For example, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

(4) What was your objective when writing your book, and did that change during the writing process?

My debut poetry book began as an experiment to nurture my creative self. I began writing short-form poems (mainly haiku) then longer poems as a way to honor my initial desire to “do more creative writing.” As I added more poems to my collection, I soon realized I had enough material for a full-fledged book. As a nonfiction author several years before working on my poetry book, I had previous experience with traditional publishers but it only took a few minutes on Google to learn how easy it would be to self-publish. To actualize my dream, I didn’t have to find an agent and a publisher, I simply self-published my book. It really was that simple.

(5) What books are on your TBR list?

Hmmm, I’m noticing a theme here: sci-fi! Oh, and a dose of fantasy too. Ever since my childhood I have enjoyed science fiction and fantasy short stories and novels because I love science, cosmology, physics and imagining the future. It’s deeply pleasurable to get lost in these imaginary settings and become acquainted with the characters who inhabit them.

I recently finished Ada Hoffmann’s The Outside and Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy. I’m currently reading Elizabeth Bear’s Machine. Here are the books coming up next.

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

Hope Is the Thing with Feathers: Poems of Emily Dickinson

The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene

(6) Where can people get in touch with you online?

I enjoy communicating with my audience through my blog, newsletter and social media, and I always answer emails. My blog’s main themes are artistic creativity, writing and self-publishing.

Joy, I’m honored that you’re hosting my book and I have enjoyed this interview. Thank you.

Website:        https://leehudspeth.com/

Blog:            https://leehudspeth.com/blog/

Email:            lee@leehudspeth.com

Twitter:        https://twitter.com/leehuds

Instagram:        https://www.instagram.com/hudspethlee/

LinkedIN   http://www.linkedin.com/in/lee-hudspeth-44538512

Amazon Author:    https://www.amazon.com/author/leehudspeth

Goodreads Author:    https://www.goodreads.com/leehudspeth


Meet the Author:
 
Lee Hudspeth is a poet, writer, musician and fellow human being.  Incandescent Visions is his first book of poetry. He is the co-author of  ten nonfiction books in the field of Information Technology. He has  written articles for professional journals like PC Computing and Office  Computing. He is the author of over one hundred articles in the online  magazine The Naked PC, which he co-founded and co-published. He lives in  Southern California with his wife, two sons and their cat. Find out  more about Lee, his books and his music at LeeHudspeth.com.

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Tour Schedule:

Nov 16 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 16 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 17 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 17 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 18 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 19 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 20 – I’m Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 23 – My Reading Journeys – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 24 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 25 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 26 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 27 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 28 – Books lattes & tiaras – book spotlight
Nov 30 – Hall Ways Blog – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Dec 1 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Dec 2 – Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 3 – She Just Loves Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 4 – Deborah Adams – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

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Tour and Spotlight for Our Friendship Matters by Kimberly B. Jones

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Join us for this tour from Nov 11 to Dec 1, 2020!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Our Friendship Matters by Kimberly B. Jones
CategoryYA Fiction (Ages 13-17),  221 pages
GenreContemporary/Social Issues
PublisherRhetaskew Publishing Company, LLC
Release date:   October, 2020
Tour dates: Nov 11 to Dec 1, 2020
Content RatingRated G.




           

“Engaging and heartfelt. Our Friendship Matters opens and continues  much needed discussions for young people and their families. Read and  discuss!” Rita Williams-Garcia, NYT Bestselling Author

Book Description:

Leah and Sasha are 17-year-old friends who had been close to one another since elementary school, but as the summer approaches they find their friendship tested in ways they never anticipated. Following graduation, Sasha’s privileged life and perception of the world around her is suddenly altered when an old childhood friend persuades her to join in a campaign against an injustice after his best friend is killed by the police. But joining the protest has unforeseen consequences for Sasha, distancing her from Leah, who becomes jealous of Sasha’s new friends and finds herself on the opposing side, protesting alongside her group of new white friends. As the tension mounts between the two bitterly opposed factions, a tragedy strikes and threatens to make Sasha and Leah enemies. Can they find a way to resolve their differences, putting them to the side and learn to accept each other’s viewpoints? Or is their long friendship finished for good?
 
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•What inspired you to write Our Friendship Matters?

During the time of my mom passing, I needed to channel my feelings onto another surface. While in the hospital, she encouraged me to keep writing. Everything I do is for her. She always knew I had a passion for writing. When I returned home to Missouri the death of another African American was all over the news. I began stressing to my husband about all the police brutality that we have encountered year after year. I was fearing for his life, my son’s life, and both African American males. I wanted justice for all the people killed amongst the hands of a police officer and not just a slap on the wrist. In between the time of me mourning for my mom passing and angry from all the police brutality amongst African Americans, I had so many mixed feelings. So, I decided to write a novel and put all my feelings towards Our Friendship Matters. This was three years ago and it’s sad how we are still living this today in 2020.

• What was the most difficult part of writing the book?

The most difficult part of writing this book was using profanity. This was my first novel, so I wasn’t sure if I should use profanity for young adults or not. Then, I verified it with my editor, and she confirmed that it was okay, and I should say just what I meant. It’s not heavy profanity but something you would hear on a daily basis.

• What does being a successful author look like to you?

A successful author to me is expressing your concern in words across the nation so that you or a group can be heard and make change.

• Do you plan on writing more YA books in the future that tackle racial injustice and police brutality?

Oh yes. I am writing another novel that’s dealing with racial injustice and you can say that it does have a little police brutality but it’s coming from a southern point of view. 

• What’s the best and worst writing/publishing advice anyone ever gave to you?

I received some great advice from a NYT bestselling author. She encouraged me to stay open to stories. She told me that I will have a strong following and will not need anyone’s words on my cover and good things are coming. She gave me hope for the novel because in writing there is always discouragement. There is also room for growth and a way to become a better writer. I’m not no Stephen King, but I can become a writer just as good as him. There’s always room for improvement.

• If you can go back in time, where would you go?

That’s a great question because if I can go back in time I would go back to where my mom was healthy and do more with her. At times, I wish this was a thing that could happen but I do cherish all the memories we shared.

• In 5 words or less, what can readers expect from your book?

Races coming together for change.

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Meet the Author:

Kimberley B. Jones is a small country girl from St. George, SC. She followed her heart in college writing children books. Recently she decided to challenge herself and branch off to novels. She is your typical nomad who moves from place to place. Not by choice, but her husband serves in the military. She has a bachelors and masters in early childhood education. Kimberley is represented by Rhetaskew Publishing company and is best known for her debut novel, Our Friendship Matters. ​ When she is not writing, she is either thinking of another topic or reading. She loves writing , it gives her a chance to escape into another human character and express herself, other than being your typical mother and wife. If you don’t want to be on her bad side, then she needs her white chocolate mocha every morning. Some days Folgers breakfast blend coffee is okay.

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Nov 11 – Working Mommy journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 11 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 11 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 12 – Over Coffee Conversations – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 13 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 16 – Character Madness and Musings – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 17 – My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 18 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight
Nov 19 – mama_and_the_bookworms – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 20 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 23 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 24 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 25 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 25 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 26 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 27 – Buried in Books – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 30 – Books Tea Healthy Me – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Dec 1 – Instagram: All Booked Up Reviews – book spotlight

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Tour and Giveaway for Back to the Burgh and Beyond by C.S. McDonald

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Join us for this review tour from Nov 9 to 20, 2020!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Back to the Burgh and Beyond (The Owl’s Nest Mysteries) 
Author:  C.S. McDonald
Category:  Adult Fiction, 208 pages
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  McWriter Books
Release date:  Sep 10, 2020
Content Rating:  G. C.S. McDonald’s books are appropriate for YA readers as well as adults–no bad language or sexual content.

Book Description:
Meet Alexa Owl. She’s returned home to Pittsburgh after a divorce to start a new life and a new business, The Owl’s Nest Couturier Shoppe. Much to her surprise, she’s getting more than she ever bargained for: Detective Bobby Starr, and he’s no ordinary sleuth. Bobby is an angel who’s returned to Earth in hopes of earning his way into the Guardian Angel Squad. He’s been sent by none other than Saint Pete to acquire Alexa’s help to solve three cold case murders he left behind. Except, here’s the catch: he’s only been allotted four days to solve the first case! How in heaven’s name is she supposed to do that? Alexa is a professional seamstress—not a detective. Bobby insists the only way to solve the first case is to return to 1953, and Alexa’s not in love with that idea at all!

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After moving back to her hometown in Pittsburgh, Alexa meets the ghost of Detective Bobby Starr in her new apartment. Detective Starr is there to solve his wife’s murder but they had to take a trip back to the ’50’s to do it.

I love cozy mysteries, and this one is as intriguing and exciting as they come. There is a bit of time travel from now to back in the 1950’s, which was very interesting for me being I was born during that time. I always love going back to that era, though I was quite young. There are a lot of interesting characters as this story unfolds and these two try to find answers. There are some twists and turns to keep the story moving and more entertaining, as they drive Alexa to more determination to find who the killer is.

I really enjoyed this story. It is my first from author C. J. McDonald, and I sure look forward to more from this author in the future. If you love a good clean cozy mystery, I would highly recommend Back to the Burgh and Beyond! You will be delighted and intrigued by this story.

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



Meet the Author: 

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

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook
 
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Nov 9 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
Nov 9 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Nov 10 – mowgliwithabook – book review
Nov 11 – StoreyBook Reviews – book review / giveaway
Nov 12 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review / giveaway
Nov 13 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review / giveaway
Nov 16 – Lisa-Queen of Random – book review / giveaway
Nov 17 – Hall Ways Blog – book review / giveaway
Nov 18 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
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Tour and Giveaway for Animals at the Office.

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Book Details:

Book TitleAnimals at the Office by Sarah Sommer
CategoryChildren’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  40 pages
Genre:  Picture Book
Publisher:  Sarah Sommer
Release date:   October 2020
Content Rating:  G. Children’s picture book with no adult topics or language
 

Book Description:

It’s Gator’s first day at his new office job, and he is surrounded by quirky personalities like the slow slug, the obedient dog, the aggressive hawk, and the chatty chicken. He is eager to fit in with his new co-workers, so he tries to be like them. But acting like everyone else doesn’t work out for him, and he learns a valuable lesson about himself instead. Featuring hand-drawn illustrations, vibrant colors, and rhymes, Animals at the Office sparks dialogue regarding first-day jitters, fitting in with new crowds, and embracing one’s own special traits despite being surrounded by others who are different. Adults may relate to the featured characters based on their own experiences at an office and can use the book to talk more with children about their own job and what going to work means for them.

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NOW READ THIS WONDERFUL GUEST POST BY THE AUTHOR!!

I Should Take My Own Advice

By Sarah Sommer

I purposefully aim to boost women by collaborating with them on my books, and I write women into leadership roles as doctors and bosses in my books, but I’m not great at balancing my own life as a woman.  I often feel plagued with lists and chores, which are exacerbated by my roles as breadwinner, caretaker, and author.  I wish I could take my own advice sometimes.  My first three books all feature main characters asking for help, and yet, I rarely do it.  As a woman, I sometimes feel that I have to prove to everyone that I am strong enough to handle my busy plate, but that doesn’t always lead to a balanced life. 

Sometimes, I think my writing reflects how I wish certain types of situations had happened in my life.  For example, Animals at the Office features a main character seeking out sage advice from his boss when he is plagued with a feeling of not fitting in and wanting to give up.  This seems to stem from some of my personal experiences where I had mustered the courage to talk to my boss but was met with indifference instead of encouragement.  I find that asking for help is difficult, and when the attempt is unsuccessful, it can be discouraging as well, making it even more unlikely that I will seek guidance in the future, creating a vicious circle of “I’ll take care of it myself.”  

I’m trying to accept that I don’t have to do everything perfectly and right now, that allowing others to assist is allowed.  I’m trying to be more present in my life instead of focused on my to-do list, and I’m also trying to forgive myself when I make a mistake or miss an event.  While I was writing my first few books, I was concerned with telling cute stories, but as I reflect on those stories, I see a deeper meaning behind them, and I sense a greater responsibility for making some changes.  As we encourage other women and girls that they can do anything and be anything, we should also encourage them to ask for help.  We all can use a little boost here and there to help us maintain a healthy lifestyle.  My books have good messages and themes; I just need to listen to them.  

I just adore this fun book of animals. Though it is a children’s book, adults can relate to many things in this book because it talks about Gator’s first day at the office. I love Gator and I can well relate to him! He deals with so many issues that I dealt with when I had those first days at the office. Mainly coping with the idea of whether or not I would fit in.

But this book is also fun and interesting for children of all ages because they love the inner action of these adorable animals. And speaking of adorable, Devon does an amazing job creating the illustrations!! Each animal is so very cute, they are all colorful, each page has vibrant colors that pop out at you when you turn the page. The story has a lot of humor, and Devon create that humor in the animals. I love that on each page, the story and animals are just perfect together. And one thing I love about awesome pictures is, even small children will love this book because they not only listen to the story read, they can make up their own story by looking at the illustrations. This has always been a special thing for me in childrens books.

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




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Book Details:

Book TitleThe Goose on the Roof by Sarah Sommer
CategoryChildren’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  40 pages
Genre:  Picture Book
Publisher:  Sarah Sommer
Release date:   January 2020
Content Rating:  G. Children’s picture book with no adult topics or language
 
Book Description:

When one little girl tries to solve a big problem involving a goose on her roof, she enlists the help of her animal friends. Despite her best efforts, things don’t go as planned, and she ends up with additional challenges to navigate as well. The Goose on the Roof features rhymes, animal characters, and a theme of problem-solving. The order of the characters can serve as a memory game as the story builds up and unwinds. Children may also be encouraged to come up with their own ideas for how to solve the issue of the honking goose on the roof and the predicaments created by the other animals. Winner (1st place) of the 2020 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards in the animals/pets category (ebook), this children’s story highlights animals in a wholesome and engaging way.

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Meet the Author:

Sarah Sommer enjoys working with words in a way that makes the story feel musical and rhythmical, which is a reflection of her first career in music as a professional clarinetist. She is passionate about animals and enjoys nature, the arts, and dark chocolate.

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Oct 19 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of Animals at the Office / giveaway
Oct 19 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of Animals at the Office / guest post / giveaway
Oct 20 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of The Goose on the Roof / giveaway
Oct 21 – Welcome To MLM Opinion’s Reviews – book review of Animals at the Office
Oct 21 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of The Goose on the Roof / giveaway
Oct 21 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of Animals at the Office / giveaway
Oct 21 – Amy’s Booket List – book review of The Goose on the Roof / giveaway
Oct 22 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review of Animals at the Office / giveaway
Oct 22 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of The Goose on the Roof / giveaway
Oct 23 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of The Goose on the Roof / giveaway
Oct 23 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of The Goose on the Roof / giveaway
Oct 26 – She Just Loves Books – book review of The Goose on the Roof / giveaway
Oct 27 – Splashes of Joy – book review of The Goose on the Roof / giveaway
Oct 27- Amy’s Booket List – book review of Animals at the Office / giveaway
Oct 28 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of Animals at the Office / giveaway
Oct 28 – Cuzinlogic – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 29 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review of The Goose on the Roof / giveaway
Oct 29 – My Journey Back – book review of Animals at the Office / giveaway
Oct 30 – Reading is My Passion – book review of The Goose on the Roof
Nov 2 – Welcome To MLM Opinion’s Reviews – book review of The Goose on the Roof
Nov 3 – She Just Loves Books – book review of Animals at the Office / giveaway
Nov 3 – My Journey Back – book review of The Goose on the Roof / giveaway
Nov 4 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of The Goose on the Roof / giveaway
Nov 4 – Splashes of Joy – book review of Animals at the Office / guest post / giveaway
Nov 5 –Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of Animals at the Office / giveaway
Nov 5 – Pick a Good Book – book review of Animals at the Office / author interview / giveaway
Nov 6 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of Animals at the Office / guest post / giveaway
Nov 6 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of Animals at the Office / giveaway
Nov 9 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review of The Goose on the Roof / giveaway
Nov 9 – One Frugal Girl – book review of The Goose on the Roof / giveaway
Nov 10 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review of Animals at the Office / giveaway
Nov 10 – Pick a Good Book – book review of The Goose on the Roof / giveaway
Nov 11 – Bigreadersite – book review of Animals at the Office
Nov 12 – Bigreadersite – book review of The Goose on the Roof
Nov 12 – Reading is My Passion – book review of Animals at the Office
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Tour and giveaway for How to Pack for the End of the World by Michelle Falkoff

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Join us for this tour from Nov 3 to Nov 23, 2020!

Book Details:

Book Title:  How to Pack for the End of the World by Michelle Falkoff
CategoryYA Fiction (Ages 13-17),  320 pages
Genre: Literary / Mystery
PublisherHarperCollins (HarperTeen)
Release date:   Nov 20, 2020
Format available for review:  Print, NetGalley Download (mobi for kindle, epub, pdf)
Will send print books out:  USA and Canada
Tour dates: Nov 3 to Nov 23, 2020
Content RatingPG-13.  Language is clean, no sex on the page but reference to it, dark subject  matter–wasn’t sure the best category based on descriptions.

Book Description:

If you knew the world was going to end tomorrow, what would you do? This  is the question that haunts Amina as she watches new and horrible stories of discord and crisis flash across the news every day. But when she starts at prestigious Gardner Academy, Amina finds a group of like-minded peers to join forces with—fast friends who dedicate their year to learning survival skills from each other, before it’s too late. Still, as their prepper knowledge multiplies, so do their regular high school problems, from relationship drama to family issues to friend blow-ups. Juggling the two parts of their lives forces Amina to ask another vital question: Is it worth living in the hypothetical future if it’s at the expense of your actual present?

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HOW TO PACK FOR THE END OF THE WORLD

Guest post by Michelle Falkoff

The title of this website makes me want to write only about experiences that bring me joy and delight. The hard part is that given everything that’s going on in the world, I’ve found myself reading (and writing) some pretty dark stuff. I’m mired in the world of mysteries right now, taking tremendous satisfaction in reading about murder and family drama and romantic turmoil. But the fact remains that these books are bringing me joy, and in this post I’ll contemplate why that’s the case.

I know it’s much more common to find joy in romance and other light-hearted reading, and I certainly have some fun books on my night table—for the YA readers out there, Becky Albertalli and Amy Spalding write entertaining and satisfying romances, for example. Many of us love these books because we know that while the path to love might be complex and rocky, the ultimate destination is familiar and beautiful.

Those of us who love mysteries often love them for precisely the same reason, though the path to resolution might be different, and often more difficult to read. In mystery novels, the world can be dark and troubling, and people can be violent and hateful and filled with rage that leads them to do terrible things. Or they can be loving to the point of obsession and still do terrible things. No matter what, some terrible things are going to happen.

Ultimately, though, we’re likely to see resolution. The murderer will be caught and punished; the investigation will close. The characters may have to deal with the fallout of their worlds being turned upside-down and inside-out, but we trust that they will be better off with the knowledge that the crime has been solved. Justice will prevail, even if it’s a complicated justice, and we can dream of returning to a world that is familiar and beautiful. It may not be the same kind of world we see in romance, but it’s familiar and beautiful nonetheless.

And that, for me, is enough to bring a splash of joy.


MY REVIEW

This is a very different book than what I usually read, and though I have a much different viewpoint on what will happen at the end of the world, I did the different aspects of the story the students have kind of interesting.

Amina’s parents sends her to a prestigious boarding school because she is obsessed with the end of the world and they are hoping this will help with the anxiety she has been having. After there a few days at the school she is invited to a mysterious meeting along with four other with somewhat the same anxiety problems and the same reasons for their anxiety. As they discuss their anxieties, they each contribute with their survival skills and help with ways to survive when the day happens.

I liked the students in this group. They were a little weird at times, but they are not the usually boarding school students. It was sometimes difficult for me to keep listening because the story doesn’t have a lot going on except for the survival skills of the group. I would have liked more depth to the story. There wasn’t a lot of wow there.

I have the audio version of this book. I really enjoyed listening to the Narrator, Stacey Glemboski. She has an excellent smooth voice for audiobooks. Her dynamics and expressions are just perfect. I hope to find more books that she is narrating. She is one voice I could listen to all day!

This book is a four star for me. And if I could rate the narration, I would rate it a 5 plus 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.


Meet the Author:

Michelle  Falkoff is the author of Playlist for the Dead, Pushing Perfect, Questions I Want to Ask You, and How to Pack for the End of the World. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently serves as director of communication and legal reasoning at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

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Nov 3 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 3 – Splashes of Joy – audiobook review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 3 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 4 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 5 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 5 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Nov 6 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 9 –Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 10 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 10 – Corinne Rodrigues – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 11 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview
Nov 12 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 12 – Instagram:. All Booked Up Reviews – book review
Nov 13 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post
Nov 16 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 17 –Westveil Publishing  – book review / giveaway
Nov 18 – JulzReads – book review
Nov 18 – 411 ON BOOKS, AUTHORS, AND PUBLISHING NEWS – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 19 –100 Pages A Day – book review / giveaway
Nov 20 –Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review
Nov 20 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
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Nov 23 – My Fictional Oasis – book review / giveaway
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Spotlight and Giveaway for The Moon is Missing by Jenni Ogden

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Book Details:

Book Title:  The Moon Is Missing by Jenni Ogden
CategoryAdult Fiction (18 +),  388 pages
GenreBook Club, Literary, Women’s Fiction, Domestic Suspense
PublisherSea Dragon Press
Release date:   April 2020
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M: No violence, mild non-explicit sex scenes, appropriate and minimal use of f— words and a few mild cusses etc, adultery as a secret from past generations, but not between current-day characters. 

“Jenni Ogden is a beautiful writer. In her newest, a tale of domestic suspense, Ogden tells the story of a neurosurgeon bedeviled by her own sophisticated brain and the memories of a long-ago tragedy that still has the power to destroy her and her family. Pick up The Moon is Missing. You won’t put it down.”
— Jacquelyn Mitchard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean & My Only 

“With gripping scenes set during Hurricane Katrina and on a remote New Zealand island, this tightly-woven family drama—fueled by long-buried secrets and a daughter’s desperate need to answer the question, ‘Who am I?’ —is ripe for book club discussion.” –Barbara Claypole White, bestselling author of ‘A Perfect Son’ & ‘The Promise Between Us’

“…Beautifully written … characters were immensely believable…Ogden did not shy away from the harsh realities of what can happen when someone in a family is experiencing panic attacks and trauma from the past. Katrina was a tragedy and I feel the novel really paid homage to the medical staff who worked tirelessly to make sure people were evacuated….a must-read for anyone who is a fan of women’s fiction, especially harkening back to the old greats such as Fern Michaels.”
—Readers’ Favorite, 5 star review.
 

Book Description:

A daughter who cries “Who am I?”
A mother who can’t tell her…
A hurricane called Katrina…
A family secret exposed…
An island at the bottom of the world.

From Jenni Ogden, author of multiple-award-winning A DROP IN THE OCEAN, comes a page-turning tale of family secrets and mother–daughter conflict set in London, New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, and on a remote and spectacular island off the coast of New Zealand.

Georgia Grayson has perfected the art of being two people: a neurosurgeon on track to becoming the first female Director of  Neurosurgery at a large London hospital, and a wife and mother. Home is her haven where, with husband Adam’s support, she copes with her occasional anxiety attacks. That is until her daughter, 15-year-old Lara, demands to know more about Danny, her mysterious biological father from New Orleans who died before she was born. “Who was he? Why did he die? WHO AM I?” Trouble is, Georgia can’t tell her. As escalating panic attacks prevent her from operating, and therapy fails to bring back the memories she has repressed, fractures rip through her once happy family. Georgia sees only one way forward; to return to New Orleans where Danny first sang his way into her heart, and then to the rugged island where he fell to his death. Somehow she must uncover the truth Lara deserves, whatever the cost.

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Meet the Author:

Jenni Ogden and her husband live off-grid on spectacular Great  Barrier Island, 100 kms off the coast of New Zealand, a perfect place to  write and for grandchildren to spend their holidays. Winters are spent  near a beach in Far North Tropical Queensland. Jenni’s debut novel, ‘A  Drop in the Ocean’, won multiple awards and has sold over 80,000 copies.  As a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist, she is well-known for  her books featuring her patients’ moving stories:’Fractured Minds: A  Case-Study Approach to Clinical Neuropsychology’, and ‘Trouble In Mind:  Stories from a Neuropsychologist’s Casebook’. Please visit her author  website, sign up for her e-newsletter, and friend and follow her  everywhere!


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Tour Schedule:
Oct 26 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 26 – Amy’s Booket List – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 26 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 27 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 27 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 28 – The Wayward Reader – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 28 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 29 – I’m Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 29 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 29 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 30 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 2 – FUONLYKNEW – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 2 – Reading Authors Network – books spotlight / giveaway
Nov 3 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 4 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Nov 5 –Lisa-Queen of Random – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 6 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book spotlight
Nov 9 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 9 – Locks, Hooks And Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 10 – Lisa-Queen of Random – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 11 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 12 –Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 13 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 16 – Pine Enshrined Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 17 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 18 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 19 – Books for Books – book spotlight
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Giveaway and Tour for The Way to Remember by Martha Rogers


Join us for this tour from Oct 26 to Nov 13, 2020!

Book Details:

Book TitleThe Way to Remember by Martha Reynolds
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  341 pages
GenreWomen’s fiction, general fiction
PublisherIndependent
Release date:   June, 2020
Content Rating:  PG-13 +M. There are a few swear words, and sex is more suggested than explicit, but there are one or two moments that are provocative.
 

  Book Description:

Set  in New England at the time of the American Bicentennial, The Way to Remember is the poignant story of a displaced young woman struggling to figure out who she is within the context of her hometown and the carefully masked dysfunction of her family. “Everything can be fixed by writing a check.” Words to live by for Robin Fortune’s wealthy father, until he can’t buy her way back into college after she’s expelled for dealing pot. Now he chooses not to speak to her anymore, but that’s just one of the out-of-whack situations Robin’s facing. At nineteen, she feels rudderless, working in a diner by day and sleeping with a buddy from high school by night – all so strange for her because she was always the one with the plan. While her college friends plotted how to ensnare husbands, she plotted a novel, which she scratched out into a series of spiral-bound notebooks she hides in the closet. But now, there’s nothing. No vision, no future, no point. In fact, the only thing she feels she has to look forward to is that her favorite author, Maryana Capture, is paying a visit to the local Thousand Words bookstore. Robin surmises that if she can convince Maryana to help her get her novel published, she’ll finally get herself back on track. Except that life never takes a straight path in this intensely satisfying coming-of-age novel.

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I didn’t read this book when it was published under a different name, but I am so glad for the opportunity to read this one, The Way We Remember. Arthur Martha Roger’s creates characters that are realistic and believable, and each scene in the book was told so smoothly and expertly it seems like a real life story. The author deals with real life issues, things happening in colleges at that time in history. And even though Robin’s family had money, her dad didn’t cut her any slack for her getting in trouble in college. Which taught her valuable lessons. Another lesson here is having money doesn’t keep a family from problems, in fact they have more problems here because of it. Writing a check doesn’t solve all of your problems. I appreciate the way the author weaves this throughout the story in several different ways. This is a story well worth your time.

I really enjoyed this story. The author was good at keeping my attention, I could hardly put it down until I found out the ending. This is the first book I have read of Ms. Roger’s and I am looking forward to more from her in the future. I give this one Five Stars. Anyone wanting a good historical read will love this one. Check it out today!

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

And now here is a fascinating GUEST POST from author Martha Rogers!!

Stuck on an Island with Only Five Books!

What a dilemma! If you can imagine, there was actually a time before cellphones and the internet. I’m old enough to remember, because I lived through it! But even for me, it’s difficult sometimes to realize how dependent we’ve all become on technology.

So, this topic had me thinking. I’m on a deserted island with only five books to keep me company. Naturally, I have food, water, and plenty of shade (haha!), but for entertainment, all I have are five books. So, what do I choose?

  1. How often do I reread a novel, even a great one? Not often. Hardly ever. But I’m stuck on this island, and I can use a book to escape to another place, so I’m going to bring A Room with a View by E.M. Forster. It’s a novel from 1908 set in England and Italy, about a young woman who fights the constraints of the time in which she’s living.
  2. I’m so accustomed to looking everything up online that I can hardly remember how I used to learn things. Okay, I’m exaggerating a little, but you know how easy it is to just Google what you need to know that instant? I can’t do that on the island, so I’ll bring along Britannica’s 250th Anniversary Collector’s Edition. Growing up, we had a 25-volume set of encyclopedias in our house. This one volume will cover 1768-2018, so it’ll keep me busy!
  3. I know I’ll need help on the island – I don’t even know how to catch a fish. So How to Survive on a Tropical Deserted Island needs to go in my bag. Yes, this is actually a book.
  4. Another must-have book is 300 Days of Grilled Fish. Yes, I’ll become a pescatarian by necessity.
  5. Finally, for introspection, I will choose The Essential Rumi. Rumi was a 13th-century poet and mystic whose writings are timeless. Here’s just one: “Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. Live in silence.” Well, I imagine I’ll be living in silence all the time, so perhaps Rumi will help me embrace it.

This is a great exercise! I encourage others to think about it. And you’ll notice I didn’t bring along any of the nine novels I’ve written – not that I don’t think they’re good, but I know all of them so well, I think they live inside my head!

Martha Reynolds



MEET THE AUTHOR:
Martha Reynolds was raised in Rhode Island, spent a year of college in Switzerland, and is always planning a return visit. She completed an accomplished career as a fraud investigator and decided it was time to do something she really liked.

She now writes full-time and has set a personal goal of releasing a book a year until she dies. Her writing has appeared in Magnificat magazine and her very short poem was read by journalist Connie Schultz during NPR’s Tell Me More poetry challenge.

Her novel VILLA DEL SOL won the 2018 Book Award in Literary Fiction by the Independent Publishers of New England.

Connect with the author:   Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram ~ goodreads
Tour Schedule:
 Oct 26 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
Oct 27 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 27 – meandmybooks – book review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 28 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 29 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 29 – Instagram – All Booked Up Reviews – book review
Oct 30 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book review
Nov 2 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 3 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 4 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Nov 5 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 5 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Nov 6 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review / giveaway
Nov 9 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Nov 10 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway
Nov 10 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 11 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review / giveaway
Nov 12 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
Nov 13 – Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway
Nov 13 – Lisa-Queen of Random – book review / giveaway

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Tour and Giveaway for The Goose on the Roof by Sarah Sommer

Book TitleThe Goose on the Roof by Sarah Sommer
CategoryChildren’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  40 pages
Genre:  Picture Book
Publisher:  Sarah Sommer
Release date:   January 2020
Content Rating:  G. Children’s picture book with no adult topics or language
 
Book Description:

When one little girl trie6s to solve a big problem involving a goose on her roof, she enlists the help of her animal friends. Despite her best efforts, things don’t go as planned, and she ends up with additional challenges to navigate as well. The Goose on the Roof features rhymes, animal characters, and a theme of problem-solving. The order of the characters can serve as a memory game as the story builds up and unwinds. Children may also be encouraged to come up with their own ideas for how to solve the issue of the honking goose on the roof and the predicaments created by the other animals. Winner (1st place) of the 2020 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards in the animals/pets category (ebook), this children’s story highlights animals in a wholesome and engaging way.

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The Goose On the Roof is such a cute story. The Goose is honking and honking on the roof and as you can imagine it gets annoying. And friends are not much help. I can see this book being really good for discussions in a classroom, or library. The story one each page has a different friend to help and there can be lots if things to talk about. The author does an amazing job writing this sweet story and I know children will love it.

The cute friends that stop by to help are so adorable looking. That’s because of the adorable illustrations by Martina Terzi. The covers are bright and vibrant, making each page pop out when the pages are turned. Even a small child who can not read can make up their own stories from the illustrations. I love to hear little ones do that. The hardcover book is pretty good size, so this gives you a really nice addition to your child’s library. And I think every elementary school should have this in their library. I highly encourage you to pick up this precious book and check it 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.




Meet the Author:

Sarah Sommer enjoys working with words in a way that makes the story feel musical and rhythmical, which is a reflection of her first career in music as a professional clarinetist. She is passionate about animals and enjoys nature, the arts, and dark chocolate.

connect with the author:  website facebook instagram goodreads
 
Tour Schedule:
 
Oct 19 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of Animals at the Office / giveaway
Oct 19 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of Animals at the Office / guest post / giveaway
Oct 20 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of The Goose on the Roof / giveaway
Oct 21 – Welcome To MLM Opinion’s Reviews – book review of Animals at the Office
Oct 21 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of The Goose on the Roof / giveaway
Oct 21 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of Animals at the Office / giveaway
Oct 21 – Amy’s Booket List – book review of The Goose on the Roof / giveaway
Oct 22 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review of Animals at the Office / giveaway
Oct 22 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of The Goose on the Roof / giveaway
Oct 23 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of The Goose on the Roof / giveaway
Oct 23 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of The Goose on the Roof / giveaway
Oct 26 – She Just Loves Books – book review of The Goose on the Roof / giveaway
Oct 27 – Splashes of Joy – book review of The Goose on the Roof / giveaway
Oct 27- Amy’s Booket List – book review of Animals at the Office / giveaway
Oct 28 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of Animals at the Office / giveaway
Oct 28 – Cuzinlogic – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 29 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review of The Goose on the Roof / giveaway
Oct 29 – My Journey Back – book review of Animals at the Office / giveaway
Oct 30 – Reading is My Passion – book review of The Goose on the Roof
Nov 2 – Welcome To MLM Opinion’s Reviews – book review of The Goose on the Roof
Nov 3 – She Just Loves Books – book review of Animals at the Office / giveaway
Nov 3 – My Journey Back – book review of The Goose on the Roof / giveaway
Nov 4 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of The Goose on the Roof / giveaway
Nov 4 – Splashes of Joy – book review of Animals at the Office / guest post / giveaway
Nov 5 –Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of Animals at the Office / giveaway
Nov 5 – Pick a Good Book – book review of Animals at the Office / author interview / giveaway
Nov 6 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of Animals at the Office / guest post / giveaway
Nov 6 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of Animals at the Office / giveaway
Nov 9 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review of The Goose on the Roof / giveaway
Nov 9 – One Frugal Girl – book review of The Goose on the Roof / giveaway
Nov 10 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review of Animals at the Office / giveaway
Nov 10 – Pick a Good Book – book review of The Goose on the Roof / giveaway
Nov 11 – Bigreadersite – book review of Animals at the Office
Nov 12 – Bigreadersite – book review of The Goose on the Roof
Nov 12 – Reading is My Passion – book review of Animals at the Office
Nov 13 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of The Goose on the Roof / giveaway
Nov 13 – One Frugal Girl – book review of Animals at the Office / author interview / giveaway

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Join us for this tour from Oct 19 to Nov 13, 2020!

Book Details:

Book TitleAnimals at the Office by Sarah Sommer
CategoryChildren’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  40 pages
Genre:  Picture Book
Publisher:  Sarah Sommer
Release date:   October 2020
Content Rating:  G. Children’s picture book with no adult topics or language
 

Book Description:

It’s Gator’s first day at his new office job, and he is surrounded by quirky personalities like the slow slug, the obedient dog, the aggressive hawk, and the chatty chicken. He is eager to fit in with his new co-workers, so he tries to be like them. But acting like everyone else doesn’t work out for him, and he learns a valuable lesson about himself instead. Featuring hand-drawn illustrations, vibrant colors, and rhymes, Animals at the Office sparks dialogue regarding first-day jitters, fitting in with new crowds, and embracing one’s own special traits despite being surrounded by others who are different. Adults may relate to the featured characters based on their own experiences at an office and can use the book to talk more with children about their own job and what going to work means for them.

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Tour and Giveaway for This is the Earth by Deedee Cummings

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If you scroll down you can read the interesting interview by the author of “This Is the Earth” by Deedee Cummings.

 
Book Details:

Book Title: This Is The Earth by Deedee Cummings/illustrated by Charlene Mosley
Category Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 32 pages
Genre Children/ Holiday
Publisher Make A Way Media
Release date:  April 2019
Format available for review:  print (USA and Canada), ebook (PDF)
Tour dates:  Oct 12 to Dec 4, 2020
Content Rating: G. Children’s Holiday Book.

Book Description:

A recent Purple Dragonfly Award First Place winner, Cummings uses bold and bright illustrations in This is the Earth to share a message of peace, love, respect, compassion, inclusion. Published in early 2019, the book’s message bears repeating: peace is meant for all of us and it is everyone’s responsibility to care for each other like the united family that we really are. This exceptional and timely book shares the reality that we are all sharing this world that we call home instead of acting as though each continent, each, country, and each neighborhood is like a completely different planet. Within the pages of This is the Earth, readers will discover thought and conversation-invoking concepts on issues and struggles that has our world at odds with each other. Kids and adults will love the lyrical message and thoughtful artwork that reinforces the fact that every human being is our neighbor on Planet Earth; a place also known as Home.

Buy the Book:   
Amazon
Make a Way Media
Add to Goodreads

This is the Earth is another really good book from author Deedee Cummings. I love this children’s book because of the lessons it teaches children. It her unique way, this author uses simple words to show kids everywhere that we are all different, be it color, race, physical disabilities, it doesn’t matter because we can all live together in this world peacefully. In these times, I feel it important to teach children of all ages the words of this book.

And again Charlene Mosley has so uniquely created the most wonderful illustrations to capture each word of this book. This is a beautiful book inside and out that would make a great addition to your child’s library!

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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Author Interview with Deedee Cummings

How difficult was it to write In the Nick of Time?

In the Nick of Time was not a tough story to write because the overall message was on my heart. There is one twist in the story I did not think of initially- it came to me later. I was watching a TV show and the character’s last name was Saint. I thought of naming the character Nick Saint just because of that TV show. Sometimes I feel as though I am meant to see things and that was definitely one of those moments. That one idea alone made the book so much better. The overall story just came to me as a great idea and as a story that was missing and needed.

Why do you like to write children’s books?

I love writing for children because they still believe in the power of anything. Kids believe that you can fly on the wings of a butterfly or that you can tunnel your way to Australia straight from your backyard. That kind of thinking alone is kind of magical. Children’s books lift me up and remind me of the beauty and simplicity of the world. And a lot of times they leave me with the feeling that I can do anything I want too.

Do you ever get writer’s block? What helps you overcome it?

I get writer’s block all the time. It mostly comes when I am being forced to write something or if I am asked to write something specific. I have no problem just freely writing whatever message is floating on my mind. I can write all day like that. But one of the most important things I have learned over the past few years is that for people to find you, you really need to have a consistent blog. It is this type of writing I find the hardest because it feels forced. I know I have good stories to tell, but does anyone really care what I think about what it takes to be an author? To remove the block I just step away from it. I take a walk or finish some other project. The content comes to me, but it feels like I have to plant it like a seed in the ground in my mind first. It sprouts later.

Where do you write?

My absolutely favorite place to write is the beach, but I live in Kentucky so…. If I go to the beach I can write pages of work. It helps me generate ideas that I can more fully explore at home. I love the beach because my problems feel so small there. I get a sense of clarity at the beach that I cannot get anywhere else. I love the beach so much one of my earliest books is called My Trip to the Beach and it is all about how you can visualize a trip to the beach to help calm and focus you, even when you cannot actually get to the beach.


 
Meet the Author:

Deirdre “Deedee” Cummings believes literacy is a fundamental human right. She is the founder of Make A Way Media, It Pays to Read & the Louisville Book Festival, as well as, an attorney, therapist, and CEO of Abi Behavioral Health in Louisville, Kentucky. Abi is an intensive therapy agency that works to prevent the placement of children in out of home care, such as foster care, hospitalization, and incarceration. Deedee attended Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, one of only two all-female Historically Black Colleges in the country. After graduating from Bennett, she earned a master’s degree and a law degree from the University of Louisville. All of her writing focuses on sharing inspiring messages that remind us all it is never too late to begin again. Deedee encourages the children she works with to write as a way to process emotions, document their journey, and express themselves more clearly. In addition to presenting on multiple topics around the country, Deedee donates hundreds of books and volunteer hours every year to families, children, churches and the local school system. She is excited to announce the launch of her tenth children’s book, This is the Earth. The inspiration for this book came from overwhelming negative media coverage about race relations in our country and across the world. This is the Earth is a book about peace, respect, and diversity inclusion: a message that must be heard and repeated often. She and her husband Anthony live in Louisville with their three children Kayla (an actress in New York), Anthony (a college student and athlete), and Nick (in elementary school).

connect with the author:  website  ~ make a way media  ~ twitter  ~ twitter facebook  ~  facebook ~ pinterest ~ instagram ~ instagram ~ goodreads
 
Tour Schedule:
 
Oct 12 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Oct 13 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 13 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Oct 14 – meandmybooks – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 14 – Leels Loves Books – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Oct 14 – The Pen and Muse Book Reviews  – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 15 – Splashes of Joy – book review of In the Nick of Time / guest post / giveaway
Oct 15 – The Pen and Muse Book Reviews  – book review of In the Nick of Time / author interview / giveaway
Oct 16 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Oct 18 – Amy’s Booket List – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 20 – Pick A Good Book – book review of In the Nick of Time / author interview / giveaway
Oct 21 – Splashes of Joy – book review of This is the Earth / author interview / giveaway
Oct 22 – Leels Loves Books – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 26 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Oct 27 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review of This is the Earth
Oct 28 – My Journey Back – book review of In the Nick of Time / author interview / giveaway
Oct 29 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review of In the Nick of Time
Oct 30 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 3 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of In the Nick of Time / guest post / giveaway
Nov 4 – She Just Loves Books – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 5 – Priya’s Lit Blog – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 9 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 10 –Priya’s Lit Blog – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 11 – Ice Fairy’s Treasure Chest – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 11 – Older & Smarter? – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 12 – She Just Loves Books – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 13 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 16 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 17 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 18 – Ice Fairy’s Treasure Chest – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 18 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 19 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 20 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 20 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 20 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 23 – Amy’s Booket List – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 23 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 23 – – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 23 – Lisa-Queen of Random – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 23 – Gina Rae Mitchell  – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 24 – Gina Rae Mitchell  – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway

Nov 24 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 24 – Lisa-Queen of Random – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 25 – Older & Smarter? – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 27 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 27 – Reading is My Passion – book review of In the Nick of Time
Nov 30 – Cuzinlogic – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 30 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 30 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 30 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of In the Nick of Time / guest post /giveaway
Dec 1 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Dec 1 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Dec 1 – Lisa’s Reading – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway

Dec 2 –  Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Dec 3 – Bigreadersite – book review of In the Nick of Time
Dec 3 – Reading is My Passion – book review of This is the Earth
Dec 3 – Lisa’s Reading – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Dec 4 – Bigreadersite – book review of This is the Earth
Dec 4 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
 
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Tour and Giveaway for In the Nick of Time by Deedee Cummings

Join us for this tour from Oct 12  to Dec 4, 2020!

Book Details:

Book Title:  In the Nick of Time by Deedee Cummings/illustrated by Charlene Mosley
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  28 pages
Genre:  Children/ Holiday
Publisher:  Make a Way Media
Release date:   November 2019
Content Rating:  G: Children’s Holiday Book


 

 
Book Description:

A Timely Tale about a Little Brown Boy who Saves Christmas. Nick Saint never really put a lot of thought into his name until one snowy day in December when he accidentally receives a letter meant for Saint Nick. Realizing there is not much time left until Christmas, Nick opens the letter. The unexpected message inside ultimately leads him on a journey of understanding poverty, gratitude, and service to others while discovering the real meaning of the holiday spirit. 

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My Thought’s On This Book

I really love this special story about a little boy named Nick Saint. Nick was like a lot of kids that have so much stuff, that he didn’t think of those who didn’t have until a letter came in the mail one day. What a clever name for a child character in a Christmas book. It makes for a lot of fun around the Holidays. The other does an amazing job in creating this character.

“In the Nick of Time”, author Deedee Cummings teaches children how to help others. To think about giving instead of only thinking about what they want themselves. And what better time to do this than at Christmastime. I love that this author uses a child to teach a child. And what child reading this cute story will think about himself so much? I believe each child will be like Nick, and choose to look around and see who needs help, and make a plan to help. As the Christmas season gets closer, I encourage you to think about checking this book out for your child/children. And we all know that kids will listen to books like “In the Nick of Time” before they will listen to us.

And I can’t leave out the illustrator Charlene Mosley who did an amazing exceptional job with the illustrations in “In the Nick of Time”. I love the way she created the adorable characters on each page. The expressions on the faces tell a story themselves. The illustrations on each page fit perfectly with what is written there. Deedee Cummings and Charlene Mosley make a very good team creating stories and illustrations together. Overall, this is a very good read, and really, even adults can benefit from this valuable lesson this book is teaching. I look forward to reading more from these ladies in the near future. This one gets a five star 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.

Author Interview with Deedee Cummings

How difficult was it to write In the Nick of Time?

In the Nick of Time was not a tough story to write because the overall message was on my heart. There is one twist in the story I did not think of initially- it came to me later. I was watching a TV show and the character’s last name was Saint. I thought of naming the character Nick Saint just because of that TV show. Sometimes I feel as though I am meant to see things and that was definitely one of those moments. That one idea alone made the book so much better. The overall story just came to me as a great idea and as a story that was missing and needed.

Why do you like to write children’s books?

I love writing for children because they still believe in the power of anything. Kids believe that you can fly on the wings of a butterfly or that you can tunnel your way to Australia straight from your backyard. That kind of thinking alone is kind of magical. Children’s books lift me up and remind me of the beauty and simplicity of the world. And a lot of times they leave me with the feeling that I can do anything I want too.

Do you ever get writer’s block? What helps you overcome it?

I get writer’s block all the time. It mostly comes when I am being forced to write something or if I am asked to write something specific. I have no problem just freely writing whatever message is floating on my mind. I can write all day like that. But one of the most important things I have learned over the past few years is that for people to find you, you really need to have a consistent blog. It is this type of writing I find the hardest because it feels forced. I know I have good stories to tell, but does anyone really care what I think about what it takes to be an author? To remove the block I just step away from it. I take a walk or finish some other project. The content comes to me, but it feels like I have to plant it like a seed in the ground in my mind first. It sprouts later.

Where do you write?

My absolutely favorite place to write is the beach, but I live in Kentucky so…. If I go to the beach I can write pages of work. It helps me generate ideas that I can more fully explore at home. I love the beach because my problems feel so small there. I get a sense of clarity at the beach that I cannot get anywhere else. I love the beach so much one of my earliest books is called My Trip to the Beach and it is all about how you can visualize a trip to the beach to help calm and focus you, even when you cannot actually get to the beach.




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Book Details:

Book Title: This Is The Earth by Deedee Cummings/illustrated by Charlene Mosley
Category Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 32 pages
Genre Children/ Holiday
Publisher Make A Way Media
Release date:  April 2019
Format available for review:  print (USA and Canada), ebook (PDF)
Tour dates:  Oct 12 to Dec 4, 2020
Content Rating: G. Children’s Holiday Book.

Book Description:

A recent Purple Dragonfly Award First Place winner, Cummings uses bold and bright illustrations in This is the Earth to share a message of peace, love, respect, compassion, inclusion. Published in early 2019, the book’s message bears repeating: peace is meant for all of us and it is everyone’s responsibility to care for each other like the united family that we really are. This exceptional and timely book shares the reality that we are all sharing this world that we call home instead of acting as though each continent, each, country, and each neighborhood is like a completely different planet. Within the pages of This is the Earth, readers will discover thought and conversation-invoking concepts on issues and struggles that has our world at odds with each other. Kids and adults will love the lyrical message and thoughtful artwork that reinforces the fact that every human being is our neighbor on Planet Earth; a place also known as Home.

Buy the Book:   
Amazon
Make a Way Media
Add to Goodreads
 
Meet the Author:

Deirdre “Deedee” Cummings believes literacy is a fundamental human right. She is the founder of Make A Way Media, It Pays to Read & the Louisville Book Festival, as well as, an attorney, therapist, and CEO of Abi Behavioral Health in Louisville, Kentucky. Abi is an intensive therapy agency that works to prevent the placement of children in out of home care, such as foster care, hospitalization, and incarceration. Deedee attended Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, one of only two all-female Historically Black Colleges in the country. After graduating from Bennett, she earned a master’s degree and a law degree from the University of Louisville. All of her writing focuses on sharing inspiring messages that remind us all it is never too late to begin again. Deedee encourages the children she works with to write as a way to process emotions, document their journey, and express themselves more clearly. In addition to presenting on multiple topics around the country, Deedee donates hundreds of books and volunteer hours every year to families, children, churches and the local school system. She is excited to announce the launch of her tenth children’s book, This is the Earth. The inspiration for this book came from overwhelming negative media coverage about race relations in our country and across the world. This is the Earth is a book about peace, respect, and diversity inclusion: a message that must be heard and repeated often. She and her husband Anthony live in Louisville with their three children Kayla (an actress in New York), Anthony (a college student and athlete), and Nick (in elementary school).

connect with the author:  website  ~ make a way media  ~ twitter  ~ twitter facebook  ~  facebook ~ pinterest ~ instagram ~ instagram ~ goodreads
 
Tour Schedule:
 
Oct 12 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Oct 13 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 13 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Oct 14 – meandmybooks – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 14 – Leels Loves Books – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Oct 14 – The Pen and Muse Book Reviews  – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 15 – Splashes of Joy – book review of In the Nick of Time / guest post / giveaway
Oct 15 – The Pen and Muse Book Reviews  – book review of In the Nick of Time / author interview / giveaway
Oct 16 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Oct 18 – Amy’s Booket List – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 20 – Pick A Good Book – book review of In the Nick of Time / author interview / giveaway
Oct 21 – Splashes of Joy – book review of This is the Earth / author interview / giveaway
Oct 22 – Leels Loves Books – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 26 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Oct 27 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review of This is the Earth
Oct 28 – My Journey Back – book review of In the Nick of Time / author interview / giveaway
Oct 29 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review of In the Nick of Time
Oct 30 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 3 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of In the Nick of Time / guest post / giveaway
Nov 4 – She Just Loves Books – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 5 – Priya’s Lit Blog – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 9 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 10 –Priya’s Lit Blog – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 11 – Ice Fairy’s Treasure Chest – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 11 – Older & Smarter? – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 12 – She Just Loves Books – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 13 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 16 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 17 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 18 – Ice Fairy’s Treasure Chest – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 18 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 19 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 20 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 20 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 20 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 23 – Amy’s Booket List – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 23 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 23 – – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 23 – Lisa-Queen of Random – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 23 – Gina Rae Mitchell  – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 24 – Gina Rae Mitchell  – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway

Nov 24 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 24 – Lisa-Queen of Random – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 25 – Older & Smarter? – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 27 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 27 – Reading is My Passion – book review of In the Nick of Time
Nov 30 – Cuzinlogic – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 30 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 30 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 30 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of In the Nick of Time / guest post /giveaway
Dec 1 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Dec 1 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Dec 1 – Lisa’s Reading – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway

Dec 2 –  Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Dec 3 – Bigreadersite – book review of In the Nick of Time
Dec 3 – Reading is My Passion – book review of This is the Earth
Dec 3 – Lisa’s Reading – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Dec 4 – Bigreadersite – book review of This is the Earth
Dec 4 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
 
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Tour and Giveaway for The Puppy Baby Book by Dawn Greenfield

Join us for this tour from Oct 14 to Oct 30, 2020!

Book Details:

Book TitleThe Puppy Baby Book by Dawn Greenfield Ireland
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+), 81 pages
Genre:  Non-Fiction, Puppy Baby Book
Publisher:  Artistic Origins
Release dates:   October 2000
Tour dates: Oct 14 to Oct 30, 2020
Content Rating:  G. This is a fill-in-the-blanks baby book for anyone who adopts a puppy, just like an infant baby book.
 
Book Description:

CELEBRATING 20-YEARS ANNIVERSARY!

This unique hardcover “fill in the blanks” baby book gives dog lovers the same opportunity to chart their puppies growth and progress, as parents of infants do with their baby books.

Now, as your puppy grows, you can document:
  •  Where the puppy was born
  •  The birth parents names and breeds
  •  Who the puppy resembles
  •  Where the puppy was adopted from
  •  The first meal
  •  The puppy’s playmates
  •  When potty training took place
  •  Obedience school classes
  •  Favorite things to do
  •  What vitamins the puppy takes
  •  Medical records
  •  Medical emergencies and blunders
  •  And much more

There is a keepsake pocket for the first rabies tag after it expires, a page where you can place your puppy’s paw prints, a pocket to keep the adoption papers, a placeholder for an adoption announcement card, a first aid kit list, and picture placeholders throughout the book. You will be able to write what you did with your puppy on special days throughout the calendar year from New Years day to Hanukkah and Christmas — 23 occasions in all.

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And now enjoy this wonderful Interview with Author Dawn Greenfield

Author Interview for Joy @ Splashes of Joy

  1. How did you come up with the idea for this book?

I was having a poor pitiful me moment at the kitchen table while looking at the baby books for my two sons. My dog Shasta Ann was on her dog bed and I turned to her and said, Shasta, I wish I had a baby book for you.

That’s all it took. I started documenting the similarities between puppies and babies.

  1. Did it take a long time to write The Puppy Baby Book?

This book was more about design than writing. It’s not the traditional nonfiction book, which is filled with words. I had to come up with topics for every page that dealt with the life of a puppy. And, back then, unfortunately, I didn’t keep very good records.

Around June of 1999 I started making a list of what the book should contain. By September 16, 1999 I had a rough draft. On January 16, 2000 I hired an artist to create the pages.

  1. The book won an IPPY award. What category did you enter? 

I was so surprised when I received the news. It was in the Popular Culture category and was up against a history of comic books, and a book about the Beatles. Talk about good company! The competition head told me they had never seen a book such as mine and that it was beautiful.

  1. Are there other books in the series?

I was going to have an entire series: The Kitten Baby Book, My New Home, The Birdie Baby Book, and In Memory Of. Then I nixed the birdie book.

Unfortunately, the money wasn’t available for marketing, so the cash did not flow in as expected. The Kitten Baby Book is ready to be printed, but my pocketbook is somewhat dry right now.

  1. What else do you write?

So glad you asked! At this time, I have 13 novels in three series (cozy mystery, sci-fi/fantasy YA, and adult shapeshifter), and two stand-alone novels. I also have 5 nonfiction books, and 15 screenplays.

 

Meet the Author:

Dawn Greenfield Ireland is the author of several award-winning novels, nonfiction books, and screenplays. To date she has 12 published novels that consists of three series (cozy mystery, YA science fiction/fantasy, and adult shape-shifter), a dystopian, and a sci-fi romance adventure. The Last Dog, a dystopian novel set in 2086 is closely related to the Covid/Corona pandemic! Who knew there would be so many parallels from the time she wrote the book (2010) to this crazy pandemic of 2020! Three of her nonfiction books have won awards. Nine of her 15 screenplays (comedies, dramas, horror, action adventure and science fiction), have won awards. She has also written three short scripts. Her former day job as an award-winning technical writer (34 years) played a major role in her fiction writing – she is detailed oriented, the organizational queen of the known universe, and never misses a deadline. Dawn writes full time in addition to editing books for authors, and coaching people through the writing process.

Connect with the author:  website ~ facebook ~ twitter ~ pinterest ~ instagram ~ goodreads
 
Tour Schedule:

Oct 14 – KC Beanie Boos Collection – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 14 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 15 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Oct 15 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 15 –  Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 16 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 19 – Corinne Rodrigues – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 20 –Chit Chat with Charity – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Oct 21 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 22 – Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Oct 23 –Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 26 –fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 27 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 28 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 29 –Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 29 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / giveaway

Oct 30 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

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Tour and Giveaway for Silence of Islands

Join us for this tour from October 12 to October 23, 2020!
 
Book Details:

Book TitleSilence of Islands — Poems by W.M. Raebeck
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18 +),  170 pages
GenrePoetry
PublisherHula Cat Press
Release date:   July 2020
Content Rating:  G. this book of poems is ‘grown-up’ but nothing violent, explicit, illegal, profane or hardcore.
 

Book Description:

Poetry for the summer day, poetry for the dark night. Poems that cut a walkable trail through the forest of life. Always with a nudge and a wink, “It’ll be okay.” This collection reflects a lifetime of nature, love, travel, death, joy, art, family, and the eternal questions. A potion of emotion to soothe and move you.

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My Thoughts On This Book

I don’t read a lot of poem books but I really enjoy reading them. And this one, Silence of the Island: Poems is one of my favorites. It has over 80 different poems, and there is one for about anything you want to read about. I found myself so engaged in reading them, I had half the book read before I knew it. But I’m not one to zip through a book so I went back and re-read several of my favorites.

Among these poems, as I read there are all kinds of emotions flying around, depending on the poem you are reading. This author had me laughing and in tears several many time throughout the book. There were pleasant times, darker moments, sunshine and rain, all within the pages of this beautiful book. And speaking of beauty, isn’t thos book cover stunning? This is a coffee table book for me for sure.

If you enjoy poems, Silence of the Islands is for you. If you enjoy reading but don’t have the time, this is a great choice for you as well. It only takes a few minutes to read each poem so this is one book you will be able to finish. All in all, I love this book of poems, and I believe there will be many more people that will enjoy them as well. This one get a five stars++ in my book!

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

I hope you will read the Fabulous guest post the author has shared with us. .

Guess Post with Author W. M. Raebeck

What You may not Know about Lemons

    In 2004, when I bought a 2-foot lemon tree, I envisioned the convenience of picking fresh lemons, plus beautifying my yard, and augmenting my privacy screen. All I knew about lemons, though, was that they were sour, yellow, and healthy.

    In selecting a tree, I wanted one small enough that I could reach the highest branches, but not too small like a ‘dwarf.’ In Home Depot’s garden department, I encountered a fellow citrus-tree shopper, a second-generation Japanese gent clearly placed there by my garden (guardin’) angels.

    He told me simply, “Buy a regular tree and never prune it.”

    “Never prune it?” I thought grooming and pruning were essential to gardening. 

    “Never prune it,” he repeated. “And it will stay shorter. It’s pruning that makes it grow tall.”

    “But will it bear as much fruit?”

    “Yes, it will be fine. You’ll see.” He seemed certain. 

    So I bought a Myers Lemon Tree and never pruned it. 

    It took about 4 years for lemons to appear. And I was ecstatic—I got a total of 7 that first season! 

    The next year, I got 21, and was off and running. The following year produced 40 (!) and I was able to become generous with them, plus squeeze them over every salad, piece of fish, and glass of water. But when I got 120 the year after that was when I started learning lemon secrets. 

    I’d rented out my house by then, for few years (while frequently traveling to visit my ancient dad), so could only pick lemons on occasional visits home. Those times, I’d pick dozens at once so they wouldn’t go to waste. (Tenants showed no interest in lemons.) That’s when I learned lemons can last two months in the fridge and, also, stay perfect on the tree practically forever. They don’t fall off until they’re fully convinced NOT A SOUL in the world wants them. And I found that green lemons are fully edible. On my tree, at least, the lemons stay green for months and months, turning yellow seemingly as a last resort, and can be eaten all through the season in varying stages of growth. Once finally yellow, they still cling to the tree for weeks and weeks, refusing to surrender. May through October or November, through all weather, my tree yields perfect fruit. Lemons, I’ve learned, are a study in patience. 

    The next year, I got 250. (But who counts their lemons?) Then I got 400, then 750. No end in sight. By now I was entranced with the tree and awestruck that, having never once pruned it, it never grew tall, just fuller and fuller. 

    Around then, I started marketing my lovely, organic, homegrown lemons—each one perfect. Turns out the thick skin and sour taste ward off pests, too, so there was never competition for the bounty. I also discovered how lemons can sit on a kitchen counter for days, even weeks—drying out a bit over time, but still edible and juicy. Lemons don’t need to be fresh-picked to taste as you’d hope them to. And soon I began dicing the organic peel to add punch to recipes, and I’d toss skin and pulp into my juicer for their health properties.

    The next year, I got 1200 lemons. And the tree was now big enough to creep under and recline in the grass to admire the lemons growing above and to inhale the flowers scented from heaven. But I never took shears to the tree.

    Eventually, it started creeping sideways toward the southerly sun. Not wanting to lose fruit-bearing branches—lemons were fetching me $.60 each—I had to prop up the heavy boughs with branches cut from my Guava tree. That worked, if you don’t mind a sideways-reaching tree like something from a Mediterranean orchard.

    Last year, I harvested and sold over 2200 lemons from my single tree, now dubbed ‘my significant other.’ And I’ve marketed 1600, so far, this year and counting.

    My miraculous tree has taught me the generosity and resilience of lemons, the ease in farming them, and the durability and tenacity of both tree and fruit (come hurricane, drought, or flood). A passing local in her 60’s, who’s lived on this island her whole life, remarked the other day that it’s the most beautiful lemon tree she’s ever seen. It remains gorgeous, pays its way, and…with dozens of fruits still on the tree, the next crop is already ripening! The last few years, I’ve had lemons year-round. 

    So, should you cruise by for a glimpse of it or seeking some zest for your next meal, don’t be surprised to see a tousled ‘farm lady’ crawling out from beneath it. I enjoy quality time with my loved one.

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And now you can enjoy this amazing interview with this author. You don’t want to miss what’s coming next from her writing desk. There is so much to learn here.

Interview With the Author W. M. Raebeck

1.  Q.  How did this book of poetry, “Silence of Islands,” come together?

1.  A.  Though I don’t call myself a poet, per se, from age 16 and throughout my life, I’ve turned to writing poems in times of inspiration, sorrow, frustration, love, and reverence for life and spirit. In certain moments, it won’t be a story or a book, not a sentence or a word; only a poem can walk me through and sum up the feelings somehow. When you commit to feeling something all the way through, not knowing your destination, you could end up with a poem.

2.  Q.  Is writing therapeutic for you?

2.  A.  Almost miraculously so. I don’t know if I like to be alone in order to write, or if I like to write in order to be alone — but both have served me well. It’s second nature now to approach almost everything first with pen and paper. (I rarely go far without my clipboard and a few  pens.) And, unless I’m writing a specific story or editing a manuscript, I’m not thinking about readers during my first drafts. First drafts are more like dreams or meditations or ruminations — private and sacred. But when a piece of writing stands the test of time, re-inspires me or makes me laugh or sigh or cry five or ten years later, it could be worth sharing.

3.  Q.  Why do you write memoir?

3.  A.  It’s so intrinsic to me…. And I’ve always found the twists and turns of real life more interesting than made-up stuff. Also, because I have journaled all the way through, I’ve ended up with some colorful first-hand accounts of various epochs and epics. Through my true accounts, I’d like younger people, particularly women (but not exclusively!), to know there’s plenty of LIFE aside from motherhood and marriage.

4.  Q.  What is your next book?

4.  A.  It’s already written and close to publication (early 2021). “Nicaragua Story — Back Roads of the Contra War” is a log I kept as a journalist during my second trip to Nicaragua in 1986 during its tumultuous trial by fire. “It’s quite a tale,” one of my editors said. But I’m still working on dovetailing the historical data into my personal story. I haven’t done a book before where politics and history need to be included just to get the  narrative across. But once I’ve entwined it all so readers aren’t distracted or confused by historical references, then I’ll be excited to share this unusual, touching, and powerful moment when a tiny Central American country took on the challenge of the US military.

5.  Q.  You have five published books so far; is there a sequence in which they should be read?

5.  A.  Actually, no. Each book stands alone. In fact, each book is so distinctly itself, I sometimes wonder if one consistent voice comes through my whole collection. And, although together they do comprise one huge book recounting a life, each has its own time, place and intention. And each serves the reader differently. “I Did Inhale — Memoir of a Hippie Chick” is pure adventure, audacity and fun; “Some Swamis are Fat” (under pen-name Ava Greene) is more of a spiritual quest; “Stars in Our Eyes” is true stories about Hollywood, the arts, romance, ambition, and coincidence; “Expedition Costa Rica” is a physical undertaking extreme; and of course “Silence of Islands—poems” is a full-on emotional dive. So there’s no required reading sequence, though obviously there was a chronology of events, as well as some maturing of the writer over time. But I’m big on attaching dates to most of my writing—helpful with memoir. But if you did want to read them in actual order, your best bet would be: 1) “I Did Inhale,” 2) “Stars in Our Eyes,” 3) “Expedition Costa Rica,” 4) “Some Swamis are Fat,” and 5) “Silence of Islands — poems.” 6) And then my next one, “Nicaragua Story — Back Roads of the Contra War,” will be out. But it’s just as much fun to grab them in any sequence, knowing each will be its own trip.

Q. 6.  Where can people find you?

A. 6.  In Hawai’i. : ) Or at “WendyRaebeck.com“. They can email me at ‘wmraebeck@gmail.com,’ can order all my books absolutely anywhere—on line or through book stores, or ask libraries to stock them. All my books are available in paperback and ebook, with audio in the works. I’d love readers of your blog to join my email list! I send out a message every 2-3 months with updates about my new books, and occasional ditties about this or that, along with exclusive offers just for my list.

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Meet the Author:

W. M. Raebeck’s trademarks are humorous candor, spiritual stretching, and frequent exits from the comfort zone. She lives in Hawaii, with regular Mainland visits. Her 5 books to date are true-life accounts, from the misadventures of a sugar-freak hippie chick (‘I Did Inhale’), to 20 stories about art, Hollywood, and spirits (‘Stars in Our Eyes’), to trekking through the Costa Rican rainforest (‘Expedition Costa Rica’), to teaching yoga in Santa Monica (‘Some Swamis are Fat’),* and now her poetry collection, ‘Silence of Islands.’ Before authoring, Raebeck was a film and television actress based in LA, London, and NYC.  She went on to freelance journalism, contributing to the then-alternative world of green politics, environmental protection, U.S. involvement in Central American wars, socially conscious investing, and much more. Her articles were always accompanied by her own photography, including numerous cover stories for the LA Weekly and other papers like the East Hampton Star from her former hometown. In Raebeck’s personal life, yoga and natural health (sugar notwithstanding) remain institutions. As is maintaining a zero-waste household. Animal rights and environmental activism are lifelong commitments, including all-too-frequent bird rescue. W. M. Raebeck’s books are available in print and ebook worldwide, and can be ordered from any book store or library. Audio editions are in the works! For additional info, or to join the email list, visit WendyRaebeck.com. Her next book, ‘Nicaragua Story—Back Roads of the Contra War,’ takes a hard look at a people’s war, and will be out in 2021. * ‘Some Swamis are Fat’ is under the pen-name Ava Greene.

connect with the author:    website   ~   facebook pinterest goodreads

Tour Schedule:

Oct 12 – Merlot Et Mots – book review / author interview
Oct 12 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Oct 13 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 14 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / author interview / giveaway
Oct 14 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Oct 15 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
Oct 15 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review
Oct 15 – Pick a good book – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 16 – 30-something Travel – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 16 – Chit Chat with Charity – book review / author interview
Oct 19 – Pen Possessed – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 19 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review
Oct 20 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 20 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Oct 21 – Alexis Marie Chute – book review / author interview
Oct 21 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Oct 22 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 23 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 23 – Books for Books – book review

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Giveaway and Tour for Seeking Life by Brianna Holifield

About the Book

Book: Seeking Life

Author: Brianna Holifield

Genre: Christian Nonfiction/Christian Living

Release Date: June 30, 2020

Have you ever wondered what God’s purpose for you is? Or what exactly God wants for your life? Have you ever asked yourself if what you are doing is where God wants you to be? If you have ever asked any of these questions, you are not alone. Many people, including myself, have questions like these every day.

Seeking Life will dive deep into what God’s purpose is for each of us on earth and how the fruit of the Spirit plays a role. It will go into detail about each fruit of the Spirit and how to obtain each one. All the fruit work together to help us become whole in Jesus Christ. Being fruitful will ultimately show others who God really is to others by how we act and respond to things.

Seeking Life will include:

  • An in depth explanation of what exactly a purpose is and how the fruit of the Holy Spirit ties into that
  • Who the Holy Spirit is
  • A chapter dedicated to each fruit of the Spirit, defining what it is, why we need it, and how to obtain it.
  • A practical “How To” at the end of each chapter
  • Evidence on how God communicates to us, and how we communicate to Him

My Thoughts of this Book

“Seeking Life” is a study on the Fruits of the Spirit. In reading this study, I was reminded of how God changes our lives as we surrender to each ‘Fruit of the Spirit’. As Christian’s, we need to constantly seek God about our walk with Him, and this is a very good book to study to do just that.

In “Seeking Life, Brianna Holifield gives step by step instructions in the twelve chapters in the book. I don’t really have a favorite, each chapter spoke to me in a different way. And the last chapter, Communicating With God is one I will read over and over to remind me how easy it is for us to talk to our Lord. This is an interesting chapter because Ms. Holifield talks of how God spoke to Prophet’s of old to communicate with the people, and how we can talk to God ourselves through prayer because of Jesus’ death on the cross. But overall, everything in this special book is just as the last chapter is, it gives great truths we need to hear. This book is a five star for me. I encourage you to pick up a copy for yourself, to help in your own Bible Study.

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.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Hey there! My name is Brianna Holifield and I wrote this book to share what I have learned over the past few years on my journey with God in hopes to help you live a more peaceful and joyful life with Christ.

I became a Christian in 2015. Over time, I went from being filled with anxiety and fear to being filled with the Holy Spirit and it has changed my life completely. I want to share my love for the Lord so more people can know God’s love for us.

A few other quirks about me: I love coffee and tea, I enjoy hiking and being outdoors, I love animals and I have a passion for nutrition.

So that is enough about me. God is our creator, He is our Father, and He loves us. I am His child and a servant of Him and I want to Glorify Him. This is to be more about God and our relationship with Him than about me.

More from Brianna

Have you ever been so at a loss as to what God wanted for your life because everything you thought you knew and everywhere you thought you were headed was so upside down, sideways, and backwards so much that there was nowhere to turn except God Himself?

Well, this is exactly where my life was before I decided to write this book. My life was shaken. Emotionally, I was distressed, sad, and in pain and I felt alone and helpless.

I can recall the day I knew I needed to write this book. January 7th. The night before I stood in my living room listening to worship music as memories and emotions flooded through my mind until I couldn’t take it anymore. I fell to my knees, let go of everything, and started to worship God like I never had before. I completely, totally surrendered myself to Him.

Sometimes, the only way for us to know we absolutely need God and know for a fact He is in control is to be left with nowhere to turn except to Him. And sometimes, only then are we able to truly listen to what God has been trying to tell us all along.

The next morning I got to work early and just prayed and asked God to show me a revelation and a vision of my life and what He wanted me to do with it. I was ready to do His will, not my own. I wrote everything He told me down. In fact, I still have that ripped up, scribbled on envelope I had found in my car to use that day.

One of the things God told me was to write. I remember the still quiet voice in my heart. Me? Write? I had never considered myself a writer. I also had no idea what to even write.

Over the next two months, God started showing me, teaching me, and transforming the way I saw things. Every single thing God taught me was something I desperately needed. By March, I knew what God wanted me to write about. This book is simple yet so foundational to living and walking in Christ. I hope the contents of this book helps everyone who reads it to grow and strengthen their relationship with the Lord and gain a deeper understanding of God’s purpose for each of us, and a better understanding of who the Holy Spirit is.

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you” (John 14:26, NKJV).

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, October 1

Inklings and notions, October 2

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 3

deb’s Book Review, October 3

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 4

Ashley’s Bookshelf, October 5

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 6

Captive Dreams Window, October 6

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 7

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, October 8

Godly Book Reviews, October 9

Artistic Nobody, October 9 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Sara Jane Jacobs, October 10

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 11

For Him and My Family, October 12

Mary Hake, October 12

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, October 13

Splashes of Joy, October 14

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Brianna is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 amazon gift card and a signed copy of the book!!

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

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Giveaway and Tour for Freedom Lessons by Eileen Harrison Sanchez

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Join us for this tour from Sept 28 to Oct 9, 2020!Book Title:  Freedom Lessons (a novel) by Eileen Harrison Sanchez
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+) ,  245 pages
Genre: American Historical Fiction
Publisher:  She Writes Press
Release date:   November 2019
Content Rating:  PG. This book is a clean read. The use of the words Negro, colored and a one time reference use of nigger, though not politically correct by today’s standards, is era specific and not intended in any kind of pejorative sense.

Chosen as a 2020 Pulpwood Queens Book Club pick
2019 Best Book Awards Finalist in Fiction (Multicultural)
“This powerful tale offers a beacon of hope that individuals can inspire change.”
Library Journal

FREEDOMLESSONS


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Freedom Lessons begins in Louisiana 1969 as Colleen, a white northern teacher, enters into the unfamiliar culture of a small Southern town and its unwritten rules as the town surrenders to mandated school integration. She meets Frank, a black high school football player, who is protecting his family with a secret. And Evelyn, an experienced teacher and prominent member of the local black community, who must decide whether she’s willing to place trust in her new white colleague. Told alternately by Colleen, Frank, and Evelyn, Freedom Lessons is the story of how the lives of these three purportedly different people intersect in a time when our nation faced, as it does today, a crisis of race, unity, and identity.School desegregation is something we all learn about in history class; perhaps we even remember the striking image of Ruby Bridges being escorted to and from school by the U.S. Marshals. But for most of us in 2019, that’s near the extent of what we understand about that tumultuous time.

Eileen Sanchez, the debut novelist behind Freedom Lessons (She Writes Press, November 12, 2019), draws on her own remarkable experience as a young, white teacher in the Jim Crow South during desegregation, to write her immersive work of fiction inspired by those events. The result is an unusually authentic exploration of a snapshot in history through the eyes of characters that are relatable and unmistakably human—living lives and navigating relationships against the backdrop of extreme societal upheaval. Sanchez has woven a beautiful story not just about desegregation as an abstract concept, but about the people who lived it—and asks us to question our assumptions about that time, and the issues it has left in its 50-year wake.

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Colleen, a white women from the north, had no idea what life would bring her in 1969 when she moves with her military husband to a small southern town and applies for a teaching position. Little does she know it is for the black school, and she is in for much knowledge about people and their unreasonable actions. This story is told through Colleen, Evelyn, An African American teacher at the school, and Frank, an African American student and football player at the school.

I am so glad I was able to read this book. I remember well when all of this was happening in our area. I remember the first black student in our small school. A girl, and she was up for the challenge because whenever people tried to harass her, she had a comeback. And slowly students started liking her. Her personality was hard not to like. I’ve often wondered what happened to her, I would love to see here again. But this didn’t happen to most students back then. People can be cruel, hurtful, do unbelievable things, and just not care how they treat people. And author Eileen Harrison Sanchez does a really great job of picking all this up in telling this story. It is a story that needs to be told and everyone would benefit from reading it. I know I have not only enjoyed this book but I appreciate this author for the detailed research and vivid scenes throughout this book that brought back bad as well as a lot of good memories for me. This is a great historical fiction to read. If you enjoy the 1960’s era, this would be book you need to check out! Freedom Lessons gets a 5 plus stars from me!

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

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Meet the Author:

Eileen Harrison Sanchez is now retired after a forty-year career in education. She started as a teacher and ended as a district administrator. She has been writing part time for seven years with a writers group in Summit, NJ. Eileen is a member of the Historical Novel Society, Philadelphia Stories Writers Community, Goodreads American Historical Novels Group, and several online writers’ groups. A reader, a writer, and a perennial—a person with a no-age mindset—she considers family and friends to be the most important parts of her life, followed by traveling and bird watching from her gazebo.

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

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I hope you will scroll down and read a very interesting Guest Post – A Day In The Life Of A Mystery Writer by this wonderful author, Lauren Carr!

Book Details:

Book Title: Candidate for Murder by Lauren Carr
Series:  A Mac Faraday Mystery (Volume 12)
Category:  Adult fiction, 464 pages
Genre:  Murder Mystery / Political Satire
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:  June 9, 2016
Format available for review:  Print (USA only). Audible download, ebook (mobi, epub, PDF)
Tour dates:  Aug 31to Oct 9, 2020
Content Rating: PG-13 – (Lauren Carr’s books are murder mysteries, so there are murders involved. Occasionally, a murder will happen on stage. There is sexual content, but always behind closed doors. Some mild swearing (a hell or a damn few and far between). No F-bombs!
“It is an amusing look at politics and media today.  Appropriate to see how the Deep Creek mayoral election relates to current events. Dissatisfaction with politicians on many levels often leave us looking for extreme change.  It may leave you thoughtful.  It may leave you writing Gnarly’s name in as your preferred candidate in the next election.”Reviewer: Merry Citarella, Jaquo.com

“Hilarious, mysterious and full of adventure, Gnarly and his human friends will have you on the edge of your seat unable to put your book down. Candidate for Murder is well written, played out and a story that you have just never heard before. I enjoyed every moment reading this book!” Reviewer: Working Mommy Journal
https://www.youtube.com/embed/OvCB5VnQlmUBook Description:

It’s election time in Spencer, Maryland, and the race for mayor is not a pretty one. In recent years, the small resort town has become divided between the year-round residents who enjoy their rural way of life and the city dwellers who are moving into mansions, taking over the town council, and proceeding to turn Deep Creek Lake into a closed-gate community—complete with a host of regulations for everything from speed limits to clotheslines. When the political parties force-feed two unsavory mayoral nominees to the town’s residents, David O’Callaghan, the chief of police, decides to make a statement—by nominating Gnarly, Mac Faraday’s German shepherd, to run for mayor of Spencer! What starts out as a joke turns into a disaster when overnight, Gnarly becomes the front-runner, and his political opponents proceed to dig into the canine’s past. When one of the mayoral candidates ends up dead, it becomes apparent that slinging mud is not enough for someone with a stake in this election. With murder on the ballot, Mac Faraday and the gang—including old friends from past cases—dive in to clear Gnarly’s name, catch a killer, and save Spencer!
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Guest Post

A Day in the Life of a Mystery Writer

By Lauren Carr

For some reason, the general population is curious about the daily life of a writer.

What goes on in our lives from sun rise to sunset? Do we simply sit in front of the computer transmitting literary greatness from our brains, down our arms, and out through our fingertips to the keyboard?

Or is our life more like a Neil Simon play (most of his protagonists were writers based on himself) with quirky characters coming in and out throughout the day to annoy and inspire us? Have you ever noticed how little time Neil’s protagonists actually spent writing?

Or maybe we live like John-Boy Walton from The Waltons, where every day is filled with a wondrous insight into this thing called life?

As a young girl aspiring to one day be a mystery writer, I had fantasized that my life would be like that of Jessica Fletcher in It’s Murder, She Wrote, or Ellery Queen. Not a week would go by without a dead body and mystery popping up for me to solve.

After penning almost thirty mysteries across four series (Mac Faraday Mysteries, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries, Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries, and the Nikki Bryant Cozy Mysteries) I have given up all hope of tripping over a dead body on the way to the coffeemaker in the morning. Frankly, there’s not enough time in my schedule to nab real killers.

So, you may ask, what is the day in the life of a mystery writer really like? Well, I have found that it takes a daily routine and a commitment to sticking to it in order to write books.

Here’s how I do it:

6:00 am: Each day starts with a vigorous run at the crack of dawn. To reveille performed by my security team [Sterling (German Shepherd/Chief of Security) and Storm (German Shepherd/Deputy Chief of Security)], I jump out of bed and run for the door to let them outside, where they immediately secure the perimeter from any invading squirrels, deer, or low-flying birds.

Hit the button to start the coffee brewing on the way to the door.

6:15-6:30 am: Prepare mess (breakfast for the security team).

6:30-7:00 am: Wake-up to coffee while reviewing e-mails and checking books sales. Read the important stuff. Example of important: Recipe from a friend for Oreos Truffles.

7:00 am: Security announces that the perimeter is secure, and they are now ready for breakfast. The Chief of Security (Sterling) remains outside to direct deer traffic taking the expressway on the south end of the property. (Every now and then, a couple will have a collision while trying to text and drive from Route 115 to the river. Will they ever learn?)

Grab another cup of coffee and move from emails into social media.

Book promotion. Writers are expected to spend some time every day promoting their books. The best way to expand readership is to keep up on what other authors are doing through social media and blogging. But writers need to be careful not to get so sucked into social media and end up not having any time to write.

The social media and blogging are also great research tools. Friends and followers on social media are always sending me links to great blogs and videos with information that I can put in my books. Like this one I got just today:

Of course, this video will demand in-depth research before I can put it in a book (in other words, numerous viewings.)

7:30 am: Husband wakes up to discover that the coffee pot is empty and that I have once again set up camp in the corner of the living room instead of working in my writer’s studio.

After making another pot of coffee, I send the Chief of Security (Sterling) outside to once again check the perimeters. The Deputy Chief has gone back to bed, which annoys the chief to no end. Sterling is anal about security. After all, his master is a mystery writer with a following. There could be an obsessed fan out there in a squirrel suit. Meanwhile, Storm takes her morning nap. She needs her beauty sleep.

Back to writing guest blog posts and getting the word out to my followers on social media about Gnarly pulling ahead in the polls in Spencer’s mayoral election. What a cute picture of a husky pup! I need to retweet that! … A nun killed a priest in Texas? Need to read that news article—research potential!

10:00 am: Husband wants breakfast and another cup of coffee—stares at me until I pick up the message telepathically. Sterling announces that the feral cat next door is threatening an advance from the Northeast ridge. He needs back up. Imperative that I take a break from writing to go take care of my family before they completely fall apart. Hey, got a new follower on Instagram! She’s a mystery writer. Let me check out her books!

11:00 am: Discover that I am now five hours into my day and I am still in my bathrobe and slippers. You can’t expect to go far in your writing career if you don’t treat it seriously. You need to dress for it. Shower, dress, and get ready to work on my latest work in progress.

12 Noon: Husband asks what’s for lunch. Discover that I was so busy that I have not had breakfast. It is a busy life for a mystery writer!

1:00 pm: After cooking and eating lunch, I sit down to my laptop to work on my book. Email pops in from friend with link to article about an old man who kills wife of sixty years because he got sick of listening to her yap. That’s research potential!

2:15 pm: Sterling announces that it is time to play catch. As Chief of Security, it is important that he stay at the top of his game by keeping his reflexes in tip-top shape with exercise. Go outside to play catch.

3:00 pm: Now it is time to get to work on my book.

4:00 pm: Husband asks, “What’s for dinner?” Unable to answer, I open the freezer door and stare into the interior until something jumps out at me. Husband rejects that. Back to staring into the freezer. Next thing that moves gets thawed.

5:00 pm: Move from freezer to the computer screen–Staring at the computer screen until drops of blood form on my forehead from thinking so hard.

5:35 pm: Inspiration breaks through and greatness pours from my fingertips onto the keyboard.

5:45 pm: Sterling sits in front of my chair and stares up at me. Telepathically he communicates. Feed me.

6:00 pm: Feed dogs and cook dinner.

8:00 pm: After Dinner. The quiet of the evening is a great time to get those creative juices flowing. Now is the time to let my characters come to life and write late into the evening.

8:30 pm: Security team announces that it is time to secure the perimeter for the night. On the way through the kitchen, a carton of ice cream calls to me from the freezer. A hot fudge sundae would surely give me strength to write late into the night.

9:00 pm: Security declares the boundaries safe for the night and come to call it a night. The Chief (Sterling) critiques the team on their day’s performance. The Deputy Chief (Storm) disagrees with the Chief’s evaluation. She is not lazy! She just has a different style than he does. An argument results. Sterling feels Storm over reacted. I’m called in to negotiate. Everyone retreats to their beds in disgust.

With the sundae devoured, I return to the laptop with the full intention to write late into the night … or until the pillow starts calling out that it’s my bedtime (around 12 Midnight).

How did Jessica Fletcher write so many books in It’s Murder, She Wrote with mysteries to solve every week?

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I was so excited to be reading and reviewing another Mac Faraday mystery by Lauren Carr, and especially because I get a visit with Gnarly, Mac’s German Shepherd. I love this quirky canine and he is by far my favorite character in this series.

It’s election time in the town of Spencer and guess who is on the ballot? Yep, You got it, Gnarly! It started out as fun, but boy did it get nasty fast! Taking readers down a road of a fast paced, action packed suspense thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat. There is so much going on here, so many wonderful characters to get to know, but it is also so much interesting fun to follow these characters in their quest to find a new mayor. I so much enjoyed the twist with the election, and I loved getting to dig deeper into Gnarly’s life. And we find some interesting things about the loveable and adorable German shepherd! Author Lauren Carr does a fabulous job writing this book, and weaving it all together for a great ending. These Mac Faraday stories with the wonderful Gnarly are growing on me fast. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!

I have read several books by Lauren Carr now and and I know I will enjoy every page of the book. I love her writing style. Her characters are always interesting, fun, realistic, and you can always expect to find a read that will stay with you for a good long while and have you coming back for more. If you love a good clean, fun, suspense story this is a great one to check out. Candidate for Murder is a very deserving 5 plus stars for me.

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


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“Lauren’s dialogue is brisk, her setting beautiful and the addition of Gnarly is very clever…It’s Murder, My Son is a delightful read and I look forward to more of Carr’s Mac Faraday mysteries.” –Connie Gregory, Connie’s Reviews

“I couldn’t put this book down! Lauren Carr develops the characters and weaves the details of the murder investigation into a complex storyline that keeps the reader relentlessly turning pages. She is skilled at teasing you into reading more. I finished the last page still wanting to read more!” — Kelly Carpenter, Kelly’s Lucky You

“No disrespect to Mac Faraday, Archie Monday, David O’Callaghan, Travis Turner or any of the multitude of good, bad and ugly characters populating Lauren Carr’s It’s Murder, My Son; but to me the most interesting character in the book is a lovable, mischievous, sneaky German shepherd named Gnarly.” – David M. Kinchen, Huntington News

IT'S MURDER, MY SON by Lauren Carr

Book Details:

Book Title: It’s Murder, My Son by Lauren Carr
Series:  A Mac Faraday Mystery (Volume 1)
Category:  Adult fiction (18+), 288 pages
Genre:  Murder Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:  June 23, 2010
Format available for review:  Audible download, ebook (mobi, epub, PDF)
Tour dates:  Aug 31 to Oct 9, 2020
Content Rating: PG-13 – (Lauren Carr’s books are murder mysteries, so there are murders involved. Occasionally, a murder will happen on stage. There is sexual content, but always behind closed doors. Some mild swearing (a hell or a damn few and far between). No F-bombs!
Book Description:

What started out as the worst day of Mac Faraday’s life would end up being a new beginning. After a messy divorce hearing, the last person that Mac wanted to see was another lawyer. Yet, this lawyer wore the expression of a child bursting to tell his secret. This confidence would reveal Mac as heir to undreamed of fortunes, and lead him to the birthplace of America’s Queen of Mystery and an investigation that will unfold like one of her famous mystery novels.

Soon after she moves to Deep Creek Lake, Maryland, Katrina Singleton learns that life in an exclusive community is not all good. For some unknown reason, a strange man calling himself “Pay Back” begins stalking her. When Katrina is found strangled all evidence points to her terrorist, who is nowhere to be found.

Three months later, the file on her murder is still open when Mac Faraday, sole heir to his unknown birth mother’s home and fortune, moves into the estate next door. Little does he know as he drives up to Spencer Manor that he is driving into a closed gate community that is hiding more suspicious deaths than his DC workload as a homicide detective. With the help of his late mother’s journal, this retired cop puts all his detective skills to work to pick up where the local investigators have left off to follow the clues to Katrina’s executor.
Buy the Book:   
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B&N ~ BookBub
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Mystery Author Lauren Carr

Meet the Author:

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Chris Matheson Cold Case, Thorny Rose Mysteries, and the Nikki Bryant Cozy Mysteries—close to thirty titles across five fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.

​A popular speaker, Lauren is also the owner of Acorn Book Service, the umbrella under which falls iRead Book Tours. She lives with her husband and two spoiled rotten German Shepherds (including the nephew of the late-great Gnarly! (pictured above)) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with the author: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Instagram ~ Pinterest
                                            
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TOUR SCHEDULE:
Sep 1 –Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
Sep 2 – Books for Books – book review of It’s Murder, My Son
Sep 2 – Blooming with Books – book spotlight of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
Sep 3 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of It’s Murder, My Son / giveaway
Sep 4 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
Sep 7 –Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 8 – Christa Reads and Writes – book review of It’s Murder, My Son / giveaway
Sep 8 – My Reading Journeys – audiobook review of It’s Murder, My Son / giveaway
Sep 9 –My Fictional Oasis – book review of Candidate for Murder
Sep 11 –Nighttime Reading Center – series spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 11 –fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 14 –Literary Flits – book review of It’s Murder, My Son / giveaway
Sep 15 –Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
Sep 16 –Books for Books – book spotlight
Sep 17 –Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of It’s Murder, My Son / guest post / giveaway
Sep 18 –My Journey Back – audiobook review of It’s Murder, My Son / giveaway
Sep 21 –My Journey Back – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
Sep 22 –Mystery Suspense Reviews – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder
Sep 22 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – book spotlight / author interview
Sep 23 –Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review of Candidate for Murder
Sep 24 –Bound 4 Escape – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
Sep 25 –Buried Under Books – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
Sep 28 –StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 29 –Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Sep 30 –Locks, Hooks and Books – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
Sep 30 – Blooming with Books – audiobook review of It’s Murder, My Son / giveaway
Oct 1 –Christa Reads and Writes – book review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
Oct 1 – So Fine Print – book review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
Oct 2 –Adventurous Jessy – book review of It’s Murder, My Son / giveaway
Oct 5 –Splashes of Joy – book review of It’s Murder, My Son / giveaway
Oct 6 –Literary Flits – book review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
Oct 6 – Amy’s Booket List – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder
Oct 7 –Sylv.net – book spotlight
Oct 7 – My Reading Journeys – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder / guest post / giveaway
Oct 8 – Splashes of Joy – book review of Candidate for Murder / guest post / author interview / giveaway
Oct 9 – Nighttime Reading Center – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
Oct 9 – Adventurous Jessy – book review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
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Giveaway and Review for It’s Murder My Son by Lauren Carr

Book Details:

Book Title: It’s Murder, My Son by Lauren Carr
Series:  A Mac Faraday Mystery (Volume 1)
Category:  Adult fiction (18+), 288 pages
Genre:  Murder Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:  June 23, 2010
Format available for review:  Audible download, ebook (mobi, epub, PDF)
Tour dates:  Aug 31 to Oct 9, 2020
Content Rating: PG-13 – (Lauren Carr’s books are murder mysteries, so there are murders involved. Occasionally, a murder will happen on stage. There is sexual content, but always behind closed doors. Some mild swearing (a hell or a damn few and far between). No F-bombs!


Book Description:

What started out as the worst day of Mac Faraday’s life would end up being a new beginning. After a messy divorce hearing, the last person that Mac wanted to see was another lawyer. Yet, this lawyer wore the expression of a child bursting to tell his secret. This confidence would reveal Mac as heir to undreamed of fortunes, and lead him to the birthplace of America’s Queen of Mystery and an investigation that will unfold like one of her famous mystery novels.

Soon after she moves to Deep Creek Lake, Maryland, Katrina Singleton learns that life in an exclusive community is not all good. For some unknown reason, a strange man calling himself “Pay Back” begins stalking her. When Katrina is found strangled all evidence points to her terrorist, who is nowhere to be found.

Three months later, the file on her murder is still open when Mac Faraday, sole heir to his unknown birth mother’s home and fortune, moves into the estate next door. Little does he know as he drives up to Spencer Manor that he is driving into a closed gate community that is hiding more suspicious deaths than his DC workload as a homicide detective. With the help of his late mother’s journal, this retired cop puts all his detective skills to work to pick up where the local investigators have left off to follow the clues to Katrina’s executor.
Buy the Book:   
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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK


In this book, It’s Murder, My Son, author Lauren Carr introduces readers to the Mac Faraday Mysteries. Mac comes to the town of Spencer to claim the inheritance left to him by his mother. Immediately he finds out about the tragic murder of one of the town of Spencer’s wealthiest Katrina Singleton and of course being an investigator, he can’t stand by and not get involved in solving this murder.

I love suspense stories so I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Mac is an interesting man, full of surprises and I enjoyed following his investigation throughout the book. There are many other characters, expertly crafted by Ms. Carr, and I enjoyed watching them develop throughout the story as well. Of course there are always the characters you don’t like, but the story wouldn’t be the same without them, right? My favorite character by far has to be the furry friend, the adorable and very smart Gnarly. Watching this famous dog act out his character was so fun and entertaining and I can’t wait to read more books with this special furry friend.

Over all this is a very good read. There are many twists and turns that kept me biting my nails as I read, because I couldn’t figure out whodunnit! And author Lauren Carr does and fantastic job of weaving it all together to come up with a very nice and surprising ending. This one is a five star 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.

Mystery Author Lauren Carr

Meet the Author:

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Chris Matheson Cold Case, Thorny Rose Mysteries, and the Nikki Bryant Cozy Mysteries—close to thirty titles across five fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.

​A popular speaker, Lauren is also the owner of Acorn Book Service, the umbrella under which falls iRead Book Tours. She lives with her husband and two spoiled rotten German Shepherds (including the nephew of the late-great Gnarly! (pictured above)) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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

TOUR SCHEDULE:
Sep 1 –Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
Sep 2 – Books for Books – book review of It’s Murder, My Son
Sep 2 – Blooming with Books – book spotlight of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
Sep 3 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of It’s Murder, My Son / giveaway
Sep 4 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
Sep 7 –Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 8 – Christa Reads and Writes – book review of It’s Murder, My Son / giveaway
Sep 8 – My Reading Journeys – audiobook review of It’s Murder, My Son / giveaway
Sep 9 –My Fictional Oasis – book review of Candidate for Murder
Sep 11 –Nighttime Reading Center – series spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 11 –fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 14 –Literary Flits – book review of It’s Murder, My Son / giveaway
Sep 15 –Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
Sep 16 –Books for Books – book spotlight
Sep 17 –Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of It’s Murder, My Son / guest post / giveaway
Sep 18 –My Journey Back – audiobook review of It’s Murder, My Son / giveaway
Sep 21 –My Journey Back – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
Sep 22 –Mystery Suspense Reviews – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder
Sep 22 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – book spotlight / author interview
Sep 23 –Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review of Candidate for Murder
Sep 24 –Bound 4 Escape – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
Sep 25 –Buried Under Books – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
Sep 28 –StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 29 –Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Sep 30 –Locks, Hooks and Books – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
Sep 30 – Blooming with Books – audiobook review of It’s Murder, My Son / giveaway
Oct 1 –Christa Reads and Writes – book review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
Oct 1 – So Fine Print – book review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
Oct 2 –Adventurous Jessy – book review of It’s Murder, My Son / giveaway
Oct 5 – Splashes of Joy – book review of It’s Murder, My Son / giveaway
Oct 6 – Literary Flits – book review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
Oct 6 – Amy’s Booket List – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder
Oct 7 – Sylv.net – book spotlight
Oct 7 – My Reading Journeys – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder / guest post / giveaway
Oct 8 – Splashes of Joy – book review of Candidate for Murder / guest post / author interview / giveaway
Oct 9 – Nighttime Reading Center – audiobook review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
Oct 9 – Adventurous Jessy – book review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
TBD – Confessions of the Perfect Mom – book review of Candidate for Murder / giveaway
TBD – Confessions of the Perfect Mom – book review of It’s Murder, My Son / giveaway

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Giveaway & Audio Tour for Killer Deadline by Lauren Carr

Join us for this tour from Sep 21 to Oct 16, 2020!

Book Details:

Book TitleKiller Deadline (A Nikki Bryant Cozy Mystery) by Lauren Carr
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  232 pages
Genre:  Mystery/Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:   April 23, 2020
Audiobook release date: August 5, 2020
Content Rating: G. This is a true cozy mystery. No sex. No on-stage violence. No swearing. Just good clean fun!

“Here we go! Carr is a master storyteller who always offers a plot full of twists and turns, a bit of humor to offset the dark, and a unique cast of characters. In Killer Deadline that cast includes – handsome Ryan, her first love (who is now her step-brother); a mysterious social media friend called Nerdy Guy; Elmo, a super smart dog, a boxer, she rescued who has become a social media star and has a penchant for cleaning; a TV station full of suspicious employees; and more.

“This book is a wonderful read to pick up at the end of a long day. It truly is a “cozy murder mystery.”  I promise, it’ll draw you in right from page one and keep you turning the pages until you reach the very last page. I can’t wait for the second book in this series.” – Marilyn R. Wilson, Olio by Marilyn

Book Description:

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

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

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

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


My THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I love this cozy mystery by Lauren Carr! Nicki is returning home and determined to find her father’s murderer, even though it has been years. And she realizes it is not going to be easy! Then when another murder happens, she wonders if it is all connected.

This is a mystery that kept me listening until the book was finished. The story is full of interesting characters that grip your heart. Nicki is strong willed and determined to go after what she believes in, but I have to say Elmo is my favorite. I loved that boxer and his part in the story. This is a true Cosy Mystery and I can’t wait for the next book in this series!

This is my first audiobook I have listened to and I must say I am impressed. It took me a while to get use to the narrator, Anita Alger’s voice but after a while it was great. And Ms. Alger does an excellent job with changing her voice with each character. Her expressions throughout the story made the book interesting and easy to listen to. And the audio quality was very clear, no distractions that I heard. I was surprised at how fast the book goes while I am doing other things while listening. I will sure be listening to more book in the near future!

Thanks to the author for a copy of the audio book to listen to in order to write this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The thoughts and opinions here are mine alone!
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Meet the Author:

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Chris Matheson Cold Case, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty-five titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Killer Deadline marks Lauren’s first venture into mystery’s purely cozy sub-genre with a female protagonist.


Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.

​A popular speaker, Lauren is also the owner of Acorn Book Service, the umbrella under which falls iRead Book Tours. She lives with her husband and two spoiled rotten German Shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with the author: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Instagram ~ Pinterest ~ Bookbub

Tour Schedule:

Sep 21 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 22 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – audiobook review / author interview / giveaway
Sep 23 – seasons of opportunities – audiobook review
Sep 23 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review / guest post / giveaway
Sep 23 – A Page Before Bedtime –book review / giveaway
Sep 24 – I’m All About Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 25 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 28 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 29 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 29 – Blooming with Books – audiobook review / giveaway
Oct 1 – The Book View – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 2 – My Journey Back – audiobook review / giveaway
Oct 5 – eBook Addicts – audiobook review
Oct 5 – Pen Possessed – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 6 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 6 – Bound 4 Escape – audiobook review / giveaway
Oct 7 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 7 – Buried Under Books – audiobook review / giveaway
Oct 8 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – audiobook review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 9 – Hall Ways Blog – audiobook review / giveaway
Oct 12 – Amy’s Booket List – audiobook review / giveaway
Oct 12 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 13 – jea reads/instagram – book review
Oct 13 – Book Lover in Florida – book review / giveaway
Oct 13 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 14 – Christa Reads and Writes – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 15 – My Reading Journeys – audiobook review / author interview / giveaway

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Giveaway and Tour for Plant Your Money Tree by Michele Schneider

PLANT YOUR MONEY TREE by Michele Schneider
GROW YOUR MONEY TREE by Michele Schneider

I WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS TOURJoin us for this tour from Sep 28to Oct 9, 2020!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Plant Your Money Tree: A Guide to Growing Your Wealth by Michele Schneider
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+) ,  272 pages
Genre: Personal Finance, Stock Investing, Retirement
Publisher:  Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Release date:   May 8, 2019
Format available for review:  print, mobi (for kindle), epub, and PDF
Will send print books out:  USA only
Tour dates: Sep 28 to Oct 9, 2020
Content Rating:  This non-fiction, self-help book is rated G.

Book Description:

Plant Your Money Tree: A Guide to Growing Your Wealth was named ‘Best New Wealth Books’ by BookAuthority. On Amazon, it enjoyed the #1 New Release spot in three Amazon categories: Introduction to Investing, Business & Finance, and Retirement Planning.
Plant Your Money Tree offers readers a strategic and actionable way to look at their financial life with a completely new attitude of confidence, empowering them to make smart decisions regarding:

  • What to do with their money
  • How to grow their money
  • When to make smart personal choices such as changing careers, guiding their kid’s education, expanding their business, buying a house, putting money in a savings account, capitalizing on social trends and investing in the future
  • How to manage their existing portfolios and 401Ks

In clear and accessible language, Mish Schneider walks the reader through the six most essential sectors of the U.S. economy as seen through six market phases —bullish, caution, distribution, bearish, recuperation, and accumulation. She illustrates how to easily recognize these phases, understand their interrelationships and explains to readers why they should care. Using a personal and conversational tone, Mish’s goal is to help anyone who believes the topic of the economy and growing wealth is beyond their comprehension by giving them the tools to make independent, informed decisions about their money. With that knowledge, readers will gain insight plus have practical, smart options for what to do with their finances.

Mish holds the readers’ hands every step of the way with her welcoming and easy to understand language. Schneider does not endorse passive or buy-and-hold type investing. Rather, she teaches readers an evergreen methodology that adapts to every market scenario.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

For the most part, investing money is over my head. I guess I always feel I will invest in the wrong thing. So this book looked interesting and I wanted to see what it is all about. I wish I’d had this many years ago. Author Michele Schneider does an excellent job of explaining the six most essential sectors of the U.S. economy as seen through six market phases —bullish, caution, distribution, bearish, recuperation, and accumulation. This was kinda Greek to me until I actually slowly broke it down and very slowly went over it many times. I still don’t understand it fully, but I know much more than I did. Figure I will give it to my son, he’s wanting to better understand the market. There is a wealth of information in this book. There is no way you can grasp it all just by reading through the book one time. This takes studying the book good time. I would suggest picking the information you want to learn first, depending on your knowledge, and going from there.

I am really glad to get my hands on a book such as this. It is a resource book that will stay in our family. The book cover is attractive enough to be on a coffee table for a discussion opener! If investing of any kind is something you have wanted to know more about, pick up a copy of Plant Your Money Tree: A Guide to Growing Your Wealth. I think you will find it most helpful! This book is a 5 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 including this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.


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Guess Post from Michelle Schneider

Why Saving Money is Not Necessarily the Best Way to Make Money  

I come from a family that did not religiously put money in a savings bank. In his book Money Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps To Financial Freedom, Simon & Schuster 2014, Tony Robbins writes that, “the key to success: you have to make your savings automatic.” Sounds so simple yet, it is not the easiest goal to accomplish. Mr. Robbins goes on to write about “Theodore Johnson, whose first job was with the newly formed United Parcel Service in 1924.”

He writes that Johnson worked hard never making more than $14,000 per year. Considering I was making less that that 30 years later, I imagine $14k was a handsome sum of money back in the 1920’s. Mr. Robbins goes on to say that; Johnson “set aside 20% of every paycheck he received and every Christmas bonus and put it into the company stock.” (Robbins, 2014)

Now, we are getting somewhere. Johnson first off, knew to put his money in the company’s stock. Either UPS had a stock plan for employees or he simply had the good common sense to realize that UPS could grow and was a smart “supply side” investment. By the time Johnson was 90 years old, the UPS stock soared yielding him over $70 million.

Suzi Orman– “Try Harder to Save”

Her rule of thumb is simple; money you know you need or want to spend in the next few years is savings. Money you keep handy for an emergency belongs in savings. Money you hope to use soon for a down payment on a house belongs in savings. And, all savings belong in a low-risk bank savings account or money market account. The goal is to keep your money safe so that when you go to use it, it will be there.

Money you won’t need to use for at least seven years is money for investing. The goal here is to have your account grow over time to help you finance a distant goal, such as building a retirement fund. Since your goal is in the future, money for investing belongs in stocks. Suze Orman’s 10 Tips for a Fresh Financial Start, O, The Oprah Magazine, January 2009

She’s right of course-on paper. But, what happens if folks do not want to put their money in the bank because they do not collect interest? What happens when they charge you to put your money in the bank as is happening in many places in Europe with negative interest rates?

In a zero to negative interest rate environment, I suggest you learn more about the different types of bank deposit accounts offered in a FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) bank.

And, an offshoot of these historical low interest rates is that the stock market has prospered. Corporations pay nothing to borrow money. And flushed with cash, many corporations have maintained high dividends and profits for their shareholders.

Therefore, now is a good time to consider changing your mindset from saving money to investing money.

After all, with zero interest rates and a market that recently ran to new all-time highs, I still would not think “buy and hold” as we consider why the rates are so low (sputtering economies, global pandemic, huge job losses). However, I would consider taking the time to read about how to take advantage of the stock market (like my book for example!)

Author Michele Schneider

Meet the Author:

A former special education teacher, Michele “Mish” Schneider was one of the first female floor traders on Wall Street. Today she serves as Director of Trading Research and Education at MarketGauge.com, a 20 year industry-leading financial publishing company.

With Plant Your Money Tree, Mish combines her love of teaching with her world-class expertise in finance and investing. When she’s not changing lives through education, Mish spends her time exploring Sante Fe, New Mexico with her husband (and fellow trader) Keith.

Author Interview

Tell us about your first published book? What was the journey like?

Plant Your Money Tree: A Guide to Growing Your Wealth took me four years to write, six days to find an agent and 30 days to find a publisher once my agent sent it out. That made the journey all so sweet.  I wanted to write a book that could appeal to lay people in a way that had not been done before. That it found its way to a publisher so quickly was exhilarating and encouraging that I am on the right path

What is the key theme and/or message in the book?

The key theme is that all people have more sense about investments, whether it be on Wall Street, in their own career futures, what major their kids should focus on, buying a house or borrowing money, then they give themselves credit for. With a simple navigation system, now folks have a compass to guide them on those decisions.

I wanted to hit the middle of two genres-wealth books that tend to be condescending-“Save your money, diversify your assets, live beneath your means,” and technical guide books that are intimidating to general audiences. This is what I hoped I achieved with this book.

Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with your readers about?

Yes. In the theme of making Wall Street and money decisions more accessible to a mainstream audience, I am writing a book on what I call the Economic Modern Family (which I briefly cover in Plant.) This is a compilation of six humanized characters with visual depictions, that represent the most important aspects of the economy. Having faces and characters that represent sectors like Retail or Biotechnology, offers readers a completely unique way to grasp what drives the economy and the markets.

What inspired you to start writing?

I’ve been writing since I was a kid. In grade school I wrote about the contrast between horror and beauty. Later, I wrote poetry and short stories. As a professional education consultant, I wrote up long observations and suggestions that were circulated in school districts for including kids with disabilities in general education. I finance I write Daily blogs and articles for several magazines. So, it seemed to me a next step to write a full book-and with a great editor to keep me inspired, it happened.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

I am always writing something. I spend a lot of my day tweeting to the financial community. I end my day by writing a blog. I believe the more you write the easier it is to write. For the book and the next one though, I do have a specific schedule. I write for 2-3 hours a day just for the book. I wish I could devote more time to it, but I have a full-time job in finance so allocation and discipline is key.

connect with the author: website ~ facebook ~ twitter 


Tour Schedule:

Sep 28 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Sep 29 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / author interview / giveaway
Sep 30 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Oct 1 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Oct 1 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 2 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 5 – eBook Addicts – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 5 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Oct 6 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 6 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Oct 7 – 411 ON BOOKS, AUTHORS, AND PUBLISHING NEWS – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 7 – My Journey Back – book review / giveaway
Oct 8 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway
Oct 9 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway

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Giveaway and Spotlight for Beyond What Separates Us by R. A. Morris

Be sure to SCROLL down and read the author’s very interesting Guest Post and Interview before you leave my website!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Beyond What Separates Us by R.A. Morris
Category:  Adult fiction 18 yrs +,  277 pages
Genre:  Dystopian, Sci-Fi
Publisher:  Iguana Books
Release date:   September, 2020
Format available for review:  print, ebook (mobi file (for Kindle), ePub, PDF)
Will send print books out:  USA and Canada
Tour dates: July 14 to Aug 10, 2020
Content Rating:  PG-13 Some swearing and violent scenes.

Book Description:

Four strangers from distant parts of the world struggle to survive on a planet torn apart by war, greed and disease. Living under drastically different circumstances, they are each presented with an opportunity to choose what type of world they want to live in. Beyond What Separates Us follows these four strangers as they attempt to overcome hardships and reach their full potential. This is a story about the best and worst aspects of humanity clashing to determine not only the fate of our species but all other life on Earth.

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Guest Post:

Writing my First Novel

Now that I have published my first work of fiction, I have had time to reflect on what really inspired me to write it. Up until this point, my writing consisted of academic papers and government reports and plans. I had never written poetry or short stories outside of the requirements in elementary and secondary school. So, why, and when did I decide to write a speculative fiction novel?

I was living in Yellowknife, the territorial capital of the Northwest Territories, when I had an idea for a story set in the future. Winters in Yellowknife are not for the faint of heart. From the cozy comfort of my apartment on particularly cold or grey days I sat down and began typing, without the expectation of anything to come of it. The process started with one of the character’s story lines and eventually expanded to built new settings and characters in different parts of the world. I went through the usual periods of writers’ block where I would not draft anything for months at a time. Out of nowhere I would feel inspired again and draft entire chapters in one night. The process became an escape for me to express anxiety about the future of the world and our collective unwillingness to recognize the finite nature of this beautiful planet we call home.

Going into this journey I knew very little about the publishing industry or how authors get their work out to the world. I learned the differences between traditional, independent, and self-publishing in an industry that has evolved drastically. The traditional publishers are consolidated giants that rarely consider unsolicited manuscripts, increasing the challenge for a first-time author. I had to grapple with the possibility of if I needed a literary agent. In my case, I found a local independent publisher that did not require me to have an agent. Working with small independent publishers has advantages including close contact, quicker production process and clear royalty arrangements. By choosing an independent publisher I covered the publication costs and am responsible for most of the promotion and marketing.  This gives an author the advantage of having more control of the publication process. For me, the entire writing process took a little over three years, another year to find a publisher, and half a year to get the novel ready for publishing.  

As a first-time author, I have a greater appreciation for writers and the amount of effort that goes into producing a novel. Beyond What Separates Us, is a passion project that I hope resonates with a wide range of readers trying to make sense of uncertain and tumultuous times that we live in.  

Author Interview

  1. Why did you include four main characters in different parts of the world?

I wanted to show different perspectives and realities based on entirely realistic futures that are possible in different parts of the world. I say they are entirely realistic possible futures based on current geopolitical realities and economic statuses in the parts of the world represented in the novel. More importantly I wanted to show that no matter what part of the world a person is born to, we all share similar fears, dreams and hopes. Those similarities outweigh any differences.

2. What is your next project?

I think there is the potential for this novel to have both a prequel and a sequel. I have ideas for profiling some of the secondary characters before the events of this novel and even revisiting some of the main characters later in their lives. If there is positive reception to this novel, it would ignite my motivation and passion to expand these stories.

3. Do you have another profession besides writing?

4. I have worked in the environmental sector for years within government departments and agencies. Currently, I work as a Project Manager for one of Ontario’s Conservation Authorities. In this role, I work with municipal governments and stakeholders to develop watershed plans that are designed to guide management actions to protect, restore and enhance the health of our waterways and natural systems.

5. What is the most courageous thing you have ever done?

When I was traveling in New Zealand, I jumped out of a plane on the northern tip of the South Island over a beautiful spot called Abel Tasman. This is one of the most nerve-wracking things you can do as the plane slowly climbs to the required elevation and then they open the door. As soon as you step over the edge of that doorway and begin plummeting back to the ground the adrenaline kicks in and it is one of the most incredible experiences.

6. Can you share with us something about the book that is not in the blurb?

One of the main characters learns something completely new about their origins and unknowingly holds the key to helping the people they are with.



Meet the Author:

R.A Morris was raised in Ancaster, Ontario and holds a Master of Environmental Studies from York University. After graduate school he spent a year teaching science in Honduras before heading back to Canada to work in the environmental sector. He has lived in the small remote community of Fort Good Hope and the territorial capital of Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories. He currently lives in Toronto. His first novel, Beyond What Separates Us, is a timely work of speculative fiction that offers a glimpse of what societies may look like if we continue on our path of ecological degradation.

Connect with the Author:  twitter  ~ facebook  ~ instagram  ~  goodreads

Tour Schedule:

Sep 9 –Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Sep 10 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Sep 10 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Sep 11 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Sep 14 –Sylv.net – book spotlight
Sep 15 –Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 15 -Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Sep 16 – Momfluenster – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 16 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Sep 16 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
Sep 18 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Sep 21 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review
Sep 21 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / guest post / author interview / giveaway
Sep 21 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 22 – My Fictional Oasis – book review  
TBD – Pen Possessed – book review

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