Giveaway and Review One Boy’s War by Nancy McDonald

One Boy's War by Nancy McDonald
ONE BOY'S WAR by Nancy McDonald

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Book Details:

Book Title:  One Boy’s War by Nancy McDonald
Category: Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12),  134 pages
Genre: Historical fiction
Publisher:  Iguana Books
Release date:   April, 2020
Format available for review:  print, PDF
Tour dates: September 14 to October 2, 2020
Content Rating:  G. There is no violence, bad language etc. in this book.
Raves for Boy From Berlin by Nancy McDonald:

“Inspired by a true story, Boy from Berlin shares a unique voice in the Holocaust. Highly recommended!”
 Jennifer Roy, author of Yellow Star, winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award.

“A compelling introduction to themes of war, courage and identity, certain to engage young readers.” –Trilby Kent, author of Stones for my Father, winner of the TD Canadian Children’s Literary Award.
Book Description:

ENGLAND, SUMMER 1940. Following a brush with death in the Irish Sea, 10-year-old Käfer Avigdor unexpectedly finds himself back in London. There, he stumbles upon a sinister Nazi plot that targets hundreds of people in Britain—including the most powerful man in the country. The one person who might be able to defeat Adolf Hitler. With the Germans threatening to invade England at any moment, Käfer musters all his courage and ingenuity in a valiant effort to thwart the Nazis. But will he succeed in time to save the day? One Boy’s War, the sequel to Boy from Berlin, is inspired by real people and historical events.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

One boys is the exciting sequel to Boy from Berlin. We get to know more of Käfer’s story in this book. He gets more involved than before in his family, as well as England. And being a middle grade book this is great for the young reader and adults alike.

I enjoyed this book just as much as the first book in this series. Author Nancy McDonald does a fantastic job of describing each scene in this book to make readers, and made me feel like I was in England back in the early 1940’s. The characters were engaging, and they all played their parts well throughout the story. I couldn’t put this book down. It is a short story and can be read in one sitting, as I did. Or it can be read by chapter, whatever you have time for works!

Nancy McDonald did a very good job writing this book as well as the first book. Her writing skills were amazing, and she was able to pack a lot of intriguing information into one short book. If you enjoy war stories, this is a must read! I highly encourage you to check out One Boy’s War as well as Boy from Berlin! You can’t go wrong with either book!! This book gets 5 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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Book Details:

Book Title:  Boy from Berlin by Nancy McDonald
Category: Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12),  142 pages
Genre: Historical fiction
Publisher:  Iguana Books
Release date:   May 7, 2018
Format available for review:  PDF
Tour dates: September 14 to October 2, 2020
Content Rating:  G. There is no violence, bad language etc. in this book.


Book Description:

Berlin, April 1938. One night, eight-year-old Käfer Avigdor uses his specialty toilet-paper roll binoculars to spy on his Mama and Aunt Charlotte. The whispered conversation he overhears alerts him to a danger he didn’t know existed and starts him rethinking who he really is and where he belongs. Within hours, Käfer and his family flee their comfortable life. In a desperate race to stay one step ahead of the Nazis, Käfer is called on to be braver and more resourceful than he ever imagined possible. But will it be enough? Boy from Berlin is based on real people and actual events.
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Meet the Author:

Nancy McDonald began her career as a journalist on television programs that include W5, Canada AM, and Marketplace before going on to become a sought-after freelance writer, penning everything from documentaries to live-action scripts to comic books. One Boy’s War is the highly anticipated sequel to Boy from Berlin. Nancy lives in Stratford, Ontario, where she revels in Shakespeare, takes theatergoers on tours of the Costume Warehouse, and treads the boards with the Perth County Players. She also works part-time at Fanfare Books, Stratford’s only independent bookseller.

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

Tour Schedule:

Sep 14 –Splashes of Joy – book review of Boy from Berlin / guest post / author interview / giveaway
Sep 14 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of Boy from Berlin / giveaway
Sep 14 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Sep 15 – I’m Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 15 – Adventurous Bookworm – book review of One Boy’s War / giveaway
Sep 16 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of One Boy’s War / giveaway
Sep 17 –Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of Boy from Berlin / giveaway
Sep 17 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 18 – Splashes of Joy – book review of One Boy’s War / giveaway
Sep 18 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of Boy from Berlin / giveaway
Sep 21 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of Boy from Berlin / guest post / giveaway
Sep 22 – Pen Possessed – book review of One Boy’s War
Sep 22 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 23 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of Boy from Berlin / giveaway
Sep 23 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of One Boy’s War / giveaway
Sep 24 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 24 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review of One Boy’s War
Sep 25 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 25 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of Boy from Berlin / giveaway
Sep 28 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Sep 29 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Sep 29 – Sylv.net – book spotlight
Sep 30 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of One Boy’s War / giveaway
Oct 1 – Connie’s History Classroom – book review of Boy from Berlin
Oct 1 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of One Boy’s War / guest post / giveaway
Oct 2 – Connie’s History Classroom – book review of One Boy’s War
Oct 2 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of One Boy’s War / giveaway
Oct 2 – Hall Ways Blog – book spotlight / giveaway

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Giveaway and Review Up From Adam Street by Larry Crane


 

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Book Details:

Book TitleUp from Adams Street (a memoir) by Larry Crane
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18 +),  229 pages
Genre:  Memoir
PublisherMaine Authors Publishing
Release date:   July 2019
Content Rating:  PG-13. Mild mature content. No bad language.


Book Description:

Larry Crane brings the sensibility of the post-World War II generation and a family of modest means to his fresh new novelesque memoir, Up From Adams Street. Born at home, surrounded by a neighborhood of immigrant families that burst out of the confines of Chicago to buy a lot carved out of the corn fields astride the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy rail line. As the confessed family favorite, he had a lot of expectations heaped on his shoulders, along with a sense that he was destined to fulfill that destiny. He realizes that participating in sports is a potential entrée into worlds that seem beyond his little world. Plus, he loves the games. He plays baseball, football and basketball. He caddies at golf courses. As he grows physically, he senses the need to expand mentally and philosophically too. A scholarship helps, then a surprise appointment to West Point follows. At the military academy, he bends to discipline, survives mandatory boxing, battles mighty Notre Dame in basketball, pitches against the legendary Yankees, conquers Mechanics of Fluids, and Calculus, discovers F. Scott Fitzgerald, befriends Red Reeder, falls in and out of love, turns 23, and becomes a man.

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Author Interview

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about writing a novel or a memoir?

I would advise that being too young or being too old is no excuse for not pursuing a desire to write. You need to prepare yourself for the task of writing a longer work though, and that involves cutting your teeth on shorter works first. Read short story collections like Nine Stories by J. D Salinger. Start out by conjuring something in your life that seems like a story to you. Put it down on paper or on a computer screen, stir and serve to a friend. Do it again and again. Study books on writing a novel or a memoir such as Writing a Novel by John Braine, Story Writing by Edith Ronald Mirrielees, The Weekend Novelist by Robert J. Ray. Get yourself to a point where you think you understand what constitutes a story of any length.

What is the most difficult part about writing for you?

Typing in the first several words is easily the hardest part! Having spent months conceptualizing a project, especially deciding on the voice that I want to use, putting the first words down on the computer screen takes me out of the theoretical realm and into the actual world where I can tell if it’s going to work or not. And am I going to be able to keep it up?

Is there lots to do before you dive in and start writing the story?

Yes. For my coming of age memoir Up from Adams Street, I spent a lot of time reading memoirs that are considered really good. Studying how the author avoided any temptation to simply record the what, where, and how of it all, without falling into a deadly dull, I did this, and that, and then I did this and that. I discovered that I needed to really work at developing scenes in which major cause and effect events are presented in a lively, novel-like way, showing instead of telling, with lots of dialogue.

What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing Up From Adams Street?

Before I started writing it, I was set in my belief that my relationship with my father was such that I would decide on paths that I would follow in my life doing the opposite of what my father thought I should do. But I discovered in the development of the memoir that he was steps ahead of me, mostly on the right track, and that in setting goals, his aim was better and much higher than mine.

Is it easier to write thrillers or memoir?

I’ve published two thrillers, A Bridge to Treachery, and Missing Girls: In Truth is Justice, and one memoir, Up From Adams Street. Each genre has its challenges, of course. Readers of thrillers expect the story to leap off the page from word one, sending them on a mesmerizing journey, starring dynamic characters with interesting quirks, and a plot that twists, turns and never stops surprising. A memoir is different. Since I am not a celebrity, nor have I endured some heart wrenching cataclysm in my life, my memoir doesn’t recount scandalous behavior, tragedy, or near-death events. Rather, it touches readers with lively vignettes from my rather mundane life that bring similar experiences from the reader’s own life to mind, that resonate with them and ring true. It must be true, but that said, it is my truth, not the absolute truth. It’s much harder to write.

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

I was a complete novice. A subsidy publisher accepted my manuscript of A Bridge to Treachery, requiring a $3500 fee to handle all the standard pre-publication functions to deliver a real, live published novel in 6 months to a year. I gulped and accepted the deal. There was no sense of validation, something I desperately longed for. There was no marketing support. There were very few sales. Feedback from readers emphasized that the story was slow getting off the ground. At the end of three years I felt as though I should leave the publisher. I re-worked the novel by cutting out a lot of back story and energizing it by carving it into short chapters. I developed a better cover. I worked hard on two female characters to give them captivating personalities and new important roles in the story. I worked hard on marketing the Kindle version exclusively through Amazon and produced an audiobook version as well. Readers seem to like it.

Up From Adams Street Excerpt -”Uniform”

“Gentlemen, your classmate, Mr. Coughlin, is wearing his short-sleeved white shirt improperly. What do you suppose is improper about the way he is wearing his short-sleeved white shirt? Mr. Needs, what do you think?” Bullock asked.

“I don’t have the slightest…” Needs said, blinking.

“Say again, Mr. Needs.”

“Sir, I don’t know the answer, sir.”

“We don’t slap-in an extra ‘sir’ whenever we feel like it, Needs. Say it again.”

“Sir, I don’t know what’s wrong with the way he’s wearing

the shirt.”

“What shirt?”

“His short-sleeved white shirt, sir.”

“Good. The short-sleeved white shirt doesn’t fit snugly to Mr. Coughlin’s body. And it slops over his belt all the way around. That’s not the way we wear a shirt. Mr. Needs, step forward and stand in back of Coughlin. The rest of you move so you can see what’s going on.

“Now, Mr. Needs, grasp the fabric on both sides of your classmate. That’s it. Stab your thumbs in and pull the fabric back so that the shirt fits tightly both in front and back. Good. That, gentlemen, is what we mean by ‘dressing off ’ the shirt.

“Does anyone see a problem that can arise with this system of dressing off your roommate’s shirt for him? Buckley?”

“Sir, I don’t see the problem.”

“What if Coughlin didn’t have Needs or anyone else around to help him dress off his shirt? The answer is that we need to be able to do it without assistance. So, let’s try it. Everyone unbuckle your belt, pull your shirttails down, reach back and grasp the fabric on both sides, stabbing your thumbs in and pulling tight so the shirt fits snugly in front and back. Tuck it in and buckle your belt. Voilà! Any questions?

“Yes, Mr. Engler.”

“Sir, does this apply to all the shirts we wear, or just the white one?”

“Are you sure you want to ask such a ridiculous question, Engler?”

“No, sir.”

“Any other ridiculous questions about dressing off your shirt? Anyone? All right. From now on, you’ll be expected to wear all of your shirts properly. And—listen up carefully—no question is a ridiculous question. Asking means you’re thinking. Good work, Engler.”

Bullock led us outside to a huge grassy area called The Plain. In an hour or two, he taught us the rudiments of close-order drill, how to march, with the same precision he used with shirts, just in time to move in formation, en masse to Trophy Point overlook-ing the Hudson River to be sworn in. We learned how to wear the rest of the clothes issued to us, how to clean and care for our M1 rifles, how to perform the manual of arms, and how to properly perform push ups, squat thrusts, and all the other exercises we would run through every morning at the crack of dawn.

We trooped into the truly massive mess hall, trying to keep our eyes straight to the front instead of letting them wander up to the paneled ceiling fifty feet overhead or to the gigantic arched windows, or to the brooding mural occupying the back wall of the “mural wing” depicting scenes of military service through the ages. Bullock instructed us on how to eat.

I lowered my eyes to my plate. A silent ever-present question insisted: Will I ever find myself in this swirl of sensory immersion?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I don’t read many memoir’s so this book was a bit different for me. Street was a different take for me. I found this book intriguing. The story starts with a young boy on through his youth and to an adult. He seemed to be different than others and had many struggles as he strived to do the things other his age were conquering. Larry has a unique and special relationship with his dad, and there were many scenes throughout thos book that captures the love between the two. Which I found very heartwarming.

I like how author Larry Crane weaves this memoir together, as he let’s the readers inside his heart and life, revealing a lot about himself. I believe this story can be for everyone. There is so much here. Everyone can find something that will be a delight! And the ma UK n thing I enjoyed about the story is it encourages everyone to follow their dreams. Though sometimes you may struggle along the way, don’t give up. Keep moving! This book gets a full 4 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.

Meet the Author:

Larry Crane spent the 1960s in a military setting, first at school at West Point, and as a lieutenant in Germany. He was an advisor to a Vietnamese ranger battalion in the Central Highlands. He took on a civilian career in brokerage and banking, retiring early to concentrate on writing, producing several full length plays most notable of which is Baghdad on the Wabash. Published fiction includes a thriller,A Bridge to Treachery, a mystery novel Missing Girls: In Truth Is Justice, and an anthology of short plays and stories, Baghdad on the Wabash and Other Plays and Stories. He lives with his wife Jan in splendid isolation on Southport Island, Maine.

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



Tour Schedule:

Sep 14 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Sep 14 – Bookish Paradise – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 15 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Sep 16 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review
Sep 16 – Jea Reads – book review
Sep 17 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / author interview / giveaway
Sep 21 – Books for Books – book review
Sep 22 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Sep 23 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Sep 24 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review
Sep 28 –Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway
Sep 29 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 30 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Oct 1 – Pen Possessed – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 2 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 2 – My Fictional Oasis – book review

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Giveaway and Review for Boy From Berlin by Nancy McDonald

In this post I am reviewing BOY FROM BERLIN by Nancy McDonald. Stay tuned for my review on SEPTEMBER 18,2020 for ONE.BOY’S WAR, the sequel to BOY FROM BERLIN. You don’t want to miss this review!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Boy from Berlin by Nancy McDonald
Category: Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12),  142 pages
Genre: Historical fiction
Publisher:  Iguana Books
Release date:   May 7, 2018
Format available for review:  PDF
Tour dates: September 14 to October 2, 2020
Content Rating:  G. There is no violence, bad language etc. in this book.


Book Description:

Berlin, April 1938. One night, eight-year-old Käfer Avigdor uses his specialty toilet-paper roll binoculars to spy on his Mama and Aunt Charlotte. The whispered conversation he overhears alerts him to a danger he didn’t know existed and starts him rethinking who he really is and where he belongs. Within hours, Käfer and his family flee their comfortable life. In a desperate race to stay one step ahead of the Nazis, Käfer is called on to be braver and more resourceful than he ever imagined possible. But will it be enough? Boy from Berlin is based on real people and actual events.

Guest Blog

There’s no better place to write than…  by Nancy McDonald, author of Boy from Berlin and One Boy’s War

Every author has a favourite writing spot. Joseph Kanon’s is a cubicle in one of the research rooms at the New York Public Library. Neil Gaiman often rents a little cabin with no cellphone signal or Internet. And, J.K. Rowling famously penned the first Harry Potter sitting in a café in Edinburgh.

I walk the river.

I’m blessed to live in Stratford, Ontario, which like its more famous English namesake, has an Avon River. On the mornings that I write, I’m up early and off around the river by 7:00 am. I wake up with an idea for the scene I’m planning to write that day—it’s been perking in my mind as I sleep—and as I go around the river, I compose it in my head, complete with dialogue. The scene is pretty well fleshed out by the time I get home, so I pour a cup of coffee, sit down at the computer and write it. In silence. I find music far too distracting. I spend the rest of the day editing it. Sometimes, when I’m having trouble with a scene– something’s missing or just “off” – I’ll put on my walking shoes and go for another walk, usually on a nearby nature trail. The problem is nearly always solved by the time I arrive back.

The only drawback to this method that I’ve found so far is that I’m sometimes so immersed in the scene that I turn a corner on a path and walk into someone – literally! Fortunately, Stratfordites are a pleasant bunch and nearly always laugh it off.

And an interview with the Author

Q: What is your favourite setting for a novel you’re written?

A: I’d have to say Claridge’s. It’s a historic hotel right in the heart of London. It makes a cameo appearance in Boy from Berlin, but takes centre stage in the sequel, One Boy’s War. During WWII it was a favourite of politicians, exiled heads of state, journalists – and spies, which is why I chose it. To ensure authenticity, I spent several days in London, one of my favourite cities in the world! I was given an upstairs/downstairs tour of Claridge’s by the manager of guest services. That’s one of the things I love about being a writer. You have an entrée into places you’d normally never get to go.

Q: Where do you get inspiration for your stories?

A: My first two novels, Boy from Berlin and One Boy’s War, are inspired by my husband’s family’s real-life flight from the Nazis, running from Berlin first to The Hague and then to London. Shortly after my husband died, I came across some letters I’d never seen before written by his father to the British Home Office and the Air Ministry. My father-in-law, who was Jewish, was a very talented aeronautical engineer who invented a game-changing fuel pump that could help the  Nazis win the war. The letters provided a skeleton for the stories; actual historical events—and my own imagination—provided the flesh.

Q: How much of your personality goes into your stories?

A: Probably more than I think! The voice in these two novels is my late husband’s – as a young child – but I’m sure some of me crept in there.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

In Nancy McDonald’s Boy from Berlin, the Avigdor family meet their very difficult struggles as they are forced to leave their home and most of their possessions as the flee Germany and the Nazi war. And though this story is fiction, it is based on the lives of real people, and real life historical events. Which was very intriguing for me, to know these things really happened, and what it could have been like for young Kafer and his family.

Ms. McDonald does a great job of researching the historical events to write this compelling story. I grew attached to the Avigdor family as I read their story and at times was on the edge of my seat as they had to flee their home. This had to be difficult for the entire family, especially the young children. My heart went out to the children, and also I couldn’t help but think about the back in their day and what the real life people had to deal with.

Another thing I found intriguing is that this story is told through the eyes of the young Kafer Avigdor. I though it very nice getting to know the story we have read so much about through the eyes of someone with an Altogether different view. If you love those WWII stories, this is one to add to your stash! And check back for the review of Book two, One Boy’s War, coming to this blog Sept. 18th! Boy from Belin gets a solid 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐ from me!

A special thanks to the author/publisher and iRead Book tours 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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Raves for Boy From Berlin by Nancy McDonald:

“Inspired by a true story, Boy from Berlin shares a unique voice in the Holocaust. Highly recommended!”
 Jennifer Roy, author of Yellow Star, winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award.

“A compelling introduction to themes of war, courage and identity, certain to engage young readers.” –Trilby Kent, author of Stones for my Father, winner of the TD Canadian Children’s Literary Award.

YOU MAY WANT TO READ BOOK TWO



Meet the Author:

Nancy McDonald began her career as a journalist on television programs that include W5, Canada AM, and Marketplace before going on to become a sought-after freelance writer, penning everything from documentaries to live-action scripts to comic books. One Boy’s War is the highly anticipated sequel to Boy from Berlin. Nancy lives in Stratford, Ontario, where she revels in Shakespeare, takes theatergoers on tours of the Costume Warehouse, and treads the boards with the Perth County Players. She also works part-time at Fanfare Books, Stratford’s only independent bookseller.

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

Tour Schedule:

Sep 14 –Splashes of Joy – book review of Boy from Berlin / guest post / author interview / giveaway
Sep 14 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of Boy from Berlin / giveaway
Sep 14 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Sep 15 – I’m Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 15 – Adventurous Bookworm – book review of One Boy’s War / giveaway
Sep 16 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of Boy from Berlin / giveaway
Sep 17 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of One Boy’s War / giveaway
Sep 17 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 18 – Splashes of Joy – book review of One Boy’s War / giveaway
Sep 18 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of Boy from Berlin / giveaway
Sep 21 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of Boy from Berlin / guest post / giveaway
Sep 22 – Pen Possessed – book review of One Boy’s War
Sep 22 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 23 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of Boy from Berlin / giveaway
Sep 23 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of One Boy’s War / giveaway
Sep 24 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 24 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review of One Boy’s War
Sep 25 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 25 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of Boy from Berlin / giveaway
Sep 28 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Sep 29 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Sep 29 – Sylv.net – book spotlight
Sep 30 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of One Boy’s War / giveaway
Oct 1 – Connie’s History Classroom – book review of Boy from Berlin
Oct 1 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of One Boy’s War / guest post / giveaway
Oct 2 – Connie’s History Classroom – book review of One Boy’s War
Oct 2 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of One Boy’s War / giveaway
Oct 2 – Hall Ways Blog – book spotlight / giveaway

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Alexa’s a Spy by Dorothy Rosby

 

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Join us for this tour from August 10 to August 21, 2020!

Don’t forget to read the awesome abd interesting  Author Interview as well as the Guest Post Dorothy Rosby has so generously provided for us!!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Alexa’s a Spy and Other Things to Be Ticked off About, Humorous Essays on the Hassles of Our Time by Dorothy Rosby

Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+) ,  355 pages

Genre: Humorous Essay

Publisher:  Unhinged Press

Release date:   April, 2020

Content Rating:  G – appropriate for general audience as defined above

 

Book Description:

“Alexa’s a Spy and Other Things to Be Ticked off About, Humorous Essays on the Hassles of Our Time” is a low-brow look at high-minded living, a good-natured (mostly) rant about some of the challenges we face and some of the annoyances we deal with just because we’re alive and trying to thrive at this moment in history. Part comedic call to arms and part tongue-in-cheek tirade, “Alexa’s a Spy” goes after, among other things, spammers and scammers, clutter and litter, intrusive technology and uncivil discourse. Too much stuff, too much noise, too much to worry about. Not enough patience, not enough kindness, not enough…chocolate?

As a syndicated humor columnist, Dorothy Rosby has been ranting for more than 20 years in publications across the West and Midwest. If her latest book doesn’t change the world, and most likely it won’t, we’ll at least go down the tubes together, knowing how really foolish we’re all being.

Interview with Dorothy Rosby, Author Alexa’s a Spy and Other Things to Be Ticked off About

What’s the book about?

Alexa’s a Spy is part comedic call to arms and part tongue-in-cheek tirade about some of the annoyances of modern life. It’s a collection of humorous essays that go after, among other things, spammers and scammers, clutter and litter, intrusive technology and uncivil discourse. Too much stuff, too much noise, too much to worry about, not enough patience, not enough kindness. In other words, it’s about all those things we used to be anxious about back when we could still buy toilet paper and leave the house without a mask.

How would you describe your style?  

I write observational humor. That is I look for the absurd in aspects of everyday life. I’m your basic stereotypical, mild-mannered Midwesterner—chronically nice, unfailingly polite and just a wee bit passive aggressive. So I seldom pick on an actual person, but if I do, he or she really has it coming. I’ve written about the CEOs of Equifax and big pharma, but I don’t think they read what I’ve written anyway. And normally, I don’t do that. I tend to go more for self-deprecating humor which is about observing myself and my own foolishness and making light of it.

When you write self-deprecating humor about everyday life, you make the assumption that other people are like you in some ways. There are lots of reasons that self-deprecating humor is my chosen method for writing humor and not just because that way no one ever comes after me with a crowbar—at least not for writing about them. For one thing, it’s like shooting fish in a barrel. When you decide to spend your life examining your faults and foibles, you’ll never run out of ideas. At least I haven’t.

But the best part is, it makes what you write relatable to your audience. I often have readers tell me they’ve made the same mistake I admitted to making. It’s definitely a window into my life. But it’s also a mirror for my readers. I tell my stories and they’re reminded of theirs.

Why is humor particularly important now?  

Anytime you can bring joy to someone, that’s a good thing. And I do hear from readers who tell me that a good laugh is just what they needed at that moment in their life, or that my admitting my goof ups so publicly reminded them they’re not the only one who has done this or that.

I’ve read that laughter is good for health, that it boosts immunity, lowers stress hormones and decreases pain. Laughter is so physical. It releases tension, helps us relax. But even if that weren’t true, it just makes life more fun. And I think particularly during these difficult times, it has some added benefits. It gets our mind off things. And it can give us all some perspective. For example, the world is falling down around us and I’m worrying about how I look in my mask. Actually I’m learning to like it. It hides my nose and nobody knows when I’m talking to myself. I might keep wearing it when this is all over.

What were your influences? I grew up reading Erma Bombeck and I’m sure she was an influence. But a bigger one would be growing up in a large family. I’m number 9 of 10 children. We had 12 people in a house with three bedrooms and one bathroom. You need tools to survive that and wit is a weapon in a large family. Also my father had a great sense of humor, though I didn’t always think so when I was a teenager. Humor was important to him and making him laugh was a way of standing out in the crowd.

Where do you get your ideas? Everywhere. Every conversation, every experience, bad and good, everything that gets under my skin or makes me smile. But the annoying experiences—the dying appliances, technology fails, and embarrassing moments—make the best stories. I remember being stopped for speeding once—okay more than once. But one of those times, I took my notebook out and made notes about speeding tickets while the officer went back to his car to check my outstanding warrants or whatever they do back there. I didn’t have any. But it’s those kinds of things that make the best stories because people can relate. Alexa’s a Spy and Other Things to Be Ticked off About and my other books are made up of those kinds of st

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Has life got you down and you just need a good laugh?  “Alexa’s a Spy and Other Things to Be Ticked off About: Humorous Essays on the Hassles of Our Time” may just be the medicine you need! This book is hilarious! I think I laughed on just about every page in this laugh until you cry book. Syndicated humor columnist Dorothy Rosby hits on just about every subject imaginable as she tells story after story in this oh so funny book about our favorite voice, Alexa! Anywhere you go, this is an amazing book to take with you. I’m sure going to take it on my next Dr. visit to read while I’m waiting for hours. One thing about it, this book will take the frustrations of waiting. And in today’s world where everything has been so unsettling and unpredictable lately, everyone needs a bit of humor in their life, and this is the best book out there I have read on hilarious humor!!

When this book came up for review on iREAD Book Tours I almost didn’t join the tour but I am so very glad I did. And I am thrilled to be introduced to this book and this author. This one is for sure a Keeper for me. And I’ll be telling everyone I know about Alexa’s a Spy and Other Things to Be Ticked off About. And if you find yourself needed a good pick me up, I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy of this book. Today. Don’t wait! 

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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Guest post by Dorothy Rosby

Leave Me Alone, Elizabeth

I get more phony phone calls than real ones these days—and by a wide margin. I’m afraid one of these days, I’ll hear a voice that reminds me of Elizabeth from the Resort Rewards Center and I’ll march up to some poor stranger in the grocery store, grab her by the collar and scream “Leave me alone, Elizabeth!” She’ll say, “My name is Joan,” and have me arrested.

It’s not bad enough that I spend half my work day deleting spam emails. Now Phone Scam Sam and Fraud Call Franny are taking up the other half. Phony phoners and spam are just two aspects of modern life I discuss in Alexa’s a Spy and Other Things to Be Ticked off About, Humorous Essays on the Hassles of Our Time. How could I leave them out? They’ve brought out the worst in me.

One day I lost my temper, picked up my vibrating phone and screamed into it, “Get a real job!” It was my husband. But I’ve never been the same.

A few days later I asked a caller if his mother knew what he did for a living. I told another that I’d give her my credit card number if she’d give me hers first. I held the phone away from my ear during one call and, as loud as I could whisper, said to the empty room, “I’ll keep him on the line while you trace the call.”

One day I even called a scam number back. When a real person answered, I stayed quiet while he said, “Hello, hello.” Then I did it again—six times. To his credit, each time he answered in that polite way you do when you want to bilk someone out of their life savings.

The experts say that you should hang up quickly when you realize it’s a scammer calling. Do not engage. But I’m no expert.

They advise you to put your name on the Do Not Call Registry, which does stop calls from legitimate organizations you don’t want to hear from. But I figure anyone who makes a career of grand theft won’t be deterred by a little law forbidding calls to numbers on the Do Not Call Registry.

Still, you should listen to the experts. Don’t behave like I have. I feel bad that I’ve let robo robbers and cuckoo callers bring out the worst in me—and confirm that my number works. But I can’t stop myself.

One day I answered a call from a scammer, held my phone next to the wall and started knocking and saying in a mournful voice, “Let me out. Let me out.” I could hear the scammer saying, “Hello? Ma’am? Hello.” I was enjoying myself immensely until a coworker walked into my office and asked if I was okay.

No, probably not.

 

 

Meet the Author:

Dorothy Rosby is a  syndicated humor columnist and author of two other books of humorous essays “I Used to Think I Was Not That Bad and Then I Got to Know Me Better” and “I Didn’t Know You Could Make Birthday Cake from Scratch, Parenting Blunders from Cradle to Empty Nest.” She’s working on her fourth and hoping to give it a shorter title—something like “Wow” or “Best Seller.” She lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota, 20 miles from Mount Rushmore, something she’s very proud of even though she’s not on it. Yet.

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Aug 12 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway

Aug 13 – Books and Zebras – book review / giveaway

Aug 13 – Books for Books – book review

Aug 14 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

Aug 17 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway

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Aug 18 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review

Aug 19 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview

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Folly at the Fair (An Annie Oakley Mystery) by Kari Bovee plus GIVEAWAY

 

 

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Book Details:

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

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

Genre:  Historical Mystery

Publisher:  Bosque Publishing

Release date:   June 2020

Tour dates: July 13 to August 11, 2020

Content Rating:  PG-13 for some swearing, violence, and mature themes.


Book Description:

She never misses a target. But unless she can solve this murder, she’ll become one… Chicago World’s Fair, 1893. “Little Sure Shot” Annie Oakley is exhausted from her work with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. But when a fellow performer scuffles with a man who threatens her harm, she has to keep her eyes peeled. And when the heckler is found dead under the Ferris Wheel, Annie won’t rest until she proves her defender is innocent. Before she can rustle up any clues, an old friend asks Annie to protect her young daughter. And as more bodies turn up around the grounds, she’s going to need all her sharpshooting skills just to stay alive. Can Annie live up to her reputation and put a bullseye on the killer? Folly at the Fair is the third book in the Annie Oakley Mystery historical fiction series. If you like strong heroines, Wild West adventures, and suspenseful twists and turns, then you’ll love KariBovee’s fast-paced whodunit.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

When I saw this book about Annie Oakley I was intrigued because this is a person I have always heard about but didn’t really know that much about her. But now th name Annie Oakley has a whole new meaning. Folly at the Fair gives a new twist to this historical name. Set in Chicago during the 1893 World’s Fair, Annie Oakley, better known as “Little Sure Shot” performs endlessly with the Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and she is totally exhausted. And then things started to happen. Bodies started popping up, the daughter of Annie’s good friend shows up on her doorstep. And since Annie loves a good mystery, she is on to these stories with her friend Emma.

This was a fun and interesting story. I enjoyed following Annie and her friend Emma as they finally started finding some clues that just might help the case. I thought I had the case solved early on but I will mistaken, but the second person I suspected was right on so that wasnt so bad! There are several other storylines going on in this book that were certainly intriguing as well. This was not a boring book, that is for sure. It will keep you quite entertained. And in the end, author Kari Bovee weaves together all of the loose ends for an enjoyable and entertaining read. If you are a history buff, this is one you will enjoy!

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 just a note. I encourage you to read the interesting interview with the author.  You will learn lots of things about this author and the books she writes

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Interview with the Author

1. With your books are you looking to entertain or illuminate?

Both, of course! Entertainment is the main goal for me, but I also want people, especially young girls and women, to be inspired by the women I write. I’m passionate about empowered women in history and what we can learn from them. Women have come so far—although we still have a way to go—but some of the women of the past who had much fewer rights, privileges and opportunities than we do today, didn’t let society dictate who they wanted to be or what they wanted to do. They fought the good fight and lived their dream whether it was saving others, being true to themselves, or thriving in a man’s profession, like Annie Oakley did.

2. What were your favorite books as a child?

My dad always read to my brother and I—something I really cherish. He loved the Winnie-the-Pooh books and we did, too. My dad traveled a lot for business but would always bring something back for us from his trips. For me it was books. He discovered this really cute series about young orphans in France that I really liked. I can’t remember the author’s name. He also brought home Eloise by Kay Thompson. I still like to read that one! When I was older I really got into the Nancy Drew Mysteries, and I also read some of the Hardy Boys Mysteries as well. And, being a horse girl, I read all of the Marguerite Henry books like King of the Wind and Misty of Chincoteague. When I was about twelve years old I read Gone with the Wind, and that’s when I decided I wanted to be a writer.

3. How do you come up with character names?

This can be fun and challenging at the same time. In many of my novels I write about real historical figures so that’s a no-brainer, but for supporting characters who are fictitious I look up names that were popular in the era and try to match a name with the personality of a character. I have one manuscript where I have changed the protagonist’s name three times. The names just weren’t jiving with my vision of her personality. But, I finally settled on one that is perfect!  

4. Talk about when you realized you wanted to be an author. Life-long dream or happened late on?

I think I’ve known I wanted to be an author before I really knew what that meant. When I was about eight years old I asked for a typewriter for Christmas. I got one of those plastic Smith-Coronas—it was turquoise with white keys—and I banged on that thing for years writing stories, poetry, rants, etc. I also had a diary from when I was about the same age and would spend hours writing in it. When I was about twelve or thirteen years old I read Gone with the Wind and was so blown away by it, it was then I decided how wonderful it would be to be an author. In college I majored in English literature with an emphasis in creative writing and started writing more in depth stories and even a novel when I got out of school, but it was terrible! When my daughter was just 9 months old, my husband—good soul that he is, encouraged me to go to the Santa Barbara Writers Conference (we were living in Ventura, CA at the time) and that’s when I really got serious about becoming a novelist.

5. Discuss why writers should also be marketers.

In today’s world it’s essential if you want to be successful, or even been seen and heard. There are so many writers out there publishing, discoverability is more challenging than ever. Writers really need to advocate for themselves to rise above the noise. Long gone are the days where the writer is holed up in their office or writing space, away from the world, and the publishing house does all the marketing. With many publishing houses they only give the author about three months of marketing assistance and then that’s it. If you publish independently you are on your own—which isn’t a bad thing. There are so many marketing tools and programs out there to help authors. Authors can also hire publicists and marketing firms, but it can be very costly. There are ways to do it without breaking the bank!

6. Plotter or panster? Share what works best for you.

I like to call myself a puzzler. I need to work with an outline—sometimes rather detailed, but once I start writing I let myself go. I try to stay within the confines of the outline but I never get stressed if something changes when I am in the flow. I am often surprised when something changes—like when a character does or says something I hadn’t planned, and then I evaluate if I like what came up and if I need to adjust the story. Sometimes if I like the change that has occurred I may have to do more research before continuing, so I allow myself to do that. It’s like putting together a great big puzzle. And, because I write mystery, it requires creating a puzzle as well, one that needs to be solved. If you couldn’t tell, I love puzzles!

7. Are any of your books in audio?

Girl with a Gun is in the process of being produced as an audiobook right now. I’ve found a wonderful narrator/producer who is very excited about the project. It should be released late Summer or early Fall of 2020. It’s my plan to roll out the entire series in audio over the next two years.

 

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Meet the Author:

When she’s not on a horse, or walking along the beautiful cottonwood-laden acequias of Corrales, New Mexico; or basking on white sand beaches under the Big Island Hawaiian sun, Kari Bovee is escaping into the past—scheming murder and mayhem for her characters both real and imagined, and helping them to find order in the chaos of her action-packed novels. Empowered women in history, horses, unconventional characters, and real-life historical events fill the pages of Kari Bovée’s articles and historical mystery musings and manuscripts. An award-winning author, Bovée was honored with the 2019 NM/AZ Book Awards Hillerman Award for Southwestern Fiction for her novel Girl with a Gun.

The novel also received First Place in the 2019 NM/AZ Book Awards in the Mystery/Crime category, and is a Finalist in the 2019 International Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Awards and the International Chanticleer Goethe Awards, as well as the Next Generation Indie Awards. Her novel Grace in the Wings is a Finalist for the 2019 International Chanticleer Chatelaine Awards and the International Chanticleer Goethe Awards. Her novel Peccadillo at the Palace is a Finalist in the 2019 International Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Awards and the 2019 International Goethe Awards, as well as a Finalist in the 2019 Best Book Awards Historical Fiction category. Bovée has worked as a technical writer for a Fortune 500 Company, has written non-fiction for magazines and newsletters, and has worked in the education field as a teacher and educational consultant. She and her husband, Kevin, spend their time between their horse property in the beautiful Land of Enchantment, New Mexico, and their condo on the sunny shores of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

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July 21 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

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July 24 – My Reading Journeys – book spotlight / character interview / giveaway

July 25 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway

July 28 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway

July 29 – The World As I See It – book review

July 30 – Books and Zebras – book review

July 31 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway

Aug 3 – Pen Possessed – book review / giveaway

Aug 4 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway

Aug 4 – Jessica Belmont – book review / giveaway

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

Aug 6 – History from a Woman’s Perspective – book review

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Frankie and the Gift of Fantasy by Ruthy Ballard

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Book Title:  Frankie and the Gift of Fantasy by Ruthy Ballard
Category:  Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12), 260 pages
Genre:  Fantasy and Magic
Publisher:  WhipSmart Books
Release date:   June 16, 2020 (ebook); October 1, 2020 (print)
Tour datesAugust 3 to August 14, 2020
Content Rating:  G.

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Book Description:

Frankie Russo doesn’t brood about the past or worry about the future. He lives in the present moment, frolicking in a world of make-believe that drives his high-achieving parents crazy. They have lofty ambitions for him, but Frankie has no interest. He prefers to flip helium burgers on Jupiter or rule a kingdom of mermen in the Caspian Sea, up inside his head, where all the fun is. Frankie’s parents nag him endlessly, worried he’ll come to nothing. But all that changes when he disappears through a mysterious crack in his bedroom ceiling and finds himself on a distant, two-mooned planet called Urth. Why was he drawn there? He doesn’t know, but as he embarks on a delightful, mind-blowing adventure, Frankie’s desperate parents think he’s been abducted, and an innocent man is arrested and charged with the crime! On the surface, Frankie and the Gift of Fantasy is a lighthearted science-rich adventure story that takes its middle grade readers on an entertaining romp to the other side of the galaxy. But the undercurrent is one of discovery and redemption, where a ten-year-old boy, through an unexpected journey, finds a way to escape his parent’s stifling shadow and emerge into a future of his own choosing.

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Meet the Author:

Ruthy Ballard is a children’s book author, artist, and scientist who lives in Sacramento, California. By day, she’s “Dr. Ruth Ballard,” a professor and forensic DNA expert. By night, she romps in an imaginative playground of colors and words. Ruthy is the author of Frankie and the Gift of Fantasy and Tales by Moons-Light: Stories from Before the Great Melt. She is currently working on the third book in her Tales by Moons-light series: Elvia and the Gift of Passion. Her entertaining stories lure middle grade readers into science, but her creative ventures don’t stop there. She’s also a folk artist whose colorful “cartoons” delight and inspire both children and adults. Ruthy is married to a musician and is the mother of two sons, three cats, and a Samoyed dog named Mush, all of whom appear in her work, in various guises, from time to time.

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Aug 10 – The Book View – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 11 – Pen Possessed – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 11 – The Bespectacled Mother – book spotlight
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Aug 13 – Haddie’s Haven – book spotlight / giveaway
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In the Heart of a Mustang by M. J. Evans

 

I want to encourage each of you that dropped by to scroll down down a little bit to M. J. Evan’s guest post. I always like to post these because it give you a little more about the book, and the life of the author. And thank you for supporting my blog. Blessings, Joy Hannabass 

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Book Details:

Book Title:  In the Heart of a Mustang by M.J. Evans

Category:  YA Fiction (Ages 13-17),  359 pages

Genre: Contemporary Coming of Age

Publisher:  Dancing Horse Press

Release date:   October, 2017

Format available for review:  print, mobi file (for Kindle), gifted Kindle copy, ePub, PDF, NetGalley download

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Tour dates: July 27 to August 7, 2020

Content Rating:  PG. Some suggested violence but not explicit

 

Book Description:

A boy is told that his father was a brave and virtuous man, a soldier who traded his life to save the lives of countless others. He was the man that Hunter needed to emulate. The only problem is the whole story is a lie, all of it. The truth, which Hunter discovers as he begins his sophomore year of high school, is that his father has actually spent the boy’s entire life in jail, paying his debt to society, but not mending his ways.

A wild mustang mare, is rounded up by the BLM. The spring rains had been sparse, the forage on the plains even more so. The mare and her herd are rescued from certain starvation and placed for adoption. In a sandy corral at Promise Ranch, a home for troubled teenage boys, the boy and the mare meet. A weathered, old cowboy brings them together – a mentor for one, a trainer for the other. The bond that forms between boy and horse becomes one that saves the lives of both.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

In the Heart of a Mustang is a bit different than the book, Pinto that I just finished reading. In this book a young boy has been told all his life that his dad is a honorable man and died as a hero. But that’s not the case. And the boy is furious that his mom has lied to him all his life. Hunter has always wanted to be just like his dad. Will he continue to work toward this goal now that he knows what his real dad was like?

This story it quite sad because this family has been completely upended. And Hunter has no desire to make things right with his mom. And the only hope is the hope therapy farm. It was incredible how the story opened up at this farm, the staff was kind and caring. But it wasn’t a quick fix. Not at all. It was interesting and fun as I was able to follow the characters, see their development as the story unfolded. And I love that they were all so realistic. I felt as though I was that farm working with the horses myself. I have read several books about horse therapy, have been. very interested in this type of therapy. And this book is full of so much info on the subject. Its clear the author did her research well, and wrote it well into this story. And for you to learn more about this type of therapy, you will need to read this book, In the Heart of a Mustang. I hope you love and enjoy it as much as I did!

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

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Book Title:  PINTO! Based Upon the True Story of the Longest Horseback Ride in History by M.J. Evans

Category:  Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12),  243 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher:  Dancing Horse Press

Release date:   October, 2019

Content Rating:  G. This book is taken from the actual journals that were kept by the men on the journey. There is no bad language or explicit scenes.

 

Book Description:

In 1912, four men, calling themselves the “Overland Westerners,” decided fame and fortune awaited if they embarked on the longest horseback ride in history. Their goal was to visit all forty-eight state capitals over the course of three years and complete their journey at the San Francisco World’s Fair on June 1, 1915. Facing rugged roads, raging rivers, thieves and near starvation, the men went through seventeen horses. Only one horse completed the entire journey…Pinto, a little horse with a heart as big as the whole country! This is Pinto’s account of his arduous adventure.

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Meet the Author:

Award-winning author M.J. Evans grew up in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Upon graduation from Oregon State University, she spent five years teaching high school and middle school students. She retired from teaching to raise her five children. Mrs. Evans is a life-long equestrian and enjoys competing in Dressage and riding in the beautiful Colorado mountains. She has published fourteen books, most of which are fiction.

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Tour Schedule:

July 27 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of PINTO! / guest post / giveaway

July 27 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of PINTO! / giveaway

July 27 – My Journey Back – book review of In the Heart of a Mustang / guest post / giveaway

July 28 – Splashes of Joy – book review of PINTO! / author interview / giveaway

July 28 – She Just Loves Books – book review of In the Heart of a Mustang / giveaway

July 29 – Svetlanas reads and views – book review of In the Heart of a Mustang / giveaway

July 29 – Adventurous Bookworm – book review of PINTO! / giveaway

July 29 – Krisha’s Cozy Corner – book review of PINTO! / author interview / giveaway

July 30 – Splashes of Joy – book review of In the Heart of a Mustang / guest post / giveaway

July 30 – My Reading Journeys – book review of PINTO! / author interview / giveaway

July 31 – Literary Flits – book review of PINTO! / giveaway

July 31 – T’s Stuff – book review of In the Heart of a Mustang / giveaway

Aug 3 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of In the Heart of a Mustang / giveaway

Aug 3 – T’s Stuff – book review of PINTO! / author interview / giveaway

Aug 3 – My Journey Back – book review of PINTO! / giveaway

Aug 4 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of In the Heart of a Mustang / giveaway

Aug 4 – She Just Loves Books – book review of PINTO! / giveaway

Aug 5 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of PINTO! / giveaway

Aug 5 – Adventurous Bookworm – book review of In the Heart of a Mustang / giveaway

Aug 5 – My Reading Journeys – book review of In the Heart of a Mustang / giveaway

Aug 6 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of In the Heart of a Mustang / giveaway

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Book Details:

Book Title:  PINTO! Based Upon the True Story of the Longest Horseback Ride in History by M.J. Evans

Category:  Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12),  243 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher:  Dancing Horse Press

Release date:   October, 2019

Content Rating:  G. This

book is taken from the actual journals that were kept by the men on the

journey. There is no bad language or explicit scenes.

 

Book Description:

In 1912, four men, calling themselves the “Overland Westerners,” decided fame and fortune awaited if they embarked on the longest horseback ride in history. Their goal was to visit all forty-eight state capitals over the course of three years and complete their journey at the San Francisco World’s Fair on June 1, 1915. Facing rugged roads, raging rivers, thieves and near starvation, the men went through seventeen horses. Only one horse completed the entire journey…Pinto, a little horse with a heart as big as the whole country! This is Pinto’s account of his arduous adventure.

Author Interview “PINTO!”

How did you do research for your book?

PINTO was a unique example of how fun research can be. Occasionally you stumble across a story that is so compelling it is hard to believe it is true. But in the case of “PINTO!” and the Overland Westerners, it is! I came across Pinto’s story when I goggled: “Famous Horses in History.” There was a tiny blurb about Pinto who still holds the record for completing the longest horseback ride in history…20,300 miles over the course of three years. I could not believe it! Also surprising was the fact that I had never heard of him before. So, I started digging. I even took two trips to museums that owned collections of materials on Pinto and the four men who rode to every state capital from 1912 to 1915. I first visited the National Western and Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City. The second trip was to Bainbridge Island, WA to visit their history museum. As I read original journals kept by two of the men, and newspaper and magazine articles written at the time and in the intervening years, the pieces of the puzzle began to fall into place. The curators on Bainbridge Island were especially helpful. They provided me with a full-time assistant while I was there. My assistant photocopied any articles that I wanted and provided the transcript of the handwritten journals on a flash drive, all of which went home with me.

While recovering from knee surgery, I read and highlighted every mention of Pinto in all the journals and articles. Whenever there was a discrepancy between what I read in a journal and what I read in an article, I used the journals. We all know that newspapers and magazines aren’t always reliable! Then, I organized my notes chronologically and started writing.

You take the point of view of the horse. How did you come up with that idea.

I grew up reading every horse story I could get my hands on. One of my favorite was “Black Beauty.” While “Black Beauty is fiction, it is told from the horse’s point of view. Since Pinto was the only horse of the seventeen that joined the journey for a time to complete the entire trip, I decided he was the one who deserved to tell the story. My lifelong love of horses, and experience with them, helped me put myself into Pinto’s place. I have used the technique of anthropomorphism in several of my books and enjoy doing so.

How Long have you been writing?

I have been writing all my life in one form or another. As a teacher, I was often drafted to write curriculum. As a child I wrote stories…always about horses of course. But once my five children all entered school, I finally had time to write the stories that I had in my head. My first book was published in 2005. It is an equestrian trail guidebook for Colorado.

What is the funniest thing that ever happened to you?

The one thing that comes to mind regarding funny things that happen to me as an author is in regard to my “Riding Colorado” trail guidebooks. I have written three of them and on each cover there is a picture of me on my horse. One day, I was coming back to my horse trailer after riding on a mountain trail when I noticed some other women were at the trailhead. They ran up to me and said, “You wrote ‘Riding Colorado’ didn’t you?”

I said, “Yes. How did you recognize me?”

They responded, “Oh we didn’t. We recognized your horse!”

That was a humbling experience!

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Pinto is a great read for your child to read. I think maybe 4th grade and up. And especially if the enjoy horse stories. This story is about a group of men who called themselves the “Overland Westerners” decided to ride on horses to every state Capitol in the US, taking a picture with the Governor and traveling on to the next. They also expected to be taken care of where then landed in a state. But that was not so easily done. A lot of people were not familiar with this group, and could have cared less, even the governor. It was a mixture, some of the states welcomed them and set them up, fed them and sent them on their way, some did not. They didn’t have a lot of money and struggled quite a bit, went hungry, but was still determined to complete their mission. Could Pinto last for 3 years and thousands of miles? Is he strong enough to carry his load to the end of their journey?

This is a cute story with and even cuter horse named Pinto. The author tells this story through the eyes of Pinto, which was so fun and interesting. I enjoyed the conversations between the horses as much as I did the men! I think my take from this book is wondering what our animals really are thinking about us! Now every time I am with an animal close up I will always be wondering what they are thinking. I will also look for signs of the reactions to see if I can figure them out!

One more thing, this story is based on a true story. There really was a group of men that took this journey. The author has a ton of info in the back of the book if you would be so interested to check it out. There are maps, pictures taken during the real original tour back in the early 1900’s. A list of states and dates the Overland Westerners were there, resources for articles and songs. And I found all if this so interesting. A MUST read for horse lovers!!

If you enjoy horse stories, or if you have children who do, this is a sweet read, and I hope you enjoy as much as I did!! If you love history, you will have a blast with all of the history on this book, as well as researching  everything the author has added for readers.  And I can’t forget about the stunning the cover. Love the horse there.

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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Guest Blog for PINTO

Horses as Healers

“In the Heart of a Mustang” is set at a horse therapy ranch in Arizona. Promise Ranch is a place where troubled teens are helped by working with horses. For several years, I worked for Path, Intl., the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International. Its headquarters are in Denver, where I live. I helped organize the conferences where riding instructors go to get their training to become certified to work with disabled children and adults. It was there that I first saw how healing horses were, not just for disabled people, but for at-risk youth as well. You may have heard about the success some prisons have had adopting wild mustangs and teaching the inmates how to train them. The inmates not only learn about the horse they are assigned, but they learn about themselves as well as man and animal work together to build a partnership. I took that concept and put it into my book. Hunter, a troubled teen, learns what works with the horse is also what works in life.

I witnessed some amazing things when I worked for PATH, things that make me cry even now as I think about them. One little autistic boy, perhaps five years old, had never spoken a word in his life. He came to the barn and was put on a horse and he started talking! Several PATH centers have programs for Veterans. When I was at PATH, I helped set up a scholarship program through Wounded Warriors. Some of the veterans are having to learn to function without an arm or leg. Others suffer from the ugly scars left from PTSD. These men and women soon learn that horses don’t judge them. The horses seem to sense what they need and willingly provide whatever that is.

Miracles happen every day and horses are often the providers of those miracles. I know the healing power of horses in my own life as I’ve suffered the loss of my parents or just day to day trials. I guess that is why I love to write about horses so much!

I hope you enjoy reading “In the Heart of a Mustang.” Perhaps a horse will be your healer, too!

 

ALSO ON THIS TOUR:

 

 

Book Details:

Book Title:  In the Heart of a Mustang by M.J. Evans

Category:  YA Fiction (Ages 13-17),  359 pages

Genre: Contemporary Coming of Age

Publisher:  Dancing Horse Press

Release date:   October, 2017

Format available for review:  print, mobi file (for Kindle), gifted Kindle copy, ePub, PDF, NetGalley download

Will send print books out:  USA

Tour dates: July 27 to August 7, 2020

Content Rating:  PG. Some suggested violence but not explicit

 

Book Description:

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boy is told that his father was a brave and virtuous man, a soldier who

traded his life to save the lives of countless others. He was the man

that Hunter needed to emulate. The only problem is the whole story is a

lie, all of it. The truth, which Hunter discovers as he begins his

sophomore year of high school, is that his father has actually spent the

boy’s entire life in jail, paying his debt to society, but not mending

his ways. A wild mustang mare, is rounded up by the BLM. The spring

rains had been sparse, the forage on the plains even more so. The mare

and her herd are rescued from certain starvation and placed for

adoption. In a sandy corral at Promise Ranch, a home for troubled

teenage boys, the boy and the mare meet. A weathered, old cowboy brings

them together – a mentor for one, a trainer for the other. The bond that

forms between boy and horse becomes one that saves the lives of both.

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Meet the Author:

Award-winning author M.J. Evans grew up in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Upon graduation from Oregon State University, she spent five years

teaching high school and middle school students. She retired from

teaching to raise her five children. Mrs. Evans is a life-long

equestrian and enjoys competing in Dressage and riding in the beautiful

Colorado mountains. She has published fourteen books, most of which are

fiction.

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

Tour Schedule:

July 27 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of PINTO! / guest post / giveaway

July 27 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of PINTO! / giveaway

July 27 – My Journey Back – book review of In the Heart of a Mustang / guest post / giveaway

July 28 – Splashes of Joy – book review of PINTO! / author interview / giveaway

July 28 – She Just Loves Books – book review of In the Heart of a Mustang / giveaway

July 29 – Svetlanas reads and views – book review of In the Heart of a Mustang / giveaway

July 29 – Adventurous Bookworm – book review of PINTO! / giveaway

July 29 – Krisha’s Cozy Corner – book review of PINTO! / author interview / giveaway

July 30 – Splashes of Joy – book review of In the Heart of a Mustang / guest post / giveaway

July 30 – My Reading Journeys – book review of PINTO! / author interview / giveaway

July 31 – Literary Flits – book review of PINTO! / giveaway

July 31 – T’s Stuff – book review of In the Heart of a Mustang / giveaway

Aug 3 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of In the Heart of a Mustang / giveaway

Aug 3 – T’s Stuff – book review of PINTO! / author interview / giveaway

Aug 3 – My Journey Back – book review of PINTO! / giveaway

Aug 4 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of In the Heart of a Mustang / giveaway

Aug 4 – She Just Loves Books – book review of PINTO! / giveaway

Aug 5 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of PINTO! / giveaway

Aug 5 – Adventurous Bookworm – book review of In the Heart of a Mustang / giveaway

Aug 5 – My Reading Journeys – book review of In the Heart of a Mustang / giveaway

Aug 6 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of In the Heart of a Mustang / giveaway

Aug 6 – Blooming with Books – book review of PINTO! / giveaway

Aug 7 – Svetlanas reads and views – book review of PINTO! / giveaway

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The Takeaway Men by Meryl Ain +GIVEAWAY

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Book Details:

Book Title:  The Takeaway Men by Meryl Ain

Category:  Adult fiction 18 yrs +,  264 pages

Genre:  Historical Fiction

Publisher:  Sparkpress

Release date:   August 4, 2020

Book Description:

With the cloud of the Holocaust still looming over them, twin sisters Bronka and Johanna Lubinski and their parents arrive in the US from a Displaced Persons Camp. In the years after World War II, they experience the difficulties of adjusting to American culture as well as the burgeoning fear of the Cold War. Years later, the discovery of a former Nazi hiding in their community brings the Holocaust out of the shadows. As the girls get older, they start to wonder about their parents’ pasts, and they begin to demand answers. But it soon becomes clear that those memories will be more difficult and painful to uncover than they could have anticipated. Poignant and haunting, The Takeaway Men explores the impact of immigration, identity, prejudice, secrets, and lies on parents and children in mid-twentieth-century America.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

The Takeaway Men follows the Lubinski family and their lives during and many years following the Holocaust. Deciding to leave the Germany Displaced person Camp, they headed to America to restart their lives. I did enjoy the scene as the ship sails into New York Harbor and the family gets a first look at Lady Liberty. I could just imagine the awe of that sight for them.

Author Meryl Ain captures the many situations, feelings, fears, the horrible heartaches and heartbreaks the people had to face during and after the Holocaust. They lost so much, everything they had including family, friends, everything.  The authors unique details in each scene, the history on each page makes this story a wonderful read for those who enjoy stories about WWII.

The Lubinski family now lives in Queens NY, with family but they still have their own struggles, the different lifestyle in America was a real culture shock to them all. My favorite characters are the twins, it was fun watching the two as they grow up in Queens, making their own friends, even though life was still hard. There were so many questions, so many secrets, so much happening. And it is all beautifully woven together in this wonderful book that you can read for all of the answers!  If you are a WWII buff, you will love this story. And even though it is fiction, so many details here so relevant to things happening today. Grab a copy of Take Away Men 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.

Splashes of Joy The following is a guest post from the author about the publication of her new debut novel, which is this book we are featuring today. Please take time to read this interesting post. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I hope you do as well.

Guest Post for Splashes of Joy

MERCY, JUSTICE AND HUMILITY THEN AND NOW

I’m excited for the publication of my debut novel, The Takeaway Men, on August 4 and I’m so thankful for this opportunity to write a guest blog here. My characters wrestle with secrets and lies and moral dilemmas. Their decisions impact not only themselves, but also their closest relatives and friends. I hope that my book inspires readers to grapple with some of the issues raised.

The overarching theme of my book raises the question: As human beings, what is our responsibility to one another? This is a subject that has always been of particular interest to me and it is especially important at this moment in the history of our country and the world.

The heroine in my novel, Dyta/Judy/Edyta risks her life to save Jews from the Nazis during World War II.  How many people would risk danger, like she did, for someone else?

How do we – as human beings — react to evil in our world? Do we speak out when we see others in danger? How do we treat those who are different from us? Do we inconvenience ourselves to help someone else? Do we participate in unkind and uncaring behavior because everyone else is doing it? Do we stand idly by and do nothing? Or do we speak out and take action against it?

Today, our country is in the middle of a pandemic and social upheaval and all around us there is pain and heartache and hunger. We each have more than enough of our own problems. But what is the right thing to do when we see others suffering?

Certainly, health care workers have put their patients above themselves, risking their lives to treat and heal others. So have essential workers, who ensure people have enough to eat. There are courageous volunteers who risk their own health and safety to feed and clothe and comfort others.

During these trying times, I am reminded of the prophet Micah’s words. Micah mentions three things God “requires” of us: doing “justice; mercy, and walking humbly.” All three of these words require action.

I hope that readers will come away from The Takeaway Men with a renewed appreciation of the issues and dilemmas my characters experienced in the times in which they lived. Similarly, that they will look into their own hearts and act with justice, mercy and humility – towards not only their friends and neighbors, but strangers.

Author Questions and Answers 

1. While the bulk of your novel is set in Queens, NY after World War II, Poland and Germany — during and immediately after the war — play an important part in the story. What made you choose to focus more on the years after the Holocaust than the period during the war?

I thought it was important to tell the story of what happened to Holocaust survivors in America in the post-war era, and also to emphasize how they were able to survive during the war and later raise families. While there are many novels about the horrors of the Holocaust, very few focus on the lives of the survivors and their children in the aftermath. I wanted to focus on the complexity of that experience. I also wanted to pay tribute to the righteous Christians, who helped to save Jews. I wanted to pose moral dilemmas and questions of faith that were, of necessity, viewed differently in the two time periods.

2. Were you surprised by any of the research you conducted as you wrote this book?

Yes, I was. For example, I found that while the Catholic Church has been criticized for not doing enough to save Jews during the Holocaust, there were many lay people of faith as well as clergy who risked their lives to save their Jewish neighbors. Poland has a very mixed history. On the one hand, the Kielce Pogrom, where an angry mob killed 42 Jews and injured 40, took place a year after the war was over. But at the same time, Poland has the most representation among The Righteous of the Nations, at Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust Museum, which honors Christians who saved Jews. I was also surprised to learn that in the ‘50s, the U.S. government turned a blind eye to former Nazis, who were living in America. The country was much more concerned about the Soviet Union and pursuing Communists.

3.Who do you think should read your book?

Although it is an adult book, as a former high school teacher, I believe that high school students studying the Holocaust could read it and learn much about both the Holocaust and the post-war era in the United States. Adults who are interested in the Holocaust and the ‘50s and early ‘60s – especially baby boomers and their children – would enjoy the cultural references as well as the story. Those who are interested in themes of religious identity, sibling relationships, family, and uncovering secrets would also enjoy it. As one reviewer said: “The Takeaway Men is also a portrait of the power of love and the ability of family to embrace and heal.”

4. You mentioned that you were a high school teacher; what did you teach? Do you consider teaching or writing as your career?

I worked in the schools for many years, both as a high school history teacher and later as a school administrator. I love history and current events, and I really enjoy research. This book required many years of research. While I was working in the schools full time, I often wrote non-fiction pieces, so I considered writing a second career. But now that I am retired, writing is my full-time career. The Takeaway Men is my first novel. But I also wrote two non-fiction books in 2014 and 2016. Both The Living Memories Project: Legacies That Last and its companion, My Living Memories Project Journal, focus on helping individuals heal after losing loved ones. Interestingly, my novel is also about how a family heals. I feel blessed that I am now able to write full time and to share my work with others.

5. What’s next for you?

I’m going to be trying to spread the word about The Takeaway Men for the coming months. I am scheduled to do a number of virtual events, and I’m always happy to meet with book clubs and other groups. It looks like it’s going to be impossible to travel for the foreseeable future, so Zoom, Skype, and Facebook have become my friends. And I’ve met so many wonderful book lovers via social media. I am also toying with another novel. A number of people have asked for a sequel. I’m so gratified that they have become so invested in the characters that they want to know what happened to them. So that’s a possibility.

SPLASHES  OF JOY…Thank you so much Meryl Ain for answering these questions so we can get to know you and your writing better. We really appreciate it very much! 

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Release date: August 4, 2020
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Meet the Author:

MerylAin’s articles and essays have appeared in Huffington Post, The New York Jewish Week, The New York Times, Newsday and other publications. The Takeaway Men is her debut novel.

In 2014, she co-authored the award-winning book, The Living Memories Project: Legacies That Last, and in 2016, wrote a companion workbook, My Living Memories Project Journal. She is a sought-after speaker and has been interviewed on television, radio, and podcasts. She is a career educator and is proud to be both a teacher and student of history. She has also worked as a school administrator.

The Takeaway Men is the result of her life-long quest to learn more about the Holocaust, a thirst that was first triggered by reading The Diary of Anne Frank in the sixth grade. While teaching high school history, she introduced her students to the study of the Holocaust. At the same time, she also developed an enduring fascination with teaching about and researching the Julius and Ethel Rosenberg case. An interview with Robert Meeropol, the younger son of the Rosenbergs, is featured in her book, The Living Memories Project. The book also includes an interview with Holocaust survivor, Boris Chartan, the founder of the Holocaust Museum and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, New York. Meryl holds a BA from Queens College, an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an Ed.D. from Hofstra University. She lives in New York with her husband, Stewart. They have three married sons and six grandchildren.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~ Facebook Twitter ~ Instagram

Tour Schedule:

July 14 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

July 14 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway

July 14 – Book World Reviews  – book review / author interview

July 15 – 100 Pages A Day – book review / giveaway

July 16 – RebeccaReviewedIt – book review / author interview

July 17 – T’s Stuff – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

July 18 – Just One More Chapter – book review

July 20 – Pick a good book – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

July 21 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway

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

July 23 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview

July 23 – Olio by Marilyn – book review / giveaway

July 24 – THE WORLD AS I SEE IT – book review

July 27 – Book after Book – book spotlight / author interview

July 28 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

July 28 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway

July 29 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway

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

July 31 – Reading is My Passion – book review / giveaway

July 31 – The Eclectic Review – book review

Aug 3 – I’m All About Books – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Aug 3 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight

Aug 4 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway

Aug 4 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

Aug 4 – Peaceful Pastime – book review

Aug 4 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway

Aug 5 – Svetlanas reads and views – book review

Aug 5 – Books and Zebras – book review / giveaway

Aug 5 – Alexis Marie Chute – book review / author interview

Aug 6 – Pen Possessed – book review / giveaway

Aug 6 – Books for Books – book spotlight

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

Aug 10 – My Fictional Oasis – book review

Aug 10 – Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway

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The 8th Island Trilogy Book Series Tour

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Wrinkle in Time meets The Princess Bride.”
Review by Lee Lee Thompson, The Perpetual You Magazine“Chute’s novel weaves STAR WARS-like characters with a WONDER-like message to form an enrapturing read for booklovers of all ages.”
US Review of BooksFast and bizarre… Never a dull moment.
Foreward Reviews
 SERIES DETAILS:
Series Title The 8th Island Trilogy by Alexis Marie Chute
Category:  Young Adult Fiction (13 to 17 yrs) (368 to 448 pages)
Genre fantasy, adventure, coming of age, ya, adult
Publisher SparkPress.
Release dates: Jun 2018; Oct 2019; Apr 2020
Format available for review:  print (Inside the Sun only), e-book, pdf
Will send print books out:  USA and Canada
Tour dates: Jul 7 to Aug 10, 2020
Content Rating: PG:
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Series Description:

The 8th Island Trilogy includes Above the StarBelow the Moon, and Inside the Sun. Over the three books, we follow the adventures of a quirky family, the Wellsleys. The main characters are frumpy senior citizen Archie, his daughter-in-law, Tessa, and his ill fourteen-year-old granddaughter Ella.

Archie, searching for his missing son, accidentally transports his family—and a cruise ship full of people—to a magical planet. There, they uncover the truth: all worlds are dying. Yet hope is not lost. A way to restore all that will soon be destroyed is revealed, along with the realization that Ella will play a role no one could have imagined—especially not her.

On the mysterious island of Jarr-Wya, many races of creatures battle for dominion and magic lurks around every corner. When the world falls dark, that is when bravery must shine the brightest, and the Wellsleys will reveal the strength they never knew they possessed—as well as the power of love to save the day.

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AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR 

Q&A with Alexis Marie Chute, author of The 8th Island Trilogy

What is your education/career background?

My undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art and Design. I also have my Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Despite my professional education, I am a big believer in being a life-long learner and am a self-taught filmmaker and art curator.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? Or what first inspired you to write?

I have been writing since as far back as I can remember—and even before I could hold a pen. As a child, I was very creative and cerebral. I was always coming up with stories and adventures. Fortunately, I didn’t lose that trait as I grew up. I find writing inspiration everywhere, always. My brain is a sponge for my environment and stimuli. Sometimes this is overwhelming, but most often I use this hyper-awareness to my advantage.  

Do you have any interesting writing habits or superstitions?

I am far too busy to have fussy superstitions about my writing. I have three active kids aged ten and under. I juggle multiple creative roles.  It has been valuable for me to be disciplined and approach my writing with bootcamp focus. I sit down and work. I love it, but if I only write when I feel like it, I will procrastinate till I’m dead.

What advice would you give to someone who is working on a book but tends to go back to re-read the first chapter, and gets stuck there?

Don’t go back and reread the beginning! That’s my first piece of advice. A more productive way to approach your book is to focus and write the whole first draft, from start to finish, not rereading anything you’ve written earlier in the story. Don’t do any editing during this first draft stage. A first draft is supposed to be terrible! The most important thing to do is get your story out, fully, on paper. Then you can go back to address the whole book, switching your mind into editing-mode, and work on improving the way you tell the story.

A really great book about switching between the creative act of writing and then the critical act of editing is called Writing on Both Sides of the Brain by Henriette Anne Klauser.

What are some interesting facts to note about your fantasy series The 8th Island Trilogy?

I wrote Above the Star during NaNoWriMo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write a 50,000 word novel in the 30 days of November. It happens every year. I wrote the book as free writing, stream of consciousness, and with a newborn on my lap.

I wrote book two—Below the Moon—in a video series I call my “80 Days of Writing.” Each day I filmed myself write in time lapse videos and added in an Author Reflections about what I learned through the creative process. You can find all the videos on my YouTube channel.

The trilogy are hybrid novels. There are 30 to 60 illustrations per book. Inside the Sun has the most illustrations and many of them continue in a sequence over multiple pages. The illustrations were created in the persona of Ella. Ella Wellsley has cancer and because of this cannot talk. The chapters from her perspective are unique because we the readers get to venture inside her head, hear her thoughts, and see the magical worlds through her eyes by her illustrations.

The 8th Island Trilogy is what’s called portal fantasy. That’s where the main characters start out in the human world and travel through a portal to a magical world. Another example of portal fantasy is Harry Potter. What’s great about portal fantasy is that we learn about the new magical world alongside the main character(s). 

Another neat point to mention is that The 8th Island Trilogy is told in both first person perspective (Ella’s chapters) and third person perspective (Tessa’s and Archie’s chapters). This is one cool distinction that sets it apart. Also the fact that it is a young adult series, but has main characters that are not teenagers. Yes, there is one main character—Ella—who is a teen, but her mom and grandpa also play leading roles. This is quite unique for the genre.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

I learned that books are hard to make and yet tremendously rewarding and fulfilling. Creating books, for me, is akin to getting tattoos. I am terrified of needles, and thus do not have a tattoo of my own (one day!!), but my friends who get tattoos always tell me it’s addictive. You can never only get one! That’s how I feel about writing books. I’m addicted!

Who is your favorite author?

I love everything Laini Taylor writes. The first book of hers that I read was Strange the Dreamer and I was immediately hooked on her vivid descriptions and complex characters. She’s my hero!

What person(s) has/have helped you the most in your career?

My mom has been a relentless force in teaching me business and determination—she is also tirelessly supportive of my artistic pursuits. My dad and step-dad should be included in this as well. I love them all dearly and am so grateful.  

My husband, Aaron, has taught me to believe in myself, and also that self-care is critical. He is truly a teammate in all my crazy adventures.

My children have taught me to shut off and be present. They are all so creative and brilliant in their own ways and provide me with much inspiration and joy.  

If The 8th Island Trilogy was turned into a movie, who would you like to play the main characters?

I’ve spent some time thinking about this and I’ve come up with a graphic of one possible trio for Ella, Tessa, and Archie:

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Where can people find you online?

Website: http://www.AlexisMarieChute.com  

Twitter: @_Alexis_Marie

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GUEST POST FROM THE AUTHOR

Writing Rituals with Alexis Marie Chute, Author of The 8th Island Trilogy

By Alexis Marie Chute

When I was a teenage writer, I intrinsically knew that setting the stage for my writing time was very important. I worked at a second-hand desk in my parents’ basement. I dimmed the lights, lit candles, and played music. I felt very writerly and the story I penned back then still lives on in my mind, along with how I enjoyed my creative environment. Unfortunately, I received a piece of ignorant criticism about that story and took it to heart. I abandoned it, which is a terrible shame. Still, it was the beginning of many of my lifelong writing rituals and my discipline as an author.

Being a professional writer means that I don’t have the luxury of waiting for inspiration to strike. I’ve trained myself through practice, focus, and intention to sit down at my computer and put words on paper (or on a computer screen). Writer’s block is a myth in my world. I always have ideas at the front of my brain and if I do feel stuck I take a few meditative moments to let my mind wander, sort thoughts, and invariably an idea emerges.

When I sit down to write now, many years since I was a teenager, I still enjoy my rituals. These include:

Burning incense and candles. The smells help me stay centered in the moment. My husband says I like to hot box with my incense.

Listening to music without words. Vivaldi. Mozart. Enya. Even Alexa has a playlist called ‘Spa Music’ which I enjoy. I find music with words distracting.

Wearing a cozy sweater or blanket on my lap. Writing is a joyful act and one where I am not performing. Being comfortable is important.

Limiting distractions. This means I am not penning the next great novel in a coffee shop or bustling bookstore. I write at my desk in my home office, my room with a view to a pond, trees, and footbridge. I tell my family that I need an hour or two hours and they leave me alone (most of the time). Or, I am writing at my vintage style black desk in my bedroom. There I am not tempted to distraction by the administrative aspects of my job that are often littered across my workspace in the office.

All of my books have been written with these rituals. They are not prerequisites for creativity, but aspects of my creative process that bring me joy.  

My books, in chronological order, include:

Expecting Sunshine: A Journey of Grief, Healing and Pregnancy After Loss

The 8th Island Trilogy

Above the Star

Below the Moon

Inside the Sun


Above the Star by Alexis Marie Chute

Book Details:

Book Title:  Above the Star by Alexis Marie Chute
Category:  Young Adult Fiction (13 to 17 yrs), 368 pages
Genre fantasy, adventure, coming of age, ya, adult
Publisher SparkPress.
Release dates: Jun 2018
Format available for review:  e-book (mobi for kindle, epub), PDF
Tour dates: Jul 7 to Aug 10, 2020
Content Rating: PG:
 Battle scenes and death depicted.


Book Description:

When frumpy senior citizen Archie goes in search of his missing son in the Spanish Canary Islands, he stumbles upon a higher mission: locating a magical cure for his ailing fourteen-year-old granddaughter, Ella. Using a portal-jumping device called the Tillastrion, Archie and a stone-headed creature named Zeno are transported to Jarr-Wya, a magnificent yet terrifying island in a connected realm―along with Ella and her strong-willed mother, Tessa, who accidentally stow away on this not-so-secret quest.

What they find on Jarr-Wya is an island tortured by a wicked Star anchored in the sea, and a raging three-way battle for dominion between the stone-wielding Bangols, the fiery Olearons, and the evil Millia sands. Ella’s wit and resourcefulness emerge in this new world, while Tessa is forced to confront her long-buried secrets and a confusing new love triangle. When Ella is captured, Tessa and Archie―with the help of a company of peculiar allies―set out to save her and unravel the terrible mystery of her cure. A mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night adventure of three unlikely heroes, Above the Star reminds us that even the smallest act of bravery can transform our lives and the fates of the worlds around us.

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Below the Moon by Alexis Marie Chute

Book Details:

Book Title:  Below the Moon by Alexis Marie Chute
Category:  Young Adult Fiction (13 to 17 yrs), 448 pages
Genre fantasy, adventure, coming of age, ya, adult
Publisher SparkPress.
Release dates: Oct 2019
Format available for review:  e-book (mobi for kindle, epub), PDF
Tour dates: Jul 7 to Aug 10, 2020
Content Rating: PG:
 Battle scenes and death depicted.


Book Description:

Ella Wellsley is not your typical teenager. Cancer left her mute, but not powerless. Trapped in a parallel dimension, Ella rallies her strength to join her family―her mother, Tessa, her grandpa Archie, and her magical boyfriend―in locating the cure to her illness. This cure is entangled in the fate of all worlds, and threatened by the presence of an evil Star anchored in the sea. The Star has thrown life everywhere into chaos―and it is Ella who holds the key to unlocking its mystery.

Caught in a web of betrayal, mistaken identities, secrets, and love triangles, Ella, Tessa, and Archie must overcome their troubled pasts to ensure a future for all worlds. On this journey―armed with unearthly abilities and unexpected allies―each member of the Wellsley family will learn the power of love in the face of their greatest fears.

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Book Details:

Book Title:  Inside the Sun by Alexis Marie Chute
Category:  Young Adult Fiction (13 to 17 yrs), 384 pages
Genre fantasy, adventure, coming of age, ya, adult
Publisher SparkPress.
Release dates: April 2020
Format available for review:  e-book (mobi for kindle, epub), PDF
Tour dates: Jul 7 to Aug 10, 2020
Content Rating: PG:
 Battle scenes and death depicted.


Book Description:

All worlds are dying, and it’s up to one broken and dysfunctional family from Earth―the Wellsleys―to save the day.
Cancer-ridden Ella celebrates her fifteenth birthday beneath an enchanted mountain, but it is what lies even farther below―the mysterious Star in the sea―that demands she grow up quickly. While Ella grapples with the sacrifice she must make and the lies she is forced to tell, her mother, Tessa, is hell-bent on protecting her.
Through bizarre encounters, love-sick Tessa realizes that she is not the lonely orphan she believes. Her husband, Arden, and father-in-law, Archie, are not the only ones with magical bloodlines. This revelation changes everything. As Archie chooses to embody his unexpected ancestry, he learns that leading the charge in the ultimate battle against evil won’t be as easy as he thought. He’ll need his family―and the strange allies he has gained―by his side to give Ella enough time to set things right.

Can they defeat the unstoppable Millia sands―and another unexpected foe―before everything they hold dear is destroyed? Or will their adventure tear them apart for good? The finale to The 8th Island Trilogy will hold you spellbound until the final page, and long after.

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 Meet the Author:

Alexis Marie Chute is an award-winning author, artist, photographer, art curator, filmmaker, and public speaker. She has received over 40 noteworthy distinctions for her visual and literary work. Her award-winning fantasy series The 8th Island Trilogy includes, Above the Star, Below the Moon, and Inside the Sun. The series has been described as “A WRINKLE IN TIME meets THE PRINCESS BRIDE” by The Perpetual You magazine, and “Fast and bizarre… never a dull moment” by Forward Reviews. The 8th Island Trilogy “weaves STAR WARS-like characters with a WONDER-like message to form an enrapturing read for blooklovers of all ages” – US Review of Books. Chute’s bestselling memoir, Expecting Sunshine: A Journey of Grief, Healing and Pregnancy After Loss, was a top Kirkus title of 2017 and received a plethora of other literary distinctions. The memoir was accompanied by the feature documentary of the same name, which has screened internationally for the last three years. Chute received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art and Design from the University of Alberta, Canada, and studied at Media Design school in Auckland, New Zealand. She graduated valedictorian with her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, USA. Chute is a highly regarded public speaker. She has presented on art, writing, bereavement, and the healing capacities of creativity around the world. Contact the Author/Artist for bookings info@alexismariechute.com When not in her art/photo studio or at her computer, Chute loves to spend quality time with her family, read fiction and non-fiction, watch reality TV, paddleboard, and canoe. She is not a winter person but lives in frosty Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with her husband and their three living children.

Connect with the author: Website  ~  Twitter Facebook  ~  Instagram ~
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Tour Schedule:

July 7 – Splashes of Joy – series spotlight / guest post / author interview / giveaway
July 7 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of Above the Star / giveaway
July 7 – fundinmental – series spotlight / giveaway
July 7 – Corinne Rodrigues | Booksnista – series spotlight / giveaway
July 8 – Leels Loves Books – book review of Above the Star / giveaway
July 8 – Book Bustle – book review of Above the Star / giveaway
July 8 – Living in a Bookworld – series spotlight / giveaway
July 9 – Confessions of the Perfect Mom – book review of Above the Star / giveaway
July 9 – I’m Into Books – series spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 10 – Falling Into A Good Book – book review of Above the Star / giveaway
July 10 – She Just Loves Books – book review of Above the Star / giveaway
July 13 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of Above the Star / giveaway
July 13 – Books and Zebras – book review of Above the Star / giveaway
July 14 – Olio by Marilyn – book review of Above the Star / giveaway
July 14 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review of Above the Star / giveaway
July 15 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of Above the Star / giveaway
July 15 – Blooming with Books – book review of Above the Star / giveaway
July 16 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of Below the Moon / giveaway
July 16 – Books and Zebras – book review of Below the Moon / giveaway
July 17 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of Above the Star / giveaway
July 17 – Writer with Wanderlust – series spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 20 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of Below the Moon / giveaway
July 20 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of Below the Moon / giveaway
July 20 – Adventurous Bookworm – book review of Above the Star / giveaway
July 21 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of Inside the Sun / giveaway
July 21 – Stephanie Jane – series spotlight / giveaway
July 21 – Leels Loves Books – book review of Below the Moon / giveaway
July 22 – T’s Stuff – series spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 22 – She Just Loves Books – book review of Below the Moon / giveaway
July 22 – Blooming with Books – book review of Below the Moon / giveaway
July 23 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of Inside the Sun / guest post / giveaway
July 23 – Confessions of the Perfect Mom – book review of Below the Moon / giveaway
July 24 – Falling Into A Good Book – book review of Below the Moon / giveaway
July 24 – Books and Zebras – book review of Inside the Sun / giveaway
July 27 –  Book Bustle – book review of Below the Moon / giveaway
July 27 – Adventurous Bookworm – book review of Below the Moon / giveaway
July 28 –  Working Mommy Journal – book review of Inside the Sun / giveaway
July 28 – Olio by Marilyn – book review of Below the Moon / giveaway
July 28 – Library of Clean Reads – series spotlight / giveaway
July 29 – 411 ON BOOKS, AUTHORS, AND PUBLISHING NEWS – series spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 29 – Blooming with Books – book review of Inside the Sun / giveaway
July 30 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of Below the Moon / giveaway
July 30 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review of Below the Moon / giveaway
July 31 – She Just Loves Books – book review of Inside the Sun / giveaway
July 31 – Pen Possessed – series spotlight / giveaway
Aug 3 – StoreyBook Reviews – series spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 3 – Leels Loves Books – book review of Inside the Sun / giveaway
Aug 4 –  Confessions of the Perfect Mom – book review of Inside the Sun / giveaway
Aug 4 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review of Inside the Sun / guest post / giveaway
Aug 5 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of Inside the Sun / giveaway
Aug 5 – Adventurous Bookworm – book review of Inside the Sun / giveaway
Aug 6 – Olio by Marilyn – book review of Inside the Sun / giveaway
Aug 6 – Olio by Marilyn – series spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 7 – Falling Into A Good Book – book review of Inside the Sun / giveaway
Aug 7 – Jazzy Book Reviews – series spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 10 – Books for Books – series spotlight
Aug 10 –Book Bustle – book review of Inside the Sun / giveaway

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The Annie Oakley Mystery Series by Kari Bovee

 

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 Join us for this tour from June 22 to July 10, 2020!

Series Details:

Book Title:  The Annie Oakley Mystery Series by Kari Bovee

Category:  Adult Fiction (18+), 83 to 332 pages

Genre:  Historical Mystery

Publisher:  Bosque Publishing

Release dates:   Shoot Like a Girl (2019); Girl With a Gun (April, 2020); Peccadillo at the Palace (April 2020); Folly at the Fair (June, 2020)

Tour dates: June 22 to July 10, 2020

Content Rating:  R for some swearing, violence, and mature themes.

Book Details:

Book Title: Shoot Like a Girl (A Pre-quel Novella to Girl With A Gun) by Kari Bovee

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

Genre:  Historical Fiction

Publisher:  Bosque Publishing

Release date:   November 2019

Tour dates: June 22 to July 10, 2020

Content Rating:  R for Mature themes and some violence. No bad language.


Book Description:

Shoot like a Girl

depicts the historically fictive tale of a young Annie Oakley’s

struggles before she becomes the most famous sharpshooting woman of all

time. After the death of her father, Annie is sent to the Drake County

poorhouse where she learns to cook, sew, and keep house for other

families to help her mother make ends meet. Annie ends up at the

McCrimmons, a couple whom she comes to refer to as “the wolves.” Cruel

and neglectful, the McCrimmons push Annie to the brink of despair. The

only bright spot in her dreary existence is Buck, a beautiful

buckskinned horse, and the two form a bond. Despite her resolve to help

her family, Annie loses hope of ever seeing them again, as life at the

McCrimmons’ becomes more oppressive, and she is cut off from all outside

communication. Physically and emotionally weak from illness, hunger,

and abuse, Annie resigns herself to a life of servitude to the abusive

couple. But, when Mr. McCrimmon’s continued cruelty to Buck finally

threatens the horse’s life, Annie takes matters into her own hands and

formulates a plan for escape.

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Book Details:

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

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

Genre:  Historical Mystery

Publisher:  Bosque Publishing

Release date:   April 2020

Tour dates: June 22 to July 10, 2020

Content Rating:  R for one explicit sex scene. There is some swearing, violence, mature themes.


Book Description:

In an exciting new

historical mystery series, award-winning author Kari Bovee brings the

beloved American icon, Annie Oakley, into the world of mystery and crime

as a plucky, amateur sleuth. Fifteen-year-old Annie Oakley is the sole

supporter of her widowed mother and two younger siblings. An expert

markswoman and independent spirit, she hunts game to sell to the local

mercantile to make ends meet instead of accepting a marriage proposal

that could solve all her problems, including the impending foreclosure

of her family’s farm. After a stunning performance in a shooting contest

against famous sharpshooter Frank Butler, Annie is offered a position

in the renowned Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. Finally, she has a chance

to save her family’s farm–and make her dreams come true. But after her

catapult to fame, a series of crimes takes place in the Wild West Show,

including the death of Annie’s Indian Assistant. The coroner claims the

death was due to natural causes, but Annie is unconvinced. Then her

prized horse, Buck–a major part of her act–is stolen, and she realizes

that someone is out to get her. With the help of a sassy, blue-blooded

reporter, Annie sets out to find her horse, solve the crimes, and clear

her good name–before everything she’s worked for is destroyed.

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Book Details:

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

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

Genre:  Historical Mystery

Publisher:  Bosque Publishing

Release date:   April 2020

Tour dates: June 22 to July 10, 2020

Content Rating:  R for some swearing, violence, and mature themes.


Book Description:

In this second book in

the Annie Oakley historical mystery series, award-winning author Kari

Bovee brings back the lovable character, Annie Oakley, as an amateur

sleuth. It’s 1887, and Annie and Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show are

invited to Queen Victoria’s Jubilee celebration in London, England. But

their long journey across the Atlantic takes a turn for the worst when

the queen’s royal servant ends up dead and Annie’s husband, Frank

Butler, falls suspiciously ill. Annie soon discovers that the two events

are connected–and may be precursors to an assassination attempt on the

queen. In London, it becomes clear that there is rampant unrest in the

queen’s kingdom–the Irish Fenian Brotherhood, as well as embittered

English subjects, are teeming in the streets. But amid the chaos, even

while she prepares for the show, Annie is determined to find the truth.

With the help of a friend and reporter, Emma Wilson, the renowned poet

Oscar Wilde, and the famous socialite Lily Langtry, Annie sets out to

hunt down the queen’s enemies–and find out why they want to kill

England’s most beloved monarch.

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

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

Genre:  Historical Mystery

Publisher:  Bosque Publishing

Release date:   June 2020

Tour dates: June 22 to July 10, 2020

Content Rating:  R for some swearing, violence, and mature themes.


Book Description:


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never misses a target. But unless she can solve this murder, she’ll

become one… Chicago World’s Fair, 1893. “Little Sure Shot” Annie Oakley

is exhausted from her work with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. But when a

fellow performer scuffles with a man who threatens her harm, she has to

keep her eyes peeled. And when the heckler is found dead under the

Ferris Wheel, Annie won’t rest until she proves her defender is

innocent. Before she can rustle up any clues, an old friend asks Annie

to protect her young daughter. And as more bodies turn up around the

grounds, she’s going to need all her sharpshooting skills just to stay

alive. Can Annie live up to her reputation and put a bullseye on the

killer? Folly at the Fair is the third book in the Annie Oakley Mystery

historical fiction series. If you like strong heroines, Wild West

adventures, and suspenseful twists and turns, then you’ll love Kari

Bovee’s fast-paced whodunit.

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Meet the Author:

When she’s not on a horse, or walking along the beautiful

cottonwood-laden acequias of Corrales, New Mexico; or basking on white

sand beaches under the Big Island Hawaiian sun, Kari Bovee is escaping

into the past—scheming murder and mayhem for her characters both real

and imagined, and helping them to find order in the chaos of her

action-packed novels. Empowered women in history, horses, unconventional

characters, and real-life historical events fill the pages of Kari

Bovée’s articles and historical mystery musings and manuscripts. An

award-winning author, Bovée was honored with the 2019 NM/AZ Book Awards

Hillerman Award for Southwestern Fiction for her novel Girl with a Gun.

The novel also received First Place in the 2019 NM/AZ Book Awards in the

Mystery/Crime category, and is a Finalist in the 2019 International

Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Awards and the International Chanticleer

Goethe Awards, as well as the Next Generation Indie Awards. Her novel

Grace in the Wings is a Finalist for the 2019 International Chanticleer

Chatelaine Awards and the International Chanticleer Goethe Awards. Her

novel Peccadillo at the Palace is a Finalist in the 2019 International

Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Awards and the 2019 International Goethe

Awards, as well as a Finalist in the 2019 Best Book Awards Historical

Fiction category. Bovée has worked as a technical writer for a Fortune

500 Company, has written non-fiction for magazines and newsletters, and

has worked in the education field as a teacher and educational

consultant. She and her husband, Kevin, spend their time between their

horse property in the beautiful Land of Enchantment, New Mexico, and

their condo on the sunny shores of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

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

~ Pinterest

Tour Schedule:

June 22 – Working Mommy Journal – series spotlight / giveaway

June 23 – History from a Woman’s Perspective – series spotlight / giveaway

June 23 – Two Gals and a Book – series spotlight / giveaway

June 24 – The Irresponsible Reader – series spotlight / giveaway

June 25 – Pen Possessed – series spotlight / giveaway

June 26 – T’s Stuff – series spotlight / giveaway

June 29 – Celticlady’s Reviews – series spotlight / giveaway

June 29 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – series spotlight / giveaway

June 30 – Jazzy Book Reviews – series spotlight / giveaway

July 1 – Pick a good book – series spotlight / giveaway

July 2 – Locks, Hooks and Books – series spotlight / giveaway

July 4 – fundinmental – series spotlight / giveaway

July 6 – She Just Loves Books – series spotlight / giveaway

July 6 – Splashes of Joy  – series spotlight / giveaway

July 7 – Lizofwords – series spotlight / giveaway

July 8 – Library of Clean Reads – series spotlight / giveaway

July 9 – Laura’s Interests – series spotlight / giveaway

July 10 – 100 Pages A Day – series spotlight / giveaway

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Signs in the Rearview Window by Kelly Smith

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Join us for this tour from Jun 8 to Jun 26, 2020!

Book Details:

Book Title: Signs in the Rearview Mirror: Leaving a Toxic Relationship Behind by Kelly Smith

Category:  Adult Non-Fiction, 214 pages

Genre:  Self-Help, Memoir

Publisher:  Sunny Day Publishing

Release date:  April 2018

Content Rating:

PG + M. This non-fiction self-help book has very mild if any swearing.

However, it does deal with the topic of abusive relationships, which

some may consider inappropriate for younger reading audiences.

Book Description:

What kind of person ends up in a toxic relationship? And why stay? This

searingly honest memoir answers both of those questions head-on.

Coming-out of failing marriage, Kelly turns to Gabe out of fear of being

alone. Her gradual slide into danger is at once terrifying and

inevitable.

Kelly tells her story now to inspire others who find themselves in

similar turmoil. In this book, Kelly outlines the steps to escape

abusive relationship and offers hope for future relationships.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Kelly Smith does amazing work in writing this book. I admire her for her honesty and vulnerability as she tells her story. She digs very deep into her life and the toxic relationship she was in. Starting with the steps of how she became involved in this relationship, not even realizing what she is doing.

I have never been in an abusive relationship so I can not relate to Kelly and what she went through. Sometimes I don’t understand why women don’t just leave, and I understand this better after reading Signs in the Rearview Mirror. Though I understood some of why a person put themselves in this situation, I really didn’t understand until I read this book. So for me, this book is full of new information for me. And even if I don’t use it, I hope I can help someone else, turn them in the right direction. Give them a copy of Kelly’s book. Point them to Celebrate Recovery for help. I am familiar with this program and it is a great one!!

I feel this is a must read for anyone who is in an abusive relationship. And even for people who want to be more knowledgeable about the situations involved. You won’t go wrong buying this book! A big Thank you to author Kelly Smith for writing the awesome book.

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

Meet the Author:

Boston born and raised, Kelly now makes her home in Austin,TX with her three sons and one amazing Giant Schnauzer, Bullseye. Kelly has written for Huffington Post, Elephant Journal, and hosts a podcast, Let’s Get Wicked Deep.

Author Interview with Kelly Smith, author of Signs in the Rearview Mirror

Writing a book about toxic relationships isn’t easy, when was the moment you decided to write this book?

I made the decision to write this book on a late Sunday afternoon. I had just gotten out of the shower and my body was frozen on the floor of my closet. My toxic relationship was ending, he was with someone else and I was in so much pain. I decided on that floor on that day that if I recovered from this pain, I would never let anyone go through this alone.

How did your friends and family handle reading this book with so much personal information in it?

They didn’t know everything about my toxic relationship. I think when we are in such a rough situation we dont tell anyone what is really going on out of fear of judgement or the ones closest to us trying to get us to leave. We have to make that decision on our own. After the book came out, a lot of people in my life were surprised at how much they didn’t actually know. Some were upset with me for not sharing and others were just happy I got out.

At any point did you consider using a pen name to hide your identity?

I didn’t actually. I wanted my name to be on the book from the beginning. Now, after releasing the book, not so much. At times I can’t believe I exposed so much of myself to the world. It’s surreal to walk into a store or a restaurant and people I have never met before know so much about me.

How has your life changed since releasing this book with so much of your private life exposed?

It has not changed a whole lot, but it is interesting to know people all over the world know so much about me and the mistakes I have made in my life. At the time I was writing this book, I wasn’t thinking about how much I was exposing myself until the book was actually out.

Do you have any regrets about writing this book?

I am not sure if I have regrets, I am grateful it has helped the people it has helped.

Thank you Kelly! I can not identify with what you went through, but I pray that those in the same situations as you went through will find help. You are a very brave woman to expose so much of yourself to the world.

Connect with the author:   Website  Twitter   Facebook 

Tour Schedule:

June 8 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway

June 8 – Over Coffee Conversations – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

June 9 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway

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

June 11 – T’s Stuff – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

June 12 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

June 15 – Books for Books – audiobook review

June 16 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / author interview / giveaway

June 17 – Tabi Thoughts – book review / author interview / giveaway

June 18 – Locks, Hooks and Books – audiobook review / guest post / giveaway

June 22 – Svetlanas reads and views – book review

June 24 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight

June 26 – My Fictional Oasis – book review / author interview

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A Secret Life: by James S. Juliana

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Join us for this tour from June 15 to June 26, 2020!

Book Details:

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Book Title:  A Secret Life: Enduring and Triumphing Over OCD: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by James S. Juliana
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+), 176 pages
Genre:  Self-Help, Mental Health
Publisher:  Self-Published
Release dates:   October 2019
Tour datesJune 15 to June 26, 2020
Content Rating:  PG. This self-help book deals with adult subject matter of mental illness.

Book Description:
Are you one of the millions who reside within a secret life, a life which constantly feels out of your own control: Are you plagued by repetitive thoughts and/or actions which interfere with your daily activities? The author lived for more than 40 years with an undiagnosed form of mental illness, a phobia now known as OCD: obsessive-compulsive disorder. His emotional pain and suffering were at times almost unmanageable. In his mid-sixties, the author, a loving husband, father and accomplished high school teacher and athletic coach, discovered a unique psychologist within the Denver therapeutic community who utilizes a radical but highly successful treatment that’s allowed the author to control his OCD symptoms almost 100%. “A Secret Life” is one of the few books written by an OCD sufferer and descries in detail the pain and chaos living with this illness can cause not just the victim, but those closest to him. This story doesn’t stop there, but provides readers with options and advice dealing with OCD from someone who broke the curse of living a secret life. Now he’s ready to share his story in order to help others.
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A Secret Life by James S. Juliana

Meet the Author:

Jim Juliana was a hard-working family man with a devoted wife and adoring children. As a teacher, he taught numerous subjects over a 28-year career, was an assistant principal/athletic director for three years and mentored generations of youngsters in the classroom and in athletics. Juliana was a coach for forty years at the high school level. Coach Juliana has been a part of two state championship teams, a city championship team and several league title teams. He spent two years as a college instructor and football coach. But Jim Juliana had a secret life, one over which he had no control. For most of his life, he also fought – and eventually defeated – an embarrassing and almost debilitating OCD. OCD, or obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder that effects three to five million adults in the US each year. OCD involves irrational fears or repeated thoughts or obsessions that drive an individual to engage in repetitive behaviors or compulsions. Jim Juliana’s life was finally changed when he found a therapist whose treatment all but eliminated his OCD incidents. A Secret Life chronicles Juliana’s battle against his OCD and gives readers options and information for treatment based on his experiences.

Connect with the author:  Website ~ Facebook

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June 15 –Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 15 –Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
June 16 –Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 16 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
June 17 –novelsnerd – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 17 –T’s Stuff – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 18 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
June 18 – Laura’s Interests – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 19 –Hall Ways Blog – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 19 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 22 –Books for Books – book spotlight
June 22 – 100 Pages A Day – book spotlight / giveaway
June 23 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 23 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 24 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway
June 24 – Rainy Day Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 25 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / author interview /giveaway
June 26 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

Yummy Me Feels So Good by Lion Iam plus Giveaway

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Book Details:

Book Title:  Yummy Me Feels So Good by Lion Iam
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  36 pages
Genre: children’s feelings. baby animals, children’s social situations, self esteem, mindfulness, parenting
Publisher:  Funny Bird Production
Release date:   January, 2020
Format available for review:  print, EPUB, and PDF
Will send print books out:  USA and Canada
Tour dates: June 15 to June 26, 2020
Content Rating:  G. This is a children’s book.

“Lion I AM validates and assists children to experience emotions in a conscious manner — essential to learning and gaining self-knowledge.  Scientific research has demonstrated that even more than IQ, your emotional awareness and abilities to handle feelings will determine your success and happiness in all walks of life, including family relationships.   Yummy Me Feels So Good will help you and your child learn to be “Lions of Love,” to consciously choose and express effectively what you are feeling.  Being watchful and strong like the Lion brings acceptance and maturity in the ever changing world of feelings. Then everyone can share this “feeling of magic” and joy with others.”  – Harold H Bloomfield MD, N.Y. Times bestselling author
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Book Description:
Yummy Me Feels So Good isn’t just another story book. It is something you can use with your kids and grandkids for many years. Simple and childlike, kids identify with the gentle creatures within. Absolutely beautiful, Yummy Me is a genius way of helping children immediately connect with the world of emotions through enchanting animal friends. The images and words are so simple and therefore can be grasped by children and adults of all ages. The book can easily open up space for a dialogue about emotions between an adult and a child, all the while being playfully disguised as animal talk. Children laugh and grimace as they flip through the pages, mirroring the emotions they feel on the pages. Yummy Me is a great doorway to explore the sometimes difficult arena of emotions, both for children, teachers and parents.Rather than labeling certain emotions as “good” or “bad”, these emotions simply get space to be as they are, and encourage the reader to remember that they too will pass. The final message of the book that we are in fact “none of these” me’s is a loving reminder that at any moment we can start our day again from joy. “I have seen firsthand how taking out this book can transform a child’s tantrum into a smile and eventually bursts of laughter.

Lion Has a Word for the Big People

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Yummy Men Feels So Good is a really cute book is to help children explore their feelings. Feelings are sometimes hard for children to understand, and Liam I am Dan does such a fantastic job in this precious little book, using unique animals that we don’t see a lot in children’s books. Through these special animals, your child can learn to identify with whatever feeling they are having. I think my favorite has to be the Owl. With the oh so adorable picture of the Owl looking in the mirror saying:
Who,
Whooo, Whooo
Who am I?
Who am I?
There’s so many
Me’s in one day.
But then it’s really hard to pick a favorite, they are all so adorable, and so knowledgeable in expressing their feelings. There are not many words in this book but lots of pictures. This is a wonderful guide to be used by anyone that works with small children, whether it be teachers, Sunday school workers, Day Care workers, parents, grandparents, and the list goes on. As you read the book to children, the emotions of each animal can be discussed in detail. This small book with few words can generate a big discussion with smaller little ones.
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And the illustrations, it’s  hard to find words to describe the cuteness and beauty of each. I love that after you read the book to your child enough that they know what emotion each animal represents, you will be hearing all kinds of different stories they will make up themselves just looking at the pictures.
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I could keep going on and on about this book, but then I would take the fun out of you reading it. This us a book I highly recommend to everyone that comes in contact with children, and communicates with them. You will be surprised at how easy it will be to talk to little ones.
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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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The author Lion I Am lives on a beautiful island with lots of trees and animals. He likes quiet spaces in nature just like his animal friends. He enjoys talking to the turtles, dolphins and whales when they’re around. Like the Lion he enjoys relaxing in nature and listening to the sounds of the birds and animals and that of the wind in the trees and bamboos. He especially loves the beach and the ocean surf. One of his favorite things is swimming in the strong waves in the ocean. He loves playing with children and animals. They help him laugh at all his passing Me’s and his funny moods. The children and animals remind him to be grateful for life here on this beautiful Earth. ​ Lion I Am loves to visit with teachers and children who read the Lion I Am books together and share their feelings and playfulness together. The Funny Bird Productions mop top birds sing “All there is is Love, Love is all there is. Love is all there is, All you need is Love” They know the important things in life.

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June 15 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
June 15 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
June 15 – A Mama’s Corner Of the World – book review / giveaway
June 16 – Leels Loves Books – book review
June 17 – Momfluenster – book review / giveaway
June 18 – Books for Books – book review
June 19 – 100 Pages A Day – book review / giveaway
June 21 – The Bespectacled Mother – book review
June 22 – Older & Smarter? – book review / giveaway
June 22 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
June 23 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
June 23 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
June 24 – Reading is My Passion – book review
June 24 – Svetlanas reads and views – book review
June 25 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
June 25 – Wanda Gambling – book review
June 26 – Novel Escapes – book review
June 26 – StoreyBook Reviews – book review / giveaway
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The Nutcracker Conspiracy by Lauren Carr plus GIVEAWAY

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“Wow – this is one INCREDIBLE novel that I could not put down. It had me  on the edge oseat and I can honestly say that I never saw the end coming. It was full of suspense, action but also humour (done in a way  that only Lauren can accomplish).” – 5-Star Review ofTHE NUTCRACKER CONSPIRACY by Working Mommy Journal
Join Us for This Audiobook Tour from June 8 to June 26, 2020!
Book Details:Book Title:  The Nutcracker Conspiracy (A Thorny Rose Mystery #4) by Lauren Carr
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  388 pages
Genre:  Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:   January 30, 2020
Format available for review:  audible (download code), mobi, epub, PDF
Tour datesJune 8 to Jun 26, 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!
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Book Description:

Three years ago, the nation gasped in horror when the President of the United States barely escaped an assassination attempt that left two dead—the vice president’s wife and the attempted assassin.  Even after numerous investigations proved otherwise, conspiracy theorists argue that the assassin was acting on orders from the CIA, FBI, and every federal agency within a hundred miles of the capital.

Aspiring Author Dean Conway is the last person Lieutenant Commander Murphy Thornton wants to spend his Saturday afternoon when they end up at the same wedding reception table. While their wives tend to bridesmaid duties, Murphy is trapped listening to Dean’s latest work-in-project—completing the manuscript of an investigative journalist who’d disappeared months earlier.

“She was number twelve,” Dean says.

“Twelve?” Murphy asks.

“Twelve witnesses connected to or investigating The Nutcracker shooting have died either in an accident or suicide.”

Two days later, Dean dies suddenly―but not before sending a text message to Murphy:

Interview with Lauren Carr, author of The Thorny Rose Mystery Series

1. Lauren, you really have kicked things up a notch with The Nutcracker Conspiracy, which is full of conspiracies, spies, and cover ups. Your other best-selling mystery series (Mac Faraday Mysteries, Lovers in Crime Mysteries, the Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries, and now the Nikki Bryant Cozy Mysteries) take place in more “sedate” settings of rural or small towns. What made you shift gears to set The Thorny Rose Mysteries in Washington, DC?

LC: Because that is where Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday live.

When creating the Thorny Rose Mystery series, I flipped my creative process somewhat. I choose the series to fit the mystery. Lovers in Crime is a small town setting. I grew up in Chester, West Virginia. Mac Faraday lives on Deep Creek Lake, a resort area where my family vacations. The Chris Matheson Mysteries are set in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, which is still considered the Washington DC metropolitan area, but it’s still quite a bit away.

However, in the case of the Thorny Rose Mysteries, the characters came first. Murphy Thornton appeared in my very first book—A Small Case of Murder. Then, he was only seventeen years old and aspired to attend the Naval Academy in Annapolis. Jessica Faraday, Mac Faraday’s daughter, has been mentioned in the Mac Faraday mysteries. Originally from Washington, DC, she was attending William and Mary University in Williamsburg and is planning to go to medical school.

Since Murphy is a navy lieutenant, it is natural for him to be assigned to the Pentagon. Therefore, Ihad little choice in the setting.

2. Did setting the Thorny Rose Mysteries in the Nation’s Capital present any challenges that you didn’t encounter with your other series?

LC: Every book presents its own challenges. As a writer, I embrace them. That’s why I love writing.

The setting sets the tone of the book. I had lived in Northern Virginia and worked for the federal government as an editor and layout designer for over ten years. So I was already intimate with the fast pace and diverse characters that would be a part of Jessica and Murphy’s lives—not all of them positive.

For example, one character reveals in the first book, Kill and Run, that the first rule he was taught when going to work for the government was to “watch your back and cover your butt.” In other words, it is basically every man for himself. The characters in my other series are not so self-centered. Such rules make it difficult to know who to trust when members of your team put their own professional advancement first, which is something Murphy discovered first hand in Kill and Run. That rule has continued to run throughout the other installments because, unfortunately, it is a theme that has contaminated Washington DC area.

3. If you could cast a movie of The Nutcracker Conspiracy, who would you put into the roles of Jessica Faraday and Murphy Thornton?

I am frequently asked this question and I always stumble over it because I don’t base any of my characters on famous actors. I develop them from the inside out, and sometimes they can even change.

Murphy Thornton was in my very first book. He was sixteen years old then. Now he’s in his mid-twenties. Chris Pratt is too old and his eyes aren’t blue, but he can perfectly reflect Murphy’s fun loving nature.

As far as appearance, I was envisioning Elizabeth Taylor when she was in her twenties when I created Jessica Faraday. Notice the reference to her violet eyes, dark hair, and abundant bosom. Jessica Faraday is a stunningly beautiful woman, but she’s smart, too. I’m going strictly by appearance, because I have not seen any movies she has appeared in, but Megan Fox is a good fit for Jessica—looks wise.

4. You always have such interesting characters in your series—especially furry four-legged ones. There’s Gnarly in the Mac Faraday Mysteries, Irving and Admiral in the Lovers in Crime Mysteries. What four-legged sidekicks do you have in the Thorny Rose Mysteries?

LC: As with every new marriage, there is a merging of households. Readers met Spencer, Jessica’s Shetland sheepdog in Three Days to Forever, the book in which I introduced readers to the Thorny Rose detectives. Murphy calls her Candi, after an old girlfriend who used to kiss everybody. Spencer is a blue merle. Her long fur has a bluish cast to it and she has blue eyes.

Newman is a forty-five pound couch potato. One reviewer has already called Newman “The Man.” Unlike Gnarly, who actively participates in Mac Faraday’s cases, Newman does nothing. He watches television from his recliner and doesn’t do anything—unless you try to come between him and the remote.

One last furry character is Monique. She is an eight inch long tarantula, owned by Tristan, Jessica’s brother. Being a tarantula, she is quite limited in solving crimes.

5. What about Gnarly? He’s made a guest appearance in The Nutcracker Conspiracy.

LC: By popular demand! Gnarly and Mac Faraday are back this September! Look for A Murder for Christmas!

There’s nothing Mac Faraday loves more than a new mystery to tackle. But the last thing he expected was a murder mystery in his stocking when the host of a swanky Christmas party ends up dead.

Guess post by Author Lauren Carr

Put a Little Love in Your Murder and Mayhem

By Lauren Carr

How is it that love and murder seem to go hand in hand when it comes to murder mysteries?

Think about it. We pick up a mystery because we want to read about murder and mayhem. Yet, somewhere, someplace, whether it be in the forefront of the plot or in the background, there’s an interweaving of romance.

Nancy Drew had Ned hanging around.

Perry Mason had Della Street at his beck and call—at least I think so. You could never really tell. That was one of the things that kept readers coming back. Are they or aren’t they?

Mystery fans fell in love with Elizabeth George’s Inspector Thomas Lynley and his late wife Helen. When George killed Helen off, I was as mad at Elizabeth George as if she pulled the trigger. (Actually, as the writer, didn’t she pull the trigger?)

Romance is not only found in murder mysteries. On the other side of the bookshelf, in the romance genre, mystery often plays a big role in romance novels. I remember not being able to put down Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, one of literature’s greatest romance novels, which is filled with mystery surrounding the death of Rebecca, the first Mrs. DeWinter.

Even mysteries with unattached detectives, some who want nothing to do with love, or who are never successful at it, usually seem to have a couple of characters who have been struck with cupid’s arrow somewhere in the plot. It is not uncommon for the protagonist to be dragged into the mystery to save the couple’s union. Does anybody know how often the hard-boiled detective has been hired by the wife of a murder suspect to clear her husband or boyfriend’s name?

“Love is for suckers and fools,” the detective will grumble before going off to solve the case, only because he wants to bring a smile to the poor lady’s pretty face.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining. I’m all for love and romance, especially when it means a big box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day.

Love has a big part in murder mysteries. Mystery writers, including myself, seem to always write it in and readers love to scoop it up. From the first installment of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, readers were anxious for Mac and his lady love Archie to get together.

Readers and reviewers were thrilled when I matched Mac Faraday’s daughter Jessica up with Joshua Thornton’s son Murphy for the Thorny Rose mysteries.

Why does love play such a big role in murder mysteries?

Well, the answer can be found in the definition of the two emotions.

Love:  The definition of Love as defined by Google is “an intense feeling of deep affection.”

Murder: Also according to Google: “The unlawful, premeditated killing of another human being.” While Google doesn’t go on to say it, it can go without saying that this act is brought about by an intense feeling, but not of affection, the feeling that is opposite of love: hatred.

In my opinion the mixture of these two emotions, so extreme from each other, is akin to a literary sweet and sour mix. In one chapter, we have the plot surrounding the intense act of murder, only be complemented by the sweet love scenes.

When planning the storyline for the fourth Thorny Rose Mystery, The Nutcracker Conspiracy, I could not resist adding a little spice to an otherwise average marital discussion:

Murphy’s personal phone buzzed on his desk. Jessica’s picture flashed across the screen. “I gotta go. My better half is calling.”

Afraid Jessica would disconnect the call if he didn’t answer fast enough, Murphy grabbed the phone and swiped his thumb across the screen. “Hello, Beautiful!”

“Hey, Handsome,” Jessica said in a less enthusiastic tone. “What are you doing later?”

“I was planning for some late afternoon delight before dinner.”

“Hmmm, that’s right.”

“What’s going on?”

Jessica paused. “Amy met with her lawyer to see if there’s any way to get Dean out of the house.”

“It’s her house,” Murphy said. “She’s paying the mortgage.”

“Doesn’t matter that she’s paying the mortgage,” Jessica said. “It’s in both of their names. Just like I bought our house out of my inheritance. The deed has both of our names on it.”

“But if we got divorced, I’d be man enough to do the right thing and leave,” Murphy said.

“You’re not Dean.” She took in a deep breath. “I’ve called Willingham. He’s coming over to our house this evening. Amy is going to meet him there. We don’t want Dean to know that she’s planning to divorce him. He won’t think anything is up if she comes over to see me.”

“Gotcha.” Murphy cleared his throat. “What time is your dad’s lawyer coming over?”

“About six-thirty.”

“So if we can get home by five-thirty, then we can have a roll in the hay before he gets there.”

“Then we’ll be all sweaty.

“We’ll take a quick shower afterwards—together.”

“You know what happens when we take a shower together,” she said with a giggle. “It’s never just a quick shower.”

In a husky voice, he said, “I’ll do that thing you like.”

She caught her breath. “You know what that does to me.”

“Five-thirty?”

“Make it five.”

Murphy heard a throat clear behind him. He jumped up in his chair and spun around to find Perry standing in the doorway. “I’ve got to go.”

“Okay. If I’m late, don’t start without me.”

“I wouldn’t dream of it.” Murphy disconnected the call. “What can I do for you, Perry?”

“They found Koch’s car out at the mall in Springfield. I’m going to look it over before they tow it to our garage.”

“Can someone bring Gnarly back here, or should I go out there to pick him up?”

“He’s on his way to Walter Reed hospital with the medical examiner?”

Murphy’s mouth dropped open. He had so many questions that he didn’t know which to ask first. First, his personal curiosity made him wonder what Gnarly was doing with the medical examiner. Professional curiosity made him want to know about the military’s medical examiner’s involvement in the case. “The body in Woodbridge was Koch.”

Perry nodded his head. “She’d been in the water at least two days. Archer and Hamilton identified her by her tattoos.”

“Any obvious clues about cause of death?”

Perry shook his head. “Her feet and hands were bound with duct tape. She also had rocks stuffed inside her clothes. Obviously, the killer wanted her body to be weighed down at the bottom of the river. She still managed to float back up to shore. Dr. Reed thinks it was the river’s current—something about the rain last week.”

“Why is Dr. Reed taking Gnarly back to Bethesda with him?”

“Gnarly jumped in the van.” Perry lifted a shoulder. “Archer says he and Gnarly hit it off.”

“Who’s going to Bethesda to pick him up?”

“He’s your dog.” Perry walked away.

“No, he’s not my dog,” Murphy called after him. “My dog is home in his recliner watching the business report—like all good dogs.”

The taste of a good romance in a mystery can take the edge off the gruesomeness of a killer plot, which is a good thing. I have found that books with no romance or tender emotion between characters to be depressing and leave a feeling of hopelessness—which is another genre.

Personally, I prefer a little love mixed in with my murder and mayhem.

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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, the Thorny Rose, and now the Nikki Bryant Cozy Mysteries—almost 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 on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with the author: Website ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Instagram ~Books on Audible


Tour Schedule:
June 8 – She Just Loves Books – audiobook review / giveaway
June 9 –Mystery Suspense Reviews – audiobook review / giveaway
June 9 –Mystery Suspense Reviews– book spotlight / guest post
June 10 –Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review / guest post / giveaway
June 10 –T’s Stuff – audiobook review / guest post / giveaway
June 11 –Sefina Hawke’s Books – audiobook review
June 11 – Bound 4 Escape – audiobook review / giveaway
June 11 – Rosepoint Publishing – audiobook review
June 12 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / guest post / author interview / giveaway
June 12 – Nighttime Reading Center – book spotlight / giveaway
June 12 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 15 –Buried Under Books – audiobook review – giveaway
June 16 – Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews – audiobook review /giveaway
June 17 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 17 – Blooming with Books – audiobook review / giveaway
June 19 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
June 22 – Hall Ways Blog – audiobook review / giveaway
June 23 – Books for Books – audiobook review
June 24 – JBronder Book Reviews – audiobook review / guest post / giveaway
June 25 – Thoughts in Progress – audiobook review / giveaway
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A Goddess Among Men Spotlight

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A GODDESS AMONG MEN by Daniel Davidsohn

Book Details:

Book Title:  A Goddess Among Men by Daniel Davidsohn
Category:  Adult Fiction 18 yrs +,  400 pages
Genre:  Family Saga Fiction, Thriller, Historical Fiction
Publisher:  Daniel Davidsohn
Release date:   June, 2020
Format available for review:  print, mobi (for Kindle), epub, pdf
Will send print books out:  USA
Tour dates: Jun 1 to Jun 12, 2020
Content Rating:  PG-13. Sex abuse description and a few situations of violence.

“Readers who enjoy literary-style writing, but with all the turns and twists of a full drama plot are certain to devour this lavish and exciting work by author Daniel Davidsohn. One of the most impressive elements for me was the character development of Christel herself, who could so easily have followed the tropes of a typical beautiful lead female, but has several layers of depth and emotional heartache that she works through as the novel unfolds. The plot is revealed at a great pace to maintain intrigue for the sins of the past, but it also has plenty of surprises and revealing interactions along the way that astute fans will pick up on. Overall, A Goddess Among Men is a very enjoyable work and is not to be missed by fans of high-quality writing and accomplished drama.” –  K.C. Finn, Author of The Mind’s Eye

A Goddess Among Men is a fascinating tale of derring-do in the untamed wilds of the Amazon rain forest. Daniel Davidsohn has a writing style that is smooth, fluid and compelling. I found this story impossible to put down and completed it in just one sitting. The author’s descriptive prose of especially the rainforest, its flora, and fauna, as well as its native peoples, transported me there. I was beside the two men as they fought against horrifying deprivation and local political corruption to establish themselves in an industry where a few made a fortune and the rest either perished or were paupers, struggling along trying to survive each day. I particularly enjoyed the strong female leads in the story, especially the women that would steal Julian’s heart. All the characters were flawed and yet the author was able to arouse the reader’s sympathy and empathy even for the thoroughly crooked and, at times, despicable Alan Reid. If you like stories of generational power and wealth, this one will be right up your alley. I thoroughly enjoyed A Goddess Among Men and can highly recommend it to a wide audience.”  – Grant Leishman, Author of Just A Drop in the Ocean

Book Description:

From the primitive ruggedness of the Amazon rainforest to the privileged society of New York, three generations experience triumph and tragedy in this saga of loyalty, corruption, greed . . . but one woman has the power to change it all.
In 1907, Julian Welch and Alan Reid meet by chance in the jungles of the Amazon attracted by the riches of the rubber boom. Pioneers in an era of uncertainty, they form an unlikely alliance and establish the foundation for a successful empire, Reid & Welch. However, with Julian’s death, the empire is left to Alan, as is the responsibility for Julian’s newborn daughter, Christel.
Yet for Christel, there’s no growing up as a privileged heiress. Instead, Alan subjects her to a life few endure, much less overcome. Through her will to survive and being as uncompromising as she is beautiful, Christel puts the horrors of her past behind her and begins to build a seemingly bright future. But when the success built on corruption starts to crumble, Christel will be forced to address the past or pay for the sins of the fathers.

AUTHOR DANIEL DAVIDSOHN’S INTERVIEW

1. What do you hope your readers take away from this book?

It’s a story about many things, but mainly about what one reader defined as the strength of human spirit. It has to do with a person’s choice. In this case, a woman, her inner struggles when faced with a dilemma—to forgive and move on, or to become a bitter, vengeful person. I believe there’s something about human nature that impels us to follow the better path no matter how many demons we have whispering in the back of our ear telling us otherwise. In an ideal world we’d always make the right choices, but there’s no such thing as a perfect life, and that’s what I hope readers find reflected in my book.

2. How do you come up with the titles to your books?

It’s something I do on the spur of the moment. Like everything else you do when creating a book, you hope your chosen title is aligned with your cover and your story, so I usually test the title. Sometimes, it’s the alternative that wins and I have no problem in changing the title if it’s more interesting or if it brings more clarity to the project. For A Goddess Among Men, it grew from the idea that the protagonist, Christel, thrived after so much pain, which, in my mind, made her someone with almost god-like qualities. And since most of what she’s been through was caused by a male dominated environment, I thought that A Goddess Among Men would made her justice.

3. What were the key challenges you faced when writing A Goddess Among Men?

First of all, it’s a three-part family saga. The protagonist, Christel Welch, only shows up on the second part of the book which, for readers in a rush to meet the protagonist, may be a little unorthodox. Second, I wanted to focus on how Christel thrived, instead of spending a lot of time showing her suffering. This story was written in a way I could show the psychological and emotional impacts of her early years reflected on her behavior and decision-making process. Then, there’s the historical aspect of the saga, which needed to be accurate. This has been one of my most challenging books.

4. Are there any secrets from the book (that aren’t in the blurb), you can share with your readers?

If readers look at the protagonist, Christel Welch, and wonder if such a character could have existed, they would be surprised to find out that women like her do exist. They are out there, telling their stories and not necessarily being heard, and their stories are much more dramatic and shocking than the Christel of the book.

5. Where do you get inspiration for your stories?

I usually ask myself why isn’t anybody talking about this or that. And I don’t know why, maybe people prefer to talk about trendier things, or are not inclined to be bothered by subjects that may cause some discomfort when their purpose might be a little escapism. I like to think that the ideas behind my books have some relevancy, something I can also learn in the process, and perhaps make people ask questions. I don’t look for inspiration, I think many authors have plenty of material to develop. When I find something that interests me, I’ll do my best not to follow formulas or repeat myself.

6. Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring fiction writers?

This “draining and stressful pursuit” makes for a great deal of what they call the author’s journey. You got to be ready to accept more downs than ups. And you really need to enjoy writing, whatever your definition of enjoyment is, because nobody knows what a successful book is. That’s something you only find out after the book is released. Before that, you can only hope you’ve done your best. So, if a writer manages to control expectations, and understands that the journey is in fact all there is, who knows, luck may play a part and you end up finding readers that will like what you write.

7. What is the last great book you’ve read?

An old Sidney Sheldon book called Bloodline. It’s a brilliant thriller, it felt like I was reading a modern commercial fiction. The guy was a master storyteller.

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Born in 1969, Brazil, Daniel Davidsohn’s novels have been called exciting, gripping, and engrossing, garnering him praise and rave reviews. He is passionately attracted to unfamiliar things and enjoys taking readers off the beaten path. His books include From The Nile to The Euphrates (2009), Mare Crisium (2015), A Higher Power (2016), The Karma Code (2017), Leave Her Out, a 2018 Readers’ Favorite Book Award Finalist, and A Goddess Among Men (2020).

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

Tour Schedule:

June 1 –Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
June 1 –Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 2 –Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 3 –I’m Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway
June 3 –Lamon Reviews – book review
June 3 –Olio by Marilyn – book review / giveaway
June 3 –Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 4 –Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
June 4 –Permanently_booked – book review
June 5 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
June 5 – The avid reader – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 8 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 8 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
June 9 – Mowgli with a book – book review / giveaway
June 9 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
June 9 – 100 Pages A Day – book review
June 10 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 10 – A Madison Mom – book review / giveaway
June 11 – Svetlanas reads and views – book review
June 11 – Books and Zebras – book review / giveaway
June 12 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
June 12 – Books for Books – book review
TBD – Down the Rabbit Hole – book review / author interview / giveaway

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Killer Deadline by Lauren Carr

“Lauren Carr’s books are never boring, that’s for sure. They entertain,

give us a good mystery to dig into, keep the reader guessing, give us a

few good laughs and make us eager for the next book. Warning: Lauren

Carr’s series are addictive, so be ready to read more than just one

book!” – Laura Fabiani, Library of Clean Reads

 

Join us for this tour from April 20 to May 22, 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

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 asocial 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.

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Interview with Lauren Carr

 

Please share with us a favorite memory?

Bedtime with Mom listening to her read Perry Mason to me. That was when I fell in love with mysteries. Later on, I would climb into bed with her at night and we would read together: She would read Perry Mason while I read Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys. Ah, such wonderful memories.

Please describe a perfect meal – including menu and those present?

A nicely grilled salmon, baked potato, Caesar salad, raspberry iced tea. For dessert, a huge slice of chocolate cheesecake. For those present, my husband and son.

What are some of your favorite ways to relax?

Fire in the fireplace on a snowy afternoon with my laptop and a free afternoon to write away with no one to disturb me.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Right where I am. I live on a mountain in West Virginia and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. I confess that there have been times in my life where I yearned to be elsewhere. That’s a human condition. In my life, I have been blessed to see the way others live to give me an appreciation for this place that I call home. Though, I have to admit that I sometimes yearn for the “other side” and a visit to the beach: but only to visit.

Share with us a few of your dreams. Also whether they have been fulfilled or are still a work in progress.

I’ve dreamed of success, best-selling author, fame, penthouse, etc. I have realized my dream of being an international best-selling author. My books have made Amazon’s best-selling mysteries list both domestically and in their overseas market. So this dream has been fulfilled in the best way.

I am a writer, and I get to write my books, plus, I have the added blessing of a fabulous family (perfect husband and brilliant son, and two spoiled-rotten dogs) and beautiful home. Yet, I don’t have to endure the curse of fame and all that comes with it in today’s society and living in a huge metropolitan area.

If I wouldn’t trade anything in my life (home, family, spoiled-rotten German shepherds) for a spot on the NY Time best seller list and a movie deal in Hollywood, I’d turn them down.

If you could leave the world with one piece of advice, what would it be?

The Rolling Stone’s song: You don’t always get what you want, but sometimes you get what you need.

What are some of your guilty pleasures?

Two bags of milk chocolate truffles that I hide in my underwear drawer under my panties.

Thanks so much, Lauren!  Have a wonderful day!

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

I love a good cozy mystery so I was excited to read this one. This is the first book I have read from Lauren Carr, so I didn’t know what to expect, but I was pleasantly delighted to read and review Killer Deadline. Ms. Carr has written and exceptionally great cozy mystery read.

When Nikki and her Boxer friend Elmo move back to her small hometown of Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, she had her work cut out for her. Her fathers murder is her priority, even though she has to take over her moms job at their TV station. But when her co-worker ends up murdered as well, this is just too suspicious. Who will be next? Nikki? Her mom? And does this have anything to do with he dad’s death, even though his murder was years before?

I love this cozy mystery! It is full of suspense, action packed, fast pace with that small town feeling. I love the characters, I have to admit, I fell in love with Elmo on the spot! I loved Nikki’s spunk and determination. She keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire book! And I usually try to pick up all if the clues and figure out whodunnit but this story kept taking twist and turns that I was surprised. This is just the cozy mysteries I love to read. And I see this is the first book in Nikki Bryant Cozy Mystery Series and I can’t wait for the next book in this series. I know Nikki Bryant will have more investigations up her sleeve that will keep us guessing! I highly recommend this book to those who loves a good cozy mystery!! Oh and I forgot to mention how much I love the book cover. It has that mysterious look to it, it is pink, and is very inviting to readers. This will be the first cozy mystery that is snatched off the shelf!

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:

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


Tour Schedule:

April 20 – Olio by Marilyn – book review / giveaway

April 20 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway

April 20 – Michelle’s Goodreads – book review

April 21 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

April 21 – The avid reader – book spotlight / giveaway

April 22 – Thoughts in Progress – book spotlight / giveaway

April 22 – Brooke Blogs – book spotlight / giveaway

April 23 – My Reading Journeys – book review / giveaway

April 23 – Christa Reads and Writes – book review / giveaway

April 23 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight

April 23 – Books for Books – book spotlight

April 24 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway

April 27 –Cassidy’s Bookshelves – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

April 28 – It’s All About the Book – book review / giveaway

April 28 – Down the Rabbit Hole – book review / author interview / giveaway

April 29 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway

April 29 – Laura’s Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway

April 30 – I’m Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway

April 30 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway

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May 5 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway

May 6 – A Madison Mom – book review / giveaway

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

May 8 – Adventurous Bookworm – book review / giveaway

May 11 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

May 12 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway

May 12 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway

May 13 – FUONLYKNEW – book review / giveaway

May 14 – fundinmental – book review / giveaway

May 15 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway

May 15 – Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway

May 18 – Mowgli with a book – book review

May 19 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway

May 20 – Peaceful Pastime – book review

May 20 – eBook Addicts – book review

May 21 – Books and Zebras – book spotlight / giveaway

May 22 –  Sahar’s Blog – book review

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A Curse of Mayhem by Sunayna Prasad

 

Join us for this tour from May 4 to May 29, 2020!

 

Book Details:

Book Title:  A Curse of Mayhem (Alyssa McCarthy’s Magical Missions, Book 2) by Sunayna Prasad

Category:  Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12),  173 pages

Genre:  Fantasy

Publisher:  Amazon KDP

Release date:   July 2019

Content Rating:  G: There is no mature language or adult content whatsoever.

 

Book Description:

History, like magic, has a habit of repeating itself.

It’s been six months since thirteen-year-old Alyssa McCarthy left magic behind for good. Or so she thought…

Then the enchanted objects that protected her disappear. Now a skeleton

named Errol has cursed her with magical powers that keep getting her in

trouble. Suddenly strange things are happening with disastrous effects,

and if Alyssa can’t remove the magic, she will lose everything she holds

dear. In order to get rid of her unwanted wizardry, Alyssa will have to

boost her bravery and confidence and determine who Errol really is. But

every time Alyssa uses an enchantment, Errol is one step closer to

getting his flesh back and becoming alive, and he will do anything to

achieve his goals…even if it means destroying Alyssa’s happiness.

Originally published in 2016 as “Wizardry Goes Wild” and “The Unruly

Curse” in 2019, “A Curse of Mayhem” is book two in the exciting and

suspenseful “Magical Missions” series.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

In A Curse of Mayhem we meet Alyssa from book one, the young girl that had magical powers that really didn’t  want them. Alyssa is now living in a new town, and she keeps things in her room that will keep the magic away from her but she awakes one morning to find a Welcome back to Magic sign and her things all gone. Join Alyssa and the rest of the gang on another coming of age journey that will keep you on your toes until the end.

Author Sunayna Prasad writes another intriguing and interesting story in the second book of this series. And as with The Frights of Fiji, I was impressed at the fine writing of this young lady. She has changed my mind about a genre I normally would not have read, and I have actually enjoyed these first two book in the Series. I found these characters interesting and really like the way each played out the story. The author deals with some pretty heavy issues many young people deal with today. One thing I can relate to so much is public speaking, I remember many years ago when in school, I hated getting up in front of class for anything, especially reading something. I had so many issues with doing this. And these many years later, I still struggle with this same issue, though it is a bit better. It’s funny how something can trigger those long ago memories.

This is written mostly for teenagers, it deals with wizardry, which I certainly don’t believe in but did enjoy the writing. I encourage you to check this one out for your child if this is what they enjoy reading.

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

 

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Book Details:

Book Title:  The Frights of Fiji (Alyssa McCarthy’s Magical Missions, Book 2) by Sunayna Prasad

Category:  Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12),  136 pages

Genre:  Fantasy

Publisher:  Amazon KDP

Release date:   October 2018

Content Rating:  G: There is no mature language or adult content whatsoever.

 

Book Description:

A world of magic and adventure awaits…

Sent to live with her strict, aloof, and uncaring uncle after her

parents are killed in a car accident, twelve-year-old orphan Alyssa

McCarthy longs for the life she used to have—one filled with fun and

love. Then one stormy night, a message appears in the raindrops on the

window that will change everything.

“Your life will never be the same again, as magic will interfere.”

Before long, Alyssa is kidnapped by Master Beau, a banished sorcerer

with a mysterious connection to her who can only regain his power by

weakening hers. Suddenly hurled into a world of wizardry filled with

fantastical beasts and marvelous technology beyond her wildest

imagination, Alyssa must defeat Master Beau if she ever wants to get

home again. But Master Beau will stop at nothing, including using

Alyssa’s friends, to ensure he is triumphant.

Originally titled “From Frights to Flaws”, this story is the exciting

and enchanting first book in the “Magical Missions” series.

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Meet the Author:

Sunayna Prasad enjoys writing fantasy books for children, as well as

cooking, creating artwork, watching online videos, and blogging. She has

also written The Frights of Fiji, formerly titled as From Frights to

Flaws. She is passionate about modern life, fantasy, and world-building.

Aside from her website, she also has a blog about different creative

and entertaining topics, including fiction and writing, called “Sunayna

Prasad’s Blog”.

Sunayna has graduated from college in May 2017. She lives in Long Island, NY.

Connect with the Author:   website ~ twitter 

Tour Schedule:

May 4 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview

May 4 – Olio by Marilyn – book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway

May 5 – Splashes of Joy – book review of The Frights of Fiji

May 5 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight

May 6 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

May 6 – Rosco’s Reading Room – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

May 7 – Rockin Book Reviews – book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway

May 7 – Books and Zebras – book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway

May 8 – T’s Stuff – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

May 8 – Karma Readz – book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway

May 8 – Books and Zebras – book review of A Curse of Mayhem / giveaway

May 11 – Rockin Book Reviews – book review of A Curse of Mayhem / guest post / giveaway

May 11 – Gwendalyn’s Books – book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway

May 11 – Ingo Sparkles Books & More – book review of The Frights of Fiji

May 11 – Karma Readz – book review of A Curse of Mayhem / giveaway

May 12 – She Just Loves Books – book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway

May 12 – Splashes of Joy – book review of A Curse of Mayhem

May 12 – Gwendalyn’s Books – book review of A Curse of Mayhem / giveaway

May 13 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway

May 13 – The avid reader – book spotlight / giveaway

May 14 – Bookworm for Kids – book spotlight / giveaway

May 14 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway

May 15 – Bookish Quest – book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway

May 18 – michellemengsbookblog – book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway

May 18 – Ingo Sparkles Books & More – book review of A Curse of Mayhem

May 19 – Olio by Marilyn – book review of A Curse of Mayhem / giveaway

May 19 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

May 20 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

May 20 – She Just Loves Books – book review of A Curse of Mayhem / giveaway

May 21 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of A Curse of Mayhem / giveaway

May 21 – Books for Books – book spotlight

May 22 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of The Frights of Fiji / giveaway

May 25 – michellemengsbookblog – book review of A Curse of Mayhem / giveaway

May 26 – Bookish Quest – book review of A Curse of Mayhem / author interview / giveaway

May 26 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway

May 27 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of A Curse of Mayhem / author interview / giveaway

May 28 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of A Curse of Mayhem / giveaway

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The Nightjar’s Promise by Barbara Casey

 

Join us for this tour from May 4 to May 22, 2020!

Book Details:

Book TitleThe Nightjar’s Promise (Book 4 of The F.I.G. Mysteries) by Barbara Casey

Category:  YA Fiction (Ages 13-17),  130 pages

Genre:  Mystery, Fantasy

Publisher:  Gauthier Publications (Hungry Goat Press)

Release date:   April, 2020

Content Rating:  PG. There are some themes that deal with the

Jewish Holocaust and some frightening scenes appropriate for young adult

and adult readers.

 

Book Description:

Jennifer Torres, one of the three FIGs (Females of Intellectual Genius) who is a genius in both music and art, is the last to leave the closed rehearsal for her upcoming performance over Thanksgiving break at Carnegie Hall when she hears something in the darkened Hall. Recognizing the tilt of the woman’s head and the slight limp of the man as they hurry out an exit door, she realizes it is her parents who were supposedly killed in a terrible car accident when she was 15 years old.

Devastated and feeling betrayed, she sends a text to Carolina and the other two FIGs—THURGOOD. It is the code word they all agreed to use if ever one of them got into trouble or something happened that was too difficult to handle. They would all meet back at Carolina’s bungalow at Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women to figure it out.

As soon as they receive the text, because of their genius, Dara starts thinking of words in ancient Hebrew, German, and Yiddish, while Mackenzie’s visions of unique math formulae keep bringing up the date October 11, 1943. That is the date during World War II when the Nazis—the Kunstschutz—looted the paintings of targeted wealthy Jewish families and hid them away under Hitler’s orders. And as Carolina waits for the FIGs to return to Wood Rose, she hears warnings from Lyuba, her gypsy mother, to watch for the nightjar, the ancient name for the whip-poor-will.

As they search for “The Nightjar’s Promise” and the truth surrounding it, Carolina and the FIGs come face to face with evil that threatens to destroy not only their genius, but their very lives.

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GUEST POST FROM BARBARA CASEY

FINDING THE EMOTION

By

Barbara Casey

The Nightjar’s Promise, Book 4 of The F.I.G. Mysteries, takes Carolina, Dara, Mackenzie, and Jennifer to the tombs of a Jewish cemetery in Virginia where Jennifer’s parents were supposedly buried following a horrible car accident. Jennifer now knows, however, that all of it was a lie—the car accident, the death of her parents. That single moment when she learns the truth is only the beginning of the emotional upheaval Jennifer experiences as Carolina and the FIGs search for the truth.

The Hall was hushed. The conductor, slightly disheveled, his arms now limp by his sides, smiled. They would be ready for their Thanksgiving performance. As before, no one spoke to Jennifer. They knew not to. After all, she was a genius with an unpredictable if not strange and prone-to-violence temperament—a FIG. She would remain turned inward, listening to the notes she had created and seeing the images until they were no more.

Not wanting to disturb her, the other musicians quietly packed up their instruments and followed the conductor quickly off the stage. Only Jennifer remained behind, still listening to the heart-breaking music, knowing what each note meant, lost in her “other” world. Liz, the graduate student at Juilliard who had been assigned to assist Jennifer with her needs while she was a student there, would be waiting outside for her no matter how long it took. She would make sure she got back to her room safely.

Gradually, Jennifer started to recognize the things around her. The images of The Wish Rider began to fade; the notes barely there. The lights in the great Hall had been left on but dimmed and would remain so until Jennifer was no longer in the building.

Jennifer’s violin and bow had been a gift from her parents before she turned two years old. Even at that young age, she had exhibited her genius having already mastered playing the piano—Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, she knew them all. By introducing her to a different musical instrument, her parents had hoped it would calm their emotional, erratic daughter—their prodigy disposed to fits of anger. Perhaps it would give her a new focus.

Like the piano, Jennifer had quickly mastered the violin. Yet, still her mood swings continued, her emotional outbursts remained unpredictable and misunderstood. And even though she was also exhibiting extraordinary talent in painting that seemed to accompany her musical abilities, by then her parents realized that no matter how many instruments Jennifer mastered and no matter how many art canvases she painted, she wouldn’t change. She couldn’t. That was her genius.

The violin—European—was made from a Carpathian elm wood now extinct; the bow, made from the same wood, with horsehair strings and a silver frog. Near the delicate frog was a silk grip, aged and beautiful. Jennifer flipped her long blond ponytail back and forth, something she usually did whenever she felt a keen sense of accomplishment or unflappable determination, then carefully placed her violin and bow in the worn leather case next to her.

As she secured the latches, she became aware of an unfamiliar shuffling noise, a noise that somehow seemed out of place and intrusive in the stillness of the massive Hall. She glanced toward the exit door. With no warning the stone that she had been carrying around in her chest for as long as she could remember seemed to explode causing her to catch her breath. She wrapped her arms tightly around her body and bent over in her chair trying to breathe. The excruciating pain was made worse by the thought that someone had been listening to the closed rehearsal and watching her, and was now trying to slip away.

She didn’t understand why the rock came now. Things had been going so well. As the pain eased, she once again glanced at the exit door. When she did the black and white images that usually preceded the musical notes only she could hear flashed before her eyes. Violent, ugly, black, thick brush strokes—like one reversed “z” overlapping another.

It was happening again. This was the way it always started when a new musical composition was beginning to form in Jennifer’s mind. An image would come to her, black and white—like a charcoal or pencil drawing.  Over time it would gradually change to color; and along with the color would come a beat—the cadence she called it; first softly, then pronounced, loud, and vibrating.  When she felt the vibration of the cadence—after the black and white image had changed to color—it was then she knew she needed to capture its musical essence.  This was when she wrote the notes on eight-stave musical paper as she heard them in her mind.

Her vision was blurred with tears as she stared toward the door leading from the Hall making it difficult to see. But she knew.

Even with the crushing pain in her chest, the confusion of black and white images dancing before her eyes, and the absence of light, she knew.

She heard the musical notes—indiscriminate and unformed—but that would soon change. Eventually she would hear the cadence; the images would become well defined and detailed. But now, instead, she saw the slight tilt of the woman’s head, the way the man walked favoring his left foot, and she knew.

The door opened, allowing the blinding brilliance of the late afternoon sunlight to stream into the darkened Hall that only moments earlier had been filled with music—her music, and she watched the man and woman vanish. The man and woman who had taken care of her and, she thought, had loved her. The man and woman who were dead—killed in a terrible car crash.

Jennifer knew.

And in that one brief instant in time, the unbearable feelings of grief, the overwhelming sadness, and the confusion she thought she had overcome and made go away suddenly consumed her as though they had never left; and the thick glass walls she had so carefully built around herself in order to survive suddenly shattered.

When the door had closed and all was still once again, she took her phone from her pocket. Breathing deeply through the pain and tears, trying to focus, she struggled with trembling hands. The black and white images blocked out her vision, and the discordant notes deafened her. Slowly and deliberately she pressed each letter—T—H—U—R.  Again the ragged image of one backward “z” then the other surfaced in her thoughts along with something else—a bird? She pressed more letters—G—O—O—D until she had what she wanted, then she inserted the three email addresses—Dara, Mackenzie, and Carolina. Because there was no doubt in her mind, because she had never felt so helpless, so hurt, and so confused in her young life, and because she had never known such betrayal, she pressed the send button.

The last thing she saw was the one word she had entered. The word Carolina had told them to use if ever anything came up that was too big for them to handle. All they had to do was send their special word to each of the others and they would all meet at Carolina’s bungalow at Wood Rose—no matter when—no matter what. It was their special code. It was their promise to each other.

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Author Barbara Casey

Meet the Author:

Originally from Carrollton, Illinois, author/agent/publisher Barbara Casey attended the University of North Carolina, N.C. State University, and N.C. Wesleyan College where she received a BA degree, summa cum laude, with a double major in English and history. In 1978 she left her position as Director of Public Relations and Vice President of Development at North Carolina Wesleyan College to write full time and develop her own manuscript evaluation and editorial service. In 1995 she established the Barbara Casey Agency and since that time has represented authors from the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan. In 2014, she became a partner with Strategic Media Books, an independent nonfiction publisher of true crime, where she oversees acquisitions, day-to-day operations, and book production.

Ms. Casey has written over a dozen award-winning books of fiction and nonfiction for both young adults and adults. The awards include the National Association of University Women Literary Award, the Sir Walter Raleigh Literary Award, the Independent Publisher Book Award, the Dana Award for Outstanding Novel, the IP Best Book for Regional Fiction, among others. Two of her nonfiction books have been optioned for major films, one of which is under contract.

Her award-winning articles, short stories, and poetry for adults have appeared in both national and international publications including the North Carolina Christian Advocate Magazine, The New East Magazine, the Raleigh (N.C.) News and Observer, the Rocky Mount (N.C.) Sunday Telegram, Dog Fancy, ByLine, The Christian Record, Skirt! Magazine, and True Story. A thirty-minute television special which Ms. Casey wrote and coordinated was broadcast on WRAL, Channel 5, in Raleigh, North Carolina. She also received special recognition for her editorial work on the English translations of Albanian children’s stories. Her award-winning science fiction short stories for adults are featured in The Cosmic Unicorn and CrossTime science fiction anthologies. Ms. Casey’s essays and other works appear in The Chrysalis Reader, the international literary journal of the Swedenborg Foundation, 221 One-Minute Monologues from Literature (Smith and Kraus Publishers), and A Cup of Comfort (Adams Media Corporation).

Ms. Casey is a former director of BookFest of the Palm Beaches, Florida, where she served as guest author and panelist. She has served as judge for the Pathfinder Literary Awards in Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Florida, and was the Florida Regional Advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators from 1991 through 2003. In 2018 Ms. Casey received the prestigious Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and Top Professional Award for her extensive experience and notable accomplishments in the field of publishing and other areas. She makes her home on the top of a mountain in northwest Georgia with her husband and three cats who adopted her, Homer, Reese, and Earl Gray – Reese’s best friend.

Connect with the author:  Website~ Goodreads ~ Facebook

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May 4 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway

May 5 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway

May 6 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

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

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May 8 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

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May 12 – La libreria di Beppe – book spoltight / guest post / giveaway

May 13 – Bound 4 Escape – book review

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May 20 – Books and Zebras – book review / giveaway

May 21 – Permanently_booked – book review

May 22 – Books for Books – book review

 

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Book Details:

Book Title:  CRACK THE CODE: 10 Proven Secrets that Motivate Healthy Behavior and Inspire Fulfillment in Men Over 50 by Louis Bezich
Category:  Adult Non-fiction 18 yrs +,  302 pages
Genre:  Men’s Health / geared towards Men Over 50
Publisher:  Somo Press, LLC
Release date:   November 2018
Format available for review:  print, mobi (for Kindle), epub, pdf
Will send print books out:  USA
Tour dates: Apr 13 to Apr 24, 2020
Content Rating:  G: No sex, violence, or bad language. Written for men over 50, or their wives.

Book Description:

“Crack The Code” presents an unconventional, motivation-based approach to health for men 50 and over. Ten strategies for creating and maintaining inspiration for a healthy lifestyle are advanced from a platform of survey research, interviews and the author’s personal experiences. Primary audiences for the book are men over 50 and the people that love them; their wives, partners, children and grandchildren. Additional audiences include health care providers, insurers, policy makers, men of all ages who want to find motivation for healthy behavior and anyone who has struggled with their health.

Asserting that without motivation no diet, exercise program, technology or other strategy will produce sustained results, “Crack The Code” describes how healthy-living men, one of the most health-challenged segments of the American population, exhibit a strong cognitive association between their life’s priorities and their behaviors; a catalytic awareness in which men often integrate their valued relationships into their health behaviors (they take walks with their wife). What the author terms Male Cognitive Behavioral Alignment. The secret sauce of male motivation outlined in the book is derived from a nationwide survey of 1,000 healthy-living men. “Crack The Code” translates the findings into strategies and tactics with actionable exercises.

Personal stories from interviews and focus groups add practical insights and emotion that engages readers. A discussion of relevant theories from psychology, management science and the fields of decision making and behavior change anchor the model in a context of well-established thinking. “Crack The Code” concludes with a call to action for a new culture of men’s health, outlining a confluence of social, economic and political factors in the US and beyond that represent a tipping point where healthy behavior among 50 plus men will become the new norm. Crack The Code’s focus on motivation and the psycho-social underpinnings of behavior fills a gap in a market dominated by publications on traditional diet and exercise. By digging deeper and using everyday men as a source, “Crack The Code” breaks new ground for a burgeoning segment of the baby-boomer population that is in desperate need of help. The potential to influence men of other ages as well as health care providers, insurers and policy makers, creates a tremendously valuable read.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Crack the Code author Louis Bezich gives men over 50, 10 Proven Secrets that Motivate Healthy Behavior and Inspire Fulfillment. In this book, the author digs deep into the statistics and findings about the health and well being of men over 50 years of age. And gives this age group the motivation the need to use these 10 steps and live a healthier and happier life.

This is a well written book, and it is very clear how much the information is researched for this book. The author also interviews many healthy men this age to get their input on how they stay healthy and deal with age. It seen that a lot of what author Louis Bezich found is men who exercise, eat healthy and make healthy choices are able to hit their 50’s with a bang and maintain these 10 secrets found that will keep up their health and well being. The key is to implement these 10 steps with determination and strength as they live their daily lives.

If you are in this age group, or if you are standing at the threshold of your 50 years, this is definitely a book you want to check out. What can it hurt? And you never know, you may find you are already doing a lot if these things, or, you may find a whole new lifestyle that will keep you healthier, make you feel better, and have the happiness you need. I have someone in mind to give this book too. When I was reading through these 10 secrets, I had just the person in mind that would be getting this book. This would make a great gift to someone on your 50’s list!

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

 

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About the Author

CRACK THE CODE by Louis Bezich

Meet the Author:

An executive for over 40 years in the public and private sectors, Louis Bezich currently serves as a Senior Vice-President with a major health care system. He is an adjunct professor in the Graduate Department of Public Policy and Administration at the Camden Campus of Rutgers University and sits on various public, non-profit and corporate boards. Bezich has published numerous articles in the field of public administration and health and is a contributing author to Corporate Lawbreaking and Interactive Compliance, edited by Jay A. Sigler and Joseph E. Murphy. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from Rutgers University, a bachelor’s degree in social science from the University of Tampa and is a graduate of Harvard University’s Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.

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

Tour Schedule:

Apr 13 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Apr 15 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Apr 16 – T’s stuff – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Apr 16 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Apr 17 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Apr 20 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Apr 21 – Laura’s Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway
Apr 23 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Apr 24 – The Avid Reader – book spotlight / giveaway
Apr 24 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
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TBD – Books,Dreams,Life  – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

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