Tour and Giveaway for Traveling Tootsie by Karen and Kathy Honaker

Book Details:

Book Title Traveling Tootsie by Karen and Kathy Honaker
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   Nov, 2022
Content Rating:  G. Suitable for everyone.
 
 
**** 2023 Family Choice Award ****
Book Description:

Have you ever wished you could go away on your parent’s business trip or hide in their suitcase to explore a new city all on your own? Well, Katie and Steven sure have! They wonder why they always have to stay home when Mommy or Daddy travel for work. Once their favorite yellow teddy, Tootsie, comes up with the idea to stow himself away for Daddy’s trip to Washington, DC, Katie and Steven realize that they’ll be able to travel along, too—but just not in the way they first imagine!

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I am so happy to review Traveling Tootsie by Karen and Kathy Honaker. This cute little story is about a little girl and boy wanting to go with their mommy or daddy when they travel. It was their favorite yellow teddy bear Tootsie that came up with the neat idea to stow Tootsie away for dad’s trip to Washington DC, and Katie and Steven could come along too. What do you think happened to these to kids and their Tootsie bear?

This was such a fun trip around Washington, DC with Toostie bear and Steven and Katie. They visited so many sites around the city, it was almost too much to take in, but they had so much fun and excitement. Every single page was just fantastic!

Chiara Civati does an amazing job with illustrating this beautiful book, inside and out. The colors are so beautiful that this book is sure to capture the attention of any child. Though I feel this book is for the younger elementary school Children’s age group, I can also see very young children loving to look at the pictures and telling their own story.

I’m giving Traveling Tootsie by Karen and Kathy Honaker Five Stars. I think this books needs to be in elementary schools and day care’s everywhere! Be sure to show this book to your child! I know they will love it.

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

 
 
Meet the Author:

Kathy and Karen grew up in the Chicago suburbs and moved to Virginia as teenagers. They enjoyed many family vacations, which began their love of travel. They both reside in Virginia with their families and continue to instill a love of travel with their own children. This is their first children’s book written together, about a favorite childhood memory that they always wanted to share with others to enjoy. They hope to inspire a sense of adventure in you!

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

 
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Tour & Giveaway Been There Got Out by Lisa Johnson and Chris Barry 

Join us for this tour from Mar 7 to Mar 20, 2023

Book Details:

​Book Title:  Been There Got Out: Toxic Relationships, High-Conflict Divorce, and How to Stay Sane Under Insane Circumstances by Lisa Johnson and Chris Barry 
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+)  
Genre: Self-Help
Publisher:  Wordeee
Release date:  Mar 7, 2023
Tour dates: Mar 7 to Mar 20, 2023
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M: Self-help book for adults going through a divorce.   

Book Description:

Been There Got Out offers practical advice for anyone suffering from or struggling to get out of a relationship with a narcissist or other toxic personality types. Packed with practical facts, tips, and advice, this book covers everything from identifying the problem, committing to take action and legal/custody battles to navigating a co-parenting relationship with a hostile spouse.

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(available for pre-order)
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Chris Barry & Lisa Johnson

Meet the Authors:

Lisa Johnson
 is the co-founder of Been There Got Out, a high-conflict divorce coach and certified domestic violence advocate who has successfully represented herself through scores of court appearances. Her case was published in the Connecticut Law Journal in March 2021 and is now being used as a legal precedent. Her live testimony helped pass Jennifer’s Law in Connecticut, the third state in America to expand its legal definition of domestic violence to include “coercive control.” She and Barry, the male half of Been There Got Out, coach people in high-conflict relationships, divorce, custody battles, and co-parenting hell so they have the chance of the best outcome in family court and beyond. They also offer a weekly Legal Abuse Support Group for those dealing with narcissistic opponents in legal matters.

Chris Barry is a certified high-conflict divorce coach and the co-founder (and male half) of Been There Got Out. He developed the Been There Got Out podcast, and manages BTGO’s website, YouTube channel, Facebook page, and all the background technology they use to run the business. He also specializes in writing high-conflict parenting plans.

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

Tour Schedule:

Mar 7–fundamental–book spotlight
Mar 8–Cover Lover Book Review–book spotlight
​Mar 8 Stephanie Jane  – book spotlight
Mar 9  A Mama’s Corner of the World  book spotlight
Mar 10–Celticlady’s Reviews–book spotlight
Mar 14–Splashes of Joy – book spotlight
Mar 14 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight
Mar 15–Liese’s Blog–book spotlight
Mar 16–Books for Books–book spotlight
Mar 17–Locks, Hooks and Books–book spotlight
Mar 20 – Books and Games – book spotlight

The Last Thing She Said by Lauren Carr

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Last Thing She Said (A Chris Matheson Cold Case Mystery #3) by Lauren Carr
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  386 pages
Genre:  Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:   July 22, 2019
Format available for review:  ebook (MOBI, EPUB, PDF), audiobook (Audible download)
Will send print books out:  USA 
Tour dates: Feb 22 to Mar 31, 2023
Content Rating:  PG-13 (Lauren Carr’s books are murder mysteries, so there are murders involved. Occasionally, a murder will happen on stage.

MY RATING: FIVE STARS

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Lauren Carr has done he Last Thing She Said again in this third book in this series, The Last Thing She Said. In this Cold Case, the Geezer Squad’s case is to find out what happened to Mercedes. Secrets will come to life as the Geezer’s dig more and more into this case. I love this group and the way they handle their cases. Carr does a phenomenal job writing this wonderful book. I have fell in love with many of these characters, but Sterling is at the top. I love this special furry friend! The characters are many, but they are so easy to keep up with because Ms. Carr includes an extensive list of all characters and a little bit about them.

I sure did enjoy this story, and I have already started reading the next one in the series and I love, love that one too! If you enjoy a good cozy mystery, this us your book. You will not be sorry you choose this book. I’m giving The Last Thing She Said Five Stars, and it deserves so much more!

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

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“Too many twists and turns to easily share about this book. Nevertheless, Carr has pulled off another “hit” that kept me reading in one setting until the clues were so well together that the villain fell into our laps…or Chris’s, LOL Carr has put a lot into the book beyond the mysteries this time…Characters enjoyed chocotinis, visited book stores…and even blundered into getting engaged (the ring had been purchased 4 months ago)… But, for me, a special thank you for the political spoof at a time when politics at the national level is devastating, gave me a laugh and lightened the load of it all!” – Review by Glenda Bixler, Book Reader’s Heaven


Book Description:
“I’m working on the greatest mystery ever,” was the last thing noted mystery novelist Mercedes Livingston said to seven-year-old Chris Matheson before walking out of Hill House Hotel never to be seen again.

For decades, the writer’s fate remained a puzzling mystery until an autographed novel and a letter put a grown-up Chris Matheson on the trail of a cunning killer. With the help of a team of fellow retired law enforcement officers, each a specialist in their own field of investigation, Chris puts a flame to this cold case to uncover what had really happened that night Mercedes Livingston walked out of Hill House Hotel. Watch out! The clues are getting hot!

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Meet the Author:

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

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

The owner of Acorn Book Services and iRead Book Tours, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, and virtual book tour coordinator for independent authors.  

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. 

She lives with her husband, and two spoiled rotten German shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV. 

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


Tour Schedule:

Feb 22 – Mystery Review Crew – book series spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 22  The Book Countess book series spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 22 – Locks Hooks and Books – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / author interview / giveaway
Feb 22 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review  of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / guest post / giveaway
Feb 23 Leanne Bookstagram book review of ICE
Feb 24 – My WorldReads– book series spotlight / author interview / giveaway
​Feb 24 –
 Book Reviews by Linda Moore – book series spotlight / giveaway
Feb 27 – Splashes of Joy – book review of ICE / giveaway
Feb 27 Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of WINTER FROST / giveaway
Feb 27  Bound 4 Escape book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / giveaway
Feb 28 – Blooming with Books – book series spotlight / giveaway

Feb 28  Splashes of Joy book review of WINTER FROST / giveaway
Feb 28 – Paws.Read.Repeat – audiobook book review of ICE / giveaway
Mar 1 – Christa Reads and Writes – book review of ICE / giveaway
Mar 1 –  Leanne Bookstagram – book review of WINTER FROST
Mar 1 – Cover Lover Book Review– book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / guest post / giveaway
​Mar 1 –
 Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of THE LAST THING SHE SAID / giveaway
Mar 2 – Diane’s Book Journal– book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER
Mar 3  Novels Alive book review of ICE / giveaway
Mar 3 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of ICE / giveaway

Mar 3 Bigreadersite  book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / giveaway
Mar 6  Welcome To MLM Opinions Reviews book review of ICE / giveaway
Mar 6 –Novels Alive – book review of WINTER FROST / giveaway
Mar 6 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / guest post / giveaway

Mar 7  Welcome To MLM Opinions Reviews book review of WINTER FROST / giveaway
Mar 7 –  Leanne Bookstagram – book review of THE LAST THING SHE SAID
Mar 8  Deborah-Zenha Adams – book series spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Mar 8 Paws.Read.Repeat  audiobook book review of WINTER FROST / giveaway
Mar 8  Welcome To MLM Opinions Reviews book review of THE LAST THING SHE SAID / giveaway
Mar 9  Splashes of Joy – book review of THE LAST THING SHE SAID / giveaway
Mar 9 – Welcome To MLM Opinions Reviews – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / giveaway
Mar 9 – FUONLYKNEW – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / guest post / giveaway

Mar 10 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of WINTER FROST / giveaway
Mar 10 –Novels Alive – book review of THE LAST THING SHE SAID / giveaway
Mar 10  Splashes of Joy – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / giveaway
Mar 13  Liese’s Blog – book series spotlight
Mar 13 –
 Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / giveaway
Mar 14 – Paws.Read.Repeat – audiobook book review of THE LAST THING SHE SAID / giveaway
Mar 14 – Library of Clean Reads – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / giveaway
Mar 15 –Novels Alive – book spotlight of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / giveaway
Mar 15 –Novels Alive – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / giveaway
Mar 16 –  Leanne Bookstagram – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / giveaway
Mar 16 – Olio by Marilyn – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / giveaway
Mar 17  Celticlady’s Reviews – book series spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Mar 17 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of THE LAST THING SHE SAID / giveaway
Mar 17 – Christa Reads and Writes – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER 
Mar 17 – Older & Smarter? – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / author interview / giveaway
Mar 20 – 
Books for Books – book series spotlight
Mar 20 – Sandra’s Book Club – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER
Mar 21 – Paws.Read.Repeat – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / giveaway
Mar 21  fundinmental – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / giveaway
Mar 22 – My Reading Getaway – book review of ICE / giveaway
Mar 22 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of WINTER FROST / giveaway
Mar 23 – My Reading Getaway – book review of WINTER FROST / giveaway
Mar 23 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of THE LAST THING SHE SAID / giveaway
Mar 24 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / guest post / giveaway
Mar 24  Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / giveaway
Mar 24 – Pause for Tales – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / giveaway
Mar 27 – My Reading Journeys – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / giveaway
Mar 27 – 
Nighttime Reading Center – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / giveaway
Mar 28 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book series spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Mar 28 – My Reading Getaway – book review of THE LAST THING SHE SAID / giveaway
Mar 29 – inspired.j.reads – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER
Mar 30 – My Reading Getaway – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / giveaway
Mar 31  Adventurous Jessy – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / giveaway
Mar 31 – 
Just Another Reader – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / giveaway
TBD 
Leels Loves Books – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / giveaway

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When the Smoke Cleared by Bill Powers

Join us for this tour from Feb 20 to Mar 10,2023

 


Book Details:

Book Title: When the Smoke Cleared (A Murder Mystery in Malden) by Bill Powers
Category:  n-Fiction (18 +),  400 pages
Genre:  True Crime
Publisher:  PowersCourt Press
Release date:  Oct, 2022
Format available for review:  print-softback (USA), ebook (EPUB, PDF)
Will send print books out:  USA 
Tour dates: Feb 20 to March 10, 2023

MY RATING: Five Stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Book Description:

There is no greater distinction or responsibility for a law enforcement officer than to be selected to investigate homicides. The same is true for a prosecutor. It is analogous to a call up to the big leagues where the curveballs or slapshots are frequent and more challenging, the lights are brighter, the audience larger and louder, and the scrutiny and demand for perfection can at times be a bit overwhelming.

This story follows an extraordinary murder investigation from the crime scene through to the arrest and into the courtroom. It is narrated by retired Detective Lieutenant Bill Powers, the former commander of the State Police Detective Unit for the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts: 

“When the smoke from the fire cleared and the water level receded, it was visually evident that a violent struggle, quite possibly a homicide, had preceded the fire. But where was the victim? The waterlogged bloodstains in the function room told us it wasn’t likely they stood up and walked out the door. We were confronted with an unusual dilemma. We not only had to investigate what happened and develop probable cause to make an arrest, but we also had to locate the poor soul who had spilled so much of their blood.”

​Walk the path of the investigation with Bill and his team, and then follow in ADA Adrienne Lynch’s footsteps as she guides the trial from opening statements through to the final verdict; a truly unique accounting with a bird’s eye view.

Beyond a police and courtroom procedural, this story is about the personal struggles in the victim’s life and how her death impacted her family’s lives in ways no one could have foreseen. It is a love story that grew from unspeakable tragedy.

​Bill Powers writes from the heart because he spent twenty years living the life of a homicide investigator. He went to literally hundreds of death scenes and, while each made its mark, none had more of a personal effect on him than this case.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

When the Smoke Cleared is a story following a murder investigation all the way through, from the crime scene, to the arrest and into the courtroom. I could hardly think of nothing else while reading this book, and it was certainly hard to put this book down, once I started reading. I thought retired Detective Lieutenant did an amazing job writing this book. After so many years as an officer, he knows first hand how things go down day after day, week, after month, after year. He sure had my full attention.

It was especially intriguing because of the high profile Murder trial that just happened in our country, and watching that trial, and reading this book along with the trial was a real eye opener. If you are someone like me who likes watching true crime stories, with so much detail and a cast of characters who will remain in your heart and mind for a long time, When the Smoke Clears in one book you dont want to miss. I’m giving this book Five Stars. Be sure to check it out for yourself. I think you will be happy you did.

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

Meet the Author:

​Bill Powers has been active in the Massachusetts law enforcement community since he joined the Massachusetts State Police in 1974. Over time he rose through the ranks and was promoted to the rank of Detective Lieutenant. He commanded the State Police Detective Units (SPDU) in both Middlesex and Suffolk Counties, where he had direct oversight and involvement in more than one hundred homicides. His State Police career came full circle when he was named Commandant of the Recruit Training Academy. He retired as the director of the Media Relations Section. Following his retirement, Bill was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the graduate program for forensic sciences at the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM). For the next seven years he lectured on criminal investigation and expert testimony to the graduate students. In addition, he produced training seminars for police investigators covering a wide variety of topics. Following his tenure at the BUSM he returned to the law enforcement profession as the Director of Public Safety at Wentworth Institute in Boston. Bill earned an undergraduate degree from Northeastern University with a major in Criminal Justice and a Juris Doctorate degree from the New England School of Law.

He resides South of Boston with his wife Jane. Their two daughters and their families live nearby. He has been blessed with five remarkable grandchildren who sparkle like bright stars in the night sky.

connect with the author: website ~ facebook goodreads

Tour Schedule:

Feb 20 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 20 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Feb 21 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 22 –Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 22 – I’m Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 23 –Paws.Read.Repeat – book review / giveaway
Feb 24 –Novels Alive – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 24 – Novels Alive – book review
Feb 28 – The Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife – book review / giveaway
Mar 1 –fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 1 –Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Mar 2 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / guest post / giveaway
Mar 3 – Diane’s Book Journal  book review
Mar 3– Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Mar 3 – Sandra’s Book Club – book spotlight
Mar 6 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 6 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
​Mar 7 – Mystery Review Crew – book review / guest post / giveaway
Mar 7 – Honey Can Do It – book review / guest post / giveaway
Mar 7 –Liese’s Blog – book spotlight
Mar 8 – Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway
Mar 8 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Mar 9 – Books and Games – book review
Mar 10 – The Obsessed Reader – book review / giveaway
Mar 10 – FUONLYKNEW – book review / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway:

Love Madly by Tracey Hooker

Join us for this tour from Feb 20 to Mar 10, 2023!

 

Book Details:

Book Title:  Love Madly by Tracey Hooker
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+) ,  284 pages
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Tracey Hooker
Release date:   May 2021
Format available for review:  print-softback (USA a), e-book (EPUB, PDF)
Will send print books out:  USA
Tour dates: Feb 20 to Mar 10, 2023
Content Rating: PG-13: some f-words, violence, non-explicit sex sceneswellt

Book Description:

One afternoon Jamie is so bored she forms lips with her left hand and kisses it. She is missing passion in her life. Her husband, Joe, always ready with a snide remark, catches her in the act. This time he’s speechless when Jamie quips that she’s “having an affair.”

​The story is told in Jamie’s irreverent voice and blends two timelines–that of Jamie’s young years with her teenage soulmate, then her troubled marriage and ensuing Hollywood affair.

Buy the Book:
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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Love Madly is an interesting book about Jamie. As she tells her own story, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her parts of the time. She young and trying to grow up, and life is not easy. I thought Tracey Hooker did a good job of writing this book. It kept my interest well. There’s a lot of humor, and just as I would get kind of get a little bored, the author would jump in with something funny, so, I laughed a lot read this one too. And The humor goes well with the story. Jamie wad looking for love. Real love. And sometime it takes almost a lifetime to find it.

All in all, this is a great read that I think women would especially enjoy, because it talks mostly of Jamie’s young life, through her teens, marriage, divorce and everything in-betweenI encourage you to try this one. This book is getting Four 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:

Tracey Hooker is a creative thinker, writer and doer. She has a master’s degree in health administration and spent 16 years educating state legislators across the United States on critical public health issues. Tracey practices yoga, hikes in the Rockies, dabbles in watercolors, writes rap songs and donates blood. She has lived in California, Spain and Arizona, and now lives in Denver, Colorado, with her husband and her dog, Winnie.

connect with the author: website

Tour Schedule:

Feb 20 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 21 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 22 – Liese’s Blog – book spotlight
Feb 23 –fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 24 – Novels Alive – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 24 – Novels Alive – book review / giveaway
Feb 27 Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / guest post / giveaway
Feb 28 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Mar 1 – Honey Can Do It – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Mar 2– Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Mar 6 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Mar 7 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 8 – Books and Games – book review / author interview / giveaway
Mar 8 – 411 ON BOOKS, AUTHORS, AND PUBLISHING NEWS – book spotlight /giveaway
Mar 8 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Mar 9 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Mar 10 – Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway
Mar 10 – Reading Excursions – book spotlight

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Tour for Race Against Time by Claire Eckard

Join us for this tour from Feb 20 to Mar 10, 2023


Book Details:

​Book Title:  Race Against Time by Claire Eckard
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  192 pages
Genre: Creative Non-Fiction 
Publisher:  Cedar Fort Press
Release date:  Jan 10, 2023
Format available for review:  print-softback (internationally), ebook (PDF)
Tour dates: Feb 20 to Mar 10, 2023
Content Rating: G for all readers 

Book Description:

Flash was a pony that had fallen between the cracks-too small for most to ride, even for a Hackney pony, and too feral to be shown. What he needed was a person as small as he was-who had the guts and the patience to give a wild pony a chance. Then along came a little girl with a sensitive soul and a big heart.

Kyla Law was just nine years old when she met Flash, and neither of them could have anticipated that their partnership would make history.

In an inspiring true story of family, faith, and perseverance, Kyla and Flash’s relationship mirrors the journey we must all take in life: one of highs and lows, successes and failures-theirs just happens to be along a hundred-mile historic trail in the Sierra Nevada mountains-the setting for the most famous endurance race in the world. From the moment they met, to the moment they crossed the finish line, their tenacity exhibits pure spirit: the human spirit, the Holy Spirit, and the fire-in-the-soul kind of spirit that helps us climb mountains and cross rivers, literally and figuratively.

This story is about a girl and her pony, and how in one amazing day they inspired an international community, as Flash became the smallest horse to ever finish the Western States One-Hundred-Mile, One-Day Ride-the Tevis Cup.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Race Against Time: A Girl, a Pony and the Toughest 100-Mile Race in the World is a story of Flash, a special pony who needs someone with lots of patience to help him in endurance riding, which will take just the right person to work with Flash. That person comes in the person of a nine year old girl, Kyla Law. Flash and Kyla had the determination to achieve more than most at their age. As I was reading this story, I thought of a phrase we hear all of the time, ‘a boy and his dog’. Well, this is the story of a girl and her pony. This duo has a relationship that will last a lifetime.

Flash and Kyla had my heart from the beginning. Claire Eckard does a fabulous job writing this special story. I love her writing style, and the telling of Kyla and Flash’s story in such a way it certainly keeps the interest of readers. I wanted to see what was happening with the two, so I couldn’t put it down. Though it’s a pretty fast read, some parts were so good, they just deserved re-reading, which I was more than happy to do. I think  Eckard’s knowledge of horses adds to the please and excitement of this story as well.

This is a book that strongly talks of determination, perseverance and endurance. This is what Kyla and Flash had to face daily in order to complete the Tevis Cup ride. I didn’t know much about this event but in reading more about it, I see what this ride endures. What a Blessing it was for Flash and Kyla to be able to ride this difficult ride and go on to finish in the Western States One-Hundred-Mile, One-Day Ride-the Tevis Cup. Race Against Time is a beautifully written Non-Fiction story about real people. In reading this, you not only read about this special duo, Flash and Kyla, but Eckard clearly shows what it’s like to be determined enough to face your fears, and accomplish things you never thought possible. This book gets Five Stars from me. And it really deserves more. I encourage you to check out this wonderful book. You will be very glad you did.

A special thanks to the author/publisher and iReadBookTours 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.

BUY THE BOOK:
Claire Eckard
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Meet the Author:

Claire Eckard is an award-winning author and songwriter who lives in Arizona. Claire loves to write inspirational stories, both fiction and non-fiction that have an impact on the reader. Often her books revolve around the amazing bond between animals and humans. She grew up in England and is obsessed with clotted cream teas and the tranquil English countryside of her youth. Claire is a frequent speaker at schools, events, bookstores and on various podcasts. More information on Claire and links to her latest projects can be found at www.claireeckardauthor.com.

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

Tour Schedule:

Feb 20 – Authors on iTours: Let’s Talk Books – book review
Feb 20– Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 21– Honey Can Do It – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 22 Jazzy Book Reviews  book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 23 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 24 –Chit Chat with Charity – book review / giveaway
Feb 27 – The Obsessed Reader – book review / giveaway
Feb 28 –Kim’s Book Reviews and Writing Aha’s – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 1 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Mar 2 – The Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife – book review / giveaway
Mar 2– Liese’s Blog – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 3 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Mar 3 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 6 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 6 – The Life We Build – book review
Mar 7 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Mar 8 – Diane’s Book Journal – book review / giveaway
Mar 8 – FUONLYKNEW – book review / giveaway
Mar 9 – Book Reviews by Shreya Vijay – book review / giveaway
Mar 9 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway
Mar 10 – Books and Games – book review / giveaway
Mar 10 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / giveaway
TBD – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway:

https://gleam.io/KMfKw/race-against-time-book-tour-giveaway

Tour for A Winter Frost by Lauren Carr

Book Details:

Book Title: Winter Frost (AChris Matheson Cold Case Mystery #2) by Lauren Carr

Category:  Adult fiction,  332 pages
Genre:  Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:  January 22, 2019
Available for review in:  ebook (EPUB, MOBI, PDF), audiobook (Audible download)
Will send books:  USA 
Tour dates:  Feb 22 to Mar 31, 2023
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!



“Filled with twists and turns, Winter Frost reads perfectly well as a stand-alone, although it is part of a series. The author creates tension and suspense throughout by keeping the reader guessing; she keeps readers engaged with well fleshed out characters and a dash of humor. Sterling, the retired German Shepherd police dog turned card shark, is a new favorite. As the story flows, the truth unfolds, layer by layer, leading to a satisfying conclusion.“Winter Frost was an entertaining, at times humorous read with suspense, some surprises, and even cute animals in the mix.” Review of Winter Frost by The iRead Review


Book Description:
It all started with a chance encounter in the city with Blair, his late wife.

Chris Matheson and the Geezer Squad, working under the guise of a book club, dig into the events surrounding his late wife’s supposed death halfway around the globe. A state department employee shoots himself in the back three times. A CIA operative goes missing. A woman is targeted by an international assassin three years after being declared dead in a terrorist attack overseas. 

Nothing is as it seems. 

In his most personal cold case, Chris fights to uncover why the state department told him that Blair, the mother of his children, had been killed when she was alive. What had she uncovered that has made her a target? Who terrified her so much that she had gone into hiding and why are they now after him?

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Winter Frost starts of with Chris Matheson finding the shock of his life, running into the wife he thought he lost three years ago. What? Are you kidding? I’m afraid not. She is alive and about to be murdered, had Chris not taken out the man with the gun. And after this beginning, I couldn’t put this book down. Lauren Carr does it again, gives her readers another cozy mystery series with a different lead character I have already grown to love. And now I feel bad for him because, well, when you have a run-in with the wife you buried 3 years ago, all kinds of things happen.

With Chris now a murderer for shooting the guy about to take out his wife, this investigation is too much for anyone except the great and wonderful Geezer Squad book club, which is not really a book club. The Geezer Squad dives head over hills into the case, with the help of their retired canines by their side. Lauren Carr is on top of it with creating characters who are so realistic, it really feels like talking to old friends. Add to that, Ms. Carr had to do some extensive research to write the debth of the characters, the amount of training each have, and just everything about this Geezer Squad. And twists and turns, well don’t think you have the mystery solved because Carr will throw a nail in there that will keep you guessing. Of course I had to go back and re-read parts that were so good that I wanted to grab all of the good stuff.

And the furry friends, including the rabbit, Thor, are top notch. I keep looking around for Sterling, my favorite funny guy and the others, only to find my one inside cat and four outside cats. I love how Lauren writes animals into her stories. Just one more thing that makes it all so real and natural.

I can say so much about this book, but the more I saw the more I will give away, and I don’t like that. I will say, if you enjoy a good clean cozy mystery that will have you biting your nails one minute and laughing you heart out the next, you just have to try Winter Frost. And if you like this one, there are three more in the series to read right now, and more coming. If you have not read a Lauren Carr book, now is your chance.

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:

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

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

The owner of Acorn Book Services and iRead Book Tours, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, and virtual book tour coordinator for independent authors.  

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. 

She lives with her husband, and two spoiled rotten German shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV. 

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


Tour Schedule:

Feb 22 – Mystery Review Crew – book series spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 22  The Book Countess book series spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 22 – Locks Hooks and Books – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / author interview / giveaway
Feb 22 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review  of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / guest post / giveaway

Feb 23 Leanne Bookstagram book review of ICE
Feb 24 – My WorldReads– book series spotlight / author interview / giveaway
​Feb 24 –
 Book Reviews by Linda Moore – book series spotlight / giveaway
Feb 27 – Splashes of Joy – book review of ICE / giveaway
Feb 27 Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of WINTER FROST / giveaway
Feb 27  Bound 4 Escape book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / giveaway
Feb 28 
– Blooming with Books – book series spotlight / giveaway
Feb 28  Splashes of Joy – book review of WINTER FROST / giveaway
Feb 28 – Paws.Read.Repeat – audiobook book review of ICE / giveaway
Mar 1 –  Leanne Bookstagram – book review of WINTER FROST
Mar 1 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / guest post / giveaway
​Mar 1 –
 Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of THE LAST THING SHE SAID / giveaway
Mar 2 – Diane’s Book Journal – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER
Mar 2 -Leels Loves Books – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / giveaway

Mar 3 – Novels Alive – book review of ICE / giveaway
Mar 3 
– Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of ICE / giveaway
Mar 3 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / guest post / giveaway
Mar 3 – Bigreadersite – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / giveaway
Mar 6 – Welcome To MLM Opinions Reviews – book review of ICE / giveaway
Mar 6 –Novels Alive – book review of WINTER FROST / giveaway
Mar 7 – Welcome To MLM Opinions Reviews – book review of WINTER FROST / giveaway
Mar 7 –  Leanne Bookstagram – book review of THE LAST THING SHE SAID
Mar 8  Deborah-Zenha Adams – book series spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Mar 8 – Paws.Read.Repeat – audiobook book review of WINTER FROST / giveaway
Mar 8 – Welcome To MLM Opinions Reviews – book review of THE LAST THING SHE SAID / giveaway
Mar 9  Splashes of Joy – book review of THE LAST THING SHE SAID / giveaway
Mar 9 – Welcome To MLM Opinions Reviews – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / giveaway
Mar 9 – FUONLYKNEW – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / guest post / giveaway
Mar 10 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of WINTER FROST / giveaway
Mar 10 –Novels Alive – book review of THE LAST THING SHE SAID / giveaway
Mar 10  Splashes of Joy – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / giveaway
Mar 13  Liese’s Blog – book series spotlight
Mar 14 – Paws.Read.Repeat – audiobook book review of THE LAST THING SHE SAID / giveaway
Mar 14 – Library of Clean Reads – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / giveaway
Mar 15 –Novels Alive – book spotlight of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / giveaway
Mar 15 –Novels Alive – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / giveaway
Mar 16 –  Leanne Bookstagram – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / giveaway
Mar 16 – Olio by Marilyn – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / giveaway
Mar 17  Celticlady’s Reviews – book series spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Mar 17 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of THE LAST THING SHE SAID / giveaway
Mar 17 – Christa Reads and Writes – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER 
Mar 17 – Older & Smarter? – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / author interview / giveaway
Mar 20 
– Books for Books – book series spotlight
Mar 20 – Sandra’s Book Club – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER
Mar 21 – Paws.Read.Repeat – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / giveaway
Mar 21  fundinmental – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / giveaway
Mar 22 – My Reading Getaway – book review of ICE / giveaway
Mar 22 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of WINTER FROST / giveaway
Mar 23 – My Reading Getaway – book review of WINTER FROST / giveaway
Mar 23 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of THE LAST THING SHE SAID / giveaway
Mar 24 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / guest post / giveaway
Mar 24  Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / giveaway
Mar 24 – Pause for Tales – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / giveaway
Mar 27 – My Reading Journeys – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / giveaway
Mar 28 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book series spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Mar 28 — My Reading Getaway – book review of THE LAST THING SHE SAID / giveaway
Mar 29 – inspired.j.reads – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER
Mar 30 – My Reading Getaway – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / giveaway
Mar 31  Adventurous Jessy – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / giveaway
Mar 31 –
 Just Another Reader – book review of CHRIS CROSSED MURDER / giveaway
TBD – Christa Reads and Writes – book review of ICE 

Giveaway link below

https://gleam.io/jREk7/celebrating-the-release-of-chris-crossed-murder

ICE  by Lauren Carr

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Book Details:

Book Title: ICE  (A Chris Matheson Cold Case Mystery #1) by Lauren Carr
Category:  Adult fiction,  364 pages
Genre:  Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:  February 26, 2018
Available for review in:  ebook (mobi, epub, PDF), audiobook (audible download code)
Tour dates:  Feb 22 March 31, 2023
Content Rating:  PG-13 (Lauren Carr’s books are murder mysteries, so there are murders involved. Occasionally, a murder will happen on stage.



“Lauren spins an amazing web of lies, murder and love that will have you on the edge of your seat…I love the way Lauren spun this novel – I could not put the book down! I had to know what happened to Sandy and her unborn child and how this disappearance was tied into a string of other murders. I never saw the end coming but it was perfect and suited the novel. A definite must read novel!”5-Star Review by Carla at Working Mommy Journal


Book Description:
When Sandy Lipton and her unborn child disappeared, the court of public opinion found young Chris Matheson guilty. Decades later, the retired FBI agent returns home to discover that the cloud of suspicion cast over him and his family has never lifted. 

With the help of a team of fellow retired law enforcement officers, each a specialist in their own field of investigation, Chris Matheson starts chipping away at the ice on this cold case to uncover what had happened to Sandy and her baby and the clues are getting hot!

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

If you have read any of Lauren Carr’s books, you already know you are in for some of the greatest mysteries written. I am so excited about The Chris Matheson series because I believe Chris Matheson will have more instore for us than we could ever dream! Being the first book in a new series, it is pretty slow going through a little bit of it, but it is necessary because Carr is introducing us to all of her wonderful new characters. And it is very helpful that in the front of the book, Lauren has added a list of all of the characters, in the order they appear in the book. I am finding this list very helpful. But never fear, the introductions didn’t last long and the story begins.

This story centers around Chris Matheson, who  leaves town around 24 years ago to work with the FBI. Being back home all thesr years later, he finds the people are still suspicious of him being the murderer of a woman and her baby 24 years ago. Some people think Chris’s dad did something, like maybe withholding evidence to keep Chris out of jail. Chris wants nothing else now but to prove his innocence once and for all in this Cold This story centers around Chris Matheson, who  leaves town around 24 years before working with the FBI. Being back home, he finds the people are still suspicious of him being the murderer of a woman and her baby 24 years ago. Chris wants nothing else but to prove his innocence once and for all in this Cold Case Murder that happened so many years ago. But it won’t be easy. Murder that happened so many years ago. But it won’t be easy.

I love these new characters, with a tease of some from the prior series. I can’t wait to watch them grow in their new). And I fell in love with The Geezer Squad. This group of fun and meaningful guys are going to grip our hearts and show us detective work we didn’t see coming. The group is made up of retired trained investigators as well as a trained K-9 German Shepherd. These unpredictable and quirky characters have set the stage for what’s to come in this new series from Author Lauren Carr. Hold on to your seats and come along for what lies ahead in this nail biting, edge of your seats books in this new series from Lauren Carr.

Meet the Author:

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

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

The owner of Acorn Book Services and iRead Book Tours, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, and virtual book tour coordinator for independent authors.  

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. 

She lives with her husband, and two spoiled rotten German shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV. 

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

Click here for the GIVEAWAY

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iRead Book Tours

Tour for Scattered Legacy by Marlene M Bell

Book Details:

Book Title:  Scattered Legacy (Annalisse Series Book 3) by Marlene M. Bell
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +), 352 pages 
Genre: Mystery-Suspense
Publisher:  Ewephoric Publishing
Release date:   Oct 2021
Format available for review:  print – softback, e-book (mobi file (for Kindle), ePub, PDF)
Will send print books out:  USA 
Content Rating:  PG+M. Brief kissing/romance. mild use of profanity like “damn.” No F Bombs. Some violence and talk of an attack by villain that doesn’t materialize.


Book Description:

To outsiders, the relationship between Manhattan antiquities assessor Annalisse Drury and sports car magnate Alec Zavos must look carefree and glamorous. In reality, it’s a love affair regularly punctuated by treasure hunting, action-packed adventure, and the occasional dead body.

When Alec schedules an overseas trip to show Annalisse his mother’s birthplace in Bari, Italy, he squeezes in the high-stakes business of divesting his family’s international corporation. But things go terribly wrong as murder makes its familiar reappearance in their lives – and this time it’s Alec’s disgraced former CFO who’s the main suspect.

​Accompanied by friend and detective Bill Drake, Annalisse and Alec find themselves embroiled in a behind-closed-doors conspiracy that threatens the reputation and legacy of Alec’s late father – linking him to embezzlement, extortion, and the dirty business of the Sicilian Mafia. The search for the truth sends the trio straight into riddles, secrets, and an historic set of rosary beads. Annalisse leads Alec toward a discovery that is unthinkable, and events that will change their futures forever.

Scattered Legacy is the third in Marlene M. Bell’s thrilling Annalisse series, which weaves romance, crime, and historical mystery into addictive tales to instantly captivate fans of TV show Bones or Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Scattered Legacy is the third book in Marlene Bell’s Annalisse series, and boy is it awesome. Each book I read gets better. I was excited to get into this book and the journey to Italy with Annalisse and Alec. It seems everywhere the two of them ends up, so does a dead body. This story is more about Alec and his family, since they are mostly on Italy. I think the multiple story lines in this book and the twists and turns give this one a stronger plot. This was a fun story, and I enjoyed the detailed scenes so much, I felt as though I was in some of them. I’m glad to get a glimpse of that part of Italy and it’s likes and differences from our land.

Marlene M. Bell again gives her readers an amazing fast paced mystery/thriller with just enough suspense to keep the story pushing toward the finish line. I am so glad I was able to read this series in orrder, one after the other. I think readers can relate to the characters quicker when you already know some of them. Each of these books can survive as a stand alone, there is enough background in each book to bring you up to where you will need to be. So if you cant read them all back to back, thats ok. For me, i had thr time, and I just like reading series in order when I can. I think Scattered Legacy is very well worth the Five Stars I am giving it. If you enjoy suspense thrillers with a bit of mystery running through, this is the book for you, and really the series for you. Go check it out at your favorite book retailer.
**just a tip. I have reviewed the first two books in this series on Monday February 20, 2023 and February 21, 2023 on my blog, and I encourage you to check on those reviews as well. And I thank you!

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

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Meet the Author:

Marlene M. Bell is an eclectic mystery writer, artist, photographer, and she raises sheep in beautiful East Texas with her husband, Gregg, three cats and a flock of horned Dorset sheep.

The Annalisse series has received numerous honors including the Independent Press Award for Best Mystery (Spent Identity,) and FAPA— Florida Author’s President’s Gold Award for two other installments, (Stolen Obsession and Scattered Legacy.) Her mysteries with a touch of romance are found at marlenembell.com. She also offers the first of her children’s picture books, Mia and Nattie: One Great Team! Based on true events from the Bell’s ranch. The simple text and illustrations are a touching tribute of compassion and love between a little girl and her lamb.

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

Giveaway:​

Enter the Copper Waters – A New Zealand Mystery (Annalisse Series) for a chance to win: 

One – William Morris design layered Tapestry Throw. 50 x 60.  (Made in USA)

One – Vintage Copper Tea Kettle (Circa 1960s)

One – New Leather Tote Bag as carried by Annalisse, protagonist of Marlene M. Bell’s series. (Described in the Annalisse series.)

One set Autographed Copies of Stolen Obsession, Spent Identity, Scattered Legacy and new release, Copper Waters.

One –  $50 VISA Card 

https://gleam.io/93Fe4/copper-waters-book-tour-giveaway

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Tour for Spent Identity by Marlene M. Bell

Book Details:

Book Title:  Spent Identity (Annalisse Series Book 2) by Marlene M. Bell
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +), 378 pages 
Genre: Mystery-Suspense
Publisher:  Ewephoric Publishing
Release date:   Nov 2019
Format available for review:  print – softback, e-book (mobi file (for Kindle), ePub, PDF), audiobook (audible download)
Will send print books out:  USA 
Content Rating:  PG-13+M. Main Character is accosted and fights an assailant in one chapter. Mild profanity.

MY RATING: Five Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Book Description:

Antiquities appraiser Annalisse Drury drives to her family farm in upstate New York to consult with Aunt Kate about her troubled relationship with Greek tycoon, Alec Zavos. When Annalisse arrives, she learns the beloved farm she expects to inherit is for sale.

​That same morning, they find a stranger’s body decaying in the barn. Then her aunt vanishes.

In Spent Identity, Annalisse and Alec join forces for the second time. They must find the mastermind behind her aunt’s abduction before Kate’s health issues worsen. Was the corpse in the barn a coincidence or a warning? The clock ticks for Annalisse to find her aunt and repair what she has left with the man she loves.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Spent Identity is book 2 in the Annalisse Series by Marlene M. Bell. Annalisse is at it again as she makes a trip from the big city to the farm, where things are cozier, and she liked spending time with her aunt. But this time around, Annalisse is shocked that a dead body turns up in her aunts barn. Who could it be and who is responsible for the murder of this person. Annalisse was also shocked to find that her aunt’s son is selling the farm. But how can that be? What is the story behind selling the farm and who is this person in their barn.

Join the journey as Annalisse, again finds herself wrapped up in another murder case, and trying to find out how to keep her aunts farm. But then when her aunt went missing, this was the main case for Annalisse. What on earth was happening? As each issue hit Kate head on, I think her attitude and the way she dealt with each of these things was admirable, and I so much enjoyed tagging along with she and to find out the guilty one.

I couldn’t put this fast pace Murder mystery/suspense/thriller down once I started reading it. The plot is so intense, and with the twists and turns throughout the book it’s difficult to figure out who is responsible for everything going on, so I had to read on to see who the bad person was. I’m giving Spent Identy Four Stars. If you enjoy sudpense/thrillers and a little mystery added in, you don’t want to miss this one! I’m giving Spent Identity Five Stars! Such a.good read

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

Meet the Author:

Marlene M. Bell is an eclectic mystery writer, artist, photographer, and she raises sheep in beautiful East Texas with her husband, Gregg, three cats and a flock of horned Dorset sheep.

The Annalisse series has received numerous honors including the Independent Press Award for Best Mystery (Spent Identity,) and FAPA— Florida Author’s President’s Gold Award for two other installments, (Stolen Obsession and Scattered Legacy.) Her mysteries with a touch of romance are found at marlenembell.com. She also offers the first of her children’s picture books, Mia and Nattie: One Great Team! Based on true events from the Bell’s ranch. The simple text and illustrations are a touching tribute of compassion and love between a little girl and her lamb.

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

Giveaway:​

Enter the Copper Waters – A New Zealand Mystery (Annalisse Series) for a chance to win: 

One – William Morris design layered Tapestry Throw. 50 x 60.  (Made in USA)

One – Vintage Copper Tea Kettle (Circa 1960s)

One – New Leather Tote Bag as carried by Annalisse, protagonist of Marlene M. Bell’s series. (Described in the Annalisse series.)

One set Autographed Copies of Stolen Obsession, Spent Identity, Scattered Legacy and new release, Copper Waters.

One –  $50 VISA Card 

https://gleam.io/93Fe4/copper-waters-book-tour-giveaway

Stolen Obsession by Marlene M. Bell

Book Details:

Book Title:  Stolen Obsession (Annalisse Series Book 1) by Marlene M. Bell Adult Fiction (18 +), 296 pages 
Genre: Mystery-Suspense
Publisher:  Ewephoric Publishing
Release date:   March 2018
Format available for review:  print – softback, e-book (mobi file (for Kindle), ePub, PDF), audiobook (audible download)
Will send print books out:  USA 
Content Rating:  PG. Subtle romantic interludes. No profanity.


Book Description:

People die, but legends live on.

New York antiquities appraiser Annalisse Drury’s best friend was murdered. The killer’s identity may be linked to her friend’s expensive missing bracelet—a 500-year-old artifact that carries an ancient curse, one that unleashes evil upon any who dare wear the jewelry created for the Persian royal family.

Weeks later, Annalisse sees a matching necklace at a Manhattan gallery opening. She begs the owner to destroy the cursed piece, but her pleas fall on deaf ears—despite the unnatural death that occurs during the opening. With two victims linked to the jewelry, Annalisse is certain she must act. Desperate, Annalisse enlists the gallery owner’s son to help—even though she’s afraid he’ll break her heart. Wealthy and devastatingly handsome, with a string of bereft women in his wake, Greek playboy Alec Zavos dismisses Annalisse’s concerns—until his parents are ripped from the Zavos family yacht during their ocean voyage near Crete.

​Annalisse and Alec race across two oceans to save his parents, feared kidnapped or even dead. When the killer changes tactics and goes after Alec behind Annalisse’s back, can her plan to rescue Alec’s mother save them all?

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Stolen Obsession is the first book in the Annalisse Series by Marlene M. Bell, and I think it is a nice introduction into the series. This story focuses on an old artifact, a 500 year old bracelet that’s already responsible for the death of two people. Can Annalisse find this piece of jewelry before anyone else gets hurt?

This is my first book by Marlene M. Bell, and I enjoyed this one very much and can’t wait to read and review book two. I like Bell’s writing style, the fact that she makes you feel right there in her stories is a plus for me. I really enjoy stories more when the author has this ability.

Annalisse and Alec were quite the two to follow, taking readers to places we love, and with them, the plot is so intense it was difficult to put the book down. The author’s writing style is enjoyable and I thought pretty easy to read. The entire story is full of fast paced thrills and mystery, and is a pretty quick read. I did find myself going back to re-read some parts, to make sure I didn’t miss anything. If you enjoy a good suspense thriller/mystery, you will enjoy this one, so i encourage you to check it out. I’m giving Stolen Obsession Four Stars.

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

Meet the Author:

Marlene M. Bell is an eclectic mystery writer, artist, photographer, and she raises sheep in beautiful East Texas with her husband, Gregg, three cats and a flock of horned Dorset sheep.

The Annalisse series has received numerous honors including the Independent Press Award for Best Mystery (Spent Identity,) and FAPA— Florida Author’s President’s Gold Award for two other installments, (Stolen Obsession and Scattered Legacy.) Her mysteries with a touch of romance are found at marlenembell.com. She also offers the first of her children’s picture books, Mia and Nattie: One Great Team! Based on true events from the Bell’s ranch. The simple text and illustrations are a touching tribute of compassion and love between a little girl and her lamb.

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

Giveaway:​

Enter the Copper Waters – A New Zealand Mystery (Annalisse Series) for a chance to win: 

One – William Morris design layered Tapestry Throw. 50 x 60.  (Made in USA)

One – Vintage Copper Tea Kettle (Circa 1960s)

One – New Leather Tote Bag as carried by Annalisse, protagonist of Marlene M. Bell’s series. (Described in the Annalisse series.)

One set Autographed Copies of Stolen Obsession, Spent Identity, Scattered Legacy and new release, Copper Waters.

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Spotlight for Two Floors Above Grief by Kevin M. O’Connor

Join us for this tour from Feb 6 to Feb 24, 2023

Book Details:

​Book Title:  Two Floors Above Grief: A Memoir of Two Families in the Unique Place We Called Home by Kevin M. O’Connor
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  318 pages
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir
Publisher:  18th Floor Publishing
Release date:  November  2022
Formats Available for Review: print-softback (USA only), ebook (Gifted Kindle)
Tour dates: Feb 6 to Feb 24, 2023
Content Rating:  PG for two languages use and use of F-word.   

Book Description:

As a child in the 1950s, Kevin O’Connor knew his house was different than those of his friends. A stately, three-story, nineteenth century Victorian. His bed tucked next to a stage in a former ballroom. His uncle and aunt lived with their three daughters on the floor below. A large electric organ stood stately in a corner of the first-floor mortuary business. Stacked caskets and an embalming room filled the basement.

Nobody had a house like his.

​Set from the 1920s to ‘80s, Two Floors Above Grief is full of fascinating details and anecdotes about his upbringing as a funeral home child, brought to vivid life through a compelling collection of letters written by various family members who lived and worked together at the O’Connor Funeral Home in Elgin, Illinois. Blending the twenty-four-hour business of death and its constantly ringing phone with joy experienced through music, radios, pets, backyard basketball games, co-parenting, faith, and celebrations, O’Connor offers a reflective tale affirming the love of family and embracing life.

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Meet the Author:

Kevin O’Connor enjoys chronicling the stories of families and friends through tracing genealogical histories and writing. His prior writing includes a dissertation, personal letters, articles, anthologies, and presentations delivered at conferences, seminars, and webinars. He brings people together personally and professionally. Collaborating with friends and relatives, he plans family and class reunions.

He sings and performs in theaters and is active with SMART Ride, a bicycling group that rides annually from Miami to Key West, raising funds for HIV awareness, treatment, and education. Kevin was an elementary teacher, principal, professor, and curriculum coordinator in California, Illinois, and Florida from 1973 to 2020. He authored content and provided training in areas including support for substitute teachers, LGBTQ advocacy, and Sexual Health/Family Life.

Kevin resides in Ft. Lauderdale with his husband, Leon. Their family includes five sons and seven granddaughters.

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Spotlight for Dawgs by Diane Trull

Join us for this tour from Feb 6 to Feb 24, 2023


Book Details:

​Book Title:  DAWGS: A True Story of Lost Animals and the Kids Who Rescued Them by Diane Trull with Meredith Wargo
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  256 pages
Genre: Narrative Non-Fiction 
Publisher:  Citadel Press – Kensington Publishing Corp.  
Release date:  March 2020
Tour dates: Feb 6 to Feb 24, 2023
Content Rating: This non-fiction book is rated PG. There is one scene in which the shelter was broken into and several puppies were killed. The author does not go into any gory details, but this information may trigger some sensitive readers. 


2021 Hearten Grand Prize Winner, Chanticleer International Book Awards – Uplifting & Inspiring Non-Fiction
 
Award Winner in the Animals/Pets: Narrative Nonfiction category of the 2021 Best Book Awards sponsored by American Book Fest


Book Description:

We can all make a difference.

Elementary-school teacher Diane Trull’s life-defining moment happened when her fourth-grade reading class saw a photo of a cardboard box overflowing with homeless puppies. Her young students were determined to save these lost pups and others like them. In that moment, the Dalhart Animal Wellness Group and Sanctuary—known as DAWGS—was born.

​How Trull and her fourth graders started their own animal shelter is a story of dedication, commitment, and perseverance. Trull shares inspiring stories about animals and animal lovers of all ages in this moving story of hope and compassion. DAWGS is a testament to how love and a strong measure of determination can offer second chances—one animal, one child, and one day at a time.

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Diane Trull

Meet the Authors:

Diane Trull’s lifelong passion for rescuing animals served as the catalyst for cofounding the Dalhart Animal Wellness Group and Sanctuary (DAWGS) with her husband, Mark Trull, and a group of fourth-grade students. Diane continues to teach those involved in animal rescue about the importance that compassion and community service play in making a difference in the lives of homeless animals.


Meredith Wargo

Meredith Wargo​ is an award-winning author and advocate for animals. The recipient of four Maxwell Medallions from the Dog Writers Association of America, she has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Although a native Texan, Meredith currently lives in southern Utah with her husband and a menagerie of rescued pets.

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Once Upon a Times: Children’s Stories Spotlight

 

Book Details:

​Book Title:  Once Upon a Times: Children’s Stories by Alan Hilfiker
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  58 pages  
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Publisher:  Mascot Kids
Release date:  February 7, 2023
Content Rating:  G.   

Book Description:

In this delightful and whimsical collection of short stories for children, Once Upon a Times seizes upon the classical tradition of the fairy tale and brings a fresh, new take to familiar themes. Filled with simple but stunning full-color illustrations that sync perfectly with the unique spin on fable tropes, this volume is sure to have a permanent place on any bookshelf.

Meet the Author:

Alan Hilfiker has three children and nine grandchildren. He has spent a lifetime creating all sorts of stories and poems. Early on, he was inspired by Watty Piper’s The Little Engine That Could and Holling Clancy Holling’s Paddle-to-the-Sea. Later, by his English courses at University of Rochester. In sharing these stories, he hopes children will be inspired to read, to write, and to create.





Love is In the Air Tour by Karen M. Bobos

Join us for this tour from Jan 30 to Feb 10, 2023!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Love is In the Air (Adventures in Harmony series) by Karen M. Bobos
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  44 pages
Genre:  Valentine’s Day Fairy Tale
Publisher:  Bobos Babes, Ltd.
Release date:   Jan 2023
Format available for review:  print-softback (USA), ebook (MOBI for Kindle, PDF)
Tour dates: Jan 30 to Feb 10, 2023
Content Rating:  G for children ages 3 to 10 

Book Description:

It’s Valentine’s Day, and the magical sisters and their favorite babysitter accidentally put a love spell on the kingdom. They must stop the enchantment before it’s too late!

It’s Valentine’s Day in the enchanted land of Harmony and the kingdom and all its magical creatures are abuzz celebrating. When the King and Queen leave their three daughters-Angel Scarlet, Princess Daphne, and Fairy Cora-with Ali the Alligator, so they can spend a romantic dinner together, the sisters are excited for a fun night with their favorite babysitter.

​Ali and the girls decide to make a love perfume in the castle’s garden. But when Angel Scarlett wants to use her wand to help stir the ingredients, an enchantment of love mistakenly wafts over the kingdom and all its inhabitants. Can the girls stop the enchantment before it’s too late? Or maybe it is just what the creatures needed, after all.

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Author Karen M. Bobos

Meet the Author:

Karen M. Bobos is the multi-award-winning author of the Adventures in Harmony series, which was created in 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic. While living in a city of unrest, her family left Chicago to stay with her mother in Northwest Indiana for several months. She and her husband were determined to keep life filled with wonder and magic for their three daughters, Scarlett (6), Daphne (5), and Cora (3). The Adventures in Harmony series was created to entertain her daughters during their stay at Gigi’s home and is filled with characters from the sisters’ world. Everyone deserves to escape to a land filled with love and adventure where creatures co-exist and happiness awaits.​

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BLOOMING ROSE BLASTS OFF! by Lauren Piland

Join us for this tour from Jan 10 to Jan 30, 2023!

Book Details:

Book Title:  BLOOMING ROSE BLASTS OFF! by Lauren Piland
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   Jan 10, 2023
Format available for review:  print-hardback (USA), PDF
Tour dates: Jan 10 to Jan 30, 2023
Content Rating:  G for all kids.

Book Description:

Rose loves to write, draw, and play―but what happens when she has to face a project she’s never done before?! With encouragement from her best friend, Brady, and some brainstorming with Dad, does Rose’s rocket launcher project turn out to be less than stellar or out of this world?!

Blooming Rose Blasts Off – Virtual Book Tour 2023

Kelly @ Lady Hawkeye Guest Post

Finding The Right Fit 

As a first time children’s book author, I knew I wanted to get it right. The right words. The right illustrations. The right publishing route. The right marketing plan. But as a newbie, I knew that would be a tall order. 

From the beginning, I needed to check my eagerness and excitability at the door if I was to truly create a quality story worthy of such investments. From writing, rewriting, editing, beta testing, more beta testing, and critique grouping before I even signed my publishing deal and passed my book baby along to a professional editing desk, I was feeling pretty confident by the time we stamped the FINAL approval for the manuscript.

I not only felt confident in the story and characters, but also in the overall concept, and my goal to create a meaningful series and book materials to support parents, teachers, and ultimately, our kids. 

But what came next was equally as daunting – finding an illustrator. For a picture book I know it comes as no surprise to imagine the illustrations being as important, if not more, than the words themselves. And having a somewhat picky and particular style in mind, I imagined finding “the one” would be like finding your wedding dress. When you know, you know. 

And know, I did. Not only was she one of countless portfolios that I’d flipped through that immediately caught my attention, but I also quickly found myself falling in love with each of her pieces and her overall style. It was kind of like the cherry (or veil) on top when I realized she was also right down the road. Out of amazing illustrators from around the world, I happened upon one that was also here in Texas. One that I felt could perfectly capture the rolling hills of our setting’s farm house, and the peculiar personalities of our slew of animals that I dreamed being depicted throughout the series. 

And just as imagined, with some patience and pickiness, my crazy story idea came out to be a perfectly published book. Which just so happens to be written, illustrated, and printed here in Texas. My little piece of home is now ready to travel the world. 

Blooming Rose Blasts Off is illustrated by the amazing Kristen Humphrey. 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I love this adorable book inside and out. Your child will learn many valuable lessons as you read this book to them. They are sure to have fun looking at the beautiful pictures throughout.

Rose does perfectly well when it comes to writing, drawing and playing, but when she is given a completely different project, what is she to do? With help from her friends and dad, along with encouragement from her classmates, Rose is comfortable with her project, even though it isn’t perfect. I like that this author chose to have Rose’s project less than perfect. This teaches children they only need to do their best, even though it is not perfect, and that sometimes it takes a few times to do something to achieve your goal.

Kristen Humphrey does a splendid job with the illustrations, inside and on the cover. Children will love the sweet characters and the beautiful purple colors throughout the book. The author includes many things for those wanting to home school, or to use as lesson plans for school or home learning.

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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Blooming Rose Kids

BLOOMING ROSE BLASTS OFF! by Lauren Piland

Meet the Author:

As a former second grade and elementary art teacher, Lauren Piland is a Louisiana native turned Texas homesteader who knows the importance of engaging read-alouds both in class and at home. After taking a step back from the classroom to raise her second child, she realized the gap some campuses face between the undersupported emotional struggles of students and the overwhelming responsibilities of teachers. “When we can use tools such as books and relatable characters to open up those more meaningful conversations, both at home and in the classroom, it aids in that process of peeling back layers of getting to know each other better and building trust,” says Piland. “Children need to feel seen, feel heard, and feel protected. And we do that by tapping into our emotions.”

Piland also wanted to further support teachers by including ready-to-use, curriculum-based exercises to go along with each book that focus on learning objectives such as reading comprehension strategies, vocabulary building and word mechanics exercises, writing prompts, whole group projects and STEM exercises with differentiated versions for students in Pre-K all the way to fourth grade.

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The River of God’s Presence by Jeannine Rodriguez-Everard

Book Details:

​Book Title:  The River of God’s Presence by Jeannine Rodriguez-Everard
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  316 pages
GenreChristian Spiritual Life
Publisher:  Images of Light Publishing, LLC
Release date:  October  2022
Content Rating:  This Christian book is rated G.

Book Description:One night, Jesus caught Jeannine up in the most vivid dream of her life. In this dream, He flew her around the world and revealed how His presence is like the river of God. By contemplating the rivers in Scripture with Him, Jeannine began to understand what happens when we encounter His presence. From Genesis through Revelation, Jesus revealed to her how the rivers in Scripture can metaphorically depict what happens in God’s presence and how Jesus invites us to commune with Him.

Regardless of your experience with God, this book will take you deeper and further in your spiritual life, and you will be more aware of His presence and all that is available to you within it. Studying the river of God will compel you to spend time with Him, where you will find the answers to all the “whats?” and the “whys?” and the “hows?” and the “what-ifs?” you’ve been asking. You will discover in His presence the best inspiration for life.

As you read The River of God’s Presence, you will become more aware of His presence, and you will learn to live from the place of His presence. As this occurs, the beauty of His presence will flow out from your relationship with Him in such a way that it affects every aspect of your life!

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

In The River of God’s Presence, Jeannine Rodriguez-Everard tell the story of how God came to her in a dream, flying her around to  revealed to her how His presence is like the river of God. They flew over all of the rivers in the world. On all of the Bible Jesus revealed to her how the rivers in Scripture can metaphorically depict what happens in God’s presence and how Jesus invites us to commune with Him.

This is a beautiful book and a nicely written book. I enjoyed reading Jeannine’s book and her encounters with God. Talking about the rivers and how they are connected to God. I have never heard this before and found it interesting. I will have to say, I’m not sure I am on the same page as Jeannine about all of this information but I did enjoy reading this book. I encourage you to check the book out. And while reading it, and if you are interested in the rivers, no matter your relationship with Him, ask God to enlighten you about the topic, and I believe he will show you the truth about His creation.

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

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Meet the Author:

Jeannine Rodriguez-Everard is an author, teacher, and international speaker. She is gifted in understanding the supernatural and how God speaks to His children. Jeannine seeks to help people know God and how He uniquely created them to reflect His Light and love to the world. Through her understanding of the ways of God and the importance of communion with Him, Jeannine helps people encounter God personally, while understanding their ability to bring Heaven to Earth through friendship with Jesus. Jeannine and her husband, Ian, live in Idaho with their two beloved dogs, Jimmy & Johnny. Jeannine also enjoys connecting with God and others through art, singing, and storytelling.

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The Empowered Woman by Marta Spirk

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Empowered Woman: The Ultimate Roadmap to Business Success  by Marta Spirk
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  104 pages
Genre:  Self-help, Women in Business, Success Self-help
Publisher:  Mom Does It All LLC
Release date:   December 30, 2021
Format available for review:  print (US), ebook (Gifted Kindle), audiobook (audible download)
Tour dates: Jan 9 to Jan 20, 2023
Content Rating:  G. no profanity or violent language

Book Description:

Is There a Path to Empowerment? Yes!Any woman can find the path to empowerment. Marta Spirk provides a five-step roadmap for success in life and business on the Empowered Woman Path. By taking the time to notice, listen, and forgive, those on the path find that empowering themselves really means embracing all that they are and reaching new levels of self-acceptance to become the most authentic versions of themselves. This is the path to happiness and fulfillment, and it is nothing short of transformation!​Are you ready to step on the path to empowerment?Become The Empowered Woman

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

The Empowered Woman: The Ultimate Roadmap to Business Success by Marta Spirk is a nicely written book to help women have a better look and understanding of herself. It’s great for the lady that lacks self-confidence and self-worth. Spirk uses a Five step roadmap to help others succeed in anything they want to do.

Has life through you for a loop and shattered your world? Has living with pain got you down, or maybe your home life or your job has you at a standstill. I encourage you to pick up a copy of this little book. Its a very short book which is good because it gives you plenty of time to stop and think about what you have read. If you are at a place that you need help to change what you are doing, I don’t hesitate to encourage you to pick up this book and read through it. I’m sure you will be a different person for reading it.

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

An exciting Interview with the author

What is your next project?

As I was wrapping up the editing for The Empowered Woman, I realized why authors write several books: I had so much more to say that didn’t fit the scope and focus of that book. One thing that my editor was adamant about cutting off was getting into detail about marketing and messaging. This has become such a passion of mine, but I needed to lay the foundation of inner work first. I believe my next project will focus more on finding your angle and voice through your life’s story and purpose to grow your influence, impact and brand as an entrepreneur. For now, though, I see myself publishing The Empowered Woman in a couple other languages before that. First, in Portuguese, of course, and then maybe in French and Spanish.

What genre do you write and why?

I write non-fiction with a focus on self-improvement. After discovering the world of personal development, I started having glimpses of doing something similar, but with my own principles and framework. Although there are many books in this genre, I realized I could add one more, with MY voice, MY story and MY lens. You may find a similar message elsewhere, but you will never find the same.

If you’re a mom writer, how do you balance your time?

I started writing The Empowered Woman during the pandemic when my triplets had to come home from preschool. Needless to say I felt overwhelmed and decided to hire a ghostwriter to help me. I ended up recording voice clips on each of my chapters and had her write them out. Nowadays, when it comes to writing content for my business and clients, I pace myself while the kids are in school or self-entertained. 

If you were stuck on a deserted island, which 3 books would you want with you?

The Bible because it could keep me entertained for a while besides being a timeless reference guide for anything in life.

Napoleon Hill’s Outwitting the Devil because I see it as a beautiful merge of biblical principles and self-improvement work.

Either a Human Design gates guide or Gene Keys guide. I’ve become obsessed with the overlap of Human Design and my life’s purpose found in faith as well as the overlap between Human Design and Gene Keys.

In your book you state that you didn’t feel the luxury to learn to be a mom as you went, you had to learn fast because it was triplets….why is that?

I believe the impossibility of my situation presented me with two options: remain in overwhelm or decide to take control of myself. I have been making every effort to choose the latter. Being outnumbered as a first-time-mom invited me to be resourceful in so many ways and one of them was to focus on the very source that would be caring for those babies: myself. I also had the opportunity to expand on this in my TEDx talk titled: The Transformational Power of Defeat.

Meet the Author:

​Born and raised in Brazil to an entrepreneur dad and a pastor mom, Marta Spirk demonstrated an interest for the English language and American culture very early on and began teaching English at fourteen.

She went on to get bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English, became a certified court interpreter, and married an American she met at a church conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

After the surprise and blessing of triplets in 2016, Marta found a passion for encouraging and empowering women as she learned to encourage and empower herself through the challenges of adult (and triplet) life.

In 2020, her dream of becoming a US Citizen finally came true, and her coaching business grew exponentially. She now serves thousands of entrepreneurs, helping them to stop spinning their wheels by trying random personal development resources and finally learn to boost confidence and grow their business by looking at their most valuable resource: themselves!

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Tour Schedule:

Jan 9 –Authors on iTours: Let’s Talk Books – book review 
Jan 10 –Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 11 –Novels Alive – audiobook review / giveaway
Jan 11 – Novels Alive – spotlight / giveaway
Jan 11 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 12 –My WorldReads – audiobook review / giveaway
Jan 13 –Lady Hawkeye – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 17 – Gina Rae Mitchell – audiobook review / guest pots / giveaway
Jan 17 – Splashes of Joy –book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 17 – @enjoyingbooksagain – book review / giveaway
Jan 18 – The Obsessed Reader – book review / giveaway
Jan 19 – Lynchburg Reads – book review / giveaway
Jan 20 – Books for Books – book review / giveaway

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THE FIRST STATE by Tshekedi Wallace

Book Details:

Book Title:  THE FIRST STATE  (The Judgment series Book 1) by Tshekedi Wallace
CategoryAdult Fiction (18+), 237 pages
GenreThriller
Publisher: Review Tales Publishing & Editing Services
Publication Date: August 18, 2022.
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

England is run by the dictator and tyrant Gregory Christopher in the year 2079 from London Metropolitan state. He is crushing the citizens will by enforcing unfair laws using his statesmen, and he has used the police and his alpha hunters to put fear in the people’s hearts. Kofi Achebe and the urban fist revolution factions are fighting the evil head statesman and the men he uses to inflict pain on those who go against him as he continues to rule over the masses. The battle between the state police, unified security services, and the urban fist militia starts to become brutal and gruesome as the mad leader slowly begins to tighten his grip. He knows that he must keep the citizens in line so he can continue to rule. Slowly the despot leader begins to feel that his power is being challenged to the point where he must make the people suffer. Kofi and the urban fist militia leader Trevor Brown know that they must fight to break free of the statesmen’s evil regime and destroy the system they created once and for all. The final war in London Metropolitan becomes a fight to the death that will decide the fate of many citizens.

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Meet the Author:

Tshekedi Wallace is named after Tshekedi the Great, the King of the Bamangwato of Botswana. In keeping with his namesake, Tshekedi Wallace, who was born in Leeds, is a committed advocate for freedom due to his upbringing. He was born into a well-known family of struggle heroes who fought for the liberation of their people. He grew up listening to vigorous debates about politics, history, and issues of the day mostly discussed at the dinner table. This has given him an enduring love for history, literature, art, and politics. Although he likes to read books across all kinds of genres, he has a special love for science fiction, thrillers, poetry, and non-fiction. In his spare time, he avidly follows what’s happening in movies. He loves music from all cultures and is steeped in African culture in all its manifestations, particularly in the Caribbean and the Americas. In his spare time, he writes poetry.

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Mother Knows Worst by Sofia Bella Roma

Join us for this tour from Dec 6 to Dec 19, 2022!

Book Details:

​Book Title:  Mother Knows Worst by Sofia Bella Roma
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  280 pages
Genre: Literary Fiction, Novel
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:  December, 2022
Tour dates: Dec 6 to Dec 19, 2022
Content Rating:  PG -13 

Book Description:

After trying her hand at acting, Rose decides to change career paths and enter law school.

She enrolls in law school in a sleepy New England town, only to find that the practice of law is not all she will study. This quirky thirty-something Italian girl falls in love when she lays eyes on Anil, a handsome intellectual from India. The two discover a deep connection and quickly begin a romantic relationship. What could go wrong as their romance blossoms? Their future looks bright. They have each other. They have great friends. They also have Anil’s mother. Inspired by true events, Mother Knows Worst is a humorous and heartfelt novel. Rose is on a path to finding herself, love, and relationships, taking the reader on a delightful and often comedic journey as she explores two cultural worlds colliding.

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Author Sofia Bella Roma

Meet the Author:

Sofia Bella Roma is a lawyer in North Carolina. She has been practicing law since 2009. She was first licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and then went on to become licensed attorney in North Carolina. Sofia has spent most of her career telling stories. She regularly performs to judges when litigating her cases. Mother Knows Worst is Sofia’s debut novel. This book tackles common problems in relationships and takes on mother-in-law drama with a quirky point of view. Sofia knows firsthand about difficult relationships since she has been practicing law as a divorce attorney. She currently lives with her son and their pet lizard. She has a love for the arts and enjoys making people laugh.

Tour Schedule:

Dec 6 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight
Dec 7 – JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder – book spotlight
Dec 8 – @sarahs.bookstack – book spotlight
Dec 8 – Liese’s Blog – book spotlight
Dec 9 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight
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