Tour and Giveaway for The Great Weight Debate by Amy Newman Shapiro

Join Us for This Tour from July 19 to August 6!

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Great Weight Debate: Get the Facts and Choose the Diet That’s Right for You by Amy Newman Shapiro

Category:  Adult Non-Fiction, 188 pages

GenreSelf-help, Health and Fitness

Publisher:  Snewman Media

Release date:  January 2021

Content Rating:  G

Book Description:

The Great Weight Debate helps you evaluate which diet will work for you and which can hurt you. It is your essential, trusted resource to sift through the minefield of recommendations and misinformation when choosing the best diet for weight loss success. The Great Weight Debate summarizes many popular weight loss plans and explains the principles and research behind each diet. It also highlights the factors that may or may not make the diet a healthy choice for you. It explains why and how to choose a diet that takes into account your food preferences and meets the needs of your lifestyle, schedule, and food availability. It will help you discover and understand the rules, food restrictions, and health risks of each diet. In addition, read up on the new trends, the latest buzz, and the results of the most up-to-date research science has to offer. So…Whether you choose Paleo, low carbohydrate, intermittent fasting, Whole30, or Mediterranean, do it with realistic expectations and do it smartly. Find weight loss success with The Great Weight Debate.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

The Great Weight Debate: Get the Facts and Choose the Diet That’s Right for You by Amy Newman Shapiro. What an interesting book, especially for people who have tried diet after diet and have failed. This is not a fad diet book. But in this book, author Amy Newman Shapiro does list all of the many diets and summarizes each one in a way that readers can understand and know. A lot of the diets I have never heard of, but there are many I have heard of, and I have tried a few of them. But what readers will learn is that just as everyone is different, every diet is different. And hopefully after reading this book you will have a better idea of which diet is the best for you to choose. In addition to diets, Amy talks about different foods and why they are or may not be the best choices for you. 

All in all, this is one of the best books on dieting I have ever read, and I have read a lot. I learned many interesting things about some of the diets that have been floating around for years. This book is a great resource and I will definitely be keeping my copy for those times I need answers.

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.

 

Buy the Book:

 

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Now join me in this wonderful interview with the author 

  • If losing weight when you are overweight or obese is healthy, what makes a diet unhealthy?

Most diets are a set of rules telling you what to eat and what not to eat. Any food group that is restricted or eliminated can lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Over time some nutrient deficiencies can lead to fatigue, osteoporosis, and intestinal issues. Other diets encourage high fat intake and that can lead to heart and liver disease.

Extreme diets, those that cause drastic weight loss over a relatively short amount of time, rarely lead to permanent weight loss. Remember the TV show The Biggest Loser? They all struggled and lost the battle to keep the weight off. Part of that is because the changes in metabolism (the rate at which we burn calories) drastically reduce calorie needs meaning you have to eat much less to maintain the weight loss. In other words, after dieting, we don’t burn as many calories as we did before dieting. Any calories we consume but don’t burn, turn to fat. And on top of that, as we regain the weight, out metabolism does not increase, it stays at its after- diet low, the slower metabolism causing the pounds to pile on that much easier and taking them off again that much more difficult, maybe impossible.

The weight loss goal should include realistic expectations of target weight loss and a strategy in place for keeping the weight off.

 

  • If I haven’t been exercising, how can I burn extra calories?

Walking is the most basic, least expensive, do anywhere, form of exercise there is.  Walking can be done on a school track, indoors on a treadmill, down Main Street, a country road, or around the soccer field while your kid is at practice.  You can walk with your friends, your kids, your coworkers and your dog. Or walk solo, enjoying some alone time, good music or a podcast. You are more likely to stick with it if it fits into your lifestyle, schedule it and enjoy it.  It does not matter what time of day or where you walk.  Walking burns calories, tones muscles, increases cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, and helps keep blood sugar under control.

 

  • What is the biggest obstacle to losing weight?

Portion control. It is not necessarily what you eat but how much that makes a difference. The amount of food we put on our plate is a habit, a behavior we do without thought. But stop and consider how hungry you are in that moment, and you may find you can be satisfied with less. Another challenge to portion control is the amount we are served in to-go orders and prepared food containers. We are all on a see-food diet. When we see food, we want to eat food, hungry or not. The best strategy for changing this behavior is to stop and consider your hunger level before each eating event, put less food than usual in front of you, and after you have eaten, reassess how satisfied you feel.

 

  • Where is your favorite travel destination?

I have had the great fortune to have had the opportunity to travel around the globe with friends and family. We travel in celebration of big events in place of throwing parties. Those celebrations have brought me to Greece, Belize, Tahiti, Alaska, Hawaii, Europe and Central America. But the most memorable is a nine-day sail through the British Virgin Islands aboard a yacht with a captain and cook, my husband and friends. Every day was the perfect mix of swimming and snorkeling, exploring the nearest island, curling up with a good book and dancing on deck under the stars.

 

  • Do you have another profession besides writing?

As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, I provide nutrition counseling and lifestyle management in a private practice as well as being a corporate wellness consultant. And I recently completed yoga teacher training and hope to be leading more yoga classes in the near future.

 

  • Where do you write?

I keep my laptop on a desk wide enough to spread out research materials and notes facing my garden with a bird feeder within view that attracts colorful birds to keep me company.

Thank you Amy Newman Shapiro for answering these questions for us, and help us better understand what your book is teaching us. I know I am going to use this with the diet I am already on.

 

 

 

Meet the Author:
 
Amy

 

 Shapiro RD, CDN, CPT is a registered dietitian and professional speaker promoting wellness in corporate, clinical and private settings. With degrees in both Psychology and Nutrition, Amy’s focus is on behavior modification and lifestyle management. Additionally, Amy is a personal trainer certified by the American Council on Exercise and a wellness coach. With thirteen years of experience educating and coaching clients and worksite wellness groups to achieve weight loss success, Lose It For the Last Time is Amy’s first book. She is the mother of two grown children and lives with her husband on Long Island New York.

 

 

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Facebook

 

Tour Schedule:

 

July 19 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

July 20 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

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

July 22 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / author interview

July 22 – Laura’s Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway

July 23 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway

July 26 – Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews – book spotlight / guest post. giveaway

July 27 – Sandra’s Book Club – book review

July 27 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview

July 27 – Olio by Marilyn – book review / giveaway

July 28 – Kam’s Place – book review

July 28 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway

July 29 – Older & Smarter? – book review / giveaway

Aug 2 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Aug 2 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway

Aug 2 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / giveaway

Aug 3 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Aug 4 – @twilight_reader – book review

Aug 5 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway

Aug 6 – Reading is My Passion – book review

 

Enter the Giveaway:

 

THE GREAT WEIGHT DEBATE Book Tour Giveaway

 

 

 

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Tour and Giveaway for THE RED FENCE by Ed Damiano

 

 

Join us for this tour from July 26 to August 20, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  THE RED FENCE by Ed Damiano

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

Genre:  Children’s Picture Book

Publisher:  Mascot Books

Release date:   July, 2021

Content Rating:  G for everyone.

 

Book Description:

In the uniform town of Vanderloo,

Everyone, everywhere has the same view.

What happens when Astred, tiny Todd, and Ned

Decide to paint their white fence red?

Children’s author and Mom’s Choice Award winner Ed Damiano delivers a poignant message about community and creativity in The Red Fence.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

I fell in love with this book as soon as I saw the cover! As I read The Red Fence I loved it even more. This is a wonderful book for your little ones. They will love the sweet story as well as the lovely creations crafted by Illustrator Jenn Polk. The vivid colors and the adorable characters bring this story to life before your very eyes. This book is beautiful and adorable inside and out. And I love the Dr Seuss feel when reading this book, I think I read it four times. 

The main thing I love about this story is the valuable lessons it teaches children. Children seem to listen more when reading books and in The Red Fence by Ed Damiano will show kids of all ages how to fit into this world. How to be accepted but everyone, and that everyone is different, and it is ok to be different. I highly encourage you to check this book out. 

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

Buy the Book:

Mascot Books

Amazon ~ B&N

AND NOW JOIN ME IN READING THIS INTERESTING INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR ED DAMIANO

  1. How do you come up with your story topics?

 I have a vivid imagination and I use my personal experiences or those of family and friends to come up with my stories.   

 

  1. There are many books out there about diversity, What makes yours different?

I don’t know about the other books about diversity because I don’t research them or compare. My book comes from experiences and using those experiences to share a lesson that can be applied to use in daily life.

 

  1. What advice would you give budding writers?

My advice to new writers: to paraphrase Field of Dreams, “If it’s in you, it will happen”

 

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

Yes. I get writer’s block. That’s why although they are short stories, they take a long time to write. I worked on The Red Fence for a year. The initial thought, story, and outline is there, then you read and correct, read and change, until you feel comfortable. And you never really do. What helps me overcome it? Relaxing and watching old black and white movies!

 

  1. Last great book I read. 

Norman Vincent Peals – The Power of Positive Thinking 



 

 

Meet the Author:

 

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

connect with the author: goodreads


Tour Schedule:

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

July 27 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway

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

July 28 –  Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway

July 29 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review

July 29 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway

July 30 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway

July 30 – Sandra’s Book Club – book review

Aug 2 – Books for Books – book review

Aug 3 – Westveil Publishing – book review / guest post / giveaway

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

Aug 4 – I Read What You Write – book review / guest post  giveaway

Aug 4 – Carpinello’s Writing Pages – book spotlight / author interview

Aug 5 –Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review / guest post / giveaway

Aug 6 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / giveaway

Aug 9 – @twilight_reader – book review

Aug 10 – Kam’s Place – book review

Aug 11 – The Avid Reader – book review / guest post / giveaway

Aug 12 – Reading is My Passion – book review

Aug 13 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review / giveaway

Aug 16 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

Aug 16 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway

Aug 17 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

Aug 18 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

Aug 18 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway

Aug 18 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway

Aug 19 – Laura’s Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway

Aug 20 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review

 

Enter the Giveaway:

 THE RED FENCE by Ed Damiano Book Tour Giveaway

 

 

 

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Tour and Giveaway for The Academy Saga II: Cadet-in-Training by C.J. Daly

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Academy Saga: Cadet-in-Training by C.J. Daly
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 yrs +),  441 pages
Genre: Suspense Romance
Publisher:  BrandyLight Ink
Release date:   July 2020
Format available for review:  ebook (mobi file (for Kindle), ePub, PDF)
Tour dates: July 12 to August 6
Content Rating:  PG-13. My book has some adult themes, language, and a few slow-burn romance scenes.


“Absolutely ADDICTING!  CJ Daly does it again and delivers a story YOU CAN’T PUT DOWN! Edge of your seat GREATNESS! I was completely hooked into this story. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. The Cadet in Training was such a phenomenal escape. With characters that fly off the pages, you become immersed! CJ Daly has stunning story telling skills! I’m still sitting here, like what did I just read and why is it over! Agh! I can’t wait for book 3!!!  #theacademysaga is going down as one my absolute favorites! #TeamPete! All the stars! I’m ready to read this one again!” RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ @elizabeth.ness.56

Book Description:

Another Readers’ Favorite 5-STAR Suspense Romance. Begin the journey today.

Kate’s destiny has been determined for her.

Hidden out in the country for most her life, Kate Connelly suddenly wakes up, handcuffed to a hospital bed, in the psyche ward of The Academy. Her crime? Being “gifted.” And it’s Officer “Ranger” Nealson’s job to make her adhere to The Academy’s agenda for her. Even though he’s the one who drugged and dragged her in. Kate’s hate for Ranger, and his academy, is at an all-time high. Ranger has his work cut out for him . . . and Kate does too. She has to fight through the rigors of the Cadet-in-Training program, and quickly. If not, she’ll lose the one privilege she’s been given at The Academy—access to her precious little brother.

And until she graduates from the CIT program, Officer Nealson is banned from Missions. When General Weston finally offers a juicy recon to Ranger, he wants to jump at the chance to prove himself again. After all, catching bad guys is his thing. Almost all pros for doing it. One con—Cadet Connelly has to ride along.

The hardened officer finds he’s slowly been growing a soft spot for his mentee. But he’s determined not to end up like his father, and former Elite Cadet Pete Davenport—throwing away their career for a girl (not even a woman). And Kate has lingering feelings for Pete, who risked his life to warn her, and conflicting feelings for Ranger. She has to set both aside to focus on completing her first mission.

When the dust settles, old alliances are broken and new ones are formed. But one thing remains the same: Kate’s destiny has been determined for her by The Academy. Ready or not . . . she’s set for Missions. Will one of the former elite cadets step in to help change her fate, or will she be left to fight the Academy’s agenda alone?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

After reading the first book in this series, I was anxious to read book two, and it did not disappoint. Again Author C. J. Daly writes an appealing story that will have you on the edge of your seat! I was glad to see even more development of the characters we met in book one, as well as the new characters we meet. There’s a lot of tension, especially after Kate finds herself in the psyche ward of The Academy. Her one mission is to gwt through the Cadet-in-Training program so she will be able to see her brother. I feel bad for Kate but at the same time I don’t. I would like seeing her develop a little more. And as far as team Ranger a d Team Pete, I think I’ll sat back and watch for a while. I did enjoy seeing things through Rangers eyes in this book. There is a lot if drama in this book, more so than book one I think, but all in all it is a great read. I can’t wait to see what book three has to offer. I highly recommend this book, and this series. And especially if you enjoy military reads.

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.


BUY THE BOOK:
Amazon
B&N ~ Walmart

add to Goodreads

NOW JOIN ME IN AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR C. J. DALY

  • In your writing career, what tasks do you not like to do?

Like most authors I know, I’m a natural introvert, so coming out from behind the computer has been a bit of a challenge. But to my surprise, I actually love creating the social media posts, and especially enjoy interacting with my fans. I’d say the nuts and bolts of running the business is my weakest link, and therefore, my least favorite part of my career. Thankfully, I have a small-but-mighty marketing team to help me. 

  • What inspires your creativity?

This is such a tough question to answer, because it can be everything and nothing. I’ve always had a runaway imagination, which can be a good thing for a creative career like an author, or a bad thing, because I live in my head so much. And, of course, other great writers and books have inspired me. I’ve always been a voracious reader—everything from the classics to Harlequin romance novels have inspired me. Plus, my boys. I can’t forget my two favorite sparks of inspiration! 

  • What do you create & why?

I create sweeping stories or sagas with a healthy dose of suspense, intrigue, and romance. And I create because it’s a compulsion; I simply can’t NOT write. It’s like living in a parallel universe, where it’s sometimes hard to know which reality I’m living in. I’ll try to put the story away to live a “normal” life for a while, but the characters come poking at me at night, robbing me of my sleep. It can be so frustrating, but it’s never boring! 

  • What challenges have you faced when creating a story?

I guess the most challenging thing would be when I have an idea or outline in mind, and then the characters come along and do something else. I always go the way of the characters though. Their way is always better. Sometimes I feel like I’m just the portal through which they come. It’s their story; I’m just telling it. 

  • How would you overcome obstacles?

I overcome obstacles by using good old-fashioned grit to will myself forward, then get back to work. And I couldn’t live without the support of my family and mom squad. I think every woman needs other women to lift them up when they’re down. To say, “Keep going, even when it gets tough.” Because the road to success is long and tough, I sometimes take a break to watch motivational videos. I like Bishop T.D. Jakes and serial-cusser Gary Vee. I also pray. A lot. 

  • When did your creative spark being?

I think my creative spark began on the family ranch back in New Mexico. My seven siblings and I were outside working a lot, doing monotonous chores. It was sometimes lonely, and we didn’t have a lot of resources to draw from but our imaginations. You can’t imagine some of the crazy games we came up with, the scary stories we’d tell. It would definitely keep me up at night, so I would read, read, read! Which was such a bad thing, because we had to rise with the sun the next day, for another round of chores!

  • What is something you’d like to share with your past-self?

So many things: not to try cutting your own bangs, for one thing! But seriously, I’d like to go back and tell myself not to overthink things (except for aforementioned action, LOL!). I always obsess with the minutia of all I have to do, and the time and resources it will take to do it, and it paralyzes me. I’d advise my former self to just take the next step, for it is that series of next steps—no matter how small—that leads to success. 

  • If you could change one thing, what would it be?

If I could change one thing it would be going for my dream career sooner. I’d always heard how hard it is to make a living as a writer. Apparently, you have better luck being struck by lightning. So I thought I had to make a living first, then go for it. But now I wished I would have tried sooner. I was just so afraid of being poor that I was too afraid to take the risk until my family was financially stable. Anytime you have a calling, like I did, I think you owe it to yourself to see it through. I still wonder where I would be now if I would have begun right out of college. But I can’t regret those humorous years teaching middle school, or stopping to have my amazing children—really priceless experiences that have helped shape me into who I am today. So now I amend my former regret: I wouldn’t change anything, because the path I’m on now . . . it’s the right one, at the right time. I’m sure of it!  

  • What do you hope people can take away from your books?

I hope people take away an amazing story and characters that stick with them, like old friends. Sure, I want readers to be entertained, but I also want them to get swept up in another world, one that changes their worldview, maybe even the direction of their lives. I hope that doesn’t sound too dramatic, because that’s exactly what books did for me—changed the very course of my life. I was able to see other ways of life, outside the protective bubble I was born into. I could easily have stayed where I was and bore the next generation of farmer/ranchers, but I wanted something different for myself. Not that there is anything wrong with that life! I still yearn for the slower pace, the rural peacefulness, and friendly hometown folks. I’m still a small-town girl at heart. 

  • Where are you headed?

I’ve been fortunate to hit Amazon Bestseller, but I hope I’m headed for the New York Times Best-Seller list next! Then Hollywood. Everyone says they see The Academy being made into a series, even going so far as to cast the three main characters: Pete, Kate, and Ranger. And I’ve been fortunate enough to already get a writing gig from a movie producer. But whatever the future holds, I just want to put the best product out there I can; something I’m proud of. I refuse to take shortcuts, and I won’t back down from the hard work. I’m definitely in it to win it . . . whatever “it” is. We’ll see what the future has in store for The Academy Saga, the little (big) book series that could. 

ALSO AVAILABLE CHECK OUT BOOK ONE IN THIS SERIES

The Academy Saga by C.J. Daly

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Academy Saga by C.J. Daly
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 yrs +),  500 pages
Genre: Suspense Romance
Publisher:  BrandyLight Ink
Release date:   September 2019
Format available for review:  print, and ebook (mobi file (for Kindle), ePub, PDF)
Will send print books out:  USA and Canada
Tour dates: July 12 to Aug 6
Content Rating:  PG-13. My book has some adult themes, language, and a few slow-burn romance scenes.
“Unique, intense, and suspenseful. A story with compelling characters that pull you into the author’s world and keep you reading from beginning to end. Intriguing start to a new series.”–New York Times Best Selling Author Jami Brumfield 

“CJ has created an unforgettable story about a young woman caught up in a world of lies and deception. The Academy Saga is a page-turning read with a twist you may not see coming.”—Tony Jones, Executive Producer of My All American

“Wow wow wow! This book has it all. It’s extremely well written, the characters are amazing and the story is so intriguing that it pulls you in from the very first page. There’s tension, mystery chemistry and of course romance. I loved it! I would highly recommend this page turner!”— RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ @abbi_reads_xx
Book Description:

Readers’ Favorite Suspense Romance

Kate Connelly should be careful what she wishes for.

Just seventeen, she already feels like she’s suffocating. Since her mother’s death, her father’s basically checked out, so she’s stuck raising her brothers by herself out in the New Mexico scrub. All Kate wants is a little distraction from the same-ole, same-ole that is her life.

When two mysterious guys show up at the diner where she works, she thinks her wish has come true, until they start giving her a hard time. Like her life isn’t hard enough. Something about them niggles her, but she brushes it off. She’s never going to see them again anyway . . . right?

Then they appear in an alley one night to either rescue or kidnap her (she’s still not sure which) before disappearing like figments of her imagination.

Kate decides to put the bizarre encounters out of her mind. She has bigger problems to worry about: like that elite military academy that’s been pursuing her gifted little brother. When one of their cadets shows up at her high school, he creates instant pandemonium. And just happens to be one of those mysterious guys. Coincidence? Mama said there’s no such thing. And to always trust her instinct. But that might be kind of hard, because every time she’s around Cadet Peter Davenport, her gut starts flip-flopping on her. And her heart.

Can Kate keep it together long enough to stop Cadet Davenport’s mission? She’s about to find out. And—once again—how neatly life can be split into before and after.


BUY THE BOOK:
Amazon ~ Walmart

add to Goodreads

AND SEE MY REVIEW HERE

Author C.J. Daly

Meet the Author:

CJ Daly grew up on the scrabbly plains of Eastern New Mexico. When she was supposed to be helping her six siblings with chores on the family ranch, she was really sneaking behind dusty haystacks to read. And dreaming about becoming a writer.

After graduating high school, CJ moved to Big D, where she quickly put herself through college while trying to rid herself of her country accent. She had better luck with college, graduating magna cum laude with a degree in English literature. After teaching a few years and pausing to have back-to-back boys, she began writing in earnest.

A few years later, “The Academy Saga” was born. It instantly earned a Readers’ Favorite 5-STAR seal of approval and became an Amazon best seller.

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


Tour Schedule:
July 12 –Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
July 12 – The World As I See It – book review of the Academy Saga
July 12 – Nikki’s Bookstagram – book spotlight
July 13 – fundinmental – book review of The Academy Saga / giveaway
July 14 – Booking With Janelle – book review of The Academy Saga
July 15 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 16 – BookishKelly2020 – book spotlight
July 16 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
July 19 – Books Lattes and Tiaras – book review of The Academy Saga  
July 20 – Splashes of Joy – book review of The Academy Saga / author interview / giveaway
July 20 – @twilight_reader – book review of The Academy Saga
July 21 – Pause for Tales – book review of The Academy Saga / giveaway
July 21 – Booking With Janelle – book review of The Academy Saga II: Cadet-in-Training
July 21 – Books Lattes and Tiaras – book review of The Academy Saga II: Cadet-in-Training
July 22 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of The Academy Saga / giveaway
July 22 – I Read What You Write – book spotlight / guest post / author interview / giveaway
July 23 – Wottaread – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 23 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
July 26 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 26 – My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 27 – Splashes of Joy – book review of The Academy Saga II: Cadet-in-Training / author interview / giveaway
July 27 – Lissdoeslife – book review of The Academy Saga
July 28 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of The Academy Saga / giveaway
July 28 – Falling Into A Good Book – book review of The Academy Saga
July 29 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 29 – Lissdoeslife – book review of The Academy Saga II: Cadet-in-Training
July 30 – @twilight_reader – book review of The Academy Saga II: Cadet-in-Training
Aug 2 – @londonairylibrary – book review of The Academy Saga
Aug 3 – fundinmental – book review of The Academy Saga II: Cadet-in-Training / giveaway
Aug 4 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of The Academy Saga II: Cadet-in-Training / giveaway
Aug 5 – I’m Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 5 – Books for Books – book review The Academy Saga
Aug 6 – The World As I See It – book review of the Academy Saga II: Cadet-in-Training
Aug 6 – The Eclectic Review – book review of The Academy Saga / giveaway
TBD – My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews – book review of The Academy Saga / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway:

Enigma (Road to the Breaking Book 2) by Chris Bennett

Book Details:

Book Title: Enigma (Road to the Breaking Book 2) by Chris Bennett

Category: Adult Fiction (18 +) , 514 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher:  CPB Publishing, LLC

Release date:   February 2021

Format available for review:  print – softback, e-book ( mobi file (for Kindle), ePub, PDF)

Will send print books out:  USA

 

​​Book Description:

“How can I call myself a man of good conscience, when I myself am no better than a slaver?”

It’s summer 1860, and former army Captain Nathan Chambers has returned home to Virginia to claim his inheritance: a large plantation with more than one hundred slaves.  Nathan wants no part of slavery and intends to sell the farm and all its slaves.  But even as he arrives home, enduring fearful and downcast stares from despondent black faces, he knows what he must do … and the price he must pay for doing it.    

As Nathan works to carry out his ambitious plans, he is troubled by rumors of succession and war, even as a villainous neighbor plots a violent end to their decades-long family feud.

And then Evelyn arrives … strikingly beautiful, spirited, and intriguing, she is the daughter of an old family friend.  But the more Nathan is drawn in by her charms, the harder she pushes him away … 

The Road to the Breaking Series is an epic tale of a young nation seething with debauchery, brutality, corruption, and political intrigue, unwittingly on the brink of a deadly precipice: the American Civil War.  In Book 2 of the series, Nathan Chambers has returned from the violent army life out West, only to face a heart wrenching Enigma at home.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Enigma continues the story of book one in the series, Road to the Breaking, and it’s good to read these books in order because one picks up where the other one leaves off. I enjoyed following the story of Captain Nathan Chambers as he heads to Virginia to claim the inheritance left to him. This could prove a problem because Nathan wants nothing to do with slavery or owning the slaves on the farm. Again Chris Bennett writes an amazing story that will keep you reading till the very last page. The characters from book one as well as new characters introduced are so well creates and tell their story well as the plot unfolds. And I love all of the historical details throughout the book. You historical fiction buffs will have a great time with this series. Every part of it is so interesting and intriguing. And again, the ending kind of leaves readers hanging and waiting for the next book before we really see what’s going on. I look forward to reading book three and I highly recommend book one, Road to the Breaking and book two Enigma for you to read now. I think you will find this a very worthy series. Enigma is a worthy Five stars for me. 

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

 

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Join me in reading this interesting interview from the author.

What made you write a book about the Civil War? Are you a big history buff? 

My grandmother was a high school history teacher (and so was her daughter, my Aunt Gay who has helped me do research for my series), and also very into reading historical non-fiction books. She had a room in her house that had bookshelves floor to ceiling on three walls, and a large portion of these were on the American Civil War. I remember sitting in that room, looking through those books, and asking her questions about them. So the names Grant, Sherman, and Lee (along with Lincoln and Jefferson Davis) were well known to me from an early age. My Dad was also a big history buff, though more into WWII as that had been the big event of his childhood. As you can imagine, I took a lot of history courses in college, along with political science. So, when it came time to write a book, historical fiction seemed a natural fit, and it was a toss-up between the American Civil War and WWII. I had several plots in mind for both time periods, but settled on the Civil War story because it seemed the most compelling and timely with all that was currently happening in the world.

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

I have not experienced it yet, I’m happy to say. But I have recently concluded that writing historical fiction gives you a big advantage in overcoming that potential scenario. Each time I have wondered what the plot should be in the next book of the series, I just dive into the historical research (i.e. “What happened in this specific time period in the area where my main characters are located?”) and end up discovering some obscure but fascinating details of things that were actually happening. As they say, “truth is stranger than fiction”, and “you just can’t make this stuff up!” I love including actual people and events in my books, then just weaving my fictional characters in. I think most of my readers would be surprised (if they did the research) to discover how many of the things in my books are factual.  

What is your next project?

I’m currently working on Book 6 of Road to the Breaking, and it’s looking like, according to the timeline, it’s going to be a ten-book series to get it to the end of the Civil War.  After that I have a few things in mind: 

  • Continuing with Nathan’s descendants through time, with a tradition of attending West Point and being involved in the nation’s major conflicts
  • Writing one of the WWII plots I had originally considered
  • A Road to the Breaking prequal (Nathan’s childhood?)
  • Or a standalone, spinoff novel focusing one or more of the interesting side characters of the original series.  

I’m thinking I may ask my readers for input on what they’d like to see next (maybe do a poll?) 

Do you snack while writing? Favorite snack?

I like sipping Scotch with a bite of dark chocolate. One of my favorite quotes is from Hemingway, “Write drunk, edit sober,” which has some truth to it, though I think the Scotch works best in moderation!

Is there a specific ritualistic thing you do during your writing time?

Mostly just the Scotch (see above.) Other than that, I tend to write pretty much any chance I get, so I keep a laptop laying around the house that I can use whenever I have a few spare moments, or an idea hits me. Otherwise, the hardcore writing is done at my desk on a regular workstation, with two large monitors (the one on the left is used for doing the research, and the one on the write for actual writing.)

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

Lord of the Rings, King James Bible, and Road to the Breaking (can I have the whole series?)

 

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​​Book Details:

Book Title:  Road to the Breaking

CategoryAdult Fiction (18 +) , 345 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher:  CPB Publishing, LLC

Release date:   January 2021

Content Rating:  PG-13Cursing, violence and war scenes, etc. 

Book Description:

​Nothing survived “The Breaking” unchanged; lives and fortunes, love and hate, freedom and slavery …

It’s early 1860, and war hero Captain Nathaniel Chambers, commander U.S. Army Fort Davis in the west Texas wilderness, has received shocking news – his father is dead.  He must return home to Virginia and claim his inheritance before a maniacal neighbor can murder his widowed mother and seize the family plantation.

But he’s torn by a terrible dilemma – to stay in the army and turn his back on his fortune, his mother and his beloved childhood home, or become the thing he despises; a slave master!  Is there no other choice? 

An epic journey across a young nation seething with debauchery, brutality, corruption, and political intrigue, unwittingly on the brink of an unimaginable disaster; the American Civil War.  Nathan Chambers has left the violent army life behind in Texas, never imaging he’s on the very Road to The Breaking.

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Enjoy Book 2 in The Road to the Breaking series:

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Book Details:

Book TitleEnigma (Road to the Breaking Book 2) by Chris Bennett

CategoryAdult Fiction (18 +) , 514 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher:  CPB Publishing, LLC

Release date:   February 2021

Format available for review:  print – softback, e-book ( mobi file (for Kindle), ePub, PDF)

Will send print books out:  USA

Content Rating:  PG-13Cursing, violence and war scenes, etc.

​​Book Description:

“How can I call myself a man of good conscience, when I myself am no better than a slaver?”

It’s summer 1860, and former army Captain Nathan Chambers has returned home to Virginia to claim his inheritance: a large plantation with more than one hundred slaves.  Nathan wants no part of slavery and intends to sell the farm and all its slaves.  But even as he arrives home, enduring fearful and downcast stares from despondent black faces, he knows what he must do … and the price he must pay for doing it.    

As Nathan works to carry out his ambitious plans, he is troubled by 

 

rumors of succession and war, even as a villainous neighbor plots a 

violent end to their decades-long family feud.

And then Evelyn arrives … strikingly beautiful, spirited, and 

 

intriguing, she is the daughter of an old family friend.  But the more 

Nathan is drawn in by her charms, the harder she pushes him away … 

The Road to the Breaking Series is an epic tale of a young nation seething with debauchery, brutality, corruption, and political intrigue, unwittingly on the brink of a deadly precipice: the American Civil War.  In Book 2 of the series, Nathan Chambers has returned from the 

 

violent army life out West, only to face a heart wrenching Enigma at home.

BUY THE BOOK:

 

Amazon ~ B&N

Bookshop

Add to Goodread

 

 

 

 Meet the Author:

Chris A. Bennett grew up on the shores of Klamath Lake in southeastern Oregon. For a young boy it was a dream world of water, hills, forests, and abundant wildlife. His love for action and adventure morphed into a lifelong love for books when his Mom read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings to the family on a long road trip.

 
 

Chris’s thirst for adventure never faded and he began to live out his love of history onto the pages of his first book, Road to the Breaking. Once he started writing he just couldn’t stop and the result is The Road to the Breaking series; an epic journey across a young nation seething with debauchery, brutality, corruption, and political intrigue, unwittingly on the brink of an unimaginable disaster: the American Civil

 War.

 

Chris currently lives near Seattle with his wife Patricia. His three adult children Nick, Rachel, and Josh also live in the Puget Sound area.​

 
 

Connect with the Author:   website  ~ instagram ~ goodreads

 


Tour Schedule:

 

July 6 – Cover Lover Book Review – books spotlight / giveaway

July 6 – Working Mommy journal – book review of ROAD TO THE BREAKING (Book 1) / giveaway

July 7 – The Momma Spot – book review of ROAD TO THE BREAKING (Book 1) / giveaway

July 8 – Books for Books – book review of ROAD TO THE BREAKING (Book 1)

July 12 – Books for Books – book review of ENIGMA (ROAD TO THE BREAKING, Book 2)

July 13 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of ROAD TO THE BREAKING (Book 1) / giveaway

July 13 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of ROAD TO THE BREAKING (Book 1) / giveaway

July 15 – Jazzy Book Reviews – books spotlight / guest post / giveaway

July 16 – The Momma Spot – book review of ENIGMA (ROAD TO THE BREAKING, Book 2) / giveaway

July 19 – Splashes of Joy – book review of ROAD TO THE BREAKING (Book 1) / author interview / giveaway

July 19 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of ROAD TO THE BREAKING (Book 1) / giveaway

July 20 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of ENIGMA (ROAD TO THE BREAKING, Book 2) / giveaway

July 20 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of ENIGMA (ROAD TO THE BREAKING, Book 2) / giveaway

July 20 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of ENIGMA (ROAD TO THE BREAKING,  Book 2) / giveaway

July 20 – fundinmental – books spotlight / giveaway

July 21 – @twilight_reader – book review of ROAD TO THE BREAKING (Book 1)

July 21 – Literary Flits – books spotlight / giveaway

July 22 – @twilight_reader – book review of ENIGMA (ROAD TO THE BREAKING, Book 2)

July 22 – Character Madness and Musings – book review of ROAD TO THE BREAKING (Book 1) / guest post / giveaway  

July 23 – Splashes of Joy – book review of ENIGMA (ROAD TO THE BREAKING, Book 2) / giveaway

July 23 – Character Madness and Musings – book review of ENIGMA (ROAD TO THE BREAKING, Book 2) / giveaway

July 26 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

 

Enter the Giveaway:

 A ROAD TO BREAKING Book Tour Giveaway

 

 

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Tour and Giveaway for Amal the Thirsty Gamal: A Christmas Tale by Robert Schorr

Join us for this tour from July 6 to July 26, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Amal the Thirsty Gamal: A Christmas Tale by Robert Schorr

 

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

GenreChildren’s Picture Book 

Publisher:  Mascot 

Release date:  July, 2021

Content Rating:  G.

 

Book Description:
 
The charming tale told in Amal the Thirsty Gamal is for every young person who might be anxious about how they are viewed by those around them (and yes, camels care about that too!). For so long, our little hero has been hearing taunts and jeers and thinking negative things about himself, his looks, and especially his little hump. But—oh, brace yourselves! — because Wise Men are traveling with Amal’s special caravan, and when one of them speaks up around the campfire one night, everything changes for little Amal!
 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Amal is so anxious. They are at it again. The talk about him being different, and especially his hump and this makes him sad. But things are about to change for our friend Amal, and author Robert Schorr tells all about it in his sweet book Amal the Thirsty Gamal: A Christmas Tale. This adorable book is awesome for children because it teaches the valuable lesson of acceptance, because it is ok to be different, despite what others say about you. Just because we may be different, it doesn’t mean we can’t be valuable and useful. Just like Amal found an important way to be useful, so can you, and anyone else. 

I love this story about a sweet little camel with a hump that is different. Robert Schorr does a fantastic job writing this story so it can be read to little ones, and really older kids and adults alike will love and benefit from reading about Amal. And I love how illustrator Kristina Koontz does an absolutely fabulous job of bringing the story to life with her adorable illustrations on the cover and throughout the book. I love how the pictures she creates for each page fits so perfectly with the words to the story. I think this book would be perfect for very young readers, after hearing the story, to look at the pictures and tell the story themselves. I love it when small children do this, and it’s the fabulous illustrations that make it happen. Schorr and Koontz work together so well to make this story happen. Amal the Thirsty Gamal: A Christmas Tale by Robert Schorr will be awesome for daycare and school classrooms as well as libraries where children’s books may be. I highly encourage you to check out this adorable book for your little ones. This one is a sound Five Stars in my book. 

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

 

Buy the Book:

 

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AND NOW JOIN ME READING THIS SPECIAL INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Robert Schorr

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Q: It looks like you had a lot of fun writing Amal the Thirsty Gamal, but were there any challenges along the way? Did you encounter any difficulties? 

Robert: Oh, I did have a lot of fun with it, but yes, as a matter of fact, the entire premise of a “lovable camel” is challenging, if you think about it. I mean, we don’t often think of camels as “adorable” or “cuddly.” They’re overwhelmingly large and gangly and they have a rather stern expression on their faces. But my goal was to somehow make my little readers feel sorry for this one — want to hug him and comfort him and take away his sorrows. And that was rather challenging. I remember when I first started in, looking at pictures of camels, thinking “Man! They’re ugly! How am I going to do this?” But they’re not ugly! They’re beautiful creatures! I’ve totally changed on that now. And I owe that to Amal. 

Q: Your illustrator certainly helped with that, didn’t she? She really did make him look cute. 

Robert: Oh, goodness! Yes! Tina is just marvelous. She is a fabulous artist, as you can easily see. 

Q: That’s Kristina Koontz. 

Robert: Yes. I’ve known Tina as a friend for years, and I knew she was a good artist, but I had no idea she was capable of doing what she did for me. The story was already written when I asked if she could do a few sketches, and I was just blown away by her very first one. You know, we worked on this during the COVID months, and we had the best time doing it, and—man! I threw some challenges at her! “Can you make Amal look more anxious?” “Can you make him look worried and thirsty at the same time?” “I’d like to have him kicking up his heels on the way into Bethlehem. Do you think you could do that?” She was unfazed! No problem at all. 

Q: She made the camel pray! 

Robert: That’s my favorite. That and the “Tall/Small” signs on page 7. And the Wise Man’s “Camel Anatomy Chart” on page 21. Honestly, Tina did more to write the book than I did — or to make it come alive, anyway. 

Q: It’s beautiful. I don’t suppose you had to do much research for your book. 

Robert: Oh, tons of research! Deep, deep stuff, like: “what’s in a hump?” and “is myrrh really a liquid?” Things like that! (it can be either a liquid or a gum, but the liquid form was popular in ancient times). No, seriously, it was all just fun, from beginning to end. I didn’t research it much. 

Q: There have been other books about downtrodden animals. What makes yours any different? 

Robert: Hmm…yeah. What I find most pleasing about my story are the depths of it. My little readers probably won’t pick up on them—and they don’t have to—but I secretly hope that one day they will, perhaps when they go back and re-read it. 

Q: Like what kind of depths? 

Robert: Well, the “strange gifts,” for example, that are destined for the Christ-child. “Oh, the gold of course is perfectly fine but incense and myrrh?” One belongs in a temple; the other is used for tombs. And that’s deep! For a nativity gift? That’s deep! The stranger who comes in from the west and proclaims: “A king has been born in a manger of hay, it’s a strange way to come if you ask my opinion, with no palace or splendor or signs of dominion…” Oh, yes, it is strange. And deep! Everything about Christmas is deep, actually. The youngest ones don’t need to “get” any of this, but I’m hoping the story “lasts” a little longer than the childhood years to some degree. 

Q: Do you have a favorite children’s book writer these days? 

Robert: Oh, Sandra Boynton surely. “The Going to Bed Book” is my favorite, but they’re all priceless. I love her artwork. And her humor—it keeps popping up all over her website: sandraboynton.com. Look for her “motto,” for example. She’s really special. 

Q: With your book in mind, what would you like to tell every young reader? 

Robert: Oh, that’s easy! “You are perfectly made! And very special! And greatly loved by the One who made you.” 

 

 
 
 

Meet the Author:

Robert Schorr resides in San Clemente, California, with his wife Sharilyn and their family nearby. For 26 years, he served as Senior Pastor at Calvary Chapel Old Towne in Orange, California. Prior to that, they lived in Asia for 17 years. He is devoted to his Savior, to Sharilyn, his children, flying, hiking, fly-fishing, Chinese, and writing. He loves any story that makes someone special, and he knew, a long time ago, that little Amal had one to tell.

Connect with the Author:website ~ facebook 

Tour Schedule:

July 6 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway

 

July 6 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway

July 7 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

July 7 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway

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

July 9 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight

July 12 – Books for Books – book review

July 13 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway

July 13 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway

July 14 – Reading is My Passion – book review

July 15 – Icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway

July 16 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / giveaway

July 16 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / giveaway

July 19 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway

July 19 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway

July 20 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

July 20 – The Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book review / guest post / giveaway

July 21 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

July 22 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway

July 23 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway

July 26 – @twilight_reader – book review

 

Enter the Giveaway:

AMAL THE THIRSTY GAMAL Book Tour Giveaway

 

 

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Tour and Giveaway for Road to the Breaking by Chris Bennett

Join us for this tour from July 6 to July 26, 2021!

​​Book Details:

Book Title:  Road to the Breaking by Chris Bennett

CategoryAdult Fiction (18 +) , 345 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher:  CPB Publishing, LLC

Release date:   January 2021

Content Rating:  PG-13Cursing, violence and war scenes, etc.

Book Description:

​Nothing survived “The Breaking” unchanged; lives and fortunes, love and hate, freedom and slavery …

It’s early 1860, and war hero Captain Nathaniel Chambers, commander U.S. Army Fort Davis in the west Texas wilderness, has received shocking news – his father is dead.  He must return home to Virginia and claim his inheritance before a maniacal neighbor can murder his widowed mother and seize the family plantation.

But he’s torn by a terrible dilemma – to stay in the army and turn his back on his fortune, his mother and his beloved childhood home, or become the thing he despises; a slave master!  Is there no other choice?

An epic journey across a young nation seething with debauchery, brutality, corruption, and political intrigue, unwittingly on the brink of an unimaginable disaster; the American Civil War.  Nathan Chambers has left the violent army life behind in Texas, never imaging he’s on the very Road to The Breaking.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Captain Nathaniel Chambers, commander United States Army Fort Davis has difficult decisions to make, mainly on that would take him back to Virginia to his mom and the inheritance he has at home. Road to the Breaking takes readers on a journey that will not be forgotten.

I really enjoyed this book very much. Author Chris Bennett creates a cast of characters that develop perfectly as the story unfolds and the journey continues. I read a ecopy of this book and I couldn’t put my kindle down for long because I wanted to see what was coming next. And I wasn’t disappointed. This book is chunked full off exciting adventure and often hard times but good times as well. I highly recommend Road to the Breaking to all of you history buffs out 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.

BUY THE BOOK:

Amazon ~ B&N

Bookshop  

Add to Goodreads

Join me in reading this interesting interview from the author.

What made you write a book about the Civil War? Are you a big history buff? 

My grandmother was a high school history teacher (and so was her daughter, my Aunt Gay who has helped me do research for my series), and also very into reading historical non-fiction books. She had a room in her house that had bookshelves floor to ceiling on three walls, and a large portion of these were on the American Civil War. I remember sitting in that room, looking through those books, and asking her questions about them. So the names Grant, Sherman, and Lee (along with Lincoln and Jefferson Davis) were well known to me from an early age. My Dad was also a big history buff, though more into WWII as that had been the big event of his childhood. As you can imagine, I took a lot of history courses in college, along with political science. So, when it came time to write a book, historical fiction seemed a natural fit, and it was a toss-up between the American Civil War and WWII. I had several plots in mind for both time periods, but settled on the Civil War story because it seemed the most compelling and timely with all that was currently happening in the world.

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

I have not experienced it yet, I’m happy to say. But I have recently concluded that writing historical fiction gives you a big advantage in overcoming that potential scenario. Each time I have wondered what the plot should be in the next book of the series, I just dive into the historical research (i.e. “What happened in this specific time period in the area where my main characters are located?”) and end up discovering some obscure but fascinating details of things that were actually happening. As they say, “truth is stranger than fiction”, and “you just can’t make this stuff up!” I love including actual people and events in my books, then just weaving my fictional characters in. I think most of my readers would be surprised (if they did the research) to discover how many of the things in my books are factual.  

What is your next project?

I’m currently working on Book 6 of Road to the Breaking, and it’s looking like, according to the timeline, it’s going to be a ten-book series to get it to the end of the Civil War.  After that I have a few things in mind: 

  • Continuing with Nathan’s descendants through time, with a tradition of attending West Point and being involved in the nation’s major conflicts
  • Writing one of the WWII plots I had originally considered
  • A Road to the Breaking prequal (Nathan’s childhood?)
  • Or a standalone, spinoff novel focusing one or more of the interesting side characters of the original series.  

I’m thinking I may ask my readers for input on what they’d like to see next (maybe do a poll?) 

Do you snack while writing? Favorite snack?

I like sipping Scotch with a bite of dark chocolate. One of my favorite quotes is from Hemingway, “Write drunk, edit sober,” which has some truth to it, though I think the Scotch works best in moderation!

Is there a specific ritualistic thing you do during your writing time?

Mostly just the Scotch (see above.) Other than that, I tend to write pretty much any chance I get, so I keep a laptop laying around the house that I can use whenever I have a few spare moments, or an idea hits me. Otherwise, the hardcore writing is done at my desk on a regular workstation, with two large monitors (the one on the left is used for doing the research, and the one on the write for actual writing.)

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

Lord of the Rings, King James Bible, and Road to the Breaking (can I have the whole series?)


Enjoy Book 2 in The Road to the Breaking series:

Book Details:

Book TitleEnigma (Road to the Breaking Book 2) by Chris Bennett

CategoryAdult Fiction (18 +) , 514 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher:  CPB Publishing, LLC

Release date:   February 2021

Format available for review:  print – softback, e-book ( mobi file (for Kindle), ePub, PDF)

Will send print books out:  USA

Content Rating:  PG-13Cursing, violence and war scenes, etc.

​​Book Description:

“How can I call myself a man of good conscience, when I myself am no better than a slaver?”

It’s summer 1860, and former army Captain Nathan Chambers has returned home to Virginia to claim his inheritance: a large plantation with more than one hundred slaves.  Nathan wants no part of slavery and intends to sell the farm and all its slaves.  But even as he arrives home, enduring fearful and downcast stares from despondent black faces, he knows what he must do … and the price he must pay for doing it.    

As Nathan works to carry out his ambitious plans, he is troubled by 

rumors of succession and war, even as a villainous neighbor plots a

violent end to their decades-long family feud.

And then Evelyn arrives … strikingly beautiful, spirited, and 

intriguing, she is the daughter of an old family friend.  But the more

Nathan is drawn in by her charms, the harder she pushes him away …

The Road to the Breaking Series is an epic tale of a young nation seething with debauchery, brutality, corruption, and political intrigue, unwittingly on the brink of a deadly precipice: the American Civil War.  In Book 2 of the series, Nathan Chambers has returned from the 

violent army life out West, only to face a heart wrenching Enigma at home.

BUY THE BOOK:

Amazon ~ B&N

Bookshop

Add to Goodreads

 

 Meet the Author:

Chris A. Bennett grew up on the shores of Klamath Lake in southeastern Oregon. For a young boy it was a dream world of water, hills, forests, and abundant wildlife. His love for action and adventure morphed into a lifelong love for books when his Mom read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings to the family on a long road trip.

 
 

Chris’s thirst for adventure never faded and he began to live out his love of history onto the pages of his first book, Road to the Breaking. Once he started writing he just couldn’t stop and the result is The Road to the Breaking series; an epic journey across a young nation seething with debauchery, brutality, corruption, and political intrigue, unwittingly on the brink of an unimaginable disaster: the American Civil

War.

 

Chris currently lives near Seattle with his wife Patricia. His three adult children Nick, Rachel, and Josh also live in the Puget Sound area.​

 
 

Connect with the Author:   website  ~ instagram ~ goodreads


Tour Schedule:

 

July 6 – Cover Lover Book Review – books spotlight / giveaway

July 6 – Working Mommy journal – book review of ROAD TO THE BREAKING (Book 1) / giveaway

July 7 – The Momma Spot – book review of ROAD TO THE BREAKING (Book 1) / giveaway

July 8 – Books for Books – book review of ROAD TO THE BREAKING (Book 1)

July 12 – Books for Books – book review of ENIGMA (ROAD TO THE BREAKING, Book 2)

July 13 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of ROAD TO THE BREAKING (Book 1) / giveaway

July 13 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of ROAD TO THE BREAKING (Book 1) / giveaway

July 15 – Jazzy Book Reviews – books spotlight / guest post / giveaway

July 16 – The Momma Spot – book review of ENIGMA (ROAD TO THE BREAKING, Book 2) / giveaway

July 19 – Splashes of Joy – book review of ROAD TO THE BREAKING (Book 1) / author interview / giveaway

July 19 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of ROAD TO THE BREAKING (Book 1) / giveaway

July 20 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of ENIGMA (ROAD TO THE BREAKING, Book 2) / giveaway

July 20 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of ENIGMA (ROAD TO THE BREAKING, Book 2) / giveaway

July 20 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of ENIGMA (ROAD TO THE BREAKING,  Book 2) / giveaway

July 20 – fundinmental – books spotlight / giveaway

July 21 – @twilight_reader – book review of ROAD TO THE BREAKING (Book 1)

July 21 – Literary Flits – books spotlight / giveaway

July 22 – @twilight_reader – book review of ENIGMA (ROAD TO THE BREAKING, Book 2)

July 22 – Character Madness and Musings – book review of ROAD TO THE BREAKING (Book 1) / guest post / giveaway

July 23 – Splashes of Joy – book review of ENIGMA (ROAD TO THE BREAKING, Book 2) / giveaway

July 23 – Character Madness and Musings – book review of ENIGMA (ROAD TO THE BREAKING, Book 2) / giveaway

July 26 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

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Tour and Giveaway for To Every Page a Turning by Carl Buccellato

 

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

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Book Details:

Book Title:  To Every Page a Turning: One Life’s Journey by Carl Buccellato

Category: Adult Fiction (18 +),  284 pages 

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher:  Mascot

Release date:   April, 2021

Content Rating:  PG. Content not suitable for young children.​ 

Book Description:

A parallel to Buccellato’s own life, the main character in To Every Page A Turning: One Life’s Journey considers the trials and tribulations throughout his life, beginning in the 1950s. Traveling through hope, a great cause, disenchantment, hopelessness, discovery, and rebirth, the novel also recounts the travel of a generation as they move through time.​

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

To Every Page a Turning: One Life’s Journey by Carl Buccellato is a sweet historical fiction that follows the life of a young boy as he journey’s through life. The main character parallels the authors own life and the goods and the bads of that life as his journey unfolds. I love the opening of the book with the old man and woman sitting on their porch drinking coffee. This sets the mood for the story for me. The journey of this man was interesting, entertaining, fun at times, but there are many times it was the harsh reality of living life and the difficulties he faced along the way. This is a somewhat different historical fiction that will grab your heart and keep it for a while. 

Carl Buccellato does such a good job writing this book. For those of us born in the 1950’s it was interesting to think back through those times and years. The main character as well as the supporting characters were well crafted and thought out and their development throughout the story was spot on. I appreciate the references in his faith in the Lord and it was really nice as well as encouraging the way he didn’t back down from what he bbelieves. There is a lot more in this short book that will have you laughing and sometimes in tears, and I highly encourage you to check this book out. This one is a firm Five Stars for me.

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

 

 

Buy the Book:

Amazon ~ B&N

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NOW JOIN ME IN RREADING THIS SPECIAL INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR CARL BUCCELLATO

Q.  What made you write this book and where did you get the inspiration for the characters in this book?

A. I have been journaling and keeping notes for over 50 years to address issues that I had during my youth, having grown up in a home with an alcoholic parent. These journals helped me come to answers for repressed feelings and emotions that I had for a long time. Recently after re-reading these journals, I concluded that there were many items in there that could assist other people in their journeys through life and quest for wholeness. So, I was determined to write this novel. All the characters in this book are real and all the events that took place did happen.

 

Q: Why didn’t you identify the name of the key character?

 

A: I believe that the book represents a generation rather than an individual. While it closely resembles my life traveling through the latter half of the 20th century from World War II through 1996, it also mirrors, I believe, the lives and issues of most people of my generation. There are 17 million surviving war babies in America, and 75 million baby boomers. All these people live with the changes and the paradigm shift of the 20th century, with all its dilemmas and radical change — and there were many. They all lived through similar experiences — maybe not the same, but similar experiences to those that I did and have reflected here in this book. The changes of coming of age, education, the changes imposed upon us by political change, economic change, and certainly the war years, were very difficult to endure. Raising a family, starting a business, dealing with drug addictions, alcoholism, divorce — all these things came into play. Perhaps the lessons I learned and the travels I took depicted in this book will help others in their journey through life. I certainly hope so.

 

Q: Where did this book take place, and were you there?

 

A: The book opens in New York City in the 1940s and 50s, continues through Vietnam in the1960s, back to New York, and then globally. All these events took place where they were depicted, and I was present for all of them. The memories and emotions depicted in the book come directly out of the journals and notes which were written and saved for almost 50 years, so they reflect the honest emotions of the moment.

 

Q:  In your opinion what is the book about?

 

A: This book is not a story of war, nor is it a love story. This book is a representation of a person’s life through all the dilemmas, high times and the low times, and what life is about. In many cases, this book reflects change, growth, awareness of God’s presence in my life, and the surety that with God’s direction, life gets better, and I would hope many people will find the same surety when reading this book, to assist them in their growth and then change in addressing their needs.

 

Q:  Where and how do you write?

 

A:  As I have said before, this book is a compilation of old journals and notes that were taken over a long time. Many of them written on yellow pads, mostly by hand, later on a laptop, and then compiled into a novel on a computer. Today I write in my office, and I try to write early in the morning. It is a good time for my memories to come back very smoothly and easily. 



 

 

 

Meet the Author:

Carl Buccellato was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1942, and is of Italian-American descent. Throughout his career and travels, Carl has met a broad array of different people. Some, down on their luck, some at the pinnacle of their careers and personal lives. Many of the people and their stories left a mark on Carl’s heart and mind. It is from some of these encounters that Carl has drawn inspiration for a few of the fictitious 

characters in this novel. Today, Carl resides in Coral Springs, Florida, with his wife Mary Ellen. She is an award-winning multimedia artist and speaker. Together, Carl and Mary Ellen love traveling the globe and looking for new inspiration for their gifts and talents given to them by their loving God.

connect with the author: website ~ facebook  ~ youtubegoodreads


Tour Schedule: 

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

 

July 6 – The Momma Spot – book spotlight / giveaway

July 7 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway

July 8 – @twilight_reader – book review / guest post

July 8 – Kam’s Place  – book spotlight

July 9 –Bound 4 Escape – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

July 12 – Books for Books – book review

July 13 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / guest post / giveaway

July 14 – Welcome To MLM Opinions Reviews – book review

July 14 – I Read What You Write – book spotlight / giveaway

July 15 – Instagram: Read With Me – book review

July 15 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway

July 16 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway

July 19 – JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder – book review / guest post / giveaway

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Tour and Giveaway for The Only Way Home by Jeanette Minniti

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

Book Details:

Book Title: The Only Way Home by Jeanette Minniti
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +) , 242 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction, Adventure, Coming of Age
Publisher:  Penning Press
Release date:   4/1/2021
Format available for review:  print – softback, e-book (mobi file (for Kindle), ePub)
Will send print books out:  USA 
Content Rating: PG + M. My book is rated PG+M for a brief attempted rape scene. The main character, male, is laying down in a field on a ranch, with his eyes closed. A male worker comes up to him and turns him over but before anything more can happen someone saves him. One other scene where Tucker is accosted by someone with a knife briefly…but is then saved by Robert. The man with the knife yells out “ bastards” to them.
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Book Description:

Desperate times. Danger on the rails. A journey to save a family.

It is 1933 inside a sweltering courtroom in Macon, Georgia. Fifteen-year-old Robert sits on a bench awaiting sentencing after being picked up for vagrancy and spending a night in jail. He left his home in Illinois with a neighborhood friend to ride the rails and find work to help their families. The friend turned back, too afraid to face the perils ahead. But going back empty-handed isn’t an option for Robert.

THE ONLY WAY HOME is the story of one boy’s determination to survive loss and hardship to help his family — and how fate and a violin touch the course of his life.

Fans of Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens and Sold On a Monday by Kristina Morris will love this story set during the Great Depression of a fatherless boy fighting to keep his family together.​.​

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Afraid his family needed money to survive during the great depression, 15 years old Robert strikes out on his own to work and make money for his family. His journey was not a very good one, though he did find some nice people along the way to help him. He ended up going through several states, and also found a friend to join him on his journey. Robert is trying to find his way back home to his family, and the only way of transportation is hopping trains, so this is what he and his friend did. It was fun reading about the train hopping. I grew up very close to a train track and it was a place trains always stopped so we had our share of guys hopping trains come to our house looking for food. And my mom always fed them and my dad sent them on their way. A hobo is the name they had back then, may still have the name.

Author Jeanette Minniti does a lot of research to get the historical facts right, as well as creating characters that very well tell her story. I love Robert, he is such a sweet strong and caring young man. There were many troubling times that I was scared someone would grab him and take him for purposes that were not good. A few times I even feared for his live, but it was so reassuring to see the nice people he met along the way that will willing to overlook a few things or help him on his way. The Only Way Home by Jeanette Minniti is a fantastic historical fiction that you history buffs out there will love. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a few hours of entertainment and enjoyment.

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.

BUY THE BOOK:
Amazon ~ B&N
IndieBound ~ Book Depository ~ Abebooks
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NOW JOIN ME IN READING THIS INTERESTING INTERVIEW WITH JEANETTE MINNITI

1) How long have you been writing?  

I have been writing in one form or another for thirty-five years. My journalism background includes published news articles and magazine articles. In public relations work, I created newsletters for businesses and wrote the articles within them. Once my schedule allowed, I began focusing on creative writing, where my novel The Only Way Home began.

2) What comes first, the plot or characters?

This is an interesting question because it is tricky. For example, some writers have a plot in mind and then create characters to fit the story. But for my novel, The Only WaHome, I began with a protagonist in mind and then outlined the plot—both work.

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

My genre is historical fiction, so I did extensive research first. The early 1930s era included reading non-fiction books and academic articles, watching videos, and reviewing historical photos, newspaper headlines, and maps. The exploration of specific details of the period continued as I wrote each chapter. My writing method is a panster versus a plotter, so I spent much more time researching than outlining. Also, creating upfront at least a rough outline of the story and identifying the protagonist’s characteristics is critical. 

5) What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book?

Being a panster versus a plotter in style, I was amazed at how characters just showed up on the page, leaving me to figure out what role, if any, they would play as the story progressed. It was definitely an interesting experience.

6) Where can readers find out more about you and your book?

My website, JeanetteMinniti.com, provides background information about the novel, an excerpt from a chapter, where to buy, links to purchase, and how to contact me. I would love to hear from readers!

7) Who is your favorite author, and why?

John Grisham because he never disappoints.

Meet the Author:

​As a member of the American Association of University Women, she coordinates the Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions discussion group and participates in several AAUW interest groups. 

Jeanette and her husband enjoy all that Colorado renders in outdoor activities including hiking and biking.
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connect with the author:  website  ~  facebook   ~  goodreads​​


Tour Schedule:

July 6 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
July 7 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
July 8 –Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / guest post / giveaway
July 9 – Heck Of A Bunch – book review / guest post / giveaway
July 12 – Welcome To MLM Opinions Reviews – book review
July 13 – StoreyBook Reviews – book review / giveaway
July 14 – @twilight_reader – book review / guest post
July 15 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
July 16 – Books for Books – book review
July 16 – I Read What You Write – book review / author interview / giveaway
July 19 – Bigreadersite – book review / giveaway

Enter Giveaway:

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Tour and Giveaway for Taking Notes on Murder by C.S. McDonald

Welcome to the tour for Taking Notes on Murder by C. S. McDonald

This is Book 9 in A Fiona Quinn Mystery Series

Book Details

Book Title:  Taking Notes on Murder:  A Fiona Quinn Mystery #9
Author:  C.S. McDonald
​Category:  YA Fiction, 184 pages
Run Time: 5 hours
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  McWriter Books
Release date:  May 19, 2020
Formats Available for review: audiobook (audible download), ebook (mobi for kindle, epub, pdf)
Tour dates:  Jun 21 to Jul 16, 2021
Content Rating:  G (The Fiona Quinn Mysteries are for everyone–adults love the books and they are appropriate for teens and tweens too!)


Book Description:

Mysterious notes are showing up in Fiona’s kindergarten classroom, claiming a suicide from 2005 was actually a homicide. Detective Landry maintains the messages are too vague, possess no integrity, and do not warrant a review of the old case.

Fiona’s not convinced. She’s determined to find the author of the enigmatic notes and uncover the truth about a man who had many secrets and countless enemies, including Fiona’s mother and former suspect Nancy Quinn!
Can Fiona crack this cold case, and what will it take to get Detective Landry involved? Don’t miss taking notes on this murder! 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I have read several of the Fiona Quinn Cozy Mysteries and they have been so very good, and Taking Notes on Murder is that same so very good! Fiona is always finding herself in the middle of a murder case, and this time someone is leaving notes on her desk in her kindergarten classroom. Could someone be so brave?

So the search is on and Fiona is trying to pull her now husband (shhhh nobody knows she’s married), Detective Nathan Landry into the case. Nathan really tries to keep Fiona from taking the case but it didn’t work so here both of them are with a case that’s re-opened and going strong, if they could just get some good clues. And I don’t want to give anything important away so I’ll stop at this. If you enjoy a good clean cozy mystery, you will be delighted to listen to this fun, interesting and enjoyable read.

This was an audiobook that I reviewed and I enjoyed the voice of Maren Swenson Waxenberg as she so expertly reads the narration. Waxenberg has the perfect voice for this cozy mystery. Her expressions and voice changes for the characters kept the interest in wanting to finish listening to this book. If you have been wanting to try an audio book, this is a great one to try. You will enjoy several hours of reading fun.

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.


BUY THE BOOK:
Audible ~ Amazon

Other Books in this series!

Book Title:  Bon Voyage to Murder:  A Fiona Quinn Mystery #8
Author:  C.S. McDonald
​Category:  YA Fiction, 198 pages
Run Time: 6 hours, 52 minutes
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  McWriter Books
Release date:  Nov 5, 2019
Formats Available for review: audiobook (audible download), ebook (mobi for kindle, epub, pdf)
Tour dates:  Jun 21 to Jul 16, 2021
Content Rating:  G (The Fiona Quinn Mysteries are for everyone–adults love the books and they are appropriate for teens and tweens too!)


Book Description:

Hooray! Fiona has finally convinced her boyfriend detective Nathan Landry to go on a romantic Caribbean cruise. Unfortunately, their fun on the high seas is interrupted by murder. It isn’t long before they discover a boatload of suspects, who have motives deeper than the ocean for wanting the victim out of their lives.
BUY THE BOOK:
Audible ~ Amazon


Mystery Author C.S. McDonald

Meet the Author: 

For twenty-six years C.S. McDonald’s life whirled around a song and a dance. Classically trained at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School, The Pittsburgh Dance Alloy, and many others, she became a professional dancer and choreographer. In 2011 she retired from her dance career to write. Under her real name, Cindy McDonald, she writes murder-suspense and romantic suspense novels. In 2014 she added the pen name, C.S. McDonald, to write children’s books for her grandchildren. In 2016 she added the Fiona Quinn Mysteries. Presently, the Fiona Quinn Mysteries has nine books.

Cindy’s newest venture is The Owl’s Nest Mysteries. Once again, she has set her cozy mystery in Pittsburgh. The Owl’s Next Mysteries has a little grit, a little time travel, a little romance, and a whole lot of cozy!

Cindy resides on her Thoroughbred farm known as Fly by Night Stables near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Bill, and her poorly behaved Cocker Spaniel, Allister.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook
Tour Schedule:
June 21 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
June 21 –Working Mommy Journal – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
June 21 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway
June 22 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway
June 22 –Bound 4 Escape – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
June 22 –Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
June 22 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway
June 23 – Splashes of Joy – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
June 23 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway
June 23 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway
June 23 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway
June 24 – Buried Under Books – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
June 24 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
June 24 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway
June 24 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway
June 24 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway
June 25 – StoreyBook Reviews – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
June 25 – Olio by Marilyn – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
June 25 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
June 28 – Books for Books – book review of Maxed Out
June 28 – Blooming with Books – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway
June 28 – Cover Lover Book Review – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway
June 29 – Literary Flits – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
June 29 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway
June 29 – Westveil Publishing – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway
June 30 – Splashes of Joy – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway
June 30 – Blooming with Books – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway
July 1 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book review of Maxed Out
July 1 – Literary Flits – book review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway
July 2 – Olio by Marilyn – book review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway
July 2 – Westveil Publishing – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway
July 5 –Cover Lover Book Review – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway
July 5 –Books Lattes & Tiaras – book review of Bon Voyage to Murder
July 6 – Blooming with Books – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
July 6 – Buried Under Books – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway
July 6 – Bound 4 Escape – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway
July 6 – Literary Flits – book review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway
July 7 – I Read What You Write – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
July 7 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
July 7 – @twilight_reader – book review of Bon Voyage to Murder
July 7 – Bound 4 Escape – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway
July 8 – Laura’s Interests – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
July 8 – Books for Books – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder
July 8 – @twilight_reader – book review of Taking Notes on Murder
July 9 –Bigreadersite – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder
July 9 – Hall Ways Blog – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
July 9 – Westveil Publishing – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
July 9 – @twilight_reader – book review of Maxed Out
July 9 – Books for Books – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder
July 12 – Chit Chat with Charity – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
July 12 – Bigreadersite – book review of Maxed Out
July 12 – Buried Under Books – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway
July 12 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book review of Taking Notes on Murder
July 13 – The Momma Spot – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
July 13 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway
July 13 – Bigreadersite – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder
July 14 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
July 14 – Laura’s Interests – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway
July 14 – Splashes of Joy – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway
July 15 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
July 15 – Chit Chat with Charity – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway
July 15 – Laura’s Interests – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway
July 15 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway
July 16 – Lisa’s Reading – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway
July 16 – Hall Ways Blog – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway
July 16 – Olio by Marilyn – book review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway
TBD – I Read What You Write – book review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway
TBD – I Read What You Write – book review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway

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Tour and Giveaway for I Miss School by Ryan Reaves

Join us for this tour from July 6 to July 26, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  I Miss School by Ryan Reaves

Category:  Children’s Non-Fiction (Ages 3-7),  24 pages

Genre:  Children’s Picture Book

Publisher:  Dawn Reaves

Release date:   Feb 2021

Content Rating:  G for everyone.

Book Description:

“I Miss School” is written by a child, for a child. In this heartwarming and honest story, kids will understand that their feelings about the pandemic are normal and it is perfectly acceptable to feel a range of emotions related to not going to in-person school. The book instills hope for kids that brighter days are ahead.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

I Miss School by Ryan Reaves is an adorable book by an adorable six year old little girl. It’s more of the thoughts the little girl missing school. The cute and vibrant colors of the illustrations tell the story along with a bubble in the middle of the illustrations with a little girl’s thoughts on her wishes to return to school after a long pandemic cause by a deadly virus. Children everywhere can relate to the feelings of this child, because so many children had the same feelings while they were at home. As the world heals and the restrictions are lifted, this little book can be a reminder of what we faced during that difficult time. This is a good book to have on hand to encourage children to strive to learn even more now that they are back in the classrooms, and it will be a great reminder of 2019 and 2020 and what the country faced.

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.

 

Now join me for this interview with the author with the help of her mother.

Do you have another profession besides writing?

School! I go to school silly. But I also love to dance. I dance on my own, I was a member of my school, Ivy Hill Prep, theater dance club, and I dance every Saturday with Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet. 

 

Favorite travel spot? 

Mexico. We can get there fast and there’s a beach. Beaches are the best even though my mom hates the sand in my hair. I think I will live on the beach when I’m older. 

 

In today’s tech-savvy world, most writers use a computer or laptop. Have you ever written parts of your book on paper?

I wrote I Miss School on the computer. A lot of people gave me notebooks and journals to use to write my next book. I started writing in the notebooks and drawing my thoughts in them. Then I type everything on the computer. I’m using the computer to change things around now so they sound better or make more sense. 

 

Do you snack while writing?

Yes! I love chips. BBQ and the blue Doritos are my favorites! I make a lot of crumbs that I have to clean up but who cares. They taste the best!

 

What is your next project?

Well, it’s a story about being a princess and how it’s not just tutus and tiaras. I’m having fun writing it and my mommy is teaching me how to type fancy too!

 

What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you?

My mom and dad don’t think this is funny but when I was 1, I was running down the street trying to get away from my mom and being silly. I tripped and fell and rolled forward over my head and did a headstand for a little bit in slow motion. I scraped my face bad but the way my mom tells the story, I can’t stop laughing at how I rolled. How do your feet just stick in the air while you stand on your head? I was just 1 year old… man that’s funny to me lol. 

 

Buy the Book:

Amazon ~ Etsy

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Meet the Author:

Six-year-old Ryan Reaves began writing her debut story “I Miss School” at five years old after yearning to return to her brick-and-mortar school during the covid 19 pandemic. She wanted to write the book for other kids, so they knew they weren’t alone in their thoughts and feelings and that we are all in this together.

connect with the author: instagram

 

 

Tour Schedule:

 

July 6 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway

July 7 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway

July 8 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway

July 9 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway

July 12 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

July 13 – icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway

July 14 –The Bespectacled Mother – book review

July 15 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway

July 16 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review

July 19 – @twilight_reader – book review

July 20 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway

July 21 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway

July 22 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway

July 23 – Reading is My Passion – book review

July 26 – Kam’s Place – book review

 

Enter the Giveaway:

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Tour and Giveaway for Grace in Hollywood by Kari Bovee

Join us for this tour from June 22 to July 19, 2021!

​​Book Details:   

Book Title:  Grace in Hollywood – A Grace Michelle Mystery by Kari Bovee

CategoryAdult Fiction (18 +), 336 pages

GenreHistorical Mystery

Publisher:  Bosque Publishing

Release date:   May 25, 2021

Content Rating PG + MBook has mature themes; adultery, murder, bigamy, but there is no bad language.​ 

Book Description:

All that glitters… is sometimes blood. With her golden ticket buried in the ground, can she save a wrongly accused teen from the gallows?
Hollywood, 1924. Promoted to lead costume designer of a star-studded film, Grace Michelle should be on top of the world. But between her husband’s debt, her sister’s recent death, and the troubled teenaged 

girl she’s fostering, she’s struggling to please everyone and still keep a smile on her face. And when a Tinseltown shindig turns deadly, Grace is horrified to discover her young charge unconscious alongside the director’s grisly corpse.

Determined to prove the girl’s innocence, Grace’s own haunted past fills her sleep with prophetic nightmares. And no sooner has she sought clarity from a medium than a second body lands the scared teenager in the slammer.

Can Grace turn the camera on the real culprit before another victim ends up on the cutting room floor?

Grace in Hollywood is the second book in the riveting A Grace Michelle Mystery historical series. If you like fiercely loyal heroines, thrilling whodunits, and the magic of old cinema, then you’ll love Kari Bovee’s enthralling tale.​

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

I have read several books by Kari Bovee and have loved them, and this was is possible her best read yet. Grace has her hands full with so many different jobs she has on her plate, I think possibly the young somewhat fiesty beautiful young girl she has taken in to hopefully use the horses on their ranch to help her and keep her out of trouble. But it seems her beauty and personality gets her into more trouble than ever. I love the horse ranch setting and troubled teens. The vivid details about the costumes Grace is in charge of for the films, Bovée does amazing research before writing this book. The history is so deep and I found myself emerged in all of the history here. The elements of foster homes is touched here, and my heart goes out to Grace as she strives to continue her search for her sister’s murderer. Added to Grace’s sister’s murder she is now faced with the murder mystery that plaques them now, and believe me, this will all keep your mind spinning until the very last page. Bovée has written an excellent story in her unique professional way that will stay with readers until her next book. There is so much going on in this book, and add the texts and turns Bove throws in and wow! This is one you don’t want to miss. With a mixture of historical fiction and adding in the murder mystery and everything taking place. I think you are sure to love this one. And I am surely giving Grace in Hollywood Five Stars and I really wish I could give it more! Go put now and get your copy!

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.

Join me for an interview with author Kari Bovee

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Tour and Giveaway for Alicia Connected: The Big Gift by Derek Fisher

Join us for this tour from June 28 to July 16, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Alicia Connected: The Big Gift by Derek Fisher

Category:  Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12),  86 pages

Genre:  Middle Grade Fiction

Publisher:  Securely Built

Release date:   May 2020

Content Rating:  G for everyone.

 

Book Description:

Alicia has finally entered a new world of technology when her parents give her a tablet for her birthday. She has watched and listened to her friends who have already been enjoying the games and apps in a connected world that Alicia has yet to experience. Until now. But using technology can bring a set of challenges that are new to both Alicia and her parents. Understanding the different apps and games and how to use them properly can be tricky. Will Alicia know how to use it in a way that is fun and allows her to connect with her friends while being safe and secure? Both her and her parents will face the excitement and challenges together as she jumps headfirst into using her new tablet.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Alicia Connected: The Big Gift by Derek Fisher is a really good book teaching children and teens alike about the safety of the internet. I think it is a clever way to tech this young age by using one of their very own. As Alicia tells the story, you child is more likely to listen than if we as parents tell this story. Fisher cuts to the chase as he not only explains but give examples of the new gadgets called tablets, phones, ipods and other gadgets I don’t know about. His warnings are firm but he also introduces them to this new way of life. We may not like it as parents, but this is a while new world for our kids. I want them to know and understand the fun things, yet be aware of the bad part of the internet as well. 

If you have children old enough for a smartphone or tablet, this would be an excellent book for your child’s library. And since this is all taught in early, young classes, I believe the classrooms could benefit greatly to have this book on hand. This would make a wonderful gift for your child’s classroom. And if you are like me and don’t have small children. Buy a copy or two and donate it to the school closest to you. And oh, I almost forgot about the amazing illustrations here in this book. Heather Workman does a fabulous job creating illustrations to go perfectly well with each page in this book. I love her detail to each character, especially those adorable facial expressions. The vivid colors and well, everything expressions in the book fit perfectly well together. And a big thanks to the editor, Kim Burger for making sure this book was perfect for our 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.

 

Now join me with an interview with Derek Fisher

Do you have another profession besi des writing? 

I am an adjunct instructor at Temple University where I teach a course in secure software development. I am also a vice president at a financial organization where I help protect the software that we develop. Both experiences have provided me opportunities to learn about the different issues that impact users of technology which has helped me write this book.

 

How long have you been writing? 

Although this is the first book that I’ve published, I was one of the few students in school that was happy about writing research papers. I enjoyed the process of researching and putting ideas to paper. However, I did write a few simple stories when I was younger. The one I remember the most is “The man who loved hot dogs”. I even illustrated it myself.

 

What is the last great book you’ve read?

I tend to read a lot throughout the year and I try to alternate between books for work as well as books for pleasure. The books that I seem to enjoy the most are the ones about wide open spaces and about individuals pushing themselves. I’ve read a few in the past few years about hiking the Appalachian trail or setting out on adventures in Alaska. However, if you look at my reading history, many of the books are history books. I am a lover of history so I’ve read as much as I can about events and individuals throughout history. 

 

If you could go back in time, where would you go?

Being a fan of history, I would have loved to have lived during the early 1900’s when many of the big inventions were being introduced. Electricity, vehicles, some of the big architecture and construction projects were underway. It was a time when everything seemed possible. I’m sure that in 100 years, people may say the same about the period we’re in now.

 

Any hobbies you like to do. 

I am an amateur gardener. I enjoy taking seeds early in the year and being able to baby them until they produce fruits and vegetables. It’s a very calming hobby and takes my mind off of work with the added benefit of some fresh food occasionally.

 

Buy the Book:

Amazon ~ B&N ~ IndieBound

Author Website

 

 

Meet the Author:

Derek Fisher has spent decades in the computer engineering field with the last decade in cybersecurity as a leader, speaker, and instructor. His passion has been to take complex security topics and make them simple and easy to understand. He holds several security certifications and teaches cybersecurity at Temple University where he is also an external advisory board member to the cybersecurity program.

connect with the author: website ~ facebook ~ goodreads

 

 

Tour Schedule:

June 28 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

June 28 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway

June 29 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway

June 30 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway

July 1 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway

July 2 – The Bespectacled Mother – book review

July 6 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway

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

July 8 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway

July 9 – Reading is My Passion – book review

July 12 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway

July 13 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway

July 13 – @twilight_reader – book review

July 14 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway

July 14 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

July 15 – Sandra’s Book Club – book review / giveaway

July 16 – Kam’s Place – book review

 

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ALICIA CONNECTED: The Big Gift Book Tour Giveaway

 

 

 

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Tour and Giveaway for James Dreadful and the Spell-Guardian by Alan Creed

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Join us for this tour from June 21 to July 9, 2021!

Book Details:
 

  1. Book Title:  James Dreadful and the Spell-Guardian” (The Dreadful Series Book 1) by Alan Creed””
    Category:  YA Fiction (Ages 13-17),  280 pages
    GenreFantasy
    Publisher:  Creed Publishing
    Release date:  March, 2021
    Content Rating:  PG.

 

Book Description:

Fourteen-year-old James Dreadful is living a normal life in a small Colorado town. But his past is anything but normal. Born in Nobrocoso—a mystical land of magic and myths—James was brought to earth at the age of three to escape sorcerous assassins after the death of his parents.

When a powerful and evil goblin arrives years later to steal a secret book that once belonged to his father, James discovers his father’s true identity—Jack Dreadful was the Dark Lord who waged a terrible war in Nobrocoso.

Now, dark forces are stirring, and James must return to Nobrocoso to confront the legacy of blood left by his father. But as James learns his father’s secrets, he fears saving himself might just cost him his soul.

​Can James survive a dangerous, mystical land haunted by his father’s blood-stained deeds? Or will he choose the path of the Dark Lord and meet the same abysmal end?

 
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Meet the Author:

Alan Creed fell in love with storytelling after seeing Star Wars for the first time as a child. When he was ten years old, his tutor asked him to write sentences containing three words: Ocean, Desert and Jungle. Instead of sentences, Alan wrote a 103-page story entitled Journey through the Desert. That’s when he knew he wanted to be a writer. His 103-page story served as the source material for the Dreadful Series. Alan is currently working on the next installment in the James Dreadful series.

connect with the author: website ~ goodreads

 

Tour Schedule:

June 21 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway

June 22 – Working Mommy journal – book spotlight / giveaway

June 22 – Character Madness and Musings – book spotlight / giveaway

June 22 – @twilight_reader – book spotlight

June 23 – Carpinello’s Writing Pages – book spotlight / giveaway

June 23 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway

June 24 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

June 25 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

June 28 –Books for Books – book spotlight

June 29 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / giveaway

June 29 – Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / giveaway

June 30 – I Read What You Write – book spotlight / giveaway

June 30 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway

July 1 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

July 2 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway

July 6 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / giveaway

July 6 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

July 7 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / giveaway

July 7 – GivernyReads – book spotlight / giveaway

July 8 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway

July 9 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author – book spotlight / giveaway

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JAMES DREADFUL AND THE SPELL GUARDIAN Book Tour Giveaway

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Tour and Giveaway for BOB THE BANANA GOES BAD by Steve Petzinger and Selai Akbar-Hussain

Join us for this tour from June 14 to July 9, 2021!

 

Book Details:

Book Title: BOB THE BANANA GOES BAD by Steve Petzinger and Selai Akbar-Hussain
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   June, 2021
Content Rating:  G for everyone.

 

  Book Description:

In this heartwarming story, Bob the banana goes on an emotional journey as he worries about going bad before he can be of any use to Mr. Abbot. With the help of his friends, he learns to hold on to the hope that he will get picked by Mr. Abbott before it is too late. Through their combined support and perseverance of his refrigerated friends, Bob may be just the right item for Mr. Abbot someday.

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Mascot Books
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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Bob the Banana Goes Bad is the cutest book about a banana waiting for someone to finally pick him to eat. Along with his friends, some of them being Burnie the Big Bagel, who is the mayor, or Arvid the apple and Patrick the Potato. Meet these friends and more in this beautiful book. 

The refrigerator is full of fruits and vegetables just waiting their turn to be picked to eat. None of them wants to stay until they are gone bad. No one wants to be left out. This is such a cute way of teaching children how important each of them is. I love the beautiful colors, the blue cover with Bob the Banana is so pretty. Juan Dias does an amazing job with creating the cover and each of these quirky and fun items in the refrigerator. The expressions on each face is just so adorable. This is a book that any child will want to read over and over. I highly recommend this book to any child’s library and the library of any school, daycare, preschool, and anywhere children will be. 

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.

 

Now stay tuned for an interesting interview with authors

  • What is the message in the story that you would like to convey to the readers?
    • I want kids to learn that when things seem bad, they shouldn’t just give up hope. They always have the support from their friends, and in the end, things might end up better than they thought.
  • Is this a personal message to you and why?
    • I too, have experienced times where I thought things seemed bad in my life, but I held onto hope and things got better.
  • Other than writing, do you have any other creative talents?
    • For me, music is another creative outlet.  I was drawn to music when I was very young and went on to study it in school and perform with many groups over the years. 
  • How long have you been writing?
    • I only recently resumed my love of creative writing in recent years when my family urged me to publish Bob the Banana.  Before that, I enjoyed writing throughout grade school, though it took a back seat to music from college until now.
  • What do you enjoy about writing the most?
    • I enjoy the creative process of putting my thoughts and visions on paper.  Seeing it come to fruition in the end is the best part.
  • Will this be a series, or more?
    • I plan for Bob the Banana to be a series and I’m already working on the second book. 

Meet the Authors:

 

Steve Petzinger first created the concept for Bob the Banana when he was just twelve years old. His mother kept the original version, and over the years, his family urged him to publish it. In 2020, he decided to finally take their advice.

 

 Petzinger sought help from his close friend, Selia Akbar-Hussain, who has been teaching preschool for eight years. She has read hundreds of children’s books and is knowledgeable about children’s books content. After months of hard work, their dreams of publishing a children’s book came true.

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

 

Tour Schedule:

June 14 –
Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
June 15 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 16 – I Read Kid’s Books – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 16 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
June 17 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
June 18 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 21 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
June 22 – Lisa Everyday Reads  – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 22 – The Bespectacled Mother – book review
June 22 – @twilight_reader – book review
June 23 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
June 24 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 25 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway
June 28 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
June 29 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 30 – icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
June 30 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review
July 1 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
July 2 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
July 2 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 6 – Reading is My Passion – book review
July 6 – Because I said so- adventures in parenting – book review / guest post / giveaway
July 7 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
July 8 – Laura’s Interests – book review / author interview / giveaway
July 9 – The Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book review / guest post / giveaway
July 9 – The Book Review Crew – book review / guest post / giveaway 

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BOB THE BANANA GOES BAD Book Tour Giveaway

 

 

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Tour and Giveaway for The Perfect Murder by Kat Martin

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Join us for this tour from June 22 to Jul 12, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Perfect Murder (a Maximum Security Novel) by Kat Martin

Category:  Adult Fiction (18 yrs +),  344 pages

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publisher:  HQN

Release date:   June 22, 2021

Tour dates: June 22 to July 12, 2021

Content Rating:  R. Some explicit sexual scenes.

 

Book Description:

The eldest of the three wealthy Garrett brothers, Reese Garrett is in the middle of a major purchase for his multimillion-dollar oil and gas company, Garrett Resources. The Poseidon offshore drilling platform venture will greatly enhance the company’s value.

But when Reese is on a trip out to see the rig, his helicopter crashes, leaving him hospitalized and two men dead. It’s discovered the chopper was sabotaged, and Reese is determined to find out who’s behind the crash—and whether he was the intended target. Then, when his lover, Kenzie, is accused of her ex-husband’s murder—a man with a vested interest in the Poseidon deal—clues start pointing to a connection that puts Reese, Kenzie and her young son in the sights of a killer.

From the Texas heat to the Louisiana bayous, Reese and his brothers must track down the truth before the body count gets any higher.

Buy the Book:

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kobo ~ Google ~ Apple

 

Meet the Author:

New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin, a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, currently resides in Missoula, Montana with Western-author husband, L. J. Martin. More than seventeen million copies of Kat’s books are in print, and she has been published in twenty foreign countries. Fifteen of her recent novels have taken top-ten spots on the New York Times Bestseller List, and her novel, BEYOND REASON, was recently optioned for a feature film. Kat’s

latest novel, THE ULTIMATE BETRAYAL, a Romantic Thriller, was released in paperback December 29th. The final 2 books in her Maximum Security series will be release in June, COME MIDNIGHT, a novella was released on June 1st, and THE PERFECT MURDER, a novel in hardcover on June 22nd.

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

 

Tour Schedule:

June 22 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway

June 22 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway

June 22 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book spotlight / giveaway

June 23 – Brooke Blogs – book spotlight / giveaway

June 23 – I Read What You Write – book spotlight / giveaway

June 24 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book spotlight / giveaway

June 24 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway

June 24 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

June 25 – I’m All About Books – book spotlight / giveaway

June 25 – Books for Books – book spotlight

June 28 – Nikki’s Bookstagram – book spotlight

June 28 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

June 29 – Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / giveaway

June 30 – @twilight_reader – book spotlight

June 30 – Buried Under Books  – book spotlight / giveaway

July 1 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / giveaway

July 2 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

July 6 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / giveaway

July 7 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

July 8 – Laura’s Interests – book spotlight / giveaway

July 9 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

July 12 – Amy’s Booket List – book spotlight / giveaway

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THE PERFECT MURDER (a Maximum Security Novel) Book Tour Giveaway

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Tour and Giveaway for Redlined: A Novel of Boston by Richard W. Wise

 

Join us for this tour from June 21 to July 2, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Redlined: A Novel of Boston by Richard W. Wise

Category: Adult Fiction (18 +),  (9 Hours 59 Minutes)

Genre: Thriller

Publisher:  Brunswick House Press

Release date:   May 2020

Content Rating:  PG-13 + M. cursing throughout and violence (murder) 

 

 

Book Description:

The year is 1974. Boston’s Jamaica Plain is a neighborhood under siege, a community skating along the razor’s edge of decline. The banks have REDLINED Jamaica Plain, causing the housing market to crash, wiping out local homeowner’s lifetime investments and opening the neighborhood to blockbusters and slumlords. Now, someone has begun systematically torching those abandoned buildings and the charred body of Sandy Morgan, a dedicated young neighborhood 

organizer, has been found among the ashes. Why? Who stands to gain?

Community organizer and Marine combat veteran, Jedidiah Flynt and Alex Jordan, his beautiful Harvard educated researcher together with a group of local property owners are determined to stop the redlining and and bring the arsonists responsible for Sandy Morgan’s death to justice. Their search will lead them through a labyrinth of corrupt politicians, Asian gangsters and bent churchmen.

Two interwoven plots work their way through the narrative, one is 

absolutely true, the other never happened, but very well might have.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

I wasn’t sure about this book at first but it ended up being a really nice read. Set in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston in the early 1970’s era, the banks are redlining the houses causing the market to crash, and many people loosing all they have. Along with many others,, Jedediah and Alex teams together to try and figure out what is going on, but when they found a body in the rumbles of a burned building, they knew someone meant business.

Redline by Richard W. Wise had me biting my nails quite a few times throughout this book. Wise created amazing characters that played there parts well, some better than other of course. It’s had to choose the best ones but I think for me it is Alex and Jedediah, I enjoyed following these two as they tried to find the culprit. There were lots of twists and turns in this story. One I thought I knew whodunit another twist shot up just that threw me back in the game again. It was a fun journey though. I enjoyed it when I finally learned who it was. If you love a good suspense thriller, this is a good book for you to try.


Along with the amazing story, this is my first time listening to a book narrated by Bobby Gaglini. I have to say he did a fantastic job with this story. At first I had to really listen to see if it was him or a lady narrating as well. Gaglini’s voice is pleasant to listen to and his expressions make the story so much more interesting and fun. I look forward to listening to more book where Gaglini is the Narrator.

 

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

 

 

I encourage you to read this interview from author 

Richard W. Wise

What made you write a book about the Civil War? Are you a big history buff? 

 

My grandmother was a high school history teacher (and so was her daughter, my Aunt Gay who has helped me do research for my series), and also very into reading historical non-fiction books. She had a room in her house that had bookshelves floor to ceiling on three walls, and a large portion of these were on the American Civil War. I remember sitting in that room, looking through those books, and asking her questions about them. So the names Grant, Sherman, and Lee (along with Lincoln and Jefferson Davis) were well known to me from an early age. My Dad was also a big history buff, though more into WWII as that had been the big event of his childhood. As you can imagine, I took a lot of history courses in college, along with political science. So, when it came time to write a book, historical fiction seemed a natural fit, and it was a toss-up between the American Civil War and WWII. I had several plots in mind for both time periods, but settled on the Civil War story because it seemed the most compelling and timely with all that was currently happening in the world.

 

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

 

I have not experienced it yet, I’m happy to say. But I have recently concluded that writing historical fiction gives you a big advantage in overcoming that potential scenario. Each time I have wondered what the plot should be in the next book of the series, I just dive into the historical research (i.e. “What happened in this specific time period in the area where my main characters are located?”) and end up discovering some obscure but fascinating details of things that were actually happening. As they say, “truth is stranger than fiction”, and “you just can’t make this stuff up!” I love including actual people and events in my books, then just weaving my fictional characters in. I think most of my readers would be surprised (if they did the research) to discover how many of the things in my books are factual.  

 

What is your next project?

 

I’m currently working on Book 6 of Road to the Breaking, and it’s looking like, according to the timeline, it’s going to be a ten-book series to get it to the end of the Civil War.  After that I have a few things in mind: 

  • Continuing with Nathan’s descendants through time, with a tradition of attending West Point and being involved in the nation’s major conflicts
  • Writing one of the WWII plots I had originally considered
  • A Road to the Breaking prequal (Nathan’s childhood?)
  • Or a standalone, spinoff novel focusing one or more of the interesting side characters of the original series.  

I’m thinking I may ask my readers for input on what they’d like to see next (maybe do a poll?) 

 

Do you snack while writing? Favorite snack?

 

I like sipping Scotch with a bite of dark chocolate. One of my favorite quotes is from Hemingway, “Write drunk, edit sober,” which has some truth to it, though I think the Scotch works best in moderation!



Is there a specific ritualistic thing you do during your writing time?

 

Mostly just the Scotch (see above.) Other than that, I tend to write pretty much any chance I get, so I keep a laptop laying around the house that I can use whenever I have a few spare moments, or an idea hits me. Otherwise, the hardcore writing is done at my desk on a regular workstation, with two large monitors (the one on the left is used for doing the research, and the one on the write for actual writing.)

 

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

 

Lord of the Rings, King James Bible, and Road to the Breaking (can I have the whole series?)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meet the Author:

​American and received his Graduate Gemologist diploma in 1985. He founded his retail company R. W. Wise, Goldsmiths, Inc. in the early 1980s and began traveling internationally, buying gems and writing about them in 1986. In 2012 he retired from business to pursue his writing. He lives with his wife and two cats in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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


Tour Schedule:

June 21 – Locks, Hooks and Books – audiobook review / giveaway

June 21 – wottaread – book spotlight / author interview

June 22 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight

June 23 – The Book Review Crew – audiobook review / giveaway

June 24 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

June 25 – Books for Books – book spotlight

June 28 –Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews – audiobook review / giveaway

June 29 – Leels Loves Books – book review

June 30 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

July 1 – JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

July 2 – Splashes of Joy – audiobook review / author interview / giveaway

 

Enter the Giveaway:

 

REDLINED (A Novel of Boston) Book Tour Giveaway

 

 

Bon Voyage to Murder: A Fiona Quinn Mystery #8 by C.S. McDonald

 

Bon Voyage to Murder

 

Also for Your Listening Pleasure, Enjoy These Cozy Mysteries.

 

[BON VOYGE TO MURDER]

A Fiona Quinn Mystery #8

 

 

Book Details:

Book Title:  Bon Voyage to Murder:  A Fiona Quinn Mystery #8

Author:  C.S. McDonald

Category:  YA Fiction, 198 pages

Run Time: 6 hours, 52 minutes

Genre:  Cozy Mystery

Publisher:  McWriter Books

Release date:  Nov 5, 2019

Content Rating:  G (The Fiona Quinn Mysteries are for everyone–adults love the books and they are appropriate for teens and tweens too!)


Book Description:

Hooray! Fiona has finally convinced her boyfriend detective Nathan Landry to go on a romantic Caribbean cruise. Unfortunately, their fun on the high seas is interrupted by murder. It isn’t long before they discover a boatload of suspects, who have motives deeper than the ocean for wanting the victim out of their lives.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

I was honored to read book one in A Fiona Quinn Mystery series and I couldn’t wait to snuggle up in another cozy mystery where I know Fiona would be on her deceive hunt. That girl can smell trouble anywhere. Well, this time Fiona and Nathan’s cruise is a cruise gone bad from the start. In the very beginning there is what is thought to be an attempted murder and we know Fiona can’t let this one go, fun cruise or not. So here goes her  sleuthing skills, and she and Nathan put their heads together and start checking out what is happening and before they know it, the cruise gone bad it done with! I love this sweet cozy mystery just as much as the first Fiona Mystery I read. Though it’s a series you can certainly read these as a stand alone, but I would like to eventually read them in order because I think it would be more fun. 

This time I listen to this one, and the narration by Maren Swenson Waxenberg was such a wonderful pleasant experience. I’m not a huge fan of audio books, they are slowly growing on me, and I am finding out that it is the person doing the narration that makes the audio book. I could listen to Waxenberg for hours at a time and not get tired. I do have another Fiona Cozy Mystery review coming up in a couple of weeks so I hope you will check it out. If you love yourself a good cozy mystery, only now we can’t say by the fire unless we go outside in the heat, this is an amazing choice for you.

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

 

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Book Details:

Book Title:  Taking Notes on Murder:  A Fiona Quinn Mystery #9

Author:  C.S. McDonald

Category:  YA Fiction, 184 pages

Run Time: 5 hours

Genre:  Cozy Mystery

Publisher:  McWriter Books

Release date:  May 19, 2020

Content Rating:  G (The Fiona Quinn Mysteries are for everyone–adults love the books and they are appropriate for teens and tweens too!)


Book Description:

Mysterious notes are showing up in Fiona’s kindergarten classroom, claiming a suicide from 2005 was actually a homicide. Detective Landry maintains the messages are too vague, possess no integrity, and do not warrant a review of the old case.

Fiona’s not convinced. She’s determined to find the author of the enigmatic notes and uncover the truth about a man who had many secrets and countless enemies, including Fiona’s mother and former suspect Nancy Quinn!

Can Fiona crack this cold case, and what will it take to get Detective Landry involved? Don’t miss taking notes on this murder!

 

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Meet the Author: 

For twenty-six years C.S. McDonald’s life whirled around a song and a dance. Classically trained at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School, The Pittsburgh Dance Alloy, and many others, she became a professional dancer and choreographer. In 2011 she retired from her dance career to write. Under her real name, Cindy McDonald, she writes murder-suspense 

and romantic suspense novels. In 2014 she added the pen name, C.S. McDonald, to write children’s books for her grandchildren. In 2016 she added the Fiona Quinn Mysteries. Presently, the Fiona Quinn Mysteries has nine books.

Cindy’s newest venture is The Owl’s Nest Mysteries. Once again, she has set her cozy mystery in Pittsburgh. The Owl’s Next Mysteries has a little grit, a little time travel, a little romance, and a whole lot of cozy!

Cindy resides on her Thoroughbred farm known as Fly by Night Stables near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Bill, and her poorly behaved Cocker Spaniel, Allister.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook

 

 

Tour Schedule: 

June 21 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

 

June 21 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

June 21 – Locks, Hooks and Books – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway

June 22 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

June 22 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

June 22 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

June 22 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway

June 23 – Splashes of Joy – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

June 23 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway

June 23 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway

June 23 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway

June 24 – Buried Under Books – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

June 24 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

June 24 – Locks, Hooks and Books – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway

June 24 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway

June 24 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway

June 25 – StoreyBook Reviews – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

June 25 – Olio by Marilyn – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

June 25 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway

June 28 – Books for Books – book review of Maxed Out

June 28 – Blooming with Books – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway

June 28 – Cover Lover Book Review – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway

June 29 – Literary Flits – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

June 29 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway

June 29 – Westveil Publishing – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway

June 30 – Splashes of Joy – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway

June 30 – Blooming with Books – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway

July 1 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book review of Maxed Out

July 1 – I Read What You Write – book review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway

July 1 – Literary Flits – book review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway

July 2 – Olio by Marilyn – book review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway

July 2 – Westveil Publishing – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway

July 2 – I Read What You Write – book review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway

July 5 – Cover Lover Book Review – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway

July 5 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book review of Bon Voyage to Murder

July 6 – Blooming with Books – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

July 6 – Buried Under Books – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway

July 6 – Bound 4 Escape – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway

July 6 – Literary Flits – book review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway

July 7 – I Read What You Write – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

July 7 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

July 7 – @twilight_reader – book review of Bon Voyage to Murder

July 7 – Bound 4 Escape – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway

July 8 – Bigreadersite – book review of Maxed Out

July 8 – Laura’s Interests – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

July 8 – Books for Books – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder

July 8 – @twilight_reader – book review of Taking Notes on Murder

July 9 – Hall Ways Blog – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

July 9 – Westveil Publishing – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

July 9 – @twilight_reader – book review of Maxed Out

July 9 – Books for Books – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder

July 12 – Chit Chat with Charity – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

July 12 – Bigreadersite – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder

July 12 – Buried Under Books – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway

July 12 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book review of Taking Notes on Murder

July 13 – The Momma Spot – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

July 13 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway

July 13 – Bigreadersite – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder

July 14 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

July 14 – Laura’s Interests – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway

July 14 – Splashes of Joy – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway

July 15 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

July 15 – Chit Chat with Charity – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway

July 15 – Laura’s Interests – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway

July 15 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – audiobook review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway

July 16 – Lisa’s Reading – book review of Maxed Out / giveaway

July 16 – Hall Ways Blog – audiobook review of Bon Voyage to Murder / giveaway

July 16 – Olio by Marilyn – book review of Taking Notes on Murder / giveaway

 

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Tour and Giveaway for DARKNESS HIDES by J.C. Gatlin

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Join us for this tour from June 14 to July 2, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title: DARKNESS HIDES by J.C. Gatlin

Category:  Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 251 pages

Genre:  Mystery / Suspense

Publisher:  Milford House Press

Release date:  April 2021

Format available for review:  print and ebook (Gifted Kindle)

Will send print books out:  USA and Canada

Tour dates: June 14 to July 2

Content Rating:  PG-13: There are a couple of murders and mild language (damn, shit)

Book Description:

Someone she knows is watching.

Someone she knows is stalking.

And something hides in the darkness.

With a Category 4 hurricane about to make landfall, boat safety instructor Kate Parks is running out of time. Bodies are piling up–and they’re not from the raging storm. An injury may have ended her career as a Fish and Wildlife officer, but nothing can keep her away from the investigation.

And it doesn’t take long for her to see that the clues have one thing in common: a connection to the recent death of her five-year-old nephew.

In a brewing storm of rage, guilt, and family secrets, Kate fights to protect her grieving sister just as the hurricane threatens everything she knows and loves. But before her world is completely ravaged, she must uncover one final truth:

Run from the water.

Hide from the wind.

Flee from the shadows where a weeper seeks revenge.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I enjoyed an read that is a suspense, so when Darkness Hides came up for review, I had to read it because it just sounded like a very good read and I was not disappointed! This is one of those books that takes a few chapters to get into the story but then you just can’t put it down and it was a sleepless night for me reading this one.

Kate’s five year old nephew was killed in an accident and she is trying to be there for her sister. But in the meantime there is a Category 4 hurricane brewing. People are dying before their eyes and more and more Kate is wondering if it had anything to do with her nephews accident. Kate is determined to find out what is going on in this Florida town.

J.C. Gatlin creates a cast of characters that play their parts so well as the story unfolds. The story was intense since the 5 year old may have been involved. Kate does her best to keep up with the strict details of the story so she could really find out who was murdering these people and why. And why were people watching her so closely. You will find this out and so much more in this intriguing, interesting suspense that will stay with you for quite some time.

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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Join me in reading this interesting interview with J.C. Gatlin

Can you tell me about your new book, Darkness Hides?

Darkness Hides is an Amateur Sleuth murder mystery set in Florida. In it, a former Fish and Wildlife officer launches an off-the-books investigation into a string of corpses that appear to have a connection to her nephew’s death. Then the hurricane hits.

What does the title mean?

That’s a great question. The title, Darkness Hides, has several meanings. The obvious connection is to a children’s book that a grieving mother reads to her deceased son titled Where the Darkness Hides. Figuratively, as a murder mystery, the title eludes to one of the characters hiding the darkness inside of him, as he has the capacity to commit several murders. 

Who is the main character and is she based on a real person?

Kate Parks is the “amateur sleuth” who gets wrapped-up in solving the murder mystery. She’s a young woman in her early thirties trying to put her life back together after a gunshot injury ended her career with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. She’s also trying to mend the estranged relationship with her sister and reevaluating where her relationship is going with a rebel-with-too-many-causes boyfriend. She’s not based on any one person but is an amalgamation of many people. There’s even a little of me in the character. 

What inspired you to create this character?

There’s a pub where I hang out that has several local police and Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission officers who also hang out there when they’re off duty. Kate was born from my conversations with them. They have a million incredible stories. However, I wanted to keep her as an “amateur sleuth,” so law enforcement became her back story. Now, getting involved in a murder investigation is outside her job responsibilities. Plus, she’s pursuing a murderer without a gun, which added another level of peril.  

Why do you write murder mysteries?

I’ve been an avid mystery reader my whole life. As a kid, I read all the Encyclopedia Brown mysteries, as well as The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries. Those books inspired me to become an author as an adult. Mysteries have all the elements I love: plot twists, compelling characters with secrets to hide, and a good hook. My mysteries go one step further and deliver an unexpected ending. I put a lot of time in creating a suspenseful ending that keeps the reader turning pages.

What do you hope readers take away from Darkness Hides?

I want readers to have that rush that comes with reading a suspenseful book that they just can’t put down. Several people have told me that they stayed up till the wee hours in the morning to finish Darkness Hides because they just couldn’t tear themselves away from it. That’s my favorite type of book to read, and that’s the type of book I wanted to write. 

Meet the Author:

JC Gatlin lives in Tampa, Florida, and writes mystery novels that include sunny Florida locales and quirky locals as characters. His last novel, H_NGM_N: Murder is the Word, won the coveted Florida Royal Palm Literary Award for Best Mystery in 2019. He is active in the Florida Writer’s Association and is a board member on the Florida Writer’s Foundation, a charity organization that fights illiteracy.

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

 

Tour Schedule:

 

June 14 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview

June 14 – Olio by Marilyn – book review / giveaway

June 15 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review

June 16 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway

June 16 – GivernyReads – book review / author interview

June 17 – World of My Imagination – book spotlight / guest post

June 17 – Books for Books – book review

June 18 – I Read What You Write – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

June 21 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author – book spotlight / giveaway

June 22 – A Crane Between the Pages – book review

June 22 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway

June 23 – PuzzlePaws Blog – book review / giveaway

June 23 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight

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

June 25 – Hall Ways Blog – book review / giveaway

June 28 – Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway

June 28 – The Eclectic Review – book review / giveaway

June 29 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway

June 29 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway

June 30 – JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

June 30 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway

July 1 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway

July 1 – Leels Loves Books – book review

July 2 – Kam’s Place – book review

July 2 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

July 6 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway

July 7 – @twilight_reader – book review

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

July 8 – @books_and_bagels (Instagram) – book review / giveaway

July 8 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

July 9 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway: 

DARKNESS HIDES Book Tour Giveaway

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Tour and Giveaway for Your Writing Matters by Colleen M. Story

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Book Details:

Book Title:  Your Writing Matters: How to Banish Self-Doubt, Trust Yourself, and Go the Distance by Colleen M. Story
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  260 pages
GenreNon-fiction Writing/Publishing
Publisher:  Midchannel Press
Release date:  July 2021
Content Rating: G

 

Book Description:

Does your future as a writer feel uncertain?

You write day after day. You dream of bestseller’s lists and royalty checks, but despite your best marketing efforts, those dreams remain out of reach.

You wonder if you’re wasting your time. Does your writing even matter?

Author Colleen M. Story, a long-time professional writer and writing coach, helps you decide whether you truly have a writer’s DNA. She examines why you feel pressured to make money with your work, why the search for a readership is both motivating and discouraging, and why it’s so common to doubt yourself along the way.

Step by step, you’ll gain a clear-eyed view at the challenges a writer faces in the outside world, while taking your own journey inward to discover what writing really means to you.

Should you continue on this path, or adjust your course now before it’s too late? Don’t waste your precious time in indecision. Let Your Writing Matters guide you to your truth and you’ll

MY THOUGHTS ON Your Writing Matters: How to Banish Self-Doubt, Trust Yourself, and Go the Distance by Colleen M. Story

Author Colleen M. Story has written a book that every author wants to read, and needs to read. Story knows the ups and downs an author goes through during their writing career. In the book Your Writing Matters, you will learn how to face the issues challenges that are sure to come your way.

I really enjoyed reading this book. As a reviewer o found some of the things that are very helpful to me. I found that a lot of the questions answered was was really nice for all writers, especially the new writers. You will find a wealth of information in this book. There is so much to talk about with authors and upcoming authors.

Here are three questions that authors need to ask themselves when writing a book. Why Writers Doubt Themselves, The Many Benefits of Writing, and Make the Big Decisions. All three of these questions should be in every book. Did he/she follow these questions?  I strongly encourage you to check this wonderful book out. This one gets Five Stars from me.

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

Buy the Book:
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Meet the Author:

Colleen M. Story inspires writers to overcome modern-day challenges and find creative fulfillment in their work. Her book on author platforms, “Writer Get Noticed!,” was a gold-medal winner in the Reader’s Favorite Book Awards and a first-place winner in the Reader Views Literary Awards. “Overwhelmed Writer Rescue” was named Book by Book Publicity’s Best Writing/Publishing Book in 2018 and was an Amazon bestseller. Her

novel, “Loreena’s Gift,” was a Foreword Reviews’ INDIES Book of the Year Awards winner, among others.

Colleen frequently serves as a workshop leader and motivational speaker, where she helps attendees remove mental and emotional blocks and tap into their unique creative powers. Her first course, “How to Finish the Creative Projects You

Start,” is available on Teachable.

Go to Colleen’s website for free chapters of her books.

connect with the author: website ~ twitter ~ goodreads

 
Tour Schedule:

June 7 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / book excerpt / giveaway
June 8 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
June 8 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
June 9 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book review
June 9 – Welcome To MLM Opinion’s Reviews – book review
June 10 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
June 11 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
June 14 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / book excerpt / giveaway
June 15 – Locks Hooks and Books – book review / book excerpt / giveaway
June 16 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
June 17 – Laura’s Interests – book review / book excerpt / giveaway
June 18 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / giveaway
June 21 – Books for Books – book spotlight
June 22 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / book excerpt / giveaway
June 23 – Olio By Marilyn – book review / giveaway
June 24 – Debora-Zenha Adams – book review / giveaway
June 25 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
June 25 – Westveil Publishing – book review / giveaway
June 28 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / book excerpt / giveaway
June 28 – The Frangipani Creative – book review / book excerpt / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway: 

 
YOUR WRITING MATTERS Book Tour Giveaway

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Tour and Giveaway for Finding My Sunshine by Shannon Leith McGuire.

 
 
Join us for this tour from June 14 to July 2, 2021!

 

Book Details:

Book TitleFinding My Sunshine (A Memoir)
Author:  Shannon Leith McGuire.
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+), 198 pages
Genre:  Memoir
Publisher:  Sunshine Street Press
Release date:  March 2021
Content RatingPG+M for bad language, anger, and suicidal thoughts, clinical depression, and assault

 Book Description:

“What if that someone was you?” Shannon had been so quick to blame others for her anger. She knew she was drowning in darkness and pain; being born with a learning disability made her feel defeated by life. She tried drinking heavily in order to quiet the demons. After being kicked out of college, Shannon took a leap of faith and started working in a nursing home. That’s when her angels appeared and the miracle began. The insight and wisdom she gained from those elderly new friends led her on an inspiring journey of discovery and self-acceptance. Each of us has our own path. Some of us just need angels to help us find it. This is her story. 

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Finding my Sunshine is about Shannon Leith McGuire life. About the difficult issues she has had to face pretty much as long as she remembers. She has a learning disability, which is devastating trying to learn with other people your age that never have problems, and that’s enough to throw anyone down. This lead to alcohol, being kicked out of school and finding her own way. It was working in a nursing home that brought Sunshine to her life. Those sweet older people were full of wisdom and love and showed Shannon what she has need missing. I love that Shannon found healing in such a place. We sometimes forget the wisdom of older people.                                                Shannon’s story is unique and I love the way she is so straightforward and honest in what she has written in her book. This book can be so much help for so many people. This one is truly a Five Stars for me. Sometimes it is difficult rating a book when reading a book so different from your normal reads but this book wasn’t a problem at all. Knowing how much Finding my Sunshine will be such a help to others gave me my rating. I strongly encourage you to check out this one.

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:

 

Shannon was raised in a small town in Eastern Montana, where you leave your car keys in the ignition and your front door unlocked all the time. The kind of place where sunsets and sunrises can be seen for miles on the horizon. Where the spring crickets and frogs resting in the irrigation ditches helped transition the days into a calm resting night. Where the winters can get so cold, air can freeze. It was only after she was academically suspended by the college she was attending, that she became a Certified Nurses Aide (CNA). She did her training in Billings, Montana and it was there she learned how to take care of others and bonded with the geriatric population. For over five years, Shannon worked in the same nursing home where she received her training. The work was hard, but it grounded her and helped her find balance in what had become a deeply unbalanced life. It was not until she was a CNA, at one of the hospitals that she had a dream-three nights in a row-that she was going to become a nurse. She currently resides in Tampa, Florida, where you may hear her laughing with her husband of over 10 years,  scuba diving in the ocean, taking walks with their rescued pit-bull dog- Darby, or dancing together to life’s music.

connect with the author: website

 
Tour Schedule:
June 14 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
June 15 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight
June 16 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
June 17 – Wottaread – book spotlight / author interview
June 18 –Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 21 – Books for Books – book spotlight
June 22 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 23 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 24 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
June 25 –Olio by Marilyn – book review / giveaway
June 25 –Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview
June 28 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review / giveaway
June 29 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
June 29 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 30 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 30 – Fur Everywhere – book review / giveaway
July 1 – Book World Reviews – book review
July 1 – @twilight_reader – book review
July 2 – Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway

 

  Enter the Giveaway:

 

FINDING MY SUNSHINE Book Tour Giveaway

 

 

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