Tour and Giveaway for To Every Page a Turning: One’s Life Journey by Carl Buccellato

Join us for this tour from Apr 12 to Apr 23, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  to Every Page a Turning: One’s Life Journey by Carl Buccellato
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+), 184 pages
Genre:  Historical Novel, Adult
Publisher:  Mascot
Release date:   April 2021
Content Rating:  This book is rated PG. Content not suitable for young children.

Book Description:

Each man who journeys through life must travel through its season and ultimate lessons. For some, the journey is brief, and their life’s light is fleeting. They are like rockets that flare to the heavens, glowing brightly only to go black in the next instant. Still others travel what

seem to be an abbreviated journey, missing some of life’s seasons, never knowing the agony or the ecstasy of what they have missed. But some live each season, taste each tear, relish each sunrise, and brace themselves against each burst of wind. They have traveled life’s highways and finally joined the many pieces of themselves into the whole person they were born to be.

When a man is clearing old files out from his garage, he comes across a folder containing an old

manuscript he wrote twenty years previously as part of his recovery therapy. It had served as a catharsis for him to help transition old painful issues from his past. He was still a young man when he wrote the words, and as a senior in his seventies, he begins to reflect on his life s journey. As he reads the old papers, many memories come flooding back. He begins to find that our lives are like pages turning from oneplace in our lives to another, each unique, holding treasures and pains of its own, and each a window to growth, learning, and acceptance of who we are and who we were born to be.

In this novel, the journey begins in the innocence of America 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. As you read the pages of this book, you will discover a man perhaps not unlike yourself, seeking knowledge, peace, and faith. Perhaps you, like he, have traveled through the paradigm shift of the twentieth century both in awe and fear of what lies ahead.

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Meet the Author:

Carl Buccellato was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1942, and is of Italian-American descent. As a young man, he was eager to get out into the world and explore the boundaries of his hometown. Although he had a love for fishing at Coney Island Pier and singing Do Wop on the corners with friends, he knew there was much more of the world to see on the other side of the Brooklyn Bridge. One of his first jobs as a teenager in New York City was working for Western Union as a messenger. It didn’t take Carl long to own the streets of the Big Apple. As he went from building to building on his bicycle delivering his envelopes, little did he know what his fate would become years later.

With a lot of hard work, perseverance, and God’s grace, a day would come when Carl would become the CEO of a publicly traded company and ink a multimillion-dollar deal in the board room of AIG, then the largest insurance company in America. In his early years, he earned a BA and MBA, married, and started a family. Today, Carl has four children and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren carrying on the family legacy.

Through the years, he started several companies and has served on several Boards of Directors, including private and public companies, as well as serving on the Board of Trustees of St. Thomas University. Carl’s career has taken him literally all over the world. In the 80s and 90s he was a regular monthly contributor to a BBC broadcast in England. In 1986, Inc. Magazine featured his firm as the 12th fastest growing independent company in America. In 1984, Carl was invited to become a member of the Presidential Council of 100. This group of business leaders advised the President of the United States on several sectors of the economy and business issues. Carl served three different presidents during his time on the council: presidents Reagan, Bush, and Clinton. 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.


Tour Schedule:

Apr 12 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight
Apr 13 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight
Apr 14 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book spotlight
Apr 14 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Apr 15 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight
Apr 16 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight
Apr 19 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight
Apr 20 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight
Apr 21 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight
Apr 22 –  Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight
Apr 23 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight

 

Tour and Giveaway for Blood of the Dragonfly by Hawk MacKinney

Join us for this tour from Apr 12 to Apr 30, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Blood of the Dragonfly ( The Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series – Book V)
Author:  Hawk MacKinney
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+), 227 pages
Genre:  Mystery/Suspense
Publisher:  Sage Words Publishing
Release date:  Feb 2021
Content Rating:  PG. There are graphic death scenes.

Book Description:

While dangling a fishing hook from his flat bottom skiff before dawn, former SEAL-turned-PI Craige Ingram spots grey-black smoke coiling above the treetops across the river in the direction of the Georgia bayous and Corpsewood Manor. Bayou or bogs, fire in the uncut cypress and pines bodes a sense that the river is no barrier to the fire that threatens his ancestral home, Moccasin Hollow. Neither are the bodies later found in the burned mansion of Corpsewood Manor. Craige wastes no time in helping his ex-SEAL buddy Lt. Graysen MacGerald who is now Head of Buckingham Homicide Investigations by unofficially investigating the bodies and an exquisite dragonfly brooch found in the mansion with a reputation for evil, hauntings, and mystery.

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Blood of the Dragonfly by Hawk MacKinney centers around a fire that ended up taking out a bigger part of the Corpsewood Manor, along with bodies found in the burned mansion. Former Navy SEAL-turned-PI Craige Ingram along with his buddy, Head of Buckingham Homicide Investigation Lt. Graysen MacGerald is immediately on the case to find the reasoning behind the burned bodies, as well as who started the fire in the first place.

Craige Ingram is the person to follow as he starts the journey of solving the crime. A lot of things are happening in this story, many twists and turns that will keep you guessing. MacKinney does a really nice job choosing characters that develop well throughout the story. Lots of ups and downs and tension flowing around. Blood of the Dragonfly is a very well written book, the first book I have read by Hawk MacKinney, and I look forward to reading more. If suspense is what you enjoy, this would be a great 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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And now an interesting interview with  Author Hawk MacKinney

What advice would you give budding writers?

The world is full of naysayers and can’t and no. Don’t listen. Trust yourself. Talk to the person in the mirror. Trust your feelings -AND- keep writing, keep your notes, keep your journals. Those are part of your soul.

What is the last book you’ve read?

The biography of Bernadine Eugénie Désirée Clary – Napoleon’s fiancée who he jilted. She later wedded French General Jean Baptiste Bernadotte. Elected to carry the crown of Sweden, the couple founded the Bernadotte Dynasty – to this day on the throne of Sweden. And naysayers say history isn’t romantic! What a saga!

What made you write a romance novel?

Moccasin Trace is really volume one of the Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series, but it introduces the historical founding bloodlines of the serial protagonist and supporting characters in my contemporary series, Moccasin Hollow Mysteries. Strong females! Great setting and plot and great fun!

How did you come up with this idea?

I wanted to lay the groundwork of how history and upbringing can influence the direction one’s life takes, the decisions and beliefs at stake, and how one holds to the core that makes us individuals.

In today’s tech savvy world, most writers use a computer or laptop. Have you ever written pen to paper?

All the time, especially my instant notes. Computers are great for rewrites/editing. They save tons of time, but scrambling words into sentences/paragraphs/chapters etc. etc., drags in all the notes/feelings etc.

Hawk MacKinney

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Meet the Author:

Hawk MacKinney began writing mysteries for his school newspaper, served in the US Navy for over 20 years, earned two postgraduate degrees with studies in languages and history, taught postgraduate courses in the United States and Jerusalem, authored professional articles and chordate embryology texts on fetal and adult anatomy, and is well known for his works of fiction. Moccasin Trace, a historical novel, was nominated for the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the Writers Notes Book Award. Both his CAIRNS OF SANCTUARIE science fiction series and the MOCCASIN HOLLOW MYSTERY series have received worldwide recognition.Connect with the Author:     website  

 
Tour Schedule:
Apr 12 – PIck a Good Book – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Apr 13 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
Apr 13 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Apr 14 – Ms. Cat’s Honest World – book review / guest post / giveaway
Apr 14 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Apr 15 – I Read What You Write – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Apr 16 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Apr 19 – Bigreadersite – book review / giveaway
Apr 20 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Apr 21 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Apr 22 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / giveaway
Apr 23 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review / giveaway
Apr 23 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Apr 26 – My Reading Journeys – book review / giveaway
Apr 26 – Kam’s Place – book review
Apr 27 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Apr 27 – Buried Under Books – book review / giveaway
Apr 28 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review / giveaway
Apr 29 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Apr 30 – Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway
Apr 30 – BookishKelly2020 – book spotlight
Apr 30 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book spotlight / giveaway

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Tour and Giveaway for Cleo Can Tie a Bow by Sybrina Durant

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

Book Details:

Book Title:  Cleo Can Tie a Bow by Sybrina Durant

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

Genre:  Children’s Picture Book

Publisher:  Sybrina Publishing

Release date:   Sept 27th, 2020

Content Rating:  G for everyone.

Book Description:

Cleo can tie a bow. She learned from a rabbit and a fox. They can help you learn to tie one, too. Great parent-child activity for learning to tie a bow with any ribbon or string – including shoe laces.

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Cleo Can Tie a Bow: A Rabbit and a Fox Story by Sybrina Durant is a cute little story about a little girl who loves bows so much she has them everywhere. You will find them in her hair, on her shoes, in her room on her bed and on her curtains. Everywhere she goes and everywhere she is there are bows. Pink bows, so apparently she loves pink too because there is also a lot of pink in her book, which is fine with me because I love pink as well. And the fox and the bunny were so cute, and what a clever idea to have the focus Tie the rabbits ears at the same time Cleo tied her bow to teach children how to tie a bow for themselves. The fox and the deer are adorable as well as the deer they invited along. These are among the amazingly creative illustrations created by illustrator Pumudi Gardiyawasam. I just love how Gardiyawasam brings the story to life by creating the perfect picture for each page, with unique and fabulous characters and the vibrant and beautiful colors throughout the book. I can see little girls loving this book, so my copy is going to my sweet and beautiful grandaughter. Cleo Can Tie a Bow is a wonderful, colorful book inside and out and would be the perfect addition to any daycare, preschool or kindergarten classroom, as well as any elementary school library. I can also see this book in dentist and Drs. offices. If books are allowed. Go out and get this book for your child. You will be happy you did.

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

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Are there under-represented ideas featured in your book? 

No, but this book has received a lot of criticism for containing so many pictures of a little girl wearing the color pink. Some critics have mentioned they thought that might be off-putting to boys. I find that strange, since we live in a time that is celebrated as being all inclusive. After all, pink is not just for girls anymore and boys have always looked good in bows.

In actuality, only about 10 out of 32 pages of the book feature the color pink. The rest of the story takes place in a naturally colored forest setting so there is really no reason for boys not to be able to enjoy the reading and learning process just as much as girls will. 

How important are names to you in your books? How do you choose names? 

Character names are very important. In fact, I’ll share a little secret with you that all the characters in this book have unwritten names. No one will ever know what they are unless they read this little back story. (https://wordpress.com/post/sybrinapublishing.wordpress.com/10190)  Regarding how I chose the main character’s name for this book, I wanted a name that flowed easily in the title or that rhymed with the word bow. I developed a very long list of possibilities. Here are a few: Tibby, Tessy, Becka, and Chloe. It took me a long time to settle on Cleo. I think I picked the best name.  How about you?  

What are some day jobs that you have held?  Have any of them impacted your writing? 

I still have a day job at an engineering company. For nearly forty years, I have been a catalogue-er of information in some capacity or other. I work 10 hours a day at my “day” job and then I come home and work some more on my “wobby”, as my husband calls it. It doesn’t impact my writing too much because I really don’t write that much anymore – but it does have a huge effect on how I go about promoting and marketing my books. You must be very disciplined about keeping track of who you have reached out to and how you have reached out to them. It takes a lot of creativity and pre-planning and scheduling, too. Those kinds of things take thousands of hours. That kind of work is never, ever done. I have found ways to save myself lots of time in the process. I use auto-scheduling services to post daily to all of my social media and to my blog.  Most of my posts are related to promoting the sale of off-shoot products related to my books. Being an Amazon associate, allows me to find lots of items related to themes and characters in my books. You can see some of the products related to Cleo Can Tie A Bow in my Girls Love Bows Gift Shop. https://sybrinapublishing.wordpress.com/girls-love-bows-gift-shop-glbgs-1/

Do you now or have you ever considered writing under a pen-name? Why or why not?

No, I never wanted to do that because of 2 reasons. The first is because when I was young and dumb, I hated my name because no one ever pronounced it correctly. I told my Dad I wanted a nick name that was easy to say and he got very angry. He told me he gave me such a unique name because he knew I was going to be famous some day. Of course, as a teenager, I simply couldn’t see beyond the nose on my face and scoffed at that idea.  But then, in my 30’s, a psychic told me that I would one day be famous for my writings and songs and that they would help a lot of people. Maybe, though far apart, both of those incidents were the catalysts that make me strive so hard (through marketing and promoting) to let the public know that my books exist and that they can be found under the name that my father wanted people to know me by. My little sister, however, writes under the pen name, Gina Rose. She is an exceptional author of historical regency romance. All of her books are full of humor and suspense, too.

What’s your funniest flaw? 

That I’m a Pollyanna. The definition being that I am an excessively and blindly optimistic person.  My glass is always half-full.  Why is that a funny flaw, you might ask? Well, because I’ll probably still be promising myself that all my efforts will eventually pay off when I’m lying on my death bed.  I think a lot of entrepreneurs have that syndrome. You know…like…even if I never experience financial success from all this hard work, maybe my books will become famous after I’ve passed and my kids will one day benefit.

 

Meet the Author:

I’ve been writing creative and technical works for years. Many of my songs are on Youtube and Itunes. Two of my books are available as ebooks online. They are “Learn To Tie A Tie WIth The Rabbit And The Fox” and “Sybrina’s Phrase Thesaurus”.

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

 

Tour Schedule:


Apr 6 – Laura’s Interests – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Apr 6 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway

Apr 6 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway

Apr 7 – Rockin’ Book Tours – book spotlight / giveaway

Apr 7 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway

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

Apr 8 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway

Apr 9 – Hall Ways Blog – book review / giveaway

Apr 9 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book review / guest post / giveaway

Apr 12 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway

Apr 12 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight

Apr 12 – Kam’s Place – book review

Apr 13 – Chit Chat with Charity – book review / author interview

Apr 13 – The Bespectacled Mother – book review

Apr 14 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / author interview / giveaway

Apr 14 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway

Apr 15 – Reading is My Passion – book review

Apr 15 – The Book Review Crew – book review / guest post / giveaway

Apr 16 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway

Apr 16 – icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway

Apr 19 – I’m All About Books – book spotlight / giveaway

Apr 19 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway

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Tour and Giveaway for Melanin Brown Discovers America by Candice Davis

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

Book Details:
Book Title:  Melanin Brown Discovers America by Candice Davis¢
Category:  Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12),  96 pages
Genre: Early Chapter/Middle Grade
Publisher:  Mascot
Release date:  April 2021
Content Rating:  G.

Book Description:

Melanin Brown is a girl far beyond her years who observes a brand new student being bullied at her school because of his ethics. This causes her to feel distressed, uncomfortable, and the treatment does not sit right with her. As she is given guidance from her parents, friends, and teachers, she also leans on her desire to treat people in the same manner in which she would want to be treated. Melanin finds how to confront disparate difficult situations while simultaneously navigating her own sense of truth and justice.

Melanin is the friend we all wish was in our group when we were in school. Kind, sincere, and smart, Melanin is a leader for our times whose compassion knows no bounds. Open these pages and accompany Melanin on her path to self-confidence!

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Meet the Author:

Candice Davis is a middle school Special Education Teacher in Washington, D.C., with a background in film. She started her career in education as a Curriculum and Personnel Specialist, writing grants and proposals. Due to her desire to have more of a direct impact with disadvantaged students, she transitioned into teaching. This is Davis’s debut book. She holds a M.Ed. in Educational Psychology with a focus in Social Foundations from the University of Virginia and a BA in Film and Video

Studies from George Mason University.

Tour Schedule:

Apr 6 –
Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight
Apr 6 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Apr 7 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight
Apr 8 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book spotlight
Apr 9 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight
Apr 12 – The Book Review Crew – book spotlight
Apr 13 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight
Apr 14 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight
Apr 15 – Laura’s Interests – book spotlight
Apr 16- Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book spotlight
Apr 19 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight


Tour and Giveaway for Out of the Mouths of Serial Killers by Mary Brett

Join us for this tour from Mar 22 to Apr 2, 2021!

 

Book Details:

Book Title:  Out of the Mouths of Serial Killers by Mary Brett

Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18 +),  350 pages

Genre:  True Crime

Publisher:  Wildblue Press

Release date:   Jan 19, 2020

Format available:  print, ebook, and audible

Content Rating:  R. VIOLENCE, CRIME SCENE PHOTOS

Book Description:

OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF SERIAL KILLERS​ by author Mary Brett is as close as you will ever come to discovering the answer … and in the killer’s own words! In this one-of-a-kind book, author Mary Brett corresponded with some of America’s most evil convicted serial killers and asked just one question: ​WHY? Their return letters give an insightful look into the dark mind of each killer. The reader also will be able to scrutinize direct quotes, unedited, from ​interrogation statements, trial testimony, media interviews, and parole hearing inquests 75 Serial Killers are included in the book, some only known to the unfortunate victims’ family, friends, and community, while others are the most infamous in the annals of serial killers. All bios feature the crime, the capture, the victims, and background facts. Crime scene Photos, some graphic, are featured.

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Out of the Mouths of Serial Killers by Mary Brett is an interesting book to read. Brett contacted about 75 serial killers to get their reasoning of why they took the lives of many people. Only a few wrote back, but it was interesting to read what they had to say. The answers were scattered, some not admitting to be a killer at all, some told exactly what happened and some really didn’t give an answer at all. There were many that were deceased. Brett did an excellent job of researching each person and had all of the info about their life, early childhood, growing up, and the crimes they were convicted of and those that didn’t have enough evidence. There are quotes from most of them from different publications.

I am glad I read this book, knowing how some of these criminals felt at the time the murdered their victims. I wish there had been more direct letters to hear more from the actual serial killers. Letters were the most interesting part.  All in all, I sometimes read true crime books and this is a good one, it is well written and extensive research was done in order to obtain all of the info in each book. If you enjoy stories such as this, I encourage you to try Mary Brett’s book.

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

Meet the Author:
I have just finished my 4th book, OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF SERIAL KILLERS. Iwrote to convicted serial killers asking just one question: Why? Their letters back to me formed the basis of what I hope is a fascinating read as well as a chilling look into the mindset of 75 psychopathic killers who walked among us. WildBlue Press is the Publisher and I thank them and their amazing staff for producing my book in both paperback andKindle format. In presales, my book hit #1 on Kindle in VIOLENCE IN SOCIETY. I am a Virginia native, living in Florida. I hold a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University.connect with the author: amazon

Tour Schedule:

Mar 22  – From the TBR Pile – book review / giveaway

Mar 22 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 24 – Books for Books – book spotlight

Mar 25 – Pick A Good Book – book review / guest post / giveaway

Mar 26 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 26 – Reading is My Passion – book review

Mar 29 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway

Mar 30 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight

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

Mar 31 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

Mar 31 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway

Apr 1 – Jessica Belmont – book review

Apr 1 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway

Apr 2 – The World As I See It – book review / giveaway 

 

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Tour and Giveaway for The Wisdom of the Flock by Steve M. Gnatz

Join us for this tour from Mar 29 to Apr 9, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Wisdom of the Flock: Franklin and Mesmer in Paris by Steve M. Gnatz

Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  541 pages

Genre:  Historical Fiction

Publisher:  Leather Apron Press

Release date:   January 2021

Content Rating:  PG-13. There is mild (romantic) sexual content and very mild profanity.

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Book Description:

1776: Benjamin Franklin sails to Paris, carrying a copy of the Declaration of Independence, freshly signed. His charge: gain the support of France for the unfolding American Revolution. Yet Paris is a city of distractions. Ben’s lover, Marianne Davies, will soon arrive, and he yearns to rekindle his affair with the beautiful musician.

Dr. Franz Mesmer has plans for Marianne too. He has taken Parisian nobility by storm with his discovery of magnétisme animale, a mysterious force claimed to heal the sick. Marianne’s ability to channel Mesmer’s phenomena is key to his success.

A skeptical King Louis XVI appoints Ben to head a commission investigating the astonishing magnétisme animale. By nature, Ben requires proof. Can he scientifically prove that it does not exist? Mesmer will stop at nothing to protect his profitable claim.

The Wisdom of The Flock explores the conflict between science and mysticism in a time rife with revolution, love, spies, and passion.

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The Wisdom of the Flock: Franklin and Mesmer in Paris by Steve M. Gnatz is and interesting view of Franklin sailing to Paris with a copy of the Declaration of Independence, and the time he spent in France. There is a lot to learn here and the author gives his thoughts on what it was like. I found the characters well thought out and crafted and I think they all played their parts well as the story unfolds. I enjoyed the vivid descriptions of historical France the happenings there and all that went on as he told Benjamin Franklin’s detailed journey in France. Each scene crafted was told with expertise and detail throughout the places there during that Era. Gnatz takes us on an interesting journey with a compelling story that is mixed with true facts as well as a bit of fiction made up through the mind and eyes of this author.

Being a musician, one thing I especially enjoyed was  Marianne Davis and her love for music. Though I know how glass can be musical, I had never heard of the glass armonica Franklin built for Marianne. How I would love to hear Marianne play the glass armonica today. I enjoyed learning even more about this instrument in the interview from the author published here. I encourage you to read this wonderful and interesting interview. I enjoyed this book very much, though it was pretty long, and for me I think it could have been shortened a bit if a lot if the unnecessary words could have been taken out. All in all it is an interesting read. The author’s extensive research is evident here as well as his love and knowledge for the historical icon Benjamin Franklin. I encourage others to check The Wisdom of the Flock: and Mesmer in Paris by Steve M. Gnatz out. Whether you are a history buff or maybe just wanting an interesting historical story.

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

And now an interesting interview with the Author Steve M. Gnatz

 

  1. What is a glass armonica and how does it figure in the book?

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    Ben Franklin invented the glass armonica. The story goes that he was familiar with the musicians who used “musical glasses” to produce sound. This practice had probably been around nearly as long as glass itself. Ben observed in 1761, after seeing Marianne Davies perform on the musical glasses, that despite how beautifully she played, she appeared to be in pain from the activity. He devised an instrument that featured sequentially sized stacked glass bowls attached to a rod at their center and bathed in a tub of water. The rod was turned by a treadle mechanism, keeping the turning bowls bathed with water. The musician could then gently apply her finger to the appropriate bowl to produce the note she wanted – resulting in music without any pain. Ben had the very first glass armonica built for Marianne. Historians have questioned the nature of the relationship between them – but very little is known. For a time, Marianne was quite successful as a musician using the instrument that Franklin had invented for her. Later in her career though, in a letter featured in The Wisdom of the Flock, she lamented that Franklin no longer seemed to want to protect her “franchise” and that many other musicians were able to compete. I took advantage of the lack of detail in the historical record to create a relationship between Franklin and Marianne Davies that was already in place at the beginning of the book – but then also to explore how their relationship changed over time, ultimately leading to her disenfranchisement.
  2. How was Mesmer involved with the glass armonica?

    It is historically accurate that Mesmer obtained his copy of Marianne’s instrument during a time that she was playing in Vienna prior to the opening of The Wisdom of the Flock. But any romantic relationship between Mesmer and Marianne is a presumption, as there is no historical record one way or the other. Nonetheless, the glass armonica has a haunting, ethereal quality that Mesmer found useful in his seances. He is known to have played it very well himself. The glass armonica fell out of favor in the early 1800’s (but is recently enjoying somewhat of a revival) as it was felt to be associated with melancholy and madness. Some have theorized that this association was due to high lead content in the glass bowls. Mozart and many other composers wrote music for the glass armonica in its heyday – which can still be heard performed today. Of course, modern glass armonicas do not use leaded glass!
  3. Are there other examples of the role of music in The Wisdom of the Flock?

    Franklin was a music lover. He is known to have played the glass armonica, but mostly he was known to appreciate music and musicians. He is said to have loved listening to anyone playing Scottish Aires. I used the knowledge of Franklin’s love for music to help inform his relationship with Marianne. It is also known that he befriended Madame Brillon (an accomplished musician) and also a potential love interest, while in Paris. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was in Paris around the time of the book and makes a cameo appearance playing at private showing of the Beaumarchais play The Marriage of Figaro. The blind pianist Maria Paradis is featured, both due to her special relationship with Mesmer – for he is purported to have helped her (temporarily) regain her sight using magnetism animale – as well as her playing of a concert in Paris during Franklin’s time there. And Marco (a fictional character) and his merry band bond with Marianne and the others on the Seine in singing folk songs that they all instinctively know.
  4. What about the setting of your book? Have you been to Passy?

    I’ve been to Paris many times, but the area where Franklin stayed in Passy has changed significantly over time as the city expanded. In the late 1700’s, Passy and Auteuil were outside of the city gates of Paris. They were suburbs, if you will, or even perhaps more like separate country towns outside the walls. Today, you can see a small plaque not too far from the Eiffel tower that denotes the area where Passy and Auteuil used to be. The home of the Leray family (the Hôtel de Valentinois), depicted in The Wisdom of the Flock and where Franklin stayed during his time in France, is gone. The Kingswoods is now a city park. The Louvre was not a museum yet, but a government office building. The Tuileries Gardens and the Place Vendôme are very much the same as they were. In fact, I used my own recollection of the shadows among the colonnades of the Place Vendôme in creating the scenes of Mesmer’s quarters there – especially in the way people (such as Marianne) could drift in and out in a ghostly fashion. The Ile de la Cité and the Pont Neuf are still in the same places, but no doubt considerably more crowded than during Franklin’s time there. Still, it is fun to walk across the bridge and think about how Marianne might have scurried at night!
  1. The Wisdom of the Flock seems to be about human relationships, is it?

    Yes and no. I tried to use the narrative to weave a tale using historical characters (real and fictional) and give them personalities and qualities that would make them feel human to the reader. I wanted to tell the story using their dialogue. The superficial story does have a lot to do with my characters falling in (and out) of love. But my goal was also to tell a deeper story of the power of love and hope. As Ben reminds us – a definition of hope is a common vision of a better future. Perhaps at a subconscious level if we can envision a better future (whether it is in human relationships, the birthing the United States, or in health/wellness) we will see our hopes come to fruition.

Meet the Author:

Steve Gnatz is a writer, physician, bicyclist, photographer, traveler, and aspiring ukulele player. The son of a history professor and a nurse, it seems that both medicine and history are in his blood. Writing historical fiction came naturally. An undergraduate degree in biology was complemented by a minor in classics. After completing medical school, he embarked on an academic medical career specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. There was little time for

writing during those years, other than research papers and a technical primer on electromyography. Now retired from the practice of medicine, he devotes himself to the craft of fiction. The history of science is of particular interest, but also the dynamics of human relationships. People want to be good scientists, but sometimes human nature gets in the way. That makes for interesting stories. When not writing or traveling, he enjoys restoring Italian racing bicycles at home in

Chicago with his wife and daughters.

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Tour Schedule:

Mar 29 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Mar 29 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 30 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

Mar 31 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway

Apr 1 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Apr 1 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review

Apr 2 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book review / giveaway

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

Apr 6 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

Apr 6 – Books for Books – book review

Apr 7 – Laura’s Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway

Apr 7 – I Read What You Write – book review / guest post / giveaway

Apr 8 – PuzzlePaws Blog – book review / giveaway

Apr 8 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight / guest post

Apr 9 – michellemengsbookblog – book review / author interview / giveaway

Apr 9 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway

TBA – High Society Book Club & Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

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Tour and Giveaway for Lets Talk! A story of Autism and Friendship by Lisa Jacovsky

 

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Book Details:

Book Title:  Lets Talk! A story of Autism and Friendship by Lisa Jacovsky
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 32 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Lisa Jacovsky
Release date:   July 2020
Formats Available: hardback, ebook
Tour dates: Mar 29 to Apr 16, 2021
Content Rating:  G.

 

Book Description:

Harper, a seven-year-old little girl that is typically developing, meets a new friend one day at the pool that is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. They both love to swim at the pool and want to play together however, Emma has little communication skills. Emma can make sounds and 

not words and flaps her hands when she is excited. When Harper realizes she cannot communicate with her new friend she becomes determined to find a way to. She begins to learn about Autism Spectrum Disorder and the different ways that Emma can communicate. Once she does the two become inseparable. Harper introduces Emma to all her friends and teaches them how to communicate with Emma. Harper and Emma become the center of their circle of friends and have more many more adventures

together.

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There are many books out there about autism and/or friendship, What makes yours “different?

    There are books out there about Autism or with a main character that has Autism. I think what makes my book different is that the book is based off my real-life experience in my career. I work in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and was able to bring a lot of my experience to what I wrote in the book. Emma uses a specific technique to communicate which her key ring of cards with words on it she can read and point to. This is called a PECS or Picture Exchange Communication System and I don’t think many people would know that or know of the use of cards to communicate. There are many different variations of a PECS system but I chose the one I did because of how easy and versatile it is. It Is something I recommend regularly to the families I work with in my career, and it is quite successful. I feel like it brings a realness to the book and something people have not seen before. 

Also, the fact she can read and write I think makes this book stand out. I do not think many people realize how smart little ones with Autism are. By having her be able to read and write I am already pushing the boundary that Autism means little ones cannot communicate. I feel like it shows Autism in a different, more positive light Also, being able to read and write is inspired by a real-life client I had. I have worked with many little ones with Autism that can read and write perfectly well. I think bringing this real ness to the character sets my book apart. I think it shows families if she can do it then their little one can to. 

 

 
Meet the Authors:

 

Lisa

Jacovsky currently is a doctoral level student at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is excited the possibilities having her Doctorate degree will bring her. She has been in the field of ABA since 2014. She began working with children with Autism in 2018 and is currently working in Early Intervention. It is her experience with children that inspired her to finally fulfill her dream of writing a book. Lisa began writing short stories when she was seven years old.

Writing is her passion and one of many things she enjoys. She is excited for the future of her series Lets Talk!.

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Tour Schedule:

Mar 29 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 29 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 29 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Mar 30 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 31 – Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Apr 1 – She Just Loves Books – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Apr 1 – Gina Rae Mitchell – books spotlight / giveaway
Apr 2 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / guest post /giveaway
Apr 5 – I Read Kid’s Books – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Apr 5
A Mama’s Corner of the World – book spotlight / giveaway
Apr 6 – The Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Apr 7 – What Polly Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
Apr 7 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Apr 8 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Apr 8
The Bespectacled Mother – book spotlight
Apr 9 – Nighttime Reading Center – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Apr 12 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / giveaway
Apr 13 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Apr 14 – I’m All About Books – book spotlight /giveaway
Apr 14 – Pick A Good Book – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Apr 15 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Apr 16 – Struck by Stories – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

 

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Tour and Giveaway for Whenever a Child Is Born by Nancy Diedrich

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Book Details:

Book Title:  Whenever a Child Is Born by Nancy Diedrich
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  30 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  WestBow Press
Release date:   July 2017
Format available for review:  print (USA), pdf
Tour dates: Mar 15 to Apr 9, 2021
Content Rating:  G for everyone.


Book Description:

In his 2014 homily for the Feast of Holy Guardian Angels, October 2, Pope Francis told those gathered for daily mass to be like children who pay attention to their “traveling companion. No one journeys alone, and no one should think that they are alone.

“According to Church tradition,” the pope said, “we all have an angel with us, who guards us . . . It is what God said: ‘I send an angel before you, to guard you, to accompany you on the way, so you will not be alone.'”

In this children’s book, angels wait anxiously and with great excitement to see which one of them will be chosen to be the guardian angel of a child that is to be born. This delightful book depicts the joy of all God’s creations anticipating the birth of another precious child. The sun shines brighter, the moon has a shinier glow, flowers grow taller, birds tweet more sweetly, and angels dance and sing with bliss, as all creation awaits another baby girl or boy.

Whenever a Child Is Born offers the perfect message for parents as it charmingly tells the story of how all of heaven and earth react to the news that a child is about to be born. The story comforts parents with the knowledge that their baby is a special gift from heaven to them, and that they will never be alone raising their child, and that their child will never ever be alone in life.

Parents never worry. No one journeys alone through life because whenever a child is born, he is given a guardian angel.


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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Whenever a Child Is Born by Nancy Diedrich is a sweet story about what could happen when a child is born into this world. It is a beautiful book inside and out. The story is sweet and comforting to parents of new babies. It tells of the excitement of new little ones to their families as well as in Heaven.

And I can leave out the gorgeous and amazing illustrations created buy Chris Diket. I love the whimsical, fairytale look and they tell the story oh so well. Children everywhere will love getting their hands on this book. Babies and little ones will love having the book read to them, and older children can read the book themselves. And little ones will have a blast picking out all of the different characters and making up their own story. This sweet book is a good one for all children everywhere.

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 AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR

And now let’s find out more about Nancy Diedrich

Question #1

What made you write a book about whenever a child is born?

Answer #1

One of the other “career hats” that I wear, is Marriage and Family Therapist.  In my counseling practice, I often work in group therapy, and it was in a group that consisted of young mothers, that I realized the topic of “having a new baby” was a worthy subject about which to write. The ladies discussed how they would tell their families that another baby was on the way.  They especially addressed the issue of informing their children that they were going to have another sibling. These ladies found it difficult to find an appropriate message for their children.

This is when I realized that the joy of a child coming into the world needed its own narrative. The story of how all of creation might respond to hearing that a new baby is about to be born, needed its own story, so that children could experience joyfulness and excitement whenever they hear this delightful news.

Question #2

What advice would you give budding writers?

Answer #2

I have had a few people ask for advice on writing a book.  Most of the time I ask if they have ever written anything before, such as a magazine or newspaper article.  That is how I got my feet wet in writing.  After writing for local magazines for a few years, I realized I was comfortable with the process, and wanted to venture into more. I advise budding writers to experiment with some type of public exposure writing, if possible.  I also tell them to be ready to work hard.  Getting to the end of writing a book has many challenges, and the words, “The End”, are nowhere near the actual end.  That’s where the creative writing slows down, but it is also where the publishing, sales and marketing begin. A writer needs to know in advance that there is a huge business component attached to the artistic process of writing.  But, in addition to the hard work and challenges, I always tell them about the pleasure and sense of fulfillment that comes with seeing their own personal work in print.  It brings a feeling of accomplishment and achievement, regardless of whether book sales are through the roof or in the basement! You create it, and it’s your triumph.

Question #3

Do you have another profession besides writing?

Answer #3

After college, I taught high school English, and even though this was a very rewarding part of my career, after ten years of teaching, I went back to school to broaden my career. Following graduate school, I have had a private Marriage and Family Therapy practice for the past 28 years.  Working with families and their lives, behaviors and emotions for that many years has offered me a wealth of inspiration and thought for writing. Each of my career moves seemed to feed the next one.

Question #4

How long have you been writing?

Answer #4

I wrote for local magazines for about five or six years, and that experience got me interested in possibly writing a book.  Writing for magazines, I got over the fear of criticism and someone editing my work.  I also learned how good it felt to do my best and to see my words in print.

Five years ago, I wrote a children’s book for each of my seven grandchildren, where each of them was the hero of his very own book. That was the push that I needed to get started on my first published book.  After my first book was published, I wrote two more.  All of my books are children’s books, and I am having so much fun writing for young children.  Being invited to school and libraries for Author Visit is so enjoyable, as well as, fulfilling.  There is nothing like reading to a wide-eyed child who is hanging on every word. Children are a priceless and precious audience.

Question #5

What genre do you write and why?

Answer #5

I write Children’s Fiction because I love the imagination of a child.  It is gratifying for me to write for children, where storylines can entertain, as well as, inform curious young readers. I believe this genre offers children an opportunity to fall in love with reading for the first time.  Children’s books expose children to morals, values and social skills, while their reading and cognitive skills are strengthened also.  

I always bring a banner with me to Book Readings that says, “Today a reader; tomorrow a leader”.  And I believe that.

Question #6

What is your favorite book that you have ever read?

My hands down favorite book that I have ever read is Harper Lee’s amazing work, To Kill A Mockingbird.  I have actually read it multiple times.  I admire the character, Atticus Finch, and how he teaches compassion and respect for all, through his deliberate words and humble actions. His children learn to be civic minded, socially just, considerate of others and empathetic, by simply watching their father live his life through each chapter of this wonderful book. The teacher in me, loves the lessons taught in this remarkable book; the counselor in me is comforted by the compassion and respect felt by the characters, and the author in me is always astounded by how Harper Lee accomplished so much in one incredible book.


Meet the Author:

Nancy Diedrich was born and raised in South Louisiana, where storytelling was not just an art form, but an authentic way of communicating. Everyone had a tale to tell! This was, more than likely, where her love of communication developed. With undergraduate degrees in English and speech, and graduate degrees in psychological counseling, Nancy learned that words can educate; they can entertain; they can inspire and they can heal. In Nancy’s career, she has been a teacher, a counselor and an author, where the power of words always guided her in interaction with her students, clients and readers. Nancy’s value for genuine communication extends beyond her career, to the anchors of her life, which are her faith, her family and her friendships.

Whenever A Child Is Born is Nancy’s first published children’s book. In it, the reader gets a glimpse of this author’s compassion for family, and her gift of faith, as the story tells how all of heaven and earth react to the news that a child is about to be born.

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


Tour Schedule:

Mar 15 –Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 15 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Mar 16 –Over Coffee Conversations – book review / giveaway
Mar 17 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Mar 18 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review /giveaway
Mar 19 – The Bespectacled Mother – book review
Mar 22 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway
Mar 23 –The Book Review Crew – book review / guest post / giveaway
Mar 24 – Rockin Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Mar 24 – Books for Books – book review
Mar 25 –Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / guest post / giveaway
Mar 26 – michellemengsbookblog – book review / author interview / giveaway
Mar 29 –Lisa Everyday Reads – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Mar 30 – Kam’s Place – book review
Mar 30 –My Journey Back-the Journey Back – book review
Mar 31 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
Apr 1 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Apr 1 – @late_blooming_wallflower – book review / guest post
Apr 2 – Bookish Quest – book review / author interview / giveaway
Apr 5 – Older & Smarter? – book review / giveaway
Apr 6 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Apr 7 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Apr 8 – Reading is My Passion – book review
Apr 9 – I’m All About Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Apr 9 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight

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The Search for the Scepter by Julie Dinges

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Book Details:

Book Title:  The Search for the Scepter by Julie Dinges
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 38 pages, hardcover
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot 
Release date:   December, 2020
Content Rating:  This children’s book is rated G.

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Book Description:

When Princesses Rosalie and Scarlet went to bed on a warm summer night,
they didn’t expect to awake to such a fright.
Their father the king’s scepter was taken by a thief.
The royal family was in utter disbelief!
The princesses sneak out of bed and find a clue.
Their mission is clear, they know what to do.
Along their journey, they meet friends who help them track the thief down.
Will they find him and return the scepter to their father who wears the crown?

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Meet the Author:

Julie

Dinges lives in Hilliard, Ohio with her husband, two daughters, one

dog, and several fish. She loves being outside, cooking, traveling,

watching science fiction movies, and reading fantasy books to her girls.

Julie spent many years as a technical writer before shifting focus to

website design.

One of Julie’s greatest ambitions was to write a

book. She is excited to share her first published creation, and hopes it

sparks imagination and inspiration for all who read of the princess’s

quest.

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

 

Tour Schedule:

Mar 22 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight
Mar 22 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight
Mar 23 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight
Mar 23 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight
Mar 24 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight
Mar 26 – Writer with Wanderlust – book spotlight
Mar 26 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight
Mar 30 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight
Mar 31 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight
Apr 1 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight
Apr 2 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight

 

 

Giveaway and Tour for It Happened in Tuscany by Gail Mencini

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Book Details:

Book Title: It Happened in Tuscany by Gail Mencini
Category Adult Fiction (18+), 408 pages
Genre Mainstream Fiction, Historical Fiction
Publisher Capriole Group
Release date Feb 18 2020
Content Rating: PG-13. The novel includes violence in war scenes and non-explicit sex scenes, but

not f-words, religious profanities, or crude terms as described.

Book Description:

From the multiple-award-winning author of To Tuscany with Love comes a captivating story of the epic tug of war between honor and duty, the irrepressible power of love, and the concept of family.

In 1945, Will Mills and his fellow soldiers in the 10th Mountain Division scaled Italy’s treacherous Riva Ridge in the frigid night to break through the nearly impenetrable German line of defense. Severely wounded, Will was rescued by Italian partisans and one, a beautiful girl, tended his injuries until he had the strength to rejoin the U.S. troops.

Tormented and haunted by his decisions and actions during wartime, Will knows he has unfinished missions in Italy to complete. The passage of time and years of carrying this unfulfilled need have molded Will into a bitter, angry man.

Seventy-five years later, Will’s spunky thirty-two-year-old neighbor, Sophie Sparke, faces disaster in her life. Everything is going wrong—her job, her love life, even her dog. Part of the problem is that confident and fiercely independent Sophie lets her quick mouth get her into trouble.

Grouchy, mean-spirited Will finagles Sophie into traveling with him to Tuscany to find the partisan who saved his life. Will also secretly hopes to confront the demons his wartime actions created. Sophie and Will comb enchanting Tuscan hill towns on an improbable and unfolding mission with few clues to aid them. Will’s passionate tenacity drives their quest and in the process exposes their darkest secrets. The journey alters the course of their lives, and Will and Sophie find more than they had imagined in the hills of Tuscany.

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Will is still troubled about his severe injuries in the war, Will take his quirky neighbor into going to Tuscany with him to find the partisan who saved his life, and hopefully confront the demons he has fought since the war. It was a blast following the two on their journey. With Will’s grumpy old mean spirited attitude and Sophie’s spunky self mixed together there was a lot of humor thought this story. The author does an amazing job detailing their journey to make readers feel like they are there in the moment. I love the vivid descriptions of the scenes in Italy. I’ll never be able to go there but it was sure fun to dream and imagine I was there while listening to the descriptions of the different places. The supporting characters were well thought out and created as well. Over all this is a interesting book to read, while some parts were fun and exciting, others were not so much.

I was able to listen to the Audible copy of this book and I want to comment Susan Fouche on the fabulous job reading this book. Her voice is smooth to listen to and the different voices for the characters brought the story to life in a real way. I appreciate listening to someone who does such a beautiful job. 

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.

Interview with Gail Mencini, author of It Happened in Tuscany

Hi Gail! Thank you for being willing to share some of your writing life with us.

What inspired you to write, and how did you get started?

My husband and I vacationed in Key West, Florida, in the perfect month to travel there–July. People know Key West for sunsets, water sports, Jimmy Buffett, boozy celebrations, and Ernest Hemingway.  

We toured Ernest Hemingway’s house in Key West. I stepped over six-toed cats, and a bizarre thing happened. Prickles ran up and down my body! I grabbed my husband’s arm. “Don’t you feel it?”

“Feel what? It’s hot. It’s humid, and I need something cold to drink.”

“No. Don’t you feel it—in the air? On your skin?”

“It’s July. In Key West. It’s hot.”

“That’s not it. It’s the ghost of Ernest Hemingway.” My secret spilled out later that night. I confessed what I had told no one. “I’ve always wanted to write novels.”

“Then do it.”

 So I did. I learned the craft from books and workshops and started writing. 

In both To Tuscany with Love and It Happened in Tuscany you included a character with breast cancer. Why?

I’m many things–wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend, and breast cancer survivor. I’m also a dreamer and a writer. All these characteristics are an integral part of who I am.

My husband, a radiologist specializing in breast imaging, read my mammogram in 2009 and found my cancer. Breast cancer became intensely personal for him. He saw how lost and afraid I would have been without his help to plan and navigate my course of treatment. He vowed to start a Breast Center of Excellence at St. Anthony Hospital in Denver and create a Breast Network to serve and guide patients throughout their journey, which is exactly what he did. When he shares that his wife is a survivor and thriving, it helps give his patients courage.

A screening mammogram saved my life. Early detection is a vital key to beating breast cancer. I had a mission: if my novels had one or more characters affected by this disease, I could highlight the importance of regular mammograms while entertaining my readers.

But first, I had to be published so people could find my books and read my words.

The only thing holding me back was me.

I made a vow to believe in myself as a writer. I asked myself: if not now, when?

The belief that it would happen made all the difference in the world.

What is the most troublesome part about writing for you?

Research. I have to fight myself from being too complete and too detailed with my research. I write fiction, but want it to be authentic, even if not one hundred percent historically or geographically accurate. 

For example, I researched hairstyles, fashions, what songs were at the top of the charts, and what colleges held semester abroad classes in Florence, Italy as part of my To Tuscany with Love 1980s research. I did extensive research for the war scenes in It Happened in Tuscany. It pleased me when one reader, who is a retired Army officer, commented with excitement that I got the weapons and bombs exactly right, for both the United States and German soldiers.

Both your characters and scenes are realistic and well-formed. Do you do this work as you write the novel, or before you start?

I do extensive setting and character building before I write the manuscript. I create files in Scrivener, a writing application. My research files and character sketches include photographs, webpages, maps, descriptions, and other research. The character sketches detail physical descriptions, history, motivations, background, and stock photographs. I also include timelines to keep events and time periods consistent.

When you’re writing an emotionally draining, sexy, or sad scene, do you do anything special to get in the proper emotional mood?

I acted in and directed plays during high school and part of college. When I write, I “become” the characters as I would if I were acting.

For the sexy scenes, I know the characters and their motivations well, so it isn’t difficult to “put myself in the scene.” For emotionally draining or sad scenes, I do the same, but draw on personal experiences as needed. Without giving away plot details, there are scenes that take place in cemeteries in It Happened in Tuscany, and To Tuscany with Love. I have visited some of these cemeteries and wanted to incorporate them in the novels for important plot reasons. When writing, I drew on my personal experiences in cemeteries and at funerals.


Thank you for a glimpse into your life, Gail!

A note from Gail: 

Thank you for this interview! My goal in writing is to entertain and for a brief time, transport readers to another world. If you read It Happened in Tuscany, I sincerely hope you enjoy it. When you finish the novel, please consider leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads, or a shout-out on Facebook. I love reader comments, they inspire me to continue writing!

You can learn more about my novels at: www.gailmencini.com, on Facebook: @GailMencini.Author, and Instagram: @gailmencini.

 

Meet the Author:

Gail Mencini is the acclaimed author of It Happened in Tuscany and To Tuscany with Love, both of which are Denver Post #1 bestsellers and

award winners. Gail grew up in DeWitt, Nebraska, graduated from Wartburg College with a BA in Accounting and Economics, and earned a master of taxation degree from the University of Denver. A frequent visitor to Tuscany and a homegrown gourmet cook, Gail has toured Italy by car, train, bus, Vespa, and foot. She lives in Colorado with her husband.

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

 
Tour Schedule:

Mar 8 –
Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
Mar 8 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
Mar 9 – She Just Loves Books – audiobook review / giveaway
Mar 10 – Laura’s Interests – audiobook review / giveaway
Mar 11 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Mar 12 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 15 – I’m All About Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 16 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Mar 17 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway
Mar 18 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 19 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review / guest post / giveaway
Mar 19 – Hall Ways Blog – audiobook review / giveaway
Mar 22 – Book World Reviews – book review
Mar 23 – Splashes of Joy – audiobook review / author interview / giveaway
Mar 23 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Mar 24 – High Society Book Club & Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
Mar 24 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 25 –Pass Me That Book – book review
Mar 25 – Lisa Everyday Reads  – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Mar 26 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / guest post
Mar 26 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book review / giveaway
Mar 29 – Sadie Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 30 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Mar 31 – Pick a Good Book – book review / guest post / giveaway
Apr 1 – michellemengsbookblog3 – book review / author interview / giveaway
Apr 1 – Books for Books – book spotlight
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Tour and Giveaway for Marvellous Macey, The Delightful Days by Caitlin Bangsund

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Join us for this tour from Mar 1 to Mar 26, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Marvellous Macey, The Delightful Days by Caitlin Bang

Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-8),  40 pages

Genre:  Children’s Picture Book

Publisher:  Caitlin E. Bangsund

Release date:   March 2021

Formats available:  hardback, paperback, ebook

Content Rating:  G. This children’s book is for everyone.

Book Description:

Can you va va voom? Do you light up the room? Marvellous Macey does! She may not quite fit the mould, but she is living delightful days. Embrace Macey’s world of imagination and ability to love and accept everyone. Life may not be perfect and some things might be hard, but Macey shows us how to live in the moment and find the delight! Be

inspired by Macey to make everyday the BEST day.

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How does Macey feel about herself represented in the book? 

I think she loves it. But she was more excited to see her imaginary friends and her dog, Maya (Bear-Wiggle-Bum-Bangsund) than she was to see herself. 

How long have you been writing? 

As long as I can remember I have been writing in journals. I have a huge stack that I contemplate burning from time to time (for the sake of no evidence!), but then I think I may want to go back someday and learn about teenage-Caitlin all over again. 

I started sharing my writing when Macey was sick. I used a blog to keep people updated, and then it turned into a form of therapy for me. Writing helps me feel anchored I guess. 

There are many books out there about happiness … what makes yours different? 

I am using a real-life superhero – my daughter Macey – to reflect the happiness she actually exudes. Her zest for life is unparalleled! She is my “glitzy gladiator” and I hope the delight (the zest) she spreads around in real life can spread farther because of this book. 

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

Apparently the yoga pose “reclined-butterfly” is supposed to encourage creativity, so sometimes I try to lay down on the floor before I write in order to see if that will help!

I also like to have my laptop open, as well as loose leaf and a pencil (rarely a pen) beside me most of the time. My brain is busy and I like to jot notes down while I write. Maybe I should try to focus better?!

What is the funniest thing that ever happened to you? 

At the expense of my reputation, I will share an embarrassing story of a flight I once took from Alberta, Canada to New Brunswick, Canada (that would be a 49 hour drive!). There was a 3-hour layover in Calgary, but I mistakenly got off the plane in Edmonton.

I proceeded to not clue in that I was waiting for 3 hours in the wrong airport. When I went to board the plane, they looked at my boarding pass and that is when it hit me. My exact words were, “Oh, am I not in Calgary?” 

The best part about the whole thing was that my completely ridiculous error resulted in me getting flown first class. I’m thinking they were worried about my sanity. 

If there is one thing you want readers to remember about you, what would it be? 

My tag line is “press on and conquer,” and I want readers to believe they can do that even if the steps are really, really small. Tiny steps still move us forward. 

What is your next project? 

I have a second “Marvellous Macey” book being illustrated right now. In this book, I share the hard (but victorious) part of her journey. After that, my vision is a third book that focuses on her intellectual disability.

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Marvellous Macey,  The Delightful Days is about real life Macey and the zest she has for life. Every day I’d a good day for Macey and she us truly so very Marvellous! Macey is a delightful to everyone she sees because she is do good at remembering faces and names. And to new people she meets, she doesn’t mind asking who they are and being her delightful self to them. Marvellous Macey also has some imaginary friends she loves, and these friends also help being there for Macey. Macey is a joy and delight to everyone she is around. The book mentions the mountains she’s had to climb, and if you go to the authors website you can read about the very many difficult medical situations Macey has had to face in her young life. I like that the author didn’t mention the specific things her daughter endured, because any child or parent can read this and find inspiration and encouragement. This book will be an amazing book for children going through these very difficulties in their own lives. If you know someone who has a child going through difficult situations no matter what they are, Marvellous Macey, The Delightful Days would be a wonderful gift for them.

In addition to this wonderful delightful story, Illustrator Csongor Veres does a fabulous job of creating just the right characters and images for each page that go perfectly with the story. I love the characters faces and the expressions on them, and especially Macey’s. Each picture of Macey clearly shows how happy she is, and how delightful she is to every person she sees. I love that when smaller children has the book read to them, they can go back and look at the illustrations and tell the story themselves.

Everything about this story is a sure delight. And if you want to know more about Macey and her journey, I encourage you to visit the authors website and read Macey’s story. I’m am in awe of this brave, courageous little girl. She is amazing, and a little one I would love to meet someday! Marvellous Macey, The Delightful Days should be in every child’s library, as well as the libraries of every daycare, preschool, kindergarten, elementary school library as well as any Dr or Dentist office or anywhere a child would be. I encourage you to read this book and do what you can to help the author spread the word about this special book.  And I give this one 5plus stars. I sure wish I could give it many more. Oh and there are many freebies on the website for kids. I’ve included some here on my blog post.

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:

Caitlin Bangsund is the author of Marvellous Macey, The Delightful Days. It is the first in a series based on true life. Caitlin knows the trial and trauma of childhood cancer, childhood disability, and the fear of almost losing her daughter — the star of the series — Macey. She encourages readers to look for the treasures that hide in the rubble

and gloom. Life is beautiful chaos and her message is to press on and conquer. Read her stories and help create a world that is full of kindness and acceptance.

connect with the author:  website facebook ~ instagram ~ goodreads

 

Tour Schedule:

Mar 1 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

Mar 1 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway

Mar 1 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway

Mar 2 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway

Mar 2 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway

Mar 3 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

Mar 4 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway

Mar 5 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway

Mar 8 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway

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

Mar 10 – High Society Book Club & Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

Mar 11 – Icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway

Mar 12 – Character Madness and Musings – book spotlight

Mar 15 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway

Mar 15 – Jayme_reads – book review

Mar 16 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway

Mar 17 – Older & Smarter? – book review / author interview / giveaway

Mar 18 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Mar 18 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway

Mar 18 – Reading is My Passion – book review

Mar 19 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway

Mar 22 – The Adventures Of A Travelers Wife – book review / guest post / giveaway

Mar 23 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway

Mar 24 – I’m All About Books – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 25 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 26 – Books for Books – book spotlight

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Tour and Giveaway for WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: by Cheryl DaVeiga and Dave Gibson

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Join us for this tour from Mar 8 to Mar 26, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: Mustachio Pistachio vs Bully Vanilli (Frank Tl Frogg and Friends) by Cheryl DaVeiga and Dave Gibson

Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  32 pages

Genre:  Children’s Picture Book

Publisher:  Cheryl DaVeiga and Dave Gibson

Release date:   January, 2021

Format available: hardback, paperback, ebook (PDF), interactive multimedia book

Content Rating:  G. This children’s book is for everyone.

Book Description:

The first of the Frank TL Frogg and Friends series, War at the Ice

Cream Store tells the story of one night at the Frozen Frogg, when

Mustachio Pistachio and his “flavorite” flavor friends teach Bulli

Vanilli a lesson in kindness and acceptance.

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War at the Ice Cream Store Mustachio Pistachio vs Bully Vanilli (Frank Tl Frogg and Friends) by Cheryl DaVeiga and Dave Gibson is a fun, funny story that takes place in an ice cream story with a whole lot of flavors of ice cream. The story is kinda silly as each of the ice cream flavors communicate with each other. Each flavor got along well except Bulli Vanilli because he thinks he’s the best of them and he is so rude and picks on Mustachio Pistachio really a lot. The ice cream flavors soon gets tired of hearing Bulli Vanilli always being negative and bullying everyone else, especially their friend Mustachio Pistachio so they decide to teach him a lesson and give Bulli Vanilli a taste of his own actions.

This is a very cute story and very clever way of teaching children valuable lessons. I love the story and all of the cute ice cream flavors. We need books to teach children the consequences of bullying and that it is do wrong and hurtful to others. My only problem with this story is, I’m not so sure it is right teaching kids to bully someone who is bullying others. It’s like trying to teach a wrong with a wrong. I would read the book to children but stress it is not the right thing to do to Bully anyone for any reason. There is also an interactive multimedia version, which includeds videos that I think would be wonderful. I didn’t get to read it but strongly encourage you to read this copy of the book. This book would be great anywhere kids will be, whether it be a classroom, daycare or the many places our kids are.

There are three illustrators with this book. Sarah Krogman, Dave Gibson and Jay Petsko really do a fabulous job with the illustrations. The book cover is awesome and the characters as well as every picture is so vividly beautiful that children everywhere will be wanting to read this book when they see it. The inside, each page tells the story so wonderfully. This really is a beautiful book.

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And now Join me with an interesting interview with Cheryl DaVeiga and Dave Gibson

So, what happens when two puppet-pun- ice cream, and music- loving songwriters get together to write a children’s book? 

Dave says:  Well, naturally you get an action packed, pun-filled, super silly book about a “war” at an ice cream store that takes place at the Frozen Frogg Ice Cream Store.  And, of course, you get a sing-along song.  

Cheryl says:  I’d say you get a major scoop of fun for the whole family, when Mustachio Pistachio gets his bucket kicked by the self-proclaimed King of the Flavors, Bully Vanilli. That causes a little ruckus!  As our song goes ”Biff Bam Booza, Yowza Wowza Wooza!”

Many people have only seen the print version of the book, so tell us more about this interactive version!

Cheryl says:  We’re very proud of the print version — it easily stands alone and has received great reviews — but the Digital Flipbook takes everything to the next level and brings the book ENTIRELY to life.  Narrated by Frank TL Frogg and his zany puppet friends, it’s got music, video and a sing-along song that we wrote and Dave sings. 

Dave says:  We’ve made the book a completely interactive experience. Kids get completely immersed, and it’s great because they don’t even realize they are improving their reading and music abilities.  It just feels fun and interactive, and helps them expend any leftover energy they have before naptime or bedtime.

You can buy an unlimited access pass to this awesome digital flipbook at franktlfroggandfriends.com. PLUS, kids can meet all of the puppets in a totally free, 37-page digital flipbook called “Meet Frank TL Frogg and Friends.”  Get ready to fall in love with the puppet-sized town of Lucky Fork!

Where did the idea for the characters Mustachio Pistachio and Bully Vanilli come from?

Dave says:  Well, Cheryl and I were laughing one night about my Frog Song and her Ice Cream Storm song (songs we’d both separately written).   I loved the idea of writing about personified ice cream, because who doesn’t love ice cream?  The name “Bully Vanilli” came up by just playing with the word vanilla. Then we laughed about how Bully would be the most popular flavor. 

Cheryl says:  Then I googled “least popular” flavor and pistachio came up – and poor Mustachio Pistachio was born!  A lot of pistachio flavor lovers have taken offense to this characterization, but there it was in black and white, and the rest of the idea took off!  

Dave lives in Nashville and Cheryl lives in New Jersey.  Tell us more about how you make your writing process work.

Dave says:  Before the pandemic hit, Cheryl came out to Nashville every few weeks.  We had a little studio with a whole puppet set that I built with my son, and we’d spend hours a day laughing, creating dialog and songs, and videotaping for a little show we created called The Waterhole Bunch (now on Roku TV!).  Being in that environment was incredibly inspiring.  After the pandemic hit, Cheryl stopped traveling as much, but because we’d established such a good base, we could easily create over FaceTime. I miss those days and the old school puppet set though.  It was really fun but also back breaking, contorting of our bodies into pretzels while manipulating the hand puppets.

Cheryl says:  Dave’s humor and songwriting ability just plain inspire me.  Every now and then, I’ll doubt myself and think, “this is too crazy.”  I’ll stop writing for a day, and then wake up in the middle of the night with new ideas. I’ll mention one to Dave and he’ll say something in that Frank TL Frogg voice, and I’ll say “that’s brilliant,” and the feeding frenzy is on again.   Then when I look back at what we’ve created I can’t even remember how we got there.  One thing I know for sure though is when it comes to writing, I can’t “not” do it.  And that’s just a fact I’ve now accepted.

You’ve said that you see Frank TL Frogg and Friends as a children’s “educational entertainment platform.”  What do you mean by that and what do you see ahead for Frank TL Frogg and the puppets?

Dave says:  While we love the entertainment side of the project, we’re finding ourselves focusing more and more on the educational side.  A while back, I worked a few years as a schoolteacher.  I’d say where books meet music meets education, just across the street from Puppet Plaza, is the sweet corner where we create for parents and children!

Cheryl says: That’s a sweet corner indeed.  We’re currently working with teachers to guide us more in this direction.  Definitely stay tuned because our upcoming projects are just as much fun if not more of an absolute blast.  And thank you to all the families who love the hardcover book and Digital Flipbook; your reviews mean the absolute world to us!

Both say:  Yes, thank you so much everyone.  See you all in the puppet-sized town of Lucky Fork!  But remember you have to get “puppetsized” to get in…LOL…that’s a whole other story!

 

Meet the Authors:

Cheryl is an award-winning songwriter, children’s song recording

artist (as the cartoon character CADi Grace), and the co-creator of the

puppet musical and comedy show, The Waterhole Bunch. After the success

of The Waterhole Bunch, Cheryl along with co-creator Dave Gibson, spun

off the main character, Frank TL (The Lucky) Frogg, into a children’s

entertainment concept, Frank TL Frogg and Friends, featuring the puppets

in a magical town called Lucky Fork, Tennessee. Frank TL Frogg and

Friends includes books, songs, videos, games, and more for younger

audiences. War at the Ice Cream Store is the first of the Frank TL Frogg

and Friends children’s book series.

Dave is an award-winning Nashville-based songwriter, having

written hundreds of hit songs for artists including Alabama, Montgomery

Gentry and Marie Osmond. Dave’s own group, The Gibson/Miller Band, won

the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Award for best new group in the early

nineties. He is the co-creator of the puppet musical and comedy show,

The Waterhole Bunch. After the success of The Waterhole Bunch, Dave,

along with co-creator Cheryl DaVeiga, spun off the main character, Frank

TL (The Lucky) Frogg, into a children’s entertainment concept, Frank TL

Frogg and Friends, featuring the puppets in a magical town called Lucky

Fork, Tennessee. Frank TL Frogg and Friends includes books, songs,

videos, games, and more for younger audiences. War at the Ice Cream

Store is the first of the Frank TL Frogg and Friends children’s book

series.


connect with the authors:  website ~ facebook ~ instagram

 

Tour Schedule:

Mar 8 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway

Mar 8 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

Mar 9 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway

Mar 9 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway

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

Mar 10 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway

Mar 11 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Mar 11 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway

Mar 11 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway

Mar 12 – Laura’s Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway

Mar 15 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review / giveaway

Mar 15 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

Mar 16 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway

Mar 17 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway

Mar 18 – Icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway

Mar 19 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 22 – Books for Books – book spotlight

Mar 23 – Older & Smarter? – book review / giveaway

Mar 24 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway

Mar 24 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway

Mar 24 – Reading is My Passion – book review

Mar 25 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway

Mar 25 – I’m Into Books – book review / giveaway

Mar 26 – The Adventures Of A Travelers Wife – book review / author interview / giveaway

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Tour and Giveaway for Zippy’s Special Gift by Therese Van Ryne

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Book Details:

Book Title:  Zippy’s Special Gift by Therese Van Ryne

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

Genre:  Children’s Picture Book

Publisher:  Mascot Books

Release date:   Mar, 2021

Format available: hardback

Content Rating:  G for everyone.

Book Description:Zippy the Zebra doesn’t like her stripes. She doesn’t want to stand out! Follow Zippy as she embarks upon a thrilling adventure with her animal friends that helps her realize everyone is perfect just the way they are. Profits from the sales of Zippy’s Special Gift will be donated to one of Zebra Technologies strategic charitable partners, Bernies Book Bank, a non-profit organization that changes the story for under-served children and helps them read their way to a better life! Learn more at www.berniesbookbank.org.
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What an adorable precious Books this is. I love love the story because it teaches children that they all have a special gift. They may not always like their gift, but it’s their own special gifts, unique like no other. Zippy the Zebra didn’t like his stripes but his mom assured him that everyone have special gifts, whether they like them. Zippy went on a journey to find his friends and ask them about their special gift. His friends frog, monkey, duck and more all had their own gifts, and they didn’t especially like them but they helped in the different unique things they did. Just like monkey said his tail gets in the way, but it helps him hang from a tree. And you need to read the book to your child to find out the others. 

And I can leave out the amazing illustrations by Walter Policelli! Each character is so adorable. And the story comes to life on the awesome illustrations on each page. And how each page fits the story so well is perfect. The beautiful colors, and characters will have your child looking at this book over and over. I encourage you to check out this wonderful and beautiful book inside and 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.

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Zippy’s Special Gift” by Therese Van Ryne

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What inspired you to write this book?

Writing a children’s book has always been on my bucket list. I was inspired to sit down and put my fingertips to my keyboard last April on a rainy Saturday afternoon. We were about a month into the shutdown caused by the pandemic, and I was looking for a creative outlet. As the lead of Public Relations and Philanthropy for Zebra Technologies, I am also inspired by our company mascot, Zippy the Zebra so it was natural to make her the lead character of “Zippy’s Special Gift”. 

What do you hope young kids (and adults, too) get out of this book? 

Zippy the Zebra realizes she has unique qualities that are different from her friends, and they each have individual traits too – special gifts, if you will. I have already had parents reach out to me to share that after reading the book with their children, they have had conversations about what special gifts they each possess. I’m thrilled with this outcome and hope to have many more families connect in this way after reading “Zippy’s Special Gift” together.

I understand profits from the sales of “Zippy’s Special Gift” are being donated to Bernie’s Book Bank. Can you tell us more about this initiative?

Philanthropy is an important part of the workplace culture at Zebra Technologies, and one of our key strategic charitable partners is Bernie’s Book Bank. Our shared vision of promoting literacy for children of all ages and backgrounds helps make our world a better place. By connecting books with those who need them, Bernie’s Book Bank provides children the ability to learn about life through the characters.

In addition to Zippy the Zebra, do you have a favorite character in “Zippy’s Special Gift”?

I really like all the characters, but I would have to say Owl is another favorite. Whenever I read his part of the story to others, they chuckle when Owl introduces his special gift. In fact, a colleague of mine read the book to his young daughter, and she frequently reminds him what Owl says. It’s wonderful that this story and this character, in particular, have made a positive impression on her. You could say “Zippy’s Special Gift” is the gift that keeps giving for all who share it!

What’s next for you? 

No one knows exactly what the future will bring, but my interests include continuing to find unique ways to promote children’s literacy and give back to my local community. It’s been a true pleasure writing and publishing “Zippy’s Special Gift,” and I have met some wonderful people through the process. I encourage anyone who has an interest in this area to dive right in. I know I’m glad I did, and I can’t wait to check off more items on my bucket list!

You mentioned you work for Zebra Technologies. What does Zebra Technologies do?

Zebra Technologies is a global company based in Lincolnshire, Illinois, and the company brings a performance edge to the front line of business in retail/eCommerce, manufacturing, transportation and logistics, healthcare, and the public sector. Zebra’s solutions elevate the shopping experience, track and manage inventory as well as improve supply chain efficiency and patient care. This year marks Zebra’s fifth year on Forbes’ list of America’s Best Employers, and you can check out more about the company at www.zebra.com.

Meet the Author:

Zippy’s Special Gift is Van Ryne’s debut children’s book. She currently serves as the Global Director of PR, Thought Leadership and Advocacy for Zebra Technologies. One of PR News’ 2019 Top Women in PR, Van Ryne also has experience as a journalist, editor and producer, reporting nightly from Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

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Tour Schedule:

Mar 15 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway

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

Mar 16 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Mar 16 – Character Madness and Musings – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Mar 16 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway

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

Mar 19 – icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway

Mar 19 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway

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

Mar 23 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

Mar 23 – The Bespectacled Mother – book review

Mar 24 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway

Mar 25 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway

Mar 26 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway

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

Mar 30 – The Book Review Crew – book review / author interview / giveaway

Mar 31 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway

Mar 31 – michellemengsbookblog – book review / author interview / giveaway

Apr 1 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway

Apr 2 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book review / guest post / giveaway

Apr 5 – Reading is My Passion – book review

Apr 5 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight

Apr 6 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway

Apr 7 – Westveil Publishing – book review / guest post / giveaway

Arp 8 – Laura’s Interests – book review / giveaway

Apr 8 – My Journey Back the Journey Back – book review / giveaway

Apr 9 –  I’m Into Books – book review / giveaway

Apr 9 – Books for Books – book review

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Tour and Giveaway for When the Sun Met the Moon by Simran Mohinani

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Join us for this tour from Mar 15 to Apr 2, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  When the Sun Met the Moon by Simran Mohinani

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

Genre:  Children’s Picture Book

Publisher:  Mascot Books

Release date:   March, 2021

Format available: hardcover

Content Rating:  G for everyone.

Book Description:

In this enchanting tale of the origins of the Sun and the Moon, the Sun flies across the universe on an adventure to look for someone whose light matches his own. When the Sun Met the Moon is a story filled with so much love, excitement, and equality that you won’t want to put down, and can be told for years to come. After centuries of brightening up the sky by himself, the poor Sun is exhausted, lonely, and in need of some help. So, he decides to search the galaxies for someone whose light is as strong and powerful as his to help him shine down on the people of Earth. When the Sun decides to take a holiday to go on this adventure, Earth is left with its first-ever nighttime where the sky goes dark and cold, leaving people afraid to come out of their homes. Will the Sun be able to find somebody whose light is equal to his? Find out in this gorgeous love story how the Sun met his perfect Moon.

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When the Sun Met the Moon is a story of the sun and the moon meeting for the first time. The sun brings so much light to the universe and the moon brings us our nighttime, just as God made it in the beginning. Children will enjoy hearing story as you read it to them and will be sure to ask you to read it over and over.

And the illustrations by Leo Hart’s are the most beautiful, all of the beautiful blues of nighttime and the bright colors of the sun. The Sun and the Moon characters are so adorable as well. The cover of the hardcover book is simply adorable. Any child would love to have this book in their library. I encourage you to check out this book for your child. They will love the story and they will love looking at the beautiful pictures as well. When the Sun Met the Moon by Simran Mohinani gets 4 stars from me.

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

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And now Join me for an interesting interview with Simran Mohinani

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Q: Tell us a little about yourself!

A: My name is Simran Mohinani but most people call me Simi or Simi Moh, I’m 22 years old and am ethnically Indian but was born and raised in Hong Kong and continue to share my time between here, London and Boston. I just graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Business (Entrepreneurship and Innovation) and a minor in Global Fashion studies. I have written three other books and own three businesses and work full-time for my infinity flower venture MOHLIA. I have a beautiful dog named Sofi who is a 9-month-old Pomeranian and the most supportive family and friends in the world!

Q: Why did you choose the book’s main characters to be the Sun and the Moon?

A: A lot of my previous work and poetry can attest to my affinity for astrology and astronomy. I’ve always loved deploying the Sun, Moon, and Stars as symbolic characters in my work to make my pieces more applicable for all my readers. You could be a 6-year-old or a 40-year-old with different genders in different parts of the world and still be able to step into the shoes of a character and empathize with them because they are neutral and based on nature. For me particularly the Moon has always been a huge guiding force in my life, especially with my star sign being a Virgo, I’ve always had this insane spiritual connection to the Moon, and so I wanted it to be a central theme in my book somehow, and everything organically just fell into place!

Q: Do you write every day?

A: Short answer: not. I believe my most successful writing comes from raw emotion, if something really good or really bad happens I feel the need and urge to just expel it all out on paper with words. I believe writing every day just to write doesn’t produce any of my best work, I need to feel like I have something worthwhile to say otherwise I won’t be in the mood to use that creative part of my brain to its best ability. 

Q: The book is about a love story between the Sun and the Moon – are you a hopeless romantic?

A: I am a total sucker for love. I’m that person sobbing at the end of every rom-com, rooting for the couple on the screen to end up hopelessly and irrevocably in love forever. In reality and from my own experiences, love can be a beautiful thing, but it also takes a lot of work. That’s a realization I think kids should be exposed to from a young age; that not just love, but life, takes a lot of work, and if you have a partner to help support you with the everyday motions of life you should find someone who can balance you and who is your equal. 

Q: Once this pandemic is over, where would you like to travel to first and why?

A: I would love to go to Ecuador to see where the flowers I get for MOHLIA come from, and back to London to see my sister, friends, house and just be in one of my favorite places. Selfishly? I would go to Kenya to do a beautiful African safari, that is something I’ve always wanted to do especially having loved animals all my life!

Q: If you could share any advice with budding writers who may be reading this, what would it be?

A: If you have a beautiful story to share, please go out and write it! The world needs more joy through words, creativity, and imagination. Reading helped me cope with things growing up like my anxiety; stories provide a form of escapism, knowledge, and connection. The art of storytelling is a historically symbolic form of perspective, culture, and imparting values that defy language, age, religion, and gender, continuously knocking down the realm of impossibility that modern-day industrialization likes to promote. 

Q: Finally, will When the Sun Met the Moon have a sequel? 

A: I promised myself I would take a break from writing after this book. I’m shifting a lot of focus onto growing my business, being an entrepreneur is not a walk in the park by any means. Eventually, though, I would love to build upon the romance that is When the Sun Met the Moon and maybe in the future there will be a part two!

Meet the Author:

Simran Mohinani, otherwise known as Simi Moh, was born on September 8th, 1998. She is a graduate of Northeastern University, studying entrepreneurship with a minor in global fashion. She was born and raised in Hong Kong, and now lives between there, London, and Boston. She first worked for the United Nations with their environmental conservation team before also collaborating with Amazon, Marriott, and Snupps. She published her first trilogy of books comprised of poetry and short stories which are very successful. She now owns and runs three of her own businesses in the fields of consulting, denim supply, and commercial goods. She also has her own charity: The SiMission. After college, she also worked full-time at her family business, which deals with properties in Europe. On the side, she still loves to write, which came to fruition with When the Sun Met the Moon, for your enjoyment and pleasure.

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

 

Tour Schedule:

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

Mar 15 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

Mar 16 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway

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

Mar 17 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight

Mar 18 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway

Mar 19 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway

Mar 19 – Older & Smarter? – book review / giveaway

Mar 22 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway

Mar 23 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway

Mar 24 – The Book Review Crew – book review / guest post / giveaway

Mar 25 – Icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway

Mar 25 – Laura’s Interests – book review / giveaway

Mar 26 – michellemengsbookblog – book review / author interview / giveaway

Mar 29 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

Mar 30 – Hall Ways Blog – book review / giveaway

Mar 30 – Westveil Publishing – book review / guest post / giveaway

Mar 31 – books are love – book review / guest post / giveaway

Mar 31 – Books for Books – book review

Apr 1 – The Bespectacled Mother – book review

Apr 2 – What Polly Reads – book review / giveaway

Apr 2 – Reading is My Passion – book review

Apr 2 – I’m Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway

Apr 2 – Kam’s Place – book review

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Tour and Giveaway for Murder on Pointe by C.S. McDonald

Book Title:  Murder on Pointe:  A Fiona Quinn Mystery #1
Author:  C.S. McDonald
​Category:  YA Fiction, 219 pages
Run Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  McWriter Books
Release date:  Jul 19, 2016
Formats Available for review: audiobook (audible download), ebook (mobi for kindle, epub, pdf)
Tour dates:  Mar 1 to Mar 26, 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:

Fiona can’t wait to attend the performance of Coppelia at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh. Her old friend, Silja Ramsay, is dancing the principal role. They have dinner after the show, but when they return Pittsburgh Ballet Theater is down one dancer! Ballerina, Alexis Cartwright, has been found dead in the dressing room. Is this murder a result of hot tempers among the cast members? Or is it a random act of violence? Will there be more murders? Homicide Detective Nathan Landry isn’t taking any chances. After finding out Fiona has a strong background in ballet, he recruits her to go undercover among the cast of Coppelia. Can Fiona help catch a killer, or will she be the next victim?


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I love a cozy mysteries, and after reviewing Back to the Burgh and Beyond, I wanted to read more from author C.S. McDonald, so I wanted to read the first book in her “A Fiona Quinn Mystery” series, Murder on Pointe. And what a good cozy read it is! Fiona’s friend Silja is dancing the principle role in Coppelia at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, and if course she wants to go see her dance. What Fiona didn’t expect was one of the dancers found murdered after the show. To help Detective Nathan Landry find the culprit, Fiona goes undercover as a dancer. And then the fun, and the investigation begans.

I love Fiona and enjoyed her new journey as a dancer. The situation gets pretty sticky at times, as she weaves herself in with all of the dancers, but it is so much fun as I felt myself in the story and trying to help Fiona sold the mystery. The characters were well crafted and I enjoyed their development throughout the story. The twists and turns woven all through the story makes the story more fun and enjoyable. If you enjoy an awesome clean and fun cozy mystery, this is one you want to read. And you can pass it on to the teens and tweens in your family because this book and the other books in A Fiona Quinn Mystery series are nice and clean enough for this age to enjoy.

As for this one, I had the joy of listening to the audiobook of Murder on Point, and I love listening to narrator Maren Swenson Waxenberg tell the story. Her voice flows so smoothly, and she does an outstanding job portraying the different characters, as well as the punctuations throughout the book. Her voice makes the book so fun and interesting and a real joy to listen to. As you can tell, I love this book! And I hope you will love it as much as I do.

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.l

Meet the Author: 

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

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook

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Tour Schedule
Mar 1 –Olio by Marilyn – book review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 1 –She Just Loves Books – audiobook review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 2 –Laura’s Interests – audiobook review of Saddle Up for Murder / giveaway
Mar 3 –Gina Rae Mitchell – audiobook review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 4 –Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 4 –Gina Rae Mitchell – audiobook review of Murder on Pointe / giveaway
Mar 4 –Laura’s Interests – audiobook review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 8 –Locks, Hooks and Books – audiobook review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 9 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of Murder on Pointe / giveaway
Mar 9– Splashes of Joy – audiobook review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 10 –My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews – audiobook review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 10 –Wickedly Romance – book review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 11 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 11 –Wickedly Romance – book review of Murder on Pointe / giveaway
Mar 11 -Blooming with Books- audiobook review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond
Mar 12 – Splashes of Joy – audiobook review of Murder on Pointe / giveaway
Mar 12 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 15 – Blooming with Books – audiobook review of Murder on Pointe
Mar 15 – She Just Loves Books – audiobook review of Tastes Like Murder / giveaway
Mar 15 – Chit Chat with Charity – audiobook review of Saddle Up for Murder / giveaway
Mar 16 – Olio by Marilyn – book review of Murder on Pointe / giveaway
Mar 16 – My Reading Journeys – book review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 17 – Westveil Publishing – audiobook review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 17 – My Reading Journeys – book review of Saddle Up for Murder / giveaway
Mar 18 – Musing of Souls – book review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond
Mar 18 – Books for Books – audiobook review of Murder on Pointe
Mar 19 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book review of Murder on Pointe / giveaway
Mar 19 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review of Good Luck to Murder / giveaway
Mar 22 – Westveil Publishing – audiobook review of Murder on Pointe / giveaway
Mar 22 – Musing of Souls – audiobook review of Tastes Like Murder
Mar 23 – Locks, Hooks and Books – audiobook review of Tastes Like Murder / giveaway
Mar 23 – Lisa’s Reading – book review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 24 – My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews – audiobook review of Murder on Pointe / giveaway
Mar 24 – Books for Books – audiobook review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond
Mar 25 – BookishKelly2020 – book review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 25 – Chit Chat with Charity – audiobook review of Back to the Burgh and Beyond / giveaway
Mar 26 – BookishKelly2020 – book review of Murder on Pointe / giveaway
Mar 26 – Lisa’s Reading – book review Tastes Like Murder / giveaway

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Tour and Giveaway for Rhythm Rescue by Vicky Weber

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Join us for this tour from Mar 8 to Mar 19, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Rhythm Rescue by Vicky Weber

Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  44 pages

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Publisher:  Trunk Up Books

Release date:   August 2020

Formats: hardback, paperback, ebook

Content Rating:  G.

Book Description:

Welcome to Music Metropolis, where there’s always a song to sing and instruments playing all around. Everyone has something special to share, but Beat Street is where the real magic happens… The musicians of Beat Street have super abilities. The people who live here can do extraordinary things…with the power of music! When Tala’s day begins

with a phone call from a friend, she is SUPER excited…but she’ll need your help to make it there in time! You won’t want to miss this interactive musical adventure.

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Meet the Author:

Vicky Weber is a musician and an elementary educator with a love for children’s literature. While she has taught a variety of grade levels, primary level education is where her passion lies. It has long been a dream of hers to teach children through the magic of books and she hopes you love reading her works as much as she loved writing them.

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Tour Schedule:

Mar 8 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 9 – I Read Kid’s Books – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 10 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 10 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 11 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 11 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 12 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 16 – Laura’s Interests – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 17 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 18 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 19 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / giveaway

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Giveaway and Tour for Retribution by Lawrence Gold

Join us for this tour from Mar 1 to Mar 12, 2021!

Book Details:

  1. Book Title:  Retribution by Lawrence Gold

Category:  Adult Fiction (18 yrs +),  330 pages

Genre: thriller

Publisher:  Grass Valley Publishing

Release date:   December 20, 2020

Content Rating:  R for some graphic violence.

Book Description:

Can the pursuit of justice go too far? The kidnapping, torture, rape, and murder of Dr. Joshua West’s nine-year-old daughter, Mattie, shatters his life. He lives for the capture, trial, conviction, and punishment of her killer. Fate, however, has its own grotesque form of justice—the killer’s release on a technicality, never to be tried again. A gripping story of a grieving father’s thirst for justice, Retribution exposes the hard truth about what happens when law fails the innocent and leads them down a dark path from which they may never return.

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Meet the Author:

Lawrence Gold practiced internal medicine and nephrology (diseases

of the kidney) in Berkeley, CA for 23 years. In 1995, he retired and

set sail with his wife Dorlis and Furina the cat. They cruised Mexico,

Central America, the Caribbean, the Bahamas and Canada. Dr. Gold has

published 17 published novels and 2 nonfiction books. He is back on land

in Grass Valley, CA.

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

 

 
 
Tour Schedule:

Mar 1 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 2 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 2 – Books for Books – book spotlight

Mar 3 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 3 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 4 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 5 – Declarations of a Fangirl – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 8 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 9 – JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 9 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 10 – I’m All About Books – book spotlight / giveaway

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

Mar 11 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight

Mar 12 – books are love – book spotlight / giveaway

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Tour for: BE A SUPERHERO IN THE KITCHEN by Donna Glass

BE A SUPERHERO IN THE KITCHEN by Donna Glass
Be a Superhero in the Kitchen by Donna Glass

Join us for this tour from Feb 22 to Mar 5, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  BE A SUPERHERO IN THE KITCHEN by Donna Glass
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 6-10),  48 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Cook Book
Publisher:  Mascot
Release date:   March 2021
Format available for review:  print, ebook (PDF)
Will send print books out:  USA
Tour dates: Feb 22 to Mar 5, 2021
Content Rating:  G. This children’s book is for everyone.

Book Description:

Every caregiver knows the trials of feeding a picky eater. Some nights are truly a battle. Nerves are frayed, and a pleasant, relaxing dinner can quickly be filled with tears, tantrums, and some nights, a battle of wills. Well, my goal with this book is to tip the scales in our favor. One surefire way I’ve discovered to get my picky eaters to eat is to let them help make the meal. After all, food tastes better when you’ve had a hand in fixing it. Let your child try their hand with the recipes in this book. A child who becomes the superhero of dinnertime is one who eats super well.

BE A SUPERHERO IN THE KITCHEN by Donna Glass isn’t just a children’s book it is a unique cookbook with recipes that kids can make with their mom’s help. I’ve made several of recipes kind of likes these over the years but there are a lot of really neat and different recipes. I really like that the recipes and so very easy to make, with only a few ingredients. The directions are easy enough to understand that older children can understand them fine. I would suggest an adult help with making these. When my niece comes, I plan to make some of these with her. I love the oh so fun recipe names, like Boomtastic Butter Cookies, Magical Cereal Bars and Powerful Potato Cakes. And I love of layout of the book and how the recipe with the ingredients, directions and Super Hero Tips. Author Donna Glass does such a outstanding job putting this book together and writing this awesome story. This is a much needed book for teaching children how to cook, and teaching them how to get around in the kitchen.

And Alejandro Chamberlain does a fabulous job with the illustrations of the kitchen and children working to make the yummy recipes. The characters are so very adorable, and everything in the kitchen is so amazing. I love the colors, so fit for children to love looking at. I even love looking at the pages and reading the story. And as always I love when the illustrations and words on each page fit so perfectly well together, like they do on each page in this book. After listening to the story, little ones can look at the pictures and tell their own story. I highly recommend this amazing book for you and your children. You will have many fun times in the kitchen with your kids.

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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I believe Be a Superhero in the Kitchen stands out from the crowd for several reasons. I’ve never seen a children’s cookbook with children wearing capes, having comic-inspired recipes, and/or representing the adults as the sidekicks. Be a Superhero in the Kitchen also embraces diversity in characters. I want children to see themselves as one of the Super Chefs in the book. 

The recipes do not have a lot of ingredients or steps. However, I stress in the Superhero Tips that it’s okay to ask for your sidekick’s help. We all need help sometimes! 

I know money is tight, so I made sure every recipe won’t cost a fortune. Plus, there’s a good chance these meals will have leftovers for lunchboxes. Superheroes need their strength to fight crime…or to stay focused in class. 🙂

Author Links:

Website: https://superherointhekitchen.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/superchefseries

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

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

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

Amazon Author Account: amazon.com/author/donnaglass

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Be a Superhero in the Kitchen by Donna Glass

Meet the Author:

I am a wife, mother of two kids, a lover of comic books, and a home cook. I believe in making mealtime an enjoyable experience through joint cooking and kid-friendly meals. I also believe kids that help with the cooking process are more likely to eat their meals, which leads to a happy, peaceful dining experience. Be a Superhero in the Kitchen is my first children’s cookbook, but I strive to publish more.

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


Tour Schedule:

Feb 22 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / guest post
Feb 23 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / guest post
Feb 24 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / guest post
Feb 25 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / guest post
Feb 25 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book review / guest post
Feb 26 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post
Feb 26 – Pause for Tales – book review / guest post
Mar 2 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / guest post
Mar 3 – The Momma Spot – book review / author interview
Mar 4 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post
Mar 5 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post

Tour and Giveaway for Love and Other Moods by Crystal Z. Lee

Love and Other Moods by Crystal Z. Lee
Love and Other Moods by Crystal Z. Lee

Join us for this tour from Feb 24to Mar 10, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Love and Other Moods by Crystal Z. Lee
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +), 18 yrs +, 322 pages
Genre:  New Adult, Own Voices, Multicultural Romance
Publisher:  Balestier
Release date:   December 2020
Tour dates: Feb 24 to Mar 10, 2021
Content Rating:  PG + M for drugs (only two pages), suggested sex scenes (nothing explicit), some triggers (assault)
Book Description:

Love and Other Moods is a coming-of-age story set in contemporary China, about falling in love, learning to adult, discovering strength and finding one’s place in the world. Naomi Kita-Fan uproots her life from New York to China when her fiancé’s company transfers him to Shanghai. After a disastrous turn of events, Naomi finds herself with no job, no boyfriend, and nowhere to live in a foreign country. Amidst the backdrop of Shanghai welcoming millions of workers and visitors to the 2010 World Expo, we meet a tapestry of characters through Naomi: Joss Kong, a Shanghai socialite who leads an enviable life, but must harbor the secrets of her husband, Tay Kai Tang. Logan Hayden, a womanizing restaurateur looking for love in all the wrong places. Pan Jinsung and Ouyang Zhangjie, a silver-aged couple struggling with adapting to the ever-changing faces of their city. Dante Ouyang, who had just returned to China after spending years overseas, must choose between being filial and being in love. All their dreams and aspirations interweave within the sprawling web of Shanghai. This multilayered novel explores a kaleidoscope of shifting relationships — familial friction, amorous entanglements, volatile friendships — in one of the most dynamic metropolises of the twenty-first century.
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Thank you so much Crystal Z. Lee for stopping by my blog for an interesting interview about writing your books.

Topic: Writing Process

What does your writing space look like?

I have two young children who tend to sneak into my writing nook and misplace my papers and books. Needless to say, my writing space can get messy! I don’t always write in the same exact spot. Whenever an idea pops into my head I jot it down anywhere. I always have pens and paper in my purse!

Favorite and least favorite part of the writing process?

Favorite process is the writing journey itself.

Least favorite process is pitching the manuscript.

What’s your favorite reading or writing drink?

I like to settle in a good book with mostly tea–milk tea, boba, or hot tea such as matcha, pu’er, tieguanyin. However during the many, many 3am writing sessions (when the majority of my book was written), then I’d resort to coffee.

How do you develop your plot and characters?

For me, visualization is an essential element to my writing. I try to visualize what my characters look like, where they live, how they grew up etc. Once I have that picture established, the rest of the writing flows a bit more easily. 

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

I think writing can be both exhilarating and exhausting. When I’m on deadline then I get stressed out. But personally I can’t imagine NOT writing. It’s integral to my everyday now. 

How can one improve on writing skills?

Read and write every single day. Even if it’s just a paragraph. 

How did you come up with a title for your book?

I had at least thirty potential titles for my book. Ultimately I narrowed it down to several and conducted a poll with family and friends. 

What is the most valuable piece of advice you would give aspiring writers?

Never give up. Keep on writing even if you only have one person reading your work. Also, be kind to yourself.

About the book

Synopsis:

Love and Other Moods is a coming-of-age story set in contemporary China, about falling in love, learning to adult, finding strength, and discovering one’s place in the world. 

Naomi Kita-Fan uproots her life from New York to China when her fiancé’s company transfers him to Shanghai. After a disastrous turn of events, Naomi finds herself with no job, no boyfriend, and nowhere to live in a foreign country. 

Amidst the backdrop of Shanghai welcoming millions of workers and visitors to the 2010 World Expo, we meet a tapestry of characters through Naomi: Joss Kong, a Shanghai socialite who leads an enviable life, but must harbor the secrets of her husband, Tay Kai Tang. Logan Hayden, a womanizing restaurateur looking for love in all the wrong places. Pan Jinsung and Ouyang Zhangjie, a silver-aged couple struggling with adapting to the ever-changing faces of their city. Dante Ouyang, who had just returned to China after spending years overseas, must choose between being filial and being in love. All their dreams and aspirations interweave within the sprawling web of Shanghai.

This multilayered novel explores a kaleidoscope of shifting relationships—familial friction, amorous entanglements, volatile friendships—in one of the most dynamic metropolises of the twenty-first century.

Author Bio:

Crystal Z. Lee is a Taiwanese American bilingual writer. She has called many places home, including Taipei, New York, Shanghai, and the San Francisco Bay Area. She was formerly a public relations executive who had worked with brands in the fashion, beauty, technology, and automotive industries. Love and Other Moods is her debut novel. She’s already hard at work on her next novel and a children’s book.  Follow the author on Instagram @ Crystal.Z.Lee

Links:

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56120911-love-and-other-moods

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/crystal.z.lee

Amazon:

Barnes & Noble:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-and-other-moods-crystal-z-lee/1138082526?ean=978191389101

Meet the Author:

Crystal Z. Lee is a Taiwanese American bilingual writer. She has called many places home, including Taipei, New York, Shanghai, and the San Francisco Bay Area. She was formerly a public relations executive who had worked with brands in the fashion, beauty, technology, and automotive industries. ‘Love and Other Moods’ is her debut novel.

connect with the author: amazon ~ instagram


Tour Schedule:

Feb 24 –
Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 24 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 24 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 25 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 26 – The Book View – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Mar 1 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book spotlight / author interview
Mar 2 – The Paper Reels – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Mar 2 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 3 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 3 – Pine Enshrined Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Mar 4 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Mar 4 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 5 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 8 – Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Mar 9 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Mar 9 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 10 – Deborah Adams – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway


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Tour and Giveaway for LEMAR AND HER MAGICAL PETS by Nesrine Sleiman

Lemur and Her Maginical Pets by Nesrine Sleiman
LEMUR AND HER MAGICAL PETS by Nesrine Sleiman

I WANT TO SPOTLIGHT THIS BOOKJoin us for this tour from Feb 22 to Mar 5, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  LEMAR AND HER MAGICAL PETS by Nesrine Sleiman
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 30 pages
Genre:  Fiction Pets General
Publisher:  Self-Published
Release date:   September 25, 2020
Tour dates: Feb 22 to Mar 5, 2021
Content Rating:  This children’s book is rated G.


Book Description:

Perhaps, Pets are more than best friends, they are a huge responsibility. Lemar and her Magical Pets teach simple facts about pets and give children a glimpse of what it means to own a pet; that pets require lots of care and are hard work. Lemar finds a gemstone in her backyard. She will use it to ask for a pet. Little did she know that the gemstone will unfold the truth of owning a pet. With a little bit of time left to try over and over again, will magic work for her after all? This children’s book is full of unexpected magical Outcomes! Children will love to read it over and over again.
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Meet the Author:

Nesrine is a full-time preschool teacher for more than ten years. Nesrine holds a degree in child development and is currently working on a master’s degree in Family and Human Development. Nesrine loves to read fantasy books and believes in the magic of hard work! Currently, she is working on books two of ,both, the Magical Gemstone Series and Learning Through Reflection Series. More on the personal side, Nesrine loves white flowers, horses, birds, and is fascinated with ants’ teamwork.

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Tour Schedule:

Feb 22 – 
Splashes of Joy – book spotlight
Feb 22 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight
Feb 22 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight
Feb 23 – The Bespectacled Mother – book spotlight
Feb 23 – Pick a Good Book – book review
Feb 24 – Reading is My Passion – book spotlight
Feb 24 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight
Feb 24 – Laura’s Interests – book spotlight
Feb 25 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight
Feb 25 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Feb 25 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book spotlight
Feb 26 – Lisa Everyday Reads – book spotlight
Feb 26 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight
Mar 1 – Chit Chat with Charity – book spotlight
Mar 1 – I Read Kid’s Books – book spotlight
Mar 2 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight
Mar 2 – Adventures Of a Travelers Wife – book spotlight
Mar 3 – I’m Into Books – book spotlight
Mar 3 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight
Mar 4 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight
Mar 4 – Instagram – @late_blooming_wallflower – book spotlight
Mar 5 – Westveil Publishing – book spotlight
Mar 5 – Books for Books – book spotlight

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