Tour and Giveaway for Your Home in Heaven by Donna Wyland and Lynn Marie Davis

About the Book

Book:  Your Home in Heaven

Author: Donna Wyland and Lynn Marie Davis

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Release date: October 2020

Children will delight in God’s promise of heaven as Jesus build their imaginary home

In this colorful book that reminds them of his great love. Your Home in Heaven…

  • Teaches about God’s promise of heaven.
  • Comforts through the truth of eternal life in heaven with Jesus.
  • Encourages godly living as children learn the fruit of the Spirit.
  • Draws children closer to God through eight Discussion Page questions.
  • Inspires children’s creativity as they imagine their own home in heaven.
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About the Author

Donna Wyland is an award-winning author, editor and coach whose personal essays and poetry have appeared in numerous publications. She is also an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coaching Federation who specializes in coaching writers toward completion and publication of their own books.

As the author of two picture books, Your Home in Heaven (released October 2020) and If I Could Ask Jesus, and a gift book titled Surrender, Donna’s work encourages readers to draw near to God to experience His peace, love and hope.

Her first novel, Autumn’s Harmony, was also released in October 2020 and is a poignant and witty tale about the healing power of forgiveness, reconciliation, and new beginnings. It is the first in a series of three written for every woman who has ever desired to make sense of her past, find joy in the present, and discover God’s purpose for her future.

To learn more and to view coaching packages, visit http://www.freetobe.faith, or connect with Donna on LinkedIn, Instagram (@freetobe_writer_coach) and Pinterest.

Your Home in Heaven by Donna Wyland and Lynn Marie Davis is an adorable children’s book that teaches children about Jesus. I love all of the Bible truths this book teaches, including the special gifts God gives us such as kindness, joy, faithfulness, peace and lots more. The Bible truths here are for older children as well as younger children. The young ones will need the book read to them, but they will enjoy looking at the beautiful pictures by Lynn Marie Davis. I love the beautiful pictures that bring the story to life as the book is read. Davis does a fabulous job creating unique pictures just for this book. The book itself is a very high quality paperback that will last a good long while. This is a sweet book about Jesus that should be in every child’s library.

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

More from Donna

Having lost three best friends at 16 and a younger brother at 18, God gave me a heart for heaven at an early age. He also filled me with a heart of joy. Your Home in Heaven reflects both.

Blog Stops

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, April 2

Bigreadersite, April 3

deb’s Book Review, April 3

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 4

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, April 5

Spoken from the Heart, April 5

Texas Book-aholic, April 6

Vicky Sluiter, April 7

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 7

Older & Smarter?, April 8

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, April 8

Inklings and notions, April 9

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 10

For Him and My Family, April 11

CarpeDiem, April 11

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, April 12

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, April 13

Lighthouse Academy, April 13 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 14

Splashes of Joy, April 15

Maureen’s Musings, April 15

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Donna is giving away the grand prize package of a hardcover copy of the book, stuffed puppy and cardboard house to color and fold, and a $25 Target gift card!!

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

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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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NIV Verse Mapping Bible

Bible Description:

Verse mapping means getting real about studying the Bible. More than simply reading a verse or Scripture passage, verse mapping uses Bible study tools to research what you’ve read—to learn about what God is saying and how you can apply his Word to your life. The NIV Verse Mapping Bible includes 350 partially completed verse maps to get you started.

Go beyond just reading the Bible.

Verse mapping means getting real about studying the Bible. More than simply reading a verse or Scripture passage, verse mapping means using Bible study tools to research what you’ve just read in the Bible—to learn more about what God is saying to you and how you can apply his Word to your life today

In the NIV Verse Mapping Bible, author Kristy Cambron expands her verse mapping curriculum series to include verses from the entire Bible, showing you how to compare Bible translations, pick out meaningful words, and delve into the true meaning of each verse using starter verse maps and prompts. Verse mapping will help you study the historical context, transliteration, translation, connotation, and theological framework of a verse. This unique study technique includes exploring Hebrew and Greek word studies, finding connections in Scripture, comparing Bible translations, and learning as much as you can from your time in God’s Word. 

Verse mapping involves five steps:

  1. Choose: Select a verse and write it out.
  2. Compare: Record this verse in two or three other Bible translations and underline key words that are the same or different between translations.
  3. Research: Look up the Hebrew or Greek meaning for the underlined words and record it.
  4. Consider: Ask questions of the verse. Imagine what it would be like to have experienced what’s happening. Read the verses surrounding this verse and use other study tools to dig even deeper, if you prefer.
  5. Apply: What is God saying to you? How does this verse relate to your life today?

I have been reading this Verse Mapping Bible and going through checking out how the study works. This is an amazing way to study your Bible. If you follow the five step involved, you will learn a whole new way to study your Bible. And it’s easy once you get the hand of it. I have lots of info here on my blog and you can connect to any of the social media platforms and find out more about this Bible. It comes in many colors and forms so you can choose what you want.

There is one main concern for me. The font is so tiny it’s hard for me to read. So if you have problems with tiny font, this may not be a good choice for you. I’m sure it’s due to lots of space to write, but still I think this needs to be carefully looked into. Or since there is a journey, maybe a different Bible to go with the journal? I am ordering the journal, I want to make this work for me. I appreciate the opportunity to review this Bible and I am giving it Four Stars because of the font. Otherwise it would have been a higher rating.


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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FACEBOOK GROUP— Join our Verse Mapping Bible Study Community group on Facebook to find exclusive group studies (We’re starting out by mapping through the NIV Verse Mapping Bible in 2021!) giveaways, and connect with Kristy in our own mapping community.


PINTEREST — Connect with Verse Mapping on Pinterest, and we’ll add you to our community #VerseMapClub board. Here you can share pins to track Bible journaling, resources, and pics of your mapping journeys.


INSTAGRAM — Follow Verse Mapping on Instagram where each week, we share #VerseMapping micro-posts from our community. We’ll share podcasts, book deals, and exclusive mapping-inspired devotionals from Kristy.

Wherever you choose to connect, the point is, we’re verse mapping through our days and finding inspiration in the Word— and doing it together!

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Tour and Giveaway for Three Makes a Family By Cari Lynn Webb

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Three Makes a Family
(City by the Bay Stories #7)
By Cari Lynn Webb
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 223 Pages
April 1, 2021 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Can love for a child…
Make them a family?

Lawyer Molly McKinney needs to be the best—now more than ever. Relocating to San Francisco means a chance to provide a stable income and home for her nine-month-old daughter. And defending former rival Drew Harrington against charges of witness tampering will boost her reputation. As they work to clear Drew’s name, their feelings grow. But does Molly have room in her life for love?

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City by the Bay Stories
Book 1: The Charm Offensive
Book 2: The Doctor’s Recovery
Book 3: Ava’s Prize
Book 4: Single Dad to the Rescue
Book 5: In Love by Christmas
Book 6: Her Surprise Engagement
Book 7: Three Makes a Family

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Drew leaned back against the couch and stared at their Santa photo. “This is still one of my favorite Thanksgivings ever.”

“Seriously?” Molly sipped her wine.

“It’s one of the few I didn’t spend with my nose in a law book the entire time,” Drew admitted.

Molly swirled her wine in her glass. “We were good that way, weren’t we?”

“What way?”

“We balanced the school and work with the fun,” she said. “Remember flag football.”

“And trivia nights.” He nudged her shoulder with his. “You always hated when you lost.”

“I still hate to lose.” She laughed and finished her wine. “I don’t miss those late-night burrito runs when we left the library after a study session.”

“Best burritos in town.” Drew touched his stomach. “You always ate half of mine even after you complained you weren’t hungry and didn’t even want a burrito.”

“It always looked better when you were eating it. I don’t know why.”

“Everything is better together.” Drew wanted to swallow those words but it was too late. They were already out. In the sudden quiet, he realized a truth. Things had been better with Molly in his life. What happened to us?

Drew cleared his throat. They’d been friends and grown apart. He wouldn’t mistake the gratitude and respect he felt for Molly now to be anything more than that. But his gaze returned to the picture and thoughts of Molly as something more rumbled inside his chest.

“I bet you never knew you were my only real friend.” Molly scooted into Drew’s side, set her head on his shoulder and traced her finger over the picture. “I’ve really missed you.”

He had to admit it. “I’ve missed you too.”

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About the Author


Cari Lynn Webb lives in South Carolina with her husband, daughters and assorted four-legged family members. She’s been blessed to see the power of true love in her grandparent’s 70 year marriage and her parent’s marriage of over 50 years. She knows love isn’t always sweet and perfect, it can be challenging, complicated and risky. But she believes happily-ever-afters are worth fighting for. She loves to connect with readers. Visit her at her website.

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Colors of Character, Steve Skipper’s Story

Skipper’s story is nothing short of extraordinary.” – CCM Magazine review
With no formal training, Steve Skipper has broken down walls of racism in the world of fine art. God radically saved Skipper when he was a member of a notorious Birmingham, Alabama, street gang and immediately his life was transformed. Focused on his new-found faith and his talent for painting, Skipper faithfully seized opportunities that only God could have provided and he quickly began gaining notoriety in the sports world for his meticulous artistic style of super-realism. Now, Skipper is continuing his journey, painting the stories of the pioneers of the Civil Rights movement.      “Colors of Character is a remarkable, quality documentary.” – Dove.org review

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MY REVIEW OF COLORS OF CHARACTER

Colors of Character is the story of talented world class sports artist Steve Skipper. Steve had a very difficult life from the beginning, that lead him into a life of drugs and later a dangerous to be a gang member. This is an incredible documentary film that takes us on a journey of Steve’s young life and what led him to church that wonderful night when God saved him. To hear the story of how God transformed his life starting that night is one of the most incredible stories I’ve heard. If there is doubt in anyone’s mind, Steve’s life proves how God can save anyone that comes to Him. And not only that but He can transform anyone’s life into an incredible life journey, if only you will give your life to Him and let Him work His will.

I enjoyed Colors of Character so much. And I love what Steve said about its not the color of anyone’s skin. And I hope this is one thing people take from this movie. In today’s world there is so much hate and ugliness about blacks and whites, but Jesus doesn’t look at color, He looks at the heart. I enjoyed listening to Steve, and his humble spirit. And his art, WOW!! I had heard of Steve Skipper but I don’t know how I haven’t seen his art work. He is an amazing artist and his paintings are incredible.

I hope you will watch Colors of Character and get to know this awesome person, Steve Skipper. I give this move 5 stars.

Many thanks to Collide Distribution for providing this product/product information for review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.



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Presenting Present Danger by Elizabeth Goddard

Series:Rocky Mountain Courage, Book 1
Genre:Romantic Suspense
ASIN: B08CJ86MT4

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Former FBI Special Agent Jack Tanner is working as a detective in Montana when he comes across a body in the national forest during a search and rescue mission. He’s committed to finding the killer, even if it means working alongside his old flame, US Forest Service Special Agent Terra Connors.

When Terra discovers that the murder victim had ties to a powerful and dangerous trafficker of archaeological artifacts, the investigation takes a deadly turn–one that hits too close to home. As Terra fears she lacks the courage to face what comes next, Jack is more determined than ever to protect her. But he’s failed her before. And if he fails this time, it will cost them far more than just their hearts.

Join bestselling and award-winning author Elizabeth Goddard as she plunges you into a web of deceit made of hidden crimes, open threats, and long-buried family secrets in this gripping first book of an explosive new series.

If you haven’t read an Elizabeth Goddard book you just don’t know what you are missing. When Former FBI Special Agent Jack Tanner happens upon a body, he knows he has to solve the case, find the killer, despite working with someone he has a past with. This case is more important and he needs the expertise of US Forest Service Special Agent Terra Connors.

A small plane crash, that’s all it is. It seems the pilot got away alive so everything should be OK. Wait, not so with a Goddard book. It’s just the beginning of a wild ride and a journey through many murders with crimes including artifacts that are worth more money than anyone could imagine. The crimes go deep and the search is extensive and the story is one that will have you on the edge of your seats biting your nails while trying to figure out who all is involved.

Wow! This is an amazing read. Elizabeth Goddard writes a compelling story with characters created thoughtfully and they tell this wonderful story so amazingly. I love how deeply the characters develop as the story unfolds. Jack and Terra were wonderful main characters and I love reading the specific details of each lead they run with and tried to solve the crimes right along with them. There is a lot going on in this book, to much to hit on, quite a few twists and turns that kept me from figuring out what was really going on. I didn’t know much about artifacts and their worth until reading present danger, and I appreciate what I found out from this book. I also appreciate the element of faith in God presented her. If you love a good clean suspense/ thriller, you need to read this one. I give Present Danger by Elizabeth Goddard Five plus Stars. It’s worth so many more stars.

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

About Elizabeth Goddard

A reader once told me that when she feels down, she picks up one of my books. She knows it will take her away from her troubles, at least for a while. That made me smile because I understand the need to ride on the winds of imagination. As a reader, I enjoy a novel that will whisk me away to another time and place.

Sometimes we simply need an escape from the stress of life and the tragedies happening around us in this fallen world. We need to be refreshed and inspired, lifted from everyday life.

I’ve often heard this response to my novels, which confirms what my ministry of words is about—telling stories set in unique locations and filled with adventure and suspense. Stories that infuse with a sense of hope and redemption. Stories that leave you with a spiritual nugget to take away.

Isn’t that what Jesus did when He told His parables?

Above all, my greatest hope is that my writing will not only entertain you, but draw your heart closer to Him.

Escape with me!

My Story

I’m a seventh generation Texan and grew up in a small town in East Texas once considered the world’s richest acre because of the oil produced on one acre downtown. There were so many oil pumps in my hometown that every night their gentle hum lulled me to sleep.

For a brief few years I lived in Oregon, the setting from which I draw many of my stories. God placed the desire to write within me from an early age. That, along with the love of reading, of course. My mother kept bookshelves filled with books she loved reading as girl, passing that love down to her daughter. Others influenced my life, as well. My third grade teacher read Mrs. Piggle Wiggle to the class—such a beloved and zany story—I couldn’t wait to share it with my children. Only two years later I tackled two adult novels: 2001 A Space Odyssey (admittedly it took five tries before I made it through) and The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck. I remember spending entire summers doing nothing but reading novels, and sometimes reading the ones I loved more than once!

In addition to reading voraciously, I wrote poetry and numerous stories, even starting my first romance novel at fourteen. My English teachers entered me in UIL creative writing contests, so I’ve been writing off and on for years. But it wasn’t until 2001, when I had three small children at home, that I began to seriously pursue writing a novel for publication. That’s been a few years ago and now my kiddoes (add another one to the mix for a total of four) are mostly all grown,  and I’m still writing and going strong!

I have the Lord to thank for giving me the dream to write novels and for making it come true. My stories have been finalists in contests, but in 2011, my romantic mystery The Camera Never Lies won the prestigious Carol Award in the mystery category. I thank my Lord and Savior for installing this creative gift within me and letting me use it in such a big way. I encourage you to dream big, and follow those dreams He gives you.

Bio:

With over a million books sold, Elizabeth Goddard is the USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of over fifty novels and counting, including the romantic mystery, THE CAMERA NEVER LIES–a 2011 Carol Award winner. Four of her six Mountain Cove books have been contest finalists. Buried, Backfire and Deception are finalists in the Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense, and Submerged is a Carol Award finalist. A 7th generation Texan, Elizabeth graduated from North Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and worked in high-level software sales for several years before retiring to fulfill her dreams of writing full-time.

Tour and Giveaway for The Purple Nightgown by A.D. Lawrence

The Purple Nightgown

About the Book

Book:  The Purple Nightgown

Author: A.D. Lawrence

Genre: Christian Historical Suspense

Release date: March, 2021

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Marvel at true but forgotten history when patients check into Linda Hazzard’s Washington state spa in 1912 and soon become victim of her twisted greed.
Book 10 in the True Colors series—Fiction Based on Strange-But True History

Heiress Stella Burke is plagued by insincere suitors and nonstop headaches. Exhausting all other medical aides for her migraines, Stella reads Fasting for the Cure of Disease by Linda Hazzard and determines to go to the spa the author runs. Stella’s chauffer and long-time friend, Henry Clayton, is reluctant to leave her at the spa. Something doesn’t feel right to him, still Stella submits herself into Linda Hazzard’s care. Stella soon learns the spa has a dark side and Linda a mean streak. But when Stella has had enough, all ways to leave are suddenly blocked. Will Stella become a walking skeleton like many of the other patients or succumb to a worse fate?

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I love these true crime stories from Barbour and The Purple Nightgown has a lot of dark moments for Stella and had me scared for her. I liked Stella from the beginning and didn’t want her suffer like she did. Henry was right in having different thoughts about her joining Linda Hazzard’s spa. This was a most interesting and yet somewhat horror of a story and author A.D. Lawrence does an amazing job with creating characters that suit the story well and telling the story in such an intriguing way. I couldn’t put this book down. And I was shocked to find out this is Lawrence’s debut novel. She will fit well into to Christian Fiction suspense thriller genre. This is one of my favorites of the True Crime series and I am hoping for more from Barbour Publishing. I give The Purple Nightgown a Five Stars and I wish I could give it more.

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

About the Author

A.D. Lawrence makes her home in Northeastern Nebraska. She has been passionate about writing and true crime for years, and her two obsessions melded into the goal of authorship. She is an active member of the ACFW, writes a true crime blog, won the 2019 Crown Award and was a 2019 First Impressions finalist.

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Times have changed. And like so many things, health retreats have experienced their own metamorphosis. Sure, they’ve always catered to people with both spare money and time, but aside from similar clientele, the face of the health spa is nothing like its early 20th century sister.

If you could afford a getaway to a modern-day health spa like The Golden Door, you’d be treated to the luxury of rest. Yoga on the beach. Deep tissue massages. A much-needed break from technology and life’s constant pressures. Mental well-being is valued almost as highly as physical health, and the two are thought to be connected. After days or weeks of pampering, you would return home relaxed, recharged, and ready to dip back into the hustle of the real world.

In 1911, during the time of The Purple Nightgown, the medical community took a diametrically different approach to health. Weight equaled health.The prevailing assumption was that any ailments were directly connected to weight. Thus, ‘fat camps’ grew in popularity. Men and women checked into sanatoriums where the aides put them through grueling exercise regimes and provided them with just enough food to sustain life. No coddling. Not many of us would subject ourselves to the treatments early health spas required.

In this era of already extreme health measures, Linda Hazzard made her mark in Washington State. Obsessed with fasting, she ran her patients through an unfathomable course of ‘diet and exercise’ that proved the undoing of many. She did give massages though, which you’ll learn more about when you read The Purple Nightgown.

Although it’s fun to long for a simpler time while reading historical books and watching shows like Little House on the Prairie, there are some modern ways of thinking and advances in human comfort I’d rather not give up. One of those is the vastly superior spa experience we have today. Somehow, a facial with soothing background music sounds much more appealing than running mile after mile every day with nothing to look forward to but a glass of orange juice or a bowl of canned tomato broth.

Hot stone massage anyone?

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Godly Book Reviews, March 24

Through the Fire Blogs, March 25

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, March 25

For the Love of Literature, March 26

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, March 26

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Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, March 27

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Pause for Tales, March 28

Remembrancy, March 28

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, March 28

Connie’s History Classroom, March 29

Genesis 5020, March 29

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Inklings and notions, March 31

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, March 31 (Author Interview)

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Older & Smarter?, April 1

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Tell Tale Book Reviews, April 2

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 2

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Locks, Hooks and Books, April 3

Amanda Tero, blog, April 3

Blossoms and Blessings, April 3

Christian Bookaholic, April 4

Blogging With Carol, April 4

Spoken from the Heart, April 4

Splashes of Joy, April 5

Artistic Nobody, April 5 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Southern Gal Loves to Read, April 5

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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

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Apr 9 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway

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The Search for the Scepter by Julie Dinges

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

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.

Mom’s Choice Award Winner (Gold)
Reader’s Favorite Five-Star Recipient

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

 

 

Tour and Giveaway for A Divine Conspiracy By Tom Bruner

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A Divine Conspiracy

(A Divine Conspiracy #1) By Tom Bruner

Christian Young Adult Fiction

Paperback & ebook, 297 Pages

February 15, 2021

It’s a new world for the first fifty, ever-created, Angels.

They have been brought to life for one reason. To fight evil. But no one knows what evil is or where it’s going to come from. The story takes place in Heaven another newly created estate, under construction as the Angels begin training, under the watchful eye of the Archangel, Michael, to become Guardians on a yet to be created planet called Earth. Heaven is something to behold. The Angels are mystified as they take their first tour through the new city. Incredible architecture (Skyscrapers made of seashells and white sand), birds of every color (Golden Eagles), and a city made of libraries (For those who like to read), are just a few of the sights the Angel’s experience.

We follow Adlay, one of the Angels, from his first breath, through extensive physical training, his Humanities class with Jesus, and his Worship class with a beautiful Angel named Lucifer, who immediately gives Adlay a foreboding feeling. The Angels work hard for months to improve and graduate from training. Adlay excels above everybody else in training but quickly discovers Lucifer is planning something. What he finds out, makes him question if he actually knows what is right or wrong. As the Angels near their big day, Adlay must make a difficult choice. Does he care only about graduating and moving on or does he risk everything to discover if Lucifer and evil are synonymous.

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Chapter 1 Creation, continued

“Excuse me, excuse me.”

A tall, light blue, glowing cloud-like life form took shape in the middle of the room. It hovered there, slowly spinning as if looking at everybody, though it did not have any eyes. It was close to three feet tall but had no discernible shape. I can see through it! thought Adlay. Everyone stopped what they were doing and stared at the smoky, blue creature with no face.

Adlay slipped off his table. What is this?

“I’m so sorry, I know this has to be confusing, but that couldn’t be helped,” the smoke quipped in an aristocratic English accent. He paused and turned, seemingly looking around the room. “My name is Thalzn. I am what we call a Spirit, and I will be your host for a brief period.”

Where is his mouth?

The apparition paused, waiting for some sort of feedback. None came.

“Yes, well,” Thalzn finally said, “You, my friends, are what we call new creations. Your job will ultimately be one of Protector or Guardian. For a little while, you will be students. You don’t know what that means yet, but you will. Believe me; it is quite an honor you have. Not quite as honorable as what I do, but not much is!” Thalzn bragged. Nobody looked like they cared, but Thalzn wasn’t put off in the slightest. He continued, “Look around you and be proud. You are the first fifty of your kind ever created.”

Adlay felt a warm, extremely pleasing sensation roll through his body and settle in his heart. A feeling, a sense of camaraderie. That was the word. Why? He looked around the room. Because these people were just like him.

Adlay peered at the glowing spirit again, then around the room as the others were doing the same. This doesn’t seem so bad. I’m one of the first. But of wh…

“I expect you have many questions, as would I, but it is not my place to answer them, and I really don’t have the time. We are tremendously busy. Michael will escort you from here in a few minutes. He will give you all the answers to your questions, I’m sure. I am only here to give you a quick overview of what is happening right now, okay?” Okay.

“Know that you are in a place of infinite joy and happiness. Or at least we will be once we start getting customers. For now, we are still “under construction.” This will be a bit confusing, but I promise, soon, you will begin to feel better, and your thoughts will be clearer the longer you are here. You have been created for many reasons, most of which I will let Michael tell you, but I will say that you will be very much needed, from the little I know. I apologize again; I don’t know what any of that means, I was just told to say it.”

A rumble of murmur came from the Angels. Not helping, Thalzn.

Excerpted from A Divine Conspiracy by Tom Bruner. Copyright © Tom Bruner.

About the Author

Tom Bruner appreciates books. Over one thousand read. Really. Growing up in Southern California, Tom has had a passion for reading books since his early teens. It’s all about the story is what he believes. Tired of the same vanilla spoonful every time he opened a Christian Fiction book, he decided to write, A Divine Conspiracy. This book is set in the newly created estate of Heaven. It tells the story of the creation and training of the first Angels ever to be. We follow Adlay, a newly created Angel from his first breath, through physical training and classes with Jesus and Lucifer until the day Heaven falls apart. It packs a punch. There is not a dull moment.

Tom considers taking a motley group of boys from the 7th grade through the graduation of high school with Lifegroup a church program to be his greatest accomplishment so far. That and U.S. Air Force Basic Training. That and fraternity initiation. Oh, and running a marathon without training. The boys and Tom met once a week throughout each school year. Spending six years with the same boys going through that period of their life a great adventure. Tom, an avid Christian, volunteers on Sundays at his church in the junior high ministry. Please pray for him.

Tom is a Southern California guy through and through. He loves the beach and writing books. A Divine Conspiracy is the first book in a trilogy. Tom hopes to have the second book out in six months.

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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.

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 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 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.

Buy the Book

Amazon ~ B&N ~ BAM

Mascot Books

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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 Zippy’s Special Gift by Therese Van Ryne

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Join us for this tour from Mar 15 to Apr 9, 2021!

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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Buy the Book

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And now Join me for an interesting interview

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.

connect with the author: instagram ~ facebook ~ goodreads

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.

Buy the Book

Amazon ~ B&N ~ BAM

Mascot Books

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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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BEHOLD 40 Days of Seeing and Savoring God  by Sarah J Callen

PublisherIndependently published (December 1, 2020)

LanguageEnglish

Paperback175 pages

ISBN-13979-8692750839

Item Weight : 9.4 ounces

Dimensions6 x 0.44 x 9 inches

I love this devotional, BEHOLD 40 Days of Seeing and Savoring God  by Sarah J Callen, though it is very different than the Devotions I have previously gone through. It is more like a devotional and Bible study mixed. I really like that it makes me dig deeper into the Word of God, reflecting more on each day’s scripture reading. For example in Numbers 6:24-26, I have heard this passage so many times during my life, but reading it, thinking about how the Lord blesses ME, and keeps ME; how He makes His face shine on Me, and is gracious to ME; and how He turns His face toward ME, and gives ME peace! And all I can say is Wow! I know many church services starts with this passage, but I need to wake up every morning with this wonderful promise from my God.

And this us just one day. There are 39 more days to reflect on scripture that will bring you closer to our Lord. Each day starts with a passage of Scripture. On the first page of each devotion, you write ‘What stands out to you in this passage, then there is plenty space to reflect on, Pause, Be, Enjoy, Wonder, and What is God saying to you. Making this and a much deeper devotional than any I’ve ever seen. The author does a really nice job of showing us, me mainly, how to stop and reflect on what we have read. And to help us grow in our walk with the Lord. I so much want to encourage you to check out this wonderful devotional. You will be glad you found a closer walk with our wonderful Lord. This one is a Five Stars all the way. Wish I could give it more

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

MEET THE AUTHOR

Biography

Sarah currently lives in Dallas, Texas and dreams of founding businesses, giving strategically, and sharing art with the world. Some of her favorites include: coffee shops, rainy days, a well crafted sentence, and a beautiful work of art. Some dislikes include: having photos taken of herself and driving in traffic.

Her life motto is: Every number has a name, every name has a story, and every story is worthy of being shared.

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.

Buy the Book:

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Trunk Up Books

 

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.

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

 
 

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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Tour and Giveaway for Save the Date by Ellen Fannan

Join us for this tour from Mar 1 to Mar 19, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title: Save the Date by Ellen Fannan

Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  329 pages

Genre:  Fiction Romance

Publisher:  Forget Me Not Romances, an imprint of Winged Publications

Release date:   October 2020

Content Rating:  G.

Book Description:

What if you were given the chance to rekindle the flame with your first love? What happened to all those girls who were mean to you in school? Should Hannah Jensen take the chance of attending her high school reunion to find out?

Hannah hasn’t been back to her hometown in more than twenty years. Now, a widow, raising a teenaged daughter, she has the opportunity to go home for her twenty-fifth high school reunion. The invitation to the reunion stirs up a lot of old memories at the same time she is dealing with loneliness, the challenges of single-parenting a teenager, people who

want to “set her up” with eligible men, her own insecurities, and her eccentric family.

The story interweaves the present with scenes from Hannah’s past and her fantasy of “happily ever after” with her high school boyfriend in a humorous and entertaining manner. Her feelings from being “shunned” by the cool kids resurface as she reflects back on her time as a teenager. There are several roadblocks on Hannah’s journey from a teenager through her present. The growing pains and amusing situations in which she finds herself are ones to which we all can relate. As she walks the path of self-discovery, she also discovers the most important life lesson of all–her relationship to God.

And now check out this interesting interview with Ellen Fannan

Q: What inspired the story for your novel, “Save the Date”?

A: I got the idea for “Save the Date” from a post on a “Classmates” website. The post started me wondering how some of the people in my class turned out, and set me on a journey of “what if?” Like the protagonist, Hannah Jensen in “Save the Date,” I moved away from my hometown over 40 years ago and have pretty much lost touch with everyone from my high school years. 

 

Q: What is the Christian message in the book?

A: There is more than one Christian message, but the main message is the faith journey of a young girl, Hannah Jensen, who truly believes she is a Christian because she is a good person and goes to church. As a teenager, she is challenged with the Truth and must come to terms with what she has believed her whole life versus what she is learning in a different church (one she is only attending to please her boyfriend’s mother). One large stumbling block on her road to faith is another girl, Shelli Delgado, who attends that church. Shelli claims to be a Christian but doesn’t act like one. In fact, she has bullied Hannah for several years and made her life miserable. Because of Shelli’s hypocrisy, Hannah wrestles with what true faith looks like. She eventually must come to understand that her personal relationship with Jesus as her Savior must not be allowed to be influenced by other people’s actions.  

        

Q: How can non-Christians relate to the story?

A: “Save the Date” is humorous, entertaining, and very relatable to anyone contemplating attending a high school reunion. While hoping to reconnect with an old boyfriend, Hannah is, at the same time, apprehensive about running into old nemeses and reopening old wounds. As a widow raising a teenager, Hannah has a lot of issues to deal with, including well-meaning people who want to “fix her up,” eccentric family members, typical teenage drama with her daughter, and reminiscing about her own teenage years. Although not a typical love story, there are romantic elements in Hannah’s relationship with her high school sweetheart and, later, with her husband. Although humorous, there are deep, heart-wrenching emotional insights as well, such as grieving the loss of a spouse, the lasting impact of the actions of people who hurt her long ago, and the effect that Christian hypocrisy can have on non-believers.

Q: You wrote a fictional book entitled “Other People’s Children” about fostering, but was it really more of a memoir? Why or why not?

A: There are definitely some portions of “Other People’s Children” that are true stories. (I’m not telling which!) Other parts are heavily fictionalized, or a combination of characters into a “composite child,” partially based on real children we fostered.

Q: You have personally fostered over 40 children. What do you believe people who are considering foster parenting should know?

A: Foster parenting can be one of the most rewarding, while, at the same time, one of the most difficult jobs you will ever do. It is not a job for the faint-hearted! I don’t think people realize what all is involved. First, there are several hours of training, background checks, letters of reference, and home inspections before one can be licensed for foster care. The paperwork is endless. Once licensed, foster parents are required to renew their license every year—which involves filling out more paperwork, more letters of reference, more home inspections, and more continuing education. Foster parents need to be flexible because their schedules will constantly be rearranged to accommodate children’s visits with their biological families, caseworker and guardian ad litem home visits, mandated doctor appointments and other child assessments. Many people are under the mistaken impression that foster parents make money from the stipends paid for fostering. If anything, they are lucky to break even. Foster care stipends don’t cover the entire costs of most daycares, and out-of-pocket expenses for school fees, field trips, extra-curricular activities, birthday and Christmas presents, and babysitting. If the child is sick, foster parents may have to take unpaid time from work and lose income.

I went into foster parenting completely naïve and altruistic, and I don’t want other people going into this venture blindly, as I did. No amount of training can prepare you for the reality of foster parenting. Be prepared to have your heart broken. Be prepared to be content with never knowing what happened to the children you fell in love with once they leave your home. Be prepared to not have a say in the welfare of the children you have taken in, cared for, and loved, because the “system” knows best. Be prepared to fight for those children, regardless, because you may be the only advocate your foster children have. Be prepared to open your home and your heart; and be prepared to love, laugh, and make cherished memories, as this will be the most rewarding job you will ever do.

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Meet the Author:

Award-winning author Ellen Fannon is a practicing veterinarian, former missionary, and church pianist/organist. She originated and wrote the Pet Peeves column for the Northwest Florida Daily News before taking a two-year assignment with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board. She and her retired Air Force pilot-turned-pastor husband have been foster parents to more than 40 children, and the adoptive parents of two sons. Her first novel, “Other People’s Children,” is a humorous account of the life of a foster parent. She is a regular contributing author for One Christian Voice, and her stories have been published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series as well as Lifeway’s Open Windows devotional booklets, among many other publications. Her third novel about a veterinarian entitled “Don’t Bite the Doctor” will be released in 2021. She lives in Valparaiso, Florida, with her husband, sons, and assorted pets.

connect with author:  website ~ facebook ~ pinterest


Tour Schedule:

Mar 1 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight . giveaway

Mar 1 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 2 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Mar 3 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 3 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Mar 4 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Mar 4 – Lisa Everyday Reads – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Mar 5 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Mar 8 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 9 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 9 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight

Mar 10 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Mar 10 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 11 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 12 – From the TBR Pile – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 15 – Cover Lover Book Review – books spotlight / giveaway

Mar 16 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway

Mar 16 – Books for Books – book spotlight

Mar 17 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Mar 18 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight / author interview

Mar 19 – BookishKelly2020 – book spotlight

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Tour and Giveaway for Delia and the Drifter by Melody Carlson

About the Book

Book:  Delia and the Drifter

Author: Melody CarlsonI

Genre: Historical Romance (Western)

Release date: February 15, 2021

An arranged marriage to save the family from ruin?

Delia Blackstone knows what her mother is up to—she intends to marry her off to an older man who is all fortune and no future. And Delia’s having none of it.

When a mysterious visitor appears on the family doorstep and offers an opportunity for Delia to travel from Pennsylvania to Colorado, Delia knows it is time for her to strike out on her own and discover a new life. Along the way she encounters a handsome drifter who captures her heart. But is he interested in trading his exciting life of adventure for love?

Two murders, a missing will, and a number of puzzling relationships are enough to unsettle anyone—even smart, capable Delia. Who can she trust? And can she trust her heart in matters of love?

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women, and children. That’s a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a “storyteller.” Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, True Colors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She’s won a number of awards (including RT’s Career Achievement Award, the Rita, and the Gold medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog.

My Thoughts On This Book

Delia Blackstone will not marry a man many years older than her own parents just because her family needs his money. And how could her parents be OK with trying to marry her off to this older man? And then a stranger shows up and offers her an out. A way to escape this horrific arranged marriage.

I have read so many Melody Carlson books and have loved each one of them, and Delia and the Drifter is no different. The characters, some I enjoyed, some not so much, but all played their part so well in this story. My heart really felt so bad for Delia and the situation her parents put her in. I don’t blame here for leaving to find a new life for herself instead of marrying a man she cared nothing for. I so much enjoyed following Delia on her journey. But it wasn’t always easy, there were surprising twists and turns that were adventurous yet somewhat horrific along the way and Delia has trouble with which of her new friends she should trust. This is a wonderful book for those who enjoy a good western story! I give this one 5 Stars!

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

More from Melody

I love historical stories about women. Particularly ones in the American frontier and old west. Probably because I grew up hearing pioneer stories from my grandparents, whose parents arrived in covered wagons. But contributions made by pioneering females is often overshadowed by their male counterparts. That’s why I enjoy researching and telling these fictional yet reality-based stories of women who lived and loved and did their part to settle the frontier. To me they are the unsung heroes of the West.

Blog Stops

Through the Fire Blogs, February 24

lakesidelivingsite, February 24

For Him and My Family, February 24

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 25

Blogging With Carol, February 25

She Lives To Read, February 26

Texas Book-aholic, February 26

Pause for Tales, February 26

Inklings and notions, February 27

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, February 27

deb’s Book Review, February 28

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, February 28

CarpeDiem, February 28

Betti Mace, March 1

Locks, Hooks and Books, March 1

Artistic Nobody, March 2 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, March 2

Simple Harvest Reads, March 2 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, March 3

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, March 3

Older & Smarter?, March 4

Connie’s History Classroom, March 4

Christian Bookaholic, March 5

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, March 5

Sara Jane Jacobs, March 5

Tell Tale Book Reviews, March 6

Labor Not in Vain, March 6

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 7

Connect in Fiction, March 7

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, March 8

Splashes of Joy, March 8

Hallie Reads, March 8

Batya’s Bits, March 9

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, March 9

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Melody is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

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

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About the Book

Book:  Delia and the Drifter

Author: Melody Carlson

Genre: Historical Romance (Western)

Release date: February 15, 2021

An arranged marriage to save the family from ruin?

Delia Blackstone knows what her mother is up to—she intends to marry her off to an older man who is all fortune and no future. And Delia’s having none of it.

When a mysterious visitor appears on the family doorstep and offers an opportunity for Delia to travel from Pennsylvania to Colorado, Delia knows it is time for her to strike out on her own and discover a new life. Along the way she encounters a handsome drifter who captures her heart. But is he interested in trading his exciting life of adventure for love?

Two murders, a missing will, and a number of puzzling relationships are enough to unsettle anyone—even smart, capable Delia. Who can she trust? And can she trust her heart in matters of love?

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women, and children. That’s a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a “storyteller.” Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, True Colors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She’s won a number of awards (including RT’s Career Achievement Award, the Rita, and the Gold medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog.

More from Melody

I love historical stories about women. Particularly ones in the American frontier and old west. Probably because I grew up hearing pioneer stories from my grandparents, whose parents arrived in covered wagons. But contributions made by pioneering females is often overshadowed by their male counterparts. That’s why I enjoy researching and telling these fictional yet reality-based stories of women who lived and loved and did their part to settle the frontier. To me they are the unsung heroes of the West.

Blog Stops

Through the Fire Blogs, February 24

lakesidelivingsite, February 24

For Him and My Family, February 24

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 25

Blogging With Carol, February 25

She Lives To Read, February 26

Texas Book-aholic, February 26

Pause for Tales, February 26

Inklings and notions, February 27

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, February 27

deb’s Book Review, February 28

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, February 28

CarpeDiem, February 28

Betti Mace, March 1

Locks, Hooks and Books, March 1

Artistic Nobody, March 2 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, March 2

Simple Harvest Reads, March 2 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, March 3

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, March 3

Older & Smarter?, March 4

Connie’s History Classroom, March 4

Christian Bookaholic, March 5

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, March 5

Sara Jane Jacobs, March 5

Tell Tale Book Reviews, March 6

Labor Not in Vain, March 6

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 7

Connect in Fiction, March 7

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, March 8

Splashes of Joy, March 8

Hallie Reads, March 8

Batya’s Bits, March 9

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, March 9

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Melody is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/1089b/delia-and-the-drifter-celebration-tour-giveaway

Tour and Giveaway for A Brother’s Promise by Mindy Obenhaus

A Brother's Promise JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for the A Brother’s Promise by Mindy Obenhaus, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

  • A Brother's PromiseTitle: A Brother’s Promise

Author: Mindy Obenhaus

Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired

Release Date: February 23, 2021

Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance

A little girl will change his world…

He didn’t realize he wanted a family…

until he suddenly became a single dad.

After his sister’s death, rancher Mick Ashford’s determined to ensure his orphaned niece, Sadie, feels at home. And accepting guidance from Christa Slocum is his first step. But just as Christa and Sadie start to settle into Mick’s heart, Sadie’s paternal grandparents sue for custody. Now Mick must fight to keep them together…or risk losing the makeshift family he’s come to love.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 


Mick Ashford immediately becomes a single dad when his sister and brother in law were killed in a tragic accident. Little Sadie was so very cute and my heart was full of sadness that she was without parents. I admire Mick for taking her in. They were adorable together. I loved watching him as he tries to fix up Sadie’s room, with the help of his neighbor Christa, who offered to help when she could see Mick needed help. The two being together during the room fixup created a lot of attraction and tension between the two. Good tension that is. Could Mick have a child and find a mother for Sadie as well? Being a loner he never thought this would happen to him. But it is.  

I love Mindy Obenhaus books and I read them an chance I get. This us one of my favorite from her. I love the characters. And thr story is so sweet, despite the headache going on. I didn’t want this one to end. If you enjoy a sweet romance, this is a great one for you to read. 

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

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mindy Obenhaus

Award-winning author Mindy Obenhaus is passionate about touching readers with Biblical truths in an entertaining, and sometimes adventurous, manner. She lives on a ranch in Texas with her husband, two sassy pups, countless cattle, deer and the occasional coyote, mountain lion or snake. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, cooking and watching the Hallmark Channel. Learn more at www.MindyObenhaus.com

CONNECT WITH MINDY: Website | Facebook | Instagram


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a “Drink Tea, Read Books, Be Happy” teaspoon, English Breakfast tea, a $15 Amazon gift card, and a signed copy of the book!

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