Tour and Giveaway for Why do I VFX by Vicki Lau

Join Us for This Tour From  August 2 to August 20
 
Book Details:
 
Book Title:  Why I Do VFX: The Untold Truths About Working in Visual Effects by Vicki Lau
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction 18+
GenreEntertainment Industry, Movie Industry, Arts & Entertainment, Job Hunting & Career Guides, Women & Business, Strategic Business Planning, Computer Graphics
Publisher: Vicki Lau, 376 pages
​Publication Date: May 2021

Content Rating: PG Suggested use of the word “bitch” (but spelled as “b…”), one mention of an experience of unwarranted sexual advance through text message solicitation (no images, just text).
 
 
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Book Description:

From the city of Singapore to working on over twenty Hollywood blockbuster films and TV series such as “The Walking Dead,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Aquaman,” and “War for the Planet of the Apes,” comes one of the first books of its kind in the visual effects (VFX) industry.

 

With a unique blend of self-help, career strategy, and memoir-like elements, Vicki Lau speaks to the core of what it is like to work behind-the-scenes on some of your favorite Hollywood titles, covering strategies employed in order to maneuver her way into the upper echelons of the industry.

You will learn:

  • Detailed breakdowns of day-to-day studio activities
  • How industries and events impact your life and career prospects as a VFX artist
  • Key strategies and insights on dealing with Hollywood politics
  • Precise predictions on VFX job displacements and new high-growth skills
  • Self-clarity on your ambitions in life and what the VFX industry truly offers

Why I Do VFX is a must-have for anyone seriously considering a fulfilling life and career in Hollywood, film, and the arts.

After
all, why spend a decade of your life uncovering the truths about this
industry when you need only read this book to answer your own question:

Do you really want to do VFX?

Foreword by Leif Einarsson (VFX on “Stuart Little,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming”)

 
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And now an interesting interview with author Vicki Lau

 

Do you have another profession besides writing and visual effects?

I tend to get involved in a lot of industries so I am what you would call a multi-hyphenate artist (if there is such a profession). In general, I do a lot of things aside from just writing and VFX – it would be hard to pin me down with just one label.

However, if you try asking Google “what does Vicki Lau do” you’ll get a shortlist of answers – all of which are accurate except for ‘visual artist’ maybe (been trying to get that changed for years). But in all seriousness, I also teach VFX and filmmaking online (with my reach currently being over 80,000 students all over the world) and would consider myself an educator/content creator in that sense. That being said, I do give talks and speeches (some of them paid) so, in that sense, that does make me a speaker (though I wouldn’t go as far as to say speaking is my profession – unless you count teaching). 

 

Where do you write?

In my bedroom – where I also eat, sleep, think, and exercise. Yea, I know. #hermitLife

 

What was your favorite part, and your least favorite part, of the publishing journey?

Most favorite part: working with other talents to bring the book title to life.

Least favorite: waiting on platforms to publish and/or approve the book title for distribution. Especially audiobooks – man, those platforms could take forever sometimes.

Can you share with us something about the book that isn’t in the blurb?

The book is really about understanding oneself, one’s industry and, ultimately, determining what I would call your “ambition appetite.” In this book, you’ll read about how I came from a foreign country with zero connections to Hollywood and ultimately got to where I am today. The ambition appetite is present in all of us at varying degrees and it relies heavily on honest self-assessment of one’s position in life and determining how satisfied you are with your current position in life in contrast to the goals you have set for yourself. 

Now, I don’t want to mislead anyone and say that this book is all about the ambition appetite – it isn’t – but it will lead readers to that point where, given all the data, observations, and insights I’ve made about the industry, it comes time to determine whether or not the reader is satisfied with themselves at the end of the road. 0

Does your industry offer the capacity to fill your ambition appetite? What exactly is your level of ambition?

Ambition is such a forgotten value and trait today that I believe this book will eventually culminate in readers taking a hard look at themselves and their industries to see for themselves if they are actually living up to (or exceeding) their potential. Whether or not you are in VFX or in a creative industry, it is the journey that counts – and I invite all of you to experience that journey in Why I Do VFX.

 

Name a quirky thing you like to do.

I like dancing intensely to myself in my room. I will break a sweat doing so, even with the air-conditioning turned on at full blast. Dancing is very invigorating.

 

Did you always wanted to be a VFX artist growing up?

Actually, no. I think that me wanting to do VFX evolved naturally from my passion for video-editing (having discovered it at the age of 14). When I was younger (like 10 or so, let’s say), I probably didn’t even know what VFX was; plus, it wasn’t like Singapore was an advocate of a career in the arts back then (hence, I wasn’t even aware of career paths like VFX or the like). I would say, however, that I did non-seriously consider becoming a detective or even a singer/voice actor as a child (you know, like how some kids want to be astronauts or firemen – they weren’t serious about it at that age).

In the book, I mentioned that my reason for doing VFX was because it became a channel for self-expression, so in that sense, VFX discovered me before I discovered it. Being a VFX artist is a very enjoyable journey (with its pros and cons) but there is definitely more to life than just being labelled or pigeonholed in one little niche.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Meet the Author: 

 

Vicki Lau is a VFX artist/generalist, virtual reality (VR) developer, TEDx speaker, entrepreneur, and educator from Singapore who broke into Hollywood as an outsider. She has worked with over 20 studios and filmmakers on major productions such as AMC’s “The Walking Dead” (Season 4), “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and “Aquaman” and teaches over 80,000 students worldwide.

 

She is a winner of the WeAreTheCity Rising Stars Editor’s Choice Award and nominated finalist of the WeAreTheCity Rising Stars Global Award for Achievement and WinTrade Award for Women in Tech. Vicki is also a bodybuilder.

 

 

 

Connect with the Author:  Website ~ Instagram Goodreads
 

 

Tour Schedule: 

Aug 2 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / author interview
Aug 2 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight
Aug 3 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / author interview
Aug 4 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight
Aug 5 – 
The Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife – book spotlight / author interview
Aug 6 – 
Books for Books – book spotlight
Aug 10 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / author interview  
Aug 11 – Literary Flits – book spotlight
Aug 12 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight
Aug 13 – 
Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview
Aug 16 –
 Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / author interview 
Aug 17 – 
Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight 
Aug 18 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight / author interview
Aug 19 – She Just Loves Books – book spotlight
Aug 20 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book spotlight

 

 


 

 
 

 

 

 

Tour and Giveaway for Black Label by James L’Etoile

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Black Label

by James L’Etoile

July 12 – August 8, 2021 Tour

Synopsis:

Black Label by James L'Etoile

Sanity is something you don’t miss until it’s gone. Hard charging pharmaceutical executive Jillian Cooper fears she’d destined to inherit her mother’s history of mental illness when she finds herself accused of murdering her boss. All the evidence tells her she’s either a murderer, or insane. When Jillian struggles to find the truth, she uncovers a web of black market pharmaceuticals, prison gangs, and greed. She begins to believe she may have killed to cover up the off-the-books drug operation.

Can she discover the truth before she’s condemned to life in prison, or a mental hospital?

Praise

“Tight, terrific, terrifying. BLACK LABEL delves into the murky world of pharmaceuticals where profit is prioritized above all else. L’Etoile creates a strong female lead in Jillian Cooper, a woman who faces obstacle after obstacle, but still charges into the abyss. More unnerving than a fistful of amphetamines. Unputdownable.”  
—K.J. Howe, international bestselling author of SKYJACK

“James L’Etoile’s BLACK LABEL is a delightfully complex and twisty thriller with a ripped-from-the-headlines plot that will make you think long and hard before you swallow your next dose of medication. Add in an intrepid heroine willing to do whatever it takes to uncover the truth no matter the cost, and L’Etoile’s newest offering is a winner!”  
— Karen Dionne, author of the #1 international bestseller THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER and THE WICKED SISTER

“Relentlessly fast-paced and compellingly twisty!  The talented James L’Etoile sets up an irresistibly high-stakes situation: a woman is certain to be charged with murder and doesn’t remember a thing. Can she prove her innocence before she’s silenced forever? A dark journey through the world of big Pharma and big money—you will turn the pages as fast as you can.”  
— Hank Phillippi Ryan USA Today Bestselling author of  THE FIRST TO LIE

“If this book had a tag, it would say ‘proceed with caution’ because nothing is what it seems. Told with a vivid and visceral style, this is le Carré’s Constant Gardener meets The Fugitive. As the title suggests, BLACK LABEL is a top of the line thriller.”  
Gabriel Valjan, Agatha & Anthony Award nominated author

Book Details:

Genre: Thriller

Published by: Level Best Books

Publication Date: July 20, 2021

Number of Pages: 300

ISBN: 978-1-953789-14-3

Purchase Links:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

Read an excerpt:

Chapter 1

It was bad this time. Jillian shielded her eyes from the sharp edge of morning light and dug her fingers into the pillow clutched over her face. Deep in her temples, her pulse hammered a fast, painful staccato rhythm. She’d gone months since her last migraine, and this one tightened a vice around her skull. Even with her eyes closed, her vision clouded with a kaleidoscope of bright dots. The rustle of bedcovers sounded like the world fell in around her. Jillian Cooper’s world had crumbled down and threatened to suffocate her, only she didn’t know it–yet.

She reached for the phone she kept on her bedside table. There was no way she was going to make it to her Saturday morning spin class. Her hand probed for the phone, her head still tucked under the pillow. First one way, then she groped in another direction, knocking over a small brass table lamp. Jillian recoiled from the clatter as the metal lamp rung as loudly as the bells at Saints’ Peter and Paul Church over in North Beach. She peeled off her protective pillow and reached for the phone. Her phone wasn’t on the bedside table, and neither was the stack of paperback books she habitually kept at hand. Blinding pinpricks of light danced in her vision, making it impossible to focus through the swirling aura.

Fighting against the pounding in her head, Jillian crept to the edge of the bed, dangled her legs off the side, and brushed her toes gently on the polished hardwood floor. Jillian shuddered, a wave of nausea poured over her. The feeling wasn’t from a migraine. It came from the realization she wasn’t in her apartment. Her place didn’t have hardwood floors. Jillian didn’t know where she was, or worse, how she got here.

Instead of her phone, a half-empty Gran Patrón Platinum tequila bottle and a wrinkled condom wrapper lay on the nightstand. She spotted her clothes on the other side of the room, in a heap on a leather chair. Jillian pulled the sheet away from herself and peered downward.

“Shit.”

She was naked under the bed covers. Jillian couldn’t remember the slightest detail leading up to her ending the night disrobed, nor could she feel the lingering warmth of being with someone, in spite of the condom wrapper left on the nightstand. She’d never experienced a blackout from alcohol before. Jillian stayed away from tequila as a rule because of a few bad hangovers back when she attended San Francisco State University. If it weren’t for the half-empty bottle of pricy booze, she’d have sworn she hadn’t touched the stuff in ten years.

Yet, here she was–tequila, nakedness, and all. She hoped a tall, dark, handsome, athletic man was going to burst through the bedroom door with a tray of cappuccinos and warm croissants. At this point, a short, round, gnomish man with instant coffee and a day-old pop tart would be welcome. It wasn’t her habit to “sleep around,” as her mother used to call it. However, Jillian Cooper was a woman who enjoyed the occasional company of men, and this was not the first time she’d greeted the sunrise from a man’s place following a late night hook-up. She always remembered them, until this morning. The migraine and the tequila played games in her head—loud, pulsing, and painful games.

The bedroom, where she did God-only-knows-what, was expensively furnished and decidedly masculine. Dark hues of burnished leather and deep mahogany dominated the space. A set of wooden horizontal blinds kept out some light, and in spite of her headache, curiosity demanded she open them.

The window looked out over Huntington Park in Nob Hill, some of the priciest real estate in San Francisco. From her vantage point, Jillian figured the room sat on the sixth floor, or higher, and commanded a view of the grey slate tile roof of Grace Cathedral and Mt. Sutro off to the South. The condo, or whatever this place was, offered the resident one of those “ten-million-dollar views” everyone wanted, but few could afford. Jillian’s salary as a Vice President of Marketing for Dynalife Pharmaceutical wouldn’t buy the dust in a place like this.

Another wave of nausea buckled Jillian’s knees. She grabbed onto a dresser near the window and braced herself while the queasiness passed. As she opened her eyes, she focused on a silver-plated frame on the top of the dresser. Jillian peered at a photograph of her own image, a picture of her, with her boss, Jonathon Mattson, the CEO of Dynalife Pharmaceutical.

Confusion and panic clawed at Jillian’s mind. Mattson was thirty-five years her senior and married to one of the city’s society matrons. Jillian supposed some women found him attractive, with his swagger and the ease with which he flaunted his wealth. There were lines Jillian did not cross; never, ever, get involved with someone at work, and married men were off limits.

What was she doing here, naked in Mattson’s apartment? Had Jillian broken both rules? The thought of a relationship with Mattson was unthinkable. The photograph meant they’d been together before. The two looked at ease with one another in the photo, and it hinted at a close personal relationship, her hand on his chest. When the hell was that taken? She had no recollection of an evening with Jonathon Mattson, let alone posing for a photo.

“What have I done?”

Jillian staggered to the chair with her wadded-up clothes, slid into her panties, quickly stepped into her dark blue dress, shoved a bra in her purse, and grabbed her shoes from the floor. With an ear to the door, Jillian listened. Filtered by the thrum of her heartbeat, she heard voices deep within the apartment. She felt her face blush thinking about who she’d meet as she snuck out. Her hand trembled on the doorknob as she turned it, a fraction of an inch at a time until the lock slid back with a muted click. The door opened inward a few inches, the voices became more distinct–a television.

Shoes in hand, Jillian crept down the hallway. The hardwood floor felt cold under her bare feet as she made her way to the large open living space. A flat-screen television blared the financial news from CNN to an empty room. Jillian glanced at the kitchen, and she exhaled when she realized she was alone in the apartment. The veil of swirling bright spots in her vision started to clear, and she needed to head home for her migraine medication. She desperately wanted to leave before Jonathon Mattson returned. She couldn’t face him with the cocktail of anger and shame whirling inside her.

Slipping on her shoes, she listened as the CNN anchor, a carefully coifed and airbrushed young blonde reporter, delivered her monologue.

“The market opened with a quick rally this morning,” the anchorwoman said.

“Today’s Saturday and the market isn’t open, bimbo,” Jillian said. “Where do they find these people?” She found her jacket folded over the back of a sofa.

Jillian tucked the jacket under her arm, reached for the apartment door and stopped when she heard the woman’s voice drone on.

“In other financial news, the death of Dynalife Pharmaceutical CEO, Jonathon Mattson sent the mega-pharmaceutical company’s stock prices plummeting in early trading. Authorities are looking into the matter and haven’t disclosed any details about the death.”

Jillian froze when the screen flashed a photo of Mattson, with a banner under the image proclaiming, “Billionaire Pharmaceutical CEO Dead.”

The television news turned the page and droned on about other financial news. Mattson was a mere footnote in the market ledgers. Business goes on.

“That can’t be. Jonathon, dead?”

Another cramp of nausea hit her, and she wrapped her arms around her midsection as if she held her insides together. The apartment space closed in on her, and when the spasms subsided, Jillian darted for the door and flung it open. She ran across the hall to an elevator and stabbed the down button repeatedly, willing the car to appear. The hallway space was foreign; nothing in the décor sparked a memory of how she got here. But here she was, and it wasn’t like she magically appeared in Mattson’s apartment. Jillian didn’t know Jonathon kept an apartment on Knob Hill. It must have been a secret rendezvous pad for Jonathon and his rumored affairs. A wave of nausea swept over Jillian at the though she was now among his conquests.

The whir of the elevator stopped, and a light electronic bleep sounded the arrival of the conveyance. She slid into the empty elevator before the doors fully opened and punched the lobby button. The cool wall of the elevator car soothed the back of her head, the first comforting thing since awakening in this bad dream.

She couldn’t shake the nightmare off. Questions without answers cascaded through her mind. What happened? Where was she? Who was she with?

“Come on–come on,” she urged the doors as they closed at a slow agonizing pace.

“It’s not possible. Today is Saturday, and I saw Jonathon at a board meeting yesterday–Friday. It has to be a huge mistake.” She drew in a deep breath and tried to center herself.

The elevator chimed, and the doors opened into the building’s lobby. Jonathon wasn’t there to expose some elaborate practical joke. Instead, Jillian found the marble-tiled lobby empty, except for a doorman who gave her a smirk and a nod signaling, “I know what you did last night.” The man leered and stroked his short stubble beard as Jillian passed his station.

Jillian stepped outside to the curb and raised her hand for a taxi. She glanced at a newspaper rack on the sidewalk next to her, and the headline caught her breath short.

Billionaire Jonathon Mattson Murdered.

The date jumped off the page. It was the Monday edition.

Mattson was dead; she’d met with him on Friday and woke up in his apartment this morning. Jillian’s knees buckled with the realization that two days passed without a single lingering memory. Two days erased without a trace.

***

Excerpt from Black Label by James L’Etoile.  Copyright 2021 by James L’Etoile. Reproduced with permission from James L’Etoile. All rights reserved.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Wow! I was hooked on this story from the beginning when the VP of Marketing for Dynalife Pharmaceuticals, Jillian Cooper finds herself in her boss’s condo, hkkper boss as in the CEO of Dynalife Pharmaceutical. Jillian can not remember anything that’s happened for the past several days. Then she hears about the murder of her boss. What is going on with Jill. Does she really not remember or is someone trying set her up? Jillian is determined to find out what is going on and who is trying to blame her on the murder.  

Author James L’Etoile creates a cast of characters that play their parts so well as the story unfolds. Buckle your seat belts and come along on the journey that will blow your mind. There is so much  tension, and so many twists and turns that it is impossible to figure out who the real murder is. I was cheering Jillian on as she gets closer and closer to the truth. Jillian is one strong character and I really enjoyed following her on her journey.  If you enjoy a heart stopping thriller, this is the one for you. I highly recommend it! 

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

 

Author Bio:

James L'Etoile

James L’Etoile uses his twenty-nine years behind bars as an influence in his novels, short stories, and screenplays. He is a former associate warden in a maximum-security prison, a hostage negotiator, facility captain, and director of California’s state parole system. He is a nationally recognized expert witness on prison and jail operations. He has been nominated for the Silver Falchion for Best Procedural Mystery, and The Bill Crider Award for short fiction. His published novels include: At What Cost, Bury the Past, and Little River -The Other Side of Paradise.

Catch Up With James L’Etoile:

www.JamesLEtoile.com

Goodreads

BookBub – @jimletoile

Instagram – @AuthorJamesLEtoile

Twitter – @JamesLEtoile

Facebook – @james.letoile

 

 

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Giveaway:

This is a rafflecopter giveaway hosted by Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours for James L’Etoile. There will be Seven (7) winners for this tour. Two (2) winners will each receive a $20 Amazon.com gift card; Three (3) winners will each receive a $10 Amazon.com gift card; and Two (2) winners will each receive 1 signed print edition of At What Cost and Bury the Past by James L’Etoile. The giveaway begins on July 12 and runs through August 10, 2021. Void where prohibited.

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

Book Details:

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


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

Book Description:

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

Kate’s destiny has been determined for her.

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

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

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

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

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

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

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


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

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

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

  • What inspires your creativity?

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

  • What do you create & why?

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

  • What challenges have you faced when creating a story?

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

  • How would you overcome obstacles?

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

  • When did your creative spark being?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Where are you headed?

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

ALSO AVAILABLE CHECK OUT BOOK ONE IN THIS SERIES

The Academy Saga by C.J. Daly

Book Details:

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

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

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

Readers’ Favorite Suspense Romance

Kate Connelly should be careful what she wishes for.

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

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

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

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

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


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Author C.J. Daly

Meet the Author:

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

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

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

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


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

Enter the Giveaway:

Tour and Giveaway for Regaining Mercy by Carolyn Miller

About the Book

Book:  Regaining Mercy

Author: Carolyn Miller

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release date: June 29, 2021

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A mom ready to do anything for her son. A man determined to win the woman he loves. Going on Love at First Glance had seemed like such a good idea. She didn’t care about finding Mr. Right. No, Mindy Murray chose the reality TV show for more mercenary reasons.  A mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do when it comes to feeding her son.

When Mindy returns to Elnora, the girl from the “wrong side of the island” just wants a chance to rebuild her reputation. Too bad the folks at church don’t practice what the preacher preaches.

Enter Dermott Reilly. The interim boss at Greener Gardens has always had a soft spot for Mindy and her son, but with his new responsibilities, an important garden competition, and a few other concerns, he finds it difficult to prove himself to her.

A tropical storm and a missing child prove that sometimes grace appears in the most unusual ways.

Regaining Mercy concludes the Elnora Island romances of the Independence Islands Series, featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily ever-afters.

The Independence Islands Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.

Click here to get your copy!

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I enjoyed another trip back to Elnora as I read Mindy and Dermott’s story. Mindy needs a job to support she and her son, but when self confidence trying to destroy Mindy and any chances she will have holding a job. Of only she wouldn’t have taking the job on the reality TV show, but she does, and it looks like it will haunt her forever. Dermott enjoys being around Mindy and wants to help her if she would let him, but this just causes even more problems for Mindy.

I love anything author Carolyn Miller writes and this one is no different. She does an excellent job creating a cast of characters that you will fall in love with. I really like Mindy and enjoyed watching her character develop throughout the story. I felt so bad for her, the way people treated her, and like that immediately Dermott is attracted to her. I love his strong personality and I would love to have him come and landscape my yard and add all the flowers he likes! I need to stop rambling because there is so much that goes on in this story and I want to tell it all but I can’t. You need to read it for yourself. This is part of a beach read series, but it can really be enjoyed anywhere, anytime. If you enjoy a nice clean read with a little faith element running through it, you will love this one. I highly recommend Regaining Mercy for your reading enjoyment. Thi one gets Five Stars from me.

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

About the Author

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Carolyn Miller is an Australian author of inspirational romance, particularly that of the Regency era, and loves drawing readers into fictional worlds where flawed people can grow in faith, hope and love through stories that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives.

More from Carolyn

Have you ever wondered what might happen if a failed TV reality star was to return home to her narrow minded community? What if she’s been tarred and feathered with disgrace?

In our world of insta-fame, selfies and fakebook, I find it fascinating that so many people are entranced by so-called reality TV, with its editing and narratives and shiny-eyed hopefuls chasing money, love and dreams. But what if it doesn’t work out? What happens next? How do you resume ‘normal life’ when you’ve been living in a very artificial world?

I enjoy writing fiction that is grounded in reality, with realistic, flawed characters who are on a God journey to find faith and freedom. My contemporary and historical novels often see characters struggle with the choices they’ve made (don’t we all?), which is exactly what single mom Mindy is dealing with.

Combine Mindy’s challenges with those faced by gardening expert, Dermott, a man whose stone wall building skills are better than his way with women, or his inability to hide his attraction to his former co-worker’s younger sister.

Regaining Mercy encourages us to see ourselves as God does, to not let the labels of the past to shape our future. Along the way, readers will enjoy the honest portrayals of family, friendship and faith.

I’m so glad people are really enjoying my new contemporary books, where I can bring my love of gardens (& my horticulturalist hubby’s expertise!) to a new audience. Want to see what’s growing in my garden? Check out my website www.carolynmillerauthor.com – and you might even see some of my husband’s famous stone walls!

If you enjoy stories of hope, heart and humor, then you’ll be sure to enjoy this novel about a prodigal and the patient gardener who helps her find God’s mercy – and renewed hope for her heart.

Happy reading!

Carolyn

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, July 21

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, July 21

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, July 22

Labor Not in Vain, July 22

lakesidelivingsite, July 22

She Lives To Read, July 23

deb’s Book Review, July 23

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 24

CarpeDiem, July 24

Texas Book-aholic, July 25

Splashes of Joy, July 25

Connect in Fiction, July 25

Inklings and notions, July 26

Blogging With Carol, July 26

For Him and My Family, July 27

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, July 27

Aryn The Libraryan 📚 , July 28

Older & Smarter?, July 28

Lots of Helpers, July 28

Locks, Hooks and Books, July 29

Simple Harvest Reads, July 29 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, July 30

Lis Loves Reading, July 30

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, July 31

Kayem Reads, July 31

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, August 1

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, August 1

Cultivating Us, August 1

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, August 2 (Author Interview)

Daysong Reflections, August 2

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 3

Blossoms and Blessings, August 3

Joanne Markey, August 3

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Carolyn is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

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/1102c/regaining-mercy-celebration-tour-giveaway

Tour and Giveaway for The Academy Saga by C.J. Daly

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Join us for this tour from July 12 to August 6!

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Academy Saga by C.J. Daly
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 yrs +),  500 pages
Genre: Suspense Romance
Publisher:  BrandyLight Ink
Release date:   September 2019
Content Rating:  PG-13.

“Unique, intense, and suspenseful. A story with compelling characters that pull you into the author’s world and keep you reading from beginning to end. 

Intriguing start to a new series.” –New York Times Best Selling Author Jami Brumfield 

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

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

Book Description:

Readers’ Favorite Suspense Romance

Kate Connelly should be careful what she wishes for.

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

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

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

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

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

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Kate is too young to be a mom, but when her mother passes away, her father doesn’t leave her much choice except to take care of her brothers. When a couple strangers come to town, it is fast gossip because it’s a small town. Kate got a surprise, however when she finds they are wanting her brother Drew for a boarding school. And one of the guys, Pete seems to have his eyes set on Kate.

This is a really good story, with some Suspense and a bit of mystery. There’s a lot going on, and a lot of detail especially in the first part of the book that makes it kinda slow for a while. But gets better as the story goes on. Author C.J. Daly creates interesting and intriguing characters who develop well as the story unfolds. I really like Kate and her brothers, especially the little one, he is adorable. We learn a lot about the three over the course of the book and I really enjoyed getting to know more about them and their life. I felt bad for Kate because she has to grow up fast. But it was enjoyable as well as intriguing to know them and their purpose. A lot of research has gone into this story as well, and Daly does a fantastic job writing this story in a way that it keeps you on the edge of your seats because you want to find out what is going to happen next. It’s a pretty long book so hang with it, you don’t want to miss a thing that’s happening. If you enjoy a good suspense, you will enjoy this one. This is Four Stars for me.

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

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

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

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

  • What inspires your creativity?

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

  • What do you create & why?

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

  • What challenges have you faced when creating a story?

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

  • How would you overcome obstacles?

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

  • When did your creative spark being?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Where are you headed?

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

Continue the Saga:

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Academy Saga: Cadet-in-Training by C.J. Daly
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 yrs +),  441 pages
Genre: Suspense Romance
Publisher:  BrandyLight Ink
Content Rating:  PG-13. My book has some adult themes, language, and a few slow-burn romance scenes. 

 

Absolutely ADDICTING!  CJ Daly does it again and delivers a story YOU CAN’T PUT DOWN! Edge of your seat GREATNESS! I was completely hooked into this story. I couldn’t turn the 

pages fast enough. The Cadet in Training was such a phenomenal escape. With characters that fly off the pages, you become immersed! CJ Daly has stunning story telling skills! I’m still sitting here, like what did I just read and why is it over! Agh! I can’t wait for book 3!!!  #theacademysaga is going down as one my absolute favorites! #TeamPete! All the stars! I’m ready to read this one again!” RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ @elizabeth.ness.56

Book Description:

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

Kate’s destiny has been determined for her.

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

And until she graduates from the CIT program, Officer Nealson is banned from Missions. When General Weston finally offers a juicy recon to Ranger, he wants to jump at the chance to prove himself again. After all,

catching bad guys is his thing. Almost all pros for doing it. One con—Cadet Connelly has to ride along.

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

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

Academy’s agenda alone?

BUY THE BOOK:
Amazon
B&N ~ Walmart

add to Goodreads

 

Meet the Author:

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

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

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

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

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

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Tour and Giveaway for City of Lights by Kelly Byrd

City of Lights 

(Book 1 in the Far from Home Series)

by Kelly Byrd

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GENRE: Middle Grade Fantasy

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BLURB:

What happens when oh so ordinary Mary Jingo, follows her instincts (and her nose) and ends up in a magical land Far From Home?

In City of Lights, author Kelly Byrd introduces readers to Mary, who is one week away from finishing fifth grade. Mary’s mind is on starting middle school in the fall and finally getting her own phone. But then this ordinary girl notices glimmers of light and meets a strange little man who conjures the best smell she has ever smelled. Before she even stops to consider what she’s doing, she agrees to accompany the man to the land of LeeChee, where our Mary Jingo from the Shadowlands in seen as warrior and a great hope.

Now this very ordinary girl must find a way to help save LeeChee from Thrall and restore the Everything—a magical life- and joy-giving force that somehow connects Mary’s world to LeeChee. How can she face the Void, the foul-smelling Shoeboxians, or the evil Mellie? And how can she do all of the Far From Home?

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EXCERPT:

The sun rose brightly the next morning, shooting green sparks off the grass. The light played games with itself, rolling and tumbling around the campsite in the forms of animals and birds. Bobble and Mikeala jumped up, squealing gleefully to chase the sprinting forms, as pure dawn was one of the few times when the Everything was still able to be clearly seen. 

Mary Jingo lay wrapped in a blanket that Van Clare had pulled out of her backpack, in that thin space between sleep and waking. She had laid awake for a few hours the night before, listening to Van Clare’s breathing and Mikeala’s and Bobble’s occasional giggles as they kept watch from the mouth of the cave. She tried to fit the pieces together like a puzzle of everything she had learned so far about this strange place. That a connection exists between her world and this one. She had been chosen by some mysterious force, or she had chosen this mysterious force (that sounded a lot like THE Force, if she were honest) to come help the People of this world. The Everything was shrinking because People wouldn’t leave their houses. The Everything sounded vaguely like Mary’s mom, who constantly complained that everyone spent too much time on their phones, or in front of their screens. Mary’s dad would then agree and head down the hall to his study to do research on the internet about ecommerce. 

Mary accepted now that this was not a dream, but that did not mean that she was up to the task in front of her. She could think of seven to twelve of her classmates who were braver or better suited to this task than she was. She had pushed up her pajama sleeve and rubbed her thumb over the purple spot on her wrist. She wondered how she had ended up here, of all places. Someone like her—so ordinary. She had fallen asleep then, her brain overwhelmed by all of it and had whispered to herself that maybe this time she would wake up in her own bed. So, maybe she was still not wholly convinced about the dream thing. 

“Mary Jingo?” Van Clare said gently, touching Mary lightly on the shoulder. “You need to get up. We need to move to another camp before nightfall.”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Kelly Byrd is a middle-grade author by choice, a writer by discipline, home-grown chef, and amateur gardener. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and two cute-as-buttons rescue pups. The Far From Home series is about growing up, finding your voice, and rescuing the Everything.

Website: https://www.kellybyrd.com/

Buy the book on Amazon: https://bit.ly/FarFromHome1

Follow Far from Home on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/farfromhomeseries/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/FFHSeries

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Tour and Giveaway for Road to the Breaking by Chris Bennett

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

​​Book Details:

Book Title:  Road to the Breaking by Chris Bennett

CategoryAdult Fiction (18 +) , 345 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher:  CPB Publishing, LLC

Release date:   January 2021

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

Book Description:

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

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

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

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

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

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

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

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

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Join me in reading this interesting interview from the author.

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

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

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

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

What is your next project?

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

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

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

Do you snack while writing? Favorite snack?

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

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

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

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

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


Enjoy Book 2 in The Road to the Breaking series:

Book Details:

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

CategoryAdult Fiction (18 +) , 514 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher:  CPB Publishing, LLC

Release date:   February 2021

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

Will send print books out:  USA

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

​​Book Description:

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

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

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

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

violent end to their decades-long family feud.

And then Evelyn arrives … strikingly beautiful, spirited, and 

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

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

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

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

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 Meet the Author:

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

 
 

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

War.

 

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

 
 

Connect with the Author:   website  ~ instagram ~ goodreads


Tour Schedule:

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 20 – fundinmental – books spotlight / giveaway

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

July 21 – Literary Flits – books spotlight / giveaway

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Book Details:

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

Category: Adult Fiction (18 +),  284 pages 

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher:  Mascot

Release date:   April, 2021

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

Book Description:

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

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Q:  In your opinion what is the book about?

 

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

 

Q:  Where and how do you write?

 

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



 

 

 

Meet the Author:

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

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

connect with the author: website ~ facebook  ~ youtubegoodreads


Tour Schedule: 

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

 

July 6 – The Momma Spot – book spotlight / giveaway

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

July 8 – @twilight_reader – book review / guest post

July 8 – Kam’s Place  – book spotlight

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

July 12 – Books for Books – book review

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

July 14 – Welcome To MLM Opinions Reviews – book review

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

July 15 – Instagram: Read With Me – book review

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

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

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

Enter the Giveaway: 

 
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Tour and Giveaway for Bentley and the Magic Sticks by Claire Eckard

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Join us for this tour from June 21 to July 16, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Bentley and the Magic Sticks by Claire Eckard

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

Genre:  Children’s Picture Book

Publisher:  Mill City Press, Inc

Release date:   April 2021

Content Rating:  G for everyone.

Book Description:

Bentley and the Magic Sticks follows this extra-large canine as he finds out that his favorite sticks have magical powers, thanks to a wonderful Fairy Dogmother called Tia! Because other dogs are afraid of his large size Bentley has no one to play with. However, with his magic sticks he manages to make new friends and he also discovers the special

secret of why he is so big.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

I have always loved the name Bentley for a dog so I was especially excited when I was able to read and review this amazing book about a big dog named Bentley. He is such an adorable dog, but lonely because he is so big. But his human loved him. And Bentley loved to collect Sticks. And the Sticks is the amazing thing in this story for Bentley. And you will have to read the story to find out why.

Claire Eckard does an awesome job writing this story, it is one children are not to forget. And the illustrations by Anne York and just as awesome. I love the cover of the book and each page in-between. The colors are so bright and vibrant and the pictures are adorable and fit with the story perfectly. I believe this book would be a wonderful addition to any library, home libraries as well as school classes and libraries. This is one book that will stay with your child for a while.

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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Now join me in this very interesting interview with author Claire Eckard

What inspired you to write Bentley and the Magic Sticks?

In December of 2019 I adopted the biggest, shaggiest dog you can ever imagine from The Humane Society of Yuma. He was underfed, his coat was dull, and he flinched when you went to pet him. He had obviously had a rough life, even though he was only around two years old. As a long-time volunteer and former Board President I know a lot about what some of these animals have been through prior to finding their forever homes. Watching Bentley thrive, and grow into the healthy, fun-loving family member he became inspired me to put pen to paper to honor this dog that remained so kind, despite everything he must have been through.

Where did you find your illustrator, Anne York? She did such a fantastic job!

Yes! She did an amazing job. Everyone raves about her illustrations! Luckily, I knew Anne before I became an author because we both own horses and enjoy the sport of endurance riding (where you ride horses cross-country for distances of 25 to 100 miles in one day.) Anne is also an amazing artist in other ways and so it was a natural fit that I should ask her to do the illustrations for me. Even though I knew how talented she was she still blew me away with what she did for this book.

What time of day do you write?

I tend to write early in the mornings. Really early! I get up around 4.30am and try to get a few hours done before my day begins to get crazy. If I do anything later in the day it’s not usually new material, but I often review and rewrite/revise what I wrote earlier.

How many animals do you have?

Oh my Gosh! Quite a list! I have 3 dogs, 10 horses, and a miniature mule!

Have any of those animals featured in your books, other than Bentley?

Yes! One of my horses, Flash, is featured in a book series I have coming out later this year called Gallant: The Call of the Trails. He’s the bad guy, which I feel a little bad about as he’s really very sweet! Most of the dogs in the Bentley book are dogs I know. Rex and Freddie belong to my son and daughter-in-law, Zeus belongs to my other son, and Stetson belongs to a neighbor. The Fairy Dogmother, Tia, belongs to my stepmother in England! The only dog we made up was Rachel, the pink poodle!

Finally, what has excited you most about writing Bentley and the Magic Sticks?

I have absolutely loved seeing the children’s faces when we do book readings at schools and camps. They always have some good questions afterward as well! And then being a Mom’s Choice Award Winner and getting five-star reviews from Readers Favorite has been such an honor! I’m thoroughly enjoying the life of an author!

Meet the Author:

Claire Eckard is an animal lover and believes in volunteering to give back to her community, especially to the homeless animals that need to find their forever homes. Her animals often inspire her writing, weaving their way into the stories that she writes, blending reality and fiction to entertain, teach, enlighten, and share the joy that animals

bring to our lives! Claire is an author, poet, songwriter, wife, mother and grandmother! She lives in Arizona, splitting her time between her home in Yuma, Arizona and her ranch in the mountains of Prescott. Claire has three dogs, eight horses, and a miniature mule!

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

 

Tour Schedule:

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

June 22 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / author interview / giveaway

June 23 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

June 23 – @twilight_reader – book review

June 24 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway

June 25 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway

June 28 – The Bespectacled Mother – book spotlight

June 29 – Lisa Everyday Reads – book spotlight / guest post

June 30 – Laura’s Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway

June 30 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

July 1 – icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway

July 2 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway

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

July 7 – Reading is My Passion – book review

July 8 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway

July 8 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway

July 9 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / author interview

July 12 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway

July 13 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review / author interview / giveaway

July 14 – Sandra’s Book Club – book review

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

July 16 – Kam’s Place – book review

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

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

This is Book 9 in A Fiona Quinn Mystery Series

Book Details

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


Book Description:

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

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

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

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

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

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

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


BUY THE BOOK:
Audible ~ Amazon

Other Books in this series!

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


Book Description:

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


Mystery Author C.S. McDonald

Meet the Author: 

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

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

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

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

Enter the Giveaway:

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Tour and Giveaway for Finding Family in a Far-Away Land: An Adoption Story by Amanda Wall

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Join us for this tour from June 21 to July 16, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Finding Family in a Far-Away Land: An Adoption Story by Amanda Wall

Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 4-10),  44 pages

Genre:  Children’s Picture Book, Adoption

Publisher:  BookBaby

Release date:   March 29, 2021

Content Rating:  G for everyone.

Book Description:

Every adoption experience is uniquely different but the yearning to have unconditional family love is universal. Two Indian sisters, Priya and Ari, experience what it’s like to be adopted into a multi-cultural, interracial family. Walk alongside these two charming, dynamic girls as they journey through the adoption transition to a new country full of new experiences!

“Finding Family in a Far-Away Land” is a pensive and sometimes comical book that demonstrates how children can experience the same journey quite differently. A glossary of cultural terms is included so that all can learn and enjoy what Ari and Priya cherish about their Indian roots. This story is meant to be a resource to those hoping to learn about one family’s adoption experience― and may even help a child process their own adoption story. The intended audience for this book is children ages 4-10.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Finding Family in a Far-Away Land: An Adoption Story by Amanda Wall is such a precious book written about the author’s experience adopting two daughters from India. The story is told with Priya, the oldest day and her point of view. Priya was old enough to remember their life in with their parents and then in the orphanage after they lost their parents, so we get a little of India’s culture mixed in as well.

I enjoyed this story very much. I know of families that adopted children from other countries and always wanted to do that, but God didn’t have that for me. But I have always admired people willing to give children a home that otherwise may not have one. It was fun and interesting as the two cultures mixed and the issues with each side as they learned their new way of life. Author Amanda Wall does a very nice job writing and illustrating the story. The illustrations are a little bit different than a lot of children’s books, but yet they work well with telling the story. I love the front cover, I think it fits the story perfectly. This is a very well thought out and written book, and tells a story that needs to be in many families. I think it would be a good library book for schools as well. It would be an awesome resource when needing something to read to children who have been adopted, and because it is a true story I think I would be more meaningful. I highly recommend this sweet 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.

Now join me for an interesting interview with author Amanda Wall

  1. How do you get into a good mode for writing? 

Noise cancelling headphones are not just for the airplane! I have a busy household, so I make the most of real or induced quiet moments.  I hunker down in a room with natural light and get a relaxing music playlist going. Music, coffee, and salty peanuts are as essential to me as my computer. 

  1. What are your favorite topics to write about? 

Personal memories and experiences are my favorite topics because there is much emotion behind the words. I especially enjoy writing about my kids because their imaginations are active. They transport me back to being a kid again especially with their varying personalities. This past week I retasted Lucky Charms for the first time in 25 years. Still amazing! I hope to induce a relatability in my writing or provoke a thought. If a reader feels like they are there with me then I have done a proper job. 

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

My children’s story about adoption is different because it is a true story and is told from the perspective of my daughter Priya. She was almost 5 once adopted and remembers moments in her life in India quite vividly. I chose to write about their experience in India, the moment we met, and the transition home because adoption doesn’t just begin once you get home.  Many children who have been internationally adopted can relate to Priya’s feelings and experience. 

  1. You mentioned you enjoy traveling with your family. How has travel influenced your writing? 

Travel has a way of heightening senses. You become more aware of your surroundings and those involved.  It also helps you see the world outside of yourself and your norms which is healthy. There is always something to learn from someone or a new culture. I think because I absorb travel experiences in a more present state of mind, I remember details in a deeper sense. Those memories translate well when writing because I can be more descriptive when describing the smells at a market or the emotion involved when wiggling toes in the sand or sharing a staring contest with a white-faced monkey. 

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

I am a reflective yet evolving human just like everyone else. Being a parent in a transracial adoption is a journey of learning, from my children and many credible resources, of how to be a more aware, educated parent every day! 

Buy the Book:

Amazon ~ IndieBound

add to goodreads

 

Meet the Author:

Amanda is a mother of four with a heart towards adoption. She lives in Colorado with her family but loves to travel and connect with others through their culture. Educating families on adoption is a passion for Amanda because the adoptees’ voice is often unheard.

connect with the author: website ~ instagram ~ goodreads

 

Tour Schedule:

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

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

June 22 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway

June 23 – The Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

June 24 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

June 25 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

June 28 –Older & Smarter? – book review / giveaway

June 29 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway

June 30 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review

July 1 – @twilight_teader – book review

July 1 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway

July 2 – Reading is My Passion -book review

July 6 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway

July 6 – Sandra’s Book Club – book review

July 8 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

July 9 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / giveaway

July 9 – Pause for Tales – book revew / giveaway

July 12 – Reading Authors Network – book review / giveaway

July 13 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway

July 14 – The Bespectacled Mother – book review

July 14 – I Read What You Write – book review / guest post / giveaway

July 15 – Sahar’s Blog – book review / giveaway

July 16 – Books for Books – book review

Enter the Giveaway:

FINDING FAMILY IN A FAR-AWAY LAND Book Tour Giveaway

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Tour and Giveaway for A Lady in Attendance by Rachel Fordham

A Lady in Attendance

About the Book

Book:  A Lady in Attendance

Author: Rachel Fordham

Genre: ChristianHistorical

Release date: June 1, 2021

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Will the Past Destroy Her Future? 

Ada, Mi.—Rachel Fordham’s historical novels have received high praise for their warm and engaging story lines filled with romance, adventure, and happy endings. In A Lady in Attendance, Fordham beautifully blends these same great features in a novel about overcoming obstacles in the past to make room for a better future.

After spending the last five years in a New York state reformatory, Hazel is desperate to begin life anew, but she knows that a tarnished name could ruin her chances. She accepts a job as Doctor Gilbert Watts’ lady in attendance but does so under an alias so she can hide her shameful past.

Dr. Watts has come to enjoy the pleasant chatter of his new dental assistant, but he senses her sadness and wonders if there is more to her story than she’s shared with him. As their friendship deepens, Hazel must grapple with her desire to trust him.

Can Dr. Watts and Hazel’s friends help expunge her record? And can Hazel possibly find hope and love along the way?

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

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Rachel Fordham is the author of The Hope of Azure Springs, Yours Truly, Thomas, and A Life Once Dreamed. Fans expect stories with heart, and she delivers, diving deep into the human experience and tugging at reader emotions. She loves connecting with people, traveling to new places, and daydreaming about future projects that will have sigh-worthy endings and memorable characters. She is a busy mom, raising both biological and foster children (a cause she feels passionate about). She lives with her husband and children on an island in the state of Washington.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

When I first started this book, I didn’t realize what ‘A Lady in Attendance’ was all about. This is a fun, interesting historical read that I hated to see end. I kept going back re-reading parts just to prolong the story. Hazel was in a bit of trouble, and spent several years in a New York state reformatory, but she was innocent. But aside from this, she had to make her way in the world and find a job. She nailed one with a dentist, being his assistant, but not before she changed her name to cover her past issues. Will her past meet up with her before she can come clean and clear her name once and for all?

I loved this historical fiction. Author Rachel Fordham does and excellent job of creating beautiful characters that I grew to love. Hazel was a beautiful character inside and out and everyone loved her, and her personality made a nice change in the dentist office. And her name is adorable, but I could be bias since this is my new granddaughters name. It was difficult for Hazel to trust anyone, but finally she was able to trust a few people and tell her story and find help. Fordham does an amazing job with this story, the historical details show the deep research she does before writing the story and her writing is phenomenal. I can’t wait to read what Rachel Fordham has next for us, her readers. If you love historical fiction, with a bit of whodunit mystery, you will love this story. This one is a Five Star all the way for me.

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

More from Rachel

Ten behind the scenes extras from A Lady in Attendance:

  1. This book takes place in Amherst and Buffalo New York, places I lived for four years. Buffalo has had some rough years but if you ever visit the area you will see gorgeous old buildings, beautiful parks and cemeteries and understand why it was once a booming and prosperous city (and why I love it still). Gilbert and Hazel both grew up in the area (though, they did not know each other until the story begins). Two of my children were born in Buffalo and though they aren’t being raised there, I tell them stories.
  2. Hazel spent five years in a New York State reformatory. Reformatories were basically the first juvenile delinquent facilities (the ages of who could be sentenced there was different from today). Reformatories were a new idea. There were still a lot of people who believed in “bad blood” and that a criminal could never be anything but a criminal. There were some heroes who fought hard to convince the public, that people could change. Because of this book’s storyline, I could not go too deeply into this subject, but it is fascinating!
  3. Gilbert Watts is this book’s leading man. I gave up on being able to use the name Gilbert on one of my own kids and instead gave it to a character. I adore the name Gilbert and everything about this character, hope you do too!
  4. There is a joke at the end of the book about a graveyard (don’t worry, it’s not scary) and it’s a nod to my mom who used to use this joke on us every time we passed a cemetery. I really love sneaking in things into my stories that will make my kids, family and friends smile when they read it. I often think of my books as love letters from me to others and the best kind of love letters are personal.
  5. My husband is a dentist and as a result, we tend to notice dentist in media. They are often portrayed as villains or comic relief. I decided it would be my goal to write a romantic dentist that would change the image in readers minds.
  6. Gilbert tells Hazel that being a dentist is really being an artist. When my husband was first trying to decide on a career path, he shadowed a dentist. He didn’t really think it would be for him, but he was open to exploring options. He came home and told me that the cool thing about dentistry was that you were essentially making art that was functional, every day. Little sculptures that helped people eat and smile better. Gilbert from the book is very different from my husband, but it was fun sneaking in little pieces of him in there.
  7. One of my favorite scenes from this book take place at a corn husking. There is a tradition that says, if a red ear of corn is found, the finder gets a kiss. Sigh, I love that scene!
  8. Without always meaning to, my books end up having messages woven into them. I believe one of the messages in A Lady in Attendance is forgiveness. In this case, it’s forgiving of one’s self. I believe this message is one that we all need at some point in our lives (or many points!).
  9. My books are coming out in a different order than they were written in. I actually wrote this book before Yours Truly, Thomas and after A Life Once Dreamed. This story has been waiting a long time to be in print! During that time, it has been reshaped in little ways. It gained a prologue and lost an epilogue, it was tamed down in places and intensified in others, but the heart of it has always been the same!
  10. One last piece of A Lady in Attendance trivia—several of my books have had their titles changed. It’s part of the writing process. The books get a working title and later a title that the rest of the world knows it by. The Hope of Azure Springs was originally just Azure SpringsYours Truly, Thomas was originally Dear, Azure SpringsA Life Once Dreamed was originally The Belle of PenanceA Lady in Attendance began as A Lady in Attendance and stayed A Lady in Attendance. Not only is this title fitting because dental assistants were knowns by this or as an attending lady, but also because Hazel wrestles with her worth. In a society that believes a mistake made once can leave a mark forever, it takes the right eyes and open heart to realize that there truly is a lady in attendance.

Blog Stops

Girls in White Dresses, June 30

The Sacred Line, June 30

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 30

lakesidelivingsite, July 1

Inklings and notions, July 1

For Him and My Family, July 2

Reflections From My Bookshelves, July 2

Mary Hake, July 2

deb’s Book Review, July 3

Remembrancy, July 3

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, July 4

Reviewingbooksplusmore, July 4

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, July 5

Breny and Books, July 5

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, July 6

Locks, Hooks and Books, July 6

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, July 6

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, July 7

The Christian Fiction Girl, July 7

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, July 8

Simple Harvest Reads, July 8 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Jeanette’s Thoughts, July 8

Older & Smarter?, July 9

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, July 9

Connie’s History Classroom, July 10

For the Love of Literature, July 10

Pause for Tales, July 10

Splashes of Joy, July 11

Life of Literature, July 11

Daysong Reflections, July 12

Bliss, Books & Jewels, July 12

Labor Not in Vain, July 12

Through the fire blogs, July 13

Texas Book-aholic, July 13

Blossoms and Blessings, July 13

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away the grand prize package of a paperback copy of A Lady in Attendance as well as A Life Once Dreamed by Rachel Fordham, a signed bookplate, book swag, and a $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble!!

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 The Perfect Murder by Kat Martin

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

Book Details:

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

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

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publisher:  HQN

Release date:   June 22, 2021

Tour dates: June 22 to July 12, 2021

Content Rating:  R. Some explicit sexual scenes.

 

Book Description:

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

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

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

Buy the Book:

Amazon ~B&N ~ Indiebound

kobo ~ Google ~ Apple

 

Meet the Author:

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

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

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

 

Tour Schedule:

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

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

June 22 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book spotlight / giveaway

June 23 – Brooke Blogs – book spotlight / giveaway

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

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

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

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

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

June 25 – Books for Books – book spotlight

June 28 – Nikki’s Bookstagram – book spotlight

June 28 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

June 29 – Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / giveaway

June 30 – @twilight_reader – book spotlight

June 30 – Buried Under Books  – book spotlight / giveaway

July 1 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / giveaway

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

July 6 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / giveaway

July 7 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

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

July 9 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

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

Enter the Giveaway:

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

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Tour and Giveaway for Gold Rush Bride, Hannah by Linda Shenton Matchett

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About the Book

Book:  Gold Rush Bride, Hannah

Author: Linda Shenton Matchett

Genre: Historical Romance

Release date: May 18, 2021

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Recently widowed, she’s doesn’t need another man in her life. He’s not looking for a wife. But when danger thrusts them together, will they change their minds…and hearts?

Hannah Lauman’s husband has been murdered, but rather than grief, she feels…relief. She decides to remain in Georgia to work their gold claim, but a series of incidents make it clear someone wants her gone…dead or alive. Is a chance at being a woman of means and independence worth risking her life?

Jess Vogel never breaks a promise, so when he receives a letter from a former platoon mate about being in danger, he drops everything to help his old friend. Unfortunately, he arrives just in time for the funeral. Can he convince the man’s widow he’s there for her protection not for her money?

Gold Rush Bride: Hannah is the first book in the exciting new series Gold Rush Brides. Steeped in romance, intrigue, and history, the story will keep you turning pages long into the night.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Join me in reading the wonderful interview with this author

How long did it take to publish your first novel.

I began to seriously pursue writing and publication in 2010. After receiving a kindly written rejection letter, I started attending conferences and took Jerry Jenkins’ Writer’s Guild classes. Lots of drafts and revisions later, my first novel was published in 2016.

Where do you get inspiration for your stories? Family? Friends? Yourself?

I have a folder where I keep story ideas written on everything from notepaper to napkins and receipts. I’ve had friends suggest plotlines and my husband has help me brainstorm ideas, but I typically use ones I’ve devised on my own. Inspiration has come from Bible stories, newspaper and magazine articles, scenes from a TV show or movie, a book that I think should have had a different ending or explored a topic in a different way, and overhead conversations (those make for great ideas!).

Your favorite thing about writing?

Research! I love the hunt for information, incidents, people and anything that can add flavor to my stories. 

If I write a review of your book, what do you want to hear?

Reviews that tell me how my book touched a reader mean a lot to me. That probably hearkens back to my experience with A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. The book affected me, and that’s what lit the desire to become an author. I wanted to impact readers like that book impacted me.

For you, what is a day in the life of a writer like?

I have a full time job, so I’m very regimented with my schedule. I write for about ninety minutes each day before leaving for work. I work a late shift on Wednesdays, so am able to write until lunchtime on that day. Saturdays is when I focus on marketing, research, creating outlines for my next projects, social media, and editing.

For you, what is a day in the life of a writer like?

I have a full time job, so I’m very regimented with my schedule. I write for about ninety minutes each day before leaving for work. I work a late shift on Wednesdays, so am able to write until lunchtime on that day. Saturdays is when I focus on marketing, research, creating outlines for my next projects, social media, and editing.





ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Linda Shenton Matchett writes about ordinary people who did extraordinary things in days gone by. A volunteer docent and archivist for the Wright Museum of WWII, Linda is a former trustee for her local public library. She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry. Linda has lived in historic places all her life, and is now located in central New Hampshire where her favorite activities include exploring historic sites and immersing herself in the imaginary worlds created by other authors.

More from Linda

Dear Readers,

Have you ever heard the quote about Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers that says, “Sure he was great, but don’t forget that Ginger Rogers did everything he did, backwards…and in high heels?” Originally seen in a 1982 Frank and Ernest comic strip, the line has been used by many people from comedians to politicians.

A slight twist on the statement can be made about women in the centuries before modern attire allowed them to wear slacks…they did everything men did, but in floor-length skirts (to say nothing of when they had to wear corsets!). A few examples include cooking over an open hearth, hauling water before the invention of pumps and indoor plumbing, farm work such as milking cows or gardening, and riding a horse.

One of my favorite aspects about writing is developing the characters, especially the female protagonists. Mine are typically…well, untypical. The gals in my books are war correspondents, mechanics, spies, doctors, pilots, and midwives, just to name a few. While thinking about what to write next, I stumbled on an article about female prospectors, and I knew I had my story.

I continued to dig and was delighted to find journals and diaries of these stalwart women who either followed their husbands, brothers, or fathers to the gold field or actually set out on their own. Instead of setting my novel during the well-known California gold rush of 1849, Gold Rush Bride Hannah takes place two decades earlier in northern Georgia where more than one million dollars of gold was unearthed.

The few images I found confirmed my suspicion. These women prospected alongside the men,  swirling their pans of silt hour after hour…all while wearing a dress.

I hope you enjoy Hannah’s story.

Blog Stops

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, June 22 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 22

deb’s Book Review, June 23

For Him and My Family, June 24

Texas Book-aholic, June 25

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, June 26 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 26

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 27

Connie’s History Classroom, June 28

Inklings and notions, June 29

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 30

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, July 1

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, July 2

Artistic Nobody, July 3 (Author Interview)

Reviewingbooksplusmore, July 3

Splashes of Joy, July 4 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, July 5

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Visa Gift Card and signed copy of the book!!

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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It’s a SALE from Smashwords!

WOW WHAT A SALE

Check out this link to Smashwords for a ton of books that are Free! Cheap! On sale! So many authors. So many books.

A few pointers.

1. Check the category you want.

2. Check the price you want.

3. Be sure to check Christian Fiction if that’s what you want to read. Other categories may not be clean.

4. I have not read most of the books so make sure you check around to see if they are books you are comfortable with reading.

5. Here is what it’s all about what it’s all about!

The 13th annual Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale has begun, running now through July 31.
The sale already features over 55,000 ebooks with deep discounts of 25%, 50%, 75% and FREE. Over 700 series starters are enrolled in the sale and available for free, joining over 6,300 series starters that are free every day.

Whether you’re looking for a great summer beach read or something to warm your heart in front of a crackling fireplace, you’ll find it here!

Browse by featured titles, discount levels, recently added to the sale, and recently purchased (a great way to see what your fellow readers are buying).

Use our multi-dimensional search filters on the left side of your screen to fine-tune your discovery of your next great reads in your favorite categories.

You’ll find exclusive deals across all major categories in non-fiction, romance, erotica, fantasy, mystery & detective, science fiction, thrillers, gay & lesbian fiction, YA, historical fiction, and more.

Visit the sale at:

The link to the Christian category is here:

https://www.smashwords.com/shelves/promos/1223/any/any

Tour and Giveaway for Nurse Mommy by Kristyn Boland

 

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

Book Details:

Book Title:  Nurse Mommy by Kristyn Boland

Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 2-10),  38 pages

Genre:  Children’s Picture Book

Publisher:  Mascot Books

Release date:   June, 2021

Content Rating:  G for everyone.

 
 
 

Book Description:

What does Mommy do when she leaves for work? From giving medicine to using her stethoscope, Nurse Mommy’s job is important because she helps patients get better. But what about her family back home—does Nurse Mommy really have to go to work? Nurse Mommy by Kristyn Boland helps chikdren understand what the nurse they love is doing when they go to work at night.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Nurse Mommy certainly doesn’t enjoy leaving her home and family all night when she goes to work, but she has a very important job that helps people when they are sick. She is usually on her feel most of the night as she goes from room to room taking care of her patients. We should all be thankful for nurses everywhere for their care for us, and sacrificing their time away from their family to do so. Kristyn Boland writes a beautiful story that is so much needed, and one about a job that I don’t see many books written about.

I love love this sweet book. It’s the first one about nurses I have ever read, and one that is so needed the explain to children who’s mom is a nurse what she does when she works. I sure am glad we have so many woman and men today who went to many years of school to teach them how to take care of those who are sick. This story is so precious, the little one so adorable, your child will will want you to read it over and over to them. And I can’t leave out the oh so adorable illustrations created by Vanessa Alexandre. I love the beautiful cover, with its bright vibrant colors and the characters that are so very cute. The inside of the book is filled with the same adorable and sweet characters with the bright and beautiful background. I love that after you have read Nurse Mommy by Kristyn Boland to your small child for a while, they will be able to look at the pictures and ‘read the story because they have memorized the words. This book is so very well and perfectly written, illustrated and formated, this will be the first book children will pull from shelves anywhere they see it. Nurse Mommy Kristyn Boland is a book that should be in daycare and school libraries, and classrooms as well as anywhere else children will be. Wouldn’t Nurse Mommy be a wonderful gift to Dr. offices and the children’s unit at hospitals? Nurse Mommy is Five Stars for me. 

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

 

Buy the Book:

 

Amazon ~ B&N ~ Mascot Books

 

Join me in reading an interesting interview with Kristyn Boland

  1. What made you write a book about a “Nurse Mommy”?

    When my son was just a few months old I thought it would be nice to get a book for my husband to read him when I left for work at night. I thought there would certainly be a book about a night shift nurse going to work, to help explain to children where their moms are. But there wasn’t, so I decided I would try to write that book myself!

 

  1. So did you write the book specifically for your son?

    I dedicated the book to my son, Owen. He was the baby I had in mind when I wrote it. But I also wrote this book envisioning my husband reading it to our son, so in a way I wrote it for him too. But I also want this book to be relatable for all children whose mommies leave for work at night!

 

  1. How does your son react when you go to work?

    I was SO worried he would get upset when I had to go to work, and it would make it even harder to leave him. Funnily enough, he never gets upset when it’s time for me to leave! He says “bye bye” when he sees me in my scrubs! Now we just had a little girl in April and even though she’s still so little, I have a feeling she might be the one who has a harder time with me leaving. She’s a momma’s girl!

 

  1. What are your hopes for this book?

    If this book can help one child who’s sad when their mom has to leave for work at night, I will consider it a success.

 

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

    I guess I want them to know that I’m not a writer by trade, just someone who had an idea for a book I thought that others and myself might enjoy. So if you have a good idea for a book, just try!

 

 

 

 

Meet the Author:

Kristyn Boland lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband, Tim, her son, Owen, and their dog, Bo. She graduated from East Carolina University College of Nursing in 2014. Kristyn started her career working in Pediatric Intensive Care and later moved to Postpartum Care, where she takes care of moms and their new babies in the 

hospital. When she returned to work after having her son, she wanted to find a book for her husband to read to her son at bedtime explaining where she was and why she went to work at night. When she couldn’t find one, she decided to write it herself!

connect with the author: website ~ instagram

 
 
 
 
 

 

Tour Schedule:

 

 

June 14 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway

June 14 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway

June 14 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

June 15 – I Read Kid’s Books – book review / guest post / giveaway

June 15 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway

June 16 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway

June 17 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway

June 17 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway

June 21 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / giveaway

June 22 – @booking.with.janelle – book review

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

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

June 24 – The Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book review / author interview / giveaway

June 25 – Westveil Publishing – book review / guest post / giveaway

June 28 – Reading is My Passion – book review

June 29 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway

June 29 – @twilight_reader – book review

June 30 – Kam’s Place – book review

June 30 – Laura’s Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway

July 1 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway

July 1 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review

July 2 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

 

Enter the Giveaway:

  

NURSE MOMMY by Kristyn Boland Book Tour Giveaway

 

 

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Tour and Giveaway for Tour Book by Rachel Pfennig Hale

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Rachel Pfennig Hales will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

It’s show night. You’ve bought tickets and are waiting with your friends. The lights drop. The darkness swells in anticipation. A collective cheer grows. A breath of silence. Then, that first chord screams from the > speakers. Lights flash to flood the stage, radiating as the concert comes to life.

We are there, too, in the dark under the show, behind it, and above it. > Each prop or cool trick, every costume or scene change requires the hidden help of someone behind the scenes. In a few hours, you will have gone home, but we will still be here, tearing it all down. We will pack up the gear, load up more than a dozen tractor trailers, and head out to the next city. Tomorrow, we will build the production again in a new building. We’ll greet another audience. We’ll put on another show.

From load in to load out, watch a production build toward show time. Hear true stories from the rock and roll roadies who’ve helped create the world’s biggest concert tours with interviews from dozens of touring technicians.

Read an Excerpt

Everyone wants to hear the crazy stories. They want to hear about the celebrities, their flaws and their weird, fabulous quirks. They want to know about drugs and sex, and surprisingly little about rock and roll. They want to hear about the late nights, the VIP parties, the swag. Maybe they’ll listen to accounts of long hours and grueling conditions. Maybe they’ll ask about the technology. But really, they want to hear the tabloid version of backstage. That part does exist, of course. I once saw Tom Cruise sing karaoke at some afterparty in Malaysia, and then again in Vancouver. I’ve helped Santana move a couch and babysat Slash’s kid during a show. I’ve toasted with Dom Perignon, even though I couldn’t pronounce it. Once—and only once—I walked into a hotel room and saw a literal mound of cocaine. I’ve been to the Grammys twice, as well as the American Music Awards, and stood in the back parking lot at something for MTV. Admittedly, I’ve always used the stage door and never once walked a red carpet. I stood on the field at the World Cup in South Africa. I’ve rocked out with Ryan Seacrest for New Year’s. I’ve flown charter. I’ve missed a few commercial flights. I have visited five of the seven continents, and in 2010, I ran out of passport pages. I’ve worked shows at Madison Square Garden, the United Center, the Staples Center, the Grand Ole Opry, and the O2 arenas in London, Berlin, and Dublin. I’ve worked four shows in old Italian castles and one at a Target.

About the Author:

Rachel Pfennig Hales has always loved show business. From theater as a  child, to a brief stint in television production, she found her niche in  live event production. Rachel was able to start her career touring around the world with the Black Eyed Peas, and then with Lynyrd Skynyrd. Now, she is the Client and Community Development Manager at Rock Lititz, helping with various touring rehearsals and building up the live event culture on campus. Rachel also does a lot of writing, within the live event industry and beyond. She has BAs from DePauw University, an MA in English Studies from National University, and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rapfenhales

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21459950.Rachel_Pfennig_Hales

BN: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tour-book-rachel-hales/1139103274

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1735664847

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Tour and Giveaway for Tour Book by Rachel Pfennig Hales

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Rachel Pfennig Hales will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

It’s show night. You’ve bought tickets and are waiting with your friends. The lights drop. The darkness swells in anticipation. A collective cheer grows. A breath of silence. Then, that first chord screams from the > speakers. Lights flash to flood the stage, radiating as the concert comes to life. We are there, too, in the dark under the show, behind it, and above it. > Each prop or cool trick, every costume or scene change requires the hidden help of someone behind the scenes. In a few hours, you will have gone home, but we will still be here, tearing it all down. We will pack up the gear, load up more than a dozen tractor trailers, and head out to the next city. Tomorrow, we will build the production again in a new building. We’ll greet another audience. We’ll put on another show. From load in to load out, watch a production build toward show time. Hear true stories from the rock and roll roadies who’ve helped create the world’s biggest concert tours with interviews from dozens of touring technicians.Read an Excerpt Everyone wants to hear the crazy stories. They want to hear about the celebrities, their flaws and their weird, fabulous quirks. They want to know about drugs and sex, and surprisingly little about rock and roll. They want to hear about the late nights, the VIP parties, the swag. Maybe they’ll listen to accounts of long hours and grueling conditions. Maybe they’ll ask about the technology. But really, they want to hear the tabloid version of backstage. That part does exist, of course. I once saw Tom Cruise sing karaoke at some afterparty in Malaysia, and then again in Vancouver. I’ve helped Santana move a couch and babysat Slash’s kid during a show. I’ve toasted with Dom Perignon, even though I couldn’t pronounce it. Once—and only once—I walked into a hotel room and saw a literal mound of cocaine. I’ve been to the Grammys twice, as well as the American Music Awards, and stood in the back parking lot at something for MTV. Admittedly, I’ve always used the stage door and never once walked a red carpet. I stood on the field at the World Cup in South Africa. I’ve rocked out with Ryan Seacrest for New Year’s. I’ve flown charter. I’ve missed a few commercial flights. I have visited five of the seven continents, and in 2010, I ran out of passport pages. I’ve worked shows at Madison Square Garden, the United Center, the Staples Center, the Grand Ole Opry, and the O2 arenas in London, Berlin, and Dublin. I’ve worked four shows in old Italian castles and one at a Target. About the Author:

Rachel Pfennig Hales has always loved show business. From theater as a  child, to a brief stint in television production, she found her niche in  live event production. Rachel was able to start her career touring around the world with the Black Eyed Peas, and then with Lynyrd Skynyrd. Now, she is the Client and Community Development Manager at Rock Lititz, helping with various touring rehearsals and building up the live event culture on campus. Rachel also does a lot of writing, within the live event industry and beyond. She has BAs from DePauw University, an MA in English Studies from National University, and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College. Twitter: https://twitter.com/rapfenhales Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21459950.Rachel_Pfennig_Hales BN: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tour-book-rachel-hales/1139103274 Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1735664847a Rafflecopter giveawayhttps://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js

Tour and Giveaway for Stealing the First Mate by Tabitha Bouldin

About the Book

Book: Stealing the First Mate

Author: Tabitha Bouldin

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release date: June 29, 2021

Sometimes, happily ever after is as elusive as a pirate’s treasure.

Darcy Riggins dove headfirst into the online dating pool and sank. Every time.

Her lifelong dream of becoming a wife and mother becomes more elusive every year. So, taking the lack of a Mr. Right in her life as a decided “No!” from God, Darcy gives up altogether.

Single and happy is not an oxymoron. Right?

Nigel Jones has loved Darcy for ages, but her father (his boss, of course) ordered him to keep his feelings to himself, thanks to a stupid mistake that Darcy (thankfully) doesn’t know about.  Too bad her dad does.

Being single and content turns out to be tougher than Darcy imagined, and when she begins doubting everything she’s ever known, Nigel decides it’s time to admit his mistakes, tell the truth, and trust God for the outcome.

In this “forbidden-love-meets-friends-to-more” novel, Stealing the First Mate continues the Elnora Island romances of the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.

The Independence Islands Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Tabitha Bouldin has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing/English from Southern New Hampshire University. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and has been writing since 2015. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, you’ll find her curled up with a book. Tabitha’s genre of choice is Contemporary Christian Romance which she describes as: Adventure with heart.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I have enjoyed the Elnora Island series reads and Stealing the First Mate was another beach story that I enjoyed. It did take me a while to get into the book. Nigel and Darcy were both interesting characters and both had their own issues to work through. The two has known each other for a very long time and Nigel is still haunted by a stupid mistake from long ago that has Darcy’s dad banning a relationship between them but will that last?

It took me several chapters to like this book and really get into the story, but then it opens up and turns out to be a pretty good read. I enjoyed seeing Nigel and Darcy spend new time together and their interactions. The author creates characters that tell the story well as the story unfolds. This has been an interesting read and I can’t wait for the next book in this series. This one is a good Four Stars for me.

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

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More from Tabitha

I love the friends-to-something-more trope. There’s something invigorating about the challenges of stepping into a different kind of relationship with someone you already know and trust. The risk of losing the friendship if things go badly comes to the forefront and each character has to decide if they’ll take the risk or keep things as they are.

For Nigel and Darcy, there’s the added difficulty of Nigel’s unrequited love. They’ve been best friends forever, and he’s loved Darcy all that time. And she’s clueless! How does that happen?

I wish I could say this story came from my own experience, but that isn’t the case. While my husband and I knew each other for several years before we started dating, we were hardly friends. High school social circles are brutal things. Plus, he had a crush on my cousin, and I was dating someone else.

But it all worked out.

And we’re best friends now.

When it came time to write Stealing the First Mate, I knew Nigel and Darcy were friends. It wasn’t until I worked my way through the first chapter that the depth of their relationship started to emerge, and I realized they were best friends. Darcy runs to Nigel for advise (even dating advise, which became really awkward for Nigel).

Darcy has been looking for Mr. Right so long she can’t see the truth staring back at her in Nigel’s eyes.

Writing their story is one of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve had in writing.

Blog Stops

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, June 14

Life, Love, Writing, June 14

lakesidelivingsite, June 15

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, June 15

The Sacred Line, June 15

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 16

Blossoms and Blessings, June 16

Texas Book-aholic, June 17

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, June 17 (Author Interview)

Inklings and notions, June 18

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, June 18

Cultivating Us, June 18

deb’s Book Review, June 19

Connect in Fiction, June 19

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 20

Blogging With Carol, June 20

Sodbuster Living, June 20

Remembrancy, June 21

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, June 21

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, June 22

For Him and My Family, June 22

Aryn The Libraryan 📚, June 23

Lots of Helpers, June 23

Labor Not in Vain , June 23

She Lives To Read, June 24

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 24

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 25

Joanne Markey, June 25

Splashes of Joy, June 26

Kayem Reads, June 26

Reflections From My Bookshelves, June 27

Simple Harvest Reads, June 27 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Tabitha is giving away the grand prize package a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

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 An Alaskan Homecoming By Beth Carpenter

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

An Alaskan Homecoming
(Northern Lights #8)
By Beth Carpenter
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
June 1, 2021 by Harlequin Heartwarming

“Ever after” wasn’t the plan…
Until now!

Rowan O’Shea’s intention was just to visit her family in the small Alaskan town she calls home. Now she’s not sure she wants to leave, given the romantic mess she’s left behind. A temporary fake marriage to gorgeous veterinarian Zack Vogel might be the perfect solution, if she can convince Zack. But Rowan’s marriage of convenience has a seriously inconvenient snag—she’s falling for her new fake husband!

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MY THOUGHTS ON An Alaskan Homecoming 

I always love a story where there is a fake romance or fake marriage, and this one is wonderful. Rowan thought it could work until the attraction started for Zack Vogel. A veterinarian is just not suppose to be so gorgeous, is he? Rowen is in a bit of romantic mess and trying to figure out what to do to please everyone, but that doesn’t always work. So now she has to figure this all out, with falling for Zack.

I love Beth Carpenter’s books and have read many of them. In this one, Beth writes a wonderful story in her own unique writing ability, and I love this one so much. Rowan and Zack are adorable. I love the attraction with them as they interact together. The fake marriage was kinda dangerous because it gave them so much time with each other. Maybe now Rowan can stop pleasing others so much and strat doing something for herself. Zack is so adorable and I love his veterinarian care of wild animals and their needs and then that he makes sure they are back in their own habitat. He and Rowan have a lot of issues to work through and figure out, but it’s really fun watching their fake togetherness. I can’t wait to see what Beth Carpenter has for us next. If you love a sweet romance, this is an awesome one for you. It is part of the Harlequin Heartwarming line of Romances and they are the best!

🐎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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A Northern Lights Novel
Book 1: The Alaskan Catch
Book 2: A Gift for Santa
Book 3: Alaskan Hideaway
Book 4: An Alaskan Proposal
Book 5: Sweet Home Alaska
Book 6: Alaskan Dreams
Book 7: An Alaskan Family Christmas
Book 8: An Alaskan Homecoming

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Other Books in the Series

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About the Author

Beth Carpenter is thankful for good books, a good dog, a good man and a dream job creating happily-ever-afters. She and her husband now split their time between Alaska and Arizona, where she occasionally encounters a moose in the yard or a scorpion in the basement. She prefers the moose.
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