Live All In by Hilary Weeks Review and Giveaway

05 Dec, 2019 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

DESCRIPTION OF LIVE ALL IN: 

As a member of LIVE ALL IN, you’ll receive a brand new Hilary Weeks song every month. You will also have access to a song study that includes scriptures, quotes and questions to help you study the message of the song that month! Every month, you’ll receive the sheet music and instrumental track for that song. Plus you’ll get the beautifully designed lyrics, coloring page and two 5×7 printables that you can frame for your home or use as lesson handouts. 

Blog Tour Sale Offer – You can purchase a 2020 Live All In Annual Membership for early bird price of $49 (reg. $59) and if you use the coupon SALE15, you get another 15% off! Only $42!! 

You and your family can also enjoy an entire year’s worth of gorgeous, monthly music, sheet music, coloring pages, printables for your home, song studies, and lyrics for under $4 a month! 

What a wonderful idea. A way to bring music into your every day routing with sound, writing, images and an interactive app. Hilary has created a multi-media way to add inspiration to life with your phone.

I had a bit of a rough start with the app, first not able to log in to the website. Once I requested a new access code, and went to the website to register, I was unable to log in to the app itself because of a user error that said it couldn’t find my account. Streaming on a phone from the website itself is not optimal. I was also unable to join the closed member only FB page. Life brings us trials. that’s what it is. *update* We have heard back from support and were able to log on to the app with a new password. We are also able to access the FB group. It looks like a wonderfully supportive community.

Using the website I accessed the 2019 toolkit and I loved what I found. The music pulled me from a frustrated mood to a good one. The text is uplifting and I enjoyed all of the Jeffrey R. Holland quotes sprinkled in. The visuals are lovely with vivid colors. I have long been a fan of Hilary Weeks, so her music always brings back memories. It is fun that she is collaborating with Cherie Call on several songs, also a favorite singer, songwriter of mine. The content is all new.

My favorite song was fragile. I plan on going back through everything once I find support for the app and FB group. Overall, I hope to use each element and enjoy the writing pages. What I saw I love and recommend! Thank you Hilary for the free sneak peek.

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Christmas Jars Blog Tour and Giveaway

03 Dec, 2019 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: 

Based on the New York Times best- selling novel by Jason F. Wright

Hope is an aspiring reporter who has had her fair share of tragedy in life. Abandoned at birth, she’s grieving the recent death of her adopted mother when her apartment is burglarized of all her possessions. While reporting the burglary to the police, Hope discovers a jar full of money, labeled “Christmas Jar.” Shocked and grateful for this act of kindness, Hope discovers that people all over her hometown of Columbus, Ohio, have been receiving Christmas Jars for years during times of need. The jars are always anonymous and always contain different amounts. In this heartwarming Christmas classic, Hope goes undercover to discover the secret behind the Christmas jars, putting into motion a series of events that will change her life, and her community, forever.

We sat down to watch Christmas Jars as a family and finished with a warm feeling of charity. Suitable for the whole family, it’s a clean holiday DVD which teaches the value of selfless service. Not a dry eye in our home! Viewers will want to pay it forward and spread the warmth of anonymous giving as a tradition each Christmas. We highly recommend viewing then buying this movie as a gift. Beautiful message.

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Giveaway– $50 Amazon Gift Card 

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The Light at the Bottom of the World Blog Tour and Giveaway

27 Nov, 2019 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

Title: THE LIGHT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD (The Light at the Bottom of the World #1)

Author: London Shah

Pub. Date: October 29, 2019

Publisher: Freeform

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 320

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindleAudible, B&NiBooksKoboTBD

Hope had abandoned them to the wrath of all the waters.

At the end of the twenty-first century, the world has changed dramatically, but life continues one thousand feet below the ocean’s surface. In Great Britain, sea creatures swim among the ruins of Big Ben and the Tower of London, and citizens waver between fear and hope; fear of what lurks in the abyss, and hope that humanity will soon discover a way to reclaim the Earth.

Meanwhile, sixteen-year-old Leyla McQueen has her own problems to deal with. Her father’s been arrested, accused of taking advantage of victims of the Seasickness-a debilitating malaise that consumes people,often claiming their lives. But Leyla knows he’s innocent, and all she’s interested in is getting him back so that their lives can return to normal.

When she’s picked to race in the action-packed London Submersible Marathon, Leyla gets the chance to secure his freedom; the Prime Minister promises the champion whatever their heart desires. The race takes an unexpected turn, though, and presents her with an opportunity she never wanted: Leyla must venture outside of London for the first time in her life, to find and rescue her father herself.

Now, she’ll have to brave the unfathomable waters and defy a corrupt government determined to keep its secrets, all the while dealing with a secretive, hotheaded companion she never asked for in the first place. If she fails, or falls prey to her own fears, she risks capture–and her father might be lost forever.

“A work of fathomless imagination.”

——Samantha Shannon, New York Times best-selling author of The Bone Season and The Priory of the Orange Tree

“Riveting and exciting, The Light at the Bottom of the World is a heart-racing adventure that reveals compelling and necessary truths about several critical issues of our times, while delivering all the thrills and twists of an epic quest. A stand-out, must-read book that engulfed me in its enthralling world and characters. Leyla McQueen is queen of the (under)seas!”

——S. K. Ali, author of 2018 Morris finalist Saints and Misfits and Love from A to Z

“The Light at the Bottom of the World is a wonderfully refreshing epic adventure, with dynamite worldbuilding and a crafty heroine. Leyla’s determination and talent will keep you hooked in her story, and you will be begging for Shah’s next book before you’ve even finished this one.”

——Rachel Strolle: Teen Librarian, Glenside Public Library District

“Shah’s debut is a fast-paced masterpiece from start to finish. Readers will fall in love with passionate, persistent Leyla as well as her secretive, swoon-worthy companion, Ari. While the tropes of dystopian fiction—corrupt government, fear of the unknown—will be easily recognizable by fans of the genre, Shah has skillfully shaped a gorgeous world unlike any those fans have seen before. But be forewarned: the book ends on a jaw-dropping cliff-hanger. Highly recommended.”

——School Library Journal

The Light at the End of the World combines two of my favorite elements, London and underwater worlds.

I picked it up and never put it down! A futuristic England which is completely submersed in water a the stakes are high in underwater racing. A bit of steampunk, sci fi feel and a one- time competition with selection and prizes (a bit like the Hunger Games make the plot ever suspenseful. It picks up toward the end to a page turning cliffhanger. There are diverse characters with deep layers.

Leyla the MC is strong with her independent, stubborn, yet kind personality. She’s spunky and determined. Her protector is more than he appears to be. His loyalty and strength make their bond impactful. I do wish we saw more depth to the discussions between friends and family, more relationship building. All of the science and atmospheric elements make London otherworldy, beautiful but scary.

The author addresses mistrust of government, questioning fear-based societies and anxiety about exploring the unknown. I can’t wait for book two! The Light at the Bottom of the World was fresh, unusual and captivating.

Content: swearing, moderate violence, some tension.


About London: 

London Shah is a British-born Muslim of Pashtun ethnicity. She has lived in Britain’s capital for most of her life, via England’s beautiful North. When she’s not busy re-imagining the past, plotting an alternate present or dreaming up a surreal future, she’s most likely drinking copious amounts of tea, eating all the sweets and cakes, strolling through Richmond Park or along the Thames, getting lost on an evening in the city’s older, darker alleyways—preferably just after it’s rained—listening to punk rock, or losing herself in a fab SFF book or film. If she could have only one super power, it would be to breathe underwater of course!

​Her debut novel, THE LIGHT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD, a YA sci-fi, is out now. You can read more about it here.

You can find her on TwitterInstagram, and/or get in touch with her here.

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE LIGHT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

11/4/2019 Bookhounds YA Excerpt
11/5/2019 Geronimo Reads Excerpt
11/6/2019 Starlight Reads Review
11/7/2019 Jrsbookreviews Review
11/8/2019 Wonder Struck Review

Week Two:

11/11/2019 Nerdophiles Review
11/12/2019 Here’s to Happy Endings Review
11/13/2019 @fictitious.fox Review
11/14/2019 Lifestyle Of Me Review
11/15/2019 A Dream Within A Dream Review

Week Three:

11/18/2019 THE BOOK NUT Review
11/19/2019 Savings in Seconds Review
11/20/2019 Book Briefs Review
11/21/2019 Do You Dog-ear? Review
11/22/2019 Treestand Book Reviews Review

Week Four:

11/25/2019 Confessions of a YA Reader Excerpt
11/26/2019 Book-Keeping Review
11/27/2019 Fire and Ice Review
11/28/2019 Jena Brown Writes Review
11/29/2019 Two points of interest Review

Week Five:

12/2/2019 Forever Lost in Literature Review
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Perfect for Christmas- Boxed Book Sale

25 Nov, 2019 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

We are gearing up for Black Friday and there are so many good boxed sets on sale right now! The prices have been marked more than half off. Here’s a few I spotted. (ad)

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles

The Maze Runner Series Complete Collection Boxed Set

Divergent Series Four

The Selection 5-Book Box Set: The Complete Series

Harry Potter Paperback Box Set

J.R.R. Tolkien 4-Book Boxed Set: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

Madeleine L’Engle: The Kairos Novels

Matched Trilogy box set

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Christmas Jars Blog Tour Sign Up

22 Nov, 2019 by in fire and ice Leave a comment

Fire and Ice Blog Tours is thrilled to be helping coordinate the official Blog Tour for Christmas Jars. A perfect movie for the Holidays!

 Based on the beloved novel by Jason F. Wright, ‘Christmas Jars’ tells the story of reporter Hope Jensen, who uncovers the remarkable secret behind the glass jars filled with coins and bills anonymously left for people in need. ‘Christmas Jars’ is a phenomenon with a reach far beyond that of typical fiction, as it created a new tradition that has changed the lives of many people in their time of need all over the country.

Blog Tour Dates: 
December 3-8, 2019

Bloggers:

Sign up for the review tour by filling out your information here. There is $50 Amazon Giftcard giveaway included with the tour stops.

 

Glow Girl Blog Tour and Giveaway

21 Nov, 2019 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

Title: GLOW GIRL

Author: M. Weidenbenner

Pub. Date: October 31, 2019

Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC (Amara)

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 266

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&NiBooksKobo

Multi-Award-Winning and Best-Selling Author, Speaker and Writing Coach.

Willow is just your average sixteen-year-old girl. Okay, maybe not so average. She can heal animals. For her own safety, her veterinarian parents have made her promise not to use her powers. But sometimes her compassion just takes over, and she can’t help … well … helping.

Willow is a Droit, but hides her Droitism because people like her are feared and hated by those without special abilities. Two of Willow’s schoolmates, rumored to be Droits, have simultaneously disappeared.

When Willow’s non-Droit friend, Rain, is targeted, Willow wonders whether she should get involved–even if that means putting herself in the line of fire.

A mysterious new friend, Trae, just might be the key to unlock her courage.

In the end, she has a choice: she can deny who she is or declare her ability to heal, but either way, her life will never be the same again.

Thoughts

Glow Girl has a bright and simple cover which immediately drew our interest. The premise of healers or Droits is interesting, especially considering Willow’s parents are veterinarians. It was good to see the main protagonist use her abilities for good and overcome her fears. Thanks Rockstar Blog Tours for the stop!

Content: there are several scenes with bullying and some violence

About M.:

AWARD-WINNING and AMAZON BESTSELLING AUTHOR.

GOLD Medal WINNER in the 2014 READERS’ FAVORITE International Awards.

Bronze Medal Winner in Dan Poytner’s Global eBook Awards. Winner of the Kindle Book Promotion Awards. SPIRIT and INSPIRATION MEDALS in the NEW APPLE LITERARY AWARDS.

AWARD-WINNING SPEAKER. John Maxwell Team Leader.

To obtain a free copy of one of Michelle’s children’s books, and receive her newsletters, go to www/MichelleWeidenbenner.com/gift/

Michelle is an author, speaker, trainer and coach dedicated to leaving a legacy of leaders who care about bringing value to others and equipping the future generation. She’s also known as the UNCOVER AGENT who helps people uncover their messages so they can UNLEASH them into the universe.

She grew up in the burbs of Detroit with five brothers. No sisters. Each time her mom brought the boy bundle home from the hospital Michelle cried, certain her mom liked boys better than girls. But when her brothers pitched in with the cooking, cleaning, and babysitting–without drama, Michelle discovered having brothers wasn’t so bad. They even taught her how to take direct criticism without flinching, which comes in handy with book reviews.

CACHE a PREDATOR and ECLAIR GOES GEOCACHING are currently hidden in geocaching sites throughout the US. If you’d like to see where they might be in your area, please log in to geocaching.com and search for trackables at IN SCRIBE–that’s Michelle.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/28/2019 BookHounds YA Excerpt
10/29/2019 Lifestyle Of Me Review
10/30/2019 BookishRealmReviews Review
10/31/2019 Yna the Mood Reader Review
11/1/2019 Cuz I’m a Nerd Review

Week Two:

11/4/2019 Southern Girl Bookaholic Review
11/5/2019 PopTheButterfly Reads Review
11/6/2019 Tawney Bland Review
11/7/2019 lori’s little house of reviews Review
11/8/2019 Shelf-Rated Review

Week Three:

11/11/19 A Dream Within A Dream Excerpt
11/12/19 The Pages In-Between Review
11/13/19 A Gingerly Review Review
11/14/19 Turning the Pages Review
11/15/19 Adventures and Reading Review

Week Four:

11/18/2019 Jena Brown Writes Review
11/19/2019 @fictitious.fox Review
11/20/2019 Two Dogs and a Book Review
11/21/2019 Fire and Ice Review
11/22/2019 two points of interest Review

Giveaway Details:

50 winners will receive an ebook of GLOW GIRL, International via Goodreads

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Glow Girl by M. Weidenbenner

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Giveaway ends November 28, 2019.

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The Forgotten Carols Spotlight Tour

15 Nov, 2019 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

The Forgotten Carols stage performance tells the story of Connie Lou, a nurse whose empty life is changed when Uncle John, a new patient she is attending, recounts the story of Christ’s birth as told by little known characters in the nativity story. The accounts from the Innkeeper, the Shepherd and others help the nurse discover what the world has forgotten about Christmas, ultimately encouraging her to open her heart to the joy of this special season.

Discover the true spirit of Christmas by seeing The Forgotten Carols live!

Ticket Information – https://www.forgottencarols.com/shows/

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Legacy by Shannon Messenger Spotlight Tour and Giveaway

06 Nov, 2019 by in Uncategorized 1 comment

I am thrilled to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for LEGACY by Shannon Messenger! I am spotlighting the whole series today check it out and enter to win the giveaway below!

About the Book:

Title: LEGACY (Keeper of the Lost Cities #8)

Author: Shannon Messenger

Pub. Date: November 5, 2019

Publisher: Aladdin

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 816

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindleB&NiBooksKoboTBD

Illusions shatter—and Sophie and her friends face impossible choices—in this astonishing eighth book in the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Keeper of the Lost Cities series.

Only this first edition includes an exclusive extra scene from Tam’s point of view as well as beautiful illustrated endpapers from Shannon Messenger.

Sophie Foster wants answers. But after a lifetime of lies, sometimes the truth is the most dangerous discovery. Even the smallest secret comes with terrifying new responsibilities.

And Sophie’s not the only one with blank spots in her past, or mysteries surrounding her family. She and her friends are part of something much bigger than they imagined—and their roles have already been chosen for them.

Every clue drags them deeper into the conspiracy. Every memory forces them to question everything—especially one another. And the harder they fight, the more the lines blur between friend and enemy. 

About the series:

Title: FLASHBACK  (Keeper of the Lost Cities #7)

Author: Shannon Messenger

Pub. Date: November 6, 2018

Publisher: Aladdin

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 848

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A New York Times bestselling series

A USA TODAY bestselling series

A California Young Reader Medal–winning series

In this unforgettable seventh book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie must let the past and present blur together, because the deadliest secrets are always the ones that get erased.

Sophie Foster doesn’t know what—or whom—to believe. And in a game with this many players, the worst mistake can be focusing on the wrong threat.

But when the Neverseen prove that Sophie’s far more vulnerable than she ever imagined, she realizes it’s time to change the rules. Her powerful abilities can only protect her so far. To face down ruthless enemies, she must learn to fight.

Unfortunately, battle training can’t help a beloved friend who’s facing a whole different danger—where the only solution involves one of the biggest risks Sophie and her friends have ever taken. And the distraction might be exactly what the villains have been waiting for.

Title: NIGHTFALL (Keeper of the Lost Cities #6)

Author: Shannon Messenger

Pub. Date: November 7, 2017

Publisher: Aladdin

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 576

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindle, AudibleB&NiBooksKoboTBD

Sophie Foster is struggling. Grieving. Scrambling. But she knows one thing: she will not be defeated.

The Neverseen have had their victories—but the battle is far from over. It’s time to change tactics. Make sacrifices. Reexamine everything. Maybe even time for Sophie to trust her enemies.

All paths lead to Nightfall—an ominous door to an even more ominous place—and Sophie and her friends strike a dangerous bargain to get there. But nothing can prepare them for what they discover. The problems they’re facing stretch deep into their history. And with time running out, and mistakes catching up with them, Sophie and her allies must join forces in ways they never have before.

Title: LODESTAR (Keeper of the Lost Cities #5)

Author: Shannon Messenger

Pub. Date: November 1, 2016

Publisher: Aladdin

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 688

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Dark schemes unfold–and Sophie’s loyalty is pushed to the limit–in this thrilling fifth book in the best-selling KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES SERIES.

Sophie Foster is back in the Lost Cities–but the Lost Cities have changed. The threat of war hangs heavy over her glittering world, and the Neverseen are wreaking havoc.

The lines between friend and enemy have blurred, and Sophie is unsure whom to trust. But when she’s warned that the people she loves most will be the next victims, she knows she has to act.

A mysterious symbol could be the key–if only she knew how to translate it. Every new clue seems to lead deeper into her world’s underbelly and the Black Swan aren’t the only ones who have plans. The Neverseen have their own Initiative, and if Sophie doesn’t stop it, they might finally have the ultimate means to control her.

Title: NEVERSEEN (Keeper of the Lost Cities #4)

Author: Shannon Messenger

Pub. Date: November 3, 2015

Publisher: Aladdin

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 672

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindle, AudibleB&NiBooksKoboTBD

Sophie Foster is on the run—but at least she’s not alone.

Her closest friends from the Lost Cities have gone with her to join the Black Swan. They still have doubts about the shadowy organization, but the only way to find answers is to start working with them. And as they settle into their new lives, they uncover secrets far bigger than anything they’d imagined.

But their enemies are far from done, and unleash a terrifying plague that threatens the safety of an entire species. Sophie and her friends fight with everything they have—with new allies joining them—but every choice has consequences. And trusting the wrong person could prove deadly.

In this game-changing fourth book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie must question everything to find a truth that will either save her world—or shatter it.

Title: EVERBLAZE (Keeper of the Lost Cities #3)

Author: Shannon Messenger

Pub. Date: November 4, 2014

Publisher: Aladdin

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 624

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindle, AudibleB&NiBooksKoboTBD

Sophie Foster is ready to fight back.

Her talents are getting stronger, and with the elusive Black Swan group ignoring her calls for help, she’s determined to find her kidnappers—before they come after her again.

But a daring mistake leaves her world teetering on the edge of war, and causes many to fear that she has finally gone too far. And the deeper Sophie searches, the farther the conspiracy stretches, proving that her most dangerous enemy might be closer than she realizes.

In this nail-biting third book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie must fight the flames of rebellion, before they destroy everyone and everything she loves.

Title: EXILE (Keeper of the Lost Cities #2)

Author: Shannon Messenger

Pub. Date: October 1, 2013

Publisher: Aladdin

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 576

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindle, AudibleB&NiBooksKoboTBD

Sophie Foster thought she was safe. Settled into her home at Havenfield, surrounded by friends, and using her unique telepathic abilities to train Silveny–the first female alicorn ever seen in the Lost Cities–her life finally seems to be coming together.

But Sophie’s kidnappers are still out there. And when Sophie discovers new messages and clues from the mysterious Black Swan group, she’s forced to take a terrifying risk—one that puts everyone in incredible danger.

As long buried secrets rise to the surface, it’s once again up to Sophie to uncover hidden memories—before someone close to her is lost forever.

In this second book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie must journey to the darkest corners of her luminous world in a sequel that will leave you breathless for more.

Title: KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES (Keeper of the Lost Cities #1)

Author: Shannon Messenger

Pub. Date: October 2, 2012

Publisher: Aladdin

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 496

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindle, AudibleB&NiBooksKoboTBD

Twelve-year-old Sophie Foster has a secret. She’s a Telepath—someone who hears the thoughts of everyone around her. It’s a talent she’s never known how to explain.

Everything changes the day she meets Fitz, a mysterious boy who appears out of nowhere and also reads minds. She discovers there’s a place she does belong, and that staying with her family will place her in grave danger. In the blink of an eye, Sophie is forced to leave behind everything and start a new life in a place that is vastly different from anything she has ever known.

Sophie has new rules to learn and new skills to master, and not everyone is thrilled that she has come “home.”

There are secrets buried deep in Sophie’s memory—secrets about who she really is and why she was hidden among humans—that other people desperately want. Would even kill for.

In this page-turning debut, Shannon Messenger creates a riveting story where one girl must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world, before the wrong person finds the answer first.

About Shannon:

SHANNON MESSENGER graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she learned—among other things—that she liked watching movies much better than making them. She’s studied art, screenwriting, and film production, but realized her real passion was writing stories for children. She’s the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the award-winning middle grade series, Keeper of the Lost Cities, as well as the Sky Fall series for young adults. Her books have been featured on multiple state reading lists, published in numerous countries, and translated into many different languages. She lives in Southern California with an embarrassing number of cats. Visit her online at shannonmessenger.com and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @sw_messenger and on Facebook @KepperOfTheLostCities.

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Giveaway Details:

4 winners will receive FULL hardcover sets of THE KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES Series, US only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/21/2019 Adventures Thru Wonderland Spotlight
10/22/2019 Dazzled by Books Spotlight
10/23/2019 Twirling Book Princess Spotlight
10/24/2019 Jypsylynn Spotlight
10/25/2019 Canadian Book Addict Spotlight

Week Two:

10/28/2019 BookHounds YA Spotlight
10/29/2019 Carina’s Books Spotlight
10/30/2019 What A Nerd Girl Says Spotlight
10/31/2019 Paper Safari Spotlight
11/1/2019 The Try Everything Spotlight

Week Three:

11/4/2019 YA Book Nerd Spotlight
11/5/2019 Jrsbookreviews Spotlight
11/6/2019 Fire and Ice Spotlight
11/7/2019 Book Bite Reviews Spotlight
11/8/2019 Southern Girl Bookaholic Spotlight

Week Four:

11/11/2019 The Book Tower Spotlight
11/12/2019 Lisa-Queen of Random Spotlight
11/13/2019 Character Madness and Musings Spotlight
11/14/2019 Sometimes Leelynn Reads Spotlight
11/15/2019 Two Chicks on Books Spotlight
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A Different Kind of Strong Blog Tour and Giveaway

06 Nov, 2019 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

Book Synopsis:  Daniel Trotter began a forty-day fast. He was consumed by the question and desperate to know, what do I do? After thirty days in the wilderness, God sent him home with an answer. It was, “Come back to Me.” For decades, Daniel was held in thrall to addiction and depression. He had friends, but life had lost all meaning. During a radical fast, Daniel encountered God – and great temptation. Afterward, he lost his wife, and his home, but he gained a new perspective – God’s. He went back to school and graduated with honors. God blessed him with a remarriage to someone who understands his heart and shares his faith. He has found peace and purpose. Daniel found freedom in God’s love and in following God and living according to his precepts. Daniel’s memoir will show you how God can heal every physical, mental and emotional hurt and help you to become whole.

We are Giving away one FREE Copy of “A Different Kind of Strong” and a $50 Amazon Gift Card 

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10 Blind Dates Blog Tour and Giveaway

24 Oct, 2019 by in Uncategorized 1 comment

Title: 10 BLIND DATES

Author: Ashley Elston

Pub. Date: October 1, 2019

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 336

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindle, AudibleB&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD

Sophie wants one thing for Christmas-a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend Christmas in South Louisiana with her very pregnant older sister, Sophie is looking forward to some much needed private (read: make-out) time with her long-term boyfriend, Griffin. Except it turns out that Griffin wants a little freedom from their relationship.

Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents’ house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That’s when her nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. Like her sweet cousin Sara, who sets her up with a hot guy at an exclusive underground party. Or her crazy aunt Patrice, who signs Sophie up for a lead role in a living nativity. With a boy who barely reaches her shoulder. And a screaming baby.

When Griffin turns up unexpectedly and begs for a second chance, Sophie feels more confused than ever. Because maybe, just maybe, she’s started to have feelings for someone else . . . Someone who is definitely not available.

This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever . . . or is it?

“This piece-by-piece romance doesn’t need its Christmas theme to sell, but it makes it glitter all the more.”—Booklist

“In a funny holiday romance that has Sophie dog-sitting in a hockey rink, watching porn at a drive-in theater, and playing the Virgin Mary in a middle school Nativity, Elston cleverly reflects the family members’ personalities through their choices of dates for Sophie.”—Publishers Weekly

Review

The cover is perfect. Festive, beautiful photography and design. I enjoyed 10 Blind Dates because of the bond Sophie has with her family. They are a large Italian bunch jammed into one home for Christmas, and taking bets on Sophie’s dating life. There were so many healthy dynamics illustrated, including post partum recovery, cousin love and close bonds with parents, grandparents and extended relatives.

Her neighbor Wes is kind, considerate, and takes good care of the main character as she braves a break up as well as a few sketchy blind date situations. A well rounded plot and endearing characters make this a heart warming, light read. I didn’t enjoy her evil cousins or their date activity. I wish the love interest hadn’t been all but settled until a little further into the book, to build suspense. My only two small complaints. Overall, a fun read!

Parental content: underage drinking, mention of pornography and nudity.

I received a copy from the publisher free as part of a blog tour.

About Ashley:

Ashley Elston is the author of several novels, including THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING (a finalist in the Best Young Adult Novel category of the International Thriller Awards) and THIS IS OUR STORY. She graduated with a Liberal Arts degree from Louisiana State University in Shreveport. Ashley worked for many years as a wedding photographer before turning her hand to writing. Ashley lives in Louisiana with her husband and three sons.

Ashley is represented by Sarah Davies at The Greenhouse Literary Agency.

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