Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Cinderella Didn't Live Happily Ever After: The Hidden Messages in Fairy Tales by Anne E Beall


Join us for this tour from June 13 to July 1, 2022!

Book Details:
 
Book Title:  Cinderella Didn't Live Happily Ever After: The Hidden Messages in Fairy Tales by Anne E. Beall
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  126 pages
GenreFeminist, Fairy Tales, Literary Criticism
Publisher:  Independent Publishing
Release date:  November 17, 2018
Content Rating:  PG + M. Some fairy tales are a bit gruesome but there is no bad language or explicit sex. 

 Book Description:

Did Cinderella live happily ever after? You might think so until you look more closely at the hidden messages in beloved fairy tales. In this book, fairy tales are analyzed in terms of the underlying messages about marriage, agency, power, suffering, and good versus evil, with a focus on how male and female characters differ in each of these areas. The analysis is a data-driven approach that provides clear evidence for the hidden messages in these beloved tales. The end conclusion is not whether fairy tales are good or bad but rather what messages they deliver about life, even if unintentionally.

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Meet the Author:

A leader in the field of market research and one of the few female CEOs in the industry, Anne E. Beall is the author of 10 books in business, gender studies, and mindfulness, including Cinderella Didn’t Live Happily Ever After: The Hidden Messages in Fairy Tales and The Psychology of Gender. Her book Heartfelt Connections was named one of the top 100 Notable Indie books in 2016 by Shelf Unbound, and she has published nearly a dozen business articles in noted journals. Her books have been featured in People Magazine, Toronto Sun, Hers Magazine, and Ms. Career Girl, and she has been interviewed by NBC, NPR, and WGN. Having received her PhD in social psychology from Yale University, Anne resides in Evanston, Illinois and is the founder of the market consultancy company Beall Research.

connect with the author:   website ~ facebook ~ twitter goodreads

Tour Schedule:

June 13 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 13 - Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
June 15 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 15 - Viviana MacKade – book review / giveaway
June 16 – Cheryl's Book Nook – book review / giveaway
June 16 - Sadie's Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
June 17 – Confessions of the Perfect Mom – book review
June 17 – Kam's Place – book review
June 20 – Mostly Mystery Reviews – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 20 - A Mama's Corner of the World - book review / giveaway
June 21 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
June 21 - Lamon Reviews – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 22 – Novels Alive – book review / giveaway
June 22 - The Girl Who Reads – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 23 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
June 24 – Chit Chat With Charity – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 24 - Gina Rae Mitchell - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 27 – My Fictional Oasis – book review
June 27 - Books for Books - book spotlight
June 28 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
June 28 - My Reading Getaway – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 29 – Lisa's Reading – book spotlight / giveaway
June 29 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 30 – Lynchburg Reads – book review / giveaway
June 30 - Library Lady's Kid Lit – book review / guest post / giveaway
July 1 - Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
July 1 - Celticlady's Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
July 1 - Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway
 

Enter the Giveaway:

 

CINDERELLA DID NOT LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER Book Tour Giveaway

 


 

My Review: 

Cinderella Didn't Live Happily Ever After: The Hidden Messages in Fairy Tales is not my usual genre that I would normally read. It is, also, the first book I have had the pleasure of reading by Anne E. Beall. I thought the author gave me some new insights about life and the beloved fairy tales that I have enjoyed reading in the past. It gave me a new outlook on them while the scrutinizing, examining and evaluating those stories. It was interested on how the author sees the good vs evil and the happy endings to them. At times, I did feel as though it was a little over the top what the author was saying. However, I did mostly understand and agreed. It was entertaining to see the possible hidden meanings and did make me think a little bit more behind it. Overall, it was fascinating to read. 
 
I am giving Cinderella Didn't Live Happily Ever After: The Hidden Messages in Fairy Tales three and a half stars. Readers who enjoy reading books about analyzing real life versus fairy tales we all have loved through the years. I would be curious to see what other books Anne E Beall will come up with next. This one is worth a read. 

I received a paperback copy of Cinderella Didn't Live Happily Ever After: The Hidden Messages in Fairy Tales from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion. 

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Legacy of Love by Renae Brumbaugh Green

About the Book

Book: Legacy of Love

Author: Renae Brumbaugh Green

Genre: Historical Romance

Release date: June 14, 2022

She’s struggled her entire life to overcome her parentage.

Skye Stratton is nearly perfect. Or at least, she tries to be. She carries the Stratton name, but everyone knows her true half-breed heritage. When she completes her education and is hired as a teacher at the local school, she hopes to finally find acceptance in the town. But when most of her class elects to stay home rather than be taught by an Indian, she knows things will never change.

Alan McNaughten went to Washington, D.C. to make a difference. Instead, he finds himself entrenched in political lies, manipulation, and deceit. When he finds a way to return home to Texas as an Indian Agent, he leaps at the chance. Even if he must hurt an innocent woman to secure his position.

But when the lovely Miss Stratton agrees to teach for the Alabama-Coushatta Reservation, Alan knows he’s gone too far. He’ll do anything to protect her from further heartache and harm. But what will happen when she learns the truth about her position…and the truth about him?

 

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About the Author

Renae Brumbaugh Green is an ECPA Bestselling Author, award-winning humor columnist, and wannabe superhero. She lives in Texas with her handsome, country-boy husband, four nearly-perfect children and one nearly-perfect son-in-law, and far too many animals. When she’s not writing, Renae teaches online classes and tries to be rugged without chipping her nail polish.

 

More from Renae

Enough

All my life, since I can remember, I’ve been told I’m part Native American. My great-great grandmother on my mother’s side, they said, was full-blooded Comanche. So even though I am blonde and fair (I have glow-in-the-dark skin) I believed them. I told people, and laughed at their sideways looks. I was proud of my heritage.

Then I took one of those Ancestry DNA tests. Nope. Not one drop of Native American in me. According to the test, I’m English, Scottish, Irish, and Swedish. And yes, I am the biological child of my father (very blonde and fair) and my mother (brunette, with high cheekbones). So I guess it’s just the way the genetic dominoes fell. When I got my mom’s half, I apparently didn’t get the Native American part.

I’m not sure how the science of DNA works, but I will tell you I feel extremely connected to Skye, the heroine of Legacy of Love. She’s a perfectionist. I’m a perfectionist. She thinks she has to perform to be accepted. I do, too. Though she’s always been loved, she struggles to fit in, to feel like she’s really a part of things. Ditto.

Skye’s journey is both difficult and beautiful. It helps that there’s a dreamy beaux (or three!) along the way. But in all the hardship and heartache, she finds herself. And she finds that she’s enough, exactly as she is. Most importantly, she finds a relationship with the One who created her and loved her before time began.

I hope you enjoy Skye’s journey in book two of The Stratton Legacy series. If you haven’t read book one, I encourage you to do so—you’ll meet Skye as a child. More than anything, I hope you’ll glean some beautiful truths along the way.

You are precious.

You are loved.

You are enough.

Blog Stops

Guild Master, June 20 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 20

Texas Book-aholic, June 21

lakesidelivingsite, June 22

Lighthouse Academy, June 23 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

Betti Mace, June 24

Inklings and notions, June 25

For Him and My Family, June 26

deb’s Book Review, June 27

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 28

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 29

Connie’s History Classroom, June 30

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, July 1

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, July 2

Pause for Tales, July 3

Miriam Jacob, July 3

Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Renae is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/1eff8/legacy-of-love-celebration-tour-giveaway


My Review

Legacy of Love is the second installment from Renae Brumbaugh Green’s series, The Stratton Legacy. I really enjoyed the first book, Legacy of Honor, and enjoyed this one even more. I adored Skye and Alan’s story. I loved Skye and my heart broke for her as she is faced with discrimination but admired her courage, determination and bravery. I found this to be a beautiful story of reminded of some valuable life lessons: the power of forgiveness, how to overcome the past, and learning to discover yourself. 

I am giving Legacy of Love a very well deserved five plus stars. I highly recommend it for readers who enjoy reading clean Historical Romance. I look forward for the next release from The Stratton Legacy series to see what happens next. 

I received a copy of Legacy of Love from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

Monday, June 27, 2022

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Hey Charlie, You're Next! by Michael B Judkins


 

Join Us For This Tour From:  June 20 to July 1 
 
Book Details:

Book Title:  Hey Charlie, You're Next!  by Michael B. Judkins
CategoryChildren's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 30 pages
GenreChildren's Fiction, Children's Stories
Publisher: Oct14 Entertainment 
Publication Date: August 2020
Content Rating: G: No bad language or explicit content  
 

Book Description:

Charlie finds himself in the midst of bullying on Basketball day at school and is unsure of how to speak up for himself. With a little bit of advice from his teacher and some hope, there is nothing that can tear him down.

Hey Charlie, You're Next offers readers a compelling story about overcoming negativity and gaining self confidence. It is the first book in the Hey Charlie series by Michael Judkins. Stay tune for the next books!

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Meet the Author:


Michael B. Judkins, is a local creative residing in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania. He holds an Associate in Science in Journalism, Bachelor of Science in Human Services, and a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling with over 20 years in the field of Human Services.

Michael self-published his first poetry collection titled, “Introduction to Sentimental Me”. After the release of this collection, Michael was signed to Aois 21 Media publishing house which published his second poetry collection released title, “Interlude to Sentimental Me.” In addition, to the “I Stand- Podcast” and “Interlude to Sentimental Book Tour (Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C, Bethlehem Pa, and Allentown, PA) which also included a virtual book tour (blog sites).

During this time, Michael started his independent film career in 2016, as a script supervisor on a short film produced in the Lehigh Valley area of PA. This project opened the door for Michael in the local film industry in the Lehigh Valley. After this, Michael worked on several film projects throughout the next few years as production manager, production assistant, Key Grip, and Producer. Michael also has written, produced, and directed his first stage play titled, “Interlude to Sentimental Me Stage Play.”

connect with the author: website ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ youtubegoodreads
 
Author Interview: 


If you could put yourself as a character in your book, who would you be?

Charlie is the character in many ways. The character developed around some of my childhood experiences dealing with bullying and finding my voice.


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

I tend to get writer's block often over the last several years. It's the process! To explore the hidden rooms of your mind and bring out that story. And, take a pen or pencil to paper and write it down. Sometimes, I get to the point and nothing comes out. When this happens, It takes about a week to recollect my ideas and find the angle I need to jump-start the creativity. 


Do you write every day?

I make sure I write down notes of ideas when it comes. That keeps me engaged daily. 


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

Straight to the 70's decade of free choice, the discovery of self, and finding what it means to be diverse. 


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

Everything begins with a beginning, write the story, whatever it turns out to be, let it be. 


Tour Schedule:

June 20 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
June 21 – Library Lady's Kid Lit – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 21 - My Reading Getaway – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 22 – Sandra's Book Club – book spotlight
June 23 - Kam's Place – book spotlight / author interview
June 23 – Amy's Booket List – book spotlight / giveaway
June 23 - The Phantom Paragrapher – book spotlight / giveaway
June 24 – Hall Ways Blog – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 24 - Paws.Read.Repeat – book spotlight
June 27 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 28 – Book Zone Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 28 - Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 29 – Lisa's Reading – book spotlight / giveaway
June 29 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
June 30 – Character Madness and Musing – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 30 - Literary Flits – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 1 – Chit Chat with Charity – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
 
Enter the Giveaway:

 

HEY, CHARLIE, YOU'RE NEXT Book Tour Giveaway

 


 

Blog Tour and Giveaway: In Honor's Defense by Karen Witemeyer

About the Book


Book: In Honor’s Defense

Author: Karen Witemeyer

Genre: Historical Romance

Release date: June 7, 2022

Luke Davenport has been fighting all his life–for respect, for country, and for those unable to fight for themselves. But now that his Horsemen brothers are domesticated, he’s left alone to battle the wildness within. When an opportunity arises to take a job on his own, tracking down a group of rustlers, he jumps at the chance.

Damaris Baxter has mastered the art of invisibility. Plain and quiet, she hides in books and needlework, content to be overlooked. Until her brother dies suddenly, leaving her custody of her nephew. She moves to Texas to care for Nathaniel, determined to create the family for herself that she never thought she’d have and to give him the family he desperately needs.

When Nate finds himself knee-deep in trouble, Luke’s attempt to protect him leaves Damaris feeling indebted to the Horseman. But suspicions grow regarding the mysterious death of Damaris’s brother. And the more questions they ask, the more danger appears, threatening the family Luke may be unable to live without.

 

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About the Author

For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. Voted #1 Readers’ Favorite Christian Romance Author in 2019 by Family Fiction Magazine, Karen is a multiple award-winning author and a firm believer in the power of happy endings. She is an avid cross-stitcher, tea drinker, and gospel hymn singer who makes her home in Abilene, TX with her heroic husband who vanquishes laundry dragons and dirty dish villains whenever she’s on deadline.

 

More from Karen

Meet Luke and Damaris

As the Hanger’s Horsemen series comes to a close, I’m thrilled to introduce you to Luke Davenport and Damaris Baxter. If you haven’t read the other books in this series, don’t worry. This one stands on its own just fine.



Luke

Luke Davenport is a former cavalry officer who is part of an elite squad of men known as Hanger’s Horsemen. Haunted by the horrors of war, this group of Texas legends has spent the last few years fighting for justice on behalf of those who cannot fight for themselves. Luke is Matthew Hanger’s right-hand man, but when Matt retires the Horsemen in favor of a more settled life with his new wife, Luke is left feeling adrift. So when a solo job comes his way to track down rustled cattle, he jumps at the opportunity.

Known for his strength, his size, and his skill with his fists, I modeled Luke after a pair of football players, Howie Long and JJ Watt. He’s a man of action with a bit of wildness inside, yet his ability to memorize Scripture earned him the nickname Preach. He’s a godly man with scars, seeking to find his place as his Horsemen brothers move on to new phases of life.


Damaris

Damaris Baxter has been invisible her entire life. Plain of face and quiet of manner, she it’s the epitome of unremarkable. While she dares heroic feats and grand adventures between the covers of her favorite books, life outside the pages consists of little more than needlework and dull conversation with her great aunt. Until her brother dies under suspicious circumstances and she travels to Texas to care for her nephew. Determined that the “Texas Damaris” will be bolder and braver than her former self, she sets out to win the heart of a grieving boy and ends up mixed up in a dangerous murder plot with a handsome cowboy who actually sees her.

When creating Damaris’s character, I gave her two of my favorite hobbies—reading and cross-stitching. She shares other similarities with me as well. She’s a quiet person who dislikes making waves, but when family needs her, there’s nothing she won’t do to help. Her questionable baking skills might also have found some inspiration in my personal experience. Just ask my husband about my famous transparent chocolate chip cookies. 

Opposites Attract?

I love to explore what brings people together, and while it’s a common idea that opposites attract, I’ve always believed that there must be some core commonalities beneath the differences to bind a couple together for a lifetime. So, while Luke and Damaris seem to be stark opposites—he an adventure-seeking soldier used to solving problems with guns and fists; she a quiet, proper lady used to escaping problems with books and needlework—they actually have several core commonalities. They both crave belonging and family, they both value God’s Word, and they both have a strong, protective instinct toward those they care about. This core common ground is what serves as the foundation for their relationship.

Now that you’ve been introduced to Luke and Damaris, I hope you’ll join them on the adventure that leads them to love.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 25

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 26

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 26

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 27

Book Looks by Lisa, June 27

Where Faith and Books Meet, June 27

Bliss, Books & Jewels, June 28

Daysong Reflections, June 28

For Him and My Family, June 29

Jeanette’s Thoughts, June 29

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, June 30

Pause for Tales, June 30

lakesidelivingsite, June 30

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, July 1

Sylvan Musings, July 1

deb’s Book Review, July 2

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, July 2

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, July 2

Babbling BeckyL’s Book Impressions, July 3

Bizwings Blog, July 3

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, July 4 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, July 4

Inklings and notions, July 5

Simple Harvest Reads, July 5 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Connie’s History Classroom, July 6

SodbusterLiving, July 6

Texas Book-aholic, July 7

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, July 7

Through the Fire Blogs, July 7

Splashes of Joy, July 8

Melissa’s Bookshelf, July 8

Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Karen is giving away a Hanger’s Horsemen prize bundle consisting of autographed copies of all three books in the series, a custom mug, and Horsemen swag!! (U.S. Only)

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/1f45c/in-honor-s-defense-celebration-tour-giveaway


My Review

In Honor's Defense is the third installment from Karen Witemeyer’s Hanger’s Horsemen. I have always adored her historical novels and this one is no different. It was great to go back in time in Texas. I loved getting to know Damaris and Luke and I was quickly caught up in their story. I enjoyed the adventure, mystery, romance and the element of faith within the pages. As always with a Witemeyer novel, it includes a good dose of laugh out loud scenes. There was nothing I did not love about this tale. It was fabulous. 

In Honor's Defense will be getting a very well deserved five plus stars. I highly recommend it for readers who enjoy reading clean Historical Romantic Fiction. I will never get tired of books written by Karen Witemeyer and will be looking for more in the future. 

I received a paperback copy of In Honor's Defense from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Review: Sunburst by Susan May Warren


My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Blurb: 

When former Navy SEAL and lifelong bachelor Ranger Kingston is called upon to take part in a rescue mission to save his brother Colt, who has been kidnapped by terrorists in Nigeria, he is shocked to find among the hostages a woman he knows and could never forget.

Noemi Sutton was attempting to return a young girl to her family in Boko Haram territory when she and the girl found themselves taken hostage, along with several others.

And while Ranger Kingston may be able to get the hostages away from their captors, he'll need Noemi's help if he ever hopes to get out of Nigeria alive.

Her solution? Pose as husband and wife. But when her uncle discovers the union, he insists on a traditional Nigerian wedding--binding Noemi to a man destined to break her heart. Worse, she's discovered the real reason she was kidnapped, and anyone around her is bound to be caught in the cross fire. Including her so-called new husband.

She'll need to figure out a way to leave the man she loves if she wants to save his life.

USA Today bestselling author Susan May Warren throws you into the thick of the action in this high-stakes, globe-trotting romance.



My Review: 

Sunburst is a great continuation of Susan May Warren’s Sky King Ranch series. I really enjoyed the first book in the series, but surprisingly loved this second installment even more. This romantic suspense has a lot going on that made me feeling like I was on a thrilling roller coaster ride. I loved getting to know Ranger and Noemi. Their story was not predictable and I never knew what was going to happen next, making me want to keep reading to see what was going to happen next.

I am giving Sunburst a very well deserved five plus stars. Readers who enjoy reading clean romantic suspense. I am looking forward to reading the next book from the Sky King Ranch series, Sundown.

I received a paperback copy of Sunburst from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.


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Dvd Review and Giveaway: Tyson's Run

  




Synopsis: When fifteen-year-old Tyson attends public school for the first time, his life is changed forever. While helping his father clean up after the football team, Tyson befriends champion marathon runner Aklilu. Never letting his autism hold him back, Tyson becomes determined to run his first marathon in hopes of winning his father's approval. 

With the help of an unlikely friend and his parents, Tyson learns that with faith in yourself and the courage to take the first step, anything is possible.

• Don’t miss this feel-good story of faith, courage, grit, and unlikely alliances for a teen on the autism spectrum. You will come away inspired!  

• Have you ever found yourself trying to get the approval of a parent? If not, you likely know someone who has. That’s where Tyson, a teen with autism, finds himself as he watches his hero father lead the high school football team. Tyson’s Run is not only relatable, but also a beautiful picture of the rewards of dreams, determination, and relationships when we don’t quit.  

• Four-time Grammy Award-winning gospel singer Yolanda Adams recorded If You Believe, an original song, just for Tyson’s Run. 

• Tyson’s Run is a movie we can all relate to. Tyson’s longing to be accepted by his father leads him to push himself further than anyone might have thought possible. Ultimately, it is a heart-warming story of overcoming odds, changing perceptions, and of love winning.

Get it now on DVD or digital!
Website: https://tysonsrun.com/ 
Buy on DVD/Digital: https://tysonsrun.com/#buy

Trailer:

My Review:  

I enjoyed watching Tyson’s Run. It is one of those feel good type of movies that is based on a true story and will inspire many. I love the message of faith and courage. I loved that Tyson is the unlikely hero of the movie. It was beautiful how a few people who refused to judge him and helped him gain confidence, be accepted and have the determination to not quit. His story is so heartwarming that so many of us can relate to and so many others can learn from.

I am giving Tyson’s Run four and a half stars. I recommend it for families who are looking for a way to spend a family movie night. Wonderful story to watch over and over.


Many thanks to Collide Distribution for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own. 

Giveaway:

One digital copy of Tyson’s Run

Leave a more than two word completed sentence telling me who will be watching The Tyson's Run with. Don’t forget to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win.

Winner’s name will be drawn on July 5, 2022.

Note:   

            Giveaway is limited to US winners only.        
            Two word comments will be deleted and will not be entered into the giveaway.
            Winners will have to reply to email that is sent to you to let you have won within 24 hrs. If no response, new winner’s name will be drawn and you forfeit the prize.
            Winners from previous campaigns within 90 days will be disqualified.